Taliban overrun Afghan city of Kunduz (jdargis)
Kunduz would be the first provincial capital taken by the Taliban since they lost power in 2001’s US-led invasion.
The attack came a day before the first anniversary of President Ashraf Ghani’s unity government.
So in what category is Moscow’s current venture in Syria, as described today in an address to the United Nations in New York by president Vladimir Putin? Does his powerful show of combat aircraft, choppers, outfittings for some 2,000 soldiers, and plans for a regional defense coalition fall onto the historical short list of on-the-boots combat far from home? Or is it an example of Moscow’s usual gingerliness about distant foreign expeditions?
Tick Tick Tick (richcabot)
This bit on Ukraine was only a little more appalling than Charlie’s earlier segment on Syria. Was Putin trying to rescue the Assad government? Charlie asked, in the context of President Obama’s statement years ago that “Assad has to go.”
So we should all be asking ourselves: what will the future bring? Where are we headed? For anarchists, this question is intimately related to the question of the state. We know that there is a direct correlation between the prosperity of a people and the amount of state intervention in the economy. The greater the intervention, the less prosperity. And vice versa. So, any anarchist attempting to predict the future, must first forecast what the state will look like in the future. Will state employees allow more individual liberty, or less? Any accurate prediction of the future will depend on an accurate answer to that question.
7 Bullish Gold Indicators (Taki T.)
During the downtrend, however, the opposite has taken place: each subsequent extreme position in commercial short positions has lead to marginally lower lows. This trend points to changing market dynamics.
Don’t hold your breath though: “A WEKO spokesman said the investigation would likely conclude in either 2016 or 2017, adding that the banks were suspected of violating Swiss corporate rules.” Those, and virtually all other market rules.
The good news is that unlike Bart Chilton’s charade “inquiry” into silver manipulation when after years of “probing” the CFTC found “nothing”, at least the Swiss will find proof of rigging for the simple reason that it is there.
The Difference Between Gold and Debt (GE Christenson)
Fort Knox contained 147 million ounces of gold as of the last count … many decades ago. Since the last audit was performed 60 some years ago, there is risk that the Fort Knox Bullion Depository is actually the Fort Knox Delusion. Apparently “trust but verify” is no longer viable, so act accordingly. Confidence in the global monetary system will be shaken if the real contents of Fort Knox are confirmed and are not as claimed, so don’t expect an actual audit to occur.
It’s Time to Get Your Gold Out of the U.S. (Tiffany B.)
Note the specific definition of “currency” here. These rules only apply to gold coins that can be used as currency. Taking collectible (numismatic) coins out of the U.S. requires that you submit Electronic Export Information (EEI) to the Census Bureau, ostensibly to help compile U.S. export and trade statistics. This form is actually required for any exported commodity, including gold, with a value exceeding $2,500. There are similar rules regarding jewelry.
“We are overbuilt,” said Dan Kalil, a commissioner in Williams County in the heart of the Bakken, a 360-million-year-old shale bed, during a break from cutting flax on his farm. “I am concerned about having hundreds of $200-a-month apartments in the future.”
During Bush’s eight years as governor, he left a distinctive mark on several environmental programs. He launched the state’s first comprehensive effort to save its declining springs, an initiative later shut down by Gov. Rick Scott. He oversaw the acquisition of thousands of acres of environmentally sensitive land, a program later drained of money by the Legislature.
Liquid Quarries And Reefs On Demand (jdargis)
As UCSD scientists explain, the micromotors would “rapidly zoom around in water, remove carbon dioxide and convert it into a usable solid form.” A cloud of these machines could thus essentially precipitate the basic ingredients of future rocks from open water.
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