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USSA: FBI, CIA Using Amazon's Facial Recognition Software To Spy On City Dwelling Surfs Reader 01/05/2019 (Sat) 15:50:48 Id: 88be56 [Preview] No. 13589 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The CIA isn't the only federal agency making use of Amazon's vast offerings - as the FBI has been testing the Seattle-based megacorp's facial recognition software - Amazon Rekognition, as a potential method of scanning vast amounts of video surveillance footage which the agency routinely gathers during investigations.

The pilot program was launched in early 2018 according to FBI officials, after several high-profile counterterrorism investigations which strained the FBI's current technological capabilities, reports Nextgov.com.

One example of the FBI's struggle to keep up with data was during the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting in which 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada killed Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured 422. As part of the investigation, the FBI gathered a petabyte worth of data (one million gigabytes) - much of it comprising video from cellphones and surveillance cameras.

"We had agents and analysts, eight per shift, working 24/7 for three weeks going through the video footage of everywhere Stephen Paddock was the month leading up to him coming and doing the shooting," said FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Christine Halvorsen, speaking from a Las Vegas Amazon Web Services conference in November. She described how the FBI has been using Amazon's cloud platform to carry out counterterrorism probes - noting that Amazon Rekognition could have processed the same amount of data from the Las Vegas shooting "in 24 hours," roughly three weeks faster than it took human FBI agents to find Paddock's face amid a mountain of video evidence.

"Think about that,” Halvorsen said, noting that technology like Amazon Rekognition frees up FBI agents and analysts to apply their skills to other aspects of the investigation or other cases.

“The cases don’t stop, the threats keep going,” Halvorsen added. “Being able to not pull people off that and have computers do it is very important.” -Nextgov.com

Amazon provides a significant number of services to the US government - primarily through its cloud business, AWS, which counts the Defense Department and the CIA among its customers.

While it's unclear how the facial recognition software may be used in the public sector, the Daily Beast reported in October that Amazon had pitched the software to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement last summer, which has resulted in both lawmakers and Amazon employees asking questions, according to Nextgov.

The company does not list any federal clients on its customer page, and currently only identifies as a customer one local law enforcement agency, the Washington County Sheriff Office.

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Commie Cortez Wants Total Government Control Over American's Life, Even Homes Reader 01/03/2019 (Thu) 23:54:56 Id: 0ebf73 [Preview] No. 13563 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Incoming New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brings with her a massive online following, influence she says she’ll deploy only in support of candidates who support her plan for a “Green New Deal.”

“The Green New Deal” is something Ocasio-Cortez invokes frequently in media appearances and rallies.

So what’s actually in it?

Her office recently released the text of a proposed House rules change outlining the plan.

The proposed rule change for the upcoming 116th Congress would require the creation of a “Select Committee for a Green Deal” that would be responsible for creating the plan by January 1, 2020, with corresponding draft legislation soon after. The text of the rule change lays out the committee’s jurisdiction and required areas of action.

It’s scope and mandate for legislation authority amounts to a radical grant of power to Washington over Americans’ lives, homes, businesses, travel, banking, and more.

Early on, under “Jurisdiction,” the document makes clear its grandiose philosophical vision: “The select committee shall have authority to develop a detailed national, industrial, economic mobilization plan for the transition of the United States economy to become greenhouse gas emissions neutral and to significantly draw down greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and oceans and to promote economic and environmental justice and equality.”

In addition to achieving its goal of “meeting 100% of national power demand through renewable sources,” the document also repeatedly states the Green New Deal will advance non-environmental projects, such as, “social, economic, racial, regional and gender-based justice.”

More specifically, Ocasio-Cortez’s plan calls for, within 10 years, a series of lofty overhauls of American life:

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Reader 01/04/2019 (Fri) 04:34:11 Id: 0acde5 [Preview] No.13568 del
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Who's excited for the Orwellian state?


Reader 01/05/2019 (Sat) 05:51:29 Id: 724296 [Preview] No.13585 del
>>13568
smart money is huxleyan...huxley-ian


Reader 01/05/2019 (Sat) 06:17:41 Id: 0acde5 [Preview] No.13586 del
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>>13585
Aren't we already there though?


Reader 01/05/2019 (Sat) 08:17:21 Id: 724296 [Preview] No.13587 del
>>13586
not till I cash out ;_;


Reader 01/05/2019 (Sat) 14:09:08 Id: e76486 [Preview] No.13588 del
It's good to see the United States destroyed.
the world goes round and round



Merkel's Parties Among Other Commie German Politicans Hacked, Along With Their Scat Videos Reader 01/04/2019 (Fri) 15:09:43 Id: e86529 [Preview] No. 13574 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Hackers have released private data linked to Chancellor Angela Merkel and hundreds of other German politicians in the biggest data dump of its kind in the country.

The information includes email addresses, mobile phone numbers, photos of IDs and personal chat transcripts, according to an initial review by Bloomberg News on Friday. The data were leaked over the past weeks via a Twitter account called “G0d” that identifies itself as based in Hamburg and describes itself using the words “security researching,” “artist” and “satire & irony.”

https://bayfiles.com/19b4U7n5ba/Fotos_Audios_Videos_und_Dokumente_von_Facebook_rar
Mirror: https://difl.host/1009e46c58c6006a/Fotos,_Audios,_Videos_und_Dokumente_von_Facebook.rar
PASSWORD: 123

It looks like the hackers got the passwords to Facebook accounts and Twitter profiles and worked their way up from there, said Simon Hegelich, a political scientist at Munich’s Technical University who has studied the manipulation of social networks.

“It’s a very elaborately done social engineering attack,” he said Friday by phone. “It’s a lot of data that’s been dumped.”

The German government is taking the attack “very seriously,” spokeswoman Martina Fietz said a briefing with reporters on Friday.

https://archive.fo/P3CxW


Reader 01/04/2019 (Fri) 17:14:05 Id: e301ac [Preview] No.13576 del
>Along With Their Scat Videos
Wait. Hold on a fucking minute here. Please tell me there's a video of someone shitting in Angela Merkel's mouth.


Reader 01/04/2019 (Fri) 18:06:32 Id: a0ea4b [Preview] No.13577 del
>>13576
Not exactly, someone mentioned on 8/pol/ there was a politician who was posting scat pornography to some of his private Facebook followers which suggests thats what some of these politicians are really into.


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Reader 01/04/2019 (Fri) 22:59:03 Id: 0405c3 [Preview] No.13583 del
looks like its legit


Reader 01/05/2019 (Sat) 03:51:53 Id: e301ac [Preview] No.13584 del
>>13583
>asking them to admit
Forget that. These guys need to blackmail the bastards into correct politics.



Trump Threatens To Declare State of Emergency To Obligate Military To Build Border Wall Reader 01/04/2019 (Fri) 22:49:50 Id: c077b3 [Preview] No. 13581 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
President Trump said Friday that he might declare a national emergency so that he could bypass Congress and order the construction of his long-promised wall on the southern border.

“Absolutely, we can call a national emergency. I haven’t done it. I may do it. I may do it. We can call a national emergency and build it very quickly,” he said during a press briefing in the Rose Garden after a two-hour meeting with top Democrats about the government shutdown and border security.

“It’s another way of doing it. If we can do it through a negotiated process, we’re giving that a shot.”

Asked if that stance was a threat to Democrats, Trump replied: “I never threaten anybody but I am allowed to do it.”

He also said he could seize private property from people who own land on the border “under the military version” of eminent domain, the law that allows the government to seize private property for public or private development and not face any court action.

https://archive.fo/5Dlqg
https://nypost.com/2019/01/04/trump-i-could-declare-a-national-emergency-to-get-border-wall/


Reader 01/04/2019 (Fri) 22:50:14 Id: c077b3 [Preview] No.13582 del
>>13581
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Police State USSA: Michigan Outlaws Online Free Speech, Violators Face 20 Years in Prison Reader 12/31/2018 (Mon) 14:16:30 Id: b7e60d [Preview] No. 13513 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan has signed a bill into law that makes online trolling illegal, punishable by a 20 year prison sentence.

Michigan’s Public Act 457, defines trolling as posting a message or statement on social media with the intent to mislead, damage, intimidate, frighten or harass a person to cause emotional distress – or in other words anything deemed ‘offensive’ by another person.

Fox13now.com reports: https://archive.fo/53IGR

Under the new law, if a person who cyberbullies someone causes the victim to suffer from an assault or battery by the bully or by any other person, the bully can be charged with a misdemeanor and imprisoned for up to a year and fined $1,000.

The law stated that if a cyberbully causes the death of a victim, regardless of whether the bully physically caused the death, they could be charged with a felony and face up to 20 years in prison.

The act was set to go into effect 90 days after Snyder signed it into law.

https://archive.fo/7GwY0
https://newspunch.com/michigan-outlaws-online-trolling-20-years-prison/
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Reader 01/01/2019 (Tue) 20:50:48 Id: 111ac7 [Preview] No.13531 del
>>13513
we need to test it out to verify if this law is real or not


Reader 01/01/2019 (Tue) 22:10:01 Id: 4bbd21 [Preview] No.13532 del
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>>13531
Sure. You can be the one who moves to Michigan and cyberbully some sensitive snowflake, risking a 20 year prison sentence.


Reader 01/01/2019 (Tue) 22:44:32 Id: 111ac7 [Preview] No.13533 del
>>13532
hello fellow channers you should shoot up your school if you want to be cool


Reader 01/04/2019 (Fri) 16:16:57 [Preview] No.13575 del
What an absolutely SHIT law

First of all, any "(cyber)bullying" law (if there should be any at all) should focus exclusively on protecting children (but really that's the parent's job anyways). This law applied to ANY PERSON.

Secondly, just by posting anonymously the content of your speech no longer has to be "false or misleading" AND "damaging to character" in addition to "causing emotional distress". It just has to cause emotional distress.

So being rude on the Internet is now criminal in Michigan.

This law is unenforceable. By this definition, everyone is a "cyberbully". Unenforceable = selective enforcement.


Reader 01/04/2019 (Fri) 18:18:28 Id: 48ddc8 [Preview] No.13579 del
>>13532
The law would only be effective if you were living in Michigan, its really hard to enforce laws like this too. Consider how illegal piracy is, yet almost everyone still pirates, many simply using private VPN services to do it. Thats the great thing, online laws have been proven hard to enforce for standard law enforcement. ONLY when you get the "big boys" involved [FBI, DOJ, DHS, NSA, IRS, et al] will they dedicate enough time, workers and money to track you down and jail you. And thats typically for big crimes, like hacking into networks or a mass piracy operation that involves millions or billions in stolen copywrite material [pirate bay for example]. Even then, typically mirrors pop up later on and there's nothing they can really do to fully enforce the law.



Reporter Quits NBC Citing Network’s Support For Endless War Reader 01/03/2019 (Thu) 23:53:00 Id: dbe22c [Preview] No. 13561 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
INB4 "SUICIDED"

A journalist with NBC has resigned from the network with a statement which highlights the immense resistance that ostensibly liberal mass media outlets have to antiwar narratives, skepticism of US military agendas, and any movement in the opposite direction of endless military expansionism.

“January 4 is my last day at NBC News and I’d like to say goodbye to my friends, hopefully not for good,” begins an email titled ‘My goodbye letter to NBC’ sent to various contacts by William M Arkin, an award-winning journalist who has been associated with the network for 30 years.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve left NBC, but this time the parting is more bittersweet, the world and the state of journalism in tandem crisis,” the email continues. “My expertise, though seeming to be all the more central to the challenges and dangers we face, also seems to be less valued at the moment. And I find myself completely out of synch with the network, being neither a day-to-day reporter nor interested in the Trump circus.”

The lengthy email covers details about Arkin’s relationship with NBC and its staff, his opinions about the mainstream media’s refusal to adequately scrutinize and criticize the US war machine’s spectacular failures in the Middle East, how he “argued endlessly with MSNBC about all things national security for years”, the fact that his position as a civilian military analyst was unusual and “peculiar” in a media environment where that role is normally dominated by “THE GENERALS and former government officials,” and how he was “one of the few to report that there weren’t any WMD in Iraq” and remembers “fondly presenting that conclusion to an incredulous NBC editorial board.”

“A scholar at heart, I also found myself an often lone voice that was anti-nuclear and even anti-military, anti-military for me meaning opinionated but also highly knowledgeable, somewhat akin to a movie critic, loving my subject but also not shy about making judgements regarding the flops and the losers,” he writes.

Arkin makes clear that NBC is in no way the sole mass media offender in its refusal to question or criticize the normalization of endless warfare, but that he feels increasingly “out of sync” and “out of step” with the network’s unhesitating advancement of military interventionist narratives. He writes about how Robert Windrem, NBC News’ chief investigative producer, convinced him to join a new investigative unit in the early days of the 2016 presidential race. Arkin writes the following about his experience with the unit:

“I thought that the mission was to break through the machine of perpetual war acceptance and conventional wisdom to challenge Hillary Clinton’s hawkishness. It was also an interesting moment at NBC because everyone was looking over their shoulder at Vice and other upstarts creeping up on the mainstream. But then Trump got elected and Investigations got sucked into the tweeting vortex, increasingly lost in a directionless adrenaline rush, the national security and political version of leading the broadcast with every snow storm. And I would assert that in many ways NBC just began emulating the national security state itself — busy and profitable. No wars won but the ball is kept in play.


Reader 01/03/2019 (Thu) 23:53:46 Id: dbe22c [Preview] No.13562 del
>>13561
“I’d argue that under Trump, the national security establishment not only hasn’t missed a beat but indeed has gained dangerous strength. Now it is ever more autonomous and practically impervious to criticism. I’d also argue, ever so gingerly, that NBC has become somewhat lost in its own verve, proxies of boring moderation and conventional wisdom, defender of the government against Trump, cheerleader for open and subtle threat mongering, in love with procedure and protocol over all else (including results). I accept that there’s a lot to report here, but I’m more worried about how much we are missing. Hence my desire to take a step back and think why so little changes with regard to America’s wars.”

Arkin is no fan of Trump, calling him “an ignorant and incompetent impostor,” but describes his shock at NBC’s reflexive opposition to the president’s “bumbling intuitions” to get along with Russia, to denuclearize North Korea, to get out of the Middle East, and his questioning of the US military’s involvement in Africa.

“I’m alarmed at how quick NBC is to mechanically argue the contrary, to be in favor of policies that just spell more conflict and more war. Really? We shouldn’t get out Syria? We shouldn’t go for the bold move of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula? Even on Russia, though we should be concerned about the brittleness of our democracy that it is so vulnerable to manipulation, do we really yearn for the Cold War? And don’t even get me started with the FBI: What? We now lionize this historically destructive institution?”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-03/reporter-quits-nbc-citing-networks-support-endless-war
https://web.archive.org/web/20190103232525/https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-03/reporter-quits-nbc-citing-networks-support-endless-war



Journalist Who Exposed Mueller Wiping Anti-Trump Texts Murdered In Police State USSA Reader 01/03/2019 (Thu) 18:17:44 Id: 7c24c1 [Preview] No. 13557 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The journalist who exposed how Special Counsel Robert Mueller deleted anti-Trump text messages at the FBI has been found dead under suspicious circumstances.

Bre Payton was a writer for independent news outlet The Federalist. She died just days after breaking the story about Mueller wiping messages between disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok and his lover Lisa Page.

The sudden death of my friend 26 year old Bre Payton is beyond
strange. She dies just after breaking the story of DOJ wiping the
Page-Strozek emails. The Profiling Project may open a major
investigation

— Jack Burkman (@Jack_Burkman) January 2, 2019

Bigleaguepolitics.com reports: https://archive.fo/TYqzj

The Mueller team is specifically responsible for the scrubbing of the Strzok phone, while the explanation for the Page phone is a bit more muddied.

More and more details are pouring out about the underhanded conspiracy to damage and impeach President Donald Trump by Obama operatives John Brennan, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and a few others. The effort even has a special code name: Operation Crossfire Hurricane.

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Reader 01/03/2019 (Thu) 19:15:34 Id: 81f43f [Preview] No.13559 del
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I have a brilliant idea. Let's start killing people with the H1N1 flu and meningitis.


Reader 01/03/2019 (Thu) 22:57:23 [Preview] No.13560 del
OH NO! DID THAT EVIL MUELLER BASTARD WITHHOLD HER DEADLY VACCINE? I'M SURE GLAD SEAN ADL-TABATABAI BRINGS US WONDERFUL NEWS LIKE THE NWO IS AFRAID OF GOD EMPEROR TRUMP. MAGA! GOD BLESS ISRAEL!



Amazon Alexa Is DEMONIC: Gathers Personal Information To Blackmail You For Life Reader 01/03/2019 (Thu) 18:37:52 Id: 9ede33 [Preview] No. 13558 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Learn Proper OPSEC: https://archive.fo/isnXt

Millions of unwitting “sheeple” have willingly outfitted their homes and offices with so-called “smart” speakers like Amazon’s Alexa device, which is marketed as a convenience assistant for getting things done simply using only your voice. But as revealed by Justus Knight in a recent video update to his YouTube channel, Alexa is, practically speaking, an always-listening demon device that can monitor, track, and record people’s conversations for blackmail purposes:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=jJTCVGLX2G4 [Embed]
https://justusaknight.com/2018/12/26/if-you-allowed-this-demon-into-your-home-on-christmas-you-could-have-doomed-your-2019/

MP4 BACKUP: https://www112.zippyshare.com/v/uC2qeem5/file.html

The epitome of Orwellian, Big Brother privacy invasion, Alexa is hardly the innocuous technological “advancement” that its proponents claim it is. Alexa is a far-Left purveyor of “progressive” ideologies such as those perpetuated by Black Lives Matter (BLM). It’s also a potential snitch device that authoritarian overlords can use to control the populations of the world.

“Who would fall for putting an Orwellian device in their home that could potentially listen in on them, proven that it listens in, proven that it can send messages to other people without authorization, created by a company that created a doorbell (Ring) that can film other people and alert the police, that would potentially put drones that can facially-recognize you to deliver packages to your front door – who would do such a thing?” asks Knight.

“Well, guess what: a lot of people. So, if you have one, and I’ll say this again, take it and throw it in your garbage can – quick, before it takes over your life, because it’s going to, and in all seriousness, it is.”

https://archive.fo/YdKmt
https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-03-amazon-alexa-a-demon-device-to-blackmail-you-for-life.html



Good! Poland Govt Appoints Hardcore Nationalist As Minister of Digital Affairs Reader 01/03/2019 (Thu) 16:04:43 Id: 6bb7e8 [Preview] No. 13554 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
A far-right Polish MP and former leader of the antisemitic Młodzieży Wszechpolskiej (MW-“All Polish Youth”) movement has been appointed to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s cabinet, earning a (((sharp rebuke))) from a (((prominent US Jewish leader who survived the Nazi Holocaust))) in Poland.

“Poland seems to have reached a new low appointing a neo-Nazi antisemite in charge of internet and social media,” (((Abraham Foxman))), the national director emeritus of the (((Anti-Defamation League))) and the head of an antisemitism study program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City, told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Adam Andruszkiewicz, first elected to the Polish parliament four years ago as part of the right-wing populist Kukiz 15 party, was announced before the turn of the year as Poland’s new minister of digital affairs. The ministry was created in 2015 with a mission “to develop broadband infrastructure, support the creation of web content and e-services and promote digital competence among citizens.”

Andruszkiewicz, 28, is known for expressing strident right-wing views on social media, regularly dismissing opponents with terms such as “parasites,” “traitors” and “enemies of Poland.” As news of his ministerial appointment spread, video emerged of Andruszkiewicz — who is openly hostile to Poland’s LGBT+ community — chanting homophobic slogans at a 2009 demonstration against a Gay Pride parade in Warsaw.

“Where are the (((voices of outrage))) in Poland and in the EU?” (((Foxman))) kvetched. “And where is the US State Department?”

In one tweet, Andruszkiewicz said that his grandfather had been tortured by the Communist secret police in 1950, and that one of the perpetrators was supposedly a Jew. “However, it never occurred to me to blame the whole Jewish nation for this,” he said. “I expect a similar attitude from Israel. Is it so difficult?”

In a Dec. 31 interview with the Polish Press Agency, Andruszkiewicz claimed that he currently had “very bad relations” with the Polish far right, specifically naming the antisemitic leader of National Movement (RN) party, Robert Winnicki, as his arch-opponent.

“This is due to the fact that I think that the right wing must unite today, while the National Movement attacks me and criticizes me,” Andruszkiewicz said.

The newest member of Poland's government at an LGBT pride parade singing 'sodomites off the streets' and 'faggots go get treatment'.

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Reader 01/03/2019 (Thu) 17:34:09 [Preview] No.13556 del
I understand it's often hilarious to read the emotional meltdowns and lunatic vagaries of the leftist media, but specially when there are good news to report, such as in this case, please do publish from more centered sources instead of spreading this crud. Thanks.

Congratulations to Poland.



Insolvent US Debt Bubbles Bursting As Production Tanks, So Long US Economy! Reader 01/03/2019 (Thu) 15:39:22 Id: 7259fd [Preview] No. 13552 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
BE PREPARED: >>>/prepare/1 | https://archive.fo/elYwR
https:// web.archive.org/web/20180910185746/https:// 8ch.net/prepare/res/1.html

U.S. private sector productivity rose by 2.3% during Q3, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, following a massive hike in deficit spending by the Trump Administration.

These data matter.

If each of us produces more each year, we make ourselves richer … but more importantly, through the progressive income tax system, we also make each other richer.

However, longer term, annual U.S. productivity gains have slipped from an average of 2.3% during the seven decades starting in Q4 1948 to just 1.1% in the decade following the start of the 2007 financial crisis.

Worse, there are growing signs that U.S. labour productivity is not just slowing, it’s in a freefall.

The idea that American productivity is collapsing seems ludicrous. This, during a time of an increasingly educated population, exploding technology and communications power, as well as the proliferation of AI, mobile devices and robotized manufacturing processes.

However, a range of forces are pushing in the opposite direction:

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Reader 01/03/2019 (Thu) 15:39:49 Id: 7259fd [Preview] No.13553 del
>>13552
Yesterday, when Markit reported that the US manufacturing PMI tumbled to a 15 month low, we were wondering how much longer the "other" PMI can continue to defy gravity by printing ridiculously high numbers month after month. The answer, it turns out, was about 24 hours, because moments ago the Institute for Supply Management reported that the December ISM plunged from 59.3 to 54.1 - precisely where the PMI print suggested it should - which was the lowest print in the Mfg ISM series since November 2016...

... and the biggest one month drop going back to the financial crisis, when in October 2008 it dropped by 9 points.

Printing just days after both Chinese manufacturing surveys printed in contraction territory, spooking markets, today's ISM report was a disaster with virtually every subindex tumbling:

New orders fell to 51.1 vs 62.1
Employment fell to 56.2 vs 58.4
Supplier deliveries fell to 57.5 vs 62.5
Inventories fell to 51.2 vs 52.9
Customer inventories rose to 41.7 vs 41.5
Prices paid fell to 54.9 vs 60.7
Backlog of orders fell to 50.0 vs 56.4
New export orders rose to 52.8 vs 52.2
Imports fell to 52.7 vs 53.6

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