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Saturday, April 25, 2015

When it Comes to a Confrontation with a Full Fledge Communist like Putin.......................""Socialists""(Europe) and ""LIBERALS""(America) LOSE Every TIME and each TIME Russians SEE Putin FUCKING the WEST His Popularity Grows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Putin&max-results=20&by-date=true


To YOU Political Types in Europe and Washington.....................You better believe PUTIN WILL Respond to the Economic WARFare We are Waging on the Russian Economy. SO You better be READY for the Absolute...................""***Worst Case***"" Scenario....................WAR with Russia in Europe and Probable in the Middle East!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Economic+WARFare 


Middle East civil war is now the biggest threat to the economy

Flames of conflict are in danger of growing out of control in the Middle East sparking a catastrophic oil price shock
By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor

Pictures of bombs exploding in the Yemen were the big market movers this week in a sign that turmoil in the Middle East has emerged as the main risk to the global financial system this year.

The world has spent the last six months basking in the glow of lower oil prices, which have effectively delivered a $1.3 trillion tax cut to developed economies in Europe and North America. However, the growing signs that a full-blown sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslim factions has broken out could easily shatter perceptions that the world has been freed from the yoke of $100 oil.

Saudi Arabia and a clutch of Gulf sheikdoms which control a fifth of the world’s oil supplies are now effectively under siege on the Arabian Peninsula.

In Yemen, thousands of people have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes and potentially hundreds of thousands more displaced. These attacks have failed. Although, the Houti rebels who are supported by Shia-Muslim Iran have been pushed back with many of their weapons destroyed they remain intact in the country’s impenetrable mountains and ready to strike again once resupplied by Tehran.

Yemen, which has little oil of its own but controls a strategic passage way for oil tankers queuing up to enter the Strait of Hormuz through which around 17m barrels per day of crude is shipped, is effectively in a state of anarchy. The government has collapsed and Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies appear to have no viable plan to restore the deposed president Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The conflict has led to the resurgence of Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has strengthened its position in Yemen’s interior amid the chaos caused by Saudi coalition strikes against the Houthis. Now the only thing separating AQAP from infiltrating the kingdom is the historically impenetrable barrier of the Rub al-Kali desert, also known as the Empty Quarter. In the summer, this vast expanse of sand where dunes tower over 100 feet high cannot be normally crossed but AQAP fighters are already thought to be gaining footholds there.  

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/11561344/Instability-in-the-Middle-East-is-now-the-biggest-threat-to-the-economy.html
     

US alarmed by Greek energy alliance with Russia

American pushes for an alternative gas pipeline from Azerbaijan that would help break the stranglehold that Russia has on European markets
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in Houston, Texas

The US is scrambling to head off a Greek pipeline deal with Russia, fearing a disastrous change in the strategic balance of the Eastern Mediterranean as Greece’s radical-Left government drifts into the Kremlin’s orbit.

Ernest Moniz, the US Energy Secretary, said his country is pushing for an alternative gas pipeline from Azerbaijan that would help break the stranglehold that Russian state-controlled firm Gazprom has on European markets.

“Diversified supplies are important and we strongly support the ‘Southern Corridor’ to bring Caspian gas to Europe,” he told a group of reporters on the margins of CERAWeek oil and gas forum in Houston.

He insisted that it was vital to uphold “collective energy security” in Europe.

Greece’s foreign minister, Nikos Kotzias, said Gazprom made a “very good offer”, with guaranteed gas supplies for 10 years at good prices. He asked how his Syriza government could justify turning down such an opportunity unless the Western powers could come up with something better.

The once-unlikely “Turkish Stream” deal with Russia has suddenly become a stark reality as President Vladimir Putin seizes an opportunity created by the eurozone’s inept handling of the Greek crisis. Under the terms of the offer, Russia would supply 47bn cubic metres (BCM) of gas to Greece, generate much-needed revenue for the Greek authorities, create 2,000 jobs and turn the country into an energy hub.

Sources in Athens have confirmed to The Telegraph that it could also bring €3bn (£2.2bn) to €5bn in advance payments, greatly alleviating Syriza’s budget strain as it raids local authority funds in a last, desperate attempt to put off default. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11559497/US-alarmed-by-Greek-energy-alliance-with-Russia.html


Europe’s move against Gazprom may defang Russia, but it won’t be easy

By Steve LeVine

With its anti-trust case against Gazprom, the European Commission is striking at the heart of a powerful tool that Russian president Vladimir Putin has used to punish nations that he views as unfriendly or weak.

That tool is Gazprom’s dominating 30% control of Europe’s natural gas supply, including a market share well over 50% in each of the eight Central and Eastern European nations named in the suit. Filed yesterday in Brussels, the case accuses Gazprom of abusing its market position in part by “significantly” overcharging blacklisted countries, or those that simply cannot fight back, while providing discounts to those in Russian favor.

The nations most subject to the higher prices are largely those that import most of their gas from Russia. The top several countries in this chart are particularly vulnerable to Russian pressure.




http://qz.com/388747/europes-move-against-gazprom-may-defang-russia-but-it-wont-be-easy/



Ed Davey orders Russians to sell North Sea petroleum licences

Decision by the energy secretary could prompt bitter legal battle with Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman
By Andrew Critchlow

http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Gazprom&max-results=20&by-date=true



""GLOBAL WAR"" in this DECADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=GLOBAL+WAR&max-results=20&by-date=true
Why Is JP Morgan Accumulating The Biggest Stockpile Of Physical Silver In History?
By Michael Snyder

Why in the world has JP Morgan accumulated more than 55 million ounces of physical silver?  Since early 2012, JP Morgan’s stockpile has grown from less than 5 million ounces of physical silver to more than 55 million ounces of physical silver.  Clearly, someone over at JP Morgan is convinced that physical silver is a great investment.  But in recent times, the price of silver has actually fallen quite a bit.  As I write this, it is sitting at the ridiculously low price of $15.66 an ounce.  So up to this point, JP Morgan’s investment in silver has definitely not paid off.  But it will pay off in a big way if we will soon be entering a time of great financial turmoil.

During a time of crisis, investors tend to flood into physical gold and silver.  And as I mentioned just recently, JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon recently stated that “there will be another crisis” in a letter to shareholders…

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/why-is-jp-morgan-accumulating-the-biggest-stockpile-of-physical-silver-in-history


Gold, the SDR and BRICS
By Alasdair Macleod

Last Monday there was a meeting in Washington hosted by the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) to discuss the future relationship, if any, of gold with the Special Drawing Rights1 (SDR).

Also on the agenda was the inclusion of the Chinese renminbi, which seems certain to be included in the SDR basket in this year's revision, assuming that the United States doesn't try to block it.

This is not the first time the subject has come up. OMFIF's chairman, Lord Desai wrote a paper about it after the last Washington meeting on gold and the SDR exactly four years ago. The inclusion of the renminbi in the SDR was rejected in 2010 because of inadequate liquidity and is due to be reconsidered this year.

Desai pointed out in his paper that there are difficulties when it comes to including gold, because (and I think this is what he was trying to say) none of the SDR's paper constituents are convertible into gold, but gold's inclusion in the SDR would make them convertible through the back door. However, Desai seemed keen to re-examine the case for gold.

It should be pointed out that if gold is included in SDRs the arrangement cannot be long-lasting so long as the major central banks insist on printing money as an economic cure-all. However, China's position with respect to gold and her own currency could be a different matter.

The Chinese government has almost certainly accumulated large amounts of gold yet to be included in her reserves, and she has also encouraged her own citizens to own gold as well. We can therefore be certain that China sees a monetary role for gold while at the same time she is pushing for the renminbi to be included in the SDR basket. There is no doubt, if you read the IMF papers from the last SDR review in 2010 that the renminbi does now fulfil the criteria for inclusion today. So the question then is will the advanced nations, which dominate the IMF's membership, permit the renminbi's inclusion, and will the US, which has dragged its heels on giving China and the other BRICS nations a greater shareholding in the IMF, relent and permit these reforms, which were accepted by the other members back in 2010?

The Americans' blocking of reform signals her desire to preserve the dollar's hegemony; but given she lost out spectacularly over the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, IMF reform could become the next serious threat to the dollar's dominance. And if America does not back down over the IMF and the SDR, she will have no fall-back position; China on the other hand still has some aces up her sleeve.

One of them is gold, and another is her role in a rival organisation established by the BRICS. The New Development Bank (NDB) is in the final stages of being set up, driven by frustration at America's attempts to protect the dollar's role and to keep the IMF as an exclusive club for advanced nations. Instead, the NDB could easily issue its own version of the SDR with the gold lining Desai referred to in his original paper.

http://www.goldmoney.com/research/analysis/gold-sdr-brics


The Death of Cash

Could negative interest rates create an existential crisis for money itself?
By Peter Coy

JPMorgan Chase recently sent a letter to some of its large depositors telling them it didn’t want their stinking money anymore. Well, not in those words. The bank coined a euphemism: Beginning on May 1, it said, it will charge certain customers a “balance sheet utilization fee” of 1 percent a year on deposits in excess of the money they need for their operations. That amounts to a negative interest rate on deposits. The targeted customers—mostly other financial institutions—are already snatching their money out of the bank. Which is exactly what Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon wants. The goal is to shed $100 billion in deposits, and he’s about 20 percent of the way there so far.

Pause for a second and marvel at how strange this is. Banks have always paid interest to depositors. We’ve entered a new era of surplus in which banks—some, anyway—are deigning to accept money only if customers are willing to pay for the privilege. Nick Bunker, a policy analyst at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, was so dazzled by interest rates’ falling into negative territory that he headlined his analysis after a Doors song, Break on Through (to the Other Side).

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-23/negative-interest-rates-may-spark-existential-crisis-for-cash 


U.S. Dollar Reserve Currency
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=U.S.+Dollar+Reserve+Currency


Liquidity Crisis......................It's Coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Liquidity+Crisis&max-results=20&by-date=true


Just 6 Charts

Presented with one comment... Di(e)Vergence?

Stocks vs Macro Data - too snowy, too droughty; closed ports, lower oil prices... any more excuses? Macro data - already drastically revised lower - continues to disappoint on  a scale not seen since 2008
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-25/just-6-charts



Machinery Makers at Center of U.S. Capital Spending Slowdown
Bloomberg

Business investment is slowing and U.S. machinery makers are suffering the brunt of the damage from slumping energy exploration, a stronger dollar and tepid overseas markets.

Bookings for non-military capital goods excluding aircraft, a proxy for future corporate spending on new equipment, unexpectedly dropped 0.5 percent in March, a seventh consecutive decline, data from the Commerce Department showed Friday in Washington. Producers of machinery, including oil-drilling equipment and turbines, saw a 1.5 percent slump in demand.

Halliburton Co. is among those trimming investment after fuel prices plunged, while the appreciation in the dollar is making manufacturers less competitive in a weakened global market. Results from Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. sent the Nasdaq Composite Index to a record, underscoring how technology companies are outshining heavy industry in driving the world’s largest economy.

“The point about the oil sector is that it’s not very big in terms of GDP, but it is very big in terms of capital spending,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics Ltd. in Newcastle, U.K. The hit to orders will probably continue through mid-year, even as business investment in non-energy areas “looks alright,” he said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-24/capital-goods-orders-in-u-s-unexpectedly-fall-for-seventh-month 


***Number Of Companies Beating Revenue Estimates Hits Lowest Level In Two Years

Last Wednesday, some ostensibly serious people talked with some openly unserious people about “obsessive” corporate buybacks when Moody’s head of leveraged finance Christina Padgett, told CNBC that her “concern would be—if you think about how a company should position itself for further growth, you want to think of them as taking the cash they do have and using it to invest in something that generates growth.”


***The Parade of Weak Earnings Reports Continues
By Sheraz Mian

The flood of Q1 earnings announcements continues this week, with almost one thousand companies reporting results, including 159 S&P 500 members. By the end of this week, we will have seen Q1 results from 72% of the index’s total membership.

http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/2015/04/nyse-margin-debt-hits-all-time-high.html


Overseas Investors Have "Little Appetite" For Chasing Chinese Mania: JPM

To be sure, we’ve had our share of laughs at the expense of China’s margin-fueled equity mania. First there was the realization that more than 4 million new stock trading accounts were created in China last month alone — the country is now adding nearly that many each week. Then we discovered that if statistics are to be trusted, around one in three of those millions of new accounts likely belongs to someone with an elementary school education or less. Finally, we learned that the rally has minted an army of day trading housewives, security guards, and most recently, banana salesmen who last Monday traded so much that they literally overwhelmed the Shanghai Exchange’s volume-tracking software.

But not everyone thinks it’s a veritable tulip mania, just ask HSBC’s head of China equity strategy Steven Sun who “wouldn’t say it’s a bubble,” or Citi who figures turnover in Hong Kong could double from here boosting exchange operator HKEx’s bottom line by 40% in the process. So against this backdrop we wondered: are foreign investors as enthusiastic about the prospects for a continuation of the rally in Asia?

The answer, it turns out, is no. Here’s JPM: 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-25/overseas-investors-have-little-appetite-chasing-chinese-mania-jpm


China HARD Landing.......................It's HAPPENING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=China+HARD+Landing&max-results=20&by-date=true 


This Is What’s Happening in Junk Bonds, and It’s Not Pretty
By Wolf Richter

“In extreme overvaluation” – that’s how bond guru Marty Fridson characterizes the current junk-bond market. Junk bonds are supposed to offer high yields to entice investors to take on the risks. They’re still – somewhat quaintly – called “high yield” in polite society. But it has become a misnomer in this era when investors are scrambling to buy just about anything to get even a teeny-weeny bit of yield, regardless of the risks.

And now the risks are becoming apparent.

It’s been tough out there. In a daily drumbeat of bad news from the energy sector, Sabine Oil & Gas said it would skip a $15.3 million interest payment. It’s looking for strategic alternatives. It needs to restructure its balance sheet. Stockholders have already been wiped out. It now has a 30-day grace period before a default would be triggered. Its debt took a hit. According to S&P Capital IQ/LCD, its 9.75% notes due 2017 traded at 15 cents on the dollar.

But even as old money is getting wiped out, yield-starved investors keep pouring new money into the sector.

The same day, Halcon Resources, a fracking stalwart that has been drilling cash into the ground at dizzying rates, sold $700 million of second-lien junk bonds. So they didn’t come cheap, with a yield of 8.625%, according to LCD. Its shares are already a penny stock. The company said it would use the moolah to pay off part of its credit line; the bank is cutting the borrowing base from $1.05 billion to $900 million. And the old money? Halcon’s $1.35 billion of 8.875% notes dropped to 78.6 cents on the dollar. Back in June, they still traded at 109.

http://wolfstreet.com/2015/04/23/strategy-will-succeed-until-it-fails-junk-bond-guru-marty-fridson/


JUNK Bonds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=JUNK+Bonds


ECB Buys Negative Yield Covered Bonds; Trade Guaranteed to Blow Up
By Mike "Mish" Shedlock

In a move 100% guaranteed to blow up at a later date, the ECB Said to Start Buying Covered Bonds With Negative Yields.

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/04/ecb-buys-negative-yield-covered-bonds.html


DRAGHI.........................In the END, Draghi's Version of Uncle Ben's ""QE"" VooDoo IS going to Totally SCREW Everybody in EUROPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=DRAGHI&max-results=20&by-date=true


""Connect the DOTs""...............................Planet EARTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Business Cycle "IS" Rolling OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Connect+the+DOTs&max-results=20&by-date=true


""GLOBAL DEBT"" IS at an All Time RECORD HIGH Again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=GLOBAL+DEBT&max-results=20&by-date=true


""QE"" has FAILED to Stabilize the Global Economy and Will be SEEN as the Root Cause for the NEXT ""GREAT Global Recession""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=%22%22QE%22%22+VooDoo&max-results=20&by-date=true


The Central Banksters are Scared to DEATH of the Coming CORRECTION because they ALL Know that the Global Economy "IS" be Sustained by the Thinnest of ALL Levels of Confidence and when they LOSE THIS it's ""***GAME OVER***""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=CORRECTION&max-results=20&by-date=true


Nothing Can STOP the 2015 ""GLOBAL RECESSION""....................NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=GLOBAL+RECESSION&max-results=20&by-date=true
America, ARE You Really that Blind and Ignorant that You would even Consider letting this SHIT back into the White House??????????????????????????

Video Special Report......................WATCH America for GOD Sakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hillary was RIGHT, It DOES Take a VILLAGE to Keep the Clintons GREED for CASH Supplied.....................Talk about the ""Fleecing of America""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The Tangled Clinton Web – Fox News Reporting [COMPLETE]

FNC’s Bret Baier hosts this compelling special which examines the scandalous details surrounding the Clinton Foundation highlighted in the soon to be released book ‘Clinton Cash’ by author Peter Schweizer.

The use of media materials is protected by the Fair Use Clause of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 which allows for the rebroadcast of copyrighted materials for the purpose of commentary, criticism, and education.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_zyp2YUvLo



Veteran defense lawyers see possible criminal inquiry for Clintons
By James Rosen

With a sitting Democratic senator recently indicted on federal bribery and corruption charges, top criminal defense lawyers in the nation’s capital say Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton could conceivably face similar scrutiny, amid mounting disclosures about the tangled finances of her family’s philanthropic foundation.

The new book “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer, an investigative reporter affiliated with the right-leaning Hoover Institution, has unleashed a torrent of conflict-of-interest allegations relating to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s own conduct during her tenure, from 2009 to 2013, as secretary of state.

Particular scrutiny – by Fox News, the Washington Post, and the New York Times – has focused on why the State Department, under Clinton’s leadership, green-lighted a foreign transaction that enriched major donors to the foundation while placing an estimated 20 percent of America’s stockpile of uranium - the fissile material that can be used to make nuclear weapons -under the control of a Kremlin-backed Russian firm.

It was, moreover, shortly after the uranium deal went through that former President Bill Clinton nailed down a $500,000 fee for a speaking event in Moscow.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/25/veteran-defense-lawyers-see-possible-criminal-inquiry-for-clintons/


The real sources of Bill Clinton's speaking fees

Exclusive: Dick Morris explains differences between Hillary's filings and her husband's
By Dick Morris

The Clintons lined their joint bank accounts with millions of dollars from Bill’s speaking fees from foreign governments, government related organizations and multinational corporations.

But you won’t see all of the details on Hilary’s mandatory financial reports filed and publicized while she was secretary of state.

Was she hiding something from us?

Sure looks like it, because Hillary’s financial disclosures routinely omitted the sponsorships of many of Bill’s lucrative speeches. Federal law required her to publicly disclose the “source” of honoraria to Bill, but she apparently interpreted that to mean the entity that wrote the check, not the entity that paid or contributed to it.

Bill had no duty to publicly disclose anything. But in a Jan. 9, 2009, letter to the State Department ethics officer, Clinton lawyer David Kendall volunteered that “President Clinton would provide the “identities of the host(s) (the entities that pay the speaker’s fee) of proposed paid speeches.” And he did.

But Hillary’s public list of payees for speeches is a lot different than Bill’s private list.

A comparison of the two shows a wide disparity in what he told them and what she told us. Thanks to Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information lawsuit, Bill’s filings are public and reveal who is really paying the Clintons.

Here are some of the highlights:

http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/the-real-sources-of-bill-clintons-speaking-fees/ 


Mitt Romney ‘stunned’ by Clinton’s foreign donations
By Laura Italiano

Millions in foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation make it look like Hillary Clinton “was bribed,” while serving as secretary of state, Mitt Romney said in a pointed jab at the Democratic presidential candidate.

“You know, I’ve got to tell you, I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery,” the former Republican presidential nominee said in an appearance on the Hugh Hewitt radio show Thursday night.

“I mean, there is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20 percent of American’s uranium production to Russia, and then, it was covered up by lying about a meeting at her home with the principals, and by erasing e-mails,” he said.

“It looks like bribery.”

Clinton’s campaign denied the allegations, saying that there is no evidence that the donations and the sale approval were linked.

Told of the Clinton camp’s response, Romney had this to say: “Blah, blah, blah.”

He called on the Clintons to release their tax returns.

http://nypost.com/2015/04/25/mitt-romney-says-clinton-was-bribed-as-secretary-of-state/


The New Yorker: Five Questions About the Clintons and a Uranium Company

From Amy Davidson writing at The New Yorker, a reversal from the publication’s previous narrative claiming Peter Schweizer’s new book “Clinton Cash” could end up helping Hillary Clinton:

The Times has reported that people involved in a series of Canadian uranium-mining deals channelled money to the Clinton Foundation while the firm had business before the State Department. And, in one case, a Russian investment bank connected to the deals paid money to Bill Clinton personally, through a half-million-dollar speaker’s fee. There were a number of transactions involved, and corporate name changes, but, basically, a Canadian company known as Uranium One initially wanted American diplomats to defend its Kazakh uranium interests when a Russian firm, Rosatom, seemed about to make a move on them; and then, after the company decided to simply let Rosatom acquire it (through Rosatom’s alarmingly named subsidiary, ARMZ), Uranium One needed State Department approval. (The approval was necessary because Uranium One controlled American uranium mines and exploration fields, a strategic asset.)

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/04/25/the-new-yorker-five-questions-about-the-clintons-and-a-uranium-company/


Five Questions About the Clintons and a Uranium Company
By Amy Davidson

The Times has reported that people involved in a series of Canadian uranium-mining deals channelled money to the Clinton Foundation while the firm had business before the State Department. And, in one case, a Russian investment bank connected to the deals paid money to Bill Clinton personally, through a half-million-dollar speaker’s fee. There were a number of transactions involved, and corporate name changes, but, basically, a Canadian company known as Uranium One initially wanted American diplomats to defend its Kazakh uranium interests when a Russian firm, Rosatom, seemed about to make a move on them; and then, after the company decided to simply let Rosatom acquire it (through Rosatom’s alarmingly named subsidiary, ARMZ), Uranium One needed State Department approval. (The approval was necessary because Uranium One controlled American uranium mines and exploration fields, a strategic asset.)

The Times sums it up this way:

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million … Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/amy-davidson/five-questions-about-the-clintons-and-a-uranium-company


Time for an independent audit of the Clinton Foundation, says … Common Cause
By Ed Morrissey

Will the Left circle its wagons around the Clintons, or ride off into the sunset without them? The Clinton Foundation announced this week that they would conduct a voluntary internal audit after the exposure of their failure to properly declare millions of dollars from foreign governments to the IRS. A leading progressive group, Common Cause, says that’s not good enough (via Instapundit and the Washington Examiner):

In the meantime, Common Cause wants the Clintons to stop taking cash from foreign governments and corporations, which would mean shutting down entirely:

http://hotair.com/archives/2015/04/25/time-for-an-independent-audit-of-the-clinton-foundation-says-common-cause/


Bill Clinton ends role with chain of for-profit colleges

The decision comes in the wake of intense scrutiny over donations made to the Clinton Foundation when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state
By Maggie Haberman

Bill Clinton ended his role with a for-profit college system on Friday, nearly two weeks after his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, began her second presidential campaign and singled out that industry for criticism.

Clinton's role as honorary chancellor for the college system, Laureate International Universities, was part of a five-year deal that began on April 24, 2010, an aide with his office said. The end of the agreement was first reported by Bloomberg Politics, and an aide to Clinton told Bloomberg that the separation had nothing to do with Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"Laureate students represent the next generation of leadership," Clinton said in a statement posted on the Laureate website in which he announced his departure. "I have seen a commitment to quality and leadership throughout the Laureate network, and I have enjoyed being a part of it."

The university system - part of Laureate Education Inc., which according to Bloomberg is the world's largest for-profit college chain - has been a seven-figure donor to the Clinton Foundation, giving between $1 million and $5 million, according to the foundation's website. Laureate has also made five commitments through the Clinton Global Initiative.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/bill-clinton-ends-role-with-chain-of-for-profit-colleges-115042500707_1.html


Re-branding Clinton Inc: 'New Hillary' has the same old problems

"Clinton Cash", a new book to be published next week by Peter Schweizer, is part of the Republican's attempts to bite back at Hillary Clinton
By Peter Foster, Washington

Modern US presidential campaigns are first and foremost exercises in personal branding, where voters are asked to buy into a vision of America's future embodied in a candidate's personal story and public image.

In the end, says one longtime Democrat strategist, it's a "gut" thing – which is why this past week has been a particularly scarring one for Hillary Clinton.

As a venerable political brand who failed last time around, Mrs Clinton's team correctly identified that she was in need of some reinvention, and so launched her campaign with a soft-focus commercial in the mode of a big oil company or an investment bank seeking to lift their corporate image.

The production was slick but, just like those ads, hilariously implausible.

Ordinary Americans – from the overweight retiree to a soon-to-be wed gay couple – talked dreamily of their own futures before Mrs Clinton appeared on screen offering to be "the champion" of these little people.

"The deck is still stacked in favour of those people at the top," said she of the private jet and the $250,000 speaker-fee, before jumping in her "Scooby" van to drive to Iowa and then embarking on a "listening tour" of New Hampshire to prove her new-found love of the common people.

Unfortunately for Mrs Clinton, unlike in the world of savings plans and soap powder, in presidential politics the rival concerns get to fire back, and this week Republicans began the process of pre-emptively destroying the New Clinton brand.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/hillary-clinton/11563024/Re-branding-Clinton-Inc-New-Hillary-has-the-same-old-problems.html



HILLARY...........................The Only ""LIBERAL"" in Politics that CAN make Obama LOOK Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=HILLARY&max-results=20&by-date=true


America...................Share THIS WARNING with Friends and Family. POST This on Your Facebook Face Page. You Folks using Linkedin put it on your Face Page. 

YOU Don't want these 2 in the White House with the HELL Obama has Coming at US All over the NEXT 5 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Obama&max-results=20&by-date=true  


Hillary Clinton Called to Appear Before House Benghazi Committee in May and June
By John Hayward



Reuters
 

The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Trey Gowdy (R-SC), has asked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to appear before his committee twice during the weeks of May 18 and June 18, according to a report at NBC News.

One of the major topics of discussion will be Clinton’s off-the-books email server, which NBC naturally describes as “a centerpiece of Republican attacks on the 2016 presidential candidate.”  When a Democrat breaks the law, the story is always about the Republicans daring to talk about it, transforming even the most obvious malfeasance into a political food fight.

Also unsurprisingly, Democrats complained that Gowdy was dragging out the Benghazi investigation to influence the 2016 presidential election, conveniently forgetting about Hillary violating transparency laws and administration policies to hide her official correspondence from Congressional oversight and Freedom of Information Act requests.

Gowdy mentions this at the very beginning of his letter to Clinton’s legal representation: “I have consistently, and without exception, said the Committee would schedule the Secretary’s appearance within 30 days of receiving assurance all documents needed to have a constructive conversation with the Secretary are in the Committee’s possession,” Gowdy writes.  “To date, no one has been willing to make that assurance, and the reasons for that are manifest below.”

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/04/25/hillary-clinton-called-to-appear-before-house-benghazi-committee-in-may-and-june/ 


Hillary Benghzi..............Never Forget that 4 Americans WERE MURDERED and WE still don't know WHY Ambassador Stevens was in Benghzi. But I Think it was ALL about a Weapons Smuggling Operation that Obama and Hillary was Running to Syria!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Hillary+Benghazi+Libya 


CIA 'running arms smuggling team in Benghazi when consulate was attacked'

The CIA has been subjecting operatives to monthly polygraph tests in an attempt to suppress details of a reported US arms smuggling operation in Benghazi that was ongoing when its ambassador was killed by a mob in the city last year, according to reports.
By Damien McElroy

Up to 35 CIA operatives were working in the city during the attack last September on the US consulate that resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, according to CNN.

The circumstances of the attack are a subject of deep division in the US with some Congressional leaders pressing for a wide-ranging investigation into suspicions that the government has withheld details of its activities in the Libyan city.

The television network said that a CIA team was working in an annex near the consulate on a project to supply missiles from Libyan armouries to Syrian rebels.

Sources said that more Americans were hurt in the assault spearheaded by suspected Islamic radicals than had been previously reported. CIA chiefs were actively working to ensure the real nature of its operations in the city did not get out.

So only the losses suffered by the State Department in the city had been reported to Congress.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/10218288/CIA-running-arms-smuggling-team-in-Benghazi-when-consulate-was-attacked.html 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Number Of Companies Beating Revenue Estimates Hits Lowest Level In Two Years

Last Wednesday, some ostensibly serious people talked with some openly unserious people about “obsessive” corporate buybacks when Moody’s head of leveraged finance Christina Padgett, told CNBC that her “concern would be—if you think about how a company should position itself for further growth, you want to think of them as taking the cash they do have and using it to invest in something that generates growth.”

By “growth,” Padgett was of course not talking about artificially growing EPS or growing executives’ stock price-linked compensation, but rather about growing productive capacity via capex (a term which is now a four letter word in more ways than one). Why would you not want to spend on productive capacity if you’re a company? Well it’s pretty simple: in the short-term, buybacks are a great way of driving up stock prices and making the bottom line look better than it otherwise would (and EPS beats are a great way of securing further stock price gains).

If you don’t believe us, just ask Barclays who, in a hilarious note from last month, spent 12 pages explaining that after extensive research, analysts had discovered that buying back shares is more effective at boosting stock prices in the short-run than is capex spending. Here’s more:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-25/number-companies-beating-revenue-estimates-hits-lowest-level-two-years 



The Parade of Weak Earnings Reports Continues
By Sheraz Mian 

The flood of Q1 earnings announcements continues this week, with almost one thousand companies reporting results, including 159 S&P 500 members. By the end of this week, we will have seen Q1 results from 72% of the index’s total membership.

But with results from more than half of the index’s total market capitalization already out, we have a pretty good sense of how weak this earnings actually has been. We knew that growth will be difficult following the massive revisions to estimates in the run up to the start of the Q1 earnings season. But despite those sharp revisions to estimates ahead of this reporting cycle, companies are struggling to beat revenue estimates.

At this stage in the Q1 reporting cycle, the ratio of companies beating revenue estimates is the lowest that we have seen in the recent past. The headwinds aren’t new – the strong U.S. dollar, global growth issues and Energy sector weakness – we heard about all of them in the Q4 earnings season as well.

More on the aggregate earnings picture emerging from the already-released Q1 results a little later, but let’s briefly touch on the Tech sector’s results. A couple of standout performances aside, the Tech sector’s Q1 results have been fairly weak relative to what we have been seeing from the sector in other recent reporting periods. Growth rates are weak as is the case with other sectors except Finance, fewer companies are able to beat the sharply lowered estimates and expectations for the current period are coming down.  

http://www.zacks.com/commentary/43902/the-parade-of-weak-earnings-reports-continues


In the Thick of Q1 Earnings Season
By Sheraz Mian

We are in the thick of the Q1 earnings season, with more than 30 S&P 500 members on the docket this morning and another 20 or so reporting after the close today.


And it is the top-line weakness that has emerged as a common theme in the Q1 results. Thus, not only are top-line growth rates very low, but few companies are able to beat consensus top-line expectations.

The Q1 scorecard as of 8:30 (EST) this morning shows results from 168 S&P 500 members that combined account for 42.8% of the index’s total market capitalization. Total earnings for these 168 index members are up +9.1% on flat revenues (0% growth rate), with 67.9% beating EPS estimates and only 35.1% coming ahead of top-line expectations. This is weak performance relative to what we have seen from the same group of companies in the recent past.

Relative to other recent quarters, the earnings growth rate (+9.1%) is on the higher side. But that’s primarily due to the Finance sector, where a number of industry players had easy comparisons.

Exclude Finance from results thus far and the earnings growth rate falls below what we have been seeing in other quarters. As referred to earlier, the standout theme emerging from the earnings results thus far — which will most likely carry through to the end of this reporting cycle — is the top-line weakness. A combination of weak U.S. economic growth, a strong dollar and Energy sector weakness has been a headwind for revenues this earnings season, and the trend will likely persist over the next few quarters as well.

U.S. economic growth weakened in the first quarter. But the consensus view is that the slowdown was a one-off, a reflection of bad weather in the East Coast and port issues in the West Coast. The expectation is for the growth momentum to improve in the current quarter and get even better in the back half of the year. This favorable growth outlook underpins monetary policy expectations, which is driving the dollar strength and has been an often-cited issue this earnings season.

Sheraz Mian
Director of Research

http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/171979/in-the-thick-of-q1-earnings-season 


NYSE Margin Debt Hits an All-Time High
April 24, 2015
By Doug Short

The New York Stock Exchange publishes end-of-month data for margin debt on the NYXdata website, where we can also find historical data back to 1959. Let's examine the numbers and study the relationship between margin debt and the market, using the S&P 500 as the surrogate for the latter.

The first chart shows the two series in real terms — adjusted for inflation to today's dollar using the Consumer Price Index as the deflator. I picked 1995 as an arbitrary start date. We were well into the Boomer Bull Market that began in 1982 and approaching the start of the Tech Bubble that shaped investor sentiment during the second half of the decade. The astonishing surge in leverage in late 1999 peaked in March 2000, the same month that the S&P 500 hit its all-time daily high, although the highest monthly close for that year was five months later in August. A similar surge began in 2006, peaking in July 2007, three months before the market peak.

Debt hit a trough in February 2009, a month before the March market bottom. It then began another major cycle of increase.

The Latest Margin Data

The NYSE margin debt data is about a month old when it is published. The latest debt level is up 2.5% month-over-month and at a record high. Real (inflation-adjusted) debt rose 1.9% month-over-month and also at a record high.

http://www.advisorperspectives.com/dshort/updates/NYSE-Margin-Debt-and-the-SPX.php


MARGIN Debt............................This "IS" going to END Very Badly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=MARGIN+Debt&max-results=20&by-date=true 



Median Household Income Declined in March
April 23, 2015
By Doug Short

The Sentier Research monthly median household income data series is now available for March. The nominal median household income was down $307 month-over-month but up $1,104 year-over-year. That's a -0.6% MoM decline and a 2.1% YoY increase. Adjusted for inflation, the latest income was down $436 MoM but up $1,116 YoY. The real numbers equate to a -0.8% monthly decline but a 2.1% yearly increase.

In real dollar terms, the median annual income is 5.3% lower ($3,020) than its interim high in January 2008 but well off its low in August 2011.

Background on Sentier Research

The traditional source of household income data is the Census Bureau, which publishes annual household income data in mid-September for the previous year.

Sentier Research, an organization that focuses on income and demographics, offers a more up-to-date glimpse of household incomes by accessing the Census Bureau data and publishing monthly updates. Sentier Research has now released its most recent update, data through November (available here). The numbers in their report differ from the Census Bureau's in three key respects:

http://www.advisorperspectives.com/dshort/updates/Median-Household-Income-Update.php


The American MIDDLE Class "IS" Being CRUSHED by the Federal Reserve and Obama's America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=The+American+MIDDLE+Class&max-results=20&by-date=true 


***8 Charts That Prove The US Is Already In A Recession

The evidence is mounting...

While broadly-speaking, both 'hard' and 'soft' macro data has disappointed, as we noted previously, the scale of those 'missed expectations' is stunning - worst since Lehman. While this is blamed on weather, the fact is that America had 30% less snow this year than last and still, as the following charts strongly suggest, the YoY drops are on a scale that screams "recession"...


***How the stock market destroyed the middle class
By Rex Nutting

Share buybacks encourage executives to loot companies, stall innovation and depress wages

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — There’s something seriously wrong with an economy that nurtures a few billionaires but can’t sustain the middle class.

Many factors have been blamed for the plummeting fortunes of the American middle class: globalization, technology, deregulation, easy credit, the winner-take-all economy, and even the inevitable tide of history.

http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/2015/04/there-is-growing-realization-that.html



The Coming CORRECTION "IS" going to be FRICKING BRUTAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=CORRECTION&max-results=20&by-date=true
""*****HAPPY NEWS*****""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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The best of Hubble: NASA marks telescope's 25th anniversary

On April 24, 1990, NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope rocketed into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, and now after 25 years of giving people a glimpse at some of the farthest reaches of outer space, Hubble has been honored by NASA with a week-long celebration. Here are some of the best views of the cosmos captured by Hubble.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/slideshow/2015/04/24/best-hubble-nasa-images-from-space-telescope-25-years-in-orbit/#/slide/hubbleanniversary1


Hubble Space Telescope

From the birth of a star to the anatomy of a black hole, space has never looked better than through the mesmerizing lens of the Hubble Space Telescope. Journey into space ..

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/hubble-sci 


 




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People of EUROPE..................God Help YOU All if GREECE Wakes UP and just says, ""SCREW THIS we're Leaving""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Carinthia asks Vienna for financial support over Heta

(Reuters) - The home province of defunct lender Hypo Alpe Adria, Carinthia, is asking Vienna for financial support, saying it will run out of money by the beginning of June without external help.

Carinthia provided debt guarantees for years to fuel Hypo's rapid expansion before the practice was stopped in 2007, but the last ones do not expire until around 2017.

With an annual budget of 2.2 billion euros ($2.36 billion), Carinthian officials have said the province cannot honour nearly 11 billion euros of backing for Hypo debt that creditors facing a "haircut" could demand.

Adding to the province's woes, ratings agency Moody's downgraded Carinthia last month to one notch above junk grade, making it more difficult to borrow in the open markets.

In the current financial year, Carinthia needs 340 million euros and is hoping for loans from the capital, a spokeswoman for the province said. Carinthian politicians are meeting Chancellor Werner Faymann and Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling in Vienna on Thursday.

The spokeswoman said Carinthia would run out of money in June without help, confirming local media reports. No Austrian province has ever gone bankrupt and there is no legislation on how to handle such an event.

It was unclear whether Carinthia would tap around half a billion euros from the sale of Hypo before its nationalisation in 2009 which is parked in a so-called "future fund".

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/23/austria-heta-carinthia-idUSL5N0XK2GG20150423


Low interest rates, Heta exposure hit Vienna Insurance

* Expects sharp fall in 2015 financial result

* Writes down 79 mln euros in Heta "bad bank" exposure

* 2014 pretax profit rises 46 pct

* Proposes raising dividend to 1.40 euros per share (Adds comments from news conference)

By Alexandra Schwarz-Goerlich

VIENNA, April 14 (Reuters) - Ultra-low interest rates could push 2015 financial income at Vienna Insurance Group down by around a tenth, Austria's largest insurer said on Tuesday, while unveiling writedowns it had to take last year for "bad bank" Heta.

"The financial result could go down by a triple-digit million euro amount," Chief Executive Peter Hagen told the group's results news conference, warning profits from its core insurance business may not be able to take up the slack.

He said the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme to spur the sluggish euro zone economy was heaping pressure on insurers.

"Quantitative easing hits us hard because we think it leads to an artificial decline in interest rates and we have clearly lower yields on new bond investments this year than last year."

But VIG said it would continue to follow a conservative investment strategy and not take riskier bets. Financial income, including results from minority stakes in companies, fell 9 percent to 1.12 billion euros ($1.18 billion) in 2014.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/14/vig-results-idUSL5N0XB0PL20150414



Carinthia
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Carinthia 


Austria Banks
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Austria+Banks 

A former Navy captain just identified the biggest flaw in the US's aircraft carrier strategy
By Jeremy Bender



The actual strategic value of aircraft carriers, which are incredibly expensive to build and maintain, has been a recurring debate among military thinkers.

Now, a retired Navy captain has offered one of the fullest arguments yet that the US needs to radically rethink its naval strategy and shift away from its focus on aircraft carriers.

Writing in the National Review, retired Navy Captain Jerry Hendrix makes the case that aircraft carriers are simply not suited to the future of naval warfare.

Instead, Hendrix believes that carriers have simply become so valuable that the Navy as a whole could not stand losing one.

"At $14 billion apiece, one of them can cost the equivalent of nearly an entire year's shipbuilding budget," Hendrix notes. "Each carrier holds the population of a small town. Americans are willing to risk their lives for important reasons, but they have also become increasingly averse to casualties."

A single aircraft carrier today can be thought of as more like a small self-contained floating military base than an actual naval vessel. A Nimitz-class supercarrier can carry around 5,000 people onboard while having its own functioning internal economy.





http://www.businessinsider.in/A-former-Navy-captain-just-identified-the-biggest-flaw-in-the-USs-aircraft-carrier-strategy/articleshow/47043347.cms



The U.S. Navy Needs to Radically Reassess How It Projects Power
By Jerry Hendrix



From the May 4, 2015, issue of NR

A battle of the hawks is raging on Capitol Hill. Defense hawks say the nation’s security will be endangered if the caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act aren’t lifted, allowing for more defense spending. Fiscal hawks assert with equal vehemence that the nation’s long-term economic health — the foundation for all government activities, including defense — will be permanently harmed if burgeoning deficits and debts are not addressed. Defense hawks argue for a massive investment to maintain the United States’ position as the world’s strongest power. Fiscal hawks argue for innovative improvements in efficiency to sustain U.S. leadership.

This argument as it regards the U.S. Navy is taking place with special vigor. The budget will have serious consequences for the size of the fleet and its ability to maintain combat readiness, which in turn will have consequences for U.S. strategy. If the Navy wants to address its budget crisis, its falling ship count, its atrophying strategic position, and the problem of its now-marginal combat effectiveness — and reassert its traditional dominance of the seas — it should embrace technological innovation and increase its efficiency. 


In short: It needs to stop building aircraft carriers.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417306/us-navy-needs-radically-reassess-how-it-projects-power-jerry-hendrix?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5539ab6004d301237d000001&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter


U.S. Navy May Turn Every Ship into an Aircraft Carrier
By Zachary Keck




The U.S. Navy is seeking to transform every ship into mini aircraft carriers.

Last month the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the start of the second phase of its Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program. TERN, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), aims to create a system that would enable small ships to operate both intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and combat drones.

“The goal of Tern is to give forward-deployed small ships the ability to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS),” DARPA said in a press release announcing Phase 2 of the program. “These systems could provide long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other capabilities over greater distances and time periods than is possible with current assets.”

Not only would Tern enhance the U.S. Navy’s strike capabilities, but it could also greatly reduce costs by decreasing the U.S. military’s reliance on expensive land-based air strips. “A capacity to launch and retrieve aircraft on small ships would reduce the need for ground-based airstrips, which require significant dedicated infrastructure and resources.” Land-based airstrips are also more vulnerable to enemy missiles, and frequently create tension​ with local populations.

Tern also potentially help reduce the U.S. Navy’s reliance on aircraft carriers. This is crucial as many fear that large aircraft carriers are growing obsolete amidst the proliferation of long-range precision-strike missiles to U.S. adversaries like China and Iran. Beijing, in particular, poses a vexing challenge to the U.S. Navy as missiles like the DF-21D— frequently dubbed the “carrier killer”— appear to be aimed at sinking America’s aircraft carriers.

http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/us-navy-may-turn-every-ship-aircraft-carrier-12722 


Obama Asia Pivot
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=Obama+Asia+Pivot&max-results=20&by-date=true


China Military!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.therealnewsmatters.com/search?q=China+Military&max-results=20&by-date=true
Philippine military says Chinese ship took aggressive action

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Chinese ship acted aggressively against a Philippine military plane on patrol over waters claimed by Manila in the disputed South China Sea, a military spokesman said Friday.

The Chinese vessels flashed powerful lights and radioed the Philippine navy plane to leave the area near one of the islands in the Spratlys chain occupied by Filipinos, Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said.

He said the pilots ignored the Chinese ship's actions on Sunday to avoid escalating the confrontation.

http://news.yahoo.com/philippine-military-says-chinese-ship-took-aggressive-action-085455613.html 


China, Philippines Spar Over South China Sea Run-Ins

Manila and Beijing clashed over a series of run-ins between their citizens and militaries in disputed areas.
By Shannon Tiezzi

China and the Philippines verbally clashed over the South China Sea this week, with Manila accusing China of harassing both fishermen and a military patrol in the disputed maritime region.

On Tuesday, the Philippines said that the Chinese Coast Guard used water cannons on a group of Filipino fishermen at Scarborough Shoal, damaging some of the fishermen’s boats. Hong Lei, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry said the Chinese vessels were performing “guard duty in waters off the Huangyan Island [the Chinese name for Scarborough Shoal] to maintain the normal order of these waters in accordance with the law.” Hong added that Manila should “show earnest respect for China’s territorial sovereignty, step up its regulation and education of the fishermen and stop all actions infringing upon China’s territorial sovereignty, and rights and interests.”

The Philippines effectively lost access to the Scarborough Shoal after a tense standoff between Chinese and Philippines vessels in April 2012. Since then, China’s Coast Guard has maintained tight control over the area, but Philippine fishermen still attempt to reach what they claim as their traditional fishing grounds.

The plot thickened on Thursday, when the Philippines’ fisheries bureau said Chinese Coast Guard officers had robbed Philippine fishermen in a separate incident near Scarborough Shoal on April 11. The fishermen “were threatened and pointed [at] with a gun before the Chinese forcibly took their fishes,” the bureau said in an incident report sent to AFP. The report also indicated that the Chinese sailors destroyed fishing equipment and other materials on the boats.

Asked about those claims, Hong said that the “accusations made by the Philippine side are inconsistent with the fact[s].” He then repeated China’s argument that its vessels in the area “perform guard duties and keep order in waters off the Huangyan Island in accordance with the law.”

http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/china-philippines-spar-over-south-china-sea-run-ins/


China "IS" Building there version of the ""DEATH STAR"" in the South China SEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




China Is Building Giant Floating Islands in the South China Sea

A new report reveals China’s plans for 1,000,000 ton battle stations in the South China Sea.
By Jack Detsch

China’s pursuit of construction projects to assert its claims to disputed territory in the South China Sea is intensifying. As Victor Robert Lee reported in The Diplomat last week, land reclamation and buildups have expanded from the Spratly Islands, where China is pursuing military installations, including radar towers, gun emplacements, port facilities, and airstrips, to the Paracel Islands, just 400 kilometers off of the Vietnamese coast. According to satellite imagery, Beijing is looking into major expansions of runway and airport facilities there.

Now, per a report from Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer in Popular Science released Monday, China will have a new tool to pursue their ambitions further into the oil-rich sea: 1,000,000 ton floating islands, mobile battle stations that can be converted for civilian and military use, allowing for resupplying forces in the region, aircraft landing, hangar storage, and providing a naval base for amphibious vehicles. The largest model of the vessel, proposed by Tangshan-based Jidang Development Group, would measure out at 900 meters in length by 120 meters in width, and around 300 meters by 90 meters for the smallest design. JDG’s models are built from semi-submersible hull components that can be attached to one another, making the battle stations potentially scalable to much greater sizes.

While this all sounds somewhat futuristic, the use of floating islands is not a historically unprecedented idea. The British Royal Navy hoped to construct a 2 million ton “aircraft carrier” during World War II, in hopes of sinking German U-Boats and other Nazi vessels that wracked havoc on trade and maritime supply routes. More recently, the U.S. Navy tried to roll out the Joint Mobile Offshore Base in 2000, a design which included plans for a 1.5 mile airstrip. Elsewhere, a few commercial designs have been able to get off the ground: Shell Australia’s Prelude, weighing in at around 600,000 tons, can extract and liquefy natural gas from underwater wells, and offload those supplies to ships for transport to energy customers all over the world.

http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/china-is-building-giant-floating-islands-in-the-south-china-sea/


A Big Deal: China Reveals Its South China Sea Strategy
By Bonnie S. Glaser

Growing international criticism of China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea and the publication of detailed images of China’s dredging and construction activities prompted the Chinese government to explain in greater detail than ever before the purpose of these activities. In response to U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s charge that China has “intensified the militarization in the islands and reefs in the South China Sea and escalated regional tension,” and the release of a series of satellite photos by CSIS of recent dredging and construction activities on Mischief Reef, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying issued a lengthy statement on April 9. In addition to repeating prior positions that China has “indisputable sovereignty” over the Spratly Islands and adjacent waters, and that China’s construction is “fair, reasonable, and lawful,” Hua stated that China’s activities aremainly for civilian purposes, but also are intended to serve “necessary military defense requirements.”

That is the first time that the Chinese government has officially acknowledged that its land reclamation activity is intended at least in part for military purposes. On September 9, 2014, when Hua Chunying was asked explicitly whether China’s large-scale reclamation work was intended for commercial or military use, she responded “As far as I know, the construction work China is undertaking on relevant islands is mainly for the purpose of improving the working and living conditions of people stationed on these islands.” On November 24, Hua made the same claim, adding that by improving the conditions for the island-stationed personnel, they can better fulfill their international obligations and responsibilities in search and rescue.
http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/big-deal-china-reveals-its-south-china-sea-strategy-12720 



Revelations on China’s Maritime Modernization

The U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence offers a wealth of new information on the PLA Navy.
By Andrew S. Erickson

To its first unclassified report on China’s navy in six years, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has just added sophisticated posters detailing Chinese ships and aircraft, equipment, and leadership structure. ONI’s main document, “The PLA Navy: New Capabilities and Missions for the 21st Century,” already offers a cornucopia of new insights and highly vetted data points. But it is with the supplementary reference materials that the Suitland, MD-based agency is going where no publicly released U.S. government report has ever gone before. This article reviews key findings from ONI’s latest set of publications and assesses their significance.

Unprecedented Offerings

Perhaps most exciting, for the first time ever, ONI is making available publicly 148 carefully labeled silhouettes and 89 photos of China’s myriad People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and maritime law enforcement ships and aircraft. This enables systematic open source analysis to a degree simply impossible before.

A leadership structure chart with details on the top thirty-one individuals in the PLAN’s chain of command completes the highly informative set. It offers both grades and ranks, highlights leaders’ distinguishing characteristics, acknowledges frankly where key data remain ambiguous or unavailable, and even offers projections concerning future career progression (or lack thereof). It describes such vital bodies as the all-important Navy Party Standing Committee, or “Navy Politburo,” the PLAN’s senior-most decision-making organ.

http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/revelations-on-chinas-maritime-modernization/


China's Defensive Layers VIDEO
http://www.oni.navy.mil/Intelligence_Community/china_media/Chinas_defensive_layers.mp4


South China Seas Maritime Claims VIDEO
http://www.oni.navy.mil/Intelligence_Community/china_media/SCS_MaritimeClaims.mp4 


The PLA Navy
http://www.oni.navy.mil/Intelligence_Community/china_media/2015_PLA_NAVY_PUB_Interactive.pdf



China Military!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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""GLOBAL WAR"" in this DECADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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A Special Report You Don't WANT to MISS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


Firms tied to Clintons profited following Haiti earthquake

New bombshell from upcoming book 'Clinton Cash'

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/special-report-bret-baier/videos#p/86927/v/4195142971001 

 

Could Hillary Clinton's troubles put her in legal jeopardy?

James Rosen reports

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/special-report-bret-baier/videos#p/86927/v/4195088430001 

 

Bill O'Reilly: Buying access to the Clintons
By Bill O'Reilly

VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Accusations mounting that while secretary of state, Hillary Clinton used her position to enrich the Clinton Foundation by doing favors for foreign governments and corporations. If true, that would likely eliminate Mrs. Clinton from the Presidential race - - if true.

Right now the evidence is circumstantial, not vetted, and the subject of wild speculation by anti-Clinton forces. But as we reported last night, when a corporation like General Electric says it will not make public e- mails sent to it by the State Department during a period of time when GE secured a big contract from the Algerian government, while donating generously to the Clinton Foundation there is something very wrong.

GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt must know that there is an appearance of impropriety here. And he has an obligation to the shareholders of GE to avoid any taint of scandal. Thus Immelt should release those e-mails immediately. If he does not, the Justice Department should begin an investigation. A welcome greeting to the new attorney general Loretta Lynch who we believe is a person of integrity.

In addition, there are charges that the State Department under Mrs. Clinton signed off on a deal that allowed the Russian atomic energy agency Rosatom to acquire a huge Canadian uranium company called Uranium One. Uranium One's chairman, a man named Ian Telfer donated almost $2.5 million to the Clinton Foundation much of it while the negotiations were taking place. Shortly before the deal was done, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a single speech he gave in Moscow.

http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2015/04/24/bill-oreilly-buying-access-to-clintons/ 

 

 

'She violated the law': Boehner says it's time for Hillary to turn her private server over to the federal government

  • 'The idea that she was going to use her own server and do official business on it goes against every transparency issue that the President likes to tout'
  • Clinton said last month at a press conference that she would not voluntarily give her personal property to the State Department or Congress
  • She said it also contains the private correspondence of her husband, former President Bill Clinton
  • GOP leader Boehner said he hasn't decided yet whether to take legal action to force her hand
By Francesca Chambers

Hillary Clinton should have to turn her computer hardware over to the federal government, House Speaker John Boehner now says, though he hasn't decided yet if he'll take legal action to force her hand.

'She violated the law, and the idea that she was going to use her own server and do official business on it goes against every transparency issue that the President likes to tout,' Boehner told Bloomberg News.

The Republican leader said the executive branch 'just can't ignore the fact that there are a lot of public documents on this server that the American people have a right to see.'

'And we believe that it’s time for Mrs. Clinton to turn that server and all those documents over to the IG, the Inspector General, at the State Department,' he added.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3054172/She-violated-law-Boehner-says-s-time-Hillary-turn-private-server-federal-government.html 


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Clinton Uranium Scandal 2015: 'Looks Like Bribery,' says Mitt Romney

"I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery," the former Republican presidential nominee told radio show host Hugh Hewitt, reported The Washington Times. "I mean, there is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20 percent of America's uranium production to Russia, and then it was covered up by lying about a meeting at her home with the principals, and by erasing emails."
By Taylor Tyler  


Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Thursday that Russian-linked donations to Hillary Clinton's family foundation make it appear as if the Democratic presidential candidate "was bribed" while serving as secretary of state.
http://www.hngn.com/articles/87115/20150424/mitt-romney-russian-linked-donations-to-hillary-clintons-charity-looks-like-bribery.htm


Former Virginia Governor On Hillary: ‘She Should Drop Out Of The Race’ [VIDEO]
By Alex Griswold

http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/24/former-virginia-governor-on-hillary-she-should-drop-out-of-the-race-video/


NBC’s Chuck Todd Slams The Clintons: ‘Just Dumb And Inept’ [VIDEO]
By Alex Griswold

Host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” Chuck Todd tore into Bill and Hillary Clinton on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” for giving the appearance of corruption by taking donations from foreign governments while Hillary was secretary of state, calling the move “just dumb and inept” politically.

http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/24/nbcs-chuck-todd-slams-the-clintons-just-dumb-and-inept-video/ 


The Clinton Scandal Manual

Will the stock Clinton scandal response be enough to weather this storm?
By Kimberley A. Strassel

Say this about Bill and Hillary Clinton: They are predictable. Some politicians dare to change, even to evolve, but not the former first couple. In these uncertain political times, Team Clinton’s lack of ethics—and its stock response when caught—is our one constant.

The details change, of course. In 1978 it was lucrative cattle futures; in 2014 it was lucrative speeches. In the 1990s it was missing Whitewater and Rose Law firm records; today it is missing emails. In 2000 it was cash for pardons; now it’s cash for Russian uranium mines. In Little Rock, it was Bill’s presidential campaign vehicle; in New York, it’s Hillary’s—and now known as the Clinton Foundation. Details.

The standard operating procedure never changes, however. It is as if the Clintons have—filed within easy reach on a shelf—a book titled “Clinton Scandals for Dummies.”

Chapter One: “Pick Your Spots.” The Clintons flourish in that hazy interface between legal and lawless. Their dealings always stink, but are rarely blatantly or provably (or traceably) corrupt. Consider this week’s news. Yes, tons of donor cash flowed to the Clinton Foundation at the same time Mrs. Clinton’s State Department was greenlighting deals helping those donors. But prove there was a quid pro quo! The Clintons dare you.

They know you likely can’t, since Chapter Two is “Limit Those Paper Trails.” Remember those “misplaced” 1990s documents, but also reread the 2000 report from the House Committee on Government Reform titled “The Failure to Produce [Clinton] White House E-Mails: Threats, Obstruction and Unanswered Questions.” The Clintons learned it took effort to keep documents secret. These days, they make sure there are no documents at all. (Mrs. Clinton, which emails would you like us to delete? Just search for key words “yoga,” “wedding” and “uranium.”)

Chapter Three: “Remember, the Press Has ADD.” Pixar’s “Up” features Dug, a cute dog with a serious attention problem (“squirrel!!!”). This is how the Clintons view the media. Pettable. Unfocused. When caught, the Clinton communications team will issue lofty dismissals—calling charges baseless or old news—and wait for the press to believe it. If it doesn’t, Team Clinton will hold one press conference—a la Mrs. Clinton’s email event—and wait for the media to call the case closed. If it doesn’t, they will change the subject (Hillary is running for president! Squirrel!!!) and wait for the press to lose interest. It often does. 

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-clinton-scandal-manual-1429831783


HILLARY.................................The ONLY ""LIBERAL"" running for the White House that would make Obama LOOK GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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