“We Have Our Options”: Pelosi Doesn’t Rule Out Impeachment Over Supreme Court Pick

“We Have Our Options”: Pelosi Doesn’t Rule Out Impeachment Over Supreme Court Pick
Tyler Durden
Sun, 09/20/2020 – 10:55 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) didn’t bat an eye when ABC “This Week” host and former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos floats the idea of impeaching President Trump over filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court following the Friday announcement of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Stephanopoulos: “Some have mentioned the possibility if they try to push through a nominee in a lame-duck session that the House could move to impeach President Trump or Attorney General Barr as a way of stalling or preventing the Senate from acting on this nomination.”

Pelosi: “Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now.” ...read more

Trump ‘Blesses’ Deal Valuing TikTok At $60 Billion As ByteDance Keeps ‘Secret Sauce’

Trump ‘Blesses’ Deal Valuing TikTok At $60 Billion As ByteDance Keeps ‘Secret Sauce’
Tyler Durden
Sun, 09/20/2020 – 10:31 Last night, TikTok parent ByteDance denied President Trump’s boasts about a $5 billion fund to finance the teaching of ‘the real American history’. Despite this, the deal appears to still be moving forward, at least, according to leaked press reports. Bloomberg revealed Sunday morning that the investors in the deal had agreed on a $60 billion valuation for the new TikTok. That’s 2x the $30 billion number being bandied about back in August.

That’s not all: For the first time, Bloomberg revealed the size of each investors’ stakes. Oracle and Walmart have reportedly agreed to buy 12.5% and 7.5% respectively of a newly established TikTok Global under the deal approved by President Trump. That’s a combined $12 billion tab for Oracle and Wal-Mart.

Beijing’s opposition to the deal has been widely reported in recent weeks. But if accurate, this latest news would suggest these may have been negotiating tactics. It’s not surprising, but this would be just another example of the cooperation and coordination between the CCP and Chinese companies that initially aroused the suspicions of American China hawks. ...read more

Here Are The Most Popular ESG Fund Holdings

Here Are The Most Popular ESG Fund Holdings
Tyler Durden
Sun, 09/20/2020 – 09:55 Every several years it’s same old: not long after the start of the post-crisis era, the investing craze du jour was solar, followed by 3D printers and cloud stocks; when that fizzled it was replaced with craft burgers/sandwiches which then morphed into the biotech bubble; when that burst blockchain companies were the bubble darlings of the day, which in turn were replaced by cannabis stocks. Not longer after, the pot bubble burst, leaving a void to be filled.

That’s when the virtue-signaling tour de force that is ESG, or Environmental, Social, and Governance, made its first appearance, which just happened to coincide with the oh so obviously staged anti-global warming crusade spearheaded by a 16-year-old child (whose words are ghost-written by her publicity-starved parents) as well as central banks, politicians, the UN, the IMF, the World Bank, countless “green” corporations and NGOs, and pretty much everyone in the crumbling establishment.

After all, who can possibly be against fixing the climate, even if it costs quadrillions… or rather especially if it costs quadrillions – because in one fell swoop, central banks assured themselves a carte blanche to print as much money as they would ever need, because who evil egotistical bastard would refuse the monetization of, well, everything if it was to make sure future generations – the same generations these same central banks have doomed to a life of record wealth and income inequality – had a better life (compared to some imaginary baseline that doesn’t really exist).

And since the green movement was here to stay, so was the wave of pro-ESG investing which every single bank has been pitching to its clients because, well you know, it’s the socially, environmentally and financially responsible thing. ...read more

Biden Refuses To Release List Of Supreme Court Contenders

Biden Refuses To Release List Of Supreme Court Contenders
Tyler Durden
Sun, 09/20/2020 – 09:37 It’s no secret that Republicans take filling judgeships much more seriously than Democrats. President Trump released his first list of prospective Supreme Court nominees before he was even elected, back in September 2016, and – in what was taken at the time as a grim harbinger of RBG’s condition – released his most recent revisions/additions earlier this month, just days before RBG died.

But in the latest indication of just how low a priority selecting Supreme Court judges has been for Democrats – after all, they’re not even in power, right? – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is reportedly refusing to release a list of potential nominees, should he ever get the opportunity to fill the vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Politico reported last night that Biden is taking a “cautious” approach to filling the position. After making his initial statement on Saturday, the Biden campaign has shut down public activity, while Biden and his team retreat to the basement. ...read more

The Criminal Prosecution Of Boeing Executives Should Begin

The Criminal Prosecution Of Boeing Executives Should Begin
Tyler Durden
Sun, 09/20/2020 – 09:14 Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

Damning details of purposeful malfeasance by Boeing executives emerged in a Congressional investigation.

FAA, Boeing Blasted Over 737 MAX Failures

On Wednesday, the Transportation Committee Blasted FAA, Boeing Over 737 MAX Failures ...read more

Football Great Herschel Walker Slams “Trained Marxists” BLM and its Enablers

football-great-herschel-walker-slams-trained-marxists-blm-and-its-enablersSaying he was blind but now can see, football great Herschel Walker posted a video Wednesday on Twitter in which he excoriated NFL owners and players, other sports organizations, churches, and politicians for supporting BLM. Mentioning that the group’s co-founders have described themselves as “trained Marxists,” the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner plaintively asked, “Is this who you’re supporting?”

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US Close To Declaring Qatar Major Non-NATO Ally, Deepening Military Ties

US Close To Declaring Qatar Major Non-NATO Ally, Deepening Military Ties
Tyler Durden
Sun, 09/20/2020 – 08:45 Despite this week’s “shock” Trump administration announcement that Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera must now register in the United States as a ‘foreign agent’, Washington ties with the tiny oil and gas rich monarchy continues to warm, especially given the vital role Qatar plays in hosting US forces.

Reuters now reports that “The United States hopes to move forward with naming Qatar as a major non-NATO ally, a status that provides foreign nations with benefits in defense trade and security cooperation, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.”

US deputy assistant secretary of state for Arabian Gulf affairs Timothy Lenderking told reporters at the end of this week, “We’re going to move ahead, we hope, with designating Qatar a major non-NATO ally.”

Qatar’s Tamim Airbase, via World Bulletin 

Such a designation would allow for the wealthy Arab gulf country, which has over the past years been involved in inter-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) turmoil with the Saudis and Emirates on the other side, to have preferential access to US military hardware, training, and technology. ...read more

Russia ‘Forced’ To Create Hypersonic Missiles After US Exited Landmark Treaty: Putin

Russia ‘Forced’ To Create Hypersonic Missiles After US Exited Landmark Treaty: Putin
Tyler Durden
Sun, 09/20/2020 – 07:35 Vladimir Putin has blamed the United States for Russia’s development of hypersonic weapons, saying specifically it was ultimately Washington’s withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) in 2002 which triggered the experimental defense technology program. 

As the name suggests, it was an arms limitation and reduction treaty brokered with the Soviet Union which regulated the anti-ballistic missile systems used in defending areas against ballistic missile-delivered nuclear weapons.

Putin said during a televised address on Saturday: “The withdrawal of the United States from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 forced Russia to start developing hypersonic weapons. We had to create these weapons in response to the deployment of the US strategic missile defense system, which was capable to actually neutralize, reset our entire nuclear potential in the future,” according to Russia’s Sputnik.

Image via RIA Novosti

Interestingly the timing and blame-game nature of Putin’s statements come a little over a year after the United States withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF. It also comes as the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty is on the chopping block as well, amid ongoing negotiations.  ...read more

Brexit: Why Does Europe Continue To Speak English?

Brexit: Why Does Europe Continue To Speak English?
Tyler Durden
Sun, 09/20/2020 – 07:00 Authored by Tim Kirby via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The seemingly longest divorce proceedings in history continue as the United Kingdom is still struggling to ever so slowly wiggle its way out of the EU. The British are trying to work out a post Union trade deal that will work out for their best interests and is hammering home the threat of abandoning negotiations and bailing without any agreement if they don’t get what they want in time. Perhaps, at one point the threat of London abruptly leaving would have had more weight than after years of watching the British “kind of” slowly leaving the EU party one at the speed of a glacier. In 2020 it is hard to take any threat of abrupt action from them seriously. Obviously, the economic impact of Brexit has been much discussed and for some feared, but the British are taking something else entirely with them that is not being discussed. And this aspect of Brexit should raise many questions for the future of the EU – the removal of the EU’s native English-speaking core.

In theory, the ideas that unite the EU are beliefs in Western Style Democracy, Human Rights (and the West’s monopoly on the interpretation of the idea), the geographic unity Europe (excluding the evil Russians) and a sort of friendly-faced Capitalism with a Nanny State side. To what extent these pillars of the union are taught in schools across the many nations is up for debate. Very often the ideas in society that should be known to all are pushed into the realm of the esoteric due to their exclusion from mainstream public education. As an American growing up in the Cold War it is still very surprising that we never had “Capitalism” as a school subject. During my childhood I knew we were fighting for Capitalism and that Communism “doesn’t work” but we never had it explained to U.S. until much later. And this was only due to the fact that I was in “AP” classes into which only a tiny percentage of the student body actually went. Who knows what they told the normies about economics, probably not much. But in contrast to this, one thing that is definitely taught to all children in the EU regardless of educational system is English. ...read more