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FEBRUARY 5, 2018 IN NAPLES, FL
Conservative political commentator, scholar, author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza makes his first Naples, Florida appearance on February 5, 2018!
Mr. D’Souza will provide insight into today’s challenges in education and how those challenges impact America’s culture.
Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
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The Scary Thing About Bitcoin’s Amazing Rise
by KEVIN D. FREEMAN on DECEMBER 11, 2017
There are many reasons to marvel at the remarkable ascendance of Bitcoin. The technology behind it is amazing. The idea that a crypto currency even exists is pretty impressive. Yes, there are lots of issues associated. But one thing is for certain. The price of Bitcoin has skyrocketed this year. From pennies per coin to over $16,000 in a few years as shown in the chart from CoinDesk.
Rather than concentrate on what Bitcoin is and how it works (a primer on the technology can be found here), or whether it is too expensive or just getting started, this Blog will address one very scary thought. Bitcoin has become a darling not simply because of its remarkable attributes. It has also emerged because people around the world are less than satisfied with the existing monetary system.And the dramatic rise in Bitcoin has shown some deep cracks in the architecture of the way we view money. This point was made powerfully by James Kunstler and highlighted by ZeroHedge on December 8:
Whatever else Bitcoin is — and I would suggest a “Ponzie,” a “mania,” a “con” — this thing is a message.
The message is that financial circulatory system of the global economy is in some kind of distress. Another take-away is that the rush into Bitcoin represents a loss of faith in matrix of rackets that world banking has become, and a flight to perceived safety in a putative financial instrument beyond the clutches and the lying propaganda of nervous, self-interested governments.
For the moment, Bitcoin is doing the job that gold used to do: indexing the loss of value in paper currencies and the things that affect to represent them. Except that Bitcoin has no material reality. It is a figment of mathematics. The vaunted blockchain “technology” is just a formula for packaging information and assigning it to live in various places. It appears to have some worth as a ledger system, for keeping track of accumulated value in an allegedly transparent and honest mode. But the thing it is toting up and sending chits around the world for — Bitcoin — has no value in and of itself.
If “money” can be said to represent a future claim on work, or energy, or things that they produce, then Bitcoin is not money at all because it only represents energy burned in the computer exertions necessary to “mine” the Bitcoins. In other words, it costs a lot of energy to create Bitcoins, and there’s no claim on future energy, or work — it’s already gone. That energy use is catching the world’s attention and is beginning to look pretty profligate. Like, if Bitcoin happened to shoot up over $100,000-per-unit, it would hog an unseemly portion of the worlds electric power.
Anyway, that’s only one interpretation of the Bitcoin rush. In the end, I believe it’s simply telling us that the global financial system is headed for some serious trouble.
There are many who would violently disagree with Kunstler’s initial characterization of Bitcoin. Few, however, can disagree with the second. Bitcoin is a message and it is a loud and clear one. People are dissatisfied with the global monetary system.
We know that Russia and China are dissatisfied. In Russia’s case, they appear ready to embrace Bitcoin or equivalent, especially if it rids the world of the American dollar and American economic hegemony.
Here are two articles from today:
RT: Russia May Turn to Cryptocurrencies in Oil TradeDecember 11, 2017–Russia reportedly may be among some oil producing nations to ditch the U.S. dollar in crude trade in favor of cryptocurrencies.
Russia, Iran and Venezuela are major oil producing nations dependent on the dollar since the global crude market is traditionally dominated by contracts denominated in U.S. currency.
However, as RT.com explains, all three also face U.S. sanctions; penalties which are proving effective since the sanctioned countries are dependent on the U.S. dollar to sell their crude.
“A decentralized currency – allowing anonymous transactions along with blockchain technology support to facilitate oil contracts – may be the ideal tool to allow the oil producing trio to turn their back on the greenback,” RT.com reported.
To be sure, one analyst told CNBC bitcoin mania could prove to be the flashpoint for some of the world’s largest oil producing countries to make a major move against the dollar.
“The advent of cryptocurrencies, therefore, represents a fresh catalyst for commodity-producing countries wishing to abandon the dollar as a means of payment for oil,” said Stephen Brennock, oil analyst at PVM Oil Associates, in a research note seen by CNBC.
Bitcoin Will be Legal, Mining to See Regulation: Russia’s Finance MinisterDecember 11, 2017–Russia’s deputy finance minister Alexei Moiseev has reportedly stressed that buying bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will be legal in the country.
The Russian government will not outlaw nor punish buying or selling cryptocurrencies, Moiseev revealed according to RT.
Our government has been taking a very different position. For one thing, the idea of buying or selling large amounts of Bitcoin without a specific license is viewed as illegal. The Federal Reserve Vice Chairman has publicly stated that “Bitcoin is a serious risk to financial stability.” Deutsche Bank is predicting a boom then crash in Bitcoin that could send shockwaves into the real economy:
Could the market’s new darling become its next black swan event ?
The bitcoin craze could pose a real risk to the broader market next year, Deutsche Bank warned last week, ahead of the cryptocurrency’s launch on futures exchanges, scheduled to take place Sunday.
Torsten Slok, the firm’s chief international economist, sent to clients a list of significant risks to the market in 2018. Included on that list: A crash in the price of bitcoin, higher inflation and the threat of North Korea.
A global banking regulator recently called Bitcoin “dangerous.”
What is important about all of this is that those in favor of and those opposed to Bitcoin really represent a tug-of-war regarding the global system. And, it’s not the only stress on the Western-based financial system that has been in place for decades. The Chinese have developed a fully integrated system that now has commercial applications catching on globally. In addition, the cancer of negative interest rates continues to erode global confidence.
The bottom line is that while many question whether or not Bitcoin is in a bubble, perhaps the better question is whether or not Bitcoin’s rapid rise is a canary in a very dangerous coal mine called the global monetary system. We may see fireworks in 2018 with the dollar-based global monetary system under serious attack.
U.S. Department Of Justice Finally Starts Investigating Planned Parenthood
DECEMBER 11, 2017 By Nicole Russell
At least two years after the Center for Medical Progress released explosive undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood (PP) profited from aborted baby part harvesting, the Department of Justice has finally announced they will investigate PP.
The videos prompted an investigation by the House Oversight Committee, which found, among other things, that PP did not need federal funding. Following that, the Senate Judiciary investigated PP and issued a report, “Human Fetal Tissue Research: Context and Controversy” published last December. Its summary says, “The activities of those involved, in the fetal tissue transfer industry potentially implicate a number of federal laws.”
Following that, committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told the FBI it should investigate PP: “The report documents the failure of the Department of Justice, across multiple administrations, to enforce the law that bans the buying and selling of human fetal tissue. It also documents substantial evidence suggesting that the specific entities involved in the recent controversy, and/or individuals employed by those entities, may have violated that law.”
Now, Fox News reports that Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd has requested unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, “in order to further the Department’s ability to conduct a thorough and comprehensive assessment of that report based on the full range of information available.”
Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden said in a statement, “Over two years ago, citizen journalists at The Center for Medical Progress first caught Planned Parenthood’s top abortion doctors in a series of undercover videos callously and flippantly negotiating the sale of tiny baby hearts, lungs, livers, and brains. Since then, two Congressional investigations found even deeper wrongdoing and confirmed that Planned Parenthood Federation of America, several of their biggest affiliates, and multiple business partners broke the law in a profit-driven scheme to commodify dismembered baby body parts. It is time for public officials to finally hold Planned Parenthood and their criminal abortion enterprise accountable under the law.”
Given the myriad investigations and their findings, the real question is, if the DOJ comes to the same conclusion previous investigations have, what should be done about it? At best, this should give Congress the gumption it needs to finally defund the immoral behemoth that is Planned Parenthood.
Nicole Russell is a senior contributor to The Federalist. She lives in northern Virginia with her four kids. Follow her on Twitter @russell_nm.
THE NEW FBI AGENCY EVERYONE FORGOT – DID ADAM SCHIFF JUST GET CAUGHT IN AN ELABORATE COUNTERINTELLIGENCE STING?…
December 9, 2017 by Sundance
By now everyone is likely aware of the Fake News story run by CNN on Friday surrounding an email received by Donald Trump Jr. The email was part of the investigative evidence shared with the House Intelligence committee; and later leaked from within that committee to CNN – thereby initiating the false reporting on the content.
The central issue in the CNN story was the date of an email.
It was leaked from within the committee, and later reported by CNN, that the date was “September 4th, 2016”; a date convenient for a collusion narrative between Trump Jr and WikiLeaks.
However, the real date, on the actual email, was “September 14th, 2016”; a day after Wikileaks published the content of their DNC leaks and a date that makes the entire CNN report a ‘nothingburger’.
However, CNN reports that two independent sources originally leaked to them the contents of what they had seen on the email in question. But CNN never saw the email, until later in the day.
Think about this carefully.
♦Two “independent sources” both looked at an email, and both came away from reading that email with the wrong date? How is that possible?
It has been CTH contention for several weeks that a counterintelligence sting operation has been going on within the IC community. False trails of information, seeded by ‘White Hat’ investigators, intended to be captured by ‘Black Hat’ leakers – and delivered to their usurping allies in media. The stories are fake, the leaks are real.
All investigative documents, relating to the witness, are provided to the congressional committees prior to the interviews with the witnesses; or, if the information is classified, each committee member has an opportunity to review the documents via a controlled SCIF environment when no physical copies are allowed as part of the evidence.
The Don JR./Wikileaks email could very easily be part of a ‘sting’. The date was intentionally seeded as incorrect. The resulting story is fake. The leak, however, is real.
Each nugget of disinformation exposes a specific leaker. Each trail used in the sharing of that disinformation exposes the enabling media. The White Hat plants the fake news seed, and then watches to see where, when, how, to-whom, and from-whom, it shows up.
In this example, we believe it is most likely House Intelligence Committee Minority Chairman Adam Schiff was the recipient of the disinformation, and has now exposed himself as a leaker to an elite, previously undisclosed, investigative unit specifically assembling evidence of corruption and leaking at the highest levels of government.
The scale and strength of the CNN push-back, and specifically the tone in their refusal to even consider discussing source of the false information, further supports our supposition.
Keep in mind, Representative Adam Schiff is -as an outcome of his minority ranking on the House Intel Committee- a member of the elite congressional oversight “Gang of Eight”.
This is a VERY BIG deal. The Gang of Eight holds oversight on every covert intelligence operation going on around the world. The Go8 oversee the NSA, CIA, FBI, DNI, and every single intelligence unit and operation. The Go8 are the only group with oversight on the CIA action from Presidential Finding Memos authorizing covert operations.
The back-story to CTH theory on this endeavor includes an almost complete, years-long, Dept of Justice Office Inspector General investigation that no-one was paying attention to until recently. And don’t forget the ongoing FBI investigation into the Awan Brothers, and the quantifying the potential intelligence compromise, plays into this.
That said, it would not be the IG carrying out the counterintelligence operation to identify leakers. In actuality, no official IC agency would be empowered to place fake news in front of congress. Setting traps for congress is generally bad form, and for matters of trust – bad politics. That reality, amid those who follow DC politics, is the central point to dismiss such the “Black Hat Hunting” theory.
However, few people were paying attention four months ago when Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates told us they were going to do exactly that:
04:30 …”The FBI has created a new counterintelligence unit to manage these [leak] cases”…08:17 …”these National Security breaches do not just originate from within the Intelligence Community. They come from a wide range of sources within the government, including the Congress.”…
Two days later, Sunday August 6th, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reiterated he was going to follow through on the investigative demand of AG Sessions and DNI Coates and again referenced a “new counterintelligence division within the FBI”.
00:50 …“we’re responding appropriately. We’re going to devote more resources, re-evaluate our procedures and make sure we investigate every one of those leaks in an appropriate way.”…1:07 “We have seen a surge in referrals (of leaks). We’ve seen an increase in the number of leaks. And we’re going to respond appropriately and try to establish an effective deterrent. Criminal prosecution isn’t the only way to prevent leaks but it’s an important part of the solution.”…1:43 “That significant increase has necessitated an increase in resources. And so we have re-prioritized our cases within the National Security Division, we’re providing appropriate supervision at a high level, we’ve created a new unit within the FBI to focus on those leaks, and we’re going to devote whatever resources are necessary to get them under control.”…
If you consider the years-long IG investigation is coming to a conclusion. And there have been several high-profile ‘mistakes’ (from the media perspective) based on leaks recently.
The leaks were real, the underlying information was false:
ADDITIONALLY, OVERLAY THIS: Some, are beginning to catch on… Keep Watching.
Source: The Conservative Tree House
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Once in a while we just have to stand back in awe of government.
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever - 46 million people now receive Food Stamps.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us "Please Do Not Feed the Animals." Their stated reason for the policy is because "The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves."
Thus ends today's lesson in irony.
“No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.” --General James Mattis