From Zero Hedge

  • The Great Game Comes To Syria

    Authored by Conn Hallinan via,

    An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war, one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration’s designs on Iran. It might also lead to yet another double cross of one of the region’s largest ethnic groups, the Kurds.

    However, the “troika alliance” - Turkey, Russia and Iran - consists of three countries that don’t much like one another, have different...

  • Ranked: The Best And Worst State Economies

    On a global scale, the U.S. economy is massive at close to $19 trillion in size.

    However, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins explains below, the United States is also the sum of its parts. America represents the union of 50 states and other jurisdictions such as D.C., and all of these state-level economies have their own unique problems to overcome, drivers of growth, and local resources that factor into their prosperity.

    How can we compare these state economies on an even playing...

  • New Zealand Braces For "Super Gonorrhea": It's A Matter Of "When, Not If"

    Authored by Mac Slavo via,

    The island nation of New Zealand is bracing itself for what scientists are calling “super gonorrhea.”  They say it is not a matter of ‘if’ the nation will be impacted by the disease, but a matter of ‘when.’

    A historically-resistant strain of gonorrhea has made its way from South East Asia to the United Kingdom and Australia, and experts are warning New Zealand will be struck next by the antibiotic-resistant super-bug gonorrhea strain. It’s in Eastern...

  • US CENTCOM Chief Makes "Secret And Unprecedented" Visit To Israel As Russia Mulls Arming Syria

    Increasingly it appears that the recent US coalition missile strikes on Syria have utterly backfired: instead of weakening Syria or degrading its military capabilities, the attack may have actually served to strengthen Syria's defenses. 

    Since the massive strike which involved the US, UK, and France launching over 100 cruise missiles, Russia is rumored to be moving forward on delivery of its advanced S-300 missile defense system, which would be a monumental upgrade allowing Syrian defenses to...

  • The Pension Crisis Gets A Catchy Name: "Silver Tsunami"

    Authored by John Rubino via,

    Pensions really are in crisis, but the story is so full of large numbers, obscure projections, and dry terms like “unfunded liabilities” that not many people are paying attention.

    The same is true for a lot of other big trends out there, which is why those sounding the alarm eventually settle on pithy/scary (if not always accurate) terms to get people’s attention. Global warming, for instance, or nuclear winter.

    Now the pension crisis may have...

  • Army Building "Self-Aware" Squid-Like Robot That Can Be "3-D Printed" During Combat

    The Army Research Laboratory's next robot weapon isn't a new predator drone or even a robot dog like the infamous prototype developed by Boston Labs.

    Instead, it's a "self-aware" robot built from flexible materials inspired by invertebrates like squid, the Army Times reports.

    But in addition to its advance machine-learning capabilities, the material used to build the robots is so lightweight and malleable that soldiers will be able to "print" the robots on the battlefield, the control them...

  • Japan Expects To Hit 2% Inflation In 5 Years, Aggressive Easing Will Continue

    Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

    The BOJ thinks Japan may hit its 2% inflation target in 5 years. Kuroda says risks are to the downside.

    It may take Japan five more years to reach its 2% inflation target  according to BOJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda.

    "Sometime within the next five years, we will reach [our] 2 percent inflation target," Governor Haruhiko Kuroda told CNBC's Sara Eisen over the weekend. Once that level is reached, we will start "discussing how to gradually normalize the...

  • Cryptos Snap Higher As Bitcoin Cash Miner Accused Of Artificially Boosting Prices

    The last two weeks have seen cryptocurrencies surge across the board, as tax-driven selling pressure appears to have abated, but while most are doing very well, Bitcoin Cash stands out - up over 120% - amid accusations of miners artificially boosting prices.

    The last hour or so has seen a notable jump in prices across the entire crypto space, but as is evident, Bitcoin Cash has been on fire the last few days...

    While some have attributed the notable outperformance to an announcement of a...

  • 6 Ways To Opt-Out Of 'The Financial-Sorting-Game' & 4 Important Charts


    Excerpted from Farnam Street April 2018 letter to investors.

    “The investor’s chief problem - and even his worst enemy - is likely to be himself.” – Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett’s mentor

    If we can control our own minds, we stand to gain everything.

    It’s disturbing how awful we are to each other. The chase of serotonin as we climb and fall in the grand sorting game reveals humanity’s less flattery sides. One of the best feelings is when something we own goes up in...

  • Inside Amazon's "Secret" Plan To Build Home Robots

    Through acquisitions and innovation, Amazon has been criticized by President Trump and many others for its capacity to kill US jobs.

    And now, if a new report in Bloomberg is accurate, the company appears to be going after a new class of employee - the household help - with what could be its next major consumer tech product release: A domestic robot.

    The project, which is tentatively being called "Vesta" after the Roman goddess of hearth, home and family, was launched a few years ago. But the...

  • How High Is The Risk Of A Currency Crisis?

    Authored by Thorstein Polleit via The Mises Institute,

    “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”, quipped Mark Twain in response to a newspaper report that said he was on his deathbed. The same could be said about many fiat currencies. Whether we are looking at the US dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen or the British Pound: In the wake of the financial and economic crisis of 2008/2009, quite a few commentators painted a rather bleak future for them: high inflation, even hyperinflation,...

  • MSM Is Frantically Attacking Dissenting Syria Narratives, And It Looks Really Bad

    Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via,

    I write a lot about how, in a political environment that is saturated in disinformation and propaganda, it’s important to ignore people’s words and watch their actions instead to get a clear picture of what’s really happening. You could not ask for a better illustration of this than the recent behavior of the mass media with regard to Syria.

    The always excellent Moon of Alabama put out a piece yesterday detailing the immense deluge of attack...