Friday, February 15, 2019

Google Has Become a Major Threat to Democracy in America

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by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

About 10 years ago, Tim Wu, the Columbia Law professor who coined the term network neutrality, made this prescient comment: “To love Google, you have to be a little bit of a monarchist, you have to have faith in the way people traditionally felt about the king.”

Wu was right. And now, Google has established a pattern of lobbying and threatening to acquire power. It has reached a dangerous point common to many monarchs: The moment where it no longer wants to allow dissent.

When Google was founded in 1998, it famously committed itself to the motto: “Don’t be evil.” It appears that Google may have lost sight of what being evil means, in the way that most monarchs do: Once you reach a pinnacle of power, you start to believe that any threats to your authority are themselves villainous and that you are entitled to shut down dissent. As Lord Acton famously said, “Despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality.” Those with too much power cannot help but be evil. Google, the company dedicated to free expression, has chosen to silence opposition, apparently without any sense of irony.

In recent years, Google has become greedy about owning not just search capacities, video and maps, but also the shape of public discourse. As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, Google has recruited and cultivated law professors who support its views. And as the New York Times recently reported, it has become invested in building curriculum for our public schools, and has created political strategy to get schools to adopt its products.

It is time to call out Google for what it is: a monopolist in search, video, maps and browser, and a thin-skinned tyrant when it comes to ideas.

Google is forming into a government of itself, and it seems incapable of even seeing its own overreach. We, as citizens, must respond in two ways. First, support the brave researchers and journalists who stand up to overreaching power; and second, support traditional antimonopoly laws that will allow us to have great, innovative companies — but not allow them to govern us.

– From Zephyr Teachout’s powerful arcticle: Google Is Coming After Critics in Academia and Journalism. It’s Time to Stop Them.

The mask has finally come off Google’s face, and what lurks underneath looks pretty evil.

2017 has represented a coming out party of sorts for Google and the control-freaks who run it. The company’s response to the James Damore controversy made it crystal clear that executives at Google are far more interested in shoving their particular worldview down the throats of the public, versus encouraging vibrant and lively debate. This is not a good look for the dominant search engine.

The creeping evilness of Google has been obvious for quite some time, but this troubling reality has only recently started getting the attention it deserves. The worst authoritarian impulses exhibited at the company appear to emanate from Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt, whose actions consistently seem to come from a very dark and unconscious place.

Today’s piece focuses on the breaking news that an important initiative known as Open Markets, housed within the think tank New America Foundation, has been booted from the think tank after major donor Google complained about its anti-monopoly stance. Open Markets was led by a man named Barry Lynn, who all of you should become familiar with.

The Huffington Post profiled him last year. Here’s some of what we learned:

 

There’s a solid economic rationale behind Washington’s new big thing. Monopolies and oligopolies are distorting the markets for everything from pet food to cable service. There’s a reason why cable companies have such persistently lousy customer-service ratings. They know you have few (if any) alternatives. Today, two-thirds of the 900 industries tracked by The Economist feature heavier concentration at the top than they did in 1997. The global economy is in the middle of a merger wave big enough to make 2015 the biggest year in history for corporate consolidation

Most political junkies have never heard of the man chiefly responsible for the current Beltway antitrust revival: Barry C. Lynn. A former business journalist, Lynn has spent more than a decade carving out his own fiefdom at a calm, centrist Washington think tank called the New America Foundation. In the process, he has changed the way D.C. elites think about corporate power.

“Barry is the hub,” says Zephyr Teachout, a fiery progressive who recently clinched the Democratic nomination for a competitive House seat in New York. “He is at the center of a growing new ― I hesitate to call it a movement ― but a group of people who recognize that we have a problem with monopolies not only in our economy, but in our democracy.”

Many Southerners who relocate to the nation’s capital try to temper their accents for the elite crowd that dominates the District’s social scene. Lynn, a South Florida native, never shed his drawl. He pronounces “sonofabitch” as a single word, which he uses to describe both corrupt politicians and big corporations. He is a blunt man in a town that rewards caginess and flexibility. But like King, Lynn’s critique of monopolies does not reflect a disdain for business itself.

Lynn left Global Business for The New America Foundation in 2001 and began work on his first book, End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation, which argues that globalization and merger mania had injected a new fragility into international politics. Disruptive events ― earthquakes, coups, famines, or at worst, war ― could now wreak havoc on U.S. products that had once been safely manufactured domestically. Production of anything from light bulbs to computers all could shut down without warning.

It was a frightening vision with implications for economic policy and national security alike. It was also ideologically inconvenient for the techno-utopian zeitgeist of its day. Lynn’s book landed on shelves about the same time as Thomas Friedman’s better-known tome, The World Is Flat, which declared globalization a triumph of innovation and hard work for anyone willing to do the hard work of innovating. 

Today, Lynn’s predictions of market disruption and political unrest appear to have been ahead of their time. Early globalization champions, including Martin Wolf and Lawrence Summers, are rethinking their judgments of a decade ago. But Lynn turned several influential heads when his book was published. Thomas Frank, bestselling author of What’s The Matter With Kansas?, became a Lynn enthusiast. So did food writer Michael Pollan. 

“He was writing about an issue that nobody was paying attention to, and he was doing it with a very strong sense of history,” Pollan says. “Barry understood antitrust going back to the trust-busters a century ago, and how our understanding of the issue shrank during the Reagan administration … The food movement is not very sophisticated on those issues.”

Lynn’s history nerd-dom is eccentric in a town that hyperventilates over every hour of the cable news cycle. Ask about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, and Lynn will oblige you a polite sentence or two. Ask him about former Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis or William Howard Taft, and you’ll need to reschedule your dinner plans.

“He once asked me to read about Roman law for a piece on common carriage,” says Lina Khan, referencing a plank of net neutrality policy not typically associated with the Code of Justinian. 

After he published his second book in 2010, Lynn began bringing on his own staff within New America. Khan was one of his first hires. Teachout, a Fordham University Law School professor, was another. Teachout eventually ran for office and published a book of her own on the history of corruption in America. Another of Lynn’s associates, Christopher Leonard, published a book on meat industry monopolies around the same time. These works shared a common theme: Monopolistic businesses create social problems beyond consumer price-gouging, from buying off politicians to degrading the quality of our food.

Analyzing the political power of companies with overwhelming market positions used to be a normal part of antitrust thinking. But over the decades, a narrower conception focused on consumer prices has taken hold in Washington. Even if anti-competitive behavior can be proved, according to this thinking, it’s not a problem unless it raises prices for consumers. Under this view, it’s not necessarily an antitrust problem, if, say, Amazon used its market position to force publishers into charging lower prices for books. If the result is lower prices, everything is fine. It would only become a problem if Amazon used its market power to raise prices.

That’s not how Lynn sees it. When the Authors Guild, the American Booksellers Association, the Association of Authors’ Representatives and Authors United went after Amazon in 2015 for requiring publishers to accept lower e-book prices, Lynn penned a 24-page position paper to the Department of Justice on their behalf. It wasn’t just a question of immediate consumer impact. Amazon’s market position was so dominant, he argued, that the company could restrict or cut off access to books from publishers it wanted to punish for rejecting its pricing requirements. It could “exercise control over the marketplace of ideas in ways that threaten not merely open markets but free speech.”

Monopolies, according to Lynn, are fundamentally political enterprises — not just players in a market.

As the Amazon conflict demonstrates, some of Lynn’s chief targets are tech giants. That makes him an odd fit for New America, which was founded in 1999 as Silicon Valley’s think tank in search of a “radical center,” as The New York Times put it. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is still on New America’s board of directors, yet Lynn consistently puts the company under the microscope. 

When Warren blasted tech monopolies this summer, she was speaking at a conference that Lynn had organized. When Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asked about “platform” monopolies at a Senate hearing in March, he was echoing Lynn’s objections to digital kingpins, including Amazon, Apple and Google. 

But Lynn’s apostasy gets results. The Obama administration conferred with him on an anti-monopoly executive order this spring, and he helped work antitrust language into the 2016 Democratic Party platform. He can’t claim the same kind of direct credit for the Republican Party’s partial conversion to the antitrust cause. But his work is changing the way Washington thinks about corporate power, and that shift is having bipartisan repercussions.

Barry Lynn and his Open Markets initiative have been a thorn in the side of tech-monopoly plutocrats for a while, and Google apparently decided that it finally had enough.

As the The New York Times noted in a blockbuster article published earlier today:

WASHINGTON — In the hours after European antitrust regulators levied a record $2.7 billion fine against Google in late June, an influential Washington think tank learned what can happen when a tech giant that shapes public policy debates with its enormous wealth is criticized.

The New America Foundation has received more than $21 million from Google; its parent company’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt; and his family’s foundation since the think tank’s founding in 1999. That money helped to establish New America as an elite voice in policy debates on the American left.

Read More @ LibertyBlitzkrieg.com

Dangers Are Coming to the Rule of Law

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by Andrew P. Napolitano, Lew Rockwell:

Amid the bad news this summer of racial tensions in Charlottesville and biblical-like floods in Houston and preening saber rattling between Pyongyang and Washington, a dangerous below-the-radar trend has been developing about which all who believe that the Constitution means what it says should be concerned. It is the reckless influence upon local law enforcement coming from the Trump administration.

Here is the back story.

When the states joined the union, they gave certain powers to the federal government, and they kept others to themselves.

The powers surrendered are articulated in the Constitution, and the 10th Amendment clarifies the truism that those powers not surrendered have been retained.

The traditional terminology for the powers retained is the “police power.” The police power does not refer to police as in cops on the streets, but it does refer to states’ powers to make laws and policies that are often enforced by cops on the streets.

In constitutional parlance, police power is the right and obligation of each state to legislate for the health, safety, welfare and morality of people in the state.

This is basically what state governments — and local governments with the approval of their state governments — do. And it is basically what the Constitution was written to prevent the federal government from doing.

Those who wrote, ratified and amended the Constitution all took pains to keep the police power out of the hands of the federal government for several reasons. One was federalism. The states are sovereign entities, 13 of which are older than the federal government. By retaining the police power in the states, the Constitution’s drafters provided a check — a limitation — on the reach of the federal government.

A second reason for retention of the police power in the states is what President Ronald Reagan whimsically called voting with one’s feet. He meant, of course, that since we all have the natural right to travel — to leave a geographical area that has a government we reject — we can go to a state more to our liking.

If you don’t like the taxes in New Jersey, you can move to Pennsylvania. If you don’t like the regulations in Massachusetts, you can move to New Hampshire. You can see the simplicity and constitutional beauty of his argument.

Yet the federal government — notwithstanding which political party is in power — has repeatedly found ways around these profound constitutional principles.

One way has been to use the commerce clause, which empowers Congress to regulate interstate commerce, to regulate anything that might affect interstate commerce — from the wheat a farmer grows only for his family’s own use to legal marijuana a pain-ridden patient grows only for her own use to countless items that never leave their state of origin or are not commercial in nature.

Another way for the federal government to reach into and control state and local behavior is by legalized bribery. For example, Congress cannot regulate highway speed limits or the minimum blood alcohol content sufficient to trigger DWI prosecutions, but it can offer the states cash to pave highways in return for the states imposing the congressional will on vehicle speeds and on DWI triggers.

And the courts have upheld this — effectively telling the states that if they want the federal cash, they must accept the federal strings attached. Because the states are all cash-strapped — and Congress knows that — the states always take the cash and the strings.

Now back to the troubling trend this summer. The Department of Justice last month told local police in states that prohibit the seizure of a criminal defendant’s assets before conviction that the police can just ignore these state prohibitions and follow the looser federal rule — which does permit seizure of assets before trial, while the defendant is still innocent — and the feds will share the seized assets with the local police who have seized them.

This is another example of federal bribery of state officials, although as yet untested in the courts.

This past week, the DOJ also announced it will be offering to local police vast amounts of surplus military equipment — much of it new, fearful and lethal — from body armor to listening devices to battle tanks.

Read More @ LewRockwell.com

GOLD FALLS BY $5.00 DOWN TO $1308.50/SILVER DOWN ONLY ONE CENT

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

GLD ADDS ANOTHER 2.08 TONNES OF GOLD/GIANT CHEMICAL FACTORY READY TO EXPLODE IN CROSBY TEXAS/HURRICANE HARVEY MAKES A 2ND RUN AT LANDFALL TRAVELLING UP LOUISIANA

GOLD: $1308.50  DOWN $5.00

Silver: $17.44  DOWN 1 CENT(S)

Closing access prices:

Gold $1309.00

silver: $17.43

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: $1318.53 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME:  $1312.35

PREMIUM FIRST FIX:  $6.17

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1312.31

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1307.95

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$4.36

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX:  5:30 am est  $1310.60

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1310.80

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX  10 AM: $1308.50

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. 1307.00  ???

For comex gold:

AUGUST/

NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR APRIL CONTRACT MONTH: 444 NOTICE(S) FOR  44,400  OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 5245 FOR 524,500 OZ  (16.314 TONNES)

For silver:

AUGUST

 

 1 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR

 

5,000  OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 1249 for 6,245,000 oz

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As I expected, the criminal bankers tried their best to keep gold and silver from rising so as to pocket underwritten options.  However they did not succeed in lowering the price of gold to $1300.00 and $17.25 silver where the bulk of options were underwritten. London based gold/silver options have an expiry tomorrow morning at around 10 -11 am.  After that we should see our precious metals rise.

 

 

Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest FELL BY AN APPRECIABLE 7235 contracts from 188,145 DOWN TO 182,823 DESPITE THE NO GAIN IN PRICE THAT SILVER UNDERTOOK WITH  YESTERDAY’S TRADING (UP 0 CENTS).HOWEVER WHEN YOU COMPARE WITH THE INCREASE IN GOLD OI YOU CAN BE COMFORTED THAT THE BANKS ARE STILL QUITE RETICENT TO SUPPLY ANY PAPER. NO DOUBT THAT WE LOST SOME SEPT. COMEX SILVER LONGS TO SEPT. EFP’S (IN EXCESS OF 7300 EFP’S). HOWEVER THE CONTRACTION IN OPEN INTEREST IS CERTAINLY NOT AS GREAT AS GOLD ONCE WE HIT FIRST DAY NOTICE (OR THE DAY BEFORE) OF AN ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH. AS SOON AS SILVER BROKE RESISTANCE AT $17.25 AND THUS THE NEW SUPPORT LEVEL, NEWBIE LONGS POURED ON THE JUICE WITH RECKLESS ABANDON AS THEY ENTERED THE SILVER ARENA.  SEPT PLAYERS MOVED TO EFP’S BUT THE OBLIGATION TO DELIVER STILL RESTS WITH THEM BUT ON A DIFFERENT EXCHANGE (AND THEY RECEIVED A FIAT REWARD FOR THEIR EFFORT).  THE LOSS IN OI TO EFP’S WAS GREATER THAN NEWBIE SPEC LONGS ENTERING THE SILVER ARENA. 

RESULT: A HIGH DROP IN OI COMEX (OPPOSITE TO GOLD) WITH A ZERO PRICE INCREASE AND A FAIR SIZED GAIN IN SEPT EFP’S DELIVERABLE SILVER i.e.LONDON FORWARDS

 In ounces, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e.  0.917 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 131{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT MAY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 1 NOTICE(S) FOR 5,000OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest ROSE BY  1372 CONTRACTS WITH THE  RISE  in price of gold ($3.95 GAIN YESTERDAY). The new OI for the gold complex rests at 538,875.

AS IN SILVER, THE GEOPOLITICAL LANDSCAPE WITH TRUMP THREATENING TO CLOSE GOVERNMENT IF HE DID NOT GET HIS WALL , THE DOVISH SPEECHES BY BOTH DRAGHI AND YELLEN ON FRIDAY AT JACKSON HOLE, THE HOUSTON FLOODING & NORTH KOREA FIRING MORE MISSILES CAUSED A HUGE NUMBER OF NEWBIE SPECS TO AGAIN ENTER THE GOLD ARENA WITH THE COMMERCIALS SUPPLYING THE NECESSARY PAPER LIKE DRUNKEN SAILORS. ONCE 1300 DOLLAR GOLD WAS PIERCED, MORE NEWBIE LONGS CAME EMBOLDENED CONTINUING THEIR QUEST OF TAKING ON THE BANKERS WHO RECIPROCATED IN KIND WITH THE PAPER. SOME OLD SPECS LEFT FOR A PROFIT WITH THE GOOD SIZED RISE IN PRICE. YESTERDAY AFTERNOON GOLD WAS HIT IN THE ACCESS MARKET TO WHICH IT RECOVERED BY 2 AM.  THE BANKERS WHACKED AGAIN AND TRUE TO FORM GOLD RECOVERED IN PRICE AGAIN BY 7 AM TO WHICH ANOTHER RAID WAS INITIATED ALL TO CAUSE UNDERWRITTEN OPTION CONTRACTS TO EXPIRE WORTHLESS.  THE BANKS ARE CROOKS AND RECEIVE HELP FROM OUR REGULATORS.

Result: A FAIR SIZED GAIN IN OI WITH THE RISE IN PRICE IN GOLD AND RESISTANCE/NEW SUPPORT LEVELS HOLDING AT $1300 GOLD.

we had: 444 notice(s) filed upon for 44,400 oz of gold.

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

GLD:

Tonight , we had another big  change in gold inventory: a deposit of 2.07 tonnes into the GLD inventory.  I doubt very much if this is physical gold/probably a paper gold entry:

Inventory rests tonight: 816.43 tonnes

IN THE LAST 33 TRADING DAYS: GLD SHEDS 20.54 TONNES YET GOLD IS HIGHER BY $76.25 .

SLV

Today:  WE HAD NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY TONIGHT:

INVENTORY RESTS AT 333.178 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 7235 contracts from 188,145 DOWN TO 182,823 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) WITH YESTERDAY’S 0 CENT GAIN IN TRADING. SILVER RESPONDED TO 1) THE GEOPOLITICAL CLIMATE WHEREBY TRUMP THREATENED TO SHUT DOWN GOVERNMENT UNLESS HE GOT HIS WALL , 2) THE TWO DOVISH SPEECHES BY YELLEN 3) NORTH KOREA FIRING MORE MISSILES,4) THE HOUSTON FLOODING AND 5 THE PIERCING OF THE HUGE RESISTANCE LEVEL OF $17.25 WHICH NOW BECOMES THE NEW SUPPORT LEVEL. WE NO DOUBT HAD IN EXCESS OF 7300 LONG SEPT. SILVER PLAYERS TENDERING THEIR LONGS FOR SEPT. EFP’S (BUT THAT OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS BUT ON A DIFFERENT EXCHANGE LONDON). NEWBIE LONGS ENTERED THE ARENA WHEN THEY SAW ANOTHER FAILED RAID ATTEMPT. HOWEVER THE GAIN IN NEWBIE LONGS WAS FAR LESS THAN THOSE PAPER PLAYERS EXITING FOR EFP’S. THE BANKERS CONTINUE TO BE RETICENT IN SUPPLYING THE SHORT PAPER. ANOTHER RAID WAS ORCHESTRATED TO CAUSE UNDERWRITTEN OPTIONS CONTRACTS TO EXPIRE WORTHLESS.

RESULT:  A LOWER OI AT THE COMEX, IN CONTRAST TO GOLD) WITH A ZERO PRICE INCREASE AND AN HUGE 7300+ GAIN IN SEPT EFP’S.

(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 TUESDAY night/WEDNESDAY morning: Shanghai closed DOWN 1.60 POINTS OR 0.05{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}   / /Hang Sang CLOSED UP 329.60 POINTS OR 1.19{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/ The Nikkei closed UP 143.99 POINTS OR 0.74{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP 0.01{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP at 6.5920/Oil DOWN to 46.17 dollars per barrel for WTI and 51.76 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED DEEPLY IN THE GREEN. Offshore yuan trades  6.5933 yuan to the dollar vs 6.5920 for onshore yuan. NOW THE OFFSHORE MOVED SLIGHTLY WEAKER  TO THE ONSHORE YUAN/ ONSHORE YUAN MUCH STRONGER (TO THE DOLLAR)  AND THE OFFSHORE YUAN IS MUCH STRONGER TO THE DOLLAR AND THIS IS COUPLED WITH THE SLIGHTLY STRONGER DOLLAR. CHINA IS  HAPPY TODAY

Read More @ HarveyOrganBlog.com

WOW! #FakeNews Media Refuses to Show MASSIVE CROWD OF SCREAMING SUPPORTERS Greeting Trumps in Texas (MUST SEE VIDEO)

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by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

THOUSANDS OF TEXANS LINED THE STREET TODAY IN CORPUS CHRISTI TO GREET PRESIDENT TRUMP AND FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP

Charlie Spiering posted this photo today in Texas.

The protesters started screaming, “USA! USA!…” when the president and First Lady arrived.

THIS VIDEO IS AMAZING!
THE LIBERAL MEDIA REFUSED TO SHOW YOU THIS TODAY!

Via Right Side Broadcasting Network:

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

Diverse Groups of People Helping Each Other in Houston Shows Mainstream Media Divide FAIL

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by Rachel Blevins, The Free Thought Projects:

As Houston experiences catastrophic flooding, the scene of volunteers helping stranded citizens is one that shatters the narrative of unbreakable division.

Just weeks after violent riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, brought fuel to the fire making many believe that Americans are more divided than ever before, the scene in Houston, Texas, is the exact opposite.

The impact of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas has been described by officials as “catastrophic” and the National Weather Services released a statement saying, “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced.”

The before and after photos showing the record flooding that has overtaken the city of Houston are both heartbreaking and humbling:

Given the recent media coverage that has dominated headlines, one might think that there would also be reports of white nationalist groups flocking to Houston to help all of the white citizens, and members of AntiFa coming to the rescue of anyone hanging an anti-Trump banner from their front door. But the exact opposite is true.

The true heroes that are emerging in Houston aren’t defined by the color of their skin, or their religious or political affiliations. They are defined by the difference they are making in a community that needs their help.

I’m going to go try to save some lives,” a man from Texas City told a reporter, as he helped lower a boat into the floodwaters.

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

Watch: Houston Flood Survivor Just Slammed CNN Reporter on Live TV

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by Carey Wedler, The Anti Media:

It’s no secret that the news media capitalizes on terrifying and tragic events to garner views and clicks; the familiar phrase “If it bleeds, it leads” has been used to describe this pursuit of ratings. Even President Donald Trump alluded to the media’s specific focus on Hurricane Harvey this week when he explained that he announced his decision to pardon infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio when the storm hit because the ratings would be “far higher.”

Though the spike in viewership that often accompanies tragedies like these demonstrates that audiences themselves crave the coverage, one victim of the hurricane in Houston just bluntly slammed CNN for placing their desire for newsworthy footage above basic human decency.

Let me introduce you to Danielle, here. Danielle, you just arrived,” CNN reporter Rosa Flores says to a visibly stressed flood survivor standing with her young daughter at the Houston Convention Center.

Leaning in toward Danielle, Flores asks her to share her story of how she was rescued.

She first addresses the failure of police to come to her aid:

Some guys had called our phone and asked us where we were. We were waiting for police for, like, 36 hours and they never came. We were waiting at the home. We did the white flags and everything and nobody came. But then somebody had called the phone after we decided to leave the house and we had walked to the gas station with the kids, and then they called and picked up us. But had been there like five days with no food and no lights, and nobody came. Like, nobody came.”

Flores continues to question her, asking, “Now, you’re with your children. We’ve heard of stories of mothers trying to save their children from the rushing waters. Can you tell us how that was for you?

We walked through four feet of water to go get them food on the first day,” Danielle responds. “Yeah, that’s a lot of shit. But you all are sitting here, you all are trying to interview people during their worst times. Like that’s not the smartest thing to do.”Flores interrupts to apologize, alternating between placing her hand on Danielle’s arm and pulling it away as she continues to elaborate on the media’s push to get comments from victims:

Flores interrupts to apologize, alternating between placing her hand on Danielle’s arm and pulling it away as Danielle continues to elaborate on the media’s push to get comments from victims:

Like people are really breaking down, and you are all sitting here with cameras and microphones trying to ask us what the fuck is wrong with us.”

So sorry,” Flores says again, repeating her sentiment multiple times as Danielle continues speaking.

And you really trying to understand with the microphone still in my face,” she says as Flores pulls the mic away. “With me shivering cold, with my kids wet,” she goes on as Flores pushes the microphone back toward her. “And you are still putting a microphone in my face.

Flores again apologizes, pulling the microphone and her hand away as the woman leaves with her children.

In-studio newscaster Jim Acosta then begins speaking as the camera cuts back to him.

Rosa Flores, it sounds like you’ve got a very upset family there. We’re going to take a break from that and we’ll get back to you later on,” he says as the segment ends.

Some social media users reacted to the interaction by claiming it was simply an isolated clip and that the news media has actually helped rescue efforts. Others questioned the woman’s authenticity by noting that though she said she waited five days, the storm didn’t hit Houston until Sunday — and still others pushed back against this skepticism, advocating sympathy for the stressed and traumatized flood victim.

Read More @ TheAntiMedia.com

Ivy League Professors Issue Rallying Cry to Students – ‘Think for Yourself’

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by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

There are plenty of unconscious humans, many of whom happen to inhabit positions of great wealth and power, committing all sorts of horrible deeds to their fellow humans on a daily basis. I’ve spent much of the past five years highlighting such behavior, but we’ve arrived at a point where it’s time to give increased attention to the multitude of conscious, deeply caring people trying to make a positive difference within our current very challenging and hostile environment.

As I was pondering what to write about today, a recent comment posted to last Thursday’s post, Why Am I Doing This?, really connected with me. I have reposted it in full below.

The perspective outlined above fits in perfectly with my recent thinking on how decent, conscious people can change the world for the better over time. Calling the current paradigm we live under the corrupt, parasitic fraud it is, is certainly important. You can’t move beyond something negative unless you recognize and admit what’s broken in the first place. That said, it is absolutely crucial to offer something better. Knowing what we are against is simply not good enough, it’s imperative that we know what we stand for (whenever possible), and that we express such desires and vision as clearly and courageously as we can.

In that regard, I want to commend and highlight a message published yesterday to college students signed by 15 professors from Harvard, Princeton and Yale. It’s short, to the point and powerful.

I have republished it in full below:

Some Thoughts and Advice for Our Students and All Students

August 28, 2017

We are scholars and teachers at Princeton, Harvard, and Yale who have some thoughts to share and advice to offer students who are headed off to colleges around the country. Our advice can be distilled to three words:

Think for yourself.

Now, that might sound easy. But you will find—as you may have discovered already in high school—that thinking for yourself can be a challenge. It always demands self-discipline and these days can require courage.

In today’s climate, it’s all-too-easy to allow your views and outlook to be shaped by dominant opinion on your campus or in the broader academic culture. The danger any student—or faculty member—faces today is falling into the vice of conformism, yielding to groupthink.

At many colleges and universities what John Stuart Mill called “the tyranny of public opinion” does more than merely discourage students from dissenting from prevailing views on moral, political, and other types of questions. It leads them to suppose that dominant views are so obviously correct that only a bigot or a crank could question them.

Since no one wants to be, or be thought of, as a bigot or a crank, the easy, lazy way to proceed is simply by falling into line with campus orthodoxies.

Don’t do that. Think for yourself.

Thinking for yourself means questioning dominant ideas even when others insist on their being treated as unquestionable. It means deciding what one believes not by conforming to fashionable opinions, but by taking the trouble to learn and honestly consider the strongest arguments to be advanced on both or all sides of questions—including arguments for positions that others revile and want to stigmatize and against positions others seek to immunize from critical scrutiny.

The love of truth and the desire to attain it should motivate you to think for yourself. The central point of a college education is to seek truth and to learn the skills and acquire the virtues necessary to be a lifelong truth-seeker. Open-mindedness, critical thinking, and debate are essential to discovering the truth. Moreover, they are our best antidotes to bigotry. 

Merriam-Webster’s first definition of the word “bigot” is a person “who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.” The only people who need fear open-minded inquiry and robust debate are the actual bigots, including those on campuses or in the broader society who seek to protect the hegemony of their opinions by claiming that to question those opinions is itself bigotry.

So don’t be tyrannized by public opinion. Don’t get trapped in an echo chamber. Whether you in the end reject or embrace a view, make sure you decide where you stand by critically assessing the arguments for the competing positions.

Think for yourself.

Good luck to you in college!

Rather than complaining about the behavior of students or college administrators, these professors went down the inspiring route of boldly putting forth a rallying cry rooted in wisdom and intellectualism. We need a lot more of this sort of thing across society. There are so many decent people out there, and it’s time for us to step up in whatever way we can to add positivity and put forth an alternative message that can someday hopefully replace the very unconscious and destructive one that currently dominates our culture.

The good news is that no one has the power to stop you. Your life circumstances may limit your options to engage, but each and every one of us is presented with many opportunities on a daily basis to be a little more kind, a little more decent and a little more courageous in our timeless pursuit of a better world. Small things matter and will add up in unimaginable ways. The best day to behave more consciously was yesterday, the second best day is today.

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Is This The Next Paypal?

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from SilverDoctors:

This Disruptive Tech Is Set To Revolutionize How We Pay For Things…

The world has had enough of paper money.

Now that consumers are done with physical wallets, the multi-billion-dollar mobile pay app market is minting new digital barons at breakneck speed.

And we’ve just identified one company at the forefront of the revolution which has a very compelling story.

Glancepay is already the no. 1 mobile payment app in Canada, ranking at over 92 percent of mobile payment app downloads. It’s also making big waves across North America, where it ranks 37 percent of all mobile payment app downloads.

This could be a timely opportunity for early investors who understand what’s about to happen.

For example, when Alipay hit the Chinese market with its instant mobile app pay features, it was an overnight sensation. Now, it’s conducting a massive $1.7 trillion in business annually in China.

And this story is very exciting because GlancePay (CSE:GETOTC:GLNNF) is also making inroads in the billion-dollar cannabis market in a deal that gives them direct ownership in Canapay Financial Inc. and they are planning moves into cryptocurrency markets, too.

Mobile payment technology is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, and GlancePay is hoping to be the major market disrupter—filling a gap that not even the trillion-dollar Chinese turnover is filling, nor major players on the North American scene.

How? By focusing equally on merchants and consumers, losing cumbersome and security-plagued hardware, and offering much more than just one-click payments: rewards, choices, and even tab-splitting.

In short, GlancePay (CSE:GET) has apps that can simply take a glance at where you are… using proprietary and patented GPS / micro-location and image identification technology… and pays your merchant…in seconds.

It’s holistic, streamlined, and has the technology with patents to protect it, an issue that has kept major players from securing greater market share over the past few years.

In the age of convenience, no one favors the contortionist gymnastics required to hang out the window to pay a parking stub that may or may not work under the pressure of honking horns lined up behind.

PayByPhone founder Desmond Griffin already spotted that trend before it was one, and created the defacto leader in this burgeoning space.

Likewise, in this era of instant gratification, it seems unnecessary to wait for the check in a restaurant, and then wait again while the waitress shuttles back and forth to complete the transaction. Restaurant owners would agree, wholeheartedly: Mobile pay apps mean faster table turnover and more revenues. This time, Griffin not only spotted the trend—he spotted what existing offerings were lacking, integration and a much bigger picture.

GlancePay is nothing if not forward-thinking: We’re less than a year away from the launch of legalized recreational use of marijuana in Canada, and GlancePay is already taking advantage of the onslaught of consumer demand to come, and the already existing demand for medical marijuana. For a recreational marijuana industry that could be worth $22.6 billion annually, GlancePay guarantees lighting fast turnaround for vendors, and one-click pay for buyers.

Launched only in September 2016, Glance Pay already has 160 merchants signed on, and its growth is poised to soar in the coming weeks and months. Its Q2 revenue is up a whopping 664{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} over the previous quarter.

Here are 5 reasons to keep a close eye on GlancePay (CSE:GETOTC:GLNNF)

#1 Proprietary and Patented Technology

GlancePay is a streamlined payment platform that allows customers to pay their bill instantly with their mobile device. It means no more waiting on waitresses; no more credit card machines; and a single app rather than one for each restaurant.

The app knows where you are using patented GPS technology. And, if GPS isn’t available, it can even determine your location using a photo of where you are. Much like Google has mapped the world… GlancePay has quietly built a proprietary global database of locations.

It’s as easy as point, shoot, pay.

But it is also much more. It takes the mobile pay app experience much further than Apple Pay, which only iPhone owners can use, and which has failed so far to gain widespread usage.

With GlancePay, you’re not just paying a bill: The system includes in-app marketing, in-store rewards, transaction history, payment confirmation, and even the ability to split the tab in a restaurant. It incentivizes users… and adoption is picking up from this network effect.

It also helps you choose nearby restaurants, and soon, it will also let you order from your table, pre-order for pickup, or order for delivery.

For restaurants, it means better business, faster turnaround and potentially greater revenues.

The company estimates that restaurants will benefit from 10{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} faster table turnover during peak periods, improved server productivity, which should generate bigger tips, and a loyalty/rewards program that could encourage customer returns and even attract new customers. The built-in feedback program also adds to the big-picture offering here, by giving restaurants a faster, easier way to earn reviews and ratings.

Read More @ SilverDoctors.com

GOLD ADVANCES BY $3.95 UNTIL HIT WITH HEAVY BANK CARTEL SELLING DUE TO OPTIONS EXPIRY ON THURSDAY/KIM’S RHETORIC INTENSIFIES

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

HURRICANE HARVEY CONTINUES TO WRECK HAVOC ON HOUSTON: THE ESTIMATE OF DAMAGE: $100 BILLION/ISRAEL WARNS RUSSIA THAT THEY MAY HAVE TO BOMB ASSAD IN SYRIA DUE TO INCREASED IRANIAN INFLUENCE

GOLD: $1313.50  UP $3.95 *BREAKS RESISTANCE OF $1300.00

Silver: $17.45  UP 0 CENTS *BREAKS RESISTANCE OF $17.25

Closing access prices:

Gold $1309.50

silver: $17.40

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: $1299.64 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME:  $1204.25

PREMIUM FIRST FIX:  $5.38

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1324.74

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $13.17.60

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$5.03

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX:  5:30 am est  $1323.40

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1324.90 ???

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX  10 AM: $1318.95

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME.

For comex gold:

AUGUST/

NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR APRIL CONTRACT MONTH: 179 NOTICE(S) FOR  17,900  OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 4801 FOR 480,100 OZ  (14.933 TONNES)

For silver:

AUGUST

 

 0 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR

 

nil  OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 1248 for 6,240,000 oz

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We have already surpassed options expiry on the Comex, so the only one left is the LBMA/OTC options which expire on the 31st of August at around 10-11 am. You could bet the farm that the crooks will try and go after gold/silver tomorrow trying to get gold below $1300 and silver below $17.25. Prior to Hurricane Harvey and North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan, it looked like smooth sailing for the bankers to pocket again underwritten options…. let is see what happens tomorrow

 

 

Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest ROSE BY AN APPRECIABLE 1913 contracts from 188,145 UP TO 190,058 WITH THE HUGE RISE IN PRICE THAT SILVER UNDERTOOK WITH  YESTERDAY’S TRADING (UP 38 CENTS).HOWEVER WHEN YOU COMPARE WITH THE MAMMOTH INCREASE IN GOLD OI YOU CAN BE COMFORTED THAT THE BANKS ARE QUITE RETICENT TO SUPPLY ANY PAPER. NO DOUBT THAT WE LOST SOME PAPER PLAYER LONGS TO EFP’S BUT THAT WAS QUICKLY REPLACED WITH NEWBIE LONGS AGAIN TAKING ON THE BANKERS.  AS SOON AS SILVER BROKE RESISTANCE AT $17.25 THEY POURED ON THE JUICE WITH RECKLESS ABANDON.  SOME LONG SPECS EXITED WITH A PAPER PROFIT.

RESULT: A SMALLER HIGHER OI (THAN GOLD) WITH A HUGE PRICE INCREASE 

 In ounces, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e.  0.962 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 137{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT MAY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 0 NOTICE(S) FOR nil  OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest ROSE BY AN UNBELIEVABLE  22,957 CONTRACTS WITH THE  HUGE RISE  in price of gold ($16.95 GAIN YESTERDAY .). The new OI for the gold complex rests at 537,503.

AS IN SILVER, THE GEOPOLITICAL LANDSCAPE WITH TRUMP THREATENING TO CLOSE GOVERNMENT IF HE DID NOT GET HIS WALL , THE DOVISH SPEECHES BY BOTH DRAGHI AND YELLEN ON FRIDAY AT JACKSON HOLE, THE HOUSTON FLOODING & NORTH KOREA FIRING MORE MISSILES CAUSED A HUGE NUMBER OF NEWBIE SPECS TO AGAIN ENTER THE GOLD ARENA WITH THE COMMERCIALS SUPPLYING THE NECESSARY PAPER LIKE DRUNKEN SAILORS. ONCE 1300 DOLLAR GOLD WAS PIERCED, MORE NEWBIE LONGS CAME EMBOLDENED CONTINUING THEIR QUEST OF TAKING ON THE BANKERS WHO RECIPROCATED IN KIND WITH THE PAPER. SOME OLD SPECS LEFT FOR A PROFIT WITH THE HUGE RISE IN PRICE

Result: A HUMONGOUS GAIN IN OI WITH A HUGE RISE IN PRICE IN GOLD AND THE PIERCING OF RESISTANCE LEVEL $1300

we had: 179 notice(s) filed upon for 17,900 oz of gold.

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

GLD:

Tonight , we had another big  change in gold inventory: a deposit of 9.16 tonnes into the GLD inventory.  I doubt very much if this is physical gold/probably a paper gold entry:

Inventory rests tonight: 814.36 tonnes

IN THE LAST 32 TRADING DAYS: GLD SHEDS 22/61 TONNES YET GOLD IS HIGHER BY $81.25 .

SLV

Today:  WE HAD NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY TONIGHT:

INVENTORY RESTS AT 333.178 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 ROSE BY 1913 contracts from 188,145 UP TO 190,058 (AND now A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) WITH YESTERDAY’S 38 CENT GAIN IN TRADING. SILVER RESPONDED TO 1) THE GEOPOLITICAL CLIMATE WHEREBY TRUMP THREATENED TO SHUT DOWN GOVERNMENT UNLESS HE GOT HIS WALL , 2) THE TWO DOVISH SPEECHES BY YELLEN 3) NORTH KOREA FIRING MORE MISSILES,4) THE HOUSTON FLOODING AND 5 THE PIERCING OF THE HUGE RESISTANCE LEVEL OF $17.25. WE PROBABLY HAD A FEW PAPER PLAYERS TENDERING SOME OF THEIR LONGS FOR SEPT. EFP’S (BUT THAT OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS BUT ON A DIFFERENT EXCHANGE LONDON). HOWEVER THE GAIN IN NEWBIE LONGS FAR OUTDISTANCED THOSE PAPER PLAYERS EXITING.  THE BANKERS CONTINUE TO BE RETICENT IN SUPPLYING THE SHORT PAPER

RESULT:  A HIGHER OI AT THE COMEX,(BUT MUCH SMALLER THAN GOLD) WITH A HUGE PRICE INCREASE.

(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 MONDAY night/TUESDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 2.54 POINTS OR 0.08{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}   / /Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 98.28 POINTS OR 0.35{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/ The Nikkei closed DOWN 87,35 POINTS OR 0.45{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED DOWN 0.65{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed UP at 6.5960/Oil DOWN to 46.61 dollars per barrel for WTI and 51.51 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED DEEPLY IN THE RED. Offshore yuan trades  6.6020 yuan to the dollar vs 6.5960 for onshore yuan. NOW THE OFFSHORE MOVED SLIGHTLY WEAKER  TO THE ONSHORE YUAN/ ONSHORE YUAN MUCH STRONGER (TO THE DOLLAR)  AND THE OFFSHORE YUAN IS MUCH STRONGER TO THE DOLLAR AND THIS IS COUPLED WITH THE EXTREMELY WEAKER DOLLAR. CHINA IS VERY HAPPY TODAY

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