Tuesday, December 11, 2018

What is Missing from Our Lives?

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from Henry Makow:

There is a great spiritual hunger in society because Satanists have banished the word “God” from polite discourse. 

I see this spiritual hunger in terms of a loneliness and isolation which people try to fill with pets and social media and quasi-religious causes such as environmentalism, climate change, food, exercise and hating Donald Trump. 

Left, Our minds have been trained to shut down at any mention of “God.” Our eyes glaze over.

Satanists say they must banish God because Believers are not “inclusive,” which is true. We are not including Satanists.

Think about the absurdity of this situation. Humanity has been taken over by psychopaths. They have banished the Creator from Creation, at least as far as our society is concerned. Of course, the earth is but a postage stamp in the universe. God is still Omnipresent. 

Obviously these psychopaths regard God as competition. They want to run things and God is an impediment. They can’t have people saying, “Sorry but God tells me you are evil.”  

They are trying to abolish good and evil because God is by definition Good. 

Two thousand years ago, Christ affirmed the existence of true God and you know what happened to him.

The denial of God as a universal Moral Order is a hallmark of the NWO. This includes a denial that we have a Divine soul, a conscience, which connects us to God. 

The mob is used to listen to us, who pay it for its attention and obedience. By these means we shall create such a blind force that it will never be capable of taking any decision without the guidance of our agents, placed by us for the purpose of leading them. Protocols of Zion 10-9

STRAW GOD

They discredited God by describing Him in ridiculous terms. For example:

Q- If God existed, why does he let bad things happen? 

A- God is the principle of human development and is not responsible for what people who reject Him do. The whole point is that mankind must come to Him.

Q- If God is an old man in the sky who takes a personal interest in each and everyone one of us, why aren’t we feeling it?  

A- Because we have replaced God with worthless trinkets and don’t have a relationship with him.

Occultists have an understanding of spiritual truth . Harold Rosenthal explained in 1976: 

“Your people never realize that we offer them only worthless baubles that cannot bring fulfillment. They procure one and consume it and are not filled. We present another. We have an infinite number of outward distractions, to the extent that life cannot again turn inward to find its definite fulfillment. You have become addicted to our medicine through which we have become your absolute masters…”

We have converted the people to our philosophy of getting and acquiring so that they will never be satisfied. A dissatisfied people are pawns in our game of world conquest. Thus, they are always seeking and never able to find satisfaction. The very moment they seek happiness outside themselves, they become our willing servants.”

Needless to say,  we must heed the Designer’s Instructions, not thumb our nose at Him, if we are going to achieve our potential. 

If there is a Creation, there must be a Creator. If there is a hunger for God, then there must be a God.  We need a relationship with Him. I suspect that Prayer may facilitate this. We need a new and better understanding of God.

Read the rest @ HenryMakow.com

Gold Surges To $1338 as U.S. Warns of ‘Massive’ Military Response

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by Mark O’Byrne, GoldCore:

– Safe haven gold extends rally to 11-month high after North Korea nuke test and U.S. warns of ‘massive’ response
– Asian and European stocks fall, bonds flat, gold, silver, palladium, Swiss franc rise as Korea tensions flare as North Korea tests ‘hydrogen bomb’
– North Korea prepares for possible ICBM launch says S. Korea
– U.S. warns of ‘massive,’ ‘overwhelming’ military response to North Korea after meeting with Trump
– Trump weighing new economic sanctions that target China
– Gold is consolidating above the $1,300/oz key resistance level and building on 4{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} gain seen in August

Relative Performance (1 Day) – Finviz.com

Safe haven gold continued to eke out further gains of 0.73{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} today and reached its highest level in 11 months at $1,338.65/0z. The latest gains came after North Korea’s latest and most powerful nuclear test again saw investors diversify into safe haven gold and other safe haven assets.

Asian and European shares have fallen and the geo-political risk led to the the usual knee-jerk shift to safe havens pushing the yen, Swiss franc, gold and silver higher.

The Nikkei was down 0.93 and EuroStoxx 50 was down 0.45{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined, with all industry sectors in the red.

The U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index dipped 0.3 percent and Germany’s DAX Index fell 0.5 percent. The MSCI All-Country World Index sank 0.2 percent, the largest dip in more than two weeks. Stock market futures suggest a difficult day for global equities.

The White House warned any nation doing business with Kim Jong Un’s regime would be met with economic sanctions and trade embargoes, and Trump’s defense chief said the U.S. has “many military options.”

Gold’s gains came after gold rose both last week and in August when gold and silver saw strong safe haven gains of 4{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} and 5{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} respectively.

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Gold Surges To $1338 as U.S. Warns of ‘Massive’ Military Response (Reuters)

Asian Stocks Fall, Yen Jumps After Korea Bomb Test (Bloomberg)

Read More @ http://www.goldcore.com/us/gold-blog/precious-metals-outperform-markets-in-august-gold-4-silver-5/

How to Make the Financial System Radically Safer

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from acting-man:

Preventing the Last Crisis

Clear thinking and discerning rigor when it comes to the twisted state of present economic policy matters brings with it many physical ailments.  A permanent state of disbelief, for instance, manifests in dry eyes and droopy shoulders.  So, too, a curious skepticism produces etched forehead lines and nighttime bruxism.

 

 

The terrible scourge of bruxism and its potentially terrifying consequences. Curious skepticism can lead to the darnedest things, which is why Big Brother strongly recommends that citizens remain in a medication and cable TV-induced apathetic stupor. To make this happy outcome easier to achieve, stagnation in real wages was successfully introduced a number of moons ago; forced to work to exhaustion just to keep their heads above water, citizens tend to be more docile in their shrinking free time. [PT]

 

 

Nonetheless, these are small prices to pay for the simple delight that comes when a central planner opens their mouth and inserts their foot.  Last Friday, for example, Fed Chair Janet Yellen gave a speech to her friends and cohorts at the annual central banker’s powwow in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  There she patted herself and the financial regulatory community on the back for what she believes has been a successful execution of financial regulations:

 

“The events of the [2008] crisis demanded action, needed reforms were implemented, and these reforms have made the system safer.”

 

How Yellen knows the reforms have made the system safer is unclear.  Like France’s impenetrable Maginot Line, the regulations Yellen lauds are backward looking.  They are suited to preventing the last crisis while ignoring new and greater threats amassing just beyond the horizon.

Read More @ http://www.acting-man.com/?p=51265

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts – Just Charts

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from jessescrossroadscafe:

I am not actively posting yet, and while I am reading emails, I am not answering them for the most part.

I know you will understand.  I am a bit distracted by all the details that need attention.

Thank you very much for the kind words and prayers.

The breakout in gold did a nice intraday retest of 1300.

The NDX has struck a new all time high.   Oh, well done.

See you in a week or two.

Read More @  http://jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com/2017/09/stocks-and-precious-metals-charts-just.html

Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP Company Accused of Deceptive Advertising

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by Julie Fidler, NaturalSociety:

Some are saying that Gwyneth Paltrow has given out some not-so-sage advice on her website, GOOP. In early 2017, the actress recommended that women place jade eggs inside of their vaginas all day or while they slept to “increase vaginal muscle tone, hormonal balance, and feminine energy in general.” Unsurprisingly, OBGYN’s across the country responded with shock and quickly advised women against the germy practice. Now GOOP, Paltrow’s lifestyle company, is facing legal action over some of the claims it makes about the products it sells online. [1] [2]

 

Truth in Advertising, or TINA, has filed a formal complaint with 2 California district attorneys following an investigation, which revealed that GOOP is making deceptive health claims to promote the products it sells on its website. [1]

 

The watchdog group cites 51 examples of products sold on the GOOP website which the company advertises can “treat, cure, prevent, alleviate the symptoms of, or reduce the risk of developing a number of ailments.” Some of the products in question include a rose quartz egg for hormonal balance, and a detox seaweed bath soak which is said to fight aging. TINA is taking aim at both GOOP-brand products such as vitamins, and products from outside vendors.

TINA argues that GOOP “does not possess the competent and reliable scientific evidence required by law to make such claims.”

Bonnie Patten, executive director of TINA.org, said in a statement:

“Marketing products as having the ability to treat diseases and disorders not only violates established law but is a terribly deceptive marketing ploy that is being used by GOOP to exploit women for its own financial gain.

GOOP needs to stop its misleading profits-over-people marketing immediately.”

In response, a GOOP spokesperson said:

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/gwyneth-paltrow-goop-company-accused-deceptive-advertising-1553/#ixzz4rjPh0gZt
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The Excuse is Immigration, But Federal Checkpoints Violate Everyone’s Rights

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from thedailybell:

Federal agents set up shop in New Hampshire last week. They ran a Constitutionally-illegal checkpoint, violating the Fourth Amendment rights of countless Americans.

The big reward? They arrested 25 illegal immigrants, seven of them children. More than half of those detained had overstayed visas. That means they came to the U.S. legally in the first place and did not leave when their visa expired.

What could have spurred this callous disregard for the law? Well, a personal anecdote could shed some light on the situation.

A friend of mine from Brazil had a six-month visiting visa to the United States. He would come and stay with his uncle who had permanent residency. The way the rules work, it that my friend could use the visa as often as he wanted to travel to the United States, but couldn’t stay for longer than the six month period.

It was literally completely legal for him to fly to Brazil, spend the night, and fly back to the United States the next day. Then he could stay for another 6 months.

Being a rule follower, he did what the law said and flew back to Brazil where he stayed for about four months. The ticket to get back to the U.S. cost about $1,000. But when he arrived, he was denied entry to the United States. He was sent back to Brazil, and his visa was suspended for five years.

Why did this happen? After all, he followed all the rules. Officials said if he was staying 6 months at a time, he must have been working. Yes, because he stayed within the legal limits of his visa, the federal officials surmised that he must have violated the conditions of his visa.

Perhaps this unpredictability of U.S. Customs creates an incentive to overstay visas. Maybe the $1,000 plane tickets make it tempting to overstay a visa. Because maybe even if you follow the rules, you will arbitrarily be denied anyway, wasting your time, burning your money, and being separated from the rest of your family still in the States. Speaking of family, maybe the fact that many of the detained immigrants have kids in school in the U.S. means it is a ridiculous burden to make them leave every six months.

Yes, they broke the law. They broke complicated and restrictive immigration laws.

But why is it so important to follow immigration laws, while immigration officials completely disregard the Fourth Amendment?

Great job! Agents enforced immigration law by breaking Constitutional law. They stopped every car on I-93, without suspicion or probable cause. Generally, occupants of the vehicles are asked whether or not they are an American citizen.

Read More @ http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/the-excuse-is-immigration-but-federal-checkpoints-violate-everyones-rights/

NEVER ENDING WAR

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from Stefan Molyneux:

Moral Outrage Over Low Wages: Canada Joins Trump With Threats of Walking Out on NAFTA

by Mish Shedlock, Mish Talk:

The threat of total abandonment of NAFTA took on a second front today as Canada’s biggest private-sector union said NAFTA should be scrapped if Mexico cannot agree to better labor standards.

Please consider Sharp Differences Over Labor Surface at NAFTA Talks in Mexico.

Tensions over sharp differences in pay between Mexican workers and their Canadian and U.S. counterparts surfaced on Sunday as negotiators discussed labor market rules in talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Canada’s biggest private-sector union said NAFTA should be scrapped if Mexico cannot agree to better labor standards, clashing with Mexican business leaders who argued that workers rights were a matter for each country to resolve internally.

Mexican political and corporate leaders firmly resist demands to bring wages into line with U.S. and Canadian levels, arguing the big cost advantage the country enjoys over richer peers should decrease as economic development advances.

Labor union leaders in the two wealthier nations say laxer labor standards and lower pay in Mexico have swelled corporate profits at the expense of Canadian and U.S. workers, making resolution of the issue a major battleground of the NAFTA talks.

Jerry Dias, national president of Canadian union Unifor, said NAFTA had been a “lousy trade agreement for working-class people” and that the union was pushing his government to walk away from the talks if it could not secure them a better deal.

“If labor standards aren’t a part of a trade deal, then there shouldn’t be a trade deal,” Dias told reporters in Mexico City on the sidelines of a second round of negotiations to update the 1994 trade agreement among the three countries.

Bosco de la Vega, head of Mexican farm lobby, the National Agricultural Council, said more trade, not intervention in labor markets, was the best way for the region to grow economically.

“Mexico can’t interfere in the labor market issue in the United States and Canada. We ask the same: that they don’t interfere in these matters,” he told reporters at the talks.

Moral Outrage Over Free Trade

Are bad jobs at bad wages better than no jobs at all? Should the US demand third world economies pay “living wages”?

If so, and if countries don’t oblige, should the US impose tariffs so the US does not lose jobs to such countries?

This is what I think…

Moral outrage is common among the opponents of globalization–of the transfer of technology and capital from high-wage to low-wage countries and the resulting growth of labor-intensive Third World exports. These critics take it as a given that anyone with a good word for this process is naive or corrupt and, in either case, a de facto agent of global capital in its oppression of workers here and abroad.

But matters are not that simple, and the moral lines are not that clear. In fact, let me make a counter-accusation: The lofty moral tone of the opponents of globalization is possible only because they have chosen not to think their position through. While fat-cat capitalists might benefit from globalization, the biggest beneficiaries are, yes, Third World workers.

Workers in those shirt and sneaker factories are, inevitably, paid very little and expected to endure terrible working conditions. I say “inevitably” because their employers are not in business for their (or their workers’) health; they pay as little as possible, and that minimum is determined by the other opportunities available to workers. And these are still extremely poor countries, where living on a garbage heap is attractive compared with the alternatives.

And yet, wherever the new export industries have grown, there has been measurable improvement in the lives of ordinary people. Partly this is because a growing industry must offer a somewhat higher wage than workers could get elsewhere in order to get them to move. More importantly, however, the growth of manufacturing–and of the penumbra of other jobs that the new export sector creates–has a ripple effect throughout the economy. The pressure on the land becomes less intense, so rural wages rise; the pool of unemployed urban dwellers always anxious for work shrinks, so factories start to compete with each other for workers, and urban wages also begin to rise. Where the process has gone on long enough–say, in South Korea or Taiwan–average wages start to approach what an American teen-ager can earn at McDonald’s. And eventually people are no longer eager to live on garbage dumps.

The benefits of export-led economic growth to the mass of people in the newly industrializing economies are not a matter of conjecture. A country like Indonesia is still so poor that progress can be measured in terms of how much the average person gets to eat; since 1970, per capita intake has risen from less than 2,100 to more than 2,800 calories a day. A shocking one-third of young children are still malnourished–but in 1975, the fraction was more than half. Similar improvements can be seen throughout the Pacific Rim, and even in places like Bangladesh.

Why, then, the outrage of my correspondents? Why does the image of an Indonesian sewing sneakers for 60 cents an hour evoke so much more feeling than the image of another Indonesian earning the equivalent of 30 cents an hour trying to feed his family on a tiny plot of land–or of a Filipino scavenging on a garbage heap?

The main answer, I think, is a sort of fastidiousness. Unlike the starving subsistence farmer, the women and children in the sneaker factory are working at slave wages for our benefit–and this makes us feel unclean. And so there are self-righteous demands for international labor standards: We should not, the opponents of globalization insist, be willing to buy those sneakers and shirts unless the people who make them receive decent wages and work under decent conditions.

This sounds only fair–but is it? Let’s think through the consequences.

First of all, even if we could assure the workers in Third World export industries of higher wages and better working conditions, this would do nothing for the peasants, day laborers, scavengers, and so on who make up the bulk of these countries’ populations. At best, forcing developing countries to adhere to our labor standards would create a privileged labor aristocracy, leaving the poor majority no better off.

And it might not even do that. The advantages of established First World industries are still formidable. The only reason developing countries have been able to compete with those industries is their ability to offer employers cheap labor. Deny them that ability, and you might well deny them the prospect of continuing industrial growth, even reverse the growth that has been achieved. And since export-oriented growth, for all its injustice, has been a huge boon for the workers in those nations, anything that curtails that growth is very much against their interests. A policy of good jobs in principle, but no jobs in practice, might assuage our consciences, but it is no favor to its alleged beneficiaries.

You may say that the wretched of the earth should not be forced to serve as hewers of wood, drawers of water, and sewers of sneakers for the affluent. But what is the alternative? Should they be helped with foreign aid?

And as long as you have no realistic alternative to industrialization based on low wages, to oppose it means that you are willing to deny desperately poor people the best chance they have of progress for the sake of what amounts to an aesthetic standard–that is, the fact that you don’t like the idea of workers being paid a pittance to supply rich Westerners with fashion items.

In short, my correspondents are not entitled to their self-righteousness. They have not thought the matter through. And when the hopes of hundreds of millions are at stake, thinking things through is not just good intellectual practice. It is a moral duty.

Purposeful Plagiarism

I need to point out that everything above following “This is what I think…” was not written by me (but it does reflect my exact beliefs).

Believe it or not, Paul Krugman wrote that, and here is the link: In Praise of Cheap Labor.

Krugman wrote that before he lost his mind.

Read More @ MishTalk.com

WHY are banks Too Big to Fail & Too Big To Jail

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by Martin Armstron, Armstrong Economics:

There is something much more sinister going on behind the curtain. I have warned that you really are taking your life in your hands doing business in New York City with a bank because NOBODY ever wins against the bankers no matter what they do. This begs the question about why are banks paying huge fines, yet nobody goes to jail, and there is never a trial while class action suits are summarily dismissed? Something is seriously wrong here. To discover the answer, as always, just follow the money!

Back in 2003, Judge Milton Pollack dismissed two class action suits against Merrill Lynch for putting out bogus research during the DOT.COM Bubble after the investment bank plead guilty and paid huge fines. Judge Pollack wrote a 43 page decision protecting banks even when they produce intentional fake research. The judge said that investors were eager to take that risk and were to blame for their own losses. Pollack then dismissed another 25 lawsuits against the bankers. Similarly, another judge dismissed suits against Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. Why is it impossible to sue the bankers in America where justice is supposed to exist for all?

So why are the banks paying huge fines but then nobody can sue them? An inside source coming from a lawyer who worked internally at a bank, explained that the New York Attorney General simply walks into his office and informs them they will hand over $1.2 billion in fines and he does not care about defenses or the rule of law. It is plain criminal extortion.  The bankers pay these fines because they cannot afford to go to trial and lose for then class action lawsuits from depositors and shareholders will bury the institution. So the judges are in on the scam and class action lawsuits are dismissed with absurd reasoning and the government makes billions in the process. Hence this corruption (1) leads to too big to jail and (2) it merely encourages bankers to do whatever they desire knowing they will pay a small percentage of what they make.

Read More @ ArmstrongEconomics.com