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No Really, The Russians Hacked Us

Hillary and her supporters have vehemently asserted that “seventeen intelligence agencies” agree with the assessment that Russia hacked the election. It might be greater news to the American people to hear that there actually are seventeen such agencies out there. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Obama might explain exactly what they are beyond the CIA, the FBI, the DIA, the NSA, and DHS. Personally, I feel less secure knowing that there are so many additional surveillance services sifting through everybody’s digital debris trail.  – James Kunstler, “Deep State Blues

The public voted with its wallet and truthseeking data reveals that in any election in which the growth in average household real disposable income is less than 3.1%, the incumbent party loses the White House.  The study goes back to the 1932 election.  Real disposable income growth was well below 3.1% in 2016 and the Democrats lost the White House.  It’s really as simple as that, for the most part.

In addition, enough of the voting public determined that, with the help of the Wikileak emails, Hillary Clinton could not be trusted.  In fact, the Wikileak oeuvre revealed that the entire Democratic Party was indefatigably corrupt.  At the root of this corruption is the Clinton Foundation.  But beyond that it was discovered that, among other atrocities, the DNC conspired to rig the Democratic Primary against Bernie Sanders and the current DNC Chairman, Donna Brazile, slipped debate questions to Hillary ahead of the debates.

The reaction to this by the mainstream media, largely conduits of pro-Clinton propaganda, the DNC and Hillary is to blame the Wikileak truth revelations on the Russians.  As a result, the generic fake news meme regarding the election results has turned into “the Russians hacked us.”

All this mind you in an utterly complete void of proof.  Where’s the proof?  None of Hillary’s supposed intelligence agencies can produce one shred of evidence that points to Russian email hacking.   Show us the money.  Please.   Lost in this entire Orwellian fog of lies is the bare truth, for all to see.  If the Wikileak emails revealed that the Democratic Party – led by Hillary Clinton – is profoundly corrupt to the core, what difference does it make from where the source of truth, the source of holy light, appeared?   

The truth is the enemy now.  Rather than fearing Russia, the public should be looking for reasons to not live in fear of the U.S. Government.

The same Orwellian fog has enveloped the gold and silver markets, especially as the facts apply to the massive demand for gold in the eastern hemisphere.  Mainstream western financial media has become flooded with highly misleading and outright fraudulent news stories about the precious metals markets.  In this latest episode of the Shadow of Truth, we dissect through we pull away the wizard’s curtain to shed light on the facts:

Fake News, Propaganda And False Flags

The Fake News conspiracy is starting to lose steam.  It’s time to bury it completely. But this won’t happen because the “Fake News” narrative is another propaganda tool that is being used to distract the public’s attention from a collapsing economy and political system.

Paul Craig Roberts sent around an article that cites a former top NSA official who states explicitly that the NSA would have evidence of Russian influence on the election.  Apparently it has none:

If the idiots in the intelligence community expect us to believe them after all the crap they have told us (like WMD’s in Iraq and “no we don’t collect data on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans”) then they need to give clear proof of what they say. So far, they have failed to prove anything.

Which suggests they don’t have proof and just want to war monger the US public into a second cold war with the Russians.

After all, there’s lots and lots of money in that for the military-industrial-intelligence-governmental complex of incestuous relationships

This article is a must-read:   No Evidence Russia Hacked The Election.

The Russian/Fake News narrative is designed to foment Cold War 2.0 with Russia.  Russia and China are working – understandably – to remove the dollar as the world’s sole reserve currency.   The only means by which the U.S. can try to stop this is military.   It’s beginning to escalate into a dangerous game.  Trump seems to be perpetuating it by rhetorically fanning the flames with China in the South China Sea.

When an Empire is collapsing, history tells us that the Government foments “patriotism” through the heavy application of propaganda that is used to support rampant imperialism.  This is where the U.S. is right now.

Of course, Trump’s motive for enabling the Fake News narrative to perpetuate is to distract attention from his cabinet appointments, which have a decided Big Oil and Big Bank flavor to them.  So much for draining the Swamp.

This chart from William Banzai is priceless:

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Guest Post: Here’s Why The Banksters Are In Trouble

If the Fed were to reverse the portion of its QE in which it injected trillions onto big bank balance sheets as well as fomented a mortgage/housing bubble, the Too Big To Fails – including Goldman Sachs – would collapse.  Make no mistake, it would ultimately prove to be a good thing.

However, there’s also a growing groundswell of grassroot Americans who have “woken up.”  Perhaps the only good attribute of the last election is that it hastened the rate of enlightenment.   Too be sure, the number of Americans who understand the difference between Truth and Propaganda has vastly increased.

A reader of this blog and subscriber to the Mining Stock and Short Seller Journals submitted this narrative of a recent “enlightenment” experience that occurred while on a routine visit to the local barber shop.  It’s worth perusing:

I’m almost speechless as a result of the experience I just had. I have just returned from getting a haircut at the local barbershop downtown. I was there along with the barber, a semi-retired gentleman who now drives a school bus part-time, and a local hay farmer. Our conversation was an absolute stunner, and provides very compelling (albeit admittedly anecdotal) evidence that the bankster elite are in BIG trouble.

Why?

Well, first of all, the barber (in his late 30s) was explaining for all of us how the big banks are in MAJOR trouble on account of (and I am quoting verbatim) “the trillions of dollars of complex derivatives they are holding that are going to implode as a result of the rapid rise in US treasury bond yields.”

The bus driver then explained to everyone how he is no longer keeping any more money in his checking account than he needs to cover outstanding checks; that otherwise he holds all of his money in cash at home. Why? Because he is afraid that, at some point in the very near future, “we’ll all wake up on a Monday morning to discover that a bank holiday has been declared, and none of us will be able to access our funds.”

Finally, the hay farmer told us all how, as a result of having an excellent harvest this year, he had opted to pay off, two years early, the loan on his new tractor. He explained how he had received a call from the bank holding the loan, and the loan officer had attempted to convince him to NOT pay off the loan yet, and even offered to refund twelve months of interest payments if he would simply carry the loan to full term. The farmer adamantly refused. His response to the bank officer? “I understand perfectly well why you want to keep this loan on your books for two more years: you are using my loan as collateral to borrow short and lend long to the tune of at least ten times my original loan balance, and if I pay off my loan early, my debt and your collateral will be extinguished at the same time, and you’ll have to come up with more collateral to back up loans you never should have made in the first place.”

I was stunned!

“… borrow short and lend long … if I pay off my loan early, my debt and your collateral will be extinguished … loans you never should have made in the first place.” WOW!

I sat there absolutely amazed at the relatively high level of understanding manifest by these “salt of the earth” types — and I realized the extent to which the global elite have grossly underestimated the common folk of this world. I am, at this moment, as hopeful for the future of America as I have been in many years.

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Party Like It’s 1999: The Stock Market Is A Propaganda Tool

The degree and level of propaganda now flowing from the Establishment and the Establishment-controlled mainstream media is on par with that of the old Soviet Politburo or German Third Reich.   In fact, I’d confidently propose that this point is incontestable.

With modern technology and regulations which have made Fed operations and accountability tragically opaque, I have zero doubt that the Fed and the Government have managed to turn the stock market into another propaganda tool.  Studies have shown that, over the short term, the direction of the stock market and consumer sentiment measures are highly correlated.

Thus, pushing the stock market a lot higher is a mechanism that can be used to influence the public’s sentiment and willingness to spend.  This is critical after an election in which the political party controlling Capitol Hill changes and – more important – during the holiday shopping season.

Without question the U.S. economy is beginning to quickly crumble.  If you “peel away” the manipulative techniques applied to the economic reporting it reveals that every segment of the economy is now contracting.  Even the factory orders report for October released  yesterday – which showed a 2.7% gain over September – is still down 2.3% YTD vs the same YTD period in 2015.  Strip away the transportation component and it’s down 2.7%.

With interest rates on the long end up over 100 basis points in a very short period of time, the Fed’s balance sheet has taken a big hit. It currently owns over $4 trillion in Treasuries and mortgage securities. Assuming an average duration of 10 years on its holdings, the market value of the Fed’s balance sheet has dropped 8.4%, or approximately $320 billion. As of this past Thursday, the Fed’s balance sheet showed $46 billion in book equity. If the Fed were forced to mark-to-market its fixed income holdings, the Fed’s net worth would be significantly negative – close to $300 billion negative. Think about that: the only thing backing the value of the U.S. dollar right now is the U.S. military and a Central Bank with a massive negative net worth.  – excerpt from IRD’s latest Short Seller’s Journal

Market intervention in this manner is an attempt to convince the public that the economic system is healthy and will be even healthier in the future.  As such it’s another subtle propaganda tool – a perception management device.   If the Fed were step away from the market, the stock market would rapidly re-price to reflect the true underlying economic reality.  In short, stocks would crash and concomitantly gold and silver would soar.

The Fed injected billions into the system in late 1999 ahead of Greenspan’s Y2k scare. It led to the biggest stock market blow-off top of all-time.The current market is quite similar, only the economic and financial fundamentals underlying both the public and private sectors of the system are far worse than they were in 1999.

The ONLY thing that can explain the move in the stock market since around 2:00 a.m. EST after the election is massive Fed stimulus in some form – either direct cash injections done in a format that won’t show up on the Fed’s balance sheet or a massive spike up in the availability of short term credit lines made available to banks and extended to hedge funds. There is no other explanation.

Today for example, the stock market is spiking higher AND bond prices are higher/yields lower. This makes absolutely no sense and can only be explained by official intervention of some sort.

Gold and silver will “sniff” this out and at some point I expect to see gold begin to move a lot higher and the dollar sell-off precipitously. I also expect that the Chinese are going to send their response to Trump’s inimical overtures on Twitter by accelerating their sale of U.S. Treasuries.

lf the same GAAP accounting standards used in 1999 to measure corporate earnings – the standards having been relaxed more almost every year since 2000 to enable companies to report higher GAAP earnings – were applied to today’s earnings numbers, we would see that the current stock market is by far the most overvalued in history.

This will not end well.

NATO, The Obama Government And Fake News

Here’s the identity of the entities behind PropOrNot:

Launched by a resounding article in the Washington Post, on 24 Novembre 2016 [11], a mysterious group entitled Propaganda or Not? established a list of de 200 Internet sites – including Voltairenet.org – who were allegedly tasked by the Kremlin with relaying Russian propaganda and intoxicating US public opinion to the point where they elected Donald Trump.

While Propaganda or Not? does not publish the names of its directors, it does indicate that it unites four organisations – Polygraph, The Interpreter, the Center for European Policy Analysis and the Digital Forensic Research Lab.

– Polygraph is one of the sites of Voice of America, the US public radio and television organisation controlled by the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
– The Interpreter is a magazine of the Institute of Modern Russia, now broadcast by Voice of America.
– The Center for European Policy Analysis is a pseudopod of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) directed by Zbigniew Brzeziński and Madeleine Albright.
– And finally, the Digital Forensic Research Lab is a programme of the Atlantic Council.

In a document distributed by Propaganda or Not?, this pseudo-NGO, born of associations financed by the Obama administration, clearly names its enemy – Russia. It accuses Russia of having been the origin of the 9/11 Truth Movement and the Internet sites supporting Syria and Crimea.

On 2 December 2016, the United States Congress voted a law forbidding all military co-operation between Washington and Moscow. In the space of a few years, NATO has re-activated MacCarthyism.

You can read this entire article here:  NATO, The Obama Government And “Fake News”

I did a podcast with Elijah Johnson of Finance and Liberty/Silver Doctors in which we discussed the use of fake news and manipulated Government economic reports as totalitarian propaganda tools:  Orwell’s Thought Police In Real-Time.

Gold Manipulation, Propaganda And Totalitarianism

“I read Atlas Shrugged, Brave New World (+ Brave New World Revisited) and 1984 every ten years or so. Each time they are closer to reality.”  That comment was emailed in from a listener who offered the suggestion that the websites identified by Jeff Bezos’ “Washington Post” are Russian propaganda conduits should combine resources and sue the WashPo.  Apparently the proprietor of Nakedcapitalism.com, Yves Smith, has threatened the WashPo with a defamation lawsuit and has demanded a public retraction of the accusations put forth by Deep State insider, Jeff Bezos (see this for details on Bezo’s connection to the Deep State:  McCarthy’s Red Scare Redux).

The problem is that lawsuits of that nature do no good anymore.  We’re in the latter stages of “Atlas Shrugged.”  If you’re not part of the insider Government’s elitist circle, there is no Rule of Law.  If Yves takes up a collection to help fund her fight, we will gladly contribute but we don’t think fighting the trend is going to do anything other than pander to our ego. It’s false gratification that is embedded in the illusion that citizens can effect change.  Ask the people who are being honest with themselves if their vote for “change” worked in 2008…

In other words, there’s a movement toward totalitarianism set in motion now that can’t be stopped until it blows itself up.   History is pretty clear on this dynamic.   Look at the Bill being passed by the House that contains a section which opens the door for internet censorship.  If that Bill becomes a law, it will remove any legal standing to file suits like the one threatened by Yves. If she’s serious about filing a suit, she needs to file it before the Senate passes that legislation and before it’s signed by either Obama or Trump.

The movement toward Governmental totalitarian control gained traction when nobody put up any resistance to the increasing use of presidential Executive Orders.  Congress should have been livid but rolled over under a shower of special interest money.   The use of the Executive Order usurps Congressional and Judicial power and transfers it to the Executive Branch of Government and, specifically, to the Oval Office. It’s Rule of Man.

Just like the totalitarian creep, the use of propaganda by the Government is intended to assert control over the public’s perception.  The phony economic reports and the manipulation of the markets – especially the intervention in the stock  gold markets – are various forms of propaganda.  The economic fundamentals continue to deteriorate.  By just about every privately source economic data series the U.S. economy is contracting – i.e. in a recession.

If the Dow and the S&P 500 keep going higher and the price of gold is prevented from moving higher – and even though the economic fundamentals would suggest that stocks should be tanking and gold should be soaring – it sends the “message” that “maybe everything is better than it seems to me.”  Pure. Unadulterated. Propaganda.

In today’s episode of the Shadow of Truth, we discuss the use of propaganda and market manipulation as tools used by the Government to help it advance the movement toward to a totalitarian system as prophesied by visionaries like Orwell, Huxley and Rand:

Operation Mockingbird And The Mainstream Media

Notice how EVERYTHING – even the most trivial of events – on Fox News/Business, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN and MSNBC is “BREAKING NEWS?” The presentation of the news and the exploitation of sensationalism has itself become an insidious form of propaganda.

Operation Mockingbird was implemented by the CIA in the early 1950’s as operation to influence the media.  The idea is that, regardless of the truth, the first headline read by the public in the media was the version of the news that would stick with the public.  As an example, whenever a bomb explodes somewhere in the U.S., the first headlines that hit the newswires blame it on ISIS.

The genesis of this propaganda tool was Edward Bernays (nephew of Sigmund Freud), who is credited with being “the guy” behind Joseph Goebbels and the father of the “Virginia Slims Girl,” among another nefarious accolades.

In this latest episode of the Shadow of Truth, we discuss the reasons why that, for almost anything connected with politics and economics, the opposite of anything reported by the mainstream media likely the truth.

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The Price Of Gold Gets “Curiouser And Curiouser!”

I’m an atheist.   But if I’m wrong, God help this country.  –  Investment Research Dynamics

“Edward Bernays was Sigmund Freud’s nephew. He believed that the population had to be manipulated in a democracy to keep order. As I mentioned yesterday, Bernays was instrumental in getting women to smoke for his cigarette company client and to get the American people to support a CIA overthrow of a Guatemalan government that was uncooperative with United Fruit Company. Bernays uses the lowest instincts of humans and appeals to those “animal spirits” over their better judgement to influence mass viewpoints.”  This summary of the roots of modern U.S. propaganda techniques was sent to me by Jay Taylor, LINK.

Josef Goebbels implemented Bernays’ theories and techniques in crafting the infamous Nazi Germany  propaganda machine.  As Naom Chomsky chronicles in his preface to Bernays’ book, “Propaganda,” the U.S. Government and U.S. corporations hired Bernays in late 1920’s in order to utilize his techniques on the American public.  The rest, as they say, is history…anyone remember 9/11?

The propaganda effort against gold was ramped up starting in mid-December 2014. Around the same time, the blatantness of the effort to push down the price of gold and push up the S&P 500 and Dow intensified.  Both John Embry and I independently noticed both occurrences.  If it looks, walks and quacks like a duck…

The anti-gold propaganda took on extraordinary proportions last week as a prelude to Sunday nights vicious paper raid on the price of gold.  The media’s anti-gold media terrorism culminated with this silly, farcical article entitled, “Let’s Be Honest About Gold:  It’s a Pet Rock.”  Perhaps the most absurdly misleading article ever written about gold.

Paul Craig Roberts was at one time an editor and columnist for the Wall St. Journal.  He told me yesterday that he hasn’t been able to pick the WSJ to read for many years because of the high degree of fraudulent propaganda it now publishes.  I bet most of you were not aware that the WSJ is owned by the same propagandist who owns Fox News – Rupert Murdoch.

It was also around December that I started writing analysis of the economic data which showed that the U.S. economy was starting to hit a wall.  The most obvious signal was the fact that retail sales declined .9% in the month of December before the effect of inflation is removed.  I am convinced that the effort to push down the price of gold, and the corresponding media effort to publish highly misleading and negative reports about gold is directly related to an effort to cover-up the fact that the U.S. is systemically starting to collapse.

The elitists running the system know better than any of us what is really going on in the real economy as they have access to the unmanipulated, raw data – something to which they go to great lengths to prevent we plebeians from seeing.

The greatest amount of effort to cover up the truth about what is happening beneath the surface headlines is the effort being exerted to push the price of gold lower.  The truth is that the U.S. nothing a but gigantic bloated, debt-addicted Ponzi scheme that is quickly losing its global economic and military hegemony while the U.S. elitists steal everything in sight from the middle class.

If gold were allowed to trade freely, it would be priced at a significantly higher level than where it is now.  The problem is that a rising price of gold would signal to a large portion of the population that something is drastically wrong with the U.S. financial, economic and political system.

Perhaps the “poster child” for the propaganda and “thought control” behind the effort to drive the price of gold lower is this graphic which shows the price of gold in relation to the size of the Fed’s balance sheet (source:  Paul Mylchreest, Gold and the Silver Stand-off, edits are mine) – click to enlarge:

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As you can see, there was a high correlation between the directional movement in the price of gold and the growth in the size of the Fed’s balance sheet from “QE” (let’s be honest, “QE” is just a politically correct term for “money printing”).

However, and this is a key point, I would assert with confidence that, in fact, the price of gold began to rise at more rapid rate than the rise in the Fed’s balance sheet because of the leveraging effect of the high-powered banking reserves created by QE.

In other words,  every dollar printed enabled banks to extend leverage which has the unmitigated affect of creating even more money (most of this leverage has gone into the stock and bond markets).  Why?  Because every dollar of bank reserve “equity” can be leveraged in the form of debt.  Debt behaves like money until it is repaid, which means debt issuance has the outright effect of increasing the money supply. This is the fundamental principle underpinning “fractional reserve” banking.

Having said that, you can also see where the price of gold is pushed below the growth in the Fed’s balance sheet.  This is the unmitigated, unequivocal mark of outright official intervention in the gold market.  See my post yesterday for one of the primary ways in which this is implemented – LINK.

In one sense, the U.S. Government does not have a choice other than make an attempt to keep a lid on the price of gold in order to perpetuate the fraud it has created since 1971.  I said about 12 years ago that the elitists who control this country will hold up the system with printed money until they’ve swept every last crumb of middle class wealth off the table and into their own pockets.

If they were unable to control the price of gold, their scheme would fail.   It will ultimately fail anyway, as history has already spoken on this matter, but many of them will manage to escape this country with a significant amount of stolen wealth.  In fact, I would bet my last nickel that many of them, like Warren Buffet, the Rockefeller clan and the big banks, for instance, have amassed a large amount of gold that is being safekept in some remote area of the globe.  Certainly not in a U.S./UK/EU bank or Central Bank vault.  We know what happens to gold that disappears down those rabbit holes.

At some point this scheme to control the price of gold will fail – badly.  At that point it will be too late for most people to do anything about it because the price will shoot up vertically, in step-function.  Similar to the price of movement of the  tech stocks that are enjoying the collateral affects of the Fed’s money bubble.

That day (Feb 12, 1973) the United States announced that the dollar would be devalued by 10 percent. By switching the yen to a floating exchange rate, the Japanese currency appreciated, and a sufficient realignment in exchange rates was realized. Joint intervention in gold sales to prevent a steep rise in the price of gold, however, was not undertaken. That was a mistake.   – Paul Volker reflecting in November 2004 on the day the U.S. devalued the dollar vs. the yen source link