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Friday, February 02, 2018

The Dow dropped 650 points, or 2.5%, on Friday despite a strong jobs report that showed wage growth is finally starting to pick up. That's great news for workers, but it reinforced investors' concern about inflation and the bond market. The sell-off knocked the Dow well below 26,000. Both the Dow and S&P 500 are on track for their biggest weekly drops since early 2016 -- nearly 4% each.
"We've got a smorgasbord of negativity," said Ken Odeluga, market analyst with City Index in London. "It's been pretty nervous all week." Political turmoil is adding to the uncertainty. Market analysts pointed to the clash between the Trump administration and the FBI as another concern.
"There looks like a breakdown of the institutions in our country," said Ian Winer, head of equities at Wedbush Securities. "No matter what side you're on, that's not good." read more

Saturday, January 13, 2018

President Donald Trump confirmed late Thursday that he canceled a trip to London next month to help open the new U.S. Embassy there, saying he did not support the project and that former President Barack Obama crafted a "bad deal" to see it built. "Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for 'peanuts,' only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars," Trump tweeted, before continuing: "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" The process to move the embassy actually started during President George W. Bush's tenure. read more

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Sex robots could be hijacked by hackers and used to cause harm or even kill people, a cybersecurity expert has warned. Artificial intelligence researchers have consistently warned of the security risks posed by internet-connected robots, with hundreds recently calling on governments to ban weaponized robots. The latest warning comes from a cybersecurity expert who made the prophecy to several U.K. newspapers. "Hackers can hack into a robot or a robotic device and have full control of the connections, arms, legs and other attached tools like in some cases knives or welding devices," Nicholas Patterson, a cybersecurity lecturer at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, told the Star. read more


Between Trump and Russia, the nation is more divided than ever. You can argue till the cows come home that Obama or some other past president was divisive, but there's never been a presidency even come close to Trump's record of stoking mistrust and rage among the populace. Nearly everything he says is a provocation, and it's got us all fired up in a constant argument with each other. That's simply not healthy for America.

It's maddening that so many on the right refuse to acknowledge the divisiveness that both Trump and Russian propagandists intentionally engage in. The reasons for fomenting discord differ slightly. Trump does it because he is intellectually lazy and is gripped by a pathological need to maintain the adoration of his base. Russia does it to keep us at each other's throats, distracted, perceiving our ideological counterparts as the enemy, and therefore weakened -- in other words, easier to replace as the world's superpower.

The New York Times has an excellent article showing that Russia is still at it and has shifted its sights to the gun debate after last week's school shooting.

From the article:
'"This is pretty typical for them, to hop on breaking news like this," said Jonathon Morgan, chief executive of New Knowledge, a company that tracks online disinformation campaigns. "The bots focus on anything that is divisive for Americans. Almost systematically."

'One of the most divisive issues in the nation is how to handle guns, pitting Second Amendment advocates against proponents of gun control. And the messages from these automated accounts, or bots, were designed to widen the divide and make compromise even more difficult.

'Any news event -- no matter how tragic -- has become fodder to spread inflammatory messages in what is believed to be a far-reaching Russian disinformation campaign. The disinformation comes in various forms: conspiracy videos on YouTube, fake interest groups on Facebook, and armies of bot accounts that can hijack a topic or discussion on Twitter.'

Since the election, the article reads, "the Russian-linked bots have rallied around other divisive issues, often ones that President Trump has tweeted about. They promoted Twitter hashtags like #boycottnfl, #standforouranthem and #takeaknee after some National Football League players started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice."

Sometimes, as the article says, Russian bots actually take the liberal position. Why is that? Because the Russians don't actually support Trump politically; instead, they support the chaos that results from American disunity. It's just that Russia knows Trump is vulnerable to the kind of mind games necessary to advance its long-term goal of pushing the U.S. aside on the world stage.

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