01/29/18

FBI Releases Documentation Stating RT Founder Beat Himself To Death In His Hotel Room

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Back in November of 2015, I wrote about the founder of RT dropping dead of a heart attack in DC. I didn’t buy it and I still don’t. And it looks like my gut was right again. The FBI just released the results of their investigation into the matter and they caused me to actually laugh out loud yesterday. They wonder why no one believes anything coming out of the FBI these days. This is why. The media mogul and founder of RT allegedly beat himself to death by repeatedly smashing his head and upper body into the ground. Excuse me? That’s a far cry from a heart attack, which was their official cause of death… until it wasn’t.

Let me tell you a little story. This reminds me of the time in Vegas where a mob guy that I was acquainted with, drove his Ferrari into the desert. He got out and took all his clothes off and then folded them neatly on the seat. He proceeded to handcuff his own hands behind his back, walk himself out into the desert and shoot himself in the back of the head. True story. I kid you not… that’s what the authorities claimed at the time. I believe that story just about as much as the RT guy literally beating himself to death by smashing his head on the ground. Give me a freaking break.

Medical examiners in DC say Mikhail Lesin, a former aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was killed by blunt force trauma. Gee, what do you wanna bet Putin had him offed? It was meant to send a message and it wasn’t one of ours that did it. The police are still investigating it, but won’t call it a criminal act. Not yet… well over a year after the fact. That’s insane.

In November of 2015, the Free Thought Project reported that Mikhail Lesin, the former head of media affairs for the Russian government, and the founder of Russia Today (RT), was found dead in the hotel room that he was staying at in Washington, DC. The official line was heart attack, but the guy was pretty young and it just didn’t pass the sniff test. The documents the FBI just released are of course heavily redacted, so they tell you pretty much squat. The investigation ended in October of 2016. Why did it take well over a year to come to this conclusion? Why the lies? Why the cover-up?

The District of Colombia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and Metropolitan Police Department said that “blunt force injuries of the neck, torso, upper extremities and lower extremities” contributed to Lesin’s death. There’s no way this guy did that to himself. “The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has released the cause and manner of death for Mikhail Lesin… Cause of Death: blunt force injuries of the head,” the statement said. “Mr. Lesin died as a result of blunt for injuries to his head, with contributing causes being blunt force injuries of the neck, torso, upper extremities, and lower extremities, which were induced by falls, with acute ethanol intoxication,” the report states. So, he got drunk and beat himself to death by falling down? You are kidding right? Anyone else have a huge problem with this? Bueller?

And careful of the media here… Zero Hedge is blaming the US and not the Russians. Both are to blame and you can bet Putin is behind this death. If the CIA or NSA had been behind it, the guy would have disappeared. Something is very, very wrong with this case. “Based on the evidence, including video footage and witness interviews, Mr. Lesin entered his hotel room on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, after days of excessive consumption of alcohol and sustained the injuries that resulted in his death while alone in his hotel room,” the US attorney for the District of Columbia said in a statement. Right.

RT is the propaganda arm for the Russians. Lesin had fallen out of favor with Putin shortly before his untimely death. He had diplomatic and asylum status and no one will talk about why he was really here. According to the NY Times, until late 2014, Lesin ran the media wing of the state’s energy giant, Gazprom, before stepping down or, more likely, being forced out. He ended up in the United States, where he and his family owned properties in Los Angeles said to be worth far more than the salary of the former government minister. I figured he was in it with Putin and the Russian mob, which would explain a lot here.

Some US Senators, including Roger Wicker of Mississippi, had called for the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Lesin’s finances prior to his death. I think that is an excellent idea and prudent considering his early demise. “That a Russian public servant could have amassed the considerable funds required to acquire and maintain these assets in Europe and the United States raises serious questions,” Wicker said. I agree.

The original announcement of the heart attack back in November 2015 makes this case all the more ominous considering the fact that the medical examiner’s office also said Lesin’s body had blunt force trauma to the neck, torso, arms and legs too. How did authorities overlook his wounds? Or did they just not divulge them?

As RT reports, Lesin was considered one of the most influential figures in the Russian media landscape. A graduate of Moscow State University with a degree in Civil Engineering, he served as Minister of Press and Mass Media from 1999 to 2004. He was also a presidential media adviser from 2004 to 2009. Lesin became chief executive officer at Garprom-Media in 2013 and remained in the position until early 2015. I have no problem believing that Putin offed him… what I have an issue with is why our government is covering it up.

01/29/18

Was Fourth Quarter GDP Softer Than Expected?

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

The headline number for fourth quarter GDP disappointed. The economy expanded by 2.6% as opposed to the 3.0% expected rate. The reason for the shortfall was a huge drag from inventories and trade. Final sales to domestic purchasers, which exclude trade, grew by 4.3%, the fastest pace in over three years.

Consumption growth was close to 4.0%, while fixed investment rose by almost double, helped by another double digit gain in equipment investment.

Inventories subtracted about 0.7% versus an expected gain of 0.2%. This can be interpreted as bullish. Stores were depleted not increased, thus suggesting production will have to accelerate in the coming months to replace spent stores.

Regarding trade, net exports were also a big drag on growth as a 6.9% rise in net exports was overwhelmed by a 13.9% surge in imports. As stated Friday, global growth is surging and a strong argument can be made it is the US that is the proverbial engine of this global growth.

It must be remembered that trade and inventories are volatile and historically are revised in the coming months.

In my view, the data does little to challenge the underlying strength of the economy, growth that should accelerate as tax cuts and bank reform begin to positively impact the economy.

Changing topics, President Trump addressed Davos. In many regards it was a nonevent.

Commenting about the markets, the dollar resumed its decline, oil rose again and stocks were higher because of earnings. Treasuries also rose in yield with the 2-year Treasury rising to a 2.12% yield, or the highest yield in 9 years.

What will happen this week? Earnings reports will continue to accelerate including releases from the largest technology companies. There is also a Fed meeting where no change in interest rates are expected. And then there is the State of the Union address (SOTU). How will it be received?

Last night the foreign markets were mixed. London was up 0.21%, Paris was up 0.07% and Frankfurt was down 0.03%. China was down 1.56%, Japan was down 0.01% and Hang Sang was down 0.56%.

The Dow should open moderately lower as the bond market is selling off again partially upon the BOJ’s comments that inflation is “hardening.” The 10-year is off 15/32 to yield 2.72%.

01/29/18

NY, Anti-Trump Activists Hold Their Own SOTU Event

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

It is called ‘People’s State of the Union’ and the location is Town Hall in Manhattan. You need to buy tickets as they are $47.00.

Will Hillary be there as she too is leading the #Resist movement?

So, MoveOn.org is leading this event and has mobilized some top liberals that include Michael Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alyssa Milano, Rosie Perez and of course Whoopi Goldberg.

Additionally, the unions are part of this event, flanked by the Women’s March movement and Planned Parenthood.

The Washington Times includes:

Progressive groups We Stand United, MoveOn.org Political Action and Stand Up America are hosting an alternative to the State of the Union aimed at bringing celebrity activists together. The event, which will take place on Monday (one day prior to Mr. Trump’s speech), has attracted a wide range of industry professionals.

“In essence, it’s a better reflection of our state of the union based on a more populist point of view, based on the people’s point of view,” actor Mark Ruffalo told People magazine on Thursday. “I think it’s important because we have a president who has a difficult time with the truth, who has a radical, divisive agenda, and spends an enormous amount of time focusing on the negative and hopelessness and despair.”

“We want to celebrate this moment that we’re in of what is now probably one of the most influential and powerful and really beautiful movements to come into play in the United States since the civil rights movement,” Mr. Ruffalo added. “[It’s a] celebration of the power and the beauty of this movement, but also of our accomplishments and to focus on what’s to come in the immediate future. […] It’s the mother of all movements.”

Mr. Trump’s first State of the Union address will begin Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. EST.

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Representatives from United We Dream, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and other progressive organizations associated with the resistance movement have made plans to attend.

In 2016, Ruffalo was a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter and has a long been associated with liberal causes and movements. The actor has not shied away from controversy in the past. In June of 2017, Ruffalo shared a petition on social media demanding that MSNBC and NBC stop “the white conservative hiring spree.” Link

So, who is this person Julia Walsh, the campaign director for We Stand United? Hah, well Julia is a community organizer, motivational speaker and political strategist who has worked on progressive issues and campaigns since 2001. She has been an activist against fracking and for same sex marriage. She works with the United Nations on climate change and has been working on college campuses across the country getting students to vote for progressive candidates.

Meanwhile, several in congress are not attending the SOTU, while others are going but will wear black. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg will not be attending.

Just after the State of the Union address, the Huffington Post reports:

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is slated to provide her own nationally televised response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Waters will deliver her remarks on the BET program “Angela Rye’s State of the Union,” according to a report by BuzzFeed News.

Waters’ speech is not part of the Democratic Party’s official response to the president, which is due to be delivered by Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.).

Maxine Waters has been leading the charge to impeach 45…..on what grounds exactly still remains unclear.

This year’s theme is “building a safe, strong, and proud America,” according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters about the speech.

  • It will focus on 5 topics: Jobs/the economy, infrastructure, trade, immigration and national security. The administration official also said Trump will make the case for more bipartisanship in Congress.
  • Trump’s guests will reflect these topics, including people who benefited from tax reform and someone who can put “a face to the opioid crisis,” per the official.