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The Aftermath of the Qatar Ultimatum

Posted on July 6th, 2017.

The ultimatum that Saudi Arabia and its allies gave to Qatar expired on Monday, and the leaders of the nations participating in the “diplomatic blockade” gathered in Cairo yesterday to discuss the answer by the Gulf state. Investors all over the world were watching carefully, as the event had the outside chance of a...

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The History of the Current Oil Crisis and What to Expect Now?

Posted on June 25th, 2017.

Crude oil is in bear market territory, down more than 21% from the yearly highs reached on January 1 of this year. So, is this a good buying opportunity or is this the start of a bigger decline? To analyze this in detail, we have to first study the reasons for crude oil’s fall from above $100 per barrel levels in 2014, the subsequent...

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Daily Analysis: Qatar Receives Ultimatum as Middle East Tensions Escalate Again

Posted on June 23rd, 2017.

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2431 -0.171% DAX 12694 -0.77% WTI Crude Oil 42.94 -2.42% GOLD 1258.00 0.64% Bitcoin 2742 1.23% EUR/USD 1.1195 0.39% Global stock markets are mixed once again today with European markets being notably weaker than their peers after the release of some really weak services...

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Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, Dash, and Ethereum Classic Following the Trump-dip

Posted on June 20th, 2017.

Cryptocurrencies had another calm day, until the end of the US session, at least, when a tweet from Donald Trump regarding North Korea caused turmoil in financial markets. Altcoins were sold and Bitcoin got bought after the announcement that reignited speculation about a possible “intervention” by the US. Most coins recovered quickly off...

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Breaking News: British Pound Dumped, Gold, Bitcoin Rise as Torys Fall Short of Majority

Posted on June 8th, 2017.

According to the first exit polls, we are in for another shocking election result in the UK, as the ruling conservative party is on track to lose it’s majority; as a consequence of an election that was called by none other than PM Theresa May to strengthen the power of the government. While the polls have been tightening...

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Energy

Saudi Arabia Increases Pressure on Qatar: What You Need to Know

Posted on June 7th, 2017.

In a potentially important move on Monday, the biggest oil producer in the world – fellow US ally Saudi Arabia- and several other countries including the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, while halting all transportation with the country. They declared that the reason for the steps were Doha’s...

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Politics

UK Elections: Polls are Tightening with Only Two Days Left

Posted on June 6th, 2017.

The announcement of the British Snap election by Prime Minister Theresa May looked like a smart move in April, as it was a good way to stabilize the Conservative Party’s power following a stormy Brexit campaign, and the aftermath of the shocking referendum itself. Financial markets welcomed the announcement, as British stocks rallied...

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Economy

Fearing Recession, Billionaire Investor Paul Singer Creates $5 Billion Rainy Day Fund

Posted on May 30th, 2017.

Paul Singer, a billionaire investor, has created a $5 billion rainy day fund to protect himself from a disaster awaiting Wall Street, according to Marketwatch. Singer runs Elliot Management, a $33 billion hedge fund. He recently advised investors in a letter that low volatility is ahead for stocks, which will see values move higher for a...

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Politics

DARPA is Placing “Big Bets” on Space-Based Weapons Systems

Posted on November 23rd, 2016.

DARPA sees a real possibility for spaced based conflict. So, it’s hoping to create breakthrough technology to dissuade U.S. adversaries who might consider attacking from space.  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency assists national security with efforts in space. It focuses on making space a “real-time operational domain,” as...

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Companies

Facebook Looking into “Disrupting Economics” of Fake News Sites

Posted on November 22nd, 2016.

In a Facebook post Friday night, founder of the popular social network Mark Zuckerberg took time to outline the steps the company will take to tackle its “fake news” problem, which has been a hot topic in the wake of the election. One way the social media behemoth plans on doing that is by making sure fake news sites...

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Politics

Bitcoin-Friendly Gavin Newsom Leads 2018 California Gubernatorial Race

Posted on November 18th, 2016.

California Lt. Gov. Newsom is a favorite to take Democrat Jerry Brown’s place as the 2018 gubernatorial race Democratic candidate, meaning a Bitcoin and technology friendly politician could lead a state that regularly votes Democratic. Newsom currently leads others in the race, from both parties, with 23 percent of registered voters. The...

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Viral Disinformation Warning: Fake News Are Taking over Facebook

Posted on November 14th, 2016.

Today’s news: Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford voted for Donald Trump, the Republican President-elect of the US, because the liberals want to take away their money; Melania Trump filed to divorce her husband, Donald Trump; Donald Trump himself said to People Magazine that Republicans are the dumbest group of voters; All the news above...

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Politics

What to Expect for Space and Sci/Tech Under President Trump?

Posted on November 10th, 2016.

US President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t strike as one who knows – or cares – a lot about space, science, and technology. Since the announcement of Trump’s victory, there have been a lot of headlines about a possible catastrophic impact of the upcoming Trump presidency on space and sci/tech in the US. However, a...

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Cybersecurity

Cyberspace Is on High Alert Ahead of Election

Posted on November 8th, 2016.

“Don’t pull anything funny on Election Day, Russia,” New York Daily News wrote last week.  Apparently, tensions are high. New York Daily News goes on to outline how U.S. military hackers are preparing secret cyber weapons to hit back if Russian forces try to interrupt US networks on Election Tuesday. Intelligence officials are mum on...

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Cybersecurity

Can Electronic Voting Machines Be Hacked?

Posted on November 6th, 2016.

With the election now in just weeks and the republican nominee, Donald Trump, stating numerous times that it will be rigged, electronic voting once more takes center stage with concerns raised that electronic voting machines could be hacked. Unlike Britain, which uses only paper ballots, USA uses electronic voting. Although paper ballots...

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Politics

The Heartland Has Been Devastated: Peter Thiel Speaks Up

Posted on November 2nd, 2016.

In a speech at the National Press Club on October 31, billionaire businessman and tech pioneer Peter Thiel defended his controversial decision, which has caused intense debate and earned Thiel the wrath of Silicon Valley liberal elites, to back Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Business

How To Create Your Own Anti Media Empire

Posted on October 29th, 2016.

From within a non-descript apartment building on a main thoroughfare in Chula Vista, California – but ten minutes north of Mexico – several computers sit on two desks. Big bay windows lead out to the street below. Once, what witnesses believe were parts of a surveillance drone fell onto the street. It had bird feathers stuck...

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Cybersecurity

Shock Wave on the Ice: The Pirate Party Could Win Iceland’s National Elections Next Saturday, Grab Power

Posted on October 27th, 2016.

The Pirate Party of Iceland, founded in 2012 to champion direct democracy and internet freedom, is projected to win Saturday’s general election and could end up leading Iceland’s next government, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Activism

WikiLeaks: Podesta Received E-mails On Extraterrestrial Disclosure

Posted on October 26th, 2016.

While most fallout from the Podesta emails has been political, there are extraterrestrial implications for some of the e-mails released by whistleblower source WikiLeaks.  An email on behalf of Apollo astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta turned up in the recent data dumps. The email was sent by Rebecca...

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Op-Ed

Like: Facebook Could Stop Playing Nanny and Thought Cop

Posted on October 25th, 2016.

Facebook is often criticized for playing nanny: removing content deemed unsuitable for minors, removing content deemed offensive to this or that group, and in general adopting a perhaps benevolent but certainly heavily hands-on approach to the material posted by users. That could be about to change. According to a Facebook news release...