- "The Oil Price Ceiling Has Been Set: 'Above $40 And We Start Pumping Again'"--Zero Hedge. According to the report, several large U.S. producers have indicated that if oil hits $40 to $45 per barrel, they will restart production. This indicates that $40 per barrel represents the new price ceiling on oil--a price well below what the OPEC nations need to maintain their social welfare programs. The bread and circuses may be over for the average subject living in an OPEC nation.
- "Feds: Dearborn Hts. man supports ISIS, planned attack"--The Detroit News. This is a February 6, 2016, article that had flown under my radar. The perp, Khalil Abu-Rayyan, was planning an attack on a church. His reasoning behind picking a church: "A lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church." (Underline added).
- "‘Soldiers of Allah’ to counter Soldiers of Odin in Norway"--The Local. From the article: "'In response to the infidel group Soldiers of Odin patrols, we Muslims have chosen to create a group that will patrol the streets, first in Oslo, to prevent evil and encourage the good,' a source within the Islamist environment told VG."
- "Germany says uncertain where 130,000 registered migrants are"--AFP.
- "Migrants break down Macedonia fence on Greek border"--BBC. Interesting that they are no longer "refugees."
- "Japan's population declines for first time since 1920s – official census"--The Guardian. Amazingly, one of the experts cited in the article had this to say: "For Cucek, the determining factor is that women are marrying later in Japan and only 2% of births take place out of wedlock." (Underline added). Apparently, the "out of wedlock" is a problem.
- "The real political 'establishment' in America is wealth"--Bayou Renaissance Man. Citing the Robert Reich article I quoted from last week, Peter Grant goes on to discuss the impact of the decline of the middle-class and growing concentration of wealth. He writes:
That problem has been largely created by the wealthy themselves, and if they don't solve it, the people of this country will act to solve it for them - one way or another. That may be by forcing redistribution in socialist style, which is what Bernie Sanders represents. It may be by depriving the wealthy and their corporate interests of cheap (illegal) labor, and adjusting taxes to a realistic level in relation to their income and assets (something they've been working against for decades, as I'll show). It may be by simple confiscation, which would be the progressive/Communist approach. However, one way or another, it will happen. That's inevitable, as any student of history will acknowledge. When economic inequality becomes too great, something will happen to restore balance. It always does. The pendulum swings one way, then it swings back. The cycle is never-ending.
Read the whole thing.
- Related: "Inside the Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump"--New York Times. The article describes a shared dislike of Trump by the establishment, but no overall cohesive strategy. However, some are considering a nuclear option: a contested convention.
Two of Mr. Trump’s opponents have openly acknowledged that they may have to wrest the Republican nomination from him in a deadlocked convention.
Speaking to political donors in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, Mr. Rubio’s campaign manager, Terry Sullivan, noted that most delegates are bound to a candidate only on the first ballot. Many of them, moreover, are likely to be party regulars who may not support Mr. Trump over multiple rounds of balloting, he added, according to a person present for Mr. Sullivan’s presentation, which was first reported by CNN.
Advisers to Mr. Kasich, the Ohio governor, have told potential supporters that his strategy boils down to a convention battle. Judd Gregg, a former New Hampshire senator who had endorsed Jeb Bush, said Mr. Kasich’s emissaries had sketched an outcome in which Mr. Kasich “probably ends up with the second-highest delegate count going into the convention” and digs in there to compete with Mr. Trump.
- Related: "Donors ask GOP consulting firm to research independent presidential bid"--Politico. "Conservative donors have engaged a major GOP consulting firm in Florida to research the feasibility of mounting a late, independent run for president amid growing fears that Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination."
- Peter Grant is not the only one hinting at revolution. In his article at Chicago Boyz entitled "A Preference Cascade is Forming," Micheal Kennedy argues that the rising popularity of Donald Trump is a reaction to the suffocating burden of the globalists' shibboleth of political correctness.
- "Treatment-Resistant Super Lice Has Spread Across 25 States"--Good.
In the past few months, we’ve seen another bug become superpowered: lice. Over the years, the strongest lice have defeated over-the-counter treatments and bred to create all-powerful and über-disgusting “super lice.”
Since 2015, an outbreak of these superpowered critters, which can’t be killed with traditional medications, has hit 25 states. “The lice themselves have sort of built up a resistance to conventional over-the-counter treatments that most patients use for the treatments,” said Daniel McCrimons, a pediatrician in Sacramento, California. After multiple hair infestations, parents have resorted to lice clinics where the dreaded parasites are killed via dehydration.
- "Why The Left Doesn’t Want You To Know About The Tripolitan Pirate Wars"--Return of the Kings.
In 1786, Adams, ambassador to Great Britain, and Jefferson, ambassador to France, met with the Tripolitan envoy, Sidi Haji Abdrahaman. They hoped to negotiate the release of several dozen Americans being held as slaves.
Abdrahaman told Jefferson and Adams “all nations which have not acknowledged the Prophet are sinners, whom it is the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave.”
- "What Ancient Rome REALLY looked like: Amazing 3D reconstruction of the city puts you in the shoes of a visitor in 320 AD"--Daily Mail.