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The United States Of Hubris

The U.S. Government is following the propaganda formula used by Joseph Goebbels that was devised by Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays. The basic idea is to keep repeating a lie enough times so that eventually the masses believe it. The “Russia hacked the election” propaganda is the perfect example. Hillary Clinton first mentioned it in reference to “Russia hacked the DNC emails” during one of the debates. That lie transformed into the “Russia hacked the election” false-narrative repeated every 30 seconds on Fox News, CNN and the greater mainstream media. In truth, to this day not one single shred of evidence has been produced to support the claim. And yet, the lie perpertuates and the public fears Russia. Charles Dickens could not have scripted a better socio-political parody.

This guest post is from “Antonius Aquinas:”

This year, as of yet, North Korea has not been responsible for a single death of a foreign national. Nor has the tiny communist state ever used a nuclear weapon against an enemy like the US did with its immoral and hellish destruction of two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the conclusion of WWII.

On the other hand, since the start of the Trump Presidency, US-backed forces have been responsible for the deaths of some 3700 civilians in Mosul, Iraq.** This is not to mention its murderous armed strikes in Yemen and Afghanistan. Nor is American aggression limited to direct military action, but its arms supply sales to despots and its puppets has escalated tensions and makes conflicts that do break out much more brutal.

Fortunately, for the future of global peace, US hegemony is coming to an end. The nation is hopelessly broke while its welfare/warfare economy is beyond reform and faltering badly which means that when the inevitable collapse does happen, it will mean the end or a serious pull back of the Empire. A similar situation took place in Great Britain in 1945 after it took part in another senseless global conflict which liquidated the British Empire once and for all.

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America’s Supernova: The Final Stage Of Collapse

I started observing the slow-motion train-wreck in process in 2001 – a year removed from my perch as a junk bond trader on Wall Street and living several thousand miles away from NYC and DC in the Mile High City, where the view is a lot more clear than from either coast.

The United States has been in a state of collapse for several decades.   To paraphrase Hemingway’s flippant description of the manner in which one goes bankrupt, it happens in two ways:   slowly then all at once (“The Sun Also Rises”).

The economic decay was precipitated by the advent of the Federal Reserve;  then reinforced by FDR’s executive order removing gold from the citizenry’s ownership, the acceptance of Bretton Woods, and the implementation of what is capriciously termed “Bretton Woods Two” – Nixon’s disconnection of the dollar from the gold standard.  If you study the monetary and  debt charts available on the St. Louis Fed’s website, you’ll see that post-1971 both the money supply and the amount of debt issued at all levels of the system (public, corporate, household) began gradually to go parabolic.

I would argue the political collapse kicked into high-gear during and after the Nixon administration, although I know many would argue that it began shortly after the Constitution was ratified in 1788.  At the Constitutional Convention, someone asked Ben Franklin if we now had Republic or a Monarchy, to which Franklin famously replied, “a Republic, if you can keep it.”

Well, we’ve failed to keep the Republic.  Now the political, economic and financial system is controlled by a consortium of big banks, big corporations, the Department of Defense and a handful of very wealthy individuals, all of which are ruthlessly greedy and misanthropic.

The current political and social melt-down is nothing more than a symptom of the underlying rot – rot that was seeded and propagated by the implementation of fiat currency and a fractional banking system.  The erection of the Fed gave control of the country over to those with the authority to create paper money and issue debt.

And now the political and social clime of the country has gone from ridiculous to beyond absurd.  James Kunstler wrote a must-read piece which captures the essence of the Dickensian  societal caricature that has sprung to life before our very eyes (Total Eclipse):

What do you know, long about Wednesday, August 16, 2017, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) discovered that the United States Capitol building was infested with statues of Confederate dignitaries. Thirty years walking those marbled halls and she just noticed? Her startled announcement perked up Senator Cory Booker (D- NJ) who has been navigating those same halls only a few years. He quickly introduced a bill to blackball the offending statues. And, of course, the congressional black caucus also enjoyed a mass epiphany on the bronze and stone delegation of white devils…

…Just as empires tend to build their most grandiose monuments prior to collapse, our tottering empire is concocting the most monumentally ludicrous delusions before it slides down the laundry chute of history. It’s as if the Marx Brothers colluded with Alfred Hitchcock to dream up a melodramatic climax to the American Century that would be the most ridiculous and embarrassing to our posterity.

I would urge everyone to read the entire piece, which I’ve linked above.   And now for America’s coup de grace, it has offered up “president Trump,” which by the way not any worse than the alternative would have been.  Rather, it’s another symptom of the cancer beneath the skin.

Empires in collapse are at their most dangerous to the world when they are on the brink of imploding.  I was discussing this with a good friend the other day who was still clinging to the brainwashing we received in middle  school history classes that “America is different.” This just in:  America is not different.

The Financial Times has written a disturbing – yet accurate – accounting of the current turmoil facing the White House and the world (America Is Now A Dangerous Nation):

The danger is that these multiple crises will merge, tempting an embattled president to try to exploit an international conflict to break out of his domestic difficulties…Mr Gorka’s flirtation with the idea that the threat of war could lead Americans to rally around the president should sound alarm bells for anyone with a sense of history…Leaders under severe domestic political pressure are also more likely to behave irrationally.

In commentary which reinforces my view presented above, the FT article closes with:

A final disturbing thought is that Mr Trump’s emergence increasingly looks like a symptom of a wider crisis in American society, that will not disappear, even when Mr Trump has vacated the Oval Office. Declining living standards for many ordinary Americans and the demographic shifts that threaten the majority status of white Americans helped to create the pool of angry voters that elected Mr Trump. Combine that social and economic backdrop with fears of international decline and a political culture that venerates guns and the military, and you have a formula for a country whose response to international crises may, increasingly, be to “lock and load”.

The current “everything bubble,” fueled by the creation of massive amounts of fiat money and debt issuance is America’s “supernova.”  It’s the final explosion of fraudulent currency printing and credit creation.   I sincerely hope that when the pieces hit the ground, there will be enough material with which the original Republic can somehow be reconstructed.

 

Western Central Bank Fear Of Gold Is In The Air

Ballooning open interest, heavy fix selling, aggressive post-settlement selling, flash crashes – this all seems a lot of bother. Perhaps the Other Side is afraid of something. – John Brimelow from his Gold Jottings report

Wednesday  evening at 7:06 EST, at one of the least liquid trading periods of the 23 hour trading day for Comex paper gold, a “motivated” seller unloaded 10,777 August gold contracts into the CME’s Globex trading system, knocking the price of gold down $9 in 25 minutes.  There were no obvious news or events reported that would have triggered any investor to dump over 1 million ozs of gold with complete disregard to price execution.

Rather, the selling was the act of an entity looking to push the price of gold a lot lower in “shock and awe” fashion.  The 10.7k contracts sold were just the August contracts.   There was also related selling in several other contract months.  To be sure, the total number of contracts unloaded included  hedge fund selling from stop-losses triggered in the black boxes of momentum-chasing hedge funds.

In addition to the appearance of frequent, strategically-timed “fat finger” flash crashes, the open interest in paper gold on the Comex has soared by 23,000 contracts since last Friday. This added 2.3 million paper gold ounces to the Comex open interest, which represents nearly 27% of the total amount of alleged physical gold ounces sitting Comex vaults.   In fact, the total paper gold open interest on the Comex is 455,605 contracts, or 45.5 million ounces of gold. This is 530% more paper gold than the total amount of gold reported to be sitting in Comex vaults.

The dramatic rise in open interest accompanied gold’s move in price above the 50 dma.  It’s typical for the bullion banks on the Comex to start flooding the market with additional paper contracts in order to suppress strong rallies in the price of gold.  Imagine what would happen to the price of gold if the regulatory authorities forbid the open interest in Comex gold contracts to never exceed 120% of the total amount of gold in the Comex vaults.  This is unwritten “120% rule” is de rigeur with every other commodity contract except, of course, silver.

The “flash crash” and “open interest inflation” are two of the obvious signals that the western Central Banks/bullion banks are worried about the rising price of gold.  The recent degree of blatant manipulation reflects outright fear. I suspect the fear is derived from two sources.  First is a growing shortage of physical gold that is available to deliver into the eastern hemisphere’s voracious import appetite.  Exports from Swiss refineries have been soaring.   India’s appetite for gold has not been even slightly derailed by the 3% additional sales tax imposed on gold.

Speaking of India, the World Council has put forth a Herculean effort to down-play to amount of gold India has been and will be buying.  After India’s 351 tonnes imported in Q1, the WGC tried to shove a 90 tonne per quarter forecast down our throats for the rest of the year. India’s official tally for Q2 is 167.4 tonnes.  Swing and a miss for the WGC.  Now the WGC  is forecasting  at total of 650-750 tonnes for all of 2017.

The WGC forecast is idiotic given that India officially imported 518.6 tonnes in 1H and 2H is traditionally the best seasonal buying period of the year AND a copious monsoon season means that farmers will be flush with cash – or rupees, rather – which will be quickly converted into gold.  Two more swings and misses for Q3 and Q4 and the WGC is out of excuses for why India likely will have imported around 1,000 tonnes, not including smuggled gold, in 2017.  This aggressive misrepresentation of India’s gold demand reeks of propaganda.  But for what purpose?

Back to the second reason for the banks to fear a rising price of gold:  the inevitable collapse of the largest financial bubble in history inflated by Central Bank money printing and credit creation.   The trading action in the gold and silver markets resembles the trading activity in 2008 leading up to the collapse of Lehman and the de facto collapse of Goldman Sachs.

One significant  difference is the relative effort exerted to keep a lid on the price of silver.   In early 2008, with the price of silver trading between $17 and $19, the open interest in Comex silver peaked at 189k contracts (Feb 29th COT report).   Currently the open interest is 206k contracts and it’s been over 240k.    In late 2008, the Comex was reporting over 80 million ozs of “registered” silver in its vaults. “Registered” means “available for delivery.” There were thus roughly 3 ozs of paper gold for every reported ounce of physical gold available for delivery.  Currently the Comex is reporting 38.5 million ozs of registered silver. That’s 5.3 ozs of paper silver for every ounce of registered silver.

As you can see, the relative effort to suppress the price of gold and silver is more intense now than in 2008.   Given what occurred in 2008, I have to believe that fear emanating from the western banks currently is derived from events unfolding “behind the curtain” that are worse than what hit the system in 2008.

Gold And Silver: Legal Weapons Against The Deep State

  • Question:  Why do Central Banks and Governments hate gold?
  • Answer:  Because they can’t print it

“An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which unites statists of all persuasions. They seem to sense – perhaps more clearly and subtly than many consistent defenders of laissez-faire – that gold and economic freedom are inseparable, that the gold standard is an instrument of laissez-faire and that each implies and requires the other.”  – Alan Greenspan, “Gold and Economic Freedom”

Just like everything else in the western financial system, the paper trading markets are leveraged beyond redemption.   The amount of paper “claims” on actual physical gold was estimated to be 100:1 in 2010.   We can assure you that ratio is much higher now.  On the Comex alone, for instance, if more than 9% of the  April open interest in gold futures were to stand for delivery – based on the currently declared 1.4 million ounces of gold reported as being “available for delivery” (registered) – the Comex would default.  The entire open interest in gold futures is 60x greater than the amount of gold available for delivery.

This is just the publicly traded paper gold derivatives.  There’s also the shady world of OTC gold derivatives.  We have no idea what kind of leverage is embedded in these contracts.  But the total notional amount of OTC “precious metals” derivatives according to the OCC’s latest quarterly report on OTC derivatives (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) is over $28 billion.  Just to highlight the degree to which the Government goes in order to hide the facts about the gold and silver market, the OCC used to break out OTC precious metals derivatives into the categories of “gold” and “silver and other.”  Now the OCC  reports just “precious metals.”  What is it that the Government and banks are hiding?

The amount of leverage embedded in a Comex futures contract, based on the current amount of margin required, is about 25:1.  There’s no telling how much leverage is embedded in the OTC derivatives agreements.  All we know is that the disclosure requirements are becoming increasingly more opaque.

Silver futures began trading on the CBOT in 1969.   But gold futures were not around until 1974, three years after the U.S. closed the gold window, completely disconnecting the dollar from gold.   Gold futures were developed to enable the Fed and the U.S. Treasury to control the price of gold as a means of reinforcing the legitimacy of the dollar as a fiat currency used as the world’s reserve currency.

While the price of gold has been heavily manipulated since at least the 1960’s, when the U.S. was running out of enough gold to fulfill its obligations under Bretton Woods, the manipulation and “shock and awe” price attacks are used as a form of propaganda that is designed to discourage investors from converting fiat dollars into gold and silver.  It’s a powerful weapon used by the Deep State against gold and economic freedom.

In today’s episode of the Shadow of Truth we discuss the manipulation of gold and silver and how it’s used by the Deep State to increase the Government’s control over the population:

Gold & Silver: Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Gold and silver and the mining stocks still have tremendous YTD gains despite the highly manipulated take-down that has been orchestrated since early Wednesday morning.  The smash has been executed entirely in the paper derivatives in London and NYC.   De rigeur for the Central Banks.

Eric Dubin discusses why we’ve probably seen the last of the downward manipulative pressure on gold and silver:  Gold and Silver Decline Is Fading, Dow Rolling Over  and Rory Hall published an article on Trump that accompanies the precious metals analysis and our Shadow of Truth episode to be released later today:  The Trump Trojan Horse

I moved checking account cash into my Bitgold account on Saturday, Sunday evening and this morning.  I shorted Capital One at the open today and added to my First Majestic calls. At least I put my money where my mouth is, unlike most of the alternative fear porn promoters…

Where Is The IMF’s Gold?

In mid-2009, the IMF announced that it was going to sell a portion of its gold.  It ended up selling 403 tonnes of its then-reported 3218 tonnes of gold.  Back then the original announcement made it sound like the IMF was trying to push down the price of gold with a big sale announcement, as the price of gold went parabolic after the 2008 de facto collapse of the financial system.   The excuse for the gold sale was to “shore up” IMF finances.  However, historically, the IMF has sold off portions of its gold holdings as a policy to reduce gold’s role in the global fiat currency system.

At the time, India and China jointly delivered a research paper which suggested that, if the IMF were interested, the two countries would be interested in buying all of the IMF’s gold. The IMF limited its sale to the 403 tonnes:   200 tonnes to India, 2 tonnes to Mauritius and 10 tonnes to Sri Lanka.  By  December 2010 the IMF concluded the sale of the balance of the gold without ever disclosing the buyers.

The IMF’s gold comes primarily from the member countries, who pledge gold to the IMF as part of the cost of their “quota” assigned to become a member country.  25% of a country’s “quota” were to be paid in gold.  The IMF states that its gold is held in various depositories, like the NY Fed, around the world.  The truth is that most of the gold “pledged” to the IMF has likely been leased out by the custodial Central Banks.

Curiously, over the IMF’s 71 year history, it sold its gold intermittently.  Each time the demand by Central Banks to buy that gold has far exceeded the amount of gold offered.  This is an important point to note because it drives home the point that gold is significantly undervalued and that real Central Bank demand emerges when large quantities (100’s of tonnes) of gold are offered for sale.

In the latest episode of the Shadow of Truth, we discuss the interesting shift occurring in the IMF’s SDR structure and what it means for the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency.  We also discuss why the price of gold will likely begin to move much higher as we move from summer into autumn – we also discuss why GLD is a total fraud:

The Stock Market Is A Weapon Of Massive Wealth Destruction

The discussion about p/e ratios and other valuation ratios derived from Company-issued GAAP accounting financials is idiotic.  The GAAP accounting allowances have been liberalized beyond a Bernie Sanders wet dream over the last 20 years.   The p/e ratio at the peak of the tech bubble is completely different from the p/e ratio at the top of the 2007 stock bubble which is completely different then the p/e ratio now.

If 1999’s or 2007 GAAP standards were applied to today’s earnings, the P/E ratio on the S&P 500 would be at least as high as 65 p/e ratio registered in 2007.   By several other metrics, most notably market cap/sales ratio, the current stock market is by far the most overvalued in history.

And that does analysis does not incorporate any adjustments for the fraud component of contemporary corporate accounting.

The S&P 500 and Dow are hitting all-time highs this week.   This was triggered by the Ben Bernanke influenced Bank of Japan decision to engage in “helicopter money” activity in an attempt to stimulate economic activity.  Notwithstanding the fact that Bernanke is likely the most destructive Central Banker in history, Japan’s decision will end in destruction of its currency.  Maybe that’s what the NWO’ers are working toward achieving anyway.

Interestingly, the U.S. stock market reacted counter-intuitively to Japan’s move.  The yen and other Asian currencies plunged vs. the dollar, making U.S. manufactured exports to Japan/Asia more expensive and making Asian imports into the U.S. cheaper.   This in turn will further depress U.S. corporate revenues and earnings, which have dropped 5 quarters in a row – likely a 6th quarter when we get to see Q2 earnings reports.   To label this response by the U.S. stock markets “idiotic” is an insult to the word “idiotic.”

Beneath the glow of a stock market on fire, the U.S. economy is collapsing, especially the consumer.  I’ve detailed the decline in a key consumer spending metric, dining out, to demonstrate that middle class disposable income is shrinking quickly.  The Canadian brokerage firm, Canaccord, released a report this morning which stated that, “said the firm’s checks indicate a material decline in sales and traffic trends in casual dining restaurants was seen in June LINK.

June auto sales came in below expectations.  This is despite a new record in auto debt issuance.  The auto debt bubble is starting to look a lot like the housing mortgage bubble of 2005-2008.

The price of oil is starting to drop quickly again.  Refiners are cutting crude oil orders quickly as demand for refined products slips as another oversupply condition has accumulated:  LINK.   The Fed and the TBTF banks have been working hard to keep the price of oil propped up.  They know all too well that a big bank balance sheet disaster looms if too many junk-bond financed companies go tits up all at once.  That will happen anyway and for that we can soon expect Helicopter Money in this country.

Speaking of Helicopter Money, Cleveland Fed President, Loretta Mester, gave a speech in Australia in which she alluded the possibility of using “Helicopter Money” to stimulate economic activity.  Mester is a voting member of the FOMC. This tells us that the FOMC itself has been discussing the possibility of dropping bags of money on the population.

This reflects a Fed that is in a complete state of desperation about the collapsing economy.  $4 trillion in direct money printing plus several multiples of that amount of money injected into the system in the form of credit failed to stimulate real economic activity.  Why are they talking about even more?   Sure, housing and auto purchases using DEBT were stimulated, but that ship has sailed unless the Fed wants to give out money for down payments.

The Fed is even more desperate to keep the stock market elevated. If the stock market collapses, or just drops over 10% for an extended period of time – as in a few months – every single pension fund and insurance company in this U.S. will collapse.  It’s a simple as that.

In other words, the stock market is one big weapon of Mass Wealth Destruction.  You can protect yourself by unloading your non mining stock dollar-based “investments” and moving your money into physical gold and silver.

I am expecting a MONSTER move in the precious metals between now and the end of the year.  I will lay out an overview of my views later this week…I save details behind my analysis for subscribers to my Mining Stocks and Short Seller Journals…

 

Brexit To Catalyze Economic Collapse?

The global financial system is collapsing – not just Europe. If the Central Banks stepped away from both their observable and covert money printing, the system would collapse tomorrow. Brexit is not the catalyst and it’s not the cause. Brexit is nothing more than the cover story – the device used to deflect the public’s attention away from truth.

The truth is that the western Central Banks (let’s leave China aside for now) have created the biggest asset bubble in history. And the time has come for it to pop. It’s been a divisive, albeit brilliant, wealth confiscation mechanism.

Elijah Johnson invited me onto his Finance and Liberty podcast show to discuss Brexit, precious metals and the ongoing systemic collapse, which will be more catastrophic than the 2008 collapse financial crisis:

One of the immediate consequences of the BREXIT has been the “gating” of six UK property investment funds. Investors threw money at these funds and helped inflate a massive property bubble in the UK, similar to the one in the U.S. And now investors are trapped because the funds are unable to sell illiquid, overvalued real estate in order to meet redemptions. The same exact process will occur in the U.S. My view is that investors in mutual funds will get what they deserve because blogs like mine have been warning about this for several years now.

On another note, one of the stocks featured in my Mining Stock Journal is up over 7% today. It’s trading at a market cap that is about 10% of the potential valued of this Company’s primary gold property. It also looks like one of its strategic investors is starting to make a move to eventually acquire the entire Company. New subscribers to my Mining Stock Journal currently receive all of the back-issues when they subscribe, including the above-described company which was an early pick and is still highly undervalued. You can subscribe by clicking here: Mining Stock Journal.

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This “De-Risked” Junior Is Up 35% Since Late July

My last #1 risk/return play – Silvercrest Mines – agreed to be acquired by First Majestic earlier this summer. The takeover premium was 35%. My newest #1 risk/return play is a gold mining exploration company with a large gold deposit in both Canada and Nevada.

There are two large mining companies that are likely buyers of this company, as I discuss in my report. But aside from the possibility of an M&A transaction, the stock of this company appears poised to take-off again if we can get some cooperation from the price of gold:

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There are several reasons for this, not the least of which being that this company, in my opinion, is the potential takeover target for two large-cap gold miners, one of which is Goldcorp.  

This stock has also significantly outperformed the S&P 500 since the end of July:

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You can access my in-depth report on the stock  which I explain in detail why this Company’s stock is significantly undervalued and why it has a “takeover target” on its back by clicking on the pic below or this link:   De-Risked Junior Mining Stock Report.

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