Saturday, April 20, 2024

Food Is Now An Investment – Here’s Why Inflation Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon

by Brandon Smith, Alt Market:

One of the more difficult aspects of working in economic analysis is the problem of rampant disinformation that you have to dig through in order to get to the truth of any particular issue.  In this regard, economics is very similar to politics.  The propaganda is endless and debunking it sometimes feels like moving a mountain with a teaspoon.

Establishment media sources lie incessantly about our financial conditions, and when they are finally cornered and forced to admit how bad things are, they then lie about the causes.  That said, I find that these lies are usually designed to do one of two things:  Over-complicate the problem so that people give up thinking about it, or, distract from the problem so that people blame a scapegoat.

Tehran could strike Israeli nuclear sites, general warns

from RT:

An attack on Iran’s facilities will trigger tit-for-tat retaliation, the IRGC officer in charge of their safety has said

If Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities, Tehran could respond in kind, a senior officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said on Thursday, according to local media.

Tensions have escalated in the Middle East this month following an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1, in which seven IRGC officers were killed. Tehran retaliated last weekend with a massive barrage of drones and missiles, most of which were reportedly downed by the Jewish state and its Western backers.

ELECTION COUP & THE CENSORSHIP INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX — Andrew Riddaugh

from SGT Report:

My guest and CEO of Liberation Technologies Andrew Riddaugh worked in the Trump administration when America was still pretty great. Andrew says, “Elections are a target, without question. And the 2024 American Presidential election, so much hinges on this for the globalists, the foreign policy establishment ie: Pentagon, State Department, Intelligence Agencies who are the people running the Ai tech giants. They are going to throw everything they have at our presidential election.” May God, and patriots, save the Republic. Thanks for tuning in.

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As Americans Struggle Just To Survive, Illegals Invaders Being Handed The Keys To The Kingdom – Free Food, Medical, Apartments, Prepaid Debit Cards, And Stealing Homes AKA Squatting

by Susan Duclos , All News Pipeline:

It is bad enough that Joe Biden openly encouraged a full-scale invasion of America by literally telling telling foreigners to “surge to the border,” when he was just a candidate for president, but once his regime took control they facilitated said “surge.”

“I would in fact make sure that there is, that we immediately surge to the border — all those people are seeking asylum. They deserve to be heard,” Biden said. “That’s who we are. We’re a nation that says, ‘If you want to flee and you’re fleeing oppression, you should come.’”

For those that doubt Biden said that, we have video.

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Futures Tumble, Oil And Gold Soar On Reports Of “Huge Explosions” In Central Iran, Israeli Airstrikes In Iraq And Syria

from ZeroHedge:

SUMMARY

  • Iran says its nuclear facilities remain unharmed: Reuters
  • Situation in Iran’s Isfahan is normal, no explosion taken place on ground: PressTV
  • CNN: Two US oficials say Israel indicated they would not attack nuclear targets. US didn’t “green light” this attack.
  • Unconfirmed: IRGC states that Iran will target Israeli nuclear sites with counterattack.
  • Iran Space Agency: “all that happened is a failed and humiliating attempt by Israel aviation” – via Sky News
  • Iranian officials and outlets are claiming that all explosions heard tonight are due to interceptions and that no explosions have occurred “on the ground”

Doug Casey on the New American Dream: “You’ll Own Nothing and Be Happy”

by Doug Casey, International Man:

International Man: According to a recent study by Investopedia, the classic middle-class American Dream now costs over $3.4 million.

That’s the estimated lifetime cost of marriage, two children, cars, homes, healthcare, education, and retirement. It’s now entirely out of reach for many Americans.

What do you make of this? How did this happen?

Doug Casey: The fact is, despite the fact that his standard of living has been slipping over the past 50 years, the average American today lives much better and longer than a king during pre-industrial times. There were never any guarantees that Americans would live in the lap of luxury for their entire lives.

Last Friday’s Silver Selloff May Be Great News for Silver Bulls!

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by Mike Maharrey, Silver Seek:

Silver endured a significant selloff last Friday. Was this another step forward in the bull market?

This may seem counterintuitive, but GoldMoney founder James Turk thinks it was a positive sign for silver bulls.

The spot price of silver fell from just over $29.60 per ounce to just under $27 before rebounding late in the day last Friday.

The timing of the fall was more significant than the extent of the selloff. It indicates that the shorts and price manipulators in the paper market drove the selling action.

Boeing Whistleblower Tells Lawmakers: “They Are Putting Out Defective Airplanes”

from ZeroHedge:

Update (1530ET): 

“I have serious concerns about the safety of the 787 and 777 aircraft, and I’m willing to take on professional risk to talk about them,” Boeing whistleblower Sam Salehpour said in his opening statement on Capitol Hill today at the second Senate committee investigating the plane manufacturer’s safety problems. He said when he raised concerns about the 787 Dreamliner, he was “ignored” by the company and “told not to create delays. I was told, frankly, to shut up.”

Gold Has Set Historic Highs this Year as the Federal Reserve Has Reported Historic Losses

by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:

According to Federal Reserve data, for the first time in its history, the Fed has been losing money on a consistent basis since September 28, 2022. As of the last reporting date of April 10, those losses came to a cumulative $162.9 billion. As the chart above from the Fed indicates, the monthly losses thus far in 2024 have ranged from a high of $13.4 billion in January to $5.5 billion in March.

We are not talking about unrealized losses on the debt securities the Fed holds on its balance sheet, which it acquired under its various Quantitative Easing programs. (The Fed does not mark to market the gains or losses on those securities on the basis that it plans to hold them to maturity.) We’re talking about real cash operating losses the Fed is experiencing from earning approximately 2 percent interest on its $6.97 trillion of mostly low-yielding debt securities while it continues to pay out 5.4 percent interest to the mega banks on Wall Street (and other Fed member banks) for the reserves they hold with the Fed; 5.3 percent interest it pays on reverse repo operations with the Fed; the eye-popping 6 percent dividend the Fed pays to member shareholder banks with assets of $10 billion or less; and the lesser of 6 percent or the yield on the 10-year Treasury note at the most recent auction prior to the dividend payment to banks with assets larger than $10 billion.

How high will GOLD and BITCOIN go?

from Health Ranger Report:

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AI, Gold and Nuclear War

by Jim Rickards, Daily Reckoning:

So-called artificial intelligence (AI) is taking the world by storm. Meanwhile, gold has shot up like a rocket over the past couple of months.

In mid-February, gold was trading at $1,990. Two months later, gold is trading above $2,400 — a $410 gain in just two months.

So here’s a question:

Is there a connection between AI and gold? It seems like an odd question. But as it turns out, the answer is yes. And surprisingly, there has been for decades. It involves the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

Florida is NOT California – Act Accordingly

by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:

Please reside in a state that stands with your current political allegiance. This week has proved that the rule of law is no longer applicable to the whole of the United States. We are no longer united. In California, pro-Hamas fools blocked off the Golden Gate Bridge for hours as authorities stood around and passively watched. They seemed to be protecting the protestors over the people. In their defense, Governor Newsom would not have permitted anyone to step in as the left seeks to fuel civil unrest. The same zealots tried to block roads in Florida and quickly learned that California’s passivity does not apply here.

JIM WILLIE: ‘GOLD’S THE SAFE HAVEN WHEN THERE’S NO ESCAPING THE DEBT DEFAULT’

from Arcadia Economics:

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Gold, Iran, Netanyahu, and That Senile From D.C.!

by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:

I want you to close your eyes and imagine (don’t really close them because you won’t be able to read what comes next) people with a very rich heritage.

These people are proud of their history because for 200 years, they were the greatest empire of the ancient world while ruling over much of Asia. Their revered king, Cyrus II of Persia, was considered a visionary and leader of epic proportions.

After 200 years of rule, they collapsed like all other empires, but the glory of the past echoes for eternity like a basketball player that tells stories of his career even when he’s 80 years old.

Great changes came after the Achaemenid Empire, the strongest Persian dynasty in the ancient world, but the Iranians, a tribe that originated in today’s India and migrated to today’s Iran, are obsessed with the past and their so-called rightful place in the league of nations where they think they ought to be considered as being in the top tier.