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American Cowboys

indexSputnik News “The US foreign policy drags the country into a vicious cycle of interventionism, Ron Paul underscored, referring to the recent Pew Research poll that indicated that more than over 50 percent of Americans would not oppose going to war with Russia.

According to the latest poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, a US independent fact tank, many NATO countries are reluctant to defend their allies against Russia with the exception of the United States and Canada: over 50 percent of Americans and Canadians would not oppose going to war with Russia.

This trend is really worrisome, according to Dr. Ron Paul, a former Republican congressman and two-time US presidential candidate, and Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.”
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WeiQi: The Game GO

300px-FloorGobanWikipedia:  Go (simplified Chinese: 围棋; traditional Chinese: 圍棋; pinyin: wéiqí, Japanese: 囲碁 igo,[nb 2] literal meaning: “encircling game”, Korean: 바둑 baduk[nb 3]) is a board game involving two players that originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago. It was considered one of the four essential arts of a cultured Chinese scholar in antiquity. Its earliest written reference dates back to the Confucian Analects. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oily Mess

saudi-arabia-deficit.siOil prices ditched below USD$50. Oil is the fuel for growth. For consumers, lower oil prices should be a bonanza. Economics 101 dictates that prices for almost anything that requires oil as an input resource should decline if oil price falls. Except for the major oil-producing countries represented in the OPEC, most other countries are nett oil consumers. If the argument holds water, let the world rejoice in 2015. But will depressed oil prices hold on for long or is this just a little temporal dip? Read the rest of this entry »

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MH370 Once More

1419817987707The joyous sounds of Christmas and year end parties are still ringing all around. Suddenly, the phantom of MH370 comes to roost again. Another Malaysian plane disappeared into thin air just like MH370.  This time it is an AirAsia Airbus 320 plane QZ8501 with 162 people on board, mainly Indonesians heading for Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia. What misfortune has befallen Malaysia! Is Malaysia’s air industry jinx? Or is this sheer coincidence – to have 2 Malaysian planes vanishing into thin air and another shot down all within a year? Read the rest of this entry »

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Futile Mass Surveillance

lindtA lone gunman takes 17 hostages at Sydney’s Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place on 15 December 2014. The Iranian gunman has been identified as Man Haron Monis. After 17 hours of suspense, the hostage drama ended with the gunman and two hostages dead. According to news, the lone gunman started to doze off at around 2 am. Seizing the opportunity, the cafe manager, Tori Johnson tried to disarm the gunman while the hostages took the opportunity to storm out of the cafe. In the scuffle that ensued, firearms were discharged and the heroic attempt was only partly successful. The gunman and the cafe manager were shot dead, so was another hostage, Katrina Dawson. In all, 15 survived the siege. It is not known who shot the dead people during the scuffle. The bullets could have been from friendly fire.The armed police was reported to have reacted in the incident with firearms too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Horror Windy Night

clowns-1.siRT News“A French town has decided to ban clowns this Halloween after a wave of incidents involving freakish, terrorizing and sometimes violent clowns swept across the country. Vendargues, a town of 6,000 residents in southern France, said it wants to temporarily outlaw clown costumes for the year’s biggest time of costume parties to “avoid any disruption” during the festivities, Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere said.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Zombie Greenback

The dollar is well and alive. There is no financial apocalypse. Contrary to many predictions that the dollar is no longer a viable reserve currency and is therefore doomed, the dollar did not die but bounced up against most international currencies. The USD Index climbed above the 85 level after maintaining the 80 psychological level for the last one year. It almost hit an all time high again over the last 5 years. Why does the USD defy financial laws of gravity and continue to soar?

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The Weekend: US Debt

US Government debt has passed $17,852,000,000,000 and is piling on at a frantic pace…

One Hundred Dollar Bill

One Hundred Dollar Bill

US $17 Trillion Debt

US $17 Trillion Debt

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Umbrella Revolution

 Source: AP

Source: AP

In 2010, a self-immolation of a street vendor in a provincial town of Sidi Bouzid sparked mass anti-government protests. Protests and uprising grew from Tunisia into neighbouring countries. That single event led to the Arab Spring movement, bringing down along with it several Arab regimes. Egypt, Lybia, Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Bahrain, Syria and Jordan all fell victims to Arab Spring protests in varying degrees. The protests are a result of years of suppressed resentment of government. Rapid population growth led to high unemployment. Aging dictatorship and corruption added fuel to the already fragile situation. And the protest movement is spreading, to Asia.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Debt is GOOD?

piggy-bankSavings was a virtue taught to our fore-fathers. They worked hard, saved and invested for a better future and retirement. That was the principle of money management and investment philosophy. The core teaching was NOT to spend beyond the means. Children were given piggy banks (clay money boxes) to drop the savings into. Every dime was cherished. When the piggy-bank is filled up, it is broken and the contents counted and put in the bank for interest. Little by little, wealth is accumulated. Debt was taboo. In fact some cultures see debt as a shame. “Those were the days when debt was equated with evil and semi-bankruptcy.  People hesitated to take out a mortgage.  When mortgages were paid off, there were frequently mortgage parties.” (King World News) Read the rest of this entry »

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