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Trump Win: Paradigm Shift or More Status Quo?

Donald Trump’s unexpected victory could constitute a break with the George Soros sponsored Bush-Clinton dynastic politics which have held the US in their grip since Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980. Will Trump however seize the opportunity and the moment? So far the initial signs are not good.

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The accidental president

Trump was not supposed to win, it is an anomaly which defied the concerted rigging of the political class at large, Wall Street and the mainstream media sycophants faux journalists of all stripes.

As Dady Chery and I wrote back in March 2016 in our laconic essay “Imperial Elections,“ it was her turn. One was surely expecting sensational headlines such as: “First Woman Elected President of the United States!” One can imagine the fanfare, ticker tape parade and staged popular explosion of joy. “I Am With Her!” was supposed to do the political marketing trick. It failed. The popular enthusiasm was never there to start with, it was made up by a campaign and media apparatus that kept echoing and amplifying its own lies.

On November 8, 2016, US political consumers spoke, and declared the Clinton brand compromised, tainted by too many recalls and initial manufacturing defects. Just like the Bush brand during the Republican primary, the Clinton brand had been recalled to possibly become the Yugo of the politician manufacturing  industry, a sour lemon with no more juice.

As I rightly pointed out at a very early stage of the electoral charade, reality show and beauty pageant master of ceremony extraordinaire Donald Trump was cast, very likely with the input of our usual suspect, George Soros, for two reasons: firstly, to sell the American people on the notion that the TV reality show Election 2016 was real and not scripted, and secondly, in scripted scenario, that he would beat the Republican opposition and provide a perfect vote repellent designed to benefit the empress to be.

George Soros was the executive producer of the TV reality show, Election 2016: “first woman POTUS”, and to prove it, only one piece of evidence is enough: the man hired to be Trump’s initial campaign manager was none other than Tony Podesta, partner in political intrigues of  his brother, John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign manager and her lead handler on behalf of George Soros.

But then something happened, the scripted reality show became, against the will of all key players, a documentary. Fiction became reality as the circus act became wild. Trump became, against all odds, and perhaps initially not willingly, the catalyst of a historical paradigm shift, a quantum leap where fictional characters became real.

The hypothesis of historical paradigm shifts

While paradigm shifts are widely recognised in science – the prime example is of course Albert Einstein’s relativity assumption E=mc2 – they are quite controversial in the field of sociology, and even more in history.

When I brought up the hypothesis that paradigm shifts also applied to human sciences back in 2011, some thinkers were a bit puzzled and not convinced. However, the recent election of Donald Trump might illustrate the validity of my assumption.

Paradigm shifts have to be understood as keys that can mysteriously unlock what is called paradigm paralysis.

The notion of status quo is a more common way to define paradigm paralysis. In the case of US politics, it is unquestionable that since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, the country entered a period of paradigm paralysis with two political clans locked in power. It is of course the Bush and Clinton dynasties with occasional figureheads such as Reagan and Obama.

The election of Trump broke this 36-year status quo, and therefore constitutes a major historical paradigm shift.

But paradigm shifts in history have proven to be sometimes positive, other times negative and often catastrophic.

Major historical figures, the ones that have moved the dial of our history are not providential, they are instead always catalysts of  highly improbable chain reactions who became parameters in equations which they did not understand.

Bonaparte, the sword of the French revolution was such a catalyst, and he was a positive one until megalomania made him want to rule the world as its emperor. On the other hand, paradigm shifts catalysts such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot in Cambodia brought their own country into their own psychosis which resulted in massive murderous mayhem.  Historical catalysts such as Toussaint l’Ouverture, Charles de Gaulle, Fidel Castro and Ho Chi Minh stayed sane, fairly moral and had a critical impact on world history. 

This is a very exclusive club, and like it or not President-elect Trump has the opportunity to seize the moment, rise to the occasion and metamorphose himself from a useful clown to a leader.

This opportunity will have a very limited life span. Will he stay a pawn, like his predecessor, for the geriatric masters of the universe to play with or will he become a leader?  What he will do at this crossroad could influence positively the fate of billions or instead signify that Trump does not have the nerve to challenge the status quo he was elected to alter.

The early signs are concerning, to say the least: actually they are pointing into the paradigm paralysis of the Orwellian construct where documented lies, crimes and deception will not be rightly challenged by truth and justice. The fact that dubious characters such as Bush neocon John Bolton, and a Morgan Stanley bankster are considered for the cabinet is an extremely bad sign. Perhaps the worst sign of all was the red carpet treatment given to consigliere extraordinaire Henry Kissinger.

Was Kissinger advising Trump with his great wisdom on geopolitics, which has consistently been at best dead wrong and at worst murderous like his CIA coup in Chile to get rid of Allende and install dictator Pinochet; or some interesting tip on Syria duplicating Kissinger’s idea of the massive bombing of the Ho Chi Minh trail in Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam war?

But perhaps Kissinger was not chatting with Trump about his old domino effects theory in regard to the threat of communism, but instead acting as the messenger of his good friend, George Soros, to convey to President-Elect Trump certain threats if he would challenge the status quo and deliver on his promise to drain the swamp?

But how can you drain the swamp unless you first get rid of the old crocodiles? Soros has stepped aside as executive producer of the show Election 2016, but it seems that he is still writing part of the script using street protests and the stock market as key storytelling device. We will know soon if Henry K. came to Trump on behalf of the syndicate to make him a mafia style offer he could not refuse.

Trump’s dilemma: living in his towers or tearing down the global plantation?

Trump is a wealthy man, and as such he fully belongs to the global financial elite. But at different times in history, vectors of changes or even revolution came from the privileged class.  For instance, most leaders of the French revolution were as a matter of fact aristocrats.

Trump claimed that he started a movement, but it is hardly the type of movement challenging the current social order. How can you Make America Great Again if you don’t define firstly greatness and secondly a time frame? Was America great, pure and innocent shortly after European settlers came ashore? Hardly, if you keep in mind that Native Americans view Thanksgiving as a celebration of their genocide!

The truth is: America was never great, at least not for its native population, former slave population, and its poor. It is currently not economically great either unless you are employed by the merchants of death.

Trump could try to derail the military-industrial complex war machine, but this could be hazardous to his health as well as his family’s.

Early indications show signs that Trump is likely to use his many towers as modern day temporary castles. But will he behave with the arrogance of a feudal master, or will he make an attempt to understand the struggles of us common men?  And while at the White House, will he behave like a plantation owner of the Old South or the top public servant gracious not to have to pay rent?

So far there is no indication that Trump even wants to make an attempt at draining Washington DC swamps and even to tear down the global plantation that symbolises the ultimate objective of  globalists such as Kissinger and Soros. If the swamp remains putrid, President-Elect Trump will pay the consequences in due time.

It could turn out that old crocodile Mr. K still has some teeth, and perhaps he told President-Elect Trump quietly and with his habitual creepy little smile: “See Donald, we advise you to get Hillary off the hook. Don’t you think that it would be better than to have riots in our streets and perhaps a panicky financial market?”

Let’s hope that it was not the case, otherwise the ‘deplorables’ who put Donald Trump in office for the specific job of bringing some morality back into our society, and especially within the corrupt pay-to-play political class, will be outraged.

President-elect Trump must understand the forces of this paradigm shift. They are bigger than him. For decades, too many lies were told, too many crimes were committed, therefore truth must shine its bright light, and justice must be served.

Gilbert Mercier is the Editor-in-Chief of News Junkie Post and the author of The Orwellian Empire.

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US-China trade war heats up as surplus hits record $34 Billion (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 136.

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According to a report by the AFP, China’s trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a record $34.1 billion in September, despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Friday, adding fuel to the fire of a worsening trade war.

Relations between the world’s two largest economies have soured sharply this year, with US President Donald Trump vowing on Thursday to inflict economic pain on China if it does not blink.
The two countries imposed new tariffs on a massive amount of each other’s goods mid-September, with the US targeting $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing firing back at $60 billion worth of US goods.

“China-US trade friction has caused trouble and pounded our foreign trade development,” customs spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters Friday.

But China’s trade surplus with the US grew 10 percent in September from a record $31 billion in August, according to China’s customs administration. It was a 22 percent jump from the same month last year.

China’s exports to the US rose to $46.7 billion while imports slumped to $12.6 billion.

China’s overall trade — what it buys and sells with all countries including the US — logged a $31.7 billion surplus, as exports rose faster than imports.

Exports jumped 14.5 percent for September on-year, beating forecasts from analysts polled by Bloomberg News, while imports rose 14.3 percent on-year.

While the data showed China’s trade remained strong for the month, analysts forecast the trade war will start to hurt in coming months.

China’s export jump for the month suggests exporters were shipping goods early to beat the latest tariffs, said ANZ’s China economist Betty Wang, citing the bounce in electrical machinery exports, much of which faced the looming duties.

“We will watch for downside risks to China’s exports” in the fourth quarter, Wang said.

Analysts say a sharp depreciation of the yuan has also helped China weather the tariffs by making its exports cheaper.

“The big picture is the Chinese exports have so far held up well in the face of escalating trade tensions and cooling global growth, most likely thanks to the competitiveness boost provided by a weaker renminbi (yuan),” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics.

“With global growth likely to cool further in the coming quarters and US tariffs set to become more punishing, the recent resilience of exports is unlikely to be sustained,” he said.

According to Bloomberg US President Donald Trump’s new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement isn’t that different from the North American Free Trade Agreement that it replaced. But hidden in the bowels of the new trade deal is a clause, Article 32.10, that could have a far-reaching impact. The new agreement requires member states to get approval from the other members if they initiate trade negotiations with a so-called non-market economy. In practice, “non-market” almost certainly means China. If, for example, Canada begins trade talks with China, it has to show the full text of the proposed agreement to the U.S. and Mexico — and if either the U.S. or Mexico doesn’t like what it sees, it can unilaterally kick Canada out of the USMCA.

Although it seems unlikely that the clause would be invoked, it will almost certainly exert a chilling effect on Canada and Mexico’s trade relations with China. Forced to choose between a gargantuan economy across the Pacific and another one next door, both of the U.S.’s neighbors are almost certain to pick the latter.

This is just another part of Trump’s general trade waragainst China. It’s a good sign that Trump realizes that unilateral U.S. efforts alone won’t be enough to force China to make concessions on issues like currency valuation, intellectual-property protection and industrial subsidies. China’s export markets are much too diverse:

If Trump cuts the U.S. off from trade with China, the likeliest outcome is that China simply steps up its exports to other markets. That would bind the rest of the world more closely to China and weaken the global influence of the U.S. China’s economy would take a small but temporary hit, while the U.S. would see its position as the economic center of the world slip into memory.

Instead, to take on China, Trump needs a gang. And that gang has to be much bigger than just North America. But most countries in Europe and East Asia probably can’t be bullied into choosing between the U.S. and China. — their ties to the U.S. are not as strong as those of Mexico and Canada. Countries such as South Korea, Germany, India and Japan will need carrots as well as sticks if they’re going to join a U.S.-led united trade front against China.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the escalating trade war between the United States and China, and the record trade surplus that positions China with a bit more leverage than Trump anticipated.

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Via Zerohedge Trump Threatens China With More Tariffs, Does Not Seek Economic “Depression”

US equity futures dipped in the red after President Trump threatened to impose a third round of tariffs on China and warned that Chinese meddling in U.S. politics was a “bigger problem” than Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

During the same interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”, in which Trump threatened to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia if the Saudis are found to have killed WaPo reported Khashoggi, and which sent Saudi stock plunging, Trump said he “might,” impose a new round of tariffs on China, adding that while he has “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and noting that Xi “wants to negotiate”, he doesn’t “know that that’s necessarily going to continue.” Asked if American products have become more expensive due to tariffs on China, Trump said that “so far, that hasn’t turned out to be the case.”

“They can retaliate, but they can’t, they don’t have enough ammunition to retaliate,” Trump says, “We do $100 billion with them. They do $531 billion with us.”

Trump was also asked if he wants to push China’s economy into a depression to which the US president said “no” before comparing the country’s stock-market losses since the tariffs first launched to those in 1929, the start of the Great Depression in the U.S.

“I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open,” Trump said in the interview that aired Sunday. So far, the U.S. has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports totaling $250 billion, prompting China to retaliate against U.S. products. The president previously has threatened to hit virtually all Chinese imports with duties.

Asked about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, Trump quickly turned back to China. “They meddled,” he said of Russia, “but I think China meddled too.”

“I think China meddled also. And I think, frankly, China … is a bigger problem,” Trump said, as interviewer Lesley Stahl interrupted him for “diverting” from a discussion of Russia.

Shortly before an audacious speech by Mike Pence last weekend, in which the US vice president effectively declared a new cold war on Beijing (see “Russell Napier: Mike Pence Announces Cold War II”), Trump made similar accusations during a speech at the United Nations last month, which his aides substantiated by pointing to long-term Chinese influence campaigns and an advertising section in the Des Moines Register warning farmers about the potential effects of Trump’s tariffs.

Meanwhile, in a rare U.S. television appearance, China’s ambassador to the U.S. said Beijing has no choice but to respond to what he described as a trade war started by the U.S.

“We never wanted a trade war, but if somebody started a trade war against us, we have to respond and defend our own interests,” said China’s Ambassador Cui Tiankai.

Cui also dismissed as “groundless” the abovementioned suggestion by Vice President Mike Pence that China has orchestrated an effort to meddle in U.S. domestic affairs. Pence escalated the rhetoric in a speech Oct. 4, saying Beijing has created a “a whole-of-government approach” to sway American public opinion, including spies, tariffs, coercive measures and a propaganda campaign.

Pence’s comments were some of the most critical about China by a high-ranking U.S. official in recent memory. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo got a lecture when he visited Beijing days later, about U.S. actions that were termed “completely out of line.” The tough words followed months of increases tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by Washington and Beijing that have ballooned to cover hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade.

During a recent interview with National Public Radio, Cui said the U.S. has “not sufficiently” dealt in good faith with the Chinese on trade matters, saying “the U.S. position keeps changing all the time so we don’t know exactly what the U.S. would want as priorities.”

Meanwhile, White House economic director Larry Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will “probably meet” at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires in late November. “There’s plans and discussions and agendas” being discussed, he said. So far, talks with China on trade have been “unsatisfactory,” Kudlow said. “We’ve made our asks” on allegations of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers, he added. “We have to have reciprocity.”

Addressing the upcoming meeting, Cui said he was present at two previous meetings of Xi and Trump, and that top-level communication “played a key role, an irreplaceable role, in guiding the relationship forward.” Despite current tensions the two have a “good working relationship,” he said.

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BREAKING: Explosion in Crimea, Russia kills many, injuring dozens, terrorism suspected

According to preliminary information, the incident was caused by a gas explosion at a college facility in Kerch, Crimea.

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“We are clarifying the information at the moment. Preliminary figures are 50 injured and 10 dead. Eight ambulance crews are working at the site and air medical services are involved,” the press-service for the Crimean Ministry of Health stated.

Medics announced that at least 50 people were injured in the explosion in Kerch and 25 have already been taken to local hospital with moderate wounds, according to Sputnik.

Local news outlets reported that earlier in the day, students at the college heard a blast and windows of the building were shattered.

Putin Orders that Assistance Be Provided to Victims of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The president has instructed the Ministry of Health and the rescue services to take emergency measures to assist victims of this explosion, if necessary, to ensure the urgent transportation of seriously wounded patients to leading medical institutions of Russia, whether in Moscow or other cities,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said.

The president also expressed his condolences to all those affected by the tragic incident.

Manhunt Underway in Kerch as FSB Specialists Investigate Site of Explosion – National Anti-Terrorist Committee

The site of the blast that rocked a city college in Kerch is being examined by FSB bomb disposal experts and law enforcement agencies are searching for clues that might lead to the arrest of the perpetrators, the National Anti Terrorism Committee said in a statement.

“Acting on orders from the head of the NAC’s local headquarters, FSB, Interior Ministry, Russian Guards and Emergency Ministry units have arrived at the site. The territory around the college has been cordoned off and the people inside the building evacuated… Mine-disposal experts are working at the site and law enforcement specialists are investigating,” the statement said.

Terrorist Act Considered as Possible Cause of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The tragic news that comes from Kerch. Explosion. The president was informed … The data on those killed and the number of injured is constantly updated,” Peskov told reporters.

“[The version of a terrorist attack] is being considered,” he said.

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10 percent of American F-22 fighter jets damaged by Hurricane Michael

Part of the reason the F-22’s were left in the path of the storm is that they were broken and too expensive to fix or fly.

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Note to the wise: When a hurricane comes, move your planes out of the way. Especially your really expensive F-22 fighter planes. After all, those babies are $339 mil apiece. Got the message?

Apparently the US Air Force didn’t get this message. Or, did they find themselves unable to follow the message?

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The Washington Times reported Tuesday that between 17 and 20 of these top-of-the-line fighter jets were damaged, some beyond the point of repair, when Hurricane Michael slammed ashore on Mexico Beach, Florida, not far from the Tyndall Air Force Base in the same state. The Times reports that more than a dozen of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were damaged after being left in the path of the extremely fierce storm:

President Trump’s tour Monday of devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael took him close to Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base, where more than a dozen F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were damaged after being left in the path of the powerful storm.

The pricey fighter jets — some possibly damaged beyond repair — were caught in the widespread destruction that took at least 18 lives, flattened homes, downed trees and buckled roads from Florida to Virginia.

The decision to leave roughly $7.5 billion in aircraft in the path of a hurricane raised eyebrows, including among defense analysts who say the Pentagon’s entire high-tech strategy continues to make its fighter jets vulnerable to weather and other mishaps when they are grounded for repairs.

“This becomes sort of a self-defeating cycle where we have $400 million aircraft that can’t fly precisely because they are $400 million aircraft,” said Dan Grazier, a defense fellow at Project on Government Oversight. “If we were buying simpler aircraft then it would be a whole lot easier for the base commander to get these aircraft up and in working order, at least more of them.”

This is quite a statement. The F-22 is held to be the tip of the American air defense sword. A superb airplane (when it works), it can do things no other plane in the world can do. It boasts a radar profile the size of a marble, making it virtually undetectable by enemy radars. It is highly maneuverable with thrust-vectoring built into its engines.

However, to see a report like this is simply stunning. After all, one would expect that the best military equipment ought to be the most reliable as well. 

It appears that Hurricane Michael figuratively and physically blew the lid off any efforts to conceal a problem with these planes, and indeed with the hyper-technological basis for the US air fighting forcesThe Times continues:

Reports on the number of aircraft damaged ranged from 17 to 22 or about 10 percent of the Air Force’s F-22 fleet of 187.

The Air Force stopped buying F-22s, considered the world’s most advanced fighter jets, in 2012. The aircraft is being replaced by the F-35, another high-tech but slightly less-expensive aircraft.

Later in the tour, at an emergency command center in Georgia, Mr. Trump said the damage to the F-22s couldn’t be avoided because the aircraft were grounded and the storm moved quickly.

“We’re going to have a full report. There was some damage, not nearly as bad as we first heard,” he said when asked about the F-22s, which cost about $339 million each.

“I’m always concerned about cost. I don’t like it,” Mr. Trump said.

Still, the president remains a fan of the high-tech fighter jet.

“The F-22 is one of my all-time favorites. It is the most beautiful fighter jet in the world. One of the best,” he said.

The Air Force managed to fly 33 of the F-22s to safety, but maintenance and repair issues kept 22 of the notoriously finicky aircraft on the ground when the powerful storm hit the base.

About 49 percent of the F-22s are out of action at any given time, according to an Air Force report this year.

This is a stunning statistic. This means that of the 187 planes in existence, 90 of them are not working. At their cost, that means that over thirty billion dollars worth of military equipment is sitting around, broken, just in airplanes alone.

As a point of comparison, the entire Russian military budget for 2017 was $61 billion, with that budget producing hypersonic missiles, superb fighter aircraft and tanks. Russian fighter planes are known for being able to take harsh landing and take-off conditions that would cripple the most modern American flying machines.

It would seem that Hurricane Michael exposed a serious problem with the state of readiness of American armed forces. Thankfully that problem did not arise in combat, but it is no less serious.

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