“Did Mike Pence Buy A Diet Dr.Pepper For A Woman That Was Not His Wife?”

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,
If only abortion were retroactive, we could suitably deal with monsters like Senator Al Franken (D – MN), who apparently ventured to apply a breast adjustment to a female colleague asleep on the military airplane winging them home from USO duty in Afghanistan. This was back in the day when Senator Franken was a professional entertainer, a clown to be precise, but his career shift to politics has rendered all his prior clowning anathema.
Will he slink out of the senate in disgrace with (ahem) his tail between his legs? Or will he bunker in and wait until the mega-storm of sexual accusation roars on to strand some bigger, flashier fish on the shoals of ignominy?
Perhaps we’ll soon learn that Warren Buffet repeatedly shagged his notoriously over-taxed secretary in the Berkshire Hathaway janitor’s closet.
Or that Mike Pence once bought a diet Dr. Pepper for a woman who was not his wife!
Seems to me this storm could roar and roil on until ninety-plus percent of the men in America are exposed as sex monsters and expelled from every workplace in the land. And then America can feel good about itself again. At least until the bond market blows up, or Kim Jung Fatboy sends a rocket over Rancho Cuckamonga.
But in the meantime, this scourging of male wickedness raises some interesting questions about human dynamics vis-a-vis workplace dynamics.

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

Gold Star Widow Releases Trump’s Call: “Tell Your Children I Said Their Father Was A Great Hero”

As the imbrogilio over President Trump’s private call to the widow of Sgt. David Johnson killed in action in Niger continues to torment, The Daily Caller’s Henry Rodgers reports Gold Star widow Natasha De Alencar released the audio of a phone conversation she had with President Donald Trump in April about the death of her husband who was killed in Afghanistan.
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‘I am so sorry to hear about the whole situation. What a horrible thing, except that he’s an unbelievable hero,’ Trump told her in the call about her husband Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, which The Washington Post released.
‘Thank you. I really, really appreciated it,’ she said. ‘I really do, sir.’

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

SOROS TRANSFERS $18 BILLION TO HIS OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS

Left-wing financier George Soros has transferred $18 billion to the Open Society Foundations, the network of non-profits Soros uses to advance his left-wing ideology both in the United States and around the world.
The massive transfer, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, is roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Afghanistan, according to World Bank data. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, suggested that the transfer is a way for the 87-year-old Soros to avoid the estate tax – also known as the death tax – which penalizes large inheritances.
Inside Philanthropy reported last year that Soros, who has said that he considers himself to be ‘some kind of god,’ began laying the groundwork for the foundation to continue his mission after he dies. (RELATED: Leaked Emails Show Clinton Campaign Coordinating With Soros Organization)

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on OCTOBER 17, 2017.

Gold Back In Favor?

Those who favor gold usually do so in good and bad times. However, the question: Is gold back in favor? seems especially relevant these days.
Gold Back in Favor? For so-called gold bugs, gold is always in favor. For the rest of us, there are reasons to tilt toward the so-called ‘barbaric relic,’ regardless of whether we like or dislike it.
Some of these reasons are obvious:
Stock valuations seem extraordinarily high. Domestic politics appears to be going nowhere with a President who has both political parties against him. Geo-political events seem especially risky. Korea, China, Russia, Iran etc. all present real threats to peace. Afghanistan looks like it may be ratcheting up, including forays into Pakistan. The dollar, while still King, appears weak enough for dissidents to attack its claim to the throne. The world is awash in debt, debt that cannot possibly be honored in today’s dollars (or other currencies).

This post was published at Economic Noise on August 30, 2017.

Eight Days to Destruction

Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 Hurricane on August 25. The wind and flooding caused massive destruction. The news mentioned one hundred billion dollars as a preliminary estimateof the damage.
Eight days before on August 17 Harvey became a named storm. There was no apparent cause for alarm on August 17.
Two days later it was upgraded to a tropical depression. Harvey reached hurricane strength on August 24. Much can happen in eight days.
August 17: Harvey is named August 21: Total eclipse of the sun. The path crossed the contiguous 48 states. August 21: President Trump announces a revised and renewed war effort in Afghanistan. August 25: Category 4 Harvey makes landfall, destroys buildings and dumps trillions of gallons of water on Texas. Houston, the 4th largest city in the U. S. flooded in many areas.

This post was published at GoldSeek on 30 August 2017.

Shifting the Narrative

Source: Michael J. Ballanger for Streetwise Reports 08/28/2017
Precious metals expert Michael Ballanger discusses gold’s breakout and its correlation to the U. S. dollar and cryptocurrencies.
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For most of the past eight weeks, the financial media have been attempting to tilt the scales of conversation away from the weak macro backdrop in favor of the new initiative on Afghanistan and/or the Trump White House and/or domestic and international terror. As stocks rally in the face of flat earnings growth and rising P/Es, I have noticed an unwavering tendency for dips to be bought firstly by the pre-programmed computer programs, then by traders, and finally by the investing public who continue to behave as instructed by the Behavioral Architects that reside within the Working Group on Capital Markets and execute through the N. Y. Federal Reserve. Similarly, gold now above $1,300 and silver above $17.10 have in the past been faded like old swimsuits as all eyes are glued to the rising open interest and bullion bank aggregate short positions that are historical precursors for criminal takedowns.

This post was published at GoldSeek on Tuesday, 29 August 2017.

Signs Of The Peak: Former Target Manager Makes Millions Day Trading Volatility From His Bedroom

Every market bubble brings with it harbingers of the peak…it’s all very complicated and technical but you too can find them if you just know where to look.
In 1999, it was your drunk neighbor who made millions day trading pets.com in his underwear on the back porch. In 2007, it was the 22-year-old Vegas stripper who managed to accumulate $2.4 million in mortgage debt just before foreclosing on 10 homes.
In 2017, the harbinger of the latest fed-induced equity bubble could very well be former Target manager Seth Golden of Ocala, Florida. Until 5 years ago Golden was a Logistics Manager at his local Target store, but since quitting he has apparently made millions day trading volatility indices from the comfort of his home office. Per the New York Times:
Each morning, at the market’s open, Seth M. Golden, a former logistics manager at a Target store, fires up the computer in his home office in northern Florida and does what he has done for years: Put on bets that Wall Street’s index of volatility, the VIX, will keep falling.
It has been a lucrative strategy as the so-called fear gauge has been, outside of the occasional spike, largely fearless – confounding experts by sloping persistently downward and in the process making Mr. Golden a multimillionaire.
‘There has been a lot of white noise,’ said Mr. Golden last Tuesday on a day that the VIX plummeted more than 10 percent, allowing him to lock in profits from short trades. ‘You had North Korea, Afghanistan, Trump people resigning. But I was never nervous – so today I just sat back, ate some popcorn and cashed in my profits.’

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

Frontrunning: August 25

Trump to push for tax reform passage by year’s end, says Cohn (FT) Bond Routs, Stock Surges: Jackson Hole Can Be Messy for Markets (BBG) Hurricane Harvey intensifies (Reuters) GOP Plan to Kill Estate Tax Sets Up Conflict Over Charitable Giving (BBG) ECB Is Set to Buy More Bonds (WSJ) U. S. Plans to Unveil New Round of Sanctions on Venezuela, Sources Say (BBG) U. S. Navy recovers second body in search for sailors missing after collision (Reuters) Britain will not pay ‘a penny more’ than it thinks right to leave EU: Boris Johnson (Reuters) Amazon Clobbers Grocers With Price Cuts at Whole Foods (WSJ) Samsung Heir Gets 5 Years for Scandal That Toppled a President (BBG) Auto Dealers Dogged by ‘Boys Club’ Showrooms Costing Them Sales (BBG) U. S. state election officials still in the dark on Russian hacking (Reuters) Band of Brothers Plotted Barcelona Terror (WSJ) U. S. fighter pilots in Afghanistan prepare for more air strikes (Reuters) China’s Aviation Push Lifts Aircraft Manufacturers (WSJ) Thailand’s ousted PM Yingluck has fled abroad: sources (Reuters) Centuries-Old Stolen Copy of Christopher Columbus Letter Recovered in U. S. (WSJ) San Francisco latest city to brace for protests (Reuters) Why Florida Farmers Want to Kill Nafta (BBG)

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

Platinum Palladium Offering Major Opportunity | Golden Rule Radio

The following video was published by McAlvany Financial on Aug 24, 2017
The platinum to palladium ratio is currently offering a major opportunity that precious metals investors should not miss. We discuss the recent price movements of gold & silver as well as technical indicators that hint at the future of the two metals. The US dollar continues to struggle even after the latest round of geopolitical news. North Korea continues to threaten the United States. President Trump’s speech on renewed efforts regarding the war in Afghanistan had little to no impact on the markets, is there more going on here than what meets the eye? Thank you for listening, please submit your questions in the comment section below and subscribe to receive regular weekly updates on the precious metals markets.

AUGUST 22/DOW RISES 196 POINTS ON TALKS OF TAX REFORM & LACK OF WAR FEARS/GOLD FALLS $5.00 AND SILVER IS DOWN 3 CENTS/CHINA IN FIRST 6 MONTHS ALREADY REACH 80% OF LOAN QUOTA/USA SLAPS MORE S…

GOLD: $1286.00 DOWN $5.20
Silver: $16.98 DOWN 3 CENTS
Closing access prices:
Gold $1285.50
silver: $17.00
SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: FIRST FIX 10 15 PM EST (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)
SECOND FIX: 2:15 AM EST (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)
SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1294.24 DOLLARS PER OZ
NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1288.95
PREMIUM FIRST FIX: $5.29
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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1293.21
NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1285.30
Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$7.91
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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX: 5:30 am est $1285.10
NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1285.90
LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1284.20
NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. $1284.40
For comex gold:
AUGUST/
NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR APRIL CONTRACT MONTH: 0 NOTICE(S) FOR nil OZ.
TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 4581 FOR 458,100 OZ (14.248 TONNES)
For silver:
AUGUST
14 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR
70,000 OZ/
Total number of notices filed so far this month: 1089 for 5,445,000 oz

This post was published at Harvey Organ Blog on August 22, 2017.

What Is The World’s Most Powerful Passport?

Whether you seek to explore distant lands, or you just want to sit on a remote island beach with a margarita, your passport can be your biggest travel asset. The right document grants you visa-free access to over 150+ countries, and makes applying for entry to the other places a short and easy afterthought.
But, as Visual Cpitalist’s Jeff Desjardins notes, a passport can also be your biggest liability. Having a passport from the wrong place means travel is extremely restricted to just a few countries – and these are generally not the places travelers want to go, anyways.
Even worse, passports on the lower end of the spectrum are also heavily scrutinized at entry-points around the world. If you have a document from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, or several other countries, there may be many hoops for you to jump through to get to your final destination.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 9, 2017.

Why Brexit, Bombs, and Trump Can’t Move Oil Prices

What then is driving prices at the moment?
2017 hasn’t seen much volatility in oil prices, something we might not have expected with a new administration, a change in Fed policy, Brexit and a hundred other smaller events this year. So, what’s left to move oil prices, if the most common inputs aren’t having much impact?
Normally large global trends of production, OPEC plans, rumors of war, and actual hostilities will have a significant impact on prices. In recent days, however, we’ve seen a large tomahawk missile strike on Syria and a use of the ‘Mother of all Bombs’ in Afghanistan, with nary a quiver out of oil prices.
What tends to impact oil prices more than anything else – at least when other inputs are being discounted – is the movement of money in and out of futures markets. Those bets represent what players with a real financial interest think about future oil prices. Further, those bets are not just an indication of how financial players are thinking, they can be a primary indicator of what the next intermediate (and even long-term) move on oil prices will be.
This was one of the main theses of my first book – Oil’s Endless Bid. At the time of its publication, this idea was scoffed at by virtually every oil analyst out there. Today, measuring the financial motion of speculative money in and out of oil futures is considered a necessary tool for anyone trying to gauge oil’s next move.

This post was published at Wolf Street by Dan Dicker ‘ Apr 22, 2017.

America’s financial war strategy

Abstract
America’s renewed desire to escalate military tensions is a front for America’s continual financial war, this time directed at North Korea, Syria and possibly Iran. This is likely to be the opinion of China’s strategic advisors. We analyse the geopolitics and economics behind America’s war strategy from China’s perspective, concluding that it is entering its final phase. China’s exit plan appears to be to tie the pricing of energy and then other major commodities to gold, returning to the pre-1971 status quo, when the dollar was just a settlement link between commodity prices and gold. Except this time, the dollar itself will be side-lined, so far as China is concerned, which will use the yuan instead for its empire, which will be far larger than that of the US in time, measured by GDP.
Introduction
The day President Trump assumed office, it appeared that at last there would be dtente with Russia, leading to America’s withdrawal from unwinnable conflicts and towards a new peaceful agreement between these long-term enemies. However, within the traditional presidential bedding-down period of one hundred days, Trump has gone from his electoral platform of disengagement from foreign ventures to overt aggression in multiple locations.
Something major has changed his thinking. Trump has committed no less than five acts of foreign aggression in that short time, with a sixth pending. The first was a joint operation with Emirati commandos in Yemen, which backfired, leading to the death of a Navy SEAL. The second was the recent attack on a Syrian airfield, in response to an alleged poison gas attack. The third is the escalation of military threats against North Korea. The fourth is the bombing of a cave network in Eastern Afghanistan. And the fifth is the deployment of more troops to Northern Iraq and Eastern Syria to step up the fight against ISIS. The rhetoric is also being ramped up against America’s long-term bogeyman, Iran.
The three theatres of war that offer the best prospects for further escalation are Syria, Korea, and Iran. They are in two regions where significant quantities of dollars are owned and invested, offering the potential for capital flight, which should be kept in mind, when reading this article.
Trump is also seeking congressional approval for an increase in defence spending totalling $54bn, a massive increase which, to put it in perspective, compares with Russia’s total defence budget of $66bn.
The default assumption is that American military power and weapons technology guarantees battlefield objectives will be achieved. This hasn’t usually been the case since the first Iraq invasion in 1990. Since then, any initial success has been more than outweighed by subsequent failures and unintended consequences. It is because of American-led operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria that Europe is flooded with refugees, bringing undercover terrorists with them. There can be little doubt that a dispassionate analyst would recommend America abandons military action, so there must be other reasons behind America’s war-mongering.
China, itself a long-time strategic target for American aggression, is sure to be worried about the escalation of threats to North Korea, and with good reason. In terms of trade, South Korea is now an important trading partner, and for that reason, China will not want to see the situation on the Korean peninsula deteriorate. She will also not want America securing territory which abuts her border. Russia has a small border with North Korea as well and is likely to share that view. However, Russia’s trade is not so much with South Korea, but she is a major arms supplier to the North.

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

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

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

This post was published at GoldSeek on 21 April 2017.

The Dow Falls Another 138 Points As Geopolitical Shaking Forces Investors To Race For The Exits

Stock prices just keep on falling, and many analysts are now wondering if a full-blown stock market crash is in our near future. On Thursday, the S&P 500 and the Dow both closed at 2 month lows after Donald Trump dropped ‘the mother of all bombs’ in Afghanistan. It was the first time that one of these bombs has ever been used in live combat, and it is being reported that each of these bombs weighs 22,000 pounds and costs 16 million dollars to make. Of course Trump was trying to send a very clear message to the rest of the world by dropping this bomb, and investors interpreted it as a sign that we are getting even closer to war. The financial markets will be closed on Friday for the long holiday weekend, and with so much uncertainty about what may happen in Syria and in North Korea, many investors wanted to get their money out of the market while they still could. The historic losing streak for S&P 500 tech stocks extended to 10 days in a row on Thursday, and all of the major stock indexes are now below their 50 day moving averages for the first time since the election.
And the VIX closed above 16 to close the week, which many analysts saw as a sign that more market volatility is on the way…

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on April 13th, 2017.

BEWARE THE DOGS OF WAR: IS THE AMERICAN EMPIRE ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE?

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few…. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. – James Madison
Waging endless wars abroad (in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Syria) isn’t making America – or the rest of the world – any safer, it’s certainly not making America great again, and it’s undeniably digging the U. S. deeper into debt.
In fact, it’s a wonder the economy hasn’t collapsed yet.
Indeed, even if we were to put an end to all of the government’s military meddling and bring all of the troops home today, it would take decades to pay down the price of these wars and get the government’s creditors off our backs. Even then, government spending would have to be slashed dramatically and taxes raised.
You do the math.
The government is $19 trillion in debt: War spending has ratcheted up the nation’s debt. The debt has now exceeded a staggering $19 trillion and is growing at an alarming rate of $35 million/hour and $2 billion every 24 hours. Yet while defense contractors are getting richer than their wildest dreams, we’re in hock to foreign nations such as Japan and China (our two largest foreign holders at $1.13 trillion and $1.12 trillion respectively).

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on APRIL 11, 2017.

Asian Metals Market Update: Apr-10-2017

Trump is once again following his predecessors of war. The attack on Syria was uncalled for. There will be more attacks in Syria till Assad is removed. Later the Americans will convert Syria into another Libya, loot its wealth, loot its people, sell second hand outdated American weapons (just like Iraq) and convert it into another Iraq, Libya or Afghanistan. The hidden agenda is to capture Syria’s massive crude oil and natural gas reserves. Once you control energy prices you rule the world.
The side effects of such attacks are in the form of migrant crises in Europe and America. The common people of Europe also suffer due to the migrant crisis in the form of terror attacks by radical religious groups. Freedom of expression is curbed. Additional taxes are imposed to support migrants. National resources are affected as migrants also consume these resources which is followed by significant increase in the cost of living. Demographic changes in Europe caused by migrants will be gold positive in the medium term as well as long term.
Trump was unable to get any of his policy changed agreed to within his own party. It seems American are war loving people. Approval ratings increase, masses are focused on war and all policies are passed by the legislators with ease.

This post was published at GoldSeek on 10 April 2017.

Russia Has the Lowest National Debt in Europe: Meanwhile, in America…

The news that Russia is set to settle up all old Soviet debts by year-end highlights – we think not unintentionally – one of the glaring differences between how Moscow and Washington operate.
Moscow can’t afford to print rubles like there’s no tomorrow, so it lives in a reality-based world where pragmatism and agreement-by-consensus guides its domestic and foreign policies.
In contrast, Washington relies on confidence in and demand for the dollar, “allowing” it to print as much money as it needs to spend on fun projects such as “rebuilding” Afghanistan, which currently costs $13 million/day, even though the war “ended” three years ago.
So it’s not particularly surprising that Russia currently has the lowest national debt in Europe.
As for Russia, its debt-to-GDP ratio accounts to 18.3 percent in 2015. And it’s expected to continue to go down. In absolute terms, Russia’s government debt is roughly $147 billion.

This post was published at Russia Insider

Gold Star Family Of Dead Soldier Booed By “Disgusting” Passengers On Flight To Meet Son’s Remains

Are you F**king serious, America??!!
The father of a soldier who was killed last weekend in Afghanistan was disappointed and hurt after airline passengers booed him and his family as they flew to meet his son’s remains. As McClatchy reports, Stewart Perry, an ex-Marine who lives in Stockton, said the ordeal left him feeling disrespected: “It was really disgusting on the passengers’ part.”
His son, Sgt. John W. Perry, was one of two killed in an explosion at a United States airbase on Nov. 12. He was honored at a memorial service in Lodi on Thursday and will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Department of Defense said the blast also took the lives of two U. S. contractors working on the base. Sixteen other U. S. service members and one Polish soldier participating in a NATO mission were wounded.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 20, 2016.

Doug Casey — A Civil War Could Be in the Cards After the Election

Nick Giambruno: The U.S. presidential election is only days away. What are the country’s greatest problems right now?
Doug Casey: Domestically, I’d say the continual and accelerating loss of freedom, compounded by the prospect of what I suspect will be the biggest financial/economic crisis of modern times. What might that crisis be like? That’s unpredictable, although the odds are it will be unlike any others that are still fresh in people’s memories, simply because people tend to be most prepared for the things that have most recently scared them. The big problems usually come from an unexpected quarter, and/or at an unexpected time. Like the monetary crisis of 1998 that materialized in Thailand.
That said, the question remains of where to look. It could come from outside American borders, in the form of war. War is perhaps the worst thing that can happen, not only for the destruction it will cause in itself, but because it will immensely exacerbate America’s domestic problems. As Bourne famously said, “War is the health of the State.” Certainly, the U.S. government is actively provoking other governments in a score of places around the world. The next war could be serious, not just a sport war, like those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This post was published at International Man