UNITED AIRLINES VIOLATED AVIATION LAW IN VIOLENTLY REMOVING PAYING PASSENGER

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A video screengrab shows passenger David Dao being dragged off a United Airlines flight at Chicago O'Hare International Airport in this video filmed by @JayseDavid April 9, 2017. Jayse D. Anspach via REUTERS

 

Over the past few days, the media has been very busy discussing the rights of airline passengers. After deploring the abuses of airlines, most commentators end up saying that passengers have no rights, but have a duty “to comply with orders given by the airline.” Presumably, therefore, when Dr. David Dao was ordered to give his seat to a United Airlines employee traveling standby, the simple act of refusal was some sort of de-facto violation.

Numerous regulations have been passed into law that give airline employees the right and authority to regulate the cabin. That is part of the reason so many otherwise intelligent people seem to have such a deep misunderstanding of passenger rights. The idea that passengers must comply with all orders from the airline is false. Suppose the airline cabin crew orders passengers to disembark from the aircraft at 8,000 feet in mid-flight? Passengers need not comply with a deadly order. Suppose the crew decides it will take the risk of being jailed later, in order to rape an attractive female passenger? Again, passengers need not comply.

Both examples are events that seem so unlikely to happen that they also seem ridiculous. The point is not to show the plausibility of such events actually happening. The point is simply to prove that passenger compliance does not extend to unreasonable requests that are unrelated to safety. Airline actions must be lawful, reasonable and designed to insure safety and security before passengers have any duty to comply.

As many of you already know, on April 10, 2017, United Airlines violently evicted a Kentucky physician by the name of David Dao from his seat on a flight between Chicago and Louisville, Kentucky. This happened in spite of the fact that he had already been boarded and seated, and the persons to whom he was forced to surrender his seat were airline employees flying standby, who were not on the original passenger manifest.

The flight in question was not even overbooked. There were enough seats for all paying passengers. Four airline employees simply arrived at the gate at the last moment, after all paying passengers were boarded. The gate agents decided, apparently based on United’s misguided policies, to elevate the rights of standby passengers without any reservations, above those of the paying passengers. This was done for the convenience of the airline.

United Airlines sought to replace this paying passenger with its employees because it wanted to transfer them to the destination airport. They were needed there for purposes of handling another flight. After requesting volunteers and upping the offered compensation to $800, not enough people agreed to give up their seats. Part of the reason for this was that the next available United flight was in the afternoon of the next day, and the airline made no attempt to offer alternative land transportation (it is only 5 hours driving time between the two cities).

In spite of the fact that there is no upper limit to the amount an airline can pay to a passenger who voluntarily gives up his seat, United seems to have chosen not to raise the compensation offer above $800. Nor, apparently, did they chose to pay for a flight on another airline, offer to transport afflicted passengers or their own employees by car. Instead, the airline capriciously chose 4 passengers with valid reservations for removal. In spite of the fact that they had all already been boarded onto the aircraft, and given seat assignments, the airline demanded that they give up their seats. Dr. Dao steadfastly refused to cooperate.

Faced with his refusal, the airline called in the Chicago Aviation Authority police. The police arrived, apparently without bothering to do any review of the legality of what they were being asked to do. Upon arrival, passenger videos showed them in the role of thugs, clothed in uniforms, using physical force to remove a 69 year old man, and in the process bloodying his face, knocking him unconscious and carrying him out of the plane.

Neither federal regulations nor United’s own self-serving “contract of carriage” confers any right to remove a reserved paying passenger from a plane once he has a seat assignment. 14 CFR 250.2a, the federal regulation that gives airlines the right to refuse to board a passenger, applies to situations in which the plane is overbooked, where an airline seeks to “deny boarding” In this case, the plane was not overbooked. There were enough seats for all paying passengers. Only the last minute desire of United Airlines to prioritize the transportation of its own employees caused the trouble.

The employees, as noted above, were not on the original passenger manifest. They were flying standby and, unlike the paying passengers, already on board, they had no reservations. In spite of that, in order to maximize profits, United wanted them to be transferred quickly to another airport. Apparently, in the company’s eagerness to carry out its desires, the fact that all passengers had already been boarded, and that United no longer had the legal right to “deny boarding” was ignored.

14 CFR § 250.3(a) covers boarding priority rules. It requires every carrier to establish priority rules and criteria for determining which passengers holding confirmed reserved space can be denied boarding on an oversold flight in favor of others. The key is that the priority rules apply only to passengers holding confirmed reserved space! The regulation specifically prohibits airlines from creating rules and criteria that “make, give, or cause any undue or unreasonable preference or advantage to any particular person or subject any particular person to any unjust or unreasonable prejudice or disadvantage in any respect whatsoever.”

In this case, instead of adhering to the law, United capriciously gave an illegal super-priority to its own employees who were traveling standby. That was an illegal act in violation of the air travel regulations. But, it gets a lot worse, because this case involves criminal harm against the body of another.

An assault is any unlawful attempt or offer to do bodily harm to another, whether from ill will or extreme carelessness. When the threatened injury is actually inflicted, it amounts to battery. United Airlines, its employees and the Chicago Aviation Authority Police threatened violence against Dr. Dao and then committed the violence. We are left with only one remaining question. Was the force and violence lawful or unlawful?

Reasonable force or violence can be used when it is necessary to perform a legal duty. Thus, a police officer can use force to catch a criminal. Restaurants, nightclubs and airlines can use reasonable force to remove persons who disturb other patrons. In this case, however, the patron was not a criminal. Nor was he causing a disruption or endangering the flight. He was simply sitting in the seat. That seat had been assigned to him during boarding. His guilt was in declining to give away his seat for the airline’s convenience. Thus, the force and violence used against him was unlawful.

As you can see, there is no doubt that United Airlines, its employees, and the Chicago Aviation Authority committed an unlawful assault and battery when they removed Dr. David Dao from his seat. If a regular person did what they did to this man, there would be no question that he would be prosecuted. Why, then, is there no talk of prosecuting this corporation and its guilty employees? They committed an unlawful act of violence upon an innocent passenger.

Some may see my point as “overkill” or “mean spiritness”. After all, many will argue, the man is free to bring a civil lawsuit, and is already in the process of doing so. He’ll get millions in damages. What more do you want?  The problem is that the money will, ultimately, come from United’s shareholders. It won’t come from the pockets of those who committed the acts of violence and/or put in place policies that would inevitably result in the crime. Shareholders, perhaps, as theoretical “owners” of the company, must face some liability, but they are not directly at fault. Civil liability, alone, leaves direct wrongdoers without sufficient punishment.

Will this company face prosecution? Probably not. Prosecution requires a prosecutor with knowledge of aviation regulations who is also willing to put his career on the line. Although United is unpopular now, it still has powerful connections that will come out of the woodwork once the initial furor subsides. Beyond that, few public prosecutors have any understanding of aviation regulations. Fewer still will bother to look them up even though most are perfectly capable of doing so. Most will simply continue to assume that United and the Chicago Aviation Authority have a legal right to evict passengers.

We can only hope that a courageous prosecutor will take this case and pursue it to a conviction against United Airlines, its guilty employees and the officers involved. In the meantime, send a link to this posting to everyone you know. The more people read it, the more likely it is that people will, at least, join the boycott. It may even stimulate some prosecutor to take the case. It is our duty, as honorable men and women, to boycott United Airlines by choosing other carriers for our flights. If enough people join in boycotting this outrageous airline, it will suffer economic damage serious enough to serve as an example to others in the future.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP, “MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”, THE GOLD STANDARD AND A 230% INCREASE IN PHYSICAL GOLD BAR DELIVERIES – ALL CONNECTED?

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February was an extraordinary month…

President Trump was busy issuing executive orders and reversing those issued by his predecessor. Gold prices have been steadily climbing. The secret Obama executive order, which must have opened the US gold reserve to the banksters, does not appear to have been reversed quite yet. When it does happen, it should spark some mild price fireworks, as the manipulators dump remaining short positions. In the meantime, in all likelihood, the manipulators are loading up on as many physical gold bars as they can, at the lowest possible prices. It is, I believe, an indirect courtesy of the US government, thanks to the actions of the previous President.

It would appear that America’s treasure continues to be drained away at a fantastic rate, although as we will discuss later, there is a hesitancy to commit to future orders growing fast in London. In spite of the delay in reversing Obama’s executive order, gold’s price and timing continue to follow the pattern I described in an article in November. Probably, that’s because although it isn’t closed yet, the US Gold Reserve could be closed at any moment.

The price attacks will continue but are temporary and opportunistic. They will be geared more toward the collection of a few quick bucks and/or the collection of some discounted physical gold bars than trying to make a long-term impact on gold prices. Most likely, that’s because the recent updraft in gold prices is driven by physical demand. Physical buyers are thrifty people who stop buying when prices go up too fast. Their resistance doesn’t last forever, but they do need to get used to significant price hikes.

We know that physical buyers were ready to pay much more for gold just a few years ago. Based on the gold market of 2012, the point at which physical supply and demand balances in the longer term, was somewhere within the $1,500 – $1,600 range. Since nominal earnings are universally higher now than they were 4 years ago, it shouldn’t take too long for people to get used to the higher prices. The willingness to pay a much higher price has already been demonstrated. Downward biased manipulation can only be partially effective without government subsidies and support.

The recent price attacks can safely be viewed as the transient events that they are. It appears that the banksters are simply attacking highly leveraged get-rich-quick schemes for the short-term benefit of doing so. Such speculators are fools, who face bankruptcy from small price movements, and must run at the slightest negative price pressure. If they think gold will go down, they quickly take the opposite side from their usual bullish view and try to get rich quick that way. The problem for them is that they are being tricked. The manipulators want to buy physical gold bars at rock-bottom prices and transient price attacks in paper-based futures markets helps them do it.

The manipulators are being careful not to push gold prices below the hard physical buying orders. Manipulators piled on last Thursday, for example, with staggeringly large waves of short selling designed to torpedo prices. Gold and silver tend to follow the similar patterns of manipulative activity, and the exact numbers have actually been already documented in the silver market. Approximately 151 million troy ounces of paper silver were “sold” in a space of 45 minutes from 11:25 am to 12:10 pm, almost four times the amount of silver produced by the top mining company in an entire year! The net effect was a steep price decline and a great deal of cash to fill the pockets of manipulators. We can presume that the same thing happened with gold. Then, on Friday, the very next day, prices went right back up.

In spite of the effort being put in, Thursday’s manipulation event has no legs. By April, the folks who did it will have slowly bought back all the short positions they took on to do it. In contrast with the way they torpedoed prices, they will buy back the shorts in a slow and orderly manner that affects prices as little as possible. They will then likely stand for delivery of gold they purchased at rock-bottom prices from a shell-shocked market filled with hapless non-connected hedge fund managers. The hedge fund managers and their clearing brokers will scramble around searching for physical gold to meet delivery obligations. Overall, the process will help keep prices moving steadily upward over time.

If the manipulators play their game right, even as hard physical buyers raise their bids, the artificial price of gold will be kept just a little bit above the physical bids. The risk they face is only from miscalculation. For example, some unanticipated event could happen that creates a sudden and unexpected willingness, by physical buyers, to raise their bids. Thus, there is always an element of uncertainty.

Recent dramatic events at COMEX futures exchange, however, increase my level of confidence in my current forecast. As I reported last month, we saw a 729% increase in the demand for delivery of physical gold at COMEX during off-month of January 2017, year over year. This month (February) was a major delivery month, and there was another 230% increase in the delivery of physical gold bars. The huge increase in gross demand for actual physical gold bars is impressive. However, it is not the amount that was purchased but, rather, who was doing the buying that is the most important factor.

The biggest banks in the western world continued to be the biggest physical gold bar buyers during February. In many cases, their own customers are being called upon to deliver the bars to them. In total, about 18.66 metric tons worth of physical gold bars were delivered on COMEX in February. That compares to 7.99 tons delivered in February 2016. The net increase totals out to be 233% year over year, which is enormous.

HSBC, in particular, was the biggest single buyer this month. HSBC bought just over 10.62 tons worth of physical gold bars. Neither it nor its customers delivered much gold to speak of. As was the case when it made massive purchases in 2015 and 2016, these gold bars are now an asset of the bank.

J.P. Morgan was also one of the huge buyers this month. It didn’t buy quite as many gold bars as it did, last month, but it purchased about 2.4 additional tons. In contrast, J.P. Morgan’s customers were called upon to deliver about 10.95 tons, perhaps part of which went into the bank’s own asset base. As the customers scrounged around to find gold to deliver to the banks, they probably propelled gold prices upward in February.

As was the case last month, Scotia Bank was also a big net buyer. It bought about 1 ton of physical gold. Last month, it purchased 3.82 tons.

Oddly, CME, Inc. was also a significant buyer. It has consistently been a significant gold bar purchaser throughout 2016. Like Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Scotia and others, it has been stocking up. The exchange operator didn’t buy as many gold bars as a “too-big-to-fail” megabank, but its purchases were enormous, and way out of line from a historical perspective. Remember, the futures exchange operator is not a bank, a hedge fund or an independent investor. It has no obvious reason to buy physical gold bars — except one which we will discuss in a moment.

CME, Inc. bought about 1/3rd of a metric ton in 2016. This past month, it purchased another 62 kilograms. In comparison, it bought only 5 gold bars in all of 2015. The exchange is contractually liable on any default in delivery by clearing members. There hasn’t been any default yet. However, the fact that the company is now buying so many gold bars implies that it is preparing for that to happen. It seems to be planning on weathering a major supply disruption.

If some of the COMEX clearing members end up defaulting on delivery, the exchange is on the hook to supply either gold or the cash value of that gold at the time of default. It is perfectly legal for the exchange to pay customers cash, instead of the gold they contracted for, BUT if the company does that, COMEX will be discredited as a forum for price discovery. Its usefulness for market manipulation purposes will end forever. All of which brings us to the celebrated London-based metals market whistleblower Andrew McGuire…

Mr. McGuire has a history of accuracy in his description of what is going on behind the scenes at the London precious metals market. In a recent public interview, he stated that a huge crisis is in the offing. London gold dealers don’t have enough gold to meet demand. Most of the “gold” controlled by LBMA banks is actually not theirs. It is all “stored” under “non-allocated” storage contracts. These contracts give banks the right to use the gold in any way they want, including selling or leasing it.

Apparently, they’ve been selling and leasing the gold they don’t own for many years. All of it is spoken for, and there isn’t any left. With no stockpiles of their own, and facing the prospect of being cut off from the US Gold Reserve, they seem ready to default on metal delivery obligations. McGuire says that the banks are on the verge of declaring a cash settlement of all gold obligations. Because of the clever lawyers who wrote the contracts, however, this will not equal a legal default.

All the non-allocated storage contracts have a clause that allows for the “substitution” of cash in settlement of gold obligations. If McGuire is right about an oncoming crisis in London, and a cash-based “reset” is about to happen, what CME, Inc. is doing makes perfect sense. Most smaller COMEX dealers refuse to tie up cash on vaulted gold and simply wait until the last minute to buy gold to make deliveries. But, after the de facto default in London, physical gold will be unavailable at any price. These firms will be unable fulfill COMEX delivery obligations.

An educated guess would be that CME, Inc.’s motive, in buying so much physical gold, is to prevent collateral damage to the COMEX exchange’s reputation. Meanwhile, the big banks’ motivation may also revolve around an expected London default. Most of the same players operate in both NYC and London, but COMEX is the more critical market for price manipulators because it is there that world prices are set. The same people who now manipulate gold prices downward will probably turn to upside biased manipulation once the government’s subsidy ends. To profit from price manipulation, they must be able to control prices.

Continuing the credibility of the COMEX futures market, in spite of a massive London default, will enhance its dominance in price discovery. COMEX has always been the key to controlling the price of gold, in spite of the fact that the London gold market is five times larger. The London price and the world price of gold are primarily set by banks and hedge funds fighting with one another at the futures exchange. If the futures exchange allows a large scale default, it will end up as discredited as the LBMA in London.

Here is the bottom line. When the appropriate time comes, LBMA obligations can be cashed out, and the organization can be closed down. But, if COMEX is discredited, the primary profit-making vehicle will be lost forever. In contrast, by preserving COMEX in spite of the collapse of the London market, attention can be quickly shifted toward upwardly biased manipulation activities, and profit can be preserved. Meanwhile, in the shorter run, there is the prospect of selling gold bars to the hedge funds and smaller COMEX clearing members around the time of the London default. Thus, buying gold bars now, for later sale, is going to be an extraordinarily profitable gambit.

In the face of the oncoming massive upward “reset” in the price of gold, I am reminded of a recent article in Forbes magazine. The author urged President Trump to bring back the gold standard in order “to make America great again.” According to the article, there are only three choices open to President Trump.

First, muddle along under the current “dollar standard,” a position supported by resigned foreigners and some nostalgic Americans—among them Bryan Riley and William Wilson at the Heritage Foundation, and James Pethokoukis at the American Enterprise Institute.

Second, turn the International Monetary Fund into a world central bank issuing paper (e.g., special drawing rights) reserves—as proposed in 1943 by Keynes, since the 1960s by Robert A. Mundell, and in 2009 by Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People’s Bank of China. Drawbacks: This kind of standard is highly political and the allocation of special drawing rights essentially arbitrary, since the IMF produces no goods.

Third, adopt a modernized international gold standard, as proposed in the 1960s by Rueff and in 1984 by his protégé Lewis E. Lehrman …and then-Rep. Jack Kemp.

Of course, to bring back the gold standard, the price of gold versus the US dollar must be reset much higher. If Mr. McGuire is right, however, the implosion of the London gold market will do just that. It will also bring the role of gold as money back into the world’s consciousness. A massive one-off price reset will happen, dramatically devaluing cash currencies including the US dollar. Going back to the gold standard might end up being enough to offset the enormous debts built up under decades of incompetent economic management.

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JP Morgan Silver Manipulation Lawsuit Revived By Appeals Court!

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On June 29, 2016, US District Court Judge Paul Engelmayer dismissed a lawsuit against JP Morgan Chase & Co. which alleged that the bank had engaged in extensive manipulation of the price of silver, in violation of both state and federal  antitrust laws. The plaintiffs appealed. On February 1, 2017, the US Appeals Court for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals held that their complaint contained sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face. This reverses the lower court and revives the lawsuit.
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In other words, JP Morgan is now back on the “hot seat”. The most important result of this important decision is that the bank will be forced to face the process of “discovery”. Lawyers have a number of tools with which to ferret out the truth. JPM will face interrogatories, subpoenas, depositions and requests for documents. That means internal documents will be pried open.

Is JP Morgan the sole entity responsible for silver price manipulation? We don’t know that. Furthermore, our system of law and justice tells us that everyone, even mega corporations, are innocent until proven guilty. That having been said, the evidence that both the gold and silver market is being heavily manipulated is very strong.  A lot of fingers have pointed to JP Morgan but, in my view, much more than one bank is responsible. There are a number of other banks that are already being sued in other lawsuits.

The results of discovery may further implicate other banks and brokerage houses. It could make it possible to extract trading information from the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which improperly closed its own investigation of silver trading. The same issues are now being investigated by private sector lawyers who have no interest in cashing in on the possibility of future employment with the bank.  Maybe, this will help to drain the swamp.
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You can read the appellate court decision, in its entirety, by clicking the link below.
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COMEX PHYSICAL GOLD DELIVERIES RISE 729% YEAR OVER YEAR!

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Written by:  Avery B. Goodman  (01/29/2017)

The price of gold has been generally following the predictions I made on December 9, 2016.  So far, so good…

A lot of non-connected hedge funds and other speculators are now heavily short gold. That includes many people who are writing negative comments about the metal, and paying others to write negatively.  They have been drawn in by entities who know better, and who are heavily connected to the US Treasury, Federal Reserve, Bank of England, ECB, etc. The latter have likely closed most of their unhedged short positions even as the speculators have increased theirs.

The well-connected have known the gold jig is up for a very long time. They have engaged in what appears to be an attempt at a very organized and deliberate position change. A number of big banks, such as J.P. Morgan, HSBC, Goldman Sachs and others, for example, made huge purchases of gold bullion banker’s bars. They still have big problems from their past activities, but not so much on futures and forwards markets. The remaining problem comes in the form of a huge uncovered “short” position via massive tonnages of  gold inside London-based “unallocated storage” schemes.  It is possible that the unveiling of the new so-called COMEX “spot” silver and gold contract, as well as the huge physical gold purchases by big banks has been designed to shift this remaining risk.

The temporary downturn in gold prices, last week, is meaningless. It seems quite clearly to have been orchestrated by a few big options sellers. These smarmy folks always use automated trading software, around options expiration week, to trigger stop-loss orders and margin calls. It is done to temporarily push down paper gold prices, for the purpose of avoiding payouts on call options. Generally speaking, gold speculators buy many more gold calls than puts, so paying out on a rise in gold prices usually costs a great deal more than paying out after a fall in gold prices. The incentive to manipulate prices to prevent options from ending “in the money” is huge.

COMEX February options expiration day was the 26th of January, and it was the day of reckoning when buyer and seller determined how much, if anything, was owed on the matured options contracts. It is also my understanding that many of the privately negotiated “calls” at the various London’s LBMA member banks expired on the 27th. If the options dealers had not launched a coordinated attack on gold prices last week, a huge number of their “call” options would have expired heavily “in the money”. That would have meant billions paid out. Naturally, since casinos always make sure that the house never loses, the payouts won’t happen, thanks to the manipulations.

The most important thing to realize is that price manipulations, around options expiration, are always pure paper plays, and have no legs. However, they won’t end simply because access to the US gold reserve is cut off.  Such activities will continue until gold options are made illegal, or the people responsible are criminally prosecuted. A change in Presidential administrations may bring a lot of macro-level reform, including replacement of the people at the very top of the totem pole. However, regulatory staff members remain the same, as do the attorneys who work for the Department of Justice. So long as men and women continue to enter and exit federal agencies through a revolving employment and “consulting” door, into banks and brokerage houses, no serious prosecution is ever going to happen.

Far more important than the temporary manipulation of options dealers, however, is the physical market for real gold. January is an off-month for deliveries at COMEX. However, the number of gold futures contracts that stood for delivery this month resembles an active delivery month. That is interesting because COMEX has always been primarily a paper based exchange. Physical delivery is the exception rather than the rule. Delivery has always been theoretically possible, but it has been rarely done. In January 2016, for example, the holders of only 172 COMEX futures contracts demanded physical gold. In comparison, by January 27, 2017, the holders of 1,254 COMEX futures contracts held them to maturity and demanded their gold! That is a whopping 729% increase yoy!

We’ll see what happens in February. There are already an unusually large number of February contracts remaining open on Friday, a day before the first notice day. Monday is the first notice day for the February delivery month, which has always been a major one. This month is shaping up to be mildly historic in size. The overall delivery size looks like it will be at least as big as December, 2016, even though December is normally the largest delivery month by far. One thing is clear. As of Monday morning, holders of matured futures contracts are going to have to put up or shut up. They must either deposit sufficient cash to pay for the gold in full, or face involuntary liquidation.

No matter how massive the physical delivery demand may be, there is always the possibility that dealers will try to attack prices early in the month. They often do this. I believe that the reason revolves around the desire to buy physical gold bullion, from mining companies and others, at a rock-bottom price. They will do everything they can to create a fake price so long as it doesn’t cost them too much. The trouble for them is that, this month, it may cost them more to do it than they save from the results.

There always seem to be a number of “stragglers” among the contracts that are open on the first day of delivery. These speculators cannot afford to pay for their gold, but seem to foolishly hold onto their contracts anyway. They end up involuntarily liquidated and that process will always facilitate downward price manipulation. Because of the prospective size of February’s physical delivery (which is probably mirrored at the LBMA in London), however, gold prices should be resilient to this type of manipulative activity.

I think the rise in gold prices will begin, in earnest, somewhat earlier than usual this month. It should occur, at the latest, by the middle of the month, or even a lot earlier, as opposed to the typical late-in-the-month price rise that often occurs during big delivery months. The massive and very unusual physical demand in January is likely to have exhausted many of most easily accessed supplies, which will make it particiularly difficult for banksters to maintain such shenanigans.

Looking further out, as I have said before, other precious metals prices in 2017 will also be driven upward, by being cross traded with gold, as a result of the closure of the US gold reserve. A vast majority of the people surrounding President Donald Trump are not inclined to allow continued drainage of America’s golden treasure. Incoming Treasury Secretary Mnuchin has given lip service to the “strong” dollar policy, but both he and President Trump have stated that the US dollar is now overvalued. The impact of lower exports and higher imports on GDP has already showed up in dismal GDP performance numbers.

Political cooperation with bankster driven gold price manipulation has always been primarily driven by a desire to stabilize and/or prop up the exchange value of the US dollar. Since America’s leaders now want the dollar down, not up, giving access to the US gold reserve makes no sense. It will be cut off as soon as Obama’s gold-related executive orders come to Mr. Trump’s attention. That should happen a few days after the new Treasury Secretary is confirmed.  I have no doubt that the dealers are acutely aware of the fact that Obama’s not-so-secret orders, opening up the gold reserve to gold location swaps and other access, are now history. Downward price manipulation, at the current low pricing point, will become difficult or impossible. In the absence of the US Gold Reserve, prices must rise substantially before highly profitable manipulative activity can begin again.

The reversal of Obama’s executive orders are likely to be as much of a secret as the executive orders themselves were. I don’t expect any formal announcement as such. When it does finally happen, however, there should be a sudden price surge. That doesn’t mean gold is suddenly going to rise to $5,000+ per ounce. That will eventually happen. However, normal markets do not rise like rocketships. Prices may rise by $75 to $100 over a week or two. That is healthier than a massive $300 overnight skyrocket. Massive quick increases in any asset price, in the absence of some unusual major outside event, is the result of upside oriented market manipulation.

We will eventually see a lot of upside manipulation in gold prices (followed by repeated short price collapses) as manipulators turn their attention to profiting, in a different manner, from price volatility. The key point is that when gold prices finally move above the equilibrium point between supply and demand, they can be pushed upward, and then allowed to fall, without any need for physical gold. Until that change in orientation, however, we will see prices driven upward solely by the continuing excess of physical buyers over sellers.

Note that physical precious metals buyers, unlike futures market speculators, are thrifty people who don’t like overpaying. This won’t stop the early stages of a fast price rise, but it will begin to put downward price pressure, in the short run, if prices go too far too fast. Physical buyers stop buying when prices rise very fast. They will resist purchasing until they get used to new prices. The process requires time. That’s why gold price destabilization, rather than price suppression, is the primary goal of gold market manipulators. I expect the price of gold to rise slowly but steadily back to its prior supply/demand equilibrium point (somewhere between $1,500 and $1,600 or a bit higher).

If major upside manipulation events begin or a major outside event occurs, like a major default on corporate and government bonds, widespread insolvency of pension plans and/or the demise of the Euro currency, the sky will be the limit. Evidence of fiat currency instability will be so high, once the Eurozone collapses, that a much higher floor will be put underneath precious metal pricing.

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JP MORGAN GOBBLES UP A MINIMUM OF OVER 31 TONS (POSSIBLY UP TO 186 TONS!) OF PHYSICAL GOLD!

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Back in August 2015, I noted that Goldman Sachs and HSBC had taken delivery of a huge tonnage of physical gold, probably purchased near the lows. Physical bars of gold are, by definition, a very long term investment in the yellow metal. At the time, the two banks were telling clients and others not to buy gold, even as they were loading up on it, themselves.

Let’s fast forward…

Starting in December 2015, JP Morgan began buying tremendous quantities of physical gold, as opposed to paper/electronic gold futures, forwards, ETF certificates etc. From December 1, 2015 to December 29, 2016, the big bank purchased and took physical delivery of over 31 metric tonnes worth of bars of the yellow metal for its house account at COMEX alone.

In other words, it now has a physical gold pile which, at minimum, is worth over $1.1 billion at $1,140 per troy ounce, and it is an asset of the corporate bank. By May, 2016, unlike the actions of GS and HSBC in buying while advising clients to sell, analysts at JP Morgan were beginning to encourage customers to buy gold also.

Let me repeat that the enormous purchase of 31+ tonnes of traceable physical gold occurred at New York’s COMEX exchange. The so-called “OTC” gold market in London is five times larger than the gold market in New York City, and if they were buying at COMEX, they were probably buying in London also. The problem with London is that the “LBMA” is not a formal exchange with disclosure rules and regulatory oversight. It is simply an informal collection of banks who operate by agreeing to a common set of rules of engagement. Transactions are secret.

We will never know how much physical gold has been purchased in London by JP Morgan, HSBC, Goldman Sachs or anyone else. However, if JPM’s purchases happen to be synchronized to market size, with New York’s COMEX, they will have purchased another 155 metric tons, for a total of 186 tonnes of gold. Either way, JPM is now in the realm of a sovereign sized gold holding. Most countries hold less than 31 tonnes of gold. Only a handful own more than 186 tonnes.

Why would a commercial bank, like JPM, make such a huge investment in physical gold bars? Is it just opportunism? Is it because they know that gold prices are going to rise dramatically? Do they know this because, as many have alleged, the company houses the most important or some of the most important people who run the gold price manipulation scheme? That’s fun to say but it makes no sense as a explanation for the purchase of so much physical gold. JPM may or may not be a gold manipulator, but that fact is irrelevant with respect to this question.

Generally speaking, the idea behind gold price manipulation is to mint a quick paper profit. If you can convince a foolish and incompetent American President to subsidize your front-running operation, by claiming that it is a way of “stabilizing the value of the US dollar”… all the better. Getting a government subsidy increases profits and reduces risk. But, there is no good reason to choose physical gold as your avenue of manipulation and every reason not to. For one thing, it is a non-leveraged investment. For another, it is more difficult to trade than shares of GLD, other ETFs, gold futures contracts, and mining company shares. All of the latter are far more efficient investments so long as the question of being able to get the real thing doesn’t come up.

In fact, all the big banks, including JPM have bought significant stakes in various gold mining companies over the last 2 years. Why spend money to store and insure physical bars of gold when it is more efficient to mint your profits by simply buying more mining company shares? That’s why the purchase of so much physical gold is puzzling. It seems to me that something bigger must be going on behind the scenes.

JP Morgan is the US Treasury and Federal Reserve’s most important proxy in financial markets. For example, it manages the Fed’s entire mortgage bond portfolio. Physical gold is not normally something that is on the top of the trading floor’s list of preferred products. These purchases are now tying up a significant percentage of the bank’s capital. In order to put so many resources into physical gold bars, JPM’s top management would have had to approve the action. That means the purchases must be supported by some very good underlying reason.

Top JPM management knows a lot more about the inside story about what is going on, behind the scenes, than we know. Is something big about to happen that will dramatically raise the value of real physical gold bars, above more convenient forms of gold ownership? I can think of only two scenarios that would make a large pile of physical gold bars the best corporate investment for a big bank (as opposed to its customers).

One scenario is that JP Morgan knows we have reached the end game and are on the cusp of the long anticipated collapse of the synthetic gold market (ie: gold futures, forwards, “unallocated” storage, maybe GLD etc.). If the gold derivatives market collapses, people will accept only physical gold for a very long time afterward. That would make a physical gold hoard far more profitable than even shares of a mining company. Remember, it takes time to mine more gold. But, the holder of a huge pile of existing bars can sell them, right away, when the level of panic is extreme, at the very top of the market, when demand (and prices) are at their highest.

Another scenario involves being at the cusp of a massive change in the world’s monetary system. If JP Morgan’s top management knows that physical gold is going to be a key part of what replaces the fiat US dollar as the international standard of exchange, and if that change is not very far in the future, it would make perfect sense to buy physical gold. Again, the holder would be in an excellent position to sell the gold bars to third parties (mainly, I suppose, to other banks and even nations) at the very top of the market.

The scenarios I’ve listed, above, are the only ones that come into my mind at the moment. That is not to say that the list is complete. Are there any more possible scenarios that provide a logical answer as to why JP Morgan is investing so much of its capital in such a huge number of physical gold bars?

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STRONG GOLD STANDARD ADVOCATE STILL CONSIDERED FOR TOP CABINET POSITION

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NEWS FLASH!!

Written by: Avery B. Goodman

On November 29, 2016, I wrote that John Allison, retired CEO of BB&T Bank and the libertarian think tank, CATO Institute, was being considered for appointment as the new U.S. Treasury Secretary. That was music to the ears of many people including me. The man is a real banker, as opposed to a bankster, and his bank concentrated on real lending, the way a bank ought to, rather than opportunistic gambling and manipulation. He spent his life running an institution that supported American business. That, of course, supported good jobs that sustain communities.

In fact, BB&T Bank was one of the handful of major American financial institutions that remained very well capitalized during the 2008 financial crisis. It didn’t need any help from the U.S. government, although it was forced to take the “help” anyway. Allison opposed “TARP” and was sharply critical of the bailouts. His bank was pressured into accepting the money because it was thought that if banks like BB&T didn’t, the truth about the insolvency of a majority of American banks would be forced out of the closet.

Mr. Allison believes, as do I and most clear thinking people, that the world would be better off returning to a strict gold standard. He also believes that the Federal Reserve makes the swings in the business cycle more severe, and that the central bank ought to be closed down. It was very disappointing when I found out that former hedge fund manager, Steve Mnuchin, was awarded the US Treasury Secretary position, instead.

It seemed like Allison was going back to Winston-Salem, NC, empty handed. That was a sad shame considering how well-qualified he is. More recently, however, I learned that it isn’t over, and I wanted to share that with you. Mnuchin may be getting the coveted Treasury Secretary position, but Allison is still being seriously considered for “other administration positions”. In an interview in his hometown newspaper, for example, he disclosed that the 90-minute discussion with President Trump was only partly about the possibility of becoming U.S. Treasury Secretary.

Allison was actually being vetted for a number of other top positions. At the moment, he refuses to say which ones. But, he did mention that the idea that he join the Trump administration came from Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Mr. Pence had read his book about the 2008 financial crisis, and asked him to testify about it while he was still a Congressman. According to Allison:

“He thought my book was one of the best explanation of the crisis. As such, he was kind enough to inform the president-elect of my qualifications to serve in his administration. It was flattering to have been asked to meet with (Trump), and if I had been asked to serve in an administrative position, it would have required some significant thought and consideration.”

Oddly, although he says he wants to close it down, Allison is particularly interested in serving as Chairman of the Federal Reserve when Janet Yellen’s position expires. He says that he is willing to do that even though his real goal is to end the Fed. That’s because, in his opinion (and he is probably right) it is going to be politically impossible to close it down abruptly. His compromise is to, at least, end the central bank’s interest rate discretion. He wants to force the Fed to strictly comply with the “Taylor Rule”, which is a formula that determines what the interest rate should be, based on other economic factors.

Clearly, adherence to the Taylor Rule would rein in the Fed, because the basis for determination of the prevailing interest rate would be openly disclosed.  Since everyone would have equal knowledge and automatically know what the interest rate would be, members of the FOMC could no longer tip off their friends and colleagues at the banks they once worked at. It would eliminate the insider’s advantage, and destroy the incentive to place Trojan horses on the Fed’s interest rate setting committee to the benefit of certain trading firms.

As to going back to gold, the best alternative is not necessarily to “end the Fed”. Rather, it is better to simply return gold to “legal tender” status. The Federal Reserve should be allowed to continue printing its notes. Paper and electronic dollars would continue to be used, alongside gold, to the extent that people wanted to use them. Both dollars and gold would be legal tender for payment of all debts, public and private. In order to stabilize the value of gold (and of the dollar), leveraged trading would become illegal.

By monetizing gold, we would have the best of both worlds. There would be an automatic one-off increase in the money supply without resorting to confidence-destroying measures like money-printing. The increase probably wouldn’t be used for speculation in the stock market. That’s because the primary dealers would not be able to  borrow it at the Federal Reserve’s daily loan windows. As “better money”, most of it would disappear from circulation, based on Gresham’s Law. That, however, is a very good thing. As people’s savings, rather than a medium of exchange, gold could serve as the buffer that stabilizes against the big booms and busts induced by the fiat dollar economy.

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COMEX CREATES A NEW FAKE “SPOT” PHYSICAL GOLD & SILVER MARKET!

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Is money burning holes in your pockets? Do you want to be rid of it? Do you like the idea of giving the perfect gift to your friendly neighborhood bankster?

If so, CME, Inc. has just the deal for you. Their precious metals futures exchange, also known as “COMEX”,  will allow you put your money at risk, with no return on investment, beginning on January 9, 2017. It is on that date that it will unveil its new so-called “gold and silver spot” contract.

Careful reading of the minutae of the contract announcement reveals the truth and it isn’t pretty. Unfortunately, most people won’t read the contract and many who do read won’t understand. That’s why entities like CME, Inc. get away with so much. That is also why I am going to make an effort to educate people to this scam. First, let’s look at how cleverly COMEX discloses the truth, even as it defrauds its customers:

On Sunday January 8, 2017, for trade date Monday, January 9, trading will commence in COMEX Gold and Silver Spot Futures. On each COMEX business day, the Exchange will list for trading one Gold Spot Futures (GSP) contract, and one Silver Spot Futures (SSP) contract. The contract will trade up to 5:00 pm New York time for that business day. Open positions at that 5:00 pm closing time will result in physical delivery of unallocated metal – gold or silver – on the spot value date.

By using the word “spot”, the company implies that buyers will be purchasing physical gold. Of course, that’s what they want you to believe and what most people who buy it will believe. Unfortunately, it is not true. Each so-called “spot” contract confers nothing more than a right to theoretical gold or silver. The metal, itself will remain as imaginary as it always has. The key to it all is that unallocated gold and silver holders, by definition, OWN NO IDENTIFIABLE BAR OF GOLD OR SILVER.  As a result, the use of the words “physical” and “delivery” is nothing more than a fraud. No one can “physically deliver” what doesn’t exist.

The supposed “delivery” will be done by a notation on an electronic statement. The statement will say you “own” the right to “x” number of ounces of gold or silver. If you ever do demand a real bar, the dealer will have the option of settling with you in cash. If the dealer has no gold and has no cash, you’ll be an unsecured creditor, with a low priority claim, in bankruptcy court. You won’t get paid one red cent.

Let’s say you’re an unallocated gold holder who has read this article. You’ve decided that imaginary gold is not good enough. You call their bluff.  You demand real physical delivery. The dealer must then take metal from its general stock, if it has any.  If too many people ask for real gold or silver, the whole scam collapses and you’re out of luck. One big problem is that the banks that run London’s unallocated gold market, which is where these new COMEX contracts will be based, are generally believed to hold only one ounce of real metal for every 100 that they supposedly “sell”.

CME, Inc. will argue that the exchange “guarantees” the trade, but the claim is basically meaningless. If one dealer goes belly-up, it is possible that COMEX will reimburse you. Or, it is also possible that they’ll find an excuse not to reimburse you, such as by saying that the dealer didn’t completely follow their rules. But, assuming they do reimburse you, they will almost certainly do it with cash, not with metal. If one dealer has collapsed, since all the dealers are deeply intermeshed with one another, it is probable that the failure will bring down a lot of them. With a run on the bank like that, the exchange itself will collapse.

To adding insult to injury, dealers often attempt to charge up to a whopping 1% per year to store so-called unallocated gold or silver. That is in spite of the fact that they are “storing” nothing but vault air! The bottom line is this… DO NOT TOUCH THE UNALLOCATED PRECIOUS METAL SCAM WITH A TEN FOOT POLE. The new COMEX contract is a rehash of the same old scam. If you are already involved in unallocated gold or silver, get out while you still can. If you wait long enough, you may end up with nothing.

Remember something critical. Gold is money. Unallocated gold is not gold. It does not exist. It is a bank issued bond similar to those that were sold in the days of the gold standard. It carries the same risk as a bank gold bond. Then, as now, the bank could fail, and often did. Therefore, in return for putting your capital at risk, interest should be paid. If it isn’t, you’re a fool to put your money in. Back in gold standard days, nobody in their right mind was fool enough to hand gold to a bank without being paid interest. No one should do it now either. Beyond that, only a blooming idiot would ever pay a storage fee on his own money, when the bank is using it as working capital, selling it or lending it out as they do with so-called “unallocated” gold/silver.

How can you buy gold and silver while avoiding scams like this? Middle class people should buy coins and small bars at retail gold dealers. People wealthy enough to buy 100+ ounces of gold at one time should REJECT the solicitations of any broker who tries to get them to agree to an “unallocated” scheme. That includes the new one that COMEX will be promoting, starting next month. If your broker keeps pushing the idea, fire him, and find somebody else to help you with your money.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT TAIWAN AND THE SO-CALLED “ONE CHINA” POLICY

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Because of the recent bru-ha-ha over a telephone call that President-elect Donald J. Trump took from the President of Taiwan, I decided to investigate the island’s history, to find out the real story.  I was very surprised by what I found. The history of human habitation on the island of Taiwan goes back 8,000 years. Contrary to official mainland Chinese propaganda, and popular belief in America, the island has not been a historical part of the Chinese Empire for all of Chinese history.

Prior to 1624, the natives of Taiwan were primarily Polynesian in appearance and culture. Accounts from those days, indicate that they were not related to orientals or Han Chinese at all. They were a light brown-skinned people, typically proto-Caucasian in appearance. They looked and acted much the same as native Hawaiians, Tahitians and Maori. Indeed, most scientists  believe that the Polynesian people originated on Taiwan.

As a result of large-scale Chinese in-migration and interbreeding, however, the remaining “tribes people”, now referred to as “aboriginal Taiwanese” have acquired Han Chinese facial features, including the straight shiny black hair, wide cheekbones and epicanthically folded eyelids. These were NOT the people that were found on the island hundreds of years ago, however, when it was first colonized by westerners.

In 1624, Dutch traders established a crown colony on the island with the intent of using it as a base to trade with China and Japan. The Dutch East India Company came up with a novel idea on getting something the Chinese and Japanese would be willing to pay for.  Both mainland China and Japan were big food importers then just like now. The Dutch administration, therefore, imported farmers from Europe, and set up a system of rice and sugar plantations.

To work the land, they imported about 50-60,000 Chinese. The deal was this: the Dutch would supply free transport to the island, free tools, farming advice, seed and oxen. In return, Chinese farmers were required to pay 10% of all their crops to the Dutch. Not a bad deal. The Dutch were thinking long-term because, at the time, the Chinese Empire had no desire to control the island. Bureaucrats in Beijing viewed it as worthless. They called it a “miserable mud flat” and the “Gate of Hell”.

By 1626, things were shaping up so nicely that the Spanish sought to muscle in on the Dutch. They established a foothold in the northern portion of the island, but were expelled within 20 years. Unfortunately, for the Dutch colonists, who had adopted Taiwan as their new home, in 1662, war broke out between the dying Ming and incoming Qing dynasties in mainland China. That ended as a disaster for the Ming, whose fleeing troops then became a disaster for the young Dutch colony.  About 7,000 surviving Ming troops fled to Taiwan in 200 warships.

Sensing weakness (the Dutch garrison numbered about 180), the Ming escapees didn’t ask permission to land and settle. They simply attacked, and wrested control of the island away from the Dutch, by so-called “right of conquest”. After killing most of the Dutchmen, they found themselves as fascinated by “yellow hair” as Chinese men still are today. The Ming officers, therefore, forced all the remaining Dutch women into slavery as concubines and prostitutes. Most were kept by Ming officers. Some were used by the Ming officers and, later, sold for service to the common troops. The daughters of the well-known Dutch missionary Antonius Hambroek met this fate.

About 20 years passed, and the Ming slowly won the loyalty of various native chiefs, replacing the Dutch in the trading deals. By the 1680s, the Ming felt strong enough to mount a mainland offensive. They wanted to reestablish their dynasty in the only place that counted, “the middle kingdom between the mountains and the sea” (a/k/a mainland China). They landed troops and tried to rally support on the mainland.

The scheme failed. In the end, the Ming were routed again. This time, however, even though they loathed the island of Taiwan, the rulers of the Qing dynasty was not about to allow the surviving Ming to return to Taiwan to rebuild their power again. So, they were followed back to the island. Then, the Ming were finally and decisively defeated. The Qing took control over those portions of the island that had been previously controlled by the Dutch, and ended the Ming dynasty once and for all.

Qing control, however, was always as spotty as that of their predecessors. At the height, in 1895, the Qing dynasty still only controlled 45% of the island. The rest, about 55%, was under the control of various native chiefs. Earlier, beginning in 1592, the Japanese Empire unilaterally decided that the island was rightfully a part of Japan. It contested the Chinese Qing dynasty’s claim to Taiwan, which it viewed as invalid. According to the Japanese, the island had always been part of the “natural and historic islands of Japan.” Indeed, although they didn’t know enough anthropology to use it as an excuse, Japan’s original  inhabitants, prior to immigration from parts of China, was a similar non-Mongoloid race, the “Ainu”.

A mass invasion was attempted in 1619, but it failed as a result of a typhoon that sank the Japanese ships. Finally, in 1895, the Japanese won sovereignty in the Sino-Japan War. During Japan’s rule, many inhabitants of Taiwan, though genetically mostly Chinese, enthusiastically adopted Japanese culture, names and language. They also enlisted in and were ready to fight for their beloved Japanese Emperor. About 200,000 of the troops that invaded China were ethnic Han Taiwanese, who viewed themselves as being just as loyal to the Japanese emperor as people who might live in Tokyo or Osaka.

During the war, the Chinese government renounced all treaties with Japan and made return of the island of Taiwan a primary war goal. After Japan was defeated by the USA, the island was handed back to mainland China. However, the unruly islanders didn’t like the idea of mainland control, regardless of their ethnic blood lines. They proved difficult to control. Several hundred thousand native Japanese were residents by then, and the rest of the population was heavily Japanized. The native Japanese were so difficult to handle that they were expelled to Japan very quickly.

By 1947, however, “anti-mainlander” sentiment had vastly increased among the Japanized Han population. The result was widespread violence, looting and riots. It all ended in a mass revolt, in which tens of thousands of Taiwanese died by the hands of mainland Chinese armies (the Kuomintang at the time). Then, in 1949, the Communists took control of the mainland, isolating the remaining nationalist troops to Taiwan. Over the years, nationalists from the mainland have become less disliked, and integrated into Taiwanese society and vice versa.

One thing is clear. There is no moral imperative that supports the so-called “One China” policy. In fact, viewing the mainland and the island of Taiwan as “one China” has been a very misguided concept from the very beginning. In reality, mainland China has no better claim to the island of Taiwan than Japan, Holland, or Spain. The current racial mix on the island means that the inhabitants have a majority of Han Chinese genes. That does not mean the mainland Chinese government has a right to control their lives or their foreign relations. The islanders have a much more morally defensible claim toward independence.

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Written by: Avery B. Goodman

There seems to be some new, seemingly crazy, action by the PM Modi administration in India every day. Last month, for example, they capriciously demonetized the primary forms of cash used commercial transactions in India. It was a stupid thing to do. At the least, it was carried out in a very incompetent manner. It led to chaos, as banks and citizens ran out of cash. Some truckers were even unable to find sufficient cash to pay for fuel and had to abandon deliveries. It was a bit crazy… and economists now expect the demonetization of 86% of India’s money supply to cost several GDP percentage points. Not the smartest way to a run a country. Certainly not a wise method of developing one.

Once someone gets a bad reputation, like that, it is easy for people to believe the worst about him. Whether he deserves it or not, Indian PM Modi has gained the reputation of a madman, or a fool in some western business circles. Naturally, therefore, that has made it easier to plant stories in the business news media hyping up some additional alleged madness. The Indian Finance Ministry, in a show of determination, stated on December 1st that new rules would require that gold be purchased out of income disclosed on prior tax returns, or using exempt income that isn’t taxable (like agricultural income), or using reasonable household savings, or must be “legally inherited from explained sources.”

Contrary to the hype, the supposedly “new” rules actually change nothing. No doubt, the Indian government will become more aggressive in enforcing the law. However, the “new” rules are merely a restatement of old rules that already existed. It has never been legal to defraud the Indian government of taxes. It has never been legal to buy assets, be it gold or anything else, with the proceeds of tax fraud. The newly announced rules are essentially a “press release”, a public relations notice, designed to appeal to less wealthy Indians, who have long been irritated by the ostentatious displays of wealthier neighbors.

In truth, the Indian government has added protection that didn’t exist before. For example, each married woman is protected from being required to show how she managed to get up to 1/2 kilo of gold, worth about $18,000. That’s a huge amount of money in India. Each unmarried woman has the right to not be questioned about up to 1/4 kilo or $9,000 worth of gold, also a huge amount for the country. Each man has the right to keep up to 1/10th kilo or about $3,600 worth. No questions will be asked about such amounts, even if the stuff really was bought with black money. On top of that, an unlimited amount of inherited gold can be kept, free and clear, and tax policemen now have the discretion to “look the other way” at even higher amounts.

Obviously, the Modi government cannot hope to win reelection if it terrorizes the whole Indian population. Even if it wanted to do that, India’s constitutional protection against illegal search and seizure, while not as strong as in the USA, is still substantial. The government does not have an unfettered right to invade people’s homes, businesses and safe deposit boxes simply because it wants to. It faces the same problem as tax authorities in the USA and elsewhere. It must justify such a search and obtain a warrant in all but the most unusual situations.

Indian law can be summarized as follows:

“Legislative intrusion [into the right of privacy in India – AG] must be tested on the touchstone of reasonableness as guaranteed by the Constitution and for that purpose the Court can go into proportionality of the intrusion vis-à-vis the purpose sought to be achieved. (2) So far as administrative or executive action is concerned it has to be reasonable having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case. (3) As to judicial warrants, the Court must have sufficient reason to believe that the search or seizure is warranted and it must keep in mind the extent of search or seizure necessary for protection of the particular State interest. In addition, as stated earlier, common law did recognise rare exceptions for conduct of warrantless searches could be conducted but these had to be in good faith, intended to preserve evidence or intended to prevent sudden anger to person or property.”

Under Indian law, like that of the United States, people are deemed innocent until proven guilty.  The state must prove that black money was used to buy gold before it can be permanently seized. Don’t get me wrong. I have little doubt that Indian tax police will target and be unfair toward certain people, especially ostentacious rich ones who support the opposition. It will also target businesses that are washing demonetized notes, especially those exchanging them for gold. But although the flamboyantly rich, and black market traders, buy what seems like ridiculously large quantities of gold, the vast majority of gold demand comes from tens of millions of average middle class people. The government won’t be bothering them. It also won’t be bothering rural farmers who purchase about a third of the gold imported into India each year. I might add that the income of the farmers is agricultural income and exempt from tax.

Indian tax authorities have always sought warrants to search and seize gold from targeted people. It has been doing that for decades. For example, all the way back in 1996, under the now-opposition Congress Party, it seized 28 kg. worth of gold, allegedly purchased with black money acquired through bribery. The gold bars were in possession of the ostentatious widow of the late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa at the time of seizure. The case is still pending in the very slow Indian court system.

The idea that the Indian government will terrorize a lot of middle class Indian families, looking for illicit gold, is ridiculous. The announcement is being intentionally used for its shock value and has been deliberately misconstrued. Remember, misinformation is one of the most powerful tools used during major market manipulation events. Misinformation can and is used to panic people, especially over-leveraged gamblers. If they swallow the nonsense, and it appears gamblers in NYC and London are swallowing it right now, the open interest in gold derivatives can be reduced at a minimal cost. That lowers the exposure of casino banksters to higher gold prices.

Once you look at the what is really going on, you see a very different picture from the one that is hyped by naive western speculators who spread the stories, and the manipulators who invent them. In truth, India recently scrapped disruptive requirements that required 20% of all imported gold to be re-exported. According to a highly placed Reuters’ source, they will scrap other gold import limitations next week. It will soon be considerably easier to import gold into India. If not for the demonetization that reduced the money to buy with, demand would immediately rise. As it is, demand will still rise, though it may fall marginally in the short term. Let’s face it, after the recent actions of the Indian government, few law abiding (or non-law-abiding) people are going to be saving rupees.

It is important to take the trouble to carefully calculate the true Chinese gold demand, because once you do that, everything becomes crystal clear. You need to correct for the intentional or unintentional, but nevertheless massive, multiple under-count errors made by GFMS. Once you do the numbers, you’ll find that the end result is a huge gap between worldwide gold demand and supply. It is so large, in fact, that not even the complete elimination of the 800 tons of gold that India might normally be expected to buy this year, would fill it.

In other words, even if India somehow didn’t buy one more ounce of the yellow metal, there would still be an unfilled gap of nearly 1,000 tons at prices below $1,200 per troy ounce. Notably, this demand calculation does not include the possibility of increased demand for gold in Turkey. Its citizens have just been instructed by their President Erdogan to “buy gold and lira”, not foreign currencies. The numbers also exclude next year’s probable increase in Islamic gold demand now that the “Shariah gold standard” has finally been set. No consideration is also given to the probability that instability in Europe, especially due to the upcoming election in France, could massively increase demand in that nation.

Gold prices will begin to climb sharply once the current manipulation event runs its course. An objective look at the real numbers makes it clear that some entity has filled a huge and growing supply gap for at least 4 years running. That not-so-mysterious entity, in all probability, is the US Treasury, which is accomplishing it mostly through arrangements with the Bank of England. There is little question that very large swap liens, taken against gold reserves held at Fort Knox, have been deployed to fill the gap.

Things are changing. First of all, even if the willingness to piss away America’s gold were still there, at the current burn rate, the entire gold reserve will be gone within a maximum of 2-3 years. However, the new Trump government includes several highly placed gold standard supporters, most notably the man who is shaping up to be the single most powerful influence on President-elect Donald J. Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence. The speed by which casino bankers lose unfettered access to America’s gold will be based primarily on how fast Trump can reverse the Obama era executive orders.

The quasi-secret order, allowing access to America’s gold reserves, was probably signed on April 11, 2013. As soon as they get to it, it will be reversed. The Obama era, during which our golden treasure was foolishly pissed away in profit-making schemes, concocted by NYC and London banksters, is now over. That is the fact that will dominate pricing in 2017 and beyond, not whether India changes its gold imports by a few 100 tons of gold, more or less. It is impossible to know the exact bottom in a market manipulation. However, now or soon is the time to buy, not sell. For a more detailed explanation of what is happening with respect to the Trump administration and our gold reserves, click here.

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THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TURN OUT TO BE GOLD STANDARD FANS

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Vice President-elect Michael Pence is currently the most powerful single political influence on President-elect Trump. Among other things, he is in charge of the transition team. He will also be in charge, after the inauguration, with dealing with Congress. For leftists, hostile to gold, that is a problem. However, for those of us who believe that the only way to solve our long-term economic problems is by a return to honest money, it is a godsend.

The editor of the New York Sun realized this quite a while ago. He wrote, back in July, about the wise choice of then-Governor Mike Pence as a running mate:

“Donald Trump’s choice of Mike Pence for vice president would — if it is confirmed tomorrow — be a promising pick for those of us who see a restoration of sound money as the essential precondition for returning America’s economy to a trajectory of jobs and growth…

Why did the paper write this? Left-wing economists and politicians have a long standing case of aurophobia. They hate gold because it inhibits both corporatist and government control over the economy. Don’t bother telling them that the dishonest system of “debt money” enslaves the very people they claim to protect. Don’t bother pointing out that debt based money favors the accumulation of capital by a narrow portion of society who receive the money first. I am, of course, talking about the bankers on Wall Street. Don’t bother warning them that the constant inflation, inherent in debt money, will eventually destroy the hopes, dreams and savings of the middle class. They don’t want to listen.

In contrast, Vice President Elect Mike Pence views gold from the standpoint of a person who does not want the large corporations and government to have complete and detailed control over the economy. His view, therefore, is diametrically opposite. He believes that gold is important to the system because it provides a base against which other things can be measured. In a speech at the Detroit Economic Club in November 2010, he said, and I quote:

“…My dear friend, the late Jack Kemp, probably would have urged me to adopt the gold standard, right here and now in Detroit. Robert Zoellick, the president of the World Bank, encouraged that we rethink the international currency system including the role of gold, and I agree. I think the time has come to have a debate over gold, and the proper role it should play in our nations monetary affairs. A pro-growth agenda begins with sound monetary policy…”

President-Elect Trump, himself, can be said to be a bit of a gold bug. He bought the yellow metal in the 1970s at about $185 per ounce, and sold it at $780. After that experience, the taste for gold never left him. During the campaign, he stated:

“Bringing back the gold standard would be very hard to do, but boy would it be wonderful, because we’d have a standard on which to base our money.”

In contrast, starting with a not-so-secret executive order, signed on April 11, 2013, President Obama seems to have authorized a raid on American gold reserves to bolster his administration’s claims of economic success. The banksters’ scheme was designed to control the chirping “canary in the coal mine” (rising gold prices) because it was singing too loudly of failed economic policies. It was also designed to put a lot of private profits into banker’s pockets. Thankfully, things are going to be different.

The new administration is looking very gold-friendly. Neither Pence nor Trump have outright stated that they intend to restore the gold standard, although Pence did hint at it. Does that mean it’s going to happen? Probably not. The stupidity of the Obama  administration, in giving license to the banksters to drain away America’s gold reserves, has made it nearly impossible. The only way would be to institute an secret program to buy back the gold. Issuing new dollars in exchange for gold would increase the money supply, a form of economic stimulus, so it might fit into the new President’s plans.

It’s not only the President and Vice President who like the gold standard. Dr. Judy Shelton was one of the two economists named to Donald Trump’s economic advisory team in August. She is now a member of the President-Elect’s transition team, and is a very strong gold standard supporter. Shelton first rose to prominence among economists when she predicted the economic collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, two years before it happened. She says that many of the same issues are now appearing in the American banking system.  Her answer: reestablish the gold standard!

In an article in Fortune magazine, Dr. Shelton stated, and I quote:

In terms of gold being involved, some people may think of that as a throwback, but I see it as a sophisticated, forward-looking approach because gold is neutral and it’s universal.

The pre-election statements of President and Vice President, as well as the opinions of their most loyal advisors, answer the question many worry about. Some worry that “too many” people associated with Goldman Sachs are being appointed to positions in the Trump administration. Perhaps. However, that does not mean that banksters will be given free reign to continue doing what banksters have done in the past. In this case, banksters will not be allowed to continue pissing away America’s precious gold reserves. Top Trump administration people will surely see the schemes for what they are — personal enrichment programs for the banksters that support them.

The “Gold Reserve Act”, passed by Congress in 1934, requires the consent of the President before the Secretary of the Treasury can authorize tapping into America’s gold reserve. That’s what the meeting with President Obama and the CEOs of the biggest gold dealing banks, on April 11, 2013, was all about. It took place one day before the biggest attack on gold prices ever undertaken. The fact that the meeting took place at all, however, indicates that even left-wing Barack Obama was questioning the wisdom of raiding America’s gold.

Donald Trump appreciated the money that Steven Mnuchin, his only well-connected Wall Street fund raiser, brought in during the Presidential campaign. It is natural to reward someone after something like that, and that is why Mnuchin is now going to be US Treasury Secretary. But, even if he wanted to, which is not at all clear, it is very unlikely that Mnuchin would be able to convince President Trump to leave Obama’s gold reserve blasting executive order intact. Remember, Mr. Trump took issue with the idea of spending $4 billion worth of easily printable paper dollars on several new “Air Force One” 747s. Do you think he’s going to be convinced by anyone to piss away gold reserves, which are very difficult to replace?

The decline in gold prices, during November and December has been designed to allow manipulators with large, long-standing short gold positions, to shell-shock markets, facilitating an orderly escape with minimal damage. The hyping of India’s tax law changes was part of that, and is part of the strategy used to demoralize long speculators. The truth, however, is that even if India stopped importing gold, entirely, given the current excess of demand over supply, demand would still far exceed mining and scrap refining supplies. With that gap unfilled, the price must rise substantially. For more information about the true supply/demand situation for gold, see this article.

Going forward, the unplugged gap between supply and demand will be closed by the real market, not from further donations from the American treasury. Prices will rise once the banksters see the prospective cutoff from access to America’s gold reserves come too close for comfort. At that point, which will probably come in late December to early January, they will spin off whatever small short position they still have left, at any price they must pay to do it, and the upward movement will begin in earnest.

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“It moves fast, kind of like Robert Ludlum’s “Jason Bourne” trilogy…”

–  Josh Pullman –

The Synod is a conspiracy of 8 large international banks who seek to control gold, stock, bond and commodity markets all over the world. Jack Severs runs for his life when he learns too much, as the most sophisticated surveillance system ever built is deployed to track him down. As the ever-tightening noose closes, he struggles to uncover evidence to save himself and his world from collapsing! An exciting, fictional, fun and educational thriller about the banking cartel. Learn about the methods used to manage the price of gold and every other market on the planet, and how this affects business, politics and daily life in both the fictional and real worlds.

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