Russia will retaliate if it is attacked and the interests of the Russian people are threatened, Sergey Lavrov told in an interview with RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze. Watch the full interview later today.
Russia Warns West “Remove Forces”; Begins Military Exercise On Ukraine Border
UPDATE: Dutch fighter jets were scrambled after Russian bombers approached Dutch airspace; the Russian planes turned away
With both sides appearing to have entirely un-de-escalated and the [...]
Mac SlavoApril 23rd, 2014SHTFplan.com
With revelations that the National Security Agency has collected some20 trillion phone calls and emails via an expansive nationwide surveillance network, most Americans have already come to the realization that everything they do is being monitored.
But many shrug off Big Brother’s prying eyes by suggesting that, since they aren’t doing anything wrong, they have nothing to worry about.
That may have been true [...]
U.S. stocks fall; PMI, home sales disappoint
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stocks deepened losses after a pair of disappointing reports on manufacturing and the housing market, putting the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite on track to break their six-day winning streaks.
Investors also focused on a batch of mixed earnings releases, while awaiting results after the bell from heavyweights Apple, Inc. and Facebook, Inc.
The S&P 500 SPX -0.20% fell [...]
by Phoenix Capital Research
Central Bankers will never openly admit that they or their policies have failed. Moreover, they do not rush into sudden tightening (more on this in a moment). But one can begin to notice subtle changes in their language and actions that indicate they have noticed what’s happening in Japan (the failure of the BoJ’s “shock and awe” QE program to generate growth).
Nowhere is [...]
Today’s AM fix was USD 1,283.50, EUR 927.38 and GBP 763.76 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,290.75, EUR 935.19 and GBP 767.34 per ounce.
Gold fell $5.00 or 0.39% yesterday to $1,285.00/oz. Silver climbed $0.03 or 0.15% yesterday to $19.45/oz.
Spot gold bullion prices ticked fractionally higher today but bullion remained below the $1,300/oz psychological level and not far off yesterday’s two-and-a-half-month lows.
Spot gold stood at $1,283.75/1,284.55 per ounce, up [...]
U.S. Says Will Act ‘in Days’ if No Russian Action in Ukraine
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States’ government said on Monday it will decide “in days” on additional sanctions if Russia does not take steps to implement an agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine reached in Geneva last week.
The steps include publicly calling on pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to vacate occupied buildings and [...]
http://usawatchdog.com/fed-knows-libo… - Can bank bail-ins come to America? Ellen Brown of the Web-of-Debt blog says, “It could, and I think it will.” Brown, who has written two books on the advantages of public banking, contends, “They don’t have any alternative if they are going to keep these banks alive. This is the solution: They just knock down the liabilities, and they will be solvent again, but what that means is they’ll [...]
Kerry Lutz caught up with Jerry Robinson and discussed the following:
Russia declares war on the Dollar;
Palladium hits 32 month high and broke $800;
Gold buy signal coming in 3-4 months;
Analysis of mining stocks performance during a market crash.
This interview was recorded on 16.Apr.14 and posted with permission from Kerry Lutz, host ofhttp://FinancialSurvivalNetwork.com
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by Charles Hugh Smith
This is how empires collapse: one complicit participant at a time.
Before an empire collapses, it first erodes from within. The collapse may appear sudden, but the processes of internal rot hollowed out the resilience, resolve, purpose and vitality of the empire long before its final implosion.
What are these processes of internal rot? Here are a few of the most pervasive and destructive forces of internal corrosion:
1. Each institution within the [...]
By Michael Snyder
Why is the federal government so obsessed with grabbing more land? After all, the federal government already owns more than 40 percent of the land in 9 different U.S. states. Why are federal bureaucrats so determined to grab even more? Well, the truth is that this all becomes much clearer once you understand that there is a very twisted philosophy behind what they are doing. It [...]
By Michael Snyder
For most of Canada’s existence, it has been regarded as the weak neighbor to the north by most Americans. Well, that has changed dramatically over the past decade or so. Back in the year 2000, middle class Canadians were earning much less than middle class Americans, but since then there has been a dramatic shift. At this point, middle class Canadians are actually earning more than [...]
Greek austerity is taking its toll, men are committing suicide for financial reasons. Adults in California are now moving in with their parents to make ends meet. More students are looking for loan forgiveness, mortgage companies are now accepting sub-prime borrowers. President Obama is touring the pacific to make sure the pivot to Asia is on schedule. The Geneva agreement has collapsed and Ukrainian anti-terrorism forces have been redeployed. The [...]
by Charles Hugh-Smith
Once vested interests take control, the only possible “solution” left is collapse.
I have long identified diminishing returns as a key dynamic in the current unraveling of the Status Quo. Why is this so? We can summarize diminishing returns as dumping more money, capital, energy and effort into a system just to keep the output from falling to zero.
But as the costs of keeping the system from imploding rise, they [...]
Today’s AM fix was USD 1,290.75, EUR 935.19 and GBP 767.34 per ounce.
April 17th’s AM fix was USD 1,299.25, EUR 937.48 and GBP 771.89 per ounce.
Gold fell $4.90 or 0.38% yesterday to $1,290.00/oz. Silver slipped $0.21 or 1.07% yesterday to $19.42/oz.
Gold in Euros, YTD 2014 – (Thomson Reuters)
Gold recovered from early losses on Tuesday as the dollar gave back some gains, but sentiment among investors continued to be lukewarm [...]
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Macy’s threatens to layoff workers if minimum wage is increased. The American people are nervous about the economy so they are keeping their money instead of spending it. Retail store closing soar in 2014. China goes dark regarding gold purchases. President Obama is preparing an Executive Order to implement firearms bio-metric controls. De-escalation agreement is falling apart. The Ukrainian puppet government is continuing its raids. The central bankers are now [...]
One way or the other we are toast… Bank Defaults Seen as Dark Side of Deposit Vows: China Credit
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s plan to introduce deposit insurance is meant to comfort the nation’s savers as bad loans mount. In the bond market, it’s fueling speculation he’s preparing to let some banks collapse.
Authorities may tolerate failures of smaller banks once depositor safeguards are in place, Kwong Li, chief executive [...]
Mac SlavoApril 21st, 2014SHTFplan.com
With China’s debt now bursting at the seams and the economic outlook in the United States signaling a major recession the governments and central banks of the world are very rapidly running out of options.
So much so that well respected Swiss asset manager Egon von Greyerz of Matterhorn Asset Management warns that they will have no choice but to ramp up monetary printing at an accelerated pace in 2014. Failure to [...]
Harley Schlanger, the National Spokesman for LaRouchePAC joins me to discuss the latest — as the United States creeps toward another Bankster designed world war led by Obama, the Neocons and the CIA. We document the crimes of CIA head John Brennan who had boots on the ground IN the Ukraine just days ago, the same man responsible for covering up 28 pages of “redacted” and “classified” 9/11 information implicating [...]
Beware: The Dow 30’s Performance is Being Manipulated!
Guest post by Wim Grommen. Mr. Grommen was a teacher in mathematics and physics for eight years at secondary schools. The last twenty years he trained programmers in Oracle-software. He worked almost five years as trainer for Oracle and the last 18 years as trainer for Transfer Solutions in the Netherlands.
The last 15 years he studied transitions, social transformation processes, the S-curve and [...]
http://usawatchdog.com/true-scale-of-… - Macroeconomic researcher Rob Kirby thinks the global economy is in deep trouble. What is the problem? Kirby contends, “The real problem is with the money itself. We need to revert back to real capitalism which is real weights and measures and honest commerce. Otherwise, we are going to devolve into a very dark period of feudalist oppression.”
Why is this happening? Kirby thinks, “It doesn’t really matter who occupies the [...]
Our lead story: Toyota, the company that introduced the world to the first commercially successful gasoline elective hybrid car, better known as the PRIUS, is back with a new and radical concept car. Toyota Motors will launch a hydrogen-powered car in the United States, Japan, and Europe next year. Erin brings you the details.
Then, Professor and economist Yanis Varoufakis throws some cold water on the sanguine attitudes of the markets [...]
London expert Alasdair Macleod returns to the SD Weekly Metals & Markets with his brilliant PM analysis, including:
1. Chinese 2013 gold demand 7,603 tons- More than DOUBLE Global Supply & mainstream estimates!
2. Macleod states that China’s total gold reserves (public & private) may be between 10 and 25,000 tons of gold!
3. Vaulting companies have never seen a 1 kilo (9999) gold bar- not one ounce is leaving China!
4. Gold being [...]
by Michael Noonan
W D Gann has long been recognized as an astute market trader, and followers of Gann
have been trying to figure out his genius. The best way to describe how he made so
many successful market calls is, in a word, astrology. Having died in 1955, we did not
know him, but we were fortunate enough to have met and befriended his assistant,
Robert Courter. He, too, has since died, but he [...]
War Makes Banks Rich
Bankers are often the driving force behind war.
After all, the banking system is founded upon the counter-intuitive but indisputable fact that banks create loans first, and then create deposits later.
In other words, virtually all money is actually created as debt. For example, in a hearing held on September 30, 1941 in the House Committee on Banking and Currency, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve (Mariner S. Eccles) said:
That is what [...]
New York Times propaganda photos on Ukraine exposed
By Alex Lantier 23 April 2014
A day after the New York Times published a front-page report purporting to show the involvement of Russian Special Forces in protests in east Ukraine, its report, titled “Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia,” has been exposed as a blatant fabrication.
The Times printed low-resolution pictures of fighters—allegedly wearing Russian insignia while in [...]
PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The average worker spends over five hours and 40 minutes sitting at their job every day and a new study says it’s bad for your health, with some claiming the long-term effects of sitting can be as bad as smoking.
Dr. Michael Jensen, from the Mayo Clinic, joined KDKA Radio’s Larry Richert and John Shumway to talk about a study he and his colleagues conducted.
To find [...]
Two Russian bombers which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter.
The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland.
They were turned away from Britain when an RAF Typhoon was scrambled from Leuchars airbase, near Dundee.
Crews stationed there are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment’s notice.
Top Economists Say War Is Bad for the Economy
Preface: Many Americans – including influential economists and talking heads - still wrongly assume that war is good for the economy. Many congressmen assume that cutting pork-barrel military spending would hurt their constituents’ jobs.
As demonstrated below, it isn’t true.
Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says that war is bad for the economy:
Stiglitz wrote in 2003:
War is widely thought to be linked to economic good times. The second world war is often said to have brought [...]