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Former Utah Congressman Says Wasserman Schultz’s “IT Consultant” Scandal Goes Well Beyond Bank Fraud (Video)
August 28, 2017

Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo had former Utah representative Jason Chaffetz on her show to discuss several issues including the arrest of former DNC char, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s “IT consultant” Imran Awan.

Chaffetz made the stunning claim that federal agents were watching Imran Awan for months before his arrest, which means that this scandal is much bigger and deeper than the bank fraud charges for which Awan is currently charged with.

The Duran reported…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT specialist could very well bring down the entire fake news Russia story that Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff put together in the run up to their election defeat to Donald Trump.

This would explain why this Pakistani “hacker”, who is now under arrest for bank fraud charges while attempting to flee the United States, has been curiously blessed with high powered Clinton attorneys.

The rapidly growing scandal is seeing zero airtime on mainstream media.

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Bill Holter’s Commentary
Do you dig for the truth? If so watch this video, it will make your blood boil! All fascinating fraud and corruption but if you watch to the end you will find many Tea Parties were blocked for non-profit status while “satanic” groups averaged 10 days in receiving their approval. As we have stressed, we live in a fight between light and darkness, truth and lies. When all is said and done, gold is “truth” for the simple reason it is real.

Dear Jim, this is exactly where the U.S. is headed yet readers want to know what the gold price will be next Tuesday at 1:30 in the afternoon? I wish people could make the leap to understand there are no markets anymore and thus “prices” don’t matter. You will either be in position and prepared or not. You will either own gold and have it (your wealth) out of the system or not. What do people think the “price” of gold will be in a full fledged anarchy? I would suggest the answer is “priceless” …

Best regards,

Bill

Bill,

You are so right. It is all politics. The market today proved that to be correct. Once the market said Trump is going to give the North Korean Fat Head a free get out of jail card look what happened. To our friend who wants technical advice on gold and silver, I suggest “‘Karnac the Great.” The price of gold and silver are going to one morning soon simply be price, less due to physical demand and collapsing counterfeit paper contracts. By the way, if Trump doesn’t do something quite meaningful soon he is going lose face everywhere. The kid will have trumped Trump.

Ry,

Jim

A Full-Blown Civil War Is Materializing: “Nobody Will Be Able To Retreat To A Neutral Corner”
August 28, 2017

At the rate things are going, a full-blown civil war appears to be materializing.

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Colin Kaepernick began it all with “taking a knee” in protest of the National

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Fast-forward one year later, and read this, released by Yahoo Sports for just how far it has gone:

“The Colin Kaepernick story has gotten seemingly endless attention because its reach goes far beyond football.

A pretty good reminder of that came Saturday afternoon in New York City, which is far removed from Kaepernick’s former NFL home of San Francisco. At a rally in Brooklyn, dozens of current and former New York police officers wore shirts that said “#WeStandWithKap” and at the end of the rally they took a knee and raised their fist, according to the New York Daily News.

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

Control the food supply…control the population. Have you put some food back?

This Miracle Weed Killer Was Supposed To Save Farms. Instead, It’s Devastating Them.
August 29, 2017

BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. — Clay Mayes slams on the brakes of his Chevy Silverado and jumps out with the engine running, yelling at a dogwood by the side of the dirt road as if it had said something insulting.

Its leaves curl downward and in on themselves like tiny, broken umbrellas. It’s the telltale mark of inadvertent exposure to a controversial herbicide called dicamba.

“This is crazy. Crazy!” shouts Mayes, a farm manager, gesticulating toward the shriveled canopy off Highway 61. “I just think if this keeps going on . . .”

“Everything’ll be dead,” says Brian Smith, his passenger.

The damage here in northeast Arkansas and across the Midwest — sickly soybeans, trees and other crops — has become emblematic of a deepening crisis in American agriculture.

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

Heartwarming!

WATCH: Spontaneous Gospel Singing Fills Harvey Evacuation Shelter
30 August 2017

Victims of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey were captured on video breaking out into song at a shelter. The scene received almost 7.5 million views in the last 17 hours.

The singers are staying at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe, Texas, north of Houston.

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Montgomery County and the surrounding areas were hit by flooding due to rainfall from Harvey and the overflowing of creeks and rivers.

According to Scott Engle of the Montgomery County Police Reporter, there have been 1,300 high water rescues and 1,100 county residents displaced in shelters. Three hundred roads are deemed impassable. His home was also flooded.

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

Bloomberg can now tell you “you were warned!”

From Stocks to Bonds, the Bear-Market Signals Are Multiplying
August‎ ‎30‎, ‎2017‎

Risks are stacking up for markets attempting to recover from the latest provocation by North Korea and the mounting damage of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Citigroup Inc. strategists including Jeremy Hale cite “worrying developments” that may signal the approach of a correction in stocks, while Commerzbank AG finds growing evidence of bearish sentiment in bond funds. Here are some of the red flags:

Correlations

The pairwise correlations between the S&P 500 and its industry sectors have fallen near levels that preceded the last two bear markets, according to the Citigroup strategists. The previous downturns in stocks started when correlations re-established themselves.

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

You are being offered a preview. The picture will be exactly the same when credit ceases…

Houston Reeling Amid Outbreak Of Looting, Armed Robberies; Vigilantes Emerge

August 30, 2017

Inevitably every major metropolitan crisis brings out the best and worst of what humanity has to offer.  While hundreds/thousands of people have rushed into Houston following the epic destruction of Hurricane Harvey to help in any way possible, others have once again predictably chosen to exploit the misery of others by looting abandoned shopping centers, robbing empty homes and even breaking into the Houston Apple Store (by shooting through the front door).

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

“Policies vs. values”. This is a very thoughtful op–ed piece if you have time to read.

The Left’s Values Are Our State Church
August 28, 2017

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”

The First Amendment assumes that the proper sphere of government is policies, not values. And so it protects the right of political participation and prohibits a state church that would define values.

The government had the right to decide to go to war with France. It did not have a right to decide what you should believe. Politics extended into the realm of policies, not beliefs.

But as religious belief declined, politics replaced it as the repository of moral and ethical values. This transformation began on the left. The left was the least religious in the traditional sense. And the most likely to build up an ideology of secular values with which to displace traditional religious values.

The last century witnessed an extensive effort to scrub religious values out of government. But this effort was matched by an equally comprehensive project to replace them with the left’s own values. Unlike the wall between church and state, there were few legal safeguards against writing values into legislation if they were irreligious ones. The church was deemed to be the true threat. Not the state.

But the end result looks very much like an establishment of religion. Even in the church sense.

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North Korea flies Nuclear Capable missile over USA ally: Japan.
Already MSM is hinting about some unnamed treaty that makes that ok for North Korea to do what they did. If Trump does not react with the “Fire and Fury” as promised then I suspect the guidance systems on the USA military may have been compromised technologically. Lets see in a few more ships run into each other. Will this message be taken down by the new gods internet censors? That would serve to prove we are correct in our supposition.
Jim

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Jim/Bill

Watch this chart of the USDollar index. If we fall below the 92 level expect some strong movements in other asset classes! The Chinese are mingling with the operating systems of the US navy!

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Open 92.396    Day Range 92.196 – 92.550    Previous Close 92.740

52Wk Range 92.196 – 103.820     YTD Return -9.78%

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Gotta love that Texas spirit!

(Jim will love this one!)

CIGA Betsy

Dog Shows Texas Spirit During Hurricane Harvey
August 27, 2017

As the Category 4 hurricane hit the Lone Star State, his photographed image has become an iconic symbol of the strength of Texans.

Otis, a German-Shepherd mix from Sinton, Texas, drew national media attention after he was photographed carrying dog food in his mouth, wandering the rain-filled streets as Hurricane Harvey hit Texas.

Otis accidentally got loose on Friday night from his porch, IJR reported. His 65-year-old owner searched the streets for him, “I kept yelling his name and yelling his name and he wasn’t around,” his owner told the Houston Chronicle. Sixty-five-year-old Salvador Segovia was watching his five-year-old grandson’s pet after his grandson fled because of Hurricane Harvey related flooding.

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Even the dogs in Texas seem to be more self-reliant?

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Compliments of Morris

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What’s this week’s narrative?

CIGA JB

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Jim Sinclair’s Commentary

Compliments of Zero Hedge. My question is quite simple. Were you prepared? And if not, why not?

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

I can still remember people laughing and calling us idiots well over 10 years ago when we suggested surveillance counter to the Constitution. I guess we were just early?

California Passed A Law Boosting Police Transparency On Cellphone Surveillance. Here’s Why It’s Not Working
August 27, 2017

Several years ago, little was known about the StingRay, a powerful surveillance device that imitates the function of a cell tower and captures the signals of nearby phones, allowing law enforcement officers to sweep through hundreds of messages, conversations and call logs.

The secrecy around the technology, which can ensnare the personal data of criminals and bystanders alike, spurred lawsuits and demands for public records to uncover who was using it and the extent of its capabilities. In California, a 2015 law requires law enforcement agencies to seek permission at public meetings to buy the devices, and post rules for their use online.

But a Los Angeles Times review of records from 20 of the state’s largest police and sheriff’s departments, plus the Alameda County district attorney’s office, found some agencies have been slow to follow or have ignored the law. Several that partner with federal agencies to work on cases are not subject to the law’s reporting requirements. The result is that little information on StingRay use is available to the public, making it hard to determine how wide a net the surveillance tools cast and what kind of data they gather.

Who has stingrays

Out of 21 law enforcement agencies surveyed, 12 were found to own or have access to a StingRay or similar device. Nine of those agencies had developed and released online public polices.

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

…and it hasn’t even stopped raining. On another note, there have already been two deaths of looters entering what they thought were unoccupied residences…

Houston Police Focus On Saving Lives, Battling Looters
August 28, 2017

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) —

As the sun rose over Houston this morning, police went to work to rescue victims of the flash flood emergency that left thousands of people stuck inside their flooded homes.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told GMA that officers completed more than 2,000 rescue missions this weekend after Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the central Texas coast.

Harvey, since downgraded to a tropical storm, dumped catastrophic amounts of rain on Houston beginning Saturday, leaving thousands of drivers stranded and many more homes flooded out.

“I’m happy to report we’re down to about 250 folks that are still waiting for rescues or locations,” Acevedo said. “We’ve made some great progress, and we’re just really grateful that despite the power of this storm, we haven’t had more loss of life.”

Chief Acevedo said some people just didn’t listen. Now their cars are underwater.

Acevedo sent a message to those still left without aid after nightfall Sunday: help is on the way.

“Hunker down, hold tight, we hear you, we feel you,” Acevedo said. “We know where you’re at, know we’re coming, and this morning, sometime today, everyone should be recovered.”

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Jim/Bill,

What happened to the content on this site? I have followed it for years and am a long time share holder. There used to be financial, gold, and precious metal information. Now its like sitting in the bar and listening to old folk gossip: Trump, Obama and assorted CNN regurgitation. TNX AND GOLD INDUSTRY??????? What’s Happening ?????

George

Dear Bill,

Those three old guys at the bar bother me. He got the bar thing right, but not the old guys. Apparently, he missed the dollar coming off 1000 points recently and gold playing with $1300 multiple times without connecting to dots.

What some major currency traders know that somebody in China crossed his toaster with his microwave and made the US arm forces blind. You think those ships hitting each other were accidents caused by undertrained recruits at the controls? What allowed a Russian to buy our president in New Jersey last week? That was no old treaty. ATC was blind to those interlopers or they would have scrambled 25 fighters up to protect the president. That airspace was then prohibited to aircraft at that time. If I flew up there with a Cessna 157 into that area at 4000 AGL, I would have had the hell scared of me by the F 35s all over. However, a Russian spy plane flew into restricted airspace with no challenge at 4000 AGL. The altitude for a spy plane is akin to the height of a grass mower doing your lawn. Somebody has technologically blinded the military, ATC and that is bad dollar news. The major reason for dollar strength has been absolute military global superiority. Maybe a major jump in technology has just trumped the USA?

The equity market are acting like the Zimbabwe 500 or Weimar Index. Somebody of the ilk of Soros knows something that our weekend listener has no clue to. Every key of a major event are in place but his failure to listen to the three market mavens at the bar on Saturdays. Sleep on Somnolent Sam until you find yourself in the eye of the hurricane without a boat, paddle or clue as to how he got there…

Regards,

Jim

Dear Jim,

I guess this gentleman does not understand that gold is “truth” or true money in a world where everything is a lie. Politics, geopolitics and “social conditions” historically have and certainly will affect finance and markets. We only try to expose lies for what they are. The financial and mathematic situation is already carved in stone, “truth” or rather the realization of non truth will likely be what sparks the financial collapse. It is unfortunate this reader cannot connect the dots nor make the leap to understand the connection. No apologies here for guiding those seeking their way through a minefield of dirty lies meant to enslave them financially and in so many other ways. You should take his note as a compliment!

Best,

Bill

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

More weekend humor!

Swiss Central Bank Boosts Stakes in FAAMG Stocks by 77 Percent to $9.38 Billion
August 25, 2017

The Swiss central bank may be part of a modern age Tulip Bubble.

Since June 30 of last year, Switzerland’s central bank, the Swiss National Bank, has increased its stock holdings of five U.S. social media/tech stocks from $5.3 billion to $9.38 billion, an increase of 77 percent in 12 months. The stocks are Apple, Alphabet (parent to Google), Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. The stock information comes from a 13F filing the Swiss National Bank made this month with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a quarterly form required of institutional investment managers who manage $100 million or more.

According to the SEC form, the Swiss central bank owns the following positions as of June 30, 2017: $2.76 billion in Apple common stock; over $2 billion in two classes of Alphabet stock; $1.864 billion in Microsoft common; $1.434 billion in Amazon common; and $1.32 billion in Facebook Class A. It owns tens of billions of dollars more in other U.S. and global stocks.

Adding to the peculiarity of this central bank, its own stock actually trades on a stock exchange and its stock price has soared by 88 percent since April. (See chart above.)

According to the website of the Swiss National Bank, it “does not pursue any strategic interests in its equity investments and as a general rule does not engage in any stock selection.” It says its share holdings are “managed passively by replicating a combination of different indices.”

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Both referred to in our latest recorded interview.

United Nations Urges US to Give Up Free Speech to Combat Racism
August 25, 2017

(LifeZette) The U.N. issued an “early warning” Wednesday for the United States, urging that the government take immediate action to confront white supremacy following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

But the warning and call for the U.S. government to act contained a little-noticed last paragraph, urging the U.S. to make sure that the “rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly” are not exercised to deny rights or freedom to others and pressing the U.S. government to “ensure that such rights are not misused to promote racist hate speech and racist crimes.”

But as many legal scholars have noted, there is no hate-speech exception to the First Amendment; that is, the government cannot limit a person’s speech because it is considered hateful towards any person or group.

The Supreme Court issued a ruling on this as recently as June.

The idea that the government can restrict speech expressing ideas that offend “strikes at the heart of the First Amendment,” Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote in Matal v. Tam on behalf of four justices. “Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate.’”

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Swiss Central Bank Boosts Stakes in FAAMG Stocks by 77 Percent to $9.38 Billion
August 25, 2017

The Swiss central bank may be part of a modern age Tulip Bubble.

Since June 30 of last year, Switzerland’s central bank, the Swiss National Bank, has increased its stock holdings of five U.S. social media/tech stocks from $5.3 billion to $9.38 billion, an increase of 77 percent in 12 months. The stocks are Apple, Alphabet (parent to Google), Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. The stock information comes from a 13F filing the Swiss National Bank made this month with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a quarterly form required of institutional investment managers who manage $100 million or more.

According to the SEC form, the Swiss central bank owns the following positions as of June 30, 2017: $2.76 billion in Apple common stock; over $2 billion in two classes of Alphabet stock; $1.864 billion in Microsoft common; $1.434 billion in Amazon common; and $1.32 billion in Facebook Class A. It owns tens of billions of dollars more in other U.S. and global stocks.

Adding to the peculiarity of this central bank, its own stock actually trades on a stock exchange and its stock price has soared by 88 percent since April. (See chart above.)

According to the website of the Swiss National Bank, it “does not pursue any strategic interests in its equity investments and as a general rule does not engage in any stock selection.” It says its share holdings are “managed passively by replicating a combination of different indices.”

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

Welcome to the club Mr. Paul, now we know for sure we are in good company!

YouTube “Economically Censors” Ron Paul, Labels Videos “Not Suitable” For All Advertisers
August 27, 2017

Former US Congressman Ron Paul has joined a growing list of independent political journalists and commentators who’re being economically punished by YouTube despite producing videos that routinely receive hundreds of thousands of views.

In a tweet published Saturday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange tweeted a screenshot of Paul’s “Liberty Report” page showing that his videos had been labeled “not suitable” for all advertisers by YouTube’s content arbiters.

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Bill Holter’s Commentary

Probably because Clark Gable cussed when he used the word “damn”… You do see they are out for your mind, right?

Orpheum Theater Won’t Show ‘Gone With The Wind,’ Calling Film ‘Insensitive’
August 25, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — “Gone With the Wind” will be gone from The Orpheum’s summer movie series, the theater’s board said Friday.

The Orpheum Theatre Group decided not to include the 1939 movie about a plantation in the Civil War-era South in its 2018 Summer Movie Series after feedback from patrons following the last screening Aug. 11.

“As an organization whose stated mission is to ‘entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves’, the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population,” the theater’s operators said in a statement.

Memphis’ population is about 64 percent African-American.

The historic theater in Downtown Memphis has shown the movie for decades, but this year’s event “generated numerous comments,” leading to the decision.

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