Saturday, October 31, 2020

Russia Continues Moving Away From Dollar As Banking Sector Incorporates Blockchain

by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin:

Let’s not forget that Russia host the worlds largest blockchain technology conference in June 2018. This is to say nothing of the fact that President Putin met with the developer of Ethereum almost 2 years ago to discuss how the technology works and how it could be used in the Russian economy.

As Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project reported in June 2017

‘He’s Barack Obama, but White’ – The Manufacturing of Beto O’Rourke

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by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

Although I haven’t paid close attention to Beto O’Rourke, he’s been on my radar for a couple of years after noticing certain media outlets had anointed him a “rising Democratic star.” One of my principal rules of political analysis is whenever you hear mass media proclaim an obscure politician a “rising star,” it typically means that individual has been deemed acceptable by the entrenched oligarchy and is being groomed as a promising puppet.

In fact, the first time O’Rourke came into my news orbit it felt like I was being sold a box of cereal by Madison Avenue. After reading an illuminating article by Ziad Jilliani earlier today in Current Affairs, it appears my intuition was correct.

Why buy gold now? Because I don’t know

by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

From 2000 through 2012, the price of gold increased every year, rising from around $280 an ounce to nearly $1,700. It was an unprecedented run.

Then, in 2013, gold took a nose dive, losing over 27% of its value.

It was widely reported that the Swiss National Bank, the former bastion of monetary conservatism, lost $10 billion that year just on its gold holdings.

As you probably know, central banks hold a portion of their reserves in gold. The practice goes back to when central banks actually had to have gold on hand to trade in and out of paper money (or even trade for goods and services).

Lee Harvey Oswald’s Lesson

by Doug Casey, International Man:

It’s disturbing to suddenly find that one has something in common with the likes of Lee Harvey Oswald.

Fortunately, the commonality is merely circumstantial: we both came to Minsk, Belarus and fell in love with a woman here.

But it was still something to discover at dinner here in Minsk last night. After a fabulous feast made by my amazing wife for our family here, we were all relaxing around the table, chatting about children and whatnot. During a lull in the conversation, Grandfather looks at me and asks if I know Oswald…

The Creepy Line: A New Documentary on the Immense Power of Tech Giants

by Ryan McMaken, Activist Post:

The Creepy Line, a new documentary by director M.A. Taylor, is now streaming at Amazon Prime. It takes a disturbing look at how Google and Facebook influence their users’ view of the world, and how the companies have pioneered new ways of doing business. It’s a business model in which personal data harvested from users is exploited so as to offer targeted advertising to third parties.

The Creepy Line takes its title from a description of Google once uttered by Google executive Eric Schmidt who said Google’s mission was to “get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

SOMETHING IS WRONG! This Nation’s Stacking Gold With A Fervor (And It’s Being Covered-Up)

from Silver Doctors:

The stacking of gold is off the charts! What’s this nation up to, why has it stacked so much physical, and what’s this nation preparing for? Find out here…

The Bank of Mongolia has purchased 18.9 tons of gold in the first 11 months of 2018.

Nearly nineteen tons.

No big deal, right?

Actually, it is a huge deal, and as you read on, you will find out why.

Russia nudges Indian policymakers to move away from the dollar

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by Zia Haq, Hindu Times:

Elementary trade theory suggests currencies with the highest volume of trade and lowest transaction costs are more likely to be chosen as a preferred means for global payments.

To counter US President Donald Trump’s economic sanctions, snap trade wars and the dollar’s dominance in world trade, Russia is nudging Indian policymakers to explore ways to stop depending on the greenback and conduct trade in alternative currencies.

On November 29, two of the Russian Federation’s top economic advisers, Prof. Andrei Spartak and Mikhail Ershov, held a video conference with Prof. Manoj Pant (chairman of the state-run Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) and Prof. Geetanjali Natarajan (a trade expert at the Indian Institute of Public Administration) on options to “de-dollarise” the world economy.

Common “Weeds” as Food and Medicine- Part 1, by M.C.

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by Sarah Latimer, Survival Blog:

This is information about wild food. The editors of SurvivalBlog and the author make no claims as to the correctness, safety, or usability of the data. The information contained herein is intended to be an educational tool for gathering and using wild plants. All data is to be used at your own risk.]

If things go very wrong, such as in an EOTWAWKI or SHTF scenario, you may find yourself without access to doctors and hospitals and may have to take care of yourself and your family. Being the family physician or Dr. Mom/Dad, you might have to provide herbal help and comfort, and “medicine” grows just about everywhere, for free.

Print For Stressful Situation and Have a Good Field Guide

If you find this article to be potentially useful, print it and save it in a binder for later reference. I find that the biggest lie I tell myself is “I’ll remember”. I often don’t, so I’ve made a point of printing stuff I think I might need and forget in a stressful situation.

MSM Is Getting Weirder, More Frantic, And More Desperate By The Day

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by Caitlin Johnstone, Caitlin Johnstone:

When even the Washington Post is saying your Russiagate article is bad journalism, your Russiagate article is really, really bad journalism.

In an article titled “The Guardian offered a bombshell story about Paul Manafort. It still hasn’t detonated.”, WaPo writer Pul Farhi draws attention to the fact that it has been a week since the Guardian published a claim that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort met repeatedly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, without any evidence backing up the claim, using solely anonymous sources, and despite the claims contradicting known records of Assange’s guests at the Ecuadorian embassy. Criticism and demands for answers have been growing louder and louder from both friends and enemies of WikiLeaks, with new plot holes opening up in the Guardian‘s narrative daily, and the scandal is now moving into mainstream awareness.

15 million people were just blacklisted from travel by China’s social credit program and it’s coming to America soon

by Meadow Clark, Intellihub:

China’s social credit system is in full swing and has already blacklisted more than 15 million Chinese residents from travel. Is it coming soon to the U.S.?

Recently, The Organic Prepper reported some shocking news of China’s newest rollout: social credit system.

It’s a system of surveillance and governance using a social scoring system based on the state’s perceived trustworthiness of the individual. Not only are social media and financial accounts tied into a person’s “score” – much like a credit score number – but also friends and associates are compelled to distance themselves from an offending person, otherwise, their score can be dropped too.