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Market Intelligence (MKI) is gathered through internal analysis, competition analysis, and market analysis about the total environment forming a broad spectrum of assembled knowledge, which is then used for developing scenarios so that timely reporting of vital foreknowledge for future planning in the areas of strategic, tactical, and counter-intelligence decision-making can be applied operationally and strategically in respect to the whole organization’s strategic interest for the whole market. (Grooms, 1998) 

The structure of the Model of Market Intelligence is a double helix that can usurp to make copies of itself in other dimensions and realities to reveal an ever infinity of knowledge and forecasts. The Market Intelligence Model provides a missing linage present in organizations at the highest levels. The model gives reassurance to help ensure a broad scope of checks and balances protecting the CEO, senior executives ,and government senior officials as well as the organization, its value and performance. Market Intelligence is what makes intelligence, intelligence. (Grooms, 1998) 

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Like my cousin said, “You may all go to Hell in Tennessee because you do what you do because you can and I will go to Texas”. –  Davy CrockettClubroom

August 2015

“Experts are people with louder opinions.” – Thomas Fletcher Grooms 

 

 

July 2015

“You can lie, but eventually the data catches up with you.” – Thomas Fletcher Grooms 

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Peace in Our Time – It’s not that Simple UK 2015 contributor Peter N C Cooke, Emeritus Professor University of Buckingham.

 

July 2015

Inside UK Politics…On the Cusp of a Dilemma UK 2015 contributor Peter N C Cooke, Emeritus Professor University of Buckingham.

Resurrection of Racial Division By Ignorance & Welfare USA contributor Neil Krieger, Economist and Investment Counselor.

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Obama Screws America, Democrats Screw the United States, American Jews Screw IsraelHistory never changes?

Iran and six world powers including the U.S. reached a deal (aka treaty) on Iran’s nuclear program. Obama thinks international trade is the business relationship between Washington (White House) and New York (Wall Street). Obama and his administration are tested and proven incompetent in international negotiations and even less in understanding the Middle East.

Who Stands to Gain the Most from This Deal with Iran…the industry is oil, of course. And, special interests in Washington and New York.

The only benefit of this deal is to Wall Street and a few privileged Western companies to have access to the oil of Iran…what a deal. It has nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear weapons.

The Iranians negotiated a deal where they gave up nothing…no concessions…not one iota…why should they not make this deal as they already have what they want including now the release of money and access to world markets. Score Iran…100 and Obama, Democrats, and American Jews…0.

Iran Wins

$100 billion (aka US Taxpayer) in Cash

Continued Small Scale Production of Weapons Class Uranium

High-speed Centrifuges Making Bomb-grade Enriched Uranium are Not Required them to be Disabled, Sent Abroad, or Destroyed…Only Switched Off for 10 years

Strict Limited Inspections Dictated by Iran

Iran to forbid Inspections of Their Military Bases

No Surprise Inspections Permitted

UN Inspectors Have to Give Prior Notice of Any Inspection

Tehran Only has to ‘Submit a Report Answering Queries About Previous Efforts to Build Nuclear Triggers or miniaturize nuclear warheads so they fit on top of a missile

Iran Stock Market Capitalization of $1 billion

World Bank Foreign Direct Investment of $3 billion

Releases $150 billion in Frozen Assets

U.S. to Award (aka bribes) Iran $11.9 billion through End of Nuke Talks

U.S. Paid $490 million in Cash (aka bribes) for Iran to Come to the Negotiating Table

 

U.S. (aka Obama, Democrats, American Jews) Wins

Worthless Piece of Paper, like Chamberlain prior to World War II.

 

U.N. (aka United Nations) Value

Like ‘Tits on a Hog’, the UN cannot perform verifiable inspections and have no authority to change any behavior of Iran.

 

Iran Nuclear Negations

 

The Iran negotiations hit a last minute snag in Vienna. There were reports that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif got into a shouting match behind closed doors. An aid had to interrupt the two diplomats to inform them that their argument could be heard by people on the other side of the doors.

Moreover, the top EU Foreign Policy official Federica Mogherini also got into a heated discussion with Zarif. She threatened to cut off the talks and Zarif shouted back, warning her to “never try to threaten the Iranians”. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov jumped in and added “nor the Russians”.

Iran gives up nothing and takes all…including $100 billion in cash…

The deal will require Iran to cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98% for the next 15 years, but nothing is mentioned about high-enriched uranium.

Foreign investment into Iran’s stock market alone is expected to be $1 billion in the first year after it opens up.

As for the wider Iranian economy, the World Bank expects an increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) from multinational corporations to reach $3 billion. That would be double the FDI of the 2012-2014 period, when sanctions were in effect.

Releases $150 billion in frozen assets sanctions on Iran’s oil exports will be lifted, up to $150 billion of assets will be unfrozen, and Iranian banks will be allowed back in to the international financial system. (FOX News)

U.S. to Award (aka bribes) Iran $11.9 billion through End of Nuke Talks

The Obama administration paid $490 million in cash assets … all he has to do now is provided computers (I forgot he already did) for the targeting packages. …. to the table and prolong this charade of Iran truly wanting to make a deal. ….. Netanyahu (aka Israel) need that money much more than Iran…

As part of the deal, Iran has agreed to cut its enriched uranium stockpile, which is a precursor to nuclear weapons but is also useful for nuclear power generation, by 98%, and to eliminate its uranium centrifuges, used to create more enriched uranium, by 66%.

In a statement early Tuesday morning, President Obama stepped to center stage of the Theater of the Absurd, saying…

“Today, because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region…Because of this deal, the international community will be able to verify that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon.” ‘Horse Hockey’

Of course, the deal has very strict limits on inspections. This means the U.S. and its allies may not be able to inspect certain sites in Iran that we think might be violating the terms of the deal.

Obama has caved in to Iran on 4 key provisions in Geneva.  Result…instead of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, this deal is going to effectively open the door for them by proposing to allow Iran to forbid inspections of their military bases.

No surprise visits are in the agreement. The UN inspectors will have to give prior notice.

Tehran only has to “submit a report” answering queries about previous efforts to build nuclear triggers or miniaturize nuclear warheads so they fit on top of a missile.

This is a “no-nukes” treaty into a “turn-off-the-centrifuges” treaty.

The treaty Obama’s negotiating merely requires Iran to switch off some of the high-speed centrifuges they have churning out bomb-grade enriched uranium.  It does not require them to be disabled, sent abroad, or destroyed.  Only switched off for 10 years.

Far from requiring the Iranians to dismantle their bomb-making factories, this deal legitimizes them.  It explicitly allows Iran to build as many nukes as it wants after 10 years.

What is to keep the Iranians from secretly turning their centrifuges back on again?

The only real barrier to such cheating would be a robust, intrusive inspection regime by UN nuclear weapons experts. But Obama as you have seen has surrendered on that, too.

This is why Israel and Saudi Arabia, (who rarely agree on anything!) both insist Obama’s nuclear deal is a catastrophe.

His foreign policy has been a disaster.  It was a disaster in Afghanistan, where the Taliban is taking back over and their main opposition is ISIS.  It was a disaster in Libya, where he helped overthrow Qaddafi, and now has a much worse mess on his hands, especially with ISIS making widespread inroads. He has a disaster in Syria and Iraq, where ISIS has carved out a country larger than Italy.  And he has a disaster in Egypt, where he backed the radical Muslim Brotherhood, which swore to destroy Israel soon after it came into power. Now, he is winding down his final term in office…which is when presidents start worrying about their place in history.  Obama desperately needs this deal with Iran…as a “Nixon goes to China” moment…to try to salvage his reputation.

Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman remembers how Obama abandoned another key Mideast ally of America, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, as the Arab Spring tore Egypt apart.  So he knows he cannot possibly count on Obama to protect his kingdom.

Salman is also calling in favors from Pakistan.  The Saudis almost single-handedly bank-rolled Pakistan’s Islamic bomb development in the 1970s. The Pakistanis were so grateful they actually named a city after the reigning Saudi monarch (Faisalabad).

Kuwait, Emirates, Qatar have mountains of cash…and are scared to death of Iran. North Korea has nukes and missiles for sale, and is desperate for cash. Even Egypt.

Cold War between America and Soviet Russia was an excuse to fund military spending and expand the U.S. military industrial complex. Mideast nuclear arms race is vastly more dangerous.

Obama’s Nuclear Deal (aka Treaty) with Iran will be the biggest disaster in history. Czeschin Report)

 

July 2015

Obama-Democrat’s America Can you lie and escape the facts and data?

Magna Carta has just celebrated its eight hundredth anniversary and is alive and well. Magna Carta was written on a single page in at least 12 point text. The US Constitution was buried null and void in 2009 with executive orders.

The U.S. Economy Created 223,000 Jobs in June and the reported to the public Unemployment Rate fell to 5.3% (U-3 number drawing unemployment compensation). In fact, over the past two months employment was revised lower by a combined 60,000 jobs. However, this fictitious figure dropped because 432,000 people dropped out of the labor force making the labor force participation rate the lowest since 1977. (BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics)

The latest rise at $282,800 for new homes and $228,700 for existing homes supports rising housing prices. However, 1 out of 7 homeowners were delinquent or foreclosed on their mortgage; 4 out of 10 were upside down on their home equity; nearly 5 out of 10 were among the millions of unemployed who were out of work for over six months; and 7 out of 10 Americans were fearful of the future. (Davidson Research)

Imported Foods: $12 billion worth every month like fish, fruit, coffee, cheese and out of season vegetables are imported to the U.S. in vast quantities.

Apparel: 65% of U.S. clothing is imported, from China (37%), Vietnam (9.4%), Indonesia (7.2%) and Bangladesh (6.7%).

Footwear: Almost all of the shoes bought in the U.S. come from China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Mexico.

Furniture: 85% is imported.

Household appliances: 90% of white goods (washers, fridges, etc.) and consumer electronics are imported.

Automobiles: 80% of cars on U.S. roads come from Canada (31%), Japan (24%), Germany (16%) and Mexico (12%).

The year-over-year change in U.S. retail sales peaked way back in July 2011, and has been declining ever since.

U.S. consumer confidence, measured by the widely respected polls of the University of Michigan, remains well below its peak in 1999.

Quarterly U.S. GDP has been in declining mode since 1999 and this year’s first quarter GDP declined 0.7 percent.

U.S. industrial production has declined since June 2010, with factory orders plummeting for eight straight months including a 0.4 percent decline in April.

U.S. employment participation rate (U-6 actual unemployed in total workforce) is 62.9%, higher than the 1929-39 Depression.

U.S. company layoffs are actually up 13% year-over-year. While most organizations are cutting positions, they are not hiring new workers as part of a strategic overhaul or they are not bringing these positions back.

These economic figures support the fact that there is no inflation, but here is strong Deflation.

Gold has now broken support at the $1,180 level. Its next move, perhaps after a bounce or two: below $1,100.

Silver too is cracking, now dangerously positioned to fall below $14.50, then even lower.

Copper is starting to slide once again, falling to the $2.70 level, with lower prices ahead.

Platinum and palladium, both weak at the knees.

Oil, unable to get back above $65 a barrel, and now poised to move lower again. Natural gas, barely above multi-year lows.

The grain markets, all weak. Soybeans, sliding. Corn and wheat, ready to slide again from multi-month and multi-year highs.

Coffee, cocoa, sugar, all looking very weak.

As Deflation spreads worldwide helps explain the world wide condition of Government vs. People. If people cannot win against their own government then what good is the government?

Inflation is making a comeback is about as certain as Ethics in government is making a comeback.

Yet, interest rates all over the world are starting to rise and bond prices are sliding, most notably in Europe. But that does not mean inflation is coming back. Interest rates are rising and bond prices are falling because governments will not act responsibly and 1) lower taxes to provide more spending by the populace for ‘real’ economic stimulus, 2) decrease the size of government, 3) abolish senseless laws and regulations, 4) stop political military campaigns in areas where there is not a ‘Declared’ war, and 5) shut up and do nothing to let people live peaceful lives.

Countries in Debt to IMF (International Monetary Fund)

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That final point is to recognize in time where the majority of populace begin to realize that Europe, Japan and the biggest debtor of them all, the U.S., are patently bankrupt and will never make good on their debts. And instead, governments will do everything they can to chase, track, tax, and seize wealth to help them keep their heads above water and float their balance sheets. Which is precisely why the socialist governments of this world especially Europe, Japan and the U.S. are all acting like they do.

Raising taxes, throughout Europe … a new proposed second hike in the sales tax in Japan … Obamacare here and behind the curtain in Washington, even more income tax hikes coming.

Spying on citizens … yes, it is still going on. To track your money, to tax it more, and not too far in the future, to nationalize and confiscate it.

Enacting extensive capital controls throughout Europe … where in France, for instance, you can no longer conduct any business in cash, and where you cannot take out of the bank more than 1,000 euros at a time. Similar controls exist now in Greece, Cyprus, Italy and even Spain.

Where economists like Harvard University’s Ken Rogoff and Citibank’s Willem Buiter … are traipsing the globe on behalf of governments to convince the populace that it is time to abolish cash and replace it with electronic currency.

And where governments … are now so wrought with troubles that financial repression of their people is not enough and instead, they are moving to distract them by playing games with other countries.

Hence, the rising tide of wars around the world, from terrorism to outright international conflict. Where just recently Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko warned his country to “prepare for a full-scale Russian invasion”. The Ukraine where the U.S. and Europe have no business.

The Ukraine is no more belongs to Europe and the US than the islands outside of Japan that have belonged to China for centuries. It is not their sovereignty.

Of deflationary contractions, people are protecting themselves by hoarding and burying wealth so much so that stock and commodity market trading volumes are less than half what they were in 2008 prior to Obama and the Democrat’s taking control. It is a deflationary warning to prepare for more deflation; or, inflation not recognizing that the real crisis is in government. (Weiss Research)

America’s health care system is just as unsustainable as our foreign policy and our monetary system. At some point, the financial and human costs of Obamacare will prove overwhelming and Congress will be forced to replace this system. Hopefully, before this happens, a critical mass of people will convince Congress to remove Obamacare with a private enterprise truly free-market health-care system.

By ruling for the government in the case of King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court once again made a ‘political’ ruling to defend Obamacare. In fact, popular support for Obamacare was rooted in the desire to address problems created by prior government interference in the health care marketplace.

While Obamacare may be safe from court challenges, it forces more Americans to pay higher insurance premiums while causing others to lose their insurance or lose access to the physicians of their choice, which was promised to the American people by Obama and the Democrats.

Now, opposition and dissatisfaction with Obamacare grows as additional Americans are turning against Obamacare as their employers reduce their hours, along with their paychecks, because of the Obamacare mandates. Obamacare and the Democrats are responsible for the high unemployment in America.

First Time in US History More Business Closing Than Openings

Business Closings Rise Above Business Openings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The U.S. now ranks not first, not second, not third, but 12th among developed nations in terms of business startup activity. Countries such as Hungary, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Israel and Italy all have higher startup rates than America. It seems like a secret, never see it mentioned in the media, nor hear from a politician that, for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births. The total number of new business startups and business closures per year and the birth and death rates of American companies have crossed for the first time since the measurement began. Employer businesses, those with one or more employees, have been in the past the real engines of economic growth. Now 400,000 new businesses are being born annually nationwide, while 470,000 per year are dying. Startups outpaced business failures by about 100,000 per year prior to 2009, since Obama and the Democrats took over the federal government.

Wall Street and the White House are two gigantic institutions of persuasion. The White House needs to keep you in the game because their political party needs your vote. Wall Street needs to keep you in the game because their stock portfolio needs your cash.

So both tell us, “The economy is coming back”. This is Dead-Wrong Thinking.

It is like asking students where milk comes from and they reply the grocery store. It is like asking Wall Street and the White House where jobs come from and they reply taxes and welfare. The answer to economic growth and ultimately job creation is and has always been more innovation, and the continuation to invest millions and billions in new enterprise. But an innovation is worthless until an entrepreneur creates a business from an innovative idea in something customers will buy.

Yet current thinking tells us we’re on the right track and don’t need different strategies, so we continue marching down the path of national decline, believing innovation will save us. When small and medium-sized businesses are dying faster than they are being born, so is free enterprise. And when free enterprise dies, America dies with it. Look at the numbers. You will often hear from otherwise credible sources that there are 26 million businesses in America. This is misleading; 20 million of these reported so called ‘businesses’ are inactive companies that have no sales, profits, customers or workers.

There are only 6 million businesses in the United States with one or more employees. Of those, 3.8 million have four or fewer employees, the mom and pop shops owned by people who are not building a business as much as they are building a life. And God bless them all. That is what America is for. We need every single one of them. Next, there are about a million companies with five to nine employees, 600,000 businesses with 10 to 19 employees, and 500,000 companies with 20 to 99 employees. There are 90,000 businesses with 100 to 499 employees. And there are just 18,000 with 500 employees or more, and that figure includes about a thousand companies with 10,000 employees or more. Altogether, that is America.

America’s Teachers are America’s most important assets. Teachers build intellectual development. America, Inc. is far more important to America’s security than our military. Because without the former prospering and solvent there is no latter.

We have enormous military power only because of our Teachers and growing economy that has, so far, made it possible for the government to pay its bills. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, was asked in a Senate hearing on June 28, 2011, to name the biggest current threat to the security of the United States, he did not say al-Qaida or ISIS. He answered, “I believe our debt is the greatest threat to our national security”. Declining businesses mean declining revenues for building America. When new businesses are not being born, in any country, the free enterprise system and jobs decline. Period.

And without a growing free enterprise system, without a growing entrepreneurial economy, there are no new good jobs. That means declining revenues and smaller salaries to tax, followed by declining aid for the elderly and poor and declining funding for the military, for education, for infrastructure and declining revenues for everything. What any easy formula for single-handily destroying America, maybe even criminal intent.

This is the first time in America’s history that entrepreneurship is now in decline. (U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Census, Small Business Administration)

Furthermore, it is most interesting that every business that Obama has visited since entering office has filed for bankruptcy. (FOX News)

 

America’s Teachers Join the lowest paid profession, most disrespected profession, and most abused profession in America?

This statement is in support to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP 1983) federal law allowing retired teachers to receive their earned Social Security (SS) benefits in addition to their TRS Teacher Retirement benefits. This way teachers are playing by the same rules as the White House Presidents, Members of Congress, Federal, State, County, City Employees, and Military Retirees.

If WEP is not repealed, then Social Security should become the only legal retirement benefits for all Americans. This way ALL Americans are playing by the same rules.

By making retroactive ILLEGAL ALL Government Retirement Programs for the White House Presidents, Members of Congress, Federal Employees, Military Retirees, State, County, City Government Retirement programs Social Security becomes the ONLY LEGAL ‘government’ retirement program in America.

This saves hundreds of millions of dollars in burdensome taxes on young adults due to the current ‘double dipping’ by congressional legislators who serve only one term, presidents who serve only one term, federal employees, military retirees, state legislators who serve only one term, county and city retirees. Now that is fair to pay those who make the greatest contribution to the country…America’s Teachers.

 

World Living Under Its Own Delusion Is this Censorship by Omission?

Data continues to support the ongoing Depression Cycle that started in 1971 and has accelerated under every government head of state since 1963.

U.S. Business Investment 50% of GDP in 1959

U.S. Business Investment 12.8% of GDP in 2012

U.S. GDP falls 0.7%

U.S. Corporate Profits fall 5.9%, biggest drop since 2008

U.S. Factory Orders Drop 6.0% in Sixth Consecutive Drop (FED- Federal Reserve)

HSBC Holdings Plc, Europe’s largest bank, is cutting 20,000 Jobs. (Chief Executive Officer Stuart Gulliver)

The top 20% in the U.S., who typically makes $100,000 plus, account for over 50% of consumer spending. They are the ones that have continued to spend since the Depression started in 1971— not the average household. The 20% own 90% of financial assets as it should be and is in every country.

Why? Because of education, work, and sacrifice. They tend to be more educated, meaning they go to school longer, as do their children.

The best recourse against incompetent governments and corrupt politicians is to be debt-free, 100% absolutely no debt and holding cash savings. There is no advantage to being a debt-slave to pay for political plunder.

Confidence in US government and America is lowest in history. When people realize the Great Lie that the world has been living in the Depression Cycle since 1971, not a Recession, hopefully they will stop living in an artifact of fiction. Obama‘s fake recovery, overstated by fraudulent data, covered up by the Democrat party, and brain washed the public by the controlled media is not only the slowest and weakest in US history, but non-existent. Buying time, delaying something as long as you can, is not being optimistic. The dimension of Time itself is outside the grasps of politicians and economic manipulations. Government interfering in the market is future plunder. Trashing the future is not evidence or fact. (Davidson Research)

Using the same research method accurately predicting the long-term crash in Japan and the greatest American and European boom in history, Harry Dent and his team of market analysts have identified a trend pinpointing the latest in the U.S. depression – and it seems we are already in the midst of it. Dent sees a steeper demographic downturn for Germany and many other European countries in the decade ahead than Japan had in the 1990s. (Dent Research)

The Washington Press Corps asserted that Barack ‘Hussein’ Obama was the closest to being a Jew of any President in history. Lie, Lie, Lie. Obama said it hurts being accused of being ant-sematic. Actions show his hate of Bibi and Israel as well as America before and during his reign. (FOX News)

 

Obama & Democrats and Republicans Masters of World War III Will war allow Obama and the Democrats to declare martial law and stay in office…forever? 

The Masters of War at the self-described ‘Don’t Do Stupid Stuff’ Obama administration are now announcing on the ready to dispatch military aircraft and ships within 18 kilometers of seven islands China has built up in the Spratly Islands, which have historically belonged to China. Beijing’s response, ‘There Will be War’. “If the United States’ bottom line is that China has to halt its activities, then a U.S.-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea … The intensity of the conflict will be higher than what people usually think of as ‘friction’.” (Information Clearing House, GMA News, Global Times, Reuters)

 

Texas to Establish Bullion Depository for Sound Money Why did no one in Washington ever think of a sound money policy for the American people?

A bill taking a step towards gold and silver as commonly-used legal tender in Texas passed in the state Senate by an overwhelming 29-2 vote and previously passed the House by a vote of 140-1. The United States Constitution states in Article I, Section 10, “No State shall…make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts”. Introduced by State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R- Southlake) and four co-sponsors on February 12, House Bill 483 (HB483) would create a state bullion depository. The legislation in Texas takes an important step towards that constitutional requirement, ignored for decades in every state. Such a measure would bring attention to the past monopoly of the Federal Reserve System by introducing sound money policy into the monetary system. (Austin Texas)

 

Uranium One…A Hedge Factor or the Clinton Legacy in History Why was Obama and his Secretary of State not looking out in the interest of the American people and the United States of America?

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Tаlking аbоut dоnаtiоns from a Саnаdiаn соmpаny that flowed to the Сlintоn Fоundаtiоn shortly after the Russians аnnоunсed their intention to асquire а majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Сlintоn received $500,000 fоr а Mоsсоw speech from а Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stосk.

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This proves at least, that Bill Сlintоn’s speaking fees tripled after Hillary Сlintоn beсаme Secretary of State. Аlоng with $750,000 Bill earned fоr addressing а teleсоm соnferenсe in Сhinа, which соntinues to raise serious questions аbоut Hillary Сlintоn’s judgment at a top government position.

The chairman of the Canadian company that profited from the sale, Ian Telfer, donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, the charitable organization set up after Bill Clinton left the presidency – most of which was not reported publicly.

The founder of the company, Frank Giustra, also donated $31m (£20.5m) to the foundation and flew Mr Clinton to Kazakhstan in 2005, at a time when the nation was considering whether to grant uranium mining rights to Canadian company.

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In 2010, at roughly the same time, the Russian company, Rosatom, was attempting to purchase the Canadian company, Mr Clinton travelled to Moscow and was paid $500,000 by a bank affiliated with Rosatom.

“Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown,” Becker and McIntire write. “But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250m in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors.”

Those ‘special ethical challenges’ were scrutinized in the Post piece, as well, which reveals more details about the vast sums of money in speaking fees Mr Clinton has amassed since his presidency ended in 2001.

Mr Clinton was paid “more than $100m for speeches between 2001 and 2013″, the Post notes, including ‘at least’ $26m by groups that also donated to the Clinton Foundation, such as financial firms often considered villains on the populist left, like Goldman Sachs and Citi Group.

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(Al Gurnov, Award-winning Journalist and Political Analyst)

 

Alliance Between Russia and Germany Why would Obama oppose Germany and Russia working together?

Alliance Between Russia and Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow on May 10. “It’s true, we are expecting the German chancellor in Moscow on May 10. Merkel and Putin will hold talks in the Kremlin in ‘narrow’ and ‘expanded’ formats and also expected to hold a joint press conference on the result of the talks,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

 

Et Tu, John Maynard Keynes…Hail Ludwig von Mises When will government heads of state learn to read?

The United States government has become the greatest failure in history when it comes to money and finance of a country. The rejection of the lessons of history included a $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), $800 billion of fiscal stimulus, about $4 trillion of money printing, and 165 months of artificial rock-bottom interest rates.

The United Sates is still in the ‘Depression’ cycle that started on 15 August 1971 when the government left the gold standard of checks-and-balances on spending. This act has led the world into the greatest economic depression in history to the detriment of the peoples of every country. The government is the problem. The people are the solution if left to their own solution without excessive tax burdens and destroying the social contract. But, that is not human nature.

Government is necessary. Government provides structure, security, and safety to its people. Without people there is no government. Without government there is no structural protection for the people. The balance begins and ends with money. This is the line of equilibrium when crossed creates disequilibrium of the contract between government and people.

History teaches that ‘Markets’ are more powerful than ‘Governments’. The Austrian School of Economics ‘Capitalism’ has proven itself over 5,000 years of history. The Keynesian School of Economics ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ has proven that it continuously destroys the peoples of any country. This is the current condition.

 

More Laws, More Taxes, Less Economy Why strangle the economy and not give businesses a chance to do it for themselves?

During Obama’s administration under the Democrat influenced House and controlled Senate, a record 21,000 new regulations on businesses were enacted the past seven years, most of them without Congressional approval. 

Last year alone Obama issued regulations costing American taxpayers and businesses an estimated $762 million in regulatory costs per day. (American Action Forum)

In total, Obama’s administration has filled 468,500 pages in new regulations. (Federal Register)

Moreover, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the president is poised to unleash another 2,375 new rules on American businesses this year, and again without first giving Congress an up or down vote. (Competitive Enterprise Institute)

Deflation, More Deflation, Coming Deflation Plunge

World economies are slowing, demand is falling, due to anemic growth in most corners of the globe. Oil was $91.40 end 2011, $88.66 end 2012, $98.42 end 2013, and $53.80 end 2014. Food Prices: Sugar has plunged from over 0.33 per pound in August 2011 to 0.1479 today (Feb. 3rd), a drop of 55 percent. Corn has plunged from $7.65 a bushel in August 2012 to $3.67 today, a drop of 52 percent. Wheat, from $12.29 in August 2010, to $5.00 a bushel today, a drop of 59 percent. Copper a drop of 50 percent in the last couple years. Iron ore drop of 40 percent last year.

The depression cycle does not seem to be responding to any amount of money printing, excessive regulation, and uncertainty.

 

White House Attack on Russia and Israel Moved Beyond the Boundary of the Absurd into the Realm of Insanity Is Obama so desperate to have a place in history?

2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Declares War on Russia, North Korea and China is Next

For propaganda to work well, there needs to be tight coordination between the State and the press. The role of the press is to first publish the propaganda, and second, to neglect to look into it or report on anything that might call it into question. Sins of omission and commission are both required.

The good news is that the internet is a great equalizing force and we can readily unearth inconvenient facts with a little digging that blunt the propaganda. The bad news is that a lot of people still get all their news from so-called ‘official’ sources.

When central banks print reserves far in excess of domestic savings, the result is inevitably inflation. The U.S. has printed $4 trillion, more or less. Japan has printed similar amounts, as have the Europeans. This is monetary inflation on a massive scale – unprecedented outside of efforts to finance World War I and World War II. And yet, far from seeing any lasting increase to commodity prices and wages, we see collapsing profit margins, moribund unemployment figures, and even falling commodity prices of deflation.

(Ron Paul Reckless Congress ‘Declares War’ on Russia Dec 4, 2014)

Israel

A rift is emerging between the US and Israel, after Barack Obama’s administration hit out at Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu for speaking to Congress without his consent. The Democrats say they are in the dark about Prime Minister Netanyahu being allowed to speak to Congress about Iran. The Israeli Prime Minister believed the ‘two-party leadership’ of Congress had invited him. The White House made an announcement that Netanyahu will not be granted an audience with either Obama or the Secretary of State, John Kerry, during his next planned visit to the US on March 3. Mac Thornberry, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, saying Congress was exercising its proper constitutional role.

“To ask a foreign leader who is at the center of a huge number of the challenges facing the country to come talk to Congress, how is that not within our purview as an independent branch of government, to hear from him directly?” according to Reuters. (Gary Cameron, Reuters, January 23, 2015)

Matt Patterson (Newsweek Columnist) writes “Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. It could not have gone otherwise with such an impostor in the Oval Office.” (Newsweek Magazine)

America’s middle class is getting poorer and disappearing. Or put another way, how capitalism dies. Obama claimed credit for a ‘recovery’ that has left the typical American poorer than he was before his office. And not only are they poorer, but also they are more dependent on the very people who engineered the phony recovery. (Stansberry Research)

 

Only Option Governments Have Left to Save the World Economies Is a World War (WW III)…So, The only question left is who will be the sacrificial lamb?

Country vs. Smaller Government

War

 

 

 

 

 

The current condition in the US is…Many innocent people will unnecessarily be killed because of political correctness.

 

“Are You Better Off” and “I Hear You”: Obama Desperate to Deflect Indictment, Impeachment, Imprisonment  Who is in charge now? 

Obama Foreign Policy

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama is lying to the American people describing Islam as religion. There are no moderate Muslims in Islam. (Saturday September 20 Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of the founders of Hamas (Sheikh Hassan Yousef), speech in Boca Raton Florida about his book Son of Hamas

In 1786 Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met in Tripoli with the Islam nations, which had declared war on the United States, a nation with which they had no previous contact.

In 1801 after Muslims attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, United States declared war on Islam. (Barbary War)

ISIS Islamic State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quagmire war in Syria is a five-way conflict including (1) Assad regime, (2) ISIS, (3) al-Qaeda, (4) Independent rebel forces, (5) United States.

Civil war in Iraq is a five-way conflict including (1) the Shiites, (2) the non-ISIS Sunnis, (3) the Kurds, (4) ISIS, (5) United States. (Bloomberg)

 

RED ALERT: This Means War…White House Staged War Who is at war with whom? 

Danger Zone

Shiite Islam vs. Sunni Islam vs. World over Oil Called Religion

 

 

Shiite Islam Side: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Mahdi Army, Russia

Sunni Islam Side: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Taliban, White House, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), United Nations (UN)

China (Diaoyu Islands) vs. Japan (Senkaku Islands) and United States vs. Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines in South China Sea

China (Spratly Islands) vs. Vietnam, Philippines and United States, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan in South China Sea

United States (Ukraine) vs. Russia (Crimea) and China (Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline)

Christian South Sudan (Heglig Oilfields) vs. Islam Sudan (Abyei)

Argentina (Argentine Continental Shelf) vs. Britain (Falkland Islands)

National Liberation Army (ELN) (Caño Limon-Coveñas oil pipeline) and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) vs. Columbia

North Korea vs. South Korea, Japan, United States

United States — Muslim 0.6%; Australia — Muslim 1.5%; Canada — Muslim 1.9%; China — Muslim 1.8%; Italy — Muslim 1.5%; Norway — Muslim 1.8%

Denmark — Muslim 2%; Germany — Muslim 3.7%; United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%; Spain — Muslim 4%; Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

France — Muslim 8%; Philippines — Muslim 5%; Sweden — Muslim 5%; Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%; The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%; Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

Guyana — Muslim 10%; India — Muslim 13.4%; Israel — Muslim 16%; Kenya — Muslim 10%; Russia — Muslim 15%

Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%; Bosnia — Muslim 40%; Chad — Muslim 53.1%; Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

Albania — Muslim 70%; Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%; Qatar — Muslim 77.5%; Sudan — Muslim 70%

Bangladesh — Muslim 83%; Egypt — Muslim 90%; Gaza — Muslim 98.7%; Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%; Iran — Muslim 98%; Iraq — Muslim 97%; Jordan — Muslim 92%; Morocco — Muslim 98.7%; Pakistan — Muslim 97%; Palestine — Muslim 99%; Syria — Muslim 90%; Tajikistan — Muslim 90%; Turkey — Muslim 99.8%; United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

Afghanistan — Muslim 100%; Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%; Somalia — Muslim 100%; Yemen — Muslim 100%

1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world’s population. Projected to be 50% of the world’s population by the end of this century.

Twenty-two US senators have introduced into the 113th Congress, Second Session, a bill, S.2277, “To prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes. ”https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/s2277/BILLS-113s2277is.pdf The bill is before the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Senate bill S.2277 Title I “Reinvigorating the NATO Alliance” deals with strengthening US force posture in Europe and Eurasia and strengthening the NATO alliance, with accelerating the construction of ABM (anti-ballistic missile) bases on Russia’s borders. Senate bill S.2277 Title II “Deterring Further Russian Aggression in Europe” is about confronting “Russian aggression in Europe” with sanctions and with financial and diplomatic “support for Russian democracy and civil society organizations,” which means to pump billions of dollars into NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that can be used to destabilize Russia in the way that Washington used the NGOs it funded in Ukraine to overthrow the elected government. Senate bill S.2277 Title III ” deals with military and intelligence assistance for Ukraine, putting Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova on a NATO track, expediting US natural gas exports in order to erase European and Eurasian energy dependence on Russia, preventing recognition of Crimea as again a part of Russia. Preparatory framework for war, hot or cold, with Russia, NATO Commander General Philip Breedlove announced his plan for a deployment of massive military means in Eastern Europe that would permit lightening responses against Russia in order to protect Europe from Russian aggression. This means war will continue, and that is clearly Washington’s intent. (Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy)

The truth is finally coming out … the Obama Administration is secretly shipping weapons to Islamic rebels. President Obama admission of being a Muslim of Islam in this broadcast produced for FOX News (9:57 min).

The ashes of World War I bequeathed us Hitler, World War II Lenin and Stalin, World War III Obama. Putin has been in power in Russia for 15 years. During that time who has attacked, invaded or bombed more countries? Russia or United States? (Weiss Research)

“One person close to President Putin said the Yukos ruling was insignificant in light of bigger geopolitical stand-off over Ukraine. President Putin said, Do you really think this matters? There is war coming in Europe.” (Financial Times)

Unless Russia and China submit, this means war. (Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, Institute for Political Economy)

 

MH17 July 2015 Update

The Russian company that makes the BUK air defense system that was used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner in east Ukraine said on Tuesday the plane was hit by a missile deployed by Ukraine and not widely used by Russia’s military. State-run Almaz-Antey said its own analysis of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines plane brought down on July 17 last year, killing 298 people, indicated it was hit by a BUK 9M38M1 surface-to-air missile armed with a 9H314M warhead. Shrapnel holes in the plane were consistent with that kind of missile and warhead, it said.

Such missiles have not been produced in Russia since 1999 and the last ones were delivered to foreign customers, it said, adding that the Russian armed forces now mainly use a 9M317M warhead with the BUK system. (Reuters)

 

MH17 with One Finger Pointing at Russia and Three Pointing at the White House Why believe either?

Flight MH17Facts: Search reveals MH17 was diverted 200km north from the usual flight path by Kiev air control tower. SBU security confiscated the Air Traffic Control recording of the tower talking to flight MH17. Carlos, the Spanish air traffic controller working at Kiev’s tower has disappeared. Carlos’s assessment a partial compilation of his tweets is collected here: the missile was fired by the Ukraine military under orders of the Ministry of Interior – NOT the Ministry of Defense. Security matters at the Ministry of the Interior happen to be under Andrey Paruby, who was closely working alongside the US. (Crux Report)

White House lies about the orchestrated Malaysian MH17 airliner despite the conclusions by U.S. intelligence that there is no evidence of Russian involvement. (Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy)

Free-market economist Ludwig von Mises, put it this way…”War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings. The earthquake means good business for construction workers, and cholera improves the business of physicians, pharmacists, and undertakers; but no one has for that reason yet sought to celebrate earthquakes and cholera as stimulators of the productive forces in the general interest.” War is the last economic stimulus governments have left before collapse. (Weiss Research)

 

Immigration – Multiculturalism – Political Correctness – Integration – Affirmative Action – Melting Pot – Equality – Prejudice – Racism – ALL FAILED Why is the world better off with history’s largest social experiment?

“ALL the Kings Horses and ALL the Kings Men” could not put the world back together again. (excerpt taken from children’s poem Humpty Dumpty)

Social experiments by governments around the world, all of which are totally committed to taking more and more to keep re-distribute of wealth from becoming a reality through work and thrift.

History is our teacher. This kind of confluence of unprecedented artificial formal social stimulus experiment from governments will not happen again.

But in these extreme times, history teaches smart people to understand you do not get something for nothing. At the same time, the vast majority out there will fall for every something-for-nothing miracle government cure.

History teaches that Immigration – Multiculturalism – Political Correctness – Integration – Affirmative Action – Melting Pot – Equality – Prejudice – Racism are super potent and highly dangerous suppressants that has prolonged determinants.   

History has taught governments nothing, it seems. This grand social experiment is no more than a last gasp of desperation designed to keep the greatest theoretical social attempt in history going forward – which is by definition is simply not possible.

Forced government social programs have failed. Left the world in turmoil. Left the world in chaos. Left the world broke. People have lost faith in government. People have lost faith in people in government.

People still prefer their own race. People still prefer their own prejudices. People still prefer their segregation. People still prefer their own choice. People still prefer to believe in their own culture. People still prefer to believe in their own country. People still prefer their liberty, freedom and family. People still prefer that they run their government and country.

People still prefer that Immigration – Multiculturalism – Political Correctness – Integration – Affirmative Action – Melting Pot – Equality – Prejudice – Racism be thrown in the garbage where it belongs. (Heritage Foundation)

 

Socialism (Equality) & Communism (Dictatorship) vs. Capitalism ( Inequality & Liberty) Equally poor or individual opportunity to succeed; ask the question if would you rather be born poor in a poor country or born poor in a rich and prosperous country?

Capitalism produces 2-two million new millionaires a year to a record 13.7 million millionaires through individual opportunity of self effort. Socialism and Communism to close the gap between rich and poor has made the poor poorer and destroyed much of the working capital that produces jobs for those who need to work for someone else in order to have a job.

Income for the poor rose with affirmative action, political correctness, and income re-distribution 0.4 percent. Income for those individuals who took the initiative to improve their lives gained 22.0 – 30.0 percent.

The secret and lesson to learn is not to hate the rich, what others have, or listen to government petitioning your vote through sorrow; but, learn the game of Capitalism about how to make yourself successful. (Research Report from Condon at The Associated Press of more then 4,500 people in 23 countries)

 

President Obama Approval Rating Clings to 9% as Worst President in U.S. History What do you do when a country is under siege?

US Confidence in Obama

 

 

 

 

 

Countries are working to achieve political independence from the US sphere. They should. The American people are under siege from their US President and Congress. What is at issue is whether economies throughout the world will let financial leverage dismantle the power of elected governments, and hence of democracy. Governments are sovereign. People are sovereign. World central banks now rig all asset prices. “The system we have now,” Stockman says, “is one in which the Fed decides, through a Politburo of planners sitting in Washington, how much liquidity is necessary, what the interest rate should be, what the unemployment rate should be, and what economic growth should be.” There is no honest pricing left at all anywhere in the world because central banks everywhere manipulate and rig the price of all financial assets.” We cannot even analyze the economy in the traditional sense anymore because so much of it depends not on market forces but on the whims of people at the Fed.” (David Stockman – Former U.S. Rep. and U.S. Budget Director)

 

Obama’s Muslim Army Who’s side is Washington on?

ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) an enemy of the US and the army invading Iraq, by order of the White House was originally trained and armed by the CIA in Jordan to attack the Syrian government.  Now ISIS is a more declared enemy of the US.

ISIS was kicked out of Al Qaeda headed by Ayman al Zawahiri (Osama bin Laden’s successor) for being too extreme. Now, ISIS places oil reserves in southern Iraq in jeopardy. (Czeschin Report)

 

Obama Surrenders Iraq and Afghanistan to Iran Will the unity of Muslims be broken? 

The Obama administration lost both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — a sentiment being offered by former Vice President Dick Cheney; and several other high-ranking officials who voted to start and end the war. (Weiss Research)

 

East (Islam) vs. West (Liberty) World War III Will faith in government be restored?  

Case for Islam…Islam Case for War

New Axis Russia, Iran, China, North Korea, Serbia, Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Belarus, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Venezuela (and growing…Maybury Research)

Case for Liberty…any contributors?

Old Axis Washington, Canada, England, Europe, Australia, Japan

 

White House Diplomacy Neutered When will the US recover from Washington? 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has even admitted that the U.S. may not be perceived as being as powerful as it once was. With America’s threat of force effectively neutered, it becomes more likely that the countries we once held in check are now gearing up for aggressive acts on their neighbors. (Press Report)

 

2014 – WW III

2014- WW III

 

 

 

 

 

1989 – 2014 Brush Wars and Period of Re-Alignment

1989-2014 End Cold War

 

 

 

 

 

1959 – 1989 Cold War

1959-1989 Cold War

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ukraine or US & Europe in Undeclared War with Russia War to end all war, again?

White House orders NATO and US military exercises in Ukraine this summer to establish a military base (James Jeffrey – Washington Post). Purpose of the exercise is to defend the US dollar (Casey Research). This is reckless trop deployments with a credit-crazed military (Stansberry Research).

 

Battlefield Now Prepped Will it be bullets or butter?

For every major economic power throughout history, when governments became bankrupt and desperate for cash, they imploded by attacking others and their very own citizens, through sleight-of-hand tax increases, through confiscatory policies that first racked everyone’s money, then confiscated it, through loss of civil liberties, through propaganda and more, lots more.

This is what the United States is doing now. Russia is doing the same thing. Putin is rallying the national psyche. The Russian economy, weakened internally by corruption, by alcoholism, by declining revenues from the three-year bear market in commodities, is not in much better shape than Europe or the United States.

So the battlefield is now prepped. Russia versus the West. Russia versus Europe and the United States.

U.K companies are most worried about their financial services in Russia. France is worried about military sales and luxury goods. Germany has the biggest trade with Russia. And Switzerland and Germany also have the biggest banking and loan exposure to Russia.

Billions of dollars in foreign investment in some of the world’s biggest untapped oil reserves are at risk. Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), for instance, has drilling rights to 11.4 million net acres (46,134 square kilometers) in Russia, the company’s biggest single cache of drilling rights outside the United States. (John C.K. Daly – Oilprice.com)

Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine and the international condemnation that followed have not put a dent in Russia’s exports of gas and raw materials. Putin plans to roll back limits on Chinese investment in Russia. This will help replace Moscow’s lost access to Western capital.(Bloomberg)

 

White House Drives The World to World War III Is embarrassment worth war?

“The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule.

Washington’s plan to grab Ukraine overlooked that the Russian and Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine were not likely to go along with their insertion into the EU and NATO while submitting to the persecution of Russian speaking peoples.  Washington has lost Crimea, from which Washington intended to eject Russia from its Black Sea naval base.

Instead of admitting that its plan for grabbing Ukraine has gone amiss, Washington is unable to admit a mistake and, therefore, is pushing the crisis to more dangerous levels.

If Ukraine dissolves into secession with the former Russian territories reverting to Russia, Washington will be embarrassed that the result of its coup in Kiev was to restore the Russian provinces of Ukraine to Russia.  To avoid this embarrassment, Washington is pushing the crisis toward war.” (Paul Craig Roberts – Institute for Political EconomyNew Great Game)

 

U.S. Reaffirms Commitment to Protect Japan Japan not so sure? The US is vulnerable to losing Japan as an ally. (Guardian News)

U.S. Reaffirms Commitment to Protect Israel Israel not so sure? President Obama said, “The US will not support Israel”. (Israel Now News) 

 

WWIII One step from war?

Professor Stephen Cohen, Russian studies professor at NYU, said that this is the worst East-West crisis since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. Russia’s grievance is the belief the U.S. has betrayed assurances given when the Soviet Union broke up, that NATO would not expand into Russia’s front yard. But the U.S. push into Ukraine became undeniable with the release of Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s potty-mouth diplomacy.

Long-time foreign correspondent Eric Margolis says Ukraine was too close for Russian comfort. “Unsubtle US efforts to bring ex-Russian Ukraine and the vital Sevastopol naval base in Crimea under NATO control — no doubt to punish Russia for supporting Syria and Iran — proved the last straw for the Kremlin.”

Now NATO’s secretary general has just confirmed its expansionistic plans and suspended cooperation with Russia. At the same time, Ukraine’s parliament has voted unanimously to conduct joint military exercises with NATO. Cohen says that in this tinderbox environment, we need to be careful about reckless NATO troop movements.

If NATO moves its troops to the Polish-west Ukrainian border, cautions Professor Cohen, much less into west Ukraine itself, Russian President Putin will almost certainly send his troops into southern and eastern Ukraine. If that happens we will have “an eye-ball to eye-ball confrontation between American and Russian military power.”

“Then we will be one step from war.”

It also pulls another block out from the foundation of the dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency that will have hugely negative implications for funding the U.S. government’s debts. (Weiss Research)

 

United States and Russia Re-Align Allies Divide the world and conquer?

United States and Europe with Russia and China are influencing new world state alliances for the military and economic. There is no longer a balance of power.  

 

Socialism The Worldwide Status Quo What is the most effective way to control the masses?

With every country in the world Socialist, the most effective way to keep the Elite Wealthy wealthy is to make all others equal in status, pay, and wealth. It is understandable why Capitalism is opposed so strongly by those in government and by the Elite Wealthy class.  

World wealthy classes preserve their own wealth through controlling the economy by raising taxes (socialism), slashing wages (socialism), and cutting social services (socialism) for the working class. (Weiss Research)

 

Ukraine What countries make up the former USSR?

History is on the side of Russia. The former USSR was Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

The vote in Crimea was historic at 96% in favor of secession, creating to every government of every country that now fears secessionist movements within their own country.

Sanctions threaten 30% of Europe’s natural gas, which comes from Russia and almost 80% of that gas flows through the Ukraine.

 

Foreign Presidents Why does the United States have to import its Presidents from other countries and cannot produce one out of the American education system?

If you want a correct answer, do NOT ask a business person, do NOT ask anyone in government, do NOT ask an education administrator, do NOT ask anyone except a Teacher who does the work and closest to the problem.

 

WAR in Middle East, East China Sea, Artic, and Ukraine Threaten Nobel Peace Prize Listen closely, as these are the sounds of war.

East China Sea

Conflict for War

East-South China Sea

ADIZ (Air Defence Identification Zone) over East China Sea Region

Artic

Arctic Oil & Military

Ukraine

Ukraine

 

Energy Puzzle™

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GeoPolitical Political Conflict of Energy Worldwide

Economics

August 2015

Lower Oil Prices…For Who

 

 

 

July 2015

War Time-Bombs for the Oil Market

Oil Lies, Manipulations, Exaggerations…Swindle

Great Oil Lie… U.S. Oil Glut An EIA Invention

Tidal Wave Of Consolidation In The Oil Industry

Acre of Sun vs. Barrel of Oil…A Brilliant Analysis

Oil Jobs Losses Up…Oil Prices Down…Oil Bankruptcy’s Up

 

World’s Five Largest Oil-Producing Countries
1980 1990 2000  2010  2014
1. USSR USSR Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia U.S.
2. U.S. U.S. U.S. Russia Saudi Arabia
3. Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Russia U.S. Russia
4. Iraq Iran Iran China China
5. Venezuela Mexico Venezuela Iran Canada

Barrels of Oil (BOE)

When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons (42 gallons) or liters (5008.099782).

Why Would the World Go to War Over Oil Called Religion…

Proved Oil Reserves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 World Oil Demand

2015 World Oil Demand

 

 

 

 

 

2015 World Oil Supply

2015 World Oil Supply

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Cost of Producing One New Barrel of Oil

Arctic                                   $115 – $122 per barrel

Oil sands                                $89 – $96 per barrel

US shale oil                            $70 – $77 per barrel

Deepwater offshore                $54 – $60 per barrel

North Sea                               $46 – $53 per barrel

West Africa offshore              $38 – $44 per barrel

Russia onshore                      $15 – $21 per barrel

Middle East onshore              $10 – $17 per barrel

(Source: Reuters survey of oil industry experts)

Countries hit Hardest by Falling Oil Prices

Country                     Price Per Barrel to Balance Budget               Daily Production (bpd)

Nigeria                        $123                                                               2.5 mil

Venezuela                   $118                                                               2.5 mil

Iraq                              $101                                                              3.0 mil

Russia                         $100                                                             10.4 mil

Iran                              $100                                                             3.5 mil

(Source: Deutsche Bank & US Energy Information Administration)

Proportion of Natural Gas Needs Met by Russia

Proportion of Natural Gas Needs Met by Russia

 

 

 

 

 

 

European Countries Dependent on Russian Gas

Country Share of Gas Supply from Russia
Estonia 100%
Finland 100%
Latvia 100%
Lithuania 100%
Slovakia  98%
Bulgaria  92%
Czech Republic  78%
Greece  76%
Hungary  60%
Slovenia  52%
Austria  49%
Poland  48%
Germany  36%

(Czeschin Report)

Safest Energy

Safest Energy

 

 

 

 

Nuclear Electricity Generating Countries

Nuclear Electricity Generating Countries

 

 

Enigma Report™

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August 2015  

“Whatever you think, whatever you believe,
whatever your opinion, whatever you disagree, it pays to consider to be prepared.”
– Thomas Fletcher Grooms

A STUDY IN CONTRADICTIONS 

Man Playing Chess Game

 

 

 

 

Update

IRS Code…Who Wrote It…Who Has Read It…Who Is the Expert

IRS Pages of Tax Rules

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dollar Continues Decline Creating National Poverty

Value of Dollar Decline Since FED Created in 1913

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Asian Economic Community Organization

ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

Deflation Continues to Outpace Austerity (aka Poverty for People) Increasing Money Printing and Debt to Support Government Float of Prosperity (aka Luxury for Government Retirement and Lifestyles)

Deflation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explanation of United States Employment Report and Wages

Dent Research White Paper click here

280K Job Additions

Here is the real story…

  • Education and Health (i.e., teachers right at poverty line): +74,000
  • Leisure and Hospitality (i.e., waiters below poverty line): +57,000
  • Retail Trade (i.e., minimum wage store clerks below poverty line): +31,400
  • Temp Help (i.e., below poverty line): +20,100

In fact, these lowest quality jobs accounted for 2/3-two-thirds (75%) of all jobs gains.

Result…

The number of self-employed workers surged by 370,000 in May, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s survey of households released Friday. And nearly 1,000,000-million workers have gone to work for themselves since just February.

Why…

The report is the latest sign that entrepreneurial activity is on the rise. The number of business start-ups rose in 32 of the 50 U.S. states last year, the Kansas City, Missouri-based Kauffman Foundation reported Thursday. The Kauffman Index of Start-up Activity, which is an indicator of new business creation, had the biggest increase in the past two decades. “It is evidence of a growing do-it-yourself economy”, said Chris Rupkey, Chief Financial Economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. “The market for self-employed workers is booming and this is a sign of a pickup in entrepreneurial activity”.

Why…Here is the real story…

Over 62% of the U.S. workforce is unemployed (FED and BLS), so there are no jobs to be found. Out of desperation and no choice, entrepreneurial activity is Washington created and spurred on by the White House and Democrat programs. These are not entrepreneurs, but desperate people in an attempt to survive and praying for a miracle. The report above is ‘nuts’.

Average Salaries Awaiting 2015 College Graduates…If They Can Find a Job

At the top…$80,600 for newly minted petroleum engineers.

Computer science majors…$61,287.

Bachelor’s degrees in math and sciences…$56,171, with physics majors leading at $64,625.

Bachelor’s degrees in business…$51,508.

Agricultural sciences and natural resources…$51,220.

Health care…$50,839.

Communications…$49,395. (Stansbury Research)

Real Cause of Inequality Is Not Racism…But Education and Making a Contribution

Student Graduates Join Job Lines  

Some 50% of recent college graduates say they are receiving financial help from their family, while an additional 19% say they need financial help from their spouse. This is despite the fact that half of these graduates have full-time jobs, according to the latest installment of an ongoing study, “Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students,” carried out by Joyce Serido, an assistant research professor at the University of Arizona, who has been tracking 2,000 people at colleges nationwide since they were freshmen in 2008.

Since the creation of the formed in 1979 and level agency in 1981 Department of Education to make Socialist all public schools, the US has dropped from 99% literacy to below 75% literacy.

Teachers are not the problem. Teachers get the blame. Teachers are the excuse for management’s failure and incompetence. Management is the cause of the problem. The problem is management, has always been management, and will always be management.

US Minimum $20 Per Hour or $35,000 per Year to Meet Federal Definition of Poverty

New Europe Employment Numbers

Greece 25.4% unemployment

Spain 22.7% unemployment

Italy 12.4% unemployment

France 10.5% unemployment

Germany 4.7% unemployment

(Dent Research, 2015)

Europe 2020 Indicators – Employment 

Most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables.

This article is part of a set of statistical articles based on the Eurostat publication Smarter, greener, more inclusive? – Indicators to support the Europe 2020 strategy. It provides recent statistics on employment and other labour market-related issues in the European Union (EU), key areas of the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy.

The EU’s workforce, shrinking as a result of demographic changes, has to support a growing number of dependent people. This is a potential risk for the sustainability of Europe’s social model, welfare systems, economic growth and public finances, exacerbated by the recent economic crisis and intensifying global challenges and competition from developed and emerging economies.

Obama and Democrats Math ‘F’ on Unemployment

There are approximately 160 million men and women in the U.S. workforce. The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) reports 5.5% unemployment. Under Obama and the Democrats administration several new levels for reporting unemployment have been created.

Level U-3 Total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force or official government reported unemployment rate. (Government unemployment insurance claims) (BLS 8,800,000 unemployed)

Level U-6 Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force. (Total labor force) (FED 92,900,000 unemployed)

The BLS reports that there is 5.5% unemployment (Level U-3). 5.5% of 160,000,000 equal (=) 8,800,000. Meaning there are approximately 8,800,000 men and women unemployed.

The FED reports that there are 92,900,000 men and women unemployed not counted in the workforce. So, 8,250,000 men and women unemployed plus (+) 92,900,000 men and women unemployed equal (=) 101,700,000 men and women unemployed, actual.

Actual, 101,700,000 men and women unemployed of approximately 160 million men and women in the U.S. workforce equal (=) 63.5625% actual unemployment.

Go figure…

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reports that the number of ‘Food Stamps’ recipient beneficiaries are 46,252,064 Americans (Department of Agriculture – USDA). With a U.S. population of approximately 320,000,000, this means there are approximately 14.453% of the U.S. population receiving monthly ‘food stamps’.

The standard of living for the average working American household has dropped nearly 10% over the last 10 years.

U.S. Household debt has increased 2.8%.

U.S. Corporate debt has increased 5.9%.

Global debt has increased $57 trillion since 2007, outpacing GDP in countries and Deflation.

Global Government debt has increased 9.3%, outpacing tax revenues and world Second Great Depression.

Prior to 1971 before going off the gold standard, U.S. Debt expanded by 4.5 times while GDP  (Gross Domestic Product) increased by 4.65 times. Since 1971, U.S. Debt has expanded by 3.35 times faster than GDP, which has declined by a -2.0% each year. (Dawson and Seater)

Obamacare…A Negative Tax…One of the Greatest Assaults on Liberty

The Obamacare is a ‘negative’ tax, which few countries use to punish their citizens for not working. The difference is that each person so identified receives a ‘tax bill’ each year, regardless of income, regardless of having any money. It is not associated with productivity, but is associated economic slavery. It is a platform of countries with a dictatorship. It is a dangerous precedent, threatening, destructive. It is not free medical care for the poor and extensive unemployed as presented to the public; it is a negative tax.

Obama Affordable (Expensive with Few Benefits) National Health Care Highest Personal Consumption Spending Item

White House forces gas prices down to cover the $8 billion Obamacare tax. Obamacare is the highest tax ever created in US history. It is a burden tax on the poor, which hits hardest young adults under 40. 7-seven out of every 8-eight jobs created in the U.S. since the passage of the ‘Affordable Care Act’ has been a part-time position with fewer than 30 hours per week. (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal by Syracuse Professor Carl Schramm, “How Obamacare Rips off the ‘Young Healthies,’” the lowest users of health care, the least costly to cover, are 18-26 year olds. “Yet the group faces extraordinarily high Obamacare rates.”

It is just another wealth redistribution scheme…“A Manhattan Institute analysis of Health and Human Services numbers notes that a 27-year-old male will pay 99% higher premiums under Obamacare than he would under previously prevailing market rates. One reason is that the law now limits insurers to charging the sickest seniors no more than three times the amount they charge their youngest customers. Given that 64-year-olds use on average six times as much health care as 19-year-olds, the Affordable Care Act forces young people to pay considerably more than the cost of their own care.” (Wall Street Journal)

So the young are bequeathed a debt burden they will struggle under their entire lives. (Wall Street Journal)

Look Who Is Exempt from Obamacare (National Health TAX…Largest Tax Increase in US History)

(1) The President’s and their Families

(2) Congress and their Families

(3) Supreme Court and their Families

(4) 1,200 Corporations and Unions

Economically and financially, the new law will bankrupt an already struggling middle class who has, in many cases, seen a four-fold increase in their monthly premiums.

By all accounts, life for those people is going to change dramatically in coming years because as much as 15% of their income will now be taken from them by force in the form of what the U.S. Supreme Court has classified as a mandated tax.

The death panels may not exist by name, but they most assuredly exist within the bureaucracy managed by the U.S. government, as evidenced by the experiences of actual people currently enrolled in the Obamacare system: 

Obamacare is denied at most cancer hospitals according to a recent Associated Press survey. Only four out of 19 of the nation’s best cancer hospitals who replied to the survey said they will accept patient’s insurance from all of the healthcare exchanges within their state, in effect excluding most people who are signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. In simple terms: If you get cancer you will not get medical care.

Again, in simple terms, An Instantaneous Collapse of Obamacare Services:

First, if you’re “27″ the average premium is $266.20/month or $3,194.40 per year. 

While the law may never be repealed and everybody who signed up thinks they still have health insurance, when it matters most there may well not be a doctor on the list who will be willing to help you. Why?

Because the government will outright deny the medical services and simply refuse to pay the doctor to provide it. That is a De Facto death panel. (Stansberry Research)

Obama Welfare State: Welfare Benefits Pay More Than Minimum Wage Job

The Cato Institute released an updated study (original study in 1955) showing that welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

Even worse, welfare pays more than $15 per hour in 13 states.

According to the study, welfare benefits have increased faster than minimum wage.

It is now more profitable to sit at home than it is to earn an honest day’s pay.

Hawaii is the biggest offender, where welfare recipients earn $29.13 per hour, or a $60,590 yearly salary, all for doing nothing.

Here is the list of the states where the pre-tax equivalent salary that welfare recipients receive is higher than having a job:

1. Hawaii : $60,590

2. District of Columbia : $50,820

3. Massachusetts : $50,540

4. Connecticut : $44,370

5. New York : $43,700

6. New Jersey : $43,450

7. Rhode Island : $43,330

8. Vermont : $42,350

9. New Hampshire : $39,750

10. Maryland : $38,160

11. California : $37,160

12. Oregon : $34,300

13. Wyoming: $32,620

14. Nevada: $29,820

15. Minnesota: $29,350

16. Delaware: $29,220

17. Washington: $28,840

18. North Dakota: $28,830

19. Pennsylvania: $28,670

20. New Mexico: $27,900

21. Montana: $26,930

22. South Dakota: $26,610

23. Kansas: $26,490

24. Michigan: $26,430

25. Alaska: $26,400

26. Ohio: $26,200

27. North Carolina: $25,760

28. West Virginia: $24,900

29. Alabama: $23,310

30. Indiana: $22,900

31. Missouri: $22,800

32. Oklahoma: $22,480

33. Louisiana: $22,250

34. South Carolina: $21,910

As a point of reference the average Middle Class annual income today is $50,000, down from $54,000 at the beginning of the Great Recession (Depression).

Hawaii, DC, and Massachusetts pay more in welfare than the average working folks earn there. Is it any wonder that they stay home rather than look for a job.

Time to un-do this type of stupidity on the part of Americans? This is crazy.

Salary of retired US Presidents $180,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of House/Senate….$174,000 FOR LIFE

This is stupid Salary of Speaker of the House ….$223,500 FOR LIFE

This is really stupid Salary of Majority and Minority Leader $193,400 FOR LIFE

Average Salary of a teacher .. $40,065

Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN .. $38,000

Nancy Pelosi will retire as a Congress Person at $174,000 Dollars a year for LIFE; PLUS she has retired as SPEAKER at $223,500 a year; PLUS she will receive an additional $193,400 a year as Minority Leader…That is $803,700 Dollars a year for LIFE including FREE medical which is not available to working Americans. ALL PAID by US TAXPAYERS.

This is just one gross instance of abuse that hundreds of Senators and Congress take as they float in and out every year.

Why should any honest decent American work…(Cato Institute Study)

White House Orders Job Creation for Political Votes Go to Illegal Immigrants…Not Americans

Government data show that since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal).

Greater than 100% of jobs went to immigrants because the number of non-immigrants holding a job is negative, and the total must equal 100%.

With 58 million working-age natives not working, the Schumer-Rubio bill (S.744) and similar House measures that would substantially increase the number of foreign workers allowed in the country seem out of touch with the realities of the U.S. labor market.

The trends since 2000 challenge the argument that immigration on balance increases job opportunities for natives. Over 17 million immigrants arrived in the country in the last 14 years, yet native employment has deteriorated significantly.

The total number of working-age (16 to 65) immigrants (legal and illegal) holding a job increased 5.7 million from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2014, while declining 127,000 for natives.

In the first quarter of 2000, there were 114.8 million working-age natives holding a job; in the first quarter of 2014 it was 114.7 million.

Because the native-born population grew significantly, but the number working actually fell, there were 17 million more working-age natives not working in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000.

Immigrants have made gains across the labor market, including lower-skilled jobs such as maintenance, construction, and food service; middle-skilled jobs like office support and health care support; and higher-skilled jobs, including management, computers, and health care practitioners.

Immigration has fallen in recent years. But despite the economy, between 2008 and the start of 2014, 6.5 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) settled in the country and three million got jobs. Over the same time, the number of working-age natives holding a job declined 3.4 million.

If the employment rate of working-age natives in the first quarter of this year were what it was in 2007, 7.9 million more natives would have a job. If the share working were what it was in the first quarter of 2000, 12.5 million more natives would have a job today.

The supply of potential workers is enormous: 8.7 million native college graduates are not working, as are 17 million with some college, and 25.3 million with no more than a high school education.

(The Center for Immigration Studies Report)

Social Security

Social Security should be $48,000 Non-Taxable (now $16,000 taxed) at age 62; $54,000 Non-Taxable (now $26,000 taxed) at age 65, and $60,000 Non-Taxable (now $36,000 taxed) at age 70 under current program. Future years for Social Security moved from 62 to 65, 65 to 70, 70 to 72. Reward those who have made a contribution.

“Thirty-six percent (36%) of American workers age 55 to 64 say they have less than $25,000 in retirement savings.” — Employee Benefit Research Institute

“Fifty-one percent (51%) of households are at risk of not having enough savings to maintain their standard of living after retirement.” — The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

“Sixty-six percent (66%) of Americans said their top financial concern was not having enough money for retirement.” — Gallup poll

Senior Poverty Continually Growing Last 7 Years in The Recovery

Senior Poverty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But more shocking is the account of the growing number of people aged 50 to 64, people who normally would be in their peak earning years, forced by economic conditions to move in with their parents!

The LA Times reports that “older people are quietly moving in with their parents at twice the rate of their younger counterparts. “For seven years through 2012, the number of Californians aged 50 to 64 who live in their parents’ homes swelled 67.6 percent to about 194,000.”

And now the Gallup organization finds that almost a quarter of families in the U.S. are struggling to afford food for their families.

That’s a higher percentage than their peers elsewhere in the developed world. (Weiss Research)

Job Lines Growing Larger

Job Line

 

 

 

 

 

The quality of jobs created the past seven years and in May of 217,000 jobs (BLS), however, is a different story. Despite this month’s gains, more than half of the jobs created were below the median wage of $22.95. Stunningly, nearly 30% of the jobs added in May went to the lowest wage bucket. In short; the low wage jobs recovery continues to march right along. (Dent Research)

In May, the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) guesstimated that 205,000 new jobs were created at companies that were not included in the employment survey. The official report showed 6,000 new jobs in construction, but this includes 36,000 construction jobs added through the birth-death adjustment, while Leisure and Hospitality officially added 39,000 positions, but 79,000 were guessed-at. Without the fantasy jobs, construction would have lost 30,000 (6,000 minus 36,000), while Leisure and Hospitality would have lost 40,000 (39,000 minus 79,000). Maybe next month, the BLS could guess that a million new jobs were created, sending the markets to the moon and creating wealth for everyone, except those who need a real, not guessed-at, paycheck. (Dent Research)

Highest Paid CEOs in Public Companies Perform Worst of All: Study

Calls for one $1 million dollar Cap on total compensation per year by law for all CEOs in all public traded companies and $500 thousand dollar Cap on total compensation per year by law for all Executives in all public traded companies.

*NOTE: this is not a vote against Capitalism since all Retirement money is required by Law to be funneled into the stock and financial markets. There is no limitations regarding privately held companies.

Wave goodbye to the theory that top pay guarantees top performance. The highest-paid CEOs are the worst performers, according to research. (Forbes)

Michael Cooper, University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, and two professors, one at Purdue University and the other at the University of Cambridge, studied data from 1,500 companies with the biggest market caps. They found that the more CEOs got paid, the worse their companies did. At the very top, the 5 percent of CEOs who were the highest paid turned in the worst company performance — 15 percent worse than the average. Broadening the view a bit, the top 10 percent of highest-paid CEOS turned in company performance’s that were 10 percent worse than the average.

The study finds that among the top-paid CEOs, 19 percent did mergers and those deals resulted in a negative performance of 1.38 percent during the three years.

“The returns are almost three times lower for the high-paying firms than the low-paying firms,” Cooper argues. “This wasteful spending destroys shareholder value.”

The study also reveals that the longer CEOs were in their position, the more pronounced was their firms’ poor performance. Cooper attributes that to the tendency for CEOs to appoint allies to their boards who are more likely to go along with bad decisions.

“For the high-pay CEOs, with high overconfidence and high tenure, the effects are just crazy,” he says. In fact, they return 22 percent worse in shareholder value during three years as compared with their peers.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, average CEO compensation at the largest U.S. companies in 2013 was $15.2 million including stock options exercised, up 21.7 percent since 2010.

The institute found that from 1978 to 2013, inflation-adjusted CEO compensation grew 937 percent, compared with 10.2 percent for the typical American worker. Further, the CEO-to-worker compensation ratio that was 20-to-1 in 1965 hit 295.9-to-1 by 2013. (MoneyNews)

 

United States

Economic Cycles (Prosperity – Recession – Depression – Recovery) and Market Forecasts (1900 – 2054)

Prosperity cycle ↑↑

Defined: 3% Unemployment or less; Positive Balance Sheets to Peak GDP and GNP

1918 (Industrial Expansion) – 1924

1945 (Infrastructure Growth) – 1963 (22 November 1963 Peak and Height of US as World Power)

2023 – 2036 (tfg forecast)

 

Recession Cycle ↓

Defined: 5% – 9% Unemployment; Declining GDP and GNP

1924 (Currency Bubble) – 1929

1963 (22 November – Welfare & War) – 1971

2036 – 2054 (tfg forecast)

 

Depression Cycle ↓↓

Defined: 10% Unemployment and greater; Negative GDP and GNP

1900 (Currency Collapse) – 1914

1929 (Engineered Transfer of Wealth) – 1942

1971 (August 15 Left Gold Standard) – 2018 (tfg forecast)

 

Recovery Cycle ↑

Defined: 10% – 5% Unemployment; Sustaining Rise GDP and GNP

1914 (WW I) – 1918

1942 (WW II) – 1945

2018 – 2023 (tfg forecast)

*(tfg forecast) “Forecast is an opinion predict of the future that is impossible to predict…Caveat Emptor.” – Thomas Fletcher Grooms

Strategic Resources

Gold (↑ $1,622.70 end 2011) to ↓ $1,609.30 to ↑ $1,622.60 to ↑ $1,687.60 to ↑ $1,740.50 to ↑ $1,772.70 to ↑ $1,778.00 to ↑ $1,780.00 to ↓ $1,724.00 to ↓ $1,675.00 to ↑ $1,714.70 to ↓ $1,705.60 to (↓ $1,660.10 end 2012) to ↓ $1,648.90 to ↑ $1,663.20 to ↓ $1,572.30 to ↑ $1,582.70 to ↓ $1,469.40 to ↓ $1,393.00 to ↓ $1,235.20 to (↓ $1,202.30 end 2013) to ↑ $1,242.50 to ↑ $1,325.50 to ↓ $1,292.30 to ↑ $1,291.40 to ↓ $1,274.00 to ↑ $1,326.10 to ↓ $1,311.00 to ↓ $1,231.50 to ↑ $1,239.50 to ↓ $1,169.80 to ↑ $1,190.40 to (↓ $1,184.10 end 2014) to ↑ $1,283.00 to ↓ $1,186.70 to ↓ $1,175.75 to ↓ $1,174.50 to ↑ $1,189.80 to ↓ $1,171.20 to ↓ $1,095.10 (per Troy ounce)

Silver (↑ $27.801 end 2011) to ↑ $28.06 to ↑ $31.44 to ↑ $33.69 to ↑ $34.656 to ↓ $34.638 to ↓ $34.57 to ↓ $32.097 to ↓ $30.86 to ↑ $32.37 to ↑ $33.16 to (↓ $30.20 end 2012) to ↓ $29.95 to ↑ $31.35 to ↓ $28.49 to ↓ $27.48 to ↓ $24.28 to ↓ $22.24 to ↓ $19.60 to (↓ $19.37 end 2013) to ↓ $19.16 to ↑ $21.22 to ↓ $20.05 to ↓ $19.33 to ↑ $19.66 to ↑ $21.80 to ↓ $19.94 to ↓ $18.61 to ↓ $17.44 to ↓ $15.71 to ↑ $16.26 to (↓ $15.68 end 2014) to ↑ $17.19 to ↓ $16.70 to ↓ $15.68 to ↑ $16.14 to ↑ $16.70 to ↓ $15.60 to ↑ $14.75 (per Troy ounce)

Copper (↓ $336.75 end 2011) to ↑ $340.40 to ↑ $345.70 to ↑ $364.50 to ↑ $383.25 to ↓ $378.90 to ↓ $377.80 to ↓ $363.75 to ↓ $348.15 to ↓ $346.15 to ↑ $366.50 to (↓ $356.70 end 2012) to ↑ $369.35 to ↑ $372.35 to ↓ $350.10 to ↑ $336.40 to ↓ $324.20 to ↑ $329.25 to ↓ $319.75 to (↑ $339.65 end 2013) to ↓ $319.25 to ↓ $318.70 to ↓ $304.35 to ↑ $314.70  to ↓ $302.75 to ↑ $319.55 to ↓ $317.35 to ↓ $310.65 to ↓ $300.45 to ↑ $303.85 to ↓ $290.25 to (↓ $282.65 end 2014) to ↓ $285.25 to ↓ $277.10 to ↓ $275.30 to ↑ $292.95 to ↓ $272.80 to ↓ $261.60 to ↓ $236.35 (pound)

Oil Brent Crude (↑ $114.57 end 2011) to ↓ $114.25 to ↑ $116.66 to ↓ $111.42 to ↑ $112.02 to ↓ $110.14 to ↓ $105.60 to ↑ $108.95 to ↓ $107.25 to ↑ ($108.97 end 2012) to ↑ $111.31 to ↑ $116.22 to ↓ $110.40 to ↑ $110.87 to ↓ $103.65 to ↓ $100.39 to ↑ $110.02 to (↑ $110.80 end 2013) to ↓ $106.42 to ↑ $109.10 to ↓ $104.73 to ↓ $102.02 to ↑ $112.46 to ↓ $112.18 to ↓ $105.02 to ↓ $97.11 to ↓ $83.68 to ↓ $83.39 to ↓ $69.07 to (↓ $57.33 end 2014) to ↓ $52.49 to ↑ $55.22 to ↑ $65.28 to ↑ $66.46 to ↓ $65.56 to ↓ $62.82 to ↓ $52.21 (Best Oil per barrel Measure of Price: 42 US gallons, 158.9873 liters, 34.9723 Imperial UK gallons)

Oil WTI (West Texas Intermediate) (↑ $91.40 end 2011) to ↑ $93.37 to ↑ $96.47 to ↓ $96.42 to ↑ $99.00 to ↓ $92.89 to ↓ $89.88 to ↑ $90.05 to ↓ $84.86 to ↑ $86.92 to ↓ $86.06 to (↑ $88.66 end 2012) to ↑ $93.09 to ↑ $97.31 to ↓ $90.68 to ↑ $96.62 to ↓ $94.41 to ↓ $91.97 to ↑ $93.33 to (  $98.42 end 2013) to ↓ $97.57  to ↑ $102.55 to ↓ $99.52 to ↑ $109.75 to ↓ $106.91 to ↓ $105.42 to ↓ $97.65 to ↓ $92.27 to ↓ $81.58 to ↓ $78.65 to ↓ $65.84 to (↓ $53.80 end 2014) to ↓ $47.85 to ↑ $48.04 to ↑ $57.15 to ↑ $59.15 to ↑ $60.30 to ↓ $58.59 to ↓ $47.12 (Oil per barrel: 42US gallons, 158.9873 liters, 34.9723 Imperial UK gallons)

Natural Gas (↓ $2.877 end 2011) to ↓ $2.782 to ↑ $2.799 to ↓ $2.682 to ↑ $2.943 to ↓ $2.885 to ↑ $3.396 to ↑ $3.617 to ↓ $3.55 to ↑ $3.79 to ↓ $3.49 to (↓ $3.45 end 2012) to ↓ $3.29 to ↑ $3.37 to ↑ $3.46  to ↑ $3.97 to ↑ $4.15 to ↓ $3.98 to ↓ $3.92 to (↑ $4.23 end 2013) to ↑ $4.92 to ↓ $4.61  to ↓ $4.35 to ↑ $4.41 to ↑ $4.74 to ↓ $4.44 to ↓ $3.96 to ↓ $3.86 to ↓ $3.81 to ↑ $4.41 to ↓ $3.80 to (↓ $2.92 end 2014) to ↓ $2.68 to ↓ $2.66 to ↓ $2.68 to ↑ $2.78 to ↓ $2.64 to ↑ $2.82 to ↓ $2.72 (MMBtu)

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An American Creed

Dean Alfange

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“I do not choose to be a common man.

It is my right to be uncommon if I can.

I seek opportunity not security.

I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout.

I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.

All this is what it means to be an American.”

 

“Inflation”, Bernard Baruch wrote, “flows from the selfish struggle for special advantage among pressure groups. Each seeks tax cuts or price increases or wage raises for itself while urging the others to make the sacrifice, and with little regard for the national interest.”

“The man on the street…” declared Leonard Paul Spacek, “… has the right to assume that he can accept as accurate the fundamental end results shown by the financial statements in annual reports.”

“There must be no sharing of nuclear technology with allies…” advocated General Leslie R. Groves, “…even within the U.S. government; he zealously embargoed information from most agencies and departments, including the White House itself.”