12.15.17- As Bitcoin Surges To New Record Highs, 5 Lessons For Every Crypto Investor
Tyler Durden

Once again the stories of the death of Bitcoin appear to greatly exaggerated.

Overnight Asian demand sent the cyrptocurrency to a new record high at $17,934 (Bitstamp).

Whatever you think of bitcoin and crypto currencies, there is plenty to learn from their ascent, even if it is still a small part of the global financial system. Forget the noise of “Biggest bubble ever” – the market cap of the NASDAQ was $3.7 trillion in 1999 and fell 70% (a total of $2.6 trillion) by 2002. That puts the total of $500 billion in all crypto currencies outstanding into the correct context. Read More

12.14.17- What are Rights? Do Rights Even Exist?
Joe Jarvis

What is a right? Do rights exist? They are intangible, yet philosophical constructs can be real.

A right defines a state of being; it describes a condition. “Right of way,” is how we describe who has first use of a road. People can certainly ignore the concept of a right of way. But that doesn’t void the concept. Right of way still serves as a tool to establish who is liable should a car accident occur.

In the same way, a right serves as a natural basis for who is wrong in a given dispute. It establishes who should be held accountable in a legal setting. And “legal” does not just refer to our current court system.

Common law is a natural law system which solves disputes. Read More

12.13.17- U.S. Government Criminal Enterprise – Catherine Austin Fitts
Greg Hunter

Financial expert and investment advisor Catherine Austin Fitts says the U.S. Government runs on massive criminal activity. Fitts explains, “The U.S. economy is deeply dependent on criminal cash flows.  We’re the global leader in money laundering.  If we stopped doing that, the economy would be in for a major, major change. . . . The preference for most Americans is to keep that system going as long as it works for them.  So, it you are a public official, you are between a rock and a hard place.  If you press the red button and stop the illegal cash flows, then all hell breaks loose. Read More

12.12.17- The Magic Trick
Jeff Thomas

In 1791, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the US, Alexander Hamilton, convinced then-new president George Washington to create a central bank for the country. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson opposed the idea, as he felt that it would lead to speculation, financial manipulation, and corruption. He was correct, and in 1811, its charter was not renewed by Congress.

Then, the US got itself into economic trouble over the War of 1812 and needed money. In 1816, a Second Bank of the United States was created. Andrew Jackson took the same view as Mister Jefferson before him and, in 1836, succeeded in getting the bank dissolved. Read More

12.11.17- How Amazon and Google Smart Speaker Competition Reveals The Future of Government
Joe Jarvis

I wouldn’t invite the Amazon Echo or the Google Home into my home.

These smart speakers listen to everything that happens around them. Ostensibly this is to make shopping, playing music, and finding information easy. But the internet of things presents way too many risks to our privacy.

Internet-connected technologies are already used to incriminate their owners in court. And that is the main thing which scares me. Self-driving cars, smart watches, and smart homes controlled entirely from your phone sound really cool and convenient. But I don’t want the government to have that kind of knowledge about me. I might feel differently if I knew the info wasn’t going anywhere beyond Google or Amazon headquarters. Read More

12.09.17- Weekend Rant: Stranger Things
James Howard Kunstler

The hidden agenda in the so-called tax reform bill is to act as stop-gap quantitative easing to plug the “liquidity” hole that is opening up as the Federal Reserve (America’s central bank) makes a few gestures to winding down its balance sheet and “normalizing” interest rates. Thus, the aim of the tax bill is to prop up capital markets, and the apprehension of this lately is what keeps stocks making daily record highs. Okay, sorry, a lot to unpack there.

Primer: quantitative easing (QE) is a the Federal Reserve’s weasel phrase for its practice of just creating “money” out of thin air, which it uses to buy US Treasury bonds (and other stuff). The Fed buys this stuff through intermediary Too Big To Fail banks which allows them to cream off a cut and, theoretically, pump the “money” into the economy. This “money” is the “liquidity.” Read More

12.08.17- The Inevitable Gravitational
Dynamism of Entropy

Doug “Uncola” Lynn

Everything degrades over time without exception. Of course there are diverging regenerations within time’s decay but all is fleeting and cannot last. Just as the laws of thermodynamics universally define, a system will exist in a particular state and may cycle through varying states, but in the end, it will return to the equilibrium, or stasis, of inert uniformity. Life is a like a rotating heat engine of sorts, catapulting energy over the cold fabric of space-time as the lexicon of Physics continuously hold singular meaning in our daily existence: laws, work, heat, constant pressure, and cycles. Yet, sadly, total efficiency is achieved in theory only; this is because entropy precludes perfection within the confines of time. Read More

12.07.17- Why The Globalists Need A War,
And Soon

Brandon Smith

It is difficult to gauge and understand geopolitical and economic events without first comprehending the fact that much of what happens in the world is engineered to happen and with a specific encompassing goal in mind. If you subscribe to the theory that all is random "chaos" and outcomes are circumstantial or coincidental, then you will be lost in the dark on most things. If you think a globalist "conspiracy" would require "too much control" or foresight, I would point out that organized conspiracy by people in power is a matter of history, not of theory. If such cabals were prevalent in the past, it is rather foolish to dismiss the reality that they are prevalent today. Read More

12.06.17- New York City Processed a Fake Property Deed. THIS Innovative Country
Won’t Have that Problem.

Joe Jarvis

Imagine having the power to declare something legitimate with the stroke of a pen, the press of a stamp, or the enter button on your keyboard.

The government has that power. But it is part of the magical myth of government legitimacy. That is the main service government provides: legitimacy.

It can make stealing legitimate. It can make kidnapping legitimate. It can make assassinations, genocides, and wars legitimate.

And the government can also make housing deeds legitimate. They do the official processing to make sure that everything is in order. In their sacred temple of city hall, they bless the official papers with holy stamps, and all is right. Read More

12.05.17- The Individual vs. the Staged Collective
Jon Rappoport

The individual sees how a machine is put together. He sees the pieces and the systems. Because he is creative, he doesn’t stop there. He doesn’t automatically believe in the machine and accept it as the final THING. He can invent a better machine—or no machine at all. Something else. He has the latent power to go outside the machine and invent in a different way. He can CREATE HIS OWN WORLD. It isn’t a bubble that separates him from the commonly shared world. It is inserted into the common world. It is built on different ideas. He is alive, his creative force is alive, and so what he builds will be alive, too. This is a kind of natural magic. A magic that is inherent in him. It surpasses the ordinary strictures of society. Read More

12.04.17- JPMorgan Has Some Bad News For Bitcoin Bears
Tyler Durden

Just over two months ago, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said he considered bitcoin to be a "fraud" that "will not end well," and would fire any JPM trader trading it. The very next day, one of JPM's most respected analysts, quant wizard Marko Kolanovic wrote a lengthy report to substantiate his boss' anger and skepticism, concluding that cryptocurrencies are most likely pyramid schemes and "that the future for cryptocurrencies will likely not be bright."  Read More

12.02.17- The Greatest Bubble of All Time Will Get Bigger: Prepare Yourself and Your Money for the Coming Currency Wars
Marin Katusa

The next world war will not be fought by tanks, remote-controlled drones or even standing armies.

The war has started. It is erupting on graphic cards and mobile networks around the globe. A single negative tweet will create a firestorm of attention from both sides.

We are about to enter the melt-up phase of the global war on currencies.

For years, people speculated that China and Russia take on the U.S. dollar. Read More

12.01.17- How to Leave the 9-5 Job Behind for the Modern Economy
The Daily Bell Staff 

Employment Ain’t What It Used to Be

The 9-5 is on it’s way out.

You can’t ignore the facts. That traditional model of employment so many Americans sought in the past, is giving way to something new. Fueling that change: dissatisfaction, loss of opportunities, and stagnation. Each forces people and the economy to adapt. 

The expectations people have for a job have changed as well. People want more than just a job. Yet many large businesses and corporations act as stewards of traditional employment. They push the same model of employment on people, but with fewer benefits than in the past. Read More

11.30.17- $2,830 Appendectomy in Mexico
David Hathaway

My son had an attack of appendicitis late Saturday night.  I knew that the Obamacare inflated prices for surgery in the U.S. would be ridiculous and that the service would likely be impersonal, involve long waits, and be nerve-wracking.  I have friends in the medical field so I inquired just for grins.  The price for the latest routine appendectomy in my area was, my jaw dropped, $43,000.  I read on-line that the average cost for an appendectomy in the U.S. is $33,000.   I am not near some of the great direct-pay medical facilities in the U.S. like the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, but I am near Mexico.  I chose that option since I have often utilized foreign medical and dental facilities in the past and find the service and prices to be outstanding. Read More

11.29.17- Nervous About Traffic Stops? I Am.
You Should Be, Too

Jon Rappoport

Quit resisting.” - Cops yell at compliant young man who was thrown to the ground, beaten, arrested and hospitalized for severe injuries to his face and arm, allegedly in retaliation for “resisting arrest” by driving to a safe, well-lit area before submitting to a traffic stop for a broken tail light

We’ve all been there before.

You’re driving along and you see a pair of flashing blue lights in your rearview mirror. Whether or not you’ve done anything wrong, you get a sinking feeling in your stomach. Read More

11.28.17- Here’s What the World's Central Banks Really Think About Bitcoin
Eric Lam

Eight years since the birth of bitcoin, central banks around the world are increasingly recognizing the potential upsides and downsides of digital currencies.

The guardians of the global economy have two sets of issues to address. First is what to do, if anything, about emergence and growth of the private cryptocurrencies that are grabbing more and more attention -- with bitcoin now surging toward $10,000. The second question is whether to issue official versions. Read More

11.27.17- The Truth
Neal Ross

In life there are certain things that are known as constants; things that never change. It takes the Earth 365 days to complete one orbit around the sun; that is a constant. In mathematics there are constants as well; one will always equal one is but one example. All things being equal, Newton’s Laws of Physics are also constants. But these are not the constants I would like to talk about; there is one other that I have yet to mention–the truth. 

Simply defined, the truth is the state of things as they actually are. When one is called upon to be a witness in a courtroom they are asked to repeat the following, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” Have you ever stopped to think about what that entails? Read More

11.25.17- Seven Deadly Economic Sins? - ?One Bitcoin Future
David DuByne

As we stand in the current world economy, suffocating and on its last breath, we face three choices to resolve the global liquidity crisis:

  • a debt jubilee
  • a global war
  • bitcoin (BTC) futures.

My choice is BTC futures.

This is not to say that bitcoin was created and released at a particular time for this exact end result, but for sure central banks are taking advantage of it to solve multiple problems. Read More

11.24.17- Elon Musk thinks we’re all going to die– here’s his Plan B
Simon Black

251 million years ago, the Great Permian Extinction wiped out around 96% of Earth’s species.

Scientists call it “the great dying.” And they believe it occurred because of an eruption in Siberia that released more than 200 billion gallons of molten lava.

The lava released large amounts of Sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, causing the Earth to warm by about 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Acid rain followed. Read More

11.23.17- The Last Clinton Scandal
Patrick J McShay

"If they send a signal that we're going to be like some dictatorship, like some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly and fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have, that we can trust the justice system. It will be incredibly demoralizing to the people at the Justice Department, both Democrat, and Republican, but it will also send a terrible signal to our Country and the World that we have given up on the kind of values that we use to live by."

* Hillary Clinton explaining to Mother Jones why looking into her alleged criminality is a big waste of time. Read More

11.22.17- Taxes: here’s what’s going to stay the SAME
Simon Black

On October 3, 1913, US President Woodrow Wilson signed the Underwood-Simmons Act into law, creating what would become the first modern US income tax.

The legislation (at least, the income tax portion) was only 16 pages and imposed a base tax rate of just 1%.

The highest tax rate was set at 7%– and it only applied to individuals earning more than $500,000 per year, which is about $12.6 million today according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More

11.21.17- 100 billion reasons to have
non-reportable assets

Simon Black

In early March 1938 in a dusty corner of the Arabian desert, Max Steineke finally had the breakthrough he was hoping for.

Steineke was the chief geologist for the California Arabian Standard Oil Company (CASOC), a venture owned by what we know today as Chevron.

And he hadn’t had a lot of success despite years of effort.

Steinke was convinced that massive oil reserves were beneath the sands. He just couldn’t find any. Read More

11.20.17- What National Review Gets Wrong About the Opioid Crisis and the War on Drugs
Shane Smith

Alright, libertarians, you wanted drug legalization, right? Well, with opioids, via loose prescriptions, you got it, and what’s happened? We are in the middle of the worst epidemic of overdose and addiction this country has ever seen, thousands are dropping like flies, and it appears that things will be getting worse before they get better. Your theories might sound nice when you don’t have skin in the game, but when reality intrudes on your fantasies of a free society, real people pay the price. Right?

Well, not quite. Read More

11.18.17- The 11 Nations of the United States
Matthew Speiser

In his fourth book, “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America,” award-winning author Colin Woodard identifies 11 distinct cultures that have historically divided the US.

Yankeedom

Encompassing the entire Northeast north of New York City and spreading through Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, Yankeedom values education, intellectual achievement, communal empowerment, and citizen participation in government as a shield against tyranny. Yankees are comfortable with government regulation. Woodard notes that Yankees have a “Utopian streak.” The area was settled by radical Calvinists.Read More

11.17.17- Is GE A "Black Swan" In Plain Sight?
Dave Kranzler

Dave Kranzler says General Electric’s problems may be signaling an even bigger problem for the entire U.S. economy. Here’s why…

GE hit $8 in 2008. If you short the stock with some patience, in my opinion it’s a low-risk bet that it will drop at least 50% over the next 12-18 months. – From the January 29, 2017 Short Seller’s Journal with GE stock at $30

At the end of January, with the stock at $30, I presented GE as a “boring and conservative” short-sell idea. The chart technicals suggested that smart money was dumping their shares. Through today, shorting GE stock when I presented the idea has returned 41.6%. I’m sure Bitcoin bandwagon bubble-chasers would sneer at that “low” ROR but it in the context of the overall stock market, it’s been an outperformer. Read More

11.15.17- The Bitcoin Hard Fork
- A Tiger by the Tail

Jim Hoffer

It did not happen. The bitcoin hard fork scheduled for block number 494,784 that was agreed to at the Consensus meeting in May that was to be enacted in mid-November has been cancelled.  Mike Belshe, CEO of BitGo, stated, “we have not built sufficient consensus for a clean block size upgrade at this time.” SegWit2X, as the upgrade was to be known, would have doubled the bitcoin block size from one megabyte to two and removed the signature data now processed with each transaction. With the greater capacity and decreased amount of necessary data, SegWit2X intended to multiply the speed at which transactions can be processed. Visa’s global network (known as VisaNet) processes about 1700 transactions per second. In its current form, Bitcoin technology can process seven. Faster transactional speed would make bitcoin into a more attractive alternative to fiat currency. Read More

11.14.17- Why America’s Retail Apocalypse Could Accelerate Even More In 2018
Michael Snyder

Is the retail apocalypse in the United States about to go to a whole new level?  That is a frightening thing to consider, because the truth is that things are already quite bad.  We have already shattered the all-time record for store closings in a single year and we still have the rest of November and December to go.  Unfortunately, it truly does appear that things will get even worse in 2018, because a tremendous amount of high-yield retail debt is coming due next year.  In fact, Bloomberg is reporting that the amount of high-yield retail debt that will mature next year is approximately 19 times larger than the amount that matured this year… Read More

11.13.17- In Just 5 Days Without Trucks, Chaos Would Erupt in America
Daisy Luther

Have you ever thought about how fast things could go sideways in America?  What if we went 5 days without trucks moving supplies across the country? Have you considered how JUST ONE THING could change the world as we know it?

The video below has been around for several years, but if you haven’t seen it in a while, it is worth watching again.

Think for a moment about what would happen if the trucks stopped running. The trucking industry is the lifeblood of this country, and according to this, it would only take 5 days without trucks for all hell to break loose. Read More

11.11.17- War with Russia:
Two Great American Myths

The Saker

There are two myths which are deeply imprinted in the minds of most US Americans which are extremely dangerous and which can result in a war with Russia.

  • The first myth is the myth of the US military superiority.
  • The second myth is the myth about the US invulnerability.

I believe that it is therefore crucial to debunk these myths before they end up costing us millions of lives and untold suffering. Read More

11.10.17- Ignorance Versus Stupidity
Walter Williams

One of the most challenging and important jobs for an economics professor is to teach students how little we know and can possibly know. My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell says, “It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” Nobel laureate Friedrich August von Hayek admonished, “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” The fact that we have gross ignorance about how the world operates is ignored by the know-it-all elites who seek to control our lives. Let’s look at a few examples of the world’s complexity. Read More

11.09.17- Medical Journals and the Global Warming Noble Lie
John Dale Dunn, MD, JD

The Noble Lie is a concept discussed by Plato in the dialogues, lies told by oligarchs to get the populace in the right frame of mind, deceptions intended to influence the mindset and behavior of the populace.  The Noble Lie is not often noble; it is the tool of the totalitarian.  Totalitarianism is built on the Noble Lie and the best evidence of it in modern society is political correctness and its accompanying censorship and intimidation of any speech or conduct that contradicts the Orwellian “good think” of the Noble Lie.  Read More

11.08.17- The Big Reversal: Inflation and Higher Interest Rates Are Coming Our Way
Charles Hugh Smith

This interaction will spark a runaway feedback loop that will smack asset valuations back to pre-bubble, pre-pyramid scheme levels.

According to the conventional economic forecast, interest rates will stay near-zero essentially forever due to slow growth. And since growth is slow, inflation will also remain neutral.

This forecast is little more than an extension of the trends of the past 30+ years: a secular decline in interest rates and official inflation, which remains around 2% or less. Read More

11.07.17- Hillary Is America
Robert Gore

Psychologically, there’s nothing out of the ordinary about Hillary in contemporary America.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky would have been the right author to illuminate the inner world of Hillary Clinton. He had the imaginative power to show the psychological deterioration—the rickety castle of lies she’s built to shut out threatening realities and the truth.

For all of Dostoyevsky’s skill, it probably would have been beyond him to dramatically render America’s degenerate descent. Hillary’s supporters believe she’s extraordinary; her detractors believe she’s a tragic anomaly. They’re both wrong. The real tragedy is that in contemporary America, there’s nothing exceptional about her other than her criminality, and how exceptional is that? Read More

11.06.17- Earn More On Your Cash Savings
(With Less Risk)

Adam Taggart

Explaining the TreasuryDirect program

Back in my June report Less Than Zero: How The Fed Killed Saving, I explained how the Federal Reserve's policy of holding interest rates at record lows has decimated savers. Those who simply want to park money somewhere "safe" can't do so without losing money in real terms.

How bad is it?

As this table shows, the average bank savings account today pays a paltry 0.06% interest rate to depositors: Read More

11.04.17- How to Survive the Winter
MN Gordon

A Flawless Flock of Scoundrels

One of the fringe benefits of living in a country that’s in dire need of a political, financial, and cultural reset, is the twisted amusement that comes with bearing witness to its unraveling.  Day by day we’re greeted with escalating madness.  Indeed, the great fiasco must be taken lightly, so as not to be demoralized by its enormity.

Of particular note is the present cast of characters.  Could Bill Shakespeare himself have come up with a more flawless flock of scoundrels to take the plotless narrative from comedy to tragedy? Read More

11.03.17- How High Can It Go? Bitcoin Shocks The World By Crossing The $7000 Mark Less Than 1 Month After It Sold For $5000
Michael Snyder

Less than a month ago, Bitcoin was selling for less than $5000, but now it has smashed through the $7000 mark with seemingly no end in sight.  At this point Bitcoin has a total market cap of more than 100 billion dollars, and some analysts are suggesting that it could eventually go as high as a trillion dollars.  Cryptocurrencies overall are up an astounding 640 percent so far in 2017, and personally I regret not investing when Bitcoin was still in the very early stages.  I always thought that governments would eventually crack down and regulate cryptocurrencies out of existence, and that still may happen someday, but it hasn’t happened yet. Read More

11.02.17- Will The New Bitcoin CME Futures Contract Benefit Gold?
Dave Kranzler

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) announced a plan to launch Bitcoin futures by the end of the year. The price of Bitcoin surged to a new record in response to the announcement.  It was reminiscent of the dot.com era, when a dot.com stock would jump 10% if Maria Bartiromo merely whispered the name of the company on CNBC.

Ironically, the cheers for this new contract from the Bitcoin faithful could turn out to be analogous to chickens in the barnyard cheering at the appearance of Colonel Sanders. Read More

11.01.17- Antifa Set To Terrorize America: Objective Is To “Cause Civil Unrest And Initiate Rioting In Many Major American Cities”
Jeremiah Johnson

The organization known as Antifa has declared its intentions to cause civil unrest and initiate rioting in many major American cities on November 4, 2017.  Now, Antifa is supposed to stand for “Anti-Fascist,” concurrently denouncing “Capitalism.”  They are comprised of leftists, anarchists, Marxists, and communists.  They embrace a policy of “direct action,” loosely interpreted to refer to protests, vandalism and destruction of property, and physical assaults against individuals and groups.  Their declared objective is specifically to target the far-right (Conservative) and white supremacists (Whites). Read More

10.31.17- The Ethics Of Halloween
Caleb McMillan

Every Halloween people are engaging in free-market anarchism whether they like it or not.

To the economist, it’s clear that the child values receiving candy, even if it means dressing up in a funny or scary costume and going door-to-door, sometimes for hours, saying “trick or treat”.

It’s clear that for the adults, joining in for the festive evening is valued more-so than the monetary value of the candy, or else they wouldn’t be giving it away. And some don’t. Some people, adults and children alike, shy away from Halloween night neither tricking nor treating nor allowing their homes to be used as candy repositories. Those partaking in the activity simply go about their business, ignoring the houses with the lights off. Read More

10.30.17- Here’s a List of Locations for the November 4th Anti-Trump Protests
Daisy Luther

November 4th is approaching quickly and that is that date that groups like Antifa, Resist Fascism, and the Revolutionary Communist Party plan to protest the “Trump-Pence Regime.” They’ve been meeting for months to openly plan sedition and organize what they promise will be massive protests all over the country. Don’t be surprised if things become violent.

As promised, here’s the list of planned events. These will be good places to avoid on November 4th. Read More

10.28.17- How the Blockchain Can Free You From The Banking Industry
The Daily Bell Staff

The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint… that’s freedom.

For many, the word means the ability to do as they see fit. For some, it’s a call to action. And for others, freedom is a dream worthy of giving their lives.

Fortunately for a good number of people within the Western world, freedom is something we have come to expect within our daily lives.

Though for as often as we hear and speak of our freedom, there still exist many areas in which freedom is merely just a word. Read More

10.27.17- Are You Infuriated Yet?
Chris Martenson

You should be. I certainly am...

More and more, I'm encountering people who are simply infuriated with how our "leaders" are running (or to put it more accurately, ruining) things right now. And I share that fury.

It’s perfectly normal human response to be infuriated when an outside agent hurts you, especially if the pain seems unnecessary, illogical or random.

Imagine if your neighbor enjoyed setting off loud explosives at all hours of the day and night. Or if he had a habit of tailgating and brake-checking you every time he saw your car on the road. You’d been well within your rights to be infuriated. Read More

10.26.17- 5 Boring (But Effective) Ways to Prep for an Economic Collapse
Daisy Luther

How do you survive an economic collapse? When you think about it, do pictures of Venezuela and Greece run through your head like a movie? Desperation, hunger, dirty faces…it’s like a third world country, right?

It doesn’t start out like that. It ends like that. There are many years of downward spiral before you ever reach that point. And if you’re paying attention, there are a lot of lifestyle changes you can make that will help your family become more “collapse-proof.” These changes are practical and realistic – and some would say, downright boring. Read More

10.25.17- World War E Is Here
Mike Maloney

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10.24.17- Prostate cancer ELIMINATED by combination of powerful nutrients in apple peels, turmeric root and grape skins
Earl Garcia

(Natural News) A recent study published in Precision Oncology revealed that a potent combination of compounds from turmeric root, apple peels, and grapes help keep prostate cancer at bay. To carry out the study, a team of health experts at the University of Texas at Austin identified 142 natural compounds that may potentially fend off the disease. The research team then tested these compounds on mouse and human cell lines to identify which ones may mitigate the growth of prostate cancer cells when used either alone or in combination with other compounds. Read More

10.23.17- MARKETS… WE GOT TROUBLE: Debt & Brain-Dead Retail Investors Prop Up Stocks
Steve St Angelo

As the Dow Jones Index hits another all-time high today, smart money is rushing to the exits.  You see, smart money knows when something is too good to be true.  Unfortunately for the retail investor who is suffering from acute BRAIN DAMAGE, they are doing quite the opposite.  As institutions sellout on each new market price rise, retail investors are happily buying… hand over fist.

And why shouldn’t they?  These are good times.  Well, maybe not for Americans living in Houston, parts of Florida, California or in Puerto Rico.  Whatever happened to the news on the massive flooding and hurricane damage in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico?  I remember seeing videos of Miami Beach High-Rise Condos with seawater 5-8 feet surrounding the entire area.  Does anyone have an idea of what happens to electrical systems when salt water floods buildings?  It’s not good. Read More

10.21.17- Does Individual Sovereignty Pre-empt Abusive Government?
Joe Jarvis

Once you accept that you are not sovereign, it is just a matter of maneuvering for governments to do whatever they want.

They don’t play by any rules. But they force you to follow them. Some governments do this by blunt force. Other governments do it by controlling the media narrative. Still, others twist the law to fit their purposes and appear legitimate. Most use a combination of tactics to keep people compliant.

In America, governments and corporations like to pretend there is some sort of objective law. They spend time in legislatures and courts determining what will pass as legal and what will not. But it is basically just a silly dance. They are trying different combinations to unlock the “do whatever the hell they want” box. Read More

10.20.17- The U.S. Militay's New "Connect to Everything"
Joseph P. Farrell

One activity that is uniquely human is warfare. To be sure, the animal kingdom has its share of fights, but these lack what humanity brings to the table: organization, strategy and tactics, logistics, and always the search for the "technological edge".  But Mr. H.B. and Ms. K.M found this article, and its sheer audacity make me question whether the US military leadership has taken leave of its senses.  We'll get back to that in a moment in today's high octane speculation. First, the article:

The Future the US Military is Constructing: a Giant, Armed Nervous System

In essence, the plan is to "connect everything to everything": Read More

10.19.17- Own this currency
[no, it’s not a cryptocurrency]

Simon Black

With the nearly daily moves to record highs among the hundreds of cryptocurrencies that currently exist, talking about ‘regular’ currencies seems about as out-of-fashion as that hideous shoulder pad trend from the 1980s.

[Millennial readers: see here if you’re confused.]

But there are actually a few currencies out there worth talking about right now.

And top among them, especially for anyone holding US dollars, is the Hong Kong dollar. Read More

10.18.17- Bitcoin is Not New and Improved Money
Michael Pentos

Cryptocurrencies are being billed as a new and improved form of money that has been offered to us courtesy of technological evolution. There is a big problem with this conclusion. That is, digital money is not money at all. And proving this truth serves to underscore why gold has been utilized as the best form of money for thousands of years.

In the 2013 film titled “Her,” lonely Theodore, played by Joaquin Phoenix, falls in love with Samantha, an operating system. Despite Samantha’s lack of physical presence, the two have a somewhat normal relationship that includes vacations, socializing with friends, fights and even jealousy. But just as the audience starts buying into this unconventional pairing the plug is pulled on Samantha, and she disappears into a cyberspace vortex; leaving poor and lonely Theodore heartbroken.  Read More

10.17.17- Global Powers Take Next Step to Dethrone U.S. and the Dollar
Peter Reagan

China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia are rapidly aligning in response to trade sanctions and political discord from western nations. Together, they could soon bring a dramatic end to the global supremacy of America and the U.S dollar.

Foreign leaders have been laying the groundwork to overturn America’s international superpower status for years. But now, their plan is finally coming to fruition.

Let’s examine China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia’s latest steps to dethroning America and the dollar. And while their actions will likely have serious consequences for your bank account, there is one sure way to stay protected…Read More

10.16.17- The Fading Scent Of The American Dream
Charles Hugh Smith

It's been 10 years since I devoted a week to the theme of The RotWithin (September 17, 2007). Back in 2007, I listed 16 systemic sources of rot in our society, politics and economy; none have been fixed. Instead, the gaping holes have been filled with Play-Do and hastily painted to create the illusion of shiny solidity.

We live in a simulacrum society in which the fading scent of the American Dream is more a collective memory kept alive for political purposes than a reality.Even more disturbing, the difference between a phantom prosperity (or in homage to the Blade Runner film series, shall we say a replicant prosperity?) and real prosperity has been blurred by layers of simulated signals of prosperity and subtexts that are carefully designed to harken back to a long-gone prosperity. Read More

10.14.17- Tokenization of Gold
Arkadiusz Sieron

The Blockchain technology enables tokenization of gold. What does it mean for the precious metals market?

Usually, investors consider precious metals and cryptocurrencies as substitutes, as the value of both asset classes depends on the level of faith in the national fiat currencies. However, a few cryptocurrencies backed by gold exist, potentially creating some synergies. For example, there is OneGram, which is a sharia-compliant cryptocurrency backed by gold. It means that each token is backed by one gram of gold, held in a vault at the Dubai Airport Free Zone. Another such a currency is ZenGold. As these tokens will be minted into existence only by the purchase of actual bullion, one token will always represent the ownership of physical gold stored at the Shanghai Gold Exchange. Read More

10.13.17- An American Trauma Surgeon Responds:
Paul Craig Roberts

Dear Dr. Roberts:

This note is in response to your invitation for medical professionals to comment on the LV shootings with respect to the authenticity of the publicly available videos and whether they prove or disprove that actual victims were injured or killed. I am a retired surgeon with experience in managing patients with massive blood loss in an operating room setting and in other in-hospital cases of marked hemodynamic instability from hemorrhage.

The retired surgeon from Florida made many excellent points already and I will try not to repeat them. Here are some additional problems with the scene as presented in the publicly available videos: Read More

10.12.17- Military Surgeon Says Videos of Las Vegas Gunshot Victims Are Fake
Paul Craig Roberts

It looks like readers are not going to let me let go of the Las Vegas shooting. Some tell me that it is my fault for having alerted them in previous articles to anomalies in other shootings and terrorist events, so now they are more skeptical and pay more attention. Others say that as I emphasize that this is their website supported with their money, I have to see this through to the end. They say it is a cop-out when I say that there are too many disparate accounts for us to know.

One reader made an excellent point. According to mainstream media reports, 59 people were immediately killed in the shooting and 527 were wounded. Among those 527 wounded, wouldn’t some of them have died from complications, blood loss, trauma? How come none of the wounded, people allegedly hit with military rounds, succumbed?  Read More

10.11.17- The 5 Biggest Bubbles In Markets Today
Jared Dillian

Here’s five assets that have “bubble” blown all over them. Spoiler alert: The two we value the most did not make the cut…

Bubbles aren’t new—they’ve been around since Dutch tulips—but it’s only recently that they’ve worked their way into the average investor’s lexicon. That’s probably because bubbles happen much more frequently these days.

We never used to get a giant speculative bubble every 7–8 years. But that has been the case since the new millennia. Read More

10.10.17- The Legislative Entrepreneur: Investing in Some Key AR Parts
James Wesley, Rawles

Binary Triggers In Your Future?

The recent terrorist attack in Las Vegas is spurring Federal lawmakers to introduce new legislation. These laws would ban any device or combination of parts that can “accelerate” the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm. This includes bumpfire stocks, bump triggers, “Hellfire” gadget triggers, binary triggers, light match grade triggers, and 3 mode triggers. Sadly, the U.S. National Rifle Association (NRA) gave up on this issue without a fight less than a week after the tragic massacre.  This means that there is now a strong likelihood that some legislation will be passed within a month. Once passed, I suspect that it will be signed by President Trump and possibly go into effect on or before January 1st, 2018.The clock is ticking,Read More

10.09.17- The U.S. Justice System Must Focus on Elite Criminality
Mike Krieger

Two very important articles published in recent days serve to once again highlight America’s metastasizing elite criminality problem. A problem which our justice system simply refuses to address.

This corrupt two-tier justice system is something I’ve been focused on from the very beginning of my writings, and I continue to see it as a civilization-level threat for this country if not aggressively addressed and confronted in the very near future.

The two articles in question focus on different aspects of untouchable elite culture in America. Read More

10.07.17- Data Breaches - It’s Not Just Equifax
Thaya Brook Knight

All eyes have been on Equifax these past few weeks, as the extent of its data breach has unfolded.  But, private entities like Equifax are not the only ones collecting huge swaths of data.  The federal government also has extensive personal data on large numbers of Americans.  And the government is no more secure than Equifax or any other company.  In fact, government employees found out in 2015 that the Office of Personnel Management had been breached, exposing the most sensitive personal data to hackers.  Just last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed that its online filing system, EDGAR, had also been hacked. Read More

10.06.17- When The Market Crashes, Will It Come Back In Your Lifetime?
Dennis Miller

The sign on the booth touted a new, sophisticated computer-generated money management program. I walked inside and asked about stop losses. The young man replied, “Hold on to your stocks, the market always comes back.” I countered, “Can you guarantee it?” He pulled up a chart with some blips, concluding the market has always come back from a crash.

I followed with, “Can you guarantee it will come back in MY lifetime?” He responded, “No, you could get hit by a car or something.” He missed the point entirely. Read More

10.05.17- How to Get a Second Passport
Nick Giambruno

The biggest threat to your personal freedom and financial security is the government, hands down.

Today, skyrocketing government debt is only making that threat worse. In the US, the bill amounts to more than $167,509 per taxpayer.

At some point soon—in a desperate attempt to squeeze citizens for every penny—politicians will try to further restrict people’s movements. They may even prohibit people from leaving outright.  Read More

10.04.17- Are You Ready to Die?
Paul Craig Roberts

Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept exposes the fake news put out by the US Department of Homeland Security (an euphemistic name for a Big Brother operation that spies on US citizens) that Russia hacked 21 US state elections, news that was instantly spread around the world by the presstitute media. The propagandists running Homeland Security were contradicted by the state governments, forcing Homeland Security to retract its fake news claims. https://theintercept.com/2017/09/28/yet-another-major-russia-story-falls-apart-is-skepticism-permissible-yet/

The unasked/unanswered question is why did Homeland Security put out a FAKE NEWS story? Read More

10.03.17- The Globalists Are Systematically Destroying America’s Middle Class
Michael Snyder

When people are dependent on the government they are much easier to control.  We are often told that we are not “compassionate” when we object to the endless expansion of government social programs, but that is not how the debate should be framed.  In America today, well over 100 million people receive money from the federal government each month, and the number of Americans that are truly financially independent is continually shrinking.  In fact, only 25 percent of all Americans have more than $10,000 in savings right now according to one survey. Read More

10.02.17- Virtual Currencies Are Expected to Be Legislated As “Virtual Property” From October 1
Samuel Haig  

Chinese media outlet Jinse.com has reported that laws governing the use of virtual currencies in China will be enacted on October 1st 2017. Jinse states that Chinese cryptocurrency regulations were incorporated into the nation’s “General Principles of the Civil Law of the People’s Republic of China” legislation, which was voted on and passed on March 15th. Read More

09.30.17- Welcome To The Hunger Games: Trump’s Tax Plan Is Going To Mean A Battle Royal Among D.C. Lobbyists
Michael Snyder

Are you ready for mass chaos in Washington?  There are lobbyists for just about every cause that you can possibly imagine, and they are always working hard to influence members of Congress on their particular issues.  But when you are talking about a major tax reform bill, that is something that virtually every single lobbyist in the entire city will want to be involved in.  Our tax code is over two million words long, and the regulations are over seven million words long, and any changes to our immensely complex system could have absolutely enormous implications. Read More

09.29.17- Teachers Demand $3,200 From Each Kentucky Household To Fund Pension Ponzi
For 2 Years

Tyler Durden

We have written frequently… about the disastrous public pension funds in Kentucky that are anywhere from $42 – $84 billion underfunded, depending on which discount rate you feel inclined to use. As we’ve argued before, these pensions, like the ones in Illinois and other states, are so hopelessly underfunded that they haven’t a prayer of ever again being made whole. 

That said, logic and math have never before stopped pissed off teachers and/or clueless legislators from throwing good money after bad in an effort to ‘kick the can down the road’ on their pension crises. Read More

09.28.17- The Evil Alexander Hamilton
Brion McClanahan

Steve Bannon’s September 10, 2017 60 Minutes sparked considerable discussion among both the left and the right. Bannon is always good for that.

After Charlie Rose insisted that immigration built America, Bannon retorted that he was wrong and then seemingly reinforced the idea that “nationalism” has defined American history:

“You couldn’t be more dead wrong. America was built on her citizens. … Look at the 19th century. What built America’s called the American system, from Hamilton to Polk to Henry Clay to Lincoln to the Roosevelts. [It was] a system of protection of our manufacturing, financial system that lends to manufacturers. Read More

09.27.17- What Could Go Wrong? For Public Pensions, More Than You Know
Patrick Watson

Here’s a loaded question for you: “What could go wrong?”

In some contexts, it can express mistaken confidence, as in, “Sure I’ll put my hand between that crocodile’s jaws. What could go wrong?” Investors should ask the same question before entering a position. “What risks am I taking with this trade? What could go wrong if it doesn’t go as planned?”

But here’s the problem: What if you never think to ask the question because you have no idea you’re in that trade? Read More

09.26.17- You're Likely A Lot Less Prepared For Crisis Than You Realize
Chris Martenson

Lessons from the recent rash of natural disasters

It seems as if Mother Nature is waking up. Either she's trying to send humans an important warning, or perhaps she's just out to kill us all.

Massive storms across the globe, earthquakes, and collapsing ecosystems all combine to remind us that we are indeed intimately connected to our planet's natural systems. And that our well-being rests on staying on Mother Nature's good side. Read More

09.25.17- Patriotism, Flags and Referendums
Raúl Ilargi Meijer

‘Tis the jolly time of elections, referendums, flags and other democracy-related issues. They are all linked in some way or another, even if that’s not always obvious. Elections, in New Zealand and Germany this weekend, referendums in Catalonia and Kurdistan the coming week, a looming Party Congress in China, quarrels about a flag in the US and then there’s always Brexit.

About China: the Congress is only in October, Xi Jinping looks sure to broaden his powers even more, and it ain’t all that democratic, but we should still follow it, if only because party officials will be either demoted or promoted, and some of them govern more people than most kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, but in China everything really is. Including debt. Read More

09.23.17-Weekend Rant: Look Around! Common Law Works. Government Statute Doesn’t.
Joe Jarvis

How can something be considered a crime if there is no victim?

This is a problem. You can go through life making sure you don’t hurt anyone, and still break the law. Wouldn’t that be great if you could simply base your actions on common sense and respect for the standards of a community?

Instead, people must also make sure they don’t do anything labeled wrong by the government. Of course, it is impossible to know all the laws which the government has created. And what they call wrong is not always intuitive, nor offensive. Read More

09.22.17- Deutsche Bank Analysts Don’t Want To Alarm You, But There’s A 100 Percent Chance We’re All Screwed
Owen Davis
Now that it’s been a good decade since the beginning of the last financial crisis, it’s about time to start demanding information about the next one. In a Monday note to clients on the subject, Deutsche Bank’s Jim Reid shared some ideas you’ve probably heard before – QE reversal, populist electoral victories, China, etc – but he’s also got something new to show you. For one thing, this chart:

Everyone knows assets are on the pricey side these days, but few charts convey the point as compellingly as this one. Writes Reid: “We’re in a period of very elevated global asset prices – possibly the most elevated in aggregate through history.” Read More

09.21.17- Cryptocurrencies and avoiding the
“poof moment”…

Bill Holter

I am writing this at the behest of David Schectman for Miles Franklin readers as he wanted my opinion on cryptocurrencies.  Let’s start by saying I have no doubt within only a short time, “crypto currencies” will be issued and embraced by central banks.  This is not to say I am endorsing Bitcoin, Ethereum or any other digital currency.  It is even possible that not a single existing crypto will exist when central banks finally make their leap. Issuing and embracing cryptos make total sense from the standpoint of central banks for several reasons.  First, what crypto bulls consider as “privacy” today, central banks will see as “total knowledge” if they are the issuer.  This will mean total knowledge of all transactions which also means a near impossibility of any tax evasion even down to the lemonade stand (assuming you have your lemonade permit!). Read More

09.20.17- The Fight For Your Money Is Raging, And You're Losing
Adam English

I’m not one to write much relating to politics.

First off, I don’t often care for voicing an opinion without a conversation. That is an easy way to come off as one of those “holier-than-thou” types that we all hate, unless our views perfectly align.

And in that case, why preach to the choir?

Second, this is an investment newsletter. That’s what you signed up for, and that’s what you’ll get.

But there are times when investing and politics intersect, and I think it is worth bringing up. This is one of those times, as an issue that gets very little attention is ramping up. Read More

09.19.17- How to Beat Banks at Their Own Game
Patrick Watson

When it comes to public sentiment, banks and Congress have a lot in common.

People tell pollsters they dislike Congress in general, but they keep re-electing their own representative and senators.

Similarly, people tend to like their own bank and disapprove of others, according to the latest American Banker/Reputation Institute survey. Read More

09.18.17- New York Times: Spike the food supply with sterilization chemicals to cause global infertility and depopulation
Mike Adams

(Natural News) A November 4, 1969 New York Times feature article authored by Gladwin Hill called for sterilizationchemicals to be added to the food supply in order to achieve globalist goals of human depopulation. That article, entitled “A Sterility Drug in Food is Hinted” came with the byline, “Biologist Stresses Need to Curb Population Growth.”

Until the New York Times memory holes the article, you can still find it in the NYT archives at this link, in fact. You can also see a partial photo of the NYT article below. Read More

09.16.17- America Can’t Afford to Rebuild
Raúl Ilargi Meijer

A number of people have argued over the past few days that Hurricane Harvey will NOT boost the US housing market. As if any such argument would or should be required. Hurricane Irma will not provide any such boost either. News about the ‘resurrection’ of New Orleans post-Katrina has pretty much dried up, but we know scores of people there never returned, in most cases because they couldn’t afford to. 

And Katrina took place 12 years ago, well before the financial crisis. How do you think this will play out today? Houston is a rich city, but that doesn’t mean it’s full of rich people only. Most homeowners in the city and its surroundings have no flood insurance; they can’t afford it. But they still lost everything. So how will they rebuild? Read More

09.15.17- High level and high stakes Mexican stand off continues despite 911 weather warfare attack on US
Benjamin Fulford

The intense struggle at the highest levels of world power has become a Mexican stand-off with the Khazarian mafia staging weather warfare attacks on the US in a desperate attempt to retain control of the Federal Reserve Board. Hurricane Harvey, followed by Hurricanes Irma, Katia and Jose have all been associated with some sort of electro-magnetic beams emanating from Antarctica, US Navy sources say.

There was also confirmation of sorts in the so-called mainstream media that large 25 degree Celsius warm caves filled with life have been found in Antarctica. Read More

09.14.17- An Economic Lesson
for China and Russia

Paul Craig Roberts

Is there anyone in Trump’s government who is not an imbecile?

After years of endless military threats against Russia - remember CIA deputy director Mike Morell saying on TV (Charlie Rose show) that the US should start killing Russians to give them a message, and Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley threatening “We’ll beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before”—now the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin threatens China. If China doesn’t abide by Washington’s new sanctions on North Korea, Mnuchin said the US “will put additional sanctions on them [China] and prevent them from accessing the US and international dollar system.” Read More

09.13.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: He Fights
Evan Sayet

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum.  They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”  Here’s my answer:

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity.  There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.  We tried statesmanship.  Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?  We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?  And the results were always the same. Read More

09.12.17- The United States Of Hubris
Antonius Aquinas,

If anyone should have any questions about whether the United States of America is not the most aggressive, warlike, and terroristic nation on the face of the earth, its latest proposed action against the supposed rogue state of North Korea should allay any such doubts.

Last week, the US circulated a draft resolution which it intends to present to the UN Security Council that would give the American Navy and Air Force the power to interdict North Korean ships at sea to determine if they were transporting “weaponry material” or fuel and that US forces would be given “the right” to use “all necessary measures” to “enforce compliance.”* Read More

09.11.17- Dear President Trump: America is in for a Rude Awakening in January
Jim Rickards

Dear President Trump,

Over the last couple of years I’ve been all over TV… from Fox News to CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg. I’ve been telling our fellow Americans that the financial global elite was planning to issue their own globalist currency called special drawing rights, or SDRs.

And that those elites would use this new currency to replace the U.S. dollar as the global reserve currency.

I’ve even written about this extensively in my best-selling booksThe Road to Ruin and The New Case for Gold. Read More

09.09.17- Here’s What the Latest Fed Resignation Means for Your Money
Lee Adler

You may have heard the news that Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer has resigned, and you’re wondering so what? What does it mean to me and my investments?

Well, I’m no mainstream media pundit, but I have been tracking and writing about the Fed and its influence on the market for a very long time.

So let me give you my perspective on what this resignation does or doesn’t mean. Read More

09.08.17- Globalists Will Throw Antifa To The Wolves To Further Their Agenda
Brandon Smith

In numerous interviews and articles, including my essay 'Globalist Strategy: Use Crazy Leftists And Provocateurs To Enrage/Demonize Conservatives', I have warned leftists that they are being exploited by globalists as a means to drive conservatives towards greater centralization under Trump and the federal government and that if they continue on the path they have embraced, a totalitarian response may be imminent.

I have also made it clear to conservatives that cultural Marxist groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter as they exist today are paper tigers; they are not physically or strategically capable of backing up the viciousness of their ideologies. Meaning, a totalitarian response is not warranted (a totalitarian response is NEVER warranted) and would in fact only help the globalists in their long term efforts to destroy our Constitutional principles. Read More

09.07.17- The Truth About Abraham Lincoln
and Slavery in the US

Leon Puissegur

We see and hear the rants of the Alt-Left people about slavery, but how many actually know the truth about slavery? How many know who was the first person to obtain the legal right to own another person? How many of the left and Alt-Left know about the first attempt at the 13th Amendment? How many of these people actually know who owned slaves? How many of the Antifa clowns actually know the truth about Abraham Lincolnalt?

There are so many questions that must be answered and these people should ask them but they have no real concern about what they started.  They only wish to have a Communist or Socialist government. Antifa acts like the Nazi SS and that could be explained by the man who pays them to be that way, George (The Nazi Sympathizer) Soros. Read More

09.06.17- A $475,000 And A $5 Cancer Cure Announced In The Same Week
Bill Sardi

In striking contrasts, a university-based team just announced it has developed a five-dollar treatment that completely abolishes cancer in the same week news headlines hailed the Food & Drug Administration’s approval of a $475,000 immunotherapy treatment for blood cancer (leukemia).

I’m sure readers want to hear about the five-dollar cancer cure first.  A university-based team set out to develop a cancer cure that could be performed in third-world countries where incomes are low, equipment unavailable and even electricity non-existent.  What they came up with needs just a needle and a syringe and a steady hand. Read More

09.05.17- New Mega-Bank Greed
Just Exposed by FDIC

Peter Reagan

Big banks are pushing Congress to roll back post-2008 regulations, claiming the new rules hamper their ability to lend. But closer investigation reveals greed is the true culprit, giving Americans yet another reason to be wary of banks and seek alternative stores of wealth.

Here’s what you need to know…

Mega-Banks Crying Wolf

The regulations that big banks are griping about relate to reserve requirements, i.e. how much capital banks are required to keep on-hand in relation to the money they lend out. Essentially, the regulations are intended to keep banks from going underwater in the event of a major crisis, where a large number of their loans go bad. Read More

09.04.17- How Society Grew Cold. Dependence on Cold Institutions
Joe Jarvis

The downfall of freedom and happiness: dependence on institutions out of your control.

I’ve always blamed the government.

Governments start the wars, carry out the genocides, steal from the people. Governments lay the foundation of an unjust society, by creating a hierarchy from the beginning. Some make the laws, and some must live by them.

But the government is only half of the picture.

I always trusted in the power of the free market. Read More

09.02.17- Category 6? If Hurricane Irma Becomes The Strongest Hurricane In History, It Could Wipe Entire Cities Off The Map
Michael Snyder

Meteorologists have been shocked at how rapidly Hurricane Irma has been strengthening, and they are already warning that if it hits the United States as a high level category 5 storm the devastation would be absolutely unprecedented.  Of course we are already dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and many experts are already telling us that the economic damage done by that storm will easily surpass any other disaster in all of U.S. history.  But there is a very real possibility that Hurricane Irma could be even worse.  According to the National Hurricane Center, at 5 PM on Friday Irma already had sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.  But it is still very early, and as you will see below, next week it is expected to potentially develop into a category 5 storm with winds of 180 miles per hour or more. Read More

08.31.17- Dangers Are Coming to the Rule of Law
Andrew P. Napolitano

Amid the bad news this summer of racial tensions in Charlottesville and biblical-like floods in Houston and preening saber rattling between Pyongyang and Washington, a dangerous below-the-radar trend has been developing about which all who believe that the Constitution means what it says should be concerned. It is the reckless influence upon local law enforcement coming from the Trump administration.

Here is the back story.

When the states joined the union, they gave certain powers to the federal government, and they kept others to themselves. Read More

08.31.17- Dangers Are Coming to the Rule of Law
Andrew P. Napolitano

Amid the bad news this summer of racial tensions in Charlottesville and biblical-like floods in Houston and preening saber rattling between Pyongyang and Washington, a dangerous below-the-radar trend has been developing about which all who believe that the Constitution means what it says should be concerned. It is the reckless influence upon local law enforcement coming from the Trump administration.

Here is the back story.

When the states joined the union, they gave certain powers to the federal government, and they kept others to themselves. Read More

08.30.17- Three Lessons from Hurricane Harvey
Zach Scheidt

The shocking images and stories from Hurricane Harvey continue to pour in…

This weekend, I saw a picture of an assisted living home where residents were up to their waists in flood water.

I also heard about three different prisons that had to be evacuated. I can’t imagine the logistical nightmare of arranging transportation for these individuals ahead of the storm.

And then there was the Sheriff’s deputy who was stuck in her home, with flood waters rising, and a three-month old baby sitting in a car seat on the kitchen counter. That family had to be rescued by neighbor’s giant tractor combine! Read More

08.29.17- Battle for the Future of Money
Brian Maher

We resist new things as a man resists a new aftershave or a new pair of slippers — and for much the same reason…

We prefer known to unknown… old and reliable to new and improved… today’s certainty to tomorrow’s promise, however gaudy.

Perhaps that explains our irrational attachment to gold, the eternal money.

It also likely explains our delayed recognition of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. Read More

08.28.17- The Single Most Important Asset Class in the World is Imploding
Graham Summers

While everyone continues to focus on stocks, a much larger, far more important situation is brewing in the single most important asset class in the world.

That situation involves the US Dollar ($USD).

While CNBC and the financial media love to talk about stocks, the reality is that stocks are actually one of the smallest asset classes in the world.

Consider the following Read More

08.26.17- Weekend Reading: Storm Warning
Lance Roberts

No, I am not talking about “Hurricane Harvey” which will likely be the first hurricane to strike the Texas coast since 2008, but rather the potential for another “debt ceiling” debacle brewing in Washington.

Just recently, Goldman Sachs raised its odds for a government shutdown from 33% to 50% which was further supported by recent statements from President Trump that he would be willing to risk a Government “shutdown” to get his border wall funded. However, as Axios.com noted yesterday: Read More

08.25.17- Freedom Means Being Independant
Tom Chatham

Most people say they want to be free but will also say we must do as we are told. They see government controls as safety from the world surrounding them. You cannot be free and be under someone’s total control at the same time. They force compliance by threatening to take away the things you need.

The more independent from the system you are the less control they have on you. The less stuff you need the less money you will need. The less money you need the less dependant you will be on the source of that money and the financial system in general. Read More

08.24.17- Cash is not the curse
Mark GB

We are at a critical stage in the ‘end-game’ of a monetary system in desperate need of reform, but the government has neither the stomach nor the spine for the job. So instead Uncle Sam is coming after your taxes. Mark GB on why growth and progress is about to run off a cliff

“Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world” – Henry Kissinger. Read More

08.23.17- Beware of the “dark side” of humanity during any collapse
Jayson Veley

(Natural News) While there have been countless books, movies and television shows about life after some type of apocalyptic event, chances are none of us will ever actually be forced to experience what its like trying to rebuild society from the ground up. More than likely, the majority of us will never be so hungry that we’re forced to get food from somewhere other than the local supermarket, craft our own tools and weapons just to make it through the day, or make decisions that are a matter of life or death. All that being said, there is still a burning question that millions of Americans across the country find themselves asking every now and then: what if? Read More

08.22.17- Are We Fiddling While Rome Burns?
Charles Hugh Smith

Solutions abound, but they require the retirement of obsolete systems that defend entrenched interests and soul-crushing inequalities.

It turns out Nero wasn't fiddling as Rome burned--he was 60 km away at the time. Did Nero Really Fiddle While Rome Burned?

The story has become short-hand for making light of a catastrophe, either out of self-interest (one theory had Nero clearing a site he desired for a palace with the fire) or out of a mad detachment from reality. Read More

08.21.17- You stand a higher chance of being crushed by a vending machine.
Simon Black

There’s something I’ve always found mesmerizing about watching animals in the wild.

They have the most incredible instincts, honed from countless generations of survival against constant threats.

Animals have a keen sense of danger. They know immediately when something doesn’t feel right, and they act on it without hesitation.

I saw an incredible example of this last year when I was visiting a remote wildlife reservation in Zimbabwe. Read More

08.19.17- Don't Forget About The Red Swan
Rory Hall

[Urgent Note: The nation’s future and a massive debt ceiling hangs in the balance as Trump pushes beyond the Comey hearings. That’s why I’m on a mission to send my new book TRUMPED! A Nation on the Brink of Ruin… and How to Bring It Back to every American who responds, absolutely free. Click here for more details.]

Given the anti-Trump feeding frenzy, we continue to believe that a Swan is on its way bearing Orange. But if that’s not enough to dissuade the dip buyers, perhaps the impending arrival of the Red Swan will at least give them pause. Read More

08.18.17- Social Security requires a bailout that’s 60x greater than the 2008 emergency bank bailout
Simon Black

A few weeks ago the Board of Trustees of Social Security sent a formal letter to the United States Senate and House of Representatives to issue a dire warning: Social Security is running out of money.

Given that tens of millions of Americans depend on this public pension program as their sole source of retirement income, you’d think this would have been front page news… Read More

08.17.17- Functional Illiterates Trying to
Erase History

Jim Quinn

“True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them the desire to do right is precisely the same.” Robert E. Lee

I consider myself a student of history. I’ve always been fascinated by the personalities who drove events throughout history. I probably would have been a history major in college if I didn’t feel the need to make enough money to support myself and my family. I chose a business major and decided studying history would be my hobby. Over the years I’ve taken a particular interest in the Civil War. You could even call me a Civil War buff. Read More

08.16.17- If you’re 53 to 71 years old… *New Retirement Warning*
Jody Chudley

Well this is concerning.

According to a survey conducted by Legg Mason, American baby boomers on average are in terrible shape when it comes to savings for retirement.

These poor folks are woefully underfunded.

To be clear, Legg Mason defines a baby boomers are being between the age of 53 and 71. For most of these people, the time to accumulate a retirement savings is in the rear-view mirror. Read More

08.15.17- How to Get Saudi Women Rights, and Make Your Neighbor Paint his House
Joe Jarvis

If you get government wrong, you get everything wrong.

New York City has a lot of wealth. There is infrastructure, skyscrapers, smart people, transportation, and so on.

But what would happen if North Korea took over the city tomorrow? Would all that wealth simply remain in place? Would everyone just go on with their lives?

Of course not. People would flee in droves, the city would crumble. Read More

08.14.15- Trump, DEFCON 1, Wile E. Coyote and Run for the Fallout Shelter
Phil Butler

American foreign policy has now entered its Vaudeville stage. The latest far out act being convincing the dumbest Americans that North Korea is a threat to the US at all. President Donald Trump’s madman assertions and swagger recently are made even more horrific by mainstream media’s apparent shift into his corner. By the time you’re done reading this, fallout shelters may be back in vogue.

For those too young to recollect, Vaudeville entertainment was the fad in the US in the early 20th century famous for a mixture of burlesque comedy and song and dance. The presidency of Donald Trump, so far, has been a marque extravaganza of all three. His song has changed with regard to reconciliation with Russia, but rabid rhetoric on North Korea seems about to go ballistic – literally. Read More

08.12.17- Prepare for Another Market Face Pounding
MN Gordon

Perhaps this means that after a long period of rising stocks prices otherwise intelligent people conceive of clever explanations for why the good times will carry on.  Moreover, if the market goes up for long enough, the opinions become so engrained they seek to explain why stock prices will go up forever.

After nine years of near uninterrupted stock market gains, new opinions are being offered to explain why the stock market will be bathed in sunshine indefinitely.  For example, the late-1990s term Goldilocks is again being used to describe why the slow growth, low unemployment, economy is good for stocks.  Apparently, if an economy is not-too-cold, but not-too-hot, stocks can go up lots and lots. Read More

08.11.17- My friend emailed billionaire Howard Marks about Bitcoin. Here’s his response
Simon Black

Today is one of those days when I feel blessed to have such wonderful and interesting people in my life.

A few months ago I introduced you to Ben Yu, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur who’s easily one of the most unique people I know.

I first met Ben when he came to our summer entrepreneurship camp a few years ago.

I knew instantly that he was bright… and different.
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08.10.17- 12 Critical Events That Are Going To Happen Over A 40 Day Period From August 21st To September 30th
Rory Hall

We are about to witness an extremely unusual convergence of events that many believe could represent a major turning point for our nation.  By now you have probably heard that on August 21st a total solar eclipse will move across the entire continental United States for the first time in decades.  In fact, we have not seen a total solar eclipse cross from the west coast to the east coast in 99 years.  And it will be the very first total solar eclipse that is only visible in this country since the United States first became a nation.  Starting with that event, there is going to be a whole lot going on until we reach the end of September.  The following are 12 critical events that are going to happen over a 40 day period from August 21st to September 30th… Read More

08.09.17- Is Bitcoin Money?
James Rickards

At various times in history, feathers have been money. Shells have been money. Dollars and euros are money. Gold and silver are certainly money. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can also be money.

People say some forms of money, such as Bitcoin or U.S. dollars, are not backed by anything.

But that’s not true.

They are backed by one thing: confidence. Read More

08.08.17- The Medical Cartel is Keeping Health Care Costs High
Travis Klavohn

In 2010, the small town of Collegedale, Tennessee had the dubious distinction of having the highest prevalence of Type II Diabetes in the world. Without a single endocrinologist in the small town, those suffering from this preventable and treatable form of the disease were unable to gain access to the treatment they needed.

The country is experiencing a shortage of doctors in virtually every state. Read More

08.07.17- Anti-Populist Coward Jeff Sessions Threatens the First Amendment
Michael Krieger

When you take a look at which issues Jeff Sessions gets most passionate about (asset forfeiture, drug war foolishness, cracking down on media), there’s one thing that ties it all together. He has a very deep-seated and visceral disdain for the American public. He’s your typical cowardly prosecutor looking to make a name for himself by picking on the weak and dispossessed, while never targeting elite criminals. One thing you’ll always notice about Sessions is how much of a thug he is. He’d never dare take on a bank executive or powerful politician, but prefers to marshals resources toward the most anti-populist crusades possible. His latest move to target freedom of the press is no exception. Read More

08.05.17- Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan Ominously Warns That The Biggest Bond Bubble In History Is About To Burst
Michael Snyder

Are we right on the verge of one of the greatest financial collapses in American history? I have been repeatedly warning that our ridiculously over-inflated stock market bubble could burst at any time, but former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan believes that the bond bubble actually presents an even greater danger. When you look at the long-term charts, you will see that an epic bond bubble has been growing since the early 1980s, and when it finally collapses the financial carnage is going to be unlike anything we have ever seen before. Read More

08.04.17- Geopolitical Tensions Are Designed To Distract The Public From Economic Decline
Brandon Smith

Tracking geopolitical and fiscal developments over the past several years is a bit like watching a slow motion train wreck; you know exactly what the consequences of the events will be, you try to warn people as much as possible, but, ultimately, you cannot reverse the disaster. The disaster has for all intents and purposes already happened. What we are witnessing is the aftermath as a forgone conclusion.

This is why whenever someone asks me as an economic and political analyst "when the collapse is going to happen," I have to shake my head in bewilderment. The "collapse" is here now. It is done. It is a historical fact. It's just that not many people have the eyes to see it yet, primarily because they are hyper-focused on all the wrong things. Read More

08.03.17- The Incredible Lie Of Internet Advertising
Karl Denninger

There has been a lot of micro focus on Internet advertising -- the prevalence of "bots" (robotic "readers" that click ads), second, third, fourth and sixth accounts that belong to cats, dogs and mice, measurement problems (such as counting a video "viewed" if 50% of the pixels could have been seen for 2 seconds) and more.

But nobody has, as far as I know, talked about the real, underlying issue behind all of the above and more: Incentives, the mismatch thereof, and thus the outrageous enabling of worthless advertising which the consumer directly pays to have sent to them by the venues in question. Read More

08.02.17- The United States Has Become
A Nation Of Sheeple

Michael Snyder

You can either follow the herd of you can decide to find your own path.  One of the things that greatly frustrates me is that so many Americans allow other people to do their thinking for them.  We have become a nation of sheeple, and the vast majority of the shepherds that we are relying on for guidance are frauds and imposters.  The blind are leading the blind, and we are slowly but surely committing national suicide.  If a lot more of us don’t start to learn to think for ourselves, I fear that the vast majority of the population will never wake up until it is far too late.

Let me ask you a very simple question.

What is on your mind today? Read More

08.01.17- Big Banks Make Risky New Lending Scheme Available to Millions of Americans
Birch Gold Group

The same lending indiscretion behind the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007 could be reincarnated through a new surge in securities-backed debt. Historically, this risky form of loan was only available to the ultra-wealthy, but financial behemoths are now using it to lure in the average American.

Here’s why it could be a recipe for disaster…

There are two basic kinds of loans: secured loans and unsecured loans. Secured loans utilize some form of collateral, making their interest rates lower, while unsecured loans have no collateral and higher rates.Read More

07.31.17- Saving Rural America
Tom Chatham

Rural America is dying a slow and miserable death but only the local inhabitants seem to notice. It was happening slowly but now it is happening faster. The crown jewels of the rural areas, the graduating children, are leaving and taking their potential with them. As rural businesses shut down and opportunities dwindle, younger people are leaving to seek out greener pastures. That is a travesty for small towns and the traditions they have maintained for generations.

There are two main reasons why the youth of America are leaving small towns. One is the economy and the other is the social environment. There are no good jobs and there is nothing to do outside of work. Growing youth need to be kept busy with something and lacking that they will seek out excitement. Read More

07.29.17- Why the cancer industry doesn’t want you to learn the truth about anti-cancer foods: Combination of apple peel, turmeric root and grape skins found to BEAT prostate cancer
Mike Adams

(Natural News) Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have discovered something that the cancer industry would prefer you don’t know about: A combination of natural, everyday foods can help prevent the growth of prostate cancer. Read More

07.28.17- Hegemony is a Three-Player Game
James Rickards

Three-player games are easy to model — it’s always two against one. The art of geopolitics and examining hegemony powers in such situations is to be part of a duo that pressures the remaining player, or, at a minimum, keep the other two players separated.

This is basic balance-of-power politics as practiced since the rise of Napoleon (1799), with antecedents in the Treaty of Westphalia (1648), and Machiavelli’s The Prince (1532).

The case for normalizing relations between Russia and the U.S. rests on the coming confrontation between the U.S. and China. This confrontation stems from China’s refusal to help the U.S. deal decisively with North Korea, which is pushing the U.S. toward a pre-emptive war on the Korean peninsula. Read More

07.27.17- The Current Big Lie Is...
Eric Zuesse

The Big Lie today is as enormous as, and potentially far more harmful than, any Big Lie throughout history has been; and, it will be exposed fully here, and will be documented even more fully, by means of the links that are provided in this summary of it. (This Big Lie is certainly important enough for that care, because if the lie is continued unexposed, that massive fraud will produce World War III, a world-destroying nuclear war, perhaps even soon.) So, this will be only a summary of it, but a completely documented summary — not a mere ‘exposé’ that’s expected to be believed because it is already generally suspected or thought to be the case, but, instead, something that's presented in the expectation that the key facts of the case have, to the contrary, been so effectively hidden from the public, as to make necessary here the providing of full documentation of it, for anyone who wants to delve more deeply into this ongoing rape of history — the super-dangerous Big Lie that’s ongoing right now. Read More

07.26.17- 5 Ways to Keep a Tax Farm (Citizens) Producing
Joe Jarvis

The government depends on the citizens to produce, to create value from which the ruling classes can leech. They need to keep us working and spending in ways that they prescribe in order to insert themselves into transactions which would otherwise have nothing to do with them. Here are five ways that they keep the tax farm going.

Credit cards, student loan debt, home loans, and car loans all represent an obligation to work full time. Once you have been saddled with debt, you cannot make the choice to take time off to pursue a business endeavor you are passionate about. Read More

07.25.17- What To Do With Your Cash?
Adam Taggart

Is it folly to hold cash right now? Or brilliant?

Have you moved a material percentage of your financial portfolio to cash? Have you become so concerned about the meteoric ramp upwards in asset prices that you find it wiser instead to move to the sidelines, build "dry powder", and wait to re-enter the markets at saner valuations?

If so, you have my sympathies.

The past 5+ years have been brutal for savers pursuing this strategy. I know this well, as I'm one of those folks, too. Read More

07.24.17- Don’t Buy the Sears Stock Rally –
SHLD Is Doomed

Money Morning Staff Report

Sears stock has rebounded more than 43% in the last month, but that does not mean this stock is turning around. Quite the opposite.

We still think Sears is headed toward bankruptcy. If you own it, get out. And if you think management can pull off a miracle, forget it. They can't.

Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani told readers back in May about Sears' epic downfall. He even outlined a strategy to profit as Sears stock "lurches towards its deathbed." And despite the stock's recent rally, if you'd followed Gilani's plan, you'd still be up double digits. Read More

07.22.17- August 1, 2017 Starts the Most Dangerous 90 Days in American History
John Galt

Donald J. Trump has been President of the United States (POTUS for short) for almost seven months by August 1st and everyone should rightfully be terrified; not of him or his Presidency but the ominous parallels to our past.

The Republicans have held a majority it he legislative branch along with the executive for the same duration.

The stock market has enjoyed a bull market of historic proportions without a correction for the longest period in post Federal Reserve Act history.

And effective overnight interest rates have remained below the historical average as measured by the Fed Fund Rate in over 60 years. Read More

07.21.17- Hemp CBD Vs Cannabis CBD,
the Difference

Paul Ebeling

CBD stands for phytocannabinoid Cannabidiol. It has come into the medical cannabis scene like no other natural compound has ever done.

CBD has received lots of media attention over the past few years; however, there are many people that have questions about it:

Below is everything one need know about CBD and some, as follows: Read More

07.21.17- Hemp CBD Vs Cannabis CBD,
the Difference

Paul Ebeling

CBD stands for phytocannabinoid Cannabidiol. It has come into the medical cannabis scene like no other natural compound has ever done.

CBD has received lots of media attention over the past few years; however, there are many people that have questions about it:

Below is everything one need know about CBD and some, as follows: Read More

07.20.17- Car-Mageddon Is Upon Us
And How To Play It

Adem Tumerkan

  • I see uncanny reminiscence from 2008 mortgage lending in todays auto-loans.

  • Auto defaults are surging to post crisis highs.

  • Lenders are decreasing the standards of whom they give car loans to. They are not vetting the risks appropriately of especially subprime lenders.

  • A collapse in auto loans will impact significantly throughout the economy. From car companies, dealerships, Wall Street, and Banks. The trickle down effect is contagious and spread - creating instability. Read More

07.19.17- Real Fake News:
Science Used as Propaganda

Joe Jarvis

Did you know that doctors and scientists can be corrupt or simply wrong?

People seem to give doctors and scientists the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their findings and opinions on things like global warming, genetically modified organisms, pesticides, chemicals, and how unhealthy certain foods and habits are.

But like any other humans, scientists and doctors are, well, human. They can be misguided, confused, corrupt, and opinionated. Read More

07.18.17- Statin Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs A Giant Hoax; Add Just Four Days To Your Life
Bill Sardi

What we now observe is a blistering condemnation of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs coming out of news sources in Great Britain with absolute silence on the subject from US-based news agencies.

The scathing denunciation of statin drugs emanates from The Pharmaceutical Journal in the UK that declares the cholesterol hypothesis of cardiovascular disease is “dead.”

The prevalent mantra that statins are “life-savers” and that “people will die” if they discontinue statins, as well as advice “everyone over 50 should be on a statin drug,” is based upon “cherry-picking” of the data say investigators.  A review of 44 published trials of statin drugs finds among subjects taking statins to prevent heart attacks, these pills only add 4 days to one’s life! Read More

07.17.17- Times Change Out From Under Us
Paul Craig Roberts

He had lugged the 50 lb. bag of Milorganite into the garden in order to discover, as on many prior occasions, that he had nothing with which to open it. He blamed this on the war on terror and the TSA. As a youth he, as did every boy, had a pocket knife. Always. It was expected. There was no school rule against pocket knives. Once for a period they even all had switchblades. You could get them for 99 cents, a large amount in those days, enough to buy a case of 24 Coca-Colas. The switchblades met with school and parental disapproval as they smacked of New York gangs. But before teachers and parents came up with a policy, the boys had abandoned the switchblades. The knives had weak springs. Fascinated with the speed with which the knives opened with a satisfying click and locked the blade into place, the boys quickly wore out the springs on their switchblades. Unlike their trusty pocket knives, the switchblades quickly became useless. Read More

07.15.17- Tech Billionaires Are Funding A Plan To Break The Human Race Out Of The Matrix
Jake Anderson

On the southwestern edge of Lake Titicaca, Peru, there is an ancient 23-foot doorway known as the Aramu Muru. Local natives call it the “Puerta de hayu Marca,” the gateway to the lands of the gods and immortal life. Throughout their history, the natives have described people disappearing and appearing at this doorway.

In 1998, purported extraterrestrial contactee Jerry Wills claimed a tall blonde humanoid named Zo taught him how to access Aramu Muru and enter “another universe.” Wills further claimed that Zo illustrated to him how our universe is an experimental simulation within his species’ universe. They built it to understand their own reality, which is itself nested inside a larger universe. Read More

07.14.17- How Trump’s New Plan for the Border Wall Could Explode Silver
Birch Gold Group

Donald Trump’s border wall is gaining traction thanks to a revised proposal that would outfit it with solar panels. Detractors are turning into advocates, and the new plan may even have a hidden benefit for a few savvy folks out there.

Why does Trump care about making his border wall solar? Essentially, he’s dangling a huge carrot in front of Democrats, environmentalists, and other staunch opponents of the original plan. And it looks like it may work. Read More

07.13.17- Cryptocurrency Bloodbath! Sell Everything We Were Totally Wrong!
Jeff Berwick

Just kidding.

In a recent newsletter to subscribers (subscribe here) I wrote:

BUY OR SELL CRYPTOS?

"I have seen a number of subscribers posting in the private TDV Facebook Group that they are beginning to give up on gold and silver and are thinking of selling and buying some of these high flying cryptos.

That would be the opposite of what I would advise at this moment in time... and I touched on this in the last Dispatch too. Read More

07.12.17- Investors Should Be Terrified Of The Imminent Liquidity Shock
Richard Duncan

We are now entering a very dangerous period for asset prices and the global economy. The Fed plans to drain more than $1 trillion of liquidity from the financial markets by the end of 2019. That’s not just taking the punch bowl away. It’s more like pumping the stomach of a chronic alcoholic.

The ECB also seems to be preparing to taper its aggressive Quantitative Easing program. If the Fed and the ECB go forward with these plans, global liquidity will dry up. That could send the price of stocks, property, bonds and commodities (including gold and oil) tumbling. It could also send the global economy back into severe recession. Read More

07.11.17- Take Advantage of This Free Insurance Policy For Your Savings
Simon Black

Hong Kong has some of the best prices in the world on just about EVERYTHING…

This is the very first article I’m writing to you on the brand new Macbook Pro that I just purchased here in Hong Kong.

It’s the fully loaded version with 16GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD hard drive, and 3.5 GHz i7 processor.

Given that I actually run Linux on may laptop and barely do anything outside of word processing a bit of programming, the purchase was probably overkill. But I got such a great deal it was hard to pass up.

You see, Hong Kong has some of the best prices in the world on just about EVERYTHING. Read More

07.10.17- The Inevitability Of DeGrowth
Charles Hugh Smith

Our current debt & energy orgy can't last much longer

Even though we don't know precisely how the future will unfold, we know a few things about it:

  1. Of the 7.5 billion humans on the planet, virtually every individual wants to enjoy a high-energy consumption “middle-class” lifestyle. As a generous estimate, 1.5 billion people enjoy a high-energy consumption lifestyle today; the remaining six billion are aspirants hungry for all the goodies enjoyed by the 1.5 billion—all goodies based on affordable energy. Read More

07.08.17- Suicide By Stupidity
James Howard Kunstler

But if Mr. Trump agrees to work with Mr. Putin despite a list of Russian transgressions beginning with the annexation of Crimea and ending with its interference in the 2016 presidential election, he will also look weak while Mr. Putin can claim that he reconstructed the relationship.

America wakes up to astonishing bullshit from its so-called Newspaper of Record in this lead front-page propaganda dump du jour. Granted, American education has succeeded in destroying the critical faculties of at least three generations so that the public drowns in a soup of unreality every day. Read More

07.07.17- Preparing For The Cashless Transition
James Wesley Rawles

Most western nations will soon adopt digital currency. Already, more than 80% of day-to-day transactions in the First World are settled with debit cards, credit cards, PayPal, or checks. In Europe, the use of the EC card—a sort of interbank debit card—has become ubiquitous. Going “cashless” is the Big Trend.

With the now widespread use of smart phones, payment for many small transactions is as simple as just waving a phone at the checkout counter. (This is a so-called “contactless” or “mobile wallet” purchase.) Mobile wallets, such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, are catching on rapidly.  So rapidly, in fact, that some urbanites no longer carry any cash. At many stores, kiosks, and even restaurants this will likely become obligatory in the next few years. No smartphone? Sorry, “No soup for you!” Read More

07.06.17- Sovereign Debt Jubilee, Japanese-Style
Ellen Brown

Japan has found a way to write off nearly half its national debt without creating inflation. We could do that too.

Let’s face it. There is no way the US government is ever going to pay back a $20 trillion federal debt. The taxpayers will just continue to pay interest on it, year after year.

A lot of interest.

If the Federal Reserve raises the fed funds rate to 3.5% and sells its federal securities into the market, as it is proposing to do, by 2026 the projected tab will be $830 billion annually. That’s nearly $1 trillion owed by the taxpayers every year, just for interest. Read More

06.05.17- Prepare For Asset Price Declines
Of 50-75%

Steve St Angelo

What we have is a totally propped-up market based upon debt. Energy isn’t producing positive growth, really. So instead of having real economic growth, we have inflated economic growth and inflated asset values.

When growth starts to decline, I think we’re going to see the valuations of assets decline considerably. It’s anyone’s guess how quickly they can fall, but according to what I have been looking at, I think we are going to see a 50% decrease in real estate values right off the bat. I am not saying this will happen in a day, but the first wave will be a 30-50% decrease in real estate values when the markets really start to crack. They are already at the edge of the cliff — and I see prices falling down the cliff, struggling to recover, and then falling even further. Read More

07.04.17- We Must Declare Independence
Ron Paul

As Independence Day comes around again we should spend a few moments between barbecue and fireworks to think about the meaning of independence. The colonists who rebelled against the British Crown were, among other things, unhappy about taxation. Yet, as economist Gary North points out, the total burden of British imperial taxation was about one-to-two percent of national income.

Some 241 years later, Washington claims more of our money as its own than King George could have ever imagined. What do we get in this bargain? We get a federal government larger and more oppressive than before 1776, a government that increasingly views us as the enemy. Read More

07.03.17- The American People Are The Number One Target: “They Are Tightening The Screws”
Jeremiah Johnsoin

A little more than a week ago it was announced that Whole Foods was bought by Amazon.com for just under $14 billion.  One of the major problems with this is that Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon has deep ties with the CIA and the Federal government.  Wal-Mart being fully in the government’s pocket and now Whole Foods brought under thumb as well, how much longer before Kissinger’s “Food as a Weapon” principle is brought to bear?  A good article was just released by Jon Rappaport entitled Buy your food from the CIA: Amazon buys Whole Foods, that is worth reading.

As if that connection is not nefarious enough, there is more: it appears a new cloud technology is being produced for the CIA from…you guessed it…none other than the CIA, as is excerpted here: Read More

07.01.17- Will Citizens Turn Their Rage Towards Central Bankers?
Marc Faber

My friend Albert Edwards at Societe Generale recently wrote an excellent strategy report entitled, “Theft redux: the citizens will soon turn their rage towards Central Bankers.

According to Edwards, “While politics in the West reels from a decade of economic crisis and stagnation, asset prices continue to surge on the back of continued rapid growth in G3 QE.
In an age of ‘radical uncertainty’ how long will it be before angry citizens tire of blaming an impotent political system for their ills and turn on the main culprits for their poverty – unelected and virtually unaccountable central bankers? I expect central bank independence will be (and should be) the next casualty of the current political turmoil.” Read More

 

06.30.17- The Medical System Is A Racket
Karl Denninger

I've long raised hell about the Libertarian Party's refusal to insist on two things:

1. Wage and environmental parity tariffs.  These are anti-exploitation tariffs.  They are one of my proposals to prevent people from dumping toxic waste in the air, water and ground as a means of making production in one place cheaper than the other and thus moving their manufacturing to that location, along with making the exploitation of workers through non-voluntary measures that amount to extortionate work arrangements unprofitable. Read More

06.29.17- It Is the Presstitutes, Not Russia, Who Interfered in the US Presidential Election
Paul Craig Roberts

Unlike Oliver Stone, who knew how to interview Vladimir Putin, Megyn Kelly did not. Thus, she made a fool of herself, which is par for her course.

Now the entire Western media has joined Megyn in foolishness, or so it appears from a RT report. James O’Keefe has senior CNN producer John Bonifield on video telling O’Keefe that CNN’s anti-Russia reporting is purely for ratings: “It’s mostly bullshit right now. Like, we don’t have any big giant proof.” CNN’s Bonifield is reported to go on to say that “our CIA is doing shit all the time, we’re out there trying to manipulate governments.”Read More

06.28.17- Can Gold & Silver Be Put On The Blockchain?
Jeff Berwick

Many gold bugs and hard money advocates still see bitcoin as being an enemy of gold when, in fact, it is complementary to gold.

They’ll often point out there is “nothing backing bitcoin” without, for even a second, realizing there is nothing backing gold either.

All value is subjective and in today’s digital age there is real value in being able to digitally transfer value nearly instantly worldwide at the click of a button for very little cost and in a way that no bank, government or other third party can block or steal. Read More

06.27.17- Full "Faith" And Credit
Larry LaBorde

Everyone knows that our “official” US debt is around $20T on our “cash basis” of accounting.  When taking all our promised future payments into account and running them back to their present worth then the real US debt is around $80 to $120 T.  Considering the total US GDP for an entire year is only $18.5T these numbers are pretty unpayable – EVER.  Of course this means only one thing which is default.  Sir Alan Greenspan said that we could never default in that we could just print up more dollars, however, printing more dollars and making them worth less is indeed another indirect form of default.  The big question is exactly how much longer can this go on? Read More

06.26.17- The World Is Going Down With Trump
Paul Craig Roberts

On June 21 the editorial board of the Washington Post, long a propaganda instrument believed to be in cahoots with the CIA and the deep state, called for more sanctions and more pressure on Russia.

One second’s thought is sufficient to realize how bad this advice is. The orchestrated demonization of Russia and its president began in the late summer of 2013 when the British Parliament and Russian diplomacy blocked the neoconned Obama regime’s planned invasion of Syria. An example had to be made of Russia before other countries began standing up to Washington. While the Russians were focused on the Sochi Olympic Games, Washington staged a coup in Ukraine, replacing the elected democratic government with a gang of Banderite neo-nazi thugs whose forebears fought for Hitler in World War II. Washington claimed it had brought democracy to Ukraine. Read More

06.24.17- This asset has outperformed the Tulip Bubble, Mississippi Bubble, and dot-com Bubble
Simon Black

This morning I had the pleasure of spending an hour of my life tracking down a missing wire transfer that had been sent to a large, multinational bank more than two weeks ago.

I’m sure you’ve been there, being passed around various departments like the village bicycle, each time having to re-explain the entire situation to someone brand new.

Finally someone found the missing funds, and the person told me me they would release the money later today. But that it would still take 3-5 business days for the funds to hit the recipient’s account. Read More

06.23.17- What happens to your debt
when you die?

Christine DiGangi

Americans are dying with an average of $62,000 of debt

You’re probably going to die with some debt to your name. Most people do. In fact, 73% of consumers had outstanding debt when they were reported as dead, according to December 2016 data provided to Credit.com by credit bureau Experian.

Those consumers carried an average total balance of $61,554, including mortgage debt. Without home loans, the average balance was $12,875. Read More

06.22.17- Cannabinoids Can Successfully Kill Leukemia Cells, Reveals Groundbreaking New Study
Russel Davis

(Natural News) A recent study published in International Journal of Oncology revealed that cannabinoids, the active chemical in cannabis, can destroy leukemia cells either alone or in combination with other cancer treatments. The scientific community has long-established that cannabinoids may show potential in cancer treatment, with certain varieties known to promote cell death, curb cell growth, and inhibit tumor-inducing blood vessel development. In order to evaluate the compound’s efficacy against leukemia, a team of researchers at the St George’s, University of London studied cancer cells in a laboratory and tested various combinations of cannabinoids and chemotherapy drugs such as cytarabine and vincristine. Read More

06.21.17- 100 Million Dead In US
Karl Denninger

Go ahead folks, read this one.

Accordingly, I must communicate to you at this time the full extent of our dire fiscal straits and the potential disruptions that we face in addressing even our most critical core responsibilities going forward into the new fiscal year. My Office has very serious concerns that, in the coming weeks, the State of Illinois will no longer be able to guarantee timely and predictable payments in a number of areas that we have to date managed (albeit with extreme difficulty) despite an unpaid bill backlog in excess of $15 billion and growing rapidly.

We are effectively hemorrhaging money as the state’s spending obligations have exceeded receipts by an average of over $600 million per month over the past year. (ed: That's $7.2 billion/year) Read More

06.20.17- Crisis On The Horizon: Will It Be Economic Collapse? Global Civil Unrest? War? We Won’t Have To Guess Much Longer…
Jeremiah Johnson

“Never let a crisis go to waste.” -Rahm Emmanuel

The algorithm is simple: Governments coerce their pet monkeys to pay taxes into the system – the self-perpetuating machine – and thereby the monkeys become the very sources of funding to build, equip, staff, and enforce their own incarceration.

There are too many individuals with dreams, plans, goals, and ambitions for themselves and their families.  There is too much individualism.  It eventually must be crushed, in order to maintain the existing social, political, religious, and economic order. Read More

06.19.17- The Worst Financial Nightmare In Illinois History Erupts As State Comptroller Declares ‘We Are In Massive Crisis Mode’
Michael Snyder

Margaret Thatcher once said that the big problem with socialist governments is that “they always run out of other people’s money”, and unfortunately we are witnessing this play out in a major way in the state of Illinois right now.  At this point, the Illinois state government has more than 15 billion dollars of unpaid bills.  Yes, you read that correctly.  They are already 15 billion dollars behind on their bills, and they are on pace to take in 6 billion dollars less than they are scheduled to spend in 2017.  It is the worst financial crisis in the history of Illinois, and State Comptroller Susana Mendoza sounds like she is about ready to tear her hair out in frustrationRead More

06.17.17- Invest in the Highest Value Asset: Personal Skills
Joe Jarvis

That’s what this world needs: skills. Raw resources are useless without the skill to properly apply them.

There are skills for financial gain, skills for personal gain, and skills for a backup plan. Most of them overlap; something once a hobby can become a career, for instance becoming a tennis instructor. Or a skill that is a “backup plan” can become the bread and butter in an emergency, like keeping bees or growing a garden.

Tangible assets are a needed hedge when it seems everything–the stock market, real estate, bonds–are overvalued or in a bubble. A good useful skill is as tangible an asset as they get. And unlike resources, a skill cannot so easily be taken from you. Read More

06.16.17- “We Are Already In The Midst Of An Economic Collapse… The Data Points Show An Economy In Severe Deterioration… Not Recovery”Brandon Smith

In my article ‘The Trump Collapse Scapegoat Narrative Has Now Been Launched‘, I discussed the ongoing and highly obvious plan by globalists and international financiers to pull the plug on their fiat support for stock markets and portions of the general economy while blaming the Trump Administration (and the conservative ideal) for the subsequent crash. Numerous economic shocks and negative data which had been simmering for years before the 2016 elections are rising to the surface of the normally oblivious mainstream. Read More

06.15.17- There Will be More
Eric Peters

Violence is, unfortunately, fungible.

As this society becomes more and more officially violent, it is probable that unofficial violence will also increase. In fact, it is almost a mathematical axiom. It is also one not comprehended by those most responsible for initiating the process.

Police and politicians seem baffled by the growing disenchantment with their class. They seem to expect people to behave toward them with respect and deference no matter what they do – by dint of the fact that what they do is Official and Legal. Read More

06.14.17- To Save Trump’s Presidency, Hillary Must be Prosecuted for Treason-It’s a Slam Dunk Case
Dave Hodges

I published my assertion that Clinton was a traitor in 2015. I repeated this charge nearly eight months ago. So you may be wondering why am I resurfacing this issue. First, the final numbers are in on how much the Clinton’s made on selling uranium to the Russians. They made a whopping $2.85 billion (see below). Second, it was not Dave Hodges that exposed the Clinton treasonous sale of uranium to the Russians. Read More

06.13.17- Debt-Based Money Corrodes Society
Brian Maher

We open today’s reckoning with a hypothesis:

The current monetary system debauches the culture.

Long-suffering readers are familiar with our… diminished regard for paper money.

Paper money — or digital money nowadays — is the great bogeyman of the boom/bust cycle. It inflates bubbles of every model and make.

Paper money fuels big government… as oxygen fuels fire. Read More

06.12.17- General Lee Speaks: Had it Figured Out
Toadstool

“The consolidation of the states into one vast empire, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of ruin which has overwhelmed all that preceded it.” Robert E. Lee

The man was perceptive. Amalgamation of the states under a central government has led to exactly the effects foreseen by General Lee. 

In, say, 1950, to an appreciable though imperfect extent America resembled a confederacy. Different regions of the America had little contact with each other, and almost no influence over one another. Read More

06.10.17- Why The Money in Your Bank Account is Not As Safe as You May Think
The Daily Bell

Banks are supposed to be the epitome of secure. You can put your money in their vaults, and forget about it. Don’t worry everything will be fine. And even if the bank goes under, the federal government insures deposits of up to $250,000.

But that won’t help if the government is the thief. The United States government can freeze your bank accounts for basically no reason, without due process. Then it is up to you to prove your innocence.

One reason might be that you have a name similar to an alleged terrorist on the list maintained by the U.S. government. The list is comprised of people suspected of involvement in financing terrorism but has remarkably little identifying information, sometimes only a name. Read More

06.09.17- I Bought Bitcoin -- Here’s What Happened
Davis Ruzicka

I wouldn’t say that I bought into the hype. I would say that I did this more as a learning experience.

I’ve received so many questions about how to buy, and where to buy, and even more about the legality of the process, so I figured what the heck — I’ll buy some myself.

So that’s what I did. I bought bitcoin. And here’s what happened…

In the last two weeks, bitcoin has blanketed the radio waves. No matter if you keep up with Bloomberg or CNBC, or you’re nosey neighbor continues to chat your ear off about the cryptocurrency, odds are, in the past few weeks, you’ve heard the hype surrounding Bitcoin. Read More

 

06.08.17- Walmart and Amazon Know the Terrible Truth: The American Middle Class Is Dying
Daniel Lang

A lot of people were probably thrilled today about Amazon’s latest announcement. The online retail giant has revealed that they are going to reduce the cost of Prime membership, which provides free shipping for more orders and unlimited streaming for many shows and movies. But it’s not just for anyone. The reduced rate will be reserved for low income households.

Customers normally pay $10.99 per month or $99 per year for Prime subscriptions, which offers free two-day shipping on many products as well as access to streaming video and music services. Read More

06.07.17- If We Don’t Fight For It, The Liberal World Order Is Going To Kill Our Way Of Life
Michael Snyder

There comes a time when it becomes necessary to draw a line in the sand.  When the early settlers came to America, they were desperate to find a place where they could live in freedom.  And our Founding Fathers worked very hard to draft a Constitution that would guarantee that future generations of Americans would live in a nation where the freedom and liberty of the people were maximized.  Unfortunately, the way of life that our founders sought to establish is slowly being killed off by the progressive agenda of “the Liberal World Order”.  Just about every single element of their progressive agenda is diametrically opposed to the values and the principles that this country was founded upon.  And if they ultimately get everything that they want, our way of life will be eradicated for good. Read More

06.06.17- Invest in Yourself
Axel Merk

The other day, I was asked what my investment advice for a 65-year old would be? My reply: “Go to the gym and watch your expenses.” To create wealth and/or preserve it for a future generation, all too often do we lose sight of the big picture. Let me explain.

Most of us invest because we pursue long-term goals, even if the means of achieving them differ greatly. This long-term goal tends to be saving for retirement; for those who can, it might extend to save for a future generation; or, for institutional investors, there might be an infinite investment horizon. Read More

06.05.17- China’s Latest Assault on the Dollar
Birch Gold

For some time now, China and Saudi Arabia have been negotiating to ditch the petrodollar system and allow Beijing to purchase oil with the Chinese yuan. If a deal is struck, it will be a huge blow to the long-standing system of the petrodollar, which dictates that oil is sold in units of U.S. dollars. Should it begin to dissolve, it could spell the end of U.S. dollar hegemony — leaving Americans with an increasingly devalued currency, and robbing them of their spending power.

Here’s how China’s deal-brokering in the oil market could gradually kill the dollar, and what average savers ought to know about maintaining their savings in spite of it. Read More

06.03.17- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy cures woman of stage-4 cancer
Earl Garcia

(Natural News) Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has picked up steam over the last few years as a number of studies have demonstrated that treatment’s many health benefits. In fact, the intervention was credited for the cancer remission of a New York-based woman.

Sabrina Gauer, a New York-based singer was 27 when she was diagnosed with stage-4 mouth cancer. The singer underwent intensive surgery in October 2015 to have part of her tongue removed and reconstructed to eliminate the aggressive oral squamous cell carcinoma tumor at the side of her tongue. The surgeons also removed 41 lymph nodes on the right side of her neck during the surgery that lasted six hours. Read More

06.02.17- RIPPLE Crypto-Currency Up 20% Today….. It’s The Wild West Out There
Steve St Angelo

After the crypto-currency, Ripple, fell 12% yesterday, it surged over 20% in trading today.  Folks, it’s the Wild West out there in crypto-currency land.  I have been spending some time looking into these crypto-currencies because there seems to be a great deal of mystery behind them.  And I like looking into and solving mysteries.

Of course, the rapid increase in price has sparked some interest, but very few realize just how much energy and capital it takes to produce one Bitcoin today.  Actually, I was quite surprised. Read More

06.01.17- John Mauldin: We are coming to a period I call the Great Reset ...
Willem Middelkoop

John Mauldin has been writing his weekly articles for over 15 years. He has a huge audience worldwide. I met him once, years ago in Brussels and don’t know if he has read The Big Reset. But recently he started to talk about the coming ‘Great Reset’:

We are coming to a period I call the Great Reset. As it hits, we will have to deal, one way or another, with the largest twin bubbles in the history of the world: global debt, especially government debt, and the even larger bubble of government promises. We are talking about debt and unfunded promises to the tune ofmultiple hundreds of trillions of dollars – vastly larger than global GDP. We are also going to have to restructure our economies and in particular how we approach employment because of the massive technological transformation that is taking place. But let’s keep the focus for now on global debt and government promises. Read More

05.31.17- Charlie Daniels’ Open Letter to Chuck Schumer: You’ve Opened Pandora’s Box
Charlie Daniels

Sen. Schumer, I don't live in your constituency, but in the larger picture, you live in mine and every other legal, taxpaying American citizen who is affected by the power you hold in your political party, your blind allegiance to it and the obstructionist posture to anything that doesn't directly benefit it.

There's something sinister about seeing you bent over the lectern in the Senate Chamber, your countenance resembling what I would imagine Edgar Allen Poe's would look like reciting one of his macabre tales of doom and gloom, as if there is not one drop of happiness in your life, forecasting a dismal future for America if anything President Trump proposes passes both houses, is signed and becomes law. Read More

05.30.17- Happy War & Freedom Propaganda Day
Nick Hodge

As I watched politicians pay tribute to our fallen servicemen on Memorial Day, I have to admit that I felt a bit disgusted.

The hypocrisy was thicker than the grill smoke, the pandering more apparent than in a Chaucer poem.

You see, Memorial Day is the day the government tells us we should pay tribute to the soldiers who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms.

I say those soldiers would be turning in their graves if they saw how our freedoms were being “protected” today...Read More

05.29.17- The Attack on Workers, Phase II
MN Gordon

It’s been a long row to hoe for most workers during the first 17 years of the new millennium.  The soil’s been hard and rocky.  The rewards for one’s toils have been bleak.

For many, laboriously dragging a push plow’s dull blade across the land has hardly scratched enough of a rut in the ground to plant a pitiful row of string beans.  What’s more, any bean sprouts that broke through the stony earth were quickly strangled out by seasonal weeds.  Those ‘green shoots’ that persisted bore pods that dried out on the vine before maturity. Read More

05.27.17- Microsoft Warns Of ‘Orwellian Future’ As WikiLeaks Exposes Participation With Surveillance
Alexa Erickson

Recently, an instalment of WikiLeaks’ Vault7 documents came to light that exposed two CIA malware programs that specifically infect Microsoft computers with the purpose of carrying out tasks on infected computers, checking for scheduled events, and collecting data.

The revelation put Microsoft in the hot seat, with people speculating that the tech giant may have been aware that the CIA works with features specifically built into Microsoft computers to collect data and perform tasks. Read More

05.26.17- Drain the Swamp
Monty Pelerin

Drain the Swamp was not a political movement when I came of voting age. The term then applied more to real estate in Florida not Washington, DC.

Donald Trump ran his campaign on a promise to drain the swamp. I agree with the sentiment but disagree with its lack of clarity. Washington loves obfuscation and lack of clarity. It allows them to ignore all promises. Read More

05.25.17- Storing and Hiding Your Gold at Home
Jeff Clark

Where, exactly, should you store your gold at home?

You instinctively know that gold is valuable and understand it must be stored safely. You probably also realize that gold coins and bars come with no replacement policy: if you lose them, they’re gone for good. No claim check to redeem.

This makes your home storage plan critical.

This guide provides hiding tips, the pros and cons of alarms and safes, backyard burial advice, the home storage golden rule, and why insuring your metal is probably not a good idea… Read More

05.24.17- The Escape from Collectivism
Jeff Thomas

Recently, I penned an article entitled, “A Chicken in Every Pot,” which described the reasons why countries that have delved into collectivism are likely to slide further down the slippery slope, once it’s addictive qualities have been introduced to the brain.

Since then, I’ve received requests to address whether it’s ever possible to fully escape collectivism, once it has taken hold in a country. The short answer is “yes.” It’s always possible to kick an addiction, but it’s not easy nor without pain.

There are two forms of exit from collectivism. The first is national, the second is personal. Read More

05.23.17- Joel Salatin: Curing Society's Constipation Of Imagination
Adam Taggart

We can do things profoundly better

As my son, Daniel says all of the time, "Our problem is not a lack of resources. Our problem is a constipation of imagination."

In our culture today, we're all blocked up. Because we're so sure we know how it's supposed to be done. That becomes our limiting factor. We can do things very differently and profoundly better, but it never even enters the imagination. Read More

05.22.17- How to Protect Your Wealth in a World of Confused Monetary Authorities
Luis Aureliano

It is no longer news that the U.S. economy is struggling to stay afloat as economic power gradually shifts to the eastern world. More worrisome is the fact that the U.S. Dollar is slowly losing its position as the global reserve currency. The USD replaced the British pound as the global reserve currency in the Bretton Woods Conference of 1944, and it seems the reign of the greenback is nearing its end.

I ordinarily wouldn’t have been worried about the state of the U.S. economy or the prospects of the USD because the media has its way of blowing things out of proportion. More so, conspiracy theorists can always find ways to interpret normal events to suit their bias. However, the fact that the U.S. Federal Reserve seems to be at loss on how to halt the decline in the U.S. economy is giving me sleepless nights.Read More

05.20.17- Technology Is The Master of Modern Slavery
Tom Chatham

The recent cyber attack on computers worldwide is just the latest wakeup call to the future we are blindly building for ourselves. The vast majority of humanity embraces technology like it is their next breath of air. Without it, they feel like they will die.

Technology is a double edged sword that we wield that must be handled with care less we cut off one of our own limbs. Technology allows us to be more productive and work faster than without it but as we embrace more technology to relieve us of many manual tasks we must not let it rule our very existence. Read More

05.19.17- Manufacturing Resistance – The American Public is Being Manipulated Into Irrelevance
Michael Krieger

No honest person could accuse me of being a Trump fan or supporter. I refused to back his candidacy despite my total disdain for Hillary Clinton and pretty much everything she stands for. More importantly, I’ve written a multitude of articles since he was inaugurated severely taking him to task on a wide variety of subjects. I’ve tirelessly discussed how he’s outsourced his economic policy to Goldman Sachs, and condemned his burgeoning neocon foreign policy, evidenced by his disturbing coziness with the autocratic barbarians of Saudi Arabia. Read More

05.18.17- Congress Is Coming After Your 401(k)
Ted Bauman

How do I despise thee, O Congress? Let me count the ways.

Don’t take my word for it: 75% of Americans disapprove of the job our representatives are doing. It’s things like this that explain why:

Whilst only about 13% of U.S. employees nationwide enjoy a retirement fund that assures stable, lifelong income, all 535 members of Congress do … courtesy of Uncle Sam.

Members of Congress participate in the Federal Employees Retirement System, which provides pension benefits of which most American workers can only dream. Read More

05.17.17- We got robbed this weekend.
Simon Black

Over the weekend at an amazing, closed-door event that we held here in Las Vegas exclusively for our Total Access members, a number of us got robbed.

It happened on Saturday, which was an intense day packed with a dozen Q&A sessions with the CEOs of exciting private businesses in which we all invested.

But at the end of the day, I treated our group to live entertainment by a gentleman named Apollo Robbins.

And Apollo truly is a gentleman. Or as he fancies himself, a gentleman thief. Read More

05.16.17- How to Stick It to Your Banker, the Federal Reserve, and the Whole Doggone Fiat Money System
MN Gordon

Somehow, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke found time from his busy hedge fund advisory duties last week to tell his ex-employer how to do its job.  Namely, he recommended to his former cohorts at the Fed how much they should reduce the Fed’s balance sheet by.  In other words, he told them how to go about cleaning up his mess.

Praise the Lord! The Hero is back to tell us what to do! Why, oh why have you ever left, oh greatest central planner of all time. We are not worthy. Read More

05.15.17- U.S. Tax System Explained in Beer
Author Unknown

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100…

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59. Read More

05.13.17- Is The U.S Ponzi Scheme About To End?
Dave Kranzler

In the absence of the ability to manipulate the market, this is the same message that gold and silver would be sending to the world, only the scramble for gold and silver bullion in any form would be more frenzied and it would be widespread.

At some point the western Central Banks will lose the ability to manipulate the gold and silver price and the Comex will default.  That’s when chaos will break out in the physical gold and silver markets…

Given the inability to manipulate its market via paper derivative instruments and short selling, this is the message that Bitcoin is signaling: Read More

05.12.17- The Father of Subprime Auto Loans Is Cashing Out
Justin Spittler

Don Foss is walking away from his empire.

You’ve probably never heard of Foss. But he’s likely the world’s richest used car salesman. He was also a pioneer of the subprime auto loan market.

These are car loans made to people with bad credit. Today, the subprime auto loan market is worth more than $175 billion. But this market didn’t even exist in the 1960s.

Back then, car companies like General Motors and Ford would only lend money to folks with good credit. It was simply too risky to lend money to people with bad credit. Read More

05.11.17- Five More Reasons Why You’re Living in the Strangest Time in Human History
Daniel Lang

Last March I broke down five reasons why we’re living in incredibly strange times. Between the advent of 3D printers that can build houses, and the development lab grown meatthat could be hitting our grocery store shelves very soon, one could say that the world today is unlike anything anyone has experienced before. The truth of the matter though, is that there are so many more reasons why our lives today are fundamentally different from the lives our ancestors.

Granted, every generation has unique challenges and innovations that often change the nature of our existence in a big way. But with how fast technology is advancing these days, it’s easy to argue that what modern humans are experiencing is very unique. Read More

05.10.17- Where Do You Go in a Hurricane?
Jeff Thomas

As a West Indian, I’ve lived through quite a few hurricanes in my time. My level of responsibility in each varied quite a bit. I was eight years old in my first hurricane and I thought it was great fun, as it was so exciting during the hurricane and, afterward, the landscape had changed so much that I had lots of new places to play.

On the other end of the scale, in 2004, my country, the Cayman Islands, experienced a category five hurricane, with winds up to 200 miles per hour that sat on us without moving for 36 hours. I was responsible for assuring that safety be provided for scores of my employees prior to the hurricane. After the storm, one of my companies took on the complete rebuilding of the country’s wholesale and retail food distribution facilities in order to assure that the country’s population would have the most essential commodities - food and water. Read More

05.09.17- Top 4 Alternative Investments to the Stock Market
Kevin Johnston

Most people think of investing as buying stocks and bonds. The more adventurous might think about a real estate investment trust (REIT). Also, some people consider buying stocks of mining companies or investing in a metals exchange-traded fund (ETF) as a way to invest in gold, silver, platinum and other metals.

But what if you want to avoid anything that trades through a broker or online discount broker? There are alternative investment opportunities. Some of them can make you a lot of money, and some of them may make you a little money. Either way, you are not trapped into choosing stocks, bonds and ETFs that are traded publicly. Read More

05.08.17- The Coming Debt Reckoning
MN Gordon

Licking the Log

American workers, as a whole, are facing a disagreeable disorder. Their debt burdens are increasing.  Their incomes are stagnating.

There are many reasons why.  In truth, it would take several large volumes to chronicle all of them.  But when you get down to the ‘lick log’ of it all, the disorder stems from decades of technocratic intervention that have stripped away any semblance of a free functioning, self-correcting economy. Read More

05.06.17- The Blockchain Is About to Disrupt This $7 Trillion Industry
Teeka Tiwari

Recently, I wrote about a small $100,000 trade of cheese and butter.

Why?

This one trade changed 400 years of history in just four hours.

How so? Normally, it would take 10 days to handle the paperwork. But this trade concluded in less than four hours.

The solution: a blockchain platform that streamlined the entire process.

While the trade was small, it was big for the $7 trillion trade finance industry. Read More

05.06.17- The Blockchain Is About to Disrupt This $7 Trillion Industry
Teeka Tiwari

Recently, I wrote about a small $100,000 trade of cheese and butter.

Why?

This one trade changed 400 years of history in just four hours.

How so? Normally, it would take 10 days to handle the paperwork. But this trade concluded in less than four hours.

The solution: a blockchain platform that streamlined the entire process.

While the trade was small, it was big for the $7 trillion trade finance industry. Read More

05.05.17- A Paler Shade of Gray
James Howard Kunstler

If you seek to know why this country is in so much trouble, check out the lead reports about the health care reform bill in today’s New York Times, WashPo, and CNN. You will find there is no intelligible discussion in any of them as to what’s actually ailing US health care. All you get is play-by-play commentary about which political tag-team is “winning,” as if this were a pro wrestling match — with an overlay of gloat that the Republicans fell oafishly out of the ring in the early rounds.

Of course, an issue even larger than the health care fiasco is this society’s tragic and astounding inability to discuss anything coherently in the public arena, and that might possibly be traced to the failures of education in our time and its effects on the current crop of editors and news producers — people who grew up hearing that reality was just a constructed “narrative” and that one narrative was as good as another. Read More

05.04.17- Bipartisan “Budget Win” Puts Americans Deeper in Debt
Birch Gold

A new $1.1 trillion deal will keep the federal government funded until September, and politicians are calling it a big win. But average Americans might not be so quick to agree…

With the threat of a government shutdown looming, and the debt ceiling set to expire in a matter of days, Democrats and Republicans finally made an agreement on the federal budget. Congress is set to vote on the deal today, and it’s expected to pass through the Senate on Friday. Read More

05.03.17- Crash Alert: The Market Set
For A 51% Fall?

Jody Chudley and Zach Scheidt

Today I’m going to flip the tables… Something I have not done in a while.

I’m going to spin the stock market around and take a look through the eyes of a bear.

Fact is, I check my email constantly (a little too much my family may say!) And through the stacks of reader mail, from loyal readers like you, one question continues to stand out:

“Zach! The market seems artificially high… it looks like it’s ready for a fall. What do you think?”

That question — and the answer — are VERY important for serious investors or anyone looking to retire “on time.” Read More

05.02.17- Will Physical Gold/Silver Demand Prevent A Bigger Sell-Off?
Dave Kranzler

The precious metals market has been under attack for the last two weeks by the Comex banks who have once again built-up an extreme net short position in their paper gold and silver positions.  In fact the open interest in paper silver recently set a new record high, exceeding the previous high set in 2011, when the price of gold was approaching $50.  That it took a record amount of paper silver creation to keep the price of silver below $20  a sense of desperation by the banking cartel in its effort to keep gold and silver “irrelevant” as an investment.

But the price action of the metals is behaving somewhat differently from past cycles when the banks decide to flex their muscles and trample on the precious metals market by bombarding the Comex with thousands of gold and silver contracts in order to disgorge the long positions held by hedge funds and create intermittent “waterfall” sell-offs. Read More

05.01.17- The Confidence Game - The Next Crisis
Martin Armstrong

QUESTION: Martin, I started following your models shortly after college in 2000 when I entered the financial advisor world. I soon realized how clueless this industry was and formed a hedge fund in Tampa in March 2007 to short retail and housing, largely based on your models & my understanding of cycles. I reached the top 1% in Morningstar through Sept of 2008 right up until the government banned shorting. I could not receive quotes from my Goldman Sachs trading platform and I lost a lot of money in a few short hours. I eventually had to shut down the fund and my investors took losses. It was this period where I learned the error in my thought process, I underestimated the length to which the Government & politicians would go to kick the can further down the road and underestimated the big banks inside influence on the “free markets”. Read More

04.29.17- On The Home-Stretch To Collapse
Dave Kranzler

The warning signs are there but very few look for them or want to see them. But it’s a dynamic in which once you see it you can’t “unsee” it. A teacher I know told me this morning that Colorado school districts are quietly cutting staff across all districts. The only reason this would be occurring is that the State is projecting a decline in tax revenues. The only reason tax revenues would be declining is because economic activity is slowing or contracting. And Colorado supposedly has one of the more “vibrant” State economies.

The soaring level of “hope” that, for some unexplainable reason, accompanied the election of Trump is now crashing. The so-called “hard data” which somewhat measures the level of economic activity never moved higher in order to justify the optimism. Read More

04.28.17- It’s finally come…
Wall Street wants your 401K

Kenneth Schortgen Jr.

Ever since the U.S. financial system came hat in hand to beg taxpayers for a bailout back in 2008, it was only a matter of time before either Wall Street, or the government, would seek to find a way to steal the $19 – 25 trillion Americans have in their myriad of retirement accounts.  And not withstanding Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama’s attempts to connive individuals into shifting their 401K’s and IRA’s into government backed debt, most retiree’s money has been relatively safe over the past eight years since the Fed was providing enough ‘stimulus’ to feed the hunger of the banks and hedge funds. Read More

04.27.17- Epiphany Time
The Mogambo Guru

There are times when I feel pathetically lost and lonely, adrift in a sea of bewildering confusion and unnamed dreads, here in the Mogambo Bunker Of Paranoia And Despair (MBOPAD).   Dispirited by the overwhelmingly bad economic outlook everywhere (and bad everything else, too) I languidly look out of the periscope, almost absent-mindedly scanning the perimeter for both real and imagined enemies. 

Which is not to mention, of course, watching for family members sneaking up on me, each variously wanting me to give them money, take them somewhere, or (shudder) do something useful. Read More

04.26.17- These 2 Investing Secrets Will End Your Market Worries Forever
Greg Guenthner

There’s nothing worse than getting stuck holding a lame stock.

But you don’t have to deal with the emotional pain caused by the meltdown of one of your investments.

If you learn the two simple market secrets I’m about to reveal today, you can protect your brokerage account from big losses. I’ll also show you how use these tips to spot a failing investment before you buy shares.

Listen, I know how easy it is to get caught up in the story of an exciting company. In fact, nearly every person who has invested a dollar in the stock market has bet on an intriguing story. There are plenty of compelling businesses out there. Read More

04.25.17- Every Parent Needs to Read This Article- Our Children’s Failed Future
Dave Hodges

America has been dumped in a pit of posionous snakes. The main question remains, which one of these snakes will deliver the fatal strike? And for most of our young adults, they are living in a failed economy with almost no way out. After reading this article, I will bet that many of your will change your mind about sending your children to college.  Surprised? You won’t be after you read the following analysis. Amerika is a thrid world country for 50% of it citizens and that number is approaching 80%. Read More

04.24.17- The Curious Case of Free Energy Device
ElectroBOOM

There are tons of free energy device designs and videos about them out there. But are they real?

The real scheme is to collect views which can pay lots of easy money if you can get attention to your video. Truth has nothing to do with it. Roughly $2,000USD per million views. Check these out;

Free Energy Magnet Motor fan used as Free Energy Generator "Free Energy" light bulb! - 20,801,444 views

free energy generator - outside - filmed in one take - 9,635,308 views Read More

04.22.17- Paul Tudor Jones Says U.S. Stocks Should ‘Terrify’ Janet Yellen
Katherine Burton and Katia Porzecanski

Billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones has a message for Janet Yellen and investors: Be very afraid.

The legendary macro trader says that years of low interest rates have bloated stock valuations to a level not seen since 2000, right before the Nasdaq tumbled 75 percent over two-plus years. That measure -- the value of the stock market relative to the size of the economy -- should be “terrifying” to a central banker, Jones said earlier this month at a closed-door conference, according to people who heard him. Read More

04.21.17- What Comes Next?
Richard Sauder Ph.D.

In a word: change. Very big change.  All that remains to be determined is the nature of the change and its precise timeline.

Of course the threat of major warfare, possibly even nuclear warfare, looms large these days, not least on and around the Korean peninsula. The United States and its allies are right now building up a very large military force,  and bruiting their plans to imminently "resolve" the North Korean "problem" via military means, though an objective observer strains to identify even one case of the allegedly war-like North Koreans invading another country, while the USSA has willy-nilly been destabilizing, Read More

04.20.17- The Anything President And The Everything Bubble
David Stockman

The lemmings were running hard towards the cliffs yesterday. Despite a renewed burst of bombs and drones careening into the already rubble-strewn wastelands of Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

Or the outbreak of cold war style nuclear brinksmanship on the Korean peninsula — what one commentator properly called a Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.

Likewise, forget that the vacationing Congress is set to return on April 25 to an endless sequence of shoutdowns, showdowns and shutdowns on continuing resolutions and debt ceiling increases. Read More

04.19.17- Trump Adviser Invested in America’s Collapse?
Birch Gold Group

Recently released financial disclosure forms show that Peter Navarro, one of Trump’s top trade advisers, could be setting himself up for a handsome payday if U.S. Treasury Bonds collapse — raising serious questions about his support of recent policy decisions.

On March 31, Navarro stood by Donald Trump’s side as two trade-related executive orders were signed into action. The two men bolstered the orders as being robust measures to “defend our industry and create a level playing field for the American worker.” Read More

04.18.17- Does Your Plan B Include a Second Place to Live If Plan A Doesn’t Work Out?
Charles Hugh Smith

More on retreats

We all have a Plan A — continue living just like we’re living now.

Some of us have a Plan B in case Plan A doesn’t work out, and the reasons for a Plan B break out into three general categories:

  1. Preppers who foresee the potential for a breakdown in Plan A due to a systemic “perfect storm” of events that could overwhelm the status quo’s ability to supply healthcare, food and transportation fuels for the nation’s heavily urbanized populace. Read More

04.17.17- A Government of Morons
Paul Craig Roberts

It has become embarrassing to be an American. Our country has had four war criminal presidents in succession. Clinton twice launched military attacks on Serbia, ordering NATO to bomb the former Yugoslavia twice, both in 1995 and in 1999, so that gives Bill two war crimes. George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and attacked provinces of Pakistan and Yemen from the air. That comes to four war crimes for Bush. Obama used NATO to destroy Libya and sent mercenaries to destroy Syria, thereby commiting two war crimes. Trump attacked Syria with US forces, thereby becoming a war criminal early in his regime. Read More

04.15.17- Telecom Fiasco Proves “Uncomfortable Truth” of U.S. Cyber Security
Birch Gold Group

Today’s wars aren’t only being fought with bombs and bullets; cyber warfare is quickly becoming the new weapon of choice. But the U.S. isn’t prepared to handle this new threat like politicians would have you believe, meaning Americans (and your bank accounts) could be sitting ducks.

Case in point, a recent security snafu involving WikiLeaks and U.S. telecom giant Cisco stands as firm evidence of the growing cyber security risk facing the American public. It seems like our leaders are failing to properly defend us.

Here’s what you need to know about this evolving situation, and how you can protect your financial security from future cyber threats. Read More

04.14.17- Stupid Asset Protection Tricks
Mark Nestmann

I almost feel sorry from Navinder Singh Sarao. If you don’t recognize the name, you’ll probably remember what he did. He’s the UK-based trader accused of causing the “flash crash” in 2010 that temporarily erased almost $1 trillion from US stock values.

Last November, Sarao pleaded guilty in US federal court to wire fraud and illegal market manipulation. (Incidentally, it’s quite likely that he’s innocent of the charges he pled to, although that’s an entirely different story.)

Sarao was a master trader who in a good week could clear £500,000, at the time equal to more than $700,000. Yet, he was unable to come up with $750,000 bond pending his sentencing. His family had to put up their homes to cover it. Read More

04.13.17- Is That Armageddon Over The Horizon?
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

The insouciance of the Western world is extraordinary. It is not only Americans who permit themselves to be brainwashed by CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the New York Times and Washington Post, but also their counterparts in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan, who rely on the war propaganda machine that poses as a media. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39573526

The Western “leaders,” that is, the puppets on the end of the strings pulled by the powerful private interest groups and the Deep State, are just as insouciant. Trump and his counterparts in the American Empire must be unaware that they are provoking war with Russia and China, or else they are psychopaths. Read More

04.12.17- 43 Facts About Love, Sex, Dating And Marriage That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
Michael Snyder

Is it more difficult for a woman to find a husband in America today compared to several decades ago? If a couple lives together before marriage, are they more likely or less likely to get divorced? Are married men more satisfied with their intimate relationships than single men are? You will get answers to these questions and many more in this article, and what the numbers actually show may surprise you. The truth is that there have been some seismic cultural shifts when it comes to romantic love, courtship, marriage and parenting in America. The way things worked for our parents and grandparents is not necessarily the way that things work in 2017. I expect that the statistics I am about to share with you will provoke some extremely strong reactions, and that is okay, because we need to have open and honest discussions about these things. Read More

04.11.17- Hate Donald Trump?
It Could Cost You a Fortune

Greg Guenthner

Trump Bump.

The Trump Trade.

Trump-O-nomics.

Whatever you’re calling this politically brainwashed market, everything is getting completely out of hand.

Late last month, I was complaining about how stock market analysts are hanging up the ticker tape and diving into political commentary.

Nothing has changed. There’s no market news on the web. Folks who used to cover stocks are gossiping like beltway reporters. Instead of earnings and IPOs, all we hear is Trump, Trump, Trump. It’s driving me nuts. Read More

04.10.17- Stay Home, Order Take-Out,
And Fondle Your Gold

John Rubino

For an example of how far we’ve fallen from the old days of free-range First World entitlement, consider the fact that investment analysts are now judging companies by how well they cater to the needs of the terrified:

Papa John’s upgraded on belief civil unrest is encouraging more pizza delivery

(MarketWatch) – Papa John’s International Inc. was upgraded to overweight from sector weight at KeyBanc Capital Markets with analysts expressing the surprising view that diners, concerned about political and civil unrest, are choosing to stay home for pizza delivery rather than head out for a meal. Read More

04.08.17- Weekend Rant:
The free individual returns

Jon Rappoport

Freedom isn’t merely an idea. When an individual feels and knows he is free, all sorts of changes take place, even on a physical level:

Brain function increases and quickens. Endocrine levels optimize. The cells of the body awaken to a higher degree, and energy output rises.

From the point of view of the free individual, things are upside down. It is HIS power that is primary, not the monolithic corporate State’s.

From his point of view, what does the social landscape look like? Read More

04.07.17- China Is More Fragile than You Realize
Kevin Massengill

As the headlines about North Korean missile tests and tensions in the South China Sea break, it is important to remember that countries are often less stable and powerful than they appear.

China is no exception.

It is a mistake to refer to them as unitary actors. International crises are often the result of domestic actors who may view external conflict for their own political positioning against their domestic political rivals.

Because of these contending factions, governments can lose their legitimacy and vanish overnight. That fear of losing domestic legitimacy is a major driver of any government’s decision making. Read More

04.06.17- Please, somebody play the race card: “like white on (Susan) Rice.”
Jon Rappoport

Please, somebody play the race card: “like white on [Susan] Rice.”

And when will CNN say Susan Rice had to spy, to offset Russian spying?

CNN is already claiming the whole Susan Rice scandal is a tempest in a teapot, and the Trump team is exaggerating it to distract the public from…something. Fill in the blank yourself. For example: Trump isn’t actually the president, he cheated his way into the Oval Office, while acting as a secret agent for his handler, Vladimir Putin, who in turn was operating on behalf of aliens from Jupiter. Read More

04.05.17- The World’s Best Economist
Paul Craig Roberts

If you want to learn real economics instead of neoliberal junk economics, read Michael Hudson’s books.

What you will learn is that neoliberal economics is an apology for the rentier class and the large banks that have succeeded in financializing the economy, shifting consumer spending power from the purchase of goods and services that drive the real economy to the payment of interest and fees to banks.

His latest book is J is for Junk Economics. It is written in the form of a dictionary, but the definitions give you the precise meaning of economic terms. Read More

04.04.17- What Is America Going To Look Like When Stocks, Home Prices And Even Used Cars All Crash By At Least 50 Percent?
Michael Snyder

Have you ever thought about what comes after the bubble?  In 2008 we got a short preview of what life will be like, but most Americans seem to have come to the conclusion that the last financial crisis was just a minor bump in the road toward endless economic prosperity.  But of course the truth is that the ridiculously high debt-fueled standard of living that we are enjoying now is not sustainable, and after this bubble bursts it will be an extremely painful adjustment for our society. Read More

04.03.17- Final Piece of Pension Disaster Puzzle in New Savings Data
Birch Gold Group

What was initially a slow breakdown in America’s pension system is now a speeding train wreck, one that has become a risk to more than just pension holders. New statistics on Americans’ saving habits are adding a new dimension to an already massive economic threat.

Traditionally, retirees have viewed pension programs as something they can count on 100%, no questions asked. For decades, pensions — both public and private — have always found a way to make good on their promises. But those days are long gone, and the conditions for pension programs in the U.S. are deteriorating quickly. Read More

04.01.17- Racket of Rackets
James Howard Kunstler

If you thought banking in our time was a miserable racket — which it is, of course, and by “racket” I mean a criminal enterprise — then so-called health care has it beat by a country mile, with an added layer of sadism and cruelty built into its operations. Lots of people willingly sign onto mortgages and car loans they wouldn’t qualify for in an ethically sound society, but the interest rates and payments are generally spelled out on paper. They know what they’re signing on for, even if the contract is reckless and stupid on the parts of both borrower and lender. Pension funds and insurance companies foolishly bought bundled mortgage bonds of this crap concocted in the housing bubble. They did it out of greed and desperation, but a little due diligence would have clued them into the fraud being served up by the likes of Goldman Sachs. Read More

03.31.27- The world’s first pension crisis
Simon Black

In the late in the 5th century BC, the government of ancient Rome came up with a new idea that has lasted for thousands of years.

I’m not talking about their roads, republican form of government, or water sanitation.

Their bold idea was to start paying retirement benefits to Roman soldiers.

This was a pretty big deal. In ancient times, you worked until you died. There was no such thing as retirement.

But under the praemia militiae, retired legionnaires could be secure in their futures when they completed their service to the republic. Read More

03.30.17- Broken America
Michael Snyder

Is this the beginning of the end for the United States of America?  It has been said that a house divided against itself will surely fall, and today we live in a shattered union.  In all my years, I have never seen so much strife, discord, bitterness and resentment in this country.  Everyone can see what is happening, but nobody can seem to stop it.  Politically, you have got tens of millions of people trying to pull America one way, and you have got tens of millions of people trying to pull it the exact opposite way.  As I discussed in a previous article, the term “civil war” is now being thrown around by some pundits even though nobody has started shooting yet.  We are a deeply divided and broken nation, and if we don’t find a way to fix things America will not survive. Read More

03.29.17- The Coming Government Shutdown
Brian Maher

Health care dead. Tax cuts in doubt.

Is a government shutdown next? And when?

Details coming up, as the news folks say.

But first to the narrow canyons and broad shoulders of Wall Street…

We wondered yesterday if the post-health care market swoon would trigger another round of “buying the dip.”

It seems we have our answer…

The Dow was up a dip-buying 150 points today. Read More

03.28.17- The Government Spies on All of Us —
So Why Not Spy on Trump?

Ron Paul

There was high drama last week when Rep. Devin Nunes announced at the White House that he had seen evidence that the communications of the Donald Trump campaign people, and perhaps even Trump himself, had been “incidentally collected” by the US government.

If true, this means that someone authorized the monitoring of Trump campaign communications using Section 702 of the FISA Act. Could it have been then-President Obama? We don’t know. Could it have been other political enemies looking for something to harm the Trump campaign or presidency? It is possible. Read More

03.27.17- There Will Be Those Who Perish In the Next Crisis, And Those “Who Survive In Underground Luxury”
Mac Slavo

Ultimately, no one can stop what is coming.

The haves and have nots of the next, gritty era of aftermath will be those who have the means to survive when the system has failed, and those who do not.

For the wealthy, and prepper minded elite, hidden fortified layers purchased for insurance will preserve most of the luxuries of life above ground, and in the cities, even as society crumbles and burns to the ground. Read More

03.25.17- A Global Health Threat With Big Upside
Chris Wood

We’re facing a huge, invisible threat to our species…

It already kills at least 23,000 people in the U.S. annually. That’s nearly as many people as those who die in car accidents per year in the U.S.

And this threat is rapidly growing.

One study says it’s poised to become a bigger killer than cancer in the years ahead.

The World Health Organization calls it one of the three greatest threats to human health this decade.

I’m talking about antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Let me explain… Read More

03.24.17- Watch These Geopolitical Flashpoints Carefully
Brandon Smith

Anyone who has been involved in alternative geopolitical and economic analysis for a decent length of time understands that the establishment power structure thrives according to its ability to either exploit natural crises, or to engineer fabricated crises.

This is not that hard to comprehend, but for some reason there are a lot of people out there who simply assume that global sea-change events just happen “at random,” that the elites are stupid or oblivious, and that all outcomes are a matter of random chance rather than being directed or manipulated.  I call these people “intellectual idiots,” because they believe they are applying logic to every scenario but they are sabotaged by an inherent bias which causes them to deny the potential for “conspiracy.” Read More

03.23.17- Will Computers be the Market’s Demise?
Birch Gold Group

In today’s digital age, did you know that more stock trades are placed by computers than real people? High-Frequency Trading (HFT) programs dominate the market, and they could be what brings it down too. Here’s how…

Today’s stock market is a completely different animal than the stock market of our past. And the thing making it different is also making it far more volatile, dangerous, and threatening to the financial safety of a largely unsuspecting American public. Read More

03.22.17- How the Government Ruined U.S. Healthcare, and What We Can Actually Do About It
Alice Salles

Since 1910, when Republican William Taft gave in to the American Medical Association’s lobbying efforts, most administrations have passed new healthcare regulations. With each new law or set of new regulations, restrictions on the healthcare market went further, until at some point in the 1980s, people began to notice the cost of healthcare had skyrocketed.

This is not an accident. It’s by design. Read More

Death, Debt, Devaluation and Taxes
Gary Christenson

Death: It comes to all of us, including empires, paper currencies and countries.

Debt: The world is drowning in debt – $150 to $200 trillion. The U.S. government is sinking into a black hole of debt – $20 trillion official and another $100 – $200 trillion in unfunded obligations. Total U.S. debt securities exceed $40 trillion according to the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

Devaluation: Given unpayable debt and unwillingness to face the insanity, the remaining option is devaluation.

Taxes: Governments need more revenue. It will come from taxes and “printing.” Both are poor choices. Read More

03.20.17- Doug Casey on “The Diamond Age”
Doug Casey

Science fiction has always offered both a more accurate and more timely look at the future than any think tank. For one thing, a good book is the product of a genius, not a committee of suits trying to reach a consensus. And a format of fiction allows one to speculate in ways that a “serious person” can’t do in nonfiction.

Every educated person should have read the classics by Jules Verne, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C Clarke, among others. Add Neal Stephenson to that list. I’ve been a fan of Stephenson’s novel The Diamond Age since it was published in 1995. I strongly recommend you read the book. Read More

03.18.17- Rex Tillerson Is Preparing The US For Nuclear War With North Korea.
Pamela Williams

“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended,” said Tillerson.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is through baby-sitting North Korea.  Tillerson is not mincing his words, and I pray North Korea wakes up before it is too late.

Although Mainstream News Media has been absent from communications with the Trump Administration, FOX NEWS is maintaining a very close working relationship with the Trump Team.  FOX has always supported President Trump, and I think FOX has bridged Mainstream with Alternative Media.  They have a very special place in the Trump Camp now, and they earned it.  Good for FOX. Read More

03.17.17- "Military Action Is On The Table": Tillerson Warns "Patience" With North Korea
Has Ended

Tyler Durden

The U.S. policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday quoted by Reuters, adding that military action would be "on the table" if North Korea elevated the threat level. Tillerson said that 20 years of trying to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program had "failed" and that he was visiting Asia “to exchange views on a new approach.”

“I think it’s important to recognize that the political and diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to the point of denuclearization have failed,” Tillerson said. "Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. Read More

03.16.17- Why Do Leftists And Globalists Hate Tribalism So Much?
Brandon Smith

Over the years I have heard the word “tribalism” used consistently as a way to deride and attack conservative groups with political stances outside the boundaries of globalization. Many readers have been exposed to this propaganda recently as “tribalism” becomes the go-to denouncement of the Trump Administration. From The Atlantic to CNBC to The Washington Post and beyond, tribalism is used almost as often as the fascist label, and there are very specific reasons for this.

Tribalism (like nationalism and populism) has slowly but surely been falsely associated with totalitarianism, as if the two are synonymous. The use of “tribalism” as a dismissal of sovereignty concepts is a distinctly globalist and leftist habit; clearly, they hate the very notion of it, so much so that they have sought to turn it into a four letter word. But why?Read More

03.15.17- What You Do On Your Cell Phone Could Come Back To Haunt You
Michael Snyder

As far as Big Brother is concerned, nothing that you do on your cell phone is ever private.  And if the government really wants to see what is on your cell phone, they are going to get that information one way or another, even if that means resorting to physical violence.   On Monday, NBC News provided us with yet another glaring example of how the United States is being transformed into a Big Brother police state.  On January 1st, Akram Shibly and Kelly McCormick from Buffalo, New York were coming back home from a trip to Toronto, and they didn’t anticipate any unusual problems when they got to the border. Unfortunately for them, U.S. Customs decided to take their cell phones, demanded their passwords, and kept them in custody for the next two hours as they searched for anything that might be incriminating on those phones. Read More

03.14.17- War Against Humans Wins Another Fight. Will Technology Win the Battle?
Rory Hall

Robotics grow stronger everyday. Technology becomes “smarter” everyday and doubles it’s capacity approximately every two years. The giant multi-national corporations, the owners of our world, are doing their level best to automate as many task as quickly as possible.

Thirty plus years ago it began in earnest with the replacement of a number of human positions on the factory floors. Robots began manufacturing automobiles, processing food, medicine and a great many other task that humans used too perform. We now accept this reality as there is nothing anyone can do about it. Read More

03.13.17- When This All Blows Up...
Chris Martenson

Understanding the how & when of the next economic crash

This report marks the end of a series of three big trains of thought. The first explained how we’re living through the Mother Of All Financial Bubbles. The next detailed the Great Wealth Transfer that is now underway, siphoning our wealth into the pockets of an elite few.

This concluding report predicts how these deleterious and unsustainable trends will inevitably ‘resolve’ (which is a pleasant way of saying ‘blow up’.) Read More

03.11.17- What the Hell is Going On? (part 3)
Jim Quinn

In Part One and Part Two of this article I revealed how the Deep State’s fake data and fake news propaganda machine can be overcome by opening your eyes, observing reality, understanding how Fed created inflation has destroyed our lives, and why the election of Trump was the initial deplorable pushback to Deep State evil.

“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.” H.L. Mencken Read More

03.10.17- How Technology, And Incompetence, Destroyed The World
Andrew Hoffman

In this weekend’s “same as it ever was – Bitcoin, gold, and a rapidly changing world,” I expressed my staunch disagreement with Peter Schiff’s views about Bitcoin – whilst simultaneously, commending him for being the best political and economic analyst in the blogosphere; which yesterday, was demonstrated in this must listen analysis of the Trump Administration’s comically pathetic “Trumpcare” proposal.  And I do mean must listen – so you can truly understand just how dysfunctional, and destructive, our government has become. Read More

03.09.17- What the Hell is Going On? (part 2)
Jim Quinn

“Inflation may indeed bring benefits for a short time to favored groups, but only at the expense of others. And in the long run it brings ruinous consequences to the whole community. Even a relatively mild inflation distorts the structure of production. It leads to the overexpansion of some industries at the expense of others. This involves a misapplication and waste of capital. When the inflation collapses, or is brought to a halt, the misdirected capital investment—whether in the form of machines, factories or office buildings—cannot yield an adequate return and loses the greater part of its value. Read More

03.08.17- What the Hell is Going On?
Jim Quinn

“The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.” –  H.L. Mencken

“The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.”Andrew Carnegie

I’m 53 years old. The older I get the less sure I am about things I was sure about when I was 25 years old. I believed stocks for the long run was an unquestioned truth. I believed our economy was based on free market capitalism. I believed stock prices were based upon profits and cash flows. I believed a home was a place to live – not an investment. I believed the Catholic Church was run by good men doing good things. I believed journalists and the media were watchdogs working on behalf of the public. I believed our military was protecting our interests. I believed politicians legislated on behalf of the people. Read More

03.07.17- Dad’s Personal Banking Crisis
Larry LaBorde

I have been thinking about Dad all week and some of his lifetime stories. I mentioned in my last article that my Great Grandfather owned a bank and lost it in the Great Depression along with all his personal funds. He told my father to never own a bank. My father told me all this years later and said that he should have listened.

Back in the late 1960’s banking was still a special privilege and as such banks were all local (within the same county or parish in Louisiana). Since most money is created in the process of commercial loans that profit was supposed to remain in the local community. Nowdays the large 5 banks suck the life out of the country and funnel this special privilege directly to New York. At any rate the late 1960’s was before credit cards and home equity loans. Banking was much simpler then and loans were quite easy to obtain without the reams of paperwork required now. Read More

03.06.17- The Second Dumbest Kind Of Money Is Pouring Into Stocks - “With A Vengeance”
John Rubino

One of the traditional signs of market tops is individual investors finally succumbing to the lure of apparently easy money and pouring their savings into the stock market. In the past this dumb money flowed into equity mutual funds in general. But today it’s favoring exchange traded funds (ETFs) that, rather than trying to pick winners, simply offer exposure to sectors or broad market indexes.

ETFs Race to Fastest Yearly Start Ever Based on Inflows (Wall Street Journal) – Investors poured $62.9 billion into exchange-traded funds in February, pushing the year-to-date world-wide tally to $124 billion, the fastest start of any year in the history of the ETF industry, according to data from BlackRock Inc. Read More

03.04.17- Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation Running Out of Cash, Millions Affected
Mike “Mish” Shedlock

The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC), an entity created to “guarantee” pensions of private corporations, is on the verge of bankruptcy.

Teamsters and other unions are poised to take huge pension hits. Previously, airline employees have taken a hit.

Please consider PBOC Running Out of Cash to Cover Union Pension Funds. Read More

03.03.17- Gold Moves Higher Even if the Fed Raises Rates
James Rickards

When the Fed raised interest rates in December, many believed gold would plunge. But it didn’t happen.

Gold bottomed the day after the rate hike, but then started moving higher again. And for the last 10 weeks it’s been up about 12%, despite some up and down fluctuations.

Incidentally, the same thing happened last year when the Fed tightened in December 2015. Gold had one of its best quarters in 20 years in the first quarter of 2016. So it’s very interesting to see gold going up despite headwinds from the Fed. Read More

03.02.17- How To Counter Leftist Violence While Maintaining The Moral High Ground
Brandon Smith

Social division is an undeniable reality of human existence; it is also not necessarily a negative aspect of human existence. The moment a society is forced or manipulated into blindly agreeing on everything is the moment that society begins to die and the future of mankind in general becomes rather bleak. Ideas need to be tested, they need to be scrutinized and they need to be verified, perpetually. That said, there are right ways and wrong ways of doing this.

Diving into a culture of zealotry is certainly the WRONG way. Zealotry requires a religious-like idolization of a particular idea or philosophy; it requires unverified faith and an unwavering devotion. Once people become zealots, they cannot be reasoned with, they cannot be debated, they cannot be dissuaded. Read More

03.01.17- 6 Totally Insane Things That Will Happen If Our Power Grid Goes Down
Joshua Krause

Imagine if you will, what would happen if you pulled an American family from the 19th century, and plopped them in the middle of downtown Los Angeles during rush hour. They’re not given a warning, they’re not given any kind of primer on what they’re about to experience, and the occurrence is completely inexplicable. How long do you suppose they would last before they cried uncle? Would they even survive? The odds probably aren’t so good.

Of course, the reverse is probably also true. If you and your family were wrenched from the comforts of the present and hurled back into a previous era, you might not fare so well either. Your survival odds would probably be a little better since you have hindsight and an understanding of germ theory. Read More

02.28.17- Of Bread And Circuses
Admiral Ben Moreell

A twentieth-century repetition of the mistakes of ancient Rome would be inexcusable. Rome was eight and a half centuries old when the poet, Juvenal, penned his famous tirade against his degenerate countrymen. About 100 A.D. he wrote: “Now that no one buys our votes, the public has long since cast off its cares; the people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions and all else, now meddles no more and longs eagerly for just two things, bread and circuses.” (Carcopino, Daily Life in Roman Times [New Haven, Yale University Press, 1940], p. 202.) Forty years later, the Roman historian, Fronto, echoed the charge in more prosaic language: “The Roman people is absorbed by two things above all others, its food supplies and its shows.” (Ibid.) Read More

02.27.17- It’s Bubble Time!
Chris Martenson

Wisdom & discipline will separate winners from victims

It's impossible to predict with certainty how much more insane our financial markets will get before an inevitable correction. But my personal bet is: A lot!

Bubbles make no sense economically. Or rationally. But they happen all the time as a part of the human condition.

Even while financial bubbles are enabled by dumb monetary and banking decisions, their actual genesis is rooted in primal human emotions. Greed on the way up, and fear on the way down. Read More

02.25.17- Justice and "Social Justice" Are Two Very Different Things
Gary Galles

Recently, Harvard political theorist Danielle Allen wrote in the Washington Post of “The most important phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance” — “with liberty and justice for all.”

Allen recognized that justice required “equality before the law” and that freedom exists “only when it is for everyone.” But she confused democracy — defined as progressives “build[ing] a distributed majority across the country, as is needed for electoral college victory” — with liberty, which is very different. Similarly, she replaced the traditional meaning of justice (“giving each his own,” according to Cicero) with a version of “social justice” inconsistent with it. And her two primary examples of rights — “rights” to education and health care — were inconsistent with both liberty for all and justice for all. Read More

02.24.17- The Stakes for Trump and All of Us
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

We need to understand, and so does President Trump, that the hoax “war on terror” was used to transform intelligence agencies, such as the NSA and CIA, and criminal investigative agencies, such as the FBI, into Gestapo secret police agencies. Trump is now threatened by these agencies, because he rejects the neoconservative’s agenda of US world hegemony that supports the gigantic military/security annual budget.

Our secret police agencies are busy at work planting “intelligence” among the presstitute media that Trump is compromised by “Russian connections” and is a security threat to the United States. The plan is to make a case in the media, as was done against President Nixon, and to force Trump from office. Read More

02.23.17- Break Up the USA
Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.

Some of our assumptions are so deeply embedded that we cannot perceive them ourselves.

Case in point: everyone takes for granted that it’s normal for a country of 320 million to be dictated to by a single central authority. The only debate we’re permitted to have is who should be selected to carry out this grotesque and inhumane function.

Here’s the debate we should be having instead: what if we simply abandoned this quixotic mission, and went our separate ways? It’s an idea that’s gaining traction — much too late, to be sure, but better late than never. Read More

02.22.17- The Four Horsemen of the
Retirement Apocalypse

James J Puplava

There are close to 76 million baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) alive today representing 28% of the total US population. Starting in 2011, an estimated 10,000 Boomers have been retiring every day and that trend will continue for at least another 10 years. They represent the largest retirement contingent in US history placing strains on both Social Security and Medicare.

If current laws generally remain unchanged, the US government deficit will increase nearly every year over the next decade and, according to the Congressional Budget Office, rise to the highest average level in the last 50 years. The reason is growth in Federal revenues will be outpaced by spending, particularly for Social Security, Medicare and interest payments on government debt. Whether you refer to it as an approaching fiscal crisis or retirement crisis, the Baby Boomer retirement wave is the country’s biggest and most predictable train wreck. Read More

02.21.17- This Is How the U.S. Empire
Destroys Itself

Bill Bonner

So far, the most satisfying thing about the Trump win has been the howls and whines coming from the establishment.

Each appointment – some good, some bad from our perspective – has brought forth such heavy lamentations.

You’d think Washington had been invaded by Goths, now raping the vestal virgins (if there are any within the Beltway) on the White House lawns while the Capitol burns to the ground. Read More

02.20.17- What Every American Should Know About the Threat of Global Currency Wars
Birch Gold Group

The new Trump administration is calling out several major U.S. allies with claims of currency manipulation, but the accusations come with a risk Americans need to understand.

The finger pointing started with China, but now Japan and Germany are under fire as well. Whether there’s truth to the claims or not, economists fear the Trump administration may be on the brink of starting a currency war that puts the entire global economy in jeopardy. Read More

02.18.17- The Trump Presidency: RIP
Paul Craig Roberts

Has Donald Trump overestimated his presidential power? The answer is yes.

Is Steve Bannon, Trump’s main advisor, politically inexperienced? The answer is yes.

We can conclude from the answers to these two questions that Trump is in over his head and will pay a big price.

How large will the price be?

The New York Times reports that US “intelligence agencies…sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.”Read More

Healthcare: Government — Not Technology — Is Driving Prices Up
Michel Accad

Should we blame technology for the growth in healthcare spending? Austin Frakt, a healthcare economist who writes for the New York Times, thinks so. Citing several studies conducted over the last several years, he claims that technology could account for up to two-thirds of per capita healthcare spending growth.

In this piece, Frakt contrasts the contribution of technology to that of the ageing of the population. Frakt notes that age per seis a poor marker of costs associated with healthcare utilization. What’s important is the amount of money spent near death. If you’re 80 years old and healthy, your usage of healthcare services won’t be much more than that of a 40-year-old person. Read More

02.16.17- The Coyote Principle
Bill Holter

CALIFORNIA

• The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor’s dog, then bites the Governor.

• The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie “Bambi” and then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural.

• He calls animal control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the state $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.

• He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases. Read More

02.15.17- “Where Are We Headed?”
bionic mosquito

…I was asked by a friend, in reference to this piece at the Zman blog.

Before I offer my reply, a couple of lines from the Zman blog post; the basic idea is that the only way to clean house is for Trump to play the strongman:

For the last three decades, probably longer, the guys allegedly on the side of the rest of us, have been obsessed with playing by the rules. The thing I don’t fear is that Trump will “go too far” or fail to respect the rules of the game. I don’t care about those rules anymore. Those rules are the bars of the cage. Read More

02.14.17- "As Ye Sow..."
Robert Gore

Our deranged world is a product of deranged minds.

Philosophy begins with invariably difficult questions. Why am I here? What is the purpose of life? Is there a god or gods? What is right and what is wrong? How should groups of people be organized and function together? Ironically, when such questions are infrequently asked, when philosophy is generally ignored or disparaged, as it is now, is when it’s needed the most.

Political philosophy is the branch that addresses the question of how coercive power is to be distributed in a society Read More

02.13.17- When the Money Supply Dries Up
Jeff Thomas

In 1944, the US had been the primary supplier for arms for the allies during World War II and, as such, exited the war with more wealth than any of the other nations that had entered the war earlier, draining their treasuries of money. Since payment was largely demanded in gold, the US held three-quarters of the world’s gold and therefore was in a position to call the shots with regard to the free world’s economic future.

At Bretton Woods, the US took advantage of this situation, setting up the World Bank, the IMF and declaring the dollar to be the default currency for all countries concerned. From that point on, the US was in the catbird seat, able to dictate economic terms to other countries and even to behave irresponsibly, eventually creating previously unheard-of levels of debt, thereby inspiring other nations to do their best to create their own debt in order to keep pace as best they could. Read More

02.11.17- U.S.-Chinese Relations Speed Towards Rupture
James Rickards

Based upon my reading of recent developments, U.S.- China relations could soon be heading for crisis.

The process of connecting the dots between the political, economic, and social forces buffeting China is complicated. By using technical analysis and information I’ve gathered on the ground in a recent visit to China, I’m able to cut through the haze of political rhetoric and propaganda coming from Washington and Beijing. Read More

 

02.10.17- A Murderous Complacency
Adam Taggart

Dark omens are circling everywhere in today's markets

murder: a flock of crows

~ Miriam-Webster dictionary

Many view the appearance of crows as an omen of death because ravens and crows are scavengers and are generally associated with dead bodies, battlefields, and cemeteries, and they’re thought to circle in large numbers above sites where animals or people are expected to soon die.

~ "Nature", PBS.org Read More

02.09.17- Take your Money Out of the Bank While You Can -Beware the IDES of March-
Dave Hodges

Beware the IDES of March, so says economist Robert Kudla, whom I am interviewing this coming Sunday night.  There is a major economic action planned. More on that later. Right now, I am issuing a major alert to remove your money from the bank. Your surface list to survive what is coming is

    1. Food
    2. Water
    3. Guns
    4. Ammo
    5. Gold
    6. Support of others Read More

02.08.17- And Now, for Something Entirely Different: Guess What Group Plans to “Massively” Resist Voter Fraud Investigation
Michael DePinto

How many times have you been talking to someone, and you know they’re lying, they know they’re lying, and they know that you know they’re lying, but yet they keep lying anyway? What the heck is going on with Democrats these days? It’s been years since they’ve had any sense, but at least they’ve always known how maneuver politically.

Democrats know darn well voter fraud has been rampant over the years (because they’ve made an effort to allow it), the whole country knows it, Democrats know the whole country knows it, and yet they’re still insisting voter fraud is a “myth?” Ok, if voter fraud is a “myth,” then Democrats have nothing to fear from an investigation, and it will be the quickest investigation in history, right? Wrong. Read More

02.07.17- Trump Will Be Great For Gold And Silver (If Nothing Else)
Dave Kranzler

I love days like today when both gold and the dollar are green. Historically, some of the best moves in gold occur as gold and the dollar move up together for short period of time. Today, of course, is just one day. And there’s no question that the Trump Government will need a significantly lower dollar in order to stimulate U.S. industry, assuming the latter is at all possible anymore.

On the other hand, if somehow Trump manages to get Congress to pass his border control and excise tax proposals, consumer prices on the products being imported at prices much lower than the same products can be produced domestically will soar. Let’s not forget, gold loves inflation. Read More

02.06.17- Apocalypse island: Tech billionaires are building boltholes in New Zealand because they now fear social collapse or nuclear war. So what do they know that we don't?
Tom Leonard

You’re all set — your bags were packed long ago, there’s a dozen solid gold coins stashed inside your belt and a pistol strapped round your waist. 

There’s no need to say goodbye to the wife and children as they’re already waiting for you 6,000 miles away in New Zealand, having slipped off quietly at the first whiff of global catastrophe. Read More

02.04.17- Rule by Brute Force:
The True Nature of Government

John W. Whitehead

All of the imperial powers amassed by Barack Obama and George W. Bush—to kill American citizens without due process, to detain suspects indefinitely, to strip Americans of their citizenship rights, to carry out mass surveillance on Americans without probable cause, to suspend laws during wartime, to disregard laws with which he might disagree, to conduct secret wars and convene secret courts, to sanction torture, to sidestep the legislatures and courts with executive orders and signing statements, to direct the military to operate beyond the reach of the law, to act as a dictator and a tyrant, above the law and beyond any real accountability—have been inherited by Donald Trump. Read More

02.03.17- How Russia Deals with Immigrants
Yaroslav Lavrentievich Podvolotskiy

Americans have something to learn.

White people in the former Warsaw Pact countries still cherish their racial and cultural identities, and their politicians and citizens are trying to keep immigrants out. Even if we in America and Western Europe become extensions of the Third World, the countries behind the Iron Curtain will still be European.

I would like to discuss the most important of these countries: the Russian Federation. Here, people feel no white guilt. Why should they? While American blacks were demanding civil rights and reminding whites of slavery, Soviet citizens were suffering a kind of modern slavery. White privilege did not save the millions who disappeared in Stalin’s labor camps, nor did it help those who starved during the famines that he and his party bosses created. Read More

02.02.17- The US$ is a Piece of Crap
Brian Armstrong

The US$ is a piece of crap. That I agree with, hence for years my bullishness on the $ has never been about how great the Dollar is – it totally sucks. But currencies are relative to each other and to gold also somewhat, or sometimes alot of focus is on gold as the best “currency”.  That focus will become more important later this year, and not just as a passing fad. The mocking of gold as a “pet rock”, or all of the other comments from idiots, will be replaced by respect for it again from a much wider audience. The Federal Reserve and all CBs are losing their “omnipotence’, but they have such high IQs they are blind to anything which can’t be “proven” by their stupid econometric models. However that’s looking down the road. Read More

02.01.17- The Swine Of The Mainstream Media Are Terrified: We Finally Have A President Who Acts On Behalf of The U.S.
Jeremiah Johnson

Just look at President Trump go!  Yes!  Enjoy it!  This is the type of thing that all Americans who want to restore the United States to a free nation want to see!  The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) is not going down the drain: The President is flushing it down the toilet, where it belongs.  Hopefully the toilet paper he used is the New York Times, which published an article covering the death of (as they quoted it) “Obama’s signature trade agreement.”  Here’s an excerpt of that AP article: Read More

01.31.17- The -other- “ban” that was quietly announced last week
Simon Black

Most of the world is in an uproar right now over the travel ban that Donald Trump hastily imposed late last week on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

But there was another ban that was quietly proposed last week, and this one has far wider implications: a ban on cash.

The European Union’s primary executive authority, known as the European Commission, issued a “Road Map” last week to initiate continent-wide legislation against cash. Read More

01.30.17- When The Rich Become Preppers,
It's Time To Worry

Chris Martenson

The social stigma to prepping is fast disappearing

For over 10 years now, we've been openly advocating that folks take action to become more prepared should crisis arrive. And for a long time, this advice relegated us to being labeled "tin-foil hat doomsday preppers" (and other less-polite monikers). The media just couldn't figure out any other box to put us in.

But now, the concept of taking at least some responsibility for your own future well-being by increasing your self-reliance is finally moving towards the mainstream. Read More

01.28.17- Are We Getting Dumber?
Martin Armstrong

Recent studies are discovering that each generation is becoming increasingly stupid. A study from Iceland has highlighted a downward spiral in human intelligence. The genetics firm in Reykjavik found that groups of genes that predispose people to spend more years in education became a little rarer in the country from 1910 to 1975. The sample size was more than 100,000 Icelanders. They found a slight decline over the 65-year period.

There may be another explanation for this trend. The more affluent a society becomes, several factors unleash. The birthrate declines sharply, for as people become wealthier, women prefer not to have children. Read More

01.27.17- The Most Important Civil Rights Issue Trump Could Solve with an Executive Order: End the "War on Drugs" Gulag
Charles Hugh Smith

Here is an opportunity for "Black Lives Matter" and the Trump administration to find common cause.

President Trump has a golden opportunity to strike a major blow for civil rights with a single executive order: end the failed "War on Drugs" and shut down America's drug-war gulag. None of the previous three presidents expended any political capital on curbing the immensely destructive "War on Drugs" or freeing the (in many states, preponderantly African-American and Hispanic-American) prisoners in America's drug-war gulag. Read More

01.26.17- You're Gonna Get Financially Raped
Karl Denninger

This is truly ugly stuff folks.

This is the "Obamacare" repeal and replace option that is being peddled in the Senate.

I've read it.

Let me summarize:

  • For states that wish to keep Obamacare, they can.

  • For states that do not wish to keep Obamacare, they can "opt out." Read More

01.25.17- The Stage Is Being Set For
An Anti-Aging Pill

Bill Sardi

Another regime change – Americans have endured a few of them.  But has any new administration in Washington DC made even a dent in the relentless increase in the cost of medical care?  

Out of a total annual 2015 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $18.36 trillion, health care costs amounted to $3.2 trillion (17.4%).  [CMS.gov] Health care used to be counted on the expense side rather than the income side of the accounting ledger, a drag on the economy.  But now it is considered a source of American jobs that cannot be shipped overseas like manufacturing jobs.  Politicians like to brag how much money is being spent on health care and divvy out as much as they can to gain votes. Read More

01.24.17- Why Your Debt Could Be Killing You – Literally
Janna Herron

Americans who unexpectedly find they can’t pay their bills are at a greater risk of dying, according to a new research report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The research also found that a significantly improved credit score can lead to an increase in life expectancy.

The report determined that people’s mortality rates rose by 5 percent when they suddenly fell behind on their debt payments due to a sudden macro event such as a recession. But the risk of death was reduced by more than 4 percent if an individual’s credit score increased by 100 points. Read More

01.23.17- Nothing Is Real: When Reality TV Programming Masquerades as Politics
John W. Whitehead

Donald Trump no longer needs to launch Trump TV. He’s already the star of his own political reality show.

Americans have a voracious appetite for TV entertainment, and the Trump reality show—guest starring outraged Democrats with a newly awakened conscience for immigrants and the poor, power-hungry Republicans eager to take advantage of their return to power, and a hodgepodge of other special interest groups with dubious motives—feeds that appetite for titillating, soap opera drama.

After all, who needs the insults, narcissism and power plays that are hallmarks of reality shows such as Celebrity Apprentice or Keeping Up with the Kardashians when you can have all that and more delivered up by the likes of Donald Trump and his cohorts? Read More

01.21.17- The Following Words Had Never Appeared In An Inaugural Address, Until Today
Tyler Durden

That Trump's inaugural address was provocative is putting it mildly. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the initial reaction of the Financial Times. Consider the following excerpt:

For most presidents, a first inaugural address has been the occasion to set out a personal vision of the American idea. You do not necessarily lose points for failing to set out policy in granular detail. You are playing mood-music, making it as stirring as possible and positioning yourself in the grand flow of American history: reminding your audience of an essential continuity. Mr Trump’s theme was the opposite. From his first words, he stressed discontinuity: that his presidency would be a break. Read More

01.20.17- Is China About to Drop a Bombshell?
James Rickards

Is Trump’s anti-China rhetoric going to trigger another currency war withChina? If so, China may jump out ahead and devalue the Chinese yuan.

In that case, the Dow Jones Industrial Average could plunge to 17,824, and the S&P 500 could plunge to 2,024 in a matter of weeks, wiping out trillions of dollars of investor wealth.

This is not guesswork. Plunges of over 10% in U.S. stock indices happened twice in the past year-and-a-half. The first time was in August 2015. The second wasJanuary-February 2016. Both times it was because of a combination of a stronger dollar and weaker yuan. It could happen again. And you need to understand the dynamics both to avoid losses and reap big gains by positioning ahead of the meltdown. Read More

01.19.17- Will There Be War On the Streets Of Washington D.C. During
the Inauguration On Friday?

Michael Snyder,

The stage is set for a potentially very ugly confrontation between radical leftist protesters on one side and law enforcement authorities and Trump supporters on the other side.  It is being estimated that hundreds of thousands of supporters will be arriving in D.C. to celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump, but it is also being estimated that hundreds of thousands of people will be coming to D.C. to specifically protest the inauguration of Trump.  These protesters plan to set up blockades, disrupt inaugural balls and generally cause as much chaos as they possibly can.  In fact, a spokesperson for #DisruptJ20 says that the goal of his organization is for Trump to be inaugurated “amid complete chaos”Read More

01.18.17- Welcome To The Third World, Part 21:
This Pension Thing Is About To Get Real

John Rubino

Though it may not be instantly clear, in the above quote Michael Lewis is talking about public sector pensions and how over the course of several decades, mayors and governors across the US have colluded with police, firefighter and teachers unions to promise outrageously-generous benefits and then failed to put aside enough money to pay for them.

As a consequence two things are happening. In dozens if not hundreds of cities and towns, services are being cut to the bone to pay for ballooning pension benefits, and – when even these cuts prove inadequate – pensions are being drastically reduced. Read More

01.17.17- Welcome To One of The Most Pivotal Weeks In Modern American History
Michael Snyder

Many are anticipating that a wonderful new era of peace and prosperity is just a few days away, but others are using terms such as “civil unrest” and “civil war” for what they believe is about to happen in America.  Without a doubt, Donald Trump is one of the most electrifying politicians in modern American history, but he is also one of the most polarizing.  So will the next four years bring us together as a nation, or will anger, frustration, strife and discord tear us much farther apart?  It is being projected that extremely large crowds of supporters will attend Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20th, but the mainstream media is also reporting that “hundreds of thousands of protesters” are on their way to Washington. Read More

01.16.17- Ushering In a Totalitarian Police State in Cashless “Smart Cities”
Jeff Berwick

From Scandinavia to Amsterdam to India and elsewhere, the trend of going “cashless” is gaining traction.

We have been covering the shortcomings of what is rightly called the War On Cash here at TDV for a while now and have shown just how negative the effects can be on an unsuspecting nation’s people.

Chandigarh, India, which is the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, is like one of India’s labrats. Indian officials are working hard toward making it into India’s first cashless city. Read More

01.14.17- Three Strikes – You’re Out!
Jeff Thomas

In the nineteenth century, the Americans invented a new sport – baseball. At one time thought of by us Britons as a sort of “poor man’s cricket,” baseball eventually became an international sport and, at this point, in virtually any country in the world, the exclamation, “Three strikes – you’re out,” means to all and sundry that the individual in question is finished for the time being.

And the phrase is sometimes used in investment circles. One investor can be heard advising another, “Don’t buy that stock – they’re underfunded, have poor management and an unsustainable business plan. You’d have three strikes against you even before you started.” Read More

01.13.17- Prepare For The Peace
That Follows The Chaos

Tom Chatham

The people that are preparing for some sort of chaos in their future are only doing the prudent thing considering the environment we are now living in. Those with growing piles of supplies for disasters, war or some type of collapse have made the mental leap that is required to prepare themselves for unknown eventualities that can be life altering. These people have made a plan to survive the difficult times that come and live to tell of it.

What many of these people have not contemplated is the day when the chaos is over and life begins to return to some new type of normalcy. Most people simply plan for chaos and never think about coming out of the other side at some point. Read More

01.12.17- A Donald Trump Presidency Spells The End Of The George Soros Shadow Government Planned With Hillary
Geoffrey Grider

EDITOR’S NOTE: George Soros, a man who was born a Jew but sold out to work for the Nazis as a teenager, was all set to become the shadow president of America had Hillary Clinton won the presidency. But the God of Abraham stepped in, and cast His vote for Donald Trump, the man who will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Soros put all his eggs in a single basket that God threw into the trash bin of history. A Donald Trump presidency could very well mean the end of George Soros plans to destroy America. The awakening has begun. Read More

01.11.17- After the Crash: “What Does the Future Hold For Average People? Feudalism.”
Daisy Luther

You Realize The Universal Basic Income Is Feudalism, Right?

What does the future hold for average people?

Feudalism.

And they’ll welcome it with open arms, convinced that they are embracing a smart, fair system that eliminates poverty. The greed, entitlement, and lack of ambition that seems inherent in many people today will have them slipping on the yoke of servitude willingly.

Here’s what I mean. Read More

01.10.17- Will The U.S. Hit The Wall In 2017?
Dave Kranzler

The parabolic move in the stock market, housing prices and the U.S. dollar, while touted by the media and Wall Street as evidence that “all is well and getting better,” is perhaps the most visible signals that the U.S. financial and economic system is “melting up” before it collapses.

Yes, I know the truthseeking community has been playing “Chicken Little” since the internet stock bubble days, and admittedly the powers that be have been able to extend and pretend for a lot longer than I would have bet on 15 years ago.

James Kunstler has written an epic year-end essay that is a must-read. He discusses why 2017 may be the year of reckoning for the U.S. – here’s an appetizer: Read More

01.09.17- In a Lawless World, Rules STILL Matter
Andy Sutton / Graham Mehl

My Two Cents

While economics is a science and should be treated as such, economic forecasting is both a science and an art at the same time. However, anyone can forecast. Just like anyone can forecast the weather. To do so accurately and furthermore to do so frequently is a true talent. We think of it along the lines of the ability to hit a major league fastball; a gift granted to maybe 1 in 500 or a thousand babies each year. Then add to that the ability to hit a major league fastball for an average of .300 over an entire career and we’re talking a few babies in an entire generation. Read More

01.07.17- Weekend Rant:
The Governor of Vermont Is An Idiot

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Apparently, the CIA not only owns the US and European media, university faculties, the US Congress, the heads of state of the US Empire, many pseudo-fake leftwing and progressive Internet sites, but also the governors of the US states.

How can it happen that the citizens of Vermont are so incapable that they elected a mindless moron as governor? Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, called on federal officials “to conduct a full and complerte investigation” of Russia’s alleged hacking of Vermont’s electric grid system “and undertake that this never happens again.”

It never happened at all. But this did not prevent the moronic governor from denouncing Russia for something that not only was Russia not responsible for but which we now know never happened. Read More

01.06.17- 9 Ways To Train Your Brain To Respond In A Crisis
Lisa Bedford

When I first began researching survival and preparedness, I can’t tell you how many hours were spent in shock and panic.  I read about the “golden hordes” who would soon, very soon, descend upon my suburban home shooting, stealing, and raping, although not in that particular order. According to some survivalists, we’re approaching a tipping point at which our world will begin to run out of oil, and we’ll be thankful to have two rocks to rub together to create heat. Then there were tales of a hidden planet, Planet X, on its way to destroy Earth.

In my early prepping years, there were days I wasn’t so sure I even wanted to survive such scenarios. Anyone who has only known security is in for a shock when their normalcy bias begins to struggle with information about these possible scenarios far more realistic. Read More

01.05.17- Help With Your New Year's Resolutions
Adam Taggart

Invest in yourself this year

If you're one of the millions of folks here in the initial days of 2017 making resolutions for the new year, we'd like to lend support.

In the years since we started this site, we've created a lot of programming and services that are targeted at the most popular goals people make resolutions for. These solutions have helped a large number of folks make real, constructive and positive change in their lives. Maybe they will for you, too. Read More

01.04.17- Who Benefits from War with Russia?
Michael Krieger

There is absolutely no upside to any conflict with Russia when it comes to 99.9% of us. The fact so many pundits, anonymous intelligence officials and Hillary Clinton cultists are encouraging such an outcome based on zero publicly available evidence that Russia hacked the DNC/John Podesta and provided it to Wikileaks for the purpose of electing Trump, should be seen as the gigantic red flag that it is. So what’s actually going on? As is so often the case, it is all about money and power. Read More

01.03.17- Accounting Gimmicks Won’t Stop The U.S.A. Titanic From Sinking
Steve St Angelo

The U.S. Government has gone to great lengths in using accounting gimmicks to prop up the financial system and domestic economy.  One area where this is readily apparent is the disconnect between the rising U.S. debt versus the annual budget deficits.

Mish Shedlock wrote about this in his article, U.S. Deficit at $590 Billion But Debt Up $1.2 Trillion: Sleight Of Hand Magic:

The US deficit is up $590 billion so one might think total US debt would rise by that amount or at least something close to that amount. Read More

01.02.16- “Services” Rendered. . .
Eric Peters

It’s bad enough getting arrested – especially when you didn’t doanything to warrant it. This happens all the time, because the the threshold for arresting someone is very low. It can be done by any cop, pretty much anytime – without much in the way of legal justification. He has the gun – and the handcuffs, after all. If he wants to arrest you, he will arrest you. Maybe the courts will sort it out later; eventually you are released, your record “cleared.”

This isn’t new – or news. Read More

12.31.16- Anthony Bourdain Slams "Privileged" Liberals For Their "Utter Contempt" Of Working-Class America
Tyler Durden

Celebrity chef and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain is no fan of Trump, and he made as much clear in today's interview with Reason. When asked what concerns him about Trump, he responded: "what I am not concerned about with Trump? Wherever one lives in the world right now I wouldn't feel too comfortable about the rise of authoritarianism. I think it's a global trend, and one that should be of concern to everyone."

However, while a liberal bashing Trump is hardly news, what was more noteworthy is that the celebrity chef also unloaded on "his own side", when he called out elite east coast liberals - of which he admitted he is part of - saying that their “utter contempt” for working-class Americans was unhelpful and nauseating. Read More

12.30.16- Will Pensions Derail
the Trump Rally in 2017?

Birch Gold Group

In the weeks following Trump’s unexpected election win, markets have soared. But some market watchers are starting to fear the “Trump rally” could be nearing its end.

They see one big indicator in trading activity that suggests a major shift might be coming soon. Plus, when pension funds move to rebalance their assets over the next few weeks, it could throw a wrench into the market’s current winning streak.

“Nobody is Selling…” Read More

12.29.16- Gold’s New Year’s Message: Take Heart, My Friends, I Stand At The Ready
Jeff Clark

I intercepted a message that came from gold herself. Yes, she spoke, and was talking to an investor that was discouraged about her recent price action. It was such a powerful message that I thought I’d pass it along to you for the new year. It’s a good reminder of why we all own gold right now and that we’ll all someday soon be vindicated. – Jeff Clark

I understand you’ve had some worries about me, and some frustrations about my price. I thought I’d speak to you directly, to put your mind at ease. I want to let you know why you’ll be much better off with me than almost any other asset over the next few years. Read More

12.28.16- Brandon Smith Warns the System Is Crashing: “Prepare for Bank Confiscations, Shortages, Insurgency”
Mac Slavo

What is the anatomy of a breakdown?

The past eight years have been extremely difficult for the real economy. Central bank intervention has propped up the stock market at the expense of the main street economy, at the expense of middle class security, at the expense of jobs.

And everyone knows that game can’t continue. The question is how it will play out, and how long the game will be. Read More

12.27.16- Santa's 2017 Survival Plan
Daisy Luther

I know it’s Christmas and you probably have a million things to do (I do too!) but I HAVE to tell you about this crazy little guy who showed up at my door today.

He was short, about 4 feet tall.

He also had weird shoes that curled at the toe.

And even stranger, he had pointy ears.

I asked him who he was and he said he was a messenger from Santa! Whoa…. Read More

12.26.16- Here’s Where You Absolutely Don’t Want to Be “When It All Turns Ugly”
Mac Slavo

Map Shows Us Where We Don’t Want To Be When It All Turns Ugly h/t All News Pipeline

OK, this is actually pretty obvious – but it is worth pointing out that the “archipelago” of islands across the vast expanse of the United States that carried the vote for Hillary Clinton during the election – also happens to be a ring of the liberal cities that:

  1. have exploded with crime, riots and unrest
  2. have provided sanctuary for millions of illegal immigrants that have destabilized the country Read More

12.24.15- Weekend Rant: Wreck the Halls
MN Gordon

Arrested Development

Despite the best efforts of the bulls to make history happen, they’ve been unable to ‘git-r-done.’  At the time of this writing, the Dow is facing another bout of arrested development; it has yet to notch 20,000 for the very first time.

What a feat it will be when this remarkable, but trivial, event comes to pass.  After a near eight year run, the Dow will likely eclipse this exquisitely round numeric threshold in the very near future.  Shouldn’t such an achievement – and the associated wealth effect – have made us all rich? Read More

12.23.26- Why Social Security Is Doomed: “Birthrate At Lowest Level on Record”
… And the Future Is Unfunded

Mac Slavo

Here’s more evidence that the “recovery” never really happened, and good reason to think that the entire social net structure is doomed to fall apart.

The birthrate, long tied to economic growth, has been dropping to its lowest point in recorded history – both nationally and, in particular, in the state of California.

This demographic shift is bad news for the economy – in terms of housing, consumer markets, and especially for the long-term funding of social security, medicaid, medicare and other obligations that younger generations have typically been expected to pay into. Read More

12.22.16- The Deep State Blues
James Howard Kunstler

Lest you wonder, not only did I not vote for Mr. Trump (or Hillary), but I relished heaping opprobrium on him during the election campaign. Just so you know, I’m not advocating for him, but I’m alarmed that the Deep State (the White House + the Intel Agency gang) now appears to be trying to hack the electoral college vote against him.

The headline deployed everywhere last week, “Russia Hacks Election,” was designed by the Deep State players to deviously lead the broadly dim public to think that Russia somehow interfered with the balloting process, which was not possible since voting machines are not hooked up to the internet. And then it was repeated endlessly by the cable news networks and the newspapers, under the number one rule of propaganda: that if you repeat something often enough, the public will swallow it. Read More

12.21.16- How to “Convert” Your Household Staples into Cash (Starting Today)
Tom Gentile

It’s that time of year when you can’t help but get smacked in the face with hundreds of holiday discounts on things that you honestly don’t “really need” – like toys, gizmos, and gadgets.

At the same time, prices keep rising on the things you actually do need – like toothpaste, tissue paper, and shampoo.

And that’s exactly how these stores get you… They tempt you with large percentages off the most expensive items you want. Then they jack up the prices of the items you need on a daily basis. Read More

12.20.16- The One Thing Doug Casey Is Very Confident Of: “We’re Going To Have Financial Chaos… It’s A Dangerous Situation”
Mac Slavo

Doug Casey is the founder of Casey Research and well known for his forecasting prowess, having accurately called the crash of 2008 and many other trends over the last four decades. In his latest interview with Future Money Trends Casey explains what a Donald Trump Presidency will mean for financial markets, economic stimulus, and geo-politics. As he’s noted previously, 2008 was just the first part of the storm and we are rapidly approaching the trailing edge of the hurricane. This time around it’s going to last much longer and be much worse than what we experienced before. Read More

12.19.16- The Royal Flush
Ted Butler

In order to make a point, I’m going to address a very popular question, by giving the answer first and then providing the question. The answer does involve a bit of imagining on your part. I ask you to picture yourself at the highest stakes poker game imaginable, where quite literally many billions of dollars are at stake and in which you have just been dealt the indisputable best hand possible - a royal flush. Please accept that you are guaranteed to win.

It’s the last deal of the game with winner take all. The pot is enormous and all the other participants have been dealt very high and normally winnable hands and are flush with funds and every player is intent on raising and re-raising as each new bet is made. Read More

12.17.16- Why the Bill of Rights Is Failing
Ryan McMaken

225 years ago today, the first ten amendments were added to the new Constitution of 1787. Those amendments have come to be known as the Bill of Rights, and taken as a whole, these amendments represent what can only be described as one of the few parts of the Constitution worth applauding today. 

While most of the Constitution is concerned with centralizing government power, raising tax revenue, protecting the institution of chattel slavery, and hammering the independent states into a consolidated political union, the Bill of Rights, on the other hand, was concerned with limiting government powerRead More

12.16.16- Getting in Bed with The Government
Jim Quinn

The recent deal to keep Carrier jobs in the United States is not at all unusual. It only received so much press because Trump made it a campaign issue and saw an opportunity to record a big early PR victory before he even took office. Government and corporations cooperate, negotiate deals, scratch each others backs, kickback ill-gotten gains, and function as a career advancement funnel for corrupt politicians. Read More

12.15-16- Dallas Police Resignations Soar As "Insolvent" Pension System Implodes
Tyler Durden

A few days ago we noted that the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP) took the unprecedented step of halting withdrawals from their DROP fund after a "run on the bank" pushed to the entire pension system, and the City of Dallas, to the brink of liquidity crisis (see "In Unprecedented Move, Dallas Pension System Suspends Withdrawals").  Now, a local CBS affiliate in Dallas is reporting that the pension crisis is driving a massive surge in police resignations.   

Dallas Police Chief David Pughes told city council members Monday that 99 officers have left the department since October 1. Read More

12.14.16- The Case For And Against
Universal Basic Income

Aaron Bandler

Some on the right are embracing a form of government policy as a means to end poverty: universal basic income. The notion has been championed by conservative and libertarian scholars like Charles Murray and Milton Friedman, while others like Thomas Sowell are vehemently opposed to the idea.

Which viewpoint is correct?

The Daily Wire will provide you with the case for and against universal basic income, and let you make up your own mind. Read More

12.13.16- Why the Canadian Marijuana Sector Is the Next Big Thing and Why Emblem Is Our Top Pick
Gordon Holmes

Gecko Research discusses the bull market for marijuana, the road to legalization in Canada and why Emblem Corp., which begins trading on the TSX.V on Dec. 12 under the symbol EMC, is their top pick.

There is an ongoing bull market that hasn't been internationally recognized yet and that's investing in the North American marijuana sector. One really needs to understand that there is one going on south of the border and another one north of the border. They are two completely separate bull markets and at very different stages as well. One we love and one we wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. Read More

12.12.16- Breaking Free From The Captured Media
Charles Hugh Smith

Why the mainstream press is freaking out

In its panicky rush to demonize the independent media via baseless accusations of "fake news," the mainstream press has sunk to spewing "fake news" of its own.

Here's The Washington Post's criminally false "fake news" article in case you missed it: Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say.

So-called "fake news" was perfectly acceptable to the mainstream media when it was the exclusive purview of the central state. The infamous Gulf of Tonkin Incident in August 1964 that was used to justify a massive escalation of the heretofore limited war in Vietnam was heavily promoted by the mainstream media of the day. Read More

12.10.16- A Chicken in Every Pot
Jeff Thomas

Collectivism will always eventually destroy the economy of any nation, no matter how great it may be.

That’s a pretty powerful statement. Is it historically supportable? Let’s visit a current example - Venezuela, to examine the overall process of collectivism, then look at a few other historical cases and see what we can learn.  

In 1980, Venezuela was deemed to be the fourteenth most economically free country in the world. Today, it’s a veritable train wreck, having failed in every conceivable way. How did this happen? Was it just bad luck? No, quite the contrary. Read More

12.09.16- Wall Street's Calling the Sheep
to the Slaughter - Again!

David Stockman

I believe the shock of Donald Trump’s election will soon be vastly exceeded by an even more shocking shutdown of Washington governance within days of the inauguration.

For the first time since the 1930s there will be a crash on Wall Street and a recession on main street, but the Imperial City will be powerless to remedy either.

That’s because financial history is not circular; it’s cumulative and all the fiscal and monetary artifices, expedients and frauds that can be deployed by the state to maintain the illusion of prosperity and soaring financial asset prices will have finally been exhausted. Read More

12.08.16- NATO, The Obama Government
And Fake News

Dave Kranzler

Here’s the identity of the entities behind PropOrNot:

Launched by a resounding article in the Washington Post, on 24 Novembre 2016 [11], a mysterious group entitled Propaganda or Not? established a list of de 200 Internet sites – including Voltairenet.org – who were allegedly tasked by the Kremlin with relaying Russian propaganda and intoxicating US public opinion to the point where they elected Donald Trump.

While Propaganda or Not? does not publish the names of its directors, it does indicate that it unites four organisations – Polygraph, The Interpreter, the Center for European Policy Analysis and the Digital Forensic Research Lab. Read More

12.07.16- Red is the New Green
Bill Gross

I've got nothing against national anthems, and I wouldn't kneel even if I was Colin Kaepernick. I just think as a country, "America the Beautiful" might have been a better choice for ours and that in some cases, some words of "The Star Spangled Banner" don't ring true. A few countries' anthems are, in fact, quite pleasing to my ear. "O Canada" has a beautiful melody and words to match, although you'd probably have to be watching hockey to hear it. Our "Star Spangled Banner"? For me – not so much. I can sort of see the "rockets' red glare", but it's hard to sing and quite long – especially if you're waiting for the kickoff. But like I said, I have nothing against it, except maybe the last stanza. Not the "Home of the Brave" part. Having spent two years in Vietnam, ferrying Navy SEALs up the Mekong Delta, I witnessed a lot of bravery. Not me. I was duckin' quicker than Bill Murray's gopher in Caddyshack. The SEALs though. Yeah – tough guys. Read More

12.06.16- Attaining Self-Destruct Velocity
MN Gordon

Bad Monday

Some Monday mornings are better than others.  Others are worse than some.  For one Amazon employee, this past Monday morning was particularly bad.

No doubt, the poor fellow would have been better off he’d called in sick to work.  Such a simple decision would have saved him from extreme agony.  But, unfortunately, he showed up at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters and put on a public and painful display of madness. Read More

12.05.16- Inauguration Day Is Still A Long Way Off
Jeremiah Johnson

Many things have been happening in this “transition period” that point to one grim fact: Trump hasn’t been sworn into office as president yet.  As a matter of fact, things are happening that may very well derail that inauguration.  There’s an old Irish expression: “There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip,” and there’s quite a few slippery deeds in the works in particular that bear mentioning.  January 20, 2017 is still a long way off, and Obama isn’t done just yet.

From an international perspective, something very heinous happened in the dead of night just a little more than a week ago.  The House of Representatives passed a resolution, H.R. 5732, in a special session that included the suspension of normal rules.  Suspensions are characteristically used for bills that are not controversial. Read More

12.03.16- Gold And Silver – Do Not Expect Much Difference With Trump Compared To Obama
Michael Noonan

Obama was the “Yes, we can!” hope and change candidate that become the deep state elite’s presidential lackey.  It was Obama’s choice to sell his political and personal soul in serving the globalists.

History has been somewhat hidden from the public but still in the open for those who take the time to look. The US went bankrupt in 1933 when Roosevelt declared the Bank Holiday.  Its purpose was to eliminate any and all banking independence and give all control over to the Federal Reserve cartel. Read More

12.02.16- America Is Committing Suicide
Dave Hodges

America is committing death by immigration, it is a form of national suicide. The patient is almost terminal.

The Attacks At Ohio State University

Somalia jihadist, Abdul Razak Ali Artan,the Ohio State University terrorist, was not just a Muslim immigrant from Somalia who attempted to kill several Ohio State students, he was in the country under the Refugee/Resettlement regulations created by the Obama administration.

By virtue of the fact that this fundamental Islamic terrorist was sponsored by Obama, meant that your tax dollars, provided for this Jihadi with food, shelter, and education grants.  Do your children get these benefits from Obama? Read More

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