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Ukrainian Coast Guard Attacked Near Russian Border, Some Killed

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/31/2014 12:33

A Ukraine military spokesman has confirmed that some sailors were killed and more injured when 2 Ukraine Coast Guard cutters came under attack by artillery from onshore near the village of Bezimenne (close to the Russian Border). This is believed to be the first such incident since the conflict began.

As Bloomberg reports,

Some killed when cutters attacked near village of Bezimenne near border w/ Russia, wounded are being transported to hospitals in Mariupol, Oleksiy Metasov, aide to Ukrainian lawmaker Yehor Firsov, comments by phone from Mariupol.

The naval cutter is reported to have been attacked by artillery from the shore.

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Obama Has No Middle East Strategy? Good!

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ronpaulinstitute.org / by ron paul / sunday august 31, 201

Last week President Obama admitted that his administration has not worked out a strategy on how to deal with the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a dominant force in the Middle East. However, as ISIS continues its march through Syria and Iraq, many in the US administration believe it is, in the words of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a threat “beyond anything we have ever seen.”
 
Predictably, the neocons attacked the president’s speech. They believe the solution to any problem is more bombs and troops on the ground, so they cannot understand the president’s hesitation.
 
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Buck McKeon made it clear that fighting ISIS is going to cost a lot more money and will bring US forces back to Iraq for the third time. The post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan peace dividend disintegrates. 

Mr. McKeon said last week:

ISIS is an urgent threat and a minimalist approach, that depends solely on FY15 funding or pinprick strikes that leave fragile forces in Iraq and Syria to do the hard fighting, is insufficient to protect our interests and guarantee our safety in time.

What does this mean in practice? If the neocons have their way, the Federal Reserve will “print” more money to finance another massive US intervention in the Middle East. In reality this means further devaluation of the US dollar, which is a tax on all Americans that will hit the poorest hardest.

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The U.S. Is Now a ‘Third World’ Country

washingtonsblog.com / by Eric Zuesse / 

4.3% of Americans Survive on Less than $2/Day – 

That’s Considered Poor in Even the Poorest Lands

Eric Zuesse

Slightly more than one American household with children in every 25 is surviving on less than $2 per day of income from all sources. One quarter of that 4.3% (that’s 1% of all Americans with children) receive less than $1.25 per day. One third (that’s about 1.33% of all Americans) receive between $1.25 and $2. Another third of that 4.3% receive enough government benefits to be living on between $1.25 and $2 a day. A tiny 0.1% of that 4.3% are even surviving somehow on “Negative income & benefits.”

On 26 August 2014, the co-authors of a Brookings Institution paper published a chart of those findings (reproduced here below, courtesy of the Brookings Institution) that looks like it might be some painting at the Museum of Modern Art, though what it refers to isn’t nearly so pretty, and is actually quite miserable:

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The Intersection Of Church And State – In One Chart And 44 Bubbles

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/31/2014 18:03

Curious what the political positions are of the various, and all too numerous some would say, religions and churches in America? This new graph, courtesy of Tobin Grant, maps the ideologies of 44 different religious groups using data comes from Pew’s Religious Landscape survey. This survey included 32,000 respondents. It asked very specific questions on religion that allow us to find out the precise denomination, church, or religion of each person.

Here are the key observations:

  • Churches that are similar religiously are also similar ideologically.
  • Evangelicals are classic conservatives (small role in economy, protect morality). Pentecostals want a larger role for government on economic issues.
  • Presbyterian Church in America, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and smaller Methodist churches have historical ties to both evangelicalism and mainline denominations. On the question of government and morality, they are between other evangelical churches and mainline denominations.
  • Mainline churches hold similar economic views as evangelicals but want less government involvement protecting traditional morality.
  • Christians in traditionally black denominations and evangelicals are similar in their views toward morality policy, but there is a large divide on economics.
  • Catholics are large and represent the center on both dimensions.
  • Jews are centrist on the economy. There is a major divide between both Conservative and Orthodox Jews and other streams of Judaism. This divide falls along the morality dimension.
  • The “nones” are united on their ideology toward morality (keep government out!) but there are interesting divides on government services. Atheists want more government services; agnostics favor less governmental involvement in the economy. If you consider Unitarians part of this group, then they’re the most supportive of government services.

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Massive Global Earthquakes & A Truly Terrifying Event

kingworldnews.com / September 1, 2014

As the world continues to move into uncharted territory, today a 40-year market veteran sent King World News a tremendous piece which covers massive global earthquakes and also discusses a truly terrifying event.  He also covers key developments across the globe.  Below is what Robert Fitzwilson, founder of The Portola Group, had to say in this exclusive piece for King World News.

By Robert Fitzwilson of The Portola Group

September 1 (King World News) – Massive Global Earthquakes & A Truly Terrifying Event

While we have gotten used to jaw-dropping revelations in the financial markets and geo-political hotspots around the world, Northern California received one from Mother Nature last weekend in the form of an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale. While not as bad as the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989, many of those close to the epicenter in the Carneros region (next to the City of Napa) suffered quite a terrifying experience….

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Tinfoil Hat Sunday – Another Gun Control Shooting Hoax?

Gold and silver set to shine as EU revs up sanctions on Russia and then what happens?

arabianmoney.net / 31 August 2014

old and silver prices will likely head higher this week as the traditionally strong month of September is turbo-charged by the slide towards EU recognition of the war in the Ukraine, with Russia now being told to back off by next weekend or else.

Such threats have not worked in the past. But whether the 28-nation bloc can agree to anything strong enough to really deter Russia from its mission in Ukraine is doubtful.

New sanctions

Measures proposed range from taking away the hosting of the 2018 World Cup to switching off the SWIFT system of banking transfers. The EU will consider the immediate damage to its own business interests and also the probable Russian response, a crippling ban on EU car imports, for example.

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Gold at $2000?

armstrongeconomics.com /  Martin Armstrong / August 31, 2014

QUESTION: Marty, do you think it is even possible for gold to close at $2,000 by year-end? This just seems to be the same story over and over again.

Thanks

SK

ANSWER: Sorry, no. Here is a chart of gold back to 1264. There is not even a pattern like that, which has EVER taken place. I am really at a loss why gold analysts keep proclaiming the same thing costing people their life savings. Pretending to be a forecaster to just talk people into doing something you would like to see is called manipulation. To keep a client base you have to have correct forecasts. Is this just a process of churning out novices and causing them countless losses to line the pockets of the pros?

Technically, this is the primary support channel in gold. It has not changed. These forecasts for gold are entirely out of context and ignore the entire world economic trends. You cannot even argue gold rises with war for that is not even true. Gold did not rally during World War II because it was fixed. Commodities did not rise because the government put in wage and price controls. This is not a simply if then do this formula. It takes a bit more - if then do this else do that.

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History Repeats As Another US President Ignores Multiple and Credible Terrorist Attack Warnings

thecommonsenseshow.com / Dave Hodges / August 31, 2014

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ISIS, nor any other foreign terrorist group poses no specific threat to the United States in the immediate future. TheFBIin a report released on August 13, 2014echoed the same sentiment despite the fact that last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting were both carried out by radical Muslim extremists.

The British Are Telling a Different Story

Despite the fact that the American intelligence agencies believe there are no foreign terror threats to the United States, the BBC is reporting that the UK, operating off o the same intelligence information as the DHS and the FBI, has led British Prime Minister, David Cameron, to state that the UK government raised its terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe”.

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Jim Puplava’s Big Picture: Advantage America – Transformational Changes Ahead (Part 2)

Interviews With Joel Kurtzman and Jeffrey Saut

BIG PICTURE08/30/2014

In a special Big Picture two-part series, “Advantage America – Transformational Changes Ahead”, Jim revisits interviews with prominent guests that have a surprisingly optimistic outlook for America in the decades ahead, particularly in comparison to other industrialized nations.

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The Big Picture with Jim Puplava & Erik Townsend (Part 2)

“The Drivers Behind the Relentless Rise in Stocks” and “Financial Competence Critical for the Next President”

TECHNICIAN08/30/2014

In part two of a special Big Picture conversation between Jim Puplava and Erik Townsend, they begin by discussing the key drivers behind the relentless rise in the stock market in recent years. Erik believes that Quantitative Easing by the Federal Reserve is the most important factor.

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Promoting his new book, Rickards details the furious international currency war

gata.org / Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Geopolitical analyst and fund manager James G. Rickards has gotten together with the Money Morning people to produce a 45-minute video commercial for his latest book, “The Death of Money,” but the commercialism can’t obscure Rickards’ compelling description of the currency war that is raging around the world, if largely beyond the gaze of the mainstream financial news media. Even those who know the basics about the war may be intrigued by some of the details described in the video. It’s posted here:

http://pro.moneymappress.com/MMRBSSH39/EMMRQ882

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JPMORGAN HACK SAID TO SPAN MONTHS VIA MULTIPLE FLAWS

infowars.com /  JORDAN ROBERTSON AND MICHAEL RILEY / AUGUST 29, 2014

Silently siphoned off gigabytes of information
Hackers burrowed into the databanks of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and deftly dodged one of the world’s largest arrays of sophisticated detection systems for months.

The attack, an outline of which was provided by two people familiar with the firm’s investigation, started in June at the digital equivalent of JPMorgan’s front door, an overlooked flaw in one of the bank’s websites. From there, it quickly developed into any security team’s worst nightmare.

The hackers unleashed malicious programs that had been designed specifically to penetrate JPMorgan’s corporate network. Using these sophisticated tools, the intruders reached deep into the bank’s infrastructure, silently siphoning off gigabytes of information, including customer-account data — uninterrupted until mid-August.

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Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts – Cap ‘n Coil

jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com / JESSE / 29 AUGUST 2014

Nothing really happened of note in the Comex warehouses for gold.

Silver is seeing the usual movements, in and out, with CNT providing quite a bit of the action.

We are now trading the metals for September, which is an active month for silver and not gold.

US markets will be closed on Monday for Labor Day.

There was commentary overnight about the Coppock indicator which is signaling an intermediate bottom in the price of gold and most likely for silver as well. You can read it here.

In my opinion any chart or technical signals are subject to some form of confirmation. The metals need to break out of their doldrums.

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Holmes – Anticipate Before You Participate: Patterns in Trading

gotgoldreport.com / Gene Arensberg at 08:57:32 AM / Saturday, August 30, 2014

Frank Holmes, CEO of U.S. Global Investors in San Antonio writes:  The primary unit of time measurement for high-frequency traders might be the microsecond, but for normal retail traders, it’s vital to know the best months, days and even half-hours of the day to make market transactions.

Consider Black Friday, the most active shopping day of the year. Let’s say a 60” 1080p plasma HDTV normally goes for around $900 but, on Black Friday, is discounted to $500. That’s a 44 percent savings. If you had a desire to own this TV and were somehow guaranteed a way to bypass the rabid mobs, you’d be careless to spend $900 on it the day before.

Likewise, you’d be at a disadvantage to buy or sell a security without first conducting some level of research to determine the optimal time, statistically speaking, to make a transaction. At the very least, you should know when not to make a transaction.

Fortunately, much of this research has already been conducted. My friend Jeffrey Hirsch, following in the footsteps of his late father Yale Hirsch, has for years edited the invaluable Stock Trader’s Almanac, which is updated annually. The book is notable for finding reliable patterns in market trends and behavior, on both the macro and micro scale. It also gave birth to such well-known investing adages as “Sell in May and Go Away” and the “January Barometer.”

Thirty-five years ago when I was just getting started in the investment business, I asked Yale how he managed to arrive at his findings. He told me that his background in music composition enabled him to “hear” melodies, if you will, in four-year presidential cycles, seasonal cycles, weekly cycles and more. This interdisciplinary approach of combining music and finance should inspire all investors to leverage their own unique skills, talents and backgrounds to seek patterns in the market that others might overlook.

If you don’t already own a copy of the Stock Trader’s Almanac, I urge you to make a special trip to the bookstore. You can also visit the book’s website and sign up for a free seven-day trial. The site provides a wealth of helpful and fascinating information for investors to peruse.

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Has Hillary Ever Been Right?

lewrockwell.com / Patrick J. Buchanan / August 30, 2014

en. Rand Paul raises an interesting question:

When has Hillary Clinton ever been right on foreign policy?

The valkyrie of the Democratic Party says she urged President Obama to do more to aid Syrian rebels years ago. And last summer, she supported air strikes on Bashar Assad’s regime.

Had we followed her advice and crippled Assad’s army, ISIS might be in Damascus today, butchering Christians and Alawites and aiding the Islamic State in Iraq in overrunning Baghdad.

But if the folly of attacking Assad’s army and weakening its resistance to ISIS terrorists is apparent to everyone this summer, why were Clinton, Obama and Secretary of State Kerry oblivious to this reality just a year ago?

Consider the rest of Hillary’s record. Her most crucial decision as Senator came in 2002 when she voted to invade Iraq. She now concedes it was the greatest mistake of her Senate career.

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More Mindless Sanctions? Merkel a Liar or a Fool?

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Saturday, August 30, 2014 11:58 PM

As the tide in the Ukraine civil war turns, the EU threatens Russia with more mindless sanctions.

Bloomberg reports EU Vows More Russia Sanctions If War in Ukraine Worsens.

 European Union leaders agreed to impose tougher sanctions on Russia, possibly targeting energy and finance, if the war in Ukraine worsens.

Leaders early today gave the European Commission a week to deliver proposals for the penalties. The EU left open the precise trigger for further sanctions, contrasting with a four-point ultimatum issued to Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 27 that preceded the latest curbs.

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A Big Summer Story You Missed: Soaring Oil Debt

silverbearcafe.com / Andrew Nikiforuk / August 30, 2014

Over 100 of the world’s largest energy companies are running out of cash

Some of the summer’s biggest news stories took place in the bombed schools of Gaza, the abandoned hospitals of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the wheat fields of eastern Ukraine and the bloody mountains of northern Iraq.

But one of the most important made virtually no headlines at all, and seemed to only appear on the website of the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Last July the government agency, which has collected mundane statistics on energy matters for decades, quietly revealed that 127 of the world’s largest oil and gas companies are running out of cash.

They are now spending more than they are earning. Profits have lagged as expenditures have risen. Overburdened by debt, these firms are selling assets.

The math is simple. The 127 firms generated $568 billion in cash from their operations during 2013-2014 while their expenses totalled $677 billion. To cover the difference of $110 billion, the energy giants increased their debt load or sold off assets.

Given that the gap between earned cash and spending stood at a modest $10 billion in 2010, that’s a significant change for the industry as well as the global economy it fuels.

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Health Ranger launches ‘A Blueprint for Safer Vaccines’ – calls for protecting children with improved immunization technology

naturalnews.com /  Mike Adams / Sunday, August 31, 2014

(NaturalNews) When CDC scientist Dr. William Thompson recently confessed to scientific fraud for the purpose of hiding links between MMR vaccines and autism, members of the public were outraged. People everywhere are now asking, “Why does the CDC insist in hiding the truth about vaccine side effects?” Why can’t they just tell the truth?

The reason is because present-day vaccines are based on a barbaric, outmoded manufacturing technology which subjects all our children to unnecessary risks. But the vaccine industry has been granted absolute legal immunity from defective products, so there’s no incentive for improved safety or innovation in vaccines.

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The “New” Silver Fix and the Powers That Be!

silver-investor.com /  David Morgan / August 29, 2014

The “New” Silver Fix and the Powers That Be!
With Remarks On Texas Governor Rick Perry & Texas Gold!
Accompanied by a Warning to Jewelers!

Presented August 2014 by Charles Savoie

Effective mid-month August 2014, the old silver “fix” has been replaced by a new silver “fix,” run jointly by the CME Group, owner of the COMEX, and Thomson Reuters. But has anything of real substance changed? It certainly has not. The new “fix” was awarded by the LBMA, London Bullion Market Association, composed of neer-do-well entities including Barclays Bank, HSBC Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase Bank, and additionally Bank of Nova Scotia, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Mitsui & Company, and Paris based Societe Generale. For 116 months I’ve routinely made details available about a unique organization known to few as “The Pilgrims Society.” Persons who haven’t become aware of this group can find details on Google search. If you especially want the monetary details relating to this group and precious metals, add my name to theirs in the search box or read “The Silver Stealers” documentary. Therefore, I won’t go into another basic explanation of The Pilgrims Society here. The ringleaders of the megabanks above have all had heavy representation in The Pilgrims Society. The rest have been and remain represented in interlocking groups such as the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg conferences—groups founded by Pilgrims Society members. I am not among the commentators you can read the fastest, because of the nature of these presentations, in depth examinations must be made to substantiate my claims. However, just to make reference to this alleged “new” silver fix, and how bogus it is, I offer this brief report. An oft repeated phrase most have heard, and which drives home how dismal this old world often is, has it that “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” We will not get into a long documentary such as “Who Controls The Gold Stealing New York Fed Bank,” released last February, but will let a few points suffice. This is a mere matter of a group of gangsters who tossed the ball to others in their racketeering organization. Mitsui Global Precious Metals, a Silver Users Association member, is a subsidiary of Mitsui & Company—a Trilateral Commission interest. The Mitsuis and the Rockefellers have been associates since before 1907 when the Japan Society was founded by Rockefeller-Vanderbilt liaison Lindsay Russell as another offshoot of The Pilgrims Society. The Japan Society in fact was forerunner to the Trilaterals, founded 66 years later, but represented an expansion into Britain and Europe, in response to Bilderberg not including Japanese industrialists and bankers. Meaning that Bilderberg is over-rated compared to the Trilaterals! However, they both sprang from this older organization which remains in the shadows.

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Cops to City Council: ‘We Were Given an Illegal Traffic Ticket Quota’

thedailysheeple.com / Melissa Melton / August 30th, 2014

For those who still say it’s a myth that cops are given quotas for how many tickets they have to write, maybe you’ve never been to Waldo, Florida. The National Motorists Association listed Waldo as the third worst speed trap for a town of 50,000 people or less in 2012, and it’s so bad, billboards like the one above are taken out to warn drivers before they get there.

But earlier this week, five police officers came forward to testify before the Waldo City Council that they are mandated to write a certain number of tickets each shift or face punishment — even though such a quota stands in direct violation of state law. Waldo, by the way, only has seven police officers to begin with.

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PENANCE. THE WEEKEND VIGILANTE AUGUST 30, 2014

dollarvigilante.com / Jeff Berwick / August 30, 2014

It’s my fault.

Those who have been reading some of my internet scribblings over the past months or years know I’ve been going down a very interesting path.  Having graduated with a Masters degree from the school of hard knocks in Austrian Economics and political “science” over the last decade I’ve begun to dig even deeper into an understanding of the very question of life.  Heck, we’ll see if I am still alive by the end of this blog entry.  Yes, I am serious about that (I think I will be… but I’ll explain below why I haven’t killed myself yet).

I also want to state that I am not drunk and am just a few sips in to a glass of red wine right now and won’t be drunk by the end of this article.  This is all coming straight from my heart after a year of looking in the mirror daily and asking myself who is this person and does he deserve to be here and after spending most of the day today meditating in my underwear and a lot of eye water .

This may get wacky or weird by the time I’m done writing.  But before I drizzle digital ink upon you I do want to clarify a few things about the Galt’s Gulch Chile (GGC) clusterfuck.

It appears that many people have taken Wendy McElroy’s and my writings as being that GGC was and is an outright scam, all the money has been stolen and fuck you very much.  That is not the case at all if everything I currently know about it is true.  I have a fairly high degree of certainty that GGC owns the property where it has been selling lots and that that property has water rights.  This is information I have been told by GGC’s past lawyer about a year ago… which was also the last time I had any access to information to anything related to GGC.  It has more or less been verified by others investors over the course of the last year as well.

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D R Congo confirms 7 new cases of Ebola in 2nd outbreak – reported number of cases in W. Africa explode: 550 in one week

theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com / August 30, 2014

August 2014 – KINSHASA, DR – Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have confirmed seven new Ebola cases in the northwestern Equateur Province, bringing up to 13 the number of people who had contracted the deadly virus in the province, a U.N.-run radio station said Friday. “There are now 13 cases affected by the virus…in addition to 16 other suspected cases,” Health Minister Felix Kabange was quoted as saying by the Kinshasa-based Okapi radio. He asserted that the outbreak is still confined to Boende area in northern Equateur province, noting that Ebola cases reported recently in Kinshasa and Katanga proved negative. On Monday, Joseph Mboyo Limpoko, government medical inspector in Equateur, told Anadolu Agency that a total of four people countrywide had been confirmed dead from Ebola.

Ebola – a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure – has claimed 1,552 lives in West Africa since the outbreak began in January. Most of the deaths were registered in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Six fatalities have also been confirmed in Nigeria. The tropical fever, which first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the DRC, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals. It also reportedly spreads through contact with the body fluids of infected persons or of those who have died of the disease. –NTA

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Prepare For Longterm Instability and Hardship

silverbearcafe.com / Tom Chatham / August 30, 2014

Unlike the normal business cycle that allows for a recession every few years to clear out the mal-investments and keep the system functioning properly, the current cycle has been artificially induced with money that has unseated the foundation of good financial practices and caused a series of bubbles that must pop at some point. When this happens the business cycle will be heavily damaged and will take many years to reestablish some type of normalcy.

If you think of a cycle as a pendulum swinging back and forth, you must realize that the further it swings to one side, the further it will swing to the other to balance itself. That is what we must realize with the current bubble boom in the financial sectors. The further out of balance they get, the further they will need to swing back to preserve equilibrium. When these bubbles finally pop, the offsetting swing will be monumental. A normal recession of a few years will be exaggerated to a multi-year disaster.

These are the type of conditions that usher in depressions of long duration. This bubble induced mania is far beyond anything experienced in human history and will result in an equally disastrous financial contraction destroying paper assets and making hard assets desirable and difficult to acquire in the aftermath.

In this type of situation, hard assets and a wide knowledge base are as good as it gets. The ownership of capital equipment that produces necessary consumer goods and the ability to finance yourself internally combined with sufficient knowledge to use these resources will provide a safe harbor to get through the difficulties that arise. Becoming your own bank requires the ability to store financial assets such as precious metals and diamonds that have universal value. This is one of the few ways to store wealth that can survive such market destruction.

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31/8/2014: Irish Dependency Ratio Rises in H1 2014

trueeconomics.blogspot.com / Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev / Sunday, August 31, 2014

Previous posts covering QNHS release for Q2 2014 provided analysis of

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Financial Astrology – Crude Update

zentrader.ca / Astrology Traders / August 30, 2014

The Markets

The bullish trend we were expecting in the middle of August gained additional strength in last weeks trading session. The technical long term trend is for the Nasdaq has realigned to the upside and joins the DJIA. The Nasdaq has done a ‘whipsaw’, as Jeff likes to call it, giving a signal that is bullish for all the indexes. Jeff often sees this type of market being followed up by a very big bullish breakout. We could see this type of move next week or in the second week of September. We will continue to hold our long positions, trim profits, and add to our longs as new setups materialize. I will continue to advise caution in the first week of September, however, by mid September we will likely see another very strong move up on the indexes.

Oil ($WTIC)

Saturn and Mars will make a conjunction in the sky this week, will likely see a rebound with oil prices moving higher. A bullish move is likely into mid October.

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KWN EXCLUSIVE: GOLD SPIKE, GLOBAL FINANCIAL WIPEOUT & MORE – David Stockman:

kingworldnews.com / Sunday, August 31, 2014

PLEASE CLICK ON PICTURE TO LISTEN TO THIS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Pictorial Essay: ACCURATE (and very cool) MAPS

theburningplatform.com / By Jim Quinn / 29th August 2014

ALL maps face the challenge of making a round globe appear to scale in two dimensions.  Most maps can only keep EITHER size or shape consistent — but, never both.  Of course, this skews our perception of continents and countries one way or the other.

Another problem with map-making is that maps are always made with the beliefs and prejudices of their makers’ political or social ideology. For example, here is a map made in 1285, called Hereford Mappa Mundi.

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We care enough about sports to review ‘official’ calls, but not to review ‘official’ calls of ‘lawful’ wars?!?

washingtonsblog.com / by Carl Herman / 

If Americans applied their passion and expertise in sports laws to current US/UK/Israel/UN wars, the resultant outrage would quickly cause “leaders’” arrests for obvious unlawful Wars of Aggression.

We care, appropriately, that sports law be reviewed for proper calls on the field of play. Examples include tennis, baseball, and football. The illegality of all current wars are easily proved by reviewing war law on that field: military armed attack is unlawful unless in response to military attack from another nation’s government.

Americans continue an Emperor’s New Clothes-like awakening that the UN Charter and US Constitution limits have long been rejected by our “leaders’” preference for dictatorial power. In this one area of law to limit governments from war-murders, it’s easy to explain and prove that US/UK/Israel armed attacks are OBVIOUS unlawful Wars of Aggression:

  • The UN Charter is an active treaty. It’s one and only area of legal authority is to prevent Wars of Aggression.
  • Article Six of the US Constitution defines a treaty as US “supreme Law of the Land;” meaning that US policy can never violate it.
  • Therefore, the UN Charter is US “supreme Law” to never use military armed attacks upon a nation in all cases except a narrow definition of “self-defense”: when another nation’s government attacks first.
  • The UK and Israel ratified the UN Charter over 60 years ago in agreement to its limits of armed attacks.

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Mexican Gold? Si Por Favor

silverfish VTPublished on Aug 30, 2014

Federal judge overturns Kauai County’s GMO and pesticide regulations

pesticide

naturalnews.com / by: Julie Wilson / Saturday, August 30, 2014

Last Nov., Kauai County, which consists of three Hawaiian islands, passed Kauai County Ordinance 960, which required large-scale agricultural operations to disclose the presence of pesticides and genetically modified (GM) crops, as reported by Hawaii’s KHON 2 News.

Despite Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. vetoing the measure, the ordinance passed, offering Kauai County residents new hope in protecting themselves and their environment from the year-round spraying of large quantities of restricted-use pesticides by multinational chemical companies.

The passing of Ordinance 960 was a huge victory for the people. It even established buffer zones near sensitive areas like schools, medical facilities, parks, homes, roadways, shorelines and waterways, according to KHON 2.

Ordinance 960 was intended to go into effect Aug. 16 of this year, but it was delayed by a lawsuit, and, unfortunately, on Aug. 25 a federal judge ruled to overturn the county ordinance, claiming that the community had no right to regulate pesticides and GM seeds, because state and federal laws already do so.

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