Thursday, November 15, 2018

Report: Cornell Asks Students to Report Peers for ‘Negative Reactions’ over LGBT Safe Space

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by Tom Ciccotta, Breitbart:

Students at Cornell University are encouraged to report peers who have “negative reactions” to a proposed LGBT safe space project, according to a report from Campus Reform.

A flyer from the LGBT Resource Center at Cornell University reportedly encourages students to report students who have negative reactions to a new safe space project for LGBTQ students.

“Negative reactions tend to be rare. If they do occur, report it to the Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Life Quality via a Bias Reporting Team Member, such as the Coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center,” the flyer reads.

According to the flyer, the Safe Place project is intended to “to affirm LGBTQ identities and lives and promote an affirmative and supportive environment” where participants “use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and not assume everyone is heterosexual.”

Cornell’s LGBT Resource Center, which is responsible for the safe place project, asks students to use the gender-neutral pronouns, “sie, zie, and they,” which the center lists as examples of inclusive language.

In response to a question on the center’s website on how often personal pronouns change, the center asks the Cornell community to make pronouns an optional part of introductions around campus during meetings and class sessions.

“Remember that people may change their pronouns without changing their name, appearance, or gender identity. Try making pronouns an optional part of introductions or check-ins at meetings or in class,” it reads.

Read More @ Breitbart.com

EUROPE FACING DECADES-LONG “BLOODY FIGHT” WITH JIHADISTS, WARNS NIGEL FARAGE

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by Dan Lyman, Infowars:

Civil war in Europe now inevitable due to Islamic invasion

British statesman Nigel Farage has conceded that Europeans have crossed a tipping point and are now facing a battle against jihadists that could go on for decades, despite countless forewarnings about border security and immigration trends issued by nationalists like him.

In an interview with Westmonster, Farage was asked how he feels about the unfolding crisis of Islamic terrorism in the UK and Europe, knowing that he has attempted for many years to avert the looming catastrophe while being constantly defamed and slandered by the global elite, EU internationalists, and mainstream media alike.

“No one said sorry, not one – the legions who lined up to say that I was racist, neo-fascist – no one has apologized.” Farage said. “Surely, decent people would admit they were wrong.”

“To be honest, even my most pessimistic view of what was going to happen here has been far exceeded by truth and reality.”

“I think we are in a very bad place. I think we are in for decades of a very difficult and literally bloody fight, and I believe we have brought it all upon ourselves,” he assessed.

The EU’s head of counter-terrorism, Gilles de Kerchove, revealed in a recent interview with El Mundo that there are more than 50,000 known Islamic radicals currently in Europe, 20,000 – 25,000 of whom are in the United Kingdom.

“I would not venture to a specific figure, but tens of thousands, more than 50,000,” Kerchove stated when asked to estimate the number of jihadists in Europe.

According to El Mundo, Kerchove believes that Islamic slaughter in Europe is “a generational question that will accompany us for decades,” and that “we will suffer more attacks… it seems clear that something like Barcelona will happen again,” which serve as confirmations of Farage’s assertions.

Additionally, Kerchove admits that European governments and intelligence agencies have been overwhelmed and are incapable of tracking all threats since the migrant crisis exploded, saying, “Three years ago it was easy to identify someone radicalized. Now, most fanatics disguise their convictions.”

Neil Basu, counter-terrorism chief for the London Metropolitan Police, disclosed that security services are currently probing over 600 possible terrorist plots – more than 60 of which have been opened in the past six weeks, and that more investigations are being launched than are being closed.

“It is not going to change. This was truly a summer like no other, it was truly a shift and not a spike, it is truly a new norm that we face,” Basu told a conference of police superintendents, blaming “porous” borders and ports, and “a lack of biometrics and advanced passenger information” for new arrivals.

At least 35 attempted or successful terrorist attacks have been carried out across Europe so far in 2017, as demonstrated on a map compiled by Breitbart London’s editor-in-chief, Raheem Kassam, who writes, “The continent has seen 72 deaths and over 430 injuries this year as a result. Only one of those deaths, and 10 of the injuries, were not migration-related or Islamic in nature.”

In 2015, Infowars reported on an Islamic State handbook that detailed the group’s plans to send their fighters and loyalists into Europe, disguised within the waves of migrants and ‘refugees’ pouring onto the continent.

Read More @ Infowars.com

Bilderberg on Steroids – Meet The Secret CIA-Funded Group Behind The ‘War on Terror’

by Rachel Blevins, The Free Thought Project:

A foreign policy think tank more secretive than Bilderberg has included both instrumental architects of the “War of Terror” and accusations of CIA funding.

Bilderberg has gained a reputation as the world’s most secretive group of billionaires and political leaders who conspire to impact global events—but reports indicate that they don’t hold a candle to another group that includes a host of war criminals responsible for the “War on Terror.”

The group is named Le Cercle. In a report dated Sept. 13, 1982, the German publication Der Spiegel describes it as a “legal cartel” made up of “loyal Bundesnachrichtendienst agents, foreign intelligence agents, reactionary politicians and ultra-right journalists” who played a crucial role in the 1980 election.

The existence of the group was revealed by Bavarian constitutional protector Hans Langemann. According to the report, he described the group as:

“In the case of CERCLE, which is clearly defamatory,” as far as my earlier knowledge of the BND “and my present knowledge are concerned, a “loose” “concentration “about two times a year and at various” places of conservative- anti-Communist politician,” “publicists, bankers, and VIPs of other professions,” “which originated in the former French Prime Minister Antoine PINAY, and the circle to which guests are invited continues to this day.”

Former U.S. Defense Secretary and President of the World Bank Paul Wolfowitz, former Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority Leader Paul Bremer, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former Chairman of the Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board Richard Perle—some of the most notable neoconservative architects of the Iraq War—are all reportedly members.

Other reported American members of Le Cercle include former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Directors of Central Intelligence Bill Casey and William Colby, and former President Richard Nixon after he left the White House.

In a report from The Independent dated June 28, 1997, the “exclusive think-tank said to be funded by the CIA” is mentioned because its chairman at the time, former Member of Parliament Jonathan Aitken, was reportedly going to be removed over a libel trial that ultimately sent him to prison for perjury.

Accusations that Le Cercle receives funding from the CIA have been made by Robin Ramsay, editor of Lobster Magazine; and by John E Lewis, author of “The Mammoth Book of Cover-Ups.”

As the report noted, “the group’s existence is only occasionally disclosed” following its creation in the 1950s:

“Cercle was intended to cement Franco-German relations, as a buffer to Soviet aggression during the Cold War. Down the years, however, it has become much more, advocating right-wing causes round the world and growing into a confidential talking shop for about 70 politicians, businessmen, polemicists and personnel from the diplomatic and security services. Members are invited to attend its meetings; they cannot ask to be admitted, and as a condition of attending they agree to keep all sessions secret. It meets twice a year, once in Washington DC in the autumn and once in the early part of the year in an ‘overseas’ venue.”

The Independent described senior member Brian Crozier as an “author and well-known Cold-Warrior with close ties to MI6 and the CIA” who wrote a “planning paper” for Le Cercle in 1979. In addition to securing changes of government in Germany and the United Kingdom (where Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in 1979), the agenda included objectives such as:

  • “Undercover financial transactions for political aims”
  • “International campaigns aiming to discredit hostile personalities or events”
  • “Creation of a (private) intelligence service specializing in a selective point of view”
  • “Establishment of offices under suitable cover each run by a coordinator from the central office. Current plans cover London, Washington, Paris, Munich and Madrid”

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

Chinese Scientists Warn: Cave-In Detected At North Korean Nuclear Test Site, Mountain Could Implode And Spew Radiation Over Entire Region

by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

We already know that North Korea has the capability of not only firing Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles that could strike major U.S. cities, but that they have the nuclear technology to make any such attack absolutely devastating.

Weapons of Mass Destruction, electro-magnetic pulse weapons and World War III aside, however, the South China Morning Post reports that another danger lurks just below the mountain where North Korea has been testing their nuclear devices.

A total of at least six nuclear device tests have reportedly taken place in North Korea and Chinese seismologists have been able to pinpoint their locations to within 100 meters.

  (January 2016 Blast Site – via  The Daily Signal )
(January 2016 Blast Site – via The Daily Signal )
  (The September 2017 blast took place in the same location – Via  Norsar )
(The September 2017 blast took place in the same location – Via Norsar )

It turns out that all of the tests occurred under the same mountain and scientists are now warning that it could implode, leaving a massive hole that would leak deadly radiation across the entire region, including China:

Wang Naiyan, the former chairman of the China Nuclear Society and senior researcher on China’s nuclear weapons programme, said that if Wen’s findings were reliable, there was a risk of a major environmental disaster.

Another test might cause the whole mountain to cave in on itself, leaving only a hole from which radiation could escape and drift across the region, including China, he said.

“We call it ‘taking the roof off’. If the mountain collapses and the hole is exposed, it will let out many bad things.”

Sunday’s blast was followed by an earthquake eight minutes later, which China’s seismic authorities interpreted as a cave-in triggered by the explosion.

Source: South China Morning Post

If the results are accurate, then there has already been a partial implosion of the mountain, though the radiation released during recent nuclear tests remains contained. At least we think it is still contained.

With North Korea planning even more tests, China has reason to be worried. As we’ve seen with Fukushima, radiation could force long-term evacuations of thousands of square miles and cause deadly consequences for people living downwind of any potential leak.

Read More @ SHTFPlan.com

Warning of ‘Planetary Catastrophe,’ Putin Joins Calls for Diplomacy With North Korea

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by Jake Johnson, The Anti Media:

“There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue.”

(COMMONDREAMS) — As tensions continue to flare following North Korea’s claim Sunday that it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb capable of being placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday joined urgent calls for deescalation and diplomacy, deeming the military option “a dead end.”

“Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless,” Putin told reporters at the end of the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China.

“It could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life,” Putin concluded. “There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue.”

Putin went on to argue that U.S. interventions in Iraq and Libya have convinced Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, that nuclear weapons are a necessary deterrent.

The Russian president’s comments come as U.S. President Donald Trump continues to insist that “all options are on the table” when it comes to North Korea—a position echoed by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, who warned Sunday of a “massive military response” if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S. and its allies.

On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday during an emergency meeting of the National Security Council that the Kim Jong-un regime is “begging for war,” adding: “There is no more road left” for diplomacy.

Activists and analysts have insisted that this is far from the case, and that diplomacy is the only way to avoid a “nuclear nightmare.”

“The best option to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program are political talks,” concluded Paul Kawika Martin, senior director of policy and political affairs at Peace Action. “Clearly bloviating and sanctions are failing.”

Read More @ TheAntiMedia.com

The 5 Best Places To Find High Quality Survival Foods

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by Joshua Krause, Ready Nutrition:

If you would’ve asked a prepper thirty years ago about what kinds of food we should all stock up on, you probably wouldn’t have received a thorough answer. For most people, emergency supplies included things like canned goods, or sacks of dried beans or rice. Maybe if the person you were talking to had done their research, they might tell you about military rations and freeze dried food. Back then there wasn’t as much awareness on this topic, and as a result, there weren’t many emergency food options.

But these days the situation has completely reversed. After an explosion of interest in prepping in recent years, there are so many different brands and stores that sell emergency foods that it can be challenging to make a choice. So if you’re new to prepping, and are just starting to build up a supply of emergency foods, allow me to break down some of your options.

Superstores

One of the first places you should look for survival food is in local big box stores. WalmartTargetCostco, and even Home Depot sell freeze dried food at reasonable prices. There’s two very good reasons why you should check out these stores first, even if you don’t intend to buy from them. First, you can see and hold these products, get a sense of their size, and figure out how many of them you can actually fit in your living space. Second, these stores probably provide a better price on single servings, so that you can taste test them.

The first time we ever purchased food for our prepper pantry was at our local Wal-Mart. We bought ten pound bags of rice, beans, oats, kitchen staples, canned goods, and water – and the price was good too.

The Mormon Church

The Mormon Church has long promoted the idea that their followers should maintain a personal supply of survival foods. So it’s no surprise that the official website of this religion offers high quality survival foods. And these products aren’t just available to adherents of Mormonism. Regardless of your status with this religion, you can purchase their products at any of their “Home Storage Centers,” which can be found throughout the country.

The distribution centers at the Mormon Church have a variety of foods you can choose from. Best of all, they are in bulk! We’ve purchased large bags of dry milk, water filters, sugar and more. The only draw back is you will have to repackage the food when you buy them in these larger quantities. An alternative would be to purchase their pre-packed foods that are already stored in #10 cans. It’s a great way to alternate these items into your existing pantry.

Amazon

No search for any product would be complete without visiting Amazon.com at least once. In this case, it’s a great way to get a sense of all the different survival foods that are on the market. Amazon arguably has the widest selection of brands, and plenty of reviews to back them up. If there’s any particular brand that you’re interested in, see if you can find it here first, and read up on the reviews to see if its worth your money.

We buy a lot of items from Amazon, simply because it’s so easy. I especially like the bulk herbs, cases of freeze dried food, water storage, seeds and prepper gear. You can’t go wrong! After that, you should figure out if you can get a better deal on Amazon or on the brand’s own website.

The Ready Store

This is another fantastic online resource for survival foods. The Ready Store has hundreds of different options for you to choose from, all of which appear to be very affordable compared to most stores. Amazon may have a wider selection of brands, but it’s often the case that you can get the best deals from companies that are dedicated to a specific product.

Sorbent Systems

One of the few disadvantages that you’ll find with most survival foods, is that the meals are usually already put together in a limited number of configurations. That’s just fine if you’re not a picky eater. If you are however, or you have food allergies or any other specific dietary needs, then this can be a problem.

Read More @ Ready Nutrition.com

Cashless Society: China’s KFC Introduces Facial Recognition Payment System

by Nicholas West, Activist Post:

Step by step, facial recognition has been accepted by the general public for security; its appearance is proliferating at airports and at train stations around the world. With that acclimatization in full swing, facial recognition is also becoming a preference in the name of convenience as it is being adopted for conference check-ins and other events. Logically, the next incarnation purports security and convenience in the form of biometric payments using facial recognition.

Reuters reports that an upscale version of KFC, known locally as KPRO, is a testing ground.

Diners at a KFC store in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou will have a new way to pay for their meal. Just smile.

Customers will be able to use a “Smile to Pay” facial recognition system at the tech-heavy, health-focused concept store, part of a drive by Yum China Holdings Inc to lure a younger generation of consumers.

Yum China, which spun off from its U.S. parent Yum Brands Inc last year, is trying to rev up growth in the world’s second largest economy, where food safety scares and changing consumer tastes have dented sales since 2012.

Yum is still the largest fast food chain in the market, where it has over 7,685 outlets. Its China same-store sales have also been slowly improving, rising in the second quarter of the year on a strong showing by its KFC brand.

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Diners can pay by scanning their faces at an ordering kiosk and entering a phone number – which is meant to guard against people cheating the system.

“Combined with a 3D camera and liveness detection algorithm, Smile to Pay can effectively block spoofing attempts using other people’s photos or video recordings and ensure account safety,” Jidong Chen, Ant’s director of biometric identification technology, said in a statement.

As I wrote in 2014, the move to give everyone a global unique ID that can be verified across nearly all human activity has been in the works for some time. The principle behind this is that YOU are the password of the future.

Naturally, the fear of identity theft and cyber-banking crime of all stripes has been the sales pitch to accept identity tech such as facial recognition, iris scans, and fingerprinting, as well as their attendant databases.

Digital sign-in services, smart cards and a range of biometrics have all been offered as perfect solutions that are starting to enter the market at many levels. Moreover, there is an ongoing cooperative effort between global banks and corporations to ensure that there will be standardized, centralized entry into the consumer/Internet/banking matrix of the future. Couple this with the (hackable) “Internet of Things” entering our homes whether we approve or not and we are finding ourselves at the threshold of a new reality.

China’s technocratic and authoritarian leadership is the perfect synthesis to advance biometric payment systems.  Utilizing Alipay, China’s largest digital payments system that is an affiliate of mega corp Alibaba, China is transitioning to a cashless society at the fastest rate in the world, as seen in the graphic below.

And China’s cashless society incredibly goes right down to street-level. From the Observer:

…if you want to spare some change for a beggar you no longer need to rummage through your pockets. Now, you simply scan the beggar’s bar code. This has already happened in China.

In fact, the most populous nation on Earth has set out a formal plan to create a cashless nation within 5 years, with Alipay even having hosted a “Cashless Society Week” to spur nationwide adoption by banks, corporations and merchants.

With this as the backdrop, then, we are starting to see a rollout among popular merchants like KFC.

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

Again?

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by Bob Rinear, The International Forecaster:

I’m really hopeful that by the time you are reading this, the picture has changed, Irma’s been steered hard right, back into the Atlantic and we dodged this bullet.

It’s Monday morning. I’m sitting here looking at the spaghetti string models of Hurricane Irma. I have to tell you, I’m not warm and fuzzy with what I see. Yes it’s a week away. However, on this particular day, 4 of the “better” models have Irma hitting Southern Florida and coming right up the center of the state. Only one has it putting in a really hard right turn late in the week and sending it up into the Carolina/Virginia area.

I don’t want to send it to Carolina. I’m not one of those that prays that it spares us, and who cares about the other folks. No, I’m praying that it gets sheared off, turned out to sea and only the fish get bounced around. As I said, I’m not feeling warm and fuzzy about it. From where I stand, someone’s going to catch hell.

For this thing to hard right and escape out the back door and stay in the sea, a LOT has to go right. So, we’re pulling for that outcome. If the steering high backs off a tad, and the “pulling” low sucks on it hard enough, there’s still a shot that this thing hooks wildly and goes into the Atlantic.

I don’t know how many of you out there are weather geeks. I don’t think I’ve ever brought this particular topic up before, but then again, I don’t remember so good any more. Getting old is for the birds. But my point is that when we lived on the Jersey Bayfront, you get a knack for being an amateur weather forecaster. You had to if you spend a significant amount of time in the bays and ocean. We did just that.

As some of you might know, parts of my family have been involved in the seafood industry for many years. Most of it concerning the harvest and cultivation of hard clams. So it goes without saying that if you’re waking up each day to catch the proper tide, and you’re going to be making a 5 mile run by boat to “little bay” for instance, you want a good eye on the weather. There’s not a lot that’s worse than being 5 miles from home, immersed in a warm saline solution (baywater) and the thunderstorm from hell breaks out. You discover quite quickly just how small and insignificant you are.

Between watching the weather for microbursts, thunder storms, gale winds, etc, so that my kid didn’t get killed trying to make a days pay, I had a habit of liking to go well offshore in the hunt for tuna, swordfish and Mako shark. The issue however is that the best “canyons” for catching such creatures is about 100 miles offshore.

As you might imagine, if you’re going to take the 4 hour run out to the middle of nowhere, to set up for an overnight of chunking for tuna, you really really really want a good picture of the weather for the next 24 hours. I’ve been out there, one time in particular in Tom’s Canyon, when a horrific storm popped up out of nowhere. 50+ MPH winds and lightening crackling all around you while you’re in the pitch of night 108 miles out…makes for some very tense times. Seeing an eerie green “glow” around your outriggers and Tee top, will raise the hair on most parts of your body.

So, most of us old baymen tend to be fair to middlin weather forecasters. Some of it is just experience, some of it is knowing where to look. So I want to dedicate today’s commentary to giving you all some pretty good resources to help with your weather decisions.

There’s an outfit called “weatherbell.com” that you might be interested in. They give out some good “free” stuff, and then they have a premium area that you pay for. The premium side is often frequented by hedge funds, farm conglomerates, etc, people that have a lot riding on how the weather will impact their crops, etc. But again, they give enough freebies out that you can get a pretty good glimpse of what’s coming your way.

Joe Bastardi is one of their forecasters and Joe’s one of the best. His dad was in weather and he took it up as a teen. Now in his early 60’s he’s about as good as it gets. Does he get them all right? Of course not. But I don’t know of anyone who’s any better. So, visit weatherbell now and then for some good analytics.

Read More @ TheInternationalForecaster.com

Washington D.C. Dysfunction and Central Bank Chaos

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by Michael Pento, Market Oracle:

On September 5th, the members of both houses of Congress of the United States will clean the beach sand from between their toes and return to work. Our public servants who occupy The House of Representatives have been working on their respective tans since July 29th. The Senate has had a little less time in the sun; they held their final vote on August 3rd despite their pledge to stay until August 11th.

Hopefully, they got a lot of rest, because they have a lot to do upon their return. By the end of September Congress will need to pass a budget bill to avoid a government shutdown. Expect Tea Party Republicans to hold their ground on spending cuts while Trump petitions for his wall. According to recent tweets, Trump is pushing for this fight and welcomes a government shutdown. Get out the popcorn this could get interesting.

Washington also need to increase the debt ceiling, to avoid a debt default that could trigger a global financial crisis. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can pay the bills in full and on time through September 29th – after that, he will need an increase in the country’s $19.81 trillion-dollar credit limit. Republicans are promising that a default is impossible, but Congress also promised a repeal and replacement of Obamacare within the first 100 days of the Trump Presidency, and Trump himself guaranteed to kill the ACA on day one–so I wouldn’t hold my breath that increasing the nation’s credit limit will go any smoother.

Congress also needs to reauthorize the insurance of 9 million children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and pass the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)—Hurricane Harvey has put extra importance on this provision, as well as aid for the storm itself.

After they take care of those urgent matters they plan to segue back to tax reform, infrastructure and to take yet another crack at making some needed modifications to Obamacare; before the premiums rise to 100{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of disposable income.

And they will have to juggle this full legislative agenda while dealing with North Korea, Russia-gate and Confederate Statue-gate.

For a body of elected officials who have built their careers on doing nothing they have an enormous amount of legislation to sift through in an incredibly short amount of time.

And all this dysfunction in DC is having an adverse effect on the dollar, which is already down over 9{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} this year. A strong dollar is emblematic of a vibrant economy. Whereas, the opposite displays faltering GDP growth and a distressed middle class.

This recent retreat in the dollar is also due to Mario Draghi’s hint that he may pull back QE in the Eurozone. In their June meeting, The European Central Bank (ECB) failed to announce a policy change, but they did make some small changes to forward guidance, which has investors bracing for such an announcement at the September 7th meeting. Mr. Draghi has recently expressed more confidence in the Eurozone economy. The expectation of ECB tapering has put downward pressure on our dollar.

This is why the lynchpin for the global economy now rests on the shoulders of Mario Draghi and Janet Yellen—both of whom foolishly believe that their massive counterfeiting sprees have put the global economy in a viable and stable condition. I intentionally left out Haruhiko Kuroda of the BOJ; even though he is the worst of the money printing bunch, at least he knows—along with everyone else–that he will never be able to stop counterfeiting yen. If the ECB begins the taper in January of next year, QE would be wound down to zero by June. And, of course, the Fed has made it clear that it will begin reverse QE around the end of this year. This will result in the selling of $50 billion worth of MBS and Treasuries at the same time the ECB is out of the additional bond-buying business.

The memories of central bankers are extremely limited. In particular, Draghi forgets that before his pledge to do “whatever it takes” to push European bond yields lower during 2012, the German 10 year bund was 4{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. And periphery yields such as; the Italian 10 year was close to 8{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, Portugal 14{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}, and in Greece the yield was 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. That is how high yields were before ECB purchases began. However, these intractable yields were extant before the gargantuan increase in nominal aggregate debt levels incurred since the global financial crisis, which was abetted by the central bank’s offering of negative borrowing rates.

Read More@ MarketOracle.co.uk

The Global Elites’ Secret Plan for Cryptocurrencies

by Jim Rickards, Daily Reckoning:

Interest in Bitcoin is red hot at the moment. It’s impossible to open a website, listen to a podcast, or watch a video in the financial space without hearing about the meteoric rise in the price of Bitcoin.

Maybe you know a “Bitcoin millionaire” who bought five hundred Bitcoins a few years back for $50,000 and is now sitting on a Bitcoin fortune worth over $2,000,000. It’s true, those people actually do exist.

Yet the crypto-hysteria is distracting you from a scary truth no one is talking about. There is every indication that governments, regulators, tax authorities, and the global elite are moving in for the crypto-kill. The future of Bitcoin may be a dystopia in which Big Brother controls what’s called “the blockchain” and decides when and how you can buy or sell anything and everything.

Furthermore, cryptocurrency technology could be the very mechanism used by global elites to replace the dollar based financial system.

In 1958, Mao Zedong, the leader of the Communist Party of China and China’s dictatorial leader was confronted with demoralized intellectuals and artists who were alienated by Communist rule. As a policy response, he declared a new policy of intellectual freedom.

Mao declared, “The policy of letting a hundred flowers bloom and a hundred schools of thought contend is designed to promote the flourishing of the arts and the progress of science.”

This declaration is referred to as the “Hundred Flowers Campaign” (often misquoted as the “thousand flowers campaign”). The response to Mao’s invitation was an enthusiastic outpouring of creative thought and artistic expression.

What came next was no surprise to those familiar with the operation of state power. Once the intellectuals and artists emerged, it was easy for Mao’s secret police to round them up, kill and torture some, and send others to “reeducation camps” where they learned ideological conformity.

The Hundred Flowers Movement was a trap for those who placed their trust in the state. It was also a taste of things to come in the form of the much more violent and comprehensive Cultural Revolution of 1964–1974 in which all traces of Chinese bourgeoisie culture and much of China’s historical legacy were eradicated.

Something similar is going on with Bitcoin and the Distributed ledger technology (DLT) today. Governments have been patiently watching blockchain technology develop and grow outside their control for the past eight years.

Libertarian supporters of blockchain celebrate this lack of government control. Yet, their celebration is premature, and their belief in the sustainability of powerful systems outside government control is naïve.

Governments don’t like competition especially when it comes to money. Governments know they cannot stop blockchain, in fact they don’t want to. What they want is to control it using powers of regulation, taxation, and investigation and ultimately more coercive powers including arrest and imprisonment of individuals who refuse to obey government mandates with regard to blockchain.

Blockchain does not exist in the ether (despite the name of one cryptocurrency) and it does not reside on Mars. Blockchain depends on critical infrastructure including servers, telecommunications networks, the banking system, and the power grid, all of which are subject to government control.

A group of major companies, all regulated by government, have announced a joint effort to develop an open-source blockchain as a uniform standard for all blockchain applications. The group includes JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, State Street, SWIFT, Cisco, Accenture, the London Stock Exchange and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial. That’s not exactly five guys in hoodies working in a garage. That’s a sign of the corporate-state consortium taking over.

An elite U.S. legal institution called the Uniform Law Commission, that proposes model laws intended for adoption in all fifty states, has released its latest proposal called the “Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act.”

This new law will not only provide a regulatory scheme for state regulators, but will also be a platform for litigation by private plaintiffs and class action lawyers seeking recourse against real or imagined abuses by digital coin exchanges and facilities. Once litigation begins, anonymity is the first casualty.

Cryptocurrencies and the Super-Elites Plan

Consider the following additional developments:

On August 1, 2017, the SEC announced “Guidance on Regulation of Initial Coin Offerings,” the first step toward requiring fundraising through blockchain-based tokens to register with the government.

On August 1, 2017, the World Economic Forum, host body to the Davos conference of global super-elites, published a paper entitled “Four reasons to question the hype around blockchain.”

On August 7, 2017, China announced they will begin using blockchain to collect taxes and issue “electronic invoices” to citizens there.

Perhaps most portentously, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has weighed in. In a special report dated June 2017, the IMF had this to say about blockchain:

“Distributed ledger technology (DLT), in particular, could spur change in the financial sector. …. DLT can be categorized as “permissionless” or “permissioned” depending on who can participate in the consensus-driven validation process. Permissionless DLTs allow anyone to read, transact on, and participate in the validation process. These open schemes (that underlie Bitcoin, for instance) could be very disruptive if successfully implemented. By contrast, in permissioned DLTs, the validation process is controlled by a pre-selected group of participants (“consortium”) or managed by one organization (“fully-private”), and thus serve more as a common communications platform.” (emphasis added).

IMF releases require expert translation because they are never written in plain English, and the real meaning is always hidden between the lines. But, the thrust of this report language is clear. The IMF favors “permissioned” systems over “open schemes.” The IMF also favors control by a “pre-selected group of participants” or “one organization,” rather than allowing “anyone” to participate.

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The Truth About Abraham Lincoln and Slavery in the US – WARNING: Your Public Indoctrination Is About To Be Exposed

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by Leon Puissegur, Freedom Outpost:

We see and hear the rants of the Alt-Left people about slavery, but how many actually know the truth about slavery? How many know who was the first person to obtain the legal right to own another person? How many of the left and Alt-Left know about the first attempt at the 13th Amendment? How many of these people actually know who owned slaves? How many of the Antifa clowns actually know the truth about Abraham Lincoln?

There are so many questions that must be answered and these people should ask them but they have no real concern about what they started.  They only wish to have a Communist or Socialist government. Antifa acts like the Nazi SS and that could be explained by the man who pays them to be that way, George (The Nazi Sympathizer) Soros. But let us get back to answering the questions above and show the Truth that is well documented about slavery that many ranting about slavery never will believe or accept.

First, there is no record of any boat being built in the South for the slave trade.

In Massachusetts, in 1637, the first slave ship was built for the transportation of slaves to the United States and other ports of call.

Boston was where these “SLAVE” ships left to pick up their cargo in Africa by one of two means.   The first was simply to wait for an unsuspecting African to come by and capture him or her. In the second case, it became a bit more complicated. A slave trader would make an alliance with a tribal chief through giving him rum or other such amenities and the tribal chief would wage war on a neighboring tribe. Any of the enemy that the chief wanted to trade, he would do so for goods such as tobacco or liquor. We must remember that in 1637, the Thirteen Colonies were under British rule.

One has to question how slavery was actually established. Here we learn through clear documentation from Virginia, Guide to The Old Dominion, WPA Writers’ Program, Oxford University Press, NY, 1940, p.378. Here it is well noted how and who obtained the “LEGAL” right to own an individual under British rule.

The below paragraphs were from page 16 of this authors book, “Forward The Colors” which is being rewritten now, and it came from the above-referenced document.

“Slavery was established in 1654 when a free black man by the name of Anthony Johnson convinced the “BRITISH” court in Northampton County that he was entitled to the lifetime services of a black man by the name of John Casor. This was the first judicial approval of lifetime servitude except as punishment for a crime. Anthony Johnson had a number of firsts to proclaim. He was one of original 20 brought to Jamestown in 1619 and “sold” to the colonists, he earned his freedom in 1623 and in 1651 bought five servants as his own. He was actually the founder of slavery in Virginia and the first black slave owner. It should be pointed out that this had happened during the time that Britain still controlled the Colonies.”      

I used the book “The Negro in the Making of America” by Benjamin Quarles Collier Books 10thPrinting 1968 Library of Congress No. 64-21333 as my reference for the following information.   I also used the National Archives website Southern Messenger[1] web site in the compilation of the following narrative on slavery.  

The slave trade began in 1441 when Prince Henry the Navigator sent Antonio Gonsalves to the west coast of Africa to get skins and oils. After the Captain landed near Cape Bojador, he took possession of gold dust and ten Africans. Prince Henry was pleased with the gifts, especially the Africans, sending some of the Africans to the Pope. 

Here we clearly see that slavery in what is now the United States was begun by the Judgment of a British Court. Now, given the ideology of Antifa, Black Lives Matter and the other Alt-Left people, the British flag should be banned from US soil due to their judgment of making slavery “LEGAL”! The facts mentioned here show that a BLACK Man won the legal right to own another black man.

From Page 33 of “Forward The Colors” I document the following facts about the 13th Amendment of 1861, signed by one President Abraham Lincoln.

“On February 28, 18614. In this attempt at the 13th Amendment those in Congress spelled it out briefly and to the point just what it would be. On page 1284 of the Congressional Globe dated February 28, 1861, in the third column almost midway the 13th Amendment of 1861 is given as follows.    

Art. 13.  No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.

4 See page 1284 of the Congressional Globe 

This 13th Amendment was signed by Abraham Lincoln to try and stop the secession of the Southern states.

Let us take a look at this because this shows without a doubt that had this Amendment of 1861 been ratified by the states, Slavery would have been legal until a future time. Here we have to state that the War for Southern Independence, also called the Civil War, and also the War Between the States actually began in April of 1861, some two months AFTER President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment of 1861. Had the war been just about slavery alone, it would have never started due to this amendment allowing slaves in states that had them. This is perhaps the best document to show Slavery was not the reason for the “Civil War”.

Now let us find out who owned slaves and who brought slaves to the South. This destroys all the ideas that slaves were brought in by Southern people and that many people of the South owned slaves.  Both ideas are based upon false figures and false statements. We will show this below from the book, “Forward The Colors”.

Once in the American British colonies, these slaves were nothing more than property. They were not considered as subjects of the British colonies and had no rights bestowed upon them. From their arrivals in Boston, New York, or Rohde Island, they were transported to the South to be sold.

The slave traders in the Northern states would trade rum and other items for slaves. These owners would then move them into Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, and any where else where they could get money for their commodity.

Once the slave was sold, they became the property of the new owner. Most slave owners treated their slaves decent, mainly due to the fact that they were worth more than a horse and without them, the produce could not be harvested and sold. It was also cheaper to own a slave then to hire a laborer, which cost at that time about 70 cents a day.  In a little more than a month and a half, the slaves had actually paid for themselves.

At first, they did not have many farms or slaves, but once it was learned about the good profit of both, many men decided to move from the North and do farming in the South. In time the Northern colonies became less and less dependent on slaves.  The South became more and more dependent on slaves due to the orders of their farm goods by the Northern colonies.

There were those hateful owners who beat and treated their slaves bad.  These owners had no care for their slaves, most of them had little care for anything but money. Many of the other slave owners objected to the treatment of slaves by these owners. In turn they were told to mind their own business.

In New York, the big farms along the Hudson had about 8,000 slaves out of the New York colonies 20,000 total slaves.   In the middle British colonies of New Jersy, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, slaves were also employed in agriculture.  In Connecticut and South Rohde Island, slaves were used in stock farming.  Another typical use of slaves in the Northern colonies were as house servant, butler, valet, coachman, cook, maid, and laundress.

The harsh slave laws enacted by the British government was done as a means to keep peace.  Where blacks outnumbered whites, the slave laws were strict.  New York for example, had harsher slave laws then Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New England. This was due to the number of slaves in New York. Under these harsh laws in New York, no more than three slaves could assemble when not working.

Rhode Island had the largest amount of slaves out of the other New England colonies. If slaves in Rhode Island were accused of disturbing the peace, stealing, or other crimes, they were treated more severely than their counterparts in the surrounding colonies.

The growing number of slaves gave chance for slave insurrection causing the colonies to call for an end to the importation of slaves. Some colonies tried to prohibit slave trade and place heavy tariffs on it.   The British Crown struck down such measures encouraged by Parliament and the British ship owners.  The different points of view by the British Government on slave trading and the colonies wanting to end it was a chief reason for the break up of the two.

In Massachusetts, the legislature passed anti-slave measures in 1771 and 1774, but the British royal governor stopped them from becoming law.  In 1774 Rhode Island and Connecticut voted to stop the slave trade.  Rhode Island went further to add any slave brought in her boundaries would become free.  Pennsylvania in 1773 imposed a heavy duty on every imported slave.  Virginia and North Carolina in 1774 and Georgia in 1775 placed restrictive measures on slave trading.

On April 6, 1776, the seeds of American freedom were planted.  The Continental Congress voted that no slave be imported into any of the thirteen original colonies.  This along with other concerns about the British rule was forming the colonies into a united front.

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