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1.8.2017 - Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Will it Stop?
On Friday we got the release of the so called “proof” that the Russians influenced our election and pushed it for Trump. The main Stream media has been regurgitating this puke for weeks on end. This is the summary of the “official” statement:

We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump

So, where was it? Where was the smoking gun, the absolutely, concrete infallible proof that this was the Russians? Where is the E-mail or phone records showing Putting ordered this?  Well there is none. Because it’s all speculation.  There’s about 20 or so statements that read like this:

Moscow’s influence campaign followed a Russian messaging strategy that blends covert intelligence operations-such as cyber activity-with overt efforts by Russian Government agencies, state-funded media, third-party intermediaries, and paid social media users or “trolls.” Russia, like its Soviet predecessor, has a history of conducting covert influence campaigns focused on US presidential elections that have used intelligence officers and agents and press placements to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin.
Russia’s intelligence services conducted cyber operations against targets associated with the 2016 US presidential election, including targets associated with both major US political parties.
We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence (General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU) used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.
Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards. DHS assesses that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying.
But where’s the proof?  They say they “assess with high confidence” that  Russians did this and that. But where’s the proof of it?  Anyone can “assess with high confidence” anything they like. Think MAN  MADE global warming for instance. Yet thousands of well respected climatologists say it’s hooey. Or think 9/11.  The official report on what happened was assessed with high confidence. Yet well over 1500 well accredited structural engineers from around the world;  have signed a document that states that “the Official report of those collapsing buildings is completely wrong.”
I especially like this one from their arm’s length list of reasons why Putin was surely in charge of hacking the DNC...
State-owned Russian media made increasingly favorable comments about President-elect Trump as the 2016 US general and primary election campaigns progressed while consistently offering negative coverage of Secretary Clinton.
Ghee, do you think they might have offered negative coverage of Clinton because she was a criminal? Or that she had so much contempt for law that she kept state department classified Email on a server in her basement? Or that she presided over turning the most progressive and successful country on the African continent, into a Cesspool, by overthrowing their elected leader?  The CIA and the other “boyz” don’t need to go to Russian media to hear that, they could have just read it in my pages.
See, what the Media won’t tell people is that the US has led the world in trying to influence elections in other countries.  Check this....
Political scientist Dov Levin a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie-Mellon University, found that the U.S. attempted to influence the elections of foreign countries as many as 81 times between 1946 and 2000. Often covert in their execution, these efforts included everything from CIA operatives running successful presidential campaigns in the Philippines during the 1950s to leaking damaging information on Marxist Sandanistas in order to sway Nicaraguan voters in 1990. All told, the U.S. allegedly targeted the elections of 45 nations across the globe during this period, Levin’s research shows. In the case of some countries, such as Italy and Japan, the U.S. attempted to intervene in four or more separate elections.
To build his database, Levin says he relied on declassified U.S. intelligence as well as a number of Congressional reports on CIA activity. He also combed through what he considered reliable histories of the CIA and covert American activity, as well as academic research on U.S. intelligence, diplomatic histories of the Cold War, and memoirs of former CIA officials. Much of America’s meddling in foreign elections has been well-documented - Chile in the 1960s, Haiti in the 1990s for instance.
But mark my words folks this witch hunt against Russia won’t stop. Remember Seth Rich? Seth Rich was a computer voting specialist at the DNC.  He was well liked and ambitious in the Party. Well Seth Rich was gunned down in cold blood on a late Washington DC night. At first cops said it was a robbery, but that didn’t flush because his watch, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc were still there. So why was he killed?
Julian Assange of Wikileaks made several very strong hints that it might have been Rich who had leaked all the DNC Emails with Podesta. The thinking is that he was becoming very upset with the way the DNC was rigging the election away from Bernie, saw all forms of evidence of corruption, and Leaked it to Wikileaks so that the public could see what he was seeing.   So, Rich ends up killed.  His parents hire a Lawyer/investigator to find out who killed their son.

Well this just gets outright bizarre. The guy they picked was Jack Burkman, a republican establishment “party guy” who was against Trump in the Presidential race, and a backer of Jeb Bush. So what’s Jack saying about Seth’s murder?  Get this, he says that he got two phone calls from “credible” people that told him that Seth had found evidence of Russia hacking the elections, was going to expose it,  and it was Russian hit men that shot him, on orders from PUTIN himself.
Roll that around in your head for a while.  Wikileaks says over and over it was NOT the Russians. Wikileaks hints strongly several times that it was Seth Rich that provided the emails, even going as far as offering a 20K dollar reward to anyone that could help find out who killed him.  But the war mongering narrative is that Russia did it, and even this nutjob lawyer is saying this. 
This is a witch hunt with no witch. But what it is designed to do is try and get the incoming President to follow the path that the Democrats had in place and would have proceeded with in a Hillary win. That path was/is to try and get a hot war with Russia. They want to spew so much BS about it being the Russians, and that we have to punish them, that it will look like Trump is the only person on earth that likes these “bad guys”. To discredit him. To have the social justice warriors scream that he’s a traitor. They hope Trump gets so much pressure that he folds and lets the whack jobs at the Pentagon go have their silly war.
You’d best pray he doesn’t fold.  You’d best pray that Putin bites his tongue during all this provocation and remains calm. The war hawking lunatics like McCain and Graham are on the media circuit saying we should declare an Act of war with Russia. These guys should be in mental institutions. They’ve been poking the great bear in the eye for several years now and Trump is the ONLY shot we have at not going into another useless horrible war. A war with nuclear possibilities/probabilities.  Pray for sanity to survive folks. 
The Market....
We missed DOW 20K by a quarter of a single point. Yes folks, on Friday the DOW made it to  19,999.63. They had the hats in hand, the kazoo’s tuned up, the confetti ready. But we didn’t make it. In an epic failure, we faded away from that big milestone and ended the day wonderfully green...but below 20K.

The question is...did we get “close enough” and now the market is okay with the idea of a correction, or is 20K a given and we just need to wait on it?  While it could go either way,  I’m leaning towards the idea that they push us up and over, we race higher for a short bit and THEN they pull the plug and we get a really meaningful correction. 
Back in 99, it took us quite a while to bust over 10K and once we did, we wobbled back and forth of that line several times. I think the market is still luring in 401K money and trying to lure in Mom and pop money here in early January, because they’re relatively safe right now. The tax selling hasn’t hit, and the momentum is still on their side. But after inauguration day, as earnings are starting to pour out, I think we’ll see the market pull down.
They rotated into tech on Friday, a sector that’s been lagging. So this coming week, you might want to look around in that space and find a stock or two with a decent chart.  Keep an eye on the SMH which is the basket of semi conductors.  I think the technicals are going to start improving there, and if so...it could start a move back up. The SMH has had 6 pretty ugly sessions until Friday, so let’s see if it holds.
While it is surely possible that the market did its last gasp push on Friday, I’m leaning with the idea that we make one final surge that pulls it off, passes out the hats, blows the kazoo’s and finally peters out. Take care and be safe out there!

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