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•May 29, 2017 • 8 Comments

i still dont know exactly what was going on here..

the crystal ball..

his words..not mine..

before michelle..there was another..

doesnt look very friendly eh?

cute..

this is the new 100 shekel..see whats hidden on it?

caption this..winners and losers..

“let them kill as many as possible”

well..

#JusticeForSeth

this is how the migrant flood works..its coordinated and controlled and non stop..

i sense a pattern of sorts..

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Blackstone unveils $100 billion ambition for infrastructure

•May 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Tony James, president and COO of Blackstone, speaks to guests and employees at the announcement of Delaware City Refinery reopening event.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-20/blackstone-plans-to-invest-100-billion-in-infrastructure-deals

Blackstone Group LP, the world’s biggest private equity manager, is eyeing more than $100 billion in infrastructure investments with a new strategy anchored by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

PIF agreed to commit $20 billion to the pool, and Blackstone plans to raise the same amount from other investors, the New York-based asset manager said in a statement Saturday. With leverage, Blackstone expects to have more than $100 billion in purchasing power for infrastructure projects, primarily in the U.S.

The agreement between Blackstone and PIF is a non-binding memorandum of understanding, and the organizations are continuing to negotiate terms, they said.

The partnership comes as top executives, including Blackstone Chief Executive Officer Steve Schwarzman and KKR & Co. co-CEO Henry Kravis, descend on Riyadh for the inaugural Saudi-U.S. CEO Forum, a weekend of dealmaking. The meetings, which have already yielded billions of dollars in deals between companies including oil giant Saudi Aramco and General Electric Co., are taking place as U.S. President Donald Trump visits the kingdom.

Infrastructure investing has gained renewed attention as Trump’s administration vows to direct more private money toward improving roads, bridges and airports. The asset class also fits the bill for liability-driven investors in the U.S. and abroad seeking current income amid near-zero interest rates and negative yields elsewhere in fixed income.

“There is broad agreement that the United States urgently needs to invest in its rapidly aging infrastructure,” Blackstone President Tony James said in the statement. “This will create well-paying American jobs and will lay the foundation for stronger long-term economic growth.”

Schwarzman is a top confidant to Trump from outside the White House. After he was elected, Trump asked the Blackstone billionaire to form a group of business executives that would meet frequently with the president to discuss job creation and economic growth. Schwarzman, 70, chairs the gatherings of the Strategic and Policy Forum.

Investor interest is fueling ever-larger pools of capital devoted to infrastructure. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. scored $14 billion last year for a pool dedicated to the strategy, which was topped in January by Global Infrastructure Partners, which closed on $15.8 billion.

Blackstone signaled its ambitions for a large fund in January, when its global head of private equity described what it would take to be a meaningful investor in infrastructure.

“To be relevant in that end of the market I think you need to be deploying billions of dollars at a time, not hundreds of millions, and so you’re probably talking about a vehicle that’s $20 billion, $30 billion, $40 billion dollars of equity,” Joe Baratta said then in an interview on Bloomberg Television.

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“the world’s biggest private equity manager, is eyeing more than $100 billion in infrastructure investments with a new strategy anchored by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.”

a marriage made in hell..

i bet blackstone was up in first class with trump..

watch those guys..they are “enronesque”..

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UK gets blowback for harboring anti-Gaddafi activists

•May 29, 2017 • 1 Comment

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40037830

As each hour passes we learn more about Salman Abedi. What we don’t know yet is his exact journey from Manchester-born boy to suicide bomber.

The BBC has been told by a Muslim community worker that members of the public called the police anti-terrorism hotline about Abedi’s extreme and violent views several years ago.

We don’t know how the police responded to these reported hotline calls – but we have also learnt that earlier this year, Abedi’s behaviour again raised concerns.

According to our sources, he told local people about the value of dying for a cause.

He also made hardline statements about suicide bombings and the conflict in Libya.

Abedi’s parents fled Libya as opponents of Colonel Gaddafi’s regime.

Libya, alongside its North African neighbours, has been a centre for the rise of modern Islamist political movements.

These movements were originally dedicated to overthrowing dictatorial regimes and, to varying extents, promoting the idea of Islamic government.

The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) wanted to overthrow Gaddafi and became the dominant revolutionary force in the country in the 1990s, until the dictator began turning the screw.

Many of those with Islamist connections tried to flee – and many of them were granted refuge in the UK.

Salman Abedi’s father, Ramadan, was part of the broad network of opponents who supported those Islamist anti-Gaddafi aims. He arrived in the UK in the early 1990s.

We have been told by senior LIFG sources that he was not a member of the organisation. But he was known to be a dissident with some of the same political goals.

That brings us to south Manchester. It has long been a centre of Libyan politics in the UK, if not Europe.

It’s where the British government gave refuge to many of those Gaddafi opponents – Birmingham and London being the other locations.

Some of the Libyans in the UK, and in particular from Manchester, were later suspected by the security services of being aligned to al-Qaeda.

I have spoken to some of these men down the years. They say their jihad was against Gaddafi alone. They wanted him overthrown.

And overthrow him they eventually did – with the help of the British and Americans.

As the Arab Spring grew and Gaddafi began to wobble, these dissidents – and a fair few of their British-raised sons – returned to their revolutionary roots.

Many joined the February 17th Martyr’s Brigade, one of the key fighting units in that war. We have been told that Salman Abedi’s father was part of the group who left the UK for one last battle against Gaddafi.

The BBC has been trying to put these questions to Ramadan Abedi. Shortly before that was to happen, Mr Abedi was arrested by security forces in Libya.

There were others from Manchester who went to fight – and most of them lived very close to each other.

Just a mile away from the Abedi home lived Abdal Raouf Abdallah – now jailed for five-and-a-half years for terrorism offences.

Abdallah was among the young British-Libyans who fought to overthrow the dictator – and he nearly paid for it with his life. He was shot in the back and was paralysed from the waist down.

He returned home proud. But at his later trial, prosecutors said his revolutionary fervour led him to facilitate the travel of other men from Manchester to join terror groups in Syria.

He protested at his trial that he hated the so-called Islamic State group – as did one of the men he was helping, Muslim convert Stephen Mustafa Gray.

Not all of the men from this area were of Libyan heritage. One of the biggest IS recruiters locally was a man called Raphael Hostey – he lived halfway between the Abedis and Abdallah. My colleague Steve Swann has previously reported on how this young man played a key role in getting others from Manchester into Syria.

In all, south Manchester has been one of the hotspots of Syria-linked militancy in the UK: Six have gone to fight and die, at least four more are believed to be fighting and another half a dozen jailed.

Those cases and others that cannot be reported for legal reasons give some indication of a triangle of Islamist-jihadist connections between Manchester, Libya and Syria and you can read more them in our unique database of recent British jihadists.

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there is likely to be more waiting in manchester..its geographically and statistically a fact..

the connection to libya is strong..its part of the black flag waving groups who overthrew gaddafi..and the ability to move from libya to uk and back would have to be a worry?

“Those cases and others that cannot be reported for legal reasons give some indication of a triangle of Islamist-jihadist connections between Manchester, Libya and Syria”

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Bitcoin could crash and lose half its value & correction may be imminent

•May 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

https://www.rt.com/business/389713-bitcoin-correction-fifty-percent-analyst/

The price of bitcoin is rapidly approaching a level which could trigger a correction of 47 percent, according to a technical expert from analysis platform Forex Analytix, as cited by CNBC.

According to Nicola Duke, who analyzes historical trading patterns to determine potential price fluctuations, $2,800 for one bitcoin could mark the level where the digital currency would start falling.

Bitcoin will probably hit $1,780 and might even decline to $1,470, Duke said.

The cryptocurrency was trading nearly $24 off of the indicated price at 1:50 pm GMT on Thursday, reaching another all-time high of $2752.07.

That marks a 175 percent growth year-to-date, according to CoinDesk data.

At the same time, data from Bitfinex reveals the number of long positions, betting on the cryptocurrency to extend the rally, has grown 18.2 percent while short positions dropped to ten percent since the start of the week.

Duke uses Fibonacci retracement – a way of technical analysis that retraces the peaks and troughs of previous moves of a currency or commodity to predict where the future price could go.

“We will see the bottom in the start of January, that is when stock markets typically tend to have a correction as well,” said Duke.

However, the analyst admits that after that there should be a continued growth up to $4,480 next year.

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be alert..

“Duke uses Fibonacci retracement – a way of technical analysis that retraces the peaks and troughs of previous moves of a currency or commodity to predict where the future price could go.”

yeah..

“$2,800 for one bitcoin could mark the level where the digital currency would start falling.”

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President Lenin Moreno takes office in Ecuador

•May 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40039581

Ecuador’s new President Lenin Moreno has taken office, pledging to continue the left-wing policies of his predecessor Rafael Correa.

In his inaugural speech, he promised more subsidies for the poor and a major social house-building programme which would create millions of jobs.

But he also said he would streamline government administration costs.

Mr Moreno won April’s closely contested presidential election, beating his conservative rival Guillermo Lasso.

“I am a president for all. I owe this to everyone. I respect everyone,” President Moreno aid on Wednesday in the capital, Quito.

“I will work for absolutely no-one to be left behind.”

Correspondents say Mr Moreno faces a tough job, as oil-rich Ecuador has suffered from the fall in global prices, and the country has mounting debts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len%C3%ADn_Moreno

Moreno has earned numerous awards while serving as vice president of Ecuador: the “Fray Jodoco Ricke” Award; the Order of the Sun of Peru in the rank of Grand Cross; and the Order of Merit to the Democracy, presented by the governments of Peru, Guatemala and Colombia, respectively.

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nice work “lenin”..

“I will work for absolutely no-one to be left behind.”

famous last words..

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Soros increases losing bet on falling US stock markets

•May 26, 2017 • 7 Comments

https://www.rt.com/business/388909-soros-bet-us-market/

Billionaire investor George Soros has doubled down his bets against equity markets in the United States, according to recent filings quoted by CNBC. He has been losing money so far as the markets thrived during Donald Trump’s presidency.

Soros’ primary plays are against large-caps via the S&P 500 and small-caps via the Russell 2000, which are run through his family’s Soros Fund Management. S&P Global Market Intelligence say the bets have a potential value of $764.3 billion.

After Trump won the US presidential election, Soros started betting against US stocks. While Soros called Trump a “would-be dictator,” and predicted uncertainty and sell-off after his win, the markets rallied significantly.

The S&P 500 is up 5.7 percent this year while the Russell 2000 is up 0.3 percent. Companies in the S&P 500 are seeing 16.5 percent earnings growth in the first quarter of the year, the best year-over-year growth in nearly six years, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

A March poll by Investing.com says major banks forecast the S&P 500 to reach 2,425 points by year-end from the current 2,365.

In February, a report by hedge fund investor LCH Investment claimed the Hungarian-born billionaire’s misplaced investments turned into a $1 billion loss for his clients.

Forbes estimates George Soros’s net worth at over $25 billion.

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“Soros has doubled down his bets against equity markets in the United States, according to recent filings quoted by CNBC. He has been losing money so far as the markets thrived during Donald Trump’s presidency.”

like a drunk gambler determined to prove he is right and can pick a winner..and when he wins he will only be getting back what he has already lost..dow 30k ftw!

“After Trump won the US presidential election, Soros started betting against US stocks. While Soros called Trump a “would-be dictator,” and predicted uncertainty and sell-off after his win, the markets rallied significantly.”

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China downgrade shows emerging market ratings stuck in reverse

•May 26, 2017 • 5 Comments

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-emerging-ratings-idUSKBN18K2K4

A Moody’s downgrade on China on Wednesday and the likelihood that Brazil and South Africa face further rating cuts in the coming months is highlighting how emerging market credit quality remains stuck in reverse.

Since the start of 2014, Reuters analysis shows that the big three rating agencies – S&P Global, Moody’s and Fitch – have racked up more than 150 emerging market downgrades between them.

That averages out a roughly one a week and though there have been hopes that rising global growth and commodity prices will ease the pressure, that does not seem to be occurring yet.

S&P has more negative outlooks — effectively downgrade warnings — than it does positive ones by a score of 26 to 5, its heaviest downward bias ever according to its chief sovereign analyst.

After 20 EM downgrades last year, Fitch has already cut seven countries since the start of this one, including Turkey, South Africa and Saudi Arabia, and El Salvador twice.

Those moves have left it 13 negative outlooks and it thinks the worst may be past. But Moody’s, which delivered China’s first downgrade in 30 years on Wednesday, still has around 25 to resolve.

“Just looking very simplistically at debt to GDP, the fact is that most countries in emerging markets have seen an increase,” said Pictet portfolio manager Guido Chamorro.

“And even with some of the green shoots we have seen in EM, that trend is not expected to reverse for several years so it is not a surprise that rating agencies are still downgrading.”

Political machinations and below-par economic growth are also playing a role.

UBS research estimates growth in the 19 biggest emerging economies is running roughly 1.6 percent above developed peers. In 2009, this premium was 7.5 percent. Over the same period, the average EM rating has fallen around one notch, S&P data shows.

There are some shafts of light in the gloom.

Indonesia was raised to investment grade by S&P last week. Russia is knocking on the door again, India looks to be on the up and Moody’s says it could raise Argentina’s rating again before the end of the year.

Fitch has lifted double the amount of EM outlooks that it has lowered since January; Colombia, Croatia, Iraq and Sri Lanka versus El Salvador and Nigeria on the downside.

“Negative outlooks peaked in late 2016 in EM sovereigns and are now in decline,” Fitch’s head of Sovereigns James McCormack said in a recent speech.

http://www.afr.com/news/economy/moodys-downgrades-chinas-debt-for-first-time-in-26-years-20170524-gwcch6

China and one of the world’s most influential ratings agencies are at loggerheads after Moody’s delivered a scathing assessment of Beijing’s economic policy making and downgraded the country’s debt for the first time in 26 years.

In what will be viewed as a rebuke of China’s debt-funded growth model, Moody’s said on Wednesday economic reforms were moving too slowly and excess credit had imperilled the financial system.

It questioned Beijing’s ability to rein in credit, while at the same time maintaining high levels of economic growth.

China’s Finance Ministry was quick to reject the Moody’s decision, saying the methodology used by the agency was flawed.

“This view overestimates the difficulties facing the Chinese economy and … underestimates the government’s capability to deepen reform and expand overall demand,” the ministry said in a statement.

The surprise downgrade on Wednesday, by one notch to A1 from Aa3, leaves China’s foreign and local currency debt with a similar rating to that of Japan and Saudi Arabia.

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you most likely didnt hear about this as you were engulfed in hand swats and ariana grande stories..

“China and one of the world’s most influential ratings agencies are at loggerheads after Moody’s delivered a scathing assessment of Beijing’s economic policy making and downgraded the country’s debt for the first time in 26 years.”

26 years..this is THE news of the week..

“After 20 EM downgrades last year, Fitch has already cut seven countries since the start of this one, including Turkey, South Africa and Saudi Arabia, and El Salvador twice.”

EM’s on the slide?

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