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By Brother Jim

News March 5, 2013

AMERICA IN PROPHECY, BABYLON AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER 

 

THE RESURRECTION by Dr. Gene Scott 

 

The Pillars Have Fallen - Lament for America! 

 

EXO-VATICANA (Pt 19) 

 

Egypt Struck by Swarm of Locusts Ahead of Passover 

 

Russian Official Says Seized Ships An Act of 'War' 

 

Agitated Earth: Hundreds of homes flattened by earthquake in China, mountainside collapses in the Philippines, killing 5 

 

Fireball Falls From The Sky, Starts Fire In Tasmania 

 

Plague of 30 Million Locusts Descend on Egypt's Farmland

 

Proven: TSA Hires Murderers, Rapists, Thieves

 

Obama DHS Purchases 2,700 Light-Armored Tanks to Go With Their 1.6 Billion Bullet Stockpile 

 

225,000 US patients die in doctors’ hands: silence of the lamb’s 

 

Grocery loyalty card purchases surveilled by insurance companies to raise rates and deny claims

 

ICE WORLD-RECORD SNOWFALLS INUNDATE CITIES ACROSS THE GLOBE. (NOTE IN PARTS OF JAPAN.......15 METERS OF SNOW! Hawk) 

 

 

 

 

Kerry talks economics, finds Morsi preoccupied with Islamizing Egypt

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2013

Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry talked at length to Egyptian President Morsi in Cairo, Sunday, March 3, about Egypt’s calamitous economic straits, relations with Israel, democratization and essential reforms. Morsi nodded politely but, debkafile reports, was completely wrapped up in the ongoing plan he and the Muslim Brotherhood had hatched for Islamizing Egypt and seizing 100 percent of parliament in the next election – April or June. Washington warns that delay in coming to grips with the economic crisis would be suicidal.                        Read more


Syrian no-man’s land bordering Israel and Jordan is up for grabs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

March 2, 2013, 5:29 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile reports: The collapse of Bashar Assad’s defense lines on the Israeli and Jordanian borders has left a large Syrian expanse of no-man’s land and generated a new strategic situation of major import for both Israel and Jordan. Defense Minister Ehud Barak hopes to align positions with the US on this matter when he meets Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon next Tuesday. Most observers doubt this outcome, given the Obama administration’s decision to pass the Syrian question to Moscow.                      Read more


The US is the Don Corleone of International Politics

by Adrian Salbuchi, The Intel Hub:

South America – Venezuela in particular – has been the target of a coordinated campaign by the US government and private industry over the past few years. But those of us who have been paying attention know this is nothing new.

WikiLeaks recently published new documents showing that US global intelligence corporations like Stratfor and its foreign offshoot CANVAS worked hard over the past decade (aided and abetted by US Government agencies) in a failed attempt to overthrow Venezuela’s democratically elected president Hugo Chavez.

Meddling in the ‘Backyard’

The US corporate over-world has always worked closely with the CIA, the State Department and the Pentagon promoting the overthrow – known as “regime change in rogue states” – of governments that do not automatically align to US interests; or, better said, of governments that do not automatically align with the interests of the supra-national global power elite that is deeply embedded inside private and public power structures in the US.


Is Copyright Infringement Now Seen As Terrorism?

from Washington’s Blog:

Government Uses Law As a Sword Against Dissent

We reported last year:

The government treats copyright infringers as terrorists, and swat teams have been deployed against them. See this, this, this and this.

As the executive director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School notes:

This administration … publishes a newsletter about its efforts with language that compares copyright infringement to terrorism.

The American government is using copyright laws to crack down on political dissent just like China and Russia.


Forget Our Budget Woes: Hypocritical US Gov’t Releasing $250 Million in “aid” to Egypt, Says Kerry

by Matthew Lee, AP:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday rewarded Egypt for President Mohammed Morsi’s pledges of political and economic reforms by releasing $250 million in American aid to support the country’s “future as a democracy.”

Yet Kerry also served notice that the Obama administration will keep close watch on how Morsi, who came to power in June as Egypt’s first freely elected president, honors his commitment and that additional U.S. assistance would depend on it.

“The path to that future has clearly been difficult and much work remains,” Kerry said in a statement after wrapping up two days of meetings in Egypt, a deeply divided country in the wake of the revolution that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

Read More @ AP.org


Economy March 5, 2013

CHINA TUMBLES- BIGGEST PROPERTY INDEX FROP SINCE 2008, JAPAN DOWNGRADE 

 

12 THINGS THAT JUST HAPPENED- NEXT WAVE OF ECON COLLAPSE ALMOST HERE 

 

CBO: FEDERAL REVENUE TO SET RECORD IN 2013 

 

 

V's ALERT-MADNES HAS GRIPPED THE GLOBE-Economic implosion that will rearrange the grand chess board of fiat currency               As maddness seems to have gripped the globe it seems that the end of this lunancy will be an economic implosion that will rearrange the grand chess board of fiat currency. This coming day of reckoning will shatter the dreams of central bankers and c... read more

 

12 Things That Just Happened That Show The Next Wave Of The Economic Collapse Is Almost Here

Are we running out of time?  For the last several years, we have been living in a false bubble of hope that has been fueled by massive amounts of debt and bailout money.  This illusion of economic stability has convinced most people that the great economic crisis of 2008 was just an "aberration" and that now things are back to normal.  Unfortunately, that is not the case at all.  The truth is that the financial crash of 2008 was just the first wave of our economic troubles.  We have not even come close to recovering from that wave, and the next wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching.  Our economy is like a giant sand castle that has been built on a foundation of debt and toilet paper currency.  As each wave of the crisis hits us, the solutions that our leaders will present to us will involve even more debt and even more money printing.  And each time, those "solutions" will only make our problems even worse.  Right now, events are unfolding in Europe and in the United States that are pushing us toward the next major crisis moment.  I sincerely hope that we have some more time before the next crisis overwhelms us, but as you will see, time is rapidly running out. (Read More....)

 

US drops yet again on global economic competitive list

 

from RT:

 

Politically-dividing disagreements and record-breaking debt are being blamed for the decline in global competitiveness of the United States after the World Economic Forum declared America the seventh most competitive economy this week.

On Wednesday, the WEF released their annual listing of the world’s leading economies arranged in order of most- to least-competitive, and the numbers aren’t anything for Americans to write home about. The United States, at one point the country behind the world’s most competitive economy, has slipped down the report and is now listed as the seventh in terms of its competitiveness, despite still being the largest in the world.

 

When the Bernanke Bluff is Called

by Nick Hubble, Daily Reckoning.com.au:

 

The stock market fell 27% in a single day. Bank of America suspended ATM payouts and JP Morgan applied for bankruptcy protection. Citigroup defaulted on its bonds and Deutsche Bank shares weren’t allowed to trade on Europe’s stock markets after its shares fell 86% on America’s stock market.

None of this happened on Wednesday. But it would have if anyone believed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s sworn testimony to Congress. Instead, he was either ignored or called out as a complete liar.

Bernanke made one of the most explosive and dangerous claims a Federal Reserve Chairman could possibly make, and the market didn’t tank. Instead it rallied. It’s crucial to understand why if you want to prepare for the fateful day his lie will be exposed.

 

Consumer Health Diagnosis “Grim” As Four Out Of Five Spending Indicators Disappoint

from Zero Hedge:

Following up on Friday’s abysmal consumer income data, we now take look at the spending side of the equation, without much optimism. Not surprisingly, as Bloomberg’s Richard Yamarone summarizes, the consumer health picture in January was “grim” and “after adjusting for inflation and taxes, is simply insufficient to sustain the expansion.” He adds that “over the last couple of weeks, no fewer than a dozen consumer-related companies made mention of the deterioration in incomes as a risk to business and performances.” Yamarone concludes: “Spending on discretionary items has softened in recent months. Four of our ‘Fab Five’ spending barometers fell or were unchanged in January from December. Comments from the Bloomberg Orange Book suggest further deterioration ahead.” That this is happening with rates at zero, and with an effective countrywide mortgage payment moratorium allowing millions to live mortgage payment free, means that if and when things normalize, consumption – the driver of 70% of the US economy – will fall off the proverbial cliff.

 

Sequestration and The Rigged Game

by John Manfreda, Wall St For Main St:

If one has been following the news lately, everything you would hear about is the sequestration, and how catastrophic it will be.  As I am writing this, the news is that 85 billion dollars in cuts will be taking place, due to the two parties failing to reach an agreement.  The first myth is that these cuts will immediately take effect.  The truth is that these cuts will go into effect in April, and there is still time to avoid the “sequestration” cuts.  The biggest sequestration myth is that these are actual cuts, when in fact they are just cuts in the increases in spending.  If the sequestration goes into effect, no real cuts are going to take place.

If you ask me the real story isn’t the sequestration, it’s the rigged markets and Friday’s personal income news.  On Friday the economic news describing the real economy was horrendous.  Personal incomes were lowered, yet consumer spending increased.  The only possible way this could happen, is due to consumers buying goods on credit.  But despite the news of decreasing incomes, the stock market still rose, roughly 35 points.

 

Brave Ireland is the poster-child of EMU cruelty and folly

Ireland has done everything demanded by the EU’s creditor powers, and seemingly survived.

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph:

It has endured a fiscal squeeze of 16pc of GDP. It has stabilized the colossal debts left from taking on the gambling losses of Anglo Irish Bank at EU behest, that is to say from shielding German, British, Dutch and Belgian lenders from systemic contagion at a critical moment.

It has clawed its way back to market credibility, issuing bonds at respectable rates. “Our last issue of routine 3-month treasury bills was at 0.26pc, not quite what Germany gets but very low,” said finance minister Michael Noonan.

It was spared serious contagion from last week’s anti-austerity revolt in Italy, evidence of sorts that the Celtic Tiger is off the sick list. Deo volente, it will be the first of the EMU victim states to regain its sovereignty by early next year and escape control of the EU-IMF Troika, though it will answer to inspectors for another 20 years and the yet unborn will be paying off the €67bn of Troika indenture until 2042.

 

Housing Market-It’s all Manipulation-Fabian Calvo

by Greg Hunter, USAWatchdog:

Real Estate investor Fabian Calvo says, “Trust me; there are enough troubled assets for the Fed to be buying much more than $40 billion a month. . . It’s all about manipulation.” Calvo says, “In essence, they are creating another bubble.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vpCL3nCJ14E

 

I believe in 24 to 48 months, they are going to pull the rug out again, and we’ll see prices go down when rates go up.” Calvo predicts, “The Fed balance sheet will likely be $5 trillion in toxic assets by the end of 2014.” Calvo thinks what is going on behind the scenes will one day come to light, and it won’t be pretty. Calvo thinks the mortgage rate forecast will eventually go up, but the Fed will suppress rates as long as it can. Calvo says, “It’s kind of like Enron. When it falls apart, then you realize what level of corruption and deceit was really taking place. . . . It’s a trillion times worse than Enron.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Fabian Calvo of TheNoteHouse.us.

 

China’s $3.3 Trillion FX Reserves Could Buy All World’s Gold Twice

from Gold Core:

China’s foreign currency reserves have surged more than 700% since 2004 and are now enough to buy every central bank’s official gold supply — twice.

The Bloomberg CHART OF THE DAY shows how China’s foreign reserves surpassed the value of all official bullion holdings in January 2004 and rose to $3.3 trillion at the end of 2012.

The price of gold has failed to keep pace with the surge in the value of Chinese and global foreign exchange holdings. Gold has increased just 263% from 2004 through to February 28, with the registered volume little changed, according to data based on International Monetary Fund and World Gold Council figures.

 

Forget Our Budget Woes: Hypocritical US Gov’t Releasing $250 Million in “aid” to Egypt, Says Kerry


News Feb 21, 2013

The days of Noah are here… what you need to know & how to deal with the times ahead:Wednesday: Special guest Steve Quayle;listen live between 9:00-midnight ET Wednesday, February 20, 2013-HAGMANN AND HAGMANN 

 

MAV-ocalypse: Is man creating the abyss-mal agents of his own destruction? LOOK AT WHAT TOM HORN WROTE IN 2011- IMPORTANT FLASHBACK-NOW DO YOU SEE WHAT ALL THE 'SWARM-FARE-DRONE WARFARE' IS ALL ABOUT? by Thomas Horn Posted: September 09, 2011 

 

Prominent American Scientists Call For Eco-Dictatorship Under UN Rule: governments can and even should move beyond existent levels of public permission in order to shift norms, allowing public sentiment to later catch up with the regulation.” 

 

NBC Admits: Gulf Sea Floor ‘Fault’ Possible, ‘Potential for an Indefinite Release of Oil’

 

What's Obama Cutting? Funds for EMP Recovery

 

Colo. House Approves Gun Control Measures Despite Opposition, Goes to Senate

 

Police State, USA: Cops Required to Inspect Gun Owners' Homes?

 

Feds Admit: Gun Laws Won't Slow Crime

 

GOP, Dems Inch Toward Compromise on Magazine Limits

 

NRA: Obama Justice Dept. Memo Says Registration, Gun Confiscation Necessary

 

Mychal Massie: We Need a Movement of NO to Reclaim Government from Barack Obama

 

Australian Observatory Names Earth-Threatening Tracking Program "Project Wormwood"

 

Russia Steps Up Syria Evacuation Efforts

 

The Gun Control Movement's Dangerous Incompetence:means exactly that: ignorance, negligence, and/or dereliction of duty that endangers human life and safety. 

 

LEFT IN THE DARK: Secret U.S. military flights carried officials, equipment to N. Korea;JAPAN IS FURIOUS AS THEY FEEL BETRAYED BY THEIR ALLY! 

 

Poisoned by every day life: Landmark study warns gender bending chemicals in your home, food and car ARE linked to a huge range of diseases 

 

Global Elitism: The Character Traits Of Truly Evil People : They have constructed an entire culture of deviance. They are organized evil, and this is a problem that we must deal with soon. 

 

U.S. Air Force developing terrifying swarms of tiny unmanned drones that can hover, crawl and even kill targets:They can also be armed with incapacitating chemicals, combustible payloads or even explosives 'for precision targeting capability' 

 

The MEGA New Madrid Earthquake Coming Soon? 

 

Gruesome double murder, men decapitated -VICTIMS WERE BOTH COPTIC CHRISTIANS! 

 

INTERNET SALES TAX COMING 

 

Designing Life: Should Babies Be Genetically Engineered? 

 

Muslim Beheads Christians In NJ, Mainstream Media Silent (Video)

 

 

 

EXO-VATICANA (Pt 14)
Scientists Gather On Wednesday To Admit The Looming Specter Of Designing Life And To Ask If Babies Should Be Genetically Engineered. The Listening Audience Overwhelmingly Votes To Begin Nephilim Experiments      The increasing power and accessibility of genetic technology may one day give parents the option of modifying their unborn children, in order to spare offspring from disease or, conceivably, make them tall, well muscled, intelligent or otherwise blessed with desirable traits. Would this change mean empowering parents to give their children the best start possible? Or would it mean designer babies who could face unforeseen genetic problems? Experts debated on Wednesday evening (Feb. 13) whether prenatal engineering should be banned in the United States. Humans have already genetically modified animals and crops, said Sheldon Krimsky, a philosopher at Tufts University, who argued in favor of a ban on the same for human babies.  Both sides referred to the specter of eugenics, an idea embraced by the Nazis, which holds that selective breeding can be used to improve the human race

 

Remember When Tom Horn Predicted The Arrival Of MAVs A Decade Ago? Well, Like A Swarm Of Lethal Bugs, Behold The Most Terrifying Drone Video Yet
Science writer John Horgan's feature on the many ways drones will be used in coming years is interesting throughout, and terrifying in the passage where he describes an effort to build micro-drones that are, as the U.S. Air Force describes them, "Unobtrusive, pervasive, and lethal." Air Force officials declined a request to observe flight tests at a "micro-aviary" they've built, he reported, but they did let him see a video dramatization "starring micro-UAVs that resemble winged, multi-legged bugs. The drones swarm through alleys, crawl across windowsills, and perch on power lines. One of them sneaks up on a scowling man holding a gun and shoots him in the head." When I watch that simulation I am horrified. I also think to myself, this technology is more likely to diminish American security than to enhance it.

 

 

 Lightning And Beastly Seed
The important point made by Professors Cole and Zorach is that at the time Sixtus was busy reintroducing to the Roman public square restored images and statues on columns, the belief remained strong that these idols housed their patron deity, and further that, if these were not treated properly and even placed into service during proper constellations related to their myth, it could beckon evil omens, such as lightning. Most people including even perhaps Pope Benedict himself, were blissfully unaware of the ancient signature last week’s dual strikes atop St. Peter’s Basilica represented, especially as it involves the looming papal inauguration of Petrus Romanus. For a few adepts of history and secret orders, the sign from heaven was deliciously staged. The term “inaugurate” is from the Latin “inauguratio,” and refers to the archaic ceremony by which the Roman augurs (soothsayers) approved a king or ruler (or other action) through omens as being “sanctioned by the gods.” As for Petrus Romanus, his “inauguration” was sealed by the same omen the ancient augurs used in determining the will of the gods for a king—thunder and lightning as the most important auspice and sign that Jupiter—the father of Apollo—was watching.

 

Read The MAV Story Above, Then Flashback To The 2011 Raiders News Article "MAV-ocalypse": Is Man Creating The Abyss-mal Agents Of Destruction?
When reading about the war mentioned above I find particular interest in Revelation 9:1-11 where it speaks of synthesized insectoids and arthropods emerging from the bottomless pit to join the End-time battle. Down through time myriad preachers have terrified sinners with tales of demonic locusts bursting upward from out of the abyss and torturing unfortunate earthlings during a future time of great tribulation. Is that really what the prophet saw? Some scholars believe 'John the Revelator' actually beheld future technologies, and that he simply referred to them in terms he understood; i.e. a military helicopter was perceived as a giant locust whose wings sounded like "many horses running to battle" (Rev. 9:9). I couldn't help thinking of that theory recently when reading an Israeli newspaper report about Israel employing nanotechnology to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that could chase, photograph and kill its targets.

 

Paul McGuire Has Something To Add To The "Meteor Above Russia" Story
Friday February 15, 2013 a meteor ripped through the sky in central Russia sending fireballs crashing to earth. Fragments of the meteor smashed into the Chelyabinsk region, in the Ural Mountains injuring over 1,000 people. Later that same night, San Francisco Bay stargazers in America saw the blue flash of a meteor which caused a loud sonic boom as it fell, breaking apart and spreading meteorites in the North Bay. In many ways this disaster resembled a nuclear attack…a possibility for which Russia is better prepared than we are. Friday February 15, 2013 two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the Western Pacific Island of Guam, equipped with nuclear-tipped missiles. The two Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were followed by U.S. jets that had scrambled from Andersen Air Force Base on Guam. The event occurred just hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address. Military analysts said the bomber incident was highly unusual and believe Moscow was sending a strategic message to Washington.

 

More Extreme Weather On The Way Warn Scientists... And It's Going To Get Worse
Scientists meeting at this week’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston have warned that extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and the Texas drought are here to stay. At this week’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) researchers served notice that episodes of extreme weather like Superstorm Sandy and the extended severe drought in Texas are the new normal as human-driven climate change makes such events more intense and more frequent. Just a few days after President Obama made reference to Superstorm Sandy and other wild weather events in his State of the Union address, researchers meeting at the AAAS, while echoing the President’s remarks that single events don’t constitute a trend, pointed to a number of factors highlighting why we seem to be experiencing ever more severe meteorological conditions...

 

More On USAF Developing Terrifying Swarms Of Tiny Unmanned Drones That Can Hover, Crawl And Kill Targets
The U.S. Air Force is developing tiny unmanned drones that will fly in swarms, hover like bees, crawl like spiders and even sneak up on unsuspecting targets and execute them with lethal precision. The Air Vehicles Directorate, a research arm of the Air Force, has released a computer-animated video outlining the the future capabilities of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). The project promises to revolutionize war by down-sizing the combatants. 'MAVs will become a vital element in the ever-changing war-fighting environment and will help ensure success on the battlefield of the future,' the narrator intones. 'Unobtrusive, pervasive, lethal - Micro Air Vehicles, enhancing the capabilities of the future war fighter.'

 

 

The True Story Of The 1967 “Contact” Incident
One of the most significant events for human kind will be the detection of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. This kind of ‘contact’ is bound to have a profound impact on human culture, society and technology. The question of how to handle such an event has been widely discussed. Indeed, the international community agreed on a ‘Detection Protocol’ in 1990 that sets out the steps that a research group should take in the event of a contact. Today, Alan Penny at the University of St Andrews in Scotland tells the story of a real life incident in which the possibility of contact with an intelligent civilisation was seriously considered. Penny draws together various first hand recollections of the event to show how researchers handled the possibility.

Scientists Turn Eyes Toward Europa For Life
US astronomers looking for life in the solar system believe that Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, which has an ocean, is much more promising than desert-covered Mars, which is currently the focus of the US government’s attention. “Europa is the most likely place in our solar system beyond Earth to possess .... life,” said Robert Pappalardo, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. “And it is the place we should be exploring now that we have a concept mission we think is the right one to get there for an affordable cost,” he continued. “Europa is the most promising in terms of habitability because of its relatively thin ice shelf and an ocean ... And we know there are oxidants on the surface of Europa.” At the request of NASA, a proposed mission to explore Europa was revised to significantly reduce the cost, the scientist told the media on the sidelines of an annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) underway here.

Prominent American Scientists Call For Eco-Dictatorship Under UN Rule
In a peer-reviewed paper by the American Institute of Biological Sciences titled “Social Norms and Global Environmental Challenges” (available ahead of print), to be published in the march 2013 edition of the Institute’s yearly journal BioScience, a group of well-known scientists calls on government and scientists to start with the planned social engineering of “norms” and “values” in regards to environmental policies. In addition, they propose putting into effect all sorts of environmental fines and regulations in the spirit of Agenda 21 to hasten the social acceptance of increased governmental control. Also, they propose that the scientific community as a whole should align itself with government “through a concerted effort to change personal and social norms”.

Water Wars – Nine Thirsty Regions Where H20 Conflict Is Threatening
The Population Institute warns that the demand for fresh water already exceeds the supply by 17%. By 2030, 47% of the world’s population will be living in areas of high water stress, claims the OECD. Will armies battle each other, as the cry for “blue gold” gets furious? Will “water wars” be as prevalent as conflict for the “black gold” of oil? Two documentary films have wetted public interest - Blue Gold: World Water Wars, and Last Call at the Oasis, and a dystopia novel - The Water Wars - warns of its imminence. In actuality, history’s pages are already splashed with dozens of conflicts.  In 2,450 B.C. the Sumerian cities of Lagash and Umma warred over Tigris-Euphrates water. More recently, Senegal and Mauritaniabattled in 1989 over grazing rights in the Senegal River Valley – hundreds were killed, 250,000 fled their homes. The Pacific Institute provides an excellent map and timeline of 225 water skirmishes. In the future, here’s nine danger zones...

Higgs Boson Researchers Say An Alternative Universe Will Appear, Expand, And Destroy Ours
If confirmed, the discovery of the elusive Higgs Boson would help resolve a key puzzle about how the universe came into existence some 13.7 billion years ago - and perhaps its ultimate fate. "It may be that the universe we live in is inherently unstable and at some point billions of years from now it's all going to get wiped out. This calculation tells you that many tens of billions of years from now, there'll be a catastrophe," said Joseph Lykken, a theoretical physicist with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, who is also on the science team at Europe's Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. "A little bubble of what you might think of as an 'alternative' universe will appear somewhere and then it will expand out and destroy us," Lykken said, adding that the event will unfold at the speed of light.

 

Synthetic Biologists Plan Role In The Demise Of God's Creation
One gene at a time, Endy and other elite teams of Bay Area scientists are striving to design and build organisms unlike anything made by Mother Nature. It's not yet possible to create artificial life from scratch. But it's getting closer, through projects that essentially swap out a cell's original operating system for a lab-designed one. These made-to-order creations then can be put to work. The Human Genome Project gave us the ability to read nature's instruction manual -- DNA -- like words in a book. But the real opportunities, scientists say, lie in our ability to not only read genetic code, but to write it, then build it using off-the-shelf chemical ingredients, strung together like holiday lights. It is the creation of new genomes -- and a new frontier in bioengineering.

Big Corp Chemicals In Your Home Linked To Diseases, Warns World Health Organisation
Common chemicals found in every home may be causing cancer, asthma, birth defects and reduced fertility, the World Health Organisation has warned. In a landmark report, the WHO warned “synthetic chemicals” had “serious implications” for human health. The global health watchdog suggested so-called “gender-bending” compounds found in toys, PVC flooring and even credit cards should be banned in order to protect future generations. The study said that more research was needed to fully understand the links between endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) – found in many household and industrial products – and “specific diseases and disorders”. It found links between exposure to EDCs and health issues such as testicular problems, breast, prostate and thyroid cancer, developmental effects on the nervous system in children and attention deficit hyperactivity in children.

 

 

EYEWITNESS OBSERVATION OF VULTURES ON TOP OF CHURCH STEEPLES-WHAT A PROPHETIC PICTURE OF THE APOSTASY AND ABANDONMENT OF THE FAITH BY MOST CHURCHES IN AMERICA TODAY!            Good morning Steve: This may have no significance, but I wanted to share an experience (twice) within 2 weeks of each other. Appx 6 weeks ago (early January 2013) my granddaughter and I were heading to morning church service. As I pulled into t... read more

 

 

Money Is A Form Of Social Control And Most Americans Are Debt Slaves

Is America really "the land of the free"?  Most people think of money as simply a medium of exchange that makes economic transactions more convenient, but the truth is that it is much more than that.  Money is also a form of social control.  Just think about it.  What did you do this morning?  Well, if you are like most Americans, you either got up and went to work (to make money) or to school (to learn the skills that you will need to make money).  We spend a great deal of our lives pursuing the almighty dollar, and there are literally millions of laws, rules and regulations about how we earn our money, about how we spend our money and about how much of our money the government gets to take from us.  Not that money is a bad thing in itself.  Without money, it would be really hard to have a modern society.  Unfortunately, our money is based on debt, and debt levels in the United States have exploded to absolutely unprecedented levels in recent years.  The borrower is the servant of the lender, and if you are like most Americans, nearly every major purchase that you make in your life is going to involve debt.  Do you want to get a college education so that you can get a "good job"?  You are told to get a student loan.  Do you want a car?  You are encouraged to get an auto loan and to stretch out the payments for as long as possible.  Do you want a home?  You are probably going to end up with a big fat mortgage.  And of course I could go on and on and on.  The cold, hard truth of the matter is that most Americans are debt slaves.  Most of us spend our entire lives trapped in an endless cycle of debt that we never escape until we die, and meanwhile our years of hard labor are greatly enriching those that own our debts. (Read More....)

 

US Training of Mexican Troops Could be Contributing Factor in Mexico’s Soaring Murder Rate

Posted by Charleston Voice

Posted by Bill Conroy - February 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm Boots-On-The-Ground Instruction Carried Out by US Military in Mexico City, Campeche and Chiapas — Home of the Zapatistas

US training of Mexican military forces spiked in fiscal years 2010 and 2011, coinciding with a sharp rise in drug-war homicides in Mexico, an analysis of records made public under the Foreign Assistance Act show.   Read more »

 

Every Move You Make: US to adopt new biometric surveillance system - *Video*

Posted by Charleston Voice

Published on Feb 17, 2013

The US is funneling money into tracking systems that are threatening to make the very concept of privacy a thing of the past. It could mean people's every move being used against them to keep them under surveillance.

 

 

‘They Tell The French Illusions and Lies.’

by Wolf Richter, Testosterone Pit.com:

 

France is in upheaval. Arguments erupt live on TV, demonstrations block the streets, strikes shut down plants, and threats of mayhem are part of the show [French Workers Threaten To Blow Up Their Factory]. The problem: an economy where businesses are suffocating under an obese public sector. Ever larger budgets have been the only source of economic growth. But now that model has run aground.

During the campaign last year, candidate François Hollande forecast that the economy in 2013 would grow 1.7%. Shortly after taking office, he shaved it down to 1.2%. Late last year, for the new budget, he chopped it to 0.8%.

And now that too has gone up in smoke. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius guesstimated on RTL that growth would instead be 0.2% to 0.3%. And the goal of a budget deficit of 3%? It hasn’t been “abandoned,” Fabius said. But there’d be “a delay.”

Read More @ TestosteronePit.com

 

Colorado Legislator On Guns: Defend Yourself With Ballpoint Pens

from WesternJournalism.com:

Democratic Colorado State Senator Ulaberri tells the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee there are alternatives to guns for self defense, like ballpoint pens. Comments made January 28th, 2013.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tg47nIGgjG0

 

 

Berlusconi: Nothing Wrong with a Little Bribery

by Brianna Panzica, Wealth Wire:

Corruption has been shaping the Italian political landscape.

The nation is heading for a general election next week, when voters will chose the next parliament and government leaders. And amid the campaigning, there has been an uproar against the political and corporate turmoil.

The biggest complaint among voters has been the mutually beneficial relationship corporations share with Italian politicians. This has recently been highlighted even more with the bribery scandal of Giuseppe Orsi, head of Italian defense company Finmeccanica, and the investigation into Paolo Scaroni, CEO of Eni.

But Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister and current head of the center-right coalition, is defending these and other scandals. It is his belief that bribery is an entirely necessary part of Italian politics.

Read More @ WealthWire.com

 

Sheriff Warns Of “Second American Revolution” If Gun Grabbers Get Their Way

Milwaukee County law enforcer urged his citizens to arm themselves

by Steve Watson, InfoWars:

A Milwaukee County Sheriff has warned that a second American Revolution may be sparked if unconstitutional gun laws are enforced by police and sheriff’s department officials.

Sheriff David Clarke recently urged the citizens he serves to consider learning firearm safety because of “a duty to protect yourself and your family.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQZpp7AdtV8&feature=player_embedded

 

In a message posted on the Sheriff’s website, Clarke wrote “I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back; but are you prepared?”

“Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?” the message urged.

Read More @ InfoWars

 

One-Party Fascism

by Andy Hoffman, MilesFranklin.com:

Before November’s Presidential election, I wrote of my “new definition” of the famous Bill Clinton campaign slogan, “It’s the Economy, Stupid”…

Bill Clinton famously coined the term “It’s the economy, stupid” in his 1992 Presidential campaign; and no truer words have been said.  However, what used to imply voting out incumbents during bad economic times has morphed to an entirely different meaning today.  Care of an INFLATION MACHINE gone berserk – i.e, the government’s ONLY means of staving off inevitable, imminent COLLAPSE; HALF of all Americans depend on entitlements to SURVIVE.  Thus – as in 1933 Germany – “It’s the economy stupid” now ensures the majority votes for whoever promises the most FREE MONEY; which is EXACTLY what Mitt Romney was criticized for stating last month – and why Obama should easily be re-elected.

Now that the American public has resoundingly mandated a socialist – bordering on communist – society, I’ve given a bit more thought to the concept.  It’s been formulating in my mind over the past three months; finally, solidifying after reading the below headline…

Read more @ MilesFranklin.com

“The More Silver You Want, The More You Have To Pay”

by John Rubino, DollarCollapse.com:

In this week’s talk with National Numismatics’ Tom Cloud, we cover the debt ceiling negotiations, futures contract expirations and the activities of his biggest customers (they’re buying silver).

DollarCollapse: Hi Tom. It’s been an intense couple of weeks…

Tom Cloud: Yes, and it could get more intense. Short futures positions in silver are expiring and we’re waiting to see what JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs do. If they take more short positions, silver could pierce support at $29.50/oz and fall another 3%-4%.

DC: The current silver short position in already at historic highs, isn’t it?

TC: It is extremely short. We’ve always known there are far more futures contracts outstanding for silver than there is physical silver. The commitment of traders (COT) numbers are certainly important, but they’re harder to use as an indicator because there’s so much deception going on. In the physical market there’s a shortage for sure. It hasn’t been this out-of-balance since 2008.

Read More @ DollarCollapse.com

 

The Affordable Care Act Nobody Can Afford
 
Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Full Story

I was just handed the Phreesia computer tablet by the receptionist under the guise of updating my medical and insurance information. I had seen this orange notebook in another doctor’s office and I became suspicious. Is this really meant to verify, as the website claims, my insurance eligibility automatically and help doctors collect on their insurance while easing the load of paperwork? Or is it forced electronic data compliance to Obamacare?

As soon as I started reading each screen, I realized that it was asking me to consent to third parties to obtain my medication prescription history from my pharmacy and to my entire medical history.

America Over a Barrel
 
Doug Hagmann Full Story

America finds itself “over a barrel” (perhaps literally), and at the precipice of financial Armageddon due to the coming collapse of the U.S. dollar.  It is most important for people to understand that our financial destruction has been orchestrated for a generation or more, and has been intentionally accelerated over the last two decades to complete a specific agenda.

 

Obama Pushes Illegals Ahead of Legal Immigrants
 
Marinka Peschmann Full Story

Published: Breitbart.com

Less than a week after the publication of my latest book, Crime & Incompetence: Guide to America’s Immigration Crisis, a predication was proven correct: President Obama was lying to the American people when he claimed illegal immigrants would go to the back of the line after legal immigrants as part of his comprehensive immigration reform.

 

MSM considers covering Obama on the golf links as hardline news but not snoozing through Benghazi
 Judi McLeod
While media lapdogs were tripping over each other’s furiously wagging puppy tails to cover Obama on the golf links, the world continued to implode around them


Economy Feb 21, 2013

Currency wars: It’s starting to look a bit too much like 1931 

INTERNET SALES TAX COMING 

SAC CAPITAL PARTNERS BETS A QUARTER BILLION ON GOLD,SIVER AND MINING SHARES 

 

EXPLOSIVE! Banker Gold Price Suppression & Currency Manipulations Have Persisted for Nearly 50 Years!

This 1967 meeting of the FOMC nearly 46 years ago is clear and indisputable evidence of gold price suppression and currency manipulation of the world's "free" and "open" market exchanges. 

This criminal cabal has certainly built up their mechanisms since this time to conceal their sinister scheme from issuing dishonest money. It's blatant now and all of "in your face" is their behavioral response to inquiry. Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.

 

Fed, Bank of England deceived Bundesbank on coin-melt bars in 1968

Posted by Charleston Voice

Citing Bank of England records, Zero Hedge reveals tonight that as the London Gold Pool was collapsing in 1968 the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England conspired to conceal from the German Bundesbank the deficient gold content of U.S. gold bars, apparently made from coin melt, that were being transferred to the Bundesbank to conclude gold swaps.              Read more »

 

 

Daily Nugget – Gold awaits FOMC and the next catalyst

by Jan Skoyles, TheRealAsset.co.uk

 

Gold rose for the first time in a week yesterday as investors in China, and elsewhere in Asia, embraced the low gold price. On the Shanghai Gold Exchange the most active gold-futures contract and two spot gold contracts fell to near-seven month lows, this prompted further buying interest.

It appears we are currently in a pattern which sees prices and demand rise when Asian trading is open, and drop during Western hours. COMEX gold finished US day trading at a 6.5 month low yesterday.

As we often comment, the Asians are the bright ones in this gold investment scenario; buying on the cheap, fully in the knowledge that economic data releases mean very little these days – unlike in the West where the short-term now appears to matter more than the long-term.

Read More @ TheRealAsset.co.uk

 

Market awaits Fed minutes

from Gold Money:

Gold and silver have stabilised over the last 24 hours, with traders waiting on the release of the latest batch of Federal Reserve minutes – for their 29-30 January Open Market Committee – later today for more indicators about the direction of US monetary policy.

The FTSE All-World equity index is at a new four-year high, while the dollar and US Treasuries have been under pressure, with the yield on the 10-Year Note trading at 2.03% earlier. Don’t worry: according to one pundit on American financial TV, the stock market is “rigged to go higher”. True enough, as the surge in Fed asset purchases since late last year testifies to (shown in the chart below).

Read More @ GoldMoney.com

 

China loves the US dollar again as America roars back

China’s central bank has radically revised its view of US economic and strategic power, predicting that the dollar will remain the world’s paramount reserve currency for decades to come.

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph:

Jin Zhongxia, head of the central bank’s research institute, said America’s energy revolution and export revival had shaken up the global landscape and would lead to a stronger dollar over time. “The dollar’s global dominance will continue,” he said.

Dr Jin said the world was moving to a “1+4” system, with the greenback serving as the anchor of global payments, supplemented by “four smaller reserve currencies” – the euro, sterling, yen and yuan.

“Compared with the euro area, the dollar zone has much greater resilience to shocks. The debt crisis in the euro area has demonstrated the structural weakness of this currency,” he wrote in a paper for the February bulletin of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.

Read More @ Telegraph.co.uk

 

No Takers: $2,000 to sell a gold bar and buy April futures

from, Wealth Cycles:

With gold prices dipping under $1,600, savers are rejoicing as getting rid of pesky paper banknotes became all that much better since this past Friday.

One important point to appreciate when enjoying this most recent sale is the distinct shortage in the physical market. A shortage of physical gold for sale means price must rise until the next willing seller appears, whether a gold investor or a recycler.

One market participant, who is not selling gold, is the bullion banks… despite the $2,000 per bar profit available in the market right now (minus delivery charges).

Read More @ WealthCycles.com

 

Gold Bull Market `Still Intact’ Says HSBC’s Respected Steel

[Ed. Note: If HSBC says "Still intact", does that really mean "look out below"?]

from Gold Core:

ames Steel, HSBC analyst, talks about the outlook for gold and silver markets. He speaks with Sara Eisen, Alix Steel and Adam Johnson of Bloomberg and recently just revised his silver forecast.

Alix Steel : What triggered the steep decline on Friday, February 15th? You had Ben Bernanke and G20 saying the global economy was improving. China was out of the market for the Lunar New Year holiday. Plus, major fund holder George Soros was dumping his position in GLD. Did that create a sentiment shift out of gold for momentum players?

Jim Steel: What you’ve seen this year longer term are the following:

3 Key Items taken out of the picture

1. Disruption of the fiscal cliff.

Read More @ GoldCore.com

 

James Turk – US Treasury Enters The Gold War

from KingWorldNews:

Today James Turk told King World News that the US Treasury has entered the gold war. Turk’s statements were concerning the so-called audit of the Fed’s New York gold. This is the final piece of the stunning written interview series which KWN has released today.

Eric King: “Chris Powell noted that they had not discussed the leases or swaps at all (in the so-called audit of gold at the New York Fed).”

Turk: “That’s really the important point. There’s no indication whatsoever that the gold isn’t double-counted, encumbered, pledged, swapped, hypothecated, re-hypothecated, or any of the other things that happens to gold in various assets these days….

James Turk continues @ KingWorldNews.com

 

It’s Time to go All-in on Gold and Silver

by Barry Stuppler, Silver Seek:

Last week’s Gold and Silver trading was very educational and could be a pivotal point in the recent Gold downtrend. Let me explain, but first I need to share what a professional commodity trader (PCT) does for a living. He/she makes their living by trading commodities on a short term basis. Whether it is grains, currencies, or precious metals, they identify an opportunity or timing and then either buy (go long) or sell (go short) on an actively traded contract with the hope of profiting in a few days.

Such a specific opportunity occurred on Monday when professional commodity traders came to the conclusion that with Asian markets closed to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday, there would be a lack of Gold/Silver buyers for their precious metal markets. In many of my past Weekly Market Reports I have said that China, India, and other Asian countries have traditionally been the largest buyers of precious metals.

Read More @ SilverSeek.com

 

America Over a Barrel
 
Doug Hagmann Full Story

America finds itself “over a barrel” (perhaps literally), and at the precipice of financial Armageddon due to the coming collapse of the U.S. dollar.  It is most important for people to understand that our financial destruction has been orchestrated for a generation or more, and has been intentionally accelerated over the last two decades to complete a specific agenda.

News Feb 4, 2013

Despising The Old Rugged Cross

 

BREAKING: US Troops prep to attack Aleppo!! Israeli Army goes on Alert for Syrian Invasion – US gives Green Light! 

 

Turkish FM slams Assad for not responding to Israeli strikeAhmet Davutoglu says his government will not stand by as Israel attacks a Muslim country 

 

Earth reeling from eight major earthquakes striking in 5 days 

 

The Right to Bear Arms and Self-Government

 

U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh

 

Do you Care about the True Meaning of the Obama Speech? (Part One)

 

Will Christian Leaders Finally Compromise on ObamaCare?

 

 

 

Obama green light for Israel to strike Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah military links

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 2, 2013

The air raid over the Jamraya military complex near Damascus Wednesday, Jan. 30, attributed to Israel by Western sources, was the first time the Assad-Hizballah military pact had been targeted. Obama gave it the green light after Iran speeded up 20-percent uranium enrichment, US lead nuclear negotiator with Iran quit and gave up on diplomacy and Vice President Biden dismissed further talks until Khamenei gets “serious.” Obama was telling Tehran that IDF had acted to start breaking up the Iranian-Syria-Hizballah bloc.            Read more 

 

Resurrecting Communism’s Glory Days

 
Erik Rush Full Story

In his February 1 column, Dr. Steven Lambert reprinted in part a section of testimony that was given before the House of Representatives in 1963; this cited 45 declared goals the Communist Party in America had in their strategy for taking the country over. The entire reprint is available in several places online, so I won’t use up space to include them here.

 

Not Nary ’Nother Noose
 
Jimmy Reed Full Story

If Jaybird, the old black man who was my boyhood mentor, hadn’t shown me how to tie hangman’s nooses, I wouldn’t have lynched Gloria’s dolls.

 

Operating principles
 Sarge   -- American Politics
Obama was a very apt pupil of Alinsky’s game plan. It’s time we all became familiar with those principles

 

The People of New York State Rise To RESIST Government Tyranny

by SGT,

Non-Compliance & Resistance Evident at Buffalo vs New York State Q & A Arms Bill Forum:

There is a silver lining to the gun grab. As the government reveals itself to be authoritarian and increasingly anti-liberty, the American people have finally awoken. In this video footage from a recent Q & A Arms Bill forum in Buffalo, the public outrage against Governor Cuomo and the NY State legislature’s overtly tyrannical “gun-control” bill, was palpable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BTdhVxva5KU

In the words of one man who spoke:

“I get the sense from the audience here that there is not a lot of enthusiasm for compliance. So my question would be, are there prisons being opened up for those of us who WON’T COMPLY? Are there going to be additional courts to handle those of us that say “No, this is an UNCONSTITUTIONAL law”? I think the message that you should take back to the politicians is that you did a bad thing and they made a big mistake, and this law should be repealed now.”

And these powerful words from a U.S. military veteran:

“I spent two years floating around the Mediterranean, protecting us from the Communists. From ’57 to ’59. And when I get home, where do I find them? They’re here. They’re in Sacramento. They’re in Albany. They’re in Washington. This is the same slippery slope that the Germans did. If you back up 50 or 60 years ago and you put a brown shirt on Mr. Cuomo when he was on television, he would look just like Hitler.”

 

Flu ‘epidemic’ numbers don’t add up: Vaccine scare tactics strike again

by Jonathan Benson, Natural News:

 

The federal government has a nasty habit of hyping up the severity of the flu every year in order to scare as many people as possible into getting annual flu shots; and this year is no exception. Even though available scientific data fails to show that flu shots even work as promised, authorities are continuing to push them on the public anyway, citing shaky figures about alleged infection rates that leave more questions than answers as to whether or not this year’s flu “epidemic” is really as severe as we are all being told.

The mainstream media is currently reporting, for instance, that 9.8 percent of the deaths tabulated in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System for the week of January 13-19 were caused by pneumonia and influenza, and that people should get their flu shots immediately to avoid this worsening epidemic. The official epidemic threshold for the flu is considered to be 7.3 percent of deaths, which based on the 9.8 percent rate translates into a 34 percent surplus in apparent flu deaths above and beyond this threshold.

 

Anti-Gunners’ Wish List: Ban Private Gun Sales, Ban Gun, Ban Magazine

from AmmoLand:

While banning guns and magazines is being actively promoted by the anti-gunners (as evidenced by introduction of Sen. Feinstein’s S. 150), the criminalization of private firearm transfers is the centerpiece of their anti-Second Amendment efforts.

This is part of a strategy to chip away at our Second Amendment rights under the guise of being “reasonable.”

But if you understand exactly what the anti-gunners are really talking about, you’ll understand that the restrictions they’re proposing are anything but reasonable.

 

Modern musket

by Paraclete, A View From The Trenches:

The AR-15 has been sold to civilians in the United States for 50 years. During that time—and especially in the past 20 years—it has become extremely popular. It is the best-selling rifle in the United States, used by men, women, and carefully supervised younger shooters. Why?

Accuracy
AR-15s are known for being accurate rifles. Even in their most basic configurations, off-the-rack ARs are capable of shooting 2 minutes of angle (MOA) or better, without modifications, which translates into 2″ groups at 100 yards. Versions designed for long range shooting easily shoot sub-MOA groups of less than 1″ at 100 yards.

 

Most effectual means of enslavement…

from TEOTWAWKI Blog:

[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually. . . .

- James Madison, at Virginia’s U.S. Constitution ratification convention (June 14, 1788), reported in Elliot, Debates of the Several State Conventions 3:380.

Hmm…sound familiar? Not do it openly? Argue that it’s “for the children” or that you don’t need big magazines to defend your home? Use the media to brain wash people?

Remember, the 2nd Amendment is not about hunting, it’s not about sporting use or shooting skeet. It’s about defending your person, property, family and nation against assault, tyranny and oppression.

 

Fact Check Obama When He Says 40% of All Gun Sales Private

from AmmoLand:

While presenting a litany of gun control measures for Congress to consider, President Obama suggested that “40% of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.”

In other words, 40% of gun sales are private.

While he was still speaking, one of my friends texted me and asked: “How does Obama know how many guns are sold privately? The fact that it’s ‘private’ means it’s not public.”

So I started looking through databases for references to this figure, and I soon found myself reading a 2011 study by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg titled, “Point, Click, Fire: An Investigation Into Illegal Online Gun Sales.”

According to the study, “40% of guns are sold through private sellers.” Moreover, the study claims that “these sales—which take place in many venues, including gun shows and, increasingly, on the internet… fuel the black market for illegal guns.”

Many parts of this assertion are factually flawed or, at the least, very misleading.

 

How to Choose a Firearm

from Iraqveteran8888·:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVpXdx1a5cs&list=UUWJHDMgKWWvOsdyRF3HPVEw&feature=player_embedded

 

 

Georgia police acquired $200 million worth of military-grade vehicles and weapons through DoD

by Madison Ruppert, Activist Post:

Some 600 police departments and sheriff’s offices in Georgia have joined the many law enforcement agencies nationwide using military-grade equipment, once again raising concerns around local law enforcement’s need for such heavy duty weaponry.

As I reported in 2011, the Pentagon gives away military equipment to law enforcement agencies under the 1033 program in addition to military robots provided by the Department of Defense, police use of armored surveillance vehicles provided for nearly nothing by corporations, law enforcement use of tanks and armored personnel carriers and drones.

According to Georgia’s Department of Public Safety, the military equipment and weaponry owned by law enforcement agencies in the state is worth some $200 million, some of which is possessed by tiny departments with less than 20 officers.

 

USDA school lunch reform rules are a complete hoax – Here’s the proof:

by Mike Adams, Natural News:

With huge fanfare and an overdose of propaganda, the U.S. government is announcing it’s going to reform school lunches and vending machines to eliminate junk beverages like sodas. “Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed Friday, school vending machines would start selling water, lower-calorie sports drinks, diet sodas and baked chips instead,” reports the Washington Post.

Except, here’s the problem: We heard this same hoax six years ago when Bill Clinton was widely applauded for achieving the very same “reform” back then.

Forbes.com practically drooled over the “leadership” of Clinton when it announced, in 2006:

 

Obama’s Inaugural Speech: Under the Microscope – Episode 44

from SmellsLikePodcast:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLHNBVcIIzI&feature=player_embedded

 

Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, and on January 21st, he delivered a speech full of misnomers, half-truths, and outright fabrications that have come to define his Presidency.

 

EXO-VATICANA (Pt 10)
Portals, Occultism, And The
Mysterious Men Collins Elite
Following this initial contact with Redfern concerning the government study group, we continued making significant efforts to verify the story concerning the Collins Elite. Tom also agreed to meet with a member of the Collins group and has been told a meeting could occur, though as of this date he is still waiting. Meanwhile our sources in the United States—which extends from US Military intelligence to National Defense employees with both DoD and Intel Top Secret Security clearances—at first came back empty handed. This included our friend Colonel Steve Bauer who served longer as a U.S. Government Military Aide than anyone in the history of the White House under five U.S. Presidents—Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush. Bauer had never heard of the “Collins Elite” and couldn’t locate a single intelligence resource that otherwise would substantiate Redfern’s claims. But we knew, having said that, this didn’t mean the story as detailed in Final Events was untrue. Counterintelligence, Majestic 12 level compartmentalization, and official denial is a well-established part of the government’s past and present protocols when handling questions concerning UFOs and so-called alien abduction activity—a fact that every significant investigator into this phenomenon has run into when trying to separate fact from fiction. So we moved on and checked with one of our international contacts—former director of Britain’s Military of Defense’s department for UFO research, Nick Pope—and was surprised when he cautioned against disbelief and even confirmed the existence of a Collins Elite-like group among Britain’s aristocracy (this is discussed during a Q&A with Pope in the upcoming book Exo-Vaticana). Following this, we reached out to Gregory Richford, a Ball Aerospace contact who works with Advanced Systems & Technologies for Space Control & Special Missions. He too cautioned against doubting the Collins reality and sent us a four-page document, ending with an ominous warning. What follows are just some of the talking points from...

 

Prometheus: A Movie About Alien Nephilim And Esoteric Enlightenment
The apocryphal Book of Enoch greatly expands on the Nephilim and their originators, the Watchers. According to the text dating from 300 BC, the Watchers were a group formed of 200 “sons of God” who disobeyed God and descended to Earth to breed with humans. They were said to have taught humans advanced skills such as metallurgy, metal working, cosmetics, sorcery, astrology, astronomy and meteorology. Because the Watchers disobeyed God, they were also called the Fallen Angels. The offspring of the Watchers were the Nephilim, described as giants who lived among humans. They ultimately became a destructive presence on Earth and were said to have consumed “all acquisitions of men”. In order to rid these beings from Earth (along with the humans who mixed with them) God created the Great Flood. In order ensure the survival of humanity, however, Noah was forewarned by God to build his ark. Another ancient Jewish text, The Book of Jubilees, states that..

 

Ominous New Development In Iran's Path To Nuclear Weapon
Iran is planning to speed up its nuclear program by using new centrifuges that can quickly enrich uranium so that it could be used to build an atomic bomb sooner than had been anticipated. The White House called this "another provocative step by Iran." The 3,000 centrifuges would take up to a year to install, so Iran still has not crossed the threshold to a nuclear weapon. But to David Albright, who closely monitors the Iranian nuclear program, this is an ominous development. "It's Iran signaling that they're going to dramatically increase their capability to produce enriched uranium, and it's the thing that everyone has been fearing," Albright says. The new centrifuges, which Iran apparently has been able to produce despite international sanctions, could turn out enriched uranium at three to five times the rate of its current centrifuges.

 

Nanotechnology Set To Revolutionize Smart Grid Evolution
The definition of nanotechnology is simple: It’s merely technology that manipulates matter at the atomic level. When I think of nanotechnology, however, I often picture the complicated, such as a tidal wave of the tiniest of robots doing the greatest of medical work: repairing organs, binding skin. In essence, I envision a Philip K. Dick science fiction world of nano. The truth is, though, nanotechnology is already hard at work inside paints (known as wet nano for its use of water) and even the technology of our smart grid industry (known as dry nano for its use of structures). “Nanotech is a platform,” said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, vice president for clean energy programs with the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering with the University of Albany (UAlbany CNSE). “It’s not single product or process. With the help of nano, we can make technology better and cheaper. We can make electronic devices along the smart grid smarter.”

 

Discovery In Synthetic Biology Takes Us A Step Closer To New 'Biological Industrial Revolution'
The scientists, from Imperial College London, say their research brings them another step closer to a new kind of industrial revolution, where parts for these biological factories could be mass-produced. These factories have a wealth of applications including better drug delivery treatments for patients, enhancements in the way that minerals are mined from deep underground and advances in the production of biofuels. Professor Paul Freemont, Co- Director of the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation at Imperial College London and principle co-investigator of the study, which is published today in the journal Nucleic Acids Research, says: "Before the industrial revolution most items were made by hand, which meant that they were slower to manufacture, more expensive to produce and limited in number. We are at a similar juncture in synthetic biology... 

 

Genetic Changes To Food May Get Uniform Labeling 
With Washington State on the verge of a ballot initiative that would require labeling of some foods containing genetically engineered ingredients and other states considering similar measures, some of the major food companies and Wal-Mart, the country’s largest grocery store operator, have been discussing lobbying for a national labeling program. Executives from PepsiCo, ConAgra and about 20 other major food companies, as well as Wal-Mart and advocacy groups that favor labeling, attended a meeting in January in Washington convened by the Meridian Institute, which organizes discussions of major issues. The inclusion of Wal-Mart has buoyed hopes among labeling advocates that the big food companies will shift away from tactics like those used to defeat Proposition 37 in California last fall, when corporations spent more than $40 million to oppose the labeling of genetically modified foods.

 

Why Iran's Nuclear Enrichment Upgrade May Be A 'Game Changer'
Iran may be about to install a new generation of uranium enrichment equipment at its big nuclear plant near the central city of Natanz. According to news wire reports, Iran on Jan. 23 notified the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, that it plans to introduce upwards of 3,000 upgraded centrifuges at the Natanz facility, which currently relies upon older IR-1 centrifuge models. Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful. The US and its allies fear Iran is actually developing weapons under the guise of building up civilian reactor technology. In this context, is the centrifuge news a big deal? Yes, it may be – if Iran is actually able to install the finicky machines and get them to work. “Iran’s installation of more efficient centrifuges at Natanz could be a game changer,” tweeted Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation and disarmament program at the Institute for Science and International Security, on Thursday.  

New Jerusalem Tourism Ad Shows Destruction Of Muslim Dome Of The Rock & Solomon’s Temple Rising In Its Place 
A tourism advertisement produced by the Israeli Foreign Ministry was banned before it could be released, as it showed the CGI destruction of the Dome of the Rock, a Muslim holy site. The video features Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon speaking in front of the mosque, when it collapses – and from its ruins rises King Solomon’s Temple, meant to postulate the presence of Judaism in the region before Islam. In the original version, Ayalon attempts to show Jerusalem’s ancient Jewish roots by placing a virtual temple atop the crumbling mosque, the Times of Israel reports. Foreign Ministry officials decided to replace the scene with a dissolving rather than destroyed mosque, expressing fears that a depiction of the mosque's destruction could cause discontent among Muslims.

With Earth In Two Weeks
A piece of rock will have a close encounter with the Earth on February 16, coming closer than some of the geostationary satellites orbiting the planet, said an official. The asteroid, known as 2012 DA14, is about 148 metre in diameter and is on a close encounter course with the planet. It will come closest at around 12.55 am February 16, according to Debiprosad Duari, director, Research and Academic MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, of the MP Birla Planetarium in Kolkata. "At the point of closest approach, its distance will be about 34,100 km from the centre of the Earth. "Given the radius of the Earth, it will be about 28,000 km from its surface, a small distance in terms of astronomical figures," Mr Duari said in a statement. The asteroid was discovered in an observatory in Spain on February 23 last year, a week later when it passed close to the Earth...

 

Human-Animal Hybrid Ban Proposed In Mississippi
A Republican state legislator in Mississippi has proposed a ban on human-animal hybrids. State Rep. William Tracy Arnold (R-Booneville) proposed the ban on using human embryos in any hybrid project. The measure is part of a bill that would restrict abortion, human cloning and assisted suicide. Arnold told wapt.com that he included the ban as a way to restrict embryo research: Arnold said some countries are already doing some experimentation with embryos. "The truth of the matter is they're experimenting with some animal genes and infusion in some other countries and we just want to protect those embryos from that type of infusion and protect them. After all, they're living beings, I believe," Arnold said.

What Happens When Researchers Give People Superpowers?
In most superhero origin stories, there's the moment of doubt: How will Peter Parker use his radioactive-spider powers? Invariably, the heroes use them to help others. Turns out, that's pretty close to what happens in real life (or at least in the lab): When Stanford researchers endowed people with the power of flight in virtual reality, the subjects became more altruistic back in real reality. This was the experiment's setup: Researchers had 30 men and 30 women strap on a pair of a virtual reality goggles. Then one by one, the subjects entered a simulator--a room researchers could manipulate with speakers to make an imagined situation more life-like. In the simulation, all of the subjects were sent to a city, and a woman's voice announced that their mission was to find a diabetic child and deliver an insulin injection to him.

Economy Feb 4, 2013

US Social Security Admin: More Than Half Of Wage Earners Make $30,000 or Less 

 

Habitable Zone For Alien Planets, And Possibly ET Life, Redefined
One of the most important characteristics of an alien planet is whether or not it falls into what's called the habitable zone ­— a Goldilocks-like range of not-too-close, not-too-far distances from the parent star that might allow the planet to host life. Now scientists have redefined the boundaries of the habitable zone for alien planets, potentially kicking out some exoplanaets that were thought to fall within it, and maybe allowing a few that had been excluded to squeeze in. "This will have a significant impact on the number of exoplanets that are within habitable zone," said research team leader Ravi Kumar Kopparapu of Penn State University. The habitable zone defines the region where a planet might be able to retain liquid water on its surface. Any closer to the star and water would vaporize away; any farther, and it would freeze to ice. But water in its liquid state is what scientists are after, since that is thought to be a prerequisite for life. The new definition of the habitable zone is based on updated atmospheric databases called HITRAN (high-resolution transmission molecular absorption) and...

 

A French-Peruvian-Spanish Team Discovers Mysterious Door, Chamber In Machu Picchu
A few months ago, Thierry Jamin and his team think they have realized an extraordinary archaeological discovery in the Inca city discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. This discovery was made possible thanks to the testimony of a French engineer who lives in Barcelona-Spain, David Crespy. In 2010, while he was visiting the lost city, David Crespy noticed the presence of a strange “shelter” located in the heart of the city, at the bottom of one of the main buildings. For him, there was no doubt about it, he was looking at a “door”, an entrance sealed by the Incas. In August, 2011, David Crespy, found by chance an article about Thierry Jamin and his work in the French newspaper the Figaro magazine. Immediately he decided to contact the French researcher.

 

Modern-Day Gold Rush Puts Nevada on Top

from The Gold Report:

The Gold Report: Now that the election is in the rearview mirror and we are well into the new year, what are your thoughts about gold prices and mining stocks for 2013?

Mike Niehuser: In my interviews with The Gold Report over the last couple of years, I have attempted to steer toward moderation but with optimism for higher gold prices, similar to Pierre Lassonde’s forecast leading up to the end of the last decade. Early on, Lassonde, the chairman of Franco-Nevada Corp. (FNV:TSX; FNV:NYSE), saw the potential for annual increases of about $100/ounce (oz) in the price of gold through 2010, reaching $1,000/oz. He was surprisingly accurate.

 

Have some sympathy for our glum French friends

France is in crisis – an empty exchequer, war in Mali, an exodus of the rich and, to cap it all, a Brit crowned Master Cheesemaker

by Frederic Raphael, The Telegraph:

Is France having a nervous breakdown? “Not at all,” one of my Parisian friends promises, “it’s much worse than that.” The British are, of course, torn between sympathy and delight. The Duke de la Rochefoucauld remarked, in the 17th century: “The misfortunes of our friends do not entirely displease us.” Since the British have been told nothing good is going to happen to us, economically, until after 2015, there’s some consolation in knowing that France’s boat is lower in the water than ours.

Ever since 1975 – the last of the Trente Glorieuses, the 30 glorious post-war years of economic growth – the French have believed themselves to be en crise. In fact, the crisis never hit the whole country as it has now. The other day, after a quick look at the books, the new socialist employment secretary Michel Sapin declared that France was “totally bankrupt”. His first idea of a step in the right direction was to turn out the lights in shops and offices after 1am. A blackout might not save Marianne – the symbol of France, modelled on Brigitte Bardot – all that much money, but it would advertise that there was a war on.

 

Modern Day Alchemists

from Dan Norcini:

Those of you who have been regular readers of this site have seen me use this phrase to describe the Western Central Bankers. I wish to explain this a bit further so you can understand my take on this modern phenomenon.

Back during the Medieval Period, a craft developed which attempted to find a method whereby common, ordinary and PLENTIFUL materials, could be transmuted into something rare, precious and accordingly, valuable. Through various experiments, they took lead, iron and other metals and tried to create a foolproof method for generating untold sums of wealth and thereby prosperity.

 

Silver Update 2/2/13 Silver Economics

from BrotheJohnF:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SJcVJvp-m9I

 

 

Pierre Lassonde: The Looming Gold ‘Production Cliff’

by Ed Steer, Casey Research:

The gold price traded in a tight five dollar price range during Far East and early London trading on Friday…and by the time the Comex opened, the price was basically unchanged from Thursday’s 5:15 p.m. close in New York.

Then the job numbers were released at 8:30 a.m….and the gold price blasted off, only to instantly run into a not-for-profit seller. The high of the day [$1,683.20 spot] came shortly before the equity markets opened in New York at 9:30 a.m…and by the time the London p.m. gold fix was in at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, the price was back down to where it started at 8:30 a.m.

That also appeared to be the low tick of the day, which was $1,661.10 spot…and from there, the gold price rallied until 12:15 p.m. before getting sold down into the electronic close.

 

The Greatest Bubble In History Will Lead To A Gold Exposion

from KingWorldNews:

With continued volatility in key markets, including gold and silver, today Michael Pento has written exclusively for King World News about the greatest bubble in history and how it will lead to an explosion in gold. Here is Pento’s tremendous piece: “Ben Bernanke was instrumental in creating a bubble in U.S. Treasuries. His actions have served to inflate it to the point that it has now become the greatest bubble in the history of global investment.

Not only has the Chairman of the Federal Reserve guaranteed that current bond holders will get destroyed once the sovereign debt bubble bursts, but he has also begun to inflate yet another massive bubble in U.S. equity prices.

In the summer of 2007, just before the start of the Great Recession, the Fed Funds rate and the 1-Year T-Bill were both trading north of 5%…”

 

Spain – A Deepening Recession Amid a Widening Political Scandal

by Pater Tenebrarum, Acting-Man.com:

Contraction ‘Worse than Expected’

Once again economic forecasters are ‘surprised’ by the depths of Spain’s recession. They really shouldn’t be. After all, one of the most egregious housing bubbles of all time has burst in Spain. The bubble has produced malinvestment on a truly breathtaking scale. Moreover, it has left the banking system in tatters. If not for the doctrine that all banks including their shareholders and bondholders must be bailed out (to be fair, the MoU regarding the ESM bailout of Spain’s banking system does contain provisions that losses have to be taken by these groups), a large part of Spain’s banking system would likely have collapsed.

The banking system is now on artificial life support, but effectively the events have left it ‘zombified’. It is too busy trying to survive to be able to extend credit.

 

Dow 14,000, GDP, Jobs, Fed, Inflation, Treasuries, & Gold

from SchiffReport:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_WEIN0feUI&feature=player_embedded

 

 

Stocks Over 14,000 – Too Good to Be True?

by Anthony Wile, The Daily Bell:

The Dow Jones industrial average has crossed 14,000 and the US mainstream media is celebrating. Presumably the powers-that-be expect that short memories shall convince US consumers that the nation is back on track.

It’s part of a larger dominant social theme, I guess, that hard times are gradually yielding to normalcy and that the current sociopolitical and economic system is not only resilient but also sound.

This is a pretty big disconnect, in my humble point of view, given what’s REALLY going on in the world. The upper half of Africa is aflame from supposed Al Qaeda incursions and Western counter-attacks, Spanish and Greek youth unemployment is over 50 percent, China and Japan are both struggling to keep their economies afloat and in the Americas, price inflation and drug wars are unraveling the fabric of various recoveries, including most significantly Brazil and Mexico.


News January 18, 2013

Ebola virus spreading to Asia: fruit bats in Bangladesh test positive for ebola antibodies

 

The CIA and Other Government Agencies Dominate Movies and Television : The Winners of the Academy Award and Golden Globe Are … Government Propagandists 

 

47 STATES REVOLT AGAINST OBAMA GUN CONTROL Fed-up Americans: 'We're not going to accept this. We're against it' 

 

FDA approves next-generation, bug-based flu vaccine; ALL GODS BOUNDARIES ARE BREACHED WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSGENICS-ALL THOS SCIENCE FICTION MOVIES COME TO MIND, WHERE HUMANS TURN INTO INSECTS! 

 

Hawaiian lava lake hits new record high 

 

Cannibal World – Vaccines Contain Human DNA from 4 Month Old Abortion “MRC-5″ What Was His Name? Are We All Related Now? 

 

Christchurch-New Zealand- feels 11,000th earthquake 

 

HELP Prevent a Government-Sponsored Medical Atrocity Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to test the highly controversial, dangerous Anthrax vaccine, on children 

 

Mathematical breakthrough sets out rules for more effective teleportation 

 

What’s the Tipping Point?:Bringing the Average American To Their Knees! 

 

Inauguration Obama - Antichrist Rising:The invasion of darkness will consist of spirit entities who are going to turn America into a nation that will mimic Nazi Germany.After this happens America will never be the same. 

 

60 percent of young Americans plan to purchase firearms, study reveals 

 

Weather Channel: Are You Ready to Freeze Your ____ Off?

 

Antarctica Glacier's Retreat 'Unprecedented'

 

Texas Threatens to Arrest Any Feds Who Try Enforcing New Gun Regs

 

Brisk Gun Sales Leave Store Shelves Bare in Kentucky

 

Vegas: 60,000 Expected to Attend Gun Show

 

Lines Stretched Hundreds of Yards for Gun Show in Virginia

 

Corruption on Rise Among Border Agents

 

Revolution or WWIII? The Petrodollar Scam

 

A New Middle East Crisis in the Making

 

Man Falls Through Lake Ice, Dog Won't Leave Victim's Side

 

 

Exo-Vaticana, Ancient Atomism, And Current Extraterrestrial Belief
In order to properly assess the philosophical and theological implications of intelligent extraterrestrial biological life it is essential to review the history of the discussion. Most folks probably assume that it was the dawn of the space age, beginning with the Russian satellite Sputnik in 1957 and culminating with Neil Armstrong taking “one giant leap for mankind” in 1969, which necessitated the ET discussion. Alternately, folks more versed in Western history might think back to the eighteenth-century “age of reason” enlightenment or perhaps even a little further to the “Copernican revolution” including the infamous sixteenth-century Galileo trial as the impetus for speculation about ET. While those are certainly remarkable stepping stones, the origin of the otherworldly reaches much deeper into antiquity. Some writers (e.g., Erich von Däniken, Zecharia Sitchin) have proposed that intelligent extraterrestrials visited Earth in prehistory and made contact with humans. They cite various artifacts and ancient texts as evidence for ET intervention. A common tenet is that the gods from most, if not all, religions were actually extraterrestrials, and their advanced technologies were wrongly interpreted by primitive peoples as supernatural abilities. Although this demythologizing is quite popular, the so-called ancient astronaut theory has been authoritatively discredited and it is not taken seriously by most academics. In fact, a program of remythologizing offers more promise.

 

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Meets Pope Benedict, Kisses His Ring
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the leader of the world's largest military, met Pope Benedict XVI, the world's best known advocate for peace, at the Vatican on Wednesday. Panetta was in the front row at Wednesday's weekly general audience in the Vatican auditorium. About 1,000 people were crowded into the room. After the Pope addressed the gathering, Panetta and several staff members lined up to meet the pontiff, who gave them rosaries. Panetta kissed the Pope's hand, and the Pope said, "Thank you for helping to protect the world." The Pentagon boss responded, "Pray for me." Panetta, a staunch Catholic, is in Rome as part of a weeklong swing across Europe, meeting with defense ministers to talk about ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Mali. This is expected to be Panetta's last overseas trip as Pentagon chief, as he long has planned to step down once his replacement is confirmed. The pontiff has been outspoken in pressing for peace, issuing urgent appeals to end the violence in Syria and urging the international community to spare no effort in seeking a political settlement to the conflict. Most recently he used his annual New Year's speech at the Vatican to call for an end to Syria's civil war. He has also pushed for peace in the Middle East, saying he hopes Jerusalem will one day become "a city of peace and not of division."

 

Pope's Secretary 'Gorgeous George' Becomes Cover Boy For Vanity Fair 
Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Pope Benedict's private secretary, who has been dubbed "Gorgeous George" by the Italian media, is now a real-life cover boy. The prelate has landed on the cover of Vanity Fair. The cover on the Italian edition of the magazine shows the 56-year-old archbishop smiling, his blue eyes beaming, above a headline that reads "Father Georg - It's not a sin to be beautiful." The magazine calls Ganswein "The George Clooney of St Peter's" and says it dedicated a cover story to honor his recent promotion to the rank of archbishop and as recognition of his growing power in the Roman Catholic Church. A spokeswoman for the magazine said Ganswein was not interviewed for the article and did not pose for the cover photo, which she said was a close-up of an existing picture. Ganswein, who has been Benedict's personal secretary since the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Roman Catholic leader in 2005, was elevated to the rank of archbishop earlier this month. A German like the pope, he was also promoted to the job of...

 

Seeds Of Tyranny Present In America
The seeds of a tyrannical government are present in the United States, with a citizenry happy with a heavily armed law enforcement presence and a disbelief that their government could do anything that would make them want to revolt, according to a new poll. “America is largely satisfied with the buildup of military-style equipment and armaments by local law enforcement agencies around the country, as 73 percent said they believe these local and state police agencies should possess such equipment,” wrote Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies, a public-opinion research and media consulting company. His latest results of questions asking Americans what they think about their government, guns, the Second Amendment and their own futures was just released. He said only 21 percent disagreed that their local officers should be heavily armed.

 

Alabama Supreme Court Recognizes Unborn As ‘Children’
An Alabama Supreme Court decision recognizing the unborn as persons deserving of legal protections could have significant implications in ending abortion in the U.S., say pro-life advocates. “The Alabama Supreme Court has dealt a massive blow to the constitutional fraud of Roe v. Wade by recognizing that the preborn child is a person,” said Personhood USA legal analyst Gualberto Garcia Jones in a statement. On Jan. 11, the Alabama high court ruled that unborn children are protected by the state’s chemical-endangerment law. The case involved two women who placed their unborn children at risk through the use of illegal drugs during pregnancy. One of the women acknowledged that she had smoked meth three days before her son was born prematurely. The child died 19 minutes later of “acute methamphetamine intoxication.”

Intelligent Molecules
It sounds like science fiction: “intelligent molecules” that react to external stimuli and reversibly change their shape. But now Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) physicists have succeeded for the first time in creating a chemical reaction, using a single polymer molecule, that makes this process visible. Dr. Michael Nash and his colleagues placed a self-generated synthesized polymer on a gold surface using an atomic force microscope (AFM). One polymer end adhered to the surface and the other end to the tip of the AFM. Once the scientists increased the salt concentration of the surrounding medium, they observed that the molecule collapsed gradually. “In a highly concentrated salt solution, the polymer compound dehydrates and shrinks,” says Nash. “Back in a weak salt solution, the molecule unfolds again. “We have observed both processes in our study for the first time for a single polymer molecule.”

Cal Thomas On Our Imperial President
One definition of "imperial" on dictionary.com is, "of the nature or rank of an emperor or supreme ruler." At his news conference Monday, a petulant, threatening and confrontational President Obama spoke like an emperor or supreme ruler. All that was missing was a scepter, a crown and a robe trimmed in ermine. This president exceeds even Bill Clinton in his ability to evade, prevaricate and dissemble. I didn't think that possible. Not only did he supply long answers to relatively easy questions, but much of what he said bore no relation to reality. He spoke of having had the debate over the economy during the 2012 campaign and boasted, "...the American people agreed with me." By the way, can we now retire the phrase "the American people"? Too many politicians overuse it, including Speaker John Boehner. Forty-seven percent of voters supported Mitt Romney and other Republicans in the last election. Ninety-four million people eligible to vote didn't vote. Can Obama really claim "the American people" agreed with him? The president won the election, but he has yet to win the debate over smaller vs. larger government, and more vs. less spending.

47 States Revolt Against Obama Gun Control 
Thousands of gun owners across America have had enough of the Obama administration’s attack on the Second Amendment – and they’re preparing to take their concerns to the capitols in at least 47 states this Saturday at 12 p.m. Texan Eric Reed, founder and national  coordinator of the “Guns Across America” rallies, told WND he’s irritated about all the talk of new gun-control regulations and overreach by the federal government in violation of our Second Amendment rights. “I was trying to figure out why people weren’t being more proactive about this, Reed said. “Then I realized I’m part of the problem. It takes somebody to stand up and say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to accept this. We’re against it.’ “We want Americans who feel the same way to come out. We want to stand up, be united and get our point across.”

Physicist: Quantum Theory Of Parallel Universes Suggests Everything Including YOU Has Counterpart Among Other Worlds
“The quantum theory of parallel universes is not the problem, it is the solution. It is not some troublesome, optional interpretation emerging from arcane theoretical considerations," says David Deutsch. "It is the explanation, the only one that is tenable, of a remarkable and counter-intuitive reality. Everything in our universe -- including you and me, every atom and every galaxy -- has counterparts in these other universes." Legendary Oxford physicist David Deutsch is best known for his contributions to quantum physics, quantum computing, and a leading proponent of the multiverse (or "many worlds") interpretation of quantum theory -- the astounding idea that our universe is constantly spawning countless numbers of worlds. In his book The Fabric of Reality, Deutsch laid the groundwork for an all-encompassing Theory of Everything by tying together four mutually supporting strands of reality: First: Hugh Everett's many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics...

 

Universal Background Checks And Physician Reporting Are Just Plain Frightening 
For years now, we've heard from all types, ranging from the "over-informed" to the just plain ignorant, claiming that under President Obama the nation isn't just moving towards "socialism," but rather in a direction in which liberty truly disappears quickly and tyranny creeps in and takes its place. But even for those who may have been primarily fiscal conservatives and who otherwise believed social policy should lean toward a "mind your own business" approach, several of the gun-control proposals coming from President Obama likely came as a shock. I don't even want to get into what qualifies as a military assault weapon or any of the hardcore issues Obama addressed in his unveiling of new executive orders and proposed legislation related to the regulation of firearms. The two issues of universal background checks and some heightened degree of physician involvement in helping deal with guns in America are enough to cause many to gasp for air.

The CIA And Other Government Agencies Dominating Movies And Television
Rob Kall points out that the military-industrial complex is the winner of the Golden Globe award: Homeland won best TV series, best TV actor and actress. It IS a highly entertaining show which actually portrays some of the flaws of the MIIC system. Argo won best movie and best director. It glorifies the CIA and Ben Affleck spoke with the highest praise for the CIA. And best actress went to Jessica Chastain of Zero Dark Thirty, a movie that has been vilified for propagandizing the use of torture. The Military Industrial Intelligence Complex is playing a more and more pervasive role in our lives. In the next few years we’ll be seeing movies that focus on the use of drone technology in police and spy work in the USA. We’ve already been seeing movies that show how spies can violate every aspect of our privacy– of the most intimate parts of our lives. By making movies and TV series that celebrate these cancerous extensions of the police state...

 

Where Congress Stands on Guns

 

[Ed. Note: This article provides two great tools about your non"representative". We would encourage each of you to find out where your criminal non"representative" stands on the 2nd Amendment.]

by Lena Groeger, Pro Publica:

In the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy, President Obama on Wednesday announced new national gun control measures. He has already urged members of Congress to do the same. Here is our comprehensive look at where lawmakers stand on guns, as well as political spending and voting history. Explore and share what you think Congress should do about guns in this country.

The National Rifle Association, with as many as 4 million members, is the nation’s largest organization devoted to defending gun rights and the Second Amendment. Its lobbying wing ranks lawmakers based on their support of the “right to keep and bear arms.” The group’s “A” through “F” letter grades are based on how voting records, public statements and responses to a questionnaire line up with the NRA’s own positions. Hover over each letter to see the group’s grading criteria.

 

Many More Sheriffs Vow Not To Enforce Federal Gun Control Laws

 

Oregon law enforcers lead national fight against Obama gun grab

by Steve Watson, InfoWars:

Following Oregon Sheriff Tim Mueller’s lead, three more Sheriffs in parts of Oregon announced Wednesday in letters to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that they would refuse to enforce any federal gun laws that are unconstitutional.

Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley told local reporters “I’m going to follow my oath that I took as Sheriff to support the constitution.”

I believe strongly in the Second Amendment,” Hensley added, urging “If the federal government comes into Crook County and wants to take firearms and things away from (citizens), I’m going to tell them it’s not going that way.”

 

Gun Permit Forms Question Possible Affiliation With “Anti-Government” Organizations

by Jurriaan Maessen, The Daily Sheeple:

In good old McCarthy-style questioning, several state- and local firearm permit application-forms have- besides questioning potential alcohol- and drug-use and previous criminal convictions- included the question whether the applicant is, or has ever been, part of an organization “advocating”, or “approving” a violent overthrow of the United States government.

In the South-Carolina concealed weapons permit application several questions are being put to the applicant. Among the questions asked, the following one jumps out:

“Are you a member of any group with a purpose to control, seize or overthrow the government of the United States, any state or political subdivision by any means?”

 

Masses Close To Realizing Their Money Is Being Destroyed

from KingWorldNews:

Today 40-year veteran, Robert Fitzwilson, wrote the following piece exclusively for King World News. Fitzwilson, who is founder of The Portola Group, warns, “When the masses realize that their money is being overtly destroyed in front of their eyes, there will be a panic. By then, it will be too late.” Below is Fitzwilson’s piece which discusses the approaching end game, and how gold and silver will be the primary beneficiaries.

“Over the millennia, gold and silver have been the critical intermediaries between purchasers and providers of goods and services. Having a sound standard for economic activity has been a critical factor in the rise of history’s most influential societies. In our time, nothing seems to generate more heated discourse than the topic of a gold standard.

The intensity of the controversy should be viewed as odd. Gold and silver have been used as money for almost all of mankind’s recorded economic history. Only in the last 40 years have calls for the return to some form of a gold standard invited such extreme ridicule from academics and popular media alike. This is despite the overwhelming evidence that sound money is one of the critical prerequisites to sustainable, long-term economic prosperity.”

 

Obama Second Term Preview: We Are All Chicagoans Now

by Joel B. Pollak, Breitbart:

In March 2003, amidst simmering legislative controversy over the future of Chicago’s lakefront airport, Meigs Field, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley sent bulldozers in the dead of night to carve the letter “X” several times into the runway, rendering the airport useless and ending the debate. That stunt is a model for President Barack Obama’s second term, in which he is determined to exceed the boundaries of his power.

On every front, the Obama administration is testing its constitutional limits. Yesterday’s announcement of 23 executive orders to implement gun control without the consent of Congress is only the most recent example. Obama knows that some of the orders will not stand, just as some of the legislation he has proposed will not pass. But if he can make even a small dent in the Second Amendment, he can change the debate forever.

Likewise on the debt ceiling, where Obama has indicated bluntly that he will not even negotiate with Republicans. In 2006, Obama railed against a new debt ceiling increase, when the national debt was $8 trillion–half of what it is today–just as he raged against what he saw as the expansion of executive power under President George W. Bush. Now that he is the one in control, Obama is determined to seize whatever he can.

 

Government Pushes Propaganda Through Video Games

from Washington’s Blog:

Military Recruits Young People Through Misleading Games

We documented yesterday that American movies, television and news are dominated by the CIA and other government agencies.

The government also spreads propaganda through video games.

By way of example, former CIA director William Colby went to work for a video game company after he retired, and a former United States marine allegedly confessed to working at a video game company which was really a CIA front tocreate a game to drum up support for war against Iran.

The Guardian reports:

 

Analysis: France digs in for long, uncertain stay in Mali 
posted 1/17/13
(Reuters) - In five days, France's mercy dash to Mali to stop al Qaeda-linked Islamists seizing the capital has bounced it into a promise to keep troops there until its West African former colony is finally back on its feet.Read more... 

 

Other Tyrants Who Have Used Children As Props 
posted 1/17/13
Obama’s shameless exploitation of children as set pieces is hardly new or original. In fact, tyrants and dictators have used kids as props down through the ages.

Here are a few more recent examples:

The Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin Read more... 

 

Whole Foods CEO: Health care law 'like fascism' 
posted 1/17/13
The CEO of Whole Foods compared President Obama's health care law to "fascism" in a radio interview on Wednesday, a turnabout from earlier comments in which he compared the signature reforms to socialism.

"Technically speaking, it's more like fascism," John Mackey told NPR's Morning Edition. "Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn't own the means of production, but they do control it — and that's what's happening with our health care programs and these reforms." Read more... 

 

Bob Schieffer Likens Obama 'Taking on the Gun Lobby' to Hunt for Bin Laden, 'Defeating the Nazis' 
posted 1/17/13
Bob Schieffer somehow topped Chris Matthews during CBS News's special coverage of President Obama's gun control press conference on Wednesday, as he became the worst caricature of a foaming-at-the-mouth cheerleader for the chief executive. Schieffer lauded "one of the best speeches I've ever heard him [Obama] deliver", and compared Obama's new gun control agenda to Lyndon Johnson's push for civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

The CBS veteran even went so far to liken the President's cause to the ten-year hunt for 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and the difficult endeavor of winning World War II [audio available here; video below the jump]: Read more... 

 

U.S. Military Suicides Outnumbered Combat Deaths in Afghanistan in 2012 
posted 1/16/13
The bigger struggle facing the U.S. military isn’t how to “win” in Afghanistan, but how to get the troops home and keep them alive.

Last year, more military personnel committed suicide (349) than the total of soldiers killed in the war (295). Read more... 

 

Key House Republicans Push for Bigger US Role in Mali War 
posted 1/16/13
The Obama Administration’s pledges for aid to the French invasion of Mali have mostly been vague, and while they talk escalation outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has repeatedly ruled out ground troops.

But the appetite for an ever increasing US role in this war seems to be considerable among key House Republicans, with several leaders of top committees pushing for the US to commit broader military and logistics support to the conflict. Read more... 


Economy January 18, 2013

It Will Take The Fed Seven Years To Deliver 300 Tons Of German Gold 

 

All Aboard The Gold Repatriation Train: First Germany, Next: The Netherlands 

 

Top UBS Analyst Predicts Carnage For The US Dollar & Equities 

 

What’s the Tipping Point?:Bringing the Average American To Their Knees! 

 

Masses Close To Realizing Their Money Is Being Destroyed:Over the millennia, gold and silver have been the critical intermediaries between purchasers and providers of goods and services. 

 

Survey: Small Business Hates Obama's Washington

 

Revolution or WWIII? The Petrodollar Scam

 

 

 

UFOs Over Michigan Baffle Multiple Eyewitnesses
There's no official explanation yet of what people reported in the skies over Detroit last Thursday night. "I've been watching the airplanes tonight and it wasn't quite as high as them," eyewitness David Levy told Fox 2 News. "You could actually see the triangle shape of the object." Levy was with a group of friends in Flat Rock around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, according to Fox 2 News reporter Ron Savage. "In fact, our Fox 2 Facebook page has been blowing up with hundreds of posts on the subject," Savage reported. One Facebook poster named Shaun wrote: "They were black triangle-shaped objects making circles over West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills. There was no noise and they had bright lights. I'm not making this up and I know somebody else saw these things."

 

Keiser Report: Devil’s Deadly Derivatives (E394)

from Russia Today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sqXwv6fcu4Y

 

In this episode, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the risk of toxic derivatives, annoying neighbors and Glenn Beck’s ‘libertarian’ paradise. They also discuss the belief that markets can predict stock prices, which they can’t . . . unless they’re rigged, which they are. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to Nick Dunbar, author of The Devil’s Derivatives and Inventing Money and journalist at Bloomberg, about the Escher painting that is the global derivatives market where bankers are trading an option on an option that is a bet upon a bet upon a bet on a bet on a bet upon which there may be no collateral.

 

Gold and Basel III

by Przemyslaw Radomski, SafeHaven.com:

Perhaps you have never heard of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) located in Basel, Switzerland. Perhaps you have never heard of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), a separate legal entity with headquarters at the BIS. But these two regulatory bodies play a considerably important role in the development of international banking supervisory standards. And, as it happens, they also put forward propositions on how gold is to be seen by the banks.

The BIS was set up in 1930, its goals and means have changed throughout the years and today its main scope of activity is to provide central banks with credit when necessary and to help in achieving monetary and financial stability on an international level. The BCBS was established in 1974 and is primarily concerned with coordinating banking supervisory activities. Both BIS and BCBS are organizations with history but neither of them have legal power to enforce any changes in the law of its members.

 

Masses Close To Realizing Their Money Is Being Destroyed

from KingWorldNews:

Today 40-year veteran, Robert Fitzwilson, wrote the following piece exclusively for King World News. Fitzwilson, who is founder of The Portola Group, warns, “When the masses realize that their money is being overtly destroyed in front of their eyes, there will be a panic. By then, it will be too late.” Below is Fitzwilson’s piece which discusses the approaching end game, and how gold and silver will be the primary beneficiaries.

“Over the millennia, gold and silver have been the critical intermediaries between purchasers and providers of goods and services. Having a sound standard for economic activity has been a critical factor in the rise of history’s most influential societies. In our time, nothing seems to generate more heated discourse than the topic of a gold standard.

The intensity of the controversy should be viewed as odd. Gold and silver have been used as money for almost all of mankind’s recorded economic history. Only in the last 40 years have calls for the return to some form of a gold standard invited such extreme ridicule from academics and popular media alike. This is despite the overwhelming evidence that sound money is one of the critical prerequisites to sustainable, long-term economic prosperity.”

 

Why Mali? – An Eldorado of Uranium, Gold, Petroleum, Strategic Minerals

from Zen-Haven:

The French government has stated that: “it would send 2,500 troops to support Malian government soldiers in the conflict against Islamist rebels. France has already deployed around 750 troops to Mali, and French carriers arrived in Bamako on Tuesday morning…..

We will continue the deployment of forces on the ground and in the air….. We have one goal. To ensure that when we leave, when we end our intervention, Mali is safe, has legitimate authorities, an electoral process and there are no more terrorists threatening its territory.” [1]

So this is the official narrative of France and those who support it. And of course this is what is widely reported by the mainstrem media.

France is supported by other NATO members. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta confirmed that the US was providing intelligence to French forces in Mali. [2] Canada, Belgium, Denmark and Germany have also publicly backed the French incursion, pledging logistical support in the crackdown on the rebels. [3]

 

Looking in Fort Knox for its Gold

by Alfred Adask, TheInternationalForecaster.com:

Ft. Knox Gold Gone? On Thursday’s radio show (Financial Survival, 4PM to 5PM East Coast time (dgscoins.com), I was reading from an article by Mr. Przemyslaw Radomski that explored the possibility that there’s no longer any gold in the U.S. depository at Ft. Knox:

•  ”An audit of the US gold holdings has  been demanded by some for years, but the government will not allow it.   The gold belongs to the American people, so why won’t they let us see  it?  Many think it is because it is no longer there.  If that is indeed  the case, do we not face a ‘financial Armageddon’?

“At first it may sound shocking, but the last audit of gold stored in Fort Knox took place in 1953. No typo here, 1953, just after U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower took office. [However,] No outside experts were allowed [during that audit] and the audit team tested only about 5% of gold hoarded in the fort. So, there hasn’t been a comprehensive audit of Fort Knox in over 60 (!!!) years.”

 

Debt Ceiling 2011 Vs 2013 Compare And Contrast

from Zero Hedge:

The last few months have seen US equity markets swinging from confidence to grave concerns (briefly) and back to exuberance even as the looming ‘debt ceiling’ and sequester remains dead ahead. The pattern is eerily similar in price (and volatility) terms to the movements ahead of the Summer 2011 ‘debt ceiling’ debacle. What is just as concerning is, as Bloomberg’s Chart of the Day shows, is the mass psychology aspect, as mentions of the words ‘debt ceiling’ are once again gathering pace, just as they did in 2011. Markets may not repeat, but they do echo; and as UBS’ Art Cashin noted, this month marks the 40-year anniversary of a significant top in the market as stocks broke to all-time highs and “all appeared right with the world.” Perhaps, it is our inexorably optimistic belief that the politicians will fix it all (or kick the can) at the last minute – so there is nothing to fear but fear itself; or perhaps this time, there is a line in the sand that both sides need to defend.

 

Fed Concerned About Overheated Markets Amid Record Bond-Buying 
posted 1/17/13
Federal Reserve officials are voicing increased concern that record-low interest rates are overheating markets for assets from farmland to junk bonds, which could heighten risks when they reverse their unprecedented bond purchases.

Investors have been snapping up riskier assets since the Fed boosted its bond buying to reduce long-term borrowing costs after cutting its overnight rate target close to zero in December 2008. Enthusiasm for speculative-grade bonds is at unprecedented levels, driving a Credit Suisse index that tracks the yield on more than 1,500 issues to a record-low 5.9 percent last week. Read more... 

 

David Stockman: Congress & the FED are Killing Capitalism 
posted 1/17/13
In a Sept. 14, 2012 speech at the Mises Circle in Manhattan, Pres. Regan’s Budget Director David Stockman warns that Bernanke is destroying capitalism from inside out by disabling capital & money markets. This was the day after “QE3 Infinite” was announced by Bernanke. Stockman called Bernanke “the most dangerous man to ever hold high office in the history of the U.S.” Jeff Deist, Ron Paul’s Chief of Staff, will comment on Stockman's points as one who has looked at the U.S. fiscal calamity on behalf of Ron Paul, and on what kind of even larger fiscal cliff we may be facing in the future. Read more... 

 

Peter Schiff: ‘The Minute We Default, There Would Be a Complete Collapse’ in the Bond Market 
posted 1/17/13
Squabbling in Washington over the debt ceiling is again raising the specter that the United States may be forced to delay payments on its debt.

While the stigma of a default would be damaging enough to investor sentiment, the chaos from a breakdown in financial markets' systems that might result would be even scarier. Read more... 

 

US taps pension fund to avoid passing debt limit 
posted 1/17/13
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the government has begun borrowing from the federal employee pension fund to keep operating without surpassing its debt limit.

Geithner says in a letter to congressional leaders that the move will free up $156 billion in borrowing authority while Congress debates increasing the $16.4 trillion debt limit. Read more... 

 

Social Security Cliff in Sight; Retirees Will Outlive Trust Fund; Ramifications of Nonmarketable IOUs and Privatization 
posted 1/17/13
In response to my post Making Social Security Actuarially Sound in a Business-Friendly Manner I have been exchanging emails and phone conversations with Jed Graham at Investor's Business Daily.

Jed thinks benefit cuts will happen, and I agree. However, Social Security cuts are considered the "third rail" in politics. Read more... 

 

The Frightening Truth Behind Bank Of America's "Earnings" 
posted 1/17/13
Over a year ago we noted that when it comes to Bank of America "earnings", items which traditionally are classified as non-recurring, one-time: primarily litigation and mortgage related charges, have now become recurring, and all the time, courtesy of the worst M&A transaction of all time - the purchase of Countrywide and its horrifying mortgage book. Read more... 

 


News January 6, 2013

Japan Hit With 12 Earthquakes in New Year Compared to 5 to Start 2012

 

Earthquakes 2012 Were Pretty Average – May Signify Pressure Is Building for 2013

 

January 1 Snow Coverage Sets New Record for US

 

The First Muslim President

 

Egyptian Mag Affirms Brotherhood Infiltration of White House – 6 American Muslims Have Strong Influence on U.S. Policy

 

Lawmakers Review Plan to Declare Voters 'Bigots'

 

Obama and His Plans for Tyranny

 

Is Heaven Real? A Neurosurgeon Shares His Story About the Afterlife 

 

Adam Lanza's dead body to be used to criminalize innocents who have similar gene 

 

We're now one step closer to America's coming civil war 

 

 

Likud loses ground over Netanyahu’s fuzzy security messages

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 5, 2013,

Likud’s chief asset, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, may also be its chief liability. His silence and ambiguity, his failure to preempt a nuclear-armed Iran and his alignment with Barak Obama on Middle East affairs affecting Israel’s vital security are hurting his party - the joint Likud-Yisrael Beitenu ticket – which, 17 days before a general election, is on a downward slide to 34 from its first 47-seat rating. Yet, the polls still put him in the top slot (43+ percent) as favorite for prime minister and his left-of-center opposition is falling back.                  Read more


What’s the Best GET HOME BAG & What’s in Yours?

 

by SGT,

 

Friends, in these crazy times sharing survival related info with each other is important. Over the past year we’ve heard from author and SurvivalBlog.com founderJames Wesley Rawles. And we’ve featured posts from Rawles’ SurvivalBlog, Survival and Beyond, Ammoland, ReThink Survival and nutnfancy, among others. But all of this good info can get a bit hard to consume – much less fully digest – when our primary focus each day is on economic crimes, precious metals and the emerging police state.

So here’s a question for you. What in your opinion, is the best quality, most useful ‘Get Home Bag’ (or Bug Out Bag)? Please leave us your thoughts in the comments below. What’s your favorite brand and model – and why? Also, what are the top ten most important items you’ve loaded into yours? I have one from Maxpedition and it’s great, but I could stand to get a slightly larger one.

I think this is a conversation that can benefit a lot of folks who still haven’t taken this particular step in the Prepper’s journey. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

 

Photo of Obama Reacting to Sandy Hook News More State Propaganda

The narrative surrounding this official image is simply NOT credible.

by Aaron Dykes, InfoWars:

The official photo released by the White House showing President Obama with his head hung low, sunken after receiving news of the terrible Sandy Hook shooting massacre is undoubtedly a powerful image.

It has been rightfully criticized by many for its blatant hypocrisies — releasing it weeks after the event for the sheer purpose of exploiting tragedy to push for gun control, all while ignoring the “collateral damage” deaths of children, women and other non-combatant innocents in the War on Terror and on-going drone strikes.

But further, the narrative surrounding this official image is simply NOT credible. We’ve been lied to and manipulated too much before. The timing of its release, weeks after the tragedy, is purely calculated to play heartstrings in attempt to convince the country to accept gun control (which would not have prevented this tragedy, nor future tragedies).

 

Culture, Integrity and Questioning Authority

by Joel F. Wade, The Daily Bell:

If you want to have your strongest and most positive impact on your culture, the way to do it is to live with integrity – meaning that you know your principles and you live by them and speak from them.

There are solitary creatures like pandas and bumblebees and there are social animals like wolves and wildebeests but we are the only living creatures on Earth who have culture. Culture is created when your knowledge, wisdom and innovations can be transmitted and have an impact over time and space, beyond your immediate influence.

With culture, when a problem is solved by one person, it has the possibility of being solved forever, and throughout the entire culture, which means that the culture can change in significant ways over time. While our human nature has not fundamentally changed over the millennia, our human culture has.

 

Welcome to the Company Store

by David Galland, Casey Research:

Government to the Rescue

It is entirely possible that in the months leading up to the so-called fiscal cliff, you spent time reading in-depth analysis of what going over the cliff was going to look like.

But if so, you didn’t read it here.

That’s because at no point in the months of media hand-wringing ahead of said cliff did we here at Casey Research believe we’d see any outcome other than the one that just came to pass.

Which is to say, at no point did we believe that the Republicrats and Demopublicans were going to let anything remotely looking like austerity prevail and so clip their ability to spend like the drunken frat boys they are.

 

How to Evade Government Surveillance and Stay Anonymous Online

by Chris Dougherty, Activist Post:

Why stay anonymous online? In today’s society there are people and automated devices that are recording your deepest, most private thoughts and activities. Each day we voluntarily divulge the most intimate details of our lives throughsocial networking accounts, email, banking apps, online games and more. In addition, governments and corporations can censor and block our traffic based on whatever standards are in place that day.

Government agencies, hackers and sophisticated bot networks are capturing every piece of digital data that we transmit through all of our Internet-connected gadgets. Smartphones, Smart TVs, computers, tablets, and so much more…they are all vulnerable, nothing is safe these days. Even your old clam-shell phone isn’t safe. This is because many phone providers route your calls over media using the Internet Protocol at some point within their network. For example, long distance providers transfer calls over VoIP all the time.

Whether you’re browsing the Web, signing up for a new online game, or simply checking your email, you are constantly leaving tracks and giving away information to anyone with access and the knowledge to analyze the traffic. Once the data is compiled the attacker can build an incredibly accurate profile of not only your online life but your real-world life as well.

 

FBI Labels Occupy As Terrorists

by John Aziz, Azizonomics:

It’s disturbing enough that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security determined to investigated Occupy Wall Street as a “domestic terrorist” group. But the reality is even more absurd than that.

Via Digital Journal:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation knew of a plot to assassinate members of the Occupy Wall Street at protests around the United States but did not inform the potential victims of the threats to their lives.

The shocking revelation was buried deep within documents released to the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), a human and civil rights advocacy organization, after the group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Last week, Digital Journal reported that the documents obtained by PCJF detailed how the FBI cooperated with the Department of Homeland Security, US military and private corporations to monitor and investigate Occupy Wall Street protesters as “domestic terrorists” and “criminals.” The documents prove that federal agencies are “functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and corporate America,” PCJF said.

 

Sign the petition to demand White House, govt. buildings become ‘gun free zones

by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:

President Barack Obama has vowed to use the power of his office to seek sweeping new gun control measures to kick off his second term in January, a new petition posted on the White House’s We the People website is calling on the administration to practice what it preaches for ordinary Americans.

Specifically, the petition demands that the president issue an executive orderamending the 1990 Gun-Free School Zones Act to “establish the White House, all federal buildings and federal events as gun free zones and all federal security personnel will turn in their guns.”

Eliminating a double standard

“We also demand the order apply to private schools such as Sidwell Friends School attended by the president’s daughters,” says the petition, which was initiated by talk show host and InfoWars.com founder Alex Jones.

 

Revealed: Military’s Top Secret Tsunami Bomb

from The Daily Bell:

Tsunami bomb’ tested off New Zealand coast … The United States and New Zealand conducted secret tests of a “tsunami bomb” designed to destroy coastal cities by using underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves. The tests were carried out in waters around New Caledonia and Auckland during the Second World War and showed that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 large offshore blasts could potentially create a 33-foot tsunami capable of inundating a small city. The top secret operation, code-named “Project Seal”, tested the doomsday device as a possible rival to the nuclear bomb. About 3,700 bombs were exploded during the tests, first in New Caledonia and later at Whangaparaoa Peninsula, near Auckland. – UK Telegraph

Dominant Social Theme: Here it is, boys. But we never really pursued it, so relax.

Free-Market Analysis: Why would this leak now? Well, according to the article, “The plans came to light during research by a New Zealand author and filmmaker, Ray Waru, who examined military files buried in the national archives.”

Turns out that Waru is a famous Maori commentator who’s received the New Zealand Order of Merit fromQueen Elizabeth of England/Britain. So Waru isn’t exactly an outsider. Additionally, the RoyalistTelegraph is writing this article and featuring this information. Would they do so if it were detrimental to British “national security”?

 

Iran claims shooting down two US drones 
posted 1/4/13
Iran on Wednesday said it had shot down two US-made RQ-11 reconnaissance drones in the past 15 months, adding to a ScanEagle drone and RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft it already claims to have captured.

“The army’s air defence shot down two… RQ-11 drones,” Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari told state television and Fars news agency, adding that the army was carrying out “research” on the downed unmanned aircraft.

He said the first had been brought down in Shahrivar 1390 (August-September 2011) and the second in Aban 1391 (October-November 2012), but gave no details of their location.

He did not offer proof for the claim. Read more... 

 

Workers making $30,000 will take a bigger hit on their pay than those earning $500,000 under new fiscal deal 
posted 1/4/13
Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

Earners in the latter group will pay an average 1.3 percent more - or an additional $2,711 - in taxes this year, while workers making between $30,000 and $200,000 will see their paychecks shrink by as much as 1.7 percent - or up to $1,784 - the D.C.-based think tank reported.

Overall, nearly 80 percent of households will pay more money to the federal government as a result of the fiscal cliff deal. Read more... 


Economy January 6, 2013

Keiser Report: Hierarchy of Fraud (E388)

from Russia Today:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VcV7nQtEXnA

 

In this episode, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the newly knighted, Sir Hector Sants, the catastrophic ambition of global bank fraud and the merger of the police state and the banks in the suppression of Occupy Wall Street. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to ‘the Thomas Jefferson of the internet,’ John Perry Barlow about his new website, pressfreedomfoundation.org, started with John Cusack and Daniel Ellsberg and dedicated to circumventing financial blockades and, thus, enabling donations to such groups as WikiLeaks and others dedicated to transparency and journalism.

 

 

Economy on Brink – Interview with Paul Craig Roberts

from BreakingTheSet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=grI1zoMzH9I

 

 

Swiss Firm Introduces Divisible Gold Card For “A Scary New World”

by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

As uncertainty about the stability of the global economy spreads and investors look for ways to diversify their assets, precious metals companies are looking for ways to cater to those who are seeking a safe haven in assets like gold and silver.

Though often described as “the money of last resort,” one gripe from potential investors about owning gold is that it is costly, currently running around $1700 an ounce, and not feasible as an emergency exchange mechanism in the event of financial and economic catastrophe that may disrupt food supplies and the normal flow of commerce. The problem with one ounce gold coins, or even 1/10th of an ounce fractional coins, is that if you needed to buy a few loaves of bread, medicine, clothing or supplies in an emergency it would be difficult to do so with a gold coin as opposed to something like silver, which can be more easily traded for smaller value goods.

Enter the “Combibar” Gold Card – designed for “a scary new world.”

 

14 Carrots

by Richard (Rick) Mills, Ahead of the Herd:

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information

“14 Carrot Rabbit” is an animated cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam.

The story begins with an old man named Louie successfully gold panning on his claim. Chilkoot Sam (Yosemite Sam) of nasty reputation and carrying a gun, scares Louie away and claims his gold. Chilkoot Sam gets ten bucks for the gold from Pierre at the “Next To Last Chance Saloon.” Sam is extremely unhappy to receive only $10 for ‘his’ gold. However something happens right in the middle of his violent tirade that makes him forget about his poor payday – Bugs Bunny staggers in with a huge gold nugget he trades for a few measly carrots. After Bugs takes his leave, Sam asks Pierre where the carrot cruncher got his gold. All Pierre can tell him is that the bunny gets a ‘funny feeling’ when he’s near gold.

Executive Order 6102

On April 5, 1933, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 making the hoarding of gold certificates, coins and bullion illegal by American citizens, forcing them to sell their gold to the Federal Reserve. The value of the gold held by the Federal Reserve increased from $4 billion to $12 billion between 1933 and 1937.

 

U.S. regulator sues JPMorgan over WaMu mortgage securities

by Aruna Viswanatha, Reuters via Yahoo Finance:

The U.S. credit union regulator sued JPMorgan (JPM) and Washington Mutual late Friday over $2.2 billion in mortgage securities sold to credit unions that collapsed because of losses from the securities.

The suit is the third the regulator, the National Credit Union Administration, has filed against JPMorgan involving mortgage losses, and the second in the past month.

In December, it sued the bank over $3.6 billion in securities sold by Bear Stearns, which JPMorgan acquired during the financial crisis. In June 2011, the NCUA sued over some $1.4 billion in securities in which JPMorgan was the underwriter and seller. Both suits are still pending.

 

Exclusive: Art Cashin 2013 Predictions, Warnings & Outlook

from KingWorldNews:

Today 50-year veteran Art Cashin spoke with King World News about the possibility of a US downgrade, and the implications of what is happening with the Fed and other central planners around the world. This is also the first interview where Cashin gives his predictions, warnings and outlook for what investors should expect in 2013.

Eric King: “I’m putting you on the spot here, Art, and it’s interesting to hear you talk about this QE situation, but the Fed has been terrible at forecasting QE up to now. And the Fed minutes reminded me of their statement in 2012 that there would be ‘No more QE.’ That turned out to be wrong because by the end of the year we were having additional QE.

I believe in a way that the Fed minutes release was the same message today, essentially, from 2012, but just repackaged. I wanted to get your thoughts on the Fed giving this appearance they will back off on QE. I know there’s remorse, but there is also a theory out there that we are in a ‘QE to infinity’ situation.”

 

World’s first Fairtrade silver comes to Britain

In a bid to improve livelihoods of miners working in dangerous conditions and ensure ethical standards CRED Jewellery has imported the world’s first fairtrade silver into Britain

by David Brough, MineWeb.com

A jewellery retailer has imported the world’s first “Fairtrade” and “Fairmined” silver to Britain, in a bid to improve livelihoods of miners working in dangerous conditions and ensure ethical standards and traceability.

“Fairtrade” silver pays a premium price to poor, independent miners, who represent the vast majority of the labour force mining precious metals globally.

CRED Jewellery, based in Chichester in southern England, has imported some 3 kg. of the silver, extracted from the remote Sotrami mine in Peru, one of the mines certified as Fairtrade and Fairmined.

 

Your CRIMINAL Markets: Dear SEC, This Is HFT “Cheating” At Its Most Obvious. Regards, Everyone Else

from Zero Hedge:

While prosecuting the wrongdoers is clearly not part of the new normal (see Sokol et al.), what Nanex found this morning beggars belief – both in its method of manipulation and clarity that our regulators are clueless. As they note, the high frequency traders (HFT) are at it again. Contorting the spirit of the rules, because those who wrote the rules aren’t technically savvy. On January 4, 2013, we found another instance of HFT morphing their manipulative and illegal quote stuffing strategy in an effort to fly under the radar. Why they don’t just stop this manipulative practice altogether tells us a few things. First, this isn’t some coding error, this is sophisticated cheating. And second, because they are spending valuable programming time on this strategy, there must be some real economic advantage. Which mean a disadvantage to everyone trading against them.

 

US economy adds 155K jobs, rate stays at 7.8 pct. 
posted 1/4/13
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff.

The solid job growth wasn't enough to push down the unemployment rate, which remained 7.8 percent last month, the Labor Department said Friday. The rate for November was revised up from an initially reported 7.7 percent. Read more... 

 

UPDATE: Suddenly, Lots Of Influential People Are Talking About The Trillion Dollar Coin Idea To Save The Economy 
posted 1/4/13
This is really thrilling.

An arcane idea that started on finance blogs in the summer of 2011-- that Tim Geithner should mint a trillion dollar platinum coin to avert the debt ceiling -- is now seriously taking off.

The premise of the idea is this: Although the Treasury can't just create money out of thin air to pay its bills, there is a technicality in the law that says the Treasury has special discretion to create platinum coins of any denomination, and the thinking is that Tim Geithner could make the coin and walk it over to the Federal Reserve and deposit it in the Treasury's bank account. Read more... 

 

FOMC Minutes: Some Fed Members Argue to End Bond Buying This Year 
posted 1/4/13
Federal Reserve policymakers expressed broad support last month for the Fed's plan to buy bonds to support the U.S. economy. But they differed over how long to keep buying bonds to drive down long-term interest rates.

Minutes of the Fed's December policy meeting show that some of the 12 voting members thought the bond purchases would be warranted through the end of this year. Read more... 


News December 27, 2012

Gog as Antichrist: A Historical Survey

RFID Included In Obamacare 666 Microchip

 

No End in Sight for Britain's Floods: Forecasters Warn 6 Weeks' Worth of Rain to Fall Before New Year

 

Monster 25-foot Waves Pound Hawaii

 

Hawaiian Islands Are Dissolving from Within

 

End-of-the-World Scenarios

 

9 Foods You Should Never Eat Again

 

The Left's Alinsky Tactics in Gun Debate

 

And the Biggest Lie of 2012 Is ... Obama, News Media Fingered for Misleading Tales

 

Syrian General Who Led Military Police Defects to Rebels, Says Army Has Become 'Gang for Killing'

 

Egypt's New Islamist Constitution Becomes Law

 

Netanyahu: Israel Is Preparing for Dramatic Changes in Syria

 

U.S. Army North Rapid Response Force Trains to Counter Rioting Hurricane Victims 

 

Navy rescue workers sue Japan over Fukushima cover-up — “Irreparable harm to life expectancy” — Gov’t and Tepco conspired 

 

 

 

Where are Obama and Netanyahu's nuclear clocks?

DEBKAfile Special Report December 26, 2012,

While running for reelection, Barack Obama said an Iranian “breakout capacity” must be averted because it meant Tehran could quickly assemble a nuclear weapon before US or Israeli intelligence caught on and had time to intervene. debkafile: Iran is widely presumed to have passed this stage already, and so “breakout capacity” is just another red line to be blown away by Tehran. The talk of 2013 being a critical year for preempting Iran’s nuclear capacity is nothing but election spin.            Read more

 

Iran, Hizballah setting up terror squads to perpetuate Syrian war post Assad         
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

Tehran has plans to maintain its grip on Syria, even while Washington and Russia are pressing on with secret discussions on the fate of Syrian president Bashar Assad and, in Damascus, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi Tuesday, Dec. 25, gave himself an extra six days to mediate a deal for ending the war. debkafile:  Saudi intelligence chiefs at the GCC summit in Manama revealed that Iran intends launching Hizballah and local militias to sabotage any international deals and any transitional regime.        Read more

 

Despite the Doom and Gloom Pt. 2: My 2012 Holiday Message

 

by VC, Vigilant Citizen:

 

 Don’t Get Lost: Researching about the true motivations of the elite can become a disturbing and consuming exercise. It is easy to become angry, bitter and disgruntled about what is discovered. Yes, realizing that the elite is a sick, twisted and outright evil group is very unsettling and leads to lots of questioning. But, in the end, we must not allow ourselves to be sucked into “their” world and become obsessed with their culture of death. We must live our own lives to the fullest, according to our own values and, more importantly, we must never forget that life is still breathtakingly beautiful. I often say that for each minute one spends learning about the ugly truth in the world, one must spend five enjoying its beauty. If we become angry, bitter and depressed, we’ve lost and they won. It is not enough to know about their plans, we must carry out OUR plans. “They” are definitely trying to debase us from what is real, right, pure, good and authentic to make us accept their values, but we don’t have to accept it.

The greatest thing about being Vigilant Citizens is that we can recognize mass media BS, laugh at it, completely reject it and go on living the life we want to live. No obsessing about superficiality and materialism. No being scared to death by the news trying to push an agenda. No worshiping celebrities. Just real, basic, timeless values based on morals and principles – all concepts that are deemed uncool nowadays but that are nevertheless the roots of a strong person and of a strong community.

 

Gun Control HYPOCRISY: The School Obama’s Daughters Attend Has 11 ARMED Guards

 

by AWR Hawkins, Breitbart:

 

Some interesting news has broken in the wake of the latest push for gun control by President Obama and Senate Democrats: Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact.

The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak. If you dismiss this by saying, “Of course they have armed guards — they get Secret Service protection,” then you’ve missed the larger point.

The larger point is that this is standard operating procedure for the school, period. And this is the reason people like NBC’s David Gregory send their kids to Sidwell, they know their kids will be protected from the carnage that befell kids at a school where armed guards weren’t used (and weren’t even allowed).

 

Gun Control and Genocide

by Gary North, Lew Rockwell:

Sunday, April 24th marked the 90th anniversary of the first genocide of the twentieth century: the Turkish government’s slaughter of over a million unarmed Armenians. The key word is “unarmed.”

The Turks got away with it under the cover of wartime. They suffered no greater postwar reprisals for this act of genocide than if they had not conducted mass murder of a peaceful people.

Other governments soon took note of this fact. It seemed like such a convenient international precedent.

Seventy-nine years after that genocide began, Hotel Rwanda opened for business.

The Hutus also got away with it. Ironically, at least a decade before – I wish I could remember the date – Harper’s ran an article predicting this genocide for this reason: the Hutus had machine guns. The Tutsis didn’t. The article was written as a kind of parable, not a politically specific forecast. I remember reading it at the time and thinking, “If I were a Tutsi, I’d emigrate.”

 

A warning to gun grabbers and collectivist media: By calling for gun control, you are unleashing your own worst nightmare

by Mike Adams, Natural News:

By screaming about how they wish to destroy the Second Amendment and disarm the American people, collectivist media gun grabbers and “school shooting doomsday” fear mongers have managed to do exactly what they hoped NOT to do: They have pushed millions of AR-15s and hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunitioninto the private hands of Americans.

Over the Christmas holiday, I spoke with a friend who owns the largest retail gun shop (and advanced tactical shooting range) in one of the largest U.S. cities. He told me, “Our store sales have been $100,000 a day since the Newtown shooting.” On a normal business day, his sales hover around the $10,000 mark, so what we’re witnessing here is a 1000% increase in gun sales.

“Our shelves have been stripped bare. People are buying everything in sight, AR-15s, handguns, shotguns, ammo, scopes, magazines, uppers… you name it, it’s gone. When a new shipment comes in each day, it’s gone in 10 minutes. People are waiting here for hours just to buy a rifle.”

 

 

Mainstream Media Turns Heat Up on Law Abiding Gun Owners, Uses Sandy Hook False Flag As the Excuse

Do You Have The Right To Know If Your Neighbor Owns A Gun?

from MOXNEWSd0tC0M:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PcH0jclFGH8

 

 

Keeping Sight of the Cliff

by Anthony J.Ciani, American Thinker:

A problem can never be solved unless both it and the desired outcome are clearly defined. The worst possible thing to do in any negotiation is to lose sight of what you are negotiating for; unfortunately, losing sight may be exactly what is happening with the “fiscal cliff”. The debate has somehow become focused on the singular issue of tax hikes, but the problem is multifaceted, and the best course of action may have been lost in the fog.

The “fiscal cliff” is more like a mountainous landscape, with slopes, falls, rapids, and precipices. The United States has found itself lost in the mountains, surrounded by dangers, and it needs to navigate a path back to safety. The destination and terrain are being argued about while the country continues to move forward down an increasingly dangerous path. But this argument is both necessary and beneficial. President Obama and the Democratic Party have grossly misjudged both their desired destination and the safety of the path. For the Republicans, the destination is obvious, and there are many ways to get there, but some ways are harder than others.

 

New study: Infants receiving the most vaccines are the most likely to be hospitalized and die

by Neil Z. Miller, Natural News:

A new study, published in Human and Experimental Toxicology, a peer-reviewed journal indexed by the National Library of Medicine, analyzed more than 38,000 reports of infant hospitalizations and deaths following vaccinations.[1] Researchers found statistically significant correlations between the number of vaccine doses administered to infants and infant hospitalization and mortality rates: babies who receive the most vaccines tend to have higher (worse) hospitalization and death rates.

Infants who received 2 vaccines simultaneously were significantly less likely to be hospitalized than infants who received 3 or more vaccines at the same time. Infants who received 3 vaccines simultaneously were significantly less likely to be hospitalized than infants who received 4 or more vaccines at the same time. Babies who received 6, 7, or 8 vaccines during a single pediatric well-baby visit were the most likely to be hospitalized following their injections. In fact, the hospitalization rate increased linearly from 11.0% for infants receiving 2 vaccine doses to 23.5% for infants receiving 8 vaccine doses.

 

Is It Too Late to Start Prepping?

by Daisy Luther, The Daily Sheeple:

A lot of new folks are starting to realize that the outlook in North America is every bit as grim as the reality in European countries like Greece, Spain, Portugal and a host of others. When even the mainstream media is making dire predictions, the writing is truly on the wall.

If you’re new at this, you might be dipping your toe in the water, reading some survivalist and prepping websites, trying to figure out how to keep your family safe and well-fed in the difficult days ahead…and you may also read a host of discouraging comments saying that it’s too late to get started.  ”If you aren’t already prepared, there’s no time left,” many experienced preppers are saying dismally. “You’re screwed.

Charity Begins With Wealth Creation

Charity—helping people who have trouble helping themselves—is a good thing two times over. It’s good for the beneficiary and good for the donor, too. Stephen Post's fine book, The Hidden Gifts of Helping, reveals that 76 percent of Americans say that helping others is what makes them most happy. Giving money makes us feel good, and helping face-to-face is even better. People say it makes them feel physically healthier. They sleep better.

Private charity is unquestioningly better than government efforts to help people. Government squanders money. Charities sometime squander money, too, but they usually don’t.

Proof of the superiority of private over government efforts is everywhere. Catholic charities do a better job educating children than government—for much less money. New York City’s government left Central Park a dangerous mess. Then a private charity rescued it. But while charity is important, let’s not overlook something more important: Before we can help anyone, we first need something to give. 
Productionprecedes donation. Advocates of big government forget this.

We can’t give unless we (or someone) first creates. Yet 
wealth creators are encouraged to feel guilt. “Bill Gates, or any billionaire, for that matter,” Yaron Brook, author of Free Market Revolution and president of the Ayn Rand Institute, said on myTV show, “how did they become a billionaire? By creating a product or great service that benefits everybody. And we know it benefits us because we pay for it. We pay less than what it's worth to us. That's why we trade—we get more value than what we give up. So, our lives are better off. Bill Gates improved hundreds of millions of lives around the world. That's how he became a billionaire.” Read more....

 

If You Are On This List You May Be In Grave Danger

Over the weekend a mainstream media web site on the east coast published, presumably in the interest of public safety, a complete list of individuals and businesses that are licensed to carry or own handguns.

Much to the amusement of those who would confiscate firearms from law abiding citizens, the list, complete with an interactive map, essentially allows those who are preparing to commit such crimes as burglary, robbery or worse to locate specific addresses where residents are armed.

The problem, of course, is that in their haste to publicly out and embarrass legal gun owners, The Journal News actually did exactly the opposite of the intended purpose of their exclusive breaking report.

You see, now when a criminal gang decides to target a particular home they can utilize the new map to zoom in on specific homes in a neighborhood to determine if they will be faced with any sort of danger should they choose to attack a particular target.
Read more....

 

Israel, Like US, Doubts Syrian Rebels’ ‘Poison Gas’ Claims 
posted 12/26/12
Israeli Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon, seen as one of a handful of front-runners for the Defense Ministry post after the January election, has added more doubts to the Syrian rebels’ claims of the regime using “poison gas,” saying there was no “confirmation or proof” for the allegation.

“The opposition has an interest in drawing in international military intervention,” Ya’alon added. The US has also said they doubt the rebels’ claims were authentic, noting several inconsistencies in the story. Read more... 

 

Congress, at Last Minute, Drops Requirement to Obtain Warrant to Monitor Email 
posted 12/26/12
The federal government will continue to access Americans’ emails without a warrant, after the U.S. Senate dropped a key amendment to legislation now headed to the White House for approval.

Last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved an amendment attached to the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act (which deals with publishing users’ Netflix information on Facebook pages) that would have required federal law enforcement to obtain a warrant before monitoring email or other data stored remotely (i.e., the cloud). Read more... 

 

Treasury Dept. Tells Staff Not to Worry About 'Fiscal Cliff' 
posted 12/26/12
The Treasury Department is telling its staff not to worry about the "fiscal cliff," an internal memorandum sent to all employees reveals. The memo, which is signed by the deputy secretary of the treasury, Neal S. Wolin, states that "there is no reason why both sides should not be able to come together" to reach a deal.

"As you are likely aware, the Administration and Congress are continuing to work to resolve a series of economic or fiscal events, collectively referred to as the “fiscal cliff,” that are scheduled to occur around the end of the year. One of the key issues involves potential across-the-board reductions in Federal spending- also known as “sequestration”-which were put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Under current law, these reductions are scheduled to take effect on January 2, 2013. Many of you have raised questions regarding the impact of a potential sequestration for the Department of the Treasury, and I would like to take a moment to clarify a few things," the memo begins. Read more... 


Economy December 27, 2012

10 FASCINATING ECONOMIC COLLAPSES THROUGHOUT HISTORY 

 

Government Dependents Outnumber Those With Private Sector Jobs In 11 U.S. States:America is rapidly becoming a nation of takers. 

 

Merry Christmas: Partial List of Obamacare Taxes, Fees

 

Obamacare Tax Hikes May Just Be Getting Started

 

100 Million Tax Returns May Be Delayed

 

 

Something Wicked Comes This Way

 

from The Daily Bell:

 

A Banking System We Can Trust … Turn all financial firms into mutual funds. A Banking System We Can Trust – Turn all financial firms into mutual funds. Before throwing more money at Wall Street, let’s understand what our financial system was supposed to deliver, what it did deliver and what price it charged. The system was supposed to channel our hard-earned savings into the best real investments: new homes, offices, factories, equipment and research. And it was supposed to correctly price our assets. It did neither. Instead, Wall Street morphed into a vast gambling enterprise, generating massive trades of existing securities without, in fact, raising the investment rate or growing the economy. Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Edward Leamer – Forbes

Dominant Social Theme: If the smartest people in the world were simply allowed to organize it properly, we’d all live in a Nirvana and never have to make any decisions on our own.

Free-Market Analysis: Fascism – the idea that certain people in power should organize society’s manifestations for everyone else – is what modernity calls a “trending topic.”

 

Extremely Important Gold & Silver Charts

from KingWorldNews:

Today King World News is pleased to share with its global readers some extremely important charts that were sent to us from Nick Laird of ShareLynx out of Australia. This is the first in a series of charts that KWN will be releasing from Laird that give a visual snapshot of what is really taking place in the gold and silver markets. We thank Laird for sharing these fascinating charts with our global readers.

The gold chart below illustrates the gain for gold since 2001 in terms of price, and also as a yearly percentage gain:

 

2012 Calm Before Stock Market Storm 2013

by Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, The Market Oracle:

Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight,

Red Sky in the Morning, Sailors take Warning!

We have a new era dawning in Global Monetary policy. It is a new day with the monetary skies already red.

Within 90 days the captains of monetary policy have steered the world into uncharted waters and on a course that history warns us against.

Federal Reserve: QE3 “Unlimited” and QE4 within 90 days, ECB: OMT “Uncapped”, BOJ: QE 10 and the newly elected Prime Minister Abe’s mandate for “Inflation at any cost” BOE: UK’s newly appointed BOE Governor, Mark Carney’s Monetary Evan Rule targeting.

These untested and newly commissioned captains all have PhD’s from the finest Economic schools in the world, but they clearly have not studied nor grasped the key lessons of history.

 

Monetary Malpratice: Deceptions, Distortions & Delusions

from Zero Hedge:

By the Deceptive means of Misinformation and Manipulation of economic data the Federal Reserve has set the stage for broad based moral hazard. Through Distortions caused by Malpractice and Malfeasance, a raft of Unintended Consequences have now changed the economic and financial fabric of America likely forever. The Federal Reserve policies of Quantitative Easing and Negative real interest rates, across the entire yield curve, have been allowed to go on so long that Mispricing and Malinvestment has reached the level that markets are effectively Delusional. Markets have become Dysfunctional concerning the pricing of risk and risk adjusted valuations. Fund Managers can no longer use even the Fed’s own Valuation Model which is openly acknowledged to be broken.

 

Eric Reguly’s 2012 in review: The adventures of Carney, Merkel, Murdoch and more

by Eric Reguly, TheGlobeAndMail.com:

From the woes of Research In Motion to the headline-grabbing Mark Carney, it was an eventful year in business. Eric Reguly gives his (not-so-serious) account of the year that was.

JANUARY: Having failed to predict neither the 2008 financial crash nor the brutal recession that followed, an army of economists predict Greece’s exodus from the euro zone within the year. “Love you guys,” says hedgie Dan Loeb of Third Point, who duly loads up on Greek bonds, nailing a $500-million profit.

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino proves once and for all that babe-watching is a dangerous sport. New Safety of Life at Sea regulations call for cruise ship captains to be fitted with blinders.

 

MF Global trustee expects quicker cash payouts to creditors after deal

James Giddens says he has negotiated deals with former British affiliate and failed brokerage’s parent company

from Guardian:

The trustee for the failed futures brokerage MF Global Inc has announced two key agreements that are expected to accelerate cash payouts to clients and creditors.

James Giddens, trustee for the MF Global estate, said in a statement Saturday he had negotiated deals to resolve disputes with the company’s former British affiliate and the parent company, MF Global Holdings Ltd. As a result of the UK agreement, Giddens estimated that between $500m and $600m could be returned to the MF Global estate if the deal is finalized.

Giddens, whose job is to recover as much money as possible for customers, has returned about 80% of the money in customer trading accounts. He said claims by MF Global’s securities customers could be fully restored. Commodities customers could get “significant additional distributions”.

 

US lambasts China for breaches of trade rules

Washington has issued a blistering attack on China for persistent breaches of world trade rules and abuse of industrial secrets, accusing Beijing of failing to abide by treaty obligations.

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph:

China is still flouting World Trade Organisation rules 11 years after it first joined, misusing the complaints machinery for tit-for-tat retaliation, said US Trade Repesentative Ron Kirk.

“China’s trade policies and practices in several specific areas cause particular concern for the United States,” said Mr Kirk in his year-end report to Congress.

“China’s regulatory authorities at times seem to pursue anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations and impose duties for the purpose of striking back at trading partners that have exercised their WTO rights in a way that displeases China,” said the report.

A range of policies raised “increasing concerns that China has not yet fully embraced the key WTO principles of market access, non-discrimination and transparency. China’s incomplete adoption of the rule of law has exacerbated this situation.”

 

A Brief 2000-Year History Of Silver Prices

by Stephen Simpson, ETFDailyNews.com:

Silver has always been the redheaded stepchild of gold throughout human history. While its beauty, scarcity and utility have certainly been appreciated since pre-history, silver just isn’t as rare as gold and has never been esteemed as highly. For much of history, though, silver has been money. While the average laborer (or peasant) probably never saw a single gold coin in their hands in their lifetime, silver money was a different story.

Pricing Silver

Given that for so much of human history silver wasmoney, it can be a little challenging to talk about the historical price of silver. To a certain extent, it’s like talking about the value of a $5 bill in terms of $1 dollar bills. In any case, an examination of prices throughout history shows inexorable inflation, both as the supply of gold and silver increased and as governments increasingly debased their coinage and/or turned to paper money.

 

Republican Sellout Invites Stagflation

by John Browne, The Daily Bell:

While it may not be a surprise that the Republicans are preparing to yield on their vow to oppose tax hikes, it should raise investor concerns the world over that an upcoming budget agreement will likely involve a Congressional surrender of its authority to set the federal debt ceiling. In exchange for this, it appears that the Republicans have simply done nothing to halt, or even curb, the dangerous federal spending trajectories or the current drift towards greater state control of the economy. President Obama has politically outmaneuvered the Republicans, even going as far as evoking the Newtown massacre as a reason for quickly concluding a deal. As a result, it is likely that the GOP will bear the blame for any breakdown in fiscal cliff negotiations. They could wear such an outcome as a badge of honor, but nothing indicates that they have the political courage to do so.

Given the drift in Washington, those who had hoped for a significant improvement in the United States fiscal prospects will have nothing but lumps of coal in their Christmas stockings. At the same time, theFed continues to hold its foot to the floor with increased quantitative easing that will pump massive liquidity into the system (see Peter Schiff‘s latest commentary for more on this). The combination can lead to stagflation and a debased U.S. dollar.

 

Christmas Market Wrap

from Gold Money:

US Market and Metals

Major financial markets closed in the red yesterday under the forecast that the United States’ budgetary issue (the so-called “fiscal cliff” situation) will not be resolved by the year’s end. The Dow Jones shed 51 points to 13,139.08 and the Nasdaq was down 8 points to 3,012 as investors sold-off holdings because of anticipation that the United States’ federal government will endure $600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases in 2013, pushing the United States’ economy back into recession territory.

Gold and Silver

In line with those depressed markets, gold and silver markets closed down from the previous day: Gold spot price saw $1654.20, and Silver saw 29.90.

 

Keeping Sight of the Cliff

by Anthony J.Ciani, American Thinker:

A problem can never be solved unless both it and the desired outcome are clearly defined. The worst possible thing to do in any negotiation is to lose sight of what you are negotiating for; unfortunately, losing sight may be exactly what is happening with the “fiscal cliff”. The debate has somehow become focused on the singular issue of tax hikes, but the problem is multifaceted, and the best course of action may have been lost in the fog.

The “fiscal cliff” is more like a mountainous landscape, with slopes, falls, rapids, and precipices. The United States has found itself lost in the mountains, surrounded by dangers, and it needs to navigate a path back to safety. The destination and terrain are being argued about while the country continues to move forward down an increasingly dangerous path. But this argument is both necessary and beneficial. President Obama and the Democratic Party have grossly misjudged both their desired destination and the safety of the path. For the Republicans, the destination is obvious, and there are many ways to get there, but some ways are harder than others.

 

Is It Too Late to Start Prepping?

by Daisy Luther, The Daily Sheeple:

A lot of new folks are starting to realize that the outlook in North America is every bit as grim as the reality in European countries like Greece, Spain, Portugal and a host of others. When even the mainstream media is making dire predictions, the writing is truly on the wall.

If you’re new at this, you might be dipping your toe in the water, reading some survivalist and prepping websites, trying to figure out how to keep your family safe and well-fed in the difficult days ahead…and you may also read a host of discouraging comments saying that it’s too late to get started.  ”If you aren’t already prepared, there’s no time left,” many experienced preppers are saying dismally. “You’re screwed.

 

Treasury Dept. Tells Staff Not to Worry About 'Fiscal Cliff' 
posted 12/26/12
The Treasury Department is telling its staff not to worry about the "fiscal cliff," an internal memorandum sent to all employees reveals. The memo, which is signed by the deputy secretary of the treasury, Neal S. Wolin, states that "there is no reason why both sides should not be able to come together" to reach a deal.

"As you are likely aware, the Administration and Congress are continuing to work to resolve a series of economic or fiscal events, collectively referred to as the “fiscal cliff,” that are scheduled to occur around the end of the year. One of the key issues involves potential across-the-board reductions in Federal spending- also known as “sequestration”-which were put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Under current law, these reductions are scheduled to take effect on January 2, 2013. Many of you have raised questions regarding the impact of a potential sequestration for the Department of the Treasury, and I would like to take a moment to clarify a few things," the memo begins. Read more... 

 

Grand Bargain Shrinks as Congress Nearing U.S. Budget Deadline 
posted 12/26/12
The deal that seems possible to fix the U.S. budget is getting smaller and smaller.

Five days before a deadline that would trigger more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts that could cause a U.S. recession, Congress will return Dec. 27 amid calls for action in the Senate. Read more... 

 

US Holiday Retail Sales Growth Weakest since 2008 
posted 12/26/12
U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending.

Sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 percent compared with last year, according to the MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse report. Read more... 

News December 24, 2012

ARMED POLICE ON EVERY SCHOOL CAMPUS NOT PRACTICAL - THERE IS ANOTHER SOLUTION

 

Genetically modified 'Frankenfish' set to hit shelves after FDA finds salmon that grows twice as fast as normal poses no threat to human health:Fish would be the first genetically altered animal approved for food anywhere in the world 

 

Regarding Gun Control: What is an “Assault Rifle?:The AR15 is just another semi automatic rifle with a fancy stock made of modern materials. It is not a -Machine Gun, or an -Assault Rifle. No amount of describing it this way will change this. 

 

The Last Christmas in America?:an insolvent nation awash in too much of everything but common sense, integrity, gratitude, accountability and healthy living. 

 

Hunger and homelessness rise dramatically in the U.S.: study :The number of homeless people seeking help had increased seven percent from 2011, according to a survey of social service operators in 25 of the nation’s large cities commissioned by the Confer 

 

Arkansas Town Plans to Begin Martial Law 

 

Freemasons grow in popularity in Asia 'Secret' society the Freemasons is expanding in Asia, as expats look to join its ranks. 

 

DHS INSIDER GIVES REPORT ON GUN CONFISCATION AND MARTIAL LAW TO INVESTIGATOR IN FACE TO FACE MEETING! 

 

Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. 

 

 

 

Now a war arose in heaven. Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.          Steve, I feel the need to restate this since this 12/21/12 event is so clouded in noise. 12/21/12 was the end of a precessional cycle that lasted 25,920 years (72 x 360…the true meaning of the pentagram).... read more

 

COLORADO FALLING STAR VIEWER --GETS IT- AS TO THE TIMING OF THE WOE'S BEGINNING            Hey Steve I have been reading much about all the alerts on Falling Stars and I too have been seeing them regularly, especially in the past 2 weeks. The most notable occurrence was the first week of December when around Midnight I saw this huge gre... read more

 

NASHVILLE AIRPORT-2 FALLING STARS WATCHED FOR 10 MINUTES THESE ARE NOT SEASONAL METEOR SHOWERS!            Sat 22 DEC 2012 Nashville TN I work in the area of Nashville Airport. At 7 am this morning as I was leaving work, I had to stop to watch 2 falling stars for about 10 minutes. Never seen anything like them before. Falling straight down in the li... read more

 

VISALIA CALIFORNIA EYEWITNESS SEES CLOSE FALLING STAR - SHAKES THEM UP-      Hi Steve I just wanted to contact you in regards to the eyewitnesses that seen the falling stars. I live in Visalia, Ca and last Friday I was sitting on my porch talking on the phone around 9pm and when I looked up I saw a star falling that was so... read more

 

NORTH DAKOTA -UPSIDE DOWN TEAR DROP SHAPED FALLING STAR-THINK OF FALLING ANGEL WITH HANDS AT SIDE--TORSO WOULD BE BROADER THEN LEGS! Falling "stars" are seen in North Dakota. Hi Steve, a sister in the Lord just mentioned to me that as she was driving west into town and she saw the largest "falling star" that she has ever seen. It was in the west, falling straight down but what... read more

 

TUCSON ARIZONA REPORTS FALLING STARS--Dec 20TH 2012            Hi Steve! just read the article on "Eyewitness In Denver Area Seeing Very Large Falling Stars: Which Fall Straight Down" I live in Tucson, and on the way home from my evening shift going toward Picture Rocks I saw EXACTLY that over a mine nearby ou... read more

 

Eyewitness sees Large Shooting STARS that were falling Straight Down in Maine            Hi Steve, this is in response to the person in Denver reporting on the falling stars. Here in Maine last Fri, my wife had mentioned that she had seen some large shooting stars that were falling straight down instead of traveling horizontally. I... read more

 

INTERCESSORS CAUTION AS TO THE COMING DARKNESS AND BETRAYAL AMONGST BELIEVERS            I too have been reading the alerts about the giant falling stars dropping straight down from the heavens that people have been seeing and writing in about. I haven't seen any myself but I believe these brethren and I think the scripture in Rev. that... read more

 

NOTICE THE TIMING OF ALL THESE FALLING STAR REPORTS--CENTERING AROUND THE DEC 12TH DATE               Hi Steve, The other evening, I too witnessed 3 "falling stars". Very big, and they had long trails behind them. Not at all like the usual falling stars I've seen, in the past. These had actual trails, not fading quickly. I'd forgotten all ab... read more

 

 

 

DHS INSIDER GIVES REPORT ON GUN CONFISCATION AND MARTIAL LAW TO INVESTIGATOR IN FACE TO FACE MEETING             The latest from “DHS Insider” (Part I) By Douglas J. Hagmann Introduction 23 December 2012: After a lengthy, self-imposed informational black-out, my high-level DHS contact known as “Rosebud” emerged with new, non-public information abou... read more

 

 

Gary Stearman Asks: Why Bethlehem?

There may have been more angels in town that evening than people. They all wanted to attend the birth of their beloved Master. Mary may have had more doctors and nurses (the heavenly kind) than any other expectant mother in history! I have a suspicion that her delivery was flawless. After all, God had chosen a special mother for His dear Son. She may not have realized it, but she had the finest physicians heaven could afford! Soon, the delivery was completed and Mary gazed upon the most beautiful baby boy she had ever seen. Her thoughts may have drifted back to that night when Gabriel told her that she was chosen to give birth to God’s Son. Mary had no doubt that she was holding Deity in her arms. I can imagine that, though the attending angels wanted to stay a bit longer, they knew they had to get back to heaven. On their way out of town, however, they just had to tell somebody! Coming across a group of nearby shepherds, the angels announced the grand occasion. The heavenly host urged those shepherds to go see this remarkable Lamb. Why did the angels only appear to lowly shepherds? Shouldn’t they have told the High Priest in Jerusalem or members of the Sanhedrin, Israel’s ruling parliament? Why shepherds? Perhaps the angels wanted them to know that the days of raising sacrificial sheep were numbered. What better group would understand the significance of...

 

 

Reinstate 10 Commandments, Not Assault Weapons Ban

by Fred Weinberg, WesternJournalism.com:

America’s attention was glued on a small town in Connecticut last weekend where a 20 year old kid killed 26 people, including 20 first graders, and then killed himself. Previously, he had also killed his mother, whose guns he used in the attack.

The facts, as we know them, are these:

The shooter, Adam Lanza, used guns that were purchased legally in a state that has gun laws much more stringent than the national average.

He used a Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle to do most if not all of the killing. It fires the 5.56 millimeter NATO standard round.

The Bushmaster is a rifle that is no more or less functional than most rifles. Mainstream media types want to call it an “assault weapon”; but the truth is that it is a pale imitation of most firearms worthy of the name. Certainly not in the class of the military M4 model, which our SEALs used in the bin Laden raid, or the M16, which was standard issue in Viet Nam. The reason it is called a “semi-automatic” firearm is that each time you pull the trigger, as long as there is ammunition in the magazine, a bullet is fired.

Hunger and homelessness rise dramatically in the U.S.: study

from Raw Story:

Hunger and homelessness are on the rise in the United States, and cash-strapped cities and social services are being forced to turn needy people away empty-handed, a study published Thursday found.

The number of homeless people seeking help had increased seven percent from 2011, according to a survey of social service operators in 25 of the nation’s large cities commissioned by the Conference of Mayors.

Even though food pantries and soup kitchens have cut back how much people received in an attempt to make their limited resources go further, the survey found that about 19 percent of the people asking for help didn’t get any.

 

What Does It Mean to ‘Prepare for the Economic Collapse’?

by Daisy Luther, Activist Post:

Last week I wrote an article in response to the media’s vilification of preppers in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The article was quoted in an article on Yahoo.com, to my great astonishment, and that is when I saw how little most people understand about prepping. You can see in most of the 4492 comments the article received that many folks just don’t “get it”.

My inbox was filled with a barrage of hate mail and a number of people felt compelled to leave angry (and rather ignorant) comments on my website. I got messages from people that called me “batsh*t crazy”, messages from gun control advocates, messages from people who directly blamed me and all other preppers for the massacre, and even one particularly hate-filled email from a person who said “I hope that your kids are killed at the next school shooting.”

All of this leads me to reconfirm my belief that people sincerely do not understand why we do what we do, and that ignorance leads to fear.

 

**MUST WATCH: Ancient Knowledge Pt.5 – Teaser / Coral Castle, Magnetic Forces, Sacred Sciences, Anti-Gravity

from KilluminatiTheMovie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EEW44onpHc&feature=player_embedded

 

Late night food for thought. Thanks to Scott for alerting us to Pt. 5. We posted Part 4.5 a while back, HERE. ~SGT

 

The James Holmes Conspiracy (2012 Full Documentary)

from Mark Howitt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk6OOvgjYdY&feature=player_embedded

 

 

Communist Chinese Government Calls For Americans to be Disarmed

China can keep its draconianpolice state, Americans will keep their guns

The Communist Chinese government, via its state-run media front Xinhua, has called for Americans to be disarmed, arguing that the Sandy Hook 
school massacre demands “no delay for U.S. gun control.”

Xinhua is virtually the press agency for the Communist Chinese government. The organization, “is subordinate to the State Council and reports to the Communist Party of China’s Propaganda and Public Information Departments.”

In other words, Xinhua represents the pinnacle of Chinese state-run media. Whatever is printed in its editorial pages represents the opinion of the ruling Communist Party leaders.

The article calls on Obama to exploit the tragedy to push his gun control agenda, adding that his lame duck situation represents “the best position to promote it,” while blaming the 
National Rifle Association for curtailing previous attempts to regulate firearms in the United States.

Noting that after previous mass shootings efforts to impose gun control measures “disappointingly always fail,” the editorial expresses the desire that the “gunman’s cruelty and evil may provide a strong momentum and broader public support for the restart of gun control efforts.” 
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Economy December 24, 2012

Celente: This Will Usher In A Massive Financial Collapse in 2013:The whole game is rigged. It’s ready to go down, and Dr. Paul Craig Roberts believes it’s ‘Bonds Away’ in 2013 as the bond bubble explodes and brings about a financial disaster even worse t 

 

Major banks target of more cyber attacks; regulator tells banks to alert law, customers:Note -as you see more and more mainstream articles like this remember after the event they who stole your money, will have their Media Hacks say -we warned you- 

 

 

Cliff Dancing

by Pater Tenebrarum, Acting-Man.com:

“Surprise” – Over the Cliff We Go …

We rarely talk about the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ here. The main reason for refraining from discussing it is that nothing of fundamental importance is likely to happen. One needs to keep in mind here that no-one is seriously considering to cut spending or to stop the debtberg from growing. The former lacks political support as it were. As Barry Ritholtz points out here, the public is actually against cutting government spending. This is because most people erroneously believe in a fictitious concept. As Frederic Bastiat once pointed out: “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

Regarding the debtberg, it doesn’t worry (most) politicians as long as there is demand for treasury bonds and interest rates remain very low. It will only become a problem from their point of view once the market balks – which one day, it will.

Most market observers have held that the ‘fiscal cliff’ will be avoided by a last-minute deal. We have argued otherwise. On November 30 we wrote:

 

False Flag Prep Alert: Major Banks Said to be Target of More Cyber Attacks; Regulator tells banks to alert customers

by Carla Caldwell, Biz Journals:

An alert Friday from the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency warned about a new wave of so-called distributed denial-of-service attacks on some of the nation’s major financial institutions. The alert said banks should share information with each other and law enforcement when attacks occur, and to give “timely and accurate” advisories to customers on website problems and precautions they can take.

Attacks starting last week have hit Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI), PNC, Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) , JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), U.S. Bancorp, and Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), according to two executives at companies providing security to some of the targeted banks, according to a Bloomberg report published Friday by American Banker.

The executives asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to discuss clients and didn’t want their companies to become targets of computer assaults. Bloomberg said.

 

Criminal banking dragged U.S. into financial crisis

from Press TV:

When most mainstream media outlets discuss conspiracy theories, it is usually to debunk the views of dissenting and critical thinkers who are routinely denounced as simplistic, paranoid or worse.

You have seen the mantra questioning their motives and conclusions as if the idea of people or officials acting together to advance their interests in illegal ways is something new in history. Until recently, US press outlets characterized conspiracy arguments as rants that lacked any factual basis or engaged in guilt by association or stretching the facts.

The only conspiracy charges they tended to look at uncritically were criminal complaints against the Mafia under anti-racketeering statutes like the RICO Laws. In such cases, normal concerns to protect the rights of defendants didn’t apply when hearsay evidence was permitted.

 

The Upside Of The Fiscal Cliff

Facing reality is positive. That’s the upside to the fiscal cliff.

There are two definite upsides to the fiscal cliff:

1. We are finally starting a nationaldiscussion of spending-taxation trade-offs

2. We are at last starting to (grudgingly) accept there is no free lunch, what I call the Free Lunch Fantasy of limitless borrowing at near-zero 
interest rates: taxes for upper-income wage-earners will revert to previous levels while those drawing Federal dollars must accept reductions in spending.

The last decade’s fantasy that we could borrow our way to prosperity while lowering taxes on upper-income earners (because it’s so cheap to borrow trillions at near-zerointerest rates) is finally running into reality-based resistance: interest on all that debt is starting to squeeze the spending everyone wants, and long-term rates might rise despite the Federal Reserve’s constant intervention.

That would eventually raise interest costs paid by the Federal government.

How can interest rates rise if the Fed is buying much of the Federal Debt?

The first part of the answer is to accept the fiscal consequences of the Baby Boom entering 
Social Security and Medicare at the rate of 10,000 retirees a day: Federal spending will rise far faster than tax revenues, dwarfing the relatively minor spending cuts being discussed. Read more....

 

The ‘Max Tax’ Amendment to the Constitution

The Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified one hundred years ago in 1913. It stated simply: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.” Given President Obama’s insistence that individual tax rates on the rich, as he defines “rich,” based on unelaborated Obamian principles of “fairness” that appear to have no bounds, it is time that we amend our Constitution to limit the ability of our Federal Government, and our state and local governments, to tax.

First, a word about the principle of fairness. Arguably, based on IRS figures, fairness would dictate that the tax rate on the “rich” should be decreased while the tax rate on the middle income should be increased. As Peter Ferrara pointed out on this page on December 5: “[A]ccording to official IRS data, the top 1 percent of income earners pay 39 percent of all federal income taxes, three times their 13 percent share of income, and [] the middle class, the middle 20 percent of income earners, pays less than 3 percent of all federal income taxes, while earning 15 percent of income…”

And I don’t understand why it is fair to have the majority vote to increase taxes on the “rich.” Why is it fair for people to vote to increase the taxes of some others but exempt themselves? I might add here that I find it remarkable that exit polls showed that 60% favored increasing the taxes of the wealthiest 2%. Why do I find this remarkable? Because only 60% favored it. Why would not 99% (everyone in the 98% and half of those in the top 2%) favor it? It may be that the middle class may know they will be next. As the President stated at a private 
home in Virginia on December 6, “Everybody is going to have to share in some sacrifice, but it starts with folks who are in the best position to sacrifice…” (italics added). It starts with them, but will soon be coming to the rest of you. 
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News December 12, 2012

Benghazi explained: Interview with an “Intelligence Insider” (Part II)

Superhumans, supercities and supercomputers: US intelligence's vision of 2030

11 Secret Documents Americans Deserve to See  

The Coming Water Wars: Very soon, America will be forced into water wars in order to secure the precious asset of water for our people. This will force our people into more wars of occupation in a search for water 

“It’s Complicated”: Japan aftershock upgraded to M7.4 — Gov’t now says it was 2 quakes at same time 

JUST-IN: Huge Leak of Radioactive Water in Fukushima No 2. Containment Vessel Fractured:Tepco can’t find where huge amount of highly radioactive water is leaking at Reactor No. 2 — ‘Fractures’ in containment vessel suspected 

AMVA Encouraging Human Veterinary Care during Zombie Apocalypse:The bottom line is that the powers-that-be have erased the distinction of humans and their primacy and domination established at creation-MUST READ!!!!! 

US Recognizes Unelected Terrorists as Syrian “Representatives:the US has recognized the militants it has been arming, funding, aiding logistically and supporting diplomatically since as early as 2007, as the “legitimate representatives of the Syrian peopl 

Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens without Trial is Treason:By now anyone who pays attention to politics knows that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 contained a provision that allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens wi 

FEDS KEEPING PEOPLE SICK: THE VITAMIN D STORY Exclusive: Dr. Lee Hieb explains how medical 'consensus' robs patients of their health 

Food bank Britain: 'I once wore Gucci and Armani and now I've got nothing' says former businessman Glen White,who once sported designer suits, but now warns that food poverty can happen to anyone 

17 US Warships now off Syria :According to Jerusalem-based website DEBKAfile, the US has already near Syria at its disposal 10,000 fighting men, 17 warships, 70 fighter-bombers, 10 destroyers and frigates 

USDA Secretary Validates Agenda 21, Says Rural America -Less and Less Relevant- 

Atheists Post Anti-Christmas Billboard in Times Square, Featuring Jesus Being Crucified: ‘Drop the Myth!’ THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS, BUT A DIRECT ATTACK UPON JESUS'S DIVINITY! MYTH--LET GOD'S RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT FALL! 

Dead Squid Wash Up On Santa Cruz Shore: MAY BE DUE TO EARTHQUAKE OR FAULTS MOVING AND INDICATIVE OF MAJOR WEST COAST QUAKE IN THE MAKING-READ THE LAST LINE OF ARTICLE!! 

Naples arms seizure busts Iran’s Balkan-Italian arms smuggling routes        DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 12, 2012

The Naples Police’s seizure last Friday, Dec. 7 of five containers before they were loaded on an Egyptian freighter shut down two of Iran’s clandestine arms routes to Gaza - from Kosovo and Macedonia via Croatia to a secret depot in Verona, Italy, debkafile reports exclusively. They acted on a tip-off from Israel. More sections of the Iranian arms ring were then rolled up in other parts of Italy. The Egyptian vessel bound for Alexandria was to have unloaded its arms cargo at an unmarked stopover in El Arish.            Read more

The Socialist Heart Of France Spits Out Its First Victim

by Wolf Richter, Testosterone Pit.com:

A new report released by Insee details the inexorable rise of official poverty in France. By the end of 2010, it engulfed 8.6 million people, 5.4% more than in 2009, and 16.7% more than in 2004. The poverty rate jumped to 14.1%, the highest since 1997. For children (under 18), the poverty rate hit 19.6%, for young adults (18 to 25 years old), it was a grizzly 22.5%!

More extreme forms of poverty increased rapidly. Poverty was defined as earning less than 60% of the median income in 2010. But those earning less than 50% of the median income rose to 4.755 million people, 22% more than in 2004. 

The report noted that “the standard of living has been sliding or stagnating for practically all categories of the population except the wealthiest.” Overall, it dropped 0.5% in constant euros in 2010. But for the lower 30%, it dropped between 1.3% and 1.6%, while it increased 1.3% for the top 5%. “Most of the indicators show a progression of inequalities,” the report underlines dryly.

Read More @ TestosteronePit.com

 

Expanding Covert Warfare Makes Us Less Safe

by Dr. Ron Paul The Daily Bell:

Earlier this month we learned that the Obama Administration is significantly expanding the number of covert Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) agents overseas. From just a few hundred DIA agents overseas today, the administration intends to eventually deploy some 1,600 covert agents. The nature of their work will also shift, away from intelligence collection and more toward covert actions. This move signals a major change in how the administration intends to conduct military and paramilitary operations overseas. Unfortunately it is not a shift toward peace, but rather to an even more deadly and disturbing phase in the “war on terror.”

Surely attacks on foreign countries will increase as a result of this move, but more and more the strikes will take place under cover of darkness and outside the knowledge of Congress or the American people. The move also represents a further blurring of the lines between the military and intelligence services, with the CIA becoming more like a secret military unto itself. This is a very troubling development.

Read More @ TheDailyBell.com

 

Everyone Under Surveillance

from CleanTVcom:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyRqZvC-AFQ&feature=player_embedded

 

 

European sellouts reject study linking GM corn to cancer; ignore cold, hard facts to protect biotech industry

by Jonathan Benson, Natural News:

The next time somebody tries to tell you that “science” is the reason why genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are approved for use in many countries around the world, you can point them to the latest unscientific decision made by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which has openly rejected a landmark GMO study showing that GM corn consumption can lead to the development of cancerous tumors.

As predicted, the EFSA, which is basically the European version of the corrupt U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced recently that the infamous GM corn study out of France “cannot be regarded as scientifically sound” because of alleged “inadequacies in its design, reporting and analysis.” Case closed, if you will.

Read More @ NaturalNews.com

 

Leaks from UN telecom conference show Orwellian proposals

from rt.com:

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15 Signs That The Economy Is Rapidly Getting Worse As We Head Into 2013

How can the mainstream media claim that the U.S. economy is "improving" when it is painfully obvious to anyone with a brain that the middle class is being absolutely eviscerated?  According to numbers that were just released, the number of Americans on food stamps rose by more than 600,000 in a single month to an all-time record high of 47.7 million.  Youth unemployment in the U.S. is at a post-World War II high and large companies have announced the elimination of more than 100,000 jobs since Barack Obama won the election.  Consumer debt just hit a new record high and the federal government is accumulating debt at a much faster pace than it was at this time last year.  So where is the evidence that the economy is getting better?  The mainstream media says that the decline of the unemployment rate to "7.7 percent" is evidence that things are improving, but I showed how fraudulent that number is yesterday.  The percentage of working age Americans with a job today is exactly where it was back in September 2009 in the midst of the last major economic crisis.  The mainstream media is desperate for any shred of evidence that it can use to make people feel good and show that the Obama administration has our economy on the right track, and so they jump on any number that even looks remotely promising and they ignore mountains of evidence to the contrary.  They don't seem to care that poverty is absolutely exploding and that the number of Americans on food stamps has risen by nearly 50 percent while Obama has been in the White House.  They don't seem to care that the U.S. share of global GDP has fallen from 31.8 percent in 2001 to 21.6 percent in 2011.  They don't seem to care that more good paying jobs are being shipped overseas with each passing day.  They don't seem to care that formerly great U.S. cities that were once the envy of the entire globe are now crime-infested hellholes.  All they seem to care about is putting out news that makes people feel warm and fuzzy and making sure that Obama looks good.  Unfortunately, the truth is that the U.S. economy is steadily getting worse, and 2013 is not looking very promising at all right now.  Hopefully at some point the mainstream media will take a break from coverage of the royal pregnancy and the latest celebrity scandals to report on the real problems that we are facing right now. (Read More....)

 

Madness: Addendum: Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned

The warnings are all around us. For those paying attention, it’s as plain as day.

In the addendum to Madness of a Lost Society, the fourth installment micro documentary from SGT Report continues where part three leaves off. It’s a a body blow for those who still don’t believe the end of the Dollar is near.

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that America is headed towards the most difficult time she’s ever experienced. We don’t know how bad the collapse will be because no one has ever experienced it, no countries have experienced the size of the collapse of this economy.

    -Fabian Calvo

    When the Day the Dollar Dies happens, it will change everyone’s life forever. Our new normal isn’t going to be anything like the current normal. It’s going to be a radically different time in the United States. As Gerald Celente has said, we will be the first post-industrialized nation.
    -Daniel Ameduri

    What if  things aren’t OK? What if the banks don’t open that next day and you go online to get your account balance and the bank is closed? You go to the ATM and the bank is closed? You go to buy some gas and they don’t accept credit cards? Or there’s no power or electricity? Read more....


Economy December 12, 2012

11 Secret Documents Americans Deserve to See

The Coming Water Wars: Very soon, America will be forced into water wars in order to secure the precious asset of water for our people. This will force our people into more wars of occupation in a search for water

AMVA Encouraging Human Veterinary Care during Zombie Apocalypse:The bottom line is that the powers-that-be have erased the distinction of humans and their primacy and domination established at creation-MUST READ!!!!! 

The Gold Market: Seen Through a Glass Darkly: 

FEDS KEEPING PEOPLE SICK: THE VITAMIN D STORY Exclusive: Dr. Lee Hieb explains how medical 'consensus' robs patients of their health 

Baltic Dry Plunges By Over 8% Overnight, Most Since 2008:conisdering the collapse in global trade confirmed in past days by both Chinese and US data, this should not come as a surprise 

Food bank Britain: 'I once wore Gucci and Armani and now I've got nothing' says former businessman Glen White,who once sported designer suits, but now warns that food poverty can happen to anyone 

 

It’s That Time of the Morning For a Waterfall Gold & Silver Decline

from Silver Doctors:

Silver’s daily COMEX open cliff-dive plunge!

Silver was just smashed under $33 to $32.81 , while the cartel has just succeeded in stuffing gold under $1710, with a likely target of a 16 handle.

With the December FOMC statement due tomorrow and nearly the entire market expecting a new $45 billion/month in quantitative easing, the cartel appears to be hoping to make the announcement with silver near $32.50 and gold under $1700.

Read More @ Silver Doctors

 

Keiser Report: Whammies of Wall St. Witches (E378)

from Russia Today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7ML74rOXlw&feature=player_embedded

 

Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert look at the latest BIS warning of a global credit bubble caused by zero percent interest rate policies meant to appease the angry hidden people in the shadow banking system. In the second half, Max Keiser talks to David Smith of GenevaBusinessInsider.blogspot.com about the Swiss currency peg, the global game of honesty limbo in the financial sector and hoping that midnight never comes for Alice in Switzer-land.

 

It’s finally coming home to roost

by Bill Holter, MilesFranklin.com:

“They” are finally coming home to roost! “They” being Dollars. China has bid a $4 billion deal for 80% of AIG’s plane leasing company over the weekend. China is also a major buyer of housing in the U.S., total foreign investment has reached $7 billion so far. While still not a huge amount, the snowball is rolling and can only get bigger and bigger. China is demonstrating its appetite for “stuff” over Dollar holdings. This is quite logical and actually surprising that it has taken this long and that they haven’t already done more deals and vacuumed up more property and assets.

They have, however, been scouring the planet over the last 3 or 4 years cutting deals “payable” in Dollars for raw materials. Quite simply, they are unloading Dollars by making future promises (in Dollars) to pay for real assets now. They are passing the “potato” along in the game of Dollar hot potato that I’ve spoken of before so often. The Chinese are a very smart people and understand the end game to Dollar hegemony, either they spend them now while they still “spend” or be stuck with them.

Read more @ MilesFranklin.com

 

PRECIOUS-Gold steady above $1,710/oz ahead of Fed meeting

from Reuters:

SINGAPORE, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Gold held steady above $1,710
an ounce on Tuesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting where policy makers are expected to announce more stimulus measures, seen to support gold’s appeal as a hedge against inflation.

FUNDAMENTALS:

* Spot gold was little changed at $1,710.70 an ounce by 0030 GMT, after rising to a one-week high of $1,717.20 in the previous session.

* U.S. gold traded nearly flat at $1,713.

* Many economists think the U.S. central bank will announce monthly bond purchases of $45 billion after its policy gathering on Dec. 11-12, signalling it will continue to pump money into the U.S. economy during 2013 in a bid to bring down unemployment.

Read More @ Reuters.com

 

Silver Rally Due – Seasonally Strong Mid December To End of April

from Gold Core:

Gold and silver are up 9.3% and 19% respectively so far this year – thereby outperforming many asset classes again in 2012. In time, 2012 may be seen as a year of correction and consolidation for the precious metals after the sharp gains and record nominal highs seen in 2011.

As Dimitri Speck’s excellent ‘Silver Seasonal 30 Year Chart’ shows silver over the long term has a clear seasonally strong period from mid December through to the end of April.

ndeed, Bloomberg’s ‘Seasonality Chart’ for silver shows that in the shorter term there are also seasonal factors to consider. In the last 5 and 10 years, the best month to own silver has been February with gains of 9.5% over the 5 year period and 6.4% over the 10 year period.

The months with the next best performance are November, January and April (see 5 and 10 year average returns in chart). Over the long term March is a good month to own silver and this can be seen in the 3.2% 10 year average return.

Read More @ GoldCore.com

 

So Much For “Confidence” – NFIB Small Business Outlook Drops To Record Low

from Zero Hedge:

While Europe’s confidence-inspired rally is floating all global boats in some magical unicorn-inspired way, the reality is that on the ground in the US, things have never looked worse. The NFIB Small Business Outlook for general business conditions had its own ‘cliff’ this month and plunged to -35% – its worst level on record – as the creators-of-jobs seem a little less than inspired. Aside from this unbelievably ugly bottom-up situation, top-down is starting to be worrisome also. In a rather shockingly accurate analog, this year’s macro surprise positivity has tracked last year’s almost perfectly (which means the macro data and analyst expectations have interacted in an almost identical manner for six months). The concerning aspect is that this marked the topping process in last year’s macro data as expectations of continued recovery were dashed in a sea of reality (both coinciding with large ‘surprise’ beats of NFP). We suspect, given the NFIB data, that jobs will not be quite so plentiful (unadjusted for BLS purposes) the next time we get a glimpse.

Read More @ Zero Hedge.com

 

HSBC to Pay $1.9 Billion to SETTLE [Meaning No One Gets Prosecuted For CRIMES, Of Course] Drug Money-Laundering Case

from Business Week:

LONDON (AP) — HSBC avoided a legal battle that could further savage its reputation and undermine confidence in the global banking system by agreeing Tuesday to pay $1.9 billion to settle a U.S. money-laundering probe.

Europe’s largest bank by market value will pay the biggest penalty ever imposed on a bank after facing accusations it transferred funds through the U.S. from Mexican drug cartels and on behalf of nations such as Iran that are under international sanctions.

It’s the latest scandal to hit banks over recent years since the financial crisis started in 2008. Hours earlier, Standard Chartered PLC, another British bank, signed an agreement with New York regulators to settle a money laundering investigation involving Iran with a $340 million payment.

Read More @ Businessweek.com

 

Gold: “Monetary Collapse Insurance”

by Ben Traynor, Wealth Wire:

Although the price of gold has fallen over the last couple of months, there has been a marked increase in demand for physical bullion.

The amount of bullion held to back gold exchange-traded funds has risen to record levels. November meantime saw the United States Mint record its best month for sales of gold American Eagle coins since July 2010. 

Western gold investors clearly see good reasons to add to their positions. The Gold Investor Index tracks the buying and selling activity on BullionVault, the vast majority of whose users are in the United States, United Kingdom or Eurozone. 

The Gold Investor Index rose to a six-month high in November, the fourth straight monthly increase. In total, BullionVault users added 559 kilos of gold to their bullion holdings, the second month in a row they’ve added half a tonne. 

Read More @ WealthWire.com


News December 11, 2012

POWER POLES BURST INTO FLAMES IN TEXAS -ONE DAY BEFORE METEORITE SIGHTINGS!Note--NOT METEORITE BUT DESTROYED SPACECRAFT THAT WAS SHOT DOWN BY SOMEONE--METEORITES ARE COVER STORIES FOR ALIEN WARS NOW TAKING PLACE! 

 

POWER POLES BURST INTO FLAMES IN TEXAS -ONE DAY BEFORE METEORITE SIGHTINGS! 

 

US secretly pushing for Islamic fascist regime in Egypt: 

 

The Vaccine Hoax is Over:30 Years of Secret Official Transcripts Show UK Government Experts Cover Up Vaccine Hazards To Sell More Vaccines And Harm Your Kids! 

 

Vatican Calls for the Establishment of World Government and a New World Order- Pope Benedict XVI, has called for the establishment of World Government and a New World Order. 

 

Why Are Preppers Hated So Much?: In fact, it has been estimated that there are now approximately 3million in the United States alone.So why are preppers hated so much?It is because they are a direct challenge to the status quo 

 

Superhumans, supercities and supercomputers: US intelligence's vision of 2030 

 

Why Do You Need Potassium Iodide? New Report Says Nuclear Black Market Has Expanded To Terrorists, Crossed Over West's Borders
The encounter, which took place in April, reflected a fear shared by U.S. and Georgian officials: Despite years of effort and hundreds of millions of dollars spent in the fight against the illicit sale of nuclear contraband, the black market remains active in the countries around the former Soviet Union. The radioactive materials, mostly left over from the Cold War, include nuclear bomb-grade uranium and plutonium, and dirty-bomb isotopes like cesium and iridium. The extent of the black market is unknown, but a steady stream of attempted sales of radioactive materials in recent years suggests smugglers have crossed borders undetected. Since the formation of a special nuclear police unit in 2005 with U.S. help and funding, 15 investigations have been launched in Georgia and dozens of people arrested. Six of the investigations were disclosed publicly for the first time to The Associated Press by Georgian authorities

 

Will A WMD Used By Terrorists Help The Satanic Cabal Implement Their New World Order? Nuclear Smuggling Monitors Cut Back To Make That Easier
The United States is dramatically cutting back on funds that would be used to install nuclear and radiation detection equipment in overseas megaports to scan the contents of shipping containers destined for the United States. The National Nuclear Security Administration, or NNSA, has completed only 42 of 100 planned megaport projects in 31 countries, spending some $850 million. However, NNSA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, is about to sustain an 85 percent reduction in its fiscal year 2013 budget. This has prompted officials to shift their focus from providing new megaports with radiation detection equipment to...

 

Satanic Cabal Steering America Toward World Government? Yes, Says McGuire
There exists a secretive Satanic elite, that consists of perhaps twelve men at the very top, who rule the world through banking and international finance. Publicly these men pretend to be humanists, but secretly they have to chosen to worship Lucifer. They are now in the process of the final take over, where they will bring in a one world government and one world economic system, beginning as early as 2018. Their primary means of achieving this goal is through control of the economy and through scientific mind control. In the United States, the primary evidence for the success of their mind control operation is the fact that the thinking, belief systems, morality, behavior and religious beliefs of the average American have radically changed in just a few short decades.

 

Vatican Calls For Establishment Of World Government And New World Order
The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, has called for the establishment of World Government and a New World Order. In a speech made at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on Monday December 3 2012, the Pope called for the “construction of a world community, with a corresponding authority,” to serve the “common good of the human family”. As a means of defending global peace and justice, the pope’s vision for the establishment of World Government and a New World Order is supposedly not to create a new superpower, but a new governing body that offers to those who are responsible for making decisions, criteria for judgment and practical guidelines. These latest remarks made by the Pope...

 

Al Qaeda May Have Chemical Weapons, Counter-Terror Chief Warns
The head of National Police counter-terrorist intelligence, Commissioner-General Enrique Baron, told a strategic security conference in Barcelona that it was believed that the self-styled Al Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb - AQMI - could have acquired such arms in
Libya or elsewhere during the Arab Spring last year. He also warned that the group was encouraging attacks against Spain. Addressing the conference organised by the Foundation for Techniques for Defence and Security, Commissioner Baron told his audience: "The Al Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb has acquired and used very powerful conventional arms and probably also has non-conventional arms, basically chemical, as a result of the loss of control of arsenals." He told the one-day conference that AQMI, which is now occupying the northern part of Mali along with other fundamentalist groups and local Tuareg tribesmen, posed the greatest terrorist threat...

 

U.S. To Launch Secret Military Space Drone Today
The United States is planning a new launch of its tiny, pilotless military space plane on Tuesday as part of a futuristic Air Force program that has fueled speculation over its mission. The X-37B, which weighs five tonnes and is 29 feet (8.9 meters) long, can return material to Earth in the way of the retired shuttle Orbiter program but is designed to stay in orbit for much longer at 270 days. The last X-37B returned in June after orbiting for 469 days in a test of endurance. The United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, approved the X-37B at Cape Canaveral in Florida after finding no danger following an anomaly during a separate launch two months ago. The company said in a statement that a Global Positioning System satellite was put into orbit as expected on October 4 but that a fuel leak took place inside the thrust chamber, triggering an investigation.

Researchers Devise Contact Lens With Built-In LCD
The latest development comes from researchers at the Centre of Microsystems Technology at Ghent University, who've developed a prototype lens with an embedded, spherical curved LCD that isn't limited to a paltry amount of pixels. As opposed to LED-based solutions which could only muster a few pixels, the newly-developed screen can pack enough to display graphics that cover a contact. In its current form, the display can show simple patterns, and demonstrates the technology with a simple dollar sign. What appears on the lens wouldn't be visible to folks who wear it, however, since eyes can't focus at such a close range. Despite the limitation, researchers are tying to tackle the focusing issue and are assessing the feasibility of a version that would effectively act as a heads-up display.

Scientists Create Artificial Brain With 2.3 Million Simulated Neurons
Another computer is setting its wits to perform human tasks. But this computer is different. Instead of the tour de force processing of Deep Blue or Watson’s four terabytes of facts of questionable utility, Spaun attempts to play by the same rules as the human brain to figure things out. Instead of the logical elegance of a CPU, Spaun’s computations are performed by 2.3 million simulated neurons configured in networks that resemble some of the brain’s own networks. It was given a series of tasks and performed pretty well, taking a significant step toward the creation of a simulated brain. Spaun stands for Semantic Pointer Architecture: Unified Network. It was given 6 different tasks that tested its ability to recognize digits, recall from memory, add numbers and complete patterns. Its cognitive network simulated the prefrontal cortex to handle working memory and the basal ganglia and thalamus to control movements. Like a human, Spaun can...

Beware The Rise Of The Machines
Last week, the University of Cambridge made headlines with its announcement of the new Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. Led by the professor of cosmology Sir Martin Rees, the department will examine the key threats to humankind's continued existence. The University of Oxford already has the Future of Humanity Institute, which brings together philosophers and scientists to study the same question. Central to the concerns of Rees and his colleagues is the idea that humankind may be overrun by our own technology. That includes threats posed by biotechnology and nanotechnology as well as those posed by the rise of intelligent machines. What happens, asked the philosopher Huw Price, the co-founder of the centre, when "intelligence escapes from the constraints of biology" and we are surrounded by intelligent machines "that are not malicious but machines whose interests don't include us"? In other words, we may one day wake up and find that our computers have decided to destroy us.

Concern That Assad May Have Passed Some Chemical Weapons To Terrorists
There is growing concern that some of the chemical weapons the Assad regime has been pushing out of the Damascus area in the last few days were sent across the border to Hizballah strongholds in the Lebanese Beqaa Valley to keep them out of rebel hands. Syrian army officers who recently defected report that containers were last week removed from Syrian bases at Jabal Kalamon and loaded on vehicles camouflaged as commercial trucks. On the Lebanese side, the consignment is thought to have been split up and hidden at different Hizballah bases to make them harder to attack. Israel’s US Ambassador Michael Oren, asked by a FOX TV interviewer Saturday Dec. 8, if he could confirm this, said he could not, but warned that any evidence of chemical weapons being passed from the Assad regime to extremist groups like Hizballah would be a “game-changer,” and a “red line” for Israel. 

Next-Generation Robotic Hunter Killers Now Equipped With ‘Death Ray’ Laser
The next generation of military drones, unveiled by a leading US manufacturer, will not just carry a limited supply of rockets – but will likely be fitted with an ultra-light laser, capable of repeatedly destroying objects at the speed of light. “It would give us an unlimited magazine,” a person close to the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) program told Time magazine. Over the past four years, the Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA) has given contractor General Atomics over $60 million to develop and then scale HELLADS – a powerful 150 kW ray with a difference. Current lasers of that strength – enough to destroy an incoming rocket or plane – are bulky, which means they can only be placed on stationary defense systems. HELLADS, which DARPA says is in the “final development stage,” is radically lighter. It will weigh only 750 kilograms – less than a very small car. This vastly opens up its potential uses.

Congress And White House To Put Thousands Of Charities Out Of Business
Most charities in the United States rely on donations as their primary source of income.  When donations are made to a non-profit charity, they become a tax deduction to the person or corporation giving the donation.  Subsequently, many people only give donations because of the tax deduction they receive.   This can be seen in the fact that many non-profit charities receive a third to half of their annual donations in the month December as people begin to think about income taxes and the need for deductions. Now, those tax deductions are in danger of being reduced or disappearing all together and if they do, a large percentage of donations will also disappear resulting in many a charity having to close their doors and it all has to do with the infamous fiscal cliff. One of the economic plans being put forth by Democrats calls for the reduction of allowable charitable tax deductions.  Others are proposing a cap on the amount of allowable charitable tax deductions and yet others are abdicating dropping all tax deductions for charitable donations.

Evidence Noah's Biblical Flood Happened, Says Robert Ballard
The story of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most famous from the Bible, and now an acclaimed underwater archaeologist thinks he has found proof that the biblical flood was actually based on real events. In an interview with Christiane Amanpour for ABC News, Robert Ballard, one of the world's best-known underwater archaeologists, talked about his findings. His team is probing the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey in search of traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater since the time of Noah. Ballard's track record for finding the impossible is well known. In 1985, using a robotic submersible equipped with remote-controlled cameras, Ballard and his crew hunted down the world's most famous shipwreck, the Titanic.

Why Are Preppers Hated?
Have you noticed that it has become trendy to bash preppers? For a long time the prepper movement was ignored, but now it has become so large that it is getting very difficult for the mainstream media to pretend that it is not there. In fact, it has been estimated that there are now approximately 3 million preppers in the United States alone. So now the mainstream media has decided that mocking the movement is the best strategy, and lots of “critics” and “skeptics” out there have picked up on this trend. Instead of addressing the very real issues that have caused millions of Americans to prepare for the worst, those criticizing the prepper movement attempt to put the focus on individual personalities. They try to find the strangest nutjobs they possibly can and then hold them up as “typical preppers”. The goal is to portray preppers as...

Beyond Drake's Equation -- New Insights Into The Search For Extraterrestrial Civilizations
The SETI project – Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence – has been in existence in one form or another for several decades, dating back to American astronomer Frank Drake’s first SETI experiment named Project Ozma. SETI is basically the search for intelligence through listening for radio waves of another civilization. For Drake back in the 1960’s, this was the sign of a technologically prevalent society, and the smartest means to search for life. In 1961 the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit Earth, while Frank Drake (image below) developed his now famous Drake Equation, which estimates the number of detectable extraterrestrial civilizations in our Milky Way galaxy, based on current electromagnetic detection methods.

Will The Singularity Improve The Legal System? Even For Aliens, Says Peter Thiel
Here’s a Friday afternoon head-scratcher: What will legal systems look like in 1,000 years? No, really. If our arbiters of right and wrong become more highly automated, will we be smoothing over the imperfections of Lady Justice, or placing our respective fates in the hands of heartless machines. What will sentencing guidelines be like after the singularity? If it’s not clear yet, we’ve been reading an account of a Peter Thiel guest lecture in a Stanford Law School course on legal technology. This is not for the faint of heart. “So the set of all intelligent machines would be the superset of all aliens,” write Blake Masters in an essay describing the lecture. “The range and diversity of possible computers is actually much bigger than the range of possible life forms under known rules.”

 

Obama to start sending US F-16 fighter jets to Egypt – on Israel’s election-day

DEBKAfile Special Report December 11, 2012

The US approved 20 F-16 fighter planes for Egypt, part of a $1 billion foreign aid package, Tuesday, Dec. 11, the day scheduled for massive rival demonstrations for and against President Mohamed Morsi’s constitutional referendum Saturday, Dec. 15.  The first four jets will be delivered the day after Barack Obama’s swearing-in as president, and coincide with Israel’s January 22 elections. Obama is telling the Middle East that he stands by his backing for the Muslim Brotherhood, including the radical Palestinian Hamas.             Read more

The Gaza operation's ending shakes West Bank security, opens door to Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis

West Bank security has dropped sharply since the Gaza ceasefire brought in eased restrictions for Hamas and fellow terrorists and tight rules of engagement for Israeli soldiers. Palestinian mobs on the West Bank are free to hurl rocks and abuse at Israel soldiers who, like their comrades at the Gaza fence, are not allowed to shoot back. At the assembly the Palestinian Authority has permitted Hamas to stage in Nablus Thursday, West Bank Palestinians will be rallied to the united flag of “resistance.”   Read more

Concern that Assad may have passed some chemical weapons to Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

Some of the chemical weapons pushed north by the Assad regime may have been sent  from Syrian bases at Jabal Kalamon to Hizballah’s Lebanese Beqaa Valley strongholds, to keep them out of rebel hands, including al Qaeda, debkafile reports. Hizballah is thought to have split up the consignment among different bases to make them harder to attack. Assad is believed to have directed his troops to use chemical weapons if the rebels are near to seizing part of Damascus international airport.            Read more

Lindsey Williams – The Next 4 Years

 

[Ed. Note: For those who haven't had enough Lindsey just yet...]

from JRense:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HQXCXS67hVM

 

 

CIA Takes Over Pentagon

from The Daily Bell:

No longer a turf war, the Pentagon and CIA work closely … With the increase use of drone strikes as a powerful fighting force, the military is looking to get more involved in intelligence. Greg Miller says that it’s becoming more difficult to tell who’s doing what as the Pentagon and CIA work closely together. David Petraeus, the highly decorated war hero, turned disgraced former head of the CIA made a once unthinkable shift from military to intelligence. But it isn’t at all uncommon anymore. In fact, the line between the Pentagon and CIA has become harder to distinguish. – Public Radio International

Dominant Social Theme: The move toward combining intelligence with military activity is an efficient one.

Free-Market Analysis: Here’s a new dominant social theme. We’re supposed to be comforted apparently that the Pentagon and CIA are merging, with the CIA coming out on top.

 

Is It Peak Water Yet? Another Phony Meme

from The Daily Bell:

Peak Water Debate Focuses on Asia’s Water Shortage … The concept of peak water as an overarching term for increased shortage of water supply in Asia remains contentious but it has focused attention on the growing water crisis facing many countries due, in part, to over-extraction of the precious resource. Climate change, burgeoning population growth, pollution and increased industrial and agricultural capacity put more pressure on already stretched water resources. There is a lively academic discussion on whether or not we have indeed passed a tipping point in water consumption – peak water – in the same way many experts believe we have for oil – peak oil. – WaterPolitics.com

Dominant Social Theme: The sky is falling and the Earth is drying up …

Free-Market Analysis: As we can see from the above excerpt, another elite dominant social theme is making the rounds: Peak Water. We try to keep up with memes but we must confess we missed this one even though there are already 250,000 “Peak Water” cites on Google.

 

Egypt Opposition Blasts Morsi for Withdrawing Edict
posted 12/10/12
With his profile soaring in the wake of a successful Gaza ceasefire, President Mohamed Morsi issued an edict declaring himself to have limitless power until a new constitution was put in place.

What followed were weeks of protests from a growing collection of opposition blocs, and a seemingly happy ending when Morsi yesterday withdrew the edict. Bizarrely, opposition leadership, apparently encouraged by their ability to draw a crowd, condemned Morsi for doing exactly what they have demanded, saying it was unacceptable, and calling for yet more protests. Read more... 

 

Not so noble: EU’s Peace Prize win sparks debate over legitimacy
posted 12/10/12
The European Union's presidents have received this year's Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the 27-member group. However, growing numbers of critics have pointed to the EU’s economic and foreign policy failures, arguing the prize is undeserved.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz have accepted the 930,000-euro ($1.2 million) award on behalf of the EU. Read more... 

 

VADER: drone-based system automatically spots and tracks people from 25,000 feet
posted 12/10/12
The Army is looking to award another three-year contract to keep the Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar (VADER) system, first tested in 2009, up and running.

VADER is capable of tracking individuals from 25,000 feet automatically and is just one of many quite incredible drone sensor systems like ARGUS, capable of capturing 36 square miles in a single image, or drone-based facial recognition and biometrics systems. Read more... 

 

Egypt’s army assumes broader powers ahead of charter referendum
posted 12/10/12
CAIRO — A decree issued by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi giving the military temporary authority to arrest civilians and protect “vital facilities of the state” took effect Monday, as a standoff continued over an upcoming referendum on a controversial draft constitution and more protests were called for Tuesday.

The military’s authority will last until the results of the referendum, which is scheduled for Saturday, are announced. Read more... 

 

TSA creating new watch list for passengers not concerning enough to be on bloated no-fly list
posted 12/10/12
If Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the government’s various lists weren’t ludicrous enough as is, the number of individuals harassed will be increased significantly thanks to a new list specifically for “low risk” passengers as revealed in a recently released Federal Register newsletter.

While this appears to be focused mostly on airline flights, one must wonder if such lists will also be used when the TSA invades locations outside of airports around the entirety of the United States. After all, at least one college student has been harassed, detained and interrogated when traveling via train simply for engaging in Islamic studies. Read more... 

 

Assad’s Damascus Fallback Leaves Capital Defended, But Besieged
posted 12/10/12
With the northern reaches along the Turkish border increasingly under rebel control, some analysts were seeing a major shift in the civil war, the first one in quite some time.

But the indications are that the moves were by design, with the Assad regime choosing to abandon smaller outposts that were simply not practical to defend, while shoring themselves up in other areas, notably the capital city of Damascus. Read more... 

 

Special Operations to Fuel Pentagon Growth Going Forward
posted 12/10/12
In a recent speech at Duke University, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter praised President Obama for ensuring that the budget problems didn’t hinder the Pentagon’s continued spending.

“Obama made sure that we didn’t eat our seed corn,” Carter insisted, adding that the special operations forces budget would continue to grow even if the wars end at some point in the future. Read more... 

 

IMF Chief: To Avoid Cliff, US Must Cut Spending, Raise Revenue
posted 12/10/12
The United States needs a balanced, comprehensive approach to tackle its fiscal woes that should include a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Sunday.

"My view, personally, is that the best way to go forward is to have a balanced approach that takes into account both increasing the revenue, which means, you know, either raising taxes or creating new sources of revenue, and cutting spending," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a taped interview on CNN's "State of the Union," which aired on Sunday. Read more... 


Economy December 11, 2012

Sales of American Eagle gold coins soar:Demand for gold coins in the US has soared since the presidential election, as small investors fret about the lack of action to address America’s ballooning debt. 

 

Impending Stock Market Crash: Time Is Short, Too Many Problems To Solve. The Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Are Failing. If US Cant Avert Fiscal Cliff, Everything Will Collapse!

 

 

Two Economic Developments Every Investor Needs to Be Aware Of

by Graham Summers, Gains Pains & Capital:

Last week I outlined the reason why we are very likely going over the fiscal cliff: there are little if any political incentives for the GOP or Dems to fix the problem; the best option politically is to let us go over the cliff and then offer targeted tax breaks in late 2013 early 2014 as part of their 2014 Congressional campaigns.

With that in mind, corporations are now rushing out special dividends to shareholders in an effort to beat the coming tax hikes on dividends.

Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 5, 349 companies moved up their dividends or paid special dividends, according to Silverblatt. That is higher than the 314 irregular dividends paid last year in all of November and December. Silverblatt expects the pace of early dividends to pick up if Washington keeps dawdling.

 

French and Italian industrial production plummet/all eyes will focus on Wednesdays FOMC meeting/Looks like Italy’s government to fall/Greek buyback of bonds not doing well/offer extended for another 2 days

by Harvey Organ, HarveyOrgan.Blogspot.ca:

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen:

Gold closed up 9 dollars to finish the comex session at $1713.00 whereas silver also had a good day, rising by 26 cents to finish at $33.40. Today was a lacklustre day for trading as we witnessed volumes shrivel as investors are shying away from the comex. All eyes will be focused this Wednesday on the FOMC meeting. At that meeting, operation twist ends. Some commentators like Mark Grant believe that they will continue with operation twist and thus all mortgage backed purchases by the Fed will be sterilized. I believe that they will engage in QE4 whereby 85 billion USA in mortgage back securities which will purchased by the Fed for at least 3 years. Why? they have run out of short dated paper!

If QE4 commences , then the Fed will have assets equivalent to 25-28% on its books and this will be impossible to unwind. Wednesday will be a very big day in the USA.

 

Eric Sprott: Silver to Outshine Gold as the Investment of this Decade

from Capital Account:

Today news headlines proclaimed “Gold rises” due to Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti’s plans to resign, while CNBC cited expectations of future Federal Reserve easing. Regardless of the reason, Gold was barely up, trading just a little above 1,710 dollars an ounce, the lower end of its 30 day trading range. In the summer of 2011, during the US debt ceiling debate and credit downgrade, gold topped 1900 dollars an ounce. However, since then the price has dropped, despite the types of news events that usually drive investors to gold. Plus, according to the World Gold Council, central banks will buy more than 500 tons of gold this year, up from 465 tons in 2011, a new high. Why has the yellow metal been trading sideways for the past year and a half as the S&P 500 has gained a very respectable 25 percent? We talk to commodities legend Eric Sprott about gold and silver, and where he sees prices headed over the next decade.

And despite the recent stagnation in the price of gold, the metal has been in a bull market for more than a decade. But how much of the run-up in gold is driven by factors we talk about every day (such as QE and debt downgrades), and how much is driven by issues such as the 20-year bear market in gold that preceded the recent run, as structural supply changes forced the inevitable price adjustment that we see today? We talk to Eric Sprott, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, about how he has weighed these factors over the years.

 

Oil and Natural Resource Depletion And Gold

by Antal Fekete, SilverBearCafe.com:

Own Physical Gold Now – While You Still Can!

“Farther from care than danger…”

The title above is a quote from Sir Thomas More’s classic, Utopia, describing a people’s overconfidence in their capacity for navigation given the compass for the first time.

I found the quote used by Stanley Jevons in his 1866 classic of another sort, The Coal Question. Jevons was writing about the physical limits to coal production, and forecasting, with some accuracy, the inevitable consequence of a peak, decline and exhaustion of Britain’s coal reserves.

Japan: Where Sentiment Went to Die

by Pater Tenebrarum, Acting-Man.com:

Back when the technology bubble in the US peaked, one question that suggested itself was whether there would ever be a mirror image to the extreme in positive sentiment recorded at the time. For instance, at the end of February 2000, a full 92% of all Rydex fund assets were in bullish funds, there were record inflows into mutual funds dwarfing anything seen before and the mutual fund cash-to-assets ratio went to what was then a record low of 4.4% (although actually higher than today’s ratio, one must keep in mind that this happened with the Federal Funds rate at 6%, so cash was more than just yield-less trash).

Anyway, it appears we have found the mirror image – the maximum pessimism that reigns at the tail end of a grueling, over two decades long bear market that without a doubt marks one of the biggest extremes in negativity ever recorded in a post-war industrialized society. We are of course referring to Japan, where ‘caution’ has become the watch word.

 

Revett Minerals: Copper, Silver, and ‘Green’

by Jeff Nielson, Bullion Bulls Canada:

As 2012 winds down and I look ahead to the investment climate in 2013, I’m troubled by increasing warnings of potential “hyperinflation” ahead. As an investor, one way I can deal with this potential threat is to look for producing mining companies with large, verified resource deposits, and the capacity to develop these resources. One Company which fits that description is Revett Minerals, a copper and silver miner that I recently had the pleasure of visiting on a recent tour of their operations.

Imagine if you will, a morning walk, the muted foot-falls of leather on a dirt path. The quiet of a valley morning unbroken, the view ringed by the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness of Montana. An inverted mist hanging over a stream, the air so moist it seems a shame to let the morning sun break up such a splendorous sight. A bend in the road, and another scene evolves.

 

Unemployment Is Not Going Down: The Employment Rate Has Been Under 59 Percent For 39 Months In A Row

by Michael Snyder, Activist Post:

The corporate media is heralding the decline of the official unemployment rate to 7.7 percent as evidence that the U.S. economy is improving. But it is a giant lie. The truth is that unemployment in America is not actually going down. The percentage of working age Americans with a job actually dropped slightly in November. During the last recession, the percentage of working age Americans with a job fell from about 63 percent to under 59 percent and it has stayed there for 39 months in a row.

In September 2009, during the depths of the last economic crisis, 58.7 percent of all working age Americans were employed. In November 2012, 58.7 percent of all working age Americans were employed. It is more then 3 years later, and we are in the exact same place! So how in the world are they able to pretend that the “unemployment rate” is going down steadily? Well, they get there by pretending that hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers “leave the labor force” each month. According to the government, another 350,000 Americans left the labor force during November, and when you keep pretending that huge chunks of workers “disappear” each month it is easy to get the “unemployment rate” to go down. But anyone should be able to see that there is something really funny about these numbers.

 

Silver Surplus – What Silver Surplus?

Much credence is given by analysts to the ‘silver surplus’ in predicting lower prices, but they are thus treating silver wildly differently from gold where the equivalent ‘surplus’ is seen as taken up by investment demand.

by Lawrence Williams, MineWeb.com

LONDON (Mineweb) – One of the biggest difficulties facing serious silver analysts, rather than those who just interpret data without looking at, or understanding, its true background is that many of those conducting ‘independent’ (i.e. those who are not themselves ‘silver bugs’) analyses mostly predict a weak silver price ahead because of what they see as a large silver production surplus.

Gold analysts, on the other hand, have come to accept that any surplus in gold production over normal jewellery and industrial demand is largely accounted for by investment demand.

Surely this is currently exactly the same for silver, and given that this demand appears to be growing sharply, perhaps silver’s demand ‘surplus’ should actually be re-classified as a deficit?

 

15 Signs That The Economy Is Rapidly Getting Worse As We Head Into 2013

How can the mainstream media claim that the U.S. economy is "improving" when it is painfully obvious to anyone with a brain that the middle class is being absolutely eviscerated?  According to numbers that were just released, the number of Americans on food stamps rose by more than 600,000 in a single month to an all-time record high of 47.7 million.  Youth unemployment in the U.S. is at a post-World War II high and large companies have announced the elimination of more than 100,000 jobs since Barack Obama won the election.  Consumer debt just hit a new record high and the federal government is accumulating debt at a much faster pace than it was at this time last year.  So where is the evidence that the economy is getting better?  The mainstream media says that the decline of the unemployment rate to "7.7 percent" is evidence that things are improving, but I showed how fraudulent that number is yesterday.  The percentage of working age Americans with a job today is exactly where it was back in September 2009 in the midst of the last major economic crisis.  The mainstream media is desperate for any shred of evidence that it can use to make people feel good and show that the Obama administration has our economy on the right track, and so they jump on any number that even looks remotely promising and they ignore mountains of evidence to the contrary.  They don't seem to care that poverty is absolutely exploding and that the number of Americans on food stamps has risen by nearly 50 percent while Obama has been in the White House.  They don't seem to care that the U.S. share of global GDP has fallen from 31.8 percent in 2001 to 21.6 percent in 2011.  They don't seem to care that more good paying jobs are being shipped overseas with each passing day.  They don't seem to care that formerly great U.S. cities that were once the envy of the entire globe are now crime-infested hellholes.  All they seem to care about is putting out news that makes people feel warm and fuzzy and making sure that Obama looks good.  Unfortunately, the truth is that the U.S. economy is steadily getting worse, and 2013 is not looking very promising at all right now.  Hopefully at some point the mainstream media will take a break from coverage of the royal pregnancy and the latest celebrity scandals to report on the real problems that we are facing right now. (Read More....)

 

IMF Chief: To Avoid Cliff, US Must Cut Spending, Raise Revenue
posted 12/10/12
The United States needs a balanced, comprehensive approach to tackle its fiscal woes that should include a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Sunday.

"My view, personally, is that the best way to go forward is to have a balanced approach that takes into account both increasing the revenue, which means, you know, either raising taxes or creating new sources of revenue, and cutting spending," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a taped interview on CNN's "State of the Union," which aired on Sunday. Read more... 

 

Stock Market Is a Wild Card in Fiscal Cliff Talks
posted 12/10/12
Congress and the White House can significantly soften the initial impact of the fiscal cliff even if they fail to reach a compromise by Dec. 31. One thing they cannot control, however, is the financial markets' reaction, which possibly could be a panicky sell-off that triggers economic reversals worldwide.

The stock market's unpredictability is perhaps the biggest wild card in the political showdown over the fiscal cliff. Read more... 

 

Mayan apocalypse: panic spreads as December 21 nears
posted 12/10/12
Fears that the end of the world is nigh have spread across the world with only days until the end of the Mayan calendar, with doomsday-mongers predicting a cataclysmic end to the history of Earth. Read more... 


News & Economy November 25, 2012

This Move In Gold & Silver Is Going To Shock People! 

 

KWN Weekly Metals Wrap

from KingWorldNews:

The KWN Weekly Metals Wrap – We have added new segments to the KWN Weekly Metals Wrap covering gold, silver, trading and a plethora of other factors affecting the precious metals markets. I am giving King World News listeners globally access to what has long been my secret weapons in researching where gold and silver are headed directionally along with the COT Report. We Cover the Commitment of Traders Report in detail as well as a number of other factors which can influence the gold and silver market price action.

 

Keiser Report: Colossal Collapse Coming! (E371)

from Russia Today:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uZr9G7s2zBQ

 

Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert note that the bell has rung for the bond market top as one of the biggest private equity funds in the world is seeking ‘ordinary’ investors to assume their long term interest rate risk. In the second half, Max Keiser talks to Ian Williams of Charteris Treasury Portfolio Managers about his forecast for silver prices to rise five fold in the next 3 three years while US Treasury bonds and UK gilts will face collapse. Ian Williams also suggests that it is commercial banks rather than central banks that will return us to a new style of gold standard.

 

Silver Demand: Sentiment and Trends

by Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, Silver Seek:

A quiet battle is being fought in the silver market between investment interests and industrial demand.

The world is finally waking up to the fact that governments can take the real silver money out of circulation, but they cannot take the money out of silver as a commodity.

Silver as Money

Silver still has monetary demand among investors concerned about the long term viability of paper currencies and their inherent inflationary tendencies. Silver is also easier to set aside for hard times than stock piling food, fuel, and other items for barter.

Despite its historical monetary usage, silver is currently not as easy to use for everyday purchases in the United States as the U.S. Dollar. Nevertheless, silver is a highly liquid commodity that can readily be exchanged for U.S. Dollars, which can then be used to purchase goods or services.

 

Bad Collateral: How the Sovereign Debt Crisis Crash Begins

by Dan Denning, Daily Reckoning.com.au:

            If you’re at all worried about the title, don’t be. There’s some good news too. It will hit your inbox at around 2pm today.

It’s pretty tough to figure out when a financial crisis will hit, but they have an odd habit of being triggered by a certain event. And that event involves the failure of collateral.

The problem is that the collateral shaping up to fail this time around would also bring down governments, not just financial institutions. That kind of disaster in Europe is actually a golden opportunity for Australians savvy enough to know it’s coming and how to profit from it. But we’ll leave that to this afternoon.

This Daily Reckoning focuses on how the crisis will begin.

 

Fed’s New Indicator-Based Printing Policy Removes Limits

from Wealth Cycles:

We finally last week got the first official confirmation from the Federal Reserve (Fed) that its quantitative easing (currency printing) program will ramp up to a cumulative $80 billion to $85 billion per month early next year. That level of currency expansion is necessary if the Fed is to offset the $10 billion per month contraction in the total “money” supply, which has persisted despite the $40 billion currently printed monthly. In other words, the breathtaking rate at which the Fed is decreasing the purchasing power of your existing dollars will nearly double within a few short weeks.

As cited by Bloomberg:

“I anticipate that we will need to continue our purchases of mortgage-backed securities and longer-term Treasury securities past the end of this year and likely well into the second half of next year,” said Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams, who has a vote on the FOMC [Fed Open Market Committee] meeting to be held next on Dec. 11-12.

 

Turkey again confirms Iran Gold deal

from Bullion Street:

Ending speculation about it’s gold exports to Iran, Turkey finally acknowledged it’s gold for gas deal with it’s eastern neighbour.

Turkish authorities even said it is the US sanctions against Iran that forced them to deal gold with Iran as Iranians are not allowed to withdraw the money to take to their country.

According to Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Ali Babacan Iran is the main reason behind an increase in Turkey’s gold exports.

Briefing the parliamentary Planning and Budget Commission about the work of his ministry, he said Turkey deposits the payment for the gas it purchases from Iran in a bank account created for the Iranian gas sellers.

 

Lehman Brothers Rears Its Ugly Head In Germany

by Wolf Richter, Testosterone Pit.com:

Another Lehman Brothers kerfuffle has erupted, this time in Germany, in broad daylight. With a stunning amount: up to €800 million ($1.04 billion) in fees for the insolvency administrator. It blows away the prior German record of €70 million paid to the insolvency administrator of Arcandor AG, the parent of department store and mail-order retailer KarstadtQuelle.

Hedge funds, which have massively bought up claims of the original Lehman creditors, are raising a ruckus. Apparently, they want to shame insolvency administrator Michael Frege, a partner at CMS Hasche Sigle, Germany’s largest law firm, into backing off his demands. As insolvency administrator, he is at the center of the case and is personally liable for willful or grossly negligent errors. He “must not receive a success premium, especially since he made some bad decisions by having sold assets below market value,” hedge funds postulated. More than €250 million would be out of the question.

It worked. Almost.

 

The FHA is Finally as Broke as the Post Office

by Pater Tenebrarum, Acting-Man.com:

A $16.3 Billion Hole, They Say

Following the sub-prime bubble’s collapse, someone had to take over subsidized lending to people with not enough income to pay back their mortgage loans, or so the thinking among the political class seems to have gone.

To be underprivileged in today’s society means two things: 1. you most likely enjoy amenities that would have been the envy of every king of 150 years and longer ago, and 2. you can’t afford buying a house.

The latter is regarded as a defect in need of rectification, predominantly by the political left, but as some readers may recall, the ‘ownership society’ was propagated in this context by the right as well.

It was apparently not enough to drive the GSE’s Fannie and Freddie into bankruptcy and conservatorship by a combination of reckless monetary policy and equally reckless political mandates regarding the provision of lending to the above mentioned ‘underprivileged’ class at conditions that can only be called insane.

 

More Filings From Large & Influential Investors Buying Gold

from KingWorldNews:

Today one of the wealthiest men in the resource space said that in the very near future we should expect more filings from large and influential investors buying gold. Here is what Rule had to say: “We just had reports that both Paulson and Soros have been adding to their gold positions, which now total roughly $4 billion. It doesn’t surprise me that they are adding to positions. My suspicion is that in the coming months we are going to see more reports of large and influential investors doing the same thing.”

“I wonder what their alternatives are managing large amounts of cash? It’s pretty clear to me that the purchasing power of dollars is going to continue to decline. People holding Treasuries are losing a great deal of purchasing power.

The equity markets are a difficult place to invest large amounts of money because of the difficult economic conditions we face going forward….

 

FUK-U-SHIMA: Catastrophic Developments in Japan - Unprecedented Core Meltdown, Radioactive Insects Spreading Contamination, Highest Measurement of Cesium in Iwaki City, Scientist Fears Radiation Still Leaking at Fukushima Nuclear Plant, Mushrooms Far From Fukushima Show High Levels Of Cesium!

 

Britain Under Water - Towns and Fields Submerged After Days of Rain as Deluge and 50mph Gales Are Set to Continue Over the Weekend, Storms Claim First Victim!

 

Generic Lipitor recall. Check your bottles!

 

Sharia zones in Norway?

 

Use of RFID Tracking Technology To Be Mandatory In US Food Stamp Program

 

 

Hating the Rich

 

by James E. Miller, Mises:

 

In the midst of the extramarital affair scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus, the mansion which mistress-turned-media target Paula Broadwell is hiding out in was revealed by the Daily Mail. This $2.3 mansion contains seven bedrooms and five bathrooms and is owned by Broadwell’s brother. Some are pointing to the mammoth home as yet another symbol of the vast inequality that pervades the West. It is said that to see the house is to have a glimpse at how the “other side” lives- the other side being subtly hinted to as that of the undeserving bourgeoisie.

In many respects, much of this loathing is well deserved for Ms. Broadwell and her brother Stephen Kranz. A former trial lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division and Chief Counsel for the District of Columbia’s Office of Tax and Revenue, Kranz is currently a partner at the D.C. law firm Sutherland. Much of his career has focused on the tax code. It appears that he once used the code as a weapon to shakedown other Americans in the service of Uncle Sam. Today, he advocates for taxpayers but the fact remains that he owes his standard of living to the formalized thieving racket the state labels taxation.

 

You Can’t Secede…Because We’re Exiling You!

by Jeff Berwick, Dollar Vigilante:

Once again we come to you as the humble messenger and past predictor of today’s major issues!

On January 20th of this year we penned an article entitled, “Forced Expatriation Coming to the USSA”. In it we stated, “We can clearly see that the United Soviet States of America is putting in place the necessary tools to be able to strip whoever it likes of the so-called ‘privilege’ of being a US citizen.” And, yet again, it looks as though it is coming to pass.

With the massive influx of personal petitions to secede from the USSA, many right wing thought leaders have lashed out and are now petitioning for a process wherein anyone who signs a petition to secede is stripped of their US citizenship and deported.

The founder of RedState, the leading conservative blog for “right of center” immoral online activists, Erick Erickson filed the petition and stated “We here at RedState are American citizens (slaves). We have no plans to secede from the union,” he wrote. “If you do, good luck with that, but this is not the place for you.”


News November 24, 2012

Krishna, Ancient Weapons Of Mass Destruction And The Mahabharata

 

Giant Sinkholes in Queens after Hurricane Sandy’ – ‘Alarm Street May Collapse’ 

 

Before-and-After Views of Sandy Destruction

 

Chile Shaken by 5.9 Quake

 

Worst US Drought in Decades Deepens, Covers 60% of CONUS

 

GM Corn Variety 'Cannot Be Regarded as Safe': Author of Study Linking Food to Cancer Issues New Attack

 

Presidential Memorandum: National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs

 

Stop the UN's Takeover of the Internet – What's at Stake, What You Can Do

 

Quiet Rimfire Shooting Without a Suppressor

 

The (Real) New Middle East

 

OCCUPY 2.0 : DESTROY U.S. ECONOMY WITH LAWLESSNESS:Their explicit goal for the next step of the movement is the destruction of the United States financial system. 

 

EXCLUSIVE: FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS OUTNUMBER POPULATIONS OF 24 STATES COMBINED 

 

Living in Amerika :A propaganda video produced by the Kansas City Police Department unwittingly illustrates just how thoroughly militarized domestic law enforcement has become. 

 

What Gaza fighting taught Israel about possible war with Iran

 

TV report: Warnings that peace deals with Egypt, Jordan could collapse led Israel to end Hamas assault with no ground offensive

 

Russian warships in position opposite Israel

 

 

 

Black Friday Blues? 40 Ideas for the Prepper Gift Giver

by Amanda Warren, Activist Post:

The blinds are down. The doors are bolted. You slept in. You still bask in the euphoria of a pleasant evening with friends, family, and grateful feasting. Maybe you even helped others.

Congratulations – you had a great Thanksgiving! And you didn’t cave to the pressure to freeze in the cold night, suspend empathy and stampede your fellow man, pregnant woman, child, old lady, disabled veteran, foroverpriced made-in-China trinkets.

Here are some gift ideas for your friends that will be there when the time is right and that your non-prepping friends and family won’t spit on (mostly):

Things that are storable, but do not take up too much space:

  • Seeds, kitchen herb garden sets
  • Silver

 

Are Black Friday Riots A Preview Of The Civil Unrest That Is Coming When Society Breaks Down?

by Michael, The Economic Collapse Blog:

If Americans will trample one another just to save a few dollars on a television, what will they do when society breaks down and the survival of their families is at stake?  Once in a while an event comes along that gives us a peek into what life could be like when the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is stripped away.  For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey there was rampant looting and within days people weredigging around in supermarket dumpsters looking for food.  Sadly, “Black Friday” also gives us a look at how crazed the American people can be when given the opportunity.  This year was no exception.  Once again we saw large crowds of frenzied shoppers push, shove, scratch, claw, bite and trample one another just to save a few bucks on cheap foreign-made goods.  And of course most retailers seem to be encouraging this type of behavior.  Most of them actually want people frothing at the mouth and willing to fight one another to buy their goods.  But is this kind of “me first” mentality really something that we want to foster as a society?  If people are willing to riot to save money on a cell phone, what would they be willing to do to feed their families?  Are the Black Friday riots a very small preview of the civil unrest that is coming when society eventually breaks down?

Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was not really a commercial holiday.  It was a time to get together with family and friends, eat turkey and express thanks for the blessings that we have been given.

 

The ObamaCare Battle Is Far From Over

With the defeat of Mitt Romney, Obamacare dodged a presidential repeal bullet, but serious threats to the sweeping reform of healthcare remain.  In fact, given that the most important piece of domestic legislation in nearly fifty years was enacted on a party-line vote, it should not be surprising that as the bill approaches implementation, many difficult challenges are only now appearing.   And, with repeal of the measure still leading in public opinion polls 50%-44%, proponents are hard-pressed to claim that the recent election answered all the questions.  In fact, as the extensive reforms and regulations—13,000 pages and growing—sink into government, business and private lives, challenges will come from dozens of angles.

For starters, the success of Obamacare depends heavily on state governments, since health and welfare is constitutionally a state matter.  And right now, many states are not ready to play ball.  Republicans dominate the statehouses, with 30 Republican governors and, as Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia has said, “Where there are unfunded mandates on the states or there is trampling of the 10th Amendment or undermining of federalism that hurts the state or costs us money, then we’ll fight it.”  One such battleground is whether states will establish their own healthcare exchanges and so far 15 states have said they will not do so.  The feds have extended the deadline for a decision by another month, hoping to persuade a few more governors, but there is very little upside to states for taking on this essentially administrative role for Washington. 
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Economic IQ test: If the national debt doesn’t matter, then why are we still paying federal income taxes?

The U.S. federal government is over $16.2 trillion in debt. But that doesn’t really matter, we’re told, because the Federal Reserve — aprivate banking monopoly — can create an unlimited quantity of dollars to keep buying up the U.S. debt. This is called “QE unlimited,” meaning unlimited quantitative easing (money creation).

On top of that, U.S. 
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner recently suggested we simply eliminate the debt ceiling altogether and launch America into INFINITE debt.

This program of fiscal suicide is already under way. The Federal Reserve announced a few weeks ago that it would begin buying up to $80 billion a month in U.S. debt, continuing indefinitely.

At the same time all this is going on, the government insists it needs to confiscate an ever-expanding portion of your income in order to increase “government revenue.” Current 
federal tax “revenues” (which is a warped word to use for taxes in the first place) are at roughly $2.4 trillion a year.

But hold on just a second… and here’s the 
IQ test, are you ready?

If the Federal Reserve can just create trillions of dollars a year in new money and hand it over to the federal government, then why are tax revenues needed at all? 
Read more...

 

 

Life and Times of the Thanksgiving Turkey: He Never Saw It Coming

The Black Swan Theory is used by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to explain the existence and occurrence of high-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations. One example often put forth by Taleb is the life and times of the Thanksgiving Turkey.

The turkey spends the majority of its life enjoying daily feedings from a caring farmer. Weeks go by, and it’s the same thing day-in-day-out for the Turkey. Free food. Open range grazing. Good times all around.


The thinking turkey may even surmise that the farmer has a vested interest in keeping the turkey alive. For the turkey, it is a symbiotic relationship. “The farmer feeds me and keeps me happy, and I keep the farmer happy,” says the turkey. “The farmer needs me, otherwise, why would he be taking care of me?”


This goes on for a 1,000 days.


Then, two days before Thanksgiving on Day 1,001, the farmer shows up again. 
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Economy November 24, 2012

Krishna, Ancient Weapons Of Mass Destruction And The Mahabharata

 

Suicide attempts increasing in crisis-stricken Greece

 

 

Is This the Last Push Before the Big Collapse?

 

by Graham Summers, Gains Pains & Capital:

 

With most of Wall Street on vacation, those few traders manning their desks are taking advantage of the low volume to push the market sharply higher. This, combined with a large move up by the Euro has pulled the entire risk trade up forcing the US Dollar lower.

This move was to be expected on some levels. Since 2002, there has been a rally from just before Thanksgiving until the second week of December. This year is shaping up to replay this move. Stocks and other risk assets were certainly oversold from the preceding week and needed a breather.

However, from a larger perspective there is no shortage of truly horrible developments in the world. EU budget talks failed to accomplish anything. This comes on the heels of failed Greece debt talks from last week (there is another meeting next week on this).

 

Black Friday, Fiscal Cliff, Gold, Dollar

from SchiffReport:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WATn7PMOTLo

 

 

There Is Only One Thing That Can Save Japan Now: Inflation

Japan’s opposition party wants the central bank to whip deflation now with unlimited easing

by Matthew O’Brien, The Atlantic:

The paralysis is over, maybe. Five years since the rest of the global economy started turning Japanese, and 20 years since they did, Japan wants to turn back the clock to a time when they had nonzero growth. In other words, they want the Bank of Japan (BOJ) to do something.

That something is printing money, and printing more of it. Ahead of next month’s elections, Shinzo Abe, the once and perhaps future prime minister of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has called on Japan’s central bank to do unlimited easing and to increase its inflation target from 1 percent to 2-3 percent. If Gerald Ford were in charge of PR, he might have said it’s a plan to whip deflation now.

 

Eurozone PMI In Steep Decline as Services Suffers Worst Month Since Mid-2009

by Mike Shedlock, Global Economic Analysis:

With the markets giddy over the “success” of people spending more money than they can afford on gifts that make little practical sense, other inquiring minds note the Markit Flash Eurozone PMI® shows Eurozone sees ongoing steep decline as services suffers worst month since mid-2009.

Key Points

Flash Eurozone PMI Composite Output Index at 45.8 (45.7 in October). Two-month high.
Flash Eurozone Services PMI Activity Index at 45.7 (46.0 in October). 40-month low.
Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI at 46.2 (45.4 in October). Eight-month high.

 

Europe’s Fine Line of Deep Debt

from The Daily Bell:

Merkel’s day of reckoning as taxpayer haircut on Greece looms … Germany, Holland, and the creditor states of northern Europe have not lost a single cent on eurozone rescue packages, so far. Greece needs €100bn of debt forgiveness to get back on its feet, and a lot of this is coming Germany’s way … We are at last nearing the awful moment when the curtain is ripped away. Greece’s economy has contracted 7pc over the last year. Public debt will spiral to 190pc of GDP in 2013. Leaving aside the Gothic horror of youth unemployment at 58pc, Greece’s debt trajectory is simply out of control. The International Monetary Fund says the country cannot claw its way back to viability unless EU governments and bodies take their punishment. The Fund’s Board and the powers behind it – the US, China, Japan, Brazil – will withdraw if the current farce goes on. Greece needs €100bn of debt forgiveness to get back on its feet, according to Barclays Capital. A lot of this is coming Germany’s way. The creditor states can mask the damage for a while – siphoning off “frontloaded profits” on the ECB‘s holding off Greek bonds, and so on – but the overall sums are too large to cover up altogether. – UK Telegraph

Dominant Social Theme: Europe’s breakup is a challenge to the powers-that-be.

Free-Market Analysis: One of our favorite reporters, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, has written about the tenuous situation in which Germany’s Angela Merkel finds herself. This article tends to support our larger analysis of Europe and the elites’ “directed history” regarding the crisis now facing Europe.

 

Don’t be fooled by Fiscal Cliff Circus, the Eurozone Drama is still a Crisis w/ Matina Stevis

from Capital Account:

EU leaders failed to reach an agreement on a budget deal, as wealthier EU countries pushed for more restraint in the proposed 7 year spending plan. Meanwhile UK Prime Minister David Cameron blamed the European Commission for the budget deal break-down, accusing the commission of insulting taxpayers by refusing to accept cuts in its budget or make reductions in staff pay or perks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1TbtOek3sy8

 

He complained that 200 EC staff earned more than him and accused Brussels of living in a parallel universe, according to the Telegraph. Our guest, Matina Stevis, is on the ground in Brussels and she tells us about EU political theater and the forces of disintegration in the beleaguered Eurozone.

Plus, during a banking conference in Frankfurt, ECB President Mario Draghi announced “I can address you today against a background of a relative return to confidence in the prospects of the Euro area.” But is that really the case or does “Eurozone crisis fatigue” make it seem as if the worst in Europe is over?

 

Even if You Hate Gold, You Should Buy It

by Vedran Vuk, Casey Research:

There have been decades of debate in finance over gold – long before the recent, rapid rise in gold prices. Some see gold as a way to diversify into an asset with less direct correlation to the overall market. Others view gold as no more than a lump of yellow metal. It produces no cash flows. How can it be possibly worth anything?

In a way, the naysayers are right. Gold does not produce any cash flows, so that naturally makes it suspect. If someone were trying to sell me a stock that produces no cash flows and never will, I’d tell him where to stick that stock –and let me tell you it wouldn’t be inside my brokerage account.

However, any company faces this same problem with its products. Take Apple, for example. Does Apple produce cash flows and dividends?

 

Gold Clears Chart Resistance in Light Volume Holiday Trade

by Dan Norcini:

Gold has breached overhead chart resistance centered near the $1740 level in extremely light holiday trade. One thing to keep in mind about this is that pit locals are notorious for using these ultra thin trading conditions to go hunting for upside or downside stops. Since there is not the depth of liquidity that is normally present in the market, resistance to their hunting party efforts is minimal.

What this means for chart watchers is that one has to take the price movements with a bit of healthy skepticism. If the move is for real, it will hold on the resumption of trade during the next trading period. In our example – gold will need to remain above its breakout level of $1740 during both Sunday evening trade in Asia and during Monday trade here in the US.

The same goes for silver.

 

Germany’s Gold and Your Silver

by Dr. Jeff Lewis, Gold Seek:

The recent furor over Germany’s request to audit its gold reserves being held by central banks in New York, London and Paris has highlighted the fact that there is even more reason to have one bar in hand versus two bars in the bush in today’s uncertain world.

The controversy arose after the Bundesbank’s official requests for a full audit of German gold reserves were apparently been turned down by the foreign central banks responsible for storing the bulk of German gold.

These central banks include the Federal Reserve Bank (1,536 tonnes), the Bank of England (450 tonnes) and the Banque de France (374 tonnes). The Bundesbank keeps just 1,036 tonnes of the county’s gold reserves in Frankfurt.

 

Reassessing the global financial status quo part 2

In the second part of this series, Julian Phillips looks at some of the possible events that could help the developed world weather the blows of a changing economic environment.

by Julian Phillips, MineWeb.com

In the first part of this article we looked at the sad events that appear unavoidable in 2013 and beyond, despite the best efforts of politicians and monetary officials. We then said events are on the way to bring nations in the developed world the ability to survive these blows.

Oil Self-Sufficiency in the U.S.

The first point of hope pointing that way came from the news that the U.S. is headed to becoming the world’s largest oil producer in the world, even ahead of Saudi Arabia. Through the use of a system of “Fracking” (the pumping of water into oil wells to extract remaining reserves) the U.S. will become not only self-sufficient in oil by 2016 but could become a net exporter after 2020.

It current dependence for 20% of its oil needs from imported oil will disappear. The consequential impact on the U.S. Balance of Payments will be dynamic. Strategically and politically the U.S. will look considerably more robust. It remains to be seen whether it will save the dollar or its buying power but it will give resiliency to the U.S. economy it sorely needs now.

 

Fed’s Bond Buys Aren’t Near Problem Level, Official Says

by Jon Hilsenrath, The Wall Street Journal, via Yahoo Finance:

John Williams, president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank and one of the Fed’s stronger advocates for continuing to use monetary policy to bolster the economy, said the central bank’s securities portfolio hasn’t grown “anywhere near” the kind of limits that might impede the Fed from carrying on with its bond-buying programs.

“Our concern is to make sure our policies aren’t creating problems with market-functioning,” he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “In terms of how far you can go, I don’t think that we’re anywhere near any kind of limit.…Conceptually, you could imagine some upper limit to this but I don’t think we’re getting anywhere near it.”

 

Richard Russell – Attempts To Defeat Deflation As Money Dies

from KingWorldNews:

With gold and silver surging, the Godfather of newsletter writers, Richard Russell, warns about attempts to defeat deflation as money dies. Here are Russell’s thoughts, along with some charts, in a note to subscribers: “Help, I’m alone. Where are my fellow newsletter writers: Stan Weinstein, Garfield Drew, Sir Harry Schultz, Marty Zweig, Chuck Almon, Bob Farrell? They all flew the coop while poor old Richard Russell is still carrying on. Maybe it’s because the stock market has become impossible or irrational. I think at any given time, the stock market seems increasingly difficult to figure out.”

 

Bond bubble attracting more media attention

from Gold Money:

December Comex gold futures gained 0.1% yesterday, as improved Chinese manufacturing data and hopeful noises from European politicians about the prospects of reaching an EU budget agreement helped traders’ appetite for growth assets. Precious metals posted decent gains on Wednesday, following news that central banks in Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Brazil boosted their gold reserves in October. As the following chart from Nick Laird ofSharelynx.com shows, the Russians in particular have been consistent buyers in the gold market over the last five years.


News November 23, 2012

Analysis: With cease-fire, US pins hopes on Egypt

 

Dershowitz: Why a Cease-Fire Will Not Last

 

Member of Iran’s Parliament: We Are ‘Proud’ to Supply Hamas With Rockets to Use Against Israel

 

Iranian president calls for new world order

 

Coldest Winter in 100 Years on Way to UK

 

Army, Navy Suicides at Record High

 

Egypt Brotherhood leader blasts peace with Israel : The top leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday 

 

Obama drops God from Thanksgiving address for fourth year straight 

 

6.1-magnitude quake strikes Chile

 

Mission impossible: Search for Solomon’s treasure

 

 

Obama’s pledge of US troops to Sinai next week won Israel’s nod for ceasefire

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to a ceasefire for halting the eight-day Gaza operation Wednesday night, Nov. 21, after President Barack Obama personally pledged to start deploying US troops in Egyptian Sinai next week. He said President Morsi had consented to the incoming troops going into immediate action against the Iranian smuggling networks. This means that the Gaza blockade is extended and the focus of combat moves from Gaza to Sinai.                Read more

 

Russian warships in position opposite Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report            November 23, 2012,

The Black Sea Fleet's naval task force has been ordered  to remain in the eastern Mediterranean ready to evacuate Russian citizens from the Gaza Strip. debkafile: Moscow used the same pretext as Washington, readiness to evacuate nationals in an emergency, to account for the presence last week of the USS Iwo Jima and two other warships in the east Mediterranean. Both flotillas are in fact on standby for developments in the Syrian crisis. The Iwo Jima has since moved quietly into waters off Syria.

 

 

 

World Powers Want Nuclear Talks With Iran As Fast As Possible, See Window Of Opportunity For Avoiding An Armageddon Between Israel And Tehran Now Closing

Six world powers agreed on Wednesday to seek renewed talks with Iran as fast as possible, reflecting a heightened sense of urgency to resolve a long rift over Tehran's disputed nuclear activity and avert the threat of war. Their call coincided with growing evidence of Iran expanding nuclear capacity in an underground bunker virtually impervious to attack and follows the November 6 re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama, which has cleared the way for new contacts. Senior diplomats from the six countries - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - met in Brussels on Wednesday to consider new negotiating tactics despite abiding skepticism that a deal with Tehran can be reached. Analysts warn that a window of opportunity for a negotiated solution is narrowing because of growing alarm over Tehran's nuclear course in Israel, the Middle East's only nuclear power which has threatened to bomb the atomic sites of...

 

Ancient Books Of Ezekiel, Enoch, And Zohar Prophesied Iran/Iraq (Persia) Would Initiate Armageddon In The End Times
Ezekiel was a Levite exiled during the Babylonian Captivity. He is one of the most important Old Testament prophets to give us a view of the world’s final battle — called in Ezekiel, “The Battle of Gog and Magog.” Ezekiel’s adventures (if we can call them that) were spectacular. In chapter 38, he foresaw the Battle of Gog and Magog, which leads to the final confrontation, referred to in John’s Apocalypse as the “Battle of Armageddon.” Ezekiel tells us that Persia will be the Number One confederate with Gog in the future invasion of Israel: “I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet” (Ezekiel 38:4,5)... Enoch was told that Persia would lead the world in its final attempt to destroy the Jews: “And in those days the angels will assemble, and turn their heads toward the east, towards the people of Parthia and Media [Persia/Iran], in order to excite the kings...

 

Taking The Pulse Of Armageddon As Israel-Iran Showdown Looms
In Har Megiddo, the view unfolds of the Jezreel Valley, where the final battle is forecast to take place. On the left side of the valley is Nazareth, while on the right – on the other side of the separation fence - is the Palestinian city of Jenin, which proudly proclaims itself the "martyr’s capital." The name reflects the city's having dispatched more suicide bombers into Israel than any other Palestinian town. In the souvenir shop ‘Maya’ and ‘David’ (not their real names), gave the perspective of 30-something Israeli Jews. “I believe Iran is close to getting the bomb," David said. "Israel must not allow another Holocaust to happen. We must act first." Maya agreed: “I do” she said. “We must be sure though to bomb Iranian military targets and not civilian areas. And we must do it soon; before it’s too late.”

 

Kids Against The Mark Of The Beast
After her refusal to wear the tracking chip, Hernandez was warned in a letter that there would “be consequences.” Following through on its threats, the district sent Hernandez a letter informing her she would expelled effective Nov. 26. Hernandez has drawn national attention to the district’s policy. Because of this, Whitehead said, the district is singling her out for punishment. Hernandez is not the only student who has refused to wear the chip. However, she is the only one to face expulsion. “She has become a thorn in their side and has been singled out,” Whitehead said. “The easiest way to solve the problem of a thorn is to remove it. I have been working on these types of cases for over 40 years, and the government either tries to sweep these problems under the rug or remove the person causing...

 

Relocation Of Electronic Warfare Unit Could Leave East Coast Vulnerable
The U.S. Navy is planning to relocate a specialized attack squadron currently stationed on the eastern seaboard, leaving Washington D.C. and other large American cities vulnerable to electronic warfare threats posed by China, Russia, Iran, and other rogue nations, sources said. The Navy’s premier reserve electronic attack squadron, known as VAQ-209, has been ordered by the Pentagon to move from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to Whidbey Island in Washington State, according to documents obtained by the Free Beacon. The move is scheduled to take place on July 31, 2013. A Navy official confirmed that the memo was sent to lawmakers but would not comment further.

 

Fingerprint Scans Create Unease For Poor Parents
Some Mississippi parents are learning a new routine when they drop their kids off at day care centers that are taking part in a new pilot program aimed at combating fraud and saving the state money. Under the program, the state scans parents' fingerprints to capture biometric information, and that information is turned into a number. Then, at a day care center, parents dropping off or picking up their kids put their fingers on a pad, and a small keyboard records the exact time a child is checked in or out. But only the parents of kids who receive subsidized child care have to do the scans, and the program is roiling some parents and day care workers.

Obama Drops God From Thanksgiving Address For Fourth Year Straight
For the fourth year straight, President Obama has omitted any direct statement thanking God in his Thanksgiving address. In 2009 President Obama made history when he issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation that failed to directly thank God. There was an outcry, and Obama’s subsequent proclamations have made prominent mention of God. However, as Ben Shapiro of Breitbart points out, his Thanksgiving addresses (as opposed to the proclamations), which he reads to the camera, have continued to eschew mention of God. In his 2012 Thanksgiving address, Obama says that Thanksgiving is “a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy.”

Jesus Was Born Years Earlier Than Thought, Claims Pope
The entire Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation, the Pope has declared, as he claims in a new book that Jesus was born several years earlier than commonly believed. The 'mistake' was made by a sixth century monk known as Dionysius Exiguus or in English Dennis the Small, the 85-year-old pontiff claims in the book 'Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives', published on Wednesday. "The calculation of the beginning of our calendar – based on the birth of Jesus – was made by Dionysius Exiguus, who made a mistake in his calculations by several years," the Pope writes in the book, which went on sale around the world with an initial print run of a million copies. "The actual date of Jesus's birth was several years before." 

The Vatican On Gaza: Israel Is A Baby-Killer”
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Vatican Council for Culture, commenting on the war between Israel and Hamas, delivered a severe attack on the Jewish people: “I think of the ‘massacre of the innocents’. Children are dying in Gaza, their mothers’ shouts is a perennial cry, a universal cry”. The Catholic Church high official equated Israel’s operation in Gaza against terror groups with the New Testament story of Herod’s slaughter of Jewish babies in his effort to kill Jesus. Ravasi, who is one of the most popular Catholic cardinals and the director of the Church’s policy on culture, called Israelis baby-killers in a shameless form of anti-Semitism which subtly accuses the Jewish State of trying to murder the new Jesus, symbolized by the Palestinian people.

 

Suicide Drones, Mini Blimps And 3D Printers: Inside The New Army Arsenal
Flying grenades. Mini spy blimps. Robotic bomb-busters. Suicide-vest spotters. Battlefield 3D printers. The Army is retooling for a very austere, very remote way of war. And the gear that's required is very different from the hardware that came before. Most American soldiers used to live and fight from massive bases, complete with all sorts of creature comforts and heavy defenses. Today's troops don't have it so good. They're increasingly operating from small, isolated outposts, where they need to spot and ward off attacks without all the gun turrets and heavy armor and surveillance towers found on the old super-bases. Coming up with that new gear has become a top mission for the Rapid Equipping Force, the Army office charged with getting tools and gadgets out to troops in a hurry. They showed off their latest kit at Ft. Belvoir, Va. just before Thanksgiving. Here's a sample.

Daily Mail Asks, Where Will You Be If The World Does End On December 21?
With December 21 - or 'the end of the world' as it is being referred to in some camps - fast approaching, Doomsday 'preppers' are putting the final touches to bunkers where they will ride out the Apocalypse. The Mayan calendar has predicted that in just 38 days the world will end - but fear not, if you have so far been unprepared. Bunkers have already been built around the world to withstand impending doom and despite some rather shabby and gloomy interiors, they may soon be in high demand if predictions ring true. America is dotted with bunkers - several working and others long out of use and turned into quirky museums and hotels.  At the height of nuclear tensions with Cuba and the Soviets in the early Sixties, JFK built a bunker on Peanut Island, across from his family's Florida compound. It has now been turned into a museum.

19th Century Mongolian Painting Shows Two Yeti's Tearing A Man Apart
During Assistant Director Jeff Meuse’s exhibiting of traveling displays from the International Cryptozoology Museum in New York City, he visited the Rubin Museum of Art. While there, he discovered intriguing imagery on a cloth painting. Playing a “Where’s Waldo” game, Meuse and his assistant, the ICM’s coordinator of special events, searched the entire Himalayan art museum looking for signs of Yetis. Finally, he found one example. The painting was dated to the 19th century from Mongolia. The imagery is said to be “a depiction of the universe,” showing Mount Meru. Mount Meru is a sacred mountain in Hindu, a giant location with several mystical, mythical, and heavenly aspects. A handful of western scholars have identified Mount Meru with the Pamirs, northeast of Kashmir, according to these sources. In a corner of the Rubin’s Mount Meru painting is shown some Yetis. They are tearing apart a human...

Government Surveillance On Citizens Rising
As the inferno of the David Petraeus scandal continues to burn, the latest Google Transparency Report shows government surveillance is starting to heat up. "This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise," Dorothy Chou, Senior Policy Analyst, explains on Google's blog. Between January and June of this year governments from around the world filed 20,939 requests with Google to access data on 34,614 accounts. According to company data, during that same time frame last year, governments made 15,744 requests on 25,342 accounts. The majority of government requests filed in the first six months of 2012 were made by the United States, followed by India, Brazil and France.

Muslim Brotherhood Blasts Idea Of Peace, Urges 'Holy War' With Israel
The top leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday – one day after the country’s president, who hails from the movement, mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting. “The enemy knows nothing but the language of force,” said Mohammed Badei. “Be aware of the game of grand deception with which they depict peace accords,” he said in a statement carried on the group’s website and emailed to reporters. His statement was a sharp deviation from the role played by President Mohammed Morsi in the last week. Egypt’s role in brokering the deal has been hailed by U.S. officials.

Mind Control: How EEG Devices Are Going To Hack Your Brain Waves And Change Your World
Could these devices allow malicious hackers to gain access to our minds? Yes, according to some. By gaining access to the software used to record and analyze electrical signals picked up by the EEG, hackers could build "brain spyware" apps that could potentially trick users into offering up personal information, Gizmodo wrote in a story on mind-hacking. In email correspondence with The Huffington Post, Frank said he thinks EEG devices present an unique vector for cyberattacks. "The experiments have demonstrated that an attacker with access to the raw EEG signal can guess secrets of the end-user significantly better compared with random guessing. This means that, once this technology is used by more people and once there are more apps written by third-party developers, there is the chance that malicious software attacks the user's privacy," Frank wrote.

 

High-Tech Guard Tower To Spy on Buffalo Residents

Towers could become widespread to deal with civil unrest

by Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars:

Downtown Buffalo residents were shocked yesterday to see that a high-tech police guard tower had been erected to spy on Thanksgiving revelers using the same technology deployed against illegal aliens on the border.

The SkyWatch command tower is elevated 30 feet above ground level to give police a panoramic view of the streets and is fitted with sophisticated surveillance equipment. The manufacturer of the device boasts that the tower can be used for “civilian security operations” and “crowd control”.

“It allows us to be able to see in various directions. The cameras have amazing clarity and it’s an expansion of our police camera surveillance system,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told WKBW News.

 

Osama Bin Laden Is Really, Really Dead

from The Daily Bell:

Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watchedOsama bin Laden‘s burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony. The emails, obtained by TheAssociated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the al-Qaidaleader’s death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department. – Huffington Post

Dominant Social Theme: Oh, he is dead. Yes, we killed him. He is gone. Dead. We are so great. And he is cold and dead and drowned.

Free-Market Analysis: We have written numerous stories about the “death” of Osama bin Laden because it seems to represent everything that is wrong or at least inconsistent as regards the US’smilitary-industrial complex.

We have noted in the past that the power elite that wants to build world government uses a variety of dominant and subdominant social themes to do so.

These themes are intended to frighten Western middle classes into giving up power and wealth to elite globalist solutions. One of the main modern tools is the war on terror.

 

Garbage Piles Up in Spain as Unpaid Municipal Bills Mount; Green Shoot of the Day: Cement Consumption Falls 34%

by Mike Shedlock, Global Economic Analysis:

As Spain attempts austerity by cutting back payments to regions, those regions run out of funds to pay bills.

For an interesting case-in-point, please consider (via Google translate from El Economista) Municipalities Owed €2,000 Million, Companies Refuse Collection and Cleaning

Defaults on local councils put back on the ropes to urban sanitation companies. No respite worth. If the final plan provider payment partially interrupted the problem, the situation again becomes serious. “Since the beginning of the year delinquencies has skyrocketed. In just eight months to August, the accumulated debt of the sessions with cleaning companies was around 1,680 million.

 

Texas congressman reintroduces bill to stop TSA molestation at airports

by Jonathan Benson, Natural News:

Once again leading the charge to restore freedom and end the incessant reign of federal terror on American citizens is the state of Texas, which recently initiated the process of effectively castrating the U.S. Transportation Security Administration(TSA), and stopping the rogue agency from freely molesting travelers at airports throughout the state in the name of national security.

Representative David Simpson, a Republican from Longview, Texas, has successfully filed House Bill 80, also known as the Texas Travel Freedom Act, which would prohibit government agents from touching the private areas of individuals and travelers without probable cause. It would also restrict the TSA from requiring full-body pat downs as a security requirement for travel, as well as prohibit TSA agents from separating minors from their parents during the screening process.

 

Judge Grants Reprieve To Student Expelled For Refusing To Wear Tracking Device Badge

by Craig Bannister, CNSnews:

Andrea Hernandez won’t have to leave her high school for refusing to wear a badge designed to track her every move there – yet – her attorneys announced today.

A district court judge for Bexar County, Texas, has granted a temporary restraining order to prevent Northside Independent School District from removing a Hernandez from John Jay High School’s Science and Engineering Academy because she refused to wear a name badge designed to use a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip to track students’ precise location on school property, the Hernandez’s attorneys announced today.

“The court’s willingness to grant a temporary restraining order is a good first step, but there is still a long way to go—not just in this case, but dealing with the mindset, in general, that everyone needs to be monitored and controlled,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.

 Barak Favors Gaza Ceasefire Terms, Netanyahu Opposes
posted 11/21/12
The latest draft agreement on a cease to Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has split the Israeli cabinet, with Defense Minister Ehud Barak believing the deal should be accepted, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman believe Israel can hold out for a better deal.

Taking both Israeli and Hamas demands under advisement, Egypt’s Mursi government penned a compromise draft, a pact which would oblige Hamas to keep other groups from firing rockets, while at the same time offering a loosening of the Israeli blockade. Read more... 

 

IDF: 'Israel desires peace, wrongly accused of using excessive force'
posted 11/21/12
Speaking to RT, Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson Josh Hantman said “collateral damage” will continue in Israel’s ferocious ongoing ‘Pillar of Defense’ campaign in Gaza, and that Israel is being wrongly accused of disproportionate aggression.

RT: 126 Palestinians have died since the violence began, almost half of them reportedly civilians. Israel lost a soldier today, killed by a Gaza rocket. Surely you can understand why critics accuse Israel of disproportionate aggression when you compare these figures, no? Read more... 

Economy November 23, 2012

Eurozone’s economy continues to deteriorate at ‘alarming pace’

 

Government Sets Its Sights on Private Retirement Accounts: “Giant Effort to Redistribute the Wealth of America’s Older Citizens”

 

Thousands of US Banks to Disappear Soon: Wall Street Analysts

 

 

The First 12 Hours of a US Dollar Collapse (The Day the Dollar Died)

A newly released short-film by the National Inflation Association gives us a preview of what the first 12 hours of a US dollar collapse may look like.

Click here to Watch The Day the Dollar Died:

 

 

Murphy & Nielson: SILVER SUPPRESSION EXPLAINED, Plus a Semi-Numi Must Have!

Happy Thanksgiving friends! Here’s an update on the silver suppression schemes by the cartel, with our friends Bill Murphy and Jeff Nielson. Bill covers the PHYSICAL metal pouring out of Europe on its way to Asia while the U.S. government EXPORTS hundreds of millions of ounces of PHYSICAL metal to the UK in an effort to fill the LBMA’s rapidly emptying shelves. We also talk with Jeff Nielson about his incredible 3-part article ‘Silver’s Smoking Guns’. Plus, I weigh in with my must-have 1-ounce semi-numismatic silver pick of the month!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=niwamLjTETY

 

 

Exactly What Does The ‘”Free’” In Free Market Mean?

by Henry Harding, Activist Post:

The Libor was rigged, the wholesale gas market is a fix, the biggest of multinationals pay next to no tax on their profits but bleat that they pay payroll on their minimum wage workers, insisting that this is both responsible and, probably, humble. Several UK water companies spend a great deal of money to ensure that supplying life’s essential is the only socially responsible thing they do.

Having bought the infrastructure built by our forefathers for pennies in the pound, and then left it leaking like a Government enquiry, they presumably justify their position by pointing out that they have enough crap coming down their pipes to deal with already. So be grateful, pleb.

 

EU Budget: Britain risks becoming scapegoat if summit talks fail

Prime Minister David Cameron faces becoming the summit scapegoat as EU countries use his push to freeze spending and protect Britain’s rebate to block the deal for their own domestic reasons.

by Rebecca Clancy, The Telegraph:

Some more data out of Europe. Eurozone consumer confidence has continued to decline in November, falling to -26.9, from -24.3 in October, according to the first estimate from the European Commission.

Consumer spending accounts for more than half of 17-nation bloc economic output, but with the effects of the debt crisis cutting disposable income, households have been in no position to contribute much to economic recovery.

In the wider 27-member European Union, consumer sentiment improved a fraction, to -23.7, compared to -24.3 last month.

 

Garbage Piles Up in Spain as Unpaid Municipal Bills Mount; Green Shoot of the Day: Cement Consumption Falls 34%

by Mike Shedlock, Global Economic Analysis:

As Spain attempts austerity by cutting back payments to regions, those regions run out of funds to pay bills.

For an interesting case-in-point, please consider (via Google translate from El Economista) Municipalities Owed €2,000 Million, Companies Refuse Collection and Cleaning

Defaults on local councils put back on the ropes to urban sanitation companies. No respite worth. If the final plan provider payment partially interrupted the problem, the situation again becomes serious. “Since the beginning of the year delinquencies has skyrocketed. In just eight months to August, the accumulated debt of the sessions with cleaning companies was around 1,680 million.

Anatomy of the End Game

by Martin Sibileau, A View From The Trenches:

“…We cannot arbitrage fiat money, but we can repudiate the sovereign debt that backs it! And that repudiation will be the defining moment of this crisis…”

About a month ago, in the third-quarter report of a Canadian global macro fund, its strategist made the interesting observation that “…Four ideas in particular have caught the fancy of economic policy makers and have been successfully sold to the public…” One of these ideas “…that has taken root, at least among the political and intellectual classes, is that one need not fear fiscal deficits and debt provided one has monetary sovereignty…”. This idea is currently growing, particularly after Obama’s re-election. But it was only after writing our last letter, on the revival of the Chicago Plan (as proposed in an IMF’ working paper), that we realized that the idea is morphing into another one among Keynesians: That because there cannot be a gold-to-US dollar arbitrage like in 1933, governments do indeed have the monetary sovereignty.

Is this true? Today’s letter will seek to show why it is not, and in the process, it will also describe the endgame for the current crisis. Without further ado…

After the fall of the KreditAnstalt in 1931, with the world living under the gold-exchange standard, depositors first in central Europe, and later in France and England, began to withdraw their deposits and buy gold, challenging the reserves of their respective central banks.

 

Contagion spreads to the heart of Europe

from Gold Money:

Despite the lack of agreement over the latest (insignificant) iteration of the Greek bailout, what has really shaken the Eurozone to its very core was the new rating downgrade for France, coming on the heels of headlines calling France the “timebomb at the heart” of the EU, it means that sovereign debt concerns are slowly working their way from the periphery to the euro-core. Officials rushed to downplay the impact and importance of the downgrade. However France is the second largest contributor to the European bailout mechanism (ESM) and hosts one of the largest sovereign debt markets in the world. The number of solvent countries that could serve as a safe haven can now be counted with one hand, and since many of them seem committed to tying their fates to their not-so-prudent neighbours, savers are left with a lot of uncertainty and few solid options to protect themselves against the ever-increasing probability of a currency collapse or a break-up of the Eurozone.

The price of gold has reacted accordingly to the increase rate of euro-risk, it reached €1,350 per troy ounce, not far from all-time euro-highs.

 

Translating Yellin: The FED’s Mistress of Fog

by Gary North, Lew Rockwell:

Janet Yellin is Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.She has been assigned the task of making the FED more transparent. She is the chairman of a new Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) communications subcommittee.

Let me say from the beginning that Janet Yellin makes Ben Bernanke sound like Henny Youngman.

Anyone who reads a Janet Yellin speech while smoking in bed is not a good insurance risk.

Her recent speech reveals new thinking at the FED. (I use the term “reveals” advisedly.) She gave this speech at the University of California, Berkeley, where she used to teach. (I use the term “teach” advisedly.)

As you may know, I am an unofficial translator of Federal Reserve speeches. I will help guide you through Dr. Yellin’s speech.

The FED relies on her to get its message across.

 

Gold strengthened by Central Bank, ETP buying and gold coin sales

Central bank gold purchases, ETP holding increases and coin sales all point to a stronger gold price, although a stronger greenback is mitigating rises in US dollar terms.

by Lawrence Williams, MineWeb.com

The latest data from the IMF shows that Central Banks are continuing to accumulate gold with some 40 tonnes purchased in October keeping purchases on track to match last year’s 456 tonnes of net purchases. Key buyers were Brazil, which took on 17.2 tonnes, pushing its gold reserves to their highest in 11 years, Kazakhstan with 7.5 tonnes and Turkey with 17.5 tonnes (although this is slightly anomalous in that Turkey is now accepting gold in its reserve requirements from commercial banks – a change in status implemented earlier this year). Russia too continued to gradually grow its reserves (by 0.4 tonnes in October).

On the negative side of the equation, Germany, the world’s second largest holder of gold in official reserves after the U.S.A. , reduced its holdings by 4.2 tonnes, but this is believed to be a transfer from its reserve to the country’s Finance Ministry for the minting of gold coins – according to a spokesperson for the Bundesbank some 7 tonnes a year is set aside for this purpose.

 

Harvard's Feldstein: Fixing Fiscal Cliff May Not Avoid Recession
posted 11/21/12
Harvard University economics professor Martin Feldstein said the U.S. economy may fall into a recession next year even if Congress and President Barack Obama avert the full brunt of the so-called fiscal cliff.

“You are perilously close to the edge of another recession even if we don’t go over the fiscal cliff,” Feldstein said in a Bloomberg Television interview from New York. The end of payroll tax cuts will reduce gross domestic product by about 1 percentage point in 2013, and other tax increases and spending cuts may bring “over 2 percent of GDP tightening,” he said. Read more... 

MEP Nigel Farage
posted 11/21/12
Nigel Farage: Member of the European Parliament (MEP) & Founding Member of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) - Nigel is MEP for the South East region and is the leader of the parliamentary party in the EU parliament.

He has worked for British, French and American companies operating in the commodity markets, especially the London Metal Exchange (since 1982).Read more... 

CNBC: Housing Starts Increase Largely Reflects Rentals
posted 11/21/12
Enthusiasm grew in the housing market Tuesday amid the news that new home construction soared 3.6 percent in October.

That increase took the annual home starts rate to 894,000, the highest level since July 2008. And Goldman Sachs predicts the rate will rise to 1 million by the end of 2013 and 1.5 million by the end of 2016, Business Insider reports.Read more... 

 

Market at Risk of One More Leg Down in November 
posted 11/21/12
The SP 500 declined a perfect 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the summer rally from the 1267 lows to the 1474 highs. In our work we examine human behavioral patterns, sentiment, and Elliott Wave patterns to help with clues on market direction. To be sure, there is no such thing as a perfect technical analysis methodology, so we do our best to mix up a home cooked recipe for assistance in getting as close as we can to calling the pivots up and down.Read more... 

Is The Largest Weekly Inflow Into Bank Savings Accounts On Record, A Flashing Red Alarm?
posted 11/21/12
When one thinks of America, the word "savings" is likely the last thing to come into a person's head, for the simple reason that the vast majority of Americans don't save: recall that in September the personal savings rate dipped to 3.3%, the lowest since 2009 save for one month. Read more... 

2012 Is The Tipping Point – Results Are In, Bankers Lost
posted 11/21/12
It is highly unlikely the Mayan predictions of the end of the world referred to the bankers’ world of credit and debt. Nonetheless, with only one month remaining until December 21, 2012—the end date of the Mayan 5,125 year Mesoamerican calendar—the concomitant end of the bankers’ 300 year ponzi-scheme of credit and debt should not be dismissed as mere coincidence.

The world has entered a paradigm shift of immense proportions; and the collapse of the bankers’ economic world is a part of that shift. The bankers’ credit fueled a 300-year global expansion which transformed the world. The bankers’ credit, however, has now become debt which increasingly cannot be repaid. Read more... 

Japan posts worst October trade figures in 30 years
posted 11/21/12
Japan has reported its worst October trade figures in over 30 years, underscoring persistent weakness in the world's third-largest economy amid the global slowdown and a spat with China that has hit exports. Read more... 

HSBC Investigation: clients of Britain's biggest bank exposed
posted 11/21/12
Britain’s biggest bank is at the centre of a major HM Revenue and Customs investigation after it opened offshore accounts in Jersey for serious criminals living in this country, The Telegraph can disclose. Read more... 

Jobless Claims Fall but Superstorm Distorts Data
posted 11/21/12
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week but remained elevated due to Superstorm Sandy, a sign the storm is proving to be a substantial disruption to the labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 41,000 to a seasonally adjusted 410,000, the Labor Department said on Wednesday. That was smack in line with the median forecast in a Reuters poll. Read more... 


News & Economy November 22, 2012

Obamas Gun Ban List Is Out: “Here It Is, Folks, And It Is Bad News”

Are There Two “Sudden Destructions” Coming?

Complaints About Turkey Attacks On The Rise In Brookline:NOTE- THE ONGOING WEATHER WARS, BETWEEN NATIONS, ARE CAUSING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC CHANGE IN THE BEHAVIOR OF ANIMALS AND BIRDS- WAIT FOR THE ZOMBIE HERD,PACKS AND FLOCKS TO SHOW UP! Complaints About Turkey Attacks On The Rise In Brookline:NOTE- THE ONGOING WEATHER WARS, BETWEEN NATIONS, ARE CAUSING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC CHANGE IN THE BEHAVIOR OF ANIMALS AND BIRDS- WAIT FOR THE ZOMBIE HERD,PACKS AND FLOCKS TO SHOW UP! 

Swiss Study Shows 147 Technocratic Super Entities Rule the World! FLASHBACK--DIDN'T JESUS SAY -THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL--NOT CONSPIRACY BUT FACT! 

Warning from Nathan Leal - Part 2 Zombie Apocalypse? - Mayan Prophecy - December 21, 2012 Nathan Leal 

1,408 Missiles in 8 Days Fired by Gaza at Israel

Dengue, Malaria and Deadly Disease Outbreaks Worldwide

 

Iron Dome was the only real Israeli winner of the Gaza operation

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 21, 2012,

For Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to obtain Hamas’s consent to a ceasefire Wednesday, Nov. 21, Israel made certain concessions. The most damaging was acceding to Egypt’s role as truce monitor and arbitrator between itself and Hamas and the address for complaints of violations, misunderstandings and brokering future negotiations for regulating future relations. By this step, Israel accepted Egypt’s superior authority and demoted itself to an equal footing with a terrorist group, Hamas.             Read more

 

Economic collapse – The suffering to come

by suburbanprep, Survival 5×5:

Most people have no concept of what an economic collapse looks like.   Yes, million have lost their jobs and lost their homes in the past 6 years.  Yes many are struggling to find new jobs and have lost all their assets just trying to survive.   Yet, the hard suffering has not yet started.   In the US, there remains the food stamp programs (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Woman, Infants, Children (WIC)).   charitable food pantries are challenged, yet are still open and helping millions.

The hard suffering starts when government programs run out of money and charitable organizations run out of resources.

To get a sample of what the hard suffering will look like, I recommend that everyone watch the PBS program on The Dust Bowl.   You can find more information about this documentary athttp://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/

 

EPA using same tactics as terror groups to hide emails from the government

by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:

When he was elected to his first term in 2008, Barack Obama promised the most open, transparent administration in U.S. history.

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government,” he said in a memo to the heads of his Executive Branch agencies.

That was then.

Since that empty promise, there have been a number of occasions where this president and prominent members of his administration have reneged on that pledge. Not all of them are as outrageous as the botched “Fast and Furious” operation or as the Benghazi disaster and the fiasco with disgraced CIA chief David Petraeus, but they are powerful nonetheless because each of them have contributed to an administration that is delivering to the American people the exact opposite of what it swore an oath to deliver.

 

Report: Over 250 Gold Robberies in Stockton Since April: Police Taken By Surprise

by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

With the price of gold reaching all time highs as recently as this summer, it’s not just investors who are paying attention.

Predators who have nothing left to lose are as equally interested in the asset. It’s not only a portable store of value, but just about every American has some type of gold in their possession, be it in the form of a coin, wedding ring, or necklace.

In Stockton, California, where skyrocketing crime has left over 60 people dead this year, police and city officials are being overrun with reports of gold chain robberies. Since April there have been over 250 such armed robberies, culminating in the September death of a man who just happened to be taking a casual stroll through a local park.

As a result of rising crime in the city, residents are being more cautious, with many of them choosing to stay at home rather than risk being assaulted or murdered in a city that has seen its coffers bankrupted and its public workforce gutted.

 

The States Fight in the Last Ditch Against Obamacare

Last July, I wrote that the states still had the power to kill Obamacare, despite the Supreme Court's gross dereliction of duty in Florida v. HHS. My point was that the insuranceexchanges required by PPACA are the key to its success or failure, and thatthe law grants the states enormous power in the way they are set up. The ostensible purpose of these exchanges is to provide “marketplaces” where people without health insurance can acquire subsidized coverage. Ironically, the law doesn’t actually require states to set up these bureaucracies. Yet, as Sally Pipes and Hal Scherz note, “only state-based exchanges … may distribute credits and subsidies.”

In other words, if the states refuse to set up exchanges, they cut off the subsidies and
tax credits that are the lifeblood of Obamacare. Moreover, states that decline to set up these enabling bureaucracies will also be protecting their business communities from job-killing federal penalties -- even if the federal government comes in and sets up its own exchanges in those states. The Cato Institute's Michael Cannon explains, "defaulting to a federal exchange exempts a state's employers from the employer mandate -- a tax of $2,000 per worker per year." This is why more than half of the 50 have opted not to set up state-run exchanges.

Last Friday, three more governors officially announced their refusal to set up state-run Obamacare exchanges. Ohio's John Kasich, Wisconsin's Scott Walker, and Maine's Paul LePage all released statements indicating that they would not assist the Obama administration in its effort to socialize health care in their states. All three governors made their decisions based on the knowledge that, even if they cooperate on the exchanges, they would have little control over how the exchanges are operated. As Cato's Cannon puts it, "[A] state-created exchange is not a state-controlled exchange. All exchanges will be controlled by Washington." 
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Government Sets Its Sights on Private Retirement Accounts: “Giant Effort to Redistribute the Wealth of America’s Older Citizens”

A new effort by the Obama administration, Congress, the Treasury Department and labor unions aims to fundamentally alter how Americans plan and save for retirement.

Warnings have been popping up over the last several years about the possibility of re-appropriating the $3.5 Trillion sitting in private 
retirement and spreading those funds around to Americans who are deemed less fortunate.

This couldn’t possibly happen in America, right? At one time, most Americans also believed heath care mandates that force Americans at the barrel of a gun to surrender portions of their earnings into a 
universal system for all would never happen. Well, it did.

And now, those who would control and regulate every aspect of our lives are making a new push; one whose efforts will ultimately end in the seizure and redistribution the personal retirement savings of every American who has ever put money into a 401(k) or IRA.

This is no longer in the realm of conspiracy, but rather, public record.

    A recent hearing sponsored by the Treasury and Labor Departments marked the beginning of the Obama Administration’s effort to nationalize the nation’s pension system and to eliminate private retirement accounts including IRA’s and 
401k plans, NSC is warning. Read more....

 

Obamas Gun Ban List Is Out: “Here It Is, Folks, And It Is Bad News”

 

Industrial silver demand to decline 6% this year – Silver Institute

A report for the Silver Institute projects a new record high in silver industrial demand in 2014, which account for 57% of total silver fabrication in that year.

by Dorothy Kosich, MineWeb.com

A new Thomson Reuters GFMS report, commissioned by the Silver Institute, forecasts a downturn in silver industrial demand this year to 454.4 million ounces, “although a recovery in 2013 will see these losses entirely recouped.

“…It should be of little surprise that use of silver in industrial applications slowed in 2012,” said the report. “Indeed the start of the year saw industrial offtake remain extremely weak in a number of key markets, following the steep drop of late-2011.”

“That said, the fact we are forecasting a decline appreciating 6% for the full year total indicates the extent of the recovery we expect to see in approach to year end. This is partly thanks to the fact that some market segments will outperform others, helping to limit the expected losses for 2012,” said GFMS.

 

Student Loans, the Next Debt Bubble

By John Mauldin, The Market Oracle:

For the last year, as I travel around, it seems a main topic of conversation is “Where will my kids find jobs?” It is a topic I am all too familiar with. Where indeed? Youth unemployment in the US is 17.1%. If you are in Europe the problem is even more pronounced. The basket case that is Greece has youth unemployment of 58%, and Spain is close at 55%. Portugal is at 36% and in Italy it’s 35%. France is over 25%. Is this just a cyclical symptom of the credit crisis? Much of it clearly is, but I think there is something deeper at work here, an underlying tectonic shift in the foundation of employment. And that means that before we see a true recovery in the unemployment rate, there must be a shift in how we think about work and training for the future of employment. This week is the first of what will be occasional letters over the coming months with an emphasis on employment. (This letter will print a little longer, as there are a lot of charts.)

But first, the staff at Mauldin Economics is furiously putting the finishing touches on your free Post-Election Economic Summit webinar, which will air tomorrow at 2 pm Eastern. They are distilling multiple hours of discussion into a fast-paced, thoughtful (and often lively) conversation about what is in store in our economic future.

 

Smoke and mirrors economy

from MyBudget360.com:

47 percent of the members in Congress are millionaires. 67 percent of Senators. Fed and Treasury money close to $7 trillion.

The Federal Reserve is really deep into uncharted territory.  In no other time in history has the Fed been so intricately involved in the overall economy.  The Fed balance sheet has expanded to an incredible level under very little scrutiny by the public or elected officials, many who have a vested interest in keeping the status quo.  The banking system has been bailed out but the working and middle class still struggle.  There is an interesting narrative going on in the press.  Since Wall Street is on the mend and hefty banking bonuses are once again making the rounds, every corner of the country is now somehow celebrating in this same process, at least in theory.  That is simply not the case in actuality.  The system has been decoupled internally.  Profits are made globally with local banking subsidies.  The public is left holding the bag on massive speculation and is shifted out of any prosperity.  It is odd what passes for good news.  The fact that Congress acknowledges that they will deal with the fiscal challenges facing our nation is applauded even though this is their job and most are already millionaires.  The Fed is still deeply intertwined in the current economy.


News November 12, 2012

Stolen Election? Evidence Is Mounting Everything Points To Stolen Votes

 

What natural disasters like Sandy teach us about taxes and government

 

Shocking Newsweek Cover!

 

NY Descending Into Absolute Chaos: Emergency Shelters Or Death Traps?

 

Be Afraid America, Very Afraid

 

DHS To Oversee RFID 666 Mark Of The Beast

 

 

 

From Genetically Modified Foods To Nephilim Insects As Next Phase In Assault On God's Creation: Will Scientists Unleash The Demonic Locusts Of Revelation Chapter 9?

Whether you like them or not, genetically modified ingredients are hard to avoid in the food supply--they’re found in most processed foods in the U.S. and elsewhere. These crops--generally things like cotton, soy, and corn--are tweaked in labs so that they’re immune to pest-killing products made by companies like Monsanto. The pesticides used on the crops can be harmful to humans, and scientists have questioned the safety of modifying crops in the first place. A British company called Oxitec has a plan to ditch pesticides and GMO crops, instead using genetic modification to eliminate the bugs that feed on certain crops like broccoli, cabbage, and fruit. What could possibly go wrong? In a recent story, the Daily Mail proclaims that "millions of GM insects developed by British scientists could be released into food crop fields without proper safety checks." It’s not that the company is being allowed to release its insects onto crops without any oversight at all, but the company has reportedly lobbied to ensure GM insect-friendly officials end up on European Food Safety Authority committees.

 

Eat Up! California Decides To Keep Genetically Modified Food Dangers Secret From Consumers
Prop 37 supporters argued that citizens have the right to know what's in their food and make educated decisions on what to feed their families, especially since long-term health effects are hazy. They wanted to see labeling, according to the ballot initiative, either on the front or back of packages "if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways." Opponents from the biotech industry and Big Ag companies like Monsanto called the labeling deceptive and argued it would stigmatize foods that scientific evidence shows is not harmful. They also estimated that the cost of the labeling requirement would trickle down to California households, forcing families to pay $400 more in grocery bills each year. As TIME's EcoCentric noted, however, that figure, which became a highly debated part of the campaign, assumes manufacturers would be replacing currently unlabeled genetically modified (GM) products rather than slapping new labels on them.

 

Forum Explores Effects Of Genetic Modification Of Foods
Turning a blind eye to genetically engineered food could be very bad for your health, say two Langley mothers. Bobbie Blair and Lucy Nickel say they have embraced such an important cause because they want to educate people about the serious effects new genetically engineering technology will have on food. “Over the last few years, we both became aware of a new kind of food that has been quietly incorporated into our processed foods: GMOs,” Blair said. “People who embrace this cause are usually very passionate about it, and by reaching out, we not only found each other, we found many other concerned individuals as well as local groups,” she added. These include the Society For a G.E. Free B.C. and the Council Of Canadians. The two non-profit societies have arranged the Community Forum on Genetically Modified Food which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Fraser River Presentation Theatre in Township Hall, 20338 65 Ave. Speakers will explain what it is, outline the impact on health and the environment, and suggest what people can do about it.

 

Winter's Coming: You Prepared?
Superstorm Sandy, with all of its devastating destruction, re-emphasizes the importance of severe weather safety and preparedness. • Prepare winter disaster kits for the home and vehicle. Refresh stored nonperishable foods and bottled water. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and radios. Winter emergency kits should include warm clothing, blankets, flashlights, new batteries, coats, hats, gloves, a battery-operated or hand-cranked radio, first aid kit, and enough nonperishable food and water (one gallon per person, per day) to sustain every family member for several days. Have stored food, bottled water and supplies for your pets, as well. • Invest in a NOAA Public Alert/Weather Radio. Every home, school and business should have a tone-alert weather radio with a battery back-up. Weather and public alert radios are programmed to automatically sound an alert during public safety and severe weather events...

 

Supreme Court Weighing Genetic Privacy
Supreme Court justices are to meet privately Friday to weigh whether they will hear a major genetic-privacy case testing whether authorities may take DNA samples from anybody arrested for a serious crime. The case has wide-ranging implications, as at least 21 states and the federal government have regulations requiring suspects to give a DNA sample upon arrest. In all the states with such laws, DNA saliva samples are cataloged in state and federal crime-fighting databases. The issue confronts the government’s interest in solving crime, balanced against the constitutional rights of those arrested to be free from government intrusion.

Human Enhancement Technologies Called "Alarming"
The Royal Society, along with the Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, and Royal Academy of Engineering, recently concluded a workshop called Human Enhancement and the Future of Work in which they considered the growing impact and potential risks of augmentation technologies. In their final report, the collaborative team of scientists and ethicists raised serious concerns about the burgeoning trend, and how humanity is moving from a model of therapy to one in which human capacities are greatly improved. The implications, they concluded, should be part of a much wider public discussion. Specifically, the report expressed concerns about drugs and digital technologies that will allow people to work harder, longer, and smarter. The resulting implications to work and human values, they argue, may not necessarily be a good thing. It's quite possible, they argue, that employers will start to demand (either implicitly or explicitly) that employees "augment" themselves with stimulants such as Aderall.

Scientists Hope Cloning Will Save Endangered Animals
The world's first surrogate mother of a cloned animal from another species had udders and was named Bessie. In early 2001, the cow delivered a gaur via cesarean section in the United States. The endangered wild ox calf, native to Southeast Asia, had been cloned by the US company Advanced Cell Technology. But the gaur lived only briefly, dying of common dysentery within 48 hours of birth. Since then, researchers have made dozens of attempts at interspecies cloning -- but with limited success. Whenever animals were brought into the world alive, they usually died shortly thereafter. In 2009, for instance, biotechnicians managed to clone a Pyrenean ibex. The egg was donated by a common domesticated goat. After the birth, the kid desperately gasped for air. Seven minutes later, it was dead.

Warnings Of Apocalyptic War
In a rare interview with Russia Today TV, President Bashar al-Assad vigorously clarified his stance on the current Syrian crisis created by the West and some regional states including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar and warned them of the apocalyptic consequences of any foreign intervention in Syria. “I do not think the West is going [to intervene], but if they do so, nobody can tell what is next. I think the price of this [foreign] invasion if it happened is going to be more than the whole world can afford,” Assad said in a Thursday interview with the Russia Today TV network. Assad warned that the domino effect of any military attack on the country “will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific and you know the implication on the rest of the world.”

Bio-Electromagnetic Weapons: The Ultimate Killer
Electromagnetic weapons operate at the speed of light; they can kill, torture and enslave; but the public are largely unaware that they exist, because these weapons operate by stealth and leave no physical evidence. Electromagnetic weapons have been tested on human beings since 1976. By widely dispersing the involuntary human test-subjects, and vehemently attacking their credibility, it has been possible for the United States to proceed with these human experiments unhindered by discussions or criticisms, let alone opposition. This ultimate weapon system is currently being deployed in Iraq. The US Air Force and the Marine Corps refer to it as “active denial technology”, as if it were used purely for defense, but it is not.

Mayan Calendar 2012: Superstorm Sandy, Extreme Weather And The Armageddon Prophecy
The collapse of the Mayan civilisation remains a world mystery. However, it is now believed that years of droughts and storms decimated the ancient culture. Extreme weather first destroyed the political culture and then moved on to the human population. Bruce Winterhalder, co-author of the study, said: "Here you had an amazing state-level society that had created calendars, magnificent architecture, works of art, and was engaged in trade throughout Central America. "They were incredible craftspersons, proficient in agriculture, statesmanship and warfare - and within about 80 years, it fell completely apart. It's a cautionary tale about how fragile our political structure might be. Are we in danger the same way the Classic Maya were in danger? I don't know. But I suspect that just before their rapid descent and disappearance, Maya political elites were quite confident about their achievements."

 

Hints Of More Virulent, Mutating West Nile Virus Emerge
The West Nile virus epidemic of 2012, the worst in a decade, may be notorious for yet another reason: The virus, in some cases, is attacking the brain more aggressively than in the past, raising the specter that it may have mutated into a nastier form, say two neurologists who have extensive experience dealing with the illness. One doctor, Art Leis in Jackson, Miss., has seen the virus damaging the speech, language and thinking centers of the brain — something he has never observed before. The other, Elizabeth Angus in Detroit, has noticed brain damage in young, previously healthy patients, not just in older, sicker ones — another change from past years.

 

New Varieties of Genetically Modified Tomatoes Coming Soon To A Grocery Near You
The tomato was one of the first commercially available genetically modified (GM) crops. In 1994, GM tomatoes hit the market in the US but have since disappeared. They’re about to make a come back at a grocery near you. Earlier forms of this GM crop included the transgenic tomato (FlavrSavr) which had a “deactivated” gene. This meant that the tomato plant was no longer able to produce polygalacturonase, an enzyme involved in fruit softening. The premise was that tomatoes could be left to ripen on the vine and still have a long shelf life, thus allowing them to develop their full flavour. Normally, tomatoes are picked well before they are ripe and are then ripened artificially...

 

DHS Enhances Social Media Bio-Surveillance
The U.S. government's capability to monitor public health trends and unusual occurrences through social media analytics is set for enhancement. Accenture Federal Services said it received a one-year, $3 million contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to assist in the Office of Health Affairs to manage, link and analyze data from social media networks in real time to protect the public in the event of a national health emergency. Accenture said it will create a pilot program that uses data from social networking and social media sites to help predict, mitigate or respond to potential health crises such as an outbreak of infectious disease or a biological incident.

School Children Taught About Gay Foreplay, Saran Wrap
A school district in Maine is apologizing after middle school students learned about homosexual foreplay during what was supposed to be a “Diversity Day” presentation. “I don’t want my child taught heterosexual foreplay, let alone homosexual foreplay,” outraged parent Kristy Howard told Fox News. The principal of Gorham Middle School sent a letter to parents apologizing for the graphic nature of the presentation by PRYSM, Proud Rainbow Youth of Southern Maine. “They went beyond the scope of our intentions and discussed topics that we do not deem appropriate for our middle school,” Robert Riley wrote in a letter obtained by The American Journal.

Benedict XVI Paves The Way For Petrus Romanus Authoritarianism
It passed almost unnoticed, but last month Benedict XVI significantly upped the ante in an argument he’s made one of his pontificate’s centerpieces. To the horror, one suspects, of some professional interfaith dialoguers and wishful-thinkers more generally, the pope indicated the Church should recognize that some types of religion are in fact “sick and distorted.” This message isn’t likely to be well-received among those who think religious pluralism is somehow an end in itself. Their discomfort, however, doesn’t lessen the force of Benedict’s point. The context of Benedict’s remarks was the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s opening.

DARPA Wants Soldiers To Have 'Predator Vision'
US soldiers may soon be equipped with helmet-mounted cameras that give them infrared and high definition vision, which they can view on their Android smartphones. This new “Predator vision” would help soldiers in darkness, smoke and combat. The new technology has been developed by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and appears promising due to its low cost. For only $3,300 per soldier, the military could be equipped with technology so advanced that it can detect friends and enemies in any weather or visibility condition, night or day. The Pixel Network for Dynamic Visualization program (PIXNET) would provide “battlefield awareness and threat detection and identification,” according to a DARPA press release.

States to petition to secede from the Union?

from SafeArmsReview:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vjJqukBKAUw

 

From the Examiner: As a result of Tuesday’s election, Americans in 15 states have filed petitions to secede from the United States, Regina Conley reported at Red Alert Politics on Saturday.

So far, she says, residents in Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Colorado, New Jersey and ten other states, have filed petitions at the White House petition site requesting secession. A petition for New York to secede was file by “C R” of Grand Forks, North Dakota on Saturday.

 

Mexican Drug Cartel Assassins Bought Guns from U.S. Border Patrol

by Kurt Nimmo, InfoWars:

A Mexican assassin who turned protected government witness against an accountant for the Sinaloa cartel has revealed in testimony that the cartel purchased weapons from the U.S. border patrol, according to Revista Contralinea (see translation from Spanish here).

WASR-10 rifles, a knock-off of the AK-47, were obtained from the Border Patrol and used in a turf war against rival drug gangs from Santa Ana to Nogales, Mexico. The Sinaloa cartel sent assassins to kill members of the Zetas and Beltrán-Leyva cartels and take control of the sale of cocaine and marijuana in the area, according to the informant going by the name “Victoria.”

The Los Angeles Times reported in October, 2010, that the war between the rival cartels was “a siege of medieval proportions that has cut off a region about the size of Rhode Island… There have been massacres and scores of kidnappings, but the war has gone largely unnoticed because of its remoteness, intimidation of journalists and the slow-motion tactics.”

 

Next Steps for the Occupy Movement: The Tenderloin Today Project

by Richard Kreidler, Truth-Out:

Picking up from Occupy San Francisco, the Tenderloin Today Project aspires to revive a neighborhood with food, services, jobs and housing developed with, and through, community-based organizations.

By creating space for like-minded individuals to come together to identify their collective power, the Occupy movement shifted the parameters of activism and opened new ways of creating mutual aid. The physical camps of the Occupy movement were the birthplaces for this new thinking. Now, after its first birthday, we’re starting to see Occupy as its own entity and how it is going to interact with the world.

As a successful entrepreneur, I had the privilege and opportunity to jump in with both feet when the movement came to San Francisco. While many in the wealthy elite of this city saw the movement as a threat and something to be feared, I saw in it the seeds of the revolution we must create in order to ensure the survival of our planet and our species.

 

Democrats No Longer Care

by Jim Emerson, WesternJournalism.com:

The election revealed the true nature of the supporters of Barack Obama; they do not care about anyone but themselves. The Free Obama-phone Lady from Ohio is now the face of America. If you don’t give her free stuff, you suck. After a hard day of ranting about how great Obama is and how evil conservatives are, she goes home to watch her flat screen TV she got with her Obama-bucks EBT card.

Voter Suppression: The only Americans who were denied the right to vote were the men and women selflessly serving this nation overseas; Obama supporters and no-show Republicans don’t care. This weekend, American celebrates Veteran’s Day. Obama supporters only think of it as a three-day weekend if they had a job. For most entitlement leeches, it’s a day the Post Office takes off, so they have to wait an extra day to get the Bluetooth earpiece for their Obama Phones.

 

SOLA 4.24 Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars

from TruthNeverTold :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IizBzKezAiQ

 

 

Borough of Queens pushed to the brink: Sick, frail struggle most in storm’s aftermath

by David B. Caruso, AP News:

Some of society’s most vulnerable people – the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill – have been pushed to the brink in the powerless, flood-ravaged neighborhoods struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

The storm didn’t just knock out electricity and destroy property when it came ashore in places like the Far Rockaway section of Queens. It disrupted the fragile support networks that allowed the neighborhood’s frailest residents to get by.

Here, the catastrophe has closed pharmacies, kept home care aids from getting to elderly clients and made getting around in a wheelchair impossible. The city has recorded at least two deaths of older men in darkened buildings.

 

The Election is Over — Now What?

A bitter election behind us, and burning questions ahead. Bill explores what happens next with journalists Bob Herbert, Reihan Salam, and James Fallows.

by Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers:

The election is finally over, so what happens next? Long-time New York Times columnist Bob Herbert and Reihan Salam, a conservative blogger at National Review Online’s “The Agenda,” join Bill to assess and debate how the election revealed changes in American social and political culture. They also discuss what Obama’s re-election means for working families and people at the bottom of our economic ladder.

“I think this election really did demonstrate that there’s been a dramatic change particularly with regard to social issues and how folks talk about them,” Salam tells Bill. “I think that that has proven very sobering for a lot of folks on the right.” Salam is the co-author, with Ross Douthat, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.

 

Israel fires warning shots at Syria over Golan shelling

by Dan Williams, Reuters:

Israeli forces fired into Syria on Sunday in what the military called a warning, after stray munitions from fighting between Syrian troops and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The incident, described by Israel Radio as the first direct engagement of the Syrian military on the Golan since the countries’ 1973 war, highlighted international fears that Syria’s civil war could ignite wider regional conflict.

An Israeli security source said the military fired in the direction of a Syrian army mortar crew that had launched a shell which overshot the Golan disengagement fence on Sunday, exploding near a Jewish settlement without causing casualties.

In a statement, the Israeli military said soldiers had “fired warning shots towards Syrian areas”.

 

Ron Paul: A New Beginning

from Ron Paul:

America is over $16 trillion in debt. The “official” unemployment rate still hovers around 8%.

Our federal government claims the right to spy on American citizens, indefinitely detain them, and even assassinate them without trial.

Domestic drones fly over the country for civilian surveillance.

Twelve million fewer Americans voted in 2012 than in 2008, yet political pundits scratch their heads. It’s not hard to see why, though.

To go along with endorsing a never-ending policy of bailouts, “stimulus packages,” and foreign military adventurism, the establishment of neither major party questions the assaults on Americans’ liberties I’ve named above.

 

The Grand Plans of the Chinese Communist Party

by Greg Canavan, Daily Reckoning.com.au:

It’s all about elections, non-elections, and power struggles. And as one election ends, another non-election comes into view. The Western media is all over a speech given by China’s outgoing President Hu Jintao at the 18th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of China. As you probably know, the Chinese leadership is gearing up for a major handover of power in the next week. The streets of Beijing will be running with rhetorical drool.

This was a speech worthy of a campaigning Democrat or Republican…full of rhetoric and grand plans, but completely devoid of detail.

Funnily enough, much of the Western commentary on the speech seemed surprised that Mr Hu reasserted the primacy of the Communist Party, and interpreted it as a return to conservatism and a rejection of reform.


Economy November 12, 2012

The Obama Effect: Papa John’s CEO Says Obamacare likely to raise costs, employee’s hours being cut

by Jessica Lipscomb, WPTV:

 

A day after Barack Obama earned a second term in the White House, Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter said the president’s signature health-care reform law would increase his business costs and possibly result in employees’ hours being cut.

Schnatter, a part-time Naples resident, made the comments Wednesday night inside a small auditorium at Edison State College’s Collier County campus. In August, he made national headlines after telling shareholders the Affordable Care Act — commonly known as Obamacare — would result in a 10- to 14-cent increase for customers buying a pizza.

“I got in a bunch of trouble for this,” he told the students. “That’s what you do, is you pass on costs. Unfortunately, I don’t think people know what they’re going to pay for this.”

 

Visualizing The Impotence Of Bernanke’s Wealth Transmission Channel

from Zero Hedge:

We have discussed the apparent (though anecdotal) divergence between refinancing rates and interest rates a number of times. Furthermore, we have exclaimed at the significant drop in refi rates since QE3 (following the initial spike) noting the unintended consequence that US households are increasingly realizing that rates will never be allowed to rise and so every rate rise is not a signal to rush into refinancing but instead a signal to pause for lower rates. The chart below is somewhat surprising in its clarity as Goldman Sachs note that despite record low mortgage rates, borrowers are refinancing at a rate of just 20-30% per year – far lower than prepayment speeds we would expect. The great majority of ‘in the money’ mortgages are not being refinanced and while we suggest this is the unintended Bernanke conditioning, Goldman also opines that industry capacity and underwriting standards on the supply side; and consumer awareness and household behavior on the demand side. Bernanke’s wealth-building transmission channel via housing is entirely broken

 

Falling Markets & Why Gold Shorts Are Getting Suckered

from KingWorldNews:

On the heels of gold and silver rallying and stocks plunging this week, today Michael Pento discusses why gold will soar as the markets are clinging to the edge of a cliff. Michael Pento writes exclusively for King World News to also let readers know what to expect in Europe, and the US going forward. Here is Pento’s piece: “Spain wants the ECB to lower its borrowing costs but doesn’t want the accompanying pain. Mario Draghi has promised to buy the country’s government bonds, but only if Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy makes a request for aid from Europe’s bailout fund and also agrees to the ECB’s fiscal measures that would greatly reduce the country’s deficits.”

“Mr. Rajoy said on Nov. 6 that he first needs to know how much the ECB would push down Spain’s bond yields before his government applies for aid and agrees to the conditions attached. Europe’s last hold-out economy (Germany) showed signs it is finally succumbing to the continent’s recession. Exports, factory orders and industrial production all fell more than forecast in September.

Germany needs to decide whether or not they will add fiscal union to monetary union….

 

Flight to Quality Key to Junior Mining Investing

by Zig Lambo of The Gold Report, Gold Seek:

While the junior mining sector has not seen the benefits of higher gold prices, there is reason for optimism, says Vikas Ranjan, managing director and principal, Ubika Research. In this Gold Report interview, Ranjan lays out his case why juniors with quality projects should bump up.

The Gold Report: When you spoke with us last year, you talked about Europe’s financial problems being a policy issue. Are they any closer to a solution to the debt crisis there and is the situation in the U.S. parallel to that?

Vikas Ranjan: I think there’s been progress made toward solving the debt crisis in Europe and also in the U.S., which is a different ball game. When I said Europe is more like a policy problem, I meant that it’s not a problem that just came up one fine day. A monetary union without any proper fiscal union creates a situation where weaker countries can hide under a stronger currency and run big deficits, and at the same time don’t have the flexibility of using cheaper currency when they get into trouble. That has been the case with countries like Greece, Italy, Portugal and Ireland.

 

Real estate priced in gold

from Gold Money:

Throughout history many fortunes have been made and lost in real estate. Luck has of course played a part in these outcomes, but the main reason for changing fortunes is the decisions that were made, whether good or bad. Often the bad decisions were made because of the misunderstanding of some basic elements needed to choose real estate wisely.

For example, returning from a business trip not too long ago I got into a conversation with the driver of a car that I had arranged to meet me at the airport and take me home. This gentleman was in his late 60s and in a very jovial mood because it turns out, he had just sold his house in the outskirts of London. Thus, he was now ready to retire and was excited about the prospect of moving to the southwest of England where he planned to buy a cottage to enjoy his retirement. But as it turns out, that wasn’t the only reason that made him happy.

He crowed about how well he had done on his “investment”. Apparently, he bought the house in 1964 for £3,100, and was now quite delighted by the £212,000 selling price it had achieved.

 

You Know Your Government Is in Trouble When…

by Chris Puplava, Financial Sense:

The Reinhart & Rogoff “BANG” moment is defined when confidence in a government collapses. No one can predict when that moment happens as bubbles can often go on longer than most would conceive possible, but when confidence is lost things unravel quickly. Below is an excerpt from the two authors describing the unraveling of confidence in the government when debt levels become unsustainable.

“Perhaps more than anything else, failure to recognize the precariousness and fickleness of confidence…is the key factor that gives rise to the this-time-is-different syndrome. Highly indebted governments, banks, or corporations can seem to be merrily rolling along for an extended period, when BANG!-confidence collapses, lenders disappear, and a crisis hits.”

I would say that Europe reached the “BANG” moment back in 2009 first with Greece and then the greater part of Europe in 2010. The “BANG” moment for Greece is clearly visible below in which its ratings were downgraded from “A-“ to “CCC” in just two years and 5-yr bond yields rose from below 5% to more than 60%!


News November 2, 2012

1600 Sq. Ft. of Land Collapsed into Giant Louisiana Sinkhole Yesterday

HAARP West Coast Earthquake Signal as HAARP Is “in Full Blast”

More Electronic Voting Machines Changing Romney Votes to Obama

1,700 Signs - "Under Martial Law" Delivered To Highway Department?

SHOCK: 72 Hours After Grid-Down: Starvation, Supply Shortages, Food Lines, No Clean Water, No Gas, Transportation Standstill *Independent Reports, Pics, Video*

Anarchy Along The Jersey Shore And On Long Island In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy 

Gasoline shortages in northeast U.S. highlights how quickly modern societies will unravel following disasters 

Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can’t Pay for Food 

A Word for All of Us.:This is the beginning of Great Sorrows for the Churches have fornicated with other gods and have offered up prayers that are a stench to my nostrils. 

 

HAARP VERY ACTIVE ON WEST COAST AND STILL EAST COAST -HEADS UP CALIFORNIA             November 1, 2012 - 3:30p EDT California has gone red. Usually this is a weather, but this is signature is that of an earthquake. The frequency build and peak of 7.4 suggests a window of Sunday through Wednesday of next week surrounding Califor... read more

Heads up! Dept of Homeland Security Has troops on the ground in Washington DC.                    Heads up! Dept of Homeland Security Has troops on the ground in Washington DC. The uniforms are drab green military style with the insignia "DHS Military Police". It was noted that they were all of middle eastern descent. Numbers of troops were in... read more

 

What Will America’s Economic Collpase Look Like? Here’s a Sample: State troopers deployed as tensions boil in Sandy’s wake

State troopers have been deployed at all gas stations along the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, where dwindling gasoline supplies are causing frayed nerves as the region endures its third full day with massive power outages.

Frustration with gas supplies topped the list of issues causing tensions to boil over in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, the states hardest hit by power outages in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Residents jockeyed for fuel at the few stations still pumping, searched store shelves in vain for batteries, struggled with sporadic cell phone service and found themselves unable to buy necessities at supermarkets.

Gasoline, in heavy demand for both cars and home generators, had customers waiting in line for hours and losing patience throughout the Garden State, as well as in New York, and Connecticut. In Wayne, N.J, police reported breaking up angry confrontations at gas stations throughout the day on Wednesday. In Brooklyn, tempers flared outside a Getty station, with drivers getting out of their cars and exchanging angry words.

 

Somebody Should Start The ‘Stuff Costs Too Much’ Party

by Michael Snyder, Activist Post

Stuff costs too much.  Seriously.  Every time I go to the grocery store these days, I am absolutely horrified by the prices.  I try not to buy anything that is not on sale, but the problem is that I am discovering that the new sale prices are the old regular prices.  So now paying what used to be “full price” is supposedly a “good deal”. The other way that they are trying to hide rising prices is by shrinking package sizes.  As if we wouldn’t notice that a box of 21 garbage bags is now being sold for the exact same price that a box of 25 garbage bags used to be sold for.  It is one of my pet peeves.

I feel like I am in the middle of some bizarre movie entitled The Incredible Shrinking Dollar.

Sadly, I am far from alone.  There are millions upon millions of American families that are seeing their expenses continue to rise even as their paychecks remain the same.  But neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney seems very concerned about inflation.  In fact, the Federal Reserve, QE3 and Ben Bernanke were not even mentioned in any of the three presidential debates.  So I think that somebody should start the “Stuff Costs Too Much” Party.  Inflation is a tax which is destroying the value of each dollar that we hold a little bit more every single day, and the American people deserve to know the truth about what is going on.

Election 2012: When There’s No ‘There’ There

from The Daily Bell:

This election, Obama is the wiser economic choice … Even as our politicians disagree on a great deal, most experts can agree on the objectives of economic policy. The next president will not have succeeded in the economic area unless he accomplishes three things: 1. Reestablishing economic growth at a rate that makes real reductions in unemployment possible. 2. Placing the nation’s finances on a stable foundation by putting in place measures to assure that U.S. sovereign debt is declining relative to America’s wealth. 3. Renewing the economy’s foundation in a way that can support steady growth in middle-class incomes over the next generation, along with work for all who want it. – Lawrence Summers/Reuters

Dominant Social Theme: Obama understands how government makes economy.

Free-Market Analysis: Lawrence Summers is offering up his usual recipe for a successful national economy. He seeks government involvement in all ways.

Nonetheless, from a perspective of dominant and sub-dominant social themes it is instructive to deconstruct Summers’s arguments. They served the power elite well in the 20th century, though not so well in the 21st.

Activism Now Terrorism?

from BreakingTheSet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xDFTHFwGwg&feature=player_embedded

 

Abby Martin Interviews journalist and author of ‘Green is the New Red,’ Will Potter, about the federal crackdown on dissent with laws like the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA).

 

Doug Casey on the Election of 2012

by Louis James, Casey Research:

L: Doug, I know you’re no fan of either presidential candidate – a pox on both their houses – but we got more questions today about what would happen to our investments if one or the other would win than just about anything else. So, what do you think – does it matter? Should we play things differently, depending on which one wins?

Doug: Well, I have to first say that I’m the worst US political handicapper ever. I don’t have my finger on the pulse of hoi polloi in the barrios, ghettos, and trailer parks. Nor do I claim to know what Gen-Xers in the city are thinking, nor what passes for the white middle class in the suburbs, nor the oldsters in their retirement homes. I’m not a political animal. The only US presidential election I ever called right was the last one; I thought Obama would win. But then, in New Orleans, I was chatting with James Carville – who definitely is a political animal – and he doesn’t know either.

That said, my gut feeling is that Obama is going to win again. That’s partly because the incumbent always has the advantage, and partly because the mainstream media – which is where most people both get their information about what’s happening in the world and how to interpret it – seem to overwhelmingly favor Obama.


Economy November 2, 2012

Germany to the Fed: We Demand to See Our Gold! Fed Refuses To Even Let Them See It

Germany to the Fed: We Demand to See Our Gold! The Fed is stonewalling the Germans and refusing to let them even see the gold they own. 

News Not Revealing Real Reasons For Economic Collapse – Interview with Paul Craig Roberts 

Food Stamp Growth 75X Greater than Job Creation 

Chinese Financial System on the Brink of Collapse 

Wary of Future, Professionals Leave China in Record Numbers 

Gasoline shortages in northeast U.S. highlights how quickly modern societies will unravel following disasters 

 

TOP 5 SILVER MINERS AVERAGE YIELD PLUNGED AN ASTONISHING 34% From 2005-2011

by SRSrocco, Silver Doctors:

I have been researching the declining ore grades and silver yields in the top silver miners.  I thought the decline would be equal to the gold miners… but it turned out to be a great deal higher.

From 2005 to 2011, the average gold yield from the Top 4 Gold Producers declined 27% or roughly 3.8% per year. During the same time period, the top 5 SILVER MINERS average yield fell an astonishing 33.5%…. or 5.6% per year.  This is nearly a 50% higher annual percentage decline compared to the top gold miners!

This is the chart for the top 4 gold mining companies average yield per tonne.

From 2005 to 2011, the average gold yield from the Top 4 Gold Producers declined 27% or roughly 3.8% per year.

Vietnam to stop using Gold for commercial transactions

from Bullion Street:

Vietnam ruled out any immediate gold import as the country decided to stop using gold for commercial transactions.

Vietnam’s central bank the State Bank of Vietnam said it has no plan to import gold any time soon since the metal is neither an essential item nor benefits the economy.

SBV Deputy Governor Le Minh Hung said the government had decided not to stabilise gold prices or spend foreign exchange to import it also to discourage the practice of investing in gold.

Hung said the Government’s new policy was to treat gold similar to foreign currency. He said the SBV decided to ban gold deposits because it was a very high-risk business.