from Jerome Corsi:
by officialfuzzy, Steemit.com:
My team and I are currently putting together a blockchain project called “MilkBox” that will allow families to find missing children and loved ones, as well as hunt down the human traffickers who enslave and harm people.
This project will bring this process to the world in an open an transparent way allowing for worldwide coordination of search and rescue efforts without all the bureaucracy, paperwork, and red tape and time restrictions put in place by local and international governments.
Rough draft of our project infographic using some placeholder clipart from the interwebs.
to move this project along and will be offering generous rewards for the various artwork, promotional materials, and social media campaign efforts we need to give this project the professional image and support it needs through weekly contests and community challenges.
Create a Mission Appropriate LOGO for Project MilkBox. The logo should include a 2D cartoon style character to represent the brand. Please be creative, but keep the design professional.
📜 Please follow the rules…
1) Entries MUST be at least 500 x 500 pixels (or larger) (square or rectangle) in size in PNG format with a transparent background.
2) Entries MUST include a 2D Cartoon Style Milk Carton Character.
A simple character like the one above is fine, but it should look professional – not a stick man 🙂
3) Entries MUST include the text Project Milkbox
4) We are currently using the tagline “Find your loved ones“, feel free to incorporate that or something similar in your design. This is not required, we can always add something in later.
5) Entrants MUST be able to supply the character separate from any text or design.
6) Entrants MUST Upvote AND ReSteem This Post
(afterall, this is a community-building challenge)
7) Create a post with your entries (up to 3), then reply below with a link to your your post, you can put your images too, and BTS/OL account name in the comments.
Winners will be chosen in one week when this post ends. You will need a Bitshares/OpenLedger account to receive any rewards.
1st Place: 40 BeyondBits + 40 EOSBits
2nd Place: 30 BeyondBits + 30 EOSBits
3rd Place: 20 BeyondBits + 20 EOSBits
Plus, ALL other genuine entries will receive a small upvote reward.
Beyondbit and EOSBit started as a conversations in the BeyondBitcoin hangout series shortly after Steem was launched historically in those very hangouts. It began as “community tokens” or “tag coins”. These cross-chain tokens give their holders the power to Summon a Whalevote to posts without having to pay for attention. And they are only given to people who Participate in Challenges, Win Contests and do other things of value for the community!
BeyondBit and EOSBit tokens are on BitShares! So make sure you have a BitShares/OpenLedger account to receive and send them for upvotes on your Steem posts!
These powerful cross-chain tokens will be very valuable in the future once EOS.IO has launched and associated DApps are brought online. We encourage you to participate in as many challenges as you are capable of and save up your EOSBit!
by James Howard Kunstler, Russia Insider:
“If I was running the Russian intel services, I’d just pay to send a few Nebraska county commissioners to Disneyland — that would keep our seventeen US intel agencies busy until kingdom come trying to figure out the angle.”
Forget about sharks. In their Valentine’s Day editorial: Why Does Trump Ignore Top Officials’ Warnings on Russia?, The New York Times jumped several blue whales (all the ones left on earth), a cruise ship, a subtropical archipelago, a giant vortex of plastic bottles, and the Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit shoot. The lede said:
The phalanx of intelligence chiefs who testified on Capitol Hill delivered a chilling message: Not only did Russia interfere in the 2016 election, it is already meddling in the 2018 election by using a digital strategy to exacerbate the country’s political and social divisions.
Hmmm…. After almost two years of relentless public paranoia about Russia and US elections, don’t you suppose these Ruskie gremlins would find some other way to make mischief in our world — maybe meddle in the NHL playoffs, or hack WalMart’s bookkeeping department, or covertly switch out the real Dwayne Johnson with a robot? I kind of completely and absolutely doubt that they’ll bother with our elections.
Let’s face it, the United States is doing a stellar job of destroying itself with bad ideas, foolish ideologies, and pervasive self-deceit. If I was running the Russian intel services, I’d just pay to send a few Nebraska county commissioners to Disneyland — that would keep our seventeen US intel agencies busy until kingdom come trying to figure out the angle. And it would cheaper than spending a hundred grand to (expletive deleted) with Facebook.
Actually the Times’s editorial seems to have CIA / NSA fingerprints all over it, or at least Deep State paw prints. By stating that the Russians are already “meddling” in 2018 elections that haven’t happened yet, aren’t our own security agencies setting up the public to lose faith in the electoral process and fight over election results? Oh, by the way, the Times presented no evidence whatsoever that this alleged “meddling” is taking place. They just assert it, as if it were already adjudicated.
But then they take it another step, making the case that because Mr. Trump does not go along with the Russian Meddling story, he is obstructing efforts to prevent Russian interference in the elections that haven’t happened yet, and is therefore by implication guilty of treason. A fine piece of casuistry.
The longer this fantasy about Russia continues from the Left side of the political transect, the deeper the nation sinks into a dangerous collective psychosis. After all this time, the only known instances of American political figures “colluding” with Russians involve the shenanigans between the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and US intel services including the FBI and CIA, in paying for the “Steele Dossier” and the activities of the Fusion GPS company that claimed Russia hacked Hillary’s and John Podesta’s email.
There is now a ton of evidence about all this monkey business, and no sign (yet) that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller may be taking a good hard look at it, not to mention the professional misconduct of a half dozen senior FBI, NSA, and CIA officials, especially former CIA chief John Brennan, who has now morphed into a CNN “analyst,” taking an active role in what amounts to a psy-ops campaign to shove the public toward war.
The “resistance” may think it is getting some mileage out of this interminable narrative, but its arrant inconsistencies only undermine faith in all our political institutions, and that is really playing with fire.
We are already choking this polity to death by endlessly litigating the past, insuring that the country doesn’t have the time or the fortitude to deal with much more important quandaries of the present — especially a financial system that is speeding into the most colossal train wreck in history. That will de-rail Mr. Trump soon enough, and then all the rest of us will have enough to do to keep our lives together or to refashion them in some that will work in a very different economy.
Read More @ Russia-Insider.com
by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:
Today, I’m coming out of the closet.
No, not that closet.
I’m coming out of the hard-nosed, bad-to-the-bone survivalist prepper closet. Because I think a lot of folks have some misconceptions about what being a prepper really means. It certainly isn’t the same thing for everyone. And our rigidity as a community can scare people away who want to be better prepared.
You want to hear a few of my confessions? Here they are, in no particular order of dirt.
Wait! Don’t leave! Let me redeem myself.
Those of you who are more typical of the prepper mentality may be wondering why on earth you ever came to my website in the first place. Those of you who guiltily indulge in some of the things I just confessed to may be breathing a deep sigh of relief, glad to hear that you still get to keep your prepper card.
Shoot, I know preppers who:
These aren’t necessarily the things that I do. (Although I did live in California for a while.) But none of those things mean that they aren’t prepared and that they don’t want to take care of their families.
The point of this whole confession is that I think it’s really important that we in the prepper community open our arms to all the people who are interested in being more prepared, not just the ones who fit the typical stereotype. I’ve been guilty of this myself, by poking fun at the “snowflakes.” (But, if you were offended by that, stick around, because I make right-wing conservatives mad too with my opinion that gay people aren’t the devil.)
Anyway, I’m sorry for making people feel unwanted in this community. I’ll try to do better. I really want to see you become better prepared and I want to help.
One thing I’ve learned from my Facebook group recently is how incredibly broad the range is when it comes to preppers. We’re rich, poor, single, married, Christian, not Christian, men, women, conservative, liberal, straight, gay, country dwellers, city slickers, frugal, not frugal,…but there is one place where we all come together. That place where we all want to be prepared, no matter what happens. We all have things to add.
We don’t all want to live on 40 acres in the boondocks where we have to climb a tree to get a phone signal. (More power to ya though, because I’ve done that, minus the tree, and it’s HARD WORK.) We don’t all want to raise every bite of our own food. That’s also hard work. We don’t all can and preserve our food. (But try it! You’ll be amazed at how satisfying it is!) We don’t all live without any form of popular culture, like television, current music, or radios. We don’t all have the same political beliefs, religious beliefs, or social beliefs. We aren’t all wilderness survival gurus who could live off the land indefinitely, or ex-military snipers, or camo-wearing rednecks. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that – we just aren’t all that way.)
All it requires is the burning desire to be self-reliant and take care of your family come what may.
And I’m here to help you.
Read More @ TheOrganicPrepper.ca
by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:
Oligarchs, though they speak of deconstructing the administrative state, actually increase deficits and the size and power of law enforcement and the military to protect their global business interests and ensure domestic social control. The parts of the state that serve the common good wither in the name of deregulation and austerity. The parts that promote the oligarchs’ power expand in the name of national security, economic growth and law and order.
– Chris Hedges, The Deadly Rule of the Oligarchs
If you’ve been checking in with this site in recent days, you may have wondered if I was on vacation. I’m not. Rather, I’ve been suffering from a bit of sluggishness and writers block, and it wasn’t until I took some time to think about why earlier this morning that I was able to determine the cause of my affliction. The best way to describe what I’ve been dealing with in recent days is insanity fatigue.
It’s not as if there’s been a lack of news or things to talk about. There’s plenty. The problem is I’ve once again become exhausted and overwhelmed by the superficial stupidity and narcissism of our national political dialogue. I first expressed this sentiment about a year ago in the piece, Lost in the Political Wilderness, and the feeling came back in spades in recent days.
It’s been a year since I wrote that post and not much has changed. The political conversation, if you can call it that, remains largely polarized between two groups primarily focused on whether they support Trump or swear he’s Putin’s devilish puppet. One side insists he’s going to Make America Great Again, while the other thinks everything was perfectly fine before his election, and all will be well as long as we can rid ourselves of his presence. Meanwhile, the oligarch class continues to loot and pillage at will.
It’s actually quite extraordinary that a people so systemically and obviously preyed upon cannot see what’s right in front of them. It’s mind-boggling that tens of millions are so easily divided and conquered into manufactured tribes intent on avoiding at all costs what’s really going on in this country, such as a fraudulent financial system, endless imperial wars and the ever encroaching surveillance state. Long story short, we as a people simply refuse to accept what’s really causing the rot in this country and continue to be mesmerized by bread, circuses and opportunistic pundits leading us straight into oblivion.
I suppose this is always the way it is at the end of a failing and bankrupt empire, it’s just extraordinary to watch it happen in real time. The total insanity of the political debate in the U.S., and a lack of any willingness to admit our real systemic problems — let alone face them — is what convinces me without a doubt that this train is headed straight into a brick wall.
That’s not to say other countries are in fine shape, they aren’t. The whole planet’s become entangled in America’s increasingly corrupt, militaristic and fraudulent imperial financial system. Escape will not be clean or easy for anybody. Nevertheless, the U.S. has the furtherest to fall given it is the world’s dominant power armed with the global reserve currency. An empire with such an overwhelming structural advantage can last a lot longer than it should in the face of monumental incompetence, but the day of reckoning is coming.
Meanwhile, Trump isn’t addressing any of the major structural issues we face like our fraudulent and corrupt financial system, endless and pointless imperial wars or the ever-expanding surveillance panopticon managed and controlled by the unelected “deep state.” Sure, he talks a good game sometimes, but the core elements of the U.S. empire continue to expand in power and hubris with virtually zero resistance. Hillary Clinton would’ve done much the same while deflecting criticism as “sexist.” If the general public refuses to confront our real issues,the politicians and bureaucrats sure as heck aren’t going to. As such, it appears imperial implosion is inevitable at this point.
Chris Hedges recently wrote a piece on oligarchy at TruthDig and the role it plays in imperial collapse. The excerpt below was particularly poignant.
Oligarchs accelerate social, political, cultural and economic collapse. The unchecked plunder leads to systems breakdown. The refusal to protect natural resources, or the economic engines that sustain the state, means that poverty becomes the norm and the natural world becomes a toxic wasteland. Basic institutions no longer work. Infrastructure is no longer reliable. Water, air and soil are poisoned. The population is left uneducated, untrained, impoverished, oppressed by organs of internal security and beset by despair. The state eventually goes bankrupt. Oligarchs respond to this steady deterioration by forcing workers to do more for less and launching self-destructive wars in the vain attempt to restore a lost golden age. They also insist, no matter how bad it gets, on maintaining their opulent and hedonistic lifestyles. They further tax the resources of the state, the ecosystem and the population with suicidal demands. They flee from the looming chaos into their gated compounds, modern versions of Versailles or the Forbidden City. They lose touch with reality. In the end, they are overthrown or destroy the state itself. There is no institution left in America that can be called democratic, and thus there is no internal mechanism to prevent a descent into barbarity.
This is where we stand now. The system is breaking down in a very serious and dangerous manner as a result of decades of unaccountable oligarch plunder. A historic theft aided and abetted by politicians, intelligence agencies and corporate media, which provide the necessary backbone to keep oligarchy entrenched and the public confused and bickering about endless superficialities. If a thoughtful public backlash based on incisive analysis and energy capable of reforming this imperial oligarchy was coming, it would have arrived by now. It’s not coming, thus, imperial collapse is all but guaranteed. My guess is it’ll probably all be over by 2025 at the latest.
Although it may appear that way, my message isn’t one of doom and gloom. After all, it’s clear to me that the U.S. empire isn’t helping the typical American anyway. Rather, our system of predatory imperial oligarchy is more akin to a parasitic albatross around our collective necks, sucking away our spirit, wealth and liberty to enrich and empower a handful of empty and voraciously greedy sociopaths.
I don’t claim that the transition period will be smooth or painless, but I do harbor a great deal of optimism about what the future can and will look like on the other side. Younger generations understand as much as anyone how corrupt, fraudulent and unsustainable this system and its institutions are. Meanwhile, thoughtful and brilliant people globally are working day and night to create the necessary rails for a decentralized future in which we can reduce the need to trust institutions and individuals, hopefully ushering in a new paradigm characterized by greater transparency, ethics, liberty and an opportunity for a vastly improved experience for humankind.
Read More @ LibertyBlitzkrieg.com
by Bob Rinear, The International Forecaster:
No matter where we look, we see it. The media lies, the politicians lie, the markets get rigged, and we’re left to try and navigate through this mess. It gets frustrating. You find a stock that should be trading considerably lower. Their balance sheet stinks like 5 day fish.
I’ve been doing this for a long time. The first letters went around to investment clubs back in 1995. So in those almost 23 years, I’ve covered a lot of ground. I’ve talked about so many topics, I certainly couldn’t name them all.
Probably the most consistent them over the years, is what Trump famously calls “fake news”. But it isn’t just the news that’s fake. It’s darned near everything you’re told. Lies, distortions, shell games, exaggerations and such, dominates us, especially in the world of economics. Nothing is as it appears.
For years we talked about the manipulations and the “rigging” of the gold and silver markets. People brought up on a diet of CNBC, or Bloomberg would roll their eyes and scoff. “There goes Bob on his conspiracy rants again” was a common thread.
But over the years, we’ve been vindicated. Major banks have been fined north of 40 billion dollars for rigging everything from the Silver quote, to the Libor rates. Not to mention that little situation during the housing bubble where it was proven that banks were taking toxic mortgages, packaging them as AAA paper and selling them as investments. No matter where you looked ( and still look) we see deception.
The stock, bond and currency markets are the biggest “business” on earth. It’s bigger than the top 100 companies combined. On any given day the NYSE will trade north of 170 BILLION dollars worth of stocks. On any given day the FX market will trade between 4 and 15 TRILLION worth of currencies. Tell me of any other sort of business that generates that much flow. You can’t.
So it stands to reason that those sorts of values are going to attract some genuinely “not so nice” people. Think about it. Willie Sutton was a famous “bank robber” who over the course of his career had gotten away with about 2 million dollars. While he didn’t actually say the verse that is attributed to him, the idea remains the same. When asked why he robs banks, he replied “because that’s where the money is” ( actually a reporter wrote those words after interviewing Willie)
It’s the same in the markets. It draws in criminals like mice to cheese. Why? Because that’s where the money is. So, it is NOT unusual that over the years we’ve exposed silver manipulation. It’s not hard to understand that gold’s been manipulated. It’s easy to see why stocks, and the market itself is chock full of things that either are, or should be illegal.
Almost like clockwork, word broke over the past few days that the volatility indexes were also being manipulated. “oh no, say it isn’t so!”. But alas, yes it is indeed true. This is from Bloomberg:
“A whistle-blower today told U.S. regulators that a scheme to manipulate the VIX, the volatility gauge thrust into the spotlight last week during a wild trading session, costs investors hundreds of millions of dollars a month.
A Washington-based lawyer told the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission — the nation’s top markets regulators — in a letter today that his client found a flaw that allows traders “with sophisticated algorithms to move the VIX up or down by simply posting quotes on S&P options and without needing to physically engage in any trading or deploying any capital.” Billions in purportedly ill-gotten profits have been scooped up by “unethical electronic option market makers,” according to the letter.
The client wasn’t identified by name. He has held “senior positions at some of the largest investment firms in the world,” according to the letter written by Jason Zuckerman of Zuckerman Law, who has appeared on Washingtonian magazine’s list of top whistle-blower lawyers in the nation’s capital.”
Now go figure. Someone was spoofing the market? Imagine that. Whether it’s high frequency traders posting bids and pulling them in a nano-second, or the gang of seven marking the silver quotes for the day, everything is rigged.
I guess there’s just certain levels of rigging however. For instance it’s my belief that gap up and gap down opens on the market should be illegal. What form of “free” market do you have when you can own a stock into the close at say 100.00 and the very next day it opens at 95.00 because of some news event? Did you have any way to protect yourself from that loss? Nope. Was there a way for you to digest the news and decide to sell at 2 am if you wanted? Nope. Yet that’s the way it goes, day after day.
Maybe because it’s been that way for so long people are just accustomed to it. They don’t question it. It just “is”. But other times the manipulation is fairly well hidden from public view. Consider the banks. After the melt down of 2008-09 they were all insolvent by virtually any count. So they simply “changed” the rules considering reporting.
Where previously they had to mark their assets to “market”, meaning what they’re worth in real time dollars on the open market, they were instead allowed to mark them to “model”. What’s that? They were simply allowed to mark their assets to what their economic forecast models “said” they were worth. So if you had an asset worth 10 cents on the open market, they could account for it at 1 dollar, because that’s what their models say it should be worth. How many people knew/know that?
Read More @ TheInternationalForecaster.com