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  • Is Identity Politics Brewing a Holocaust?

    Signs of American collapse are everywhere. Apparently no one notices. The world continues to vote with the US in the UN. When even Russia and China serve as handmaidens to US foreign policy by voting with Washington against North Korea, it appears that the image of America as the exceptional and indispensable country is a propaganda success even among Washington’s most threatened enemies. When Russia and China follow Washington’s lead, it shows the world that there is no alternative to Washington’s leadership.
    A country with a $20 trillion public debt, an even larger private debt, a work force drowning in debt and employed in third world lowly paid domestic services, a stock market pumped up beyond all reason by Federal Reserve liquidity and companies using their profits to repurchase their own stock, a military that’s been tied down for 16 years by a few lightly armed Muslims, a propaganda ministry instead of a media with public ignorance the consequence, and with a total collapse of morality in public and private institutions along with the disappearance of courage, is nevertheless able to make the entire world dance to its tune. Washington is the Wizard of Oz.
    Washington in the past 16 years has destroyed in whole or part seven countries, murdering, maiming, orphaning, widowing, and displacing millions of peoples. Yet Washington still presents itself as the great defender of human rights, democracy, and all that is good. The American people have voiced few words of protest against the massive crimes against humanity committed by ‘their’ government.

    This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on September 20, 2017.

  • Loving Our Debt-Serfdom: Our Neofeudal Status Quo

    Democracy (i.e. political influence) and ownership of productive assets are the exclusive domains of the New Aristocracy. I have often used the words neoliberal, neocolonial and neofeudal to describe our socio-economic-political status quo. Here are my shorthand descriptions of each term: 1. Neoliberal: the commoditization / financialization of every asset, input (such as labor) and output of the economy; the privatization of the public commons, and the maximizing of private profits while costs and losses are socialized, i.e. transferred to the taxpayers. 2. Neocolonial: the exploitation of the domestic populace using the same debt-servitude model used to subjugate, control and extract profits from overseas populations. 3. Neofeudal: the indenturing of the workforce via debt and financial repression to a new Aristocracy; the disempowerment of the workforce into powerless debt-serfs. Neofeudalism is a subtle control structure that is invisible to those who buy into the Mainstream Media portrayal of our society and economy. This portrayal includes an apparent contradiction: America is a meritocracy–the best and brightest rise to the top, if they have pluck and work hard– and America is all about identity politics: whomever doesn’t make it is a victim of bias.

    This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017.

  • Federal Reserve Will Continue Cutting Economic Life Support

    I remember back in mid-2013 when the Federal Reserve fielded the notion of a “taper” of quantitative easing measures. More specifically, I remember the response of mainstream economic analysts as well as the alternative economic community. I argued fervently in multiple articles that the Fed would indeed follow through with the taper, and that it made perfect sense for them to do so given that the mission of the central bank is not to protect the U. S. financial system, but to sabotage it carefully and deliberately. The general consensus was that a taper of QE was impossible and that the Fed would “never dare.” Not long after, the Fed launched its taper program.
    Two years later, in 2015, I argued once again that the Fed would begin raising interest rates even though multiple mainstream and alternative sources believed that this was also impossible. Without low interest rates, stock buybacks would slowly but surely die out, and the last pillar holding together equities and the general economy (besides blind faith) would be removed. The idea that the Fed would knowingly take such an action seemed to be against their “best self interest;” and yet, not long after, they initiated the beginning of the end for artificially low interest rates.
    The process that the Federal Reserve has undertaken has been a long and arduous one cloaked in disinformation. It is a process of dismantlement. Through unprecedented stimulus measures, the central bank has conjured perhaps the largest stock and bond bubbles in history, not to mention a bubble to end all bubbles in the U. S. dollar.

    This post was published at Alt-Market on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.

  • Picturing An ‘America First’ Korea Policy

    Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,
    ‘The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.’ So President Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden this week.
    But how this is to be done ‘rapidly’ is not so easy to see.
    North Korea has just returned to us Otto Warmbier, a student sentenced to 15 years hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster. Otto came home comatose, and died within days.
    Trump’s conundrum: How to keep such a regime from acquiring an ICBM with a nuclear warhead, which Kim Jong Un is determined to do.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 30, 2017.

  • Otto Warmbier Has Died, Family Blames “North Korea’s Torturous Mistreatment”, Trump Condemns “Brutal Regime… Will Handle It”

    Just days after North Korea released Otto Warmbier after holding him hostage for 17 months, his family has just reported the sad news of his passing.

    Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in North Korea, convicted of subversion after he tearfully confessed he had tried to steal a propaganda banner.
    The University of Virginia student was held for more than 17 months and medically evacuated from North Korea last week. Doctors said he returned with severe brain damage, but it wasn’t clear what caused it.
    Family Statement:

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 19, 2017.

  • North Korea Releases US Student Following Rodman Visit

    First photo: Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea for the 5th time. He wouldn't tell me if he's spoken to Trump or anyone from the US gov't. pic.twitter.com/aeEvEhkNwD
    — Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) June 13, 2017

    Rex Tillerson announced on Tuesday that North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, an American who was serving a 15 year jail sentence somewhere in the bowels of the hermit kingdom. The announcement came just hours after Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea for an unexpected trip, as reported last night. Warmbier, a University of Virginia student from Cincinnati, was sentenced in March after a televised tearful public confession to trying to steal a propaganda banner.
    At the direction of the President, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea,’ Tillerson said in a statement. ‘Mr. Warmbier is en route to the U. S. where he will be reunited with his family.’
    What he really meant is that Dennis Rodman’s unique style of “diplomacy” appears to have achieved what neither Tillerson himself, nor the previous administration had been capable of.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 13, 2017.

  • Trump Tweets ‘Like-ability’ Tumbles

    Twitter users are showing President Trump less love than they did at the start of his term.
    What’s driving the downward trend? Bloomberg notes several factors could be at play. The president’s approval rating has declined since he took office; enthusiasm for his brand of commentary may be waning; and, of course, newer tweets have simply had less time to accumulate likes, though most likes are usually awarded shortly after a tweet’s publication.
    Trump says he prefers Twitter because he wants to work around the mainstream media’s filter.
    ‘When the media takes my message, knows what my message is and then writes it purposely so it doesn’t sound good, I’d rather do Twitter,’ he said a few days after taking office.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 8, 2017.

  • Poland – The Next Crisis for the EU – Independent Sovereignty is the Issue

    Poland represents a major threat to the EU. The entire idea of the EU was the propaganda that Member States would successively grow into a real Union through a longer integration process. GDP was supposed to grow, not decline, and the threat of war would vanish by surrendering sovereignty to Brussels. In reality, the exact opposite has unfolded. GDP has progressively declined and the risk of a European war has been increased with the idea of surrendering sovereignty to Brussels.
    Throughout Europe, there is a growing ‘populist’ movement especially ignited with the attempt to force member states to accept refugees when this was an unilateral decision exclusive made by Merkel to save her public image after being hard on Greece.

    This post was published at Armstrong Economics on May 3, 2017.

  • Could Lack Of Transparency Hurt Aramco’s Trillion Dollar Valuation?

    With officials calling Saudi deputy crown prince bin Salman’s $2 trillion estimate of Saudi Aramco valuation as “unrealistic and mind blowing,” OilPrice.com’s Cyril Widdershoven notes the primary discussion taking place is the overall level of transparency offered by Aramco’s leadership, which is supported by the Saudi government.
    Saudi Aramco’s IPO, slated to raise between $100 billion and $400 billion from a 5 percent stake in the company, will continue to make headlines until its launch. Lately, discussions on the valuation of Aramco have been intense, and the jury is still out regarding an exact price. Aramco’s IPO will be a game-changer, propelling the world’s largest National Oil Company (NOC) into a league of its own on the financial markets. The current market capitalization estimates of $1-2 trillion are based on valuations of Aramco’s hydrocarbon reserves carried out by independent consultants. These estimates put the giant oil company far ahead of any other publicly owned company. Two major questions remain to be answered however, one of which has been largely ignored by the mainstream media.
    The primary discussion taking place is the overall level of transparency offered by Aramco’s leadership, which is supported by the Saudi government. After several days of attending the GCC Petroleum Media Forum (GCCPMF) in Abu Dhabi, attended by all GCC ministers of oil, including Saudi minister Khalid Al Falih, and a long list of government advisors, the issue of transparency has yet to be solved. Gulf oil ministers and CEOs still hold a very conservative idea about financial and operational transparency. There have been minor attempts by Aramco, ADNOC, and QP to open more data and insights to the financial world and media, but the world’s largest oil company remains far from transparent. When asked about the Aramco IPO and Saudi Vision 2030, the respective Saudi officials, including Khalid Al Falih, only produced basic media statements, already largely published in the Arab and global media outlets. Even the fact that the Forum was also meant to present a new OPEC-Abu Dhabi based data outlet, no real new information on reserves, production figures, or investment cycles were presented. Analysts still need to rely on figures presented by the existing outlets, OPEC-IEA-EIA-EIF.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 25, 2017.

  • Fear Campaign Against Americans Continues With Nuclear Drills This Week in New York

    In many ways, you have to feel bad for Americans. They have been on the receiving end of constant fear propaganda for decades.
    Just look back to the 50’s with the ‘Duck & Cover’ fear campaign as one example.
    Getting malleable young minds to cower under their desks in their government indoctrination camps, as though that would somehow protect them from a nuclear blast, shows that it has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with fear.
    The US government even convinced their tax slaves that there was a major war going on all the way from the 1950s to the 1980s even though not a single shot was fired. They called it the ‘Cold War’ and warned petrified citizens that at any moment, if not for the brave US government, they could be blown to oblivion.

    This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on April 23, 2017.

  • If You Understand History and Economics, You Understand Gold

    How can ordinary people ever understand the importance of gold when they are continuously fed with false and distorted facts. The latest publication to publish false and ignorant propaganda on gold is the British weekly magazine the Economist. The article begins with a graph of gold starting in September 2011. Anyone who knows anything about gold recognises that this is the time when gold reached a peak of $1,930. Between 1999 and 2011 gold had gone from $250 to $1,930 which is an increase of almost 700%. During the same period, the Dow was virtually unchanged and the UK index, the FTSE 100 was down 3%. So whilst gold was up 8x during those 11 years, stock markets were static but the journalist did not mention this. Instead, he starts the graph at the very top of gold after an 8 year rally.
    False propaganda and incompetence
    In my article last week I talked about ‘Lies, Damned Lies and News’ and this is the perfect example of the most blatant lies and misinformation that we find in the media today. It has now gone so far that I and many others don’t trust anything we read in the papers or hear on television or radio. And how can you, when journalists either deliberately publish biased and false news or by sheer incompetence cannot bother to find out the true facts. But that is not enough, the article goes on as follows:
    ‘Although gold is seen as a hedge against inflation, it cannot be relied on to fulfil this function over the medium term; between 1980 and 2001, its price fell by more than 80% in real terms.’
    Yet again, the author picks a point in time that is totally misrepresentative. For anyone who knows anything about gold, 1980 was a peak after a run from $35 per ounce in 1971 to $850 in 1980. The fact that gold had gone up 25x between 1971 and 1980 was of course not mentioned by this ignorant writer. Instead he starts from the peak in order to spread his false propaganda. I am not sure if it is a coincidence that the Rothschild family is a major shareholder in the Economist.

    This post was published at GoldSwitzerland on April 22, 2017.

  • U.S. Stock Market and Gold, Post Tomahawks and MOAB

    It happens when inflammatory events (usually political, terror or war related, but also including things like Ebola, Bird Flu and the like) crop up; stocks go down and hysteria starts to build. The mainstream media jump aboard and next thing you know you’ve got people heading for the exits… right into the next bottom. In the case of the current corrective consolidation, a disappointment in the Trump administration’s Healthcare follies rolled right into the war-like events in Syria and Afghanistan. Presto! A much needed correction of the over-bullishness was on.
    Going the other way is gold, which never fails to get the terror, war or pestilence bid du jour. Sure, the media may pump a bit here, but the real pumping comes from within the gold’community’ (the term, coined I believe by James Sinclair, is a dead giveaway to group-think) itself. The community always stands ready to explain to the greater public why it has been right all along; and headline-making events are held up as proof.
    Now, back in a little place we like to call Reality, the stock market is still in the state it has been in since last year when we got a bullish moving average signal with the weekly EMA 20 crossing above the EMA 50. My little speculation about a Left Shoulder to a potentially bearish H&S is just that, speculation at this time. The moving averages and the major trend say so. As a side note, notice that the AAII (Individual Investors) have been MIA. They have been among the smarter of the dumb money for years now; but we might wonder if the final top will come when AAII finally takes the bait.
    Our ‘amateur cyclist’ chart (for entertainment purposes only, folks) has instructed that a correction of some kind has been possible or even probable in and around here, according to the 12 month cycle. It’s a monthly chart, so expect movements not to present themselves in the same time frames that our always-engaged human brains fire off thoughts and opinions.

    This post was published at GoldSeek on 21 April 2017.

  • Failure to Launch: Millennials Struggling with Adulthood

    A new census report painted a rather grim picture of millennials as they make their transition into adulthood. You might call it a failure to launch. American 20-something-year-olds face low wages and high debt levels, and many are struggling to make it on their own.
    According to the government report, in 2015 one-third of young adults (about 24 million) in the US lived with their parents. ‘While 81 percent of those who live at home are either working or going to school, one in four between 25 to 34 are ‘idle, meaning they are not in school and do not work,’’ the report said.
    An NBC report focused on the wage problem millennials face. Simply put, they can’t find decent paying jobs. The census report corroborates the issue, revealing the extent of the wage problem, especially for young men:
    ‘In 1975, only 25% of men aged 25 to 34 had incomes of less than $30,000 per year. By 2016, that share rose to 41% of young men.’
    The findings stand in stark contrast to the employment news the mainstream media constantly feeds the public. Based on the numbers, the jobs market is healthy. Young people entering the workforce should have no problem finding work. But Peter Schiff has been saying for months that most of the jobs being created are low-paying, service jobs, not jobs that you can build a life around:

    This post was published at Schiffgold on APRIL 20, 2017.

  • Chicago Tribune Says Facebook’s ‘Fake News’ Filter Is Killing Its Traffic

    Back in December we wrote about the efforts of Facebook to combat the spread of “fake news” over social media with the introduction of a filter intended to flag ‘fake’ content so that users wouldn’t haven’t to go through the hassle of critically analyzing information on their own. As we noted at the time, it was a genius plan, except for one small issue: who determines what is considered “fake news” and how exactly do they draw those conclusions? From our prior post (see “Facebook Launches Campaign To Combat “Fake News”“):
    The first problem, however, immediately emerges because as NBC notes, “legitimate news outlets won’t be able to be flagged”, which then begs the question who or what is considered “legitimate news outlets”, does it include the likes of NYTs and the WaPos, which during the runup to the election declared on a daily basis, that Trump has no chance of winning, which have since posted defamatory stories about so-called “Russian propaganda news sites”, admitting subsequently that their source data was incorrect, and which many consider to be the source of “fake news”.
    Also, just who makes the determination what is considered “legitimate news outlets.”
    Now, it seems as though the first confirmed victim of Facebook’s ‘fake news’ crusade may be none other than the Chicago Tribune, a newspaper that undoubtedly considers itself a “legitimate news outlet.”

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 19, 2017.

  • Trump Replaces John Kerry as Flip-Flop Gold Medalist

    Trump’s voters are watching the Washington Establishment capture Donald Trump.
    His reversals are now heralded by the mainstream media. The Washington Post has continued to attack him 24×7, yet it admits he is taking centrist positions. The BBC has also noted it.
    He campaigned against ObamaCare. He failed to promote repeal. The accent was on “replace.” Paul Ryan’s compromise was a disaster. The Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives blocked it. Trump declared war on them. But he has no clout in their districts. Most of them pulled better than he did last November.
    The Export-Import Bank has subsidized big businesses for decades. Candidate Trump said he was against it. Now he says he supports it.
    Then there was China, the currency manipulator. China was forcing down its currency. How, he never said as a candidate. Well, that’s water under the bridge. China, it turns out, is no longer a currency manipulator. No, no, no. The problem now is that the dollar is too strong.
    How about the Federal Reserve. As a candidate, he criticized the FED’s low-interest rate policy. It hurt savers. Not now. The FED’s policy is A-OK.
    The latest defection is on NATO. NATO was obsolete. Not now. NATO is A-OK now.
    What about tax cuts for the middle class? He has yet to introduce a bill.
    What about the wall between the USA and Mexico? He has yet to introduce a bill.

    This post was published at Gary North on April 14, 2017.

  • U.S. Strikes Syria, Gold and Silver Spike Higher

    U. S. Navy warships fired 50 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian military base a few hours ago. It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Donald Trump’s most dramatic military order since becoming president. This attack was in response to the chemical attack in Syria that killed over 70 people, including up to 30 children. The attack has been blamed on the Syrian regime, but little evidence has been supplied thus far.
    The surprise strike marked a striking reversal for Trump, who warned as a candidate against the U. S. getting pulled into the Syrian civil war, now in its seventh year. Unfortunately, he was right then as a reality TV star/businessman and wrong now as President.
    Trump just did the ONLY thing that will destroy the base of his support. He took on Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy.
    I always ask ‘cui bono?’ during times like this and have little trust in the mainstream media. It really makes no sense for Assad to drop chemical weapons on his own people and draw the ire of the world, just as he was winning the war in his country and the U. S. was backing off their insistence on regime change. Of course, I don’t know for sure what happened, but something does not seem quite right about the narrative. Hopefully we get more details in the hours ahead and there is a clearer picture of what evidence compelled Trump to order the attack.

    This post was published at GoldStockBull on April 6th, 2017.

  • The Balance of Gold and Silver – Precious Metals Supply and Demand

    Orders of Preference
    Last week, we discussed the growing stress in the credit markets. We noted this is a reason to buy gold, and likely the reason why gold buying has ticked up since just before Christmas.
    Many people live in countries where another paper scrip is declared to be money – to picture the absurdity, just imagine a king declaring that the tide must roll back and not get his feet wet when his throne is placed on the beach – not real money like the US dollar.
    Holding back the tides is serious business… apart from his odd obsession with the waves, King Cnut the Great, son of Sweyn Forkbeard, King of all England and Denmark and the Norwegians and of some of the Swedes, is reportedly known to historians as the most effective Danish King England ever had [PT]
    It should be obvious, but we have seen much disinformation out there promoting the idea that the dollar is collapsing. Most of the time, most of these people buy dollars as the escape hatch from their native currencies.
    They buy the dollar first, and gold (for now) is a distant second.

    This post was published at Acting-Man on April 3, 2017.

  • Record $10 Trillion Paper Gold Trading Market Continues To Depress Price

    How do you depress the physical gold price? It’s quite easy… you throw $10 trillion paper dollars at it. Not only did global paper gold trading amount reach a new record in 2016, it surpassed the previous year’s total by nearly 50%.
    This is simply amazing when we look around at the staggering amount of insanity taking place in the financial markets. With the economic and financial markets sitting at the edge of the cliff, it would seem prudent for investors to curtail their highly leverage bets in the ‘Paper Gold Casino’ and buckle down by purchasing real physical metal.
    Unfortunately, the Mainstream media and the Financial networks have totally lobotomized investors by removing the following vocabulary from the mushy substance between their ears….. Wisdom, Prudent, Long-term, Safe-haven and Gold-Silver.

    This post was published at SRSrocco Report on APRIL 2, 2017.