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A Nation Imploding: Digital Tyranny, Insurrection and Martial Law

This article was originally published by John W. Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute. 

“In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. [Y]ou can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization…filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort … to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love… What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.”—Robert F. Kennedy on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

This is what we have been reduced to: A violent mob. A nation on the brink of martial law. A populace under house arrest. A techno-corporate state wielding its power to immobilize huge swaths of the country. And a Constitution in tatters.

We are imploding on multiple fronts, all at once.

This is what happens when ego, greed, and power are allowed to take precedence over liberty, equality, and justice.

Just to be clear, however: this is not a revolution.

This is a ticking time bomb.

There is absolutely no excuse for the violence that took place at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Yet no matter which way you look at it, the fallout from this attempted coup could make this worrisome state of affairs even worse.

First, you’ve got the president, who has been accused of inciting a riot and now faces a second impeachment and a scandal that could permanently mar his legacy. While the impeachment process itself is a political beast, the question of whether President Trump incited his followers to riot is one that has even the best legal experts debating. Yet as First Amendment scholar David Hudson Jr. explains, for Trump’s rhetoric to be stripped of its free speech protections, “The speaker must intend to and actually use words that rally people to take illegal action. The danger must be imminent—not in the indefinite future. And the words must be uttered in a situation in which violence is likely to happen.”

At a minimum, Trump’s actions and words—unstatesmanlike and reckless, by any standards—over the course of his presidency and on Jan. 6 helped cause a simmering pot to boil over.

Second, there were the so-called “patriots” who took to the streets because the jailer of their choice didn’t get chosen to knock heads for another four years. Those “Stop the Steal” protesters may have deluded themselves (or been deluded) into believing they were standing for freedom when they stormed the Capitol. However, all they really did was give the Deep State and its corporate partners a chance to pull back the curtain and reveal how little freedom we really have. There is nothing that can be said to justify the actions of those who, armed with metal pipes, chemical irritants, stun guns, and other types of weapons, assaulted and stampeded those in their path.

There are limits to what can be done in the so-called name of liberty, and this level of violence—no matter who wields it or what brand of politics or zealotry motivate them—crossed the line.

Third, you’ve got the tech giants, who meted out their own version of social justice by way of digital tyranny and corporate censorship. Yet there can be no freedom of speech if social media giants can muzzle whomever they want, whenever they want, on whatever pretext they want in the absence of any real due process, review, or appeal. As Edward Snowden warned, whether it was warranted or not, the social media ban on President Trump signaled a turning point in the battle for control over digital speech. And that is exactly what is playing out as users, including those who have no ties to the Capitol riots, begin to experience lockouts, suspensions, and even deletions of their social media accounts.

Remember, the First Amendment is a steam valve. It allows people to peacefully air viewpoints, vent frustrations, debate and disagree, and generally work through the problems of self-governance. Without that safety mechanism in place, self-censorship increases, discontent festers, foment brews, and violence becomes the default response for resolving disputes, whether with the government or each other. At a minimum, we need more robust protections in place to protect digital expression and a formalized process for challenging digital censorship.

Unfortunately, digital censorship is just the beginning. Once you start using social media scores coupled with surveillance capitalism to determine who is worthy enough to be part of society, anything goes. In China, which has been traveling this road for years now, millions of individuals and businesses, blacklisted as “unworthy” based on social media credit scores that grade them based on whether they are “good” citizens, have been banned from accessing financial markets, buying real estate or traveling by air or train.

Fourth, you’ve got the police, who normally exceed the constitutional limits restraining them from brutality, surveillance, and other excesses. Only this time, despite intelligence indicating that some of the rioters were planning for mayhem, police were outnumbered and ill-prepared to deal with the incursion. Investigations underway suggest that some police may even have colluded with the rioters.

Certainly, the lack of protocols adopted by the Capitol Police bears an unnerving resemblance to the lack of protocols in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, when police who were supposed to uphold the law and prevent violence failed to do either. In fact, as the Washington Post reports, police “seemed to watch as groups beat each other with sticks and bludgeoned one another with shields… At one point, police appeared to retreat and then watch the beatings before eventually moving in to end the free-for-all, make arrests and tend to the injured.” Incredibly, when the first signs of open violence broke out, it was reported that the police chief allegedly instructed his staff to “let them fight, it will make it easier to declare an unlawful assembly.”

There’s a pattern emerging if you pay close enough attention: Instead of restoring order, local police stand down. Without fail, what should be an exercise in how to peacefully disagree turns ugly the moment looting, vandalism, violence, intimidation tactics, and rioting are introduced into the equation. Tensions rise, violence escalates, and federal armies move in.

All that was missing on Jan. 6 was a declaration of martial law.

Which brings us to the fifth point, martial law. Given that the nation has been dancing around the fringes of martial law with each national crisis, it won’t take much more to push the country over the edge to a declaration and military lockdown. The rumblings of armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., will only serve to heighten tensions, double down on the government’s military response, and light a match to a powder keg state of affairs. With tens of thousands of National Guard troops and federal law enforcement personnel mobilized to lock down Washington, DC, in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots and in advance of the Jan. 20 inauguration, this could be the largest military show-of-force in recent years.

So where do we go from here?

That all of these events are coming to a head around Martin Luther King Jr. Day is telling.

More than 50 years after King was assassinated, America has become a ticking time bomb of racial unrest and injustice, police militarization, surveillance, government corruption and ineptitude, the blowback from a battlefield mindset and endless wars abroad, and a growing economic inequality between the haves and have nots

Making matters worse, modern America has compounded the evils of racism, materialism, and militarism with ignorance, intolerance, and fear.

Callousness, cruelty, meanness, immorality, ignorance, hatred, intolerance, and injustice have become hallmarks of our modern age, magnified by an echo chamber of nasty tweets and government-sanctioned brutality.

“Despite efforts to curb hate speech, eradicate bullying and extend tolerance, a culture of nastiness has metastasized in which meanness is routinely rewarded, and common decency and civility are brushed aside,” observed Teddy Wayne in a New York Times piece on “The Culture of Nastiness.”

Every time I read a news headline or flip on the television or open up an email or glance at social media, I run headlong into people consumed with back-biting, partisan politics, sniping, toxic hate, meanness, and materialism. Donald Trump is, in many ways, the embodiment of this culture of meanness. Yet as Wayne points out, “Trump is less enabler in chief than a symptom of a free-for-all environment that prizes cutting smears… Social media has normalized casual cruelty.”

Whether it’s unfriending or blocking someone on Facebook, tweeting taunts and barbs on Twitter, or merely using cyberspace to bully someone or peddle in gossip, we have become masters in the art of meanness.

This culture of meanness has come to characterize many aspects of the nation’s governmental and social policies. “Meanness today is a state of mind,” writes professor Nicolaus Mills in his book The Triumph of Meanness, “the product of a culture of spite and cruelty that has had an enormous impact on us.”

This casual cruelty is made possible by a growing polarization within the populace that emphasizes what divides us—race, religion, economic status, sexuality, ancestry, politics, etc.—rather than what unites us: we are all human.

This is what writer Anna Quindlen refers to as “the politics of exclusion, what might be thought of as the cult of otherness… It divides the country as surely as the Mason-Dixon line once did. And it makes for mean-spirited and punitive politics and social policy.”

This is more than meanness, however.

This is the psychopathic mindset adopted by the architects of the Deep State, and it applies equally whether you’re talking about Democrats or Republicans.

Beware, because this kind of psychopathology can spread like a virus among the populace.

As an academic study into pathocracy concluded, “[T]yranny does not flourish because perpetuators are helpless and ignorant of their actions. It flourishes because they actively identify with those who promote vicious acts as virtuous.”

People don’t simply line up and salute. It is through one’s own personal identification with a given leader, party, or social order that they become agents of good or evil. To this end, “we the people” have become “we the police state.”

By failing to actively take a stand for good, we become agents of evil. It’s not the person in charge who is solely to blame for the carnage. It’s the populace that looks away from the injustice, that empowers the totalitarian regime, that welcomes the building blocks of tyranny.

This realization hit me full-force a few years ago. I had stopped into a bookstore and was struck by all of the books on Hitler, everywhere I turned. Yet had there been no Hitler, there still would have been a Nazi regime. There still would have been gas chambers and concentration camps and a Holocaust.

Hitler wasn’t the architect of the Holocaust. He was merely the figurehead. The same goes for the American police state: had there been no Trump or Obama or Bush, there still would have been a police state. There still would have been police shootings and private prisons and endless wars and government pathocracy.

Why? Because “we the people” have paved the way for this tyranny to prevail.

By turning Hitler into a super-villain who singlehandedly terrorized the world—not so different from how Trump is often depicted—historians have given Hitler’s accomplices (the German government, the citizens that opted for security and order over liberty, the religious institutions that failed to speak out against evil, the individuals who followed orders even when it meant a death sentence for their fellow citizens) a free pass.

This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.

None of us who remain silent and impassive in the face of evil, racism, extreme materialism, meanness, intolerance, cruelty, injustice, and ignorance get a free pass.

Those among us who follow figureheads without question, who turn a blind eye to injustice and turn their backs on need, who march in lockstep with tyrants and bigots, who allow politics to trump principle, who give in to meanness and greed, and who fail to be outraged by the many wrongs being perpetrated in our midst, it is these individuals who must shoulder the blame when the darkness wins.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,” Martin Luther King Jr. sermonized.

The darkness is winning

It’s not just on the world stage we must worry about the darkness winning

The darkness is winning in our communities. It’s winning in our homes, our neighborhoods, our churches and synagogues, and our government bodies. It’s winning in the hearts of men and women the world over who are embracing hatred over love. It’s winning in every new generation that is being raised to care only for themselves, without any sense of moral or civic duty to stand for freedom.

John F. Kennedy, killed by an assassin’s bullet five years before King would be similarly executed, spoke of a torch that had been “passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Once again, a torch is being passed to a new generation, but this torch is setting the world on fire, burning down the foundations put in place by our ancestors, and igniting all of the ugliest sentiments in our hearts.

This fire is not liberating; it is destroying.

We are teaching our children all the wrong things: we are teaching them to hate, teaching them to worship false idols (materialism, celebrity, technology, politics), teaching them to prize vain pursuits and superficial ideals over kindness, goodness, and depth.

We are on the wrong side of the revolution.

“If we are to get on to the right side of the world revolution,” advised King, “we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society.

Freedom demands responsibility.

Freedom demands that we stop thinking as Democrats and Republicans and start thinking like human beings, or at the very least, Americans.

Martin Luther King Jr. dared to dream of a world in which all Americans “would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

He didn’t live to see that dream become a reality. It’s still not a reality. We haven’t dared to dream that dream in such a long time.

But imagine…

Imagine what this country would be like if Americans put aside their differences and dared to stand up—united—for freedom…

Imagine what this country would be like if Americans put aside their differences and dared to speak out—with one voice—against injustice…

Imagine what this country would be like if Americans put aside their differences and dared to push back—with the full force of our collective numbers—against the evils of government despotism.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, tyranny wouldn’t stand a chance.

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Twitter actually touts ‘access to information and freedom of expression,’ states ‘we strongly condemn Internet shutdowns’

Seems when one attains massive power — and starts successfully wielding it — optics no longer carry as much importance.

What’s going on?

Just days after permanently banning President Donald Trump from its platform, Twitter went on the record Tuesday afternoon concerning the Ugandan election and made some statements about “freedom of expression” and “access to information” that are eliciting more than a few raised eyebrows:

“Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps,” Twitter Public Policy began. “We strongly condemn internet shutdowns — they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.”

Twitter Public Policy added: “Earlier this week, in close coordination with our peers, we suspended a number of accounts targeting the election in Uganda. If we can attribute any of this activity to state-backed actors, we will disclose to our archive of information operations.”

Then came the kicker: “Access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”

Say what?

While applauded by scads of leftists, Twitter’s permanent ban of Trump was roundly condemned by the likes of Nikki Haley, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, and even Mexico’s president and leaders in Germany and France.

And a number of folks hit back at the social media giant for its statements surrounding the Ugandan election:

  • “Are there no mirrors at Twitter?” TheBlaze’s Jessica O’Donnell asked.
  • “High comedy!” conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza exclaimed. “You can’t make this stuff up.”
  • “WTF! Are you serious? This is a joke right?” BlazeTV national reporter Elijah Schaffer (Slightly Offens*ve) wondered.
  • “Twitter griping that Uganda has banned it is the ultimate self-own,” LifeNews noted.
  • “Omg,” Dana Loesch reacted.

Others expressed similar sentiments:

  • “Twitter’s like: ‘Don’t restrict people’s speech, that’s our job,'” another user said.
  • “Sadly, you gave autocratic regimes a pass with your own behavior,” another commenter wrote. “Do you recall shutting down the @nypost ? You have done enormous damage to the notion of open Internet and lost moral authority to criticize regimes that are simply following your bad example.”
  • “Are you kidding? This is a joke, right?” another user asked. “You are shutting down those with conservative political beliefs yet allow tweets from the leader of Iran who has sworn to destroy the U.S. and Israel.”
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Sorry, Vice-President Pence can’t replace electors on his own

As I point out in a recent interview, the failure of the Trump legal team and its allies to understand the Constitution’s rules on presidential elections has cost them dearly. They have evidence of fraud and other election irregularities. But they have not used that evidence well.

The Constitution says that the Vice-President, as President of the Senate, is the presiding officer when a joint session of Congress oversees the counting of president electors. Some of the president’s advocates claim that gives Vice President Mike Pence unlimited discretion over the counting. They say that when the joint session meets on January 6, Pence may unilaterally decide between rival slates of electors.

In pursuance of this theory, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R.-Tex) has sued the vice president. Gohmert asserts that the federal laws on elector-counting are unconstitutional because they are inconsistent with the 12th amendment. He claims the vice president “may exercise the exclusive authority and sole discretion in determining which electoral votes to count for a given State.” He argues that Pence should appoint a Republican slate for Arizona.

The trial and appeals courts have dismissed the case for lack of standing. But if the plaintiffs had standing, their case still would be very weak. Here’s why:

* As the vice president observes, he is not a proper defendant. He has done nothing that makes him the bad guy here.

* The  Gohmert complaint points out that state legislatures can choose electors, but it fails to mention that the constitutionally-authorized deadline for doing so (December 14) passed without the Arizona legislature reversing the result certified under procedures fixed by the legislature.

* Instead, the complaint says that “members of the Arizona Legislature” selected the GOP slate. But it also failed to mention that these members were only a minority of the legislature, acting on their own.

* It is highly unlikely the 12th Amendment gives one person uncontrolled discretion over the presidential and vice presidential electoral counting. This is particularly so when that person is the vice president—someone who may be (as in this election) one of the candidates himself.

* A legal principle says that when a result seems unlikely, you don’t assume it is correct unless the governing law clearly compels it.  But the 12th amendment does not clearly determine that the vice president has exclusive authority to count the ballots. Quite the contrary. It says only that “the President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.” It gives the Veep authority to open the ballots, but does not specify who counts them.

* When the Constitution or law is silent, normal parliamentary procedure is to proceed according to the rules specified by the parliamentary body. That means rules adopted by the joint session of Congress, not by the presiding officer.

* Congress has set forth those rules in federal statutes. The plaintiffs claim the statutes (which they wrongly attribute to a single enactment) are unconstitutional.  However, once again their lack of constitutional understanding caused them to lose an opportunity: The  statute is not unconstitutional, because it contradicts the 12th amendment—which it doesn’t. The statute may be unconstitutional because it intrudes on a federal function.

To explain: When Congress comes into joint counting session, it is not acting as the federal legislature. It is acting as an assembly exercising a function directly mandated by the Constitution. Federal functions usually are exempt from statutory regulation.

On the other hand, the joint session may—expressly or impliedly—agree voluntarily to follow the statutory procedures. If the joint session does not object to using established legal procedures, then it is deemed to accept them. Dyer v. Blair, 390 F. Supp. 1291 (N.D. Ill. 1975) (Justice John Paul Stevens).

But that is surely the joint session’s decision, not the decision of the presiding officer.

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MAN THE LIFEBOATS: DOLLAR DISASTER IMMINENT!

This article was contributed by Wealth Research Group. 

Today, we’re sharing an important update from WealthResearchGroup.com, which is paramount for understanding what comes next:

Since the November 3rd elections, the dollar has been pushed to a corner that is actually a double-edged sword for gold. Because of the anticipation that a super-weak dollar will cause bond yields to rise, gold has become weak, right alongside the dollar. This correlation has been recently cut off.

From November 6th, when Pfizer’s announcement altered the way investors priced in Covid-19 risk of bankruptcy for pandemic victim sectors – reasoning that with a vaccine far fewer companies will go under – the dollar has sold off hard, gold has crashed to below its 200-DMA, and rates have been rising, in turn.

A few days ago, Mitch McConnell basically called (and caused) the bottom for gold, when he said that Washington must pass the stimulus bill, in order to avoid a complete Main Street meltdown in January. Gold prices began to price a fiscal aid program, a monetary QE support policy, and an inflationary recovery in 2021.

When I wrote that I personally bought gold-backed ETF shares, it was literally two days before the bottom. We nailed it!

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

Our five watchlists, published in April, June, August, September, and a pre-election one in October, have delivered the research necessary to conduct due diligence on over fifty companies; the appreciation of said companies has been remarkable when compared with their respective index benchmarks.

In April, we published THIS. Within it, AXP (which I’m a shareholder of) has appreciated by 60%. VFC (which I’m a shareholder of) has appreciated by 73%! SWK (which I’m a shareholder of) has appreciated by over 80% and trades even above its Pre-Covid-19 price. I don’t believe the company will ever trade for $100/share, which was the limit order noted in the report. It was a stunning entry point, in my opinion. The S&P 500 has appreciated by 31% in the same timeframe, so these companies have delivered a significant Alpha. Spirit Aerosystems (SPR), which I stressed recently as a company that one must look at when it was trading for around $20/share in the beginning of November, has doubled in one month, thanks to the anticipated recovery in the airline industry.

This was only the first watchlist. It contained 27 companies, in total. Then, in June, we published the 2nd watchlist HERE! It featured an additional 10 new companies. Sysco (SYY), which I’m a shareholder of, has appreciated by 53%! Axis Capital (AXS) has appreciated by 36%, Trane Technologies has appreciated by 68% and Booz Allen Hamilton (which I’m a shareholder of) has appreciated by 22%.

In August and in September, we published watchlists 3, 4, and TECH. Within these, we profiled 20 additional companies, with only CHKP (which I’m a shareholder of) trading below its limit order; the rest have been on fire.

Now, though, I’m warning that euphoria is unsustainable. I feel much like I did when my friend’s maid/cleaner asked him how to buy Bitcoin, when it traded for $12,000/coin in 2017, on its way to $20,000. In other words, I’m not calling the top, but I’m cautioning that it’s near, unavoidable, and would usher in a period of sideways and downward selling.

We are about to publish a 6th watchlist, so stay tuned!

The dollar weakness has caused this record inflow into emerging markets and the vaccine risk-on trade has caused gold to brutally crater, but the stimulus surprise, which was uncalled for, has reversed the trend in commodities.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

The commodity index is the CHEAPEST it has been since 1990 and some measures show it is the cheapest since 1942; the recovery in global trade and manufacturing in 2021, as the economy opens up, will potentially serve as an inflation catalyst and we are positioning not only in commodities but with a number of the most compelling companies I’ve come across in my career, which started when my folks signed a waiver to let me trade as a minor (16 years of age) in June 2000. I’m excited!

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PARTY’S OVER: LOCKDOWN DECEMBER!

This article was contributed by The Wealth Research Group. 

December has officially begun and this month is short because of the holidays, so politicians only have a few short days to fight over nothing, agree to disagree, screw over the little guy, and head back to their respective states to gossip about everything they didn’t get done this month. In short, this will get interesting!

Here are some important events to keep an eye out for:

A. 2021 budget: Congress must agree on a spending bill, often called “Omnibus,” since it condenses 12 different bills into one package.

If they can’t, one million jobs are at risk, because of a government shutdown. The street isn’t pricing in the probability of such an event, so any delays or last-minute rocking of the boat will not be taken with ease by traders.

Basically, this needs to be wrapped in a nice bow by the 11th, or we’re in trouble.

B. Stimulus Plan: Many programs, which have kept the piper from getting paid, expire this month. Yesterday, I spoke with a fund manager who is a top executive in one of the world’s largest real estate funds, one that I personally invest in. He straight up told me that landlords are paying bad tenants to leave, so that they can fill those vacancies with better-screened tenants, who have steady jobs or more savings.

We believe that Congress is too out of touch with the survival mentality and struggles of the average American family to understand the urgency of the eviction crisis. Some six million renters are behind and won’t be able to pay without rental relief. We anticipate a “kick the can down the road” approach, where the moratorium is extended to February, perhaps even March, instead of providing aid.

Secondly, we put the odds of a stimulus check getting passed in the month of December at less than 20%, according to today’s situation. Both parties have so much riding on the January 5th, 2021 Senate race in Georgia, that conceding now to the other party’s stimulus demands would show weakness to their base.

The HEROES Act is too large and the Skinny Bill is too conservative. This is why we don’t think a compromise is coming before the winner of Georgia emerges.

C. Covid-19 Restrictions: There’s been an interesting shift in how the government is “marketing” the best way to behave, going forward. Washington’s Task Force is realizing that the people just don’t listen to them, so they’re spinning the responsibility back to the individual level.

Dr. Fauci, and to a larger extent, Dr. Deborah Birx, are both acknowledging that with Thanksgiving and Christmas, families will congregate, so stopping that will be a futile waste of time.

The government is now telling each and every American something to the effect of: “You know what Coronavirus is. You pretty much know if you’re at risk or not, and you know family members who are to be kept from getting exposed, since they might die, so use your judgment, when living your life. We don’t want to enact stay-at-home orders, close schools, malls, and restaurants. We don’t want to announce lockdowns, curfews, or other restrictions, but if you can’t follow some basic rules, such as (1) wearing a mask, (2) washing hands frequently, and (3) keeping distant from others, whenever possible, we’ll be forced to, since hospitalizations and fatalities are rising sharply.”

This new approach is a twist since it puts the blame on society, not on the administration if they announce Covid-19 restrictions. It’s like a parent telling a child not to put his fingers near the fireplace, but the kid won’t listen. The parent lets the child get close enough to feel the heat, but stops him from getting burned badly.

I can’t stress this enough; I’m taking profits where it makes sense and waiting patiently. November was a record month for stocks; a pullback is so very imminent and unavoidable.

 

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DAGGER TO THE HEART: R.I.P. GOLD!

This article was contributed by Portfolio Wealth Global.

Today’s letter is divided into two sections: the first is the update on the bloody mess that precious metals are undergoing and the second is a summary of the hearing that Rudy Giuliani and the list of witnesses reported that gave verbal accounts of their testimony about Pennsylvania’s voter irregularities.

GOLD: IS THE BULL MARKET DEAD?

In short, the answer is NO. There are several instances since December 2015 where we’ve seen similar moments to this. These are instances in which the volatility index plummets, many events conspire to bring hope, and there’s the assumption that central banks might tighten and that there’s no catalyst for precious metals. These instances come and go since you can’t get rid of the underlying issue: more currency is created by the second.

As you can see, gold fights these moments off and rallies:

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

If this one follows in the footsteps of the ones we saw in June 2019 and March 2020, watch out, bears!

As you can see, in August, the price of gold distanced from its 200-DMA so much that this sell-off was due to arrive. Taking profits in August was very smart.

Right now, our thesis is that the best course of action is a slow accumulation. The value proposition is certainly the best it’s been since March, and in terms of the mining industry itself, the validity of the sector is well intact. The trend is clear — gold is heading down.

The median all-in sustaining cost is still $975/ounce, so mining companies are still able to report strong earnings, which is the key to understanding the reason we’re about to pull the trigger on the most compelling buy-the-dip setups, in our opinion.

This is gold’s worst month in four years!

Courtesy: U.S. Global Investors

Like we wrote two weeks ago, when gold’s price was much higher, we could see gold falling all the way to $1,750. These shakeouts are the best buying opportunities in hindsight. Traders surrender and it feels bad; there’s a sense of desperation about the future’s price action. We think we’re going to see that frustration fairly soon.

TRUMP’S LAWSUITS – PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania had multiple alleged “irregularities” in the state’s vote count:

* At least 21,000 dead people on Pennsylvania’s voter rolls

* Duplicate ballots were mailed out to thousands of registered voters (Pittsburgh officials have admitted that this happened)

* A lawsuit filed against the state of Pennsylvania for having more than 800,000 inactive voters on its voter rolls

* Pennsylvania’s attorney general told Ted Cruz to “stay the hell out of” the state’s disputed tabulation of presidential election votes

* Dominion Voting Systems’ corrupt election software system was reportedly used in Pennsylvania

Along with that, Giuliani cited another set of numbers that don’t add up. Pennsylvania received approximately 1.4 million absentee or mail-in ballots. However, in the count for president, they counted 2,589,242 absentee or mail-in ballots. How will they account for the discrepancy?

“I know crooks really well. You give them an inch, and they take a mile. And you give them a mile, and they take your whole country.” These were Giuliani’s ending remarks for his opening speech.

Could all of these witnesses possibly be lying in a public hearing, making up the very specific details of what they saw and heard? The mountain of firsthand evidence can only lead informed citizens to one conclusion.

Here’s what President Trump is saying about all of this:

“The whole world is watching us. The whole world is watching the United States of America, and we can’t let them get away with it… This election was rigged, and we can’t let that happen. We can’t let it happen for our country.” – Donald J. Trump.

The zero hour cometh; we shall see if these hold up in the Supreme Court or if Biden will be inaugurated on January 21st, 2021.

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Q&A for state legislators and citizens: The Constitution and how to settle the election

Irregularities in the presidential election returns of six states have sparked the question “What next?” The states are Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Should their state legislatures intervene? Confusing the issue are media and other claims that are dead wrong.

This column corrects the mistakes and clarifies duties and options.

Why the mistakes? Many in the media are strongly motivated to secure the election of Joe Biden—or, more accurately, the defeat of Donald Trump. They have been uncurious about alleged election irregularities or how the Constitution and federal law address presidential election deadlocks.

Even most experts are unfamiliar with this subject. On average, law school constitutional law courses spend 2/3 of their time on two percent of the Constitution (the 1st Amendment and two sections of the 14th) and largely ignore the presidential election process. Most law professors are unaware of the Constitution’s presidential election rules or the history behind them.

Now some questions and answers:

Q.Why are state legislatures involved?

A. You don’t learn this in school, but the Founders put the state legislatures near the heart of the political system. So much so that during the public debates over ratification of the Constitution, one of the most popular pro-Constitution writers (Tench Coxe) affirmed (pdf) that once the Constitution was ratified, ultimate sovereignty would lodge in a combination of state legislatures and state conventions.

Q. How is that relevant to presidential elections?

A. The Constitution gives state legislatures power to determine how electors are appointed. This power was reaffirmed by the Supreme Court this year in Chiafolo v. Washington (pdf). The Court held that state legislatures not only control choice of electors but can even direct them how to vote.

Q. Are there roles for Congress in the presidential election system?

A. Yes. One is that the Constitution’s Same Day Clause or Presidential Vote Clause (Art. II, Sec. 1, cl. 4) authorizes Congress to select a uniform national day for voting by presidential electors and a (necessarily uniform) national time for voting for president electors. Congress has responded with legislation whose current version was enacted in 1948: December 14 for voting by electors (3 U.S. Code §7) and November 3 for voting for electors (id., §1).

Q. But this year many people voted by mail and the balloting continued over weeks . . .

A. Yes, and that was a violation of both the Same Day Clause and federal law. Some of the election irregularities were those the Same Day Clause was adopted to prevent.

Q. So, where does the state legislature come in?

A. Federal law, 3 U.S.C., § 2, recognizes state legislatures’ continuing power to choose electors after November 3 if the election on that date fails. It reads:

“Whenever any State has held an election for the purpose of choosing electors, and has failed to make a choice on the day prescribed by law, the electors may be appointed on a subsequent day in such a manner as the legislature of such State may direct.”

Q. Is that relevant to all states this year?

A. No—only to the six states with contested elections. Investigations over the next few weeks may show that preliminary results in some of these states are accurate. Then the law will apply only to states (if any) where the results remain helplessly muddled.

Q. How do lawmakers learn if claims of irregularities are true?

A. They should see how the lawsuits challenging the election unfold in their states over the next few days and weeks. I also recommend that legislative committees hold hearings of their own.

Q. To overturn an election, do you have to show fraud?

A. No. Any irregularities altering the results may be sufficient. These include (1) election officials treating different votes in different ways, in violation of the 14th amendment (Bush v. Gore, pdf), (2) changing election procedures during or after the election—or before the election in a way that confuses voters, and (3) even innocent mistakes, including software or machine errors.

Q. I read an article saying that fraud is sufficient to upend an election, and that there is no need to show it changed the result. Is this correct?

A. No. A court is unlikely to set an election aside if the results would have been the same anyway.

Q. If a state legislature finds that the results are hopelessly muddled, what should it do?

A. The principal options are (1) call a special election limited to presidential electors only or (2) choose the electors itself. Some may gripe about a quick election repeat, but successive elections are common in some other democratic countries.

Q. Is it true that only the governor may call the legislature into special session?

A. It is true in some states. Of course, this is no problem if the governor is cooperative. Some state constitutions allow a petition signed by a certain number of lawmakers to call a special session.

Q. My state’s law says only the people, not the legislature, can choose electors. State law further requires a 60-day notice period before a special election. Doesn’t this prevent our state lawmakers from acting even if federal law would seem to authorize them to do so?

A. No. If the legislature can come into session it may—either with gubernatorial cooperation or by a veto-proof majority—change the laws as necessary and allow the people to vote.

Q. What if the governor is not cooperative and there is no veto-proof majority?

A. Then the legislature may call itself into session and choose the electors itself.

Q. Huh?

A. This is one of those things not taught in law school. Here’s the background:

The Constitution delegates power to federal departments and officials. But it also assigns responsibilities to persons and entities outside the federal government. These persons and entities include state governors, presidential electors, convention delegates, voters, jurors—and state legislatures. The courts refer to the exercise of these responsibilities as “federal functions.” (See my forthcoming article on the subject in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.)

When the Constitution assigns responsibility to the “state legislature,” it may mean either the state’s entire legislative apparatus, including the governor, or the representative assembly standing alone, without the governor.

Q. Go on . . . .

A. The Constitution gives state legislatures power to regulate federal elections. In this case, the delegation is to the entire legislative process including the governor. Ariz. State Legislature v. Ariz. Independent Redistricting Comm’n. (pdf). But when state legislatures act in the constitutional amendment process or elect functionaries themselves, they act alone, without gubernatorial involvement.

Q. For example?

A. Before the 17th amendment, the state legislatures elected U.S. Senators, and the governor had no say in the matter. Choice of presidential electors is almost certainly subject to the same rule. Federal law seems to recognize this when it provides, “Whenever any State has held an election for the purpose of choosing electors, and has failed to make a choice on the day prescribed by law, the electors may be appointed . . . in such a manner as the legislature of such State may direct.” Surely Congress did not expect the legislature to go through the entire law-making process in a constricted period of time. It contemplated the legislature choosing the electors itself or setting up an expedited process.

Q. Okay, but if the state constitution says only the governor can call a special session, how can the legislature call itself into session?

A. When a state legislature exercises a “federal function,” its power comes directly from the U.S. Constitution, and it is not bound by state rules. The judiciary has said this repeatedly. The leading case is the Supreme Court decision in Leser v. Garnett (pdf), written by the celebrated justice, Louis Brandeis.

Q. Of the six contested states, all but Nevada have Republican-controlled legislatures. I’ve heard it suggested that they not choose electors at all. That way, neither Trump nor Biden will have 270 electors (a majority of the whole number of 538), forcing a run-off election in the House of Representatives. Although the Democrats will have a slim majority in the new House, the GOP will hold a majority of state delegations. Since presidential voting in the House is by state, it will elect Trump.

A. The suggestion is unwise. First, state lawmakers would, justifiably, take at least as much political heat for simply punting as for calling a new election or choosing the electors.

Second, the 12th amendment says that only if no presidential candidate receives “a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed” does the election go to the House. If none of the five contested states with Republican legislatures appoints electors, then there will be only 465 “Electors appointed.” If, as is almost certain, Nevada goes for Biden, then that would give him 233 votes—a majority of 465. No House run-off.

If fewer than five Republican legislatures abstain, then Biden will win the remaining states, and with them the Presidency.

Q. So what should state lawmakers do in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin?

A. Ignore the media gaslighting and exercise their constitutional responsibilities. Monitor the state election challenges closely. If no clear winner appears in, say, two more weeks, then either call a snap election using old-fashioned paper ballots in fixed polling locations or, if the governor does not cooperate, call themselves into session and choose the state’s presidential electors. In the latter case, lawmakers can blame it all on the uncooperative governor. Remember that the process has to be complete before the electors meet on December 14.

This column first appeared in the Epoch Times.

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What Next?

It looks like Joe Biden won the election. I’m sure the legal wrangling will stretch on for a while, but I’m pretty certain that when the dust settles, Biden will end up moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

So, what next?

I know a lot of people are upset. I’ve seen the wailing and gnashing of teeth on social media. I’ve seen dire predictions of the U.S. turning into a socialist hell-scape. But let me be blunt – we took off down that path before long before last Tuesday.

Ten years ago, I published my first book Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty. At the time, I warned the focusing on D.C. politics wasn’t going to change much. Here’s what I wrote.

Every four years, political parties, candidates, lobbyists, PACs and everyday citizens spend billions of dollars to choose a president. For more than a year, candidates debate and jockey for position. By the time the general election rolls around, Americans have already endured a seemingly endless primary season. And when it’s all said and done, what really changes?

Take the 2008 election pitting John McCain against Barak Obama.  Obama won the election promising “hope and change.” He painted a McCain victory as an endorsement of “the failed policies of George W. Bush.” But really, what actually changed?

With Bush, we had rampant spending, increasing debt and a rapidly growing federal government. President Obama kept right on spending, increased the debt even faster and expanded the scope and power of the federal government. Under Bush, we had war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Under Obama, we had war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with Libya, Syria and Yemen thrown in for good measure. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law, including many provisions violating basic due process rights protected by the Constitution. Obama reauthorized it, and signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act with indefinite detention provisions included. Under Bush, we got the TSA, running its gloved hands over our bodies and through our stuff. Under Obama, the TSA got scanners, and started groping our “stuff.” Obama gave us “Obamacare.” Bush gave us a prescription drug benefit. Both presidents oversaw a growing, bloated federal government engaging in unconstitutional acts. Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t seem to matter. A Republican administration brought you the Patriot Act, undeclared war, the expansion of entitlements, the Real ID Act, TARP and a continuation of the federal “war on drugs.” Thanks to the Democrats, Americans enjoy overreaching EPA mandates, expanding entitlements, automaker bailouts, undeclared war, government-run health care, a continuation of the federal “war on drugs” and FDA raids on Amish farmers.

On and on it goes.

After four years of witnessing Obama continuing and expanding Bush policies, Republican candidates marched from sea to shining sea promising they would usher in a new era of “limited government” if the voting public would just give them a chance.

Forgive my skepticism.

We got another four years of Obama but then Trump came to save us.

But after four years of Trump and Republicans completely controlling Congress for two of those years, what has really changed? We added $7 trillion in additional debt. The wars are still going on. Trump reauthorized the Patriot Act. Obamacare wasn’t repealed or replaced. We got an increase in the enforcement of federal gun control and new gun control to boot. The war on drugs rages on. The police-state has grown. Real ID has been almost fully implemented. Federal asset forfeiture ramped up. The federal government is bigger, more powerful and deeper in debt than it was four years ago.

In Our Last Hope, I wrote:

It seems to me the two parties vying for supremacy in Washington D.C. really represent two sides of the very same coin. They may differ in degree, but not in substance. They may apply power along different avenues, but both parties love to wield the big government stick. And Republicans and Democrats alike show little or no regard for constitutional constraint when it comes to implementing their preferred policy.

And my advice back in 2012:

First, we must stop assuming Washington D.C. will solve all of America’s problems.

Ladies and gentlemen, Washington D.C. IS the problem.

That was true when Obama was in the White House. It’s true with Trump in the White House. And it will be true with Biden in the White House.

So, what do we do? Exactly what I said to do in 2012 — Nullify!

Nullification provides a powerful tool that can shift authority back to the states and the people where it belongs. If state lawmakers and executives begin standing up to overreaching federal power, saying, “No!” when the folks in D.C. pass acts outside of their authority, only then will we see the federal government begin to respect the intended limits on its power. You can’t expect an animal to stay in the proper field without a fence.

That’s it. That’s what’s next. It should have been what we were doing all along.

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ANY MINUTE NOW: Has Biden Won – VIOLENCE NEXT?

This article was contributed by Portfolio Wealth Global.

Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do! If these instances mentioned below even closely resemble reality, Biden’s victory lap is premature:

  1. A state stops counting and upon resumption, Biden’s tally surges.
  2. A USPS worker was arrested while bringing three absentee ballots from Canada into the U.S. – claims he took a wrong turn.
  3. Software glitches across the board. By the way, some of these software systems can be hacked online.
  4. Backdated envelopes.

For the sake of democracy and the American way, we hope these prove to be false or over-exaggerated, but we can’t deny that there are many Trump supporters who now doubt the official count.

When Trump tweeted “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT,” it took him four minutes to reach 40K likes. When he tweeted “Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of president. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are now beginning!” he received over 600K likes. These represent probably 10% of the people who genuinely believe this election was not conducted fairly, so, in reality, we believe millions of Americans are now convinced these results to be real.

This may become a legal battle and I’m pretty sure that markets won’t like that in the least.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

As you can see above, the media, in our opinion, will begin to report that a massive third wave of hospitalization and death cases has begun. With the elections currently tilting towards Democrats, all fingers will be pointed towards Trump (perhaps globally).

Biden’s security has been greatly enhanced, with a wide no-fly-zone over his home.

Germany has openly condemned President Trump’s behavior as dangerous and within his own party, he is under pressure to concede and to hand over the baton.

I am going to keep you posted on developments, perhaps even on a daily basis, since circumstances are changing so quickly.

For now, let’s recap what we got:

  1. Precious metals enjoyed an historic week of gains.

  1. Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that we mentioned and highlighted right here in this newsletter when its price was less than $600/coin is now worth $16,000. This represents a 26.6x appreciation!
  2. Societe Generale, a very famous French bank, has calculated that QE programs have suppressed interest rates in the United States by a dramatic number.

This, of course, has served to widen the wealth gap, bring about societal unrest and lead to a debt bubble.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

If bonds were not purchased by the Federal Reserve, they argue, the S&P 500 would be 1,800 points and the NASDAQ 100 would be worth around 5,000 points.

The proof is in the pudding.

  1. Lastly, because of the gain in the price of gold, which appears to have bottomed around $1,860 and silver, which appears to have bottomed just below $23.00, the sector has been recovering and mining shares are up noticeably.

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ANY MINUTE NOW: Has Biden Won – VIOLENCE NEXT?

This article was contributed by Portfolio Wealth Global.

Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do! If these instances mentioned below even closely resemble reality, Biden’s victory lap is premature:

  1. A state stops counting and upon resumption, Biden’s tally surges.
  2. A USPS worker was arrested while bringing three absentee ballots from Canada into the U.S. – claims he took a wrong turn.
  3. Software glitches across the board. By the way, some of these software systems can be hacked online.
  4. Backdated envelopes.

For the sake of democracy and the American way, we hope these prove to be false or over-exaggerated, but we can’t deny that there are many Trump supporters who now doubt the official count.

When Trump tweeted “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT,” it took him four minutes to reach 40K likes. When he tweeted “Joe Biden should not wrongfully claim the office of president. I could make that claim also. Legal proceedings are now beginning!” he received over 600K likes. These represent probably 10% of the people who genuinely believe this election was not conducted fairly, so, in reality, we believe millions of Americans are now convinced these results to be real.

This may become a legal battle and I’m pretty sure that markets won’t like that in the least.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

As you can see above, the media, in our opinion, will begin to report that a massive third wave of hospitalization and death cases has begun. With the elections currently tilting towards Democrats, all fingers will be pointed towards Trump (perhaps globally).

Biden’s security has been greatly enhanced, with a wide no-fly-zone over his home.

Germany has openly condemned President Trump’s behavior as dangerous and within his own party, he is under pressure to concede and to hand over the baton.

I am going to keep you posted on developments, perhaps even on a daily basis, since circumstances are changing so quickly.

For now, let’s recap what we got:

  1. Precious metals enjoyed an historic week of gains.

  1. Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that we mentioned and highlighted right here in this newsletter when its price was less than $600/coin is now worth $16,000. This represents a 26.6x appreciation!
  2. Societe Generale, a very famous French bank, has calculated that QE programs have suppressed interest rates in the United States by a dramatic number.

This, of course, has served to widen the wealth gap, bring about societal unrest and lead to a debt bubble.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

If bonds were not purchased by the Federal Reserve, they argue, the S&P 500 would be 1,800 points and the NASDAQ 100 would be worth around 5,000 points.

The proof is in the pudding.

  1. Lastly, because of the gain in the price of gold, which appears to have bottomed around $1,860 and silver, which appears to have bottomed just below $23.00, the sector has been recovering and mining shares are up noticeably.

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PHONY RESULTS: JOE BIDEN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!

This article was contributed by Wealth Research Group. 

After Barack Obama’s long era in office, America was desperate for change. It wanted a newcomer, a person that wasn’t part of the “swamp,” but who could enact real reform in many of America’s key political agendas.

At first, no one gave Donald Trump a chance, but not only did he win, he proved to actually be a capable politician. We believe that he has lost this election, though, even if the court system will decide that voting irregularities did occur. Our assessment of the current state of affairs is that Biden has won, despite the allegations of software tampering that do allow for altering votes. We base it on the fact that, as of this time, every single Trump lawsuit has been tossed by the courts.

It’s not the result that 70,803,881 Americans, who voted for Donald Trump, want to see, but in a democratic system, within a constitutional republic – assuming that any cases of alleged vote counting irregularities don’t rattle the cage and expose a grand conspiracy – the Trump supporters will have to put Donald behind and focus on living in the present, planning for the future. Donald may never concede, but he understands that if he can’t convincingly change the narrative, he’s fighting gravity.

As I write this, the vitally-important swing states are all blue, apart from North Carolina:

  1. Georgia: The blue lead is razor thin. It boils down to 9,000 votes, which is 0.2%. In case of a recount, which looks to be in the works, it will be interesting to see what the results truly are.
  2. Nevada: 92% of the votes have been counted and Biden has a commanding lead.
  3. North Carolina: Trump has essentially won it by 0.4%.
  4. Pennsylvania: This crucial state has seen a reversal, with Biden now leading by 0.6%. This also happens to be the most contested electorate, as they have shown favoritism towards Biden throughout.
  5. Arizona: Biden has probably won.
  6. Michigan: Biden has probably won.

Trump claims that it isn’t over, but I would be shocked if there’s anything that could be done, at this point. Joe Biden gave a victory speech, so I’m pretty convinced that we can stick a fork in it; the mainstream media is shaping the reality for America and the world, before the court system actually get their say, which is distorting the real stance of this presidential race. For now, Biden is president-elect, but put a little question mark, right next to that statement.

For sure, I’ve learned much about the American voter this year: 70.8M Americans is not some marginal number to be discarded. With the mainstream media propaganda and the social media censorship, which many receive for their Trump-oriented opinions, it’s pretty remarkable to see how much “Trumpism” is real and will continue to be part of society.

It will be interesting to see if some common ground can be found; to me, that fertile soil has always been wealth, health and peace of mind — if politicians on both sides of the aisle can concentrate on that, instead of “being right,” the country would be much better off.

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Gold has certainly been a huge beneficiary of this election, thus far. As you can see, under the fiat monetary system (1971-2020), gold has never seen such a surge during an election week. What it shows is just how much the dollar was held by both domestic and foreign institutions, who now feel that USD strength is behind us.

I’m not sure that competing fiat currencies are superior to the dollar and that Europe’s currency or Japan’s offer a better alternative, but I do sense a general theme of acceptance of the fact that interest rates are not going to rise at all or to meaningfully change under Biden, which investors did bet on (record number of bond short position indicated a bet on higher rates), in case of the dreaded Blue Sweep.

Here are the biggest risks, then, in the period that is in front of us, between now and January 20th 2021:

  1. Contested elections, which do end up showing voter suppression of a sort.
  2. Potential violent eruptions in unstable pockets of society
  3. No stimulus plans announced, especially not ones that are focused on rents.

WealthResearchGroup.com estimates, by using various data sources that, as a country, the United States is around $20bn behind on making rent payments. The country might make good on its rental promises; it’s a basic function of an economy; paying for shelter, provided by landlords.

  1. A complete change in the pandemic strategy, following blue pressure, which may include lockdowns.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

We already knew, judging by David Einhorn’s research, that smart money has been exiting the markets since September 2nd, but this chart really puts it into perspective. Now, we shall see if they plan to return, as I believe they are.

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This week on the New World Next Week: the selection chaos proceeds as planned; Hollywood stooges fawn over MI6; and the Canadian military admits to the most bizarre psyops campaign you’ve ever heard of.

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Get Ready! MSM Predictive Programming Calls This The “Calm Before The Storm”

While the election riots were not widespread, some did occur and arrests were made. Mainstream media is saying this is the “calm before the storm,” and the longer the ruling class drags this out, the worse thing will end up.

Concerns over widespread extremist violence failed to materialize, luckily. National security experts have also claimed that there was no widespread foreign meddling efforts in the cyber realm just yet.  But mainstream media outlet Time says in a headline that this is the “calm before the storm.”

Votes are still being “counted” in several states and Americans are waiting to see who their next president will be. But even mainstream media admits that the problem now is trusting the government officials tallying the results. Tensions are expected to heighten in the days ahead amid a protracted vote-counting process and without a clear winner.

“This, in some respects, may be the calm before the storm,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “We know that a big part of this election will be proper handling and counting of absentee ballots.”

Expect however is deemed the winner to have their win contested by the loser.  Things could change and be swapped around too. For example, if they call it for Biden, Trump will contest the election results, demand recounts, and it could swing back to him. Just brace yourself.  This could get very ugly. The chaos that is coming will be nothing like we have ever seen and personally, I believe the rulers and elitists know this.

This has been planned out well in advance. The following was written on October 8, 2020:

National Guard Put On Standby For The Coming Preplanned Chaos

Whatever will cause the greatest emotional response from the public is the way this thing will go. That’s pretty much what they have guaranteed.

It was part of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s 10-day “preparedness plan,” which also included extra police and hundreds of heavy trucks ready to deploy around the city to protect neighborhood and business corridors in case of widespread violence. Chicago, like other cities around the nation, will continually re-evaluate security measures all the way to January 20, 2021, Inauguration Day.

“We’re preparing for the worst,” Lightfoot said. “Win or lose, someone’s going to be unhappy.”

Stay prepared, vigilant, and not overly emotionally invested. This chaos was preplanned. Do not participate in it.

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Either Way, This Election Will Be The Biggest Emotional Blow That America Has Suffered In Decades

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American Dream.

In my entire lifetime, I have never seen Americans so emotionally invested in the outcome of a presidential election.  Yes, things always get intense as we approach Election Day, but this time around is different.

There are many Democrats that do not even want to imagine another four years under Trump.  In fact, for many of them, it is literally the worst thing that they could possibly imagine ever happening.  But for many Republicans, a Trump loss would be equally as devastating.  Not since the days of Ronald Reagan have we ever seen Republicans adore a president the way that they love Trump, and a loss would be emotionally crippling for millions of them.

As if the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t giving Americans enough anxiety already, you may have heard there’s a presidential election this November. With political divisions reaching historical highs, a survey finds a majority of the country believe their most stressful day of 2020 hasn’t even arrived yet. The poll examining mental health reveals 55 percent of Americans think Election Day 2020 will be the most stress-filled day of their lives.

There is so much at stake for both sides.

Once a winner is officially declared, one side will be jubilant, but the other will instantly plunge into deep despair.

As this election has drawn to a close, I have been amazed at the incredible outpouring of support that we have seen for President Trump all over the nation.  If you don’t understand what I am talking about, just watch this videothis video, and this video.  I have never seen anything even close to this, and I have been following politics very closely for decades.  In the old days, it was always tough just to get a few people to hold signs on a street corner, and so I was absolutely blown away by a 96-mile show of support for President Trump.

It is a very rare politician that can inspire that sort of enthusiasm, but if Trump is not able to win all of that emotion is going to come crashing down like a tsunami.

I personally know so many conservatives, patriots, and evangelicals that are all-in emotionally for this election, and I am deeply concerned about what will happen if Joe Biden emerges with a victory.  It would literally be the deepest emotional blow that conservatives, patriots, and evangelicals have experienced since the days of World War II, and we could potentially see millions of them plunge into a very deep state of emotional depression.

On the other hand, if Trump wins it will literally seem like the end of the world for many on the left.

There are some that have already talked about moving out of the country, but others insist that life simply would not be worth living anywhere as long as Trump is in the White House.  I honestly believe that we could see a dramatic spike in attempted suicides following the election, and mental health officials will need to be on high alert.

Of course, many others will likely take out their frustrations by resorting to violence, and that could lead to an eruption of civil unrest like we have never seen before.

As I write this article, businesses in major cities all across the U.S. are boarding up their windows, and law enforcement authorities are preparing for the worst.  In fact, Fox News recently reported that officials in New York, Chicago, Miami, Portland, Seattle, Orlando, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia have all been making preparations for potential post-election violence.

At this hour, most Democrats want to believe that the national polls that show Joe Biden with a huge lead are accurate, but there is no forgetting what happened in 2016.

They were so sure that they would win that election, but then a “Trump miracle” in the northern states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin changed everything.

And in 2020, the Trump campaign has been working very hard to possibly add Minnesota to that list

Minnesota Democrats estimate that as many as 250,000 white residents who didn’t go to college—the heart of Trump’s base—weren’t registered to vote in 2016. Republicans are taking pains to find them. While Democrats in the state have largely suspended door-to-door campaigning because of the pandemic, Republicans have kept at it. Last week, volunteers knocked on more than 130,000 doors in the state, a campaign official told me. “This is the largest organization that we’ve seen a Republican put into this state, in terms of advertising dollars, principal visits, and staff on the ground,” Ken Martin, the chair of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, told me.

If Trump is able to pull off another miracle, it will crush Democrats emotionally like no other presidential election we have ever seen.

But if Trump is not able to pull off another miracle, it will crush Republicans emotionally like no other presidential election we have ever seen.

Either way, this is going to be a devastating emotional blow for tens of millions of Americans, and the emotional fallout will last for years.

If you are on the winning side in this election, there will definitely be a temptation to rub it in the faces of those that have lost.

But that temptation must be resisted because that is not the proper response.

There are going to be people that you know that are deeply, deeply hurting, and they are going to need love and compassion to get through the grieving process.

If we are ever going to be united as a country ever again, we have got to learn to love those that we deeply disagree with.

Right now, most Democrats are convinced that Trump is going to lose, and most Republicans are convinced that Trump is going to win.

And the truth is that the races in the most critical swing states are very close and this election could still go either way.

In the end, one side is in for the emotional letdown of a lifetime, and I don’t know if our country will ever be the same again after this is all over.

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WE HAVE A WINNER: ELECTIONS 2020!

This article was contributed by the Wealth Research Group. 

Around the globe, millions of media personnel, content creators, news websites, propaganda outlets, and social media giants are covering the elections; it’s a ratings bonanza.

People are literally glued to their screens since this election does matter; it is a struggle for the soul of a nation that has dominated planet Earth, without question, since the end of WW2.

Though it only comprises 4% of the global population, its economic engine contributes just below 25% of global GDP. Its military presence in around 150 countries is unprecedented. Its companies are some of the largest in the world (Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook) and in the decade that has just begun, we’ll probably witness 30-100 more TRILLION-DOLLAR businesses being born on U.S. soil, some of which are currently just ideas, germinating in the minds of future entrepreneurs.

The United States is a country of extreme contrast between the various states that comprise the union and the glue that has bound them together since 1776 – a cocktail of shared values, which are cherished by its citizens, is potentially passing its expiration date.

Today, more than ever before in my lifetime, and to my knowledge, more than any other time in the 20th and 21st centuries, this glue is coming undone.

The differences of opinions on just about any topic are huge, but more than that, there is a lack of willingness to compromise.

Each side does not believe that it is worthwhile to be flexible with the other; the image that each American has of his fellow American who votes for the other party, or who feels differently than him on a certain topic, is that he is brainwashed and can’t see the truth.

It’s a slippery slope.

I’m not here to predict civil war or the end of the union; my sole purpose with WealthResearchgroup.com publications, through this newsletter, is to provide context, value and to empower you to think about the big things in life – not dwelling on the transitory, temporary, flitting or petty.

The winner of today’s elections could be either Joe Biden or Donald Trump, but the captain of the ship that is your life is YOU, so you must “win” this election. You need to take today and reclaim victory over your own circumstances. Have you plateaued? Time to grow above it…

Personally, we believe Trump can do it and will do it!

Life boils down to 24-hour sessions, where between 30% and 33% is devoted to a rejuvenation of the mind, body, and soul via sound sleep. Before you do anything else, give this some thought, since it has been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that human beings MUST SLEEP WELL.

Spend time creating the ideal environment for you – bed, linens, mattress, no lighting, and zero distractions; think of the process and the routine of this important human task – which you do EVERY DAY – and perfect it. You’ll see major results. The late Kobe Bryant attributed sleep tactics to winning his back-to-back championships in his second go at them.

Think of the last 15-30 minutes of your waking hours and of the first 30 minutes, upon getting up; it is proven that what you focus on and pay attention to at those times will be engrained in your life – do you read? Pay gratitude? Write down today’s/tomorrow’s tasks?

Once you’re up, you spend 65%-70% of your life in the state of full operation and must divide it between BODY, INTELLECT, and SOUL, giving these three the best you can deliver to them. Unhappiness originates from a lack of fulfillment in one or more of these areas, the only ones that human beings are made out of.

Are you inspired to live an amazing life, to put the past behind you for good, and just LIVE?

Here are big questions to ask, make decisions about, and act with UNWAVERING FAITH to accomplish:

  1. Are you good at what you do? That will be a determining factor in how much money you’ll make. Can you perform above and beyond what’s expected of you, constantly evolving, never sleeping while on guard? You have to OUTGROW your current position, in order for more opportunities to arrive. I faced many issues over the years, hitting brick walls time and again, determined to rise up to the next level, but not connecting the dots on what’s missing. Relentlessly, I kept analyzing and internally improving, until breakthroughs started to appear.
  2. If you happen to be good at something that you don’t particularly like, do you have pastime hobbies that elevate you and offset the fact that your primary source of income comes at a cost of personal sacrifice? Not everyone that loves basketball gets to make a career out of it…
  3. Are you in love? Do you share your life and your time with someone who supports you, is loyal to you, and is fun to be with? One of the lucky breaks I caught was to find the perfect woman for me when I was just 21. We’ve been together ever since, started a family, and have a bond that is supportive of both of us.
  4. Do you love your neighborhood, city, and state? The world is your oyster in the 21st century; you’re not a plant anymore.

These are just questions to start-off with; no scientific study has ever found and none ever will that there’s a limit to the amount of brain cells, which can be developed in order to perform a certain task, to accomplish a given feat or mission; human beings can grow in patience, kindness, generosity, tolerance, flexibility, forgiveness, loyalty, positivity, cheerfulness, poise and the only limits are ones that we believe in and set for ourselves.

Don’t compare yourself to anybody else and don’t think anyone else has a secret that you don’t possess. The difference between people is not external, but in the way THEY THINK.

Think, Think, Think!

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CONTESTED ELECTIONS: Police Ready For MAYHEM!

This article was contributed by The Wealth Research Group. 

A record turnout of voting is happening around the United States. The ease of mail-in votes is allowing many more people to express their opinions, where they might otherwise just stay home, be indifferent about it, and avoid the crowds.

Let’s go over the current state of affairs:

Democrat leaning states – California (55), Hawaii (4), Oregon (7), Washington State (12), Illinois (20), New Mexico (5), New York (29), Washington D.C. (3), Maryland (10), Delaware (3), New Jersey (14), Connecticut (7), Massachusetts (11), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3) and Virginia (13). These states are nearly guaranteed to vote for Biden; that’s a collective 200 Electoral College votes.

Republican Leaning States – Oklahoma (7), Utah (6), Idaho (4), Wyoming (3), North Dakota (3), South Dakota (3), Nebraska (5), Louisiana (8), Alabama (9), Mississippi (6), Arkansas (6), Missouri (10), Kentucky (8), West Virginia (5), Tennessee (11), Montana (3), Alaska (3) and Indiana (11). These states are nearly guaranteed to vote for President Trump; that’s a collective 111 Electoral College votes.

SWING STATES: Nevada (6), Arizona (11), Colorado (9), Wisconsin (10), Michigan (16), Florida (29), New Hampshire (4), North Carolina (15), Georgia (16), Iowa (6), Ohio (18), South Carolina (9), Minnesota (10), Kansas (6), Pennsylvania (20), Maine (4) and Texas (38). That’s a collective of 227 Electoral College votes.  

According to the polls, which are NOT to be trusted, Biden has a big lead. They vary from one to another, but most have Joe Biden comfortably in the driver’s seat.

If Biden wins the blue-swinging states, according to the polls, then he would have 279 Electoral College votes, whereas Donald Trump would have 263.

In other words, if Trump wins in either AZ, CO, WI, MI, or NC and is able to secure FL, TX, PA, and MN, he will remain in office.

What do you think will occur?

Monday will be another volatile day, because, as you can see, with everything that’s happening with Joe’s son, things aren’t looking like smooth sailing for the Democrats.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

The eerie similarity between today’s market action and the one markets experienced in the Great Depression is quite dramatic, but the Federal Reserve and the world’s governments are reacting quickly and with a massive force of stimulus measures, all based on DEBT – lots and lots of it.

It seems like the tradeoff between debt and stimulus is always towards DEBT.

Can markets suddenly plunge by 40%-60%? Is it possible?

The answer is most likely not, since the crisis that we’ve seen this year did not originate from a financial or economic source.

It’s certainly possible that we’ll have volatility and pretty erratic markets for a while, since there’s an elevated level of uncertainty, specifically when it comes to the pandemic.

When one looks at this third wave of infections sweeping through Europe and the U.S., coupled with the elections, the conclusion is that Covid-19 will probably stay with us for a few years longer than most believe, perhaps permanently.

I’ll leave you with this: since 1928, if the S&P 500 was down for the 3-month period before elections, the reigning party (Republicans, in this case) was defeated. Since August, the index has returned -0.6%, so if you wanted yet another CLOSE CALL, this is as tight as it gets.

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“Choose Your Liar” Democracy

This article was originally published by James Bovard at The American Institute for Economic Research. 

The final weeks of a presidential campaign are aome of the best opportunities to view political perfidy in spectacular colors. While the media lectures Americans about their civic duty to vote to save the nation, the candidates continue conniving nonstop with no respect for the facts or decency.

After the election is settled, the media and the political establishment will announce “the system worked” and Americans must again respect and obey their rulers (unless Trump is re-elected, of course).

Politicians have mandated warning labels for almost everything except voting booths. Federal agencies require full disclosure of risks for everything from mortgages to volunteering for medical experiments. People are entitled to far more information when testing baldness cures than when casting votes that could lead to war.

Hopefully, Americans will not be as gullible after the election as many are before casting their ballot. Dishonesty is the distinguishing trait of the political class, going all the way back to ancient Athens and the satirical plays of Aristophanes. In 1799, Thomas Jefferson observed, “Whenever a man casts a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.”

A successful politician is often merely someone who bamboozled more voters than the other liar running for office. Political campaigns rely on deception because, as economist John Burnheim explained, “Overwhelming pressures to lie, to pretend, to conceal… are always present when the object to be sold is intangible and its properties unverifiable until long after the time when the decision to buy can be reversed.”

Lying has long been part of presidents’ job description: the names of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon practically became synonyms for deceit. Former President George W. Bush is being rehabilitated by the media nowadays. But Bush made “232 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and another 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to Al Qaeda,” as the Center for Public Integrity reported. Bush’s determination to dishonestly drag America into another Middle East war led to the deaths of more than 4,000 American troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

President Barack Obama received sainthood even before his election and he retained his halo even though he falsely promised dozens of times that people could keep their doctor after Obamacare’s decrees took effect. Obama campaigned in 2008 on a peace platform and then bombed seven nations. Obama promised “no more illegal wiretapping” but he unleashed the National Security Administration to target any American “searching the web for suspicious stuff.”

The 2016 presidential race was a landmark: never before had American voters been obliged to choose between two such widely despised candidates. Routine deceit by both candidates helped make “post-truth” the 2016 word of the year according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

The 2020 race is also deluging voters with near-record levels of malarkey. Joe Biden denied referring to American soldiers as “stupid bastards” (despite a video of his spiel), denies that his son Hunter has done anything wrong (despite the pesky laptop emails), and exaggerated the Covid death toll a hundredfold. Trump has ludicrously portrayed his pandemic response as faultless, wildly exaggerates the economic achievements of his administration, and perennially denies the damage inflicted here by his trade wars. The one certainty is that the 2020 election will not be won by an honest man.

If a new president is elected next month, the media will insist that “this time is different” and that Americans can safely trust the White House again. In reality, Election Day merely marks a brief intermission between campaigning lies and governing lies. Yet, if Biden wins, Americans will be encouraged to pretend that election victories expunge the sins – or at least the character defects – of triumphant politicians. Winners supposedly deserve a “honeymoon” where people pretend they are trustworthy enough to enact new laws and launch ruinous new federal programs.

But nothing happens after Election Day to make politicians less venal. Presidents and members of Congress take oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution. But, as former U.S. senator Bob Kerrey explained in 2013, “The problem is, the second your hand comes off the Bible, you become an asshole.” When elected officials scorn the Constitution, politics becomes little more than promising and pilfering.

America is increasingly a “Garbage In, Garbage Out” democracy. Politicians dupe citizens and then invoke deluded votes to sanctify and stretch their power. In the post-9/11 era, politicians treat Americans like medical orderlies treat Alzheimer’s patients, telling them anything that will keep them subdued. It doesn’t matter what untruths the people are fed because they will surely forget them.

Lies subvert democracy by crippling citizens’ ability to rein in government. As Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco and mentor for Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, said, “In politics, a lie unanswered becomes truth within 24 hours.” Any lie accepted by a sufficient number of ignorant voters becomes a political truth.

Disregarding political lies paves the way for official crimes. As former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg declared, “When we tolerate dishonesty, we get criminality.” If elected politicians can lie and cover up their actions, then how can any reasonable person not expect to be oppressed?

Politicians assure that voters’ apparent consent is irrevocable regardless of how many lies permeated election campaigns. But there is no such thing as retroactive self-government. Belatedly exposing political lies does nothing to resurrect lost freedoms.

Deceiving voters is as much a violation of their rights as barring them from the polling booth. Only if we assume that people consent to be lied to can pervasive political lies be reconciled with democracy. And if people consent to deceit, elections become little more than patients choosing who will inject their sedatives.

President Obama, in his January 2017 farewell address, criticized Americans who “blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.” By Obama’s standard, the perpetual perfidy of the political class would justify condemning voters almost regardless of how they cast their ballots. Obama also condemned people who did not vote. Obama thereby created a no-win situation – except for politicians.

Obama, in his 2016 speech to the Democratic National Convention, also declared, “We do not look to be ruled.” Regardless of the irony of a heavy-handed ruler tossing out that line, it rings true for tens of millions of Americans who make their own liberty their supreme political value.

In the short run, the political game is rigged so that winners capture far more power than many, if not most, Americans would willingly cede to them and vastly more than the Constitution permits. But citizens can reduce the hazards they face by remembering that winning votes never redeemed a rascal. The winner of next month’s presidential election will be a clear and present danger to Americans’ rights and liberties regardless of his margin of victory.

 

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The 2020 Election Bamboozle: We Are All Victims of the Deep State’s Con Game

This article was oriinally published by John W. Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute.

“We’re run by the Pentagon, we’re run by Madison Avenue, we’re run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don’t revolt we’ll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche… As long as we go out and buy stuff, we’re at their mercy… We all live in a little Village. Your Village may be different from other people’s Villages, but we are all prisoners.”— Patrick McGoohan

This is not an election. This is a con game, a scam, a grift, a hustle, a bunko, a swindle, a flimflam, a gaffle, and a bamboozle.

In this carefully choreographed scheme to strip the American citizenry of our power and our rights, “we the people” are nothing more than marks, suckers, stooges, mugs, rubes, or gulls.

We are victims of the Deep State’s confidence game.

Every confidence game has six essential stages: 1) the foundation to lay the groundwork for the illusion; 2) the approach whereby the victim is contacted; 3) the build-up to make the victim feel like they’ve got a vested interest in the outcome; 4) the corroboration (aided by third-party conspirators) to legitimize that the scammers are, in fact, on the up-and-up; 5) the pay-off, in which the victim gets to experience some small early “wins”; and 6) the “hurrah”— a sudden manufactured crisis or change of events that creates a sense of urgency.

In this particular con game, every candidate dangled before us as some form of a political savior—including Donald Trump and Joe Biden—is part of a long-running, elaborate scam intended to persuade us that, despite all appearances to the contrary, we live in a constitutional republic.

In this way, the voters are the dupes, the candidates are the shills, and as usual, it’s the Deep State rigging the outcome.

Terrorist attacks, pandemics, civil unrest: these are all manipulated crises that add to the sense of urgency and help us feel invested in the outcome of the various elections, but it doesn’t change much in the long term.

No matter who wins this election, we’ll all still be prisoners of the Deep State.

We just haven’t learned to recognize our prison walls as such.

It’s like that old British television series The Prisoner, which takes place in a mysterious, self-contained, cosmopolitan, seemingly idyllic retirement community known only as The Village.

Perhaps the best visual debate ever on individuality and freedom, The Prisoner (17 episodes in all) centers around a British secret agent who abruptly resigns only to find himself imprisoned, monitored by militarized drones, and interrogated in The Village, a beautiful resort with parks and green fields, recreational activities and even a butler.

While luxurious, the Village is a virtual prison disguised as a seaside paradise: its inhabitants have no true freedom, they cannot leave the Village, they are under constant surveillance, all of their movements tracked. Residents of the Village are stripped of their individuality and identified only by numbers.

First broadcast in Great Britain 50-some years ago, The Prisoner dystopian television series —described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the loss of freedom, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, groupthink, mass marketing, and the tendency of human beings to meekly accept their lot in life as prisoners in a prison of their own making.

The series’ protagonist, played by Patrick McGoohan is Number Six.

Number Two, the Village administrator, acts as an agent for the unseen and all-powerful Number One, whose identity is not revealed until the final episode.

“I am not a number. I am a free man,” was the mantra chanted on each episode of The Prisoner, which was largely written and directed by Patrick McGoohan, who also played the title role.

In the opening episode (“The Arrival”), Number Six meets Number Two, who explains to him that he is in The Village because information stored “inside” his head has made him too valuable to be allowed to roam free “outside.”

Throughout the series, Number Six is subjected to interrogation tactics, torture, hallucinogenic drugs, identity theft, mind control, dream manipulation, and various forms of social indoctrination and physical coercion in order to “persuade” him to comply, give up, give in and subjugate himself to the will of the powers-that-be.

Number Six refuses to comply.

In every episode, Number Six resists the Village’s indoctrination methods, struggles to maintain his own identity, and attempts to escape his captors. “I will not make any deals with you,” he pointedly remarks to Number Two. “I’ve resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own.”

Yet no matter how far Number Six manages to get in his efforts to escape, it’s never far enough.

Watched by surveillance cameras and other devices, Number Six’s attempts to escape are continuously thwarted by ominous white balloon-like spheres known as “rovers.” Still, he refuses to give up. “Unlike me,” he says to his fellow prisoners, “many of you have accepted the situation of your imprisonment, and will die here like rotten cabbages.”

Number Six’s escapes become a surreal exercise in futility, each episode an unfunny, unsettling Groundhog’s Day that builds to the same frustrating denouement: there is no escape.

As journalist Scott Thill concludes for Wired, “Rebellion always comes at a price. During the acclaimed run of The Prisoner, Number Six is tortured, battered, and even body-snatched: In the episode ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ his mind is transplanted to another man’s body. Number Six repeatedly escapes The Village only to be returned to it in the end, trapped like an animal, overcome by a restless energy he cannot expend, and betrayed by nearly everyone around him.”

The series is a chilling lesson about how difficult it is to gain one’s freedom in a society in which prison walls are disguised within the seemingly benevolent trappings of technological and scientific progress, national security and the need to guard against terrorists, pandemics, civil unrest, etc.

As Thill noted, “The Prisoner was an allegory of the individual, aiming to find peace and freedom in a dystopia masquerading as a utopia.”

The Prisoner’s Village is also an apt allegory for the American Police State: it gives the illusion of freedom while functioning all the while like a prison: controlled, watchful, inflexible, punitive, deadly, and inescapable.

The American Police State, much like The Prisoner’s Village, is a metaphorical panopticon, a circular prison in which the inmates are monitored by a single watchman situated in a central tower. Because the inmates cannot see the watchman, they are unable to tell whether or not they are being watched at any given time and must proceed under the assumption that they are always being watched.

Eighteenth-century social theorist Jeremy Bentham envisioned the panopticon prison to be a cheaper and more effective means of “obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.”

Bentham’s panopticon, in which the prisoners are used as a source of cheap, menial labor, has become a model for the modern surveillance state in which the populace is constantly being watched, controlled, and managed by the powers-that-be while funding its existence.

Nowhere to run and nowhere to hide: this is the new mantra of the architects of the Deep State and their corporate collaborators (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Instagram, etc.).

Government eyes are watching you.

They see your every move: what you read, how much you spend, where you go, with whom you interact when you wake up in the morning, what you’re watching on television and reading on the internet.

Every move you make is being monitored, mined for data, crunched, and tabulated in order to amass a profile of who you are, what makes you tick, and how best to control you when and if it becomes necessary to bring you in line.

When the government sees all and knows all and has an abundance of laws to render even the most seemingly upstanding citizen a criminal and lawbreaker, then the old adage that you’ve got nothing to worry about if you’ve got nothing to hide no longer applies.

Apart from the obvious dangers posed by a government that feels justified and empowered to spy on its people and use its ever-expanding arsenal of weapons and technology to monitor and control them, we’re approaching a time in which we will be forced to choose between obeying the dictates of the government—i.e., the law, or whatever a government official deems the law to be—and maintaining our individuality, integrity, and independence.

When people talk about privacy, they mistakenly assume it protects only that which is hidden behind a wall or under one’s clothing. The courts have fostered this misunderstanding with their constantly shifting delineation of what constitutes an “expectation of privacy.” And technology has furthered muddied the waters.

However, privacy is so much more than what you do or say behind locked doors. It is a way of living one’s life firm in the belief that you are the master of your life and barring any immediate danger to another person (which is far different from the carefully crafted threats to national security the government uses to justify its actions), it’s no one’s business what you read, what you say, where you go, whom you spend your time with, and how you spend your money.

Unfortunately, George Orwell’s 1984—where “you had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized”—has now become our reality.

We now find ourselves in the unenviable position of being monitored, managed, corralled, and controlled by technologies that answer to the government and corporate rulers.

Consider that on any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on, and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears.

A byproduct of this new age in which we live, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior.

This doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers that monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts, and other activities taking place in the cybersphere.

Stingray devices mounted on police cars to warrantlessly track cell phones, Doppler radar devices that can detect human breathing and movement within in a home, license plate readers that can record up to 1800 license plates per minutesidewalk and “public space” cameras coupled with facial recognition and behavior-sensing technology that lay the groundwork for police “pre-crime” programspolice body cameras that turn police officers into roving surveillance cameras, the internet of things: all of these technologies (and more) add up to a society in which there’s little room for indiscretions, imperfections, or acts of independence—especially not when the government can listen in on your phone calls, read your emails, monitor your driving habits, track your movements, scrutinize your purchases and peer through the walls of your home.

As French philosopher, Michel Foucault concluded in his 1975 book Discipline and Punish, “Visibility is a trap.”

This is the electronic concentration camp—the panopticon prison—the Village—in which we are now caged.

It is a prison from which there will be no escape. Certainly not if the government and its corporate allies have anything to say about it.

As Glenn Greenwald notes:

“The way things are supposed to work is that we’re supposed to know virtually everything about what [government officials] do: that’s why they’re called public servants. They’re supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that’s why we’re called private individuals. This dynamic – the hallmark of a healthy and free society – has been radically reversed. Now, they know everything about what we do, and are constantly building systems to know more. Meanwhile, we know less and less about what they do, as they build walls of secrecy behind which they function. That’s the imbalance that needs to come to an end. No democracy can be healthy and functional if the most consequential acts of those who wield political power are completely unknown to those to whom they are supposed to be accountable.”

None of this will change, no matter who wins this upcoming presidential election.

And that’s the hustle, you see: because despite all of the work being done to help us buy into the fantasy that things will change if we just elect the right candidate, the day after a new president is sworn in, we’ll still find ourselves prisoners of the Village.

This should come as no surprise to those who haven’t been taking the escapist blue pill, who haven’t fallen for the Deep State’s phony rhetoric, who haven’t been lured in by the promise of a political savior: we never stopped being prisoners.

So how do you escape? For starters, resist the urge to conform to a group mind and the tyranny of mob-think as controlled by the Deep State.

Think for yourself. Be an individual. As McGoohan commented in 1968, “At this moment individuals are being drained of their personalities and being brainwashed into slaves… As long as people feel something, that’s the great thing. It’s when they are walking around not thinking and not feeling, that’s tough. When you get a mob like that, you can turn them into the sort of gang that Hitler had.”

You want to be free? Remove the blindfold that blinds you to the Deep State’s con game, stop doping yourself with government propaganda, and break free of the political chokehold that has got you marching in lockstep with tyrants and dictators.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, until you come to terms with the fact that the government is the problem (no matter which party dominates), you’ll never be free.

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Ohio elections board identifies nearly 50,000 incorrect absentee ballots

An Ohio county board of elections found that nearly 50,000 voters received incorrect absentee ballots this week, accounting for nearly 21% of the ballots mailed out.

“We can now confirm that 49,669 voters received an incorrect ballot,” the Franklin County Board of Elections said Friday. According to a press release statement from the board, the incorrect ballots were mailed as part of 237,498 ballots mailed through the U.S. postal service.

The election board has begun printing and mailing replacement ballots to every voter who received an erroneous ballot. They expect the ballots to be sent to the postal service within 72 hours for delivery.

There is also a plan to mail informational postcards to all impacted voters alerting them of the problem and instructing them on how to submit a corrected ballot.

“We want to make clear that every voter who received an inaccurate ballot will receive a corrected ballot,” the board said. “Stringent tracking measures are in place to guarantee that a voter can only cast one vote.

Steps taken to ensure that each voter only votes once include “sorting systems” that will “drop out and not accept any replacement ballots that are submitted if a voter has already voted in person.” Additionally, voters who have an active absentee ballot but show up to vote in person on Election Day “MUST vote provisionally.” Provisional ballots are not counted until the eligibility of a voter to cast that ballot is verified.

On Tuesday, as early voting began in Ohio, several residents of Franklin County began reporting that their envelopes and ballots contained incorrect information, such as the wrong precinct or congressional race, WOSU reports.

Election officials say a malfunction with one of their high-speed scanners used to process ballots caused the error.

“On October 3 at 2:24 p.m., a function of one of those scanners was disabled,” election board director Ed Leonard said Thursday. “This was determined to be the root cause of the system error that led to voters receiving an incorrect ballot.”

The board now says the scanner is repaired and an investigation has been started into BlueCrest, the vendor of the scanners.

WOSU reports that Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has instructed the state elections board to hold onto incorrect ballots received until a correct replacement ballot is submitted. If a replacement ballot is never submitted, the original must be “processed, remade, and scanned on or after the 11th day after the election.”

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CODE RED: POTUS IN TROUBLE!

This article was contributed by Lior Gantz at The Wealth Research Group. 

In one month, approximately ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY Million Americans will vote, if past is prologue. They can either elect the sitting president, Mr. Donald Trump, or his adversary, Mr. Joe Biden. As we speak, Trump has tested positive for coronavirus, has been whisked to the hospital, and is SUFFERING MILDLY and working through the disease.

The markets were DEFINITELY RATTLED on Friday and might open DEEP in the RED tomorrow as well, so with NINE MONTHS out of the way, today’s entire letter is devoted to the MATHEMATICAL RESULTS of following the various WATCHLISTS (four, in total) that we’ve released since March, which have received TREMENDOUS FEEDBACK.

Courtesy: U.S. Global Investors

Gold is MIMICKING 08′-11′ RESULTS, so we do anticipate the trend to continue, but there have been BUMPS along the way, since the August 5th RECORD-HIGH, so know that the softness of the miners, as of late, might be a real opportunity to get positioned, if one isn’t yet!

If you haven’t already, I highly suggest going through our 11 TRADING STRATEGIES report, which is a huge help in these types of cases. Access it HERE!

With that, here’s all we’ve ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER since March:

  1. CIRCUIT BREAKER Week – HERE’S the full list. You’ll notice these are companies with a long history of success, which one could have placed 3%-4% of his portfolio in.

* American Express: Entry Date: 13th of May, Price: $78.03, High Since: $113.67, Today’s Price: $101.61, GAIN: 30.22%, S&P 500 during same period: 19.89%, ALPHA GENERATED: 51.9%

* V.F. Corporation: Entry Date: 15th of May, Price: $51.30, High Since: $76.44, Today’s Price: $72.53, GAIN: 29.11%, S&P 500 during same period: 18.52%, ALPHA GENERATED: 57.1%

* Leggett & Platt: Entry Date: 14th of May, Price: $24.62, High Since: $44.93, Today’s Price: $42.66, GAIN: 57.82%, S&P 500 during same period: 17.39%, ALPHA GENERATED: 232.4%

* Hershey’s: Entry Date: 26th of June, Price: $125.85, High Since: $149.59, Today’s Price: $142.92, GAIN: 18.52%, S&P 500 during same period: 9.85%, ALPHA GENERATED: 88%

* Stanley, Black & Decker: Entry Date: 13th of May, Price: $102, High Since: $166.25, Today’s Price: $164.81, GAIN: 61.57%, S&P 500 during same period: 19.89%, ALPHA GENERATED: 209.55%

  1. Right After the June 8th MANIA PEAK – HERE’S the full list. You’ll notice these are companies with a long history of success, which one could have placed 3%-4% of his portfolio in.

* Sysco: Entry Date: 9th of July, Price: $51, High Since: $68.40, Today’s Price: $63.17, GAIN: 23.86%, S&P 500 during same period: 6.23%, ALPHA GENERATED: 283%

* Cincinnati Financial: Entry Date: 11th of June, Price: $58.66, High Since: $83.44, Today’s Price: $77.78, GAIN: 32.59%, S&P 500 during same period: 10.1%, ALPHA GENERATED: 122.6%

* Axis Capital: Entry Date: 9th of July, Price: $37.00, High Since: $49.13, Today’s Price: $44.23, GAIN: 19.54%, S&P 500 during same period: 6.23%, ALPHA GENERATED: 213.6%

* Trane Technologies: Entry Date: 26th of June, Price: $84, High Since: $124.87, Today’s Price: $123.86, GAIN: 47.4%, S&P 500 during same period: 11.1%, ALPHA GENERATED: 327%

* Booz, Allen Hamilton: Entry Date: 16th of July, Price: $71.1, High Since: $88.64, Today’s Price: $82.85, GAIN: 16.52%, S&P 500 during same period: 4.1%, ALPHA GENERATED: 302.9%

  1. Summer Report – HERE’S the full list. You’ll notice these are companies with a long history of success, which one could have placed 3%-4% of his portfolio in.

* Enstar Group: Entry Date: 17th of September, Price: $153.74, High Since: $164.37, Today’s Price: $164.37, GAIN: 6.9%, S&P 500 during same period: -0.3%, ALPHA GENERATED: Made money, instead of losing.

  1. NASDAQ September Correction – HERE’S the full list. You’ll notice these are companies with a long history of success, which one could have placed 3%-4% of his portfolio in.

* DocuSign: Entry Date: 18th of September, Price: $194.86, High Since: $222.26, Today’s Price: $218.27, GAIN: 14%, NASDAQ 100 during same period: 2.9%, ALPHA GENERATED: 382.7%.

Millions of people got shaken out, since they had no one to bounce their ideas off of, but we hope that our conviction saved you 5, 6 and even 7 figures in your portfolio and retirement, while hedge fund clients were GREATLY DAMAGED by the mistaken thought that they’ll get to see a retest of the MARCH LOWS, thus parking in cash.

I plan to CAREFULLY REVIEW my guiding principles in life again today and spend the day expressing gratitude for living in 2020, surrounded by family, friends and the comforts that we take for granted at times. ACCESS them HERE, if you’d like.

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Military Personnel OUTNUMBER Civilian Scientists In U.S. Vaccine Program

Military personnel outnumber civilian scientists in the United States government’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine program. With the military so heavily involved in the distribution of this vaccine, is it any surprise that most Americans don’t want anything to do with it?

An organizational chart obtained by Stat shows, raising concerns about whether military officials are qualified to lead the massive public health campaign. The military is used for war. Rolling it out to distribute a rushed vaccine signals one thing to the public if you’re brave enough to admit it: this vaccine distribution is a war on the public perpetrated by the government. Wake up.

Trump: “The Military Is Ready To Deliver A Vaccine”

This vaccine won’t be voluntary by any sense of the word.  You don’t have to take it, but if you don’t, you won’t be able to eat, buy food, pay rent, or leave your house that will be taken from you if you cannot pay the mortgage because you refuse the vaccine. That doesn’t sound like anyone will have much of a choice.

This vaccine could be ready before the election, however, it may not be. Political chaos surrounding the elections is all a part of this vaccine agenda.  The goal is to have everyone tracked, traced, monitored, and under authoritarian control. The goal is the New World Order.

The Health and Human Service’s $300 million “pandemic-related” ad campaign (propaganda rollout) touched off an outcry, and rightfully so, after Politico reported leaked details. Among the concerns were its funding sources: Food and Drug Administration contributed $15 million for pre-campaign work, while most of the program’s $300 million budget was requisitioned from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention funds appropriated by Congress, Politico revealed.

Additionally, the Ohio national guard has been called upon to help provide “security” for the presidential debates. Around 300 members will be sent to the city to “ensure a safe and secure environment for those attending Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland.”

The military will be increasingly used in the coming months and it’s rollout will be seen as a way to provide peace and safety. Please remain vigilant and prepared. Stay alert and know all the possibilities of what could be coming, as it’ll give you an idea of the additional preps that will be needed. As of right now, refuse to live in fear, and make sure you can defend yourself and your family, especially if you intend to deny the vaccine.

Changes are coming, so prepare and stay alert.

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If You Feel Like Something Really, Really Bad Is About To Happen, You Are Definitely Not Alone

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

If this is “the recovery”, what are things going to look like once economic conditions start to deteriorate again?  As you will see below, more than half of all households in some of our largest cities “are facing serious financial problems”, and Americans continue to file for unemployment benefits at a rate that the United States had never seen before prior to 2020.

When 695,000 workers filed for unemployment benefits during a single week in 1982, it established a record which stood for nearly 38 years.  But now we have been way above that old record for 25 weeks in a row.  On Thursday, we learned that another 884,000 Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week…

Weekly jobless claims were worse than expected last week amid a plodding climb for the U.S. labor market from the damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Labor Department on Thursday reported 884,000 first-time filings for unemployment insurance, compared with 850,000 expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones. The total was unchanged from the previous week.

Of course, it is always important to look at the non-adjusted numbers, and according to those numbers, we actually saw an increase over the previous week

The Labor Department changed its methodology in how it seasonally adjusts the numbers, so the past two weeks’ totals are not directly comparable to the reports from earlier in the pandemic. Claims not adjusted for seasonal factors totaled 857,148, an increase of 20,140 from the previous week.

This is the second week in a row that the non-seasonally adjusted initial claims have risen.

That definitely wasn’t supposed to happen.

We are supposedly in a “recovery” right now, and things are supposed to be getting better.

But instead, they appear to be getting worse.  According to Wolf Richter, continuing claims under all state and federal programs were way up last week…

Total continued claims for unemployment insurance (UI) under all state and federal programs rose by 380,000, to 29.6 million people (not seasonally adjusted), the highest since August 1, according to the Department of Labor this morning. This was the second weekly increase in a row, after the 2.2-million jump last week.

At any other time in American history, the numbers that were just reported would be considered “catastrophic”, but we have been getting these sorts of catastrophic numbers for so long that we have become desensitized to them.

But at least the unemployment numbers are not as bad as they were earlier this year, and other economic figures seem to have hit a bit of a plateau as well.

So for the moment, there is relative calm, but it won’t last for very long.

If you feel like something really, really bad is about to happen, you are definitely not alone.  There are countless others that are also waiting for “the other shoe to drop”, and I believe that it could literally happen at any time.

But for now, we wait.

I would encourage you to enjoy these remaining days of summer while you still can.  This weekend, put some burgers on the grill and enjoy some time with your family.  Unfortunately, there are many Americans that are under such financial stress that it is hard to enjoy much of anything right now.  In fact, one recent survey found that 50 percent or more of the households in some of our largest cities are currently facing “serious financial problems”

There’s no question the coronavirus pandemic has forced many Americans into financial hardship, but a new NPR/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation survey provided a clearer picture of the extent of the struggles in the United States’ four largest cities.

At least half of all households in those cities — 53 percent in New York City, 56 percent in Los Angeles, 50 percent in Chicago, and 63 percent in Houston — reported facing serious financial problems, including depleted savings, problems paying credit card bills, and affording medical bills.

How can that be possible if we are in the midst of a tremendous “recovery”?

Of course, the truth is that we aren’t in any sort of a recovery, but at least things are a whole lot better than they will be after the upcoming election.

I had such an ominous feeling coming into 2020, and I shared this repeatedly with my readers, and now I have such an ominous feeling about the rest of 2020 and beyond.

In particular, I am extremely concerned about what will happen in November.  No matter who is ultimately declared the winner, the other side is going to be convinced that the election was stolen from them and that is likely to throw our nation into a state of chaos.

And we are already being told that we probably will not know the winner until long after election day.  That period of uncertainty is almost certainly going to spark more civil unrest, and I believe that faith in the integrity of our elections will be greatly shaken.

Before I end this article, there is one more thing that I wanted to mention that I found to be extremely interesting.  This year the Federal Reserve has been buying up mortgage bonds worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and according to Mish Shedlock the Fed now owns nearly a third of that entire market…

  • The Fed has snapped up $1 trillion of mortgage bonds since March. It bought around $300 billion of the bonds in each of March and April, and since then has been buying about $100 billion a month.
  • The Fed now owns almost a third of bonds backed by home loans in the U.S.
  • Buying the securities has pushed mortgage rates lower, with the average 30-year rate falling to 2.91% as of last week from 3.3% in early February.
  • Morgan Stanley analysts pointed out in late March that the buying was running at eight times the pace seen in prior episodes of Fed purchasing under programs known as quantitative easing.

No matter who wins the election, the direction of the Fed is not going to change.  They are going to continue to engage in exceedingly reckless manipulation of the markets, and that is going to have very serious long-term implications.

All around us, we can see our society being thrown into convulsions as all of our systems begin to fail.

I know that so many of you out there are feeling the exact same way that I am.

A sense of anticipation hangs in the air, and millions of people are waiting for the next big crisis to erupt.

***Michael’s new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.***

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