Sobreoferta y especulación signaron mercado petrolero en 2016

Los precios del petróleo permanecieron débiles en 2016, presionados por la sobreoferta de esta materia prima y una fuerte actividad especulativa, que los mantuvieron la mayor parte del año por debajo de los 50 dólares el barril.

Su cotización comenzó en enero en cerca de 38 dólares el tonel, y permaneció en ese entorno o menos en febrero y marzo para trepar a más de 45 al cierre de abril. Luego despidió mayo cercana a los 50 dólares, nivel en el que no ha podido estabilizarse debido a la gravitación sobre ella de los factores mencionados.

De acuerdo con expertos, las razones que signaron la caída de los precios desde mediados de junio de 2014 cuando rondaban los 100 dólares, fueron las mismas, en sentido general: el desequilibrio entre oferta y demanda y la indecisión de la Organización de Países Exportadores de Petróleo (OPEP) para concretar un recorte en la mayoría de los encuentros sostenidos.

También incidieron la debilidad de la economía mundial, que limita el aumento de la demanda del llamado oro negro y el fortalecimiento del dólar, gracias a las especulaciones del Reserva Federal estadounidense en torno a las tasas de interés y a un euro debilitado por las contradicciones y dificultades de la Eurozona.

Sin duda, la crisis de la deuda europea o de la Eurozona, con la posible salida de Grecia del bloque, afectó a la llamada moneda común que se fue devaluando frente al dólar.

Tal situación golpeó directamente el precio del petróleo al cotizarse éste en la divisa norteamericana. A ello contribuyó más recientemente el anuncio de Reino Unido de salir de la Unión Europea.

Durante el año, intereses favorables a la depresión de los importes y otros beneficiados en el alza de los mismos, influyeron notablemente en el curso del mercado, no ajeno a factores geopolíticos como la agudización de los conflictos en el Medio Oriente, responsables de ocasionales repuntes, y a factores climáticos como huracanes y otros fenómenos o desastres.

Otros elementos, como el incremento o la disminución del número de plataformas activas en Estados Unidos, fueron muy utilizados por la actividad especulativa a favor o en contra de los precios.

También incidieron la divulgación de datos relacionados con el creciente aumento de la producción de petróleo no convencional en la nación norteña, lo cual supuso un aumento de la sobreoferta mundial del hidrocarburo.

Los reportes semanales del Departamento de Energía sobre las reservas estadounidenses de crudo, coadyuvaron a la caída o al ascenso de los precios, según estás aumentaron o descendieron.

Para la mayoría de los analistas el factor determinante en el curso de los precios lo constituyó el rol incoherente desempeñado por la OPEP, y algunos de sus principales miembros como Arabia Saudita, Irán e Iraq, que aunque proclamaron no pocas veces el interés de estimular los precios, se contradijeron numerosas veces al anunciar incrementos de sus producciones, lo cual conspira contra la subida de las cotizaciones.

El primero de ellos con el argumento de defender su participación en el mercado, aunque esta política le originara pérdidas por los bajos precios del crudo, el segundo al invocar la posibilidad de recuperar su cuota luego de ser liberado de las sanciones de Occidente que le impidieron mayor presencia en la comercialización.

En el caso de Iraq, segundo miembro en importancia de la OPEP, este país demandó recobrar su participación en el mercado, tras lograr mayor estabilidad en su nivel extractivo, pese al conflicto bélico en que está envuelto frente a los efectivos del autodenominado Estado Islámico.

La agrupación se reunió del 26 al 28 de septiembre en Argelia, en el contexto del Foro Internacional de Energía, para tratar de materializar un posible congelamiento de la producción, pero luego algunos miembros mostraron incongruencias con llevar adelante esa medida, lo que neutralizó los repuntes alcanzados en ulteriores sesiones en los mercados.

No fue hasta el 30 de noviembre que el bloque logró concretar un recorte de 1,2 millones de barriles de su bombeo diario, a partir de las reducciones de las cuotas de sus miembros.

De inmediato este acuerdo repercutió positivamente en los precios, que treparon en más de un 13 por ciento en solo dos días, a más de 50 dólares el barril en ambos casos, lo que no lograba desde varios meses atrás.

A estas ganancias contribuyó la decisión de Rusia, no miembro de la OPEP y uno de los principales productores de oro negro a nivel mundial, de sumarse a la iniciativa con el compromiso de reducir su volumen extractivo en 300 mil barriles.

Fundado en Bagdad en agosto de 1960 por iniciativa de los gobiernos de Arabia Saudita y Venezuela, y con el objetivo de crear ‘un instrumento de defensa de los precios’, el grupo ejerce fuerte influencia en el mercado al ser responsable del 33 por ciento de la producción mundial de petróleo, del 72 de las reservas probadas y dominar el 58 por ciento de las exportaciones.

Su actitud en lo adelante será decisiva en el curso de la cotización de esta materia prima, la más comercializada y pivote de la economía mundial.

Roberto Salomón

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January 1, 2017 at 05:09PM

Putin-Obama: partida blitz del lado ruso

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La última jugada del año del presidente ruso, Vladimir Putin, recuerda una partida blitz de ajedrez, de pasos rápidos, cuando en política exterior el jefe del Kremlin pareció superar a su similar estadounidense, Barack Obama.

El jefe de la Casa Blanca, como para hacerlo más incómodo y causar más daños a los nexos bilaterales y, al mismo tiempo, humillar al personal diplomático ruso, anunció la expulsión de 35 funcionarios en Washington y San Francisco, con 72 horas para salir.

Solo en boletos, los diplomáticos rusos y sus familiares deben pagar casi 220 mil dólares con el riesgo de pasar el Nuevo Año fuera de casa o en aeropuertos de terceros países.

Pero lo que asombra es el argumento. El país que ideó el sistema Prism para espiar tanto a adversarios como aliados por todo el mundo, el que cuenta como una entidad como la Usaid para interferir en cualquier territorio, acusa a Rusia de inmiscuirse en su sistema electoral.

Resulta que por encima de lo aclarado por la red Wikileaks, autora de las publicaciones sobre irregularidades en el Partido Demócrata, de que sus fuentes estaban en el interior de esa agrupación, Washington montó una campaña mediática para acusar a Rusia.

La acusación carece de prueba alguna y si se llevara a términos de un juicio, sería como condenar a Rusia sin pruebas de la fiscalía. En Estados Unidos ello resulta imposible, pero en política nada de eso se toma en cuenta.

Pero, como afirmó Putin en su reciente conferencia de prensa anual, todos estaban equivocados en los pronósticos de las presidenciales norteamericanas menos nosotros, en referencia a la victoria del multimillonario Donald Trump, quien alabó ayer al mandatario ruso.

Sin embargo, Obama fue más allá. Sobre bases infundadas aprobó un nuevo paquete de sanciones contra empresas rusas de tecnología de información y contra la jefatura de la inteligencia y seguridad de este país, al acusarlos de dirigir ciberataques contra Estados Unidos.

Ello incluyó, además, la expulsión de los diplomáticos. Pero en el tablero de ajedrez blitz, Putin contaba con dos minutos para jugar y lo hizo, como señaló el propio Trump, de forma brillante: se negó a responder con la misma medida, como ocurre siempre en la diplomacia.

Al contrario, llamó a todos los diplomáticos norteamericanos y sus familiares a asistir a la celebración con el árbol de Navidad instalado en el Kremlin y dirigió a Trump un mensaje de esperanza de mejorar los nexos con Estados Unidos.

En otras palabras, casi ignoró otra de las decisiones para empeorar los nexos tomadas por un jefe de Estado que abandona la Casa Blanca en menos de tres semanas.

Pero, de otro lado, el regalo navideño de Putin fue anunciar un acuerdo junto con Turquía e Irán para anunciar desde este viernes un cese de hostilidades en toda Siria pactado entre al menos siete agrupaciones armadas con más de 60 mil miembros.

Irán, a cargo de milicianos voluntarios del movimiento Hizbullah, Turquía de la oposición armada, y Rusia, de sus fuerzas, son los garantes del arreglo que en su base deja fuera a Estados Unidos, cuya lucha de cuatro años contra el terrorismo solo fortaleció a ese último aún más.

Claro que ese acuerdo tiene muchos obstáculos aún por vencer, pero la fórmula empleada deja desbancada a las potencias occidentales que pertrecharon a una oposición armada para derrotar a Bashar Al Assad.

Al mismo tiempo, Putin demostró en ese conflicto que puede lograr algo parecido a lo ocurrido en Chechenia, al inicio de su mandato: las tropas rusas luchan contra los terroristas y no contra un pueblo. Chechenia es hoy una república rusa, próspera y en paz.

Desde el punto de vista militar: Rusia colaboró en la liberación de la segunda ciudad más grande de Siria y mostró capacidad para formar alianzas y ayudar a la salida, sin combate, de más de 30 mil armados y sus familiares.

Al mismo tiempo, de unas relaciones bilaterales crispadas por el abatimiento de un caza ruso en Siria, en noviembre de 2015, Moscú logró situar a Ankara como socio en una alianza tripartita que vuelve a dejar fuera a Estados Unidos para acciones en Medio Oriente.

Turquía, miembro de la alianza atlántica y acusado por Damasco de entrenar, pertrechar y financiar al terrorista Estado Islámico (EI), tiene sus propios intereses en la región, pero Rusia parece apelar a la parte positiva de esa relación para lograr objetivos comunes.

El atentado contra el embajador ruso en Ankara, Andrei Karlov, lejos de empeorar nexos bilaterales, pareció catalizar acuerdos como el anunciado respecto a Siria, para acercarla un poco más a la senda de negociaciones de paz, sin dejar de luchar contra los terroristas.

La partida política de Putin y Obama se asemeja a la reciente victoria en Doha del ruso Serguei Kariajin frente al noruego Magnus Carlsen en el campeonato mundial de blitz, solo que las jugadas de Rusia y Estados Unidos continúan. Pero ese será después de Nuevo Año.

Antonio Rondón García

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January 1, 2017 at 05:09PM

Dead dolphin found discovered off Sandy Hook, New Jersey

A bottlenose dolphin believed to be one stuck in the Shrewsbury River over the summer was found dead off Sandy Hook, marine wildlife rescuers said.

The dolphin, believed to be a pregnant female, was first spotted Friday at noon floating in Sandy Hook Bay about a mile from the entrance to Sandy Hook, said Bob Schoelkopf, executive director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.

There was no outward sign of what may have caused the dolphin’s death,

but a necropsy is scheduled for Tuesday after the state laboratory handling those procedures reopens from the holiday break, Schoelkopf said.

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A dead bottlenose dolphin was found off Sandy Hook on Friday.

“We’ve been watching that animal for months and months,” he said.

The dolphin had a very visible, very large healed shark bite near its dorsal fin, but the wound appeared to have occurred about a year or two ago, he said.

Schoelkopf said he and his staff would use that large scar to try to determine whether this dolphin is the same animal spotted all summer in the Shrewsbury River by analyzing photographs of the dolphin that attracted attention over the summer.

“We’re hoping that these bites can give us more information,” Schoelkopf said. “We’re pretty sure it’s the same animal.”

He said this is about the 24th death of a dolphin or other mammal stuck in the Shrewsbury River over the past 20 years.

Dolphins that make their way around the tip of Sandy Hook get stuck in the bay and the connecting Shrewsbury River because their instincts tell them to swim south for winter, but there is no southern exit to the ocean from the river, Schoelkopf said.

And unless the animal is sick or in a bad way, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration instructs the Marine Mammal Stranding Center to leave the animals alone, he said.

“It’s a natural fish trap,” he said.

Most of the animals picked up in the past from the river have either died from starvation or had been so badly decomposed after surfacing in spring that the cause of death couldn’t be determined, Schoelkopf said.

The dolphin is believed to be between 20 and 30 years old and because of its size is believed to be pregnant Schoelkopf said. Bottlenose dolphins, which can live up to 45 years old, are in their childbearing years between 15 and 35, he said.

Anyone with photographs of the dolphin in the river this summer – particularly ones that may show a shark bite – is asked to share them with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, whose staff can be reached at 609-266-0538.

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January 1, 2017 at 04:44PM

More than 1,500 dog attacks since 2014 in the West Midlands, UK

More than 1,500 dog attacks have taken place in the West Midlands since 2014, police have revealed.

The rate of attacks rose from 2014 to 2015, and could rise for this year after 515 incidents took place up to the end of November.

In 2014 there were 448 dog attacks but this rose to 547 the following year.

But the number of dogs seized and destroyed by West Midlands Police has dropped.

The figures were published as part of a Freedom Of Information request to the force, which showed dogs were most likely seized for being out of control – rather than being a dangerous breed.

The government has made it illegal for people to own certain types of breeds and let dogs be out-of-control in the public.

The figures showed police seized 369 dangerous dogs in 2016, which dropped from 467 in 2015.

And the amount of dogs destroyed also decreased across 12 months – dropping to 163 in 2016 from 262 the year before.

Currently there are four banned breeds of dogs in the UK , which are: Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosas, Dogo Argentinos and Fila Brazilieros.

People can face six months in jail and unlimited fines for allowing dangerous dogs to be out-of-control in public spaces. Their dogs could also be destroyed and owners may not be able to own dogs again.

West Midlands Police said 523 dogs were seized from 2014 to 2016 because they were dangerous breeds.

These dogs were seized under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 – which prohibits the ownership of certain types of dogs.

The government says prosecutions in these types of cases can be brought before the courts based solely on the dog’s appearance.

But calls were made earlier this year by a leading animal charity to change the rules to the Dangerous Dogs Act.

The RSPCA said dogs should be banned due to their behaviour, but not breed.

This year has marked 25 years since the Dangerous Dogs Act – which applies breed­-specific legislation – came into affect.

RSPCA dog welfare expert, Dr Samantha Gaines said, in August: “The police, the RSPCA and other animal rescue organisations have to deal with the consequences of this flawed law by euthanising hundreds of dogs because legislation is forcing us to due to the way they look, despite being suitable for rehoming.

“Not only is this a huge ethical and welfare issue, it also places significant emotional strain on staff.

“It is the view of the RSPCA, and the public, that every animal’s life matters.

“We conclude that breed specific legislation has not achieved its objectives whilst causing unintended harms ­- a new approach is required.

“The RSPCA believes it is paramount for the Government to launch an inquiry into the effectiveness of breed­-specific legislation, assess other options to improve human safety and dog welfare, and ultimately repeal the breed specific part of the legislation.”

West Midlands Police has also seized 650 dogs since 2014 under section three of the Dangerous Dogs Act – which makes it illegal to let any dog to be dangerously out of control in a public or prohibited place.

Of these, 591 dogs caused injury, the force said.

In total there have been 1,173 dogs seized by West Midlands Police since 2014.

Meanwhile 638 dogs were destroyed in that period. The force has recorded 1,510 dog attacks in the last two years.

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January 1, 2017 at 04:30PM

David Icke: The Anti Russian Agenda, Outside NATO Air Base Plus Oblivion His New Documentary

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See the Videos below that correlate with the title this is David Icke’s bio written by himself.

I was born in Leicester, England, at around 6.15 pm on April 29th, 1952. I was brought up in what they call in Britain a "working class" family on a big council housing estate and money was short, very short, throughout my childhood. I wanted to be a professional soccer player for as long as I could remember and I achieved that by leaving school to play for Coventry City and Hereford United in the English league.

Just six months after my soccer career began, however, my left knee swelled up for no apparent reason and after months of tests they told me I had rheumatoid arthritis. I decided to play on because that was all I had ever wanted to do and I continued for the next five years, progressing in my career, but also watching the arthritis progress into my ankles, left knee, elbow, etc. In the final year of my career, at the age of 20, I was in agony every morning at training until my joints were warmed up and loosened a little. But I was enjoying a successful period and I wanted to carry on.

It activated still more a fierce determination I have always had not to capitulate to adversity and to overcome whatever life may choose to put before me. Or, in truth, what my own journey chooses.

Towards the end of that soccer season, the pain disappeared for around a month and I thought I was going to be OK, but then one morning I woke to find that every one of my joints was agony, like a knife being stabbed into them and my career was over. It took some days to even be able to hobble, never mind walk again. I was just turned 21 and I was led to believe that I would end up a cripple. It hasn’t happened. It won’t happen. It is not in my reality at all.

I decided I wanted to be a television presenter with the BBC and began to start on that goal by looking for work as a journalist. This was not easy because school had bored me rigid and I left to play soccer before taking any exams. (Thank-you, God) I would do my learning on my terms, in my time, and the "educational" system barely touched me. I rejected it all with a sort of inner knowing that it was not relevant to me.

I managed to get a job on a small weekly paper in Leicester, not least because I was the only applicant and from then on I advanced quickly through newspapers, local radio, regional television, to become a national sports and news anchor man and reporter. Soon after I achieved this, in 1982, I moved to an island off the south coast of England called the Isle of Wight, a place I had been attracted to since I was a small child.

It was here that I began to campaign on environmental issues and this led me to becoming a national spokesman for the British Green Party, a post I held at the time of the Greens greatest, indeed only, success at national elections in the UK, the election for members of the European Parliament in 1989. But I saw that while the Green Party talked about being different, it was, like all the Green parties I have come across, just the old politics under a new name. I lost interest and left as my life went through the most unbelievable upheavals.

From the mid-1980’s onwards, I had also lost interest in television. I was doing it to earn money to spend on what I really wanted to do – environmental campaigning – and not because I actually desired to do it. I found television to be an empty, soul-less world, in which insecurity and fear abounded. And after the events of March, 1990, my time in television was soon to be over.

I wrote a book in 1989 called It Doesn’t Have To Be Like This, setting out the vision and agenda of the Greens because I felt they were talking to each other and not to the public as a whole. As I was writing the book, and in my work for the BBC, I began to feel a presence around me, like there was always someone in the room when there was not. It got to the point where I sat on the side of the bed in a hotel room in London in early 1990 and said to whoever or whatever: "If you are there will you please contact me because you are driving me up the wall."

Soon afterwards, events began to move quickly.

In March, 1990, I was playing soccer with my son Gareth on the seafront at Ryde on the Isle of Wight and I said to him we would go and have some lunch at the railway station cafe’ a short walk away. The cafe’ was full and we turned to walk away when someone recognised me and began to ask me questions about soccer. When the conversation was over, I couldn’t see Gareth, but I knew he would be in the newspaper shop nearby looking at books he liked. So it was. I stood at the entrance to the shop and said we were going now to find another cafe’, but as I turned to leave, my feet were stuck to the ground as if two magnets were pulling them to the floor. I don’t hear voices or anything, I just follow my intuition, but in this early period of awakening I did hear three voices very clearly. This was the first. It said: "Go and look at the books on the far side." What the hell was this all about?, I thought.

I knew this shop very well and the books in that section were of no interest to me. But given the voice and what was happening to my feet, I went over to see what would happen. The first book I saw was one by a psychic lady and I was immediately intrigued because of this presence I had felt around me. I wondered if she would be able to tell me what was going on. She was also a hands on healer and so I wrote to her and made an appointment for healing, not telling her about the presence or anything else. To her, I just wanted to try her healing on my arthritis. I only saw her four times and in the first two visits nothing happened of note, except that I talked with her about other dimensions and the wider vision of life.

Then, on the third visit, I was lying on the couch while the healing was done when I felt like a spider’s web on my face. I had remembered reading in her book that this can happen when "spirits" are trying to make contact. I said nothing to her, but within fifteen seconds, no more, she pushed her head back and said: "This is powerful, I’ll have to close my eyes for this one!" She said she was seeing a figure who wanted her to pass on messages to me. The same happened a week later and this is what the "figure" asked her to tell me on those occasions:

He is a healer who is here to heal the earth and he will be world famous. He will face enormous opposition, but we will always be there to protect him. He is still a child spiritually, but he will be given the spiritual riches. Sometimes he will say things and wonder where they came from. They will be our words. Knowledge will be put into his mind, and at other times he will be led to knowledge.

He was chosen as youngster for his courage. He has been tested and has passed all the tests. He was led into football to learn discipline, but when that was learned it was time to move on. He also had to learn how to cope with disappointment, experience all the emotions, and how to get up and get on with it. The spiritual way is tough and no-one makes it easy.

We know he wanted us to contact him, but the time wasn’t right. He was led here to be contacted, not to be cured. But one day he will be completely cured. He will always have what he needs, but no more.

Don’t try to do it all alone. Go hand in hand with others, so you can pick each other up as you fall.

One man cannot change the world, but one man can communicate the message that will change the world.

He will write five books in three years.

Politics is not for him. He is too spiritual. Politics is anti-spiritual and will make him very unhappy.

He will leave politics. He doesn’t have to do anything. It will happen gradually over a year. (Exactly as happened)

In 20 years there will be a different kind of flying machine, very different from the aircraft of today. Time will have no meaning. Where you want to be, you will be.

There will be great earthquakes. These will come as a warning to the human race. They will occur in places that have never experienced them. Taking oil from the seabed is destabilising the inner earth. The centre of the earth will move and the poles will change. The sea spirits will rise and stop men taking oil. The sea will reclaim the land and humans will see that they cannot do these terrible things. They cannot abuse the elements. They have to be treated with respect.

All this was told to me on March 29th 1990 and on the second visit about a week later. At the time, I was a BBC television presenter and national spokesman for the Green Party and had no idea what this was all about. Yet ten years later, most of it has happened or is happening. Even down to the five books in three years, which I wrote to the month. I told some of the Green Party leadership about these experiences, but their reaction was just as closed-minded, ignorant, and uninformed as you would find in the system the Greens were claiming to challenge. "I think David is going crazy." Yea, right. Welcome to the new politics!

I wrote of these early months of awakening in a book called Truth Vibrations (Gateway Books) and then came the most astonishing event of all in an endless stream of fantastic experiences I was having and continue to have. I felt this enormous urge to go to Peru in late 1990, early 1991, and I headed there in February 1991 purely on the strength of this intuition. A series of stunning things happened to me there and it culminated with the following experience.

My Peruvian guide had booked us into a hotel called the Sillustani in Puno, not far from Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Sillustani is an ancient Inca site about an hour’s drive from Puno and there were pictures of this around the hotel for obvious reasons. I said that I wanted to go there and I had to hire a tourist mini-bus for myself because it was out of season and there were no scheduled trips. There was just me, the guide, and the driver. Sillustani is a mound next to lagoon with the Inca ruins on the top. It is in an uninhabited area and it was very quiet when I was there, just a couple of children with a lama waiting to sell photographs to tourists, not that there were any.

After I had walked around the ruins for an hour or so in the piercing Peruvian Sun, I went back to the tourist bus to go back to Puno. I thought the trip was over, but it had hardly begun. About three minutes drive down the road I was looking out of the window and I saw a mound to my right. As I looked at the mound, a voice in my head began to say: "Come to me, come to me, come to me." Very strange to say the least, but I asked the driver to stop because I wanted to go and look at the mound.

Although I could not see it from the road, I found there was a circle of standing stones at the top of the mound and they had clearly been there a very long time. I stood in the centre looking back across to Sillustani with the mountains way off in the distance. There was not a cloud in the sky and the Sun was extremely hot, burning my face. Suddenly, I felt my feet pulled to the ground again like a magnet, the same as in the newspaper shop, but this time far more powerful. My arms then shot up above my head, with no decision by me for them to do so. Put your arms above your head, slightly outwards at about 45 degrees and see how they start to ache within a minute. My arms were like that for well over an hour and I felt nothing until it was over and then they were agony.

A flow of powerful energy began to go into the top of my head like a drill and I could feel the flow going the other way up from the ground through my feet. It was then I heard the third voice in my head, something that has never happened since. It said very clearly: "It will be over when you feel the rain."

What? What rain? There was not a cloud to be seen anywhere, just a glowing Sun in a clear blue sky!!

I stood there as the energy increased and increased to the point where my body was shaking as if plugged into a power station. After a while, I saw a light grey mist over the distant mountains and as I watched it got darker and darker. It had begun to rain far away. Very quickly this storm emerged from those mountains, filling the sky with clouds, and covering the Sun. Eventually it was over me and I was seeing faces in the billowing clouds.The storm was moving so fast, it was almost like time-lapse photography. Then it began to rain and as I felt the water on my face, the surge of energy suddenly stopped as if someone had flicked a switch. I staggered forward, my legs like jelly, my shoulder and arm muscles now very painful.

Energy was pouring from my hands with fantastic power and I went down to the bus to grab a crystal in an effort to diffuse some of it. My feet continued to burn and vibrate for some 24 hours. I could hardly sleep that night because of it.

My life was to change dramatically, in fact as dramatically as you could imagine, in the weeks that followed. I felt like a dam had burst within me and my consciousness was thrashing around trying to rebalance itself under the new circumstances. That took some two months to happen and in that time of enormous confusion, Truth Vibrations was launched and I went on national TV in the UK to be ridiculed beyond belief. For two years and more I could not walk down any street in Britain without being laughed at by most of the people. Comedians only had to mention my name and they got an immediate laugh.

But nightmare as this was, it set me free of the prison that most people live in – the fear of what other people think. Only by breaking free from that could I now be going around the world talking about shape-shifting reptilians occupying the positions of global power. If you need people to respect you as your sense of security, there is no way you would do that – one key reason why it has so rarely been communicated before. That ridicule was a major part of my journey and it set me free of so much.

From that time, I have followed the flow of life. Exactly what I was told would happen through the psychic lady in 1991, I have been led to knowledge, more and more all the time, which has revealed a picture of how the world has been controlled by a tiny few for thousands of years. And how the suppression of the spiritual knowledge, the understanding of who we are and the nature of life itself, has been the foundation of how this has been done. I have also learned of the Great Awakening, the Great Transformation, that is upon us.

The trickle of information became a river and now it is a tidal wave. Yet, we have hardly begun and the rest of the story promises to be even more amazing than even what has already happened in these last ten incredible years.

 

Love,
David Icke

 

 

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Dr. Jim Willie: The Death Of The U.S. Petrodollar, and What Comes After (Video)

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In the following interview, Turd Ferguson of TF Metals Report interviews the one and only Dr. Jim Willie, in what is undoubtedly one of the best Dr. Willie interviews I’ve ever heard. The article that follows the interview is also from TF Metals Report, and it’s written by Grant Williams, who is a Singapore-based hedge fund manager.

First, the interview covers three main areas of discussion. First, Ferguson and Dr. Willie review the generally accepted narrative that has been coming from the mainstream media more or less since Donald Trump won the election. We keep hearing how bonds are selling off, which is sending interest rates higher, and making the stronger Dollar. There’s nothing to worry about, and the Dow will be at 25,000 in no time, right?

Wrong. The first topic covered in the interview deals with the changes currently taking place in the bond market right now, and what the overall effect of those changes will be on the global financial system. In short, the generally accepted narrative coming from Washington and the mainstream media couldn’t be more wrong. This isn’t a time for wishful thinking. It’s a time for preparation. 

Unlike other interviews you may have heard with Dr. Willie, in this one Dr. Willie goes off on very few tangents. One thing is certain, he definitely brought his “A game” to this interview, and the predictions he makes about the future of the U.S. Dollar, aka the PetroDollar are both bold, and they’re specific.  At one point,Dr. Willie goes as far as to predict the U.S. will likely attempt to assassinate members of the Saudi royal family, and he explains why. When you consider that Dr. Willie predicted the coup that took place in Turkey 8 months prior to when it happened, I suggest you pay attention to what he says.

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Next, the nationalizing of Europe’s oldest bank in Italy is discussed, but the problem in Europe goes beyond just any one bank. The two men discuss how the problems Dr. Willie predicted Italian banks were going to have well over 1.5 years ago, are having a ripple effect, and causing other banking failures across the Eurozone. Finally, in the last portion of the interview, Dr. Willie and Turd Ferguson discuss the obstacles facing Donald Trump, Washington D.C., and what to expect from Trump’s efforts to “drain the swamp.”

After the interview, be sure not to miss the report written by Grant Williams, a Singapore-based hedge fund manager, which goes into excruciating detail about the death of the PetroDollar. 

 

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"The Death Of The Petrodollar and What Comes After"

Grant Williams writes:

The story begins in the 1970s when Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon struck a deal with the House of Saud — a deal which gave birth to the petrodollar system.

The terms were simple The Saudis agreed to ONLY accept U.S. Dollars in return for their oil and that they would reinvest their surplus dollars into U.S. treasuries.

In return, the U.S. would provide arms and a security guarantee to the Saudis who, it has to be said, were living in a pretty rough neighbourhood. As you can see, things went swimmingly (chart below)

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Saudi purchases of treasuries grew along with the oil price and everyone was happy.  (We’ll come back to that blue box on the right shortly)

The inverse correlation between the dollar and crude is just about as perfect as one could expect (until recently that is… but again, we’ll be back to that).

And, as you can see here, beginning when Nixon slammed the gold window shut on French fingers and picking up speed once the petrodollar system was ensconced, foreign buyers of U.S. debt grew  exponentially.

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Having the world’s most vital commodity exclusively priced in U.S. dollars meant everybody needed to hold large dollar reserves to pay for it and that meant a yuuuge bid for treasuries. It’s good to be the king.

By 2015, as the chart on the next page shows quite clearly, there were treasuries to the value of around 6 years of total global oil supply in the hands of foreigners (if we assume a constant 97 million bpd supply which I think is a pretty reasonable estimate).

Now… with that brief background on the petrodollar system, here’s where I need you to stick with me. I promise you it’ll be worth the mental effort

Ready? Here we go.

Now, back in 2010, then-World Bank President Robert Zoellick caused something of a commotion when he suggested that an entirely new global monetary system maybe wasn’t such a bad idea.

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The system he had in mind involved a freely-convertible Yuan and, controversially was constructed around gold as its central reference point:

(Robert Zoellick, November 8, 2010): …the G20 should complement this growth recovery programme with a plan to build a co-operative monetary system that reflects emerging economic conditions. This new system is likely to need to involve the dollar, the euro, the yen, the pound and a renminbi that moves towards internationalisation and then an open capital account.

The system should also consider employing gold as an international reference point of market expectations about inflation, deflation and future currency values. Although textbooks may view gold as the old  money, markets are using gold as an alternative monetary asset today.

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In seemingly unrelated news, two years later, Iran began accepting Yuan in payment for its oil amid US sanctions. The transactions were conducted through Russian banks:

(Financial Times, May 2012): Iran is accepting renminbi for some of the crude oil it supplies to China…

…Tehran is spending the currency, which is not freely convertible, on goods and services imported from China…

The trade is worth as much as $20bn-$30bn annually according to industry estimates…

The renminbi purchases began some months ago…much of the money is transferred to Tehran through Russian banks, which take large commissions on the transactions…

Beijing has been trying to get its trading partners to use the renminbi, in effect transferring the exchange rate risk to its counterparties, since the price of crude is set in US dollars. It also frees Beijing of the need to hold as many dollars in its reserves.

The crucial part of this deal was that, by diversifying their purchases in this way, the Chinese had found a path towards not only needing to hold fewer U.S. dollar reserves, but to circumventing the petrodollar system altogether.

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By 2013, the penny had clearly dropped at the PBoC who declared an end to the era of their accumulation of U.S. treasuries:

(Bloomberg, November 2013): The People’s Bank of China said the country does not benefit any more from increases in its foreign-currency holdings, adding to signs policy makers will rein in dollar purchases that limit the yuan’s appreciation.

“It’s no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves,” Yi Gang, a deputy governor at the central bank, said in a speech organized by China Economists 50 Forum at Tsinghua University yesterday. The monetary authority will “basically” end normal intervention in the currency market and broaden the yuan’s daily trading range

Yes, it was, apparently “no longer in China’s interest” to accumulate foreign exchange reserves.

Sure enough, in 2014, global FX reserves began to decline at the fastest rate in 80 years as you can see from this chart:

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That same year, another piece of the puzzle was laid in place when Xu Luode, the Chairman of the newly-founded Shanghai Gold Exchange, explained that gold would be priced and sold in Yuan as a step towards what he called the “internationalization of the renminbi” (for those of you confused by Yuan and Renminbi, just think of them as the Chinese equivalent of ‘Pound’ and ‘Sterling’):

(Xu Luode, Speech to LBMA, May 2014): Foreign investors can directly use offshore yuan to trade gold on the SGE international board, which is promoting the internationalization of the renminbi…

Shanghai Gold will change the current gold market “consumption in the East priced in the West” situation.

When China will have a right to speak in the international gold market, pricing will get revealed…

Interestingly, Luode acknowledged what he accurately described as the “consumption in the East, priced in the West” situation and assured the world that the ‘real’ price of gold would become apparent once China took its rightful place at the centre of the gold market.

We can but hope he is correct. When that day comes, the change on the world’s gold markets will be unprecedented.

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In 2015, another announcement slipped by the world when it was revealed that Russia’s Gazprom would also begin selling oil to the Chinese in exchange for yuan and that they were negotiating further agreements to use rubles and yuan to settle natural gas trading directly, without the need for dollars:

(Moscow Times, June 2015): “Two state energy companies, gas producer Gazprom and its oil arm Gazprom Neft, said they would use more Chinese currency in trade, while Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, has also promoted the use of the yuan…

Gazprom Neft announced that it began settling shipments of oil to China in yuan. And previously, the head of Gazprom, Alexey Miller, said in a TV interview that the company was negotiating with China to use yuan and rubles for gas deliveries via a planned pipeline in Western Siberia.

OK… hands up if you’re still with me… great!

Oh… you’re reading this so I can’t see you but hopefully you’re following the dots…

For those of you who aren’t, here’s a little recap of where we are so far to help you get things into the right order before we push on to the end:

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Get it? Got it? Good.

So… here we are, in 2016 and, as it turned out, April was a hell of a month if you were paying attention.

Firstly, the Saudis threatened to sell almost a trillion dollars of U.S. assets—including over $300 billion of treasury bonds—should a bill be passed by the congress allowing the Saudis to be held responsible for the 9/11 attacks:

NY Times, April 16, 2016): Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the 9/11 attacks.

Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, delivered the kingdom’s message personally last month during a trip to Washington, telling lawmakers that Saudi would be forced to sell up to $750B in treasury  securities & other assets in the US before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, the bill was subsequently passed before being vetoed by President Obama who then had to watch in ignominy as he suffered the first veto override of his presidency.

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Just days later, the Saudis were the cause of a seemingly surprise failure by OPEC to agree a production cut as the oil price languished in the low-$30s:

(Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2016): DOHA, Qatar—Oil producers that supply almost half the world’s crude failed Sunday to negotiate a production freeze intended to strengthen prices.

The talks collapsed after Saudi Arabia surprised the group by reasserting a demand that Iran also agree to cap its oil production.

Oil prices had rallied in recent weeks on speculation that Saudi Arabia might successfully lead an initiative between members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia, which joined the talks.

A deal would have marked a new level of cooperation between non-OPEC countries and OPEC members that producers hoped would keep prices above January lows of $26 a barrel.

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Just 48 hours after that surprise, the Chinese finally launched their twice daily gold fixing, setting the price at 256.92 yuan per gram:

(Bloomberg, April 19, 2016): China, the world’s biggest producer and consumer of gold, started a twice-daily price fixing on Tuesday in an attempt to establish a regional benchmark and bolster its influence in the global market.

The Shanghai Gold Exchange set the price at 256.92 yuan a gram ($1,233.85 an ounce) at the 10:30 a.m. session after members of the exchange submitted buy and sell orders for metal of 99.99 percent purity.

“This is a very important development and will obviously be very closely watched,” said Robin Bhar, an analyst at Societe Generale SA in London. “But as long as it exists inside a closed monetary system it will have limited global repercussions. It could be a very important development if the new benchmark is a precursor to greater use of gold in the Chinese monetary system, Kenneth Hoffman…said by e-mail on Monday. It may also boost interest in the Shanghai free-trade zone, he said.

As Soc Gen’s Robin Bhar correctly identified, if the ability to trade gold for yuan exists within a closed monetary system, its importance will be limited BUT, as Bloomberg’s Ken Hoffman also correctly pointed out, if this was the thin end of the wedge, things could get very interesting indeed. Now, this chart shows the oil price going back to before the U.S. Civil War:

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Between 1865 and 1973, the price of oil was incredibly stable against a backdrop of perhaps the greatest simultaneous economic, demographic and technological expansion in human history.

How was that possible?

Well simply put, because oil was effectively priced in gold.

However…

Once the gold window closed and the petrodollar system was implemented, the price of oil soared 50-fold in just 35 years.

The move on the right? With the question mark against it? We’re getting there, I promise.

Now, you remember this next chart and the yuuuuuge supply of treasuries which exists compared to oil now? Well, when we add in the roughly $100 trillion in boomer entitlements that will need to be paid for by issuing—you guessed it, more treasuries—the chart changes somewhat:

That red circle down at the bottom of the second chart is the spike you see on the first chart.

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Ruh-roh!

It’s safe to say that, relative to even oil, and without any infrastructure spending by Donald Trump, treasuries are going to be…. abundant in the coming years.

Conversely, if we look at the value of gold relative to foreign-held treasuries, we see an altogether different story unfold.

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During Reagan’s presidency, US treasuries were backed 132% by the market value of the country’s gold reserves.

Today, that number has fallen to just 4.7%

If we do the same thing and account for the $100 trillion in entitlement promises, as you can see from the chart on the next page, the number falls to 0.3% in 2025.

So the second chart (below, right) should come as no surprise to anybody.

Yes, the Chinese have started to do what they promised to start doing, when they promised to start doing it.

Now, this next part of the presentation was a rattle through a whole bunch of charts showing the recent activity in the U.S. treasury, corporate bond, agency bond and securities markets so you’ll have to brace yourself.

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The charts will appear on the next page.

Chinese sales of US treasuries (1) have been consistent for the last three years…

…as have their sales of US securities (2) since 2015 after plateauing in 2013 when treasury divestiture began Concurrently, Chinese sales of corporate bonds (3) have accelerated over the same period…

…though agency sales (4)—despite a few periods of consistent selling—have yet to follow suit.

But now, as tensions rise and the cross-currents get harder to discern, guess who else has showed up as a seller?

That’s right, the Saudis are now steady sellers of US treasuries (5)…

…and even more aggressive sellers of U.S. securities (6)…

Meanwhile, taking a broader view, net foreign purchases of treasuries, according to the TIC data, have been in a clear downtrend since 2009 (7) and have been largely outflows for the last three years.

If we look at the 12-month sum of sales (8), we see an even sharper decline…

…and if we take the trailing net official demand chart for treasuries back to 1979, the scale and extent of the change is evident—as are the catalysts for the acceleration (and we’re back on this page once  again):

Take a long, hard look at that last chart folks—particularly within the context of the bond bull market and the ‘bid’ for treasuries we’ve seen throughout 2015 and 2016…

Meanwhile, the Russians—who, as we’ve seen are now selling oil for yuan to the Chinese, remember?— have been picking up the pace of their accumulation of gold reserves yet again, with the most recent monthly data setting yet another record…

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…and the pick up in pace is evident when we look at average monthly purchases prior to 2013 and post the agreements put in place around that time between the various parties. Now, the next chart (top of the following page) is crucial to understand because a look at the market value of Russia’s gold reserves shows just how crucial their ongoing accumulation of bullion has been for the country’s finances over the last two years…

…and that increase in value has cushioned the effects of, amongst other things, the bailing out of the ruble.

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As you can see from the green line, Russia’s gold reserves in Ruble terms have soared as the country’s currency has weakened—something which confounded all the doommongers who called Game Over for Russia amidst sharply declining oil revenues:

(Bloomberg, April3, 2015): Here’s why Governor Elvira Nabiullina is in no haste to resume foreign-currency purchases after an eight-month pause: gold’s biggest quarterly surge since 1986 has all but erased losses the Bank of Russia suffered by mounting a rescue of the ruble more than a year ago.

While the ruble’s 9 percent rally this year has raised the prospects that the central bank will start buying currency again, policy makers have instead used 13 months of gold purchases to take reserves over $380 billion for the first time since January 2015.

Hmmm…

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Now, crucially, being given the ability to sell oil to the Chinese for yuan and buy gold with that same yuan directly through the Shanghai Exchange has completely changed the game for the Russians and those changes are being reflected where they matter most—in the energy markets, the supply/ demand dynamics of which are quietly morphing in plain sight.

By August of this year, Russia had overtaken Saudi Arabia as the largest exporter of oil into China…:

(Al Awsat, August 3, 2016): During the first seven months of this year, China imported about 30.5 million metric tons of Saudi oil, a 0.4% decrease than that of last year. Whereas, China imported about 29.5 million metric tons of Russian oil with 27% increase than last year.

…and that wasn’t something the Saudis could take lying down:

Amid this fierce competition, it is important for Saudi Arabia to fortify its oil position in China with more political and strategic support

On the contrary, they rededicated their efforts to increase what they call “political and strategic support” for China.

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Now, I hope you’re all still with me because here’s where we get to the final piece of this glorious puzzle—the piece that ties all these seemingly unrelated threads together: China’s own crude oil futures contract, to be priced in Yuan and traded at the Shanghai International Energy Exchange—a yuan contract which will be made fully-convertible:

(Bloomberg, November 5, 2015): By the end of 2015, China, the world’s No. 1 oil importer as of April, may start its own crude futures contract.

The idea is to establish a Chinese rival to the world’s two most traded oil contracts: West Texas Intermediate, housed on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and Brent Crude Futures, owned by ICE Futures Europe in London.

The yuan-based contract will trade on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange and will be among the first Chinese commodity contracts available to foreign investors as China promotes global use of its currency…

Participation will be open to all foreign investors and the yuan will be fully convertible under the contract, according to Song Anping, the chairman of the Shanghai Futures Exchange.

As you can see from the date of the article, this contract has been postponed several times— ostensibly for reasons such as stock market volatility in China, but perhaps there is more going on behind the scenes that is causing the delay because, once this contract is in place, things change.

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Dramatically.

In the interim, China has supplanted the U.S to become the world’s biggest importer of oil, which serves to increase both its importance in the oil markets and the likelihood of it launching its own yuan-denominated contract at some point in time:

(Bloomberg, October 13, 2016): China is now the world’s biggest oil importer, unseating the U.S. The country’s crude imports climbed to a record 8.08 million barrels a day in September, a year-on-year increase of 18 percent, customs data released Thursday showed.

So, the world’s largest exporter of oil is now dealing with the largest importer directly in yuan and it has the ability to convert those yuan proceeds into physical gold through the Shanghai exchange— which the data suggest it is doing as fast as possible.

Currently, the bilateral oil for gold trade is only available to what the U.S. would no doubt consider a ‘basket of deplorables’ in Iran and Russia…but just think what happens once that fully convertible oil contract is up and running…?

Suddenly, the availability to price oil in gold is available to everybody and, given rising Saudi/U.S. tensions and the Middle East nation’s recent rededication to providing “political and strategic support” to China it’s easy to see why this would be attractive to the Saudis, for example.

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Whatever happens, opening that contract creates a market-wide arbitrage opportunity which affords anybody with oil to sell the ability to exchange said oil for gold and anybody wanting oil to acquire it cheaply by buying cheap gold in the West and shipping it to Shanghai or HK where it can be sold for yuan.

Already, places like Tokyo, Seoul and Dubai are opening physical gold markets and discussing linking their nascent markets for bullion to the Shanghai exchange which has rapidly become the largest physical delivery market in the world.

Now, were this arbitrage to begin happening in any meaningful size, with the market for oil far bigger than that for gold, it would immediately be evident in the ratio between the two commodities…

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…which, interestingly, is precisely what has happened since the peak of global reserves in 2014 and the Sino-Russian agreement to essentially transact oil for gold. With those conditions in place, the gold/oil ratio has broken out to its highest level in 80 years (chart, next page):

…which brings us right back to the question mark on the second chart which we left hanging like a matzah ball earlier in this presentation

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The recent move in the oil price looks to me suspiciously like a sign that a move has started to return to pricing oil in gold.

That move, if indeed it is happening beneath the surface, allied with the endless possibilities enabled by the potential full convertibility of the yuan under the Shanghai-based oil contract leaves oil producing nations with a rather obvious choice for the first time in almost half a century—a choice made perfectly clear by the two charts on the next page:

If you are an oil producing country, do you…:

MINIMIZE your production in order to MAXIMIZE your holdings of one of the most abundant and easily-produced commodities in the world—U.S. treasuries—as has been the case for the last 40 years… knowing full well that, with the level of entitlements due in the next decade, more will need to be printed like crazy?

Or……

Do you MAXIMIZE production in order to gain the largest possible market share in the biggest oil market in the world and, through the ability to buy gold for yuan, thereby maximize your reserves of a scarce, physical commodity which is impossible to produce from thin air and which happens to be not only the most undervalued asset on the planet, but is trading at its most undervalued relative to U.S. treasuries in living memory?

With an annual production of $170bn, gold is by far the largest metal market by value.

However, that figure is dwarfed by the oil market which is 10x the size of the gold market on an annual production basis.

If we throw in the average annual foreign holdings of U.S. treasuries over the last 2 years, we see that the ‘other’ commodity is at a different magnitude altogether.

So, which one of these commodities has any scarcity value? Given the choice, which one would you seek to maximize your holdings of?

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U.S. treasuries which can be conjured out of thin air by the U.S. government and which, are described thus by The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association:

Because these debt obligations are backed by the “full faith and credit” of the government, and thus by its ability to raise tax revenues and print currency, U.S. Treasury securities – or “Treasuries” – are generally considered the safest of all investments. They are viewed in the market as having virtually no “credit risk,” meaning that it is highly probable your interest and principal will be paid fully and on time.

Or how about oil? Which the Saudis, for example, can simply print pull out of the ground at will at a cost of a little under $10/barrel?

Or gold? A commodity which is limited in availability, trading at its all-time low relative to U.S. treasury supply and is not only getting harder and more expensive to produce, but which is also catching the eye not only of the central banks of the world’s two largest producers, but of the largest importer and largest exporter of oil?

Excerpted from "Get It. Got It. Good" by Grant Williams, author of "Things That Make You Go Hmm…"

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Obama: Be Ready For EMP Attacks, Engineered Pandemics, Earthquakes, and Martial Law

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Law Enforcement Preparing For Rioting on National Scale (Videos)

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January 1, 2017 at 04:23PM

A very Jedi adoption ceremony: 5 inspiring stories this week

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(NEWSER) – A happily empty animal shelter and a Star Wars-themed adoption ceremony make this week’s list of uplifting stories:

  • Very Merry Animal Shelter Empties Out: An animal shelter can be a lonely place to spend Christmas, and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region was especially desolate this holiday season — joyfully so. The Colorado shelter ran a Bring Them Home for the Holidays promotion, and it worked, big time. The must-see celebratory photo quickly went viral on Facebook.
  • Baby Goes on Transplant List at 10:15. At 10:55, a Match: Daniel McCabe is just 5 months old, but he’s been fighting a rare liver disorder since he was born. On Dec. 13, things had become so dire that doctors placed him on the waiting list for a new liver and prepared to wait weeks, if not months, with his life in the balance. As it turns out, they waited less than an hour. And Daniel’s wasn’t the only life that was saved.
  • Man Wins Free Pizza for a Year, Then Surprises Pizzeria: When Mario’s Pizza in Northampton, Pa., notified Josh Katrick that he’d won its “free pizza for a year” contest, employees expected him to “be excited, come in and get [his] pizzas.” They did not expect to get an email asking whether Katrick could give all that pizza away. But Katrick did just that, for a heart-tugging reason.
  • After Husband Saves Dog, Wife Has to Save Them Both: A man came very close to death trying to save his mother-in-law’s dog from a fast-flowing river in the UK last week. But thanks to his quick-thinking wife and a lifeboat crew, there was a happy ending for all involved.
  • The Force Was With 4-Year-Old at Her Adoption Ceremony: When 4-year-old Zoe Pedicone, whose bedroom is adorned with Star Wars paraphernalia, was asked for a guest list for her adoption ceremony, she named family, friends, and … Darth Vader. And thanks to her adoptive mom’s efforts, the Sith lord was there Friday in a Wilmington, Del., courtroom, as were a slew of Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and even a family court judge dressed up like Princess Leia as the Star Wars theme song played. The mother and daughter’s story is a must-read.

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January 1, 2017 at 04:09PM

Military join in clearing snow-bound motorway in Bulgaria

Bulgarian military join in clearing snow-bound Trakiya Motorway

Bulgarian military personnel from the town of Sliven and from the Black Sea city of Bourgas used 17

special machines to join in efforts to clear Trakiya Motorway, scene of heavy snowdrifts and a chain collision that left hundreds of people stranded in their cars.

The military began assisting people at 3am on December 31, the Defence Ministry said.

Military personnel helped transport dozens of people who had been stranded and used equipment to move lorries and buses that got stuck in snow drifts.

In the early hours, land forces members transported a mother with a six-month-old baby to spend the night in the village of Venets.

Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry, in an update on the road situation at 1pm on December 31, said that the bypass route from Yambol via the village of Kamchiya to Sredets and Bourgas was temporarily closed because of an emergency involving three goods lorries near the village of Sarainsko and five goods lorries near the village of Voynika. Traffic police and fire teams were at the scene, the ministry said.

There were restrictions on the movements of lorries of more than 10 tons on all sections of the national road network in the region of Bourgas.

By noon, fire department staff had responded to 92 calls, of which 61 involved rescue operations.

In Bourgas, the fire department had responded to 30 calls, most involving people in difficulties in the areas of the Aitos and Bourgas municipalities.

About 250 people had been evacuated.

The Bulgarian Red Cross was providing food and drink and the military would assist in delivering fuels.

In the Shoumen region, the Rish pass and sections of the road between Shoumen and Kaolinovo were closed. Roads were being cleaned and the movement of all vehicles of more than 12 tons was banned in the area.

In the Varna region, the Provadiya – Dulgopol road was closed to the border with Bourgas region. Also closed were the Suvorovo – Vetrinio road and the Novi Pazar – Vetrino old road.

In the Dobrich region, all roads were open with the exception of the Dobrich – Albena road.

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January 1, 2017 at 03:55PM

Webcam of D.C. bald eagles goes live with sound

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If you want to do some bird-watching in the New Year while also staying snug and warm, the District of Columbia’s only eagle cam relaunched Saturday with audio.

Back in 2014, a real pair of the USA’s national emblem mated and decided to call a tulip poplar tree in the National Arboretum in Washington their home. The duo, dubbed Mr. President and The First Lady, were the first eagles to nest in the nation’s capital since 1947.

They reared two chicks earlier this year in the eye of the DC Eagle Cam and left the nest during the summer.


While they were away, the American Eagle Foundation, based in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., made some renovations to the high-definition, two-camera setup that streams the birds’ nest 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the help of experienced arborist tree climbers, the foundation installed sensitive audio equipment that can pick up distant sirens, tiny songbirds and a slight breeze rustling through branches.

The system is solar powered and the foundation receives some money from the U.S. Department of Energy to help pay for its operation. DC Eagle Cam had more than 60 million views online from 100 countries in the five months that the pair’s 2016 eaglets, Freedom and Liberty, were being incubated, hatched and grew up.

During the summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also gave the foundation permission to fix a festering problem: Part of the nest was starting to collapse because one portion didn’t have a branch underneath to support its weight. Arborists were able to add some oak and locust limbs underneath.

Now eaglets Freedom and Liberty have left the nest for good. But Mr. President and The First Lady are expected to mate again in 2017, lay one to three eggs and raise their third set of chicks in the tulip poplar, said Al Cecere of Knoxville, Tenn., president of the American Eagle Foundation.

Cecere spoke to the News Sentinel from Philadelphia where he was rehearsing with Challenger, a bald eagle who fell out of his nest as an eaglet in 1989 in Louisiana and was hand raised by humans to survive. Challenger will circle the sky New Year’s Day above the Philadelphia Eagles’ stadium during the Star Spangled Banner and return to Cecere’s side when the song ends; they then will head to the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, for another performance Monday.

Eagle fans have seen amazing things on the foundation’s webcams in the District of Columbia, northeast Florida and near Dollywood in the Smoky Mountains where the foundation’s Eagle Mountain Sanctuary is located, Cecere said. Two eaglets from parents Romeo and Juliet in northeast Florida emerged right before Christmas on Dec. 18 and 20.

Harriett and M15, stars of Southwest Florida Eagle Cam not affiliated with the foundation, welcomed the first of two anticipated eagle chicks into the world at 7:33 a.m. ET Saturday. The second has not yet begun to break through its shell.

“Eagles fly back to the nest to eat their food, which can be fish or rabbits,” he said. “Sometimes, they are sitting on their eggs in all kinds of weather. Sometimes you see them copulating.”

Eagle coupling is not the most jarring sight an eagle webcam offers. It may get more violent than baby boomers’ much beloved nature TV show, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.

“This is a wild eagle nest and anything can happen,” the DC Eagle Cam website warns. “While we hope that all eaglets hatched in this nest will grow up healthy and successfully each season, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect this eagle family and may be difficult to watch.”

A decade ago, the National Wildlife Federation had to break some disconcerting news to fans of the its eagle cam in Maine after viewers fretted that one of the baby eagles had vanished, according to the blog LiveScience.

Baby eagles sometimes peck their weakest sibling mercilessly to drive him away from the nest. Sometimes eagle siblings kill each other rather than bond.

But Eagle Cam fans also see awe-inspiring moments. Cecere loves seeing the baby eagles peck their way through their egg shells to meet the world.

New Year’s Eve was quiet for the arboretum eagle family. The nest was mostly empty while the eagles apparently enjoyed a hunt, and The First Lady spent several minutes rearranging twigs in her recently renovated nest.

Contributing: Naples (Fla.) Daily News. Follow the Knoxville News Sentinel on Twitter: @knoxnews

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January 1, 2017 at 03:34PM

China Humiliates Trump in Front of the World With Massive Mocking Statue (Video)

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CNN reports, What do you get when you cross the year of the rooster with the year of Trump? A "yuge" statue. A giant rooster fiberglass sculpture, 23 feet tall, sporting the President-elect’s signature hairdo and hand gestures, has been erected outside a shopping mall in Taiyuan, in China’s northern Shanxi Province. The sculpture was commissioned by the company that owns the mall and will be its mascot, Cao Mingliang, the deputy director of planning department from N1 ArtWalk Mall, told CNN.

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