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Wakanda Reality Are We Living In?
12-19-2019, 10:30 AM,
Wakanda Reality Are We Living In?
Wakanda Reality Are We Living In?

<span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Wakanda Reality Are We Living In?</span>

<div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Submitted by Rabobank's Michael Every</em></p>

<p><em><strong>“A sinister, all-time disaster from which no one emerges unscathed.” </strong></em><strong>That’s the Telegraph review of the new movie version of ‘Cats’ – but it also serves as a useful summary for the House of Representatives impeachment debate that just concluded</strong>. <strong>Trump just became only the third president after Nixon and Clinton to be impeached</strong>; regardless, the outcome is going to be what we suggested yesterday – greater polarisation, and a rapid Senate dismissal of the charges made in the House, and then even greater polarisation.</p>

<p>By the way, our other movie making-it-up-as-you-go-along-central-bank analogy from yesterday, ‘The Rise of Skywalker’, has a pathetic 58% Rotten Tomatoes critics rating, including such daggers as “<em>it comes off more like fanfiction</em>” (TIME Magazine); “<em>the Star Wars saga has saved the worst for last</em>” (ReelViews); “<em>misses a chance to forge something special</em>” (USA Today); “<em>isn’t a great Star Wars movie</em>” (New York Times); “<em>another of those zillion dollar franchise films where I felt embarrassed for the actors but pleased for them, too, because the money is no doubt amazing and will presumably free them to do things they care about</em>” (New York Magazine); and it <strong>“</strong><em><strong>isn’t an ending, a sequel, a reboot, or a remix. It’s a zombie</strong></em><strong>.”</strong> (Entertainment Weekly).</p>

<p><strong>Which is very central-banky given how zombified the real economy is becoming as a result of our “Throw more Death Stars at the problem and the people will be satisfied;</strong> <strong>and space horses on Star Destroyers just in case” monetary policy.</strong> And, running the other way, even more so if we soon see stepped up central-bank support for fiscal policy when the latest US military budget has a green-light for the Spaaaaaaaaaace Fooooooooorce (which I remind readers can only be pronounced when speaking into your cupped hand). I wonder how long it will be until there is a tax-payer funded committee somewhere looking into the effectiveness of Death Stars or space horses (Spaaaaaace Hoooooorse).</p>

<p>If you think the Daily is increasingly blurring the lines between science-fiction and reality, don’t blame me. Consider this: <strong>the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) website recently included, then removed, the fictional Marvel-universe African kingdom of Wakanda (as in ‘Black Panther’) as a US free-trade partner vis-a-vis its agricultural tariffs</strong>.</p>

<p>Was this a joke, an error, or White House sympathy for an absolute monarchy hidden behind a giant wall that won’t export any of its cutting-edge high technology to ensure it retains supremacy? After all, Reuters reports the US is closing in on new limits on high-tech exports to China…in which case the ‘trade deal’ set to increase US exports to it by USD200bn within two years looks even more like science fiction too - and Wakanda better be buying a <em>lot </em>more agri products.</p>

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<p>"Quick, bring me more Death Stars and space horses!"</p>
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<a href="">Tyler Durden</a>
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