Friday, April 19, 2019

Reload Your Own Ammo, If You Want To Be A Good Shot!, by Steve Collins

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by Steve Collins, Survival Blog:

Common Sense and Facts About Shooting

Common sense tells us that if you want to be a good shooter, you need to shoot often. Facts tell us, though, that our wallets won’t allow us to shoot as often as we want or need to. While resorting to the .22 caliber firearms is often cited as an acceptable alternative, at some point you need to shoot your primary gun. The answer to buying factory ammo is to reload your own. I started reloading in 1984 when I got my first Colt 1911 .45 auto. Shortly thereafter I received a Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum revolver for Christmas, along with my first reloading kit. Mom must have known something, or it was Divine Providence, that led her to get both of those items at the same time, because I found out very quickly how expensive .44 ammo was!

Not Somewhere Between Rocket Science and Black Magic

Reloading is seen by many as being somewhere between rocket science and black magic. Nothing could be further from the truth! Reloading is a safe activity, as long as you pay attention to what you’re doing. Making our own ammo allows us to tailor a particular load to our particular situation. We also aren’t left at the mercy of the manufacturers during times of short supply, such as we saw in 1994 and again in 2008. While a lot of folks were scrambling to find practice ammo, I was at my loading bench making as much as I wanted.

If you’ve chosen a caliber that isn’t that common, such as .38 Super, 10mm, or .41 Magnum, reloading isn’t just a nice hobby but becomes almost a necessity. Making your own ammo can allow you to shoot that old rifle that belonged to your grandpa and for which you can’t find factory ammo anymore, too.

 

Preparing to Reload

Basic Overview of Beginning Reloading

This is going to be a basic overview of beginning reloading, since reams of paper have been written on the subject. I’m just hoping to get you started down the right path.

Let me put this note in right now: Reloading is a potentially dangerous activity. Neither I nor the publishers assume any responsibility in your loading practices. My loads are safe in my guns. Take appropriate precautions when handling reloading components.

Get Reloading Manuals and Read

First, get a reloading manual, preferably three or four of them, and read them from cover to cover. They all say many of the same things, sometimes just a little differently. Every company has their own way of measuring velocity, pressures, et cetera. My personal favorite is the Lyman 50th Edition Reloading Manual, which has data from many different sources. It’s usually the first one I grab when I’m looking up a new load or caliber. They will all cover the basics of what goes on when reloading your own: de-priming and resizing the case to factory configuration, seating a new primer, adding gunpowder, and seating and crimping a new bullet. The manuals usually have good pictures in them to help you along.

Talk to People Who Reload At Local Gun Shop

Next, go to your local gun shop (or two or three) and ask to talk to the individual who knows the most about reloading their own ammo. I’m pretty lucky in that I have a friend who has been reloading for nearly 60 years, making my 25 years seem paltry. They can probably answer a lot of your questions and give you some good recommendations. If you have a friend or family member who is willing to help you along, that’s even better. Getting some hands-on experience before venturing out on your own will help assuage some of the fear that most have about making their own ammo.

Obtaining a Reloading Press

Begin With Single Stage Reloading Press

At this point, we’re going to assume that you’ve decided to continue on with learning how to reload your own ammo. Now you have to get a reloading press, but which one? Should it be a progressive or single stage? I always recommend that a beginner use a single stage press. A single stage press means that each operation has to be done to every round you intend to load. Then you go on to the next operation and the next. Yes, it can be tedious and slow, but you will get a better feel for each operation, and you can inspect your brass at each step to see what is really going on. Plus, you will always have the opportunity to use the single stage press later on, even when you decide to move on to something more advanced.

My single stage press, an RCBS Rock Chucker, is 35 years old, and it is still going. I’ve seen some older presses in gun shops that were made in the ‘50s and ‘60s and worked just fine. I use it for developing new loads for my pistols and for my rifle ammo, since I don’t shoot near as much rifle as I do pistol.

Progressive Press by Dillon Reloads Over 100 Calibers

My progressive press is made by Dillon Precision and is their model 550B. This press will reload over 100 calibers (and yes, I have friends that reload that many or more!) A progressive press means that with each pull of the handle, a new fully loaded round is made. It’s accomplished with the use of a turret style head of some type, allowing each round to be moved to the next phase of the operation. We’re going to focus primarily on the single stage though, since it’s easier to show you each step.

Basic Accessories For Reloading

Reloading Dies

Reloading dies are next. These come made for each individual caliber, and you’ll need new ones for every caliber you decide to reload. Most of the reloading companies make dies, but some, like RCBS, make them for nearly every caliber ever made and then some. Dies come in two, three, and four die sets, depending on what caliber you’re loading for. Once again, this comes back to reading the manuals and asking questions. A shell holder is needed and may be purchased separately, or it is sometimes included with the dies. This is what holds the case in the reloading press. One shell holder can hold several different sized cases, such as the 30-06 shell holder that will also hold .243, .270, and .308 because they have the same case head size.

Powder Dispenser

A powder dispenser is necessary, since it holds the powder you’re going to put in the case. You adjust it for a certain amount of powder, whatever amount the reloading manual says. This gets measured on your powder scale. The powder scale lets you precisely measure the amount of powder that you are putting in the case. Follow what the manual says; do not guess at how much powder to put in!

Those are the basic accessories you need to reload. But, you also need to get the components, i.e., what bullet do you want to use, what primer, what powder? You thought we were done? Not quite…

Components for Reloading

Unless you’re doing something task specific (hunting, precision shooting, et cetera), your basic full metal jacket bullet or lead bullet will be fine for practice. I do use specific bullets for certain things and have my own preferences. Only through a lot of study and experimentation will you find your own.

Primers

Primers come next. They’re made in small and large pistol, and small and large rifle. They’re also made in magnum versions, which we won’t worry about right now. You can get them in packs of 100 or an entire sleeve of 5000. The manual will tell you which size you need for your particular cartridge.

Gunpowder

You also need gunpowder, and there are many different kinds. Some are specific for rifle, pistol, or shotgun, and some are multi-purpose. Powders are not all the same! Do not substitute one for another! The results can be disastrous. Use the powders specified for your cartridge in the manual. (See the recurring theme here?) Also, you may find references to very popular loads from famous gun writers in print and on the internet. Do not jump in and start using these without a thorough knowledge of what you’re doing! Some of these “legendary” loads were developed several decades ago. Over time, powders and primers have changed and those old loads may not be safe in your gun. With any new load you work on, the story stays the same: start low and slowly work your way up.

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From “Fake News” to Fake Economics: Nobel Prize Committee Rewards a Faker

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by Harley Schlanger, Rogue Money:

Media censorship and outright lying as a means of social control are not new tactics, as there is a long history of oligarchs using control of media and education to keep people ignorant of the events and processes which shape their lives, making it easier to control them.  The British Empire has survived by employing such measures.  The ability to sustain authoritarian control over a subject population is the subject of George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” published in 1949, in which people at mass rallies were led in chants such as “Ignorance is Strength.”  One of the maxims of the fictional government imagined by Orwell was “He who controls the past controls the future.  He who controls the present controls the past.”  This is a slogan which describes well the intent behind the proliferation of Fake News today.

This was the subject of a tract published in 1953 by Bertrand Russell, the evil proponent of the British Empire.  Lord Russell wrote, “Education should aim at destroying free will so that pupils thus schooled will be incapable…of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished….It is for a future scientist…to discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black” (from “The Impact of Science on Society”).   

One arena of “Fake News” is the coverage in the mainstream media of economic and financial “news.”  For the propagandists of “neo-liberalism”, who dominate the media and the economics profession, stock market and other bubbles represent economic growth; credit for infrastructure investment is axiomatically condemned as “wasteful spending”; free trade enforced by a banker’s dictatorship maximizes everyone’s freedom; and austerity is the path to prosperity.  It is from such precincts that the people are being told that President Obama is responsible for a “robust recovery” from the Crash of 2008, while ignoring the buildup of new bubbles, including levels of debt and leverage which far exceed that which triggered the 2008 crash.

Lord Russell would no doubt be quite pleased that the repetition of such nonsense dominates the field of economics today.  For today’s respected economists, snow has indeed become black!

WHAT IS “NUDGE” THEORY

It is therefore not surprising that this year’s Nobel Prize for Economics was given to Richard Thaler, a “behavioral economist” and leading promoter of Sophistical Tomfoolery known as “nudge theory.”  In 2008, Thaler published “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness,” which was co-authored by his colleague at the University of Chicago, Cass Sunstein.  The University of Chicago’s Economics Department was founded as an outpost of British free trade, specifically to organize opposition to the protectionist policies of American System President William McKinley.  In announcing the award, the Nobel Committee said Thaler’s work “has built a bridge between the economic and psychological analyses of individual decision making,” which has provided a “more realistic analysis of how people think and behave when making economic decisions.”

Their work was inspired by that of two Israeli behavioral psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.  Kahneman was awarded the Nobel Economics Prize in 2002.  Tversky and Kahneman argued that human beings are not just occasionally irrational, but systemically irrational! 

Thaler and Sunstein define a “nudge” as “any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options or significantly changing their economic incentives.”  It is based on the belief that positive reinforcement and indirect suggestions, in the form of a “prompt”, can alter behavior, to bring people into compliance with policy goals without the use of force.  A “nudge” in the right direction is necessary, they believe, because people are inherently irrational, and allow “gut instincts” to supplant rational choices.  After the announcement of his being awarded the Nobel prize, Thaler identified the vote for Brexit as an example of this problem, describing it as an “irrational” action, that is, against the self-interest of residents of the United Kingdom. 

Another example of irrationality given by Thaler is that of people who spend for consumption, rather than saving.  In Thaler’s world, people must be wealthy enough to be able to make a choice, and need only a gentle push to convince them to do so.  In reality, according to a study reported on CNN in January 2017, nearly 60{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of Americans could not cover an unplanned expense of $500.  They do not save NOT due to inherent irrationality, but because they do not earn enough to cover their minimal costs, and must use credit cards to pay for basic expenses, often being forced to choose between buying food, or paying for medical care.

There are now more than seventy-five governments which have established “nudge units” to shift the economic behavior of their citizens.  Among the most prominent is the agency set up by former British Prime Minister Cameron, for which Thaler personally served as an adviser.  U.S. President Obama brought in Sunstein to administer a “Behavioral Insights Team”.  One of his tasks was to overcome the resistance of Americans to the insurance swindle and medical triage program known as “Obamacare”.  Sunstein, who ran the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009 to 2012, is described by many who know his relationship with Obama as one of the former President’s “controllers,” while his wife, Samantha Power, was a leading proponent of regime change wars when she was Obama’s Ambassador to the United Nations.  It should be noted that such wars, including that which overthrew the Qadaffi government of Libya and that targeting the Assad government, which plunged Syria into a brutal, murderous civil war in which the U.S. was on the side of terrorists, are hardly examples of “nudges” to attain a desired goal. 

If the reader is beginning to get the idea that “nudge theory” is more a euphemism for psychological manipulation and social engineering than a scientific concept, then perhaps more forceful nudging is required!   

THE UNDERLYING FRAUD OF NUDGE THEORY

A memo written by EIR economics editor Paul Gallagher on October 10 exposes “nudge theory” as a reaction to the fraudulent theory which preceded it, Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH), or “rational market theory”, which was discredited by the series of bubbles which popped in 1987, from 1998 to 2000, and again with the crash of the housing bubble in 2008.  EMH theory argues that the price of a financial asset fully reflects all available information, and is, therefore, based on an entirely rational evaluation.  This goes back to Austrian school economist, Friedrich von Hayek, who said markets are the the most effective way of aggregating pieces of information, to determine value.  But if EMH were a valid hypothesis, there would never be bubbles! 

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Judge On Hollywood’s Child Sex Trafficking: “It’s Not Over. There’s More Coming”

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by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

Following the outing of Harvey Weinstein, another barrage of people have come forward speaking about the sexual abuse and bribery that takes place in Hollywood, and Fox News’  Judge Jeanine Pirro has spoken on on the issue.

Pirro said that while Hollywood was busy talking down to law-abiding decent Americans, it was busy not only in “allowing” these horrific crimes, but also participating in them.

Thus, Hollywood has been guilty of the very things it claims to condemn, and I’m not talking about the city, I’m referencing some big names in the industry.  Keep in mind that a city is not what commits crime, people do.

“Folks, Hollywood has been steeped in hypocrisy for decades,” Pirro told her audience.  “As the curtain goes up on the casting couch, AKA the casting bed, the town that glorifies violence, murder, and rape is the same town where centuries-old rules of women sleeping for a job are quiet. Actors: The ones who need to read other people’s words for a living, and then convince themselves that they have the moral turpitude to pontificate to the rest of us on how we should act, try to tell us how to be.”

“And by the way — it is not over yet, folks,” she added.  “There’s more coming. It is not just adult women, it is human trafficking, it is child sex trafficking, it is real pedophilia, in a town where there are no rules. Where the truth is stranger than fiction, and where fiction is based on reality.”

Pirro then called on the Justice Department to get involved, especially with concern over Harvey Weinstein.

“It is time for the Dept. of Justice to get their act in gear, start a federal criminal investigation into Harvey Weinstein, his ongoing criminal activity, that no doubt has crossed state lines and continents,” she said.

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The GREAT Arbitrage Opportunity – Jeff Nielson

by Jeff Nielson, Sprott Money:

For the past several years, readers have seen these articles focus on the primary reason for accumulating and holding precious metals: to protect ourselves from the monetary/financial frauds of the banking crime syndicate. These frauds are aimed squarely at stealing our wealth.

In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation.

– Alan Greenspan, 1966

This flawed warning (from an extremely flawed individual ) is incorrect. In the absence of a gold standard – and Honest Money – we can still protect ourselves from theft-via-inflation by converting our worthless paper currencies into gold and silver money.

This is, by far, the most important reason for accumulating precious metals: playing defense against the rapacious crimes of History’s worst crime syndicate, the One Bank. But it’s not the only strong argument for accumulating precious metals. Ironically, it is the banking crime syndicate itself that has created this major additional incentive to hold gold and silver.

Any precious metals investors with any degree of sophistication understand that gold and silver prices are permanently suppressed by the banking crime syndicate. It has a multi-trillion dollar motive to do so: to hide all of its theft-by-money-printing.

If gold and silver prices were soaring alongside all this monetary/financial fraud (as they should be doing), the One Bank’s theft-by-inflation would be completely unmasked. Indeed, suppressing gold and silver prices have been the single most-intense serial crime committed by the One Bank in all of our markets.

Gold and silver prices are not merely suppressed these days, these markets have been completely crushed. Prices are so low that the gold and silver mining industries are both in a permanent depression. Mine reserves for gold mining companies have sunk to a 30-year low. The silver market has had a supply deficitfor 30 years.

The flip-side of this extreme, serial market crime is that gold and silver represent (by far) the most-undervalued assets in the world today. And that spells the world’s greatest arbitrage opportunity.

Investors are generally familiar with the concept of arbitrage in terms of buying an asset in one market where it has been mis-priced (under-priced) and then selling that asset for full value in a different market. This is market arbitrage.

However, this is a concept that can easily and naturally be extended into different forms. Today, we have some assets (gold and silver) priced at unprecedented lows versus all other asset classes – asset-class arbitrage.

Then we have assets priced at extreme highs versus other asset classes.

1) Western bonds – These are the unsecured debts of bankrupt governments , presently priced at the highest prices in history.

2) U.S. equities – These are the most over-priced equities in the history of markets. Since 2011; there has been virtually zero earnings growth in U.S. markets – while valuations went straight up. For five of the last six quarters, corporate earnings have been falling.

3) Western real estate – What do you get from nearly a decade of the lowest (and most-fraudulent) interest rates in History? You get the worst real estate bubbles in history.

Including Japan, there are roughly $50 trillion in worthless sovereign debt that is priced at the highest prices in History: the greatest arbitrage opportunity in History. The insane equities bubbles of Wall Street now have total market capitalization of over $20 trillion. The real value of most of these stocks is a tiny fraction of that amount.

Then there is Western real estate. Low interest rates are the single strongest driver of real estate bubbles. The lowest interest rates in History, frozen for an entire decade, represent rocket fuel for real estate bubbles. Real estate in many major urban Western markets has never been more over-priced: another $10 trillion or so in grossly over-priced assets.

What would happen if even a small portion of these holders of $80+ trillion in History’s most over-priced assets attempted to take advantage of the world’s greatest arbitrage opportunity? At current, depressed prices, there is less than $5 trillion in gold and silver across the entire planet. Total market cap for all of the ridiculously suppressed gold and silver mining companies is under $1 trillion.

If less than 10{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the holders of these grossly over-priced Western assets tried to get into gold and silver they would have to buy up every gold and silver asset on the planet. And in trying to buy up every single gold and silver asset on the planet, that demand pressure alone would send gold and silver prices skyrocketing.

Think Bitcoin. The difference? Bitcoin is a virtual currency with no intrinsic value – i.e. an enormous gamble. Gold and silver are hard assets with humanities highest pedigree: nearly 5,000 years of retaining their value. No gamble at all.

Investors with their own crystal ball could have written the Bitcoin Rollercoaster to incredible heights. That’s true for any gamblers with their own crystal ball. Gold and silver provides a similar investment opportunity, where we can see the upside today, and which represents a 0{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} gamble.

In general terms, gold and silver represent the greatest arbitrage opportunity in History. However, within these assets, the opportunities are by no means equal.

Gold

At the end of the Crash of ’08, the price of gold was driven below $800/oz (USD). In the Rally of 2009 – 2011; it increased in price by roughly a factor of 2.5. However, as explained in previous articles , even that price level represented only a fraction of any rational valuation for the price of gold.

More importantly, there was no capital fleeing into this asset class in the Rally of 2009 – 2011. Quite the opposite. Gold had stronger competition for investor dollars than at any time in History.

– Western bonds were being pushed to all-time record highs

– U.S. equities had just begun their 9-year bubble run to new bubble-highs

– Western real estate markets were near the beginning of the largest/fastest bubble spiral in History

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Washington Is Destroying American Power

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by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:

Readers at home and around the world want to know what to make of the announcement that China henceforth will conduct oil purchases and sales in gold-backed Chinese currency.

Is this an attack by Russia and China on the US dollar? Will the dollar weaken and collapse from being discarded as the currency in which oil is transacted? These and other questions are on readers’ minds.

Below is my opinion:

The US dollar’s value depends on whether central banks, corporations, and individuals are content to hold their assets or wealth in dollars. If they are, it does not matter what currency is used to transact oil. If they are not, it does not matter if all oil is transacted in dollars. Why?
Because if they don’t want to hold dollars, they will dump the dollars as soon as the transaction is completed and move into other currencies or gold. What China is doing is creating a currency that might be a more attractive currency to hold.

It is possible that the gold-backed Chinese currency is a move against US power, but I see it differently. I see it as a protection against US power. China and Russia are disassociating from the dollar system, because Washington, in its abuse of the world currency role, uses the dollar payments mechanism to impose sanctions on other countries and to threaten them with exclusion from the payments clearing system.

In other words, Washington, instead of operating a fair system, uses its world currency role to dominate other countries. Russia and China are too strong to be dominated, and, thus, are throwing off the dollar system. If other countries follow, the dollar will cease to be an instrument of US control over the rest of the world.

To put it in different words, Bretton Woods gave Washington the responsibility for the world financial system. Washington abused the power entrusted to it by using the dollar system to destabilize other countries, such as Venezuela currently. Washington’s abuse of the world currency role in order to advance American financial and business interests and Washington’s power over the foreign and domestic policies of other countries has set in motion forces that will eliminate the dollar’s role as world reserve currency.

The hubris and arrogance of Washington are destroying American power.

Read More @ PaulCraigRoberts.org

James O’Keefe CONFRONTS NYTimes Deputy Managing Editor Clifford Levy About Employment of Unethical Staffers

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from Project Veritas:

This morning, James O’Keefe confronted Deputy Managing Editor Clifford Levy in the streets of Brooklyn to get comment on the status of Nicholas Dudich’s employment at The Times.

Confirmed: Broccoli improves digestive health and protects against toxins, reducing inflammation

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by Michelle Simmons, Natural News:

A new study has discovered a new health benefit of broccoli: It improves digestive health and protects against toxins, according to a Science Daily report.

Researchers from Pennyslvania State University examined how cruciferous vegetables, such as broccolicauliflower, and sprouts, can improve digestive health and protect the gut from toxins.

“There are a lot of reasons we want to explore helping with gastrointestinal health and one reason is if you have problems, like a leaky gut, and start to suffer inflammation, that may then lead to other conditions, like arthritis and heart disease,” explained Gary Perdew, lead author of the study.

Perdew and his team conducted an experiment on two groups of laboratory rats: one with a higher ability to retain a healthy balance in the gut flora and protect against toxins and one with a lower ability. They added broccoli, which accounted for about 15 percent of the diet of the rats in both groups. Then, they added a substance that caused digestive problems to the meals.

The scientists suggested that cruciferous vegetables contain indole glucosinolates, an organic chemical compound. When digested, it breaks down into other compounds such as indolocarbazole in the stomach. These substances bind to and stimulate a receptor in the lining of the intestines known as aryl hydrocarbon receptor, which sustains gut health and provides barrier function. Furthermore, this may lower the risk of developing diseases, such as different types of cancers and Crohn’s Disease, brought about by inflammation in the lining of the gut.

Results showed that the mice with a higher binding ability can endure digestive problems linked with a leaky gut and colitis compared to the group of mice with a lower binding ability.

“Keeping your gut healthy and making sure you have a good barrier functions so you’re not getting this leaky effect would be really big,” Perdew said.

He explained that good barrier functions help protect the intestines from toxins and harmful microorganisms. At the same time, nutrients are allowed to pass into the system.

For the equivalent in humans, consuming about 3.5 cups of broccoli per day is needed to get the health benefits of broccoli, according to the researchers.

In addition, Perdew suggested that a cup of brussels sprouts could give the same level as they contain three times as much indole glucosinolates as broccoli.

“We used a cultivar – or a variety – with about half the amount of this chemical in it, and there are cultivars with twice as much,” he said.

The study, published in the Journal of Functional Foods, may pave the way for future studies on how people with digestive conditions such as colitis can benefit from eating broccoli without having digestive problems, as they are often advised not to consume too much fibrous vegetables.

More on the leaky gut syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is said to be a root cause of different health problems. The proponents of leaky gut syndrome believe that the bowel in the lining can become irritated and leaky due to different factors such as overgrowth of yeast or bacteria in the gut, a poor diet, and the overuse of antibiotics, according to the U.K.’s National Health ServiceMoreover, undigested food, bacterial toxins, and germs can pass through the leaky gut wall and into the bloodstream, which triggers the immune system and leads to inflammation. (Related: What causes leaky gut syndrome and how to heal the intestines.)

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The Added Liquidity Caused By 2 Votes

by J. Johnson, Miles Franklin:

We have been involved in one heck of a transition these past 5 quarters. Not only has the politically gamed background been forced up front and center for both party’s embarrassment, the intelligence agencies and foreign agreements (entanglements such as those of NATO, NAFTA, CAFTA et al.) are now totally open to full exposure speculation.  And boy the protestations coming from those that are finally being looked at are loud and obnoxious aren’t they? So much commotion is going on that it is really hard to stay on a singular subject without asking if we are not being told all we need to know.

If we stick to the subjects within the sectors of precious metals and currency, we’ll find that there seems to be very little meaningful data at hand with the only exceptions coming from the financial priests on high (G7) who claim all is well and to fear not what they do, for their data is invincible. So what if it’s all in secret?  It’s all they say but it doesn’t jive with what we are living thru at present.

Without getting into all the other things that used to make the movements within the markets, we’ll look at what has happened based on a time period from June 2016 to the present in chart form. The US Dollar is our first post; with a brand new low

The European Currency is next; with a brand new high

Now Gold;

And of course Silver; both seem to be coiling

Each one of these charts are set up in the continual format in order to keep balance in the prices during what is called the roll over periods in the commodities market. The charts all seem to be pointing to a clarification of contention and imo, we’re about to see some volatile movements in fiat and a continued climb in precious metals.  I set these charts up to show the changes that have occurred from June 2016 to the present because a major currency event occurred and since that time another happened that required the term “liquidity” to be used beyond what has ever happened in the past.

The Brexit Vote was taken in June 2016 with the outcome going towards England not becoming a player in the failed system of conjoin nations. I call it failed because ironically no one thought about the “what if” scenarios, like having a way out of the failed marriage after the money was gone or other uncalculated events not brought up before the blind acceptance.  It failed for the simple reason that it was built that way, because those that decided upon the terms knew what they were doing by not allowing exit terms.  Now the populations of each enslaved nation are starting to react negatively and their anger is aimed upwards and towards these deciders.  It’s obvious to all under the conditions created that the whole idea of central planning anything failed, to the point that no other country wants to join. In fact, more and more countries want to leave and now the actors on stage are playing it out like “Sorry, we have no exit clause …. Too bad it wasn’t planned out in case we failed!”

The US Dollar and the European Currency (EC) go against one another almost exactly, but the precious metals follow their own course and are in line positively with the Brexit reaction. First the Dollar explodes from around 91 to just under 97 and the EC goes from around 1.1450 down to about 1.0950, all in a three day period. That type of swing used to be very disruptive in all things currency and debt but apparently it means nothing anymore. Now we see a new low for the past year in the Dollar and a new high in the EC, I think it is possible these trends will continue.

Silver and Gold traders seemed to have had a longer lasting view about the Brexit vote in that they knew this would be very disruptive to the entire G7 currency system no matter what the outcome.  Most likely because of the many failed attempts to leave the union after a nation was absorbed into the uncontrollable clutches of EU debt and its new rules.  Gold went from around $1,200 to about $1,380 (13{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}) in a short period of time and Silver went from just below $16 to just over $21 (23{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}). Indeed a decent move for both metals but the one piece of data that cannot be seen in these charts is the jump up in Open Interest within Silver that made a life of contract high during the Brexit vote period and the Trump win in November.

Open Interest is the total amount of buyers and sellers holding their contracts overnight. The highest Open Interest ever recorded before these two events was around 198,000. When Silver tried to surpass the 1980 all time high most recently 2011, the OI was only in the 135,000 area, but now our new mark to beat is 235,000 OI which happened during these 2 votes. What does this tell us? Imo, some hedgers or flat out new shorts have come in to supply liquidity for the buyers. At least that was the micro-phoned statement used by main stream to blow over the fact that these prices do not represent mined products, just a diluted way of reducing the price under dollar terms and additional shorted contracts.

There seems to be an issue with these 2 separate events (Brexit/Trump) but both create the impression that they are in play inside the Comex Silver market and it’s Open Interest. Many sources from withinGATA and other experts over the past 2 decades, have stated they believe that Silver IS the lynchpen to all things monetary. If that is close to being true it would explain why Comex Silver contracts have such a huge point of leverage with 5,000 troy ounces per trade compared to Golds 100 ozs.  In truth I don’t know how they came up with these contract sizes. They certainly do not represent any sort of 15 to 1 ratio in what used to be our nations currency spread between the 2 metals.

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How The Elite Dominate The World – Part 3: 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} Of What You Watch On Television Is Controlled By Just 6 Giant Corporations

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

How much is your view of the world shaped by what you see on television?  On average, Americans spend more than 150 hours watching television every month, and it is called “programming” for a reason.  If you allow anyone to pour ideas and information into your mind for five hours a day, it is going to change how you look at reality.  Everyone has an agenda, and every single news program, television show and movie is trying to alter your views.  Sadly, our society has become absolutely addicted to media, and the mainstream media is completely dominated by the elite.  In fact, about 90 percent of the programming that comes through your television is controlled by just 6 gigantic media corporations.  Most of us are willingly plugging ourselves into this “propaganda matrix” that is completely dominated by the elite for several hours each day, and that gives them an enormous amount of power over the rest of us.

In Part I and Part II of this series, I discussed how the elite use money as a tool to dominate the planet.  Today, we are going to talk about how they use information.  If you control what people think, then you control a society.  And through their vast media empires, the elite are able to shape how we all think to a frightening degree.

Just think about it.  What do we talk about with our family, our friends and our co-workers?  To a large extent, those conversations are about movies, television shows, something that we just saw on the news or a sporting event that just took place.  The reason why we talk about certain things is because the mainstream media gives those things attention, and other things we ignore because the mainstream media does not make them seem to be important.

The mainstream media literally sets the agenda for our society, and it would be difficult to overstate the power that is in their hands.  And as I mentioned above, the mainstream media is almost entirely controlled by just 6 colossal corporations.  The following list of these 6 corporate giants comes from one of my previous articles, and this is just a sampling of the media properties that they each own…

Comcast

NBC
Telemundo
Universal Pictures
Focus Features
USA Network
Bravo
CNBC
The Weather Channel
MSNBC
Syfy
NBCSN
Golf Channel
Esquire Network
E!
Cloo
Chiller
Universal HD
Comcast SportsNet
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Studio Home Video

The Walt Disney Company

ABC Television Network
ESPN
The Disney Channel
A&E
Lifetime
Marvel Entertainment
Lucasfilm
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Disney Mobile
Disney Consumer Products
Interactive Media
Disney Theme Parks
Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Miramax Films
Touchstone Pictures

News Corporation

Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox News Channel
Fox Business Network
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
FX
FXX
FX Movie Channel
Fox Sports Networks
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Post
Barron’s
SmartMoney
HarperCollins
20th Century Fox
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Blue Sky Studios
Beliefnet
Zondervan

Time Warner

CNN
The CW
HBO
Cinemax
Cartoon Network
HLN
NBA TV
TBS
TNT
TruTV
Turner Classic Movies
Warner Bros.
Castle Rock
DC Comics
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
New Line Cinema
Sports Illustrated
Fortune
Marie Claire
People Magazine

Viacom

MTV
Nickelodeon
VH1
BET
Comedy Central
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Home Entertainment
Country Music Television (CMT)
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land

CBS Corporation

CBS Television Network
The CW (along with Time Warner)
CBS Sports Network
Showtime
TVGN
CBS Radio, Inc.
CBS Television Studios
Simon & Schuster
Infinity Broadcasting
Westwood One Radio Network

If nobody tuned in to their “programming”, they would not have any power over us.

But according to a report put out by Nielsen, Americans are plugging into “the matrix” more than ever before.  The following is how our daily use of media breaks down by device

Live TV: 4 hours, 31 minutes
Time-Shifted TV: 33 minutes
Radio: 1 hour, 52 minutes
DVDs: 8 minutes
Video Game Consoles: 14 minutes
Multimedia Devices (Apple TV, Roku, etc.): 13 minutes
Internet on PC: 58 minutes
Smartphone: 1 hour, 39 minutes
Tablet: 31 minutes

When you total those numbers up, it comes to 10 hours and 39 minutes.

In essence, Americans are spending most of their waking hours plugged in to something.

And if you only add together “live television” and “time-shifted television”, Americans are spending an average of more than five hours each day just watching television.

Of course many of us spend countless hours on the Internet as well.  It has been estimated that 54,907 Google searches are conducted, 7,252 tweets are posted, 125,406 YouTube videos are viewed, and 2,501,018 emails are sent out every single second.

You may have guessed this already, but most of the news and information that we consume on the Internet is also controlled by the elite

Overall, the top 10 publishers — together owning around 60 news sites — account for 47{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of total online traffic to news content last year, with the next-biggest 140 publishers accounting for most of the other half, SimilarWeb found.

The biggest online news publisher for the U.S. audience was MSN, owner of MSN.com, with just over 27 billion combined page views across mobile and desktop, followed by Disney Media Networks, owner of ESPN and ABC News, with 25.9 billion.

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Goldman Sachs Says Gold Is Better Than Bitcoin

by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:

“Precious metals remain a relevant asset class in modern portfolios, despite their lack of yield,” analysts including Jeffrey Currie and Michael Hinds wrote. “They are neither a historic accident or a relic.” Looking at properties such as durability and intrinsic value, they are still relevant even with new materials discovered and new assets emerging, such as cryptocurrencies, they said (LINK)

Here’s what blows my mind:  When gold ran from $250 to $1900, the entire western mainstream financial media called it a bubble. Bitcoin has run from $250 to $5500 and price momentum-chasers and the usual hypster con artists exclaim that it’s going to $100,000. Qu’est-ce que c’est, Rudolph Havenstein?

This is typically what a bubble looks like:

NVDA is without a doubt in a parabolic bubble. In a recent Short Seller’s Journal I explained in detail why NVDA’s fundamentals might justify a price closer $30 and provided ideas for shorting NVDA. Short-selling is the market’s method of introducing accountability and price discovery into the valuing assets. The problem with Bitcoin is that it can’t be borrowed and shorted. There’s no mechanism to impose express a bearish view of Bitcoin’s fundamental value.

The Goldman report goes on to say:   Intrinsic value:   There’s a limited supply of gold and other precious metals in the Earth’s crust, whereas in the case of cryptocurrencies, it’s easy to create alternatives, meaning there’s effectively no control over supply at a macroeconomic level and no intrinsic value due to rarity.  Unit of account: Gold is better at holding its purchasing power, and has much lower daily volatility. Bitcoin/dollar volatility has averaged almost seven times that of gold in 2017, the bank said.

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