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Great News, Everyone! The CIA Has Promised To Become ‘Much More Vicious’!

by Caitlin Johnstone, The Burning Platform:

It’s not often that I get to be the bearer of good news at my humble little gig here on Medium, but readers will be glad to learn that I can put your minds at ease about at least one major concern today: the CIA is about to become much more vicious. 

It goes without saying that one of the major worries on the average American’s mind is that the Central Intelligence Agency has gotten far too soft and cuddly lately, but at Thursday’s National Security Summit for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, CIA Director Mike Pompeo assured us that we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The Jerusalem Post reports that Pompeo said his role in the CIA has entailed helping it “become a much more vicious agency” in fighting US adversaries, which include Iran and the “Syrian regime.”

Pompeo did not specify the ways in which the CIA will be increasing its woefully deficient amount of viciousness, so it’s unclear how it will be escalating its savagery beyond torture, assassinations, drug running, warmongering, manipulating elections and toppling governments around the world, spying on congressional legislators and lying about it under oath, conducting psyops on entire nations, illegal domestic espionage, Orwellian surveillance programs, infiltrating the media, drug-induced mind control experiments, and deliberately arming and training known terrorist factions.Regardless, we can all sleep a little safer at night knowing that the agency will finally be taking off the kid gloves and dispensing with cutesy little girl scout tactics like those employed by the Phoenix program, an operation which involved in the kidnapping, torture, and murder of thousands upon thousandsof Vietnamese civilians, its methods including the following:

Rape, gang rape, rape using eels, snakes, or hard objects, and rape followed by murder; electric shock (‘the Bell Telephone Hour’) rendered by attaching wires to the genitals or other sensitive parts of the body, like the tongue; the ‘water treatment’; the ‘airplane’ in which the prisoner’s arms were tied behind the back, and the rope looped over a hook on the ceiling, suspending the prisoner in midair, after which he or she was beaten; beatings with rubber hoses and whips; the use of police dogs to maul prisoners,

and:

The use of the insertion of the 6-inch dowel into the canal of one of my detainee’s ears, and the tapping through the brain until dead. The starvation to death (in a cage), of a Vietnamese woman who was suspected of being part of the local political education cadre in one of the local villages…The use of electronic gear such as sealed telephones attached to…both the women’s vaginas and men’s testicles [to] shock them into submission.

So plainly it’s time for these fine fellows to stop playing Mr. Nice Guy and start doing some real work for freedom and democracy. Perhaps they can start filling Yemeni war orphans with helium until they float into the atmosphere and explode, or airdrop busloads of civilians on top of nursing homes in Syria? Surely there’s a way to napalm cities via drone by now, right? It’s 2017 for cryin’ out loud!

Read More @ TheBurningPlatform.com

Kazakhstan Launching Fiat Cryptocurrency

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from Rogue Money:

“The country’s government-supported Astana International Finance Center (AIFC) said Tuesday it had signed a deal of cooperation with Maltese firm Exante.

In a press release, Exante, which calls itself a “next generation investment company,” said it would work with the AIFC to develop the ex-Soviet nation’s untapped cryptocurrency market.

”Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are entering the mainstream of today’s economic reality,” Kairat Kelimbetov, governor of the Astana International Finance Center, said in the press release Tuesday.

”Astana’s leading financial regulators have already commenced their work and are laying the foundation for Kazakhstan’s fintech-ecosystem. We believe that the AIFC can become an international hub for blockchain operations and the development of the digital assets market is our key priority in the near future.”

Kazakhstan’s entry into the digital currency ecosystem would be underpinned by Exante’s new blockchain platform, ‘Stasis’.

Blockchains are digital ledgers that record cryptocurrency transactions on encrypted “blocks” across a distributed network of computers.

”The development of such a system will bridge the gap between the traditional asset market and the crypto-world,” Anatoly Knyazev, co-founder of Exante, said. “We see keen interest from the market players, and we already have applications from other government-related financial institutions.”

The technology is being experimented in a “closed mode” at present, and Exante didn’t indicate a timeline for commercial launch.”

— https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/17/kazakhstan-plans-to-launch-its-own-cryptocurrency.html

The CryptoRuble: Russia’s Next Currency interview by Sputnik’s Andrew Korybko with Dr. Garrick Hileman, Research Fellow at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and entrepreneur Jim Talbott October 21, 2017

As in Russia, Kazakhstan’s cryptocurrency issuance will be controlled by the State, and is intimately tied to the country’s status as a global energy exporter. The question of how rapidly we will see cryptorubles or cryptotengits (KZT) ‘in the wild’ being traded through the Moscow or available to non-Russian and non-Kazakh nationals is an interesting one. According to a story posted by V the Guerrilla Economist here at RogueMoney on October 19, ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin is skeptical governments in the former Soviet Union are actually ready to unleash these blockchain units into the global digital currency marketplace, where they could be owned by foreigners and compete with privately issued fiat like bitcoin or dash:

“Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin has stated that he is “not expecting to see any kind of large-scale, live central bank digital currency actually launched for another few years.” He added that “if it is, then I guarantee you that it will basically be a server with a bunch of marketing buzzwords to make it look like a blockchain.” He made the remark while participating in an October 17 panel discussion at Swell, a conference convened by blockchain firm Ripple in Toronto.”

— https://www.roguemoney.net/?author=524c6a2de4b0ad97e93c9607

However, as the Russia Analyst argued in our October 16 piece drawing on the research of London Paul into potential gold or other physical commodity backing for these Eurasian cryptocurrencies, there is a geoeconomic logic to accelerating the use of the digital ruble and tengits as block chain logged petrocurrencies. Furthermore, even if the initial use of these cryptocurrencies is non dollar or non euro trade settlement for oil and gas contracts, it will not be long before they become attractive for transparent payment in the sector most plagued by corruption in the former Soviet space: real estate. Additionally Kazakhstan’s role as a major global oil producer that like Russia stands outside of OPEC but is required to do business with the weakened cartel’s production cuts makes the crypto-tenge an attractive asset to Gulf state investors — particularly those keen to join in President Nazarbayev’s ‘Nurly Zhol’ infrastructure investment program that’s been expanded since Russia sanctions and lower oil prices hit Astana’s economy in 2014.

While Astana already has world class infrastructure in the capitol, the rest of the country and especially Kazakhstan’s Central Asian neighbors not blessed with abundant oil and gas like Tajikistan which largely survive on cotton exports or remittances from migrant workers in the Russian Federation desperately need more long term investment to grow. Denominating bonds in crypto-yuan, with the option for crypto-ruble payout could be a part of an effort to entice greater Russian and Chinese investment into OBOR linked projects across the region.

Read More @ RogueMoney.net

Video: The Vietnam War and the Phoenix Program: “A Computerized Genocide”

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by Michael Maclear and Douglas Valentine, Global Research:

Introduction by Douglas Valentine

Michael Maclear’s 1975 documentary, Spooks and Cowboys, Gooks and Grunts (Part 1) is more relevant now than ever. Forty-two years after its release, it exposes the suppressed, shameful truths that have corrupted America since the Vietnam War. The documentary makes it perfectly clear that “we” have always known what was going on – and that “we” have perfected the means of denying and obfuscating it.

Maclear’s documentary stands in stark contrast to the current Ken Burns documentary, The Vietnam War, which is nothing more than historical revisionism, sprinkled with massive doses of cognitive dissonance, served up as healing.

While Burns assiduously avoids connecting the conflicts of the Vietnam War to America’s on-going experiment in technofascism, Maclear’s documentary is straightforward in stating several shameful truths. Foremost, that the CIA has corrupted not only the military, but America’s political and judicial systems; and that, through its secret control of the media, the CIA’s power to create the official version of history has left veterans of the Vietnam War, as well as every subsequent generation of Americans as well, in a state of neurotic delusion.

This is what Guy Debord meant when he said,

“Secrecy dominates this world, and foremost as the secret of domination.”

While Burns falsely characterizes the war as a tragedy engendered by decent men with good intentions, Maclear offers incontrovertible proof that it was a war of imperial aggression in the pursuit of counterrevolution.

Maclear gets to the heart of the matter by focusing on the CIA’s Phoenix program, which Burns spends all of two minutes on. Through interviews with Bart Osborn and Jeff Stein, both veterans of Phoenix, Maclear shows what happens to combat veterans when they are made to function as judge, jury, and executioner of civilians. Mass murder and computerized genocide are the terms used in the documentary.

While Burns places combat veterans on an unassailable pedestal, and makes America’s involvement in the Vietnam War “noble” based on their sacrifices, Maclear shows how the war managers indoctrinated the troops with lies, and then aimed them at innocents. As Maclear explains, by 1968, the CIA knew American military forces could not win the “hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese people, so they turned to eliminating, through torture and terror, members of the revolution’s civilian infrastructure, as well as anyone who could be said to be sympathetic to it.

Burns has no stomach for this hard truth, or the fact that Phoenix, as Maclear made perfectly clear 42 years ago, has become not only the template for policing the American empire, but for the SWAT teams and militarized police forces that control America’s political and social movements on behalf of their corporate masters in the war industry.

I’ll close this brief introduction by honoring Bart Osborn, who, along with several other Phoenix veterans, testified to Congress about the Phoenix program. Based on the testimony of these veterans in 1971, four Congresspersons stated that Phoenix was a policy of waging war crimes and violated the Geneva Conventions.

In 1973, Osborn, along with Air Force veterans Perry Fellwock and Tim Butz, formed the Committee for Action-Research on the Intelligence Community (CARIC) in response to revelations about the CIA’s role in Watergate. CARIC exposed individual CIA officers and operations through its publication, CounterSpy.

At the same time in 1973, Norman Mailer and several of his associates created The Fifth Estate to counter the CIA’s secret intervention in America’s domestic political and social affairs. In January 1974, CARIC and The Fifth Estate combined to create the Organizing Committee for a Fifth Estate. The plan was to organize groups on campus and in communities to investigate and expose the CIA. CounterSpy was its publication.

If only such organizations existed today.

Before the security forces and complicit media subverted CARIC and its efforts to expose the CIA, CARIC worked with the British Corporation Granada Television Inc, to produce a documentary on political prisoners in Vietnam.

Titled A Question of Torture, it too has also been suppressed, but is well worth viewing as an antidote to the Burns propaganda film, as well as to the duplicitous Vietnam War narrative Americans have had shoved down their throats for the past 40 plus years.

In the absence of any organizations dedicated to exposing the CIA, war crimes have since become official US policy, at home and abroad.

Read More @ GlobalResearch.ca

Commuter’s Get Home Bag

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from Survival Blog:

Packing a Get Home Bag

How do you prepare a get home bag when you commute more than 100 miles each day for work? Let’s for a moment presume that you have no idea that some sort of event is about to happen that will render your job irrelevant, your vehicle useless, and your location being close to your office, to which you commute each day, when it occurs. How and what in the world would you consider packing in a go bag and then heading home?

I received a perfect example of your travel day changing due to a recent hurricane. Hurricane Irma forced a mass migration of Floridians to flee the storm and caused all the local roads to be choked. All of my alternative roads were jammed with those trying to get back home to Florida. The entire downtown area was affected because of some folks overloading the local roads. Tempers flared, and driving skills devolved to a sad state of traffic flow. Imagine three roads into town backed up beyond capacity.

Are you planning to shelter in place at your office? You’re not if you have family at home and are confident we just got hit by a CME or EMP. I work in a metropolitan area, and that will be the last place I want to remain.

Walking

If a healthy person can walk an easy 30 miles in a day, how far do you think your over-weight self is going to get? Add to the fact that, even without a backpack, about the best you can probably do is 3-3.5 miles per hour on flat terrain.

I recently turned 51 and am 5’9 and 235 lbs. I can tell you from experience that under ideal conditions 3 mph would be a blessing if you are out of shape. Add to that if you begin to suffer from shin-splints, your new walking plan just became a painful endeavor. I have never really been one of those to worry about counting calories; I ate what I wanted and have for the most part been very fortunate to not be as obese as many I have met that weren’t so fortunate. However, I am not as fit as I would like to be.

Planning your survival begins with the basic ability of being able to survive! Can you walk, easily? How about with 20 lbs. on your back? What about walking with 35 lbs? Are you in the shape where you can even carry a backpack? Are you planning on just pulling a piece of luggage home on wheels? How loud do you think that would be? Unless you plan to stick to just a highway road, you will be prime pickings if there is an individual or group that wants your items worse than you.

Am I sounding like your doctor or someone else nagging you to take better care of yourself? Then let it be a lesson that you should. If you on the other hand just don’t care, then by all means go ahead and scroll past and let this lesson fall on deaf ears. But it will be something you will regret someday. This is for anyone that wants to at least have a chance.

Plans To Get Home

Considering the needs you would have to get home, how would you handle this? Have you made plans and communicated them to your spouse/significant other or just your family in general? Have you informed them of a pre-determined meeting place? Did you at least worked out a message that you would want to relay to a loved one looking for you?

At the very least, have you said, “If something happens and I have to walk home, the first place I will stop on my way is at (so-and-so’s) and let them know I’m alright. I’ll gather any intel and warnings on the current situation and proceed onward home”. If you haven’t, then why not? Have you thought about what season you are currently in? If you’re like me, it’s hot 9-10 months out of the year, so you may need to re-roll your pack each quarter year to accommodate for your local climate.

Commuting Between States

My situation is somewhat unique in that I live in one state and work in another. It’s only an hour commute for me and almost all highway. What is an easy commute now would not be so easy for my return home on foot. I am not entirely sure I would want to walk the distance on an open road. It’s all dynamic, of course, given the circumstances, but I believe I would be better off taking back roads home. However, taking back roads would add to the time/distance equation. I would recommend driving these out sometime just to get an idea of the time involved.

Road Map and Topographic Map

Having a map of the roads available to me and a topographic map would be one of the first things I would want in my get home pack. Preferably, I would want my maps waterproof, but the practicality of that isn’t really in my view. Therefore, I would choose to have it enclosed in a zip lock bag of some sort and folded up to take as little room as possible.

Familiarity With Areas Traveled Through

Another thing to consider about this situation is how familiar are you with the areas you will need to travel through to get to your destination. Are you traveling through mostly farmland? Is it mostly urban? This is just something to consider. Maybe you would want to consider a small cache placed somewhere along the way. I’m just saying that it is worth considering.

Time To Get Home

Seventy-two hours is about as long as I would think you would need to allow in order to get home. What if you weren’t in the best of shape but you were at least working towards that goal. Let’s say you have shin splints or Plantar Fasciitis, ouch! Now there’s a painful journey for you. This is especially true if you are planning to continually walk. Your 72-hour journey just turned out to be much longer.

Resting Time and Pain Relief

How much longer we really can’t say, because you are going to need to allow resting time. There’s another thing I would consider, that is as long as you don’t have issue taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) a.k.a. aspirinAleve, et cetera. I keep a small 100-count bottle in my bag, because they are just so inexpensive (about $2) that it’s hard not to justify it, and it also doesn’t irritate my stomach. Tylenol is another avenue; they are around $7 for a 100-count bottle, but it would still be worth considering.

While we’re talking about pain relief, you should look into and seriously consider a product called moleskin. If you are susceptible to blisters on your feet, this will be a Godsend. One note to this: Be sure you have a small pair of scissors, whether a small, individual pair or one on a multi-purpose (Swiss Army) knife. Also, learn how to use the moleskin beforehand! Basically, you cut the moleskin to be bigger than the blister and cut out a hole for the skin of the blister to “breath”.

Addressing Pain and Need For Water To Drink

Okay, so now that we have a map, some pain and inflammation medication, and blister protection, what are you going to eat or drink? How do you prepare it? As I stated earlier, let’s presume that you are looking at a 72-hour window to make it home.

Water will be your greatest need and desire. Without it, you will be miserable and eventually succumb to death. Personally, I would have a Lifestraw for the convenience and weight alone; otherwise, a container water bottle with the filter built-in. But a bottle is not always practical, so worst case you will need to sterilize some water yourself with either iodinebleach, or by boiling.

Sometimes you may want to just consider a way to carry some water with you and then figure out a way to make sure it’s safe to drink when you have a chance to drink. Having a lightweight method is going to be your best method.

Read More @ SurvivalBlog.com

MYSTERY: Ancient structures found at the gateways of dozens of volcanoes across the Middle East… nobody knows what they’re for

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by Isabelle Z, via The Common Sense Show:

Scientists have discovered around 400 stone structures in Saudi Arabia that appear to have been built thousands of years ago, and now they are trying to solve the mystery of why they were built. These structures have been dubbed “gates” on account of their resemblance to field gates when viewed from above.

They were found in Harrat Khaybar, a volcanic area in the west-central part of Saudi Arabia. According to University of Western Australia Professor David Kennedy, who is part of the team that discovered the gates using satellite imagery, they are low and appear to have been roughly made. They’re believed to be the oldest man-made structures in the area.

The gates range in size from 43 feet to as long as 1,699 feet, and they are found in inhospitable fields of lava that lack water and vegetation. Some of them are draped across lava domes, which are mound-shaped areas of dried lava. It is believed that the volcanoes were active when the structures were constructed; some of the structures’ walls have been covered with newer flows, which indicates they predate some of the area’s volcanic flows.

Most of the gates appear in clusters of two or more. Interestingly, the spacing between the gates varies significantly, with some nearly touching and others situated tens of miles away from their closest neighbors.

Who? When? Why? How?

There are plenty of mysteries surrounding these structures. Scientists have failed to come up with an explanation of the purpose of the gates, nor can they say who built them, what they mean, or how old they are. They don’t appear to have been built for retaining cattle, for example, given their odd shapes and low walls. Some feature multiple stone walls forming a rectangular design, while others have a single stone wall and piles of stones on the ends.

What reason would ancient Saudis have had for building such gates on top of volcanoes in the desert? The researchers are hoping that an archeological survey of the area will lead to some clue as they get a chance to collect samples and take a closer look at the gates. So far, no archaeological fieldwork has been carried out. Once that happens, they can use carbon age dating to determine how old the lava fields and possibly the stone walls are, and they could discover other clues on the ground.

They’ve already found some other stone structures in the area, including stone “kites” that were used for hunting animals, and some structures termed “wheels.” Such structures were already known to researchers and are believed to date back 9,000 years to the Neolithic Age. These have been found on top of some of the gates, enabling the scientists to narrow down when they might have been built, but there is still a lot of uncertainty. Kennedy is convinced that they had great significance to those who built them given their vast number.

The presence of the kites indicates that the landscape there prior to the eruption might have been a lot more habitable to humans than it is now. In addition, the presence of volcanic edifices known as tuff cones that typically form near water hint that the area might have been much wetter in the past.

Kennedy believes the gates could be the earliest of what are known as the “Works of the Old Men” – old stone structures found across the Arabian area from the north of Syria to Yemen. Could it have been related to mining, hunting, or worship? Scientists are hoping to go there and find clues. Kennedy says: “It is crying out for close examination on the ground to see if there are associated artifacts.”

Read More @ TheCommonSenseShow.com

Poll Finds that Opinions are Unchanged on Guns following Vegas Shooting

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by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

A poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has found that people’s opinion about guns and gun rights are largely unchanged after nearly 60 people were murdered and more than 500 wounded in the Las Vegas mass shooting.

People who favor the law that restricts government, not citizens, regarding arms rights are shown in a minority, according to the poll, but the opinions of those who want to infringe on others’ rights with tighter gun laws, which only lead towards gun confiscation and prohibition, are seen to be in the majority.

The Associated Press reports:

The survey was conducted from Oct. 12-16, about two weeks after 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired on a crowded musical festival taking place on across the street from his hotel room, killing 58 and wounding more than 540 before killing himself. It’s the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

In this latest survey, 61 percent said the country’s gun laws should be tougher, while 27 percent would rather see them remain the same and 11 percent want them to be less strict. That’s similar to the results of an AP-GfK poll in July 2016.

Nearly 9 in 10 Democrats, but just a third of Republicans, want to see gun laws made stricter.

Of course, this is consistent with political ideology.  Those opposing stricter gun laws are actually siding with God-given rights and the law while the opposite side longs to violate law, and I’m betting it isn’t just on this issue.

The AP continued:

About half of Americans said they think making it more difficult to buy a gun would reduce the number of mass shootings in the country, and slightly under half said it would reduce the number of homicides.

About half felt it would reduce the number of accidental shootings, 4 in 10 that it would reduce the number of suicides and only about a third felt it would reduce gang violence.

Again, there is nothing that will stop a criminal from obtaining a gun, and making it more difficult for a person bent on murder to obtain a weapon “legally” will not stop them from obtaining one “illegally.”

I love how the AP words things too, which gets at the heart of the issue.

“About half felt…,” the report stated.

This is the problem.  People feel and respond emotionally rather than rationally.

Even the notorious gun grabbing senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, continues this little escapade.  She responds emotionally to every single shooting that goes national with a call for bans and more laws against law-abiding citizens.  Then, 

However, she continues to push the delusion that more gun laws will stop mass shootings, just like many of these people in the survey, even though they know it to be a lie.

The AP continued:

Some 59 percent voiced disapproval with Trump’s handling of the issue, while 40 percent said they approved. About half of Americans age 60 and over approve of how he is handling the issue, compared with fewer than 4 in 10 of those under 60. Politically, 79 percent of people who identify as Republican approve of Trump’s handling of gun issues, while 61 percent of independents and 89 percent of Democrats disapprove. Sixty percent of gun owners approve of Trump on the issue.

The poll also showed Americans divided over which party, if any, they trust to handle gun control. Close to a third give Democrats the edge while 28 percent prefer Republicans, and 31 percent say they don’t trust either party.

Well, I’m not necessarily happy with Trump’s response nor the NRA’s either, but I’m not surprised at it.  I assumed that sooner or later he would begin to “consider” certain violations of the Second Amendment, and the NRA has a long history of compromising our rights, though at times they do stand up for them, for which I’m thankful.  I just wish they were a bit more consistent in that regard.

Neither Republicans nor Democrats have been given any authority to handle gun control.  That’s why neither party would be good at handling it.

The Second Amendment is abundantly clear, which politicians and citizens want to trample all over.

“…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Read More @ FreedomOutpost.com

 

Are Cryptocurrencies Inflationary?

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by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse:

There’s a debate raging over what, exactly, bitcoin and the thousand or so other cryptocurrencies actually are. Some heavy-hitters are weighing in with strong, if not always coherent opinions:

Jamie Dimon calls bitcoin a ‘fraud’
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon did not mince words when asked about the popularity of virtual currency bitcoin.

Dimon said at an investment conference that the digital currency was a “fraud” and that his firm would fire anyone at the bank that traded it “in a second.” Dimon said he supported blockchain technology for tracking payments but that trading bitcoin itself was against the bank’s rules. He added that bitcoin was “stupid” and “far too dangerous.”

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Peter Schiff: Even at $4,000 bitcoin is still a bubble
One of the best-known among the bears, investor Peter Schiff, is now making his case in even stronger terms for why bitcoin has advanced ever farther into bubble territory.

Schiff, who predicted the 2008 mortgage crisis, famously referred to bitcoin as digital fool’s gold and compared the cryptocurrency to the infamous bubble in Beanie Babies.

Moreover, the recent run-up in bitcoin hasn’t softened Schiff’s view: If anything, it’s reinforced his sense of impending doom.

Schiff told CoinDesk:
“There’s certainly a lot of bullishness about bitcoin and cryptocurrency, and that’s the case with bubbles in general. The psychology of bubbles fuels it. You just become more convinced that it’s going to work. And the higher the price goes, the more convinced you become that you’re right. But it’s not going up because it’s going to work. It’s going up because of speculation.”

“What it comes down to is that bitcoin ain’t money.”

“Libertarian-minded crypto fans saw this was a way to liberate people from the government,” he said, concluding:

“I think it will have the opposite effect. People are going to lose money. This could really backfire, giving libertarian ideals a bad name by making fiat look good. The downside can be really spectacular.”
 

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Hedge fund manager James Altucher: Cryptocurrencies Could Be Worth $200 Trillion One Day
I’m not exaggerating when I say cryptocurrencies are the biggest innovation since the internet. We’re on the ground floor of an enormous trend that’s going to change the world.

Cryptocurrencies are currencies with no government in the middle. No bank in the middle. No organizations in the middle keeping track of all your payments, or taking advantage of your spending so they can invade your privacy, and on and on.

Cryptocurrencies solve trillions of dollars’ worth of problems, which is why they will be worth trillions of dollars one day.

Consider the potential:

There is currently $200 trillion in cash, money and precious metals used as currencies in the world. Meanwhile, there’s only $200 billion in cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies are eventually replacing traditional currencies.

So that $200 billion will eventually rise to the level of currencies. And probably sooner than we can imagine.

Ask yourself, why does the world need multiple currencies? There’s actually no real reason. The only reason we have a U.S. dollar and also a Canadian dollar is that in 1770 the people in Canada decided not to join the U.S. So an artificial border created two currencies. It’s all dictated by artificial borders.

In the past, an ounce of gold would be accepted almost anywhere in the world. In that sense, unbacked modern fiat currencies are a step backwards.

But in cryptocurrency world, there are what I call “Use Borders.” Every currency is defined by its use. For instance, Ethereum is like Bitcoin but it makes “smart contracts” easier. Contract Law is a multi-trillion dollar industry so this has a huge use case. Filecoin makes storage easier. It’s a $100 billion industry. And on.

Studying the “use” cases, and the effectiveness of the coin to solve those use cases can help us make investment decisions confidently.

This is the great promise of cryptocurrencies and why they will change the world. It’s just getting started.

Don’t try to make sense of the above. Instead, let’s just assume that the cryptocurrency universe will continue to expand for a while and narrow the discussion down to a single question: Are cryptocurrencies inflationary? That is, will their spread lead to higher or lower prices for the average person, and greater or lesser financial instability for the markets, and what does this mean for today’s fiat currencies?

One common opinion is that cryptocurrencies can’t be inflationary because their owners have to pay for them in fiat currencies. So one bitcoin bought means one dollar, yen, or euro sold, with the net effect on prices being zero.

This makes intuitive sense at first glance, but only holds for the moment of purchase. Consider what happened after someone in, say, 2014 exchanged dollars for bitcoins. The dollars held most of their value, which means the total amount of dollar purchasing power in the world remained constant. But those bitcoins went up by several thousand percent, dramatically increasing the purchasing power – and thus the potential inflationary impact – of the bitcoin complex.

A real world example is Julian Assange:

Julian Assange Says Wikileaks Has Made a 50,000{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} Return on Bitcoin. Here’s What That Means
Wikileaks has seen an amazing return on investments in bitcoin, founder Julian Assange says, and he is “thanking” the U.S. government for forcing the controversial organization to get into bitcoin in the first place.

In a Tweet on Saturday, Assange said the group’s investment in the cryptocurrency has seen a return greater than 50,000{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} since 2010. Wikileaks began investing in bitcoin back then because global payment processors like Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal were under pressure by the U.S. government to block the ability of the group to take payments.

In fact, Bitcoin has seen a more-than 9 million percent return over the dates Assange references. In certain periods in 2010, bitcoin was trading for mere pennies. According to coindesk.com, one unit of bitcoin is now worth a record high of roughly $5,700. Anyone buying bitcoin through much of 2011 and 2012, when one unit was sometimes trading below $1 and was often under $10, would indeed see a return on investment of more than 50,000{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, assuming they never sold.

The difference between Wikileak’s purchasing power pre and post-bitcoin is immense. If Assange decides to spend his windfall on goods and services he’d have, at the margin, an inflationary impact on the stuff he buys.

So the answer to the question of cryptocurrencies’ impact on price levels depends on how their values change. If they rise after people buy them, then they’re inflationary. If they rise a lot, they’re potentially very inflationary.

Read More @ DollarCollapse.com

ISIS and Al-Qaeda Planning a 9/11-Type Attack?

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by Stephen Lendman, The Sleuth Journal:

Acting US Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke claimed it’s coming.

Did she announce a major US state terrorism attack in the works, on the order of another 9/11-type false flag – to be wrongfully blamed on “crazed Arabs” like the first one?

After meeting in London with UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd, she called the threat “severe,” saying:

“The terrorist organizations, be it ISIS or al-Qaeda or others, want to have the big explosion like they did on 9/11. They want to take down aircraft. The intelligence is clear on that.”

She lied. No intelligence exists, no ISIS, Al Qaeda or any other Islamic terrorist attack planned in America – not a major or garden variety one like numerous post-9/11 false flags, innocent patsies wrongfully blamed for state-sponsored crimes.

America supports these and other terrorist groups, arming, funding, training and directing their fighters. Why would they bite the hand feeding them?

Duke’s job includes stocking fear, needed to justify America’s imperial agenda, smashing one country after another, using terrorist foot soldiers to do its dirty work on the ground – supported by Pentagon terror-bombing, massacring tens of thousands of civilians, turning cities and towns to rubble.

Fabricated homeland terrorism threats are also used to justify destroying fundamental freedoms – police state laws, Big Brother spying, and challenging digital democracy, eliminating them on the phony pretext of assuring greater security.

According to Duke, ahead of a major attack, Islamic terrorists “need to keep their finances flowing and they need to keep their visibility high and they need to keep their members engaged, so they are using small plots and they are happy to have small plots.”

“Creating terror is their goal. A bladed weapon attack causes terror and continues to disrupt the world but that does not mean they have given up on a major aviation plot.”

Sadly, most people believe this rubbish, failing to understand their enemy is homegrown, headquartered in Washington, with branch offices in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.

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

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by Earl Garcia, Natural News:

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

The scientists found that three compounds were notably effective in starving prostate cancer cells and impede their proliferation: the ursolic acid in apple peels, the curcumin in turmeric and the resveratrol in grapes. According to the researchers, ursolic acid was the waxy natural compound commonly seen in apple peels, while curcumin was the bright yellow active ingredient in turmeric. On the other hand, resveratrol was the natural compound found in red grapes or berries. In addition, the study revealed that combining ursolic acid with either resveratrol or curcumin inhibited prostate cancer cells from consuming glutamine. This is a compound that cancer cells need to consume in order to grow, the researchers said.

“After screening a natural compound library, we developed an unbiased look at combinations of nutrients that have a better effect on prostate cancer than existing drugs. The beauty of this study is that we were able to inhibit tumor growth in mice without toxicity. These nutrients have potential anti-cancer properties and are readily available. We only need to increase concentration beyond levels found in a healthy diet for an effect on prostate cancer cells,” said Stefano Tiziani, corresponding author and assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dell Pediatric Research Institute at UT Austin.

Turmeric, apple and grapes fend off prostate cancer in past studies

The recent findings were reflective of previous studies demonstrating the compounds’ efficacy against prostate cancer proliferation. For instance, a 2012 study carried out by researchers at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, found that curcumin in turmeric may halt the formation of metastases in patients with prostate cancer. According to the experts, curcumin was found to reduce the expression of two pro-inflammatory immunomodulators in a mouse model. As a result, fewer metastases were observed. The scientists inferred that curcumin may contain beneficial properties that stave off inflammation-related cancers such as prostate and breast cancer. (Related: Learn more about plant-based medicinal nutrients at Phytonutrients.news.)

“Due to the action of curcumin, the tumor cells synthesize smaller amounts of cytokines that promote metastasis. As a consequence, the frequency of metastasis formation in the lungs is significantly reduced, in animals with breast cancer, as we showed previously, or carcinoma of the prostate, as demonstrated in our new study. This does not mean that the compound should be seen as a replacement for conventional therapies. However, it could play a positive role in primary prevention — before a full-blown tumor arises — or help to avert formation of metastases. In this context the fact that the substance is well tolerated is very important, because one can safely recommend it to individuals who have an increased tumor risk,” the research team was quoted in saying on MedicalNewsToday.com.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri also found that adding resveratrol to radiation therapy effectively eliminated nearly all prostate tumor cells examined. The researchers also found that the combination therapy killed more prostate cancer cells compared with radiation treatment alone.

In addition, a research carried out by researchers at the University of Wisconsin revealed that antioxidants found in apple peels may stall cancer cell growth. The study found that prostate cancer cells exposed to gala apple extracts grew more slowly and had shorter survival time.

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Market Report: Counter-trend decline

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by Alasdair Macleod, GoldMoney:

After the previous two-week rally, it was perhaps natural for precious metals to consolidate this week. Gold, which closed on a high note last Friday, lost $23 to $1281 by early European trade this morning (Friday), and silver 34 cents to $17.08. Trade on Comex was subdued, and the reason behind the pause appears to be a continuing rally in the dollar.

The dollar’s rally extending was always likely, given its decline since the start of the year. Essentially, it is a pause which reflects traders locking in profits. And when that process is over, the dollar’s downtrend is likely to resume.

There are two reasons for the dollar’s continuing weakness. Offshore demand for the dollar is set to deteriorate, as China continues to chip away at its status as the dominant settlement currency. Latest moves, which will culminate in the forthcoming introduction of a yuan for oil futures contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange, strike at the heart of the dollar’s status. Indications are this contract will start trading next month, so that by the beginning of 2018 it should be reasonably established.

In time, this should mean that bank credit loaned offshore from America will contract, reflecting sales of surplus dollars. To the extent these sales are not neutralised through currency intervention by the authorities or the banks reducing their balance sheets, these surplus dollars will end up onshore, inflating domestic credit. The transfer from offshore to onshore is bound to undermine the dollar’s value.

The second reason for the dollar’s decline is China is likely to ramp up demand for industrial commodities, now this week’s Congress is out of the way. Domestically, America will face commodity-driven price inflation, as will everyone else. But having cut herself off from the Asian growth story, the US economy is set to be relatively weak. The Fed will be torn between retaining monetary stimulus and the need to contain price inflation. Real rates seem certain to become increasingly negative under these conditions, fuelling further dollar weakness.

The gold price is the other side of this coin. For the moment, the talk is of dollar interest rates rising, perhaps by another quarter point or so, followed by a further quarter point in due course. But how far can this process go, before the dollar debt mountain begins to slide into insolvency?

Markets are focused on the short term, not discounting the mounting dangers the dollar faces. That is bound to change, and the time scale may be tied to China’s plans to expand the number of yuan denominated futures contracts. There has been some talk that Iran, Russia and perhaps Venezuela will sell some of their yuan for gold, matching oil to gold through futures in Shanghai and Hong Kong. That would drive the gold price up, but the desire to buy gold with excess yuan is yet to be established.

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