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SYRIANGIRL’s Facebook Ban Linked to Russia-gate Twitter Purge? – an Exclusive Interview

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from Sputnik News:

“I’m quite devastated. I put 5 years into that platform.”

She thinks her account got caught up in the recent Twitter / Facebook purge of Russian-linked accounts.

On Thursday evening, we reported this:  Facebook Blocks SYRIANGIRL’s Account After Criticism of Kurds

SYRIANGIRL, the Australian activist Youtuber and social media powerhouse tweeted on Thursday evening (EST) that her Facebook account has been blocked for her exposure of fraud during the Kurdistan referendum. She had 75,000 followers.

She also has 70,000 followers on Twitter, and 75,000 subscribers to her excellent Youtube channel.

She gave RI an exclusive interview on Friday, explaining that Facebook acted without warning, (which is unusual – usually they give people a chance to correct whatever is upsetting the censors), and so far have not responded to emails.

She speculated that perhaps her page had been caught up in the anti-Russian Twitter / Facebook purge currently unfolding. (Twitter removed 200 Russian accounts that targeted Facebook during election – USA Today)

 

Deep-staters are claiming that Russian troll farms were using Twitter to promote things on Facebook. Possibly they were also pushing her Facebook page, and it is possible that her page was caught up in the purge for this reason.

She pointed out that if Russian trolls were pushing her stories to American viewers, they were in fact doing America a favor, because her work corrects media lies about Syria pushed in the American media by intelligence agency trolls.

She also explained that she is censored in other ways – for example, Youtube stripped her of the ability to monetize her videos 4 years ago – without explanation. Take a look at the videos on her channel – hardly something that warrants censorship in a free society.

She is clearly upset:

I’m quiet devastated. I put 5 years into that platform. Hopefully it will come back.

I should have made my own website. I planned to – even bought a  domain name but I was a one person army. I didn’t have the resources in time, money or know-how.

In an effort to fight back against the censorship, she has started a Patreon account. If you want to take a stand against creeping US censorship, a great way to do it would be to join her supporters there.

On Friday night she put up a video punching back at Facebook, where she talks about the ban, and explains what she had been saying about the Kurds in Syria that must have so offended the censors:

Read More @ SputnikNews.com

Bitcoin is Not New and Improved Money

by Michael Pento, Market Oracle:

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

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

And, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, this is where we are as a society.  In a place where the digital and real world collide. Social Media has supplanted socializing, texts have replaced phone calls, and artificial intelligence may soon outstrip actual intelligence: robots may soon rule the world! 

In this fast-changing environment, it’s easy to believe that cyber currencies should inevitably replace fiat money; and even that “barbarous relic” gold. After all, the motivation to find as many escapes from debt-based central bank confetti is indeed alluring.

And herein lies the attraction of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin – it uses the revolutionary blockchain technology that is managed by the free market, not by government. It is decentralized, anonymous, and has been hugely profitable. In fact, this year we have seen digital currency prices go higher not by percentages but by multiples. This has caused Bitcoin to achieve the “most crowded trade” status, measured by sentiment in the monthly global Bank of America Merrill Lynch Fund Managers survey; as its price has surged by 330 percent this year alone.

But, JPMorgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon isn’t beguiled. He believes the online currency is just as fleeting as the Theodore’s Samantha and will soon leave investors equally as heartbroken. He contends that bitcoin “is a fraud.” “It’s just not a real thing, and eventually it will be closed.”  But it’s not just Jamie Dimon, who has a vested interest in protecting the banking system and the fiat currency that inhabits it, that is questioning Cryptos. Founder of the world’s largest hedge fund Ray Dalio believes Bitcoin is a bubble. Dalio contends that unlike gold, “it’s not an effective store-hold of wealth.”

And Oaktree Capital Management’s Howard Marx agrees stating “…they are not real – nobody has been able to make sense to me of these currencies.”  Marx explains that one of the biggest pitfalls of bitcoin and its fellow cryptos is they are mostly used to buy other “imaginary” money or used it to invest in companies that create other new currencies.

And now some government regulators appear to agree with these sentiments, making the speculation of Bitcoin’s demise closer to reality.

In fact, the Chinese government has just become the first to put the kibosh on crypto’s – and this should sound warning bells to all those enamored with cyber “money.”   On September 4th, China’s central bank banned Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) maintaining it was an illegal public finance mechanism.  ICOs are a hybrid between an initial public offering, crowd-funding and venture capital that permits start-ups to raise funds using virtual money. Regulating what a crypto-currency could be used for was the first crack in the armor for Bitcoin in China.
 
China has long been a repository for bitcoin, which came in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis as an alternative to fiat currencies. Much of the world’s bitcoin is mined in China. And, according to the WSJ, more than 80{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of global bitcoin activity took place in yuan at the start of this year.

But recently, China’s central bank has devised new rules to end commercial trading in virtual currencies under the guise of trying to reign in the chaotic marketplace. And this is sure to offer a template for other nations’ regulators.
  
Beijing’s clampdown on bitcoin is part of a larger effort to root out risks to the country’s financial system. This is prompting virtual-currency activity in China to move off exchanges, where individuals can trade with each other privately. However, it’s difficult to imagine that when relegated to the shadows these virtual currencies will enjoy the same popularity.

Indeed, this is where cryptocurrencies fail the definition of real money: They are not at all rare or indestructible. Once a government decides to shut down cryptocurrency exchanges, the liquidity evaporates rather quickly. And once Bitcoin transactions become illicit, what retailer would risk fines or imprisonment just to transact in digital money? Since an online retailer needs to use a public application to accept cryptocurrencies, then it cannot simultaneously be kept secret from the prying eyes of government—unless you believe retails will move en masse to the dark web. This is different than gold, which can be exchanged for goods and services furtively offline—making it much more difficult for a government to trace and regulate. Cryptocurrencies are decentralized in nature but do rely on a functioning internet to consummate a transaction. Be it an act of nature or war. However the grid goes down, so goes your Bitcoin.

More importantly, new digital currencies are being created by the day. In fact, there are nearly one thousand already floating around. What is the true value of something that can be created by virtual fiat and in innumerable quantities? It takes about $1,300 worth of physical and human capital to pull an ounce of gold from the ground. While it may take a lot of time and energy to mine for new bitcoins, it takes next to nothing to create a totally new cryptocurrency.

Many analysts have attributed the sharp rise in bitcoin over the last year to Chinese investors, who began buying it up in lieu of the yuan amid worries that the Chinese currency would weaken and to escape capital controls. Since the government’s recent clampdown, the country’s share in Bitcoin has dropped dramatically along with its price (over 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in the past month). The bottom line is that the central planners in China aren’t going to let a bunch bits and bytes supplant their command and control of the economy.

Read More @ MarketOracle.com

It’s Time to Question the Modern Nation-State Model of Governance

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by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

I typically try to avoid news on Sundays, but I spent much of yesterday in complete awe of the extraordinary strength and fortitude of the Catalan people in the face of totalitarian violence from the Spanish state against citizens attempting to vote in a peaceful referendum. Before you start telling me about how the vote is illegal and goes against the Spanish constitution, let me be perfectly clear. That line of thinking is entirely irrelevant to the point of this post.

Specifically, I believe humanity is reaching a point in its evolution, both from a consciousness perspective as well as a technological one, where we’ll begin to increasingly question many of our silly contemporary assumptions about how governance should work.  The primary one is this absurd notion that a nation-state should be seen as a permanent structure of political governance which only becomes dissolvable in the event of violent revolution or war.

When it comes to great leaps in human progress, a crucial component to lasting change is convincing enough people that a particular way of organizing human affairs is outdated and harmful. I think if we take a step back and look at how people are governed across the world, there are very few places where “the people” feel they live in societies in which they exert any sort of genuine political self-determination. When we look at the last few decades of political governance in the Western world, a march toward more and more centralized political power has been a facet of life in both the U.S and Europe. I believe this trend is being pushed to its breaking point, and groups of humans with common culture, language and interests will increasingly question whether massive nation-states (or wannabe super states like the EU) make sense. In the past five years alone, Scotland held a referendum on UK membership, Great Britain voted to leave the EU, and most recently, Catalonia took a major step toward independence with yesterday’s banned referendum.

Those who favor centralized power see these events and movements toward decentralized political power as inconvenient, intransigent outbursts from the ungrateful, unwashed masses. Movements which would best put down one way or the other in order to carry on with the business of further centralizing power. They view such burgeoning drives for political self-determination as temporary storms which the wise elders of centralization must merely ride out. Unfortunately for them, this is not the case.

If anything, we can expect many more movements for decentralized power in the decades ahead for two main reasons. First, the current system is simply not working for most people. Second, as we become more connected and conscious, we will invariably conclude that all human beings deserve to have a real choice in the type of governments they live under. The prevailing assumption that we’re simply born into a particular nation-state and must accept this situation for the rest of our days irrespective of how brutal, oppressive and dysfunctional it may be, is an irrational, inhumane and outdated perspective.

As things stand today, humans essentially have two choices when it comes to political life. We either accept the nation-state we’re born into and play the game to the best of our advantage, or we try to become citizens of another country with values that more align with our own. The only way to really shatter existing political power structures and form new ones is through violent revolution or war, which is an insane way of reorganizing matters of human governance. One of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s key arguments in casting the Catalan referendum as illegal is that Spain is an indivisible nation under the 1978 constitution. Let’s think about what this means in practice.

Anyone who’s spent any time in Spain understands how culturally and linguistically distinct many of the regions are when compared to Madrid. These are differences that go back centuries and can’t be brushed off by a constitution created a few decades ago. The idea that these various regions must be part of a centralized Spain even if the people within the regions want political autonomy is ethically preposterous, as well as authoritarian and evil in every sense of the word. If done properly, human governance should always be a voluntary arrangement. If an overwhelming majority of culturally distinct people within any nation-state decide the super state is no longer working for them, they should have every right to leave. Anything else is bondage.

As the U.S. Declaration of Independence so eloquently states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 

The key aspect of the above declaration is that governments instituted among humans derive their powers from the consent of the governed. If we take the U.S. as an example, how do we know that the people of Texas and California believe centralized power in Washington D.C. as it stands today is an appropriate form of governance unless there’s a periodic vote confirming it? Did any of the 50 states ever actually consent to an out of control centralized deep state-run oligarchy running things as they please? Likewise, how do we know that the people of Catalonia consent to being part of Spain unless you ask them? The truth is you don’t, and this presents a major dilemma we must confront going forward.

If we look at the world’s nation-states, they generally consist of large, centralized political entities comprised of a union of culturally distinct provinces, states or regions. In some cases these regions voluntarily came together over time, while in other cases they were forced together during a war or revolution. It’s crucial that we not view such nation-states as Rajoy views them, as eternal structures that can never be altered, but rather as voluntary political associations. Again, the only way to know such associations are truly voluntary is to periodically subject them to referendums. It seems to me that this should be an integral part of any nation-state. In contrast, we have a name for power relationships that aren’t voluntary. Slavery.

Indeed, the fact that we put up with this at all is downright perplexing. For example, although we accept children should be under the care of parents from birth up to a certain point, at a certain age we pretty much all agree that an adult should be free to make autonomous decisions. While a human becomes free at this micro level upon reaching a certain age, at the macro level most human beings never get to choose what sort of government they live under. Most of us are not at all governed by consent, and this feels very wrong to me.

Read More @ LibertyBlitzkrieg.com

THIS TECH BREAKTHROUGH WILL SAVE THE ELECTRIC CAR MARKET

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by Ian Jenkins, via The Daily Sheeple:

A new technology is here that has the potential to reshape lithium production like fracking reshaped oil.

The global battery market is set to hit $120 billion in less than two years, and there’s a massive investor opportunity here in lithium—but this isn’t a mining play, it’s a tech play all the way.

As lithium continues to enjoy status as the hottest metal on the market, and as producers race to the finish line to bring new supply online, one little-known company just might hold technology that will give it a big edge.

In the swarm of new entrants on the lithium playing field, International Battery Metals (CSE:IBATOTC: RHHNF) stands out—front and center—because it’s sitting on a proprietary advanced technology that could push lithium into the production stage rapidly. It has signed an LOI with North American Lithium (NAL) to acquire all its lithium extraction process intellectual property and be restructured with NAL becoming an integral part of the company.

Where traditional solar evaporation technology takes up to 24 months to extract lithium from the brine, IBAT incoming CEO Burba says he can do it in 24 hours. That would put IBAT on the front line of new lithium coming online to meet the battery demand. And that demand is supplying our energy transition for everything from mainstreamed electric vehicles (EVs) to massive energy storage solutions and consumer electronics market that grows leaps and bounds.

The lithium game isn’t about exploration, it’s about innovation—and IBAT’s proprietary technology to be acquired from NAL was invented by the same game-changing inventor that came up with a similar tech for FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC), one of the world’s four top lithium producers.

Lithium is currently produced through a grueling 24-month solar evaporation process that entails slowly extracting all other elements from the brine until only lithium remains.

IBAT’s technology is designed to remove evaporation ponds from the equation. As inventor-CEO John Burba puts it: “Our tech has such a high specificity for lithium that it can directly take the lithium out.”

With its eye on the lithium prize, IBAT is going for fast production and commercial scalability, at a time when lithium prices per metric ton are fantastic:

Disruptive technology changes everything, and if the deal with NAL completes and IBAT’s tech breaks through successfully, it could potentially do for lithium what fracking did to unlock shale for the U.S. oil and gas industry.

Here are 5 reasons to keep a close eye on International Battery Metals (CSE:IBATOTC: RHHNF)

#1 Big Lithium Doesn’t Hibernate in Evaporating Ponds

The technology IBAT has an LOI to acquire, and on acquisition is considering for licensing to third party lithium producers could be a significant key to unlocking $84 billion in lithium brine resources—by making it faster and cheaper to produce.

Production capacity is now at a critical juncture. It takes a minimum of 4 years for an average Lithium brine mine to come online–and another 3-4 years to reach full capacity.

The ambitious targets for EV deployment and energy storage applications require massive Lithium mining capacity to be built much sooner than current technologies allow.

That’s the chief reason why companies are aggressively pursuing new resources such as oil field brines, jadarite and hectorite clay. Lithium brine deposits are estimated to contain 66 percent of the world’s 14 million metric tonnes (MT) of Lithium. That’s Lithium worth $84 billion at current prices.

Unfortunately, recovery of Lithium from brine deposits is a painfully slow process. Traditional solar evaporation technology is an extremely time-intensive process, with a lengthy production cycle that can exceed 18 months.

Oilfield brines solve some of these problems due to their high Lithium concentrations. But, there’s a kicker here as well– oil field brines contain very high concentrations of dissolved ions (>100,000 mg/L), making commercial recovery of Lithium exceedingly expensive.

The technology IBAT is acquiring from NAL is based on a process that has been extracting lithium continuously in Argentina for almost 20 years.

Instead of going the traditional route of trying to isolate Lithium by removing all of those complex ions, the IBAT tech removes the Lithium directly.

According to IBAT CEO John Burba, the mastermind of this technology, the process takes the lithium out on a continuous basis. As the brine goes by, it collects lithium and lets the other impurities continue on and go straight back into the ground. The end-product is a diluted stream of lithium chloride and water that comes out as the brine goes by. That original solution has few impurities which are easily removed through an evaporation process.

The whole extraction process takes–24 hours, period—so it would mean the end of 18-24-month residencies.

Read More @ TheDailySheeple.com

July 20, 1977: CIA Mind Control Project MKUltra Docs Released for First Time

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from Lew Rockwell:

“Project MKUltra” was the name given to an illegal program of human experimentation conducted by the US Central Intelligence Agency, which investigated mind control. The 1975 Church Committee hearings exposed the operation – and on July 20, 1977 a Freedom of Information Act request uncovered a cache of 20,000 documents relating to it.

The origins of MKUltra lie in 1945, and Operation Paperclip — the secret transfer of top Nazi scientists to the US. Armed with extensive documentation on unethical Nazi human experimentation, including research into mind control, a clutch of military programs related to mental manipulation and behavioral modification were launched — including Projects CHATTER, BLUEBIRD and ARTICHOKE.

Headed by former chemist Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, MKUltra began in April 1953 on the orders of then-CIA Director Allen Welsh Dulles.

Officially — albeit behind closed doors — the CIA claimed the program was pursued in response to perceived instances of mind control techniques employed by Chinese, North Korean and Soviet forces on Allied prisoners of war in the Korean War.

In truth, the agency wished to produce an optimal truth drug for use in interrogations, and explore possible uses for mind controlled subjects — including the control of foreign leaders, and assassination.

For the next 20 years, the CIA — in conjunction with the Special Operations Division of the US Army Chemical Corps — engaged in a panoply of illegal activities.

Most controversially, unwitting test subjects were subject to a number of techniques to manipulate their mental state and brain functions, including the administration of drugs such as LSD, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as a variety of torture techniques.

A 1955 document describing the substances used in the experiments gives some indication of the sheer scope of the project. This includes drugs that will; “promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness to the point where the recipient would be discredited in public”; cause victims to age faster; recreate the effects of alcohol; emulate the symptoms of recognized diseases; induce temporary/permanent brain damage and loss of memory; produce amnesia of particular events; provoke shock and confusion over extended periods of time; create physical disablement (such as paralysis); alter personality structure; cause mental confusion; promote weakness or distortion of eyesight and hearing.

However, LSD came to dominate the program. Typically administered without informed consent to mental patients — a violation of the Nuremberg Code — prisoners, drug addicts and prostitutes (“people who could not fight back” one CIA officer said) in order to study their reactions.

LSD was also administered to CIA employees, military personnel, doctors and other government agents.

In one case, the hallucinogenic drug was administered to a mental patient in Kentucky for 174 straight days.

In another, the CIA set up several brothels in San Francisco, California, dosed customers, and watched and filmed proceedings via one-way mirrors. Brothels were chosen as a surefire means of ensuring victims would not discuss their experience with others.

Most commonly however, test subjects were interrogated under bright lights while doctors took notes. It has been said being spiked with LSD became an “occupational hazard” for CIA agents during this time.

Several deaths reportedly resulted from these actions — most infamously, army scientist Dr. Frank Olson went into deep depression after being unwittingly dosed, later falling to his death from the thirteenth story window of New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania.

Read More @ LewRockwell.com

The Biggest Stock Market Crashes Tend to Happen in October

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by Dimitri Speck, Acting Man:

October is the Most Dangerous Month

The prospect of steep market declines worries investors – and the month of October has a particularly bad reputation in this respect.

Bad juju month: Statistically, October is actually not the worst month on average – but it is home to several of history’s most memorable crashes, including the largest ever one-day decline on Wall Street. A few things worth noting about 1987: 1. the crash did not presage a recession. 2. its extraordinary size was the result of a structural change in the market, as new technology, new trading methods and new hedging strategies were deployed. 3. Bernie (whoever he was/is) got six months.

Regarding point 2: in particular, the interplay between program trading and “portfolio insurance” proved deadly (the former describes computerized arbitrage between cash and futures markets, the latter was a hedging strategy very similar to delta-hedging of puts, which involved shorting of S&P futures with the aim of making large equity portfolios impervious to losses – an idea that turned out to be flawed). Too many investors tried to obtain “insurance” by selling index futures at the same time, which pushed S&P futures to a vast discount vs. the spot market. This in turn triggered selling of stocks and concurrent buying of futures by program trading operations – which put more pressure on spot prices and in turn triggered more selling of futures for insurance purposes, and so on. The vicious spiral produced a one-day loss of 22.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} – today this would be equivalent to a DJIA decline of almost 5,000 points. Due to circuit breakers introduced after 1987, very big declines will lead to temporary trading halts nowadays (since 2013 the staggered threshold levels are declines of 7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, 13{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}; after 3:25 pm EST the market is allowed to misbehave as it sees fit). Interestingly, program trading curbs were scrapped again. We mention the case of 1987 because we believe today’s markets will eventually be faced with a “positive feedback loop” problem as well. Many new trading strategies and products that have become popular during the Bernanke/Yellen echo bubble era have yet to be truly stress tested. There are numerous new systematic strategies (almost all of which use leverage in some shape or form), there are now more listed ETFs and ETNs than listed stocks, high frequency trading is responsible for a very large share of trading volume, and open derivatives positions have grown extraordinarily large relative to trading volume in the underlying cash instruments. Market volatility has all but disappeared over the past 18 months or so, but this is reminiscent of a pressure cooker. It seems highly likely that lot of “pent-up volatility” will eventually be unleashed (there is a very good reason to expect this to happen; extended periods of low volatility tend to go hand in hand with the gradual buildup of ever larger speculative positions which depend on its continuation; and this is usually accompanied by a steady increase in leverage with the aim of boosting returns. As an aside, lately we quite often come across articles that explain why the market cannot go down, no matter what (here is a recent example that reminds us a bit of the “keiretsu argument of stock market invulnerability” that was popular in Japan in the late 1980s). [PT]

Although the month of October delivers an acceptable performance in seasonal terms if one disregards outliers like the crashes of 1987 and 2008, these particularly strong declines over such short time periods are nevertheless scary: what use is it to anyone if the market performs well in October several times in a row, but then generates such a large one-off loss that all previous gains evaporate? And what about intermittent losses?

Let as examine these extreme market moves more closely. The following chart shows the 20 largest one-day declines in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Crashes that occurred in October are highlighted in red.

The 20 Biggest One-Day Declines in the DJIA – extremely strong one-day declines happen particularly often in October

 Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

 

9 of the 20 strongest one-day declines occurred in October. That is an extremely disproportionate frequency. In other words, October has a strong tendency to deliver negative surprises to stock market investors – in the form of sudden crashes.

Outliers Are “Real”

Things look quite differently in the first half of the year. Only two of the 20 largest historical declines have taken place in these six months.

Investors must not allow themselves to be deceived. Such extreme price declines may be rare, but they exhibit seasonal tendencies as well. In most years it is more likely that gains rather than losses are generated, but as noted above, the losses frequently turn out to be exceptionally large.

October Moves Sideways on Average

October, it is actually not a particularly weak month on average. This is illustrated by the seasonal chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average shown below, which encompassing a very long time period. Seasonal charts are different from standard charts; they don’t depict actual prices over a specific, definite time period.

Read More @ Acting-Man.com

New Ghost Gun Update Allows 3D Printing Of Untraceable Handgun

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by Derrick Broze, Activist Post:

The controversial organization Defense Distributed just made it easier to 3D print untraceable handguns.

On October 1, Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed began selling two of the most common handgun “80 percent” receivers. In addition to selling a $1,200 computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) mill which can complete unfinished lower receivers for AR-15 semi-auto rifles, Defense Distributed will now sell unfinished receivers for Glocks and single-stack M1911s.

Using Defense Distributed’s mill, known as the Ghost Gunner, anyone with $1,200 and some basic milling knowledge can create the lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle. The term “ghost guns” was first popularized by gun control advocates because the weapons do not have a serial number and are thus untraceable. Wilson and Defense Distributed have since re-claimed the term in a sort of send-up to the U.S. government, which the company is still fighting over the alleged violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

“It’s a certain type of person who builds and enjoys an AR-15—that’s a lot of gun, and most people don’t feel the need to have a big ol’ battle rifle,” Wilson told ArsTechnica. “But we believe lots of people are interested in the conversation about an untraceable, concealable handgun. It’s been on the roadmap the whole time for this project. It’s just always been a question of how we get there, and it ended up being very, very difficult—kinda like the brass ring of the project, if you will.”

“Just like the ARs and stuff, you’re making the identical item that you would otherwise handle, purchase, and fire—so it feels identical,” Wilson notes. “These are real guns.”

Wilson is a former University of Texas School of Law student who gained notoriety in the tech world for his involvement in a series of controversial digital projects, including Dark Wallet, an application to make bitcoin transactions anonymous and untraceable, and his efforts to spread firearms blueprints to the public via downloadable files. In January, Wired named Wilson one of the “most dangerous people on the Internet right now,” putting him in league with Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

In May 2013, Defense Distributed released a video of Wilson firing the world’s first fully 3D printable firearm, the 16-piece Liberator .380 single shot pistol. They also released the 3D printable files to the Internet. Within days the State Department demanded that the files be removed from public access, citing a violation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Defense Distributed complied, though Wilson admitted to Forbes that removing all relevant data from public access “might be an impossible standard.”

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

Las Vegas mass shooting: more than one shooter?

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by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:

This is my second report on the tragic mass murder in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

I’m looking at a Getty image of two broken windows claimed to be on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where the shooter purportedly fired an automatic weapon(s) at concert goers. I count 10 intact windows going around a corner of the building between the two broken ones. These broken windows are from the same hotel room? That’s questionable, and worth checking. If the windows are from two adjacent rooms, it suggests the likelihood of more than one shooter.

Las Vegas police scanner audio on first call-out to the hotel records an officer emphatically saying the shots are coming from half-way up the hotel. The hotel has 43 stories. The 32nd floor is where police claim they found shooter Stephen Paddock’s dead body and his cache of weapons. Perhaps the police officer was estimating when he said “half-way up.” If not, he was seeing shots fired from lower in the hotel. That would suggest the possibility of multiple shooters on different floors.

The latest estimate: 58 dead, 515 injured. It’s expected that more dead and wounded will be reported.

Variety.com states: “…the shooting rampage that police have said lasted about four and a half minutes.”

515 wounded, 58 killed in four and a half minutes.

That would come out to an average of one person killed or injured every 2.1 seconds.

The question arises: how likely is it that one person, particularly Stephen Paddock, was the shooter, since according to his brother, Stephen was “not an avid gun guy at all…He has no military background or anything like that.”

I’ve still not seen a definitive statement about what kind of auto weapon(s) Paddock was supposedly using. One television commentator mentioned it would have been very, very expensive.

Initial reports of more than one shooter were quickly dismissed this morning.

The possibility of more than one (professional) shooter is real—and Paddock is not a candidate whose apparent lack of experience and background makes him an immediate choice…

These are questions, not conclusions, and they should remain open questions—in distinction to mainstream news, which has, as usual, gone along with blinders, taking dictation from law enforcement:

One shooter, dead, case closed.

Read More @ NoMoreFakeNews.com

BREAKING: China’s PROVEN Gold Reserves At 12,100 Tons At End Of 2016

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from SilverDoctors:

If “he who holds the gold makes the rules” rings any bells, then “slow and steady” and “planning for the long-term” may be about to come to an abrupt end…

Chinese markets are closed all week including the Shanghai Stock Market and the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

This week China is celebrating Golden Week, and the Chinese have just come out with a golden announcement.

Reuters is reporting on Chinese proven gold reserves, and this has huge implications.

Here it is straight from Xinhua:

BEIJING, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) — China’s proven gold reserves reached 12,100 tonnes at the end of 2016, making it the world’s second largest gold holder after South Africa.

Zhang Yongtao, vice chairman of the China Gold Association (CGA), revealed the figure at a press briefing.

Last year, total gold transactions in the Chinese market, including trading at gold exchanges, futures exchanges and the over-the-counter gold in commercial banks, reached 70,000 tonnes, said Zhang, who expected the volume to exceed 100,000 tonnes by 2020.

China has been the world’s biggest gold producer for 10 years and the largest gold consumer for four years. It aims to increase its annual gold output to 500 tonnes by 2020 from around 450 tonnes currently.

In the first half of this year, a total of 207 tonnes of gold were produced, down 9.8 percent from a year ago, according to the CGA.

Meanwhile, gold consumption rose nearly 10 percent year on year to 545 tonnes in the six-month period, with consumption of gold bars up more than 50 percent.

In case anybody missed this interview, now may be a good time to brush up on any number of “oil for gold-backed yuan” commentaries, including this one from Silver Doctors:

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Why 33? (A Short Rant)

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from MartyLeeds33:

CHINA IS ON GOLDEN WEEK HOLIDAY AND THUS THE CROOKS WILL RAID ALL WEEK

by Harvey Organ Blog, Harvey Organ Blog:

SURPRISINGLY NO GOLD OR SILVER LEFT THE GLD OR SLV: I WONDER WHY?/BILL HOLTER’S IMPORTANT PAPER..A MUST READ…

GOLD: $1274.25 down $8.25

Silver: $16.60  down 8 CENT(S)

Closing access prices:

Gold $1271.10

silver: $16.60

SHANGHAI GOLD FIX:  FIRST FIX  10 15 PM EST  (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SECOND FIX:  2:15 AM EST  (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $n/a DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME:  $n/a

PREMIUM FIRST FIX:  $8.24 (premiums getting larger)

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $n/a

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $/na

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$13.00 (PREMIUMS GETTING LARGER)  

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX:  5:30 am est  $not important

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $not important

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX  10 AM: $1283.10

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. 1283.10

For comex gold:

OCTOBER/

NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR SEPT CONTRACT MONTH: 28 NOTICE(S) FOR2800OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 439 FOR 43900 OZ  (1.3654 TONNES)

For silver:

OCTOBER

 

 19 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR

 

95,000  OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 304 for 1,520,000 oz

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Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest FELL CONSIDERABLY BY  1464 contracts from  184,424DOWN TO 182,960  CORRESPONDING TO ANOTHER RAID THAT SILVER UNDERTOOK IN FRIDAY’S TRADING (DOWN 14 CENTS ). WITH GOLDEN WEEK IN CHINA STARTING FRIDAY SEPT 29, OUR CROOKS BECOME EMBOLDENED TO CONTINUE THEIR WHACKING KNOWING FULL WELL THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PHYSICAL DELIVERIES FOR AT LEAST A WEEK.

RESULT: A FAIR SIZED FALL IN OI COMEX  WITH THE14 CENT PRICE RISE. IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAD A SMALL AMOUNT OF BANKER SHORTS COVERING AND THUS THEY HAD MILD SUCCESS.  

 In ounces, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e.  0.152 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 131{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT OCT MONTH/ THEY FILED: 19 NOTICE(S) FOR 95,000OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest FELL BY A SMALLER THAN EXPECTED 1800 CONTRACTS WITH THE FALLin price of gold ($3.75 ) WITH YESTERDAY’S COMEX TRADING.  The new OI for the gold complex rests at 530,883. WEHAVE NOW ENTERED GOLDEN WEEK (ONE WEEK OF CHINESE HOLIDAY)..SO EXPECT TORMENT FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK AS THE CROOKS DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PHYSICAL DELIVERIES FOR A WEEK.

 

Result: A SMALL SIZED DECREASE IN OI WITH THEFALL IN PRICE IN GOLD ($3.75) 

we had: 28 notice(s) filed upon for 2800 oz of gold.

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With respect to our two criminal funds, the GLD and the SLV:

GLD:   WOW

Tonight , NO CHANGESin gold inventory at the GLD AGAIN DESPITE THE CONTINUAL DRUBBING GOLD HAS TAKEN THESE PAST FEW WEEKS

Inventory rests tonight: 864.65 tonnes.

SLV

Today: a no changes in inventory:

INVENTORY RESTS AT 326.757 MILLION OZ

 

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First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver FELL BY1464 contracts from 184,424DOWN TO 182,960 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) . IT  SEEMS THAT A TINY FRACTION OF OUR BANKERS WERE SUCCESSFUL IN COVERING THEIR SHORTS.  WITH GOLDEN WEEK IN CHINA, EXPECT THE BANKERS TO HAVE CONSTANT TORMENT THROUGH THIS COMING WEEK AS THEY TRY AND COVER AS MANY AS POSSIBLE OF THEIR SILVER/GOLD SHORTS.

RESULT:  A GOOD SIZED DROP IN SILVER OI  AT THE COMEX WITH THE FALL IN PRICE OF 19 CENTS IN FRIDAY’S TRADING. EXPECT CONSTANT TORMENT FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK.

(report Harvey)

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2.a) The Shanghai and London gold fix report

(Harvey)

 

2 b) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe, Goldcore

(Mark O’Byrne/zerohedge

and in NY:  Bloomberg

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)Late SUNDAY night/MONDAY morning: Shanghai closed /Hang Sang CLOSED / The Nikkei closed UP 44.50 POINTS OR 0.22{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP 0.81{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed/Oil DOWN to 50.30 dollars per barrel for WTI and 55.60 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED GREEN .  ALL YUAN FIXINGS CLOSED

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