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Trump Calls North Korean Dictator ‘A Madman Who…Will Be Tested Like Never Before’

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by Susan Jones, CNSNews:

In their ongoing war of words, President Trump is the latest to ante-up, calling North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un a “madman” in one of his early Friday morning tweets:

 

“Kim Jong-un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” Trump tweeted around 6:30 a.m.

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This follows Kim’s rare, personal response to Trump’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, when Trump warned that “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if the rogue regime forces the U.S. to defend itself or its allies.

 

On Friday, responding to Trump, Kim described the U.S. president as “mentally deranged” and a “dotard,” and said the U.S. would “pay dearly” for his threat.

 

Kim warned his regime may take “a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history,” according to the statement released by its official KCNA news agency.

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Pensions and Debt Time Bomb In UK: £1 Trillion Crisis Looms

by Mark O’Byrne, GoldCore:

– £1 trillion crisis looms as pensions deficit and consumer loans snowball out of control
– UK pensions deficit soared by £100B to £710B, last month
– £200B unsecured consumer credit “time bomb” warn FCA
– 8.3 million people in UK with debt problems
– 2.2 million people in UK are in financial distress
– ‘President Trump land’ there is a savings gap of $70 trillion
– Global problem as pensions gap of developed countries growing by $28B per day

Editor: Mark O’Byrne

 

There is a £1 trillion debt time bomb hanging over the United Kingdom. We are nearing the end of the timebomb’s long fuse and it looks set to explode in the coming months.

No one knows how to diffuse the £1 trillion bomb and who should be taking responsibility. It is made up of two major components.

  • £710 billion is the terrifying size of the UK pensions deficit
  • £200 billion is the amount of dynamite in the consumer credit time bomb

How did the sovereign nation that is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland get itself so deep in the red?

This is not a problem that is bore only by the Brits. In the rest of the developed world a $70 trillion pensions deficit hangs heavy.

We are all in this boat because we apparently didn’t learn from the massive man made crisis that was the 2008 financial crisis.

Read more @ goldcore.com

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts – Ubi Sunt? Not With a Bang, But a Whimper

from jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot:

“Love does not make you weak, because it is the source of all strength, but it makes you see the nothingness of the illusory strength on which you depended before you knew it.”

Léon Bloy

Stocks were a little wobbly today, although the VIX continued to be at quite low levels for this year at least.

The economic news is mixed, as usual.

The dollar gave a little of yesterday’s sharp rally higher back today. The rally itself was more technical than anything else, given the long decline that it has already seen. Certainly any notions of a hawkish Fed raising rates with enough fortitude to make a difference in the dollar is sheer fantasy.

The Fed may have one more rate increase in them for this year, but they are already on thin ice given the weak recovery and lingering lack of organic growth. The reasons are so obvious one really hates to keep repeating them.

Read More @ jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

Hurricane Maria just wiped out ALL power on the entire island of Puerto Rico … still think prepping is a waste of time?

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by JD Heyes, NaturalNews:

Life in Puerto Rico is about to turn medieval, thanks to the massive damage caused by Hurricane Maria, the once-in-a-century storm that just destroyed the island nation’s entire power grid.

As reported by The Washington Post, sustained gale-force winds of up to 155 miles power hour when Maria made landfall leveled buildings, flooded cities with more than 20 inches of rain, “disabled radar, weather stations and cell towers” across the country.

As the UK’s Daily Mail added, the storm also eliminated the island’s power grid, which, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said, was “a little bit old, mishandled and weak” before the storm blew through.

Asked by CNN when the nation might have power restored, Rosselló’s prognosis was grim, indeed.

“It depends on the damage to the infrastructure,” Rosselló said. “I’m afraid it’s probably going to be severe. If it is … we’re looking at months as opposed to weeks or days.”

Continuing, he said, “It’s nothing short of a major disaster.”

It’s obviously far too early to tell how soon power will be restored to Puerto Rico, but that said, there are still some Florida residents without power more than a week after Hurricane Irma laid waste to much of that state.

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The U.S. President’s Role in a Time of Devastating Disasters

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by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, wallstreetonparade:

Today’s Houston Chronicle carries a photo and report of “thousands of piles of Hurricane Harvey wreckage on Houston curbs” still waiting for removal. The devastating flooding from Hurricane Harvey in late August has impacted low income families the hardest with another article in the paper reporting that residents of a public housing complex in Houston “have been asked to pay rent for flooded units deemed uninhabitable even as the mayor has condemned private landlords for similar practices.”

In the Florida Keys, where major devastation occurred when Hurricane Irma hit the area on September 10 as a Category 4 hurricane, the schools remain closed and will begin to reopen on a staggered basis beginning Monday. The Miami Herald’s digital edition today shows a photo of the devastation unleashed on Big Pine Key by Hurricane Irma, which made landfall at Cudjoe Key, approximately 20 miles north of Key West. Monroe County, home to the Keys, estimates that 20 percent or more of the homes in the Keys were badly damaged or destroyed.

As millions of impacted Americans attempted to assist others and rebuild from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, another monster Hurricane hit Puerto Rico yesterday, Hurricane Maria, leaving it darkened and without any municipal electric power whatsoever. The U.S. Territory was still attempting to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Irma, which had brushed the northern side of the island two weeks earlier, when Hurricane Maria hit as a Category 4 hurricane yesterday, the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico since 1932. The extent of the devastation there is still uncertain. The San Juan Daily Star newspaper’s website shows that it was last updated two days ago, on September 19. Last evening, weather officials reported that “catastrophic” flooding was occurring in parts of Puerto Rico.

As Americans were attempting to remove water-logged furniture from their homes, rake up debris in their yards, chain saw uprooted trees, repair roofs or, for the more seriously impacted who had lost their homes in their entirety, to find alternate housing for themselves and their families – along comes a devastating magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Mexico which has thus far left 245 dead in central Mexico, thousands injured, and dozens of flattened buildings with an unknown number of people still waiting to be rescued.

Read More @ wallstreetonparade.com

Public School Accuses 5 Year Old of Making Terrorist Threats

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from Daily Bell:

When I was in kindergarten, I found a knife in the pocket of a hand-me-down jacket I was wearing for the first time. I gave it to my teacher, and I don’t remember her reacting at all. She gave the knife to my parents when they picked me up at the end of the day. And that was that.

I used to run around at recess at that age with the other kids, and use bent sticks as fake guns. We shot at each other, rolled down hills dying from fake bullet wounds, and used pinecones as grenades. Looking back that sounds a little bit morbid, but I think I ended up fine. I didn’t torture small animals nor did I become a serial killer. In fact, I never killed anything bigger than a bug until a few weeks ago when I slaughtered some chickens for the first time.

I’m pretty confident that some of my 5-year-old artwork in school included death and destruction. But that was decades ago. Now, kids are labeled terrorists for acting like kids.

It’s no wonder kids pretend the way they do with the violent focus of the media. You probably couldn’t insulate your kid from bombs and bloodshed if you tried. I wouldn’t be surprised if they discussed it in the kindergarten class.

Yet a 5-year-old was suspended for making a terrorist threat. The tuition-free public charter school in Modesto California said the five-year-old intentionally made threats meant to intimidate and harass.

The kid, Jackson, told the teacher he couldn’t take off his backpack because there was a bomb in it, and it would explode if he did. Sounds like a hero to me.

Read More @ thedailybell.com

Clapper: ‘Conceivable’ Trump Was Picked Up in Conversations With Manafort

by Susan Jones, CNSNews:

“Is it possible the president was picked up in a conversation with Paul Manafort?” CNN’s Don Lemon asked former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Wednesday night.

 

“It’s certainly conceivable,” Clapper responded.

 

“Is it likely?” Lemon asked him.

 

“I can’t say,” Clapper responded. “I wouldn’t want to go there, but I will say it’s – it’s possible.”

 

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Yet, Clapper previously has said that he is unaware of any FISA-authorized wiretapping of Trump Tower or the Trump campaign.

 

Lemon began the Wednesday night interview by asking Clapper to comment on an exclusive CNN report that government investigators obtained a FISA court warrant to wiretap Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, both before and after the election, including times when Manafort was communicating directly with the president.

 

‘What’s your reaction to that?” Lemon asked Clapper.

 

“Well, I can’t comment on a specific FISA order,” Clapper said. “I said some things about this on “Meet the Press” on the 5th of March, and I stand on that statement. I can’t – I can’t confirm or deny.”

 

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Weighs Using “Kinetic Weapon” On North Korea

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by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

 

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted at using a kinetic weapon on Tuesday while discussing tensions with North Korea when he made a Freudian slip.

Mattis was asked whether there was “any military option the US can take with North Korea that would not put Seoul at grave risk,” Mattis responded, “Yes, there are, but I will not go into details.”

Later during the press conference, another reporter questioned Mattis and caught him off-guard:

“Just to clarify, you said that there were possible military options that would not create a grave risk to Seoul,” a reporter asked. “Are we talking kinetic options as well?”

“Yes, I don’t want to go into that,” Mattis responded.

Previously, Mattis stated that a war with North Korea would “involve the massive shelling of an ally’s capital, (South Korea) which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth.”

U.S. President Donald Trump in a speech to the United Nations on Tuesday threatened to “totally destroy North Korea” if Pyongyang didn’t quit its nuclear testing and threats.

Read more @ activistpost.com