Submitted by Michael Every of Rabobank No stop signs, speed limit; but the US wants to slow me downBad PR? gonna spin it; Nobody’s gonna mess me aroundHey Justin, you’ll pay your dues; I’m selling 5G to the foreign landsHey Xi-dada, look at me; I’m on my way to theRead More →

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Rounding up the usual suspects won’t restore a vibrant middle class. What killed the middle class? The answer may well echo an Agatha Christie mystery: rather than there being one guilty party, it may be that each of the suspects participated in theRead More →

The second Democratic governor entered the increasingly crowded 2020 primary field on Monday when former Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper announced his plans to run – as was widely expected. Hickenlooper follows Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who announced his campaign late last week. Hickenlooper, who is best known for overseeing theRead More →

As the international money laundering scandal that started with revelations about Danske Bank’s Estonian branch and has since spread to taint Swedbank and other Scandinavian and Baltic lenders spreads, a Finnish broadcaster on Monday was reportedly preparing to publish a report detailing Nordea’s role in laundering billions of euros flowingRead More →

Authored by Nick Cunningham via, Brent is creeping back up towards the high-$60s per barrel, prompting a scolding of OPEC by President Trump via tweet earlier this week. Trump’s irritability with high oil prices is well-known, but the tweet suggests that he sees oil prices getting too close toRead More →

US companies deployed more robots last year than ever before – as advanced machines capable of specialized tasks have come down in price and availability, reports Reuters.  Shipments of robots hit 35,880 in 2018 – up 7% over 2017, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) – an industry group basedRead More →

Photograph by Eliseo Carpintero (ECarpintero) “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” – Arundhati Roy “We must answer their call. Our Mother Earth, militarized, fenced-in, poisoned, a place where basic rights are systematically violated, demands that we take action.Read More →