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NASA’s Mercury exploration mission “MESSENGER” ended on Thursday, April 30, 2015 with a planned impact into Mercury’s surface at 19:26 UTC. MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft impacted “Shakespeare” basin at a speed of about 14 081 km/h (8 700 mph; ~3.91 km/s).
Mission control confirmed end of operations just a few minutes later, at 19:40 UTC, when no signal was detected by NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) station in Goldstone, California, at the time the spacecraft would have emerged from behind the planet. This conclusion was independently confirmed by the DSN’s Radio Science team, which also was monitoring for a signal from MESSENGER.
“Going out with a bang as it impacts the surface of Mercury, we are celebrating MESSENGER as more than a successful mission,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “The MESSENGER mission will continue to provide scientists with a bonanza of new results as we begin the next phase of this mission – analyzing the exciting data already in the archives, and unravelling the mysteries of Mercury.”
According to posts on NASASpaceFlight.com, a website devoted to the engineering side of space news, when lasers were fired through the EmDrive’s resonance chamber, some of the beams appeared to travel faster than the speed of light.
If that’s true, it would mean that the EmDrive is producing a warp field or bubble.
Mysterious Universe pulled the following comment from a space forum after the tests:
“That’s the big surprise. This signature (the interference pattern) on the EmDrive looks just like what a warp bubble looks like. And the math behind the warp bubble apparently matches the interference pattern found in the EmDrive.”
What’s more, the discovery was accidental, as this comment points out:
“Seems to have been an accidental connection. They were wondering where this ‘thrust’ might be coming from. One scientist proposed that maybe it’s a warp of the spacetime foam, which is causing the thrust.”
To prove that the warp effect was not caused by atmospheric heating, scientists will have to replicate the test in a vacuum. If the same results are achieved, it could mean that the EmDrive is producing a warp field, which could ultimately lead to the development of a warp drive.
There are printers that print food, printers that use lasers, printers that sinter metal, and printers that make full color objects. Adding to the expanding array of 3D printer capabilities, the IR3 can deposit material to make plastic objects – like other 3D printers – and lay down conductive pathways using other materials. But it can then stick electronic components into the assembly to make a working product. In the example on its Kickstarter page, the printer is used to fabricate, wire and assemble a small radio-control car. The trick here is the ability of the printer to “pick and place” objects into the assembly and leads to the company calling the IR3, “the world’s first product assembling 3D printer.”
After last week’s major eruption of Chile’s Calbuco volcano and a gradual decrease in activity, another strong eruption occured around 16:10 UTC today. This is a third eruption of this volcano since it came back to life on April 22, 2015, after 43 years of sleep.
VAAC Buenos Aires estimated the height of today’s plume at an altitude of 5 km. Aviation Color Code remains at Red.
According to the JTWC, Quang had maximum sustained winds of 212 km/h (132 mph), and wind gusts to 259 km/h (161 mph) at 06:00 UTC today. This makes it a Category IV hurricane equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Hussman, myself and a few other bloggers will be scoffed at for our warnings. That’s alright. I have thick skin. I don’t really give a shit what anyone thinks about me or my opinions. I deal with facts. As Hussman wrote in 2000, the question now is only about when. It isn’t years. It’s months, weeks or days.
To be sure, Greece has been “running out of money” for quite some time. Given the incessant media coverage surrounding the country’s cash shortage and the fact that Athens somehow seems to scrape together the funds to make payments both to lenders and to public sector employees against impossible odds, it’s tempting to think that as dire as the situation most certainly is, the country might still be able to ride out the storm without suffering a major “accident.” Having said that, some rather alarming events have unfolded over the past week or so, including a government decree mandating the transfer of excess cash reserves from municipalities to the central bank. As it turns out, that didn’t go over well with local officials and as we reported on Tuesday, the government finally hit the brick wall, coming up some €400 million short on payments to pensioners.
The banking sector has lost €27 billion in deposits since December, local governments are being shaken down for every last euro, depositors holding cash abroad are being begged to bring their cash back to Greece, and now, pensioners are walking away from ATMs empty handed while Athens furiously scrambles to find cash to pay them.
“The issue is no longer whether the current market resembles those preceding the 1929, 1969-70, 1973-74, and 1987 crashes. The issue is only – are conditions more like October of 1929, or more like April? Like October of 1987, or more like July? If the latter, then over the short term, arrogant imprudence will continue to be mistaken for enlightened genius, while studied restraint will be mistaken for stubborn foolishness. We can’t rule out further gains, but those gains will turn bitter… Let’s not be shy: regardless of short-term action, we ultimately expect the S&P 500 to fall by more than half, and the Nasdaq by two-thirds. Don’t scoff without reviewing history first.”
– Hussman Econometrics, February 9, 2000
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
“As Japan found during its quantitative easing program, increasing the size of the monetary base above levels needed to provide ample liquidity to the banking system had no discernible economic effects aside from those associated with communicating the Bank of Japan’s commitment to the zero interest rate policy.
I think my views on this mirror those that you expressed in your opening comments, Mr. Chairman.”
– FOMC Minutes from Dec 2008
How did that work out?
We assume principles go out the window when the orders come down from the banker-owners on high…
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However, today we get more total hypocrisy from the newly found bond guru and hedge fund adviser via his blog…
Responding to The Wall Street Journal’s questioning the efficacy of monetary policy (specifically ZIRP and QE), Bernanke scoffs:
Where [monetary policy] can be helpful is in supporting the return to full employment, and there the record has been reasonably good. Indeed, it seems clear that the Fed’s aggressive actions are an important reason that job creation in the United States has outstripped that of other industrial countries by a wide margin.
The WSJ also argues that, because monetary policy has not been a panacea for our economic troubles, we should stop using it. I agree that monetary policy is no panacea, and as Fed chairman I frequently said so. With short-term interest rates pinned near zero, monetary policy is not as powerful or as predictable as at other times. But the right inference is not that we should stop using monetary policy, but rather that we should bring to bear other policy tools as well.
The name Sarah Dalgren is well-known to long-term Zero Hedge readers: back in January 2010 we revealed that, just before the Great US banking system backdoor bailout by way of getting a par return on AIG CDS, back in August 2008 Goldman was willing to tear up AIG Derivative Contracts, and had in fact offered to take a haircut. It was the Fed who turned Goldman’s offer down! And the person who made the decision would become the Fed’s head of Special Investments [AIG] Management Group: Sarah Dahlgren.
We said that Dahlgren “not only did not save US taxpayers’ money, but in fact ended up costing money, when they funded the marginal difference between par (the make whole price given to all AIG counterparties after AIG was told to back off in its negotiations) and whatever discount would have been applicable to the contract tear down that had been proposed by Goldman a mere month earlier. This, more so than anything presented up to now, is the true scandal behind the New York Fed’s involvement.”
In other words, Sarah not only did Goldman a huge favor, but in effect made sure that Goldman Sachs would make a massive profit on what would end up being the world’s biggest bailout program and the launch of a series of QE4 program that have led to the destruction of the US middle class.
Obviously, in exchange for her action giving Goldman shareholders billions in undeserved rewards, she was promptly promoted to the role of executive vice president and head of the Financial Institution Supervision Group (FISG), aka the head of Bank Supervision at the NY Fed, a bank which as has been repeatedly documented in recent years, is nothing but a branch of Goldman Sachs.
Moments ago she resigned.
ust three questions here about Sarah Dahlgren’s “resignation”:
1. Why is she resigning now: is there a crackdown on just how corrupt the Goldman Sachs branch office at Liberty 33 truly is? Acutally, just kidding. Ignore this for obvious reasons.
2. What will her salary at Goldman Sachs be once she joins the 200 West firm?
3. Which Goldman partner will replace her?
So while in 2008, QE had no discernible economic effects… in 2015 it is a powerful tool for lowering unemployment rates? What a farce!?
We have never, ever, seen more trades per second in stocks than at the peak of yesterday’s post-FOMC reaction..
One glance at this chart shows the ‘arms war’ under way in the so-called markets – this frequency of trading is 10 times higher than 2010 averages… and just keeps getting higher.
This burst of high-frequency-trading – 864,000 trades per second – coincided with the short-term top post-FOMC as the machines “gave it all they could, Cap’n” to prove The Fed has a bloody clue what it is doing now…
It appears the ‘oomph;’ of HFT is running out of gas.
Over the last year a number of events have occurred which are indicative of a major, organized operation aka false flag attack, which has been in the works, utilizing the media to “prepare” the public to blame outside sources for the ultimate fall of the US economy.
In December 2014 ANP reported the Department of Treasury started soliciting bids (solicitation embedded at link) for survival kits for the employees of major banks such as Bank of America, American Express Bank, BMO Financial Corp., Capitol One Financial Corporation, Citigroup, Inc., JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo, with no official explanation for this unprecendented move which is usually reserved for the military, or law enforcement such as the FBI.
While the US government has not given any explanation for the solicitation, it is apparent from the very existence of it that the administration was making preparations for “something.”
Recent media reports have highlighted the extraordinarily fast rise of the supposed cyber-arm of ISIS, dubbed the “cyber-caliphate,” with reports of their supposed hacking of CENTCOM social media accounts, as well as claims of hacking into US military computers, posting the names and addresses of military members.
An example of this new boogeyman comes from an April 12, 2015 article in The Guardian, which is a representation of the way the media is framing the message across the board.
Still, Isis has drawn in elite hackers, a group that often thrives on a challenge. The risk they might venture beyond propaganda or cyber-theft to substantive attacks on cities and infrastructure may be small, but it is certainly real. Far too little is being done to analyse and prepare for the threat, by governments or the companies that run our power and our water, our transport, our banks.
Another example comes from IT Governance, who highlights a warning from General Keith Alexander, the former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), who ” told attendees at a private dinner held by HIS CERAWeek in Texas that the West is unprepared for cyber attacks on critical infrastructure and that the ‘doomsday’ scenario was a ‘a hi-tech blitz on refineries, power stations, and the electric grid, perhaps accompanied by a paralyzing blow to the payments nexus of the major banks’, according to the Daily Telegraph. ”
Basically what we are being prepared for is a major cyber attack which will effect the entire banking system… notice how reports always manage to include a reference to banks.
In researching this, I ran across two recent related alerts over at Steve Quayle’s website in his SQ Alert section.
Via the April 26, 2015 alert:
Just got some more intel, 30 year friend of the family, who’s brother is a high level bank executive just told my dad that her brother has removed all investments out of the bank in which he is employed. This is to include 401k, cash, safety deposit box now empty his reasoning is something big is about to happen to the banking system very, very soon on other details were forth coming.
Via the April 28, 2015 alert:
FROM BIG FIVE BANK INSIDER-THIS INFORMATION WAS DELIVERED ,THAT I WAS INFORMED ABOUT YESTERDAY.A PENDING SYSTEMATIC CYBER /HACK ATTACK IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE WHEN “THE GO’ ORDER IS GIVEN:CYBER ASSASSINS WHO HAVE INFILTRATED BOTH TIER 1 AND TIER 2, BANKS IN AMERICA, AMERICAS LARGEST BANKS, ,ARE WORKING FEVERISHLY TO INITIATE THIS ATTACK WHEN THE ‘ORDER IS GIVEN’.AS THIS ATTACK WHEN IMPLEMENTED WILL CAUSE THE WORLD’S FINANCIAL SITUATION TO BECOME DIRE AND A ‘FINANCIAL DOMINO LIKE’ MELTDOWN WILL TAKE PLACE,ONLY THOSE COUNTRIES PRIMARILY RUSSIA AND CHINA ‘WHO HAVE AMASSED GREAT STOCKPILES OF GOLD WILL SURVIVE AND COME FORTH WITH A NEW CURRENCY WHICH WILL BE BACKED BACKED BY GOLD! THE WEST WILL CEASE TO BE THE FINANCIAL DRIVER OF THE WORLD’S ECONOMY AND RIOTS WORLD WIDE WILL EXPLODE-I WOULD STRONGLY SUGGEST THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE CONTACTED ROSS POWELL AT (SURVIVAL401K.COM) PROCEED IMMEDIATELY IN YOUR ACQUISITION PURCHASES, THROUGH YOUR SELF DIRECTED 401K PLANS THAT ROSS HAS SET UP FOR YOU, TO TAKE POSSESSION, OF YOUR PRECIOUS METALS POST HASTE- THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK IS FULLY UNDERWAY,AS THE MIDNIGHT OIL BURNS HOTTER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE, TO TRY AND MITIGATE THIS CYBER HACK/ATTACK THAT IS WAITING FOR THE GO SIGNAL! THIS WOULD ALSO BE PART OF THE REASON FOR JADE HELM 15 WHICH IS SUPPOSEDLY STARTING IN JULY ,BUT SEEMS TO BE UNDERWAY ALREADY ,IN SOME STATES-“81 DAYS TOO EARLY” IS BETTER THAN ONE SECOND TOO LATE!
That last alert is backed up by recent media reports showing that both China and Russia are stockpiling their gold in preparation. Another report from Global Research shows that JP Morgan is also accumulating “the biggest stockpile of physical silver in history.”
During a time of crisis, investors tend to flood into physical gold and silver. And as I mentioned just recently, JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon recently stated that “there will be another crisis”in a letter to shareholders…
Some things never change — there will be another crisis, and its impact will be felt by the financial market.
The trigger to the next crisis will not be the same as the trigger to the last one – but there will be another crisis. Triggering events could be geopolitical (the 1973 Middle East crisis), a recession where the Fed rapidly increases interest rates (the 1980-1982 recession), a commodities price collapse (oil in the late 1980s), the commercial real estate crisis (in the early 1990s), the Asian crisis (in 1997), so-called “bubbles” (the 2000 Internet bubble and the 2008 mortgage/housing bubble), etc. While the past crises had different roots (you could spend a lot of time arguing the degree to which geopolitical, economic or purely financial factors caused each crisis), they generally had a strong effect across the financial markets.
Another piece of the puzzle is also the fact that over 40 bankers have died since 2014, full list here, which brings up the obvious question of whether they knew something was coming and were silenced as YouTube videographer J. Knight aka DAHBOO77 asked in February 2015, shown in a video below.
It is clear the government has been preparing for some time for an “event” to happen which would affect banks and it is also clear that the media has been on an all out push to spotlight hackers in conjunction with mention of “banks,” over a period when quite a few experts have been warning the US economy is heading for a massive crash.
Will a false flag event knock out our banking system? If so, what reaction can be expected by the general public when they cannot access their money to buy food?
We saw an example of what happens when a segement of the US population couldn’t access their EBT funds, couldn’t shop, for just a few hours to a day…. and it wasn’t pretty as chaos ensued, threats of “Rodney King-style riots” were made and looting started occurring.
Now imagine that on a country-wide scale. Is this what Jade Helm is really about?
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During the heyday of post-war prosperity between 1953 and 1971, real final sales – a better measure of economic growth than GDP because it filters out inventory fluctuations – grew at a 3.6% annual rate. That is exactly double the 1.8% CAGR recorded for 2000-2014.
And after yesterday’s punk GDP report in which growth stayed above the flat-line by a hair only due to a massive inventory build, the contrast is even more dramatic. Real final sales actually declined by 0.5% during Q1 and, more importantly, reflected a mere 1.1.% annual growth rate since the pre-crisis peak in the winter of 2007-2008.
The long and short of it, therefore, is that there has been a dramatic downshift in the trend rate of economic growth during an era in which central bank intervention and stimulus has been immeasurably enlarged. In this regard, the size of the fed’s balance sheet is the telltale measure of its policy intrusion. That’s because the only mechanism by which the Fed can actually impact the real economy is through open market purchases of treasury bills, bonds and other existing securities for the purpose of raising their price and lowering their interest rate or yield. And it doesn’t matter whether the Fed is buying short term T-bills to peg the federal funds rate or 10-year notes to drive down long-term interest rates and flatten the yield curve.
Thus, the old-fashioned business of pegging the Federal funds rate and the new-fangled intrusion of massive bond buying under QE are all the same maneuver. They both involve expansion of the central bank balance sheet and, therefore, the systematic injection of fraud into the financial system.
That is to say, growth on the asset side of the Fed’s balance sheet involves the acquisition of financial claims that arise from the utilization of real labor and capital resources. This happens, for example, when the Fed buys treasury notes that were issued to fund the purchase of concrete and bulldozer operators under the highway program or when new homes embodying carpenters’ wages and lumber are financed with Fannie Mae guaranteed mortgages purchased by the Fed.
That contrasts with the liability side of the Fed’s balance sheet, which expands dollar for dollar with the asset side, but represents nothing more than bottled monetary air confected from its digital printing press. Stated differently, the Fed’s fundamental tool of open market purchases of public debt and other securities, and thereby the expansion of its balance sheet, embodies the exchange of claims based on something for credits made from nothing.
The Fed’s current $4.5 trillion balance sheet, in fact, could be expanded to sport liabilities of $10 trillion or even $100 trillion by a few keystrokes on the Fed’s computers—–if the open market desk could find enough public debt, private debt, equities and even seashells to buy and stash on the asset side. But questions of practicality or likelihood aside, the basic principle is that the liability side of the Fed’s balance sheets represents spending power made out of nothing. Accordingly, the greater the size of the Fed’s balance sheet, the greater is the amount of fraud released into the financial system and the more intrusive is its deforming and distorting impact on the capital and money markets and ultimately the real main street economy.
Self-evidently, the Fed’s 5X balance sheet expansion since December 2008, which has resulted in 77 straight months of zero money market interest rates, has massively subsidized carry trade speculators. The latter use this free short-term money to fund (i.e.”carry”) their stock, bond and other asset positions, and thereby bid the market for these assets to higher and higher levels. So doing, they are not bringing new savings into the investment market and thereby augmenting honest demand for stocks, but are merely enlarging their bids with zero cost credit made from nothing.
Needless to say, there has been a sweeping change of monetary regime since the golden era of growth and prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s. During the former period, the Fed was run by the sobered survivors of the Great Crash of 1929 and the traumatic depression which followed. They deeply feared financial speculation, and most especially this was true for the Fed’s leader during this period, William McChesney Martin.
Accordingly, during the entire period between the end of the Korean War in 1953 and Nixon’s striking down of the Bretton Woods system in 1971, the Fed’s balance sheet grew by just $42 billion or 5.7% per year. And after adjusting for GDP deflator growth during the same 18-year interval, the constant dollar size of the Fed’s balance sheet grew at 3.0% per year. In point of fact, this means that the Fed’s real dollar balance sheet grew more slowly than the real economy during this 18-year period—-that is, at just 0.8X the growth rate of real final sales (3.6% per year).
By contrast, the Fed’s balance sheet soared by $4 trillion—–100X more—-during 2000-2014 or by 17% annually. That amounted to a 15% CAGR after adjusting for the 1.9% per year rise in the GDP deflator. In sum, during the current century to date, the constant dollar growth rate of the Fed’s balance sheet represents 8.3X the growth rate of real final sales (1.8% per year).
In metaphorical terms, the central bank was using a pop-gun during the 1953-1971 era versus a nuclear weapon since the year 2000. Yet not only has the reported trend rate of real growth fallen by 50% since the era of William McChesney Martin, but the periodic economic setbacks (i.e. recessions) were also much shallower back then.
To wit, there were four recessions certified by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) during the earlier period, but only the 1957-1958 downturn, when real final sales dropped by 2.4%, was serious. Overall, however, the average real sales decline during the four recessions of the golden growth era averaged just 1.0%.
The implication is straight-forward. The nation’s capitalist economy exhibited no suicidal tendency toward deep plunges and depressionary spirals during Fed’s “light touch” policy regime over 1953-1971. In fact, the officially designated recessions were primarily short-lived inventory corrections that reflected the wind-down of a war economy in two of the four cases, and mild cutback of credit growth in the other two.
In any event, the Fed’s mild tweaking of money market rates during that era was more than enough to keep the economy moving steadily higher—-and even that was not really necessary as I will demonstrate in a subsequent post. As shown in the graph below, the dips in activity were shallow and short-lived and the real economy nearly doubled in size during the period.
By contrast, during the most recent 14-year period not only has the trend rate of growth dropped by half, but one of the two recessions was quite deep by historical standards. Between the Q4 2007 peak and the Great Recession bottom (Q2 2009), real final sales declined by 3%—–the deepest drop of all post-war business cycles.
In light of this evidence, it goes without saying that the Great Moderation ballyhooed by Bernanke and the Greenspan Fed in the early years of this century was just self-serving poppycock. In the process of its massive financial intrusion and manipulation of virtually all interest rates and financial market prices, the Fed has not eliminated the business cycle at all.
And despite all its prodigious money printing, the thing that really matters—-the trend rate of real economic growth—-has fallen sharply, but relative to its post war average. In fact, the 1.8% real growth rate during the last 14 years is well less than the 2.9% growth rate achieved during the Great Depression years between the 1929 crash and the war economy triggered by Pearl Harbor.
there is an even more pointed question in the face of still another repudiation embodied in today’s GDP release of the “escape velocity” promise that was the basis for $3.5 trillion of fraudulent bond-buying by the Fed over the past six years. Namely, is there any justification for the FOMC’s intrusion in the financial markets at all? Does market capitalism really have a death wish and therefore need for an external agency of the state to smooth its cyclical undulations least it tumble down an economic black hole?
Well, actually, it is all about a wish. That is, the Fed and all other central banks have a power wish; a rank ambition to operate as masters of the financial universe—-unrestrained by either political authority or the discipline of honest free markets.
So motivated, they have bamboozled the political class and the public alike into the false belief that they are the indispensable element—the very mainspring—-of modern economic life. Without their expert ministrations, they claim, we would be faced with a Hobbesian world in which economic life would be poor, nasty, brutish and short.
Not true! On the one hand, market capitalism can function without state management of the business cycle. On the other, it desperately requires honest money and capital markets where savers are rewarded, gamblers disciplined and entrepreneurs are allocated capital for productive investment based on criteria of efficiency and risk-adjusted returns.
Such a world existed before 1914. During the prior 50 years real living standards rose at the highest compound rate for an equivalent duration in recorded history(@4%)—-and without any help from a central bank whatsoever.
There is no reason that benign era could not be revived under Carter Glass’ original design of the Fed as a “bankers bank”. The latter was given a narrow mandate to operate a passive discount window at which it would liquefy sound collateral at a penalty spread above the free market rate for short-term money.
Under that arrangement, the FOMC would be abolished and the destructive fraud of massive bond-buying with credits made from nothing would be eliminated.
The Fed would have no need for economists, Keynesian policy apparatchiks or Yellen and her power-drunk band of money printers. A few green eyeshade loan officers randomly picked from the community banks of America could more than adequately perform the task of examining self-liquidating collateral (i.e. loans against finished inventory and receivables) brought to the discount window by true commercial depository lenders.
In future installments we will delve deeper into the foundational myth that the Fed has deployed in justifying its sweeping seizure of power. Namely, that market capitalism would have crashed over and over during the last 60 years without its interventions.
That proposition, however, is not even remotely true.
After an unprecedented 9 months in a row of gains, for a greater-than-27% gain, The US Dollar slumped in April. Down 3.5%, this is the biggest monthly drop for the greenback since April 2011 (near the end of QE2).
As we noted yesterday, this could be a major problem as a USD-reversal is likely to drive the great unwind of consensus positioning…
as Long Dollar is one of the most-crowded trades in the world today…
he Great Unwind begins… to accelerate
GNS Science is warning that intermittent tremors coming from Mt Ruapehu are at a level last seen during the 2006 eruption and 2007 lahar. Volcanic tremors coming from Mt Ruapehu over the last 2-3 weeks were “moderate to strong,” GNS said in a release, and were some of the strongest measured in the last eight years. “The signals are similar to those in 2006 and 2007 but weaker than those recorded in 1994/1995.”
It cautioned that, historically, a direct relationship between volcanic tremors and eruptions had not been established, but said it was a signal often present before, during or after enhanced volcanic unrest. Mt Ruapehu remains at Volcanic Alert Level 1 (minor unrest) with the scale ranging from 0 to 5, and GNS Science continues to closely monitor the volcano through GeoNet. The 2006 eruption sent a plume of water 200 meters into the air with waves of up to 6m hitting the walls of the crater lake.
PVMBG raised the alert level of Indonesia’s Dempo volcano to 2 (waspada, “watch” on a scale of 1-4) because of increased seismic activity (mainly tremor and volcanic-tectonic earthquakes). It is recommended not to approach the crater within 1 km. The volcano’s crater contains a large acid lake and a very active hydrothermal system. Phreatic or phreatomagmatic explosions could occur any time and would pose a significant risk. The last eruptions in 2006 and 2009 were both phreatic.
A new eruption could be on its way at the volcano. A sharp increase in volcanic CO2 emissions, significant deformation of the Dolomieu crater, and a migration of earthquakes from deep to shallow (7 km) levels, as well as earthquakes near the surface itself that have appeared over the past weekend suggest new magma is on its rise to a possible new eruption, which would be the second in 2015. The prefecture raised the alert to level 1 (“eruption likely”) and closed access to the Enclos Fouqué this morning.
More than 80 scientists from around the world gathered in Seattle last week to discuss a thrilling development: For the first time, seafloor instruments were providing a real-time look at the most active, submarine volcano off the Northwest coast — and all signs indicated it might erupt soon.
But even the researchers most closely monitoring Axial Seamount were stunned by what happened next.
Beginning Thursday, April 23 — the day after the workshop ended — the new sensors recorded 8,000 small earthquakes in a 24-hour period. The volcano’s caldera, which had been swelling rapidly from an influx of magma, collapsed like a deflated balloon.
“All the alarm bells were going off,” said Oregon State University volcanologist Bill Chadwick, who along with a colleague predicted last year that the volcano would erupt in 2015. “It was very exciting.”
Another dormant volcano in California has started showing earthquake activity. A magnitude 3.4 struck near “Crater Mountain” which is located in Central Eastern California along the Nevada border.
This California volcanic earthquake activity began after a strange volcanic plume event in Central Nevada yesterday (April 28, 2015).
One day prior we saw a 3.0M earthquake strike near the dormant volcanic Inyo Craters at the California – Nevada border region.
The 3.0 magnitude earthquake at Inyo Craters has now been followed by another 3.4M earthquake, due South, directly at a dormant volcano named Red Mountain.
Red Mountain resides on the flanks of the greater nearby Crater Mountain volcano.
Nepal faces larger and more deadly earthquakes, even after the magnitude-7.8 temblor that killed more than 5,000 people on Saturday.
Earthquake experts say Saturday’s Nepal earthquake did not release all of the pent-up seismic pressure in the region near Kathmandu. According to GPS monitoring and geologic studies, some 33 to 50 feet (10 to 15 meters) of motion may need to be released, said Eric Kirby, a geologist at Oregon State University. The earth jumped by about 10 feet (3 m) during the devastating April 25 quake, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
“The earthquakes in this region can be much, much larger,” said Walter Szeliga, a geophysicist at Central Washington University.
A very strong earthquake recorded by Geoscience Australia as M7.1 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles) hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 10:45 UTC on April 30, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M6.8 at a depth of 60.1 km (37.4 miles).
According to the USGS, epicenter was located 122 km (76 miles) SSW of Kokopo, 195 km (121 miles) E of Kimbe, 335 km (208 miles) SSE of Kavieng, 412 km (256 miles) WNW of Arawa and 686 km (426 miles) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
There are 45 228 people living within 100 km radius.
Once market participants realize the top is in and the only possible result from here on is a loss, the herd will turn and follow the leaders who are selling.
A funny thing happens when the stock market herd turns–all the usual central bank tricks no longer push the markets higher.
Well that escalated quickly…
“I felt a great disturbance in the Farce, as if millions of fast-money voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”
Nasdaq is back below the 5000 level…
The myth of the resurgent US consumer, who was somehow supposed to benefit massively from the “unambiguously good” plunge in oil and gas prices, has been gutted and eviscerated, with the latest confirmation coming from the Personal Income and Spending data, in which we find that not only did personal income not grow in March, with wage growth the lowest in 2015 (with manufacturing workers’ incomes coming flat and Trade and Transportation wages actually down), but because spending rose by a weaker than expected 0.4% in March, the 4th miss in the past 5 months, US personal savings have resumed declining and all those “gas savings” are finally being spent: just not where they should be spent, and not in the amounts hoped.
Personal income has now missed 5 of the past 7 months.
Japanese stocks and USDJPY are back below the lows of the US day-session following The Bank of Japan’s decision not to stimulate further (despite all the collapsing economic evidence one might need to do such a thing). Investors were clearly hoping for moar (even if economists weren’t). With GDP expectations collapsing, BoJ still voted 8-1 not to increase QQE keeping monetary base growth expectations flat. The result is a 500 point drop in The Nikkei from this morning’s highs and around 1 handle drop in USDJPY… for now.
Even with GDP expectations plummeting…
It seems everyone waiting on The Antichrist NWO 666 Fed to move first….
The biggest overnight story was neither out of Antichrist China, where despite the ridiculous surge in new account openings and margin debt the SHCOMP dipped 08%, or out of Japan, where the Nikkei dropped 2.7%, the biggest drop in months, after the BOJ disappointed some by not monetizing more than 100% of net issuance and keeping QE unchanged, but Europe where for the second day in a row there was a furious selloff of Bunds at the open of trading, which briefly sent the yield on the 10Y to 0.38% (it was 0.6% two weeks ago), in turn sending the EURUSD soaring by almost 200 pips to a two month high of 1.1250, and weighing on US equity futures, before retracing some of the losses.
As we reported earlier, the technicals certainly do not favor Bund flows now, and it is likley that the Bund squeeze is far from over.
Negative news about the Apple watch aka the “tattoo snafu”will likely weigh on the DJIA today, with AAPL stock already down -1% in premarket trading.
The days when Russia scrambled to prevent the plunge in its currency in December of 2014, pushing its interest rate to an eye watering 17%, are now a distant memory: moments ago, the CBR announced that following the most recent cut from 15% to 14% on March 13, it once again cut rates by a greater than consensus 150 bps, to 12.50%. The majority of analysts, or 25 of 40, had expected a cut to only 13.00%.
The reason for the bigger than expected cut: “lower inflation risks and persistent risks of considerable economy cooling. Amid ruble appreciation and significant contraction in consumer demand in February-April 2015, monthly consumer price growth declines and annual inflation tends to stabilise.”
The immediate reaction has seen the USDRUB retrace some of its losses suffered earlier today.
Dow joins Trannies in the red year-to-date…
Triggered by Iran headlines….
Update: Protests have spread across the nation’s cities…
In Los Angeles, six people protesting against police brutality were arrested Monday night when they failed to disperse, reported CNN affiliate KABC. About 50 people marched, KABC said.
In Chicago, hundreds of protesters marched Tuesday from police headquarters at 35th and Michigan through the Southside, CNN affiliate WGN reported. Police made one arrest, for reckless conduct.
About 100 people marched Monday night in Oakland in support of Baltimore protesters, reported CNN affiliate KABC.
A protest is planned for Thursday in Cincinnati, reported CNN affiliate WXIX. Philly.com said a “Philly is Baltimore” protest will be held Thursday at Philadelphia City Hall.
It seems that the lone Vietnam veteran who took a stand against violent looters Monday has inspired a real uprising in Baltimore – against the rioters.
Incredible scenes underreported and barely covered by the mainstream media unfolded just ahead of the designated curfew yesterday as citizens lined up, and even held hands in front police lines, putting themselves in the direct line of fire of bottles, bricks and rocks being thrown toward cops.
Their message to the rioters was ‘enough with this shit.
U.S. Government Officials Say We’ve Got Tyranny In America
First Bill Binney – the high-level NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, the 32-year NSA veteran widely who was the senior technical director within the agency and managed thousands of NSA employees – told Washington’s Blog that America has already become a police state.
Then Thomas Drake – one of the top NSA executives, and Senior Change Leader within the NSA – told us the same thing.
Now Kirk Wiebe – a 32-year NSA veteran who received the Director CIA’s Meritorious Unit Award and the NSA’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award – agrees (tweet via Jesselyn Radack, attorney for many national security whistleblowers, herself a Department of Justice whistleblower):
we are no longer afraid of the police state happening. It’s here. In small ways and big ways.
It’s not just NSA officials … Two former U.S. Supreme Court Justices have warned that America is sliding into tyranny. A former U.S. President, and many other high-level American officials agree.
Postscript: Here’s a picture from yesterday of Binney, Drake and Wiebe with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, high-level CIA whistleblower Ray McGovern, and FBI whistleblower and Time Magazine cover personality Colleen Rowley.
The Ukrainian military uses a Buk missile to shoot down a pro-Russian drone violating their airspace. That’s a hell of a lot of firepower to bring down a small drone. For a while now rebel forces have been using commercial quadcopter drones for reconnaissance purposes.
In the next two years robots will be used to bolster police forces patrolling malls and other public areas.
Dubai Police will be turning into “robo-cops” in the next few years. According to the Chief Information Officer and General Director of the Dubai Police HQ Smart Services Department, the move — that is part of the lead up to Expo 2020 — is aimed at helping the police deal with an ever-increasing populace.
Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi said that in the next two years robots will be used to bolster police forces patrolling malls and other public areas.
“The robots will interact directly with people and tourists,” he said. “They will include an interactive screen and microphone connected to the Dubai Police call centres. People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots.”
In four or five years, however, Alrazooqi said that Dubai Police will be able to field autonomous robots that require no input from human controllers.
“These will be fully intelligent robots that can interact with people, with no human intervention at all,” he said. “This is still under research and development, but we are planning on it.”
“He sounded very angry, confrontational — like he wanted to fight — and I didn’t really want to stick around for it so I just told him, ‘I don’t have ID and I’m leaving,” Sanders told the Honolulu news station.
The ranger asked Sanders three times to bring the drone down, and Sanders eventually brought it down, park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane told The Associated Press Tuesday.
“The ranger identified himself and approached the individual, who refused to identify himself,” Ferracane said.
Because Sanders fled and was near the edge of the caldera rim — where there’s a 500-foot drop — the ranger deployed a Taser, she said.
Another visitor to the park, Randy Horne, was setting up his camera and tripod at the overlook when he heard a commotion. He heard someone yell stop and when he turned around, he saw the ranger pull out a stun gun. He saw the weapon’s “sparkly, glowing blue” wires attached to a man on the ground.
“I really didn’t see there was any severe threat going on,” Horne, of Honokaa, Hawaii, told the AP. “In my opinion, I thought it was a severe overreaction.”
For the first time in more than 30 years, lava is flowing on the floor of Halema’uma’u crater in Hawaii.
Kilauea volcano’s volatile lava lake spilled over the rim of a deep vent within Halema’uma’u crater several times overnight, lapping onto the edges of the vent like an overflowing pool. The lava lake sits in a crater within a crater: Halema’uma’u crater is the deep, wide pit at the top of Kilauea volcano. For this reason, the lava flood poses no risk to people or structures, said Matt Patrick, a geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
(emphasis added): Mysterious Whale Deaths: 4 Carcasses Wash Ashore NorCal Beaches This Month — Lab officials are investigating the deaths of two gray whale carcasses that washed up this week in Santa Cruz County… This latest instance continues the trend of whales washing ashore on Northern California’s beaches. Last week an emaciated 50-foot sperm whale washed up on Pacifica Beach… Just days ago, a killer whale beached itself north of Fort Bragg… According to the Marine Mammal Center, whale strandings are fairly rare.
“Mysterious whale deaths” in California under investigation — Scientists perplexed, this is “very concerning” — “Continues trend of whales washing ashore” — Animals sick, starving, emaciated, too weak to swim, hemorrhaging (VIDEO)
The Second Horn—the Burning Mountain
8 The second angel blew his horn. Something like a large mountain was burning with fire. It was thrown into the sea. One-third part of the sea turned into blood. 9 One-third part of all sea life died. One-third part of all the ships were destroyed.
The Third Horn—the Star of Poison
10 The third angel blew his horn. A large star fell from heaven. It was burning with a fire that kept burning like a bright light. It fell on one-third part of the rivers and on the places where water comes out of the earth. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. One-third part of the water became poison. Many men died from drinking the water because it had become poison.
And I saw, and I heard one messenger, flying in the mid-heaven, saying with a great voice, `Wo, wo, wo, to those dwelling upon the land from the rest of the voices of the trumpet of the three messengers who are about to sound.’
WOE!!! WOE!!! WOE!!! 911 U.N.holy Mark Of The Beast Bucking Greek Europa Obozo Clown Babylon Whore(s) BATS Man Antichrist NWO 666 Zeus ”IS” Dead Riddle Solved And Now Everyone Shall Know Christ Return Judgment Cometh Tribulation Time Confirmed
Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Jordan and Sudan are all Sunni Muslims and are fighting against the Houthis in Yemen.
The Houthis are Shia and are backed by Iran, which is Shia. Many have feared an all out war between Sunni and Shia. Is this what is really happening in Yemen? We’ll talk about it today on Politics & Religion.
The soul is made of three things: the mind, the will, and the emotions. Music and television are twin gateways to the mind, and they have a profound effect on the will and the emotions for good or for evil. Too bad for us that the forces of darkness have complete control over both of them, and use that control to capture our souls.