Monthly Archives: February 2017

[KR1038] Keiser Report: Breakdown in Liberal Ideology

We Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plunging and college endowments losing billions to hedge funds. Max interviews former banker Michael Krieger of LibertyBlitzkrieg.com about how the breakdown in liberal ideology gave us Trump.

Virtue-Signaling the Decline of the Empire

There are many reasons why Imperial Rome declined, but two primary causes that get relatively little attention are moral decay and soaring wealth inequality. The two are of course intimately connected: once the morals of the ruling Elites degrade, the status quo seeks to mask its self-serving rot behind high-minded “virtue-signaling” appeals to past glories and cost-free idealism.

Virtue signaling is defined as “the conspicuous expression of moral values by an individual done primarily with the intent of enhancing that person’s standing within a social group,” “the practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one’s good character or the moral correctness of one’s position on a particular issue” and “Saying you love or hate something to show off what a virtuous person you are, instead of actually trying to fix the problem.” Yes, yes and yes.

“Virtue-signaling” expresses two other key characteristics of an empire in terminal decline: complacency and intellectual sclerosis.

Michael Grant described these manifestations of decline in his excellent account The Fall of the Roman Empire, a short book I have been recommending since 2009:

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Importance of Hiding Gold Creatively and Securely If Taking Delivery

  • Why gold retains value?
  • Interesting unknown gold facts
  • “Prepare your jaws for a sizeable drop!”
  • History, finite, rare and peak gold
  • “It is beautiful to look at…”
  • ‘Heavy metal’ – Thud sound of a gold bar (kilo)
  • ‘Going for gold’ – Olympic gold medals to Chelthenham ‘Gold Cup’
  • Peak gold … “Hard work to get gold out of the ground…”
  • How much an Oscar is actually worth?
  • Importance of hiding gold creatively and securely if taking delivery
  • Owning a safe – “hidden away and bolted down”
  • Owning gold in secure storage in Zurich, Singapore and Hong Kong

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It’s the day after the Oscars and we’ve got gold on our minds!

Mark O’Byrne from Goldcore Ireland popped in to chat to Dermot & Dave this morning.

Mark told us lots of interesting facts that we didn’t know and revealed how much an Oscar is actually worth…

The entire statue is actually only sprayed with gold and is therefore worth a measly €600.

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Protest is Increasingly Becoming Criminalized in America

We’re going to have to be increasingly creative in the way we protest “the system” in order for it to have real impact. I think economic boycotts need to be a key tactic in this battle, particularly since the paradigm we live under is so singularly focused on the accumulation of more and more wealth and power in the hands of the few. We will need to identify those corporations involved in the most egregious practices against our best interests, and refuse to engage with them in any sort of economic relationship whenever and wherever possible…

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Those Systems That Aren’t Busy Being Born Are Busy Dying

One way to understand the rising sense of disintegration and discord around the globe is to realize that those systems that aren’t busy being born are busy dying–and virtually none of our primary systems are busy being born.

The line is from Bob Dylan’s song It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding): “he not busy being born is busy dying.”

What does busy being born mean? For both individuals and systems, it means adapting by advancing understanding, flexibility and capabilities.

Systems that are dying are rigid, mal-adapted, resistant to change, obsessed with obscuring their failure and retaining their grip on cronyist privilege and power. Big Pharma: dying. Banking: dying. Governance, a.k.a. political processes: dying. Enforced consensus: dying.

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Oscars Debacle – Movies More Costly As Dollar Devalued

  • Cost of Best Picture winners show very significant devaluation of the dollar
  • Average cost to make an Oscar winning film is over $43 million – in gold terms, this is over 106,000 ounces
  • Four $15 million films show nearly 100% difference when priced in gold ounces
  • Oscar fiasco was courtesy of error by accountants PWC
  • Whilst the price of the films remained the same, the cost in gold ounces fell from 11.53% of the cost to make the Departed, in 2009 to just 6.4% in 2012
  • In an error prone, irrational and volatile world, gold retains value over time …

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The Oscars – the drama of the dollar

Oscars night seemingly sent Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway a bit La La as they declared the wrong film the winner of the Best Picture Award at the Oscars, last night.

Instead of announcing ‘Moonlight’ as the winner of the industry’s highest accolade, they read out ‘La La Land’. Cue a few awkward moments, no doubt some heads rolling behind the scenes of the Dolby Theatre and a Daily Mail headline of ‘FAKE OSCARS FIASCO.’

Which it wasn’t really, just a bit odd after a very slick night.

Moonlight was the story of a man who grows up unsure and occasionally uncomfortable about who he is. La La Land is a musical love story about a couple trying to make it in LA – a city known for destroying hopes and throwing many hopefuls to the wayside. Both narratives are not unfamiliar to the world in which we find ourselves. Unfortunately our world is not a fantasy and will certainly not be done with our attentions in just over two hours.

When we wrote about the Oscars last week, we asked if they were Worth Their Weight in Gold and concluded that whilst we might dream in gold just like the glitterati, perhaps gold bullion would be a better investment for most of us. We showed that the price of gold has climbed 60 times ever since the first ceremony in 1929, a sobering example of the devaluation of fiat currencies in the last 88 years.

Whilst we think the devaluation of the dollar, and the maintained value of gold is the lesson to take away, there are a number of different lessons actors, directors and studios would like the critics and viewers to believe they can draw from their masterpieces. For some this is about the big bucks and box office numbers, and how they can make or break a film.

We agree, today there a few examples around that really show how little value the dollar carries.

Now that we are on the other side of the most 89th Academy Awards we take a look at what we can learn from last night’s behemoth that was the Oscars and the films that they work to honour.

Cost of making Best Picture

 In the last twenty years, the average cost to make an Oscar winning film is over $43 million. In gold terms it is over 106,000 ounces.

The above graph doesn’t mean very much though, just that the cost of films go up and down, no matter what currency you decide to price it in.

In the decade of the financial crisis, this has come down somewhat and the average is more like $27 million, or 29,600 ounces. This statistic alone shows you how the dollar is falling in real value. Whilst the average cost in US Dollars to make a winning film is 60% in the last decade, compared to the average in the last 20 years, it is just 27% of the 20 year average when priced in gold ounces.

When you rebase to 100, using 2007 as the base year, then you begin to see some interesting results. Conveniently, Martin Scorcese’s 2007 The Departed is the most expensive Best Picture film in the last decade, cost ing $90 million. This was equal to just over 150,000 ounces of gold. No film since then has cost as much. Lincoln was close, costing just 72% of the price of Scorcese’s epic gangster film, but interestingly when priced in gold it cost just 26% percent of the Departed’s gold budget, with 39,000 ounces needed to fund the biopic.

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The $15 million question

Perhaps as a sign of the times, Best Picture winners have been getting cheaper in recent years. Moonlight cost just $5 million to make, the lowest price for a winning film in at least two decades. It was also the cheapest in terms of gold ounces, costing just 3,997 ounces.

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Initial Token Offering Apptrade

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The Cartel’s BIGGEST FEAR

As Gold and Silver Burn Higher,
Fund Manager Dave Kranzler Reveals The Cartel’s BIGGEST FEAR: 

 


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It’s Bubble Time: Wisdom & discipline will separate winners from victims

We are now living under the biggest financial asset bubble in history.

Make no mistake, though; when this bubble bursts, it is going to be unimaginably destructive. So it’s critically important at this time to be able to recognize the risks and position yourself and your wealth accordingly.

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It’s Truth About Markets Time: Trump, May, Brexit ….

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[KR1037] Keiser Report: Greek Final Reckoning

We discuss Greece hurtling towards a final reckoning. In the second half, Max interviews journalist and author, Tim Shorrock, about what exactly is happening in the Korean Peninsula as Kim Jong-un assassinates his half-brother while, in the US, Trump takes control of the global hegemonic power.

Trump’s Policies Are Authoritarian, Not Populist

Trump and his spokespeople recently have made their opinions known on a variety of issues on which I hold strong beliefs. The three I will focus on today are: 1) Civil Asset Forfeiture. 2) Private Prisons. 3) Legalization of Recreational Marijuana. On all three of these issues, Trump has taken an authoritarian, unethical and quite unpopular position. Rather than challenge the oligarchs who’ve run this country into the ground, he’s appointed them to be his top advisors. Now he wants to make life increasingly unfree and miserable for average Americans. Not a very populist agenda.

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