Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Hard Assets In an Age of Negative Interest Rates

by Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Mises:

Time is the soul of money, the long-view — its immortality. Hard assets are forever, even when destroyed by the cataclysms of history. It is the outlook that perpetuated the most competent and powerful aristocracies in continental Europe, well up through World War I and, in certain prominent cases, beyond; it is the mindset that has sustained the most fiscally serious democratic republic in the Western world, that of Switzerland (as demonstrated in this article). In this view, the stewardship of money, formerly known as “banking,” is a serious matter of serious wealth management and not a weird-science lab experiment of investment products ultimately designed for hedge fund managers’ tax arbitrage schemes.

More than ever the focus on hard assets is a dire call to arms given the deformed market culture of central banking monetary magic. Despite the early promise of the Trump presidency to reinvigorate the economy, the United States remains mired in economic stagnation built up over so many years of debt-driven policies, easy-money policies, and the ZIRP fiasco fostering a bizarre-world situation in which the actual economy is doing poorly while the market is soaring. In such an environment, the allure of the centuries’-old tried and true has never had more appeal.

In a word, the hard asset vision is about building wealth outside the stock market. It refers to three main strategies overall:  1) land ownership and/or farmland, forestry and agriculture 2) gold, other precious metals, and certain base-metal commodities 3) The (Old Masters/Classic Modern) art market. Where this last is concerned, we mean art as investment and not art-as-commerce, such as that which contaminates today’s insipid and overpriced world of ‘Balloon-Dog’ bad art. The auction world of Rembrandt and Picasso; of El Greco and Gerhardt Richter has been on a tear, is smashing records, and cannot be ignored as an excellent safe-haven vehicle, as outstanding works of art traditionally always have been.

To begin with, physical gold and precious metals remain an investment enigma despite being market-leading performers for the past seventeen years. Gold is a must-have portfolio asset amid the aggressive debt levels and monetary debasement that have so unhinged the market. Silver, for its part, in addition to its prestige status, also has innumerable industrial applications and throughout the precious-metal bull market since 2000.

Russia, in this context, is leading the charge in the long-view outlook. For the past three years, the Bank of Russia has been the world’s number one stacker of gold, and, thus far in 2017, has taken the lead position among international central banks in buying the commodity. At its current pace, Moscow will unseat China for the number five spot of gold-holding nations by the first quarter of 2018. Currently, the gold-to-GDP ratios of the world’s leading powers are: Russia 5.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}; the Euro Zone 3.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}; the U.S. 1.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and China 1.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

Yet countries buying up gold versus investors who do so are two different worlds. Ninety-five percent of the world’s gold is held as a wealth store.

In other commodities, zinc and copper have been the big movers. Zinc, the key galvanizing agent, claimed the status of the best performing metal last year. Copper began its resurgence in 2017, and in late August of this year, a host of commodities broke out of multi-month consolidation patterns. Nickel and cobalt are also coming into the spotlight as metals essential to the rapidly growing lithium ion (Li-ion) battery sector.

The art world lags not too far behind that of precious metals in terms of history’s preferred storehouses of value as protection against uncertain times. Art as investment has long been a favored strategy of the European elite since, effectively, the High Middle Ages and has never gone out of style. In modern times, the phenomenon of an ever-growing collectors’ base and less supply of museum quality works has been accepted as a meaningful way to protect investors’ cash during economic difficulty. Though continually eclipsed in the media by the brasher contemporary art market, Old Masters (and Classic Modern—the great 20th century works) have shown stable, often spectacular, results over the past ten years with both categories reaching record-breaking highs.

Art, to be a safe haven, must be an investment and not a whim — just as it was for the Liechtenstein family who acquired Leonardo da Vinci’s Ginevra de Benci so many centuries ago. In the wake of the World War II near-bankruptcy of that eponymous principality (whose monarchs were not and are not supported by taxes), that painting was the first of the major, big-ticket art sales of the 20th century, when it was sold to Paul Mellon and The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Ginevra continues to hang there today (and to date, is the only Leonardo painting in possession of the United States).  While the average investor may not be in a position to store wealth in a Renaissance master or a Picasso, there are always the underrated gems or the new discoveries that can and will bring in the most unexpected of windfalls decades down the line.

Finally, farmland is seen by many as an excellent addition to a precious-metal portfolio. As Jim Rogers predicted in early September, fortunes will be made in agriculture “and when an industry breaks full faith, even mediocre people make a lot of money” in that sector. Hard asset investors continue to include farmland in their portfolios “for a combination of income generation, diversification and inflation-hedging”. Historically, farmland, like forestland in continental Europe or Latin America, has been a unique asset class demonstrating low-correlation to traditional asset classes, and which performs well as inflation rises.

Read More @ Mises.org

Fear of America First by GOP Establishment

from BATR:

Trump “is the only member who has stood in front of the Jewish community and said ‘I don’t want your money,’” Farrakhan said in a sermon he delivered this week. “Any time a man can say to those who control the politics of America, ‘I don’t want your money,’ that means you can’t control me. And they can’t afford to give up control of the presidents of the United States.” – Louis Farrakhan

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only”, is just as true today about the true conservative movement as it was back in Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, era.

The dynamic outrage coming from the populist voice of discontented and betrayed citizens is the most encouraging movement in recent decades. The retro response from the GOP establishment defines the real nature of RINO motives that center on holding onto power and the globalist agenda that has long destroyed the once great Republic.  

Nothing defines this pathetic reaction more than Paul Ryan’s two face comments about not being ready to support Donald Trump. Two establishment newspaper rags show their bias and distain for the American people. The Washington Post writes in Paul Ryan smacked down Donald Trump. Here’s why. “What Ryan believes is that the ideas and rhetoric being put forward by Donald Trump and, to a lesser extent, Ted Cruz, are anathema to his vision of what the Republican Party can and needs to be. Ryan thinks those ideas might not only cost the GOP an election but could set the party back a generation (or generations) with voters. …”

How more clearly can it get that the GOP elites simply want to do away with the sentiments of Republican primary voters. Trump’s response in the New York Times in the article, Donald Trump Won’t Rule Out Effort to Remove Paul Ryan as Convention Chairman, “Mr. Trump stopped short of calling for Mr. Ryan, the speaker of the House, to step down from his convention role. But in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Trump said there could be consequences in the event that Mr. Ryan continued withholding his support”, sets the stage for the epic battle for purging the NeoCon cabal of corrupt scoundrels from power and influence.

Look, this movement about popular representation is not about one man. Donald Trump alone is simply a messenger. He is no savior nor should he be. If a populist America First society is to achieve success, the old regime needs to be buried in a grave with no head stone. Encouraging is that 57{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of Americans Agree With Donald Trump on Policy.

“Americans are adopting a foreign policy much closer to Republican Donald Trump than Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying in a new survey that they want an “America First” focus that fixes the U.S. before other countries. 

A comprehensive new Pew Research Center poll found that 57 percent agree that America should deal with its own problems. Just 37 percent disagreed. And more than not said America is too helpful internationally.

“The new survey, conducted April 12 to 19 among 2,008 U.S. adults, finds the public remains wary of global involvement,” said Pew.”

The pinnacle of imperial oppression resides in the Washington DC political class. Republican establishment careerists are a band of elite’s in a reprehensible syndicate system. Their partners in crime are the Democrats that champion a totalitarian collectivism government that maintains and fosters an all powerful force of coercion.

America First is the essence of a legitimate federalism that is based upon separation of powers. The United States of disunity is seen in every corner and crevice of the technocratic bureaucracy that is in constant war with the populace. Yet, in one area, namely; foreign policy the concord in support for empire goes unabated.

The GOP hawks for internationalism are especially and deathly opposed to an American First presidency. The McCain’s and Graham’s advocate a Bush family dedication towards their New World Order dream. However, to invoke the color of coverage to deflect criticism away from the failed globalism for a stable international planet, the War Party turns to a confirmed socialist family front man to make the case, as reported in NY Times: Why We Need a Foreign Policy Elite.

Read More @ Batr.org

Budapest and Warsaw Under Attack Because ‘Hungary and Poland are Standing in the Way of George Soros’

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by Jack Montgomery, Breitbart:

The Hungarian government says that conservative Central European countries — particularly their own and nearby Poland — are being attacked by the European Union because they are “standing in the way of George Soros”, the billionaire financier and open borders activist.

The Hungarians believe that EU officials — who have met with Soros at the highest level — have adopted the so-called ‘Soros Plan’ for mass immigration into Europe more or less wholesale, including recommendations to accept an influx of some one million migrants per year, and to redistribute them throughout the bloc through a mandatory quota schemeimposed by Qualified Majority Vote.

“The Hungarian Government absolutely and resolutely rejects every point of the ‘Soros Plan’, and continues to be against allowing one million migrants into Europe every year, the demolishing of the border security fence, the 9 million forints in aid to be provided to every migrant and the mandatory resettlement quota, in addition to which it also rejects the punishment of Central European countries [by the European Union],” declared Bence Tuzsonm, Hungary’s Minister of State for Government Communication.

Soros spokesman Michael Vachon recently alleged that “the claim that Soros is promoting a scheme to import a million illegal immigrants into Europe is Viktor Orbán’s fantasy,” — but as Prime Minister Orbán’s spokesman Dr. Zoltán Kovács has pointed out, Soros himself did insist that “the EU has to accept at least a million asylum seekers annually for the foreseeable future” in his September 2015 manifesto on the migrant crisis.

Read More @ Breitbart.com

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION HACKED

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by Joseph P. Farrell, Giza Death Star:

We’ve seen a spate of hacking lately that makes one wonder what is going on and who is behind it: indeed, are we dealing with just one “who”? or a multitude? And if a multitude, are their activities coordinated in any way? If one looks at all the stories in recent years, going all the way back to 9/11 (and indeed further), then the total picture looks grimly compelling. There was the Sony hack, of course, but since then, we’ve heard stories and allegations of the hacking of major banks: JP Morgan Chase, even the Federal Reserve, and, just yesterday I blogged about the implications of recently fired Vatican bank auditor Libero Milone, who’s short statement implicates similar activity against (or by?) the Vatican bank.  Then the Social Security administration, credit reporting agencies like Equifax, and so on.

On 9/11, as I outlined in my book Hidden Finance, Rogue Networks, and Secret Sorcery, there were reports from workers at Deutsche Bank in New York that their system had been invaded and non-responsive for about seven seconds, apparently trades were executed, just before the planes struck. As is known, during the following week, normal securities clearing regulations were suspended, which allowed securities to be substituted for other securities that were scheduled to clear. We’ll get back to the SEC in a moment.

Decades before, of course, there was the Inslaw-PROMIS scandal. Inslaw was a corporation begun by former National Security agent William Hamilton, to create a software database management program called PROMIS – Prosecutors’ Management Information System – to shepherd data from cases moving through the federal judicial system. The software, however, was quite powerful and able to read databases in several programing languages, and created its own huge database. The software was then stolen by the Reagan era justice department under Attorney General Ed Meece, and then, so the story goes, was modified by the Department of Justice, the CIA, and other agencies with “backdoors”, and then sold to – or was permitted to be stolen by – foreign governments, allowing the US intelligence community to read and track their goings-on in real time. The stories weren’t just stories: affidavits were sworn out by people allegedly involved in this activity – Michael Riconoscuito and others – and these appeared in the House Congressional committee investigating the matter. The matter was under investigation by investigative journalist Danny Casolaro, who turned up dead in his motel room in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the clear victim of a highly suspicious “suicide.” A sort of Christian-fundamentalist novel was even published about the affair whose title I presently cannot recall, in which it was alleged that one of the original programmers for Inslaw, a character in the novel called Barry Kumnick, had himself surreptitiously programmed a personal back door into the program. This character, so the novel would have it, went into hiding in fear of his life and simply disappeared.

Why all the fuss over a computer program? Simply because of its multi-lingual power and ability to assemble databases of all sorts and track them in real time through systems using various computer languages; one could track virtually anything, from federal court cases through illegal drugs, arms trade and money-laundering. In my view, even the notorious “Farewell” spy case of the 1980s and 1990s of the French mole highly placed within the KGB’s technical directorate – the directorate responsible for the theft of Western technology – might be related to the case, as I outlined in Hidden Finance, Rogue Networks, and Secret Sorcery, for the French mole provided France with the KGB’s complete “shopping list.” Careful review of this list, which the French shared with the Reagan administration, showed that Russia severely lagged in computer software and hardware, and a scheme was hatched to let them “steal” it, in its modified backdoor version. Some time later, a massive explosion of about 3 kilotons yield occurred in a Soviet pipeline that had been infected with some of the “modified software.” The mole was, of course, eventually apprehended by the KGB, tried, and executed for treason.

All of which brings us to today’s story shared by Mr. G.K.:

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The Bitcoin Psyop

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by James Corbet, The International Forecaster:

…the blockchain can be used to create digital currencies that represent the very vision of a totalitarian tyrant’s wildest wet dream. 

Yes, the blockchain is truly revolutionary. Yes, bitcoin is Tulipmania 2.0. Yes, cryptocurrency is a nail in the coffin of the bankster parasites. Yes, digital currency is a tool of the totalitarian tyrants. No, these statements are not contradictory. But don’t worry if you think they are. You’re a victim of the bitcoin psyop.

What’s the bitcoin psyop? Well, look at a headline like this: “Former Chairman of Federal Reserve to Speak at Blockchain Conference”

If you immediately think “Aha! I knew it! The Fed is behind this bitcoin nonsense, after all!” then you might want to stop and contemplate this headline from two years ago: “Ben Bernanke: Bitcoin Has ‘Serious Problems’

Do you think there’s some kind of contradiction here? Or do you think that Bernanke has “flip-flopped” on the issue? Or do you suspect that Bernanke was always secretly behind bitcoin but couldn’t admit it until now? If so, then you have fallen for an embarrassingly simple trick. That trick is to use the words “bitcoin” and “blockchain” and “cryptocurrency” and “digital currency” interchangeably, as if they are all the same thing. They are not.

Confused? Well, fear not! Our good friends at the Bank for International Settlements have written a handy-dandy article that explains everything to you in simple, everyday language. They’ve even illustrated that article with easy-to-understand infographics!

Just kidding. Their unwieldy article on “Central Bank Cryptocurrencies” is a predictably hot mess of monetary jargon and Venn diagrams that somehow make things look even more complicated than they sound, like this and this.

Now, to be fair, their proposed new “taxonomy of money” has real explanatory power, and the diagrams that result are genuinely insightful, but it hardly makes for light bedtime reading. So, let’s see if we can make it a little easier, shall we?

A blockchain is a decentralized, cryptographically secured ledger.

The geeks in the crowd will appreciate the fact that the blockchain is a stupendously elegant solution to some incredibly complicated problems in the obscure recesses of arcane subjects like distributed computing and payment processing. But for the non-geeks, perhaps this will suffice: Some of the oldest documents ever discovered have been ledgers of one sort or another. Medical records, legal and business contracts, accounting ledgers; as long as there has been civilization, there has been the need for secure and accurate record-keeping of transactions and events. And since the birth of civilization there has only been one way to keep those records: a system where a recognized central administrator stores, secures and updates that ledger.

Until now, that is. With the advent of the blockchain, an accurate ledger can now be maintained without a single, central point where that information is stored, maintained or updated. Registrars? Notaries? You might as well be talking about farriers and chimney sweeps.

But talking about the blockchain is like talking about the printing press. Yes, it’s revolutionary. Yes, it will change the course of history. But what, specifically, does it print? Well, whatever you want it to, of course. A papal bull or the ninety-five theses, the 9/11 Commission Report or The Road to 9/11, a GMO cookbook or The Anarchist Cookbook, colorful pieces of toilet paper or Federal Reserve notes (but I repeat myself).

So what does the blockchain record? Well, whatever you want it to, of course. It can be used as a tool for creating smart contracts or registering land ownership or creating decentralized cryptocurrencies.

This is where bitcoin comes in. What’s bitcoin? Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency whose transactions are recorded in a public blockchain ledger.

There are three things to note about this description of bitcoin.

Firstly, bitcoin is just one application of the blockchain ledger technology. They are not the same thing. Bitcoin is not blockchain. Blockchain is not bitcoin. Bitcoin uses the blockchain innovation to run an electronic payment system.

Secondly, bitcoin is a cryptocurrency. That means it uses cryptographic functions to secure and verify transactions on the network and to control the issuance of new units. Bitcoin conforms to a certain protocol, and that protocol defines the rules by which the bitcoin network operates. You can tweak those rules and create similar-but-separate payment systems, each with its own qualities. These bitcoin-like cryptocurrencies (Namecoin, Litecoin, Dash, etc.) are called altcoins.

Thirdly, bitcoin uses a specific kind of blockchain ledger called a “public” or “permissionless” blockchain. This means anyone can join the network and contribute to the maintenance of the ledger (“mining,” in the bitcoin parlance). There is another kind of blockchain, called a “private” or “permissioned” blockchain, that requires nodes to be invited to join the network or otherwise given permission to participate in maintaining the ledger.

And as a further level of analysis, it should be noted that all cryptocurrencies are digital currencies, but not all digital currencies are cryptocurrencies.

OK, this is starting to get confusing, isn’t it? This is about the point where we’d need to bust out the Venn diagrams and start colouring the overlapping parts, right? Well, if you’ve followed all of this, good for you. If not, don’t sweat it. The point for right now is that there are a lot of separate-but-related concepts here, and to talk about them as if they are all just one big monolithic thing is not just unhelpful but actually misleading.

So, let’s look at those Bernanke headlines again. “Former Chairman of Federal Reserve to Speak at Blockchain Conference” and “Ben Bernanke: Bitcoin Has ‘Serious Problems’

Are you at least beginning to get a handle on how those headlines are not contradictory? How it could be that a central banker could be interested in blockchain technology but dislike the bitcoin application of that technology?

If not, think of it this way: the same DVD player that can play Century of Enslavement can also play The Federal Reserve and You. The same printing press that can print Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy can also be used to print the Warren Commission report. The same web browser that can take you to The Corbett Report can also take you to The New York Times.

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FORMER POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED WITH MASSIVE ARSENAL NEAR WHITE HOUSE, CLAIMS HE WAS A CIA MK ULTRA ASSET

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by Alex Thomas, The Daily Sheeple:

A former Memphis police officer was recently arrested near the White House after police found a variety of weapons during a search in which the man openly claimed to work for the Central Intelligence Agency.

The man, Timothy J. Bates, was arrested last Sunday with an arsenal of firearms, including an assault rifle and a loaded AK-47. The weapons were found after Bates oddly allowed officers to search his car while ranting about a CIA microchip implanted in his head and the need for his paycheck which would presumably be for work he carried out for the agency. (If true)

“According to court documents, Bates was approached by uniformed members of the Secret Service on Sunday at the corner of 17th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue as he appeared to be publicly urinating. He told the officers he was trying to reach Defense Secretary James Mattis or NSA Director Mike Rogers for advice on missing paychecks and how to get the dog chip out of my head,” The New York Post reported.

“Bates told the Secret Service officers that he had been offered $28.7 million by the Department of Homeland Security and the state of Tennessee to participate in the CIA’s “MK Ultra” program and that he had a chip planted in his head that was causing him “severe headaches, shaking and convulsions,” the report continued.

That’s right, a former police officer who had loaded weapons extremely close to the White House openly claimed to officers on scene that he was a member of the MK Ultra program and was looking for payment for his work.

It is obviously possible that this is simply a case of an extremely crazy person babbling nonsense, but when you consider both the CIA’s history of mind control as well as the ongoing deep state operation to take out the president, one can only wonder if this was someone who intelligence operatives had planned to use to take a shot at Donald Trump.

From literally thousands of threats to assassinate Trump coming from social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, coupled with the fact that high-level establishment operatives have floated the idea of killing Trump, it is certainly not inconceivable that the Secret Service stopped at least part of a real plot to take out the president.

Read More @ TheDailySheeple.com

Morning Joe: Ministry of Truth Is Needed To Fight War On Fake News, ‘Russian Operatives’ On Social Media

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by Chris Reeves, Newsbusters:

On Friday’s Morning Joe, Willie Geist hosted a panel to discuss the latest news on the Russian hacking narrative regarding Facebook ads that were purportedly used by Russian intelligence to stoke “racial tensions” during the 2016 presidential election. The panel’s primary reaction, with only one dissenting voice, was to call for increased government “regulation” and financial “penalties in the hundreds of millions” to shut down alleged Russian influencers.

The segment started off with Geist introducing the latest reporting on the topic:

GEIST: Twitter says it has shut down more than two-hundred accounts that were tied to the same Russian operatives who bought political ads on Facebook. Of the 450 accounts released by Facebook as part of its investigation, Twitter was able to match 22 of them to its own site. The disclosure by Twitter followed a briefing by company officials to staffers of the Senate and House Intel committees yesterday. Following that meeting, the top Democrat on the Senate committee, Mark Warner, slammed Twitter for its presentation.

SEN. MARK WARNER [D-VA]: [playing clip] The presentation that the Twitter team made to the Senate Intel staff today was deeply disappointing. The notion that their work was basically derivative based upon accounts that Facebook had identified showed enormous lack of understanding from the Twitter team of how serious this issue is, the threat it poses to democratic institutions, and, again, begs many more questions than they offered.

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GEIST: The top Democrat on the House Intel Committee, Adam Schiff, also weighed in on Twitter’s briefing to his committee, releasing a statement that read, in part: “… it is clear that Twitter has significant forensic work to do to understand the depth and breadth of Russian activity during the campaign. This additional analysis will require far more robust investigation into how Russian actors used their platform as a part of their active measures campaign…”

Without any perceptible degree of skepticism about the Democratic Congressmen’s claims, Geist then teed up Nicolle Wallace, host of the MSNBC afternoon show Deadline: White House, to talk about social media and the 2016 election more generally:

GEIST: You do get the sense, Nicolle, that Facebook, Twitter, social media was totally clueless about what was happening on their sites during the 2016 campaign.

WALLACE: It’s worse than that […]. The social media companies are sort of like the worst stereotype of a Republican political organization. They’re reactive, they’re opaque, they’re defensive, they are very slow to understand the value of transparency. They’re totally lawyered up, lobbied up. And they are as a culture, the hubris of thinking that they’re all about the public good, when if you take a low-tech analogy, it’s basically like someone got mugged in your backyard and their position is: well, it’s not our problem, I mean, we just bought the lot on which the house was built, not our problem.

Donny Deutsch chimed in his agreement with Wallace’s analysis, mainly to suggest that perhaps internet news sites and social media sites need government regulation to make sure that what they post or allow up is accurate:

DEUTSCH: [T]here’s a tremendous irony with these guys, because, the tech guys, these young-, are, are the ones who are revolutionizing the world for betterment, yet the irony is, if I wanna take an ad out on NBC or anyplace else for a laundry detergent, the things I have to go through-

WALLACE: [interrupting] It has to work, it has to be real, you have to be real. Right!

DEUTSCH: [continues talking over Wallace] -[…] to prove that it’s got 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} more blue crystals in it, yet there is no regulati[on]. There is nothing more important for us, for people watching this show over the next ten and twenty years as the regulation of these companies. They control the flow of communication. […] [W]hat’s happening here, as far as our power versus what’s happening over here [points to his smart phone], multiply it a thousand-fold and there is no regulation.

Ah, so here we see one of the real reasons for wanting to regulate internet-based news content: it’s out-competing (supposedly) respectable news outlets like MSNBC!

Read More @ Newsbusters.com

Wikileaks DESTROYS Facebook. Top executives busted in leaked emails, “I Want HRC to Win Badly” (Video)

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by Alex Christoforou, The Duran:

Leaked John Podesta emails show that Facebook colluded with the Hillary Clinton campaign.

As Democrats, the Deep State, NeverTrumpers, and the entire globalist elite look for some kind of proof that Russia meddled in the US election (it has been one year and counting and still zero evidence has turned up), more rock solid proof keeps surfacing that the media establishment, the Obama White House, and the intelligence community worked diligently to get Hillary Clinton elected, and failed miserably.

You can now add Facebook to the long list of companies and media platforms that colluded with the Clinton campaign to get Hillary into the oval office.

Remember that just the other day Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to admitthat no evidence has been found to show that Russia used Facebook ads to sway voter turnout and get Trump elected.

Via The Gateway Pundit

The Democrat-media complex has shifted their blame to Russian-linked Facebook ads and ‘Russian troll farms’ as to why Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election.

Hillary is mortified after losing a rigged election so she must lay the blame on someone or something else.

Podesta emails reveal that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wanted Hillary Clinton to win “badly”, provided research to her in March 2015 and met privately with her on multiple occasions.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg were communicating with Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta during the 2016 presidential election.

In one email exchange released by Wikileaks, Sandberg says she wanted Hillary to win “badly”.

Read the full Wikileaks emails here.

Multiple emails were sent between Sandberg andPodesta, the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

The Facebook COO clearly expressed that she wanted Hilary to win the election, and noted her willingness to help the campaign in any way possible.

Wikileaks posted different posts to both Facebook and Twitter, each containing suspicious correspondence.

The first email chain occurred in May and June of 2015.

And I still want HRC to win badly. I am still here to help as I can. She came over and was magical with my kids.

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HOW A DUBIOUS CIA DOCUMENT IS FUELING TENSIONS IN CATALONIA

by Zach Campbell, The Intercept:

TENSIONS ARE RUNNING high in Barcelona. Last month saw a terrorist attack on one of the city’s main thoroughfares, Las Ramblas, which killed a dozen people and injured more than 100. At the same time, Barcelona and the greater region of Catalonia are a day away from an independence referendum that has pitted the Catalan and Spanish governments against each other in a way unseen since the fall of Franco’s military dictatorship in the 1970s.

The central government in Madrid is bent on preventing the Oct. 1 referendum: in the last week, Spanish military police have shut down multiple websites associated with the referendum, and raided newspaper offices, TV stations and print shops in search of the ballots and ballot-boxes to be used in the vote. The Spanish interior minister has attempted to seize control of the Catalan police. Meanwhile, two ferries docked in Barcelona’s port are housing thousands of riot police that Madrid has said it plans on using to physically stop the vote. Spanish police have arrested at least a dozen members of the Catalan autonomous regional government and others involved with the independence movement, threatening charges of “sedition“ and “rebellion.“

Last month, as the referendum fervor was heating up, leading Spanish daily newspaper El Periódico published a document alleging that the CIA had warned the Catalan police about a potential attack in Barcelona. The document stated that three months before the attack, the CIA had warned the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, of “unsubstantiated information of unknown veracity“ pointing to a summer attack in Barcelona. The document (pictured below) named Las Ramblas as a potential target.

The revelation had huge implications—if true, it would represent a case of gross negligence on the part of the Catalan police and evidence that Catalonia’s president, interior minister, and police chief had lied to the public. But El Periodico’s initial story unraveled quickly: Soon after its publication, local journalists questioned the veracity of the document. Supposedly authored by the CIA, it was plagued with spelling and formatting errors typical of Spanish speakers. Even WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tweeted that he thought it looked fake.

The publication of the document raises many questions. If it is indeed fake, was it created by El Periódico, or did the newspaper get spun a fabrication by an outside source who was intent on undermining trust in Catalonia’s authorities? Just over one month after the attacks in Barcelona and prior to Catalonia’s impending referendum, The Intercept has delved into the strange case in an effort to shine light on the murky origins of the alleged CIA report.

The story started as a blip in the live coverage of the attack on Aug. 17, 2017. Less than one hour after a large van had rammed through crowds of people on Las Ramblas, El Periódico published an entry on its live blog stating that the “CIA warned the Mossos two months ago that Barcelona, specifically [Las Ramblas], could be the location of a terrorist attack like the attack that happened today.” At the time, dead bodies were still scattered across the street’s pedestrian center.

El Periódico wasn’t the only Spanish newspaper publishing articles trying to prove that police had been warned of a potential attack. In the days following the incident, for example, El País ran a story stating that Belgian intelligence had alerted the Mossos about one of the attackers earlier this year. But the El País report was quickly debunked. Still, the Spanish and Catalan press were eager for the police negligence story.

El Periódico published the first document on Aug. 31, which it claimed was a section of a CIA report about a potential attack in Barcelona. Days earlier, Catalonia’s president and interior minister had both made public statements saying that there had been no warning from the CIA, in response to El Periódico’s post on the day of the attack.

Josep Lluís Trapero, head of the Mossos, held a press conference to say the same, though he added one small detail—the Mossos did receive a warning in May about a potential attack in Barcelona, but it wasn’t from the CIA and it was sent to all levels of Spanish police. Trapero said that the Mossos, alongside the Spanish national police, military police and counterterrorism officials, had all determined the notice to be of “very low quality.” And either way, Trapero insisted, El Periódico’s document was false.

Still, the story was picked up all over Spain and internationally. Politicians and journalists accused Catalonia’s president, interior minister, and police chief of lying to the public about the alleged CIA warning. Each of the three officials were responsible for critical aspects of Catalan governance and all three supported the independence movement. With the Oct. 1 referendum looming, the accusations of negligence and misinformation were significant and damaging.

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The Safest Place to Escape the New World Order

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by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:

There are many of us who are all to well aware of the dangers that lie ahead for those people who speak out against the tyranny that is sweeping our country. In modern day America, this is a very dangerous time to be outspoken. At places like Washington State University, using the terms “boy”, “girl”, “homosexual”, “senior citizen” and any other term that the globalist political correct police force deems inappropriate, can get you expelled from school. For those who engage in the high stakes game of calling a criminal a criminal (e.g. the bankers who have hijacked the United States government), are willfully engaging in life-threatening behavior.

Economic indicators in this country, are horrific on their face. As economist Joseph Meyer recently told my international radio audience:

-Seventy five percent of the country makes less than $30,000 per year.

-On-third of adults over the age of 30 are living with their parents for economic reasons.

-The college loan fiasco will be the next housing crash of 2008.

-Over 300,000 waitresses and waiters have college degrees.

Additionally, we know the following:

-Our nation’s economy has gone from first to fourteenth and is rapidly plummeting.

-Some polling groups ranks America as low as 44th, behind Romania, in civil liberties.

-Despite our 24/7/365 access to entertainment America ranks 14th in happiness levels.

-In the United States, suicide has replaced car accidents as the number one cause of death.

-Since 1968, suicide for Americans between the ages of 15-24 has skyrocketed by 310{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}

-An estimated 20-25{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the country is on mind-numbing psychotropic drugs. Seventy percent of foster children are on these drugs which bring structural changes and damage to young brains.

-We are now seeing East German Stasi type interrogation centers being used against American citizens who are not even charged with a crime (e.g. Chicago Black Sites).

-DHS and the Clergy Response Team have greatly compromised the spoken word of the Bible. Most churches and their pastors fall under the category of “false prophets”. In other words, today’s American churches are centers of deception.

-The U.S. economy is nearly $19 trillion dollars in debt.

-The U.S. government owes $240 trillion dollars in unfunded mandated liabilities to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

-The bankers have coerced the government to push their derivatives debt upon the American people. This debt amounts to about $1.5 quadrillion dollars with an annual interest rate of $505 trillion dollars. The entire GDP of the planet is under $70 trillion. America could not pay off this debt by the 50th century.

-Despite spending in excess of 10 times more for health care as any other nation, we only have the 51st longest life span. We live, on average, a full one year less than the a Cuban living in a third world country.

-Post-secondary education is the most expensive in the world as is health care.

-The U.S., despite having only 4{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the population, has over 25{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the world’s prison population.

-Americans are expatriating in record numbers. Should you be one of them and where would you go?

For people like myself, it is too late to leave, but for the average American, expatriation is something that one might want to seriously consider. People ask me, where should I go? Costa Rica? It is attractive in many ways, but there are way too many CIA types there for me to be comfortable. What about Sweden? They have relatively free health care and college education. However, they are being overrun by the same Muslim extremists that Curt Schilling wrote about in his tweet that got him fired by ESPN. The most attractive choice, to me, is Iceland.

IF ONE WANTS TO BE, AT LEAST TEMPORARILY SAFE FROM THE RAVES OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER, ICELAND IS YOUR BEST BET!

Iceland

 The World’s Center of Democracy.
The World’s Center of Democracy.

With a forecasted 2015-16 growth of 3.4{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, Iceland is one of the most stable economies on the earth.

At one time, in 2008, Iceland’s economy was crashed by the same crushing debt as the United States. The usual players, Goldman Sachs and their criminal colleagues on Wall Street were behind the hijacking of both the government and the banks in Iceland. At least they were until the collective people in Iceland realized that they had much more than snowballs  that they could throw at their Wall Street enemies. In short, they rose up and defeated the banksters. Despite being told that their economy would be irreparably damaged if they rejected Wall Street and central banking edicts, they persevered and “threw the bums out”. Today’s Icelandic economy is thriving and the government is relatively stable given the volatile times we live in. Add to that, Iceland is the only nation on the planet who told the banksters where to go and what do when they got there, they have survived to tell the tale.

IF America Had Done, In 2008, What Iceland Did, the following Would Have Been the Headlines In the US

The First District Court of Appeals sentenced four former Goldman Sachs Executives to prison termsranging from three to five years in prison for financial crimes dating back to 2008. The Supreme Court, fearing civilian reprisals, has refused to hear the bankers’ appeals.

The mainstream media is reporting that Hank Paulson, former CEO of Goldman Sachs and Secretary of the Treasury as well as being known for being the architect of the bailouts, received the heaviest sentence of five years in prison. Paulson was ordered to pay $33.4 million dollars in fines. Along these same lines, former Goldman Sachs CEO and former World Bank President, Tim Geithner, was sentenced to three years in prison along with being assessed a hefty $23 million dollar fine. The mastermind of the MF Global theft, former Goldman Sachs executive and the former Governor of New Jersey, Jon Corzine, was sentenced to four years an $18 million dollar fine. The most recent Goldman Sachs CEO, Lloyd Blankfein was also sentenced to three years and assessed a $13 million dollar penalty.

When hundreds of thousands of citizens showed up at the Capitol building and began throwing rocks at the building, this triggered the biggest civil unrest in the country’s history. The military refused to become involved and government officials cowered in fear as DHS fought off the protesters. Shortly thereafter, the beleaguered Congress rediscovered its backbone and issued arrest warrants for the four criminal banksters. Of course, Goldman Sachs and several other international bank entities warned the citizens that the country would collapse economically and it would become necessary to usher in martial law. This proved to be an empty threat, as the opposite ended up being true. The year following the arrests of these four bankster thugs, the economy grew at a rate of 2.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. It is safe to say that the government will never tolerate the undue influence of any financial institution again. The country is approaching financial solvency. Goldman Sachs has been turned into a bed and breakfast location. Who would have thought that this would have been possible?

In a related story, Nancy Pelosi also went to prison for two years after being convicted insider trading on Wall Street. And Diane Feinstein went to prison for five years for repeated violations of conflicts of interest as Feinstein’s husband was the beneficiary of several no-bid federal government contracts. Obama was impeached and convicted for identity theft and most importantly, treason. Happy days are here again.

Fade to black….not in a pigs eye!

I would pray that these events would take place, but unfortunately, our bankster crime rate continues to rise exponentially.  However, the equivalent of these events, and more, just took place in Iceland.

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