Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question

An influential British think tank and Ukraine’s military are disputing a report that the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has used to buttress its claims of Russian hacking in the presidential election.

The CrowdStrike report, released in December, asserted that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app, resulting in heavy losses of howitzers in Ukraine’s war with Russian-backed separatists.

But the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) told VOA that CrowdStrike erroneously used IISS data as proof of the intrusion. IISS disavowed any connection to the CrowdStrike report. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense also has claimed combat losses and hacking never happened.

Countless people, including the entirety of the corporate media, put total faith in the analysis of Crowdstrike despite the fact that the FBI was denied access to perform its own analysis. Which makes me wonder, did the U.S. government do any real analysis of its own on the DNC hack, or did it just copy/paste Crowdstrike?

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Our Hopelessly Dysfunctional Democracy

Democracy in America has become a hollow shell. The conventional markers of democracy–elections and elected representatives–exist, but they are mere facades; the mechanisms of setting the course of the nation are corrupt, and the power lies outside the public’s reach.

History has shown that democratic elections don’t guarantee an uncorrupt, functional government. Rather, democracy has become the public-relations stamp of approval for corrupt governance that runs roughshod over individual liberty while centralizing the power to enforce consent, silence critics and maintain the status quo.

Consider Smith’s Neofeudalism Principle #1: If the citizenry cannot replace a dysfunctional government and/or limit the power of the financial Aristocracy at the ballot box, the nation is a democracy in name only.

In other words, if the citizenry changes the elected representation but the financial Aristocracy and the Deep State remain in charge, then the democracy is nothing but a PR facade for an oppressive oligarchy.

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Here We Go: Fund Manager Warns The Collapse HAS BEGUN!

The Economy Just Fell Off a Cliff, the Markets Just Don’t Know It Yet…

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Peak Gold – Biggest Gold Story Not Being Reported

– Peak gold – Biggest gold story not being reported
– Gold ‘Mining Zombie Apocalypse’ caused miners to slash exploration budgets
– Decline in gold production at world’s top 10 gold mining companies – Byron King
– “No new big mines being built in the world today” – Glencore CEO Glasenberg
– Primary global gold output declined in 2016 – Thomson Reuters via Mining.com
– 2016 was first year of fall in mine production since 2008
– Rising safe haven demand from ‘Trumpflation’ and  geopolitical tensions and falling mine supply should lead to “much higher gold prices”
– What happens when the unstoppable force of robust global demand for gold meets the immovable object of a small, finite, rare and dwinding supply of physical gold?

South Africa Gold Production

We have written about ‘peak gold’ and the ramifications of the underappreciated peak gold phenomenon for the gold market since 2008. The risk of falling gold production and a consequent reduction in supply are slowly percolating into the mainstream and analysts are asking whether 2015 or 2016 marked the year of peak gold production.

Byron King has written about this increasingly important supply factor in the gold market and brings together the views and research of Glencore CEO, Ivan Glasenberg, Thomson Reuters GFMS and others.


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The collapse in South African gold production (see chart above) is the ‘classic canary in the coal mine’ and likely foreshadows the coming decline in global gold production.

South Africa produced over 1,000 tonnes of gold in 1970 but production has…..

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Noted Putin Critic Warns of Confrontation Between Trump and Russia, Not Collaboration

One thing we should have learned over the past year or so is you can take any narrative being pushed by the corporate media and Democrats, and assume that the exact opposite is true. The current Trump-Russia hysteria could very well turn out to be the latest and most embarrassing example of this phenomenon. In fact, well known Putin-critic, Masha Gessen, recently warned in an interview with Politico that her biggest fear is a Trump-Putin conflict, not some imagined alliance…

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Dear America: Better Read the Fine Print on Your Credit Card Statement

You know those disclosures on your credit card statements? That it will take 27 years to pay off your balance if you only make the minimum payment each month, and so on?

You might not be aware of it, but America’s “credit card”–our national debt–comes with its own disclosure statement:

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[KR1047] Keiser Report – Health Care ‘Hard Choices’

We discuss the allegedly ‘hard choices’ in resolving America’s problem providing health care. In the second half, Max talks to trends forecaster, Gerald Celente of TrendsResearch.com, about the Fed’s interest rate hike and whether or not Trump’s threatened trade wars will lead to hot wars.


Silver 1/ 70th The Price of Gold – Silver Eagles Buying Jumps

– Silver just 1/70th the price of gold
– Silver at $17.50 per ounce set to rise “faster than gold”

– Silver Eagles (1 oz) buying jumps to 715,000 this week
– “Supply may drop following mine closures” – Standard Chartered
– Industrial demand “will remain strong” – CPM Group
– Silver is substantially undervalued versus gold
– Gold silver ratio to fall back below 30

Silver looks set to outperform gold again in the coming months due to falling mine supply and continuing robust global demand.

Source: Bloomberg

Silver at just $17.50 per ounce remains about 1/ 70th of the price of gold at $1,230/oz today. This gold silver ratio of 70.3 continues to drive silver ‘stackers,’ value investors and those seeking a better return than gold to accumulate silver at what are seen at these still relatively cheap levels.

This is seen in continuing robust demand for the very popular silver bullion coin this week. The U.S. Mint sold 715,000 of Silver Eagles ( 1 oz) this week, to bring the year to date sales totals for 2017 to a robust – 7,557,500 Silver Eagle coins.

US Mint Bullion Coin Sales (Number of coins)
Monday Sales Last Week Feb Sales Mar Sales 2017 Sales
Silver Eagles
(1 oz)
715,000
220,000 1,215,000 1,215,000
7,557,500
Gold Eagles
(1 oz)
4,000 2,500 21,000 10,000 117,500 
Gold Buffalos
(1 oz)
1,500 2,500 15,000 4,500 51,500

Source: GoldCore via Coin News

We have seen very robust demand for silver again this year, especially from clients in the UK and Ireland buying silver bullion coins (now VAT free) such as Silver Eagles. We are seeing even greater demand for Silver Maples and Silver Philharmonics.

The increasingly favorable supply and demand fundamentals of the silver market were reported on by Bloomberg in an article entitled ‘Silver Seen Climbing Faster Than Gold as Yellen Wakens Bulls’.

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How to Get Out of Debt Even on a Low Income

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Getting out of debt is hard on its own because a large part of what’s supposed to be disposable income goes down the drain. We are used to paying money in exchange for goods or services but you won’t get any ‘tangible’ stuff in return when you send out checks to your creditors. Paying off debt while struggling with low-income finances is much harder because your income is probably not yet enough to make ends meet.

Many families in the U.S. fall under the low-income category and they don’t even know. You can be an professional with a college degree and still be a low-income earner despite your seemingly ‘elevated’ social class. In 2014, the US Census report classified a low income household as –  any 3 -family earning less than $38,110, any 4-person family earning less than $48,016, or any 5-person family earning less than $56,504.

Hence, one of the salient factors that might make it hard for people to get out of debt despite their best efforts is that they are simply not earning enough money to get out of debt easily. Nonetheless, you can get out of debt (it might take longer) even on a low income if you follow the right strategies. This piece provides information for getting out of debt faster regardless of your income level.

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Don’t You Hate Spammy, Sensationalist Click-Bait Like this?

We’re inundated with spammy sensationalist click-bait. You know what I mean–the little boxes containing eye-candy photos and headlines such as “you won’t believe how badly these stars have aged,” “7 tricks to losing weight during Thanksgiving,” “These children of celebs are so good looking your jaw will drop,” “9 surprising signs of dementia” and outre classics such as “Hitler’s shocking final words.”

The “news” is “shocking,” “secrets are revealed,” and “surprising facts” are promised. Authorities are always cited as unimpeachable sources, and the headlines are quasi-plausible. (Why wouldn’t good-looking celebs have good-looking offspring?)

But the “authorities,” “facts” and “secrets” are all dubious. The spammy click-bait is self-serving to those promoting the sensationalist content, and to the media sites that promote the spammy content.

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The Best Ways to Invest in Gold Today

The Best Ways to Invest in Gold Today

– The cost of buying and selling gold
– How to buy gold on the cheap
– How to avoid paying capital gains tax (CGT) on your gold
– Open an account with one of the online bullion dealers – the likes of GoldMoney, GoldCore or Bullion Vault
–  Gold Sovereigns and Gold Britannias make for a considerable saving on cost because of the CGT exemption

Gold Britannias and Sovereigns are free of Capital Gains Tax (CGT)


Dominic Frisby
has looked at the best ways to invest in gold in the UK’s best selling financial publication Money Week.

Frisby looks at the various ways to invest in and own gold and points how gold ETFs are not much cheaper than online gold bullion dealers such as GoldMoney, GoldCore or Bullion Vault and yet there is the difficulty of taking delivery which is “cumbersome.”

The other important consideration when investing in gold is to consider the tax implications and the capital gains tax (CGT).

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