“In Texas we make bacon a little differently.” -Ted Cruz, former US Senator from Texas and GOP 2016 candidate (watch the video below to find out just what he means…)
IN A NUTSHELL: MUST READ
Libor: The ‘Ringmaster’ Is Found Guilty
Thomas Hayes, a 35-year-old former trader at UBS and Citigroup, was found unanimously guilty by a London jury yesterday for being the “ringmaster” in the Libor rigging scandal. Libor, the London Interbank Offered Rate, is a benchmark interest rate on which a lot of financial instruments are priced (like your credit card debt). Hayes led a group of 25 traders across 10 banks that artificially set the Libor to benefit themselves at the expense of other investors and the broader public (although they were “more Austin Powers than James Bond“). Hayes felt the practice was so commonplace that “not even Mother Teresa wouldn’t manipulate Libor if she was setting it and trading it.”
The Athenian stock market suffered its worst day since someone began keeping track of it (1985), closing down 16.2 percent with financial stocks losing almost a third of their value on its first day of trading since it was shut down five weeks ago. The fall of banking stocks should come as no surprise as banks have basically been closed for the past five weeks (we hear that’s bad for business). That’s not all, Greek manufacturing had the worst recorded monthly contraction ever according to Markit (the company that keeps track of this stuff). Quite a dramatic turnaround for a country that was the fastest growing in the EU last November (at a whopping 0.8 percent growth rate).
President Obama, currently in Rambo mode, unveiled a comprehensive plan Monday to cut emissions from US power stations by nearly a third in 15 years through switching to renewable energy sources. The Clean Power Plan was announced ahead of attempts to secure a global climate change treaty in Paris at the end of the year. Critics argued that it would bankrupt the coal industry (before they even saw the proposal) with Ted Cruz saying “the data and facts don’t support global warming“… except they do.
#Pnut4Prez: Fox’s Heavy Hand In GOP Playing Field
Fox is only allowing candidates who fall within the â€œtop 10â€ in the most well-respected national polls will be able to partake in the GOP debate this Thursday. The verdict will be in today at 5pm. In the meantime, it looks like Donald Trump (whose popularity is up to 26 percent from 11 percent), Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are all definitely in. Fourth through sixth place is slotted for Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. The last four are likely to be filled by Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich (who has been climbing the ranks since his late announcement July 21)… or really anyone that bothers to show up that night.
Keeping Our Eye On…
Puerto Rico: The island commonwealth is officially in default for the first time in its history after missing a bond payment over the weekend by its Public Finance Corporation (PFC).
Feared Italian Mafia Boss Matteo Denaro has been on the run from much less feared Italian police since 1993 (not hard). In a major breakthrough, investigators arrested 11 suspects linked to the Sicilian Don after cracking his highly sophisticated sheep code. He had written messages to his men with such classics like “the sheep need shearing” and “I’ve put the ricotta cheese aside for you, will you come by later?” Investigators said “‘we are pretty sure these messages had nothing to do with dairy products.” Don Corleone is rolling in his grave.
Ted Cruz, GOP 2016 presidential candidate, gives your Sunday brunch the twist you never wanted by teaching the American public how to make bacon using an assault rifle…
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