18 May 2017

The Real News Coming Out Of Washington Is That President Trump Is The Target Of A Political Coup
The bottom line is that we have some very powerful people in Washington who really don’t like how democracy played out this time around and what they do to attack it next isn’t going to be any better than what they’re doing now.

Former DOJ Spox: Comey Is Trying To Take Down Trump
Miller agreed with the president that Comey is a “showboat,” which is another reason he believes Comey may be coming after Trump. “You just look at his [Comey’s] actions in the [Hillary] Clinton case, where he made himself the central player when there was no reason for him to be the central player,” Miller said. “That aside, his entire history shows that he likes to be at the center of attention.”

WannaCry XXL? 2nd even bigger global cyber attack already underway
As the world reels from the WannaCry ransomware attack, it’s now emerged that a second, potentially larger attack, is already under way. It seems the widespread proliferation of military-grade cyberweapons has ushered in a new era of digital crime.

Jerusalem mayor: Move US embassy, regardless of possible violence
“For violence to occur there could be any reason or no reason and if we – God forbid – because of fear of violence wouldn’t do the right things there would never be Israel, there would never be a reunited city,” Barkat said at a meeting with journalists at Jerusalem City Hall

Egypt’s Sisi: Trump vital to resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Egyptian president to Israel: “The Arabs and Palestinians are ready for peace.”

SOLAR WIND STORM PREDICTED
The solar wind around Earth is about to speed up. NOAA forecasters expect velocities to top 700 km/s on May 19th when a stream of gaseous material flowing from a big hole in the sun’s atmosphere reaches our planet.

Report: Jordanians claim leaked intel was theirs, not Israel’s
Intelligence about ISIS that US President Donald Trump allegedly leaked to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting last Wednesday was sourced by Jordanian spies, not Israelis, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday morning. According to the report, “veteran Jordanian intelligence officials” claimed that the numerous media reports that the information Trump disclosed to the Russians originally came from Israel are false.

Ukraine urged to act against general who threatened to ‘destroy Jews’
The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Wednesday joined calls on the Ukrainian government to take action against retired Security Service General Vasily Vovk in the wake of a recent Facebook post in which he threatened to “destroy” the country’s Jews. Vovk, who still holds a senior reserve rank with the Security Service of Ukraine, posted on Facebook: “I am completely against Jews,” and “You are not Ukrainians and I will destroy you…

US complains to Turkey over embassy violence
The US has made a complaint to Turkey after violence erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel in Washington, DC. Two people were arrested and 11 were injured in protests outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence amid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit. Video footage of the clash on Tuesday showed men in suits charging past police to kick and punch protesters.

U.S. conducts military drill to counter N. Korea’s WMDs
U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea have recently conducted an exercise aimed at destroying North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by practicing a ship-to-shore air assault from a South Korean warship, the infantry division said Thursday. The U.S. Army forces carried out the exercise, called “Warrior Strike 7” at Camp Stanley in Euijeongbu, just north of Seoul, and the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex near the inter-Korean border, it said.

N.K preparing for cruise missile strikes: RFA
The North Korean army is repairing protective walls for gallery positions to brace for possible cruise missile strikes after witnessing such U.S. attacks on Syria last month, a U.S. broadcaster said Thursday. The North’s armed forces ministry ordered the army to take steps to protect gallery strongholds from air raids in mid-April, Radio Free Asia (RFA) said, citing the Osaka-based North Korea specialist news organ Asia Press.

New Israeli naval launcher: ‘8 concomitant rockets to a range of 150 kilometers’
IMI Systems is currently exhibiting at the Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference in Singapore the Stingray—a rocket launcher for the naval arena that will be able to operate from battleships and drilling rigs, and is intended for offensive activities of the naval force alongside multi-arm operations. The launcher was sold to two foreign customers but has yet to be purchased by the IDF.

U.S. cyber bill would shift power away from spy agency
A bill proposed in Congress on Wednesday would require the U.S. National Security Agency to inform representatives of other government agencies about security holes it finds in software like the one that allowed last week’s “ransomware” attacks. Under former President Barack Obama, the government created a similar inter-agency review, but it was not required by law and was administered by the NSA itself.

Franklin Graham: Christians under attack, should engage in politics
Evangelist Franklin Graham said he believes Christianity has been attacked and marginalized by “anti-Christ” media and a liberal government and that it is time for Christians to become more active in politics.

Rouhani warns Revolutionary Guards not to meddle in Iran election
President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday urged Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards and the Basij militia under its control not to meddle in Friday’s presidential election, in a rare warning that underscored rising political tensions.

Carmageddon: All 3 Major Auto Markets Contract YoY For The First Time Since January 2009
For the first time since January 2009, sales of cars declined year-over-year in all three of the world’s largest auto markets of Western Europe (-6.8%), China (-1.8%) and the United States (-3.7%).  Combined, these three markets account for roughly 70% of the world’s auto sales.

JPMorgan: “A Trump Impeachment Is Very, Very Unlikely”
“Trump impeachment is very, very unlikely… the impeachment bar is very, very high. The daily scandals obviously don’t help Trump’s political capital but market expectations for legislative action are already very low.”

Mosque Takes Over Pentecostal Church as Pastor Prays to Allah
Christian clergy helped a Muslim mosque open in a Pentecostal church. “It’s open faith; we’re brothers,” Ali Mohammad, an organizer of the mosque, tells North Carolina’s News & Observer.  The Muslims are stripping the church of its Christian roots, including removing any crosses and handing them over to pastors in the area.

“Trump Doesn’t Matter”? European Stocks Slump Most In 8 Months
Again and again we were told that this rally was all about fun-durr-mentals and that anything Trump did was gravy and not priced into markets… so how do you explain the biggest plunge in European stocks since September today… on zero fundamental catalysts?

US Household Debt Surpasses 2008 High, Hits Record $12.7 Trillion
“Almost nine years later, household debt has finally exceeded its 2008 peak. This record debt level is neither a reason to celebrate nor a cause for alarm. But it does provide an opportune moment to consider debt performance,” said Donghoon Lee, Research Officer at the New York Fed.