Focus, Concentrate, Pay Attention

It seems like a simple concept, really.  But there are people who readily admit that they make their livings, nice ones at that, by knowingly creating distractions even though people are keenly watching their every move!

No, I'm not talking about bankers--yet.

Of course, I am talking about prestidigitators, magicians, wizards of the sleight of hand.

We all know they are not really magic, but look at how skillfully they fool our simple brains.  Why is that?

Easy, really.

Human beings suffer from emotions, swayed by both the conscience and unconscience brain.  Perception, then, is subjective, now isn't it?

Think about it, really.  What temperature is too hot?  It depends upon one's perception to evaluate the sensory feeling, but the factual scientific thermodynamic fact of temperature is fully capable of precise measurement which is not at all subject to subjective whims.

So, back to the title of this post.

Here we are in 2014.  The metals seemed poised to launch.  Miners, too, for all of you paper-chasing hopefuls.  Many pundits seem to be calling for stock market declines, turmoil, all stemming from unsustainable economic conditions.  What REALLY is going on, though, is subject to PERCEPTION.

Do NOT be distracted by HOPE, or any other emotionally empty false paradigms.  Keep looking at what is real!

Look at the empty store fronts.  Look at the empty shopping malls.  Look at the crime reports.  For those inclined, go to the local courthouse and look at the criminal defendants in custody, there for any number of petty crimes, from drug possession or parole violations, to other more serious, violent crimes.  Ask whether economic conditions are stabilizing, or getting better.  Look for yourself, and FOCUS on what is real, and not on the hocus locus of managed perception agents with an agenda to mislead everyone.

This link, posted by another Turdite, set me to thinking: 

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/01/07/top-ten-reasons-sandy-hook-was-an-elaborate-hoax/

As an educated person, the conclusions are easy to draw.  So, of it was a drill, then why, for what purpose, and for whose benefit?  None of the answers to these questions redound to the benefit of us regular folks.  And it is this whole episode that got me thinking, and to be sure that I too keep the focus.

2014 is shaping up to be an epic year.

Please prepare accordingly.

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dgstage's picture

With What is Coming

We all better stand at attention. I think a epic year is mis-leading. I think a year of chaos.

¤'s picture

It's happening right before our very eye's...

 

Guest Post: America Is Plunging Into Kafka's Nightmare

There is a certain level of dishonesty in the common study of history. We look back at the tyrannies of the past, the monstrous governments, the devastating wars and the unimaginable crimes, and we wonder how it could have been possible. How could the people of that particular generation let such atrocities come to pass? Why didn’t they do something? Why didn’t they protest? Why didn’t they fight back? Perhaps many societies fail to prepare or act in the face of tyranny because they had forgotten their own histories, making the demise of their culture appear so schizophrenic they would not believe what their eyes were telling them. When we examine recent U.S. legislation, the exposure of classified documents, and the openly admitted criminality of political leadership, we are consistently reminded of Franz Kafka’sThe Trial.

zerohedge.com

dgstage's picture

DPH

I read the article this morning and watch he video, it was very predicting. Amazing insight!

treefrog's picture

furth

furthur

GuerrillaCapitalist's picture

Plate Spinning is Coming to an End

One must be of a certain age to remember the Ed Sullivan show's vaudevillian acts, but of course I'm of that certain age and was enthralled as teenage farm boy watching a guy spinning a dinner plate on a pole, then another and another until he was running madly about tweaking each pole to keep it spinning. Eventually there were too many plates in action and they began to crash. We're about to be knee deep in broken plates.

CaliforniaLawyer made another great point about the jails filling up with petty criminals. Our impoverished county has seen a huge uptick in silly shit, like idiots frying themselves trying to recycle copper from live power lines, shop lifting from Walmart, the most armed, well defended thief in the county. We've had a few pyrotechnic events when other idiots pretend they're chemists and blow up their meth lab.  We had a brazen theft from one of our remote barns in daylight. Life is getting stranger by the day. These are interesting times.

We are the forewarned, please don't say in hindsight that you should have followed the advice of Turd, CaliforniaLawyer and many wise folk in our community to get your shit together.

Now, I'm going to go pour a strong bourbon and listen to my grandchildren snore.

dgstage's picture

THis Video Shows

how f-up the world is around us. It took me all day to decide to link this, but none of us should ignore this culture change.

http://beforeitsnews.com/strange/2014/01/destruction-of-our-entire-civilization-is-happening-now-disturbing-video-2453930.html

dgstage's picture

GC

Good to see you  you posting again. 

DayStar's picture

Harvey's Up! (TFMR)

  • Economic Times: China has granted licenses to import gold to two foreign banks for the first time, sources said, as moves to open the world's biggest physical bullion market gather pace. Allowing more banks to import gold could increase the supply of the metal into the country, easing local prices that are higher than in most Asian nations. China's gold imports more than doubled last year to over 1,000 tonnes - ousting India as the biggest buyer - as demand soared to unprecedented levels due to the first drop in international prices in 12 years
  • Kitco News: U.S. Mint’s coin sales for 2014 are off to a strong start, with first-day sales of American Eagle silver bullion coins nearly reaching weekly capacity, the Mint said late Tuesday. The Mint started its 2014 silver sales on Monday, with a weekly allocation of American Eagle silver bullion coins of 3.575 million coins. Between Monday and Tuesday’s sales, 203,500 are left, the Mint said. Total American Eagle gold bullion coin sales through Tuesday were 67,000 ounces, and total American Gold Buffalo coin sales through Tuesday reached 33,000 ounces. The Mint told its authorized purchasers that next week’s allocation of silver will be "much lower" as it seeks to build weekly inventories of 2014-dated coins, saying that it anticipates having 500,000 to 600,000 coins available for next week’s allocation, but afterward quantities are expected to increase.
  • Bill Holter: forgetting the fact that our regulators have hacked off the Swiss by bullying their bankers, the Swiss courting the big new renminbi exchange are simply "following the gold". Gold has been flowing into China at a rate of 100 tons per month (plus retaining their own production). China has imported and produced AT LEAST 3,000 tons...just in the last 2 years alone! I would guesstimate that 5,000 tons would be the absolute minimum of their hoard and may be 8,000 or even approaching 10,000 tons. Business (and financial power) ALWAYS follows the gold. 
  • Mark O'Byrne (GoldCore): China has granted licenses to import gold to two non Chinese banks for the first time, according to Reuters. The move to take advantage of the largest gold consumers is gathering pace. China's gold imports more than doubled last year to over 1,000 tonnes - ousting India as the biggest buyer - as demand soared to unprecedented levels. 
  • Harvey: GOGO is still showing major stress as we have the first one month in backwardation and the big 3 month contract is still slightly out of backwardation. London good delivery bars are in short supply which will explain the one month backwardation GOFO rate.
  • GoldCore: The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of commodity-shipping rates, has collapsed 39% in just the nine trading days of 2014. It has fallen from 2277 at the end of December 2013 to 1370 today. This key indicator of global economic health is a warning signal for the global economy in 2014.
  • Zhang Bingnan: The rush to grab gold is not just limited to the Chinese aunties, this gold buying binge is spread throughout the whole world, from Shanghai, Beijing to Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York. It should be said that this craze for gold buying is global. Therefore, it is not just China that is buying gold in bulk, but also the rest of the world. Why is the falling price leading to gold buying this time? Why did the falling price in 2008 not lead to a global demand for buying gold but is now? I think it’s because after this round of global financial crisis, more and more people around the world have a clearer understanding that gold is safeguarding national economic security and financial security.
  • Jamie McGeever: Global investigations into alleged currency market manipulation intensified on Wednesday as U.S. regulators descended on Citigroup's London offices and Deutsche Bank suspended several traders in New York, sources told Reuters. The presence of Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency officials at Citi's Canary Wharf office in the east of London this week comes after Citi last week fired its head of European spot foreign exchange trading.
  • Christine Lagarde (IMF): The world could create more jobs before we would need to worry about the global inflationgenie coming out of its bottle,” Lagarde said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington. “If inflation is the genie, then deflation is the ogre that must be fought decisively,” she said. She recommended that central banks in the most developed economies wait until “robust growth is firmly rooted” before ending unconventional monetary policies. In the U.S. “it will be critical to avoid premature withdrawal of monetary support and to return to an orderly budget process, including by promptly removing the debt ceiling threat,” she said. 
  • Zero Hedge: The rest of the world may be stuck importing Japan's deflation (and Europe may be even contemplating launching a Fed type QE as BNP suggested first some time ago), but one country is doing all in its power, and more, to slow down hot money and the resulting inflation - Brazil. Moments ago the Central Bank of Brazil raised the Benchmark Selic interest rate by 50 bps points more than the 25 bps expected, to 10.50%.
  • Harvey: Mrs Watanabe of Japan is buying European debt like crazy. Looks like they are front running for direct QE from the ECB.
  • Tyler Durden: A week ago, Macy's fired 2500 and announced the closure of five stores. Moments ago, the company which we have been warning since late 2012 is a melting ice cube that ends in bankruptcy, JCPenney, which a week ago provided the following glib summary "JCPenney reported today that the Company is pleased with its performance for the holiday period", turns out was merely joking and just echoed the Macy's sentiment, announcing the termination of some 2,000 jobs and the closure of 33 stores.
All this and more on...
The Harvey Report! cheeky
 
Lintltj5's picture

All I have to do is observe

All I have to do is observe the clientele at my friendly, neighborhood, inner-city grocery store to witness the destruction of our civilization.

Basic interaction, or lack thereof, with other human beings should be a huge tell.

Bottom line, worry about what you can control, raising your family. Teach your children what is right and make them part of the solution. Modern society has destroyed the family, and it is the family which will be the remedy. My wife and I just welcomed our fifth little girl in the wee hours of yesterday morning and pray that  we are able to give her and her sisters the tools for rebuilding.

GuerrillaCapitalist's picture

Thanks dgstage

It's nice to be missed, thanks for your kind reply. I've dropped in from time to time, but  since I no longer trade or carry paper, the site doesn't hold the same power over me as in past years. I'm a tiny bit more sane. My wife and son may have a difference of opinion, but...

Pining 4 the Fjords's picture

Great reality check CL

Things are not improving and the costs of just treading water are rising exponentially.  Some time soon the layers of paint and duct tape will peel back and the rot will start to become undeniable and visible even to people who wish to deny it.  

I read a quote on a different blog last week, and it stuck with me: "Wake me up when it's time to play Cowboys and Communists".  Unfortunately, that might be the size of it.

agNau's picture

The tangled web......

is fraying.

SilverRunNW's picture

Peception- Things are not as they appear..

So when China was quoted as saying “It’s no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves”, I made a mental note to watch the US DEBT HOLDERS report to see what would happen over time. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-20/pboc-says-no-longer-in-china-s-favor-to-boost-record-reserves.html  This was reported awhile ago, and this Bloomberg article is from November 20th.  Unfortunately, the government report is always a few months behind and the link has recently changed, so I'll have to find the new link.

But Bloomberg just report this:

China’s Treasury Holdings Climb to Record in Government Data

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-15/china-s-treasury-holdings-rose-to-record-in-november-data-show.html

"China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries increased $12.2 billion to a record $1.317 trillion in November, data released on the Treasury Department’s website showed.

The figures, scheduled for release at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Washington, were inadvertently posted on the Treasury’s website. Japan’s holdings rose $12 billion to $1.186 trillion, the figures showed."

So now what will China do.  Will November be the last month that China buys U.S. Treasury securities, significantly reduce, eliminate or sell U.S. treasury securities.   Only time will tell, and what they do could have a significant impact on QE∞ and U.S. interest rates.

One thing I just noticed is that the quote about China (..no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves)  DID NOT SAY U.S. securities specifically.   Even so, if it's no longer to their advantage, what will they really do?

treefrog's picture

be sure to vote!

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HeirHelmut's picture

Sandy Hook

Wow, that is strange.

The mass shootings in Germany also showed very strange aspects. And also a police or anti-terror drill was taking place nearby.

Also a few days before the Breivik massacre a drill was hold there.

Drills in local and timely proximity seem to be necessary that the shooting can take place. Why?

HeirHelmut's picture

@CL

I guess body language is of interest for you.

How a "mother" guides her "daughter" through the interview:

"The coat" handsign is my favourite.

1wileyz's picture

That's too weird...

Go ahead and take that shit to the forums....The coat handsign indeed...

California Lawyer's picture

@heir

It's not just the many disconnects in the Sandy Hook story that need to be critically examined.  It is the aftermath, too.  There is just so much that is logically flawed.  

But the bigger picture must be looked at, too.  

Taking a look at the Sandy Hook incident in isolation, in detail, will lead to inescapable conclusions.  But, things are in motion, happening all around, dynamically, that all require one's diligent attention.  If one gets distracted, from whatever source that manages to capture the person's attention, then, just like the "magic" from a magician, the person exclaims "how did he (or she) do that?"

There is NO mystery here.  The fiat system is dying.  It is coming unraveled, right now.

Paying attention has never been more important.

For example, why has the Benghazi story now broken big demonstrating, beyond a doubt, that it was a terror attack, known to the President to be a terror attack, but still he openly lied about it since then and to this day.  Is the media preparing the public opinion for Obummer's ouster?  What purpose is served by this disclosure?

It is developments like this that must be evaluated, and not ignored.

Similarly, just today on zerohedge was a story that there are now two banks receiving permission to import gold, or something, but the takeaway was the comment that it would soon lead to a physical gold-based futures exchange there.  This seems to me a huge development, because anything that drains investment from the Comex is likely to lead in the direction of the Comex losing power if not closing altogether or collapsing in a heap of worthless paper.

Are these stories related?  Who knows?  

Why does the magician point in one direction while he slips the other hand into his pocket?

For me, paying attention to the big picture and critically analyzing EVERYTHING is essential.

Just saying . . .

Nick Elway's picture

P4 thanks for the "wake me up"

wouldyoubelieve...'s picture

chaf & flares

'nuff said

California Lawyer's picture

@1wileyz

The point of mentioning the Sandy Hook incident was not to delve into details, but instead to open minds to try to critically evaluate that which is being presented.  Each of us can draw our one conclusions accordingly.

For example, there are those who view the JFK assassination and investigation conclusions with a jaundiced eye and see nothing but conspiracy.  Others take the government account at face value and never ask any questions at all, blindly accepting the theory that there was a magic bullet from a lone gunman.  We all fall along the spectrum somewhere.

I am trying to encourage folks to keep their eyes open, to see things as they are, not for how they are being presented in a MOPE cycle.  TF, JY, Pining, the rest of us, we all share what we share with a genuine desire of helping folks.

I am all in favor of discussing anything and everything, at any time, in any manner, if to do so advances the ability to help folks prepare.  Anyone who takes time to stop and question ANY story being force fed to the masses gets my nod of approval.  If someone draws a conclusion, supported by observations and sound reasoning, I am all for it.  Let the competition of free ideas sort itself out.

In my short life, I have seen dozens of previously far-fetched conspiracies turn out to be factually accurate.  So, no I will not blindly just "accept" as gospel some news account or television account at face value.  Everything is being managed and controlled, and the only sane response is to take a step back and critically examine the facts and draw one's own conclusions.

Look at the precious metals sector.  Is Santa correct, or a charlatan?  Is Martin Armstrong correct, or does he have an agenda based on his imprisonment and later release?  Same can be said for Sprott, et al., as well as Jeffery Christian, who I loathe as a pure lying schemer totally in the pocket of the elites.

My point is to be aware, and ask questions.  Oh yeah, and to prepare accordingly.

Nick Elway's picture

Teller explains "if you are given a choice.."

The essence of Quigley's revelation of why we have "opposing" parties

Quote:
7. If you are given a choice, you believe you have acted freely. This is one of the darkest of all psychological secrets. I’ll explain it by incorporating it (and the other six secrets you’ve just learned) into a card trick worthy of the most annoying uncle.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/teller-reveals-his-secrets-100744801/?page=2

and

Quote:
You think you’ve made a choice, just as when you choose between two candidates preselected by entrenched political parties (No. 7—Choice is not freedom).
infometron's picture

monkey business

Great points Cal!

Much easier to say than actually do, eh? Stay sharp. Strength in numbers.

infometron's picture

@ Nick Elway

Nice link, Nick, thanks! Here is a view from the cognitive neuroscience of relevance to mindful attentiveness

infometron's picture

@ mac re: media mendacity

Mac's post on media mendacity seems of relevance here as well...

http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/comment/377172#comment-377172

HeirHelmut's picture

@CL

Good stuff.

The Pozners are one of these international connected jews to high finance. A typical global "elite" family.

And had the chuzpah to collect money via Twitter from the stupid sheeple to "be able to pay the funeral. If only everyone spends 1$..." cheeky

And interestingly only weeks after the "massacre" they already sent a complete legislative gun control suggestion directly to the White House. I find the demanding tone also very insightful. Not shocked parents begging their president, but demanding people that show the president what he should do.

I would not be surprised if Noah is living very well somewhere in a kibbuz in Israel.

There have to be made sacrifices to get closer to the goal...

I Run Bartertown's picture

Stay Classy

I suppose the honesty is refreshing. The tactics tell you quite a bit about the mentality...

"In response to New York’s recently introduced marriage equality bill, the so-called National Organization for Marriage got a bunch of pictures of black people and some guy who sounds like Foghorn Leghorn to repeat the same lies about indoctrinating schoolchildren that they ran in 2009. They accuse us of exploiting children and in response we say, “NOOO! We’re not gonna make kids learn about homosexuality, we swear! It’s not like we’re trying to recruit your children or anything.” But let’s face it—that’s a lie. We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it.

The battle over Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill” has made this most apparent. Why would anybody get all up in arms about punishing teachers who mention queers in the classroom unless we wanted teachers to do just that? In response against the bill, FCKH8 hired some little girls to drop F-bombs in their online PSAs and gave out hundreds of “Don’t B H8N on the Homos” t-shirts, wristbands, pins and stickers to school children in front of TV cameras. Recruiting children? You bet we are.

Why would we push anti-bullying programs or social studies classes that teach kids about the historical contributions of famous queers unless we wanted to deliberately educate children to accept queer sexuality as normal?

I and a lot of other people want to indoctrinate, recruit, teach, and expose children to queer sexuality AND THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT."

Can We Please Just Start Admitting That We Do Actually Want To Indoctrinate Kids?

Green Lantern's picture

This Is What Happens When A

This Is What Happens When A Journalist Forces A Banker To Actually Answer A Question.  Good Irish Journalism!

 Irish journalist Vincent Browne tries to get an honest answer out of an ECB banker.  Watch banker weasel his way out from answering the question.

Mr. ECB banker,  easy question, why you stealing money from the Irish people? 

Maximillion's picture

Connecting the dots

I've always been intrigued by the frequency of 0230hrs (0830hrs UK) smackdowns, and unsure as to the reasons why the Chinese did not simply step in and scoop up cheap contracts. Only recently has it dawned on me as to the potential reason, being that the Chinese may well be the perpetrators of the smack downs.

The initial problem I had reconciling this idea was that if the Chinese are buying up all the available gold, whilst they no doubt would have the incentive to cap or lower the price, it would be illogical to achieve this by increasing paper shorts which they then would be liable to deliver at contract expiration. Either way they can use the 100:1 trading vs delivery to maximize the amount of physical they can get their hands on, without collapsing the $'s value. 

The clues to the solution IMO lies in last years wording change at the CME (re no guarantee all stated holdings exist), combined with the 100:1 paper vs physical trading, and the convenient get out clause whereby in the event of a non delivery the value may be settled in cash.

The Chinese, as we definitely know, have a substantial surplus of $ fiat, which can only decrease in value (ie purchasing power), as the supply increases or if the $ loses its status. The most logical thing they can do therefore, is to utilize some of this surplus fiat, to cap the prices of PM's, accumulate the physical, and either continue to roll forward their built up paper shorts, or pay off the contract holders on delivery date /default with the paper $ they hold.

So why aren't the western powers doing anything? Because they can't! If they've already lost the gold through leasing (as per the Germans trying to repatriate theirs), through their historic attempts to protect the $ status, and with some western banks still holding naked shorts, the wests hands are tied even though they would probably like/need a higher price! This is also likely to be the reason why JPM, as the top dog with the highest western status, is net long and building their own stack as quickly as supplies will allow.  

I might be wrong but it's the most logical reason I can think of that ties it all together.

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