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All sheeple citizens who want to receive government benefits must agree to be microchipped in the near future

by Jayson Veley, Natural News:

Late last month, it was reported that a Wisconsin company called Three Square Market was planning on surgically implanting microchips underneath the skin of its employees for convenience purposes. Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby told KSTP, the Twin Cities ABCaffiliate station, that the microchip implants are “the next big thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it.”

Westby explained that the microchip would be capable of doing a number of different things, from allowing people to purchase food in the break room by simply scanning their hand, to serving as an electronic key to open doors and access computers.

The microchips use Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) to function, which also happens to be the technology used when you pay for items using your iPhone or Android device.

“We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals,” said the Three Square Market CEO in a statement. “Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.”

But while Todd Westby may be enthusiastic about the use of this microchip technology in everyday life, thousands or even millions of others are no doubt concerned. The idea of implanting microchips underneath the skin in order to store information regarding your health and finances sounds like something straight out of George Orwell’s famous book 1984. Even if the chips do not have a GPS system and it’s impossible to track those that have them embedded underneath their skin, the overall concept is still unnerving. Americans are conditioned to embrace individual liberty, and microchip implants force them to embrace the exact opposite of that.

Noelle Chesley, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, believes that the use of microchips is only going to become more common in the not-so-distant future. “It will happen to everybody,” she explained. “But not this year, and not in 2018. Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids.” (Related: Australia has become the first country to microchip its citizens.)

In fact, the idea of using microchips in order to track the financial situations of welfare recipients has already been suggested by one politician in Finland. According to Sputnik News, a member of Finland’s conservative Finn Party recently recommended implanting satellite-tracking chips inside of welfare recipients in response to news that some recipients continued to receive payments after leaving the country to fight for the Islamic State.

Pasi Maenranta, the politician who suggested the idea, argued on his Facebook page that in order to receive welfare payments from Kela, “one has to tell exact data about your location using your personal code, read by a satellite.” Maenranta also noted that it would be possible to implant microchips beneath the skin of all those traveling overseas “who for example receive medical welfare from Kela,” also known as the Social Insurance Institution.

But regardless of how good the intentions may be, there are still a lot of questions that must be answered before the people of our country and elsewhere embrace the use of surgically implanted microchips. Can they ever be turned off or removed? Who exactly will have access to your location should the microchip be equipped with GPS technology? And if the microchips contain personal information regarding health and finances, will it be possible for that information to be hacked and potentially sold by a third party?

If Americans are serious about holding on to our Fourth Amendment right to privacy, then these are questions that we should all demand be answered before more advancements in microchip technology are made.

Read More @ NaturalNews.com

CARTEL THROW 2 MILLION OZ OF GOLD KNOCKING GOLD (AND SILVER) DOWN BUT LO AND BEHOLD BOTH METALS RECOVER AS THE DOLLAR TANKS

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

GOLD UP $6.00 ON THE DAY/SILVER UP 9 CENTS/HURRICANE HARVEY TO HIT TEXAS COAST TONIGHT AND LINGER THERE: NO DOUBT WILL CAUSE TERRIFIC DAMAGE/SEARS HOLDINGS IS ON DEATH WATCH/GOOGLE TO REFUND MONEY DUE TO FAKE ADVERTISING HITS/YELLEN AND DRAGHI SPEECHES: A NOTHING BURGER

GOLD: $1292.85  UP $6.00

Silver: $17.07  UP 9 CENTS

Closing access prices:

Gold $1291.25

silver: $17.04

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: $1293.25 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME:  $1285.85

PREMIUM FIRST FIX:  $7.40

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1293.25

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1286.70

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$6.55

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX:  5:30 am est  $1287.05

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1287.65

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX  10 AM: $1285.30

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. $1281.00???????????????????????????

For comex gold:

AUGUST/

NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR APRIL CONTRACT MONTH: 0 NOTICE(S) FOR  NIL  OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 4584 FOR 458,400 OZ  (14.258 TONNES)

For silver:

AUGUST

 

 46 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR

 

230,000  OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 1178 for 5,890,000 oz

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TODAY THE BANKERS THREW 2 MILLION OZ OF PAPER SHORTS TRYING TO KNOCK GOLD OFF ITS PERCH.  IT SUCCEEDED FOR ONLY ONE HOUR AS GOLD REBOUNDED ON NEWS OF YELLEN’S DOVISH SPEECH AT JACKSON HOLE. GOLD FINISHED UP $6.00 AND SILVER WAS UP 9 CENTS. LATE IN THE AFTERNOON DRAGHI’S SPEECH WAS ALSO A NOTHING BURGER AND THAT PROPELLED THE EURO NORTHBOUND (AND THE SINKING OF THE USA DOLLAR INDEX BREAKING THE 93 BARRIER TO 92.56.

I JUST CANNOT WAIT UNTIL I SEE THE OPEN INTEREST FOR BOTH GOLD AND SILVER FOR TODAY.  THEY WILL BE RELEASED LATE IN THE EVENING OR IF THEY CONTINUE LIKE THEY DID LAST WEEK, IT WILL BE RELEASED AT 2 PM SATURDAY.

 

I WILL PLACE THEM  BETWEEN THE XXX’S AS SOON AS I OBTAIN IT: (AND A COMMENT ON IT)

 

 

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PRELIMINARY OI FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 28

 

 

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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 by A CONSIDERABLE 3703 contracts from 192,116 DOWN TO 188,413 DESPITE THE TINY FALL IN PRICE THAT SILVER UNDERTOOK WITH  YESTERDAY’S TRADING (DOWN 9 CENTS). IT SEEMS THAT WE HAD A TRANSFER FROM SILVER OI’S TO SILVER EFP’S AS WE ARE APPROACHING FIRST DAY NOTICE. IN GOLD THE OBLITERATION IS HUGE, BUT IN SILVER IT IS MINOR. THE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S DESTROYS THE PRICE DISCOVERY MECHANISM BECAUSE WE HAVE NO PHYSICAL PRICE ANYWHERE IN THE EQUATION. THE LONGS RECEIVE A FIAT BONUS PLUS A “DELIVERABLE” PRODUCT WHICH IS NO DOUBT A LONDON BASED FORWARD.

RESULT: A LOWER OI WITH A SLIGHT PRICE DECREASE AND TWO RAID FAILURES.

 In ounces, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e.  0.944 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 135{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT MAY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 46 NOTICE(S) FOR 230,000OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest ROSE BY A CONSIDERABLE 2,984 CONTRACTS DESPITE THE FALL  in price of gold ($2.15 LOSS  YESTERDAY .). The new OI for the gold complex rests at 509,211.

AS IN SILVER, THE GEOPOLITICAL LANDSCAPE WITH TRUMP THREATENING TO CLOSE GOVERNMENT IF HE DID NOT GET HIS WALL CAUSED A HUGE NUMBER OF NEWBIE SPECS TO AGAIN ENTER THE GOLD ARENA WITH THE COMMERCIALS SUPPLYING THE NECESSARY PAPER. WE HAD TWO UNSUCCESSFUL RAIDS AGAINST GOLD YESTERDAY AND IT HAD NO REAL EFFECT ON THE PRICE. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT GET AN OBLITERATION OF OI IN A NON ACTIVE MONTH. THE BANKERS CALLED UPON THEIR TROOPS TO ORCHESTRATE ANOTHER RAID ON OUR PRECIOUS METALS AND THAT ENDED IN FAILURE AS WELL.

Result: A GOOD SIZED GAIN IN OI with A SMALL FALL IN PRICE IN GOLD.

we had: 0 notice(s) filed upon for NIL oz of gold.

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

GLD:

Today, no changes in gold inventory:

Inventory rests tonight: 799.29 tonnes

IN THE LAST 30 TRADING DAYS: GLD SHEDS 37.68 TONNES YET GOLD IS HIGHER BY $60.35 .

SLV

Today:  WE HAD NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY TONIGHT:

INVENTORY RESTS AT 333.178 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 FALL BY 3,703 contracts from 192,116 DOWN TO 188,413 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) WITH YESTERDAY’S 9 CENT LOSS IN TRADING. SILVER RESPONDED TO THE GEOPOLITICAL CLIMATE WHEREBY TRUMP THREATENED TO SHUT DOWN GOVERNMENT UNLESS HE GOT HIS WALL. NEWBIE SPECS ENTERED THE ARENA. SOME  OLD SPECS, THOSE STILL PLAYING THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS VS WASHINGTON GENERALS GAME, TENDERED FOR EFP’S. HOWEVER THE LOSS WAS TINY WHEN WE NORMALLY COMPARE  THE OBLITERATION WE GET IN GOLD. DEMAND FOR SILVER DID NOT DISSIPATE AT ALL, THEY JUST RECEIVED ANOTHER DELIVERABLE PRODUCT IN LONDON.(A FORWARD)

RESULT:  A MUCH LOWER OI AT THE COMEX, WITH A TINY LOWER PRICE. (AND A GAIN IN DELIVERABLE PRODUCT IN LONDON)

(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 THURSDAY night/FRIDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 60.00 POINTS OR 1.83{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}   / /Hang Sang CLOSED UP 329.56 POINTS OR 1.20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/ The Nikkei closed UP 98.84 POINTS OR 0.51{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP 0.03{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP at 6.6560/Oil UP to 47.73 dollars per barrel for WTI and 52.41 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED GREEN. Offshore yuan trades  6.6560 yuan to the dollar vs 6.6560 for onshore yuan. NOW THE OFFSHORE MOVED STRONGER  TO THE ONSHORE YUAN/ ONSHORE YUAN STRONGER (TO THE DOLLAR)  AND THE OFFSHORE YUAN IS MUCH STRONGER TO THE DOLLAR AND THIS IS COUPLED WITH THE WEAKER DOLLAR. CHINA IS HAPPY TODAY

Read More @ HarveyOrganBlog.com

Constitutional Court Upholds Suspension Of Tahoe’s Mining License… Shares Fall 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}

by Steve St. Angelo, SRSrocco:

According to unconfirmed sources, Tahoe Resources has learned that the Guatemalan Constitutional Court issued a decision yesterday to uphold the lower court’s preliminary ruling to suspend its mining license at Tahoe’s Escobal Mine.  This new ruling caused Tahoe’s shares to sell off more than 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} during trading today. 

I first wrote about the trouble at Tahoe Resources Escobal Mine in my article, WORLD’S 2ND LARGEST SILVER MINE SHUT DOWN: Implications For Company & Market:

First, after the Guatemalan Supreme Court suspended operations at Escobal, Tahoe’s stock price took a real beating falling 33{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} that day.  In the past week, Tahoe’s stock price decline 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}:

A lot of investors were caught by surprise as Tahoe Resources has been making a lot of money from its mines, especially from its Escobal Silver Mine in Guatemala.  For example, in 2016 Tahoe Resources reported profits of $118 million on revenue of $784 million.  That is a stunning 15{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} margin of profit… and the majority of that profit was from the Escobal Mine.

Second, the rich profits from the Escobal Mine came at a cost.  And the cost was in the way of “serious human rights violations through its operations,” stated by several sources.  Unfortunately, many investors that follow the Mainstream financial media do not understand that the Escobal Mine has been, and continues to be, a subject of human rights abuse and violations from day one.

When the Guatemalan lower court first temporarily suspended the mining license at Tahoe’s Escobal Mine back in July, the shares of the company fell 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.  After the ruling by the Guatemalan Constitutional Court to uphold the lower courts decision yesterday to suspend Tahoe’s Escobal mining license, the shares fell another 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} today:

When I first wrote about the suspension of Tahoe’s Escobal mining license, I received some push-back from those that were invested in the company.  While I can understand the frustration, I try to put out as much objective data as I can about the mining industry.  I wrote about Tahoe’s problems with its Escobal Mine back in 2014.

By doing more research recently, I found out that the company hired a U.S. security defense contractor, International Security Defense Management LLC, in 2011 to deal with the local protesters and community leaders.

This passage comes from the site, TAHOE ON TRAIL website:

The Escobal project depends on a militarized security strategy to suppress opposition and has led to violence and criminalization

•In 2011, Tahoe Resources hired a US security and defense contractor – International Security and Defense Management, LLC – that boasts experience with corporations working in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan to develop a security plan that has treated peaceful protest and community leaders as if they were armed insurgents.

•In June 2012, Tahoe sued the Guatemalan government, stating that protests were hindering its operations and that the State was not doing enough to allow its activities to proceed.

•Between 2011 and 2013, some 90 people were slapped with unfounded criminal charges and made to endure legal processes causing them distress and hardship. Several spent months in jail before being cleared of all charges.
•A Guatemalan court dismissed Tahoe’s lawsuit against the state in February 2013.

•Nonetheless, on March 26, 2013, the Guatemalan government secretly commenced a pilot initiative in San Rafael Las Flores called the “Inter-Institutional Group on Mining Affairs” that frames opposition to mining as a threat to national security. Coronel Ricardo Bustamante, Technical Secretary for the National Security Commission, oversees the group whose office in San Rafael Las Flores was set up with support from Tahoe Resources. Tahoe Resources refers to it as a “High-Level Commission […] to address community issues and oversee security matters.” Guatemalan activists call it “counterinsurgency” and “a military intelligence operation.

•The Guatemalan government imposed a military siege in May 2013 in municipalities where people overwhelmingly voted against mining.

•The “inter-institutional project” continues; two military posts remain in the area.

So, the important question is…. Why does a mining company have to hire a private military type security company if it has the support of the local community??

I have to say, people who have come in defense of the Tahoe Resources Escobal Mine by claiming those that support the local population as LEFTISTS… really pisses me off.  And I will tell you why.

We in the Alternative Media continue to write and complain about the CONTROL OF THE CORRUPT ELITE.  This is one of the major talking points on most alternative blogger website.  Unfortunately, it seems that some precious metals analysts in the alternative media seem to forget that this principle also pertains to people dealing with the same corruption and abuse in other countries.

I gather the locals living next to the Escobal Mine in Guatemala do not deserve the same JUSTICE as we do in the Alternative Media in our fight against the corrupt elite.

Read More @ SRSrocco.com

Sears Revenues to Hit Zero in 3 Years. But Bankruptcy First

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by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:

This baby is going down the tubes at an ever faster speed.

Sears Holdings, after warning in March that “substantial doubt exists” about its ability to continue operating as a “going concern,” rubbed salt in those doubts in its second-quarter earnings report.

Quarterly revenue plunged 23{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} year-over-year to $4.37 billion.

It says $770 million of that $1.33-billion plunge was a result of the endless series of store closings with which Sears is trying to keep itself out of bankruptcy for as long as possible.

In its fiscal year 2017, it already closed about 180 stores and expects to shutter an additional 150 stores in the third quarter. Those closings had been announced previously. But in its earnings release, it announced the closing of 28 more Kmart stores “later this year.” Liquidation sales will begin as early as August 31, it said.

The rest of the plunge was caused by same-store sales (sales at stores open longer than one year) which dropped 11.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. “Softness in store traffic” the company called it. But the trend is falling off a cliff: In Q2 2016, same-store sales had dropped “only” 5.2{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. Now they’re plunging at more than double that rate. Despite the ceaseless corporate rhetoric of operational improvements, this baby is going down the tubes at an ever faster speed.

How does that $4.37 billion in revenues stack up? They’re down by nearly two-thirds from Q2 2007. This is what the accelerating revenue shrinkage looks like:

In the press release, Sears CEO and hedge-fund owner Eddie Lampert made another bad joke at shareholder expense, when he was quoted as saying:

“We are making progress on the strategic priorities we outlined earlier this year and remain focused on returning our Company to profitability. The comprehensive restructuring of our operations is delivering cost efficiencies and helping drive improvements to our operating performance.”

So let’s see…

Over the past three years, the momentum of the revenue decline has accelerated sharply. Q2 revenues have plummeted from $8.0 billion in 2014 to $4.37 billion in 2017. A decline of $3.6 billion, or 45{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in three years. This chart shows Q2 revenues from 2014 to 2017, with the trend line (purple) extended until it hits zero. This is the same track that Q1 revenues are on. As I’d postulated three months ago, at this rate, revenues of the once largest retailer in the US will be zero in three years, or by 2020:

Read More @ WolfStreet.com

Damore’s Revenge: Google Faces Growing Legal Threats As Other Googlers Come Forward

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from ZeroHedge:

James Damore gained instant fame earlier this month when he was fired for “un-Googly conduct” after publishing a paper on an employee chat board suggesting that men may be better equipped biologically for engineering jobs than women.  Apparently science is embraced by the Left when discussing climate change but not so much when it’s used to suggest that anatomy might just be coded in a person’s DNA rather than being a personal choice that each millennial can make, and change, on a whim.

But, according to a new note from Wired Magazine, Damore’s firing for discussing an ‘un-Googly” political position might not be just an isolated event.  As Damore’s attorney and prominent San Francisco Republican Harmeet Dhillon points out, several other Googlers have come forward claiming that they too were discriminated against for challenging Google’s liberal political orthodoxy.

In an interview, Damore says his firing was not “an independent or isolated event. What I was trying to complain about was the history of political discrimination at Google.” After he was fired August 7 for violating Google’s code of conduct by perpetuating gender stereotypes, Damore says other ex-Googlers told him they had been fired for similar reasons. “It’s a much stronger story and something that Google really has to respond to by actually changing their policies, rather than giving me hush money,” Damore says.

Dhillon is a prominent San Francisco Republican who was considered for a post in the Trump administration. Wednesday, her firm posted a notice on its website saying it is “investigating Google’s employment discrimination against employees on the basis of their political views.” Among other things, the notice seeks people who may have been “written up for ‘un-Googly conduct’ for refusing to comply with the political orthodoxy at the company.”

Damore says at least five others have expressed interest in pursuing legal action. Dhillon says she cannot verify that number. She says she is considering several possible grounds for a lawsuit, including penalizing people for their political beliefs, which are protected in California.

Meanwhile, in a post titled “Have You Experienced Illegal Employment Practices At Google?“, Damore’s attorney is actively recruiting new clients to join the legal fight against Google for the following labor law violations:

  • Discriminated against at Google based on your political views;
  • Been written up for “un-Googly conduct” for refusing to comply with the political orthodoxy at the company;
  • Retaliated against for complaining about employment discrimination at Google;
  • Defamed/slandered/smeared/blacklisted at Google for your political views, or views about affirmative action at Google; or
  • Punished for blowing the whistle on illegal employment practices at Google?

Read More@ ZeroHedge.com

Beware the real Political Threat from Within

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by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:

The future of military and eventually police is to replace the boots on the ground with robots. Duke Robotics has come out now with drones that carry machine-guns. This video shows really the future of war and eventually they will use terrorism as an excuse to use them domestically.

Historically, the shape a country’s Armed Forces takes has traditionally reflected first and foremost the external threats that a nation faces. In a democratic republic, the army’s main goal use to be to protect society. We were told that a republic will only commit to such an international obligation on behalf of its own well-being and security. Therefore, in only these type of situations, would an army take on such obligations requiring the use of military force.

The second factor influencing the shape of the a nation’s army was its social role. Most importantly, the army evolved post-Depression acting as a social boon to everyone who serves in it. Because of the abuse of the soldier post-World War I which they used current troops to chase out the veterans from Washington who were demanding their promised Bonus, when World War II came, the politicians had lied and abused the soldiers from World War I, they had to introduce the GI Bill and turn it into a Social Boon that became something beneficial to a specific person with careers and education. When under the Obama Administration, the VA scandal erupted showing that again politicians were cutting costs and vets were denied medical care, that aspect of the army began to fail in this function and the Armed Forces can lose its effectiveness.

Historically, armed forces can become a threat to society when they become the manipulation tool of the political power machine. In every single war since the Spanish American War of the 19th century, the army has been lied to in order to exert political power always justified as defending the nation. This has just never been true.

Our troops have died far too often for politicians rather than for the country. In World War I, the Germans took an advertisement out in New York warning people not to travel on the Lusitania because the government was using a passenger ship as cover to covertly send arms to Europe.

In World War II, FDR knew that the Japanese were declaring war and turned them away. They new they were headed to Pearl Harbor and took the big ships out and sacrificed others to get the country into the war.

Vietnam, the official story was that the North Vietnamese torpedo boats launched an “unprovoked attack” against a U.S. destroyer on “routine patrol” in the Tonkin Gulf.  President Johnson knew we were never attacked and even said:  “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.” Johnson delivered perhaps the most outrageous and deceitful speech on August 4th, 1964, that was hailed by the New York Times, and set in motion the death of over 50,000 American boys for political power – not to defend the nation from a threat.

Of course we have the great lie about Iraq and the weapons of mass destruction that never existed. Here we have North Korea actually in possession of such weapons and there is no invasion. Why? Iraq had the oil for Dick Cheney and his Halliburton buddies to benefit from – North Korea has nothing.

Read More @ ArmstrongEconomics.com

“Swell”: Bernanke to Give Keynote Speech at October Cryptocurrency Event

by Mish Shedlock, Mish Talk:

Ben Bernanke will join Sir Tim Berners-Lee as keynote speakers at the “Swell” cryptocurrency conference October 16-18 in Toronto.

Recently our customers requested that Ripple bring together leaders in banking and blockchain who are committed to changing the way the world moves money today. Challenge accepted. Today, we’re pleased to announce Swell: The Future Is Here, taking place in Toronto from October 16-18.

Swell is attracting a roster of payments experts and industry luminaries to discuss trends, success stories of blockchain implementations and real-world blockchain use cases to meet changing customer demands for global payments.

Dr. Ben Bernanke, Chairman, The Federal Reserve System (2006-2014) to be interviewed by Gene Sperling, National Economic Council Director and National Economic Advisor under Presidents Clinton and Obama (1996-2001, 2011-2014).

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web who will present A Look Ahead Into the Future of Tech.

Swell is an exclusive, invitation-only event.

Bloomberg reports Bernanke to Give Keynote Speech at October Cryptocurrency Event.

Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, will be the keynote speaker at a blockchain and banking conference in October hosted by Ripple, the startup behind the fourth largest digital currency.

The three-day event, called “Swell,” starts Oct. 16 in Toronto, Ripple said in a statement on its website. Bernanke, who has criticized cryptocurrencies in the past, will be interviewed by Gene Sperling, the former national economic adviser under Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Bernanke wrote that virtual currencies could have “long-term promise” in a 2013 letter to Congress. However, in a 2015 interview with Quartz, he said bitcoin has “some serious problems,” including its anonymity and lack of stability. Bernanke was not immediately available to comment.

Cheerleader Forecast

Here’s another opinion, written July 11, courtesy of MarketWatch and Brett Arends: Stay away from bitcoin and ethereum — they are complete garbage

Read More @ MishTalk.com

Jim Acosta Throws a Tantrum After CNN is Ignored at WH Briefing – Trump Supporters Respond

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by Christina Laila, The Gateway Pundit:

CNN’s Jim Acosta, who is known for his rude outbursts and tantrums, complained that CNN was ignored at Thursday’s White House briefing.

Jim Acosta should be removed from the White House press pool as he has disrespected President Trump many times and continually interrupts people during press briefings.

Jim Acosta tweeted, “Shocker! WH back to playing games and refusing to call on CNN at WH briefing.”

Trump supporters digitally destroyed Acosta:

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

Russia starts working on Blockchain standardization

by BNE Intellinews:

Russia’s Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) appointed a new technical committee to work on the standardization of “the software and hardware of distributed register and Blockchain technologies”, East-West Digital reported.

“The standardization of Blockchain will allow these technologies to develop at a new level,” expects the agency, acknowledging that Blockchain technology is “actively spreading” across Russia.

Blockchain technology will develop through “internationally-agreed methods, more intense international cooperation, social adoption, new usages and, finally, increased trust in such operations,” believes Rosstandart.

The agency specifically refers to several technical committees formed under the auspices of the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) — in particular, the TC 307, which gathers 35 ISO member nations to agree standards in Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

Earlier this month, a consortium of Russia’s biggest banks announced that it had developed a distributed ledger to make payment safer and faster. Dubbed ‘Masterchain,’ the new ledger uses a modified ethereum protocol while complying with national security standards.

Read More @ Intellinews.com