Lies and Damned Lies

Sun, Jul 8, 2018 - 5:12pm

Back in April, the world teetered on the edge of war. In the west, we were told that "chemical weapons, including sarin gas" had been used in Syria and the the civilized world could not stand by and watch innocent civilians die in agony. It was a compelling and frightening story. It also wasn't true.

First, some history. On April 4, 2018, President Trump made a surprise announcement that he was prepared to wind down the American presence in Syria and "bring the troops home in a few months". For a summary, here's a New York Times article from that day:

It was just three days later that and event occurred in Douma, Syria that would soon force Trump to backtrack. In a rush to judgment, it was quickly concluded that Syrian President Assad had ordered a chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburb, allegedly to defeat a "rebel stronghold" there:

So, over the course of about 72 hours, the US goes from full withdrawal from Syria to perhaps full engagement, all because of an alleged chemical weapons attack...a chemical attack that seemed oddly timed as Assad had very little to gain from staging such an atrocity just after the US president had disclosed his desire to withdraw American forces from his country. (How and why the US even has uninvited military forces in Syria in the first place is a topic for another day.)

The rush toward American military action that followed the alleged chemical attack was remarkable in its near-unanimous support from politicians, media and military leaders alike. Nearly every public voice called for an immediate US military response to the "outrage" and "atrocity" committed by the "animal" Assad. A handful of pundits and citizens tried to slow the rush to war but nearly all who chose to speak out were slandered as "unpatroitic" and "Assad/Putin apologists". There was this "prediction" from Steve Cox, an independent candidate for Congress from California:

Courageous, well-written articles came from political opposites like Caitlin Johnstone ( and Pat Buchanan (

But the most famous bit of "resistance" came from TV host, Tucker Carlson. Before you proceed, I encourage you to watch this clip from his program which aired on April 9:

As we now know, the US went ahead and launched a cruise missile barrage into Syria on April 13 (US time). A few buildings were destroyed and this action was alleged to have "set back Assad's chemical weapons programs". Fortunately for the entire world, no one was injured and no Russian retaliation followed:

And that was that. But here's the thing. It was all bullshit.

Back on Friday, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released their preliminary findings on the April Douma event. What do you suppose they found? In a word, nothing. Oh, they did state that some "various chlorinated organic chemicals" had been found, but that's not unusual since one of the test sites was near a damaged hospital and hospitals are certainly known to keep stores of chlorine for sterilization programs. However and most important, the OPCW did not find any "organophosphorous nerve agents or their degradation products". What does that mean? Simply stated, the OPCW did NOT find any evidence of sarin or any other nerve agents that had allegedly been used by Assad back in April. You can read the entire news release here:

In short, what does this mean? That the War Party and its sycophant media have been caught red-handed. A false narrative was created in the hours after President Trump announced his intention to withdraw US troops from Syria. This narrative was shamelessly promoted by politicians and media from Paris to London to Washington and anyone who doubted this version of events was slandered and ostracized. The US, Britain and France soon responded militarily and, in the 90 days since, all talk of US de-escalation in Syria has dissipated.

At this point, though, you're probably asking yourself why this matters and why these events should be of concern to a precious metals website? It's simple. If your government, politicians and media are willing to lie and deceive regarding critical matters such as life, death and war, then why is it so hard to believe that these same institutions aren't misleading you in regards to market manipulation and price suppression?

In need of endless conflict to support the War Party? Simply create the narrative and have the media legitimize it. As an example:

In need of gold price suppression and management? Create alternative forms to physical ownership and have the media legitimize it:

Same approach, same results. A gullible public swallows whole the lies and misinformation disseminated by their supposedly free press and everything that follows disappears into the fog of history. Can this ever change? Only through an informed and educated populace will the truth ever prevail. Unfortunately, the events of last April demonstrate once again that we as a society are nowhere near reaching that objective.

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Jul 8, 2018 - 6:02pm

Nice Rant Craig!

The media is so skilled at appearing to be credible, upstanding, trustworthy. And then to tell bald-faced lies in the news... A republican government cannot survive when the "news" becomes propaganda and manipulation.

boomer sooner
Jul 8, 2018 - 6:20pm

Thank you

For putting my thoughts on paper! I had this conversation not long ago with family and they trounced me for stating facts which they could not refute, nor could they produce facts, by an external source, to support the chemical attack had happened.

Now the poison attacks on the four people in England blamed on Russia, more bs for the sheeple to absorb and regurgitate.

Jul 8, 2018 - 6:20pm

Completely Agree

The war party/military industrial complex/deep state is usually complicit in these lies. There are more you could add to your examples Turd. Including overthrow of elected govt in Ukraine, Russian chemo weapon killings in England and probably 9/11. Whenever the US government tries to make peace with some group/country the war party or deep state will try instigate something to derail it. I expect the CIA will foul up the NK negotiations and they will fail.

Jul 8, 2018 - 7:02pm

Without an enemy...

...what need would there be for war !

An enemy must always exist for the MIC to survive. During the reprieve between Cold War I and Cold War II the MIC must have been going bonkers without a target. So what do they do ? Re-create the BIG BAD RUSSIAN BEAR. A complicit media, a co-opted Government, and a gullible populace; this is all that's needed for success.

As for us here at TFMR, us red-pill addicts, we see their ploy. Whether its the metals or the war mongering or the divisiveness of politics, their schemes are clear as day. Unfortunately, we are in the minority. Yet, day-by-day, slowly, a few more are able to recognize the plot(s). We, as a populace, are awakening at an ever quickening pace.

Can we reach a critical mass before all hell breaks loose ? I hope so. But, just as with the potential promise of metals breaking free some day, HOPE might be a suckers bet.

Hope for the best; prep for the worst.

Jul 8, 2018 - 7:24pm


one of your best articles. Well done!

Jul 8, 2018 - 7:29pm

Parked Locomotive Report

I went for a motorcycle ride this weekend and I went past a large switching yard that Burlington Northern San Francisco (BNSF) has between WyoDak power plant and Roset, WY on highway 51 here in Wyoming.

Last year the spur that is closest to the highway had about 1.4 miles of locomotives hooked nose to tail parked there. Now there are only 0.7 miles of locomotives parked there.

My guess is the elevated oil and gas prices have made electric generation from coal more attractive and increased the demand for coal shipments from this area.

Jul 8, 2018 - 7:33pm


So sad and so true.

Jul 8, 2018 - 7:34pm


I need one after reading this . . .

As the ranks of TFMR grow, it's interesting to note we may lose some in the ranks, but not because they changed their belief system! The length of the manipulation may wear us down, and some may give up (capitulation), but no one ever refuted the reasons for stacking, and what the government is doing. As Clif High says, once you get past the innovators (first 3%), and move into the early adopters (next 10%), momentum will insure adoption. We're at the <1% level in both PMs-as-money, and cryptocurrencies. "Awareness" of the-government-as-manipulator is probably at about 2%, so we have a ways to go. Once it catches on, the rate of realization (and acceptance) will be breathtaking, and the change [to whatever is to replace the current "system"] will be swift. We live in interesting times!

Jul 8, 2018 - 7:39pm


BNSF stands for Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway -- but thanks for the plug! With conventions pulling out of San Francisco en masse, due to the deteriorating downtown convention scene, we need all of the publicity we can get . . .

Jul 8, 2018 - 8:00pm


"Red pill addicts" Well said! Not the first red pill I have chosen.

So this is what an annual subscription buys...

It seems to me that trying to tell friends and relatives about how the economic and political world is spiraling downward reminds me a lot of the months and years after I embraced Christianity. Early on I tried to tell other people about what Jesus had done in my life, with little success. Most--especially family-- just did not want to hear it. I was off the deep end, hanging out with a cult-like group. I finally recognized that if I wished to persuade friends & relatives of the benefits of Christian life in this world, not to mention the benefits in the next, it would require subtlety, solid persuasive arguments, and personal ethos.

Doesn't sound much different than trying to warn others of impending financial collapse, and how they might ease their own transition into a new world by purchasing and holding precious metals, buying property without debt, doing a bit of prepping. comming across as nut-jobs & conspiracy theorists only makes the task more difficult.

The "end of the world" message simply has no traction. I really like what someone said in the last thread, that "change" is what approaches, rather than "collapse." Metals, property and prepping--all debt free-- are actions that will not be regretted as this change overtakes us.

Doing nothing risks everything you have.

One could make the same argument to support Christianity.

Jul 8, 2018 - 8:05pm

Chris Martenson

A Nation Adrift, A World In Denial

Here's why I'm harping so much on strategy: the US is operating without a viable one.

We neither have a compelling Vision of where we want to go, nor any sense of the Resources required to change with the many transitions underway around us.

The current ‘strategy' (if we can be so generous as to call it that), is nothing more than "business-as-usual" (BAU).

The US is assuming it is always going to have more cars and trucks on the road this year than last year, more goods sold, a larger economy, more jobs, and the world’s most powerful military. That’s the BAU model. And it has largely worked for the past century.

But it can't work going forward. And the longer we pursue it, the more of our future prosperity we ruin.

Why? Because the future of everything is dependent on energy. More specifically: net energy.

Having a powerful military consumes a tremendous annual quantity of energy. The US military eats up 100 million barrels of oil each year. By itself, America's Department of Defense is the 34th largest consumer of oil in the world.

Jul 8, 2018 - 8:11pm

RE: Parked locomotives

Do any of the .001% own any of BNSF? (sarc off)

Keep stacking!!

Jul 8, 2018 - 8:19pm

Funny... it is

all the agreement and not one mention that trump is the leader of the free world and not a wit of blame put on his shoulders (but if Obama was still prez....all of turdville would be crucifying him). So.... Poor, poor donald, -too dumb to be blamed for anything I guess.

Head scratcher...

(hey, it's almost the end of the weekend). Forgive me.

Jul 8, 2018 - 8:41pm

My take on 9/10

If I had told you on 9/10 that two airliners were going to crash into the World Trade Center building tomorrow and cause them to come crashing down, you would have thought me insane, yet it did happen. I believe that one day soon will be the eve of an equally "insane" event too, what it might be I do not know, a dollar devaluation, the introduction of a domestic dollar, gold revalued by the Chinese ? Any of these things and more could happen, but something will happen, so when you think that "it couldn`t happen here" or that it is "different this time", just think of 9/10, that appeared to be just like any other day at the time too.

Jul 8, 2018 - 8:43pm


Even you should be praying that Trump is successful in breaking the power of the deep state in the US. But that is only the first step, whether one calls him/herself a Dem or a Rep. As we all know, the globalists are scheming to crash the economy yet again, usher in a new monetary system based on a gold-pegged SDR, and blame the long-plotted economic disaster on Trump.

You may chuckle to yourself the day the globalists bring us Lehman 2 and blame it on Trump, but we will ALL be feeling the pain (there would'v'e been NO difference under a different POTUS from the election of 19 months past).

Lets move on.

This world system is about so much more than false, exaggerated cardboard cutouts of Reps vs Dems conveniently provide by TPTB. Please, let us all reject those false portrayals. I'd rather read about real portrayals of national patriots vs globalists. THAT is the real conflict.

I sincerely appreciate your gold miner stock posts and would prefer to see more. And I suspect that personally you have more in common with most of the members here than most would admit.

Jul 8, 2018 - 9:56pm

Silver to "gold" transition | from the puzzle box

The Constitution and supporting docs set Silver as the U.S. Dollar. Actually it was already a given that "Dollar" meant a certain amount of Silver, aka Money, in grains of Silver.

The Spanish milled Dollar was a silver coin carrying the name Dollar and having a weight in silver of approximately 368 to 374 grains of fine silver. It was also known as “Pieces of Eight”. Divided into 8 parts or bits, two bits were a quarter, slang still used today.

In 1786, the Congressional Board of Treasury calculated that the “Money Unit or Dollar will contain three hundred and seventy five grains and sixty four hundredths of a Grain of fine Silver,” and “will be worth as much as the New Spanish Dollars.” The Articles allowed Congress various powers if a majority of States approved them. These included the authority to “coin money” and “regulate the value thereof.” Article IX of the Articles of Confederation also provided the United States in Congress with authority “to borrow money, or emit bills on the credit of the United States...” The money was gold and silver. The money-unit was a specific weight of fine silver.

Only Silver and Gold are Money, but that was way back when and that was when the U.S. Govt, and Spanish Govt, and other Monarchies and Govts, issued their own money.

So many shifts and transitions happened since then that many were overcame by still others and trying to unwind it would be as futile as it is pointless because the only thing we need to know is where it ended up. Where the monetary situation ended up. How is it today?

One major event was the little Jeckyl Island that lead to the Federal Reserve and the development of the world's privately owned Central Bank system while every other brick in the world's monetary foundation was being shifted and scooted in the dark of night as well.

Today the U.S. Dollar is still the U.S. Dollar, but only because that's what people call it and that's what is printed on the FRNs themselves. Now it's a Central Bank product of purposefully muddled origin, just like the perception of it's association to Silver and Gold.

Bretton Woods says that all other currencies are valued relative Gold or the USD, and Gold is available for USD. The bros. aka Central Bank owners have to make sure of this to keep their system alive. That's why there is a nice network of online retail Silver and Gold dealers under the bros. corporate umbrella always maintaining the steady supply. And always the mines mining it. Even at a loss it matters not to those who create currency with their keyboards, and the metal has to be there, "backing" their FRNs and other USD and USD denominated currencies.

So we started out with a purely govt issued Dollar, and Silver and Gold

Federal Reserve Acts, Bretton Woods agreements,

The remove of physical Silver from the physical coinage in the 60's

more shifting, the standing up of privately owned currency Fx "markets" (charts) etc etc... the bricks shifted and scooted, going from Silver (Silver and Gold being the money, with Silver as the primary monetary unit) to Silver and Gold (as Bretton woods tied the USD to Gold (later "gold") and omitted Silver (later "silver" ... just an industrial metal), and now the Central Banks, which solely issue the currencies deal purely in "gold" (the fiat kind, contracts, warehouse ledger entries, if even that)

Physical Silver was replaced by fiat silver and then in the final shifts omitted from the coinage and the people's perception of it being a monetary metal. Leaving the mainstream Wall St. perception of a global system that has Gold (that is really "gold") as it's foundation. ...over decades and generations ...completely unknown to those who never stopped their busy lives to study the puzzle box.

Jul 8, 2018 - 11:28pm

Sad but true

The whole shooting match is a sham. An “informed and educated” populace would be a six sigma event. Gold is truth and the truth eventually comes out - one way or the other.

Katie Rose
Jul 9, 2018 - 12:31am

Dr. Jerome, please read this!

H8Fiat's laughing at me because of his dogs. They are playing and bumping into me, and having a grand old time. The conference is over and my notes are outside in my car, so I won't be going on about it.

Bottom line, there is more to alternative energy than I ever suspected. We heard nothing about wind or other types of energy. The speakers were nearly all electrical engineers and the audience was the same. There were less than ten women to the one hundred fifty people total. (I notice things like that, as I am a woman.)

They need a bigger venue as many non-paying pre-registrants were turned away. The conference could easily hold four hundred folks or more.

TF Metals is simply the best place to make friends.

H8Fiat and I were talking about Dr. Jerome. He agreed that raw land is unbelievably expensive to develop. Just open your purse and empty out everything in it, then empty everything the bank will lend to you, and prepare to keep dumping out your wallet in the future.

Dr. Jerome!!!! Buying raw land is a huge gamble. There are so many unforeseen costs associated with raw land. This is a retired real estate agent (25 years) speaking who specialized in raw land.

Please buy something with power and septic and driveway already there. Buy something you may need to remodel. Have the well tested, the septic tested, and the home inspected. That way you won't be in for unpleasant surprises.....

There is a myth about raw land. Many think that raw land is cheaper. It isn't.

I've said enough. I just don't want you getting in over your head.....

Jul 9, 2018 - 1:27am


Thanks for confirming this for me. I had concluded this a couple of months ago, but it is good to hear a truth from several directions.

Thomas More
Jul 9, 2018 - 4:34am

very good resumé of the last few months Craig

I know that many do NOT want to hear a biblical citation - but one particularly fits well in what you have said.

Luke 16, 10 - this passage Lk 16 1-13 has been important for me during these past years. The corruption is not new, but Libero, something changed with the assassination of JFK - Trump is our chance to change things while there is still time.

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."

Jul 9, 2018 - 6:09am

Hey Craig, That was a fine

Hey Craig,

That was a fine blog you posted above. Very to the point. Extremely appropriate for the current half year.

Well said!

Jul 9, 2018 - 6:48am

REALIST NEWS - All Hell Breaks Loose In Haiti

REALIST NEWS - All Hell Breaks Loose In Haiti
Jul 9, 2018 - 7:03am

Transition Narrative

We entered Syria under the pretense to fight ISIS and did it without invitation. Slowly the narrative was changed to include removing Assad. This was given validity when we produced the Syrian Democratic Forces (Kurds) who were now fighting the 'brutal dictator' along with ISIS.

Jul 9, 2018 - 7:10am

B.I.S. Badmouths Cryptos- What Do You Think?

BIS and Social Security??

We'd like your comments on the head of the Bank of International Settlements, Agustin Carstens, saying young people should not try to create money with Cryptocurrency. Plus, an interesting interview with Michael from the head office, taking about B.I.S.

B.I.S. Badmouths Cryptos- What Do You Think?
Jul 9, 2018 - 7:18am

Civil Unrest in Haiti leaves Americans Trapped

Posted Jul 9, 2018 by Martin Armstrong

The American Embassy personnel in Haiti are still under an order to take shelter and remain in place. They have been instructed: “Do not attempt to travel at this time.” Riots began on Friday in Haiti and have continued for three days when the government, instructed by the IMF to reduce government subsidies for fuel, resulting in a rise in prices on gasoline, diesel, and kerosene. The prices virtually doubled. While Haitian officials said they would increase social services spending and improve infrastructure, they are also directed to enforce collecting taxes. The IMF has directed many countries to engage in the hunt for taxes because deficits are rising. There is no long-term solution here for a simple exercise of math demonstrates that as increases rise, the interest rate cost of rolling the debt will crowd out all other spending forcing taxes to rise exponentially over the next decade.

The civil unrest has turned to set up flaming roadblocks, bringing travel around the city to an absolute halt, and looters are raiding stores and supermarkets just taking everything they can carry. Others have targeted hotels and businesses to just rob whatever they can find. Haiti is not unaccustomed to such riots. They tore the capital apart just back in September 2017 over politics. There were riots over food back in 2008 and were even attacking UN personnel.

Jul 9, 2018 - 7:26am

Haitian Civil Unrest

Maybe the Clinton Foundation can initiate a 'Haitian Relief Fund' or something to help those poor folks.

Jul 9, 2018 - 9:35am

Sunday with Charles Ortel and Jason

Goodman 7/8

Haiti is always mentioned and how it was used Ortel believes

for money laundering

sorry don't remember what time Haiti talked about

Jul 9, 2018 - 9:36am

Well said Craig Dr Strangelove lives

This pathetic Wag the Dog strategy wears thinner as each attempt to generate war furor is outted as BS. I can't say for sure if Trump knew he was being played for the usual POTUS response to send in the military. If he was I hope he learned his lesson and doesn't get sucked in again. If he knew he was being played and decided that the cruise missile attack would be a pin prick, doing nominal damage and let it go at that. We have no business being in Syria. Period.
Jul 9, 2018 - 9:45am

Manufacturing Consent

I imagine that this short video has made the rounds here at TFMR - something I first watched from a link from Caitlin Johnstone . . . the media "manufactures our consent" . . .

Noam Chomsky - The 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine
Thomas More
Jul 9, 2018 - 10:12am

running with the bulls

I did this once when I was 19. Great summer, Wimbledon, Pamplona - I'll stop there. I am hoping that gold will get going like this! The black bulls are the ones - 7 each day - which go to the bull ring. When I look at the photo, what a stupid guy lying down! Best way to get killed. Stay on your feet and keep running - or wait near a fence ready to jump over it.

I wanted to just post the photo - their MSM bs is exactly that.

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