A2A with Andy Hoffman of Miles Franklin

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All of the current global and market turbulence meant that it was an excellent time to check in again with the great Andy Hoffman of Miles Franklin. And Andy doesn't disappoint with 45 minutes of true, must listen audio.

First of all, I want to warn everyone that this is going to be one of those threads where we freely and openly discuss Bitcoin in the comments section. One of the reason I wanted to have Andy in for A2A is that he is an advocate for both BTC and gold...and he sees them as complimentary tools to end the reign of The Bankers and NOT as competition for each other.

So, in addition to a discussion of the value of cryptocurrencies in the fight against The Banks, Andy also addresses:

  • The recent PM flash crashes and how The Bankers are now brazenly rigging prices
  • How the market narrative (GAN2017) instantly changed the moment Trump was elected
  • His distrust of Trump, despite having voted for him
  • How declining silver miner production as a result of price manipulation is working against The Bankers
  • How and why the G-3 total market management system will eventually fail

Again, Andy has been a stalwart friend and ally in the fight against The Cartel for as long as I have known him. It was great to visit with him again and I'm confident you will gain a lot of perspective by listening to this podcast.



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" That massive "unexpected

" That massive "unexpected reversal" in USDJPY suddenly puts it right back on the same glide path up it had been following since early this morning. Imagine that! "

Spot on - and you'll see a glide path down on the silver chart as after all - physical silver demand has a direct connection to the popularity of the Japanese Yen.

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Precious Metals Stocks

Just a note:

I highly recommend Sprott for Precious metals stock management.

Of the Precious Metals stocks I own the ones recommended by Sprott have by far had the best returns.

I just can't pick them anymore in this manipulated market.........

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Crypto Watch Nuff Said ;o)

For those who care....


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Would someone please build a Bit coin trading system

based on Direxion's triple leveraged ETF.  

Either we all get stinking filthy rich or screw the pooch. Either way, the commentary will be riotous.

Just keep it simple for the simpletons like me, so I can trade it on Fidelity.

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CNN Supporting North Korea v Trump?

Posted Aug 11, 2017 by Martin Armstrong

While Kim Jong Un has met his match when it comes to rhetoric and CNN is doing its best for blaming Trump, despite Kim saying that Trump was “driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war” with his continued rhetoric, it seems curious why CNN is taking Kim’s side.

It is true that Trump has maintain a strong posture but world leaders always boast and hurl rhetoric for that is preaching to their own people. The more dangerous issue is Kim has nothing to stand upon. If he launches four missiles toward Guam as a show of force, he risks the embarrassment of what if the US can shoot down a missile that would take just 17 minutes to reach its target? The whole Star Wars project put in place by Ronald Reagan against which the Democrats voted claiming it was stupid, could be vindicated here in a major way and that would demonstrate to the people of North Korea that Kim’s ICBMs would not be able to really threaten the world. He would suddenly appear to be weak and vulnerable.

CNN is just bashing Trump and will blame him for everything. That seems to be their agenda and thereby CNN has already taken sides supporting North Korea. Their hatred of Trump clearly knows no limits. I took the time to watch Anderson Cooper who has a panel that is a real joke stacked 5:1 against Trump and then they have the audacity to claim they are the “most trusted news source” is the real rhetoric.

Both China and Russia are desperately trying to intervene to cut a deal. Trump will NOT use nuclear weapons on North Korea for it is too close to China and Russia who both border with North Korea. CNN is distorting the issues desperately and this is really dangerous. Bashing Trump constantly can send a false signal to Kim that he is the hero here. It is CNN that is seen internationally and there in lies the entire problem for they can instigate war. This constant CNN rhetoric that Trump means nuclear war is very dangerous. They are totally being irresponsible here trying to push the world to the brink if not give it one last swift kick over the cliff to get their ratings even higher.

Trump has said that “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” His statement of “fire and fury like the world has never seen” is again not a reference to exclusively nuclear weapons. The US has massive conventional bombs that can devastate North Korea without nukes.

The US dropped what is called the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan a few months ago. The “options” are significant short of nuclear weapons and the US is restrained from using nukes by both the proximity of China and Russia. It is CNN who is distorting everything for local ratings and they have become a very dangerous organization who is far more capable of starting war as was Pulitzer and Hearst than anyone else in history since their viewership is worldwide.


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Thanks Angry for

Thanks Angry for https://www.tfmetalsreport.com/comment/628474#comment-628474

The September 1996 article you linked does show NSA trying some of the same thoughts as the cypherpunks in that time frame. I know people smart enough to write the NSA article, don't see any amazing brilliance or breakthroughs in it.


I especially recommend this article "Cypherpunks, Bitcoin & the Myth of Satoshi Nakamoto"


This article persuaded me that Bitcoin grew in the cypherpunk garden.   Somebody had the brilliant insight of the open source incorruptible distributed public ledger solution to the Byzantine general's problem AND self-funded distributed maintenance of the ledger.  The inventor(s) knew he/she/they would spend the rest of their life behind bars if their identity were to become known. 

If there were a prize for great breakthroughs (Nobel now being worthless) Satoshi Nakamoto (whoever he/she/they might be) deserves one.

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@Martin Armstrong Re: CNN

"They [CNN] are totally being irresponsible here trying to push the world to the brink if not give it one last swift kick over the cliff to get their ratings [from falling even lower]."

There, fixed it for ya!

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FED GOLD story on Wall Street Journal



The Fed Has 6,200 Tons of Gold in a Manhattan Basement—Or Does It?

By Katy Burne

Aug. 10, 2017 12:30 p.m. ET

Eighty feet below the streets of lower Manhattan, a Federal Reserve vault protected by armed guards contains about 6,200 tons of gold.

Or doesn’t.

The Fed tells visitors its basement vault holds the world’s biggest official gold stash and values it at $240 billion to $260 billion.

But "no one at all can be sure the gold is really there except Fed employees with access," said Ronan Manly, a precious-metals analyst at gold dealer BullionStar in Singapore. If it is all there, he said, the central bank has "never in its history provided any proof."

Mr. Manly is among gold aficionados who wonder if the bank is hiding something about what it’s hiding.

Other theorists suspect the gold beneath the New York Fed’s headquarters at 33 Liberty St. may be gold-plated fakes. Some conspiracy-minded investors think the Fed has been secretly leasing out the gold to manipulate prices.

"There has to have been a central bank spewing their gold into the market," said John Embry, an investment strategist for Sprott Asset Management in Toronto until 2014 who once managed its gold fund.

"The gold price didn’t act right" during the time he was watching it and the likely explanation for the movement was Fed action, said Mr. Embry.

After this article was published, a Fed spokeswoman said the Fed doesn’t own any of the gold housed at the New York Fed, which "does not use it in any way for any purposes including loaning or leasing it out."

The Fed has been selective in giving details about the contents of the vault and in the past has said it can’t comment on individual customer accounts due to confidentiality agreements.

Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said in a July interview: "When you deposit your funds in a bank, should that bank make your account balances available to whomever asks?"

Seeking a better glimpse inside the vault and at Fed procedures and records, The Wall Street Journal filed Freedom-of-Information requests with the New York Fed. Among the Journal’s findings, from a heavily redacted tour-guide manual provided by the Fed: Tour guides are informed that "visitors are excitable" and should be asked to "please keep their voices down."

Three Fed staffers must be present when gold is moved or a compartment opened, even to change a lightbulb, and no attempts have been made to break in, documents state.

New York Fed President William Dudley told a March gathering in Queens, N.Y., that the fictional raid by drilling through from a subway tunnel in the 1995 movie "Die Hard With a Vengeance" was far-fetched.

The Fed gives some information about the vault on a website and offers tours. A guide on one tour gave some details: Inside is enough oxygen for a person to survive 72 hours, should someone get trapped; custodians wear magnesium shoe covers to help prevent injuries, should they drop 27- pound bars; the Fed charges $1.75 a bar to move gold but nothing to store it; most of the gold is owned by foreign governments.

Along with the foreign gold, the Fed’s Manhattan vault holds about 5% of America’s roughly $11 billion in gold reserves and coin, valued at the statutory rate of $42.22 per fine troy ounce, according to the U.S. Mint. The U.S. government keeps the rest in Denver, Fort Knox, Ky., and West Point, N.Y.

Elaborate theories build on what the Fed doesn’t say about goings-on in its vault’s 122 compartments.

It doesn’t report when bars enter or leave and doesn’t let in outsiders—other than auditors and account holders—to count the bars or review records.

Visitors on vault tours see only a display sample and can’t verify bars up close.

"All you see is the front row of gold bars," said James Turk, co-founder of Goldmoney, a gold custodian. "There’s no way of knowing how deep the chamber is or how many rows there are."

Mr. Turk, based in London, believes much of the gold has been "hypothecated," or lent out to other parties, and then rehypothecated, or lent to multiple parties at once. In doing so, he says, "central banks actually own less gold than people believe."

Some gold bugs—investors bullish on the yellow metal— think the Fed secretly lends it out to suppress prices, partly to protect the dollar’s value. In theory, the Fed can feed gold into the market through swaps with other countries.

James McShirley, who owns Sulphur Lumber in Sulphur Springs, Ind., and has traded gold, believes investment banks, probably as agents for the Fed, act to lower prices when gold futures gain 1%. "It’s totally logical that in addition to maintaining artificially low interest rates," he said, "it would be imperative to keep gold suppressed as an inflationary barometer."

Then there’s the purity question. Mr. Turk said there are "questions in gold circles as to what’s in an actual bar." One theory, he said: They could be gold-plated tungsten, which would weigh almost the same.

"I think the gold they have there is real gold," he said, "but until you do random sampling you don’t know for certain."

In a 2012 audit of U.S. gold at the Fed’s vault, the U.S. Mint and the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General sent 367 samples to an independent lab for testing. All but three samples came back within 0.13% of the purity recorded by the government, within standard industry tolerance, according to the Mint and Treasury.

Since then, annual government audits of the Fed’s vault have inspected only the locks and joint seals on the compartments to check they haven’t been tampered with, a Mint spokesman said.

That isn’t enough, said Peter Boehringer, founder of the German Precious Metals Society. The problem, he said, is the "complete lack of a transparent, full, independent, external audit in the Fed´s vaults by a sworn-in auditor."

New legislation, nicknamed the "Audit the Fed" bill, could allow the Government Accountability Office to audit the Fed’s vault, said a spokesman for the bill’s Senate sponsor, Rand Paul (R., Ky.,). GAO lawyers wouldn’t speculate on the bill’s reach. Mr. Paul’s spokesman said the Senator has arranged a personal visit to Fort Knox this fall.

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, the senator’s father, has been outspoken about what he says is taxpayers’ need for more transparency about gold from the Fed. "Even if you could walk into that vault and see a lot of gold, you wouldn’t know…whether it’s been loaned out or sold," he said. "They haven’t convinced me that we have total control of it."


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All this fuss

About a worthless "pet rock"...time after time, again and again and again and again?

really: what about worthless barbaric relic doesn't everyone get by now?

And what a good waste of propaganda space in the newspaper, where they could have drilled home on the front page even more the NK fake propaganda instead!

"Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar." - Romans 3:4

And man is WELL along on the path of proving that statement!

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FEMA’s “EarthEX2017? and

FEMA’s “EarthEX2017? and other Critical Events that are Going to Happen from August 21st to September 30th

FEMA's “EarthEX2017" and other Critical Events that are Going to Happen from August 21st to September 30th

We are about to witness an extremely unusual convergence of events that many believe could represent a major turning point for our nation.  By now you have probably heard that on August 21st a total solar eclipse will move across the entire continental United States for the first time in decades.  In fact, we have not seen a total solar eclipse cross from the west coast to the east coast in 99 years.

And it will be the very first total solar eclipse that is only visible in this country since the United States first became a nation.  Starting with that event, there is going to be a whole lot going on until we reach the end of September.

The following are 12 critical events that are going to happen over a 40 day period from August 21st to September 30th…

August 21 – The “Great American Eclipse” will sweep across portions of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Seven years later, another very unusual total solar eclipse will move across our nation, and when you plot the paths of both eclipses on a map, they form a giant “X” right over the center of the United States.

August 23 – A FEMA exercise known as “EarthEX2017” will simulate “catastrophes such as mega earthquakes, cyber terrorism or high altitude electromagnetic pulse attacks”…

An exercise sponsored by FEMA and the U.S. Department of Energy set to take place on August 23 called EarthEX2017 will wargame responses to catastrophes such as mega earthquakes, cyber terrorism or high altitude electromagnetic pulse attacks.

The exercise will simulate a “subcontinent-scale, long duration power outage, with cascading failures of all other infrastructures,” according to the official Earth Ex website.

“Black sky events” are defined as, “Catastrophic occurrences caused by man or nature that bring society to its knees.”

September 1 – This marks the start of FEMA’s annual “National Preparedness Month“.

September 1 – The U.S. State Department’s ban on U.S. citizens traveling into North Korea goes into effect.  Many are concerned that this is yet another sign that we are moving toward war with North Korea.

September 11 – This will be the 16th anniversary of 9/11.

September 20 – Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset.

September 21 – The UN International Day Of Peace

September 23 – This is the date of what has become known as “the Revelation 12 sign”.  If you are not familiar with this alignment yet, the following is a very brief summary

On September 23rd a unique astronomical alignment of the Sun, Moon, constellation Virgo, constellation Leo, and planets Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and Venus is going to fulfill this passage from the book of Revelation:

And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.  She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.

September 24 – Very important national elections will be held in Germany.

September 29 – Yom Kippur begins at sunset, and it concludes on September 30th.  Of course September 30th will be the end of a 40 day period that began back on the day of the Great American Eclipse on August 21st.

September 29 – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the debt ceiling will be breachedon this day if Congress does not raise it by then.

September 30 – If Congress does not pass a budget by the end of this day, there will be a government shutdown just like we witnessed in 2013.

On top of everything else, the month of September is when the Federal Reserve is scheduled to begin unwinding  their 4.5 trillion dollar balance sheet…

The other big market force that could ruffle markets is clearly the Fed, which is expected to begin the untested task of unwinding its $4.5 trillion balance sheet in September.

In addition, it is very interesting to note that a large asteroid will come within 4,200 miles of our planet on October 12th…

The asteroid has not been seen since its 2012 discovery, when it sped past Earth at about one-fourth the distance from Earth to the moon. It’s been too distant and too faint to be detected over the last five years. As it starts to approach Earth this summer, large telescopes will be used to detect it and re-establish the asteroid’s precise trajectory.

The asteroid, known as 2012 TC4, could come as close as 4,200 miles to Earth, NASA said. That’s actually fairly close, when you consider that the moon is about 239,000 miles away.

So what does all of this mean?

I don’t know, those of us that monitor global events and warn about where things are headed are often highly criticized.  But in this day and age, we desperately need independent thinkers that are willing to challenge the system.  Way too often people just go with the herd and will believe whatever the mainstream media tells them to think.

Never let someone else do your thinking for you.  Investigate things for yourself and come to your own conclusions.  Learning to think critically is one of the most important skills that you can have, and you will find that it is one of the most common traits among those that are truly “awake” to what is going on in the world.

The truth is out there, and if you diligently seek it you will eventually find it.


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Someone Finally Explained How

Someone Finally Explained How ISIS Was Created, and it Will Make You Question Everything

isis created

It is a fact the the leader of the world’s most feared terrorist group Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi rose from the US prison “Camp Bucca” in Iraq.

In this episode of Truth in Media, Ben Swann explores the origin of ISIS that has already been long forgotten by American media. Swann takes on the central issue of whether or not ISIS was created by “inaction” by the United States government or by “direct” action.

vid 12:10 long


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100-Year-Old Life Hacks That

100-Year-Old Life Hacks That Are Surprisingly Useful Today


Outstanding old suggestions. 

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New Study Confirms Microwaves

New Study Confirms Microwaves Affect Your Heart

A recent study examining the effects 2.4 GHz radiation (which is the frequency of radiation emitted by Wifi routers and microwave ovens) on the heart was just completed. The study found “unequivocal evidence” that microwave frequency radiation affects the heart at non-thermal levels that are well below federal safety guidelines, according to Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University4.

Dr. Havas says:

“This is the first study that documents immediate and dramatic changes in both heart rate and heart rate variability caused by an approved device that generates microwaves at levels well below (0.3 percent) federal guidelines in both Canada and the United States.”

No longer can skeptics claim that microwaves produce no immediate biological effects at ordinary household levels!

The study will be appearing in a peer-reviewed journal sometime during the summer of 2010. If you are experiencing rapid or irregular heartbeat, pain or pressure in your chest, you will want to visit your physician and share this video with him or her (second video on this page).

There is also evidence that this same frequency of radiation causes blood sugar to spike in susceptible individuals and may actually be the cause of one type of diabetes.


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Here are the U.S.

Here are the U.S. government's procedural guidelines for surviving the first 24 hours of a nuclear bomb.

You know... just in case.


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Fed’s Kashkari says central bank’s hawks are spooked by ‘ghost story’ of higher wages



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NASA Advertises 6-Figures

NASA Advertises 6-Figures Salary Job for Person to Defend The World from ALIENS.

vid is 4:06 min

NASA Advertises 6 – Figures Salary Job for Person to defend The World from ALIENS.
1) http://www.express.co.uk/news/science…
2) Thumbnail image -Alien abduction shutterstock.jpg
3) Music – Youtube Audio Library
“Ambient Ambulance”


9-year-old Jack Davis applied for “Planetary Protection Officer” position at NASA



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Michael Pento and Jim

Michael Pento and Jim Rickards on When it All Comes Apart

Published on Aug 10, 2017

Michael Pento sits down with best selling author and National security expert Jim Rickards to talk about North Korea, debt the stock markets and when this all unravels .

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Crash Alert: We’re Days Away

Crash Alert: We’re Days Away From a Trigger Signal

And the VIX will be exploding higher. Historically, the average level for the VIX since 1993 has been around 18-20. We’ve been stock at 9-10 for weeks now.

Not anymore. Today’s move could very well be the start of something big. The below chart predicts a move to 30 if not 40 in the coming weeks. If this was a chart for an individual stock, you’d say it was a screaming buy.


So what happens when the VIX spikes to 30-40 and the $500 billion worth of capital managed by Risk Parity Funds starts dumping stocks?

Buckle up, we’re about to fund out.


You’ve been warned.


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Philippines National

Philippines National Democratic Front Says CIA Working to Overthrow Duterte

[8/8/17/ SPUTNIK]  The Philippines National Democratic Front has alleged the US Central Intelligence Agency and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been plotting to kill exiled Communist Party founder Jose Maria Sison, and overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte. If true, it won’t be the first time the US has sought to meddle in the country’s affairs.

The NDF claim military officers, who are assets of the CIA and close to AFP chief General Eduardo Ano, were engaged in a “two-stage” plot. The first step would see the dispatch of a hit team to Sison’s Netherlands home, comprised of elite AFP forces disguised as disaffected dropouts from the New People’s Army, to take out the dissident.

The second would result in the overthrow Duterte, ostensibly for violating human rights in his ongoing “War on Drugs and Criminality” in the country, but in reality for veering towards Russia and China in international affairs.

Armed Forces chiefs have however dismissed the “preposterous” allegations, claiming they are “propaganda” aimed at gaining “sympathy” for Duterte and engendering “anti-US” sentiment in the country.

Whatever the truth of the matter, it’s no secret relations between the Philippines and US have soured significantly under Duterte’s rule.

Not long after the President lly assumed office June 2016, he suggested US special forces cease operations in the country, and leave.

In September, he called for an end to the Philippines’ joint military exercises with the US, and in October signalled he was shifting the country’s foreign policy focus to China and Russia.

The US rarely welcomes such independence in its allies, although in the Philippines such actions are likely considered extremely egregious — the country was from 1989-1946 a colony of the US Empire. The territory fell into US hands after Spain’s defeat in the Spanish-American War — locals, hitherto engaged in a bitter independence struggle with their Spanish rulers, turned their insurrectionary attentions to the US invaders, resulting in the Philippine-American War. The conflict, which ended in a resounding US victory, wrought extensive damage and death on the islands.

While granted independence in the wake of World War II, the country has served ever since as a key staging ground for US military and intelligence actions, both covert and overt, throughout Asia. The CIA has maintained a strong presence in the Philippines almost as long as it has existed — and US military bases continue to dot the landscape.

Moreover, it has served as an effective laboratory for the testing of warfare techniques — military, psychological and otherwise — for use elsewhere. For much of the 1950s, the Philippines government, backed by US forces, battled against the “Huk” rebellion internally — once defeated, many of the tactics that had proved effective were put to use in the Vietnam War, and local rebellions throughout Latin America.

Moreover, while it is often claimed by the US covert overthrows of foreign governments were a Cold War staple, no longer practised by the CIA, recent developments in Venezuela and elsewhere suggest coup d’etat very much remain pivotal in the US’ practical foreign policy arsenal.

In August, ​US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned of “regime change” in Caracas, and in July CIA Director Mike Pompeo acknowledged the US was working to remove Maduro’s government from power.

It’s not merely in Venezuela the US is accused of destabilizing elected governments. Bolivian President Evo Morales has alleged the US government gave at least US$4 million dollars to anti-government separatist groups from 2006-2009, in response to Morales’ land reform and nationalization programs.


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New FDA-approved Hepatitis B

New FDA-approved Hepatitis B vaccine found to increase heart attack risk by 700%

Image: New FDA-approved Hepatitis B vaccine found to increase heart attack risk by 700%

This new analysis comes from Dr. Jack Wolfson, a well-informed cardiologist practicing in Arizona who dares to speak out on the truth about vaccine risks. Here’s his report:

Hepatitis B vaccine linked to 700% increase in heart attacks

The FDA has approved a new vaccine for Hepatitis B. This is good news for the pharmaceutical company that makes the vaccine, but bad news for consumers.

You see, in the latest trial to examine effectiveness of the drug, heart attack risk was higher in the vaccine group. How much higher? Try 700% higher (1).

Vaccination and heart attack risk may not come as a surprise to you. The stated purpose of a vaccine is to invoke an immune response. The immune response is linked to inflammation, oxidative stress, and immune cell activation. All three are linked to heart attack risk.

Sadly, there a very few studies on vaccination and heart attack risk. Ironically, some studies demonstrate a beneficial effect of the influenza vaccine on heart attack risk. But researchers have identified flaws in study design and question the findings of flu vaccine benefits on heart attack risk (2). Other studies showed no difference between the vaccinated and the control group regarding the pneumonia vaccine(3).

Again, most of the vaccine schedule has not been studied for heart attack or stroke risk. In other words, we do not know if the DPT, MMR, shingles, polio, HPV or chicken pox vaccines increase heart attacks.

What is Hep B?

Hepatitis B is a viral infection contracted from blood to blood contact. This makes IV drug abusers and people who have sex with multiple partners most vulnerable. HBV is not spread through food or water, sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, hand holding, coughing, or sneezing.

95% of people infected with the Hepatitis B virus do NOT become chronic carriers of the virus. They do not suffer from long-term liver complications, according to the CDC (4). A small percentage develop cirrhosis and/or liver cancer.


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Are You Tired of Banks,

Are You Tired of Banks, Credit Cards, and Debt? Consider a System of Trading Time Instead of Money

Hour by hour, time banking is creating healthier communities.

We live in a capitalistic society. Banks are everywhere, and it often seems like cash and credit are required to live. The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing. And it can sometimes seem like economic inequality is ubiquitous.

But around the world, people are using a system of exchange that requires something everyone is, for the most part, given equally, every day: Time.

How do you trade or exchange time? Through a time bank. At its most basic, you spend an hour doing something for someone in your time banking community, and you then receive a time banking credit of one hour to spend on something you need. For example, if you spend an hour raking your neighbor’s yard, you then have an hour to spend, for example, on childcare or car repair. It’s an hour for an hour. The idea is simple, and it’s growing.

Take, for instance, Rushey Green Time Bank, based in South East London. It’s a connected group of 535 people, with offshoot projects that include the Wild Cat Wilderness community garden of another 400-plus people, and the FoodCycle Lewisham project with another 100. 

The Rushey Green Time Bank was very small when it started almost 20 years ago, explains its director, Philippe Granger, when a doctor wanted to offer something else to his patients beyond prescription drugs—especially for those suffering from isolation, bereavement and loss of work. “Normally, a doctor prescribes pills,” in those cases, says Granger. “But what he thought would be better would be to integrate the patients into the community.”

Rushey Green Time Bank started in a health center, in a part of London with more buildings than green space. It’s an area of high unemployment, single parents and pensioners.

“What we’ve experienced in the past six to seven years is a rise in mental health issues. I think everywhere on the planet, mental health is coming up because life is becoming very stressful,” says Granger, explaining that people in their mid-30s through 40s often have depression, but that’s used as an “umbrella word.”

“We’re not healers. We’re not doctors. We don’t promise if your body is broken we can fix it. But we can help manage your condition. You have a community around you and you have support. If you have a broken leg, and you’re alone, that’s tough. But if you’re in a group, you have support. In that way, it slows down the ill effects.”

“I love to see people in the gutter being made well,” he adds.

In the case of a broken leg, that time banking community can help with things like errands, walking your dog, or cleaning the house. You, in turn, might make phone calls for a local organization, or teach someone how to read.


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50 Million Oz Dumped Silver

50 Million Oz Dumped Silver Market is Rigged! Rob Kirby

34:21 min

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Posted Aug 12, 2017 by Martin

Posted Aug 12, 2017 by Martin Armstrong

Alibaba is showing how entrepreneur the Chinese have become responding to a crisis in demand. You can now buy specially made refugee boat if you want to make it to tax-free living in Europe. Better hurry up while supplies last. No passport needed. Just say you are Muslim and from Syria but because of the war you have no papers. For just $800, you, your family or home-boys, can reach the land of handouts and you better hurry up before they go broke and run out of money.


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Oh no

The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

/sarc /voodoo /hocos-pocus /chicken-little /i'm-so-scared

Got Jesus of Nazareth? The guardian of all!

"For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus," 1 Timothy 2:5

"You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." - 1 John 4:4

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'" - John 14:6

/notsarc /courage /Christ

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