Wednesday, January 01, 2020

1 January - Blogs I'm Following - 4 of 5

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Happy New Years Everyone!

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*WNU Editor: *Just want to say thank-you to all of my readers. Your interest and input always makes this worthwhile. And here is my prediction for 2020. Politics will dominate the news worldwide this year, especially in the U.S..

WATCH: Cops Taser, Tackle Grandma For Refusing to Let Them in Without a Warrant

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: grandma]A Florida grandma told cops they needed a warrant to enter her home, she was then tasered repeatedly while being slammed to the ground and arrested.

Trump's Nightmare: Could North Korea Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier?

James Holmes at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*James Holmes* *Security, * Perhaps more of one than you think. *Key point: *It is no simple task to detect, target and engage maritime forces riding the high seas. Could North Korea’s armed forces sink an American aircraft carrier? Yes—depending on what type of carrier they confront, how skillfully U.S. Navy commanders employ the flattop and its consorts, how well North Korean warriors know the tactical surroundings and, most crucially, whom fortune favors in combat. Fortune is a fickle ally, prone to switch sides and back again in battle. It’s doubtful an American carrier woul... more »

5 Guns the Police Need to Beat the Bad Guys

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, North America* Unsurprisingly, Glock and Sig Sauer made the list. *Key point: *Approximately 93 percent of gun homicides in the United States are committed with handguns. American law enforcement faces a unique challenge: keeping the peace in a country with an estimated three hundred million guns in circulation. Although the overwhelming majority are owned by law-abiding citizens, a not-inconsiderable number are owned by criminals. When carrying a duty weapon, that it is comfortable and capable of matching the firepower of the majority of criminals is ... more »

Russia’s Hypersonic ICBM Is Operational. So What?

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Europe* Moscow might not even need them. Here's why. Russia’s Avangard hypersonic ICBM system is now operational. Russian state media sounded a triumphal tone in the December 27th announcement that the first Avangards are now ready for launch, even specifying the exact hour of combat readiness for the nuclear-armed hypersonic glider. “The Avangard strategic missile system has been put on combat duty at 10 a.m. today,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin. The weapon was deployed with a missile division in the Orenburg region 900 ... more »

You Had Better Not Underestimate The Glock 26 Gun

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Take a look to find out why. *Key point: *The Glock 26 is actually several handguns in one. One of the most competitive markets in the world of handguns is the subcompact market. Guns with short barrels and small magazines, subcompacts are meant for those who favor carry-ability over firepower and range. The Glock 26, referred to by the company itself as the “Baby Glock,” is a compact weapon that can carry as much ammunition as full-sized nine millimeter handguns. The Glock 26 was released in 1994 and was designed from the outset for the fields of h... more »

"For This Is What We Do..."

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. With love: the passionate search for truth other than our own. With longing: the pure, ineffable yearning to be saved. For so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on. God help us. God forgive us. We live on.” - Gregory David Roberts, “Shantaram”

“2020, The World Economy: A Video Metaphor”

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“Alas, regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come, nor care beyond today.” - Thomas Gray, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" - ○ *“2020, The World Economy: A Video Metaphor”* *A $250 trillion global debt, $2.5 QUADRILLION derivatives wave...* Metaphoric real world effects time compressed? Yes. Ultimate global results exaggerated? No. Conceptual conclusion valid? Yes. Human cost? Unimaginable... ○ *"Financial System Disappearing into Black Hole"* By Greg Hunter’s "Financial and precious... more »

Oliver Álain Christie, Shakespeare's "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"

CoyotePrime at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*Shakespeare**'s "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"* Read by Oliver Álain Christie MACBETH: "What is that noise?" SEYTON: "It is the cry of women, my good lord." (Exit SEYTON) MACBETH: "I have almost forgot the taste of fears. The time has been my senses would have cooled To hear a night-shriek, and my fell of hair Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir As life were in ’t. I have supped full with horrors. Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts Cannot once start me." (Re-enter SEYTON) "Wherefore was that cry?" SEYTON: "The queen, my lord, is dead. MACBETH" "She should hav... more »

Buffy Sainte Marie in San Francisco: Listen to Buffy on Genocide of Native People

Unknown at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
Buffy Sainte Marie in San Francisco Nov. 2019. Photo copyright Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie. Tony Gonzales, director of AIM West, interviews Buffy Sainte Marie in San Francisco for KPFA radio and his television program 'Eagle and Condor,' on Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco Commons aired on Sundays each

Pentagon Flashback–Climate Change To Destroy Us This Year!!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood You’ll be pleased to learn if the Siberian climate does not get you this year, nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and rioting most certainly will! After all, scientists said. According to the Grainuda in 2004: The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the […]

Price flexibility is stabilizing

Scott Sumner at Econlib - 16 hours ago
Nick Rowe has a post discussing the implications of price flexibility in a New Keynesian model: When the negative shock hits, and the economy goes into a recession, actual inflation falls, and so expected inflation will presumably fall too, so the real interest rate will rise. And that rise in the real interest rate is […] The post Price flexibility is stabilizing appeared first on Econlib.

New Video : The End Of The Planet

tonyheller at Real Climate Science - 16 hours ago

Trump Sending More Than 750 Additional Troops to the Middle East

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 17 hours ago
As per George Orwell, 1984: War = Peace & Withdrawal from the Middle East = Sending More Troops to the … Continue reading →

The synagogue terrorist is "a victim of America". Suuuure he is...

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 17 hours ago
As one might, perhaps, have expected, the maniac who attacked five people with a machete in New York turns out to be a victim himself, if you believe his family, friends and pastor. A man charged with hate crimes for a machete attack on Hasidic Jews at a Hanukkah party in New York is not a terrorist but rather a victim of mental illness and America’s failures, according to family friends. * . . .* Thomas’ pastor of 10 years, Reverend Wendy Paige of Hudson Highlands Cooperative Parish told reporters that he is “not a violent person.” Rather, she said, he had simply been let down by... more »

A new year: catching up on things

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago
- It's fitting that the new year began in Maine with a big snow storm. January 1 is the day we can begin gathering 2,000 signatures to get Lisa Savage on the ballot for the US Senate seat now held by Republican Sen. Susan Collins. It will be a Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) election which means there is no 'spoiler effect' in the race and people can for once vote their conscience by ranking their best choices. More states need RCV. Lisa is running with the Maine Green Independent Party. Please consider donating to her campaign here. - I began my 3-mon... more »

Are You Waiting To Go To The Dentist Until Bernie Starts Implementing Medicare-For-All?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
If you’ve been reading *DWT* with even the slightest regularity, you probably know what a big fan of Medicare I am. I feared it when I was in my late 50s because I had what I thought was perfect private insurance, a platinum plan that AOL-TimeWarner gave to divisional chairmen and presidents. But once I retired and turned 65, I had to move to Medicare-- and just as I was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. I soon discovered that Medicare wasn’t worse or just as good as my platinum plan… but much better. Yep, *much better*. Except for a couple of things-- things conservative... more »

Tear gas, water cannons and smashed ATMs mark Hong Kong new year protests

Just In - 17 hours ago
A march drawing tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on New Year's Day becomes chaotic as police fire several rounds of tear gas and water cannon at crowds including families before halting the event.

Meet the Mighty M4 Rifle: America's Right Hand

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Americas* [image: Fort Hood - 1st Lt. Elizabeth Kraft, an Army Reserve Soldier with the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), based out of Coraopolis, Pa., shoots her M4 carbine at popup targets during qualification at Fort Hood, Tx., Oct. 9, 2016.] It's been everywhere. *Key Point:* Despite criticisms, American troops trust the M4 with their lives. The U.S. Army is an armed force with a truly global reach. At any given time, America’s premier land power operates on several different continents simultaneously, from hot, dry deserts to humid jungle... more »

Bad Torpedoes Almost Sank The U.S. Navy's World War II War Effort

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Asia* Until late 1943, the U.S. Navy did not have a reliable torpedo. *Key point:* It took nearly two years to remedy the problem. Any American submarine that had made contact with a Japanese task force a year or two earlier would almost certainly not have had the success that *Darter* and *Dace* had with Admiral Kurita’s task force. It is very likely that the entire enemy fleet would have come away unscathed. The reason was that until late 1943, the U.S. Navy did not have a reliable torpedo. *The Trouble with the Mk 14* Throughout 1942 and 19... more »

Whatever Happened To Israel's F-4 Super Phantom?

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Middle East* Some sources claim that Super Phantom upgrade was simply too expensive. *Key point: *This is far from the first time that manufacturers of new jet fighter designs have opposed pursuing upgrades of older models already in service. In 2018 reports emerged that the Pentagon would seek to procure a dozen upgraded F-15X fighters to replace an aging fleet of F-15C air superiority fighters. Rightly or wrongly, advocates of the F-35 stealth fighter fear the F-15X might impact F-35 procurement, even though the F-35 wasn’t meant to replace the F-... more »

Hypersonics Are Bringing The SR-71 Back To Life (But It Won't Be The Same)

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * Meet the SR-72. *Key point:* The SR-72’s promoters argue that “speed is the new stealth." Hypersonic weapons—those capable of flying over five times the speed of sound—are the hot new buzz word of defense industrial complexes across the globe. China, Russia and the United States have all vigorously and relatively openly pursued a diverse array of hypersonic weapons programs, adding fuel to the fire of a growing arms race. While long-range ballistic missiles could already attain hypersonic speeds, they travel in predictable arcs and can be detected... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 18 hours ago
*One student’s struggles symbolize all that is wrong with the education system (?)* *Does it now? Below is a Newsweak article about dysfunctional black schools. There is no doubt that such schools are a very poor preparation for life but why is that so? There is still the old kneejerk response that more money needs to be spent on them but even below there are admissions that increased funding is unlikely to help. After that the article below has few answers.The article does however show that black behaviour is the big problem. The kid they follow was a real terror. Pu... more »

No, Greenland is not approaching a melting ‘tipping point’

James Taylor at CFACT - 18 hours ago
An article on the climate activist website Inside Climate News ( claims Greenland is perilously close to a tipping point that will destabilize the Greenland ice sheet and result in substantial ice melt and sea level rise. The ice sheet’s stability through much warmer temperatures that lasted several thousand years during early human civilization, however, [...] The post No, Greenland is not approaching a melting ‘tipping point’ appeared first on CFACT.

Links 1/1/20

Jerri-Lynn Scofield at naked capitalism - 18 hours ago

The BBC, Bob Ward and the climate catastrophists’ attack on dissent

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Matt Ridley launches the counter attack on the BBC and the vexatious Bob Ward, with this piece in Reaction: I was asked to appear on the Today program on Saturday 28 December by the guest editor, Charles Moore, and made the case that the BBC’s coverage of climate change is unbalanced. […]

Germany: A Public-Broadcasting Company Carried a Program in Which a Children’s Choir Sang “My Grandma Is an Old Environmental Pig’

DW at Need To Know - 18 hours ago
A German public-broadcasting company, aired a video of children singing a satirical tune, "My grandma is an old environmental pig." The song encourages children to blame their own grandmothers for global warming.

$1.5-Trillion In US $100 Bills Are Being Hoarded by Investors To Protect against Bank Confiscation of Deposits

Zerohedge at Need To Know - 18 hours ago
ZeroHedge says that the top 0.001% are cashing out and hoarding their US Dollars in secret vaults as central banks do everything in their power to replace physical currency with credit and debit-card accounts that can be accessed by banks without permission of depositors.

Kentucky Citizens Outraged After Governor Pardoned 650 Prisoners before Leaving Office

CBS at Need To Know - 18 hours ago
Former Governor Matt Bevin pardoned men convicted of murder, homicide and child rape. Brian Baker was pardoned, and records show that his brother held a fundraiser event for the former governor.

US Attack on Iraq and Syria Over the Weekend Provoked Iraqi Militias to Burn US Embassy Security Posts in Baghdad

Reuters and Ron Paul at Need To Know - 18 hours ago
An American contractor was killed, which led the Trump administration to launch airstrikes on Sunday, attacking facilities in Iraq and Syria. The US blamed Iran, although there was no evidence given, and Iran has denied involvement.

Jewish Leader Dov Hikind Says Democrats Are Indulging in ‘Hate Speech’

Fox News and JPost at Need To Know - 18 hours ago
Dov Hikind said that all of the recent attacks on Jews in New York are coming from the African American community. He also stated that the media has a double standard that allows hate and anti-Semitism by Democrats but condemns the right even though "all the hate is coming from the left."

New York: Grafton Thomas, Accused of Slashing 5 Victims at Hanukkah Party, Was Charged with a Hate Crime and May Be Linked to the Black Hebrew Israelites

CNN at Need To Know - 18 hours ago
Authorities charged Thomas with a federal crime, obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill, after authorities discovered anti-Semitic journal entries in his home

Libya’s War Escalates as the Stakes Get Higher

Steve Brown at The Duran - 18 hours ago
The LNA's decision to target the az Zawiya Oil installation may be seen as a proxy blow to Turkey's interests in Libya, because Turkey purchases oil for as low as $10 per barrel from such terminals. More The post Libya’s War Escalates as the Stakes Get Higher appeared first on The Duran.

Is Sergei Shoigu next in line to lead Russia? (Video)

George Callaghan at The Duran - 18 hours ago
On the Putin's birthday he had himself photographed fishing in deepest Siberia with Shoigu. Could this be sending a not so subliminal message? More The post Is Sergei Shoigu next in line to lead Russia? (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Uruguay Decrees State of National Emergency for Gender-based Violence

Juan Martinez at The Rio Times - 19 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez has decreed a state of national emergency on the basis of feminicide statistics and launched a series of public policies and measures to combat this type of crime in the country. Juan Andrés Roballo, the undersecretary of the presidency, said the measures are within the framework […] The post Uruguay Decrees State of National Emergency for Gender-based Violence appeared first on The Rio Times.

Wolf Richter: How Ratings Agencies Inflate Credit Ratings to Get Deals & Fees

Jerri-Lynn Scofield at naked capitalism - 19 hours ago
Haven’t we already seen this movie? Race to the bottom in gaming credit ratings agencies for commercial real estate Collateralized Loan Obligation deals.

These 5 Guns Will Turn Anyone Into a Sniper

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * [image:] Are any of them on your must buy list? *Key Point:* These guns made the list because of their effectiveness at killing at long distances. The sniper, a soldier trained in precision, long-range fire, is one of the most feared opponents on the battlefield. Snipers can make their presence felt far beyond a typical soldier’s assault rifle, cutting down enemy leaders, radio and heavy weapons operators, and damaging enemy equipment at considerable distanc... more »

Why The Navy Should Have Never Built So Many Aircraft Carriers

David W. Wise at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*David W. Wise* *Security, * A tool of a past age. *Key point: *Their survivability has been taken for granted. “History,” it has been written, “does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” Today it’s rhyming with Gen. Billy Mitchell. In the 1920s, Mitchell challenged conventional thinking by advocating air power at sea in the face of a naval establishment dominated by battleship proponents. The hubris of the “battleship Navy” was such that just nine days before Pearl Harbor, the official program for the 1941 Army-Navy game displayed a full page photograph of the battleship USS *Ariz... more »

Could Colt's Python Be World's Best Revolver?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Let's see. *Key point: *The Colt Python was retired by Colt in 2005. The real reason why Colt gave up on such a desirable money maker is unknown, but the high cost of modern labor -- a single Python could involve hours of personal attention -- could be the reason. In the world of firearms, which gun is truly the best is difficult to quantify. The sheer amount of innovation and the multitude of designs over nearly two hundred years of handgun development makes for a crowded field. However, in the world of revolvers, there is one that is clearly head a... more »

Meet The Russian Military's Super Machine Gun

Brad Howard at The National Interest - 19 hours ago
*Brad Howard* *Security, * Modeled after the U.S. Army's? *Key point: *You can buy a Russian Scorpio backpack today for 65,800 rubles, or roughly $1,000. Images have been circulating on Twitter of a Russian Spetsnaz soldier apparently testing out a PKM heavy machine gun with an unusual ammunition-feeding backpack that bears an uncanny resemblance to Jesse Ventura's alien-perforating minigun from Predator. The backpack, known as the Scorpio, is a product of Front Tactical Systems — and according to The Firearm Blog, it was designed at the request of the Russian military as a met... more »

20 Years Of Putin: His Top Domestic & Foreign Policy Successes

Andrew KORYBKO at - 19 hours ago
Vladimir Putin assumed office as Russia’s Acting President 20 years ago on 31 December, 1999, after which he speedily proceeded to transform both his country and the rest of the world in the two decades since. President Putin became his country’s acting leader 20 years ago on 31 December, 1999, […]

Five Most Popular Posts in December

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 19 hours ago
Out with the old and in with the new, and so we begin 2020 with, um, looking back to what made the grade last month. 1. After Jo Swinson 2. The Working Class Politics of Brexit 3. Ian Lavery Should Not Stand 4. On the Doors in Stoke-on-Trent South 5. The Corruption of the Mainstream Media The election and its fall out dominates, as you might expect. But what *is* a surprise was how the plight of the Liberal Democrats zoomed to the top of the charts. Who knew so many people cared? The rest is more or less self-explanatory. The shifting class dynamics that yielded us the awful result ... more »

Bigfoot Communication Heard / Observed in British Columbia

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
There are two possibilities for those evening screams which are obviously signaling between related members of a band of some sort. One is Bigfoot and the other is the Giant Sloth. The pair that he did observe were assuredly two Giant Sloths. I have seen the hair color before in almost the first Giant Sloth report. Way more important is that we now discover why we have t he odd leg construction in the fossil record. I knew that those hind legs were super powerful to allow leaping through the tree tops as expected. Been able to leap like a Kangaroo was completely unexpected... more »

America's Future May Depend on Trump Gaining Control of Space Command in the onging TIME WAR

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: ufo debris field] Ouch. first you must understand that my own discoveries confirmed several things that you need to know before you dive into all this. The Navy took control of space research early on, long before the creation of the Air Force, the CIA and the NSA. Gravity manipulation was achieved by 1955. My lab rat rediscovered just this two years ago which is why i did a quick search to discover the 1955 date. It was way too easy and even within the understanding of Tesla as well. That takes it right back to the Twenties. Simple extrapolation tells us that the ent... more »

The Modi government’s new citizenship law puts India at war with itself

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: A woman demonstrates against the Indian government's citizenship amendment bill in New Delhi on Dec. 14. (Jewel Samad/Afp Via Getty Images)] We need to pay attention to this. Once again the solution is not obvious. These problems will not disappear until we launch a program able to end poverty itself and to also localize what needs to be understood as nation state movements within India. these latter movements are best captured through literal national city states embedded inside India, but only to capture citizenship itself and catering to the cultural aspects of such a... more »

By impeaching Trump, Democrats have made him more powerful than they could ever imagine

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
*[image: By impeaching Trump, Democrats have made him more powerful than they could ever imagine]* Understand that they have nothing else now to drive the debate and stimulate the MSM. They have an impeachment vote that they dare not take to the Senate. After their own process fraud, payback there will be vicious and completely damaging to DEMs 2020 chances. Thus it is staying in Nancy's pocket and becomes a complete joke. Now trump can spend the year campaigning everywhere for reelection while launching initiative after another to torture his faux opposition with unanswerable... more »

Unregulated private NYE fireworks, an amusing aspect of the relative Czech freedom

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Happy New Year! Our media tell us that the New Year's Eve celebrations were extraordinarily peaceful in Czechia. Ambulance had to go less frequently than a year ago and than on an average day! Most of the people who needed some help were drunk or participating in brawls. One kid in Prague had its face injured by pyrotechnics. Pilsen has seen worse non-fireworks events just in recent days: an 11-old-boy fell from the 9th floor in Bory and died in the hospital; an 19-year-old young man was killed by a train in Doubravka. Welcome 2020. #Prague Magical city they said, very true. I usual... more »

January Is One Month Of Inspirational Quotes & Poems by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
*Note: During this month of January 2020 I intend to release one to two of my quotations which were taken from earlier inspirational writings going back 23 years to today. I will also post any newly inspired quotations or poems written during this month of January, 2020 along with perhaps some older poetry put into meme form.* *To read more of my poems & quotations, please click on the link below:* *Poems & Quotations by M.N. Hopkins* *or visit:* *Pinterest*

Disgruntled Pope Francis slaps woman's hand to free himself from her grasp

Just In - 20 hours ago
After greeting pilgrims in St Peter's Square and reaching out to touch a child in the crowd, the Pope turned away only for a nearby woman to seize his hand and pull her toward him.

Bushfires cause travel chaos on Nullarbor's only sealed WA-SA road

Jarrod Lucas And Ivo da Silva at Just In - 20 hours ago
Truck drivers and holidaymakers are stranded on the Nullarbor after bushfires in WA cut the Eyre Highway, the only sealed route to South Australia.

Training 'kicked in' to help firefighters escape ember attack while trapped in burning truck

Talissa Siganto at Just In - 20 hours ago
New South Wales firefighters who were trapped inside their burning trucks during a terrifying ember attack on the states south coast say they are amazed everyone came out alive.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un threatens 'shocking action' against US

Just In - 20 hours ago
The standstill between the US and North Korea over denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula continues, with Kim John-un accusing the Trump administration of dragging its feet and warning his country will soon show a new strategic weapon to the world.

Should you reach into your cupboard or your pocket when donating to bushfire relief?

Just In - 20 hours ago
Heartbreaking footage of families losing everything as bushfires rage throughout parts of the country leaves many anxious to know how they can help those affected. Here are some ways you can help.

Dollar Closes 2019 with Annual Rise of 3.5 Percent

Xiu Ying at The Rio Times - 20 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the last trading session of the year, on Monday, December 30th, the commercial dollar closed one percent lower, quoted at R$4.0098. As a result, the US currency ended 2019 with a rise of 3.5 percent, in a year of strong turbulence in the foreign exchange market, which recorded a […] The post Dollar Closes 2019 with Annual Rise of 3.5 Percent appeared first on The Rio Times.

New Year’s Eve in Rio, São Paulo, Salvador and Fortaleza Moves R$5.6 billion

Arkady Petrov at The Rio Times - 20 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The New Year's Eve celebration in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador and Fortaleza, four of the country's main tourist destinations, is expected to yield approximately R$5.6 (US$1.4) billion. The data is from the Ministry of Tourism, based on a survey on hotel occupancy rates for the […] The post New Year’s Eve in Rio, São Paulo, Salvador and Fortaleza Moves R$5.6 billion appeared first on The Rio Times.

2019 International Trade Balance Declines; Brazil Awaits Good News from Abroad

Richard Mann at The Rio Times - 20 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil's trade balance recorded a 4.7 percent decline between January and November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Data from the Ministry of Economy show that the country exported and imported US$370.6 billion in products in 2019, compared to US$388.2 billion last year. When separating exports from imports, […] The post 2019 International Trade Balance Declines; Brazil Awaits Good News from Abroad appeared first on The Rio Times.

Opinion: Paradise Lost or Only Delayed?

Peter Rosenwald at The Rio Times - 20 hours ago
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - One beautiful weekend morning many years ago, wandering among the artists showing and selling their paintings on the edges of São Paulo’s Praça da República, I discovered and purchased a lovely work entitled, ‘The Loss of Paradise: 22 Abril de 1500’ (‘A Perda do Paraíso’) painted by a wonderful Brazilian naïve […] The post Opinion: Paradise Lost or Only Delayed? appeared first on The Rio Times.

Brazil Is Country with Third Highest Number of New Unicorns in 2019

Richard Mann at The Rio Times - 20 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ebanx, Gympass, Loggi, QuintoAndar and Wildlife. These five companies enabled Brazil to be placed third in the ranking of countries with the highest number of new unicorns in 2019. The survey, conducted by the Crunchbase news site, shows that, in all, 142 companies around the world joined the list of […] The post Brazil Is Country with Third Highest Number of New Unicorns in 2019 appeared first on The Rio Times.

Standard & Poor’s Raises Argentina’s Rating, with Highly Negative Outlook

Juan Martinez at The Rio Times - 20 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Standard & Poor's raised Argentina's long-term foreign currency rating to 'CC' from 'SD' ("selective default"), stating that the December 19th default on a short-term dollar bond was resolved. A debtor rated 'CC' is highly vulnerable. The 'CC' rating is used when a default has not yet occurred but S&P Global […] The post Standard & Poor’s Raises Argentina’s Rating, with Highly Negative Outlook appeared first on The Rio Times.

Elevator Collapses, Leaves Four Dead in Santos, São Paulo State

Adele Cardin at The Rio Times - 20 hours ago
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - The collapse of an elevator left four people dead on Monday night, December 30th, in Santos, on the south coast of São Paulo. According to the Fire Department, the service equipment crashed from the 9th floor. The Navy reported that the building is a housing unit for military personnel from the […] The post Elevator Collapses, Leaves Four Dead in Santos, São Paulo State appeared first on The Rio Times.

Minimum Wage in Brazil Will Be R$1,039 in 2020

Xiu Ying at The Rio Times - 20 hours ago
. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro issued a provisional measure (MP) that increases the minimum wage from R$998 to R$1,039 (US$260) as of Wednesday, January 1st. The new amount corresponds to the readjustment of inflation for the year, which closed 2019 at 4.1 percent, according to the National Consumer Price Index (INPC), […] The post Minimum Wage in Brazil Will Be R$1,039 in 2020 appeared first on The Rio Times.

Swiss Couple Victim of Highway Robbery in Rio, Say Police

Xiu Ying at The Rio Times - 20 hours ago
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Special Tourist Support Police (DEAT) reported on December 31st, that it is carrying out investigations to identify those responsible for the shooting of a couple of Swiss tourists on Sunday afternoon, December 29th, on their way to the city of Paraty (RJ), where they would spend New Year's Eve. […] The post Swiss Couple Victim of Highway Robbery in Rio, Say Police appeared first on The Rio Times.

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