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  • “I’m Concerned… It’s Highly Unusual” – Vegas Massacre Security Guard Remains Missing

    Following reports of his disappearance late last week, after numerous timeline changes and ‘fact’ clarifications by The Mandalay Bay, The FBI, and Vegas PD; Jesus Campos, the secuirty guard, who may or may not have been shot by Vegas Massacre shooter Stephen Paddock, remains missing and friends and family are concerned.
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    As we noted previously, the general story of Campos’ disappearance appears to have been confirmed by ABC journalist Stephanie Wash, who tweeted Thursday evening:
    ‘Media scrum tonight as we learn security officer shot in Vegas attack, Jesus Campos’ whereabouts are unknown.’
    ‘Jesus Campos was set to do 5 intvs tonight per union president, but they’ve lost contact. ‘We were in a room & we came out & he was gone,” she also tweeted.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 17, 2017.


  • Investors Are Ignoring The Evidence At Their Peril

    I was recently watching a movie about the FBI trying to bring down a terrorist cell in the U. S. During their investigation, their evidence board became more and more cluttered with people, evidence, and locations as they attempted to track down the ‘cell.’ At first, the clues were disparate, and they didn’t provide a clear path to the end goal. But as more clues were obtained, the bigger picture emerged eventually leading to the successful ending of the terrorist threat.
    It got me to thinking about what is currently happening in the markets. As stocks rang new highs last week, there were several disparate stories that caught my attention. Individually, each story is nothing to be overly concerned about, and are regularly dismissed by investors. However, when you begin linking these stories, a picture is beginning to emerge that suggests investors may be ignoring the evidence at their own peril.
    Story 1: CPI Remains Weak
    Despite three hurricanes and wildfires over the last couple of months, core CPI (ex-aircraft) failed to register much inflationary pressure. One would have expected given the surge in demand for goods and services needed to rebuild destroyed communities.
    However, despite the Fed’s hopes for a surge in inflationary pressures to justify further hikes in interest rates, inflationary pressures have been on the decline for the last several months.

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


  • Vegas Weekend Roundup: Insanity

    Ok, time for a round-up on the latest insanity in the Vegas shooting.
    Let’s deal with the “security guard” first. He’s “disappeared” — well, not really. He suddenly canceled several interviews, his house is now under “guard” by a firm that was decertified (expired license) in Nevada, and a family member allegedly told a member of the press that he’s under a “gag order.” The “security guard” doesn’t appear to have ever been registered as a private security officer in the State of Nevada, which, if his job description met what one thinks of as a “security guard”, is a legal requirement to work as same in the state. Further, he apparently has union representation (that is, he’s a member of a trade union.)
    Ok, let’s go through this because the conspiracy nuts are going insane at the moment.
    First off, a “gag order” can only be issued by a judge. They’re not secret. Second, both the FBI and LVMPD have repeatedly claimed that there are no other shooters (and never were), and no other suspects. The only suspect is dead, so there’s nothing to “gag” because there’s nobody to put on trial.
    So if there’s a “gag order” (a real one), let’s see it. Best guess is that it doesn’t exist.
    What about the other inconsistencies — especially the apparently lack of a private security officer license?
    Occam’s Razor folks: I’ll bet he’s an illegal immigrant.
    His name is a common Hispanic first name but an extremely rare US one.
    If he’s an illegal immigrant he can’t register for a security guard license.

    This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-10-14.


  • Mueller Takes Over “Trump Dossier” Probe After Intel Committee “Hits A Wall”

    Now that the FBI and investigators from the Senate Intelligence Committee have given up on trying to verify the contents, Reuters is reporting that the infamous “Trump Dossier” hot potato has passed to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team.
    According to Reuters, Mueller has taken over the FBI inquiry into the dossier after it was widely reported earlier this year that the FBI failed to verify its most salacious allegations, but still used it to justify launching an investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
    Three sources with knowledge of Mueller’s probe said his investigators have assumed control of multiple inquiries into allegations by U. S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the election to benefit Trump, a Republican.
    Russia has repeatedly denied any meddling in the election.
    The timing of the story is interesting, considering that only a few hours ago, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr admitted that the committee’s investigators had given up on trying to corroborate the document’s allegations.

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


  • Mandalay Bay Shooter’s Girlfriend Speaks: “I Loved Him”

    After spending most of the day at the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, Marylou Danley, the 62-year-old longtime girlfriend of Mandalay Bay shooter Stephen Paddock, has released her first official statement since Paddock, a 64-year-old retired account and inveterate gambler, carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history Sunday night.
    It’s unclear whether Danley has provided any useful information to authorities, who have reportedly been baffled by the utter lack of any clues about Paddock’s motives. No official statement about the interview has been released, and so far, nothing has leaked (although we imagine that will soon change). Searches of Paddock’s homes and electronic devices have provided no indication about what might’ve inspired the shooting – which authorities say was meticulously premeditated. And Paddock’s brother
    Eric Paddock said he isn’t aware of any religious or political affiliations that might’ve inspired the shooting.
    WATCH: Attorney reads statement from Marilou Danley, the Vegas attacker's girlfriend pic.twitter.com/YAmyM8KpfH
    — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 4, 2017

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


  • “Get Out James Comey, You’re Not Our Homie”: Comey Mercilessly Heckled At Howard University Speech

    Former FBI Director James Comey was mercilessly heckled this afternoon as he attempted to deliver a speech at the Howard University convocation ceremony. As the Washington Post confirms, a group of 20 Howard students led the heckling session that persisted throughout Comey’s speech and included the following clever chants:
    “Get out James Comey, you’re not our homie.”

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 22, 2017.


  • Mueller Requests Interviews With 6 Members Of Trump’s “Inner Circle”

    In one of the Washington Post’s tamest Friday-night bombshells to date, the Jeff Bezos-owned paper of record alleges that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is trying to interview six current and former White House aides, a sign that ‘the probe that has dogged Trump’s presidency is starting to penetrate a closer circle of aides around the president.’
    However, a closer look at exactly who Mueller is hoping to question appears to contradict WaPo’s interpretation: While his list reportedly includes a handful of senior figures like former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer, names like Hope Hicks, Don McGahn, James Burnham and Josh Raffel aren’t as widely known to the public – and hardly qualify as “senior aides.”

    Still, the Post’s anonymous sources claimed that these individuals may have been privy to important decisions, like Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the White House’s initial reluctance to address warnings about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s integrity, and the reasoning behind them.
    Of course, Mueller, who has been keenly interested in the process that ultimately led to the ouster of his friend, and potential witness, James Comey, has continued to press the issue even after Comey himself said he believed Trump’s conduct during a meeting where the president allegedly asked his then-FBI director to “let go” of the investigation into gaps in Flynn’s security clearance disclosures didn’t rise to the level of obstruction of justice.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden.


  • “Trump Should Be Concerned”: Mueller Partners With “Elite” IRS Investigations Unit

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators are leaving no stone unturned in their crusade to find something they can use to try and turn a member of Trump’s inner circle, The Daily Beast is reporting, citing a source close to Mueller, that the special counsel’s office has teamed up with the IRS’s Criminal Investigations Unit. The ‘elite’ IRS investigations squad will help ensure that investigators apply the maximum possible scrutiny to the finances of Trump’s inner circle in an investigation that’s nominally about election fraud.
    Of course, the public has long been aware, thanks to Mueller’s collaborators in the media, that his team has no solid evidence to support a charge of election fraud against Trump or members of his circle. And while this latest ‘partnership’ just confirms widely held suspicions that Mueller & Co. are grasping at straws, it could provide Mueller an opening to strike directly at the president, his family and closest advisers – or at least embarass Trump with a fresh batch of leaks.
    First, as the Daily Beast points out, partnering with the IRS will allow Mueller’s team to access Trump’s tax returns, which we can only assume will promptly be leaked to one of the former FBI director’s favorite journalists at the Washington Post or New York Times.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 1, 2017.


  • “Fake News” Exposed: Louise Mensch Duped By Hoaxer

    The woman who has been widely credited with the creation of the ‘liberal conspiracy theory’ has – finally and definitively – been proven a fraud. According to the Guardian, Louise Mensch and her writing partner Claude Taylor published ‘bogus’ allegations about President Donald Trump that had been fed to them by a hoaxer who claimed to work for New York Attorney General (and longtime Trump antagonist) Eric Schneiderman.
    Mensch, a former British MP who moved to the US with her American husband a few years back to found the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch-backed conservative news website Heat Street, has garnered a large following (she has some 300,000 followers on Twitter) thanks to her ‘scoops’ about the Russia investigation. Her “exclusives” have included patently false “stories” like her claim that the FBI had issued a sealed indictment for the president. She once suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin had Breitbart News founder Andrew Breitbart murdered to clear the way for Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, allowing Bannon to guide Trump to electoral victory – an assertion for which she was resoundingly mocked.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 29, 2017.


  • Angry Marine Who Discovered Awan’s “Smashed Hard Drives” Breaks Silence, Unloads On Wasserman Schultz

    Andre Taggart, the U. S. Marine who alerted the FBI when he moved into a house he rented from Imran Awan only to find a garage full of “smashed hard drives”, has decided to reveal his identity in a stinging, at least for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, new interview with the Daily Caller.
    Taggart, a black U. S. Marine who says he typically votes Democrat, is apparently fed up with Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Islamophobia smoke screen which he views as just a dishonest attempt to shield the Awans from their crimes. In his epic rant to the Daily Caller, Taggart says the whole thing just “pisses me off” and that he’s “absolutely disgusted with everything going on in the country right now.”
    ‘It pisses me off,’ said Taggart, a black Marine who says he votes Democrat. He believes Wasserman Schultz is crying wolf and devaluing the meaning of genuine discrimination, while also exposing herself and the nation to risks. ‘I just want to get these [guys] locked up and exposed and now,’ Taggart told TheDCNF. ‘The people who facilitated them should also be locked up, as far as I’m concerned.’
    Taggart said he made the decision to no longer be anonymous because he is concerned that his fellow Democrats are making a grave mistake by ignoring a scandal with serious criminal and national security implications.

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


  • FBI Unexpectedly Releases Confidential Employee Evaluations Of James Comey

    In an unexpected, impromptu release, on Tuesday morning the FBI’s “Records Vault” twitter account released a trove of information, divulging “Field Office and Headquarters Climate Survey Results” among which are annual results for the years 2013 through 2017, but more notably, the confidential employee evaluation results for now-former Director James Comey.
    FBI Field Office and Headquarters Climate Survey Results: — FBI Records Vault (@FBIRecordsVault) August 16, 2017

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


  • Scaramucci Implicates Priebus In Now-Deleted Tweet Following ‘Felony’ Leak Of Financial Disclosures

    White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci set of a firestorm of speculation last night with a now deleted tweet following a Politico article containing information he claimed was leaked – revealing his net worth at $85 million.
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    Scaramucci stated that he “will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45,” oddly tagging White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 27, 2017.


  • JULY 24/GOLD AND SILVER STEADY TODAY/GLD LOSES ANOTHER 9.62 TONNES AND YET GOLD REMAINS CONSTANT/EU SOUNDS ALARM BELL IF THE USA PASSES MORE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA/IRAN AND USA EXCHANGE HEATED …

    GOLD: $1254.50 DOWN $0.25
    Silver: $16.45 DOWN 4 cent(s)
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    NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1254.50
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    Total number of notices filed so far this month: 3027 for 15,135,000 oz

    This post was published at Harvey Organ Blog on July 24, 2017.


  • Dollar Tumbles, Stocks Slammed As Mueller Expands Probe Into Trump Business Transactions

    It was quiet, too quiet. Markets were comfortably drifting ever higher (10th day up in a row for Nasdaq) and then headlines hit on Bloomberg reporting that special counsel Robert Mueller wil be probing Trump’s business transactions and will extend his investigation to examining the dealings of Kushner and Manafort.
    It is likely that such a wide-angle approach to the probe could trigger a response from the president who last night told the NYT in an interview that any digging into matters beyond Russia “would be out of bounds.” Bloomberg also notes that agents are interested in transactions involving the Bank of Cyprus, where Wilbur Ross served as vice chairman before he became the Commerce Sec., as well as the efforts of Jared Kushner to secure financing for some of his family’s real estate properties.
    In short, Trump is about to respond, perhaps violently.
    More from Bloomberg: The U. S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.
    FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

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


  • The Feds Just Expanded Civil Asset Forfeiture ‘Laws’ Nationwide

    When you’re a government agency, asking for a tax increase is always a hassle. As Ryan McMaken notes, for the most part, taxpayers don’t like taxes, and if asked if they want to pay more, they’re likely to often say “no.” Moreover, when public officials pass tax increases, they may face the wrath of taxpayers at the ballot box. For this reason, governments are always looking for ways to get revenue without having to use tax revenue.
    One such ‘hidden’ method of seizing wealth from the taxpayers is through what is now called “civil asset forfeiture.”
    This occurs when a law enforcement agency seizes the assets – including real estate, cars, cash, and other valuables – from private citizens based merely on the suspicion that the person has committed a crime with the assets in question. No due process is necessary. No conviction in a court of law need occur. While it is technically possible to sue a government agency to reclaim one’s possessions, this requires immense amounts of time and legal fees to pursue. Needless to say, civil asset forfeiture has become a lucrative source of income for law enforcement agencies. And, over the past 30 years, the practice has become widespread.
    As Martin Armstrong detailed, between 1989 and 2010, U. S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6 billion in asset forfeiture cases. The growth rate during that time averaged +19.4% annually. In 2010 alone, the value of assets seized grew by +52.8% from 2009 and was six times greater than the total for 1989. Then by 2014, that number had ballooned to roughly $4.5 billion for the year, making this 35% of the entire number of assets collected from 1989 to 2010 in a single year. Now, according to the FBI, the total amount of goods stolen by criminals in 2014 burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses.

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


  • JULY 10/GOLD AND SILVER REBOUND/FRIDAY WITNESSES AN ASTRONOMICAL VOLUME OF 165,000 CONTRACTS/ITALY AND GERMANY BECOMES OUTRAGED WITH MIGRANTS: ITALY WANTS TO END IMMIGRATION;GERMANY WITNESSES THE…

    GOLD: $1213.90 UP $3.50
    Silver: $15.71 UP 28 cent(s)
    Closing access prices:
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    silver: $15.66
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    NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1221.30
    LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1211.95
    NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. $1209.75 ???
    For comex gold:
    JULY/
    NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR APRIL CONTRACT MONTH: 1 NOTICE(S) FOR 100 OZ.
    TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 62 FOR 6200 OZ (.1928 TONNES)
    For silver:
    JULY
    61 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR
    305,000 OZ/
    Total number of notices filed so far this month: 2323 for 11,615,000 oz

    This post was published at Harvey Organ Blog on July 10, 2017.


  • Did Martin Shkreli’s FBI Arrest Save Him From A “Hit” Ordered By The Wu-Tang Clan?

    Just when you thought the bizarre antics of famed ‘Pharma Bro’, Martin Shkreli, couldn’t get any more outrageous, along comes a new book detailing how he was almost “whacked” by members of the Wu-Tang Clan after a twisted scheme, which somehow also involved Bill Murray, went horribly wrong. According to the book, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Untold Story,” it all started when Shkreli bought Wu-Tang Clan’s infamous record, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, for $2million.
    Wu-Tang fans were outraged at the sale because Shkreli purchased the album for his own personal use and was explicitly prohibited from commercially releasing the record for all to enjoy.
    Alas, the sale was apparently just a big scam designed to heighten interest in the record and make even more money. According to exclusive details from the Daily Mail, members of the Wu-Tang Clan had already plotted with Shkreli to stage a fake heist to ‘steal’ back the album, along with a little help from Bill Murray, from Shkreli’s home and then release it publicly. Here is how the original scheme was supposed to play out per the Daily Mail:

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 2, 2017.


  • Comey Friend Unveils “Smoking Gun” Story

    For about a week now, Benjamin Wittes, the Brookings Institution senior fellow and noted ally of former FBI Director James Comey, has been taunting the Trump administration with tweets suggesting that another ‘bombshell’ story, presumably related to the Russia investigation, was in the works and set to drop any minute (we covered it all here: “Tick, Tick, Tick” Comey Ally Scrambles To Explain Why “Next Trump Bombshell” Didn’t Arrive Today).
    Of course, people took notice of the warnings because Wittes posted similar tweets just before the New York Times published their now infamous story on Comey’s memos.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 29, 2017.


  • “Tick, Tick, Tick” Comey Ally Scrambles To Explain Why “Next Trump Bombshell” Didn’t Arrive Today

    As we noted late last week, Benjamin Wittes, the Brookings Institution senior fellow and noted ally of former FBI Director James Comey, took to twitter to claim that another ‘bombshell’ story, presumably related to the multiple investigations into whether the Trump camp colluded with the Russians, was in the works. However, unlike previous warnings from Wittes, this one contained a caveat: the ‘fuse’ on the story is of an uncertain length, and that the next salvo could arrive as soon as Monday.
    But with no major bombshell forthcoming, Wittes returned to Twitter Monday to offer a few clarifications.
    3 things:
    1) Not all ticks are related to Comey.
    2) Fuse length remains uncertain.
    3) Interesting preemptive defense of collusion happening.
    — Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) June 26, 2017

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


  • Russia Said To Recall Ambassador At Center of Trump Controversy: Report

    According to BuzzFeed, which cites three anonymous sources, Russia is reportedly recalling Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the man who dared to do his job and talk to US politicians and visible public figures, and who according to The Hill had “emerged as a focal point in the FBI probe into Russia’s election meddling.” While the Kremlin has not confirmed the report, BuzzFeed adds that Kislyak is scheduled to leave Washington next month, following a July 11 going-away party at the St. Regis Hotel, two blocks away from the White House.

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