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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

US Auto Sales Hit Record

US auto sales hit record in first 6 months

U.S. auto sales may be slowing, but they still set a record in the first six months of this year. Sales through June were up 1.5 percent to 8.65 million, eclipsing last year’s record of 8.5 million, according Autodata Corp. That was partly due to a strong June, which saw sales rebound after a disappointing May. Sales rose 2.5 percent to more than 1.5 million. Ford, Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai, Subaru and Nissan all reported gains for the month. Sales were down at General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen. After six straight years of growth – and record sales of 17.5 million last year- U.S. sales are beginning to plateau. In the first six months of last year, for example, sales were up 4 percent, or more than double the pace of this year. But low gas prices, low interest rates, enticing new vehicles […]

"It seems like there is an order [from authorities] to put fear in people so they stay calm, so they don't cause trouble in the city because the foreigners can't see that the city is chaotic," Higor da Silva, a resident of the Mare favela, told CNN.
"They [state police] don't care if there is a child in the middle -- they shoot their target."

Where it gets harder is here: if you pick energy and economy as your focus, the climate suffers (for climate you can equally read ‘the planet’, or ‘the ecosystem’). Focus on climate and energy, and the economy plunges. So far so ‘good’.
But when you emphasize climate and economy, you get stuck. There is no way the two can be ‘saved’ with our present use of fossil fuels, and our highly complex economic systems cannot run on renewables (for one thing, the EROEI is not nearly good enough).

It doesn’t matter how often gas station management and local law enforcers check the pumps, whatever CCTV they rely on, there is always a way for the criminals: they come during the night when the station’s closed and the cameras are off; they use trucks to block the pump to be rigged from view; and so on. 

Why The Collapse Of The U.S. Economic & Financial System Has Accelerated

The collapse of the U.S. economic and financial system 
accelerated this year, thus pushing the country closer to a 
third-world status.  Most Americans are unaware of the dire
 consequences facing the nation, so they continue to believe 
business as usual will continue indefinitely.

Unfortunately, lousy reporting by the Mainstream media 
along with the public’s denial and delusional thinking is a 
recipe for disaster for most Americans over the next several

The U.S. economy is being propped up by a great deal of 
monetary printing, Fed stock and bond purchases and 
extreme leverage in all areas of the market.  While these 
policies have given the “ILLUSION” of continued prosperity, 
or at best a sustainable slow growing economy, the debt now 
in the system is unsustainable.

Still to this day, most investors (including precious metals 
investors) do not understand the real reason for the massive 
increase in U.S. Federal debt.  They believe the debt was 
either increased to enslave Americans or to fund continued 
economic growth.  While the second reason is more 
accurate, they still fail to understand the “ROOT 
CAUSE” of the debt increase.

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