Big Trouble with Spiders

By Kip Hansen — Re-Blogged From WUWT

How deeply have you considered the social life of spiders?  Are they social animals or solitary animals?  Do they work together?  Do they form social networks?  Does their behavior change as in  “adaptive evolution of individual differences in behavior”?

In yet another blow to the sanctity of peer-reviewed science and a simultaneous win for personal integrity and self-correcting nature of science, there is an ongoing tsunami of retractions in a field of study of which most of us have never even heard.

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Federal Reserve’s New QE Transfers Wealth To Its Owner Banks

By Mike Gleason – Re-Blogged From Silver Phoenix

Metals Investors are positioning themselves for rapidly developing political and geopolitical events, as well as a rapidly expanding Federal Reserve balance sheet.

What started out as a limited intervention to provide temporary liquidity to overnight lending markets has morphed into a massive $60-billion-per-month Treasury-buying campaign. By some measures, it’s even bigger than the last Quantitative Easing program.

The Fed has yet to fully explain why this is all necessary given the lack of an immediate crisis in the real economy. Last week, Fed chair Jerome Powell took great pains to insist that their expanded repo market operations are “not QE” – only to announce a massive new Treasury bill buying program on Friday.

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Trump Budget Director Mocks Congress Bureau He Heads Up: “It’s Not Accountable To You… The Public… Or Anyone”

By Onan Coca – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

In a most ironic twist,  President Trump’s Budget Director and the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Mick Mulvaney is now heading a bureau that he used to decry with regularity.

In fact, Mulvaney is still pointing out the many different problems with the bureau even as he attempts to lead it in a productive direction.

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