Notes For “Complacency” – February 9, 2019

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The following are links to articles on the topics from our Saturday talk for subscribers. As always, I encourage our listeners to read for themselves.

Dave

This week on the war front, what do you think? Is it getting better?

Perhaps China really is preparing for World War III in the South China Sea, but at the end of the day, the body of water is just that – the South China Sea. If the US refuses to accept Beijing’s claim to its island-building project in the sea and fear the potential for China to project its military prowess into the ocean, then it must equally reject its own claim over the waterways of most of the planet and send its military bases packing back to where they came from.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-08/us-accuses-china-preparing

 

We’re going to be there and we’re going to be staying. We have to protect Israel,” he replied when pressed by CBS reporter Margaret Brennan. “We have to protect other things that we have. But we’re – yeah, they’ll be coming back in a matter of time.” He did note that “ultimately some will be coming home.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-03/death-knell-syria-pullout-we-have-protect-israel-says-trump

 

Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot this weekend acknowledged for the first time that Israel had indeed provided weaponry to Syrian rebel groups in the Golan Heights during the country’s seven-year civil war.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-chief-acknowledges-long-claimed-weapons-supply-to-syrian-rebels/

 

https://www.sott.net/article/406599-Iran-vows-crushing-and-proportional-response-to-relentless-Israeli-strikes-in-Syria

 

Former Arms Inspector, Scott Ritter.

Some observers are concerned that the current lineup of administration hotheads is so devoid of scruples that it might well be planning to either provoke or false-flag the United States into the longed-for war against Iran.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/how-to-start-a-world-war/5667594

 

Retired Congressman, Ron Paul, likewise declared, “There’s no history to show that Iran are aggressive people. When’s the last time they invaded a country? Over 200 years ago!” Richard Falk, an emeritus Princeton professor and early advocate for Ayatollah Khomeini and later a UN official (and 9/11 conspiracy theorist), likewise repeated the trope.

http://www.aei.org/publication/iran-has-never-started-a-war/

 

“Russia and China are using Venezuela as a proxy conflict to challenge the U.S. This is more than just economic support. Russia and China are leveraging its economic support to establish a military-industrial presence in Venezuela,” Joseph Humire, executive director of the Center for a Secure Free Society, told Fox News  recently.

All of this suggests amidst what some analysts have dubbed “a new Cold War” scenario that another Cuban Missile Crisis in America’s backyard could be around the corner.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-04/russian-policy-venezuela-driven-oil-giant-rosneft-report

Concerns are rising among rival claimants and others that China may soon use the burgeoning facilities in the area to impose an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, a move that would restrict the aerial and maritime access to the sea region.

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/article/new-fire-on-the-water-in-the-south-china-sea/

 

https://southfront.org/inf-is-dead-nuclear-war-in-europe-is-one-step-closer/

 

One of the most important statements made during the meeting came from Lavrov who said that according to Russian information…“the United States has been violating the Treaty since 1999, when it started testing combat unmanned aerial vehicles that have the same characteristics as land-based cruise missiles banned by the Treaty.”

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/02/04/breakdown-of-russian-response-to-america-bailing-inf-treaty.html

 

Empire Update

Are we, the US, missing out on global growth and partnerships because we want to be the ones in charge?

While China and Russia solidify their economic and political alliance, the U.S. is missing an historic chance to join a multilateral world, clinging instead to military empire, argues Pepe Escobar.

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/02/04/pepe-escobar-maga-misses-the-eurasia-train/

 

Threatening to sanction European nations for doing business with Iran under the terms of the 2015 international nuclear accord – which Trump unilaterally abandoned last year – has forced the Europeans to protect their own vital interests, which necessarily entails circumventing the US dollar system.

In short, the American rulers are unwittingly digging their own grave.

As Michael Hudson points out, the erstwhile US hegemony is entering into an accelerated decline, largely brought on by its own hubris and unilateral aggression – even towards supposed allies.

It seems that in order to avert this collapse of power, the US is amping up the aggression and militarism in a desperate bid to assert itself.

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/02/06/venezuela-phase-of-us-global-demise.html

 

The inept and corrupt presidency of Donald Trump has unwittingly triggered the fatal blow to the American empire—the abandonment of the dollar as the world’s principal reserve currency.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51045.htm

 

The end of America’s unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected,” wrote US political economist Michael Hudson in a recent cogent essay.

Hudson goes on to point out with copious irony how the “end of US monetary imperialism” has been accelerated by a rightwing former real estate magnate, President Donald Trump, surrounded by a cabal of Neocons in his White House administration.

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/02/06/venezuela-phase-of-us-global-demise.html

 

In a leaked military manual on “unconventional warfare” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, the U.S. Army states that major global financial institutions — such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — are used as unconventional, financial “weapons in times of conflict up to and including large-scale general war,” as well as in leveraging “the policies and cooperation of state governments.”

https://www.mintpressnews.com/leaked-wikileaks-doc-reveals-how-us-military-uses-of-imf-world-bank-as-unconventional-weapons/254708/

 

Gold

As golden opportunities go, China’s Xi Jinping is being offered one that Asia’s biggest economy must not miss.

The opening in question is the gold-buying surge by the most powerful central banks. In 2018, in fact, they bought the biggest blocks of the yellow metal since Richard Nixon’s day.

The 651.5 tonnes they hoarded – spending nearly US$28 billion – was 74% more than 2017 and it was the most since 1971 when then-US President Nixon ended the gold standard.

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/article/gold-fever-is-an-opportunity-for-china/

 

Great interview you both did on Greg Hunter!

Stockman has been touting gold as a must-have insurance policy. Stockman says, “The essential attribute of gold is that it is a contra central bank asset. It’s the one asset that can’t be influenced, manipulated, created or destroyed, for that matter, by the central banks. It’s the one asset that history has proven, without a doubt, can retain its value regardless of the mayhem and financial disorder caused by governments. . . . Gold is the alternative asset to a bubble ridden financial system that is driven by the central banks.”

https://usawatchdog.com/fed-is-enemy-of-maga-david-stockman/

 

This additional gold supply, however, does not meet the global demand for gold. Twenty-five percent of gold is sourced from recycling, and most of that is used for jewelry and electronics. Mining new gold is expensive and can take decades, so recycled gold becomes extremely important. It is uncertain how much gold there is left to extract, although the US Geological Survey estimates the amount to be 57,000 tons. The fact that the available amount of gold is extremely finite means that its price will only rise.

http://www.goldtelegraph.com/gold-is-money-everything-else-is-credit/

 

Gold is a highly liquid yet scarce asset, and it is no one’s liability. It is bought as a luxury good and store of value as much as an investment.

https://news.goldcore.com/ie/gold-blog/the-vital-importance-of-gold-as-a-strategic-asset-in-2019/

 

https://www.alhambrapartners.com/2019/02/01/fear-or-reflation-gold/

 

wire/threat-us-government-debt-trap

 

General Motors will begin laying off 4,250 North American salaried workers Monday morning as part of a sweeping restructuring announced in November that includes the closure of five plants and the elimination of 15,000 jobs. The plan includes the destruction of 15 percent of the company’s 54,000 North American salaried jobs.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/gm-to-lay-off-4250-salaried-workers-in-north-america-starting-monday/5667313

The world’s largest pension fund – in the world’s most demographically-challenged nation – suffered a stunning record loss in the last quarter as its Abe-supporting domestic-stock-buying-spree crushed Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-01/no-need-be-pessimistic-worlds-biggest-pension-fund-suffers-record-collapse-q4

 

Would this list represent Socialism?!

https://projects.propublica.org/bailout/list

 

“America will never be a socialist country,” Trump said.

Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” he said. “America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination and control…Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/card/democrats-cheer-trump-promoting-juan-guaid-interim-president-venezuela-n968006

 

The U.S. national debt is wildly out of control, and nobody in Washington seems to care.  According to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government is currently $21,933,491,166,604.77 in debt.  In just a few days, that figure will cross the 22 trillion dollar mark.  Over the last 10 years, we have added more than 11 trillion dollars to the national debt,

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-most-depressing-stat-of-the-month-the-u-s-national-debt-is-about-to-pass-the-22-trillion-mark

 

Your personal safety comes first.

First they came for….Does it scare you how we have demonized one group after another. Did we not see this in Germany?

Incarceration in the United States is one of the main forms of punishment and rehabilitation for the commission of felony and other offenses. The United States has the largest prison population in the world, and the highest per-capita incarceration rate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States

 

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Slate’s Alvaro Bedoya published an article chronicling how the civil rights leader had been systematically surveilled, harassed and threatened by the United States government:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/anu-joshi/the-dangers-of-see-something-say-something_b_9060958.html

 

President Trump has proved himself adroit at creating villains to serve as his political foils. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he introduced a new one: socialists.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/us/politics/socialism-donald-trump.html

 

The third-ranking elected official in Virginia, Attorney General Mark R. Herring, acknowledged Wednesday that he had worn blackface at a party as an undergraduate student, deepening a crisis that has engulfed the state’s Democratic leadership.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/us/politics/virginia-blackface-mark-herring.html

 

No, neither Nicholas nor Tuttle had  criminal pasts which might have justified a John Dillinger style takedown. Tuttle had no criminal record at all. Nicholas had a single (dismissed) bad check charge on hers.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/no-knock-raid-is-just-another-term-for-violent-home-invasion/

 

The US Air Force recently put out a request for samples of DNA and RNA from Russians and people of Russian descent. Their reasons are unclear. This story, fairly predictably, has got very little coverage in the MSM…none, in fact. Vladimir Putin mentioned it in a speech, and there have been articles in the alternative media (The Duran and Zero Hedge have mentioned it, and some international networks such as RT, teleSur etc.)…but mainstream news? Totally silent.

This is not some “crazy conspiracy theory”, the request (pictured above) is publicly available on US government websites.

https://off-guardian.org/2017/11/03/why-is-the-us-air-force-collecting-samples-of-russian-dna/

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-01/one-biggest-home-dna-testing-companies-secretly-sharing-data-fbi

 

They would never do anything to harm us would they? Please take the time to watch this video!  They did this to all of us without our consent…

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLCF7vPanrY

 

5G

In a medical hypothesis by Samuel Milham of Washington State Department of Health (2009) entitled “Historical evidence that electrification caused the 20th century epidemic of diseases of civilisation” Milham reveals that once Thomas Edison began electrifying New York City in 1880, the onward march of electrification correlated with sharp rises in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, suicide and cancer.

Whereas on farms and countryside areas which lagged a long way behind urban areas in acquiring electrification, incidences of such disease were barely ever seen. It was not until the 1950’s that the majority of US farms got hooked-up onto electrical power.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/synthetic-electric-shock-from-electrification-to-5g-wifi/5667541