The Mad Baron

Known as both the "Mad" and "Bloody" Baron, Baron Roman Ungern von Sternberg was a military commander who became an independent warlord after the Russian Civil War. A mystic who believed he was the reincarnation of Genghis Khan, he aimed to unite the Far-Eastern nations under one monarch. In 1921, he achieved this goal, becoming dictator of Mongolia before being captured by his own troops and executed by the Red Army. How did he trick the Chinese into abandoning Mongolia's capital city, Urga?

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Ibogaine

Ibogaine, a psychoactive compound derived from plants, is used by some African peoples for medicinal and ritual purposes. Identified in the early 1960s as having anti-addictive properties, it has been shown to cause sudden and complete interruption of heroin addiction—without withdrawal—in a matter of hours. Research suggests that it may also be useful in treating addiction to alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, and nicotine. Why is it banned in many countries?

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China Dumps Treasuries: Foreign Central Banks Liquidate A Record $403 Billion In US Paper

U.S. Housing Starts Tumbled in November

So unless house prices drop significantly to make up the difference, demand will fall. Also the idea that job creation will add to the pool of future homebuyers is false, as such individuals are already loaded up with too much debt, and the incomes they derive from their low-paying, part-time service sector jobs barley provide enough cash to cover their rent let alone the much higher costs of homeownership.

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