Archive for September, 2014
From Eric Peters at Eric Peters Autos:
Want to avoid getting raped by a cop?
Why, just don’t get pulled over…
This is the advice of George Brown, a captain of the Oklahoma State Police, shared during an interview with a local NBC News affiliate in the wake of revelations that three Oklahoma cops (see here) have been arrested for sexually-assaulting women. Asked how to avoid being raped by a cop, Captain Brown urged potential victims to “… follow the law in the first place, so you don’t get pulled over.”
Oddly, Brown seems to believe that a cop who would rape a motorist would somehow be reluctant to fabricate an excuse to pull over a potential victim he happened to find attractive. You know, the same way “gun free” zones deter gun-wielding criminals.
The rapist cops – a Tulsa County deputy, a state trooper, and an Oklahoma City policeman – have been charged with repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting women while on the job. Which is not surprising, given the nature of their job.
What, after, all, is the essence of “law enforcement”?
It is assaulting people under color of law.
It’s always been physical. Now, it’s sexual, too.
And, it’s becoming commonplace.
Here is Exhibit A in rebuttal to the badge-licker’s bleat that such atrocities are “isolated” instances involving “a few bad apples.” One cop from each proverbial shop – all arrested at the same time. A whole barrel of bad apples.
Captain Brown says that Oklahoma cops are “working to retain the public’s trust.”
The wonder is that anyone in the “public” retains any “trust” in the state’s costumed enforcers.
Consider: If these are willing to rape people, what do you suppose they’re willing to do during ordinary traffic stops? How many lesser victims do you suppose have suffered at the hands of these creeps and many others like them? Is it far-fetched to imagine such cretins might lie? Make up “evidence”? Pile bogus charge on top of bogus charge?
Remember: These enforcers were “serving” out there for years. God only knows what else they were up to.
It’s open season – on us.
One reason things have come unhinged is that these costumed goons have effectively acquired unlimited – and unaccountable – authority over the non-costumed.
After 30 years of court-ordered outrages against the Bill of Rights – designed to establish constraints against the authority of the state – these enforcers (their own favored term, it’s important to point out) have acquired legal sanction to do quite literally anything they wish to us. With impunity. They can stop – and menace us – at their whim. Just to “check.” For what? Anything. We have given our “implied consent” to this, according to the courts. It serves a “compelling state interest.”
The interests of the individual being of no consequence to the state.
The courts have endowed them with legal authority to literally steal your money – its mere presence on your person being sufficient justification to impute you acquired the money “unlawfully.”
Now, prove you didn’t.
Their word is considered not merely trustworthy, but evidentiary. Ours is “hearsay” – and inadmissible.
It has reached the level that they may now literally fondle your genitals – digitally inspecting your anus (if male) or your vagina (if female). Perhaps both, if they feel like it. A pull-over for a minor traffic offense – which they can manufacture at will – is all the legal provocation necessary, courtesy of the courts.
So – why not make actual rape legal?
It would certainly make the act “safer” for the enforcers. They could charge any woman – or man – who did not immediately submit with resisting. This is already practice as regards physical rather than sexual assault. If you raise your hands to protect your body against the blows of an enforcer, it is “resisting.” And the fact is that declining to accept a sexual assault is already “resisting” – as far as the courts are concerned.
Cecily McMillan, one of the “occupy” protesters in NY, was convicted of assault – and sentenced to jail – for attempting to ward off a behind the back breast-grab by Officer Unfriendly Grantley Bovell (see here).
So, again – what did the Oklahoma Three do that was so wrong?
This may be how they see things. Take a low-IQ bully, feed his sense of entitlement, encourage his contempt for the non-costumed, and give him almost limitless power to do as he wills.
What were we expecting?
What we’re seeing here is without doubt a fraction of what actually goes on. And it may well be that the incident in PA was triggered by one such event. How would you react if one of the victims of the Oklahoma Three was your daughter or wife? Knowing it is pointless to “file charges.” That nothing you say will be believed – while everything the thug-in-costume does is excused, soft-pedaled and covered up?
The pot is boiling, folks.
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From Brett Eversole, analyst, True Wealth Systems:
You’re in Vegas… at your favorite casino… letting it ride.
You might have a 45% chance of winning money and a 55% chance of losing money. That’s the way it goes.
You might make a little money here, and a little there… But over time, the house always wins.
The stock market is a similar roll of the dice. The moment you place your bet, you are now gambling… And unfortunately, your odds are not that strong.
But what if there was an “ideal wager” out there – a “bet” with no downside risk – but all of the upside potential?
It’s not often that we can find an ideal wager like that – an asymmetrical bet. But they do exist…
For example, my friends at EverBank have put together a product that lets us get all of the upside in a basket of volatile assets – with no downside risk.
If the assets go up, you’ll pocket all those gains. But if the assets fall, you won’t lose any money. How much better does it get than that?
I can’t guarantee you’ll make money. But there is only a microscopic chance you could lose money. And something really extreme would have to happen – like bank and government insurance failures.
Let me explain how this new product works…
During the global financial crisis, a simple basket of five currencies crashed 24%. Over the next two years, the same basket increased 32%. And since 2011, the same basket is down 26%.
The chart below shows what I mean. It’s the 10-year history of the basket of currencies I described above…
This basket of currencies has crashed and soared 24%-plus four times over the last 10 years. That doesn’t guarantee upside from here… But buying in below financial-crisis lows is a great opportunity.
The basket is currencies from the BRICS countries. The BRICS include Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – the emerging markets set to take over the world in the next few decades.
Today, we have a way to buy into a basket of these five currencies with zero downside risk. Importantly, this is an asymmetrical bet… meaning we take all the upside, but lose nothing if these currencies crash in price.
We can do this through EverBank’s newest MarketSafe CD…
EverBank’s MarketSafe CDs work just like traditional bank CDs. They have no downside risk. Your money is safe and government insured. However, instead of paying a micro interest rate like most bank CDs, this CD gives us upside on the BRICS currencies.
Specifically, by owning this CD, you will get the profits based on the returns of these five currencies over the next three years. If they fall in value, it’s no big deal. You’ll receive all of your initial investment back.
Our only risk is opportunity cost. But banks in the U.S. pay practically zero. So if you’re looking to park cash for a few years – and have some upside potential – this CD is a no-brainer.
Of course, we don’t know if these BRICS currencies will rise. What we like is the nature of the bet – we get all the upside potential, with nearly zero downside risk. That’s enough to get me excited!
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From Ron Paul at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity:
Even though it ultimately failed at the ballot box, the recent campaign for Scottish independence should cheer supporters of the numerous secession movements springing up around the globe.
In the weeks leading up to the referendum, it appeared that the people of Scotland were poised to vote to secede from the United Kingdom. Defeating the referendum required British political elites to co-opt secession forces by promising greater self-rule for Scotland, as well as launching a massive campaign to convince the Scots that secession would plunge them into economic depression.
The people of Scotland were even warned that secession would damage the international market for one of Scotland’s main exports, whiskey. Considering the lengths to which opponents went to discredit secession, it is amazing that almost 45 percent of the Scottish people still voted in favor of it.
The Scottish referendum result has done little to discourage other secessionist movements spreading across Europe, in countries ranging from Norway to Italy. Just days after the Scottish referendum, the people of Catalonia voted to hold their own referendum measuring popular support for secession from Spain.
Support for secession is also growing in America. According to a recent poll, one in four Americans would support their state seceding from the federal government. Movements and organizations advocating that state governments secede from the federal government, that local governments secede from state governments, or that local governments secede from both the federal and state governments, are springing up around the country. This year, over one million Californians signed a ballot access petition in support of splitting California into six states. While the proposal did not meet the requirements necessary to appear on the ballot, the effort to split California continues to gain support.
Americans who embrace secession are acting in a grand American tradition. The Declaration of Independence was written to justify secession from Britain. Supporters of liberty should cheer the growth in support for secession, as it is the ultimate rejection of centralized government and the ideologies of Keynesianism, welfarism, and militarism.
Widespread acceptance of the principle of peaceful secession and self-determination could resolve many ongoing conflicts. For instance, allowing the people of eastern Ukraine and western Ukraine to decide for themselves whether to split into two separate nations may be the only way to resolve their differences.
The possibility that people will break away from an oppressive government is one of the most effective checks on the growth of government. It is no coincidence that the transformation of America from a limited republic to a monolithic welfare-warfare state coincided with the discrediting of secession as an appropriate response to excessive government.
Devolving government into smaller units promotes economic growth. The smaller the size of government, the less power it has to hobble free enterprise with taxes and regulations.
Just because people do not wish to live under the same government does not mean they are unwilling or unable to engage in mutually beneficial trade. By eliminating political conflicts, secession could actually make people more interested in trading with each other. Decentralizing government power would thus promote true free trade as opposed to “managed trade” controlled by bureaucrats, politicians, and special interests.
Devolution of power to smaller levels of government should also make it easier for individuals to use a currency of their choice, instead of a currency favored by central bankers and politicians.
The growth of support for secession should cheer all supporters of freedom, as devolving power to smaller units of government is one of the best ways to guarantee peace, property, liberty — and even cheap whiskey!
From Zero Hedge:
Ferguson was for amateurs.
For those curious why the Hong Kong protests over the weekend have sent shivers across the world’s capital markets, pushed the Hang Seng 2% lower, and impacted both European and U.S. [markets] ? not to mention leading to worries that China may get involved any second and result in another Tiananmen square event ? the following clip from HK’s Apple Daily [is a must watch.]
Taken by a drone, it shows just how massive the demonstrations (which according to some estimates involved just shy of 100,000 people) taking place in Hong Kong are.
As Mashable adds, “far from a small protest by a limited number of outspoken citizens, the video shows just how large the movement to preserve Hong Kong’s democratic elections has become. Currently, the protests have grown so large that parts of Hong Kong’s business district have been brought to a standstill, prompting the temporary closure of 17 local banks. In addition to the drone footage, Apple Daily has also posted a live video stream of the protests, allowing the world to watch as events develop in real time.”
By Dr. David Eifrig, MD, MBA, editor, Retirement Millionaire:
Mainstream medicine is catching up with our advice on salt… Currently, leading health organizations (like the American Heart Association) tell people to cut down their salt intake and limit sodium to 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams per day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans consume 3,400 milligrams per day (about a teaspoon and a half).
But there’s good news for people who enjoy a little salt on their food… Three new studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people who consume 3,000 milligrams might be healthier than those who stick to conventional health wisdom. People consuming between 3,000 and 6,000 milligrams of sodium were the healthiest. People consuming less had a 27% increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke and dying from a cardiovascular event. More than 6,000 milligrams also increases your risk.
While this new information is causing debate in health circles, longtime Retirement Millionaire readers aren’t surprised. Last year, I wrote why your doctor’s advice on salt could kill you. But what’s more important than focusing on sodium intake is making sure you’re getting enough of two other salts: magnesium and potassium (both found in small amounts in some sea salts). Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and decreases risk of cardiovascular disease. It is also found in leafy greens and seeds. Potassium keeps your blood flowing and your muscles moving and is found in avocados and potatoes.
Investors expect the Fed to raise interest rates next year. But they may not be prepared for what follows.
Investors bracing for higher interest rates from the Federal Reserve in 2015 need to expand their horizons or risk being caught off-guard.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch economists suggest 12 of the 16 inflation-targeting emerging-market central banks they monitor will raise rates in the next year, and many will do so by more than markets anticipate. Mexico, Thailand, Hungary, and Israel are among the most likely to surprise, economists Marcos Buscaglia and Ana Madeira said in a Sept. 12 report to clients.
Following the Fed, even at the risk of crimping growth, would represent an effort to prevent a spike of inflation and keep attracting foreign cash.
Capital flows into emerging-market economies averaged $1.1 trillion a year from 2010 to 2013, compared with $697 billion from 2003 to 2007, according to the International Monetary Fund. That helps explain why nine of the 16 central banks reduced their key rates this year and another three kept them on hold.
A potential sign of things to come when the Fed does start tightening the monetary spigot: The Washington-based Institute of International Finance estimates emerging markets attracted just $9 billion in portfolio investments in August, down from an average of $38 billion over the prior three months.
Buscaglia and Madeira, who expect the Fed to move in June, say while investors anticipate tighter policy in Brazil and South Africa, there will also be more aggressive increases elsewhere. Only Poland will have easier credit by the end of next year and low inflation will keep the Czech Republic and South Korea on hold, the economists predict.
Whether there will be a repeat of 2013′s “taper tantrum” will depend on the Fed’s pace, said Pablo Goldberg, senior strategist at BlackRock Inc. “If it moves very fast then that brings some stress,” he told reporters in London today.
Speaking at the recent Group of 20 gathering in Australia, Indonesian Finance Minister Chatib Basri explained the logic he and his counterparts will soon face.
“In the short term, some emerging markets may have to choose stabilization over growth,” Basri told Bloomberg News.
By Matt Badiali, editor, S&A Resource Report:
It’s one of the best risk/reward investments in the entire stock market…
Risk $1… and potentially make $11…
The greatest investors use this strategy to make millions.
The strategy is simple: Avoid popular, hyped-up assets that have soared hundreds of percent… and buy cheap assets that have been “left for dead.”
Right now, there’s a great opportunity to follow this strategy. It’s one that offers huge upside… and little downside.
Remember, natural resource prices tend to go through huge booms and busts. When the price of a resource like oil, copper, or cotton soars in price, people begin to use less of it, while producers tend to produce more of it. This “less demand, more supply” sandwich leads to price collapses.
On the other hand, when the price of a resource stays low for an extended period of time, people begin to use more of it, while producers tend to produce less of it. This “more demand, less supply” sandwich leads to price spikes.
That’s the set up we’re seeing today in the uranium market.
Uranium is the fuel used in nuclear power plants. It has experienced an extreme boom and bust cycle over the past 10 years. Take a look:
As you can see, uranium prices “boomed” from 2005-2007, hitting a high of more than $130 per pound. Then followed a “bust” until 2010, where prices got as low as $40 per pound. Just as the market was beginning to recover in early 2011, the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster happened. Prices collapsed as Japan closed nuclear plants and sold its uranium supplies.
Ever since, uranium has been one of the world’s most hated resources. And earlier this year, prices reached their lowest level in nine years.
But that’s not likely to last. Here’s why…
Today, uranium trades at $36.50 per pound. The average cost to produce one pound of uranium is almost twice as much – about $70. Many producers are losing money on every pound of uranium they sell. That can’t last…
These businesses will either slow production or go out of business. Either way, supply is likely to dry up.
And despite the lip service of governments and nuclear-power critics, demand for uranium is still strong and expected to grow…
Nuclear power currently produces about 20% of U.S. electricity. It’s the source of about 11% of the world’s electricity. And developing countries – particularly China and India – will rely heavily on nuclear power going forward. China plans to triple its consumption by 2030. India plans to increase it more than 10-fold by 2050.
As supply begins to dwindle and demand continues to grow, basic economics tells us that the price of uranium must go up. The only question is: “When?”
We can’t know exactly when it will happen. But because we’re so close to the bottom, the downside risk while we wait is minimal.
And things may be starting to go in our favor…
Cameco (CCJ), the world’s largest uranium miner, announced in August that it shut down its McArthur River mine and its Key Lake mill in response to the union’s decision to strike. McArthur River is one of the largest and highest-grade uranium mines. It accounts for more than 10% of the world’s uranium production.
On August 30, Cameco locked out its 535 unionized employees at the two locations. Cameco will continue to honor its customer contracts with production from its other sites and from inventories.
But this has already affected the industry. The spot price of uranium had fallen to $28 at the start of July. As I mentioned, it’s now $36.50 per pound. The market had left the metal for dead, so this is a huge move.
… When buying into a cheap and hated resource market, it’s typically a good idea to wait for a new uptrend to form. Well, this may be the start of our new uptrend.
In my S&A Resource Report newsletter, I’m recommending shares of Cameco. Right now, we can buy CCJ for about $18 per share. My recommended stop is at $16 per share. That means our downside is just $2 per share. During uranium’s last boom in 2010, shares reached $40. They could reach that level again in a bull market… and produce a gain of $22 per share.
So our potential reward is 11 times greater than our potential loss. It’s a great risk/reward set up. All you have to do is follow the tried and true method of buying cheap… and then wait for the next boom.
P.S. In the latest issue of the S&A Resource Report, I discuss another great opportunity in the natural resource space. It involves a new loophole that’s allowing a select few companies to export U.S. crude oil. This development could lead to huge gains for the stock I’m recommending… and it pays a yield of 4.5% while we wait. You can access this and all my other research with a risk-free trial subscription. You can get all the details right here (this does not link to a long video).
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