Self-Defense Is A Basic Human Right

By Mac Slavo – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

A website is putting the final nails in the coffin of the gun control debate for good.  If you’ve ever been on the fence about whether or not you think guns should or should not be regulated, look no further.

A Human Right, the website, breaks it down so far that even the most emotionally sensitive and over the top “ban all guns” Nazis can understand what they are actually marching for and demanding.

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America’s State Wreck Gathers Steam

Now it begins. They bought the February 8th dip just like the previous 40 odd plungelets in the stock averages since the March 2009 bottom, expecting another ka-ching in the easy money lane of the casino.

But this time it didn’t work. The market had been retreating for days and then tumbled 724 Dow points yesterday allegedly on the Donald’s $50 billion tariff assault on the China trade. Not surprisingly, the overnight follow-through in Asia was downright bloody with Shanghai down 3.4%, the Nikkei lower by 4.5% and China’s NASDAQ equivalent off by more than 5%.

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Chinese Invade Oil Realm

By Jim Willie – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

China is working a strategy with the Saudis. Since the last months of 2017, the Jackass has been firm that the ARAMCO deal for IPO stock introduction might never occur. And if it did, then Hong Kong might be the only location for the IPO launch. It seems that disclosure and transparency is non-existent to this Arab kingdom. Now the stock listing might be in Riyadh and nowhere else. Imagine the risk to brokerage houses if the truth comes out, that the Saudi oil reserves are only 20% to 40% of the disclosed amount, a grand lie and deep fraud. Such will not stop China from investing privately in ARAMCO, since it would serve two purposes. It would enable huge diverse participation in the Saudi Economy, which contains a second treasure trove of minerals. It would enable the Chinese to purchase Saudi oil in RMB terms for payment. In the last month, the Russians confirmed an equally sized investment stake in ARAMCO. If the Chinese sit on the ARAMCO board of directors, they will surely convince the Saudis to alter the payment method in approval. It could be a primary part of the deal.

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Is Kim Jong Un Making a Visit to China?

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • Amid a diplomatic outreach between North Korea and other regional powers, the arrival of a North Korean train in the Chinese capital signals that Beijing is probably preparing to reach out to Pyongyang itself — perhaps through a meeting with Kim Jong Un.
  • Ahead of its likely summits with the United States and South Korea, North Korea may try to use its position of strength to gain more equal footing with China in their relationship.
  • Because any lasting diplomatic solution to the North Korean crisis will have to include China, Pyongyang will not be able to sideline Beijing entirely in its negotiations.

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Uncle Sam Issuing $300 Billion In New Debt This Week

By Mark O’Byrne – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

US needs to borrow almost $300 billion this week alone
– This is the largest debt issuance since 2008 financial crisis
– Trump threatens trade war with its biggest creditor – China
– Bond auctions have seen weak demand due to large supply and trade war concerns
– $20 trillion mark reached in early September 2017; $1 trillion added in just 6 months
– US total national debt level now exceeds $21.05 trillion and is accelerating higher
– U.S. debt and dollar crisis coming which will propel gold higher (see chart)

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Climate Change is Killing Us

By Allan Chatenay – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

(sent via email 21-Oct-2017)

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister McKenna; Canada has a problem.

Climate Change is Killing Us.

Or more precisely, your view of climate change is killing us.

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CAIR Demands Trump Stand Down on Census Citizenship Question – Calls It ‘White Supremacist’ Move

By Pamela Geller – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has demanded President Donald Trump rethink his decision to include a citizenship question on the census.

Why?

It’s white supremacist to ask that question, CAIR accused.

Actually, the question was regularly asked decades ago. The left is fighting it because of the political repercussions that could come.

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“Tech Wreck,” “Techlash,” “Techmageddon” – Whatever You Call It, Wall Street Is Terrified Of It

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

Back in the 1990s, critics of the dot-com bubble used to point out that the global economy depended on the US stock market and the US stock market depended on, like, ten Internet stocks with negative aggregate earnings. The resulting inverted financial pyramid was, the critics claimed, very easy to tip over.

They were right of course. But apparently not right enough to keep us from repeating the same mistake. From today’s Wall Street Journal:

Warning Sign: Tech Stocks Are Dominating Global Markets Like Never Before

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California: 4th Largest Economy Has Nation’s Worst Poverty Level, Quality Of Life

By Onan Coca – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

Have you ever seen those gorgeous California tourism commercials, where the famous people in the ads are having a wonderful time on the beach, on the golf course, and doing various other fun activities?

Well, the latest study from U.S. News and World Report puts those commercials to the lie and unmasks the ugly truth about California.

The latest rankings of best to worst states puts California firmly in the middle of the pack, thanks mostly to being ranked the 4th best economy in the nation, but the reality is that there is a wide gulf between the have’s and the have-not’s in the Golden State. That high economic ranking is misleading because so many of America’s wealthiest happen to live in the state. While California may have a high-powered economy with many wealthy people, the state also has the nation’s WORST poverty rate as well!

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Europe’s Energy Reliance on Russian Natural Gas

By Larry Hamlin – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

The actions being proposed by British Prime Minister Theresa May against Russia for its recent chemical weapons attack on British soil have escalated the political reality of the consequences Europe will face because of its still growing dependence on Russian natural gas for its present and future growing energy needs.

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Single Biggest Change In Capital Markets, Maybe Of All Time

By Michael Kosares – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

China’s launch on Monday of its crude futures exchange will improve the clout of the yuan in financial markets and could threaten the international primacy of the dollar, argues a new report by Hayden Briscoe, APAC head of fixed income at UBS Asset Management. ‘This is the single biggest change in capital markets, maybe of all time,’ Briscoe said in a follow-up telephone interview.” – Kate Duguid, Reuters, 3-26-2018

Let’s just assume for a moment that an oil contract denominated and settled in Chinese yuan for whatever reasons becomes more attractive to oil traders than one denominated and settled in U.S. dollars. To the degree that decision is shared among market participants, demand will lessen for dollars and increase for yuan – strengthening one and weakening the other. Instead of all oil purchases being routed through the dollar, some level of the international oil trade will be routed through the yuan, including among American companies. “This,” says UBS’ Hayden Briscoe, “helps cement the exchange’s viability and challenges the petro-dollar system, in which oil deals are executed in dollars. This would decrease demand for the greenback and boost U.S. inflation.”

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Mining Gold And Silver From Bombs

By Rory Hall – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Most of the precious metals community understands the importance of gold and silver for military use. This aspect of the precious metals has actually been one of the more realistic concerns I have held for a number of years. When the USGS stated a few years ago that silver could be the first element on the periodic table to go extinct that should get the silver bugs attention for a variety of reasons. One of the more serious reasons would be strategic use – the creation of killing machines, bombs and all things destruction.

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NOAA — Straight Talk on Sea Level Rise

By Kip Hansen – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some rather useful features on its web site.

One of these is the Tides and Currents which is part of its Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services.  Having spent most of the current century living at sea,  with my wife and occasionally a son or our daughter and granddaughter, on our venerable sailing catamaran, the Golden Dawn,   cruising the eastern coast of the United States, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos, Hispaniola, and the Spanish, U.S., and British Virgin Islands, I have made extensive use of its features.

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #309


By Ken Haapala, President,The Science and Environmental Policy Project

Brought to You by www.SEPP.org

California Litigation, General: The public nuisance lawsuits by San Francisco and Oakland against oil companies continue to attract attention by those interested in carbon dioxide (CO2)-caused global warming. Global warming is now generalized into climate change, as promoted by John Holdren, President Obama’s science advisor. The change implies warming and cooling, although no one has advanced a credible hypothesis how carbon dioxide causes global cooling, other than by its absence.

Previous TWTWs discussed the filings by the two San Francisco Bay cities in the case, which is now before the US District Court for the Northern California District. The judge has ordered the parties to give a tutorial answering eight specific questions. In addition, various parties have filed amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs. Of particular interest for TWTW are two briefs: one filed on behalf of three distinguished physicists, Professors William Happer, Steven Koonin and Richard Lindzen; the second filed on behalf of Christopher Monckton, et al. This week, TWTW will discuss the brief by the three professors. It will discuss a minor, but valuable, criticism of the Monckton brief by Roy Spencer, and will discuss that brief more fully next week.

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They Did It…

By Mike Savage – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

After many starts and stops over the past few years, the Chinese oil exchange launched on March 26, 2018 as I have been reporting for the past few weeks. This is a big deal. It appears to be a direct competitor to the US dollar in, right now, just oil but it could expand to many other materials- particularly in Eastern Europe and Asia where their one belt one road initiative is taking place. (the largest infrastructure plan the world has ever seen being overseen by China)

Basically, oil is now trading in Shanghai for Yuan rather than the US dollar. In addition, anyone who doesn’t want to hold Yuan can trade the Yuan for gold in either Shanghai or Hong Kong.

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Why Businesses Need Artificial Intelligence For Marketing

By Gloria Kent – Re-Blogged From https://www.websitesthatsell.com.au

The ways that businesses operate today is not the same as 30 years’ ago. Today, businesses operate based off data-driven reasoning. With that, one of the most effective means to generate revenue growth is through marketing. Now, if a company wants to take their success to new heights, they need to begin using AI for marketing. Here are five reasons behind how AI marketing can transform your marketing efforts.

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Frontier Gun Maker Remington Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

Remington, a company that began making flintlock rifles when there were only 19 United States, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Mounting debts at the arms manufacturer have snowballed, ironically, since the election of Donald Trump, who has called himself a “true friend” to the gun industry.

Remington, which as roots dating to 1816, has lined up $100 million with lenders to continue operations.

It remains unclear what will happen to the 3,500 or so employees at Remington as it reorganizes.

Image: Frontier Gun Maker Remington Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

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JPMorgan’s Domination of COMEX Silver

By Craig Hemke – Re-Blogged From Sprott Money

Much has been written lately about the size and scope of JPMorgan’s COMEX silver vault. We thought we’d add to that conversation today.

First of all, some background.

JPMorgan didn’t even have a COMEX silver vault in early 2011. The application was only rushed through in March of that year, and they began accumulating silver that summer. (https://seekingalpha.com/article/259549-will-jpmorgan-now-make-and-take-…)

JPMorgan's Domination of COMEX Silver - Craig Hemke (21/03/2018)

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #308

By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project

Brought to You by www.SEPP.org

Group Think – Harm: Over the past few weeks, TWTW has discussed group-think, when adopted by government entities supposedly involved in science becomes Bureaucratic Science. TWTW discussed bureaucratic science at NASA, where NASA ignored important evidence of safety problems with the Space Shuttle, which led to the Challenger disaster, from joint failure, and the Columbia disaster, from shedding of insulation foam. Deliberate ignorance can be deadly.

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Silver Speculators Go Short – Which Is Extremely Bullish

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

Friday’s commitment of traders (COT) report for gold and silver offered more of the same. Which is to say the gold futures action was boring and the silver action was strange and exciting.

Starting with gold, the large speculators – who, remember, tend to be wrong at big turning points – got a little less optimistic, while commercials – who tend to be right at big turning points – did the opposite. But both groups are still in unfavorable territory, with the speculators too long and the commercials too short. Looked at in a vacuum this is not good short-term news for gold.

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Chaos is the Only Way Out

By Michael Pento – Re-Blogged From Pento Portfolio Strategies

The prevailing fiction pervading Wall Street right now is that economic growth is picking up in a sustainable fashion and that interest rates will merely rise slowly. Then, soon level off at historically low levels. In other words, they are selling a fairytale; and a dangerous one at that.

This premise is blatantly false. The Fed’s reverse QE program, Government debt levels and Nominal Gross Domestic Product, all dictate that the 10-year Note Yield should be now swiftly on its way to at least 4.5%, from the artificial level of 1.4% found in July of 2016.

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Complacency Reigns Supreme

By Burt Coons (PLUNGER) – Re-Blogged From Rambus Chartology

I had intended to post part III of my interest rate series, however market conditions dictate that I post views on the current market.  This market is now communicating that it is at high risk.  For two months now,  I have been advocating a strategic retreat.  Head for the sidelines and watch the action with an unemotional detachment.  The market is now sounding the alarm and one should be on high alert for a downside acceleration.

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China Appeals for Cooperation as It Warns of ‘Trade War’

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From NY Post

BEIJING — A top Chinese official warned Sunday that a “trade war” would harm all sides but gave no indication of Beijing’s possible next move in a spiraling dispute with President Donald Trump over steel and technology.

Speaking to global business leaders at a development forum, Vice Premier Han Zheng appealed for cooperation to make economic globalization “beneficial for all.”

“A trade war serves the interests of none,” Han said at the China Development Forum. “It will only lead to serious consequences and negative impact.”

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Here’s What Inflation Could Look Like In 2020, Based On Past Surges

By Jeff Clark – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Rising inflation has hit the headlines, sparking some attention from journalists. What most mainstream investors don’t realize, though, is that history shows inflation can quickly get out of control, and not just in some mismanaged third-world country. Surprise spikes in inflation have occurred right here in the US—and given the massive amount of currency dilution around the world over the past decade, a jump in inflation could easily kick in again.

From Zero to Raging in Two Years

Most historical inflation studies only go back to the 1970s. But as Mike Maloney has always taught, the further back you go in history, the more you can learn about the future.

I ran across a study by Amity Shlaes, an author with an impressive bio. Her research found several examples from the past 100 years when US inflation started mildly but then soared to alarming levels. What’s perhaps even more startling is that those inflationary spikes occurred within just two short years.

Check out how much the rate of inflation rose during these periods:

Based on an earlier version of the CPI-U, Shlaes says US inflation was at 1% in 1915. Within just two years, it soared to 17%. She reports this runaway rise in prices was because the Treasury “spent like crazy on the war, creating money to pay for it…”

The official inflation rate in 1945 was 2%, but surged to 14% within a mere 24 months, a 7-fold increase.

The CPI registered 3.2% in 1972, and hit 11% by 1974. Worse, it continued to march higher over the decade, peaking at 14.7% in April 1980, in what amounted to a near 5-fold rise.

In other words, there is clear historical precedence that inflation can rise suddenly and rapidly, and that prices can quickly spiral out of control. It would thus be dangerous for us to assume that inflation will stay subdued indefinitely.

In fact, you’ll notice these inflationary spikes occurred roughly 30 years apart. And it’s been over 40 years now since the last one…

What Inflation Could Look Like in 2020

Many analysts believe inflation will continue to rise, so let’s apply those historical increases to today and project how high inflation could potentially be two years from now.

If we matched any of those prior rates, here’s what inflation could look like by the year 2020, based on the current 2.38% CPI reading.

If we matched the 1917 rate, inflation in the year 2020 would hit a whopping 40%.

The 1947 increase would take us to 16.6%, exceeding what we saw in the 1970s and ‘80s. The 1974 rate would push us to 8.3%.

Even the least of these increases would catch most people off guard; even though real inflation (when calculated with old formulas, including items like tuition, healthcare, and energy) is quite a bit higher, when’s the last time North America was in a soaring inflationary environment?

Any of these scenarios would be good for gold, of course. And if we tip into hyperinflation, gold will still protect our purchasing power. One of the surest predictors of when the gold price will rise is when inflation takes off.

  • Given the massive amount of currency abuse that’s occurred around the world, soaring inflation is not some farfetched theory. Sooner or later we could easily become victim to a rapid and scary decline in purchasing power.

Friends, history has a clear warning: Inflation will not stay dormant forever, and will likely pay a personal visit to your household soon. Do what Mike and I and everyone else at GoldSilver are doing and protect your purchasing power.

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Darwin — We’ve Got a Problem

By Kip Hansen – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Biology has a ‘new’ problem: Speciation Reversal.  One recent paper on the topic declares:

We argue that extinction by speciation reversal may be more widespread than currently appreciated. Preventing such extinctions will require that conservation efforts not only target existing species but identify and protect the ecological and evolutionary processes that generate and maintain species”.

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Stem Cell Transplants Restore 2 Patients’ Vision

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

An experimental stem cell therapy restored partial vision to two patients with a common cause of blindness, British doctors reported this week.

Embyronic stem cells were converted into patches of eye cells and grown in the lab. The patches were then inserted into the back of one eye in each of the patients, both of whom suffer from age-related macular degeneration, the BBC News reported.

The transplants, on a woman in her sixties and an 86-year-old man, were performed at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. A year later, both patients report improved vision in the treated eye.

Another eight more patients are scheduled to take part in the clinical trial of the procedure, reported in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

“We’ve restored vision where there was none,” Lyndon da Cruz, consultant retinal surgeon at Moorfields, told BBC News.

“It’s incredibly exciting. As you get older, parts of you stop working and for the first time we’ve been able to take a cell and make it into a specific part of the eye that’s failing and put it back in the eye and get vision back.”

Da Cruz stopped short of calling the procedure a cure because it does not completely restore normal vision.

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Where The Warmth Is

By Willis Eschenbach – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

I got to thinking about the “hiatus” in warming in the 21st Century, and I realized that the CERES satellite dataset covers the period since the year 2000. So I’ve graphed up a few views of the temperature changes over the period of the CERES record, which at present is May 2000 to February 2017. No great insights, just a good overview and some interesting findings.

First, here are the raw CERES global average surface temperature data, the seasonal variations, and the anomaly that remains after removing the seasonal variations.

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Figure 1. Seasonal decomposition of the CERES surface temperature data. Statistical results (bottom line) are adjusted for autocorrelation using the method of Koutsoyiannis.

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Earth Hour is Tonight – Instead of Turning Off Your Lights, Turn Them On to Celebrate What Electricity Has Done For Mankind

Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

This excellent essay on the Earth Hour event, to be held tonight at 8:30PM in every local time zone, is an eye-opener.  Earth Hour is a testament to stupidity, in my opinion, and deserves to be mocked. North Korea reminds us what it is like to like in darkness, both politically, and in energy poverty.

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Every hour is Earth Hour in North Korea – satellite image of the Korean peninsula at night, showing city lighting.

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Recycling Of The US dollars Financing The US Deficits Is Going To End (Part 3)

By Gijsbert Groenewegen – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Conclusion why the US dollar’s reserve status is at risk

What is at stake is the reserve status of US dollar following:

  1. Loss of dependency on Saudi oil because of the US becoming an oil net exporter as early as 2019 making the Petro-Dollar contract less of importance.
  2. The introduction of the Petro-Yuan-Gold contract planned for March 26.
  3. Trade tariffs that will reduce the flow of US dollars into foreign central banks and as such the recycling of US dollars into financing US deficits.
  4. The increasing budget and trade deficits that need financing from foreign investors (good for 48% of treasuries ownership), because Americans don’t save with a savings quote of 2.7%, and demanding higher interest rates. Also because the increasing US dollar hedging costs.
  5. The blowing out of the Libor-OIS spread, the global yardstick for cost of credit and uncertainty, risk in the global credit markets.
  6. Accelerating inflation, looming higher interest rates and the exhaustion/tapering of the QE measures that will not miss their impact on the tightening credit conditions resulting in the debasement of the currencies and especially the reserve currency.

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The Rule of Law; Article 1, Section 8; and Slavery

By Hillsdale College – Re-Blogged From http://blog.hillsdale.edu/online-courses

Transcript:
HUGH HEWITT: And for the Hillsdale Dialogue with Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College. All things Hillsdale are located at hillsdale.edu. All of our conversations dating back to 2013– I was going to say 1813, but that would date us– are collected at hughforhillsdale.com. You can sign up for the free speech digests that Hillsdale College makes available by going to hillsdale.edu. Find Imprimis and give me your email, your mailing address, your snail mail address. It is absolutely free. It is a wonderful addition to your reading material.
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3 Obesity Tests Better Than Body Mass Index

By Nick Tate – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

If you’re still using the BMI — body mass index — to determine if you’re dangerously overweight, you might as well be listening to music on an 8-track tape player or watching movies on an old VHS recorder.

That’s because the latest research shows that once-vaunted BMI is as outmoded as those old audio-video technologies and that other methods are far better at obesity-related risks for heart attack or other health problems.

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Approaching ‘Grand Solar Minimum’ Could Cause Global Cooling

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

There’s a lot of evidence mounting that solar cycle 25 will usher in a new grand solar minimum. Since about October 2005, when the sun’s magnetic activity went into a sharp fall, solar activity has been markedly lower, with solar cycle 24 being the lowest in over 100 years.

Interplanetary magnetic field – Image from NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center

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2018/2020 Voter Fraud

By Lynn Verhoeff – Re-Blogged From iPatriot 

Balding Drug May Cut Heart Attack Risk

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Although best known for its ability to improve hair growth when used on the skin, minoxidil — which is classified as a potassium channel opener — was initially marketed as a vasodilator, and an oral formulation is sometimes prescribed for high blood pressure that has not responded to other medications. Earlier studies have suggested that minoxidil may increase elastin even in mature tissues.

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Dodd-Frank Is Now Officially A Dud

By Frank Holmes – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

I often remind investors to look past the negative and find the positive. Last week provided no shortage of big splashy headline stories, from yet another high-profile personnel shakeup at the White House to a nail-biter special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, from Russia’s alleged nerve agent attack on a former double-agent spy to a tragic bridge collapse in Miami.

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MIT Report: It Will Take 400 Years to Transform to ‘Clean’ Energy

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

At this rate, it’s going to take nearly 400 years to transform the energy system

Here are the real reasons we’re not building clean energy anywhere near fast enough.

by James Temple, MIT Technology review

Fifteen years ago, Ken Caldeira, a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution, calculated that the world would need to add about a nuclear power plant’s worth of clean-energy capacity every day between 2000 and 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change. Recently, he did a quick calculation to see how we’re doing.

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A Tale Of Two School Shootings

By Elizabeth Vaughn – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

Two school shootings. Two completely different outcomes. What made the difference? Blaine Gaskill, a brave, well-trained School Resource Officer (SRO), acted without delay, to stop the shooter. It’s time to place a School Resource Officer (SRO) inside every school in America.

  1. Armed former student, with long history of mental health issues and problems with law enforcement, whose behavior “was so frightening to teachers that he’d been banned from even carrying a backpack into school,” enters school carrying a black duffle bag and opens fire. SRO stands outside the building and waits. Over 7 ½ minutes, 17 students and faculty members are killed and many are wounded.
  1. Armed student enters school. Fires first shot. SRO hears shot and in less than one minute, he engages the shooter. SRO kills the shooter. Result: 14-year-old boy wounded, stable condition, 16-year-old girl wounded, critical condition.

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Putin Plans for a Russia Without Him

Lauren Goodrich   By Lauren Goodrich,Senior Eurasia Analyst – Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • Though Russian President Vladimir Putin is assured an election win on March 18, his fourth term will usher in a period of deep challenges for Russia and his continued rule.
  • Putin’s pledge to maintain stability is facing economic and demographic shifts that will ripple throughout society and test compliance with Putin’s government.
  • Thinking of the longer term, the Kremlin is considering a spate of reforms and has allowed political discourse to return to Russia, though each maneuver is not without its risks.
  • Putin, his cultlike government and the Russian people are starting to consider what life in Russia will look like after he leaves the political stage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union's World War II victory at Stalingrad, now called Volgograd, on Feb. 2, 2018.

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Deflation Of An Everything Bubble

By Graham Summers – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

The big questions being tossed around Wall Street today are: why are markets such a mess? Why are we getting these wild swings?

The reality is that the markets are NOT a mess. These are actually normal healthy markets. Healthy markets move, sometimes a lot in a small span of time.

The real issue is that from ’09 until recently, the market was completely artificial because Central Banks cornered ALL risk by cornering the sovereign bond market.

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The Phytoplankton Decline, Is There Anything To It?

By Andy May – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

We have been told that the phytoplankton population is declining rapidly around the world and, of course, the cause is climate change. Phytoplankton is the base of the ocean food chain and it accounts for about half of global primary productivity or organic matter creation (Boyce, Lewis and Worm 2010). Phytoplankton is the major consumer of carbon dioxide, the dreaded demon trace gas, and the major producer of oxygen. So, first question, is the estimated decline in phytoplankton accurate, significant or unusual? Second question, if the decline is real, are the measurements long term enough to show it is not a natural occurrence? What is the natural variability and how do we know man-made climate change is to blame? Let’s investigate this.

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Pin-Prick Blood Test Spots Deadly Sepsis

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Scientists on Monday unveiled a quick, cheap way to detect sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which the body is attacked by its own immune system.

In clinical trials at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the researchers — analysing a single drop of blood with a thumb-size filtering device — singled out sepsis patients in a matter of hours with 95 percent accuracy.

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88 Percent MD Diagnosis Challenged

By Adrian Vance – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

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What to Do If You Find a Suspicious Package

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Editor’s Note:

The following information was produced and originally published by Threat Lens, Stratfor’s unique protective intelligence product. Designed with corporate security leaders in mind, Threat Lens enables industry professionals to anticipate, identify, measure and mitigate emerging threats to people and assets around the world.

As local and federal authorities continue to collect evidence and search for the suspect(s) behind the recent bombings in Austin, Texas, much discussion has focused on how the devices used in the explosions were triggered.

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The U.K. Measures Its Response to the Poisoning of a Former Russian Spy

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Stratfor’s geopolitical guidance provides insight on what we’re watching out for in the week ahead.

The poisoning of former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia has exacerbated the already tense relationship between the United Kingdom and Russia. As a result, British Prime Minister Theresa May said her government was reviewing a range of diplomatic, financial and economic responses to the likely Russia-backed poisoning, which took place in her country. And the United Kingdom requested that the Kremlin hand over materials and samples of its military grade nerve agent, Novichok, by the end of the day on March 13. Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry has denied receiving the request and in turn has asked for full access to the investigation and samples of the nerve agent, since Yulia is still a Russian citizen.

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Inconvenient Data: Fewer and Fewer People Die From Climate-Related Natural Disasters

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Bjørn Lomborg writes on his Facebook page of a reverse hockey stick graph, one that is certainly inconvenient to the gloom and doom message of climate alarmists who try to link regular weather events to climate. So, Lomborg plays their game, and the results are surprising.


Fewer and fewer people die from climate-related natural disasters

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Daily Dose of Viagra May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A small daily dose of Viagra reduces the risk of colorectal cancer in mice genetically modified to have the disease. Viagra reduced the formation of polyps by 50 percent, according to a study performed at Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia.

Polyps are abnormal clumps of cells on the lining of the intestines that may become cancer. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Continue reading

Turkish MP: “Europe Will Be Muslim”

By Robert Spencer – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

“Europe will be Muslim.”

That fact is fairly obvious to everyone at this point, and that is likely why the May government in Britain is moving so swiftly to persecute and destroy all resistance to Sharia and Islamization.

The British authorities see the writing on the wall, and well they should, because they wrote it.

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