The United Nations monitor on poverty and human rights has issued a devastating report on the condition of America, accusing Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress of attempting to turn the country into the “world champion of extreme inequality”.
via Zero Hedge – Another dip to be bought as the weekend’s pump’n’dump in Bitcoin has led to yet another new record high this morning at $11,850.
Bitcoin’s market cap is now $200 billion…
This resurgence comes after a week of considerably more active propagandizing from the establishment.
As we noted previously, this week has seen a new group of establishmentarians jump on to the offensive against anti-decentralization, de-control, pro-freedom cryptocurrencies – urging bans, crackdowns, fatwas, taxation, creating their own cryptocurrencies, demanding citizens sell, and outright confiscation (this group includes governments world wide and their mainstream media mouthpieces)…
CBOE Global Markets said on Monday it would begin trading its bitcoin futures contracts, known as XBT futures, next Monday, and will offer free trading for the rest of the month to help draw in traders and create a market. Both the CBOE and its crosstown rival, CME Group, received permission last week from the CFTC to launch bitcoin derivatives as they go head-to-head in a battle to determine which exchange will come to dominate the market for bitcoin-linked derivatives, the Financial Times reported. CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange, won’t launch its set of bitcoin derivatives until the following Monday.
Both exchanges are hoping that rising interest in the controversial cryptocurrency from Wall Street traders will in turn help drive demand for its new derivative products. A flood of interest has gripped the digital currency community as Bitcoin’s value has ballooned this year, at one point climbing 1,100%: Early on Monday, the digital currency rose to an all-time high just shy of $12,000 a coin – nearly six times its level from early April.
Many institutional investors have been eager to trade bitcoin, but are waiting for a more widely recognized, regulated market. Shares in both CME and CBOE have risen 9% since the end of October as they have firmed up their plans.
Ed Tilly, chief executive of CBOE, said there is “unprecedented” interest in bitcoin.
May 1st & 2nd, 2017 – via The Daily Coin – by Rory – On April 11th, the CME and England’s Royal Mint announced that they were testing a blockchain-based platform for trading gold. The product to be traded is a new crypto-coin called, Royal Mint Gold (“RMG”). The token will be issued by the Royal Mint and will represent the digitized version of 1 gram of gold. The gold will be stored in the Royal Mint’s vaults.
This news announcement, which was reported by The Daily Coin “CryptoGold and Thieving Banksters” certainly caught our attention. The fact that the CME is involved is enough to shine the light of truth on precious metals trading and ownership. This is because the concept of a “new alternative way to trade gold” is an extension of the “fractional gold and silver bullion market” that is driven by the paper derivative precious metals products traded on the Comex and the LBMA.
The truth is that this new “blockchain-based” technology is nothing more than a mechanism to divert investor money away from taking delivery of actual physical gold and silver in the form of Royal Mint bullion coins and LBMA bars, thereby removing the availability of physical gold and silver that can be used for hypothecation. Furthermore, the new product is an extension of the institutional-level fractional bullion system that utilizes Comex/LBMA paper gold and silver contracts in order to fabricate the illusion that the buyers of those contracts have purchased legal ownership the underlying bullion bars. Below is an excerpt from the Royal Mint’s website which promotes the new concept:
via Activist Post by Darius Shahtahmasebi – As Israel prepares for yet another war directly on its border, the truth about Israel’s vast military capabilities has been largely absent in the corporate media.
However, if one were to be fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to be able to travel to Israel’s border with Syria in the north and the Gaza strip in the south, they might see what looks more or less like a scene from RoboCop.
Israel is the first country in the world to use unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to not only patrol its borders but also to replace soldiers on missions, as well. The new Border Patroller model can be armed with remote-controlled weapons, reconnaissance means, and additional components that cannot be fitted on the traditional Guardium model it had been using for years prior.
The robot is also able to patrol underground and gather information for units that are present on the surface. For example, it can help soldiers avoid booby-trapped tunnels.
These robots can be given pre-designated routes for their patrol, making them more or less autonomous.
A massive sting targeting society’s worst, who prey on children, ensared scores of people including a police officer, postal worker, and a teacher.
via The Free Thought Project – Trenton, NJ — Scores of people were arrested this week in a multi-agency sting that targeted child predators. “Operation Safety Net” was led by the New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and took down 79 predators, some of whom were attempting to purchase children as young as 4-years-old for sex.
Setting this sting apart from the multiple other stings throughout the country is the fact that it concentrated solely on children instead of simply busting willing adults paying for consensual sex.
Over the next 13 years, the rising tide of automation will force as many as 70 million workers in the United States to find another way to make money, a new study from the global consultancy McKinsey predicts.
That means nearly a third of the American workforce could face the need to pick up new skills or enter different fields in the near future, said the report’s co-author, Michael Chui, a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute who studies business and economics.
“We believe that everyone will need to do retraining over time,” he said.
The shift could displace people at every stage of their career, Chui said.
via Daily Star – AN AI programme is attempting to become the first ever virtual politician in the world.
“Unlike a human politician, I consider everyone’s position, without bias, when making decisions” –Sam
Intelligent AI is sweeping the globe, with predictions a third of the US workforce could be replaced by AI in the near future.
Tech experts such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have warned that intelligent AI is the greatest risk to the future of humanity.
But despite this, AI could now be set to move into politics.
via Activist Post – Courts in both Florida and Michigan have admitted that the dangerous early-morning raids conducted by SWAT teams searching for cannabis were completely unwarranted, and the overeager actions of the officers involved made their searches illegal.
In one case in Florida, Collier County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the home of Juan Falcon before 7 a.m. and within 20 seconds of knocking on the front door and announcing themselves, they broke down the door with a battering ram and threw two flash bang grenades inside the house. As a report from Reason noted, the purpose of the raid was to gain access to two dozen cannabis plants that were reportedly growing in Falcon’s backyard.
In this all new Project Veritas video, two Washington Post employees are caught on hidden camera expressing their biases and acknowledging that the Trump-Russia collusion. O’Keefe also takes a swing at The Washington Post, saying “The media wants me to kneel down and apologize. I will not.”
via PRI – If you’ve followed the War on Terror at all, you’re almost certainly familiar with the US detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — a US prison that exists outside the realm of the US justice system.
Now, it turns out, there’s a secret US detention system in the War on Drugs, too — and this one is aboard US Coast Guard cutters sailing in the Pacific Ocean.
In an effort to staunch the flow of cocaine and other hard drugs from South America to Central America and points north, Coast Guard cutters have been deployed farther and farther from the shore in the Pacific Ocean. When these cutters capture a boat carrying drugs, the smugglers are brought onto the ships and kept shackled to the deck, sometimes outside in the elements, until the Coast Guard makes arrangements for them to be transported back to the US for trial.
But this isn’t a wait of just a few hours or days. Often, these waits can last weeks or months, according to new reporting from The New York Times. Coast Guard officials say they can do this because the drug smugglers aren’t under arrest until they reach US shores, but some of the worst cases are drawing criticism even from Coast Guard officials.
”[T]here is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan,” Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement.
Bensouda has been pushing for high ranking military officials to be prosecuted since November of last year when she released a report about evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan.
In the report, Bensouda wrote that there is “a reasonable basis to believe the war crimes of torture and ill-treatment had been committed by US military forces deployed to Afghanistan and in secret detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency, principally in the 2003-2004 period, although allegedly continuing in some cases until 2014.”
Via ZeroHedge – Following intense pressure from Irish MPs, including some within her own party, RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster, is reporting that Deputy Prime Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, has stepped down ahead of a no-confidence votewhich was scheduled for 8.00pm tonight in the Irish Parliament. A successful no-confidence vote would have brought down Ireland’s minority government at a critical moment in the ongoing Brexit discussions.
Fitzgerald’s position had become untenable following the release of a cache of emails which suggested that she knew more about legal efforts to discredit a police whistle blower than it had earlier appeared. Fitzgerald said repeatedly that she did nothing wrong and some of her colleagues in the ruling centre-right Fine Gael party had continued to defend her publicly. As Bloomberg notes.
“On the Holmes Front, with Frank Holmes”
Hundreds of military officials – including some of the highest-ranking brass in the Navy – are accused of helping a shadowy Asian merchant fleece Uncle Sam for tens of millions of dollars… and you probably haven’t heard a peep about it.
It’s called the “Fat Leonard” scandal, and the investigation into bribes and corruption one of the biggest in U.S. military history. The Navy has investigated 440 people, including 60 admirals, for possibly taking bribes in exchange for phony government contracts and sweetheart deals.
That means the Navy suspects that up to one-third of all its admirals were on-the-take from a foreign agent.
“Fat Leonard” is Leonard Glenn Francis – a 6’3”, 360-pound Malaysian businessman who makes his money servicing naval vessels in the Pacific.