Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Secret World of Gold

A fascinating doco on how Gold has changed the history of the World and how it still is critical in the current financial system. Easily digestible, even for those who think gold is just a lump of metal.

Snow starts to fall in Australia

This morning at Mt. Buller, Victoria. Winter is coming......

Monday, April 28, 2014

Rob Kirby - Fiat Money is Failing

From Greg Hunter

Boom Bust - Argentina and Currency boards w/Steve Hanke and Gold's Future w/Paul Brodsky

From Boom Bust

An Inside Look at the NSA with Whistleblower William Binney

From WeAreChange

In this video WeAreChange gets an unique inside look at inner workings and evolution of the NSA with NSA Whistleblower William Binney. Binney describes his work with the National Security Agency which ultimately ended in federal agents raiding his home and drawing rifles on him. Part One of WeAreChange's in depth conversation with a former high ranking NSA intelligence officer turned whistleblower.

Chinese Construction Company Starts Printing Houses

In China they are printing houses, whilst in the US they are printing dollars....hmm.

From RT

Published on Apr 27, 2014

A Chinese company is using 3D-printed blocks to build cheap and quickly assembled houses as a possible solution to the urgent problem of modernizing housing conditions in Chinese villages. The blocks are made from a mixture of sand, concrete and glass fiber, materials processed from common construction waste, which is pumped layer after layer through the top of a 6.6-meter-tall, 32-meter-long industrial printer.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Tweet of the Week

Dave Kranzler - Gold Smuggling to India is Enormous

Worth listening from the 22 min point onwards.

From WallStForMainSt

SD Metals and Markets - The Blueprint to Ending the Fed

From SilverDoctors

Saturday, April 26, 2014

James Turk - "The lid could blow off the Gold Market this Year"

An interesting interview with market veteran James Turk, on China, gold and the uncertainty of current market conditions. Listen to the KWN world interview here

Hillary Clinton Attacks Edward Snowden

He fled to Russia you arrogant twat because people like you would have had him rendered to Gitmo for what he revealed about Western hypocrisy.

A Very British Tragedy

Thanks George.

Are you wearing your seat belt?

From Sovereign Man

State Dept's Psaki sharply refuses RT reporter's question on Ukraine

As Tricky Dicky found out, the cover-up is always worse than the original act.

From RT

Friday, April 25, 2014

Gold Prices Possibly Manipulated For a Decade

No shit Sherlock, what bit of "the fix" didn't you get before now?

From Kitco NEWS

Cold War II Heats Up with S&P Downgrading Russian Currency Rating

MOSCOW, April 25 (Reuters) - Credit agency Standard & Poor's cut Russia's foreign currency ratings on Friday, saying further downgrades were possible if the West imposed tighter sanctions against Moscow in response to the crisis in Ukraine.

Moscow said politics had played a role in the downgrade, the first by a major agency since Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in March and leaving the S&P rating just one notch above junk status.

Foreign investors have been pulling money out of Russia since the country's economy hit the rails last year, a process that has intensified along with western concerns about Ukraine.

S&P said outflows might now speed up further.

"The tense geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine could see additional significant outflows of both foreign and domestic capital from the Russian economy and hence further undermine already weakening growth prospects," the agency said in a statement.

Read more

Weekend Chillout - Getting Left Behind

With stats of the US shipping 57 tons of gold to China in January (suck that up Germany at 5mt in one year!), it seems the West is defiantly being left behind when it comes to stacking the yellow stuff.

Keiser Report: Zombie Banks, Debt Schools

From RT

Published on Apr 24, 2014

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss how with a university education, one may steal the whole railroad but will also leave the student heavily in debt with tumbling starting salaries. In the second half, Max interviews Jan Skoyles about China's gold, international payment systems, bail-ins and Getting REAL.

Lest We Forget

Today Australia and New Zealand commemorates ANAZC Day. On this day we recognize the ultimate sacrifices that Aussies and Kiwis paid fighting shoulder to shoulder in thousands of pointless campaigns, where "our" men fought "their" men for the enrichment of the same elite. The wars may have been pointless but their sacrifices for each other were not. Lest we forget.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Driving Ferraris with the Thai Royalists

An interesting look at a side of Bangkok life very few westerners are privy to. For those travellers who enjoy being in world cities such as: London, Paris, NY, Sydney, Singapore, Shanghai, Melbourne or Hong Kong if you are yet to visit Bangkok I highly recommend the unique experiences it offers.

From VICE News

An uplifting video from Ukraine

After seeing and posting some fairly depressing videos from Ukraine lately I thought we could all do with some uplifting TV from this country (thanks to Youtube for spying on me and knowing what to suggest I would like to watch).

Albert Cheng -"In China there are 100,000 outlets where you can buy gold"

April 16 (Bloomberg) –- World Gold Council Managing Director, Far East Albert Cheng discusses China’s gold market and what’s driving the country’s demand. He speaks to Rishaad Salamat on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move Asia.”

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

China's Super Luxury Car Market

April 22 (Bloomberg) –- The Beijing Auto Show is well underway and, despite official disapproval, demand for high-end cars shows no signs of slowing down. Bloomberg's Stephen Engle takes us on a luxury test drive.

Gold Seek Radio with Peter Schiff

From Radio

Sunday, April 20, 2014

What is Easter without some Fish?

Fish for Easter, how appropriate.

Easter Sunday on Queenscliff Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday, April 19, 2014

CrossTalk: Indecision & Paralysis in Ukraine

From RT

Martin Armstrong – Reports of the Dollar’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated

Martin Armstrong of Armstrong Economics is interviewed on Financial Survival Network. Listen to the interview here

Friday, April 18, 2014

Keiser Report: Chained American Dream

From RT

Published on Apr 17, 2014

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the American Dream as being chained to the booth in the waffle house as cogs in the wheels generating income for Wall Street sharpies and the poverty of this century in which the beggar is a reminder of nothing.

In the second half, Max interviews Alasdair Macleod of about the geopolitical situation in Ukraine and its impact on gold and the dollar as the reserve currency. They also talk about the true size of China's gold reserves.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Chillout

Hoping all my blog followers have a enjoyable and safe Easter break and that the Easter Bunny is good to you.

Making Friends and Influencing People

Gee way to de-esculate tensions guys.


Nato to step up presence near Russian borders

Nato has announced it is stepping up its presence around Russian borders to reassure eastern European member states, in an effort also aimed at increasing pressure on Moscow before international talks on the Ukrainian crisis on Thursday in Geneva.

The EU and the US intend to tighten sanctions against Moscow after the four-party negotiations – involving foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine and the US and the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton – if Moscow does not stop what the west allege is the deliberating stoking of tensions in eastern Ukraine.

A spokesperson for the US secretary of state, John Kerry, said his primary goal was to persuade Moscow to halt its destabilising activities in eastern Ukraine, and call publicly for separatist groups to disarm and stand down.

Read more

Breaking The Set - Google's Global Surveillance

From breakingtheset

Boom Bust with Nomi Prins

From Boom Bust

The Mass Marketing Campaign For World War III

From PrisonPlanetLive

Published on Apr 16, 2014

The establishment has begun a new mass marketing campaign for World War III, equating Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler.

The fact that the current crisis in Ukraine was instigated by a US-backed coup which toppled a democratically elected government has been conveniently forgotten.

When The Herd Turns

From RenegadeEconomist

Published on Apr 15, 2014 Current best practices in risk management work only when correlations are stable. At turning points historical relationships between assets break down. The only way to effectively anticipate future risk factors is by understanding root macroeconomic causes.

I'm confused, can anyone help me?

From Neil Clark

I'm confused. A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by our political leaders and elite media commentators, were 'pro-democracy protestors'.

The US government warned the Ukrainian authorities against using force against these 'pro-democracy protestors' even if, according to the pictures we saw, some of them were neo-Nazis who were throwing Molotov cocktails and other things at the police and smashing up statues and setting fire to buildings.

Now, just a few weeks later, we're told that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine are not'pro-democracy protestors' but 'terrorists' or 'militants'.

You can read the whole piece here

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Aussie Red Wine Takes Out One of Australia's Most Powerful Politicians

An Australian investment grade red wine has lead to the resignation of one of Australia's most powerful politicians, the Premier of the state of New South Wales (Australia's most populated state, twice the size of Germany), Barry O'Farrell. Barry resigned after stating earlier this week to a anti-corruption hearing that he did not recall ever receiving a gift of a 1959 Penfolds Grange valued at $3,000. Unfortunately for Barry today a thank you note from him to the gift giver was produced in the hearing, leading to the following announcement.

Australian Red Wine, is there nothing it cannot do?
click on image to access video

Peter Schiff schools an Aussie on Gold

As an Australian living in the world's second largest gold producing country, a country who's No.3 export earner is gold the following video is embarrassing to say the least.

1oz Silver = 200lb Salt ?

From whygoldandsilver

Ukrainian Separatists chase off Government tank with a Trabbie

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paul Craig Roberts - Washington Is Humanity’s Worst Enemy

Also listen Dr. Robert's latest interview here

By Paul Craig Roberts

Essay link

How does Washington get away with the claim that the country it rules is a democracy and has freedom? This absurd claim ranks as one of the most unsubstantiated claims in history.

There is no democracy whatsoever. Voting is a mask for rule by a few powerful interest groups. In two 21st century rulings (Citizens United and McCutcheon), the US Supreme Court has ruled that the purchase of the US government by private interest groups is merely the exercise of free speech. These rulings allow powerful corporate and financial interests to use their money-power to elect a government that serves their interests at the expense of the general welfare.

The control private interests exercise over the government is so complete that private interests have immunity to prosecution for crimes. At his retirement party on March 27, Securities and Exchange Commission prosecutor James Kidney stated that his prosecutions of Goldman Sachs and other “banks too big to fail” were blocked by superiors who “were focused on getting high-paying jobs after their government service.” The SEC’s top brass, Kidney said, did not “believe in afflicting the comfortable and powerful.” In his report on Kidney’s retirement speech, Eric Zuesse points out that the Obama regime released false statistics in order to claim prosecutions that did not take place in order to convince a gullible public that Wall Street crooks were being punished.

Democracy and freedom require an independent and aggressive media, an independent and aggressive judiciary, and an independent and aggressive Congress. The United States has none of the above.

The US media consistently lies for the government. Reuters continues to report, falsely, that Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. The Washington Post ran an obviously false story planted on the paper by the Obama regime that the massive protests in former Russian territories of Ukraine are “rent-a-mobs” instigated by the Russian government.

Not even Washington’s stooges in Kiev believe that. Officials of the Washington-imposed government in Kiev acknowledged the need for some autonomy for the Russian-speaking regions and for a law permitting referendums, but this realistic response to widespread concerns among Ukrainians has apparently been squelched by Washington and its presstitute media. US Secretary of State John Kerry continues to turn a deaf ear to the Russian Foreign Minister and continues to demand that “Russia must remove its people from the South-East.”

What is happening is very dangerous. Washington misjudged its ability to grab the
Ukraine. Opposition to the US grab is almost total in the Russian-speaking areas.
Local police and security forces have gone over to the protesters. The corrupt Obama regime and the presstitute media lie through their teeth that the protests are insincere and mere orchestrations by “Putin who wants to restore the Soviet empire.” The Russian government keeps trying to end the conflict and unrest that Washington’s reckless coup in Kiev has caused short of having to reabsorb the former Russian territories as it was forced to do in Crimea. But Washington continues ignoring the Russian government and blaming the unrest on Russia’s not Washington’s, interference. See also:

The Russian government knows that Washington does not believe what Washington is saying and that Washington is systematically provoking a continuation and worsening
of the problem. The Russian government wonders what agenda Washington is pursuing. Is Washington in its arrogant stupidity and superpower hubris unable to acknowledge that its takeover of the Ukraine has come amiss and to back off? Does Washington not realize that the Russian government is no more able to accept the application of violence against Russian populations in Ukraine than it could accept violence against Russians in South Ossetia? If Washington doesn’t come to its senses, the Russian government will have to send in troops as it had to do in Georgia. nal-288/ ” target=”_blank”>

As this is clear even to a fool, is it Washington’s goal to start a war? Is that why Washington is massing NATO forces on Russia’s borders and sending missile ships
into the Black Sea? Washington is putting the entire world at risk. If Russia concludes that Washington intends to drive the Ukraine crisis to war rather than to resolve the crisis, will Russia sit and wait, or will Russia strike first?

One would think that the Chancellor of Germany, the British Prime Minister, and the President of France would see the danger in the situation. Perhaps they do. However, there is a large difference between the aid that Russia gives countries and the aid given by Washington. Russia provides financial support to governments; Washington gives bagfuls of money to individuals in the government with the knowledge that individuals are more likely to act in their own interest than in the interest of their country. Therefore, European politicians are silent as Washington pushes a crisis toward war. If we don’t get to war, the only reason will be that Putin comes up with a solution that Washington cannot refuse, as Putin did in Syria and Iran.

It is a paradox that Putin is portrayed as the heavy while Washington pretends to be the champion of “freedom and democracy.” In the 21st century Washington has established as its hallmarks every manifestation of tyranny: illegal and unconstitutional execution of citizens without due process of law, illegal and unconstitutional indefinite detention of citizens without due process of law, illegal and unconstitutional torture, illegal and unconstitutional rendition, illegal and unconstitutional surveillance, and illegal and unconstitutional wars. The executive branch has established that it is unaccountable to law or to the Constitution. An unaccountable government is a tyranny.

Tired of being spied upon and lied to, the Senate Intelligence Committee has produced a thorough investigation of the CIA’s torture programs. The investigation took four years to complete. The Committee found, unequivocally, that the CIA lied about the extent of the torture and kidnappings, that detainees did not undergo some mild form of “enhanced interrogation” but were subjected to brutal and inhumane torture, that the CIA, contrary to its claims, did not get even one piece of useful information from its grave crimes against humanity. The American presstitutes assisted the CIA in inaccurately portraying the effectiveness and mildness of the CIA’s Gestapo practices. During the entirety of the investigation, the CIA illegally spied on the Senate staff conducting the investigation.

Is the public ever to see this report beyond the parts that have been leaked? Not if the CIA and Obama can prevent it. President “change” Obama has decided that it is up to the CIA to decide how much of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation will be made public. In other words, unless someone leaks the entire report, the American public will never know. Yet, “we have freedom and democracy.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee itself has the power to vole to declassify the entire report and to release it. The committee should do so immediately before the members of the committee are browbeat, threatened, and propagandized into believing that they are endangering “national security” and providing those mistreated with grounds for a lawsuit.

The US government is the most corrupt government on earth. There is no independent judiciary or media, and Congress has acquiesced to executive branch encroachments on its powers. Consider the judiciary. Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights represented the father of the American citizen, who Obama said would be murdered by the US government on suspicion that he was associated with terrorism. When Ratner asked the federal courts to block an illegal and unconstitutional execution of an American citizen without due process, the federal judge who heard the case ruled that the father of a son about to be murdered did not have standing to bring a case in behalf of his son.

After several lives were snuffed out by President “I’m good at killing people” Obama, Ratner represented relatives of Obama’s murdered victims in a damage suit. Under US law it was clear as day that damages were due. But the federal judge ruled that “the government must be trusted.”

Whether or not anyone has standing is entirely up to the government. The IRS takes a completely different position on the matter. Children have standing to have their tax refunds confiscated by the IRS if the IRS thinks the IRS may have overpaid the parents’ Social Security benefits.

So in “freedom and democracy” Amerika, children are responsible if the IRS “thinks”–no proof required–that it wrote parents too large of a Social Security check, but a father has no legal standing to bring a lawsuit to prevent the US government from the extra-legal murder of his son.

Thanks to the Republican Federalist Society and to the Republican judges the Federalist Society has managed to have appointed to the federal bench, the federal judiciary functions as a protector of executive branch tyranny. Whatever the executive branch asserts and does is permissible, especially if the executive branch invokes “national security.”

In America today, the executive branch claims that “national security” is impaired unless the executive branch can operate illegally and unconstitutionally and unless citizens are willing to give up every constitutional right in order to be made safe in a total police state that spies on and documents every aspect of their lives.

Even the Government Accountability Office has been neutered. In 2013 the Government Accountability Office told the TSA to eliminate its behavior screening program as it is a waste of money and does not work. So what did the TSA do. Why, of course, it expanded the useless intrusion into the privacy of travelers.

This is Amerika today. Yet Washington prances around chanting “freedom and democracy” even as it displaces the greatest tyrannies in human history with its own.

Only gullible Americans expect leaders and elites or voting to do anything about the institutionalization of tyranny. Elites are only interested in money. As long as the
system produces more income and wealth for elites, elites don’t give a hoot about tyranny or what happens to the rest of us.

US denies Angela Merkel access to her NSA file

From RT America

Platinum or Gold: Which Is the Better Bet?

April 14 (Bloomberg) –- In today’s “Global Outlook,” Bloomberg’s Mia Saini takes a look at platinum and gold prices on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move Asia.”

Can You Use Bitcoin for a Tax Haven?

April 14 (Bloomberg) -- University of Florida Assistant Law Professor Omri Marian discusses potential tax abuses using Bitcoin. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's “In The Loop.”

'Full-scale' military op in east Ukraine expected as Kiev's deadline expires

From RT

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Keiser Report: Petrodollar vs Petroyuan

From RT

Published on Apr 12, 2014

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the dollar at the bottom of the shampoo bottle and JPMorgan about to have a very cold winter. In the second half, Max interviews investor and businessman, Jerome Booth, about emerging markets in an upside-down world in which most investors have core-periphery disease.

Steven Leeb on GoldSeek Radio

From Radio

JPMorgan Throwing Blythe Masters Under the Bus?

From SilverDoctors

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Keiser Report: Burning Banks

From RT

Published on Apr 10, 2014

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the poor players that are the empires that strut and fret their weapons upon the world stage. The consequences of the tall tales told by neocon idiots full of sound and fury is that the young refuse to rise up and, instead, meekly visit the food bank.

In the second half, Max interviews artist, Alex Schaefer, about 'burning banks' and the Global Insurrection Against Banker Occupation. Max watches as Alex 'burns down' HSBC on set while describing the current absence of artist activism.

Managing the Money of the World’s Richest 0.01%

Yes, don't dare mention the words "Gold" or "Precious Metals". It seems ok to mention that the 0.01% are investing in water, real estate and equities, but shhh! don't mention that some of them might actually be smart enough to have an allocation of gold in their portfolio.

Marc Faber on a possible market crash to rival 1987

FATCA and Getting Your Assets Outside of the US

From TheDollarVigilante

Amazing Amelymeloptical illusion

From lindzeetryo

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend Chillout - Chet Faker

As another uneventful week, at least on the markets, draws to a close I thought we would get into a chilled mood for the weekend, and no one does chilled as well as Chet Faker and his mates. I suspect the videos were filmed in country Victoria, Australia.

China's Demand for Gold Has Trapped The West's Central Banks

* Highly recommended *

From ChrisMartensondotcom

Clarke and Dawe - Bryan Suggests a Labour-saving Device

From ClarkeAndDawe

Lagarde on U.S. Leadership, Ukraine and the IMF

In maybe the most sycophantic interview of 2014 so far the IMF head discusses jumping on the Ukraine, possibly like Unit 731 did to their Chinese clients.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ellis Martin Report with David Morgan: Gold and Silver Bull or Bear?

From Ellis Martin

Keiser Report: Psycho School of Economics

From RT

Published on Apr 8, 2014

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert present "To frack or not to frack? That is the question you will NOT be asked!" They look at proposed changes to the trespass laws in the UK which will allow companies to frack under private property without seeking permission and in exchange for £100.

In the second half, Max interviews Nomi Prins about her new book, All the Presidents' Bankers. In the book, she describes the long history of the Washington D.C. to Wall Street corridor of corruption and the six banking families who have long controlled, or have tried to control, the American financial and political establishment.

Boom Bust - Big Banks and Political Power with Nomi Prins and Anthony Randazzo

From Boom Bust

Paul Craig Roberts: Gold and The Dollar Are In A Fight to the Death

From Greg Hunter

Jim Willie on the US Dollar and Toxic Treasury Bonds

From Greg Hunter

Libyan War - What They Don't Want You to Know

From corbettreport

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rare Faberge Egg Found in U.S. to go on Display

From AssociatedPress

Published on Apr 8, 2014

A precious Faberge egg, found by a scrap dealer in a market in the U.S., is going on display to the public for the first time in more than a century. He bought it for several thousand dollars, but the egg is valued in the millions.

UBUNTU Party wants to free South Africa from Economic Slavery

From Michael Tellinger

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Germans Create a Bionic Kangaroo Robot

Yes, but can you throw one on the BBQ?

Dead Dollar Walking: The Truth About Government Debt

From Stefan Molyneux

Published on Mar 19, 2014

Global government debt has reached over one hundred trillion dollars. But where has all of that money really gone?

Government Gears Up For War On Americans

From TheAlexJonesChannel

Breaking the Set on High-Speed Insider Trading

From breakingtheset

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin remarks on the brutal conditions endured by laborers in Qatar, citing the more than 900 deaths that have occurred since 2012, when work began to prepare for the Qatari World Cup. Abby then reports on the recent elections in Afghanistan and speaks with Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, about what the elections mean for the country, and how realistic it is for the US to set a withdrawal date for the end of 2014. Abby then explores the public distrust of the US financial system, discussing the controversies surrounding 'High-Frequency Trading', a practice that involves advanced computer algorithms that gives buyers and sellers on Wall Street an advantage over the general public. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with Ana Kasparian, co-host and producer of the Young Turks, discussing everything from the Edward Snowden leaks to her experience working on one of the most successful alternative media ventures on the internet.

Internet lost its 'innocence' due to NSA surveillance

From RT America

GoldSeek Radio with Peter Grandisch

From Radio

Published on Apr 6, 2014
GoldSeek Radio's Chris Waltzek talks to Peter Grandich, publisher of the Grandich Letter

Australia Japan Free Trade Agreement Concluded

Press release 8th April 2014

The Hon. Tony Abbott MP
Prime Minister

The Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP
Minister for Trade

Australia has concluded negotiations on an historic Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan, our second biggest trading partner. This historic agreement is good for the Australian economy, good for jobs, good for farmers and good for consumers.

The breakthrough follows the successful conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement with Korea, which will be formally signed tomorrow in Seoul. Australia has broken new ground as the first major agricultural exporting economy to conclude such a liberalising agreement with Japan.

The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) will deliver a significant boost to Australian farmers and other agricultural producers, resource exporters, service providers and consumers.

Better access for key agriculture products – including beef, cheese, horticulture and wine – will give Australia a head start over our competitors in this market.

JAEPA represents a major windfall for Australian beef – our biggest agricultural export to Japan, currently worth $1.4 billion. This includes a halving of the tariff on frozen beef from 38.5 per cent to 19.5 per cent, with deep cuts in the first year.

Cheese, by far Australia’s largest dairy export to Japan at $372 million, will gain significant new duty-free access. Australian horticultural producers will gain from immediate tariff eliminations across a wide array of fruit, vegetables and nuts.

The tariffs on canned products such as tomatoes, peaches and pears, as well as fruit and vegetable juices, will also be eliminated.

Australian consumers will also be major beneficiaries of this Agreement, with tariffs eliminated on imported cars from Japan, as well as on household appliances and electronics. Australian services providers will also gain significant new access to the Japanese market across areas such as financial, education, telecommunications and legal services.

JAEPA sends a strong message to Japanese investors that Australia is open for business.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Wall Street Code

Brilliant highly recommended documentary.

Tweet of the Week

Andy Hoffman - Documenting THE COLLAPSE


Ann Pettifor: Private banks create 95% of UK money

From Boom Bust

Breaking The Set - Spy vs Spy in the Senate

From breakingtheset
Published on Mar 12, 2014

Abby Martin Breaks the Set on Senate Spygate, Kiriakou's Notes from Prison, Climate Change Terrorism, Tax Havens, and Three Years after Fukushima.

Bonus Chillout - Saskwatch

Just discovered that one of my favourite Aussie bands, Saskwatch has a new album out this coming Friday. Here is one of the tracks from the new album. For other videos of this unique band go to their youtube channel. Also here, here and here are great videos.

Paul Craig Roberts: IMF loans will hand Ukraine over to private banks

From Boom Bust

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pushing Toward The Final War

Also listen to Dr. Roberts discuss this topic on KWN here

By Paul Craig Roberts

Does Obama realize that he is leading the US and its puppet states to war with Russia and China, or is Obama being manipulated into this disaster by his neoconservative speech writers and government officials? World War 1 (and World War 2) was the result of the ambitions and mistakes of a very small number of people. Only one head of state was actually involved–the President of France.

In The genesis Of The World War, Harry Elmer Barnes shows that World War 1 was the product of 4 or 5 people. Three stand out: Raymond Poincare`, President of France, Sergei Sazonov, Russian Foreign Minister, and Alexander Izvolski, Russian Ambassador to France. Poincare` wanted Alsace-Lorraine from Germany, and the Russians wanted Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. They realized that their ambitions required a general European war and worked to produce the desired war.

A Franco-Russian Alliance was formed. This alliance became the vehicle for orchestrating the war. The British government, thanks to the incompetence, stupidity, or whatever of its Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, was pulled into the Franco-Russian Alliance. The war was started by Russia’s mobilization. The German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, was blamed for the war despite the fact that he did everything possible to avoid it.

Barnes’ book was published in 1926. His reward for confronting the corrupt court historians with the truth was to be accused of being paid by Germany to write his history. Eighty-six years later historian Christopher Clark in his book, The Sleepwalkers, comes to essentially the same conclusion as Barnes.

In the history I was taught the war was blamed on Germany for challenging British naval supremacy by building too many battleships. The court historians who gave us this tale helped to set up World War 2.

We are again on the road to World War. One hundred years ago the creation of a world war by a few had to be done under the cover of deception. Germany had to be caught off guard. The British had to be manipulated and, of course, people in all the countries involved had to be propagandized and brainwashed.

Today the drive to war is blatantly obvious. The lies are obvious, and the entire West is participating, both media and governments.

The American puppet, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, openly lied on Canadian TV that Russian President Putin had invaded Crimea, threatened Ukraine, and was restarting the Cold War. The host of the TV program sat and nodded his head in agreement with these bald-faced lies.

The script that Washington handed to its Canadian puppet has been handed to all of Washington’s puppets, and everywhere in the West the message is the same. “Putin invaded and annexed Crimea, Putin is determined to rebuild the Soviet Empire, Putin must be stopped.”

I hear from many Canadians who are outraged that their elected government represents Washington and not Canadians, but as bad as Harper is, Obama and Fox “News” are worse.

On March 26 I managed to catch a bit of Fox “news.” Murdoch’s propaganda organ was reporting that Putin was restoring the Soviet era practice of exercise. Fox “news” made this report into a threatening and dangerous gesture toward the West. Fox produced an “expert,” whose name I caught as Eric Steckelbeck or something like that. The “expert” declared that Putin was creating “the Hitler youth,” with a view toward rebuilding the Soviet empire.

The extraordinary transparent lie that Russia sent an army into Ukraine and annexed Crimea is now accepted as fact everywhere in the West, even among critics of US policy toward Russia.

Obama, whose government overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine and appointed a stooge government that has threatened the Russian provinces of Ukraine, falsely accuses Putin of “invading and annexing” Crimea.

Obama, or his handlers and programers, are relying on the total historical ignorance of Western peoples. The ignorance and gullibility of Western peoples allows the American neoconservatives to fashion “news” that controls their minds.

Obama recently declared that Washington’s destruction of Iraq–up to one million killed, four million displaced, infrastructure in ruins, sectarian violence exploding, a country in total ruins–is nowhere near as bad as Russia’s acceptance of Crimean self-determination. US Secretary of State John Kerry actually ordered Putin to prevent the referendum and stop Crimeans from exercising self-determination.

Obama’s speech on March 26 at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels is surreal. It is beyond hypocrisy. Obama says that Western ideals are challenged by self-determination in Crimea. Russia, Obama says, must be punished by the West for permitting Crimeans to exercise self-determination. The return of a Russian province on its own volition to its mother country where it existed for 200 years is presented by Obama as a dictatorial, anti-democratic act of tyranny.

Here was Obama, whose government has just overthrown the elected, democratic government of Ukraine and substituted stooges chosen by Washington in the place of the elected government, speaking of the hallowed ideal that “people in nations can make their own decisions about their future.” That is exactly what Crimea did, and that is exactly what the US coup in Kiev contravened. In the twisted mind of Obama, self-determination consists of governments imposed by Washington.

Here was Obama, who has shredded the US Constitution, speaking of “individual rights and rule of law.” Where is this rule of law? It is certainly not in Kiev where an elected government was overthrown with force. It is certainly not in the United States where the executive branch has spent the entirety of the new 21st century establishing government above the law. Habeas corpus, due process, the right to open trials and determination of guilt by independent jurors prior to imprisonment and execution, the right to privacy have all been overturned by the Bush/Obama regimes. Torture is against US and international law; yet Washington set up torture prisons all over the globe.

How is it possible that the representative of the war criminal US government can stand before an European audience and speak of “rule of law,” “individual rights,” “human dignity,” “self-determination,” “freedom,” without the audience breaking out in laughter?

Washington is the government that invaded and destroyed Afghanistan and Iraq on the basis of lies. Washington is the government that financed and organized the overthrow of the Libyan and Honduran governments and that is currently attempting to do the same thing to Syria and Venezuela. Washington is the government that attacks with drones and bombs populations in the sovereign countries of Pakistan and Yemen. Washington is the government that has troops all over Africa. Washington is the government that has surrounded Russia, China, and Iran with military bases. It is this warmongering collection of Washington war criminals that now asserts that it is standing up for international ideals against Russia.

No one applauded Obama’s nonsensical speech. But for Europe to accept such blatant lies from a liar without protest empowers the momentum toward war that Washington is pushing.

Obama demands more NATO troops to be stationed in Eastern Europe to “contain Russia.” Obama said that a buildup of military forces on Russia’s borders would reassure Poland and the Baltic states that, as NATO members, they will be protected from Russian aggression. This nonsense is voiced by Obama despite the fact that no one expects Russia to invade Poland or the Baltic countries.

Obama doesn’t say what effect the US/NATO military buildup and numerous war games on Russia’s border will have on Russia. Will the Russian government conclude that Russia is about to be attacked and strike first? The reckless carelessness of Obama is the way wars start.

Declaring that “freedom isn’t free,” Obama is putting pressure on Western Europe to pony up more money for a military buildup to confront Russia.

The position of the government in Washington and its puppet states (Eastern and Western Europe, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Georgia, Japan) and other allies purchased with bagfuls of money is that Washington’s violation of international law by torturing people, by invading sovereign countries on totally false pretenses, by routinely overthrowing democratically elected governments that do not toe the Washington line is nothing but the “indispensable and exceptional country” bringing “freedom and democracy to the world.” But Russia’s acceptance of the self-determination of Crimean people to return to their home country is “a violation of international law.”

Just what international law has Washington and its puppets not violated?

Obama, whose government in the past few years has bullied Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, Iran, Honduras, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela and is now trying to bully Russia, actually declared that “bigger nations can not simply bully smaller ones.” What does Obama and his speech writers think Washington has been doing for the entirety of the 21st century?

Who can possibly believe that Obama, whose government is responsible for the deaths of people every day in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and Syria, cares a whit about democracy in Ukraine. Obama overthrew the Ukrainian government in order to be able to stuff the country into NATO, throw Russia out of its Black Sea naval base, and put US missile bases in Ukraine on Russia’s border. Obama is angry that his plan didn’t pan out as intended, and he is taking his anger and frustration out on Russia.

As the delusion takes hold in Washington that the US represents idealism standing firmly against Russian aggression, delusion enabled by the presstitute media, the UN General Assembly vote, and Washington’s string of puppet states, self-righteousness rises in Washington’s breast.

With rising self-righteousness will come more demands for punishing Russia, more demonization of Russia and Putin, more lies echoed by the presstitutes and puppets. Ukrainian violence against Russian residents is likely to intensify with the anti-Russian propaganda. Putin could be forced to send in Russian troops to defend Russians.

Why are people so blind that they do not see Obama driving the world to its final war?

Just as Obama dresses up his aggression toward Russia as idealism resisting selfish territorial ambitions, the English, French, and Americans presented their World War 1 “victory” as the triumph of idealism over German and Austrian imperialism and territorial ambitions. But at the Versailles Conference the Bolsheviks (the Tsar’s government failed to gain the Straits and instead lost the country to Lenin) “revealed the existence of the notorious Secret Treaties embodying as sordid a program of territorial pilfering as can be found in the history of diplomacy. It appears that the chief actual motives of the Entente in the World War were the seizure of Constantinople and the Straits for Russia; not only the return of Alsace-Lorraine to France, but the securing of the west bank of the Rhine, which would have involved the seizure of territory historically far longer connected with Germany than Alsace-Lorraine had ever been with France; the rewarding of Italian entry into the War by extensive territory grabbed away from Austria and the Jugo-Slavs; and the sequestering of the German imperial possessions, the acquisition of the German merchant marine and the destruction of the German navy in the interest of increasing the strength of the British Empire” (Barnes, pp. 691-692). The American share of the loot was seized German and Austrian investments in the US.

The secret British, Russian, and French aims of the war were hidden from the public, which was whipped up with fabricated propaganda to support a war whose outcomes were far different from the intentions of those who caused the war. People seem unable to learn from history. We are now witnessing the world again being led down the garden path by lies and propaganda, this time in behalf of American world hegemony.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Jim Willie-Russia and China Gold Standard

Note this interview was first publish on 9 March 2014

From Greg Hunter

Jim Rickards interviewed in Sydney

From Finance News Network

Weekend Chillout - She Said

Nothing much to reference in the markets or geopolitics this week, so I thought I would just post a song I heard on the radio this week that I liked. Although having watched the video it surprised me to see the inside of a modern British courtroom, what is the go with the glass? Photos of proper Australian court rooms are below.

From planbuk

Supreme Court of Tasmania
Supreme Court of Victoria

Friday afternoon funnies

For all the wine lovers out there.

From Saturday Night Live


Keiser Report with Jim Richards on the Death of Money

From RT

Published on Apr 3, 2014

Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the nil-by-mouthing, drip- and force-feeding of global central banking which has led to a foie gras rally in the markets, overvalued by 50-70 percent.

In the second half, Max interviews Jim Rickards about his new book, 'The Death of Money'. In this first of two parts, they focus on the insider trading on 9/11 and the mutually-assured financial destruction as the nuclear weapon of our day.

David Morgan on $100 Silver

From Greg Hunter

How in the World We Came to Value Cotton More than Gold

From smartknowledgeu

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

RBA Leaves Cash Rate on Hold

Boom Bust with Michael Lewis

From Boom Bust

Published on Mar 31, 2014

The markets are rigged! At least that is what author Michael Lewis says. His new book is making waves by alleging that high frequency traders game the system. Listen in to learn how they do it.

Is the U.S. stock market rigged?

Does a 15kg silver bar go thud when you drop it?

Korea opens gold trading market


Doug Casey on Gold Seek Radio

From Radio