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  • 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.


  • SEVERE Idiocy In America

    No, not the sort of drugs you think of as “recreational” pharmaceuticals either.
    Worse.
    In a recent review paper, we found that people are using performance-enhancing drugs increasingly for common tasks, ranging from sitting examinations to giving presentations and conducting important negotiations. These ‘cognitive enhancers’ – such as antidepressants, beta blockers (used to treat heart conditions or anxiety) or ‘smart drugs’ – can boost energy and mood, helping us to perform better with less sleep. But is it safe for healthy individuals to take such drugs? And is it right?
    Is it safe? No.
    Hell, Ritalin isn’t safe for kids with so-called ADHD! That’s an amphetamine derivative, is likely to be extremely addictive (as are all drugs in that class) and what’s worse amphetamines are known to produce permanent changes in brain chemistry.

    This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-07-13.


  • Freedom Is Not Necessarily The Absence Of Tyranny

    Is it true that freedom is an overly idealized concept? Perhaps, but it is one of the few concepts worthy of idealization. It is so worthy, that it is worth dying for.
    Since the dawn of recorded history human beings have fought and sacrificed to attain freedom. It is an inherent psychological construct. It is a principle that is rooted not only in the mind of man, but his spirit or soul. Scientists in the realm of the mind have struggled for generations to understand where it comes from – others have sought to dismiss it as a fanciful notion or societal construct. Nihilists claim it doesn’t really exist, while other people center their entire lives on the proliferation of it. The concept of freedom, love it or hate it, is central to all cultures and all civilizations. The most common dismissal of the idea of freedom that I have seen is the argument that none of us is really free because “tyranny exists”. Tyranny is a constant, therefore, in the view of the nihilists, freedom cannot exist. I believe this dim way of thinking stems from a misconception of what freedom is and where it comes from.
    Freedom, first and foremost, begins in the mind, or the heart; whatever you are inclined to put more stock in. To think critically or to imagine wildly is indeed to be free. Tyranny, by extension, rises from the mire and muck in the physical world around us and ends in the mind and the heart. If one is free of mind, then one is never truly enslaved.
    I have heard so many times the ignorant accusation that freedom requires action before consequence. That is to say, if you have suffered the consequences of a tyrannical system, then you have already failed to prevent your own enslavement. This is not how freedom functions. It has never worked this way.

    This post was published at Alt-Market on Thursday, 06 July 2017.


  • Journalists Drink Too Much, Are Dumber Than Average, Study Finds

    A recent scientific study just proved something that viewers of CNN have probably suspected for years: Journalists’ brains function at a lower level than the rest of the population.
    A study conducted by neuroscientist Tara Swift and the London Press Club determined that “the highest functions of journalists brains were operating at a lower level than the average population, due to dehydration, self-medicating, and fueling their brains with caffeine and high-sugar foods”

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


  • Gold-Futures Shorting Attacks

    Gold has suffered a sharp pullback over the past couple weeks, stoking much bearish sentiment. While a variety of factors fed this selloff, the precipitating catalyst was a gold-futures shorting attack. These are relatively-rare episodes of extreme selling specifically timed and executed to manipulate gold prices lower rapidly. Traders need to understand these events, which are inherently self-limiting and soon bullish.
    Gold-futures shorting attacks are very real, with telltale volume and price signatures unlike anything else. I’ve studied them for many years now, and have written extensively about them in our newsletters as they occur. But it’s critical to realize these rare events are only responsible for a tiny fraction of all gold selling. The vast majority of the time gold selloffs are driven by other far-more-normal factors, not shorting attacks.
    These isolated anomalous episodes are often cited as proof the gold price is actively manipulated. But whether that’s true or not, gold-futures shorting attacks can only explain tiny sporadic swaths of gold-price behavior. When they occur their impacts can definitely be outsized, but these are always short-lived. That’s because the huge selling necessary to execute a shorting attack is far too extreme to be sustained.
    Gold-futures shorting attacks are naturally a subset of gold-futures trading, which dominates short-term gold prices. Gold-futures speculators enjoy a wildly-disproportional impact on gold levels for a couple of key reasons. The American-gold-futures-derived gold price is the world’s reference price. So whatever the futures speculators as a herd are doing greatly affects popular psychology among gold traders globally.

    This post was published at ZEAL LLC on May 5, 2017.


  • Space Mining: The Final Frontier For Oil Countries

    Authored by Tsvetana Paraskova via OilPrice.com,
    The centuries-long human fascination with space may go beyond making sci-fi movies and into a brave new world of asteroid mining within just a couple of decades.
    While scientists and engineers have been studying the costs and technology necessary to launch space mining probes and missions, an analyst reckons that private companies could begin launching satellites prospecting asteroids within five years, and actual mining for water and rare metals on asteroids could begin within eight years.
    In this new quest for resources, the Middle East oil-exporting countries, which have long been considered the swing crude oil suppliers on Earth, could play a role in mining for water and platinum group metals on asteroids in space, according to Tom James, Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Partner at energy consultant Navitas Resources.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 28, 2017.


  • Living the California dream in Compton: In a competition to find the smallest ‘home’ we visit a 378 square foot property.

    One gut check that you need to do when markets reach this fever pitch in mania, is simply look at the product. People get fully disconnected from value and simply assume that every crap shack is going to sell because every single second a sucker is bred into our economy. There is now a blind consensus that prices will not drop. And if they drop, it will be a tiny drop. What is telling however is that virtually all large US metros are seeing price increases. This is a nationwide trend despite house humping beer belly cheerleaders acting as if it is only happening in their tiny niche market. So the euphoria is running rampant across all areas. This brings back the idea of decoupling. The markets are as coupled as an old Taco Tuesday baby boomer couple that is building up heart disease on a massive cruise ship. There is too much bubble psychology in the current environment. Have people already forgotten that the unexpected tends to happen (just look at our President!). Yet people just forget about Black Swans and keep on trucking forward taking on mega risk. Let me show you what is happening in Compton.

    This post was published at Doctor Housing Bubble on April 26, 2017.


  • Dilbert Creator Reflects On President Trump’s First 100 Days

    Everyone observing politics seems to agree on two things about a president’s first 100 days in office:
    1. 100 days is a meaningless, arbitrary marker for a president’s performance that is likely to be more misleading than useful.
    and…
    2. Let’s treat it like it is important! Reeeeeeee!
    The thing that fascinates me the most about this situation is that the so-called ‘pro-science’ people are giving Trump low grades for his first 100 days.
    Allow me to connect some dots.
    In science, you don’t have much of an experiment unless you have a control case for comparison. For example, you can’t know if a drug helped with a particular disease unless you study the people who didn’t take the drug at the same time as those who did.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 26, 2017.


  • Stocks and Precious Metals Charts – Sell the News – Qu’est-ce Que C’est

    “Psychopaths [and sociopaths] have a grandiose self-structure which demands a scornful and detached devaluation of others, in order to ward off their envy toward the good perceived in other people.”
    Robert D. Hare, Without Conscience
    ‘The sense of responsibility in the financial community for the community as a whole is not small. It is nearly nil.’
    John Kenneth Galbraith, The Great Crash of 1929
    ‘In a nation run by swine, all the pigs are upwardly mobile, and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely.’
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “And where they make a desert, they call it peace.”
    Tacitus, Agricola
    Donald and His Merry Pranksters were rolling out the greatest tax cut in history today.
    It was interesting to watch the stock and precious metals futures fluctuate, as Messrs Cohn and Mnuchin were speaking. I did have a chance to do that today, since the daily hospital visits are in the morning, and I seem to be getting caught up with the household chores as the queen finds herself increasingly fatigued. Alas, the mispricing in these markets was so apparent that I could not resist making a few trades during the ebb and flow of expectations and short term trends that reversed somewhat sharply into the close. Even an old dog can hear the call to the chase now and again.

    This post was published at Jesses Crossroads Cafe on 26 APRIL 2017.


  • The Healing Power of Gold and Silver

    There is healing power in gold and silver. Both precious metals serve as an investment as well as money. Gold and silver also have technological applications. We recently reported that gold is the new green with a growing number of environmental applications. Today, we focus on some of the amazing developments using gold and silver in healthcare applications.
    For centuries, silver has been used as an antibacterial agent and to fight infections. Today, scientists are using cutting-edge research techniques to study how exactly silver poisons pathogenic microbes.
    The work of scientists like Joe Lemiresuch from Calgary University is yielding new insights on how to create effective antimicrobials and avoid the pitfalls of antimicrobial resistance.
    ‘With our enhanced mechanistic understanding of silver toxicity, we also aim to develop novel silver-based antimicrobial therapies, and potentially rejuvenate other antibiotic therapies that bacteria have come to resist, via silver-based co-treatment strategies.’

    This post was published at Schiffgold on APRIL 26, 2017.


  • Snakes In Suits – Predators Among Us

    ‘They often make use of the fact that for many people the content of the message is less important than the way it is delivered.
    A confident, aggressive delivery style – often larded with jargon, clichs, and flowery phrases – makes up for the lack of substance and sincerity in their interactions with others … they are masters of impression management; their insight into the psyche of others combined with a superficial – but convincing – verbal fluency allows them to change their personas skillfully as it suits the situation and their game plan.
    They are known for their ability to don many masks, change ‘who they are’ depending upon the person with whom they are interacting, and make themselves appear likable to their intended victim.
    Psychopathic workers very often were identified as the source of departmental conflicts, in many cases, purposely setting people up in conflict with each other. The most debilitating characteristic of even the most well-behaved psychopath is the inability to form a workable team.
    Paul Babiak and Robert Hare, Snakes in Suits
    “I may have made an error in judgement – but one thing is beyond dispute: the man was able to work his way up to leader of a people of almost 80 million. His success alone proved that I should subordinate myself to him.”
    Adolf Eichmann
    A psychopath according to the latest research is both genetically and physically predisposed, through a cluster of characteristics, to being unable to form bonds with other people, even on the most basic level. In addition, certain aspects of their upbringing and environment seem to contribute to their deficiency or predisposition, to turn it towards what would be considered as malignant ends.
    Most simply, a full blown psychopath is someone who is ‘born without a conscience.’

    This post was published at Jesses Crossroads Cafe on 26 APRIL 2017.


  • Key Highlights From Trump’s AP Interview

    First it was his interview with the FT, in which Trump warned China that the US was ready to take North Korea unilaterally; this was followed by the far more dramatic interview in the WSJ where the president flipped on his strong dollar policy, and reversed his stance on interest rates, Janet Yellen and the the Ex-Im bank.
    Today, Trump followed up with another interview this time with the AP. While the soundbites distributed by the press focus tend to focus more on Trump’s media habits – largely irrelevant for markets – the highlights below taken from the transcript (link) are far more relevant to policy and risk assets, especially the last bullet point, as it pertains to Steve Bannon.
    EUR, EGP. Trump speaks of their first visit. He didn’t expect to have “chemistry” with her given they are at odds over Nato and immigration, but they had “unbelievable chemistry.” Same can be said for Egyptian President el-Sissi and Chinese President Xi. Government shutdown takes precedence over healthcare reform. Not many details on the latter, while he doubles down that Democrats must accept his wall. AP: Obviously, that’s going to come in a week where you’re going to be running up against the deadline for keeping the government open. If you get a bill on your desk that does not include funding for the wall, will you sign it?

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 23, 2017.


  • GloBull Warming Hokum On ‘Earth Day’

    Let’s cut the crap, shall we?
    This is scientific fact. It is a record of history showing temperatures and CO2 levels. You will note that there is no correlation between temperature and CO2 level. In fact, there appears to be an inverse correlation in many (but not all) instances.
    I remind you that the basic truth of science when it comes to correlation and causation is as follows:
    1. Correlation can never prove causation. It can only suggest that it might be true.

    2. The inverse of correlation, however, strongly indicates that causation is absent if it occurs just once.
    Well, it has been inverted when we’re talking about CO2 and temperature — and far more often than once.
    In the Precambrian era CO2 concentrations fell quite a bit while temperatures rose. In the Silurian period, same. In the Carboniferous period, again. At the end of the Jurasic period, again temperatures went up while CO2 levels fell. Finally, at the exit of the Jurasic period CO2 went up while temperature slowly fell; we believe that happened due to a large asteroid impact (which would make sense as to the step function) but the continued fall in temperatures does not correlate with a further rise in CO2 — until the exit of the Paleocene epoch.

    This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-04-22.


  • Isaac Newton was a genius, but even he lost millions in the stock market

    Isaac Newton was one of the smartest people to ever live.
    But being a smart physicist is not necessarily the same thing as being a smart investor and, unfortunately for him, Newton learned that the hard way.
    In an updated and annotated text of Benjamin Graham’s classic “The Intelligent Investor,” WSJ‘s Jason Zweig included an anecdote about Newton’s adventures investing the South Sea Company:
    “Back in the spring of 1720, Sir Isaac Newton owned shares in the South Sea Company, the hottest stock in England. Sensing that the market was getting out of hand, the great physicist muttered that he ‘could calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of the people.’ Newton dumped his South Sea shares, pocketing a 100% profit totaling 7,000. But just months later, swept up in the wild enthusiasm of the market, Newton jumped back in at a much higher price – and lost 20,000 (or more than $3 million in money. For the rest of his life, he forbade anyone to speak the words ‘South Sea’ in his presence.”

    This post was published at Business Insider


  • After The Crash*, Part 2: Digital And Regenerative Medicine

    For most people, the doctor visit hasn’t changed in decades. Same physical waiting rooms, same paper forms to fill out, same slow, expensive tests and marginally-effective, maximally-invasive treatments. But that’s about to change, as a wave of new technologies drag medicine into the 21st century. Among the most interesting:
    Digitized research. Instead of laboriously searching for medicines in the natural world, today’s scientists use algorithms to design thousands of chemicals and ‘labs on a chip’ to test them quickly and accurately. The result: processes that used to take years now take months, weeks, or days, resulting in a tidal wave of powerful new drugs in various stages of development.
    Cheap, fast tests. Many of today’s medical tests require the culturing of cells in a lab to get enough genetic material to analyze. For example, testing for sepsis (a common, extremely dangerous infection) might take three days and cost $2,000. But several start-ups are introducing advanced molecular diagnostic tools that can test for sepsis in few hours for less than $100. Lots of other tests are being simplified in this way.

    This post was published at DollarCollapse on APRIL 21, 2017.


  • Kennesaw State University Segregates White Students For “Privilege Workshop”

    For all you parents who have spent the past month bragging about which college recently accepted your snowflake and dreaming about the career doors that will be opened up courtesy of an elite education and your $50,000 annual tuition checks, here is a dose of reality about what your student is actually about to be subjected to.
    Kennesaw State University recently hosted a workshop for their snowflakes called “Being, Becoming, and Fostering Allies: Building Relationship Across Privilige.” The workshop, hosted by 3 psychology professors and a doctoral student, billed itself more or less as a crash course on relationship development.
    Panelists will highlight the essential conceptual, relational, and emotional processes involved in ally development, using their long-standing relationships to illustrate key concepts and identify and model strategies for enacting ally intentions. Panelists will explore the ongoing process of developing and fostering allies and the challenges that emerge in these journeys. Presenters will discuss the essential roles of self-reflection, cultural humility action, and re-engagement after failures, as well as the qualities of relationships that facilitate ally development.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 20, 2017.


  • Central Banking Warfare Model Readies The Next Step

    The global capacity for debt has reached it’s zenith. So-called developed markets and emerging markets have all reached maximum debt load. Of the all the major countries that impact the global GDP name one that’s not fully levered with debt. I’ll wait here while you look for that needle in a haystack.
    We came into the bail outs. The G7 had levered up. Then we had the emerging markets lever up and they’re finished levering up and now everybody’s levered up.
    There is no place to go. We can go to an equity model and we can optimize bottom-up but that requires a legitimate pricing function. And when you’re trying to run the whole thing with fake intel, fake science, fake news… The harvesting machine needs a new way to dig and digital currency and digital cash is that way. But you need all those countries in the tent and you need the ability to force everybody into a digital system. Source
    The world (tent) must get inline with the idea of global governance and global currency, otherwise, it will not work.
    Cryptocurrencies and all the people who believe this digital illusion is going to somehow save us from the evil banksters are overlooking what I have been saying since bitcoin first came onto the scene – it plays into the hands of the banksters and their desire to move us all to a digital currency. If someone believes for a second that Amazon or any other large multinational corporation that conducts retail business is going to accept bitcoin when they have been instructed not to, they are simply living in a fantasy.
    That’s why the guys from bitcoin drive me nuts. Because they think ‘Oh this is how we’re going to be free’. No, you’re prototyping Mr. Globals digital currency. Source
    If a person thinks the central banks and their digital currency will COMPETE with bitcoin you are not seeing the entire picture. That is not going to happen – EVER. The reason gold was outlawed in the U. S. in the 1930’s was to keep gold from competing with the Federal Reserve Note. Why would anyone believe the Federal Reserve is going to allow a digital form of currency to compete with their wealth transferring mechanism on a large scale?

    This post was published at GoldSeek on 20 April 2017.


  • Fiction or Reality: Can Lead be Turned into Gold?

    This article was submitted by Joel Bauman, SchiffGold Precious Metals Specialist. Any views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Peter Schiff or SchiffGold.
    A few months ago I spoke with a woman who challenged my profession in precious metals. ‘Don’t you know gold can be created from lead?’ she said. She then informed me that the best thing to do in the coming years was to avoid the purchase of precious metals, fiercely warning me of a coming gold collapse. ‘There will be a mass production of gold!’ she hung up the phone before I had a chance to respond.
    To date, I’m not exactly sure why this woman called our company. It’s obvious she wasn’t about to buy precious metals or at the very least have a conversation. Most likely she wanted to justify her decision to steer clear of buying gold and silver by pushing her views on me. To her credit, she was articulate and sounded a lot like Peter Schiff, barring the fact she was concerned with the future of gold instead of US dollars!
    Where did this woman get the idea of turning lead into gold?
    For those who don’t know, she was referring to alchemy. Broadly speaking, alchemy is simply Medieval chemistry; however, the study is best know for the transmutation of elements such as lead into gold or chrysopoeia.

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


  • If An Electorate Falls In The Forest, Is Their Voice Heard?

    Authored by Danielle DiMartino Booth,
    Quizzically-inclined quantum physicists quench their intellectuality by quoting philosophers first, then their fellow scientists.
    It is in fact questionable whether quantum physics would have come into being if not for George Berkeley’s 1710, ‘A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge.’ Berkeley’s most famous saying is, ‘esse est percipi,’ or, ‘to be is to be perceived.’ He elaborated using the following examples:
    ‘The objects of sense exist only when they are perceived: the trees therefore are in the garden, or the chairs in the parlour, no longer than while there is some body by to perceive them.’ So matters of matter exist only in our mind. It is critical to note that Berkeley never posed a question but rather he made a statement of the world view through his metaphysical personal prism.
    It was not until the June 1883 publication of the magazine The Chautauquan that the question was put as such: ‘If a tree were to fall on an island where there were no human beings would there be any sound?’ Rather than pause to ponder, the answer followed that, ‘No. Sound is the sensation excited in the ear when the air or other medium is set in motion.’

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