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11 Red Flag Events That Just Happened As We Enter The Pivotal Month Of August 2015

Are you ready for what is coming in August? All over America, economic, political and social tensions are building, and the next 30 days could turn out to be pivotal. In July, we saw things start to turn. As you will read about below, a major six year trendline for the S&P 500 was finally broken this month, Chinese stocks crashed, commodities crashed, and debt problems started erupting all over the planet. I fully expect that this next month (August) will be a month of transition as we enter an extremely chaotic time in the fall and winter. Things are unfolding in textbook fashion for another major global financial crisis in the months ahead, and yet most people refuse to see what is happening. In their blind optimism, they want to believe that things will somehow be different this time. Well, the coming months will definitely reveal who was right and who was wrong. The following are 11 red flag events that just happened as we enter the pivotal month of August 2015…
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Obama signs executive order authorizing new supercomputing research initiative

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to help create the world’s fastest computer. The new initiative, known as National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), will begin working on “the first exaflop supercomputer—something that’s about 30 times faster than today’s fastest machines.”
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Feds Hand Out Funds To Be Used For 'Traffic Safety;' Local Agencies Buy License Plate Readers Instead

The National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) is supposed to be focused on one thing: safety. For crying out loud, it's right in the middle of its cumbersome name. But the federal funding it hands out to state and local governments is being used for surveillance devices with no discernible "safety" purpose: automatic license plate readers. The NHTSA is funding license plate readers for highway safety purposes only, but it’s far from clear how law enforcement agencies are interpreting this and whether they are using the funding to buy license plate readers for non-safety uses. The NHTSA should not be funding police technology for surveillance purposes and it should not let law enforcement apply for funding to decrease traffic fatalities and then turn around and use those funds to track people not suspected of any crime.
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More parents turn to homeschooling: 62% increase in the last decade

Homeschooled students now represent about 3.4 percent of the school-age population, a percentage that’s increased significantly for a variety of reasons.
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Trans-Pacific Partnership: TPP Trade Talks Fall Short Of Deal

Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, fell just short of a deal at talks on the Hawaiian island of Maui but were confident an agreement was within reach. “The undergrowth has been cleared away in the course of this meeting in a manner that I would say is streets ahead of any of the other ministerial meetings that we have had,” New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said.
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Shooter in Garland, Texas, attack bought gun in 2010 under Fast and Furious operation

Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol. At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi's history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process. Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers.
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Lawsuit accuses 22 banks of manipulating US Treasury auctions

Twenty-two financial companies that have served as primary dealers of U.S. Treasury securities were sued in federal court on Thursday, in what was described as the first nationwide class action alleging a conspiracy to manipulate Treasury auctions that harmed both investors and borrowers.
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Puerto Rico To Default After Missing Payment

Puerto Rico will miss a payment on debt due Aug. 1, the governor's chief of staff said on Friday, an event that will be considered a default by investors as the commonwealth lurches towards what could be one of the largest U.S. municipal debt restructurings in history. The island faces a number of debt payments that day but had signaled in recent weeks that it may miss the $58 million payment on Public Finance Corporation (PFC) bonds.
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The World’s Largest Vertical Farm Will Produce 2 Million Pounds Of Produce

As documentaries like Food Inc. have conveyed, large-scale agricultural farming is not a sustainable method of producing food for the world’s growing population. But vertical farming might be… As FOX News reports, start-up AeroFarms is presently building what will be the largest vertical farm in the world with the financial help of Goldman Sachs, Prudential Financial and RBH Group.
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Sadistic Cop Shoots Puppy in Front of Children, Laughs About It, Charges Owner with a Crime

“He just shot the dog and stood there with no remorse, no regrets in front of her and her kids,” neighbor Aijohli King told Channel 2 after she witnessed the shooting. Claudette Terry was moving into her new home when officers stopped to harass her friend who was sitting in the driveway. As two officers were questioning Terry’s friend, a third walked up and cowered in fear as a five-month-old puppy approached. He then pulled out his service weapon and fired without any regard for the children playing in the yard. “My son opened the door the dog ran out and kind of stood by me where the other officers were,” Terry explained. “He didn’t bark, growl or anything.
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Another Woman Arrested On Minor Charges Found Dead In Jail Cell

What’s going on? Another woman, arrested on minor charges, has been found dead inside of her jail cell. The New York mother of eight was found in the Mount Vernon jail on Monday afternoon. This was only two days after being taken into police custody – not unlike the very similar circumstances that Sandra Bland found herself in. According to Mount Vernon Mayor Earnest Davis, Raynetta Turner, 43, was arrested for allegedly stealing food, Saturday afternoon.
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Guess Who Just Won a $4.3 Billion Defense Contract

The Pentagon awarded $4.83 billion in new defense contracts Wednesday — all but $495 million of which was contained in one single award. The lucky winner of this award — all $4.34 billion of it — is the Reston, VA “applied technology” contractor Leidos (NYSE: LDOS). The company has been hired by the U.S. Navy to modernize its Defense Healthcare Management System, providing the Navy with an off-the-shelf electronic health records “solution” and to integrate and deploy said solution “across the Military Health System.” Although the contract was routed through the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, it appears to be broader in reach, encompassing all military services. It is also going to be broad in timespan. According to the Pentagon announcement, the contract will begin with an initial two-year award, to be followed by up to two optional three-year extensions — a 10-year effort in total.
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121 Dead: July Was the Deadliest Month in Recent History for Police Killings

Over the years, it has been difficult to tell exactly how many people have been killed by police. So many cases are swept under the rug and totally ignored because the suspect was “guilty” of some small nonviolent offense, or because they ran from the police. Luckily, in recent years as the alternative media has begun to expose police killings, independent organizations are beginning to keep a tally of every killing they possibly can. This tallying is done to give the public a more accurate figure, and show them how much of a problem this actually is.
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US Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Contributing to Conflict in Yemen

nited States’ weapons and logistical support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen signals that Washington is backing Riyadh’s goal to crush Houthi rebels despite UN calls for a political solution, experts told Sputnik on Friday. The United States is providing intelligence and refueling support to enable a four-month-old Saudi-led air campaign against Houthi rebels and allied forces.
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MtGox Bitcoin Chief Mark Karpeles Arrested in Japan

Japanese police have arrested the CEO of the collapsed company MtGox, which was once the world's biggest exchange of the virtual currency, bitcoin, reports the BBC. Mark Karpeles, 30, is being held in connection with the loss of bitcoins worth $387m (£247m, €351m) last February.
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Al-Qaeda Attacks CIA-Trained Syrian "Freedom Fighters"; Commander Captured

Attempts to make sense of the prolonged, bloody conflict in Syria which threatens Turkey’s southern border and long ago spilled over into Iraq, are everywhere and always complicated by the constantly shifting alliances among the various groups fighting for control of the country. For instance, commentators were taken off guard in April when al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra appeared to be working in tandem with rival ISIS in a push to control the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. The siege - which transformed the camp into what Ban Ki-Moon called "the worst circle of hell" - also saw Palestinian militiamen forge awkward alliances with the Assad regime in the face of the militant assault.
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Bin Laden relatives reportedly killed in private jet crash

“There were no survivors, unfortunately. There were four people onboard including the pilot”, a spokeswoman for the British police said. The Saudi Ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, offered condolences on the embassy’s official Twitter account to the bin Laden family, a prominent Saudi Arabia clan with vast business interests.
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US Cops Kill More People in a Day than Norwegian Cops Have in a Decade

With Americans being killed by police every day, one begins to wonder what the country would be like if cops were trained differently and stopped resorting to lethal force so quickly. One country we can look to is Norway. In Norway, cops have shot only one person to death. That was nearly a decade ago.
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Hold the phone, Central! Cellphone radiation can cause cancer: study

The scientists were right — your cell phone can give you cancer. There have long been whispers of a cancer connection from your cell — and a new study backs up the claims.
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Apple Watch demand not enough for suppliers to break even

Apple told investors earlier this month that sales of the Apple Watch have far exceeded its own internal expectations, but some of the companies that are making parts for the new wearable are claiming that they can’t even break even because demand is so weak. Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) which makes the system-in-package case that contains Apple Watch’s array of sensors and chips, told investors during a conference call that it still hasn’t reached “break even volume” of two million units per month.
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