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Francisco Serna is one of the latest victims of holice murders.  He was holding a crucifix, not a gun when five bullets struck the 73-year-old Bakersfield, California man, killing him, during a fatal encounter with police earlier this week, authorities said.

Astrology/Religion

The first night of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve this year  and ends on Jan. 1, 2017; The name "Hanukkah" derives from the Hebrew verb "חנך", meaning "to dedicate". On Hanukkah, the Maccabean Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple.    So this year will be especially festive, as you will have Hanukkah for the Hebrews/Jews, Christmas for Christians and Kwanzaa for the pan-Africans all happening at the same time.  

Venus retrograde starts tomorrow, December 19 and lasts until January 8, 2017.

DOMESTIC

A group of 538 electors will meet in state capitols across the country, chosen by their parties to cast votes for president and vice president tomorrow.  As we have heard there are some electors who are thinking about not voting for President Elect Trump and if enough of them revolt as being urged by celebrities, we could have no presidential candidate. If this happens, the House of Representatives United States (HORUS) will immediately take a vote and select the new president.   With Mercury being in retrograde and it controls communications, contracts, merchandise, etc,  it could make for an interesting day.

Women Make Up Majority of U.S. Law Students for first time in American history.

While Americans extol about how great America is and how this is not a third world country, they always miss so called third world atrocities happening in their great ‘Murica” Android phone giant Apple has been ordered to cut a $2 million check for denying some of its retail workers meal breaks.  The lawsuit was first filed in 2011 by four Apple employees in San Diego. They alleged that the company failed to give them meal and rest breaks, and didn't pay them in a timely manner, among other complaints. Sounds like a modern day sweats shop American style to me. 

INTERNATIONAL

America has been in the business of ‘nation building’ for generations – installing and deposing of nations leaders whenever they felt like it. The whole Arab Spring was the US meddling and creating the situation for the upheaval that happened in those countries. Now Obama is whining that maybe Putin hacked some emails.  Obama and the CIA have MURDERED nations leaders as well as manipulated the will of the people by meddling in their elections.  Have several seats America!

Uh oh, the so called legit media has failed to report that 14 US-Led military advisors assisting the rebel terrorists have been reportedly captured in a bunker by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo.  One if from America, one from Israhell and the majority from Saudi Arabia.

David Scott Winer – USA
David Shlomo Aram – Israel
Muhamad Tamimi – Qatar
Muhamad Ahmad Assabian – Saudi
Abd-el-Menham Fahd al Harij – Saudi
Islam Salam Ezzahran Al Hajlan – Saudi
Ahmed Ben Naoufel Al Darij – Saudi
Muhamad Hassan Al Sabihi – Saudi
Hamad Fahad Al Dousri – Saudi
Amjad Qassem Al Tiraoui – Jordan
Qassem Saad Al Shamry – Saudi
Ayman Qassem Al Thahalbi – Saudi
Mohamed Ech-Chafihi El Idrissi – Moroccan

Mutaz Kanoğlu – Turkey


As the Science Channel reports the U.S. is leading a coalition with Saudi Arabia to conduct bombings in Yemen in support of government forces fighting rebels who, like in Syria, have aligned with Islamic militants such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.  Over the last few months the U.S. and Saudi airstrikes have come under  increased scrutiny as the United nations and the international community is denouncing the drone strikes war crimes.  According to reports over ten thousand innocent civilians have been killed in Yemen.   There is reportedly a secret military base in Saudi Arabia that is used to conduct the drone strikes on Yemen.  Yemen like Syria is majority Shiite and currently live in an oil rich area.  This is why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are trying to destroy the Houthis rebels. 


ECONOMY/FINANCE


The 401k plan was introduced in 1978 and the end result for most Americans is that it has failed. Only 44 percent of private sector workers even participate in a 401k. Only 19 percent of service sector workers even utilize a 401k and that is the biggest portion of our workforce where many young Americans are currently working. In 2015 the median amount in a 401k was $26,405 and average was $96,288.

 Some $350 million in cuts to a Texas Medicaid program providing therapy for disabled children have taken effect. 

According to Bizjournal, Limited Stores LLC is cutting jobs while facing a possible permanent shutdown. The New Albany-based women’s apparel retailer filed a notice with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services saying it could lay off up to all 248 employees at its home office and shutter that facility in the wake of disappointing sales.  Limited, in a letter sent to employees this week, said that if a buyer isn't found, it would shut the chain down due to a combination of missed sales targets and “significant debt obligations.”

Stocks recommended by leading portfolio managers.  

Nokia (ADR), NOK. Thursday's close $4.72. A seller of wireless networking infrastructure equipment and mobile Internet gear.  Why it is recommended: Growing demand for mobile data is a boon for Nokia, which is one of the biggest left of a "handful" of players that have largely merged with each other. While there is a "lull" in investment in mobile data infrastructure technology, since there was a big wave of investment already, demand will increase as mobile workers and consumers demand access to information from anywhere. The stock has fallen this year, but "if you are patient, as we are, you can look forward to the next wave that will ensue inevitably,".

Telefonica Deutschland: DB:O2D. Thursday's close 3.98. A telecommunication service in Germany that offers wireless and hardwired communications services to consumers and businesses.  Why it is recommended: European regulators have been more permissive about mergers in the industry, which is a potential win for this major company. In the U.S., there are four major wireless carriers for a population roughly equal to Europe. Yet, in Europe, each country has three of four telecom players. "It is a market that is crying for market consolidation,". With fewer companies, prices for telecom services should rise. Currently, consumers can get a decent wireless plan for 5 euros, which could rise if there are fewer competitors and consumers use wireless more.

China Mobile (ADR): CHL. Thursday's close $52.78.  A leading provider of mobile telecom services in mainland China and Hong Kong.  Why it is recommened: China Mobile is already larger than Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile combined. It has 66% market share in China with 800 million subscribers. Currently, customers in China are only paying about $10 a month for telecom services, versus $60 in the U.S. Expect Chinese consumers to demand faster speeds and more data, which will likely boost the amount they're willing to pay. Chinese consumers are still shifting to smartphones which will increase demands for data telecom services. "In China, you're still migrating towards smartphone penetration. So that's another opportunity,"