Top Video Slots Games in 2019

Slot machines have not escaped the technical age, though the fun vending machine that is operated by placing coins into a slot and testing your luck looks a little different than it used to. Since the first slot machine was produced in 1907, the slot machine has evolved many times into the advanced model seen today: The video slot. This is a list, in no particular order, of the top five video slots of 2019.All of these games can be found on casino.netbet.co.uk.

These days the video slots are a major hit as there are many variations and choices to keep things interesting, though this was not always the case. The arrival of video slot machines changed the game in thecasino industry, as “hitting the slots” became a more interactive experience and led to the invention of coinless video slots, which in turn created the possibility to play slots online. The video slot did not gain popularity until the rise of online poker in the nineteenth century, this paved the way for other online and offline video games. As technology tends to do, it evolved,advancing video slots along with it. Today, video slots have it all, whether it isstate of the art animation and/or high-resolution videos that help create a storyline, not to mention bonus games and more. These are just a few reasons that video slots have become some of the most popular games played in online casinos.

The best online slots games of 2019:

  1. Fortunium

The Fortunium slot is part of the new generation of slot games, these are far from your ordinary slot machines, it has been labeled ground-breaking as it challenges the way in which slots are usually played. While Fortunium does possess the features with which are common of a classic slot, it makes use of advanced virtual features like the win booster feature and additionally wild symbols and free spins. Besides this,the video slot can even be played on your smartphone.

  1. Jumanji

Jumanji has been brought to the forefront of the gaming industry as the result of collaboration with the entertainment industry.The game is nostalgically based on the TV show which aired during the nineties. The special features are guaranteed to keep you entertained as well as send you down memory lane.With an RTP (return-to-player) of 96.33%, comes with 5 reels and a maximum of 36 paylines (the line on which a payout will beattained based on successful sequences), giving players a plethora of ways to make successful combinations.

  1. Gonzo’s Quest

Gonzo’s Quest is a slot game where you help Gonzo find Eldorado, the mythical lost city of gold. This slot includes 5 reels and 20 paylines.This slot has an RTP of 96% and dotes out plenty of free spins. Gonzo’s Quest has been a constant in the gaming industry and withstood the test of time through all these years due in part to all its exciting features and functions.

  1. Starburst

There is no doubt in any experienced slot player’s mind that the renewed Starburst is going to be a hit in 2019. This cosmic themed game is simple and easy to play, this is one of the major reasonsplayers keep coming back for more.Starburst has 5 reels and 10 pay lines.

Since its original launch six years ago, Starburst has been gaining momentum in and currently remainsafavourite to many.With its colorful visuals and calming audio.

  1. Dead or Alive 2

Although the sequel of the popular original is rather far off from the 10 year old slot due to it being from a different decade, it promises not to disappoint and makes this list due to its commercial success and hype over its upcoming release. The similar traits between the sequel and its predecessor will bethe standard RTP of 96.8% remaining the same as before, as well as the 5 reel and 9 payline structure. The settings are recognisable as well, making veteransnostalgic and adept. The action genre slot is setin an old western town. When it comes to features, the most notable variance is the free spins feature.

This is a list, in no particular order, of the top five video slots of 2019. These are the most anticipated and well received video slots of this year. Please play responsibly, a warning is a necessity in the face of such entertaining games.




ALERT: Crypto Data mostly FAKE – where to go from here

Is the Crypto Currency “Market” about to have a Fakebook moment?  That’s the moment that people realized that 90% of users, traffic, and content on Fakebook was bots, spam, and other fakes (and ultimately stopped using it).  As we explained in Splitting Pennies, the financial world is not as it seems, but now it appears that Crypto is a mirage wrapped inside of an enigma.  It appears data quality in the Crypto Currency world is much more fake than faked Government economic data (there is at least substantiation for it), the falsely inflated stock market, and other market anomalies.  First let’s start with this article that originally appeared on Medium, from a Crypto trader that was suspicious about fill quality:

In this piece I will expose why I believe more than $3 billion of all cryptoassets’ volume to be fabricated, and how OKex, #1 exchange rated by volume, is the main offender with up to 93% of its volume being nonexistent. I’ll endeavour to prove it by analyzing publicly available data.  When I set out to datamine for this piece, I had no idea I would end up talking about fake volume.  I initially meant to gather data about cryptoassets liquidity, that could be a complement to volume. I thought it would prove an interesting indicator when assessing the value of an asset.  Read the whole article here.

This article deserves a full read.  The results are astounding.  Now as far as independently confirming them, we haven’t done that – but it confirms what we’ve been experiencing ‘in the field’ so to speak.  Without revealing much we’ve been developing what we can call Crypto HFT.  This is now a running joke as HFT in Crypto is impossible.  Crypto exchanges mostly use REST API which is for web servers:

Representational State Transfer (REST) is an architectural style that defines a set of constraints and properties based on HTTP. Web Services that conform to the REST architectural style, or RESTful web services, provide interoperability between computer systems on the Internet. REST-compliant web services allow the requesting systems to access and manipulate textual representations of web resources by using a uniform and predefined set of stateless operations. Other kinds of web services, such as SOAP web services, expose their own arbitrary sets of operations.[1]

See an example here from ITBIT.  Before we get into our REST bashing, REST is OK for many functions such as updating apps with data, web server interaction such as RESTful Web APIs and other HTTP related handling.  REST is not designed for trading and is not appropriate to trade over.  Just like it’s not appropriate to trade on your mobile phone, because data can be delayed, orders can be rejected, it’s just unprofessional.  Why the exchanges offer REST API was at first puzzling but after reading this article and doing some background research it all started to make sense:  Crypto really is a pump and dump scam from many angles.  First, the exchanges inflate their volume to lure customers as if there is ‘deep liquidity’ when in fact, you can’t place an order for more than 2 or 3 BTC without getting fill issues.  That’s not to say that ALL exchanges are fake, the article goes on to mention Bittrex is mostly clean.

The point is that there is no ‘data source’ like there is for other markets, so it leaves many to rely on sources like coinmarketcap.com which are good sites but hardly institutional grade (sorry, dude).  That’s why Bloc10 founded Total Cryptos, a site dedicated to Crypto Data, price Data, information, and more.  The sad news is that we are only beginning to unravel this enigma.

There is no Bloomberg in Crypto.  So there is no way to really audit information from these exchanges except for this ad hoc statistical analysis done by this trader.  And that’s not the only problem!

A straightforward data point – the total supply of bitcoin hit 17 million.  But as with most things in crypto, it wasn’t so simple.  Every 10 minutes or so, miners find a block of transactions and the network adds 12.5 new bitcoin to the total supply as a reward for the finders. And each reward has been logged on the blockchain since bitcoin launched in early 2009.  As such, it seemed like a number – a milestone – the industry could trust.  But as some celebrated once the mark was hit on bitcoin data provider Blockchain’s website, others took to Twitter to rain on their parade.  Jameson Lopp, Casa engineer and the creator of Statoshi.info, another public-facing bitcoin data site, tweeted“Today I’ve learned that a lot of data sources are incorrectly reporting the total bitcoin supply. We haven’t actually hit 17 million BTC yet.”

Again, without a central authority, there’s no way to really even start to calculate precise numbers.  But what’s a few thousand BTC here and there?  These 2 data issues are not related, but they both showcase a trend in Crypto that is plaguing markets and businesses.

It can by why 77% of CIOs have ‘no plans’ for Blockchain in their organization.  Blockchain is a great idea, but really isn’t ready for the Enterprise.

So going back to our trading issue, what we found is that prices just simply disappear.  Orders aren’t rejected – they just don’t exist.  It’s difficult to quantify this phenomenon as there are no ‘error codes’ – the orders just don’t go through.  Now, there are a number of groups algo trading Cryptos we aren’t claiming that it’s impossible to algo trade Cryptos, we are on the HFT side so that makes algo trading much more difficult.  Simply that, the data is bad.  Is it faked intentionally, or is it just bad because they don’t check it, or it’s because of bad programming – these are all possibilities and the straight answer is we would only know the answers to these questions if they opened up their operations to us which they won’t do.

What we can attest to is that this is eerily familiar to the days of FX algo trading in 2006 – 2010 when dealers were ‘taking the other side’ and allowing demo accounts to do really well which lured customers to make deposits only to find out that the live environment was nothing like the demo.  In one memory we remember having our account put on the ‘losing’ server (which is the live server that never wins) and after complaining to our high profile connection they moved us to the ‘winning’ server and guess what our strategy did ok.  But, these FX dealers, although unscrupulous, were lightly regulated, and finally the practice was ended (in some cases due to customer lawsuits like the Ass-price-slippage case against FXCM).

Meta Trader 4 allowed brokers to build a business based on the false hope of having an algorithmic strategy ‘automatically’ rake in the profits for you, as the MT4 demo was setup such that it was easy to ‘hack’ the backtester to create fantastic looking results on poor quality data that would be impossible to achieve in real market conditions.  Specifically, we refer to this image on GitHub:

Sounds like the last 12 years, fellow FX traders – live results not matching up with demo results.  But here we have maybe found the culprit – bad data.

Unfortunately, there isn’t really a solution for this problem, at least one that individual traders & investors can solve.  The practical solution is when institutions start getting into Crypto, like Peter Thiel announced recently.   tZERO is about to release a Securities Crypto trading platform, set to revolutionize Crypto trading on Wall St.

The likely culprit is probably a mix of both 1) Poor technology and even more poor developers hired with an hourly rate as low as possible with no experience building trading systems and 2) fluffing up the data to make it look more ‘institutional’ to lure investors who might have some extra funds in their 401k for example.

It’s something to be analyzed further and certainly a big warning to all Crypto day-traders to take into account in their strategies, and likely the data quality decreases on the less liquid, less popular Crypto pairs.

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Doom Journalism has become Fake News

(GLOBALINTELHUB.COM) — 7/22/2017 Dover DE — The internet is exploding with ‘reports’ of ‘potential cataclysms’ including but not limited to erupting super volcanoes, EMP attack from North Korea (or Nuclear attack from North Korea), or just plain good old fashioned American insurrection (which all should note, will void most insurance policies).  The research team at Global Intel Hub has been investigating global intelligence since 2001 (It was 9/11 that started a chain of events that would lead to the formation of Global Intel Hub).  We research any topic of interest, that can have implications on the financial markets, global business, and possibly most importantly our health & security (that means low probability high impact events that could greatly negatively impact our safety or health, such as an EMP or Avian Flu Pandemic).

The US Government has become the largest government organization possibly in the history of humans on planet Earth.  As a percentage of global GDP, in terms of employed individuals, money spent, spheres of influence – however you look at it, it’s an octopus.  It’s their job to worry about such things and prepare for it, for their customers, the US taxpayer (ahem).  So we need to look at a few angles here, as this is a complex issue.

Angles (not related to James Angleton)

One(Strategy/Tactics) “Use it or lose it” is a Modus Operandi for the US Government.  For example, many budgets have rules such that, for example, there is $2 Million per year allowed for computers, but if it’s not needed, then it’s not given.  So the agency has an incentive to replace computers each year even if it’s not necessary.  Thousands of such illogical rules are baked into the ‘broken system’ for various reasons.  This applies to programs as well, not only budgets.  So for example DHS doesn’t have any problem justifying its R&D projects to stop terrorism, but things like NASA, Food Stamps, and thousands of other good programs are constantly struggling to justify their existence.  During the cold war, billions were spent on Doomsday scenario infrastructure including underground bunkers, tunnel networks, alternative communications systems (which now is the internet).  They have all this, and FEMA is the stepchild of this big brother thinking – if you want to call FEMA the Doomsday agency, it would be appropriate (although practically FEMA is really a welfare agency).  So yes it’s true, the US Government spends billions planning for the end of days – but don’t read between the lines – it’s not as if they ‘know’ something that the general population doesn’t.  And they aren’t going to create an apocalypse just to live in an underground city with Dick Cheney’s relatives (who would want that, really).

Two(Money) The ‘doom’ budget is a fraction of a fraction of the overall budget, so while it is big in dollar terms, it’s certainly not a priority.  And don’t forget, the ‘doom’ budget includes a host of keep-the-US-open provisions on a number of levels, such as the oil reserve.

Three(Super Intelligence) The US Government is possibly the first type of global group Artificial Intelligence, as it appears to have an intelligence of its own.  As such, it has created a number of mechanisms to ensure at the least, its own survival.  Insurrection, Nuclear War, Super Volcanoes, Meteor Strike, and hundreds of other end game scenarios have all been gamed out in New Mexico and when the result is above a statistically significant level, they make a plan (preparation) for it.  There’s thousands of threats that haven’t been prepared for, because they are so remote.  But let’s say there’s a one in a billion chance our Sun can explode, sucking the planet into a mini-black hole that would be created in the aftermath.  Not a lot we could do there, so what’s the point of preparing for it?  This is the thinking.

Four(Non-Human Technology) There is one huge massive gigantic glaring super-significant issue that most of the ‘prepping’ community has missed and either is afraid to address or has not the intellectual rigor to test the reality of the significance of their movement.  What that means?  It means that – there can be other explanations for USG activities, it means there can be other realities, that will explain the whys and hows of how the ‘broken system’ in fact works.  That issue is Aliens.  Let’s first talk about logic and rhetoric.  All the supposed ‘evidence’ the conspiracy crowd has about the impending apocalypse is circumstantial, compared to the evidence about Alien involvement in planet Earth.  The UFO/Alien phenomenon has facts and evidence which is several sigmas more significantly significant than any ‘report’ issued about a Super Volcano that’s about to blow.  If even a fraction of information pertaining to UFO/Aliens is accurate, or even in the same ballpark, this information MUST BE considered in relation to the ‘doom’ scenarios painted by Doom Journalists regarding the chance of them happening and how such scenarios must play out.  Aliens related or not, USG has a tunnel network built deep in the ground under USA that you could say is like a parallel universe – this network is comprised of a number of bunkers, bases, and you can even call them cities ready to be populated in the event the surface is unlivable.  While the obvious Military reason for this network is to keep continuance of government and command of the Military during a Nuclear war situation, it would also serve the same purpose for many of the purported end of game scenarios suggested by these Doom Journalists such as the Super Volcano, EMP, “Planet X,” and a number of other events.

Let’s let facts lie where they may.  There’s no question, that Earth has gone through many cataclysms, many of which could have destroyed all life on the planet at once (or in a matter of days).  Will this happen in our lifetime?  Who knows, there’s not really enough data to calculate, because even the statistics used are based on facts which are based on ‘known’ events, there can be many ‘unknown’ events and unknown factors making statistical analysis irrelevant.

There is ONE BOOK that ALL PREPPERS and wanna-be Doom Journalists need to read, in case they haven’t already, which has laid the foundation for alt-news people like Alex Jones and an entire generation of conspiracy-ers is: Report from Iron Mountain

This book is itself shrouded in mystery.  Which leads to point five.

Five(Cultural Cultivation by Design) In case you are not aware, the USG is actively involved in cultivating our culture, via a number of agencies but most notably, the CIA.  With few exceptions – when there’s a popular uprising, or any form of ‘pop culture’ – there seem to be deep CIA ties.  Whether they are ‘created’ from the beginning, or they are contacted and ‘cultivated’ when they reach a certain level, remains to be understood by the public at large.  What is clear though, there is a hidden hand that controls all media, entertainment, music, movies, magazines, books, name it.  If you think this is far fetched, checkout this latest well researched article, here: Documents Expose How Hollywood Promotes War On Behalf Of The Pentagon, CIA, & NSA:

These documents for the first time demonstrate that the US government has worked behind the scenes on over 800 major movies and more than 1,000 TV titles.

Some topics are obvious, such as war movies, or movies that might promote the military, or show how the CIA is good and noble for example.  But what’s more enlightening and perhaps more disturbing are the more en passant, subtle movement, such as InQTel, the VC arm that invests in Silicon Valley projects, most notably Google and Facebook.

So, this article is not an expose on how the CIA is involved in pop culture.  However, based on its active involvement on a number of varying levels in any popular movement (even the ‘counterculture’, such as was pioneered in the 60s by CIA agent Tim Leary and others), it is reasonable to assume that the USG on a number of levels is involved in the prepper movement.  In fact, it’s more rational than any other domestic meddling- because many of these ‘movements’ involve plans to exist and survive after the USG ‘collapses’ (for a number of reasons) – and intelligently noted in the prepper community, after going through all this hassle of storing gold, guns, toilet paper and thousands of other supplies to last you and yours until the next millennium, what’s to stop a hungry Army battalion armed with Apache helicopters and high powered air to surface missiles (and a whole fun house of other weapons they’ve been storing for a ‘rainy day’) from literally raining on your parade with bullets and seizing your goods for ‘the good of the government.’  They say that the only real currency is ‘accelerated lead’ that means that those who hold Gold are foolish to think that those who hold weapons will not take it from them by force, if they choose.  So it leads back to who is the world’s biggest prepper – and the answer is simple – it’s the US Military, which is very well funded, on all continents, operates a secure internet, thousands of blast proof sites, nuclear bunkers, and basically every ‘prepping’ mechanism one can think of – because that’s what the Army does, they prepare for war.  And when there is no war, they train and prepare.  So effectively, if you are a prepper, you are really a revolutionary, preparing to go head to head with the largest military in the world, should a Super Volcano erupt.  Basically, preppers are the modern ‘anarchists’ which the FBI was created in order to reign in.  If any of these ‘preppers’ feel as if they are ‘hiding’ deep in the wilderness of Montana or Idaho, they need to look into public technology that allows anyone with an internet browser to collect gobs of data on just about any individual or group inside the USA without accessing private networks (which the USG certainly has access to).  So, their dreams are foolish.

So now that prepping has gone mainstream, and we’re seeing the trendy billionaire class have at it, you can bet the CIA is there.  Whether they are in the ‘monitoring’ phase or the ‘cultivation’ phase, would be difficult to determine in real time (it’s hard to determine even in the past with lots of documents how ‘involved’ they were in various important cultural events, like the Moon landing and so on) – but it’s safe to say, there is an agenda behind promoting the ‘doom culture’ as it has become popular.  Terrorists are on the run, war with any real country is not a possibility in modern times – so we’re going to have to ‘invent’ a new enemy, like in 1984.  That enemy is simply the unknown.  We really don’t know, if the Volcano in Yellowstone will erupt.  So we better start preparing for it, and hundreds of other things including but not limited to Alien invasion, which could be a great dramatic staged false flag hoax reason to get the population to once again, rally together like we all did after 9/11 to ‘chase them back to their planet’ – if you think this is far fetched just spend the weekend or an entire week reading about USG involvement with Aliens including but not limited to technology transfer to major publicly listed corporations, various military reverse engineered technology, and other significant events – more significant than ‘Russia’ which is the most irrelevant issue Democrats could have possibly picked in their futile attempt to manipulate public opinion.

It’s important that smart people learn about this issue now because it most certainly will be used by the deep state to try to manipulate the people again, but it’s a serious issue – it’s not like this nonsense about Trump and Russia (like who cares if Trump had a Russian partner, the Mayor of New York is Russian but no one bothered to question him about his potential Leninist background??).

Six(Infrastructure) All this doom infrastructure exists and continues to be built, but is largely used for daily routine business ‘on the surface’ – let’s use the best example of the internet itself.  The internet was the first major alternative communication network built originally during World War 2 but the major nodes and cables really were laid in the 1960’s during the peak of the Cold War ‘fears’ – and the internet is the largest part of any post-apocalyptic infrastructure because, communication is the foundation for any civilization.  It’s the difference between a post-event civilization and anarchy, such as portrayed in the film “The Postman.”  The internet is by design, capable of being ‘cut’ at multiple points and still functioning.  In fact, most reading this are only aware of the world wide web (WWW) on which this article is published, but there are in fact many ‘internets’ (George W Bush made a lapsus mentis grammatical error in his famous popular mistake saying ‘internets’ as he was logically correct) that run in parallel to the main internet (or WWW), such as SIPRnet:

According to the U.S. Department of State Web Development Handbook, domain structure and naming conventions are the same as for the open internet, except for the addition of a second-level domain, like, e.g., “sgov” between state and gov: openforum.state.sgov.gov.[3] Files originating from SIPRNet are marked by a header tag “SIPDIS” (SIPrnet DIStribution).[4] A corresponding second-level domain smil.mil exists for DoD users.[5] According to the Pentagon, SIPRNet has approximately 4.2 million users.[6] Access is also available to a “…small pool of trusted allies, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand…”[7] This group (including the US) is known as the Five Eyes.  SIPRNet was one of the networks accessed by Chelsea Manning, convicted of leaking the video used in WikiLeaks‘ “Collateral Murder” release[8] as well as the source of the US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks in November 2010.[9]

So it is no surprise, that the CIA and Military in general plays a big role in publicly used networks like Google and Facebook.  The internet was built in the 1960’s and was made public in the 1990’s – maybe in 20 or 30 years we’ll be travelling from Atlanta to Los Angeles via underground high speed rail network?

Seven(Synthesis, Integration) Part of the genius of the AI entity we call US Government (USG) is how it integrates in society and in ‘the system’ currently Capitalism.  If we observe the Military design once again, it is compartmentalized in different states, the idea being that one state, will not be so powerful because they control the building of Nuclear Missiles, for example, and might use this power against a rival state.  Parts for Nuclear Submarines are made in many places, assembled in yet another place.  The entire USG is designed like this.  How it works socially – the USG functions as a huge customer for corporate America.  So when we speak of the CIA, the content of what the CIA really is in operation, about 60% of operations are outsourced to corporations, both public and private.  Even public companies, such as Raytheon (RTN) have contracts with the CIA to provide various services.  So when we’re talking about the USG, it’s not just a ‘government’ like your local city council.  It’s a super-super state, a real super-entity.  Whether this happened by evolution or by intelligent design is not really a relevant question (because the answer can be one in the same, i.e. God created evolution – that’s the answer Creationists need).  The important aspect to understand is how ingenious this is.  It virtually guarantees it’s own success because all parts of the whole have a vested interest in seeing the system continue, although in a slightly evolved form.  That means USG encourages protests, special interests, and even allows foreign influence (Israel, for example) making USA the de-facto one world government.  What USG will punish with impunity is insurrection; making any attempt to overthrow the USG and establishing a different, alternate form of government and economy virtually impossible.  Because any remote group would quickly be observed by the NSA and other surveillance apparatus (this was the failure of HAL – ‘just what do you think you’re doing Dave’ wasn’t enough to stop Dave from decommissioning HAL).  The apparatus is so many generations ahead of any potential threats to its existence the NSA would probably know about the first meeting of a planned revolution before it happened (as now everything is electronic, and these ‘ideas’ can only come from certain sources which are tracked, such as portrayed poorly in the film “Conspiracy Theory” with Mel Gibson checking out the book “Catcher in the Rye” – the real book probably Report from Iron Mountain however, one must understand the thinking here.  By cultivating pop culture, and by cultivating a ‘revolutionary’ is the real way to stop any real existential threat, what the USG learned in the 1960’s.  That means foolish youths who may have such tendencies are molded and shaped from their beginnings, that they end up becoming corporate slaves, and not the Unabomber.

Preppers, meaning real preppers, are largely outcasts of the system, that means with the exception of Billionaire preppers (who aren’t really preppers, for them buying a bunker is just another luxurious indulgence), preppers are the modern day hippie – they are ‘the fringe’ – and since the 1950’s especially, the CIA and others (FBI too) has been monitoring and actively involved with fringe elements.  That means how do we know – who is the real prepper, and who is the PLANT.  How do we know, if Alex Jones is really a CIA asset, or the hundreds of other newer would be Doom Journalists.  In some way they are promoting this new semi-mainstream prepper culture, just by talking about it and giving it significance.  And again, of course the threats of these events are real – there is no question about that.  But if a Tsunami wipes out 99% of the population of the East Coast of America due to a Super Volcano erupting on the Canary Islands such as Cumbre Vieja,what could one really do about it?  As we’ve outlined, if you were able to survive such a widespread devastating event in the mountains in Colorado in your own private bunker, you’d have to fight the USG and the Military in the aftermath, so you should be prepared to fight them or join them.  And most of the preppers are preppers because they either don’t agree with the USG or believe that they are ‘lying’ to us in which case they would be reluctant to be part of the ‘join them’ crowd, meaning that preppers are all potential revolutionaries, even if they don’t want to ‘overthrow’ the government, in a doomsday scenario where resources are scarce, they’d be putting themselves in a conflict situation just by surviving such an event.  This is the key logic that 90% of preppers generally haven’t thought of, and it’s a lot more important to think about this ‘plan’ than buying gas masks and other paraphernalia.  In fact the mainstream way that preppers are ‘preparing’ is mostly all wrong; keeping a 5 year food supply and Gold bars and ammunition in your basement is not really a plan.  Of course, that is the mainstream prepper crowd there are hardcore guys, again mostly ex-Military, who understand the realities of a post-event scenario that are really ready to survive in the wild.  They know the simple truth about War – combat is more about camping and survival in the wild than firing bullets.

For those who are skeptical about this intelligence analysis, first they should read this book which is quite dated, which is the foundation for the modern conspiracy movement, which is largely controlled by the same elements.  Call it the shadow government, call them think tanks, call it Adam Smith’s ‘hidden hand’ – these are the forces behind the Doom Culture.

MUST READ: Report from Iron Mountain

Remember one final thing – the bosses and owners of all this system live in Del Mar, California and Boca Raton, Florida.  They don’t want to spend the rest of their lives eating MRE’s deep underground and using self-wiping toilets.  There’s a vested interest in all to keep things functioning normally on the surface, and that’s what they are paid to do.  Part of the Doom government exists completely to plan and protect the population from such extreme events.  If they succeed, then there’s no reason to prepare to the extent that many do.  And if they fail, you can bet they are coming after your food supply first!  So keep this in mind when reading the Doom Journalism that has become popular today.

Article published 7/23/2017 @ globalintelhub.com

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Fighting inflation with FX, a real traders market

(GLOBALINTELHUB.COM) Dover, DE — 7/18/2017 — Hidden in plain site, as the Trump administration finally released something of substance regarding the so called promised “Trade Negotiation” we see FX take center stage in the global drama unfolding.  As noted on a Zero Hedge article:

The much anticipated document (press release and link to full document) released by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the Trump administration aimed to reduce the U.S. trade deficit by improving access for U.S. goods exported to Canada and Mexico and contained the list of negotiating objectives for talks that are expected to begin in one month. Topping Trump’s list is a “simple” objective: “improve the U.S. trade balance and reduce the trade deficit with Nafta countries.” Among other things the document makes the unexpected assertion that no country should manipulate currency exchange to gain an unfair competitive advantage, which according to Citi’s economists was the only notable surprise in the entire document: That line of focus centers on FX: “Through an appropriate mechanism, ensure that the Nafta countries avoid manipulating exchange rates in order to prevent effective balance of payments adjustment or to gain an unfair competitive advantage.”  ..While Canada and Mexico are not formally considered currency manipulators by the US Treasury, the reference in the list of objectives will likely set a template for future trade deals such as the pending negotiation to modify a 5 year old free trade deal with South Korea, a country in far greater risk of being branded a currency manipulator as it sits on the Treasury’s monitoring list for possible signs of currency manipulation.

As we have explained in previous articles and in our book Splitting Pennies – Trade is FX.  Tariffs can discourage trade, but so can a high price – effectively they are the same thing.  Conversely, a cheap price encourages trade.  This is why Japan has logically and rationally destroyed the value of its own currency in order to boost trade, in their case – exports – because Japan is not only a net exporter, they are a near 100% OEM manufacturer.

But it’s not clear that whoever wrote this document understands FX – every currency is currently a ‘manipulator’ – including Japan, and the US Federal Reserve Bank.  In fact, the global FX market has become a race to the bottom, with each currency competing with each other who can go down more, faster.  It’s a race into oblivion.  Contrary to what you may read in the current doom journalism popular online, the global financial collapse is happening right before our eyes – over a long time horizon.  The big mistake that many economists, analysts, and investors have made in the ‘doom and gloom’ crowd is that they all expected a ‘date’ or a ‘time’ when everything would ‘collapse’ – they didn’t think that it can happen over a period of 50 years.  We are in the demise, it’s happening right before our eyes.

Today someone asked me if Bitcoin can really be 500,000 – and why not?  My answer was that, it isn’t that Bitcoin is going UP it’s that the value of the US Dollar is going DOWN.  So if Bitcoin is 500,000 – that property in the hamptons that’s listed for $150 Million, it will be listed for $15 Billion, or why not $1 Trillion.  There is no limit to the amount of money the Federal Reserve can create – but there is a limited amount of Bitcoin.  Those who have lived in exSSR countries or Russia for example, understand how quickly money can be worthless.  Quantitative Easing is itself a global ‘reset’ if you understand how it works, and it happens over a long timeframe.

So where is one to invest, to protect from the deteriorating value of FX?  Bitcoin is by itself not a solution and by no means even something that should be part of any portfolio, it’s a test of the new world order’s global currency payments and monetary control system, whatever you want to call it – and it’s very volatile – just as it goes up 100% it can go down 90%.  The answer is that even with Bitcoin – the point is to TRADE it not INVEST in it.  Let’s dissect FX to understand this.  Take a look at this Daily EUR/USD chart going back 3 years:

eur usd

The EUR/USD goes up, it goes down.  There’s an election in France, an election in the US.  It’s practically one currency.  But the ECB has a similar QE program that’s destroying the value of the Euro as well.  So the way to protect yourself here is to ‘trade’ this.  For example, take a look at a snapshot from 2016 of Magic FX Strategy, that has returned on average 1.5% per month for the last 4 years:

magic

This is not a solicitation of this particular strategy, simply it provides a good example of how to ‘trade’ FX for a consistent profit, to combat inflation.  Investing in CDs and other interest rate products are not going to give you the 15%+ per year needed to stay ahead of the Fed.  This is the game of hot potato that Elite bankers have designed that’s built into the modern electronic financial system.  The stock market is great unless there’s a down year, but still just barely keeps you ahead of the game (if you stick to the traditional blue chips, industrials, utilities, etc) and certainly is not going to give you the 15% – 30% per year returns needed to really grow your portfolio.  30% + is the magic number Elite portfolios target (ironically, it’s about a 2x allocation to Magic FX strategy, in line with the natural fluctuations of the FX market, using reasonable, modest leverage).

If you’re not making 15% + per year inflation is eating you away.  So where can you invest and get 15% with reasonable risk?  The answer is practically no where in the markets, maybe in the private equity world, complex real estate, and other special situations but clearly there is no vanilla answer like “Buy Gold” or “Buy Bitcoin” as there may have been post 9/11.  This will be more and more true as QE matures, because QE is distorting asset prices in complex ways.  This is the ‘trap’ which has been set.  Not only does it cull the herd, as the Elite like to do every 20 years or so, it forces investors into a situation where they have to take more risk – if they don’t, their assets will ultimately be eaten away by inflation.  They have to play the game because if they sit on the sidelines they will lose out.  Of course it’s not fair – but that is the nature of the global capitalist financial system, at the moment, and it’s not going to change in our lifetime, so one can understand it and master it, or be the victim of it, SIMPLE!

And in the case of FX it’s not so complex to understand.  Let’s look quickly at the last currency of investment, the Swiss Franc.

Here’s a historical chart of CHF/USD (usually it’s quoted USD/CHF which is the inverse – opposite)

Investors in Swiss Francs over this period – which includes Americans just sending their money to Switzerland, enjoyed a 400%+ return over the 40 year period, non-compounded, without considering interest (just FX).  The small blip in the 80s when this investment declined was due to the US Dollars aggressive double digit interest rates, but that ended in 1986 when Swissie just took off and never looked back.  That was until the post 2008 world, where Switzerland became the target of a number of investigations by hungry US agencies looking for someone to blame and money to pay for damage done by the credit crisis, including the IRS, FBI, and DOJ in general, but there were a number of other US interests interested in financially ‘toppling’ the Gnomes of Zurich – namely, by closing the only way out of QE.  The Swiss Franc (CHF) was really the only currency that had any value, it was 40% backed by Gold, and upheld by a 1,000 + year banking tradition, a stable economy, and banking privacy laws.

In order to solidify the US Dollar as the primary world’s reserve currency, that had to be smashed.  So they did it in a number of ways, including but not limited to activating assets there such as corrupt central bankers (which really was a non-issue) and squeezing the Gnomes back into submission.  So the conclusion to this drama is now the CHF previously being the only real currency to invest in for the long term and forget about it, is now a central bank manipulated currency that is subject to SNB interventions, caps, trading ranges, and other direct central bank manipulation (like all other currencies).

So the reason for that story is simply that there is no where to just ‘invest’ your money and forget about it anymore (there was, such as the example of the Swiss Franc).  The good news though, FX is a traders market.  If investors are not too greedy, there’s a number of strategies in FX that can return the 15% + needed to beat inflation and possibly even grow.  Magic FX is certainly not the only strategy in the world with such low-volatility and consistent returns.  But due to the recent Dodd-Frank regulations such strategies are only available to ECP investors, which is a step above being accredited – basically you need to be liquid for $10 Million.  Oh, and to make fighting inflation really fun for the retail US investor, you aren’t allowed to hedge (no buying and selling of the same currency) and you must exit your positions in the same order in which you entered them (FIFO) and you have reduced leverage.  Basically, the Fed is creating pressure forcing the hand of investors to trade to stay ahead of the game, and the regulators are making it difficult (and in fact, more risky) to trade.  With US rules it’s a miracle any US retail investor can be profitable.  The rules have really turned FX into the casino that people are afraid of, because they are literally telling you when to exit your trades (FIFO).

In conclusion – FX is a real traders market.  It’s better than stocks, bonds, options, futures, etc.  Now with the influx of Cryptocurrencies FX is about to get even more interesting.  By trading FX successfully, or finding a manager who can do it for you – it’s the only way to fight inflation, to at least maintain the value of your hard earned dollars.  As we mentioned earlier in the article, there are of course other methods such as private equity and niche businesses (such as lawyers selling rights to settlements) that can generate the 30% + needed to grow a portfolio – but it’s not available publicly, in the markets.  But FX is there – it’s there for the taking – and it’s not going away anytime soon.

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Robocalling is out of control: End the robo call spam fraud virus attacks

(GLOBALINTELHUB.COM) – 6/2/2017 Robocalling is out of control.  Once the domain of sophisticated telemarketers, now it has spread to include cyber fraud, international telemarketing, and some unknown services that just ‘dial’ numbers with no reason (this appears to be the most bizarre).

The spam phone calls have become so out of control, it’s even common now for people to get a landline or other number just to use as their phone number, in that case what’s the point of having a phone?  The issue here needs to be looked into at the network level, by telcos like ATT (T), Verizon (VZ), and others.  How spammers, fraudsters, and barely legal telemarketers (who often cross the lines of ‘regulation’) use the networks to harass legitimate users needs to be stopped.  The ‘Do Not Call’ list is a joke – it’s not enforced and not used.  Registration will stop a small percentage of legitimate telemarketers who use the lists and go through the compliance process, but the problem is that it doesn’t protect anyone from the ‘black’ side of the robocalling industry, which is organized largely outside of the legal borders of USA.

Global Intel Hub interviewed our parent company about this issue, Elite E Services.  EES has many registered domains, for more than 15 years with a Godaddy reseller FX System Hosting (a brand).  Godaddy is now a public company Godaddy Inc (NYSE:GDDY), so they are subject to the same complaints and oversight as any public company.  And Godaddy needs to be careful, as this is a potentially toxic legal issue.

Godaddy sells ‘privacy’ for each domain, making the owner of record ‘private’ – showing only a proxy company operated by Godaddy “Domains by Proxy” – it’s possible to break this veil of privacy only in extreme cases such as a subpoena or matters of national security.  But why would the average domain owner want to keep their records private, especially since the idea of having a website at all is usually for the purposes of marketing (or at least, having your business information become public).  Recently, the answer has been in order to stop the spam calls and emails.  Godaddy makes the whois records public, which are somehow picked up by these foreign robocallers automatically, and the calls start.  They don’t know what is DNC and they don’t speak English.  Half of the time when you actually answer these calls they just disconnect.  Other times, a scratchy connection as one would hear when calling Afghanistan in the 80s from a phone booth, a man speaking broken English is asking if you need website design.  An agent of Elite E Services asked for this man’s name ansector 5d address to which he replied “Sector 5, Calcutta – Justin Smith” – with a little Google research at least Sector 5 really is a real place.  Justin Smith, doesn’t sound like an Indian name though.  When confronted with this fact he says “My fathers’ name is Joseph Thomas Smith we are Christian” – maybe, but anyway who is to know?  And why are they calling a number that is on the Do Not Call list?

That’s not all.  Another ‘foreign’ US caller, when asked that we be removed from their list, said “No, no no no.. no – NO .. no no no .. I WILL NOT remove you from my list (click).” at which point the really aggressive calls started, saying that we could be arrested due to an IRS issue, call this number immediately, 202 334 4562 (has been shut down).  “Sometimes we can get 20 or 30 spam calls a day,” says an anonymous agent working for Elite E Services, “Sometimes, they will call 2 or 3 times in a row, you can’t block them – they use another number.”

Supposedly, Trump’s appointee is doing something about this:

Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, called robocalls a “scourge” in a blog post earlier this month. He noted that an estimated 2.4 billion robocalls are placed to Americans each month.

“There is no reason why any legitimate caller should be spoofing an unassigned or invalid phone number,” Pai wrote. “It’s just a way for scammers to evade the law.”

The FCC currently prevents phone companies from proactively blocking calls. The new rule would let phone companies block any robocaller that uses a number that has not been assigned to any customer or that has a nonexistent area code.

The FCC’s approach was developed in partnership with a “robocall strike force” of tech, cable and telecom companies formed last year. Members include Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Google(GOOGL, Tech30), Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), Verizon (VZ, Tech30) and AT&T (T, Tech30).

The rules probably won’t be finalized and approved for at least a few months.

Meanwhile, the calls continue.  And since most of the callers are hiding behind the international wall of stupidity erected around the USA’s legal system, there’s little US phone users can do except turn off their phones.

This is a bad sign for the telecom sector and for Godaddy, at a time when the ‘telephone’ struggles for its place in a busy digital world.  

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Another shoe drops in the FX fraud manipulation conspiracy

FX is quite literally, a rigged game.  Not like the stock market, well not exactly.  FX has been, a game of ‘how many numbers am I holding behind my back?’ and the guess is always wrong!  As we explain in Splitting Pennies Understanding Forex – FX is rigged.  But that doesn’t mean there isn’t opportunity!  One just needs to understand it.

From Law 360:

French bank BNP Paribas was fined $350 million by the New York State Department of
Financial Services
 for lax oversight in its foreign-exchange business that
allowed “nearly unfettered misconduct” by more than a dozen employees involved
in exchange rate manipulation, officials announced Wednesday.

From 2007 through 2013, a trader on the bank’s New York desk, identified in the
consent order as Jason Katz, ran a number of schemes with more than a dozen
BNPP traders and salespeople on key foreign exchange trading desks to
manipulate prices and spreads in several currencies, including the South
African rand, Hungarian forint and Turkish lira, officials said.

He called his group of traders a “cartel” and they communicated in a
chat room called “ZAR Domination,” a reference to the rand’s trading
symbol, according to the consent order. The group would push up the price of
the illiquid rand during New York business hours when the South African market
was closed, moving the currency in whichever way they chose, and thus
depressing competition, officials said.

Katz also enlisted colleagues at other banks to widen spreads for orders in
rands, increasing bank profits and limiting competition at the customer’
expense, the order says. Some of the traders engaged in illegal coordination
and shared confidential customer information, officials said. As part of a
cooperation agreement with prosecutors, Katz pled guilty in Manhattan federal court in
January to one count of conspiracy to restrain trade in violation of the
Sherman Act.

“Participants in the foreign exchange market rely on a transparent and fair
market to ensure competitive prices for their trades for all participants,”
Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo said in a statement. “Here the
bank paid little or no attention to the supervision of its foreign exchange
trading business, allowing BNPP traders and others to violate New York state
law over the course of many years and repeatedly abused the trust of their
customers.”

BNP Paribas, which employs nearly 190,000 people and has total assets of more
than €2.1 trillion (approximately $2.36 trillion), said in a statement that the
$350 million fine will be covered by existing provisions. It said it had
implemented a group-wide remediation initiative and cooperated fully in the
investigation.

“The conduct which led to this settlement occurred during the period from 2007
to 2013. Since this time, BNP Paribas has proactively implemented extensive
measures to strengthen its systems of control and compliance,” the bank said in
its statement. “The group has increased resources and staff dedicated to these
functions, conducted extensive staff training and launched a new code of
conduct which applies to all staff.”

Three BNPP employees were fired, seven more resigned and several others were
disciplined for misconduct or supervisory shortcomings in relation to the
probe, the order says.

Katz’s attorney, Michael Tremonte of Sher Tremonte LLP, did not respond Wednesday to a call seeking
comment.

But really, what’s another $350 Million in the grand scheme of things for BNP?  Just another day’s profits in the FX market.

This probe isn’t new; regulators have been looking into FX rigging for years.  And practically, the fine won’t make any customers whole – it will just shore up the coffers for the NY State department of financial services.  With inflation out of control, they need the money.  

For a detailed breakdown of this virtual monopoly ‘they’ have on the global financial system, checkout Splitting Pennies Understanding Forex.




Timeshare Fraud – the hot new securities fraud

Every now and again we at Elite E Services stumble upon business models in the course of our operation that are sometimes interesting but alarming at the same time – in this case, timeshare fraud.  After having our head held under water by combination of ugly circumstances (tough regulation making business impossible but at the same time losing millions to Forex fraudsters which ironically the regulations failed to stop); we are sensitive on fraud – especially that which does not appear to be on the surface!  And as markets evolve, so do fraud models..

With the conviction of stock lending fraud master and citizen of Boca Raton Florida Jeffrey Spanier, stock lending fraud is on the way out:

 SAN DIEGO – Jeffrey Spanier, a 51-year-old former owner of Amerifund Capital Finance, LLC located in Boca Raton, Florida, was convicted by a federal jury today for his role in an elaborate stock-loan fraud scheme in which executives and shareholders of publicly traded corporations collectively lost over $100 million when the stock they pledged as collateral for loans was immediately sold in order to fund the loans.

Why this is a good example though – this fraud was perpetrated at the highest levels.  Victims of this fraud included the who’s who of Wall St., corporate executivies, ultra high net worth individuals, and even Bono (

This may have to be a multi-part series as we uncover this new type of fraud which may be the next big ‘securities fraud’ as what we are looking at – appears to be unregistered securities.  Let’s start with a short history of what a timeshare is and how we got where we are.

Long ago, before the dinosaurs, the Johnson family wanted to share their lake cottage with the Smith family for the summer, and asked them to kick in for the repairs of the old dock.  Or something like that.  And then it became a business – of course starting from the infamous Fort Frauderdale, Florida (during this time Boca Raton was still a swamp, inhabitied only by IBM and some Japanese..)

 The first timeshare in the United States was started in 1974 by Caribbean International Corporation (CIC), based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It offered what it called a 25-year vacation license rather than ownership. The company owned two other resorts the vacation license holder could alternate their vacation weeks with: one in St. Croix and one in St. Thomas; both in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands properties began their timeshare sales in 1973 with owners Hillie Meyers, Don Saunders, and Arthur Zimand.

How we got to where we are today follows the same path of all industries; fuelled by Fed policy of cheap money, an expanding real estate market, retiring rich baby boomers, and all the other favorable demographics.  But what insiders in this industry learned quickly was that, they were really selling the dream.  It was possible to sell the nothing, the artificiality.  “Real” estate is just that – it’s real.  Timeshare owners don’t really ‘own’ anything, if you read the agreements – it’s a contract to pay, an obligation – in perpetuity.  Every time share contract is different but in no case is there actual ownership of ‘real estate’ – you may own the ‘rights’ to a ‘membership’ but if it cannot be ‘sold’ then what kind of ownership is that really?  What they learned was that the profit here was all in the sizzle, not in the steak – and if they could enhance the sizzle to be 99% and serve Grade B flank steak, they’d have a winning model to become very rich, which was borderline legal.  While the timeshare industry itself is ‘legal’ and in some states there are ‘regulations’ – many of the tactics they use, contracts they offer, are illegal.  Many of the ‘salespeople’ they hire, have criminal records for financial fraud.  In fact, the FTC currently has hundreds of criminal investigations against timeshare companies, timeshare resale scams, timeshare fraud, and related illegal activities.  Similar to how the Forex fraud we saw had nothing to do with Forex, many of these frauds have nothing to do with timeshares.  People are so desperate to sell their obligations, when a scammer calling from Mexico says he can ‘resell’ your timeshare (which is practically impossible) hopeful victims wire thousands of dollars to the foreign bank account with little respute.  Doesn’t sound like a lot of money for a scam, but – multiplied by the 10 Million timeshare owners out there, this can add up to millions of dollars for the fraudsters.

When you ‘buy’ a timeshare ‘contract’ it’s sort of like a debt, you are obligated to pay and if you die, your children will inherit the payments.  Sounds a lot like a bond!  Yes, these are unregistered securities.  The ‘exchange’ as they call it, RCI, is an unregistered exchange.  There are issues with the SEC, the CFTC, the states, and possibly even anti-trust issues.  Some of these issues are starting to be talked about in the financial media:

 Summary
  • Analysts upgrading HGV are not considering the ‘dark side’ of this industry.
  • Potential liabilities can spring up anytime that can change this tune.
  • Angry customers complain, which can soon become lawsuits, with deleterious consequences.

About half of the big timeshare companies are public companies, so here’s where the biggest issues lie.  Because public companies are required to follow rules such as disclosure rules that don’t apply to private companies.  So this may be where we see the first complaints.

Really what it comes down to, is a broken model.  Not all timeshares are frauds – but in an inflationary environment, is such a model – fraud removed – profitable anymore?  It’s like the Series 7 stockbroker, who used to charge a percent of the trade – now anyone can place their own trade for $9.99 or less whilst sitting in their bathrobe petting their cat.  The timeshare model is a broken bricks and mortar model from the past, it’s dead like the shopping mall is dead, just like Amazon is killing retail stores, new upstarts that remain to be seen (still do not exist) will cannabalize this rotten model.  In the meantime, there’s a lot to be decided in court.

Even according to industry ‘official’ statistics, about 17% of timeshare owners are not happy.  Although Diamond is now private and bigger companies have ‘cleaned up’ their act, reports of false imprisonment, fraud by trickery, misleading sales statements, and outright refusals to comply with customers requests, and just a few of the things still going on.. just read sites like this Consumer Reports (RCI): 

 We see no reason to sign up for RCI except to give the company money. We are new members who tried to use RCI for the first time. We wanted to visit El Dorado Suites, Riviera Maya, using our exchange. Through RCI, we have to pay a $399 fee for a mandatory 7-day visit. RCI requires we also pay a $2500 “Mandatory all inclusive” fee for the El Dorado. So that’s the cost of our RCI membership, plus a $399 fee, plus a $2500 all-inclusive fee. Curious, we logged into El Dorado’s home page and found we could sign up for the exact same vacation, not using RCI, for a total cost of $2200, also all-inclusive. So the all-inclusive fee alone is more than the actual cost of staying at the El Dorado Suites, without having ever met an RCI salesperson.

I have been with RCI approx 12yrs. My previous issues have been the fact that they charge for unused points… Live and learn. My complaint is that I had to cancel a reservation. It’s unfortunate but situations do arise and plans have to get changed. I cancelled 5-days prior to my check-in date. RCI WILL NEITHER REFUND NOR CREDIT my charge of $99.00! They say they have a 24-hour ‘grace period’. I feel this is a major RIP-OFF to consumers and extremely bad business practice. I have contacted them by email, customer service and ‘blabbering’ supervisor. I was told “they have to keep the lights on” in order to provide their service. Well, RCI, my lights need to be on as well!! BUYER BEWARE.

You get the idea.  One can spend a weekend reading these, it does make more interesting reading than outright financial fraud, but eventually it will make you want to vomit.  You can’t call this a business model – you have to call it ‘fraud’ or ‘scam’ because it’s like that.  If normal companies operated like this, they’d be shut down.  Imagine walking into Wal Mart and instead of their ‘no questions asked’ return policy they argued with you and told you there was a ‘grace period’ or some such nonsense, there would be riots, boycotts – Wal Mart would be no more.  90% of business operates like that.  The only exception is software sales because practically, once you ‘download’ the software you can copy it and there’s no way to prove that you didn’t.  Other than that – and some other rare exceptions, you can’t lock people in a room for 8 hours without their permission.  Readers – this is a time-bomb waiting to explode!  How can we profit from it?  Short the stocks; (HGV) (WYN) (VAC) et al

If you own a timeshare and want out, there are only a few lawfirms who are actually law firms who can do this for you, like this one Fortis Law Group PLC.  There are also hundreds of scam companies claiming to be ‘timeshare resale experts’ who even have ‘licenses’ to do this – but beware – this is a scam too!  This industry is filled with fraud from one end of the business cycle to the other.  It can only be explained by George Carlin, with this clip:

We know what we have to do.  Let’s get working!

For a detailed breakdown of how the financial system works (in reality – not how it is supposed to work) – checkout Splitting Pennies Understanding Forex.

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Dollar testing highs against the Canadian Dollar as Canada struggles with identity crisis

Is Canada a ‘real’ country?  What is a ‘real’ country anyway?  Is a ‘country’ defined by ethnic lines, borders, corporations, or what the United Nations says?  Is Kosovo a country?  Some say yes, some do not agree:

 Kosovo, self-declared independent country in the Balkans region of Europe. Although the United States and most members of the European Union (EU) recognized Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, Serbia, Russia, and a significant number of other countries—including several EU members—did not.

Well Canada is lucky to have self-declared itself as a country during a period where many breakaway regions and colonies became countries (let’s not get into the debate about USA because America Inc. is an artificial country, actually it is a corporation).  But the point here is that, as we explain in Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex – A COUNTRY IS A CURRENCY.  Yes, this means that Germany, Italy, and others – have given up their sovereignty for the chance to participate in the Euro.  This point is one of the main reason nationalists throughout the European Union rally for its demise.

But what about Canada?  One of the ex-colonial British states which still is part of the ‘commonwealth’ Canada enjoys the best of both worlds – independence but protection from two big brothers; USA and the UK.  And at least for the time being, Canada is really a real country, at least more than EU nation states are.  Canada is not part of a ‘super state’ although a ‘super alliance’ called the Commonwealth is similar, London doesn’t directly control Canada’s monetary supply (vis a vis the currency) so for now, Canada is really an independent country.

Take a look at recent FX activity in the ‘loonie’ USD/CAD pair:

usd cad

For those new to FX, the above chart shows USD vs. CAD which means that the US Dollar is UP against the Canadian dollar.  This area of 1.36 has been a top at least for 2017 and the latter part of 2016; a break here could signify a bull run where there’s no further technical resistance until the Jan 2015 high of 1.47.

The loonie as the CAD is called (because of the bird, not because of lunatics in Canada) is considered a commodity currency due to oil and other resources up there.  Another reason that it’s time the US just annexed Canada and made it the 51st state (much better than Puerto Rico, me thinks).  Here’s a list of reasons the US should invade Canada as explained in a previous article exclusively on ZH by Global Intel Hub.

What’s the FX trade here?  Simple; place limit orders above and below the several day range; whichever way USD/CAD breaks out (up or down) it will break hard, as Canada struggles to establish its own identity as a real G8 Currency.

usd cad break up

Of course, if you’re in one of the 50% of publicly listed companies that doesn’t hedge FX (don’t see=don’t exist), this is a potential risk if you do business in or with Canada (and thus have CAD exposure).

If all this is confusing, you can always invest in futures strategies and forget it.

For a detailed play by play breakdown of how to trade such an event; Splitting Pennies the Book.




NSA Interest in the Paranormal

A declassified NSA draft titled Parapsychology: The COMSEC Threat and SIGINT Capability recently caught my attention when an excerpt was shared by researcher Michael Best. COMSEC stands for communications security, while SIGINT refers to signals intelligence. The six-page document, apparently composed in approximately 1981 and approved for release in 2011, may be viewed in full on the CIA website.

The unnamed author of the draft wrote that dealing with such issues as the manipulation of personnel behavior by psychic means could not be avoided within the work force, including at the NSA. The author continued that psychic warfare was inevitable and that “practitioners” within the Agency were already “functioning.”

Whatever we are to make of such declassified documents, their very existence may offer us some insight into an era in which the intelligence and UFO communities alike pushed the envelope edges. Let’s take a look at some topics previously explored onThe UFO Trail and how they might relate to one another. We might consider how such cases as the Gulf Breeze Six may possibly have been more a result of a fringe-friendly NSA and intelligence culture than it was the bizarre, isolated incident it’s often thought to have been. Reviewing such circumstances might help us more clearly understand the evolution of belief systems surrounding UFOs, as well as assist us in ultimately forming more relevant questions.

Parapsychology: The COMSEC Threat and SIGINT Capability, p 3

In January I did a post, NSA UFO Docs. One of the declassified files explored was an NSA draft titled, UFOs and the Intelligence Community Blind Spot to Surprise or Deceptive Data. The draft could be interpreted a number of different ways, but in this context I’d like to consider how it was composed by an NSA employee at least seeming to be quite convinced of the “strange nature of the [UFO] phenomena,” and its potential for rendering witnesses psychologically devastated. We could reasonably conclude the draft, which was written sometime between approximately 1958 and 1979, was lacking meaningful citations and scientific merit while containing perspectives typically found in the UFO community, for whatever reasons.

Also explored was a doc that has come to be known as the Yeates affidavit. Dated 1980, it contains the testimony of NSA man Eugene F. Yeates about various UFO files, including one he described as an account of an NSA assignee about their attendance at a UFO symposium. On a side note, I filed an FOIA request to the NSA for the report and am currently awaiting a response.

Tom Deuley

The late Philip J. Klass speculated the author of the report was Tom Deuley, a retired career Navy man, former NSA employee, and longtime member of the MUFON Board of Directors. It was “almost certainly” Deuley, Klass wrote, noting that Deuley spoke publicly of meeting with NSA administrative officials about his plans to attend a MUFON conference in Dayton, Ohio, shortly after he was assigned to the Agency in 1978. Whether or not Klass was correct, I believe the point is well made the NSA culture was UFO and paranormal tolerant, if not friendly, as Deuley was indeed an NSA assignee and MUFON director.

It is a reasonable statement that the intelligence community, in general, attempted to better understand, manipulate, and weaponize subject matter surrounding reported UFO and psychic phenomena. That is the case in contradiction to the more widely held public perspective that the IC debunked the related claims. Intelligence agencies were actually deeply enmeshed with the topics, whatever the combinations of purposes may have included.

The career of Maj. Gen. Albert N. Stubblebine III spanned from a 1952 graduation from West Point to his 1984 retirement as the Commanding General of the Army Intelligence and Service Command (INSCOM). A member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, Stubblebine was credited with completely redesigning the intel structure of the entire U.S. Army.

Bert Stubblebine

Stubblebine’s more recent ventures include operating the Natural Solutions Foundation, a nonprofit corporation co-founded with his wife, Rima Laibow, MD. Dr. Laibow is a former advocate for alleged alien abductees and the use of hypnosis as a memory enhancer. At Natural Solutions Foundation, the couple are, by any definition, promoters of extreme conspiracy theories, including those surrounding chemtrails and vaccinations, which, the two say, are part of the “big plan” to turn children into autistic worker drones.

Mind control operations are also involved, according to the couple. Laibow asserts as a “fact” that “Natural Solutions Foundation is so effective in our opposition to the Powers That Be that a serious attempt was apparently made on my life…”

Before conducting an all out campaign against the PTB, Maj. Gen. Stubblebine of course was the PTB. He was also credited with inventing Remote Viewing along with his explorations of such topics as neurolinguistic programming and psychic spoon bending. “Stub” and his longtime colleagues, which include Col. John Alexander, are as much parts of UFO and paranormal lore as Travis Walton and Whitley Strieber.

Lyn Buchanan

Enter Sgt. Lyn Buchanan. It was in 1984, while stationed at the U.S. Intelligence Field Station in Augsburg, Germany, that Buchanan was recruited by Stubblebine into a Remote Viewing unit. He caught the attention of Stubblebine following what Buchanan described to me as a “psychokinetic” computer-related anomaly. According to Buchanan, Stubblebine was hoping to harness Buchanan’s psychic potential to “destroy enemy computers – then later learn how to simply control the data and programming within them.” Buchanan considers himself an alien abductee, as he explained to me in the linked interview.

By the way, the first doc cited at the beginning of this post, Parapsychology: The COMSEC Threat and SIGINT Capability, references dynamics surrounding electronic psychic warfare as described by Buchanan. Topics mentioned in the doc include “Telekinetic Manipulation of Circuitry” and “Telepathic Manipulation of Operator to Induce False Message.”

The activities of intelligence personnel Stubblebine, Alexander, and Buchanan were portrayed in Jon Ronson’s The Men Who Stare at Goats. Below are some related remarks from a man identified by Ronson as a Special Forces soldier:

It was just six years after Sgt. Buchanan’s computer incident at the Augsburg Field Station that the base served as a temporary home to the Gulf Breeze Six. It was there, from Stubblebine’s former stomping grounds, that the crew of NSA intelligence analysts reportedly took up hypnosis and Ouija board sessions in attempts to communicate with mysterious entities and religious icons. The group then went AWOL in 1990 to travel to the home of a self-described psychic residing at a UFO hot spot, Gulf Breeze, Florida, hosting a MUFON symposium at the time.

Perhaps such circumstances show us the evolution of woo pedaling in intel circles. Stargate, CIA psychic spies and many examples could be cited for consideration.

Perhaps such incidents indicate something more, whatever it may be. A reasonable argument could be made that combinations of explanations apply to the IC long history of interest in fringe topics and communities. Any way we choose to look at it, one might question why the underlying issues do not receive more attention, and particularly sincere, objective consideration, from both the skeptical and pro-paranormal aspects of the UFO community.

I’ll close with a passage from The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community, pp 223-224:

[I]n early 2015 the British army announced the formation of the 77th Brigade, a unit of 1500 troops The Guardian dubbed “Facebook warriors.” The soldiers are charged with carrying out unconventional, “non-lethal warfare” and executing psychological operations through the use of social media. Israeli and US armies engage heavily in such operations, with the Israel Defense Forces reporting activity conducted in six languages on 30 platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

It would be difficult for me to believe the UFO community did not serve in some capacity in the research and development of such psyops, or, at the least, I would doubt the community was exempt from effects of the evolution of such projects. As a matter of fact, in his hard hitting 2015 piece on how the US intelligence community drove to dominate the world through information control, Why Google made the NSA, investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed referenced ufology’s favorite CIA consultant, Col. John Alexander. Specifically, the targeting of civilian populations for information war.

Addressing a 1989 US Navy brief authored by well-connected Pentagon official Richard O’Neill, Ahmed wrote, “That secret brief, which according to former senior US intelligence official John Alexander was read by the Pentagon’s top leadership, argued that information war must be targeted at: adversaries to convince them of their vulnerability; potential partners around the world so they accept ‘the cause as just’; and finally, civilian populations and the political leadership so they believe that ‘the cost’ in blood and treasure is worth it.”

http://ufotrail.blogspot.com/2017/03/nsa-interest-in-paranormal.html




As seen on Zero Hedge: The fix is in – wag the dog

by globalintelhub, 2016 (by Joe Gelet)

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-20/seen-zero-hedge-fix-wag-dog

As we explain in Splitting Pennies, the world isn’t as it is presented to us in textbooks, and on television.  But as is often with the case of the Elite’s black humor- they tell us how they are going to torture us as they are doing it.  In a related example, the CIA tortured Muslims by playing the Barney “I Love You” song for hours and hours.  Now, the joke is on us – the voters.  They are laughing at us, that people still believe in ‘democracy’ that America has “Democracy” – one point here to end this argument.  America is a Repulic, not a democracy.  In a democracy, such as they have in Europe and in many states like California, voters vote on issues such as the legalization of Marijuana, abortion, and other issues.  We do not use that system, America is a Federal Republic, where we elect representatives who ‘represent’ us in Washington (or, that’s the idea – in reality it doesn’t work that way anymore).  Just search for the word ‘democracy’ on the official page explaining the Federal system of government, and you’ll only see references to New England towns.

Anyway, we’re now all actors (extras, and unpaid) in one of Hollywood’s greatest productions, the US Presidential Election.  And it’s the biggest of them all.  There’s been a strong connection between Hollywood and Washington since World War 2.  Hollywood helped sell the war, showing Propaganda films for free sometimes before a Matinee and other times all day long.  This allowed Hollywood special ‘gifts’ and ‘incentives’ – leading to the agreement that one day, they’ll make one of their own a US President – Ronald Reagan.  How could a system based on lies, appearances, propoganda, and social control mechanisms have any better leader than an actor?  Everyone loves actors – especially Reagan.  It wouldn’t be surprising if Arnold runs next time (of course, changing the rules).

And, like many Hollywood projects, not only are they paid consultants to this real time movie we call ‘politics’ – they even made a movie about it, although some years ago, the name is Wag the Dog.

If you are a Millennial or younger and are not familiar with this film – this is a MUST WATCH before voting November 8: Wag the Dog.

Of course, Wag the Dog, like any Hollywood production, glorifies the process as if it’s a legitimate business.  The reality of legal, consentual, social mind control is much more unpleasant.  

It involves murder, disruptive conduct, rioting, and yes even public defacation.  

The difference in this election compared to others – TRUMP is not a hired actor.  So this puts a small ‘ding’ in the plan of the Elite.  When 2 actors fight, just like in a movie fight (unlike Jackie Chan, most actors use trained stunt doubles for fight scenes) – you know that no one will get hurt.  Well, sometimes the stunt doubles get injured but it’s a known risk, and happens rarely.  Imagine a REAL person jumping into a Hollywood choreographed bar fight – yeah, someone will probably get hurt.  That’s what we’re seeing this year.  They stopped playing by the normal ‘rules’ – because TRUMP isn’t on the take.  Right or wrong, TRUMP actually has his own opinions, and not the opinions of what is told via ear piece or teleprompter.  TRUMP doesn’t smile on cue.  That’s why people like him, and why the establishment is trying to destroy him.  Of course even with a TRUMP victory, it remains to be seen what the plan to destroy him would be after that.  It could even tip the balance of power in USA, wouldn’t that be something.  In the markets there’s often discussion about financial inequality, but the Elite enjoy another type of priveledge that the rest of us don’t get – they are above the law.

Leading up to Election Day, the other wildcard will be TRUMPs reaction to the voting fix.  During the 2000 election, Al Gore did a very poor job of standing up for himself.  Had the votes been recounted – Gore would have won.  Months after Bush was in the White House, it was discovered that in several swing counties-  Gore had more votes.

The fact that the election is rigged, it’s not news to most Americans.  Really, they’re just playing with that small margin of people, like the new generation, who still is naive and believes everything they see on TV.  For hardcore Clinton supporters, such as big Wall St. donors, or other political slimeballs, or liberals with their head up their rear, there’s no swaying them.  As my high school football coach said “Tarheels bleed blue” – for these real Blue Bloods (or some sort of warped and disfigured genetic anomalies that inherited their American blue blood status), there’s no changing them.  They may as well be rounded up and put into FEMA camps and studied by scientists.  But for the rest, there’s still this huge margin – it may be as high as 20% – people who are still on the fence, people who aren’t aware, the world is a big bad world.  If you’re one of those people (or are afraid you may be one) checkout Splitting Pennies – Your pocket guide to understanding how the world works.  

For ZH readers who are already ‘in the know’ – let’s start a trend.  Forget this “As Seen on TV” it’s “As Seen on Zero Hedge”

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Fed Policy – The most significant TRUMP card for the markets remains unknown

by globalintelhub, 2016

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-13/fed-policy-most-significant-trump-card-markets-remains-unknown

While markets wait for the election, getting closer by the day- one big question – in fact maybe the most important question – What is Trump’s plans (if any) for Fed policy?  As we explain in Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex – Fed Policy (Monetary Policy) TRUMPS any regulation, domestic political policy, corporate policy, or social movement.  In fact – the only thing more powerful than Fed policy is a nuclear arsenal (which is why – there is a correlation between the most powerful currencies and the most powerful militaries).

The BIG Question

Even TRUMP supporters don’t know the answer to this question – because Trump never explicitly said it.  Maybe Trump doesn’t understand Fed policy.  He is sure of himself that he understands debt.  Maybe he does know – but also knows that the people don’t know so it’s pointless to talk about it.  Whatever is the case – we don’t know where Trump stands on the one issue that will determine America’s economic fate one way or another – Fed policy.  Will the Fed continue Quantitative Easing?  Will radical Fed policies clean up a junk filled economy (for example, by raising rates to 10%) ?  Will Trump nationalize the Fed?  (Maybe – that’s what the Elite are worried about!) – Let’s make one thing perfectly clear.  He can do it!   99% of ‘folks’ don’t understand what the President really does, what his powers are, for example the President is more of a ‘ceremonial’ and ‘cultural’ leader than anything else.. But Trump would have the power to do something like this if President.  Would he do it?  Something like this – just as an example – would transform Wall St. and the US economy completely.  Maybe, as we’ve covered in previous articles, this is THE REAL DEBATE going on right now at the Fed, and behind closed doors on Wall St.

Let’s take a step back, and understand how far Presidential power stretches.  A great President, maybe one of only great Presidents-  Richard Nixon – Created the Forex market as we know it today.  In one swift move, Nixon defaulted on Bretton Woods and in the same moment, defaulted on his Gold obligations, and made the US Dollar the World’s Reserve Currency.  For detailed info about Nixon checkout this book.  Practically, although Nixon stiffed the French and other potential Gold customers that wanted payment in Gold – the world didn’t have many other choices.  For example, had France been stronger in that time, we’d all be using French Francs instead of USD.  Anyway, Nixon’s actions were a pro-Fed, pro-USD move- whether this was calculated or not is irrelevant.  The fact is that, the USD is really the only “One World Currency” in operation today, and will be for the forseeable future.

In case you are not following the way the world really works, Read this book: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.  This is a MUST READ for any trader, investor, economist, businessman, politician, lawyer, or anyone interested in the world.  The point here is that, yes – it’s true.  The Fed Chairman is the most powerful person in the world, because they control the money supply, the amount of US Dollars in the world, and the interest rates.  But – Trump could oust-em!  What does Trump think about the current Fed?  Well, he’s not happy with Fed policy, and says The Fed and in particular Chairman Yellen “Should be Ashamed”-

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Monday accused the Federal Reserve of keeping interest rates low for political reasons, the latest in a string of often contradictory critiques of the nation’s central bank.

The Fed vehemently defends the setting of its influential interest rate as independent of political considerations — a principle that is considered fundamental not only to the Fed but for central banks around the world. Yet speaking on CNBC, Trump said Fed Chair Janet L. Yellen should be “ashamed” of keeping interest rates so low for so long.  “She’s obviously political and doing what Obama wants her to do, and I know that’s not supposed to be the way it is,” Trump said.

In another moment, Trump stated in crystal clarity, a moment of sobriety of sorts for Trump, that he’s aware – the game is rigged, and it’s all a house of cards waiting to crash:

The latest such comment came Monday, when Trump responded to a question from a reporter about the potential for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year. “They’re keeping the rates down so that everything else doesn’t go down,” Trump said, according to reports. “We have a very false economy.”  “At some point the rates are going to have to change,” Trump added. “The only thing that is strong is the artificial stock market.”

There we go- we have our answer.  At least, we have a hint on the answer.  But the BIG QUESTION remains – will Trump simply put in his own chairman – or abolish the Fed altogether?  Wouldn’t that be something.  Either way it seems Dollar Up for a Trump victory.  Put your limit orders in now – Open a Forex Account.

To learn more about how Trump can really affect the markets, if elected – checkout Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex – YOUR GUIDE TO THE ELECTIONS ON HOW THEY CAN IMPACT MONETARY POLICY or in Plain English – How politics determines the value of what our dollars are worth, i.e. the dollar in your pocket.  For a more detailed Forex Education – Checkout Fortress Capital Trading Academy.

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Illegal Clinton victory can mean USA Balkanization or Revolution

by globalintelhub, 2016 (by Joe Gelet)

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-11/illegal-clinton-victory-can-mean-usa-balkanization-or-revolution

How quickly we are sliding down the rabbit hole! As we explain in Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex – Forex is the means to which one can understand how the world works.  This book isn’t about FOREX so much as it’s about the workings of the ‘real world’ – and no better time than now to understand these nuances! Scots refer to this time as “The Quickening:” 

Many have noted that time seems to be accelerating. The hours, days, seasons, and
years appear to fly by faster than ever before. An hour no longer feels like 60 minutes
(unless you’re waiting in line!). One week seems to run into the next. It’s as if we’re
watching the blur of a speeding train pass by.

It seems that it’s not possible to even digest and assimilate the information as quickly as it’s passing now.  Wikileaks released more HRC emails, of all people Bill OReilly exposes a massive conspiracy against Trump, A Libertarian tracking to get 10% of the vote, an election official was caught on camera saying ‘the fix is in’ for HRC, Russia is in fallout mode; whats next?  I’ll tell you what’s next…  First, a quick lesson..

The current social control paradigm doesn’t control people 100%.  It’s not as if there’s a button they can press in Washington, and Joe Plumber will lift his right arm and salute.  It’s an inefficient, outdated, but effective – propoganda system that functions on multiple levels.  Television with its HZ waves, chemicals in the food, drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, Viagra, Valium, and now in the west Marijuana, all designed to make you very happy fat idiots.  Well, not everyone is on prescription meds, and not everyone has a TV, so that’s one proof that this ‘system’ isn’t 100% effective!  Also, even for those ‘inside’ the system, it doesn’t control them 100%.  It controls the ‘group mind’ or ‘groupthink’ – that means, in subtle ways, the establishment can be against TRUMP but in such a way that at first he’s elected, but PENCE is the real play.  This game scenario, pacifies the real ‘awake’ people, with a TRUMP victory, but having a real establishmentarian in the White House shortly after.  Just sayin’ – it’s one of the possible considered scenarios – and you can bet the farm that the DOD’s supercomputers are running at full capacity gaming this situation, because a failure to coalecse the people when they are angry and armed can mean one thing: REVOLUTION.  Replace that word properly with ANARCHY or CHAOS because this isn’t really a REVOLUTION, as the Bolshevik revolution which was planned and stood for intellectual concepts.  This would be more of a REVOLT, against a broken establishmentarian system that hasn’t evolved with the times, and has done a poor, poor, poor job of management.

Note to Elite – if you want to engratiate yourselves, be sure to keep the people fat and happy completely, so they don’t notice what you’re doing.  Happy people means people sheeple.

The Establishment is so against Trump that it’s scary.  It’s proof that he really is an independent ‘candidate’ and that he hasn’t been ‘bribed’ by the powers to be.  But in any case, even for fervent TRUMP supporters, an establishment HRC victory by election fraud as described by the election official ‘busing around voters from voting booth to booth’ might even be BETTER than a TRUMP victory.  Because, TRUMP winning the election is the POSSIBILITY, not the GUARANTEE, of change.  Once TRUMP is in the White House, they will do everything and anything to make his job impossible.  It’s not known how TRUMP would act in such situation – not even he knows.  He thinks he knows – but he will encounter things that he didn’t expect once he’s there.

Regardless of the outcome, it seems that if there is any funny business at election time, which it seems there most certainly will be, it will ‘wake up’ a huge amount of voters to the fact that America has long ago been bought and sold just like almost every other country on the planet.  This may start them down a path where they may ask questions about the status quo, and it may change them.  They may want to learn things, such as how the financial system works – where does all the ‘money go’ – why is our money less and less valuable each year?  So, as hearbreaking as it may be to see a real swine steal the election via voter fraud, it certainly wouldn’t be a first in America (see results of 2000 elections), and it might actually be a good thing, in the long run, as those who are naive who believe ‘it can’t happen in America’ will be doused with a huge barrel of hot oil in the rest of the world they call ‘reality.’

BALKANIZATION

Here’s a topic that we should elaborate on so that people are prepared, those who are not aware of America’s history, or the structure of law, and how the states have an elective relationship with the Federal Government.  The United States of America is a superstate, it’s not a country, like Switzerland is a country, it’s a CORPORATION, a Federal multi-national conglomorate comprised of 50 primary dealer-states, and a few ‘almost’ shareholders that can vote but don’t pay taxes or have Senators, like Puerto Rico.  Due to the massive POWER enjoyed by the USA, this structure is thought of as strong, but do not confuse these traits. In fact, USAs history was very haphazard, it wasn’t planned well, at least on a Federal level.  Many aspects of how the USA operates happen as a ‘problem-reaction-solution’ and all of a sudden we have FEMA, an agency which many think is an Apocalyptic dark horse ready to administer end of times, when in the reality it’s a welfare agency to help people after storms who don’t have insurance or cars to drive out of emergency areas or even money for a bus ticket.  The Federal government has become just something unique that will be studied for a long time.

What is ‘balkanization’ – simply, a term meaning the unwinding of USA as an entity, in its current form – such that we could see many countries or ‘states’ – US states are called ‘states’ but actually a ‘state’ is a COUNTRY.  France, is a STATE.  Although, France is part of the European Union.  The EU was significantly more properly organized as a Federation, as they had an example of USA and UK, and technology, and other tools at their disposal.  The EU is perfect example of why a superstate doesn’t work, or if you want a failed example, how about Yugoslavia?  A great idea, and while Tito was alive – worked great!  But, then the jackals emerged and the situation ‘balkanized’ – which is what’s happening now in America.

Take a look at Texas secession voting polls as example:

Note the * – and this was conducted in August, before all recent events.  An angry critical mass could easily push this sentiment well above 50%, and remember these polls are of the politicians, the people probably already feel 80% about secession.  Trump uses good example of Obamacare and drawing lines around the states.  People in Texas, don’t care to be part of USA.  The republic of Texas will be happy to be out.  And New York, finally will say ‘we don’t want them, in OUR America’ – which will not include of course, the South (The Deep South) – and Mormon controlled Utah, California off in its own LALA land, and it remains to be seen how the midwest can partner with New England in this regard – possibly this can be the ‘real America’ – New England west until North Dakota line, including the upper Mississippi region, Wisconsin, Michican, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, etc.

Is it so far fetched – is it such a bad thing?  Driving around in this new “Many America’s” one wouldn’t know the difference.  Anyway, few Americans now even know who the president is NOW.  We aren’t fighting anymore for Democracy, we’re fighting over who gets what.  What energy companies will get tax breaks.  Where the next Amazon factory will be built.  In South Carolina?  Or in Mexico?  Or Canada?  Or .. not?

Balkanization of USA can be a good thing, it will be good for the markets, good for business – so those who are worried about such a scenario – don’t be!  It can be like living in Europe – only we’ll all speak English.  Well, if you’ve ever been to the Deep South, or Boston, you can say that it’s not easy to clearly understand native Americans from all parts of USA.

Revolution – will lead to balkanization.  Because states will react, to protect their interests.  Big business will fall back on the local government when the Feds fail.  It will be amazing how quickly interest pulls out of Washington and back into counties, cities, and states – when they see it doesn’t work.

There’s one huge PLUS in the current pay for play – lobbying system in Washington today.  The ‘real owners’ of USA – Corporations, UHNWi, foreign governments, special interests, and others – they can pull the plug at any time.  Without their support, Washington would be like a wet noodle.  Yes, the Army has nukes – but Facism has taken over so exclusively, nearly 60% of the CIA operations are OUTSOURCED!  That means a rogue general, without the support of Raytheon, Lockheed, and Boeing, would be a target not only of the Army but of foreign armies as well.  Unlike previous times, war cannot be started by assasinating the Archduke.

But – going back to the original point – the powers to be have gone so far in this election to push this system to the brink of collapse – an Illegal HRC victory can break the system.  People can simply lose faith.  Not go to work.  Not buy coca-cola.  Throw their garbage on the street.  Park their cars on interstate highways.  Throw TVs out of windows.  Stop drinking beer.  Don’t pay taxes.  Don’t take loans.  Learn foreign languages.  Create free puppet shows.  Write books.  Use their local libraries.  Stop driving on interstate highways.  Stop using social media.  Deleting bad files from their computers.  Digging gardens.  Reforming land for use.  Painting pictures.  Creating art with 3d printers.

The world is such a big, interesting place – this whole debate doesn’t deserve our time.  Who cares if Trump is a bad person, an egoist, whatever.  He’s not in prison.  He represents what America REALLY IS – like it or not.  If he loses fair and square, we can wait another 8 years.  But if HRC is elected due to voting fraud, machines that will ONLY vote for HRC (as we saw in the 2000 presidential election, and countless local elections) – we can expect huge social fallout, and probably, most likely, the beginning of America’s own BREXIT, where states will one way or another drop out of this “USA” system.

US taxpayers spend hundreds of billions of dollars paying taxes to keep this system going, by blind faith.  USA is a modern religion.  If only a small fraction of that tax money was spent on useful things, such as planting trees, building roads or paving roads, building schools and other various buildings, planting crops for consuming, heck even making beer – would be better than giving it to the federal government – economically speaking (you should always pay your taxes!).

Take a look at this overlay of a new ‘potential’ America, overlay on Federal Reserve ‘districts’ – interesting why the Fed has these ‘districts’ isn’t it, 12 of them.. how biblical of them…

To learn more about the way the world works, checkout Splitting Pennies – which explains politics from the perspective of REALITY (which in the case of politics = money, or FOREX).  Forex = money value.

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Bill Clinton is not responsible for the economic boom of the 90s

by globalintelhub, 2016

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-10/bill-clinton-not-responsible-economic-boom-90s

After listening to ridiculous comments as expected from a Clinton, that are offensive on multiple levels, we need to set the record straight about one of the best economic periods in American History; the late 80’s and 90s.  During the career of Bill Clinton, something happened in American politics which was a transformation of a ‘political’ system, where intellectuals would debate issues of the day, and suggest policy changes – to one of a ‘pay for play’ business regime, culminating in the shadow government we have today.  Talking about special interests in modern politics is a joke – ‘special interests’ control the entire system.  The idea of a Trump is that this isn’t an issue, because he’s self-funding his campaign, and well – he’s not a politician.  But that doesn’t mean he can as a single individual stand up to the special interests – he may be very well overrun by this virus that’s eaten away the core of our political system.  As we explain in Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex – the world isn’t as it seems, the world works in simple ways – those in power just like to make it look complicated.

The thing that business people have to understand about politics as a business – it’s not a normal business.  Making a business out of politics is very corrupt.  Accepting money for the formation of laws, is an uber – conflict of interest.

Business people must fulfill a need, perform excellent customer service, or create something unique that the market wants.  Businessmen are ALWAYS tested by the market – and they’re always one trade away from ruining their entire business.  One recall from Toyota- risks their entire business.  One bad property deal from Trump – one deal with the ‘wrong’ person – risks the entire operation.  POLITICIANS DO NOT HAVE THAT PROBLEM.  They are never ‘tested’ for performance and if they are ever ‘questioned’ about it, they can simply use their power to make these risks minimal.  Unfortunately, they are all on board with this system.

Politicians, have no value per se, they do not need to have a skill, be literate, do their jobs properly, or perform excellent customer service.  In fact, quite the opposite.  Once elected, a politican needs to be proven to commit huge crimes in order to be ousted from office.  And that, as we’ve seen with HRC, is nearly impossible (because, they control the police, FBI, etc.).  Politicans have no value or skill – they have POWER.  Because once they are in office, they can enact ordinances, executive orders, create taxes, declare emergencies, zone property, create business licenses, enforce or not enforce regulations, and many other powers.  So during the course of the last 60 years, they realized they can sell on the open market their one asset – power.  It goes to the highest bidder.  Make no mistake – they are not complete puppets for their customers, they are subject to market forces that change things, make mistakes, and do not always acheive the outcomes they desire.  However, this power broker system persists in Washington to this day, and is the dominating cog in the political system.

Bill Clinton in some way was a genius in capitalizing on this system first locally in Arkansas and then riding this gravy train all the way to the White House.  Bill Clinton was not a businessman, not an economist, not an intellectual.  He was a musician by vocation and lawyer by occupation:

Sometime in my sixteenth year, I decided I wanted to be in public life as an elected official. I loved music and thought I could be very good, but I knew I would never be John Coltrane or Stan Getz. I was interested in medicine and thought I could be a fine doctor, but I knew I would never be Michael DeBakey. But I knew I could be great in public service.[3]

The 90’s was a culmination of the 80s, and several key factors, were macro circumstances that produced the boom of the 90s:

  • The collapse of the Soviet Union – leaving many vassal states for the US to claim, expand business, provide loans – it was a gold rush!
  • A continual lowering of the interest rate – not quite QE, but at the time, it was extreme
  • Strong European financial economy, being supported by the US – culminating in the Euro in 1999
  • Due to collapse of USSR, Military budget was slashed, billions flowed into technology instead of bombs, which allowed the massive tech sector to be built (Internet, Google, Microsoft)
  • Immigrants, capital, and ideas all flowed into the USA during this time, supporting the economy
  • China in early expansion, during a period where China ‘needed’ USA, Wal Mart expanding, US-China trade exploding (both ways – not only imports)
  • Iraq war, although a huge economic waste, had less economic devastation than other wars (like Vietnam) and enabled 10 years of cheap oil and strong US Dollar

These are just some of the economic markers.  Each should be allowed its own elaboration, as many of these points fall through the cracks of modern macroeconomics, i.e. FOREX.  That’s because 99% of economists don’t consider money supply in their analysis.  Let’s be practical, there’s hundreds of billions of dollars flowing into the United States during the 90s from other countries – is this significant?  Does this support the US Dollar?  Of course it does.  And more importantly, the money stayed here, it grew the economy, built businesses, created jobs – it was the ideal climate.  There wasn’t a conspiracy, unlike what some may tell you – macro economics & politics is an animal of its own.  We can describe the 90s as ‘good weather’ after the storm.

As anyone can see in the Southeast after a Hurricane passes, the weather is simply breathtaking.  That’s what happened in the 90s.  Not because of Bill Clinton.  If anything, you can blame Bill Clinton for taking this economic opportunity and creating many of the problems we have today, such as the Welfare state (entitlement programs), regulation of markets, government inefficiency, and an extension of Washington’s ‘pay for play’ game, which has turned a system of politics into something else all together.  It’s an unregulated power market.  Too bad there’s not an exchange, we can go short Clinton and hedge our risks.

To learn more about the way the world REALLY works, checkout Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex – or checkout Fortress Capital Trading Academy, who offers a great Introductory course.  Forex = The reality of how the world works.

 

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Hitler’s New World Order alive in the markets – FX History Lesson 28

by globalintelhub, 2016

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-08/hitlers-new-world-order-alive-markets-fx-history-lesson-28

As explained in our groundbreaking best-seller Splitting Pennies – the world isn’t as it seems; in fact, the world is a lot simpler and less complex than perceived.  We’re victim of “Perception Deception” – as explained eloquently in David Icke’s book.  If we can for a moment, de-politicize, de-emotionalize, and ‘de’ all the programming, advertising, and other ‘noise’ designed to distract us from reality; a different picture begins to emerge on the planet.  We’re talking about Forex, so let’s look at what happened this week in FX:

During two chaotic minutes of Asian trading, the pound plunged the most since the Brexit referendum in June, with traders saying computer-initiated sell orders exacerbated the slump.

The 6.1 percent drop drove sterling to a 31-year low of $1.1841, according to composite prices compiled by Bloomberg of contributions from dealers. Traders speculated the crash might have been sparked by human error, or a so-called “fat finger,” with algorithms adding to selling pressure at a time of day when liquidity is relatively low.

While the currency snapped back in Asia, it resumed its freefall during European hours, as concern welled up that Britain is headed for a so-called hard Brexit that would restrict its access to the European Union’s single market in return for gaining control of immigration.

 

Pound ‘flash crash’ sees sterling plunge 6pc within minutes – but was it due to a ‘fat finger’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/10/07/pound-flash-crash-sees-sterling-plunge-6pc-within-minutes/ 

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Pound ‘flash crash’ sees sterling plunge 6pc within minutes – but was it due to a ‘fat finger’…

The pound suffered its biggest drop against the dollar since the Brexit vote on Friday amid warnings from the French president that the UK faced tough Brexit negotiations.

telegraph.co.uk

So Bloomberg gets one of their London based FX customers on the line, Kit Jukes from SocGen, and asks him candidly about what happened.  He says that, Forex markets (and many other markets – too) are going to be volatile until a “New World Order” is implemented.  Or to quote him verbatim “Price discovery will be an issue as we move to a New World Order.”  The “NWO” he is referring to, is some sort of market panacea, where price discovery is so efficient, well – that’s not a market!  Let’s remember how all this Forex started, going back to a small hotel in New England, Bretton Woods:

It was at this place where world leaders agreed to use the US Dollar as the world’s reserve currency, known as the “Bretton Woods” agreement, named after the ski resort where the meeting was held (probably, reminded them of Switzerland):

Preparing to rebuild the international economic system while World War II was still raging, 730 delegates from all 44 Allied nations gathered at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, United States, for the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference, also known as the Bretton Woods Conference. The delegates deliberated during 1–22 July 1944, and signed the Bretton Woods agreement on its final day. Setting up a system of rules, institutions, and procedures to regulate the international monetary system, these accords established the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), which today is part of the World Bank Group. The United States, which controlled two thirds of the world’s gold, insisted that the Bretton Woods system rest on both gold and the US dollar. Soviet representatives attended the conference but later declined to ratify the final agreements, charging that the institutions they had created were “branches of Wall Street.”[1] These organizations became operational in 1945 after a sufficient number of countries had ratified the agreement.  On 15 August 1971, the United States unilaterally terminated convertibility of the US dollar to gold, effectively bringing the Bretton Woods system to an end and rendering the dollar a fiat currency.[2] This action, referred to as the Nixon shock, created the situation in which the US dollar became a reserve currency used by many states. At the same time, many fixed currencies (such as the pound sterling, for example) also became free-floating.

Fast forward, it’s 10-8-2016, and leading FX strategists are telling us that markets are waiting for a “New World Order” – wasn’t that what was agreed at Bretton Woods?  Was Nixon in on this plot, was he tricked, was it a coincidence that Kissinger was with Nixon at Camp David (and who knows, who else) the weekend before they created their ‘plan’ to default on Bretton Woods?  No one knows, but we can certainly analyze current data.

For a little perspective, we must understand the history of the world from an American perspective, after World War 2.  WW2 was the defining event that shaped the 20th and 21st century.  The best perspective for any American businessman, investor, or trader – is to READ THIS BOOK: IBM and the Holocaust.  This book is a MUST READ for any Forex trader, stock investor, or anyone who wants to understand how the world ‘really’ works: IBM and the Holocaust.

This is New York Times Bestseller with well over 1 Million copies sold.  It’s a well documented, research gold mine.  After reading this book, you can say that you understand more about world politics than Political Science professors.  This is the reality of the way the world really works, which is NOT taught in school.  Through the book, you’ll see how the founder of IBM (Watson) not only enabled the Nazi regime to expand economically and manage the holocaust, he was Hitler’s personal friend (if you can say, Hitler had a friend), receiving the 2nd most prestigious medal of honor offered by the Nazi’s in that time.  And also note that Watson was an American, a citizen of the country that would eventually go to war with Hitler.  Like bankers who profit from both sides, IBM was literally making computing machines for both sides.  The starving Nazi regime, in some part, was supported by their theft of Jewish assets domestically.  IBM, reaped huge profits from their dealings with Hitler.  Many of those profits were shared with employees in the USA, Watson even gave employees raises and one time bonuses.  Here is a clear example of an unknown element of economic support of the US Dollar that’s hard to track economically, because IBM hid the profits in order to avoid paying taxes and more importantly, to avoid being accused of trading with the enemy (even before the war, it was unpopular to be in favor of the German regime).  This argument about the hidden economic support of America’s economy, will be more obvious in later periods, such as during the 90’s, when America experienced a huge economic boom which politicians like to take credit for (There were global macro economic factors that far outweighed any domestic policy changes that contributed to the 90’s growth, such as the collapse of the Soviet Union).

So what does this have to do with Forex?  Two things.  First, this laid the foundation for Bretton Woods and the Euro.  The Euro is practically a derivative of the US Dollar.  That’s why countries such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, and others – stayed out of the Euro.  The Euro is the financial end result of the Marshall Plan which was designed to ensure the US Dollar was THE world reserve currency.  Second, by seizing Germany as a vassal state, the US-UK “Axis” cemented its control over Europe, the highest economic prize across the pond.  That’s because in Europe itself, Germany has always been the ‘strongest’ state, being the biggest producer and economic leader of Northern countries, whereas Southern Europe has been plagued by debt, complicated politics, and other issues (like African refugees floating to ‘the promised land’ or the Mafia hiding Nuclear waste in Italy & Ukraine, Terrorism (Real terrorism, not this ‘fabricated’ terrorism, etc.)

To add to the spoils of war, Project Paperclip brought top Nazi scientists (most notably, Von Braun) without which NASA programs in the past 60 years would not have been possible.  Interestingly, this was also a period where the CIA was created, leading to the current global survelleince society we have today.  Planned and organized in London, executed and accounted for in New York & Washington, all for the benefit of various international multi-ethnic owners (some American, some Dutch, Swiss, French, Italian, German, Russian, British, Israeli, etc.)  Long story short, the Royal Elite evolved, they didn’t disappear (Think – Illuminati, vs. King Henry).

Fast forward to 2016 – during World War 2, IBM, the most sophistocated, largest, powerful computer company in the world was feeding the Nazi war machine.  What are computer companies (think Google, Facebook, Microsoft) doing today in Europe?  In London?  Google, Facebook, Microsoft, all have strong relationships with the DOD (Department of Defense).

It was Hitler that first wrote famously the words “New World Order” – and now this same ‘goal’ is the solution to market microstructure illiquidity, volatility, wide spreads, and huge price swings?  It seems that over the past 100 years really, not much has really changed, it is the same group of banks pulling our nose (historically speaking), whether they’re funding Hitler or Clinton, whoever wins, nothing seems to change.  In war there are no winners, only victims.  There’s a popular banking advertisement ‘banks compete – you win’ – it should be ‘When countries compete, banks win’ – and this is most obvious in the Forex market, where such a move in the GBP/USD can be a quick 10 or 20 yard-bagger for a major bank who is on the front of the order.  And all this commotion- banking profits all the way to the New World Order!

And – according to this book The Mind of Hitler – written by a Psychoanalyst, Hitler was not only supported and financed by the Rothschilds – he WAS a Rothschild!  They tried this NWO once before, maybe this is attempt 2, their ‘trump’ card.  Pun intended.

To learn more about Forex history, and how it impacts us today, checkout Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex – or checkout Fortress Capital Trading Academy, who offers a great Introductory course.  Forex = The reality of how the world works.

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Pizzaflation and the US Dollar collapse

by globalintelhub, 2016

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-29/pizzaflation-and-us-dollar-collapse

Sometimes the best economic analysis comes anecdotally.  Why not explain the most important economic issue of our day with America’s favorite food: PIZZA.  As we explain in our book Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex, the real reason of inflation is because of monetary policy, not supply and demand.  For a basic primer on Inflation, you can checkout this book “What you should know about Inflation.” 

In case you didn’t know, facts about Pizza

Pizza is actually America’s favorite food.  The Atlantic covered a DOA report that showed the cheesy stats:

Like football, pop music, and democracy itself, pizza follows in the long American tradition of things that began overseas before the United States imported, violently altered, and eventually defined the institution. Although the first pizza shops didn’t open in the U.S. until the early 20th century, hundreds of years after the original Neapolitan pies, we now spend $37 billion a year on pizza, accounting for a third of the global market. The obsession deepens. On any given day, about 13 percent of Americans eat pizza, according to a new report from the Department of Agriculture. One in six guys between the ages of two and 39 ate it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner today. In part due to this obsession, per capita consumption of cheese is up 41 percent since 1995. Drawn from the report, here are seven facts about Americans and pizza, presented free of moralizing comments about whether or not it is healthy or sensible for the American diet to consist so overwhelming of bread adorned with tomato-cheesey gloop.

Pizza, is actually an AMERICAN food, brought to America by the Italians.  Pizza was invented in Italy, but in Italy, Pizza is completely different, and not very popular.  In fact, Pizza is most popular in America.  It’s more American than Apple Pie.  Check it out:

In 1905, a slice of pizza cost five cents. During the Depression, when families did not have much money, pizza became popular with everyone in the United States. Families were eating different types of pizza on the east and west coasts. A thick-crust pizza was called double-crust pizza or west coast pizza. When they had a large exhibit about pizza at the Texas State Fair, more people inquired about this food than any other.The first recipe for pizza appeared in a fundraising cookbook published in Boston in 1936. The recipe, for Neapolitan pizza, was made by hand. Dough had to be hand-stretched by pizzaiolos and housewives until it was half an inch thick. The pizza had cheese, tomatoes, grated parmesan cheese, and olive oil. Surprisingly, the dough was not made by hand, but cooks were told to buy it at a good Italian bake shop.However, pizza was mostly limited to Italian immigrant communities until after World War II, when American soldiers returning from Italy still wanted their pies. Popularity spread, and various American styles developed. Pizzeria Uno is credited with the invention of the Chicago deep dish pizza in 1943. This is known as tomato pie and was baked in rectangular pans in bakeries. Its crust was extra thick and it had seasoned tomato puree and was dusted with Romano cheese before it went into the oven. Some eventually had meat and thick cheese, and it was so thick, it often had to be eaten with a knife and fork.

The American Dollar is collapsing

From five cents a slice to $20 a Pizza.  What happened?  During this time, the US Dollar went down by more than 95%.  Let’s take a look at one of America’s favorite Pizzas, Numero Uno Pizza.  For those of you who have not had the pleasure to live in the greater Los Angeles area, where Numero Uno has had 95% name recognition, Numero Uno Pizza is a household name.  Interestingly, Numero Uno was founded in Los Angeles right around the time Nixon created Forex; 1970.  We’ve obtained an old Numero Uno menu (we think though, it’s from the 80s) that shows prices from that time:

Wow!  .85 House Wine, less than $5 for a Carafe!

Now take a look at prices we’ve lifted from current NU store sites, such as Numero Uno Palmdale:

The most popular NU pizza is the S5 “Slaughterhouse 5” which currently stands at $16.95.  We confirmed with the manager of Palmdale location that indeed; prices are due for a rate hike in January.

From $10.85 to $16.95 isn’t too bad, Pizzaflation is not nearly as bad as inflation in other markets, most notably, real estate, groceries, coffee, and other items.  Using an inflation calculator, $1 in 1970 is about $6.21 today.  If the menu is from 1985, the S5 should be $24.29.  Other NU stores have it priced at $19.99.  In any case, for older folk, $20 is a lot to pay for a Pizza, in their mind.  But that’s only because of memory, of times past.  Inflation is a slow subtle tax.  From a ‘real dollar’ perspective, Numero Uno Pizza is cheap.

Let’s understand the second component of inflation that’s less obvious – the deterioration of QUALITY.  You can get a Pizza today for $5 – but it’s a bunch of crap.  Like any product, you get what you pay for.  This part of inflation, the decline in quality, is less obvious but more damaging.  Every year, products get a little worse and worse.

The real cause of Pizzaflation

Real analysts must always seek the CAUSALITY  

Inflation happens only for one reason:  Central Bank prints more currency.  More currency, chasing the same or fewer goods and assets, makes the price go up.  It’s really simple!  QE (Quantitative Easing) has been rampant in recent years.  Fortunately for consumers, most inflation has happened in financial markets, real estate, and other markets.

This phenomenon has been covered well in “The Burrito Index:”

In our household, we measure inflation with the “Burrito Index”: How much has the cost of a regular burrito at our favorite taco truck gone up?

Since we keep detailed records of expenses (a necessity if you’re a self-employed free-lance writer), I can track the real-world inflation of the Burrito Index with great accuracy: the cost of a regular burrito from our local taco truck has gone up from $2.50 in 2001 to $5 in 2010 to $6.50 in 2016.That’s a $160% increase since 2001; 15 years in which the official inflation rate reports that what $1 bought in 2001 can supposedly be bought with $1.35 today.

If the Burrito Index had tracked official inflation, the burrito at our truck should cost $3.38—up only 35% from 2001. Compare that to today’s actual cost of $6.50—almost double what it “should cost” according to official inflation calculations.

Since 2001, the real-world burrito index is 4.5 times greater than the official rate of inflation—not a trivial difference.

Between 2010 and now, the Burrito Index has logged a 30% increase, more than triple the officially registered 10% drop in purchasing power over the same time.

Those interested can check the official inflation rate (going back to 1913) with the BLS Inflation calculator by clicking here.

My Burrito Index is a rough-and-ready index of real-world inflation. To insure its measure isn’t an outlying aberration, we also need to track the real-world costs of big-ticket items such as college tuition and healthcare insurance, as well as local government-provided services. When we do, we observe results of similar magnitude.

The takeaway? Our money is losing its purchasing power much faster than the government would like us to believe.

It’s important for consumers to understand, Pizzaflation is not caused by Pizza makers.  Numero Uno actually is doing a great job keeping prices low, because their food cost, rent, and other costs, are all exploding parabolic.

Los Angeles has the highest rent burden in America:

Overall, rents in Los Angeles have doubled since the 1970s:

But of course, that’s not counting other various fees, taxes, increased regulatory costs, increased insurances due to higher crime rates, and other factors.  Pizzaflation has hit Los Angeles hard, creating a ‘double whammy’ for businesses like Numero Uno.  And with LA’s median income flat since 1970, it makes one wonder who can afford a $20 Pizza.  But the remaining Numero Uno stores are mostly packed and have great reviews, so it seems that it takes something really Magic to survive the pressure of the Fed.

To learn more about how the Fed decreases the value of the US Dollar via Quantitative Easing, checkout Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex – your pocket guide to make you a Forex genius!

The good news, Forex is artificial so you can learn about it online.  It’s all digital.  If you want the best Pizza you’ve ever had in your life – you’ll have to drive all the way to Palmdale, California and visit Numero Uno Palmdale.

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Redneck Investin Part 2 – The evolved Redneck – READ before RIOT

by globalintelhub, 2016

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-21/redneck-investin-part-2-evolved-redneck-read-riot

Due to the events in Charlotte, of which the participants are mostly of the lower class, and spectators of the upper; we thought it timely to release Part 2 in our Redneck series, Redneck Investin’ – a Look from the other side.  You can read part 1 here.  We released Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex for the common man to understand the financial system from another perspective.  We encourage all rioters to pick up a copy and understand ‘the man’ instead of vandalizing private property and becoming 5 second celebrities on the local news.

So you don’t have any money to invest?  Think again!  The only capital is in between your ears (intelligence).

Redneck Investin’ 1.1

Gift Card Arbitrage

It’s possible on ebay to buy a face value gas card or gift card for less than the face value.  The amount less will depend on the auction – you won’t have any guarantees here.  But for example it’s possible to buy a gift card for a retailer, 20% or even 40% discounted!  That means you could theoretically buy a $100 gift card for $50, $60, $70, or $90.  In many cases they’ll be in the money or in some strange cases out of the money.  We’re not going to point to any particular ebay listings to be fair – but they’re there.  Know what to look for!  Be sure you’re bidding on a GIFT CARD or GAS CARD that can be used to BUY GAS, or in a retail shop to buy PRODUCTS.  Make sure you are NOT bidding on a REWARDS CARD or other form of ‘special discount’ card.  Gift cards are no different than cash insofar as their spending ability.  Good luck!

Crisp $100 Bill sales

For some reason unbeknownst to the author, buyers are willing to pay more than $100 for a crisp, unused $100 bill.  Why?  Don’t ask – we don’t know!  But it’s legal, and the premium can be upwards of 20% or even greater!  But there’s a catch, getting fresh bills aren’t easy.  Plus, if you want to buy a whole ‘strap’ it’s going to cost you $10,000 for the whole 100 lot of $100 bills, which may be beyond your 401 Keg budget.  So you’ll have to get a few individually broken out of the strap, which will need to be organized by your local bank branch.  They probably won’t call you when they come in, so this may involve you going into the branch daily at a certain time (usually, banks will receive money deliveries at the same time daily or weekly depending on the population of the local area.)  Anyway, as many as you can obtain, you can load them up on ebay and rake in a risk free tidy profit!  Don’t forget to calculate ebays fees, and shipping.

Fountain Coin Cleaning

WARNING – THIS MAY BE ILLEGAL IN SOME AREAS.  CHECK WITH LOCAL LAWS AND LANDOWNERS BEFORE TRYING THIS.  Some fountain owners may want a cut!

Many people believe that it’s ‘good luck’ to throw coins into fountains.  Other people think it’s ‘good luck’ to collect these coins and deposit them into their bank account!  Do this at night, around 3am – 5am when there’s the least chance of a coin tosser seeing you.  It will depress them and they will not throw coins in other fountains, thus damaging your future income.  NEVER COLLECT ALL COINS IN A FOUNTAIN – it will confuse coin tossers the next day, they will think this is a ‘no toss’ fountain.  Always leave 20% of coins to remind tossers that this is a ‘please toss’ fountain.

Golf Ball recovery and sales

Golfers are, well, there’s a lot of golf balls in lakes and water traps near golf courses.  Public courses are not as highly protected as the “Elite” country clubs, and it’s more likely to find a fellow Redneck groundskeeper willing to let you in at night to go night diving for balls.  He may want a cut of your spoils – be fair and share!  This is an honest job; the balls are in the water usually rotting away covered with moss and other lake elements that will ultimately deteriorate the balls.  Fancy courses have systems to rake the balls out of the water, but most municipal courses don’t.  Be fair, show you care!  Don’t charge more than $1 or $2 per ball.  If you’re in Florida – beware of Alligators.

Be sensitive to the local culture.  Remember this sign, in California – no martinis in the pool, please!

If you want a quick Forex education, checkout Splitting Pennies – the pocket guide designed to instantly make you a Forex genius!

If you want to get started looking at investing, checkout Fortress Capital Forex

For financial institutions, checkout Liquid Claims Securities Settlement Serivces.

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911 and the Lost American Culture

by globalintelhub, 2016

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-11/911-and-lost-american-culture

911 is an event that changed America forever.  Probably that can be said for many such events like Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the Lusitania, or the day the Allies ‘won’ World War 2.  But 911 is a lot more complicated, probably just because it’s an event that was in line with the times, culture, and changing world.  And as we explain in Splitting Pennies – a lot of money was made on Forex trades.

Everything that was before 911 was no more.  From the date of 911 until now, America has been preoccupied with war, security, and various emergencies.  It’s no coincidence that this event is known as ‘911’ which is the emergency code Americans dial.  America is in a state of emergency.

911 was the paradigm game changer of our century.  As we understand this event better, we can better understand markets and the world as it really is, and better ourselves for a brighter more prosperous future.

Some personal experiences not found in the ether

911 has been so well analyzed and documented by so many researchers.  Thanks to all of them.  Here’s some subjective experiences no one ever knew.

In the year 2000 a group of investors had been assembled via Private Placement Memorandum in Palm Beach County to invest 20 Million USD in the development of an intelligent stock trading algorithm, we code named the project ADTS “Automatic Day Trading System” (which was heresy in that time “Program Trading”).  The investors were all committed based on the involvement of an Italian Illuminati Investment Banker with the initials BT (now deceased).  We were fully subscribed in July of 2001 and in August I was personally looking for office space for our startup.  Among the locations I was investigating were the twin towers (one of our backers was an NYSE insider, Wall St. seemed an appropriate place to operate) although practically, we probably would have chosen south Florida, as the majority of the founders were based in Palm Beach County at that time, as well as BT.

The morning of 911 I remember waking up with the sun, unusual for me (i’m an alarm clock guy, i can’t wake up with the roosters).  It was a beautiful sunny day in Palm Beach I remember opening all doors on my house and enjoying the nice morning with no clouds.  Later I would learn how all the clouds were sucked out to sea by a hurricane Erin that reversed course strangely, exactly on the morning of 911.  It was headed for NYC almost exactly to where the twin towers were, ironically, before it changed course.  But, it sucked all the bad clouds, gasses, and other atmospheric elements (pressure) into it ensuring a clear game day for a historic, epic black op.

Those who can remember this day, remember the fear, shock, confusion, anger, and overwhelming emotions even for the most fervent anti-government rebel.  We felt as America was under attack – but from whom?  From what?  How?  We watched TV.  We watched mutliple TVs.  There wasn’t any Zero Hedge in that time, most news websites were copies of their TV programs, and what alternative news there was, lacked the depth of information that they have today.  Today, everyone has an HD camera in their pocket, back then, smartphones hadn’t been popularized yet.

So later in the day, I got a call from BT “It was Bin Laden” .. silence.  I thought, what a strange comment.  I didn’t even know who this character was.  After receiving a small lesson about the Mujahadeen, later I was explained that we’ll be soon going to war in Afghanistan, and that we should consider moving our operations for our business to another country  (for a number of reasons but mostly, the non-US investors were afraid of Americas’ stability, and also that the climate of war is not productive for developing intelligent trading systems).  All this info was told to me the same day of the attack.  Now I was by no means an insider, I have no knowledge of who provided this information to BT, but at the time it wasn’t really of any interest to me to ask.

The strange email chain

I’m not sure how I got on this email chain, but it was 2001, a time of chain letters, there was no social media.  I was emailed to a group, all the group was CC not BCC, with video attachments – my limited DSL was slow to download them, don’t remember many details about the videos, but the text of the email I remember clearly.  In all caps, the emailer explained that they have RECORDED SHOOTING DOWN OF AN AIRPLANE WITH HOME VIDEO, MANY MILITARY VEHICLES AND CRAFT.  PLANE POSSIBLY SHOT DOWN BY ANOTHER PLANE, OR IN COMBINATION WITH SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES.  MILITARY BANGING ON DOOR – PLEASE FORWARD THESE VIDEOS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.  OUR ADDRESS IS ….. PA OUR EMAIL IS… OUR NAME IS.. OUR PHONE IS.. OUR CHILDREN ARE LOCATED AT…   silence.

I never saw this email chain or this home video surface years later.  At the time, I had been preoccupied with my own moving to New Zealand and unfortunately don’t have the records of this, it was in hindsight a huge mistake not keeping better records of such things.  But with all the strange mistakes made by the MSM at the time, this seemed like just one of a hundred little ‘quirks.’

But there were a lot of strange things about Flight 93, such as the FBI reports of White Angels, claims that it was shot down (much like the email said), and no physical crash evidence:

WHERE’S THE PLANE?  LET’S CREATE A MAN-HUNT!

Pratically speaking, we’ll never know 100% of what happened, because whoever executed this black op destroyed all the evidence, and key people died of mysterious causes.  But due to the honorable and diligent research by millions- there certainly is a MASSIVE GIANT POINTING FINGER

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Warning to investors – Do Not Invest In Currencies!

by globalintelhub, 2016 (Joe Gelet)

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-06/warning-investors-do-not-invest-currencies

We see from time to time articles from investment groups talking about how they believe that the US Dollar will be strong for the next 18 months blah blah blah.  It’s always positive to hear investment managers learning about FX.  Unfortunately, as we explain in Splitting Pennies – FX isn’t like other markets.  Investing in Currencies is an outright gamble.  Let’s elaborate on this point, the difference between TRADING and INVESTING.

When someone says that the US Dollar will be ‘up’ in the next 6 months – how do they know there won’t be a black swan event, such as an act of terror, a surprise interest rate increase, a coup, or any number of other events that can shake markets?

The proof, or at least a strong argument – Goldman Sachs has lost billions for clients in FX, see this recent example:

Goldman’s Robin Brooks has to be a sadist: that is the only way we can explain his ability to crush the greatest number of Goldman clients at every possible opportunity.

Well, if Goldman can’t do it – you really think you are smarter than Goldman Sachs?  And remember that Forex is a Monopoly, in which Goldman Sachs is a controller.  They lose money in a market they ‘control.’

Why would an FX outfit warn investors not to invest in Currencies?  Because we believe based on statistical evidence that the markets are random.  Or to be more static – even if they aren’t random, if a strategy can work on random numbers, it can work on any market.

There is however a very profitable way to trade Forex and include it in your portfolio.  The solution is – to trade Forex using proven and tested algorithms. 

Anything else, is pure investment suicide.

And the benefit to investing in Forex strategies, it is an asset class per se.  In fact, investing in a strategy isn’t an investment in currencies.  Although, most FX strategies will not work on stocks, bonds, commodities, and other instruments.  That doesn’t mean the strategies are correlated to FX price activity – they’re not.  Simply, it’s possible to create mathematically sound strategies in FX that’s not possible in other markets.  This is due to a number of reasons but most notably, FX has superior size and liquidity, relatively low volatility, higher activity (tick movement), and a plethora of development tools for strategists.

Unless you’re George Soros, trading and investing in FX without the aid of computer models is highly risky!  For this reason, hundreds of FX managers across the globe have invested their own funds in the research and development of strategies, mostly algorithmic but almost all quantitative.  Here’s one just as an example, that didn’t have a losing month in 3.5 years.  But it is expensive to have such results, it requires massive computing power, and constant optimization.

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Half of Corporate America losing BILLIONS in Forex for no reason

by globalintelhub, 2016

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-31/half-corporate-america-losing-billions-forex-no-reason

Here’s the big irony for the markets.  As we explain in Splitting Pennies book, Forex is the largest market in the world and the least understood.  Corporate America certainly doesn’t understand Forex.  Well, according to this report, about 50% do:

Forty-eight percent of nonfinancial companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges remained exposed to volatility in foreign exchange rates, commodity prices and interest rates in 2012 because they did not hedge them, according to a new study by Chatham Financial.  The interest-rate and currency risk adviser studied a sample of 1,075 companies ranging from $500 million to $20 billion in revenue. The nearly half that did not use financial instruments to hedge their exposures demurred despite the threat the risks posed to both the balance sheets and reported earnings (see chart at bottom). “That was surprising, knowing the pressure senior management teams and treasury feel around identifying ways to reduce risk to factors within their control so business can focus on other areas,”Amol Dhargalkar, managing director for corporate advisory at Chatham, says.

Many analysts have pointed to the fact that the new excuse of “Currency Headwinds” (accountant code word for “Don’t Understand Forex”) to define earnings in 2016:

Companies that do business outside of the USA have substantial forex exposure. This exposure can be an asset, if properly managed – but often it is a liability. Recently, the trend in corporate accounting has been to blame “currency headwinds” which can be a good excuse for up to $10 billion in losses. Did these executives ever hear about hedging?

So what does this data mean?  It means that half of Corporate America is speculating BIG in Forex.  Not hedging, when you have FX positions, is speculating.  For example, imagine you’re a big US multinational like McDonalds (MCD).  McDonalds (MCD) is a great example because they are one of the companies that lives off their FX hedges.  Without FX hedging, it’s questionable if MCD could survive, because more than 60% of their revenue comes from non-US Dollar (USD).  That means their revenue, without FX hedging, would be nearly an exact function of the FX markets (which is the case for these companies that don’t hedge).  Companies that lose billions of dollars due to ‘currency headwinds’ – they are losing huge in Forex.

Here’s the irony.  Pension Funds and many institutions are reluctant to invest in Forex strategies because they are ‘risky’.  But they invest in the stock of companies that lose billions in Forex!  And that’s OK.  Well, everyone is losing, so why not us too.  Heck, I don’t want to be singled out as the one state pension fund that’s actually MAKING money for our retirees, that might cause me to get promoted, or lose my job.

Why don’t these companies hedge you ask?  Isn’t it their fiduciary duty to their shareholders?  Here’s one perspective from PWC:

When a publicly held company engaged in a multi-billion dollar investment in an overseas location
recently, the firm considered using a hedge — or swap — contract to reduce the risk that a big currency
swing would impact costs and financial results. The plan was sound financially. Yet, management had
concerns about the reaction of investors to this approach and decided to drop the hedging plan, says
Chris Rhodes, accounting advisory services partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  Why? Because the CFO determined that,
although the hedge would protect all the cash
spent in the foreign jurisdiction against currency
exposure, the cost of capital — in this case
borrowing in external markets — “would be
negatively impacted by the inability of some
analysts to understand the reporting issues
involved,” Rhodes explains. “The concern is that,
although many analysts would immediately grasp
the sophisticated currency-hedging procedures
that were key to the plan, others might not.”

So you see, according to this perspective, CFOs understand Forex, but they understand that others such as analysts don’t understand, and think that there’s a negative perception problem, to closing a big gaping hole in their FX exposure.

One year in the 90’s, Intel Corporation made more money on their FX positions than they did selling processors.  Not all of Corporate America is completely stupid.  There are some savvy FX managers out there, that do a great job.  But for the other half, one has to wonder if FX volatility will finally drive these unhedged companies out of business.

Here’s what you see on every street corner in Russia:

At least, some humans are prepared for potential financial catastrophe, even if it’s as simple as FX volatility.

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What Preppers haven’t Prepped for – the big gaping hole

by globalintelhub, 2016

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-28/what-preppers-havent-prepped-big-gaping-hole

Reading stories about Preppers is often more inspiring than reading about startups.  Preppers dedicate their entire life to their new way of life, as it were.  Take for example this recent article in the Washington Post about the American Redoubt:

Those migrating to the Redoubt are some of the most motivated members of what is known as the prepper movement, which advocates readiness and self-reliance in man-made or natural disasters that could create instability for years. It’s scenario-planning that is gaining adherents and becoming mainstream in what Redoubt preppers described as an era of fear and uncertainty.  They are anxious about recent terrorist attacks from Paris to San Bernardino, Calif., to Orlando; pandemics such as Ebola in West Africa; potential nuclear attacks from increasingly provocative countries such as North Korea or Iran; and the growing political, economic and racial polarization in the United States that has deepened during the 2016 presidential election.

Although the reasons for prepping are extremely varied, most dedicated preppers share several axioms of their prepping philosophy, such as:

Before exposing the big gaping hole in the prepper’s main doctrine, let’s give uber-credit to this ‘movement’ if you want to call it that.  Although many preppers are fueled by irrational fears, and some based on a low probability, high impact event statistic (for example, a meteor several miles wide can strike the Earth, causing widespread volcanoes, earthquakes, and other end of days scenarios, but the chance of this happening in next 100 years is very low, probably 1 in 100 million); their approach towards life is very American, in fact it was this type of survivalist gusto that made America what it was originally.  The land was untamed, there were ‘terrorists’ (called in those days, American Indians) and Americans had to be self-reliant because well, there was no DHS to call.  If your village was attacked by Indians or the British you had to defend yourself.  There was also the chance of a lifetime – live in the West in the most beautiful property in the world basically for free – but you must do all yourself.  Pioneers, Homesteaders, Tradesmen, Industrialists, all thrived and made America what it was.  This essence seems to have been lost by the baby boomer generation that was convenience and consumer oriented (but of course, not completely).  Anyway, preppers have ushered in a new age of Americanism based on their self-reliant approach.  And many good lessons come with ‘preparing’ such as self-defense, making a robust plan (such as any organization, business or military should have), and keeping a stockpile of supplies in case of shortages.  The previous generation, mostly not with us anymore, would appreciate all these values.  During the war, they lived without many things.  They ‘prepped’ because of war.  Many preppers today will say that we are at war, it’s just an information war, or assymetric war, or potential war.  Being a prepper in many ways is being smart in today’s world.  Who knows what will happen tomorrow.

The big gaping hole: FINANCIAL PREPPING

Preface this by saying that – of course – like with anything – it’s not 100%.  But generally speaking, preppers have prepared for everything except for their finances.

Preppers are NOT financially prepared!

Keeping physical gold and silver is a good idea – but it isn’t a panacea.  Also there are many risks associated with spending Gold and Silver such as theft, loss, and acceptance.  Maybe in certain scenarios – no one would want silver, but they may want a beer?

Yes, that’s right.  If you want a real currency to use in an end times scenario, stock up on cheap whiskey and gin.  Growing Marijuana will be easy in such times (the reason it has the nickname ‘weed’ is because it grows like a weed), but making a still requires knowledge, time, a place which is safe and suitable, dedication, and materials.  That’s just one example.  You can elaborate on this scenario with this lateral thinking.

Other items of value in end times include tools of all kinds, and specifically tools that don’t run with electricity, but those too.  Dynamos, solar powered battery chargers, things like this – may be more valuable than gold or silver.

And as gun lovers like to say:

The only real currency if society breaks down is accelerated lead.

Preppers should beef up their knowledge and understanding of the financial system.  If the system collapses, the new society will need bankers too.  An economic system must evolve, eventually.  Even if humans are living as savages, at some point as we rebuild, preppers and survivors will need bankers too.

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