The Israel Deception

Is the return of Israel in the 20th century truly a work of God, or is it a result of a cosmic chess move to deceive the elect by the adversary?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A MGTOW future: Could feminism have actually helped accelerate the destruction of Western economies?

Although it's been talked about before from a social and behavioral perspective, the gains earned by women through the Feminist movement over the past 50 years have also created a shift in masculine priorities that could actually lead to economic destruction in many Western countries.

How so you might ask?

Today's current debt based economic system that reigns in the U.S., Europe, and in Japan requires two very important activities to remain solvent, and keep their economies from collapsing.  First, the system needs to continuously create new debt just to sustain the already massive debt load that is 3.5 times the world's annual GDP, and with this debt try to avoid the consequence of deflation in asset prices.  And it was for this reason that the central banks implemented Quantitative Easing and Zero percent interest rates through which they could create a continuous inflow of newly created money that would keep asset prices high, even if doing so created bubbles and artificial prices.

Secondly these economies need consumers to spend as much money as possible, including using debt to aid in keeping the debt creation scheme going.  In fact, any slowdown in consumer spending would automatically trigger a deflationary spiral, and bankrupt the system similar to what happened in 2008 (liquidity and credit crisis).

So with this in mind how does feminism, and its growing consequence of MGTOW in the U.S. and Europe and Grass Eaters in Japan, have the potential to destroy Western economic systems?  By undermining, and in some cases even eliminating the very complex that supports, sustains, and feeds that system.

Marriage and family.

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Besides the obvious that the generation of millennials are buying fewer and fewer homes, cars, etc...,  and taking fewer and fewer relationships all the way to marriage, they are also having fewer children, making it a trifecta of negative consequences for Western economies.

So how does feminism come into this?

Feminism, and the government's supporting of this movement through the education systems, legislative systems, and judicial systems, have made marriage a completely unfair and economically unviable contract for men to enter into.  In fact, with close to 60% of all marriages ending in divorce, and 70% of those being initiated by women, the cost of entering into the institution of marriage is a losing proposition for the majority of men.

Thus we are seeing the rise of the Grass Eaters and the MGTOW's (Men Going Their Own Way) as a consequence of 50 years of the pendulum shifting way to far away from the old model of patriarchy, to now that of gyno-centrism.

But this doesn't explain yet why the decline of marriage and children in the West has the potential of destroying their economic systems.  It does however when you take a look at how much is put into that system by married families versus single individuals.

Men more often buy homes in accordance with having to support a wife and children, and they also work more hours at a job in pursuit of this financial support.  But in Japan today for example, the phenomenon of Grass Eating (men not marrying) has given rise to many of them actually working less, and dedicating their earnings to self-aggrandizement in the form of fashion, video games, and alternative forms of entertainment.
Something is happening to Japan's young men. Compared with the generation that came before, they are less optimistic, less ambitious and less willing to take risks. They are less likely to own a car, want a car, or drive fast if they get a car. They are less likely to pursue sex on the first date - or the third. They are, in general, less likely to spend money. - Washington Post
This trend is also being felt in the investment world, where fewer and fewer men are investing in 401K plans and other retirement vehicles.

The destruction of the family and marriage is also destroying the traditions normally performed as one progresses through life.  Without the need to purchase a home, to pay the costs of having children, and the fact that men no longer have to strive to be a bread winner in a household, money normally spent as a consumer is being used elsewhere, and without the need to go deeply in debt.

While this social and financial trend has not yet reached the point where it has created a 'vergence in the force' here in America or in Europe, it is already being highly felt over in Japan where there is not enough revenues being created to pay for the needs of the retiring generation there that are living on social security, investments, and in pensions.  And that will change here very soon as Baby Boomers are forced to have to sell off their assets to pay the taxman, with very few or no buyers to mop them up in the markets.

The nuclear family has throughout history been the core and most important institution for any given society and economy.  And with this now having been fundamentally changed almost in parallel to Western nations going to a debt based fiat economy since the early 1970's, the advent of Grass Eaters and Men Going Their Own Way because of the black swan consequence of feminism could be the catalyst to not only trigger the next financial crisis, but even to bring about a collapse of the entire system.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Silver could be the greatest potential investment of all time as paper sales of metal in Comex and LBMA are close to 3000 to 1

While China is currently in the process of trying to wrench price determination for gold from the Comex and LBMA, these futures markets still have absolute control over how the price of silver is determined in the spot markets.

And in a couple of recent podcast interviews, precious metal and bitcoin analyst Bix Weir announced that from his research he has discovered that the amount of derivatives being sold in relation to the amount of physical silver actually held in both the Comex and LBMA is close to 3000 to 1, with over 100 billion ounces being traded in 2016 for a registered inventory of only 30 million physical ounces.

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Crush the Street: I'd like to start off with your latest publication named $10,000 ounce silver if Donald Trump drains the silver swamp.  $10,000 per ounce silver, not gold?  And silver is sitting at around $17 per ounce... that's a pretty high price and I'd love to get the details on this analysis. 
Bix Weir: It goes back to silver and the price suppression scheme that's been in place for close to 150 years... going back to the Opium Wars in the 19th century.  And then it got kicked into high gear when computers were invented in the 1960's.  I do alot of work on the computer rigging side of the world and that's what Roota (in Road to Roota) stands for (Root A) and was a term created by Alan Greenspan in the 1960's when he helped create the computerized banking system. 
What we see in the silver price today is not a silver market anywhere in the world that trades freely.  What we have in the Comex and LBMA is a market that trades electronically futures and options contracts (derivatives).  The Comex and LBMA are supposed to be a physical market, but it's not, and you can tell by the volumes.  Every year they 'supposedly' transfer over 100 billion ounces of silver, and there hasn't even been 100 billion of ounces of silver dug up in the history of the world. - Crush The Street
The key for this of course is when the manipulation ends, or is forced to end, it will suddenly cause a volatility spike unseen outside of a hyper-inflationary event as price discovery reverts back to a supply and demand model versus a rigged manipulated one.  And this has already begun with the Deutsche Bank testimony in which they, and several other bullion banks, admitted to have been rigging the price of silver for decades.

An end to the manipulation will see silver rise in a two-fold fashion.  First, the banks will need to cover their short positions that are currently active in helping to suppress the price in the derivative paper markets.  And second, once the price climbs in relation to the buying OR insolvency of these banks in defaulting on their derivative positions, the reality of how small supplies really are in the silver market will cause another massive spike due to its absolutely vital requirement to support the global technology sphere.

The gold to silver ratio is hovering around 68:1 right now, and nearly all analysts see silver as more depressed in price than its yellow metal sister gold.  And just as the discovery of oil made petroleum the most important global commodity for use in agriculture, industry, and energy, silver is well on its way to taking over this mantle as the world rushes forward in needing the metal for electronics, alternative energies, and all future technology to come in the 21st century.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Central Asian country's central bank calls for all its citizens to buy and own at least 100 grams of gold

In a move that is completely opposite to the way Western governments and central banks see the monetary power of gold, the central bank for the nation of Kyrgyzstan on Feb. 15 called for every one of their citizens to work towards buying and owning at least 100 grams of gold.

Starting in 2015, Kyrgyzstan began offering gold bullion to their citizens as a way to diversify their wealth in the face of global financial turmoil, and to protect against the ongoing currency wars that were seeing nation after nation devalue their currencies and accrue massive debts.

A landlocked nation perched between China and Kazakhstan is embarking on an experiment with little parallel worldwide: shifting savings from cattle to gold. 
One of the first post-Soviet republics to adopt a new currency and let it trade freely, Kyrgyzstan’s central bank wants every citizen to diversify into gold. Governor Tolkunbek Abdygulov says his “dream” is for every one of the 6 million citizens to own at least 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of the precious metal, the Central Asian country’s biggest export.  
“Gold can be stored for a long time and, despite the price fluctuations on international markets, it doesn’t lose its value for the population as a means of savings,” he said in an interview. “I’ll try to turn the dream into reality faster.” 
In the two years that the central bank has offered bars directly to the population, about 140 kilograms of bullion have been sold, Abdygulov, 40, said by phone from the capital, Bishkek. 
“We are hopeful that our country’s population will learn to diversify its savings into assets that are more liquid and -- more importantly -- capable of retaining their value,” he said. In rural areas, cattle is still the asset of choice for investors and savers, according to Abdygulov. - Bloomberg

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

IRS quietly adjusts tax requirements in having to pay Obamacare mandate to follow President Trump's Executive Order

In a victory for personal choice and civil rights, the IRS has quietly adjusted their tax policies to not require individuals to fill out Line Item 61 which declares that you either have health insurance, or are required to pay the Obamacare mandate, in accordance with an Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump during his first days in office.

Called the Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal, and signed on the very first day of Trump's inauguration, this Order repeals the forced tax mandate on individuals who either cannot afford, or choose not to get health insurance that coincides with the original Affordable Health Care law's mandates.

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How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot. 
Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement. 
The health law's individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a "shared responsibility payment." The IRS was set to require filers to indicate whether they had maintained coverage in 2016 or paid the penalty by filling out line 61 on their form 1040s. Alternatively, they could claim exemption from the mandate by filing a form 8965. 
For most filers, filling out line 61 would be mandatory. The IRS would not accept 1040s unless the coverage box was checked, or the shared responsibility payment noted, or the exemption form included. Otherwise they would be labeled "silent returns" and rejected.
Instead, however, filling out that line will be optional. - Reason
In tax filings for 2016, the Obamacare mandate rose to either 2.5% of household income, or $695 per person, dependent upon which was higher.

Bitcoin use surging in countries who have bad monetary systems, or large outdoor market environments

The tale of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies has become two-fold.  First, it is a potent medium of exchange for high net worth individuals who want to transfer wealth from one currency to another. And secondly, it has functioned as originally intended in places like Venezuela and Morocco, where governments have either destroyed their own sovereign currencies through bad monetary policies, or where large outdoor markets facilitate the use of cash in the majority of their transactions.
On February 2, Venezuela's leading bitcoin exchange, SurBitcoin, was forced to suspend operations when its bank account was revoked. According to Rodrigo Souza, who runs SurBitcoin's trading platform, the bank closed the account in anticipation of a nationwide crackdown on bitcoin use in Venezuela after the police raided a warehouse with 11,000 mining computers. SurBitcoin is in talks with other banks, and hopefully it will be operating again soon. 
As he predicted, SurBitcoin's closure has led to a surge in peer-to-peer trading. LocalBitcoins, a site where users connect to buy and sell bitcoins, makes its trade volume public through an API. (See the chart below.) Last week, 464 bitcoins were exchanged in Venezuela on LocalBitcoins, the equivalent of nearly $470,000 dollars based on today's price. That's close to a 50 percent increase in volume since SurBitcoin stopped operating. (LocalBitcoins' previous trading volume peak was 377 bitcoins the week of October 15, 2016, but, at the time, bitcoin was worth almost 40 percent less than it is today.) - Reason
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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies use are spreading rapidly in the Kingdom of Morocco on the blind side of the global Satoshi community. Professional crypto trader and developer, Aziz Elmi estimates that more than $200,000 of Bitcoin trading is done daily under the radar in his native Morocco. 
Elmi is a leading member of the crypto community in his country with a huge following and the main developer of AtlasCoin, one of Africa's only two cryptocurrencies. He is positive Morocco has a lot to offer to the digital currency world.
Morocco's unwillingness to open up enough to the rest of the world may account for the silent revolution that is going on there. Some pundits think Morocco might be ahead of some of the countries in Africa. Morocco is perceived as leaders in Bitcoin adoption, like Kenya, Ghana and even Nigeria
There is the general confidence in the Moroccan cryptocurrency community that there is great potential in their IT arena, especially in cryptocurrency coding and trading. This combined with the huge investments they are making will advance the Kingdom to be at the forefront of adoption in Africa, if the government will regulate the sector fairly. 
“More people and merchants are gradually integrating Bitcoin and other altcoins in their daily lives by accepting payments via Bitcoin. We believe the government should, therefore, intervene accordingly so as to regulate the circulation of Bitcoin reasonably," Elmi proposed. - Coin Telegraph
Bitcoin was created as a way for individuals to function in the global financial system without having to deal with devaluing sovereign currencies, or centralized control over money by governments and central banks.  And in the end crypto-currencies like Bitcoin and others will flourish more in most non-G20 economies, and most likely could have aided individuals in places like Cyprus and Greece when their own banking systems and economies collapsed over the past seven years.

Price difference for gold between London and Shanghai has climbed from $10 to $14 in last seven days

Over the past seven days, the differential between the Asian PM price fix at the Shanghai Gold Exchange and the AM fix out of London has climbed from $10 on Feb. 6, up to $14 on Feb. 15.

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This differential in prices is the highest in over a month, as the price fix between London and Asia had gotten down to just $4 back on Feb. 3.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Trump could drive a dagger into the heart of the EU should he get Greece to dump the Euro for the dollar

With Greece once again rushing to the forefront of events within the European Union over their never ending debt crisis, political and economic analysts directly point to the Southern European nation as the catalyst that could end the Euro currency experiment forever.

And ironically the Black Swan that could bring about not only an end to the Euro, but perhaps even put a dagger in the heart of the EU itself, is Donald Trump and his version of dollar diplomacy.

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Donald Trump's pick for EU ambassador Ted Malloch claimed senior Greek economists are looking into taking on the American banknotes if the country turns its back on the European currency. 
Due to Greece's crippling financial crisis, officials are said to be desperately searching for an alternative to the Eurozone, which would 'freak out' Angela Merkel, according to Malloch.  
Prof Malloch was interviewed on Greek TV, where he said Greece leaving the EU would be the best option for residents, and added the current situation is 'simply unsustainable'.
'I know some Greek economists who have even gone to leading think tanks in the US to discuss this topic and the question of dollarization,' he said, according to local press.
 'Such a topic of course freaks out the Germans because they really don't want to hear such ideas.' 
The likely candidate for the Brussels envoy job has previously stated he expects the Euro to crash by 2018. - Daily Mail
Three years ago, when Greece fought their last debt battle against Germany and the EU Troika, it was Russia who offered to backstop Greece should they choose to leave the EU and default on their sovereign debt.  But that was back in 2013 when Barack Obama was President of the United States, and now the entire environment has changed since President Trump is a staunch supporter of seeing the European Union breakup for a return to nationalism.

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The Euro currency is already doomed to die, and for European nations currently reliant upon the continental currency for their monetary system it may be a case of the first ones out the door will have the benefit of making the best deals.  And this assessment has already proven accurate for the UK following their Brexit from the EU, and now it is upon Greece to make their most important decision on whether to start anew with a chance at a better future, or remain slaves to Brussels and lose everything when the Union and currency collapse whether they leave or not.

South Korea is the newest country seeking to eliminate cash and wants to do so by 2020

First it was Sweden, who's people are so intoxicated by technology that it was not very difficult to get them to give up their cash to run on an entirely electronic financial system.  Then in November India decided to jump on the Cashless Society bandwagon, only unlike their counterparts living in the Northern part of Europe, their citizens are the exact opposite and do not trust their government or banking system to take away physical cash from the economy.

Thus when it comes to creating a world without physical money it is on par with how half the world is content to be as sheep and follow the globalists desire to control every aspect of their spending, saving, and investing, while the other half is infused with the frequency of Populism, and realize that without the ability to control your own money in a physical form, then nearly all freedoms are permanently lost to the whims of elected and un-elected officials.


As we are now well into the first quarter of 2017, and living in the aftermath of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, the battle is on for the establishment to hold onto the status quo, while at the same time fighting a populist movement that seeks to tear down their power base built upon a foundation of debt, credit, and privately owned central banks.  And at the fore are two more major economies push strongly towards a cashless monetary system.

And those two entities are the European Union, and South Korea.
“Hand over your money.” That’s what the Financial Times newspaper called it. But it might as well be rephrased as “Stick ’em up!”

It appears that the Central Bank of Korea, South Korea’s central bank, plans to withdraw all coins by 2020, followed by removing all bank notes soon afterwards. No feedback has been requested from the public.

South Korea is determined to become a cashless society, exclusively using T-Money and other electronic payment cards. This goal may make sense to South Korea’s banks and government, but it is not without obstacles or resistance. - Numismaster
The ball is already rolling down the path towards a completely cashless society, where physical money is eliminated and your freedom to choose to spend, save, and invest as you see fit is at stake.  Which means that the clock is now ticking for anyone who is awake to transition their wealth out of this parasitic system before it is too late, and find alternatives in hard assets that act as money (gold, silver), or in a financial construct such as Bitcoin and Goldmoney, that allow you to keep your wealth in a structure that is outside the control of banks and government.

Monday, February 13, 2017

As Iran moves away from dollar completely, the Islamic state could provide unlimited potential for gold and Bitcoin

Almost from the moment that President Barack Obama shipped Iran over $100 billion worth of cash, gold, and other frozen assets that the U.S. had controlled during their decade's long sanctions against the Islamic State, the Middle Eastern oil power began fomenting a new policy in which they would completely divest themselves from the dollar, and protect themselves from any future attempts by the U.S. in using the reserve currency as an economic weapon.

Additionally, Iran has been none too keen on transitioning towards the Euro as a full time replacement, and this has opened the door for the government to find alternative mediums of exchange that are outside the dominion of Western central banks.

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As Iran moves away from using the US dollar, bitcoin has emerged as a potential replacement. The cryptocurrency could thrive in a country where more than 50 million people are connected to the internet, financial experts claim. 
In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions on seven countries including Iran, the governor of the Central Bank of Iran announced last month that the US dollar will be replaced with a stable reserve currency more frequently used in foreign trades. 
Two possible replacements are being explored such as using one currency, potentially the euro, or allowing Iranians to select from multiple currencies, reported the Coin Telegraph
The announcement has caught the attention of the country’s first bitcoin exchange, BTXCapital, which sees Iran as a market with potential to grow. “The market is massive. A large population with a high proportion connected to the internet means there is a lot of completely untapped market potential,” Ganesh Jung, CEO of Draglet who develop an exchange platform used by BTXCapital, told IBTimes UK. - Russia Today
Yet because Iranian and Islamic law designates currency as being only physical money and coins, the use of Bitcoin would most probably be limited to official government and bank settlements, which are allowed now in a digital capacity through SWIFT.

This leaves backing their domestic currency with a much different form of money, and following December's ruling by the Council on Sharia Finance regarding investment and ownership of gold, we could soon see Iran become the first nation in 46 years to back their currency with a precious metal to protect it from the effects of the dollar.

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“We’re seeing the emergence of a true Eurasian Golden Triangle with China, Russia and Iran as the three key points,” Engdahl underscores. 
“With the stated plan to route the Silk Road rail infrastructure to assist the mining of new gold for currency backing of the Eurasian member states, including now Iran with its significant own unexploited gold, the hyper-inflated, debt-bloated dollar system is gaining a formidable positive alternative, one committed to peace and development,” the researcher concludes. - Hang The Bankers
In the past year foreigners have been selling more dollar reserves than they have been buying, with Japan and China dumping nearly $1 trillion over the past 12 months.  And with all signals pointing towards the Euro collapsing once elections in France, Italy, and Holland take place, Iran is looking to be well prepared for the next monetary system to emerge, whether it be with gold, Bitcoin, or a combination of both.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Apple's prophetic 1984 commercial comes to pass, only it is Apple's CEO Tim Cook who is Big Brother

In 1984, Superbowl commercials were just beginning to be superstars in their own right during the most watched television event of the year.  And one of the most widely remembered and widely acclaimed was Apple Computer's 1984 spot in which they used a prophetic vision of George Orwell's dystopian future to introduce the Macintosh PC.

But irony is a fickle mistress, and on Feb. 12, 2017 the same company that sought to introduce a world free of tyranny through personal computers and the soon to be internet 32 years ago are the ones now seeking to become Big Brother and censor free speech that doesn't fit their liberal corporate agenda.

And in a frighteningly Orwellian interview with The Telegraph, Cook explains calmly how to fix 'fake news'... 
“It has to be ingrained in the schools, it has to be ingrained in the public,” said Mr Cook. “There has to be a massive campaign. We have to think through every demographic. 
"We need the modern version of a public-service announcement campaign. It can be done quickly if there is a will.” 
"We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth,” he said. “It’s killing people’s minds in a way.” 
“All of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news. 
"We must try to squeeze this without stepping on freedom of speech and of the press, but we must also help the reader. Too many of us are just in the complain category right now and haven’t figured out what to do.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook is not the only corporate magnate seeking to censor free speech that is in opposition to their agendas, as Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Twitter's Jack Dorsey, Google's Eric Schmidt, and even Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg have all invested money and technology towards silencing alternative news sources that have repeatedly pointed out the lies and propaganda of the oligarchical establishment.

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Alex Jones's motto for his ever growing media empire is "There is a war on for your mind!", and this has never been more accurate since Donald Trump won the election for President just three months ago.  And just like many dystopian books, movies, and stories that talk about a world run by corporations rather than governments, Apple's Tim Cook is now trying to lead us into that type of future, and follow the path that his company laid out in a commercial three decades ago.

Gold and Silver set to take off even as the undisputed King of Commodities forecasts worst economic problems of a lifetime

On Friday silver crossed back over $18 per ounce for the first time since November as the precious metal complex has been even stronger at the start of this year than it was 2016 following identical rate hikes in December by the Federal Reserve.  And now that gold has achieved a vastly important technical indicator by initiating the highly positive Golden Cross, prices for metals are fueled for takeoff at a time of vast uncertainty, and where Jim Rogers, the undisputed King of Commodity trading, is forecasting economic problems so dire that they will be the worst in our lifetime, and consequently people will perish.

...get prepared because we're going to have the worst economic problems we've had in your lifetime or my lifetime and when that happens a lot of people are going to disappear. 
In 2008 Bear Stearns disappeared, Bear Stearns had been around over 90 years. Lehman Brothers disappeared. Lehman Brothers had been around over 150 years. A long, long time, a long glorious history they’ve been through wars, depression, civil war they've been through everything and yet they disappear. 
So the next time around it's going to be worse than anything we've seen and a lot of institutions, people, companies even countries, certainly governments and maybe even countries are going to disappear. I hope you get very worried. 
When you start having bear markets as you I’m sure well know one bad thing happens and another bad thing happens and these things snowball just like in bull markets good news comes out then more good news comes out the next thing you know you're five or six or seven years into a bull market. 
Well bear markets do the same thing and so we have a lot of bad news on the horizon. I haven't even gotten to war. I haven't even gotten to trade war or anything like that but you know things do go wrong. - Microvoices via Zerohedge

The Empire strikes back: Neo-cons try try to undermine President Trump by pushing for Carbon Tax

While both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to the office of the President were major blows for the Establishment, and the oligarchy that has held power over the West for almost 70 years, these power mongers did not go away despite the rising tide of populism that has changed the political field since 2016.

And in what a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Housing told Greg Hunter in an interview with USA Watchdog earlier this morning, the Empire is not only not down and out, but they are striking back from multiple angles to bog down Trump's plans to Make America Great Again.

So with this in mind it should come as no surprise when just last week, three old washed up neo-cons went to Washington to try to lobby one of President Trump's advisers on pushing through a Carbon Tax scheme, in an attempt to undermine the new Executive's agenda to Make America Great Again.

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A group of former Republican officials (including James A. Baker, Henry Paulson, George P. Shultz, Marty Feldstein and Greg Mankiw) are proposing a carbon tax starting the tax at $40 per ton, that would gradually increase. 
The proceeds of the tax would be distributed to every American.
The average family of four would receive $2,000 annually in dividends. As the tax rises, so would their dividends. Since everyone would receive the same amount of revenue from the tax regardless of their income level, the dividend would make a bigger difference for poorer families than for wealthier ones. 
It’s a win-win: Less carbon in the atmosphere and more equal distribution of income.
That it’s being proposed by Republicans doesn’t make the idea any less worthy. 
I’m aware that some on the left would rather use revenues from such a tax to invest in clean energy and other social causes rather than return the revenues directly to the public. That detail can be worked out. 
The idea is getting a hearing in the White House. And in these dreadful times, that’s good news indeed. - Bill Moyers
For those who don't know, carbon taxes are the end game goal of the elites to change the monetary system from a metals based foundation to one underwritten by energy.  It is the dream of a group of academics from back in the 1930's who called themselves the Technocratic Society, of which this idea was later co-opted by former professor and National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who saw the petro-dollar as the second step towards tying money to energy as the means of controlling the global population.

It is ironic that a group of former Republicans are behind this new scheme to tax the human race for simply living, working, and breathing, while trying to sell it through offering these same people the carrot of free money.  But in the end what Americans should really be focusing on is the fact that there are no such things as Republicans and Democrats in our government, but only the delineation between those who are part of the oligarchy, and those who are not.

Friday, February 10, 2017

European Commission rushing to eliminate the Euro before the rest of the EU nations do

In the wake of declining economic conditions, and the fact that there is now a race against the clock for the European Commission to lock into place its ultimate authority before the entire European Union breaks apart from a populist revolt, the EC is rushing out to enact an new Action Plan that would eliminate physical euros from use in commerce.

This plan is also being forged as the European Central Bank runs out of options after driving interest rates into negative territory, and after having bought so many corporate and sovereign bonds that there is little more Mario Draghi can do to keep Europe's economy together.

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In the shadow of Donald Trump’s spree of controversial actions, the European commission has quietly launched the next offensive in the war on cash. These unelected bureaucrats have boldly asserted their intention to crack down on paper transactions across the E.U. and solidify a trend that has been gaining momentum for years. 
The financial uncertainty amplified by Brexit has incentivized governments throughout Europe to seize further control over their banking systems. France and Spain have already criminalized cash transactions above a certain limit, but now the commission has unilaterally established new regulations that will affect the entire union. The fear of physical money flowing out of the trade bloc has manifested a draconian response from the State. 
The European Action Plan doesn’t mention a specific dollar amount for restrictions, but as expected, their reasoning for the move is to thwart money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Border checks between countries have already been bolstered to help implement these new standards on hard assets. Although these end goals are plausible, there are other clear motivations for governments to target paper money that aren’t as noble. - The Anti-Media
Many analysts, including one of the original architects of the Euro, have stated that the flawed currency is quickly perishing, and that nations within the EU are more than likely going to return to their own sovereign currencies.  However this would mean that the EC, and well as the ECB, would lose tremendous power, and as a result they are pushing hard to eliminate physical cash in order to enact a purely digital system through which they can dominate both nations and people by utterly controlling Europe's monetary system.

As we have seen so far in India's failed experiment to eliminate cash and attempt to bring the country's 1.3 billion people into a completely digital system, much of their economy has broken down, and the people have rebelled in a myriad of ways.  And with more and more Europeans waking up and recognizing that the EU experiment has been a hindrance to freedom, prosperity, and cultural sovereignty, the race is on to see who will succeed first... mass exits, or ultimate control over the continents money and banking systems.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bitcoin goes mainstream as Japan legalizes the crypto-currency and designates it as legal tender

As major world currencies such as the Yen, Yuan, and Euro struggle to remain viable in an eroding global monetary system, some governments are slowly coming to accept the advent of alternative mediums of exchange that their citizens can use to protect their purchasing power.

Since 2009, dozens of central banks have embarked on a currency war following the 2008 global financial crisis in order to protect their economies and especially their exports.  And ironically it was this same year that Bitcoin came onto the scene as the world's first crypto-currency.

And over the past eight years governments have struggled with how to deal with a form of currency that they could not control, tax, or regulate, and Bitcoin inevitably followed the path laid out by Mahatma Gandhi when he used a non-violent method of rebellion to eventually secure India's freedom from Britain.
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
And on Feb. 9 we may have just seen the first real victory for Bitcoin acceptance in the mainstream as the Japanese government has officially decreed Bitcoin to now be considered as legal tender, and welcomed it for use by individuals and businesses.
Embracing cryptocurrency, Japan has a new law that will make bitcoins usable as legal tender. Companies hoping to deal in the new currency, however, must submit to a long list of regulations to ensure that the ‘coins’ are not being used for criminal activity. 
Among the regulations, a company is required to have at least $100,000 in reserve currency, report their activities to the government regularly, and undergo routine external audits by the Japanese National Tax Agency. 
Japanese companies wishing to use bitcoins will be expected to pay the equivalent of some $300,000 to adopt bitcoin, and there is no guarantee that they will receive a license, even if they abide by government edicts. The steep price tag will likely discourage smaller Japanese companies from adopting the cryptocurrency. 
The measures have been put in place, according to reports, to protect the rights of consumers, as bitcoins have been involved in several notorious scams. The most famous of these was the Mt. Gox scandal, in which a bitcoin exchange company was found to be artificially inflating their holdings. At its 2013 peak, Mt. Gox handled about 70 percent of bitcoin transactions in Japan, but the scandal shuttered them. - Sputnik News
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There are of course many upsides and downsides to this new initiative by Japan embracing Bitcoin.  First, centralized regulation by a government is the antithesis of what the original creators of Bitcoin desired when they created the crypto-currency almost a decade ago, and it threatens to impart a growing loss of confidence in the digital currency as people begin to see Bitcoin simply as another fiat medium of exchange subject to the whims of government.  However, acceptance by that same government could be the catalyst necessary for reaching a point of critical mass, where retailers will rush into accepting the currency as it explodes in recognition locally, and elsewhere around the world.

Additionally, and like what we have seen recently over in China, the legalizing of Bitcoin as a viable form of currency could see a massive rush by the Japanese people into exchanging their Yen or Dollars for Bitcoin, causing the price to skyrocket even higher than it is today, while also removing supply out from the general marketplace.  Because according to the original programmers, only 21 million Bitcoin will ever be created (mined), and the Japanese population could easily co-opt the entire supply if just 20% purchased just one Bitcoin apiece.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Did the Shanghai Gold Exchange force London to reveal its reserves and try to compete with a new physical market?

In late 2015, China opened up what would soon become the world's largest physical gold market, leaving both London and New York to hide behind their paper trading futures exchanges.  And as more and more action has moved into the Pacific Rim over the past year and a half, one has to ask the question if this is the reason why London suddenly chose to reveal their physical reserves last weekend, and with the intention of opening up their own physical market to compete with Shanghai?

In a move to increase transparency, London's gold bullion market is considering revealing the amount of bullion held in vaults within the city for the first time in its history. According to recent reporting by the Financial Times, this move would include gold bullion held by the Bank of England as well as other institutions. The leaders in the debate over transparency shifts are the London Bullion Market Association. Why might London be considering such a shift at this point in time, and what could it mean for the future of gold, both in England and around the world? 
According to the report, many of the largest banks around the world are pushing for gold to be traded on an exchange, a marked shift from the current bullion market system. The London Bullion Market Association argues that an exchange would work to convince regulators that "banks trading bullion should not have to face more onerous funding requirements." The reason that this shift is necessary, the Association feels, is that London gold is traded directly between sellers and buyers, meaning that essentially no data of those transactions makes it out into the broader analytical world. The Association has estimated that daily gold trades in London may total $26 billion, although that number is difficult to confirm and there are no official data points to cite. 
The Association believes that moving toward an exchange and documenting the transactions of gold bullion in the city will provide greater transparency. How it might affect the market and the gold bullion prices and trade levels in particular is a bit more difficult to say. If London moves to trade bullion through an exchange, will other cities or countries follow suit? Some analysts believe that this could be the beginning of a much larger trend. - Investopedia
In addition, it is rumored that Dubai is in the process of expanding their physical gold markets following January's inclusion of gold investments into Sharia Law Finance.  And with the potential of millions of new customers seeking to purchase physical gold rather than paper futures, it is likely that several markets will look to cash in on the New Gold Rush, and in doing so will have to forego the years of secrecy that they have cultivated in disallowing true audits of their gold reserves.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Fund manager who used to work with Soros sees 'absolute chaos' and death of the EU following European elections

Victor Sperandeo, a hedge fund manager who at one time worked in finance with George Soros, spoke out with King World News on the coming European elections and sees their outcome resulting in 'absolute chaos' for not only the European Union, but markets, economies, and currencies everywhere.

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Victor Sperandeo:  “What people are underestimating is the upcoming election in the Netherlands on March 15.  A month later France is going to hold their election… 
And what is going to happen to the U.S. stock market?  People will stop buying U.S. stocks because the whole world is going to go into a depression.  There will be absolute f*cking chaos starting on March 15 and nobody is talking about it.  
The populist movement, which are people who have been f*cked, are moving away from the globalist movement.  And when 27 countries get their own printing presses back it will be chaos.  
I have been tempted to go 100 percent long gold.  It’s such a slam dunk that the world is in trouble.  The EU was built on France and Germany, so without France there is no EU.  Gold will be in extreme demand when this unfolds and that is why the gold market is already firming up.  Eric, I promise you there will be total chaos.”
Sperandeo's sentiments have been echoed recently by the World's best trends forecaster Gerald Celente, who was also recently interviewed by King World News.
Eric King:  “Gerald, the KWN the interview with Victor Sperandeo, who used to work with Leon Cooperman and George Soros, is going incredibly viral.  Sperandeo warned that within a couple of months there is going to be ‘absolute,’ and he used an expletive here, ‘f*cking chaos’ around the world.   
This guy is extremely well-connected, he has a fantastic reputation, he’s made a lot of money for a lot of people, and he oversees more than $3 billion.  What are your thoughts on what Sperandeo had to say?” 
Gerald Celente:  “Look, if Sperandeo is correct, we are gong to see the ‘f*cking chaos’ that he is talking about, and it’s going to be global…   
And it’s not (sometime) in the future, it’s (directly) in front of us.  Sperandeo is right on target.

As India's Reserve Bank works to create a cashless society using the blockchain, they are also looking to outlaw Bitcoin

There is a famous axiom that goes, don't steal as the government hates competition.  And this appears very much to be in play in the country of India where the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), or the nation's central bank, is working hard to bring about a cashless society using blockchain technology while at the same time issuing edicts to try to outlaw Bitcoin.

Last November, India's Prime Minister suddenly and without warning started to redeem currency bills from the public and the country's monetary system.  And in a speech given during his monthly address to the nation, he explicitly said his end goal was to bring everyone under a cashless or near cashless monetary system.

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"I want to tell my small merchant brothers and sisters, this is the chance for you to enter the digital world," Modi said speaking in Hindi, urging them to use mobile banking applications and credit-card swipe machines. 
"It's correct that a 100 percent cashless society is not possible. But why don't we make a beginning for a less-cash society in India?," Modi said. "We can gradually move from a less-cash society to a cashless society." 
More than 90 percent of consumer purchases in India are transacted in cash, Credit Suisse estimates. While a smartphone boom and falling mobile data prices have led to a surge in digital payments in recent years, the base still remains low. 
Modi urged technology-savvy young people to spare some time teaching others how to use digital payment platforms. - Zerohedge
Fast forward to Feb. 5...

The RBI issued a statement and a warning on Sunday where the central bank acknowledged that they, along with member banks, are pursuing a digital monetary system to replace the cash economy with a digital system primarily using blockchain technology.  And one of their largest points of emphasis was to severely admonish the use of Bitcoin, which is in line with a similar warning they issued on the crypto-currency back in 2013.
“The RBI advises that it has not given any license/authorization to any entity/company to operate such schemes or deal with Bitcoin or any virtual currency. As such, any user, holder, investor, trader, etc., dealing with virtual currencies will be doing so at their own risk.”
The Indian government, as well as the central bank, are fighting a populist rebellion against their war on cash, and their push towards an all digital cashless society.  And Prime Minister Modi has continually issued policy edicts over the past few months in an attempt to try to halt citizens from dispensing of their currency in the forms of gold, jewelry, and even Bitcoin.

And although governments around the world for the most part have tried benign capital controls to slow down the use of Bitcoin, none as yet have actually considered the crypto-currency a threat, and have attempted to ban or outlaw its use by the people.

Until now.  And this should tell you that India's push to ban cash from the hands of the people is more a battle against freedom than it is a battle against corruption, money laundering, or even the spurious claim of 'fighting terrorism'.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Following Utah's new plan for sound money, Arizona ready to vote on bill that would make gold and silver legal tender

Last week we published an article in which the state of Utah was preparing to vote on making gold and silver once again legal tender, and eliminating the taxation of the metals.  This move of course is to transfer the perception and belief that gold and silver are not simply commodities, but actual money in accordance with the Constitution.

And now we can add Arizona to this movement as on Feb. 2, the state legislature completed debate over the same issue regarding gold, silver, and sound money, and is getting ready to bring House Bill 2015 (HB2014) to a floor vote.

An Arizona bill that would eliminate state capital gains taxes on gold and silver specie, and encourage its use as currency, passed an important House committee today. Final approval of the legislation would help undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. 
Rep. Mark Finchem (R-Tucson) introduced House Bill 2014 (HB2014) on Jan. 9. The legislation would eliminate state capital gains taxes on income “derived from the exchange of one kind of legal tender for another kind of legal tender.” The bill defines legal tender as “a medium of exchange, including specie, that is authorized by the United States Constitution or Congress for the payment of debts, public charges, taxes and dues.” “Specie” means coins having precious metal content. 
In effect, passage of the bill would “legalize the Constitution” by treating gold and silver specie as money. 
HB2014 passed the House Ways and Means Committee by a 5-0 vote, with four members abstaining. - Activist Post
The Constitution does not give states the right to coin money, but it does specify that they have the power to use gold and and silver as legal tender outside other currencies created and determined by Congress.  And as confidence in the fiat currency known as the dollar continues to wane, more and more states are preparing for the inevitability that the dollar will one day no longer be able to support the U.S. economy, much less the global financial system.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Was Donald Trump's inaugural emphasis on America First a signal that the government had changed via a coup?

On Jan. 20, much of the world was awoken to the shock that the 70 year reign of the neo-con and neo-liberal establishment may finally be over, and this could not have been more obvious than how Donald Trump, standing just yards away from the ringleaders, threw it in their face during his inauguration speech.

But even as historians for years will be trying to dissect both the overt and even subtle meanings hidden in many of his words, one emphasized phrase may have actually signaled that a coup had taken place within the government, and that those fighting against the cabal for more than 20 years had finally won.

America First.

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In an interview given this weekend on the alternative web program known as Silver the Antidote, guest Jim Willie started the show with a bombshell that if true, will change the course of America for decades.

When Dr. Jim Willie began answering questions about the new President and how he might intend to run the Oval Office, the good Doctor went directly to Trump's inauguration speech and keyed in on two particular words that have much more meaning than anyone can fathom.
Silver the Antidote: Can you explain what you said about the Trump cabinet being in a coup de tat? 
Dr. Jim Willie: Yes.  Back in 1995, there was an incident of a downed military aircraft in Alabama.  It was 1995 and there were seven Generals and one Admiral on board.  All were killed. 
Their agenda, was to bring impeachment charges against President Clinton.  This was just following the Sandia Labs (Los Alamos) scandal where apparently Clinton had sold weapon schematics... entire weapons plans for construction, diagrams, electronics to China for a fee. 
After the crash, Generals who were part of the movement, or who at least shared the sentiment toward impeachment of Clinton for treason, organized a movement called America First. 
In the ensuing 20 years, Clinton, Bush, and Obama fired over 500 Generals and Admirals.  The division was pretty simple... anyone loyal to the Constitution was fired.  I know that sounds very strange, but this is the direction the United States went for the last 20-25 years.  Anyone who remained called themselves the Loyalists, and it was loyalty towards the narcotics barons. 
The Bush family. 
500 retired Generals and Admirals publicly endorse Mitt Romney (America First organization?)
And thus these Generals and Admirals were elevated.  So when during the inauguration two weeks ago, the newly installed President Trump mentioned America First a few times, without a big reference for the background on what it meant. 
Donald Trump (Inauguration Speech):  Today's ceremony has very special meaning.  Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington D.C., and giving it back to you... the People. 
You came by the 10's of millions, to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.  From this day forward, it's going to be only... America First... America First. 
We stand at the birth of a new millennium.  Ready to unlock the mysteries of space.  To free the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries, and technologies of tomorrow.
When you take what occurred in 1995 at Sandia Labs, and then follow this into the organization created by hundreds of members of the U.S.'s General Staff after the mysterious downing of a military plane, you can see the makings of a war between those working within government who love America and hold their oaths as sacred, and those who sought to bring the United States into a one world government through globalism.

In addition, let's break down the key points spoken by President Trump around the time he emphasized and signaled the phrase, America First.

1.  Not transferring power from one administration to another, or one party to another.

This line is dedicated to the fact that there is no such thing as a two party system in government, but simply two heads of a single entity.  And over the past 24 years all three Presidents were intrinsically tied to the pursuit of globalism, as well as destroying the fabric of America through division, debt, and endless wars.

2.  Transferring power from Washington to the People.

This line represents power being taken from the Establishment and given into the hands of the organization that has been dedicated for the past 20 years towards returning America to a Constitutional government.  And that of course means the power is to return to the hands of the states, and in turn to the hands of the people.

3.  ... a historic moment, they likes of which the world has never seen.

In 1933 members of the business elite, including George Herbert Walker Bush's father Prescott Bush, attempted to hire General Smedley Butler to back a military coup in which the bankers would take over the government of the United States.  This coup failed because General Butler rejected it outright, and ensured the military would never support it, but the diagram of how to do this appears to have carried over in the 2016 election.

And look at how many Generals, ALL who were either fired or tied to the America First organization, are now intrinsic members of Donald Trump's cabinet.

4.  We stand at the birth of a new millennium... ready to unlock the mysteries of space... harness the energies and technologies of tomorrow.

This line is a direct reference to the secret technologies the Shadow Government, or establishment has unlocked that has been kept from the American people, as well as the world in general.  Anti-gravity spacecraft like the TR-3B, zero point energy, and perhaps even the secret technologies discovered down in Antarctica, which former Secretary of State John Kerry happened to be on the very day of Trump's inauguration.

Analyst Bix Weir has been saying for a number of years that the government is made up of two warring factions that populate most Federal Agencies.  He calls them the 'good guys' and the 'bad guys', and when you put his research together with Dr. Jim Willie's recent revelations, it is difficult to dismiss that Donald Trump's victory was in many ways a coup against the government.

Deutsche Bank apologizes to public in newspaper ad for rigging gold prices... now where is J.P. Morgan's apology?

2016 was the year that institutions such as Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank lost a great deal of credibility over fraud that they conducted against customers, investors, and the overall markets.  And while Wells Fargo did their best to lie even to Congress about their creating millions of fraudulent accounts and credit cards without their customers knowledge, Deutsche Bank came clean and are now even offering an apology to investors in a national newspaper.
Deutsche Bank took out full-page ads in Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Saturday, in which the country's biggest lender apologized for (getting caught) engaging in market manipulation and misconduct that has cost the company billions. In the ad, signed by CEO John Cryan on behalf of the bank's top management,the bank said its past conduct "not only cost us money, but also our reputation and trust." - Zerohedge

Yet even with all this, the markets have yet to hear from perhaps the greatest gold and silver manipulator of all.  And this despite the fact that a higher court earlier this week overturned a lower court ruling that had dismissed lawsuits against J.P. Morgan for their rigging of prices in the precious metal markets.

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Appeals Court Overturns Dismissal in JP Morgan Silver Rigging Case 
  • US Appeals Court overturns Dismissal in Silver Rigging Case against JPMorgan
  • The Appeals court rejected Judge Engelmeyer’s claim that the plaintiffs did not prove JPMorgan made “uneconomic bids” in the silver forward’s markets.
  • New Discovery May Win the Case for against JPMorgan
Summary 
The New York 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that District Court Judge Engelmayer was in error when he dismissed the Silver price rigging lawsuits against JP Morgan. The appellate court felt that Engelmayer’s dismissal reasons amounted to “impermissible fact finding” and placed too high of a bar in concluding that plaintiffs had not adequately plead their case. 
This reversal of the June, 2016 dismissal means the case will go back to the district court for further litigation. This also means the plaintiffs will ask for and receive more discovery. This can win the case for them. - Market Slant

Saturday, February 4, 2017

IRS ready to begin revoking passports from Americans who owe large tax obligations

Back in 2012, Congress attempted to pass legislation that would revoke passport privileges from anyone owing more than $50,000 in unpaid tax liabilities.  And while this rider attached to the HB1813 Highway appropriations bill failed to pass back in 2012, it was once again put up for a vote and signed into law in late 2015.

However, the controversy behind using tax laws to keep Americans from leaving the country had kept the Obama administration from implementing it over the last year of his administration, but now that Donald Trump has taken office the IRS on Feb. 3 is ready to begin going after 'deadbeat taxpayers'.

President Trump's executive order on travel may be generating big protests, but an IRS missive on travel and passports may not go down too well either. More than a year ago, in H.R.22, Congress gave the IRS a new weapon to collect taxes. Tax code Section 7345 is labeled, “Revocation or Denial of Passport in Case of Certain Tax Delinquencies.” The law isn't limited to criminal tax cases, or even cases where the IRS thinks you are trying to flee. The idea of the law is to use travel as a way to enforce tax collections. It was proposed and rejected in 2012. But by late 2015, Congress passed it and President Obama signed it. 
Now, over a year later, the IRS has finally released new details on its website.  
If you have seriously delinquent tax debt, IRS can notify the State Department. 
The State Department generally will not issue or renew a passport after receiving certification from the IRS. 
The IRS has not yet started certifying tax debt to the State Department. 
The IRS says certifications will begin in early 2017, and the IRS website will be updated to indicate when this process has been implemented. - Forbes via Zerohedge
Which leaves the American people to ask the question... will the IRS use this draconian law to only go after Trump supporters and conservatives like they did in 2014 with Lois Lerner?  Or will they implement the law honestly, which means that the first individuals they should revoke passport privileges from are Al Sharpton and Congressman Charlie Rangel.

Oh, and not to be forgotten... Timothy Geitner.

Bill being introduced in Utah would open state up for using gold and silver as money while creating a state depository

On Jan. 27, legislators in the state of Utah introduced a bill that would not only recognize gold and silver as money, but would open the door for its use in both public and private commerce.

House Bill 224 (HB224) would encourage the use of gold and silver as legal tender, and set the stage for expansion of gold repositories in the state and authorize further study on several sound money policies.

A bill introduced in the Utah legislature would build on the state’s Legal Tender Act, creating a foundation for further action to encourage the use of gold and silver as money, and take another step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money. 
Rep. Ken Ivory (R-West Jordan) introduced House Bill 224 (HB224) on Jan. 27. The legislation would add several provisions to state law designed to encourage the use of gold and silver as legal tender. Passage would set the stage for expansion of gold repositories in the state and authorize further study on several sound money policies. 
Specifically, HB224 would authorize the investment of public funds in specie legal tender held in a commercial specie repository. Under existing code, “specie legal tender” means gold or silver coin and bullion. “Commercial specie repository” means an institution that holds or receives deposits of specie legal tender that is located within the state. Practically speaking, passage would give the state the option to hold funds in gold and silver instead of Federal Reserve notes. - Tenth Amendment Center

Friday, February 3, 2017

India's next monetary restriction is to limit the amount of cash allowed for transactions

The world's seventh largest economy has suddenly become a petri dish for monetary experimentation towards the end goal of bringing about a cashless society.

Beginning in November of last year, Prime Minister Modi banned the two largest denominations of their currency, causing utter havoc as 1.3 billion people scrambled to exchange their bills before a December 15th deadline.  This move was then quickly followed by capital controls which only allowed individuals to take out the equivalent of $60 per day from their bank accounts.

Then earlier this week the Modi government began compiling a study to create a universal basic income for every citizen in the country.  This of course would force everyone, even the several hundred million who don't have access to the internet, to become part of a cashless financial system.

And finally on Feb. 1 a member of Modi's finance office submitted a proposal that would make it illegal for individuals to use cash for purchases and transactions larger than the equivalent of $4500.

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India's war against black money has led to several new policies and orders of late, one of which was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday in his Union Budget presentation in the Parliament. 
The country has banned all cash transactions above Rs 300,000 (roughly $4,500) from April 1. 
This move follows last year's ban on high-value currency notes that had sucked in 86% of the cash in circulation and sent India's 1.3 billion people into a collective frenzy. - AOL Finance

Gold demand soaring to four year highs across the world as central banks and individuals pile into metals

There were a number of different stories published this week that validate why gold demand is not only increasing, but hitting four year highs as currency and economic fears push both central banks and individuals into the precious metals.


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A couple of weeks ago, I was in Toronto meeting with gold industry experts. One night, I spoke with a man who has been in the gold business for over 45 years.
For over four decades, this man has bought and sold gold. He has bought and sold gold mining shares. He has bought and sold gold mines. During this time, he has also worked with the Chinese government, Chinese industry and Chinese investors. He knows a few things about gold, and about Chinese gold. 
Here’s what he said to me: “I’ve seen estimates out of China that over 375 million Chinese want to buy gold. But they can’t. They live in the remote interior of the country, not the more open, coastal cities. These Chinese have little or no access to gold markets. And even if they did have access, there’s not enough gold.” 
The man explained that any Chinese with means and access is buying gold. He told me that just the Shanghai Gold Exchange has over 10 million customers. 10 million separate, account-holding customers. Just for gold. – Daily Reckoning
Gold demand rose 2% in 2016 according to World Gold Council
The Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump drove global demand for gold to a four-year high in 2016, as pension funds and other institutional investors piled into the precious metal while higher prices put consumers off jewellery purchases. 
Global gold demand rose 2% last year to reach 4,309 tonnes, the highest level since 2013, according to a report from the World Gold Council, which represents gold miners. - The Guardian
Gold price continues to climb following inaction by the Fed
Gold hit an 11-week high on Thursday after the U.S. Fed eral Reserve gave no clear signal on the likelihood of a March interest rate increase in its latest statement, prompting another drop in the dollar
The U.S. currency slipped to a 12-week low against a basket of currencies and an eight-week low versus the euro after the U.S. central bank gave an upbeat view on the economy, but no hint of accelerating rate hikes. Spot gold struck its highest level since Nov. 17 at $1,225.30 an ounce, and was up 0.9% at $1,219.96. - Fortune
Gold backed bank deposit accounts in Turkey skyrocket
The price of gold, considered a safe haven in investments, has broken records one after another since last year, while the number of precious metal deposit accounts kept in banks are on a rise in parallel with President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan's call on people to convert their foreign exchange savings into gold or Turkish lira in an attempt to help boost the value of the Turkish lira. Having broken successive records since last year, gold became one of the favorite investment instruments in 2016 again. 
According to Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) data, gold deposit accounts in banks soared to TL 16.964 billion ($4.54 billion) at the end of 2016 from TL 10.624 billion at the end of 2015. As far as the last one year's transactions are concerned, this figure corresponds to 51.6 tons of gold, based on the average gold price of TL 122 per gram. 
A total of TL 15.922 billion worth of gold deposit accounts belonged to natural entities, while TL 1.042 billion worth of them belonged to commercial institutions and others in 2016. - Daily Sabah
As more and more individuals, pension funds, hedge funds, and investors come to the realization that historic asset classes like bonds, currencies, and real estate no longer provide sufficient yield for the risk involved, it would only take 1% of the money currently dedicated to these assets to completely wipe out gold and silver supplies, and create the environment where gold no longer has a definable value since it will become priceless.


Long time U.S. vassal state Japan to bypass dollar and SWIFT to transact using China's CIPS system in inter-bank settlement

Ever since China began to duplicate Western financial institutions starting in 2013, more and more nations have begun matriculating towards the East, and away from dollar hegemony.  And one of the most important of these new infrastructures is the Chinese CIPS platforms which functions for the RMB the same way SWIFT does for the dollar.

Yet unlike the way SWIFT charges for swaps when nations have to use the dollar as a middleman since it still reigns as the world's singular reserve currency, CIPS allows for much lower transaction fees and the convenience of bypassing the U.S. currency through direct bi-lateral currency settlement.

Hiroshima Bank and 13 other Japanese regional banks will connect to an interbank payment network that enables direct yuan wiring to mainland China -- a move that will lower transaction fees and boost convenience for customers. 
Joining the China International Payments System will reduce fees and processing days. Juroku Bank and Joyo Bank are also among the Japanese banks taking advantage of the system introduced by the People's Bank of China. They will be connected one by one after the end of the Chinese New Year holidays via the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, which connected to the system last year. 
Previously, payments to mainland China had to be processed by clearing banks such as those in Hong Kong. CIPS can cut costs by several dollars (10 yuan equals $1.45) per transaction. Payments can be completed on the same day if certain conditions are met. – Asia.Nikkei

As the world continues to reject the dollar and the old financial model of a singular reserve currency, more countries are seeing the benefits of transacting in a bi-lateral environment.  And once enough of these nations decides to follow this new economic model being laid out from Beijing, and create the critical mass needed to bypass the dollar completely, then the reserve currency will simply fade away via de facto consent, and force change onto the Western institutions that have run the global financial system for decades.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

With Donald Trump now in Office, Congress finally gets the courage to put the fear of God into the Fed, and Chairman Yellen

There is an interesting dichotomy that is now occurring since the Republican Party took over control of both houses of Congress, and the office of the President... and that is a new focus on the Federal Reserve and the illegal activities they have been allowed to conduct for eight years under Barack Obama.

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A number of years ago when Ben Bernanke was still the Chairman of the Fed, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer gave the central bank carte blanche to do anything they saw fit to try to fix the economy.  And this distribution of both monetary and fiscal policies that were the responsibility of the Congress assured that the Fed would never have any real oversight to do as they saw fit... including the re-distribution of the wealth of the Middle Class into the hands of the 1%.

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It appears that Democrats may be taking a more aggressive stand in urging the Fed to do more easing. 
After 5-minute discussion of the economy, and the ongoing disappointing recovery, Chuck Schumer ended his query of Ben Bernanke at the Senate today with this memorable exchange. 
His conclusion: “Get to work, Mr. Chairman.” — CNBC
But this has all changed now that Donald Trump has taken over the White House, and it appears his willingness to call out the Fed, Chairman Yellen, and even Vice-Chairman Stanley Fischer is leading other Republicans to man up and publicly put the central bank on notice that their days of non-transparent oversight may be over.
In what may be a harbinger of major headaches to come for the Fed, a recent letter (Jan. 31) penned by Republican representative  Patrick McHenry, Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, has lashed out at Janet Yellen, telling the Fed chair in no uncertain terms that "despite the clear message delivered by President Donald Trump in prioritizing America's interest in international negotiations, it appears that the Federal Reserve continues negotiating international regulatory standards for financial institutions among global bureaucrats in foreign lands without transparency, accountability, or the authority to do so." 
His assessment of this ongoing activity by the Fed: "This is unacceptable."
McHenry's emphasis is on "international forums" such as the Financial Stability Board, the Basel Committee on Banking and Supervision, and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors, and he notes that "continued participation" in these forums must be "predicated on achieving objectives set by the new Administration", something which will "likely require a comprehensive review of past agreements that unfairly penalized the American financial system in areas as varied as bank capital, insurance, derivatives, systemic risk, and asset management." 
He then adds that "the secretive structures of these international forums must also be reevaluated" because when the deals were negotiated, "international standards were turned into domestic regulations that forced American firms of various sizes to substantially raise their capital requirements, leading to slower economic growth here in America." 
Here one may recall how the Fed secretly provided tens of billions in under the table "rescue loans" to foreign banks doing business in the US (and others) during the peak days of the 2008 financial crisis. 
His conclusion, however, is what must worry the Fed the most, because  as McHenry notes, "it is incumbent upon all regulators to support the U.S. economy, and scrutinize international agreements that are killing American jobs. Accordingly, the Federal Reserve must cease all attempts to negotiate binding standards burdening American business until President Trump has had an opportunity to nominate and appoint officials that prioritize America's best interests." 
The implication: the current Fed officials do not prioritze America's best interests, and are therefore expendable. - Zerohedge
As the MAGA movement begins to invade all aspects of the government and society, those who are now on board the Trump Train to try to Make America Great Again are realizing that the biggest swamp that needs to be drained is located just down the road on Eccles Street.