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Russia Warned FBI Several Times about Boston Bomber – Threat was Ignored, Then It Took FBI 3 Days to Find Terrorist Brothers

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by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

Chechen Islamist brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev planted two backpack bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.

The bomb blasts killed three innocents and injured 264 more people in the area.

The bombers were not identified until THREE DAYS LATER.

Tamerlan was killed in a gun fight with police and ran over by his brother on April 19, 2013. His brother Dzhokhar was captured the next afternoon.

The FBI was warned!

Russian authorities warned the FBI in 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two Chechen brothers accused of carrying out last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, but U.S. authorities missed chances to detain him.

US authorities missed multiple chances to detain Tsarnaev when he was traveling to and from Dagestan terror training camps!

And the FBI did not tell the police in Boston about the trained terrorist in their midst.

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

John Kerry Approved Visas for Russian Operatives to Enter US in 2014 and ‘Interfere’ with Election

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by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

After sixteen months of investigations and over a year-and-a-half of the FBI and Obama administration spying on Donald Trump, his family, his business, his campaign, his transition team and his administration — Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped an absolute nothing-burger today in announcing charges against Russian operatives who sullied the US election process.

The Mueller Special Counsel has yet to look at Saudi donations to Hillary Clinton or Clinton campaign collusion with Russia.

The Mueller Special Counsel has yet to look at the “hacked” DNC servers or have not attempted to contact Julian Assange from Wikileaks.

The indictment today contained the same Russian Facebook ads that were released in November 2017 by the House Intelligence Committee.

Mueller and Democrats want you to believe these Russian Facebook ads flipped the election to Donald Trump.

But at least half of the ads are pro-Hillary.
And Russia claims half of their paid ads ran after the election and 25% never ran at all.

Facebook announced previously the Russian ads comprised .004% of their advertising during the election.

Then there’s this…
The Kerry State Department approved the visas for the Russian operatives to travel the US in 2014 through 2016 and attempt to interfere with the US election process.

Via Nick Short:

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

The Matrix Revealed: Cartels That Run The World

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by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:

The following information comes from insider interviews with Ellis Medavoy and Richard Bell, two people I interview extensively in my collection, The Matrix Revealed. This is just a brief taste of what they have to say…

Major institutions on this planet that control Military, Money, Energy, Government, Medical, Corporate, Media, and Education are becoming, more and more, global cartels, horizontally integrated across national borders.

This is more than a top-down command process. It’s organically evolving. Three steps forward, two steps back. There is a great deal of competition among the components of a given cartel, but there is also cooperation. And in the long run, the see-saw is tipping in the direction of cooperation, as these entities realize they may well have more to gain that way.

I can’t stress too strongly this EVOLVING process. All attempts to merely assume twelve men in a room run the planet fall woefully short.

Instead, over time, people who lead a powerful institution (like Energy, for example) look out and recognize more major players, and in this recognition there is an impulse to compete and win and destroy, but there is also an impulse to build commonality and therefore monopolize the entire territory.

During one conversation with retired master propagandist Ellis Medavoy, I asked him about the extent of mutual cooperation in his given field, psychological warfare. He responded:

“Twenty years ago, I would have said we were all operating separately and jealously. Each of us was mining his own contacts and building his false pictures of reality for the masses. But then things began to change. Globally. First of all, more of us were pushing the same holograms. And because communication and travel were speeding up so rapidly, we were working a lot of the same venues. We would run into each other more often. We began to share information. I mean, it was cautious. We weren’t gushing with unbridled love, I assure you. The competitive factor was still strong. And we had fights. But through all that, we began to see through the fog, so to speak. We began to understand the effectiveness of cooperating. We would test each other with privileged information, to see if we could trust each other to keep it private. A tidbit here, a tidbit there.

“And you see, behind us, other groups were finding commonality, too. For example, in the area of medical propaganda, where I operated a lot of the time. And these groups saw they could join together for specific operations, on an international scale. They could push enormous lies globally, and everyone of their class would profit and gain wider control. So I would find myself working with a psy warfare guy from, say, France, or Germany in a joint venture. We would rub elbows. We’d be feeding from the same basic money trough.

“We’d both be briefed by a team of intelligence experts, and those experts would be of several nationalities. Slowly, I saw a new kind of umbrella structure emerging.

“See, suppose during the secret lead-up to a planned economic crisis [money cartel], you can distract everybody with a phony epidemic [medical cartel]. Do you see? Leaders perceive a reason to cooperate. Planners become more intelligent and clever. They reach across lines they never would have reached across before…

“You begin to see the outlines of a much more inclusive future structure. This is multi-front warfare.”

Richard Bell, another former insider, said to me: “People like to assume that money is everything. If you can limit the amount of money the public has, eventually they weaken and cave in and they’re easier to control. And this is certainly true. But on the other hand, as mega-corporations gain more power and range and markets, you have a clash, because those corporations, which are now cooperating in ways they never have, as a cartel in some respects, want customers for their products. They don’t want abject poverty across the board. People have to be able to buy their products.

Read More @ NoMoreFakeNews.com

Mueller Creates his Own Conspiracy

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by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:

Robert Mueller III issued a 37-page indictment detailing a description alleging that there was Russian interference in the election targeted against Hillary. The alleged culprit is the Internet Research Agency which targeted over 100 people including the U.S. citizens. Mueller claims they supported Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

The clever tactic of Mueller here appears to be grand-standing to justify his bias against Trump. The reason I say this is the simple fact that none of those charged are in custody. Consequently, there will never be a public trial and no test of Mueller’s allegations. He can say whatever he likes in an indictment and it is supposed to be a trial that proves the case. The one terrorist they put on trial had 224 counts and the jury found him not guilty of 223. There will never be a trial on the entire issue so Mueller can allege whatever he wants and the press will take this as FACT!

Russia does not allow any of its citizens to be extradited to the USA to face trial. This ensures Mueller will never have to prove any allegations, which is very clever. But his scheme gets even more clever. He states that some of the Russians posed as U.S. persons and, never revealed their Russian identities, “communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities,” the indictment said.

This cleverly provides “proof” for CNN that Tump’s people did interact with Russians against Hillary but they DID NOT REALIZE what they were doing.

The bottom-line here is Mueller gets to say Trump’s people did conspire with Russians against Hillary so she can say “see I told you so” but then exonerates them saying they had no idea so he cannot indict anyone and this avoids having to prove anything at a trial. Indicting Russian who will never be extradited to the USA avoids a trial altogether.

Hence, Mueller has cleverly conspired to claim he has found proof, but he is avoiding any public trial where it would have to be proven. The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution states there MUST be a Public Trial  to prove allegations which Mueller has cleverly avoided.

Read More @ ArmstrongEconomics.com

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Bitcoin Basket

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by Marin Katusa, Katusa Research:

Do you like this chart?

Of course you do, anybody would.

After all, who wouldn’t want to make ten times their money in the span of a month?

This is what much of the cryptocurrency space looked like last year. You could’ve thrown a dozen darts at a board of digital coin offerings and likely made 10x your money from trough to peak on a handful of them.

Though there is undeniably a great amount of hype and mania surrounding the cryptocurrency space, there are also real, tangible ideas and technology behind all of it. And many of these ideas are actionable and investment-worthy vehicles.

Unfortunately, a lot of the times you’ll find that choosing the right investment can be like trying to find the needle in the haystack, as the below chart shows:

Now, of course, I’m not just trying to play the scaremonger here.

I know many who have made fortunes many times over in Bitcoin and other alternative coins (“altcoins”).

I’m going to show you data revealing that Bitcoin has become less and less relevant as an investment vehicle. And while there are several reasons for this, one which is becoming clear is that many investors believe the “easy gains” in Bitcoin have already been made. In the chart below, the data is saying that Bitcoin no longer carries the same dominant market weighting it did in the earlier days of cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin’s market share has fallen drastically, and it now commands around a third of the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies.

For a long time, the performance of altcoins was closely tied to that of Bitcoin itself. Ever since the entire cryptocurrency universe exploded into the limelight last year, savvy investors have started to pay more attention to the things that differentiate each altcoin or token from one another.

The result?

Many cryptocurrencies have started to de-couple from their Bitcoin “peg”, and are now able to trade at valuations based more on their own merit (though it would be wrong to say that the price of Bitcoin doesn’t still influence the price of all other coins to some extent). Take a look at this decoupling below…

With all the money going into the cryptocurrency space, investors are clearly looking beyond Bitcoin, and have been for some time now. And while altcoins have been where a lot of that money has ended up, as you’ve previously seen, not all of the altcoins that glitter are gold.

So where else can that money go?

The Altcoin Alternative #1 – Bitcoin Mining

There are many different avenues to pursue when looking to invest into cryptocurrencies – the coins themselves are merely the simplest and most visible vehicle.

Building off of the coins themselves, one of the best alternative investment options is Bitcoin (or altcoin) mining. Bitcoin mining is how many of the early adopters got their start, as back in the day it could be done from your own computer with nearly negligible capital risk and expenditure.

These days, Bitcoin mining has scaled to such a large extent that only commercial Bitcoin mining projects can realize any sort of meaningful gain. This drove all the “artisanal miners” to lesser-known altcoins where the mining networks are not quite as saturated.

A number of these commercial Bitcoin mining projects have gone public. This allowed investors a way to cash in on the steady revenue stream that Bitcoin mining generates without having to go through the hassle of setting up a Bitcoin mine in their own basement.

Subsets of the Bitcoin mining space include companies who handle Mining-as-a-Service (“MaaS”), and companies that run master-nodes.

The MaaS companies contract a portion or all of their mining hash rate out to customers in order to receive a reduced, but more reliable income stream.

The companies that run master-nodes generate revenue from cryptos and operate as a type of super miner and blockchain protector that can perform unique tasks that other nodes can’t. DASH is the most well-known master-node-based cryptocurrency and doesn’t come cheap. The cost for a DASH master-node is around USD$800,000, or the price of a starter apartment, a few blocks away from Central Park in New York City.

Altcoin Alternative #2 – Bitcoin Exchanges

Investing in the Bitcoin exchanges that effect the transactions is another indirect way to cash in on cryptocurrencies. Right now, in any given 24-hour window, Bitcoin’s transaction volume amounts to some 600,000 BTC – or, given BTC’s USD $10,000 price point as of time of writing, some $6 billion dollars every day.

This volume works out to somewhere north of 150,000 transactions per day. Just how much money are these exchanges making? Transaction fees for Bitcoin currently sit around the $25 mark, not including the margins that exchanges charge for their spreads. With all of the other altcoins to consider too, there’s some pretty serious cash to be made in this space as well. However most companies worth their weight and our consideration are privately held, for now.

Read More @ KatusaResearch.com

George Soros To EU: Fight Populism, Regulate Social Media

from ZeroHedge:

Echoing a sentiment that was one of the defining points of his hour-long speech to the world’s financial and political elite at Davos, billionaire hedge funder (and supporter of far-left causes from Eastern Europe to the US) George Soros is taking his rhetoric a step further and calling for supranational governments to intervene and regulate Facebook, Google and other large social media websites.

Per Breitbart, Soros is demanding that the European Union regulate social media because voters’ minds are being controlled and “manipulated”.

Soros is claiming the reach of social media firms made them a “public menace” while arguing they had led people to vote against globalist causes, including electing President Trump (all his ramblings about “open societies” aside)…

“They deceive their users by manipulating their attention, targeting them to their own economic interests and (…) depending on their services (…)

The platforms are similar to gambling companies (…) and force people to renounce their freedom (…). …), to renounce what John Stuart Mill called the freedom of thought “

Soros – who recently became the subject of a “anti-Soros” bill in his native Hungary that seeks to limit the activities of groups that for which he’s provided funding – accusations about manipulation are blatantly hypocritical, as anybody familiar with his 30-year campaign to push open borders, multiculturalism and a generally globalist tenor of government would know.

Media websites and populist groups have been prolific on social media, using the platforms to bypass the mainstream media and broadcast their message – which Soros and his allies oppose – across world. Soros has a cozy relationship with the leaders of the European Union, meeting with them 11 times since the Brexit vote. Prime Minister Theresa May, in contrast, has had just three meetings during that period.  She has also mimicked Soros’ call for responsible regulation of social media, but with the aim of suppressing terrorist recruiters.

He then proceeded to cycle through a “greatest hits”-style mix of his favorite rhetoric: Europe is being overrun by the “mafia-state”-style leadership of Vladimir Putin, which President Trump would like to mimic, according to Breitbart.

Due to social media use, he claimed people are losing “freedom of mind”, adding: “This danger does not loom only in the future; it played an important role in the 2016 US presidential election.”

“President Donald Trump would like to establish his own mafia-style state,” he said, claiming the President was part of the same problem as North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un.

“In the US, regulators are not strong enough to stand up to the monopolies’ political influence. The EU is better positioned, because it doesn’t have any platform giants of its own,” he continued.

“The EU commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager is the champion of the European approach,” he added, praising the bureaucrat who recently visited Communist Cuba without condemning human rights abuses in the nation.

Mr. Soros, who has been convicted of insider trading, is also suspected of attempting to interfere in U.S. elections, and his name came up around 60 times in emails released by WikiLeaks relating to the recent presidential race.

As we noted previously, the question arises: is Vestager adequately controlled by the European Parliament?

Read More @ ZeroHedge.com

Inflation Flaring Up, Dollar Resuming Its Decline

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by Mike Gleason, Money Metals:

Powell: Governments Are LYING about Their Gold Activities while Mining Companies Cower

Coming up we’ll hear a tremendous interview with Chris Powell of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee. Chris gives perhaps the most thorough explanation of why governments are so intent on manipulating the precious metals markets and reveals some very interesting recent data about what they’ve quietly been doing. Don’t miss conversation with Chris Powell of GATA, coming up after this week’s market update.

Metals markets rallied strongly this week across the board, with copper surging 7% higher and gold rallying back up toward key levels on the charts.

As of this Friday recording, gold prices come in at $1,355 an ounce on the heels of a 2.8% weekly advance. The gold market finds itself in that major $1,350 to $1,400 resistance zone once again. It will face selling pressure from bears who want to defend what they see as their territory. But once gold finally breaks through $1,375 and then $1,400, we could see a lot of short covering resulting in price gains like we haven’t seen in years. We’ll see if that finally materializes in the days ahead or if we’ll continue to be stuck in the current range.

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Loan Shark Nation: Forcing Our Kids To Choose Between Student Loans And Everything Else

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by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse:

It’s mid-winter, which means millions of high school seniors are winding up their childhoods and planning for what comes next. For many this next stage is college.

But in yet another example of how we baby boomers have rigged the system in our favor at the expense of pretty much everyone else, student loans – barely necessary when most boomers graduated 40 years ago – have become a life-defining problem for our kids and grandkids.

A college degree is now so expensive that for most students it requires massive borrowing. But the starting salary in most fields has risen so slowly that growing numbers of indebted grads can’t reduce – let alone pay off – their loans. From today’s Wall Street Journal:

 

Jumbo Loans Are New Threat in U.S. Student Debt Market

During the housing boom of the 2000s, jumbo mortgages with very large balances became a flashpoint for a brewing crisis. Now, researchers are zeroing in on a related crack but in the student debt market: very large student loans with balances exceeding $50,000.

 

A study released Friday by the Brookings Institution finds that most borrowers who left school owing at least $50,000 in student loans in 2010 had failed to pay down any of their debt four years later. Instead, their balances had on average risen by 5% as interest accrued on their debt.

As of 2014 there were about 5 million borrowers with such large loan balances, out of 40 million Americans total with student debt. Large-balance borrowers represented 17% of student borrowers leaving college or grad school in 2014, up from 2% of all borrowers in 1990 after adjusting for inflation. Large-balance borrowers now owe 58% of the nation’s $1.4 trillion in outstanding student debt.

“This is comparable to mortgage lending, where a subset of high-income borrowers hold the majority of outstanding balances,” write Adam Looney of Brookings and Constantine Yannelis of New York University.

“A relatively small share of borrowers accounts for the majority of outstanding student-loan dollars, so the outcomes of this small group of individuals has outsized implications for the loan system and for taxpayers,” the authors say.

The problem is particularly acute among borrowers from graduate schools, who don’t face the kinds of federal loan limits faced by undergraduate students. Half of today’s big balance borrowers attended graduate school. The other half went to college only or are parents who helped pay for their children’s education.

Grad school borrowers tend to be among the best at paying off student debt because they typically earn more than those with lesser degrees. But the rising balances unearthed in the latest study suggest that pattern might be changing.

Overall across the U.S., one-third of borrowers who left grad school in 2009 hadn’t paid down any of their debt after five years, compared to just over half of undergraduate students who hadn’t, federal data show.

The findings on graduate schools are particularly noteworthy because the government offers little information on the loan performance of grad students, who account for about 14% of students at universities but nearly 40% of the $1.4 trillion in outstanding student debt.

Now, a 25-year-old with massive student debt probably doesn’t qualify for a mortgage. But they might be able to get a car loan, which partially explains why auto loans are rising right along with student loans. A car is necessary to get to work, and borrowing is the only way to get a car if a big piece of your income is going towards student loan interest.

So that’s our world: Stocks, bonds and real estate – long since acquired by baby boomers who graduated college with minimal student debt and therefore had the cash flow to invest – are way up, making us the richest generation ever. Meanwhile our kids and grandkids are going ever deeper in debt with no apparent way out.

Read More @ DollarCollapse.com

America Is Descending Into a Dangerous Psychosis

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by James Howard Kunstler, Russia Insider:

“If I was running the Russian intel services, I’d just pay to send a few Nebraska county commissioners to Disneyland — that would keep our seventeen US intel agencies busy until kingdom come trying to figure out the angle.”

Forget about sharks. In their Valentine’s Day editorial: Why Does Trump Ignore Top Officials’ Warnings on Russia?The New York Times jumped several blue whales (all the ones left on earth), a cruise ship, a subtropical archipelago, a giant vortex of plastic bottles, and the Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit shoot. The lede said:

The phalanx of intelligence chiefs who testified on Capitol Hill delivered a chilling message: Not only did Russia interfere in the 2016 election, it is already meddling in the 2018 election by using a digital strategy to exacerbate the country’s political and social divisions.

Hmmm…. After almost two years of relentless public paranoia about Russia and US elections, don’t you suppose these Ruskie gremlins would find some other way to make mischief in our world — maybe meddle in the NHL playoffs, or hack WalMart’s bookkeeping department, or covertly switch out the real Dwayne Johnson with a robot? I kind of completely and absolutely doubt that they’ll bother with our elections.

Let’s face it, the United States is doing a stellar job of destroying itself with bad ideas, foolish ideologies, and pervasive self-deceit. If I was running the Russian intel services, I’d just pay to send a few Nebraska county commissioners to Disneyland — that would keep our seventeen US intel agencies busy until kingdom come trying to figure out the angle. And it would cheaper than spending a hundred grand to (expletive deleted) with Facebook.

Actually the Times’s editorial seems to have CIA / NSA fingerprints all over it, or at least Deep State paw prints. By stating that the Russians are already “meddling” in 2018 elections that haven’t happened yet, aren’t our own security agencies setting up the public to lose faith in the electoral process and fight over election results? Oh, by the way, the Times presented no evidence whatsoever that this alleged “meddling” is taking place. They just assert it, as if it were already adjudicated.

But then they take it another step, making the case that because Mr. Trump does not go along with the Russian Meddling story, he is obstructing efforts to prevent Russian interference in the elections that haven’t happened yet, and is therefore by implication guilty of treason. A fine piece of casuistry.

The longer this fantasy about Russia continues from the Left side of the political transect, the deeper the nation sinks into a dangerous collective psychosis. After all this time, the only known instances of American political figures “colluding” with Russians involve the shenanigans between the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and US intel services including the FBI and CIA, in paying for the “Steele Dossier” and the activities of the Fusion GPS company that claimed Russia hacked Hillary’s and John Podesta’s email.

There is now a ton of evidence about all this monkey business, and no sign (yet) that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller may be taking a good hard look at it, not to mention the professional misconduct of a half dozen senior FBI, NSA, and CIA officials, especially former CIA chief John Brennan, who has now morphed into a CNN “analyst,” taking an active role in what amounts to a psy-ops campaign to shove the public toward war.

The “resistance” may think it is getting some mileage out of this interminable narrative, but its arrant inconsistencies only undermine faith in all our political institutions, and that is really playing with fire.

We are already choking this polity to death by endlessly litigating the past, insuring that the country doesn’t have the time or the fortitude to deal with much more important quandaries of the present — especially a financial system that is speeding into the most colossal train wreck in history. That will de-rail Mr. Trump soon enough, and then all the rest of us will have enough to do to keep our lives together or to refashion them in some that will work in a very different economy.

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com