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Another Socialist Central Planner Hailed As Savior of the Income Inequality Problem

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:27

[The following post is by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick]

The sick fall into socialism continues to get worse and worse in the once capitalist leaning USSA.

Marxist, Thomas Picketty, has been hailed in recent years by the establishment as being the savior of the economy and solving the problem of income inequality in the socialist soyuz in the US by coming up with the idea of stealing money from those who have it and giving it to those who don't via a global wealth tax.

Now, the latest socialist/collectivist hair brain idea comes from Matthew Rognlie, an "economics" graduate from MIT, who says that the real problem is housing!  There just aren't enough houses!  It's been getting traction across the interweb all day today showing just how degraded much of society is in understanding economics.

In Breitbart's commentary on this great new theory the very first sentence starts off with falsehoods, "Wealthy tech founders and the automation of middle-class jobs are often blamed for increasing concentrations of wealth in fewer hands".  Really?  People creating new technologies that benefit all of mankind and create a massive increase in wealth for investors and employees alike is the cause of "concentrations of wealth in fewer hands"? How does the average person having access to computing power and communications technology for nearly pennies impoverish them?  

The article continues, "But a 26-year-old MIT graduate student, Matthew Rognlie, is making waves for an alternative theory of inequality: the problem is housing."

Rognlie has noticed that housing has gotten more expensive over the years but completely misses the point as to why.  The main reason is due to central bank money printing.  Secondary reasons include things like government regulation and interference via things like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (that are bankrupt yet again) that dramatically increase the cost of housing.

Rognlie's idea of reducing government regulation on housing is actually a good thing.  The government should have no role in regulating housing nor any other market.  In fact, government is an unnecessary evil and shouldn't exist at all if what we want is a free world.

But, his entire theory is predicated on the idea that somehow ownership of housing is what causes income inequality.  They state, "Land/housing is really one of the only investments that give wealthy people a long-term leg up." According to The Economist, this should lead governments to rethink policy related to income inequality.

Yes, we wouldn't want anyone to get a leg-up, would we?  God forbid someone should get ahead and make a better life for themselves!  Their gains must be limited or taken away by force (taxes) to redistribute to others!

So, to summarize, in his view, people who find ways to increase their wealth should be stifled.  And, in his view, the main way people are getting ahead now is owning houses so that must be rectified by violence (laws/regulation) and theft.

He has taken a symptom (rising housing prices) of a problem (central bank money printing and government regulation) and through his socialist lense sees it as something that is need of fixing via governmental means. But when you try to fix a symptom you never fix a problem.

The true problem is that central banks are a bane of humankind's existence and do nothing but make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

Neither Rognlie nor Picketty seem to even notice the problem at all.  And, both of their solutions to problems caused by the government and central banks is to bring in more government and to let the central banks continue to destroy the economy.

Just like with all centrally planned (aka communist) economic ideas his paper is filled with all sorts of equations.

And just like all central planned ideas the answer to all these computations is more government intervention into the economy. The public, ignorant of economics, goes along with it because of the fancy mathematics models which, time and time again, don't fit reality. 

Government cannot improve an economy via any intervention and central banks can never improve an economy by printing money and manipulating interest rates away from their natural market levels.  Any action by government or central banks in the economy can only hinder the economy as a whole.

One day, future historians will look back and make note of this very fact.  Sadly, in the meantime, we have to live through these market manipulators trying to tinker with the economy to make things "fair" which will only result in a worsened economic situation for everyone and only serve to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

Thomas Picketty and Matthew Rognlie should actually produce something of value in order to create more wealth for mankind as opposed to drawing up fallacious charts and equations in order to bring in more violent (government) schemes which can only make things worse as a whole.

The only answer for the most equitable situation for all is to remove the massive boot of government and central banks off of the worldwide economy and let free markets improve the lives of all as much as possible.

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Jeff Berwick

Anarchast Ep. 202 Max Igan: Surviving the Matrix!

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 18:06

Jeff interviews Max Igan, researcher, truth seeker, radio host, film-maker and one of the leaders of the global awakening movement. Topics include: getting back to self governance, easing people out gradually, unplugging from the matrix, transitioning from government via a 1% transaction tax, new laws restricting free speech, war crimes, changing the money system, debt, avoiding Anarchist extremism, massive upswelling of awareness, the system is exposing its hand, the importance of community, be the change you want to see, the nature of a human being, compassion, the quantum field, Ayahuasca, and there is much more to reality than we know...

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De-Dollarization & The End Of American Hegemony Is Leading the US To Nuclear War

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:57

[The following post is by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick]

The United States is very angry that it is not getting its way. Therefore, it is testing nuclear weapons in California. As RT reports: 

An intercontinental ballistic missile was fired early Monday from a facility in California, the US Air Force announced, saying the tests were a message to the world about Washington's nuclear capabilities.

The Minuteman III missile was fitted with a “test re-entry vehicle” instead of a live thermonuclear warhead, and was test-launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) in California at 03:36 local time (10:36 GMT), according to the Air Force statement.

 

And the video:

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Why could this be? When one scans the internet for recent news stories about de-dollarization and US hegemony, there is no shortage of information.  The BBC chief even took shots at the US's stranglehold over the world: 

“As American media giants colonize the world, supporting a thriving British culture will be essential...And in a world where trust is at a premium, which has more heat than light, more noise than signal, we will need the BBC more than ever as a trusted guide — the place you go to find out what’s really happening and why.”

Aside from snorting my veggie juice up through my nose in a convulsion of laughter at the BBC being a "trusted guide", de-dollarization has not slowed and, in fact, China is moving quicker than ever to get out from underneath the US dollar. Hence, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank which has recently been announced.

What makes this different than the Asian Development Bank which has been known as being compromised and run mostly by Washington and its cronies? Well, Washington is not happy about these developments. It tried to force other countries to boycott it, but failed, causing an embarrassment for the US. As satanic Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in The Grand Chessboard: 


“…it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger (to the U.S.) emerges capable of dominating Eurasia and thus also of challenging America”

Ultimately, the US had no choice in recent months but to cooperate with the China-led development bank  after its allies would not join in a boycott.

As chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Lew Rockwell told RT, “dollar hegemony is not lasting.”

The US has since expressed that it will cooperate with the new global development fund spearheaded by China.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was established last year and will be tasked with supporting the development of Asian economies outside the purview of the US government.

Six European countries including Germany have signed up, and the China-led bank will have an initial fund of $50 billion dollars, which analysts expect to double.

This development is a great example of the de-dollarization we will all experience in the coming years. It is a process. But what we see with the development bank is the US can no longer force its allies to go along with its agenda, especially against other powerful nations, such as China.

Germany has even been close to Russia in recent years, which surely has bothered Washington.  So, against Washington’s original desire, there will be no boycott of the bank. This is good news for people who champion any kind of decentralization whatsoever, but will certainly cause the US government to panic.

The US will continue to be aggravated as nations of the world go against its financial policy. When Saddam Hussein thought about a gold standard, it wasn’t long after that the US invaded.  Libya suffered a similar fate after Qaddafi pushed forward on a gold backed African currency. Where this goes we will see.

The IMF and World Bank now have competition, and the Communists running US government financial policy hate competition.  

But competition is what they will have. Even nation-states are fighting back against the imperial nature of the nation-state itself. This trend will continue and it will only grow, making the US more nervous than ever before about its empire.

Unfortunately no empire ever goes down without a fight and the US government is currently engaging in multiple terrorist attacks worldwide in an attempt to use force to keep its systems alive.  It won't work.  Whether it leads to a nuclear war remains to be seen but as I will point out in the upcoming March issue of TDV (subscribe here) the fasco-capitalist Russian government has a few very key cards up its sleeve which could leave Communist Amerika in waste.

Questions or comments at TDV Blog

Jeff Berwick

US War On Personal Privacy

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 18:56

[The following post by TDV Offshore Director, Paul Seymour]

Everyone in the world who cares at all about the fight to retain their basic human right to personal privacy, has become aware of the latest Ameriken attack on same.  That being the effective closing of Banca Privada d’Andorra all due to allegations of money laundering.

I’ve come across a plethora of information on the subject, and after reading through it, thought I’d share with you what I’ve learned so far.  The obvious starting point are the official charges themselves.  Unlike with Loyal and BMI, who are being attacked extra-judicially, because there is no lawful enforcement of FATCA available, FinCEN, the black op’s of the Treasury Department, has formally filed some charges, and is taking this one through a due process channel.  At least that’s the perception they’re shooting for.

Rogue Government, with Zero Credibility

The ten-page Notice of Finding, effective as of March 6, 2015, has a lot of the spin we’re used to seeing from the rogue agency known as Treasury, of the rogue Ameriken government.   I think we can safely use such a term for an agency and government whose public servants routinely break the law, and just as routinely commit perjury in front of a seemingly impotent Congress.  For that reason, as I read through the Notice, I’m extremely credulous about all of the charges.  I also have to ask myself, why is the bank effectively closed merely based upon accusations?

Remember, this is a private bank, in a sovereign country in the middle of Europe.  I wasn’t aware that all banks worldwide somehow fell under the jurisdiction of Amerike.  Yet we’re aware that around 100 banks in Switzerland, including that country’s oldest, have all closed their doors due to attacks from a foreign government.  

I assume that all of our readers are sophisticated enough to know that the USG gives not a crap about drug smuggling nor money laundering.  It’s common knowledge that USG operatives routinely profit from illegal drug smuggling and laundering themselves.  The real issue here is to not only participate in the profits of illegal drug distribution, but to also be able to weaken some of the competition, and simultaneously gain increased control over banks world-wide.  Think HSBC, who now essentially works directly for Treasury after their non-prosecute agreement.

With those facts in mind, I found the Notice to be interesting reading.  It starts out by informing the world that it has legal jurisdiction based upon the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (the “USA PATRIOT Act”).  We’re all aware that the provisions of this misnamed law are so broad that your grandmother could get ensnared by it, if a bureaucrat chose to pursue her.

The more things change, the more they stay the same - Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria was chief of the Soviet security and secret police apparatus under Stalin. He was top deputy of the NKVD during the Great Purge, responsible for many of the millions of imprisonments and killings. He told Stalin, “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”

FinCEN Director, Jennifer Shasky Calvery from a 2014 Reuters article.  Amerike now favors the use of “minorities” for such posts, as the sheeple have been programmed to believe that criticizing such people is “racist” or “sexist”, and therefore taboo.  I had to laugh about two weeks ago when a banker in Minnesota called me racist for using the word Gringo, although I’m more Gringo than he’ll ever be.  Keep in mind that people who are considered “minorities” make up 80%+ of the population.  I think that same figure will soon apply to recipients of government funding, if it doesn’t already.

Therefore, while critically reviewing the Notice with these facts in mind, I was continually paused by the terminology.  For example, “FinCEN has found that reasonable grounds exist for concluding that several officials of BPA’s high-level management in Andorra have facilitated financial transactions on behalf of Third-Party Money Launderers (“TPMLs”) providing services for individuals and organizations involved in organized crime, corruption, smuggling, and fraud.”

I guess we should no longer be amazed that a mere accusation by a US bureaucrat can cause the effective shut down of a private foreign bank.  I mean, I have reasonable grounds to conclude that Treasury has fabricated the charges for political reasons, but I’m not an Ameriken bureaucrat, so my reasonable conclusions, don’t count.  Nor do those of their employers, the sheeple.

In case you weren’t aware, all depositors at BPA have been notified that they no longer have full access to their own money.  Does that mean that FinCEN has reasonable cause to suspect that 100% of depositors at BPA have participated in alleged illegal activities?  No, of course not.  No where near even 5% in fact.

The Notice then went on to use that oldest of USG tactics, the unfounded smear campaign, mastered by the grease-ball Hoover, as it talks about people who, when using a viable strategy to protect their personal privacy, are most likely engaging in activities which the USG considers to be its sole domain.  Terrorism and/or money laundering.  All others trying to muscle in on its territory should be executed.

Specific Charges

“From 2011 to February 2013, High-Level Manager A at BPA in Andorra provided substantial assistance to Andrey Petrov, a TPML (“TPML 1”) working for Russian criminal organizations engaged in corruption. Petrov facilitated several projects on behalf of transnational criminal organizations.”

This has to make just about anyone roll on the floor laughing.  Public servants, at one of the most corrupt institutions in the world, have been able to somehow effectively close down a foreign financial institution, and block the access of tens of thousands of law-abiding citizens to their own money, due to mere allegations of corruption?  I’m simply speechless…..hahahahahaahaha  

FinCEN goes on to state—“Petrov used the proceeds of transnational organized crime (I wonder exactly how “crime” is defined here…) to bribe local officials in Spain. Petrov secured beneficial zoning rights and contracts from a local official.”

I kid you not, sports fans.  Banca Privada d’Andorra, has been shut down, and thousands of law-abiding citizens, including Americans, have been left without access to their money, because the lying thieves at Treasury have alleged that some guy bribed zoning officials in Spain to alter zoning rights.  That with money had passed through countless Ameriken banks too.  We all know that such things as bribery to obtain favorable zoning doesn’t occur in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles, New Orleans, etc etc on a daily basis.  I’ve never heard of closing down banks in response to it, though.

In order to “strengthen” their pitiful case, FinCEN goes on to state – “In addition to BPA’s facilitation of illicit financial transactions by Petrov, in a separate scheme, a Venezuelan and his network relied on BPA to deposit the proceeds of public corruption.”  There’s the pot calling the kettle black once again.

Political Reasons for Damaging Countless Law Abiding Citizens, Including Americans (Acceptable Collateral Damage)

“This network was well connected to Venezuelan government officials and relied on various methods to move funds, including false contracts, mischaracterized loans, over- and under-invoicing, and other trade-based money laundering schemes.”

Ahhhh.  Now it’s all starting to make sense.  This bank had the audacity to work with not only Russians but Venezuelans too.  The competition, in other words.  

In fact, in the words of FinCEN – “Between approximately 2007 and 2012, BPA also used its U.S. correspondents to send or receive wire transfers totaling more than $50 million. In addition, 62 percent of BPA’s outgoing transactions through one U.S. correspondent bank involved only four high-risk customers.  In 2014, BPA continued to facilitate the movement of funds related to this scheme through the U.S. financial system. Overall, BPA facilitated the movement of $4.2 billion in transfers related to Venezuelan money laundering.”  Why then, aren’t the US banks under the same scrutiny?  Simple.  They are already under Treasury and Fed control.  Bought and paid for with your money during the bail-outs.  I guess they were able to overlook the red flags legally, as they were enjoying some nice fees for converting currencies, and moving the funds.

Just in case you haven’t already been convinced that this witch hunt is politically motivated, the third party named in FinCEN’s unproven allegations is Gao Ping, a Chinese national.  

The question then must be asked—Is the real issue converting US Treasuries to gold in order that Russia, China and Venezuela might start a gold/silver backed currency to knock the worthless dollar from its undeserved pedestal as world reserve currency?  

There are recent signs that Germany, and maybe even Switzerland, and France might like to get in on that action.  Very bad news for Uncle Sam, as that would drag his faith-backed green-back ever closer to toilet paper status.  Won’t be so easy to invade Germany and hang Merkel.  Even Washington has public-relations limits.

What should we take away from this lesson?

It’s increasingly obvious that the Imperial Oligarchy which is the current USSA, as represented by this army of unelected, and unaccountable bureaucrats, is amongst many other things, actively engaged in a world-wide war to control the world’s financial system.  

That can only be achieved by, amongst other things, gaining access to the management of every financial institution in the world.  UBS, HSBC, Credit Suisse, etc etc in addition to those already firmly under control such as Bank of America, JP Morgan-Chase, Wells Fargo etc etc.  A client recently was told that he could not, under any circumstances, wire his money from his Chase account to mine.  My bank, of course, is in a privacy, and due-process respecting jurisdiction.  Chase finds that unacceptable.  You should be asking why.  If you hold money there, you should be concerned whether or not it’s really yours, as you don’t have the ability to do with it as you find prudent.

Phase I of the US War on Personal Privacy was an attack on Switzerland.  This phase  resulted in the shut-down of 100+ Swiss banks, and subverted most, if not all, of those left “standing” (if only on their knees).  There has been, and will continue to be, some backlash from Switzerland due to that, but it was about as successful as the invasion of Iraq, I suppose.  Hung the former ally, which was the leader, and killed a few million bystanders, but the oil is under control.

Phase II of the US War on Personal Privacy was the drafting and passing of FATCA, an attempt to subvert the rest of the world’s banks by having them compromise centuries-old principles of protecting personal privacy.  This is being carried out so that undeserving people in the US, Europe and other parts of the developed world like Argentina, Chile and Brazil can share your money.  

Are the elected leaders afraid that their failed fiscal management might bring about unrest on the part of the poor, huddled masses?  Have they concluded that the only way to save their worthless hides, and maintain power, is to wipe out the middle class, and create a new blob of mediocrity somewhere between the two? That’s called Communism, boy and girls, and it’s coming to a neighborhood near you.

Let’s take a break and ponder that thought with this example of 1980’s poetry on that subject by a Canadian band.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_D0wkLyCXE with the OECD being the hatchet, Treasury the axe, and Obama via unconstitutional executive orders the saw.  All orchestrated by those who run the Fed, and the MIC.

This attack on BPA is Phase III.  Similar to that which was carried out upon Switzerland, but on a world-wide basis.  This attack on BPA is similar to the one on HSBC, which was quickly swept under the carpet, after deals had been struck, and Treasury in control.  

Phase IV will be seizures from subjects, as well as from foreign governments when practicable.  Was Ukraine a demonstration of both ability and will?  Personally I’m looking for old enemies to save the day.  Based on my travels to places which used to be in chaos, and have emerged after some very tough times, they seem to emerge in a much more healthy state.  Uruguay is a good example, emerging from civil war in the 70’s and 80’s.  Colombia after finally reducing the leftist guerillas, paramilitaries, and mafia to levels below those in the current day USSA.   Even Russia and China, which I was programmed to fear and loathe in childhood, have much less blood-thirst than the latest puppet regimes of Amerike.  The psychos running Washington seem to be prepared to use whatever means are necessary to maintain power.  As they control nuclear weapons, all should take note of that.

Results and Avoiding the Fallout - You are at war, whether you know it or not.  It’s undeclared, and seemingly invisible to the vast majority, but war it is.  At stake are your personal freedoms.  Very basic ones, in fact, like due process, and personal privacy.  The lack of due process could very well lead to your incarceration, and/or loss of life.  Being stripped of your assets could well lead to obvious dangers as well.  

This war is being waged for the sake of financial power between the West and East.  You’re merely a pawn.  The key is not to get caught by the shorts.  Diversification/hedging is the only smart move considering this uncertainty.  Holding USD, and to some extent Euros, is, well, idiotic. Especially in Treasury controlled institutions.  They will not gain 100% control before the USD goes down, and right now, while the USD is unsustainably high, is the perfect moment to move it out to other currencies, and precious metals.

You can move both your after tax funds, as well as your tax-deferred retirement funds, out of US controlled institutions, and simultaneously diversify out of the USD, and into foreign fiats, and physical precious metals.  It isn’t just for the rich.  If you have $50k to protect, it’s foolish not to do so.  Similarly, start foreign citizenship.  Yesterday.

Contact us here at pseymour.tdvoffshore@hushmail.com for asset protection including diversification, and cmartin@tdvmedia.com for citizenship in a free country in order to assure your continued basic human right to travel freely.

[Editor's Note: Paul can help you out at TDV Offshore with any of your offshoring questions.]

 

Paul worked for several years with Big 4 CPA firms in both the US and Saudi Arabia, and then spent many years as a multi-national corporate Controller and CFO in places like Florida, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, and Medellín. In his second, more free life, he has found a natural home in the offshore industry following almost 2 decades as a permanent expat from the former America. For more information check out TDV Offshore or contact him to learn more about the realities of economical offshore asset protection pseymour@tdvoffshore.com

 

Anarchast: Barry Cooper: Never Get Busted!

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 22:59

Jeff interviews ex-cop turned freedom fighter Barry Cooper of Never Get Busted, topics include: smoking pot as a cop, changing your life through psychedelics, Ayahuasca, the end of the war on drugs, two million people caged in the us, 80,000 in solitary confinement which is torture, growing up in East Texas, stinging the cops, escaping the US as a wanted man, asylum in Brazil, Mexico, getting people out of jail, 30 years for marijuana seeds, Marc Victor, self ownership, being a nice person, compassion and kindness, creating an alternative to government...

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Major Discovery Highlights Gold’s Long History As Money

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:45

Originally appeared on GoldSilverBitcoin

major discovery of more than 2,000 gold coins off the north-central coast of Israel could prove to be a part of the largest gold hoard ever found in the eastern Mediterranean, say archaeologists. The discovery highlights the long history of gold as money.

The coins have been identified as dinars, which was the official currency of the Fatimid caliphate that ruled parts of the Mediterranean from AD 909 to 1171.

The coins were found in early February when a team of six sport divers found what they initially mistook as a few toy coins on the seabed near the ancient harbor of Caesarea.  The divers immediately notified the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). Divers from the IAA’s Marine Archaeology Unit accompanied the group back to the site and were stunned at what they had found.

We were told [that the divers] had found about 30 or 40 coins,” says Jakob (Koby) Sharvit, director of the Marine Archaeology Unit. “Usually that means you’ve found a hoard. So we went back and performed a small excavation. After two hours, we had found something like one thousand coins.

“We were shocked,” he said. “We were so incredibly excited, but when you’re underwater, you can’t talk to each other. It was only when we surfaced and pulled out our regulators that we could scream with happiness.”

A thousand more coins were recovered from the site last week, which places the find as at least five times as large as what has been considered the largest known gold coin hoard ever found in the country: 376 Fatimid dinars discovered in the city of Ramle in the early 1960s.  The recent find could count as the largest find of gold coins ever reported in the eastern Mediterranean.

Fatimid dinars feature names of the caliphs under whom they were minted, as well as the date and location where they were minted. ”They’re first-class historical documents,” contends Robert Kool, curator of the IAA’s Coin Department.

The empire reached its height in the mid-tenth to mid-eleventh centuries AD, when Fatimid dominion reached across North Africa and Sicily to the Levant, enjoying trade ties all the way to China. With its capital in Cairo, the caliphate controlled access to gold from sources in West Africa to the Mediterranean.

The earliest coin from the heard was minted in Palermo, Sicily, while the majority were minted in Egypt and other parts of North Africa and date back to the reigns of Caliphs al-Hakim (AD 996-1021) and his son al-Zahir (AD 1021-1036). The coins are two different denominations – whole dinars and quarter dinars – and are various weights and sizes. Initial tests indicate that they are 24-karat gold with a purity of nearly 95 percent.

“The amount of currency minted under the Fatimids is truly staggering,” says Kool. “It was truly a monetary society. People got paid.”

Some of the coins are in mint condition, while others are circulated. Several coins show tooth marks, which represents a bite test to attain authenticity.

Researchers will attempt to figure out why so much gold was found on the seafloor. The most likely explanation seems to be shipwreck.


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HOW TO FREE YOUR TAX CATTLE

March 16, 2015

Post by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick

The following video is of James Corbett, of the Corbett Report's, keynote speech from Anarchapulco.  It is well worth the watch as it is funny and informative and offers a feeling of hope for the future.

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NO TRANSPARENCY FOR YOU! THE WHITE HOUSE EXCLUDES ITSELF FROM TRANSPARENCY

March 17, 2015

Post is by TDV Chief Editor Jeff Berwick

The US government has a day for pretty much everything.  Yesterday, for example, was "Freedom of Information Day".  We celebrated it, at our house, by laughing.

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LIBERTARIAN LONELINESS: WHY LIBERTARIANS HAVE PROBLEMS HOOKING UP

March 18, 2015

Post is by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick

Our main focus here at The Dollar Vigilante (TDV) is The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI).

However, being an anarcho-capitalist based blog we also touch, from time to time, on other topics related to freedom.  As well, there are a number of things needed to survive TEOTMSAWKI and one of them is happiness... because if you are miserable, even if you do survive, you won't enjoy it.

One of the biggest causes of unhappiness in the libertarian movement today is loneliness.

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FED SPEAK INTERPRETATION 101: HOW TO INVEST INSIDE A COMMUNIST SYSTEM

March 19, 2015

Post is by TDV Chief-Editor, Jeff Berwick

They don't really teach you how to invest in skool... adding that to countless other important things to know that they don't want to teach you, like how the money system works, how to use logic, how to think for yourself and self defence.

But, today, I was thinking about what "Investment 101" in college would be like today.

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STICK TO TRADING, PAUL TUDOR JONES: THE PROBLEM IS GOVERNMENT NOT CAPITALISM

March 20, 2015

The following post is by TDV Chief-Editor, Jeff Berwick]

Renowned trader, Paul Tudor Jones, recently gave a TED speech where he said, correctly, that income inequality in the US is at an all-time high.  He went on to state, correctly again, that this trajectory will eventually end in "revolution, higher taxes or war".

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ANARCHAST: RIGHT SAID FRED! I'M TOO SEXY FOR THE STATE

In this, our 200th episode, Jeff interviews musician Fred Fairbrass of Right Said Fred fame, topics include: the fame game, celebrity culture, ego, Right Said Fred's upcoming movies, alternative media, the illuminati, making a living in the music industry, intellectual property, the lawyers always win, Anarchy, submission to authority, airport 'security', a convenient enemy, Ferguson, massive taxation and Jesus as an Anarchist!

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ANARCHAST: JUDD WEISS: THE LIBERTARIAN PAPARAZZI!

Jeff interviews voluntaryist, objectivist and libertarian photographer Judd Weiss, topics include: Ayn Rand, Objectivism, Nathaniel Branden, The Psychology of Self Esteem, the self esteem movement, how to be a better you, taking responsibility, living with integrity, liberty appeals to the best within us and the best of us, Anarchism vs Objectivism, are governments even necessary? free market solutions, Bitcoin, the Sidekick app, the Peacekeeper app, photographing the Libertarians...

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Stick To Trading, Paul Tudor Jones: The Problem Is Government Not Capitalism

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 20:16

[The following post is by TDV Chief-Editor, Jeff Berwick]

Renowned trader, Paul Tudor Jones, recently gave a TED speech where he said, correctly, that income inequality in the US is at an all-time high.  He went on to state, correctly again, that this trajectory will eventually end in "revolution, higher taxes or war".

He even went on to, again, correctly state that, "Capitalism has driven just about every great innovation that has made our world a more prosperous, comfortable and inspiring place to live."

He then completely lost the plot.

According to his thesis the whole problem is that companies are too greedy.  He stated, "Capitalism has to be based on justice and morality".

Here is where he got confused.  He believes that the US economy today is capitalism!

Capitalism is defined as "an economic system in which trade, industries, and the means of production are largely or entirely privately owned and operated for profit".  In other words, a system without any government control.  A free market.

Certainly capitalism tries to exist in the US but it is massively constrained, regulated, inflated and taxed to the point where it bears no semblance to a free market.  In a true free market there isn't a group with guns who steals large amounts of everyone's income every year (taxes) and "re-distributes" it.  In a free market there aren't a bunch of bureaucrats coercing people into doing things they wouldn't otherwise do (regulation) and making it nearly impossible for the "little guy" to compete.  In a free market people aren't forced, again by the threat of force, to use a money that can be inflated at will (Federal Reserve) to throw off price signals throughout the economy and destroy capital.  And, in a free market there isn't a communist style central banking cabal manipulating and giving edicts as to what the interest rates should be.

Yet, Tudor Jones seems to not even notice any of these massive weights on the market and their effects on creating enormous income equality and instead thinks it has more to do with companies not behaving responsibly!!

In the UK, the wealth disparity is just as noticable because the UK has all the same fasco-communist systems as the US.

As pointed out in the above graphic from The Independent, in just the last ten years the poor have lost 57% of their financial wealth while the rich have gained 64%.

The main reason for this is so blatantly obvious that it is shocking that Tudor Jones totally missed it.  The reason is central bank money printing.  And central banks only exist because of government edict.

Poor people have very few assets and survive mostly off of their income.  Rich people usually have a large amount of their net worth in assets and their annual income is usually a small component of that.

When central banks print trillions of dollars in new money, which the Federal Reserve has done since 2008, most of that money goes towards assets as anyone with any brains what-so-ever looks to invest in hard assets to protect themselves from the avalanche of inflation that is baked in the cake to come.  This dramatically improves the net worth of the already rich.  

The poor, on the other hand, see no increase in their net worth as they own no assets and as prices rise they find their paycheck buys less and less each month.

Then, to make matters worse, small businesses are run out of business by government regulations that protect the big players and those same bureaucrats destroy more jobs by raising the minimum wage, to show how they "care" about the poor and how they can barely survive at their current wages, resulting in massive job losses as companies shut down as they are no longer profitable.

Yet, Tudor Jones waltzes around on stage like a fairy, not noticing ANY of that and stating that we need to put "justness on par with profits" and that companies should be monitored for "job creation, inventing healthy products or being eco-friendly" as though this will fix the problem caused solely by government and central banks.

I'm sure Tudor Jones is a highly skilled trader or he wouldn't be where he is.  Although having a permanent bull market in stocks and bonds caused by the central banks surely was a large help.

But when it comes to understanding why the lower and middle classes are getting taken to the cleaners he is a fucking moron.

John Maynard Keynes, the father of the current fasco-communist system used in the US today, once said, "There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose."

Clearly Paul Tudor Jones is not that one man.

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Jeff Berwick

Fed Speak Interpretation 101: How To Invest Inside A Communist System

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 17:18

[The following post is by TDV Chief-Editor, Jeff Berwick]

They don't really teach you how to invest in skool... adding that to countless other important things to know that they don't want to teach you, like how the money system works, how to use logic, how to think for yourself and self defence.

But, today, I was thinking about what "Investment 101" in college would be like today.

Aside from the basics of what a stock or bond is and what a dividend or yield is, the most important class in today's world, if you want to understand what makes markets move, would be "Fed Speak Interpretation 101".  In fact, it wouldn't even be 101, it'd be a masters or doctorate class as the epitome of understanding the Western markets today.

In this crazy, centrally planned, crapitalism world most of us live in the most important, and sometimes only important, thing to understand is how to interpret what an old, insane lady says about the market.

She's got lots of batshit crazy prognoses on how "this" sector seems overvalued or "that" sector seems in decline.  She gets this from her zero years of investment experience, of course.

But by far the most important thing is to see if she removes a word or adds a word to her pre-scripted speech. The entire financial and monetary world centers around this!

Yesterday, the investment world all ran to their televisions or streaming sites to see what this great, wise person would say.

The buzz was that if this delusional old bat kept the word "patient" in her talk while reading from her teleprompter, then the stock market would go up!  But, if she didn't keep the word patient in her babbling, then sell everything!

But she was savvy, perhaps taking from the great maestro, Alan Greenspan, and took out the word patient but then changed other words to make it sound like she wasn't going to raise rates anytime soon.  It was pandemonium!  The stock market rose, the dollar flash crashed and people worldwide were reading through every word of the great speech like the dead sea scrolls trying to figure out just what she was going to do.

This, of course, is what free markets and capitalism is all about (sarcasm alert).  Listening to a Marxist give vague hints about whether she has decided to continue to counterfeit money and manipulate interest rates at ridiculous levels or whether she was going to wipe out the entire Western economy.

I stated years ago that the Federal Reserve would never significantly raise interest rates ever again and I still stand correct on that one.  The reason?  The US federal government just plowed through $18 trillion in debt (and don't even bother mentioning debt and liabilities is now surging upon $100 trillion).  And so, if interest rates were allowed to go to their natural market level, with all the debt and misallocation of capital, 10% would be the bare, bare minimum.  At 10%, that would mean $1.8 trillion in interest payment alone on the federal government debt which is nearly the entire theft (tax) based revenue of the US government.

Growing up in Canada in the 70s and 80s I always wondered what it was like growing up in a communist country like the USSR (as opposed to a socialist country like Kanada).  I wondered what kind of crazy things must happen when you centralize an entire economy.  Well, now I know!

Slowly, though, people are waking up.  People in the US appear to be the last to wake up as they have truly perfected 12 years of government indoctrination camps (public school), have most economic classes in college based on Marxism (Keynesianism) and have propaganda (mainstream media) that Goebbels would die for.

But, in Germany, a place that still has memories of hyperinflation, they still remember.

Yesterday, in Frankfurt, the European Central Bank tried to open it's new $1 billion tower.  The opening ceremonies came with tanks, riots and molotov cocktails.

We are nearing the end of statism/collectivism/centralization/communism in the West.

Perhaps, one day soon, the entire world's economy won't have to hang on the world of a communist style central bankster and we can have peace and prosperity like we've never known it.

But there will be a very ugly transition period before then as humanity begins to break free from its chains.  

Our advice, as always, is to disconnect yourself as much as possible from the Western based financial and monetary system and get into hard assets such as precious metals and real estate in countries which will survive The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI) in better shape.  And begin to delve into bitcoin as it is the next wave of the new monetary system.

We also suggest to get as far away from the Western world (US and Western Europe in particular) as possible as this transition will be most messy in those places (Subscribe to The Dollar Vigilante to get access to TDV Groups which has freedom minded expats around the world who can help you with your escape plan).

Fascism and communism always ends in tears and it will be no different in the US and Europe over the coming months and years.  Those who are aware of its coming failure stand to be in the best position possible for a much, much brighter future.

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Jeff Berwick

Libertarian Loneliness: Why Libertarians Have Problems Hooking Up

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 16:49

[The following post is by TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick]

Our main focus here at The Dollar Vigilante (TDV) is The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI).

However, being an anarcho-capitalist based blog we also touch, from time to time, on other topics related to freedom.  As well, there are a number of things needed to survive TEOTMSAWKI and one of them is happiness... because if you are miserable, even if you do survive, you won't enjoy it.

One of the biggest causes of unhappiness in the libertarian movement today is loneliness.

Recently, there have been two fun articles written called, "Seven Reasons Libertarian Men Make The Perfect Boyfriends" and "Seven Reasons Libertarian Women Make Amazing Girlfriends".

Both articles are worth the read and bring up some great points on why libertarians "should" be excellent mates.

However, if my Facebook wall is any indication, libertarians seem to have a really hard time hooking up.

I've seen countless posts from men complaining how hard it is to find a libertarian girlfriend.  And, on the other side, I've seen numerous libertarian women also stating the same.

Clearly something is wrong when both the men and women feel this way (this can also apply to LBGT as well).

Here are my thoughts on the problems.

MEN

Having 44 years as a male human I have quite a few insights into what works and what doesn't.

First, and foremost, if you are not in shape, GET IN SHAPE.  This is not hard at all and the easiest way to change your attractiveness level.  This doesn't mean you have to become Arnold Schwarzenegger (although that wouldn't hurt at all), it means, if you are quite fat or incredibly skinny, do something about it.

If you are overweight, try different diets.  Many different ones work in terms of reshaping your body.  As example, when I had put on a bit too much weight once I tried the Atkins diet (no carbs, essentially) for about three months.  As with everything I do, I did it to the extreme and actually had gotten myself down to nearly zero percent body fat.

I dropped about 40 pounds of fat in a few months.  I mostly did it as an experiment... but it just goes to show what you can do if you want to.

Then there are things like steroids.  When I was 21, and still a virgin for obvious reasons (see photo below) I decided I had had enough of being a virgin and despite going to the gym every day I couldn't put on any muscle gain.

So, I did steroids.  Two months later I looked like this.

Steroids have all kinds of positives and negatives so you should definitely do your research.  But, again, this just goes to show how quickly you can transform your body.  I gained forty pounds in two months and went from being the weakest guy in the gym to the strongest in that time period.

Once you have your body looking good then turn to other features about yourself that can be improved.  As example, I got Lasik eye surgery so I didn't need glasses anymore soon after that, had a large mole on my face removed and fixed my ridiculous hair situation.

So, very quickly, I had gone from very physically unattractive to reasonably physically attractive and ANYONE can do this.

That is just the first step, however.

To finish off with physical things, before we get to the more important things, dress well!  This doesn't mean you have to be wearing tuxedoes everywhere you go like Jeffrey Tucker and look like you walked out of a fashion magazine (although that can work too, as Jeffrey shows!).

It just means finding something relatively fashionable and well fitting.  The easiest way to do this is to find a female to go shopping with you.  I know, it's painful.  Most guys hate to shop, but it is worth a few hours, believe me.

I discovered this decades ago and for a period of time I found one woman who ran a fairly exclusive store and I would go in once a year and she would throw 5-10 things on me.  She was an expert who new style and fit and she knew exactly what would work for my bodystyle and lifestyle.  Since then, I just got my girlfriends or now, my wife, to buy all my clothes for me.  They actually love it.  Women love to shop, from what I can tell, and they will spend all day finding you the best clothes to make them feel proud to stand beside you.

Once you have your body and clothes sorted then we can get on to the most important part about being attractive to women.

You have to DO something and be PASSIONATE about something.  If you work at the mall and come home and smoke weed and play video games you are not doing anything and certainly aren't passionate about anything important.

You probably don't even like yourself if you do that... so why would anyone else?

And reading and memorizing Rothbard and Mises books isn't a passion.  A passion is what you DO with that knowledge.

Find your true passion and just get out there and do it.  It doesn't even matter if you fail (in fact your failures will make you into a stronger/better person through the experience).

If any of the above is a problem for you to do then you have mental/emotional issues (we all do) which are holding you back and you need to focus on those.  Focus on finding out your own issues and work on repairing them.  If you are shy then find out why and work on fixing it.  When I was in my teens I was so shy that I couldn't talk to anyone.  I decided that I needed to fix that and I decided to become a rapper to force myself to go on stage and interact.  I failed as a rapper, only becoming the #2 white rapper in Canada in the 1980s but I had rid myself of most of my shyness through the process.

If you can achieve some or all of the above you will find that women will come to you, instead of vice-versa.

Oh, and no matter what you do, do not go on Facebook and whine and complain that you can't find women. Nobody finds that attractive.

WOMEN

Not being a woman I will keep this very short.  But, I have known many women in my life who complain that they just can't seem to attract the kind of man they want.

Here is a short but crucial tip.  You attract things due to your energy.  If you are constantly attracting scumbags over an extended period of time then you are giving off the wrong energy.

Worse, though, when I try to point this out to some women they get very angry at me for having said they are not perfect as they are.  This should be the opposite response that they should give if what they truly want is to find a happy relationship.  That response shows, in a way, that they are not willing to improve themselves and many, in my estimation, seek a certain satisfaction and comfort in their unhappiness.  They'd rather cry with their girlfriends all night and eat chocolate and complain about men rather than look inward to find out what it is they are doing wrong to attract the wrong people into their lives.

This is the most important factor I see in female unhappiness.

Of course, everything I said above for men applies for women as well.  If you are overweight then fix it. Although, a woman with a few extra pounds is not unattractive to most males.  But, women constantly obsess about it, which makes them more unattractive.  If you are not happy with yourself why do you think others would be?

If you are dramatically overweight, however, then fix that.  If you are 100 pounds overweight you don't need to get down to being a bikini model... it may not even be possible.  But if you can get down to a healthy weight, even if it is 20-30 pounds of fat still, you will be far more attractive to others.

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE

You may be a woman in your 50s who is unhappy.  Or a man in your 60s who is lonely and unhappy.  Snap out of it.  Change it.

I've known men in their 80s who have beautiful middle aged women fawning over them due to their passion and style.  And there are now women in their 60s and 70s who are still very attractive.

Look at these people.  This man is 70 years old.

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Or Morgan Fairchild, at 65.

It is never too late.  If you blame the opposite sex for your problems you already have lost.  Everything that happens to you is your own fault.  Can't find decent men?  You are giving off the wrong energy, haven't worked on yourself enough or are looking in the wrong places.  Fix that.

Can't get the women you desire?  Same answer.

Just because we are libertarians or anarcho-capitalists doesn't mean we are perfect.  We are still human beings. We may be more philosophically and morally sound than most others but that doesn't mean we don't all need to improve ourselves.

Make yourself into the person you want to be and the world will come to you.  It isn't even that difficult, you just have to do it.

Even if we eventually reach our goal of a free and prosperous world, if you have not worked on yourself and are still lonely then you won't be happy and fulfilled.  It all starts with you.

Comments or Questions Here

Jeff Berwick

Anarchast: Right Said Fred! I'm Too Sexy For the State

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 16:19

In this, our 200th episode, Jeff interviews musician Fred Fairbrass of Right Said Fred fame, topics include: the fame game, celebrity culture, ego, Right Said Fred's upcoming movies, alternative media, the illuminati, making a living in the music industry, intellectual property, the lawyers always win, Anarchy, submission to authority, airport 'security', a convenient enemy, Ferguson, massive taxation and Jesus as an Anarchist!

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No Transparency For You! The White House Excludes Itself From Transparency

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:01

[The following post is by TDV Chief Editor Jeff Berwick]

The US government has a day for pretty much everything.  Yesterday, for example, was "Freedom of Information Day".  We celebrated it, at our house, by laughing.

Freedom of Information Day falls on March 16th in tribute to James Madison's birthday in 1751.  Madison was known as the “Father of the Constitution” for drafting the United States Constitution and the United States Bill of Rights, and was the loudest voice of the time for ensuring that the government of the newly formed nation held no secrets from the people it owned.

The Freedom of Information Act was enacted on July 4th, 1966. It declared that every person has the right to get information to federal agency records that are not protected by one of nine exemptions, or special law enforcement record exclusions.

Marking that day, yesterday, the O'Bomber administration announced that it was removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)!

You really can't make this stuff up!

Yes, on Freedom of Information Day, O'Bomber decided to rule that the White House is not subject to Freedom of Information requests!

Well, why not, he has already had all of his records sealed.  No one remembers seeing him at Columbia University.  A few people do remember seeing him at his high school in Hawaii though where, according to this woman, he was a pathological lying, cocaine and marijuana using, gay prostitute foreign student that went by the name Barry Soetoro.  There's no photos of Michelle O'Bomber pregnant and really hardly any history known about any of them.

Not to mention, Nancy Pelosi, stating about the Obamacare bill, "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it".  Soon after, of course, all of Congress was exempt from having to participate in Obamacare.

All this secrecy falls perfectly in line with what Barry ran on for President... you just have to take everything he says as the complete opposite meaning.

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When running for President in 2007 he stated the the Bush administration is "one of the most secretive administrations in our nation's history," and he vowed to change that.

His campaign specifically vowed to protect whistleblowers, hailing them as "the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government" and saying that "such acts of courage and patriotism. . . should be encouraged rather than stifled." 

Since becoming President there have been three whistleblowers of note.  Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning, who is now confined at the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for 35 years.  Julian Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for fear of US reprisal.  And, Edward Snowden, who defected to Russia to avoid demands from many in the US government and military calling for his assassination.

Meanwhile, along the "transparency of government" theme, Killary Clinton deleted 30,000 of her emails and the IRS, who has been politically targetting people, has had uncountable "hard drive failures" whenever questioned.

Hopefully at some point the American people wake up and realize they live in the USSA.  And, it's not going to get better anytime soon, the front running candidates for the next federal selection has it being a Bush/Clinton race!

Our advice, as always, is just to get out of the US if at all possible.  If not, prepare for less freedom, more taxes and more unlawful asset seizures by getting as much of your assets outside of the US financial and monetary system as possible.

Turn off your TV and start paying attention (subscribe to TDV for more specific information, advice and analysis).  The only thing transparent about the current US federal government is that it is the enemy of the US people and people worldwide.

Jeff Berwick

How To Free Your Tax Cattle

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 20:12

[The following post is by TDV Chief Editor Jeff Berwick]

The following video is of James Corbett, of the Corbett Report's, keynote speech from Anarchapulco.  It is well worth the watch as it is funny and informative and offers a feeling of hope for the future.

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Anarchapulco was the first international anarcho-capitalist conference of its type and was a great success.  The event sold out and hundreds of people from around the world attended.

Due to the response there will likely be Anarchapulco 2016 held in January/February of next year.  If you'd like to be kept up-to-date on news of that you can subscribe to the mailing list at Anarchapulco.com or like Anarchapulco's Facebook page.

As well, due to popular demand, every presentation from Anarchapulco will soon be available via DVD or Video-On-Demand.

Jeff Berwick

Anarchast: Judd Weiss: The Libertarian Paparazzi!

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 03:15

Jeff interviews voluntaryist, objectivist and libertarian photographer Judd Weiss, topics include: Ayn Rand, Objectivism, Nathaniel Branden, The Psychology of Self Esteem, the self esteem movement, how to be a better you, taking responsibility, living with integrity, liberty appeals to the best within us and the best of us, Anarchism vs Objectivism, are governments even necessary? free market solutions, Bitcoin, the Sidekick app, the Peacekeeper app, photographing the Libertarians...

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The Truth About The Apple Watch

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 17:52

[The following post is by TDV Researcher, Justin O'Connell]

Originally appeared on GoldSilverBitcoin

Apple has been caught ripping off data storage from its customers. The company is expanding this model to other products like its new Apple Gold.

After Apple's launch of a number of new products Monday at their "Spring Forward" Event, some of their claims were thrown into question. For one, the battery life of the Apple Watch, according to Tim Cooke, would be 18 hours. The reality is, if you actually use all the functions of that watch, the battery life can drop to as low as three hours. Apple would say they were merely giving best scenarios, but in the process they were misleading. Their Apple Edition Watch, also, has been scrutinized.

Mainstream press, in its difficulty to create engaging material about relevant topics, has created a storyline about how "gold investors have been positively giddy ever since Apple announced it planned to make a high-end watch with 18-karat gold casing." News sources like CBS cited some pretty off-kilter websites to pull this little tidbit of info.

Any serious gold investor never took seriously the bold claim that Apple's new phone might use up 30% of the world's gold supplies. The reality is, Apple will be watering down its gold content. It says this is so the watch is "tougher and more resistant to scratches," but the reality is this move will likely save the company lots of money on its $10,000-$17,000 watch, which will carry an operating system likely obsolete within a year. The "Edition" Model, the Apple gold watch,  will be made from custom gold alloys of rose or yellow 18-karat gold. But wait - just how much 18k gold?

Apple marketed its custom alloy as a good thing, but the gold blend which Apple's metallurgists have been cooking up come with a worrisome caveat. Apple filed a patent on a type gold which contains the least amount gold possible...Hmm...

18-karat gold is usually 75 percent gold by mass, although American jewelry producers have been known for coming in just under that by however much law permits. The remaining metal in the blend is nickel, copper, zinc and other materials.

Generally, 18-karat gold is 75 percent gold by mass, with the remaining 25 percent made of nickel, copper, zinc or other metals. Pure gold is too soft for jewelry -- and certainly for a watch -- so the other metals help make 18-karat gold more durable.

Apple needed to find a way to make its 18-karat gold extremely tough - more tough than Rolex, for some reason. Hence the patent. Its patent application outlines an 18-karat metal composite formed via blending gold and ceramic powders into a mixture that is compressed and heated.  According to the patent, the powders could comprise diamond, garnet, sapphire powder, zirconia and tungsten carbide.The blend could change depending on the color or density desired.

What's unclear is whether or not this patent describes the gold used in Apple's Edition watch. The company did not return a request for comment though in a video the company claims the Edition watch alloys include silver, copper and palladium.

Jonathon Ive, Apple designer, told the Financial Times that the molecules in Apple gold are closer together creating more hardness than standard gold. "Has Apple finally left a reality-based existence behind it?" asked Ars Technica.

Jordan Weissman of Slate suggested that the gold in Apple Edition could make up 75 percent of the mass but just 28 percent of the volume. That means a prevalence of non-gold materials in the watch.

"Apple gets to use less gold per cubic centimeter and still call it 18-karat," Weissman wrote. "It gets to stretch its gold out further than, say, Rolex would, to make a watch this size and shape."

The real story about Apple's fraudulent-esque gold has been overshadowed by talk of whether or not the watch could increase the price of gold.

"Apple may consume up to 756 metric tonnes of gold per year in the production of its new luxury Apple watch," read an e-mail from  Goldcore. "This equates to roughly one-third of gold's total annual global mine supply. May have enormous ramifications for gold market and propel prices higher."

What Goldcore might not have considered is that the gold used by Apple will be Apple gold -  a watered-down substitute. But, also, Goldcore might have based its figures off lofty sales assumptions.

Wall Street Journal reported Apple could sell as many as 1 million gold watches per month.  Speculation that there will be 2 troy ounces of gold in each watch led to some internet bloggers to posit that 750 tons of gold each year would be used in the watch line. Gold demand from the entire global jewelry industry last year was 2,153 tons, according to the World Gold Council.

Others are more skeptical about sales assumptions.

Gene Munster, an analyst at the investment bank Piper Jaffray,  estimates that watch industry leader Rolex sells 750,000 watches a year at most, far short of the 1 million per month estimates suggested for Apple. Munster conjectures that Apple will only sell 10,000 of the priciest model.

Doubtless, Apple will sell many Apple Edition's, but this is an extremely risky investment for anybody looking to take it. Are you get what you're paying for? A good question any customer should ask themselves.

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March 14, 2015

MOTHER AYAHUASCA AND LEVELING UP: THE WEEKEND VIGILANTE MARCH 14, 2015

By TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick

Hello from Acapulco Bay,

It's been a hectic few weeks!

The first and largest international anarcho-capitalist event of its type, Anarchapulco, ended two weeks ago and many people stayed afterwards so it really didn't end until about a week ago.  And then I needed three straight days of sleep to recover!

It was, by all accounts, a success.  It actually sold out, at 300 people (the maximum the room we had could hold) in the final week.  People flew in from around the world including, just to name a few, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Poland, Russia, Germany, England, Sweden, Italy, Costa Rica, Argentina and many more.  And no one was hurt or died!

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March 13, 2015

THE ART OF DISTRACTION: DON'T FALL FOR HILLARY-GATE

By TDV Chief Editor, Jeff Berwick

One of the best things about not watching television programming - and it is called programming for a reason - is that you are not constantly deluged with propaganda.

The last time I actually purposely read a newspaper was probably in 1985 and the last time I watched television programming and TV "news" was probably around 1995.  That was when the internet started coming into fruition and I was not limited to the few select newspapers or TV channels that are owned and operated by the very people who own and operate the government.

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March 12, 2015

WILL A REPEAL OF FATCA SAVE THE LIVELIHOODS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS?

By Paul Seymour, Director of TDV Offshore

There are so many topics I’d like to talk about at the moment, that I’ve had a hard time to decide which one to focus on today.  Therefore I’ve decided to try and give a few briefs on more than one current event, the topics of which I haven’t seen any one else discussing.  Excuse me if any of it is a repeat, as I obviously don’t read everything.

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March 11, 2015

HOW TO FINALLY MOVE OVERSEAS

The following post is by TDV Contributor Derrick Yazwa

Originally posted at New Life ESL

You’ve read hundreds of blog posts. You’ve watched countless hours of videos on YouTube.

You’ve stayed up until three in the morning imagining what it would be like to live overseas, obsessing about every detail of your future life.

Yet, you’re still stuck at home and haven’t made that jump that you’ve been dreaming about for so long. What is it keeping you in this position, and how can you finally make that great leap into your future?

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March 10, 2015

JEFF BERWICK ON WALL STREET FOR MAIN STREET DISCUSSING WHY THE DOLLAR COLLAPSE HASN'T HAPPENED YET

While global markets remain volatile, the predicted dollar collapse has yet to happen. Jeff Berwick addresses this.

Interviewed by Jason Burack of Wall Street for Mainstreet, Jeff discusses at length The End of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI), US government debt, Japan in money printing frenzy, Federal Reserve lunacy, Communist central banks, as well as the Mexican stock markets 400% increase.

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March 9, 2015

SWC BITCOIN POKER'S BRYAN MICON EXCLUSIVE POST RAID INTERVIEW

The following post is by Jeff Berwick

In the so-called “Land Of The Free” it is basically illegal to do everything, including online poker.

I have had a personal relationship with Bryan Micon of the bitcoin poker site, Seals With Clubs, for years.  I began playing on his site before I even knew him and was surprised when he contacted me to have me on his podcast, Donkdown Radio.  Since that time we have met up and played together in Las Vegas and he is one of the nicest people I have ever met.

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Mother Ayahuasca and Leveling Up: The Weekend Vigilante March 14, 2015

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 17:56

Hello from Acapulco Bay,

It's been a hectic few weeks!

The first and largest international anarcho-capitalist event of its type, Anarchapulco, ended two weeks ago and many people stayed afterwards so it really didn't end until about a week ago.  And then I needed three straight days of sleep to recover!

It was, by all accounts, a success.  It actually sold out, at 300 people (the maximum the room we had could hold) in the final week.  People flew in from around the world including, just to name a few, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Poland, Russia, Germany, England, Sweden, Italy, Costa Rica, Argentina and many more.  And no one was hurt or died!

It started off interestingly with one person sent back from Mexico City after he told them he was going to an anarchist conference in Acapulco.  After speaking with him, however, it seems that the main reason he was turned away was because he had booked a one way ticket and didn't really have any plans on what he was going to do in Mexico after the conference.

Illegal immigration from the US into Mexico has actually become a concern as thousands of Americans are fleeing into Mexico... and, most people don't know, but more Mexicans leave the US now than go there.  That stream of people fleeing the US will soon turn into a flood and Mexican customs people are more vigilant with Americans entering the country now.

In any case, this person had already gotten their interest and then when he said he was an anarchist they used that as the excuse to turn him away.  The reason being, in Mexico, there is an ongoing battle between people who call themselves anarchists (but are mostly just communists) and the government.

Then, the night before the conference there was quite a large protest out by the airport.  It was great timing because I had been saying that there hadn't been any protests/riots of note in months and even when there was they were very small and contained and certainly of no danger to anyone not involved.

But, unbeknownst to me, the conference was on the exact same weekend as the ATP Mexico Open tennis tournament and so many protesters tried to create a ruckus near the airport since a lot of international media was in town.

I winced thinking that the timing couldn't have been worse... to have a lot of conference attendees arrive to the airport and see police in riot gear and a large amount of protesters standing off.

But, I hadn't given enough credit to the kind of attendees we have.  One person who arrived at that time talked the police into letting him on the back of their armed pickup for a selfie... and the only person who was upset was Luke Rudkowski, of We Are Change, who was mad he didn't know about it so he could cover it for his channel!

Luke held Change Media University at Anarchapulco along with James Corbett of The Corbett Report and Dan Dicks of Press For Truth.  The trio gave all their best inside information on how to become a successful independent journalist.  It was a lot of fun, too, as you can see.

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The whole week was a lot of fun and after all the meetings and festivities after the conference died down I was exhausted.

I spent more than two days in bed and then when I was finally recharged and ready to get back to work after barely even checking my email for the prior two weeks I got the news that we had a major hack of all our sites.

It was so bad that even our email was down for nearly a week which limited my ability to even catch up on the 1,000+ emails I had to respond to.

That eventually got all fixed and it was finally this week that I had the opportunity to get fully back to work.  So, I apologize if I haven't replied to your email for the last three weeks.

MOTHER AYAHUASCA TIME

Anarchapulco was WAY more work than I thought it was going to be.  Aside from just generally overseeing it, it was pretty much non-stop meetings, lunches, dinners, parties... and that is all aside from the conference itself.

Once it was done, though, and now that I am back to my regular routine I decided it was time for some more major changes in my life.

Last year was the first year of my life that I fully realized I wasn't happy with the direction my life was going.  I was drinking way too much and after having lived a crazy life of 43 years I realized that all the travel, girls and money (which has come and gone more times than I can count) that I had experienced wasn't truly fulfilling.

I quit drinking for three months and did a lot of soul searching.  I got into yoga and meditation which really opened my eyes up to a whole new world.  The power of meditation can not be understated.

But, in recent months, due to a combination of over-working and stress I had fallen back into some of my old habits and I realized it was time for a complete system reboot.

I first got interested into what I was hearing about Ayahuasca about a year ago.  

According to many it is a medicinal plant that has amazing properties.  Not only does it heal your body and your mind but many who have experienced it say that it is something that cannot be described in words as to how it changes you.  In the words of some it is an incredible experience which shows you what you are doing wrong in your life and how to change it.  

I haven't done it, yet, so I won't say too much on it, but this banned Ted Talk by Graham Hancock can give you some insights into it.

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Just the fact that Ted Talk was banned tells me that there must be some very important information in it.

Here is one documentary I found fascinating about how Ayahuasca helps people from things such as chronic disorders to getting over past trauma, such as rape, and even ending serious addictions in addition to changing their life completely.

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I'm the kind of person who likes to try everything once.  But from what I have read about Ayahuasca I NEED to try it... and I am.

Next Saturday, in Monterrey, Mexico, I will try it for the first time.  If it is as powerful as people say then I will likely soon after head to the Amazon in Ecuador or Peru for a week to delve into it further.

Ayahuasca, from what I have seen and heard, is not something to take lightly.  You need to be prepared, in many ways, for this experience.  As example, you shouldn't drink alcohol, eat meat or have sex for a minimum of one week prior to doing it.  I've already begun with all three of those.

They say when the time is right for something like Ayahuasca you will know it.  And after meditating, which also expands your mind and makes things clearer, I know the time is right.

I know there is more to life than what I know and I am going to see if Ayahuasca holds some of those keys.

If it does then I will have leveled up in my conciouscness and awareness.  If not, then I will have probably spent an evening throwing up and screaming (common effects of Ayahuasca) in Monterrey.... hey, that's not too different than many nights I've had in the past anyway!

And, I figure that's a pretty good risk and reward.  I'll try to report back next weekend after I have done it with my initial thoughts.

Until then!

Jeff Berwick

The Art of Distraction: Don't Fall For Hillary-Gate

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:56

[The following post is by TDV Chief Editor Jeff Berwick]

One of the best things about not watching television programming - and it is called programming for a reason - is that you are not constantly deluged with propaganda.

The last time I actually purposely read a newspaper was probably in 1985 and the last time I watched television programming and TV "news" was probably around 1995.  That was when the internet started coming into fruition and I was not limited to the few select newspapers or TV channels that are owned and operated by the very people who own and operate the government.

I now only shield my eyes and look at websites like CNN when I want to see what the poor muddled masses are being subject to.

The latest "big" scandle in the mainstream media is that Hillary Clinton used her own personal email address.  Apparently, this is an issue for some strange reason.  According to her, she did that because she didn't want to have to use two different phones for email.  That was, just after a few weeks earlier, when asked her typically tough questions from mainstream TV programming asking her if she uses an "iPhone or Android".  She responded that she uses an iPhone and a Blackberry.

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Killary lying, of course, is a given.  If her lips are moving, as they say, she's either lying or drinking the blood of children.

She also deleted all 30,000 emails she sent.

This also should be no surprise.  If she isn't racketeering, having countless past friends/accomplices/employees killed or doing other evil things then she is probably plotting a criminal overthrow of a government somewhere.  Of course she isn't going to leave any evidence lying around.

But, of all the crimes she has commited in her life why is this the one that is being so publicized?

It is reminiscent of her partner-in-crime, Bill Clinton, and all of his war crimes and how the only thing that got him into real trouble was a little sex-romp with a cigar and a chubby intern.

Only in this case it is Killary who has to say, "I did not have textual relations with that server."

It is much the same with Brian Williams.  A small lie on his part about his involvement in Iraq ended up with him being the only person, since the countless terrorist attacks and occupations began in Iraq in 1990, to lose his job over a lie.

Compare that to the great lie of "weapons of mass destruction" which caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to which no one has either lost their job or been jailed.  Even before that, when asked by 60 Minutes if the death of 500,000 Iraqi children during the first Gulf War attack was worth it, demonic Madeleine Albright said that it was.

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But no one seems to notice, no one seems to care.

The real issues, according to the mainstream presstitutes, are a small Brian Williams lie, or Bill's little sexual escapade or the fact that Killary deletes her emails.

All of these things including Swine flu, Bird flu, SARS, Ebola and even, if you can believe they got people scared about it, the measles, are meant to distract the populace from the fact that they are being raped and pillaged by the US government and the Federal Reserve.

We recommend turning off your TV.

And while you are at it, turn off CNBC too, who is telling you the economy is recovering and to invest in outrageously valued dividend stocks.

In the upcoming issue of TDV Homegrown (free to TDV Basic and Premium subscribers) I go into detail on why I expect the beginning of The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI) to commence this fall.  You won't hear about it on mainstream media, of course, until after its happened.

And, you will never hear about TEOTSMAWKI on mainstream media.

You'll just hear all manner of things to keep you distracted from the dire financial/monetary/economic situation.

There is a saying, "the revolution will not be televised"... and it won't.

That's why you need to turn off your TV and find non-mainstream and non-government approved sources of information to make it through the next few years with your ass and assets in tact.

Hillary Clinton using her own personal email account should be the least of your worries.

Comments or Questions Are Welcome Here

Jeff Berwick

Will A Repeal Of FATCA Save The Livelihoods of Millions of Americans?

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:52

[The following post is by Director Of TDV Offshore, Paul Seymour]

There are so many topics I’d like to talk about at the moment, that I’ve had a hard time to decide which one to focus on today.  Therefore I’ve decided to try and give a few briefs on more than one current event, the topics of which I haven’t seen any one else discussing.  Excuse me if any of it is a repeat, as I obviously don’t read everything.

Latest on FATCA Repeal

First, I’ve seen where some of my colleagues in the internationalization world have hopped onto my FATCA philosophy bandwagon.  I’m glad to see that, as I’ll admit it was a bit lonely being the only one out there stating that FATCA can’t hold up under water over the long haul.  True, many FFI’s around the world have been bullied into at least taking steps to show “reasonable efforts” during the “transition period” until sometime in 2016 (all wording of the Treasury Department) while they’ve “eased enforcement”.  That enforcement which can’t practicably be carried out. 

However, certain brave and principled banks have held out, and are now under an extra-judiciary attack by a body which can effectively intimidate almost every intermediary bank in the world, into refusing to trade USD with such principled, and privacy-respecting FFI’s.  I can’t imagine what body has the kind of power, so we’ll just have to wonder, as they’re too cowardly to show their face, and carry out a legal process.  It’s all being done under the table, and without any due process.  We should all be supportive of Loyal Bank and BMI Offshore for their principled stance against this aggression.

Similarly, we should all be supportive of Congressman Rand Paul, who recently re-introduced a bill to repeal FATCA provisions.  Said patriot Rand; "FATCA is in complete violation of every Americans' constitutional right to privacy and adds burdensome regulations that negatively impact our economy.  It is a defective law which disregards the mutual respect of sovereignty among nations and drains money from the federal treasury, on top of discouraging overseas investment in the United States. My bill will reverse the negative aspects FATCA has on the economy, prevent the government from bulk collecting U.S. Citizen's financial data, and preserve constitutional rights for all Americans."

Why I haven’t seen this widely covered I guess isn’t such a mystery.  Everyone is too busy giving us the beltway spin about how inevitable it is, while trying to make a buck from the compliance side.  Shameless, unprincipled hacks that they are.  I’ve wondered aloud in the past if this isn’t Washington’s last desperate hopes of growing the faltering economy.  Pass endless laws which will provide jobs in the compliance and enforcement industries.  Thereby increasing the headcount of useless, but controllable government employees in the meantime.
I found two of the three comments posted after the article to be both depressing, and a bit frightening.  Here they all are:

“Rand Paul is supported by taxpayers who don't want to report their income. And this guy wants to be President! President of the few.”

Posted by: NormanMGolden | March 6, 2015 10:02 AM

“To the previous poster: This law requires the reporting, not of income, but of principal. How many domestic US citizens would be comfortable with that?”

Posted by: Expat in SE Asia | March 6, 2015 9:05 PM

“income, principle, whatever, their tax cheats who love the american dream without paying their fair share. the foreign investor enjoys life because of our armies. so be patriotic mr. paul and friends.”

Posted by: wia-nam | March 6, 2015 10:35 PM

Of course the only intelligent input came from one smart enough to have already bolted.  This article was posted in a trade journal for CPA’s.  I’m going to go out on a ledge, and predict that only geeks who have qualified for, and passed the CPA exam are subscribing.  Therefore, with university degrees, and I presume, towards the upper end on the current Ameriken scale of “educated” citizens. 

I see that things have only gotten worse since I left so many years ago.  That after realizing that the future of the country was in the hands of such people, and who vote.  Truthfully, one could have a much more intellectually stimulating discussion on politics or the economy with the average Colombian waiter, or Argentinian taxi driver.  I’m not exaggerating, unfortunately.  They’re better educated, and not so easily herded by the media, nor exposed to so much propaganda.

Bill Introduced to Further Seal Financial Escape Routes

I also came across one that made that hair stand up again.  Lawmakers Re-introduce Bill to Curb Offshore Tax Havens.  This was all under the guise of preventing huge corporations from legally capitalizing on the idiotic tax code which is currently in place.  Both I, and others, have already discussed that brain fart more than once.  Obviously the fault is with the tax code itself, which Congress created, not with those who are smart enough to read and understand it, and then get around it.  Obviously we wouldn’t want a flat tax just taking away all of that complexity which only billion-dollar corporations can afford to take advantage of.

I can’t tell for sure if they’re stupid, or if it’s a complex charade intended to fool their employers into thinking that they’re actually trying to do something useful, while maintaining the status quo is the only true objective.  Meanwhile the true objective being to bury provisions in the bill to attack the middle class, and peel away, layer by ever-reducing layer, the ability of the middle class to escape to a better place.  I fear it’s the latter.

What got me hot was what I saw buried inconspicuously in the middle of the article.  Catch this one---“Among the provisions in the bill are ones that would strengthen the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, prohibiting U.S. banks from dealing with foreign banks that violate FATCA and ensuring that credit and debit cards issued by the offending foreign banks do not work in the U.S. Any money transferred to an offshore account would be considered taxable income that has not yet been taxed.”

Can you hear that bell toll?  If you haven’t heard our warnings up to now, which people like me have been sounding repeatedly, then I think that one is loud and clear.  Your time to get out is almost gone.  Have you sent in your campaign contribution to Rand Paul yet? 

I just picked up a new client who lives in Eastern Europe, with an Eastern European wife, to move his IRA to a safe place outside the US.  She, although not a US citizen, is a US person.  The offshore SD IRA is suddenly getting very popular as these realities are hitting home with more people.

USSA’s War on Dissent

I saved the scariest for last.  Last, because my word-counter is already creeping up beyond the number of words that the average person can read while taking the average crap.  Not because there’s nothing left to whine about, and to inform you of.  I’d love to make my living just doing that, but it’s probably even more important to help those of you who finally see the light, to actually get out.  It’s like serving as a link in the Underground Railroad, and is quite satisfying.

First, I’ll say that I receive a lot of daily reading information from a relatively new industry.  That being lobbying groups who work to protect the rights of subjects, and are funded solely by voluntary contributions from those same subjects.   I know that many people which I respect highly, think that any efforts spent working with the political system are completely wasted efforts.  Doug Casey and Jeff Berwick being 2 guys who I greatly admire, and read all the time, for example.  Although I agree with 99% of what they say, I have to admit I disagree on this point.

I truly think activism works, and that it’s crucial to turning things around.  Furthermore, I think the apathy of my parents’ and grandparents’ generations is what got us here.  For example, the first step in the corporate take-over of the internet recently got thwarted by the FCC due directly to relentless pressure imposed by these relatively new lobbying groups. 

The ACLU has been doing it for a long time.  There’s nothing wrong with civil liberties, my friends, despite the propaganda against them.  It’s why the US was founded to begin with.  Campaign 4 Liberty, Ron Paul’s group, is another example.  There are quite a few at the moment, and I urge you to at very least receive their petitions, and make a few mouse clicks to sign the ones you believe in.  I also make monetary contributions, although it’s difficult with a foreign bank credit card for some reason.  Especially since I refuse to use the fascist Paypal system for reasons of principal.

I recently got an e-mail from the Center for Constitutional Rights summarizing some legal battles they’re involved in, which affect all of us freedom-loving peoples, all around the world. What happens behind the curtain, in the imperialist oligarchy, could eventually spread like cancer, and therefore many of us outside are watching with interest.

This should frighten all of you.  If it doesn’t, please unsubscribe, and go back to sleep.  CCR reported a case which I had not heretofore ever heard of. 

“We are disappointed to report that last week the judge in the case of two animal rights activists indicted on terrorism charges for allegedly releasing thousands of animals from fur farms has denied CCR’s motion to dismiss the case. The judge in U.S. v. Johnson provided one bit of comfort by interpreting the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) narrowly to prohibit causing loss to only “tangible” property, such as committing vandalism. Sadly, since animals are considered “property” under the law, saving their lives, as was alleged in this case, is still deemed “terrorism” under the judge’s interpretation. Our participation in Johnson was part of CCR’s commitment to fighting the criminalization of dissent.”

Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act???????  Did anyone else know about this?  Here’s what I found: “Passed by Congress in November 2006, the AETA is aimed at suppressing speech and advocacy by criminalizing First Amendment-protected activities such as protests, boycotts, picketing and whistleblowing. It targets animal rights activists, but includes language so broad and vague it could be used to prosecute labor activists who organize a successful boycott of Wal-Mart, or union members who picket a university cafeteria.” 

Makes me wonder what else is out there to get one tossed in a dungeon for pretending to be a free citizen of a democratic republic.

This isn’t just about radicals who stepped across the line and committed illegal acts by basically stealing other peoples’ property.  I agree that’s a crime, and the people should be punished for the crime of theft.  When a judge classifies simple thieves as “terrorists”, though, that sends a chill down my spine.  Doug Casey reported a few years ago that there were over 100 official definitions for “terrorist”.  That was before Obama signed indefinite detention into law, on New Year’s Eve 2011, after publicly, and explicitly stating that he wouldn’t.

Therefore, these radical thieves, who apparently care more about animals than about humans (let’s keep our eyes on the ball and ignore how idiotic their move was), are now subject to being flown to secret US dungeons in places like Afghanistan or Israel, or Saudi Arabia, and held and tortured for the rest of their “lives” without any right to trial, defense, or even a phone call home.  They need not even be charged with any crime.  They have been labeled by some unaccountable bureaucrat as a terrorist.  Chao, sayanara, enjoy the torture.  And you are sponsoring that with your tax dollars, and further are condoning it with your silence.

I guess that public servants just inherently know what’s best.  In these dangerous times we can’t continue trying to live up to the ideals of Jefferson and Franklin.  I mean, they lived in safe, simple times, when large tribes of natives, who took umbrage to being driven from their homes, were subject to forming war parties, and attacking in the middle of the night.  Let’s not even worry about the fact that the then most powerful nation on Earth wanted to capture and hang them as traitors.  The average life expectancy in the 1700’s was 35-40 years.  They didn’t even discover that bacteria caused disease until the late 1800’s. 

Nowadays, though, it’s really dangerous.  Yeah right.    How many people have been killed by acts of terrorism in Amerike in the past decade?  However, in the time it took me to write this article this morning, it is quite likely that a government-sponsored paramilitary has extra-judicially executed at least one subject.  Therefore, in these dangerous times, modern day Amerikens can’t be expected to waste time with all of that trite, historical, due process nonsense.   Innocent until proven guilty?  What a rash of idealistic bull shit.  Throw ‘em in the dungeon, and bring me the rack.

It truly is time to internationalize.  At this point one could easily make a case that it’s for your own safety, and the safety of your family.  Contact Chris Martin at cmartin@tdvmedia.com to get started on a crucial aspect, which is citizenship in a free country. That takes some time, and some money, as the US government goes after nations which try to offer affordable means of gaining citizenship. 

I’ve been reminded recently by a reader about the USG attack on a relatively affordable and easy to obtain citizenship program in South America, via undercover agents employing smear campaigns with inaccurate data, and control of the mass media.  I wonder why the USG doesn’t want its subjects to be able to leave freely?  Aren’t American citizens able to live wherever they want to anymore?  We continue to stay on top of all opportunities in this dynamic arena, though.

Simultaneously, you should contact me at pseymour@tdvoffshore.com to move some assets offshore immediately.  That will not only afford you protection from confiscation without due process, but also the ability to protect yourself from declining currency values in your home country, and increase investment earnings with access to more markets, investing opportunities, and currencies.  It is also quick and affordable.

Hasta la próxima muchachos.

[For more information, contact TDV Offshore]

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Paul worked for several years with Big 4 CPA firms in both the US and Saudi Arabia, and then spent many years as a multi-national corporate Controller and CFO in places like Florida, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, and Medellín. In his second, more free life, he has found a natural home in the offshore industry following almost 2 decades as a permanent expat from the former America.

How To Finally Move Overseas

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 05:04

[The following post is by TDV Contributor Derrick Yazwa]

Originally posted at New Life ESL

You’ve read hundreds of blog posts. You’ve watched countless hours of videos on YouTube.

You’ve stayed up until three in the morning imagining what it would be like to live overseas, obsessing about every detail of your future life.

Yet, you’re still stuck at home and haven’t made that jump that you’ve been dreaming about for so long. What is it keeping you in this position, and how can you finally make that great leap into your future?

I used to be in this same position before I first moved to Asia nearly three years ago. In fact, I had wanted to leave the States for over two years before I finally made it happen.

I had many doubts along the way and wanted to give up on the dream many times, but now that I’m over here, I couldn’t possibly think of any decision in my life that was nearly as good as the one to become an expat and explore this big, beautiful world of ours.

But I don’t have to sell you on how awesome living in Asia is, you’ve already been dreaming about it. So instead, let’s focus on how you can take it from a dream to reality.

Get Real (Make The Decision)

The first step to making anything happen in life is to decide that you’re going to make it happen. You need to have the right mindset as you go along the path of getting yourself overseas. Without the right mindset, you’re not likely to make it out of your hometown in the first place.

Make the decision in your mind that you’re moving overseas. You’re going to go to China and teach English. You’re going to learn a new language and have experiences that your friends will never obtain living their boring lives back in your hometown. You’re going to be different.

Don’t think of this as something that you’d like to do. Think of it is something that you’re already in the process of doing. You’re moving overseas. You’re becoming an expat. When you have full belief in this idea, you’ll be able to power through all the steps that you need to do in order to get overseas without giving up.

Shout It Far And Wide!

Once you’ve made the decision, you want to make it known. Tell your friends and family about your plans. If you have a blog, write about it on your blog.

Get other people involved in the process. Ask other people about their experiences living overseas. Get involved in online communities of expats and teachers. Make new connections.

This serves a few purposes. First, it will help reinforce the idea that you’re really doing this. When you state your intentions out loud to your friends and family members, you’ll gain even more confidence in yourself and be even more sure of the decision you’ve made.

In addition, you’ll also have your friends and family members constantly asking you about your plans and how the process is going while you’re getting things ready to go overseas.

This will keep you motivated and excited and never allow you to forget about what you’re working towards accomplishing – even if you hit some bumps along the way and get frustrated.

Learn How To Use Fear

Fear can be a great motivator, or your worst enemy. It all depends on whether you know how to properly deal with fear – of if you allow fear to rule you and determine the outcome of your life instead.

Fear is probably the single thing that keeps the most people from reaching their dreams and goals. Fear has certainly kept me from doing many things I’ve wanted to do in the past. But I’ve since learned how to use fear to improve my life, rather than keep me from my full potential.

Since fear is a biological response, and we’re never going to get rid of it, here’s how to use it.

Run towards the things you’re afraid of doing. The fear is telling you something. We’re often most afraid of the things in our life that we know could drastically change things around for us – most of the time for the better. We’re afraid of our own success. We’re afraid of what might happen if we fail. We create all kinds of stories in our head about how the future might turn out, even though we really don’t know.

A good trick is to sit and meditate on the worst thing that could possibly happen if you go in any one particular direction. For example, when thinking about moving overseas, what happens if it goes wrong and you have to leave? You may have to borrow some money, move back home, and live with your parents for awhile while you get back on your feet. Is that really so bad?

Keep in mind that the worst thing you can possibly imagine happening rarely happens. In fact, you’re much more likely to instead move overseas, have an awesome job, make great friends from all over the world, learn a new language, and totally own the boss level on the game called life.

Again, mindset is everything. Embrace fear. Move forward.

Save That Cash

Now that you’ve got your mindset correct, it’s time to take care of logistics. When you go overseas, you’ve got to make sure that you have enough money to make it work.

You’re going to need to get a flight ticket, buy travel insurance if you want it, buy any electronics or other items that you want to take along with you, and you’ll need to have money for all the other little things that pop up along the way.

If you’re going to come teach English in China, you’ll often be lucky enough to have a free apartment with your contract, so you may not need that much cash when you arrive. However, it’s always best to have as much saved up as you can – it feels great to be financially stable when you move overseas. Remember that you’ll often experience some stress acclimating to life in a new country, so it’s a good idea to not have to stress about money as well.

When I originally decided to move to Bangkok nearly four years ago, I decided I wanted to save up a lot of money, and I created a budget to make it happen. You should make a budget as well.

The first thing I did was decide that I was going to save half of each paycheck that I got. I then decided that I was going to move out of a house I was sharing with a good friend in Phoenix and move into a small and cheap studio so that I could save more money.

I got rid of my cable, I lowered the package on my cell phone bill. I started freelancing

I took on extra hours at work. I cooked all my meals at home. I only went out a few nights a week.

These are all sacrifices, but they’re easy sacrifices to make if you keep the end goal in your mind. Remember, you’ve already decided you’re moving overseas, so saving up the money is just one more thing to check off your list. Would you rather go out and eat a pizza tonight, or get that much closer to seeing the amazing skyline of Beijing with your own eyes? Pretty obvious decision right?

Take Care Of Business!

It’s so easy to get caught up in romanticizing about your new life overseas that you might forget there’s a lot of logistics to take care of. It’s so much easier to take care of these things when you’re back in your home country. Again, we want to eliminate as much stress as possible at all times.

You’ll want to first make sure that you’ve got your passport. You’ll need this to leave the country and in order to get a work visa to come and start teaching in China.

You’ll then want to decide what you’re going to do with all your stuff when you leave. When I moved to Thailand, I decided that I was going to sell or give away most of my stuff, and I still store some stuff that I didn’t want to get rid of at my parents’ houses.

Depending on your situation, decide what works best for you. Own your own house? Maybe you can rent it out furnished and make some extra money to help you out with the new life overseas.

It’s so much easier when you pack light, so don’t bring much but the essentials with you. I’ve traveled before with too much luggage, and it definitely takes the enjoyment level down a few notches.

Call your bank(s) and make sure they’re aware that you’re going to be living overseas. The last thing you want is getting to a new country and not having access to any money.

You’ll be able to open your own bank account in China when you start living and working there, but it’s definitely a good idea to keep an account back in your home country as well.

Get a VPN set up so that you have reliable and consistent access to the internet and all the sites that you’re used to using. Get any items that you want to bring on the journey that you have’t gotten yet.

Most importantly, buy your ticket. Make it nonrefundable. This makes it so much more real and you’ll feel like you’re finally over the hump and ready to quit dreaming and start living.

Get On That Plane

You’ve done it. You had the dream, you planned out how to make it a reality, and now you’re at the airport ready to get on that plane to China.

This is where the fun begins. You’ve already done all the hard work.

Come to China with an open mind and a desire to learn and have new experiences. This is your time to discover so much about yourself and others.

Once you’ve found the courage and discovered the tools to make this dream a success, you’ll be able to duplicate the same process in the future with any other goals you want to make happen.

Are you ready to make a real change in your life? The decision is yours.

Should you choose to accept this challenge, there’s a big world out there waiting for you.

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Derrick Yazwa is an American born expat currently residing in Bangkok. He is an entrepreneur focused on helping other people from around the world get to live out their dreams of moving overseas through his role as the Co-Founder and Director of Business Development at New Life ESL.

Jeff Berwick on Wall Street for Main Street Discussing Why The Dollar Collapse Hasn't Happened Yet

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 05:27

While global markets remain volatile, the predicted dollar collapse has yet to happen. Jeff Berwick addresses this.

Interviewed by Jason Burack of Wall Street for Mainstreet, Jeff discusses at length The End of The Monetary System As We Know It (TEOTMSAWKI), US government debt, Japan in money printing frenzy, Federal Reserve lunacy, Communist central banks, as well as the Mexican stock markets 400% increase.

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SwC Bitcoin Poker's Bryan Micon Exclusive Post Raid Interview

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 14:27

[The following post is by TDV Contributor, Jeff Berwick]

In the so-called “Land Of The Free” it is basically illegal to do everything, including online poker.

I have had a personal relationship with Bryan Micon of the bitcoin poker site, Seals With Clubs, for years.  I began playing on his site before I even knew him and was surprised when he contacted me to have me on his podcast, Donkdown Radio.  Since that time we have met up and played together in Las Vegas and he is one of the nicest people I have ever met.

Then, this happened.

On February 11th, the Nevada Gaming Control Board raided Seals With Club chairman Bryan Micon’s house due to his involvement with the bitcoin poker site. Agents burst through the door armed to the teeth, knowing full well a baby lived inside, and Micon was handcuffed and escorted outside in his undergarments.

The agents who raided his home stole his laptops and other electronic equipment. Micon had guns pointed in his face.

“I’m a victim of the unfortunate systemic police state that has taken over the United States… I was charged with no crime, yet armed men broke down my door, pointed many guns at me – of course, traumatized my family – and then proceeded to steal all of my good electronics.”

You can view Brian's very passionate statement to the internet after the raid below:

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The Dollar Vigilante spoke with him about his recent situation, his plan and the future of online gambling. 

TDV: A raid upon you was conducted by the Nevada Gaming Commission(NGC) and armed police at your home. Are US citizens now safer because of the quick action of the NGC and police?

BM: Of course the rest of the humans are no safer after the latest military-style raid on a non-violent USA citizen in good standing. In fact, many are much less safe now, specifically anyone working on bleeding edge bitcoin gambling technology. Also it wasn't very quick. I've been the marketing guy & site pro for SealsWithClubs since 2011. For the last three years, I played the WSOP decked out in SealsWithClubs logos. I keep an open door policy with my email inbox. Mind-boggling that the contact method chosen to discuss this matter with me was “military-style raid.”

TDV: What kind of underwear were you wearing when the agents led you away from your home in merely your underwear?

BM: As a matter of pure coincidence (it's about 3 weeks after the ordeal) I am wearing similar underwear currently. (I spend a lot of time around the house with my wife & kid, and yeah, I'm frequently wearing only underwear) They are Tommy Hilfiger, but I'm not some wigger bangin' screw and buying diamond grills.  My wife buys me high quality underwear that she finds at cheap prices, usually in bulk.  Then I have a grip of underwear for a while.  The wife is great btw.  Frugal, beautiful, smart, funny, had my baby.  Really hit the jackpot all in all.  So yeah, I was wearing these Tommy underwear outside my front fucking door with my neighbors certainly already outside BECAUSE MY DOOR WAS JUST BROKE DOWN WITH A SLEDGEHAMMER.  

Do we live in 1992 LA again?  They are breaking down doors for non-violent drug crimes again?  Is Nancy Reagan going to ride along during the next bitcoin baron bust? It is important to note I was also in handcuffs.  Mostly naked, in handcuffs, in my front lawn, I was positively euphoric.  I had just had 3+ guns pointed at me (I'm pretty sure the number was 5, but in the re-occurring nightmare I keep having of the lead guy pointing his gun at me, there are like 2 support guns behind him, then after that it's fuzzy, but after gun 1 is pointed at you then gun 2 is not that big of a concern, 3 is noticeable because you are thinking “fuck that's now officially *a lot* of guns pointed at me” so the actual number is mostly irrelevant.) but I'm euphoric standing out in my front lawn with my neighbors looking at me because now it's so much less likely I'm about to die.  The guns were all put away at this point, and sure I'm handcuffed like an asshole in my fucking underwear standing outside my front fucking door at 8ish am, but at least they aren't pointing guns at you anymore!  Huge step up.

TDV: Were you charged with anything?

BM: Nope.  Free man.  They were serving a search warrant.  In 2015 Nevada, USA, a search warrant is served so hard they march you around in your undies.

TDV: Seals With Clubs Relaunched Under SwCPoker on March 1. What led to this decision?

Only a few different things in my life have every really “grabbed me.”   Golden Tee, Poker, My wife Martha, Bitcoin, my daughter Anna, and FPV quadcopters.  The bitcoin poker community screamed at me to bring it back.  They need a place to play bitcoin poker that they know the owner won't steal from them or cheat them. And he'll charge a low rake and build the games they want to play.  So many humans reached out offering support from all over the world, it was clear that there was no quit here, I must continue for both the players and so I can foster a “Bitcoin silicon valley” area somewhere in the world and then roll that bitcoin wealth into clean energy research so we can get off the diesel dick.

TDV: How did the launch go? Are you excited about the future of SWCPoker?

BM: I have never been more excited about any project ever. There are 133 players online as we speak and we've been peaking at over 200 players at night. This is an amazing start for the brand. Once we build our systems out, and we'll continue to go fast, we are going to take over a small slice of the online poker world. (A small slice would be a huge win IMO. We are going to get many times bigger in size within the next 6 months)

TDV: You have moved to Antigua. Why?

BM: Not moved, I have a 12 month lease and I'm considering all options for where, if anywhere, to base SwC Poker.I'm just chillin' in Antigua for a year.  I initially booked this trip months ago, as my wife and baby love the beach, there is 4g LTE coverage on all of said beaches, and I kind of wanted to play Pokerstars while I helped market SealsWithClubs :)  The business development team is working on many different options, but after being on-island for a month, man, I'd love to base operations here, drone the beaches, and set up many different bitcoin gambling companies to do the same.  The locals here have a long history of working for online gambling companies, dating back to the 90's.  It's been awesome so far but there are many things to consider before making big changes.  I'm just going to relax for a month or two with the family and handle SwC Poker emails from the beach.

TDV: What kind of world would you want your daughter to live in?

BM: One where she heads a think-tank on clean energy that I bankrolled and uses her brilliance and beauty to further the message of Bitcoin and clean energy research.  Ideally she would develop some super-cheap 3d-printable from corn solar source that would destroy the oil sector and humanity would properly wield the electron like I know we are destined to do.  

TDV: How is Antigua?

BM: It's brilliant.  Simply brilliant.

TDV: You are pursuing a gambling license in Antigua? What led to this decision?

BM: Exploring all options, Antigua is on the shortlist.  

TDV: Why is protecting the right to gamble so important?

BM: Poker, especially SwC Poker / Seals before that is an exceptionally social game. The players that are online right now (now 145 connected) can participate in an uncensored chat with other players from all around the globe. The community built over the last 3+ years at Seals is alive and well at SwC Poker. It is a human urge to gamble with each other. We are social animals. 1000's of years ago, humans liked to gamble. A percentage of gamblers are problem gamblers. A percentage of drinkers are problem drinkers. This doesn't mean we shouldn't make beer.

TDV: Why do you do your podcast despite running a successful poker site?

BM: I dunno, Donkdown is pretty stupid.  May close it eventually but I just like podcasting once per week.  I think i do it instead of therapy.

TDV: Is there anything else you feel is important?

BM: Bitcoin is going to change the world.  If you don't know about it, start googling now plz k thnkz.

In closing, I had warned Bryan numerous times that living in the USSA and trying to operate on online bitcoin poker business is a very dangerous affair.  Unfortunately he did not listen but now he knows.  We wish him the best of luck with his new bitcoin poker venture and his new life in Antigua where he should be much safer and freer.

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Jeff Berwick

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