Friday, April 19, 2019

‘Clear as Day’ – US Helping ISIS in Syria – Top Russian Anchor (Kiselyov)

by Dmitry Kiselyov, Russia Insider:

“They silently supply them with weapons, help them move, take them out of the fire, provide them with data from aerial footage, coordinates for government forces’ locations, and even locations for Russian troops.”

Dmitry Kiselyov is blistering in his indictment here of obvious US support for ISIS fighters in Syria.

He explains the amazing statement which came out of the Russian ministry of defense last week, that this US support is the only thing blocking Russia from completely wiping ISIS out in Syria.

Of course, nothing doing in the Western media on this.

Hello? Hello?  New York Times, anybody home?

Kiselyov:

Something has become entirely clear in Syria.

When there was already light at the end of the tunnel, when over 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the country is free from ISIS terrorists, and from Jabhat Al-Nusra, US starts simply helping these terrorists in secret.

The silently supply them with weapons, help them move, take them out of the fire, provide them with data from aerial footage, coordinates for government forces’ locations, and even locations for Russian troops.

It came to a point, when it was the US, not the ISIS combat preparedness, which in Syria became the main obstacle for full liberation of Syria from terroristsThey are the main obstacle.

I’ not making this stuff up … , this is the official position of Russian Defense Ministry.

Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defense Ministry rep:

“The main obstacle in stopping terrorists in Syria isn’t the terrorists’ combat preparedness, but their support from their US colleagues.”

Kiselyov:

It’s as clear as day. Obviously, the US denies everything. But the Russian Defense Ministry don’t believe them, preferring to trust the facts.

We remember how hard it was last week, when a part of Palmyra-Deir-ez-Zor road was taken over by fanatics.

This is the main artery for Syrian Army supply, who have active combat from Deir-ez-Zor onto the remaining terrorists forces. Basically, this was a strike on the rear end. It was planned and realized with help from US.

At the same time, on September 28th, a large terrorist group, around 300 people, left a US base At-Tanf, on the Jordanian border. Close by, there is a large refugee camp, Rukban. There are dozens of thousands people in there.

The US won’t let anyone approach them, even the humanitarian convoy from the UN. This camp is like a human shield for the base.

Somewhere around here, the US trains their army for the political opposition to Assad. So, in the most magical way, an ISIS group leaves this same region.

There are about 300 men and dozens of Jeeps. They smoothly infiltrate the government-controlled territory.

Interesting, but the terrorists successfully passed all the hidden checkpoints around residential Harbat as-Shemi and Al-Bassiri. This was no pure luck.

They had exact coordinates, which could only be obtained via aerial intelligence, inspected by experts, and then passed on then proceed with the diversion terrorist actions.

With dawn, the terrorists tried to take over the vantage points, right around the Al-Qaryatayn residential area.

As we see, the Defense Ministry of Russia’s tone becomes more confident, and the hints are more direct: “We will fight.”

If US sees these operations as unexpected accidents, then Russian VKS in Syria are ready to proceed with destroying all such accidents in their zone, But why is this happening? Did Trump come up with this? Surprisingly, but it doesn’t look that.

It’s more likely to be the result of low-quality control, when the military gets out of political control. Then on the ground in Syria they start roaming uncontrollably, playing their own games.

Konashenkov even said that this was a result of their US colleagues flirting with the terrorists. Either way, the result is very unpleasant. Both for Russia and for the US authorities. Their own Generals push them in for a great adventure.

In Moscow, they see, that the US-controlled zone is like a black hole, according to Konashenkov.

That’s where the US At-Tanf base is on the border with Jordan. And Americans train someone there.

At-Tanf turned into a 100-km black hole on the Syrian-Jordanian government border.

Instead of a new Syrian Army, just like jacks-in-the-box, deploying from there for diversion terrorist attacks against the Syrian troops and civilians are mobile ISIS groups.

But even in these conditions, Putin remains positive about victory over Syrian terrorists. No matter who helps them there. And, he believes that the cooperation with the US in Syria is still possible.

On Wednesday, the President spoke about it on the Russian Energy Week Forum.

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

WOW! FBI Admits Comey Drafted Statement Ending Clinton Email Investigation Months in Advance

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by Joshua Caplan, The Gateway Pundit:

Recently released documentsshow former FBI head James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton before the investigation into her email conduct had concluded. Even more concerning is “Mr. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership,” reports Townhall.

Townhall reports:

According to new transcripts released by the Senate Judiciary Thursday afternoon, former FBI Director James Comey made the decision not to refer then Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for prosecution long before ever interviewing key witnesses.

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“According to the unredacted portions of the transcripts, it appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton.  That was long before FBI agents finished their work.  Mr. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership.  The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts,” the letter, signed by Chairman Chuck Grassley and Committee member Lindsey Graham states. “Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation.  The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.”

As TGP reported, the FBI denied lawyer Ty Clevenger’s request to obtain documents related to Hillary Clinton’s email probe. The reason given? A “lack of public interest.”

According to the Washington Times:

Ty Clevenger, the lawyer, has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal lawyers disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state. He’s met with resistance among lawyers, and now his request for information from the FBI’s files has been shot down.

“You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject,” FBI records management section chief David M. Hardy told Mr. Clevenger in a letter Monday.

On Monday, the FBI confirmed former Bureau Head James Comey personally drafted a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton months before interviewing her.

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

Bitcoin: A Tower of Monetary Babel

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from Antonius Aquinas:

The promoters of crypto currencies have gushingly touted them as the mechanism by which the present central banking cabal and the system of nation states which derive much of their power from will be brought down and replaced by digital money.  Despite their meteoric rise as speculative “assets,” there are fundamental economic reasons why they will never act as a general medium of exchange despite the wild enthusiasm for them by the crypto-currency cultists.

Money – a general medium of exchange – is the most marketable (exchangeable) commodity in an economy.  As a good, money is not sought after for its direct use – to satisfy individual wants – but to satisfy wants indirectly through exchange for other goods.  Over time, one good becomes money since it possesses qualities superior to all other goods as a money.  When gold became demanded not for its “use value,” but for its “exchange value,” it became a general medium of exchange – money.

As a consumer good, gold possessed a value or a “price” prior to it becoming a money, as the eminent monetary theorist Murray Rothbard explains:

. . . embedded in the demand for money is knowledge

of the money-prices of the immediate past; in contrast

to directly-used consumers’ or producers’ goods, money

must have pre-existing prices on which to ground a demand.

But the only way this can happen is by beginning with a useful

commodity under barter, and then adding demand for a

medium to the previous demand for direct use (e.g., for

ornaments in the case of gold.)*

Thus, Bitcoin’s “price” is not in terms of its original commodity price, but its price is in terms of dollars, Euros, yuan, etc.  In the dollar’s case, it was at one time linked to gold, but has since been severed from it while Bitcoin has had no such relationship.

Once money is established, then prices are expressed in terms of it and thus economic calculation can rationally take place and the division of labor and specialization can be expanded.  Rothbard continues:

       The establishment of money conveys another great

benefit.  Since all exchanges are made in money, all the

exchange-ratios are expressed in money, and so people

can now compare the market worth of each good to that

of every other good.**

Once gold became money, the price of goods became expressed in gold not in other elements – nickel, zinc, lead, etc.  With the proliferation of crypto currencies, there will be a myriad of different price ratios for each good.  There will be a Bitcoin price for a car, an Ethereum price for a car, a Dogecoin price of a car, and so on.  This is the antithesis of the purpose of money – one unit of account that reflect prices for all commodities as Rothbard shows:

Because gold is a general medium it is most marketable,

it can be stored to serve as a medium in the future as well

as the present, and all prices are expressed in its terms.

Because gold is a commodity medium for all exchanges,

it can serve as a unit of account for present, and expected

future, prices.  It is important to realize that money cannot

be an abstract unit of account or claim, except insofar as it

serves as a medium of exchange.***  [my emphasis]

Crypto currencies, therefore, directly violate one of the main principles of monetary theory.  The vast array of digital money, all with unique price ratios (to say the least of their volatility), would make economic calculation and rational planning next to impossible.  In this sense, the current world of fiat dollars would be preferable to a Tower of Monetary Babel that digital currencies would create.

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History Says Global Debt Levels Will Lead to Another Crisis

from GoldSilver.com:

It may feel like we’ll escape a debt crisis since, well, the world hasn’t ended in spite of runaway debt levels. Some of us hard money people feel like we’re taking crazy pills; how the heck can debt be so out of control, so completely unpayable, and yet the financial system keeps chugging along as if nothing’s wrong?

Well, history has a message for us: the current calm won’t last forever, because there is a direct link between government debt levels and the number of financial crises that occur. And since global debt levels are high—the second highest level in the past 150 years—it’s not exactly a stretch to conclude that another financial crisis is coming.

Analysts at Deutsche Bank recently released an extensive study that demonstrates the link between debt and crisis. One chart in particular screamed for attention.

They measured G-7 government debt levels, as a percent of GDP, and charted that figure against the number of crisis those countries have experienced. Here are the primary events they classified as a crisis or shock:

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  • A sovereign default
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They logged every time a nation encountered any of these events within a one-year period, and compared that to government debt levels. It’s not hard to spot the correlation.

Since 1864, the higher government debt levels, the greater the number of countries hit by a financial crisis or shock. Even in the 1970s when debt was “low,” it rose steadily, indicating politicians were relying on debt to help solve their economic problems. And that reliance led to greater crises.

You can see that current G-7 government debt levels are at the second highest reading in at least 153 years. Are these countries really going to buck the historical trend and avoid any further financial crises or shocks? It would be borderline irresponsible to think so (hello, gold haters).

So how did we get into this debt spiral?

The Root Cause of Current Debt Levels

The simplest explanation is that governments spend more than they bring in. And since each year’s deficit is added to the debt, the total keeps going up and up. It’s so high now that it’s mathematically impossible to repay (at least in current dollars).

How is it that central bankers and politicians can continue this free-for-all spending? You can tie it to one thing…

The world made a final break from a gold standard in 1971, when President Nixon ended gold convertibility. Up to that point there was some kind of gold (or silver) monetary regime for literally centuries (the primary exception to a lid on spending was during periods of war as the chart shows).

Now the entire world is on a fiat currency system for the first time in recorded history. And a fiat currency system always leads to ever increasing debt and money printing, because politicians and central bankers have no built-in controls to prevent them from doing so. Need more currency? Just spend it anyway or print it.

I have a question for those who mock the gold standard, or believe the fiat system is superior: why have all of the following events occurred since the world severed its last monetary tie to gold in 1971?

Read More @ GoldSilver.com

Financial Regulators Bend Rules for Banksters

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from BATR:

The cozy relationship between financial institutions and their respective regulators has long been known. Concern from reformers and activists comes from all stripes of ideological perspectives. With the attention that Carmen Segarra, the whistleblower of Wall Street, has gained, the noise from the banking establishment pushes back. Here comes the expected spin from the Fed, The New York Fed Slams Tape-Recording Whistleblower, Says She Was Fired After Just 7 Months Over Performance. Read their Statement Regarding New York Fed Supervision. So what is this controversy all about?

How dare a mere low level regulator document the goings on within the financial establishment, Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash, writes.

“As ProPublica reported last year, Segarra sued the New York Fed and her bosses, claiming she was retaliated against for refusing to back down from a negative finding about Goldman Sachs. A judge threw out the case this year without ruling on the merits, saying the facts didn’t fit the statute under which she sued.

At the bottom of a document filed in the case, however, her lawyer disclosed a stunning fact: Segarra had made a series of audio recordings while at the New York Fed. Worried about what she was witnessing, Segarra wanted a record in case events were disputed. So she had purchased a tiny recorder at the Spy Store and began capturing what took place at Goldman and with her bosses.

Segarra ultimately recorded about 46 hours of meetings and conversations with her colleagues. Many of these events document key moments leading to her firing. But against the backdrop of the Beim report, they also offer an intimate study of the New York Fed’s culture at a pivotal moment in its effort to become a more forceful financial supervisor. Fed deliberations, confidential by regulation, rarely become public.”

In an attempt at damage control, the Fed was looking for a favorable review. What they got was not what they wanted, N.Y. Fed Staff Afraid to Speak Up, Secret Review Found.

“The investigation, conducted by Columbia University finance professor David Beim, was initially confidential but was later released by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

Mr. Beim’s report called on the New York Fed to demand that its regulatory staffers maintain a “more distanced, high-level and skeptical view” of how the banks they oversee make money.”

A Short History of the Breathtaking Cluelessness of U.S. Financial Regulators, is outlined by the Motley Fool analysis. Any serious observer of the cozy relationships that permeate the financial community knows all too well, that the revolving door turns when favorable regulation decisions spin in the right direction.

The significance of this latest scandal, points out just how the regulation process is conducted in the suites of money manipulation. This next account is most telling; You Should Listen To The Goldman New York Fed Story.

“This American Life has a banking supervision story that turns on secret recordings made by a former employee of the New York Fed, Carmen Segarra, and it’s pretty good, because it shows how regulators basically do a lot of their regulating of banks through meetings, with no action items after. That’s weird, and it’s instructive to see how intertwined banking and supervision are. There’s a killer meeting after a meeting with Goldman Sachs where Fed employees talk about what happened, and – though we don’t know what was left on the cutting room floor – the modesty of the regulatory options being considered is fascinating. Nothing about fines, stopping certain sorts of deals, stern letters, or anything else. The talk is self-congratulation (for having that meeting with Goldman) and “let’s not get too judgmental, here, guys.”

The takeaway of the story, which is blessedly not an example of the “me mad, banksters bad!” genre, is that this kind of regulation isn’t very effective. It clearly hasn’t prevented banks from being insanely profitable until recently, in a way that you’d think would get competed away in open markets.”

Why is Goldman exempt from any meaningful oversight? William D. Cohen over at Politico provides an answer to the question, Why the Fed Will Always Wimp Out on Goldman.

READ MORE @ BATR.org

U.S. SPECIAL FORCES “DECAPITATION” TEAM DEPLOYED ON NUKE SUB OFF COAST OF NORTH KOREA

by Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars:

Calm before the storm?

A U.S. Special Forces “decapitation” team is on board a nuclear-powered submarine just off the coast of North Korea.

Buried in a Yonhap report about a joint US-South Korean Navy war drill is the revelation that, “A unit of U.S. special forces tasked with carrying out “decapitation” operations is aboard a nuclear-powered submarine in the group.”

Speculation is rife that the deployment could be what President Trump was referring to when he mentioned “the calm before the storm” in front of confused reporters two weeks ago.

Back in June it was reported that the U.S. and South Korea were training their special forces to track down and assassinate Kim Jong-un in the event of war as part of a joint operation.

North Korea has warned that it could respond to the training exercise with another ballistic missile launch to coincide with the Chinese 19th Party Congress on October 18.

Part of the wargame revolves around practicing the evacuation of noncombatant Americans out of South Korea in the event of war and other emergencies.

Assets mobilized for the joint drill include the U.S. 7th Fleet’s aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers – the USS Stethem (DDG-63) and the USS Mustin (DDG-89).

North Korea intensified its bellicose rhetoric against the United States on Sunday night, accusing Trump of being a “war merchant and strangler of peace.”

Read More @ Infowars.com

EXPOSED: Communists Infiltration inside the US Congress — Trevor Loudon

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from NorthWestLibertyNews:

Author and Filmmaker, Trevor Loudon joins us on Critical Disclosure radio to discuss the Communist infiltration into our US Congress. Trevor states that at least 100 members of the House and 20 members of the Senate swear communist allegiance

Massive US-South Korean Naval War Games Begin Near Korean Peninsula

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from Sputnik News:

The US and South Korean navies have kicked off a five-day round of military drills, the type of exercise that North Korea has previously responded with ballistic missile tests.

Guided-missile destroyers USS Stetham and USS Mustin and supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan will join several South Korean ships as part of the Maritime Counter Special Operations Exercise (MCSOFEX), the commander of the US Navy’s Seventh fleet said. MCSOFEX is slated to last from Monday through Friday this week in both the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan, Yonhap reports.

A scheme to eliminate nuclear facilities belonging to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with tactical nukes “is under consideration when the US is going to stage a high-intensity joint drill” in the waters surrounding the Korean Peninsula “with the mobilization involving nuclear carrier [USS] Ronald Reagan, Aegis destroyer, missile cruiser and Ohio-class strategic nuclear submarine carrying nuclear missiles,”  according to a October 17 KCNA report.

“The Trump group should think twice about what terrible consequences the US will face due to its scheme for nuclear attack on the DPRK,” the North Korean state-run news agency said, adding that the “reckless military gambling against the DPRK” may result in the “total destruction” of the US.

Last Friday, the nuclear-armed USS Michigan submarine arrived in Busan, South Korea for a “routine visit,” the US Pacific fleet said.

North Korea renewed a promise to target the US territory of Guam with a “salvo of missiles” in the event the US attacks the DRPK.

On Sunday, US Forces Korea announced that it would coordinate with the US State Department and South Korean military in a drill to evacuate non-combatant American citizens from South Korea dubbed” Courageous Channel.”

Read More @ SputnikNews.com

Andrew Hoffman – $5000 Bitcoin!

by Kerry Lutz, Financial Survival Network:

Monday Madness with Andrew Hoffman:

  • Bitcoin’s massive breakout above $5,000
  • Nearly at the $100 billion market cap level where ALL global investors can participate
  • Equally massive Bitcoin dominance surge vs. other cryptos
  • Upcoming BGold (Oct 25) and S2X (Nov 19) hard forks, and second Bitcore (Oct 30) airdrop
  • Crypto-Ruble launch
  • Not a crypto, but Russia going cashless
  • Chinese 19th National Congress this week
  • Major changes coming, all good for Bitcoin and gold
  • Etc.

Click HERE to listen

Read More @ FinancialSurvivalNetwork.com