Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Today's Links

1--'They Came to Defend Us': Syrian Businesses Welcome Russian Troops


"I’ve loved Russia and Russians since my childhood, and now is the time to express my love for them through my restaurant," he said. "The Russians have revived both the nightlife and daytime businesses."
While the Russian soldiers are certainly good for business, some shops are even offering troops drinks at half the price – or no price at all.
"Since then, I swore to myself I would never let a Russian customer pay," Tarek Shaabo, owner of the Moscow Café, said of Russia’s veto of UN resolutions on Syria’s war. "They came to defend us. The least I can do is host them in my small café."

2--No rule of law in US, PCR


The fact that the shield of law no longer exists for American citizens is why, according to US Department of Justice statistics, only 4 percent of federal felonies ever go to trial. Almost the entirety of federal felonies are settled by coerced plea bargains that force defendants to admit to crimes that they did not commit in order to avoid “expanded indictments” that, if presented to the typical stupid, trusting, gullible American “jury of their peers,” would lock them away for hundreds of years.
American justice is a joke. It does not exist. You can see this in the American prison population. “Freedom and Democracy” America not only has the largest percentage of its population in prison than any country on the planet, but also the largest number of prisoners.
If you consider that “authoritarian” China has four times the population of the United States but fewer prisoners, you understand that “authoritarian” China has a more protective rule of law than the United States





3--Shares in gun maker Smith & Wesson reached their highest value ever amid President Obama’s executive action on arms control. The company expects greater sales in 2016, as the rush for its guns has been “stronger than originally anticipated.” 
   
One of America’s largest gun-makers, the firearms manufacturer’s stock price soared by over 11.08 percent and reached $25.86, the highest the company has ever traded on Nasdaq since 1999. Earlier in the day it skyrocketed to $26.54, also setting a record for intraday value.
Shares peaked during President Obama’s speech at the White House, as he officially announced plans to extend background checks for gun buyers and impose more restrictions on arms sellers....


“The company indicated that the sell-through rate of its products at distribution has been stronger than originally anticipated, resulting in reduced distributor inventories of its firearms,” the company said in a press release announcing its quarterly results on Monday.
Simply stated, this means that Americans are buying guns faster than distributers can restock store shelves.


4--The new face of the public lands privatization movement
Sagebrush Rebellion and Wise Use Movement Redux


5--The Economy in 2016: On the Edge of Recession


American consumers account for almost 70 percent of economic activity, but they won’t have enough purchasing power in 2016 to keep the economy going on more than two cylinders. Blame widening inequality.


Consider: The median wage is 4 percent below what it was in 2000, adjusted for inflation. The median wage of young people, even those with college degrees, is also dropping, adjusted for inflation. That means a continued slowdown in the rate of family formation—more young people living at home and deferring marriage and children – and less demand for goods and services.
At the same time, the labor participation rate—the percentage of Americans of working age who have jobs—remains near a 40-year low.


6--Contrary To Media Claims U.S. Always Sides With Its Saudi Clients


7--Enough Already! It’s Time To Send The Despicable House Of Saud To The Dustbin Of History
http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/enough-already-its-time-to-send-the-despicable-house-of-saud-to-the-dustbin-of-history/


8--Middle East tensions escalate in wake of Saudi mass beheadings
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/saud-j05.html


9--The New Year stock sell-off
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/01/05/pers-j05.html




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