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    The Hard Truth

    Why hard assets are so important given the current state of global markets
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, August 9, 2019, 5:33 PM

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It’s very easy to get sucked into the mini dramas playing out across our digital screens.

Trump Tweeted this while the stock market did that. Uh oh! Somebody’s experiencing something awful, or having a stroke of great fortune. Hey, look: Kittens!

Watching CNN often feels like the inept product of a university committee that sought to create a program of sensitivity training for adult sufferers of acute ADHD. After just five minutes you know what it’s like to be trapped in a brain that’s distracted part way through every thought pattern and cannot maintain enough attention to form a coherent sequitur.

However, if we set these entirely useless distractions aside it’s quite apparent that something big is going on. And it’s not positive.

It’s a complex story with lots of moving pieces and it takes a bit of effort to puzzle it all out, but more and more people are arriving at the same conclusion; something is going to break.

To resolve the dots into a coherent picture, we need to take two giant steps back and take in the whole canvas.

The cliff notes version is this: The numbers just don’t add up.

Big changes are underway. Specifically, the unsustainable cogs in the global economy are slowly grinding to a halt.

Giant Step #1: Growth

The age of unrestricted growth is over. It was a good run. But now we’ve got to live within certain ecological and resource budgets which means we’ve also got to live within some fiscal and economic budgets.

Virtually nobody in power wants to do either. Maybe a few here and there, most of them recently retired or close to it. The remainder all want business-as-usual (BAU) to continue, especially those that just hooked a finger around the brass ring of success.

The big problem with BAU is that it’s a broken model without a future. Economic growth was the solution to every problem. Now it is the problem.

Worst of all, it’s not just growth we’ve become addicted to, but exponential growth. For a quick and powerful review of this vital concept, please watch this video. It’s less than 5 minutes. Fair warning, you might not be the same afterwards:

There are a hundred exponential charts we could discuss, and they are all important in their own right, but there’s one that stands far above them all.

It’s so prevalent in your life that you probably take it for granted and might not appreciate all that it provides. You are the fish and it is the water.

Here it is:

fossil fuel use chart

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Fossil fuel energy is responsible for providing every creature comfort and material abundance in your life and it’s has been growing exponentially for your entire life.

Here’s the brain buster. Squint at that chart carefully and you’ll see that fully half of all the fossil fuels ever burned throughout all of history have been burned since 1990.

Which means that if you are 29 years old, you’ve been alive when half of all the fossil fuels ever burned throughout all of human history have been burned. Half! In just 29 years!

If that doesn’t shock you, then I need you to re-read it and think about it some more, because it’s a really profound insight. Especially once I connect it to the second giant step below.

Here’s another idea. What if we converted the fossil fuel energy we consume into human slaves? That is, the amount of work that a fit human could provide if they were digging ditches or crushing stones or hauling a cart, except it’s the fossil fuel providing the work energy.

By this method we discover that each year’s fossil fuel use is equivalent to 500 billion human energy slaves working to keep our houses cooled, food on the table, and moving ourselves and our innumerable goods about the face of the planet.

With only 7.8 billion people on the planet that’s as if there were 64 human energy slaves per person. Given that those slaves are not evenly distributed it’s more like people in rich countries have several hundred energy slaves each. It makes life very easy and sweet.

If or when your energy slaves go away, life will become a lot more difficult, but not in any ways that would be remarkable to your great grandparents.

When it comes to oil the data is even more surprising. To have been alive when half of all the oil ever used throughout all of human history you only need to be 22 years old. 22!

In just the past 22 years, as much oil energy as used throughout human history has been used. It’s moved your personal vehicle, massive container ships and airplanes. It’s dug up vast mineral ore deposits and installed wind towers, as well as spread plastic throughout the oceans. It’s trawled, and cut and scraped and plowed the dwindling natural habitats.

It’s very difficult to overstate just how much material abundance it has brought to the world. “All of it” would be closest to the truth. Water to a fish.

Ask yourself, now – how long will it be before another volume equal to all of that ever burned throughout history will be consumed? That is, how long before the next doubling – another half equal to the last half?

At current rates, that would be just another 21 years.

Weird, eh? But it’s how it works. It’s the miracle of compounding. Each doubling consumes as much as all the prior ones before it. This is awesome when it works for you in a portfolio, sneaky and treacherous when it’s working against you as it has for the actuarially deficient pension plans.

Einstein called compounding “the eighth wonder of the world” and said that “He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn’t, pays it.”

I know that energy extraction is complex arena and I’m not asking you to become a world-class petroleum or coal geologist or anything – but merely to use your intuition.

How many more doublings do you think we’ve got? One more? Can we manage to find and burn another amount of coal, oil and natural gas equal to all that has come before? Even if your intuition says that we’ve got one more doubling, or possibly two, you know there’s a hard limit in there somewhere.

Sooner or later there’s a limit to the exponential extraction and use of fossil fuels. Someday it just becomes too difficult to extract the remaining dregs and dribbles at a faster pace. That’s when the peak occurs. Then everything we take for granted changes. The water drains from our tank. We will rather suddenly become acutely aware of the water’s absence.

That day is not as far off as you might imagine. A decade, perhaps two.

With this one giant step back so much becomes clear about the future and what it can, and what it cannot, offer. One thing we cannot assume any longer, is an endless horizon of exponential growth in energy extraction. With that one insight, literally everything about investments and economic growth suddenly changes.

If you have money invested in the markets, and you care about the future, the next step is going to really matter to you a lot.

Giant Step #2: The Economy & Energy

Economic growth depends on energy.

It is this concept, more than any other, that serves to cast light on the future.

Out of all the economic charts and data I have, and I have a lot, this next one is the most robust, rock-solid of them all. It shows that economic growth (GDP) and growth in energy consumption over the past 50 years have been tightly coupled.

GDP to Energy chart

See how nice and straight that line is? See how the data points all fall neatly on or about the straight red trend line?

That tells us there’s a very tight relationship between global economic activity and global energy consumption. The units can be defined.

If you want (expect, require, are counting on…) X-units of economic growth then you’re going to need Y-units of additional energy consumption.

It’s pretty simple and dead linear. Nothing complicated about it. More economic growth requires more energy use. That’s been true for the past 50 years, and there’s nothing yet anywhere to suggest that this has or will change.

This is a profoundly important concept. It matters to every investor, saver, and citizen who cares about preserving their wealth and leaving behind a world worth inheriting (our mission at Peak Prosperity).

Here’s why. The economy and its enabler, the financial system, are 100% built around the idea of perpetual exponential growth.

Well, as we pointed out above that exponential economic growth is based on energy growth, and that cannot continue forever (or even very much longer).

So the operative question becomes, what happens to the linked economic and financial systems when they cannot grow exponentially anymore?

Nobody really knows but perhaps we got a taste of that back in 2008 when the financial system almost blew to smithereens. The entire banking system almost seized up and ceased to function. They were desperate times. Why?

Simply because credit stopped growing exponentially, for the first time since the 1950’s. That tiny wiggle on the chart below almost wrecked the global financial system.

GDP to debt chart

Really? We have built for ourselves a system of credit and money that is either happy but growing exponentially or it’s collapsing? Those are its two states?

If you’re like me, you find that somewhat troubling.

Connect the Dots

I’m leaving aside all of the profoundly worrying signals from the natural world – the missing insects, the melting ice and a hundred other signs that the age of growth is well and truly over – which is a whole other ‘dot’ to connect here.

For our purposes today it’s sufficient to connect these two dots:

  1. The financial system requires exponential growth
  2. Fossil fuels are finite

Okay, one other point to weave in here. Currency (“money”) and debt are not wealth, they are claims on real wealth.

It’s pretty common to mistake of money & debt as wealth. If you own a billion dollars of US Treasury notes and corporate bonds you are said to be very wealthy.

But what do you really own? Well, you own a billion dollars (plus interest) of claims on the future cash flows of the issuers of the bonds. But the bonds themselves are not real wealth in the sense that you can eat them, live in them, or do anything with them except admire them in your portfolio.  We own claims on wealth so we can someday consume or possess actual wealth.

To do anything useful with bonds you have to first convert them to dollars (themselves liabilities of the Federal reserve).

It’s only once you’ve done this that you can then exchange those dollars for the real goods and services that you actually consume, like houses and oil wells and land and gold and food.

And that’s the point. Everything that we popularly call “wealth” (currency, stocks and bonds) are merely claims on the final items containing real value that we wish to own or consume.

Which means there needs to be a balance between the claims and the things. Too few claims and that’s deflation. Too many and that’s inflation.

Well, in this story the Fed, et al., have been fostering the exponential accumulation of claims at roughly 2x the rate of real GDP growth and without any indication of concern for the fact that the earth is, in fact, finite.

Take another look at this chart. The blue line is GDP and it represents the real stuff (the “things” in this story) while the red line represents the claims.

GDP to debt chart

Is it not completely, totally, utterly obvious that the claims are increasing faster than the stuff? The data shows that debts are compounding at 2x the rate of GDP and have been since 1971.

Is that sustainable? Nope. How could it possibly work out? Only if GDP growth comes roaring back and is 2x the pace of debt growth for many decades into the future. How likely is that? Well, let me tell you a story about how energy and the economy are linked…

Constantly increasing debts is an implicit bet on the idea that the future will be larger than the present.

Exponentially larger given the interest involved. The real wealth to justify those claims will show up. Magically. It always has. Unfortunately, Peak-All-Sorts-Of-Things militates against that view.

What I’m saying here is that the commonly held conventional view of the world and the future has got it all wrong. Dangerously and very badly wrong.

The Vital Role of Hard Assets

Okay, you are asking, what’s to be done here? What should you do?

The solution is to understand that human nature has not changed at all in the past 5,000 years. Which means that when confronted with such a major development as I’ve laid out above, the normal human tendency will be to ignore it as long as possible and do some really dumb things to try and prevent reality from intruding on the fantasy.

What have humans done hundreds of times throughout history when their dreams were economically unworkable? They printed, or debased, their money.

Can’t afford a war? Clip the coins! Empire too large? Go into debt! (And then print your way out of your pickle.)

Global economy no longer growing, debts too large, and the claims too many? Quantitative easing (QE)!

Really there’s nothing new under the sun here. Same old, same old.

In every case when the “solution” was printing or its equivalent, fortunes were made and lost, but mostly lost. Claims on wealth were mistaken for actual wealth. When the claims evaporated in various panics the holders were financially ruined.

That’s going to happen again for the same reasons as before, only this time it’s a global phenomenon. There are no borders to scurry across and hide out while things blow over.

Seen from a comfortable distance what actually happens during these times is a wealth transfer. From those who don‘t see it coming to those who do. Broadly speaking, from those clinging onto the claims on wealth towards those who hold the actual wealth.

This is where hard assets come in.

The real wealth, again, are the real things that either are the source of real wealth (farmland, oil wells, mines, timberlands, etc.) or are the tangible things that come from those assets. Gold, silver, lithium, copper, lumber, cash flowing real estate and the like.

By far the simplest and easiest thing you can do, as a starting point, is to have a portion of your wealth safely tucked into gold and silver.

By the way, the big, smart money has already started this process which means you’d better get moving if you want to join that parade. There may well come a day when the big money floods in that direction and then – good luck finding any to buy!

Here’s some data for you. For a variety of reasons too numerous to go into here, the world’s central banks are too far down the QE rabbit hole to do anything but print and then print some more! This has resulted in over $15 trillion of negative yielding debt across the world. That number is exploding and sure to go even higher in the future.

If you were forced to choose between the certain losses of negative yields (which means paying an entity to lend them money) and holding gold, which at least offers a zero yield, which is more attractive?

The answer screams “own gold!” to many investors which explains why this chart of the total amount of negative yielding debt and the price of gold line up so well:

negative yielding debt chart

Do You Love Your Family?

I have three adult children whom I love very much. And while I don’t have any grandchildren yet – and I already love them, too.

And because I do, I own lots of gold and silver.

I’ve taken the time to study history, clear my head of the common narrative that has so many things so desperately wrong. I actively reject the usual anti-gold propaganda that infects the US financial press. It’s a weird position that’s not reflected or repeated anywhere else in the world and I don’t have a good explanation for it.

I’ve taken is as my role to provide them as solid a start as I can, the same as in many other families. And it’s a role I take seriously.

A core position in gold and silver – physical gold and silver, not ETFs or miners – is an essential part of that strategy. It’s the durable insurance fund that a financial fire cannot destroy. If you love your family and you take the role of providing and protecting seriously, gold and silver are a critical “must have” in your holdings.

After that, the next layers involve income-producing real estate (for which we have an excellent webinar series), productive farmland, a resilient homestead, ownership in high-quality mines and energy plays, and other hard assets. What makes sense for you is a complex equation involving your age, financial status, geographical location, family circumstances, etc.

We strongly advise that any money you have in the financial markets, or ““markets”” as we like to call them due to their excessively deformed nature, be managed by people who understand these many risks and actively manage for the future you think is coming. Our endorsed financial advisers at New Harbor will be glad to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation as they have for many hundreds of our readers.

They will help you develop a plan and determine which assets make the most sense to explore and invest in.

Finally, be sure to discuss these powerful and important ideas with those you love and care about. The world is changing, and people will either be prepared for those changes or they will be caught unawares.

This isn’t doom & gloom. It’s just reality.

However, as has been historically true, reality isn’t very popular with the masses. That’s why so much opportunity exists.

To see it, you just have to take two giant steps back to understand the larger picture.

In Part 2: Defending Against The Global Currency Crisis we look in depth at the brewing global currency crisis and how the panicked world central banks will make it worse with their futile and desperate resuce attempts.

The sudden changes in global capital flows that will occur as a result will throw the world into chaos.

And the wealth destruction that is going to ensue will be *much* larger than most analysts and investors can comprehend.

An absolutely essential requirement for preserving wealth during this period will be holding it in forms that cannot be inflated away by a runaway printing press.

Click here to read Part 2 of this report (free executive summary, enrollment required for full access).

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 5:55am

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    sand_puppy

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    Motor Boating circa 20 ACE

    Ben Hur scene demonstrating the pre-ICE method of motor boating.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 5:57am

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    Frequently Frustrated

    I am frequently frustrated that people “don’t get it.”  Things like this:

    Diabetes Chart

     

    Then my wife will bring up something glaringly obvious, that I’ve missed, like the illiteracy rate in the US.  Go figure.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 6:43am

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    This whole

    goddamned place is a joke and a criminal enterprise. Prepare accordingly. There is no longer any rule of law.

    Epstein is dead and my hands are shaking so much I can’t post the link.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 6:47am

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    Epstein commits "suicide"

    Of course he did.

    He was just left in a jail cell with a long length of rope (or whatever) and no security cameras…..

    https://heavy.com/news/2019/08/jeffrey-epstein-dead/

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 6:57am

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    Lies

    • Everything coming from on high is a lie. The whole thing is a swamp. One lie after another, and we just take it.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 7:42am

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    Prison S. O. P.’s for suicide watches

    I don’t know what NYC detention facilities do when they have a prisoner under a suicide watch but I do know what’s done in Philadelphia. Here are the two critical factors: 1) a high profile defendant with worldwide media coverage and 2) an apparent suicide attempt a few days ago. In Philadelphia a corrections officer would be seated right outside the Defendant’s cell to keep an eye on him 24/7. The only possible alternative would be if the defendant was committed to a locked mental hospital ward also with 24/7 monitoring. Since nothing like that happened, it looks 100% like a Clinton Witness Suicide 😳.

    Now I’m wondering how TPTB will handle the jail personnel from the corrections officers all the way up to the Commissioner in charge of the whole system. You know what to expect. Either someone else will have to be suicided (or disappeared), or nothing significant will be done in terms of discipline. The bare minimum would be the Commissioner and a few others would be fired (and not later land somewhere else paying even more).

    And “we the people” sleep through the whole tawdry, banana republic affair! 🤷‍♂️🤯😡

    ”Happy Hunger Games! And May the odds be ever in your favor.

     

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 7:57am

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    Re: Rule-of-Law

    MarkM wrote: “goddamned place is a joke and a criminal enterprise. Prepare accordingly. There is no longer any rule of law.”

    Concur.

    Wonder if there’s been any thought as to just how corrosive this may be to societal cohesion? Probably not that big a concern given everything else that’s coming down the pipe.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 8:35am

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    Epstein....OFFS

    Yeah, right.  Got it.

    On suicide watch.  Cameras running.  Nothing dangerous left in his cell.

    Oh, the opposite of all that happened?

    Good grief.   Everybody in his black book skates.  Again.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 8:46am

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    About defending against the global currency crisis

    I have currently been waiting for there to be some pull back in the price of gold below 1500 an ounce, but it sounds like from this article you think that a person should buy it at almost any price in order to prevent losing all of their money. I have four monster boxes of silver but it would take a pickup truck to be able to carry any more of it around. It is a dilemma as to knowing whether just to buy more gold or to buy some Platinum also because it is cheaper. These are horrifying decisions and most financial advisors are a joke and certainly can’t be trusted in any as they most definitely don’t want to give you Financial advice that does not put money in their pockets. I talked to new Harbor Financial they recommended only keeping about 5% of my money in gold, and I am way smarter than that.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 8:46am

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    MarkM

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    @T2H

    I think it has the potential to be very, very corrosive. For me personally, it is the final verification of what I have known/feared for quite some time…and it is extremely disturbing to me.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 8:50am

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    No worries

    This just in, the FBI will be investigating. Now some heads will roll. Maybe that quick witted brain trust Mueller will head things up.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 8:53am

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    Platinum vs Silver

    Lions,

    both Platinum and Silver are cheap relative to gold (look at long term graphs of their ratios), so I imagine either is currently a good buy. Obviously Platinum would solve your problem of size and weight, so perhaps that’s the one to go for, particularly as you’ve already got exposure to silver.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 8:59am

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    Lulz

    “Investigation”. Riiiiight. Turns out he died in a jailhouse fire caused by “normal office furnishings”.

    Going forward you may find things less disturbing if you assume that, at a high level, the system is 100% coopted and corrupt.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 9:10am

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    Confirmed

    Looks like it’s legit folks. FBI just found Epstein’s passport at the scene.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 9:30am

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    Goes with saying...

    But will say it anyway. #FalseFlag risk is through the roof.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 9:39am

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    Platinum v Silver

    A major use for Platinum is in catalytic converters in cars (automobiles?), so that demand may fall in a downturn.  I personally prefer silver at the moment, platinum maybe later, but this is not financial advice, etc etc.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 10:52am

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    Is this correct?

    Epstein’s death stops the criminal case being built against him and freezes all investigations tied to it.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/lawmaker-calls-on-congress-to-investigate-epstein-accusations-following-financiers-death/ar-AAFCDYY?ocid=spartandhp

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 11:08am

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    acknowledgement to your comment

    Thank you very much. This could also be an answer in the case that the government would decide to confiscate gold. It is so hard to do any of this as nobody knows what the outcome is going to be. In the end, I suppose it would be better to be in anything rather than have your money all taken away from you.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 11:23am

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    Re: Is this correct?

    Epstein’s death stops the criminal case being built against him and freezes all investigations tied to it.

    Yes.

    He was the only one indicted.  That case is now, uh, dead.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 11:58am

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    Thanks.

    WOW! I wondered why it happened so early in the process. How convenient.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 12:40pm

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    Don’t forget the First Rule of Revolutions

    ”When you’ve finally had enough and can’t stand it anymore, grab your rifle and run out on to your front porch. If you’re the only one out there, it’s not time yet.”

    Or “Amerika is at that awkward stage: it’s too late to work through the system but it’s too early to start shooting the [email protected]@rds.”

    ”Happy Hunger Games! And May the odds be ever in your favor.”

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 12:54pm

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    Everybody Knows

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 1:05pm

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    Mosquito Extinction?

    Here in hot, humid sunny SW Florida this is the season to either put on anti-repellent mosquito spray or having to deal with the little buggers biting you. I cannot recall a year like this one where mosquito’s are practically nowhere to be seen or felt. If you go out in the evening and standing still for 10 secs usually gets you a few bites and a few buzzing noises around the ears. This year…….quiet.

    How’s the mosquito population in your neck of the woods?

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 2:14pm

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    NH

    vigorous and numerous in NH

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 2:28pm

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    Fat

    yes, and that kind of data is usually explained by people eating too much fat. Lol, let’s just say that does not pass my BS detector…

    If there is any evidence to support this, I’d call it “”evidence””…

    Now, pass the bread, high fructose corn syrup, Cheerios and ice cream…

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 3:20pm

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    Laurentians, Quebec

    They are doing very well this year… to the point that a net over the head is a must.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 6:06pm

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    Black flies in the Laurentians not a fair comparison

    We lived on the Ottawa river and it is just not fair to compare the biting insects in the Laurentians  to anywhere else in the world. there could be 1/10th as many as last year and there would still be way to many to count or even notice the difference.  The thickness of  cloud maybe a little less.

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    While I agree that real assets are probably a good investment and surely a good investment long term. I wonder what  may happen short term. The fed would love to create inflation to inflate away the debt but the idiots gutted the middle class so in effect committed Hari Kari. The thing is I don’t think the next bump is inflation it  may well be deflation. in which case especially land maybe cheaper in the future. PMs have been held down they may well go up but I am not sure about assets that have lots of debt attached to them.

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 6:25pm

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    abc and nypost report he was not on suicide watch today

    https://abcnews.go.com/US/jeffrey-epstein-accused-sex-trafficker-dies-suicide-officials/story?id=64881684

    https://nypost.com/2019/08/10/photos-show-jeffrey-epstein-as-hes-wheeled-into-downtown-hospital/

    Drudge has an abundant collection of links on the event

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 7:01pm

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    Two tier justice

    https://saraacarter.com/two-tiered-system-of-justice-top-fbi-officials-escape-prosecution-while-others-pay-heavy-price/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-pug

    Oh, and Comey will not be prosecuted for the leaked memos because “he didn’t intend to break the law”.

     

     

     

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 8:46pm

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    How many more Epsteins are out there?

    He may not be (have been) the only one of his kind. Doesn’t bear thinking about.

    So, what might They do about the mess? How best too hide it? Label it National Security? Well it does compromise some people’s security. Label it Commercial-in-Confidence? Yes, especially if it compromises US-UK trade deals.

    I await developments but only with morbid curiosity.

    By the way, for you stewing away in your northern summer, it’s been snowing in the hills behind Canberra for two days now. Most unusual. The ski resorts are rejoicing. Nary a mosquito in earshot. And no, this does not prove that climate warming claims are false!

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  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - 8:49pm

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    suicide watch

    I work in a hospital, but not in the ER. Part of our protocol for suicide watch: Nothing in room. one sitter per patient on suicide watch, 24/7, 365 as long as they are in hospital, its 1:1. No bed frame, mattress on middle of floor. Nothing “long” to make noose from – no pants – shorts, no long gown – scrub top. Blanket is possible, but again 1:1 24/7 even in bathroom. Obviously no personal belongings. Hell, in our suicide rooms there aren’t even hinges on the doors, it’s all internal hinges in the frame itself. Literally nothing to string a noose on, not even hinges on door or door knobs. It’s essentially a bare room with a mattress in the middle of the floor.  I’m looking forward to work on Monday, we’ll see who says what. I see faith in the justice system swirling the drain. Stuff like Epstein just brings it on sooner.

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 1:12am

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 6:32am

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    The implications of Epstein

    I like the Sara A Carter link — but she’s wrong.  The death of Epstein is evidence that we are indeed a banana republic.

    What we know about epstein:
    (1) He was a pimp for child prostitutes (2) he focused on blackmail primarily of US authorities, and secondarily on foreign heads of state (3) he was NOT a high-powered superwealthy trader; he was a minor employee at Bear Stearns if that; therefore he was FUNDED. (4) He was murdered before evidence could come out.

    Now, #trumpbodycount is disingenuous; Trump doesn’t have a body count. But #Clintonbodycount is also not accurate. Yes, there are in excess of 40 dead bodies tied to the Clinton name; but he didn’t do all those murders. There is something deeper, worse here. #securitystatebodycount.

    The death of Epstein is evidence that we are indeed a banana republic; and banana republics were instituted in south and central america by our OWN security state, in a shocking display of contempt for democratic republics.

    But if that wasn’t shocking enough, consider this: the evidence that there is a banana republic here, is itself evidence that our security state long ago committed treason, and overthrew our government — and the death of Epstein is evidence.

    #NSACIATREASON

    And to stand up and speak for the truth, as alone as I’ve ever been — nobody on facebook is saying anything except me — when we are a banana republic?  That is terrifying.  Anyone with any sense would be terrified.

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 7:17am

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    acknowledgement to your reply

    Thank you for your reply. I understand that Platinum is used generally for catalytic converters. However it is very rare, in fact the entire amount of platinum already mined would not even fill up a person’s living room. There is a lot of information about how there is going to be a big Supply deficiency in the near future because of a lot of problems in the South African mines. I don’t know what is going to happen and certainly do not want to be stuck in an asset class that is going to be down for the next couple of years. All of these things are so tough to call

     

    Many thanks

     

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 7:35am

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    Epstein Information Gets Worse and More Obvious

    Even the most die-hard “I’m not a conspiracy person” type is saying “but…” on this one.

    It’s just too obvious, too in your face.

    There are only a few options here:

    1.       Epstein is Dead

    1a.       He died of natural causes

    1b.       He was murdered

    1c.       He committed suicide

    2.       Epstein is not Dead

    2a.       and he’s been spirited away somewhere to live out his life for a valuable service performed well

    2b.       He’s been taken away so that the location of his dead-man safety package which identifies too many important people can be extracted from his brain and then he’ll be killed.

    We can rule out 1a, natural causes, because that would have been the story from the get go if it were true.  Also, we still can’t account for the glaring jailhouse lapses in coverage/oversight even if this were the case.  Heads are going to roll.

    1b and 1c present obvious difficulties because the guy was in a high security prison.  Those have things like protocols, rigid chains of command, and lots and lots of cameras.  Each one of those has to be compromised to pull off a murder (they did it) or a suicide (they allowed it to happen).

    Option 2 – he’s still alive – also takes some doing and would speak to a very high level of corruption.  It’s not easy to get a prisoner released.  There are forms to sign, protocols to follow, and lots and lots of cameras.  Not impossible, just very hard to do.

    In the scheme of things, it’s just easier to have someone dead.  Much easier.

    Here’s where things get super bad for the prison officials and guards involved.  They broke so many usual and customary protocols that there’s a lot of explaining to do.

    Epstein found dead in jail, was not on suicide watch

    Aug 10, 2019

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Saturday after an apparent suicide in the New York jail cell where he was being held without bail on sex-trafficking charges, and a source said he was not on suicide watch at the time of his death.

    The FBI and the Department of Justice’s Inspector General were opening investigations into his death, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said, adding that he was “appalled” to learn of the apparent suicide in federal custody.

    Last month, Epstein was found unconscious on the floor of his jail cell with marks on his neck, and officials were investigating that incident as a possible suicide or assault.

    “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said in a statement.

    Even though Epstein was found unconscious last month, he had recently been taken off suicide watch, a special set of procedures for inmates in danger of taking their own life, according to the source. The financier was in a cell by himself when his body was found.

    It was not immediately clear why Epstein was taken off suicide watch.

    At the MCC, two jail guards are required to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed overnight, according to the source. In addition, every 15 minutes guards are required to make another check on prisoners who are on suicide watch.

    Well, isn’t that odd?

    He was found just a few weeks earlier suffering from the effects of what was reported as a failed suicide attempt.  He’s one of the most high-value prisoners anyone could have and should have been under ultra-close suicide watch for obvious reasons, and somehow he was taken off suicide watch?  By whom?  And why?  We’ll get to that in a second.

    We also get from this Reuters article that guards are required to make checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed that night.  Why not?  Who ordered that?

    Right now I’d be extremely worried if I was one of the guards on duty that night.  Ghislane Maxwell should be nervous as all get out right now, but I’d put a higher probability on those guards going missing or dead over the next few days.  Maybe leave the country urgently for some reason, like the MGM guard who decided an urgent trip back to Mexico was next on his list of things to do.

    With even CNBC weighing in hard on this one, it’s clear there’s some heavy consequences about to come down on that entire prison command structure:

    Prison experts are stunned and angry that Jeffrey Epstein was taken off suicide watch

    Aug 10, 2019

    Even before his first suspected suicide try last month, Jeffrey Epstein was perhaps the most high-profile inmate in the federal jail system: A politically connected financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

    He was, by all accounts, the kind of inmate that should have been under the closest possible supervision.

    Instead, Epstein was taken off suicide watch in the days before he took his own life, officials told NBC News, a decision that baffled former wardens and veterans of the federal prison system.

    “For them to pull him off suicide watch is shocking,” Cameron Lindsay, a former warden who worked at three federal facilities, told NBC News. “For someone this high-profile, with these allegations and this many victims, who has had a suicide attempt in the last few weeks, you can take absolutely no chances. You leave him on suicide watch until he’s out of there.”

    Epstein, 66, was placed on suicide watch after he was found passed out in his jail cell with marks on his neck inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center on July 23, according to sources familiar with the matter.

    The conditions would have required him to be moved to a special bare-bones cell where he would be outfitted in a tear-resistant one-piece smock and receive stepped-up observation from a staffer or inmate posted outside, according to Lindsay and sources familiar with Epstein’s case.

    But Epstein’s status was changed sometime in the last two weeks for reasons that remain unknown, officials told NBC News.

    The decision would normally have to have been authorized by the jail’s suicide prevention program coordinator, who is ordinarily the institution’s chief psychologist, and approved by the warden.

    “Once an inmate has been placed on watch, the watch may not be terminated, under any circumstance, without the program coordinator or designee performing a face-to-face evaluation,” according to the federal Bureau of Prison official guidelines issued in 2007.

    The FBI is investigating the case, law enforcement officials told NBC News. The Bureau of Prisons will also launch an internal “after-action” probe, according to department veterans.

    “It’s too early to say what I think should happen, but if this did occur as we believe that it did, some staff are going to have some hard questions to answer, I’m afraid,” said Lindsay, who served as warden at the nearby Metropolitan Detention Center from 2007 to 2009.

    Bob Hood, a former federal Bureau of Prisons chief of internal affairs and former warden at the ADX Florence “supermax” prison in Colorado, said he also was perplexed by the decision to remove the suicide safeguards.

    “Under the circumstances, I would have a staff member sitting there or have a camera on him 24/7 while he was in my custody, purely to cover my butt,” said Hood. “I know that sounds tacky, but this is not your average inmate.”

    Attorney General William Barr issued a statement expressing concern over the case, saying he was appalled and that Epstein’s death “raises serious questions that must be answered.”

    Ouch!  Those prison officials just got tossed under the bus!  I bet they received assurances that they’d be covered, but that’s not the case.  They are about to be raked over the public coals.  Somebody had to take him off suicide watch.  The warden had to sign off on that.  It’s going to be very difficult to pretend nobody took him off suicide watch and it was some sort of administrative error.

    The most disgusting part of the article comes to us courtesy of Rod Rosenstein, the disgraced former (in)Justice department official who said:

    Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also weighed in. “Detained pedophiles require special attention,” he tweeted. “Stopping people from harming themselves is difficult.”

    That’s the talking point here?  That’s the spin?  That it’s difficult to stop people from harming themselves?  No it isn’t.  It’s a matter of well-known protocol ya turd!

    Jeebus, I don’t know why these spin efforts anger me so much, but they do.  Rosenstein is simply stating a thing that is untrue, which will then get quoted and repeated by the press spinsters and then next thing you know doofuses are saying them back to you like it’s wisdom.  “You know, Chris, it’s difficult to prevent people from harming themselves.”

    Yeah, and concrete melts and fuses itself to metal in basements from time to time.  Well, just that one time.

    At any rate, because Rod is busy spinning I know he’s in on it, which is helpful.  I like to know who my deep state worms are and it’s helpful when they out themselves like that.

    I have to confess, this whole thing really bothers me a lot, and it’s going to be very telling what happens next.  Either this super obvious hit is exposed and real consequence result or it’s all swept under the rug.  If the latter, there’s no hope for the country anymore.  The deep state two-justice system (none for them, lots for you) will have been exposed as having passed the point of return, and people will no longer believe in the rule of law, and then it’s a slippery slope to dark times.

     

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 7:40am

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    Martin Armstrong Shares His "Suicided" Experience In Federal Prison

    They came to suicide Martin Armstrong in Federal Prison as well. He was attacked and left for “suicided” because he knew too much. Here’s his story:

    Jeffrey Epstein is Dead – Of Course on Schedule

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 8:01am

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    Well put, Chris.

    The “suicide” of Epstein was both predictable and astonishing at one and the same time.

    If the corporate media does not start calling for a no-holds-barred, independent investigation, they will forfeit the last few shreds of credibility that they might have left. This is for the simple reason that no one, but no one, believes that this was a suicide. I went to some of the mainstream sites which still allow for citizen comments, and nobody believes this story. Nobody.

    Is the corporate media simply going to say, “well, he’s dead now and we can move onto the next story.”

    If they do that, they will henceforth be believed about as much as Soviet citizens believed Pravda.

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 8:38am

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    “We’ll murder you and your family.” can be intimidating.

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 8:50am

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    Epstein

    Mark, that is how I felt when I heard it. I wasn’t really surprised, but when it actually happened, I was completely appalled by it.

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 9:08am

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    Time2help, I have wondered about the “corrosive effect” as well.

    More and more, it seems that the people behind the scenes think that they can do anything without consequence. The “consequences” here are many: a lack of trust in officialdom, a belief that citizens have no real say in anything that matters, the belief that “democracy is a fraud” and everything is run “behind the scenes” and a belief someone is profiting from all this – it is just not us.

    What happens if – as Chris notes – the economy goes down? Do the people who are running this show really expect the “average Joe” to rally to their call?

     

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 11:59am

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    The Power of a Gallon of Gas

    “…fully half of all the fossil fuels ever burned throughout all of history have been burned since 1990.”

    It is painful to think about the amount of fossil fuel that humans are wasting.

    Four years ago, Greg and I retired and moved to a largely abandoned five acre homestead — two well-aged city folks trying to figure out how to become more self-reliant while using less fossil fuel.

    We grow our own wheat for bread, and, this year, barley for beer. We still cut the wheat and barley using a hand sickle and a bread knife, and grind it using a mill hooked up to a bicycle. In between, though, we get the grain out of the husks and then separate it from the husks and stems using a wood chipper and a box fan. After trying to do these things by hand, we fervently appreciate the work provided by a gallon of gas. 

    As city folks, we cut and split our firewood by hand almost as a form of recreation. Time in the woods with a two-man saw and a Peavey hook. Greg stills splits firewood by hand, but uses a chain saw to cut the logs. There are just too many other things to be done to take the time to cut up trees by hand. So we also greatly appreciate the time saved by a gallon of gas. Makes the connection between net energy and the richness of economies real.

    And to think that we torch natural gas because it is inconvenient. Best argument I can think of against time travel. Otherwise, our descendants would be here, now, with their hands around our throats.

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 12:25pm

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    Priceless

    The article is ok, but the comments are priceless.

    https://chicagoboyz.net/archives/60466.html

     

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 4:10pm

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    Oats

    if you good folk grow oats, how do you dehusk them? Efficiently? We have grown the Nuda variety which still need attention and are merrily fodder for their avairian predators . Oats every year for our draft ‘orses, yet they could feed many of us as well.

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  • Sun, Aug 11, 2019 - 8:24pm

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    Oats

    We haven’t grown oats yet, except for a few that came with the barley. Husking them would be a different proposition. And very nice food. Does it keep? We grind our wheat as we use it and find that even after a year, the whole wheat flour is sweet — none of the bitter tang of whole wheat flour from the store.

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  • Mon, Aug 12, 2019 - 4:21am

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    How it was done

    So, back in my Christian phase I would note that explaining how a miracle was done did not make it less of a miracle. The essence miracle is in the coincidence, in the intentioned act itself; and in everything coming together. My change of phase doesn’t eliminate that truth.

    So too, then, with Epstein’s death. Whether he committed suicide because he was a loyal NSA employee under direction;and was permitted to do so — or whether he was strangled by a guard — does not eliminate the essence of murder (unless he was spirited away).

    Now it is announced that the guards were put on such overtime it was impossible to monitor him.

    Aaaand, of course, the cameras were turned off.

    Previously it has been stated that ten percent of the force is bad, ten is good, eighty percent go along; but the bad ten know who the good ten are, and steer them away from oversight of their evil. If that applied here, then that implies that the overscheduling of the guards was part of the plot.

    Who exactly was normally responsible for the schedules? Who came up with the schedule for THAT week? If those two are different, who is the boss who determined the replacement?

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  • Mon, Aug 12, 2019 - 4:26am

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    One longshot, of course

    … is that Epstein was spirited away to be held until the trial, specifically to reduce the threats to his life while his defense prepares their case.

    Highly unlikely.

    But if so, that would change the respect equation in a very wierd way.

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  • Mon, Aug 12, 2019 - 5:41am

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    oats- Emmer

    You may want to consider blue ethiopian emmer- it threshes out ‘naked’ and is very high in protein, like 15%, TW of 67 lbs. to the bu., so its very dense. Not much gluten, makes great flat breads.

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  • Mon, Aug 12, 2019 - 6:44am

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    Fear Factor Host Embarrasses Ivy League Journalists: Bernie Interview

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  • Mon, Aug 12, 2019 - 8:00am

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    I am seeing new story now being floated in the corporate media. In this story there was no prior attempt at suicide. The first “attempt” was actually an attack on him by another prisoner who hated “pedophiles.’

    I am sure that the narrative will change many times in the coming days until they get one that they can live with.

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  • Mon, Aug 12, 2019 - 8:01am

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    Thank you for the info, marti61.

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  • Mon, Aug 12, 2019 - 2:44pm

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    Got Yer Long Tails and then there's long tails

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  • Wed, Aug 14, 2019 - 12:39pm

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    Epstein on suicide watch

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  • Wed, Aug 14, 2019 - 1:37pm

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    Epstein's Connection to “The Club” of Manipulators

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/rule-of-law/epstein-his-connection-to-the-club-of-manipulators/

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  • Wed, Aug 14, 2019 - 1:43pm

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    CAF on Control Files

    Deep State Tactics 101 Part IV: with Catherine Austin Fitts

    “If you have pictures of family men having sex with a child, they are yours for life. Such people can and will help you engineer the theft of trillions for modest compensation. You control them. They are slaves who are all the more effective as their slavery is invisible. It is secret. No one—not even their closest friends and family—can see who their real bosses are and where their true loyalties lie. No one can fathom that a bank CEO or a senator is, in fact, a slave.”
    Catherine Austin Fitts, “Control Files,” July 2010, Control Files commentary

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  • Wed, Aug 14, 2019 - 3:08pm

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    Island search

    If he’s not dead, he must be giving permission for Feds and NYC police to search his island. There are so many people on the island I just hope it doesn’t capsize.

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