American Suicide Rate Surges




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When economic times are rough, suicide rates tend to surge. This point has been debated. Yet it seems like common sense that when people have no opportunities and no perceivable chance at a better future… they may be more likely to take the easy way out.

The New York Times reports that the suicide rate in America has surged to a 30-year high:

The suicide rate for middle-aged women, ages 45 to 64, jumped by 63 percent over the period of the study, while it rose by 43 percent for men in that age range, the sharpest increase for males of any age. The overall suicide rate rose by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released the study on Friday.

The increases were so widespread that they lifted the nation’s suicide rate to 13 per 100,000 people, the highest since 1986. The rate rose by 2 percent a year starting in 2006, double the annual rise in the earlier period of the study. In all, 42,773 people died from suicide in 2014, compared with 29,199 in 1999. “

The article goes on to state that “the data analysis provided fresh evidence of suffering among white Americans”. Then other factors immediately come under scrutiny, such as education. And yet, in the same paragraph the article notes that:

“The new report did not break down suicide rates by education, but researchers who reviewed the analysis said the patterns in age and race were consistent with that recent research and painted a picture of desperation for many in American society. “

 While it gets acknowledged that despair has been created as a result of poor economic conditions, and that seems a plausible link to suicide, this very same logic then gets questioned and doubted. A strange sort of Orwellian doublethink gets employed: realities become admitted and negated at once.

“There was a consistent pattern,” he said, which held for all ages between 25 and 64. “When the economy got worse, suicides went up, and when it got better, they went down.”

“But other experts pointed out that the unemployment rate had been declining in the latter period of the study, and questioned how important the economy was to suicide.”

What “other experts” have been conjured up here? Why do their names happen to not be worth mentioning?

In addition, the unemployment rate had been falling due to labor force participation rate falling, as seen here. So the unemployment rate didn’t go down because people found jobs. It went down because they gave up looking for jobs.

It makes me sick to see such obvious rhetorical tactics being used regarding such a serious issue. Any real American publication ought to assert that our lack of freedom has caused our economic distress, and that it must be restored if we are to ever regain our lost prosperity. The founding fathers of America warned about big federal government and private central banks. We have seen the results of not heeding that warning over the past century and in particular the past decade.

What do you think? Does America need to return to its former free state and leave the rest of the world alone? Or does it remain exceptional? Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment below, and to share this post on social media.

Continued Capital Flight To Crypto, Silver

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As I noted recently, cryptocurrency has seen some rather large capital inflows as of late. Now the gains I noted before appear to be miniscule.

At the time of this writing, market cap of Bitcoin stands at 6.925 Billion, according to Coindesk.com. That reflects an almost $300 million increase in little over a week, resulting in a USD price rise of over 5% in the same time frame.

While some of this appears to be new capital coming into the market, some of it may just as well be due to big players or “whales” manipulating price action. Many forums can be found discussing in detail the evidence surrounding such claims.

One thing’s for sure – both the precious metals and cryptocurrency markets have began 2016 with a bang. Silver has been the best performing commodity in Bloomberg’s commodity index so far this year. And Bitcoin has been on a tear, while several altcoins have been increasing in market cap as well.

Could it be that the world has begun to awaken to the insanity of the central bankers’ historic, unprecedented actions and policies? Have we begun to enter a period of enlightenment, whereupon millions and then billions seek freedom from the tyrannical system of fiat financial bondage?

What do you think? Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment below and share this post on social media.

Silver Soars




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April 19th, 2016 will indeed be remembered as a historic day – a day when silver soared.

The Chinese have announced their involvement in precious metals markets. This has caused dramatic spikes in silver and gold in USD terms. Silver has reached new highs for 2016, touching $17/oz., while gold appears to be holding above the important $1250 mark (4/20/16 Update – gold has since fallen just below that mark).

Here’s what Zerohedge had to say about today’s moves:

As we reported earlier, the buying accelerated this morning, when ongoing demand for the precious metal pushed it to fresh 10 month highs above $17/ounce. One reason suggested for the buying came from Reuters, which said “that there is heavy buying in silver in Shanghai, and that has triggered buying in gold as well,” said Ronald Leung, chief dealer at Lee Cheong Gold Dealers in Hong Kong.

 

This may just be the beginning as technicians are finally starting to pay attention.

The timing of these moves was not made at random by the Chinese.   Once again the East has proven to be three steps ahead of the West in the game of geo-political chess.

Note that no matter what the motivations behind this move, or whether or not the rally sustains itself, technical levels have been breached in both SLV and GLD. Therefore, one can expect this to be the beginning of a bigger move, as Zerohedge states.

Indeed, when looking at the 5-year chart for Silver, it seems obvious the downward trend has been broken. And if you zoom-in and look at the 1-year or the 3-month…WOW.

Just today, CNBC covered “Silver’s Sterling Rally”, and even they pointed out the brilliance of the charts. This has been one of the most long-awaited moves in history. And it has only just begun.

For years, silver was so undervalued that demand kept building and building. As I’ve noted before, in the first quarter of 2016 alone, more American Silver Eagle coins for investment purposes were sold than during the entire year of 1996.

As central bankers take us deeper into the black-hole oblivion of negative interest rates, more and more people will rush into silver and gold to avoid such insanity.

The system has begun to come unhinged at the seams. An avalanche has been initiated, and nothing will stop it. One can either stick one’s head in the snow and say it’s not happening, or prepare to jiu-jitsu that monstrous momentum into something beneficial.

What choice will you make?  Do you think silver will soar, or stagnate?  Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment below, and share this post on social media.

Alternative Doctors Assassinated




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What you’re about to read will be very disconcerting for readers unfamiliar with the story.  Something strange has been going on for the past year.  It involves a string of unexplained murders, the common denominator between many of them being doctors who practiced so-called “alternative medicine”.

In other words, people who had freed their minds from the indoctrination of their establishment education.  Geniuses who had chosen to think for themselves rather than be led by others.  You know….”conspiracy quacks”.

The vehement usage of terms such as “conspiracy”, “quack”, “nut job”, etc., reveal the intense need for these events and any who speak of them to be discredited.  In any piece that asserts these deaths were random, one will find all of the above terms used again and again.

Throughout this article, many links will be provided to both sides of the argument.  Much information will be archived here in order to record what has happened.

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To begin, note that a Facebook page has been created for the sole purpose of covering these events.  Many people have shared relevant information there.

The following eight-minute clip also reveals very much.  Erin Elizabeth has been covering this story from its outset, and shares important insights.

I’m writing this article using a peculiar technique for reasons that cannot be articulated, for that would ruin their effectiveness.  Bear with me here.

Another website that has written on the subject: Freedomoutpost.com.  Evidence appears to be mounting.

Yet the most comprehensive and illuminating evidence yet appears to be found here.  From this piece, I will select a direct quotation.  Then I will leave the reader to their own interpretation of these events.  Note that not once have I made any suggestion as to how these crimes were committed, who committed them, under what circumstances they happened, what the motivations may have been, what, if any connections between them exist…nothing.

Note the following excerpts from Topsecretwriters.com:

” Dr. Bradstreet was known for his controversial research and treatment of autistic patients. Three days before Bradstreet died, the FDA along with Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency raided his office. The government officials were interested in his “use of GcMAF [Globulin component Macrophage Activating Factor] with autistic patients in his clinic”.

According to the Daily Mail, also under scrutiny was Bradstreet’s use of “chelation therapies” (3). Many considered Bradstreet a leading pioneer in the alternative treatments for autism and cancer. His family and those who knew the doctor rejected the ruling that Bradstreet committed suicide. In fact, a GoFundMe campaign was created to assist in a private investigation into his death (4). “

The article takes caution not to suggest any foul play.  Yet if one reads on, it becomes clear that most of these doctors had been practicing revolutionary and controversial treatments for some of humanity’s most burdensome diseases.  That appears to be the only concrete common denominator.  Along with the fact that almost all the deaths happened under mysterious circumstances – for example, a gunshot wound to the chest being ruled a suicide.

Freedom will ring as the truth comes out.  Reality cannot be obscured for long.  Please share this article and leave your thoughts in a comment below.

Power to the people



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Ted Cruz has won the state of Colorado and all its delegates without a single vote being cast. That appears to be the antithesis of freedom.

Not that a constitutional republic ought to rely much on its elected representatives. Yet when the election doesn’t even bother to be rigged, it simply ceases to exist, one struggles to find an adequate explanation as to how this kind of thing can happen in the land of the free.

One answer involves a media conglomerate that camouflages the truth with steadfast resolve.  Nearly every single article one reads on the subject of this Colorado caucus reads the same: “Cruz followed the rules, it’s not fair but neither is life, Trump and anyone who felt they had a right to vote for him is a cry baby”.  If you don’t believe me, you can find that actual tone here, here, and here.  It can be difficult to discern reality in a world where most media is controlled by a handful of people.  Yet freedom still reigns.
The only place any semblance of freedom remains lies within cyberspace – the only domain not under direct control of anyone. And thanks to that, at least the story and its impact can be communicated across blogs and social media. For if it were not the case, many might never even have heard about this unearned-delegate fiasco.

The Washington Post only covers the story because Drudge report covered the story. And somehow they manage to spin it in order to make the fact that Cruz won without an election seem fine and normal:

“If it was just Trump complaining about the “crooked” system, it would seem like sour grapes from a guy who got out-hustled. But The Donald’s allies in the right-wing media, including Drudge and Breitbart, are trying to make Cruz’s wins seem illegitimate in the eyes of the conservative base. If Cruz wins the nomination at a contested convention in Cleveland, he will need these grass-roots activists to rally around him. If regular Drudge readers believe he did not win fair and square, they will be less inclined to do so.”

Oh, now I understand. People who report on the reality that mainstream pundits refuse to acknowledge are just peddling fiction. “Trying to make Cruz’s wins seem illegitimate”…does anyone really have to put forth such effort? Those wins appear illegitimate all by themselves. It seems as though any attempt at stating the obvious would be wasted effort.
And therein lies one of the most often utilized rhetorical tactics of conventional media today: hollow accusations based upon baseless assertions, used to paint an overgeneralized picture of certain people or events.

Interestingly, The Post even manages to involve Ayn Rand in all of this. They cite Donald Trump’s reference of Rand’s book: The Fountainhead. I will include the positive part here:

“ Bottom line, Roark is a self-centered individualist who steadfastly refuses to submit to the will of others. “He is presented as the author’s version of an ideal man — one who embodies the virtues of Rand’s objectivist philosophy,” the CliffNotes character analysis explains. “Roark is an example of free will — the theory that an individual has the power, by virtue of the choices he makes, to control the outcome of his own life. A man’s thinking and values are not controlled by God or the fates or society or any external factor — but solely by his own choice.” “

Notice how they placed emphasis upon that first sentence. When taken out of context, that sentence reminds the reader of Trump, creating the appropriate association. Rather than focusing on the positive aspects of Rand’s work and philosophy, it gets used against anyone who admired her insights. As if anyone who aspires to individual liberty and autonomy must be evil, by definition
And many people implicitly believe this line of reasoning and all rhetorical tactics that proceed from it for one simple reason. It protects their own established worldview and beliefs – no need to pursue life, liberty, and happiness if people who do so appear to be demons. The mediocre becomes the norm. The establishment becomes God. And the state becomes superior to the self.
To be free, individuals must place ultimate value on their own conscious minds. Individual life and liberty must be upheld as the most supreme value in the universe.

What do you think?  Did Cruz steal the election in an obvious power grab?  Or was it all just “how the system works”?  Feel free to post your thoughts below.

Freedom involves the absence of external control




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“In God We Trust” appears on all of our physical currency in the United States of America.  These currency notes are “legal tender for all debts, public and private”.  They are federal reserve notes (FRNs), issued by the Federal Reserve, our central bank.

The Federal Reserve exists as a private corporation and has no real connection to the government.  It is not beholden to any governmental laws or jurisdiction.

Entire books have been written on the subject of the international monetary system.  Jim Rickards has a potent perspective on such matters, being an insider and financial expert for thirty years.  Peter Schiff also has published excellent works, and so has the publisher of the Boom, Gloom & Doom report, Marc Faber.

The only important point here involves freedom.  Americans can never be free under the tyranny of a centrally-controlled economic and monetary system.  The Founding Fathers never intended that.  The power to issue currency does not belong to some mysterious wizard behind the veiled curtains of central bank mandates.  It belongs to the people.  

The founders of America sought out to create an independent republic free of such arbitrary controls.  For over a century now, we the people have let them down.  Their sacrifices have proven to be all in vain.  For as a country, we have stood idly by and enjoyed the decadence provided by freedom-fueled prosperity…all the while neglecting to protect that precious fuel.

Our fuel will soon run out, as the noose tightens around our neck.  The destroyers’ control has led to untenable systemic risk.  And just as in times past, when that control leads to collapse, it will be freedom that takes the blame.  “Capitalism has failed, we need government intervention to save it”.  This fallacy has been perpetuated upon the masses for generations, and will be utilized by the ruling-class again.

As one can see here, M2 velocity of money has fallen off a cliff in recent years.  Velocity of money can be likened to the pulse of an economy.  The more economic activity, the greater velocity (amount of times a piece of currency changes hands).  M2 at all-time record lows does not bode well for America or the global economy.

Global trade has also collapsed.  As seen here, the Baltic Dry shipping index has fallen to record lows.  Though it has since bounced off the bottom, world trade has still never been more stagnant.  No demand exists – hence no goods need to be shipped.

In the midst of this global economic crisis lie the central bankers.

Now backed into a corner of their own creation, their shenanigans shall be exposed for the entire world to bear witness to in the near future.

For generations, these unelected bureaucrats have been perceived as omnipotent demigods.  Now, at last, they will be revealed as the incompetent cowards they have always been.

The public has begun to lose faith in these institutions, and rightfully so.  Their actions make even less sense than their words; and soon they will be forced into actions that will precipitate their own demise.

It will be one glorious day for freedom indeed.

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Cryptocurrency sector sees new capital in-flows

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Bitcoin continues its rise against the US dollar. Increasing in market cap from ~6.34 Billion to almost exactly 6.5 Billion in a matter of weeks, the cryptocurrency has seen a corresponding rise in USD price.

As seen on the 3-month chart here, Bitcoin has rallied 5% against USD in the past month, and almost 13% the past two months.  This comes after Bitcoin was the best performing asset & currency on the face of the planet in 2015 (I cite zero hedge for that reference, yet one can as easily cite CNBC or a number of other sources).

Not only has bitcoin seen appreciation in Q1 2016, but so have several alt coins.  Ethereum may be the most notable, being worth in excess of $10.00.  Cure coin has also seen its price almost double from $0.02 to just shy of $0.04.  Several other alt coins have performed very well in recent months also.  Some have speculated this to be the result of new capital coming into the marketplace.  And judging by the rapid increase in market caps – amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars flowing into the cryptocurrency sector – those speculations appear to be spot on.

I don’t cite any sources for those numbers.  All one needs to do involves clicking around on any large exchange for alt coins, or visiting a site like Coindesk.com for Bitcoin (I prefer to follow Coindesk on Twitter, as they tweet charts with market cap info).  Volume & market cap information all exist as public knowledge.

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