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Jedi Mind Trick: The Disturbing, Destabilizing Abnormal Is Now Normal

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Disturbing, destabilizing abnormalities are now accepted as normal life in America. Forgive me for wondering if the populace of America hasn't fallen for a Jedi mind trick: Disturbing, destabilizing abnormalities are now accepted as normal life in America: 1. Sprawling tent camps of homeless sprout like flowers […]


Newsweek: “U.S. Government Planned False Flag Attacks to Start War”

Mainstream Media Admits that False Flags Are Real Last month, Newsweek ran an article headlined (all caps in original Newsweek title): U.S. GOVERNMENT PLANNED FALSE FLAG ATTACKS TO START WAR WITH SOVIET UNION, JFK DOCUMENTS SHOW The article notes: The U.S. government once wanted to plan false flag attacks with Soviet aircraft to justify war […]


Industrial Production Disappoints In November – Remains Below 2014 Peak

“Recovery” is a funny word that seems to mean very different things to different people… Industrial Production rose just 0.2% in November (below the 0.3% rise expected) but October was revised higher from 0.9% to 1.2% amid storm reconstruction.   And so while The Dow Jones Industrial Average has ‘recovered’ its way to new record […]


Higher Wage Hope Hammered As American Worker Compensation Slumps

US labor productivity rose 3.0% QoQ in Q3, the biggest rise since Q3 2014.  Great news, right? Not so much, as the rise in productivity comes at the expense of the wages of the American worker who saw unit labor costs (wages) decline 0.2% (against expectations of a 0.2% gain) – down for 2 straight […]


In The Past 50 Years, Americans Have Seldom Been ‘More Confident’ Than Today

The Conference Board's survey of Americans' Consumer Confidence surged to its highest since November 2000 in November, with both current and furture expectations spiking. In th epast 50 years, Americans have – apparently – seldom been more confident than they are now… Does that sound right? Additionally, confidence in a soaring stock market is back […]


Key Events In The Coming Week: Senate Tax Vote; Euro Inflation; GDP; OPEC, Fed Speakers

It’s a busy week as traders return from the long Thanksgiving holiday, with inflation releases in the Eurozone and Japan. We’ll also get the second estimate of US GDP, housing data and ISM manufacturing, UK monetary aggregates and PMIs in China. Finally, the Russia-OPEC meeting takes place in Vienna on November 30, while the Senate […]


US Industrial Production Jumps In October – Remains Below 2014 Peak

After August's shocking plunge in Industrial Production – assumed away as storm-related -September and now October rebounded notably MoM (+0.9% vs +0.5% exp)… as Manufacturing resurged 1.3% MoM – the most since 2010. However, excluding the effects of the hurricanes, the index for total output advanced about 0.3 percent in October, and the index for […]


Where Are Europe’s Fault Lines?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Beneath the surface of modern maps, numerous old fault lines still exist. A political earthquake or two might reveal the fractures for all to see. Correspondent Mark G. and I have long discussed the potential relevancy of old boundaries, alliances and structures in Europe's future alignments. Examples […]


The New American Dream: Work Longer, Live Sicker, Die Sooner

With stagnant wages, rising cost of living (see shelter inflation), and a lack of savings, Americans are retiring later than ever before (if at all). But in a double-whammy for seniors, whose health is declining, their lifespans are shrinking offering them little if any time to enjoy the end of the American Dream walking hand […]


US Industrial Production Data Dashes ‘Survey-Driven’ Hopes Of Manufacturing Renaissance

Following August's storm-driven collapse in Industrial Production (-0.9%, worst since May'09), September was due for a bounce back and it did but only meeting expectations with a 0.3% rise on a surge in Utilities. However, aggregate industrial production for US remains 2% below its 2014 peak… Manufacturing Surveys have all been soaring heading into today's […]


UMich Survey Shows Americans Have Never, Ever Been More Bullish About Stocks

Despite storms, wildfires, quakes, higher gas prices, and failed Washington policies, Americans are – according to The University of Michigan – their most confident since January 2004.   But we think it's clear what is driving the optimism… total delusion! Americans have never been more confident that that stock market will rally further in the […]


German Unity?

Germany is celebrating 27 years of unification. Since that historic night when the Berlin wall came crumbling down, however, only half of German citizens think that the east and west have grown to become one nation. That's according to a survey conducted by the Forsa research institute and the Federal Foundation. You will find more statistics at Statista […]


Real Personal Spending Drops Most Since Jan 2016

Growth in income and spending has been trending slower for the last six months and August showed continued weakness in spending (slowest annual growth since Aug 2016) but a slight uptick in incomes. The savings rate was unchanged at 3.6% – the lowest since December…   But perhaps most noteworthy is the 0.1% MoM drop […]


There Are Large Parts Of America Being Left Behind…

Economic prosperity is concentrated in America's elite zip codes, but in an interesting report on Distressed Communities, from The Economic Innovation Group, it is increasingly clear that economic stability outside of those communities is rapidly deteriorating. As Axios noted, this isn't a Republican or Democratic problem. At every level of government, both parties represent distressed areas. […]


US Consumer Comfort Spikes To 16 Year Highs, But…

Great News Americans – According to Bloomberg's latest Consumer Comfort survey, you are the most 'comfortable' since 2001! Despite slumping 'hard' economic data, soaring stocks seem to reassure 'Americans'… Sentiment among those earning $100,000 or more rose to the highest since March on the heels of elevated equity markets Comfort advanced in the Northeast to […]