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Ep. 277: Freedom of Speech vs. the Thought Police

Peter Schiff,Published on Aug 16, 2017

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The U.S. Military Will Be Conducting ‘A Major Military Exercise’ On The Korean Peninsula During The Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, approximately 25,000 U.S. troops will join “tens of thousands” from the South Korean military to conduct a “major military exercise” that is already triggering threats from North Korea.  Considering the fact that any sort of provocation could cause a nuclear war to erupt on the Korean peninsula, is this really a wise thing to do?  The more research that I do on this upcoming solar eclipse, the stranger things become.  When I first started hearing about this eclipse many months ago, I didn’t pay too much attention, but now after looking into it extensively I do believe that it is going to be quite significant.

And I didn’t even know about this major military exercise that will happen during the eclipse until today.  The following comes from MSN

The U.S. military is preparing to launch a major military exercise with South Korea in coming days, and faces a dangerous balancing act: How do you reassure allies in the region that you are ready for a war with North Korea without provoking an actual conflict in the process?

The annual Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercise is scheduled for 10 days beginning Aug. 21, and will include about 25,000 U.S. troops along with tens of thousands of South Koreans. The exercise focuses on defending South Korea against an attack from the north, and each year triggers threats and rebukes from North Korea. But it comes at an especially sensitive time now, following the exchange of a series of threats between President Trump and North Korea.

Another thing that we just found out is that meteorologists are warning that a major hurricane could potentially start approaching the east coast of the United States during the time of the solar eclipse.  It has been almost 12 years since a major hurricane made landfall in this country, and so it is very odd that this would be happening all of a sudden.

As I have discussed previously, many believe that the upcoming solar eclipse and the 40 day period that follows may be some type of “warning” for America.  And traditionally, this 40 day period has been a time of repentance for the people of Israel

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will mark a trail from the Northwest US to the Southeast Atlantic Seaboard. The eclipse will occur on the last day of the Hebrew month Av, a day known as Yom Kippur Katan, the “small day of repentance.” The morning after the eclipse, Jews will  begin blowing the shofar every morning for a 40-day period of profound repentance leading up to Yom Kippur. This corresponds to the 40 days Moses was on Mount Sinai atoning for the Jewish people.

It is also very interesting to note that this eclipse comes exactly 33 days before the “Revelation 12 sign” that will appear in the heavens on September 23rd.  The first state that the solar eclipse of August 21st will cross will be Oregon, and many have noted that Oregon is our 33rd state.  And the solar eclipse will finish crossing the nation on the 33rd parallel in the state of South Carolina.

So is that just a coincidence?

It might be.

Another extremely interesting fact is that the very first large city that the path of the eclipse will cross is Salem, Oregon.  Of course Salem is short for Jerusalem, and it turns out that the path of the eclipse will reach Salem at just about the same time that the sun is setting in Jerusalem.

Another coincidence?

Maybe.

Seven years after the eclipse on August 21st, another one will cross our nation in 2024.  Together, the paths of those two eclipses will mark a giant “X” directly over the middle part of the country.  And amazingly, the combined time of the totality of those two eclipses will be seven minutes.

And this eclipse is just the beginning.  Over the subsequent 40 days there are quite a few critical events that people are buzzing about.  The following list comes from one of my previous articles

August 23 – A FEMA exercise known as “EarthEX2017” will simulate “catastrophes such as mega earthquakes, cyber terrorism or high altitude electromagnetic pulse attacks”

An exercise sponsored by FEMA and the U.S. Department of Energy set to take place on August 23 called EarthEX2017 will wargame responses to catastrophes such as mega earthquakes, cyber terrorism or high altitude electromagnetic pulse attacks.

The exercise will simulate a “subcontinent-scale, long duration power outage, with cascading failures of all other infrastructures,” according to the official Earth Ex website.

“Black sky events” are defined as, “Catastrophic occurrences caused by man or nature that bring society to its knees.”

September 1 – This marks the start of FEMA’s annual “National Preparedness Month“.

September 1 – The U.S. State Department’s ban on U.S. citizens traveling into North Korea goes into effect.  Many are concerned that this is yet another sign that we are moving toward war with North Korea.

September 11 – This will be the 16th anniversary of 9/11.

September 20 – Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset.

September 21The UN International Day Of Peace

September 23 – This is the date of what has become known as “the Revelation 12 sign”.  If you are not familiar with this alignment yet, the following is a very brief summary

On September 23rd a unique astronomical alignment of the Sun, Moon, constellation Virgo, constellation Leo, and planets Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and Venus is going to fulfill this passage from the book of Revelation:

And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.  She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.

September 24 – Very important national elections will be held in Germany.

September 29 – Yom Kippur begins at sunset, and it concludes on September 30th.  Of course September 30th will be the end of a 40 day period that began back on the day of the Great American Eclipse on August 21st.

September 29 – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the debt ceiling will be breached on this day if Congress does not raise it by then.

September 30 – If Congress does not pass a budget by the end of this day, there will be a government shutdown just like we witnessed in 2013.

And all of this comes at a time when anger, hatred and racial tension are reaching a fever pitch in this country.

Let us pray for peace both at home and abroad, because at this moment we are rapidly approaching a boiling point.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

NORTH KOREAN HACKERS TARGETED US MILITARY

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North Korea continues to ramp up tensions between themselves and the United States. Now there are reports stating that the rogue regime is using hackers to target US military contractors in July – specifically those working in missile defense in South Korea.

According to the report, the organization responsible for the hacking, has collaborated with Pyongyang in the past. The Lazarus Group is the same North Korea-linked organization that hacked Sony Pictures during the release of the Seth Rogan comedy The Interview in 2014. Attacks were threatened at movie theatres screening the film, which comedically mocked Kim Jong-Un, forcing the cinemas to pull the movie citing patron safety.

Palo Alto Networks, the cyber security group, observed that the hackers were using almost the exact same methods throughout July of this year as used in infamous earlier attacks by the Lazarus Group.

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Housing Recovery False Alarm – Starts, Permits Plunge In July As Rental Units Collapse

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Aug 16, 2017 8:40 AM

Following June’s huge surprise jumps in Housing Starts (revised lower) and Building Permits (revised notably higher), July saw both starts and permits plunge (-4.8% and -4.1% respectively) dramatically missing expectations. The majority of the plunge is driven by multi-family starts crashing 35.2% YoY to its lowest since Sept 2016.

Permits’ 7.4% June surge was revised up to a 9.2% spike (the biggest since Nov 2015) before July’s plunge.

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Stocks Push Higher Even as CEOs Flee White House Council

wallstreetexaminer.com / by Garrett Baldwin via Money Morning / 

The Dow Jones news today is highlighted by political turmoil in Washington, as U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks sent CEOs fleeing from his “American Manufacturing Council.” Dow Jones futures are up 43 points this morning, as investors look for clues to the next interest rate hike after the release of the minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s most recent meeting.

Here are the numbers from Tuesday for the DowS&P 500, and Nasdaq:

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Artificial Intelligence To Phase Out 40 to 60 Million Jobs In The Next Ten Years

The Daily Sheeple, Published on Aug 16, 2017

The numbers are staggering, folks! Which leads us to the end of being able to ‘kick the can down the road’ as it were. A.I. is either going to make or break humanity. Judging by the way we’ve implemented technology in the past… we’re screwed!

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Here’s How Government Pension Funds Are Trying To Close Their $7 Trillion Funding Gap

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

There may perhaps be no other group of investors that’s more DESPERATE today than pension funds.

Pensions, of course, are the giant funds responsible for paying out retirement benefits to workers.

The idea is that both the employer and the employee typically contribute a set percentage of the employee’s salary throughout his or her career with the promise that, upon retirement, he or she will receive a fixed monthly payment.

Many state and local governments rely on these ‘defined benefit’ pension pension plans, as do a handful of large corporations.

The reason that these pension fund are so desperate is that the vast majority of them are underfunded.

We talk a lot of about how Social Security is rapidly running out of money.

But according to Credit-rating agency Moody’s, state and local government pension plans are also $7 trillion short in funding.

And corporate pension funds are underfunded by $375 billion.

The reason is quite simple: investment returns are simply too low. (more…)

Venezuelans Face 25 Years In Prison For “Hate Or Intolerance”

In a harbinger of what – for various reasons – may be coming to the US, Venezuela’s brand new “all-powerful” constituent assembly is set to pass a bill that will jail anyone who expresses “hate or intolerance” for up to 25 years, a measure which the local opposition – and everyone else – is certain will be used by Maduro’s regime to silence and punish all dissent.

“The question is whether this is the peace he’s looking for: creating a law that gives him and his obedient supreme court judiciary powers to lock up dissidents for 25 years,” Tamara Taraciuk, head Venezuela researcher for Human Rights Watch, told Reuters in a Wednesday telephone interview. To be sure, less extreme versions of this proposal have cropped up across the developed world, where while “hate or intolerance” – as defined by some arbitrary but very powerful authority – will result if not in jail time, then certainly in loss of freedom of speech or worse.

As for Venezuela, the “the proposal includes incredibly vague language that would allow them to jail anyone for almost anything,” she added, a blueprint for how crackdown against dissent in “developed” countries may materialize.  It gets worse: straight out of “1984”, Venezuela’s assembly is scheduled later on Wednesday to empanel a “Truth Commission” headed by Maduro loyalist and former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, to prosecute those responsible for violent anti-government protests.

Over the past month, in his attempt to copycat Turkey’s president Erdogan and seize supreme power, President Nicolas Maduro installed a 545-member assembly stacked with Socialist Party allies earlier this month, who provide him with a greenlight to do virtually anything. The president defends the new legislative superbody as Venezuela’s only hope for peace and prosperity.

Separately, local rights group Penal Forum estimated that Maduro’s government was holding 676 political prisoners as of Wednesday, a number that could rise once a crackdown against hate crimes – however the ruling regime defines these – becomes law. For now the definition is simple: no disagreement with Maduro:

“Anyone who goes out into the streets to express intolerance and hatred will be captured and will be tried and punished with sentences of 15, 20, 25 years of jail,” Maduro recently told the assembly, drawing a standing ovation.

Meanwhile the assembly has wasted no time in usurping power. Just days after firing Venezuela’s top prosecutor Luisa Ortega, the assembly on Tuesday ordered that cases of protesters detained this year be held in civilian rather than military courts. The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists said in a report on Wednesday that Ortega’s dismissal “removes one of the last remaining institutional checks on executive authority.”

As for Ortega, she is likely going to prison too: the country’s new chief prosecutor, Maduro’s former “human rights ombudsman” Tarek Saab, on Wednesday outlined corruption accusations against his predecessor Ortega, her husband and members of her team of prosecutors. (more…)

Iran’s Supreme Leader Mocks Trump In Tweet About Charlottesville

At least two times over the past week, Iran’s military has seemingly provoked the U.S. Navy by using its Sadegh drones to shadow the USS Nimizt aircraft carrier operating in the Persian Gulf while creating a “dangerous” operating environment for F/A-18 pilots in the area (we noted the encounters here and here).  

But this morning, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decided to take a shot at the U.S. via a medium much more familiar to the Trump White House: Twitter.

“If US has any power,they better manage their country,tackle #WhiteSupremacy rather than meddle in nations’ affairs. #Charlottesville”

 

Of course, this is rich coming from a guy who referred to Israel as a “cancerous tumor of a state” that should be “annihilated” and constantly subjects female activists to prison time and “lashings” for having the audacity to speak out about gender bias, an action which Khamenei says only serves to “corrupt the role of women in society.”

Is Historically Low Volatility About To Surge?

Authored by Dmitri Speck via Acting-Man.com,

Suspicion Asleep

You have probably noticed it already: stock market volatility has recently all but disappeared. This raises an important question for every investor: Has the market established a permanent plateau of low volatility, or is the current period of low volatility just the calm before the storm?

 

All quiet on the VIX front… what can possibly happen? [PT] – click to enlarge.

 

When such questions regarding future market trends arise, it is often worthwhile to examine market history.

For the purpose of analyzing volatility I have used one of the longest time series available, namely the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) from 1915 onward – which represents more than a century of price history. In order to improve comparability, I have removed Saturdays, which used to be trading days in the distant past. I have calculated historical volatility as rolling and overlapping time periods of 21 trading days (equal to approximately one calendar month).

 

By the Standards of the Past 100 Years Volatility is Extremely Low

On August 7 volatility measured in this way had declined to just 3.99 percent, which is a very low level indeed. (more…)