Saturday, February 23, 2019

A2A with Rob Kirby

by Turf Ferguson, TF Metals:

What great timing to have Rob Kirby back for an A2A webinar. Rob’s vast experience provides a unique perspective on the failure of The Generally Accepted Narrative for 2017 as well as some wisdom on where we are headed from here.

Among the topics discussed today:

  • Rob’s thoughts on how The Fed was able to institute ZIRP and why rates remain historically low.
  • Why the POSX is falling so rapidly in 2017.
  • What message could be gleaned from Terry Duffy’s appearance on FBN two weeks ago.
  • Why Rob prefers physical gold and silver to owning the mining shares.
  • And much, much more!

This was an incredibly informative presentation and we should all be grateful that Rob so generously shared his time today. Please try to carve out some time to give this podcast a thorough listen.

Click HERE to Listen

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Former Pastor & Father of 8 Gets Jail Sentence for Distributing Jury Nullification Pamphlets

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by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

A former pastor and father of eight children have been sentenced to eight weekends in jail for passing out pamphlets that inform people about jury nullification.

Keith Wood of Michigan was sentenced to eight weekends in jail, six months of probation, and fines for exercising a right that is supposed to be protected under the First Amendment.

Fox 17 reported, “Last month, a jury of six found Keith Wood guilty convicting him of attempting to influence a jury in Mecosta County. Wood is a former pastor and father of eight who was initially charged with a five-year felony for obstructing justice and the one-year misdemeanor jury tampering.”

RT reported:

Prosecutors argued that Wood was trying to influence potential jurors before they heard a case against Andy Yoder, an Amish man who was accused of draining a wetland that was on his property.

Yoder took a plea deal that day and the case never went to trial. Wood said he did not know Yoder, and he only wanted to inform potential jurors that they had the right to vote their conscience over the law.

Now, understand that Wood was simply outside the Mecosta County courthouse passing out pamphlets on the sidewalk.  That’s it.”He’s going straight to jail today,” said Judge Kimberly Booher, before Wood was handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom.

How in the world is that jury tampering?  Shouldn’t the judge have been advising the jury of their rights regarding nullification?

Claire Bernish has illustrated why educating the public on jury nullification is so important.  She writes:

Jury nullification thus arguably acts as citizens’ access to checks and balances: When legislators craft worthless, harmful, inequitable, or just plain ‘bad’ laws, jurors can, in essence, refuse to enforce any punitive measures — refusing to find a person guilty of breaking a law that never should have been inked into the books.

This tool shines most prominently when used consistently to thwart oppressive policy. Illustrative of this principle is continued federal prohibition of cannabis and transformed public sentiment, as anti-marijuana propaganda falls apart at its politicized roots for the incarceration nightmare it created — among many others. Jurors faced with a choice in guilt of sending a nonviolent drug offender to prison might instead find the concept of incarcerating this petty ‘criminal’ who had done no harm to another unethical and ill-conceived — and choose instead a finding of not guilty to compensate for the unjust law.

But most judges refuse to or have strict rules against informing jurors about the little-known nullification right; so, Wood’s education activism, handing out pamphlets from the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA), entitled “Your Jury Rights: True or False?” in front of the court in Big Rapids, led to a verdict of guilty for attempting to influence a jury in Mecosta County.

Shouldn’t this judge be aware of the right of Mr. Wood to pass out literature that gives this instruction?

“He’s going straight to jail today,” said Judge Booher, before Wood was handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom.

Read More @ FreedomOutpost.com

Fake News A US Media Speciality

from Paul Craig RobertsPaul Craig Roberts:

The American media specializes in fake news. Indeed, since the Clinton regime the American media has produced nothing but fake news. Do you remember the illegal US bombing and destruction of Yugoslavia? Do you remember “war criminal” Slobodan Milosevic, the Serbian president branded “the butcher of the Balkans,” who was compared to Hitler until Hillary passed the title on to the President of Russia? Milosevic, not Bill Clinton, was arrested and placed on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal. He died in prison, some say murdered, before he was cleared of charges by the International Criminal Tribunal. http://www.globalresearch.ca/milosevic-and-the-destruction-of-yugoslavia-unpleasant-truths-no-one-wants-to-know/5540873

Do you remember the destruction of Iraq justified by the orchestrated propaganda, known by the criminal George W. Bush regime to be an outright lie, about Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction,” weapons that the UN arms inspectors verified did not exist? Iraq was destroyed. Millions of Iraqis were killed, orphaned, widowed, and displaced. Saddam Hussein was subjected to a show trial more transparent than Stalin’s trial of Bukharin and then murdered under the pretext of judicial execution.

Do you remember the destruction of Libya based entirely on Washington’s lies and the criminal misuse of the UN no-fly resolution by turning it into a NATO bombing of Iraq’s military so that the CIA-armed jihadists could overthrow and murder Muammar Gaddafi? Do you remember the killer bitch Hillary gloating, “we came, we saw, he died!”

Do you remember the lies that the criminal Obama regime told about Assad of Syria and the planned US invasion of Syria that was blocked by the UK Parliament and the Russian government? Do you remember that Obama and the killer bitch sent ISIS to do the job that US troops were prevented from doing? Do you remember General Flynn revealing on TV that it was a “willful decision” of the criminal Obama regime to send ISIS to Syria over his objection as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency? This bit of told truth is why Gen. Flynn is hated by the Washington criminals who forced him out as Trump’s National Security Adviser.

Do you remember the US coup in Ukraine against the democratically elected government and its replacement with a neo-nazi regime? Do you remember that Washington’s crime against Ukrainian democracy was quickly hidden behind false charges of “Russian invasion”?

Can you think of any truthful report in the American news in the past two decades?

All of the lies leading to the death of millions told by the criminal Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes were transparent. The US media could easily have exposed them and saved the lives of millions of peoples and saved seven countries from destruction in whole or part. But the presstitutes cheered on the grauitous and criminal destruction of countries and peoples. Every one of the presstitutes is a war criminal under the standards set by US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg trials.

We cannot even get a truthful jobs report. Yesterday (Aug. 4) the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported 205,000 new private sector jobs in July and a drop in the unemployment rate to 4.3{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. This is fake news.

The Associated Press’s Christopher Rugaber rah-rahs the fake news, adding that many economists think “robust hiring could continue for many more months, or even years.” Let’s think about that for a moment. Generally speaking economists regard full employment to be a 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} rate of unemployment. There can never be a zero rate of unemployment because of frictions in the job market. For example, there are people between jobs who have lost or quit a job and are looking for a new one, and there are people who have dropped out of the work force, perhaps to spend more time parenting or to care for an aged and ill parent, and have reentered the work force. Economists also believe that employment cannot go too low without pushing up inflation.

Assuming economists have not suddenly changed their minds about what rate of unemployment is full employment, if the unemployment rate is currently 4.3{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, it is already below the full employment rate. How can the rate continue to fall for years when the economy is already at full employment? Apparently, this question did not occur to the AP reporter or to the “many economists.”

Of course, the 4.3{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} unemployment rate is fake news. It does not include millions of discouraged workers. When these workers who have not looked for jobs within the last four weeks are included, the unemployment rate jumps to 22-23{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

Now consider the alleged 205,000 July new jobs. Probably about half of these jobs are due to the add-ons from the birth-death model, and the other half from manipulations of seasonal adjustments. John Williams at shadowstats.com will tell us. However, let’s assume the jobs are really there. Where does the BLS tell us the jobs are?

Eighty-nine percent of the jobs are in services, essentially domestic non-tradable services.

Professional and business services account for 49,000 of the jobs, of which 30,000 are in administrative and waste services (garbage collection) and 14,700 are in temporary help services.

54,000 of the jobs are in education and health services, of which ambulatory health care services, home health care services and social assistance account for 46,900 of the jobs.

62,000 of the jobs are in leisure and hospitality, of which waitresses and bartenders account for 53,100 of the jobs and amusements, gambling, and recreation account for 5,900 jobs.

Read More @ PaulCraigRoberts.org

Keiser Report: Bitcoin Drama (E1106)

from RT:

In this final episode of the Keiser Report from Freedom Fest in Las Vegas, Max and Stacy encounter Peter Schiff in the halls of the convention center and challenge him on bitcoin. Max continues his interview with bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem to discuss the latest drama and innovation in the cryptocurrency space.

Doug Casey on the End of the Nation-State

by Doug Casey, International Man:

There have been a fair number of references to the subject of “phyles” in Casey Research publications over the years. This essay will discuss the topic in detail. Especially how phyles are likely to replace the nation-state, one of mankind’s worst inventions.

Now might be a good time to discuss the subject. We’ll have an almost unremitting stream of bad news, on multiple fronts, for years to come. So it might be good to keep a hopeful prospect in mind.

Let’s start by looking at where we’ve been. I trust you’ll excuse my skating over all of human political history in a few paragraphs, but my object is to provide a framework for where we’re going, rather than an anthropological monograph.

Mankind has, so far, gone through three main stages of political organization since Day One, say 200,000 years ago, when anatomically modern men started appearing. We can call them Tribes, Kingdoms, and Nation-States.

Karl Marx had a lot of things wrong, especially his moral philosophy. But one of the acute observations he made was that the means of production are perhaps the most important determinant of how a society is structured. Based on that, so far in history, only two really important things have happened: the Agricultural Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. Everything else is just a footnote.

Let’s see how these things relate.

The Agricultural Revolution and the End of Tribes

In prehistoric times, the largest political/economic group was the tribe. In that man is a social creature, it was natural enough to be loyal to the tribe. It made sense. Almost everyone in the tribe was genetically related, and the group was essential for mutual survival in the wilderness. That made them the totality of people that counted in a person’s life—except for “others” from alien tribes, who were in competition for scarce resources and might want to kill you for good measure.

Tribes tend to be natural meritocracies, with the smartest and the strongest assuming leadership. But they’re also natural democracies, small enough that everyone can have a say on important issues. Tribes are small enough that everybody knows everyone else, and knows what their weak and strong points are. Everyone falls into a niche of marginal advantage, doing what they do best, simply because that’s necessary to survive. Bad actors are ostracized or fail to wake up, in a pool of their own blood, some morning. Tribes are socially constraining but, considering the many faults of human nature, a natural and useful form of organization in a society with primitive technology.

As people built their pool of capital and technology over many generations, however, populations grew. At the end of the last Ice Age, around 12,000 years ago, all over the world, there was a population explosion. People started living in towns and relying on agriculture as opposed to hunting and gathering. Large groups of people living together formed hierarchies, with a king of some description on top of the heap.

Those who adapted to the new agricultural technology and the new political structure accumulated the excess resources necessary for waging extended warfare against tribes still living at a subsistence level. The more evolved societies had the numbers and the weapons to completely triumph over the laggards. If you wanted to stay tribal, you’d better live in the middle of nowhere, someplace devoid of the resources others might want. Otherwise it was a sure thing that a nearby kingdom would enslave you and steal your property.

The Industrial Revolution and the End of Kingdoms

From around 12,000 B.C. to roughly the mid-1600s, the world’s cultures were organized under strong men, ranging from petty lords to kings, pharaohs, or emperors.

It’s odd, to me at least, how much the human animal seems to like the idea of monarchy. It’s mythologized, especially in a medieval context, as a system with noble kings, fair princesses, and brave knights riding out of castles on a hill to right injustices. As my friend Rick Maybury likes to point out, quite accurately, the reality differs quite a bit from the myth. The king is rarely more than a successful thug, a Tony Soprano at best, or perhaps a little Stalin. The princess was an unbathed hag in a chastity belt, the knight a hired killer, and the shining castle on the hill the headquarters of a concentration camp, with plenty of dungeons for the politically incorrect.

With kingdoms, loyalties weren’t so much to the “country”—a nebulous and arbitrary concept—but to the ruler. You were the subject of a king, first and foremost. Your linguistic, ethnic, religious, and other affiliations were secondary. It’s strange how, when people think of the kingdom period of history, they think only in terms of what the ruling classes did and had. Even though, if you were born then, the chances were 98{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} you’d be a simple peasant who owned nothing, knew nothing beyond what his betters told him, and sent most of his surplus production to his rulers. But, again, the gradual accumulation of capital and knowledge made the next step possible: the Industrial Revolution.

The Industrial Revolution and the End of the Nation-State

As the means of production changed, with the substitution of machines for muscle, the amount of wealth took a huge leap forward. The average man still might not have had much, but the possibility to do something other than beat the earth with a stick for his whole life opened up, largely as a result of the Renaissance.

Then the game changed totally with the American and French Revolutions. People no longer felt they were owned by some ruler; instead they now gave their loyalty to a new institution, the nation-state. Some innate atavism, probably dating back to before humans branched from the chimpanzees about 3 million years ago, seems to dictate the Naked Ape to give his loyalty to something bigger than himself. Which has delivered us to today’s prevailing norm, the nation-state, a group of people who tend to share language, religion, and ethnicity. The idea of the nation-state is especially effective when it’s organized as a “democracy,” where the average person is given the illusion he has some measure of control over where the leviathan is headed.

On the plus side, by the end of the 18th century, the Industrial Revolution had provided the common man with the personal freedom, as well as the capital and technology, to improve things at a rapidly accelerating pace.

What caused the sea change?

Read More @ InternationalMan.com

Massive US Sex Trafficking Bust Ensnares Over 1,000—Including Law Enforcement And Clergy

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by Claire Bernish, Activist Post:

From Seattle to Tuscaloosa, police arrested more than 1,000 people in just one month — including a law enforcement officer and pastor — as part of a sweeping crackdown on child sex offenders, and juvenile and adult sex trafficking in the United States.

Police from 37 departments in 17 states participated in the annual National Johns Suppression Initiative — a regular effort to ostensibly crack down on human trafficking and illegal sex work — rescuing 81 adult and child victims and arresting 1,020 people from Seattle to Chicago, and Texas to Tuscaloosa in the month-long effort spearheaded by Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart.

Harris County, Texas, saw the largest number of people arrested, 170, while police in Seattle nabbed160 alleged perpetrators and authorities throughout Cook County, seat of Chicago, arrested 141.

“Three brothels were shut down in Cook County by the sheriff’s office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the sheriff’s office said. Three people were charged with operating brothels and four others were charged with patronizing them. Six adult victims were offered help,” CBS Newsreports.

Meanwhile, CNN reports,

In Arizona, officials said more than 400 people were discouraged from buying sex when they received texts, calls or Web browser redirects informing them about the impact of the illegal sex industry.

Dart announced Thursday that his office will begin efforts to create a public database that lists sex buyers who are caught for a second or subsequent time.

Reports say more than 8,000 people have been arrested during the National Johns Suppression Initiative — just since 2011 — as the project continues taking aim at human trafficking and prostitution by arresting patrons, johns, pimps, and other sex offenders, while finding victims the assistance they may need.

On the surface, the news of more than 1,000 arrests sounds productive, if not sorely needed; but, scratch the gilding from this supposed payoff, and controversy — particularly that surrounding what many now view as an anachronistic view of sex work — bubbles furiously to the top.

As Elizabeth Nolan Brown pointed out sardonically for Reason, following a previous johns bust in 2015,

These coordinated efforts to entrap people around the country lead to large initial arrest-counts, ensuring them prominent placement in U.S. media. But few outlets ask questions about specific charges, merely accepting police PR that these were predators arrested and not largely adult men and women trying to have consensual sex. Nor do many folks follow up on the results of these stings. If they did, it would become clear that the ‘National John Suppression Initiative’ has naught to do with stopping sexual exploitation of minors.

Charlotte Alter, who accompanied police during stings for the initiative in Cook County for TIME Magazine, notes, “some human rights organizations, most recently Amnesty International, advocate for the decriminalization of all aspects of sex work, including buying sex.”

Indeed, the International watchdog organization published its policy on protection of the world’s sex workers in 2015. Reiterating the contents of that policy in May last year, Amnesty wrote,

The policy makes several calls on governments including for them to ensure protection from harm, exploitation and coercion; the participation of sex workers in the development of laws that affect their lives and safety; an end to discrimination and access to education and employment options for all.

It recommends the decriminalization of consensual sex work, including those laws that prohibit associated activities—such as bans on buying, solicitation and general organization of sex work. This is based on evidence that these laws often make sex workers less safe and provide impunity for abusers with sex workers often too scared of being penalized to report crime to the police. Laws on sex work should focus on protecting people from exploitation and abuse, rather than trying to ban all sex work and penalize sex workers.

One approach against the illicit sex industry, called the “Nordic Model,” developed in Norway and practiced by authorities in Canada, combats the entangled issues of human trafficking and consensual sex work — by arresting and penalizing customers and pimps, rather than prostitutes, who receive job and other assistance instead of jail time.

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

The 8:00 PM Algo-At 7:06 PM

by Andy Hoffman, Miles Franklin:

In a world gone mad – mostly, due to a handful of sociopathic “one percenters” – here are some of the PiMBEEB reasons, from the past 24 hours alone, why I last week penned “the most Precious Metals bullish I’ve ever been.”

  1. In the words of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev – former President, and current right-hand man to Vladimir Putin – regarding Congress’ insane decision to impose dramatic new economic sanctions on Russia, for reasons essentially no one understands; “the signing of new sanctions against Russia into law by the US president leads to several consequences. First, any hope of improving our relations with the new US administration is over.  Second, the US just declared a full-fledged trade war on Russia. Third, the Trump administration demonstrated it is utterly powerless, and in the most humiliating manner transferred executive powers to Congress.”
  1. Following up on America’s unfathomably self-destructive foreign policy, Trump is this morning expected to deliver a speech denouncing China’s trade policies; in essence, igniting a potentially globally destructive trade war, that China has already vowed to retaliate against.
  1. In a series of moves telegraphing America’s intention to invade; atop the economic sanctions imposed in the aforementioned law, to not just Russia, but North Korea and Iran; the government ordered all U.S. citizens to leave North Korea by September 1st. This, mere hours after publishing a video displaying the capabilities of its Minuteman ICBM program.
  1. Escalating border tensions between nuclear-armed China and India, culminating in a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman stating “the crossing of the mutually recognized national borders on the part of India… is a serious violation of China’s territory and runs against the international law“…and that “the determination and the willingness and the resolve of China to defend its sovereignty is indomitable, so it will safeguard its sovereignty and security interests at whatever cost.”
  1. Just one day after the Royal Bank of Australia’s “unexpectedly” uber-dovish policy statement – in which it “warned” of the dangers of a strengthening Aussie dollar; the Australian “black economy task force” proposed a variety of draconian “war on cash” measures – like inserting nanochips in paper currency and issuing currency “expiration dates” to prevent hoarding.
  1. Yet again, a major Central bank “unexpectedly” published an uber-dovish policy statement. In this case, the Bank of England – following yesterday’s RBA decision, and those of the Fed, BOJ, and ECB in the prior two weeks.
  1. This, as the Reserve Bank of India – “war on cash” and all – “unexpectedly” reduced interest rates last night, too.
  1. Incredibly, despite maniacal stock and bond market support by the PPT, Fed, and Exchange Stabilization Fund, it was reported that the average U.S. public pension fund returned just 0.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in 2016, compared to the comically unattainable 7.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} “assumption” they cumulatively made.
  1. Now that the “repeal and replace” movement is dead and buried, the first 2018 Obamacare rate hike requests have come in from health insurance companies – featuring massive increases, of up to 30{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.
  1. S. Commercial and Industrial loan generation plunged to its lowest year-over-year growth rate in six years – at barely above zero.
  1. Plunging interest rates that, with each passing day, makes my early January call that 2.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} would represent the top of the 10-year Treasury yield look that much more prescient.

 

  1. News that OPEC production again hit a new record high in July, six months after the fraudulent “production cut” concocted by the ad hoc “oil PPT” first commenced – which will only increase the dramatic deflationary trends Central banks are so terrified of.
  1. Last but not least, the dollar index is now down 9{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in 2017, representing its worst first half of the year since 1985. Not an insignificant accomplishment, given how the Euro, Yen, and Pound are on the verge of being hyper-inflated into oblivion.

 

Consequently, the powers that be’s’ attempts to mask political, economic, and monetary collapse with market manipulation have gone parabolic – to the point that quite soon, the entire world will realize what’s going on, and “invest accordingly.”  As at some point, “dotcom valuations in a Great Depression Era” and Precious Metals trading at their “lowest ever inflation-adjusted prices” must revert to the mean, no matter how much manipulation is utilized to prevent this inevitability.

I’ve been forced by one of the gold Cartel’s most egregious, “in your face” attacks in history – which most probably don’t realize, given that as I write just after the COMEX open, both gold and silver prices have moved back into the black.  Which was, this “flash crash” last night at 7:06 PM EST.  Followed of course, by a similar “flash crash” at the time-tested “2:15 AM” hour (when London “pre-market” paper trading commences), for the 884th time in the past 1,009 trading days.

Read more @ MilesFranklin.com

Trump marvelously TROLLS media in West Virginia: ‘Any Russians here tonight?’ (VIDEO)

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by Ricky Twisdale, The Duran:

As the unremitting assault on Donald Trump’s presidency by the deep state continues, the president openly mocked the Russia hysteria

Donald Trump spoke to a packed crowd in Huntington, West Virginia on Thursday, delivering one of his most fiery speeches since his campaign days.

It continued Trump’s strategy of taking his message directly to the people, bypassing the traditional mass media, which is overwhelmingly hostile.

The U.S. President openly mocked the ongoing “Russiagate” obsession of the mainstream media and his opponents in the deep state apparatus, to the delight of the audience:

The Russia story is a total fabrication. It’s just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics…

What the prosecutors should be looking at, are Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails, and they should be looking at the paid Russian speeches, and the owned Russian companies – or let them look at the uranium she sold that is now in the hands of very angry Russians.

Most people know there were no Russians in our campaign – there never were. We didn’t win because of Russia, we won because of you

Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia…? Are there any Russians here tonight?

The speech comes right on the heels of Trump’s signing into law a bill forced on him by congress, which restricts the president’s ability to lift sanctions on Russia without approval from the legislature. Trump slammed the bill as “clearly unconstitutional.”

Read More @ TheDuran.com