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Russia Just Pulled Off a Massive Nuclear Weapons Drill (That America Can’t Match)

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by Dave Majumdar, Russia Insider:

US does not have comparable road-mobile missile systems in the first place

While all eyes are focused on North Korea, Russia recently conducted a massive drill of its road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile force. The drills involved all of the major Russian mobile ICBMs including the Topol, Topol-M and the Yars.

“Today, missile regiments of the Topol, Topol-M and Yars missile systems have carried out a night march. The regiments are located in five regions from the Tver region to Altai Krai,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“More than 600 piece of hardware including launchers, were operated to ensure combat patrol en-route.”

The drill appears to be a full scope exercise complete with adversary forces attempting to attack the launch vehicles and contaminated terrain.

“Countersabotage formations are drilling tasks to detect, block and eliminate mock insurgents. The formations are operating the Typhoon-M Combat anti-sabotage vehicles equipped with drones,” the statement reads.

 

“It is planned to train passing through a mock contaminated terrain. At the end of the exercise, the troops are to drill simulated launching of missiles.”

The Russians conduct massive nuclear wargames such as this one to test the readiness of their strategic deterrent.

“Looks like a routine drill of the road-mobile force,” Pavel Podvig, director of the Russian Nuclear Forces Project, told The National Interest.

The exercise is very large, however, analysts noted.

“It certainly looks like wholesale or close to that,” former Soviet nuclear negotiator Nikolai Sokov, now a senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey told The National Interest.

“There used to be a limit on exercises of mobile ICBMs in START I—no more than 50 percent—but such limit no longer exists in New START, if I remember correctly. Seems to me this could be the largest exercise of road mobiles, but it would really require data on all bases individually, not the general language in the announcement. 600 vehicles seems, though, too low for the wholesale thing.”

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BOOM! NFL Ticket Sales Down 18{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in Week Since Mass Anti-Military Anthem Protests

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by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

This had to hurt.

NFL ticket sales down 18{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} down this week.

Last Sunday over 200 NFL players knelt during the US national anthem on Gold Star Mothers Day.

StubHub announced a 10{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} discount in NFL tickets this week.

And now this…
NFL ticket sales are down 18{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} compared to last year at this time.
The Washington Examiner reported:

The National Football League is feeling the impact of the “Trump Effect.”

Ticket sales since he called on team owners to fire players who take a knee to protest the National Anthem have cratered.

The online ticket reseller TickPick told Secrets that sales have dropped 17.9 percent, far more than the usual Week Three fall.

From TickPick:

  • 17.9 percent decrease in NFL orders this week compared to the previous week.
  • Last year the drop was 10.8 percent in orders on Monday & Tuesday following Week Three games.

“We have seen a massive decrease in NFL ticket purchases this past week in comparison to years past. Week 3 seems to usually have less ticket orders than week 2, but this year ticket purchases are down more than 7 percent from this time last year,” said TickPick’s Jack Slingland.

Several Chargers players torched their shirts and jackets this week.

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

Steve Scalise Greeted With Standing Ovation Upon Return to the House Floor

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by Pam Key, Breitbart:

Thursday House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was greeted with a standing ovation as he walked into Congress to give a speech after nearly losing his life when he was shot in June at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA.

Scalise said, “Mr. Speaker, you have no idea how great this feels to be great back here at work in people’s House. As you can imagine, these last 3 1/2 months have been pretty challenging times for me and my family. But, if you look at the outpouring of love — my gosh Jennifer and I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring — It’s given us the strength to get through all of this. And get to this point today; it starts with God.”

He added, “When I was laying out on that ball field, the first thing I did once I was down and couldn’t move anymore, I started to pray. And tell you, it gave me an unbelievable sense of calm knowing at that point it’s in God’s hands. I prayed for specific things, and I’ll tell you, pretty much every one of those prayers was answered. They were some pretty challenging prayers I was putting in God’s hands, but he really did deliver for me and my family. And it just gives you that renewed faith and understanding that the power of prayer is something you cannot under estimate. So I’m a living example that miracles really do happen.”

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Martin Armstrong – Stock Market to Double

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by Kerry Lutz, Financial Survival Network:

Martin Armstrong joined us today for a review of the global economic landscape. Hurricanes aren’t just in the Atlantic, but all over the world’s economies. The rush into the stock markets continues and will keep on going. Faith in governments and socialism keep going down and down. The democratic party is in a multi-generational bear market with no end in sight. Finally, the stock market is on course to double from it’s present level. It’s the only game in town. Bitcoin will be prohibited by governments. Eventually all countries will go electronic currency. The dollar is poised to remain the reserve currency until it rises too high, which will require a world-wide meeting to remedy.

Click HERE to listen.

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Weekly News Wrap-Up 9.29.17 – Greg Hunter

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from Greg Hunter:

Thousands Donated To A Woman Who Was Fired For Using A Gun To Defend Herself

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by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

Jennifer Wertz was fired from her position at a Circle K gas station in Albuquerque after shooting Ferron Mendez as he attempted to rob her. The community has now banded together to donate money to Wertz to help cover for her lost wages.

Mendez pointed a gun towards Wertz during an attempted robbery, making Wertz realize “it was either shoot or be shot.” When asked, Wertz said that she would rather be alive and without a job than dead. Sentiments shared by most human beings. It was later discovered to be an airsoft gun missing the orange tip, but in the heat of the moment, Wertz did what almost any other would have done to preserve their life.

Wertz’s mother responded to her firing by creating a GoFundMe page. After recalling the case, Wertz’s mother explained that her daughter was in need of financial help. The GoFundMe page says:

On 09-18-2017 my daughter was faced with something no person should have to face. That was shoot or be shot. Two armmed robbers came into her work and pointed a gun in her face. She had her gun in her pocket and protected herself and her friends. As a result of saving peoples lives and her own she has now been put out of work for 2 weeks and will most likly lose her job she has had for 5 years. My daughter has 3 kids to care for and needs help now.  The kids are 8, 6, and 2 and with no income she isnt sure what to do. She wont ask for help herself so im doing this for her. She is torn apart emotionally and is in need of time to recover from this ordeal. She has always been a good person, mom, and daughter. She is in need of dire help to support her family. She was already living pay check to pay check and now has no savings or nothing to fall back on. Please help as much as you can to support her and her family until she can find a new job.

Read More @ SHTFPlan.com

Social destruction by the abuse of money

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by Alasdair Macleod, GoldMoney:

In Britain, the top 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of earners pay over a quarter of all income tax collected, and while super-rich British residents perhaps don’t have the tax breaks the Macklowes enjoy, the bulk of the burden falls on lawyers, bankers, company executives and owners of successful private enterprises. And it should, say the collectivists….

One of the juicier stories doing the rounds in New York society is the Macklowe divorce. Harry, the husband, kept a French mistress for two years before seeking a divorce from his wife of 58 years. So far, this is a run-of-the-mill marital split. But what made it the subject of gossip is the extraordinary lifestyle of the Macklowes, the mud being slung, and the expectations of the wronged 79-year old wife, seeking a billion or so to see out her remaining days.

They say hell hath no fury, and all that. Here is one of New York’s richest couples, washing their laundry in public, and it emerges that Harry has not paid tax since 1983. Harry’s lawyer bluntly stated in court that “people in real estate don’t pay taxes”. It echoes Leona Hemsley’s infamous quote that emerged at her trial thirty years ago, when the Queen of Mean said “We don’t pay taxes, only little people pay taxes.”

This still surprises many of us little people, but we must believe a top New York lawyer when he makes a statement in a court of law. The source of immense personal wealth in cities like New York is often from property development, and if this is a tax-free activity, it makes a mockery of the state redistributing money from the haves to the have-nots.

And sociologists wonder why there is so much discontent aimed at the establishment! This discontent finds expression in doubled-down socialism – morality-driven socialism rather than the Marxian version perhaps. It seems obvious to the masses that government is failing to collect taxes through not trying hard enough. But all that the Macklowe divorce evidence proves is one of life’s truisms: the rich are very good at finding legal ways not to pay tax.

Wealth-destruction and the state

Government welfare promises are never funded by the very rich. Anyway, there are too few of them to make any difference to the enormous scale of statist demands for tax revenue. But there is nonetheless an enormous burden imposed upon the successful wealth creators. In Britain, the top 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of earners pay over a quarter of all income tax collected, and while super-rich British residents perhaps don’t have the tax breaks the Macklowes enjoy, the bulk of the burden falls on lawyers, bankers, company executives and owners of successful private enterprises. And it should, say the collectivists.

But when we look at the next layer down, those that earn more than the average wage, we see the state’s taxes have caused the worst economic distortions. We are referring to taxes on the wages of skilled blue-collar workers, and upwards. These are ordinary people with aspirations to do better for themselves and their families. These are the people who pay most of the other 75{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the income tax and sales taxes collected by the state. These are the people, who, if allowed to keep their earnings, would be incentivised to become more productive for the benefit of everyone. These are the people who would reduce the welfare burden on the state, given the choice, by being able to save for private healthcare and to pay for the education of their children.

Instead, they are forced to subsidise a far costlier state system. I was recently told by a credible source that the only form of surgery in the US that has fallen in price in recent years is the one not covered by highly regulated Medicare and Medicaid: plastic surgery. Some time ago I did a rough calculation of the cost of educating a child of primary school age in Britain, and found that the “free” state system costs about twice as much as educating a child privately. Keeping a male young offender locked up in Britain costs £85,975 per annum all-in, while it costs less than £40,000 to educate a child of the same age at Eton. And it’s not as if British borstals are bristling with expensive upper-class facilities, either.

I can think of very few parents who prefer to put their children through the state system rather than private education. Even left-wing Labour politicians in the UK send their children to private schools. Trade unions offer private healthcare to their own staff in preference to facing the queues at the National Health Service, while publicly damning private healthcare for taking resources away from the state system.

Money diverted in taxes from productive use to bolster state spending is an enormous unseen drag on the economy. It destroys personal wealth, and produces inferior or unwanted services in return. And while we can debate the benefits to the lowest earners in society and the long-term unemployed, we should not ignore the wealth that might otherwise have been accumulated, upon which ultimately the standard of living of even the poorest in society depends.

Lifestyles are now based on debt

State intervention has become so extensive and costly, that those with ambitions to better themselves and improve the conditions for their families have long been unable to do so out of heavily-taxed earnings. Instead, they resort to borrowing. A typical young couple buying a newly-built home on a housing estate, parking two cars in the driveway, well-dressed, and with children who no longer walk to school but are driven by a parent, represent the aspirations of your country’s future.

But how much of this visible wealth does the model couple own? The mortgage deeds are with the mortgage lender, representing most of the home’s value. The cars are not theirs until the end of the loan agreement, and then they must relinquish them, buy them, or trade them in for another car on finance. And the credit cards are expensive borrowing which for many people are a necessary financial bridge to the next payday. It is a sad fact that most salaried people have no financial buffer at all, and if their next pay-check fails to arrive, they risk losing their credit rating and possibly their home as well.

Read More @ GoldMoney.com

Puerto Rico: What It’s Really Like After the SHTF

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

Things are dire in Puerto Rico. We haven’t heard much directly from people there since Hurricane Maria took out power for the entire island, but what we do know is that the situation is desperate. This is a shocking, real-life glimpse into what it’s really like when the S hits the fan.

I saw a post from a friend of a friend who has family in Puerto Rico. I don’t have permission to share names, but here’s what she said:

“My family has lost everything. My uncle with stage 4 cancer is in so much pain and stuck in the hospital. However conditions in the island are far worse than we imagined and my greatest fear has been made reality. The chaos has begun. The mosquitos have multiplied like the plague. Dead livestock are all over the island including in whatever fresh water supplies they have.

My family has been robbed and have lost whatever little they had left. The gang members are robbing people at gun point and the island is in desperation. People are shooting each other at gas stations to get fuel.

They’re telling us to rescue them and get them out of the island because they are scared for their lives. We’re talking about 3.5 million people on an island, with no food, no drinking water, no electricity, homes are gone. Family if you have the means to get your people out, do it. This is just the first week. Imagine the days and weeks to come. These are bad people doing bad things to our most vulnerable.

Imagine a few weeks with no resources and the most vulnerable become desperate. What are you capable of doing if your children are sick and hungry? We have to help.”

I decided to vet what I could, and I believe this horrible story is absolutely true. I confirmed that there is very little food, no fresh water, 97{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} are still without power, limited cell signals have stymied communications, and hospitals are struggling to keep people alive. There is no 911. Help is not on the way. If you have no cash, you can’t buy anything. As people get more desperate, violence increases.

Never doubt that such an event could happen to any of us, no matter how carefully we prepare. Your best-laid plans could be swept away by a storm, flood, or fire. The immediate support most people have grown to expect might not be on the way.

Here’s what I learned.

Many homes were completely destroyed.

In the town of Catano, more than 60{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the residents are homeless due to the storm. At the shelter in Catano, the bathrooms flooded and sewage backed up into the building. There is food, but no water. It’s hot, dark, and the stench is overwhelming. There is more than one person at the shelter who is diabetic, and there is no ice for their insulin. (source)

Rivera Aviles, a Cataño city council member who set up the shelter with the help of her husband, found that her home was devastated, too.

She and her husband evacuated before the storm because their house — made of wood — is close to the water’s edge. After Maria passed she returned home and was shocked that “the entire roof was blown off.”

“Everything got wet — the beds, furniture, everything,” she says. The water damage has made it unlivable. (source)

The homes that are still standing were horribly damaged. “Even in homes that remain standing on the island, water damage and power outages have destroyed most belongings, medicine, and food.” (source)

Read More @ TheOrganicPrepper.ca

Caution! It’s Shockingly Easy To Overdose On These Vitamins And Minerals

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from Joshua Krause, Ready Nutrition:

Everyone wants to make sure that they’re consuming all of the vitamins and minerals that they need. Giving your body what it needs is one of the simplest things you can do to stay healthy. Unfortunately, most people don’t eat the daily recommended amounts of every nutrient on a regular basis. If they did, the supplement industry in America wouldn’t be raking in $122 billion per year. Taking a pill to shore up a dietary deficit is incredibly convenient, and Americans are willing to pay a lot for that convenience.

Unfortunately, this convenience also comes with a risk. Making vitamins and minerals easier to consume also it makes it easier overdose on them. It’s pretty difficult to eat too many nutrients in food form, but depending on what nutrient you’re talking about, a few pills can seriously hurt you, or even kill. Among these supplements, here are a few that you should be aware of.

Iron

Consuming more than 45mg of iron a day is enough constitute an overdose in most people. For men that’s only about 5 times the recommended daily allowance (RDA), and less than 3 times for women. A severe overdose can lead to vomiting, diarrhea rapid breathing and heart rate, seizures, and unconsciousness. Often sufferers will feel better after a couple of days, before experiencing liver failure. Children are especially vulnerable to iron poisoning, which is why most chewable multivitamins contain very little iron.

Vitamin A

Because this vitamin tends to build up in the body, it’s fairly easy to take too much of it. Some studies have suggested that taking double the RDA of vitamin A on a regular basis is enough to cause birth defects and liver damage. Exceeding that dosage on a regular basis can cause poor vision, nausea, peeling skin, jaundice, hair loss, bone pain, mouth ulcers, and poor appetite. Overall, it sounds an awful lot like radiation sickness in vitamin form.

Zinc

I can speak about this from personal experience. I once took two zinc pills after I forgot that I had taken one earlier in the day. It was not fun, to say the least. I felt chills, nausea, light-headed, and a suffered from a rather foggy brain for several hours. However, I got off lucky.

Taking too much zinc can cause vomiting headaches, cramps, diarrhea, and in the worst cases can lead to kidney failure. Taking too much zinc over a long period of time can cause anemia, heart problems, and seriously mess up your immune system, which will make you more vulnerable to all kinds of infections. Which is ironic, since most people take zinc to support their immune systems.

Calcium

This may be one of the easiest nutrients to overuse. That’s because we’re all constantly told to consume more calcium to keep our bones strong and to prevent osteoporosis. The problem with that, is that it’s probably safe to say that most people living in the developed world don’t have a calcium deficiency. We have one of the most dairy rich diets on the planet, so it’s not something we should be too concerned about.

When you combine those two factors, it’s easy to see how the average person could be consuming too much calcium. We already eat a lot of dairy, and since we’re all so concerned about getting more calcium, lots of foods are fortified with this mineral. And on top of that, there are a lot of people who consume calcium based antacids on a regular basis. And finally, supplementing vitamin D is also pretty common, which increases calcium absorption. The last thing we need is to be taking calcium supplements, but we do.

You probably shouldn’t supplement calcium unless a doctor tells you to, because consuming too much calcium over a long period of time can lead to kidney stones, kidney damage, or even kidney failure. One study found that only eating a slightly more than the RDA can significantly increase your risk of developing heart disease, or die of any cause. Other studies have suggested that eating too much calcium can actually weaken your bones.

Read More @ ReadyNutrition.com

Keiser Report: Time for #CrashJPMBuyBitcoin? (E1129)

from RT:

In the second half, Max interviews Roger Ver, aka ‘Bitcoin Jesus,’ about the scaling debate, Bitcoin Cash, China’s crackdown on Initial Coin Offerings and the exchanges that offered access to them and Jamie Dimon’s ‘bitcoin is a fraud’ statements.

This Small Move Could Send a Tidal Wave of Money into Gold Stocks

by Marin Katusa, Katusa Research:

At 3,950 feet wide and 176 feet tall, the legendary Niagara Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America.

Straddling the border between the U.S. and Canada, Niagara sees approximately 3,160 tons of water go over its edge it every second. It’s said The Great Lakes contain 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the world’s freshwater. Most of it passes over Niagara Falls as it drains into the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence River.

Many of us can remember a trip to Niagara Falls and recall hearing the water’s power as it roared from below.

Now, think if all that water tried to go over the falls through a single fire hose. If you had a miracle hose that wouldn’t bust, the pressure would create a water jet that goes for miles.

Yes, it’s a ridiculous scenario. But it’s a useful analogy for explaining how the gold mining sector would be affected if some of the world’s largest investment funds decided to make even a small increase in their allocation to physical gold and gold stocks. It would be like trying to drain Niagara Falls with a fire hose. Just a small percentage increase in allocation towards gold and gold stocks among global fund managers would make gold stocks double… and then double again… and double again.

Below, we’ll look at the numbers. But first, let’s review who really moves stock and bond prices…

When it comes to the investment markets, a small investor has no effect on asset prices. Even the buying and selling of a wealthy individual with $200 million has no effect on stock and bond markets. The guy with $200 million is a mouse when it comes to the elephants.

By elephants, I mean large pension funds, large hedge funds, large insurance funds, and large sovereign wealth funds. These funds invest the money for tens of thousands of people. They control not just hundreds of millions… but often hundreds of billions. For example, oil-rich Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund controls 5,000 times more money than the rich guy with $200 million. Elephants like Norway’s fund managers are the people that move markets and create long-term price trends.

Now realize that the managers of these mega funds are just regular people. They are as likely to fall victim to groupthink as anyone. They don’t like to stray far from the herd. They tend to make the same decisions at the same time.

When a group of large investment funds decides to buy into a market, they can put well over $100 billion to work. So, elephants typically stick to very large, very liquid markets like large-cap U.S. stocks and corporate bonds.

However, some elephants occasionally stray from the herd. They buy into less liquid markets. For example, some of them will buy gold stocks and physical gold. If concerns over the safety of the global monetary system increase (as they did in 2008), more than a few elephants will want to buy gold and gold stocks for both protection and profit potential.

That elephant money will flow into a relatively tiny sector. The current market value of all major publicly-traded gold companies is around $330 billion. This might sound large, but it’s actually tiny in global finance terms.

The entire gold mining industry is smaller than just Facebook ($500 billion market cap) or Google ($650 billion market cap). The chart below shows this comparison, along with Apple and U.S. oil and gas industry for good measure.

To look at it from another angle, consider the $20 billion market cap of the world’s largest gold mining company, Newmont. Newmont is a giant that shapes the industry. It does some of the biggest deals. It has the resources to hire the industry’s best people. It produced over 5 million ounces of gold in 2016. That’s a tremendous amount of gold.

Yet, a $20 billion market cap won’t even get you a spot on the top 20 North American oil and gas companies. Newmont is smaller than 266 companies in the benchmark S&P 500.

If just 10 out of the hundreds of money managers around the world with more than $50 billion to invest were to each place just 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of their portfolios into Newmont, they would buy 25{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of Newmont. That very small ripple in the ocean of large fund management would produce a buying tsunami that lands on the shores of the gold mining industry.

You might be thinking, “Sounds good in theory, Marin, but this wouldn’t happen in real life.”

If you’re thinking that, you’re dead wrong. This line of thinking isn’t theoretical. Two situations in recent history show how small sectors can stage extraordinary moves when even a small percentage of the world’s capital flows into it.

***In 2003, I spent a lot of time and energy researching the uranium market. I became convinced the industry would face a supply/demand crunch which would send uranium into a major bull market I took a huge position in uranium stocks.

At the time, the uranium market was much smaller than the gold market is today. The world’s largest miner, Cameco, had a market cap of just $2 billion.

My thinking turned out to be right. Uranium entered a bull market and attracted a lot of investor interest. But because the industry was so small, investment capital could only flow into a handful of legitimate uranium miners. During the uranium bull market of 2003 – 2007, Cameco climbed 1,300{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. Pitchstone Energy climbed 700{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. Paladin Uranium climbed over 1,000{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

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The FBI Just Stopped Publishing Data on America’s Ridiculous Marijuana Arrest Rates

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by Carey Wedler, The Anti Media:

According to the latest FBI data, drug arrests in the United States increased from 2015 to 2016. Though the federal agency used to provide breakdowns on the details of these arrests in its annual “Crime in the United States” report — including which drugs were in question and whether the arrests were made over possession or sale — in its latest report, the FBI is withholding specifics.

On Monday, Tom Angell, a contributor at Forbeswrote about the increase in drug arrests across the country, noting that while in 2015 there were 1,488,707 drug arrests (“the highest number of arrests” out of all offenses, according to the FBI), in 2016 the agency reported 1,572,579 arrests for drugs, a figure that again accounted for the highest number of arrests.

Angell notes that “That’s an average of one drug arrest every 20 seconds” and that “The total number is up roughly 5.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} from the 1,488,707 arrests for drug crimes in the country in 2015.

According to the 2015 data, 83.9 percent of drug arrests were for possession, and 38.6 percent of those possession arrests were over cannabis, the highest of any drug.

Aside from the troubling increase in arrests from 2015 to 2016, however, is the fact that this year, the FBI did not include a table breaking down the types of drug arrests as it did in 2015. As Angell reportedlater on Monday, “due to a change in how the annual law enforcement numbers are publicized, it is now harder to determine how many people were busted for marijuana or other drugs specifically.”

Though the numbers are missing from the FBI’s public 2016 report, Angell was able to obtain data from the agency by contacting them directly.

Stephen G. Fischer Jr., the chief of multimedia productions for the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, shared that, as Angell summarized:

Marijuana possession busts comprised 37.36{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of all reported drug arrests in the U.S. in 2016, and cannabis sales and manufacturing arrests accounted for another 4.18{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the total.

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These percentages are slightly down compared to 38.6 percent for possession of cannabis in 2015 and 4.6 for sale of that plant that year. Nevertheless, they remain high in a country that has largely rejected the war on weed, if not the war on drugs altogether, and where an increasing number of states are legalizing the plant.

Further, the number of cannabis-related arrests is still higher than 2015 because the total number of drug arrests increased in 2016. Angell explained:

“Added together, marijuana arrests made up 41.54{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the 1,572,579 drug busts in the country last year.

“That means, based on an extrapolation, that police arrested people for cannabis 653,249 times in the U.S. in 2016.

“That averages out to about one marijuana arrest every 48 seconds.

“According to the same calculation, there were 643,121 U.S. cannabis arrests in 2015.”

Still, he notes the caveat that not all 75 of law enforcement reported the specifics of arrests, so “the calculations could be thrown off by agencies that made particularly large or small numbers of arrests for marijuana as compared to other drugs, depending on which police forces are providing the breakdowns.” The available data accounts for about 75{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of arrests.

Though the FBI is not entirely hiding the information, as they were willing to disclose it to Angell, they are certainly making it more difficult for the public to access the realities of the government’s ongoing war on drugs, chalking it up to “streamlining” data.

The UCR Program streamlined the 2016 edition by reducing the number of tables from 81 to 29,” Fischer told Angell.

Read More @ TheAntiMedia.com