Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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Red Pill Realities

by Gary Christianson, Miles Franklin:

We can face reality by swallowing the “red pill” (from the movie “The Matrix). This choice is uncomfortable because it opposes the propaganda from mainstream media, government statisticians, and Wall Street cheerleaders.

The “red pill” road is difficult and sometimes lonely. Gold is a “red pill” choice.

The “blue pill” path is easier and reassuring. Other “blue pill” advocates will applaud your choices. The herd approves this delusional path. Think debt-based fiat currencies.

The “blue pill” is best swallowed with a healthy slug of whisky, anti-depressant drugs, a few hits from now-legal “weed,” and platitudes from the evening news.

NIGEL FARAGE’S BREXIT PARTY NOW IN THE LEAD IN VOTER SUPPORT FOR THE NEW EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:


GOLD UP $1.75 TO $1275.90//SILVER UP 4 CENTS TO $15.03//DURING WEEKEND, IN CHINA LARGE PRIVATE MINSHENG DEFAULTED// SETTING UP MAJOR CROSS DEFAULTS/TURKISH LIRA FALTERS AS FORMER PRIME MINISTER ANGRY WITH ERDOGAN’S POLICIES//USA TO NOT ALLOW ANY MORE EXEMPTIONS PER COUNTRIES PURCHASING IRANIAN OIL//IRAN COUNTERS THAT IT WILL CLOSE THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ//PLETHORA OF SWAMP STORIES FOR YOU TONIGHT

Facebook hires ‘co-writer’ of the pro-surveillance Patriot Act amid growing concerns over privacy

from RT:

As Facebook is facing more pressure over its handling of user data, the embattled social media giant has hired Jennifer Newstead, widely regarded as a co-author of the Patriot Act, to deal with its legal woes.

Facebook announced on Monday that Newstead would be replacing Colin Stretch as the company’s general counsel. COO Sheryl Sandberg touted Newstead as a “seasoned leader whose global perspective and experience” would help the company “fulfill its mission.” While Newstead might boast vast experience in the legal field, having worked in both private and public sectors, her government record is not without controversy.

Britain Has Gone to the Dogs. Assange, Brexit and Call-Centre Journalism from BBC All Symptoms of a Failed State

by Martin Jay, Strategic Culture:

When Lord Lucan disappeared after the murder of his Nanny in his London flat in 1974, there were reports soon after of his sighting in Australia. Reports of a man fitting his description, with a posh English accent and an upper class moustache were in fact wrongly attributed to a British plumber from Essex on holiday. The joke at the time was “well, for the Australians, a plumber from Essex might as well be an aristocrat to them”.

As China’s Belt and Road forum kicks off this week, Arab nation attendance provides a strong confirmation to end of Petrodollar

by Kenneth Schortgen, Shotgun Economics:

With China’s Belt and Road confab set to kick off this coming week in Beijing, an astounding number of Middle Eastern nations are expected to attend.

And with representatives from 17 Arab countries confirmed to be participating in the new Silk Road project, it all but validates that the long-standing Petrodollar system is at an end.

Negative Interest Rates are Coming

by Tom Lewis, Gold Telegraph:

On the surface, the concept of low interest-rates sounds good. However, according to billionaire investor Ray Dalio, “If inflation-adjusted interest rates decline in a given country, its currency is likely to decline.” It’s what lies beneath the surface that makes low and negative interest rates troubling.

Negative interest rates were embraced following the 2008 financial crisis in an effort to boost global economies. The purpose was to make borrowing easier. When interest rates are low, businesses and individuals are more likely to borrow. Unfortunately, the resulting sub-zero interest rates were the exact opposite than those intended.

Boom! President Trump Suggests John Kerry Violated Logan Act with Unprecedented Private Meetings with Iranian Regime

by Kristinn Taylor, The Gateway Pundit:

President Trump called out former Obama Secretary of State John Kerry for a likely violation of the Logan Act for his working with Iran against the United States.

Trump tweeted his criticism of Kerry as he commented on new harsh sanctions against Iran targeting the state sponsor of terrorism’s for oil exports by the elimination of waivers for importers.

FBI accuses migrant-hunting militia leader of training to ‘ASSASSINATE’ Soros, Clinton & Obama

from RT:

The leader of a militia group known for detaining migrants at the US border has been accused of plotting the assassination of former US President Barack Obama and other key Democratic Party figures, the FBI said in court papers.

Militia leader Larry Hopkins, 69, was arrested on Saturday for a weapons charge said to be unrelated to his activities on the border. But the FBI now says Hopkins bragged about his fellow militia members “training to assassinate” former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and billionaire Democratic Party donor George Soros.

Spoiling for a Fight: How US Policy Went From Pragmatism to Fantasy

from Russia Insider:

It is depressing to observe how the United States of America has become the evil empire. Having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and in the Central Intelligence Agency for the second half of the Cold War, I had an insider’s viewpoint of how an essentially pragmatic national security policy was being transformed bit by bit into a bipartisan doctrine that featured as a sine qua non global dominance for Washington. Unfortunately, when the Soviet Union collapsed the opportunity to end once and for all the bipolar nuclear confrontation that threatened global annihilation was squandered as President Bill Clinton chose instead to humiliate and use NATO to contain an already demoralized and effectively leaderless Russia.