Friday, July 20, 2018

Google Bitten by 2nd Antitrust Fine in the EU, $5 billion, Hugest Ever Anywhere. Third Waiting in the Wings

by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:

“Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine.”

In the US, the internet giants – Google, Facebook, Amazon, et al. – can do pretty much as they please, interrupted only by occasional hearings in Congress, where Mark Zuckerberg, or whoever, has to grin-and-bear it for a few hours, knowing that this too shall pass. The EU takes antitrust actions against super-dominant giants a tad more seriously.

How A Central Bank Caused One of History’s Biggest Cons

by George Pickering, Mises:

In the summer of 1821, a roguish Scotsman named Gregor MacGregor arrived by boat in London, and initiated arguably the most audacious confidence scam in history. MacGregor had spent much of the previous decade fighting as a soldier of fortune in the Venezuelan War of Independence, where he had manoeuvred his way up the ranks, eventually being promoted to general by Simón Bolívar. At some point during this period, local Central American rulers had granted MacGregor a large tract of land, most of which took the form of uninhabitable, malaria-ridden swamp along the Black River, in modern-day Honduras. Despite the poor economic prospects of his new acquisition, MacGregor was determined that the land should be his ticket to fortune, even if that required unconventional measures.

The Frustrated Silver Ton Stacker

from TruthNeverTold:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqmjCBGAJUs

Treasury’s Mnuchin Just Gave the Koch’s Dark Money Machine a Bonanza

by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:

The Trump administration has been the gift that keeps on giving to billionaire Charles Koch’s vast network of political front groups known as the Kochtopus. Its democracy-smothering tentacles have wrapped themselves around everything from the U.S. judicial system, to elections, to climate change, higher ed, news dissemination, and how laws are made in Washington and at the state level. (See related articles below.)

Police Union President Laments That Portland Has Become A “Cesspool” As West Coast Cities Struggle With An Unprecedented Surge In Homelessness

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by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

Even though it has always been kind of crazy, at one time Portland, Oregon was quite an attractive place to live, but now those days are long gone.  Today, the city streets are strewn with garbage, drug paraphernalia and human feces.  Mentally ill homeless people and drug addicts wander about like zombies, and there are certain areas of the city that you absolutely do not want to visit at night.  In essence, the city is slowly becoming a post-apocalyptic version of its former self, and those that love the city are seething with frustration.  Of course Portland is simply experiencing the same surge in homelessness that so many other west coast cities are struggling to deal with.  As housing prices have risen dramatically, many on the lower end of the income scale have been priced out of the market entirely, and an increasing number of people are being forced to sleep in vehicles, in shelters or on the streets.

Half The World has Gone Insane – Q Anon Alice & Wonderland breadcrumb

from Amazing Polly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ampnuLOxORw

GOLD REBOUNDS TO SETTLE UP 40 CENTS TO $1228.00/SILVER RETREATS BY 3 CENTS TO $15.57

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:


OPEN INTEREST ON BOTH GOLD AND SILVER RISE DESPITE THE RAID YESTERDAY/ALSO HUGE EFP’S ISSUED FOR BOTH GOLD AND SILVER/RUSSIA DUMPS A MONSTROUS 48 BILLION USA IN TREASURIES AND NO DOUBT WILL BUY GOLD WITH THAT/HUGE DEMAND COMING FROM INDIA FOR SILVER/HOUSING STARTS AND PERMIT ISSUANCE CRASH WITH THE LATEST REPORT/HUGE SWAMP STORIES FOR YOU TONIGHT

The Truth About Migrants (2018)

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from Paul Joseph Watson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp_LA2qE4aM

Lisa Page Gave Significantly Different Testimony Than Peter Stzrok, Congressman Says

by Ryan Saavedra, The Daily Wire:

Congressional leaders have praised the testimony of former FBI agent Lisa Page in recent days and have said that they found her testimony to be very credible as some of them claim she gave a very different account of events than her former lover, disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that there were “significant differences” in Page’s testimony compared to the testimony given by Strzok and that she gave congressional investigators new information they did not previously have.

About Putin and Trump Summiting

by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:

It’s amusing to watch the screamfest from both sides of the aisle — including on Drudge which claimed that “Puntn Dominates in Hel”.

Oh please; I watched the presser, as did everyone else who wanted some fodder to slam the President.

I find it especially amusing that former CIA people claim that this rises to “Treason”.  May I remind everyone that treason is a very specific criminal offense and requires certain specific predicates (e.g. a declared war for instance) that simply do not exist?

McCain, for his part, ought to shut the **** up — or take his last nap — already.  That miserable son of a bitch knows more about committing actual treason (since in his case there was at least a shooting “conflict” going on) than any sitting Senator or House member.

BIG BANK STUDIES PREDICT SPACE INDUSTRY IN THE TRILLIONS, BUT…

by Joseph P. Farrell, Giza Death Star:

Mr. B. spotted this intriguing article, and given yesterday’s blog about mind control, its apparent growing use globally, and the “missing trillions”, I had to blog about this one. The upshot is that some major bank studies by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have concluded that by 2040, the space industry will approach between one and almost three trillion dollars of market value; here’s the article:

A trillion-dollar space industry will require new markets

Now, if you read through all that, you might be thinking, “Well, so what? This is more or less old news and we already knew space industry was going to be a ‘big thing’. No news here.”

Bankrupt Chicago Ponders Universal Basic Income, Obama Sings Hallelujah

by Mish Shedlock, The Maven:

Socialist fools are giving high fives and singing hallelujah as a Chicago alderman seeks a “free money” trial.

Ex-CIA Chief Brennan Warns Intel Community May Begin to “Withhold Vital Intelligence” From President Trump to Protect Information

by Cristina Laila, The Gateway Pundit:

Former CIA Director John Brennan

Former CIA Director, John Brennan continued to attack President Trump on Tuesday after calling his Putin summit performance “treasonous.”

John Brennan, like every other hysterical leftist, is afraid of what President Trump may have discussed during his private meeting with Vladimir Putin.

In what sounded like a signal to Deep State operatives, Brennan warned the Intel community may begin to “withhold vital intelligence” from President Trump to protect information.

Ron Paul On MSM Panic Over Trump-Putin Meeting: “There’s A Secret Govt That Likes to Control Things”

by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:

Former congressman Ron Paul said Monday that President Trump’s meeting with President Putin was a “step in the right direction” and drew so much ire because it went contrary to the deep state’s agenda.

From RT:

“I was very pleased with what went on today,” Paul said. He added that if the two leaders ever had a serious discussion, “I guess it would come out on how much we’ve been involved when we shouldn’t be involved, for instance in Ukraine, and how that occurred.”

10 Attack Quotes From Establishment Insiders About The Trump-Putin Summit That Will Make Your Skin Crawl

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

Donald Trump’s summit meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki has unleashed a torrent of criticism that is unlike anything that we have ever seen. U.S. and Russian leaders have been getting together for decades, but this particular gathering was labeled the #TreasonSummit on social media before it even began. In the end, nothing that Trump could have possibly done would have pleased his critics, and the joint press conference at the end of the summit was enough to push some of them completely over the edge. Here are 10 attack quotes from establishment insiders about the Trump-Putin summit that will make your skin crawl…