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Dr. Pippa Malmgren: CryptoCurrencies – libertarian dream come true or Orwellian nightmare?

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by Eric Townsend, Macro Voices:
Erik Townsend welcomes Dr. Pippa Malmgren to MacroVoices. Erik and Pippa discuss:

Update on European geopolitics
What is in store for European migration
Considerations on Turkish politics
Geopolitics associated with the cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies
Future of US dollars roll as world reserve currency
Post Donald Trump Texas economics
Understanding the PPT (Plunge Protection Team)

Violence Flares In Venezuela As Opposition Calls For New Strike

by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:
Wuilly Arteaga plays his violin during an anti-government march in Venezuela. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Venezuela’s socialist government opposition called for a two-day national strike against President Nicolas Maduro after another day of violent clashes on Saturday where the injured included a violinist famous for his musical protests.

Wuilly Arteaga, the 23-year-old has become famous for playing the national anthem on his violin in front of security lines as battles rage around him, has been injured in the fight for freedom against Venezuela’s socialist regime. Paramedics attended Arteaga in the street as blood poured down his face. He later tweeted a video from the hospital with a bandaged face and clutching his violin. “Neither rubber bullets nor pellets will stop our fight,” said Arteaga. “Tomorrow I will be back in the streets.”

Donald Trump Orders DOJ To Takedown Darknet Markets

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by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:
During a press briefing at the Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed that president Donald Trump ordered the DOJ to go after “organized transnational cyber crime organizations operated on the darknet.”

“Donald Trump gave us several directives. One is to dismantle transnational criminal organizations. That is what we are announcing today. Dismantling of the largest dark website in the world by far,” Sessions said.

Sessions stated that the recent takedown of AlphaBay, a darknet market similar to Silk Road, is part of the battle against opioid addiction in the United States, adding that one American dies of a drug overdose every eleven minutes.

Who Should be Held Responsible for the Cold-blooded Genocide in Yemen

by Martin Berger, New Eastern Outlook:
International human rights organizations such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the British Save the Children fund say that every ten minutes a child dies in Yemen, what’s even worse – he would die from a curable disease. Every 35 seconds yet another child would get infected with cholera in this war-torn country. Child mortality rates accompanied by the cholera epidemic that has reached catastrophic proportions are only a tip of the iceberg of the humanitarian catastrophe that unravels in Yemen as a result of foreign invasion. However, Western media and politicians remain deaf, dumb and blind, being more that willing to turn a blind eye to the catastrophe of tragic proportions that we witness in Yemen. As we see a stream of new reports of civilians dying from by the hands of Saudi soldiers equipped with all sorts of US and UK produced weapons, we are forced to admit that Yemen has been transformed in a zone of perpetual genocide.

It’s all started back in March 2015, when Saudi Arabia, while enjoying full support of the United States and Britain, without any sort of approval issued by the UN Security Council unleashed an armed aggression against Yemen, thus acting as boldly and blatantly as only Washington would dare before.

In the Footsteps of Rome: Is Renewal Possible?

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by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds:
Once the shared memories of these values are lost, the Empire ceases to exist; there is nothing left to reform or renew.

Is renewal / recovery from systemic decline possible? The history of the Roman Empire is a potentially insightful place to start looking for answers. As long-time readers know, I’ve been studying both the Western and Eastern (Byzantine) Roman Empires over the past few years.

Both Western and Eastern Roman Empires faced existential crises that very nearly dissolved the empires hundreds of years before their terminal declines. The Western Roman Empire, beset by the overlapping crises of invasion, civil war, plague and economic upheaval, nearly collapsed in the third century C.E. (Christian Era, what was previously A.D.) — 235 to 284 C.E., fully two hundred years before its final dissolution in the fifth century (circa 476 C.E.).

How to Take Your Money Out of the Bank Without Going to Jail-Most Requested Topic in History of the CSS

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by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:
I recently received the following email. It represents dozens, if not hundreds like this one going back over the past several months.

Dave,

I read your articles and listen to your show everyday. So does my son and he says your financial guests are almost always correct. My son works on Wall Street and is very successful. He does say that it is coming to an end soon in his opinion. Do you agree and what should I do?……My son says some of the same things that you have said and would you mind very much restating and please add anything new?
I know the economy is in grave danger. However, I have no knowledge beyond this. If you are thinking about removing your money from the bank before you lose it, there are some things that you need to know if you want to avoid going to jail.

97{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of Tested Mac and Cheese Products Found to Contain Chemicals Used in Plastics, Rubber, Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Printing Inks

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by Amy Goodrich, Natural News:
Phthalates are everywhere. They can be found in plastic food containers, coatings, printing inks, household products, packaged foods, and personal-care products. Phthalates act as binding agents and make plastics softer and more flexible.

New studies on the dangerous impacts of phthalates on our health seem to come out every week. Given their hormone- or endocrine-disrupting effects phthalate exposure has been linked to a host of health conditions making their widespread use a serious public health concern. Pregnant women and children especially are at heightened risk.

Did The Dutch Central Bank Lie About Its Gold Bar List?

by Koos Jansen, BullionStar:
Head of the Financial Markets Division of the Dutch central bank, Aerdt Houben, stated in an interview for newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad published in October 2016 that releasing a bar list of the Dutch official gold reserves “would cost hundreds of thousands of euros”. In this post we’ll expose this is virtually impossible – the costs to publish the bar list should be close to zero – and speculate about the far reaching implications of this falsehood.

Recap

This story started a couple of years ago. As I am Dutch and concerned not only about my own financial wellbeing but of my country as well, I commenced inquiring my national central bank about the whereabouts and safety of our gold reserves in late 2013. One of my first actions was submitting the local equivalent of a Freedom Of Information Act – in Dutch WOB – to De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in order to obtain all written communication of the past decades between DNB and the Federal Reserve Bank Of New York (FRBNY). In 2013 I knew a large share of the Dutch gold was stored at the FRBNY, which I deemed to be an unnecessary risk. In a crisis situation, for example, the US government would be able to confiscate Dutch gold stored on American soil. Unfortunately, DNB responded it’s exempt from certain WOB requests under the banking law from 1998, article 3. (I thought the WOB hit a dead end, though recent developments have changed my mind regarding the legitimacy of the rejection. In a forthcoming post more on my WOB from 2013.)

Catalonia’s Independence Strife Turns into Financial Showdown

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by Don Quijones, Wolf Street:
Will Spain’s central government blink (again)?

Madrid’s standoff with Spain’s north eastern province of Catalonia, which plans to hold a forbidden referendum on national independence on October 1, grows more and more complex by the day. Just in the last week alone the following developments have taken place:

Spain’s Civil Guard has raided Catalonia’s parliament and government HQ as part of its investigation into political corruption in the region. As new research has shown, this investigation forms part of a broader police operation that has served as a means for Spain’s governing People’s Party to spy on political rivals.

A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:
One mystery trader has made an extremely large bet that the stock market is going to crash by October, and if he is right he could potentially make up to 262 million dollars on the deal. Fortunes were made and lost during the great financial crisis of 2008, and the same thing will happen again the next time we see a major stock market crash. But will that stock market crash take place before 2017 is over? Without a doubt, we are in the midst of one of the largest stock market bubbles in U.S. history, and many prominent investors are loudly warning of an imminent stock market collapse. It doesn’t take a genius to see that this stock market bubble is going to end very badly just like all of the other stock market bubbles throughout history have, but if you could know the precise timing that it will end you could set yourself up financially for the rest of your life.