If you are working on your UrbanSurvival Junior News Analyst Badge, here’s the question for you to be working on as your “final examination.”
Does the evidence support the notion that the terrorism attacks in the UK are really a mechanism through which the factions are still fighting over the future of the UK’s BREXIT from the European Onion? (sic)
There are some data points that might lead one down this path of speculation.
For one, the UK is about to head for the polls again and an election which will determine the future of the May government.
We have mentioned this previously: ISIS either has incredible stupid strategic planners – who do dumb things like stage attacks just prior to elections and events where Muslims can suffer PR and strategic public opinion losses (like this weekend’s mess).
OR, says an alternative viewpoint, there is a deliberately pursued timing going on such that ISIS is staging attacks at precisely the moment when there would be maximal public disgust and that is really their agenda…
Naturally, when there is an agenda, we tend to Follow The Money (FTM).
So here’s one that you don’t hear very much about in the LameStreamMedia: Since the BREXIT vote last June do you have any idea how much the FTSE (British Footsie) stock index is up?
I ran the numbers this morning: Up 22.9%.
Meantime, let’s see of Germany and France did in comparison, shall we?
The French CAC-40 closed Friday at 5,343.44. Brexit vote week last year? 4,106.74. Yep: France is up 30.1% so the UK is lagging the French. And that’s a country which just voted down the strong-border Marine Le Pen conservatives.
Germany? Last Friday the DAX closed at 12,822.95. A\s year ago it was languishing around 9,557.16. Like Merkel, or not, the German stock market investors have to love her because the German market is up 34.17%.
For the sake of comparison, the US closed Friday at 2,439.07 on the S&P 500 while at Brexit vote last year we stood at 2,037.41. A mere 19.7% increase.
And this gets us to a tantalizing area of study: To what extent are extremely loose to nearly non-existent immigration policies (coupled with social chaos) feeding growth?
Those countries with the high Middle East refugee flood have the highest stock market growth. While those with lesser immigration seem to be lagging.
14,952.02 was where the Japanese Nikkei 225 stood a year ago (week of June 24th/Brexit week). Last Friday the N225 closed at 20,177.28. That’s 34.9% growth in stock prices.
So what the heck is going on?
Well, I started the research this weekend to figure it out. And the answer seems rather surprising.
It seems that stock price advances aren’t driven solely by ISIS, or Trump-Hating (a new US national pastime). Climate Change, or radiation leaks and nuclear meltdown remediation (if such a thing is possible).
Instead we come to a more generalized theory that is stated something like this:
ABSENT ORGANIC GROWTH, WE ARE IN A PERIOD OF SYNTHETIC GROWTH BASED ON RAMPING CHAOS AND DISHARMONY.
What does ISIS share with Ferguson, illegal Mexican immigration, Chinese Island-building, or Fukushima?
They are all economic stimulatives. They make up new industry, more social control, and as a “reason” for people to pay ever-more taxes.
Yet it’s such a big (and outlandish) notion – yet supported by the data at the uber-macro level – that few will wrap their heads around it.
We are passing a social control tripping point that may be described as the tip from T&A stimulus to violence-based social controls.
Nowhere do I find the notion more evident that seeing 208-million Google hits on the word “Kardashian” while ISIS hits are now up to 230-million hits.
CNN Staging the News
We would draw your attention to the Israel National News (Arutz Sheva -9) which is running with “Did CNN stage ‘Muslim Mothers’ protest after London attack? CNN accused of ‘fake news’ after recordings show reporter directing anti-ISIS Muslim protesters near scene of London attack…”
And whoever was staging it (for CNN?) tried to sell it to BBC, as well. A tweet on point:
Meantime, we observe that left-leaning (and anti-Trump) CNN has come under pressure to fire an Iranian-born show host Reza Aslan for calling president Trump a “…piece of shit…”
CNN is quoted (here at TVNewser) as responding ““Reza Aslan is not a CNN employee, but does host a series on the network,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. ”
But alas, after getting months of reader e-mail and comment nasty’s for our reporting on the anti-Trump bias in the U.S. media back when, but today even the New York Times is coming around to our view in the story “After London Attack, Trump Again the Center of Partisan Media Combat.”
We hold to our original premise to this day: Too much channel capacity leads to low quality reportage. We just got there six months ago.
Joys of “Flying Nukes”
Interesting observations from our oak leaf cluster military affairs whiz:
Apollo PA is around 60 mile NE of Pittsburgh. It’s long been rumored that missing weapons grade plutonium from that site ended up in the hands of Israeli nuclear bomb teams in he 60s. This is theorized to have jump-stared the Israeli nuke program. Now, further alleged nuke cooperation with Israel has been revealed from reputable sources.
Nuke batteries are used routinely on unmanned space vehicles, such as the Mars rovers, Cassini and Voyager probes and others. Russia and China have been doing the same. In the 60s, this was deep black technology, classified at the highest levels. If accurate, providing the batteries to Israel in order to permit uninterrupted, long term remote intelligence gathering proved to be a literal game changer in the Six Day War.
Fast forward 50 years and let your imagination conjure up new and innovative ways to deploy this capability. The linked article reveals some interesting methods the batteries may have been used for in the past.
Some other renewable technologies are on the cusp of achieving reliable long-term use, such as solar electric unmanned systems the fly high or operate on a the surface of the ocean for weeks or months without needing to land or dock. These systems could be used for communications, command and control, intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance, or weather/climate tracking.
Bottom line: unless information is encrypted or physical structures cloaked or shielded, nothing is a secret. Look up and smile!
We’ll try…but ever since the Planet X bust looking up (like Hillary whining) seems just so….pointless!
Meanwhile, Back at the Economy
Stocks are looking to consolidate and maybe pull back a bit this week as we are just past the traditional “sell in May and go away” window.
Labor Department press release on productivity and costs is just out. If you have the NoDoz, I have the press release…
“Nonfarm business sector labor productivity was unchanged during the first quarter of 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, as both
output and hours worked increased 1.7 percent. (All quarterly percent changes in this release are seasonally adjusted annual rates.) From the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017, productivity increased 1.2 percent, reflecting a 2.5-percent increase in output and a 1.3-percent increase in hours worked.
Labor productivity, or output per hour, is calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of hours worked by all persons, including employees,
proprietors, and unpaid family workers. Measures released today were based on more recent source data than were available for the preliminary report.
Unit labor costs in the nonfarm business sector increased 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017, reflecting a 2.2-percent increase in hourly compensation; productivity was unchanged. Unit labor costs increased 1.1 percent over the last four quarters.
BLS calculates unit labor costs as the ratio of hourly compensation to labor productivity. Increases in hourly compensation tend to increase unit labor costs, and increases in output per hour tend to reduce them. (Then they sprinkle fairy-dust on them- G)
Manufacturing sector labor productivity increased 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2017, as output increased 2.6 percent and hours worked increased
2.1 percent. Output per hour decreased 0.7 percent in the durable goods manufacturing sector and increased 2.7 percent in the nondurable goods
Gallup Consumer Spending is just out, too: Up $9-bucks.
The rest of the week looks like a yawner, too.
You Know It’s a Slow News Week When…
Even after two cups of high octane coffee my blood pressure this morning is 124 over 77 pulse 74.
By contrast Sunday was 111 over 67 pulse 53.
So we ask this savory question as a result: We know that blood pressure varies during the day.
An abstract here says (in part):
“Studies comparing the performance of people with high and normal blood pressure levels have shown that high blood pressure or hypertension is related to poorer performance on tests of attention, learning and memory, executive functions, visuospatial skills, psychomotor abilities, and perceptual skills. Hypertension is also predictive of cognitive decline.”
But coffee seems to help IQ, so I feel on average confused.
Which makes it what day of the week? Oh…Monday…yeah coming clear now…
Dow futures down 17…’nother NoDoz?