Friday, June 22, 2018

Trump and the Invasion of the West

by Patrick J. Buchanan, Lew Rockwell:

“It is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” says former first lady Laura Bush of the Trump administration policy of “zero tolerance,” under which the children of illegal migrants are being detained apart from their parents.

“Disgraceful,” adds Dr. Franklin Graham.

“We need to be … a country that governs with a heart,” says first lady Melania Trump. “No one likes this policy,” says White House aide Kellyanne Conway, even “the president wants this to end.”

New York’s Constitution-Free Zone Leading to Warrantless Bus Searches and Detentions

by Joe Wright, Activist Post:

An increasing number of people are becoming exposed to the fact that they reside within a “Constitution-Free Zone,” as it has been dubbed by the ACLU for many years. In fact, it is estimated that 200 million people (2/3 of the populace) are likely to have their 4th Amendment protections completely disregarded by border patrol, as well as to encounter other routine violations unbecoming to a land of the free.

Nearly all of New York state, for example, lies within a 100-mile region that extends inward from all borders of the nation as shown in the image below.

Do you have a cryptocurrency addiction? This British hospital has a treatment for you

by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

By the time Louis XIV passed away in 1715, seven decades of his absurd extravagance had nearly bankrupted France.

His reign was marked by constant warfare and the most excessive spending imaginable, from opulent palaces (including Versailles) to a costly welfare state– public hospitals, parks, monuments, museums.

Louis XIV had turned France into the world’s leading power. But it came at a heavy cost.

The national debt was nearly as large as the entire French economy itself, and the government’s annual budget deficit was appalling.

STATE ELECTION OFFICIALS DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT RUSSIAN HACKING THREAT UNTIL THEY READ IT IN THE NEWS, EMAILS SHOW

by Sam Biddle, The Intercept:

VOTERS ACROSS THE country were shocked to learn last year, through the disclosure of a top-secret NSA document, details of an intricate plot by Russian military hackers to infiltrate American electoral systems. New emails obtained by The Intercept through public records requests illustrate the disturbing extent to which potential targets of the attack were caught unaware, having apparently remained in the dark alongside the voting public.

On June 5, 2017, The Intercept published a top-secret National Security Agency assessment that detailed and diagramed a Russian governmental plot to breach VR Systems, an e-voting vendor that makes poll book software used by several pivotal electoral battleground states, such as North Carolina and Virginia. The report attributed the scheme to the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU. GRU’s plan, the NSA claimed, was to roll any success with VR Systems into a subsequent email attack against state voting officials across the country.

Blind to Real Problems

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by Walter E. Williams, The Burning Platform:

For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said: “Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder that it is still alive and more insidious than ever. We hold race up to shield us from what we do not want to see in ourselves.”

Dr. John McWhorter, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, lamented that “victimology, separatism, and anti-intellectualism underlie the general black community’s response to all race-related issues,” adding that “these three thought patterns impede black advancement much more than racism; and dysfunctional inner cities, corporate glass ceilings, and black educational underachievement will persist until such thinking disappears.”

Gresham’s Law and Bitcoin

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds:

Rather suddenly, the state issued fiat currency bolivar lost 99% of its purchasing power.

Gresham’s law holds that “bad money drives out good money,” meaning that given a choice of currencies (broadly speaking, “money” that serves as a store of value and a means of exchange), people use depreciating “bad” money to buy goods and services and hoard “good” money that is appreciating or holding its value.

As this dynamic plays out, eventually there is little “good money” in circulation and the economy suffers accordingly.

Correspondent AK recently submitted an insightful discussion of Gresham’s law and bitcoin:

This Is the Moment for Change

by Harley Schlanger, LaRouche PAC:

Two events of the day point the way for how the New Silk Road paradigm is the means to overcome what is currently being whipped up in the Trans-Atlantic as inevitable, insoluble strife: the migrant crisis and trade war.

In the Americas, Bolivian President Evo Morales met in Beijing today with President Xi Jinping, and signed commitments for Belt and Road collaboration between Bolivia and China. Morales said it will mean economic development and peace throughout the continent. Also in China, is a delegation from the Dominican Republic, conferring on economic projects and business in the Caribbean. Generalized across Ibero-America, this activity–along with defeating the narco-criminals–can end the poverty and danger driving millions to flee their homelands. At present, 200 million out of the 650 million-plus people in Ibero-America and the Caribbean live in poverty, which can all be changed.

More on COMEX “Exchanges For Paper” – Craig Hemke (20/06/2018)

by Craig Hemke, Sprott Money:

Last week, we updated the incredible surging amount of total COMEX “Exchanges For Physical”. Much has changed in the past few days, so with some additional data in hand we thought we should re-visit the topic this week.

If you missed last week’s post, you can find it here. Please look it over before we begin:https://www.sprottmoney.com/Blog/comex-efp-use-con…

As stated last week, though EFP use between Bullion Banks in New York and London has grown over the past several years, the ongoing spike in use has caught our attention. At the current run rate, total volume of COMEX contracts “exchanged for physical” in London looks to exceed 8,500 metric tonnes for calendar year 2018. Again, that’s 8,500 metric tonnes. For perspective, the entire world will only mine about 2,800 metric tonnes this year, and the entire LBMA vault system—once you exclude Bank of England gold and gold pledged to ETFs—only holds 858 metric tonnes.

Trump Admin: We’re Pulling Out Of United Nations Human Rights Council

by Tim Brown, Freedom OutPost:

It appears that President Trump meant what he said when he spoke to the UN about getting their act together. While this is welcome good news, I wonder when we are just going to have enough of the UN and eliminate our participation in the totalitarian organization.

This is actually great news! Each step removing us more and more from the anti-American, anti-Christian United Nations! On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced it would be withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made the announcement. Take a look.