Saturday, July 2, 2022

Leaked Documents Purport To Show How The U.S., Gulf Countries Ship Weapons To Terrorists Using Diplomatic Flight Cover

by Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post:

A recent report by Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva entitled, “350 Diplomatic Flights Carry Weapons For Terrorists,” may very well have blown the lid on a secret program to provide weapons to terrorists in Iraq and Syria as well as anti-Houthi militants in Yemen. Gaytandzhieva’s report claims that the documents leaked to her by anonymous sources show that the Azberbaijani airline Silk Way Airlines was contracted by companies in the United States, Israel, and the Balkans to the militaries of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates as well as U.S. Special Ops. Gaytandzhieva’s own on-the-ground reporting also uncovered many weapons related to this secret trade in Aleppo after she had traveled there to investigate the story.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to visit Gaytandzhieva’s original article in which she presents scanned copies of the documents sent to her.

Although Gaytandzhieva’s report is months old, it gained wider traction in the alternative media after it was revealed she was subsequently interrogated by Bulgaria’s intelligence services and then fired from her newspaper because of the story.

Gaytandzhieva reports that at least 350 diplomatic flights by Silk Way Airlines (an Azeri state-run company) transported weapons all across the world to various war zones over the past three years. She writes that the planes carried “tens of tons of heavy weapons and ammunition headed to terrorists under the cover of diplomatic flights.” Gaytandzhieva says that the documents implicating Silk Way Airlines were sent to her on Twitter by Anonymous Bulgaria.

She reports that the documents include correspondence between the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Azerbaijan to Bulgaria. They also include documents which were attached requesting clearance for overflight and/or landing in Bulgaria and many other countries in Europe as well as the United States, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey including others still.

According to Gaytandzhieva, the documents show Silk Way Airlines offering diplomatic flights to private companies and arm manufacturers in Israel, the Balkans, and the United States as well as the UAE, KSA, militaries and U.S. Special Ops Command (USSOCOM). The airline also offered its services to the militaries of Germany and Denmark in Afghanistan and to Sweden in Iraq.

According to Gaytandzhieva, the diplomatic flights were utilized because they are exempt from checks, taxes, and air bills. For that reason, she states that the Silk Way planes transported “hundreds of tons of weapons to different locations around the world without regulation” and for free. The reporter writes that the planes made stops ranging from a few hours up to a whole day for no logical reason i.e. repair, refueling, etc., thus lending further evidence that the planes were indeed shipping weapons as a primary mission.

Gaytandzhieva writes that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) requires that “Dangerous Goods, Regulations, operators, transporting dangerous goods forbidden transportation by civil aircrafts, must apply for exemption for transportation of dangerous goods by air.” She states that, according to the documents she received, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry sent instructions to its embassies in Bulgaria and other European countries requesting diplomatic clearance for Silk Way Airlines flights. The embassies then sent diplomatic notes to the Foreign Ministry of the host countries to request the exemption. The Foreign Ministry would then send back a note signed by the local civil aviation authorities granting the necessary exemption for the transport of the dangerous goods by air.

These requests, according to the documents and the report, included information about the type and quantity of the goods on board, listed as “heavy weapons and ammunition.” Still, Gaytandzhieva writes, “the responsible authorities of many countries (Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Turkey, Germany, UK, Greece, etc.) have turned a blind eye and allowed diplomatic flights for the transport of tons of weapons, carried out by civil aircrafts for military needs.”

US Connection

The main customers of the “flights for weapons” program seem to be American companies which supply weaponry to the U.S. military and Special Operations Command. In the cases being addressed by Gaytandzhieva, however, all the weapons being transported are “non-standard” weapons, meaning those not used by the U.S. military or Special Ops.

According to the “register of federal contracts,” American companies were awarded contracts for $1 billion over the last three years under a program for “non-US standard weapons supplies.” According to the documents analyzed by Gaytanzhieva, all of these companies used Silk Way Airlines for the weapons transport. In some cases where Silk Way Airlines was too busy to accommodate shipment, Azerbaijan Air Force planes were used to transport the weapons. The weapons, however, never reached Azerbaijan.

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Engineered Climate Cataclysm: Hurricane Harvey

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by Dane Wiggington, Geoengineering Watch:

Hurricane Harvey is the latest example of covert weather warfare being waged on completely unsuspecting populations. Increasingly catastrophic climate cataclysms are being orchestrated and manipulated by an ever more desperate and aggressive global power structure. Rapidly accelerating climate and biosphere collapse is not somewhere on the horizon, it is here, now. Climate engineering is further fueling the unraveling of the remaining web of life on our once thriving planet. With undeniable facts and film footage the video below fully exposes the manipulation of Hurricane Harvey.

Sharing credible and verifiable data is absolutely crucial in the fight to expose and halt the ongoing climate engineering assault.  When incorrect or false data is propagated, the critical cause of exposing and halting climate engineering is harmed. Investigate, become familiar with the most inarguable building block facts, and make your voice heard.
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America’s Final Fatal Destiny: Dishonoring Robert E. Lee

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by Phil Butler: New Eastern Outlook:

The utter deconstruct of the United States of America is underway. Those American “values” former President Barack Obama and his cadre parroted at us, they’ll soon be lost like tears in rain. Charlottesville, Virginia and the hysterical liberal response to those events, are of a foreboding all Americans should fear.

Everyone with the sense God gave a goose knows that Jeff Bezos’ turned the Washington Post into a wretched rag of a newspaper from the moment he took it over. But and opinion piece entitled “Robert E. Lee is worth remembering. Just don’t honor him” by Richard Cohen is cause to burn the once venerable clarion to the ground. Twenty years ago I’d have made the trip to the WP’s doorstep to ignite the bonfire myself. Cohen’s character assassination of one of America’s most venerated heroes is a pitiful reminder that money is the kindling to all manner of caddish hatred. While I shall not waste one more sentence in description of this misogynist, lying scoundrel of a syndicated columnist. I will however offer to meet him at a time of his choosing on the field of honor, confident in my own ability with whatever weapons he chooses. What a piece of work this man is.

“A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others.” — Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee, the man for whom the Charlottesville, Virginia statue was erected, is not a symbol of racism, but the liberal zealots who’ve infested our great nation are using this as a final wedge to further polarize a nation. The vilification of such a character as Lee, a man who represents all that was good during America’s most critical moment, it’s an affront to honor and dignity everywhere. Tragic events during demonstrations in Charlottesville, the death of one poor woman, are now fuel for a plastering over of American history. Worse still, the mission of the instigators will end in a new kind of civil war. If Americans stand by and watch this time, nothing will remain of “We the People” except the veritable Sodom and Gomorrah people like Bezos, George Soros, and their handlers perceive. Robert E. Lee – removed – what manner of madness is this?

Now Duke University has taken down a statue of Lee that was vandalized. This was ostensibly done in order to “protect” the greater Duke Chapel where the statue stood. Durham, North Carolina has been in the spotlight over Confederate statues after protesters tore down a bronze Confederate soldier in front of a government there earlier. My fear is that soon, very soon, this wedge of fueled hatred and ignorance will reach deep into the soul of the American south, and then across the nation. The socioeconomic disparity wrought by the Bush and Obama administrations rekindled racial tensions dramatically, and now the injured public is being set in upon itself, even though most cannot fathom it. Ripping down venerable and adored figures, the symbols of rightful honor, this is no happenstance.

“I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and I have never seen the day when I did not pray for them.” — Robert E. Lee

Like in every other globalist strategy, the ultra-liberal oligarchs in America are using a stressed and confused, even desperate citizenry to create conflict. Inside the US heavy economic forces are at work trying to reconcile the irreconcilable. The country is broke, but steaming ahead as if the coal bunkers were still full. Washington, the “swamp” Donald Trump swore to empty, is a sinkhole that will take America down with it. Every American knows this, but universal apathy signals our doom. Abroad, policies toward Russia and China, and even our European allies threaten insurmountable global crisis, and the “narrative” the Washington Post broadcasts mirrors the domestic mission of the technocrats. If you read it all, then step back and think, then “Russia Bad” or “Putin Bad” is exactly the same message as “Robert E. Lee Bad” and “Jeff Bezos Good”. A fraud of a “Texas Boy”, Bezos allowing this madness in his newspaper is traitorous. I needn’t defend General Lee, the annals of history (the real ones) accomplish this well. Bezos and his ilk are amoral, agnostic to the slightest semblance of decency, for the ignore the legacy of millions on millions of Americans who hold Lee and his captains so dear.

“I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God.” Robert E. Lee

A final note on the Washington Post scoundrel Richard Cohen and his assertions Lee was a brutal slaveholder comes from a 1934 quote by historian Douglas S. Freeman which describes the venerable general’s place and situation at the time:

“There is no evidence, direct or indirect, that Lee ever had them or any other Negroes flogged. The usage at Arlington and elsewhere in Virginia among people of Lee’s station forbade such a thing.”

The suggestion that a man of Lee’s station and character could hazard so far as to be cruel as his detractors claim is ludicrous at best. Any genuine account of the character of Robert E. Lee, who was once the Commandant at West Point, will reveal Lee’s family connections to George Washington, a position which made him what the author of “The Perfect Gentleman”, Bernice-Marie Yates called “a prime target for abolitionists who lacked all the facts of the situation.”

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More Than 60,000 People Are Calling on Trump to Designate George Soros a Terrorist

by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

The infamous George Soros has been an instigator in funding some of the most corrupt politicians and some of the most seditious organizations not only in the US, but around the world.

As such, a new petition at the White House website has over 60,000 signatures calling on President Donald Trump to designate George Soros as a terrorist and seize all of his related organizations’ assets under RICO and NDAA law.

The petition was started on September 19, 2017 and has garnered 63,179 signatures since that time.

The petition reads:

Whereas George Soros has willfully and on an ongoing basis attempted to destabilize and otherwise commit acts of sedition against the United States and its citizens, has created and funded dozens (and probably hundreds) of discrete organizations whose sole purpose is to apply Alinsky model terrorist tactics to facilitate the collapse of the systems and Constitutional government of the United State, and has developed unhealthy and undue influence over the entire Democrat Party and a large portion of the US Federal government, the DOJ should immediately declare George Soros and all of his organizations and staff members to be domestic terrorists, and have all of his personal an organizational wealth and assets seized under Civil Asset Forfeiture law.

The petition must reach 100,000 signatures before being addressed by the White House.

Soros has been behind financing many of the revolutions around the world and capitalizing on the collapse of the economies of several nations.

Soros was mentioned in a 1999 Chinese military document as a “financial terrorist”.

“We believe that before long, ‘financial warfare’ will undoubtedly be an entry in the various types of dictionaries of official military jargon,” the document states, adding “The main protagonist in this section of the history book will not be a statesman or a military strategist; rather, it will be George Soros.”

The Hungarian Prime Minister has said that peace in Europe has been threatened by Goerge Soros’ “Mafia Network,” and has 

Soros has been funding the Trump travel ban protests, has been tied to those filing multiple lawsuits to stop Trump’s investigation of election discrepancies,

His son, Alexander is following in his father’s footsteps in outpacing George in giving to the Democrat National Committee and Democrats, in general, this year, while George funded lobbyists in DC to sway politics more in the first half of 2017 than all of 2016 combined.

Recently, we reported that he has funneled nearly $2 million into district attorney races in Philadelphia.

This is certainly not the first time the Soros is coming under attack.

In May, Soros was facing a $10 billion lawsuit that accused him of being a “racketeer billionaire” and manipulating the politics and economics of Guinea, a sovereign African nation, for his own benefit.

Read More @ FreedomOutpost.com

America Has Stage Four Cancer and It Is Called “Google”

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by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:

A funny thing happened on the way to reporting on the Presidential assassination, the Fema-camp-style roundup of the American people for “incorrect political views”, America’s latest war of military occupation, the monopolization of all e-commerce by delisting all non-referred competitors and transpiring event and an unmitigated  genocide, Google was the only voice left to speak and “the people” never learned of these implending and/or transpiring events. Why? Because Google had eliminated all competition, whether they be conservative and even liberal.

This article will briefly review Google’s illlegal and unwarranted censorship of the Independent Media from it search engines and on Youtube. There is a stunning revelation that Google’s censorship extends far beyond eliminating the message from the conservative right, it extends to all of the media in one form or another.

The “Old News” of Google’s Censorship

There is not a conservative outlet from The Common Sense Show to the Hagmann Report to Steve Quayle to Mike Adams and Natural News that has not felt the sting Google’s long and powerful reach. On Youtube, their Google-controlled censorship has eliminated 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the profits of several channels on Youtube.

Many believe that Google’s only censorship goal was to silence the Independent Media and to eliminate as much opposition to the Deep State as possible. That is only partially true. Yes, I believe the facts support the belief that Google is providing cover for some very dark moves planned by the Deep State and by silencing the Independent Media, the majority of Americans will never see the tyranny that is coming their way. However, as I discovered that Google’s censorship reach has extended far beyond the silencing of what we like to call the “truthful media”.

Google Is Synonymous with the CIA/NSA

Take a look at what Global Research has discovered about Google:

In-Q-Tel is something that I was covering extensively 4-5 yearss ago. They are an agent for the CIA and have even taken on NSA duties. They have partnered with Google and Google is doing their bidding and they are being handsomely rewarded.

As many, including myself have previously covered, Google is running point for the CIA/NSA, ultimately the Deep State, in order to eliminate all “contrary views”. In large part, the Independent Media won the 2016 election for Donald Trump and the Deep State will hae no more of this. But even more ominous is the fact that Google is quickly becoming the company store. In mining towns, the company that owns the mines also buys up all food distribution points, all the housing and most of the small businesses. They price fix and they reduce their employees existence to that of a feudal serf. If America is not careful, all Americans will someday live in a house controlled by Google, buy groceries from a Google controlled outlet and purchase their retail from Google subsidiaries. Google will totally control all news content and will deslist all E-Commerce competition. These are bold claims, but the proof is in the process that is already underway.

Also from Global Research

Google is already helping the government write, and rewrite, history. Here, from its transparency report, are some stats on the amount of information it has either given to the government or wiped from the web based on requests by U.S. agencies:

  • 4,601 requests from U.S. government agencies for “user data
  • Google complied with government requests for user data 94{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the time.
  • 1,421 requests for “content removal
  • Google complied with content removal requests 87{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the time.
  • 15 requests were from “executive, police etc.”
  • 1 was a national security request.

Conclusion

This information is absolutely huge in its scope.  Part Two is over 2,000 words long. In Part Two of this series, I will be presenting voluminos documentation of the claims made in Part One.

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BOMBSHELL: United Nations admits latest outbreak of polio in Syria was caused by polio vaccines

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by Vicki Batts, Natural News:

 In war-torn Syria, there’s little doubt that the conflict has taken a toll on health. Now, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that their attempt at using vaccines to “protect” children against polio has backfire — infecting more children with the devastating disease rather than saving them.

Vaccines make children sick, you don’t say?

As World Health Organization representative Elizabeth Hoff reports,  “As of 18 August 2017, 33 children under the age of five have been paralyzed. The detection of the circulating vaccine derived polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases demonstrates that disease surveillance systems are functional in Syria. Our priority now is to achieve the highest possible polio immunization coverage to stop the circulation of virus.”

Thirty-three children paralyzed by the vaccine that was supposed to protect them — and the UN’s response is to just keep doling out more vaccines? Sadly, that’s par for the course. Obviously, bad medicine is never the problem — there’s just not enough bad medicine, that’s all.

Fran Equiza, a UNICEF representative commented, “No child should have to live with devastating effects of polio.” And yet, this is the second outbreak of polio to strike Syria since the conflict first took roots in 2011.

Earlier this summer, NPR reported on this very phenomenon, wherein mutant strains from the polio vaccine caused more paralysis than wild polio. Could it really be that a lab-altered version of a virus is more dangerous than the one found in nature? Absolutely.

As Jason Beaubien reports, as of June 2017, there were more cases of child paralysis caused by the polio vaccine than the actual, wild-caught disease itself. At the time of his reporting, just six cases of “wild” polio, which is naturally occurring in the environment, had been reported worldwide. Conversely, 21 cases of vaccine-derived polio had been reported internationally in June. Obviously, in Syria that number skyrocketed over the last two months — 33 children in Syria alone have been paralyzed by vaccine-derived polio.

Raul Andino, a professor of microbiology at the University of California at San Francisco explains, “We discovered there’s only a few [mutations] that have to happen and they happen rather quickly in the first month or two post-vaccination. As the virus starts circulating in the community, it acquires further mutations that make it basically indistinguishable from the wild-type virus. It’s polio in terms of virulence and in terms of how the virus spreads.”

Andino’s research also shows that the polio virus used in the vaccine will replicate inside human hosts’ intestines. In places with poor sanitation, this often means it has the chance to spread from person-to-person with relative ease. Places where conflict and war have decimated health care systems are known for being breeding grounds for disease outbreak.

It comes as no surprise (sadly) that war-weary Syria is expected to have even more cases of polio in the coming months. Michael Zaffran, the director of polio eradication at the World Health Organization contends, “In Syria, there may be more cases coming up.” Zaffran adds that the WHO is aware of the risk that comes with the live polio vaccine and says it is “a very regrettable hiccup for the poor children that have been paralyzed, of course. But with regards to the whole initiative, you know it’s not something that is unexpected.”

He added that while the children’s paralysis is unfortunate, “from a public health perspective, the benefits far outweigh the risk.” Do you think that will comfort the children and their families as they struggle with the after-effects of vaccine-derived polio?  [Related: Learn more about the risks of inoculation at Vaccines.news]

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Militant Revolutionary Abolitionist Group Wants to “Expropriate” Your Property and Give It to Someone Who Deserves It (VIDEO)

by Daisy Luther, The Sleuth Journal:

The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement is Antifa on steroids. An offshoot group that has popped up has a website with some pretty extreme ideas, including expropriation of property from their enemies. They’ve declared war against capitalism and the state, promoting “militant defense.”

Their intro says:

We situate our political movement in the context of the abolitionist struggle against slavery and continue in the tradition, from Nat Turner to the Black Liberation Movement. We believe the Civil War was never resolved and the system of slavery transitioned into the prison industrial complex. Our struggle today must begin from this starting point. Lastly, as revolutionary anarchists, the abolitionist struggle must be extended to the state and capitalism, the perpetrators of oppression. The revolutionary movement in the US today is at a cross roads, as fascist movements are expanding, and the state becomes increasingly authoritarian.

They want to build a new Underground Railroad to free people from detention, incarceration, deportation, or white supremacist violence. They welcome “comrades” to aid in their efforts to build “organized defense groups, local councils, and regional/national councils.”

Let’s set the mood with their introductory video.

I guess they’re not planning on holding hands around the campfire and singing Kumbayah.

This kind of “anarchist” should not be confused with the voluntaryist type of anarchist, who, as a group, strongly supports free market principles.

While a lot of us wish the state was not so state-y and that the police were less police-y, most rational people aren’t ready to go out and lay a beatdown on anyone they perceive as an enemy. Nor do we wish to demonize capitalism or give away all our personal property for the greater good.

The political foundation of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement consists of:

  • Self-Defense
  • The Neighborhood Council
  • Conflict Resolution and Revolutionary Justice
  • Abolition of Gender
  • Expropriation and the Cooperative Economy

While all of these are alarming, I’m particularly concerned about their calls for “self-defense,” “revolutionary justice,” and “expropriation.

Let’s look at what they have to say about these topics through a variety of direct quotes.

Militant Self Defense

The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement endorses “militant” self-defense, citing the tactics of the Black Panthers, the Black Liberation Army, and the Rojava Revolution in Syria. They model themselves, particularly, after the Rojavas.

The training of these new militants is the revolutionary heart of the Rojava Revolution. The long-term intentions of the training programs are to ensure that everyone can participate in self-defense. To that extent, there are also localized training programs that arm the public for a second tier of neighborhood defense. The Self Defense Forces (HPC*) were formed for this purpose. While specific armed groups, such as the People’s Protection Units and Asayîş (YPG** and YPJ*** respectively), have been formed to fight external enemies, the HPC are civilians that get arms training with the specific goal of maintaining autonomy against internal forces that might seek to consolidate power. They are volunteers who receive both political education and self-defense training.

These armed groups are able to defend their communities from attacks without compromising revolutionary values. As the YPG and YPJ liberate ISIS territory new communities become incorporated into their political project. Rather than establish a top-down system of governance, the revolutionary movement establishes new neighborhood councils and communes, feminist education programs, and decentralized local-based militias within each liberated town. To implement this form of political organization, there is undoubtedly a give and take. While the towns receive the infrastructure necessary for self-governance, such as weapons and training from the YPG to set up their own, local defense groups, they agree to uphold certain social principles like feminism and social ecology. (source)

One tactic they endorse is, basically, beating up “Nazis.”

Anti-fascist tactics – focused primarily around the use of physical force—proved effective in forcing neo-Nazi groups out of entire neighborhoods. The tactics were simple, if they came upon a neo-Nazi, they would use sufficient force to drive them away. The network was so successful that it eventually grew to 100 chapters. By joining in a nationwide network, they were able to help spread and strengthen the model while still maintaining local control over each chapter. (source)

Of course, who gets to decide whether someone is a Nazi? Must the person be wearing a swastika t-shirt or a white hood? Or is this just an arbitrary decision based on the color of their skin or who they voted for? You can see how easily this could go downhill.

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The Biggest US Cities where Rents Are Plunging

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by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:

In Chicago, rents are getting crushed.

An inconvenient math for housing is beginning to dog Chicago: The third largest city in the US has been losing population for years. Not huge numbers, but it adds up… In 2016, according to the Census estimate, the population dropped by about 9,000 people. Since 2014, the population has dropped by about 14,000 people. Chicago’s fiscal woes, junk credit rating, and the threat of bankruptcy hanging over it don’t help.

Since 2012, nearly 26,000 multifamily rental units have been completed in the city, according to Fannie Mae, which for 2017 sees “elevated volume of new supply, particularly in the Loop/River North/Gold Coast submarkets.” This does not include condos and single-family homes that were bought by investors and have reappeared on the rental market. Over the same five-year period, Chicago’s population has dropped by 9,000 people.

This has some effects on rents.

According to Zumper’s National Rent Report for August, the median asking rent in Chicago dropped by 13.7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} year-over-year to $1,510 for a one-bedroom apartment, and by 15.7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} to $2,200 for a two-bedroom. From their peaks in late 2015, asking rents have plunged 26{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and 17{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} respectively.

These are asking rents in multifamily apartment buildings. Single-family houses or condos for rent are not included. And they do not include incentives, such as “one month free” or “two months free,” which effectively slash the rent for the first year by another 8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} or 17{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

In January this year, Chicago was still in 8th place on the list of the 12 most expensive major rental markets. It has since been pushed down relentlessly – though other markets too have declined. And in August, Chicago was effectively pushed off the list into 13th place (so now my list of the top 12 has 13 entries).

This offers some relief for renters – though Chicago remains immensely expensive. But it’s not such a great thing for landlords whose costs are rising due to various fees and taxes the City has recently imposed to avoid falling into its fiscal sinkhole.

Other high-dollar luminaries where rents fell.

In San Francisco, the most expensive major rental market in the US, the median asking rent for a one-bedroom apartment dropped 1.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} year-over-year to $3,390 and is down 7.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} from the peak in October 2015. For a two-bedroom, the median asking rent dropped 5.0{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} year-over-year to $4,560 and is down 8.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} from the peak.

The last period of year-over-year declines in San Francisco ended in April 2010 after the Financial Crisis. This time, there is only a “Housing Crisis,” where the middle class can no longer afford to move into a modest apartment.

In New York City, the median asking rent for a one-bedroom dropped 8.9{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} year-over-year to $2,850. For two-bedrooms, it dropped 8.3{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. Measured from the peak in March 2016, asking rents — not including incentives — have plunged 15{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

Given that plunge, New York City’s median asking rent for a two-bedroom has dropped below Washington DC to an ignominious third/fourth place, shared with Los Angeles, which also tells you how expensive DC and LA are becoming.

This table of the 12, well 13 now, most expensive major rental markets in the US shows median asking rents, their year-over-year changes, and (in the shaded areas) the prior record and the change since then:

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GOLD SURGES $8.35 ONCE OPTIONS EXPIRY CEASES WITH SILVER UP 7 CENTS. IN THE ACCESS MARKET GOLD RISES ANOTHER $8.00 TO $1322.50 AND SILVER RISES ANOTHER 9 CENTS TO $17.60

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

ANOTHER POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE HEADING TOWARDS THE CARIBBEAN AND THE SOUTHERN EASTERN USA COAST

GOLD: $1316.85 UP   $8.35

Silver: $17.51  UP 7 CENT(S)

Closing access prices:

Gold $1321.50

silver: $17.60

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: $1308.57 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME:  $1322.55

PREMIUM FIRST FIX:  $6.02

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1311.37

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1302.90

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$8.47

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX:  5:30 am est  $1305.80

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1306.70

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX  10 AM: $1311.75

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. 1312.10

For comex gold:

SEPTEMBER/

NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR SEPT CONTRACT MONTH: 40 NOTICE(S) FOR  4000  OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 40 FOR 4000 OZ  (0.1244 TONNES)

For silver:

SEPTEMBER

 

 2181 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR

 

10,905,000  OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 2181 for 10,905,000 oz

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I wrote this yesterday:

“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.”  I guess I was right on that one!!

I did not expect a 2 billion dollar notional comex flash crash coming in the early hours of the evening last night.  However I was happy that the gold and silver rebounded beautifully.  I am comforted that the bankers could not cash any of the underwritten options which expired at 10 am this morning. Tomorrow is the dreaded non farm payrolls. This report is fabricated to the highest degree. However if the report is bad even with the fake numbers, gold/silver will be off to the races.

Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest FELL BY AN APPRECIABLE 4480 contracts from 188,145 DOWN TO 178,343 DESPITE A TINY LOSS IN PRICE THAT SILVER UNDERTOOK WITH  YESTERDAY’S TRADING (DOWN 1 CENT). WE AGAIN HAD CONSIDERABLE TENDERING OF SEPT LONG COMEX SILVER INTO EFP’S WHICH GIVES THE PAPER PLAYERS A FIAT GAIN PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT BUT ON A DIFFERENT EXCHANGE.  THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS. WE CERTAINLY HAD NEWBIE LONGS ENTER THE ARENA WITH SHORT COVERING FROM THE BANKERS.  HOWEVER THE EFPS OUTNUMBERED THE NEWBIE LONGS

RESULT: A HIGH DROP IN OI COMEX  DESPITE A ONE CENT PRICE DROP 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.  0.891 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 127{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT MAY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 2181 NOTICE(S) FOR 10,905,000OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest FELL BY A CONSIDERABLE 3083 CONTRACTS WITH THE FALL  in price of gold ($5.00 LOSS YESTERDAY). The new OI for the gold complex rests at 534,892.

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  SHORT PAPER. SINCE TODAY IS OPTIONS EXPIRY DAY, ONE COULD HAVE BET THE FARM THAT THE BANKERS WOULD ATTACK. THEY PRESSED DURING YESTERDAY’S ACCESS MARKET AND THEN BANG, EARLY LAST NIGHT, ANOTHER FLASH CRASH WITH 2 BILLION DOLLARS IN NOTIONAL PAPER GOLD SENT GOLD CRASHING DOWN TO $1296. HOWEVER OUR ANCIENT METAL OF KINGS  RECOVERED SLOWLY BUT SURELY THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT AND THEN BLASTED FIRMLY INTO THE POSITIVE ONCE OPTIONS EXPIRY CEASED.

Result: A SMALL SIZED LOSS IN OI WITH THE BIGGER FALL IN PRICE IN GOLD COUPLED WITH A RAID ON WEDNESDAY AND A BIGGER FLASH CRASH LAST NIGHT. 

we had: 40 notice(s) filed upon for 40,00 oz of gold.

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

GLD:

Tonight , we had no  changes in gold inventory:

Inventory rests tonight: 816.43 tonnes

IN THE LAST 34 TRADING DAYS: GLD SHEDS 20.54 TONNES YET GOLD IS HIGHER BY $84.60 .

SLV

Today:  STRANGE!! WE HAD A HUGE CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY TONIGHT: A WITHDRAWAL OF 2.019 MILLION OZ

INVENTORY RESTS AT 331.178 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 A LARGE 4480 contracts from 188,145 DOWN TO 178,343 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) WITH YESTERDAY’S 1 CENT LOSS 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 4,000 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 ORCHESTRATED A FLASH CRASH ON BOTH GOLD AND SILVER LAST NIGHT IN A VAIN ATTEMPT TO CAUSE UNDERWRITTEN OPTIONS CONTRACTS TO EXPIRE WORTHLESS. THE BANKERS HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO COVER SOME OF THEIR SHORTS AS THEY ARE STILL LOATHE TO SUPPLY ANY ADDITIONAL PAPER. THE FLASH CRASH RAID FAILED AS BOTH METALS SKYROCKETED TO THE POSITIVE LEVEL NEGATING THE BANKERS FROM PROFITING FROM THEIR UNDERWRITTEN OPTIONS..

RESULT:  A  MUCH LOWER OI AT THE COMEX, BUT A CORRESPONDING TRANSFER TO EFP’S IN LONDON WITH MUCH SHORT COVERING FROM THE BANKERS. 

(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 2.81 POINTS OR 0.08{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}   / /Hang Sang CLOSED DOWN 124.31 POINTS OR 0.44{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/ The Nikkei closed UP 139.70 POINTS OR 0.72{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP 0.74{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed DOWN at 6.6010/Oil UP to 46.16 dollars per barrel for WTI and 51.05 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED DEEPLY IN THE GREEN. Offshore yuan trades  6.6069 yuan to the dollar vs 6.6010 for onshore yuan. NOW THE OFFSHORE MOVED SLIGHTLY WEAKER  TO THE ONSHORE YUAN/ ONSHORE YUAN MUCH WEAKER (TO THE DOLLAR)  AND THE OFFSHORE YUAN IS MUCH WEAKER TO THE DOLLAR AND THIS IS COUPLED WITH THE  STRONGER DOLLAR. CHINA IS NOT  HAPPY TODAY

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