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WannaCry and the War Cycles

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Posted by The Edelson Institute

on Monday, 31 July 2017 08:19

Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 7.40.22 AMHere at the Edelson Institute, we follow the war cycles very closely: Larry’s research shows that the cycles of war and conflict continue to ramp up. And that this escalation will not peak until the year 2020.

A huge part of the war cycles is cyber-warfare. And we are witnessing just the beginning.

Case-in-point: The lingering ransomware attack that began in Europe last Friday and continues hitting new targets in Japan and China this week.

The WannaCry software has locked thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. This ransomware attack, which hit 370,000 computers, stands far and away as the most severe malware attack so far in 2017.

The spread of this troubling ransomware is far from over. There are reports that link this attack to North Korea. If confirmed, it will add to the growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

This is on top of other massive cyber-wars between countries, of which the Russian hacking of the U.S. elections is just the most recent in a firestorm of examples. We also see cyber-espionage by governments against each other and against their own people.

A disruptive cyber-attack on critical infrastructure in the United States (e.g., telecommunications, electrical power grids, gas and oil reserves, water supplies, financial institutions, and transportation and emergency services) would be extremely harmful … and costly.

In fact, Cybersecurity Ventures – which tracks and analyzes trends in cyber-misconduct – predicts the annual global costs of cyber-crime will balloon from $3 trillion in 2015 to $6 trillion by 2021.



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Our Doom Index Is Heating Up…

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Posted by Bill Bonner - Diary of a Rogue Economiste Economist

on Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:09

bill-bonnerPOITOU, FRANCE – The Dow rose another 100 points yesterday. Can anything stop this bull market?

At least we know the answer to that question: Yes.

When?

Longtime Diary sufferers know better than to trust our market timing advice. So rather than rely on our instincts, the Bonner & Partners research department has developed a Doom Index to guide us.

What is it saying now?

Mixed Bag

For an update, we turn to our ace analyst in the back room, Joe Withrow.



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Three Black Swans

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Posted by John Mauldin - Mauldin Economicscs

on Monday, 24 July 2017 08:38

Yellen Overshoots
ECB Runs Out of Bullets
Chinese Debt Meltdown
Too Many Planes; Grand Lake Stream, Maine; Colorado; and Portugal

“The world in which we live has an increasing number of feedback loops, causing events to be the cause of more events (say, people buy a book because other people bought it), thus generating snowballs and arbitrary and unpredictable planet-wide winner-take-all effects.”

– Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan

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John Embry – The Situation Is Now Rapidly Deteriorating In The West

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Posted by King World News

on Friday, 07 July 2017 09:10

KWN-John-Embry-V-2242015-864x400 cThings Are Rapidly Deteriorating

John Embry:  “Eric, I think investors should be getting very concerned at this point as the market manipulation has been almost fanatical recently, suggesting that things behind the curtain are deteriorating at a rapid rate…

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...also from King World News:

The War In The Silver Market Rages, Plus A Look At Gold



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Prepare For Asset Price Declines Of 50-75%

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Posted by Steve St. Angelo - SRSrocco Report

on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 05:13

2537-Bear Market Trading IdeasWhat we have is a totally propped-up market based upon debt. Energy isn’t producing positive growth, really. So instead of having real economic growth, we have inflated economic growth and inflated asset values.

When growth starts to decline, I think we’re going to see the valuations of assets decline considerably. It’s anyone’s guess how quickly they can fall, but according to what I have been looking at, I think we are going to see a 50% decrease in real estate values right off the bat. I am not saying this will happen in a day, but the first wave will be a 30-50% decrease in real estate values when the markets really start to crack. They are already at the edge of the cliff — and I see prices falling down the cliff, struggling to recover, and then falling even further. Actually, I predict within the next 5-10 years, we can easily see a 75% or more reduction in real estate values.

This was part of my interview with Chris Martenson at Peak Prosperity.  During the interview Chris and I discussed how the disintegrating energy industry would negatively impact the value of most assets…. Stocks, Bonds and Real Estate, while the precious metals would ultimately be the higher quality safe haven and store of value.

Out of all the analysts in the alternative media, I find that Chris Martenson’s work at Peak Prosperity gets closer to the root of the problem as it pertains to the future of our financial system and economic markets.  This is due to the fact that Chris focuses on energy and the Falling EROI – Energy Returned On Investment.

Unfortunately, most precious metals and resource analysts overlook energy.  Thus, their analysis is likely flawed because they view the future as a continuation of “business as usual”, once the debts and leverage are taken out of the system.  This is an incorrect assumption, because the debt and leverage actually have allowed our financial system and markets to continue to function well beyond its expiration date.  Getting rid of the debt and leverage would cause a collapse of the system… one that we will be unable to grow back out of.

Lastly, I believe it is important to continue focusing on the information and data as it changes.  This will provide the investor-public with a guideline as to the timing of the upcoming disintegration of our highly leveraged debt based financial market.

You can also access my interview with Chris here: Steve St. Angelo: Prepare For Asset Price Declines Of 50-75%

Also, if you have not watched Chris Martenson’s CRASH COARSE, I would highly recommend it.



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