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Putin: Chaos of Iraq and Libya Warn Against Western Regime Change in Syria

putinmainWith major speeches to be delivered by both U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin before the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, all eyes are on the two leaders as the content of their remarks—and an expected face-to-face meeting—could have deep implications for the ongoing civil war in Syria and the wider military campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) that continues across the Middle East region.

In a televised interview with Putin that aired Sunday night on 60 Minutes, the Russian leader made his nation’s position clear on why the government of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad must be maintained as it battles the tide of ISIS and other armed militias, some of which have been backed by the United States.

Asked by CBS News’ Charlie Rose whether part of Russia’s plan was to…

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What it means when gold sells at a NEGATIVE price…

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September 29, 2015
Nearly four months ago on June 2nd, something very unusual happened in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The price of propane actually became negative, hitting an unbelievable -0.625 cents per gallon.

It’s hard to believe that the price of a productive commodity could become so beat down by the market that producers would practically have to pay you to take it off their hands.

Now that’s cheap. And completely nuts.

This actually happens from time to time with certain commodities. And there are a number of reasons for it.

A negative price might imply a dramatic oversupply where the cost of storing the commodity exceeds the benefit from owning it.

Sometimes even something like real estate can have a negative value—perhaps when a building is in such decrepit condition that the cost of tearing down the structure exceeds the land value.

But sometimes a negative price simply means that markets are completely broken.

The primary function of a marketplace is what’s called ‘price discovery’. This is an incredibly important role where buyers and sellers collectively determine the true value of a product, service, or asset.

Think of it like an auction: if you really want to know what that old baseball card is worth, put it on eBay and let the market tell you.

The problem is that, these days, markets are so heavily manipulated that the price discovery mechanism has been broken.

Consider that the most important ‘price’ in the world is the price of money, i.e. interest rates.

The price of money dictates, or at least heavily influences, the price of so many other major assets and commodities. Stocks. Bonds. Oil. Home prices.

And yet, rather than leave this all-important price to be set by the market, the price of money is established by an unelected committee of central bankers.

So by setting the price of money, they are effectively influencing the price of just about EVERYTHING. Including propane in Alberta.

Then of course there’s the more nefarious price manipulation, much of which is coming to light now.

There was the appalling LIBOR scandal back in 2012 when multiple banks confessed to criminal charges of conspiring to fix interest rates.

Investors in the United States have filed a number of lawsuits alleging that banks and brokers have rigged the market for US Treasury bonds.

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently accused French oil company Total and British firm BP of manipulating natural gas prices.

And both the US Department of Justice and the Swiss Competition Commission are investigating several banks for colluding to manipulate gold and silver prices.

So in addition to markets being broken, there’s also an extraordinary amount of manipulation going on… which means that, quite often, prices mean absolutely nothing.

Consider gold and silver, two obvious long-term stores of value whose prices have been in decline.

Bear in mind these are paper prices, i.e. prices set in broken commodities markets, heavily influenced by central banks, and criminally manipulated by investment banks.

So is this price really a valid indicator of their worth? Not by a long shot.

Think about the ever-widening gulf between the ‘paper’ price of silver and the ‘physical’ price of silver… evidenced by the massive shortage in real, physical silver right now.

The paper prices of gold and silver are set (and manipulated) in financial markets through commodities exchanges.

It’s not like traders are huddled around bags of coins bidding on which one of them will haul it away.

Instead they’re dealing with contracts… pieces of paper (or electrons) passed around by traders and bankers.

In fact, the gold and silver contracts traded in commodities exchanges are designed especially for people who have no intention of ever taking physical possession of the metal.

Case in point: the paper price for silver traded in Chicago is based on a contract that is supposed to end with physical silver being delivered to the buyer.

But the contract specifications set by the exchange allow up to 10% FEWER ounces of silver to be delivered than what was specified in the contract.

And in London, the London Bullion Market Association’s “Good Delivery” rules allow silver bars to be up to 25% less than what was specified in the contract.

Amazing.

And it certainly raises the question– who would possibly purchase 1,000 ounces of silver if the exchange was only required to deliver 750?

Anyone who actually wants to own real gold and silver would rather buy from a local coin dealer.

Futures contracts are for bankers and traders. Paper prices are for economists and reporters.

The current shortage of silver, particularly in North America, is a much better reflection of its value than heavily manipulated commodities markets.

All these contracts and prices truly reflect is how broken the financial system really is… which is actually precisely why you would want to own more gold and silver.

Seriously, how messed up is our financial system when asset prices across the world can be so easily rigged by the very institutions that demand our trust?

This system is pure insanity, as are its prices.

As such, I don’t let their prices guide my life. It wouldn’t bother me if the price of gold went negative, just like propane in Alberta.

After all, I’m not trading paper currency for gold, just to trade it back for more paper currency if the ‘price’ goes up.

The idea behind buying gold is to swap paper money for something real.

Banks can rig its price all they want; gold’s true value comes from its function as a long-term form of savings and a hedge against a broken financial system.

And the more ridiculous the system gets, the more valuable it becomes.

Putin’s Full Speech at 2015 UNGA: Do You Realize What Kind of Monster You’ve Created? With Xi Jinping and Lukashenko

I enjoyed the straight talk from President Putin, Charlie Rose tried to tie him up with loaded questions, which Putin elegantly evaded with his forthright, reasonable demeanor.
It must suck working for a corrupt establishment, sorry Charlie!

Futurist Trendcast

Putin’s speech to the UN General Assembly – “Do you realize what kind of monster you have created?” Indictment of the US exceptionalism and a call to cooperation. This post includes China’s Xi Jinping, Alexandr Lukashenko of Belarus, and more.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin’s Full Speech at 2015 UNGA – Russian

PUTIN’S FULL SPEECH with English translation

Putin’s UNGA press-conference – English:

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President of China Xi Jinping at UNGA:

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70th session of UN General Assembly: LIVE UPDATES https://www.rt.com/trends/unga70/

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Putin’s interview…

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Don’t despair, some things we can do…

Source: http://simondale.net/house/things.htm    [A low impact Woodland home]

Consumption

  • Avoid buying newly manufactured things, instead buy second hand or make our own.
  • Avoid large chain stores and supermarkets.
  • Buy things from small and local businesses.
  • Favour worker cooperatives over corporations.
  • Wherever possible buy direct from producers.
  • Support local currencies.
  • Trade or give gifts in preference to using money.

Communities

  • Smile at people and meet their eyes.
  • Give open-minded/hearted time to those people around us.
  • Organise parties and celebrations (eg. a dinner party where everyone brings a homemade dish or a childrens party where each parent organises a game)
  • Organise rotating work parties and skill-sharing events.
  • Vision together the future of our communities and make it happen by a combination of negotiations with local councils and direct action. (If you think that unused roadside could make a good veg garden then get some friends together and just go ahead and do it)

Food And Land

  • Propagate and plant edible perennial plants wherever possible on any available land.
  • Learn how to grow food and save seeds.
  • Set up personal and community food growing.
  • Stick to seasonal, local and organic foods.
  • Eat meat in moderation.
  • Have a go at making bread, preserving food, making cheese, brewing etc..
  • Enjoy cooking and eating good food. Treat our food with reverence.
  • Learn what wild plants grow in our areas and learn how to use them for food and medicine.
  • Protect and encourage biodiversity and wild areas (eg. a small wild patch at the bottom of your garden could be a haven for birds and small animals).
  • Make a pond.

Energy

  • Use wood (biomass) for heating. Install wood burners. Take firewood from the waste stream and plant local or personal firewood supplies. In a climate like Britain’s, short rotation coppice crops such as willow can be fully productive in 3 years and a 30 x 50m area can heat an efficient family house.
  • Heat water with wood and solar energy. (A solar water heater can easily be made from scrap materials in a day or two.)
  • Use renewable electricity. Switch mains connections to suppliers who only deal in renewable energy.
  • Set up and use local or personal energy production systems. Small scale hydroelectric systems in particular offer simply maintained systems with high and reliable returns for the amount of invested energy.
  • Practice basic woodwork, metalwork etc to make and repair basic items and tools.
  • Compost food and human waste to build soil fertility and reduce energy demands of waste disposal.

Lifestyle

  • Withdraw investment from houses. Move to a cheaper home or make our own (most cheaply done without permission).
  • Work less.
  • This will free up time and energy to develop sustainable ways of living as well as removing support from destructive systems.
  • Do not take employment from organisations which are unsustainable or whos actions are not benefiting the world.
  • Maximise our autonomy from state and corporate control structures.
  • Move from urban to rural areas and start working some land.

Consideration

  • Consider what elements of our world and society are of greatest value to us (air, water, food supplies, medicines…?)
  • Consider what elements /service / products we could happily do without (war, this year’s fashion, more DVDs, a bigger car…?)
  • Be aware that the more we have of the latter, the more we threaten the former.
  • Whenever we spend money or play an active role in society, take time to consider the consequences of our actions. (Buying a tank of fuel supports the violent occupation of the middle east, buying cheap clothes supports sweatshops and child labour, buying from transnational corporations funds the extraction of capital from poorer countries and the erosion of human rights)
  • Consider our modern world from the point of view of our ancesters.
  • Count our blessings.
  • Appreciate the beauty and fragility of life, human and otherwise.
  • Make time to appreciate and congratulate ourselves – we are all amazing and powerful beings.
  • Smile, laugh, love and dream. Be present and don’t worry.

Did Solzhenitsyn urge the US to nuke the Soviet Union?

Did Solzhenitsyn urge the US to nuke the Soviet Union?. Alexander Solzhenitsyn

In Vladivostok, someone hung a “Traitor” sign on the monument to Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It was later revealed that the act was committed by first secretary of the Vladivostok “Leninist Communist Youth League of the Russian Federation,” Maxim Shinkarenko. In this context, we would like to pay attention to the story of Solzhenitsyn’s betrayal of his motherland.

After the scandal in Vladivostok, the writer’s widow appealed to the people of Vladivostok through the media. Her letter, among other things, said:

After death, Solzhenitsyn’s words are needed more than ever. He always called to look truthfully at one’s history, know history, be proud of its worthy pages and also admit and repent mistakes and crimes. Instead, we short-sightedly and indiscriminately divide citizens into “one of us” and “traitors.” As a country, we have neither discussed nor repented the crimes of the communist regime against our own people. As they say, we do not want to dredge up. But we have to admit that if we do not do it, it will backfire on us some day.”

Haven’t we done penance? Even Khrushchev repented the crimes of Stalinism at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party, which, by the way, made Solzhenitsyn’s freedom and literary activities possible.

In his revelatory rage, Solzhenitsyn was “writing only in black colors” in almost all of his more or less well-known works that eventually made him a Nobel laureate as one had to encourage such a “volunteer” from the Soviet Union.

Today, many still discuss the question of whether Solzhenitsyn was calling for the atomic bombing of the USSR.

Solzhenitsyn wrote in “The Grain Between the Millstones:” “My God, I was not calling for war, the US press distorted it, but that’s how it reached our compatriots … Try to prove them otherwise now.” (The New World, 1999, N 2, p. 83). In 1975, he believed that we should not fight with the United States. According to him, we needed the policy of “open hand.”

Three years after his appearances in the US, Solzhenitsyn wrote in “The Grain” that America no longer seemed to him as an honest ally of the Russian liberation. According to US Congress, it was not communism, but Russia that was the global oppressor, and the writer realized that.

As it  turns out, the author of “The Gulag Archipelago” woke up in three years. He realized that the West could only care less about what kind of regime there was in Russia. It was Russia that was the prime enemy.

However, the “patriot” did absolutely nothing to reach both the world and his country fellows to tell them about it. Well, let’s assume that Solzhenitsyn was angry with communists and did not want to return to the USSR. If he had announced his “revelations” in the USSR during the 1980s, when the Union was strong, Solzhenitsyn would have become a national hero.

However, during all those years, the “Russian patriot” was peacefully living in Vermont, guarded by US special services, writing books exposing the crimes of the Soviet regime. Naturally, he did not mention a word about the achievements of the Soviet regime  – free medicine, free education, free apartments, very low public utility tariffs – nothing.

Was it the US press that “distorted” Solzhenitsyn about the call for a nuclear war against the Soviet Union or was it something that he said indeed? It appears that it was Solzhenitsyn who distorted himself decades later.

In order to understand the true beliefs of this fierce anti-Soviet fighter, one can read his novel titled “The First Circle” that he had written long before emigration in the late 1950s, when Solzhenitsyn was a patriot and a citizen of the Soviet Union.

The novel starts with a story of a Soviet diplomat Ivan Volodin who calls a US embassy and says that Soviet intelligence was working to obtain blueprints of a nuclear bomb. Of course, “Washington’s best friend” is portrayed as a positive character. At the same time, Soviet security officers, like in all other books that Solzhenitsyn penned, are described as beasts, rather than humans.

The plan to nuke 52 Soviet cities during Truman’s presidency was quite real and did not materialize after Soviet physicists, with the help of intelligence officers, built a Russian atomic bomb in 1949.

Yuri Nosovsky