Monday, January 20, 2020

President Trump Is Right: Huma Abedin, Crooked Hillary And James Comey All Belong In Prison

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

If you mishandle classified documents, you go to prison.  That is how the law is written, and that is how the law is supposed to work.  But up until now top members of the Democratic Party have been immune from prosecution for mishandling classified documents even though evidence that they are guilty is publicly available for everyone to see.  On Friday, we learned that there were classified documents among the 2,800 work-related emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.  Huma Abedin regularly forwarded documents to her husband’s laptop, and every time she sent a classified document to his laptop it was a violation of federal law.

On Tuesday, President Trump got on Twitter and expressed his desire to see Huma Abedin sent to prison

Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others

President Trump is exactly correct.  Nobody is supposed to be above the law, and Huma Abedin is clearly guilty.

If she isn’t prosecuted, then what is the point of even having any law to protect classified documents?

To say that Abedin was grossly negligent would be a severe understatement.  According to the Daily Caller, she was even using her personal Yahoo email account to transmit “passwords to government systems”…

Huma Abedin forwarded sensitive State Department emails, including passwords to government systems, to her personal Yahoo email account before every single Yahoo account was hacked, a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of emails released as part of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch shows.

Abedin, the top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, used her insecure personal email provider to conduct sensitive work. This guarantees that an account with high-level correspondence in Clinton’s State Department was impacted by one or more of a series of breaches — at least one of which was perpetrated by a “state-sponsored actor.”

This is what Trump was talking about when he accused Abedin of putting classified passwords “into the hands of foreign agents”.  There is no telling how much damage was done because of Abedin’s carelessness, and she must be held accountable.

Another part of Trump’s tweet that many of you may not get was his reference to “sailors pictures on submarine”.  Trump was referring to a former member of the U.S. Navy named Kristian Saucier that was found guilty of mishandling classified information.  The following comes from Business Insider

Trump’s reference to “sailors pictures on submarine” is most likely about the case of Kristian Saucier, who was a machinist’s mate aboard the Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine USS Alexandria from September 2007 to March 2012.

In July 2015, Saucier was charged with taking photos of classified spaces, instruments, and equipment inside the USS Alexandria on at least three occasions in 2009.

Court papers also said Saucier attempted to destroy his laptop, camera, and camera memory card after he was interviewed by the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in July 2012.

Saucier ended up spending a year in prison for what he did.

So why shouldn’t Abedin suffer the same fate?

Well, you can thank James Comey for the fact that Abedin has gotten off the hook so far.  According to Comey, Abedin did not understand that “what she was doing was in violation of the law”

Comey said the FBI completed the investigation into Abedin and couldn’t prove there was any criminal intent, which is required in order to classify something as a criminal act in this situation.

“We didn’t have any indication she had a sense what she was doing was in violation of the law,” Comey said.

This makes me so mad I want to scream.

As I discussed yesterday, intent does not matter in these types of cases at all.  In order to get Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin out of trouble, Comey essentially rewrote the law.  The following comes from the National Review

In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require. The added intent element, moreover, makes no sense: The point of having a statute that criminalizes gross negligence is to underscore that government officials have a special obligation to safeguard national defense secrets; when they fail to carry out that obligation due to gross negligence, they are guilty of serious wrongdoing. The lack of intent to harm our country is irrelevant. People never intend the bad things that happen due to gross negligence.

Read More @ TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com

Will Manliness Make A Comeback In 2018?

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by Brandon Smith, Alt Market:

Men embracing their masculinity and biological heritage has not been the easiest path the past few years, at least, for those who care about being labeled a “toxic” curse hanging over the history of the world. For me, frankly, I am indifferent to the gnashing and wailing of feminists and the social justice cult. They are a paper tiger and always have been. Beyond that, it’s almost impossible to live in rural Montana without being a capable man (or living in a family with capable men), so even if I wanted to become some kind of liberal my-little-pony metrosexual, the environment simply would not allow for it. I would get eaten alive, or I would have to leave.

It is this lesson above all else that I would like to impart here — masculinity can only be abandoned when the environment is sterilized and controlled and entirely “safe.” Put any feminist out in an uncontrolled and dangerous environment (like the wilderness) for a few weeks, and it won’t be long before they will beg for someone with all those “toxic” masculine traits to come and help them.

In fact, though scientists rarely undertake any social experiments to explore this reality (due to science in our era being heavily tainted by identity politics and liberal bias), there are many examples of the vast differences between genders on display in survival shows such as the Bear Grylls show ‘The Island’.  The British television show originally featured a group of thirteen men left on an island with nothing but a few tools and the clothes on their backs. Their goal?  Work together to survive for one full month.  After accusations of “sexism”, the show started its next season with a group of men and a group of women given the same task.  The show had various versions and copycats in other nations, some featuring competitions between the men and the women, but the end result was invariably the same regardless of the country.


While having their own setbacks, the men’s groups do decidedly better in every case, not just because of superior strength, but also superior organizational ability (an evil masculine trait).  In the American ‘Survivor’ version of this experiment, which had the groups in proximity to each other, the women inevitably depended on the men for aid.

The reality is, when push comes to shove society cannot function without psychological traits that are decidedly masculine.  This is why matriarchal (or feminized) societies generally collapse or are highly dysfunctional and regressive.  For an example outside of the jungle, read this article by a female entrepreneur who had a utopian idea to build a company made up only of women – a company which suffered complete gridlock and bankruptcy only two years later from employee discord and laziness.

Because of the inadequacies of a culture without strong male presence, feminism and “social justice” as ideologies instantly lend themselves to socialism and collectivism. In fact, it’s hard to separate one from the other.

Socialism provides the governmental and legal bubble that helps to protect people who cannot or will not protect themselves, and collectivism forces capable people (mostly men) to do all the hard labor necessary to keep a system functioning and safe “for the sake of the group,” whether they want to participate in that group or not. In the beginning this is done through taxation, entitlement programs and the centralizing of wages into metropolitan areas. In the end, it is done through unabashed slavery. If you want to see an example of this simply look up the end result of the Stalinist and Maoist models – a productive minority is always tasked (or forced) to feed, house and clothe the non-producing majority.

And this is how these people hope to live out their entire lives — blissfully sheltered from unpredictable environments that require technical know-how, independent ingenuity or decisive and sometimes violent action.

Feminism in particular seeks the destruction of all masculinity as a prerequisite to a supposedly safer world. To illustrate, take a look at this article published by the ever-establishment, ever-collectivist Bloomberg titled “How To Make Better Men.”

The article is typical propaganda, falsely associating masculinity first with institutions that do not define masculinity as well as attitudes that are not necessarily only attributed to men. The goal here, of course, is the demonization of men in general through association with already-established negative events and symbols. Bloomberg ties men and male behavior to the scandal surrounding the recent string of accusations of sexual aggression in politics and Hollywood.

To be sure, these institutions and industries in particular seem to attract a certain type of deviance, not that all the accusations made so far should be treated as fact. Prosecuting someone in the media and in the court of public opinion is not the same as prosecuting them in a court of law. The #MeToo movement is mostly a farce on par with the witch hunting displayed in The Crucible; relying solely on stirring the frothing fervor of the mob rather than generating facts and evidence.

Read More @ Alt-Market.com

Death Toll Rises In Iran, Khamenei Blames “Enemies” As Signs Of Destabilization Campaign Become More Obvious

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by Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post:

By now, it’s safe to say that the protests in Iran are, at the very least, being co-opted by Western powers in order to destabilize the Iranian government. Given the fact that the Trump administration and the Israeli government have recently agreed upon a plan to “counter” Iran’s influence in the region, the nature of the protests, and the violence stemming out from them as well as the individuals and organizations expressing such vociferous support for them, the idea that they are an organic uprising of Iranians is one that is getting further and further from the realm of possibility.

That the Iranian protests are taking the same form of the Green Movement in Iran in 2009 as well as the Egyptian, Libyan, and Syrian protests during the so-called “Arab Spring,” color revolution/destabilization campaigns is becoming more and more evident.

Even in the reports by the untrustworthy CNN, the fact that the protests are not mere working people or hippies in the park can be readily seen. The CNN article reads,

The rallies began Thursday over the country’s stagnant economy and rising living costs, but they developed into a broader outcry against the government and intensified over the weekend. Many of the protesters are young Iranians tired of the lack of economic opportunity in the country.

Protesters hit the streets for a sixth straight day Tuesday. Small protests — not as large as previous days — appeared in pockets of the capital, Tehran, a CNN producer there reported.

Video on social media appeared to show police officers and demonstrators clashing Tuesday evening in the south-central city of Shiraz. In the video, people scatter through streets amid the sounds of yelling and honking car horns. CNN couldn’t immediately independently verify the video’s authenticity.

Of the nine people killed Monday, seven were protesters. Six of them died in the central city of Qahdarijan when demonstrators stormed a police station and attempted to take guns from authorities, state media reported. The seventh protester was killed in nearby Khomaini Shahr.

A police officer died in Najafabad after a protester shot at officers with a hunting rifle, according to state media. Three other officers were wounded. A member of the Basij, a pro-government militia, was also killed, in south Tehran.

Video images shared on social media from the central city of Tuyserkan on Sunday showed protesters throwing chairs, tables and other objects at riot police, forcing the outnumbered officers to retreat. Six protesters were shot dead in the unrest there, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

A man and his young son also died on Sunday when a fire truck hijacked by protesters ran them down on a street in western Iran’s Dorud, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. Twelve people were killed over the weekend.

(emphasis added)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that the unrest was a result of the collaboration of Iran’s enemies.

“The enemy is waiting for an opportunity, for a flaw, through which they can enter. Look at these events over the last few days. All those who are against the Islamic Republic — those who have money, those who have the politics, those who have the weapons, those who have the intelligence — they have all joined forces in order to create problems for the Islamic Republic and the Islamic Revolution,” he said. He declined to name any country by name but it is relatively clear to everyone who he was referring to.

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

Hyperinflation Watch: Monthly Rent From $3,400 To $10,000 Just Last Month

from SilverDoctors:

The hyperinflation is no longer contained to mostly fringe items and non-essentials. Hyperinflation is now hitting the necessities of life. Here’s the details…

Editor’s Note: This series tries to go beyond the Venezuelan collapse to pick out signs that it’s not the Bolivar or the Zimbabwe dollar in a death spiral, but the US Dollar itself. That is to say, when it becomes obvious to everybody that the U.S. dollar has already hyper-inflated, that’s when we enter the “crack-up boom” leading to the fiat currency crisis and the death of the dollar.

Without further ado, here’s the latest installment of our Hyperinflation Watch. Check out previous articlesto learn how to spot the signs that are all around us. This is a series where, so far, we have highlighted the absurdity of mainly non-essentials in life, but now, we’re getting into the actual costs of living that are affecting Americans in their everyday lives.

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Anybody who favors free markets and loathes central control and government intervention, and especially wage and price controls should despise the word “price gouging”.

And the MSM jumps all over it with cherry-picked cases.

Case in point: A recent example we gave post-hurricane was of a local Best Buy charging $42.96 per case of bottled water.

We argued:

The significance of the bottled water pricing demonstrates just how broken the entire US economy has become:

A $42.96 case of water is price gouging and requires an apology, even though [a boxed and shrunk-wrapped case] is just a convenient carry-out case priced at the per-bottle price of $1.79, which is at the same time somehow not price gouging because that’s just Best Buy’s going rate for a single bottle.

Yes, that Best Buy was called out for price-gouging, even if it made for an easier way to lug around 24 bottles of water if somebody wanted to purchase that quantity.

We went on to conclude:

Even in the retail bottled water market, things are totally, completely, and utterly mis-priced…

Read More @ SilverDoctors.com

Secret Nevada base hidden in plain sight

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from Intellihub:

“Base Camp” was taken over by the U.S. Air Force in the early-1990’s and is still used to this day

HOT CREEK VALLEY, Nev. (INTELLIHUB) — The U.S. Air Force took over a Department of Energy facility known as “Base Camp” in the early-1990’s and has conducted covert operations there along with the Central Intelligence Agency ever since.

The facility is hidden in plain sight and has no air traffic control tower which seems rather odd. The runway is marked ‘closed’ and has a ‘yellow X’ painted at each end despite the fact that a few personnel and aircraft can often be seen at the site.

The airstrip at Base Camp is 72 miles away from the Groom Lake facility, a.k.a. Area 51, and the airstrip runs almost exactly in line with the main runway at Groom Lake. Such a commonality leads some to believe that the strip may also serve as some type of emergency landing area in case a craft that departed Area 51 were to encounter some type of problem and needs to land. Other speculate that the base may be used for some sort of covert training or even something more sinister after several aircraft associated with the C.I.A. were spotted at the base.

Read More @ Intellihub.com

GOLD RISES ANOTHER $12.00 TO $1315./SILVER RISES 24 CENTS TO $17.13/ANOTHER HUGE 11,000 EFP GOLD TRANSFER ACCOMPANIED BY 2600 SILVER EFP TRANSFER

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

GOLD: $1315.00 up $12.00

Silver: $17.13 up 24 cents

Closing access prices:

Gold $1318.00

silver: $17.19

For comex gold:

JANUARY/

NUMBER OF NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR JANUARY CONTRACT: 35 NOTICE(S) FOR 3500 OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 172 FOR 17200 OZ (0.5349 TONNES),

For silver:

jANUARY

3 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR

15,000 OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 324 for 1,620,000 oz

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Bitcoin: BID $14,099/OFFER $14,219 DOWN $255(morning)

BITCOIN : BID $14,099/OFFER $14,219 /down $255 CLOSING

 

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Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest SURPRISINGLY FELL BY A  593 contracts from 193,821 RISING TO 193,228 DESPITE FRIDAY’S GOOD 10 CENT RISE IN SILVER PRICING.  THE OPEN INTEREST FOR SILVER WAS CORRECTED BY THE CROOKS LATE FRIDAY NIGHT. WE HAD NO  COMEX LIQUIDATION BUT WITHOUT A DOUBT WE WITNESSED ANOTHER MAJOR BANK SHORT- COVERING OPERATION. NOT ONLY THAT , WE WERE AGAIN NOTIFIED THAT WE HAD ANOTHER HUGE SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONGS TRANSFERRING THEIR CONTRACTS TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: A HUGE2765 EFP’S FOR MARCH (AND ZERO FOR OTHER MONTHS) AND THUS TOTAL ISSUANCE OF 2675 CONTRACTS. HOWEVER THE MOVEMENT ACROSS TO LONDON IS NOT AS SEVERE AS IN GOLD AS THERE SEEMS TO BE A MAJOR PLAYER TAKING ON THE BANKS AT THE COMEX. STILL, WITH THE TRANSFER OF 2675 CONTRACTS, WHAT THE CME IS STATING IS THAT THERE IS NO SILVER (OR GOLD) TO BE DELIVERED UPON AT THE COMEX AS THEY MUST EXPORT THEIR OBLIGATION TO LONDON. YESTERDAY WITNESSED  EFP’S FOR SILVER ISSUED. ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE CAN BE A DELAY OF 24 HRS IN THE ISSUING OF EFP’S. I BELIEVE THAT WE MUST HAVE HAD SOME MAJOR BANKER SHORT COVERING AGAIN TODAY.

ACCUMULATION FOR EFP’S/SILVER/ STARTING FROM FIRST DAY NOTICE/FOR MONTH OF JANUARY:

4619 CONTRACTS (FOR 2 TRADING DAYS TOTAL 4619 CONTRACTS OR 23.095 MILLION OZ: AVERAGE PER DAY: 2310 CONTRACTS OR 11.550 MILLION OZ/DAY)

RESULT: A SMALL SIZED LOSS IN OI COMEX DESPITE THE STRONG 10 CENT RISE IN SILVER PRICE WHICH USUALLY INDICATES HUGE BANKER SHORT-COVERING. WE ALSO HAD A HUGE SIZED SIZED EFP ISSUANCE OF 2675 CONTRACTS WHICH EXITED OUT OF THE SILVER COMEX AND TRANSFERRED THEIR OI TO LONDON AS FORWARDS.  FROM THE CME DATA 2675 EFP’S WERE ISSUED FOR TUESDAY (FOR MARCH EFP’S AND NONE FOR ALL OTHER MONTHS) FOR A DELIVERABLE FORWARD CONTRACT OVER IN LONDON WITH A FIAT BONUS. WE REALLY GAINED 2082 OI CONTRACTS i.e. 2675 open interest contracts headed for London (EFP’s) TOGETHER WITH A DECREASE OF 593 OI COMEX CONTRACTS. AND ALL OF THIS HAPPENED WITH THE RISE IN PRICE OF SILVER BY 10 CENTS AND A CLOSING PRICE OF $16.94 WITH RESPECT TO FRIDAY’S TRADING. YET WE STILL HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF SILVER STANDING AT THE COMEX.

In ounces AT THE COMEX, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e. 0.966 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 138% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT JANUARY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 3 NOTICE(S) FOR 15,000 OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest ROSE BY AN ATMOSPHERIC SIZED 21,317 CONTRACTS UP TO 492,970 WITH THE STRONG RISE IN PRICE OF GOLD WITH YESTERDAY’S TRADING ($8.50). IN ANOTHER HUGE DEVELOPMENT, WE RECEIVED THE TOTAL NUMBER OF GOLD EFP’S ISSUED FRIDAY FOR TUESDAY AND IT TOTALED A HUMONGOUS  11,193 CONTRACTS OF WHICH THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY SAW 11,193 CONTRACTS AND APRIL SAW THE ISSUANCE OF 0 CONTRACTS. The new OI for the gold complex rests at 492,970. DEMAND FOR GOLD INTENSIFIES GREATLY AS WE CONTINUE TO WITNESS A HUGE NUMBER OF EFP TRANSFERS TOGETHER WITH THE MASSIVE INCREASE IN GOLD COMEX OI  TOGETHER WITH  THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF GOLD OUNCES STANDING FOR JANUARY. EVEN THOUGH THE BANKERS ISSUED THESE MONSTROUS EFPS, THE OBLIGATION STILL RESTS WITH THE BANKERS TO SUPPLY METAL BUT IT TRANSFERS THE RISK TO A LONDON BANKER OBLIGATION AND NOT A NEW YORK COMEX OBLIGATION. LONGS RECEIVE A FIAT BONUS TOGETHER WITH A LONG LONDON FORWARD. THUS, BY THESE ACTIONS, THE BANKERS AT THE COMEX HAVE JUST STATED THAT THEY HAVE NO APPRECIABLE METAL!! THIS IS A MASSIVE FRAUD: THEY CANNOT SUPPLY ANY METAL TO OUR COMEX LONGS BUT THEY ARE QUITE WILLING TO SUPPLY MASSIVE NON BACKED GOLD (AND SILVER) PAPER KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE NO METAL TO SATISFY OUR LONGS. LONDON IS NOW SEVERELY BACKWARD IN BOTH GOLD AND SILVER (BIG RISE IN BOTH GOFO AND SIFO) AND WE ARE WITNESSING DELAYS IN ACTUAL DELIVERIES. IN ESSENCE WE HAVE AN ATMOSPHERIC GAIN OF 32,510 OI CONTRACTS: 21,317 OI CONTRACTS INCREASED AT THE COMEX AND A MONSTROUS SIZED 11,193 OI CONTRACTS WHICH NAVIGATED OVER TO LONDON.

FRIDAY, WE HAD 11,118 EFP’S ISSUED.

ACCUMULATION OF EFP’S/ GOLD(EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICAL) FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY STARTING WITH FIRST DAY NOTICE TODAY: 22,311 CONTRACTS OR 2.2311 MILLION OZ OR 69.39 TONNES (2 TRADING DAYS AND THUS AVERAGING: 11,155 EFP CONTRACTS PER TRADING DAY OR 1.1185MILLION OZ/DAY)

Result: A MONSTROUS SIZED INCREASE IN OI WITH THE GOOD SIZED RISE IN PRICE IN GOLD TRADING ON FRIDAY ($8.50). WE HAD ANOTHER HUMONGOUS SIZED NUMBER OF COMEX LONG TRANSFERRING TO LONDON THROUGH THE EFP ROUTE: 11,125. THERE OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT SEEM TO BE MUCH PHYSICAL GOLD AT THE COMEX AND YET WE ALSO OBSERVED A HUGE DELIVERY MONTH FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. I GUESS IT EXPLAINS THE HUGE ISSUANCE OF EFP’S…THERE IS HARDLY ANY GOLD PRESENT AT THE GOLD COMEX FOR DELIVERY PURPOSES. IF YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE 11,193 EFP CONTRACTS ISSUED, WE HAD A NET GAIN IN OPEN INTEREST OF 32,510 contracts:

11,193 CONTRACTS MOVE TO LONDON AND  21,317 CONTRACTS INCREASED AT THE COMEX. (in tonnes, the gain in total oi equates to 101.11 TONNES)

we had: 35 notice(s) filed upon for 3500 oz of gold.

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With respect to our two criminal funds, the GLD and the SLV:

GLD:

Today, NO CHANGES IN GOLD INVENTORY AT THE GLD

Inventory rests tonight: 837.50 tonnes.

SLV/    with silver up dramatically these past 4 trading days, the following makes no sense:

A HUGE CHANGES IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV/A WITHDRAWAL OF 2.83 MILLION OZ

INVENTORY RESTS AT 320.629 MILLION OZ/

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First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver FELL BY A SMALL SIZED 593 contracts from 193,827 DOWN TO 193,228 (AND now A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) DESPITE THE GOOD SIZED RISE IN PRICE OF SILVER TO THE TUNE OF 10 CENTS  YESTERDAY.  THE THURSDAY OPEN INTEREST WAS CORRECTED BY THE CME LATE FRIDAY NIGHT. WE HAD WITHOUT A DOUBT A MAJOR SHORT COVERING FROM OUR BANKERS AS THEY HAVE CAPITULATED. NOT ONLY THAT BUT OUR BANKERS USED THEIR EMERGENCY PROCEDURE TO ISSUE ANOTHER 2675 PRIVATE EFP’S FOR MARCH (WE DO NOT GET A LOOK AT THESE CONTRACTS AS IT IS PRIVATE BUT THE CFTC DOES AUDIT THEM).  EFP’S GIVE OUR COMEX LONGS A FIAT BONUS PLUS A DELIVERABLE PRODUCT OVER IN LONDON. WE HAD NO COMEX SILVER COMEX LIQUIDATION. BUT, IF WE TAKE THE SLIGHT OI LOSS AT THE COMEX OF 593 CONTRACTS TO THE 2675 OI TRANSFERRED TO LONDON THROUGH EFP’S WE OBTAIN A GAIN OF 2082
 OPEN INTEREST CONTRACTS DESPITE THE MAJOR BANKER SHORT COVERING. WE STILL HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES THAT ARE STANDING FOR METAL IN JANUARY (SEE BELOW). THE NET GAIN TODAY IN OZ: 10.410MILLION OZ!!!

RESULT: A GOOD SIZED DECREASE IN SILVER OI AT THE COMEX DESPITE THE GOOD SIZED RISE OF 10 CENTS IN PRICE (WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING). BUT WE ALSO HAD ANOTHER 2675 EFP’S ISSUED TRANSFERRING COMEX LONGS OVER TO LONDON . TOGETHER WITH THE GOOD  SIZED AMOUNT OF SILVER OUNCES STANDING FOR JANUARY, DEMAND FOR PHYSICAL SILVER INTENSIFIES AS WE WITNESS MAJOR BANK SHORT COVERING ACCOMPANIED BY INCREASES IN GOFO AND SIFO RATES INDICATING SCARCITY.

(report Harvey)

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2.a) The Shanghai and London gold fix report

(Harvey)

2 b) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe, Goldcore

(Mark O’Byrne/zerohedge

and in NY: Bloomberg

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Nuremberg Trial Fears Grow As Guantanamo Prepares For “High Level” American Prisoners

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by Sorcha Faal, via The Burning Platform:

A new Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that based upon signals intelligence (SIGINT/ELINT) accumulated over the past year by Signal Communications Troops (SCT) conducting training missions in the Republic of Cuba—and who’ve been “aided/augmented” by the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) in their findings—General Staff Deputy Defense Minister Tatiana Shevtsova is able to confirm that a level of “high confidence” currently exists that President Donald Trump is preparing to transfer to the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp (located in Cuba) an unknown number of “high level” Americancitizen detainees in preparation for their trials before a US Military Tribunal—and whose nearest historical counterpart incident of were the 1945-46 Nuremberg Trials held to prosecute German Nazi war criminals—and that likewise, as seen in 1945, is now seeing hundreds of highly trained and specialized US Army Military Police being rushed to Cuba to oversee this process. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

  Highly trained and specialized US Army Military Police (in white helmets) oversee Nuremberg Trials for German Nazi war criminals—1945-46
Highly trained and specialized US Army Military Police (in white helmets) oversee Nuremberg Trials for German Nazi war criminals—1945-46

 

According to this report, on 11 April 2017, SCT, while conducting routine training missions in Cuba, intercepted an unusually large number of encrypted communications emanating between the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba) and Luke Air Force Base (Arizona)—immediately after which they made a request to SVR counterintelligence analysts for an explanation of—with the SVR, in turn, then reporting to SCT that these communications were being conducted between the Guantanamo Military Commission (that holds US Military Tribunals) and US Attorney Generals Jeff Sessions.

On 11 April 2017, also, this report says, the SVR reported to SCT that Attorney General Sessions was at Luke Air Force Base to “hold/conduct” meetings with various commanders of the Arizona Army National Guard(AZ ARNG)—with the longest of them being with the commanders of the 850th Military Police Battalion—that numbers nearly 800 highly trained and specialized US Army Military Police forces.

Since its beginning on 11 April 2017, this report continues, SCT intercepts of communications between Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Luke Air Force Base continued on an unprecedented basis—with the largest amount of such communications being reported on 7 July 2017—and was the date Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteinmade an unannounced visit to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base—and whose meetings there on that date included the commanders of the 850th Military Police Battalion who had been flown there the day prior.

The specific type of communication intercepts noted by SCT occurring between Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Luke Air Force Base, this report details, were encrypted video satellite broadcasts transmitted at the North American standard rate of 59.94 frames per second—and whose near predictable times of transmission suggested (to SVR analysts) that these video broadcasts were being used for classroom instruction.

On 21 December 2017, this report further notes, SCT reported that nearly all of these communications between Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Luke Air Force Base had ceased—with the SVR reporting that this cessation occurred when US Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis made an unprecedented-unannounced visit to Guantanamothe first visit there by a US Defence Secretary in nearly 16 years—and that in doing, Secretary Mattis shockingly broke with the longstanding tradition of persons holding his high office visiting American troops on the front lines—but that he deemed his sudden visit to Guantanamo was vitally more important than.

And as to how “vitally important” Secretary Mattis deemed his unprecedented visit to Guantanamo, this report says, became known yesterday, 29 December 2017, when President Trump suddenly ordered the entire 850th Military Police Battalion to immediately deploy from Luke Air Force Base to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

Read More @ TheBurningPlatform.com

2018 Gun Legislation You Must Keep Your Eyes On

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by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:

There are several items that Americans should keep their eyes on in 2018, and they each have to do with the rights of gun owners.

Awr Hawkins of Breitbart News listed four things that were begun in 2017 but failed to succeed.  I’ll list them and comment on each one.

  • National Reciprocity—National reciprocity for concealed carry passed the House on December 6, 2017. It was introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) on January 3, 2017, then sat idly until conservatives were able to overcome Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) stonewalling. Now it has gone to the Senate, where it sat idly throughout December, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) busied himself with other things. National reciprocity must be the number one priority in 2018 for supporters of the Second Amendment, as it will fix the cumbersome patchwork of laws that concealed carry permit holders currently face as they travel.

National Reciprocity sounds good, right?  It makes a federal law that every state has to recognize every other state’s concealed carry permit.  That sounds great, right?

Well, yeah, it sounds good to those who are used to asking the government permission to enjoy and exercise a God-given right protected under the Second Amendment, but that’s just it, isn’t it?  Isn’t national reciprocity embedded in the Second Amendment?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Now, consider that the Second Amendment does not state a limitation on whether you carry open or concealed or have a rifle slung across your back.  It says that right “shall not be infringed.”  It shouldn’t be infringed by government for money, taking classes, jumping through hoops, background checks or anything else.  It is a right given to you by the Creator, not permitted by government.

What many have not thought through is that if this is implemented at the federal level, what will stop the feds from building a database of who has these permits and thus who has guns?  Nothing.  After all, the argument will be made that DC needs the database to ensure the concealed carry permit holder is legitimate in the state they are from.  Sure, there could be a simple check with the state, but you know how DC works.

This actually could be dealt with quite simply by DC repealing any and all gun laws, which it has unconstitutionally written, and enforce the protections of the rights of gun owners on the states that have also flagrantly disregarded the rights of gun owners.  As someone has so aptly stated, “The Second Amendment is my concealed carry permit.”

We don’t need to fix “patchwork of laws.”  We need to demand that those laws are repealed and the Second Amendment trump those usurpations.

Anyways, that’s the first item.

  • Repeal of Gun Ban for Military Veterans—On March 16, 2017, the House voted to repeal the gun ban for military veterans. The ban is structured in a manner similar to Barack Obama’s Social Security gun ban inasmuch as it allows bureaucrats to flag military disability recipients who require help with their finances. Those flagged recipients are then turned over to the National Instance Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and barred from purchasing firearms for self-defense. Although the House voted to repeal the ban, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues never took up the measure for a vote.

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The 5 Largest Gold Nuggets that Still Exist

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from BullionStar:

Throughout gold rush and gold mining history, the discovery of a large gold nugget is a phenomenon which always causes excitement throughout a mining community as well as capturing the wider public’s imagination. It has probably something to do with so much gold being found at the same time, often with relative ease.

Gold nuggets can be found in alluvial deposits (sediments formed by water movement) or in other placer deposits (formed by other movement), but gold nuggets can also be found in or close to primary gold deposits, for example gold lodes or veins which have been exposed by the weather. “Gold nuggets” can also technically be extracted from hard rock gold deposits as long as the surrounding rock can be removed.

There are a number of gold nuggets which claim to be the world’s largest. Obviously, not all of these claims can be true. There are also a number of “largest gold nuggets” lists which confusingly mix historical nuggets which no longer exist alongside nuggets which still exist.

We think a list of gold nuggets which still exist is more accurate, since many historical nuggets are now just legends and have long since been melted down into gold bars or gold coins. Therefore, the following list, based on research to the best of our abilities, profiles the largest ‘named’ gold nuggets which are still in one piece, all of which are famous, all of which are on display, and all of which can be visited by the public.

1. Pepita Canaã,  Brazil

The world’s largest surviving gold nugget is the Pepita Canaã (Canaan Nugget) which was found by miner Júlio de Deus Filho in the Serra Pelada (‘Naked Mountain’) gold mining region of Brazilian state of Pará in 1983.

The Pepita Canaã gold nugget has a gross weight of 60.82 kgs and contains 52.33 kgs of gold, or 1682 troy ounces of gold. The “Canaan” gold nugget was purchased by the Banco Central do Brazil in 1984, and is now on display in the “Gold Room” of the central bank’s money museum (Museu de Valores do Banco Central in Brazil) in Brazil’s federal capital Brasilia.

Notably, the source nugget from which the Pepita Canaã nugget came was actually larger, but it split into several pieces while being removed from the ground.

“Pepita Canaã” – The largest surviving gold nugget, on display at the Brazilian central bank headquarters, Brasilia

“Pepita Canaã” – The largest surviving gold nugget, on display at the Brazilian central bank headquarters, Brasilia

In the early 1980s, Serra Pelada became known as one of the world’s most notorious gold mining areas when over 100,000 freelance miners flocked there to engage in open air gold mining excavations in vast, dangerous, and crowded conditions. The Serra Pelada has essentially been closed since the late 1980s and gold mining is no longer possible due to flooding and government prohibitions. However, Brazil is still a significant gold producer, with gold production output in 2016 totalling 80 tonnes, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

  Serra Pelada gold rush, Para, Brazil, 1980s
Serra Pelada gold rush, Para, Brazil, 1980s

 

2. The Great Triangle, Russia

The world’s second largest surviving gold nugget is the “Great Triangle”. This gold nugget was found in the Miass area of the Russian Urals mountains in 1842 by Nikofor Syutkin. It has a gross weight of 36.2 kgs and a gold assay of 91%, meaning that it has a fine gold content of 32.94 kgs, or 1059 troy ounces of gold. The “Great Triangle” has dimensions of 31 cms * 27.5 cms * 8 cms, and as the name suggests,  it is triangular in shape. When found, it was dug up from a depth of about 3.5 metres.

  The Great Triangle gold nugget on display at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia
The Great Triangle gold nugget on display at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia

The Great Triangle gold nugget is owned by the Russian State, and through the Gokhran Fund (State Fund for Precious Stones and Precious Metals), it is currently on display in the ‘Diamond Fund‘ collection in the Kremlin in Moscow. The Diamond Fund is an extensive  permanent exhibition of the Russian state’s crown jewels, precious stones and gold and platinum nuggets.

While the Urals was one of Russia’s first gold mining areas, today, there are extensive gold mining operations in many areas of the Russian Federation, particularly in the East of the country. Russia is currently the world’s 3rd largest gold producer, with mining production output of 250 tonnes of gold in 2016.

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Watching The US Dollar In 2018 – Craig Hemke

by Craig Hemke, Sprott Money:

After a major downside surprise in 2017, one of the biggest stories for 2018 will be the relative value change in the US dollar.

We say “relative value change” because, of course, the US dollar is typically measured by changes to the US Dollar Index. This index compares the value of the dollar to a basket of other major fiat currencies. So when we say, “the dollar is falling”, what we’re really saying is that it is depreciating versus the euro, yen, pound and others. See below:

2017 began with the general consensus that the US dollar would strongly rise in the months ahead. Almost all Wall Street economists predicted this, and it led the venerable “Economist” magazine to print this cover in late 2016:

Well, a funny thing happened on the way to a dollar resurgence. . . . The index actually fell …and, in fact, it fell quite sharply. It seems that though The Economist believed a dollar rise was coming, Janet Yellen and President Trump said otherwise.

And now here we are again at the start of a new year …and, once again, predictions of “dollar strength” abound. But is that about to play out? The chart below from the first trading day of 2018 appears to disagree. Note the breakdown below 92 with what appears to be a test of the 2017 lows near 91 coming very soon: 

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