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Should the United States cent be eradicated, as it is in Canada?

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Final week, Canada produced its final penny. Experts say that the move will save the country $11 million a year. Some say the exact same thing should take place in the United States. How many times have you needed additional information on where can i get a payday loan, and turned to an internet search on instant approval payday loans? Look no further, all the info you need is at http://www.matchfinancial.com


Avoiding the penny



The cost of copper is up and with it the price of minting a cent. Making a penny costs more than two cents. Earlier this year, the Obama administration recommended finding less expensive materials to make cents and nickels.



But our neighbors to the north have gone one better. Canada has eliminated the 1 cent coin, which has been in circulation for 104 years. The final Canadian penny was produced Friday.



Costly to create



The cent has pretty much become worthless, meaning it was not worth the 1.6 cents needed to create pennies in Canada. Vending machines and parking meters will not take them, and customers find them more annoying than other things.



US costs



Rick Smith of the Motley Fool explained that the U.S. could save $70 million a year by finishing production of cents. Each cent costs 2.41 cents to create in America. That means the U.S. is losing more than Canada on the production.



Giving to charity



To get the penny out of circulation, the Canadian government suggests people donate them to charity.



Jim Flaherty, the Canadian Finance Minister, said:



"We hope all Canadians will consider putting their last pennies to good use by donating them to charity. I consider it fitting they could have a lasting impact on causes that Canadians believe in."


Increments of five used


Some have expressed concern that eliminating the cent will trigger merchants to round up to the nearest nickel, costing customers more in the long run. However, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, that has been debunked by researchers in Canada and the States. Some prices would round down to the nearest nickel and others round up, making it a virtual wash.



US tried to change



There have been two times in recent years that the United States has tried to get rid of the penny. This involves the Legal Tender Modernization Act of 2001 and the Currency Overhaul for an Industrious Country (COIN) Act of 2006. The latter would have required that every little thing round to the nearest 5 cents just like the Canadian law.



How about dollar bills?


Experts have other opinions too. For instance, one article in the Wisconsin Lacrosse Tribune suggests that getting rid of the $1 bill and replacing it with a $1 coin is a really good plan on top of eliminating the penny. It would not be mistaken for a quarter if it were large enough.



The article suggests that $5.6 billion could possibly be saved over 30 years by the United States government if it would just make this change. Canada changed to the dollar coin years back.



Paper bills only final a few years while coins do not have to be remade for years, which is why it would create savings.



Canada not producing pennies anymore



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uEMguHK-Nc



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Lacrosse Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Daily Finance


BUBBLENOMICS PROSPECTS & ANTIDOTES

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Deepcaster

 

“The question is not tapering. The question is at what point will they increase the asset purchases to say $150 [billion], $200 [billion], a trillion dollars a month…

“The Fed has boxed itself into a position wher there is no exit strategy (and created) a colossal asset bubble…”

“Marc Faber: Fed Might Hike QE to $1 Trillion a Month” moneynews.com, 10/21/2013

It is pretty clear that The Fed has created both a colossal asset bubble as well as a debt bubble and that they have boxed themselves (and most of us) into a corner.

Continue QE and you get Hyperinflation (the U.S. is already on the threshold at 9.17% CPI – Note 1).

Halt, or even Taper, QE and the Markets Crash.

But there are Antidotes – Opportunities for Investors to Profit and Protect.

And one such Opportunity arises in the Precious Metals Market.

“…On Friday, October 11, when there was no sign of any deal between US Congress members and the Obama White House that would end the government shutdown, the Chicago CME Group, which operates Comex - the Chicago Commodity Exchange, where contracts in gold derivatives are traded - announced that at 8:42am Eastern time the trading was halted for 10 seconds after a safety mechanism was triggered because a 2-million-ounce (56.7 million grams) gold futures sell order was executed.

“Something rotten in gold market 

“The result of that huge paper gold sale was that at just the time when a possible US government debt default would send investors in a panic rush to the safety of buying gold, instead, the price plunged $30 an ounce to a three-month low of $1,259.60 an ounce. Market insiders believe the reason was direct market manipulation. …

“China, gold prices & US default threats,” William Engdahl Rt.com, 10/21/2013
William Engdahl is an award-winning geopolitical analyst and strategic risk consultant whose internationally best-selling books have been translated into thirteen foreign languages.

But these Cartel (Note 2) Takedowns provide an Extraordinary Buying Opportunity . But when can we expect a sustainable Upside Launch? Has one already begun?

Since we last reported, certain Key Sectors have moved into Sustainable (for a while) Bullish Trends..

Others have signaled launching into Bullish Uptrends, but these are likely not sustainable.

In our November Letter, we identify which are likely sustainable and forecast the likely Fate and timing of these recent Launches which are likely not sustainable.

Most Important however is identifying the Forces which Impel these Market Moves.

One such Congeries of Forces is Economic. Therefore Consider this comment on the Real Numbers from Shadowstats.com

The U.S. Economy Continues to Weaken.  The first major economic reporting since the reopening of the federal government has confirmed a deteriorating outlook for U.S. business activity.  As shown in the accompanying graph of private payrolls, the pre-government-shutdown employment trends through September were downright negative.  On a three-month, moving-average basis, payrolls have been slowing since the beginning of 2013, through September.  Private payrolls are shown here, in that they were not distorted by 2010 Census hiring and firing.  Although these payrolls will not be hit directly by the October government furloughs, they certainly will reflect secondary impact.”

“COMMENTARY NUMBER 566,” John Williams,
shadowstats.com, 10/22/2013

The question is not “‘if” but “when” will the Equities Markets begin to reflect the Fact the Economy is not recovering.

Indeed, these Extraordinarily Powerful Forces will generate Mega-Moves in Key Markets in the next few weeks or very few months.

So it is essential to focus on Key ones.

Perhaps the Predominant Major Force is The Fed. Years-long Fed Money “Printing” and Easy Credit Policies have not only created Harmful Asset Bubbles (witness the Housing Bubble Burst which caused much suffering) and more Wealth for the Wealthy Mega-Bankers but not the Middle Class.

But Fed Policy has also put the $US as the World’s Reserve Currency increasingly at Risk, and thus threatened the Wealth, and indeed, Safety, of all who have predominately $US denominated Assets.

Worse, such Fed Policy of debasing the currency appears to have encouraged the Chinese to accelerate their War to replace the $US with a Gold-Backed Chinese Yuan as the World’s Reserve Currency.

Not only are Chinese pronouncements calling for a “de-Americanized World” and, via their Dagong Credit Rating Agency “downgrading the U.S. Credit from A to A-, and publically threatening to stop buying U.S. Treasuries, of Great Concern, but their actions speak even louder than their words.

The Chinese have:

--entered into bilateral Currency Swap Agreements with the European Central Bank and the U.K. and several others.

--been importing record tonnage of Gold, even though China is the World’s largest producer.

--intensified diversifying away from the $US by buying Agricultural Properties and Producers and Real Estate generally, all over the World.

Michael Snyder of “The Economic Collapse Blog” sums it up:

“If China does decide to back the yuan with gold and no longer use the U.S. dollar in international trade, it will have devastating effects on the U.S. economy.  Demand for the U.S. dollar and U.S. debt would drop like a rock, and prices on the things that we buy every day would soar.  At that point you could forget about cheap gasoline or cheap Chinese imports.  Our entire way of life depends on the U.S. dollar being the primary reserve currency of the world and being able to import things very inexpensively.  If the rest of the world (led by China) starts to reject the U.S. dollar, it would result in a massive tsunami of currency coming back to our shores and a very painful adjustment in our standard of living.  Today, most U.S. currency is actually used outside of the United States.  If someday that changes and we are no longer able to export our inflation that is going to mean big trouble for us.”

“9 Signs That China Is Making A Move Against The U.S. Dollar,” Michael Snyder, theeconomiccollapseblog.com, 10/17/2013

Clearly, an Antidote and Opportunity is to either move one’s Assets outside of the $US and/or to hedge against its Fall.

A related Critical Problem is that U.S. Dollar- denominated debt is growing far faster, courtesy of the Obama Administration, than U.S. GDP and is thus Unsustainable.

As the Dollar Weakens not only will Price Inflation increasingly Visibly Rear its Ugly Head (the U.S. is already suffering from 9.17% CPI increase per year per Shadowstats.com but it is hidden by Bogus Statistics – Note 1) but Interest Rates must eventually rise to keep Investors interested in purchasing U.S. Paper, and to accommodate Inflation.

But substantially rising Interest Rates will Crash the Housing Market and Economy as a whole.

Indeed, rising Interest Rates already began several months ago in the U.S. – Witness the 10 year Note Yields Spike Up to nearly 3%. (Even so, the recent No-Taper decision reduced rates near term, but that also hurts the $US.)

Of course, the Prospect of Rising Interest Rates and Reality of Intensifying Monetary Inflation should have impelled Gold and Silver, the Ultimate Safe Havens/Assets to new heights in recent months.

But it did not, and all Studious and Savvy Investors know this is Mainly a Result of The Cartel’s (Note 2) Manipulating Precious Metal Prices down, as Engdahl notes.

In our view, this Precious Metal Downtrend is bound to end despite ongoing Cartel Manipulation attempts. But why and when??

A large part of the Answer lies in the increasing demand for Physical and Prospects for the $US and other Fiat Currencies.

The $US 75 basis point Crash on October 17, the Day after the Debt Ceiling was lifted, is a mid to long- term harbinger of the $US’ future.

Short-term, the $US basis USDX is still trading in the 79 to 80 range (but is down to just above Major Support at the top of the 78 to 79 range) as we write. This is the U.S. Government’s self-inflicted “punishment” for allowing the Obama Administration to successfully push for more Debt and More Spending. One short-term consequence is that the $US is down yet another 50 basis points from its October 17 close, as we write.

Going forward, we forecast that The Debt Ceiling will be raised again in February, 2014, as the Political will does not now exist in the US to cut spending. At that time, the $US will likely make another run down to threaten closing below 78. If such a close is confirmed, that would signal the beginning of the Major $US Crash which we earlier forecast for 2014.

If (when) such a Crash appears close it will have been prudent to have already exited the $US and have already acquired physical Gold and Silver.

Until then, expect the $US to trade in the 78-81 range and the Euro to bounce correspondingly in the mid 1.30s.

Re Treasuries, we fully expect the ‘No- Tapering’ policy to continue ad infinitum, as its cessation would cause a crash. Indeed, we expect monthly QE to be increased beginning some time in 2014. That will be another spur to launch Gold to the Upside.

And in the highly unlikely event The Fed does start to taper in 2014 it will surely have to reverse course quickly to liquefy again as the Markets are floating on Fed-provided liquidity.

In sum, Short-term, U.S. Treasuries are “Hot”, that is they should remain strong enough to keep the 10 year yield below 3% (and, short term, push the yield into the 2.3 to 2.6% range), until the $US Crash seriously begins.

Mid and Long-term, U.S. Treasuries are quite vulnerable (due to ongoing QE) and will likely crash.

But, once again, a Superb Safe Haven with Profit Potential can be found in Gold and Silver.

As earlier noted, Cartel Price Suppression attacks have thus far succeeded in keeping Gold trading in the $1280 to $1350 range, and Silver in the $21 to $23 range.

As trader Dan Norcini Notes, Gold has not shown the capacity to break out to the upside out of its trading range yet, though it is increasingly threatening to do so.

However, the intensifying demand for Physical (which we and other independent commentators have documented on various occasions) makes it ever more difficult for The Cartel to sustain any Takedown. (Indian ex-duty Premiums for Physical have shot above $145 per ounce recently!)

But as year-end approaches the probability of that Great Precious Metal Launch up beginning and being sustained, increases dramatically. Indeed, Gold and Silver could break out and up out of their Trading Range at any time.

As the aforementioned Bubbles Burst, Gold and Silver will be Investors’ Salvation.

Regarding Equities, Fundamentally, because it is highly unlikely the Fed will begin to Taper in October or December. The Hot Fiat Money (indirectly created as explained last week) will continue to flow and continue to support Equities Prices.

And the Debt Ceiling Can Kick has given the Markets a temporary respite from uncertainty, as well as providing continuing liquidity via lower debt servicing costs via QE.

Though the underlying economy is not recovering, Corporate Earnings are, in the Aggregate, moderately positive and QE will likely keep their stock prices pumped up for a few or very few months more. Indeed fully 60% of American Corporation’s operating Earnings since 2009 result from QE-created lowered debt service.

The Disturbing Reality for the Mid and Long Term is that Corporate Revenues are not increasing, which is understandable because the financially challenged Middle Class can not increase spending, and will likely not be able to going forward.

Therefore, we have forecast that beginning sometime in 2014 (stay tuned), Equities will no longer be “Hot” and will likely Crash.

Once again, Physical Gold and Silver will spell Salvation.

Best regards,

Deepcaster October 25, 2013

Note 1: *Shadowstats.com calculates Key Statistics the way they were calculated in the 1980s and 1990s before Official Data Manipulation began in earnest. Consider

Bogus Official Numbers vs. Real Numbers (per Shadowstats.com)

Annual U.S. Consumer Price Inflation reported September 17, 2013
1.52%     /     9.17%

U.S. Unemployment reported October 22, 2013
7.2%     /     23.3%

U.S. GDP Annual Growth/Decline reported September 26, 2013
1.62%        /     -1.75%

U.S. M3 reported October 24, 2013 (Month of September, Y.O.Y.)
No Official Report     /     4.12% (i.e, total M3 Now at $15.392 Trillion!)

Note 2: We encourage those who doubt the scope and power of Overt and Covert Interventions by a Fed-led Cartel of Key Central Bankers and Favored Financial Institutions to read Deepcaster’s December, 2009, Special Alert containing a summary overview of Intervention entitled “Forecasts and December, 2009 Special Alert: Profiting From The Cartel’s Dark Interventions - III” and Deepcaster’s July, 2010 Letter entitled "Profit from a Weakening Cartel; Buy Reco; Forecasts: Gold, Silver, Equities, Crude Oil, U.S. Dollar & U.S. T-Notes & T-Bonds" in the ‘Alerts Cache’ and ‘Latest Letter’ Cache at www.deepcaster.com. Also consider the substantial evidence collected by the Gold AntiTrust Action Committee at www.gata.org, including testimony before the CFTC, for information on precious metals price manipulation. Virtually all of the evidence for Intervention has been gleaned from publicly available records. Deepcaster’s profitable recommendations displayed at www.deepcaster.com have been facilitated by attention to these “Interventionals.” Attention to The Interventionals facilitated Deepcaster’s recommending five short positions prior to the Fall, 2008 Market Crash all of which were subsequently liquidated profitably.


“Bank deposits are not safe which used to be safe. Money in Treasury bills is not 100 percent safe and there is inflation in the system and you would hardly get any interest.

“Bonds are not very safe anymore because eventually interest rates will go up Equities in the U.S. are relatively expensive by any valuation matrix you may use.

(The federal government is) “essentially wasting money left, right and center: Republicans on the military and the Democrats on buying votes with transfer payments and entitlements. The best you can hope for is that you have diversified your portfolio of different assets and they don’t all collapse at the same time.”

“Marc Faber: Pray All Asset Classes Don’t Collapse at the Same Time,”
John Morgan, moneynews.com, 10/15/2013
Dr. Marc Faber is the author of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report

The “Behavior” of the Price of Gold, the Ultimate Safe Haven, might seem strange lately as it had not risen despite the lead up to the recent U.S. Debt Ceiling and Budget Crises. Apparently stranger still, after the Debt Ceiling Crisis was apparently (but see below) resolved, the Gold Price shot up. Understanding why this Paper Price performance is not strange is the key to understanding the prospective performance of many markets.

Indeed, understanding the likely course and timing of these developments – a primary Focus of Deepcaster’s Alerts – is essential to Profit and Protection in the next few weeks and very few months.

“The Double Jolt” of two anticipated Pro-Inflationary Developments – a “No Tapering Now” Decision by The Fed and a Debt Ceiling Raise should have been the Catalyst to launch the Gold Price, and especially the Silver Price, up, we remarked a few days ago.

But we noted “The Cartel (Note 1) will be Working Hard to Suppress (Precious Metals) Prices and Convince Investors that the Equities launch up demonstrates Economic health, and thus Gold and Silver are not needed as Safe Havens.” Remember that a Continuation of The Cartel’s Power and Wealth-generation Capacity depends on their being able to Continue suppressing Precious Metal prices.

And so The Cartel did indeed pull out all the stops to take down Gold last Friday, October 11, and succeeded. But then, the day after the apparent Crisis Resolution, The Gold Price shot up again. What gives?

First, lest any Reader have any doubt that The Cartel suppresses prices we Invite you to read the following most interesting and cogent reports courtesy of JBGJ.

“An interesting perspective on Friday’s (October 11 – Ed.) raid is Seeking Alpha’s Weekly COMEX Gold Inventories: Huge Friday Sell Order Equivalent To 70% Of Gold Registered For Delivery

“Friday's (10/11/13) huge drop in gold was essentially due to one tremendously large market sell order, which was an attempt to sell 5,000 gold futures (500,000 gold ounces or about $650 million dollars) at market price and was so large it tripped the stop logic for the exchange and caused gold to stop trading for about ten seconds. We aren't going to get into the motives behind this trade other than saying no seller trying to get a fair price for their gold would sell in such a way, so it looks to be an attempt to ignite negative momentum - which it didn't seem to do.

“But what we want to point investor attention to is that the size of this trade compared to the size of COMEX gold registered inventories, was tremendous. In fact, it represents almost 70% of gold registered for delivery and would be almost impossible to actually fill if entities asked for delivery.

“Oh! and investors shouldn't forget that this was all done in less than one minute - essentially all of the COMEX gold eligible for delivery was sold by one trader in less than one minute. If that doesn't raise an investor's eyebrows, then they really don't understand or are the ones making that sell order.”

“India starving for gold- China too? Gartman starts selling”,
John Brimelow, JBGJ, LLC, 10/14/2013

“The blatancy of the gold manipulation has escalated to what could only be described as taunting the CFTC to do anything about it. Today takes the cake (and that says a LOT considering how many cakes the cartel have taken) for in-your-face manipulation. After Goldman screams "sell", and on a Friday that statistically already has 7 standard deviation selling odds going in we watch this:

“8:42 AM: 367 Dec. contracts traded

“8:43 AM: 7,993 Dec. contracts traded

“8:44 AM: 4,860 Dec. contracts traded

“8:45 AM: 4,050 Dec. contracts traded

“While all was sublime elsewhere, and the dollar comatose, 16,903 December contracts were sold in just 3 minutes. This takedown amounted to over 2 MILLION ounces, or 62 TONS. You have to let that soak in for a few seconds to grasp the audacity. Somebody just dumped over 20 tons a minute, or one ton every 3 SECONDS.”

“What is the Objective?,” John Brimelow
JBGJ, LLC , 10/13/2013

It is unfortunately all too clear that The Cartel still has the Power to suppress Precious Metals prices. And the private for-profit Fed-led Cartel has both Profit and Strategic Motivations. Indeed, the title of a recent article has it nailed – “Gold Market Sunk to Keep Bond Market Afloat.” Consider these excerpts

“Historically, government shut downs have been associated with negative financial news….

“Negative financial news has historically been a time when gold and silver prices rise due to uncertainty. Gold and silver have long been safe havens against financial calamity including falling currency values, falling bond prices and even rising interest rates, as gold and silver store wealth against borrowing costs….

“The current government shutdown comes during a time period when American debt has never been higher. The Obama administration beginning in 2008 has added more debt to the Federal balance sheet than all other Presidents, from George Washington to George H. W. Bush combined, a staggering $4.2 Trillion dollars.

“The issue of debt is not about total dollar amount, but about interest payments which must either be taxed in existence or borrowed into existence….

“The terms of the Federal Reserve Act (1913) … specified interest payments were to be made only in gold and after the gold was gone, the United States declared bankruptcy. Bankruptcy was declared on the carefully chosen date of March 9, 1933. (interesting numerology 3-9-33 or 333-333 ==666! ) After 1933, all property and all potential income of all persons born thereafter was hypothecated to the non Federal no Reserve private banking cartel but this another story.

“Interest payments are the primary benefit of banker pretended debt script, except, when the game’s gone too long. In the end, it’s interest payments which finally cause the destruction of debt script, as interest rates rise exponentially until no amount of script can satisfy the demands for more interest.

“A primary concern of banker debt script managers is interest rates; keeping rates as low as possible is of the highest priority, especially when total debt ‘crosses the Rubicon’ where interest payments on debt already created, significantly affect future interest payments as previous payments are borrowed into existence. The United States Federal Reserve has crossed the Rubicon and rising interest rates will signal the coming end of the FRN private debt based script.

“Over the past several years, it has been noted that gold and silver and platinum and palladium have exhibited price behaviors consistent with being managed prices. Prices of gold and silver, especially, have been manipulated, both to keep the purchasing power of the dollar from falling quickly and to keep prices of US bond products high, resulting in unnaturally low and stable interest rates….

“Rising Interest rates are a sign banker pretend debt script exists in far greater quantities than products to purchase in a market. …

“However, when a banker pretends debt script is being borrowed into existence to meet the demands of pure spending, with no connection to products in the market, bankers and co-conspirators must manipulate interest rates lower to prevent catastrophic rises in interest payments. …

“Gold and silver prices are being deliberately and criminally destroyed by bankers hoping to keep the financial system alive a little longer as the wealth of the economy is transferred to bankers in the form of interest payments….

“Lowering prices of gold and silver is equivalent to boosting the value of the dollar and simultaneously strengthening face value of government debt. … Destroying the price of gold and silver to maintain purchasing power of the dollar moves money from investments in gold and silver to government debt which rises in value relative to gold and silver.

“…Metal prices were frantically slammed to slow the rise in interest rates on approximately June 17, 2013.

“Slamming the price of gold helped slowed the rate of increase in the 10 year yield temporarily, preventing an interest rate crisis. Note again, after October 1st, interest rates stopped falling and started climbing, and, again, a gold smack down in prices was engineered beginning in the second week.

“The price of gold and silver are being pushed lower at great cost. In order to engineer the sell down, naked short selling and flash trading are being used, both of which are causing the depletion of physical gold and silver, …

“In the very near future, the physical shortage of gold and silver will lead to default in the commodities market exchanges (comex and other metals exchanges) creating a crisis in metals delivery and, for a short time, making gold and silver unavailable at any price.

“At the same time when gold and silver prices rise exponentially and the metals exchanges default, bond prices will fall like a rock triggering financial system destroying interests rates.

“The only protection bond holders and dollar holders have is to sell both before interest rates begin to rise. …

“Buying gold and, preferably, silver and other safe assets is the only hope to save your wealth….”

“Gold Market Sunk to Keep Bond Market Afloat,”
Jack Mullen, goldseek.com, 10/14/2013

In addition, it is most important to note that it is becoming ever more difficult for The Cartelto sustain Takedowns, as the October 17, Gold Price launch up again demonstrates.

Recall that on the Monday (10/14) after the Friday 10/11 Takedown, Gold popped right back up again, also.

And the intensifying demand for Physical (which we have documented on various occasions) makes it ever more difficult for them to sustain any Takedown. Clearly Timing is Critical, which is why Deepcaster’s Alerts give particular attention to Timing Signals.

But as the weeks, and days, pass, the likelihood of a Sustainable Great Precious Metals Launch up beginning soon, increases, mainly because of increasing demand for physical.

For example, increasing shortages of Physical are reflected in India’s “de facto ban on Gold Imports” resulting in “premiums above $100 per ounce” (JBGJ).

Jim Rickards has the Most Important Timing Signal (and there are several) Nailed

“James Rickards:  Central bank manipulation of gold markets can and will last until physical shortages become so acute that banks and exchanges can no longer deliver on futures and forward contacts when requested by customers. At that point, contracts will be terminated and exchanges will order that trading be conducted "for liquidation only" which means that futures customers can close out or rollover contacts, but they cannot receive physical delivery of gold.”

“Interview of James Rickards About Central Bank Manipulation of Gold and Silver Markets,”
goldbroker. Com, 10/15/2013  
James G. Rickards is an American lawyer, economist, and investment banker with 35 years of experience working in capital markets on Wall Street.

Increasing Upward Pressure on Precious Metals Prices will continue because fundamentally, it is highly unlikely the Fed will begin to Taper in October or December. The Hot Fiat Printed Money (indirectly created via QE as explained below) must continue to flow in order to support Equities Prices.

The Money “Printing” via QE to which we refer is Indirect, but Real nonetheless. QE works by The Fed’s swapping Treasury Securities on Commercial Banks balance sheets for extra reserves, thus lowering borrowing costs. QE thus artificially boosts corporate earnings, thus allowing more spending – a de facto Money “printing” nonetheless. Indeed, fully 60% of American corporations’ Operating Earnings since 2009 result from lowered borrowing costs according to a study by S. Pomboy presented at the recent Big Picture Conference.

Though the underlying economy is not recovering, Corporate Earnings are, in the Aggregate, moderately positive and so long as QE keeps flowing that will keep their stock prices pumped up for a few weeks or a very few months more.

Thus it is not surprising that, Technically, we are “due” one more massive “Blow Off Top” Equities Rally. Among the Technicals supporting this view we note the cumulative NYSE Advance/Decline Line has formed an Ascending Bullish Triangle which portends “Rally” for a while more.

And Interventionally. The Cartel and other Powers-that-be have everything to gain by supporting another Rally via QE. Withdraw QE and interest rates would spike up dramatically, crashing the Markets.

Of course, that Rally and Ongoing QE will set the scene for Hyperinflation and a $US and Equities Crash some week soon. Thus Deepcaster pay particular attention to Timing in forecasting anticipated Mega-Moves resulting from this Scenario.

Regarding the prospects for Gold and Silver Prices, consider Jim Rickards further comments

FDR: Do you anticipate an overnight ending of the manipulation or a progressive process?

“JR: Both. The process will proceed slowly at first, then gain momentum, then reach a panic buying stage where the termination of deliveries under futures and forward contacts will be announced very suddenly. At that point, physical gold will be scarce and interested parties will not be able to acquire it in small quantities at any price. 

“FDR: Is the gold/silver paper spot price still relevant to value physical gold and silver?

“JR: It is relevant in the sense that it is still possible to acquire gold and silver at prices significantly below the implied non-deflationary price under a gold standard. This is a type of arbitrage that will be available until the world returns to a gold standard or until countries use executive orders to abolish gold trading. 

“FDR: What direct consequences would a free gold/silver market have on people worldwide -- not investors, people in general?

“JR: We have a free gold/silver market today. Anyone can buy or sell as much gold or silver as they like at market prices and exchange it freely with willing counterparties. To the extent that central banks act to depress the price of gold or silver, this acts like a gift to those interested in purchasing it at an artificially low price. If the world returned to a gold standard, the price of gold would be boring and the trading uninteresting because it would be fixed in terms of a currency and interchangeable with the currency.” (emphasis added)

Ibid.

In sum, regarding Various Markets Performance in the next few weeks and very few months, consider John Williams Excellent Analysis at Shadowstats.com

“Chances of the current federal government addressing the long-term sovereign-solvency issues of the United States are nonexistent, reflecting the agreement reached October 16th, to re-open the federal government into early-2014.  In that negotiation process, the debt-ceiling leverage, which had been in place as an aid to those pushing for meaningful fiscal reform, also was suspended through February 7, 2014, but it will be reinstated thereafter.  Details can be found in Section 1002 (a) “Default Protection Act of 2013,” on page 9 of H. R. 2775.  A copy of the Act can be downloaded from this site: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.2775: .

The Devil Is in the Details.  While the debt ceiling remains in play, going forward, the process for handling it through February 7th has been changed.  Instead of the Congress having to approve an increase in the debt ceiling, where withholding such approval had been used as negotiation leverage, for the present, the President simply announces that he is waiving the debt ceiling.  If Congress objects, it has to pass legislation to reject the President’s waiver.  The President can veto that legislation, where a veto override would require a two-thirds majority of both the House and the Senate.  Neither the passage of an override of the waiver in both Houses, nor an override of a veto of such enacted legislation, is possible in the current political environment. 

“This process expires on February 7th, when a new debt ceiling will be put in place.  The new concept introduced for getting around the debt ceiling, however, as noted by one subscriber, sets an extraordinarily dangerous precedent as to gutting the political leverage provided at present to those who seriously are looking to address the government’s extreme fiscal imbalances.

“Separately, at such time as a new debt ceiling would constrain Treasury borrowings in February, consider that the Treasury, has just regained the re-funding needed to replenish its cushion to operate with extraordinary measures for a period of several months.

Can Kicking.  October 16th saw what has become almost a ceremonial kicking of the can down the road.  There is no reason for the global financial markets to believe that the latest actions will be any less detrimental to U.S. financial stability or any less without meaning than the multiple similar experiences of recent years.  This time, though, there is a good chance that the “What, Me Worry?” crowd in Washington finally has kicked the can off a cliff [no offense intended here for Alfred E. Neuman].  

Market Reactions.   As we go to press early-afternoon (October 17th) New York time, initial reaction has been for dollar selling and gold buying.  Despite whatever games the President’s Working Group on the Markets is playing, and beyond initial market volatilities, those general trends should accelerate, as the rest of the world weighs in on the ever-expanding U.S. fiscal debacle and on the intensifying dysfunctional nature of the United States government.  Having run out of patience, global markets increasingly fear deteriorating U.S. sovereign solvency prospects and rapidly increasing odds of heavy U.S. dollar debasement.”

“Fiscal Crisis—Dollar Debasement,” Commentary 565,
John Williams, Shadowstats.com, 10/18/2013

Williams’ Analysis is not just “whistling Dixie” but spot-on. The $US 75 basis point Crash (as we write) on October 17, the Day after the Debt Ceiling was obliterated is a Harbinger. We can expect increasing U.S. Debt and continuing QE going forward.

But severe consequences are impending. The Credit Rating Agency Dagong of the USA’s most powerful Creditor, China, recently downgraded the USA’s Debt Rating from A to A-. And China continues to enter into bilateral currency swap deals with other countries (thus bypassing the $US and further jeopardizing its status as the World’s Reserve Currency), the most recent being with the European Central Bank!! Stay closely tuned for Protection and Profit.

Best regards,

Deepcaster
October 18, 2013

Note 1: We encourage those who doubt the scope and power of Overt and Covert Interventions by a Fed-led Cartel of Key Central Bankers and Favored Financial Institutions to read Deepcaster’s December, 2009, Special Alert containing a summary overview of Intervention entitled “Forecasts and December, 2009 Special Alert: Profiting From The Cartel’s Dark Interventions - III” and Deepcaster’s July, 2010 Letter entitled "Profit from a Weakening Cartel; Buy Reco; Forecasts: Gold, Silver, Equities, Crude Oil, U.S. Dollar & U.S. T-Notes & T-Bonds" in the ‘Alerts Cache’ and ‘Latest Letter’ Cache at www.deepcaster.com. Also consider the substantial evidence collected by the Gold AntiTrust Action Committee at www.gata.org, including testimony before the CFTC, for information on precious metals price manipulation. Virtually all of the evidence for Intervention has been gleaned from publicly available records. Deepcaster’s profitable recommendations displayed at www.deepcaster.com have been facilitated by attention to these “Interventionals.” Attention to The Interventionals facilitated Deepcaster’s recommending five short positions prior to the Fall, 2008 Market Crash all of which were subsequently liquidated profitably.


Preparing for The Big One – Part I

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”Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has been tap dancing on a land mine since 2008.  He has avoided detonating an intensified banking-system crisis, so far, but the cost has been that of locking the Fed into near-perpetual quantitative easing and monetization of U.S. Treasury debt, with horrendous implications for future domestic inflation and U.S. dollar debasement…. the Fed has locked itself into quantitative easing for some time to come, irrespective of any jawboning to the contrary….

“The longer-term U.S. sovereign solvency issues are the bane of the U.S. dollar and the global financial markets.  Unless these problems can be brought under credible control, those same global markets—soon and massively—will revolt against the U.S. dollar.”  

“NO MORE TAP DANCING ON A LAND MINE; THE ADMINISTRATION PULLS OUT A COUPLE OF HAMMERS,” John Williams, Shadowstats.com, 10/10/2013

Indeed, global markets are already revolting against the $US. The End Game re. the $US is THE BIG ONE for which we aim to help Investors prepare.

The really BIG ONE announced October 10, 2013 was not the Republican Proposal to lift The Debt Ceiling for six weeks, though that was an important constructive step to attempt to resolve the Administration’s partial Government Shutdown.

THE BIG ONE was the European Central Bank’s agreement with the People’s Bank of China to establish bilateral Euro-Yuan Currency Swap arrangements, thus freezing the U.S. Dollar out of yet another Bilateral Sovereign Currency Swap Deal.

This will, sooner rather than later, have catastrophic impact on the International Financial System as John Williams points out.

“Beginning to play with hammers around a land mine, the President recently suggested that the financial markets should be concerned about the shutdown/debt-ceiling crisis.  Related comments from the Treasury Secretary suggest looming economic and financial Armageddon, in the event of a default on U.S. Treasury securities.  The push appears to be to frighten the markets enough, so as to pressure a resolution on the government shutdown and debt-ceiling issues, without those controlling the government having to address federal fiscal-policy issues, meaningfully. …

Instead, the increasingly clear message to the global markets is that the Administration will not take any meaningful action to address the long-term solvency issues of the United States. (emphasis added)

“Sovereign states that issue debt in the same currency they print rarely default, ….  Instead, they simply print the money needed to cover financial obligations that could not be covered otherwise with tax revenues, asset confiscations, etc.  The effect usually is full debasement of the currency, or hyperinflation.  Creditors get paid off, but with what has become a worthless currency.

“Indeed, ahead is currency debasement, eventually complete debasement of the U.S. dollar.  As the global markets increasingly absorb that reality, selling of the dollar against the currencies of major U.S. trading partners should become intense, with pressure for removal of the dollar as the global reserve currency becoming unstoppable.  Oil and other dollar-denominated commodity prices would rise sharply in dollar terms, fueling domestic U.S. inflation, despite a moribund economy.  In like manner, the dollar prices of precious metals—particularly gold and silver—would move on to ever-increasing historic highs, despite any efforts by central banks and related plunge-protection teams to contain those prices with jawboning and covert or overt physical intervention, in the markets.”

(Ibid.)

Before considering how Investors can Profit and Protect from this Impending Crisis, it is essential to consider why Fed QE/Stimulus policy (likely to continue under Chairman Yellen) not only will not cure the Economy’s ills but will only worsen Economic Prospects for the Middle Class and Working Poor around the World. It is this Majority to whom Fed Policy should (ethically and for the sake of a Healthy Economy) be directed, but it is not. It is their capacity to Work and Spend which is a Necessary Condition for Economic Health.

Consider the Wise Analysis of former Morgan Stanley Chairman, Stephen Roach

“…The Federal Reserve continues to cling to a destabilizing and ineffective strategy. By maintaining its policy of quantitative easing (QE) – which entails monthly purchases of long-term assets worth $85 billion – the Fed is courting an increasingly treacherous endgame at home and abroad ….

“But there is an even more insidious problem brewing on the home front. With its benchmark lending rate at the zero-bound, the Fed has embraced a fundamentally different approach in attempting to guide the US economy. It has shifted its focus from the price of credit to influencing the credit cycle’s quantity dimension through the liquidity injections that quantitative easing requires. In doing so, the Fed is relying on the “wealth effect” – brought about largely by increasing equity and home prices – as its principal transmission mechanism for stabilization policy.

“There are serious problems with this approach. First, wealth effects are statistically small; most studies show that only about 3-5 cents of every dollar of asset appreciation eventually feeds through to higher personal consumption. As a result, outsize gains in asset markets – and the related risks of new bubbles – are needed to make a meaningful difference ….

“Second, wealth effects are maximized when debt service is minimized – that is, when interest expenses do not swallow the capital gains of asset appreciation. That provides the rationale for the Fed’s zero-interest-rate policy – but at the obvious cost of discriminating against savers, who lose any semblance of interest income.

“Third, and most important, wealth effects are for the wealthy. …

Fully 90.6% of US families in the highest decile of the income distribution owned stocks – double the 45% ownership share of the other 90% ....

“The wealthiest 10% of the US income distribution benefit the most from the Fed’s liquidity injections into risky asset markets. And yet, despite the significant increases in asset values traceable to QE over the past several years – residential property as well as financial assets – there has been little to show for it in terms of a wealth-generated recovery in the US economy. …

“This underscores yet another of QE’s inherent contradictions: its transmission effects are narrow, while the problems it is supposed to address are broad. Wealth effects that benefit a small but extremely affluent slice of the US population have done little to provide meaningful relief for most American families, who remain squeezed by lingering balance-sheet problems, weak labor markets, and anemic income growth. …

“Lost in the angst over inequality is the critical role that central banks have played in exacerbating the problem. Yes, asset markets were initially ecstatic over the Fed’s decision this month not to scale back QE. The thrill, however, was lost on Main Street.

“As I wrote:

“Such stealth transfer of wealth enabled and facilitated by central bank policies are not only economically unsustainable, they are reprehensively immoral.

“Occupy QE,” Stephen Roach, Project-Syndicate.org, 09/25/2013

Chairman Roach’s Analysis underscores the point John Williams, Deepcaster and other independent commentators have been making for months. Fed Policy is aimed at helping a select cohort of the Wealthy, the Mega Banks and Wealthy Individuals, and all The Fed “communications policy” Claptrap that their QE is designed to help the Economy is just Political Cover for their aforementioned Real Aim.

The Key Point for Investors is that the Flight from the $US is already occurring (latest evidence, The ECB – PBOC currency swap Agreement).

This flight has not been widely factored in to the Markets YET but a Harbinger has appeared in the form of the $US’s recently flirting with moving under 80 basis USDX.

Since a Conclusive Close under 78 would definitely Signal the $US rout had begun in earnest, Deepcaster keenly observes and regularly reports to Subscribers on prospective Triggers for such a Move thus providing Various Opportunities to Profit and Protect.

Generally, U.S. Dollar denominated assets are most vulnerable (and non-US$ denominated Assets which we identify are Not).

And Real (as opposed to Financial) Assets in Relatively Inelastic Demand are the least vulnerable in the mid and long term.

Of several such Real Assets which we periodically identify, Gold and Silver have the Most Upside Potential for Profit and Protection.

But these Precious Metals are also subject to Price Suppression by The Cartel (Note 1) which fears them because they are Real Money as opposed to their Fiat Paper Currencies and Treasury Securities.

But – a Word to the Wise Investor – Consider that the World’s largest Gold Producer, China, is also the largest Gold Importer.

And another larger Gold Producer, Russia, imported 12.7 tonnes of Gold in its most recently Reported Month.

And China and Russia are importing Physical Metal and not mainly relying on future delivery on some paper promise from a Gold ETF.

Indeed

“…(The) Gold Price Could Double Overnight in U.S. Dollar Crisis

(Rickards) “envisages a series of ‘black swan’ events that trigger a loss of confidence in the US dollar precipitating a rush to get out of the greenback.”

“Gold Price Could Double Overnight in U.S. Dollar Crisis,” Jim Rickards, etfdailynews.com, 10/10/2013

Deepcaster shall continue to watch and report on Harbingers and signals.

Best regards,

Deepcaster October 11, 2013

Note 1: We encourage those who doubt the scope and power of Overt and Covert Interventions by a Fed-led Cartel of Key Central Bankers and Favored Financial Institutions to read Deepcaster’s December, 2009, Special Alert containing a summary overview of Intervention entitled “Forecasts and December, 2009 Special Alert: Profiting From The Cartel’s Dark Interventions - III” and Deepcaster’s July, 2010 Letter entitled "Profit from a Weakening Cartel; Buy Reco; Forecasts: Gold, Silver, Equities, Crude Oil, U.S. Dollar & U.S. T-Notes & T-Bonds" in the ‘Alerts Cache’ and ‘Latest Letter’ Cache at www.deepcaster.com. Also consider the substantial evidence collected by the Gold AntiTrust Action Committee at www.gata.org, including testimony before the CFTC, for information on precious metals price manipulation. Virtually all of the evidence for Intervention has been gleaned from publicly available records. Deepcaster’s profitable recommendations displayed at www.deepcaster.com have been facilitated by attention to these “Interventionals.” Attention to The Interventionals facilitated Deepcaster’s recommending five short positions prior to the Fall, 2008 Market Crash all of which were subsequently liquidated profitably.


Profit from a Dangerously Fat Left Tail

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“Both stock and blond valuations today are actually explicitly a matter of government policy.”

Brett Arends, Wall Street Journal, 09/23/2013

“This looks to me like 2007 all over again, but even worse. All the previous imbalances are still there. Total public and private debt levels are 30% higher as a share of GDP in the advanced economies than they were then, and we have added a whole new problem with bubbles in emerging markets.”

William White, former BIS chief economist, 09/20/2013


“’Dangerously Fat Left Tail Risk’: the probability that an Investment will incur losses more than three Standard Deviations from the Mean Loss Probability.”


One Recent Most Important Development is Quite Ominous indeed. This Development has created an increasingly Dangerous Fat Left Tail.

Specifically, that Ominous Development indicates that the Probabilities of another Financial Crisis, with concomitant Negative Consequences, are Increasing.

But although that Crisis would greatly increase the Danger to Bank Deposits, Pensions and Investments (see Deepcaster’s recent article – “Our Deposits, Pension Funds, etc. Vulnerable to Immediate Looting ??!! – Antidotes” ) it also creates Opportunities. As the Chinese proverb says: Crisis = Opportunity or in this Case Multiple Opportunities for Wealth Protection and Profit, Opportunities which have generated two recent Deepcaster Buy Recommendations.

The Ominous Development to which we refer is The Fed’s No-Tapering Decision.

Consider that The Fed chose not to taper its $85 Billion Monthly Bond Purchases by even a little bit, not even a $5 Billion or $10 Billion Reduction!!

First and Foremost, this means that The Fed knows what we and other independent commentators have been claiming, and documenting, for many months – that the economy is not recovering (indeed there has been virtually zero Wage Growth in the U.S. in the last five years, despite Trillions in Fed Stimulus) and…

Furthermore, that the Economy and Markets are so fragile that even a small Taper might cause another Financial Crisis. Indeed, The Fed’s No-Taper Decision likely signals that such a Crisis is Impending.

Worse yet, it signals that The Fed (and other Key Central Banks) is trapped into continuing to Print Money -- i.e. QE to Infinity – as we and other Independent Commentators have been correctly forecasting for Months.

And the Ongoing Central Bank QE to Infinity is already leading to Threshold Hyperinflation (9.17% in the USA per shadowstats.com), if one looks at the Real Numbers (Note 1) and not the Bogus Official Ones.

Remember that one Primary Function of Bogus Official Numbers, whether in the U.S., China or elsewhere, is to cover up Politically Damaging Economic Realities, such as the fact that ongoing QE (Money Printing) by Major Central Banks is already Creating Price Inflation despite an increasingly Sluggish Economy. In other words, to cover the Reality that we are increasingly in a Period of Stagflation.

Indeed with Increasing Inflation we are now in a period of StagFLATION.

But this Intensifying StagFLATION creates several Opportunities for both Profit and Wealth Protection.

In order to surmount Impending Crises, we offer three Necessary, but not necessarily sufficient, Essential Criteria which must be met in order to Profit and Protect in the next few Months.

  1. The Prospective Investment must be one which Profits and Protects from ongoing Monetary and therefore, Price Inflation (when one considers The Real Numbers and not the Bogus Official Ones) and

  2. The Prospective Investment must be one for which there is a Real, and Relatively Inelastic (regardless of Economic Conditions) Demand.
  3. Typically, such investments involve Real Assets such as Basic Foodstuffs and Energy, and Productive (as in Agricultural land) Real Estate, but not always.

    Typically, such investments are not to be found e.g. in The Tech Sector. Indeed, we would argue that businesses such as Facebook are riding for a Fall, for many of the Same Reasons the Internet Bubble Burst in 2002.

    For example, people do not have to use Facebook, there are Privacy Concerns (its business model relies on making personal information available to advertisers), there are low Barriers to entry, and there are Alternative Similar (and better in our opinion) Social Media businesses. Thus Facebook fits in what we would call the “Fad Business” Category, subject to a Big Fall, like Many in the Tech Category. Consider the Fate of former Tech Market Leaders like Blackberry and Nokia for example.

    Of course, there are a Few Tech businesses which have Sustainable Business Models, one of which is Google. People, rich or poor, in Good times and Bad, need Information and Goods and Services, and Google delivers all with a few clicks.

  4. A significant Portion of Assets should be held outside of the Banking and Financial System. See our latest Article – “Our Deposits, Pension Funds, etc. Vulnerable to Immediate Looting??!! – Antidotes” – at www.deepcaster.com and our recent Alerts.

And consider a Mega-Reality regarding the USA, the issues of the World’s Reserve Currency.

“…the nation’s debt is compounding into a monster that defies financial description.”

Richard Russell, 9/20/2013

Thus, the Dangerously Fat Left Tail Risk that arises (and given the USA’s unsolved Serious Structural Problems, especially since The Fed will have to continue QE or restart it even IF there eventually is modest tapering), is that ongoing Fiat Money Creation will eventually bring about the Major degradation of the U.S. Dollar, vis a vis the Yuan, Major Commodities Currencies (e.g. OZ$, Canuck Buck) and Inflation Assets such as Key Commodities in relatively Inelastic demand. (Crude Oil)

In sum, we expect The Force of Hyperinflation to help impel serious $US Dumping to begin sooner rather than later (see our Forecasts for probable Timing).

As well, longer-term, long dated U.S. Treasuries are arguably the Greatest Bubble in Economic History, and are doomed to Burst if for no other reason that the Fed has become by far the Major, and nearly only, purchaser, and with ever-more printed Fiat money yet.

This Hot Fiat Money Game cannot in principle, continue indefinitely, which is why our analysis has targeted a 10 yr. U.S. Treasury Note interest rate level which would likely signal the Bubble Burst is launching.

So far as Profit and Protection from much Dangerous Fat Tail Risk is concerned, consider Gold and Silver.

Continuing diminished tensions over Syria and the Mideast, Apparent Eurozone Recovery and Stability supported by the German reelection of Angela Merkel, and Cartel (see Notes) Price Capping all have, and are, contributing to the apparent diminishment of the Rationale for owning Gold and Silver as Safe Havens, short term and thus to a reduction in their Paper Price..

However, though Indian tariffs continue to retard legal imports, demand for Physical from India and China especially is rising, making the Price Prospects, mid to long term, Bright Indeed.

But, above all, the Price Prospects are bright because of the ongoing Fiat Money Printing By Key Central Banks around the World.

It will however likely take a Catalyst to get Gold and Silver moving decisively into an Uptrend.

But there are plenty of Potential Catalysts out there – Another Fed No Tapering Decision, in October (likely) an eruption of an intensified Mideast Crisis, a widely publicized move up in Inflation. One or more of these is sure to come, and we think one of these is likely in the next few weeks according to our timing Projections.

So last week’s No-Tapering Launch up of Gold and Silver was the first Harbinger of The Coming Bull Trend and another (likely) No-Tapering Decision by The Fed in October would strongly impel these Precious Metals higher.

In sum, Buy Physical Now while it is cheap.

It is important to reiterate that while the U.S. Equities Markets continue to be bullish, they continue to be levitating almost solely on Fed provided QE and the prospect of its Continuation – witness the Bullish Action after the Fed’s No Tapering Decision.

And if the USA’s Budget Problems are resolved (not solved) by raising the Debt Ceiling (i.e. printing more money) as is probable, Equities and the Precious Metals should launch up again (absent Major Negative Geopolitical Events) eventually to hit their all-time highs.

The only difference will likely be that Equities will eventually crash (because the artificial levitation cannot last for much longer), while the Precious Metals will likely continue to dramatically increase in value. The Main Catalysts will probably be a major sell-off of both U.S. Treasury Bonds and the U.S. Dollar.

In sum, though The Primary Trend is currently still somewhat Bullish (but with the Bull Trend weakening), Equities Markets are fundamentally very fragile. The S&P dropped 3% in August and has recently broken below, but is now back above, its 50 day MA. And, though the Dow is still above its 200 day MA, we still have several “live” Hindenburg Omen Observations.

Given the aforementioned, now is an excellent time to acquire Assets which should perform well as Dangerously Fat Left Tail Risks are Realized.

 

Best regards,

Deepcaster
September 26, 2013


 

“Increased regulation and low interest rates are driving lending from the regulated commercial banking system into the unregulated shadow banking system. The shadow banks, although free of government regulation, are propped up by a hidden government guarantee in the form of safe harbor status under the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act pushed through by Wall Street. The result is to create perverse incentives for the financial system to self-destruct….

“Also called bankruptcy privileges, this ensures lenders secured on financial collateral immediate access to their pledged securities. . . .

“Safe harbor lenders, which at present include repos and derivative margins, can immediately repossess and resell pledged collateral.

“This gives repos and derivatives extraordinary super-priority over all other claims, including tax and wage claims, deposits (emphasis added), real secured credit and insurance claims. Critically, it ensures immediacy (liquidity) for their holders. Unfortunately, it does so by undermining orderly liquidation….”

“Armageddon Looting Machine: The Looming Mass Destruction from Derivatives,” Ellen Brown, webofdebt.com, lemetropolecafe.com, maxkeiser.com, 09/18/2013

Massive and Increasing Public and Private Debt, $700 Trillion or perhaps as high as $1.2 Quadrillion in Derivatives (see bis.org) and the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act, appear to put our Bank Deposits, Pension Fund Assets and many other financial “Assets” at Greater Risk than ever before.

And for those U.S. Bank Depositors who think, for example, that FDIC Insurance will protect their Deposits consider that the FDIC’s Reserve Fund holds only $37.9 Billion, but the Total Insurable Deposits are $5.25 Trillion. And, as Ellen Brown points out, the “Bail-Ins” (i.e., Bank Deposit Confiscation) which Cyprus (and now it appears Polish) Depositors suffer, are arguably applicable worldwide via the Financial Stability Board’s “Bail-In Templates.”

And The Fed’s refusal to even begin Tapering is ominous and indicates that Financial Armageddon may be closer than we think. And, worst of All, that Destruction could, at any time, be only hours, or minutes, away – read on.

Here, with Kudos to Ellen Brown for her excellent expose, we suggest possible Personal, and National, Antidotes for Wealth Protection and Profit.

Consider the following …

“Shadow banking comes in many forms, but the big money today is in repos and derivatives. The notional (or hypothetical) value of the derivatives market has been estimated to be as high as $1.2 quadrillion, or twenty times the GDP of all the countries of the world combined.”

Ibid .

It is this Massive, Largely Uncollateralized (except by other Paper “Assets”) $1.2 Quadrillion that would be immediately affected in the next financial crisis. The Counter-Parties to these Derivatives would be Immediately called upon to perform, but many would be unable to (as in the 2008 crisis) creating a ripple effect of Defaults.

Consider further what documentary Film-Maker, David Malone writes,

“…this (SuperPriority – ed.) allows the biggest banks …to profit from a bankruptcy which might otherwise have killed them…

Ibid.

There is a profit incentive, in other words, to create another financial crisis.

“Safe harbor status creates the sort of perverse incentives that make derivatives ‘financial weapons of mass destruction,’ as Warren Buffett famously branded them…

“All other creditors – bond holders – risk losing some of their money in a bankruptcy. So they have a reason to want to avoid bankruptcy of a trading partner. Not so the repo and derivatives partners. They would now be best served by looting the company – perfectly legally – as soon as trouble seemed likely….

“The global credit collapse was triggered, it seems, not by wild subprime lending but by the rush to grab collateral by players with congressionally-approved safe harbor status for their repos and derivatives….

“When MF Global went down it did so because its repo, derivative and hypothecation partners essentially foreclosed on it…. And because of the co-mingling of clients’ money in the hypothecation deals the ‘looters’ also seized clients’ money as well. . .”

Ibid.

The Solution/Antidote for Individuals and Institutional Investors is to place a significant Portion of the Assets outside of the Reach of the Current Fiat Money-based Banking System.

And of course Timing is Crucial. The U.S. Fed’s recent Decision Not to begin Tapering was yet another Signal that another such Crisis is all-too-close and it is not in the self-interest of the Private For-Profit Fed’s Mega Bank Owners and Allies to allow the System to Implode just now. However, given the $Trillions in QE (Fiat Money) The Fed and other Central Banks have already put into the financial system they cannot prevent an Implosion at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Thus Deepcaster pays heightened attention to Timing “Signals” and reports them in his Alerts.

As to Antidotes, i.e., Protection and Profit, we reiterate that Physical Gold and Silver held in one’s personal Possession, Productive Farm land, Essential Foodstuffs and other Assets held outside the “Financial Asset” System provide some (see our Analyses) greater measure of Protection.

The Risk to “Assets” (including Fiat Currencies, Bonds, Stocks) held within the System is already substantial, and had already proven lethal to the in-system “Assets” of some Investors, via legally sanctioned “Bail-Ins” Worldwide!

“MF Global was followed by the Cyprus “bail-in” – the confiscation of depositor funds to recapitalize the country’s failed banks. This was followed by the coordinated appearance of bail-in templates worldwide, mandated by the Financial Stability Board, the global banking regulator in Switzerland….

“Bail-in policies are being necessitated by the fact that governments are balking at further bank bailouts. In the US, the Dodd-Frank Act (Section 716) now bans taxpayer bailouts of most speculative derivative activities. That means the next time we have a Lehman-style event, the banking system could simply collapse into a black hole of derivative looting. Malone writes:

“. . . The bankruptcy laws allow a mechanism for banks to disembowel each other. The strongest lend to the weaker and loot them when the moment of crisis approaches….

“All that is required is to know the import of the bankruptcy law and do as much repo, hypothecation and derivative trading with the weaker banks as you can.”

Ibid.

And we note that it appears a Major Polish Bank is already implement ting “Bail-Ins.”

Ellen Brown also offers two Systemic Solutions for Nations and Citizens of Nations.

“We should be directing where the credit goes and collecting the interest. Banking and the creation of money-as-credit need to be made public utilities, owned by the public and having a mandate to serve the public. Public banks do not engage in derivatives.

“Today, virtually the entire circulating money supply (M1, M2 and M3) consists of privately-created “bank credit” – money created on the books of banks in the form of loans. If this private credit system implodes, we will be without a money supply. One option would be to return to the system of government-issued money that was devised by the American colonists, revived by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, and used by other countries at various times and places around the world. Another option would be a system of publicly-owned state banks on the model of the Bank of North Dakota…”

Ibid.

Of course, the latter of these would involve abolishing The Fed as we know it.

Another possible approach was implemented by President John F. Kennedy, R.I.P., a few months before his assassination. He issued an Executive Order that U.S. Notes (as competition to Federal Reserve Notes) be issued. Some were actually issued and were backed by the Full Faith and Credit of the USA including its Gold Reserves. Most of these U.S. Notes were removed from circulation shortly after his death.

So what is likely to be one Trigger (of several possible ones) for the next Financial Collapse. John Williams explains:

“The United States faces a likely hyperinflationary depression before the end of 2014.  That forecast has been in place for years, and still remains.  The ultimate, complete debasement of the U.S. dollar became inevitable in recent decades, when those controlling the U.S. government—both sides of the aisle—deliberately took on federal debt and obligations that never could be satisfied through normal fiscal operations….

“The U.S. banking system remains under severe financial stress, as would appear to have been confirmed, yesterday, by the Federal Reserve’s decision not to cut back on its quantitative-easing program….

“Where the proximal trigger for the looming sharp increase in inflation and eventual hyperinflation likely will be massive selling of the U.S. dollar in the currency markets, two major illusionary props for the dollar are evaporating. …In combination, these factors suggest a rapidly approaching day-of-reckoning for the dollar.

“The first big the myth was that the Federal Reserve would extricate itself from its quantitative easing, due to the improving economy.  That story appears now to have been confirmed as nothing more than jawboning, aimed at propping the dollar, depressing gold and silver prices and temporarily appeasing critics of Federal Reserve policies.

“The Fed has shown itself to be locked in now for the end game. …

“The Fed’s quantitative easing always has been about maintaining banking-system liquidity and solvency, not boosting the economy.  Fed Chairman Bernanke has admitted that there is little the Fed can do to stimulate business activity.  The Fed simply uses the weak economy as political cover for propping the banking system….

“The second big myth is that federal deficit is improving and no longer is a problem.  While the cash-based deficit for fiscal 2013 will be lower than in 2012, thanks to some one-time factors and accounting gimmicks, that will not be true for the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)-based deficit that ran at an uncontrollable annual pace of $6.6 trillion in 2012. 

“Long-term U.S. sovereign-solvency and fiscal issues, which the global currency markets have held in abeyance for two years, with waning patience, are about to explode anew.  Washington is within weeks of having to deal with all the unresolved fiscal and debt-ceiling issues that have been pushed repeatedly into the future.  Whatever actions are taken—even attempts at further delayed action—should have negative impact on the dollar.  There is no chance of action that would resolve the fiscal crisis.

“Separately, the U.S. economy is turning down anew, noticeably, and the Presidential approval rating already is at low level that usually would be a negative for the dollar….”

“THE END GAME NEARS,” John Williams, shadowstats.com, 09/19/2013

Fortunately for us Gold Partisans, it appears that the Banking Cartel’s (Note 1) ongoing Paper Price suppression of Gold and Silver is becoming ever more difficult to sustain.

“Since China (which reopens on Monday after a 2 day break) was a respectable buyer in the upper $1,300s a week ago (and a very strong buyer on Tuesday and Wednesday around $1,300) the Bears seem to be overplaying their paw. Especially when the respectable Indian premiums of the past couple of days are also taken into account.”

“Bears Misjudge Asia?,” John Brimelow, JBGJ, LLC

We agree that it is likely the bears are “overplaying their paw.”

Best regards,

Deepcaster September 20, 2013

Note 1: We encourage those who doubt the scope and power of Overt and Covert Interventions by a Fed-led Cartel of Key Central Bankers and Favored Financial Institutions to read Deepcaster’s December, 2009, Special Alert containing a summary overview of Intervention entitled “Forecasts and December, 2009 Special Alert: Profiting From The Cartel’s Dark Interventions - III” and Deepcaster’s July, 2010 Letter entitled "Profit from a Weakening Cartel; Buy Reco; Forecasts: Gold, Silver, Equities, Crude Oil, U.S. Dollar & U.S. T-Notes & T-Bonds" in the ‘Alerts Cache’ and ‘Latest Letter’ Cache at www.deepcaster.com. Also consider the substantial evidence collected by the Gold AntiTrust Action Committee at www.gata.org, including testimony before the CFTC, for information on precious metals price manipulation. Virtually all of the evidence for Intervention has been gleaned from publicly available records. Deepcaster’s profitable recommendations displayed at www.deepcaster.com have been facilitated by attention to these “Interventionals.” Attention to The Interventionals facilitated Deepcaster’s recommending five short positions prior to the Fall, 2008 Market Crash all of which were subsequently liquidated profitably.


 

Collective belief can create its own reality, and at least for the past few years, collective belief is that Fed actions simply make stocks go up, and so they have. The problem is that this outcome is based almost wholly on perception and confidence bordering on superstition – not on any analytical or mechanistic link that closely relates the quantity of monetary base created by the Fed to the equity prices (despite the correlation-presumed-to-be-causation between the two when one measures precisely from the 2009 market low). Some of the deepest market losses in history have occurred in environments of aggressive Fed easing.

John Hussman, Hussman Funds, September 2013

One of the Crucially Important Lessons of the Housing Bubble Burst of 2008, the Internet Bubble Burst of 2002, the Market Crash of 2008-2009, and Most Crashes and Bursts before these, is that Certain Assets which were widely believed to be Safe,were not.

And given today’s Uncertainty and Impending Crises, that Truth remains – Many ostensibly “Safe” Assets are Not.

Thus, here we identify certain of these Risky “Safe” Asset classes (and those not so Risky), and indicate how one can best Profit and Protect through Self-Reliance Investing. Deepcaster identifies specific Investments which actually provide Opportunities for Profit and Wealth Protection in his recent Letter and Alerts.

Also here, we identify Major Risks to these Ostensibly Safe Assets.

Identifying Major Risks to Ostensibly Safe Assets is the First Essential step to Effective Self-Reliance Investing.


Counter-Party Risks

As the Geopolitical, Economic, and Financial Risks Mount, so too do the Risks of Major Counter-Party Failure.

The Housing Collapse, Financial Collapse as manifested in the AIG Collapse, and MF Global Debacle are but three recent examples of three Asset classes thought by many to be Safe (respectively, Mortgage-backed Securities, Insurance “products” provided via AIG, and Investments in MF Global) which were not. All three are examples of Counter-Party Risks which were realized.

And there are Counter-Party Risks Aplenty in today’s International Financial System. And many of them are in the same Sectors in which Counter-Party Failure occurred in the last Crash!

The Primary (but not sole) Cause is over-leverage. One need only consider that there are nearly $700 Trillion in OTC Derivatives currently Outstanding, but annual Global GDP is only approximately $70 Trillion. (www.bis.org, Path: Statistics, Derivatives, Table 19) to realize that the Systemic Risk is Arguably Greater Now than before the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis.

In sum, many of the Asset Classes and Institutions which proved risky in 2008-2009 are at least as Risky Now as they were then. It is critical that investors valuate Counter-Party risks before investing.


Bail-ins

“Bail-ins” in which Bank Depositors’ Deposits! are confiscated by a failing or Bankrupt Bank (and often “compensated” for by Stock in the failing or Failed Banks) are not limited to Cyprus.

A Bank in Poland, for example, is implementing a Bail-in as we write.

Even more threatening are the Operative Rules under which many Banks in Europe and North America conduct Business, which also allow Bail-ins.

Conclusions: Self-Reliant Investors should take account of the fact that Deposits in such Banks are Vulnerable and thus are for Transactions not for Savings or for Assets held for the long-term.


OTC Derivatives

As indicated above, the Risk reflected in the nearly $700 Trillion of OTC Derivatives is Orders of Magnitude greater than the collateral available to secure them.

Therefore , when (not if) there is another Major Market Takedown, certain Counter-Parties will be called upon to perform and will likely be unable to do so (cf. AIG in the last Market Crash) And such Failures will likely create a Ripple Effect via the OTC Derivatives Parties and Counter-Parties as they did in 2008.

Self-Reliant Investors should give priority to investments which are not encumbered by such risks.


Domestic vs Foreign Production Reliance

Reliance on Goods and Services produced abroad (regardless of where one lives) can be extremely Risky as all Crude Oil-importing Nations know.

But it is not just the Citizens of Oil importing Nations that are subject to Such Risks.

The Citizens of any countries which cannot feed themselves (e.g., Egypt and arguably, China) and which rely on Extra-territorial supplies are at Great Risk – as Participants in Nations with an Arab Spring know.

And National-Security-Sensitive Goods and Services produced abroad are another significant Risk Category as well.


Markets Manipulation

As Precious Metals Investors know all too well, Gold and Silver Investments are subject to Price Suppression by a Cartel (Note 1) of Central and Allied Mega-Banks (See Deepcaster’s Archives for Deepcaster’s Letters and Alerts for an extensive Treatment).

These Price Suppression Attacks have been primarily Responsible for the Takedowns in the Paper Gold and Silver Prices in the last two years.

But given universal and Increasing Demand for delivery of Physical metal and the High Risk Market Environments, prospects for these Metals are Bright.

Consider two recent Reports re Gold and Silver respectively:

“…overnight just before 3 am Eastern, a block of just 200 GC gold futures contracts slammed the price of gold, on no news as usual, sending it lower by $10/oz…whoever was doing the forced, manipulation selling, just happened to also break the market. Indeed: following the hit, the entire gold market was NASDARKed for 20 seconds after a circuit breaker halted trading!

“To summarize: a humble black of 2000 gold futs (GC) taking out the bid stack, and slamming the price of gold, managed to halt the gold market: one of the largest “asset” markets in the world in terms of total national, for 20 seconds.”

“Vicious Gold Slamdown Breaks Gold Market For 20 Seconds,” John Brimelow, JBGJ, LLC

But notwithstanding ongoing Cartel Takedowns, increased demand for Physical makes the Precious Metals price prospects bright indeed.

“From its low-close on June 27 of $18.59 (Comex front-month basis) through its high-close on August 27 of $24.70, silver jumped 32.8% in just 42 trading days. Using today's Comex close of $23.12, silver is up 24.4% from its June bottom. Many investors are wondering if this has been a dead-cat bounce off an oversold bottom or if a new bull trend has begun. Based on all of the fundamental and technical data that I monitor, it would appear to me as if silver put in a definitive bottom in late June and is poised to resume its long-term bull market trend. I would further opine that it is likely that we'll see silver (and gold) hit a new all-time high in price before we get another big correction like the one the metals just went through.

The inflation-adjusted all-time high for silver is $140/oz. This number is derived by compounding silver's high of $50 in 1980 using the Government-reported CPI rate. While I don't expect silver to reach that inflation-adjusted high on this next bull-cycle move, I would not be surprised if silver hit $100/oz before the next major price correction. I see both technical and fundamental factors which will drive this type of move in price…

“First is the sheer size of global demand for physical silver. 1 billion ounces of silver is produced annually from mine production and recycling. Of that, roughly 900 million is consumed in industrial use (Silver Institute data). That leaves roughly 100 million ounces for investors.

“But what about China and India? Because of the restrictions put on gold imports by the Indian Government for most of 2013, Indian imports of silver have soared vs. 2012. In just the 1st half of 2013 (for which I have a data source), India imported 3,000 tonnes of silver, which translates into about 103 million ounces. It's safe to say based on the trend in India that India will import over 200 million ounces this year….

“As you can see, just counting the U.S. and Canadian mints plus India and China imports, well over 251 million ounces of silver demand are accounted for. To be sure, part of the silver imported into India and China is for industrial use. But in total, just for the those four countries, investors will likely buy significantly more than the 100 million ounces of silver produced by mines in 2013 that does not go to industrial users. ...”

“Silver is Getting Ready to Make a Big Move Higher,” Dave Kranzler lemetropolecafe.com, 09/12/2013

Caveat: one should expect continued Cartel Takedown attempts.

In that connection, Grant Williams, portfolio manager of the Vulpes Precious Metals Fund recently noted that at the COMEX warehouse, there are 55 paper claims for every ounce of Gold in that warehouse, and that a recent demand by shareholders of GLD ETF for Physical Gold in exchange for shares, was refused by the COMEX.


Independent Information Sources

Having accurate information about one’s Investment Interests, such as Deepcaster and other Independent Commentators aim to provide is essential for successful Self-Reliant Investing.

Best regards,

Deepcaster September 13, 2013

Note 1: We encourage those who doubt the scope and power of Overt and Covert Interventions by a Fed-led Cartel of Key Central Bankers and Favored Financial Institutions to read Deepcaster’s December, 2009, Special Alert containing a summary overview of Intervention entitled “Forecasts and December, 2009 Special Alert: Profiting From The Cartel’s Dark Interventions - III” and Deepcaster’s July, 2010 Letter entitled "Profit from a Weakening Cartel; Buy Reco; Forecasts: Gold, Silver, Equities, Crude Oil, U.S. Dollar & U.S. T-Notes & T-Bonds" in the ‘Alerts Cache’ and ‘Latest Letter’ Cache at www.deepcaster.com. Also consider the substantial evidence collected by the Gold AntiTrust Action Committee at www.gata.org, including testimony before the CFTC, for information on precious metals price manipulation. Virtually all of the evidence for Intervention has been gleaned from publicly available records. Deepcaster’s profitable recommendations displayed at www.deepcaster.com have been facilitated by attention to these “Interventionals.” Attention to The Interventionals facilitated Deepcaster’s recommending five short positions prior to the Fall, 2008 Market Crash all of which were subsequently liquidated profitably.

 


US Government Has Been Overthrown: The Silent Coup

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EpluribusUNO

While the world and the American public focused on a potential military escalation in Syria, the Government of the US experienced a silent Coup d'état.

Obama is “now determined to put more emphasis on the ‘degrade’ part of what the administration has said is the goal of a military strike against Syria—to ‘deter and degrade’ Mr. Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons,” the New York Times reported Friday, citing unnamed Pentagon officials.

There is something classically interesting about this wording. Pure, sinister propaganda in its most insidious form.

The New York Times. Trial balloon center of the world. Unnamed PENTAGON officials, not White House.

I am convinced more than ever that every word is now important in the public persuasion / manipulation / deception agenda, and collaboration of mainstream media. Instead of the public's watch dog, media is now the Elitists' lap dog.

"Obama is NOW determined" ---NOW? DETERMINED?  This was the Pentagon gameplan all along. Obama is definitely NOT determined. His reluctance to follow the clearly dubious Mid East military 'solution' is palpable. He knows it will make the situation worse, but he is getting narrow selective advice that he "MUST" do it or weaken "the Presidency."

Anyone with doubts, read or watch the movie "Thirteen Days". You will understand perfectly.  This is deja vu all over again.

This is the inevitable conclusion that has been eating at me during this whole Syria episode.

There has been a COUP of the United States Government. Obama being the amateur that TPTB have been looking for to manipulate - The profiteers, militarists, CIA and NSA - have usurped the Government of the United States. They have not yet told Obama or the American People. The media simply reports the reality, in code-speak.

Brennan at CIA, and Clapper, the unindicted perjurer at NSA, along with some (possibly sub- ?)  JCOS military, under the guise of giving "PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY" to the CinC, have so filtered Obama's information, that he is making decisions against his core beliefs, and his better judgement. He may even believe that the evidence he is provided, in terms of "government conclusions" (not intelligence agency-verifiable evidence) has not been dog-wagged.It is obvious to me that he is making all these warmongering decisions reluctantly. Regardless of what your prior impressions of the man were, this is not his standard operating procedure.

He is mouthing what his "advisors" are telling him must be done as President. Unfortunately, since he has NO experience for the position he holds, he has so far conceded decision authority to underlings. His true self came out, when right before announcing  the original limited strike, he decided to get Congressional approval, indicating he still has a conscience, and hopefully, an internal BS/fraud detector.

HIS MINIONS... KERRY and Co., FIRST said he would go ahead and bomb anyhow, again forcing narrow options. Susan Rice did something similar last night. She was belligerent, after Obama had already indicated receptivity to negotiating international control of the CW. Next, Kerry AGAIN comes out and says Assad has ONE WEEK to DELIVER the weapons, an impossible requirement. Putin, meanwhile, says, the military option must first be off the table for negotiations to work. A new RED LINE, locking Obama into either admitting his representatives don't speak for him (weakness) or forcing the options back to attack, now with a wider mission (for them the same mission as always.) Multiple mouthpieces shows conclusively Obama's loss of control and inability to lead from the front.

Elements within the administration and the Pentagon are pushing a reluctant Obama into a war he doesn't want. Even when he accidentally bumps into a non-war solution, courtesy of Vladimir Putin, the military or his aides maneuver him back into a narrow, military option corner, now better described as "the WAR option".

NOW, the LIMITED 'punishment' scenario is off the table, according to the NYT. No doubt Obama's personal, irrelevant purposeless military strategy, it was characterized by JCOS Chairman as available anytime (in Senate testimony) and then repeated by Obama, as a justification for his Congressional option. The military has also advised AGAINST a limited attack because it has no definable military objective. It had zero military or strategic logic, and therefore was probably Obama's means of halfway buying into the concept.

OF COURSE the plan is to widen the war. For those that wanted it, it always was.

If Obama hasn't yet figured out via his OTJ training this past week, that he is being maneuvered, he doesn't deserve the job. He is the only person in the room who is President of the United States. His test is not whether he can go to war and/or not show himself to be indecisive internationally.

His challenge is whether he can recognize his weakness within his own administration, and find it within himself to become THE President. In this I wish him well, because if he can't, the country is in grave danger for the next 3 years without a real leader. Putin sees Obama's dilemma clearly and decisively. At this moment he is probably the ONLY one telling truth to power. The world isn't just watching what happens in Syria. It is watching the internal politics at the White House.

If circumstances allow a diplomatic accommodation, what will be the next false flag concocted? Where will it be, and how much more serious the threshold of carnage to "force Obama to do the 'right' (sic) thing" - in the minds of the financial/military industrial cabal?  It is also about time to acknowledge, and openly discuss, the role of Israel in every dubious requirement for American credibility and military involvement in the Mid East. Their fingerprints are all over this event, as the SOLE beneficiaries, other than the cabalists.  They, too, have NOT ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention after 20 years. If Syria now signs, they will be the ONLY Mideast country NOT to.  Unequivocal support for Israel and their illegal actions, occupations, and their own unpublicized atrocities, are a burden the US should reconsider, if there is ever to be any solutions in the area. Our self-image as egalitarian, fair and just does not stand the test of truth, when it includes "Israel, right or wrong".

Perhaps at risk of his Presidency, or frankly, even potentially his life, if he challenges this cabal, or Israel, Obama needs to clean house, and take control.  It is HIS Presidency. He alone is the man elected. He must identify and eliminate advisors who serve their own interests, not his nor America's. These financiers, oil oligarchs, and militarists will not stop if they fail here. Another, more heinous event is already being planned if this fails, and the evidence for it is being manufactured in video studios. Obama needs to expose them as the liars, traitors and manipulators they are. Otherwise, the failure to do so will be recognized as his greatest failure of all, both internationally and domestically - the failure of a leader of a great power to adequately lead, on his vision, not the succumbing to the greed and perfidy of the shadow elite.

Obama must look inside himself and determine whether he can say to his Cabinet, as did Abraham Lincoln, "Twelve in opposition; one in favor. The Ayes have it!"  Godspeed, Mr. President.

~Epluribus

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Why buy Apogee Silver

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Many of you investors know that Apogee Silver currently has 115 mil ounces of high grade silver. Close to 1 billion pounds of lead and about 600million pounds of zinc in a country that for now is considered risky. Risky because it does not yet have a comprehensive mining law. This however is changing. Recently a mining draft that's been in the works for few years has been presented to the ministry of mining for approval. From the recent articles i've read  suggests that the government of Bolivia is working hard to bring it out before the year end. This will bode well for Apogee in many fronts. 1) Apogee can become a take out candidate. The mining law if approved will allow foreign mining companies to stake land without extensive hassle. However why stake land when you have Apogee with established reserves and resources!! Ceour d'Lane a silver mining company also operating in Bolivia has Apogee as an strategic investment with 30 million shares of the company.
2) Apogee can go it alone and build the mine that will produce between 1 to 2 million ounce of silver per annum The mining law when approved will allow Apogee to get the necessary financing to continue and expand operations in Bolivia. 3)Investors sitting on the side line waiting for the mining law to come out will be able to participate without fear of owning shares of Apogee Silver. 4)The recently released Feasibility study puts a price on Apogee's Pulacayo property at over $70 million on POSilver of $29 This means if the company was to be sold It's share price would be worth around .16c to about .20c again on POSilver of $29.00 This means if POSilver goes beyond $29.00 it's NPV(Net Present Value)will also increase and therefore it's share price will also be higher.
Apogee Silver has huge institutional backing Sprott Asst Mgment Ceour d' Lane Forbes and Manhattan and few others are large holders of Apogee shares. 

The risk here are POSilver staying below the $29.00 Apogee not getting the necessary financing and Bolivia not coming out with their mining law. Apogee from risk reward ratio is considered to be the cheapest stock on all metrics that could offer the biggest upside going forward.   

It is my opinion that institutions who are waiting to lend money to miners including Apogee Silver could be waiting for the POSilver to move beyond the $30.00 and in Apogees case could also be waiting for the mining law to come out. 


DRAFT RESOLUTION: Operation B.O.N.E.H.E.A.D.

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Barack Obama Now Expects His Ego to Avoid Disaster

Unfortunately, the same incredible determination that allowed John McCain to survive NVN captivity, is not serving him well now. As a former pilot, he still thinks he can solve ANY international problem with bombing people in countries who are mere pawns in superpower geo-politics. He is as "certain" as Kerry about the good democratic intentions of a few paid Qatari mercenaries who think they can run a country better than Assad. They can't.

"I know these people" McCain says... HOW? After a nice arranged chat one weekend where people with ulterior motives tell you stuff you want to hear? Show you how they can raise their arms and shoot AK-47s over a wall at a target they can’t see? Does he know that these “nationalist patriots” are paid by Qatar and Saudi Arabia to CREATE this phony civil war? Was that not in the briefing memo? HOW and WHY and FROM WHOM do a band of rebels get access to major military weaponry? The Idaho Militia can't get that much weaponry.

According to Kerry, “WE KNOW Assad did it” and “We have no subsequent role.” Really? You REALLY think the American people, and the world are that gullible? Even McCain and armchair warrior Lindsey Graham say we HAVE TO remove Assad. So, Mr. Secretary, Which is it? Plan A or, you're LYING about the plan? They are either blatant liars, or senile if they believe it themselves. Either way, enough is enough of their useless posturing “humanitarian strategy.”

Obama is either the biggest Trojan Horse in American history, or the biggest patsy. His lack of experience, qualifications for the job, and leadership become more apparent each month, and, finally, may make America question how he really ever got to be amateur President, and who arranged it?

[This is being written PRIOR to the congressional vote on authorization to use military force in Syria.]

At this moment, Obama and Kerry are promoting passage of the resolution. There is still time for Obama to hold true to the “principles” he espoused while a Senator and a candidate. So far, he has repudiated them so completely, it appears either he HAS no principles, or he lied about them to get elected. Maybe he has made an incredibly astute political maneuver to AVOID the shadow government’s manipulation of him. However, whether Pawn or Provocateur doesn’t really matter now. McCain and Kerry are selling; whether Obama buys, against his stated better judgement, will determine the balance of America’s 21st century.

Will that future include expecting the following ‘specific limited objectives’? (subject to future DOS, DOD, OMB revision)

The 2013 America’s Humanitarian Crusade & Military Tour – Syria Venue

RESOLVED:

Step 1: “We will bomb pre-announced CW-capable targets with cruise missiles, without civilian casualties, economic ruin or refugee displacement. There will be no regional consequences, nor risk of escalation or expansion outside Syria. We will then go back to business as usual, and focus on national priorities,  like increasing our debt. Regarding replacement of the cruise missiles we will have launched, we have exempted from the sequestration restrictions any expenses we may indefinitely incur during this operation, because Qatar and Saudi Arabia have graciously offered to reimburse the US for all expenses related to the overthrow of Assad (which may inadvertently occur during the execution of our humanitarian mission.) Their altruistic and eleemosynary participation in this crusade effort is admirable.

Step 2: “We intend to leave Assad in power with 250,000 kg of randomly dispersed CW, to which we are committed to deny access by the regime, and/or discourage Assad from using again.... in order to be accessible to and protected by one or more of the rebel groups.... Al Queda??? The "nationalist rebels" from Turkey, Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, & Afghanistan??? We have not yet decided which rebel leader we will install as the new democratically elected president of the free Syrian Hezbollah Islamic Triumvirate (S.H.I.T.) government. We will study that and report back to Congress, in executive seSSion within the 90 day non-war schedule.”

Step 3: (with appropriate bewildered reluctance and humility)
“Well, we better go in with boots on the ground after all... WE COULDN"T (Didn't? Refused to?) ANTICIPATE that our arrogant morality policing could make matters worse, because after all, WE'RE AMERICA, and I'M OBAMA . ‘I said, once we started this we would need to finish it, so America and our troops need to back me up so ‘the presidency’ doesn’t lose face.’

Unfortunately, some of our naval ships used in our cruise missile non-war punishment exercise have been attacked WITHOUT PROVOCATION, which obviously demands a measured, augmented retaliatory response, or we will look weak. We have not been able to confirm the identity of the perpetrators as either Syrian regime or one of the rebel groups we have been supplying weapons to, but have HIGH CONFIDENCE that WE KNOW from RELIABLE INTELLIGENCE provided from NSA sigintel intercepted from a cell phone in a regime-supported brothel in a suburb of Damascus, that it was Assad. That we know that we know is certain, and we will bring them to justice... when we know what and who.

We have NO doubt that this will CONTINUE to be a limited engagement, no matter how long it takes, and that the American people will always SUPPORT THE TROOPS.”
[Proceed to MSNBC Photo Op and private pre-set Q & A, with Reading-Head-of-the-Month]

Step 4:
“Since our ONLY objective has always been protecting the Syrian PEOPLE from more gas attacks, our original NON-EXISTENT PLAN B has now evolved, based on conditions on the ground. Therefore, acting within the authority of the War Powers Act and Congressional authorization, we have put an additional 75,000 of our soldiers, on leave from Afghanistan and Pakistan, into selected Green Zones inside Syria, so THEY will be exposed to the CW rocket attacks, instead of Syrian women and children (depending on the wind), regardless of which rebel faction is currently in possession of these horrific weapons, which we expect to determine soon.

In fact, we can assure the American People that, by identifying from which direction our troops are attacked with these munitions, we will be in a better position to find and confiscate them. This accomplishes the main objectives we originally set forth in seeking Congressional approval for this historic humanitarian crusade, seventeen years ago.

We have also ensured the provisional government that dollar-denominated IMF loans will be made available for economic revitalization projects, including construction of a new regional LNG pipeline, in cooperation with our Saudi and Qatari partners. Several of our most experienced engineering firms, like Halliburton, will be dedicated to rebuilding a vibrant Syria, especially for those few remaining native Syrians still alive, who have been living in refugee camps in so many other countries. We owe it to them to build the best pipeline in the world. Under joint American/UK /JPM/Goldman-Sachs supervision, we will guarantee that.”

…These are venal politicians with an agenda. The enthusiasm they are bringing to their false moral crusade is scary, and MORE THAN a little mentally unbalanced. I don't see that same enthusiasm from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Maybe he can convince these amateurs to stand down, from an ill-advised suicide mission for the military and the American People. If the government ( I Do not use the word ‘we’ or ‘America’ here) …If the government proceeds further, then it is time to review the impeachment clauses in the Constitution.

Any member of Congress who votes yes.

Certainly Obama, Biden, Boehner, Pelosi AND Kerry, especially if Obama goes AGAINST the will of Congress (an issue unto itself).

Avoiding the frightening potential for misuse of the Presidential Succession with a sliding scale of available mediocrity is essential for any hope of restoration of rational American foreign policy.

So…. who is Secretary of Agriculture?

~Epluribus

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