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The Worst Threat We Face Is Right Here At Home

The Federal Reserve is ruining us
Friday, February 16, 2018, 8:58 PM

The Federal Reserve has done far more self-inflicted harm to long-term US interests than anything that Russia has been accused of, let alone been proven to have done. At this point, there’s no contest between the two. 

The worst threats we face are right here at home. » Read more

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Upon The Next Crisis, The Rules Will Suddenly Change

For the benefit of the elites; not the rest of us
Friday, September 29, 2017, 8:02 PM

We can add a third certainty to the two standard ones (death and taxes): The rules will suddenly change when a financial crisis strikes.

Why is this a certainty? Human nature, politics and the structure of societies/economies ruled by centralized states (governments). » Read more

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Where There’s Smoke...

...There’s central bank manipulation
Friday, April 21, 2017, 8:26 PM

Many questions surround the elevated financial asset prices we are faced with today.

I'm talking not just about the sky-high prices of stocks and bonds, but also of the trillions of dollars’ worth of derivatives that are linked to them.  All are intricately linked together. For instance, stocks are elevated, in part, because bond yields are so low. 

These questions are important to consider because -- if central banks have been too involved and gotten themselves mixed up in trying to ‘wag the dog’ by using elevated financial asset prices as a means to drive economic expansion -- then the risk is a big implosion in financial asset prices if their efforts fail. » Read more

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We're Being Played

Our emotions are manipulated by persuasion & propaganda
Friday, November 18, 2016, 9:20 PM

The explosion of emotions during and after the Clinton-Trump race and Trump election caught many off guard.  Friends have been lost, family members estranged, and threats and hostility have boiled over in many relationships and communities.

In our consumer culture we are sold lots of things. Two weeks ago it might have been jeans and a TV, but last week it was fear.  And Loathing.  People were sold fear and loathing, and now it is ruining friendships, making people miserable, and setting the country apart. » Read more

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How To Protect Yourself From Persuasion & Propaganda

Live by your own influence & yours alone
Friday, November 18, 2016, 9:20 PM

Executive Summary

  • Recognizing manipulation
  • Absorbing information on your own terms
  • Dealing with propagandized friends & family without ruining relationships
  • Healing the polarization the propaganda creates

If you have not yet read Part 1: We're Being Played available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Staying In Control

Personally I do not have a TV precisely because ‘they’ are so good at what they do.  I do not trust myself to resist their efforts because their methods are beyond my ability to resist 24x7x365.

I can maintain my vigilance for only so long, before I give up and give in.  What I’m trying to say here is that it is not a sign of any weakness on your part if you have been taken in by their methods, only that you are human.  There is no shame in being played, it’s a function of how you and I are wired.

If I did have a TV, I would absolutely not allow the sound to be on during commercials, and even better I would get a TiVo or its equivalent and skip past commercials. 

But we can control how much we get played by simply not exposing ourselves to too much of the junk.

Awareness is your first key to not being played. It’s your first line of defense.  Avoiding unnecessary propaganda/subliminal stimuli is your second key.

So staying in control of ‘your’ thoughts and emotions is as simple, and as hard, as being aware of the efforts to sway and/or implant ideas in your head and then avoiding those efforts as much as possible.

The benefit of doing so is a happier and more authentically connected life.  After all, it is your ideas and gifts the world needs, not your regurgitation of someone else’s.

Also, advertising is largely built upon the idea of... » Read more

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Off The Cuff: There Is No 'Market' Anymore, Only Manipulation

The big players push prices around at will
Saturday, August 27, 2016, 6:19 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • There Is No 'Market' Anymore
    • Prices are fully manipulated these days
  • Missing Alpha
    • Since it's only liquidity that matters, portfolio managers are feeling the pressure
  • Malinvestment
    • What you get with too much cheap money
  • The Feds Facebook Fiasco
    • The public is waking up to the ills of central banking

Click to listen to a sample of this Off the Cuff Podcast or Enroll today to access the full audio and other premium content today. » Read more

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EXCLUSIVE: The Smoking Gun Proving Silver & Gold Manipulation

We have the data. And it tells a clear story.
Friday, October 16, 2015, 7:46 PM

Gold price suppression!

The amount of ink spilled on this topic could fill a supertanker.  Goldbugs the world over believe in the suppression story as an article of faith, and indeed, the evidence that “something is happening” appears incontrovertible.

Given how important the subject is to Peak Prosperity and the bullion-owning community, and the volume of energy we expend talking (and talking, and talking, and talking) about it, how much information do we really have about what is actually going on?  » Read more

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How To Protect Yourself & Profit From This Manipulation

Also: is the bottom in for precious metals?
Friday, October 16, 2015, 7:45 PM

Executive Summary

  • What the Great Gold Smash of 2013 tells us
  • Was $1,075/oz gold the bottom? Is the bottom indeed in?
  • Is a new bull trend ahead for precious metals?
  • How to hedge against -- and speculate on, for those who dare --  future manipulation attempts

If you have not yet read Part 1: EXCLUSIVE: The Smoking Gun Proving Silver & Gold Manipulation available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Now let's look at the great gold smash of 2013.

There were three separate operations I saw on or around the gold smash of 2013:

Operation #1: On April 12, gold had already broken below the 1525 support level to close at 1501 after dropping $100 over the two preceding months.  After a long decline followed by a support break, the market was in a very fragile state.  Sunday rolled around, and “someone” chose this moment to unload $95 in 13 volatility events over the course of just 13 hours.  This avalanche decisively drove gold down $150 in just one day.  This engineered follow-through using volatility events coming immediately after the support break resulted in the total annihilation of the longs.  Price still has not recovered from that move.

Operation #2: two days after the $150 drop, another 3-event $23 assault completely failed.  Price did not move at all.  In fact, it rallied on the day.  Why?  Why didn't we get another $150 drop?  Well, 1325 turned out to be strong support.  Buyers came out in droves to pick up the lower-priced gold.  And so when gold dropped $23 due to the volatility events, COMEX buyers snapped up the lower priced gold, and as a result the assault completely failed.

Operation #3: two months later, another 1-event $24 assault had only a very minor effect.  Price fell that day a few bucks, which was regained the day following.  Support was not quite as strong, but the market was clearly not in a fragile state at that point either.  This assault failed as well, since there was no support break and no price reset lower.

Here are three events, in relatively close proximity to one another, but under three different sets of “chart circumstances” which provided three different outcomes.  One worked, two others didn't.  The difference, I maintain, was where the market was at each point.  Fragile markets appear vulnerable to volatility events.  Strong markets are not.

Now let's look at the most recent event: July 20, 2015... » Read more

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4 Factors Signaling Volatility Will Return With A Vengeance

Buckle up. It's going to get bumpy.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 9:43 AM

No one could have predicted the sheer scope of global monetary policy bolstering the private banking and trading system. Yet, here we were - ensconced in the seventh year of capital markets being buoyed by coordinated government and central bank strategies. It’s Keynesianism for Wall Street.

The unprecedented nature of this international effort has provided an illusion of stability, albeit reliant on artificial stimulus to the private sector in the form of cheap money, tempered currency rates (except the dollar - so far) and multi-trillion dollar bond buying programs. It is the most expensive, blatant aid for major financial players ever conceived and executed. But the facade is fading. Even those sustaining this madness, like the IMF, are issuing warnings about increasing volatility. » Read more

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The Fed Is Destroying the World One Saver At A Time

Bernanke's new blog offers bloviating proof of that
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 12:25 AM

I must confess to a deep-seated anger at just how insultingly stupid the world has become. As a sufferer of crisis fatigue I can be caught exclaiming You have got to be kidding me!!? several times per day, or perhaps shouting How dumb do they think we are?

Three choice outbursts came last week as I read Bernanke’s new blog and came across statements like this one: