Iran: The Warning Shot Across the Bow?

Sat, Feb 8, 2014 - 2:26pm

Lovely news to wake up to on a Saturday morning - Iran is sending warships close to United States maritime borders in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, ever. Why? From the AP report:

The Islamic Republic considers the move as a response to U.S. naval deployments near its own coastlines.

Uh-huh. Greaaat. Do doomsday scenarios of short-range nukes being used as EMPs come to mind? Or have I just been reading too much fear porn recently?

It does seem like something is "in the air" right now. Granted, a good number of us have been waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop for years. I'm guessing a good number of folks are almost tired of waiting and just want the darn implosion to happen already:

Bring it on! Get it over with!

I'm not one of those people. I'm perhaps irrationally "hoping" for a slow decline, or a soft reset that would screw up people's bank accounts and wreak a good deal of havoc, but ultimately Life Would Go On As We Know It. I have yoga classes to go to, for pete's sake!

Yet, I can't shake this underlying feeling of dread, as if something's coming. It could just be that with so much "shoe-drop waiting" (SDW) that we're manufacturing more fear than is necessary. But I happened to catch a snippet of the radio show Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis the other night. Quite a few callers were expressing that they had some sort of "inside knowledge" (or at least heard through the doomer grapevine) that the "Big Reset" was coming soon, sometime in late March of 2014.

That seems a bit too soon to me. But what do I know? I know nothing. I have no inside knowledge, no "Bankster Insider" to meet in dimly lit parking garages as my special source. I, like you, have just a lot of information coming at me, some good, some a bit dubious. I just try to look at all the puzzle pieces and connect the dots - which is a poor mixed metaphor but exemplifies the sort of mental hoop-jumping it takes to sift through the information overload.

Such information overload means that a lot of people have opinions on things that they really aren't that well-versed on. For example, one caller on Ground Zero shared his belief that Bitcoin was going to become the One World Currency because you could just create value out of thin air with it and nothing needed to be "produced" to tie value to the electronic coin.

Clyde Lewis pointed out that this is not too far from what we have now! However, I was disappointed that Lewis admitted he was a "bit" clueless about Bitcoin and didn't understand that it wasn't just a non-existent entity that could be whipped up with a keystroke, but the opposite - a digital currency based on very complex computer algorithms. This does not mean Bitcoin isn't a trojan horse...but that's for another column. Lewis ended his time with the caller with a little joke he made up, that Bitcoin was a BITtttcccch. Get it? Haha. (Cough.)

At any rate, Clyde Lewis has been reporting the mysterious suicides/deaths of some bankers recently. He wrote:

"After I was alerted to these suspicious deaths, there were colleagues of mine who were writing me saying that, while they are not conspiracy theorists, they are leaning towards the idea that there must be something suspicious going in and that it may indicate that we are about to see the destruction of the world banking system and that many people will be left broke, or implicated in scandals that will rock the world."

For more background, you should also read the latest insightful article by our very own JY896 titled "Astroturf War."


One more thing - and I realize that this may seem to be unrelated, but I do tend to think holistically (you know, connecting puzzle pieces and dots together and all that).

Has anyone else noticed how little good will is in the air for this year's Olympics? I remember, back in the day, how the time surrounding Olympics seemed positive, exciting, and unifying. In fact, that was the purpose of the Olympics - to promote peace by bringing the world together in friendly competition.

Now, the Western media seems dead set and determined to make Putin look bad. Progressives are ticked off about Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" policies. News stories focus on lighting glitches, and an allegedly racist anti-Obama tweet by one of the Olympic torch bearers. Western journalists are upset because they have to deal (gasp!) with real world bathrooms. This has to be one of the pettiest and tensest Olympics since Jesse Owens gave Adolf Hitler a big, black middle finger.

I'll bet Obama is still ticked to high heaven that Putin stomped all over his Syria war plans.

So what's Putin's game? Joel Skousen is predicting a nuclear war with Russia and China, with North Korea as the catalyst.

Who would win that one? I've have to place my bets on Vladimir Putin, the "Leopard Whisperer," who casually snuggled with a dangerous feline (the same cat who later attacked the journalists filming the event). That little leopard cub probably would have bitten Obama's arm off. Putin is a bad-ass. We're in trouble!

Why not just put Putin in the ring with Obama and let them duke it out, MMA-style? Maybe throw a leopard and a live bear in for added challenge. Now that's a fight I'd like to see! Actually, on second thought, maybe not. I'm not a fan of Obama, but I'd not be too keen on seeing Obamaguts smeared all over the cage. How about just put Putin in there with a live bear? By the end Putin would have the bear rolling on his back wanting his belly scratched.

Waittaminute...maybe Putin is prepping his leopard cub to go take out Western bankers while he has Iran saber rattling in the Atlantic while he scoops up all the Bitcoins (and gold) in the world when we're not looking. And then he's going to announce at the end of the Olympics that he's King of the World.

OK, probably not. But there's tension in the air for a reason. What do you think?

Stephanie blogs sporadically at a number of websites, including Freeople and Free Thinking Christianity.

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Feb 8, 2014 - 2:35pm

Silver Dollars Overshadow Gold

The reason to suppress precious metals prices is easy to understand. The price of gold is effectively a report card on the U.S. dollar and the U.S. economy. If the price of gold is rising, the dollar must be falling in value and the U.S. economy doesn’t look as strong. Also, if metals are going up when COMEX options and futures contracts mature, that would increase demand for physical delivery of the metals, which could push up prices even higher.

Among the typical times when the prices of gold and silver are suppressed are when a major U.S. politician or bureaucrat gives and address or announcement (think President, secretary of the Treasury, chair of the Federal Reserve, Federal Open Market Committee, for example), expiration day of COMEX options, day of first notice of delivery on maturing COMEX contracts, and last the trading day of the month.

All of these events occurred last week. To set the stage for last week’s gold and silver trading, the end of the previous week saw significant drops in several currencies, including those of Argentina, Russia, South Africa and Turkey. There was also the problem with a possible collapse of an investment trust in China that financed major infrastructure construction projects.

As a result of these international troubles, U.S. stock markets declined. Foreigners became more active at getting out of other currencies and replacing them with U.S. Treasury debt and precious metals. The interest rate on U.S. Treasury debt fell so far that 30-day Treasury bills were trading at a negative interest rate at one point (meaning you get back less than you initially pay). As of Friday, Jan. 24, gold rose in price for the fifth consecutive week.

Naturally, rising gold and silver prices and falling U.S. stock markets would not look good when President Obama delivered his State of the Union address last Tuesday, or when the FOMC delivered their pronouncement last Wednesday afternoon. The price of gold also needed to be knocked below $1,250 to minimize the numbers of expiring COMEX options contracts that would be called for physical delivery.

It was clear to me that the price of gold would be driven down below $1,250 last week, with a corresponding drop in the price of silver. These events came to pass, with silver at one point trading just below $19. So, the price suppression occurred as expected. However, there was one surprise.

For whatever reason, the U.S. government, its trading partners and allies did not adequately prepare to prop up the stock markets and to hold down gold and silver prices last Wednesday. That the stock markets declined and precious metals rose made it appear that the President’s address was a flop. Later, when the FOMC announced that, as anticipated, it was officially trimming the inflation of the money supply – called quantitative easing – by another 13 percent (but in reality might actually not be declining at all), there was no goosing of stock prices just before U.S. markets closed. I’m not sure why the U.S. government failed to cap or reverse these financial reactions last Wednesday.

Feb 8, 2014 - 2:45pm

You've Got No Job!

by Adam Taggart

Today, the pundits are a-buzz making sense of the latest lackluster jobs report. Expect much hand-wringing over the impact of the 'polar vortex' and that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.

But most of us care more about the state of one particular job: our own. How relevant is this latest bit of data to that? Not very.

So, to better understand the trends in the work environment most likely impact our own paychecks, it will help to look at another bellwether similar to our fuzzy groundhog friend: AOL.

AOL, a once-important pioneer in the transition to the 'digital economy,' is once again showing us where the future of work is headed.

Unfortunately, like the health of AOL's business over the past decade, it's not a pretty picture.

The Expendable Employee

As we've transitioned to an economy in which corporate profitability and thereby, stock prices is THE metric for success, the employer-employee relationship has become much more superficial than in past generations.

No longer do workers expect (or in many cases, aspire) to work for a single company for their entire careers. And with the cost efficiencies offered by automation, outsourcing, temporary workers, and related trends, companies are much more inclined to view their workers as expendable and/or easily replaceable, especially when facing a business downturn.

We've seen this dynamic play out in spades since the arrival of the 2008 credit crisis. Companies immediately shed workers in droves as the economy slowed down. But as things stabilized by 2010 and then the "recovery" of 2012-2013 sent corporate profits soaring, the pace of hiring those displaced workers back has been nothing short of anemic:


And of the jobs that have been added over the past five years, the majority have been temporary jobs. Read that as "Low Pay/No Benefits" jobs:


It turns out that companies used the 2008-2009 layoff wave as an opportunity to reduce their dependence on human capital (at least U.S.-based). A vigorous debate can (and should) be waged on whether that happened for good reasons or not, but the fact remains that the employment market remains frail over 5 years later.

More cynical critics will note that lower hiring budgets are NOT a result of companies investing more heavily in productivity-boosting capital expenditures. In fact, since 2008, CAPEX has remained depressed by over 20% compared to historic averages. Rather, it seems that companies have been fattening profits by focusing on cutting costs with the main intent of boosting stock prices. Profits of companies within the S&P 500 are at all-time highs right now. It's clear they're being artificially inflated, most likely by means that can't be long sustained.

Many companies have doubled down on this approach, spending corporate profits on stock buyback programs. This has only served to send shares higher. (As I type this, a headline just announced that Apple bought back $14 billion of its stock over the past two weeks.) Is it any surprise that this is going on when company executives have fantastically-sized compensation packages that are based on increases in.....oh, that's right... the price of their company's stock?

Gold Dog
Feb 8, 2014 - 3:17pm

Gut Ache

I have decided that it's not worth getting one every day.

When the time comes I pledge my fortune, my life and my honor to my country. That decision being made and internalized I can go about my daily activities in good cheer.

The brave man dies but one death.....

Your friend,


Do not go quietly into that dark, dark night.

Feb 8, 2014 - 3:17pm

Top 5 maybe?

Top 5 maybe?

Has anyone else noticed that the new dollar coins don't have "In God We Trust" ?

Feb 8, 2014 - 3:18pm

Bronze medal

That's ok, I got some silver and gold in the mail today.

Very nice article as always Stephanie. Love the way you think.

Daughter tells me the guy responsible for the fireworks mess up was found stabbed to death today. Anyone else hear this? Just home from work and haven't had time to search for it.

Feb 8, 2014 - 3:26pm

RE: What Do I Think?

I think there could definitely be a financial event by March. Lindsey Williams says Christine LaGuarde wants to revalue world currencies to withing 3-5% of each other. A couple of weeks ago she reportedly threw a screaming fit at a meeting of bankers and threatened to close a bank, apparently because the bankers were not funding her project. I have wondered if the banker suicides had anything to do with a woman scorned, but Jim Willie says, "No." But who knows. So, if Christine gets her way, the dollar will go down 30% vs. the renminbi by March, and things from China will cost Americans a lot more. That's bad, but it's not cataclysmic. Lindsey Williams says the cataclysm (i.e. banks close, take all the money left in them, stay closed for a long time, and the world economy shuts down) happens after Obamacare is fully implemented. A March event could be something that the bankers are positioning for, however.

On another tangent, I just don't see where the physical is going to come from to keep the suppression scheme going unless the elites open Ali Baba's Mystery Cave of Ancient Treasure and fund the gold suppression scheme from that. From the way that the big banks are positioning themselves, it looks to me like that they intend to let the PM markets run soon, at least some, but if they do, it may be hard to stop momentum for a moon shot, especially when big money starts piling on and finds there is no physical to be had. Then we see a commercial signal failure, circuit breakers pop, markets close, and gaps up every day till who knows how long, and gold will not be available short of B&E or armed robbery. If the gold market gets away from them, people will be trapped in paper. Since all the physical is gone east, there is NO WHERE else to hoard wealth. The nominal price of bullion might do the moon shot, and no matter how much paper wealth you had, there would not be any PMs to protect it.

The last couple of times I have seen evidence of central bank bullion there have been ancient and odd-shaped bars involved, such as those going to the Swiss mints and the puny shipments to Germany. Those indicators sure look like there is no more central bank gold. If that's the case, demand is still rising, and V says the banksters can't hold the line on the yellow metal any more. Grant Williams says central bank solidarity is fracturing and it's every man for himself. I saw another article saying that there needed to be a grand unifying event to rally humanity around a one world government, but Lindsey Williams says there are three major banker factions: the old school elites, O and his Muslim minions, and the BRICS. A solution is Werner von Braun's fake alien invasion, and that could be on the docket as there has been a lot of "the aliens are coming" chatter in the alt-media.

Once they pull the plug on the world economy, there is still Albert Pike's vision of the third world war ( It might be unthinkable that we would have a nuclear war, but people live where Hiroshima and Nagasaki went off. Besides, war fits their big picture objective. There is an enduring reminder of their number one objective in Elbert County, Georgia where the elites are in our face with the Georgia Guidestones. The stones express their desire to reduce world population by 95% ( So if the elites want a 95% depopulated world, they could wait a 100 years before they needed the sites of those radioactive cities again. If they want to eliminate 95% of us and nukes wear off after time (and reportedly can be deactivated with scalar weapons), then a third world war is certainly very likely. Remember, the elitists Warrent Buffett and Bill Gates spent tens of millions on a doomsday seed vault on Svalbard Island in the Arctic Ocean, and they did not do that as an exercise in spending money on a desolate wind-swept island near the North Pole.


Feb 8, 2014 - 4:05pm

Peak Prosperity

Yes, I ordered a few of them from their website. I think they were like $10 a piece plus shipping. I know that is a lot of markup, but i had been drinking and............

Feb 8, 2014 - 4:09pm

Sorry Stephanie- OT THANKS!

What do you do when lightning strikes twice?

I wrote one tear jerker, hat-poor mouthing post, and TWO hats turn up!

Unbelievable the community we have here. I lamented on the hat contest thread that I didn't buy a hat when I had the chance, and a gracious and well known member here PMed me and offered to mail me his hat! Then WhiteCastle123 wins the hat and sends it my way.

What a great community we have here! Hat tips to Turd for the great website!

I am only going to accept one of the hats, but thanks and thanks! Thanks WhiteCastle123, and thanks to the other (anonymous) Turdite who also offered up a hat!

Back to the thread.


Feb 8, 2014 - 4:16pm

Get it over with

I do not want my final 20-30 years to be watching a slow decent into a dark, dirty, gray existence. I would rather see the reset, whatever that ends up being, happen so we can start building for the future. It is a lot more positive to "build" than to "prepare".

As for goodwill, it seems to be in short supply everywhere. I was at a major mall earlier today. Crowded but not many people buying. Maybe 1 of 20 had a shopping bag. Mostly just walking around. But there were few smiles. I did not seem many that looked like they were having a good time. Big difference from what you would have seen at this same place 8 year ago.

An Olympic observation from Ruth Buzzi - I think I saw my first husband at the Olympics. He was a flake that didn't work.

Feb 8, 2014 - 4:27pm

Saratoga Prepper

That peak prosperity bill is sweet, I saw on their website and thought it was a great idea.

Did you order directly from them?


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