100 Facts About The Moral Collapse Of America That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe


The collection of facts and statistics that you are about to read is highly controversial.  A lot of people are going to be greatly upset by it.  Why?  Because they don’t like to be confronted with the truth about America.  Most people tend to believe that we can “fix this country” by getting the right politicians into power or by implementing certain economic or social reforms.  But the reality of the matter is that our problems go far deeper than that.  A moral collapse is eating away at the foundations of our society like cancer.  If it continues to go unchecked, it will inevitably destroy America.  Unfortunately, fixing moral decay is far more difficult than switching out political parties, because it is in the hearts of hundreds of millions of individual Americans.  And most people don’t want to hear anything about a “moral collapse”, because most people like to think that the United States is setting a “good example” for the rest of the planet.  But as you will see below, that is not the case at all.

And if we are honest with ourselves, we see the evidence of this moral collapse all around us every day.  Just consider a few of the news stories that we have seen recently…

What would cause a high school kid to take two kitchen knives and goon a stabbing rampage through his school?

What would cause a topless woman to ransack a McDonald’s in St. Petersburg, Florida?

What would cause two 18-year-old boys to beat a 30-year-old mentally-disabled man to death with a baseball bat just so they could get his XBox?

What would cause a new father to put his 6-week-old daughter in a freezer to keep her from crying?

A lot of people regard those kinds of stories as “isolated incidents”, but as you will see below, they are actually representative of a much larger trend.  As a society, we are decaying from the inside out, and we need to start facing the truth if we are ever going to get this turned around.  The following are 100 facts about the moral collapse of America that are almost too crazy to believe…

#1 Approximately one-third of the entire population of the United States (110 million people) currently has a sexually transmitted disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

#2 Every single year, there are 20 million new STD cases in America.

#3 America has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.

#4 Americans in the 15 to 24-year-old age group account for about 50 percent of all new STD cases each year.

#5 It costs our nation approximately 16 billion dollars a year to treat our sexually transmitted diseases.

#6 According to one survey, 24 percent of all U.S. teens that have STDs say that they still have unprotected sex.

#7 In Chicago, public school kindergarten teachers are now required to set aside 30 minutes a month for sex education.

#8 The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the entire industrialized world.

#9 According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately two-thirds of all Americans in the 15 to 24-year-old age bracket have engaged in oral sex.

#10 At this point, one out of every four teen girls in the U.S. has at least one sexually transmitted disease.

#11 According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, there are 747,408 registered sex offenders in the United States.

#12 There are 106,216 registered sex offenders in the state of California alone.

#13 18 percent of all women in the United States say that they have been raped at some point in their lives.

#14 More than 50 percent of all rapes take place within one mile of the home.

#15 Teens that are in the 16 to 19-year-old age bracket are 3 1/2 times more likely than the general population “to be the victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault.”

#16 60 percent of male sex abuse victims and 80 percent of female sex abuse victims “are abused by someone known to the child or the child’s family.”

#17 It is estimated that one out of every four girls will be sexually abused before they become adults.

#18 An astounding 30 percent of all Internet traffic now goes to adult websites.

#19 70 percent of all men in the 18 to 24-year-old age bracket visit at least one adult website each month.

#20 The average high school boy spends two hours on adult websites every single week.

#21 Law enforcement officials estimate that about 600,000 Americans and about 65,000 Canadians are trading dirty child pictures online.

#22 It has been estimated that 89 percent of all pornography is produced in the United States.

#23 One survey discovered that 25 percent of all employees that have Internet access in America visit sex websites while they are at work.

#24 The marriage rate in the United States has fallen to an all-time low.  Right now it is sitting at a yearly rate of 6.8 marriages per 1000 people.

#25 In the United States today, more than half of all couples “move in together” before they get married.

#26 Not surprisingly, an all-time low 44.2 percent of all Americans in the 25 to 34-year-old age bracket are married at this point.

#27 America has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.

#28 America has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

#29 100 years ago, 4.52 people were living in the average U.S. household, but now the average U.S. household only consists of 2.59 people.

#30 According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in the United States were married.

#31 For women under the age of 30 in the United States, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.

#32 At this point, approximately one out of every three children in the United States lives in a home without a father.

#33 In 1970, the average woman had her first child when she was 21.4 years old.  Now the average woman has her first child when she is25.6 years old.

#34 In a massacre that is almost unspeakable, more than 56 million American babies have been slaughtered in this country since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

#35 Approximately 47 percent of the women that get an abortion each year in the United States have also had a previous abortion.

#36 The number of American babies killed by abortion each year is roughly equal to the number of U.S. military deaths that have occurred in all of the wars that the United States has ever been involved in combined.

#37 About one-third of all American women will have had an abortion by the age of 45.

#38 Approximately 3,000 Americans lost their lives as a result of the destruction of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11.  Every single day, more than 3,000 American babies are killed by abortion when you include all forms of abortion.

#39 The United States has the highest abortion rate in the western world.

#40 It has been reported that a staggering 41 percent of all New York City pregnancies end in abortion.

#41 Most women that get abortions in the United States claim to be Christian.  Protestant women get 42 percent of all abortions and Catholic women get 27 percent of all abortions.

#42 According to Pastor Clenard Childress, approximately 52 percentof all African-American pregnancies now end in abortion.

#43 About 18 percent of all abortions in the United States each year are performed on teenagers.

#44 One very shocking study found that 86 percent of all abortions are done for the sake of convenience.

#45 A Department of Homeland Security report that was released in January 2012 says that if you are “anti-abortion”, you are a potential terrorist.

#46 Some abortion clinics have been caught selling aborted baby partsto medical researchers.

#47 Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger once said the following…

“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

But now she is praised in the halls of the U.S. Congress.

#48 Planned Parenthood performs more than 300,000 abortions every single year.

#49 Planned Parenthood specifically targets the poor.  A staggering 72 percent of Planned Parenthood’s “customers” have incomes that are either equal to or beneath 150 percent of the federal poverty level.  And most of those “customers” live in minority neighborhoods.

#50 There are 30 Planned Parenthood executives that make more than $200,000 a year.  A few of them actually make more than $300,000 a year.

#51 Planned Parenthood receives hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government every single year.

#52 The FDA is actually considering making it legal for doctors and scientists to create “three parent babies” in the United States.

#53 An all-time high 59 percent of all Americans believe that the traditional definition of marriage needs to be changed.

#54 The number of sexual assaults in the U.S. military is at an all-time high, and the majority of them are male on male.

#55 During 2012, more than 85,000 military veterans were formally treated for sexual abuse that they suffered while serving in the U.S. military.

#56 The number of active members of the U.S. military that kill themselves each year now exceeds the number that are dying on the battlefield.

#57 According to one absolutely shocking study, 22 military veterans kill themselves in the United States every single day.

#58 America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a wide margin.

#59 In America today, there are 60 million people that abuse alcohol and there are 22 million people that use illegal drugs.

#60 Incredibly, more than 11 percent of all Americans that are 12 years of age or older admit that they have driven home under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year.

#61 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug.  An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#62 According to the CDC, approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans that are at least 60 years old say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.

#63 Americans spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs each year.

#64 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptionsfor antidepressants each year.

#65 Right now, there are 70 million Americans that are on mind-altering drugs of one form or another.

#66 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than children in Europe are.

#67 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

#68 America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

#69 According to the federal government, the number of heroin addicts in the United States has more than doubled since 2002.

#70 The number of heroin-related overdose deaths has risen 84 percent just since 2010.

#71 It is hard to believe, but 56 percent of all Americans now have “subprime credit”.

#72 Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese.  Mexico is #2.

#73 Only one state in the entire country has an obesity rate of under 20 percent.  11 states have an obesity rate of over 30 percent.

#74 Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese, but it is being projected that 42 percent of all Americans could be obese by the year 2030.

#75 Corruption is rampant throughout our society.  In fact, America leads the world in money given to fake charities.

#76 Without strong families, our young people are constantly in search of an identity.  According to the FBI, there are now more than 1.4 million gang members involved in the 33,000 active criminal gangs in the United States.

#77 In 2012, the latest full year that we have numbers for, the rate of violent crime in the United States increased by 15 percent.

#78 The average young American will spend 10,000 hours playing video games before the age of 21.

#79 One study discovered that 88 percent of all Americans from age 8 to age 18 play video games, and that approximately four times as many boys are addicted to video games as girls are.

#80 Average SAT scores have been falling for years, and the level of education that our kids are receiving in most of our public schools is atotal joke.

#81 At this point, 15-year-olds that attend U.S. public schools do not even rank in the top half of all industrialized nations when it comes to math or science literacy.

#82 We live a time when most employers no longer care about their employees.  As I wrote about the other day, a company that Warren Buffett has a controlling interest in has decided to shut down a factoryin Kentucky and move it to Honduras just so that he can make a little bit more money.   As a result, 600 workers are going to lose their jobs.

#83 There are more than 3 million reports of child abuse in the United States every single year.

#84 According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 60 percent of all Americans believe that “humans and other living things have evolved over time”, while only 33 percent of respondents rejected this statement.

#85 Nearly one-fifth of all U.S. adults have no religious affiliation whatsoever.  Back in 1972, only 7 percent of all U.S. adults had no religious affiliation.

#86 The number of Americans with no religious affiliation has grown by25 percent over the past five years.

#87 The younger you are, the more likely you are not to be affiliated with a religion.  9 percent of all U.S. adults that are 65 or older have no religious affiliation, but a whopping 32 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 have no religious affiliation.

#88 88 percent of those that are religiously unaffiliated “are not looking for religion”.

#89 73 percent of the religiously unaffiliated support gay marriage and 72 percent of the religiously unaffiliated support legalized abortion.

#90 The religiously unaffiliated now make up 24 percent of all registered voters “who are Democrats or lean Democratic”.

#91 For the first time ever, Protestants do not make up a majority of the U.S. population.  In 2007, Protestants made up 53 percent of the U.S. population, but now they only make up 48 percent of the U.S. population. Way back in 1972, Protestants made up 62 percent of the U.S. population.

#92 29 percent of all U.S. adults “seldom or never attend religious services”.

#93 51 percent of all U.S. adults believe that churches and other religious organizations “are too concerned with money and power”.

#94 66 percent of all U.S. adults believe that religion is “losing its influence on American life”.

#95 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans with “no religion” more than doubled between 1990 and 2008.

#96 According to the American Religious Identification Survey, only 76 percent of all Americans identified themselves as “Christian” of one type or another in 2008.  Back in 1990, 86 percent of all Americans identified themselves as “Christian” of one type or another.

#97 A study conducted by the Barna Group discovered that nearly 60 percent of all Christians from 15 years of age to 29 years of age are no longer actively involved in any church.

#98 It is being projected that the percentage of Americans attending church in 2050 will be about half of what it is today.

#99 One survey conducted a while back found that 52 percent of all American Christians believe that “at least some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life”.

#100 According to LifeWay Research, 46 percent of all Americans never even think about whether they will go to heaven or not.

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and has a law degree and an LLM from the University of Florida Law School. He is an attorney that has worked for some of the largest and most prominent law firms in Washington D.C. and who now spends his time researching and writing and trying to wake the American people up. You can follow his work on The Economic Collapse blog, End of the American Dream and The Truth Wins. His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

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It all began in late September of 1950, when over a few days, a Navy vessel used giant hoses to spray a fog of two kinds of bacteria, Serratia marcescens and Bacillus globigii — both believed at the time to be harmless — out into the fog, where they disappeared and spread over the city. The unsuspecting residents of San Francisco certainly could not consent to the military’s germ warfare test, and there’s good evidence that it could have caused the death of at least one resident of the city, Edward Nevin, and hospitalized 10 others.
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The Fakery of ‘The Free World


13 October 2015 is the release-date of the report from the fake investigation — by the governments of Ukraine, Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, and later Malaysia — into who and what and why caused the shoot-down of the Malaysian MH17 Boeing airliner over the conflict-zone in Ukraine on 17 July 2014. That’s the plane which, at the last moment, was inexplicably instructed by the Ukrainian Government’s Air Traffic Control to go off the normal course avoiding the Ukrainian civil war zone over the east, and to go instead right into the war-zone. The airliner got shot down with all 298 aboard dead. Obama and hiscoup-installed Ukrainian Government blamed Russia immediately, and the European Union (whichknew that he had actually taken Ukraine in a bloody February 2014 coup that was staged to look like a ‘revolution’) promptly caved to Obama’s demand to hike the anti-Russia sanctions that had been instituted in March 2014, when Crimea rejected Obama’s Ukrainian-coup-imposed government and held a referendum which resulted in Crimea’s switching to become again a part of Russia, of which Crimea had been a part for hundreds of years until the Soviet dictator in 1954 had it transferred to Ukraine — and so Russia is now being punished for enabling self-determination, real democracy, for the residents of Crimea.

But Western government-and-‘news’-media lying is hardly only about Ukraine. For example, look at this:

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Click onto that link right below the image of the video. Right at the start, you see CNN showing this alleged ‘ISIS training video,’ in which the jihadists’ tents are emblazoned with “US”, and yet CNN isn’t drawing any conclusion that this obviously fake video implicates the U.S. Government. No: instead, at 0:18, the announcer asserts “This is the latest ISIS propaganda.” Oh, really — ISIS  is promoting the U.S.? No, that’s not what CNN is trying to convey: at 0:30 onward, you instead see military expert Anthony Cordesman calling it “a stage set,” “and this isn’t really a training exercise, it’s a video exercise.” Maybe he’s noticed the “US” on those tents? Well, that’s fine, because it really is “a video exercise” (Cordesman’s euphemism for “propaganda”), but Cordesman tactfully doesn’t assert whose propaganda this is. Instead, CNN’s ‘reporter’ does that, but lies because the truth about it isn’t what he’s being paid to report here: At 0:50, this same CNN ‘reporter’ who had, just seconds earlier, introduced the video as constituting “the latest ISIS propaganda,” concludes, again, “It’s propaganda.” Immediately then, he simply goes off onto a different tangent, about how dangerous ISIS is. He ignores the stupidity of his having presumed, at the very start of his ‘report,’ that it’s “ISIS propaganda,” when it’s obviously insteadU.S. propaganda. And instead of his now correcting that lie of his, he just leaves it, uncorrected. He ignores the falsehood that he had earlier stated (and headlined), and just goes off onto an anti-ISIS tangent. That’s how much contempt the U.S. mainstream ‘news’ media have of their own audience.

They have contempt not just for the public but for the victims of the MH17 mass-murder.

This is the ‘news’ media of a dictatorship, not of a democracy. It’s propaganda, not news. Itmisrepresents, misdirects, misinforms, and places blame where it doesn’t belong.

And that’s why Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, discussing on October 7th, French President Francois Hollande’s suggestion that Russia should cooperate with “the moderate rebel groups in Syria,” or “the Free Syrian Army,” made reference to

the so-called Free Syrian Army. However, we do not know where it is and who heads it. But if we assume that this military wing that constitutes a so-called healthy part of the opposition, if it were even possible to combine their efforts into the fight against the common enemy, the terrorist organizations — al-Nusra and others like them — then it would create good preconditions for further political settlement in Syria.

Perhaps he was thinking that the supposed rebel fighters who were shown in that video constitute the “moderate rebels” that the West was backing, and which CNN called “ISIS”?

What can Western leaders do, except have big guffaws about how stupid their audience must be, to go for their lies?


Exclusive One Belt One Road (OBOR) Briefing From Andrew Korybko’s China Trip


Regular contributor to The Saker, Andrew Korybko, attended the second-annual Yangtze River International Forum Summit 2015 last month that brought together China’s political, economic, and social elite (to see the full program, click here). The day-long event saw the participants discuss the One Belt One Road project, which is the world’s largest-ever connective endeavor. Having received the hard-to-get permission of the Chinese government to operate at this closed-door event as a journalist, Andrew is now sharing with us the exclusive information that he has learned from this high-level gathering. The below are summaries from some of the select speakers’ presentations made during that time:

Mr. Zhao Xiaojiang, Mayor of Lianyungang

Lianyungang held an ancient role along the old Silk Road, and it took the initiative in repeating history by inaugurating the New Eurasian Land Bridge in 1992. At that time, the city waUKs the first one in China to send a train all the way to Saint Petersburg, and this is commemorated by a statue in the city’s port demarking it as the route’s eastern terminus. Therefore, the city is intricately interwoven into fabric of the New Silk Road (officially known as One Belt One Road or OBOR), with the first project being the creation of a China-Kazakhstan logistics base. In 2013, President Xi offered to make the port’s facilities available to all SCO members, thereby making the city the organization’s maritime base. An international logistics park project complements this policy.

Mr. Temirbek Sultanbaev, Deputy Secretary-General Of The SCO

The SCO’s main goal is to retain world peace and order, and OBOR is the perfect vehicle for this. In fact, the project features prominently in the SCO’s 2025 action plan that was passed during the Ufa Summit. The economic fluctuations in the world today have created a risk for the organization and its primary goal, so it’s necessary to prioritize OBOR even more than before to act as a proper counterweight to any potential problems. OBOR will rejuvenate the Silk Road through transport and infrastructure developments and thus make bilateral and multilateral assistance within the organization even stronger, which works out to the ultimate benefit of each of its members.

Mr. Zhao Quansheng, Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Asian Studies Research Council at The American University

China divides OBOR into four parts, with only one of them being the popularly discussed economic component. To begin, it’s understood that OBOR will expand China’s market and make use of the overcapacity in its economy. Capital, technology, and markets were the essential building blocks for China’s earlier rise, and it’s for these reasons that the country’s earlier economic affiliation was with North America and Europe after Deng Xiaoping’s reforms opened the country up. Nowadays, however, China needs to shift towards Central and Southeast Asia to satisfy its market requirements, so it accordingly needs to create a series of institutional norms and rules to help with returning its investment in these areas.

The second OBOR category is security and diplomacy, and it’s noteworthy that Chinese projects have encountered some resistance as of late, especially in Myanmar for example. This reflects on how changing diplomatic realities (i.e. Myanmar’s ‘democratic transition’) can have economic consequences when it comes to bilateral relations along OBOR. On the security front, one need only recall how China had to militarily evacuate its citizens from Libya and Yemen, with the country losing millions of dollars of investment in the former. That instance actually happened to be the first time that the People’s Liberation Army was active in the Mideast, and it created a precedent for China to safeguard its overseas citizens in the future. On the topic of security, it’s also important to address how the island disputes in the East and South China Seas can impact on OBOR.

Concerning the third component of OBOR, this one deals with culture. China is spreading its Confucius Institutes all across the world, and this cultural initiative is important in helping other people to better understand the country and its people. The integration of different cultures is very important, as it’s a necessary prerequisite for world peace. The spreading of Chinese traditions also strengthens Chinese civilization, and it helps to reinforce it against invasive South Korean and Japanese pop culture. In the interest of equality and solidarity with people, it’s highly encouraged that Chinese working overseas learn the local languages and cultures of the countries in which they work, as this can help to mitigate misunderstandings and create a positive image of China abroad. Something that can help with this is for Chinese academics and specialists to travel to the areas that they study and actually live inside the native cultures for some time. The experience that they gain and bring back to their students is instrumental in teaching them about the countries that they might one day realistically work in. This has to happen more often, as should the acquiring of genuine understanding about local religions such as Islam.

Finally, the last part of OBOR deals with Great Power competition, and it’s obvious that the US is the root cause of the island disputes in the East and South China Seas. In fact, the US creates problems all across the world, and not just against China. For the future, the US and China need to enter into win-win cooperation, but this might be difficult for the US to accept. China is currently asserting its influence through OBOR and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and this leads to the US being afraid that it might eventually be squeezed out of the Asia-Pacific. China is already establishing new rules, norms, and institutions in the international community and has no intention to marginalize the US (it wants to cooperate with it in the interests of common development), but the US refuses to listen to China and has rejected its cooperative outreaches. It’s curious to many in China how the US wanted to make Japan a place of peace after World War II, but that it’s now supporting the trend towards remilitarization, which raises fears that this might be projected against China and its Asia-Pacific integrational projects. In fact, it’s clear at this point that the US built two platforms for power in the aftermath of World War II, and these are NATO and the EU in the West and Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in the East.

Mr. Wu Shichun, President of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies and Vice President of the Institute of Boao Forum for Asia

OBOR has had many successes since its official announcement in 2013. Governmental mechanisms, both at the highest and lowest levels of Chinese administration, have been rolled out all across the country, and high-level trips and project agreements/MOUs with neighboring countries and regions have been signed (e.g. the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor). Also, capital guaranteeing mechanisms for future infrastructure projects such as the Silk Road Fund and the AIIB have been unveiled. Last year China made outbound investments worth around $100 billion, and in the first half of this year, it’s already made $52 billion of such commitments.

There are challenges, too, however, and some of them are that certain countries like Vietnam doubt the importance of OBOR, but this view has so far only remained a minority one. Different opinions in the international community do pose a challenge for the project’s implementation, however, and shouldn’t be completely ignored. Another issue is that there are inevitably going to be local and central government problems in applying the endeavor, and this needs to be recognized in advance. In particularly, local enterprises need government support, preferential policies, and investment protection in order for outbound investment to continue to grow. Some of China’s partners also have political, economic, and social risks that could unexpectedly lead to economic consequences such as the cessation of bilateral projects, and China needs to prepare for this and ensure the safety of its investments.

Another thing about OBOR is that China can learn a lot from the Marshall Plan, although it must be stressed that they are two different things and that OBOR isn’t a ‘Marshall Plan for Asia’. What’s important is for China to pick up various techniques for how to establish multilateral coordination and communication mechanisms and track the progress of its overall endeavor. Due to the political sensitivity that some countries have towards being labelled as OBOR partners, China shouldn’t advertise every single project as being part of this overall framework. For example, if the OBOR label is omitted, then some countries might accept a project that they would have otherwise rejected out of concern for how it would look. Lastly, China could learn from the UK’s 19th-century system of free trade and peaceful development in order to lead China from being a regional major country to a global one. Jiangsu Province (where Lianyungang is located and the event is being held) has a strong tradition and history of international trade and exchanges and is thus a logical place for OBOR to begin.

Dr. Lu Qingcheng, Vice President of the China-Africa Development Fund (CADF)

OBOR is a detailed roadmap for outbound investing enterprises, and it’s in this capacity that it’s related to PADF. The Fund was created in 2007 in order to deepen trade between China and Africa, as Beijing has an interest in the low-cost labor that the continent can provide for its overseas companies. Many State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) have major projects in Africa, and they need guarantees for the investment environment there. CADF thus helps provide them with development banks, insurance companies, and capital for accessing this vast market, and was actually the first such Chinese organization to do so. Entrepreneurs use the Fund for capital, local expertise (i.e. specialization in the French and Portuguese languages), suitable project match-ups, and intermediary functions in helping African companies find Chinese partners.

In its 8 years of existence, CADF has been involved in 80 projects in around 35 different countries, amounting to a total of $16 billion in investment. Because of its success, CADF can be a model for other development funds that target different regions. The direct capacity model can transfer Chinese overcapacity to Africa, such as the Chinese steel mills that have now been built in South Africa and the forthcoming ones in Algeria, and it’s integral that African and African-based companies continue buying Chinese-produced equipment for their factories and other industrial endeavors. The Egyptian-based steel plate plant was a $700 million investment along the Suez economic and trade park corridor, and China wants to build an industrial cluster there in the future. Investing in Africa isn’t just affordable, but it’s also geo-economically convenient, since many African states are involved in free trade agreements with the EU and US, the latter being de-facto in some spheres due to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). This means that Chinese plants there can get around restrictive trade barriers that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to avoid if they were based in China itself. In order to capitalize as much as possible off of this opportunity, China should create industrial chain strategic alliances, with one possible starting point being the Suez investment corridor.

Some examples of CADF’s projects are as follows:

* port construction in Nigeria
* the Africa World Airlines (AWA) project in Ghana
* railroad and airline connectivity across the continent
* Togo projects worth $200 million
* the proposal to create direct China-Africa flights instead of using the Dubai airport as a halfway point

But there are some challenges that Chinese investment in Africa must go up against:

* poor existing infrastructure
* difficulty for smaller countries in financing certain projects
* the need to cultivate international talent
* finding more Chinese to go abroad to Africa
* Chinese companies need international investment experience and strategic guidance for outbound investment
* protecting bilateral investment in risky markets
* the central government’s allocation of proper resources to outbound investing companies in Africa

Chinese-African economic cooperation complements each party, but they need industrial clusters and strategic alliances in order to really take off and reach their full potential.

Mr. Pang Zhongying, Trustee of the Jiangsu Association of Friendship and International Exchanges (JAFIE) and Professor at the School of International Relations at the China’s Prestigious Renmin University

The key element of OBOR is connectivity, and since the 20th century, the world has witnessed three important trends: interdependence, globalization, and connectivity. All three of them form the theoretic foundations of OBOR, but connectivity is certainly the main component. Once implemented into practice, OBOR will become a global free trade road map that ushers in a New Trade Order (NTO) and the next generation of global economic governance. Since 2009, the US has been pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that conspicuously excludes China, while the 2013 OBOR project makes no direct mention of the US. It can be seen that China is somewhat responding to the US, although it still holds open the possibility of cooperating with it and the TPP in the future. In fact, it’s predicted that this grand integrational intent is precisely what President Xi might speak about with Obama during his visit to the US.

The 2014 APEC Summit in Beijing produced a roadmap for an organizational free trade agreement, and OBOR might actualize this with time and eventually integrate the US. China needs a new multilateral framework for the global economy and governance, and it also needs a new way in which to approach US-Chinese relations. China favors increased coordination and interconnectivity between countries, and the 2014 G20 Summit in Brisbane saw an agreement to strengthen the WTO, which is something that China surely wants to assist with. It’s also exciting that China will host next year’s G20 Summit, which incidentally will be very close to Jiangsu Province. One thing that should be mentioned at this point is how China’s ambition to strengthen multilateral institutions such as the G20 and WTO is ultimately to its grand interests, such it goes back to how the country wants to create a global free trade road map that benefits all countries.

Speaking of which, China wants to enter into an economic alliance with the EU, and this somewhat explains one of the reasons for OBOR. It would like to connect to other free trade organizations in the future, too, but it needs more seminars with such regional organizations like the EU and ASEAN in order to actualize this. OBOR is literally a global project, and it belongs not to China, but to every country that chooses to participate in it. China wants to promote world peace and the sovereignty of states, and it intends to achieve this by integrating the global economy into OBOR and vice versa. China’s deep embeddedness in the global economy allows it to enter the world, and conversely, for the world to enter China, and after the past 40 years of the world changing China, OBOR creates the opportunity for China to change the world.

One of the ways this is happening is through the Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership, because both countries have a large geographic area and natural economic compatibility, which thus forms the basis of OBOR’s mainland component. OBOR is the realistic demand of current geo-economics, and China is connecting with the strategic development initiatives spearheaded by its partners, such as Pakistan. On a more local level, Jiangsu is obviously the key to integrating everything, as it has a very high GDP and advanced technology. In many ways, it’s equivalent to medium-sized country and has the capabilities to behave as such on the world market. Due to its infrastructural geography, it can connect to Pakistan, the EU, and the African Union, but more seminars are needed on these topics so that the province can play the leading role in OBOR and help forge a community of common destiny between all of its global partners.

Mr. Zhu Feng, Trustee of JAFIE and Executive Director of the Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies

OBOR is all about China going global, and in many ways it’s “China 3.0”. To explain, 1.0 began with Deng Xiaoping’s reforms that attracted capital and foreign investment, while 2.0 started with China’s admission to the WTO. The two processes that occurred were related to opening up and connecting with the rest of the world. OBOR combines the two in a win-win manner that’s more beneficial and profitable for China and the world, optimizing the successes of the previous two ‘versions’. Be that as it is, Chinese society must be well-prepared for OBOR, since this project also opens up the country’s individuals to the world. The question is, are they prepared? Does China have its own global vision, behavior, and global experience that are necessary for OBOR to succeed? What about multidisciplinary talent? OBOR starts within China, and it’s necessary for the country to consider these pressing questions.

One of the things that China must do in order to succeed with OBOR is to understand local markets, laws, regulations, and partners. Entrepreneurs must make every effort on their part to do this, such as adapting new models and methods and learning more about the local environment in which they operate, and alliances will definitely be needed. The Chinese government must facilitate business functions and help local enterprises with outbound investment. Jiangsu needs to make itself even more favorable to investment, and Lianyungang will be the focal point of these efforts as it improves its railroad and harbor connectivity. The whole world is be entering China through this city, but also, Chinese capital will be entering the whole world through it too, given the anticipated import-export role that Lianyungang will have. This will make it the forefront city, and Jiangsu the forefront province, of OBOR in the future.

Mr. Wang Cun, Director of International Investment at the Department of Commerce in Jiangsu Province

FDI in Jiangsu includes 72 different sectors, and there are 2 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the province. This makes the territory among China’s leaders in FDI, but the province now wants to also promote outbound investment to increase its global economic profile. From January-July of this year, total investment output jumped 7%, mostly attributable to new ventures made in Thailand, Indonesia, and Pakistan, and the provincial government will help entrepreneurs with forthcoming projects. Right now, it’s considering opportunities in Kazakhstan and Cambodia, for example. Due to its geography between the mainland and maritime portions of OBOR, it can help provide services to Chinese companies considering either form of outbound investment, aiming to help them increase international cooperation while simultaneously decreasing their transportation costs.

Ms. Zhang Mingxi, Director of Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone Industrial Park in Cambodia

Sihanoukville is the largest SEZ in Cambodia, and within its territory it produces its own electricity, communications, and water services. The country’s infrastructure and supporting services are backward so the SEZ had to build its own, but it cooperates with the Cambodian government and institutions. There are now 85 enterprises in the SEZ employing 12,000 individuals, and 27 of the companies are from Jiangsu. Some of the things that they produce are shoes, packaging, and medical equipment. It’s important for all companies to follow local laws, so therefore they hire local lawyers to help with this. Also, the SEZ engages in charity work such as donating to the Red Cross, providing locals with mosquito nets, and helping in disaster and flood areas. Another thing that they do is congratulate Cambodians on special Buddhist events. The bosses try to listen and talk to the workers and plan holiday activities, and during these times, they’ll even give them special gifts. To help with the integration of Chinese nationals into the local social environment, employees are provided with Khmer language lessons, and internal SEZ magazines help everybody network with their neighbors and other enterprises. A 2010 document was signed that laid the framework for enhanced Chinese-Cambodian cooperation, and this serves guidance for companies and provides state support for them from both sides. The grand plan is to create an industrial cluster of over 300 companies that provide work for over 100,000 employees, all the while abiding by their social responsibility to them and the local community.

Mr. Liu Jianguo, General Manager for Business Development at the China-Africa Development Fund (CADF)

Africa is a new pillar of emerging economies due to its natural resource riches, with 70% of aluminum soil resources being found in Guinea and 95% of platinum production being in South Africa, for example. Some of the Chinese Premiers’ first state visits have been to Africa, and the country has already invested $40 billion into the continent. This number is expected to spike to $100 billion by the end of the decade since China wants to transform “Made in China” to “Made in Africa”. Africa needs electricity, so Chinese companies are readily providing it. Some examples of the diverse projects that China is engaged in are as follows:

* Tin Can Island Port in Nigeria, the country’s second-busiest
* power plants, and TV and refrigerator plants in South Africa
* the Chinese industrial park in Egypt
* progress towards creating regional airlines and routes
* electricity projects in Ghana
* agricultural projects in Zimbabwe
* general support for Jiangsu companies in Africa

President Xi said to spread the Chinese voice to Africa, and that’s what CADF is doing by assisting with all forms of economic development there.

South East Asia SITREP October 12th, 2015 by Joseph K


Perhaps the biggest news concerning South East Asia this week is the conclusion of talks between trade ministers of the 12 countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

12 countries strike Pacific Rim trade accord, 5 October 2015

The Empire’s strategic answer to Eurasian integration, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a “free trade agreement” that excludes China and is a central pillar of the Empire’s pivot to Asia. [source]

The “largest global trade agreement in 20 years”, the TPP protects Asian/Pacific markets for the monopolies of the Empire (particularly pharmaceutical and agribusiness monopolies) to both prop up profits in a period of persisting crisis, and to strategically “contain” China’s rising influence. As Australian Green’s Senator Scott Ludlam described it, the TPP is a “self-authored investors rights charter” which will significantly decrease living standards in the developing Asian countries. [source]

Historic Pacific trade deal faces skeptics in US congress, 5 October 2015

“The Obama administration hopes the pact will help the United States increase its influence in East Asia and help counter the rise of China, which is not one of the TPP nations.” [source]

While Reuters speculates that the final congressional approval of the TPP will face hurdles, in May US senators proved that they aren’t immune to persuasion (but are immune to democracy), when it was reported that they received bribes from Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, and Procter & Gamble for their support of the so-called ‘fast-track bill’. [source]

And indeed, Wall Street’s neocon think-tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, has said that it predicts that the deal will pass the US congress (likely with another massive campaign of bribery and corruption). [source]

Thailand’s bid for the TPP – time for trade, or trade for time? 28 September 2015

Interesting manoeuvring from the Thai government in relation to the TPP. Western-backed former Prime Minister and oligarch Yingluck Shinawatra was keen to join until she was ousted in 2014 by a military coup. The Empire retaliated by downgrading Thailand’s TIP (trafficking in persons) ranking to the lowest possible level, Tier 3. Now the Thai government wants back in, in what is possibly an attempt to ease the Empire’s pressure on Thailand particularly in the wake of the Erawan shrine bombing which is linked to a number of shady US-backed elements. [source]

TPP politics? US upgrade of Malaysia’s human trafficking score draws criticism, 28 July 2015

And if you doubted that the Empire was actually concerned about Thailand’s human trafficking record, in July they upgraded Malaysia from Tier 3 to Tier 2 in what many claimed was linked to the TPP’s stipulation that the US is barred from entering a trade agreement with Tier 3 countries. Thus, the issue of human trafficking is just another stick to be used in the Empire’s “human rights” diplomatic arsenal. [source]

China wins Indonesia high-speed rail project as Japan laments ‘extremely regrettable’ U-turn, 29 September 2015

And while the US consolidates its clients in the region China continues its steady process of Eurasian integration through its ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. After Indonesia turned down both Japan and China’s proposed high-speed rail projects, the Chinese came back with a better deal which the Indonesians accepted in a move that the Japanese described as “hard to understand”. This deal comes on the heels of a similar deal with Thailand reached in August. [source]

Navy will challenge Chinese territorial claims in South China Sea, 8 October 2015

Of course, complementing the Empire’s economic encirclement and containment, is its military encirclement and containment. Reports that the US plans to send a naval warship through China’s 12-mile territorial limit in the South China Sea (the first such action since 2012) are a significant message/provocation to Beijing. [source]

Southeast Asia ‘forgets’ about Western Terror, 2 October 2015

Finally, Andre Vltchek on the historical amnesia in many Southeast Asian nations – an amnesia all the more dangerous now as the Empire begins implementing its pivot to Asia. [source]


– The Trans-Pacific Partnership must be viewed as much more than a mere “trade deal”, but as part of the Empire’s multi-spectrum war on China and the emerging multipolar order.

– Thailand’s recent political unrest has the current government uneasy and seeking to relieve the pressure emanating from Washington.

– Human rights issues such as the classification of a country’s human trafficking record is one of the Empire’s foreign policy weapons to punish/reward and enact tribute from oppressed nations.

– The US Navy’s announced patrol of the South China Sea has to be viewed as a provocation. The situation must be monitored for any provocation/false flag incidents that may occur.

Evening Briefs 10/12

Saudi Arabia Bombs Second Yemeni Wedding In A Week – At Least 23 Dead

Saudi Arabia, the recently crowned head of a UN human rights panel and close U.S. government ally, has nowbombed two wedding parties in Yemen in just over a week. Yes, you read that right.

Meet The Ghostly Iranian Spymaster Running Every Mid-East Proxy War: “He Is Everywhere But Nowhere”


The Russian Air Force has carried out 55 sorties in the last 24 hours, hitting 53 Islamic State targets in four Syrian provinces and destroying command posts, terrorist training camps and a transfer point, among others. Sukhoi Su-24M and Su-34 bombers, together with Su-25SM ground support aircraft, bombed ISIS positions in the provinces of Idlib, Latakia, Homs and Hama, the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, told journalists.

Iran Openly Flouts Obama, Launches New Ballistic Missile

“We don’t ask anyone’s permission to enhance our defense power or missile capability and will firmly pursue our defense plans, particularly in the field of missiles.”Massive Fire Burns After Another Explosion Rocks Tianjin Warehouse


When the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was attacked on Oct. 3 by a U.S. AC-130 gunship, it was not a unique event. Hospitals have come under fire during conflicts presided over by the two previous presidents as well as Barack Obama. The Geneva Convention, to which the United States is a signatory, prohibits the targeting of hospitals. “Civilian hospitals organized to give care to the wounded and sick, the infirm and maternity cases, may in no circumstances be the object of attack but shall at all times be respected and protected by the Parties to the conflict,” according to the treaty.

Obama & UN Create Global Police Force Based On Sharia Law


Published on Oct 12, 2015   Attorney General Loretta Lynch bypassed the American people to bring a vile congregation before the Islamic High Council, AKA the United Nations – entitled the Strong Cities Network.

Massive Fire Burns After Another Explosion Rocks Tianjin Warehouse

As RT and others report, “a major fire broke out in a deposit in the Chinese city of Tianjin. The fire was caused by a leak of alcohol”

SCOTUS’ “Assault Weapons Ban” Decision Looms

With the latest swarm of mass shootings still in the headlines, and of course the ubiquitous call for gun control/prohibition, the Supreme Court’s decision this week on whether it will hear a challenge to a suburban Chicago law banning firearms commonly known as assault weapons seems more critical than ever. As NBC News notes, if the court agrees to hear the case, it would cast a shadow over similar bans in seven states; but declining to take it up would boost efforts to impose such bans elsewhere.


I never wanted  to write a twelfth  article.  After writing the eleventh  about our colleague: prominent Holistic oncologist, Mitch Gaynor MD in NYC,  I was truly hoping that would be the last.    http://www.naturalblaze.com/2015/10/twelfth-holistic-doctor-found-dead-alleged-suicide.html

Russia Supplants the U.S. in Global War Against “Jihadists”. Saudi Arabia Favors “A Political Solution in Syria”

A meeting between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman (son of King Salman) ended on early Monday, October 12th. Agence France-Presse headlined “Vladimir Putin Meets Saudi Prince on ‘Political Solution’ in Syria,” and reported that, whereas the son of the Sunni fundamentalist Saudi King says that his father still insists on removing the Shiite secularist leader Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria and on ending Syria’s alliance with Shiite Iran, Prince Salman said that the Saudi King is “in favour of a political solution in Syria.” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was more forward in his statement about the meeting. He said: “The two parties confirmed that Saudi Arabia and Russia have similar objectives when it comes to Syria. Above all, it is to not let a terrorist caliphate take over the country.”   Nothing was quoted from the Saudi side about any such opposition to ‘a terrorist caliphate,’ however; the Sauds have been the chief financial backers of Islamic jihad. (And here is what their followers in Syria are actually like.) However, the fact that the Saudi King sent his son to Russia to negotiate with Putin about Syria is yet another indication that the key player in settling the Syrian civil war is now Putin, not at all U.S. President Barack Obama.   http://www.globalresearch.ca/russia-supplants-the-u-s-in-global-war-against-jihadists-saudi-arabia-favors-a-political-solution/5481704

US Paradrops 50 Tons Of Ammo To Syrian Rebels

Because the “train and euip” program was such a public embarrassment, the Pentagon had to come up with a new idea to assist Syria’s “freedom fighters” now that they are fleeing under bombardment by the Russian air force only to be cut down by Hezbollah. The newest plan: helicopter ammo. No, really. The US has now resorted to dropping “tons” of ammo into the middle of nowhere and hoping the “right” people find it.

Obama Won’t Back Down After Chinese Threat, Sends U.S. Warships To Contested Islands In “Matter Of Days”

“A U.S. official confirmed Sunday that a decision had been made to conduct such patrols but said it was unclear when that might happen or where exactly. ‘It’s just a matter of time when it happens,’ the official said. Another U.S. official indicated that the operation could come within days.”

Halloween Is The Biggest Day Of The Year For The Fastest Growing Religion In America

If you are a witch, Halloween is not just another holiday.  For Wiccans, the festival known as “Samhain” is the time when the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest, and so communication with the other side is the easiest.  And as you will see below, it is also the time “when the god dies, to be reborn again on the Winter Solstice”.  Many Americans are still very unfamiliar with Wicca, but the truth is that it is rapidly growing in popularity.  In fact, it has been projected that Wicca will soon become the third largest “religion” in America after Christianity and Islam.  According to the American Religious Identification Survey, the number of self-identified Wiccans in the United States grew from 8,000 in 1990 to 134,000 in 2001 to 342,000 in 2008.  The New York Post recently ran an article which stated that some experts have estimated that the number of witches in the U.S. is doubling every 30 months, and that there may now be “8 million undeclared practitioners” of “the craft” in this country. (Read More…)

US Senate Hearing Discusses Using Refugees as Human Shields in Syria

October 12, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – A recentUS Senate hearing regarding Russia’s ongoing air campaign in Syria plumbed dark depths when it was actually proposed by retired US Army General John M. Keane that “free zones” be established for armed militants, and populated with refugees to deter Russian attacks. In essence, General Keane’s plan is to use refugees as human shields, and leverage any attack on this established “free zone” as a means of manipulating public opinion.   http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/

Study Shows No Correlation Between Violent Crime and Gun Laws

After every mass shooting, you can expect the gun control crowd to make the same exact argument that they’ve been trying to make for decades. They will tell you that in every country with limited access to firearms, there are fewer firearm related deaths, both by homicide and by suicide. In most cases this is probably true, with the exception of a few crime ridden hell holes that would probably have a high crime rate, regardless of how many guns are legally available.   However, this fact completely misses the point, and I’m baffled that they can make same argument over and over again with a straight face. What really matters is the overall violent crime rate. Does restricting gun ownership reduce the number of all murders, or does it just reduce gun related crimes? There is an important distinction between the two, because if you only care about stopping crimes that involve guns, then you’re basically saying that you want to outlaw guns because they’re scary. You’re not addressing the root cause of society’s problems.http://stdanger.blogspot.com/2015/10/study-shows-no-correlation-between.html#more

New California Bill Will Allow Illegal Aliens to Vote

On the surface, California’s New Motor Voter Act doesn’t sound too controversial. It was written in response to California’s low voter turnout rates, and was recently approved by Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend. Essentially, the law automatically enrolls everyone as a registered voter when they get their driver’s license, unless they decide to opt out of the system. However, you can’t expect any bill to pass in this country unless it has an ulterior agenda, and the New Motor Voter Act is no different.    http://www.thedailysheeple.com/new-california-bill-will-allow-illegal-aliens-to-vote_102015

Putin: Russia has no intention of mounting Syria ground operation, wants to see political compromise

Using ground troops in Syria is out of the question, the Russian president said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV. Russia’s air operation has been thoroughly prepared and is aimed merely at aiding the Syrian Army’s offensive, he said.   “Whatever happens, we’re not going to do this [ground operation] and our Syrian friends are well aware of it,” President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Russian TV anchor Vladimir Solovyov.     https://www.rt.com/news/318298-putin-interview-syria-operation/

Join the Once a Month Shopping Challenge

What would happen if you only went shopping once a month?  Would you become more organized? Would you become more creative? Would you become more mindful of waste? Would you save a ton of money?  That’s what I want to find out with the Once a Month Shopping Challenge  For the next 6 months, my family and I are doing one shopping trip per month of each type. So, the feed store, the grocery store, and a trip for general merchandise. (Since Christmas falls in here, we’ll make an exception by adding a couple of shopping outings for the holidays.)  Here are the benefits of once-a-month shopping:  http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/the-once-a-month-shopping-challenge-10072015

Ben Carson Is Not Politically Correct, But He Is CORRECT

The latest ditty that has the media all in a tizzy is Ben Carson’s statement that if the Germans had not surrendered their firearms a few years earlier The Holocaust probably wouldn’t have happened — or would have been far less severe. The number of people who pounced on this is a sad reflection of what our nation and logic — or lack thereof, has become.  The usual nonsense has been trotted out — that Carson’s remarks disrespected those who died in the Holocaust, and particularly in the Warsaw Ghetto.  Nonsense.   It is a fact that in the 30s Germany passed laws essentially disarming the public.  The Weimar Republic forced gun registration upon its citizens in 1931.  Two years later Hitler came to power via democratic election.   http://www.theburningplatform.com/2015/10/12/ben-carson-is-not-politically-correct-but-he-is-correct/

Moscow Demands Britain Explain “Green Light To Shoot Down Russian Jets”

The chances of escalation from a proxy war to outright war just went to 11 on the Spinal Tap amplifier of sabre-rattling. A day after British and NATO pilots were reportedly given the green light to take drastic action against Russian fighter jets if they come under threat during missions over Iraq, Interfax reports that the Russian Defense Ministry has demanded clarification. Senior defence sources say it is just a matter of time before our fighters are involved in a deadly confrontation with Russian jets.   The Chinese, it appears, are wholeheartedly behind Putin’s efforts,judging by the following puff-piece from Xinhua (unofficially China’s government mouthpiece)…   http://www.thedailysheeple.com/moscow-demands-britain-explain-green-light-to-shoot-down-russian-jets_102015







Jim Sinclair’s Mineset 10/12

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Chinese Regulator Proposes Ban On High-Frequency Trading
Tyler Durden on 10/12/2015 11:21 -0400

It appears Chinese authorities want to be the monopoly manipulator of their stock markets. Just a week after BlackRock suggested (and Hillary spewed) plans for transaction taxes in US markets to effectively kill high-frequency-trading (and all its ills), China’s Securities Regulator Commission (CSRC) has proposed limiting the use of automated trading programs in the stock market. Of course, just as we saw last nght in China futures, we assume CSRC only wants to ban “selling” algos and not “spoofers” pushing stocks higher.

CHINA PRESS: The China Securities Regulator Commission said it is seeking public opinion on limiting the use of automated trading programs in the stock market.

The stock market regulator said such automated trading systems could fuel market volatility and affect fairness.

It plans to tighten access and also to review the mechanisms behind automated trading systems and would authorize stock exchanges to levy extra charges on such automated systems.

The CSRC also wants to ban domestic investors from using overseas servers for their automated trading platforms. (China Securities Journal)

Despite the Citadel ban, HFT is alive and well in China futures… as Nanex exposes just last night…

Clear as a bell spoofing pattern in SGX FTSE China A50 futures in first 45 minutes after midnight EDT



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Dear CIGAs,

I must apologize for leaving so many e-mails and comments unanswered last week. My wife Kathryn and I travelled to northern Michigan and the upper peninsula for the week and saw some wonderful fall foliage. Cell phone and wifi coverage was somewhat spotty. While there we celebrated her birthday and our 10 year wedding anniversary. The week away did allow me to step back from the global economic and financial fray to a vantage point of the very big picture and headlines rather than minutia.

Last week was a true dichotomy of fantasy and reality. We witnessed a massive short squeeze and the best week for U.S. equities in over a year. While the markets were oversold and due a bounce, the “bounce” came with a backdrop of very dire news! Day after day brought forth new and consistently worse news.

In no particular order of importance; Deutsche Bank reported a $6.5 billion loss (10% of their net equity), UBS joined the derivatives implosion party and required a capital raise, Glencore ‘fessed up to $100 billion in debt versus the previous $19 billion (with three or four other major commodity firms in the same boat), the Bank of England required their banks to disclose how much of this debt they were exposed to, China’s yuan surpassed the yen in the settlement of global trade, China also went live with their alternative settlement of trade in yuan (non dollars), Saudi Arabia and Norway disclosed they are now in deficit and thus no longer “buyers” of dollars (are they now sellers?) …and the U.S. was effectively kicked out of the Middle East! I might add that several recent economic reports even though fudged, massaged and outright falsehoods were unable to hide the reality of global AND U.S. recession and decline in the real economic sectors.

To top all of this off, the U.S. Fed has now attracted naysayers including our (their) own bought and paid for media. They have effectively lost credibility. Since the last Fed meeting, the world has collectively come to the conclusion they have no options left and credible monetary policy is not a possibility. In fact, Mr. Trichet of Europe’s central bank has admitted that global central banks http://finance.yahoo.com/news/central-bank-cavalry-no-longer-191849195.html can no longer save the day or even buy time. On the other side of the financial coin, John Boehner resigned a couple of weeks back and his proposed replacement Congressman Kevin McCarthy withdrew http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/10/08/house-speaker-john-boehner-surprised-kevin-mccarthys-withdrawal-race/73586678/ his name from consideration. Please understand what this really means, the U.S. House of Representatives has now been hijacked by a minority which controls the majority. Normally this might be a good thing as a divided Congress cannot spend money (it does not have). Currently I believe this is a very bad event because it proves the further loss of credibility in U.S. leadership is valid.

If you look at what happened last week from a distance and with neutral eyes, it may have been the worst week for the U.S. in any living person’s lifetime. We were effectively kicked out of the Middle East (by Russia) in less than 10 days! This, while China warned Washington not to interfere in the South China Sea. It is clear the U.S. no longer carries a big stick and has no more “bluffs” left as Mr. Putin and China clearly have called it! This has horrific ramifications for the dollar as it has been hanging on for years out of pure “confidence” which has now been broken easily by a patient China/Russia.

Do not think to yourself the timing was any coincidence, China announcing their alternative to SWIFT settlement was simply offering an alternative clearing system AFTER Russia raised the stakes and exposed U.S. weakness. Every step forward for China is a step backwards toward obscurity for the U.S.. They fully understand we are broke. They know we have depleted our gold reserves and leveraged our finances beyond anything in history. The banks, the brokers, the derivatives, state and federal governments …are all over leveraged and reversal will wipe out any remaining equity VERY FAST!

Does it even matter the stock market squeezed higher last week? The answer of course is NO with the only caveat being “the public has been kept to sleep”. I ask you these questions, your own answers to yourself will suffice in clearing your mind of the fantasy versus reality question. Are the dollar and the U.S. military might the very last bastions of U.S. “exceptionalism”? Has THE major peg supporting the U.S. dollar been a world fearful (Washington would call it “respectful”) of the U.S. military? If you add in a collapsed oil price which by definition means a collapse of demand for “petro dollars” from the likes of Saudi Arabia and now Norway amongst others, does this augur well for the dollar?

There are many ways to connect all of the dots (none of the connections are US friendly), I have chosen these three because they are in my mind the most important. The (petro) dollar and military are all the U.S. had left …until this past week. We used to have the lead globally in so many areas. We were the manufacturer of the world. We were the beacon of truth, fairness and hope. We now have no more respect in any area and in fact are probably one of if not the most mistrusted government in the world. We reneged, lied, cheated, stolen, bullied, spied and needlessly stirred up chaos wherever we went publicly or in the shadows. The only difference is that now, what was previously barely whispered is now spoken openly. Does the word “mutiny” come to mind?

I will leave you with just one question and what it means to you personally and to your family. Were you to wake up one day where the world tells the U.S. “get out and take your ‘dollar’ when you leave”, what would this mean to you personally? Would your entire life and lifestyle not change forever? THIS by the way is at the very core of what is meant when you hear the “world will be RESET”!!!

Standing watch,

Bill Holter
Holter-Sinclair collaboration
Comments welcome!  bholter@hotmail.com

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It A “Liquidity Mirage”: New York Fed Finally Grasps How Broken The Market Is Due To HFTs
Tyler Durden on 10/09/2015 15:03 -0400

In the aftermath of the October 15th, 2014 Treasury flash crash that was much fake “confusion” among the punditry about what caused the dramatic 20-sigma move in the 10 Year treasury. For us, however, there was no confusion, it was all due to a vicious case of HFT algo quote stuffing – a key component of algos trying to establish whether there are credible size orders to be frontrun – gone horribly wrong.


Several months later, in July, the Joint-Staff Report released by the Treasury, Fed, SEC and CFTC confirmed as much, and even if they didn’t explicitly single out HFTs as the culprit for the flash crash (that would mean having to redo the topography of the market, in the process gutting and redoing the entire market structure after tacitly admitting the market is broken), they did very clearly note that it was “self-trading”, or quote stuffing, that was responsible for the unprecedented move.

Here are the only two charts that mattered from that report:



As we thoroughly documented back in July, this is what the staff report said: “Given the finite capacity of any matching engine to simultaneously process messages and execute matches between buyers and sellers, extremely high message rates appeared to cause trading platform latency to temporarily jump higher”, or as we explained it ” a massive burst of quote stuffing (seen with absolute clarity on Figure 3.29 above) in the form of a surge in messages, resulted in a burst of accumulated order latency, which in turn was the catalyst to send the price soaring from 129 to over 130 in the span of 5 minutes, and then sliding back down again once the quote stuffing effect was eliminated.”


Monday Evening Economic Briefs 10/12

John Williams-The Fed has Lost Control

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com    (Early Sunday Release)

At the beginning of 2015, economist John Williams predicted the U.S. economy would continue to slow down to stall speed, but it is much worse than that. Williams explains, “I’ll contend we’re in a new recession and recognized likely to be timed from December of 2014. . . . The downturn in 2007 wasn’t recognized until the end of 2008. I think by the end of this year, people will recognize the economy turned down in December of 2014. I’ll tell you why I say that. There are a couple of very solid leading indicators . . . of the broad economy. One is industrial production. Industrial production contracted in both the 1st and 2nd quarter of this year. Those are the official numbers out of the Federal Reserve. Estimations for industrial production are for continued contraction. Industrial production used to be the GDP measure. . . . Retail sales contracted in the first quarter, adjusted for inflation. Year over year growth have dropped to levels you only see in a recession. It’s the same thing again with industrial production.”

So, what is the next move by the Federal Reserve? Williams says, “I think the Fed has lost control of the financial system. I don’t know quite what they are going to do, but they are not able to do what they want to do. They want to raise interest rates. They had an opportunity back in June . . . they announced rather formally . . . that they were going to raise rates in September . . . and that didn’t happen. The markets began to move around, and said they said the economy is too weak and were (the Fed) not going to do it.”

For people who thought the economy was fixed by the Fed after the 2008 financial meltdown, think again. Williams contends, “In 2008, the system was in crisis and in a crash. The financial system was on the brink of collapse—no question. Most people recognize that, and people like to forget it. We have never recovered from that. The Federal Reserve and the federal government did everything they could to keep the system from collapsing. . . . They keep the system afloat, but they didn’t do anything to fundamentally address the problems that got us there. So, the economy is still in trouble. The banking system is still shaky. The federal deficit is still there, and long term solvency issues are still there for the United States and are still in place. None of the big issues were addressed.

What the Fed did with all of its bond buying and money printing did not fix the system, and Williams says, “I think we are going towards a QE4. . . . All that is bad for inflation. There is a point here where the dollar is going to take a tumble.”

Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with economist John Williams, founder ofShadowStats.com.

(There is much more in the video interview.)

After the Interview:

Williams also warns that people should have some stored food and water in case of emergencies. A sudden economic meltdown could cause supply disruptions. There are some free updated statistics and information on the home page of ShadowStats.com. Williams also sells a subscription. It’s the same detailed reports he sells to fortune 500 companies and hedge funds clients. Click here to subscribe.

Morning Briefs 10/12

Goldcore:  Financial Advice Today and 400 Years Ago – Do Not “Venture All” “Eggs In One Basket”

We look at gold’s vital diversification benefits in the latest edition of Executive Global. “Tis the part of the wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket” – Cervantes in Don Quixote in 1605 The key to successful long term investing is diversification and owning a […]   CONTINUE READING

Greek Cash Ban Escalates: Imposes ‘Permanent’ Stricter “Capital Controls” On 3 Million Pensioners, Civil Servants

In a stunning move towards the elites’ endgame of ‘banning cash’, Greek authorities unveiled stricter capital controls for civil servants and pensioners this weekend. By drastically limiting cash withdrawals and forcing the more ‘controllable’ compulsory use of plastic money, Greek authorities hope to stop tax evasion through the use of ‘fake cash registers’.


It must be finally getting crunch time for the primary central banks around the world because on Oct. 10, the G30 group of global money printers admitted in a detailed report that the tens of trillions of dollars, euros, yen, and other currencies they have infused into the system has done absolutely nothing for local economies, and instead has accomplished what alternative economists stated would happen from the very beginning… Create asset bubbles, un-payable debt, and assure that there would be no sustainable growth.

Why Gold Is Surging: BofA Says To Expect A “Massive Policy Shift In 2016″

“The secular reality of deflation & inequality is intensified by recession & rising unemployment, investors should expect a massive policy shift in 2016. Seven years after the west went “all-in” on QE & ZIRP, the US/Japan/Europe would shift toward fiscal stimulus via government spending on infrastructure or more aggressive income redistribution.  buy TIPs, gold, commodities, Main Street not Wall Street.”


Major protests have broken out in Belgium over AUSTERITY
Mac Slavo- October 12th, 2015   Bankers and other vultures have been all too happy to prey upon these vulnerable nation-states on the way up and down of this crisis.   Continue Reading…


Hundreds of thousands of people rallied on Saturday afternoon in the German capital against the massive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) accord being negotiated by the European Union and the United States. Critics say the trade deal will benefit large corporations at the expense of average Europeans. Trade unions, environmental groups, NGOs and anti-globalization groups were among the organizers of the huge rally, which went from the main railway station in central Berlin to the national parliament. Over 250,000 people turned out for the event – many more than the 50,000 to 100,000 expected, but Berlin police claimed the number was closer to their initial expectation of 100,000.

Dell Buys EMC In Record $67BN Deal: Creates “World’s Largest Private Integrated Tech Company”

Just when you thought the M&A boom is over after a surge in bond yields that Goldman has repeatedly dubbed as “recessionary”, and which will make the debt cost of any funding so high that there is barely any room for execution error, moments ago as had been extensively leaked previously, private Dell announced it would acquire tech giant EMC in a deal valued roughly $67 billion, while maintaining VMWare as a publicly-traded corporation. Good luck with raising the tens of billions in debt the deal will require: our best wish to Barclays, BofA, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, RBC who will all be underwriting the required debt financing to Dell.

Chinese Stocks Rally On Confusion Whether PBOC Finally Launched QE; US Futures Flat In Holiday Mode

With the “adult supervision” of US markets gone today as bond markets are closed for Columbus day, and the USDJPY tractor beam also missing with Japan also offline for Health and Sports day, stocks took their cues from China where speculation was rife that in lieu of cutting RRR, the PBOC has unleashed even more incremental QE by expanding its Collateral Asset Refinancing Program (CAR). Specifically, the central bank said this weekend it will expand a program allowing lenders to use loan assets as collateral for borrowing from the central bank, opening it up to nine more cities from the program’s test in Shandong province and Guangdong. The new areas for the program include Beijing and Shanghai. According to some estimates released several trillions in liquidity into the market, and not only sent government bond futures to new highs, but pushed the Shanghai Composite up over 3% overnight.

Obama Won’t Back Down After Chinese Threat, Sends U.S. Warships To Contested Islands In “Matter Of Days”

“A U.S. official confirmed Sunday that a decision had been made to conduct such patrols but said it was unclear when that might happen or where exactly. ‘It’s just a matter of time when it happens,’ the official said. Another U.S. official indicated that the operation could come within days.”

Putin to Muslim Turkish Ambassador: “Tell your dictator President he can go to hell along with…”

Putin has personally sent a message to the Turkish ambassador to Moscow, Mr Ümit Yardim, and warned him that Russia will stop any relationships unless the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stops supporting ISIS terrorists in Syria.  http://conservativepost.com/putin-to-muslim-turkish-ambassador-tell-your-dictator-president-he-can-go-to-hell-along-with/

Iran test-fires new generation long-range ballistic missiles, state media report
Iran has successfully test-fired a new precision-guided, long-range missile, state-run media reported on Sunday. The Emad (Pillar) surface-to-surface missile, designed and built by Iranian experts, is the country’s first long-range missile that can be precision-guided until it reaches its target, said Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan, Iran’s defense minister.

Russia, Iran Rack Up Gains In “Fiercest Syrian Fighting Yet”

Last week, we said the following about the next stage of Syria’s civil war: “In case it wasn’t clear enough what was set to happen soon after the Russian air force had spent a few days softening up anti-regime positions on the ground, allow us to spell it out: with the opposition on the run thanks to days of aerial bombardment, Iran will now send in the Hezbollah/Shiite militia/Quds clean up crew, who will personally ensure that whoever is left in the wake of the Su-34 strikes is swiftly eliminated at close range.” As Retuers reports, that is exactly what’s unfolding.

Iranian-American journalist convicted, Iran news agency says
A court in Iran has convicted Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Iran’s ISNA news agency said on Sunday, but the U.S. newspaper said Tehran was working a political angle by not disclosing details.

UK police says witchcraft, exorcism cases on rise
Britain’s Metropolitan Police have reported an increase in the number of child abuse cases that involve allegations of witchcraft and exorcism. Police said Sunday a specialist unit received 46 such cases in 2014, more than twice as many as the year before.

Turkey would talk with Russia and Iran on political solution in Syria
Turkey would hold talks with Russia and Iran to work towards a political solution in Syria but would not take a foreign policy stance which “legitimises the Syrian regime”, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.

Professor: “It’s really a dead zone” in areas of Fukushima — “Huge impacts… there are no butterflies, no birds… many dramatically fewer species” — “Why does it matter to you in the U.S.? The reason is, it’s coming, it is coming”


Navy Now Teaching Its Members to Combat ‘Male Privilege’

The US Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery has issued a warning about “male privilege” and is teaching its members ways to combat it.  The document outlining “male privilege” can befound on the US Navy’s Bureau of Medicine & Surgery’s official page and was first reported by the Social Memo  http://culturalmarxism.net/navy-now-teaching-its-members-to-combat-male-privilege/

Former Intelligence Analyst: Political Correctness Is A Manipulative Tool For Centralizing Power

 A former intelligence analyst, Stella Morabito, who grew up in a left-wing family and calls herself a “realist,” is speaking out about mass manipulation, political correctness and the transgender agenda.
Her writings at The Federalist got the attention of Rush Limbaugh back in June when he seemed fascinated by her piece on mass delusion. A subsequent related piece is here.   Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/10/former-intelligence-analyst-political-correctness-is-a-manipulative-tool-for-centralizing-power/#ixzz3oMUgmnx1

PROOF of Hurricane Control, Bahamas, Bermuda, oct 2015

This is an amazing video! It shows ABSOLUTE PROOF, of Hurricane control, using the classified Ionospheric Heater technology. Hurricane Joaquin was deliberately steered into the Bahamas, and then, to Bermuda. These island nations are not paying the Wall Street gangsters their Hurricane protection money, so the corrupt US Military commanders used classified technology, to threaten, and devastate, these small island nations.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtHwHdnnvt8

The Operating Room of the Future – InSightec – Dr. Kobi Vortman Technion Alumnus

InSightec® is the pioneer and global leader in MR guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS) . InSightec developed ExAblate, a product which pioneers the use of MRgFUS, and provides a personalized non-invasive treatment that can replace invasive procedures and offer therapeutic alternatives to millions of patients with serious diseases around the globe. Interview with Technion alumni Dr. Kobi Vortman, Founder and President and Baruch Avruch, Vice President of Operations from InSightec.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1&v=IfJemqkby_0

The best interview I’ve ever given on cancer airs tomorrow… watch this amazing 5-minute trailer

Natural News readers,    The most impactful documentary series ever filmed on cancer prevention and holistic cancer treatments begins tomorrow, and I’m inviting you to watch an amazing 5-minute trailer that will open your eyes and touch your heart (yes, I’m featured in it too, with what I consider to be the best interview I’ve ever given on the subject of cancer).    Click here to watch the trailer now for “The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest” featuring a jaw-dropping list of the world’s most informed minds on the subject of cancer, all filmed on location in cities and nations across the globe.