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Vol.XIV • No.XXVI

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Character Assassination Pays Well

Thu, 2021-12-02 22:11 +0000

The Nation:  Ping!! How Those Trump/Russia Stories Got Shopped to the Media

The indictment in November of Igor Danchenko—the operative used by ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele to gather information for his infamous dossier on Donald Trump’s supposed relationship with Russia—set the media back on its heels. The Washington Post removed large parts of two articles the paper had published based on information provided to Steele by Danchenko and posted editor’s notes on both stating that the paper could no longer stand by their accuracy. The Post also amended several other articles related to the dossier.

In the indictment, John Durham, the special counsel investigating the origins of the FBI’s probe into Trump and Russia, charged Danchenko with lying to the FBI about his work on the dossier and fabricating some information in Steele’s reports that was then cited in press accounts. Danchenko, a onetime analyst at the Brookings Institution, has denied the charges.

Now another potentially damaging torpedo is also headed toward the media—this time involving a different account of suspected collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. This curious episode, known as the Alfa Bank “pinging” story, centered on an allegation that computer servers owned by Alfa Bank, a major Russian financial institution, and one linked to the Trump Organization, were being used for secret back-channel communications.

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Initially, Simpson and Fritsch approached a journalist about heading the group, which was called the Democracy Integrity Project. That person would later tell me that they rejected the idea because the organization was a so-called “dark money” group, or one formed under IRS rules that allow it to conceal the identities of its supporters. Then, in January 2017, Jones met with Simpson and agreed to take on the post as the group’s head, and soon he, Simpson, and Fritsch were out raising funds for it.

In its first year of operation, IRS filings show, the Democracy Integrity Project took in more than $7 million in donations—with about half of those funds, or some $3.3 million, paid out in research fees to an entity affiliated with Fusion GPS. A company linked with Steele also received $252,000—or about twice the amount he was paid during 2016 election—from the group, while Jones earned $381,000 that first year as its executive director. (In 2018, Jones received a combined salary of $457,500 from the Democracy Integrity Project and an affiliated nonprofit he formed that year called Advance Democracy, which also used Fusion GPS as a contractor, IRS filings show.)

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Democrats — The Party of Slavery Past and Present

Thu, 2021-12-02 19:39 +0000

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RECORD COLD GRIPS SIBERIA (-68.3F), NORTHERN HEMISPHERE SNOW MASS MARCHES ON

Thu, 2021-12-02 12:05 +0000
RECORD COLD GRIPS SIBERIA (-68.3F)

Last winter (2020-21) held historically cold across vast swathes of transcontinental Russia — it went down as northern/central Asia’s ‘longest and harshest’ winter on record. But now this year, the chill has started even earlier…

Extreme frosts have struck Siberia this week. A low of -55.7C (-68.3F) was observed in Delyankir on December 1.

Such a reading would be considered rare for January or February, let alone the first morning of December. It’s also one just 0.7C and 2.8C above the city’s all time November and December low temperature records, respectively.

In addition, Delyankir’s high for the day reached only -48.2C (-54.8F) — a new record low-max.

Schools in the region have been cancelled –as is the law whenever temps drop below -50C– which, as noted by mkweather.com, is remarkably early: “frosts below -55C are usually coming only in late-December, January, or early February” …and this is… “one of the earliest occurrences of frost below -55C in the region in history!”

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The Surefire Solution

Wed, 2021-12-01 21:03 +0000
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New State Rankings Uncover Dramatic Differences on Sound Money

Tue, 2021-11-30 21:16 +0000

The following article was provided by Jp Cortez, Policy Director at Sound Money Defense League.

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Precious Metals Dealer, Sound Money Group Rank all States’ Gold and Silver Policies

Wyoming, Texas, and South Dakota are the three most pro-sound money states in America, according to the 2021 Sound Money Index. Meanwhile, Vermont is ranked absolutely last.

Released today for 2021, the Sound Money Index uses 12 criteria to determine which states maintain the most pro- and anti-sound money policies in the nation.

The Sound Money Index evaluates each state’s sales and income tax policies involving precious metals, whether a state recognizes the monetary role of gold and silver under the U.S. Constitution, whether a state holds pension, reserves, or bonds in gold or silver, whether a state has imposed precious metal dealer/investor harassment laws, and other criteria.

Money Metals Exchange, a national precious metals dealer recently named “Best Overall” dealer in the United States, and the Sound Money Defense League, a national, non-partisan sound money advocacy group joined together to produce the authoritative ranking.

Alaska, New Hampshire, Utah, and Washington round out the fourth to seventh place range on the Sound Money Index.

During 2021, Arkansas and Ohio each ended their sales taxes on purchases of precious metals in their states, joining the 40 other states that have already ended this unfair practice. Arkansas and Ohio rose from 49th and 45th place to 33rd and 20th place, respectively.

The Buckeye State made a comeback in the past two years when Ohio pension trustees decided to allocate five percent of retirement funds to physical gold – and then the legislature reversed its prior decision to tax the sale of sound money. Ohio had fallen near the bottom of the Sound Money Index, but has now worked its way back into the top 20.

In fact, Ohio now stands as the only state in the U.S. currently known to allocate a percentage of state-held pension funds to physical gold. Pension trustees’ failure to own gold as financial insurance may violate their fiduciary duties as well as the “prudent man rule.”

According to the 2021 Sound Money Index, the very worst environments for sound money can be found in Vermont, New Jersey, Maine, and Kentucky. However, New Jersey, Maine, and Kentucky are expected to consider bills that would improve their rankings in their upcoming 2022 legislative sessions.

2021 Sound Money Index

“Inflation is becoming the top economic problem facing America. As politicians and central bankers continue to create trillions in unbacked currency, sound money has never been more important. Citizens in states that foster pro-sound money environments can better protect their savings,” said Jp Cortez, Policy Director of the Sound Money Defense League.

“Federal policy and the Federal Reserve System are the root causes of inflation, instability, and currency devaluation,” said Stefan Gleason, President of Money Metals Exchange.

“However, many states are taking steps to protect their citizens from the damaging effects of America’s fiat money system,” Gleason noted.

The complete 2021 Sound Money Index is available here: https://www.moneymetals.com/guides/sound-money-index

About the Sound Money Defense League and Money Metals Exchange:

The Sound Money Defense League is a non-partisan national public policy group working on the state and federal level to bring back gold and silver as America’s constitutional money.

Money Metals Exchange is a national precious metals company recently named “Best Overall” precious metals dealer by Investopedia, a global financial industry authority. Money Metals Exchange serves over 400,000 investors in physical gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. For more information, please visit https://www.moneymetals.com/.

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The Laptop From Hell

Tue, 2021-11-30 14:40 +0000
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Learned Helplessness

Tue, 2021-11-30 13:44 +0000
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Unusual But Mild

Tue, 2021-11-30 11:39 +0000

The Telegraph:  South African doctor who raised alarm about omicron variant says symptoms are ‘unusual but mild’

The first South African doctor to alert the authorities about patients with the omicron variant has told The Telegraph that the symptoms of the new variant are unusual but mild.

Dr Angelique Coetzee said she was first alerted to the possibility of a new variant when patients in her busy private practice in the capital Pretoria started to come in earlier this month with Covid-19 symptoms that did not make immediate sense.

They included young people of different backgrounds and ethnicities with intense fatigue and a six-year-old child with a very high pulse rate, she said. None suffered from a loss of taste or smell.

“Their symptoms were so different and so mild from those I had treated before,” said Dr Coetzee, a GP for 33 years who chairs the South African Medical Association alongside running her practice.

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Kenosha vs. Waukesha

Mon, 2021-11-29 11:28 +0000

VDH:  A Tale of Two Cities: Kenosha vs. Waukesha

Kenosha:

Yet the real reason the Left strained to gin up the theme of white-on-white violence as an example of racism was their larger agenda of sending a message to middle America: no American, in times of riot, arson, and looting, should have the right to use firearms to protect property. And under no circumstances could a citizen use a gun to ward off those intending to maim or kill him. Had Rittenhouse been found guilty, there no longer would be recourse for citizens living in cities where criminals were freely given the streets. 

In other words, had such a clear-cut case of self-defense morphed into a successful murder conviction, then the most powerful figure in the nation would become the local district attorney. De facto, a DA could empower a mob to loot, burn, steal, and injure by refusing to indict those arrested—even if an increasingly politicized mayor and police chief chose to allow their officers to keep the public safe. We would then assume that in this state of nature anyone protecting property during a riot would be fair game for the mob, given the target would know he could become a convicted felon by defending himself from attack. 

So, the Left understood well the messaging of attacking the open city and undefended town of Kenosha and the conviction of a “murderer” Rittenhouse: accept our political agendas and premises or otherwise your culpable community will be torn apart with impunity, and any who chose to combat the violence with violence will be charged with capital crimes.

Waukesha:

For a while the media ran with its own concocted rumor that Brooks merely was fleeing from an “altercation” and apparently had mistakenly turned the wrong way into a crowd—despite videos showing the driver deliberately ramming through street barriers repeatedly to seek out targets. Intent likely explains why he killed and injured so many innocents.  

Finally, the news settled into the present narrative of a “car crash,”—as if a driverless vehicle on autopilot had simply bumped into various people in the street—before burying the murders altogether on their back pages and dropping the crime from the evening news. Or as the Washington Post put it, “Here’s what we know so far on the sequence of events that led to the Waukesha tragedy caused by a SUV.” 

That media-generated ruse continued even when details of Brooks’ lengthy felony record were finally released. At the time he was mowing down strangers, he had five open arrest charges, including two felonies. Brooks had been released on $1,000 bail just two days earlier, in another eerie “coincidence” after being arrested for attempting to run over a woman and her child—the same modus operandi reified at the Waukesha Christmas slaughter.

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You Have Stolen My Childhood!

Sun, 2021-11-28 13:26 +0000

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Babylon Bee:

Wed, 2021-11-24 21:39 +0000

CNN Reports On 'Deadly Boat Accident' At Pearl Harbor

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"Unbelievable Details" Found in the Georgia Election Audit

Wed, 2021-11-24 15:44 +0000
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Trump-Russia Misinformation Was Hardly an Error

Wed, 2021-11-24 15:42 +0000

RealClear Investigations:  Five Trump-Russia 'Collusion' Corrections We Need From the Media Now -- Just for Starters

Five years after the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded collection of Trump-Russia conspiracy theories known as the Steele dossier was published by BuzzFeed, news outlets that amplified its false allegations have suffered major losses of credibility. The recent indictment of the dossier's main source, Igor Danchenko, for allegedly lying to the FBI, has catalyzed a new reckoning.

In response to what the news site Axios has called "one of the most egregious journalistic errors in modern history," the Washington Post has re-edited at least a dozen stories related to Steele. For two of those, the Post removed entire sections, changed headlines, and added lengthy editor's notes.

But the Post's response also exhibits the limits of the media's Steele-induced self-examination. First, the reporters bylined on those two articles, Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, and their editors have declined to explain how and why they were so egregiously misled. Nor have they revealed the names of the anonymous sources responsible for deceiving them and the public over months and years.

Maybe Helderman and Hamburger were not misled.  More likely they subscribe to the Dan Rather "fake but accurate" school of journalism which favors political priorities over truth.

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Things Going as Planned

Wed, 2021-11-24 10:35 +0000
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Democrats Caught Lying About January 6th Again

Tue, 2021-11-23 19:21 +0000

Just the News:  Bob Woodward, tollbooth records undercut Jan. 6 panel claim Kerik attended secret D.C. meeting

Earlier this month, the Jan. 6 commission in Congress made headlines when it issued a subpoena alleging lawmakers had "credible evidence" that on the day before the Capitol riot former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik attended a meeting at the posh Willard Hotel in Washington where Trump advisers discussed how to overturn the November 2020 election.

The subpoena even cited an impressive source: a book by famed investigative journalist Bob Woodward.

There's just one problem for Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and his investigators.

Kerik was 300 miles away in the New York City area on Jan. 5, 2021, according to his own car's toll booth records reviewed by Just the News. He left Washington the night of Jan. 4 and did not return until the morning of the riots, according to Kerik's own account at a speech this weekend in Chicago.

And that book by Woodward? It makes no claim about Kerik attending a meeting at the Willard on Jan. 5. In fact, the book doesn’t even mention the former NYPD commission once in its 482 pages.

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DeSantis on the Media

Tue, 2021-11-23 10:54 +0000

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Biden Demonizes Businesses over High Prices Caused by Inflation

Sun, 2021-11-21 13:35 +0000

The following article was provided by Mike Gleason, a Director with Money Metals Exchange.

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Senate Considers Nomination of Marxist to Comptroller of Currency Post

Precious metals markets pulled back a bit this week as the U.S. dollar strengthened versus foreign currencies.

As of this Friday recording, gold prices check in at $1,864 an ounce, down just 0.3% for the week. The big breakout above $1,800 remains in force, so until proven otherwise the larger trend does remain bullish.

Turning to silver, the white metal is down 1.8% this week to trade at $24.94 an ounce. Platinum is off 4.6% to trade at $1,047. And finally, palladium is putting in weekly decline of 1.7% as prices come in at $2,110 per ounce.

In other markets, the rising dollar index put downward pressure on crude oil and gasoline futures this week. Consumers who have been experiencing pain at the pump should get a bit of a reprieve in the days ahead.

But it could be short lived. The same government policies that helped drive gas prices higher this year are still in place: Massive fiscal and monetary stimulus coupled with disincentives for domestic energy production.

Instead of addressing these underlying causes of higher fuel costs, President Joe Biden is calling for an investigation into alleged price fixing. Demonizing businesses and market participants is a convenient way for politicians to deflect blame. It’s also a potential precursor to price controls, shortages, and threats of nationalization.

In response to political demagoguery over rising fuel costs, the American Petroleum Institute reports that gas prices are high because demand is outstripping supply. It urges the Biden administration to lift restrictions on American oil and gas development.

Instead, the administration is threatening massive new regulations on not just the energy industry, but also on the banking system and anyone who has a bank account. For starters, the IRS seeks the power to track activity in all bank accounts holding than $10,000.

And if President Biden’s Marxist pick to be the next Comptroller of the Currency has her way, the entire banking system could be nationalized.

Nominee Saule Omarova faced grilling by Senate Republicans this week. They focused in on her recent calls for the government to bankrupt the energy industry and for all private bank accounts to be taken over by the Federal Reserve.

Here’s what Louisiana Senator John Kennedy had to say:

Sen. Kennedy (LA): (You’re) calling for the federal government to set wages, food, gas prices.

In 2020, you wrote a paper called, "The People's Ledger", where you said, "We need to abolish bank accounts and make everybody set up an account at the Fed where the federal government will have access to your data."

In 2020, you wrote another paper called, "The Climate Case for a National Investment Authority", where you said, "What we need to do with the oil and gas industry, is have the federal government bankrupt them, so we can tackle climate change."

In 2019, you joined a Facebook group, a Marxist Facebook group. I don't mean any disrespect. I don't know whether to call you professor or comrade.

Omarova’s path to confirmation depends on whether any moderate Democrats stand up in opposition. The fact that it’s even possible now for a trained Marxist to be put in charge of regulating the banking system should make wealth holders nervous.

As the government’s need for revenue grows amid record budget deficits, so do the risks to investors. Whether it’s taxes, inflation, or outright asset confiscation, savers who hold large amounts of wealth in the banking system stand to get sheared like sheep.

Now more than ever, it’s crucial to have a Plan B for your personal finances. That means having alternative sources of wealth that can’t be monitored or touched by bankers or bureaucrats.

Physical precious metals held outside the banking system provide a measure of wealth diversification and stability. Come what may – whether it’s hyperinflation or hyper-authoritarianism – gold and silver bullion will continue to serve as solid safe havens for investors.

Precious metals are ultimately forms of sound money. In a financial crisis that shuts down the banking system, they can function as currency for barter and trade.

Even if some of these worst-case scenarios never come to pass, inflation will surely be a persistent force going forward. It will steadily erode the purchasing power of conventional savings and fixed-income instruments.

Many people will unfortunately suffer from inflation losses. Especially vulnerable are retirees who no longer have bargaining power in the labor market.

But other people will manage to keep and even grow their purchasing power, regardless of how high inflation rates climb. At the foundation of any inflation-protection strategy is, of course, physical precious metals.

Though other types of assets may also perform well during inflationary times, the highest quality asset – the one investors will flee to during a crisis – is real money itself.

  

Mike Gleason is a Director with Money Metals Exchange, a precious metals dealer recently named "Best in the USA" by an independent global ratings group. Gleason is a hard money advocate and a strong proponent of personal liberty, limited government and the Austrian School of Economics. A graduate of the University of Florida, Gleason has extensive experience in management, sales and logistics as well as precious metals investing. He also puts his longtime broadcasting background to good use, hosting a weekly precious metals podcast since 2011, a program listened to by tens of thousands each week.

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SALT

Sun, 2021-11-21 13:26 +0000

On Friday the New Hampshire congressional delegation struck a blow for... what? Tax relief!  Tax relief for our destitute millionaires and billionaires whose State and Local Taxes (SALT) can once again be written off on federal income tax returns.  This boondoggle was eliminated from the tax code by Donald Trump, but thanks to "infrastructure" we have it back.  I'm so happy for our One Percent.

A message from New Hampshire GOP Chairman Stepanek:

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Live Free or Die

Sun, 2021-11-21 12:31 +0000

Just the News:  New Hampshire lawmakers seek to curb vaccine mandates

New Hampshire lawmakers are moving ahead with a controversial plan that would block private businesses from enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

A proposal approved Tuesday by the Legislature's Education Committee would ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates in public and private schools, hospitals and businesses.

The provision was tacked onto a larger bill approved by the committee, which would exempt businesses and colleges from liability if an employee or student is exposed to COVID-19. The bill would also expand the exemptions people could claim to avoid a workplace vaccine mandate to include philosophical reasons and natural immunity.

The measure's primary sponsor, state Rep. Rick Ladd, R-Haverhill, said it would ensure "that no New Hampshire entity can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual who objects to such vaccination for any reason."

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