With Thursday's decline, the S&P 500 stock index has lost 10.5 percent so far in 2016, its worst start to a year in history ...Higher levels of U.S. oil output, thanks to fracking technology, along with over-production by Saudi Arabia, contributed to a world-wide oil glut, sparking a steep fall in energy and other commodity prices at the start of last year. At $27 a barrel, oil prices are now near 13-year lows and some analysts say they expect to see prices drop further.
...a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals. ...the North announced it will freeze all South Korean assets there. The North also said it was closing an inter-Korean highway linking to Kaesong and shutting down two cross-border communication hotlines.
02/10/2016, informedchristians.com, By Daniel Valles, Editor
This infographic poster tracks the major events since the 2015 Feast of Trumpets. As we approach the upcoming Passover time, we are also expecting an Exodus of Christ's watching Bride.
Oil could drop below $20 a barrel as the search for a level that brings supply and demand back into balance makes prices even more volatile, said Goldman’s Currie.
02/09/2016, theeconomiccollapseblog.com, By Michael Snyder
...the biggest news was what happened in Japan. The Nikkei was down a staggering 918 points, but that stock crash made very few headlines in the western world. If the Dow had crashed 918 points today, that would have been the largest single day point crash in all of U.S. history. So what just happened in Japan is a really big deal.
Chile's emergency office said some homes had been left without electricity and local media reported rock falls on the highway following the quake, which was also felt in neighboring Argentina.
The reactor, officially known as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), produced hydrogen plasma...
Editor: Think 'EAST' as in Eastern Gate / Golden Gate. Creating a star in the east, right at this time...
In Guatemala, Santiaguito, the dome complex on Santa Maria, produced some impressive explosions that sent ash up over 6 kilometers (~19,000 feet). The ash from these blasts (see above) prompted both aviation and respiratory/drinking water alerts for the area around the volcano and the sound of the blasts was heard over 25 kilometers away.
02/07/2016, zerohedge.com, by Mark St.Cyr,
The proverbial warning shot became manifest when Twitter™ recently announced a 15% cut of exactly the type of staff or positions thought unimaginable just a year ago. i.e., Coders. Suddenly the very people once considered as “indispensable” and with an “inexhaustible need” unnervingly found that they were the first to go – in the first round of layoffs. This was the first visible prick to the meme-bubble bursting in my opinion. And as we all are becoming quite aware of: It’s far from the last, for the cannons have yet to begin firing in earnest.
02/07/2016, theeconomiccollapseblog.com, By Michael Snyder
On Friday, tech stocks got absolutely slammed as the bursting of dot-com bubble 2.0 accelerated once again. ...Many of the biggest names in the tech world have gotten mercilessly hammered over the past six months of so. Just look at some of the famous brands that have already lost between 20 and 40 percent of their market caps…
02/07/2016, dailycrow.com, MP
This year’s Super Bowl will take place on the final day of the Chinese Year of the Goat (or Sheep) and one month to the day before the Shiva festival on March 7th.
Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar following last month's sanctions relief.
The super Krewe of Bacchus, known for its spectacle, plans to roll on its traditional St. Charles Avenue route Sunday evening with 31 floats and 1,400 riders.
On “Formation,” the singer addresses not only race, but rumors about her celebrity (“Y’all haters corny with that Illuminati mess”)...
The rocket was launched on a southward trajectory, as planned, passing over Japan's southern Okinawa islands, Japan's NHK reported, and appeared to have successfully separated its first stage booster, South Korea's Yonhap reported. ...It last launched a long-range rocket in December 2012, sending into orbit an object it described as a communications satellite.
North Korea could launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the time frame for the launch, the Japanese and South Korean governments said on Saturday. North Korea had earlier told the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) it would launch the rocket some time between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25, triggering international opposition from governments that see it as a long-range missile test.
The last two days saw government troops and their Lebanese and Iranian allies fully encircle the countryside north of Aleppo and cut off the main supply route linking the city - Syria's largest before the war - to Turkey. Ankara said it suspected the aim was to starve the population into submission.
Francis is due to travel to Mexico Feb. 12-18. He will stop in Cuba on the way and meet with Kirill at the Havana airport, where they will speak privately for about two hours and then sign a joint declaration, the Vatican said. ...The Vatican spokesman, Lombardi, declined to speculate about a possible papal trip to Russia, or to offer hints about what the joint declaration might say. ...noted that a common date for Easter has been a long-sought goal in ecumenical circles.
The Kremlin has taken a swipe at British broadcaster the BBC after it aired a hypothetical look at what a conflict between Russia and NATO would look like in Eastern Europe. ...It ends with an imminent decision on whether or not the U.K. should fire a nuclear weapon against Russia, if Russia commits to striking first.
The tangled metal wreckage spanned roughly two blocks between Hudson and Church Streets, and the impact caused leaks to gas and water mains in the area. ...between Church Street and West Broadway.
The new stamps, which celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community, mark the first time the United Nations has issued stamps with this theme. The set, which features two in English, two in French, and two in German, will be available as of tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva and Vienna. They can also be purchased online.
There were no immediate reports of injuries. The meteorological agency however banned entry to the area, expanding an existing no-go zone around the crater to a 1.2-mile radius. ...“I don’t think there will be any serious impact from the explosion,” Ishihara said. “But of course we must keep monitoring the volcanic activity.”
The quake, which hit at 3:57 a.m. Friday, was particularly bad because it was very shallow -- about six miles underground -- and the epicenter was on the island, instead of offshore, said U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso. People felt the earthquake as far away as mainland China.
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