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Jan 19, 2015

Big Gov't Can Never Fulfill MLK Jr's Dream | The Alex Jones Channel January 19, 2015.

Big Gov't Can Never Fulfill MLK Jr's Dream

Published on Jan 19, 2015
Alex Jones breaks down how instead of liberty and equality the government have instead given people a new slave state and has shackled their souls.

The Washington Post | Post Pulse - January 19, 2015.

The Washington Post
Post Pulse
What's trending on the Web now  •  Mon., Jan. 19, 2015
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To see Post Pulse in real-time, go directly to Post Pulse. Below are articles trending as of 6:30 PM.

How to handle anti-Americanism when you travel
It may seem like everyone abroad hates us. But there's plenty of baseline enthusiasm, too.  Read full article »

A powerful Starbucks homage to MLK
"It's time to look at things differently. Again."  Read full article »
Slow-mo video of raindrops reveals how rain gets its distinctive smell
Rainstorm physics is more complex than we thought.  Read full article »
Parents investigated for neglect after letting kids walk home alone
The Montgomery County parents say they saw it as a moment of independence for their kids, ages 10 and 6, but that authorities viewed it much differently.  Read full article »
Virginia and Maryland remain atop the Atlantic 11 and George Mason hangs on
George Mason hangs on to No. 11 spot after suffering fourth straight loss.  Read full article »
The Washington Post. The all-new app is now on the Fire tablet.
Why so many teachers feel so bad so much of the time
Is this agonized self-doubt found across most professions? Is there a dentist blogging out there whose most popular post is "Are You A Bad Dentist?"  Read full article »
Montgomery County neglect inquiry shines spotlight on 'free-range' parenting
An agency is investigating after parents allowed their kids, ages 6 and 10, to walk home from a park.  Read full article »
Irish Cabinet minister announces he's gay
A senior Cabinet minister in Ireland says he's gay, becoming the first openly homosexual government figure in the history of the traditionally conservative Catholic country.  Read full article »
NFL investigating whether New England Patriots improperly deflated footballs, league confirms
The league is investigating the incident from Sunday's AFC title game with draft picks reportedly at stake.  Read full article »
This powerful Reddit thread reveals how the poor get by in America
Users tell their stories about living in poverty.  Read full article »

NYT | Afternoon Update - January 19., 2015: Top News: U.S. Support for Syria Peace Plans Demonstrates Shift in Priorities.

The New York Times

Afternoon Update

Monday, January 19, 2015

Top News
U.S. Support for Syria Peace Plans Demonstrates Shift in Priorities


American support for two diplomatic initiatives in Syria underscores the West's quiet retreat from its demand that Bashar al-Assad step down immediately.
Iran Says Israeli Strike in Syria Killed One of Its Generals


The Israeli airstrike, which also killed several Hezbollah fighters over the weekend, compounded the tension and unpredictability in the region.
Commemorating King's Legacy and Invoking Change


Tributes around the country to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of persevering in spite of the deaths of black people last year.
The body of the Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was moved from his home in Buenos Aires on Monday.
Prosecutor in Argentina Bombing Inquiry Is Found Dead


The death of the prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, came as he was about to testify to lawmakers about his findings in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.
European Leaders Urge Alliance With Muslim Nations to Fight Terrorism


European Union countries will assign security attachés at diplomatic missions overseas, and foreign ministers called for the establishment of a European system for exchanging passenger information.
Alan P. Gross, the American released after five years of captivity in Cuba, and his wife, Judy, in Washington last month.
Ex-Cuba Captive and Astronaut Will Attend State of the Union Speech


Alan P. Gross, the American released from captivity in Cuba, and Scott Kelly, an astronaut scheduled to leave for a year aboard the International Space Station, will be among President Obama's guests.
Houthi fighters taking position during clashes near the presidential palace in Sana, Yemen, on Monday.
Clashes Between Yemeni Forces and Houthis Break Out in Capital


Yemen's leadership was under serious threat as government troops clashed with the militiamen around the presidential palace and other parts of the capital.
Editors' Picks


In Texas, Hunkering Down for the Oil Bust


Many residents of Midland, a community dependent on oil drilling, already have their backup plans in place as work starts to dry up.
Brianna Montalvo, 5, with her parents and other people at a rally in front of the White House in November after President Obama's decision to defer deportation and offer work authorization for up to five million immigrants who lack it.


What a Rise in Obama's Approval Rating Means for 2016


If the rating reaches 50 percent next year, it should be a hopeful sign for the Democratic presidential nominee.
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Toyota's thin-wallet transportation offering is the 2015 Yaris. At around $19,500 fully loaded, it still may be worth looking at the competition, including the Honda Fit.
Video VIDEO: Bill Cunningham | Stripes of all Sizes
Patterns and colors, particularly of the Native American variety, were an uplifting sight during the post-holiday slump.
Amazon to Start Theatrical Movie Operation, With a Quick Streaming Tie-In


The online retailing giant signaled its broader ambitions to revolutionize the traditional system used to shepherd movies from the theaters to home screens.
Insurance brokers helping Colorado residents at a Connect for Health Colorado walk-in enrollment site last November.
In Year 2 of Affordable Care Act, Premiums Diverge Widely


In Colorado, for example, statewide average premiums are nearly unchanged. But that masks sharp rises in some regions and steep drops in others.
Recipient of Artificial Heart Is Well Enough to Head Home


The news, reported by Carmat, the French company that developed the device, signals a milestone toward its possible commercialization.

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - January 19, 2015: Swiss franc fallout claims more casualties.

Swiss franc fallout claims more casualties

Submitted by cpowell on  Monday, January 19, 2015. 
Philip Stafford, Caroline Binham, and Miles Johnson
Financial Times, London
Monday, January 19, 2015
LONDON -- A leading European foreign exchange broker filed for administration on Monday and a Danish bank conceded it faced heavy losses as the UK's market regulator stepped in to assess the damage wreaked on the industry by last week's violent swing in the Swiss franc.
The Financial Conduct Authority sent letters to an unspecified number of currency brokers on Friday asking them to update the regulator about any impact the Swiss move could have had on their balance sheets, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Alpari became one of the biggest casualties when a last-minute rescue ended in failure. Meanwhile, Denmark's Saxo Bank was forced to admit on Monday that it was likely to suffer losses. ...
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Asian and European Markets at Close Report by MarketWatch on January 19, 2015




HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Chinese stocks dived the most in over six years Monday, with a wide sell-off sweeping across the financial sector as investors turned jittery over the latest move by securities regulators to clean up the margin-trading business.
The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, -7.70%   plunged 7.7% to close at 3,116.35, posting its biggest daily percentage decline since June 2008 . Prior to Monday’s heavy loss, the index was up 4.4% for the month to date, extending gains after finishing 2014 with a sharp 53% advance.
The plunge in mainland China helped to push Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index HSI, -1.51%  down 1.5%, with the Hang Seng China Enterprises — which tracks Hong Kong-listed mainland Chinese companies — off 5%.
The China Securities Regulatory Commission, the nation’s top market watchdog, announced Friday that a dozen brokerage firms had been punished for violations of margin-trading rules after a two-week overhaul. Infractions included allowing customers to delay margin repayments by longer than currently allowed.
The three most severely punished brokers were Citic Securities Co., Haitong Securities Co. and a unit of Guotai Junan International Holdings Ltd., which were all banned from opening new customer accounts for three months.
The A-shares of both Citic Securities 600030, -1.53% 6030, -16.46% which is owned by financial giant Citic Group, and Haitong Securities 600837, -0.29% 6837, -16.52% were suspended from trading after falling limit-down by 10%.
Other financial stocks, including banks and insurances, were also under heavy selling pressure in Shanghai.
China Citic Bank Corporation Ltd 601998, -10.03%  , another listed subsidiary of Citic Group, Bank of China Ltd. 601988, -10.04% 3988, -5.86% BACHY, -0.21% Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. 601398, -9.90% 1398, -4.05% IDCBF, +0.14%  and Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. 601288, -9.90% 1288, -4.30% ACGBF, +11.34%  all hit the 10% daily price-drop limit.
Among major insurers, China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. 601628, -10.00% 2628, -6.77%LFC, +0.26%  and Ping An Insurance Group Co. 601318, -10.00% 2318, -8.04%PNGAY, +2.08%  likewise saw their A-shares suspended after their price falls exceeded the daily limit.
The Chinese financial sector in Hong Kong market didn’t escape the sharp sell-off either. Major underperformers included Haitong Securities (down 16.5%), Citic Securities (down 16.5%), Shenyin Wanguo HK Ltd. 0218, -14.59%   (down 15%), and China Galaxy Securities Co. 6881, -13.20% (down 13.2%).
Also affecting sentiment was a fresh fall in home prices across China’s major cities.
Among the Shanghai-listed shares of top mainland Chinese developers, both Gemdale Corp. 600383, -10.01%   and Poly Real Estate Group Co. 600048, -10.03%   gave up 10%.
Among the real-estate names listed in Hong Kong, China Vanke Co. 2202, -6.29%   retreated 6.3%, China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd. 0688, -3.46%CAOVF, -2.22%   lost 3.5%, and China Resources Land Ltd. 1109, -3.14%CRBJF, +9.79%  dropped 3.1%.
However, other Asian markets were boosted by a rebound in the U.S. stocks at the end of last week. Japan’s Nikkei Average NIK, +0.89%  ended up 0.9%, and the broader Topix tacked on 0.6%.
Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, +0.19%  edged up 0.2%, while Seoul’s Kospi Composite Index SEU, +0.77%   settled 0.8% higher.



LONDON (MarketWatch) — Europe’s broad equity-market benchmark closed higher Monday, hitting a seven-year high as investors weigh up the prospects for quantitative easing from the European Central Bank.
The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.22%  rose 0.2% to 353.18, its strongest close since early January 2008, according to FactSet data. That added to gains of nearly 4% over the past two sessions.
Stocks on Monday reached session highs after French President François Hollande said policy makers at the ECB meeting on Thursday “will take the decision to buy sovereign debt, which will provide significant liquidity to the European economy and create a movement that is favorable to growth.”
There are “significant questions” about how the so-called quantitative-easing program will be constructed, Société Générale in a note on Monday.
“The ECB will not likely communicate on any specific volume within its new package of measures, but rather on the effectiveness of its package of measures,” the Société Générale analysts said.
The QE package will eventually include 400 billion euros ($465 billion) of private assets, and €500 billion to €600 billion of sovereign bonds, they projected.
Also in focus in Europe this week is Greece’s general election on Sunday, and the latest opinion polls showed anti-bailout Syriza party holding on to its lead ahead of the vote. There’s been concern in the market that Syriza will roll back austerity policies if it were to win.
In Athens, shares of Attica Bank SA TATT, -4.55% lost 4.6% and Eurobank Ergasias SA EUROB, -4.12% fell 4.1% while Piraeus Bank SA TPEIR, +2.13%  managed to turn higher by 2.1%. The Athex Composite GD, +2.68% switched back into positive territory, rising 2.7% to 811.78.
Elsewhere on the Stoxx 600, oil and gas shares slipped as crude-oil prices declined. U.S. oil futures CLG5, +2.70%  fell 2%, to below $48 a barrel in electronic trading, and Brent crude oil LCOH5, -2.55%  pulled back 2% to below $50 a barrel.
J.P. Morgan Cazenove on Monday cut its ratings on major oil companies Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Total SA to neutral from overweight, and BP PLC and Statoil to underweight from neutral. BP BP., -1.08%  gave up 1.1% and Total FP, -0.57%  lost 0.6%. Shell shares RDSB, -0.02%  ended fractionally lower, while Statoil sharesSTL, +1.14% reversed course and rose 1.1%.
The moves came as J.P. Morgan made a fresh round of downgrades to its oil and U.S. gas-price forecasts. “Though we expect Big Oil to react with cuts to all controllable costs and capex, the group starts 2015 a country mile behind the price curve,” its analysts said.
Elsewhere in European trade, Swiss stocks rose for the first day in four sessions, pushing the Swiss Market Index SMI, +3.21%  higher by 3.2% to 8,150.77. The index on Thursday and Friday fell a combined 14.6%, according to FactSet data, after theunexpected decision by the Swiss National Bank to scrap its currency cap.
All components on the SMI closed higher Monday, with a 13.7% jump in shares of investment bank Julius Baer Gruppe BAER, +5.91% and a 13% rise for plumbing parts maker Geberit AG GEBN, +5.54%   .
Geberit is one of the companies facing large downside risks to reported earnings, now the Swiss franc’s euro cap is gone, Credit Suisse said Monday. Companies with large international sales, a high cost base in Switzerland, major assets internationally and high liabilities denominated in francs will be the ones most affected by the SNB move, said Credit Suisse.
In another central bank move Monday, Denmark’s central bank took its deposit rate even further into negative territory, cutting it to negative 0.20%.
On the country indexes, Germany’s DAX 30 DAX, +0.73%  rose 0.7% to 10,242.35, France’s CAC 40 PX1, +0.35%  gained 0.4% to 4,394.93, and the U.K.’s FTSE 100UKX, +0.54%   tacked on 0.5% to 6,585.53.
U.S. stock and bond markets were closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.