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kevthorne - 8/20/2017 at 11:24 AM GMT
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 War Games: China Say It Will Prevent US From Attacking North Korea First (Is this a Game or is it Real?)
 - Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Done nothing? How about: "There was a pre-emptive attempt from Koreans to reunite their country in 1950 after resisting American occupation since 1945. Immediately after the Japanese surrendered in WW2, the whole of Korea set up an independent interim national government. Meanwhile the US drew a line on a piece of paper, and in September 1945 arrived with thousands of troops. Under a military governor Major General Archibald V. Leonard, they re-employed the hated Japanese police and bureaucracy, gave traitors who sided with the Japanese occupation official positions, then began imprisoning, disappearing, torturing and killing anyone who disagreed Between 1946 and 1949, the US in effect declared war on popular nationalist and independence movements in South Korea. It is estimated that only 5% was documented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up by the National Assembly of the Republic of (South) Korea between 2005 and 2015. The first and some of the fiercest opposition to American occupation was far in the south of South Korea. One of the worst American atrocities was on the far southern island of Jeju in 1948 when the people celebrated the March 1st independence movement of the 1920s that had opposed Japanese colonization. The names of over 14,000 confirmed dead and almost 3,600 missing are recorded but 60,000 deaths are suspected. 40,000 islanders fled to Japan. By, 1949, the US appointed president Rhee was talking about invading North Korea and demanding more US troops and more powerful weapons. The Korean army in the north, decided on a pre-emptive attempt to reunify the country. Which they did in 5 weeks except for the US defended port city of Pusan. 20,000 soldiers in the South Korean army immediately joined the North. The rest is history. America invaded again with over 300,000 troops and bombed the whole country North and South with conventional, napalm, chemical and possibly biological weapons until no building was standing in the North and few in the South. It still has nearly 30,000 troops stationed there and has never declared the war over." Perhaps the best place for the US to start would be to give the Koreans a chance to run their own country. 
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Answer To :Rckpyle1 - 8/18/2017 at 5:39 AM GMT
Tough talk from China. Ask yourself, would China be willing to see Beijing become a crater if it attacked the US to aid NK? No, tough talk is cheap, but if push came to shove they wouldn't move a muscle. It's just not worth it. Besides, the political will isn't there for a US invasion of NK. Heck, they've threatened to nuke the US and its allies and we've done nothing.
 
The Recusant - 8/19/2017 at 1:44 PM GMT
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 Total Eclipse
 - James Howard Kunstler - 
"I’d like to hear [sic] an argument..." Historical statues typically honor or remember people of greatness, the beneficial contribution they made. The Confederate generals hold no other claim than military men who fought to split up the union and retain slavery in their states. Since our culture has deemed slavery an intolerable injustice, it only befits us to remove structures glorifying that establishment. Those edifices, however, that honor Washington and Jefferson, albeit who were slave owners, are monuments erected not for those despicable acts, but for their more important contribution and personal sacrifices to create a new nation. Commemoration should be based upon one's sum merit, not iniquity. 
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gfs543 - 8/18/2017 at 7:43 PM GMT
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 Can a government surplus cause the economy to tank?  (3)
 - Steve Saville - Speculative Investor
Your dissection is incisive, Steve. You weren't refuting just this one writer. You were beating up on popular Keynesian fallacies. 
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DRGEORGE - 8/16/2017 at 10:59 PM GMT
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 Can a government surplus cause the economy to tank?  (3)
 - Steve Saville - Speculative Investor
Thank you very much for that Steve. But please just don't 'leave it there'. The author of that article apparently intends to expand on that bullshit to the extent of publishing a book. A timely and detailed dismemberment of these falsities is urgent! 
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according - 8/16/2017 at 4:32 AM GMT
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 Smoke and Fire  (11)
 - James Howard Kunstler - 
some things happen without collusion do you think that the stupid little rats of blm and antifa dont get paid to help wreck our society? you speak like a useful idiot inform yourself. if you dare. 
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Answer To :The Recusant - 8/15/2017 at 12:46 AM GMT
Before relegating every demonstration, anti-Trump action, and political headline to some conspiratorial element of the left, you might want to just admit that some things happen without collusion. The Virginia demonstration wouldn't have made a good page six headline if the nutcase didn't run people over and kill a 32 year-old woman.

"...make it impossible for him to do his job?" He IS trying to do his job--as he sees it. And that's what the majority of Americans (let alone the rest of the world) see as the problem.
 
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 Smoke and Fire  (11)
 - James Howard Kunstler - 
James. Even a believer has to leave Zoar before he starves to death. Kudos for having the fortitude to write this. 
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Falconflight - 8/16/2017 at 12:56 AM GMT
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 The Folly of Democratic Socialism  (5)
 - Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
It this Amerika, I reference it as Krony Socialism. 
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Answer To :J. - 8/9/2017 at 5:57 PM GMT
@ Recusant - I totally disagree. Capitalism is not for business, it is for the individual. Socialism only succeeds to the degree that it does not choke off Capitalism. Once the last vestiges of Capitalism are abandoned, Socialism collapses. Socialism makes one a slave to your fellow man's need. Capitalism, on the other hand, requires voluntary participation in a transaction. If either party to a transaction is not a willing participant, you don't have Capitalism, it's something else. Call it Crony Capitalism, or Fascism, but it aint Capitalism.
 
J. - 8/15/2017 at 10:12 PM GMT
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 Stock Market Correction Hasn’t Begun to Begin! It Will (And North Korea Has Nothing to Do With It)
 - Mish - Global Economic Analysis
This bubble has been deemed TBTP (Too Big To Pop). Central banks have outright said in public that they will do "whatever it takes" to prevent it. No sharp objects allowed. Only obtuse economic analysis. 
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Answer To :The Recusant - 8/15/2017 at 12:03 AM GMT
In a far ranging conversation this last weekend with a well-known analytical economist, Fortune magazine cover veteran, and Bernanke acquaintance, I was informed the "Big One" will hit in March of 2020 after a massive hyperinflation and bond market crash. Of course, for every economist there is an equal number of prognostications of varying degrees of reliability. I personally expected the crash to have occurred about five years ago...so much for the snail-paced movement of rational investor thinking. Balloons are meant to be popped but this enormous balloon is apparently hard to reach with a pin of reason.
 
DRGEORGE - 8/15/2017 at 2:24 AM GMT
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 GM Tests Fleet of 46 Robocar Taxis in SF: Driverless Car Timeline Promises by Manufacturer  (4)
 - Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Correct, correct, correct. And insurance will indeed be the major driver to widespread adoption. But why do I get aggressive scepticism or blank looks when I try to discuss this with family, friends or acquaintances? 
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The Recusant - 8/14/2017 at 10:46 PM GMT
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 Smoke and Fire  (11)
 - James Howard Kunstler - 
Before relegating every demonstration, anti-Trump action, and political headline to some conspiratorial element of the left, you might want to just admit that some things happen without collusion. The Virginia demonstration wouldn't have made a good page six headline if the nutcase didn't run people over and kill a 32 year-old woman. "...make it impossible for him to do his job?" He IS trying to do his job--as he sees it. And that's what the majority of Americans (let alone the rest of the world) see as the problem. 
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Answer To :Titania - 8/14/2017 at 10:28 PM GMT
One wonders which part of the Deep State stirred things up in Virginia. No doubt the aim is to create chaos, put the blame on Trump and make it impossible for him to do his job. All with the collusion of the MSM.
 
The Recusant - 8/14/2017 at 10:24 PM GMT
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 Signs Of Distress
 - Chris Martenson - 
Nicely done, sir, nicely done. 
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The Recusant - 8/14/2017 at 10:12 PM GMT
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 Dear President Trump: What the F* Business is Venezuela of Ours?
 - Mish - Global Economic Analysis
I'd guess the business it is of "ours" is yet another distraction to keep the public roiling over. Anything to keep Mueller's investigation on the back burner of the news. The people want sensationalized crises to flash across their news sites and newspaper headlines (assuming those archaic rags are still read). A war of any kind, be it in N. Korea or Venezuela would bury the growing evidence hype of the president's participation in money laundering for the Russian mafia. So it goes...the machinations of politicians for self-preservation. 
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The Recusant - 8/14/2017 at 10:03 PM GMT
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 Stock Market Correction Hasn’t Begun to Begin! It Will (And North Korea Has Nothing to Do With It)
 - Mish - Global Economic Analysis
In a far ranging conversation this last weekend with a well-known analytical economist, Fortune magazine cover veteran, and Bernanke acquaintance, I was informed the "Big One" will hit in March of 2020 after a massive hyperinflation and bond market crash. Of course, for every economist there is an equal number of prognostications of varying degrees of reliability. I personally expected the crash to have occurred about five years ago...so much for the snail-paced movement of rational investor thinking. Balloons are meant to be popped but this enormous balloon is apparently hard to reach with a pin of reason. 
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Titania - 8/14/2017 at 8:28 PM GMT
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 Smoke and Fire  (11)
 - James Howard Kunstler - 
One wonders which part of the Deep State stirred things up in Virginia. No doubt the aim is to create chaos, put the blame on Trump and make it impossible for him to do his job. All with the collusion of the MSM. 
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Doom - 8/14/2017 at 2:10 AM GMT
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 Did I Say Yesturday, The Most Precious Metal Bullish Quote Ever? Well, Trump Took Just 24 Hours To Top It!
 - Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
That's...pretty ignorant. Gold was much higher under Obama, and seeing as Trump is merely continuing the policies of Obama (and Bush, for that matter), the future of international politics is as dark as it's been for years. 
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Answer To :The Recusant - 8/10/2017 at 3:37 PM GMT
The longer Trump stays in office the greater the fears will become, the higher the price of gold, and unfortunately, the darker the future of international politics for the U.S.
 
Jim C. - 8/11/2017 at 8:25 PM GMT
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 Panic Buying Grips America Ahead Of World War III: “Never Seen It At These Levels… We Can Barely Keep Up” Says Leading Preparedness Distributor
 - Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Adding this: one can't begin soon enough. Suddenly seeing the light and rushing to Walmart is just the beginning of a long process. It isn't just food (family and pets) and water. It's communications (Ham radio), defense, sanitation, water purification, cooking and fuel, medical, personalized items, hygiene, lighting, batteries, radiation meters, barter items....and more. Also getting word out to friends and relations (so they won't be knock, knock, knocking on our doors. So, begin now and expand as needed.  
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Jim C. - 8/11/2017 at 7:57 PM GMT
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 Battle of the Behemoths  (5)
 - James Howard Kunstler - 
Another mindless Kunstler rant. After preaching the end of oil for decades, Kunstler was mortified that Capitalism - even under Obama's thumb - was able to discover enough oil to make America independent well into the distant future. Yet his rants continue. You see Kunstler has a loathing for individuals controlling their own lives - whether preferring their private autos to crime ridden public transit or, in this case, choosing to live in suburbia away from crime, sanctuary cities, filth, and local big governments. As for Walmart and Amazon, Kunstler doesn't like ANY form of free enterprise - especially the ones that lower costs, speed delivery. I guess he prefers the government food lines of Venezuela, or the former Soviet Union. I'm old enough to recall khrushchev's visit to America in the '60s. They took him to a modern grocery store, one found everywhere in the suburbia Kunstler hates. The Soviet dictator was astounded, thought it fake....until he was forced to realize such stores were ubiquitous in our....suburbia. I think Kunstler thinks he knows what's best for you or me, and that he'd love the force of government to back him. I suspect he mumbles these words to himself as he drifts off to sleep at night, "I'll tell 'em what to eat and where to shit!!!!"  
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J. - 8/11/2017 at 3:02 PM GMT
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 Battle of the Behemoths  (5)
 - James Howard Kunstler - 
Who's going to feed all those billions of people in the city? How's the food going to be produced, and moved to the starving masses in the mega-cities? The thing I see missing from the discussion is the fact that a world made by hand cannot support the number of people currently living. The first thing that the hands will be making are graves, there will be billions of graves, dug by hand. I think this is common knowledge, but somewhat subconscious. It's why all the zombie shows are so popular. The cities are death traps, full of the walking dead. Three days after the food trucks stop coming into the city, the walkers will head out into the countryside. 
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The Recusant - 8/10/2017 at 1:37 PM GMT
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 Did I Say Yesturday, The Most Precious Metal Bullish Quote Ever? Well, Trump Took Just 24 Hours To Top It!
 - Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
The longer Trump stays in office the greater the fears will become, the higher the price of gold, and unfortunately, the darker the future of international politics for the U.S. 
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DRGEORGE - 8/9/2017 at 10:29 PM GMT
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 Putting the Latest Silver Crash Under a Lens  (3)
 - Keith Weiner - Monetary Metals
Isn't 23:06 GMT an odd time to sell? If I was selling a big stack of silver I'd be waiting for the most liquid hours when all the big markets were open and I'd be able to unload all or most of it before the price fell? Why sell when most of your buyers are asleep? 
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J. - 8/9/2017 at 3:57 PM GMT
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 The Folly of Democratic Socialism  (5)
 - Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
@ Recusant - I totally disagree. Capitalism is not for business, it is for the individual. Socialism only succeeds to the degree that it does not choke off Capitalism. Once the last vestiges of Capitalism are abandoned, Socialism collapses. Socialism makes one a slave to your fellow man's need. Capitalism, on the other hand, requires voluntary participation in a transaction. If either party to a transaction is not a willing participant, you don't have Capitalism, it's something else. Call it Crony Capitalism, or Fascism, but it aint Capitalism. 
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Answer To :The Recusant - 8/9/2017 at 4:55 PM GMT
The capital waste of the socialist doctrine is widely known and historically evidenced.Yet, despite the negatives, socialism has worked in one form or another very successfully here in the US and in most other countries of the world for centuries. One might be tempted to claim that capitalism, in its extreme, has destroyed as many economies throughout history also. We should not chose the worse case scenario on which to blame any theory we oppose. It can come back to haunt your credibility. Both socialism and capitalism are equally proficient for their intended uses, one for society, the other for business. It's just the extremes that we must worry about.
 
The Recusant - 8/9/2017 at 2:55 PM GMT
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 The Folly of Democratic Socialism  (5)
 - Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
The capital waste of the socialist doctrine is widely known and historically evidenced.Yet, despite the negatives, socialism has worked in one form or another very successfully here in the US and in most other countries of the world for centuries. One might be tempted to claim that capitalism, in its extreme, has destroyed as many economies throughout history also. We should not chose the worse case scenario on which to blame any theory we oppose. It can come back to haunt your credibility. Both socialism and capitalism are equally proficient for their intended uses, one for society, the other for business. It's just the extremes that we must worry about. 
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sonora69 - 8/9/2017 at 2:43 AM GMT
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 Should you sell all of your gold and silver to go “All-In” on Bitcoin and Ethereum?
 - Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Has someone rewritten the legal tender laws? They tried this sort of thing many years ago with the $25 dollar silver Ron Paul coin. It didn't go well. A lot of silver, coins and certificates were seized. That was at least real silver. Now we have Crypto currencies which can apparently supplant the US dollar (and others), in apparently unlimited supply. At least until quantum entanglement cracks the blockchain. This is just one of the many signs of the collective madness of our debt saturated society. China , besides accumulating vast areas of the Pacific Ocean with hardly a whimper from the international community, or from the Russian mole hunters, is also accumulating large amounts of gold. The other nations of the world are accumulating debt, hoping perhaps that it will go up in value with time. Meanwhile the futures markets for precious metals go up and down like a yoyo (if anyone remembers them) almost daily, allowing the day speculators to make fortunes while the steady investors pay the price. These are all signs of the reckoning to come. 
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The Recusant - 8/5/2017 at 2:42 PM GMT
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 What Would Really Happen If California Seceded?  (3)
 - Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
California seceding would be horrible for the US as much as for the state. As a donor state, it contributes to the US federal coffers far more than it receives, supporting the welfare states. Additionally, it supplies the US with huge amounts of food stuffs, high tech products, transportation and entertainment services. That aside, few Californians actually want to secede and would gain little by doing it. Texas, for instance, which yearly touts the secessionist line, would be far worse off by leaving the union as a federal welfare state dependent on not only public aid funding but massive fed subsidies for their energy and other industries.  
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S W. - 8/4/2017 at 9:29 PM GMT
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 The Key Test Ahead
 - Theodore Butler - Butler Research
OK well lets presume that JPM is suppressing the price of silver and Butler is correct on inventories. Great, you can buy the stuff cheaper than what it was at the peak. Fill your garage with it. Just remember that you will be losing somewhere between 20 -25% if you want sell ita week later. Sure buy some coins if you want and you can wait but gold is a better article of faith for mine. 
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kevthorne - 7/31/2017 at 5:41 PM GMT
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 Words and Deeds  (8)
 - James Howard Kunstler - 
I guess you get downvoted because they think you write crap, and, because they just can. There's no business like show business. 
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Answer To :Doom - 7/29/2017 at 4:43 PM GMT
Do you get the feeling we've got a couple of guys who just downvote everything? How about actually responding, instead of just a downvote?
 
J. - 7/31/2017 at 5:25 PM GMT
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 Words and Deeds  (8)
 - James Howard Kunstler - 
+1 Doom. It's almost like Lib-bot. 
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Answer To :Doom - 7/29/2017 at 4:43 PM GMT
Do you get the feeling we've got a couple of guys who just downvote everything? How about actually responding, instead of just a downvote?
 
S W. - 7/30/2017 at 8:57 PM GMT
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 Chinese Leverage to Kill Petro-dollar
 - Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
Let's assume that Willie is correct SA will accept payment in RMB for it's Oil. The USA will not be very happy. A war with SA is inevitable given the USA's penchant for such things. Look at their history. And they are still in Afghanistan after 17 yrs. What price Oil? $50 a gallon? .  
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Doom - 7/29/2017 at 2:43 PM GMT
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 Words and Deeds  (8)
 - James Howard Kunstler - 
Do you get the feeling we've got a couple of guys who just downvote everything? How about actually responding, instead of just a downvote? 
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Answer To :Jake - 7/28/2017 at 7:00 PM GMT
Jimmy, you are full of it up to your eyeballs today. President Trump is the answer, not the problem.
The real issue in need of exploration is how does Trump, who is actually an Independent, flip this thing and get an Independent Congress elected? We continue to see "the evil party" and "the stupid party" doing the same old, same old, but what we need is an Independent group for long enough to fix those things majorities in both existing parties all agree to among themselves.
 
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 Words and Deeds  (8)
 - James Howard Kunstler - 
Jimmy, you are full of it up to your eyeballs today. President Trump is the answer, not the problem. The real issue in need of exploration is how does Trump, who is actually an Independent, flip this thing and get an Independent Congress elected? We continue to see "the evil party" and "the stupid party" doing the same old, same old, but what we need is an Independent group for long enough to fix those things majorities in both existing parties all agree to among themselves. 
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