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Yesterday
Jeff Nielson replied to the topic Re: Climate Change conference in 2015 in the forums.
Debsyl, I'm fully convinced of the reality (and threat) of "chem-trails", and cloud-seeding with toxic heavy metals. But I don't see any either/or proposition here. In other words; whether or not "chem-trails" exist (and the evidence is conclusive that they do exist), this does not strengthen or weaken the position of those warning about global warming.

Both could exist. Neither could exist. There is now causality between these two phenomena, and likely very little correlation, other than both are becoming increasing threats/problems.

I'm personally convinced that the evidence is conclusive with respect to global warming and chem-trails, meaning we have TWO planet-threatening problems to deal with -- not one.
12:18 PM
Rory, I'm with Eric Dubin here. In fact; I'm much more strident on this issue. All of the "New World Order" dogma is MYTHOLOGY created by the Old World Order (i.e. the One Bank) to distract people from and/or cover-up its own existence.

The Old World Order

My reasoning is similar to that of Mr. Dubin. The banksters (and their political puppets) have NOT been "play-acting" as they attempted to politically isolate, and then economically (or militarily?) destroy Russia. These are real "enemies", not like the farce of the U.S. Two-Party Dicatatorship, where the two political parties pretend to be on "opposite sides".

Economic Terrorism Against Russia Intensifies

And obviously all of the gold-buying by Russia and China is (at least) a long-term threat to the West's bankster empire, and that would NOT be a part of any play-acting if all these nations were secretly controlled by the same puppet master. This doesn't necessarily mean that the banksters are incapable of exerting INFLUENCE over the governments of China and/or Russia. But I don't see any evidence of control.
12:11 PM
Rory, I'm really surprised that more analysts don't reference the work of Chris Martenson in this area -- including Chris Martenson (lol).



Nearly a decade ago; Chris Martenson produced what I still consider to be the definitive analysis on "peak oil", and oil production in general. He discussed a concept which I have not seen any other analyst deal with in explicit terms, what he calls the "energy surplus" from oil production.

To put this concept to numbers, back in the early days of the oil industry when there were plenty of large oil fields, with cheap/easy extraction; the oil industry could extract 100 barrels of oil for every barrel they used producing that oil, thus the energy surplus was 100:1.

As the cheap/easy oil fields dried up, this ratio has plummeted steadily lower, to the point where (if I remember Martenson's numbers correctly), the AVERAGE energy surplus in global oil production today is 3:1. In other words, despite improvements in technology; oil extraction is more than 30 times less efficient (or 30 times more energy-intensive) than it used to be.

But that's just the average. When it comes to the really difficult/energy-intensive oil production (like Canada's tar sands, like the U.S.'s shale oil) that ratio drops steadily further. The ratio Martenson asserted was 1.1:1. In other words, for every barrel of oil used in this oil production, that barrel only yields 1.1 barrels of output. Making the numbers a little easier to understand; they USE 10 barrels of oil to PRODUCE 11 barrels of oil.



Now as I mentioned; this analysis is nearly a decade old. It's certainly possible that shale oil and/or tar-sands oil is a little more efficient than the pathetic ratio from Martenson's analysis. But the bottom-line is the same: the VAST majority of oil produced by shale oil, and tar sands oil is USED in the production of that oil. Very little is left over to actually be utilized by the global economy.

Big Oil is drilling for oil, just to get enough oil to drill for more oil. It is a near-useless waste of resources AND it's destroying the environment in much of North America. This was NEVER an economically efficient/economically rational form of energy production, and if it wasn't for the fact that Stephen Harper is GIVING AWAY our oil (to the U.S.) at a discount of 30% from benchmark prices; the U.S. shale oil industry would have NEVER been profitable -- even with the price of oil at/near $100 per barrel.

11:59 AM
Hey Rory, are there any "big names" in the Alternative Media whom you have not managed to interview? John Embry is another personal favorite and a strong influence on me as I went from precious metals investor to "precious metals analyst".

I haven't had time to listen to the clip yet, but did read your transcript/summary. Definitely a lot of heavy/serious issues in this one...

11:05 AM
Jeff Nielson replied to the topic Re: Site problems -- update in the forums.
I'm STILL waiting for our web-host to recover the lost data (i.e. posts and a commentary) which were lost when our domain was transferred last week. I've been advised to PUBLISH nothing new until this data is reloaded into our archives.

I suspect this might mean that the most-recent Forum posts could disappear when the old data is recovered. In other words, what I'm afraid will happen is this. When the web-host reloads the data that has been lost (Forum posts from April 22 - 28) that this will cause NEWER posts to disappear (those posted after April 28).

If this happens, I apologize for that aggravation. However, I want to assure all readers, and especially Forum users that this is not going to become a regular problem. Once this current snafu is dealt with (and however this plays out), there should be no future problems in posting on the Forum (nor with my own commentaries).

Please bear with us as we work out these kinks.

10:57 AM
2 days ago
There was an hilarious piece of gibberish published by GoldCore, claiming that JPMorgan (over a short period of time) has accumulated a silver hoard of 350 million ounces of "physical silver", as part of an effort to "corner the market" (lol!). I'm going to do a Sprott Money piece on this nonsense, so I don't want to steal my own thunder. So I'll just review what's in the article itself.

GoldCore actually compares JPMorgan's supposed hoard of "silver", and its supposed attempt to "corner the market" to a REAL hoard of silver, and a REAL attempt to corner the silver market -- the Hunt Brothers' episode of 1979 - 80. Note that the Hunt Brothers were charged and convicted of "cornering" the silver market, even though their own hoard (only 200 million ounces) was less than 20% of total global inventories at that time. Even so; the price of silver increased by a factor of ten, as a result of all that silver-buying.

Conversely, today we're supposed to believe that JPMorgan has "accumulated" 350 million ounces of silver, even though that's likely more than TOTAL (real) inventories; AND JPMorgan has supposedly 'squeezed' the silver market this tightly while prices have actually gone down.



Have a good laugh for the weekend...


JP Morgan Cornering Silver Bullion Market?


www.goldcore.com/us/gold-blog/jp-morgan-...lver-bullion-market/

- Why is JP Morgan accumulating the biggest stockpile of physical silver in history?
- Legendary silver analyst Ted Butler believes JP Morgan are in a position to corner silver market
- JP Morgan may be holding as much as 350 million ounces of physical silver
- JP Morgan realises the value of owning physical silver bullion today
- Silver at $16 today – Set to soar to over $50 again

JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank, one the largest providers of financial services in the world and one of the most powerful banks in the world has accumulated one of the largest stockpiles of silver the world has ever seen.

The total JP Morgan silver stockpile has increased dramatically in the last four years. In 2011, JP Morgan has little or no physical silver. By 2012, they had acquired 5 million ounces of silver bullion.

Incredibly, in the last 3 years their COMEX silver stockpile has increased tenfold and is now over 55 million ounces (see chart below)...
02:53 PM
agau121 wrote:


Democracy Now recently aired a segment that I thought did a good job of outlining the TPP. Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida was featured in the segment. I found these two quotes from Congressman Grayson in connection to the TPP particularly chilling:

"Now, I’m the first member of Congress to actually see any part of the TPP, even though 600 corporate lobbyists are, quote, "advisers" to the trade representative and they get to see everything. And I insisted they take that information to my office, and in return they told me I couldn’t take it with me, I couldn’t take it home, I couldn’t make notes on it, I couldn’t have my staff present. And here’s the kicker: They didn’t want me to discuss it with the media, the public or even other members of Congress. So it’s a farce. And it’s meant specifically to keep the information away from the American people, because if the American people knew what was going on, they’d recognize that it’s a punch to the face of the middle class in America."

Later in the segment, he goes on to say:

"Well, one of the sad and disturbing elements of this whole process has been the artificial secrecy that’s been imposed by the administration and by the trade representative on these dealings. I can’t think of any other occasion, when I’ve served in Congress, when I’ve seen the element of deception loom so large here. The public is better informed of Iraqi attacks on ISIS, which you’d think would be classified, than it is informed on a trade deal that’s going to determine our economic future for the next 20 years. What’s happened is that, right at the beginning, the trade representative took the absurd position that everything that was being negotiated was classified, even though it was directly in the hands of the foreign governments with whom he was negotiating. Remember, normally, we have a classified system to keep information away from our enemies, or at least other governments. In this case, it was the other governments that had the information, and it was Congress and the American people who were being denied the information. And they took that position for five years, even though 100 members of Congress wrote a letter to the trade representative saying, "Cut this out."



Alan Grayson is one of the few, honest politicians remaining in Washington, and what he's describing is very similar to the utter perversion of democracy (and political due process) which took place during the passage of "The Patriot Act" -- which put "the U.S. Constitution" through a paper-shredder.

None of these trade deals is anything but more more anti-capitalism, and more fascism. The euphemism of "free trade" which is attached to these fascist deals is not even a remotely accurate label. The only thing "free" here are all the Western jobs -- being given away for nothing by our Traitor Governments.

02:33 PM
3 days ago
Jeff Nielson replied to the topic Re: Police Culture in Baltimore in the forums.
Earl, it's too bad that one of the posts which has "disappeared" from the Forum (temporarily?) was the post I did on an article by Chris Martenson on the SYSTEMIC BRUTALITY of U.S. police.

Where do systemic problems always start? At the TOP. So why isn't anyone pointing the finger at the POLICE CHIEFS and POLITICIANS who are responsible for systemic brutality by U.S. police?

As Chris Martenson pointed out; U.S. police are TRAINED to be highly-confrontational, in virtually any/every context. And then they are TRAINED to over-react to all confrontations. So first the U.S. police create confrontations, in situations where it was totally unnecessary to do so, and THEN they "over-react" -- i.e. beat their "suspect" to a pulp, or simply murder him.

As Martenson points out; this is merely one reason (of many) why the United States can no longer be regarded as a civilized nation.

08:21 PM
Thanks for the post Earl.

"De-regulation" is one of the most-facile aspects of conservative dogma. De-regulation was supposed to fix everything. What actually happened?

The global airline industry was "de-regulated". The global airline industry was destroyed. The trucking industry was de-regulated. The trucking industry was destroyed. Our entire economies were "de-regulated" (i.e. "globalization) and our entire economies have been destroyed.

It's the same way these mentally-deficient neanderthals insist that "tax cuts" are always good. You can NEVER "cut taxes" enough (let alone too much), despite the fact that the tax-base has been cut across the Western world (by NOT taxing the wealth of the wealthy) to the point where NONE of these economies is financially sustainable.

What is the response of the right-wing neanderthals? We need MORE tax-cuts.

Flash back to when (in the eyes of the conservatives) our economies were "over-regulated", and taxes were "too high". That was when we had prosperous economies, a strong Middle Class, and SOLVENT nations.

If you want to destroy an economy; put a "conservative" in charge.

08:07 PM
Jeff Nielson replied to the topic Re: China: The Key To The New World Order in the forums.
Thomas Aquinas wrote:
alt-market.com/articles/2580-china-the-k...-the-new-world-order


T/A, I still see absolutely nothing to persuade me here. There's nothing but innuendo. And it was positively facile to cite a remark from a Chinese official that the AIIB is intended to "compliment" Western banking machinery. What did he think they were going to say?

Frankly, I'm disappointed that Sean as SGT Report chose to be a cheerleader for this interview. If I had conducted the interview; I would have had a few questions for Corbett, such as these:

1) IF China is part of "the New World Order" (which doesn't exist), and partners with Western banksters; why did it ride to Russia's rescue when the SAME Western banksters were trying to destroy its economy? Why didn't it just stand back and do nothing?

2) Why is China AGGRESSIVELY accumulating gold, if it plans on being part of the SAME anti-gold economic system? (Compare that with Western puppet governments)

3) Why is China encouraging its CITIZENS to aggressively accumulate gold? If you want your citizens to be serfs, you would NEVER encourage them to accumulate the metals of economic liberty?

I could go on and on and on; but you get the picture. Find me someone with rational answers to questions like this, and then I'll begin to seriously consider such perspectives.

All the WESTERN "teammates" behave exactly the same way. So when I see the (supposed) "teammate" in the East behaving in a totally different manner; I don't see a teammate.
07:09 PM
Jeff Nielson replied to the topic Re: Site problems in the forums.
Bignoga wrote:
I don't know if it's just me or for everyone but the latest commentary as well as some forum post are missing since the change over.


You are quite correct, BigNoga.



One full week of content "disappeared". Apparently everything that was posted after our "server" was transferred, but BEFORE our "domain" was transferred has fallen into limbo -- but should be retrievable.

That ate up most of today for me, and I'm just trying to determine if it's safe to publish my newest commentary (already written) prior to the older content being restored. I'm really hoping to have things back to normal tomorrow.
06:35 PM
4 days ago
Earl created a new topic Lured by low wages and trade deals (NAFTA/TPP ?) in the forums.
To the Community,

This was a article I read in our daily "big" city paper. I thought of the big NAFTA presidential debates (Ross Perot, Bill Clinton and Bush Sr).

Then, I thought of the looming TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and how that "debate" hasn't really seen the light of day like NAFTA did.

I was just open to some observations and views on the subject.

I appreciate any and all feedback-

Thank You
Earl


Lured by low wages and trade deals, automakers accelerate factory investments, jobs in Mexico

www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/20...s-and-jobs-to-mexico

By TOM KRISHER and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the U.S. and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers.

In the past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in Mexico. Just last week, Toyota announced a new plant in Guanajuato to build the popular Corolla, work now done in Canada, while Ford unveiled plans for Mexican engine and transmission factories.

Low labor costs and fewer tariffs are the swing factors. A worker in Mexico costs car companies an average of $8 an hour, including wages and benefits. That compares with $58 in the U.S. for General Motors and $38 at Volkswagen's factory in Tennessee, the lowest hourly cost in the U.S., according to the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan. German auto workers cost about $52 an hour.

Mexico also trumps the U.S. on free trade. It has agreements with 45 countries, meaning low tariffs for exporting globally. That, along with low labor costs, convinced Audi to build an SUV factory in the state of Puebla. The German automaker will save $6,000 per vehicle in tariffs when it ships a Q5 to Europe, compared with building the same vehicle in the U.S., says Sean McAlinden, chief economist at CAR.

Audi also sells the Q5 in the U.S., where tariffs on cars built in Mexico were dropped under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The cost savings also should allow automakers to add expensive fuel-saving features to meet stricter U.S. government gas mileage requirements without raising car prices. Two-thirds of cars made in Mexico are shipped to the U.S.

While Mexico's auto industry booms and workers welcome the above-average wages, they are speaking out more loudly about working conditions.

Mexican auto production more than doubled in the past 10 years. The consulting firm IHS Automotive expects it to rise another 50 percent to just under 5 million by 2022. U.S. production is expected to increase only 3 percent, to 12.2 million vehicles, in the next 7 years.

Automakers now have 18 factories in Mexico, many built in the past 10 years. In four years, five more will be built, moving the country from the world's seventh-biggest auto producer to fifth.

The shift means jobs that could have gone to the U.S. or Canada went south. The number of auto-making jobs in Mexico has risen almost 40 percent since 2008, from 490,000 to 675,000 last year, according to government and industry statistics. During the same period, U.S. auto manufacturing employment grew 15 percent to nearly 903,000.

Toyota's new plant will create 2,000 new jobs, while Ford's $2.5 billion investment will add 3,800 jobs.

For Mexican workers, the plants "originally appear like marvelous places because you can earn a salary in exchange for good work," says Huberto Juarez, a professor at the Center for the Study of Economic and Social Development at the Autonomous University of Puebla.

Some Japanese automaker plants start workers at 90 to 150 pesos per day, or $6 to $10, Juarez says. Others, such as Volkswagen, have paid more than double that. Juarez says Mexico's auto-making wages are now below China, but better than Mexico's minimum wage of $4.50 per day.

There is pressure to improve working conditions at Mexican factories. Last week, three former Mazda factory workers publicly complained of injuries and of being worked longer than legally allowed. A union official announced protests in support.

Even so, Juarez says workers probably will stay put. "The big threat is always going to be unemployment. That's why they stay. Because you leave there and where are you going to go?"

Initially, automakers with Mexican factories faced quality problems due to an unskilled work force. But companies with longtime factories in Mexico, such as Ford and Nissan, have resolved those issues, according to McAlinden.

Note under PHOTO (not transferred over)-

FILE - In this July 31, 2012, file photo, an employee works on a Passat sedan at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Lured by low wages and tax-saving free trade agreements, auto companies from the U.S. and overseas are accelerating plans to build new factories and add jobs in Mexico. The moves, part of a decade-long trend, are luring investments and work that could have gone to the U.S. and Canada, according to experts. But they also are likely to keep car and truck prices in check even as automakers add expensive fuel-saving features to meet U.S. gas mileage requirements. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)
06:17 PM
Earl created a new topic Police Culture in Baltimore in the forums.

A look at recent history of Baltimore police in-custody deaths


www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/balti...-20150422-story.html

Before the recent death of Freddie Gray garnered national attention, other in-custody deaths raised concerns over police use of force by the community.

•In February, Trayvon Scott, 30, died after showing distress while in a holding cell at the Northern District police station in February 14, 2015. Police said no force was used in Scott's death.

•George V. King, 19, died in May 2014 a week after he struggled with two city police officers who repeatedly struck him with a Taser while he was a patient at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. The officers were not criminally charged.

•George V. King, 19, died in May 2014 a week after he struggled with two city police officers who repeatedly struck him with a Taser while he was a patient at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. The officers were not criminally charged.

•The death of Tyrone West, who was killed in 2013 after a traffic stop lead to protests. Police say he struggled during an arrest. An autopsy showed that he died of a heart condition exacerbated by the struggle and warm weather. Officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.

•In September 2012, Anthony Anderson, 46, died of internal injuries when Baltimore police officers tackled him after they say they witnessed a drug deal. The state medical examiner's office said the death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma. But the state's attorney declined to bring charges, ruling that the officers did not use excessive force and followed police guidelines.

Earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union reported that 109 people died after encounters with police in Maryland between 2010 and 2014. Baltimore had the highest number, with 31 people who died after encounters with police.

The ACLU report also found that statewide, nearly 70 percent of were black, and more than 40 percent of the people were unarmed.


An investigation by The Baltimore Sun found that the city has paid $5.7 million in court judgments and settlements in 102 civil suits alleging police misconduct since 2011.

Baltimore police have created a "Force Investigation Team," which replaced the homicide unit as the primary investigators of high-profile cases that involve use of force by officers. The department has posted a log of its investigations online

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a wide-ranging review of the department, including allegations of brutality. On Tuesday, officials with the Justice Department's announced that it would open a criminal investigation into Gray's death.



The Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore

www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/201...in-baltimore/391158/

In Baltimore, where 25-year-old Freddie Gray died shortly after being taken into police custody, an investigation may uncover homicidal misconduct by law enforcement, as happened in the North Charleston, South Carolina, killing of Walter Scott. Or the facts may confound the darkest suspicions of protestors, as when the Department of Justice released its report on the killing of Michael Brown.

What's crucial to understand, as Baltimore residents take to the streets in long-simmering frustration, is that their general grievances are valid regardless of how this case plays out. For as in Ferguson, where residents suffered through years of misconduct so egregious that most Americans could scarcely conceive of what was going on, the people of Baltimore are policed by an entity that perpetrates stunning abuses. The difference is that this time we needn't wait for a DOJ report to tell us so. Harrowing evidence has been presented. Yet America hasn't looked.

I include myself.

Despite actively reading and commenting on police misconduct for many years, I was unaware until yesterday that the Baltimore Sun published a searing 2014 article documenting recent abuses that are national scandals in their own rights.

A grandmother's bones were broken. A pregnant woman was violently thrown to the ground. Millions of dollars were paid out to numerous victims of police brutality.

And almost none of us noticed!

So I join all who say that protests in Baltimore should remain peaceful, and I will continue to withhold judgment about Gray's death until more facts are known.

But I also insist that Baltimore protests are appropriate regardless of what happened to Freddie Gray, as is more federal scrutiny and intervention. Although much was rightly made of Ferguson's racially unrepresentative local leadership, the presence of a black mayor and a diverse city council has not solved Baltimore's police problem, partly because the DOJ responded to revelations of epidemic brutality with less than the full-scale civil rights probe that some residents requested and because Maryland pols have thwarted reform bills urged by city leaders.

There are so many good reasons for locals to be outraged.

The Baltimore Sun's article shows why in detail. And a few choice excerpts are the best beginning in this attempt to contextualize the ongoing protests within recent history.

Let's start with the money.

$5.7 million is the amount the city paid to victims of brutality between 2011 and 2014. And as huge as that figure is, the more staggering number in the article is this one: "Over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil-rights violations." What tiny percentage of the unjustly beaten win formal legal judgments?

If you're imagining that they were all men in their twenties, think again:

Victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson. Those cases detail a frightful human toll. Officers have battered dozens of residents who suffered broken bones — jaws, noses, arms, legs, ankles — head trauma, organ failure, and even death, coming during questionable arrests. Some residents were beaten while handcuffed; others were thrown to the pavement.

The 87-year-old grandmother was named Venus Green. A former teacher with two college degrees, she spent her retirement years as a foster parent for needy children. She was on her porch one day when her grandson ran up crying for an ambulance.

He'd been shot.

The article goes on to tell her story from a legal document in her successful lawsuit:

Paramedics and police responded to the emergency call, but the white officer became hostile. “What happened? Who shot you?” Green recalled the officer saying to her grandson, according to an 11-page letter in which she detailed the incident for her lawyer. Excerpts from the letter were included in her lawsuit. “You’re lying. You know you were shot inside that house. We ain’t going to help you because you are lying.”

“Mister, he isn’t lying,” replied Green, who had no criminal record. “He came from down that way running, calling me to call the ambulance.”

The officer, who is not identified in the lawsuit, wanted to go into the basement, but Green demanded a warrant. Her grandson kept two dogs downstairs and she feared they would attack. The officer unhooked the lock, but Green latched it. He shoved Green against the wall.

She hit the wooden floor. “Bitch, you ain’t no better than any of the other old black bitches I have locked up,” Green recalled the officer saying as he stood over her. “He pulled me up, pushed me in the dining room over the couch, put his knees in my back, twisted my arms and wrist and put handcuffs on my hands and threw me face down on the couch.”

After pulling Green to her feet, the officer told her she was under arrest. Green complained of pain. “My neck and shoulder are hurting,” Green told him. “Please take these handcuffs off.” An African-American officer then walked in the house, saw her sobbing and asked that the handcuffs be removed since Green wasn’t violent. The cuffs came off, and Green didn’t face any charges. But a broken shoulder tormented her for months.


When pondering the fact that Baltimore paid out $5.7 million in brutality settlements over four years, consider that the payout in this case was just $95,000. (For the story of the pregnant woman and many others, the full article is here.)

Lest anyone imagine that this investigation was the only tipoff of egregious misconduct among Baltimore police, more context is useful. The period covered in the brutality investigation came immediately after the FBI caught 51 Baltimore police officers in a scheme that resulted in at least 12 extortion convictions.

Shortly after the investigation was published this happened on a Baltimore street:



This year a detective who retired from the police force last year demonstrated a violent streak—he allegedly took part in a motorcycle-club brawl that left a man hospitalized. Also in 2014, "a city police officer was charged with felony assault after he stormed into a home in full uniform Monday and threatened to kill his wife with his service weapon." And Baltimore police tased a hospitalized meningitis patient 5 times in the course of ten minutes. He died soon after. Prosecutors did not file charges.

Another cop was charged with an assault on a 14-year-old boy.

Even animals couldn't escape the brutality of the Baltimore police last year. In July, "Officer Thomas Schmidt, a 24-year veteran assigned to the Emergency Services unit, was placed on paid administrative leave after police say he held down a Shar-Pei while a fellow officer, Jeffrey Bolger, slit the dog's throat." A month later, a Baltimore police officer plead guilty "to a felony animal cruelty charge after he fatally beat and choked his girlfriend's Jack Russell terrier," an August 5 article noted. The very same year, even one of Baltimore's good cops couldn't escape the horror show of dead animals: "Four investigators from agencies outside Baltimore are working to determine who left a dead rat on the car windshield of an officer who was cooperating with prosecutors on a police brutality case."

What about the prior year?

There was a murder-suicide, with a policeman killing a firefighter, his girlfriend, and himself. There was a different officer who killed himself in jail after being charged with killing his fiancée. In yet another case, "Abdul Salaam, 36, says he was beaten in July 2013 after a traffic stop by officers Nicholas Chapman and Jorge Bernardez-Ruiz and that he never got a response to his complaint filed with internal affairs," The Sun reported. "Those officers would be implicated less than three weeks later in the death of 44-year-old Tyrone West while he was in police custody." Also in 2013, a jury acquitted an off-duty police officer on manslaughter charges after he chased down and killed a 17-year-old boy who may or may not have thrown a rock that thumped harmlessly into his front door. And that's not even getting into serious corruption that wasn't brutality.

I could go on, but I've long since started to skim past stories like "Baltimore police officer pimps out his own wife" and thinking, meh, I've seen worse from cops there. The cop who shot himself and lied about it to get worker's comp benefits? Meh, at least he didn't shoot someone else and then lie about what happened. There is just a staggering level of dysfunction in the department, and residents of Baltimore, a city that could use a professional crime-fighting force if ever there was one, have suffered under it year after year after year. Pick one. (Take 2008! A Baltimore cop shot a man twice in the back. He was acquitted, too.)

There is so much I haven't included (example), and I've just trawled through the archives of The Baltimore Sun for a two-year period. They cover most police-involved deaths, but no newspaper covers more than a minuscule subset of use-of-force incidents.

So no wonder protestors are out in Baltimore after this latest death.

No wonder that a meeting on police brutality this week had to be moved to a bigger venue because so many Baltimore residents are concerned enough to come out in person. "Dozens of residents—most of them black—inundated federal officials with their assertions that city police have been brutalizing residents with impunity," a just-published Baltimore Sun article reports. It includes a quote from a 35-year-old who asked the feds, "When are you all going to help us?"
05:51 PM
Jeff Nielson created a new topic Site problems in the forums.
My apologies!

We had some more "transferring" to do, this time involving our domain, and that turned into another multi-day mess. However, I think it's now safe to say that all of the "transferring" is done, and there should NOT be any more major snafu's like these last two.

There may still be occasional problems in the future (just like we had occasional problems in the past), but such "issues" should be a question of hours -- not days.

03:49 PM
1 week ago
Earl created a new topic EPA to Allow Consumption of Fracking Wastewater in the forums.
To the Community,

There's always a cry for less regulation, less government interference. To end the "alphabet soup of agencies", end the EPA.

IF one could get "Civil" justice.

I use to be on that Libertarian wagon of "less is best" when it came to Government regulations. But either way, it just never works. There's no "civil" justice in Fascism. Whether it's rigged interest rates that rob every city, county, state, of taxpayers money financing public schools, nursing homes and hospitals. To the billions of dollars tax payers pay to clean up after big sugar in the Florida Everglades, to the Big Oil "disaster" in the Gulf of Mexico.

The penalty never fits the crime. Simple "cost of doing business" and the crime is done over and over again. Pollution, fraud, bribes, lobbyist, etc.

California water restrictions don't apply to "Big Oil".

California Drought: LOTS of water for 'fracking'


Jeff stated-
As some readers already know; California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record, and has now begun SEVERE water rationing, for everyone except the farmers and the frackers. Supposedly, Big Agriculture has already taken a hit in terms of its water allowance, and that's why it was spared any further cuts. But for Big Oil (and its environmentally-destructive "fracking"); it's simply "take all you want".

bullionbullscanada.com/bulletin-boards/1...f-water-for-fracking

Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Tea Party doesn't matter. It hasn't mattered for a long time.

Gold bug, Silvertard, Tree hugger...let me quote there exact description of me " the typical knee-jerk, anti-capitalism, tree-worshipping environmentalist."

There will be no civil penalties, no civil justice and no civil respect.

So drink and be merry.

Thank You
Earl

EPA to Allow Consumption of Toxic Fracking Wastewater by Wildlife and Livestock


www.nationofchange.org/epa-allow-consump...livestock-1373811581

Millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals from oil and gas drilling rigs are pumped for consumption by wildlife and livestock with the formal approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to public comments filed yesterday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Contrary to its own regulations, EPA is issuing permits for surface application of drilling wastewater without even identifying the chemicals in fluids used for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, let alone setting effluent limits for the contaminants contained within them.

The EPA has just posted proposed new water discharge permits for the nearly dozen oil fields on or abutting the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming as the EPA has Clean Water Act jurisdiction on tribal lands. Besides not even listing the array of toxic chemicals being discharged, the proposed permits have monitoring requirements so weak that water can be tested long after fracking events or maintenance flushing. In addition, the permits lack any provisions to protect the health of wildlife or livestock.

“Under the less than watchful eye of the EPA, fracking flowback is dumped into rivers, lakes and reservoirs,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, pointing out that in both the current and the new proposed permits the EPA ignores its own rules requiring that it list “the type and quantity of wastes, fluids or pollutants which are proposed to be or are being treated, stored, disposed of, injected, emitted or discharged.”

“Gushers of putrid, grayish water encrusted with chemical crystals flood through Wind River into nearby streams,” he added.

Surface disposal of water produced by oil and gas drilling is forbidden in the Eastern U.S. but allowed in the arid West for purposes of “agricultural or wildlife propagation,” in the words of the governing federal regulation. Thus, the “produced water,” as it is called, must be “of good enough quality to be used for wildlife or livestock watering or other agricultural uses.”

In the last decade, fracking fluids often consisting of powerfully toxic chemicals have been included in this surface discharge. The exact mixture used by individual operators is treated as a trade secret. But one recent analysis identified 632 chemicals now used in shale-gas production. More than 75 percent of them affect the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems; 40-50 percent impact the kidneys and the nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems; 37 percent act on the hormone system; and 25 percent are linked with cancer or mutations.

“Amid all the controversy on this topic, there is one point of agreement: Drinking fracking fluids is not a good idea,” added Ruch, pointing to cases where cattle drinking creek water contaminated with fracking fluids died or failed to produce calves the following year. “The more than 30-year old ‘produced water’ exception was intended for naturally occurring fluids and muds from within the geologic formations, not this new generation of powerful chemicals introduced downhole.”

PEER is asking the EPA to rewrite the permits to regulate all the chemicals being discharged and to determine whether the “produced water” is potable for wildlife and livestock. The public comments period on the proposed Wind Reservation permits closes on July 26.

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Josh Fox (born 1972) is an American film director and environmental activist, best known for his Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary, Gasland.

An emergency short film from Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of GASLAND addressing the urgent crisis of drilling and fracking in New York state.

For more info/links on "Fracking"-
vimeo.com/44367635



Apr 21
Earl replied to the topic Re: **IMPORTANT** question about Forum usage??? in the forums.
Jeff,

Yes, personally I use that column constantly. I even call it "the board". If a topic that I feel is important, for example, "The original corporate raiders", if bye chance it gets "knocked off" with a continual back and forth exchange on the merits of the Pope, I'll post to that thread to get the topic back "on the board".

I also use it to see who's posting. Sometimes there's a "blast from the past" and I'll check it out to see how they're doing. That posting tells me they're around and maybe even to write privately a note to say "hey".

From that column, I now know agau121 is alive and well and recently posted. That said, "hey", agau121. Good to hear from you

Now, if the column wasn't there, I'd probably double post on topics during busier times.

If it's there, I use it. If it's not, I'm sure, I'd adjust if it wasn't there. "The Board", that's my input.

Thank You
Earl
Apr 21
2 weeks ago
Jeff Nielson created a new topic **IMPORTANT** question about Forum usage??? in the forums.
This question is primarily directed at the Community Members who post regularly, but it also applies to any (registered) Member: do you USE the display on the lower, left portion of our homepage: RECENT FORUM DISCUSSIONS? If so, do you peruse that section often?

The reason why this is important is because that part of the homepage is a BIG consumer of "resources" (i.e. bandwidth). And if (when?) it becomes necessary to "turn off" parts of the site, this is the area where the most "resource conservation" is possible. Thus if Members indicate they don't follow that column regularly (or there is simply no response to this inquiry) then that will likely be one of the first changes we make.
Apr 17
Jeff Nielson replied to the topic Re: Jeff Nielson, for Sprott Money: in the forums.
..and here's the conclusion.


The Minimum Price for Gold, Part II

www.sprottmoney.com/news/the-minimum-pri...on-sprott-money-news

In the first part of this series; several fundamental principles of economics (and markets) were stressed. Supply/demand analysis is not merely objective, and logically/mathematically irrefutable; it is the only basis upon which the market for any hard asset can be analyzed. Conversely the price-analysis constantly parroted by the Corporate media is utterly devoid of any significance or legitimacy – in the corrupted crime-scenes of today which we call our markets.

Part I explained, through a simple and unequivocal hypothetical example, how supply/demand fundamentals would (and must) assert themselves, in spite of even the most extreme or relentless manipulation of a sector (by any means). This is based upon the elementary reality that in a world of physical goods, there are fixed production costs, and thus a minimum price for that good.

As illustrated in the hypothetical example; if that minimum price is breached (downward), this must result in the total depletion of inventories, and that total depletion of inventories must result in a dramatic, upward revision of the price, in spite of any manipulation, as only a much higher (legitimate) price could instigate a resumption in supply...
Apr 17
Jeff Nielson created a new topic Another FAKE "plunge" in U.S. economy in the forums.
OK, things get a little bit convoluted here; so follow this closely. The U.S. government is currently (once again) "faking" a mini-collapse of the U.S. economy -- just as it did at the beginning of last year.

Of course, in the real world, the U.S. economy is steadily disintegrating. So here's where it gets tricky. The U.S. government is not simply allowing "reality" to start seeping into its economic reporting -- as there is no way to use that to their advantage. What they are doing is "manipulating" their own data (i.e. their own lies) in order to FAKE "weakness" in the U.S. economy -- by negative "adjustments" of all of the statistical lying techniques they use to (normally) fake "health" in the U.S. economy.

For example; normally the "seasonal adjustments" made by these Liars always goose the numbers higher _- i.e. they are POSITIVE "seasonal adjustments" (twelve months a year - lol). What they are doing this year (and last) is to make very large NEGATIVE "adjustments" of (most of) their lying techniques, to literally "fake weakness" in the U.S. economy.

The purpose of this charade is that it allows them to make MUCH BIGGER POSITIVE "ADJUSTMENTS" for the rest of the year. Thus it was only the "large contraction" (in U.S. GDP) which these liars reported at the beginning of 2014 which allowed them to then claim that the next two quarters were "the two strongest quarters of growth in 13 years").

Note that we have PROOF that the U.S. government is faking another contraction, via the reporting at Zero Hedge. The mythology is that the current "weakness" in the U.S. economy is weather-related. As I have already noted; this is preposterous. The whole point of "seasonal adjustments" is to make the "seasons" (i.e. the weather) IRRELEVANT in the reporting of this data.

How do we know that the U.S. is faking weakness in the economy (via negative adjustments)? Because despite the cold weather; the U.S. government is reporting that "utilities" usage (primary the power plants we use to heat our cities) is supposedly plunging.

This is preposterous. While poorer people might be forced to turn down the heat due to lack of funds; the economy (as a whole) is not yet that poor. People will cut-out spending on almost ANYTHING else (except food) rather than turn down the heat -- in a cold winter.

We see ALL U.S. economic data currently depressed (including utilities usage), when in any rational/legitimate reporting of the data we would see utilities as the last/least affected sector in any downturn. Since I know that this is a fake down-turn; I can "predict" (lol) with the utmost confidence, that the U.S. economy will stage "an amazing turn-around" in the second quarter of this year (lol); just like it supposedly did in 2014.

Understand the reason for this ultra-absurd theater. The banksters' Pied Piper trading algorithm requires "better numbers" (i.e. bigger lies) in order to manipulate markets higher. It is the one Achilles Heel in this automated market-manipulation: it runs on data, and the data must get "better" for the markets to go higher.

The Banksters’ Master Program For Manipulating Markets

So the previous economic lies (about the U.S. economy) used to pump these markets -- which were already huge -- had to get 'huger'. The only way to do that is to SABOTAGE one quarter (the "cold winter" - lol) with enormous, negative adjustments -- and then ADD-BACK those adjustments in the following quarters.

Why U.S. Economic ‘Statistics’ Get More and More Absurd

We will then have two (or maybe even three?) quarters of supposed "strong growth" in the U.S. economy, which will allow all of the bubbles to be pumped just a little bit bigger; and THEN comes the Mother of all 'Pops'. EVERYTHING comes crashing down; and then Warren Buffet (and the rest of Wall Street) deploy all their Vampire Dollars -- since they never lose a nickle in these crashes.

The Next Crash in 2016
Buffett Sits on $50 Billion Cash-Hoard, Waiting for Bubbles to Pop

What's another reason I know I'm right? Watch Buffet the Vampire-Layer. When the U.S. economy staged its "amazing rebound" in 2014; Buffet didn't deploy any of his Vampire Dollars, rather his hoard of Vampire Dollars grew even larger.

Buffett cash-hoard now at $62 BILLION

When the U.S. economy stages its fake-rebound (2015); Buffet might throw a few pennies into the market (to make things look convincing). After all; his cash hoard is now greater than the GDP of most nations. But he will save the vast majority of those Vampire Dollars for the real crash -- and that's not scheduled until next year (or possibly the end of 2015).

Once you see/know the entire Script; it gets easier to follow along through these Machiavellian twists-and-turns...



P.S. Note how Zero Hedge points to all U.S. statistics falling together, AND (instead of falling less than other sectors) Utilities are falling more than other sectors.




US Industrial Production Plunges By Most Since Aug 2012, Utility Output Drops Most In 9 Years

www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-15/us-ind...lunges-most-aug-2012

Mortgage Apps tumble, Empire Fed slumps, and now Industrial Production plunges... Against expectations of a 0.3% drop MoM, US Factory Output was twice as bad at -0.6% - the worst since August 2012 (and lamost worst since June 2009). This is the 4th miss in a row. What is even more stunning is that despite the coldest of cold winters that crashed the US economy, Utilities saw their output crash 5.9% - the most in 9 years (explained as follows - largely reversing a similarly-sized increase in February, which was related to unseasonably cold temperatures). Motor Vehicles saved the data from being a catastrophe with a 3.2% rise (following a 3.6% drop In Feb)...
Apr 17
For the first time; I'm using the new slang "Grexit", since it now appears (to me at least) certain that Greece will be forced out of the EU, as the Vampires "circle the wagons".

The issue (as I pointed out at the beginning of this thread, and in my commentaries) is simple. Greece wants a REAL "BAIL-OUT", meaning a deal where its debt-load goes DOWN instead of UP. The Vampires pretend to not understand why a bankrupt nation would want to have its debts reduced -- and all they have offered to do (without ever once holding out any other possibility) is to PILE MORE DEBT onto Greece, and call this "a bail-out".

Understand the predicament for these political and banker puppets. IF they show any "leniency" (i.e. sanity) in dealing with Greece, and give it a real "bail-out"; then all of these other Deadbeat Debtors would want real bail-outs too -- and suddenly the One Bank's debt-slavery no longer exists.

So, with the stalemate now intractable; Greece will be forced out of the EU (and into the waiting arms of Russia); at which point the Fascists will STOMP on Greece's economy (even more) in order to "make an example" out of it -- again.




Greece pushed a step closer to eurozone exit after IMF snub

www.theguardian.com/business/2015/apr/16...rexit-after-imf-snub

Christine Lagarde’s refusal to allow any delay in bailout repayments heightens fears that the US and Europe are preparing for Greece to leave the euro

Greece has been pushed a step closer to default and potential exit from the euro after one of its main lenders, the International Monetary Fund, all but ruled out allowing the cash-strapped country to delay repaying the €1bn (£722m) due next month.

The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, said delaying the payments would be an unprecedented action that would only make the situation worse...
Apr 17
Jeff Nielson replied to the topic Re: NOT "The End of Bullion Bulls Canada" in the forums.
Bignoga wrote:
Jeff I think it's invaluable that you have decided to keep the site online. However if as you say you will be scaling back your contribution to the site and relying more on the members themselves I fear this doomed to fail unless registration is opened and made much less cumbersome. Even if you were handing out free money the community would slowly die as people migrate from the site if there are no new members. With the zombie population the way they are, and unwilling to work I think it must be made as easy for possible to help themselves otherwise they may give up and drift into oblivion.

This is certainly a good point, BigNoga. The problem is that it's impossible to have open registration, due to the extreme spamming by the banksters' Trolls. At one point they were spamming the site with 1,000 phony accounts PER HOUR.

Understand the value that the BANKSTERS place upon this Community, in order to hire literally an ARMY of Trolls in order to stop the Community from growing any larger. I understand that Members may not feel "privileged" or "special", but YOU (just as much as me) are being targeted by these psychopaths.
Apr 17
I strongly suggest to readers that they pay close attention to one of the newest propaganda-themes beginning to gather momentum in the brainwashing of the Corporate media: BANNING "cash".

Understand that the great irony here is that this latest Machiavellian fascism is directed not at at undermining the (already worthless) paper-currencies which we think of as "cash". Rather, this is another, indirect attack on "good money" (i.e. gold and silver). A society which claims to "ban cash" will, in fact, be banning ALL non-electronic transactions (and thus making them illegal).

There are SEVERAL (fascist) implications here. With "cash" officially banned; the idea is to FORCE EVERYONE to keep virtually all of their wealth INSIDE BANKS -- where (as we already know) the banksters plan on stealing all of it via (illegal/fraudulent) "bail-ins".

How Your Bank Account WILL Disappear
Bail-Ins Are Fraudulent



P.S. Note which Citigroup mouthpiece thinks "banning cash" is such a great idea.


Citigroup's Gold "Expert" Demands A Cash Ban

www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-16/anothe...ing-demands-cash-ban

Late last year, Grexit "expert" Willem Buiter decided that he was a greater expert on the topic of monetary metals than on geopolitics by stating that "Gold Is A 6,000 Year Old Bubble." Now, he has decided that after gold, it is best to just do away with any physical currency altogether and the time to ban cash has arrived.

Submitted by Pater Tenebrarum via Acting-Man blog,
Citigroup’s Chief Economist Joins the Cash Ban Bandwagon

We have discussed the views of Citigroup’s chief economist Willem Buiter previously in these pages (see “A Dose of Buiternomics” for details), on occasion of his coming out as a supporter of assorted monetary cranks, such as Silvio Gesell, to name one. Not to put too fine a point to it, Buiter is a monetary crank too.

Buiter is always shilling for more central bank intervention, and it seems no plan can ever be too silly or too extreme for him. In fact, he seems to have made the propagation of utterly crazy ideas his trademark.

Buiter has now joined one of his famous colleagues, Kenneth Rogoff, another intellectual enamored with central planning, in clamoring for a cash ban (for our discussion of Rogoff, see “Meet Kenneth Rogoff, Unreconstructed Statist”). Both Buiter and Rogoff want to make it impossible for citizens to escape the latest depredations of central bankers, such as the imposition of negative interest rates. This is to be done by forcing them to keep their money in accounts at fractionally reserved banks...
Apr 16
With debt-defaults at the municipal level now beginning to CASCADE in the U.S. Ponzi-economy; two words characterize these BANKRUPTCY proceedings: "larger" and "more-frequent".

It has been a persistent ugly list of municipal bankruptcies: Detroit, MI; Vallejo, San Bernardino, Stockton, and Mammoth Lakes, CA; Jefferson County, AL. Harrisburg, PA; Central Falls, RI; Boise County, ID.

There are many more aspirants for that list, including cities bigger than Detroit. Detroit was the test case for shedding debt...

Yes, much like the Cyprus Steal was the "test case" (or precedent) for the odious "bail-ins". Rape the people once, suppress/ignore any protests, and then claim this is the TEMPLATE for future acts of economic rape (in other jurisdictions). In the minds (and lies) of these psychopaths; if you rape someone -- and GET AWAY WITH IT -- that makes rape "legal".



The point here is that none of the stealing the Banksters do (via their political lackeys) during these bankruptcy meltdowns does anything to prolong the life of this crime syndicate empire. Quite the opposite. The economic cannibalization which is taking place in these proceedings is nothing more than career thieves "stealing as much as they can" before the crime-spree ends.

Sadly, for the people, it is this "stealing as much as they can" phase which is going to devastate the most lives...




Fed’s Dudley Warns about Wave of Municipal Bankruptcies

thedailycoin.org/?p=25745#sthash.auJGklq7.jkjaG6Ej.dpbs

It has been a persistent ugly list of municipal bankruptcies: Detroit, MI; Vallejo, San Bernardino, Stockton, and Mammoth Lakes, CA; Jefferson County, AL. Harrisburg, PA; Central Falls, RI; Boise County, ID.

There are many more aspirants for that list, including cities bigger than Detroit. Detroit was the test case for shedding debt. If bankruptcy worked in Detroit, it might work in Chicago. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to make Chapter 9 bankruptcies legal for cities in his state, which is facing its own mega-problems.

“Bankruptcy law exists for a reason; it’s allowed in business so that businesses can get back on their feet and prosper again by restructuring their debts,” Rauner said. “It’s very important for governments to be able to do that, too.”

His plan for sparing Illinois that fate is to cut state assistance to municipalities, which doesn’t sit well with officials at these municipalities. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office countered that balancing the state budget on the backs of the local governments is itself a “bankrupt” idea...
Apr 16
Barack Obama might as well have his forehead tatooed with the phrase "Lame Duck", as that is clearly the phase that his (utterly disgraceful and irredeemable) presidency has entered. The good part of this -- for Obama -- is that with respect to all the outrageous acts of bullying and crimes-against-humanity perpetrated by this regime from this point onward; Obama will be able to (rightfully) share the blame, with the mindless toads of Congress.

More specifically; with Obama now announcing that the tentative "deal" with Iran will now be "reviewed" by Congress; the degree of farce in this entire proceeding has just escalated, exponentially. With both Obama and Congressional Toads being merely the whipping-boys (and girls) of the One Bank; what were the bankers' reasons for adding this additional "act" to this theatrical farce?

Several possibilities come to mind. As we saw with the original announcement of the "deal"; before the ink was even dry, we had Obama (and other U.S. Revisionists) putting their "own spin" on the deal -- giving it that 'unique' U.S. "interpretation" of international agreements, where the interpretation has little-to-any connection with the actual agreement signed by the U.S. government.

Thus creating this "review process", where the entire collection of U.S. political puppets "debate" the meaning of any deal provides even greater opportunities for such Revisionism -- to the point where Iranian officials may not even be able to RECOGNIZE the "deal" being discussed by these U.S. serial-liars.

The other reason to add this additional appendix to the Farce may be to simply create a larger/longer distraction. While much of the propaganda theater constructed through the joint efforts of the political puppets and the media puppets has a specific AGENDA, much of it is nothing but pure distraction. Page after page of mind-numbing political or media "debates" about some subject where there was NEVER any substance, to begin with -- like the rare occasions Israel engages in brief "discussions" with Palestinian leaders, where it pretends to be negotiating the return of stolen Palestinian land.

The question becomes: will Iranian officials continue to participate in this farce, after any legitimacy which this process might have possessed has now evaporated...?



U.S. Iran bill makes nuclear deal harder, but not impossible

www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/16/us-ir...dUSKBN0N62UI20150416

(Reuters) - A compromise allowing the U.S. Congress to vote on a nuclear deal with Tehran may prompt Iranian negotiators to drive a harder bargain, but does not drastically weaken President Barack Obama's ability to deliver on a final agreement.

For months Obama resisted attempts led by Republicans and some Democrats to open an agreement with Iran to congressional approval. On Tuesday he backed down in the face of mounting bipartisan support for the bill, which gives Congress at least 30 days to review a final deal during which time Obama would be unable to waive or suspend many U.S. sanctions.

Negotiators for Iran and six major powers are trying to ensure Iran does not acquire an atomic bomb by securing an agreement by June 30 under which Iran would curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions.

"If I were an Iranian negotiator, I would walk into that room and say 'you told us all along you were going to stop legislation,'" said Richard Nephew, a former U.S. negotiator with Iran now at Columbia University...
Apr 16
Jeff Nielson replied to the topic NOT "The End of Bullion Bulls Canada" in the forums.
After weeks (and now months) of deliberation; I've reached the conclusion that I cannot allow this site to go off-line. While there are/were a number of considerations involved here; ultimately this decision is based upon the importance of preserving the WORK which I (and Members of the Community) have produced over these past 6+ years.

I've already mentioned in the past (on this thread) the importance of -- and my appreciation for -- all of the posts/threads on this Forum to which Members have contributed (or created themselves). So I'll focus these thoughts on my own work.

The reality is that even without BBC online; much/most/all of my commentaries would still "survive", having being reprinted (with and without authorization) at numerous larger and smaller sites around the 'net -- not including the hundreds of commentaries formally published at mainstream sites like Seeking Alpha, and TheStreet (before I was squeezed-out due to censorship).

But there is a "catch" here, a big one. As regular readers know; my commentaries are somewhat heavily-laced with "text links". These are the footnotes and reference sources which SUBSTANTIATE the assertions (and conclusions) made in my commentaries. The question then becomes: how much do these commentaries lose WITHOUT such substantiation?

In fact; I've been given the opportunity to answer that question, via the considerable number of "Sprott Money" and "BBC" commentaries of mine which are now being published at Zero Hedge. In fact; Zero Hedge chooses NOT to insert any of the text-links of my commentaries into the reprints that it does. As a result of this; I've had the opportunity to gauge the reaction to my commentaries (without text-links) -- via the comments made by ZH users.

Many of the comments (most notably those seeking to criticize these commentaries) seize upon quotes/statements/assertions from my commentaries which they TREAT as being "unsubstantiated", and very frequently the passages cited were, in fact, text-linked with reference sources -- precisely to make it clear to readers that these assertions/conclusions are substantiated (and generally in unequivocal terms).

The body of work of "Jeff Nielson" without text-links would thus clearly be regarded with considerably less esteem (and serious consideration) by readers than the same body of work, with the text-links contained (and preserved). And the only way to "preserve" these text-links is through keeping this site alive.

That said; there will still be "sacrifices" involved here. To begin with; to make maintaining the site at least somewhat economical, the "server" we are using will be scaled back. This WILL impact site performance, although the degree of impact will depend both upon the particular internet connection of individual users (those with better connections will notice less impact) and site-use -- at times of peak traffic there might be some noticeable "slowing".

Very likely some of the less-used parts of the site will simply be "turned off", as the amount of resources (band-width) they consume are disproportionate to how much (how little) they are used. The Forum will NOT be one of the parts of the site which gets turned-off (for obvious reasons). BUT I will be scaling-back my own participation here, meaning it will be up to the Community to sustain activity here.

Simply put; to PAY for this site (not to mention my own, basic needs) I need to start putting more time into endeavours which do generate revenues. When (if) I have other news in regard to those endeavours; I will be sure to share that with the Community (as I've done with my work with Sprott Money). Let me say again how much YOUR viewing and participation on this site has meant to me (us); and so in that respect I'm very glad to be delivering (in relative terms) this "good news".

Obviously another reason for wanting to "stick around" is that -- in contrast to preceding years -- we now see events in the world evolving/changing rapidly. Perhaps even more importantly; many if not most of these "changes" are now being initiated NOT by the One Bank -- the Old World Order which has ruled over us for (at least) this past century -- but rather by the Rest of the World.

These are nations which at least seem not to be 'under the thumb' of this rapacious Crime Syndicate, in the manner of our own corrupt governments. Thus it would (will be?) nice if BBC was still online when these changes begin to crystallize in a new, global hierarchy -- a REAL "New World Order", in contrast to all of the "NWO" mythology, most of which has been concocted by the bankers, to hide their Old World Order.

I look forward to continuing to publish commentaries highlighting (and explaining) these changes, and hope that BBC can/will remain online, for many years to come.

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