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Rental-Exodus Sparks Surge In Single-Family Housing Starts & Permits

Following November’s better than expected jump in both Starts and Permits, analysts expected a more mixed picture in December as Homebuilder Sentiment rolled over and affordability collapsed. However, both Starts and Permits exploded higher to start the year (up 5.8% MoM and 4.5% MoM respectively). Starts have now risen for 4 straight months and Permits…

Iran's Rolling Blackouts & Thick Smog Blamed On 'Illegal' Bitcoin Mining

Amid crippling US-led sanctions on Iran and a continually weakened currency, enterprising young Iranians are taking advantage of the country’s cheap electricity to mine Bitcoin, however, it’s coming at a huge cost to fellow citizens as the immense power-sucking process of mining the cryptocurrency has contributed to a national electricity shortage and rolling blackouts. Worse, major…

Luongo On Overblown Nonsense: "Insurrection" & "The Death Of The Dollar"

Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, ‘n Guns blog, Here Comes The Dollar Thanks To Italy The whole “Death of the Dollar” thing is completely overblown nonsense. It’s as hyperbolic as the insurrection rhetoric coming from the Democrats over the “Attack on the Capitol” on January 6th. This dollar death spiral narrative is just…

Woke Elementary: Critical Race Theory & California's "Inconvenient Minority"

Authored by Christopher Rufo via City-Journal.org, An elementary school in Cupertino, California – a Silicon Valley community with a median home price of $2.3 million – recently forced a class of third-graders to deconstruct their racial identities, then rank themselves according to their “power and privilege.” Based on whistleblower documents and parents familiar with the session, a…

Rates, Rhetoric, & The Tapering Paradox

Via Avalon Investment & Advisory, “Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next.” – Lewis Carroll,Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass Tapering Paradox Over the past week…

Upbeat Xi Says "Time And Situation On China's Side" Amid Turmoil & Pandemic Rise In US

While the political gridlock and alarmist headlines out of Capitol Hill as well as a dramatic Democratic move to impeach look to define Trump’s final week in office, Bloomberg notes that China’s President Xi Jinping is sounding “unusually upbeat”.  According to the publication he issued an unusually upbeat assessment about China’s future, noting that “time and the situation” were…

Russia & US Are Building Up Their Forces In Syria Ahead Of Biden Inauguration

Via AlMasdarnews.com, The large Russian landing ship, the Saratov, entered the waters of the eastern Mediterranean this week, en route to a Syrian port, the Interfax News Agency reported, citing local Turkish media. According to the report, the Saratov transited the Bosphorus Strait and moved closer to the Syrian port-city of Tartous, where it is…

COVID-19 & The Emergence Of The Pandemic Industrial Complex

Authored by Brian Berletic via ActivistPost.com, If official numbers are to be believed, the United States is one of the worst hit countries in terms of COVID-19 infections and deaths. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time of writing, there are supposedly 19 million COVID-19 cases with an alleged 300,000+…

Iran Hails 'Victory' While Tankers & Cargo Ships Continue Arriving At Venezuelan Port

At a moment Washington D.C. is locked into a very different drama, Iranian state media is hailing ‘victory’ after late last week an Iranian cargo ship successfully made it to Venezuelan port and thus past the US blockade on the country.  The Iranian-flagged general cargo ship Golsan had left Iran in November at has arrived…

Stocks, Bond Yields, & Crypto Soar Amid Payrolls Plunge, "Damaged" Democracy, & Biden's "Trillions"

So, the first week of the year brought us – the worst first day for stocks in two decades, the “darkest day in American democracy”, a dismal jobs print (far worse than expected), ISM beats that were almost entirely predicated on model misattribution of global supply chain disruptions, a blue-sweep of government (fiscal-palooza), and the…

Buchanan: The Worst Of Days For Trump & Trumpists

Authored by Pat Buchanan via Buchanan.org, President Donald Trump, it turns out, was being quite literal when he told us Jan. 6 would be “wild.” And so Wednesday was, but it was also disastrous for the party and the movement Trump has led for the last five years. Wednesday, the defeats of Senators Kelly Loeffler…

"We'll See You In Court": Sen. Josh Hawley Blasts 'Orwellian' Simon & Schuster Over Canceled Book

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) responded Thursday afternoon to an announcement by publisher Simon & Schuster that it would no longer publish his planned book, after the GOP lawmaker led objections to Congress’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. “After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster…

What To Expect In 2021: Madness, Mayhem, Manipulation, & More Tyranny

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute, “Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible…

Russia & Cuba Working Closely With Iran To Procure COVID-19 Vaccine

In late 2019 into early 2020 Iran was among the first countries outside of China to be hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic (alongside Italy). Due to its international isolation and the crippling US-led sanctions on the Islamic Republic, it is also likely to be the last to access a vaccine for its vulnerable population. While…

David Stockman On Janet Yellen's Return & The Financial Storm Ahead…

Authored by David Stockman via InternationalMan.com, Janet Yellen is back. Naturally, the follies of Keynesian central banking come to mind. In many ways, Yellen’s tenure as Fed chairman was far worse than Ben Bernanke’s. At least Bernanke’s money-printing madness was undergirded by his credentials as a misguided scholar of the Great Depression and the mistaken…

Proposed House Rules Seek To Erase Gendered-Terms Such As 'Father', 'Mother', 'Son', & 'Daughter'

Authored by Mimi Nguyen Ly via The Epoch Times, Leaders in the House of Representatives announced on Friday a rules package for the 117th Congress that includes a proposal to use “gender-inclusive language” and eliminate gendered terms such as “‘father, mother, son, daughter,” and more. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern…

Boycotts, Bans, & Book-Burning: 8 Outrageous Incidents Of Ivy League Leftism In 2020

Authored by Benjamin Zeisloft via Campus Reform, The Ivy League is a group of the United States’ eight most prestigious universities. The schools produce many of the nation’s future political leaders, businessmen, scientists, and engineers. The Ivy League is also rife with leftism, as Campus Reform reported throughout 2020. 1. Harvard University Students at Harvard asked administrators…

Pfizer, GSK & Others Quietly Hike Prices On 100s Of Drugs

With just hours to go until the new year, Reuters reports that a group of the world’s largest drug companies is preparing to hike drug prices, defying President Trump to issue a last-minute rebuke, as he has done in the past. Drugmakers including Pfizer Inc, Sanofi SA, and GlaxoSmithKline Plc plan to raise U.S. prices…

The Marshmallow Test: 3 Stories About 2020 & 2021

Via DataTrekResearch.com, Here are 3 stories for your consideration: Markets Story: Deferring gratification is nurture AND nature. The Marshmallow Test is one of the most replicated studies in behavioral psychology and all the more notable because it is explicitly designed to assess very young children. Developed by Stanford University researcher Walter Mischel in the early 1970s,…

Australian Lawmaker Predicts War Between US & China In "Three To Five Years"

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com, With US-China relations at their lowest point in decades, one of Washington’s closest allies in the Pacific is gearing up for a potential war between the two superpowers. In an interview with Australia’s Seven News, Australian Senator Jim Molan said he expects a conflict to break out soon. “We are likely…

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