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  • 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.


  • Wind & Solar Technology Won’t Stop the Collapse Of The U.S. Empire

    Americans who believe technology will be the cure for all our problems, don’t count on wind and solar energy to save the day. This is the delusion I see over and over again in the Mainstream and alternative media. I even receive emails from followers who tell me not to worry, because the cost of producing solar will continue to fall. Soon I gather, we will be on our way to driving or flying millions of electric cars, just like in the old cartoon, the Jetsons.

    It would be nifty to be able to fly millions and millions of vehicles in the sky. No doubt, we don’t kill enough insects or animals like rabbits and deer on America’s interstates and highways, so why should the birds be left out of all the fun?? We shouldn’t allow the lousy plant and animal kingdom to get in the way of human ingenuity and progress…. who needs em.

    This post was published at SRSrocco Report on APRIL 13, 2017.


  • REPORT: INMATES BUILT THEIR OWN COMPUTERS TO WATCH PORN, HACK PRISON NETWORK

    Inmates at a medium-security prison in Ohio surreptitiously built a complex computer network in 2015 to spy on the facility’s own system and to watch pornography, according to an inspector general report released Tuesday.
    An analysis of the hard drives found on the computers reveal that prisoners also used the technology to search records of fellow inmates, acquire official passes to access certain restricted areas in the prison, research tax fraud, and apply for credit cards. The computers were able to be installed without detection because some inmates participating in special community-related programs at the Marion Correctional Institution were not constantly monitored.
    The official report from Randall J. Meyer, the inspector general of Ohio, reads:

    This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on APRIL 13, 2017.


  • Gold-Stock-Bull Upside Targets

    The get-no-respect gold-stock sector is in a strong young bull market. Past gold-stock bulls have grown to utterly-massive proportions before giving up their ghosts, greatly multiplying the wealth of contrarian investors and speculators. Today’s gold-stock bull is very likely to grow vastly larger before fully running its course. Fundamental gold-stock-bull upside targets reveal the lion’s share of gains are still yet to come.
    A little over a year ago in January 2016, a monstrous gold-stock bear finally climaxed. The gold miners’ stocks fell to fundamentally-absurd 13.5-year secular lows as measured by their leading index, the HUI NYSE Arca Gold BUGS Index. Out of those dark depths of despair, a new gold-stock bull was stealthily born. And it soon started flexing its muscle, rocketing 182.2% higher in just 6.5 months by early August!
    Nearly tripling your capital in a half-year is one heck of a ride, leaving gold stocks really overbought. So they naturally corrected. But that selling was soon greatly exacerbated by a series of low-probability events including a gold-futures-driven mass stopping and the post-election Trumphoria stock rally hammering gold. So the HUI’s normal and healthy correction ballooned into a huge 42.5% rout over 4.4 months.
    That understandably fueled excessively-bearish psychology that still persists. But this extreme sector pessimism is really distorting the big picture, blinding traders to vast opportunities. Despite that outsized correction, the HUI still blasted 64.0% higher in 2016! That’s certainly the best-performing sector in all the stock markets. And the gold stocks are no slouch in 2017 either, up 17.0% year-to-date as of this week.
    In less than 15 months, the gold-mining stocks as measured by the HUI have soared 111.8% higher! In any other sector, such huge gains would be widely celebrated. But not in gold stocks, which remain too contrarian to warrant a second glance from Wall Street. Yet despite this young bull’s already-impressive magnitude, it still remains a baby in gold-stock-bull terms. A doubling for gold stocks is just getting started.

    This post was published at ZEAL LLC on Adam Hamilton April 14, 2017.


  • Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Plant Growth

    For decades, scientists have been trying to figure out what all the carbon dioxide we’ve been putting into the atmosphere has been doing to plants. It turns out that the best place to find an answer is where no plants can survive: the icy wastes of Antarctica.
    As ice forms in Antarctica, it traps air bubbles. For thousands of years, they have preserved samples of the atmosphere. The levels of one chemical in that mix reveal the global growth of plants at any point in that history.
    ‘It’s the whole Earth – it’s every plant,’ said J. Elliott Campbell of the University of California, Merced.
    Analyzing the ice, Dr. Campbell and his colleagues have discovered that in the past century, plants have been growing at a rate far faster than at any other time in the past 54,000 years. Writing in the journal Nature, they report that plants are converting 31 percent more carbon dioxide into organic matter than they were before the Industrial Revolution.

    This post was published at NY Times