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Georgia Tombstones (Part 2)

Georgia Tombstones (Part 2)
by Jayge 8^J
"Project Blue Beam is a conspiracy theory that claims that NASA is attempting to implement a New Age religion with the Antichrist at its head and start a New World Order, via a technologically-simulated Second Coming. The allegations were presented in 1994 by Quebecois journalist and conspiracy theorist Serge Monast, and later published in his book Project Blue Beam (NASA). Proponents of the theory allege that Monast and another unnamed journalist, who both died of heart attacks in 1996, were in fact assassinated, and that the Canadian government kidnapped Monast's daughter in an effort to dissuade him from investigating Project Blue Beam. The project was apparently supposed to be implemented in 1983, but it didn't happen. It was then set for implementation in 1995 and then 1996. Monast thought Project Blue Beam would be brought to fruition by the year 2000, really, definitely, for sure. The theory is widely popular (for a conspiracy theory) on the Internet, with many web pages dedicated to the subject, and countless YouTube videos explaining it. The actual source material, however, is very thin indeed. Monast lectured on the theory in the mid-1990s (a transcript of one such lecture is widely available), before writing and publishing his book, which has not been reissued by his current publisher and is all but unobtainable. The currently available pages and videos all appear to trace back to four documents: A transcript of the 1994 lecture by Monast, translated into English. A GeoCities page written by David Openheimer and which appears to draw on the original book. A page on educate-yourself.org, compiled in 2005, which appears to include a translation of the book from the French. Monast's page in French Wikipedia. The French Wikipedia article is largely sourced from two books on conspiracy theories and extremism by Pierre-André Taguieff, a mainstream academic expert on racist and extremist groups. From these few texts have come a flood of green ink, in text and video form, in several languages. Even the French language material typically does not cite the original book but the English language pages on educate-yourself.org. However, conspiracy theorists seem to use quantity as a measure of substance (much as alternative medicine uses appeal to tradition) and never mind the extremely few sources it all traces back to. Proponents of the theory have extrapolated it to embrace HAARP, 9/11, the Norwegian Spiral, chemtrails, FEMA concentration camps and Tupac Shakur. Everything is part of Project Blue Beam. It's well on its way to becoming the Unified Conspiracy Theory. Behold A Pale Horse, William Cooper's 1991 green ink magnum opus, has lately been considered a prior claim of, hence supporting evidence for, Blue Beam by advocates. The book is where a vast quantity of now-common conspiracy memes actually came from, so retrospectively claiming it as prior evidence is somewhere between cherrypicking and the Texas sharpshooter fallacy. However, the following quotes, from pages 180-181, intersect slightly with the specific themes of Blue Beam: It is true that without the population or the bomb problem the elect would use some other excuse to bring about the New World Order. They have plans to bring about things like earthquakes, war, the Messiah, an extra-terrestrial landing, and economic collapse. They might bring about all of these things just to make damn sure that it does work. They will do whatever is necessary to succeed. The Illuminati has all the bases covered and you are going to have to be on your toes to make it through the coming years. Can you imagine what will happen if Los Angeles is hit with a 9.0 quake, New York City is destroyed by a terrorist-planted atomic bomb, World War III breaks out in the Middle East, the banks and the stock markets collapse, Extraterrestrials land on the White House lawn, food disappears from the markets, some people disappear, the Messiah presents himself to the world, and all in a very short period of time? Can you imagine? The world power structure can, and will if necessary, make some or all of those things happen to bring about the New World Order. “Without a universal belief in the new age religion, the success of the new world order will be impossible!” The alleged purpose of Project Blue Beam is to bring about a global New Age religion, which is seen as a core requirement for the New World Order's dictatorship to be realised. There's nothing new in thinking of religion as a form of control, but the existence of multiple religions, spin-off cults, competing sects and atheists suggest that controlling the population entirely through a single religion isn't particularly easy. Past attempts have required mechanisms of totalitarianism such as the Inquisition. Monast's theory, however, suggests using sufficiently advanced technology to trick people into believing. Of course, the plan would have to assume that people could never fathom the trick at all — something contested by anyone sane enough not to swallow this particular conspiracy. The primary claimed perpetrator of Project Blue Beam is NASA, presented as a large and mostly faceless organization that can readily absorb such frankly odd accusations, aided by the United Nations, another old-time boogeyman of conspiracy theorists. According to Monast, the project has four steps: Step One requires the breakdown of all archaeological knowledge. This will apparently be accomplished by faking earthquakes at precise locations around the planet. Fake "new discoveries" at these locations "will finally explain to all people the error of all fundamental religious doctrines", specifically Christian and Muslim doctrines. This makes some degree of sense — if you want to usurp a current way of thinking you need to completely destroy it before putting forward your own. However, religious belief is notoriously resilient to things like facts. The Shroud of Turin is a famous example that is still believed by many to be a genuine shroud of Jesus as opposed to the medieval forgery that it has been conclusively shown to be. Prayer studies, too, show how difficult it is to shift religious conviction with mere observational fact — indeed, many theologians avoid making falsifiable claims or place belief somewhere specifically beyond observation to aid this. So what finds could possibly fundamentally destroy both Christianity and Islam, almost overnight, and universally all over the globe? Probably nothing. Yet, this is only step one of an increasingly ludicrous set of events that Project Blue Beam predicts will occur. Step Two involves a gigantic "space show" wherein three-dimensional holographic laser projections will be beamed all over the planet — and this is where Blue Beam really takes off. The projections will take the shape of whatever deity is most predominant, and will speak in all languages. At the end of this light show, the gods will all merge into one god, the Antichrist. This is a rather baffling plan as it seems to assume people will think this is actually their god, rather than the more natural twenty-first century assumption that it is a particularly opaque Coca Cola advertisement. Evidence commonly advanced for this is a supposed plan to project the face of Allah, despite its contradiction with Muslim belief of God's uniqueness, over Baghdad in 1991 to tell the Iraqis to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Someone, somewhere, must have thought those primitive, ignorant non-Western savages wouldn't have had television or advertising, and would never guess it was being done with mirrors. In general, pretty much anything that either a) involves light or b) has been seen in the sky has been put forward as evidence that Project Blue Beam is real, and such things are "tests" of the technology — namely unidentified flying objects. Existing display technology such as 3D projection mapping and holograms are put forward as foreshadowing the great light show in the sky. This stage will apparently be accomplished with the aid of a Soviet computer that will be fed "with the minute physio-psychological particulars based on their studies of the anatomy and electro-mechanical composition of the human body, and the studies of the electrical, chemical and biological properties of the human brain", and every human has been allocated a unique radio wavelength. The computers are also capable of inducing suicidal thoughts. The Soviets are (not "were") the "New World Order" people. Why NASA would use a Soviet computer when the USSR had to import or copy much of its computer technology from the West is not detailed. The second part of Step Two happens when the holograms result in the dissolution of social and religious order, "setting loose millions of programmed religious fanatics through demonic possession on a scale never witnessed before." The United Nations plans to use Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" as the anthem for the introduction of the new age one world religion. There is relatively little to debunk in this, the most widely remembered section of the Project Blue Beam conspiracy, as the idea is so infeasible. Citing actual existing communication technology is odd if the point is for the end product to appear magical, rather than just as cheap laser projections onto clouds. This hasn't stopped some very strange conspiracy theories about such things popping up. Indeed, the notion of gods being projected into the sky was floated in 1991 by conspiracy theorist Betty J. Mills. And US general (and CIA shyster extraordinaire), Edward Lansdale, actually floated a plan to fake a Second Coming over Cuba to get rid of Castro. Step Three is "Telepathic Electronic Two-Way Communication." It involves making people think their god is speaking to them through telepathy, projected into the head of each person individually using extreme low frequency radio waves. (Atheists will presumably hear an absence of Richard Dawkins.) The book goes to some lengths to describe how this would be feasible, including a claim that ELF thought projection caused the depressive illness of Michael Dukakis' wife Kitty. Step Four has three parts: Making humanity think an alien invasion is about to occur at every major city; Making the Christians think the Rapture is about to happen; A mixture of electronic and supernatural forces, allowing the supernatural forces to travel through fiber optics, coax, power and telephone lines to penetrate all electronic equipment and appliances, that will by then all have a special microchip installed. Then chaos will break out, and people will finally be willing — perhaps even desperate — to accept the New World Order. "The techniques used in the fourth step is exactly the same used in the past in the USSR to force the people to accept Communism." A device has apparently already been perfected that will lift enormous numbers of people, as in a Rapture. UFO abductions are tests of this device. Project Blue Beam proponents believe psychological preparations have already been made, Monast having claimed that 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars and the Star Trek series all involve an invasion from space and all nations coming together (the first two don't, the third is peaceful contact) and that Jurassic Park propagandises evolution in order to make people think God's words are lies. The book detailed the theory. In the 1994 lecture, Monast detailed what would happen afterwards. All people will be required to take an oath to Lucifer with a ritual initiation to enter the New World Order. Resisters will be categorised as follows: Christian children will be kept for human sacrifice or sexual slaves. Prisoners to be used in medical experiments. Prisoners to be used as living organ banks. Healthy workers in slave labour camps. Uncertain prisoners in the international re-education center, thence to repent on television and learn to glorify the New World Order. The international execution centre. An as yet unknown seventh classification. Joel Engel's book Gene Roddenberry: The Myth and the Man Behind Star Trek was released in 1994, shortly before Monast's lecture on Project Blue Beam: “In May 1975, Gene Roddenberry accepted an offer from Paramount to develop Star Trek into a feature film, and moved back into his old office on the Paramount lot. His proposed story told of a flying saucer, hovering above Earth, that was programmed to send down people who looked like prophets, including Jesus Christ.” All the steps of the conspiracy theory were in the unmade mid-'70s Star Trek film script by Roddenberry, which were recycled for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Devil's Due, broadcast in 1991. There is no evidence of deliberate fraud on Monast's part; given his head was quite thoroughly full of squirrels and confetti by this time, it's entirely plausible that he thought this was the revelation of secret information in a guise safe for propagation. However, the actual source was so obvious that even other conspiracy theorists noticed. They confidently state it was obvious that Monast had been fed deceptive information by the CIA. Of course!" -- rationalwiki.org "Serge Monast was a Québécois investigative journalist, poet, essayist and conspiracy theorist. He is known to English-speaking readers mainly for Project Blue Beam and associated conspiracy tropes. His works on Masonic conspiracy theories and the New World Order also remain popular with French-speaking conspiracy theorists and enthusiasts." -- Wikipedia
"A human microchip implant is typically an identifying integrated circuit device or RFID transponder encased in silicate glass and implanted in the body of a human being. This type of subdermal implant usually contains a unique ID number that can be linked to information contained in an external database, such as personal identification, law enforcement, medical history, medications, allergies, and contact information. The first experiments with an RFID implant were carried out in 1998 by the British scientist Kevin Warwick. His implant was used to open doors, switch on lights, and cause verbal output within a building. After nine days the implant was removed and has since been held in the Science Museum (London). On 16 March 2009 British scientist Mark Gasson had an advanced glass capsule RFID device surgically implanted into his left hand. In April 2010 Gasson's team demonstrated how a computer virus could wirelessly infect his implant and then be transmitted on to other systems. Gasson reasoned that with implanted technology the separation between man and machine can become theoretical because the technology can be perceived by the human as being a part of their body. Because of this development in our understanding of what constitutes our body and its boundaries he became credited as being the first human infected by a computer virus. He has no plans to remove his implant. Several hobbyists have placed RFID microchip implants into their hands or had them inserted by others. Amal Graafstra, author of the book RFID Toys, asked doctors to place implants in his hands in March 2005. A cosmetic surgeon used a scalpel to place a microchip in his left hand, and his family doctor injected a chip into his right hand using a veterinary Avid injector kit. Graafstra uses the implants to access his home, open car doors, and to log on to his computer. With public interest growing, in 2013 he launched biohacking company Dangerous Things and crowdfunded the world's first implantable NFC transponder in 2014. He has also spoken at various events and promotional gigs including TEDx, and built a smartgun that only fires after reading his implant. Alejandro Hernandez CEO of Futura is known to be the first in Central America to have Dangerous Things' transponder installed in his left hand by Federico Cortes in November 2017. Mikey Sklar had a chip implanted into his left hand and filmed the procedure. Jonathan Oxer self-implanted an RFID chip in his arm using a veterinary implantation tool. Martijn Wismeijer, Dutch marketing manager for Bitcoin ATM manufacturer General Bytes, placed RFID chips in both of his hands to store his Bitcoin private keys and business card. Patric Lanhed sent a “bio-payment” of one euro worth of Bitcoin using a chip embedded in his hand. Marcel Varallo had an NXP chip coated in Bioglass 8625 inserted into his hand between his forefinger and thumb allowing him to open secure elevators and doors at work, print from secure printers, unlock his mobile phone and home, and store his digital business card for transfer to mobile phones enabled for NFC. Biohacker Hannes Sjöblad has been experimenting with NFC (Near Field Communication) chip implants since 2015. During his talk at Echappée Voléé 2016 in Paris, Sjöblad disclosed that he has also implanted himself between his forefinger and thumb and uses it to unlock doors, make payments, and unlock his phone (essentially replacing anything you can put in your pockets). Additionally, Sjöblad has hosted several "implant parties," where interested individuals can also be implanted with the chip. Researchers have examined microchip implants in humans in the medical field and they indicate that there are potential benefits and risks to incorporating the device in the medical field. For example, it could be beneficial for noncompliant patients but still poses great risks for potential misuse of the device. Destron Fearing, a subsidiary of Digital Angel, initially developed the technology for the VeriChip. In 2004, the VeriChip implanted device and reader were classified as Class II: General controls with special controls by the FDA; that year the FDA also published a draft guidance describing the special controls required to market such devices. About the size of a grain of rice, the device was typically implanted between the shoulder and elbow area of an individual’s right arm. Once scanned at the proper frequency, the chip responded with a unique 16-digit number which could be then linked with information about the user held on a database for identity verification, medical records access and other uses. The insertion procedure was performed under local anesthetic in a physician's office. Privacy advocates raised concerns regarding potential abuse of the chip, with some warning that adoption by governments as a compulsory identification program could lead to erosion of civil liberties, as well as identity theft if the device should be hacked. Another ethical dilemma posed by the technology, is that people with dementia could possibly benefit the most from an implanted device that contained their medical records, but issues of informed consent are the most difficult in precisely such people. In June 2007, the American Medical Association declared that "implantable radio frequency identification (RFID) devices may help to identify patients, thereby improving the safety and efficiency of patient care, and may be used to enable secure access to patient clinical information", but in the same year, news reports linking similar devices to cancer caused in laboratory animals had a devastating impact on the company's stock price and sales. In 2010, the company, by then called "PositiveID", withdrew the product from the market due to poor sales. In January 2012, PositiveID sold the chip assets to a company called VeriTeQ that was owned by Scott Silverman, the former CEO of Positive ID. In 2016, JAMM Technologies acquired the chip assets from VeriTeQ; JAMM's business plan was to partner with companies selling implanted medical devices and use the RFID tags to monitor and identify the devices. JAMM Technologies is co-located in the same Plymouth, Minnesota building as Geissler Corporation with Randolph K. Geissler and Donald R. Brattain listed as its principals. The website also claims that Geissler was CEO of PositiveID Corporation, Destron Fearing Corporation, and Digital Angel Corporation. In 2018, A Danish firm called BiChip released a new generation of microchip implant that is intended to be readable from distance and connected to Internet. The company released an update for its microchip implant to associate it with the Ripple cryptocurrency to allow payments to be made using the implanted microchip. In February 2006, CityWatcher, Inc. of Cincinnati, OH became the first company in the world to implant microchips into their employees as part of their building access control and security system. The workers needed the implants to access the company's secure video tape room, as documented in USA Today. The project was initiated and implemented by Six Sigma Security, Inc. The VeriChip Corporation had originally marketed the implant as a way to restrict access to secure facilities such as power plants. A major drawback for such systems is the relative ease with which the 16-digit ID number contained in a chip implant can be obtained and cloned using a hand-held device, a problem that has been demonstrated publicly by security researcher Jonathan Westhues and documented in the May 2006 issue of Wired magazine, among other places. The Baja Beach Club, a nightclub in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, once used VeriChip implants for identifying VIP guests. The Epicenter in Stockholm, Sweden is using RFID implants for employees to operate security doors, copiers, and pay for lunch. In 2017 Mike Miller, chief executive of the World Olympians Association, was widely reported as suggesting the use of such implants in athletes in an attempt to reduce problems in sport due to drug taking. Theoretically, a GPS-enabled chip could one day make it possible for individuals to be physically located by latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, and direction of movement. Such implantable GPS devices are not technically feasible at this time. However, if widely deployed at some future point, implantable GPS devices could conceivably allow authorities to locate missing persons and/or fugitives and those who fled from a crime scene. Critics contend, however, that the technology could lead to political repression as governments could use implants to track and persecute human rights activists, labor activists, civil dissidents, and political opponents; criminals and domestic abusers could use them to stalk and harass their victims; and child abusers could use them to locate and abduct children. Another suggested application for a tracking implant, discussed in 2008 by the legislature of Indonesia's Irian Jaya would be to monitor the activities of persons infected with HIV, aimed at reducing their chances of infecting other people. The microchipping section was not, however, included into the final version of the provincial HIV/AIDS Handling bylaw passed by the legislature in December 2008. With current technology, this would not be workable anyway, since there is no implantable device on the market with GPS tracking capability. Since modern payment methods rely upon RFID/NFC, it is thought that implantable microchips, if they were to ever become popular in use, would form a part of the cashless society. Verichip implants have already been used in nightclubs such as the Baja club for such a purpose, allowing patrons to purchase drinks with their implantable microchip. In a self-published report anti-RFID advocate Katherine Albrecht, who refers to RFID devices as "spy chips", cites veterinary and toxicological studies carried out from 1996 to 2006 which found lab rodents injected with microchips as an incidental part of unrelated experiments and dogs implanted with identification microchips sometimes developed cancerous tumors at the injection site (subcutaneous sarcomas) as evidence of a human implantation risk. However, the link between foreign-body tumorigenesis in lab animals and implantation in humans has been publicly refuted as erroneous and misleading and the report's author has been criticized over the use of "provocative" language "not based in scientific fact". Notably, none of the studies cited specifically set out to investigate the cancer risk of implanted microchips and so none of the studies had a control group of animals that did not get implanted. While the issue is considered worthy of further investigation, one of the studies cited cautioned "Blind leaps from the detection of tumors to the prediction of human health risk should be avoided". The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) of the American Medical Association published a report in 2007 alleging that RFID implanted chips may compromise privacy because there is no assurance that the information contained in the chip can be properly protected. Following Wisconsin and North Dakota, California issued Senate Bill 362 in 2007, which makes it illegal to force a person to have a microchip implanted, and provide for an assessment of civil penalties against violators of the bill. In 2008, Oklahoma passed 63 OK Stat § 63-1-1430 (2008 S.B. 47), that bans involuntary microchip implants in humans. On April 5, 2010, the Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 235 that prohibits forced microchip implants in humans and that would make it a misdemeanor for anyone to require them, including employers. The bill would allow voluntary microchip implants, as long as they are performed by a physician and regulated by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. The state's House of Representatives did not take up the measure. On February 10, 2010, Virginia's House of Delegates also passed a bill that forbids companies from forcing their employees to be implanted with tracking devices. Washington State House Bill 1142-2009-10 orders a study using implanted radio frequency identification or other similar technology to electronically monitor sex offenders and other felons. The general public are most familiar with microchips in the context of tracking their pets. In the U.S., some Christian activists, including conspiracy theorist Mark Dice, the author of a book titled The Resistance Manifesto, make a link between the PositiveID and the Biblical Mark of the Beast, prophesied to be a future requirement for buying and selling, and a key element of the Book of Revelation. Gary Wohlscheid, president of These Last Days Ministries, has argued that "Out of all the technologies with potential to be the mark of the beast, VeriChip has got the best possibility right now"." -- Wikipedia
"In this latest book Joseph P Farrell examines the subject of mind control, but from a very unusual perspective, showing that its basic underlying philosophy, and goal, is not only cosmological in nature, but that the cosmology in view is very ancient, and that mind control of any sort, from the arts to hypnosis, remote electromagnetic technologies and “electroencephalographic dictionaries” has cosmological implications." -- Microcosm and Medium: The Cosmic Implications and Agenda of Mind Control Technologies publisher's description
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morning prepper

Global shares are starting the week on the back foot ahead of some big upcoming events that could weigh on investor sentiment. Among them: Key votes on Brexit, U.S.-China trade talks, a Federal Reserve policy decision and a deluge of high profile corporate earnings. More tensions? President Trump said another government shutdown is "certainly an option" after signing a bill to temporarily reopen government following the longest shutdown in history.
Economy
With 22% of companies in the S&P 500 so far reporting Q4 results, the percentage of actual EPS above estimates (71%) is equal to the five-year average, according to FactSet. However, firms are reporting earnings in aggregate that are 3.0% above estimates, which is below the five-year average. Combined with estimated results for companies that have yet to report, Q4's Y/Y earnings growth rate is currently 10.9%, marking the fifth straight quarter of double-digit earnings growth, but the first time since Q4 2017 that growth hasn't reached above 20%.
In an attempt to break the deadlock over Brexit, Theresa May will seek legally binding changes from the EU regarding the Irish backstop, lawmaker Boris Johnson wrote in The Telegraph, citing senior government sources. "If the PM secures a 'Freedom Clause' - for the U.K. to escape the backstop without reference to the bloc - I have no doubt that she will have the whole country full-throatedly behind her."
There's more downbeat data for China's vast manufacturing sector. Industrial profits in December fell 1.9% from a year earlier to 680.8B yuan ($100.9B), weighed down by weak factory-gate prices, soft demand and a protracted U.S.-Sino trade war. This is on top of a decline of 1.8% in November - the first contraction in profits in nearly three years - and China's slowest economic growth in three decades.
Shift to renewables? Germany should shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2038 at the latest, a government-appointed commission said over the weekend, proposing at least €40B in aid to regions affected by the phase-out. Renewables made up more than 40% of Germany's energy mix last year - beating coal for the first time - following a 2011 decision to halt nuclear power.
Despite the rhetoric between Nicolas Maduro and President Trump, U.S. refineries are still buying Venezuelan petroleum. But with the crisis escalating after Washington backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, a new round of sanctions is expected in the coming days. The U.S. on Saturday called on the world to "pick a side" on Venezuela and urged countries to financially disconnect from the Maduro government.
Vision 2030... Saudi Arabia will spend 100B riyals ($27B) in 2019 and 2020 on its industrial development program, more than three times the amount allocated in the previous budget, to keep up its economic diversification campaign. Riyadh is also seeking to attract 1.6T riyals (nearly $429B) in private sector infrastructure and industrial investment over the next 10 years as it seeks to wean the kingdom off oil.
Stocks
Metal prices are in focus this morning after some market-moving news in the sector. Aluminum fell 1.4% in London to $1,892.50 a ton after the U.S. formally lifted sanctions on Russia's Rusal (OTC:RUALF), while shares of the aluminum giant leapt 5% as Jean-Pierre Thomas resigned as chairman. Chinese iron futures are separately on the rise following a dam collapse at a Vale (NYSE:VALE) mine in Brazil, which killed at least 58 people and fueled supply concerns over the commodity.
The financial implications of Vale's (VALE) latest dam disaster may be crippling for the mining giant and a blow to an industry grappling with investor wariness. Court orders have already frozen 11B reais ($2.9B) of Vale assets pending damages, environmental agency Ibama fined the miner 250M reais ($66.3M); and its CEO, deals and dividends are under scrutiny. It comes on top of billions of dollars in damages Vale shelled out following its Samarco dam collapse in 2015. VALE -7.8% premarket.
A last-ditch bid by Siemens (OTCPK:SIEGY) and Alstom (OTCPK:ALSMY) to win EU approval for their planned rail merger isn't good enough to allay concerns about competition, sources told Bloomberg. A collapse of the deal would be a setback for the two major European industrial manufacturers. Their plan, unveiled in September 2017, intended to build a transportation giant to counter global competition, especially from China.
Expanding its technical capabilities, Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX) is acquiring electronic signature startup HelloSign for $230M, putting it in competition with DocuSign (NASDAQ:DOCU) and Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE). HelloSign will operate independently, although it hopes to get a boost from its new parent-company's sales organization. While Dropbox has exceeded analysts' estimates in each of its first three quarterly earnings reports, stock growth has not expanded meaningfully since its IPO in March.
It's the latest international company to reduce its plastic waste footprint. Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) will soon begin packaging its phones, tablets, wearables and appliances in paper, pulp molds and bio-based or recycled plastics. It will also alter the design of its phone charger, replacing the glossy exterior with a matte finish and ditching plastic protection films.
The SEC is investigating whether Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) accurately disclosed its executive pay in the U.S., adding to the automaker's woes as it grapples with the aftermath of former chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest. Nissan is fully cooperating with the inquiry, according to a spokeswoman, though shares fell as much as 2.7% in Tokyo trading, marking their biggest intraday decline in three weeks.
Ghosn's severance package at Renault (OTCPK:RNLSY) is also going under the microscope after the former CEO was forced to resign in a financial scandal. "We are going to be extremely vigilant," Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told France Inter radio, outlining that the pay should not be "exorbitant." The French state is Renault's largest shareholder, with a stake of around 15%, and holds two board seats.
The PBOC has approved the entry of S&P Global (NYSE:SPGI) into China's credit rating market as part of a wider drive to encourage foreign investors to diversify into yuan-denominated assets. The agency will also be allowed to register for a bond ratings service in the country's interbank market as China continues to push the opening up of its credit rating industry.
Today's Markets In Asia, Japan -0.6%. Hong Kong flat. China -0.2%. India -1%. In Europe, at midday, London -0.4%. Paris -0.5%. Frankfurt -0.3%. Futures at 6:20, Dow -0.4%. S&P -0.4%. Nasdaq -0.5%. Crude -1.6% to $52.82. Gold +0.2% to $1300.20. Bitcoin -3.6% to $3409. Ten-year Treasury Yield flat at 2.76%
Today's Economic Calendar 8:30 Chicago Fed National Activity Index 10:30 Dallas Fed Manufacturing Survey 1:00 PM Results of $41B, 5-Year Note Auction
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S&P Futures Slide, Europe Jumps As Traders Beg For End To Turbulent Week

There is a sense of almost detached resignation amid trading desks as we enter the last trading day of a chaotic, volatile week that has whipsawed and stopped out virtually everyone after the Nasdaq saw the biggest intraday reversal since Thursday and pattern and momentum trading has become impossible amid one headline tape-bomb after another.
After yesterday furious tumble and sharp, last hour rebound, US equity futures are once again lower expecting fresh developments in the Huawei CFO arrest and trade war saga while today's payroll report may redirect the Fed's tightening focus in wage growth comes in hotter than the 3.1% expected; at the same time European stocks have rebounded from their worst day in more than two years while Asian shares posted modest gains as investors sought to end a bruising week on a more upbeat note. While stock trading was far calmer than Thursday, signs of stress remained just below the surface as the dollar jumped, Treasuries rose and oil whipsawed amid fears Iran could scuttle today's OPEC deal.

The MSCI All-Country World Index, which tracks shares in 47 countries, was up 0.3% on the day, on track to end the week down 2%.
After Europe's Stoxx 600 Index sharp drop on Thursday, which tumbled the most since the U.K. voted to leave the EU in 2016, Friday saw Europe's broadest index jump 1.2% as every sector rallied following the cautious trade in the Asia-Pac session and the rebound seen on Wall Street where the Dow clawed back nearly 700 points from intraday lows. European sectors are experiencing broad-based gains with marginal outperformance in the tech sector as IT names bounce back from yesterday’s Huawei-driven slump.

Technology stocks lead gains on Stoxx 600 Index, with the SX8P Index up as much as 2.3%, outperforming the 1.1% gain in the wider index; Nokia topped the sector index with a 5.9% advance in Helsinki after Thursday’s public holiday, having missed out on initial gains from rival Huawei’s troubles that earlier boosted Ericsson. Inderes said the arrest of Huawei CFO over potential violations of American sanctions on Iran will benefit Nokia and Ericsson, who are the main rivals of Huawei and ZTE. Similarly, Jefferies wrote in a note on Chinese networks that China may have to offer significant concessions to buy Huawei an “out of jail” card and reach a trade deal, with China’s tech subsidies and “buy local” policies potentially under attack. "For example, why would Nokia and Ericsson have only 20% share in China’s 4G market," analysts wrote.
Meanwhile, energy names were volatile as the complex awaits further hints from the key OPEC+ meeting today. In terms of individual movers, Fresenius SE (-15.0%) fell to the foot of the Stoxx 600 after the company cut medium-term guidance, citing lower profit expectations at its clinics unit Helios and medical arm Fresenius Medical Care (-7.8%). The news sent Fresenius BBB- rated bonds tumbling, renewing fears of a deluge of "fallen angels." On the flip side, Bpost (+7.5%) and Tesco (+4.8%) are hovering near the top of the pan-Europe index amid broker upgrades.
Earlier in the session, Japanese equities outperformed as most Asian gauges nudged higher. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan nudged up 0.2%, though that followed a 1.8 percent drubbing on Thursday. Japan’s Nikkei added 0.8 percent. Chinese shares, which were up earlier in the day, slipped into negative territory with the blue chips off 0.1 percent.


E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 also started firmer but were last down 0.4 percent. Markets face a test from U.S. payrolls data later in the session amid speculation that the U.S. economy is heading for a tough patch after years of solid growth.
Will the last employment report released this year (the December report comes out in early January) help markets to continue to form a base? The consensus for nonfarm payrolls today is for a 198k print, following the stronger-thanexpected 250k reading last month. Average hourly earnings are expected to rise +0.3% mom which should be enough to keep the annual reading at +3.1% yoy while the unemployment rate is expected to hold steady at 3.7%. DB's economists are more or less in line with the consensus with a 200k forecast and also expect earnings to climb +0.3% mom, however that would be consistent with a small tick up in the annual rate to +3.17% and the fastest pace since April 2009. They also expect the current pace of job growth to push the unemployment rate down to 3.6% which would be the lowest since December 1969.
Meanwhile, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell confused traders when late on Thursday, he emphasized the strength of the labor market, throwing a wrench into trader expectations the Fed is poised to pause tightening - arguably the catalyst for Thursday's market-closing ramp following a WSJ article which reported Fed officials were considering whether to signal a new wait-and-see mentality after a likely rate increase at their meeting in December.

While Friday's market has stabilized, for many the recent gyrations are just too much. For Dennis Debusschere, head of portfolio strategy at Evercore ISI, there’s still far too much risk to wade back into a market this riven by volatility. “Overall still untradeable in our opinion, until we get more clarity on trade and we think it will pay to wait this out,” he wrote in a note to clients Thursday. “That being said, our desk is open for business if you’re feeling up to trading this backdrop.”
Meanwhile, the big question is what happens next year: “The big question mark still is what’s going to happen in 2019” with the Fed, Omar Aguilar, CIO of equities and multi-asset strategies at Charles Schwab, told Bloomberg TV. “The jobs report could easily be the catalyst that will tell us a little more about what the path may be.”
Expecting that a big slowdown is coming, interest rate futures rallied hard in massive volumes with the market now pricing in less than half a hike next year, compared to just a month ago when they had been betting on more than two increases. Treasuries extended their blistering rally, driving 10-year yields down to a three-month trough at 2.8260 percent, before last trading at 2.8863 percent. Yields on two-year notes fell a huge 10 basis points at one stage on Thursday and were last at 2.75 percent. Investors also steamrolled the yield curve to its flattest in over a decade, a trend that has historically presaged economic slowdowns and even recessions.
The seismic shock spread far and wide. Yields on 10-year paper sank to the lowest in six months in Germany, almost 12 months in Canada and 16 months in Australia. Italian debt climbed as European bonds largely drifted.
The greenback advanced against most of its Group-of-10 peers ahead of U.S. jobs data that are expected to show hiring slowed last month. The pound fell as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was said to be weighing a plan to postpone the vote on her Brexit deal.
In commodity markets, gold firmed to near a five-month peak as the dollar eased and the threat of higher interest rates waned. Spot gold stood 0.1 percent higher at $1,239.49 per ounce. Oil was less favored, however, falling further as OPEC delayed a decision on output cuts while awaiting support from non-OPEC heavyweight Russia. Brent futures fell 0.5 percent to $59.77 a barrel, while U.S. crude also lost half a percent to $51.19. Cryptocurrencies continued their collapse with fresh losses after U.S. regulators dashed hopes that a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund would appear before the end of this year.
Market Snapshot
Top Overnight News from Bloomberg
Asian stocks saw cautious gains with the region getting an early tailwind after the sharp rebound on Wall St, where most majors inished lower albeit off worse levels as tech recovered and the DJIA clawed back nearly 700 points from intraday lows. ASX 200 (+0.4%) and Nikkei 225 (+0.8%) were both higher at the open but gradually pared some of the gains as the risk tone began to turn cautious heading into today’s key-risk NFP jobs data. Hang Seng (-0.3%) and Shanghai Comp (U/C) were indecisive amid further PBoC inaction in which it remained net neutral for a 5th consecutive week and with the upcoming Chinese trade data over the weekend adding to tentativeness, while pharmaceuticals were the worst hit due to concerns of price declines from the government’s centralized procurement program. Finally, 10yr JGBs were flat amid a similar picture in T-note futures and although early selling pressure was seen in Japanese bonds alongside the strong open in stocks, prices later recovered as the risk appetite somewhat dissipated.
Top Asian News - China’s FX Reserves Rose Despite Intervention, Outflow Signs - Hong Kong May Slip Into Recession in 2019, Deutsche Bank Warns - SoftBank Seeks to Assuage Investors on Pre-IPO Mobile Outage - Southeast Asia Reserves Recover a Bit in November as Rout Eases
European equities extended on gains from the cash open (Eurostoxx 50 +1.2%) following the cautious trade in the Asia-Pac session and the rebound seen on Wall St where the Dow clawed back nearly 700 points from intraday lows. European sectors are experiencing broad-based gains with marginal outperformance in the tech sector as IT names bounce back from yesterday’s Huawei-driven slump. Meanwhile, energy names are volatile (currently marginally underperforming) as the complex awaits further hints from the key OPEC+ meeting today. In terms of individual movers, Fresenius SE (-15.0%) fell to the foot of the Stoxx 600 after the company cut medium-term guidance, citing lower profit expectations at its clinics unit Helios and medical arm Fresenius Medical Care (-7.8%). On the flip side, Bpost (+7.5%) and Tesco (+4.8%) are hovering near the top of the pan-Europe index amid broker upgrades.
Top European News
Currencies:
In commodities, WTI (+0.2%) and Brent (+0.9%) are choppy in what was a volatile session thus far as comments from energy ministers emerged ahead of the key OPEC+ meeting, after yesterday’s OPEC talks ended with no deal for the first time in almost five years. Brent rose after source reports noted that Moscow are ready to cut output by 200k BPD (below OPEC’s desire of 250k-300k but above Russia’s prior “maximum” of 150k) if OPEC are willing to curb production by over 1mln BPD. Prices then fell to session lows following a less constructive tone from Saudi Energy Minister who reiterated that he is not confident there will be a deal today, which came after delegates noted that OPEC talks are focused on a combined OPEC+ cut of 1mln BPD (650k from OPEC and 350k from Non-OPEC). Markets are awaiting the start of the OPEC+ meeting after delegates stated that talks are at deadlocked as Iran appears to be the main sticking point to an OPEC deal, though sources emerged stating that Iran, Venezuela and Libya are set to get exemptions from cuts, adding that OPEC and Russia are looking for a symbolic production commitment from Iran as fears arise that Iran may not be able to follow-through on curb pledges due to US sanctions. In terms of metals, gold hovers around session highs and is set for the best week since August with the USD trading in a tight range ahead of the key US jobs data later today, while London copper rose over a percent is underpinned by the positive risk tone.
US Event Calendar
DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap
The age of innocence has truly gone in financial markets after a turbulent 24 hours but one that saw a spectacular rally after Europe closed last night and one that has steadily carried on in Asia overnight (more on this below). Before we get to that I’m on an intense client marketing roadshow at the moment on the 2019 Credit outlook and there are a litany of worries out there from investors. Maybe I’m trying to be too cute here but I think the problems we’re seeing in credit at the moment are more of a “ghost of Xmas future” rather than a sign of an imminent disaster scenario. However my overall confidence that credit will blow up around the end of this cycle has only intensified in the last couple of weeks. Liquidity is awful in credit and it’s been a broken two way market for several years (probably as long as I’ve worked in it - 24 years). However this has got worse this cycle as the size of the market has grown rapidly but dealer balance sheets have reduced. As such you can buy massive size at new issue but your ability to sell in secondary is constrained to a small percentage of this. This didn’t matter much when inflows dominated - as they mostly did in this cycle pre-2018 - but in a year of outflows across the board the lack of a proper two way market is increasingly being felt. As discussed I don’t think this is the start of the crisis yet but be warned that when this economic cycle does roll over or even starts to operate at stall speed the credit market will be very messy and will influence other markets again.
On the positive side and despite a very steep mid-session selloff, US markets ultimately closed well off the lows. The DOW, S&P 500 and NASDAQ finished -0.32%, -0.15% and +0.42% respectively, though they traded as low as -3.14%, -2.91%, and -2.43% respectively, around noon in New York. At its lows, the S&P 500 was on course for its worst two-session stretch since February, and before that you’d have to go back to August 2015 or 2011 to find the last episode with as steep a two-day drop. The DOW and S&P 500 dipped into negative territory for the year again, but clawed back and are now +0.92% and +0.84% YTD (+3.16% and +2.69% on a total return basis). The NASDAQ has clung to its outperformance, as it is now up +4.13% this year, or +5.20% on a total return basis, though of course the difference is narrower in the low-dividend paying, high-growth tech index.
Unsurprisingly, the moves yesterday coincided with higher volatility with the VIX climbing as much as +5.2pts to 25.94 and pretty much back to the October highs, though it too rallied alongside the equity market to end close to flat at 21.15. Meanwhile, the price action was even uglier in Europe as the US lows were around the close. The STOXX 600 plunged -3.09% and is down -4.22% in two days – the most in two days since June 2016. Nowhere was safe. The DAX (-3.48%), CAC (-3.32%), FTSE MIB (-3.54%) and IBEX (-2.75%) all saw huge moves lower. The DAX has now joined the Italy’s FSTEMIB in bear market territory, as it is now -20.49% off its highs earlier this year. The FTSEMIB is down -24.04% from its highs. European Banks – which were already down nearly -27% YTD going into yesterday – tumbled -4.29% for the biggest daily fall since May and the third biggest since immediately after Brexit. The index is now at the lowest since October 2016 and within 17% of the June 2016 lows all of a sudden. US Banks fell -1.87%, though they had dipped -4.3% at their troughs to touch the lowest level since September 2017.
As for credit, HY cash spreads in Europe and the US were +8.5bps and +14.8bps wider respectively. For context, US spreads are now at the widest since December 2016 and this is the best performing broad credit market over the last couple of years. In bond markets, 10y Treasuries rallied-2.4bps but was as much as 9bps lower intra-day. Thanks to an outperformance at the front end (two-year fell -3.7bps), the 2s10s curve actually ended a shade steeper at 13.0bps (+1.3bps on the day). However that move for the 10y now puts it at the lowest since September at 2.89%, and only +48.6bps above where we started the year. The spread on the Dec 19 to Dec 18 eurodollar contract – indicative for what is priced into Fed hikes for next year - is down to just 16bps. It was at 60bps in October. This certainly appears to be too low, though a Wall Street Journal article yesterday seemed to signal a willingness by the Fed to moderate its pace of rate hikes. Finally, in Europe, Bunds closed -4.1bps lower at 0.236%.
Quite amazing moves with Bunds continuing to defy all fundamental logic and trading instead as a risk-off lightning rod. There was some talk that the sharp moves lower at the open yesterday were exaggerated by the unexpected midweek close for markets in the US which resulted in futures systems failing to be programmed to adjust and orders backing up. However the combination of a -2.25% drop for WTI (-5.2% at the lows) post the OPEC meeting (more below) and the Huawei story that we mentioned yesterday certainly aided to the initial malaise. There was some talk that both the Chinese and US authorities would have been aware of the arrest before last weekend’s talks and as such this story shouldn’t be necessarily a threat to the truce, though Reuters reported last night that President Trump did not know about the planned arrest. The implications of this are unclear, since it could mean that Trump has less direct control over the arresting agency, but it could also indicate that the move is not part of trade policy. Either way, how this development will be key for the market moving forward, especially any response from Chinese officials.
This morning in Asia markets are largely trading higher with the Nikkei (+0.60%), Hang Seng (+0.21%), Shanghai Comp (+0.08%) and Kospi (+0.51%) all up. Elsewhere, futures on the S&P 500 (-0.11%) are pointing towards a flattish start. Meantime crude oil (WTI -0.39% and Brent -0.60%) prices are continuing to trade lower this morning. It wouldn’t be an EMR worth it’s place in the daily schedule without an Italy and Brexit update. As we go to print Italian daily La Stampa has reported that the Italian Premier Conte and Deputy Premier Di Maio are in favour of the resignation of Finance Minister Tria while Deputy Premier Salvini is against his resignation. So signs of tension. In the U.K. a few press articles (like Bloomberg) are suggesting that PM May is considering postponing Tuesday’s big vote. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of substance to the story at the moment but it mentions going back to the EU for concessions on the Irish backstop as one possibility. How the EU will feel would be the obvious question.
As mentioned earlier, oil had a difficult session yesterday, falling back to its recent lows with WTI touching a $50 handle and Brent trading back below $60 per barrel. The first day of the OPEC summit did not appear promising for the odds of a new production deal, as the ministers apparently discussed a 1 million barrel per day cut, below the 1.5 million needed to balance the market.The Libyan oil minister abruptly left before the day’s meetings concluded, and the organization canceled their scheduled press conference. The Russian delegation will join the OPEC contingent today in an effort to finalize a deal, but Saudi Energy Minister al-Falih said that “Russia is not ready for a substantial cut.” Watch this space today.
Overnight, the Fed Chair Powell delivered an upbeat message on the US economy and the Job market ahead of today’s payrolls release. He said, “our economy is currently performing very well overall, with strong job creation and gradually rising wages,’’ while adding, “in fact, by many national-level measures, our labour market is very strong.’’ Elsewhere, the Fed’s John Williams said yesterday that the biggest challenge which the policy makers are facing is achieving a soft landing. He said, “we have a pretty strong economy -- unemployment pretty low, inflation near our goal -- it’s just managing a soft landing, keeping this expansion going for the next few years.”
So will the last employment report released this year (the December report comes out in early January) help markets to continue to form a base? The consensus for nonfarm payrolls today is for a 198k print, following the stronger-thanexpected 250k reading last month. Average hourly earnings are expected to rise +0.3% mom which should be enough to keep the annual reading at +3.1% yoy while the unemployment rate is expected to hold steady at 3.7%. Our US economists are more or less in line with the consensus with a 200k forecast and also expect earnings to climb +0.3% mom, however that would be consistent with a small tick up in the annual rate to +3.17% and the fastest pace since April 2009. They also expect the current pace of job growth to push the unemployment rate down to 3.6% which would be the lowest since December 1969.
Going into that, yesterday’s ADP employment change report for November was a tad disappointing at 179k (vs. 195k expected) while more interestingly the recent tick up in initial jobless claims held with the print coming in at 231k. The four-week moving average is now 228k and the highest since April having gotten as low as 206k in September. So the climb, while not yet at concerning levels, is certainly notable and worth watching now on a week to week basis. As for the other interesting data points yesterday, the October trade deficit was confirmed as reaching a new cyclical wide. The ISM non-manufacturing print for November was a relative positive after coming in at 60.7, up 0.4pts from October and ahead of expectations for a decline to 59.0. Worth noting is that the three-month moving average of non-manufacturing ISM is now the highest on record which is a fairly reliable lead indicator for private nonfarm payrolls. US durable goods orders for October were revised slightly higher to -4.3% mom from -4.4%, though the core measures stayed at 0.0% mom. Factory orders declined -2.1% mom, though both were nevertheless higher year-on-year.
As for the day ahead, the aforementioned November employment in the US will no doubt be front and centre, however, prior to that, we’ve October industrial production prints in Germany and France, along with Q3 labour costs in the former, and the final Q3 GDP revisions for the Euro Area (no change from +0.2% qoq second reading expected). We’ll also get the monthly inflation reporting for November in the UK. Also due out in the US is October wholesale inventories and trade sales, the preliminary December University of Michigan survey and October consumer credit. November foreign reserves data in China is also expected out at some point. Away from that the OPEC/OPEC+ meeting moves into the final day while the ECB’s Coeure and Fed’s Brainard are scheduled to speak. Today is also the day that Germany’s ruling CDU party elects a new chair to succeed Merkel. Our FX strategists noted yesterday that according to polls, the result should be a close call between general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karranbauer (AKK) and Friedrich Merz. Broadly speaking, AKK stands for a continuation of the Merkel-era strategy of positioning the CDU at the centre of the political spectrum, whereas Merz stands for a sharpening of the party's traditional profile as a centre-right party. Last night our German economics team put out a piece explaining the event and suggesting that Merz would be good for the DAX and AKK good for the Euro.
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[NP]General Knowledge questions from today's IIFT exam

  1. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) or Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries, signed on 4 February 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. Which of the following countries is not a member of TPP? a. Mexico b. United States c. Vietnam d. Indonesia
  2. Match each Brand with the most appropriate Industry Type it represents:
Brands Industry Type (a) Facebook (i) Financial Services (b) Louis Vuitton (ii) Business Sevices (c) VISA (iii) Technology (d) UPS (iv) Luxury (e) Accenture (v) Transport
a. (a)-iii, (b)-v, (c)-i , (d)-iv, (e)-ii b. (a)-iii, (b)-v, (c)-ii , (d)-iv, (e)-i c. (a)-iii, (b)-iv, (c)-i , (d)-v, (e)-ii d. (a)-ii, (b)-iv, (c)-v , (d)-iii, (e)-i
  1. Which of the following best represents the baking soda. a. Potassium Carbonate b. Sodium Chloride c. Potassium hydroxide d. Sodium Bicarbonate
  2. Which of the following country was not there in the UEFA Euro 2016 (sports tournament) quarter-final? a. Iceland b. Poland c. England d. Italy
  3. Alvin Toffler (October, 1928 – June, 2016) was an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing modern technologies, including the digital revolution and the communication revolution, with emphasis on their effects on cultures worldwide. Toffler was an associate editor of Fortune magazine. Identify the book authored by Alvin Toffler from the following list a. Previews and Premises b. The fourth Protocol c. The End of Eternity d. The Time Machine
  4. Which of the following Indian States share border with multiple countries. a) Manipur b) Mizoram c) Tripura d) Bihar e) Sikkim f) West Bengal g) Assam a. (f), (e), (a) and (g) b. (b), (f), (g) and (e) c. (a), (f), (b) and (c) d. (f), (c), (e) and (a)
  5. General elections were held in Myanmar on 8th November 2015. This has been first openly-contested election held in the country since 1990. Which political party won the highest number of seats? a. National League for Democracy b. United Socialist Party c. Union Solidarity and Development Party d. National Peoples Party
  6. Sustainable Development Goals have replaced. a. Millennium Environment Goals b. Sustainable Environment Goals c. Millennium Development Goals d. Sustainable Triple Bottom line Goals
  7. Match the following Organizations with the location of its Headquarter.
Organization Headquarter (a) World bank (i) Brussels (b) North Atlantic Treaty Organization (ii) Washington (c) Amnesty International (iii) Frankfurt (d) Food and Agricultural Organization (iv) London (e) European Central Bank (v) Rome (f) Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (vi) Paris
a. (a)-ii, (b)-i,(c)-v, (d)-iv, (e)-iii, (f)-vi b. (a)-vi, (b)-iii,(c)-iv, (d)-v, (e)-i, (f)-ii c. (a)-i, (b)-iii,(c)-v, (d)-iv, (e)-vi, (f)-ii d. (a)-ii, (b)-i,(c)-iv, (d)-v, (e)-iii, (f)-vi
  1. What was the theme of the 2016 National Youth Festival of India? a) Youth For Better India b) Celebrating Diversity in Unity c) India Youth for Skill, Development and Harmony d) Youths for Drug free world
11 Which Indian player has created junior world record in “Javelin throw” In July 2016? a. Neeraj Chopra b. Annu Rani c. Rajesh Bind d. Devendra Jhajharia
12 which global credit information company is associated with Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited (CIBIL)? a. Moody b. Standard and Poor c. American Express d. TransUnion
Questions no. 13
  1. What is the currency of Bulgaria? a. Lev b. Lira c. Lek d. Loto
  2. Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd. Commissioned 2 units each of 14 Megawatt at the Salma Hydro Electric Project in 2016. Identify the country where this project is located. a. Nigeria b. Iran c. Turkmenistan d. Afghanistan
  3. “Satyameva Jayate” inscribed on one side of all Indian Currency, has been derived from which of the following ancient Indian scripture? a. Mundaka Upanishad b. Rigveda c. Ramayana d. None of these
  4. Which country inaugurated the first electric road in the world for hybrid heavy transport? a. Sweden b. Poland c. Iceland d. France
18 Panama canal expansion project is also referred to a. Dead Locks b. Third set of Locks c. New Horizon d. Cut across the Sea
  1. Which of the following has acquired Jabong in July 2016? a. Shopclues b. Snapdeal c. Amazon d. Myntra
  2. Match the movie personality on whose life it is based.
Movies Personalities (a) The Social Network (i) Aung San Suu Kyi (b) The Special Relationship (ii) Mark Zukerberg (c) The Lady (iii) Stephen Hawking (d) The Theory of Everything (iv) Tony Blair
a. a-iii, b-iv, c-i, d-ii b. a-ii, b-iv, c-i, d-iii c. a-ii, b-i, c-iv, d-iii d. a-iv, b-iii, c-i, d-ii
  1. The 2016 Joint military Exercise “Maitree” has been conducted between India and which of the following countries? a. Indonesia b. Maldives c. Malaysia d. Thailand
  2. What is director identification number (DIN)? a. An identification number which the individual company allots to the internal director b. A number which the Central Government allots to any individual intending to be appointed as director or to any existing director of an company. c. A number which the SEBI allots to any individual intending to be appointed director or to any existing director of a company. d. A number which the Central Government allots to retired directors so as to enter in data base.
  3. Which of the following is not an elected post in India? a. President b. Prime Minister c. Governor d. Chief Minister
  4. Bitcoin is? a. A type of new coin introduced by USA b. A type of Digital currency that uses cryptography c. A type of currency used by Paytm. d. A type of commemorative coins issued by Mints.
  5. Match the Bollywood actors with their debut Hindi film:
Actors Films a. Shahrukh Khan (i) Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya b. Sushmita Sen (ii) Dastak c. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (iii) Refugee d. Rani Mukherjee (iv) Deewana e. Kareena Kapoor (v) Raja ki aayegi Baraat
a. a-ii, b-iv, c-i, d-v, e-iii b. a-ii, b-iv, c-iii, d-v, e-i c. a-iv, b-v, c-iii, d-ii, e-i d. a-iv, b-ii, c-i, d-v, e-iii
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Announcing franceos, an EOS block producer candidate

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franceos is a group of French crypto-economic players who are candidates for block production on the decentralized EOS network.
Franceos team members are proud to be the first to represent France on the delegate list. All share the same vision of decentralized value exchange systems, through the following core principles.
EOS is the most ambitious project ever developed in the crypto-economic universe and we are convinced that EOS will become the platform of choice to deploy decentralized applications. EOS consensus system (delegated proof of stake) is the most elegant solution to maintain a scalable and solid network while remaining sufficiently decentralized. We therefore propose our application to become a block producer.

Our mission

The franceos team

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Nazim Morera - Chief Executive Officer Born from Digital Marketing serving major groups in the real estate and banking sector, Nazim Morera is involved in 2013 in the Bitcoin / blockchains ecosystem. Co-founder of BitConseil, expert in digital, marketing and distributed ledger protocols, Nazim Morera assists companies in their blockchain transformation and fundraising projects via blockchain assets.
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Adrien Bensaïbi - Chief Technical Officer Founder of ADAPP. Node operator since 2015 for various blockchains. Expert in scalability and web availability issues. He is interested in EOS in production. developer C++ , Rust and Linux. Active member of the Cercle du Coin, organizer of the BitcoinTalksLille meetup.
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Morgan Phuc Calmejane - IT Director Born from a university degree (mathematics and physics), he co-founded BitConseil.fr in 2014. Editor-in-chief of this analytical site and associate editor-in-chief of Journalducoin.com. He is also a trainer in distributed ledgers and crypto-economics at BitConseil's training centre.
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Lucas Ermisse - Chief Operating Officer A lawyer by training, and convinced by the emancipatory potential of Bitcoin and crypto-currencies, he launched Journalducoin.com alongside Romain Didierlaurent in June 2017. He has since taken on the role of editor-in-chief and leads a team of journalists on a daily basis to cover all crypto-active news.
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Robin Calmejane - Lead Developer Trained since 2005 in web development and webdesign, he discovered Bitcoin in 2014 and found a passion for blockchain systems, smart contracts and other decentralized applications (dapps). Co-founder of BitConseil, he firmly believes in the economic-political innovation of these protocols.
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Adrien Jund - Lead Developer R&D project manager and C/C++ developer in the field of RFID security. Active contributor in open source and maintainer of the Dokany project https://github.com/dokan-dev/dokany, reference like the FUSE for Windows. Crypto-enthusiast, he is involved about the technical and security aspects of the EOS project and its actual applications.
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Benoit Huguet - Chief Investment officer After meeting Bitcoin in Argentina in November 2012, he co-founded BitConseil on his return to France. Very involved in the French-speaking associative fabric, he became administrator of the French-speaking association the Cercle du Coin in 2015 and co-responsible for the historical Bitcoin meet-up in Toulouse. Author, he is also an investor and manages Bitconseil's training department.
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Romain Didierlaurent - Chief Marketing Officer Having discovered Bitcoin in 2015 after a long night of insomnia, he creates Journalducoin.com in June 2017 after having made an observation: the French-speaking environment is developed but it still lacks a media of reference. Very involved in sharing with the French-speaking crypto community, he presents the JTduCoin every week on YouTube.
Why vote for Franceos ?
The members of the franceos team, mainly from the Bitconseil.fr and Journalducoin teams, are established in a sustainable way in the French crypto-economic ecosystem. In addition to our daily involvement in the sector, through BitConseil since 2014 and the Journal du Coin since 2017, our existing structures allow us to reach French-speaking EOS users in particular. Communication will be regular and we will rely on the experience gained at Journalducoin.com to be seamlessly responsive to EOS announcements and developments. Beginners will benefit from constant support, an activity that has been close to Bitconseil.fr's heart since its inception and we will make many resources available to users to understand EOS or develop decentralized applications.

Node infrastructure : technical description

The servers are hosted by OVH and located near Paris, PCI-DSS accessibility level. They are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To start, our servers have the following specifications :

# Servers :

BP Server :
Backup Server :

# Location

# Networking :

# Availability strategy :

franceos scaling plan :

Phase 1 :

Phase 2 :

Phase 3 :

Franceos will have several areas of focus :

The franceos team will propose to developers interested in the project to join us, in order to create tools and interfaces with the EOS network, as well as decentralized applications.

Voting and dividends :

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Weekly Roundup

News roundup for the previous week.
In International news
  1. Xi backs building of #polar Silk Road: Since the world's efforts in developing Arctic shipping routes are at an initial stage, China and Russia are showing long-term vision in developing the Silk Road on the ice
  2. 40 Chinese tourists robbed by men with tear gas in Paris.
  3. China Disputes Trump's Claims of Fentanyl "Flood" into U.S.
  4. 3,317 fugitives abroad captured in China's "Fox Hunt": from over 120 countries and regions in the past five years. Inter-agency cooperation and the use of new technology boosted the efficiency in tracking those who have changed identities or gone through cosmetic surgery
  5. #Vancouver city council approves apology to Chinese community: The city will also push for a UNESCO heritage designation for Chinatown. Historical legislation, policies reflecting discrimination were compiled. "Many of those kinds of bylaws, I think Vancouverites and most Canadians don't know about"
  6. Japan, U.S. confirm intention to cooperate with China, Russia on North Korea problem
  7. Communist parties of Russia, China publish new book on #Lenin to mark centenary of October Revolution: "The Wind of October," a memoir with rare photographs. Gennady Zyuganov, first secretary of the CPRF, said the book includes a historical narrative on the main events of Russia's 1917 revolution
  8. Do math, the Shanghai way: The imported series is titled "Real Shanghai #Mathematics," which will be published by the end of this November. Those textbooks will land on UK classrooms starting from January of 2018
  9. What Message South Korea, China Are Sending the US Regarding North Korea
  10. China to launch 34th Antarctic expedition
  11. #Russia Rating Agency to Cooperate With Leading Chinese Research Firm: "This will be the world’s largest bilateral rating partnership in terms of coverage, market size, and the size of the agencies involved," ACRA CEO Ekaterina Trofimova said
  12. China helps Nepali farmers increase rice production
  13. Taiwan to Trump: Don't mention us to China
  14. Three UCLA men's basketball players -- including LiAngelo Ball -- arrested in China for shoplifting
  15. Proposed electricity super grid can bring real connectivity to Asian economies
  16. Trump shows Xi and Peng video clips of his granddaughter singing Chinese songs
  17. Russia's Role in Securing Asia's Prosperity by Vladimir Putin
  18. No such thing as containing China: US on quadrilateral alliance involving India
  19. Chinese, Japanese experts explore oceanic cooperation
  20. President Trump Meets the World’s Most Powerful Man in Beijing (lol)
  21. Trump lauds China for 'taking advantage' of 'unfair' trade deals
  22. China's Feng shoots 68 to win #LPGA Japan Classic: Feng Shanshan defended her Japan Classic crown and take her eighth LPGA title. It was Feng's second win of the season after the Volvik Championship in Michigan in May
  23. China media praises tone, outcome of Trump-Xi summit
  24. Unlike previous stops in Japan and South Korea -- where Trump boasted of US military strength, instructed the country's leaders how many weapons they were to buy, and received ebullient praise from them in return -- the China trip was much more a meeting of equals (lol CNN on Asian "allies")
  25. Students hurt in French car 'attack' near Toulouse
  26. Trump and Xi push their own world trade orders at Apec
  27. Xi calls Russia 'strategic partner of genuine mutual trust'
  28. The risk we take when we panic about China's rise: fastest supercomputer since 2010. Launched the world's first quantum satellite. Any general notion that China might be seeking to infiltrate our universities to steal technology is laughable and stems from either ignorance or cultural arrogance
  29. Melania Trump: First lady visits Great Wall of China
  30. China's #LatinAmerica ambitions highlight 'silver way' strategy: For the first time in living memory, a non-American power has the potential for a substantive footprint in Latin America
  31. Why China’s deals with #SaudiArabia could be the beginning of a profitable new relationship: excellent time for China to pursue opportunities in the Middle East. Cooperation with China seen in a very positive light. After so many years of chaos, many Middle Eastern allies are losing faith in the US
  32. #Alaska Signs Deal to Advance Pipeline with Help from China: agreement Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed with Sinopec. Estimates have put proven gas reserves on the North Slope overall at 35 trillion cubic feet. Alaska could provide a generation's worth of liquefied natural gas to China
  33. #CentralAsia could be entryway for Israel to join OBOR initiative: Israeli ambassador to Kazakhstan said “Israel is interested in getting involved in the ‘One Belt One Road’ Initiative.” BRI has close relations with Central Asian countries and can provide a unique opportunity for Israeli companies
  34. Abe, Xi hail 'fresh start' to Japan-China relations
In Domestic news
  1. China's #C919 jet completes third test flight: flying for 3 hours and 48 minutes, data from plane tracking website Flightradar 24 showed the aircraft flew at an altitude of about 10,000 feet (3,048 m) for most of the time it circled above Shanghai
  2. The Caucasian beggars hitting Hong Kong with a vengeance while police turn a blind eye
  3. ‘Magic island-maker’: China unveils Asia’s largest cutting-edge dredger amid territorial rows. 'Tiankun' can dredge up to 6,000 cubic meters (around two and half Olympic swimming pools) an hour from a depth of up to 35 meters
  4. Alipay wants to cut out lines at Hospitals
  5. Major Chinese vocational school offers #esports course: Lanxiang offers courses in electronic sports, riding the boom of video gaming in Asia
  6. How China and #Environmentalists Became Unlikely Bedfellows: China is moving to shape how to rein in greenhouse gases. “China has increased its leadership. That’s a matter of fact,” said Nicholas Stern, former World Bank chief economist who has advised U.K. and European govts on climate
  7. Xi and Trump look friendly, but anti-US feeling stirs in China
  8. China Reinvents Literature (Profitably) - Online serials have become a new art form -- and business model.
  9. China's sulfur dioxide emissions fell significantly while India's grew over last decade
  10. China Experiences Sharp Drop in Coal-Related Emissions, Study Says
  11. China is building 30 ‘sponge cities’ that aim to soak up floodwater and prevent disaster
In SciTech news
  1. China's #BeiDou navigation goes global as twin satellites launched: The self-developed system has been providing navigation services in the Asia-Pacific region since 2012, and is now going global
  2. Beijing -- Not Silicon Valley -- Is The World's Top Tech Hub, Report Says
  3. Chinese scientists create new type of magnetic #nanorobot: It can even distinguish between cancer cells and normal red blood cells, which opens new possibilities in designing remotely actuated nanorobots for biomedical operation at the nanoscale
  4. China Doubles Down on the Double Helix: From sleepless startups to huge sequencing centers, #genomics is booming in China. Chinese government plans to pour $9 billion a national precision medicine initiative. About 30% of the world’s sequencing machines were in China as of 2015
  5. China Just Created a Smart Suit That Tracks a Person’s #Health Status: sensors made of woven material, capable of detecting blood pressure, chemical balance and other health indicators. Possible by triboelectric nanogenerator, which harvests mechanical energy and transforms it into electric signals
  6. Better rubidium clocks increase BeiDou satellite accuracy
  7. Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent will help China narrow AI gap with US
  8. NC deputies use drone (DJI Phantom 4 customized) to find missing elderly woman in cornfield
  9. #Cancer cells destroyed with dense metal found in asteroids: according to new research University of Warwick and Sun Yat-Sen University. Iridium can be used to kill cancer cells by filling them with deadly version of oxygen, without harming healthy tissue
  10. China scours the globe for talent to transform into world leader in #artificialintelligence and big data: already the world’s largest market for automatons, e-commerce and smartphones, is also the job market for artificial intelligence, big data analytics and robotics
  11. Make Magazine founder apologizes after accusing Chinese maker Naomi Wu of being ‘not a real person’
  12. Researchers Uncover Genetic Basis of Natural Variation in Aging Rate; Dr. CAI Shiqing’s lab at the Institute of Neuroscience of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has uncovered a genetic basis for natural variation in aging rates. The study was published in Nature.
  13. 6 Reasons Why China Will Lead In #AI: Brains, Data, Useful Innovation, Competitive Experience, Government support, Venturesome spirit. Chinese contributions to best 100 AI journals rose as a % of total from 23.2% in 2006 to 42.8% in 2015. Chinese gov. is pro-tech, pro-experimentation, and pro-speed
  14. Hypocrisy Exposed: The FBI Blindly Hacked Computers In Russia, China And Iran | Zero Hedge
In Economic news
  1. Are the Chinese falling out of love with McDonald’s? Once an exotic taste of foreign climes and symbol of rapid modernisation, the American fast-food giant is no longer flavour of the month
  2. Huawei, Xiaomi lead growth among Chinese smartphone brands
  3. Boeing committed to forging closer partnership with China for common development
  4. Chinese consumers to trace food through Blockchain
  5. Shenzhen is China’s most innovative city, says HSBC
  6. Chinese entrepreneurs bring jobs to US heartland
  7. 35 Chinese Cities With Economies as Big as Countries
  8. China and the United States have created a “miracle” as companies from the world’s two largest economies signed deals worth some $253.4 billion over the past two days
  9. China’s central bank is developing its own #digitalcurrency, even as it bans bitcoin and private cryptos. Digital legal tender can help bring down transaction costs, extend financial services to rural areas and increase the efficiency of monetary policies, Yao Qian, who leads the research at PBOC
  10. Goldman Sachs CEO: China's economy will surpass the US, and by one measure it already has
  11. Here’s what people don’t say about the US trade deficit with China
  12. How China Is Opening Up to Foreign Finance Firms - Bloomberg
  13. Alibaba Singles' Day Sales Hit $8.6 Billion in First Hour
  14. China Aircraft Exports Cleared for Takeoff Under #FAA Deal: the Federal Aviation Administration has signed an airworthiness certification deal that effectively opens the door to Chinese sales of airplanes to the U.S. and other countries
  15. China and #Russia: Digging the US Dollar’s Grave. "The world financial system needs more balance," said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He revealed that the two countries will issue a joint payment system in the future
  16. Chinese consumers spend billions in 'Singles Day' shopping binge
  17. 'Singles Day' China shopping festival smashes record with $25 billion haul
  18. China’s Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global #Trade Order: “If Made in China 2025 achieves its goals, the U.S. and other countries would likely become just commodity exporters to China — selling oil, gas, beef and soybeans.” - Waterman, president of the China Center at US Chamber of Commerce
In Military news
  1. Can China Beat the #U.S. Without a Fight? U.S. military officials warn that China's goal is to become dominant by slowly making changes to the international order. "China is on a path to win without a fight," "We are ready" for NK. But the peer-level fight with China "is the real challenge."
  2. Beijing Quietly Building Naval Ports, Aircraft Bases in Disputed South China Sea: according to recent satellite images. New Chinese facilities discovered in Paracel such as Tree Island. In Spratly, China has been building runways, leading to accusations they intend to turn the islands into airbases
  3. China testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles
  4. The Sneaky Way China Could Win a Naval War Against America
  5. America Is No Match for China's New Space Drones
  6. China Reveals Images of New Hypersonic Strike Aircraft
  7. China's aircraft carriers to get new propulsion system: could equip conventionally powered warship with the world's most advanced jet launch system along with newer weapons. PLA's Naval branch has run "hundreds of tests" using the EMALS with China's J-15 fighter jets Yin Zhuo told CCTV
  8. Air Force general says China is advancing in space five times as quickly as the US
  9. Chinese naval escort ship arrives at #Djibouti for replenishment
  10. China's New Surveillance Technology May Expose U.S. Warships: To build the first-rate surveillance system, Rainbow UAV is described as an “excellent choice.” New UAVs will work with new satellites, long-range aircraft, undersea sensors, as well as Skywave radars that can see out thousands of miles
Other Notables
  1. Chinese #Heroine Mu Guiying: distinguished figure in the Generals of the Yang Family legends. With her command of the imperial army, Mu eased the rivalry between Song and its neighboring Liao, calmed rebellion in the southern area with her husband and acknowledged the allegiance to the Western Xia
  2. Tianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute
  3. Chinese Audiences Move Away From Hollywood Pictures. Mainland moviegoers are starting to embrace foreign films from countries other than the U.S.
  4. Setback Education: The Parenting Fad Harming China’s Kids
  5. Hunt for Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He’s lost treasure ship heats up. Study off coast of Sri Lanka, where massive vessel that was part of Chinese adventurer’s fleet sank 600 years ago, has delivered ‘positive results’
  6. The Pearl River: Mouth to Source (Episode 1: Zhuhai)
  7. Twin sisters Sun Yumeng and Sun Yutong buzzing again on social media for landing jobs at CCTV
  8. Xinhua Backgrounder: Deadly U.S. mass shootings in recent years (very informative, hope enlightening info is distributed domestically)
  9. Globaltimes: Mass shootings worsen US human rights. If the mass shootings in the US cannot be addressed in the long term, and the government takes no effective action, the UN Human Rights Council needs to denounce Washington's inaction at some point, exerting external pressure on the country. (LOL)
  10. China's Early Building Conservationist Whose Words Went Unheeded
  11. The rise and rise of China
  12. America’s decline is China’s opportunity
  13. Baby Pandas Playing in Snow at Chinese Kindergarten School
  14. 100 couples have their weddings in the hot balloons in 2017 World Fly-in Expo of the World Air Sports Federation in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Monday. It sets up a new Guiness world record for the number of the participated couples exchanging vows in the air.
  15. Transforming Pingyao's historic courtyard homes
  16. Jack Ma: I understand America more than some of the American themselves
  17. Richard Blumenthal concerned Trump may be colluding with China
  18. Nike China Tells Zhou Qi: Don't Come Back
  19. [Traditional Instrument Music]
  20. American girl becomes cultural 'chief' for a week at Guizhou resort: 23-year-old Jong May, a Chinese born American, was selected as a cultural ambassador at the Wanda tourist resort in Danzhai county, in Guizhou
  21. Western fascination with Hutongs is colonial poverty porn
  22. Taiwanese Guy Goes To Russia for Vacation Tour through Mainland, uses PRC's "Single-use passport" (Russia doesn't recognize ROC passport), posts about it on FB, ROC government cancels all his ROC ID's (LMAO over this draconian sh*t)
  23. The Dalai Lama Says Donald Trump's MAGA Catchphrase 'Isn't Relevant' (lol)
  24. Tillerson’s Trip & the new Great Game (FB Ali)
  25. China Spreads Propaganda to U.S. on Facebook, a Platform it Bans at Home
  26. Trump is the first foreign leader to dine in the Forbidden City since the founding of the PRC
  27. CHINESE STAMPS - (CHINESE ANTHEM)
  28. Comedy film "Never Say Die" wins box office success after "Wolf Warriors II": brought in an impressive $326m worldwide to date. #1 Highest Grossing Comedy in a Single Market. Also earned its entry into "Top Ten All Time International Box Office for Comedy Movies."
  29. What Happens If China Makes First Contact? As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.
  30. 首度與台媒見面 劉結一:"鬥爭"台獨勢力 20171108
  31. China at War – The Story of Teng Chan
  32. Chinese President Xi holds welcome ceremony for Trump
  33. Kung Fu Superstar Jet Li: How I’ll Bring Tai Chi to the Olympics
  34. Chinese investment gives wheelpower to small U.S. town 中企在海外:小镇故事
  35. Politics, China, and Taiwan’s Youth Identity
  36. China’s Cultural Revivalists: More Than Just Quirky Throwbacks. For many fugu aficionados, traditional culture is something that merges with modern life instead of resisting it. Since 2014, the government has released a slew of edicts designed to build up social support behind traditional culture
  37. TIL: China poured more cement between 2011 and 2013 than the US used in the entire 20th century
  38. China eases foreign limits in finance as Trump leaves
  39. CCTV Headquarters
  40. The plight and hope of Chinese animation
  41. 2,000-year-old luxury #baths discovered in NE China: "The shape, structure and size of the baths were very similar to the baths in the imperial palace of Xianyang, capital during the Qin Dynasty," Liu said. "These baths could be the earliest baths discovered in China."
  42. GAI - 爱如潮水 (蒙面唱將猜猜猜第二季)
  43. 骄傲的少年
  44. Trump Asia tour: The president is winning. Too bad it's Chinese President Xi Jinping. America is smashing its geopolitical might on the anvil of its own foolishness. China and Russia are gleefully picking up the pieces (lol)
  45. Ji Shaoting founded Future Affairs Administration as a loose group of #scifi aficionados in 2013. To become the idea generator for Chinese science fiction is the goal for Ji and her company. They have organized tours for writers to watch rocket launches, visit laboratories, and talk with scientists
  46. Is China the next global leader? - Inside Story
  47. 《武动乾坤》 "Martial Universe" drama trailer
  48. PLA Air Force promotional video gone viral in China
  49. South Korea shifts towards China
  50. UK remembers Chinese Labor Corps first time in history
  51. Soros, NED, USAID Ruining Myanmar's Stability to Hinder China's Rise
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morning prepper

Shares across Europe and U.S. futures are drifting lower on the final day of November, as markets watch ongoing trade developments between the world's two largest economies. President Trump and China's Xi Jinping are expected to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina and the two leaders will have a dinner meeting with staff on Saturday evening. The presence of three top crude producers - Saudi Arabia, Russia and the U.S. - have also raised expectations that oil policy will be discussed in Buenos Aires.
Economy
The leaders of Mexico, Canada and the United States are due to sign a renewed North American trade pact this morning, although brinkmanship over its final details continued through yesterday evening. Officially known as USMCA, the ceremony will be held on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Legislators from the three countries still have to approve the pact, before it goes into effect.
Germany's Angela Merkel is finally on her way to Argentina, but will likely miss the first day of the summit, after her plane was forced to land in Cologne because of a technical defect. Meanwhile, German retail sales edged lower for a fourth straight month in October, dipping 0.3%, in a sign of weak consumer spending in the eurozone's largest economy.
Growth in China's manufacturing sector stalled for the first time in over two years in November, heaping pressure on Beijing ahead of high-stakes trade talks between Xi Jinping and President Trump. The official Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 50, indicating no growth in activity or contraction on a monthly basis. The survey also showed further weakness in new orders from at home and abroad.
House GOP leaders decided last night to suspend today's vote on their year-end tax bill, leaving few legislative days left to get approval before the House majority is relinquished to the Democrats. Republicans packed the catch-all legislation with provisions that for the most part enjoy broad support, but disagreements remain over revenue-raising offsets and technical corrections to last year's tax law.
The SEC will vote next week on asking companies and investors for feedback on the "nature and content of quarterly reports and earnings releases," following President Trump's request to take up the issue. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton doesn't expect quarterly reporting to change for most firms, particularly large ones, but he has expressed openness to possible changes for firms with revenue under $1B.
Pakistan's rupee tumbled as much as 5% overnight in what traders suspect was a currency devaluation amid bailout talks with the IMF. A delegation from the fund visited Islamabad earlier this month but left without an agreement on a new loan expected to be worth at least $7B. The two sides are expected to meet by mid-January for further discussions.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Vladimir Putin of wanting to annex his entire country and called for NATO to deploy warships to the Sea of Azov, which is shared by the two nations. Poroshenko has also barred Russian men between 16 and 60 from traveling to his country, in order to prevent the Russians from forming "private armies" fighting on Ukrainian soil.
Stocks
Marriott -5.6% premarket after revealing that its Starwood guest reservation database was breached, potentially exposing information on about 500M guests. Among the Marriott (NYSE:MAR) data taken included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, date of birth and gender. For some, the information also includes payment card numbers and payment card expiration dates.
Reassuring investors it can capitalize on its big acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T (NYSE:T) said it plans to offer three tiers of a new streaming video service next year that will feature original movies and TV series' from Warner Bros., Turner and HBO. AT&T also committed to cutting up to $20B in debt next year and expects 2019 adjusted earnings per share to grow in the low single digits.
SoftBank has set an indicative price of ¥1,500 per share for the IPO of its mobile phone business, which would see the unit raise $23B in one of the world's biggest-ever listings. The IPO is aimed at providing SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY) with funds to pay down debt and place big bets via its Vision Fund on innovations that CEO Masayoshi Son predicts will drive future trends in technology.
Samsung Electronics is canceling 4.88T won, or $4.4B, worth of corporate stock, benefiting investors by increasing the value of respective shares that remain on the market. Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) last year rejected pressure from U.S. activist fund Elliott Management for a major overhaul of its complicated structure, but accepted part of its proposals by revealing plans to cancel its existing treasury shares by 2018.
A police raid of Deutsche Bank is continuing today over money laundering allegations linked to the "Panama Papers." There is a large volume of material, according to a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office. Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) shares slipped 2.3% further in premarket trading, following a near 5% tumble on Thursday after the probe began.
The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo is now the second biggest in history, with 426 confirmed and probable cases, resulting in 245 deaths since Aug. 1. Earlier this week, the WHO launched the first-ever clinical trial for potential Ebola treatments in the country. It includes Gilead's (NASDAQ:GILD) antiviral Remdesivir and three monoclonal antibody preparations: ZMapp, mAb 114 and Regeneron's (NASDAQ:REGN) 3470-3471-3479.
In an unusual move, Federal Judge Richard Leon raised the prospect of not approving CVS Health's (NYSE:CVS) deal to buy Aetna (NYSE:AET), which closed earlier this week. He objected to what he said was the government's and companies' treatment of him as a "rubber stamp," raising the prospect of not deciding on the deal until the summer, or perhaps rejecting it, before setting another hearing for Monday.
California Public Utilities Commission chief Michael Picker has indicated plans to examine PG&E's (NYSE:PCG) corporate structure and governance with an eye toward determining whether a breakup is needed. It's already investigating the utility over the cause of the California Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise. The search for human remains officially ended Thursday with at least 88 people confirmed dead and nearly 200 still listed as missing.
NASA has named nine U.S. companies, including Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), that will compete for $2.6B in contracts under the space agency's renewed long-term moon program. "Right now we're building a space station, we call it 'Gateway,' that's going to be in orbit around the moon. From there we want reusable landers that go back and forth to the surface," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "We think we can achieve this in about 10 years... then go on to Mars."
Lockheed Martin has also won a $6.9M award from the U.S. Army to research and develop military exoskeletons, called ONYX (LMT). The technology is part of a push to equip a new generation of "super-soldiers," and can help fighters bogged down by heavy gear like body armor, night-vision goggles and advanced radios. Altogether, that can weigh anywhere from 90 to 140 pounds, when the recommended limit is just 50 pounds.
Boeing is considering plans to launch a software upgrade for its 737 MAX in six to eight weeks that would help address a scenario faced by the Lion Air crew during last month's deadly crash in Indonesia, Reuters reports. While cockpit procedures are already in place to tackle such problems, the new Boeing (NYSE:BA) update would disable an anti-stall system if the crew counteracted it by trimming or adjusting settings in the opposite direction.
Padmasree Warrior, the U.S. head of NIO (NYSE:NIO) - an electric carmaker seen as one of the main Chinese rivals to Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) - is leaving the company, marking the first major management departure since its September IPO. China is the world’s largest and fast-growing market for new-energy vehicles, with sales in the first 10 months of 2018 totaling 860K vehicles, up 75.6% Y/Y.
Top executives from German carmakers Volkswagen (OTCPK:VWAGY), BMW (OTCPK:BMWYY) and Daimler (OTCPK:DMLRY) are finalizing plans for a White House meeting on trade policy next week, which will likely take place on Tuesday. President Trump has been harshly critical on what he sees as an unfair trade imbalance on autos, and has threatened for months to impose tariffs on vehicles assembled in the EU.
A Tokyo court has approved a request from prosecutors to extend the detention of former Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) and Mitsubishi (OTC:MMTOY) Chairman Carlos Ghosn through Dec. 10. Ghosn, who is also Chairman and CEO of Renault (OTCPK:RNLSY), has been held since Nov. 19. The charismatic boss is accused of reporting only about ¥5B ($44M) of nearly ¥10B in remuneration over the five years to March 2015.
Thursday's Key Earnings Dell Technologies (NYSE:DVMT) +1.9% AH on broad growth. Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR) +6.2% seeing minimal tariff impacts. GameStop (NYSE:GME) -12.2% AH slashing its profit outlook. HP (NYSE:HPQ) +1.3% AH driven by its personal systems unit. TD Bank (NYSE:TD) -0.4% with gains in real-estate lending. VMware (NYSE:VMW) +9.1% AH as cloud sales jumped. Workday (NYSE:WDAY) +9.5% AH raising guidance. Today's Markets In Asia, Japan +0.4%. Hong Kong +0.2%. China +0.8%. India +0.1%. In Europe, at midday, London -0.7%. Paris -0.4%. Frankfurt -0.6%. Futures at 6:20, Dow -0.5%. S&P -0.5%. Nasdaq -0.5%. Crude -1.7% to $50.60. Gold -0.2% to $1227.50. Bitcoin -8.8% to $3975. Ten-year Treasury Yield -2 bps to 3.01%
Today's Economic Calendar 9:00 Fed's Williams: "The Global Economy: Addressing a Future Downturn" 9:45 Chicago PMI 1:00 PM Baker-Hughes Rig Count
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Why is bitcoin not just a speculative bubble?

I’ve been researching bitcoin for a while and is trying to understand all the hype around it. Some people seems to think that it’s the future currency of the world and that it will replace all fiat currencies but I can’t understand how this is even possible. As I understand it, a new block is created every 10 minutes and the size of the block is limited to 1 Mb which allows for less than 7 transactions per minute. This limit is already a problem now as there seems to be an increase in transaction time and costs as a result of an increase in the number of transactions. I don’t know much about the proposed forks, but what I understand is that their solution is to simply increase the block size limit. It’s probably a solution for a short time but in the long term it won’t solve anything. In order for bitcoin to just handle as many transactions as Visa is capable of, which is on average 150 million transactions per day and a peak capability of more than 24 000 per second, one block would need to be 6.8 GB in size. That’s 357 408 GB of blocks per year added to the blockchain. If all transactions were to be done with bitcoin it would be even more. How would any miner be able to process this much data? Are there any solutions to this?
If there aren’t, then what’s the benefit with using bitcoin over anything else as it doesn’t even seem to meet the definitions of a currency? It basically isn’t faster or cheaper than anything else, and it’s based on absolutely nothing and has no inherent value. To me it seems to only be used as a speculative asset bought by people who hope it will become more valuable in the future. This based on that 70% of all the bitcoin in wallets aren’t being used. There is a correlation with speculation and bubbles so to me it seems to be very likely that it will collapse.
There is probably a reason to use bitcoin in some cases. For example if you are a criminal or a terrorist as it seems to be growing in popularity with them. For example, the Paris attack in November 2015 appears to have been funded with the use of bitcoins. But for a normal person, what’s really the benefit of using bitcoins over anything else? Why is it not just a speculative bubble?
I’m open to changing my mind! Please educate me on why I’m wrong!
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Meetup Power Rankings & Growth Stats (Updated Nov 19th)

Meetup Growth Summary November 2015
Power Ranking for Oct 20th – Nov 19th 2015
I try to add something new to the document every month. This month I reviewed some of the meetups meeting frequencies and discovered the meetups that aren’t growing actually aren’t active. So if a meetup group hasn't been active for more than 6 months they have been removed from this month’s stats. 4 meetups met this fate. The good news is there are 8 new groups on the list for a total of 41 groups!
Here is the link to the spreadsheet on Google docs: (the filtered tab is probably the easiest to view, set the date at the top and sort by growth % Z→A for best view) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FBCAMXzmfNE9bWneQK-Bah5eBS2iq507hVoX-QVN238/edit?usp=sharing
This month one of the new additions to the list, the Bangalore India Bitcoin Meetup, took top stop with an impressive 118 new members and 13.77% growth. This is the second highest number of new members in a 1 month period, the record is shared at 119 between BitcoinNYC in February and San Francisco Bitcoin Meetup in July. 13.77% is also third in terms of percentage growth in a month behind Paris Bitcoin Meetup 15.94% in July, and Seoul Bitcoin Meetup 14.83% in February. This month European meetups did especially well Paris Bitcoin Meetup taking second 8.85% growth and 93 new members and Bitcoin Wednesday Amsterdam in third 7.53% and 83 new members. Those two meetups actually switch positions from last month. 4th place is also worth mentioning Bitcoin Munich was 6.99% growth and 23 new members.
A lot of meetups coming up to big membership milestones next month I think.
As always there were some big moves up the rankings and big moves down. Because of all the new groups coming in around the middle spots not many meetups jumped up the ranks. On the winning side Israel Bitcoin Meetup bounced back from 23rd spot up to 11th, and Bitcoin San Fran making a small move from 25th to 20th.
The losers this month are also distorted by all the new groups entering the rankings so I can’t really say too many bad things about them, however I have to say that Barcelona Bitcoin meetup fell from number 1 spot last month all the way to 25th spot this month. The held zero, 0, events in the last month and I think this is a major factor in growth. Holding no events slows growth considerably. Losers get off easy this month.
If you would like your meetup added to the list just ask. Good luck to all you meetup organizers this month. If you have any big events coming up post them below. I also post this to the new Bitcoin forum on Bitcoin.com
Based on growth percentage this month, here are the Power Rankings top 10 meetups
Rank (last month's rank)
1 (n/a) Bangalore India Bitcoin Meetup
2 (3) Paris Bitcoin Meetup
3 (2) Bitcoin Wednesday Amsterdam
4 (4) Bitcoin Munich
5 (6) Bitcoin Start-ups Berlin
6 (8) Bitcoin London
7 (4) Bitcoin Dubai (Digital Currencies
8 (10) Bitcoin Center 40 Broad Street NY
9 (n/a) Bangkok Satoshi Square (Bitcoin)
10 (12) Seoul Bitcoin Meetup
Please comment below if you are a member of any of these meetups
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