Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Spain’s New Big Bubble Begins to Wobble

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by Don Quijones, Wolf Street:

Tourism is now bigger than construction was during the real estate bubble.

Since hitting rock bottom in 2013, Spain has been one of the biggest engines of economic growth in Europe, expanding at around 3{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} per year. But according to a report by the Bank of Spain, most of the factors behind this growth — such as cheaper global oil prices, the ECB’s expansionary monetary policy, and the subsequent decline in value of the Euro — are externally driven and transitory in nature.

This is particularly true for arguably the biggest driver of Spain’s economic recovery, its unprecedented tourism boom, which some local economists are finally beginning to call a bubble.

In large part the boom/bubble is a result of the recent surge in geopolitical risks affecting rival tourist destinations like Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia and, in smaller measure, France, which helped boost the number of foreign visitors to Spain in 2016 to a historic record of 75.3 million people — an 11.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} increase on 2015.

Based on first-half figures for this year, the trend is set to continue, at least for a little while longer. Between January and June 2017 36.3 million foreign visitors came to Spain — an increase of 11.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} on the same period of 2016. But if recent developments are any indication, this year’s surge in visitors could well represent Spain’s tourist boom’s final swansong.

Rising “Tourism-phobia.” After years of growing public opposition to the unrestrained growth of the Barcelona’s tourist industry, the city has witnessed a rash of coordinated attacks against tourist targets led by Arran, the youth wing of the radical separatist CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy) party. Arran’s highly publicized actions have spawned a flurry of copycat attacks in places like Palma de Mallorca, San Sebastian and most recently Tenerife.

The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy condemned the acts of vandalism, warning protesters that the tourism trade is essential to the country’s prosperity.

He’s absolutely right: Spain’s tourist industry represents around 13{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the entire economy. That’s two-and-a-half percentage points larger than the contribution of Spain’s construction sector at the peak of Spain’s mind boggling housing boom in 2007.

Tourism has also played a vital role in Spain’s economic recovery, accounting for 26{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the 1.4 million new jobs created since 2013. Without those jobs, the total number of unemployed in Spain would quickly surge back over the 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} mark. The impact on Spain’s biggest tourist regions such as Catalonia and the Balearic Islands would be even more pronounced, since almost 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the new jobs created there since 2013 there depend on tourism.

Biting the hand that doesn’t quite feed you. What Rajoy conveniently ignores is that the benefits of Spain’s massive tourist boom have been enjoyed almost exclusively by businesses and property owners, while the externalities (sky-high prices and rents, overcrowding, noise, overstretched public services and infrastructure, the erosion of the town or city’s distinctive character, and the gradual formation of a mono-dimensional economy) have been distributed far more broadly.

Profits across virtually all categories of the sector (apart from five-star accommodation) are up on average by 10{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} year on year, according to Spain’s national statistics agency. Yet those profits are not being shared evenly. So far this year there have been 139 collective bargaining agreements in the sector, which have led to a median wage increase of just 1.28{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} — not enough to even cover “official” inflation, which in July was 1.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. In other words, for the 519,373 people covered by these agreements, their wages have actually gone down in real terms over the last year.

Many employers, in particular large hotel groups, have refused to raise salaries at all for their workers despite the eye-watering profits they’re making. All this is happening against a backdrop of soaring rents. In July rents in Spain increased year-on-year by 9.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. The trend is most pronounced in the most popular tourist destinations like Santa Cruz de Tenerife (15.7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}), Alava (15.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}), Barcelona (14.3{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}), and the Balearic Islands (10.1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}).

The limits of growth. For many businesses, investors and lawmakers, the sky is the limit when it comes to the tourist industry’s future growth potential. Yet many of Spain’s hot spots are already so saturated that even the tourists are beginning to complain. In a recent study by the Barcelona City Council, 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the tourists surveyed thought that prices in the city were too high, while 59{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} believed that the streets and main sights were too crowded.

Things have gotten so bad in Barcelona that even the Chamber of Commerce is calling for action, including a large hike in the tax day-tripping tourists must pay to visit the city. 17 million of the 35 million people who visit the city each year do not even stay the night. The Chambers president Miquel Valls lamented that Barcelona is living through a “tourist invasion” and he called for fewer tourists and more quality.

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US Launches Quiet Crackdown On Cryptocurrencies

from ZeroHedge:

While all eyes were distracted with the Trump-demeaning headlines of the foreign sanctions bill, few spotted the hidden mandate that foreign governments monitor cryptocurrency circulations as a measure to combat “illicit finance trends” in an effort to “combat terrorism.”

As Coinivore reports, the bill requires the governments to develop a “national security strategy” to combat the “financing of terrorism and related forms of illicit finance.”

Governments will be further required to monitor “data regarding trends in illicit finance, including evolving forms of value transfer such as so-called cryptocurrencies.”

According to the bill, an initial draft strategy is expected to come before Congress within the next year, and will see input from U.S. financial regulators, the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department.

The bill calls for:

“[A] discussion of and data regarding trends in illicit finance, including evolving forms of value transfer such as so-called cryptocurrencies, other methods that are computer, telecommunications, or internet-based, cybercrime, or any other threats that the Secretary may choose to identify.”

Interestingly enough, Coindesk reports, “the new bill echoes another submitted in May as part of a wider Department of Homeland Security legislative package.” That measure, as CoinDesk reported at the timecalls for research into the potential use of cryptocurrencies by terrorists. 

Like the DHS bill, the new sanctions law doesn’t constitute a shift in policy, but rather indicates that Congress is taking steps to explore the issue more closely.

Just more examples of the U.S. government trying to impose its will upon other nations and citizens who never lived there, as witnessed with the arrest of Alexander Vinnik in Greece, BTC-E’s alleged CEO according to the Department Of Justice.

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If You Stand With Trump, Please Support #TeamTrump Candidates For Congress

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by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

Do you stand with President Trump? If so, I would like to ask you to support #TeamTrump candidates for Congress all over the nation. I am running on a pro-Trump platform in Idaho’s first congressional district, and so far I have created an enormous amount of buzz all over the state. But in order to win, I have to get my message out to hundreds of thousands of potential voters that are not familiar with my work, and that is going to take a lot of time, effort, energy and resources. It is humbling to be in a position where I am forced to rely on others, and I am learning how to reach out and ask for help. If you would like to contribute to the campaign, you can do so right here. Every single dollar makes a tremendous difference, and no donation is too small.

Fortunately, other #TeamTrump candidates are also starting to gain momentum across the country. Omar Navaro and Paul Nehlen are just two examples. If every Trump voter in the country donated at least one dollar to the campaign of a pro-Trump candidate for Congress today, all of us could have our campaigns completely funded by tomorrow. I recently learned that Americans spend 80 billion dollars a year on lottery tickets. It is so sad that people are literally flushing tens of billions of dollars down the toilet when they could be doing something constructive with it. Would you be willing to donate at least one dollar to my campaign? I personally see every single donation that comes into my campaign, and every single one encourages me so greatly.

Right now, many Democrats are having absolutely no problems raising money. If the Democrats win control of the Senate and the House in 2018, they are going to impeach President Trump, and their donors smell blood in the water.

And an effort may be made to impeach President Trump anyway if the composition of Congress stays about the same that it is right now. Many establishment Republicans would jump at the chance to stab Trump in the back, and that is why it is absolutely imperative that we get Trump a lot of friends in Congress in 2018.

Whoever wins the Republican primary here in Idaho’s first congressional district next May is going to win the general election the following November. There is no incumbent running for this seat, and I have a feeling that my primary opposition may come from a RINO in the state legislature that is rumored to be entering the race shortly. If this particular RINO ends up winning, he will be no friend of Trump.

But if I am elected, I will do whatever I can to stop the investigations into Trump and his family. It is abundantly clear that these investigations are simply witch hunts, and I will fight as hard as I can against the efforts of the Deep State to remove Trump from office.

The fate of the Trump presidency is going to hang in the balance in the mid-term elections, and many of these congressional elections are going to be decided by who raises the most money. If I can get my message out to every voter in this district, I will win, because I am much more conservative than anyone else in the race.

If you would like to help me win this race, there are several ways that you can do that…

Donate – Your donations are literally the fuel that moves our campaign forward. Since this is a completely wide open race with no incumbent, I have a very clear path to victory, but that will only happen if all of you stand with me. You have no idea how blessed I am by each contribution, and if you would like to join the effort you can do so right here.

Join The Email List – The email list on our official campaign website is how we will be keeping everyone informed about the campaign. So if you want to be part of what we are doing, please go to MichaelSnyderForCongress.com and subscribe to the email list.

Blast Campaign Materials Out To Your Email List – Perhaps you may not have much money to donate to the campaign right now, but when you forward articles such as this one out to your email contacts that multiplies the impact that we have. Some of you have hundreds of email contacts, and some of you have thousands, and it would be a tremendous help if you would share what we are trying to do with all of them.

Twitter Hashtags #MAGA And #TeamTrump – Would you be willing to post a message to Twitter each day with the hashtags #MAGA and #TeamTrump? Of course MAGA means “make America great again”, and the #TeamTrump hashtag is being used by pro-Trump campaigns all over the nation.

Sign Locations – If you live in the first congressional district here in Idaho, we are looking for locations on private property to put up signs. Ideally, we are looking for locations along roads that are heavily traveled. If you know of such a location that would be available for us, please go to MichaelSnyderForCongress.com and send me a message.

Facebook – I get a great deal of engagement on my personal Facebook profile, but we are also trying to increase engagement on our official Facebook campaign page. If you would be willing to visit the page regularly and like and share our material that would be an exceedingly great help to us.

Special Promotions – Thanks to those that supported our efforts on HelpMichaelWin.com, we have been able to print up much needed brochures and signs. We are hoping to have another special promotion ready to roll for my next interview on the Alex Jones Show on Tuesday.

Since the campaign launched on July 4th, God has been opening up door after door, and amazing things have been happening. The path to victory is very clear, but I also know that I could never do this alone. No matter how much time, effort and energy I put into this, this campaign will not succeed without the help of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors.

If you are wondering if I need your help, the answer is yes. You can donate to the campaign right here, and I would also like to ask you to prayerfully consider getting directly involved in the campaign in other ways as well.

My hope was that this campaign would bring together family, friends and fellow believers to work toward a common goal, and it has been such a thrill to see that actually happen. I want to thank everyone that has stepped forward to help us so far, and I can’t wait to see what happens next…

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Andy Hoffman – Interview With Renegade Investor-The Star Trek Financial Environment, As Crypto Usurps Fiat

by Andy Hoffman, Miles Franklin:

Andrew (“Andy”) Hoffman, CFA joined Miles Franklin as Marketing Director in October 2011. For more than a decade, he was a U.S.-based buy-side and sell-side analyst, most notably as an II-ranked oil service analyst at Salomon Smith Barney from 1999 through 2005. Since 2002, his investment focus has been entirely on Precious Metals – and since 2006, has written free, public missives regarding gold, silver, and macroeconomics.  Prior to joining the company, he spent five years working as an Investor Relations officer or consultant to numerous junior mining companies. 

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Dave Janda, Sunday, August 13, 2017 – Eric Dubin and Dane Wigington

by Dave Janda, Dave Janda:

Nutrition, Wellness, Climate Change, Manipulation of financial markets, New World Order Syndicate, Obama Care, Free Market Health Reform, Putin, The Ukraine, ISIS, Syria, The Constitution, Natural resources, Reserve currency, Corruption, gold, silver, Global Elite, International Banking Cabal, debt, Federal Reserve, Too Big To Fail Banks, Crony Capitalism, Debt Ceiling, Financial implosion, Recession, Economic Depression, Freedom, Liberty

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Manager of World’s Largest Hedge Fund Says Buy Gold

by Peter Schiff, SchiffGold:

Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio said investors should buy gold.

Bridgewater manages about $160 billion in assets according to its website, and ranks as the worlds largest hedge fund.

In a LinkedIn post, Dalio wrote, “prospective risks are now rising and do not appear appropriately priced in.” He specifically cited geopolitical tensions, especially the war of words between North Korea and the United states, and the looming deadline for Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

 

The emerging risks appear more political than economic, which makes them especially challenging to price in. Most immediately, during the calm of the August vacation season, we are seeing 1) two confrontational, nationalistic, and militaristic leaders playing chicken with each other, while the world is watching to see which one will be caught bluffing, or if there will be a hellacious war, and 2) the odds of Congress failing to raise the debt ceiling (leading to a technical default, a temporary government shutdown, and increased loss of faith in the effectiveness of our political system) rising. It’s hard to bet on such things, one way or another, so the best that one can do is be neutral to such possibilities.”

Dalio said he is “humble” when it comes to assessing political matters and didn’t make any predictions about particular events. But he emphasized the importance of staying liquid, diversified. and not becoming overly exposed to to any particular economic outcome.

We can also say that if the above things go badly, it would seem that gold (more than other safe haven assets like the dollar, yen, and treasuries) would benefit, so if you don’t have 5-10{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of your assets in gold as a hedge, we’d suggest that you relook at this. Don’t let traditional biases, rather than an excellent analysis, stand in the way of you doing this.”

The price of gold has surged as investors seek safe-haven amidst increasing geopolitical tensions. Gold was up about 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} this week and hit a 2-month high. Pres. Trump promised “fire and fury” if North Korea continues its threatening posture. The next day, he doubled down saying his warning wasn’t strong enough.

Commodities expert Dennis Gartman echoed Dalio sentiments during an interview on CNBC saying, “gold is about to break out on the upside strongly.” He advised having 10 to 15{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of your portfolio in gold.

One never knows when geopolitical risks will arise. One never knows when something untoward will happen economically. So yes, you should have some part of your portfolio in [gold]. I think you should have a tad bit more than 5 or 10{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} at this point. The stock market looks a little vulnerable. The geopolitical circumstances are getting worse and worse. So, I think you probably need to bring that up to 10 to 15{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, rather than 5 to 10.”

Gartman not only expressed concern about the saber rattling between the US and North Korea, but also inflationary pressures, and the fact that monetary authorities have been expanding supply reserves.

In an interview on RT, Peter Schiff also emphasized that it’s important to look beyond the political crisis of the day, and that we need to keep our eye on the Federal Reserve.

At some point, I do expect people to embrace gold. Not necessarily because of the geopolitical aspect, but because of the inflationary aspects, because people realize these fiat currencies  are going to lose a lot of purchasing power, that a lot of central banks are stuck at the zero bound, and even if they raise interest rates slightly, they’re going to lower them back down, and they keep doing quantitative easing. So, I think people will be drawn back to gold for the monetary properties it has had for centuries.”

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CNN Is Reporting “the 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} Are Bugging Out”-Something Evil This Way Comes

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by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:

50{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the Silicone Valley billionaire elite are building underground bunkers and their numbers are growing exponentially. Why? What do they know that we don’t? Bankers are leaving the country. Many of our leaders have escape plans that have leaked out (i.e. Dick Cheney). CNN reported 3 days ago that the 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} billionaires are bugging out.

Relevant Background to the Elite Bugging Out

A migration to underground hideouts began almost 5 years ago in earnest for members of the alphabet soup agency retirees. I knew one of these “refugees” personally and he pointed to 2015 as the time when he anticipated that all hell was going to break loose. I wrote an article about the defection of my FEMA contact, his family and like-minded individuals from FEMA and DHS,  almost five years ago.

Pastor Lindsay Williams sent me an email regarding a survival tip for the difficult times ahead. Pastor Williams has been a guest on my show several times and I sent him back an email asking when he would like to come back on my show. He responded that he has stopped doing interviews. His message indicated it is almost time to stop talking and to start preparing for some very dark days.

How do I know?  Some of my very best contacts have told me that it is time to stop warning the people, because it is now time to start hiding from the wrong people. My initial reaction is to not believe them, but there are too many well-placed sources to not take this advice seriously.

Jim Marrs Saw the Warning on the Wall Five Years Ago

I first became aware of the elite bugging out in an interview on The Common Sense Show, the late Jim Marrs discussed how approximately 400-500 top level bankers have left their positions and have gone into seclusion. Marrs reminded my listening audience of how the elite have developed seed vaults which only they have access to. Marrs was clearly alluding to the fact that some very bad events are coming and the global elite are aware of it and are moving to meet the threat.  I have firsthand knowledge of four ex-fed officials and their families who have relocated to safety enclaves when doing so was very disruptive to their respective family’s lives. Increasingly, it is looking like some major event(s) is/are coming and persons with insider information are attempting to remove themselves from harm’s way.

Another media friend of mine, Paul Martin, of Revolution Radio, has been repeatedly telling me that several key contacts of his from the various alphabet soup agencies as well as the military have, or are, leaving the country in anticipation of what is coming. In the past several months, I have had a number of phone calls from media people who are telling me that their sources are repeating the same mantra, or they are just dropping off of  the radar.

Silicone Valley

Two months ago, I raised the question on why Silicone Valley executives are going underground. The rate is increasing exponentially as 50{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the Silicone Valley billionaire elite are building underground bunkers. Why? What do they know that we don’t?

Here is what they these people know, they cavort with the military industrial complex, therefore, they have inside track to this kind of information.  We should all be a little bit more than worried. Here’s a recap of what I previously reported in this ever-increasing trend.

Tomorrow, I will be publishing some globalist population projections with regard to the United States and the information is terrifying.

Even Fake News CNN Is Reporting That the 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} Billionaires Are Preparing for the “Apocalypse”

As reported by CNN:

“…Many of the world’s elite, including hedge fund managers, sports stars and tech executives (Bill Gates is rumored to have bunkers at all his properties) have chosen to design their own secret shelters to house their families and staff.

Gary Lynch, general manager of Texas-based Rising S Company, says 2016 sales for their custom high-end underground bunkers grew 700{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} compared to 2015, while overall sales have grown 300{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} since the November US presidential election alone…”

When the mainstream is reporting what has previously been denied, we need to ask ourselves what is coming?

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Researchers May Have Found A Way To Beat HIV, And It All Stems From Cows

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by Brianna Acuesta, True Activist:

Cows may be the answer to something that’s not related to food.

The continued existence of cattle around the world can be pinned on humans’ need to consume them, whether that’s by using their milk or eating their meat. Besides this primary function, and the fact that they can rapidly eat grass, there doesn’t seem to be a huge need for cows otherwise, save for companionship. However, researchers may have just found another complex purpose for these sturdy creatures that has nothing to do with food but everything to do with health.

If you’re not familiar with HIV or are unsure why it’s so difficult to control, here’s the breakdown: the Human Immunodeficiency Virus infects a specific white blood cell that is built to attack viruses, making it not only difficult to detect the virus but nearly impossible to attack. On the off chance that a human’s immune system is able to create antibodies to defeat the virus, which has been observed before, it takes years for this to happen and by then the virus has already evolved so much that it can overcome the antibodies. As a result, the best response to HIV are bNAbs, or broadly neutralising antibodies, which can attack multiple forms of virus at once.

“From the early days of the epidemic, we have recognized that HIV is very good at evading immunity, so exceptional immune systems that naturally produce broadly neutralizing antibodies to HIV are of great interest – whether they belong to humans or cattle,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Researchers turned to cows after recognizing that a complex immune and digestive system might be the key to combatting the virus. Since cattle have a ruminant digestive system that allows grass to sit for a period of time in order to ferments, scientists knew that their systems are riddled with hostile bacteria that they deal with on a daily basis. They decided to test the animals to see if they already contained or could produce the necessary antibodies to defeat HIV and its rapidity.

For the experiment, injected 117 calves with the virus antigens and tested them regularly to see how their bodies responded. Since HIV is not natural to cattle, as it started as a virus for primates that mutated to attack human cells, their bodies would have to produce an all new response to the infection. The results were “mind-blowing,” as researchers said, as the cattle began producing bNAbs to fight the virus within weeks.

“The response blew our minds,” Dr. Devin Sok, one of the researchers, told BBC News. “It was just insane how good it looked. In humans, it takes three to five years to develop the antibodies we’re talking about. This is really important because we hadn’t been able to do it period. Who would have thought cow biology was making a significant contribution to HIV?”

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Tom Woods: What I Learned from Murray Rothbard

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from Mises Media:

This week’s episode features Tom Woods’ opening lecture at Mises University 2017. Tom shares his experiences meeting Murray Rothbard, how Murray shaped Tom’s intellectual development, plus some valuable lessons for us all.

Bill Clinton Gets Savaged on Twitter For His Selective Outrage Over Political Violence

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by Chrisinia Laila, The Gateway Pundit:

Former President Bill Clinton crawled out of his hole on Saturday to condemn the Charlottesville violence.

Bill Clinton sent out a tweet condemning hatred, bigotry, violence and white supremacy. Far left Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs have been attacking Trump supporters for over a year and not a peep from Bill Clinton, so his selective outrage Saturday drew a lot of criticism. 

Why don’t any of these liberal politicians condemn and disavow Islamic terrorism, Blacks Lives Matter terrorists or Antifa terrorists? They don’t want to alienate their voting base. As soon as a white man shoots people, or white supremacists protest, the liberals crawl out of their holes with their hand wringing and virtue signaling.

A real leader condemns ALL violence no matter where it’s coming from.

Bill Clinton got savaged by Trump supporters on Twitter who pointed out that not only is he silent on violence towards conservatives, but he, along with Hillary are HUGE supporters of the late Dem Senator Robert Byrd who was an Exalted Cyclops in the KKK.

Hillary Clinton called Senator Byrd her friend and mentor. Bill Clinton excused Byrd’s KKK membership claiming, “he was just a country boy from the hills and hollers of West Virginia trying to get elected”. The Clinton’s get a pass because, Democrat.

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‘CNN CAVED ON FIRST AMENDMENT’: PRO-TRUMP COMMENTATOR FIRED AFTER MOCKING MEDIA MATTERS ‘NAZIS’

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by Adan Salazar, Infowars:

Jeffrey Lord’s sarcastic ‘Sieg Heil’ tweet taken out of context

CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord accused the network of “caving on the First Amendment” following its abrupt decision to fire him Thursday.

The “fake news” outlet terminated the pro-Trump commentator after he directed a sarcastic tweet at Media Matters writer Angelo Carusone, who had criticized an error in one of Lord’s headlines over at The American Spectator.

Lord jokingly replied to Carusone with the infamous Nazi salute, “Sieg Heil!” – which also appeared in his original article.

Lord’s original piece defended Fox News host Sean Hannity and called out the progressive Media Matters as “fascists” attempting to re-write the First Amendment and funded by billionaire liberal George Soros.

“The objective of Media Matters (and let’s stop with the camouflage and from now on call them what they really are, MMF — Media Matters Fascists), clearly, is to re-write the First Amendment so it will now be modeled after Fascist Italy’s Ministero della Cultura Popolare — Mussolini’s Ministry of Popular Culture,” Lord wrote, labeling the contents of a Media Matters piece “fascist propaganda.”

The Trump advocate proceeded to defend his tweet, saying he would not apologize for mocking “Nazis.”

Lord later told Entertainment Weekly that giving into authoritarian bullies is “unacceptable.”

“Caving to bullies, caving to people who use fascist and Nazi-style tactics to try and remove people from the air is unacceptable,” Lord said.

“I mocked this guy. Mocking Nazis is OK. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing. A writer has only a handful of tools in his writer’s box, and mockery is one of them. To suggest that this is anything other than that, to my way of thinking, is caving in. And I’m not going to cave.”

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Panic Buying Grips America Ahead Of World War III: “Never Seen It At These Levels… We Can Barely Keep Up” Says Leading Preparedness Distributor

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by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

As is often the case, most people wait until the last minute to prepare for the worst.

As reported by CBS Detroit, one Army Surplus store owner reports that preparedness equipment is flying off the shelves:

“We’ve been very busy. Unusually busy, I’d say,” Orr told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill. “It’s definitely an increase, just in selling all the normal prepper stuff, end of the world stuff. A lot of water prep stuff, food, MREs — the military meals.”

And there’s been a substantial increase in the sale of a particular item they don’t sell much of — a so-called radiation antidote called potassium iodide.

“It actually stops your thyroid from absorbing any radiation. So, it fills your thyroid with iodine, which it normally does anyways,” said Orr.

Another popular request: gas masks. But most people looking for those will be out of luck.

“Gas masks are a big thing too, but we only sell them as novelty,” said Orr.

Ed Thomas, a spokesperson for TopTierGearUSA.com, which distributes high-end protective equipment for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical emergencies, says that their web site has seen a 1200{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} spike in orders in the last week.

We’re barely keeping up with the inflow of orders and our staff is working double shifts just to get everything shipped. People are concerned with North Korea, World War III and what President Trump might do.

I’ve never seen it at these levels.

Everything… Anti radiation pills, gas masks, body suits and respiratory filters… people are trying to get their hands on these critical supplies in case this really happens.

Our biggest concern is that our manufacturers won’t be able to keep up with demand.

And it’s not just preparedness supplies. As Zero Hedge reports, bunker sales in California have skyrocket:

While a global nuclear confrontation is generally viewed as a bad thing, for Ron Hubbard, President of Atlas Survival Shelters in Los Angeles, it has resulted in an economic windfall.  Here’s more from The Sacramento Bee:

“It’s crazy, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Ron Hubbard, president of Atlas Survival Shelters, told Fox11. “It’s all over the country. I sold shelters today in North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, California.”

As we’ve reported previously, the situation has gotten so serious that the island nation of Guam, recently threatened for annihilation by North Korea, has issued a nuclear emergency guide warning residents to not look at the flash or fireball following a nuclear detonation.

President Trump announced Friday that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded,” ready to respond to North Korean aggression.

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