21 Sep 2019

Former Head Of Plunge Protection Team Says Fed Has To Buy More Debt
The Fed “may have to expand the central bank’s balance sheet through outright purchases of U.S. Treasury securities, to ensure stable liquidity conditions at the end of the quarter as well as at year-end.”

Hezbollah says Iran would destroy Saudi Arabia in any war
Lebanon’s Hezbollah warned Saudi Arabia on Friday against betting on a war against Iran because it would destroy the kingdom and said Riyadh and the United Arab Emirates should halt the conflict in Yemen to protect themselves.

The battle for Palmyra and restoring Syria’s cultural heritage
The sunset colors the ancient ruins in rosy pink, and the music flows in the dry desert air. On August 30, a few hundred Syrians attend a concert in Palmyra, organized by the government to celebrate the “many victories of the Syrian army.” The attendees fly national flags in the air, sing with the band and smile on camera. But no amount of festive lights and banners can mask the grim reality.

Egyptians protest against President Fattah al-Sisi
Tear gas has been fired to disperse demonstrators in Egypt, at some of the first protests since President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi took power in 2014. Hundreds of Egyptians filled Tahrir Square in Cairo – a key site of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution – demanding his resignation. Demonstrations also took place elsewhere around the country.

Saudi Arabia oil attacks: US to send troops to Saudi Arabia
The US has announced plans to send forces to Saudi Arabia in the wake of attacks against the country’s oil infrastructure. Secretary of Defence Mark Esper told reporters the deployment would be “defensive in nature”. Total troop numbers have not yet been decided. Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels have said they were behind the attacks against two oil facilities last week.

Chinese scientists develop handheld sonic weapon for crowd control
China has developed the world’s first portable sonic gun for riot control, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said. The rifle-shaped instrument, which was jointly developed with military and law enforcement, is designed to disperse crowds using focused waves of low frequency sound, the academy’s Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry website said on Wednesday.

Uptick seen in rare mosquito-borne virus in some US states
Eastern equine encephalitis has been diagnosed in 21 people in six states, and five people have died. The infection is only being seen in certain counties within a small number of states.

Philippines declares new polio outbreak after 19 years
Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease.

Trump Approves US Troop Deployment To Saudi Arabia In Response To “Iran Attacks”
And now for the Friday evening tape bomb.

North American bird population has dropped by 3 billion since 1970, study reveals
There are almost 3 billion fewer birds in the United States and Canada now than in 1970, according to a disturbing new study.

2nd ‘500-year rainfall’ in 2 years will cause $8 billion in damages, AccuWeather predicts
AccuWeather estimates the total damage and economic loss caused by Imelda will be $8 billion, according to the company’s Founder and CEO Dr. Joel N. Myers, based on an analysis of damages expected from major flooding caused by heavy rainfall over eastern Texas and far southwestern Louisiana.

Rising number of fatal landslides makes 2019 the worst year on record|
A new update on landslides from the 2019 northern hemisphere monsoon season by Dr. Dave Petley, Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the University of Sheffield, UK, showed how an unusually high number of landslides resulted in thousands of fatalities this year, making 2019 the worst year on record. In addition, the last couple of years have been notably worse than the long-term average.

Major, catastrophic flooding hits Texas, at least two people dead as slow-moving storm dumps over 1 100 mm (43 inches) of rain
Major, catastrophic flooding is occurring across much of Southeast Texas, NWS said September 18, a day after Tropical Storm “Imelda” made landfall near Freeport, TX, adding that some areas could see up to 1 000 mm (40 inches) of rain through Friday, September 20. Heavy rain continued into Friday across portions of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, but rates have finally begun to decrease as the storm started shifting to the ArkLaTex region.

Incredible 1,500-year-old mosaic depicting Jesus feeding the 5,000 found near the Sea of Galilee
A 1,500-year-old mosaic depicting Jesus’s feeding of the five thousand has been unearthed during an excavation of an ancient city near the Sea of Galilee.

Three Spy Planes Could Soon Be Flying Over Baltimore To Counter Murder Crisis
“What is being created is the permanent surveillance of everywhere that everyone in Baltimore goes every time they walk out the door.

Goldman Sachs Has Just Issued An Ominous Warning About Stock Market Chaos In October
Are we about to see U.S. financial markets go crazy?

Billionaire Tim Draper: Bitcoin Will Hit $250,000 By 2022
“$250,000 means that bitcoin would then have about a 5% market share of the currency world…”