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  • Fun on Friday: Golden Music for Your Ears

    Apple recently announced its new iPhone 10 to much hoopla. It will feature a retina display, increased storage and RAM, and enhanced facial recognition (which is either real cool or incredibly creepy, depending on your point of view.)
    Of course, this will all come with a pretty hefty price tag of around $1,000. A lot of people were taken aback by the cost of the new Apple gadget. On the other hand, there are apparently at least a few people out there who think that isn’t nearly enough. I mean, who wants a plain old, boring $1,000 iPhone 10 when, for a mere $69,995, you can walk around with the solid gold Lux iPhone X Ingot pressed against your ear?
    The description touts the phone as ‘a very rare specimen.’ Specimen seems like an odd word to use. It makes me think of something growing in a petri dish. But then again, what do I know about marketing $70,000 phones? Anyway, it features 250 grams of 22 carat gold with a mirror polished back surface. Customization is encouraged.

    This post was published at Schiffgold on SEPTEMBER 22, 2017.


  • Asian Metals Market Update: September-19-2017

    The trend after the FOMC meet tomorrow in precious metals and currency markets will be interesting. Global shift to electric cars over the coming years can put copper and nickel prices into inertia in the next few years. Some electric cars makers are considering making the car body from Aluminum to reduce car weight. Aluminum could also get a boost from electric cars. Long term fundamentals are looking extremely bullish for industrial metals. Solar power will support silver from getting a breakdown. The real competition to the traditional metals will come from Graphene. I am a big fan of Graphene. Every day I search the net for new uses of Graphene and new processes to make Graphene. I am pretty sure Graphene will soon become a part of daily lives just like copper or aluminum.

    This post was published at GoldSeek on 19 September 2017.


  • Silver News: A New Administrator for the LBMA Silver Price Auction; Technological Breakthroughs

    The London Bullion Market Association recently chose a new administrator for its silver price auction, and scientists have discovered a variety of rice that accumulates and stores naturally occurring silver in the soil.
    The Silver Institute covers these stories, and highlights several other technological innovations involving silver, in its latest issue of Silver News.
    ICE Benchmark Administration will begin administering the silver benchmark and operating the auction underlying the London Bullion Market Association Silver Price in late September. IBA replaces a joint effort by CME Group and Thomson Reuters. IBA currently operates the London Gold Price benchmark.

    This post was published at Schiffgold on SEPTEMBER 19, 2017.


  • The World Is Creeping Toward De-Dollarization

    The issue of when a global reserve currency begins or ends is not an exact science. There are no press releases announcing it, and neither are there big international conferences that end with the signing of treaties and a photo shoot. Nevertheless we can say with confidence that the reign of every world reserve currency has to come to and end at some point in time. During a changeover from one global currency to another, gold (and to a lesser extent silver) has always played a decisive role. Central banks and governments have long been aware that the dollar has a sell-by date as a reserve currency. But it has taken until now for the subject to be discussed openly. The fact that the issue has been on the radar of a powerful bank like JP Morgan for at least five years, should give one pause. Questions regarding the global reserve currency are not exactly discussed on CNBC every day. Most mainstream economists avoid the topic like the plague. The issue is too politically charged. However, that doesn’t make it any less important for investors to look for answers. On the contrary. The following questions need to be asked: What indications are there that the world is turning its back on the US dollar? And what are the clues that gold’s role could be strengthened in a new system?
    The mechanism underlying today’s ‘dollar standard’ is widely known and the term ‘petrodollar’ describes it well. This system is based on an informal agreement the US and Saudi Arabia arrived at in the mid-1970s. The result of this deal: Oil, and consequently all other important commodities, is traded in US dollars – and only in US dollars. Oil producers then ‘recycle’ these ‘petrodollars’ into US treasuries. This circular flow of dollars has enabled the US to pile up a towering mountain of debt of nearly $20 trillion – without having to worry about its own financial stability. At least, until now.

    This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on September 20, 2017.


  • Scientists Say Italian Supervolcano Is “Becoming More Dangerous” As Magma Builds Beneath It

    After the long-dormant supervolcano Campi Flegrei awakened late last year, a team of scientists that has pinpointed the now-active volcano’s magma source says a potentially devastating eruption could be just around the corner.
    Campi Flegrei is a volcanic caldera to the west of Naples that last erupted in the sixteenth century. It has been mostly quiet since then, with the exception of a few small tremors in the 1980s. Seismographic data from those rumbles allowed scientists to pinpoint the source of the magma that flooded into Campi Flegrei’s chamber and caldera, according to United Press International. The results are unequivocal: An analysis of the supervolcano’s hot zone suggests Campi Flegrei could be nearing an eruption.
    “What this means in terms of the scale of any future eruption we cannot say, but there is no doubt that the volcano is becoming more dangerous,” De Siena said.
    “The big question we have to answer now is if it is a big layer of magma that is rising to the surface, or something less worrying which could find its way to the surface out at sea.”
    Researchers liken the volcano’s hot zone to a boiling pot of soup. Over the last several years, the volcano has gotten considerably hotter.

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


  • The Future of Artificial Intelligence, According to Pop Culture

    The unpredictable nature of superintelligent, self-improving machines lends itself quite nicely to the dramatic storylines of movies and books.
    It’s a science fiction writer’s dream: if AI becomes smart enough to create more advanced versions of itself, pretty much every outcome is on the table. Machines could empower humanity to become enlightened and virtuous. On the less optimistic side? Machines could instead ruthlessly enslave all of humankind to tickle their own warped sense of satisfaction.
    Pop Culture Perspectives
    From the plot of movies like The Terminator to The Matrix, pop culture offers up innumerable examples of what could happen from the rise of the machines – and most of them, as you can imagine, steer towards the less optimistic side of the spectrum.
    Today’s infographic from BBC Future provides an entertaining take on these scenarios, organized by potential likelihood.

    This post was published at GoldSeek on 17 September 2017.


  • North Korea’s Nuclear Tests Could Trigger “Supervolcano” Eruption

    After North Korea’s latest nuclear test, scientists are worried that more underground explosions in the isolated country’s rocky north could set the stage for a deadly volcanic eruption not unlike the one that NASA fears could be brewing in the Yellowstone caldera.
    Following the North’s sixth nuclear test Chinese authorities have stepped up radiation monitoring and even closed part of their border with North Korea as fallout fears have intensified.
    And now, as Newsweek reports, China has limited access to a nature reserve on its border with North Korea after a mysterious series of seismic shakes at the rogue nation’s nuclear test site were detected less than 10 minutes after it conducted its latest test, which also triggered a sizable tremor. The severity of the tremors prompted Beijing to close the site over fears that underground detonations by the North Koreans at a facility near Punggye-ri could lead to rockslides, or worse, trigger an eruption of the active “super volcano” Mount Paektu, according to Disclose.tv.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 16, 2017.


  • The Space Race Is Now “Privatized” – But You’re Still Paying for It

    In the wake of Sputnik I’s success on October 4, 1957, in which the USSR could stake claim to having built the first artificial earth satellite, a cosmic shift in perception took hold. Whatever advantages US society might have as measured by individual freedom, it came up short when stacked against Soviet science and technology.
    Soviet space superiority was on display 32 days later when Sputnik 2 launched with Laika, a dog found roaming the Moscow streets who died a few days after takeoff. Telemetry data recorded during her orbital flight showed a cabin temperature reaching a high of 109 F. She suffered long before dying, giving Americans another reason to hate the commies.
    Not only did Sputnik II carry the dog, which suggested that the Soviets were thinking about putting human beings into space, the final stage of the rocket had remained attached to the satellite – which meant, incredibly and ominously, that the Soviet rocket had managed to put a six-ton weight into earth orbit. The United States, on the other hand, was working on a grapefruit-sized satellite weighing three and a half pounds. – Apollo, Charles Murray & Catherine Bly Cox, 2004 [my emphasis]
    The final humiliation came the following month when Vanguard TV3 blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. According to Murray and Cox, a Soviet delegate to the UN needled the US as to whether it would be interested in receiving aid earmarked for ‘undeveloped countries.’

    This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on September 14, 2017.


  • Apple Stock Slumps After iPhone X Demo, Delivery Date Disappoints

    Update: This seemed to sum things up in Cupertino perfectly – Steve Wozniak is wandering around. He said he is excited to see the new iPhone features, especially the facial recognition. He likes the feature a lot on his Samsung phone.
    Oops: APPLE EXEC’S FIRST ATTEMPT TO USE FACE UNLOCK FAILS, EXEC SWITCHES TO BACKUP PHONE – APPLE EVENT
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    It appears the excitement has faded…

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 12, 2017.


  • Apple Stock Tumbles After Facial Unlock Fails During iPhone X Unveil

    Update: This seemed to sum things up in Cupertino perfectly – Steve Wozniak is wandering around. He said he is excited to see the new iPhone features, especially the facial recognition. He likes the feature a lot on his Samsung phone.
    Oops: APPLE EXEC’S FIRST ATTEMPT TO USE FACE UNLOCK FAILS, EXEC SWITCHES TO BACKUP PHONE – APPLE EVENT
    It appears the excitement has faded…


    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 12, 2017.


  • Satellite Images Reveal Numerous Landslides Around North Korea Test Site After Nuclear Test

    Commercial satellite images taken one day after North Korea conducted its largest nuclear test to date (currently estimated to have been around 120 kilotons, or 8 times the yield of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima), show numerous landslides throughout the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site and beyond, 38 North reveals.
    The area of these surface disturbances, which include numerous areas of pre-existing gravel and scree fields that have apparently been lofted in place from the tremors, is centered about Mt. Mantap at an elevation of 2205 meters.
    According to the authors, these disturbances are more numerous and widespread than what they have seen from any of the five previous tests North Korea conducted, which would be in keeping with the increased power of the latest test. That said, there does not appear to be any evidence of a collapse crater, as might have been suggested from the strong, post-test tremor. Unfortunately, the resolution of this imagery is presently insufficient to show any other damage, (e.g. to buildings at the base of the mountain in the support areas), although it is sufficient to justify concerns that the entire site may have become unstable following the test, as some Chinese scientists have suggested (more on that shortly).
    Figure 1A is a pre-test image acquired on September 1, 2017 for comparison with Figure 1B, which is the post-test image acquired on September 4, 2017. This overview provided is unannotated so as not to obscure any part of the image to assist in that comparison. Figure 2A is a close-up of one portion of the slope between the North Portal and the mountain peak showing a number of small landslides going down into a stream bed.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 5, 2017.


  • Miami Mayor: “Expect Evacuation Order On Wednesday Or Thursday”

    With Hurricane Irma, now an ‘extremely dangerous’ category 5 storm bearing down on southeastern Florida, the Miami Heraldreports that Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez has told reporters that an evacuation order was “probably coming late Wednesday or early Thursday.” According to the latest forecasts, the storm is expected to make landfall in the US this weekend, unless the jet stream pulls it in a more northerly direction.
    As we reported earlier, the storm has shifted west more quickly than forecasters had anticipated. As of Tuesday, the storm was on track to slam Miami, though its eventual path may vary.
    ‘Over the past couple of days, the track of the storm has shifted ‘a lot further to the west’, and at this point it appears that Miami is the most likely to take the full force of the hurricane. But as we have seen, trying to forecast the behavior of hurricanes is not an exact science. Irma may never become a category 5 storm, and it may never hit the U. S. at all. Or it may zip past Florida to the south and end up making landfall in the Gulf of Mexico. The truth is that we just don’t know.’

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 5, 2017.


  • Elon Musk Predicts A.I. Will Launch Preemptive Strike That Begins WW3

    May be initiated not by the country leaders, but one of the AI's, if it decides that a prepemptive strike is most probable path to victory
    — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2017

    Elon Musk is either privy to some really disturbing technology that the rest of us can’t even begin to fathom or he is desperately crying out for help by advertising his recurring nervous meltdowns over social media.
    In his latest frightening/entertaining (depending on one’s viewpoint) tweet storm, Elon predicts that artificial intelligence will be the “most likely cause of WW3” and that robots may actually initiate the outbreak of a global war if they decide that a “prepemptive strike is most probable path to victory.”
    “China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo. May be initiated not by the country leaders, but one of the AI’s, if it decides that a prepemptive strike is most probable path to victory.”

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 4, 2017.


  • Latest Projections Show Hurricane Irma Headed For Florida

    As Hurricane Irma continues to move west as a Category three storm, in what still is said to be an indeterminate path, according to the latest projections from Met Scientist Michael Ventrice, it now looks like Florida has the highest probability of a US landfall…
    Latest 12Z Calibrated ECMWF Ensembles indicates that Florida now has the highest probability to see Hurricane #Irma impacts/landfall pic.twitter.com/YVgjueeKYx
    — Michael Ventrice (@MJVentrice) September 3, 2017

    …though that doesn’t mean the Gulf of Mexico can rest easy. Hurricane forecasting is notoriously inaccurate one or two weeks out…

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 3, 2017.


  • Economics and Humanity

    It is customary to find fault with modern science because it abstains from expressing judgments of value. Living and acting man, we are told, has no use for Wertfreiheit; he needs to know what he should aim at. If science does not answer this question, it is sterile. However, the objection is unfounded. Science does not value, but it provides acting man with all the information he may need with regard to his valuations. It keeps silence only when the question is raised whether life itself is worth living.
    This question, of course, has been raised too and will always be raised. What is the meaning of all these human endeavors and activities if in the end nobody can escape death and decomposition? Man lives in the shadow of death. Whatever he may have achieved in the course of his pilgrimage, he must one day pass away and abandon all that he has built. Each instant can become his last. There is only one thing that is certain about the individual’s future–death. Seen from the point of view of this ultimate and inescapable outcome, all human striving appears vain and futile.
    Moreover, human action must be called inane even when judged merely with regard to its immediate goals. It can never bring full satisfaction; it merely gives for an evanescent instant a partial removal of uneasiness. As soon as one want is satisfied, new wants spring up and ask for satisfaction Civilization, it is said, makes people poorer, because it multiplies their wishes and does not soothe, but kindles, desires. All the busy doings and dealings of hard-working men, their hurrying, pushing, and bustling are nonsensical, for they provide neither happiness nor quiet. Peace of mind and serenity cannot be won by action and secular ambition, but only by renunciation and resignation. The only kind of conduct proper to the sage is escape into the inactivity of a purely contemplative existence.

    This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on August 28, 2017.


  • Eclipse Will Be “First Major Test” Of Solar Power’s Role In Energy Grid

    The first total solar eclipse in 99 years will be an unprecedented test of an American power grid that has become rapidly reliant on solar energy, according to Bloomberg. Power grids, utilities and generators are bracing for more than 12,000 megawatts of solar power to go offline starting around 9 a.m. in Oregon as the moon blocks out the sun across a 70-mile-wide (113-kilometer) corridor.
    The eclipse has arrived at a time when the American power grid is becoming increasingly reliant on solar, wind and hydroelectric power.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 21, 2017.


  • Merck CEO Resigns From Trump’s Manufacturing Council Over “Hatred, Bigotry, & Group Supremacy”

    Merck CEO Ken Frazier has resigned from the President’s Manufacturing Council as a “matter of personal conscience” following Trump’s apparent lack of rejection of “expressions of hatred, bigotry, and group supremacy.”
    Statement from Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer, Merck:
    “I am resigning from the President’s American Manufacturing Council.
    Our country’s strength stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, races, sexual orientations and political beliefs.
    America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal.
    As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 14, 2017.


  • Furious Trump Lashes Out At Merck CEO After Council Resignation: Attacks “Ripoff” Drug Prices

    Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017

    Well that didn’t take long.
    ***
    Seconds after the resignation of Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier from the president’s Manufacturing Council:
    “I am resigning from the President’s American Manufacturing Council.
    Our country’s strength stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, races, sexual orientations and political beliefs.
    America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal.
    As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 14, 2017.


  • Scientists Warn That The Countdown To The Extinction of The Human Race Is Accelerating

    Humanity is steamrolling toward a date with extinction, and yet most people have absolutely no idea that this is happening. Most of us like to think that we are part of the smartest, tallest and fastest generation in human history, but science has actually shown that the exact opposite is true. Compared to our ancient ancestors, we areshorter, slower and we have been losing mental capacity for thousands of years. And just this week, a groundbreaking study that discovered that large numbers of human males in the western world may soon be incapable of reproducing made headlines all over the planet…
    Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men from North America, Europe and Australia continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned.
    Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 separate studies say sperm counts among men from these areas seem to have halved in less than 40 years.
    The 185 studies that the researchers took their data from were all conducted between 1973 and 2011. Dr. Hagai Levine was one of the lead scientists involved in the study, and he found that for men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, sperm concentrations declined by 52.4 percent during the study period, and total sperm count declined by a whopping 59.3 percent.
    If these trends continue, we will soon have tens of millions of young men that are incapable of producing children. The following comes from the Washington Post…

    This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on July 25th, 2017.


  • Tech Billionaires Are Funding A Plan To Break The Human Race Out Of The Matrix

    On the southwestern edge of Lake Titicaca, Peru, there is an ancient 23-foot doorway known as the Aramu Muru. Local natives call it the ‘Puerta de hayu Marca,’ the gateway to the lands of the gods and immortal life. Throughout their history, the natives have described people disappearing and appearing at this doorway.
    ***
    In 1998, purported extraterrestrial contactee Jerry Wills claimed a tall blonde humanoid named Zo taught him how to access Aramu Muru and enter ‘another universe.’ Wills further claimed that Zo illustrated to him how our universe is an experimental simulation within his species’ universe. They built it to understand their own reality, which is itself nested inside a larger universe.
    The next year, in 1999, the blockbuster science fiction film The Matrix came out and forever emblazoned into our collective subconscious the idea that our existence is a simulation created by a more advanced race of beings. Incidentally, the film also made long black trench coats, black sunglasses, and my last name all the rage, but I digress…

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