Tuesday, September 29, 2020

BREAKING: Obama Admin Reportedly Approved General Flynn Calls with Russian Ambassador

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by Joshua Caplan, The Gateway Pundit:

On Friday, Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about making contact with Russian Ambassador Kislyak during the transition period. In a stunning twist, the Trump White House revealed to CNN that the calls were approved by the Obama administration. 

The Hill reports:

The White House said on Friday that it was the Obama administration that authorized former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during President Trump’s transition, according to CNN. 

Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Kislyak in the month before Trump took office, the first current or former Trump White House official brought down by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling. Court records indicate that his communications with Kislyak were directed by a Trump transition official, with multiple news outlets reporting that official was Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. “They are saying here at the White House that Flynn’s conversations with Sergey Kisylak were quote ‘authorized’ by the Obama administration,” CNN correspondent Jim Acosta said.

“We should point out, that is something that we have not heard before in terms of a defense from this White House,” Acosta then bitterly noted.

Following pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI, General Michael Flynn released the statement below:

“After over 33 years of military service to our country, including nearly five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of ‘treason’ and other outrageous acts. Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for. But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

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Goodbye, Net Neutrality. Hello, Liberty.

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by Gary North, Lew Rockwell:

The New York Times has published a screed with this title: The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death.

Let me remind you of the basic rule of titling breathless articles: begin with the phrase “the death of” or “the end of.” When you read such a phrase, you can be sure that whatever it is, it is not dying. Whatever it has been in the past, it is likely to be in the future. It is not facing the end.

Here is the logic of the screed.

The internet is dying.Sure, technically, the internet still works. Pull up Facebook on your phone and you will still see your second cousin’s baby pictures. But that isn’t really the internet. It’s not the open, anyone-can-build-it network of the 1990s and early 2000s, the product of technologies created over decades through government funding and academic research, the network that helped undo Microsoft’s stranglehold on the tech business and gave us upstarts like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix.

Nope, that freewheeling internet has been dying a slow death — and a vote next month by the Federal Communications Commission to undo net neutrality would be the final pillow in its face.

Net neutrality is intended to prevent companies that provide internet service from offering preferential treatment to certain content over their lines. The rules prevent, for instance, AT&T from charging a fee to companies that want to stream high-definition videos to people.

The phrase “preferential treatment” is easy to define: high bid wins. It is the organizational principle of the auction.

The mainstream media are Keynesian to the core. The fundamental principle of the free market is this: high monetary bid wins. It is the principle of the auction. Liberals hate most auctions. Yes, they like auctions of incredibly overpriced and incomparably ugly art. They don’t get upset when somebody pays $150 million to buy a piece of tripe painted by Picasso. That’s their kind of stupidity. They like it. But they don’t want the common people to have access to open markets. Open markets are only for the elite, in the view of America’s Left.

They hate the principle of high bid wins because it lets people buy what they want at prices they are willing to pay for. They hate it because people who don’t have enough money to buy everything they want, and who are therefore either unwilling or unable to pay for it, don’t get to buy. That’s what happens at every auction.

The screed officially favors underfunded producers. It doesn’t favor the consumers, however. Consumers determine what they are willing to pay for. So, in the opinion of the mainstream media, little people must be protected by the federal government. It’s the small start-up company that has not proven itself in the marketplace that must be protected. It is the hopeful outfit with little experience and not much money which must be protected.

Because net neutrality shelters start-ups — which can’t easily pay for fast-line access — from internet giants that can pay, the rules are just about the last bulwark against the complete corporate takeover of much of online life. When the rules go, the internet will still work, but it will look like and feel like something else altogether — a network in which business development deals, rather than innovation, determine what you experience, a network that feels much more like cable TV than the technological Wild West that gave you Napster and Netflix.

The author of course hates a monopoly. By monopoly, he means oligopoly. These oligopolies are highly competitive. Facebook competes against Twitter. Microsoft competes against Apple. Amazon competes against everybody. Facebook, Amazon, and Google are all planning to provide competing free Internet service to the Third World by means of high-altitude relay systems. They are going to make poverty-stricken people into lower middle-class people. This is monopoly in action. Oh, woe!

Read More @ LewRockwell.com

Russia to Build Sanctions-Proof Internet for BRICS Nations

from Russia Insider:

Russia will build an alternative to the system of Domain Name Servers, sanctions-proofing its internet

The Russian Security Council has asked the country’s government to develop an independent internet infrastructure for BRICS nations, which would continue to work in the event of global internet malfunctions.

The initiative was discussed at the October meeting of the Security Council, which is Russia’s top consultative body on national security. President Vladimir Putin personally set a deadline of August 1, 2018 for the completion of the task, the RBC news agency reported.

While discussing the issue, members of the council noted that “the increased capabilities of western nations to conduct offensive operations in the informational space as well as the increased readiness to exercise these capabilities pose a serious threat to Russia’s security.”

They decided that the problem should be addressed by creating a separate backup system of Domain Name Servers (DNS), which would not be subject to control by international organizations. This system would be used by countries of the BRICS bloc – Brazil, 

The issue of excessive dependency on global DNS has previously been addressed by Russia. In 2014, the Russian Communications Ministry conducted a major exercise in which it simulated the “switching off” of global internet services and used a Russian backup system to successfully support web operations inside the country.

However, when reporters asked Vladimir Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov if the country’s authorities had been considering disconnecting from the global internet in 2014, Peskov dismissed these allegations as false. 

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

ANOTHER RAID BY THE BANKERS ON GOLD AND SILVER TODAY HOPING FOR CAPITULATION

by HarveyOrgan, Harvey Organ Blog:

GOLD DOWN $9.15 AND SILVER IS DOWN 15 CENTS/A MASSIVE 20,559 COMEX OI TRANSFERS OVER FOR 20,559 GOLD EFPS IN LONDON/SILVER WITNESSES A TRANSFER OF 5700 OI CONTRACTS FOR EFPS/A MASSIVE 37 TONNES OF GOLD STANDING IN DECEMBER/A HUGE 32 MILLION OZ OF SILVER STANDING IN DECEMBER ON FIRST DAY NOTICE/CHINESE ECONOMIC TRADE TALKS WITH THE USA STALLS

GOLD: $1273.95  DOWN $9.15

Silver: $16.43 DOWN 13 cents

Closing access prices:

Gold $1275.30

silver: $16.43

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: $1292.28 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1284.75

PREMIUM FIRST FIX: $7.53

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1290.66

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1284.10

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$6.56

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX: 5:30 am est $1282.15

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1281.90

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1280.20

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. 1280.00

For comex gold:

DECEMBER/

 NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR DECBER CONTRACT:  2309 NOTICE(S) FOR 230,900 OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 2309 FOR 230,900 OZ (7.181 TONNES)

For silver:

DECEMBER

3994 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR

19,970,000 OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 3994 for 19,970,000 oz

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Bitcoin: BID $9808/OFFER $9868, DOWN $5 (morning) 

BITCOIN : BID $9854 OFFER: $9914 // UP $39 (CLOSING)

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Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest SURPRISINGLY ROSE BY  A CONSIDERABLE 3254 contracts from 186,272 RISING TO 189,526 DESPITE YESTERDAY’S TRADING  WHICH SAW SILVER PLUMMET 32 CENTS AND NOW WELL BELOW THE HUGE $17.25 SILVER RESISTANCE.   WE HAD SURPRISINGLY NO COMEX LIQUIDATION.  HOWEVER WE WERE ALSO NOTIFIED THAT WE HAD ANOTHER LARGE NUMBER OF COMEX LONGS TRANSFERRING THEIR CONTRACTS TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE : 0 DECEMBER EFP’S WERE ISSUED ALONG WITH 5700 EFP’S FOR MARCH FOR A TOTAL ISSUANCE OF 5700 CONTRACTS.   I GUESS WHAT THE CME IS STATING IS THAT THERE IS NO SILVER (OR GOLD) TO BE DELIVERED UPON AT THE COMEX AS THEY MUST EXPORT THEIR OBLIGATION TO LONDON. YESTERDAY WITNESSED 820 EFP’S FOR SILVER ISSUED.

RESULT: A GOOD SIZED RISE IN OI COMEX DESPITE THE DROP IN SILVER PRICE OF 32 CENTS. HOWEVER  WE HAD ALL OF OUR COMEX LONGS WHICH EXITED OUT OF THE SILVER COMEX  TRANSFERRED THEIR OI TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE:  FROM THE CME DATA 5700 EFP’S  WERE ISSUED TODAY  FOR A DELIVERABLE CONTRACT OVER IN LONDON WITH A FIAT BONUS. IN ESSENCE THE  DEMAND FOR SILVER PHYSICAL INTENSIFIES GREATLY. WE REALLY GAINED 8954 OI CONTRACTS i.e.  5700 open interest contracts headed for London (EFP’s) TOGETHER WITH A INCREASE OF 3254 OI COMEX CONTRACTS.

In ounces AT THE COMEX, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e. 0.949 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 135% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT OCT MONTH/ THEY FILED: 3994 NOTICE(S) FOR 19,970,000 OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest COLLAPSED AGAIN IN SIMILAR  FASHION TO WHICH WE HAVE WITNESSED DURING THE PAST TWO YEARS AS WE APPROACH AN ACTIVE DELIVERY MONTH LIKE THIS ONE, I.E. DECEMBER.  THE TOTAL OI FELL BY ANOTHER 14,574 CONTRACTS DOWN TO 489,236 WITH THE HUGE FALL  IN PRICE OF GOLD YESTERDAY ($12.30).  HOWEVER  THE TOTAL NUMBER OF GOLD EFP’S ISSUED TODAY  TOTALED ANOTHER 20,559 CONTRACTS OF WHICH THE MONTH OF DECEMBER SAW 600 CONTRACTS AND FEB SAW THE ISSUANCE OF 19,959 CONTRACTS. (EMERGENCY??)   The new OI for the gold complex rests at 490,015. DEMAND FOR GOLD INTENSIFIES GREATLY AS WE WITNESS THE HUGE NUMBER OF EFP TRANSFERS TOGETHER WITH THE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF GOLD OUNCES STANDING FOR DECEMBER. EVEN THOUGH THE BANKERS ISSUED THESE MONSTROUS EFPS, THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS TO SUPPLY METAL BUT IT TRANSFERS THE RISK  TO A LONDON BANKER OBLIGATION AND NOT A NEW YORK COMEX OBLIGATION. LONGS RECEIVE A FIAT BONUS TOGETHER WITH A LONG LONDON FORWARD.  THUS, BY THESE ACTIONS, THE BANKERS AT THE COMEX  HAVE JUST STATED THAT THEY HAVE NO ACCPRECIABLE METAL!! THIS IS A MASSIVE FRAUD: THEY CANNOT SUPPLY ANY METAL TO OUR COMEX LONGS BUT THEY ARE QUITE WILLING TO SUPPLY MASSIVE NON BACKED GOLD (AND SILVER) PAPER KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE NO METAL TO SATISFY OUR LONGS. LONDON IS NOW SEVERELY BACKWARD IN BOTH GOLD AND SILVER AND ON TOP OF THAT IT IS TAKING A FURTHER 13 WEEKS TO OBTAIN PHYSICAL FROM THE POINT WHEN FORWARDS BECOME DUE. IN ESSENCE WE HAD A NET GAIN OF 5989 OI CONTRACTS: 14,574 OICONTRACTS LOST AT THE  COMEX OI  BUT OF THAT TOTAL  20,559 OI CONTRACTS NAVIGATED OVER TO LONDON. AS I REPORTED YESTERDAY: “THE CME HAS BEEN VERY TARDY IN THEIR REPORTING OF EFP ISSUANCE.  MY BET IS THAT WITH TOMORROW’S READING WE WILL HAVE A SURPLUS OF22,000++ OI NAVIGATING TO LONDON.”  I WAS CLOSE:  20,559 MOVED ACROSS. THESE GUYS ARE CROOKS. THEY ARE IMMEDIATELY REMOVING OPEN INTEREST NUMBERS BUT DELAYING RELEASE OF EFP’S

YESTERDAY, WE HAD 13,058 EFP’S ISSUED.

Result: A HUGE SIZED DECREASE IN OI  WITH THE HUGE SIZED FALL IN PRICE IN GOLD YESTERDAY ($12.30). WE  HAD AN LARGE  NUMBER OF COMEX LONG TRANSFERRING TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: 20,559. THERE OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT SEEM TO BE MUCH PHYSICAL GOLD AT THE COMEX AND YET WE REACHED THE HUGE DELIVERY MONTH OF DECEMBER. I GUESS IT EXPLAINS THE HUGE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S…THERE IS HARDLY ANY GOLD PRESENT AT THE GOLD COMEX FOR DELIVERY PURPOSES.  IF YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE 20,559 EFP CONTRACTS ISSUED, WE HAD A NET GAIN OPEN INTEREST OF 5989 contracts:

20,359 CONTRACTS MOVE TO LONDON AND 14,574 CONTRACTS REMOVED FROM   THE COMEX.

we had:  2309  notice(s) filed upon for 230,900 oz of gold.

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

GLD:

Today, no changes in gold inventory at the GLD/

Inventory rests tonight: 839.55 tonnes.

SLV

TODAY WE HAD NO CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV:

INVENTORY RESTS AT 317.130 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 SURPRISINGLY ROSE BY 3254 contracts from 186,272 UP  TO 189,526 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) DESPITE THE LOSS IN PRICE OF SILVER PRICE (A FALL OF 32 CENTS ). HOWEVER, OUR BANKERS  USED THEIR EMERGENCY PROCEDURE TO ISSUE ANOTHER HUGE  5700  PRIVATE EFP’S FOR MARCH (WE DO NOT GET A LOOK AT THESE CONTRACTS).  EFP’S GIVE OUR COMEX LONGS A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON.  WE HAVE NOW REACHED  FIRST DAY NOTICE.  AS I STATED YESTERDAY: “THIS IS THE SCENE WHERE IN THE PAST WE DID SEE MASSIVE COMEX OI CONTRACTION
ALTHOUGH IT WAS MORE PRONOUNCED IN GOLD THAN WITH SILVER.” IF YOU COMPARE GOLD TO SILVER ONE CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE: GOLD HAS A MUCH GREATER TRANSFER IN EFP’S THAN SILVER.  TODAY WE HAD ZERO COMEX SILVER COMEX LIQUIDATION. IF WE ADD THE OI GAIN AT THE COMEX (3528 CONTRACTS)   TO THE 5700 OI TRANSFERRED TO LONDON THROUGH EFP’S  WE OBTAIN A NET GAIN OF A MASSIVE  8954  OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS, ON TOP OF THE HUGE AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES THAT ARE STANDING FOR METAL IN DECEMBER (SEE BELOW)

RESULT: A LARGE SIZED INCREASE IN SILVER OI AT THE COMEX WITH THE 32 CENT FALL IN PRICE (WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING).  BUT WE ALSO  HAD ANOTHER 5770 EFP’S ISSUED.. TRANSFERRING OUR COMEX LONGS OVER TO LONDON . TOGETHER WITH THE HUGE AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR DECEMBER, DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL SILVER IS STRONG.

(report Harvey)

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2.a) The Shanghai and London gold fix report

(Harvey)

2 b) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe, Goldcore

(Mark O’Byrne/zerohedge

and in NY: Bloomberg

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)Late WEDNESDAY night/THURSDAY morning: Shanghai closed DOWN 20.67 points or .62% /Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 446.48 pts or 1.51% / The Nikkei closed UP 127.76 POINTS OR 0.57%/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED DOWN 0.64%/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed DOWN at 6.6150/Oil DOWN to 57.85 dollars per barrel for WTI and 63.27 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED GREEN .    ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST THE DOLLAR AT 6.6150. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST  THE ONSHORE YUAN AT 6.6210 //ONSHORE YUAN WEAKER AGAINST THE DOLLAR/OFF SHORE WEAKER TO THE DOLLAR/. THE DOLLAR (INDEX) IS STRONGER AGAINST ALL MAJOR CURRENCIES. CHINA IS NOT  HAPPY TODAY.(MARKETS VERY WEAK)

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