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Thu, Apr 30, 2015 - 8:00am
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Spartacus Rex - Man of the world

Rex once Lived in the Deep South where...

1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "Y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin'' is a valid defense.
4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
5. Everything is either '"n yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder." (It's important to know the difference too)

Then he lived in Colorado where...

1. You carry your $3000.00 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he stops at the day care center.

3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.

And Ohio where...

1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!" 

 And before settling in Texas, Rex lived in Florida where...

1. You eat "dinner" at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people. Texas pole dancer

In high tide fish eat the ants, in low tide ants eat the fish. - Thai proverb
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 - 8:11am
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40 US soldiers arrive in Turkey to train Syrian rebels

Around 40 U.S. Special Forces members have arrived in Turkey to join their Turkish colleagues in training Syrian rebel groups to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), sources have told Hürriyet.

The U.S. soldiers have moved to the Hirfanlı gendarmerie base in the Central Anatolian province of Kırşehir, where they will start the training in 10 days, the sources said.

Turkmens are said to be the most prominent group among those to be trained and Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) is currently selecting the rebels to join the program. The process of picking the rebels will be completed soon, according to sources. 

The rebels will be trained in Turkey in groups of 400. 

The start of the program was initially scheduled for the end of last year, before it was postponed to February, but the talks between the Turkish and U.S. officials continued until recently. 

A U.S.-led program will start in May, Turkish Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu Agency on March 31. 

Details on the training have been scant up to now.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on March 27 that the program had been delayed by Washington, but described the delay as “minor” and said that “everything is on track” in technical and political terms. 

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan on March 26 about pressing issues in the Middle East, the White House had stated at the time.

Obama and Erdoğan discussed their cooperation fighting ISIL militants and “common efforts to bring security and stability to Iraq and Syria,” the White House statement said.

“The two leaders reviewed the train-and-equip program for vetted members of the moderate Syrian opposition. They discussed efforts to deepen cooperation to stem the flow of foreign fighters,” it added.

A broader picture of the training of Syrian rebels includes a program in Jordan that has already started. Some 2,000 Syrian rebels will be trained as part of the program in Jordan, with the total number increasing to 5,000 when branches in Saudi Arabia and Qatar are included. 

The U.S. is providing all equipment for the training.

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/40-us-soldiers-arrive-in-turkey-to-tra...

Thu, Apr 30, 2015 - 1:50pm
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Gold crushed down to 1180

Even with a recent US dollar sell off gold is still losing ground. It also looks like the Gold/Oil ratio is coming down back to earth, now trading around 20. What happens if the ratio were to trade at its historic level of below 15? Gold at $900 oz?

Once again it's very clear that inflation remains a non-issue for investors in developed economies.

Thu, Apr 30, 2015 - 2:48pm
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Zman commentary chart

I'm no technical analyst, but I'm noticing a pattern here...

Zman popping in to make a PM negative comment on a down day... what a shock! I'm sure the fact that such comments disappear entirely on days with blue candles is entirely coincidental.

Thu, Apr 30, 2015 - 3:28pm
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@Pining

I can say the same silence exists on the downside for the gold bulls, that's why I'm pointing it out. Why is gold dropping as the US Dollar is trading lower? Is anyone around here asking themselves that question?

The last I heard from the gold experts was that the US dollar was making a massive top to be followed by a huge drop which would lead to big gold rally, I posted that it was total nonsense and even if the US dollar were to drop back to the 80 level, that wouldn't mean a gold rally was going to take place. 

We both know what the bulls do too rationalize a down day for the metals, I don't resort to conspiracy theories to describe the market action.

Sat, May 2, 2015 - 1:51am
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Aint dropping in yen

Aint dropping in yen pal ;)

In fact, with consumption tax at 5% (and now at 8% and you can bet your arse it will go to 10% down the road, there is an easy piece of piss arbitrage for buying and selling gold in yen.

e.g.

Bought at 100,000 yen (add 5% tax) = 105,000 paid.

Price now 140,000 (8% tax which has to be paid by the buyer when you sell back....) = ..........errr hang on, let me get my calculatrorium thingy out....

Can you see where this is going ? lol. Some people just can't see opportunity and guess which person it is I'm thinking of...all they can do is bitch, moan and piss on others' parades.......

"I found a flaw in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works." - Alan Greenspan, October 2008 WTF ! Now you tell us !!!
Sat, May 2, 2015 - 2:10pm
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Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash extradition request denied

An Austrian court on Thursday rejected a request to extradite to the United States Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash on bribery charges, according to a report from Agence-France Press.

Firtash, 49, one of Ukraine's richest men and previously a close ally of ousted former president Viktor Yanukovych, was arrested in Austria in March 2014.

The US issued a warrant for him last year on charges of corruption linked to titanium mining in India. Firtash had been indicted on bribery and corruption charges in the United States, with his bail set at a whopping €125 million.

He claims to be a “victim” of the power struggle in Ukraine between the US and Russia - insisting his arrest is illegal and that the US has fallen for disinformation about him supplied by his enemies in Ukraine.

He only planned to be in Vienna for two days and was due to fly to his home in London. Unluckily for him, Austria has an extradition agreement with the US. According to his bail conditions, he must remain in Austria.

He has consistently argued that he has been the victim of a political smear campaign.

"I have already expressed many times my confidence in the Austrian justice system. Today this confidence has proven to be justified," he said in a statement on Thursday issued by his lawyers.

Judge Christoph Bauer said Mr Firtash should remain on bail and stay in Austria until his order is legally binding.

Correspondents say that the legal manoeuvrings in his case are likely to continue for some time, because prosecutors have filed an appeal against the ruling.

https://www.thelocal.at/20150430/firtash-extradition-request-denied?Page...

Sat, May 2, 2015 - 2:22pm (Reply to #3808)
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Ukrienna!!

Bribery charges. hhmmmm wonder who that could be. Here's a clue.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-21/clinton-foundation%E2%80%99s-deep-financial-ties-ukrainian-oligarch-who-pushed-closer-ties-e

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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton, (HRC)
HRC reeks of political pandering, corruption, and appearance of impropriety.

So lets keep tabs, on this "individual" (Jeff Davis)

1) As Secretary of State, HRC accepted money from Ukrainian Oligarchs, and soon thereafter, Ukraine explodes, with ignoble outing of an elected president, rebellion, Crimea succession, civil war, Crimea annexation, US sanctions, Senate voting to arm W. Ukrainians, Putin threatening Newks in Crimea, and Nato Armor racing to the Ukrainian border.

Hillary get money from Ukrainian oligarchs, does not preach noble democracy principles in Ukraine, leading to civil war, succession, annexation of Crimea, Mr.Putin threat of Newks in Crimea, and US-Nato/Russian proxy war in Ukraine.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-21/clinton-foundation%E2%80%99s-deep-financial-ties-ukrainian-oligarch-who-pushed-closer-ties-e

2) HRC ran a private spy network to spy on opposition politicians and congressional proceeding, using criminal hackers to do the dirty deeds in conspiracy, raising issues of subverting congressional over sight of intelligence gathering and sedition.

https://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/whos-behind-hillary-clintons-secret-spy-ring_901675.html

3) As secretary of state HRC incompetently got our ambassador butchered in Libya and then through Susan Rice tried to deceitfully cover it up.

4) She hid emails from the US government, and when under subpoena to deliver the emails, she erased them, obstructing justice.

https://gop.com/the-clinton-stonewall-continues/

5) As first lady, HRC utterly failed to reform health care.

6) She pandered the gay vote for gay marriages, which is not good for the country as a federal mandate, as civil unions under freedom of contract enforced by state law are fine under states rights, but this political pandering serving to secure a voting block for cementing selfishly political power, did national damage as to domestic tranquility, sought in the first order by government, defiling states right, republic, and constitution.

7) As a US presidential hopeful, she has received money 100s of millions of dollars, from middle east countries, the gulf states, apparently buying influence, as war break out on the Arabian Peninsula, between shia and sunnie muslims.
https://thehill.com/opinion/dick-morris/236033-dick-morris-clintons-uae-quid-pro-quo
https://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/239982-the-fall-of-bill-and-hillary
8) As first lady, made millions on futures speculation while accepting money from wall street bankers and banks as campaign contributions, buying influence.

9) Went to NY, from AR, making $ in speculation, moving to NY comprising Wall Street, received contributions from wall street entities.

10) Not only did HRC obstruct justice by erasing emails after being subpoena, obstructing justice, now we learned that it was likely that HRC's emails were hacked by Russia/China/Iran. HRC knew or should have known that her government business emails on a private email account would be hacked by foreign government, and thus, either is totally incompetent or committed treason against the US. 

11) Hillary Angers Chinese Even Before She Announces Presidential Run. So Hillary not only causes war with Russia in Ukraine, but angers the Chinese. So, she may seek the presidency, going in, with direct hostility with Russia and China. And the style down change, pandering, and in this case it was pandering the women's vote.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-07/hillary-angers-chinese-even-she-announces-presidential-run

12) HRC accepts "effective bribe" to change position on colubia trade deal.
The Clinton Foundation reportedly accepted millions of dollars from a Colombian oil company head before then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to support a trade deal with Colombia despite worries of human rights violations.
https://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/238313-clinton-changed-stance-on-trade-deal-after-donations-to

13) From the totality of the circumstances known, HRC is completely unsuitable as president of the USA
#1 took Ukraine oligarch money as a bribe leading to war, lost of crimea, nuke threat, NATO tanks rolling.
#2 incompetently got our ambassador killes.
#3 deceitfully covered it up.
#4 violated law using private emails.
#5 obstructed justice erasing emails
#6 ran a private hacking spy network to spy on political opponents.
#7 accepted B$ from guld states as constructive bribes influence
#8 pandered women votes by pissing off the china, when US has outrages.
#9 pandered women/gay vote when solely state rights issue
#10 made million is futures beholding to wall street influence
#11 accepted bribe money from Columbia to change position on trade deal
#12 She reeks of incompetence, corruption, and deceit for self glorification and self centeredness.
#13 panders women and gay vote cause nation wide conflict and contempt, contrary to US Constitution for insuring "domestic tranquility
#14 She did not preach (malfeaseance) noble democracy principles in ukraine, leading to coup by gun point, instead of civil impeachment
#15 She dose not preach tolerance and respect and resolution by states rights per republic and constitution, (malfeaseance)
#16 she panders voting blocks to cement her political power, rather than for good of country, causing nationwide conflict, discourse.
#17 she pissed off the Russians in Ukraine, and the Chinese by pandering women rights.
#18 As senator, followed the pack, and was did not accomplish anything of real import.
#19 she was a failure as health czar 1st lady, an unremarkable senator, (taking wall street$) &a devastating failure of secretary of state.
#20 She is so grossly incompetent, that even if you could dream of plan to fix the US, she could not plan nor execute.
#21 She has got ABSOLUTELY no clue how or any plan, to fix civil strife, fix the economy, or repair damage she caused internationally.
#22 she is great at pandering for cementing of political power, accepting bribe money for foreigners, the key to her MO
#23 She disrespects the constitution and the republic by centralizing power in DC for more totalitarian control over the people.
#24 She is an outright totalitarian socialistic fascist, now bent on enslaving Americans with taxes, hand-outs, and moral hazards.
#25 she has no clue on how to solve the immigration problems, yet panders the Latinos into false hope creating 2nd class peoples in US
#26 she has no clue on how to restore the republic or restore Americana greatest.
#27 she has been bought by Wall Street banksters and greedsters and foreign powers.
#28 She is a failure as a wife as evinced by her husband's conduct.
#29 She has not spoken out against the FED targeting inflation and robbing the people day in and day out (nonfeasance)
#30 She's got no clue how to solve the budget deficits, as the national debt piles up upon our children.
#31 No one wants another president oriented toward ripping off the middle and poor classes in wealth transfers to her wall street buddies.
#32 You dont elect a president because we want our first lady president, BHO proved how devastating such is by the labor participation rate.
#33 She is no good. Bring shame upon America, and never avoids appearance of impropriety.
#34 Sad thing is that that pandering political machine loves her, not for good country, but for cementing selfishly political power.

14) Here 2.5B in campaign stifles the democratic process.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-14/330-million-citizens-only-one-democrat-interested-being-president

15) She is morally corrupt laughing at 12yo girl getting brutally raped by the rapist passes polygraphs as she laughs about gaming the system.
https://www.westernjournalism.com/judge-jeanine-annihilates-hillarys-candidacy-blame-victim-laugh/

16) HRC would be devastating the prosperity and world peace.
Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) is Anti-Russian and Anti-Chinese.
HRC will cause as US President increased hostile relations & war.
HRC took Ukrainian Oligarch bribes starting Ukraine rebellion.
HRC took Persian Gulf state money while war breaks out in Yemen.
HRC will create global war backed by neoconservative intervention.
HRC incompetently got US ambassador butchered in Libya.
HRC deceitfully tried to cover up her Libya incompetence.
HRC unlawfully used private email account as Secretary of State.
HRC obstructed justice by deleting emails when under subpoena.
HRC is a corrupt pandering totalitarian socialistic fascist.
HRC relies on political pander and bankster/foreign money.
HRC will cause as US president domestic poverty and global war.
HRC must not become US president causing more poverty and more war.

https://thehill.com/opinion/dick-morris/238842-dick-morris-9-reasons-to-reject-hillary

17) Her tenure of Secretary of State was full of failures.
https://boltonsuperpac.com/hillary-top-five/tw/

18) HRC took constructive bribes for favors as secretary of state.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-20/secretary-state-hire-hillary-clinton-made-millions-foreign-donors-exchange-favors

Of course, this list can and will go on. What is surprising, is that the DEMs love her, and that is telling. As it is not about the good of the country, but all about cementing political power, as both the DEMs and REPs have become little more than pandering political machines for cementing political power and locking up the voting booth between themselves.

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So US is trying to extradite Ukrainian Oligarch for bribery,

Austria would not comply

Did Hillary dodge a bullet? :~

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Chris Waltzek w/ G. Edward Griffin & Peter Schiff

https://radio.goldseek.com/

Great weekend for Stacking Physical PMs

 laughlaughlaughlaughlaugh

Sun, May 3, 2015 - 12:03pm
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Russia signs up to $100 bn BRICS fund to rival IMF

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified an accord May 2 to set up a $100-billion reserve fund for the so-called BRICS -- the five leading emerging economies that include Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa.

Moscow is expected to contribute $18 billion to the reserve, well behind the $41 billion China has promised to pour into the fund that was set up after an agreement signed in July 2014 in Brazil.

The emerging economies also plan to form their own international bank based in Shanghai to challenge western dominance over international money markets.

"The accord on the creation of a common reserve fund for BRICS countries has been ratified," a document from the Kremlin quoted by RIA Novosti news agency said.

The fund is meant to shield the BRICS against "short-term liquidity pressures" and promote greater cooperation between the five member countries.

Russia -- which has suffered huge currency fluctuations since the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine -- sees the fund as an alternative to international financial institutions like the IMF and World Bank that are dominated by the United States.

The BRICS countries between them account for 40 percent of the world's population, and a fifth of the planet's GDP.

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/russia-signs-up-to-100-bn-brics-fund-t...

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Turkmen gas could reach Europe through Iran: EU

Tue, May 5, 2015 - 2:39pm
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VA Sending Medical Records To FBI To Strip Veterans’ Gun Rights

VA Sending Medical Records To FBI To Strip Veterans’ Gun Rights - News Brief
Wed, May 6, 2015 - 2:43am
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Phu Qu Tu Banksters!

L.A. sues Wells Fargo, alleging 'unlawful and fraudulent conduct'

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-wells-fargo-suit-20150505-story.h...

And still the sheople refuse to get a clue? 

Wed, May 6, 2015 - 2:50am
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The Pirates' Plunder (ie "T.P.P.")

Wed, May 6, 2015 - 5:17am
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zman just trying to be realistic and logical

Leave him alone, he is the best i have seen at his game and will undoubtedly be reaping the benefits. Hot off the press FED is to launch their next phase strategy called Yellenout. Massive easing while raising interest rates to "get the best of both worlds" a cannot fail logical realistic master plan.

Wed, May 6, 2015 - 4:29pm
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Dollar down

Today the US Dollar index gets crushed down to 94 (recent high of 100) and gold goes down as well, it really doesn't matter very much how these major currencies trade against each other at the moment, all developed economies have the same thing in common, low growth and low inflation. 

Thu, May 7, 2015 - 5:17am
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@ zmonkey, Same Jerk = Same Crap

Cheers, S. Rex

Thu, May 7, 2015 - 3:43pm
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Yet

Yet, the US Dollar that is so "worthless" today buys gold at $1180 oz, silver at $16 oz, and oil at $59 per barrel, that doesn't seem so "worthless" to most investors!!

Let me guess, just wait until the derivatives blow up, too funny!!

Fri, May 8, 2015 - 2:34pm
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some key components

On May 6, 2015 the Silver Institute release an article on the key components of global silver demand for 2014. The research for this article was performed by GFMS team at Thomson Reuters. After reading where Canada has sold 29 million silver maple leafs for 2014, it got me to question some of those "key Components" in the above released article. According to this article Silver coins and medals demand was 107.6 Moz last year. This is part of a category "coins and bars" which they state in 2013 the demand was 243.6 million ounces (mos.) and in 2014 there was 196 mos. That's a whopping decline of 47.6 mos.! So with some arithmetic we can see that there was 107.4 mos. of coins and medals and 88.6mos. of silver bars. The picture being painted is that with declining silver price 2014 being lower on average than 2013, well investors just were not buying a many coins and bars! I ask are these numbers truly accurate? With the 107.4 coins and medal sold globally the US and Canada sold 73mos. of eagles and maple leafs but they also sold "other silver coins" which US totals for silver coins sold being about 50 mos. I don't know what Canada total was (some help here please). But back to the math 107.4 - about 80 for US and Canada = 27.4mos. for the rest of the world! So that include Perth, Austria, China, S. Africa, Royal mint, etc. I wonder if it also includes the private mints like northwest territorial mint and the many others producing rounds?, or are round and bars the same thing. Anyway here is the link.. https://www.silverinstitute.org/site/2015/05/06/key-components-of-global...

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