Thursday, January 23, 2020

Chris Martenson – The Untold Oil Story

by Kerry Lutz, Financial Survival Network:

Chris Martenson joined us for another update…

in 2017 new oil discoveries hit an all time low. Prices are up over $60 the barrel and they could go a lot higher. Chris believes that there’s just not enough in the pipeline to satisfy world demand. Same with many other things that society demands. There are limits to our ability to produce in many areas. Challenges are ahead and if there’s another crash, all bets are off.

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6 Critical Tips You Need to Know In Order To Survive Being Stranded in Your Car in Freezing Temperatures


by Tess Pennington, Ready Nutrition:

With the unusual winter weather that many parts of the country are experiencing, driving conditions will be harsh and potentially dangerous. Moreover, getting stranded in your vehicle could become a very real threat, especially if you are traveling in isolated parts of the country. If this happens, you have a potentially dangerous survival situation on your hands.

Most people’s instinct will tell them to leave the car and go for help. If you are in a desolate area, you may not know how far help is and leaving your car will expose you and could get you lost in the wilderness if you don’t know where you are going.

6 Critical Tips You Need to Know In Order To Survive Being Stranded in Your Car in Freezing Temperatures

OK, let’s put your survival know-how to the test. Here’s the scenario:

At 3 p.m., a last minute work order has requested you to deliver some equipment but you must drive through a remote area where the road’s elevation is between 4,000 and 4,500 feet. The road is infamous for people who don’t know the area to take in the wintertime and get stuck, but you’ve driven it a few times and feel confident you can make it before dark. Before you set out, you turn on your GPS on your cell phone just in case. You’ve also checked the weather station, which turns out is calling for unexpected snow flurries in the area, but you’re on a deadline and will drive very carefully. 

Not a lot of people are driving on the road and you wish you could be at home too. The snow has been coming down for most of the trip making the roads slick. An hour into driving, you unknowingly make a wrong turn and end up on a remote logging road. The snow is really coming down making it difficult to see and you are losing daylight fast.

You curse your GPS for not telling you where to turn but realize you’ve lost signal and have no idea where you are. You decide to turn the car around and go out the way you came. As you get to the edge of the road, you lose traction and slide into a snow bank. 

As you try to free the car from the snow bank, the car won’t budge. You feel yourself panicking as you weigh all the problems – you’ve taken a wrong turn and are on a remote logging road, no one is in sight, you’re stuck in a snow bank and it’s dark outside. 

How to Survive Being Stranded in Your Car in Winter

So, what would you do if you were in this situation? Do you have the skills to get out alive?

Let’s look at some considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Keep calm. In this type of situation, you could be stranded for hours or in some cases, days. Mental preparedness is key and you must think rationally and logically. This is easier said than done when you’re in a survival situation.
  2. Stay in your car. Above all, exposure will be your greatest threat. Survival experts stress that it is easier for authorities to find you in your car than find you wandering in unknown territory.
  3. Have a vehicle preparedness kit. This emergency kit should reflect the season your area is experiencing and the terrain you are driving through. In winter, you want to have preps on hand to keep the core body warm. Items like a whistle, brightly colored rag or ribbon, thermos, hand warmers, emergency blankets, emergency beacon, a first aid kit, and flashlight. For a more in-depth article on critical items to carry in your vehicle, click here.
  4. Have survival food and water in the car at all times. Keep the basics in mind for food and water. Snow can be melted for water (have a portable water filter in your preparedness car kit. Protein bars, MRE’s or easy survival foods can be utilized for this emergency situation.
  5. Make your car visible. Have a bright colored rag or ribbon and tie it onto your car so that search parties can find you. Even using a reflective sun shade could help alert authorities to your whereabouts.
  6. Run your vehicle every 10 minutes. If your gasoline amount allows, run your vehicle to stay warm. You can bring heat to the interior of the car and charge your cell phone at the same time. Note: Make sure the exhaust pipe of the car is unobstructed from snow. If snow is covering the pipe, this could cause exhaust fumes to enter your car and cause health issues.

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A Tangle of Alliances Started WW1 – They’re Baaaaaack!


by Eric Zuesse, Russia Insider:

“The US is the only ‘indispensable’ country — all other nations are either vassals or else enemies of the US, but are, in either case, ‘dispensable.'”

The great scholar of Turkish history, Taner Akçam, has described today’s geopolitics — the alliances and hostilities toward possibly another World War — as being not ideologically based like WW II, but instead greed-based (empire-grabbing) like WWI:

These are wars of power, influence, and control over the use of Middle Eastern energy resources and the “security issues” related to it. It is quite obvious that the sides in this war are not “those who want democracy and human rights” versus “those in favor of evil dictatorships.”

The axes that are now starting to take shape are proof of this: Saudi Arabia and Israel – openly supported by the United States (and likely Egypt over time) – are forming one alliance; Russia, Iran, and Turkey are establishing another.

A tableau reminiscent of 1918 power blocs.

Today’s alliances are modernized versions of WW I.

World War I was a mess of alliances on each of its two sides, the Central Powers, versus the Entente Powers. The aristocracies that were on the side of — 

The Central Powers included (among others) the following:

Jabal Shammar (Saudi Arabia allied with Turkey)


Austria (including Croatia & Bosnia)








The aristocracies that were on the side of the Entente Powers included:









Today, we instead have — 

The West:



Saudi Arabia (UK-allied ‘Arab Revolt’ that ended in 1925 with Ibn Saud’s victory)


EU led by Germany



South Korea


The East:





An odd-man-out is North Korea, which will be supported by China if it stops developing its nuclear program beyond what’s needed for its self-protection (protection against repeating what had happened to Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi), but which will be opposed by China if it develops an aggressive, conquest-oriented, imperialistic, nuclear capability (which would reduce security not only for Japan and South Korea, but also for China).

In WW I, there was a long list of neutral countries (including Switzerland, and all of Scandinavia, plus the Western Hemisphere south of the US); and, in a prospective WW III, there would also be many such countries on the sidelines. (All of them, however, would become subject to the intense nuclear radiation after the War, and would therefore likewise become unlivable — neutrality wouldn’t save any country from destruction.)

But, after the war was done, what did the world gain and lose from it?

And what would the world gain and lose from a prospective WW III?

So: how sane was WW I?

And how sane would be a WW III?

Why, then, was WW I even waged, at all? And what does that history teach us about what seems to be happening today? 

I think that it teaches us a lot. It teaches us that mistakes can happen. Signals and intentions can be misread. The priorities of leaders can be misunderstood (such as were the priorities of Kaiser Wilhelm II — that he placed the divine right of kings as being the supreme obligation of any king to protect and defend in order to keep his personal honor — misread, until too late and the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria became assassinated on 28 June 1914 by the well-intentioned naive anti-imperialist Gavrilo Princip, who couldn’t have cared less about whether the assassination, which he was planning, would violate what the German Emperor felt to constitute the ultimate moral principle).

History during the past century has definitely taught us (though humans seem not to have learned it) that humans have now (with nuclear weapons, and also with human-caused global warming) acquired, by means of the fruits of our technological ingenuity, far more power, on a far bigger scale, than humans possess the intelligence and character to be able to control, and that we are thus becoming increasingly dangerous and destructive to the entire planet, like we never have been before throughout all of human history.

We’re now, tragically, clearly out of our depth. Surely, this will end in WW III, unless something else ends us even sooner. Humans seem to be destroying the planet, by a final War, if not by a global burnout. A WW III would bring the end much sooner than global burnout would, and now seems likely to occur.

All sane bets are thus off. All that remains now is just bad gambles. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to tell everybody else why optimism isn’t stupid under the present (and past) circumstances — in other words, in the light of history.

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Study Finds That 22 Percent Of Bitcoin Investors Are Using Debt To Fund Their Investments

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

Investing in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum and Litecoin is extremely risky, and experts all over the country are warning that people should only invest what they are willing to lose.  Unfortunately, many are getting swept up in the current euphoria surrounding cryptocurrencies and are not listening to that very sound advice.  A disturbing new survey that was just released found that 22 percentof all Bitcoin investors are either directly or indirectly investing in Bitcoin with borrowed money…

According to LendEDU, a personal loan research firm, more than 18 percent of Bitcoin investors have used borrowed money to trade the cryptocurrency. In a global survey of 672 active Bitcoin investors, researchers asked traders the method they used to fund their cryptocurrency trading accounts. The majority of investors used banking systems such as credit cards and ACH transfers to fund their accounts.

But 22 percent of traders revealed that they have not paid off their credit and debit cards after purchasing Bitcoin, effectively investing in the cryptocurrency with borrowed money.

Credit card debt is one of the most toxic forms of debt that you could ever carry, and investing in anything when you still have credit card balances is extremely unwise.

Yes, cryptocurrencies went on an epic run in 2017, but there is absolutely no guarantee that they will continue to rise in 2018.

In fact, there is a very real possibility that we could see a cryptocurrency crash, and there are many investors that are actually eagerly anticipating one

Well, as many traders expected, it appears that institutions are using the futures product to slowly but surely build a short position in bitcoin. According to the CFTC Commitment of Traders report (available CBOE futures), non-commercial traders held a net short position of around $30mn as of Tuesday Dec 26, or around half of the total open interest.

Separately, the Traders in Financial Futures breakdown provided by the CFTC show that the leveraged funds category that consists largely of hedge funds and various money managers had a short of around $14mn, or around a quarter of the total open interest.

In other words, spec investors have used the futures contracts to establish Bitcoin shorts.

On the other hand, there is also the possibility that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin could continue to defy gravity and soar even higher over the next 12 months.

In fact, a rumor that will soon start accepting Bitcoin has lots of people buzzing

As a backdrop to all of this, there is a strong rumor that Amazon is about to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment. Patrick Byrne, the CEO of Overstock, has stated that Amazon will soon have no choice but to start accepting it. He is quoted as saying, “… they have to follow suit. I’ll be stunned if they don’t because they can’t just cede that part of the market to us if we are the only main large retail site taking Bitcoin.” Scott Mullins, an Amazon executive has confirmed that Amazon is, “working with financial institutions and crypto-experts to spur innovation, and facilitate frictionless experimentation.”

If the Amazon rumor turns out to be true – Bitcoin will probably go into orbit! Be prepared…

If someone knew exactly what would happen throughout 2018, that individual could make an absolutely obscene amount of money.

Unfortunately I don’t know where cryptocurrencies are heading, but it does appear that things are about to get a whole lot more interesting.  According to Reuters, it looks like you will soon be able to invest in Bitcoin using leveraged ETFs…

The new idea is to build “leveraged” and “inverse” funds that would rise – or fall – twice as fast as the price of bitcoin on a given day.

Direxion Asset Management LLC plans to list such products on Intercontinental Exchange Inc’s NYSE Arca exchange if U.S. securities regulators give the nod, according to a filing by the exchange this week.

In the filing, the exchange said the listing “will enhance competition among market participants, to the benefit of investors and the marketplace.”

So if Bitcoin rises or falls a thousand dollars in a single day, those financial instruments will be designed to move by about twice as much.

That should be fun.

Meanwhile, some are asking what will happen to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum and Litecoin if the long-awaited collapse of global financial markets finally happens this year.

Well, some believe that it would be doom for cryptocurrencies, but others believe that cryptocurrencies would be like gold and would actually do extremely well during the next great financial crisis…

The question is what will happen to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies once the financial collapse takes place. The signs are that when economic circumstances start to deteriorate the price of Bitcoin rises. A prime example of this is during the Cyprus and Greece bailout which saw the price of BTC rise considerably during this period. With banks stopping access to cash in ATM machines, Bitcoin was the perfect solution to be able to store it safely out of the banks and Governments’ hands.

What also happens during a depression is interest rates skyrocket and start to see hyperinflation. This will mean it is extremely hard to get finance from banks and the cost can make it unsustainable. The ICO market is a perfect solution to this problem and as the banking sector suffers, ICOs will boom. More companies will look to these as a cheap way to raise money and will create their own cryptocurrency.

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DC Press Corps KNEW For a FULL YEAR Hillary Clinton Was Behind Russia Dossier – HID IT FROM PUBLIC

by Cristina Laila, The Gateway Pundit:

The DC press corps and prominent Washington journalists knew Hillary Clinton paid for the dossier as early as September of 2016 yet they suppressed the information and acted as if the salacious document was legit intel.


This is why Americans loathe the mainstream media.

They are nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Democrats and Deep State hacks.

Paul Sperry of The New York Post said an ex-Trump campaign advisor told him prominent DC journalists admitted to him DURING the campaign they KNEW Hillary Clinton was behind the Russia dossier yet they continued to report as if the salacious document was legit intelligence!

Sperry tweeted:

Sperry: “BREAKING: ex-Trump campaign adviser says prominent Washington journalists told him DURING CAMPAIGN (early as Sept 2016) they KNEW Hillary Clinton was behind the anti-Trump dossier, and yet they SAT ON that critical information for a FULL YEAR & acted as if dossier was legit intel”

Paul Sperry then reported:

Sperry: “BREAKING NEWS: DC press corps suppressed for full year the fact that Clinton campaign paid for the anti-Trump Russia dossier. Journalists knew Clinton behind dossier as early as September 2016 & kept mum, reporting dossier’s allegations as if they were legitimate intelligence!”

They knew and they ALL LIED to the American public.

Shortly after the Washington Post published their bombshell in mid-October revealing Hillary Clinton’s camp paid for the dossier, prominent New York Times reporters came forward claiming they were lied to by Hillary’s people.

The New York Times was onto this scoop as well. Apparently when NY Time reporter, Kenneth Vogel questioned Clinton’s campaign lawyer, Marc Elias, he pushed back “vigorously” saying his sources were wrong.

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by Jack Montgomery, Breitbart:

Migrant gangsters offered police investigating “criminal behaviour on a commercial scale” bribes of up to £5,000 to stay away from their base of operations in Nottingham, telling officers it was a “Kurdish street”.

A mini market on the street with false walls, secret hiding places, and an underground “cell” where an illegal migrant was held as a kind of slave was the heart of a criminal enterprise dealing in drugs, human trafficking, and unlicensed tobacco, according to reports.

“Illicit tobacco was being used to fund criminality, primarily drug supply and human trafficking. Senior members of Kurdish organised crime have been using it to fund criminality in the Radford Road area,” said Police Constable Lee Wilson.

“A Kurdish businessman offered us £5,000 a month to cease the tobacco investigation,” he added.

“With others involved in the operation, we had a search dog and were told, ‘police are not welcome on the street’. It was described as a ‘Kurdish street’.”

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard illegal tobacco worth £34,640 was seized during one raid by police, who were not deterred by locals’ warnings on this occasion.

Trading standards officer Paul Wheddon described how a “failed asylum seeker with no rights in the UK” was found in a hidden cellar lined with illegal cigarettes, with his sole purpose being to pass them up to the sellers.

“Effectively it was a cell. He couldn’t get out of it. There was no escape had there been an emergency,” remarked District Judge Leo Pyle, who ordered the mini market to be closed for three months.

Judge Pyle insisted “There are no ‘no-go’ areas in this land,” and that there is “no such thing as a ‘Kurdish street’” — but evidence of a severe breakdown in Britain’s social cohesion is mounting.

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Tapper Cuts Off Bizarre Shouting Match Interview With Trump Adviser: ‘I’ve Wasted Enough of My Viewers’ Time’


by David Rutz, Washington Free Beacon:

Trump tweets approval: Tapper ‘got destroyed’

CNN host Jake Tapper cut off a bizarre and fiery interview Sunday with White House adviser Stephen Miller about President Donald Trump’s mental acuity, CNN’s coverage of the administration and the truthfulness of Michael Wolff’s explosive new book.

It was clear from the outset Miller was there to do battle for the president.

Miller quickly lit into Fire and Fury: Inside Trump’s White House and blasted former White House strategist Steve Bannon, saying his critical comments about the administration in Wolff’s book were “grotesque.”

“The book is best understood as a work of very poorly written fiction,” Miller said, going on to call Wolff a “garbage author.”

The book’s characterization of Trump as a petulant child, Miller said, was false and vindictive, and he made a point of calling Trump a “political genius.”

Miller also blasted CNN’s coverage of the book, saying it gave the network “joy to stick the knife in.”

When Miller again lavishly praised Trump as a genius and successful businessman, Tapper quipped that “I’m sure he’s watching and he’s happy you said that.”

“You can be as condescending as you want. It’s part of your MO,” Miller said.

Tapper replied he had no idea why Miller was going hard after CNN, and the two men repeatedly spoke over one another. Miller said CNN did “24 hours of negative anti-Trump hysterical coverage” that led to false reporting.

“I think the viewers right now can ascertain who is being hysterical,” Tapper said.

At one point, Tapper told Miller to “settle down.”

The host tried to shift the conversation back to Bannon and Trump’s recent claim that his role in the campaign and administration had been overstated. Tapper pointed to his influence on various key issues like immigration, but Miller stood firm.

Once Tapper asked Miller about Trump’s recent tweets calling himself a “very stable genius,” Miller again pivoted to blasting CNN and the “toxic environment” it had created with its hostile coverage.

Tapper seemed to lose patience as Miller blasted the “extremely fake news” put out by CNN.

“Stephen, I get it. There’s one viewer that you care about right now, and you’re being obsequious … in order to please him,” Tapper said. “I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time.”

He went to the next segment, and another terrific Sunday show interview was in the books.

UPDATE, 10:17 A.M.: It went over well with Trump, who tweeted later that morning that Tapper “got destroyed” by his aide.

“Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!” he wrote.

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Be Careful What You Wish For


by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:

So #metoo is all the rage.

Yeah, there’s a problem with predatory people in the workplace and elsewhere.  It’s commonly thought it’s all men doing women, but that’s false.  A hell of a lot of women teachers, for example, seem to like to do boys.  While there are plenty of male soccer and gymnastics coaches that have stood accused of diddling a female athlete (and more than a few did it) there seems to be a new one every day in the news now when it comes to women teachers boffing their male students.

Now to be fair, that may have a lot to do with the demographics of teachers and their sexes.  It also may have plenty to do with the fact that most 15 year old boys wouldn’t exactly call a hot teacher wanting their body “rape” (whether the law sees it that way or not.)

But Diane, you ought to be careful here.

The #metoo movement made the cover of Time Magazine, a fitting prominence given that it is bringing about the greatest gender shift since women were granted the vote.

The scales of justice have been readjusted and now men accused by victims are considered guilty unless proven innocent.


**** you.

Since when is a mere allegation bereft of evidence enough?  I say never.

Not that you care, just like plenty of other women don’t.

That’s ok, because this sort of witch-hunt mentality has a price and it’s going to come fast and hard for you and others: Men will simply give women the finger.

See, there’s a point at which romance isn’t worth it.  While some men have that infamous “biological clock” thing going on it’s a hell of a lot more prevalent in women.  Men have two hands and while it’s not as good it sure beats being financially and personally destroyed by a false, even malicious, allegation.

Don’t tell me those false accusations don’t happen either — they most-certainly do.  Indeed, it appears that during the last Presidential campaign you had “fine lawyers” offering six figures to women who would accuse Trump of harassment or worse.

Did you really get assaulted or harassed if you will only spin a tale for money?  Or are you lying for profit?

Then there’s the Moore thing.  We know one accuser forged at least part of a yearbook “signature” because she admitted it — but only after close scrutiny appeared by myself and others who not only noted the odd color problems with the ink but the rather clear insanity involved in keeping around a memento from someone who you claim sexually assaulted you for decades when you had no idea it would have political value down the road.  Did that accuser forge the rest?  Was the real name in that book “Ray” and not “Roy”?  I don’t know and neither do you, but guess what — she’s vanished and so has the evidence, and I’ll bet it’s never seen again.  Yes, Moore lost the election, but did he lose it due to a false accusation or is he really a creep?

I don’t know and neither do you — but Roy Moore does.

Yeah, there’s a problem here, but it’s one you don’t care about.

You should, especially if you have daughters or are unmarried now.

There’s not a thing you can do about that ticking sound most women hear, but far fewer men do.  The finger goes up by those men, a few years go by, and, well, there’s going to be a problem when you discover that only the worthless jackass men are willing to take the risk because they have nothing to lose.

Then what?

Tell me what your daughter will think of your bull**** when all the eligible and desirable men refuse to have anything to do with her, leaving her to choose between a vibrator or some douchebag drunk, nasty jackass.

You should also care when it comes to employment and small business.  Think I’ll set one up and hire people?  Nope.  Never, as long as this crap continues.  Are you nuts?  It’s illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex in employment which means there’s exactly zero realistic means available to prevent a false allegation from being made.

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Mandalay Bay Admits Staff Visited Paddock’s Room 10 TIMES Before Shooting—Noticed Nothing


by Rachel Blevins, The Free Thought Project:

A spokesperson for MGM is now claiming that hotel staff members visited Stephen Paddock’s room at least 10 times in the days leading up to the shooting.

Three months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, yet another crucial change in the narrative has occurred as MGM Resorts International is now claiming that the hotel staff at Mandalay Bay had at least 10 interactions with suspect Stephen Paddock in the days before the shooting.

At least two of those interactions occurred on Oct. 1, the day that Paddock is alleged to have killed 58 people and injured more than 500 by launching a shooting spree out of his hotel room window on the 32nd floor. A spokesperson for MGM told The Las Vegas Review-Journal that the interactions on that fatal day consisted of a room service delivery and a visit from housekeeping:

“Mandalay Bay staff, room service and housekeeping had contact with Paddock or entered his suite more than 10 times over the course of his stay, including the three days leading up to October 1. There were numerous interactions with Stephen Paddock every day at the resort, including a room service delivery and a call with housekeeping on October 1, all of which were normal in nature.”

Following the shooting, reports claimed that Paddock’s arsenal consisted of 47 guns—23 of which were found in his hotel room—along with more than 50 pounds of exploding targets and 1,600 rounds of ammunition.

While the hotel’s surveillance footage from the days leading up to the shooting has yet to be released, one of the most pressing questions surrounding the massacre is how Paddock was able to transport all of the weapons and supplies to his hotel room without raising any red flags.

During an interview with Fox News Sunday one week after the shooting, chief executive of Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn, suggested that Paddock may have escaped public attention by taking the service elevator, a perk typically given to “high rollers.”

“You’d never stop a man like this (Paddock) from coming in the building,” Wynn said. Howevernobody in this company’s history, no public person, has ever walked in the service elevator unless they were accompanied by security. Uh, that wouldn’t happen.”

At the time, Wynn was also critical of Mandalay Bay for failing to make contact with Paddock for two or three days, with the assumption being that he put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door of his room during his stay.

“The scenario that we are aware of would have indicated that he didn’t let anyone in the room for two or three days. That would have triggered a whole bunch of alarms here,” Wynn said.

The latest change in the timeline is significant because it implies that hotel staff were in Paddock’s room at least twice on the day of the shooting, and did not notice anything out of the ordinary about his luggage or his behavior.

While Wynn claimed that the scenario he was aware of involved Paddock using a “Do Not Disturb” sign for up to three days, the spokesperson for MGM claimed that if Paddock had done this, it would have required the hotel staff to conduct a welfare check.

“All MGM Resorts properties follow a health and welfare check operating procedure that stipulates a welfare check be performed after two consecutive days where a do-not-disturb sign has been displayed on the door and the guest has not interacted in-person or by phone with housekeeping or other hotel staff over the same period,” the spokesperson said.

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