Yes, This Is A Financial Crisis – 11 TRILLION Dollars In Stock Market Wealth Was Wiped Out In The 3rd Quarter

Dollars - Public DomainDid you know that 11 trillion dollars in global stock market wealth was wiped out during the third quarter of 2015?  When I was emailed this figure by a friend, I was stunned for a moment.  I knew that things were bad, but were they really this bad? When I first received this information, I had just finished a taping for a television show in which I had boldly declared that 5 trillion dollars of stock market wealth had been wiped out around the world.  Unfortunately, the final number has turned out to be much larger than that.  Over the past three months, the stock markets of all major global economies have been crashing simultaneously, and 11 trillion dollars of “paper wealth” has now completely vanished.  The following comes from Fortune

Global equity markets suffered a bruising third quarter, shedding $11 trillion worth of global shares over three months, according to Bloomberg.

New website makes it clear who in Washington respects your privacy

With so many technology bills named in purposefully confusing ways, it can sometimes be hard to tell which members of Congress respect Americans’ rights to online privacy. A duo of grass-roots privacy groups aims to change that with a website dedicated to providing a clear portrait of lawmakers’ government surveillance records.

The website, sponsored by Restore The Fourth and Fight for the Future, rates lawmakers in the House and Senate based on how they’ve voted on surveillance legislation since Congress doubled down on attempts to increase government’s online spying power around 2012.

Lawmakers are profiled on a “scoreboard” under the category of either “Team Internet” or “Team Surveillance” based on how they voted on controversial bills such as the PATRIOT Act renewal, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 and others.

Ben Carson joins the big leagues

Presidential candidate and history-making neurosurgeon Ben Carson got his political start thanks to a ton of grass-roots enthusiasm. After his no-holds-barred 2013 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast — a speech that President Obama had to endure while sitting only inches from one of his strongest critics — Carson’s word-of-mouth popularity soared.

For a long time, that wave of ground-level popularity sustained Carson’s slowly germinating presidential campaign. Fundraising came largely through high-volume, low-dollar donations from regular folks who had bought in.

Then, Carson hit the GOP debate stage. And while his performance as an orator hasn’t exactly impressed the pundits, the tremendous national exposure the debates have brought him have helped to elevate his campaign fundraising power … big time.

However Carson fared in the debates, there’s no indication Carson’s grass-roots support has waned any. In fact, that very exposure has helped lift Carson’s personal fundraising effort as the Republican primary season matures and viable candidates begin to separate from the field.

Democratic governor says email scandal could be ‘death knell’ for Hillary’s campaign

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, an establishment Democrat if ever there was one, said something Thursday that ought to alarm Hillary Clinton’s campaign — especially since Hickenlooper gave Clinton his ringing endorsement only two months ago.

What might that be? He acknowledged that the Clinton email scandal has grown so problematic for Hillary that it may now be too big an obstacle for her campaign to overcome.

Speaking before a Denver audience, Hickenlooper flatly said Clinton’s chances look “kind of grim, to be blunt,” thanks to a scandal that has only expanded with almost-daily revelations that continue to indict the former first lady’s character and honesty.

From The Denver Post:

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday became the latest Hillary Clinton supporter to express doubt about her candidacy for president, telling a Denver audience that the 2016 election is “kind of grim, to be blunt.”

Would Congress get more done if members worked a full week?

Members of Congress spend less than half of their time legislating in Washington, earning the remainder of their taxpayer-funded six-digit salaries during district work periods (mostly campaigning and soliciting donations) off Capitol Hill. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) contends that lawmakers’ gratuitously flexible schedules have much to do with repeated underwhelming legislative productivity.

That’s why Jolly is reviving a bid to force Congress to work a full 40-hour workweek, instead of the three or four days members currently spend on the Hill each week.

“A workweek in Washington should be no different than a workweek in every other town across the nation,” Jolly told the Washington Examiner. “Americans expect their leaders to govern. Look at all the bills gathering dust; let’s give voice to the people on issues like border security, transportation and a budget that finally balances.”

Insane McCain wants a war with Russia

The reckless lunacy coming from America’s Zionist warmongers reached epic proportions yesterday with leading war hawk Insane John McCain calling for arming so-called “moderate rebels” with the means to shoot down Russian war planes bombing ISIS and anti-Assad forces in Syria.

Insane McCain and the Ziocon war hawks have been working for years to take out Bashar Assad as a precursor to a move on Iran. Those two countries are all that stand between the neocons and the fulfillment of their blueprint plan to destroy the Middle East, plunder its resources and destroy its borders, set up puppet governments throughout, and make Saudi Arabia and Israel the only regional power brokers as they usher in the New World Order. Their blueprint plan for this was published in 2000 by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

Parents outraged by public school lessons glorifying Islam

Parents in a Georgia community are enraged after learning their children were taught that Allah is the same god worshiped by Christians and Jews.

According to WSB-TV Atlanta, a group of parents wants is asking that their middle-school students in Walton County schools be permitted to opt out coursework that requires the children to learn about Islam.

“My daughter had to learn the Shiad, and the five pillars of Islam, which is what you learn to convert, but they never once learned anything about the Ten Commandments or anything about God,” parent Michelle King told reporters.

Another parent said he was struck by this line in his daughter’s homework: “Allah is the same God worshiped by Jews and Christians.”

Georgia Department of Education Spokeman Matt Cardoza responded to the concerns in a statement, saying: “This element is not an evaluation of any religion, nor is it a course in the belief system of any religion.”

Big Labor jettisons Hillary Clinton in favor of Donald Trump

If organized labor is always a shoe-in for the Democratic presidential nominee, then Hillary Clinton — that party’s troubled front-runner — must be doing something very, very wrong.

Either that, or Donald Trump — the Republican leader — must be doing something very right. The news has been peppered with recent stories about Clinton’s support slipping in union strongholds, as well as with specific labor groups, while those same groups demonstrate an increasing interest in hearing what Trump has to say before they make and endorsement decision.

The Teamsters this week decided to hold off on endorsing any candidate until they have the chance to “sit down with Republican candidates — most notably, front-runner Donald Trump who has collaborated with unionized work forces across his real estate career,” Fox News reports.

Read Clinton’s private State Department emails

The State Department this week released a trove of 6,000 additional pages of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. The latest dump contains messages sent between October 2010 and September 2011, the height of the ill-fated Arab Spring.

Fox reported:

The emails deal with a range of topics, including one concerning the “Israeli view” of Palestinian initiatives at the United Nations.

Several of the emails also dealt with the civil war in Libya following the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi and included messages from longtime Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal. One message from Blumenthal, dated Oct. 15, 2011 contained a tip that Qaddafi was hiding out in the African nation of Chad. Clinton forwarded the message to her adviser Jacob Sullivan, saying “This sounds credible. Can we verify?”

Five days later, Qaddafi was captured and shot in Libya while fleeing the advancing rebels.

Senate Democrats propose ‘smoking age’ of 21

A handful of Democratic Senators has proposed establishing a national “smoking age” that would ban the sale of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21.

Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Sherrod Brown of Ohio introduced the plan in a press release Wednesday, citing public health as the driving force behind the bill they’ve proposed: the Tobacco to 21 Act.

“We know that the earlier smokers begin their unhealthy addiction to nicotine, the more likely they are to suffer from tobacco-related diseases or die,” Schatz said in the release. “This year, Hawai‘i (sic) became the first state in the nation to raise the minimum smoking age to 21. It was an historic public health achievement that we should adopt nationwide. By raising the minimum tobacco age of sale to 21 across the country, we can cut the number of new smokers each year; build a healthier, tobacco free America; and save lives.”

Why does the new Tesla have a ‘Bioweapon Defense Mode’?

Elon Musk’s much-anticipated Tesla Model X caused a stir online after car enthusiasts began wondering why the all-electric SUV is equipped with “bioweapon defense mode.”

“Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history,” Tesla says on its website.

To the safety point, the carmaker includes a button to allow drivers to switch on an advance filtering system to keep cabin occupants safe from viruses and bacteria, in addition to other environmental hazards.

Via The Verge:

“This is a real button,” said Musk, who was all too ready to have to defend the existence of the outrageous feature. He was in the middle of discussing how clean the Model X is when it comes to air quality both in and out of the car (the air cleanliness is “on the levels of a hospital room,” he said) when things got dark.

A troll named fart highlights stupidity of mainstream media

IT expert Jon Hendren had a little fun at HLN’s expense during a recent interview by answering questions about Edward Scissorhands, the character played by Johnny Depp in a 1990 film, rather than NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Remarkably, host Yasmin Vossoughian appeared not to notice.

Hendren, introduced as a Snowden supporter, at first appears to take the interview seriously.

“Why is Snowden any different from ISIS?” host Yasmin Vossoughian asked.

“He’s a hero, he’s doing what any one of us should’ve done in that situation,” Hendren replied. “He’s got a voice, he’s been isolated for so long. He’s got valid things to say, we should listen to what he says.”

From there, his stunt became more obvious.

“I think to cast him out, to make him invalid in society, simply because he has scissors for hands, I mean that’s strange,” Hendren said. “I mean people didn’t get scared until he started sculpting shrubs into dinosaur shapes and what not.”

GOP leaders betray us again

Within days, maybe within hours, the Republican surrender on the budget battle will be complete. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is going to push through a so-called “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government for at least a couple more months.

This dirty deal is being called “clean” because it won’t impose any of the conditions that conservatives have been demanding. It won’t defund Planned Parenthood; it won’t oppose the president’s deal with Iran; it won’t make any serious cuts in federal spending. Heck, it won’t even oppose Obamacare or Barack Obama’s amnesty program.

So what will it do? Two things that the weak-kneed Republican leadership has been seeking:

  • First, it will enable them to buy time to put together a long-term budget bill that the Democrats will support. Word from Washington is that a compromise is in the works for a bill that will fund the government into 2017. Please note that this would get them past the all-important 2016 elections.

Foodless foods

(I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the October 2000 issue. In 2013 and 2014, several studies appeared showing that junk food was as addictive as cocaine and heroin and affected the brains of people consuming junk food much as addictive drugs did. This information finally began to hit the mainstream media at this time couched as new “news,” as you can see here. But as the following article shows, I had been warning readers of my Letter about the addictive and harmful nature of junk foods for more than a decade before the information became mainstream.)

Commercial food processing in the U.S. is the business of selling foodless foods that fuel you with a habit forming crave for junk food. Their goal is to create an addiction to hunger and weight gain. This is as serious an addiction as any drug addiction and the result is a slow death with degenerative disease.

Pope Francis, tear down your wall

Hi. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty®. Did you watch the hysteria and hype when the pope showed up in America last week? I hate to be the one who rains on the unicorns, rainbows, babies and puppies that the mainstream media puts on the screen every time the pope is mentioned. But the reality is this is America, where freedom of speech reigns. And I have to tell you what’s on my mind.

While Pope Francis may be a nice man and he may have good intentions, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The reality is the pope appears to be a hypocrite of the highest order — not just a hypocrite, but more like a Hollywood hypocrite.

Anti-gun groups want to defund child-safety initiative

The Newtown Action Alliance and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence are working to strip government funding from Project Childsafe, a safety initiative dedicated to making sure that gun owners do everything they can to prevent firearm accidents and keep guns out of the wrong hands.

For the first time since 2008, Project Childsafe received a Justice Department grant, worth $2.4 million, to help it continue its mission of “promoting firearms safety among firearms owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits.”

The program, which is headed up by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, has since come under fire from anti-2nd Amendment groups because it promotes firearm safety and responsibility rather than unconstitutional gun bans.

This month, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and its allies began circulating a petition to have federal funds to the group blocked.

Watch Hillary supporters unwittingly endorse Donald Trump’s tax plan

ABC talk show host Jimmy Kimmel isn’t necessarily the first media person you think of when making a short list of Hollywood types who don’t mind making Hillary Clinton look foolish.

But there he was Tuesday, setting up a pretty funny man-on-the-street segment in which Hillary Clinton supporters were told about Donald Trump’s tax plan … without being told that the plan was Trump’s idea instead of Hillary’s.

In other words, they thought they were hearing Hillary’s ideas — so they naturally agreed with them. But after learning a) they’re ignorant about their own candidate and b) they actually like Trump’s plan, some of these folks’ reactions appeared surprisingly honest.

Here’s the Kimmel show’s “Lie Witness News” clip, straight from Hollywood Boulevard:

One guy even comes around and says “I support Donald Trump, then,” after learning Hillary wasn’t the (wo)man behind the tax plan.

NPR social engineers propose a replacement version of the Confederate flag

Runaway cultural phenomena — the kind that adsorb into the fabric of social history and remain vital after decades and centuries — never have a chance at longevity unless they’re birthed by eggheads whose sole aim is to artificially influence human tendencies and behaviors.

Do you have a problem with that statement?

Apparently, the folks at National Public Radio don’t. In one of those top-down, sterile, abstract thought exercises — the kind in which the participants confuse their own gratification at being a part of the process with an expectation that the rest of the messy, self-willed world should care — NPR’s Studio 360 program has teamed up with a graphic design firm to come up with a modern-day replacement for the Confederate flag.

This is it:

new flag

What are you looking at here? The creators, Stefan Reddick and Gus Granger of the Dallas-based 70kft design firm, tried to explain it to NPR:

Veterans and service members angry over combat patch that looks like it was designed by Islamic terrorists

A number of U.S. veterans and service members are angry that the Army approved a patch for soldiers fighting ISIS that bears a striking resemblance to a Muslim Brotherhood logo.

USA Today reported last week that soldiers in the fight against the Islamic State are receiving a new patch:

All told, there are about 3,335 troops in the region training Iraqi troops, providing security and conducing bombing missions on Islamic State targets in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

The Army’s patch features crossed scimitars, a palm wreath and stars. The scimitars, short swords with curved blades, are meant to symbolize the twin goals of the U.S.-led coalition: to defeat the Islamic State, also referred to as ISIL, and to restore stability in the region, according to Army documents.

The palm wreath is symbol of honor. While the stars and the buff-and-blue colors on the patch indicate the three-star command and the land, air and sea forces involved in the fight.

Americans sign petition to ban public discussion on religion and politics

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. — The 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

In his latest “man on the street” video, California prankster and liberty activist Mark Dice collects dozens of signatures from Americans willing to throw away their constitutionally protected rights to free speech.

Dice asked San Diego beachgoers to sign a petition to ban discussions about “politics and religion” in public, particularly on the city’s beaches.

“We don’t really need people talking about politics and religion out in public, right?” Dice asks one man, who says he agrees.