Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dead Male Prostitute, Piles of Meth Found in Clinton Mega-Donor’s Home—NO ARRESTS

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

A high-profile millionaire donor to Hillary Clinton was found with a dead prostitute in his home, with witnesses saying he kidnapped him, and drugs and paraphernalia everywhere and no one has been charged.

West Hollywood, CA — The family and friends of Gemmel Moore, 26, are fighting an uphill battle to bring the man they say is responsible for his death to justice. Not surprisingly, the fact that Moore, who worked as a male escort, was found dead at the home of 63-year-old Ed Buck—who’s donated hundreds of thousands to Hillary Clinton—has received very little media coverage.

On July 27, Moore’s body was discovered inside the West Hollywood apartment of Ed Buck. Buck is a well connected and extremely wealthy political activist who gives massive amounts of money to the Democratic party. His influence is vast as he’s given hundreds of thousands to a slew of powerful Democrats including Clinton, Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and a variety of state and local organizations in California—which likely explains the reason he’s yet to be charged with any crime.

According to a Los Angeles County coroner’s report, police and paramedics found Moore naked on a mattress in Buck’s living room with a “male pornography movie playing on the television.” A spokesman for the coroner’s office, Ed Winter, said Buck was inside his Laurel Avenue home at the time of Moore’s death and that drug paraphernalia was recovered from the scene.

Police found sex toys, syringes and “clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine in a toolbox roll-cabinet in the living room,” 24 syringes with brown residue, five glass pipes with white residue and burn marks, a plastic straw with possible white residue, clear plastic bags with white powdery residue and a clear plastic bag with a “piece of crystal-like substance.”

Even if we ignore the fact that there was a dead prostitute in his bed, the drugs found on the scene alone should’ve been enough to warrant charges as the multiple plastic bags would land anyone else with not only possession charges but intent to distribute. But there have been none.

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

At Least 17 Dead, 20 Wounded In Florida High School Shooting; Suspect Identified As Former Student

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from ZeroHedge:

Update (6:20 pm ET): Given the pace at which new information is being released, we’ve decided to include a running list of the highlights below…

  • At least 16 killed
  • More than 20 injured
  • Suspect arrested and identified as Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, former student  
  • Teachers had been warned not to let Cruz onto campus with a backpack, and he had previously been the subject of schoolwide warnings about possible violence
  • It’s not clear why he left the school
  • The town of Parkland is about 45 miles north of Miami
  • Sheriff said the total won’t be known until the SWAT team gives the “all clear” – the school is still considered an active crime scene
  • One twitter user estimated that, since the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, more than 150,000 US students have been directly affected by school shootings
  • More: weapon was an AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle frequently used in mass shootings including Newtown, Aurora and San Bernardino; multiple magazines were used…

…Video of the school shooting suspect, still wearing his hospital gown, being escorted into Broward County Sheriff’s headquarters

In another briefing, Sheriff Israel said the shooting “Started outside the school and went inside”. Two succumbed to their wounds at the hospital, but it’s unclear what state the scene is in. Twelve were killed inside the school, two were killed on a street outside, and two more succumbed to their wounds. It’s unclear what happened to the 17…

Cruz is a legal adult and can be charged as such. At this point, it’s unclear if Cruz is cooperating with police…

Read More @ ZeroHedge.com

US Drone Destroys Russian Tank in Syria, Killing Three

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by Jason Ditz, The Anti Media:

As details continue to emerge of last week’s US attacks on pro-Syrian forces, it appears that dozens, or by some accounts scores, of the slain were actually Russian military contractors working for the Syrian government. The raises the stakes about US attacks in Syria fueling a direct conflict with Russia.

Over the weekend, the US struck again, with officials now confirmed that a US MQ-9 Reaper drone attacked and destroyed a Russian T-72 tank in Eastern Syria, in what US officials are claiming was an act of “self-defense.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian says the drone saw the tank “that took a shot at us,” and that he believes the US rules of engagement allowed for the tank to be destroyed in self-defense to protect the drone. Three people within were killed.

As to who they killed, US officials are no more forthcoming than they ever are, with Lt. Gen. Harrigian saying the US is “not going to speculate” on who they killed, and that they flat out don’t know whose tank it was, or who was driving it.

Which isn’t a great excuse because tanks are usually well-marked as to their owners/operators, and while both Russia and Syria are two of the top three extent operators of such tanks, there are massively different ramifications for the US to have destroyed a Syrian tank of Russian origin or to have deliberately attacked and destroyed a Russian tank.

Read More @ TheAntiMedia.com

7 Questions to Help You Figure Out Where to Store All That Food

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by Karen Morris, The Organic Prepper:

About twelve years ago, my family decided to start storing food in case one of those dreaded “what ifs” happened in our lives.

You know those “what ifs.”

“What if we lose a source of income?” “What if someone is injured and can no longer work?” “What if we are sued and don’t have enough money to cover the lawsuit?” “What if prices go up so much that we can’t afford to feed our family as well as we do now?”

Yeah. Even if your “what ifs” aren’t the same as mine, I’d be willing to bet you have your own.

So those “what ifs” drove us to start amassing food. But one of the first things that went through my mind was, “We don’t have a basement! Where are we going to store food?”

Has that thought ever crossed your mind? If you’re in a bit of a panic because you don’t know where you’re going to store your stash, I’m going to provide you with seven questions that will help you uncover not-before-thought-of-spots.

I want you to take a walk through your house one room at a time. Looking at each room with new eyes, ask yourself these seven questions.

#1) Do I have anything that I can get rid of to create more room for food storage?

Well, the first and most obvious place to store food is in your kitchen. Go through your cabinets. Do you have approximately a gazillion plastic lids, but they don’t match any of your containers? Get rid of the lids and reclaim that area for food storage. Has your one gadget drawer procreated so now you have three billowing gadget drawers? Purge the items you’ve never used and are never likely to use in an emergency. Then use that space for food storage.

Do you have half a dozen cans of asparagus sitting in your pantry that your family will never eat? You probably got them on sale and you feel guilty for throwing them away, right? (GUILTY HERE!)  If you don’t want to feel guilty, donate them to a local food pantry – but get rid of that food your family will refuse to eat and use that space for foods that they will eat.

But purging items, even if you’re doing this in each room, will only get you so far. So, the next questions deal with places to store your stash.

#2) Can I put my food storage UNDER something?

One of the most underutilized spaces (pun intended) is under beds! There are totes that are specifically made on rollers to slide easily under beds. This is a great place to store some of your food. And the more people you have crammed into your house, the more beds you have to put food under!

If you want to put taller items under beds, you can purchase bed risers to raise your beds off of the ground another 4-8” so the items fit under there.

A word of caution. Don’t put items underneath beds that can easily be compressed and/or break. At one point we decided to store gallons of water in shallow totes under our bed on risers. We had a good 3-4 inches of clearance between the bed and the tops of the gallons of water, but we hadn’t counted on our kids either plopping hard or repeatedly or outright jumping on our bed. We lost several gallons of water that way. Fortunately, they were at least in a tote so we didn’t soak the carpet.

While it might not work to put water under a bed, we have completely gotten rid of a box spring and used some of our five-gallon buckets in its place. Depending on whether you have round containers, rectangular, or both, you can fit anywhere from fifteen to twenty buckets under a bed. Buy an extra long dust ruffle for the bed and put a mattress on top of the buckets. No one will ever know your bed is made out of food storage!

Do you have couches that are high enough that items could be stored under them in shallow totes?

We have a table that has two shelves under it. We currently keep gallons of water on those shelves. We learned our lesson with water under the bed.

#3) Can I store items IN something?

I’ve seen ottomans which are hollow. The lid removes so you can place things into the ottoman, but no one would ever know it’s there if they didn’t realize what kind of ottoman it was.

There are coffee tables which are similar. You can store items in the coffee table if need be. I’ve even seen old travel trunks used as coffee tables. Look for them at garage sales and estate sales, and use them to store food.

We’ve even taken to putting bookcases into many of our closets in order to provide extra storage there. We also put some of those plastic sets of drawers in the sides of our closet that aren’t easy to access. This lets us use an awkward space in such a way that it’s easily accessible. That’s a double win!

#4) Can I store items OUT IN THE OPEN?

We keep our oil lamps displayed throughout the living spaces of our house. They are beautiful, decorative, and functional.

We have candles in glass containers in each of our bathrooms. They look decorative, but if the power goes out, we need to be able to see since many of our bathrooms don’t have windows. You’d never know that those pretty candles were placed there for a reason other than aesthetics.

Do you have extra blankets? Are they decorative enough for you to drape over the back of a chair? If so, you’ve found your ‘storage’ location.

I know of a blogger who gushes about how she loves her canning jars in all their amazing shapes and sizes. What about keeping quart or half gallon jars filled with colorful dried beans or dried corn out in the open? If you use new lids and put an oxygen absorber in the top of them, they are truly long-term food storage. They look decorative, and you’re storing items out in the open at the same time.

#5) Can I store items BEHIND something?

In two rooms of our house, we have chairs that sit at an angle to the wall in a corner of a given room. Those are great places to store things where people would never look.

Do you have a couch that you could pull eight inches to a foot away from the wall and put a couch-height table with shelves behind it? If it has shelves, you can use those shelves – and with your couch up against the table, no one would be the wiser. They would just think you’ve put so much thought into your house that you put a shelf behind your couch so that people have a place to put their warm mugs of coffee within arm’s reach.

#6) Can I store items in rooms I’ve not used before?

Is there a room in your house that could be called a bedroom that is not currently being occupied as a bedroom?This might be called the office, the guest room, the exercise room, or the media room. Whatever room that is, could you sacrifice it to store your preparedness items there?

What about something even more unthinkable than that? What about asking children to share a bedroom so that you use one of the rooms to store your items in? In our house, we consolidated two of our girls into one room. One thanked us because she loves sharing her room with her sister. The other thanked us because we were making sure that if something happened she would be taken care of. Not all children would be that easy going about it, but consider it as an option.

But let’s say you can’t give up a whole room. What about the closet of a room or a wall of the room? You can put shelving units in either place to store items and this way you aren’t giving up an entire room.

#7) Can I move items to a new space and take over that space for food storage?

A great example of this is your linen closet. Could you hang a hook on the back of each person’s bedroom door and put their own personal towel on the back of their door? Or, have each person store their towel and a few washcloths in their closet. Then when the linen closet is free, use it for food storage.

Read More @ TheOrganicPrepper.ca

Your Computer May Not Survive a Collapse But These Off-Grid Archiving Strategies Will

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by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

I will admit that I am not the most technologically “savvy” individual, and I’m certainly not armed with all the modern “conveniences” that most people take as a necessity.  Cell phones, Kindle devices, M-pad/I-pod/UFO-whatever-for-music…don’t use ‘em.  That being said, I know they have their merits, but it’s the same type of lesson I tried to impart to my son when he went into the service.

He picked up one of those high-speed wrist compasses…the digital kind…but I constantly remind him to use that “old-fashioned” lensatic compass as his mainstay.  He listens, although he prefers to use his gizmo.  I’m just happy he carries the lensatic with him and knows how to use it.  I made sure he knew how to use it.

Create a Survival Library with Hard-Copy Notes and Archives

In this light, remember that all of our technology can collapse in the blink of an eye.  The collapse can be precipitated by any number of things…grid failure/brownouts, an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) strike, a nuclear war, or just a societal collapse that has a “downtrickle” of losing critical infrastructure and modern power systems.  In that light, it is best to take your digital and electronic libraries and ensure they are duplicated into hard-copy.  Consider investing in a typewriter to pass this valuable information on. Let’s give some suggestions, and you can take them, and tailor them to suit your needs.

  1. Whenever you watch any kind of training video/DVD, you should always take notes and summarize it. Pick up the key points, supplementing them with your own notes and diagrams to help clarify the instruction.  A composition-type notebook works well for this.  I take rough notes on a sheet of paper, and then recopy them into the notebook.
  2. Summarize books and other works: Turn a 300-page book into 8-10 pages of intense notes…summarize and shoot for brevity and clarity in your notes. This is not to say, “don’t keep books,” but rather, read them and take good notes that you can glance at to glean any important information you may need to use.
  3. Print out the important how-to’s and “archive” notes: don’t just store it on hard drive or jump drive! Although that is important, you want to make sure your information is printed off.  Strive for accuracy, compactness, neatness, and organization in all of your notes.
  4. File similar subjects in a binder/common protector: This is especially important when you’re dealing with things such as first-aid and medicine. Protect the info., and keep it well-organized
  5. Military Med Chests: Yes, made out of strong aluminum, these stackable canisters are perfect to place your archives and books inside after wrapping them up in plastic…preferably contractor-grade bags around 6 mils in thickness.
  6. Durable plastic bins: These can work if they’re really tough and are water-tight. The biggest problems with notes, archives, and books are water, mildew, bugs, and fire, in that order.  You want to make sure everything is in plastic and sealed up tight.
  7. Duplicate everything…1-6 up there? You should have one copy out for your general use, and another sealed up in a safe place.

Read More @ ReadyNutrition.com

WAS STEPHEN PADDOCK SHEEP-DIPPED BY THE CIA? OBITUARY SHOWS A DEAD PADDOCK IN 2013

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by Shepard Ambellas, Intellihub:

(INTELLIHUB) — After it was proven by Intellihub that the 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay crime scene photos released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department were staged by top counter-terrorism operative FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse and his team in an effort to hide the fact that a blatant air assault took place on the night of 1 October, 2017, one can only entertain if Stephen Paddock was possibly sheep-dipped by the Central Intelligence Agency at some point, possibly along with Marilou Danley, and Douglas Haig.

As it turns out, a man by the name of Stephen Gorham Paddock reportedly passed away in 2013. He was in the aerospace industry and even had a wife named “Lou.”

The obituary posted on Legacy.com reads:

Legacy.com

Stephen Gorham Paddock, Jr., 71, of Colorado Springs, passed away on January 24, 2013. Steve was born on July 28, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Stephen and Helene (McNally) Paddock. After attending high school in Dallas, Texas, Steve graduated from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. He worked in Aerospace engineering for over 40 years and retired from the Boeing Aerospace Company in 2002. On October 31, 1964, Steve married Louise “Lou” McConnell and together raised three children.

In his spare time, Steve enjoyed working on stained glass, spending time with his family, fishing and was an avid golfer. Over the past five years, he enjoyed preparing meals at the Marian House Soup Kitchen and following retirement, enjoyed extensive travel excursions.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Lou; two sons, Steve (Tina) of Los Angeles, California and Mike of Woodbury, Minnesota; one daughter, Susan (Everett) Hickey of Katy, Texas; three grandchildren, Quinn, Helene and Campbell; two brothers, Bob Paddock of Sanger, Texas and Rick (Leslie) Paddock of Colleyville, Texas; and two brothers-in-law, Lee (Pat) McConnell of Springhill, Tennessee and Richard (Eileen) Edel of Seattle, Washington.

The man in the photo somewhat resembles the alleged shooter Stephen Craig Paddockwho may have been sheep-dipped.

And, by no means am I saying these two guys are for sure the same guy, I am merely pointing out a few ominous similarities between the two.

Here is the Tweet:

Read More @ Intellihub.com

Terrified of Bitcoin, banks forced to innovate for the first time in 40+ years

by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

Yesterday morning, several banks in Australia started rolling out a new payment system they’re calling NPP, or “New Payments Platform.”

Until now, sending a domestic funds transfer in Australia from one bank to another could take several days. It was slow and cumbersome.

With NPP, payments are nearly instantaneous.

And rather than funds transfers being restricted to the banks’ normal business hours, payments via NPP can be scheduled and sent 24/7.

You can also send money via NPP to mobile phones and email addresses. So it’s a pretty robust system.

Across the world in the United States, the domestic banking system has been working on something similar.

Domestic bank transfers in the Land of the Free typically transact through an electronic network known as ACH… another slow and cumbersome platform that often takes 2-5 days to transfer funds.

It’s pretty ridiculous that it takes more than a few minutes to transfer money. It’s 2018! It’s not like these guys have to load satchels full of cash onto horse-drawn wagons and cart them across the country.

(And even if they did, I suspect the money would reach its destination faster than with ACH…)

Starting late last year, though, US banks very slowly began to roll out something called the Real-time Payment system (RTP), which is similar to what Australian banks launched yesterday.

[That said, the banks themselves acknowledge that it could take several years to fully adopt RTP and integrate the new service with their existing online banking platforms.]

And beyond the US and Australia, there are other examples of banking systems around the world joining the 21st century and making major leaps forward in their payment system technologies.

It seems pretty clear they’re all playing catch-up with cryptocurrency.

The rapid rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies proved to the banking system that it’s possible to conduct real-time [or near-real-time] transactions, and not have to wait 2-5 days for a payment to clear.

Combined with other new technologies like Peer-to-Peer lending platforms, fundraising websites, etc., consumers are now able to perform nearly every financial transaction imaginable– deposits, loans, transfers, etc.– WITHOUT using a bank.

And it’s only getting better for consumers… which means it’s only getting worse for banks.

All of these threats from competing technologies have finally compelled the banks to innovate– literally for the FIRST TIME IN DECADES.

I’m serious.

When the CEO of the company launching RTP in the US announced the platform, he admitted that the “RTP system will be the first new payments system in the U.S. in more than 40 years.”

That’s utterly pathetic. The Internet has been around for 25 years. Even PayPal is nearly 20 years old.

Yet despite the enormous advances in technology over the past several decades, the last major innovation in bank payments was back when Saturday Night Fever was the #1 movie in America.

Banks have been sitting on their laurels for decades, enjoying their monopoly over our savings without the slightest incentive to improve.

Cryptocurrency has proven to be a major punch in the gut. The entire banking system keeled over in astonishment over Bitcoin’s rise, and they’ve been forced to come up with an answer.

And to be fair, the banks have reclaimed the advantage for now.

NPP, RTP, and all the other new protocols are faster and more efficient than most cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin, for example, can only handle around 3-7 transactions per second. Ethereum Classic maxes at around 15 transactions per second. Litecoin isn’t much better.

By comparison, there were 25 BILLION funds transfers in 2016 using the ACH network in the US.

Based on the typical holiday schedule and the banks’ 8-hour working days, that’s an average “throughput” of roughly 3500 transactions per second.

So, now that banks have finally figured out how to conduct thousands of transactions per second in real-time, they clearly have superiority.

But that superiority is unlikely to last.

Read More @ SovereignMan.com

The Ghosts of 1968

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by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds:

The hope of 1968 that public demonstrations can actually change the power structure has been lost.

1968 was a tumultuous year globally and domestically. The Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia–a very mild form of political and cultural liberalization within the Soviet bloc–was brutally crushed by the military forces of the Soviet Union.

The general strikes and student protests of May 1968 brought France to a standstill as demands for social and political change called the entire status quo into question.

On the other side of the planet, the Cultural Revolution was remaking China’s still-youthful revolution, to the detriment of the political status quo, the intelligentsia and the common people.

The U.S.was convulsed with assassinations, civil unrest and mass demonstrations against the war in Vietnam and the political status quo (the Democratic Party convention in Chicago).

Ironically, much of the world was benefiting from two decades of rising prosperity and the demise of colonialism. When expectations exceed actual opportunities, discontent is the result. When the power structure is deaf to the discontent, a cycle of repression and disorder feed on each other.

Fifty years on, the ghosts of 1968 are still with us. With the advantage of hindsight, 1968 was the culmination of the belief that it was still possible for the common people to change the political and social order in a positive fashion– to remake the status quo power structure into something more humane, accessible, just and fair.

The Western status quo bent but did not break. Nothing in the developed-world power structures actually changed. The status quo did break down in China, but the breakdown was not liberating; it was a catastrophe of injustice and destruction without precedent.

A new winter of discontent is chilling the air. Though the current state of affairs seems quite different from that of 1968, the basic context is eerily similar: decades of economic growth have ushered in widespread prosperity, but the benefits and power have gone disproportionately to the few at the top of the wealth-power pyramid.

The status quo power structures are deaf to the discontent of the common people, and respond with blandishments (Universal Basic Income, etc.), propaganda and a spectrum of repression.

In the context of 1968+50=2018, Chris Hedge’s incisive essay from 2010 bears re-reading. 2011: A Brave New Dystopia (truthdig):

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World.’ The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.

We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through sensual gratification, cheap mass-produced goods, boundless credit, political theater and amusement. While we were entertained, the regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled, the laws that once protected us were rewritten and we were impoverished. The state, crippled by massive deficits, endless war and corporate malfeasance, is sliding toward bankruptcy. We are moving from a society where we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions to one where we are overtly controlled.

It’s also worth re-reading Mario Savio’s extemporaneous speech to the Free Speech Movement’s sit-in on December 3, 1964, on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. Though the speech predates the Prague Spring and the Paris general strike by four years, it embodies the core dynamic of those social uprisings: the system itself is fundamentally flawed, and we are the raw material and product that keep the system operating.

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

Read More @ OfTwoMinds.com

Russian banks ready to switch off SWIFT – official

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from RT News:

Russian financial institutions and firms are ready to work without SWIFT’s interbank cash transfer services, according to Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

“Certainly, it is unpleasant, as it will prove a stumbling block for companies and banks, and will slow down work. It will be inevitable to deploy some aged technologies for information transfer and calculations. However, the companies are technically and psychologically ready for the shutdown as this threat was repeatedly voiced,” Dvorkovich said, as quoted by TASS.

He added that the measure may have a negative impact on corporations working in the US and Europe.

In general, disconnecting Russia from SWIFT would be a crazy step on the part of our Western partners. It is obvious that for the companies which work in Europe and the US it would be harmful. And this applies not only to the shutdown of the service,” he said.

The potential disconnection of Russia from SWIFT has been under discussion since 2014, when the EU and the US introduced the first round of international penalties against Moscow over alleged involvement in the Ukraine crisis and the reunification with Crimea.

At the time, the European Parliament called for strong actions against Russia, including expelling the country from money transfer services. However, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication regarded the recommendations as violating rights and damaging for businesses.

In 2017, Russia’s Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina told President Vladimir Putin that the banking sector had been provided with all the necessary conditions for operating lenders and payment systems in case of disconnection from SWIFT. According to the regulator, 90 percent of ATMs in Russia were ready to accept the Mir payment system, a domestic version of Visa and MasterCard.

Read More @ RTNews.com

Whistleblower: Stock Market ‘Fear Gauge’ Is Being Manipulated

by Joe Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

During President Trump’s first year in office the Dow broke every significant record imaginable. 

Below is a list of the records during President Donald J. Trump’s first year in office.

Point Increases

Trump’s first year in office was the greatest year in stock market history!

The Dow hit a record number of  all time high closings since Trump won the 2016 election.   There were 99 all time highs in the Dow between late January 2018 and when President Trump won the 2016 election. 

Since the 2016 election the Dow went up more that 45% before sliding back to its current 35% increase!  

* The Dow increased more in 2017 than any year ever in Dow history! The Dow ended 2016 at 19,763 and ended 2017 at 24,719 for a nearly 5,000 point increase. This is the most ever by more than 40% over the next best year ever (In 2013 the Dow was up 3,472 points).

* Since the 2016 election the Dow surpassed 8 major milestones – 19,000, 20,000, 21,000, 22,000, 23,000, 24,000, 25,000 and 26,000.

* In January the Dow set an all time record for the fastest 500 point increase in history (between major milestones) as the Dow surpassed 26,000.  The Dow broke the records for the fastest 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 point increases in history.  All since President Trump won the election.

All Time Highs

* President Trump is the only President in US history to oversee two stock market rallies of nine days or more where the markets set new highs each and every day.

* On February 28th President Trump matched President Reagan’s 1987 record for most continuous closing high trading days when the Dow reached a new high for its 12th day in a row!

* Then in early August President Trump reigned over a 9 day stock market rally with each day reaching record highs.

* President Trump’s stock market rally is historical! No President has seen more all time highs (71) in their first year in office than President Trump. No one has seen more all-time highs in a year ever.  The old record was 69 in 1997.

* Nearly one in three days since the election has ended in a new stock market high.

* The Dow set the record for the best first week of a year ever when it increased 576 points in the first 4  days of trading in 2018.

In virtually every category the Dow has set a new all time record under President Trump.  Then last week the market suddenly dropped 1,000 points in a day – twice.  Today Market Watch noted that the market dropped due to unethical market manipulation! 

Market Watch reported:

One of the most popular measures of volatility is being manipulated, charges one individual who submitted a letter anonymously to the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The letter makes the claim to regulators that fake quotes for the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.27% are skewing levels of the Cboe Volatility Index VIX, -0.82% which reflects bearish and bullish options bets 30-days in the future on the S&P 500 to gauge implied stock-market volatility (see excerpt from the letter below).

The flaw allows trading firms with sophisticated algorithms to move the VIX up or down by simply posting quotes on S&P options and without needing to physically engage in any trading or deploying any capital. This market manipulation has led to multiple billions in profits effectively taken away from institutional and retail investors and cashed in by unethical electronic option market makers.

The whistleblower’s claims are consistent with those documented by John Griffin, professor of finance at the University of Texas and Ph.D. candidate Amin Shams in May 2017 in research that says the cost of manipulating less-liquid SPX options would be more than paid for by a successful bet on the direction of the VIX. The paper is consistent with the whistleblower’s conclusion—that manipulators are moving prices of the SPX options by spoofing at settlement—entering quotes for trades that are never executed—to “paint the tape” and, therefore, influence the value of expiring VIX derivatives.

Read More @ TheGatewayPundit.com

Harvard’s Laurence Tribe Has Become a Deranged Russia Conspiracist: Today Was His Most Humiliating Debacle

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by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept:

HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR Laurence Tribe did not wait even 24 hours to exploit yesterday’s tragic crash of a Russian regional jet shortly after it took off from Moscow, killing all 71 people aboard. On Twitter this morning, Tribe (pictured above in 2010 with former Vice President Joe Biden) strongly insinuated that the Russian government may have purposely sabotaged the plane, murdering all of those on board, in order to silence one of the passengers, Sergei Millian, who has been linked to a couple of figures involved in the Trump-Russia investigation.

What’s wrong with Tribe’s claims? Everything. To begin with, Millian was not on that plane. The official list of victims includes nobody with that name; as the Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern pointed out, the claim that Millian was on the plane was a simple hoax from the internet sewer, 4chan. Tribe apparently saw someone making this claim somewhere on the internet and then, without bothering to check if it was actually true, told his 289,000 followers that it was true, and then constructed a rabid, deranged conspiracy theory around it.

After dozens, if not hundreds, of people told him that what he said was false, Tribe — after more than 2,000 people retweeted it — posted a mealy-mouthed follow-up noting that he can’t “vouch” for the accuracy of the “plenty of reporting” he saw claiming this was true: “reporting” that he still has not identified.

Even if Millian had been on the plane, casually suggesting that Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, or some combination of other villains purposely murdered everyone on the plane in order to silence one witness is deranged to the point of being a clinical pathology. That sort of baseless conspiracy-mongering ought to disqualify anyone from serious company for a long time.

But it almost certainly will have no effect on Tribe’s standing. As BuzzFeed’s Joseph Bernstein documented almost a year ago, Tribe has become one of the internet’s most unhinged cranks, churning out wild conspiracy theories and, in the process, becoming a social media star and MSNBC favorite. Among his lowlights was his promoting of a story from the well-known liberal “fake news” site Palmer Report claiming that Trump paid $10 million to former GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

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