Friday, April 19, 2019

Farage For London Mayor? Brexiteer Hints Of Plans To Unseat Sadiq Kahn

from ZeroHedge:

Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader who lives in south-east London, announced on Thursday that he’s considering a run for London mayor in 2020.

The outspoken Brexit champion said such a move would allow him to “make arguments” on a high profile platform – and he thinks he has enough support to actually pull it off, beating out whichever candidate the Conservatives put forward.

Farage, who left the UK Independence Party in July 2016 – just weeks after the UK voted to leave the EU, will lose his spot in the European Parliament next month when that occurs next March.

THE VIDEO THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE — Kerri Rivera

from SGTreport:

Kerri Rivera joins me to discuss the horrors of autism and the issue of vaccination damaged children, a problem of epidemic proportions which continues to grow by the day. Hundreds of thousands of parents are silently suffering as they deal with children who were born normal, but who are now afflicted with autism. The good news is, as Kerri shares in this interview, there are treatments available. This is the interview the FDA doesn’t want you to see.

Media Fear Over Russia and China Is Making the Military Industrial Complex Filthy Rich at Your Expense

from The Free Thought Project:

The new cold war, which was stirred up by the establishment over the last few years has become a boon for war profiteers. Fear is money.

(RT) — US politicians and media peddling scary stories about Russia and China may have a more pedestrian motive than defending ‘American values and way of life’ – a return to the halcyon days of the Cold War and the Pentagon gravy train.

‘There Is No Cure for this Disease…’

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by Hugo Salinas Price, Plata:

In 1934, through the Gold Reserve Act, President Roosevelt devalued the dollar from $20.67 dollars per ounce, to $35 dollars per ounce.

The devaluation was excessive, meaning that at $35 dollars per ounce, the world considered that it would rather own American dollars – as undervalued – rather than gold; for this reason, and because of fears regarding another World War, the world shipped enormous quantities of gold to the US, in exchange for US dollars.

The consequence was that the stash of American gold, at the end of WW II, was about 22,000 tons of gold.

The huge error which the American administration committed at the Bretton Woods, N.H., international monetary conference in 1944, where the monetary order of the post-war world was determined, was to force upon the world a defective monetary system: gold was to be the foundation of the post-war world economy, supported by the US dollar, which was to be considered – like it or not – as good as gold.

This huge mistake has brought the US and the world to an enormous economic distortion: all production in all countries of the world, today, and all economic relations, both internally within nations and with regard to their international relations, are disconnected from reality.

After the war, the US continued the policy to which it was and is addicted: credit expansion. Consequently, the undervaluation of the dollar in 1934, turned into an overvaluation of the dollar, and US gold began to be purchased by the rest of the world at what was regarded as an increasingly attractive price of $35 dollars per ounce. Accordingly, the US stock of gold began to contract as gold left the country.

In 1955, when I was 23 years old, and returning from a trip to Europe with my bride on the Italian passenger liner, the “Andrea Doria”, I recall after-dinner conversations with elderly gentlemen in the lounge, and the subject of the conversations was the persistent loss of gold on the part of the US.

In the post-war period, as a result of the Bretton Woods Agreements of 1944, the rest of the world accumulated dollar reserves – “as good as gold” – and this helped mask the consequences of the constant US credit expansion. However, there was a fly in the ointment: the perceptive Jacques Rueff, Economics Minister of General Charles de Gaulle, President of France, alerted de Gaulle to the fact that the US was both expanding internal US credit, and external credit by sending US dollars to France in payment for French imports to the US: French acceptance of dollars as payment, was actually credit extended to the US, and according to Rueff, this was unwise.

General de Gaulle thereupon insisted on returning the dollars held by the Bank of France to the US, and demanding in return, the gold to which it had a right. In May of 1968, Paris was shaken by very severe Leftist rioting and President de Gaulle was very nearly deposed. Obviously, the US had not been pleased with General de Gaulle’s attitude.

Nevertheless, the outflow of gold from Fort Knox to the rest of the world continued unabated. The cheap dollar purchased a lot of gold, at $35 dollars an ounce.

As we all know, Fort Knox continued to bleed gold until August 15, 1971 when the gold stock having reached some 8,000 tons, President Nixon “temporarily” closed the gold window. The “as good as gold” part of the Bretton Woods Agreements of 1944 had ended. The irredeemable US dollar – a figment of the imagination – was now the basis of the world’s economy.

World trade did not stop in its tracks. The world continued to revolve around its own axis in 24 hours a day, and the nations of the world went on using the irredeemable dollar as the foundation of their national economies and their banking systems.

Gold reserves ceased to have any importance for finance ministers around the world. Gold became the “barbarous relic” of J. M. Keynes. Having dollars now became the paramount objective of finance ministers and Central Bank chiefs.

The question for the rest of the world was no longer “We cannot allow excessive credit expansion, because we have to protect our gold reserves.” After August 15, 1971, the new question was: “We must export more than we import, in order to have growing reserves of US dollars; because if we have more dollars, we can also expand credit – like the US – and grow our economies.” If the rest of the world wanted more dollars in order to “grow their economies”, there was, in the last resort, only one country that provided the necessary dollars: the US.

Consequently, the rest of the world went to work to sell whatever it could, to the US, and receive dollars in payment. National prosperity for the rest of the world required a flourishing export market in the US. Those who had nothing to sell to the US were out of luck. Those selling lots of stuff to the US, enjoyed prosperity.

What was the key to selling to the US, for the all-important dollars received in return?

The key, for all countries, was to undersell the local US producers of whatever the rest of the world had for sale. There was no other way to obtain dollars.

Read More @ Plata.com.mx

Huge Chaff Cloud That Lit Up Radars As It Drifted Across The Midwest Remains A Mystery

by Joseph Trevethick and Tyler Rogoway, The Drive:

Yesterday, meteorologists, and anyone else watching weather radar in southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and western Kentucky, noticed an unusual formation drifting through the area. Although evidence remains limited, this was likely a burst of chaff released from a U.S. military aircraft, but there is still no clear explanation as to why the plane released the radar-reflecting countermeasures in this particular area.

Trump Is Right: The Federal Reserve Is Crazy And Here Are 101 Reasons Why It Should Be Shut Down

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

Donald Trump just made one of the most brilliant moves of his entire presidency.  By accusing the Federal Reserve of “going loco”, he is placing the blame for the coming stock market crash and horrifying economic downturn squarely where it belongs, and he is firing up millions of true conservatives among his base at the same time.  For many, many years, a lot of us have been trying to educate the American people about the deeply insidious Federal Reserve system.  As Ron Paul once so astutely observed, it is actually about as “federal” as Federal Express is.  The Federal Reserve is an unelected cabal of central bankers that is running our economy into the ground, and the only way we are going to fix our long-term economic and financial problems is if we abolish it.  So for those of us that understand these things, it is extremely exciting to hear President Trump use language such as this

They Are Trying To Silence Us – As Media Suffers Its ‘Worst, Most Humiliating Chapters In Modern Journalism’

by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

One of the most dishonest statements a writer and/or reporter can make is the claim that they have no bias, or as CNN’s Chris Cillizza stated in October 2016 “Let me say for the billionth time: Reporters don’t root for a side. Period.”

I called BS then, and I call it now. CNN’s own Chris Coumo proved Cillizza’s dishonesty two years before Cillizza made that laughable claim by admitting, on-air, that in the media’s push for Hillary Clinton to announce a presidential run, “We couldn’t help her any more than we have, she’s got just a free ride so far from the media, we’re the biggest ones promoting her campaign, so it had better happen.” (Video here, published in 2016, but Cuomo’s statements were made in 2014)

As a writer myself, I will tell readers straight up, I am a conservative and everything from our choice in topics, to our observations, contain the inherent bias of our own ideology.

Cops Hold Mentally Ill Man Down on 170 Degree Pavement Until His Skin Melted Off

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by Jack Burns, The Free Thought Project:

A man is seeking $26 million after the force used by police resulted in life-threatening injuries and third-degree burns when he was forced onto the scorching 170-degree pavement.

Sacramento, CA — A California man is suing the city of Citrus Heights and several of its police officers for the horrific injuries he sustained when police forced him onto the ground of a restaurant parking lot when the temperature was more than 100 degrees outside.

The pavement was estimated to have been around 170 degrees, causing James Bradford Nelson III’s flesh to melt and resulting in third-degree burns on his face, torso, legs, and buttocks.

Nelson suffers from schizophrenia and has been in and out of jail since he was a juvenile. While defense attorneys will likely bring up his criminal past as being responsible for the police officers’ use of force, Nelson’s family says his incarcerations have followed a pattern of mental instability, leading to criminal behavior, and then jail time. But, arguably, no human should receive life-threatening burns after a run-in with police.

Police officers were called to the KFC when Nelson was behaving erratically. The shirtless man then fled the restaurant but was taken to the ground, with his bare skin being exposed to the scorching roadway.

Nelson’s mother and stepfather, Tarsha and Barry Benigno, told the Sacremento Bee that they believe the officers were “poorly trained,” and that the injuries Nelson sustained have taken an emotional toll on both him and his family.

Citrus Heights police chief Ronald Lawrence said the case will be tried in court, adding that it is, “something that will involve the judicial system, and will not be resolved in the court of public opinion.”But it will be the opinion of the jury and not the chief which will matter when restitution must be decided.

The lawsuit contends, “During this time on the ground Nelson was screaming and yelling in excruciating pain,” and adds, “the officers forced his head down onto the hot pavement, leaning onto it with such force that Nelson could not move it for relief, exposing the right side of his face and neck to the scorching heat of the concrete.”

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

2018 Year in Review: Part 2

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by David Collum, Peak Prosperity:

Human Achievement

“Opportunities don’t happen; you create them.”

~Chris Grosser

We are now transitioning from economics and markets to the political and social events of 2018. As noted at the outset, I have over a hundred pages of quotes, notes, and anecdotes about Trump, Russian collusion, and the nefarious activities going on in the Deep State. It has grown progressively harder to wrap my brain around what I am actually witnessing. I can no longer write a chapter or two. I may be able to write a book, but certainly not in the months of November or December. It is what it is. I have focused on what catches my eye and what is achievable.

Always keep these 4 essential oils in your survival kit

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by Vicki Batts, Natural News:

Essential oils are gaining in popularity, finally beginning to get much-deserved recognition for their health benefits. But with so many options, it can be hard to narrow down which oils are the best fit for your needs. And when you’re prepping a survival kit, less is often more — especially when space is limited. So, here is a short list of some great essential oils to select for your survival kit (and your everyday medicine cabinet, too).

Orwell’s Dystopian CCTV Surveillance State Comes to Life in China – Who’s Next?

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by Vic Bishop, Activist Post:

We are fast approaching the technological and political realization of George Orwell’s dystopian promise for humanity. In the classic work 1984, Orwell describes a tightly controlled future where technocratic elites have stamped out individualism with total information awareness and total surveillance from the home, to the office, to the street.

There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever the wanted to. You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized. ~ George Orwell, 1984

As consumers sheepishly allow smart devices into their homes, real-time audio and video of personal space is being uploaded to the Web for use by corporations and government. The encroachment into the home with this two-way monitoring is unsettling, but for years new we have been witnessing the explosion of CCTV cameras on the streets of major cities around the world.

Now, couple CCTV cameras with artificial intelligence enhanced facial recognition technology and you have precisely what Orwell warned us of.

A recent BBC exposé into the network of facial recognition CCTV cameras in China’s biggest city, Beijing, shows us just how effective this network is identifying, tracking, and interdicting any targeted or wanted individual within minutes. This is in a city with a whopping 21.5 million residents.

This is all the more unnerving when you factor in China’s progress in developing a system of ranking individuals based on a citizen score linking social media and big data to create a digital caste system for human beings. Something akin to a credit score showing your loyalty to the state.

This vision is put into words here by Wired magazine:

Imagine a world where many of your daily activities were constantly monitored and evaluated: what you buy at the shops and online; where you are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games; and what bills and taxes you pay (or not). It’s not hard to picture, because most of that already happens, thanks to all those data-collecting behemoths like Google, Facebook and Instagram or health-tracking apps such as Fitbit. But now imagine a system where all these behaviours are rated as either positive or negative and distilled into a single number, according to rules set by the government. That would create your Citizen Score and it would tell everyone whether or not you were trustworthy. Plus, your rating would be publicly ranked against that of the entire population and used to determine your eligibility for a mortgage or a job, where your children can go to school – or even just your chances of getting a date. [Source]

Is this the model for the rest of world?

Read More @ ActivistPost.com