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1…………>The Man Behind The Words: “Killing Me Softly”
The incredibly gifted poet who wrote the words for Roberta Flack super hit “Killing Me Softly with His Song”, the theme to TV series “Happy Days”, and the English lyrics to the Brazilian bossa nova melody, “The Girl from Ipanema”, has passed away, aged 91.
Norman Gimbel, the Oscar and Grammy-winning lyricist, has died on 19 December at his home in Montecito, California, with music rights organization BMI said it was “greatly saddened” by news of his passing, describing him as a “truly gifted and prolific writer” who would be greatly missed by friends and fans.
His early successes included the lyrics to Andy Williams’s 1956 hit single “Canadian Sunset”, the songs for popular shows such as “Laverne & Shirley”, “Wonder Woman” and “HR Puffnstuff”.
In 1984 Gimbel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
2…………>Mr.Xi’s Perestroika: Weed Out The Corruption
In his never-ending campaign to ensure that his “21th Century Communist revolution” will not fail, China’s President Mr.Xi pledged to take down both high-level”tigers” and low-level”flies” in a drive to purge the ruling party of rampant corruption, an initiative has won him a broad popularity among the general public, but his critics, including the billionaire Mr.Guo, have called the crackdown a convenient way to eliminate political enemies.
The latest victim of his zeal is China’s former deputy intelligence chief Ma Jian who has been sentenced to life in prison for corruption, after found guilty of accepting bribes and insider trading, was also ruled to have used his political power to aid the operations of US-based businessman Guo Wengui, who has published a series of online videos in which he makes sensational allegations of corruption in the upper echelons of China’s ruling Communist Party.
Mr. Ma, who previously was the vice-minister of the state security bureau, was also ordered to pay more than 50 million yuan ($10.35 million) in penalties.
3…………>The Stars That Faded Into Eternal Sky in 2018
Celebrated artists who took a final bow in 2018, from Dolores O’Riordan of “The Cranberries” fame to “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin and writer Tom Wolfe, we celebrate those dearly departed musicians, directors and artists whose legacies continue to resonate.
4…………>Trump’s Wall With A Flat Tire: Democratic Obstructionists
“The President is not going to get his border wall, not with the changes [in Congress] that are coming,” Joe Donnelly, the defeated Democratic Senator from Indiana who is leaving Congress told Communist News Network, while Mr.Trump insists that “The US needs a wall on the border to stop drugs, human trafficking, gang members and criminals”.
The continuing partial US government shutdown is the result of a failure of Democrats and Republicans to agree on compromise legislation to fund the government that Trump insists must include more than $5 billion to finance the remainder of the border wall with Mexico.
The shutdown now looks certain to continue into 2019, following the failure of the Senate and the House of Representatives to take any action on it in their very brief gatherings on Thursday afternoon.
5…………>Market Report 12/28/2018, sell stop 22800, CG(3100), 11/22/19
Last long position sold at 25450, for a gain of 50 DIA points.
Short position 25400, cover shortstop covered at 25350 for a gain of 50 DIA points.
Last position long 24800, sell stop 25700 closed for a gain of 900 points.
Closed position short 25366, cover shortstop 24800 for a gain of 900 points.
Closed position long 24800 closed, sell stop 25500 for a gain of 700 points.
Last position short 25500, cover shortstop closed at 22400 for a gain of 3100 points.
New position long 22600, sell stop 22800 for a gain of 300 points.
Stocks down 76 to 23062, DJ futures +12, attempt to stage a short covering rally continuing due to US government shut-down negotiations.
Gold up to 1283.4 and USD/CHF at 1.00 due to President Trump setting tariffs on Chinese products. Translation? As the dollar goes down, we have to wait and see if the new Fed Chair Jerome Powell will continue pressuring gold and the Eurasian block with it down below $1000/oz in an economic WW3. Watch sell stop at 22800.
We have to wait and see if new Fed chair Powell will attempt to destroy Eurasian block by sending gold prices below 1000, despite the fact both Russia and China have been buying their whole gold production in local gold backed currency instead of money printing machines. In other words, US has lost controls of the precious metals complex, and with Trump’s infrastructure and tax cut campaign the National debt will soon be at, or over 30 trillion dollars, since D.C. swamp alligators have no intention dropping their pet projects. Read “Ziban Must Die” for more details on the coming collision of Trump’s administration with “Deep State” operators funded by the billionaires’ supporters of the New World Disorder.
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