Early Hunters Evolved Into Marathoners

first_imgWhy are humans so good at endurance running?  According to Dan Lieberman of Harvard, “our body shape evolved to allow our ancestors to run long distances, and reach animal carcasses before other scavengers.”  He figured that “chasing animals until they collapse from exhaustion yields more meat per hunt than hunting with spears or a bow and arrow.”  Lieberman did not explain why the prey didn’t follow suit, or why other predators didn’t pick up on this winning strategy.    See the 11/18/2004 entry for details on the anatomical specializations humans have for endurance running compared to other mammals.  Everything from the shoulder girdle, neck angle, buttocks, feet, thermal regulation system and balance organs are involved in this distinctively human capability.  If humans evolved from non-endurance-running knuckle-walkers in six million years, how many functional mutations per generation would that have required?Evolution is not a science, it’s a game for public amusement.  Anyone can play.  You don’t even have to be a scientist.  The rules are simple:Assume evolution.Observe a fact.Make up a story to fit the fact into the assumption.Once you master these rules, you will understand the vast majority of evolutionary research.  In the scientific journals there are lots of big words to make it look smarter, but really, this is the gist of the game.  Now you know why so many lazy scientists choose to go into this line of work (see 12/22/2003 commentary).  It’s just a grown-up version of our old childhood game of make-believe.    Make-believe has two meanings.  The first means pretending things that don’t have to be true – just entertaining, for the sheer fun of imagining things.  The second meaning is more sinister.  It’s imposing a belief, by force, onto the imaginations of others, such as in public schools, where no alternatives to the evolutionary stories are ever allowed, in order to make students believe whether they want to or not, if they want to get a passing grade.    Play the game in school if you have to to get by.  Nobody, though, can make you believe something ridiculous.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Super League: Tie (1-1) in Tripoli

first_imgAsteras Tripolis and Atromitos Athens couldn’t be separated Saturday (2/23). In an evenly matched game, both sides scored a goal apiece at the Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium in Tripoli during the 22nd round of the Greek Super League. The home side, Asteras, have only themselves to blame as they missed a few good chances. On the other side, Atromitos played well in defense but struggled in the middle of the field. The first good scoring chance came in the 12’ for the home side with a free kick taken by Rolle from the left side of the field that was crossed into the center of Atromitos’ defense where unmarked Nikos Kaltsas missed a golden opportunity with no pressure around him and sent his shot wide of the net. Three minutes later, a similar play developed with Umbides again taking a corner, found Amr Warda who shook free from Asteras’ defenders and sent a header into the back of the net that Papadopoulos had no chance in saving. In the 85’ from another corner taken by Umbides, Asteras’ defense was left exposed but Koulouris was unable to finish his chance and score to win the game for Atromitos. What Asteras’ attacker failed to do in the ‘12, he made up for in the 24’ after a long spell of possession for Tripoli. On another set-piece taken by Rolle, the ball got to Ortega who headed the ball. The shot was parried away by Megyeri where the rebound fell to Kaltsas who reacted first to the ball and sent it into the back of the net. The goal was the culmination of a higher-tempo pressing game from Asteras. In the following minutes, Atromitos evened up the level of play and looked generally more comfortable as the game wore on. Despite this, they had no immediate answer for Asteras and Atromitos was unable to truly pose a threat to Papadopoulos’ goal. In the second half, Atromitos entered the game in a more self-assured and aggressive manner. Atromitos adopted tactics at the half which emphasized pressing further up the field so that they could coax Asteras into a mistake and equalize the match. Even though there was noticeably higher pressing, Asteras’ players were still able to keep possession and move the ball around the field well. It took until the 79’ for the first good chance to develop for the Peristeri-based club with Javier Umbides taking a corner kick from the left side finding Manousos’ head but Atromitos was thwarted once again by Papadopoulos. The referee of the match, Kostas Kotsanis (Dramas) showed the yellow card to Kaltsa and Kivrakidis, Karasalidis.ASTERAS TRIPOLIS (Paraschos): Papadopoulos, Kotsiras, Pasalidis, Triantafyllopoulos, Ortega, Bellocq, Kyriakopoulos, Kaltsas (89 ‘Douikas), Rolle (69’ Tsilianides), Fernandez, Aravidis (75 ‘Manias).ATROMITOS (Canadi): Megyeri (46 ‘Theodorakis), Kivrakidis (74’ Manousos), Karassalidis, Chatzisiaias, Katranis, Madson, Umbides, Bruno, N’Sikulu (46 ‘Vassilakakis), Warda, Koulouris.Video Highlights of the match: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35OVA40i9S8TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Galaxy send Zardes to Columbus for Kamara

first_imgTransfers LA Galaxy send Zardes to Columbus for Kamara Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 00:21 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gyasi Zardes MLS LA Galaxy 08292016 Jennifer Buchanan Transfers LA Galaxy Columbus Crew MLS Sigi Schmid’s side has acquired the Norway international in exchange for the U.S. national team forward and $400,000 in allocation money The Columbus Crew have acquired U.S. national team forward Gyasi Zardes and $400,000 in targeted allocation money from the LA Galaxy in exchange for Norway international Ola Kamara, the MLS clubs announced Saturday.Kamara has scored 35 goals in 64 MLS matches since joining the Crew from Austria Vienna in 2016. Last season, the 28-year-old finished fifth in MLS with 18 regular season goals.Zardes, 26, has recorded 36 goals and 18 assists over 139 MLS matches since signing with the Galaxy as a homegrown player in 2013. He also has scored six goals in 37 appearances for the U.S., representing his country at the 2016 Copa America Centenario and the Gold Cup in 2015 and 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We are excited to welcome Gyasi to Columbus,” Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said in a news release. “Gyasi is a talented forward that has been successful in this league and with the U.S. men’s national team. He is a high character individual and has a bright future in Major League Soccer and with our club.”In addition to what we know Gyasi will bring to our playing system, we have received significant additional resources to help the club as we build our roster for the 2018 campaign. We want to thank Ola for his two successful seasons with our club and we wish him the best in the next chapter of his career.”Capped nine times by Norway, Kamara gives the Galaxy the true striker the club has lacked since Robbie Keane exited following the 2016 season.More often used as a winger in recent years, Zardes struggled to fill that void last season while scoring just two goals in 24 matches as the Galaxy finished with a league-worst 8-18-8 record.”We are very excited to bring Ola to Los Angeles,” Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said. “He has been one of the league’s most productive forwards during his two seasons in MLS and we believe he will be a great fit in our attack. We look forward to him joining our squad.”Speaking to the Galaxy’s official website, Kamara said: “I’m super excited about the move. I wanted a new chapter and to get to a club that everybody knows in the whole world is cool. Being from Europe, everyone knows Galaxy. It’s a big challenge for me, and I’m very excited.”last_img read more

NSWTA Junior Regional Championships Results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Junior Regional Championships held at Jubilee Park in Wagga Wagga on the weekend. 14’s BoysHunter Western Hornets 3 defeated Sydney Scorpions 214’s GirlsSydney Scorpions 2 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 116’s BoysSydney Scorpions 6 defeated Sydney Rebels 216’s GirlsSydney Scorpions 3 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 018’s BoysSydney Rebels 6 defeated Sydney Mets 518’s GirlsHunter Western Hornets 6 defeated Sydney Scorpions 4To view some photos from the weekend, please visit the NSWTA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/nswtouch. Related LinksJunior Regionalslast_img

Rebels win fourth consecutive NTL mixed open title

first_imgBy BEN HARRISMixed open:Sydney Rebels 5 def Brisbane City Cobras 4.Good people and a strong bond between those people were the reasons Sydney Rebels have won the last four mixed open titles at the X-Blades National Touch League.The Rebels defeated Brisbane City Cobras 5-4 in a heart-racing final at Coffs Harbour. It was a replay of last year’s decider in which the Rebels won 9-8.This year’s score wasn’t as big as 2013 but it was as exciting.Rebels’ co-captain Christian Frost said, despite the team’s average age of 32, they were still playing top quality touch football.“Good people, absolutely good people,” Frost said about the key to the Rebels’ success over the last four years.“They have self-respect, they work hard and they have a great attitude. Everybody just wants to be with each other, they love each other.”The Rebels scored first through Daniel Rushworth in the fifth minute and it wasn’t for another eight minutes before the Sydney scored their second thanks to Jeremy Locke.Locke’s touchdown opened up the floodgates as three more touchdowns were scored in the final few minutes of the first half with the Rebels leading 4-1 at the break.Both teams exchanged touchdowns before the Cobras scored twice more to be behind by one.For the last 10 minutes, it was a nail-biting affair as neither team gave an inch.Cobras’ wing Kate Barker had a chance to level the score but couldn’t grasp Ryan Jacks’ pass.The Rebels were able to hold on for the win, which gave them their 38th consecutive NTL win and their sixth mixed open title.“Brisbane lifted the tempo from last year, they are a great opponent,” Frost said.The players of the match were Gareth Young (Rebels) and Candice Ashley (Cobras). Touchdowns: Rebels 5 (Daniel Rushworth, Jeremy Locke, Emma Hamilton, Manu Wakely, Sophie Connelly); Cobras 4 (David Sen 2, Arepa Ohia, Kate Barker).Mixed open final timeline:5th minute Rebels 1-0 Cobras – Daniel Rushworth touchdown.13th minute Rebels 2-0 – Jeremy Locke touchdown.14th minute Rebels 2-1 – David Sen touchdown.15th minute Rebels 3-1 – Emma Hamilton touchdown.20th minute Rebels 4-1 – Manu Wakely touchdown.Half-time – Rebels 4-1.22nd minute Rebels 4-2 – David Sen touchdown. 26th minute Rebels 5-2 – Sophie Connelly touchdown.27th minute Rebels 5-3 – Arepa Ohia touchdown.30th minute Rebels 5-4 – Kate Barker touchdown. You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMixed open finallast_img read more

a month agoNorwich midfielder Moritz Leitner: Slow start cost us

first_imgNorwich midfielder Moritz Leitner: Slow start cost usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City midfielder Moritz Leitner admits they were caught out by Burnley for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat.Leitner acknowledged that a slow start was to blame for the defeat.”We knew exactly how Burnley would play. They had one plan which was to kick it high and be prepared for the fight. To be honest, in the first 15 minutes they were better than us and did well, so they deserved the lead.”Teemu had a big chance and I had a shot on target. With a bit more luck, maybe we would have scored and been back in the game. We found some solutions in terms of creating chances, but now we have to analyse the game and keep going.”It was the perfect start for Burnley. For us it was more of a shock to concede two goals very early in the game. That’s always tough but we showed a good reaction and wanted to keep playing and to come back into the game. We made some mistakes, but we tried everything, and we will fight for the next game.”You can take something positive from every game, but the dressing room was disappointed. We will analyse the game, talk about it and find solutions for the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Vodafone Spain has signed up to provide Netflix on

first_imgVodafone Spain has signed up to provide Netflix on its platform, the first such deal struck by the streaming video provider in the country.Using the Netflix app, Vodafone TV homes will be able to watch Netflix content through their set–top box. Netflix will be available through Vodafone TV when Netflix launches in Spain in October.The Netflix offering will include exclusive original series such as Narcos, Marvel’s Daredevil, Sense8, Bloodline, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marco Polo and critically acclaimed documentaries Virunga, Mission Blue and docuseries Chef’s Table as well as various stand–up comedy specials.Additionally, younger viewers will find a selection of programming for kids.Viewers will also be able to watch Netflix’s new Original feature films, with announced titles including Beasts of No Nation, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon The Green Legend, Jadotville and The Ridiculous 6.Netflix in Spain is fully localised, offering a choice of subtitles and dubbing.Netflix will be available on Vodafone TV through an app on the decoder. Viewers will also be able to find titles using the search engine or recommendations section of the Vodafone service. According to Netflix, Vodafone customers will be able to enjoy Netflix in high quality thanks to a collaboration between the companies on Vodafone’s ultra high–speed fixed and mobile broadband networks.Vodafone TV customers will be able to enjoy the Netflix service without having to update their set–top–boxes. Netflix will also be available on smartphones and tablets. The Netflix app for those devices will be available in the app stores.last_img read more

Global pay TV revenue growth slowed significantly

first_imgGlobal pay TV revenue growth slowed significantly last year, with North American revenues peaking in 2015 and emerging markets contributing much of the growth between 2010 and 2016, according to new research.According to Digital TV Research’s Global Pay TV Revenue Databook, pay TV revenues across 138 countries increased by US$32 billion (€29 billion) between 2010-2016. However, pay TV revenue growth in 2016 amounted to only US$1.23 billion.Digital TV Research principal analyst Simon Murray said that North American pay TV revenues, which grew by US$7.516 billion between 2012-2016, peaked in 2015 and actually declined by US$1.77 billion last year.The Asia Pacific region, on the other hand, added US$10.21 billion between 2010 and 2016, up by 42% to US$34.38 billion. Latin America increased by 78% to US$18.44 billion. Sub-Saharan Africa more than doubled its total to US$4.20 billion.The US accounted for 49.5% global pay TV revenues in 2016; slipping below the halfway point for the first time. The country’s share of the global total in 2010 was 54.5%, according to Digital TV Research’s numbers.Five countries – the US, China, the UK, Japan and Canada – accounted for two third of global pay TV revenues last year.Half of the growth between 2010 was generated by the US, China, Brazil and India. Nine countries reported declines over the same period, mostly due to subscribers converting from standalone TV services to bundles with other products.Overall, pay TV revenues more than doubled in 59 countries over the reported period.last_img read more

If you have not read the first three parts of this

first_imgIf you have not read the first three parts of this series, please do that first: They are a necessary prelude: Westphalian Orders’ End Part 1 Westphalian Orders’ End Part 2 Westphalian Orders’ End Part 3 I have thus far made quite a few arguments why the Westphalian order of states is in trouble. Presuming that I am correct, and that the current state model fails, the great question is what comes next? The Two Classes Impolitic though it may be, any sensible analysis of states in transition has to divide the inhabitants into two groups: the Rulers and the Ruled. We can seek tamer terms if we like (such as officials and citizens), but those terms invariably muddle the issue. There are two groups that matter: those that make orders and those who take orders. These two face massively different challenges and incentives; separating them clearly is the only way to arrange a reasonable discourse. I will begin with the rulers: Imagine being a big boss of a big country: You and your predecessors have promised free everything to your voters, but you have now failed to deliver. They are angry, but there’s nothing you can do; there are no more buyers for your bonds and inflation has made your currency almost worthless. You are out of options. At the same time, you can’t just walk away – being the boss is something you need. So, what do you do? Your first job will be to keep the people with you, rather than against you. You must give them someone else to blame and to make them feel horrible about the prospect of your system vanishing. Finding outsiders to blame is always easy. (Jews and immigrants being the perennial favorites.) Making people feel like they need you, however, isn’t so easy, especially when your promises have just come up painfully short. You need some majestic promise for them to believe in: something that makes them special, provides a credible promise of more than they deserve, and/or makes them part of some magical uber-entity. In other words, you need an appealing new myth. The problem, of course, is that large new myths are not created in a day, and certainly not by people who can’t deliver much. So, you have to use whatever respected myths remain, make them more grandiose, and run with them. (This is precisely what happened at the end of the Roman Empire, as I will explain in Free-Man’s Perspective.)Fall of the Roman Empire Right now, the only big myths are of the globalist strain, such as climate change, save the rainforest (or whales, or trees, or children, or…), the value of politically correct speech and so on. Judeo-Christianity remains, of course, but it is a horrible mythology from a ruler’s point of view, is more or less incompatible with the globalist myths, and has been driven from respectable circles in most of the west anyway. So, the mythologies chosen by the rulers will have to be based upon environmentalism, anti-capitalism, and associated guilt-centric ideas. For lack of a better term, the new mythology will probably have to be globalist, with the many nation states and their scattered strategies being blamed for the crisis. The solution to the crisis, of course, will almost certainly be unified management by proper elites. But if globalist, elite rule is to be the next model, a modification of the social contract will be necessary. This will be the great moment of opportunity for intellectuals. Devising a legitimacy myth for the new order will be a ticket to fame and fortune. As strange as it sounds, there is another group associated with the rulers that must be included in this discussion, and they are the dependent class. People who survive on government checks are not what we usually think of as rulers, but they are necessarily joined to them. Together with the elites, they form a high-low ruling coalition. The vast majority of the dependent will support the rulers (or at least the replacement rulers), almost regardless of what the rulers do. Even if their checks stop, promises of future checks will keep them faithful. The other choice is to utterly reform their lives, and very few will be of any mind to do so. They may complain or even riot at the moment when their checks stop, but being faced with either radical change or supporting the rulers and hoping for restoration, they will choose the latter. And, most unfortunately, this is a very large group. The Other Side Now – and this will not be hard for most of my readers – imagine that you have behaved well and worked hard; that, after being challenged by numerous obstacles, you have carved out a comfortable, stable life. Then imagine that it has been turned upside down. Everything is a mess, and you want things to get back to normal so you can work and enjoy life. What do you do? This is where the formation of the future gets interesting. The Rulers may come up with a few surprises, but their strategies are more or less predictable. The productive ruled, however, are a wild card. Ultimately, they control everything, but they don’t know it. Rulers do not make, they only take. The productive make. If they ever decided, en masse, to stop giving in to the rulers, the rulers would be soundly defeated, and in short order. No matter how many armed tax collectors they employed, it wouldn’t be enough for an unwilling populace, not to mention that paying the armed collectors gets very difficult when there is no more money coming in. And if the mechanic refuses to fix state vehicles, if the HVAC man refuses to fix their air conditioning, and so on, the end comes much faster. The above is precisely what happened at the end of the Roman Empire: Harsher and harsher tax laws brought in less and less silver. People ran away to Germania, Britannia and Gaul to escape. The ruling structure failed. But, as mentioned above, the productive middle does not believe that they have the right to make their own political decisions; they feel free to choose between Party A and Party B, but not to demand a new structure. If, somehow, the productive class does decide they are worthy of such choices, it will be a small matter for them to begin organizing with their neighbors, cobbling together ground-up systems of law and markets, and arriving, over time, at a structure that suits them. They would almost certainly end up rediscovering John Locke, the common law, and sound money. But will they? The Cognitive War Though most of us have seldom realized it, we have been living through a continual war for our minds and our wills. We feel confused a great deal and suspect that it is our own problem; a problem that we hide, rather than risking shame. This equates, roughly, to a surrender in the cognitive war. Anyone who seeks to make us do things without thinking, wages war against our wills. Whole industries are built on this, as we all know: “Look at the pretty, happy people; buy the beer,” “don’t vote for that horrible, scary candidate,” “look here at the sexy girl,” and so on. We all swim in a soup of it. This battle will determine what comes out of Westphalia’s crisis. If the Lockean productive class is too confused and intimidated to assert their wills, the globalists will be able to regroup as they wish. If, somehow, the producers regain their nerve, they can more or less do as they wish. They will have an initial difficulty in overcoming the globalists’ death throes, but in endurance they will reclaim their world. A Second American Revolution The last time a broad group of producers asserted their will and stuck to it was the American Revolution. Contrary to any conventional wisdom of the time, they defeated the mightiest empire on the planet and changed the world. The American Revolution, as I have explained elsewhere, is misunderstood and used badly for propaganda purposes, but it was a unique and potent event. Producers have, at other times, pushed rulers to reform, but very seldom have they gathered the courage to say, “get lost, we’re doing it our way.” In order to achieve this goal the early Americans required separation, Christianity and the philosophy of John Locke. There are wonderful Lockean thinkers and teachers in the West today, but they are usually drowned out by the 24/7 clamor of 500 entertainment channels, music in nearly all public places and the recent Blackberry, texting and iPod fetishes. Withdrawal from the Circus The one real hope for the Lockeans is withdrawal from the great Western circus of mainstream TV, movies and music. In a previous article, I wrote that free news may begin vanishing, and that if it does, people will begin to choose more carefully. The thing I didn’t mention, however, was that this is occurring already. And the people who have been wandering away from the circus are mainly the producers. The first among the Lockeans are headed slowly away from the big noise. These people will begin to reclaim the right to their own opinions, even regarding how they choose to be ruled (or not). If this grows, there will be many people who don’t believe that they need to be coordinated and ordered by central elites and that Adam Smith was right: If you leave people alone, most of them will provide things needed by others, as if guided by an invisible, benevolent hand. In order to avoid this, the globalists will have to preserve media above all. Whether this includes subsidies for cable TV, free Internet services, or whatever, it will be strongly in their interests to provide them. If the circus ends, the young will start to ask impertinent questions. Lockean organization is effective, but it isn’t loud and flashy. Globalist organization is parasitic, but it comes with engaging stories and entertainments. If the circus reigns, the producers stand to be overwhelmed… yet again. The Exercise of Will I leave you with two quotes to consider, and I hope that you do so: The will of men is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided. Men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence. It does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, until each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd. — Alexis de Tocqueville Mankind is made great or little by its own will. — Friedrich Schiller Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

By Nick Giambruno Editors note Today we have a

first_imgBy Nick Giambruno Editor’s note: Today we have an urgent essay to share with you from Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno. You see, right now, a dangerous shift is playing out in Europe… one that could change the continent’s political landscape in a way not seen since before World War II. As Nick explains below, it all has to do with tomorrow’s important vote. Read on to get the details on how it will all go down—and what it could mean for you and your fellow Americans… Tomorrow, a vote in the Netherlands could push the euro and the EU one step closer to death… For the last several months, I’ve been warning readers about a populist tsunami washing through Europe. It’s drastically changing the continent’s political landscape in a way not seen since before World War II. This wave is flushing away traditional “mainstream” parties. And it’s bringing in anti-establishment populists who want to leave the euro currency and the European Union. It’s already hit the UK in the form of Brexit, killing David Cameron’s pro-EU government in the process. Then it struck Italy, washing away pro-EU Matteo Renzi’s government. After spending a few weeks in Italy last year, months in advance, I predicted the country’s constitutional referendum would fail and Renzi would resign. (I’m also an Italian citizen.) That’s why I advised Crisis Investing subscribers to short the euro with an investment that trades like any ordinary U.S. stock. As of writing, we’re sitting on a double-digit gain, but I expect there’s a lot more upside in the months ahead. Tomorrow, on March 15, the populist wave is set to hit the Netherlands. That’s when Dutch voters go to the polls. The anti-EU populist Party for Freedom is expected to win. It’s led by Geert Wilders, who was close to Trump’s campaign. Some even call him the “Dutch Trump.” Leaving the euro is a top priority for the Party for Freedom. If it wins, it would be another nail in the coffin for the European currency. Either way, the Dutch parliament will discuss how to leave the eurozone shortly after the March 15 election. A top lawmaker recently said that “the probe will examine whether it would be possible for the Dutch to withdraw from the single currency, and if so how,” Reuters reported. The euro’s problems are compounding and could get much worse, very soon. Germany (September 24) France (April 23) Why 2017 Could Offer a Rare “Second Chance” to Get Rich in the Stock Market Imagine waking up to find the size of your retirement account has doubled… all thanks to a small $500 investment. It sounds impossible… But this sort of thing has happened before. Could it happen again? Click here for the full story. These elections will ultimately determine the fate of the European Union. The Brexit vote, Donald Trump’s election, and the failure of Italy’s constitutional referendum have already boosted anti-euro populist parties in these countries. If the Party for Freedom wins in the Netherlands tomorrow, they’ll get another leg up. Populist parties have a real chance to win in both France and Germany. But even if they win in just one, the EU would likely unravel. The biggest issue in these elections is the migrant crisis, which we’ve covered here extensively. And the crisis is only accelerating. Every single migrant that arrives in Europe increases the chance that anti-EU populists will win a key election. That’s not good news for the EU or the euro. It’s also not good news for the U.S. Whatever happens in the EU—the world’s largest economy and a major U.S. trading partner—matters. If the euro collapses, expect it to trigger a stock market collapse in the U.S. The Financial Times recently put it this way: It would probably lead to the most violent economic shock in history, dwarfing the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008 and the 1929 Wall Street crash. And it could all begin unfolding tomorrow… Regards, — Two of Europe’s biggest countries have elections this year: Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis Investing P.S. Tomorrow, March 15, is a crucially important date for Americans, too. Especially those who have any money in the stock market. Because on that day, the debt ceiling deadline hits. If Congress can’t come together to agree on a solution, the Treasury could run out of money. In the worst case, this could affect Social Security and government pension funding. Also, the last time the debt ceiling battle got fierce, the U.S. credit rating was downgraded. If that happens again, there could be big trouble in the markets. On top of the debt ceiling deadline, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will meet tomorrow—and all signs are pointing to a rise in interest rates. A steep series of rate increases could also spell doom for the market. That’s why Casey Research founder Doug Casey and I put together this urgent video designed to help you navigate markets in crisis… You can watch it here. How Doug turned every $1,000 into $86,000 An unusual group of companies I call “penny fuel stocks” are on the verge of a historic boom. Only TWICE in history has a similar event happened… and each time, these tiny stocks roared for 10-, 100-, some even saw rare but life-altering 1,000-fold returns. We know this because our research firm’s founder, Doug Casey, saw these returns himself. In fact, he saw a life-altering 86-fold return! These types of life-altering gains are something most investors never have the opportunity to see but now, thanks to the Trump administration, this same energy event is happening right now. And Doug and his team are now recommending plays with similar life-changing potential! Click here for full details. – Recommended Linkslast_img read more