Friday, May 27, 2022

Newsweek Cover Depicts Trump As ‘Lazy Boy’

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“Imagine how bad he’d feel if he did any work.”

by Steve Watson | Infowars.com :

In its latest attack on the President, Newsweek is running a cover with the headline ‘Lazy Boy’, depicting Donald Trump reclining in a chair, watching TV and scoffing fast food.

The image shows Trump in the Oval office, holding a McDonald’s bag and a soda. with other fast food packaging littering the floor.

It also shows Trump’s suit stained with Cheetos and has a subheadline that reads “Donald Trump is bored and tired. Imagine how bad he’d feel if he did any work.”

 

Elsewhere on the cover it is claimed that during the first six months in office, Trump spent 40 days at golf clubs and has not passed any significant legislation.

Newsweek appears to be parroting CNN, which jibed at Trump last month “In 6 months, Pres. Trump has tweeted 991 times, spent 40 days at Trump golf properties and passed 0 pieces of major legislation.”

 

Of course, this is fake news. The media does not cover the actions Trump has taken.

 

How the CIA Came to Doubt the Official Story of JFK’s Murder

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Newly released documents from long-secret Kennedy assassination files raise startling questions about what top agency officials knew and when they knew it.

from Politico.com:

After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, the CIA appeared eager, even desperate, to embrace the version of events being offered by the FBI, the Secret Service and other parts of the government. The official story: that a delusional misfit and self-proclaimed Marxist named Lee Harvey Oswald killed the president in Dallas with his $21 mail-order rifle and there was no evidence of a conspiracy, foreign or domestic. Certainly, the CIA’s leaders told the Warren Commission, the independent panel that investigated the murder, there was no evidence of a conspiracy that the spy agency could have foiled.

But thousands of pages of long-secret, assassination-related documentsreleased by the National Archives last week show that, within a few years of Kennedy’s murder, some in the CIA began to worry internally that the official story was wrong—an alarm the agency never sounded publicly.

Specifically, key CIA officials were concerned by the mid-1970s that the agency, the FBI, the Secret Service and the White House commission led by Chief Justice Earl Warren had never followed up on important clues about Oswald’s contact with foreign agents, including diplomats and spies for the Communist governments of Cuba and the Soviet Union, who might have been aware of his plans to kill Kennedy and even encouraged the plot. (There is no credible evidence cited in the documents released so far that Cuban leader Fidel Castro or other foreign leaders had any personal role in ordering Kennedy’s murder.)

The CIA documents also offer tantalizing speculation about the chain of events in late 1963 that explained Oswald’s motives for killing Kennedy, which have previously never been established with certainty—how he may have become enraged after reading a detailed article in his hometown newspaper in New Orleans in September suggesting that his hero Castro had been targeted for assassination by the Kennedy administration. According to that theory, Oswald, who had rifle training in the Marine Corps, then set out to seek vengeance on Castro’s behalf—to kill Kennedy before the American president managed to kill the Cuban leader.

If that proved true, it would have raised a terrible question for the CIA: Was it possible that JFK’s assassination was, directly or indirectly, blowback for the spy agency’s plots to kill Castro? It would eventually be acknowledged the CIA had, in fact, repeatedly tried to assassinate Castro, sometimes in collusion with the Mafia, throughout Kennedy’s presidency. The CIA’s arsenal of weapons against Castro included a fungus-infected scuba suit, a poison-filled hypodermic needle hidden in a pen—and even an exploding cigar. The Warren Commission, never told about the CIA’s Castro plots, mostly ducked the question of Oswald’s motives, other than saying in its final report that he had expressed a “hatred for American society.”

JFK historians and the nation’s large army of private assassination researchers are still scrambling to make sense of the latest batch of tens of thousands of pages of previously secret CIA and FBI documents that were unsealed last week by the National Archives. The documents—441 files that had previously been withheld entirely, along with 3,369 other documents that had been previously released only in part—were made public under terms of a 1992 law that requires the unsealing of all JFK assassination-related documents by October, the law’s 25-year deadline.

Since the release last week, researchers do not appear to have identified any single document that could be labeled a bombshell or that rewrites the history of the assassination in any significant way. Many of the documents, which were made public only online, are duplicates of files that had been released years earlier. Other documents are totally illegible or refer to CIA and FBI code names and pseudonyms that even experienced researchers will take months to decipher. Several documents are written in foreign languages.

Still, the newly released documents may offer an intriguing glimpse of what comes next. The National Archives is required to unseal a final batch of about 3,100 never-before-seen JFK-assassination files by the October deadline, assuming the move is not blocked by President Donald Trump. Under the 1992 Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act, the president is the only person empowered to stop the release. (Congressional and other government officials have told us in confidence that at least two federal agencies—likely the CIA and FBI—are expected to appeal to Trump to block the unsealing of at least some of the documents. Even after 54 years, some government officials apparently still want to keep secrets about this seminal event in U.S. history. The CIA and FBI acknowledged earlier this year they are conducting a final review of the documents, but have been unwilling to say if they will ask the president to block some from being released.)

Read More @ Politico.com

Gold Consolidates On 2.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} Gain In July After Dollar Has 5th Monthly Decline

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by Mark O’Byrne, goldcore.com:

– Gold consolidates on 2.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} gain in July as the dollar has fifth monthly decline
– Trump administration and vicious “civil war” politics casting shadow over America and impacting dollar
– All eyes on non farm payrolls today for further signs of  weakness in U.S. economy
– Gold recovers from 1.7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} decline in June as dollar falls
– Gold outperforms stocks and benchmark S&P 500 YTD
– Gold gains 10.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} versus 10.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} gain for S&P – led by frothy tech sector (see performance table)
– Gold outperforms stocks globally – Euro Stoxx 50 up 5.7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} ytd, FTSE up 4.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and Nikkei up 4.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}
– Gold’s technicals increasingly positive; now trading above its 50-day & 200-day moving averages & looks set to target $1,300 again

 

Gold held steady today in Asian and European trading and was flat for the week, consolidating near the $1,270 per ounce level and the 2.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} gain seen in July.

It remains close to a seven-week high hit this week, as the dollar remains weak and vulnerable near multi-month lows after five consecutive  months of declines.

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major peers, is languishing near 15-month lows hit earlier this week.

“All eyes” are again on the monthly U.S. nonfarm payrolls data due today amid continuing very high levels of U.S. and global political uncertainty.

Traders awaiting July’s employment repor for clues about the health of the U.S. economy after recent data highlighted risks to the downside. This is underlining how difficult it will be for the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise interest rates – even from these historically low levels in the current range between 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and 1.25{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

The complete mess that is the Trump administration and U.S. politics was underlined again this week.

Robert Mueller, the U.S. Special Counsel, has convened a grand jury investigation in Washington to examine allegations of Russian interference in last year’s contentious election and has started issuing subpoenas, according to sources familiar with the situation said on yesterday.

The dollar looks very vulnerable to further falls. Trump and the Republicans have seen repeated failures. These include overhauling healthcare. Now there is multiple congressional and federal investigations into President Donald Trump’s campaign.

This is casting a shadow over his first six months in office and the vicious “civil war” politics that the U.S. finds itself in is casting a shadow over U.S. politics and America’s place in the world.

Gold is performing very well this year and yet sentiment remains poor with little media coverage of gold’s robust performance year to date.

 

Gold has outperformed stocks and the benchmark S&P 500 YTD with gains of 10.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} versus a 10.6{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} gain in the S&P 500. Much of the gains are due to surge in prices in the increasingly frothy tech sector.

Indeed, gold is outperforming stocks globally – the Euro Stoxx 50 is up 5.7{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} ytd, the FTSE up 4.8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and the Nikkei up 4.5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}.

Silver gained 1{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in July and is 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} higher so far this year.

How Good Food and Strong Social Ties Will Save Society

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by Joe Jarvis, thedailybell.com:

 

Good food plus interesting people is a recipe for happiness.

As humans evolved, we lived in tight knit self-sufficient communities. Nomadic hunter gatherers spent their time foraging, hunting, eating, and playing together.

It’s tempting to romanticize those days, but they came with some pretty harsh realities. As stressful and lonely as the modern world can be, countless technological benefits have made our lives longer and healthier.

Yet automation and technology have become an end in themselves, rather than a means to live a better life. It is at this juncture that society would do well to examine where we came from, and where we are.

There is no reason we can’t meld the philosophies of our ancestors and our modern world. We can keep the prosperity and reconnect with our roots.

Bad food and social isolation are actually quite related to the industrial age. One of the saddest images I can conjure is someone eating a microwave dinner in front of the tv alone.

Humans evolved mostly foraging and hunting as groups. Strong social ties were inextricable from reaping the most necessary resources.

Forager’s Diet

We don’t need to go back to loin cloths and straw huts to enjoy what our ancestors enjoyed.

But we could take a few pages out of their book.

Sapiens, written by Yuval Noah Herari, is about the origins of the human species, and its evolution up to the present.

When our ancestors were living in nomadic tribes, the childhood mortality rate was high. This brought down the average life span to somewhere in the 30’s. But not many 30-year-olds were dropping dead. It was obviously much harder to deal with traumatic injuries, but overall, people were not much less healthy than humans today.

 

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts – And When the Bough Breaks

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from http://jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com:

 

Non-Farm Payrolls Report tomorrow.

The markets have been ‘marking time’ ahead of it with a sideways chop.

Let’s see if the number tomorrow deviates from expectations enough to cause a move.

BREAKING: FBI email dump reveals collusion between media and DOJ to squash 2016 Lynch Clinton meeting

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from http://therightscoop.com:

A new email dump from the FBI via a FOIA request by the ACLJ reveals what appears to be collusion between the media and the DOJ to squash the story about the 2016 meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton on the tarmac in Phoenix, AZ.

Also Comey reportedly said the FBI had no documents related to this meeting to fill a prior FOIA request. That apparently isn’t true, given this new email dump.

Watch:

 

Here’s the writeup from the ACLJ on this for more. The links mostly go to emails from the FBI dump on their website that back up their claims.

(I’ll post the emails about media collusion with the DOJ at the bottom.)

First…

First, the Comey FBI lied to us. Last July, we sent FOIA requests to both the Comey FBI and the Lynch DOJ asking for any documents related to the Clinton Lynch plane meeting. The FBI, under the then directorship of James Comey, quickly replied that “No records responsive to your request were located.”

The documents we received today from the Department of Justice include several emails from the FBI to DOJ officials concerning the meeting.  One with the subject line “FLAG” was correspondence between FBI officials (Richard Quinn, FBI Media/Investigative Publicity, and Michael Kortan) and DOJ officials concerning “flag[ing] a story . . . about a casual, unscheduled meeting between former president Bill Clinton and the AG.” The DOJ official instructs the FBI to “let me know if you get any questions about this” and provides “[o]ur talkers [DOJ talking points] on this”. The talking points, however are redacted.

Another email to the FBI contains the subject line “security details coordinate between Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton?”

On July 1, 2016 – just days before our FOIA request – a DOJ email chain under the subject line, “FBI just called,” indicates that the “FBI . . . is looking for guidance” in responding to media inquiries about news reports that the FBI had prevented the press from taking pictures of the Clinton Lynch meeting. The discussion then went off email to several phone calls (of which we are not able to obtain records). An hour later, Carolyn Pokomy of the Office of the Attorney General stated, “I will let Rybicki know.” Jim Rybicki was the Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to FBI Director Jim Comey. The information that was to be provided to Rybicki is redacted.

Also of note several of the documents contain redactions that are requested “per FBI.”

It is clear that there were multiple records within the FBI responsive to our request and that discussions regarding the surreptitious meeting between then AG Lynch and the husband of the subject of an ongoing FBI criminal investigation reached the highest levels of the FBI.

However, on October 21, 2016, the Comey FBI replied to our legal demands that “No records responsive to your request were located.”  This is in direct contravention to the law, and we are preparing further legal action to force the FBI to come clean and turn over ALL documents related to this matter to us in a timely manner.

Second…

 

Experts blast growing trend of “coercive psychiatry” where people are pharmacologically imprisoned without evidence or trial

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byAmy Goodrich , naturalnews.com:

 

Psychiatry is an ancient phenomenon with an invasive and brutal history. In the past, the mentally ill were strapped to their beds and doctors performed lobotomies and electroconvulsive therapy in the hope to improve a patient’s mental state. As asylums closed in the 1970s and 1980s, old brutal practices and the use of coercion in psychiatry were abandoned. Therefore, psychiatry is now thought to be a benign medical practice to help the mentally ill.

Though at some point in history the focus shifted towards care rather than custody, an editorial, published earlier this year in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), revealed disturbing trends in coercive practices in today’s mental health system.

While there will always be situations where intervention and coercion are inevitable to protect the life of the patient or their relatives, they are often unnecessary. Nonetheless, these ancient practices are once again becoming routine in our modern mental health care system.

Today, an increasing number of mental health professionals see coercion as an essential tool, giving rise to new types of secure mental health facilities that replicate some of the inhumane and unethical practices of old asylums.

People are required to take super-powerful psychiatric drugs against their will while being unable to leave locked wards. According to the report’s findings, more than half of the admissions to psychiatric hospitals in England are now involuntary.

Although society has the right to be protected, using the health care system to detain people for punishment rather than treatment is unethical and criminal. Mental health institutions have too much power and the concerns of patients or their relatives are often ignored.

In many cases, a mentally ill person is seen as a danger to society. Britain’s current Mental Health Act has allowed thousands of unnecessary detentions and failed to deal with discrimination against ethnic minority patients. Though there is little evidence that community treatment orders offer any benefit, they form an integral part of the mental health services.

And what’s worse, our prisons are also increasingly being used to manage and contain mentally ill people. In the United States, there are now over three times more mentally ill people in jails than in hospitals. Of these people, 16 percent have a serious mental illness and should receive proper treatment instead of being locked away.

Coercive psychiatry a torture system to gain control

The recent shift in psychiatry, which prioritizes risk management over individual health and social needs, has given institutions too much power. All too often the patients are left out of the decision-making and psychiatric health care providers are reluctant to share information. They feel they know what’s best for their patients.

Gold Coins and Bars See Demand Rise of 11{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in H2, 2017

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by Mark O’Byrne, goldcore.com:

– Gold coins, bars see demand rise of 11{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in H2, 2017 to 532 tonnes according to WGC Gold Demand Trends
– Gold investment demand strong in China, India & Turkey
– Demand in Turkey surges on double digit inflation
– Total gold demand declines in Q2 on slower U.S. ETF inflows
– Gold held in ETFs in Europe reached all time high of 978t
– U.S. ETF inflows slowed from last year’s record
– Central banks continue to buy – 94t of declared purchases
– Turkey joined Kazakhstan & Russia in buying gold
– Well balanced market: ETF inflows continue and jewellery, technology and bar & coin demand up
– Important to note this is all official, transparent and recorded demand. There is demand and flows of gold that cannot be and are not recorded – especially into the Middle East, India, Russia and of course China

 

Key findings included in the Gold Demand Trends Q2 2017 report are as follows:

  • Overall demand was 953t, a fall of 10{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} compared with 1,056t in Q2 2016
  • Total consumer demand rose by 9{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} to 722t, from 660t in the same period last year
  • Total investment demand (ETFs) fell 34{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} to 297t compared with 450t in Q2 2016
  • Gold coins and bars rebounded 13{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} in H1
  • Global jewellery demand grew 8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} to 481t, from 447t in the same period last year
  • Central bank demand climbed 20{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} to 94t compared with 78t in Q2 2016
  • Demand in the technology sector increased 2{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} to 81t compared with 80t in Q2 2016
  • Total supply was down 8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} to 1,066t, from 1,160t in the same period last year
  • Recycling fell 18{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} to 280t compared with 343t in Q2 2016

 

Canadian Man Takes Gun from Home Invaders – Charged with Attempted Murder and Nine Other Crimes

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from http://investmentwatchblog.com:

 

In what is surely an attempt by the Canadian state to make people fear the very idea of defending themselves and their families, a man has been charged with attempted murder after wrestling a gun from one of three armed home invaders and shooting one of them (non-life threatening injury).

Why is it that Canada (and other nations) are so determined to ensure that the population is unable to adequately protect themselves? Kyle Earl Munroe was at home with a friend when three armed intruders entered his home, he and the other man struggled with the intruders, Munroe managed to get a gun from one of the intruders, shots were fired and one of the intruders was hit. Munroe has now been charged with:

Attempted murder, intent to discharge a firearm, intent to discharge a firearm when being reckless, careless use of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing that possession is unauthorized, and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

If this isn’t persecution, who knows what is? The idea that the gun he grabbed of a home invader was his intent to traffic firearms is ludicrous (as are most of the other charges); and whilst the prosecutor’s office is quick to point out that these are “just pending charges”, it’s worth looking at what “pending charges” actually means.

A prosecutor can choose to prosecute for a variety of crimes; their intention is to put the person in court away for as long as possible. They add as many charges as they like, and then investigate the possibility of how many they can make stick. If they think they have a reasonable chance of getting a prosecution on all of them, then these will go ahead as formal charges; the one’s they think will be rejected, they will either drop entirely or try to use as bargaining chips.