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

Dave

 

War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

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

 

Trump could not have become America’s President if he had not won the “vote” of his nation’s second-largest political donor in 2016, casinos-owner Sheldon Adelson.

 

In publicly recorded donations, as of 25 December 2018, Adelson and his wife donated $82,522,800 to Republican candidates

 

On the Democratic Party side, the largest 2016 donor was the largest of all political donors in 2016, the hedge fund manager Thomas Steyer, $91,069,795.

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/02/16/how-america-dictatorship-works.html

 

Tech; Are we so spied on, there is now no way out? They own us!

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-12/can-we-boycott-big-tech-companies-even-if-we-want-hint-we-cant

 

A key question that bears repeating is, should humans worry about their inept, bloodthirsty leaders handing over the reins of the war machine to… a war machine?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-13/ai-arms-race-likely-unleash-crisis-worse-911-warns-ex-government-agent

 

Boeing stock price 2003 25 dollars 2019 410 you do the math. This is the problem with appointing someone with “this deep of a conflict,” says Mandy Smithberger of the Project on Government Oversight’s Center for Defense Information. She told Politico that after Shanahan spent his entire career at Boeing, it would be “pretty close to impossible” for him to recuse himself from all Boeing-related matters.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/01/acting-defense-secretary-boosted-boeing-his-former-employer.html

 

http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickchart/quickchart.asp?symb=BA&insttype=Stock&freq=1&show=&time=13

 

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/428395-trump-picks-ex-oil-lobbyist-david-bernhard-for-interior-secretary

 

Last October, the Trump administration pushed Iraqi officials to sign agreements with General Electric for multibillion-dollar power generation deals..

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/11/us/politics/iraq-buying-energy-iran.html

 

Police state? To serve and protect! The multi national corporations.

 

We’ve been railroaded into believing that our votes count, that we live in a democracy, that elections make a difference, that it matters whether we vote Republican or Democrat, and that our elected officials are looking out for our best interests. Truth be told, we live in an oligarchy, politicians represent only the profit motives of the corporate state, whose leaders know all too well that there is no discernible difference between red and blue politics, because there is only one color that matters in politics—green.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-13/whitehead-it-too-late-non-violent-means-restore-american-liberty

 

Multiple independent law enforcement experts, who agreed to review the incident, said the officers’ conduct was unlawful, potentially criminal, and one of the most cruel and troubling cases of police misconduct they’ve ever seen.

https://www.abc15.com/news/local-news/investigations/abuse-of-force-body-camera-video-shows-man-tased-11-times-by-glendale-officers

 

In addition to conducting a full and thorough check on the veteran’s body, the video also shows the federal agent checking Kolfage’s prosthetic legs and wheelchair, apparently for possible arms or explosives.

 

Shocked by the treatment of the most severly wounded airman in US history, the online community shamed TSA and united to express support for the veteran, who lost both his legs and his right hand in Iraq in 2004.

https://www.rt.com/usa/451156-tsa-invasive-triple-amputee-veteran/

 

Laws once added almost never go away!

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-37241626/donald-trump-mexico-will-pay-for-the-wall

 

According to the Federal Register, 58 national emergencies have been declared since the National Emergency Act of 1976 was signed into law by President Gerald Ford…and 31 have been annually renewed and are currently still in effect, as listed in the Federal Register.

Here’s a list of the presidents who declared still ongoing national emergencies.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/list-31-national-emergencies-effect-years/story?id=60294693

 

Hypocrisy?!

 

Venezuelan people have legitimate grounds for taking to the streets to protest against their president in times of hardship, but the French people do not. No siree!  To add insult to rubber bullet injury, Emmanuel Macron, the man who has triggered the biggest protests in France for over half a century, has the gall (no pun intended) to be right at the forefront of those supporting an un-elected leader in Venezuela, and all in the name of ‘democracy.’

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/450887-venezuela-macron-maduro-france-protests/

 

They hate us for our freedom! Bulls#*t! They hate us because we gassed them during Saddam’s imposed war on Iran from 1980 to 1988, the Western governments provided the Iraqi regime with chemical weapons and sophisticated military equipment as well as strategic supports.

http://english.khamenei.ir/news/2168/20-things-the-U-S-did-to-help-Saddam-against-Iran

 

During Saddam’s imposed war on Iran from 1980 to 1988, the Western governments provided the Iraqi regime with chemical weapons and sophisticated military equipment as well as strategic supports.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2004/06/17/how-reagan-armed-saddam-with-chemical-weapons/

 

 

WARSAW — Vice President Mike Pence used an American-convened conference on Middle East security to lash out at Washington’s three closest European allies on Thursday, accusing them of trying “to break American sanctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime.”

Nothing better illustrates Washington’s opposition to democracy and self-determination than the blatantly public coup Washington has organized against the properly elected president of Venezuela

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/world/europe/pompeo-pence-us-iran.html

 

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2019/02/08/venezuela-is-an-opportunity-for-russia-and-china-to-change-the-world/

 

Fallar told lawmakers that China actively supports autocratic governments in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and employs predatory lending practices across the continent. He said Beijing has been instrumental in developing infrastructure such as a secret antenna located in the deserts of Patagonia.

 

Brian Weeden, a space policy and security analyst with the Secure World Foundation, indicated that the US military deploys antennas similar to the one in Argentina.

“Unless there is something specifically different about this, it’s a little bit of the pot calling the kettle black,” he said.

“To me, there is no specific piece of evidence other than it happens to be Chinese that signals that it is nefarious.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-10/why-there-chinese-military-space-station-hiding-argentina

 

The US dollar dying a thousand cuts.

 

More than 40 countries and international organizations, including China, Indonesia, and Israel, as well as some South American countries, have expressed interest in a free-trade deal with the EEU. The trade bloc has also held negotiations with South Korea, Egypt, and India.

Iran signed an interim agreement with the economic bloc last year, with a full-fledged agreement expected within three years.

https://www.rt.com/business/451039-russia-free-trade-zone/

 

 Warfare?

 

US military scientists, hiding behind diplomatic activities, are testing artificially created viruses in Pentagon laboratories in 25 countries (countries of the former USSR (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Uzbekistan and Ukraine (three laboratories), Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa ), exposing injections allegedly from dangerous pathogens and diseases to hundreds of thousands of people, and we, Kazakhstanis, have long been “guinea pigs.” If we recall the massive outbreaks of meningitis last year with fatal cases, as well as the deaths of hundreds a few saigak heads a few years ago, the emergence of foci of atypical diseases or those that have long been suppressed, then everything immediately falls into place.

https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/02/10/epidemic-in-kazakhstan-us-blamed-for-germ-warfare-test/

 

I’ve always been fascinated by nuclear weapons and the self-destructive tendencies of mankind.  I discovered that as many as 400,000 American soldiers and sailors observed nuclear explosions just a few miles from ground zero in more than 200 atmospheric tests conducted between 1946 and 1962. It was difficult to get a precise count of how many men were involved, because most information was classified

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/12/opinion/atomic-soldiers.html

 

Now approaching nearly a year after the April 7, 2018 alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria — which the White House used as a pretext to bomb Syrian government facilities and bases throughout Damascus — a BBC reporter who investigated the incident on the ground has issued public statements saying the “Assad sarin attack” on Douma was indeed “staged”.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-14/bbc-shocks-douma-gas-attack-scene-staged-producer-says-after-6-month-syria

 

War and the end of the hegemon.

 

It’s curious that references to a major Asian power can be found in Bible prophecies that foretell in Revelation 16:12 that “the kings of the east” must come. Basically, this means that China is going to play a major role in the end of time event that quite possibly will be a nuclear holocaust also know WWIII.
https://journal-neo.org/2019/02/11/china-russia-rapprochement-is-still-firing-on-all-cylinders

 

Britain’s new aircraft carrier will be sent to China’s backyard in a show of strength as President Xi’s government increasingly disputes Pacific waters.  Meanwhile, just to make sure China is really pissed off, overnight two US warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea,

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-11/uk-sending-aircraft-carrier-china-show-force

 

In response, Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua cancelled scheduled trade talks with Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond just “hours” after the remarks, Reuters revealed Thursday.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-14/china-dramatically-cancels-uk-trade-talks-hours-after-defence-secretarys-bellicose

 

Japan wants Russian gas. It’s currently buying it as LNG from Yamal and shipping it via the Arctic Sea Route.

 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated this position this weekend after signing a major agreement with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At some point there is only so long you can hold countries as vassals. Their best interests eventually come to dominate the relationship.

The U.S. is feeling that now with Japan and Germany and it all because of Russia’s vast energy reserves and their ability to craft win/win relationships with everyone.

https://tomluongo.me/2019/02/11/russias-exports-continue-to-defy-sanctions/

 

Markets & Economy

 

The US economy is struggling for two reasons: The scope for a powerful monetary and fiscal response is limited, and the current “leadership” under President Trump lacks the competence to adequately respond to a crisis, during an interview with Bloomberg in Dubai.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-11/paul-krugman-warns-us-wildly-unprepared-imminent-recession

 

Congress should give the economy a bump. Once a slowdown begins, it will be too late.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/opinion/shutdown-recession-trump.html

 

Bill, you posted this.  What it proves is that Wall Street and Main Street are miles apart.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/12/a-record-number-of-americans-are-90-days-behind-on-their-car-payments.html

 

In the land of the Federal Reserve and its market-manipulating mechanisms, there’s now an unofficial market term called the “Powell Put” or the “Powell Pivot.”

https://dailyreckoning.com/get-used-to-the-powell-put/

 

The US equity market brushed off a sharp and surprising plunge in December retail sales, the worst since the Great Financial Crisis of 2008-2009. The numbers were so bad that analysts were tempted to dismiss them as an anomaly, although the Commerce Department insisted that the government shutdown did not affect the collection of data, and the drop occurred through most major sectors.

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/article/who-are-you-going-to-believe-me-or-your-lying-data/

 

Markets are all rigged?

 

Once again, the Federal Reserve has upended markets.  Investors had been bracing for the Fed to keep raising interest rates and shrinking its vast portfolio of assets, the equivalent of tapping on the brakes of the United States economy.  But this year, the central bank has signaled that it was backing off.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/10/business/federal-reserve-stock-market.html

 

Dow futs closed over 600 points higher than the overnight lows on the crappiest week’s macro-economic data in 8 years!! “Goldilocks, my ass” as one veteran trader said.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-15/stocks-soar-8th-straight-week-earnings-macro-data-collapse

 

Globalism

https://socioecohistory.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/3_city_states_control_world-vatican_city_of_london_washingtondc.jpg

 

Unfortunately, there is no America. There is nothing to make great again. “America” is a fiction, a fantasy, a nostalgia that hucksters like Donald Trump (and other, marginally less buffoonish hucksters) use to sell whatever they are selling … themselves, wars, cars, whatever. What there is, in reality, instead of America, is a supranational global capitalist empire, a decentralized, interdependent network of global corporations, financial institutions, national governments, intelligence agencies, supranational governmental entities, military forces, media, and so on. If that sounds far-fetched or conspiratorial, look at what is going on in Venezuela.

 

In a globalized world what is an American company and to they care more about Americans than any one else?  So why is the US military, which we pay for, used as toll for these corporations?

 

What what about those American oil corporations? They want that Venezuelan oil, don’t they? Well, sure they do, but here’s the thing … there are no “American” oil corporations. Corporations, especially multi-billion dollar transnational corporations (e.g., Chevron, ExxonMobil, et al.) have no nationalities, nor any real allegiances, other than to their major shareholders. Chevron, for example, whose major shareholders are asset management and mutual fund companies like Black Rock, The Vanguard Group, SSgA Funds Management, Geode Capital Management, Wellington Management, and other transnational, multi-trillion dollar outfits. Do you really believe that being nominally headquartered in Boston or New York makes these companies “American,” or that Deutsche Bank is a “German” bank, or that BP is a “British” company?

http://www.unz.com/chopkins/making-globalism-great-again/

 

Gold

 

“Starting my working life in a Swiss Bank in Geneva two years before Nixon’s fatal decision, I have experience of that fall of the dollar that the Chinese predicted. In 1970, there were 4.30 Swiss francs to the dollar. Today you get just under one Franc for one US$. That is a catastrophic collapse of 77% of the world’s reserve currency in almost 50 years. If we look at the graph of the dollar against the Swiss franc below, we can see that this currency pair has been in a long consolidation at the bottom since 1987.

CHINA PREDICTED IN 1971 “THE DECLINE OF THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM”

The People’s Daily is the most influential and authoritative newspaper in China. It has been the official voice of the central government of the People’s Republic of China for the last 71 years.

The paper declared in 1971 when Nixon closed the gold window: “These unpopular measures reflect the seriousness of the US economic crisis and the decay and decline of the entire capitalist system.”

 

The paper further stated that the measures “mark the collapse of capitalist monetary system with the US dollar as its prop” and that “Nixon’s new economic policy cannot extricate the US from financial and economic crisis.” The article predicted instead that the measures would intensify the crisis.

 

https://goldswitzerland.com/the-value-of-the-dollar-has-no-guarantee-whatsoever/

 

Italy’s populist de facto leader Matteo Salvini seems set on shaking Europe’s financial establishment to the core.  One day after the Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the League party, called for the elimination of Italy’s central bank and the country’s financial regulator, Consob, saying the two institutions should be “reduced to zero.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-11/salvini-suggests-seizing-control-italys-gold-reserves-central-bank

 

So we may see negative interest rates in the US, meaning you earn more holding gold (nothing) than you do losing money in cash.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-11/normalization-nirp-reason-437-own-gold

 

Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay nearly C$5.5 million to settle class-action lawsuits in Canada accusing the bank of manipulating the gold and silver markets, according to the Toronto law firm representing the plaintiffs.

http://www.gata.org/node/18857

 

Production of gold by South African mines retreated the most in six years in December as a strike at the nation’s top producer of the metal continued.

 

Gold output declined 31 percent from a year earlier, compared with a revised 14 percent drop in November, Pretoria-based Statistics South Africa said in a statement on its website Thursday.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-14/south-african-gold-output-plunges-most-in-six-years-in-december

 

Crypto!

 

A generation of the young with dead-end social and economic prospects, calling themselves “dirt spoons,” aimed to strike it rich. They’ve ended up with big losses.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/10/business/south-korea-bitcoin-cryptocurrencies.html

 

JPMorgan Chase & Co.  (JPM – Get Report) will issue the first ever cryptocurrency by a U.S. bank, marking a significant change in tack for CEO Jamie Dimon, who once threatened to fire any employee he found trading bitcoin.

https://www.thestreet.com/investing/bitcoin/jpmorgan-to-launch-first-united-states-bank-cryptocurrency-14866499

 

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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

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

Dave

Geopolitical turmoil. Yes, this is why we talk geopolitics.

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-29/gold-jumps-8-month-highs-geopolitical-chaos-reigns

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-31/central-banks-gold-buying-spree-reaches-50-year-high

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-01/central-banks-buy-more-gold-2018-any-year-1967

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-31/venezuela-central-bank-begins-shipping-18-tons-gold-uae

 

What would war do to Gold over night?

 

China has unveiled a new intermediate-range ballistic missile that it claims can strike the US territory of Guam or its warships at sea. The show of strength comes as both countries square off over Taiwan.

https://www.rt.com/news/450060-china-new-missile-guam/

 

I’m not predicting it, but wars have started over less. Currency wars, trade wars, finally shooting wars. We’re currently two-thirds of the way there.  As Mick Jagger sang, a U.S.-China shooting war is “just a shot away.”

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-30/us-china-war-just-shot-away

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-30/armed-services-committee-chairman-warns-us-and-china-headed-world-war-iii

 

Are you sick of your gold just sitting there when it was supposed to have long since made you rich? Have you been fantasizing about a world in which your gold really does make you rich?

 

https://www.dollarcollapse.com/perfect-world-gold/

 

If it is not in your hands it is not yours!

The bank’s decision to seize – a polite word for steal – more than a billion dollars’ worth of Venezuelan gold was reported to have been ordered by the governor after a call from US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – not even the president himself.

 

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/450061-venezuela-gold-bank-england/

 

https://www.goldmoney.com/research/goldmoney-insights/ten-factors-to-look-for-in-gold-in-2019

 

Britain, France and Germany on Thursday launched a trade mechanism to bypass US sanctions on Iran, drawing praise from Tehran — and a warning from Washington.

 

https://www.france24.com/en/20190201-europe-eu-sets-iran-trade-mechanism-bypass-usa-sanctions-instex

 

https://www.ccn.com/iran-launches-gold-backed-cryptocurrency-as-anticipation-for-crypto-rial-grows-to-evade-us-sanctions/

 

Gold has been one of the most stable and trending assets over past 5-6 months. The shiny metal closed above the huge 1300 level two days ago, and is currently pushing highest levels since May last year. The trend channel since November lows is intact. Next big stop is at the 1350 level. It seems the story of gold giving and giving continues.

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-29/gold-loves-fear-again

 

Where do you two think this is going????

 

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department unveiled sweeping charges on Monday against the Chinese telecom firm Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, outlining a decade-long attempt by the company to steal trade secrets, obstruct a criminal investigation and evade economic sanctions on Iran.

 

The pair of indictments, which were partly unsealed on Monday, come amid a broad and aggressive campaign by the United States to try to thwart China’s biggest telecom equipment maker. Officials have long suspected Huawei of working to advance Beijing’s global ambitions and undermine America’s interests and have begun taking steps to curb its international presence.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/us/politics/meng-wanzhou-huawei-iran.html

 

Trumps picks. Who are they? Bolton-Pompeo-Abrams….

First they came for and killed and destroyed Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and now Venezuela!

Do you think the same powers/They who have crushed all the Humans in the above country’s would have any qualms about doing the same to any one in this country who gets in there way?

https://theglobalamericans.org/2019/01/trumps-latin-america-team/

 

Please watch!!

https://www.corbettreport.com/tsa/

 

Take Roger Stone, one of President Trump’s longtime supporters, for example.

This is a guy accused of witness tampering, obstruction of justice and lying to Congress.  As far as we know, this guy is not the kingpin of a violent mob or drug-laundering scheme. He’s been charged with a political crime. So what does the FBI do? They send 29 heavily armed agents in 17 vehicles to carry out a SWAT-style raid on Stone’s Florida home just before dawn on Jan. 25, 2019.

https://www.sott.net/article/406153-Jackboots-in-the-morning-No-one-will-be-spared-from-the-American-police-state-nightmare

 

Donald Trump is no different than his predecessors! During the campaign, he said whatever he had to in order to get elected. He promised to close down the neocon foreign wars and also fight the “deep state” by draining the swamp.

Recall the role Mr. Abrams played during the Reagan years. He helped fund the Contras in Nicaragua and is linked to the 1982 El Mozote massacre of hundreds of civilians in El Salvador. It was later estimated by a UN truth commission that 85 percent of the abuses during the civil war in El Salvador were committed by military death squads assisted by the Reagan administration.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/trumps-latest-neocon-adviser-assigned-task-overthrowing-maduro-venezuela/5666693

 

Not at all. Turns out, the appointee is one of the president’s worst enemies, a man forcefully opposed to almost all of Trump’s policies and campaign promises, a man who repeatedly has said Trump is morally unfit for his office. He is Elliott Abrams, the 71-year-old éminence grise of the NeverTrump movement.

https://amgreatness.com/2019/01/28/a-plum-post-for-a-prominent-trump-foe/

 

President Trump is he any different than those who came before him!

It has emerged US Vice President Mike Pence phoned Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido last week urging him to make the unprecedented move to declare himself the “acting president”, and denounce the incumbent leader Nicolas Maduro as a “usurper.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50989.htm

 

It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-28/venezuela-regime-change-good-american-oil-companies-says-john-bolton

 

After decrying US sanctions against Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA as “illegal” and enforcing “unfair competition”, a Kremlin spokesman has reiterated that Russia is prepared to use “all mechanisms available to us” to defend its economic interests in Venezuela – interests that are closely tied to the Maduro regime.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-30/moscow-will-do-whatever-it-takes-defend-its-interests-venezuela

 

The U.S. is no longer in the top 10, or even the top 20, of least corrupt nations. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018 was released today and the United States has fallen four points deeper into corruption than last year. The U.S. now ranks below Luxembourg, Estonia and France, coming in at number 22 on the chart.

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/01/united-states-falls-deeper-into-corrupt-nation-status/

 

Years of growth, trillions in government bonds, and substantial capital sought from outside investors may see a U-Turn in the coming days as Japan’s prized economic policies were found to be reliant on fraudulent data.  As per estimates, over 40 percent of Japan’s 56 economic policies contain errors, casting a shadow on all of the country’s analysis and reports generated over the years.

https://www.ccn.com/a-scandal-unfolds-japans-impressive-growth-rates-were-a-lie-40-of-economic-data-faked/

 

The 21 Trillion dollar question! do you think Japan is the only country that lies like an old rug a dog slept on?

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Treasury Department is set to maintain elevated sales of long-term debt to finance the government’s widening budget deficit, with new issuance projected to top $1 trillion for a second-straight year.

Read more at: https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/another-year-another-1-trillion-in-new-debt-for-u-s-to-raise#gs.rySNEYNq
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https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/another-year-another-1-trillion-in-new-debt-for-u-s-to-raise#gs.rySNEYNq

 

So when the curtain comes down and the investing public is forced to admit that it is all paper never to be paid back and fear sets in.  Gold goes to the moon..never to be seen again.

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/apocalyptic-debt-crisis-in-america-63-of-americas-largest-75-cities-are-completely-broke_01312019

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

Dave

http://themillenniumreport.com/2019/01/the-big-four-zio-anglo-american-axis-being-pounded-by-new-800-pound-gorilla/

 

https://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/114741/collapse-already-here

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-26/china-s-gold-mystery-has-nation-really-stopped-boosting-hoard

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/24/business/wilbur-ross-shutdown.html

 

https://usawatchdog.com/msm-covers-up-21-trillion-historic-government-fraud-dr-mark-skidmore/#more-21339

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-23/bridgewater-co-cio-it-will-be-worse-everyone-expects

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-russia/venezuela-signs-oil-gold-investment-deals-with-russia-maduro-idUSKBN1O51WX

 

https://tomluongo.me/2019/01/25/trump-betrays-maga-over-venezuela/

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-24/pompeo-blasts-maduros-illegitimate-regime-promises-20-million-venezuelan-opposition

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-24/china-joins-russia-slamming-us-interference-venezuela

 

http://www.pravdareport.com/business/finance/15-05-2015/130611-china_gold_dollar-0/

 

http://sprott.com/insights/catalyst-for-gold-locked-and-loaded/

 

http://www.goldtelegraph.com/stockpile-gold/

 

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originally published Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Tanzanian Royalty stock is right now regarded as selling at an extraordinarily low bargain price. There are several important reasons for this. One is that several years back it (and other key mining stocks) suffered from an orchestrated shorting campaign where, after the conspirators heavily shorted a stock, they set about spreading negative disinformation about the company.In the case of Tanzanian Royalty the story was that the company had a piece of land in a banana republic where they were proposing to make a large worthless hole (open pit). The effectiveness of these stories relied on the fact that most investors are too idle or disinterested to do their own due diligence, which is partly understandable given the deep malaise that has afflicted the sector in recent years. Another big reason for the low price is that the stock has been driven down by persistent light “attrition” selling against the background of a lack of interest in the sector, because most investors were chasing a rising broad market and in particular a bubble in the Tech sector and especially in the FAANG stocks, but with all that about to come to an end, interest should return. Still another reason is that most investors have a very sketchy understanding of Africa, and it’s easy to play on their image of the continent as being of mired in rank corruption with guys hacking at people indiscriminately with machetes and driving round on jeeps with machine guns, and of course South Africa and Zimbabwe don’t help the image of the continent. But Africa is a vast and diverse place and Tanzanian Royalty both has the goods in terms of a large proven resource and has a good relationship with the government, which stands to benefit if the company does well and therefore has an interest in its success. Investors skepticism about investing in Africa is therefore considered to be misplaced, and one thing that will certainly help to allay their fears will be rising stock prices in mining companies like this.

We have a gold mining company here that has a proven big commercially viable resource whose stock is grossly undervalued – so what are the catalysts that will get it moving? The 1st is a new bullmarket in the Precious Metals sector which will be promoted by a shift out of risk assets and / or a rise in inflationary expectations, and the 2nd big catalyst will be that the new bullmarket will be greatly assisted by a growing wave of M&A (merger and acquisition) activity across the sector, since the easiest way to build up your resources at a time when mining stocks are terribly undervalued is to buy them up. We saw a fine example of that on a massive scale just a few days back with the merger of GoldCorp and Newmont Mining where the action in these stocks tells us that Newmont shareholders got the short end of the stick.

But there is another major catalyst that is thought likely to get Tanzanian Royalty stock moving in short order, and that is the extensive drilling program that is just about to start. The purpose of this drilling program is to further define the resources contained within the planned open pit, but more than that to deep drill into what is suspected to be a potentially world class resource residing beneath the open pit. Even regardless of actual results, this drilling program is expected to generate considerable interest in the company and the stock. The announcement of this drilling program 10 days ago is what caused the stock to bounce back on very heavy volume, which drove the accumulation line sharply higher, a very bullish development, as we can see on the latest 6-month chart below. So that rally out of the lows has a good chance of being the 1st impulse wave of a new bullmarket, which means that the modest reaction back of recent days on declining volume, which is also bullish, is giving us the chance to buy the stock at a very favorable price.

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Finally, it is worth reminding ourselves of just how cheap Tanzanian Royalty is historically which we can easily do by referring to the 5-year chart, on which we see that as recently as 2014 it was at times trading at 8 times the current price, and back in 2006 it got to about 27 times the current price, which has its comical aspect when you consider that the company is much closer to attaining its goals than it was back then. This should tell you all you need to know about the intelligence of the average investor. We go on common sense, and stick with the time honored old adage “Buy low, sell high”. Right now it’s time to buy Tanzanian Royalty low.

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End of update.

Clive Maund

www.clivemaund.com

www.tanzanianroyalty.com

Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation, TRX, TNX.TSX, closed at $0.33, C$0.43 on

18th January 19.

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I used to live in a 47 room, 19,000 square foot compound on 300 acres. Now my home is well under 2,000 square feet. I usually drive my business van with no side window. It is called the “Puppy Express.” I am looking for a not nice 1950 Ford, with no computers in it. I will make it run. Body condition is irrelevant. I have 2 years of foul tasting emergency food and an arsenal. My huge dog hates all people and maybe me. I also just gave myself a full Arctic Exploration suit because of the collapse of the Arctic Vortex. Planet warming? Watch what happens.

Life is not complicated and being content is such a wonderful feeling.

Once, not too long ago, on a business trip to the Middle East, due to an error, or more likely a set up, I spent some time in a Qatar lock up with 2000 somewhat miscreant Arabs, alone in my persuasion. It was like the movie “Midnight Express.” Every one should try it for a few weeks. It makes you so happy to be here with all its awful and growing socialism (COA) plus social / economic problems, plus fake everything. The looming economic “ Global Spiritual Economic and Social Experience” is nothing when compared to 2000 perma-angry Arabs staring at you like you were for lunch. I was wearing what I got locked up in, no pink jumpsuit or flip flops, no comb or razor. No showers, thank you God.

Jim

Get Ready– They’re Coming For Your Money
January 22, 2019

Every so often throughout history, the peasants grab their pitchforks and come for the elite. It happens when the wealth gap grows too extreme… when people feel like they are getting left behind, with no opportunity to advance.

Central banks around the world have printed trillions of dollars over last decade, and pushed interest rates to zero, and sometimes below. And all of that stimulus went directly into the pockets of the wealthy.

Since 2009, the world’s billionaires more than DOUBLED their combined wealth. All the billionaires in the world had $3.4 trillion in 2009. By 2017, they amassed $8.9 trillion.

Mark Zuckerberg multiplied his wealth almost 20 times over, from $3 billion in 2009, to over $58 billion in 2019.

Neither this email nor content posted on the website SovereignMan.com is intended to provide personal tax or financial advice. Before undertaking any action described in this letter, financial or otherwise, you should discuss your options with a qualified advisor if you can find one— Middle East criminal attorney– Tax accountant, Financial planner,  Regular dumb attorney, straight priest, shaman , guru, IRS auditor, Bernie Madoff and Nancy Pelosi 

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Jim & Bill,

The following are links to articles on the topics from this Saturday’s discussion for subscribers, 1/19/19.  I encourage our listeners to read for themselves.

Dave

https://journal-neo.org/2019/01/16/europe-on-the-brink-of-collapse/

 

http://www.atimes.com/article/how-trumps-steel-tariffs-have-backfired-spectacularly/

 

https://www.sovereignman.com/international-diversification-strategies/this-problem-is-10000-times-bigger-than-the-border-wall-24430/

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-16/russia-overtake-germany-worlds-fifth-largest-economy

 

https://www.rt.com/business/449111-russia-fifth-holder-gold/

 

https://www.bullionstar.com/blogs/ronan-manly/separating-truth-from-fiction-in-chinas-golden-game-of-poker/

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/14/newmont-to-buy-goldcorp-in-a-10-billion-all-stock-deal.html

 

https://www.rt.com/business/437760-india-gold-reserves-us-treasuries/

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-15/gold-hits-all-time-high-72-currencies

 

https://tomluongo.me/2019/01/16/euro-gold-ratio-is-a-canary-in-the-monetary-coalmine/

 

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-pauses-as-investors-wave-off-geopolitical-worries-snap-up-stocks-2019-01-16

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/15/nyregion/el-chapo-trial.html

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-18/malaysia-offers-drop-goldmans-1mdb-charges-if-bank-pays-75-billion-fine

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/20/nicolas-sarkozy-police-custody-french-president-campaign-funding-libya

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/02/world/middleeast/israel-netanyahu-bribery-charges.html

 

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

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The following are links to articles on the topics from our Saturday talk, The End Of Empire And Reset, available for subscribers. I encourage our listeners to read for themselves.

Dave

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/06/world/middleeast/bolton-syria-pullout.html

 

https://www.apnews.com/89288a2b8f274eb7897733078960df56

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-11/pompeo-announces-international-summit-iran-address-destabilizing-influence

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-09/bank-england-boss-chinas-renminbi-will-rival-dollar-global-reserve-currency

 

https://www.rt.com/business/448441-russia-reserves-dollar-dump/

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-09/russia-boosted-yuan-euro-holdings-as-it-dumped-dollars-in-2018

 

https://www.rt.com/news/448426-yellow-vests-financial-bank-protest/

 

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/448381-fall-empires-washington-london-paris/

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-09/swiss-national-bank-suffers-15-billion-loss-2018-market-rout

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-07/blackrock-backs-gold-as-growth-cools-while-volatility-stays-high

 

https://mises.org/wire/money-how-its-past-predicts-its-future-0