Thursday, January 23, 2020

Sicily votes 81{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} against the EU Status Quo – It Begins!

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by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:

The contagion from Catalonia is indeed spreading to Italy. The Democratic Party (PD) led by former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has suffered a severe defeat in Sicily. The Eurosceptic parties have won the election sending yet another warning sign to Brussels that they refuse to accept demand reform. 

The Democratic Party has lost the regional elections in Sicily in a very DRAMATIC way. Renzi’s party came in third place with just 19{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the vote. The candidate, supported by Silvio Berlusconi, has won around 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. I have written before that RELIABLEsources revealed that the EU had staged a coup in Italy to overthrow Berlusconi because he was proposing back then to exit the Euro.

Brussels refuses to listen and reform anything.  Berlusconi proudly announced: “Sicily has chosen the path of change, as I have demanded,” in his video message on Facebook. Sicily is one of the poorest provinces in Italy. Youth unemployment is alarmingly high and many people migrate out of lack of prospects to the north or abroad.

Brussels is not interested in the people of Europe. This is now all about saving the jobs of the politicians in Brussels. They have no job without the Euro.

Read More @ ArmstrongEconomics.com

NATO meets in Brussels to discuss the final obstacle to US world domination: Russia and China

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by Alex Christoforou, The Duran:

NATO Ministerial Meeting: Preparing for War on Russia?

On November 8 and 9, NATO ministers will be meeting in Brussels to discuss the alliance’s command structure, and how to better prepare for a war with Russia and eventually conflict with China.

In a post entitled, “NATO Ministerial Meeting: Preparing for War on Russia?” by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org), “Russia and China represent the final frontier of resistance against US sought global dominance. Eventual conflict against both nations is ominously possible, maybe likely or certain, a grim prospect if happens”…

America controls NATO policymaking. The alliance serves as its global imperial arm – warmaking its mission, not fostering world peace and stability.

Nor does it have anything to do with defense at a time the only threats alliance members face are invented ones. Real ones don’t exist.

 

World peace and stability notions are contrary to US objectives, wanting unchallenged dominance over world nations, their resources and populations.

America’s diabolical agenda involves endless wars of aggression, wanting all sovereign independent nations replaced by US vassal states, creating ruler/serf societies globally, an open-air prison for ordinary people disposed of if resist – a world unsafe and unfit to live in.

On November 8 and 9, NATO ministers are meeting in Brussels. Like his predecessors, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was appointed to serve US interests, taking orders from Washington.

Issues to be discussed Wednesday and Thursday include revising NATO’s command structure, including “a new command to help protect sea lines of communication between North America and Europe, and another command to improve the movement of troops and equipment within Europe,” said Stoltenberg – stressing “our ability to move forces,” he added.

Against what, he didn’t explain – preparing for war on Russia the unstated objective, whether or not waged. It’s more likely than not ahead – a modern-day Operation Barbarossa with nukes if launched.

Russia and China represent the final frontier of resistance against US sought global dominance. Eventual conflict against both nations is ominously possible, maybe likely or certain, a grim prospect if happens.

Read More @ TheDuran.com

Russia to UN Security Council: Report on Chemical Attack in Syria Is Full of “Systemic Deficiencies”

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from Russia Insider:

Which is why Russia shut down the biased attempt to railroad Syria posing as a UN investigation

The OPCW-UN investigation into the chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province is littered with “systemic deficiencies,” Russia’s deputy UN envoy has told the UN Security Council, reiterating that Moscow maintains the April 4 incident was staged.

On October 26, the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) issued a report in which it pinned blame for the Khan Shaykhun incident on Damascus. With JIM’s mandate set to expire on November 16, Russia criticized the methodology of the UN fact-finding mission, casting doubt on the mandate’s extension.

“Without a comprehensive change it will become a tool to settle accounts with the Syrian authorities,” 

Russian deputy representative to the United Nations, Vladimir Safronkov, told the Security Council.

America’s UN envoy, Nikki Haley, meanwhile tried to rally other members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to renew JIM’s mandate. 

“Anyone who prevents us from achieving this goal is aiding and abetting those who have been using chemical weapons,” 

she said.

“They are helping to ensure, not just that more women and children will die, but that those women and children will die in one of the cruelest, most painful ways possible.”

After carefully reviewing the “deeply disappointing” conclusions of the probe, Moscow blasted the report which it believes is full of “systemic deficiencies” and speculation, and drawn from statements by questionable sources. Noting that JIM’s report cannot withstand any “serious criticism,” the Russian diplomat said the UN team did not even consider Moscow’s version of events, according to which the entire incident was “choreographed.”

Moscow questioned the validity of biomedical and other samples that were obtained at the scene of the alleged attack. JIM’s report, which is “full of omissions, inconsistencies and contradictions is very mediocre,” Safronkov said. “They did not comply with the basic principle of the chain of custody of the material evidence.”

Russia also accused JIM of implementing their mandate “very selectively without the use of the whole range of methods,” which requires first and foremost “collecting samples, questioning witnesses and gathering evidence directly at the site of the incident.”

The JIM mission never actually visited the site of the alleged attack, Russia pointed out, saying the experts relied on evidence collected by the militant groups controlling the area. The investigation also failed to properly inspect the Shayrat Airbase, Moscow said, explaining that while the experts visited the Syrian airfield, they did not collect ground samples there.

“OPCW worked under the assumption that sarin gas was delivered by a plane, despite failing to gather samples at the Shayrat Airbase site, after finally consenting to visit the strip,” the Russian diplomat said, emphasizing that gathering samples at the base was “crucial to determine the attribution of responsibility.”

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

WikiLeaks Vault 8 Part 1: CIA Wrote Code To Impersonate Russian Anti-Virus Company Kaspersky

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by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

WikiLeaks has released part 1 of its new Vault 8 series following its popular and widely distributed Vault 7 series which exposed CIA spyware and malware capabilities.

The new release “will enable investigative journalists, forensic experts, and the general public to better identify and understand covert CIA infrastructure components,” the international whistleblower coalition wrote.

The CIA’s master virus control system known as “Hive” was exposed previously last April by WikiLeaks.

“Described as a multi-platform malware suite, Hive provides “customisable implants” for Windows, Solaris, MikroTik (software used in Internet routers), Linux OS, and AVTech Network Video Recorders, used for CCTV recording.

A 2015 user guide for the malware suite reveals the initial release of Hive was in 2010. The guide goes on to describes the software as having two primary functions – a beacon and interactive shell. Both are designed to provide a starting point for CIA cyber agents to deploy other tools that have been included in the WikiLeaks Vault 7 series release.

The implants communicate via HTTPS with the web server using a cover domain. Each cover domain is connected to an IP address that is hooked into a Virtual Private Server (VPS) provider. This forwards all incoming traffic to a ‘Blot’ server.

 

The redirected traffic is then examined to see if it contains a valid beacon. If it does, it’s sent to a tool handler, called a “Honeycomb.”

The CIA can then choose to initiate other actions on the targeted computer.

The user guide further details the commands that are available, including uploading and deleting files and executing applications on the computer.

“Source code published in this series contains software designed to run on servers controlled by the CIA. Like WikiLeaks’ earlier Vault7 series,” WikiLeaks wrote in a press release for the new Vault 8 series.

The release of Hive followed with wide-scale blowback against the CIA when security firm Symantec linked the agency and a hacking group Longhorn to 40 targets in 16 countries with many more expected to come. Longhorn has been active since at least 2011, according to Symantec, infiltrating targets in the financial, telecom, aerospace and natural resources industries. It has the markings of an intelligence-backed state attacker.

“The tools used by Longhorn closely follow development timelines and technical specifications laid out in documents disclosed by WikiLeaks,” a Symantec statement said.

The Longhorn group shares some of the same cryptographic protocols specified in the Vault 7 documents, in addition to following leaked guidelines on tacts to avoid detection. Given the close similarities between the tools and techniques, there can be little doubt that Longhorn’s activities and the Vault 7 documents are the work of the same group.

The latest leak is the CIA’s master infrastructure source code + logs for that malware control system created by its Embedded Development Branch (EDB.) and expands on the use of obfuscated spoofed tools to implicate another party in a cyber attack.

In March, WikiLeaks also released 676 files code-named ‘Marble’, which detailed CIA hacking techniques and how they can misdirect forensic investigators from attributing viruses, trojans and worms to their agency by using the source code of other languages as a scapegoat – in other words, false flag cyber attacks.

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

Saudi Billionaires Scramble To Move Cash Offshore, Escape Asset Freeze

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from ZeroHedge:

Over the weekend, Saudi King Salman shocked the world by abruptly announcing the arrests of 11 senior princes and some 38 ministers, including Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the world’s sixty-first richest man and the largest shareholder in Citi, News Corp. and Twitter. The purge was orchestrated by a new “supreme committee” to investigate public corruption created by King Salman but under the control of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who chairs the committee and is widely suspected of being the driving force behind the purge.

In addition to the arrests, two Royals have died since the purge began. Prince Mansour bin-Muqrin reportedly perished in a helicopter crash near the Yemen border earlier this week, and Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd – killed during a firefight as authorities attempted to arrest him.

For all the chaos, Saudi Arabia is benefiting from the climb in oil prices over the past week. However, signs of stress are showing up elsewhere in regional markets, as Bloomberg points out in a recent piece.

Many of the kingdom’s millionaires and billionaires – at least those who haven’t already seen their domestic and foreign accounts frozen by the government – fear that they might be next after WSJ revealed that MbS’s purge may be nothing more than a naked cash grab, as the paper reports that the kingdom is aiming to confiscate cash and assets worth as much as $800 billion.

So, they’re doing what any reasonable rich person would do given the circumstances; they’re liquidating their assets as quickly as possible and stashing their cash offshore until things quiet down.

Some Saudi billionaires and millionaires are selling investments in neighboring Gulf Cooperation Council countries and turning them into cash or liquid holdings overseas, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. In Saudi Arabia, some are in talks with banks and asset managers to move money outside the country, the people said.

Until the surprise arrests of dozens of people last weekend, Saudi Arabia’s elite was the target of Deutsche Bank AG, UBS Group AG, Credit Suisse Group AG and other global banks seeking to manage their wealth. They now find themselves on the run in the face of a campaign that has targeted some of the kingdom’s most prominent princes, billionaires and officials.

Read More @ ZeroHedge.com

GOLD WITHSTANDS ANOTHER ATTACK FROM THE BANKERS AS IT RISES BY $3.25

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

SILVER HOWEVER DOWN 11 CENTS/NIKKEI SWOONS 800 POINTS BEFORE BEING RESCUED BY THEIR PPT/SAUDI ARABIA, KUWAIT AND UAE ALL THEIR CITIZENS TO LEAVE LEBANON IMMEDIATELY AS WAR SEEMS IMMINENT

GOLD: $1287.00  UP $3.25

Silver: $17.00 DOWN 11  cents

Closing access prices:

Gold $1285.50

silver: $16.99

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: $1289.93 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME:  $1281.60

PREMIUM FIRST FIX:  $8.33(premiums getting LARGER  AGAIN)

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1293.60

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1283.70

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$9.90 PREMIUMS GETTING LARGER AGAIN)

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX:  5:30 am est  $1284.40

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1283.95

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX  10 AM: $1284.80

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. 1284.60

For comex gold:

NOVEMBER/

NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR OCT CONTRACT MONTH: 2 NOTICE(S) FOR  200  OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 975  FOR 97,500 OZ  (3.032TONNES)

For silver:

NOVEMBER

 

 5 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR

 

25,000  OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 869 for 4,345,000 oz

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Bitcoin: BID  $7119 OFFER /$7149    DOWN $328.00  (MORNING)

BITCOIN CLOSING;  BID $7192 OFFER: 7217 //  DOWN $265.00

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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  1386 contracts from 208,500 DOWN TO 201,944 DESPITE  YESTERDAY’S  TRADING IN WHICH SILVER ROSE BY A RATHER LARGE  16 CENTS. THIS TIME WE HAD OVER 1000 EFP’S ISSUED BY OUR BANKERS IN SILVER FOR DECEMBER DUE TO THEIR “EMERGENCY SITUATION” WHERE THEY DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH METAL TO SERVE UPON OUR LONGS.  OUR LONGS AT THE COMEX RECEIVE A FIAT BONUS  PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT AT A DIFFERENT EXCHANGE AND THAT NO DOUBT IS LONDON. THIS IS THE EARLIEST THAT I HAVE SEEN THAT EFP’S HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR AN UPCOMING DELIVERY MONTH.  GENERALLY IT IS GOLD THAT IS THE MEGA RECIPIENT OF EFP’S WITH SILVER MUCH SMALLER.  SO NO DOUBT WE WILL SEE HUGE AMOUNTS OF EFP’S ISSUED WITHIN A WEEK OF FIRST DAY NOTICE.

RESULT: A GOOD SIZED DROP IN OI COMEX  DESPITE THE  CONSIDERABLE 16 CENT PRICE RISE. COMEX LONGS EXITED OUT OF THE COMEX WITH OVER 1000 EFP’S ISSUED FOR A DELIVERABLE CONTRACT OVER IN LONDON WITH A FIAT BONUS. 

 In ounces, the OI is still represented by just OVER 1 BILLION oz i.e.  1.009 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 144{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT OCT MONTH/ THEY FILED: 5 NOTICE(S) FOR 25,000  OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest FELL  BY A TINY 453 CONTRACTS DESPITE THE GOOD SIZED RISE IN PRICE OF GOLD ($8.35) WITH YESTERDAY’S TRADING . WE MAY HAVE HAD SOME MINOR BANKER SHORT COVERING IN GOLD. The new OI for the gold complex rests at 536,390. NEWBIE LONGS RE-ENTERED THE ARENA TO WHICH THE BANKERS DUTIFULLY SUPPLIED THE NECESSARY SHORT PAPER..OUR BANKERS WERE MAY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN COVERING A TINY PORTION OF THEIR GOLD SHORTS. 

NO EFP’S WERE ISSUED FOR THE DECEMB CONTRACT MONTH.

Result: A TINY SIZED  DECREASE IN OI DESPITE THE RISE IN PRICE IN GOLD ($8.35). WE MAY HAVE HAD SOME BANK SHORT COVERING.  WE CERTAINLY  HAD NEWBIE LONGS RE-ENTERING THE GOLD COMEX AREA TO WHICH OUR BANKERS REGRETFULLY SUPPLIED THE NECESSARY SHORT PAPER.

we had: 2 notice(s) filed upon for 200  oz of gold.

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

GLD:

No changes in gold inventory at the GLD/

Inventory rests tonight: 843.09 tonnes.

SLV

TODAY WE HAD NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV

INVENTORY RESTS AT 318.074 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 FELL  BY A LARGE  1386 contracts from 208,500  DOWN TO 201,944 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) DESPITE THE CONSIDERABLE RISE IN SILVER PRICE (A GAIN OF 16 CENTS). OUR BANKERS USED THEIR EMERGENCY PROCEDURE OF OVER 1000 EFP’S FOR DECEMBER WHICH GIVES OUR COMEX LONGS A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON. THIS IS QUITE EARLY FOR THESE EFP ISSUANCE..USUALLY WE WITNESS THIS ONE WEEK PRIOR TO FIRST DAY NOTICE AND THIS CONTINUES RIGHT UP UNTIL FDN.

RESULT:  A GOOD SIZED DECREASE IN SILVER OI AT THE COMEX DESPITE THE 16 CENT FALL IN PRICE  (WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING). OUR BANKER FRIENDS ISSED OVER 1000 EFP’S WHICH GIVES COMEX LONG HOLDERS A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER 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 WEDNESDAY night/THURSDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 12.34 points or .36{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} /Hang Sang CLOSED UP 228.97 pts or 0.78{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} / The Nikkei closed DOWN 45.11 POINTS OR 0.20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP 0.55{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed DOWN  at 6.6380/Oil DOWN to 56.88 dollars per barrel for WTI and 63.48 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED  RED  .  ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST THE DOLLAR AT 6.6380. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED WEAKER TO THE ONSHORE YUAN AT 6.6447  //ONSHORE YUAN  WEAKER AGAINST THE DOLLAR/OFF SHORE WEAKER TO THE DOLLAR/. THE DOLLAR (INDEX) IS WEAKER AGAINST ALL MAJOR CURRENCIES. CHINA IS  VERY HAPPY TODAY

Read More @ HarveyOrganBlog.com

Doug Casey – Future of Western Civilization is Bleak

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by Kerry Lutz, Financial Survival Network:

Doug Casey joined us for a follow-up to his speech at the New Orleans Investment Conference. Doug expressed his reservations about the survival of Western Civilization. Between the dumbing down of the population, unrestrained migration and a generally coarsening of discourse, the individual’s sovereignty is under attack. It’s faced other challenges in the past, but perhaps this time is different. We had better wake up quickly. He also discusses his latest book, Speculator.

Click HERE to listen:

Read More @ FinancialSurvivalNetwork.com

Las Vegas shooting massacre: 3 things that make you go ‘Hmm’

by Dr. Eowyn, Fellowship of the Minds:

(1) WHY DID IT TAKE COPS 72 MINUTES TO BREAK INTO SHOOTER’S ROOM?

A new timeline of the October 1, 2017 Las Vegas shooting massacre shows police were outside alleged lone gunman Stephen Paddock’s room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel 12 minutes after the shooting started, but waited more than an hour to break into the room. (Daily Mail)

2) BROTHER OF LAS VEGAS SHOOTER IS LINKED TO THE 2016 ORLANDO GAY NIGHTCLUB MASS SHOOTING

In the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, a lone gunman named Omar Mateen killed 49 and wounded another 53 inside Pulse night club, a self-described gay dance club in Orlando, Florida, making it the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States — until the Mandalay Bay-Las Vegas mass shooting 14 months later.

Eric Paddock is a brother of alleged Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, 64. Eric is 57 years old and lives in Orlando, Florida.

Talking about his brother before TV cameras, Eric wore a “Central Florida Community Arts” T-shirt.

Here’s the video, which shows the t-shirt to be authentic:

Shepard Ambellas of Intellihub discovered that the Chair of the Board of Central Florida Community Arts is a woman named Sara Brady.

 

Brady specializes in crisis management and is identified as a public relations representative on the onePULSE Foundation’s official website. Brady’s official website brags that she “has managed some of the biggest crisis and reputation management challenges in recent memory,” and has “worked with Pulse Nightclub after the shocking shooting that made news around the world in June of 2016.”

And oh, about the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, please see:

Orlando shooting: How we know it’s all a lie

(3) CEO OF MGM, OWNER OF MANDALAY BAY, SOLD HIS STOCKS BEFORE THE SHOOTING

The 43-stories Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas is owned by the Mandalay Resort Group (formerly Circus Circus Enterprises), one of the largest casino operators in the world whose properties also include the Luxor casino and hotel in Las Vegas next to Mandalay Bay. Curiously:

  • Five top floors of Mandalay Bay (floors 35-59) are occupied by the Four Season Hotel, which is owned by Bill Gates and Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.
  • Another curious thing about Mandalay Bay is its numbering system: the hotel’s levels 40-43 are numbered as floors 60-63.

Read More @ FellowshipoftheMinds.com