American Empire Crumbling
“Mr. Advocate, the rotten tree-trunk, until the very moment when the storm-blast breaks it in two, has all the appearance of might it ever had. The storm-blast whistles through the branches of the Empire even now. Listen with the ears of psychohistory, and you will hear the creaking.”
“Now any dogma, based primarily on faith and emotionalism, is a dangerous weapon to use on others, since it is almost impossible to guarantee that the weapon will never be turned on the user.”– Isaac Asimov, Foundation Read More
In Part One of this article I analyzed the similarities of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy to Strauss & Howe’s Fourth Turning, trying to assess how Donald Trump’s ascension to power fits into the theories put forth by those authors. Now I will compare Trump to the most interesting character in Asimov’s classic – The Mule.
“A horse having a wolf as a powerful and dangerous enemy lived in constant fear of his life. Being driven to desperation, it occurred to him to seek a strong ally. Read More
“The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity—a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop.” – Isaac Asimov, Foundation
“Any fool can tell a crisis when it arrives. The real service to the state is to detect it in embryo.” – Isaac Asimov, Foundation
I read Isaac Asimov’s renowned award winning science fiction trilogy four decades ago as a teenager. I read them because I liked science fiction novels, not because I was trying to understand the correlation to the fall of the Roman Empire. Read More
It's time to start planning for what we'll do when the current healthcare system implodes.
As with many other complex, opaque systems in the U.S., only those toiling in the murky depths of the healthcare system know just how broken the entire system is. Only those dealing daily with the perverse incentives, the Kafkaesque procedures, the endlessly negative unintended consequences, the soul-deadening paper-shuffling, the myriad forms of fraud, the recalcitrant patients who don't follow recommendations but demand to be magically returned to health anyway, and of course the hopelessness of the financial future of a system with runaway costs. Read More
03.25.17- The Day Earth Was Murdered
“Change you can believe in” disappeared in the early days of the Obama regime as the same Washington insiders filled the new government’s ranks. David Brooks sung the praises of those who made change impossible: “the best of the Washington insiders, Achievetrons who got double 800s on their SATs.”
Eight years later Donald Trump was specific about the changes he intended, the two most important being normalized relations with Russia and the return home of the middle class jobs and associated state and local tax base that US corporations had moved offshore to foreign locations. But Trump’s government quickly became home to corporate polluters, Wall Street executives, defense contractors, and Russophobic generals. Read More
“Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the nation today. Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your car or other property, sell it and use the proceeds to fund agency budgets—all without so much as charging you with a crime. Unlike criminal forfeiture, where property is taken after its owner has been found guilty in a court of law, with civil forfeiture, owners need not be charged with or convicted of a crime to lose homes, cars, cash or other property. Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns that principle on its head. With civil forfeiture, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent. Read More
The noose around the neck of FBI’s James Comey career is tightening. It is amazing that he is still the Director of the FBI. The following contains a multitude of allegations against Comey and anyone of them should be grounds for removal from office followed by criminal prosecution
Last fall, Fox News further confirmed that a congressional source confirmed that the House Government Oversight Committee had received a heavily redacted FBI summary of Hillary Clinton’s session last month with FBI agents who interviewed her about her use of a private server for government business. Heavily redacted? Read More
Imagine men in bleach white bio suits with medical masks show up at your door. You are suspected of carrying a communicable disease. You will now be arrested and held without due process, indefinitely.
The government could do this any day.
They have the “authority”. They have the personnel. They have the funding. Now all they need is the excuse. Read More
When we look at the markets and try to ascertain the long-term direction, we must look at politics closely, for this holds the key. First, this is a Private Wave and that means the confidence in government is collapsing. Hence, the question for the direction of stocks, gold, interest rates, and the world economy, all hinges on how fast the perception of government collapsed on a global scale. Both sides of the aisle are corrupt and rotten to the core. Republican or Democrat, they are all in this for what they personally can grab and they are incapable of doing anything right for society because power corrupts. Read More
Clearly, the media manipulates the population’s worldview. But less obvious is that this altered perception manifests itself into reality.
It is the old, which came first, the chicken or the egg? To what extent does the media encourage the negative events they love to report on?
Suicide is the perfect example of this phenomenon: suicides increase when reported in the media. According to Robert C. Cialdini in his book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, there is a psychological condition know as the “Werther Effect”, named after the protagonist in a famous German book who kills himself. When the book came out two centuries ago, an epidemic of young suicides hit Europe everywhere the book was read. Read More
Now John McCain says Senator Rand Paul is working for the Russians.
Well, that did it. That tipped the scale for me.
As my readers know, I have a fierce desire to go along with current trends, and I don’t want to be left behind. Since pretty much everybody in the US is working for Putin, I have to sign up, too.
So I put in a few calls, and they took me on board. Hail to Russia! Down with the USA! Read More
03.17.17- From Nuisance to Threat:
I am convinced that the US, and probably the entire Western world, that is, the American Empire, has entered an era in which respect for truth does not exist in public and private institutions. We have been watching this develop for some time. Think, for example, back to August 3, 2002, a recent time in terms of our present predicament, but a time prior to political consciousness of anyone younger today than 33 years old. In the summer of 2002, the world was being prepared by propaganda for a US invasion of Iraq. On August 3 of that year, the prestigous British publication, The Economist, summed up the consensus of ruling opinion in two sentences: “The honest choices now are to give up and give in, or to remove Mr. Hussein before he gets his [nuclear] bomb. Painful as it is, our vote is for war.” Read More
03.16.17- A Bubble Ready to Pop?
A storm is on the horizon. Just because it’s another hurricane season, the tempest ready to engulf will not be tracked by eyes in the skies. A forecast for this whirlwind won’t be made on the weather channel or by a meteorologist. The climate that triggers this downpour is financial. The causes for this calamity have been brewing for decades. The major fronts that push the airstreams toward disaster are well known. Balance of trade deficits, federal debt financed by foreigners, soaring government liabilities, loss of viable wages for domestic employment and offshore exodus of any job that improves the bottom line of transnational corporations. But have you heard of the other gusts that will blow your house down? Read More
03.15.17- Searching for Truth
RANCHO SANTANA, NICARAGUA – In the fifth century, Christian scholars counted 88 different heresies. Arianism. Eutychianism. Nestorianism. If there was a way to “offend” God, they had a name for it. One group of “heretics” argued that there was no such thing as “original sin.” Another denied the trinity. And another claimed Jesus was not divine. Which one had the truth?
Depiction of the first Council of Ephesus in 431 AD, convened by Emperor Theodosius II. It was the third ecumenical council (after the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 and the Council of Constantinople in AD 381). The patriarchs Cyril of Alexandria and Nestorius of Constantinople clashed over church doctrine at Ephesus. Read More
03.14.17- The Government Is Still the Enemy of Freedom
“Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter. Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize the government … doesn’t care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety… It’s interested in its own power. That’s the only thing. Keeping it and expanding it wherever possible.”— George Carlin
My friends, we’re being played for fools. On paper, we may be technically free. In reality, however, we are only as free as a government official may allow. Read More
03.13.17- Show Me The Money
"School days" inexorably continue at the Gross household, not just because of grandchildren, but because of the necessity to teach my own kids the complexities and pitfalls of investing. As I get older, I fear I may unduly introduce them to a 1930s Will Rogers warning about losing money: "I'm not so much concerned about the return on my money," he wrote, "but the return of my money." "Don't lose it" is my first and most important conceptual lesson for them despite the Trump bull market and the current "animal spirits" that encourage risk, as opposed to the preservation of capital. Read More
Iran just conducted another provocative missile test, more U.S. troops are being sent to the Middle East, it was just announced that the U.S. military will be sending B-1 and B-52 bombers to South Korea in response to North Korea firing four missiles into the seas near Japan, and China is absolutely livid that a U.S. carrier group just sailed through contested waters in the South China Sea. We have entered a season where leaders all over the globe feel a need to rattle their sabers, and many fear that this could be leading us to war. In particular, Donald Trump is going to be under the microscope in the days ahead as other world leaders test his resolve. Will Trump be able to show that he is tough without going over the edge and starting an actual conflict? Read More
If the media tell us that “the opening of XYZ mill has created 1,000 new jobs,” we give a cheer. When the ABC company closes and 500 jobs are lost, we’re sad. The politician who can provide a subsidy to save ABC is almost assured of widespread public support for his work in preserving jobs.
But jobs in and of themselves do not guarantee wellbeing. Suppose that the employment is to dig huge holes and fill them up again? What if the workers manufacture goods and services that no one wants to purchase? In the Soviet Union, which boasts of giving every worker a job, many jobs are just this unproductive. Production is everything, and jobs are nothing but a means toward that end. Read More
03.08.17- Is The Left Trying To Start A Civil War?
An army of subversives is attempting to undermine the Trump administration from within the government, and at the same time a whole host of prominent leftist leaders are fueling the flames of hate against Trump and are promoting riots, civil uprisings and in some cases even violence. And of course the mainstream media is a more than willing accomplice, because pretty much everyone that works in the mainstream media absolutely hates Donald Trump. On a fundamental level, the United States is more divided today than it has been in any of our lifetimes, and the radical left is treating the presidency of Donald Trump as if it was the end of the world. We are seeing terms such as “Nazi”, “racist” and “dictator” thrown around very casually, but people need to understand that words really matter. When subversives on the left use such inflammatory language, there is a very real danger that they could actually spark a violent insurrection against the United States government. Read More
Act I: Wheres the Inflation?
Many have asked, with all the printing taking place, why is inflation relatively tame? Sure, we see increases in health care costs, 10-15% annually in food, and 10-20% in precious metals over the last few years but when the overall money supply triples over a decade, those are relatively small numbers compared to what you would expect. So, why is there so little inflation? It’s there, you just have to understand how the system is being used to screw you, the little guy or girl.
We’re going to tackle this idea in 4 parts. First, we’ll talk about wealth, and how it is being stolen from us all.
Ready for this? I’m warning you, it is insidiously evil. Read More
03.06.17- 6 Steps Toward a More
As the Trump administration takes shape, it may be helpful to remind ourselves of some of the steps that can be taken in the direction of economic policy that better allows private citizens to be free and flourish. Given his expressed views, there's no reason to believe he plans to radically re-orient the federal government in the direction of freedom and free markets. However, any one of these steps below — even partially implemented — would be a step in the right direction.
One: Eliminate all federal cabinet level agencies related to regulating economic life. Read More
03.04.17- Weekend Rant: Has The Worm Turned?
A timely question from a long-time subscriber resulted in crystalizing an idea that was on the distant periphery of my conscious thought. The great thing about the idea is that it fully incorporates all the data points up until now as I have been presenting them. But please be forewarned, even though all the important factual dots seem to be connected, the premise must still be considered speculative at this point. On the other hand, should the premise prove to be accurate, it could amount to no less than the game-changer in silver (and gold).
Alejandro’s question concerned whether the managed money technical funds who refused to add to short positions in silver back in the fall had to have cooperated in some way in reaching that decision. Read More
03.03.17- Academic Research May Not Be Accurate 85 Percent of the Time
Universities in America have typically been dominated bya liberal bias. … The mindset of employees at such institutions is quite different than one might think. We’re not going to name any names in this essay; this isn’t about a person or individual University. It’s about the intellectual class, really the only public intellectual class in America with any respect; the Ivory Tower. If you haven’t heard this expression before, it refers to the high brow raised lip attitude class of University Professors and their associates. They have influence on every aspect of society. - ZeroHedge Read More
I had a long conversation with Jim Sunday evening regarding the increase in volume and pitch to sabotage President Trump. He asked that I write an article addressing the push/pull toward impeaching or at least neutering him. The “movement” to impeach him (even before taking office) has grown and now looks like there are actual odds the “left” will try in reality.
I wrote “the left” above but in reality it is not just the left as we have seen Paul Ryan, Darrell Issa and other so called conservatives begin to change colors. The reality is Donald Trump is up against a very powerful machine that is entrenched and sucking the life out of the country. This machine is not U.S. centric but in fact has tentacles all over the world with a stranglehold on many “not so sovereign” governments. Read More
03.01.17- Hillary’s Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy
This article is a warning – in November 2016, a vast system of agitation and propaganda was set up in order to destroy the reputation and the authority of President Donald Trump as soon as he arrived in the White House. It is the first time that such a campaign has been scientifically organized against a President of the United States, and with such resources. Yes, we are indeed entering a post-Truth age, but the distribution of rôles is not what you may think it is. Read More
Logic, these days, has been replaced in schools with a mind-control apparatus that involves the following:
EVERY POINT OF VIEW IS EQUAL.
EVERYBODY HAS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WHOLE.
TRUE CRITICAL THINKING, WHICH IS THE EXCLUSIVE TERRITORY OF THE INDIVIDUAL, LEAVES PEOPLE OUT OF THE GROUP AND IS THEREFORE PREJUDICIAL.
If you favor this new formulation and think it’s useful, I have condos on Jupiter for sale. Read More
02.27.17- Reflecting on Dad
I have been thinking about Dad all week. This past Wednesday was the 5th anniversary of his death at age 87. He lived quite a life and worked right up until the end.H e was the youngest of 10 children and was born in 1924. While all of his older siblings remembered the good times before the depression most of his memories were after the crash. They lived in a small town until he was 10 years old in 1934 and his father lost his school bus contract. With the depression getting worse off every year and no prospect of another job in town my grandfather sold the house in town for $500 and moved the whole family back to the farm. It was a hard life but living on a farm there was always plenty to eat. Not much money but at least plenty of food. My grandfather practically invented the term, “multiple streams of income” and in addition to farming he hauled commodities, moved people, was the community butcher, hunted commercially, fished, ginned moss and even distilled spirits. Read More
02.25.17- 4 Flashpoints Where War with China Could Start
In the world of geopolitics, broadly defined to include defense, military, intelligence, diplomacy and various the aspects of statecraft in the international arena often intersect with the world of global capital markets. The sphere of global capital markets include stock, bonds, derivatives, gold, commodities, foreign exchange, etc. These those two worlds are not completely independent, and often converge.
The point of intersection is getting larger, as are the flashpoints. Think of it as two circles that start out apart. They get closer and closer. Well, suddenly they come together and there’s an intersection. They keep converging and the intersection gets larger. It’s actually difficult to think of an international economic issue that doesn’t have a geopolitical aspect and vice versa. Read More
02.24.17- Why the Narrative Failed
We live on the southern flank of a mountain. Over the course of time, you lose track of that fact because you can’t actually see it from where we are. When I drive over to my neighbor’s place on the other side of Andrew’s Brook and look back towards the farm it is impossible to miss, rising like a dark animal from the forest of hardwoods that spread around its base. You can catch glimpses of it from various angles as you move around the valley but it always catches me be surprise, knowing that we live right up on it without ever being aware of just how close it is to our lives. The reality of our day to day life is tied so closely the place where our story unfolds that it is almost impossible to separate the two. And so we farm our side of the mountain in the way that fish swim through water, immersed completely in our place without having to consider it consciously. Read More
02.23.17- The Illusion of Freedom: The Police State Is Alive and Well
"All the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.”—Historian Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45
There is something being concocted in the dens of power, far beyond the public eye, and it doesn’t bode well for the future of this country. Read More
02.22.17- How the Fed went from lender of last resort to destroyer of American wealth
Early morning, December 16, 2008, with a drizzle of freezing rain falling, few would even glance at the line of inconspicuous Mercury Marquis sedans pulling up to Washington, DC’s Fairmont Hotel. Emerging from the luxurious four-star establishment, their Foggy Bottom home eight times a year, are eleven little-known bureaucrats with their contingent of requisite subordinates.
There is no fanfare to mark the coming momentous decision they are to take on as they comfortably settle in for the ten-minute caravan to the neoclassical white marble edifice known as the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building, located at Twentieth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Read More
MARINE Le Pen has lambasted President Hollande and a union of Judges for tolerating the Paris protests in response to the police rape of a young black male. The Front National leader said the Government has been quick to “rush to the bedside of the very few victims of police violence without even waiting for… justice” – but are unable to quash the risk of a war on the streets of Paris. In a ruthless rant, Le Pen wrote:
02.18.17- Where Are We Headed? (Part II)
I have given further thought to this topic, first explored here. I will first offer a few points from the earlier post:
Codevilla: We have stepped over the threshold of a revolution. It is difficult to imagine how we might step back, and futile to speculate where it will end.
Zman: If what it takes to break the stranglehold this cult has on society is a dictator willing to toss a few judges from a helicopter, then sign me up for dictatorship.
Bionic: It would be nice to have a Gorbachev. Read More
One of the most favored propaganda tactics of establishment elites and the useful idiots they employ in Marxist and cultural-Marxist circles is to relabel or redefine an opponent before they can solidly define themselves. In other words, elites and Marxists will seek to “brand” you (just as corporations use branding) in the minds of the masses so that they can take away your ability to define yourself as anything else.
Think of it this way: Say you want to launch an organization called “Movement Blue,” and you and others have gone through great struggle to grow this organization from the ground up. Read More
02.16.17- While Elites Played Empire,
Dear Imperial America: the lifestyle you ordered is permanently out of stock.
Our extraordinary misallocation of national treasure and political power has set a banquet of consequences that few are willing to face, much less address head-on. If we had to sum up this vast misallocation, we might start by characterizing it as the result of a multitude of elites playing Empire with money borrowed from future generations
We can start the list of extraordinary misallocations of national treasure with the Neocon's endless wars of choice. Read More
In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world. These researchers were just beginning to explore the science of genetic engineering, manipulating DNA to create organisms that didn’t exist in nature, and they were unsure how these techniques would affect the health of the planet and its people. So, they descended on a coastal retreat called Asilomar, a name that became synonymous with the guidelines they laid down at this meeting—a strict ethical framework meant to ensure that biotechnology didn’t unleash the apocalypse. Read More
02.14.17- Made For Each Other
Don’t be fooled by the idiotic exertions of the Red team and the Blue team. They’re just playing a game of “Capture the Flag” on the deck of the Titanic. The ship is the techno-industrial economy. It’s going down because it has taken on too much water (debt), and the bilge pump (the oil industry) is losing its mojo.
Neither faction understands what is happening, though they each have an elaborate delusional narrative to spin in the absence of any credible plan for adapting the life of our nation to the precipitating realities. The Blues and Reds are mirrors of each other’s illusions, and rage follows when illusions die, so watch out. Both factions are ready to blow up the country before they come to terms with what is coming down. Read More
02.13.17- Has The American Establishment Opted for Thermo-Nuclear War?
If you want to be an American TV talking head or a Western presstitute, you are required to be braindead and integrity-challenged like Bill O’Reilly, CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and all the rest. In an interview with President Donald Trump, O’Reilly said: “Putin is a killer.”
O’Reilly is indifferent to the fact that thermo-nuclear war is a killer of planet Earth. For O’Reilly, President Trump’s desire to normalize relations with Russia is an indication that the President of the US is comfortable making deals with killers, as if America’s last three presidents have not been mass killers comfortable with their destruction in whole or part of many countries and millions of peoples. Read More
02.11.17- Servitude In America's Plantation Economy
The only possible output of low social capital is rising inequality.
One of the themes I've been addressing since 2008 is the neocolonial-plantation structure of the U.S. economy. The old models of colonial exploitation that optimized plantations worked by cheap imported labor (or situated in peripheral nations with plenty of cheap labor) have, beneath the surface, been adapted to advanced capitalist democracies.
The adaptations have been so successful that not only do we not even recognize the Plantation structure--we love our servitude within it. Read More
02.10.17- Wikileaks: Vault 7
Beginning on February 4, 2017, Wikileaks sent out four tweets over the course of last four days with references to “Vault7.” What does it all mean?
DAY ONE: FEBRUARY 4, 2017
On February 4, Wikileaks tweeted a picture of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault with the caption, “What is #Vault7?“.
According to online sources, the facility is a “fail-safe seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time, and natural or man-made disasters.” It is located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. Read More
02.09.17- Carnage of the Middle Class
In President Donald J. Trump's inaugural address he promised, "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now." And immediately liberals and the MSM took umbrage to his use of the word carnage, which means the slaughter of a large number of people, claiming it was just too dark a description for America. Maybe so. However, in a recent Bloomberg commentary, Justin Fox cites some sobering statistics that support Trump's statement.
While the overall murder rate for the nation should end up increasing about 8% year-over-year, the surge within U.S. cities is absolutely staggering. Read More
For the last eight years we’ve seen the rise of the Social Justice Warriors (SJW’s), as they had lobbied their man, Obama, for the political power required to direct the force of government in the name of their own peculiarly relativist brand of “social justice.”
While they are still busy demonstrating the violent soul of what is inherent in all brands of statism by breaking storefront windows (masked), under the Trump epoch a new type of statist “warrior” has emerged, let’s call them the Economic Justice Warriors (EJW’s).Read More
02.07.17- The Left Hates You. Act Accordingly.
They hate you.
Leftists don’t merely disagree with you. They don’t merely feel you are misguided. They don’t think you are merely wrong. They hate you. They want you enslaved and obedient, if not dead. Once you get that, everything that is happening now will make sense. And you will understand what you need to be ready to do.
You are normal, and therefore a heretic. You refuse to bow to their idols, to subscribe to their twisted catechisms, to praise their false gods. This is unforgivable. You must burn. Read More
02.06.17- Trump’s Complications in Draining the Swamp
There are alligators in the way.
How Big Government Has Outlasted Presidents for a Century … Trump’s recent flurry of executive orders mandates that for every new regulation issued by any agency, two must be eliminated. This comes on top of a federal hiring freeze and vows to reduce administrative bloat and otherwise force the government bureaucracy to conform to the kinds of expectations that govern private business. While Trump sees himself as an outsider president bringing new ideas to Washington, these particular ideas would be painfully familiar to his predecessors. –Bloomberg
Trump’s idea of cutting two rules for everyone put into place is a fine but Bloomberg has actually printed a pretty good article about the chances of Trump doing as he says – which are slim to none. Read More
02.04.17- Weekend Rant: The Leftwing Has Placed Itself In The Trash Can Of History
At a time when the Western world desperately needs alternative voices to the neoliberals, the neoconservatives, the presstitutes and the Trump de-regulationists, there are none. The Western leftwing has gone insane.
The voices being raised against Trump, who does need voices raised against him, are so hypocritical as to reflect less on Trump than on those with raised voices. Read More
02.03.17- Transferring Power to the People
Of the many significant statements made by President Donald Trump in his inaugural address, I believe the following stands out:
It is indeed a noble goal, but the obvious questions arise. Is returning power to the people just a guide that President Trump will use for the decisions he makes as president? Or is it his aim to actually put power into the hands of the people? And if the latter, how do you transfer power from Washington D.C. and give it back to the people? Read More
As I outlined in my article 'The False Economic Narrative Will Die In 2017', the mainstream media has been carefully crafting the propaganda meme that the Trump administration is inheriting a global economy in “ascension,” when in fact, the opposite is true. Trump enters office at a time of longstanding decline and will likely witness severe and accelerated decline over the course of the next year. The signs are already present, and this fits exactly with the basis for my prediction of the Trump election win — conservative movements are indeed being set up as scapegoats for a global economic crisis that international financiers actually created. Read More
The numbers are pretty startling.
Nearly 7 in 10 Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.
1 out of every 3 Americans has nothing set aside for retirement.
And, according to Federal Reserve data, the median working-age couple has saved just $5,000 for retirement.
How is this even possible? Read More
01.31.17- Trump’s Momma Didn’t Raise No Fool
We left off yesterday after exploring one of two major directions for the next four years.
President Trump could really “go to war” with the Deep State. And lose.
If this were to happen, investors would almost certainly get caught in the crossfire.
But don’t worry. This is extremely unlikely. The only way to bring the Deep State to heel is to cut off the EZ money funding that feeds it.
Mr. Trump has not even suggested it. It’s not going to happen, not voluntarily at least. Read More
01.30.17- Has the American Dream Become the American Nightmare?
For too long now, the American people have allowed themselves to be persuaded that the government’s job is to take care of us: to feed us, clothe us, house us, educate us, raise our children, heal our infirmities, manage our finances, protect us from our enemies, guard us against all dangers (real and imaginary), and provide for our every need.
Where Americans go wrong is in failing to recognize that there’s always a catch to such devil’s bargains purportedly carried out for the good of all society. Read More
01.28.17- Controlling your own wealth as a basic human right
A few months ago, the Indian government withdrew 86% of banknotes in circulation. Ostensibly, it was to cut down on the black market economy and tax cheats, but it also wiped out a large percentage of the wealth of the poorest people, who hold their wealth in cash. A few weeks later, Venezuela followed with a similar measure.
This got me thinking, to what degree do people control their own wealth today, and should they have more control?
Who controls money? Read More
01.27.17- The Demise of the Left
On several occasions I have asked in my columns the rhetorical question: What became of the left? Today I answer my question.
The answer is that the European and American left, which traditionally stood for the working class and peace (bread and peace) no longer exists. The cause championed by those who pretend to be the “left” of today is identity politics. The “left” no longer champions the working class, which the “left” dismisses as “Trump deplorables,” consisting of “racist, misogynist, homophobic, gun nuts.” Read More
One of the biggest surprises during Donald Trump’s unconventional presidential campaign was his frequent criticism of the Federal Reserve. Though he was highly inconsistent on what he thought the Fed should do, coming out as both a critic and advocate of the current low interest rate policy, he was steadier in his dismissal of the Fed as an independent institution. During one of the debates, he went as far as to accuse Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen of “being…more political than Hillary Clinton.”
While it is possible Donald Trump may still believe this, it is clear his Treasury Secretary does not. Read More
I had held out hope that Fox News was going to begin to report the news in a more balanced manner. This belief was based upon the fact that Rupert Murdock, the owner of Fox News parent corporation, NEWSCORP, had actually covered Trump in a more balanced manner. However, this is not to be the case. The old adage applies, once New World Order, always New World Order.
When I was the one of the first to be told by Paul Preston about CALEXIT, prior to the Presidential election, I immediately recognized this as the very big story that it is. As I printed finding after finding out about the event, I was told that I needed to put on my tin-foil hat and that I was making this scenario up. The stories on CALEXIT were among the least read on The Common Sense Show as the story refused to get much traction. Here is an abbreviated history of the coverage that I tried to bring to this topic. Read More
01.24.17- How Fascism Comes to America
I think there are really only two good reasons for having a significant amount of money: To maintain a high standard of living and to ensure your personal freedom. There are other, lesser reasons, of course, including: to prove you can do it, to compensate for failings in other things, to impress others, to leave a legacy, to help perpetuate your genes, or maybe because you just can't think of something better to do with your time.
But I'll put aside those lesser motives, which I tend to view as psychological foibles. Basically, money gives you the freedom to do what you'd like – and when, how, and with whom you prefer to do it. Money allows you to have things and do things and can even assist you to be something you want to be. Read More
Making The Chicken Run, Part 1
I’ve written many times about the importance of internationalizing your assets, your mode of living, and your way of thinking. I suspect most readers have treated those articles as they might a travelogue to some distant and exotic land: interesting fodder for cocktail party chatter, but basically academic and of little immediate personal relevance. Read More
BALTIMORE – Two things. One we understand. The other we don’t. First, you gotta hand it to Wall Street. The financial elite were 1,000% behind Hillary. Then, when Donald Trump won the White House, within minutes, they were in his cabinet.
And then they saw the sign, and it looked like a winner’s sign. And so they embraced the orange interloper without further ado… Read More
01.19.17- Trump vs. the CIA
When I read Trump’s defenders, such as Daniel Lazare, having to balance their defense with denunciations of Trump, I think the CIA’s propaganda is working. In his article, Lazare asks the rhetorical question, “Is a military coup in the works?” He then goes on to describe the CIA and presstitute coup against Trump unfolding before our eyes
Having described the unprecedented frame-up of the president-elect of the United States by the CIA and the Western media, Lazare has to square himself with those doing the frame-up:
01.18.17- CIA director slams Trump
Note to readers: if the list of names and phrases in this article doesn’t ring any CIA bells, a refresher course is in order…
In case you hadn’t noticed, uttering a politically incorrect comment is now a bigger crime than decimating thousands in a war.
You can bomb a country into submission and chaos, leaving dead and wounded from shore to shore, and that might be counted as a “mistake in judgment”; but using a few loaded words—or in this case—criticizing an intelligence agency—is an earthshaking event that could make the planet spin off-course…Read More
01.17.17- The Seeds of a Potential Assassination
U.S. Park Police and D.C. police Wednesday afternoon investigated the two areas where the weapons were found. I have been waiting for a massive law enforcement response, given the timing and location of the following discoveries. Instead, all we are getting are crickets chirping with regard to the response of federal and local law enforcement.
The reason that this is significant because on January 15th, I received a highly credible tip that man was arrested in DC transporting a huge weapons cache in a truck. I have been told by a local official that the event is being covered up from the media and there is no federal involvement to their knowledge. Let’s review the following, of what is known, and evaluate local law enforcement as well as the Feds response to this situations which I believe pose a significant and potential threat to Donald Trump. Read More
“It doesn’t make sense to can the general in the middle of an active deployment,” rages D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) after Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, who heads the D.C. National Guard and is an integral part of overseeing the inauguration, has been ordered removed from command effective Jan. 20, 12:01 p.m., just as Donald Trump is sworn in as president.
Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz’s departure will come in the midst of the presidential ceremony, classified as a national special security event — and while thousands of his troops are deployed to help protect the nation’s capital during an inauguration he has spent months helping to plan. Read More
After US Presdient Barack Obama’s two terms in office it gets increasingly clear for everyone that freedom of speech in the United States can be described as rigid control that the state exercises over the media and journalists, while those who refuse to cooperate with the system find themselves deprived of a chance to publish or promote their articles anywhere.
As it’s been noted in a report drafted by the former editor-in-chief of the Washington Post, Leonard Downie, since the era of Richard Nixon, no American president was as hostile to the media as Barack Obama. The report also notes that the Obama administration has been routinely spying on journalists, while punishing harshly any and all whistleblowers. Read More
01.13.17- Don’t Count On Trump Being Inaugurated
The Ruling Establishment Does Not Intend For Trump To Become President.
The latest “explosive” fake news is that “multiple US officials with direct knowledge” told CNN that they have “classified documents” that Russia has compromising documents on Trump that would allow them to blackmail the US President. The documents consist of memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative “whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible.”
According to antiwar.com “the dossier claimed several figures in the Trump campaign were in league with the Russian government during the campaign, and that Russia had been conspiring with them to groom Trump as an ally for ‘at least five years.’ Read More
01.12.17- How Globalists Predict Your Behavior
The globalists seem to have an overarching obsession with data collection. As we have seen with revelations from multiple government whistle-blowers, the establishment spends most of its time, energy and manpower collecting information not just on known threats to their supremacy, but information on EVERYONE through FISA-based surveillance protocols. This is because the establishment sees every individual as a potential threat.
Thus, the system, without warrant, is programmed to collate data from everywhere, not necessarily to be analyzed on the spot, but to be analyzed later in the event that a specific person rises to a level that poses legitimate harm to the globalist power structure. Read More
The Devil had originally been an Angel, and, the transgressions that led to this Angel's "fall from grace" were a result of his abuse of his station by conducting dishonest business deals.
There are accounts of other Angels that fell from grace in the New Testament, but the greatest of the fallen angels was known as Lucifer, the 'Bearer of Light' or a (spirit) being of extraordinary brilliance (Isaiah 14:12), 'the Illuminator', or 'the Morning Star'.This is the "invisible" power giving rise to this end time social system (Rev.13:2). Read More
Let’s talk about President Obama’s legacy, shall we?
This was a candidate who was ushered into office promising hope and change, pledging to put an end to the endless wars that were bankrupting the country (he was actually awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in anticipation of his efforts to bring about world peace), and vowing to put an end of the corporate revolving door that had turned our republic into an oligarchy.
Obama leaves our nation worse off than when he took office. Read More
Barack O’Bomber was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize before he even became President. And he hasn’t had one day of peace in his eight years.
And, he now has 14 days left and appears to be trying to foment World War III with his remaining opportunity.
Long ago O’Bomber accepted the Nobel Peace War, but didn’t do anything to either justify or deserve it. More recently he’s actually done a lot to repudiate it.
In fact, according to an analysis done by the Council on Foreign Relations of Defense Department data, the U.S. dropped over 26,000 bombs in 2016 during Obama’s final year in office! Read More
“When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
Despite our best efforts, we in the American police state seem to be stuck on repeat, reliving the same set of circumstances over and over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, censorship, retaliatory arrests, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, indefinite detentions, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, etc. Read More
(NaturalNews) As Natural News readers know very well, we are one of the very few news publishers in the world that accurately predicted the Donald Trump election victory as well as the left-wing chaos and resistance that followed.
While the entire fakestream media was arrogantly reporting that Hillary Clinton had already won well before election day, I knew that was a lie. I knew everything was rigged and even wrote a popular article listing all the things that were rigged, including the polls, the news, the DNC and the voting machines in Democrat-controlled voting areas. Read More
Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater - the world's largest hedge fund, has "been reflecting for quite a while on the destructive effects that fake and distorted media are having on our society’s well-being," but it appears a recent Wall Street Journal article about his fund - full of intentional distortions, appears to have pushed the billionaire over the edge at just "how destructive and widespread these 'fake' and 'distorted' agendas are." Read More
Don’t you find it appalling that there are people who claim they are “serving the public” yet fleece the taxpayer every chance they get?
They say they can’t afford the cost of tax cuts as if the money they are talking about is theirs. They say they are against earmarks but they fight tooth and nail to obtain them with no shame of their hypocrisy. They can’t produce a balanced budget, they have run a debt that cannot be paid and they continue to expect respect for being the equivalent of a mobster. They talk of killing a PFC who obtained some information that showed what a posh ineffectual bunch we have in the Diplomatic corps and they learn nothing when their party gets a “shellacking”. Read More
Rapacity performed by an outgoing Democratic president is intentionally downplayed or simply ignored by the mainstream media. We saw such unbridled rapacity in the atavistic way the Clintons left the White House when they departed in 2000. They stole and/or vandalized furniture and furnishings of the White House and left it in a deplorable state. From a perspective of his official actions, Bill Clinton did things such as pardon Tommy Rich and closed a few loopholes to ensure his Clinton Foundation deals did not fall apart after he surrendered the Oval Office. Read More
12.31.16- Trump Is Exactly Where
Cognitive dissonance is a powerful drug. It makes otherwise-very-intelligent people goofy and incoherent in their thinking and blinds them to certain realities that they should normally see right in front of their noses. I witness it all the time in the field of economics — a key piece of logic, a key fact that certain people absolutely refuse to take into account simply because they have a singular idea of how the world works and they cannot allow that idea to ever come into question. They would rather leap into a mental gymnastics routine worthy of an Olympic gold medal than examine the truth. And if you confront them on it, they’ll accuse YOU of being the one in denial. Read More
12.30.16- A Pivotal Year For Mankind
The year 2016 has been pivotal one for mankind. The foreign and economic policies of the USA are in shambles as the Obama era ends. A new President, one with no political experience, takes office in some days having promised to “make America great again.” He has promised to “drain the swamp” of special interest corporate influence in Washington yet has chosen his cabinet from the banks of those special Wall Street interests, has chosen his national security and Pentagon figures from US military generals, and has chosen no fewer than five cabinet members who are billionaires, and seeks counsel of geopolitical architects of war such as Henry Kissinger. Read More
12.29.16- 2017: The Year of the Truth Bomb!
The end of one year and the beginning of another is always the time to reflect and look forward. 2016 was a tale of two separate years. The first half (which followed the Fed’s rate hike) saw unsettled markets. Equities around the world looked like they were unravelling in Jan. and early February. Sovereign credit markets were generally firm while gold and silver took off like scalded dogs.
Then in the middle of the year, equities rebounded, interest rates started to rise while the gold and silver rallies were contained. Interestingly, the mining shares which were at one point in May, up 150% ytd, are still up roughly 50% but have been crushed anew. Read More
12.28.16- 2016: The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year
What a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year this has been.
Endless wars. Toxic politics. Violence. Hunger. Police shootings. Mass shootings. Economic downturns. Political circuses. Senseless tragedies. Loss. Heartache. Intolerance. Prejudice. Hatred. Apathy. Meanness. Cruelty. Poverty. Inhumanity. Greed.
Here’s just a small sampling of what we’ve suffered through in 2016.
After three years of increasingly toxic politics, the ruling oligarchy won and “we the people” lost Read More
Although Jon and Sabrina Carey purchased the 10-acre property near Butte Falls two and a half years ago, the pond has been in place for 40 years — but that fact doesn’t matter to the Jackson County Watermaster’s Office.
“I basically bought a lemon,” said Jon, who became teary-eyed at the edge of the partially ice-covered body of water being targeted by government, in an interview with the Mail Tribune. “That’s how they explained it to me.” Read More
Late on Friday, with the US population embracing the upcoming holidays and oblivious of most news emerging from theadministration, Obama quietly signed into law the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which authorizes $611 billion for the military in 2017.
Much of the balance of Obama's statement blamed the GOP for Guantanamo's continued operation and warned that "unless the Congress changes course, it will be judged harshly by history," Obama said. Obama also said Congress failed to use the bill to reduce wasteful overhead (like perhaps massive F-35 cost overruns?) or modernize military health care, which he said would exacerbate budget pressures facing the military in the years ahead. Read More
Now that the shoe is on the other foot, many liberals all over America have suddenly become extremely interested in prepping. Fearing that a Trump presidency could rapidly evolve into a “Trumpocalypse”, a significant number of leftists are now stockpiling food, guns and emergency supplies. In fact, even though many had expected a sharp drop in gun sales following Trump’s victory, what actually happened is that fear of what is coming under Trump pushed background checks for gun sales to an all-time record high on Black Friday. The election of Donald Trump has awakened the left to a degree that we haven’t seen in decades, and some on the left are embracing hardcore survivalism without any apologies. Read More
12.23.16- Fake News? It’s All Fake!
BALTIMORE – In January of this year, the Empire Heraldreported that a “meth-addled couple” had eaten a homeless man in New York City’s Central Park. Later, Now8News reported that a can of cookie dough had “exploded in a woman’s vagina”; the woman was alleged to be shoplifting.
The fellows depicted above certainly mesh perfectly with the image of meth-addled cannibals conjured by our imagination… A few interesting questions regarding this event remain unanswered to this day. Did they marinate their meal? Fill it with stuffing? What were their wine and salad choices? Was their dinner roasted on a spit, cooked in a jungle wok the traditional way, or were these pale gourmets connoisseurs of wino tartare? Read More
Paul Martin contacted me on Tuesday, December 21, 2016 and told me that he had uncovered information that a contingency of troops, American and foreign, were training in Wyoming, not far from the Colorado border. These troops were training for urban warfare within the United States.
I subsequently interviewed Paul Martin about this and other related matters. The interview concluded at 1130pm on 12/20/2016. During the course of the interview, I simultaneously used a protected system to send out inquiries to sources that I have used before with regard to the “goings-on” in Wyoming with regard to the domestic subjugation training of US citizens. During my interview with Paul Martin, I put out the following message to trusted contacts. Read More
12.21.16- As the Coup Against Trump Fails, the Threat Against His Life Rises
The use of the presstitute media to deny Trump the Republican presidential nomination failed.
The use of the presstitute media to deny Trump victory in the presidential election failed.
The vote recount failed.
The effort to sway the Electoral College failed.
But the effort continues.
The CIA report on Russia’s alleged interference in the US presidential election ordered by Obama is in process. Faked evidence is a hallmark of CIA operations. Read More
12.20.16- How we become slaves of ‘The System’
Almost everything you think and do is against your best interest and you don’t even realize it. It’s planned that way.
The state seeks absolute control of your mind, body and spirit. Can the state succeed? It has, but only a precious few ever know.
Your mind and your thoughts are not your own. Almost every thought you have channels you toward the state. Read More
12.17.16- Economic Science Has Been Hijacked
Principles of Economics, Carl Menger corrected the theoretical mistakes made by the old classical school. At the time, the founder of the Austrian school of economics seemed to want to make economics accessible to everyday people, which may explain why he exemplified the nature of economic value in his book, making sure readers understood that economics revolves around the actions of individuals. Read More
12.16.16- The Federal Reserve And The Destruction of The American Dream
“Government is a just execution of the laws, which were instituted by the people for their people’s preservation: but if the people’s implements, to whom they have trusted the execution of those laws, or any power for their preservation, should convert such execution to their destruction, have they not the right to resume the power they once delegated, and to punish their servants who have abused it?”
—John Wilkes, The North Briton, October 19, 1762 Read More
These days, you need permission from the government to do just about anything, including feeding yourself or others.
12.14.16- When virtue is the greatest crime
Who are they?
Behind their flaccid smiles is a roaring furnace of anger.
They believe love motivates them. Love, and the worship of some leader who stands for love.
This delusion can topple a society and a civilization.
They have been taught to be good. They been trained in that way, and they embrace their training as both a shield and a sword, as they set out to change the world.
There are millions of them.
Who are they? Read More
Today brings new affirmation of our thesis about “the awful way Social Security might be ‘saved.’”
As was laid out 18 months ago in The Daily Reckoning, and before that in the former Apogee Advisory: Aging, well-educated high earners are staying in the workforce longer and contributing to the system. Meanwhile, less-educated low earners are dying off before they can collect much, if anything, from the system.
Now comes word from the National Center for Health Statistics that U.S. life expectancy has fallen for the first time in more than two decades — from 78.9 years to 78.8. It’s the first drop since HIV and AIDS took their heaviest toll in 1993. And it comes after the number had plateaued the preceding three years. The steady increase in U.S. life expectancy going back to the 1970s appears to be over. Read More
12.12.16- Big Money Intends To
Big Money and the US government controlled by Big Money intend to close down Internet truthtellers. As Trump intends to reduce the tensions between nuclear powers, the 200 List prepared by the shadowy Internet site, PropOrNot, is in Trump’s way. Either Trump will be apprised and convinced of the “Russian threat,” or the dissident websites will be promoted to “Muslim apologists” and fall under the ire of Trump’s Iranophobic generals. Read More
Of all the troubling economic issues in the United States today, the current crisis erupting from mismanaged public pension programs stands out as a uniquely menacing threat to Americans’ financial security. Five major cities have filed bankruptcy over pension woes since 2008, and dozens more are teetering on the brink.
Faced with massive budget shortfalls, a rapidly increasing number of beneficiaries, and stagnant rates of return, federal and state pension funds around the country are near their tipping point. Read More
12.09.16- Inflation Is Not About Price Increases
There is almost complete unanimity among economists and various commentators that inflation is about general increases in the prices of goods and services. From this it is established that anything that contributes to price increases sets in motion inflation.
A fall in unemployment or a rise in economic activity is seen as a potential inflationary trigger. Some other triggers, such as rises in commodity prices or workers’ wages, are also regarded as potential threats. Read More
There have been murmurs about it all along
Someday, they simply wouldn’t allow certain things to remain on the Internet any longer. The potential to reach a global audience with important information, and the idea that it could be in the hands of anyone is just too big.
So it is no surprise that many corporate giants from Silicon Valley are now putting forward a unified front to silence free speech on social media. Hashtags, keywords and flagged accounts, logged in various databases, will be shared and enforced across the web. Shutting down content identified as unacceptable will now be streamlined, and leave unpopular posters with fewer places to peddle their extremist, outside views. Read More
12.07.16- Why Indian-Tribe Sovereignty Is Important
In the midst of the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, Trump's transition team has suggested that it may pursue efforts to "privatize" Indian reservation lands as a way of circumventing regulatory hurdles that stand in the way of Tribal oversight of operations such as drilling and other types of resource extraction.
Now, "privatization" is one of those words that can mean any number of things, and in this case, the true meaning is especially murky given the complexity of the relationship between Tribal governments and the United States federal government. Read More
12.06.16- Internet Censorship in US and Europe
The EU Is Warning American Tech Giants to Crack Down on Hate Speech Now … “They will have to act quickly and make a strong effort in the coming months.” U.S. tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google’s YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday. -Reuters
Western governments are censoring speech in Europe and the US, an obvious pattern that clearly shows coordination. Read More
Barack Obama is one of the biggest “Keynesians” of all time, but unfortunately most Americans don’t even understand what that means. In this article, I am going to share with you the primary reason why Barack Obama has been able to prop up the U.S. economy over the past eight years. If Barack Obama had not taken the extreme measures that he did, we would be in the midst of a historic economic depression right now. But by propping things up in the short-term, he has absolutely demolished our long-term economic future. But like most politicians, Obama has been willing to sacrifice the future for short-term political gain. Read More
You have to hand it to the regressive left, when they conjure propaganda they really know how to run with it. When their indoctrination doesn’t take, and the public stops them cold with a wall of skepticism, they don’t give up! No — the little buggers double down and go for broke!
I would point out, however, that this seemingly boundless drive to forsake all logic and reason in the name of ideology is not due to these people being special in their ambition. Rather, they are following a somewhat successful historic model; the model of communism. And by successful, I mean successfully destructive. Read More
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