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About time huh JB?


Giddy Up – DOJ Admits They Have a Grand Jury Empaneled in FBI and DOJ Investigation…
March 22, 2018

Today chairman Bob Goodlatte sends a formal subpoena to the DOJ (Inspector General Michael Horowitz) for documents regarding the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

However, it’s not the subpoena that should make the news.  Pay close attention to the DOJ response.


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is one of the top three people throughout the entirety of congress with a comprehensive knowledge of the events surrounding the investigations of the FBI and DOJ. Chairman Goodlatte is one of only four people outside the DOJ who have read the full DOJ FISA application used for a Title-1 Surveillance warrant of Carter Page.


Dave checks in with an important read for us, not sure what time zone he’s in this week…


I highly recommend everyone read this article and let it sink in.


A Truly Historical Month For The Future Of Our Planet
March 23, 2018

[This article was written for the Unz Review]

March 2018 will go down in history as a truly historical month

March 1st, Vladimir Putin makes his historical address to the Russian Federal Assembly.

March 4th, Sergei Skripal, a former UK spy, is allegedly poisoned in the UK.

March 8th, British officials accuse Russia of using nerve gas to attempt to murder Sergei Skripal.

March 12th, Theresa May officially blames Russia for the poisoning and gives Russia a 24-hour ultimatum to justify herself; the Russians ignore that ultimatum. The same day, the US representative at the UNSC threatens to attack Syria even without a UNSC authorization.

March 13th, Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov warned that “in case there is a threat to the lives of our military, the Russian Armed Force will take retaliatory measures both over the missiles and carriers that will use them”. The same day Chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ General Staff, Deputy Defense Minister, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov had a phone conversation with Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the United States’ Joint Chiefs of Staff.


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This is a very interesting chart when you consider it is only comparing gold needed to back “money supply”…that is insufficient to pay back all interest and principal on current debt. Throw derivatives outstanding into the mix of that which needs to be cleared and the number then turns into a whopper! Courtesy of CIGA Werner.



Simon sends us “rant #2”. He does again have some very valid points!


Dear Andrew,

Further to my prior ”rant”, I’m compelled to write again to point out and correct some more abject press nonsense.


As already noted I’m possibly going to become an ”ex” Mail and Mail On Sunday reader, which is a shame as amongst the reasons that I’ve been a loyal multi-decade contributor to the” DM and GT pension fund, is because of balanced and accurate coverage in your own column as well as those of the likes of Messrs – Hitchens and Oborne.

This said, a combination of sitting through some of the groundless piffle that you, “Commie Kevin” and dear old Piers Morgan have been spouting on”Good Morning Britain” (which I normally enjoy and much agree with) over the past few days, along with another non-sensical heading in yesterday’s ”Mail” -” Rigging Claims as Putin heads for Landslide Win” leads me to hold you all in utter contempt for (deliberately..??) feeding your viewers and readers with content which is devoid of context and fact.

Let’s take this Putin -” Rigging Claim” heading and shed some light on why it’s nonsense and complete drivel when subjected to the spotlight of truth and facts.

• Long before the election Putin in various independent polls was projected to win 70% of the vote via an electorate who gave him a 90% approval rating.

As it was there was a massive turn out at the polls and he actually won 77% of the vote. What need therefore to rig any election with this approval level – CLEARLY NONE.

• Putin as can easily be seen, a “Super Patriot” who loves his country and does his utmost for the betterment of his nation and of his people.

His ”People”in return regard him as a ”Messiah” – something that has been noted on all over the place (should you care to research it), and which largely is a result of the massive and fundamental strides forward that the Russian Economy’s made and which the Russian People have benefited from since the year 2000 when Putin was elected to power following on from the break up of the old Soviet Union and the chaos / clown act reign of Boris Yeltsin.

The mealy mouthed Western Governments (UK / EU / USA) / Cabal and their propaganda mouthpieces that make up the Western Mainstream Media

would have all of us believe that Russia is an “economic basket case” and in freefall per a failing example of a ”command economy” –

“BUT” – This doesn’t quite stack up when you look at the figures and consider the immense progress that Putin and his crew have ushered in since taking over – Just 18 x Years ago.

Line Item Pre Putin / Year 2000 NOW_

GDP – Per Capita $ 9.500 $ 30,000 – A 3 x Fold Increase in 18 years

Average Median Monthly Salary This has risen 11 x Fold since the year 2000

Unemployment 13% 5.2%

Pensions These have risen by over 1,000% / 10 x fold since the year 2000

Inflation 36% 2.5%

Debt to GDP 92% 17%

Gold Reserves Official Gold Reserves have risen by 500% / 5 x fold since the Year 2000

Do these figures surely not show up your heading –” Rigging Claims as Putin heads for Landslide Win” for the non-sensical and in-accurate bilge that it surely is..?? And does this not fairly easily explain exactly why Mr. Putin won by a landslide and why more especially he didn’t have any need to achieve this result by ”rigging the vote”…??

The simple fact is that he won because he is beloved by his people who showed their love and approval by turning out to the polls in their millions

(Moscow was minus – 15 degrees) to ensure that he won and won for them.

THINK ABOUT IT: If we here in the UK or the equally un-deserving citizenry of “The Exceptional Nation” across the Pond (Excuse me whilst I projectile vomit, etc.), were singularly fortunate enough to have had a Leader who’d literally pulled the Country up and out of the depths of despair and ruination by their bootstraps and achieved the vast strides forward that Putin has in only 18 x Years – then might not we also turn out en masse” to ensure that they stay in Power..?? – THINK ON.

Unfortunately,” NO SUCH LOOK” as ”The West” has collectively suffered at the hands of a sorry band of Crooks / Liars and Incompetents – people called

– Blair, Brown, Cameron, Major, May (Sorry can feel the chunder welling up again) + Clinton, Bush 1, Bush 2., Obama and now ”The Donald”.

People whose names will forever be held in contempt by any right minded person. The only good thing here, is that at least Trump got in and not that evil war-mongering witch ”Hillary” – as otherwise the mushroom clouds could easily have been popping off long before now.

Please, Please – I implore you – Ask your colleagues to do their homework, give up on the serial lying and stop treating their readership as a bunch

Of brainless monosyllabic morons – As we aren’t.

Not everyone in this country is glued to Sky Sports munching dominos pizza and sinking shed loads of “Fosters” on a nightly basis…etc., etc.

Some of us can see what’s going on in this world and have retained the ability to reason and to think for ourselves.

You (collectively) clearly don’t see us this way and are therefore happy to treat us with the utmost contempt –”BUT” not as high as the level of contempt in which we hold you lot for abandoning the ideals of a free and truthful press.

You should look at yourselves and feel very, very ashamed of what you’ve become and for what you do – Sadly though I imagine this is something that you are incapable of – NO..??.

I hope this gives just a small inkling as to how I and doubtless countless others fell about you, the powers that be – and the way that you seem to sit idly by whilst this country and the whole world – GOES TO HELL IN A HAND-CART, when you could be standing up / speaking out and actually doing something to stop it by exposing what’s going and by telling the truth.

I always understood that “The Fourth Estate” – namely yourselves in the Press were there to serve the people by exposing the corruption as evinced by this cabal of crooked politicians, corporate thieves and robbing ”banksters”. Why don’t you all look up ”duty” in your dictionary and then collectively decide to retrieve what little honour, integrity and reputation you may still have – by doing your jobs as journalists.

OR – is it probably just that you for the most part are all ”bought and paid for” and are simply too afraid to tell the truth on the basis of mouths to feed, mortgage to pay and need of the pension, (Sorry – likely already spirited away to money heaven..!!) when you’re old and knackered…etc…etc.

Anyway, sorry to bang on like this, but felt that I needed to get this off my chest ahead of” Vlad” getting really seriously pissed off and sending one of his all new “Sarmat” hypersonic missiles flying down my chimney – or of course, better still yours – THINK ON..!!

Kind regards.

Best and Warmest,


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Wait until they have something real to freak out about!





Did you expect anything else?




As you have said if it comes out of MSM it is B.S. here is a perfect example.

This Prince with help of the USA has bombed Yemen killed thousands the UN has called it the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. He has locked up and robbed and tortured other Princes

with no due process. The public gets 60 Minutes of crap from MSM.


The CBS Interview With Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman Was a Crime Against Journalism
March 19, 2018

“AT JUST 32, Mohammed bin Salman seems fearless and determined. He has quickly become the most dominant Arab leader in a generation.”

That’s how “60 Minutes” began its interview with, and profile of, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, Sunday evening, ahead of his visit to the White House on Tuesday.

Launched on CBS in 1968, “60 Minutes” has been described as “one of the most esteemed news magazines on American television” and has won more Emmy awards than any other primetime U.S. TV show. It claims to offer “hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news.”

Got that? Award-winning. “Esteemed.” “Hard-hitting.”


Courtesy of JB.


Dear Jim,

I am sure MSM will not give this but a few seconds of coverage because it does not fit the narrative…



Gunman At Maryland High School Dies After Armed School Officer Intervenes; 2 Others Injured
March 20, 2018

A student gunman opened fire Tuesday at a high school in southern Maryland, injuring two students before an armed school resources officer intervened, authorities said.

The gunman, identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, was killed, but St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said it was not immediately clear whether the school officer fired the fatal shot or whether the gunman killed himself.

The attack began shortly before classes were scheduled to start at Great Mills High, a 1,500-student school 65 miles south of Washington, D.C. Cameron said Rollins was armed with a Glock, semiautomatic handgun when he shot a 16-year-old female student in a hallway. A 14-year-old male student also was shot.


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Sorry I let your secret out Jim!  But somehow these low horsepower cars are not anything I can picture you driving?


How old is this man ?

Stay with this — the answer is at the end.

It may blow you away.
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.
The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The Grandfather replied, “Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
‘polio shots
‘frozen foods
‘contact lenses
‘Frisbees and
‘the pill
There were no:
‘credit cards
‘laser beams or
‘ball-point pens
Man had not invented:
‘air conditioners
‘clothes dryers
‘and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
‘space travel was only in Flash Gordon books.

Your Grandmother and I got married first,.. and then lived together..
Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every woman older than me, “mam”. And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, “Sir”.
We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Bible, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege… We thought fast food was eating half a biscuit while running to catch the school bus
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President’s speeches on our radios. And I don’t ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with ‘Made in Japan ‘ on it, it was junk.
The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam….
Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, … but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
In my day:
‘”grass” was mowed,
‘”coke” was a cold drink,
‘”pot” was something your mother cooked in and
‘”rock music” was your grandmother’s lullaby.
‘”Aids” were helpers in the Principal’s office,
‘”chip” meant a piece of wood,
‘”hardware” was found in a hardware store and
‘”software” wasn’t even a word.
And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.

How old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old man in mind…you are in for a shock!
Read on to see — pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
Are you ready ?????
This man would be 70 years old today.

70 years ago was 1948.

What’s really scary is what life will be after the next 70 years…

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JB goes incognito!




We are certainly flawed creatures; the problem is we just don’t realize it…


As Jim said today may be we are just flawed as creatures and Mother Nature is calling the piper for payment

but we make bad decisions and pay we must here is a couple that come to mind.

Larry Kudlow buy the dollar sell gold should be next on the list.


Disasters, Arrogance And Greed: From The Titanic To Fukushima (And The One Person Who Could Have Made A Difference)
The wounds

suffered by the survivors and shown by the bodies of the dead are of a shocking description. In some cases the flesh is torn in shreds, exposing the bones beneath; in others the eyes are forced from their sockets; in others the victim looks as though he has been plunged into boiling water and almost every body shows purple spots as if it had been forcibly pelted with fragments of stone and iron.

–An unsigned description of the 1896 tsunami that hit north-Eastern Japan with a 110-foot wall of water, killing more than 28,000.

Accidents are rarely accidental. Paradoxically, there is almost always one person who could have spoken up courageously and prevented a catastrophe. This article explores why they didn’t do that. The tragic and avoidable accidents from recent history, that I describe here, are the result of various combinations of cost-cutting for profit, risk-taking for fame, or ignorance of the complexities of modern systems.


About as dumb as they need to be from how I see it David…


How dumb are the masses of the world!


Framing Putin – Saga of the Spy and the Nerve Agent
March 15, 2018

How dumb are the masses of the world? One need only look at the brazen, obvious false flag incidents that the elites keep piling on. Trained to be consumers of sensational news, the idiotic population of the West simply accepts allegations without thinking or analysis.

Let’s take a brief look at the claim that Putin/Kremlin/Russia used a deadly chemical weapon (called “Novichok”) against an ex-Russian spy who has been living in the UK for eight years. Within hours of the incident, the UK foreign minister – bozo Boris Johnson – claimed that Russia was behind the attack. Then Theresa May said it’s “highly likely” that Russia did it; and everyone translated that into “definitely Russia did it.” Now, of course, crazed warmonger Nikki Haley has joined the chorus and even tells people that Russia may use chemical weapons in New York.

Who has Novichok? Yes, Novichok was invented and produced by the USSR in the 1970s and 80s. But that was 30+ years ago. Hello! Did anyone take the time to wonder if it’s now possible for others to possess or make it?


Our friend Robert checks in with more of what we’ve spoken of over the last couple weeks. Again, frightening!


One of the better writings on what Putin said and what it means.

It would appear that the Neocons have failed to listen just like no one listened before as we watch naval battle groups form in the Middle East to attack Syria.

Only a naive party incapable of analysis would tempt fate with the deployed capability the Russians have. Unless of course some secret sauce is possessed.

It is not a contest or a Hollywood bravado movie in the making but it will turn out to be a complete disaster if Syria is hit. Perhaps that is objective so that. Anew Cold War results to feed the military machine at the expense of humanity.

We will need more than popcorn to sooth the mind, if hostilities break out.



The Implications of Russia’s New Weapon Systems
March 16, 2018

During the August 2008 Russo-Georgian War, the operations of Russia’s 58th Army were termed as “coercion into peace”. It is an appropriate term once one recalls what truly was at stake then. Russians did win that war and, indeed, coerced Georgia into a much more peaceful mood. In Clausewitzian terms the Russians achieved the main object of the war by compelling the enemy to do Russia’s will. Russians, as the events of the last 19 years showed, have no illusions anymore about the possibility of any kind of reasonable civilized conduct from the combined West, least of all from the United States which still continues to reside in her bubble which insulates her from any outside voices of reason and peace. The American global track record of the last few decades does not require any special elaborations—it is a record of military and humanitarian disasters.

Vladimir Putin’s March 1st, 2018 address to Russia’s Federal Assembly was not about Russia’s upcoming presidential elections, as many in the election-obsessed West suggest. Putin’s speech was about coercing America’s elites into, if not peace, at least into some form of sanity, given that they are currently completely detached from the geopolitical, military and economic realities of a newly emerging world. As it was the case with Georgia in 2008, the coercion was based on military power. The Pre-Shoigu Russian Army, for all its real and perceived shortcomings, disposed of the US-trained and partially equipped Georgian force in a matter of five days—the Russian Army’s technology, personnel and operational art was simply better. Obviously such a scenario is not possible between Russia and the United States; that is unless the American myth of technological superiority is blown out of the water.


Simon’s rant was so spot on, it sounds like I wrote it! During his rant, he mentioned this article put out by the Saker. I would urge all readers to read through it. The Western powers are on a suicide mission.

When Dealing With A Bear, Hubris Is Suicidal
March 15, 2018

[This analysis was written for the Unz Review]

Assuming mankind finds a way not to destroy itself in the near future and assuming that there will still be historians in the 22nd or 23rd centuries, I bet you that they will look at the AngloZionist Empire and see the four following characteristics as some of its core features: lies, willful ignorance, hypocrisy, and hysterics. To illustrate my point I will use the recent “Skripal nerve-gas assassination” story as it really encompasses all of these characteristics.

I won’t even bother debunking the official nonsense here as others have done a very good job of pointing out the idiocy of the official narrative. If you are truly capable of believing that “Putin” (that is the current collective designator for the Evil Empire of Mordor currently threatening all of western civilization) would order the murder of a man whom a Russian military court sentenced to only 13 years in jail (as opposed to life or death) and who was subsequently released as part of a swap with the USA, you can stop reading right now and go back to watching TV. I personally have neither the energy nor the inclination to even discuss such a self-evidently absurd theory. No, what I do want to do is use this story as a perfect illustration of the kind of society we now all live in looked at from a moral point of view. I realize that we live in a largely value-free society where moral norms have been replaced by ideological orthodoxy, but that is just one more reason for me to write about what is taking place precisely focusing on the moral dimensions of current events.


Here is another excellent article by the Saker. The readers should read this as it ends with this warning from Mr. Putin….What need would we have for a world with no Russia?

Hold My Beer And Watch This!
March 15, 2018

Rattlesnakes have a terrible reputation. Here were I live, in Florida, we have the biggest rattlesnakes on the planet, the Eastern Diamondback (Crotalus adamanteus). They are huge and can reach well over 2m (6ft) in length and weigh up to 15kg (30lbs). The Eastern Diamondback’s venom is not the most potent out there, but they can deliver *a lot* of it. So, yes, it is a formidable creature. But it is also a gentle creature and truly very shy one.

Eastern Diamonbacks are also a stunningly beautiful creatures. I confess that I absolutely love them.

For all their reputation for nastiness, Eastern Diamonbacks will never ever attack you if they can avoid it. I have seen a lot of these snakes on my hikes, I have manipulated them (with a hook), and I have seen my German Shepherd come nose to nose with one (literally) and that Eastern Diamondback did not strike. Why? Because these snakes will do everything they can to avoid having to bite you.



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Dave checks in with some important intel, from where we are not sure?


Readers need to see this, read it and spread the word before the USA goes to war over a lie!


The Novichok Story Is Indeed Another Iraqi WMD Scam
March 16, 2018

People Deserve To Know The Facts

Will You Help Us Combat The Rush To War?

It has been without doubt one of the most difficult months in our 17 year history for constant abuse and attacks on our daily email newsletter and website.

Many of you will have witnessed the huge, attack by trolls on our comment system and in an attempt to portray ICH as a racist, anti-Semite, Russian fake news provider.

Like all previous attacks we have overcome them. In fact our readership increased by more than 100,000 over the last month. although I have to admit we would have preferred to spend the extra time and extra costs, bringing news and information about the current drive for war and the huge human cost that will involve rather than dealing with the pro war trolls who are determined to keep the U.S. and World public oblivious to their propaganda and desire for world hegemony.


Bravo Simon, sounds like you have the same bogus reporting problems in the UK as we see in the States! Don’t hold your breath waiting for those media rags to post your well written “rant”, truth be damned…


Morning Bill and Jim,

FYI and lest either of you (or Dave) can make use of any of it, herewith the copy of an email “rant” that I felt compelled to send to the editorial desks of two of the largest circulation newspapers over here in the UK – papers of which I will soon become an “ex-reader”.

All self-explanatory and brought on by the despair at having to hear and read a continual stream of falsehoods, in-accuracies and complete and utter “bullshit” about Putin, Russia and this recent Skripal poisoning in Salisbury from the UK print media and all of the national broadcasters as well.

My “rant” is pretty lengthy but covers a lot of ground. Hope you will find the time to read it.

All the best and looking forward to the “Saturday Discussion”.

Best and warmest,


Dear Sirs,

I’ve been a “Mail “and “Mail on Sunday “reader for over 40 x years and who has long since given up on watching or listening to anything that comes

via the mouthpieces of the BBC, ITV and Sky et al – such is the extreme level of bias, spin, in-accuracy and flagrant un-truth “s that they

spew forth and label as news, but which for anyone with eyes to see and half a dozen functioning brain cells can tell – is clearly pure and blatant propaganda.

Loathe as I am, I may very soon be binning the “Mail “and “M on S “as well, such is the venal drivel and false narrative that you are currently pushing where

Russia, Vladimir Putin, specifically – and this recent Skripal Poisoning is concerned. If it’s not perfectly clear to you already, I am not some tree hugging,

tin foil hat wearing, “Corbynsta Loving Trot “, NO – I “m a fairly right of centre Conservative, Brexit supporting individual who has never voted other than Tory, UKIP

Or for The Referendum Party in my whole life (61) – “BUT “- Who is interested in the truth via balanced, accurate and properly researched reporting, something

which your own two papers, the “mass media “in general + now that lame brained wet lettuce that “s our alleged Prime Minister and her blow hard cabal have all

clearly lost sight of. Whether this is just a case of absolute stupidity or a position (more likely) – that “s been taken to push a rather nefarious and fairly obvious agenda,

I don’t know for sure – but I rather think it must be the latter, given that you are all spouting the exact same nonsense at the exact same time as if it’s come

straight off the same tainted script – Courtesy of one or more of the “Name Brand – Western Intelligence Agencies “.


• Where is the notion of Jurisprudence in all of this whereby one should be considered innocent until proven guilty, and which Mr.s May, Boris, The Donald and every other

crap talking – talking head (including the truffle snuffling commissars of the EU) have conveniently forgotten and which allows them to finger Mr. Putin and the whole of

the people of Russia as the clear and only culprits in the Skripal poisoning. As they used to say in’the Sweeny “- “We’ve been fitted up Guv “- NO..??.

• Who Benefits?? : What is it in your tiny collective minds that makes you think that Mr. Putin (who is clearly nobody “s fool) would arrange to try and have Skripal and

his daughter killed only some 10 x days ahead of the Russian elections (though with an approval rating of 90% – why worry), and more especially barely 3 x months

ahead of “The World Cup “- He wouldn’t would he..??, and if he did – then most assuredly both Skripal and his daughter would now be guests of the local mortuary.

This is either a small time “False Flag “or the lead up to a vastly larger and far more deadly “False Flag “- all aimed at dis-crediting the Russians and demonising Putin per an image

of a latter day baby eating / blood sucking Dracula come Hitler type figure – something that he most assuredly isn’t. “Pure as the Driven “- possibly not, but nothing

remotely like the 2nd coming of Pol Pot, “Uncle Joe “or Chairman Mao – and far “Cleaner “than the, Clinton / Bush / Obama – Mafia crime gang.

Do you further think that any clear thinking Russian Assassin would be daft enough to use a Russian / Soviet Era developed Nerve Agent such as Novichok to draw maximum

attention…etc…,.etc. NO – they “d for use a far simpler / easier / cleaner methodology per chucking Skripal off the top of the local multi storey, run him over

with a big van – or easier still 9mm to the back of the head – Job Done and clear off home for the week end.

• Novichok: Furthermore, why does Mr.s May make the false assumption that because (allegedly – and she hasn’t sent any samples for Russian analysis) – as yet,

Skripal and daughter were poisoned by a Russian / Soviet nerve agent, that it therefore means conclusively that Putin and the Russians had to have done it – DOH…!!.

Remember that Kim Jong Un “s brother was recently murdered at an airport in Malaysia and this by use of a nerve agent. “SO “, what was the nerve agent that was

used out in Malaysia..???. It happened to be “VX “which was invented / developed by us only 7 x miles up the road from Salisbury at – Porton Down.

Given this and using Mr.s May “s false logic, it therefore stands to reason that as “VX “was developed here, that it actually had to be HM Government and

Theresa May specifically who must have been the brains behind that murder over in Malaysia…??? – You couldn’t make this up.

The simple fact of the matter is that Porton Down like any other national chemical / neurological research establishment, either already possesses Novichok

Or has the capacity and expertise with which to create it. Say again – Porton Down is only 7 x miles down the road from Salisbury – Think On.

Another thing to take on board is that Novichok was manufactured solely in what is now Uzbekistan and back in the 80 “s the dismantling, clean up and removal

and destruction of any stockpile of the Nerve Agent – Was supervised and over-seen by a U.S. company.

……….Food for Thought …??

• Why kill / try to kill Skripal now..??: The timing of this attempted killing has been partially detailed above – But think about this some more.

Skripal was convicted in a court of law as a double agent and given 13 x years before being pardoned and sent over here around 10 x years ago – Pretty lenient..??

“IF “Skripal had caused that much damage, then he “d have been shot back then and wouldn’t even seen the inside of any courtroom – would he..??.

The simple fact is that Putin / KGB / FSB, if they had been so severely wronged by Skripal, would have sent him on his way back in the day and not let

him shuffle around Salisbury for 10 x years, shopping at Tesco, eating at the local pizza parlour and having a swift half at the pub next door – before deciding

that his time was up and sending him on his way just ahead of the Russian elections and the World Cup. It’s far more likely and probable that he’s sat on the MI6

pension fund payroll for these years until a convenient time came along to make good and final use of him as a “Patsy “in a much bigger game – a small piece in a far larger jigsaw.

• Skripal (and Litvinenko): Skripal worked with Orbis Intelligence which is linked to Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele – the man who authored and put together

the completely false and now completely dis-credited “Trump Dossier “– The U.S “House intelligence Committee “after a 12 x month investigation has just come out to

say that there was absolutely no evidence what so ever to support any collusion between’the Russians “and Trump and absolutely no evidence that Putin nor

the Russian Government in anyway sought to interfere with the Trump election campaign – FACT. It could be that various other “Bad Actors “here had cause to

silence Skripal for possibly knowing more than he should – particularly as regards Hilliary Clinton and what “s known as the – “Uranium One “scandal that keeps popping up.

Never have heard a squeek about “Uranium 1. “in any of our mainstream broadcast or print media (Your papers included..??) – About time you did your homework – NO.

Remember also that Ex- military intelligence Colonels “Spooks “like Skripal and like his now dead compatriot Litvinenko (Putin also accused of his murder), were

working for (and double dealing on) various of the very, very shady UK resident Oligarch “s (notably the late and infamous Boris Berezovsky). These people are all

purported to be “Pals of Putin “where as in point of fact 90% + of them all ran over here to escape the wrath of Putin – who had been wanting to take many

more of them to court (Khordokovsky notably) and take back into state ownership the vast assets and resources that these people had stolen from – Mother Russia.

These people “Don’t Take Prisoners “and are also possible candidates in trying to bump off Skripal for their own reasons, albeit via simpler means than Novichok


Sensational (Stupid) headlines such as “RUSSIA COULD CRIPPLE UK “with risible comment from “Intelligence Chief, Sir Chris Deverell “saying

that – “Kremlin Agents could shut down power supplies, high jack air traffic control and (wait for it…!!) – disable air conditioning only go to prove that

“Sir Chris “should have woken up and smelt the coffee, 10 – 20 x years ago or may be he should cut down on his intake of Single Malt.

The operational and technical superiority of the Russian Military is eons ahead of anything we, Nato or the much vaunted US fighting machine has to hand.

We “The West “are literally years and years behind the Russians (Go On – Research it for yourselves. It’s all FACT).

The Russians have various nuclear powered missile systems, two capable of Mach 10, One capable of Mach 20, able to be armed with conventional

Or nuclear warheads + nuclear powered with unlimited range and capable of such extreme levels of speed and maneuverability that there are no missile

defence systems that either we or the blowhard – chickenshit / chickenhawks that inhabit the Pentagon can field to stop them – FACT. The other thing to point

out here is that after having flown tens of thousands of miles in literally minutes and blasted past any other combatants defence systems like the

proverbial “Knife through Hot Butter “- they then hit their target with pin point accuracy of – Plus or Minus 3 x Metres. Not bad for a bunch of

former tractor mechanics who “The West “have stupidly and unforgivably treated with such ignorance and disdain since the break up of the former Soviet Union.

All UK / US and NATO missile defence systems have now been rendered obsolete and useless. All the Carrier Groups that the USA sends all over the world to bully every

Other nation under the sun who doesn’t kowtow to “Uncle Sam “s “demands are now not much more than expensive “Sitting Ducks “that Putin (If he wanted to)

could send to the bottom of Davey Jones locker – at will. Add to this the electronic jamming and disabling system that the Russians have got and which completely

disables all warship electronics systems – notably the latest American “Aegis “missile defence and control systems.

Take a look on line for – USS “Donald Cook “where you might see how back in 2014 one of the USA “s latest and most advanced warships, was whilst in

The Black Sea (close to Russia) was overflown by an SU- 24 “fighter of the Russian air force which carried no guns, cannons or bombs at all and had just

an “Electronic Warfare Pod “underneath and which when activated “Triggered an Incident “(in the words of the Pentagon) that so demoralised the crew

of the good- ship “USS Donald Cook “that they felt compelled to make a formal complaint to Moscow (Poor Dears..!!)

“SO “- What exactly was this “Incident “- It was that after having been over-flown by the SU-24, that the “USS Donald Cook “was now completely Dead in the

Water with all its radar and missile defence and activation systems having been completely disabled (FRYED), unable to steer and unable to activate any propulsion systems

and just sat there having swiftly become an immobile and defenceless floating Hulk that “The Evil Mr. Putin “could have sent to the bottom (if he “d wanted to) – and at will.

This example of US naval might then had to be towed by tug boat into a Romanian port out of harm “s way and where the crew doubtless received counselling.

Keep in mind that this level of military / technological superiority has been achieved by the Russians despite spending less than a tenth on their military,

than does the USA with a budget currently at some, $ 700 – $ 800 Billion Dollars (That “s Billion with a “B “) and which is over 10 x the combined defence budgets of


This makes it pretty clear that the American Tax Payer is being fleeced / taken to the cleaners by their Government, their Defence (War) Department and the

“Military Industrial Complex “that greases the palm of every politician and military officer who can sanction another mega cash payment from their budgets.

Still I suppose the USA has got such wonderful toys as the Lockheed Martin F35 Joint Strike Aircraft (Commonly known as – “The Flying Brick “) which

At a cost of $ 1.5 Trillion and Counting) – has been dubbed the most expensive and error ridden project in US Military history. An aircraft which is so

aeronautically unstable that it can’t stay in the air without computer assistance, which is proven to be out-flown by aircraft designs from the 70 “s,

where over half have now been taken out of service as their computers continually fail and no up grades are available as yet and where any Pilot of over

150 pounds in weight stands a 95% + chance of having his neck broken if forced to activate and use the ejector seat – GREAT…!!

Each one of these “Lemons “has thus far cost something in the region of – $ 95 Million Dollars each.

The CEO of Lockheed-Martin (A Lady) earns over $ 25 Million Dollars a year – “Money for Jam “or rather – “Money for Flying Bricks “.

Think about it – this single shit laden example of an entirely useless U.S. defence programme has thus far cost over $ 1.5 Trillion Dollars which equates to around

The same amount that the Russians have spent – On their ENTIRE Defence and Military requirements – over the past 20 + Years or so…..!!!!.

It’s a case of “Spot the Mugs “(The US Tax Payer) who “d better wake up and jettison the “Establishment “who are fleecing them at every tiff and turn,

and before their economy (what a joke) sinks to an even lower than it stands at already with its massive and un-sustainable debt load that can never be repaid.

“IF “Putin wanted to take over the UK – (which he doesn’t – nor anywhere else and as he’s stated a number of times) – then you “d be a complete fool to think that he

couldn’t do this in much more than week or so. The Russians have had the ability to – “Cripple the UK “for years and years – it’s not something that has

just come about and unless something is very wrong, it’s not something that should have only appeared in “Sir Chris Deverell “s “In- Box in just the last couple of weeks.




The above are some more of the hysterical, in-accurate, un-warranted and inflammatory headlines and headings from your papers.

These are an object lesson in wilful ignorance and a complete and utter denial of objective reality. For the sake of humanity you “d better wake up and start telling the truth

Do you ever think to ask:-

WHY – Would Putin and Russia ever want to invade the UK or Any Other Country for that matter and to what end..???

WHAT – Do we have that he hasn’t got already (and in spades) – ANSWER – NOTHING


• Russia at 6,592.800 Sq Miles occupies – 1 x Eighth of the landmass of the entire Planet it covers 13 x time zones and is so

vast that you could fit the entirety of Europe within it 4 x over with room to spare and you could – fit the UK inside it 72 x over…!!

Do you therefore think that Mr. Putin is feeling claustrophobic to the extent that he wants to add the UK + Poland, The Baltic States and anywhere

else for that matter to his existing list of headaches and that he’s having anxiety attacks due to lack of space..?? – GET REAL

• Russia is self sufficient in Energy with huge amounts of Oil and LNG reserves with vast spare capacity to export – Are We..?? – NO and North Sea Oil is depleting rapidly

• Russia will be self sufficient in all food and agricultural products within 3 x Years – Are We – Clearly Not as we are reliant on imports and big time

• Russia has a flat rate of Income Tax at 13% – What do we Pay on average..?? – Certainly not 13% – Think On

• Europe and the UK (likely) would freeze were it not for winter supplies of Russian Gas, From – “The Evil Mr. Putin “- Good idea to insult him and make false accusations then

• Russia (as of Sept 2017) and in terms of External Debt is ranked 21st in the world owing, $ 540 Billion which is 40% of GDP and equates to $ 3,700 Per Head of Population

• The UK (as of Sept 2017) and in terms of External Debt is ranked 2nd in the world owing, $ 7.85 Trillion which is 283% of GDP and equates to $ 119,000 Per Head of Population

• “SO “Who do you think has the far healthier and expanding economy. Is it the UK..??? – FAT CHANCE as we are in real terms flat broke and insolvent.

• RUSSIAN SANCTIONS: Here “s another one which is so laughable it’s enough to make you weep.


The Americans impose endless sanctions on Russia (as with many other countries) to bring them to their knees economically speaking and to

punish Russia for its “blatant aggression “- What aggression as Russia has neither threatened nor invaded anyone – FACT.

Set against this the fact that the, USA has 954 x Military bases and upwards of 400 – 500,000 personnel in some 120 x Foreign Countries.

Russia has. 5 x Overseas Military bases – all in Countries where they were asked to come in by their respective governments.

Who – Invaded Iraq based on lies about “WMD “and the sexed up Dossier – killing 1,000,000 Iraqis, displacing 4,000,000 more and bombing the country back into the Stone Age..?

Who – Invaded Libya based on lies, causing the death and displacement of hundreds of thousands and bombing what was formerly the richest county in Africa into the Stone Age..?

Who – Created a Proxy War in Syria, killing and displacing millions and reducing a thriving, secular country to ruins and almost into the hands of a bunch of

Head chopping ISIS – USA backed Islamic Fundamentalists – Who are being defeated due to Russian and Syrian Government Military action – alone

Who – Via Victoria Nuland and $ 5 Billion Dollars of USA / NGO Finance – Fermented the – Illegal Coup in Ukraine – CIA / USA with tacit EU support – FACT

Who – Accused Russia of Invading Crimea, when not one bullet was fired, not one shell exploded and when in point of fact the population of Crimea, who

Incidentally are all Russian speaking ethnic Russians asked to be taken back into “The Russian Federation “. Putin didn’t just say yes, he organised

a referendum overseen by 2 x Sets of International Observers who confirmed that no threats or coercion took place and whereby in a massive polling

turn out, the Crimean populati0n voted 90% + to rejoin their “Mother Land “- RUSSIA…

Who – Is currently involved (USA) in a, proxy war in Yemen, in support of the Saudis killing thousands and reducing the place to rubble.

You fail to see (deliberately so..??) who the real “Elephant in the Room “happens to be. It’s clearly the Hegemon that is the USA and its cabal of vassal states,

ourselves, the EU and others included, and whereby the USA sees itself as a “Hammer “and any nation state that doesn’t do exactly what it wants it therefore sees

as a “Nail “- To be bombed into the stone age, suffer regime change and have its citizenry murdered and displaced – IN THEIR MILLIONS.

The US is keen to tell everyone that they are “The Exceptional Nation “and “The Exceptional People “- They’re exceptional alright and disgustingly so, but really only

for exporting death, debt and destruction + their crooked dollar reserve standard to all four corners of the Earth.

It’s not, RUSSIA / CHINA and IRAN who comprise some latter day “Axis of Evil “- NO, you’ve only got to look closer to home and then across the pond

to the dregs of humanity who make up the “American Deep State “to find the true aggressors with their hands dripping in blood and who are responsible

for virtually every criminal war and un-warranted military intervention and the destruction of nation states and their people since World War II.


SO – With the USA having imposed countless “sanctions “on Putin and Russia + trying to destroy their financial system and deny them access to the Swift system,

what then is the net result – Is Putin and Russia now ruined and begging for the sanctions to be lifted – NO, quite the reverse in fact.

The Americans never really suffered any financial business losses through the imposition of the sanctions as they did precious little trade with Russia anyway.

NO – it was left primarily to the “EU “to lose billions in trade as like the vassal state / American lackey – lap dogs that they are, they agreed to impose sanctions

when the USA told them to (Obama says – Jump and the EU responds – how high sir). SO – all the machine tools, computer systems, heavy engineering

and machine tool sales that Germany had with Russia – evaporated overnight with the slack taken up by the Chinese and the massive sales of salad crops,

Wines, cheeses, meat and myriad other agricultural products that the likes of France./ Spain / Portugal / Italy and Greece et al, all did with Russia was also

replaced within days / weeks with imports from Brazil, South America and elsewhere + the Russians themselves have massively expanded their own

agricultural system and heavy engineering and technical business “s – to provide as much as they need from within and so not to be held to ransom by others – Win…WIN…WIN.

There you have it then, the bully boy Americans impose sanctions that don’t directly affect them but which effectively serve to further impoverish

the stupid boot licking Europeans who can’t see farther than the noses on their faces and who have lost billions in business – Which they “ll not get back anytime soon – if ever

I have gone on at far greater length than intended, but just hope (if you read this) – that you will swiftly realise that the best way to slow down or reverse the

decline of electronic mass media and the printed word – Is to stop lying to your readership and stop printing the patent rubbish that you for sure have regards Putin and Russia

“IF “you keep this up and don’t change the way you treat the news – then you will go the way of “The DODO “- swiftly and deservedly so.


You should realise that this false narrative, with it’s falsehoods and in-accuracies that you, the media, our government, the Americans and the Europeans are spewing

forth to demonise the Russians, and which has been essentially going on continually since the fall of the Soviet Union – is very dangerous and could possibly be a tipping

point that could provoke a War. Nobody wins in an exchange of thermo-nuclear weapons as you are then in the realms of, “M.A.D. “- Mutually Assured Destruction

whereby life on earth and we all get wiped out – IS THIS A GOOD IDEA..?? – IS THIS WHAT YOU ALL WANT..?? – ARE YOU STARK RAVING BONKERS..??

A very, wise and learned man who is one of the World “s foremost Geo-Political and Russian experts has just written an article – “When dealing with a Bear, Hubris is Suicidal “

This just about says it all and you would do well to look out this article and take it all on board.

Mr.. Putin follows Theodore Roosevelts dictum – “Speak softly and carry a big stick “and has shown exceptional restraint and patience in the face of all this crap that “s thrown at him.

I think it’s about time that “The West “woke up to the reality of all that “s gone on and stops baiting this Bear, before he turns round and with one swipe – takes your head off.

Yours faithfully,


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Courtesy of JB.



From our best pal Dave in the witness protection program …you can’t sneak anything past him!


They both fabricated “evidence” with no prof to a gullible public.

Nikki Haley Warns: Russia Could Use Chemical Weapons In New York
March 14, 2018

New York City could be the next site of a chemical assassination attempt if world leaders fail to punish Russia for its alleged role in poisoning of a former spy in the United Kingdom, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned Wednesday.

“If we don’t take immediate concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used,” Haley told the United Nations Security Council. “They could be used here in New York, or in cities of any country that sits on this Council. This is a defining moment.”

Haley raised the specter of new attacks during an emergency council meeting, held at the request of British officials who have accused Russia of using “a military-grade nerve agent” to target a former military intelligence officer who committed treason. Russian diplomats have denied responsibility for the incident, but British investigators say they have identified the poison as a chemical weapon produced by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.


Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew About Iraq 15 Years Ago And What He Told The U.N.
February 6, 2018

COLIN POWELL DELIVERED his presentation making the case for war with Iraq at the United Nations 15 years ago, on February 5, 2003.

As much criticism as Powell received for this — he’s called it “painful” and something that will “always be a part of my record” — it hasn’t been close to what’s justified. Powell, who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush, was much more than just horribly mistaken: He fabricated “evidence” and ignored repeated warnings that what he was saying was false.

Unfortunately, Congress never investigated Powell’s use of the intelligence he was given, so we don’t know many of the specifics. Even so, what did reach the public record in other ways is extremely damning. While the corporate media has never taken a close look at this record, we can go through Powell’s presentation line by line to demonstrate the chasm between what he knew and what he told the world. As you’ll see, there’s quite a lot to say about it.



Do you believe this is by coincidence Eric? I don’t, in fact I believe we are going to learn of many things “in our face” things this year. Remember, the elite love numbers and anniversaries as proof of their superior intellect compared to us shlubs!



Rollback of Dodd-Frank Provisions Clears Senate On 10-Year Anniversary Of Bear Stearns Collapse
March 15, 2018

A bipartisan bill which would relax restrictions placed on the financial industry during the credit-crisis has cleared the Senate with a vote of 67-31, on the 10-year anniversary of the collapse of Bear Stearns – but not before several changes to the original legislation were made, which would benefit big banks.


Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee

“A bill that began as a well-intentioned effort to satisfy some perhaps legitimate community bank grievances has instead mushroomed, sparking fears that Washington is paving the way for the next financial meltdown,” writes David Dayen of The Intercept.


Dear Wolfgang,

Both Jim and I would love to discuss/debate Mr. Kudlow any time regarding his thoughts on “king dollar”. He sounds a lot like Harry (dented logic) Dent doesn’t he?




Larry should stick to TV.

A few comments on Larry’s perspective and Colin’s retort:

1) “Looking at the U.S. dollar, Kudlow said that a great country needs a strong currency.”

Scratching my head on this one! Gold is detrimental to a strong currency?

2) “I’m not saying the dollar has to go up 30%, I’m just saying let the rest of the world know that we are going to keep the world’s international reserve currency steady,”

Damn right it doesn’t have to go up 30%. We’ll be lucky if it goes down only 30%. March 26 commencement of trading in gold Yuan oil contracts marks the beginning of the end of Dollar hegemony.

3) “The Federal Reserve is going to raise its forecasts next week and that is going to support the U.S. dollar,” Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at SIA Wealth Management said.

A knee jerk reaction perhaps, but in the longer term higher rates don’t have much fire power unless supported by fundamentals. Any disbelievers need only look at Soros’ battle with the Central Bank of England on September 16, 1992. They raised rates hourly to defend the Sterling. But all for naught. Higher rates cripple the economy thereby weakening the underlying currency.

This is nothing more than a feeble attempt at jawboning the Dollar higher.

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

Larry Kudlow Recommends Selling Gold And Buying ‘King Dollar;’ Analysts Not So Much
March 15, 2018

(Kitco News) – Gold prices appear to be struggling Thursday , in part because the metal is seeing little love from the White House’s new national economic advisor Larry Kudlow.

In an interview with CNBC Wednesday, Kudlow said that he supports a strong U.S. dollar policy adding, “I would buy King Dollar and I would sell gold.”

Looking at the U.S. dollar, Kudlow said that a great country needs a strong currency.

“I’m not saying the dollar has to go up 30%, I’m just saying let the rest of the world know that we are going to keep the world’s international reserve currency steady,” Kudlow said in the interview. “That creates confidence at home.

Gold prices remain weak as the market digests the comments. April gold futures last traded at $1,318.90 an ounce, down 0.51% on the day.

However, analysts are not completley convinced gold investors should take Kudlow’s comments to heart.



Taunting the bear.

One day soon he will bite back!

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

Russia Threatens UK: “One Does Not Give 24Hrs Notice To A Nuclear Power”
March 14, 2018

On the heels of UK PM May’s red hot rhetoric and ultimatum yesterday and Germany’s pressure this morning, Russia has cranked up their response to ’11’ on the Spinal Tap amplifier of global armageddon.


Having made clear this morning that:

“We have certainly heard the ultimatum voiced in London,” Russia’s top diplomat Sergey Lavrov said.

“The spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry has commented on our attitude to this,” he added referring to Maria Zakharova branding of May’s appearance in Parliament as a “circus.”

Russia faces warning from Germany too, as Reuters reports Merkel and May spoke this morning about the nerve agent attack. Merkel condemned the attack and stated that she was “taking very seriously the British government’s view that Russia might be responsible.” Merkel then said Russia “needs to give prompt answers to the British’ justified questions.”


Good one JB…I had not thought of that angle!


Russian Plane Loses 3 Tons Of Gold On Takeoff
March 15, 2018

In the west there is “helicopter money.” In Russia, they do “airplane gold.”

Gems, precious metals and diamonds worth hundreds of millions rained over Russia’s coldest region when a Russian plane with ten tons of gold, platinum and diamonds lost a significant part of its cargo upon taking off from an airport in the Russian region of Yakutsk, famous for its rich natural resources and diamond deposits.

The precious rain then continued as the aircraft gained height.


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Makes sense to us also JB!



…and the reason for the recent military warnings from both Russia and China Wolfgang.




It’s coming…..



Are you ready?

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

From our friend Dan Kurz.  He highlights what higher interest rates mean to the credit markets and asks the question, what does it mean to the Fed with their insane 111-1 leverage?  Scary indeed!


DK Analytics, Post #32: Will the Fed’s 0.9% equity capital balance sheet limit QT?
March 14, 2018


Eye opening for investors who have been blind to the reality of the FED’s purpose in life.  Do they really need to be slapped in the face with this revelation?  Graham Summers does so but………..

….the question remains, can you convince the Algos?

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

Which Do You Believe? The $USD or Fed Economic Forecasts?
March 13, 2018

The attempts to mask inflation are reaching truly ludicrous proportions.

Bloomberg reports that the “guts of the US CPI show key inflation weakest in years.”

What are the “guts?”

Housing rents… which the CPI claims are falling.

That’s interesting, because:

1)   Apartment rents rose in 89% of US cities in January.

2)   Rents as a percentage of income are at their highest levels ever.

3)   The supposed “drop” in rents actually consisted of rents rising 2.7% Year over Year. The fact that it was the slowest rise in years is somehow supposed to mean rents fell.

At some point, someone needs to point out the obvious: that the entire reason the Fed uses CPI as an inflation measure is to HIDE, not accurately portray inflation.

Here’s a chart of Rents for all Urban Markets in the US. If you believe that the trend is DOWN here I have a bridge to sell you.



Courtesy of GG.


Theranos’ CEO Elizabeth Holmes Charged By SEC With “Massive Fraud”
March 14, 2018

A little over two years after Theranos was exposed as a fraud by the WSJ, and not that much longer after its CEO Elizabeth Holmes was prancing around with Bill Clinton on the stage of the Clinton Global Initiative…


… the SEC finally woke up, and moments ago it announced that it has charged Elizabeth Holmes as well as Theranos’ former president Ramesh Balwani with “massive fraud” for raising $700M+ “through an elaborate, years-long fraud in which they exaggerated or made false statements about the company’s technology, business, and financial performance.”

The SEC announced that as part of a settlement, Theranos and Holmes have agreed to resolve the charges against them, and “in addition to a penalty, Holmes has agreed to give up majority voting control over the company, as well as to a reduction of her equity which, combined with shares she previously returned, materially reduces her equity stake.”