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What Vice Costs – The World’s Cheapest (& Most Expensive) Countries For Drugs, Booze, & Cigarettes

Indulging in a weekly habit of drugs, booze and cigarettes can cost you as little as $41.40 in Laos and a whopping $1,441.50 in Japan, according to the Bloomberg Vice Index.

Bloomberg compared the price of a basket of goods — tobacco, alcohol, amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine and opioids — in more than 100 countries relative to the U.S., where your fix of the vices adds up to almost $400, or about a third of the weekly income.

Here is the full basket of vice that Bloomberg is comparing: a pack of cigarettes, most popular and premium brands; a bottle of alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine and spirits; a gram of amphetamine-type stimulants, including amphetamine, methamphetamine and/or ecstasy; a gram of cannabis, including marijuana herb, hashish resin and/or cannabis oil; a gram of cocaine, regardless of salts, paste or base forms; a gram of opioids, including heroin and/or opium.

However, looking at the basket of vices relative to income unveils a few surprises.

Under that criteria, high-income nations such as Luxembourg and Switzerland offer the best value.

In Venezuela, however, rampant inflation means locals would have to spend 17 times their weekly wages for a bottle of beer, a packet of smokes and a gram of cocaine.

 

Yet another reason to leave Venezuela (if you can).

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Three People Shot Following MLK Parade In Miami

Police and fire rescue crews are on the scene after at least three people were shot at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. According to Miami-Dade Police, three people sustained gunshot wounds at the park, located at 6011 N.W. 32nd Avenue, in Northwest Miami-Dade, Monday afternoon. Two other people were hurt, but how they were injured and the extent is unknown.

MLK parade and festival in NW Miami Dade turns into shooting scene. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/eG0lznurPN

— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) January 16, 2017

All three victims have been transported to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. One of the victims was transported as a trauma alert according to WSVN Miami.

.@MiamiPD officers carry a woman that appeared to have been shot at the MLK Jr. Memorial Park. pic.twitter.com/qtwHFiaTYi

— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) January 16, 2017

7News reporter Ann Keil and photographers were about 100 feet away from the scene of the shooting, along Northwest 32nd Avenue and Northwest 62nd Street. They heard between four and six shots.

shooting at festival after Miami MLK parade. multiple shots heard 1,000 feet from us. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/bdvVmAGZ75

— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) January 16, 2017

Moments later, the news crew saw displaced children crying after losing their parents when a stampede of attendees ran away from the scene in search of safety.

first police officers on scene clearing NW 32nd Avenue after the shooting. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/rvZcSVN9dm

— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) January 16, 2017

Around 4 p.m., several law enforcement agencies and fire rescue vehicles were seen flooding the area.

They have since cleared the entire area and have ordered everyone, including vendors, to flee the area.

According to Keil, at least two women looked like they had been shot in the leg. Moments later, a man was seen on the floor in handcuffs.

It is unknown whether a suspect or suspects have been detained at this time. A number of fire rescue vehicles were seen driving throughout the neighborhood.

Footage from a live helicopter camera showed a black man being arrested and taken away inside a police cruiser.

This remains an active scene.

#BREAKING
MANY PEOPLE SHOT-MIAMI DADE AREA
PD/FIRE/SWAT/NEWS MEDIA ABOVE
WATCH(https://t.co/HBVUl4ugyw)
MLK DAY EVENT

— INLAND PURSUITS (@IEPURSUITS) January 16, 2017

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Three People Shot Following MLK Parade In Miami

Police and fire rescue crews are on the scene after at least three people were shot at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. According to Miami-Dade Police, three people sustained gunshot wounds at the park, located at 6011 N.W. 32nd Avenue, in Northwest Miami-Dade, Monday afternoon. Two other people were hurt, but how they were injured and the extent is unknown.

MLK parade and festival in NW Miami Dade turns into shooting scene. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/eG0lznurPN

— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) January 16, 2017

All three victims have been transported to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. One of the victims was transported as a trauma alert according to WSVN Miami.

.@MiamiPD officers carry a woman that appeared to have been shot at the MLK Jr. Memorial Park. pic.twitter.com/qtwHFiaTYi

— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) January 16, 2017

7News reporter Ann Keil and photographers were about 100 feet away from the scene of the shooting, along Northwest 32nd Avenue and Northwest 62nd Street. They heard between four and six shots.

shooting at festival after Miami MLK parade. multiple shots heard 1,000 feet from us. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/bdvVmAGZ75

— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) January 16, 2017

Moments later, the news crew saw displaced children crying after losing their parents when a stampede of attendees ran away from the scene in search of safety.

first police officers on scene clearing NW 32nd Avenue after the shooting. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/rvZcSVN9dm

— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) January 16, 2017

Around 4 p.m., several law enforcement agencies and fire rescue vehicles were seen flooding the area.

They have since cleared the entire area and have ordered everyone, including vendors, to flee the area.

According to Keil, at least two women looked like they had been shot in the leg. Moments later, a man was seen on the floor in handcuffs.

It is unknown whether a suspect or suspects have been detained at this time. A number of fire rescue vehicles were seen driving throughout the neighborhood.

Footage from a live helicopter camera showed a black man being arrested and taken away inside a police cruiser.

This remains an active scene.

#BREAKING
MANY PEOPLE SHOT-MIAMI DADE AREA
PD/FIRE/SWAT/NEWS MEDIA ABOVE
WATCH(https://t.co/HBVUl4ugyw)
MLK DAY EVENT

— INLAND PURSUITS (@IEPURSUITS) January 16, 2017

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The Clinton Global Initiative is closing due to the 2016 revelations of multiple related international scandals

Abstract:

The Clinton Global Initiative’s closure comes as several international scandals emerge linking government corruption in various states to the Clinton Global Initiative and its parent organization the Clinton Foundation.

I. New Zealand

Reports began to emerge in November 2016 that New Zealand Prime Minister John Key had given over $7.7 million in taxpayers’ money to the Clinton Global Initiative. This donation was part of a 2013 pledge to ultimately give $13.7 million to the CGI. The revelations created a political scandal which was an influencing factor in John Key’s announcement that he would resign from his position. The New Zealand Herald has since criticized government support for the Clinton Global Initiative, highlighting other reports of controversy and scandal which have dogged the Clinton Foundation in recent years.

II. Norway

In July 2016, Norwegian paper Dagbladet reported that from 2007 to 2015, the governments of Jens Stoltenberg and Erna Solberg of Norway sent the Clinton Foundation and its various initiatives over 584 million Kroner. Jens Stoltenberg went on from his position as Prime Minister of Norway to become the current Secretary General of NATO.

Norway also was rocked by a child abuse scandal which came to light in November 2016. On November 20, the Associated Press reported that 20 individuals had been arrested and 31 more were being sought as part of an investigation known as “Dark Room” which began in 2015. Many of the suspects were described as being highly educated and the arrestees included lawyers and politicians. Investigator Hilde Reikrås told the Norwegian press that further arrests beyond those currently charged were expected.

American media outlets such as the New York TimesABC News, and The Washington Post initially ran reports on the arrests. However, within a few weeks of the news breaking, these news corporations removed any mention of the Norway child abuse ring from their webpages. Listed below are archives of the links, showing that they no longer direct to a valid news article:

New York Times Archive taken on December 9, 2016

ABC News Archive taken on January 16, 2017 showing a redirect from the former article to the website’s home page

Washington Post Archive taken on January 16, 2017

The reason for the sudden redaction of these stories by the above news corporations is currently unknown. The proximity of the revelation of both financial and abuse scandals, both of which involved members of the Norwegian government raises the question of whether or not the two might have been related in any possible way.

III. Germany

Reports have also emerged that Germany donated over £4 million in taxpayer funds to various Clinton Foundation initiatives. The funds appear to have been funneled primarily through Germany’s Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB) or Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. 

Angela Merkel has a history of seemingly changing her stances on political issues after meetings with Clinton Foundation representatives. In 2015, when Germany was mulling over a third round of austerity measures for Greece, CNN reported that Merkel was inclined to refuse a new stimulus for the struggling nation.

On the same day as CNN’s article ran however, an email from Wikileaks revealed that foreign policy advisors to Bill Clinton and John Podesta disapproved of Merkel’s decision to refuse further austerity to Greece. The decision was made to have Clinton call Merkel by phone and express his desire that she move ahead with the Greek stimulus.

Within nine days of the date that the above email was sent on, the BBC reported that Merkel was “flip flopping” and would now consider a third round of austerity measures for Greece. When austerity was actually given to Greece it was criticized as being far too generous and not in Germany’s economic interests.

This article was originally posted at www.disobedientmedia.com

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The Clinton Global Initiative is closing due to the 2016 revelations of multiple related international scandals

Abstract:

The Clinton Global Initiative’s closure comes as several international scandals emerge linking government corruption in various states to the Clinton Global Initiative and its parent organization the Clinton Foundation.

I. New Zealand

Reports began to emerge in November 2016 that New Zealand Prime Minister John Key had given over $7.7 million in taxpayers’ money to the Clinton Global Initiative. This donation was part of a 2013 pledge to ultimately give $13.7 million to the CGI. The revelations created a political scandal which was an influencing factor in John Key’s announcement that he would resign from his position. The New Zealand Herald has since criticized government support for the Clinton Global Initiative, highlighting other reports of controversy and scandal which have dogged the Clinton Foundation in recent years.

II. Norway

In July 2016, Norwegian paper Dagbladet reported that from 2007 to 2015, the governments of Jens Stoltenberg and Erna Solberg of Norway sent the Clinton Foundation and its various initiatives over 584 million Kroner. Jens Stoltenberg went on from his position as Prime Minister of Norway to become the current Secretary General of NATO.

Norway also was rocked by a child abuse scandal which came to light in November 2016. On November 20, the Associated Press reported that 20 individuals had been arrested and 31 more were being sought as part of an investigation known as “Dark Room” which began in 2015. Many of the suspects were described as being highly educated and the arrestees included lawyers and politicians. Investigator Hilde Reikrås told the Norwegian press that further arrests beyond those currently charged were expected.

American media outlets such as the New York TimesABC News, and The Washington Post initially ran reports on the arrests. However, within a few weeks of the news breaking, these news corporations removed any mention of the Norway child abuse ring from their webpages. Listed below are archives of the links, showing that they no longer direct to a valid news article:

New York Times Archive taken on December 9, 2016

ABC News Archive taken on January 16, 2017 showing a redirect from the former article to the website’s home page

Washington Post Archive taken on January 16, 2017

The reason for the sudden redaction of these stories by the above news corporations is currently unknown. The proximity of the revelation of both financial and abuse scandals, both of which involved members of the Norwegian government raises the question of whether or not the two might have been related in any possible way.

III. Germany

Reports have also emerged that Germany donated over £4 million in taxpayer funds to various Clinton Foundation initiatives. The funds appear to have been funneled primarily through Germany’s Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB) or Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. 

Angela Merkel has a history of seemingly changing her stances on political issues after meetings with Clinton Foundation representatives. In 2015, when Germany was mulling over a third round of austerity measures for Greece, CNN reported that Merkel was inclined to refuse a new stimulus for the struggling nation.

On the same day as CNN’s article ran however, an email from Wikileaks revealed that foreign policy advisors to Bill Clinton and John Podesta disapproved of Merkel’s decision to refuse further austerity to Greece. The decision was made to have Clinton call Merkel by phone and express his desire that she move ahead with the Greek stimulus.

Within nine days of the date that the above email was sent on, the BBC reported that Merkel was “flip flopping” and would now consider a third round of austerity measures for Greece. When austerity was actually given to Greece it was criticized as being far too generous and not in Germany’s economic interests.

This article was originally posted at www.disobedientmedia.com

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OPEC Production Cuts: Here’s The Cheat Sheet

OPEC will present its Monthly Oil Market Report on the 18th of January, at a time when OPEC and non-OPEC members are making their first production cuts in line with the 30th of November deal—the first cut deal in eight years. Four days later, on the 22nd of January, a committee of the world’s largest producers will meet in Vienna to hash out how to monitor compliance with the deal and make sure no one is cheating. In the meantime, the world is watching closely and hanging onto every statement about production cuts. So far, this is where…


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Saudi Arabia To Spend $50 Billion On Massive Solar Push

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, Khalid Al-Falih, said that his country will begin soliciting bids for a “massive” renewable energy push, with spending to be ramped up to as high as $50 billion. The move is intended to source at least 10 GW of electricity from solar and wind by 2023, a rapid escalation of renewable energy installations in order to conserve oil for exports. On top of that, the Saudis want to build nuclear reactors, a less ambitious program that would see 2.8 GW of new electric capacity. The end goal is to generate…


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Is Las Vegas Really 100% Renewable?

Las Vegas conjures up images of casinos and a hedonistic lifestyle, but the city has now been making the headlines for different reasons, in that it now boasts of powering its public facilities solely from renewable energy. The city’s clean energy mission was accomplished in December last year, through an agreement with the state investor owned utility NV Energy, where solar power will be supplied via a now operational plant from nearby Boulder City. Coupled with power provided from NV Energy, every public building, park, traffic light, and…


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Rosneft, BP finalize dissolution of German refining JV

Rosneft PJSC and BP PLC have completed a previously announced plan to dissolve their Ruhr Oel GMBH joint venture. The companies finalized the deal to dissolve the refining and petrochemical JV on Jan. 1, Rosneft said.


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The Real Value Of Cash

Submitted by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com,
It’s the Fed’s fault.
Over the past several years, the Federal Reserve has forced interest rates lower in an all-out assault on “cash.”
The theory was simple. Make returns…

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