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"Total Stoppage": Barcelona Paralyzed By General Strike, Barricades As Protesters Take To The Streets

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Posted by ZeroHedge

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 06:55

barca protest 0The Catalan rebellion escalated on Tuesday, resulting in a day of "total stoppage" for the Catalan capital, in which Barcelona metro stations were closed, pickets blocked main roads and civil servants walked out on Tuesday in response to a strike called by pro-independence groups as separatist activists took to the streets of Barcelona to press home their demands for independence after winning an referendum on Sunday which despite a violent crackdown by the Spanish government, saw nearly 90% of the vote cast for splitting away from Madrid. 

According to Bloomberg, public transport and shops were closed as demonstrators gathered in the center of the Catalan capital to protest the police violence that marked Sunday’s vote and reinforce their demands for a split with Spain. Photographs showed traffic backed up behind protesters on one of the main highways connecting Catalonia with the rest of Spain. Roads are blocked in 48 places in the region, the Spanish traffic agency said.

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...related: Spanish debt will spin out of control if Catalonia declares independence

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Jim Rogers: Biggest Crisis In a Lifetime Less Than a Year Away

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Posted by Financial Express

on Monday, 02 October 2017 08:45

JimmarcAfter Jim Rogers, who co-founded the Quantum Fund alongside George Soros, predicted that the “biggest crisis in his lifetime” is less than a year away; Marc Faber says that the US stock markets could correct by as much as 30-40%.

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Gold: Candlesticks Boss Is Negative

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Posted by Morris Hubbartt - Super Force Signals

on Friday, 29 September 2017 07:51

Here are today's videos and charts (double click to enlarge):
 

SFS Key Charts & Video Update

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3D Printing is Finally Changing the Manufacturing Landscape

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Posted by Visual Capitalist

on Thursday, 28 September 2017 05:30

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The right software can change industries quickly. 

For fast-moving companies like Airbnb, Stripe, Uber, Facebook, or Slack, the piping – such as the internet and smartphones – is already well-established, allowing these startups to scale at unprecedented speeds.

For 3D printing and other such “hard” technologies? Things end up being a lot more complicated.

A LONG TIME COMING

The rise of 3D printing reached peak hype years ago – and as far back as 2014, we were illustrating how 3D printing could ultimately shape the future of business. However, since those days, the technology has arguably fallen into the dreaded “trough of disillusionment” category on the famous Gartner Hype Cycle.

The harsh reality is that it’s just really hard to move things like 3D printing forward at the same type of speed as software. For the technology to scale at a commercial level, products would need to be flawless and intuitive from the get-go (they weren’t), and all engineering, technological, and design problems would need to be solved at lightning-quick speeds. Instead, it takes huge amounts of research, investment, patience, and iterations to get to the next level.

Today’s infographic comes to us from Raconteur, and it highlights a most recent snapshot of the 3D printing industry. Importantly, it shows that the technology is still chugging along in a way that is changing how things are made – just at a less hype-worthy pace.

BUILDING FROM GROUND UP

3D printing has now permeated practically every industry in at least some capacity, being used in a wide range of sectors from consumer goods to pharmaceuticals. 

According to a report by EY, the potential for additive manufacturing is highest in the automotive and aerospace industries. For example, it’s expected that about half (49%) of automotive companies will use 3D printing to directly manufacture car parts in order to achieve operational efficiencies. These companies believe that 3D printing will help them address challenges such as demand for increased customization, continued improvement, and lightweight components.

As a result of increased demand and more familiarity with the technology, Gartner said shipments of 3D printers increased 108% between 2015 and 2016, resulting in 456,000 units shipped globally. More importantly, by 2020 this number will be at 6.7 million units, which would represent phenomenal growth for the technology.

As of today, most companies are still using 3D printers for accelerating product development, such as prototyping (34% of applications) and for proof of concept (23%). However, as 3D printing gets more use in additional areas – such as mass customization and collaboration on products – it’s possible the ship will really begin to sail, even if it was slightly delayed in getting out of the gate.



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Martin Armstrong: Get Ready For a Stock Market Bubble

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Posted by Money Talks Editor

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 13:01

Armstrong-Painting-1024x851Michael Campbell interviews Martin on this Saturday's Money Talks.

Martin Armstrong is a controversial market analyst who correctly predicted the 1987 crash, the top of the Japanese market, and many other market events … more or less to the day. 

Three years ago, Armstrong was laughed at when he predicted the Dow would exceed 25,000. Since that prediction the Dow has gone steadily up closing at 22340 Wed Sept. 27th. The push behind US stocks is the steady decline of Europe, which is driving huge amounts of capital flooding into the U.S, creating a giant U.S. stock market bubble. The rush of cash into the US has little place to go but equities. The bubble would be indicated when we exceed the 23,000 level on the Dow. 

Armstrong has also predicted that the government bond market has peaked.  Armstrong said it’s better to move out of government debt and into private debt. Specifically, when governments default, you get nothing.  But when private companies default, there are still some tangible assets to be divvied up. He suggested buying AA or AAA blue chip corporate debt

Martin does not see a 1929 type crash. That is when the private sector melts down. This time it will be government that melts down. That is why most analysts have been wrong. They keep preaching the same scenario, gold up, stocks, down, dollar to zero.

They do not understand that sometimes governments go bust and when that happens, you get strange results that do not mirror 1929.

In terms of Brexit and the EU, Armstrong said:
 
While all the hype how Britain will fail because it has left the EU, there is absolutely no evidence that such a result will unfold.  The EU is in a major crisis and the system cannot possibly work … the only way Britain will not be dragged down with Europe was to exit the EU. Their own data shows that GDP growth annually peaked in 1973 PRIOR to joining the EU. So much for this idea that [trade blocks] are everything.
 
On the push for eliminating cash, Armstrong said:
 
Their theory is that cash is what’s preventing them from completely controlling the economy. The propaganda is “cash is for criminals”.

They have this view that if they can eliminate cash, they can get whatever they want in taxes out of you. You have no way of doing a bank run … there’s no money.
 
In terms of negative interest rates in Europe, Armstrong said that  European banks just sent cash to their American affiliates, who then parked excess reserves at Fed. So European banks weren’t subject to negative rates. Instead, they got paid by Fed to park their money.  

And Armstrong says that the economic system is broken because politicians are motivated to ignore the real world so they can continue manipulating things for their own benefit:

The bottom-line crisis that we face is a crisis in philosophy. There is no interest in studying HOW the economy actually functions. Where’s the fun in that?

Economists line up with their hands out looking for money and spin wonderful stories about how government can manipulate the world to its benefit.  Whatever the governments pays them to suggest!

Government has no interest in Laizzez-faire economics for that maintains that the economy is far too complex for government to interfere. Governments embrace Marx and Keynes because they gave politicians the idea that they can manipulate the world for their political gain.



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