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TFMR: The Slam Cometh

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After issuing over 100,000 new Comex gold contracts in the past month and painting a pennant onto the charts, is it any surprise that CDG has been slammed $10 lower today?

Now, keep in mind that price bottomed at $1278 two weeks ago today following the latest BLSBS fiasco. And also keep in mind that this is still going to be a VERY good year for us. Regardless and even after nine…

Democrats Prepare Hearings on “Rightwing Extremism”

This article was originally published by Kurt Nimmo at Another Day in the Empire

Prior to the 2018 midterm election, I speculated a Democrat-controlled House would result in hearings targeting “hate groups,” that is to say anybody on the “right” who challenges official narratives, otherwise known as “conspiracy theories.” 

“Rep. Bennie Thompson, an African American lawmaker from Mississippi, is in charge of the House Homeland Security Committee,” reports McClatchy. “Thompson intends to hold hearings to spotlight what experts say is a growth of deadly right wing extremism in America, even if the hearings could feature members of white supremacist groups.”

Thompson said his aim is to change the dialogue and find a balance in a U.S. domestic terrorism strategy that he believes has focused too heavily on the threat of homegrown Muslim terrorism and too little the rise of far right, white nationalist, and anti-Semitic groups.

The corporate propaganda media has done a fair job of conflating “white supremacy” and political thought the government wants to silence and shutdown.

The McClatchy article follows this line and links the “trend” of antigovernment activism to Timothy McVeigh and the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.  That event has served as a touchstone for over two decades, primarily thanks to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has made a cottage industry out of hyping “rightwing hate” (unacceptable political thought) and the threat of violence (for the state, the two are inseparable). 

McClatchy and the corporate media have attached “rightwing extremism” to a number of violent incidents that have more to do with disturbed individuals than ideology. 

A recent spate of deadly incidents—including the shooting deaths of 11 congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October, the February 2018 shooting deaths of 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and the August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—have given Thompson and other congressional Democrats anecdotal evidence about the extreme right.

The Obama administration, continuing the work of the Bush administration, had the Department of Homeland Security produce a paper on the supposed threat posed by “rightwing extremists,” who are by the state’s definition terrorists on par (or worse than) al-Qaeda and its follow-up act, the Islamic State. Republicans, at the time a majority in the House, lambasted the paper and accused the Obama administration of overreach. Then DHS boss Janet Napolitano went into damage control mode. 

Napolitano apologized for the report. But the political backlash led DHS to halt work on tracking violent far right extremism, according to Daryl Johnson, the report’s author.

But now the House is in the hands of the Democrats and they want blood following the election of Donald Trump and the rise of the so-called Alt-right, or New Right. 

Under Republican control from 2011 until last week, the House Homeland Security Committee repeatedly rejected calls by Thompson and Democrats for specific probes of domestic far right activities. Some Republicans now are wary that Thompson’s probe would be conducted with a partisan eye.

“Congress and the White House has looked at terrorism through the lens of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The House Homeland Security Committee, established after those attacks, largely has focused on the foreign threat or potential danger posed by U.S. residents becoming radicalized by foreign terrorist groups.

That emphasis will change under the Democrats. The new terrorists are “homegrown” and include nationalists (shorthand for racist), constitutionalists, and libertarians. There will be hearings and possible show trials in the months ahead. 

The DHS will finally arrive at its final destination—a national secret police focused on political activism challenging the ruling elite and their contrived political arrangement. 

Thompson said his aim is to change the dialogue and find a balance in a U.S. domestic terrorism strategy that he believes has focused too heavily on the threat of homegrown Muslim terrorism and too little the rise of far right, white nationalist, and anti-Semitic groups.

In order to be classified as antisemitic, a group or an individual only need criticize Israel and its incestuous relationship with the ruling elite and its political operatives, in particular the neocon faction. 

Thoughtcrime—opposition to the state and its policies—will not be tolerated by the political class. Democrats want to make sure another Donald Trump will not sit in the White House. In order to do this, they have to go after high profile individuals and groups, hold show trials, and continue the work of deplatforming “deplorables” and their “hate,” in other words, free speech. 

Finally, a word of warning to the “far-left.” If you wander outside the parameters set by Democrats and their “progressive” foundations, you will also be attacked and undermined by the state, especially if you oppose Bush’s wars, which became Obama’s wars and now Trump’s. 

ZeroHedge: These New Numbers Prove The Global Economic Slowdown Is Far More Advanced Than We Thought

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Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

We continue to get more confirmation that the global economy is slowing down substantially. 

On Monday, it was China’s turn to surprise analysts, and the numbers that they just released are absolutely stunning.  When Chinese imports and exports are both expanding, that is a clear sign that the global economy is running on all cylinders, but when both of them are contracting that is an indication that huge trouble is ahead.  And the experts were certainly anticipating substantial increases in both categories in December, but instead there were huge declines.  There is no possible way to spin these numbers to make them look good…

Data from China showed imports fell 7.6 percent year-on-year in December while analysts had predicted a 5-percent rise. Exports dropped 4.4 percent, confounding expectations for a 3-percent gain.

China now accounts for more total global trade than the United States does, and the fact that the numbers for the global economy’s number one trade hub are falling this dramatically is a major warning sign.

And of course it isn’t just China that is experiencing trouble.  In fact, we just witnessed the worst industrial output numbers in Europe “in nearly three years”

Adding to the gloom were weak industrial output numbers from the euro zone, which showed the largest fall in nearly three years.

Softening demand has been felt around the world, with sales of goods ranging from iPhones to automobiles slowing, prompting profit warnings from Apple among others. (more…)

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Israel Owns Washington

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Israel Owns Washington

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ZeroHedge: Goldman Warns Earnings Growth In 2019 Could Collapse By 85%

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With Q4 earnings season officially kicking off this week when the big money center banks report Q4 results, concerns about the economy and the Fed will take a back seat to what companies say about the current state of the economy, and not so much their numbers for the just concluded quarter but how they see the economic environment ahead.

And, as we discussed last week, so far it’s not shaping up to be a pretty 2019 because the recent various warnings, guidance cuts and layoff announcements to date have been nothing short of dismal. Here is a quick summary of what we have observed in just the last week:

  • Apple cut revenue guidance (for the first time in 16 years)
  • Macy’s cut profit guidance, sending its shares plunging the most on record
  • Barnes and Noble cut profit guidance
  • FedEx cut profit guidance
  • American Airlines cut guidance
  • Delta cut profit guidance
  • Kohl’s reported a plunge in comp store sales
  • Ford announced it will cut thousands of jobs in Europe
  • Jaguar announced it will cut 10% of its workforce
  • Blackrock announced it will cut 500 jobs
  • State Street announced it will cut 15% of its senior management
  • AQR announced it will cut dozens of jobs
  • United Technologies ended sale of Chubb fire-safety as bids were too low.

It is in this context that, as Goldman’s David Kostin writes, “the outlook for earnings has taken center stage for equity investors” because weak guidance from several notable companies such as Apple and Macy’s “have heightened the focus on S&P 500 earnings growth.” Indeed, whereas earnings was one of the clear bright spots for US equities throughout much of 2018, some investors are now questioning whether after hitting a peak late last year as the Trump tax cuts are now officially rolling off the year-over-year calendar, profits can continue to grow in 2019. (more…)

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PCR Interviewed by Jason Liosatos on Outside the Box

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PCR Interviewed by Jason Liosatos on Outside the Box

The Yellow Vests in France are opposed to violence, but the French government and its ANTIFA storm troops are not. It is more likely that it will be the Yellow Vests who go down and not the government, with the consequence that future protests will be more difficult to undertake. Perhaps it doesn’t matter as non-violent protests have proven to be ineffective.

Diana Johnstone provides her view of the French protest and the repression that is likely to follow. http://www.unz.com/article/french-democracy-dead-or-alive/

In my interview on Outside the Box, I make the point that unless the ruling authorities have empathy and compassion with the people, nonviolent protests fail and thereby weaken protest as a check on abuse by rulers. The implication is that Marx might have been correct when he said that violence is the only effective force in history. This is simply to acknowledge a deplorable fact, not to advocate violence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG3sTXAO9jA&t=1615s

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Signs Of The Times? A Plague Of Locusts Hits Mecca And Earth’s Magnetic Pole Is Experiencing A “Sudden Shift”

Really strange things are starting to happen all over the world.  We’ll talk about “the North Pole’s sudden shift” later in this article, but first I want to focus on the very unusual event which just took place in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.  A “massive swarm” of thousands upon thousands of black locusts descended upon the holiest site in Islam, and video of this “plague” is understandably causing quite a stir all over social media.  The following comes from the Times Of Israel

A massive swarm of locusts plagued Mecca, Saudi Arabia, earlier this week, prompting authorities at Islam’s holiest site to launch a cleaning operation to remove them.

Videos posted to social media showed the insects swarming around cleaners and worshipers in the city’s Grand Mosque, where millions of Muslim pilgrims congregate every year.

And this was not just a temporary phenomenon.  Once the locusts arrived, they didn’t want to leave, and it is being reported that they were “covering the walls of the mosque”

A closer-up view shows them swarming in all directions, over the heads of the cleaners in green uniforms attempting to deal with them.

Another shot shows the insects covering the walls of the mosque as they swarmed across the site.

According to Saudi authorities, it took 22 teams consisting of a total of 138 people to clean up the infestation.

Meanwhile, the behavior of our planet is once again making headlines.  According to scientists, the magnetic North Pole is making a “sudden shift” away from Canada and toward Russia

Deep beneath the Earth’s surface, liquid iron is sloshing around at its core, causing the North Pole to move away from Canada and towards Siberia. This has caused global geomagnetism experts to undergo an urgent update of the World Magnetic Model where it will alter where exactly North Pole is. The next update was not scheduled to happen until 2020, but due to the North Pole’s sudden shift, researchers have to bring it forward.

These days the vast majority of us heavily use GPS to get around, and the rapid movement of the magnetic North Pole is causing serious navigation errors

Precision of where the North Pole is needed for GPS across the globe, and currently is is close to exceeding “the acceptable (safe) limit for navigational errors,” the journal Nature reports.

Arnaud Chulliat, a geomagnetist at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Centers for Environmental Information, said: “The error is increasing all the time.

“The fact that the pole is going fast makes this region more prone to large errors.”

In essence, GPS is losing its GPS.

Of course the magnetic North Pole has always been moving a little bit, but in recent years that movement has been greatly accelerating

But the movement of the north magnetic pole has been the object of study since 1831. Initially, it was tracked moving into the Arctic Ocean at a rate of about 15km each year. But, since the mid 1990s, it has picked up speed.

It’s now shifting at a rate of about 55km a year.

At the same time, Earth’s magnetic field has been getting weaker and weaker, and this has many experts deeply concerned that we could soon experience a catastrophic pole flip.  The following comes from one of my previous articles

The Earth’s magnetic field is steadily getting weaker, and scientists are warning that it could soon flip. If that happens, it will be a cataclysmic event beyond anything that we have ever experienced before. Of course most people never even give much thought to the giant magnetic field that surrounds our planet, but without it modern society would simply not be possible. The magnetic field provides protection for the electrical grid which powers our homes, our businesses, our hospitals, our stores, our banks, our computers and our televisions. It is essentially an enormous “force field” that protects our world from solar storms and cosmic radiation. Right now we take that protection for granted, but scientists tell us that Earth’s magnetic field has flipped before, and that it could soon happen again.

Basically, we are talking about an event that would be even worse than a direct hit from a massive electromagnetic pulse from the sun.

If a sudden pole flip happened today, electronic devices all over the world would be crippled, and scientists tell us that we would be facing “trillions of dollars in damage”

According to a team of international scientists, including from the Australian National University (ANU), such an event in the future would increase our planet’s exposure to the Sun’s radiation, and could cause trillions of dollars in damage by decimating power and communications systems across the globe.

We truly live in apocalyptic times, although most people still don’t seem to understand what is happening.

Our planet is changing.  Earlier this week I wrote about the fact that Alaska had been hit by 81 significant earthquakes during the first nine days of 2019.  Large quakes are rattling locations all along the Ring of Fire, once dormant volcanoes are going off like firecrackers all over the globe, and the tsunami that just struck Indonesia once again reminded us of how vulnerable we really are to major natural disasters.

Right now the mainstream media in the United States is keenly focused on the government shutdown, but in the grander scheme of things the shutdown is small potatoes compared to some of the other things that are happening.

2019 has gotten off to a very strange start, and I have a feeling that things are about to get a whole lot stranger.

Get Prepared NowAbout the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.  His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News.  From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites.  If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so.  The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.

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ZeroHedge: “Socialist Sandy” To Join “Mad Maxine” On House Financial Services Committee

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In what looks like a nightmare scenario for American banks, Socialist Sandy may soon be joining Mad Maxine on the influential House Financial Services Committee, Politico reported.

Rep. Gregory Meeks, the lawmaker representing New York on the House panel that doles out committee assignments, said he planned to nominate Queens Democrat and self-described “Democratic Socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a spot on the committee after she requested it. As one of the farthest-left members of the Democratic caucus, Ocasio-Cortez has been outspoken in her criticism of Wall Street and big business (recently leading the backlash to Amazon’s taxpayer-assisted move to Queens and igniting a controversy by proposing a 70% marginal tax rate). She has also refused to drop criticisms of her fellow more-moderate Democrats for their support of Wall Street.

AOC

Ocasio-Cortez

Among the Democrats who could be targeted by Ocasio-Cortez could be Meeks himself, who represents a district in Queens and is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of centrist lawmakers. Meeks has said that he believes that when Wall Street does well, so do his constituents.

There have even been rumors that Ocasio-Cortez could support a challenger to Meeks and another prominent New York Democrat, Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who was recently awarded a position in the leadership as head of the Democratic Caucus, a position formerly held by Rep. Joe Crowley, whom Ocasio-Cortez defeated in her stunning upset primary campaign.

As Politico pointed out, Ocasio-Cortez’s presence on the committee could be “a new kind of test” for Chairwoman Maxine Waters, who will now need to struggle with a Democrat on her left, while managing the expectations of centrist Democrats and Republicans on the committee. Waters has said she wants to focus on consumer protection and housing.

Unsurprisingly, financial services industry lobbyists expressed some “mixed views” to Politico about AOC joining the committee. (more…)

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A Wall Street Felon and High Frequency Traders Announce Plan to Form Stock Exchange

A Wall Street Felon and High Frequency Traders Announce Plan to Form Stock Exchange

By Pam Martens: January 9, 2019 ~ A group of nine financial firms, including an admitted felon and two high-frequency trading powerhouses, announced this week that they plan to open a national stock exchange to compete head on with the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq. We’ll detail those players shortly but first some necessary background to explain why this plan must never come to fruition. Yes, our two major stock exchanges are a viper’s nest of conflicts of interest and in desperate need of reform, but this motley crew can only make matters worse. Following the 1929 stock market crash, the U.S. Senate conducted three years of hearings into the brazen self-dealing and rigged trading by the major Wall Street firms that resulted in an epic crash that eventually erased 90 percent of the stock market’s value, led to the collapse of thousands of banks, and brought on the … Continue reading

TFMR: Ahead Of The Minutes

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The “stock market” is up 10% sonce the arrival of the PPT on December 26. It’s up 5% since CGP gave his speech in Atlanta last Friday. Therefore, what to expect when the minutes of the December FOMC are finally released at 2:00 pm EST today? Are CDG and CDS being allowed to rise only so they can be reversed this afternoon? We’ve certainly seen that sort of event about a million times before…