Former Federal Prisoner Turned Prison Consultant Suggests Someone Assisted Epstein in Suicide

As Jeffrey Epstein’s connections to the rich and powerful were churned up following his arrest last month, there has been no shortage of armchair commentators predicting the billionaire charged with sex trafficking might die ahead of his trial. Then, his body was found lifeless on Aug 10. in his a New York prison cell.

Perhaps one of those more qualified predictions came from Larry Lavine, a former federal prisoner turned prison consultant who stayed at a similar facility, and predicted that Epstein would be found dead from an apparent suicide. read more

Chemistry Teacher Sets Student on Fire, Leaving 15-Year-Old ‘Permanently Disfigured’

A Georgia student suffered serious burns after a chemistry teacher set him on fire this month.

Malachi McFadden was in chemistry class at Redan High School on Aug. 6 when his teacher performed an experiment that involved lighting a dollar bill on fire.

“The fire went out of control as expected because there was ethanol in the bowl. And instead of putting water on it to put it out, allegedly the teacher grabbed a jar of ethanol and threw it into the bowl,” attorney Chris Stewart told WSB-TV.

McFadden, 15, suffered third-degree burns all over his body, the lawyer said. “One of your students right here is permanently disfigured because of the actions of the school,” Stewart said. read more

NYPD Officer Shoots Himself at Home—Eighth NYC Officer to Commit Suicide This Year

A New York Police Department officer shot himself in his head inside his house early Aug. 13, the eighth New York cop to commit suicide this year.

Law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News that the officer, who worked for the department for seven years, left a suicide note.

He shot himself around 3:30 a.m. His fiancee was in the house at the time.

The officer was not named but sources told the New York Post that he was 35 years old.

In a statement, the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, which represents over 50,000 active and retired New York City Police Officers, said: “SUICIDES: Don’t do it. It solves nothing, and you are leaving devastation behind you. Your fellow cops are under siege. The job created this monster—it won’t get better unless we stick together.” read more

Stockman Slams The Risible Myth Of The Savings Glut And The Lunacy Of Sub-Zero Yields

Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog,

When something like the truly freakish chart below appears, you’d think that even the Wall Street gamblers would get their collective heads out of the sand.

The fact that in September 2017 Austria was able to issue a 100-year bond at a mere 2.1% yield was crazy enough. After all, the old Austria (Austro-Hungarian Empire) disappeared exactly 100 years ago at the Versailles Conference; the rump state left behind was nearly crushed by Hitler in the 1930s and the Soviet Union in the 1950’s; and for the last 70-years inflation has averaged 2% at least, while the welfare state keeps growing and taxes keep rising. read more

Wall Street Is Convinced A Recession Is Coming As Investors Are Most Bullish On Rates Since 2008

It’s that time in the month when the results of the Bank of America Fund Manager Survey – which unfortunately has emerged as a contradictory exercise in intellectual masturbation, in which respondents answer what they’d like to respond, not what they are actually doing – are pored over by Wall Street, if only for a few brief minutes.

As a reminder, last August, when looking at the monthly Bank of America Fund Manager Survey, we pointed out a “paradox” in Wall Street sentiment that could only be attributed to schizophrenia (or merely another example of how central banks have broken markets): on one hand a record number of investors said that stocks are overvalued (they were correct), even as most investors admitted they – or their peers – are long tech stocks (they were also correct). read more

Buchanan: China, Not Russia, Is The Greatest Threat

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

Ten weeks of protests, some huge, a few violent, culminated Monday with a shutdown of the Hong Kong airport.

Ominously, Beijing described the violent weekend demonstrations as “deranged” acts that are “the first signs of terrorism,” and vowed a merciless crackdown on the perpetrators.

China is being pushed toward a decision it does not want to make: to use military force, as in Tiananmen Square 30 years ago, to crush the uprising. For that would reveal the character of President Xi Jinping’s Communist dictatorship, as well as Beijing’s long-term plans for this semi-autonomous city of almost 7.5 million. read more

Teen Allegedly Trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein Seen at Naomi Campbell’s Birthday: Reports

A teenage girl who was allegedly trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein was seen in photos at Naomi Campbell’s birthday party in 2001.

Virginia Roberts, who has accused Epstein of abuse, was seen on a yacht in the French Riviera during the model’s birthday bash, reported the New York Post.

Roberts, who was 17, was seen wearing a pink crop top and shiny pants alongside Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime girlfriend who allegedly recruited her.

Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ seen at Naomi Campbell’s birthday party in 2001 https://t.co/1qUYOxqGFl pic.twitter.com/M1cOebfykI read more

After Stalling for Several Years, US Credit Agency Faces a New Hurdle

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Export-Import Bank, which assists in financing and facilitating exports of American products, faces an impasse as its mandate is set to expire by the end of September unless Congress takes action before then.

The embattled credit agency has become a political target for conservative Republicans who label the bank a “corporate welfare agency” and vow to shutter it.

The White House, however, believes the Ex-Im Bank is critical in protecting U.S. economic and national security interests in the wake of rising global trade tensions. It’s considered an important tool to compete with other countries such as China that have strong export-finance agencies. read more

28-Year-Old Mother Killed, 2 Children Abducted and Later Found, Suspects Absconding

A 28-year-old woman was killed and her two children were abducted and later found “unharmed.” Two suspects have absconded and investigators seek public support in tracing them.

An amber alert went active for a 3-year-old girl who was abducted after her mother was killed in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 12.

The 28-year-old mother, Aiesha Shantel Summers was allegedly killed by Edward Garner, 35, who also abducted her two children Aziyah Garner, 1, and Dior Muhammad, 3, said the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in a statement on Twitter. read more

Boeing Deliveries Fall 38% in the First Seven Months of 2019

Boeing Co delivered 38% fewer planes in the first seven months of 2019 than the same period a year earlier, as the grounding and doubts around the future of its best-selling 737 MAX jets hurt operations.

Deliveries totaled 258 aircraft in the seven months through July, compared to 417 last year, and trailing far behind the 458 aircraft handed over in the same period by European rival Airbus SE.

The numbers put Boeing on course to lose the crown of world’s biggest planemaker, which it has held uninterrupted for seven years. read more