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  1. American Front Line Doctors i have my supply of meds, if I need it. I do everything natural anyway and have been exposed multiple times to C19 positive people and have yet to get sick. DON’T BELIEVE THE BS!
  2. One guess on who placed it. Here’s a clue, four letters. Starts with an I and ends with an N.
  3. Just an FYI folks. The USS Georgia carries more than missiles, nuclear and conventional. She also is outfitted to deploy Navy SEAL's. That "tubular section, just behind the sail can carry an SDV (SEAL Delivery Vehicle).
  4. If you want to keep your gains then you need to look into the OSI program.
  5. Oil Prices Crash as Storage Shortage Looms 139 Hussein Malla/AP Photo John Carney 20 Apr 2020792 2:12 The joke among oil traders Monday morning is that gas stations will soon be paying customers to fill up their tanks as the search for storage options intensifies. Oil prices plunged on Monday to multi-decade lows. The front-month May contract for West Texas Intermediate futures, which expires Tuesday, fell by more than 36 percent to $11.55 a barrel. Soon to be expiring contracts are typically traded in lower volumes. Som\e traders may be selling the expiring May contract for fear that storing oil will become more expensive as high production numbers clash with low demand around the globe. The June WTI contract for West Texas Intermediate futures, fell by more than 11.5 percent. Brent crude oil, considered the global benchmark, fell by around 6 percent. Analysts are concerned that the capacity for storing oil may run out soon. The storage facility in Cushing, Oklahoma has become a particular focus. Connected by pipeline to Canada, West Texas, the Gulf Coast, and the American Midwest, Cushing is where the physical delivery of most WTI takes place. That end-stage of billions of dollars of daily trading, most of it purely financial and settled with contracts, is becoming more expensive as crude stockpiles have accumulated. Efforts to curb production, such as a recent agreement between Russian and Saudi Arabia, appear to have fallen short. When prices for futures contracts expiring further out are higher than contracts expiring sooner, traders describe the market as being in “contango.” The opposite, where near-term contracts are cheaper than long-term, is called “backwardation.” The current market, with a steep discount for oil available for near-term delivery, is known as “super-contang0.” The definitions of those terms may not matter to most consumers but they are fun to say. “Uncontained contango,” is a new phrase being thrown around to describe super-contango driven by lack of storage capacity.
  6. Russia's stronger economy lets Putin stare down OPEC By Natasha Doff and Anya Andrianova on 3/8/2020 MOSCOW (Bloomberg) --Vladimir Putin’s resistance to further output cuts has pushed Russia’s accord with the OPEC cartel that controls more than half of the world’s oil production toward breakdown. Some key metrics guiding the Russian economy help explain the president’s reasoning. “Thanks to Russia taking harsh measures earlier, Russia can now afford a lower oil price than five to six years ago,” said Dmitry Dolgin, chief economist at ING Bank in Moscow. Five years of austerity and safeguarding assets against the threat of U.S. sanctions have left Russia in a stronger position than ever before to cope with lower oil prices. Putin’s plans to increase spending this year can go ahead regardless and a weaker ruble will only help the country’s commodity exporters, which sell their goods in dollars. Russia resisted pressure from allies in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to make deeper production cuts at negotiations in Vienna that ended without a deal on Friday, saying it favors maintaining supply reductions at current levels until June. Saudi Arabia, the other major player in the OPEC+ talks, is pushing for a group cut of 1.5 million barrels a day. International sanctions forced Russia to strip back foreign borrowing in recent years, while stringent fiscal policies pared domestic spending to a minimum. The result is that Russia now boasts the fourth-biggest international reserves in the world, and some of the lowest debt levels. Putin’s new government still has plenty of room to start increasing spending this year even if oil prices drop closer toward $40 a barrel. Gone are the days when Russia needed oil prices of over $100 a barrel to balance its budget. A combination of spending cuts and revenue increases pursued since the 2015 oil price crash has pushed the break-even point for the budget down to $51 a barrel. Though oil prices breached that level earlier this month, the Finance Ministry can afford to take in a bit less given that the budget ran a surplus in the last two years. Compared to other oil-exporting nations, Russia is in very good shape to cope with lower prices. Saudi Arabia, for instance, balances its budget at oil prices roughly double the level that Russia can cope with. The ruble is down close to 10% so far this year, compared with a nearly 30% plunge for Brent crude, implying that the Russian currency is still overvalued. In the past the Kremlin has been content to keep the currency weak to boost revenues of commodity exporters, the driving force of the economy. Bloomberg Economics’s Scott Johnson warns though that a blow to the ruble could “undermine domestic demand just when more external shocks are on the way.”
  7. Huff post, now there’s an outlet with integrity. 😂 Dare we mention how much the eight year President Obama apology world tour cost? I really don’t care where any POTUS travels to for down time. It’s a thankless job regardless of party affiliation.
  8. Marty McFly: Time circuits on... Flux Capacitor... fluxing... Engine running... All right!
  9. Well, since this thread is off topic I’ll throw this into the mix. It’s been awhile since SNL put something out that was funny! Enjoy!
  10. How about you all keep the political rhetoric in the Opinions section. It’s bad enough that we are inundated with politics by every form of media out there. Most of us are here for IQD news. Thanks for your consideration in this.
  11. Mep01, In regards to China’s economic power and the strength of the yuan we really need to compare apples to apples. Currently the GDP to debt ratio for the USA is 106%, China is at 300%. USA CHINA That being said, China cannot sustain this level of spending. The ongoing trade war with the USA is eroding their GDP as well. China’s romancing of third world country’s is more about propping up their economy than spreading ideology. In Iraq’s case the oil is just the tip of the iceberg. Post RV we can only assume that consumer spending, private and governmental, will greatly increase, and multiple nations want a piece of that market. A generation ago the world witnessed the collapse of the USSR. Reagan implemented a policy of strengthening our military forcing the USSR into keeping pace with us. The USA outspent the USSR and bankrupted them in the process. Subsequently we saw support of Soviet satellite countries lose their subsidies from mother Russia. Will we see the same happen to China? I know this explanation may be taken as sophomoric by some of the folks out here. There was a lot more going on that contributed to the Soviet collapse. So so in the end you have to ask yourself. Given the aforementioned debt to GDP ratio’s who has the stronger currency.
  12. Did a quick check and came across this. Does Video Show Police Spraying Fake Blood on Themselves During a Philadelphia Shooting? Disinformation, Fact Checks / By Kim LaCapria / August 15, 2019 Claim Video from a local news broadcast depicts Philadelphia police using fake blood during a shooting. Not True On August 15 2019, the conspiracy-oriented Facebook page “True News 4 U’s” shared a video (archived here) of police officers in Philadelphia purportedly spraying “fake blood” on themselves in the aftermath of a shooting. In that context, the clip appeared with very little information, and the claims which did accompany it were strongly suggestive of the events it supposedly showed. One notable detail of the Facebook clip and others shared on social media is that audio — both of the television news segment and the person gesturing — was curiously missing. All clips were silent. The footage seen in the broadcast came from reporting on a shooting in Philadelphia on August 14 2019, during which six police officers were wounded. CNN aired different video from the same standoff, but that footage did not include the portion seen in the viral clips. Another version of the clip gained engagement sufficient to be tracked by the real-time viral content spotter Trendolizer on the morning of August 15 2019. Trendolizer’s page pointed to a YouTube video (“Police Officers Spray Fake Blood on themselves during Philadelphia Shooting 8/14/2019”), published on August 14 2019: When the YouTube iteration was played at a slower speed, a brief station identification logo was visible in the lower right-hand corner of the screen — WPVI-TV. Yet another version of the same clip with the same description was racking up heavy engagement on Twitter: All seemed to show the same WPVI-TV segment in which two police officers stopped in a crosswalk, retrieved a bottle, and dispensed an amount of dark reddish liquid. The contents of the bottle spilled onto the white of the crosswalk before one of the officers entered the passenger side of the cruiser and the other closed the door. The second officer dragged his foot through the pooling liquid, wiping some of it from the white-painted asphalt. During the standoff, WPVI-TV shared live updates to Twitter. At 8:14 PM local time, the outlet reported that six officers had been wounded. An appended news article reported that in addition to the six wounded officers, others had been injured in the response to the shooting. Video on that page did have audio. In one clip at the top of the page on August 15 2019, different bits of footage captured throughout the standoff appeared. In that clip, a brief portion of the “crosswalk” video was included, with narration different from the longer, live version. At the 4:15 mark, an anchor describes the two officers running to the cruiser, noting that one of the two had blood on his arm: The scene with the bottle was not included, but the anchor noted the presence of blood on an officer’s arm as he approached the cruiser — not after the bottle was retrieved. The anchor stated the officer had blood visible on his arm and leg, and he was running to (not from) the cruiser. Another of the page’s multiple videos was two minutes and 10 seconds long, and the officer in the “crosswalk” video is seen approaching the cruiser 41 seconds into the video. In that clip, the higher resolution enabled viewers to clearly see his forearm is covered in blood as he runs to the car, while he is on the sidewalk, and as he opens the cruiser door. The scene with the bottle is not included, and we did not see the footage of any of the other videos on the page. Multiple iterations of the same video shared to social media claimed that police officers sprayed fake blood in a news video broadcasted by WPVI-TV on August 14 2019 during a standoff in which nine officers were injured, six of whom were shot. However, the clip was presented without audio, likely to mask the clarifying comments of news anchors. In adjacent footage, the same officer is seen running to the police cruiser with blood already across his forearm. As for the liquid in the bottle, it is most likely a disinfecting solution such as Betadine (povidone-iodine, which can appear deep orange or red) or a treatment to hasten clotting pulled from what appears to be a belt trauma kit, hurriedly applied to an officer’s wounded arm while both men were standing behind a car door in order to protect themselves from bullets.
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