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Trump to skip WHCA dinner, a first in 36 years

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Mon, 2017-02-27
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WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has ratcheted up his feud with the US media by announcing he will skip the annual correspondents’ dinner set for April 29, the first US president to do so in 36 years. By boycotting the event Trump breaks a tradition that began in 1921.
“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Trump wrote Saturday on Twitter. The last time a president missed the event was in 1981, when Ronald Reagan was recovering after being shot in an assassination attempt. Reagan however phoned in with friendly remarks.
Richard Nixon, who despised the media, skipped the event in 1972.

Refugee influx at US-Canada border
Most of the hundreds of people streaming over the US border into Canada in recent weeks are asylum-seekers, coming from Syria, Yemen, Turkey or Sudan.
In an interview, Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the representative in Canada of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said it was too soon to know whether the cross-border flow of people is an uptick or signals a longer trend.

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French scholar nearly deported from America

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AFP
Mon, 2017-02-27
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WASHINGTON: An Egyptian-born French-Jewish scholar on his way to a Texas university was nearly deported recently from the US when he landed in Houston.
“I have been detained 10 hours at Houston International Airport about to be deported. The officer who arrested me was ‘inexperienced’,” historian Henry Rousso wrote Saturday on Twitter.
Rousso was confirming an earlier announcement by officials at Texas A&M University that he had been detained upon arrival on Wednesday.
University officials managed to stop Rousso’s deportation with help from a law professor who specializes in immigrant rights, the local Bryan-College Station area news site, The Eagle, reported.
Rousso, 62, is a senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
A Texas A&M professor said that Rousso was “mistakenly detained” and was going to be sent back to Paris as an illegal alien due to a misunderstanding regarding his visa, The Eagle said.
Rousso has spoken over the years at several prominent US universities as well as the Holocaust Memorial Museum in the US capital, and was even a visiting professor at Texas A&M in 2007, according to his online profile.
“Thank you so much for your reactions,” Rousso wrote on Twitter. “My situation was nothing compared to some of the people I saw who couldn’t be defended as I was.”
In late January, President Donald Trump issued an executive order imposing a 90-day entry ban for citizens of seven Muslim majority countries, though not including Egypt.
The travel ban has since been halted by a US federal court.

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In The Market For An Oil Tanker? You Can Buy It On The Chinese Ebay

Submitted by Zainab Calcuttawala via OilPrice.com,

Online marketplaces are just for buying and selling the everyday consumer goods anymore – think bigger: The Chinese government has just auctioned off a nearly US$12-million oil tanker on Taobao, its version of eBay or Alibaba.

A Maltese company just purchased an $11.8 million oil tanker from the Chinese online sales website Taobao, according to the Xinhua news service.

The oil tanker – The Varada Blessing – sold on what is best described as the Chinese version of eBay, attracted 33,000 views and 19 offers from six different bidders before ultimately being sold to Natalia Shipping. The vendor was Guangzhou Maritime Court, which struck the deal on the site’s Paimai judicial auction platform.

The court had attempted to sell the 327-meter-long decommissioned ship on Taobao twice before, without any luck in meeting the minimum desired reserve to trigger a sale. But the third time was a charm.

The tanker was built in 1993 and previously sailed under the flag of Comoros, according to MarineTraffic.com, a site that logs international shipping data. The Varada Blessing carries a gross tonnage of 156,539 tons and had been owned by Varada One Ptd. Ltd. before it was confiscated by the Guangzhou Maritime Court over an admiralty dispute. Ship traffic data says the vessel still sits at the mouth of the Pearl River in between Macau and Hong Kong.

It’s not the first time the Chinese courts have begun selling seized property online. More than 120 courts in the state of Guangdong connected with Taobao’s judicial sales program, with the value of the courts’ total earnings in auctions jumping from 100 million yuan in 2014 to 10 billion yuan last year.

Last week, Splash reported the sale of five vessels belonging to Wenzhou Shipping on Taobao for a grand total of $22 million. The Alibaba-owned site also recently facilitated the sale of a newbuild bulker of Nantong Minde Heavy Industry for $14 million.

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N. Korean Nukes Exaggerated; More Questions About American Nukes Too

 Via The Daily Bell

 

George W. Bush invaded Iraq to remove its – ultimately nonexistent – weapons of mass destruction. Barack Obama used cyber weaponry and sanctions to deter Iran from building its own atomic bomb. Now Donald Trump faces North Korea, but stopping its nuclear and missile program may prove impossible, creating what may be his first and perhaps defining international crisis. -Reuters

President Donald Trump is being urged to confront North Korea and also to build up the army which, some say, has been neglected in the Obama years and even before.

He needs to do this as well because North Korea is supposedly getting close to having a usable nuclear force.

This is a crisis everyone has seen coming. That’s why Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been so desperate to court Trump, visiting him even before the inauguration. As North Korea launched an intermediate medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday, Abe was once again with the president – this time on a golf and bonding trip to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida retreat.

 

… Pyongyang first demonstrated its ability to detonate a crude nuclear device in 2006 – becoming the only Iraq- or Iran-style “rogue state” to ever get that far. Since then, it has continued to develop not just the bombs but also the missiles to deliver them.

 

Ultimately, the regime would love to have the ability to strike the continental United States – a prospect Trump has tweeted to say “won’t happen”. For now, however, there are few signs anyone has a plan to stop it.

The article goes on about North Korea’s land-based “nuclear rockets” and the progress it is making in creating and distributing them.

But who is making these claims? One of the only ways to know is to measure earth quakes. America is doing that, but the Pentagon has nearly as many reasons to exaggerate the North Korean threat as North Korea itself.

We don’t believe that North Korea has much in the way of nuclear weapons. It may have none at all. Not even the “mini-nuke” that you can possibly pick up in both hands. But with Trump banging the drums for more armament, North Korea has suddenly become a big threat to the United States.

There is no real evidence for North Korea having a large nuclear force. But because we are told it is so, we should believe it. These are the same kind of observations that go back some 75 years to Hiroshima and Nagasaki even though its fairly clear that both cities were firebombed.

Some sort of nuclear device may have been dropped as well, but if it was nuclear device it wasn’t a very effective one. Sam Crawford, who ran the post-war nuclear program in Japan has said,

When the bomb went off, about 2 thousand people out of 250 thousand got killed [in Hiroshima] – by blast, by thermal radiation, or by intense x-ray, gamma radiation … You see, it wasn’t “Bing” like the publicity here [said]: a bomb went off and a city disappeared. No such thing happened. That was the propaganda for deterrent …

 

When I came back to this country, I was appalled, from a military standpoint, to find that our major planners in the War Department were using their own propaganda, 100 thousand deaths, Bing! …

 

You don’t hear much about the effects of Nagasaki because actually it was pretty ineffective. That was a narrow corridor from the hospital … down to the port, and the effects were very limited as far as the fire spread and all that stuff. So you don’t hear much about Nagasaki.

It makes very little sense that nuclear weapons have been around for 75 years but never have been used. Never as in not once. Except for the supposed uses in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And there is a good deal of doubt they were actually used then. In fact, they are still basically the same size and shape.

Trump seems determined to build up the military to a size never before seen. In this he may agree with Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas and Sen. John McCain of Arizona. These two have asked for base military budget of $640 billion in 2018. That would be $100 billion more than in 2017.

The larger picture according to Pentagon budgets is up to one trillion over the next ten years or so to dramatically hike the Pentagon’s nuclear forces.

But the  entire history of nuclear warfare is muddied by a lack of real reporting and credible eye witnesses. The New York Times had only one reporter assigned to nuclear weapons during their formative years. That person turned out to be on the Pentagon payroll as well.

Conclusion: There are a good many questions as to how nuclear weapons work – and if they work and when they work. Before we spend another $1 trillion adding to such weapons, we should ask some hard questions about them. We shouldn’t believe everything we hear. When it comes to America’s “nuclear program” we should be skeptical.

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NY Times: “Every Time Trump Tweets It Drives Our Subscriptions Wildly”

Another day, another skirmish between Donald Trump and the “failing” New York Times.

It started early on Saturday morning, when in a tweet Trump slammed the Times’ new ad campaign set to air during the Oscars on Sunday night: “For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation,” the president tweeted.”

For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2017

The ad in question is the following:

Appearing several hours later on CNN – another media outlet bashed by Donald Trump as “fake news” – the executive editor of the New York Times said that Trump’s attempts to smear the publication have instead encouraged more people to read it.

“Trump is the best thing to happen to the Times’ subscription strategy,” Dean Baquet said during an interview with CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” “Every time he tweets it drives subscriptions wildly.”

The NYT executive added that Trump has revitalized reporters who may have been pessimistic about the future of the industry.

“Every time Trump tweets it drives @nytimes subscriptions wildly” says Executive Editor @deanbaquet https://t.co/rQusXDhP6r

— CNN (@CNN) February 26, 2017

“There was a long time when the press wondered about its place in society, the last several years as newspaper subscriptions dwindled, as particularly local newspapers worried about their future.”

“What’s happened in the last couple of months I have to say has been tremendous for news organizations.”

“Our mission is clearer than it’s ever been — we’re covering a dramatic revolution in government and how the country is governed, and it feels like all of the things that sort of bothered us and made us lose a little bit of confidence in the last few months have sort of gone away.”

While the NYT has often repeated that Trump’s bashing has resulted in a boost to its subscriptions (without elaborating on new subscriber churn) confirmation will only be available when the NYT reports it first quarter results in over a month. Meanwhile, however, a more troubling trend for the news paper which was recently forced to lease space in its landmark NYC headquarters to boost cash flow, is the decline in advertising – mostly print – revenue, which in Q4 tumbled by 10%. In fact, while circulation/subscription revenue rose by $10 million in Q4, ad revenue declined by double the amount or $20 million.

That, coupled with a 3% rise in operating costs, has led to a continued decline in operating profits, even when excluding one-time charges.

This is what the NYT said in its public filing on what to expect in the coming quarter:

Total circulation revenues in the first quarter of 2017 are expected to increase approximately 6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016.

 

Total advertising revenues in the first quarter of 2017 are expected to decrease in the high-single digits compared to the first quarter of 2016.

Ultimately, for the NYT to be viable as a going concern, it will need to stem the plunge in ad revenue which may also be adversely impacted by Trump’s relentless bashing.

And then there is the question of overall traffic, which brings up another curious observation.

Three weeks ago we showed that, inexplicably, according to Alexa a whopping 49% of the NYT’s readers were out of China, which was impossible since the US publication is firewalled in China.

49% of NYT visitors come from China? https://t.co/bojHgYExfe pic.twitter.com/XbRrqmdLpO

— zerohedge (@zerohedge) February 9, 2017

Since our public observation, the NYT’s Chinese “traffic” has crashed to just 3.5%, which while still improbable, is far more reasonable.

As a consequence of this, the public-facing NYT traffic has tumbled to the lowest level in a year. It is this, more so than Trump’s twitter feed, that advertisers will be closely looking at when making future ad campaign decisions.

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NY Times: “Every Time Trump Tweets It Drives Our Subscriptions Wildly”

Another day, another skirmish between Donald Trump and the “failing” New York Times.

It started early on Saturday morning, when in a tweet Trump slammed the Times’ new ad campaign set to air during the Oscars on Sunday night: “For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation,” the president tweeted.”

For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2017

The ad in question is the following:

Appearing several hours later on CNN – another media outlet bashed by Donald Trump as “fake news” – the executive editor of the New York Times said that Trump’s attempts to smear the publication have instead encouraged more people to read it.

“Trump is the best thing to happen to the Times’ subscription strategy,” Dean Baquet said during an interview with CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” “Every time he tweets it drives subscriptions wildly.”

The NYT executive added that Trump has revitalized reporters who may have been pessimistic about the future of the industry.

“Every time Trump tweets it drives @nytimes subscriptions wildly” says Executive Editor @deanbaquet https://t.co/rQusXDhP6r

— CNN (@CNN) February 26, 2017

“There was a long time when the press wondered about its place in society, the last several years as newspaper subscriptions dwindled, as particularly local newspapers worried about their future.”

“What’s happened in the last couple of months I have to say has been tremendous for news organizations.”

“Our mission is clearer than it’s ever been — we’re covering a dramatic revolution in government and how the country is governed, and it feels like all of the things that sort of bothered us and made us lose a little bit of confidence in the last few months have sort of gone away.”

While the NYT has often repeated that Trump’s bashing has resulted in a boost to its subscriptions (without elaborating on new subscriber churn) confirmation will only be available when the NYT reports it first quarter results in over a month. Meanwhile, however, a more troubling trend for the news paper which was recently forced to lease space in its landmark NYC headquarters to boost cash flow, is the decline in advertising – mostly print – revenue, which in Q4 tumbled by 10%. In fact, while circulation/subscription revenue rose by $10 million in Q4, ad revenue declined by double the amount or $20 million.

That, coupled with a 3% rise in operating costs, has led to a continued decline in operating profits, even when excluding one-time charges.

This is what the NYT said in its public filing on what to expect in the coming quarter:

Total circulation revenues in the first quarter of 2017 are expected to increase approximately 6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016.

 

Total advertising revenues in the first quarter of 2017 are expected to decrease in the high-single digits compared to the first quarter of 2016.

Ultimately, for the NYT to be viable as a going concern, it will need to stem the plunge in ad revenue which may also be adversely impacted by Trump’s relentless bashing.

And then there is the question of overall traffic, which brings up another curious observation.

Three weeks ago we showed that, inexplicably, according to Alexa a whopping 49% of the NYT’s readers were out of China, which was impossible since the US publication is firewalled in China.

49% of NYT visitors come from China? https://t.co/bojHgYExfe pic.twitter.com/XbRrqmdLpO

— zerohedge (@zerohedge) February 9, 2017

Since our public observation, the NYT’s Chinese “traffic” has crashed to just 3.5%, which while still improbable, is far more reasonable.

As a consequence of this, the public-facing NYT traffic has tumbled to the lowest level in a year. It is this, more so than Trump’s twitter feed, that advertisers will be closely looking at when making future ad campaign decisions.

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Weekly Trading Forecasts for Major Pairs (February 27 – March 2, 2017)

Here’s the market outlook for this week: Content courtesy of Tallinex Limited https://www.tallinex.com 

EURUSD

Dominant bias: Bearish

This pair headed south last week and tested the support line at 1.0500 before bouncing on Thursday and Friday. The bounce should provide good selling opportunities because price is expected to fall to the support line at 1.0500 again this week – possibly further. The outlook on EURUSD (and other EUR pairs) is strongly bearish for this week and the month of March.

USDCHF

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Revenue Update on Marathon <b>Oil</b> Corporation(NYSE:MRO)

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Revenue Update on Marathon <b>Oil</b> Corporation(NYSE:MRO)

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