Yesterday, we asked readers to entertain potential outcomes of the assassination of Gen. Soleimani:

“The standoff with Iran has only one possible outcome — elimination of the Theocratic Police State and establishment of a constitutional democracy.

“Unless Giuliani gets his way and the Islamist MEK (another terrorist organization) gets into power.

“Any other outcome is a good outcome.”

Operating in Iraq and elsewhere, the Iranian Mujahedin-e Khalq — better known as MEK — was delisted as a terrorist organization in 2012; however, the group is still listed by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) as an abusive quasi-cult that mixes Marxism with Islam.

To give you an idea what the group’s been up to: In the 1980s, the MEK fought alongside Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War. Their aim then and now? To overthrow the Ayatollah Khomeini and his government.

Who funds the group today? Saudi Arabia. Who delisted MEK? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Whose been known to speak at MEK-sponsored events for exorbitant fees? Rudy Giuliani and Trump’s former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton.

So, agreed — almost any other outcome than the MEK taking power in Iran. Or World War III.

Your Rundown for Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020

Man’s New Best Friend?

At CES 2020 — an annual conference put on by the Consumer Technology Association — Samsung rolled out (literally) a robotic “life companion” called Ballie. (Not exactly original, but it rhymes with “Wally.”)

The bright yellow sphere followed Samsung CEO H.S. Kim on stage as he showed off what he called the “next evolution of IoT (internet of things).”

Courtesy: Samsung Electronics

“An accompanying video showed Ballie running a household through commands to smartphone devices,” MarketWatch reports.

Samsung says Ballie is a “life companion … a small, rolling robot that understands you, supports you, and reacts to your needs to be actively helpful around the house.”

Just… creepy?

Market Rundown for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

S&P 500 futures are down 10 points to 3,236.

Oil is down 54 cents per barrel to $62.73.

Gold is up $3.30 to $1,572.10 per ounce.

Bitcoin’s added $114.70 to its price — $7,893.06.

Thanks for reading; we’ll talk more tomorrow.

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

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Aaron Gentzler is the publisher of Seven Figure Publishing. He is also the editor of The Rundown and has been with Agora Financial / Seven Figure Publishing since 2005. He's been covering technology and markets for over a decade.

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