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Bolivia’s Evo Morales declares ‘total independence’ from World Bank & IMF | (Verborgen) nieuws

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Bolivia’s Evo Morales declares ‘total independence’ from World Bank & IMF | (Verborgen) nieuws

(Telesurtv) Since 2006, a year after Morales came to power, social spending on health, education, and poverty programs has increased by over 45 percent

Bolivia’s Evo Morales declares ‘total independence’ from World Bank & IMF | (Verborgen) nieuws


Magnesium verbetert depressie binnen twee weken | Gezondheid

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Magnesium verbetert depressie binnen twee weken | Gezondheid

(Goed nieuws krant) Magnesium is een anti-ontstekingsstof voor het brein, en verbetert om die reden depressie

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Earth compared to the rest of the universe – Amazing graphic presentation | Spiritualiteit | Wetenschap

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Earth compared to the rest of the universe – Amazing graphic presentation | Spiritualiteit | Wetenschap

(Wise Wanderer) There are more stars in our Universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth

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Amsterdam: dom, achterlijk en naïef

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Amsterdam: dom, achterlijk en naïef

Door gastauteur Prof. dr. David Pinto Volgens D66 wethouder Kukenheim ‘past rebelsheid Amsterdam als een handschoen’. Kukenheim sprak in februari 2017 over zo’n staatsvorm toen ze spreker was op de nieuwjaarsreceptie van het slavernij-instituut Ninsee in Amsterdam. De wethouder hield…

Amsterdam: dom, achterlijk en naïef


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Facial Recognition ID Begins to Spread from Planes to Trains

Jul 31st 2017, 21:41, by Activist Post

By Nicholas West

The march continues to accelerate toward a future of biometric ID for all travel.

Regular readers might know that over the past several months I’ve been covering some disturbing developments at airports in the U.S. and internationally that seem to show an acceleration of the plan to use biometric identification in a variety of ways.

On May 19th I reported on a new program initiated by Delta Airlines at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to have automated baggage kiosks for “priority customers” that will first scan a traveler’s passport, then their face in order to match identity to checked luggage. It was promoted as a “pilot program” that Delta launched to seek customer feedback in the hope that it could be rolled out more widely in the future. That program has now entered phase 2 at Reagan National Airport with biometric boarding passes for rewards members.

JetBlue stated they will “test facial- and fingerprint-recognition technology at two U.S. airports to replace boarding passes, building on industry efforts to increase security and ease passage through airports.”

These stories were smaller pieces to a larger puzzle that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is attempting to solve per federal mandate. CBP announced on June 15th that they would integrate government databases with a private company to speed up biometric processing.

Moreover, the Department of Homeland Security has made it clear that biometric ID will eventually be mandatory for foreign travel, saying that “the only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling.” That’s right, no opt-out, just stay home.

OK, so no worries – airline travel sucks these days anyway, right? And most people probably can’t even afford it. Well, like every method of incremental control, it doesn’t stop where it begins; it just keeps gaining speed as it heads down the proverbial slippery slope.

So here we go – the BBC is reporting on “How facial recognition could replace train tickets.”

A facial recognition system designed to replace the need for tickets on trains is being tested in the UK.

An early version that uses two near-infrared lights to help a single camera determine texture and orientation of each pixel it captures was shown to BBC Click.

The system, being developed by the Bristol Robotics Lab, is being partly funded by government and the private sector.

Researchers told the programme that they believe it will successfully identify passengers without the need for them to stop walking and could replace ticket gates.

The video below covers additional details of the plan which could be implemented across the UK as soon as 2020.

Clearly airports were never meant to be the final destination. Facial recognition technology already has spread out into public spaces for data collection, primarily for targeted advertising, but also for determining political views. Russia has a pilot program underway in Moscow where their 150,000 CCTV cameras are being retrofitted with new facial recognition technology that can even read emotions in an effort to establish a pre-crime policing system.

Step by step, people are being transformed into digital organisms made easier for scanning and processing. The political will is there, the databases exist, and the technology is clearly being rolled out across every meaningful area of human activity.

Nicholas West writes for He also writes for Counter Markets agorist newsletter. Follow us at Twitter and Steemit.

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Preparing to Barter and Trade With Precious Metals Is NOT a Loony Idea

Jul 31st 2017, 17:54, by Activist Post

By Clint Siegner

Let’s start with this fact; fiat (paper) currencies die – often spectacularly. That is why precious metals may someday be needed for barter and trade. Anyone who thinks it is silly to worry about such a thing is putting blind faith in Federal Reserve Notes.

The U.S. dollar is having a great run, no question. It will soon be 50 years since Nixon closed the gold window, thereby converting the dollar to a purely fiat currency. Five decades is longer than most purely fiat currencies survive.

Humans carry a normalcy bias. That helps explain why so many assume the unbacked Federal Reserve Note, which has served so long as our currency, will continue to serve in the future.

If you test that assumption, it quickly gets hard to defend.

Point to the exponential growth in U.S. debt, the unrestrained government spending throughout both Republican and Democratic administrations, and the extraordinary monetary policies of the Fed (particularly in the past decade) and reasonable people should acknowledge that the reign of “king dollar” is unlikely to last forever.

Most people don’t know the first thing about the dark history of fiat currencies around the world. Governments use them to borrow and print without limits. Suffer no delusions – fiat currencies were invented for precisely that purpose. The gold in the treasury has never been sufficient for the wars, social programs, and graft which are the hallmarks of a growing government.

America is no exception. Nixon slammed the gold window shut because nations – France in particular – saw the U.S. spending beyond its means and devaluing the dollar. So our trading partners began swapping dollars for bullion. In order to stop the hemorrhaging of U.S. gold reserves, Nixon reneged on the commitment to redeem Federal Reserve Notes in gold.

Honest money in the form of gold, or currency redeemable in gold, imposes restraints that no expansionist government can abide – ours included.

The chart showing the growth of our national debt since Nixon broke the last remaining tie between the dollar and gold is hard to refute.

Federal Debt: Total Public Debt

Whether or not the federal government can be trusted to make good on its commitments over time is a serious question.

It would be silly not to prepare for a collapse in confidence, and, by extension, a collapse in the dollar. And nobody should wait. Currency crises through history catch most people by surprise, then it is too late to prepare.

Governments are like the Ernest Hemingway character:

“How did you go bankrupt?”

“Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”

History is full of nations and currencies rolling slowly downhill for awhile, then plummeting over the cliff.

You can show naysayers a picture of the recent hyperinflation in Venezuela:

Venezuela Inflation Rate

Venezuelans who entered 2016 with all of their savings in bolivars probably didn’t know it, but they were in serious trouble. Within weeks they would be searching for scarce food with nothing to exchange but devalued banknotes – slips of paper which merchants suddenly loathed.

The above chart is based on “official” data from the Venezuelan central bank. The reality is even worse.

Grocers can’t keep enough food on the shelves because suppliers don’t want bolivars. Instead, much of the food is bought and sold in black and grey markets where people offer something more compelling in exchange.

Once lost, it is extraordinarily hard to restore confidence.

The Venezuelan government, and their bolivar, are struggling to maintain any sort of legitimacy. Total collapse is all but assured.

Granted, the USA is not Venezuela. Our dollar is the world’s reserve currency and the U.S. is much larger and wealthier than that South American nation. But much of the difference boils down to scale and timing. Venezuela is simply ahead of the U.S. on the same road to national bankruptcy.

Absent a course correction, there is little reason to think we won’t arrive at the same destination – hyperinflation and disorder.

It is possible America can make reforms before it is too late. But even those who are optimistic about President Trump enacting change for the better, must admit it is very unlikely that he will ever get Congress to cooperate. And it is that august body which is responsible for spending and debt.

Federal debt and entitlement obligations have kept growing, regardless of which party is in control.

If the U.S. returns to honest money and limited government BEFORE a crisis, it may be the first nation in history to do so. Anybody who doesn’t like those odds would be wise to hold some gold and silver for a handful of good reasons. Having something to barter with is certainly one of them.

Clint Siegner is a Director at Money Metals Exchange, the national precious metals company named 2015 “Dealer of the Year” in the United States by an independent global ratings group. A graduate of Linfield College in Oregon, Siegner puts his experience in business management along with his passion for personal liberty, limited government, and honest money into the development of Money Metals’ brand and reach. This includes writing extensively on the bullion markets and their intersection with policy and world affairs.


Forbes Says Self-Reliant Homesteaders Are “Delusional” and “Mooching” Off “Civil Society”

Jul 31st 2017, 16:29, by Activist Post

By Daisy Luther

It’s always interesting reading when someone smug and sanctimonious writes a clueless diatribe about another group of people being smug and sanctimonious. So when I saw that an economist for Moody’s and Forbes had written an op-ed calling self-reliant homesteaders “delusional,” I knew I’d be in for some misinformed hilarity.

The article, entitled, “Dear Homesteaders, Self-Reliance Is a Delusion” was published a couple of days ago on the Forbes website. You’ll be forewarned that the article won’t be deep in the first paragraph, when the author presents his claim to knowledge about self-reliant living comes from the fact that he is “a big fan of shows about doomsday preppers, homesteaders, survivalists, generally people who live off the grid.”

And the well-informed opinion of this arbiter of self-reliance?

…there’s a central delusion in these shows that is never far from my mind when I’m watching these shows: off the grid people are not self-reliant, but instead are mooching off of the civil society, government, and safety net the rest of us contribute to…

The people in these shows often describe a very romantic vision of the lives they have chosen the ethos underlying it. They describe themselves as fully self-reliant, and criticize the rest of society as being dependent and lacking in this self-reliance. It is morally superior, the story goes, to provide for yourself, take care of your own needs, and often, be prepared to survive if society collapses.

First, let me segue a little bit and tell you about the author. According to his bio on

Adam Ozimek is an associate director and senior economist in the West Chester office of Moody’s Analytics. Adam covers state and regional economies, as well U.S. labor markets and demographics. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics, Adam was Senior Economist and Director of Research for Econsult Solutions, an economics consulting company. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Temple University and his bachelor’s degree in economics from West Chester University.

So, based on this, I’m going to guess that homesteading and off-grid living aren’t his jam. I mean, he might head down to the Westtown Amish Market there in Pennsylvania, but I’d be willing to place money on that being his closest brush with any real, live, self-reliant homesteaders.

His ill-conceived argument seems to be mostly focused on health care. He is baffled about what will happen if a homesteader becomes ill or gets injured.

On Live Free Or Die, a man in his mid sixties named Colbert lives in the Georgia swamps alone….I always wonder what will happen if he slips and falls, and can no longer provide for himself. He’ll likely end up receiving hospital treatment paid for with Medicare, and perhaps end up in an assisted living center paid for by Medicare as well.


Another example from Live Free or Die is Tony and Amelia, a couple who live on a simple, off-the-grid homestead in North Carolina. When I watch them I wonder what would happen if one became extremely sick, and simple, off-the-grid home medicine couldn’t treat them. Would they say “we’ve chosen our fate, and now we die by it”, or would they seek treatment in a hospital they couldn’t afford which would be covered by the hospital’s charity care or perhaps Medicaid?

One thing that Dr. Ozimek is missing is the fact that most homesteaders are tax-paying citizens. Does he think that living on a homestead exempts one from property taxes? Does he suppose that their vehicles don’t have license plates or that their fuel is purchased without the requisite state gasoline tax? Or that maybe they have some special card that lets them buy things like feed without paying sales tax? Perhaps homesteading equipment like tractors and tools and off-grid appliances are likewise purchased without any gain to “society.”

As well, he’s under the assumption, based on his vast body of knowledge gleaned from watching TV, that self-reliant homesteaders don’t make any money or have any insurance. I know homesteaders who are retirees from other jobs who have a fine pension and excellent health insurance. I know others who make a good living with their homesteading endeavors. And there are still others who live simply after working for years to pay cash for their homestead, or families in which one spouse works a full-time job to support the homestead.

But, Ozimek, whose informed point of view comes from only the most extreme of the group featured on for-profit-and-ratings television shows, doesn’t understand that. He continues to espouse the superiority of the non-agrarian lifestyle:

If we all lived “self-reliant” lives like Tony often implores us, spending most of our time on basic agricultural subsistence, then modern hospitals couldn’t exist. It’s only because most of us choose to not live agrarian “self-reliant” lifestyles that this care would be available to Tony, Amelia, and perhaps someday, their children. And what if both of them become too injured to work the land anymore? Would they starve to death, or would they survive off of the social safety net our government provides, like food stamps?

In fairness to Tony, Amelia, and Colbert, perhaps they would refuse the modern medical care and modest safety net in the case of an accident or illness, and would simply choose to die. I don’t think most homesteaders would, but we don’t know.

Yeah, because homesteaders can’t do anything but homestead.

Some people are producers and other people are consumers.

Ozimek thinks that someone with the extensive skills required to live off the grid would be completely unable to find employment and would have no option but to become a welfare recipient should their homesteading endeavor fall apart.

What he’s missing is that his cushy “civilized” lifestyle is completely reliant on the type of people he scorns. He forgets that someone, somewhere is growing his food. Someone, somewhere, is assuring that his energy reaches his home. Someone is ensuring that his plumbing works, someone is repairing his furnace if it breaks, and someone is transporting the goods he purchases to the store, where someone will sell him those goods.

But, that’s what happens when someone is only a consumer and not a producer. They think that producers are somehow less worthy, and that if they couldn’t produce what the consumers consume, they’d be totally out of options.

The cool thing about self-reliant homesteaders is that we aren’t one-trick ponies. We can produce all sorts of things and provide all kinds of services. It’s called “having skills.”

Most self-reliant homesteaders aren’t reality TV stars.

Since his entire argument is based on the TV programs he watches, the author doesn’t understand what self-reliance means to those of us who aren’t reality television stars.

It means:

  • We provide a lot of our own food because we prefer to know where it comes from.
  • We raise our own meat because we object to the way factory-farmed animals are treated.
  • We use our own sources of power because maybe we’re green at heart or maybe we just prefer not to be tied into the “smart” grid.
  • We learn to make our own products for cleaning, bathing, and making life pleasant because we don’t want to bring chemical toxins into our homes.
  • We’d rather skip the middle man and spend our time actually making the things that most people work for hours to purchase from someone else who made them.
  • We are far less likely to spend time at the doctor’s office because a) we aren’t huge fans of pharmaceuticals, b) we can take care of small things ourselves, and c) our healthier lifestyle means we tend to be less likely to be ill. (Although this isn’t always the case – even self-reliant homesteaders can get sick. And when we do, we use our insurance or we pay for it with savings. Just like everyone else.)
  • We don’t need as much money because we just don’t need as much stuff.

But to someone who buys all of their food and other goods from the store and gets all of their medicine from the pharmacy, it can be difficult to understand the satisfaction that comes from evading those places.

But, safety…

Of course, if self-reliant homesteaders pass all of the Forbes columnist’s other tests, he can still dismiss their achievements by going full-blown statist.

Yet even if one refuses help and care, however, they still benefit from the modern civil society thanks to the private property protections, rule of law, and military that provide them with safety and security.

Many off-the-grid folks like to fantasize that their personal fire arms collection and self-defense skills are actually why they are safe. But how far would this take them in a society without the rule of law, an effective government, and law enforcement? The homesteader who is confident their security is in their own hands should go live off-the-grid in Syria and find out how far self-protection takes them.

And it’s not just police and a military that keep homesteaders safe. It’s also widespread prosperity. In the developed world, a basic education is available to all, and most people who want a job can find one. Living in a prosperous, modern economy means that homesteaders can take a good bit of their own safety from violence for granted and roving bandits are not likely to take their homes from them.

So, by the mere fact of our existence in this country, according to Ozimek, none of us are self-reliant. It boggles the mind that this fellow successfully wrote and defended a doctoral thesis.

This is how reliant people justify their reliance.

I guess what it boils down to is that this is what helps Ozimek and people like him justify living their lives without any practical skills. If things did go sideways in a long-term kind of way, who is going to be better off: a person who can claim a Ph.D. in economics or someone who can actually produce food?

The fact is, the less we require from society, the less power that society has over us. Our lifestyles give us some distance from the hustle and the bustle. We don’t have to make as much money because we don’t live in the consumer matrix that engulfs so much of society. We are content to live simply instead of hustling from one non-productive activity to another.

Most of us don’t eschew all the benefits of living in a modern society. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Having a corporate job doesn’t preclude growing your own tomatoes any more than having a herd of goats precludes having health insurance.

There is a joy in making a meal that came entirely from your own backyard that these people will never get to experience, and having spent many years in the corporate world, I can tell you which provides the most satisfaction for me.

In this society where nearly everyone is digitally connected 24 hours a day, it’s nice to step away from all that and break the addiction to constant stimulation. It’s nice to not always be trading the hours in your day for the things that someone else made while you were working on something that, if we’re being honest, is kind of pointless in the grand scheme of survival.

If Dr. Ozimek wants to talk about delusions and superiority, he could find all the inspiration he needs by taking a look in the mirror.

Hat tip to The Survival Mom

Please feel free to share any information from this site in part or in full, leaving all links intact, giving credit to the author and including a link to this website and the following bio. Daisy is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her websites, The Organic Prepper, where this article first appeared, and She is the author of 4 books and the co-founder of Preppers University, where she teaches intensive preparedness courses in a live online classroom setting. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

No! You Can Not Audit The Gold

Jul 31st 2017, 16:17, by Activist Post

By Rory Hall

Gold repatriation has been on the radar, some days more than others, for the better part of the past 5 years. The big news was Germany wishing to repatriate some of their gold from the Federal Reserve Bank New York (FRBNY) and Swiss National Bank. As you might recall, the big news was it would take the FRBNY 7 full years to gather, process and ship a mere 300 tons of gold out of the New York vault and send to Germany. Very few people understood why it would take so long and, to this day, it makes no sense.

Germany has since claimed they have received all the gold requested and are currently satisfied. Peter Boehringer, the architect of the German gold repatriation movement in Germany, is not satisfied at all having not seen one bar, one serial number or any hard evidence proving the German gold has been returned.

There is a very good reason why Mr. Boehringer is not satisfied.

Then we learned the physical gold that was being repatriated to Germany was not physical gold at all and that Germany’s Bundesbank was actually selling gold in order to make gold coins!! The repatriated gold was merely a line on a ledger sheet!! Which begs the question – Why would it take 7 years to create a ledger entry? Two set of books, three sets of books, one-hundred eighty sets of books? What could possibly have delayed this transaction and why were these people not forthcoming with the appropriate information from the beginning? Lies, deceit and propaganda – that’s why.

Soon after Germany made their request, Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela at the time, who has since died of an apparent heart attack, made a lot of noise regarding the return of 140 tons of gold from FRBNY. The gold was returned, in fairly short order, to much fanfare in Venezuela. The gold that was returned has since been sold/leased to Goldman Sachs in an effort to curtail the currency crisis that erupted soon after Venezuela received their gold. Hmmmm. Venezuela began experiencing a currency crisis immediately after receiving their gold from the FRBNY? You don’t say?

A few days ago the gold repatriation scheme took another strange turn and opened the door for even more questions about what is happening with all this supposed gold moving from one country to another. It is beginning to look like whoever currently has the gold is not moving it from the “host” country to the other.

As Bullion Star recently reported:

The question is, who’s not telling the truth here? That would be DNB, for sure, and possibly also the BOE and FRBNY.

Just to be clear, the amount of gold leased out by DNB is nil. In 2012 the Dutch Minister Of Finance, De Jager, declared in congress DNB had ceased all gold leasing activities by 2008.

Exhibit 15. Kamervragen 2012. In red, De Jager states, “No. DNB has notified me it ceased lending gold in 2008.”

Again, all the Dutch gold is allocated, and yet DNB declared in a newspaper the bar list can’t be published because it would cost “hundreds of thousands of euros“ – this has appeared to be an embarrassing statement and truly blows DNB’s credibility. If DNB doesn’t wish to disclose its bar list, for whatever reason, it would have done wise not to comment at all on this issue.

But why all the nonsense? Time to speculate. We’ll run through a few scenarios:

Scenario 1) Publishing a bar list might limit DNB’s future flexibility to intervene in financial markets. Currently, DNB hasn’t got any gold leased out. But if the bar list would be published, my central bank would be obstructed in future covert leasing activities.

Suppose, the gold price spikes in five months from now. DNB, or multiple central banks in concert, decide to lease out monetary gold in order to calm the physical market. When the leases would be undone several years later, surely the bars returned will not be the ones lent out. Following this scenario, when a bar list is published now it would be inaccurate in a few years time; showing bars that are long gone, and can show up on private gold ETF inventory lists.

If readers question wether central bankers are capable of ‘not telling the truth’, consider what DNB’s Governor said in an interview early 2012 when asked if he would repatriate any gold from the FRBNY. His answer was firm: “No”. However, shortly after, DNB started to prepare repatriating by reinforcing its headquarters. A new security barrier was constructed around the compound. DNB confirmed to me this was done to prevent any trucks from crashing the building. Likely, the Governor ‘did not tell the truth’ in the interview for strategic reasons.

Scenario 2) It’s possible the BOE claims to provide its clients gold bar lists and auditing rights, but in reality it doesn’t. Meaning, DNB doesn’t have a bar list from the BOE that complies with LBMA standards, which forces them to come up with excuses whenever confronted. This scenario could mean custodial gold at the BOE (and FRBNY) has been embezzled.

In 2016 economist Guillermo Barba pressured the Banco de México to publish a gold bar list of the Mexican gold stored at the BOE. In February 2017 Banco de México delivered Barba a list, but it didn’t satisfy LBMA standards by far. Surely this was done on purpose, because how the list was distributed can never have been how the BOE keeps it. So prior to distribution parts of the list were edited. Barba pressured Banxico once more and received a new list in March 2017 (click here to download the list). But neither did the new list satisfy LBMA standards! The column in the list that reads “serial number”, doesn’t disclose the serial numbers physically inscribed on the bars, which makes them uniquely identifiable, but shows the BOE’s internal numbering. In my opinion Barba was fooled twice by Banxico. Or Banxico was fooled twice by the BOE.

These few simple facts, combined with the speculation from Bullion Star, point in the same direction as they always have. Central banksters, who have stolen the gold of each nation they occupy, have either sold the gold into the market, transferred it to another undisclosed vault or made a deal with one sovereign nation, like China, to transfer gold into their hands, for whatever reason, to remove gold from the Western monetary system altogether. This is not some pie-in-the-sky speculation, it began in 1974 through the efforts of Henry Kissinger as reported by Chris Powell, GATA:

I don’t kid myself that China is working for the benefit of us goldbugs here in the West. I think China is working for power for the Chinese government. Now, does the Chinese government want a higher gold price or a lower gold price or does the Chinese government just want to control the gold price as much as Western governments want to control it for different reasons? In 1974 Kissinger and his Deputy Secretary Thomas Enders discussed how the United States must persuade the European countries to keep moving gold out of the world financial system because whoever has the most gold controls it’s valuation and whoever controls golds valuation controls the valuation of government currencies. – Chris Powell, Shadow of Truth – Source

Does this mean China was been the recipient of all this gold “moving out the world financial system”? Of course not, but, then again… We can not say for sure, but what we can say is it seems to have moved from vaults it was being held “for safe keeping” to another location and physical gold morphed into a ledger entry/paper gold.

As more stress and strain are put upon the global economic and financial system, it is quiet possible we will learn the new location of the physical gold. Gold has been moving from one country to another, exiting the Federal Reserve in the U.S. and central banks in Europe, leaving them with only ledger entries labeled “gold.”

I’m stacking physical gold because all these liars, charlatans and thieves continue doing what they do best – lie and steal. Physical gold has real value and the people “behind the curtain” know this. I would bet an ounce of gold to an ounce of silver the kingpins of the global financial crimes against humanity have physical gold, and lots of it, stashed somewhere close at hand not at any central bank.

Rory Hall, The Daily Coin, where this article first appeared. Beginning in 1987 Rory has written over 1,000 articles and produced more than 300 videos on topics ranging from the precious metals market, economic and monetary policies, preparedness as well as geopolitical events. His articles have been published by Zerohedge, SHTFPlan, Sprott Money, GoldSilver, Silver Doctors, SGTReport, and a great many more. Rory was a producer and daily contributor at SGTReport between 2012 and 2014. He has interviewed experts such as Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. Marc Faber, Eric Sprott, Gerald Celente and Peter Schiff, to name but a few. Don’t forget to visit The Daily Coin and Shadow of Truth YouTube channels to enjoy original videos and some of the best economic, precious metals, geopolitical and preparedness news from around the world.

Hackers Took Over Electronic Voting Machines In Two Hours At DEF CON

Jul 31st 2017, 12:28, by Aaron

By Aaron Kesel

Hackers at the Las Vegas’ annual DEF CON event took over electronic voting machines in a display of a simulation run for the White House proving that rigging an election is indeed possible, something that many researchers have warned about for several years.

It took under 90 minutes for hackers to physically break down the 30 voting machines and discover weaknesses in their defenses, The Register UK reported.

Of the 30 voting booths, the hardware and software were manufactured by Diebold, Sequoia and Winvote.

Hackers proved the low level of security that voting machines have had which has been known for years; even a former Diebold contractor whistleblower, Chris Hood, told of the weakness of security and how easily voting machines can be exploited.

One of the voting booths was wirelessly hacked by a hacker proving that you only need to be near it and in range, not physically next to it, to exploit the system’s software like how Princeton University demonstrated 10 years ago.

“Without question, our voting systems are weak and susceptible. Thanks to the contributions of the hacker community today, we’ve uncovered even more about exactly how,” Jake Braun, a hacker said.

The scary thing is we also know that our foreign adversaries — including Russia, North Korea, Iran — possess the capabilities to hack them too, in the process undermining the principles of democracy and threatening our national security.

The other main issue isn’t physical voting but rather allowing voters to vote online. It’s convenience vs. security. A whopping 30 states offered voters the option of online voting despite the fact that it was known by security researchers to be vulnerable during the 2016 election last year. That’s enough states to flip the vote and nullify democracy.

Online voting is not secure and can be heavily tampered with finding various vulnerabilities in outdated software and hardware alike.

Finally, the last issue is bribing programmers or the poll workers who are supposed to oversee the election as Diebold programmer Clinton Eugene Curtis alleged when he testified that Tom Feeney (Speaker of the House of Florida at the time) told him to rig election counts for a paycheck.

Numbers don’t match up, time and time again in the exit polls; as investigator Richard Charin found, the polls don’t match up some by a whopping 10% or more.

Everything is working according to plan and the sheepish American public, as a congressman known only as Congressman X inferred in his book, are following right along with no objection; therefore, we are consenting to all this mistreatment and perversion of democracy.


Although the machines the hackers breached were not fully secured, according to The Register UK, it reveals the potential for damage that is possible.

The good news is that we have three years to fix our current voting problems and structure, but that’s only if voting for a new establishment head even matters.

Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post. Follow us at Twitter and Steemit. This article is Creative Commons and can be republished in full with attribution.

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EU Proposes Freezing Bank Accounts to Bailout Megabanks

Jul 30th 2017, 16:45, by Activist Post

By Claire Bernish

After nervous customers panicked and drained their accounts, ultimately causing the collapse of Spanish bank, Banco Popular, equally jittery European Union officials are debating the merits of freezing access — preventing anyone from withdrawing any money — at the first sign of a bank run.

Proponents claim measures to halt a rush of withdrawals would prevent the downfall of floundering financial institutions at their most vulnerable point — in hopes of staving off a catastrophe at least as harrowing as that of 2008 — while detractors admonish the move might have precisely the opposite effect, with investors rushing to yank funds at the slightest indication of trouble.

“The desire is to prevent a bank run, so that when a bank is in a critical situation it is not pushed over the edge,” ‘a person familiar with German government’s thinking’ told Reuters.

“Giving supervisors the power to temporarily block bank accounts at ailing lenders is ‘a feasible option,’ a paper prepared by the Estonian presidency of the EU said, acknowledging that member states were divided on the issue,” Reuters reports.

“EU countries which already allow a moratorium on bank payouts in insolvency procedures at national level, like Germany, support the measure, officials said.”

A cursory autopsy of last month’s Banco Popular failure had economic officials scrambling to figure out how best to prevent a similar financial debacle; but the idea of cutting customers’ access to their own funds when conditions warrant, blasts apart a Pandora’s Box of potentialities — all, favoring the State and banking industry over individual customers.

While officials contend cutting off account access would theoretically prevent a bank already in distress from going under, when scores of people withdraw money at once, the proposal toes a fraught but sacrosanct line blocking government overreach from private, individual finance.

According to the Estonian paper perused by Reuters, an additional measure proposed the development of a mechanism whereby customers in such a situation could withdraw “at least a limited amount of funds.”

“We strongly believe that this would incentivize depositors to run from a bank at an early stage,” Charlie Bannister of the banking lobby group, Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), told Reuters, alluding to the possible whiplash effect described above.

Envoys of the European Union originally discussed these withdrawal restrictions on July 13, with further talks set for September, but lawmakers would have to concur before any variant of the plan could be put in place. Continues Reuters:

The plan, if agreed, would contrast with legislative proposals made by the European Commission in November that aimed to strengthen supervisors’ powers to suspend withdrawals, but excluded from the moratorium insured depositors, which under EU rules are those below 100,000 euros ($117,000).

Under the plan discussed by EU states, pay-outs could be suspended for five working days and the block could be extended to a maximum of 20 days in exceptional circumstances, the Estonian document said.

Existing EU rules allow a two-day suspension of some payouts by failing banks, but the moratorium does not include deposits.

In fact, only just now have insured deposits debuted as a target for the withdrawal moratorium, as authorities previously felt such a move “may have a negative impact on market confidence.”

Nevertheless, economic and banking troubles have hit several European nations in recent years, such as the Cyprus fiasco, as described by Bitcoinist,

Back in 2013, Cyprus’ banking crisis was a hair’s breadth away from a total economic collapse. Cypriot banks were desperate for a bailout from the EU and IMF and many account holders feared that their deposits would vanish. This fear caused a classic bank run and people were rushing to banks and ATMs in order to withdraw as much money as they could.

Inevitably, cash became scarce and the ATMs stopped working. Many saw Bitcoin as the last option to secure their funds.

With severely curtailed faith in Western and central banking institutions, that European Union insiders would look first to penalize customers for a bank’s poor planning and management in the midst of a theoretical future crisis typifies the impetus for throngs of people riding the tumultuous cryptocurrency wave as far away from Big Banks as possible.

Considering officials now hope to revoke access to bank accounts at perhaps the time customers would most need it, the marriage of State and finance obviates how insignificant the needs of the so-called little guy when the government sees only green.

Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship. To keep up with the latest uncensored news, follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @Subversive_Pen. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.

Rand Paul Blocks NDAA Over Indefinite Detention

Jul 30th 2017, 16:34, by Activist Post

By Jason Ditz

Sen. Rand Paul (R – KY) has blocked a motion by majority leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) to advance the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the massive military spending bill, saying that the bill should instead face debate and possible amendments. This sets the bill back for 6 weeks, at least.

In particular, Sen. Paul is seeking two amendments, one which ends NDAA authorization for indefinite detention of suspects, and another related to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), something that was added to the House version but later quietly removed by the Speaker.

Paul’s protest is expected to delay the NDAA vote through at least the August recess, meaning a vote is unlikely until September. While this gives plenty of time for amendments to be debated, it’s not clear the Senate leadership will allow that no matter how much time they’re given.

Indeed, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R – AZ) was critical of any delay on any grounds, insisting the bill and its huge spending increase are a “solemn obligation” for the Senate to pass without delay. Other Senators have repeatedly been angry with Sen. Paul for not getting their way on bills, but the military spending bill is such a large one it’s likely to be particularly unpopular to debate, as quietly slipping it through is the way these things usually go.

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Total Government And Personal Debt In The U.S. Has Hit 41 Trillion Dollars ($329,961.34 Per Household)

Jul 30th 2017, 16:29, by Activist Post

By Michael Snyder

We are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world.  In 1980, total government and personal debt in the United States was just over the 3 trillion dollar mark, but today it has surpassed 41 trillion dollars.  That means that it has increased by almost 14 times since Ronald Reagan was first elected president.  I am searching for words to describe how completely and utterly insane this is, but I am coming up empty.  We are slowly but surely committing national suicide, and yet most Americans don’t even understand what is happening.

According to 720 Global, total government debt plus total personal debt in the United States was just over 3 trillion dollars in 1980.  That broke down to $38,552 per household, and that figure represented 79 percent of median household income at the time.

Today, total government debt plus total personal debt in the United States has blown past the 41 trillion dollar mark.  When you break that down, it comes to $329,961.34 per household, and that figure represents 584 percent of median household income.

If anyone can make a good argument that we are not in very serious debt trouble, I would love to hear it.

And remember, the figures above don’t even include corporate debt.  They only include government debt on the federal, state and local levels, and all forms of personal debt.

So do you have $329,961.34 ready to pay your share of the debt that we have accumulated?

Nobody that I know could write that kind of a check.  The truth is that as a nation we are flat broke.  The only way that the game can keep going is for all of us to borrow increasingly larger sums of money, but of course that is not sustainable by any definition.

Eventually we are going to slam into a wall and the game will be over.

One of my pet peeves is the national debt.  Our politicians spend money in some of the most ridiculous ways imaginable, and yet no matter how much we complain about it nothing ever seems to change.

For example, the U.S. military actually spends 42 million dollars a year on Viagra.

Yes, you read that correctly.

42 million of your tax dollars are being spent on Viagra every year.

And overall spending on “erectile dysfunction medicines” each year comes to a grand total of 84 million dollars

According to data from the Defense Health Agency, DoD actually spent $41.6 million on Viagra — and $84.24 million total on erectile dysfunction prescriptions — last year.

And since 2011, the tab for drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra totals $294 million — the equivalent of nearly four U.S. Air Force F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

Is this really where our spending on “national defense” should be going?  We are nearly 20 trillion dollars in debt, and yet we continue to spend money like there is no tomorrow.  For much more on the exploding size of our national debt and the very serious implications that this has for our future, please see my previous article entitled “Would You Like To Steal 128 Million Dollars?”

I didn’t think that our debt bubble could ever possibly get this big, but I didn’t think that our stock market bubble could ever possibly get quite get this large either.  For a few moments, I would like for you to consider a list of facts about this stock market bubble that was recently published by Zero Hedge

  • The S&P 500 Cyclically Adjusted Price to Earnings (CAPE) valuation has only been greater on one occasion, the late 1990s. It is currently on par with levels preceding the Great Depression.
  • CAPE valuation, when adjusted for the prevailing economic growth trend, is more overvalued than during the late 1920’s and the late 1990’s. (LINK)
  • S&P 500 Price to Sales Ratio is at an all-time high
  • Total domestic corporate profits (w/o IVA/CCAdj) have grown at an annualized rate of .097% over the last five years. Prior to this period and since 2000, five year annualized profit growth was 7.95%. (note- period included two recessions) (LINK)
  • Over the last ten years, S&P 500 corporations have returned more money to shareholders via share buybacks and dividends than they have earned.
  • The top 200 S&P 500 companies have pension shortfalls totaling $382 billion and corporations like GE spent more on share buybacks ($45b) than the size of their entire pension shortfall ($31b) which ranks as the largest in the S&P 500. (LINK)
  • Using data back to 1987, the yield to maturity on high-yield (non-investment grade) debt is in the 3rd percentile. Per Prudential as cited in the Wall Street Journal, yields on high-yield debt, adjusted for defaults, are now lower than those of investment grade bonds. Currently, the yield on the Barclays High Yield Index is below the expected default rate.
  • Implied equity and U.S. Treasury volatility has been trading at the lowest levels in over 30 years, highlighting historic investor complacency. (LINK)

Our financial markets are far more primed for a crash than they were in 2008.

The only times in our entire history that are even comparable are the late 1920s just before the infamous crash of 1929 and the late 1990s just before the dotcom bubble burst.

A whole lot of people out there seem to be entirely convinced that things will somehow be different this time.  They seem to believe that the laws of economics no longer apply and that we will never pay a significant price for decades of exceedingly foolish decisions.

Overall, the world is now 217 trillion dollars in debt.  Earlier this year, Bill Gross raised eyebrows when he said that “our highly levered financial system is like a truckload of nitro glycerin on a bumpy road”, and I very much agree with him.

There is no way that this is going to end well.  Yes, central bank manipulation may be enough to keep the party going for a little while longer, but eventually the whole thing is going to come crashing down in a disaster of unprecedented magnitude.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on This article first appeared at The Economic Collapse Blog.

What Picking Up Trash in a Police State Looks Like: Man Cited by Police for Improperly Cleaning a River

Jul 30th 2017, 16:20, by Activist Post

By Rachel Blevins

Columbus, GA – Two college students learned the hard way that life in a Police State often includes unnecessary interrogation, false accusations and citations for victimless “crimes,” even when the suspects in question were helping to clean up the community.

YouTubers Brandon Jordan and Tristan Yaptengco, both students at Columbus State University, were interrupted by police while they were filming what they referred to as a “river treasure” video. This consisted of Jordan and Yaptengco diving into a local river, and recovering the objects they found at the bottom—sometimes unique finds, and sometimes pieces of trash that they removed from the river.

Jordan told The Free Thought Project that he and his friends have gained a reputation in the community for helping to clean it up, while featuring their adventures on YouTube.

“We all do ‘river treasure’ videos in the river where we are always cleaning up old lures, nets, bundles of fishing line and anything we find on the bottom of the river,” Jordan said. “So we are always cleaning it up. Everyone down there knows us from our YouTube channels and how we do a lot of good publicity for the city.”

Well I’m not sure if it really covers it in the video but myself jake and Tristan all do “river treasure” videos in the river where we are always cleaning up old lures, nets, bundles of fishing line and anything we find on the bottom of the river. So we are always cleaning it up. Everyone down there knows us from our YouTube channels and how we do a lot of good publicity for the city. So that’s also why at one point in the video i say “as much as we do for the city.”

While in the water, Jordan and Yaptengco were interrupted by a police officer who was calling to them from the edge of the river, and demanding that they meet him on land. The men complied, and when they did reach the officer—who was patrolling the area on his bicycle—he began asking them about their knowledge of the law.

“Are you guys familiar with the code sections that cover swimming in the river [with] flotation devices?” the officer inquired.

When he asked if the two men had any I.D. on them, Jordan and Yaptengco replied and said that their driver’s licenses were in the truck they traveled in, which was in a nearby parking garage.

The officer then responded and said, “Well, I’m going to issue both of you guys a citation.” When Jordan inquired what the citation was for, the officer said it was “Code violation 1445,” which would have meant that Jordan was receiving a citation for not wearing a life jacket.

However, Jordan noted that he had, in fact, been wearing a life jacket the entire time—as is clearly documented in the video. In response, the officer said, “No, you didn’t have that on, sir.”

Jordan stood his ground, and insisted that the cameras he and Yaptengco were using to film their underwater video showed that he was wearing a life jacket at the time they were approached by the officer. In response, the officer insisted that he also had documentation of the encounter on the police-issued body camera he was wearing.

When Jordan began questioning the logic behind the officer’s claim that Jordan was not wearing a life jacket when he was in the water, and then he magically had the time to find one and put one on as he and Yaptengco approached the shore, the officer changed his strategy, and began talking directly to Yaptengco—who was not wearing a life jacket.

Jordan continued to question the officer, who insisted that the only way he would not issue Jordan a citation was if he reviewed the footage from his body camera, and saw that Jordan was, in fact, wearing the same life jacket the entire time.

“What I do for you, okay, I turned my camera on when I walked over here,” the officer said. “And if it shows you with that on, you won’t get a citation. Plain and simple … You got a camera and I got a camera. If my camera shows that you had that on, then you’re good.”

“So I’m guilty until proven innocent?” Jordan replied. “This is incredible … as much as we do for this city, and you’re going to give me a hard time about this, when I clearly have this on.”

The officer proceeded to justify the encounter by insisting that Yaptengco needed a citation because he was not wearing a life jacket. Even though Jordan was wearing a life jacket—which the officer criticized, because both the jacket and his shirt underneath were black—the officer went on to threaten Jordan by saying that if he ever caught him without a life jacket, he would receive a citation.

Jordan said that Yaptengco now owes a $250 fine for the citation he received for swimming in the river without a life jacket.

As The Free Thought Project has documented on numerous occasions, the Police State is alive and well in the U.S., and police often waste their time pursuing victimless crimes, such as issuing citations to children who are running a lemonade stand without a permit in California, or children who are mowing lawns without a permit in Alabama.

In the case of Jordan and Yaptengco’s “river treasure” filming adventure, which substituted as a trash cleanup, it could be argued that if they had chosen not to wear life jackets, and they had encountered trouble in the river, they would have faced the consequences for their own actions. As for the officer who questioned them, it could also be argued that he had better things to do with his taxpayer-funded time.

Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.

Renters Struggle As California Home Prices Climb Faster Than Official Inflation Rate

Jul 29th 2017, 17:15, by ActivistPost

By Jeff Paul

The US government likes to pretend that the rising cost of living is under control. People in Southern California know better. According to a new report in the Los Angeles Times, median house prices in Southern California have nearly doubled in the last five years.

LA Times reports:

In many corners of Southern California, home prices have hit record highs. And they keep going up.

In Los Angeles County, the median price in June jumped 7.4% from a year earlier to $569,000, surpassing the previous record set in May. In Orange County, the median was up 6.1% from 2016 and tied a record reached the previous month at $695,000.

Across the six-county region, the median price — the point where half the homes sold for more and half for less — rose 7.5% from a year earlier and is now just 1% off of its all-time high of $505,000 reached in 2007, according to a report out Tuesday from CoreLogic.

The price increase was even greater than the 7.1% rise recorded in May, and some agents say there are no signs of a slowdown in the Southern California market.

One of Twitter’s funniest economic sleuths, Rudy Havenstein, points out the obvious problem:

I do not have an econ PhD, but I believe this works out to more than 2% inflation.

— Rudolf E. Havenstein (@RudyHavenstein) July 26, 2017

In case you’re confused, Rudy is referencing that the US government and its central banking partners desire a 2% inflation rate. Government measures the prices consumers pay for a basket of goods and services to determine the official inflation rate called the Consumer Price Index (CPI). However, the “core” CPI doesn’t include vital things like food and energy.

The chart below from the Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrates how much more dramatic the cost of living rate moves when food and energy are added:

Market optimists tend to quote the core CPI number because it’s less dramatic, but it’s not as accurate as the “headline” CPI with food and energy included. But the core CPI claims to be a good measure of housing costs. Until 1983, the measure of homeowner cost was based largely on house prices. Today, they use some voodoo math since a home is considered an investment and a living expense. Simply put, it attempts to account for owner-occupied homes which may be going up in value, but the monthly cost remains stable. Whereas rents in the same market will rise due to the increased value of homes.

A more reliable measure of home prices, the Case-Shiller Composite Home Price Index, was also released this week. It showed a nationwide increase of 5.6%, closer to Southern California’s rate than the CPI.

The Case-Shiller Index chart below looks very similar to the LA Times chart showing the boom in home prices beginning in 2012.

Home prices alone don’t tell the whole story. Renters are struggling the most. According to a recent report in the Orange County Register, the average rent for a house in Orange County is $3,114 per month and $2,548 for a home in Los Angeles County. The median household income in LA County is around $56,000, before taxes. So rent eats about 50-60% of wages. And Southern California is a microcosm of what is happening in many other cities in America.

The LA Times correctly identifies the market forces causing the price increases: “growing economy, rock-bottom mortgage rates and a shortage of homes on the market.”  And, of course, the LA Times shepherds government action to stop the surge in home values.

Government officials say they are trying to take steps to address the problem of affordability.

In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti is advocating for a fee on new development to raise money for below-market housing — a policy known as a “linkage fee” and used in cities such as San Francisco, San Diego and Oakland.

And in Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have said they will put housing at the top of their agenda when they return in August from a monthlong break.

Legislators have proposed a package of bills aimed at raising money for subsidized housing and making it easier for developers to build all kinds of housing, which often faces pushback from residents concerned over traffic and neighborhood character.

Some cities in Southern California have already made some absurd laws trying to reduce cost of homes like banning Airbnb-type short-term rentals. Watch the video below where Activist Post’s Vin Armani explains this wrongheaded approach:

Markets tend to correct themselves without government interference. People also adapt. It’s one reason the co-living trend is exploding. However, sooner or later not enough people can afford house prices and a correction will begin. For instance, some people will move away and new housing units will be built to accommodate supply and demand.

Take a look as Case-Shiller’s HPI chart below from the boom-bust period of 2002 through 2008. You can clearly see the 2007 correction begin to have its effect.

After loose lending practices, low mortgage rates, and shady Wall Street re-packaging of housing debt enabled the boom period and inevitable bust, the downward trend continued until about 2012 as previously indicated.

Today rates are even lower. Lenders are getting creative again because Millennials don’t qualify due to high student debt and low wages. And Wall Street is as corrupt and greedy as ever. Combine that with the bloated municipalities in desirable areas making it expensive or impossible to get new building permits, and home prices may continue rising at this rate for a couple more years.

Jeff Paul writes for Activist Post and Counter Markets newsletter. Like us on Facebook, subscribe on YouTube, follow on Twitter and at Steemit.

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Mainstream Media Goes Tinfoil in Timely Conspiracy Theory — Russia Killed JFK

Jul 29th 2017, 16:45, by Activist Post

By Matt Agorist

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell

Shortly after noon on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. It’s been over 53 years since the assassination. Since that fateful November day, conspiracy theories have abounded. Now, however, there is a new one and it is being pushed by the mainstream media — Russia killed JFK.

As if the entirely baseless Russiagate conspiracy theory wasn’t ridiculous enough, mainstream media is now running with the narrative that Russia could’ve been behind the assassination of JFK.

The off-the-cuff conspiracy theory piece by Newsweek this week centers the story on KGB defector Yuri Nosenko and it asks, “Did Russia Kill a US President”? It was also picked up by USA Today and AOL and attempts to infer that despite Kennedy’s de-escalation of the Cuban missile crisis and the fact that he made peace with Soviet Russia at the time, the Russians did it.

It is important to note that Russia, during the 1960s was a volatile regime and certainly could’ve had the resources and means to take out JFK. However, Kennedy — because of his foreign policy — was an asset to the Russians as he urged Americans to reexamine Cold War stereotypes and myths and called for a strategy of peace that would make the world safe for diversity.

He also established a “hotline” between the Kremlin and the White House and signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with Russia on July 25, 1963. By all standards, Kennedy was a necessary and beneficial force for the USSR in the United States.

Nosenko was accused by the CIA of attempting to shield information about a Soviet plot to kill JFK. The CIA then held Nosenko for three years to determine if this was real.

Nosenko admitted to the CIA that during Lee Harvey Oswald’s now infamous trip to Russia that he was put under surveillance. However, he explicitly noted that Oswald was not recruited by the KGB to kill JFK.

For three years, Nosenko was held captive by the CIA. He was tortured and kept in solitary confinement. The CIA also forcibly dosed him with LSD to the point that it nearly killed him, according to his testimony featured in a 1991 PBS Frontline documentary.

However, even after torturing the man for 3 years, the CIA still couldn’t produce any evidence to hold him. He was exonerated in 1969.

While the mainstream media continues to spin up conspiracy theories about Russia, they tend to ignore that fact that in 2015, the CIA quietly declassified a report showing that former CIA director John McCone himself was complicit in withholding information regarding the assassination — a de facto conspiracy.

As Politico noted, according to the report by CIA historian David Robarge, McCone, who died in 1991, was at the heart of a “benign cover-up” at the spy agency, intended to keep the commission focused on “what the Agency believed at the time was the ‘best truth’—that Lee Harvey Oswald, for as yet undetermined motives, had acted alone in killing John Kennedy.” The most important information that McCone withheld from the commission in its 1964 investigation, the report found, was the existence, for years, of CIA plots to assassinate Castro, some of which put the CIA in cahoots with the Mafia. Without this information, the commission never even knew to ask the question of whether Oswald had accomplices in Cuba or elsewhere who wanted Kennedy dead in retaliation for the Castro plots.

“If the commission did not know to ask about covert operations about Cuba, he was not going to give them any suggestions about where to look,” the CIA report notes.

While the report may be referred to as ‘benign’ by the CIA as an attempt to downplay its significance, it was a cover-up nonetheless — a cover-up that halted any further investigation into Oswald and his potential ties to Cuba and any of his possible connections or accomplices.

McCone’s conspiracy effectively rendered any further investigation into Oswald impotent as he directed the CIA to only provide “passive, reactive and selective” assistance to the Warren Commission. In fact, the report notes that McCone attempted and was successful at steering the direction of the investigation into his sole control.

While McCone steered the investigation into his favor, the CIA was secretly torturing Nosenko, while actively attempting to get him to confess to Russia’s involvement in the assassination of JFK — something he never admitted.

According to the report, another senior CIA official was quoted saying he heard McCone say that he intended to “handle the whole (commission) business myself, directly.”

Initially stamped “SECRET/NOFORN,” meaning it was not to be shared outside the agency or with foreign governments, the report makes no mention as to why McCone was motivated to go to such great lengths to cover up this information. However, it does suggest that the White House may have directed him to hide it.

According to the report, McCone “shared the administration’s interest in avoiding disclosures about covert actions that would circumstantially implicate [the] CIA in conspiracy theories and possibly lead to calls for a tough US response against the perpetrators of the assassination,” the article reads. “If the commission did not know to ask about covert operations about Cuba, he was not going to give them any suggestions about where to look.”

Outside of the bombshell admission of a CIA cover-up, the report also admits that the CIA was actually in communication with Oswald before the assassination, and the spy agency had been secretly monitoring his mail.

According to Politico, the CIA mail-opening program, which was later determined to have been blatantly illegal, had the code name HTLINGUAL. “It would be surprising if the DCI [director of central intelligence] were not told about the program” after the Kennedy assassination, the report reads. “If not, his subordinates deceived him. If he did know about HTLINGUAL reporting on Oswald, he was not being forthright with the commission—presumably to protect an operation that was highly compartmented and, if disclosed, sure to arouse much controversy.”

As Russia hysteria continues to be vomited up by mainstream media, it is important to keep an open mind. Sure, Russia could’ve had JFK killed. But, is that a likely scenario?

What was their motive given JFK’s willingness to find peace and de-escalation? Also, why would Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev openly support JFK during his run against Richard Nixon only to have him killed?

It seems the media will do anything to try to distract Americans from the massive warfare and police state that is growing on a daily basis. What’s next? Will the media start to claim that Russia is responsible for the death of dinosaurs? We wouldn’t be surprised.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.

Tensions With Russia Reach New High as Putin Retaliates Against US Sanctions

Jul 29th 2017, 16:30, by Activist Post

By Julia Conley

Members of the U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia will be expelled in the coming weeks, following an order on Friday by the Russian Foreign Ministry. The move was made in response to a new economic sanctions bill that passed in both houses of the U.S. Congress.

Russia said it would also seize two properties used by the U.S. Embassy by next week. Reuters cited a report by Russia’s Interfax news agency saying “hundreds” of employees would be affected, by the exact number was not clear.

The legislation, meant to retaliate against Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election, passed in a vote of 419 to 3 on Thursday, effectively veto-proofing the bill should President Donald Trump want to overrule it. The White House has said in recent weeks that it didn’t want new sanctions in place. The Obama administration imposed earlier sanctions late last year just after the election.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that Trump would review the bill and that she didn’t know whether he would sign it, but the Kremlin said that Russia had announced their plan to retaliate without waiting for Trump’s decision, because “technically the form passed by the Senate is more important.”

The new sanctions would impact the Russian energy and financial sectors, and the European Union has expressed concerns that they could also affect European companies involved in the building of a new pipeline from Germany to Russia.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he “very much regrets” the strained relations between the U.S. and Russia, and accused the U.S. of displaying “boorish behavior” and “anti-Russia hysteria.”

The Russian foreign ministry called allegations that it meddled in the 2016 election “an absolutely invented pretext.”

Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have deepened since the election, despite a relatively warm relationship between Trump and Putin. In addition to an on-camera meeting, the two leaders spoke privately at the G20 Summit earlier this month, in a meeting that was initially undisclosed. News of the talk came in the wake of reports that Donald Trump, Jr., met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign after being told he could gather damaging information about Hillary Clinton in the meeting.

While the Trump administration has dismissed much of the  coverage of the issue as “fake news,” Russian officials have continued to deny involvement in the hacking of Democratic Party emails or efforts to swing the election.

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REPORT: Nearly All Of U.S. Drinking Water Contaminated With Cancer Causing Chemicals

Jul 29th 2017, 12:35, by Aaron

By Aaron Kesel

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research organization environmental watchdog, released a searchable database Thursday that shows almost 50,000 public water systems in the U.S. are contaminated with dozens of harmful chemicals.

Some of the chemicals found in your drinking water include – arsenic, hexavalent chromium, radiation, chloroform, perfluorooctanoic acid, Bromodichloromethane, Dichloroacetic acid, Barium, and Uranium; and that’s just scratching the surface of the 250-plus contaminants the group discovered.

EWG researchers spent the last two years collecting data from independent state agencies and the EPA for drinking water tests conducted from 2010 to 2015 by 48,712 water utilities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Researchers tested the utilities for approximately 500 different contaminants, finding a whopping 267 contaminations of Americans’ water supplies.

EWG’s database is an interactive map where you can click on each state and review their test results.

In the results are listed contaminants found above health guidelines and above legal limits.

A subsequent report released with the database noted that contaminants detected in the nation’s tap water included:

  • 93 linked to an increased risk of cancer. More than 40,000 water systems had detections of known or likely carcinogens exceeding established federal or state health guidelines – levels that pose minimal but real health risks, but are not legally enforceable.
  • 78 associated with brain and nervous system damage.
  • 63 connected to developmental harm to children or fetuses.
  • 45 linked to hormone disruption.
  • 38 that may cause fertility problems.
  • Chromium-6, made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich.” This carcinogen, for which there are no federal regulations, was detected in the drinking water supplies serving 250 million Americans in all 50 states.
  • 1,4-Dioxane, an unregulated compound that contaminates tap water supplies for 8.5 million people in 27 states at levels above those the EPA considers to pose a minimal cancer risk.
  • Nitrate, chemical from animal waste or agricultural fertilizers, was detected in more than 1,800 water systems in 2015, serving 7 million people in 48 states above the level that research by the National Cancer Institute shows increases the risk of cancer – a level just half of the federal government’s legal limit for nitrate in drinking water.

“Legal is not safe,” argued Nneka Leiba, director of Healthy Living Science at the EWG. “In many cases, it’s far from safe.”

Overall, the organization found more than 250 million Americans are drinking water with “unsafe” levels of various contaminants.

Last year, the EWG found that two-thirds of Americans’ water is contaminated with the carcinogen that Erin Brockovich exposed – chemical chromium 6 or hexavalent chromium – affecting the tap water of more than 218 million Americans. That’s an additional 32 million Americans that are affected by other chemicals highlighted in this new study.

A 2008 study by the National Toxicology Program found that chromium-6 in drinking water caused cancer in rats and mice that were exposed to the chemical.

EWG is urging consumers to use a drinking water filter to reduce the level of chemical intake in the human body. They’re also pressing the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to update their rules on chemical contaminants found in drinking water that “can pose what scientists say are serious health risks – and still be legal.”

“Americans deserve the fullest picture possible of what’s in their tap water,” EWG President Ken Cook said. “But they won’t get that information from the government or, in many cases, from their utilities. The only place they’ll find that is EWG’s drinking water report.”

“Just because your tap water gets a passing grade from the government doesn’t always mean it’s safe,” Cook added. “It’s time to stop basing environmental regulations on political or economic compromises, and instead listen to what scientists say about the long-term effects of toxic chemicals and empower Americans to protect themselves from pollutants even as they demand the protective action they deserve from government.”

It’s been 20 years since the EPA last passed any new drinking water regulations. Regardless, it’s clear that municipalities have not been following them.

If you’re in the U.S. you can check your own water supply by visiting the Tap Water Database, which allows anyone in the U.S. to enter their zip code or local utility’s name and find out what’s lurking in their local water supply.

Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post. Follow us at Twitter and Steemit. This article is Creative Commons and can be republished in full with attribution.

Largest Sex Trafficking Ring in Western US Busted — Children Openly Sold “In Plain Sight”

Jul 29th 2017, 12:34, by Activist Post

By Jay Syrmopoulos

Los Angeles, CA – A report of a missing teenager in Tulare County, California, in late 2016 culminated into the uncovering of one of the largest sex trafficking rings in the Western United States, according to an announcement by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday. Thirteen young women and girls, including the missing teen, were freed from captivity as a result of the extensive investigation.

The missing teenager’s disappearance, and subsequent discovery in a West Hollywood apartment in January, led investigators in the LA Sheriff’s Department to discover an extensive human sex trafficking network that extended from Nevada to California. During the course of the investigation, detectives discovered that the ring used apartments as brothels in dozens of communities, including Burbank, West Hollywood, and Las Vegas.

“Years ago, a human trafficking case of this magnitude was not likely,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said in a news conference in downtown. “We knew the more we looked, the more we would find.”

According to a report by the Los Angeles Daily News:

The six-month investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, and the California Department of Justice, has led to two arrests so far. Quinton Brown, 30, of Highland, and Gerald Turner, 32, of Fresno, were arrested on suspicion of 54 charges relating to sex trafficking, pimping, pandering, grand theft and identity theft.

The complaint, filed Wednesday by the California Attorney General’s office, alleges that Brown lured victims from the Central Valley as far back as in October and trafficked them throughout the state. Investigators also said:

• The 13 victims include eight minors who were sold for commercial sex.

• A 2017 Maserati Ghibli, a 2017 Maserati Levante, and a 2016 Porsche Panamera, all confiscated by investigators, were used in the ring and obtained through fraudulent means.

• Eight people were victims of identity theft.

• 16 sites across California and in Nevada were used as brothels as part of the ring.

Mia McNeil, 32, who police believe rented the apartments/brothels remains at large, according to McDonnell. Additionally, law enforcement believes she also leased high-end luxury vehicles to transport the ring’s sex slaves without raising suspicion.

McDonnell said that detectives uncovered that Brown and Turner “would traffic the victims in plain sight,” using the Internet to advertise the women they were attempting to sell.

“They are as young as 15 years old, bought and sold for commercial sex,” according to McDonnell.

Surprisingly, most of the victims of sex trafficking are born and raised in the U.S. At the news conference, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said 72 percent of the victims found in California say they are American.

“Human trafficking, which includes sex and labor trafficking, is one of the fasting growing crimes in the world. Its reach is not limited to foreign countries,” Becerra said. “In California, human trafficking is reported here in our state more than in any other.”

Law enforcement said the investigation is ongoing, as they attempt to uncover and arrest the individuals who solicited the young women and teenage sex slaves.

“The predators online that are looking for an 11 year old … these people are not the traditional johns that most people think of,” McDonnell said. “These are predators. These are child molesters that are out there taking advantage of some of the most vulnerable in society.”

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that:

Since the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force was established in 2015, there have been 697 arrests, and of those, about 30 percent were male buyers. In addition, there have been 185 victims rescued, a majority of them youths who were sex trafficked.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said he has since met with one of the victims rescued, and she has received help and is back in school. But he implored parents to watch their children carefully, especially while they are on their mobile phones.

“To the parents, be vigilant,” Boudreaux said during the press conference. “Pay attention to what your children are doing online. Social networking is an environment for predators to prey on and exploit the innocence of our children.”

Of course, when even those tasked with protecting children — such as Raymond Liddy, 53, a California deputy attorney general — are arrested on charges of possessing child pornography; who is left to actually look out for the welfare and safety of the children?

In addition to being a California state prosecutor, Liddy is the son of a prominent Watergate figure—G. Gordon Liddy—who was an operative in President Richard Nixon‘s campaign attempt to burglarize the Democratic National Committee.

Raymond Liddy was arrested at his home and was charged in federal court with possessing images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to federal court documents obtained by Heavy. He was subsequently released from custody and placed on home detention with GPS monitoring after posting a $100,000 bond during his arraignment.

Even after taking down “one of the largest human trafficking rings on the West Coast,” there is a virtual certainty that this bust only barely scratches the surface. When high-level officials, tasked with prosecuting those that break the law, are accused of being the ones preying upon the innocent and weakest in society it makes one seriously question who is actually looking out for the victims.

Please share this story in an effort to raise awareness about the extreme scope of this constant and pervasive societal problem of the sexual trafficking of children!

Jay Syrmopoulos is an geopolitical analyst, freethinker, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs and holds a BA in International Relations. Jay’s writing has been featured on both mainstream and independent media – and has been viewed tens of millions of times. You can follow him on Twitter @SirMetropolis and on Facebook at SirMetropolis. You can support his work at Patreon. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.

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There Are AMI Smart Meter Opt-out Programs; Why Not In All States?

Jul 28th 2017, 16:30, by Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Utility customers constantly contact me regarding AMI Smart Meters, especially when there are no opt-out provisions permitted either by their utility company or by the legislation enacted in their state, which Pennsylvania seems to think is what it did when, in fact, the state legislature passed an OPT-IN bill with the following language in HB2200 that became Act 129 (2008) and of public record:

HB2200 §2807(f)7(2) Legislative History as published of record:

(2)  Electric distribution companies shall furnish smart meter technology as follows:

(i)  Upon request from a customer that agrees to pay the cost of the smart meter at the time of the request.

(ii)  In new building construction.

(iii) In accordance with a depreciation schedule not to exceed 15 years.

Section 2807(f)7(2) clearly defines the parameters for AMI Smart Meters in Pennsylvania:

          (i) When a customer requests and agrees to pay the cost of the smart meter at the time of the request.

How many utility customers requested and paid $300 for an AMI Smart Meter upfront?  None I’ve heard about or from.  To the contrary, Pennsylvanians are refusing AMI Smart Meters in droves!

         (ii) In new building construction

If you build a new home or other type of building, then an AMI Smart Meter has to be installed.

         (iii) In accordance with a depreciation schedule not to exceed 15 years,

which means, not required until 2023—15 years after Act 129 went into effect!

So what happened in Pennsylvania that utility customers are harassed and emotionally abused about not wanting AMI Smart Meters in view of the above enacted legislation?

The problem is with the PA Public Utility Commission when it wrote the regulations for implementing Act 129 by flexing their administrative overreach!  Did utility lobbyists play a role in that?  That PA PUC overreach is confirmed in the March 22, 2017 letter Thomas McCarey received from Dave Hixson of the PA PUC Office of Communications stating:

As I [Hixson] stated in my earlier email correspondence with you, the Commission believes that it was the intent of the General Assembly to require all covered electric companies to deploy smart meters system-wide. [CJF emphasis]

Therein is the horrendous problem created for utility customers in Pennsylvania; it’s the PA PUC’s belief, not what the legislature discussed and enacted!  But the AMI Smart Meter fiasco is not the only apparent administrative screw-up by the PA PUC.

Here’s a July 23, 2017 (a Philadelphia Inquirer website) report of the PA PUC’s overreach giving Sunoco, your local gasoline supplier, eminent domain rights for a pipeline running through private citizens’ properties!  You have to read “A fateful 2014 decision confounds foes of Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline.”  Shouldn’t someone in the state legislature be questioning if there are rogue decisions being made or special privileges granted by the PA PUC to certain corporations, e.g., electric utilities and Sunoco? Why is the PA legislature not exercising proper oversight?

Even Judge McCullough wrote in the July 3rd decision, “It is my renewed belief that Sunoco continues to take private property without lawful authority.”  What’s going on with the PA PUC granting eminent domain rights to a gasoline supplier?  Shouldn’t everyone be questioning the stupidity of the PA PUC administrative bureaucrats’ actions?

Another issue is the PA state legislature and/or the Attorney General’s office has not looked into nor investigated as to why, over the last several years, numerous OPT-OUT bills were introduced and the Chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, Robert Godshall, had said he would never call those bills to the floor for a vote.  Does Chairman Godshall’s son, Grey, being an Exelon/PECO employee, have anything to do with that, e.g., conflict(s) of interest(s)?  Here was Grey’s LinkedIn page.  Since Pennsylvanians began talking about Grey’s job, his LinkedIn page somehow went missing.

And Chairman Godshall has never called any of those opt-out bills; they all became sine die. Isn’t that denying Pennsylvanians their right to redress government from overbearing regulations imposed by the PA PUC, which are making people sick and fearful of living in their homes? Or those who are fearful for their family members—children, in particular, and persons who have serious health problems and/or diseases and cannot tolerate, nor should be exposed to, EMFs/RFs from AMI Smart Meters.

Compounding the above, the PA Consumers’ Advocate office in Harrisburg, the state capitol, tells those who want to file a complaint against the PA PUC and the utility, they will not take their complaint!  Ever hear of such a thing?  Is something going on in Pennsylvania that needs to be investigated either by an investigative journalist, who will report the facts and not “fake news,” or by the federal government?

Now here’s the clincher:  The Energy Policy Act of 2005, §1252 Smart Metering DOES NOT make AMI Smart Meters mandatory!  That would be unconstitutional!  Furthermore, several states provide opt-outs from AMI Smart Meters, and here is the opt-out provision provided by PG&E in California.  You will notice that to keep, or to set up, an analog meter (a safe meter used for decades with 5 dials and a rotating disk that does not emit RF radiation), it will cost $75 or less, plus there will be a $10 or less monthly fee.  That seems reasonable, even though some may not like the additional charges.

However, what’s really going on in Pennsylvania is that citizens are not given similar options, as in other states, in order NOT to be exposed to EMFs and RF radiation.  That truly seems counter to the Commonwealth’s Constitution, plus does not support personal health concerns regarding preventive healthcare and the precautionary principle.  Or, is that what administrative governance has come to: corporate-run lackeys?

What’s wrong with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, its administrative agencies and the wimpy state legislature in mandating its citizens be exposed to a 2B carcinogen 24/7/365? 

PRESS RELEASE N° 208 31 May 2011


Lyon, France, May 31, 2011 ‐‐ The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer 1, associated with wireless phone use.  [1] [CJF emphasis]

Remember, cell phones and AMI Smart Meters operate on microwaves, which emit radiofrequencies!

So why are numerous people concerned about “smart meters” [electric, natural gas and water]?  Well, this video documents one woman’s health problems from a utility relay pointed toward her house emitting RFs.

Nonetheless, how would you like to be saddled with this, especially if you’re a senior citizen living on a fixed income?

There is a tricky rate fee one particular utility charges customers. The Glasgow Electric Plant Board’s “coincident peak rate” for electricity, which can charge up to $11 per kilowatt hour during that one hour each month when local demand for electricity was highest.

Oh! The games utility companies are allowed to play by regulatory agencies!



Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich is now available

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Jul 31st 2017, 20:08, by Door: Gerard Reijn

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Jul 31st 2017, 19:56, by Jeroen van Wensen

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Jul 31st 2017, 19:32, by Door: Jeroen van Wensen

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Jul 31st 2017, 19:01

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Jul 31st 2017, 18:42

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thumbnail Het nieuws van vandaag en de krant van morgen

Jul 31st 2017, 18:35, by Door: Redactie

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Jul 31st 2017, 17:49, by Door: Leonie Hosselet

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Jul 31st 2017, 15:25, by Door: Joost de Vries

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Jul 31st 2017, 14:03, by Door: Remco Meijer

Koning Willem-Alexander nam initiatief voor een interview à la Zomergasten, de Zweedse kroonprinses Victoria vertelde vorige maand op tv over haar eetstoornissen en ook de Britse prinsen Harry en William kwamen met een persoonlijk gesprek op televisie. Europese vorsten laten steeds vaker hun persoonlijke kant zien. Plots waait een wind van openhartigheid door de Europese paleizen. De Britse prinse

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Jul 31st 2017, 13:56, by Joris van Venrooij

Reizen met de trein aan het begin en einde van de ochtendspits wordt dit najaar goedkoper. De NS begint in september met een proef van drie maanden waarbij reizigers ook in de randen van de spits met 40 procent korting kunnen reizen, in plaats van de 20 procent die nu nog tijdens de hele ochtendspits geldt. Het spoorbedrijf hoopt zo de drukte tijdens de spitsuren beter te spreiden. De extra kortin

thumbnail Oud-korpschef Nationale Politie Gerard Bouman (64) overleden

Jul 31st 2017, 13:54, by Door: Redactie

Gerard Bouman, voormalig korpschef en kwartiermaker van de Nationale Politie, is maandag op 64-jarige leeftijd overleden. Dat heeft zijn familie bekendgemaakt. Bouman is volgens een verklaring van de familie niet meer bijgekomen uit de diepe slaap waarin hij raakte na een zwaar hartinfarct, dat hem in juni trof op een vakantie in de Verenigde Staten. ‘In het hele korps wordt met verslagenheid gere

thumbnail Willem Vissers: De totale vercommercialisering van het voetbal is een gruwel

Jul 31st 2017, 13:00, by Door: Willem Vissers

Misschien is mijn grootste ontdekking van het EK vrouwen dat ik liever naar Lieke Martens kijk dan naar Cristiano Ronaldo, en dat heeft niets met seksisme te maken. Mij wordt geregeld verweten te positief te berichten over vrouwenvoetbal. Dat verwijt is deels terecht. Ook bij mijn vijfde eindtoernooi knijp ik weleens een oogje dicht bij het gebrek aan elementaire technische vaardigheid. Dat gebrek

thumbnail We mochten een rondje: zo rijdt de nieuwe Tesla Model 3, die ‘de iPhone van de auto-industrie’ moet worden

Jul 31st 2017, 12:52, by Door: Bard van de Weijer

Vrijdagnacht presenteerde techondernemer Elon Musk de Tesla Model 3, zijn droom van duurzaam elektrisch vervoer voor de massa in een sexy outfit. De Volkskrant was als een van de weinige media uitgenodigd om in het Californische Fremont aanwezig te zijn en mocht als eerste met de nieuwe auto rijden. Is de elektrische revolutie begonnen? Goed, het blokje om de enorme Teslafabriek in de nieuwe Model

thumbnail Met Jeanne Moreau (1928-2017) verliest de Franse cinema een van haar grootste actrices

Jul 31st 2017, 11:40, by Door: Kevin Toma

De ene regisseur bewonderde haar blik, de andere schreef lyrisch over haar wijze van lopen. Jean Cocteau vergeleek haar wilskracht en vastberadenheid met ijzerdraad. François Truffaut: ‘In Jeanne’s gezicht vervalt haar breekbare, charismatische schoonheid snel uiteen in hardheid, in een wilde sensualiteit.’ Met de dood van Jeanne Moreau – ze werd maandag levenloos in haar appartement in Parijs gev

thumbnail VS kondigen sterke sancties aan na ‘schijnverkiezingen’ in Venezuela

Jul 31st 2017, 10:52, by Door: Redactie

De Verenigde Staten zullen het resultaat van de omstreden verkiezing in Venezuela niet accepteren. Zij noemen de verkiezing ‘een schijnvertoning’ en hebben scherpe sancties aangekondigd. Volgens de Amerikaanse ambassadeur bij de Verenigde Naties Nikki Haley is Venezuela ‘een stap dichter bij een dictatuur’. De verkiezing ging afgelopen zondag gepaard met veel geweld. Betogers botsten op meerdere p

thumbnail Schotten zijn bezorgd: gooien de Britten de beroemde ‘scotch’ te grabbel na Brexit?

Jul 31st 2017, 10:25, by Door: Jochem van Staalduine

Schotland vreest dat het Verenigd Koninkrijk Schotse whisky te grabbel gooit. Schotse minister van economische zaken Keith Brown is bang dat de regering in Londen de definitie van whisky inzet als ruilmiddel tijdens onderhandelingen over een handelsakkoord met de Verenigde Staten. Schotse whiskystokers zouden het daardoor moeten opnemen met minderwaardige concurrentie, die zich toch mogen profiler

thumbnail Door vpn te verbieden trekken Rusland en China de muur rond internetcensuur hoger op

Jul 31st 2017, 10:10, by Door: Lisa van der Velden, Joris Zwetsloot

Voor Chinezen en Russen wordt het internet straks nog minder vrij. Zondag kondigde Rusland een verbod af op zogeheten vpn-netwerken, internetverbindingen waarmee gebruikers versleuteld kunnen surfen. In hetzelfde weekend besloot Apple alle vpn-apps die ‘The Great Chinese Firewall’ kunnen omzeilen uit de Chinese App Store te verwijderen. Daarmee legt het techbedijf het restrictieve China geen strob

thumbnail Islamitische basisscholen verzetten zich tegen nieuwe islamitische middelbare school in Amsterdam

Jul 31st 2017, 09:38, by Door: Pieter Hotse Smit

Vijftien islamitische basisscholen zijn in verzet gekomen tegen de tweede Nederlandse islamitische middelbare school, die per 1 september de deuren opent in Amsterdam. De basisscholen zullen ouders adviseren hun kinderen niet naar de Stichting Islamitisch Onderwijs (SIO) te sturen. Ze zijn van mening dat het bestuur ‘totaal geen ervaring of affiniteit met het onderwijs heeft’. Dit zegt Redouan Bou

thumbnail Omstreden ggz-kliniek Vitalis pronkt met ‘Zomergasten-psychiater’

Jul 31st 2017, 09:34, by Door: Anneke Stoffelen

De website van de omstreden zorginstelling Vitalis ggz – nu Cura Clinics – vermeldde tot afgelopen week dat de bekende psychiater Glenn Helberg bij hen werkzaam was als regiebehandelaar voor de Vitalis-kliniek in Spanje. Helberg wordt komende zondag geïnterviewd in het tv-programma Zomergasten. Vitalis kwam in opspraak omdat zij onverzekerde activiteiten als yoga, meditatie en sport probeerde te d

thumbnail Opinieblog – Media over Zomergast Van der Laan: ‘Verplichte kost voor Amsterdammers’

Jul 31st 2017, 09:02, by Door: Arnout Brouwers, Laura De Jong, Henk Müller, Chris Rutenfrans, Hans Wansink, Inge Schouten en Wim Bossema

Een selectie van interessante debatten op internet en in andere media, bij elkaar geblogd door opinieredacteuren van de Volkskrant.

thumbnail De ongelooflijke en wrange herinneringen aan stripschrijver Marten Toonder

Jul 31st 2017, 09:00, by Door: Wiep Idzenga

Het onkruid staat manshoog op het graf van gevierd stripschrijver Marten Toonder aan de Ierse Zee. Schrijver-journalist Wiep Idzenga zoekt twaalf jaar na diens dood naar herinneringen aan de geestelijk vader van Olivier B. Bommel en Tom Poes in zijn Ierse hide away. Wat hij vindt, wordt almaar ongelooflijker en is bepaald wel iets meer dan een voetnoot bij de geschiedenis. En iets wranger ook. Op

thumbnail Geweldig gegolft, hier heeft u een vaas

Jul 31st 2017, 07:45

Een wedstrijd eindigen met een trofee in je handen: het is de droom van menig sporter. De prijzenkast kent vele subgenres aan ontwerpen en stijlen. Fotoredacteur Frank Schallmaier toont deze zomer wekelijks een selectie. Aflevering 1: Vazen.

thumbnail De schoorsteen van de Sixtijnse Kapel moet natuurlijk ook gewoon roken

Jul 31st 2017, 07:45, by Door: Jarl van der Ploeg

Dit klinkt verschrikkelijk blasé, dus normaal gesproken zou ik hierover vals bescheiden mijn mond houden, maar u bent Aaf Brandt Corstius gewend op deze plek dus ondergetekende snotneus moet natuurlijk wel een beetje gewicht in de schaal leggen. Bij dezen dus: ik heb laatst paus Franciscus een hand gegeven op de derde verdieping van het pauselijk paleis in Vaticaanstad. Dat zit zo: koning Willem-A

thumbnail De bitcoinbeurzen worden gehackt, dus zoeken bedrijven hun toevlucht in gouwe ouwe fysieke kluizen

Jul 31st 2017, 06:00, by Door: Lisa van der Velden

Nu monsterdiefstallen van cryptomunten elkaar steeds sneller opvolgen, zoeken bitcoinidealisten hun toevlucht weer in een gouwe ouwe vorm van beveiliging: de Zwitserse bankkluis. ‘Jeej cryptomunten!’, schreef techsite Wired deze week sarcastisch. ‘Ze zijn hip, vrij anoniem, en onderhevig aan redelijk frequente, verwoestende diefstallen.’ Alleen deze maand al stalen kwaadwillenden bij twee verschil

thumbnail Supporters juichen: staan mag straks weer in Engelse voetbalstadions

Jul 31st 2017, 00:16, by Door: Patrick van IJzendoorn

Het Engelse voetbal is een stap dichter bij de terugkeer van staanplaatsen in stadions. Maandag zullen Liverpool-fans naar verwachting hun weerstand tegen het zogeheten safe-standing opgeven. Ze waren decennialang tegen omdat ze staanplaatsen in verband brengen met de ramp in Hillsborough, 28 jaar geleden, waar 96 Liverpool-aanhangers om het leven kwamen. Gebleken is dat staan achter rijen rails z

thumbnail Je zou willen dat zulke moeilijke woorden worden gebruikt in het Witte Huis

Jul 31st 2017, 00:00, by Door: Sander van Walsum

Het is een schrikbeeld en een bron van fascinatie tegelijk: de val van grote wereldrijken, zoals het Romeinse. De puike infrastructuur raakte in verval, Vandalen en Visigoten trokken de Alpen over, het volk morde en het Latijn verkommerde. Het lijkt wel of deze film in de Verenigde Staten versneld wordt afgespeeld. Met dat verschil, dat de Vandalen en de Visigoten niet van buiten komen maar van bi

thumbnail Kampioen van de voorkeurstemmen is klaar voor het kabinet

Jul 31st 2017, 00:00, by Door: Ariejan Korteweg

De formatie mag dan even stilliggen, de Volkskrant onderzoekt alvast welke interessante kandidaten worden genoemd voor het nieuwe kabinet. Volendammers zijn ambitieuze lui. Ze schoppen het ver in de muziek, de visserij, het voetbal, de bouw of de toeristenbranche. Dat ze voor de politiek kiezen, komt zelden voor. Mona Keijzer (48) is een grote uitzondering. Ze is hardcore Volendams. Als ze bij de

thumbnail Waar is kunstenaar Raquel van Haver (28) nu mee bezig?

Jul 31st 2017, 00:00, by Door: Maaike Vos

De Volkskrant belt aan bij makers en vraagt hun waaraan ze op dit moment werken. Waar is Raquel van Haver (28) nu mee bezig? ‘Op dit moment ben ik bezig met iets totaal nieuws. In maart en april ben ik artist in residence geweest bij de African Artists’ Foundation in de Nigeriaanse hoofdstad Lagos. Mijn ervaringen daar verwerk ik in een serie van twintig fotocollages. Ik ben op zoek gegaan naar de

thumbnail Plensbuien en liefdesverdriet gaan goed samen op de Parade

Jul 31st 2017, 00:00, by Door: Joris Henquet

Gebroken harten en kletterende regen op De Parade, waar Keja Klaasje Kwestro zelfs in een krappe Opel komisch is. En schrijver Elfie Tromp intrigeert als theatermaker. Plensbuien en liefdesverdriet bleken goed samen te gaan, afgelopen zaterdag op theaterfestival De Parade in Utrecht. De tikkende regen op het tentdak werkte sfeerverhogend bij Monster Love Town, waarin de Rotterdamse schrijver Elfie

thumbnail Caeleb Dressel: een nieuw fenomeen in de zwemwereld

Jul 31st 2017, 00:00, by Door: John Volkers

Met zijn fenomenale startduik en extra haal onder water is Caeleb Dressel de sensatie op de WK. Zeven gouden medailles won de Amerikaanse zwemmer. Michael Phelps, goed voor 23 olympisch goud, is nauwelijks uit het bad verdwenen of de zwemwereld wordt geconfronteerd met een nieuw fenomeen: Caeleb Remel Dressel uit Jacksonville, Florida. De Amerikaan van 20 jaar domineerde de WK in Boedapest met zev

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