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Ukraine: A Perspective from Europe


It is still a mystery to many historians as to how and why World War 1 led to the slaughter of nine million people. But analysis of different parties to the original event pursuing their own vested interests without a grasp of the bigger picture certainly rings true of the Ukrainian situation today with regards to the West, embodied in a disparate committee called NATO.

The similarity with the chaotic diplomacy that led to WW1 stops there: Russia under Vladimir Putin’s leadership appears to have a good grasp of its objective.

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Both houses of manipulation viciously attacked both gold and silver on Friday.
Guess why price went down after the COT Week?  It’s called “A Time To Kill” speculator’s positions right before price is allowed to go up…
This is too simple, it is an orchestrated massacre and played out with the greatest of mathematical minds who have programmed their trading and HFT-ing to loot speculators at their every turn becausespeculators,(at least the paper playing speculators) are like sheep led to the slaughter since they cannot coordinate between themselves to take positions and stick with them that would stop this madness.
The Commercial’s goal is to rape, pillage, and sack as much speculator wealth as they can prior to the planned worldwide economic crash of 2015 that destroys all the world’s currencies.

Click here for more from Marshall Swing on the banking cartel slaughtering the specs in gold & silver:

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The Crazy-Making Fed

The Federal Reserve’s communications and policies are a form of crazy-making double bind.

Systems theorist/anthropologist Gregory Bateson developed (with others) the concept of double bind, a psychological and social conflict in which contradictory demands generate a form of schizophrenia:

Unlike the usual no-win situation, the subject has difficulty in defining the exact nature of the paradoxical situation in which he or she is caught. The contradiction may be unexpressed in its immediate context and therefore invisible to external observers, only becoming evident when a prior communication is considered. Typically, a demand is imposed upon the subject by someone who they respect (such as a parent, teacher or doctor) but the demand itself is inherently impossible to fulfill because some broader context forbids it. For example, this situation arises when a person in a position of authority imposes two contradictory conditions but there exists an unspoken rule that one must never question authority.

The Federal Reserve’s communications and policies are a form of crazy-making double bind. No wonder the economy and everyone participating in it are beset by various manifestations of mental and physical illness.


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Mafia Boss Says Stocks A Bubble, Buy Physical Gold and Silver

Mafia Boss Says Stocks A Bubble, Buy Physical Gold and Silver

Michael Franzese, the former powerful mafia boss turned motivational speaker and author, warned on CNBC that stocks are a bubble, Wall Street is crooked and advised people to own physical gold and silver bars. (more…)

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A letter to Barclays Bank

Having just read Russell Brand’s latest blog on The Huffington Post, I was reminded that I wrote a letter (in 2011) to Barclays Bank regarding their involvement in funding companies that manufacture cluster bombs. Here it is:

Customer Relations
Barclays Bank Plc

LE87 2BB

26 August 2011

Sort Code: XX-XX-XX
Account Number: XXXXXXXX
Account Name: XXXXXXXX

Dear Sir or Madam

 As a Barclays customer, I was disgusted to read the recent articles in the i newspaper regarding your involvement in funding companies that manufacture CLUSTER BOMBS (or any arms for that matter). This is a very serious issue to me (and for many others, I know), compounded by the financial climate in which we live, when our banks and bankers are gambling with peoples lives as well as their money.

‘In April 2009, Barclays and HSBC were involved in a major financing deal with Textron, a US arms manufacturer that builds a “sensor fused weapon” – the world’s most powerful cluster bomb… Textron issued $757.4m worth of bonds and shares with the financial aid of a 10-bank syndicate. HSBC and Barclays combined underwrote $44.6m worth of loans. Barclays then went on to invest a further $75m in a separate Textron bond deal five months later.’ –

As a result of these revelations, I am seriously considering closing my account with you at the soonest opportunity and will encourage others to do so, as I do not want to be associated (however remotely) with such hideous weapons!

Under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), can you confirm to me whether or not Barclays continues to finance companies that manufacture cluster bombs and/or other types of arms? What measures are you taking to ensure that this does not happen in the future, if any? And what are you doing to claw back the money you have contributed to the murder (and maiming) of innocent men, women and children across the world? Do you plan to reinvest this money into charities that help victims of war? Or are you just part of the war machine, only interested in lining your own pockets, no matter what the cost to people’s lives?

Yours faithlessly


Needless to say, I didn’t get a satisfactory response and did close my account with them. I did the same with HSBC.

Racism, farting, Michael McIntyre & the Daily Mail in/out of Edinburgh Fringe


“The plan was to have me dressed as a slave master, holding a whip and a chain that went around the neck of a (paid) white flyerer ‘slave’, who would be in blackface (but not blacked up anywhere else) and I would drag them around the Royal Mile” Read my latest daily blog in full here

• SO IT GOES – John Fleming’s Blog

Jeremy Grantham, Tavakoli: Investors Driven to Risky Assets with No Safety Net

Jeremy Grantham, chief investment strategist at GMO, mentions in his latest piece that the investing universe is a “beta desert.” That’s one reason hedge funds put on leverage, investors use margin in a more than fully priced stock market, and connected cronies issue debt and suck cash out of companies to pay themselves dividends and leave those who aren’t insiders holding the bag.

Yesterday I spoke with CBC’s Amanda Lang about derivatives, lack of criminal prosecutions, post-crisis distortions and lack of accountability. (Only viewable in those countries that can view Canadian TV). The result: negative real returns on U.S. treasuries and risk transfer to pension funds and savers.

Twitter Changes its Timeline Algorithm – Here’s What You Need to Know

Since I take my timeline pretty seriously, I carefully select accounts to follow so that it is as clean and simple as I can possibly make it. It is this lack of clutter that makes it so useful. Unfortunately, it appears Twitter is determined to add clutter to my timeline without my permission.

So what am I complaining about anyway? Recently, several people have noted tweets in their timelines that didn’t seem to belong. Apparently, we now know that this is no accident and that Twitter has indeed changed its policy…

Read more here.

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.@MadBitcoins: California Dirt Bucket Challenge for Drought Awareness

The Housing Bubble’s Silver Lining

As rents climb, developers large and small take out their calculators and dreams of wealth blossom: but no, this is not bubble.

The disastrous blowback from inflating housing bubbles is painfully obvious: as housing becomes unaffordable, households impoverish themselves to “get in now before it’s too late;” malinvestment (i.e. McMansions in the middle of nowhere) flourishes as housing becomes a speculative financial vehicle rather than shelter; retirement funds are sold designed-to-default mortgage-backed securities, and when the bubble finally pops, those lured into buying at the top are left underwater, owing more on their mortgage than their house is worth.

But there is one silver lining to housing bubbles: some of the money squandered in the speculative frenzy ends up rehabilitating old buildings or erecting new housing in useful locales.


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Peak Gold? Russia To Surpass Australia As World No 2 Gold Producer


Russian central bank acquired another 390,000,000 ounces worth $3.9 billion in July
Gold and silver have fallen below the $1,300/oz and $20/oz levels respectively. Gold traded marginally lower in trade in London after gold in Singapore also ticked marginally lower. (more…)

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Edinburgh Fringe: How the banned “Racist Joke Show” was a cunning stunt


“My intention was to create enough controversy that people would come and then I could preach to them. Get them in the church and then you can preach to them. But the church was knocked down before I was allowed to proselytise views”. Read my latest daily blog in full here

• SO IT GOES – John Fleming’s Blog

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