http://www.zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml/%20 en McCain As Metaphor http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-21/mccain-metaphor <p><a href="http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/10/18/mccain-as-metaphor/"><em>Authored by Justin Raimondo via AntiWar.com,</em></a></p> <p><strong>Some people are living symbols, sheer embodiments of a concept that fits their persona as snugly as their skin:</strong> <em>e.g. the Dalai Lama personifies Contemplative Piety, Harvey Weinstein is the incarnation of Brazen Vulgarity, and John McCain&rsquo;s very person exudes the sweaty blustery spirit of Empire.</em></p> <p>His entire history &ndash; born in the Panama Canal zone, son of an admiral, third-generation centurion, the War Party&rsquo;s senatorial spokesman &ndash; made it nearly impossible for him to be other than what he is: <strong>the country&rsquo;s most outspoken warmonger and dedicated internationalist.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/10/20/20171021_mccain.png"><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/10/20/20171021_mccain_0.png" style="width: 600px; height: 280px;" /></a></p> <p><strong>As George Orwell remarked, &ldquo;After forty, everyone has the face they deserve,&rdquo; and in McCain&rsquo;s case this is doubly true. </strong>That Roman head, fit for a coin of high denomination, looks as if it might sprout a crown of laurel leaves at any moment:&nbsp; Grizzled brow, wrinkled with the tension of an inborn belligerence, eyes alight with a perpetual flame of self-righteous anger, McCain is Teddy Roosevelt impersonating Cato the Elder. In the extreme predictability of his warlike effusions, he&rsquo;s become a bit of a cartoon character. Who can forget his enthusiastic rendition of &ldquo;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-zoPgv_nYg">Bomb bomb bomb Iran!</a>&rdquo; to the tune of &ldquo;Barbara Ann&rdquo;?</p> <p><strong>The Senator from Arizona represents something relatively new on the American scene: the emerging class of colonial administrators, Pentagon contractors, and high-ranking military personnel, and their families, many of them stationed overseas. </strong>These people have a material interest in the expansion of our role as global cop, they number in the tens of thousands, and they are strategically placed in the social order, with enough social power to constitute an influential lobby.</p> <p>As the prototype of this mutant species of <em>Homo Americanus</em>, <strong>McCain is the perfect enemy of the new nationalism that handed the White House to Donald Trump and sundered the Brits from the EU.</strong> It&rsquo;s no surprise he&rsquo;s become the antipode of the Trumpian &ldquo;America First&rdquo; foreign policy doctrine &ndash; a doctrine that is almost never implemented, but that&rsquo;s another column. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/17/john-mccain-nationalism-unpatriotic-liberty-medal-speech">His latest philippic</a> perfectly summarizes the spirit and content of the brazen imperialism that is his credo and the credo of his class, We get the whole grand tour of McCainism as a worldview, from the rather odd idea that &ldquo;America is an idea&rdquo; and not an actual <em>place</em> to the glories of the &ldquo;international order.&rdquo; There is much shedding of blood &ldquo;to make a better world&rdquo; &ndash; a cause we are told has &ldquo;made our own civilization more just, freer, more accomplished and prosperous than the America that existed when I watched my father go off to war on December 7, 1941.&rdquo; Now here is <a href="https://mises.org/library/broken-window-fallacy">crackpot Keynesianism</a> with a vengeance: the destruction of World War II was good for the economy!</p> <p><strong>Having &ldquo;liberated&rdquo; the world from itself, the United States, as the champion of World Order, is in danger of turning away from its sacred duty to always be shedding lots and lots of blood on behalf of Others. </strong>And we know just who McCain is talking about:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain &lsquo;the last best hope of earth&rsquo; for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>The idea that we led and organized the world for the entire postwar era erases the cold war from history, a neat trick given McCain&rsquo;s record. And as for our &ldquo;ideals&rdquo; and this &ldquo;last best hope&rdquo; business, none of that is worth a single American soldier &ndash; nor does it have anything to do with a soldier&rsquo;s proper job, which is protecting this country. Yet what is one to expect from someone who actually believes &ldquo;we live in a land of ideals, not blood and soil.&rdquo; <strong>Blood never comes into it for McCain unless it&rsquo;s being shed in some ill-conceived totally unnecessary war. </strong>And as for soil &ndash; there is none. There&rsquo;s just &ldquo;ideals,&rdquo; floating in a void.</p> <p>While admitting that the Trumpian version of American nationalism is somewhat undercooked &ndash; and, perhaps, not all that digestible &ndash; one has to wonder: <em><u><strong>where does a supporter of the Iraq war, who assured us it would be a glorious victory, get off calling anybody or anything half-baked?</strong></u></em></p> <p><strong>McCain doesn&rsquo;t even try making a coherent argument: instead, he simply lies by claiming that, having taken the road to Empire, &ldquo;we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did.&rdquo;</strong> It&rsquo;s utter nonsense, of course: empires are an expansive luxury. We spend more on the military than the top ten powers combined, and the national debt is at historic heights. We&rsquo;re effectively bankrupt thanks to out-of-control military spending and McCain&rsquo;s favored wars of choice.</p> <p><strong>The idea that we have a &ldquo;moral obligation&rdquo; to enforce McCain&rsquo;s beloved &ldquo;international order&rdquo; is rooted in the <a href="https://mises.org/library/origins-welfare-state-america">crazed post-millennial pietism</a> that has motivated so much that is mischievous in American history.</strong> The <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=h4pZr53Uur0C&amp;lpg=PA62&amp;ots=GAvYfnRRgo&amp;dq=rothbard%20post%20millennial&amp;pg=PA62#v=onepage&amp;q=rothbard%20post%20millennial">old religious impulse</a> that motivated Prohibition and the &ldquo;anti-vice&rdquo; campaigns of the nineteenth century has, today, been secularized and internationalized. The old fundamentalists sought to remake the country, their secular successors seek to <a href="https://mises.org/library/world-war-i-fulfillment-power-and-intellectuals">remake the world</a>. This accounts for the quasi-religious tone of McCain&rsquo;s remarks, this talk of &ldquo;moral obligation&rdquo; and &ldquo;shame&rdquo; if we fail to take up the burden of Empire, manfully and willfully, because &ldquo;We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn&rsquo;t deserve to.&rdquo;</p> <p>In other words: <em><strong>Americans have no right to live their lives in peace, and to leave others in the same condition: they must perpetually be sticking their noses in other peoples&rsquo; business, sniffing out &ldquo;injustice&rdquo; and making sure the trains run on time.</strong></em></p> <p>McCain hails the crusade to &ldquo;help make another, better world&rdquo; &ndash; <strong>yet the American people don&rsquo;t want another world, they want to live in <em>this world</em> in peace and security,</strong> rather than sacrificing themselves to some imaginary &ldquo;duty&rdquo; to uplift the world on Uncle Sam&rsquo;s shoulders. That&rsquo;s one reason why Trump is in the White House <strong>and McCain is on the outside looking in.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="955" height="446" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20171021_mccain.png?1508598815" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-21/mccain-metaphor#comments Arizona Donald Trump European Union Fail George Orwell International Republican Institute Iran Iraq John McCain John McCain keynesianism McCain Military brats Military personnel National Debt Nationalism None Pentagon Recipients of the Legion of Merit United States White House White House Sat, 21 Oct 2017 15:24:47 +0000 Tyler Durden 605737 at http://www.zerohedge.com 3 Stories That Show Big Brother is Alive and Well http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-21/3-stories-show-big-brother-alive-and-well <p><a href="http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/3-stories-that-show-big-brother-is-alive-and-well/">Via The Daily Bell</a></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;"><a href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/g7-tackles-foreign-fighters-eu-helps-shut-terror-104256361.html" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: 0px 0px; color: #0c5b3c;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: bold;">Getting Clever with Fear to Restrict the Internet.</span></a></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">Representatives from the seven countries (UK, USA, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, and Japan) known as the G7 which form the Council on Foreign Relations met to discuss what to do about extremist jihadi content on the internet. They want to work with tech giants to make sure anything that could recruit or train terrorists is taken down within two hours.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">The United Kingdom actually proposed jailing anyone who even views extremist content online for up to 15 years! Of course, the governments will define “extremist content.” And as most things go, their definition will likely get looser over time.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">For instance,&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2yxB0cX" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: 0px 0px; color: #0c5b3c;">when SWAT teams were introduced in America</a>, the government claimed they would only be used in hostage situations. Today SWAT teams&nbsp;are used thousands of times a year, even for small-scale drug raids on non-violent suspects.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Warrior-Cop-Militarization-Americas/dp/1610394577/ref=as_li_ss_il?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1508594463&amp;sr=1-1&amp;linkCode=li3&amp;tag=joejarme-20&amp;linkId=6256b835f24d8c6cb473e6deb2e240cb" target="_blank" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: 0px 0px; color: #0c5b3c;" rel="noopener"><img src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=1610394577&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=joejarme-20" border="0" style="box-sizing: border-box; vertical-align: middle; max-width: 100%; height: auto !important;" /></a></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;"><a href="http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/356253-judging-by-muellers-staffing-choices-he-may-not-be-very-interested-in" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: 0px 0px; color: #0c5b3c;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: bold;">Prosecutors Pick a Target, THEN Find a Crime.</span></a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=joejarme-20&amp;l=li3&amp;o=1&amp;a=1610394577" width="1" height="1" border="0" style="box-sizing: border-box; vertical-align: middle; max-width: 100%; display: block; border-width: initial !important; border-style: none !important; height: auto !important;" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">Practically anybody could be indicted for a crime if enough investigation went into their lives. There are so many laws, that we can’t go a day without breaking&nbsp;<em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px;">some</em>&nbsp;statute.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">Of course, most of us are not popular enough to draw the attention of U.S. prosecutors. But that is how they keep “the little guy” in line, by making examples out of the government’s enemies.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">Reports indicate that Robert Mueller is on a fishing expedition to indict members of Trump’s team. If he can’t find any crimes, he will twist the law until something fits. Mueller and his team have done this in the past.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">That’s the state of “justice” in America.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;"><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-fitbit-key-fob-pacemaker-crime-20171009-story.html" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: 0px 0px; color: #0c5b3c;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: bold;">Fitbit and Pacemaker Info Used to Catch Criminals</span></a></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">Here’s the tough thing about Big Brother technology. In the beginning, it really is just used against actual criminals.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">In one instance, a woman’s Fitbit, a watch monitoring her activity, cast doubt on her husband’s story. He said she was murdered by an intruder. He told the police a story about when she came home, what she did in the time before the supposed intruder showed up, and that she ran down into the basement. Based on information from the device, they could see the story was a fabrication.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">In another case, prosecutors successfully subpoenaed&nbsp;information from a man’s heart rate monitor which proved he was awake when he claimed to be asleep before a fire started. He is going to trial for the arson, and a judge ruled that the evidence will be allowed to be presented.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">The problem is the precedent it sets. Much like the&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2yxB0cX" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: 0px 0px; color: #0c5b3c;">SWAT raids</a>&nbsp;in the example above, this information may at first be used to solve arsons and murders.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding-bottom: 8px; color: #303030; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif;">But what happens when it is used to fish for crimes instead? Or to frame someone in the wrong place at the wrong time?</p> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-21/3-stories-show-big-brother-alive-and-well#comments Big Brother technology Council on Foreign Relations Fitbit France G7 Germany Government Italy Japan Law Law Law enforcement Law enforcement in the United States Police Quest Prosecutor SWAT Swat District United Kingdom Sat, 21 Oct 2017 15:17:18 +0000 TDB 605735 at http://www.zerohedge.com Meet The Eccentric, Euroskeptic, Czech Billionaire Who Will Become Prime Minister http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-21/meet-eccentric-euroskeptic-czech-billionaire-who-will-become-prime-minister <p>The Czech election is taking place today, with the &ldquo;Czech Donald Trump&rdquo;, <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/billionaires/id/3602572" target="_blank" title="Billionaire Profile">Andrej Babis</a>, expected to be voted in as Prime Minister. As we <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-08/meet-adrej-babis-czech-donald-trump">noted last week</a>, Babis is the Czech Republic&rsquo;s second wealthiest person, is demanding the return of greater sovereignty from the EU, rejects the Euro and is against Muslim immigration. He has pledged to run the country like a business, while eliminating corruption. Oh, and he is also facing criminal charges for fraud. Babis&#39;s anti-establishment party ANO stands for &quot;Action of Dissatisfied Citizens&quot; and is also the Czech word for &quot;yes&quot;.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/10/21/babis%201_0.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 284px;" /></p> <p><em>Czech billionaire, Andrej Babis, and his wife Monika</em></p> <p>The Prague Daily Monitor (PDM) <a href="http://praguemonitor.com/2017/10/20/babi%C5%A1-zaor%C3%A1lek-clash-final-duel-czech-elections">reports </a>that <strong>&ldquo;</strong><strong>ANO is the clear favourite of (sic) the election that will take place on Friday and Saturday. Opinion polls indicate that ANO is likely to win two times more votes than the CSSD, which may be narrowly overcome by the Communists (KSCM) and possibly even the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) movement of populist Tomio Okamura or the right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS).&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>In last night&rsquo;s final one-and-a-half hour televised confrontation, Babis sparred with Foreign Minister, Lubomir Zaoralek, of the social democratic CSSD party. Behind in the polls, Zaoralek didn&rsquo;t pull his punches &ldquo;Zaoralek called Babis a parasite in connection with the work of the cabinet. &lsquo;He pretends that all that was good about the government was him,&rsquo; Zaoralek said in reaction to Babis&rsquo;s criticism of the outgoing government that comprises the CSSD, ANO and the smaller Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL). Babis is a predator who insolently liquidated his competition, Zaoralek said. He said the financial authorities issued property-freezing orders that liquidated companies that were rivals of firms from the giant Agrofert holding (owned by Babis).&rdquo;</p> <p>Until May this year, Babis was Czech Finance Minister, but was forced to vacate the post by incumbent Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, due to &ldquo;controversial financial transactions, alleged misuse of media against his political rivals and a suspected subsidy fraud.&rdquo; Babis has been charged with transferring a 50 million koruna EU subisdy to one of his business interests. Babis claims that the allegations are untrue and deliberately made to remove him from politics.</p> <p>Despite the allegations, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-19/euroskeptic-czechs-poised-to-hand-power-to-populist-billionaire">Bloomberg reports </a>that &ldquo;the Slovak-born businessman solidified his popularity in the more than three years that he served as finance minister&hellip;<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-10-19/boom-won-t-save-czech-premier-s-party-as-rival-steals-spotlight" target="_blank" title="Boom Won’t Save Czech Premier’s Party as Rival Steals Spotlight">Taking credit</a> for the&nbsp;European Union&rsquo;s lowest unemployment, one of its fastest rates of economic growth, and a balanced budget, Babis has portrayed himself as a competent manager struggling against traditional parties he brands as inept and corrupt. While that&rsquo;s lifted his ANO party, his attacks against Muslim immigration and criticism of the EU have helped fuel the rise of anti-establishment political forces similar to Germany&rsquo;s AfD and Austria&rsquo;s Freedom Party. It&rsquo;s also <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-05/europe-could-see-another-brexit-like-rupture-beyond-spain" target="_blank" title="Europe Could See Another Brexit-Like Rupture—Beyond Spain">raised concern</a> that he may follow the governments of Poland and Hungary, which have clashed with Brussels over democratic values.&rdquo; One of Babis&rsquo;s unconventional proposals is to make it compulsory for retailers to link cash registers to the Finance Ministry to increase revenue and reduce tax evasion.</p> <p>Fraud charges aside, If Babis wins, it&rsquo;s unlikely to be plain sailing for the new Prime Minister. The Bloomberg report quotes Prague-based political analyst, Jacob Charvat saying &ldquo;It will be a very fragmented parliament, and it will make coalition talks difficult. There is also a great deal of personal animosity among politicians, which may complicate things further.&rdquo; Based on last night&rsquo;s TV debate, he&rsquo;s not kidding.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="670" height="381" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/babis%201.jpg?1508597174" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-21/meet-eccentric-euroskeptic-czech-billionaire-who-will-become-prime-minister#comments Andrej Babiš ANO ANO ANO Party Bohuslav Sobotka Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) Corruption CSSD party Czech Czech Republic Donald Trump European Union European Union Finance Minister of the Czech Republic Finance Ministry Freedom party Germany Government of the Czech Republic Hungary Poland Politics Politics of the Czech Republic Unemployment Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:49:59 +0000 Tyler Durden 605734 at http://www.zerohedge.com Trump To Allow Release Of 3,000 Never Before Seen Documents On JFK Assassination http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-21/trump-allow-release-3000-never-seen-documents-jfk-assassination <p>Following years of delays, President Trump announced on Twitter on Saturday morning that he will allow the release of more than 3,000 of classified documents from the FBI, CIA, and Justice Department on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The unexpected announcement means that a trove of previously unseen documents will be released by the National Archives by October 26.</p> <p>“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.</p> <p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/921716470140325889?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><p>In 1992, Congress mandated that all assassination documents be released within 25 years, unless the president asserts that doing so would harm intelligence, law enforcement, military operations or foreign relations. The still-secret documents include more than 3,000 that have never been seen by the public and more than 30,000 that have been released previously, but with redactions, according to CBS. Trump's decision means that thousands of formerly classified documents related to Kennedy’s assassination will be unveiled next week in compliance with the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which states that the federal government must release them by Oct. 26, 2017.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/10/21/jfk%20assassination.jpg"><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2017/10/21/jfk%20assassination_0.jpg" width="500" height="283" /></a></p> <p>JFK scholars hope the new documents may provide insight into assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's trip to Mexico City weeks before the killing, during which he visited the Soviet and Cuban embassies. Oswald's stated reason for going was to get visas that would allow him to enter Cuba and the Soviet Union, according to the Warren Commission, the investigative body established by President Lyndon B. Johnson, but much about the trip remains unknown. </p> <p>Among other protected information slated for release are details about the arrangements the U.S. entered into with the Mexican government that allowed it to have close surveillance of those and other embassies, said Tunheim, a federal judge in Minnesota. Jefferson Morley, a former Washington Post reporter who has written extensively about the Kennedy assassination papers, said <strong>the remaining documents might include files on senior CIA officers from the 1960s who likely knew details of the agency’s surveillance of Oswald in Mexico City</strong>.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>“What’s in those files could tell us how those men did their jobs,” said Morley, who wrote a 2008 book on the agency’s Mexico City station chief.&nbsp; “Is there JFK material in there? Could be. There might be stuff on why we were interested in the Cuban consulate, how we surveilled the consulate, how we did our audio work, and how did we recruit spies there? We might understand much better why they were watching Oswald.” </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Morley is also eager to read a never-before released transcript of testimony given by James Angleton, the CIA’s legendary chief of counterintelligence from 1954 to 1975, to senators in September 1975 investigating abuses committed by the intelligence community. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The files on Angleton and the other CIA officers are important because “these are not just major players in the agency’s history, they are major players in the Oswald story,” said Morley, who has a new book on Angleton, “The Ghost,” coming out Oct. 24. “Oswald didn’t come out of nowhere. Angelton was targeting him for intelligence purposes at the Cuban consulate in Mexico City.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Not everyone is happy, however, and many experts fear that such a large release of secret JFK assassination documents will spur “a new generation of conspiracy theories.” </p> <p><a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/20/trump-block-release-jfk-kennedy-assassination-files-documents-215732">Additionally, Politico reported </a>that Trump administration officials were concerned that some of the documents created in the 1990s contain information on recent U.S. intelligence programs and might not be released. Nonetheless, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said that the White House is aiming “to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public" under the act. </p> <p>Overnight, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/retropolis/wp/2017/10/21/will-trump-release-the-final-jfk-assassination-documents-a-deadline-looms-pressure-grows/">the WaPo confirmed</a>, reporting that <strong>President Trump is being urged to withhold the last batch of government documents that could shed more light on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.</strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>A National Security Council official said in an interview that federal agencies are asking the president not to release an unknown number of files held by the National Archives and Records Administration related to Kennedy’s murder. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“There will be a request made to the President to withhold documents, absolutely no question about that,” said the NSC official, who agreed to be interviewed only on the condition of anonymity. “There are definitely files related to sources and methods that agencies are asking to withhold.” </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The official declined to identify which agencies are asking Trump to keep some of the Kennedy files secret, saying only that the security council is coordinating the requests.</p> </blockquote> <p>Meanwhile, as <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-17/cia-urges-trump-delay-release-3000-never-seen-documents-jfk-assassination">we reported last week</a>, longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone was urging Trump to release the files, and said in a recent interview he felt “optimistic” that Trump would make it happen. Stone claimed that the CIA is urging President Donald Trump to delay disclosing some of the files for another 25 years. “<strong>They must reflect badly on the CIA even though virtually everyone involved is long dead.” </strong></p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Earlier this month, Roger Stone, the political consultant and Trump confidante, <a href="https://stonecoldtruth.com/jfk-foes-unite-for-record-dump/">reported on his website</a>, “Stone Cold Truth,” that CIA Director Mike Pompeo wants the president to delay the record release for another 25 years. Stone, who co-authored a best-selling book in 2013 called, “The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ,” said in a Post interview that he opposes any delay. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“<strong>What is the government hiding?” he asked. “The issue now is transparency.”</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Earlier this week, Stone told <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIrwcWKsI7g">Alex Jones </a>that&nbsp; he spoke to Trump himself and urged the president to release all the documents.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>“Yesterday, I had the opportunity to make the case directly to the president of the United States by phone as to why I believe it is essential that he release the balance of the currently redacted and classified JFK assassination documents,” Stone said on Jones’s show. “A very good White House source — not the President — told me that the Central Intelligence Agency, specifically CIA director Mike Pompeo, has been lobbying the President furiously not to release these documents. Why? Because I believe they show that Oswald was trained, nurtured and put in place by the Central Intelligence Agency.”<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Stone said it wasn’t clear what Trump will do. “He did not tip off his current decision,” Stone told Jones. “We’re going to have to wait .&thinsp;.&thinsp;. but he was all ears. He took it all in .&thinsp;.&thinsp;. I think he’s going to do the right thing.” This morning it appears that Trump has decided to side with Stone over the arguments from the NSC and various other "covert" U.S. agencies.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="600" height="339" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/jfk%20assassination.jpg?1508594412" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-21/trump-allow-release-3000-never-seen-documents-jfk-assassination#comments B+ Central Intelligence Agency Congress Cuban consulate Cuban consulate in Mexico City Donald Trump FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation federal government James Jesus Angleton Lee Harvey Oswald Mexico National Archives and Records Administration national security Politics Politics President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act Roger Stone Testimony Transparency Twitter Twitter U.S. intelligence United States White House White House Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:08:18 +0000 Tyler Durden 605733 at http://www.zerohedge.com Key Charts: Gold is Cheap and US Recession May Be Closer Than Think http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-20/key-charts-gold-cheap-and-us-recession-may-be-closer-think <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong>by Dominic Frisby of Money Week</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Every year, Ronald-Peter&nbsp;Stoeferle and Mark&nbsp;J&nbsp;Valek of investment and asset management company Incrementum put together the report&nbsp;<em><a href="https://ingoldwetrust.report/en/gold-report/" target="_blank">In Gold We Trust</a></em>&nbsp;– 160-plus pages of charts and thoughts, mostly gold-related, on the state of the world’s finances.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">There’s so much to look at and consider. It’s a sort of digital equivalent of a coffee-table book.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Yesterday I got an email from them, containing a “best of” – a compendium of some of the best charts from this year’s report.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">I thought in today’s Money Morning, we might flick through some of them…</p> <h2 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif;"><strong>Commodities are very cheap compared to stocks</strong></h2> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">For those of you who have been, like me, despairing of the gold price these last five years, this first chart shows the average annual price of gold for each year.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Suddenly the last five years don’t feel quite as bad. In the mid-$1,200s is sort of normal (since 2008, at least).</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><img src="http://d1btnptfa0r0eu.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/171018-MM01.png" alt="Gold chart" width="634" height="476" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-474735" /></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">This next chart got me very excited. It shows the ratio of the Goldman Sachs commodities index to the S&amp;P 500 – the ratio of commodities to stocks, in other words.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Commodities are as cheap on a relative basis as they were in the late 1990s and at the beginning of the 1970s. In other words, very cheap indeed.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><img src="http://d1btnptfa0r0eu.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/171018-MM02.png" alt="Gold chart" width="634" height="476" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-474733" /></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">I’m quite bullish on industrial metals and energy at present. I think such “late cycle” assets will do well in &nbsp;a stock bull market which is mature and, probably, a lot closer to the end than the beginning of its cycle. I don’t, however, think that commodities are the irresistible bargain they were in 1999.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">The chart above, however, would suggest otherwise. It is screaming, “buy commodities, sell stocks”. The inference is that there is some inflation around the corner.</p> <h2 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif;"><strong>Could a US recession be around the corner?</strong></h2> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Here’s one for the contrarians: in a recent Bloomberg survey, not one economist out of 89 expects a US GDP contraction in 2017, 2018 or 2019. Meanwhile the Vix (the index of volatility) is at all-time lows. There is, in short, a heck of a lot of complacency out there.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><img src="http://d1btnptfa0r0eu.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/171018-MM03.png" alt="Gold chart" width="634" height="476" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-474731" /></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Are we now in a rate-hiking cycle? In the US we seem to be, even if interest rates now stand at only 1.25%. The Bank of England meets next week. Inflation, as judged by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) – the Bank’s target &nbsp;measure – came in at 3% yesterday, the last report before the Bank’s meeting. Surely even Mark Carney has to put up rates now.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">That could be a significant turning point. According to this next chart, 16 of the last 19 rate rise cycles have led to recessions.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><img src="http://d1btnptfa0r0eu.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/171018-MM04.png" alt="Gold chart" width="634" height="476" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-474729" /></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">That doesn’t necessarily mean that interest-rate rises cause recessions – often it’s the over-expansion caused by the loose monetary policies which preceded the rate rises – but nevertheless there does seem to be some kind of relationship. Perhaps more rate rises could result in the recession that nobody is forecasting.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Following on from that, the next chart hints that all is not as well with the economy as we might believe. As someone who did a show at the Edinburgh Festival on tax and is now writing a book on the same subject, any cool tax charts are bound to get the blood flowing, and this is no exception.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">The S&amp;P 500 may be rising – but gross tax revenues aren’t. The amount of tax being paid, whether on a personal or corporate level, is indicative of how much people are earning and how much economic activity is taking place. Tax receipts are in decline. The omens are not good.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><img src="http://d1btnptfa0r0eu.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/171018-MM05.png" alt="Gold chart" width="634" height="476" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-474727" /></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">You could draw the same chart for net corporate tax receipts. The pattern is the same.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">It’s another hint that the economy is not faring quite as well as the stockmarket suggests it is.</p> <h2 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif;"><strong>What if gold were money again?</strong></h2> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Finally some charts for the hard money advocates.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">The first shows, basically, the ratio of the money supply – ie, the amount of money that has been printed – compared to savings. &nbsp;The higher the blue bar, the less money is being saved.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><img src="http://d1btnptfa0r0eu.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/171018-MM06.png" alt="Gold chart" width="634" height="476" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-474725" /></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">If the narrative of this chart is believed, this is not going to end well – although I stress that you could have made the same point in 2014, 2015 and 2016 , so perhaps we will be making the same observation for another three years.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Lastly, some simultaneously sensible yet ridiculous projections of the gold price in the future.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">During the 1980 Iranian hostage crisis, gold went to $850 an ounce – for a day. On that day – 21 January – the US dollar was, effectively, fully backed by gold. At $850 an ounce, the market value of the 260 million ounces of gold owned by the US and mostly stored in Fort Knox (don’t mention the audit) reached $221bn. Yet only some $160bn paper dollars were in issue.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">So US gold was actually worth 140% of US paper. So low was confidence in the dollar (indeed all paper money at the time), that the US had, in a way, been put back onto a gold standard. One Zurich banker declared: “The US Treasury is once again solvent, thanks to the high price of gold”.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Many gold bugs – including yours truly at one stage – were waiting for that day to come again. Because money supply and debt are so high, central banks will lose control, confidence will be lost and gold will soar as a result.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">I now see such a scenario as most unlikely – though I stress it has happened many times before, so there’s no reason it can’t happen again. And in such a light, we consider the table below.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">There are all sorts of different measures of money supply.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">M0 and M1 are basically cash and other money equivalents that are easily convertible into cash. M2 is M1 plus short-term time deposits in banks and money market funds. M3 is M2 plus longer-term time deposits and money market funds. The exact definitions vary from country to country.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">The following table shows what price gold would be if it were equivalent to 20%, 40% or 100% of the various measures of US money.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><img src="http://d1btnptfa0r0eu.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/171018-MM07.png" alt="Gold chart" width="634" height="476" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-474723" /></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">In the event of some kind of fiat crisis akin to that of 1980, the numbers start getting pretty big. 140% of M1 – the intraday 1980 number – would give us a gold price somewhere near $18,000. Nice work if you can get it. Although I imagine bitcoin will get to $18,000 long before gold does.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">But this all makes the assumption that, at some stage, prevailing attitudes to gold – that it is an analogue relic in a digital world – will change. And that it will be ascribed some kind of value as money in extremis. I’m not so sure that day will ever happen, or at least not in the near term. Others will disagree.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">In any case, the main takeaways from the charts are then that both gold and commodities are cheap, relative to both money supply and to stockmarkets; and that, based on tax receipts, contrarian forecasting and rate cycles, some kind of contraction is more likely than many think.</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">Food for thought, I think you’ll agree.</p> <div class="container" style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</div> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong>News and&nbsp;Commentary</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/global-precious/precious-gold-prices-hold-firm-as-dollar-sags-idUSL4N1MV03W">Gold prices hold firm as dollar sags (Reuters.com)</a></strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-19/asia-stocks-to-end-the-week-lower-kiwi-holds-loss-markets-wrap">Dollar Gains, Treasuries Fall on U.S. Tax Hopes (Bloomberg.com)</a></strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/asia-pacific-stocks-start-lower-edge-back-into-positive-territory-2017-10-19">Asia-Pacific stocks start lower, edge back into positive territory (MarketWatch.com)</a></strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/19/jerome-powell-trump-candidate-federal-reserve-chair-243957">Trump leaning toward Powell for Fed chair, officials say (Politico.com)</a></strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/russia-cenbank-reserves-gold/russia-c-bank-gold-purchases-on-moscow-exchange-wont-change-reserves-outlook-idUSR4N1MS016">Gold purchases on Moscow Exchange won’t change reserves’ outlook - Russia (Reuters.com)</a></strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.goldcore.com/ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/10/20171018_PEBITDA_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.goldcore.com/ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/10/20171018_PEBITDA_0.jpg" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%;" /><br /></a>Source: ZeroHedge</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://moneyweek.com/florida-property-bubble-great-depression/">How one of the first big property bubbles led to the Great Depression (MoneyWeek.com)</a></strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="https://uk.news.yahoo.com/warning-ecological-armageddon-number-flying-insects-drops-75-135342925.html">Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic 75% plunge in insect numbers (Yahoo News)</a></strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-18/sp-500-now-overvalued-18-20-metrics">S&amp;P 500 Is Now Overvalued On 18 Of 20 Metrics (ZeroHedge.com)</a></strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-18/just-two-charts">2 Charts Show S&amp;P A Bubble and Risk of Crash (ZeroHedge.com)</a></strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://stansberrychurchouse.com/real-estate/chinas-greater-bay-area-gets-big-green-light/">China’s Greater Bay Area gets a big green light (StansBerryChurcHouse.com)</a></strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Gold Prices (LBMA AM)</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">20 Oct: USD 1,280.25, GBP 974.27 &amp; EUR 1,084.76 per ounce<br />19 Oct: USD 1,283.40, GBP 975.64 &amp; EUR 1,087.42 per ounce<br />18 Oct: USD 1,280.65, GBP 972.53 &amp; EUR 1,090.47 per ounce<br />17 Oct: USD 1,289.70, GBP 973.47 &amp; EUR 1,097.02 per ounce<br />16 Oct: USD 1,305.15, GBP 981.08 &amp; EUR 1,107.03 per ounce<br />13 Oct: USD 1,293.90, GBP 972.88 &amp; EUR 1,093.73 per ounce<br />12 Oct: USD 1,294.45, GBP 977.96 &amp; EUR 1,092.26 per ounce</p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Silver Prices (LBMA)</strong></p> <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, &quot;Bitstream Charter&quot;, Times, serif; font-size: 16px;">20 Oct: USD 17.08, GBP 12.96 &amp; EUR 14.46 per ounce<br />19 Oct: USD 17.03, GBP 12.93 &amp; EUR 14.40 per ounce<br />18 Oct: USD 16.95, GBP 12.86 &amp; EUR 14.42 per ounce<br />17 Oct: USD 17.11, GBP 12.96 &amp; EUR 14.55 per ounce<br />16 Oct: USD 17.41, GBP 13.09 &amp; EUR 14.75 per ounce<br />13 Oct: USD 17.20, GBP 12.94 &amp; 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font-size: 16px;">Please share our research with family, friends and colleagues who you think would benefit from being informed by it.</p> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-20/key-charts-gold-cheap-and-us-recession-may-be-closer-think#comments Asia-Pacific Bank of England Bank of England Bitcoin Business Central Banks Consumer Price CPI Currency Dollar Economy Germany Gold Gold as an investment Gold Bugs Gold standard goldman sachs Goldman Sachs Great Depression International trade M0 M1 M2 M3 Monetary policy Money Money Supply Money supply Precious metals Puerto Rico Recession Reuters S&P 500 Silver as an investment Sovereigns Switzerland U.S. Treasury US Federal Reserve Volatility Zurich Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:50:00 +0000 GoldCore 605730 at http://www.zerohedge.com Spain Activates "Nuclear Option": Will Seize Control Of Catalan Government, Force New Elections http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-21/spain-activates-nuclear-option-will-seize-control-catalan-government-force-new-elect <p>Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked lawmakers to grant him unprecedented powers to force leaders of the Catalonia region to cease their independence push, a dramatic escalation in the confrontation between Spain and the separatist region, <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/spain-moves-to-seize-control-of-catalan-government-call-regional-elections-1508587975">which the WSJ </a>- and virtually everyone else - has said will be a major test for Spanish democracy.&nbsp; According to <a href="https://www.thespainreport.com/articles/1225-171021132520-rajoy-to-use-article-155-to-sack-entire-catalan-government-and-hold-new-regional-elections-within-6-months">The Spain Report</a>, <strong>this<br /> is the first time in the modern democratic period that a central<br /> government has suspended home rule in one of Spain's 17 regions.</strong></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy unveils plans to curb powers of Catalan government <a href="https://t.co/0vMMTK8oCQ">https://t.co/0vMMTK8oCQ</a> <a href="https://t.co/KbKgHnqPv1">pic.twitter.com/KbKgHnqPv1</a></p> <p>— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCBreaking/status/921707158521204738?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><p> Rajoy announced that his central government would use Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to <strong>remove the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and sack the entire Catalan regional government as part of a barrage of actions, and force new elections on the region within six months. </strong>Summoning the sweeping powers of Article 155, Rajoy said Saturday, was a last resort.&nbsp; </p> <p>Puigdemont and his regional administration will be removed from office once the Spanish Senate approves the government’s plan as soon as this week and Spanish government ministers will take over the management of the Catalan administration, Rajoy said <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-21/spain-will-seek-to-dismiss-catalan-president-rajoy-says">according to Bloomberg. </a>The responsibilities of the Catalan government will be administered in the interim period by central government ministries. Furthermore, the Catalan Parliament will not be allowed to present a new candidate for First Minister, to prevent Puigdemont from being reappointed. </p> <p>Rajoy said "This is not a suspension of home rule but the dismissal of those who lead the regional government". The Spanish Senate will be in charge of controlling the process. As a result, <strong>Rajoy said Spain’s central government would temporarily control Catalonia’s regional ministries until new elections are called. The prime minister said he is seeking to convene regional elections within six months. </strong></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">PM Mariano Rajoy: Spain plans to remove leaders of Catalan government but not dissolve regional parliament <a href="https://t.co/8916oi25Yg">https://t.co/8916oi25Yg</a> <a href="https://t.co/bFlytoUqjW">pic.twitter.com/bFlytoUqjW</a></p> <p>— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCBreaking/status/921713568550150144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script><p>"The First Minister of the Catalan government was invited to parliament and he did not accept", said Mr. Rajoy, in a long press conference following an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Saturday, adding that Catalan leaders had tried to "impose" their will on the central government. </p> <p>“We are going to work to return to normality,” Rajoy said, as car horns sounded in downtown Madrid. “We are going to work so that all Catalans can feel united and participate in a common project in Europe and the world that has been know for centuries as Spain.”</p> <p>Rajoy also said that “the economic recovery is under an obvious threat because of Catalonia,” during the Madrid press conference, and said that “this is about peoples lives, jobs, salaries" as "Companies are fleeing” and "data on tourism is also worrisome, the tensions are deterring visitors.”</p> <p>The "most anti-democratic part" of the past few weeks was "what happened in the Catalan Parliament on September 6 and 7". "Dialogue is a lovely word", said the PM, but "Dialogue does not mean the others have to accept your demands". "Dialogue outside of the law is deeply undemocratic".</p> <p>Rajoy said there were four aims of applying Article 155 in Catalonia: </p> <ul> <li><em>to return to the rule of law, </em></li> <li><em>to get back to normality and "coexistence", </em></li> <li><em>to continue with the economic recovery, and </em></li> <li><em>to hold elections in a situation of normality.</em> </li> </ul> <p>He said the six-month period before elections was the maximum period of time he would like to see pass before a new vote. The PM also said the Article 155 can now only be stopped "if the Senate does not approve it", which however won't happen as the governing Popular Party holds an absolute majority in the Spanish Senate.</p> <p>Rajoy thanked two opposition parties, the Socialists and Ciudadanos, for their support for the measures, and said that Saturday's announced measures had been hammered out in recent days with leaders from two of the main oppositions parties, a sign of the widespread political support for the prime minister’s bid to halt Catalan authorities’ accelerating steps to secede from Spain.</p> <p>As Bloomberg notes, the move may be "a watershed moment for Spain and its 1.1 trillion euro ($1.3 trillion) economy, which counts on Catalonia for a fifth of its output." Hundreds of companies have already set up headquarters elsewhere in the country to avoid a legal limbo that emerged after Catalan leaders on Oct. 10 claimed the right to an independent republic.</p> <p>And now that Spain has ended the game of cat and mouse, and effectively pulled the plug on Catalan independence, with the central government’s measure due to come into force within days Catalan leaders are due to meet Monday to discuss whether to push ahead with a unilateral declaration of independence. With Madrid having taken the first step, Puigdemont now has the liberty of playing the "oppression" card, even if Spain explicitly stated it is not suspending Catalan autonomy, so the semantical war of words will continue, although for the separatist movement the time has now come to either officially declare independence or end the process. </p> <p>The question is what happens should the Catalan leaders follow through and declare Catalonia is independent, forcing retaliation, perhaps violent, from Spain. The answer will be unveiled shortly: <strong>the Catalan President will make a statement at 9pm according to a spokesman, and Puigdemont also attend a demonstration in downtown Barcelona at 5 p.m. </strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="2200" height="1200" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/rajoy%20article%20155.jpg?1508589568" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-21/spain-activates-nuclear-option-will-seize-control-catalan-government-force-new-elect#comments 2015–16 Spanish government formation Carles Puigdemont Catalan administration Catalan government Catalan independence Catalan parliament Catalonia Citizens Europe Generalitat de Catalunya Government of Spain Mariano Rajoy Politics Politics of Catalonia Popular Party recovery regional government Senate Spain Spanish constitutional crisis Spanish government Spanish Senate Twitter Twitter Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:49:28 +0000 Tyler Durden 605732 at http://www.zerohedge.com Marc Faber Responds To Racism Accusations http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-20/marc-faber-responds-racism-allegations <p>Having been forced off the boards of Sprott, NovaGold, and Ivanhoe mines and excommunicated from mainstream business media <a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-17/sprott-demand-marc-fabers-resignation-after-racist-diatribe">following his comments earlier in the week</a>, Gloom, Boom, &amp; Doom Report writer Marc Faber responds to his racism allegations...</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>&quot;I have been labeled by the mainstream media as a racist - I don&#39;t think this corresponds at all with reality.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I wrote a report about capitalism and socialism and about private property rights, and I also wrote about the <strong>tendency nowadays to want to rewrite history.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In the US they are trying to tear down statues of people who had a different view from other people at the time... they also tried to tear down statues of Columbus..</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I think that when you have civilization,<strong> when you have culture, you should remember your past.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Our past - the white man - has certainly not been glorious,</strong> it&#39;s been very cruel with the periods of imperialism and colonialism being very cruel.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>But the fact is that the <strong>white man and the Europeans brought a lot of skills and knowledge and a work ethic that built a very prosperous society</strong>... until very recently.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I think that to try to deny the fact that the western white man made America great is just not right and for that reason I was attacked very badly.&quot;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The conversation then continues to discuss cultural clashes, skin color, religion, confederate statues, African repression, capitalism, gold, bitcoin, Hillary Clinton, the swamp, President Trump, and America&#39;s military-industrial complex running foreign policy.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iObpvRXKO_g" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>We suspect Faber&#39;s reponse will do him no favors in this age of ever-increasing virtue-signaling, but he has at least clarified his perspective.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="312" height="189" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20171020_faber.png?1508521632" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-20/marc-faber-responds-racism-allegations#comments Alternative currencies America's military Bitcoin Bitcoin Capitalism CAPTCHA Computer security Computer vision Cryptocurrencies Economy Finance Ivanhoe Marc Faber Marc Faber Money Reality Social Issues Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:45:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 605714 at http://www.zerohedge.com Brandon Smith: How To Stop All Future Mass Shootings http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-20/brandon-smith-how-stop-all-future-mass-shootings <p><a href="http://www.alt-market.com/articles/3299-how-to-stop-all-future-mass-shootings"><em>Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com,</em></a></p> <p>In my last article &#39;<a href="http://www.alt-market.com/articles/3293-a-tactical-analysis-of-the-las-vegas-mass-shooting-incident">A Tactical Analysis Of The Las Vegas Mass Shooting Incident</a>,&#39; I outlined the precarious nature of the mainstream narrative and why the Vegas event in particular requires serious independent investigation into the possibility that Stephen Paddock did not plan or execute the event alone, or, he did not plan or execute the event at all, and someone else with far more tactical knowledge and shooting experience committed the murders outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Given that the FBI and Vegas sheriff&#39;s timeline seems to change every few days and that Mandalay surveillance footage is locked up tight, I think it is safe to say that someone more professional, and not muzzled by bureaucracy, needs be involved.</p> <p><strong>Setting aside the inconsistencies in the official narrative, questioning the motives behind this particular attack does not really bring us any closer to a practical solution. </strong>Of course, if you are one of those people that obsessively embraces the &quot;crisis actor&quot; theory, then you likely think that nothing much needs to be solved because &quot;no one actually died.&quot; I am not very interested in this impractical theory reminiscent of &#39;The Truman Show&#39;, nor the people that promote it. It reminds me of the 9/11 hologram plane theory &mdash; remember, the theory designed to discredit the more legitimate 9/11 truth movement which included hundreds of scientists, architects and engineers with real arguments and evidence? Yeah, those establishment disinformation tactics did not go away; they are still being used today to undermine honest and rational investigations of other potential false flag events.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/10/20/20171020_shootersd.png"><img height="261" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/10/20/20171020_shootersd.png" width="487" /></a></p> <p><em>Ask &quot;fake event&quot; theorists for ANY concrete evidence that a single death was theatrical and that thousands of concertgoers and their families are part of the conspiracy, and these guys will demand that YOU show them the dead bodies and prove that the event &quot;wasn&#39;t faked.&quot;&nbsp; In other words, you must prove a negative, which is of course impossible.</em></p> <p><em>Tell them you happen to know people with friends and family who were harmed in the event and they&#39;ll call you a liar or a government &quot;agent.&quot; Show them numerous photos of dead bodies and they&#39;ll claim the bodies are actors. Show them first hand accounts of people on the ground&nbsp;&mdash; hey, all those people must be actors, too. Ask them for proof again and they&#39;ll try to pawn the burden of proof off on you; proof that they will then again deny when it is presented. It is a pointless circle of idiocy that makes alternative research look ridiculous.</em></p> <p><strong><em><em>If the establishment is seeking to stage a false flag, why go through the trouble of an elaborate, costly and harder-to-contain Kabuki play with numerous actors that might not keep quiet when they could simply shoot some real people with real bullets and be done with it?</em></em></strong></p> <p><u><strong>Moving on...</strong></u></p> <p><strong>This article will be focusing on the very real shooting (and attacks like it) which did in fact occur.</strong> Perhaps not the way that the mainstream media and the FBI claim, but still taking place all the same. How do we prevent such attacks in the future? What about <a href="http://src.boblivingstonletter.com/ego/cadcfe2d-9f00-4045-a945-3ac0552c0045/402503264/320440" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Gladio-type false flag events</a> (the Vegas event has numerous Gladio markers)? Can those be stopped, or is this an impossible task?</p> <p>As far as false flag attacks are concerned, the long-term solution would be to nullify the people who fund and plan these scenarios. Until the day this is accomplished, though, we need some short-term protections.</p> <p><u><strong>I believe it is indeed possible to stop future mass shooting events, and to be sure, the solution does NOT<em> </em>involve further gun control measures or confiscation. Why? Because gun control does nothing to prevent mass shootings.</strong></u></p> <p>Just take a look at the Paris attacks perpetrated by ISIS. France has strict gun laws in line with what gun control advocates in the U.S. would like to see implemented. Even off-duty police officers in France were <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/16/world/europe/belgium-france-terror-attack.html">not allowed to carry their sidearms</a> until after the Paris attacks in 2015.</p> <p>French gun laws did nothing to stop ISIS terrorists from killing over 130 people in a single night using weapons already highly restricted in the country. All they accomplished was disarming innocent citizens and making them easy targets.</p> <p>The nation of India also has some of the strictest gun laws in the world, yet this did nothing to prevent the Mumbai attacks in 2008 in which 164 people were killed.</p> <p><a href="http://src.boblivingstonletter.com/ego/d8b8bfe0-b129-4cb4-a126-fb93fcd444f1/402503264/320440" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Norway had extremely tough gun laws in 2011</a>, but these were easily circumvented by Anders Breivik who murdered 69 members of a Workers Youth Camp on the island of Utoya.</p> <p>As I noted in my previous article, the Vegas attack was initiated using more complex sniper-like tactics as evidenced in the choice of the shooter&#39;s perch as well as in the calculations for bullet drop from an elevated position. I believe this was done quite deliberately; most mass shooters tend to be poorly trained and attack a crowd haphazardly at point blank range in order to achieve maximum casualties in the shortest amount of time.&nbsp; However, in Vegas, and Nevada in general, the likelihood of running into a person with a conceal carry weapon is rather high. Paddock (or whoever) might not have lasted more than a minute before being confronted with multiple defenders armed with their own sidearms.</p> <p><strong><em>The Vegas shooter was smart to avoid a point blank, ground level confrontation. But how do we make future shooters think twice about longer range attacks at crowded events?</em></strong></p> <p>The federal government and DHS will probably call for stricter security measures in locations in which many people congregate. I would not be surprised to see demands for TSA-style security in streets in major tourist areas and at concerts, sporting events, etc. Body scanners and luggage scanners in major hotels? Count on it, eventually. Hardcore anti-gun ordinances within major cities, much like the gun measures in places like Washington D.C.? Do not be shocked.</p> <p><strong>As mentioned above, none of this will really stop a determined mass shooter or terrorist (and certainly not a false flag), but without an alternative solution, frightened people have a tendency to go along with the deluded notion that more government means more security.</strong></p> <p>Vegas is not a stranger to crisis, but it seems to have forgotten how to prevent it. Many Americans are unaware that back in 1992 during the <a href="http://src.boblivingstonletter.com/ego/acb637a1-51bc-4013-b86f-cbb501f96ca2/402503264/320440" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Rodney King riots</a>, Las Vegas had to deal with its own major civil unrest with millions of dollars in damage and multiple deaths. This was barely reported because of Vegas&#39;s habit of burying stories that might stain the tourist destination&#39;s fun-loving image. But, it did take place.</p> <p>West Las Vegas erupted in violence in the wake of the Rodney King trial, including snipers shooting at police officers and bystanders, but the Vegas Strip went largely untouched. This was perhaps because hotel and casino private security at that time had a reputation for being rather well armed and vicious. Many hotels had their own rooftop shooters ready and waiting. Given, Vegas was still highly &quot;mobbed up&quot; in the 1990s, but one must admit that their security was not to be trifled with.</p> <p><strong>No major federal measures were needed and intrusive security was minimal. Can this effect be achieved again (without the mob)?&nbsp; Yes.</strong></p> <p>If mass shooters, terrorists and &quot;others&quot; seek to attack highly populous events using advanced tactics, then the organizers of these events should be employing private security groups with applicable tactical training and experience. There are thousands of well-trained veterans and civilians out there with the skills necessary to stop an active shooter, and they are not being employed where they are most capable. A team of two people trained in counter-sniping positioned near the concert at the Mandalay Bay could have cut down the shooter within a couple minutes rather than 10 minutes (or more), saving dozens of lives.</p> <p><strong><em>To be clear, I am not talking about poorly organized volunteer security made up of people not vetted, led by other men of questionable competence. I am not talking about guys who claim they have training but are never asked to prove it before they show up for the &quot;gig.&quot; And I am not talking about security groups composed of individuals who barely know each other and have never worked together, as we have seen in scenarios like the Berkeley riots.</em></strong></p> <p>What I am talking about is the employment of quiet, vetted and tested professionals hired out for specific events in which large crowds will be present.</p> <p><strong>The Feds are not needed and, in most cases, not wanted. </strong>Private security firms WITHOUT federal affiliations could handle the protection of major venues without constitutional violations by simply placing people at events with the proper training. The mere presence of these people may even act as a deterrent for future attacks.</p> <p>Security should also be organized and managed independently from the venues which they are tasked to protect.&nbsp; As we have seen recently with the very odd behavior of MGM security employee, Jesus Campos; including his disappearance right before he was expected to give his accounting of events at the Mandalay and his sudden reappearance on the Ellen Show to give a farce of an interview devoid of hard facts or timeline confirmations, rent-a-cops owned by the venue are more vulnerable to manipulations and possible &quot;coaching&quot; after a crisis event occurs.</p> <p>Excitement seekers and the public at large should avoid events that refuse to pay for truly independent and tactically skilled security, and instead choose typical rent-a-cops, retired cops and moonlighting cops that need extra cash. It is clear in light of the Vegas attack that these people do not have the ability to obstruct any attacker using more advanced combat strategies.&nbsp; Nor are they likely to be honest about what really happened after the fact.</p> <p><strong>On top of this, more training and more responsibly armed Americans continue to be the best methods towards defusing and deterring active shooters. </strong>The point is, if the American public does not pursue alternative solutions and take tactical realities into account, <u><em><strong>then the only other option will be government interference on a scale that will promote totalitarianism in the name of safety</strong></em></u>. It is time for the American people to grow up, stop waiting for Big Brother to protect them and start taking their security into their own hands.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="487" height="261" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20171020_shootersd.png?1508536091" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-20/brandon-smith-how-stop-all-future-mass-shootings#comments Active shooter DHS ETC FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation federal government France Full body scanner India Las Vegas Law enforcement Mass shootings None Norway Operation Gladio Totalitarianism Violence Washington D.C. Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:30:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 605728 at http://www.zerohedge.com "The Police Just F**ked My Life" - Alabamians Outraged As Civil Asset Forfeitures Soar http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-18/police-just-fked-my-life-alabamans-outraged-civil-asset-forfeitures-soar <p>The morning of June 29, 2010, began much like any other day for Frank Ranelli, the owner of FAR Computers in Ensley, Alabama. Ranelli, who had owned his computer repair business just outside of Birmingham for more than two decades, was doing some paperwork in his windowless office when he heard loud banging on the front door.&nbsp; Within a matter of moments Ranelli was placed under arrest and all of the computer equipment in his store, much of which belonged to customers, had been confiscated by Alabama police never to be returned.&nbsp; Per <a href="http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/10/when_the_police_keep_your_stuf.html">AL.com</a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Within moments, a Homewood police sergeant had declared a room full of customers' computers, merchandise and other items <strong>"stolen goods," </strong>Ranelli recalled. He ordered his officers to "arrest them all," according to Ranelli, who was cuffed and taken to the Homewood jail along with two of his shop employees.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The police proceeded to confiscate more than 130 computers - most of which were customers' units waiting to be repaired, though some were for sale - as well as the company's business servers and workstations and even receipts and checkbooks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>"Here I was, a man, owned this business, been coming to work every day like a good old guy for 23 years, and I show up at work that morning - I was in here doing my books from the day before - and the police just f***ed my life,"</strong> he said.</p> </blockquote> <p>Nothing ever came of the case. The single charge levied against Renelli of receiving stolen goods was dismissed after he demonstrated that he had followed proper protocol in purchasing the sole laptop computer he was accused of receiving illegally. That said, despite no official charges and no jury trial, Ranelli has been trying, to no avail, for nearly 7 years now to recover the items the officers took from his business.</p> <p><img src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user230519/imageroot/2017/10/18/2017.10.18%20-%20Alabama_0.JPG" alt="Alabama" width="600" height="379" /></p> <p>Rick Hightower had a similar experience with Alabama police when he was a student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.&nbsp; After being arrested for "lewd behavior" at a college party in 2008, Hightower says police raided his apartment and confiscated as much as $200,000 worth of musical instruments and other property.&nbsp; Despite never being charged with stealing the property, Hightower says police have refused to return any of the confiscated items.&nbsp; </p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>On April 13, 2008, <strong>he was arrested and initially charged with lewd behavior after police said he was caught exposing himself at Samford University in Birmingham,</strong> according to court filings. Hightower, who has a fairly extensive rap sheet, was ultimately convicted of indecent exposure and resisting arrest in connection with that incident.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Five days after his arrest, officers with the Homewood and UAB police departments raided Hightower's apartment</strong>, executing a warrant to search for files, cameras and any other evidence related to the incident at Samford.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>They also decided to seize "a large amount of property believed to be stolen," including "musical instruments, electronics and other items,"</strong> according to a UAB Police Department report on the search.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As such, Hightower was charged with receiving stolen property. <strong>He was never charged with stealing any of the other items that were seized from his apartment, and was not convicted of stealing the English horn, as he provided a receipt that showed that he had purchased the item from a thrift store.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>And yet the Homewood Police Department - which stored and ostensibly continues to store the items seized in the raid - did not return the horn or any other items to Hightower.</strong> More than nine years later, he has yet to even lay eyes on any of the possessions that were taken from him.</p> </blockquote> <p>Unfortunately, the raids on Ranelli's business and Hightower's apartment are not isolated incidents. They are just a couple of many similar cases that have taken place in Alabama and across the U.S. in recent years, according to Joseph Tully, a California criminal lawyer with expertise in civil asset forfeitures.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Long used in major criminal busts as a means to confiscate money and possessions obtained by illegal means,<strong> civil asset forfeiture impacts thousands of Americans each year and has become the subject of intense national and local scrutiny over the past decade.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The ability of law enforcement agencies to use such tactics to take people's assets and property almost at will "lends itself to abuse," Tully, who describes cases like Ranelli's as "theft," said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"It's really hard to fight the system. If it was a private citizen who stole your things, you could go get your things, or in the olden days you could get your shotgun and pay the thief a visit and say, 'give me my stuff back.' But you can't do that in this case because it's the police."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>In fiscal year 2016, law enforcement agencies in Alabama seized more than $2.2 million worth of "assets that represent the proceeds of, or were used to facilitate federal crimes,"</strong> according to its annual report to Congress. <strong>In fiscal 2014, the total value of such assets seized by law enforcement in the state was more than $4.9 million.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>That recent drop is the local manifestation of a nationwide reduction in the use of civil asset forfeiture as public awareness and outcry over its widespread use has grown in recent years, according to experts. The tactic is still regularly deployed, impacting dozens of Alabamians each year. But the tide is turning. Fourteen states, from New Mexico to Connecticut, have passed laws in recent years to stop police from seizing property absent a criminal conviction.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p><strong>"The pendulum is starting to swing but I wouldn't say that it has been swinging back the other way for too long,"</strong> Tully said. <strong>"State and local governments are starting to act ... Law enforcement officers are coming around a bit and there's a little bit of a curb in police doing whatever they want."</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo directing a deputy to establish a unit aimed at ensuring there are no abuses of a federal policy reinstated by Sessions in July to help state and local law enforcement agencies seize accused criminals' property.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alabama's laws, however, still provide the state's citizens with few protections from the practices, earning the state a "D- for its civil asset forfeiture laws" in a November 2015 report by the Institute for Justice, a Virginia nonprofit advocacy law firm.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alabama laws stack the deck against victims of asset forfeiture by establishing a "low bar to forfeit" and not requiring a conviction to do so; offering "limited protections for innocent third-party property owners"; and letting "100% of forfeiture proceeds go to law enforcement," the report stated.</p> </blockquote> <p>The irony here, of course, is that we live in a country where the police can show up to any "Regular Joe's" apartment on any given day and legally confiscate all of his stuff but James Comey couldn't even manage to interview a material witness in the Hillary email investigation without first granting them an immunity deal.&nbsp; Seems fair...</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="932" height="588" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user230519/imageroot/2017.10.18%20-%20Alabama.JPG?1508347629" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-18/police-just-fked-my-life-alabamans-outraged-civil-asset-forfeitures-soar#comments Alabama Alabama police Asset forfeiture Birmingham, Alabama Civil forfeiture in the United States Confiscation Congress Criminal justice Homewood and UAB police Homewood police Homewood Police Department laptop computer Law Law Mexico Police Prevention Samford University in Birmingham Search and seizure UAB police UAB Police Department University of Alabama at Birmingham Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:20:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 605578 at http://www.zerohedge.com Mapping What Every State In America Is Best At http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-20/mapping-what-every-state-america-best <p><strong>Company towns<a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americas-company-towns-then-and-now-180956382/" target="_blank">&nbsp;used to be</a>&nbsp;a defining feature of the American economy. </strong>Nowadays, as<a href="https://howmuch.net/articles/the-largest-industry-in-each-state-by-gdp"> Raul at HowMuch.net notes</a>,<strong> thanks to globalization and offshoring, it is much harder to find employers that exert such influence over a small town</strong> (with a few<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/company-town-history-facebook-2017-9" target="_blank">&nbsp;notable exceptions</a>).</p> <p dir="ltr">That being said, specific industries still tend to grow in clusters and can dominate the economy of a particular region. To understand this new reality, we mapped the most important industries by state according to the<a href="https://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?reqid=70&amp;step=10&amp;isuri=1&amp;7003=900&amp;7035=-1&amp;7004=naics&amp;7005=-1&amp;7006=00000,01000,02000,04000,05000,06000,08000,09000,10000,11000,12000,13000,15000,16000,17000,18000,19000,20000,21000,22000,23000,24000,25000,26000,27000,28000,29000,30000,31000,32000,33000,34000,35000,36000,37000,38000,39000,40000,41000,42000,44000,45000,46000,47000,48000,49000,50000,51000,53000,54000,55000,56000,91000,92000,93000,94000,95000,96000,97000,98000&amp;7036=-1&amp;7001=1900&amp;7002=1&amp;7090=70&amp;7007=2015&amp;7093=levels#reqid=70&amp;step=10&amp;isuri=1&amp;7003=900&amp;7035=-1&amp;7004=naics&amp;7005=-1&amp;7006=00000,01000,02000,04000,05000,06000,08000,09000,10000,11000,12000,13000,15000,16000,17000,18000,19000,20000,21000,22000,23000,24000,25000,26000,27000,28000,29000,30000,31000,32000,33000,34000,35000,36000,37000,38000,39000,40000,41000,42000,44000,45000,46000,47000,48000,49000,50000,51000,53000,54000,55000,56000,91000,92000,93000,94000,95000,96000,97000,98000&amp;7036=-1&amp;7001=1900&amp;7002=1&amp;7090=70&amp;7007=2015&amp;7093=levels" target="_blank">&nbsp;U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis</a>, which takes into account an industry&rsquo;s collective output as a percentage of the overall GDP. For simplicity, we excluded government jobs and real estate.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>The result is one of the easiest snapshots of the U.S. economy you will ever find.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/10/20/20171020_best1.png"><img height="356" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2017/10/20/20171020_best1_0.png" width="600" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://howmuch.net/articles/the-largest-industry-in-each-state-by-gdp"><em>Source: HowMuch.net</em></a></p> <p dir="ltr">The government groups companies into particular industries using the North American Industry Classification System (<a href="https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/" target="_blank">NAICS</a>). Basically, someone looks at a company and decides where it belongs on a list of industries. This is more complex than it sounds, especially if a parent company holds many different unrelated subsidiaries (like<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-changes-whole-foods-2017-9" target="_blank">&nbsp;Amazon</a>), or when a business model strides the line between different industries (anyone care to debate if<a href="https://www.airbnb.com/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Airbnb</a>&nbsp;is a technology company or in the hospitality industry?). <strong>We simply generated a color-coded map of the results of this debate.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>You can immediately see some interesting groupings in the map. </strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Computer &amp; electronics companies dominate the West Coast, oil &amp; gas remains ascendant in the Southwest, and insurance companies take the greatest market share in the Upper Midwest.</p> <p dir="ltr">Take a look at the deep South, where you see a lot of <strong>red signifying the ambulatory healthcare services industry. This single industry dominates in 13 different states. </strong>Think about the Fortune 500 companies headquartered in these places, and it&rsquo;s pretty easy to understand why these industries are so important. For example, Apple, Facebook, and Google are all headquartered in Silicon Valley in California.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Things tend to be much more diverse across the Northeast, where you see many different industries all grouped together.</strong> This is also easy to explain: it&rsquo;s one of the most population-dense places in the country and it has the smallest states in terms of geography. This environment lets a lot of different industries grow together.</p> <p dir="ltr">Factory towns may be a thing of the past, but<em><strong> it remains true today that similar businesses tend to grow and expand in areas with the same economic conditions.</strong></em></p> <p dir="ltr">This is true for less populous states like North Dakota and places with big cities too, like Colorado. <em>If you&rsquo;re looking for a job in one of these states, then our list gives you a good idea of where the biggest opportunities might be.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1573" height="777" alt="" src="http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/20171020_best.png?1508534610" /> </div> </div> </div> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-20/mapping-what-every-state-america-best#comments Apple Business Business Economy Google Insurance Companies International business Market Share North American Industry Classification System Offshore finance Offshoring Outsourcing Real estate Reality Service industries Tertiary sector of the economy U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis West Coast Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:05:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 605727 at http://www.zerohedge.com