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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