Did you know there exists a highly lucrative business in America that consists of helping pregnant Chinese women get into the U.S. merely to give birth and get their children passports?  Yep, neither did I.

theftAll the money – $16,000 in cash – that Joseph Rivers said he had saved and relatives had given him to launch his dream in Hollywood is gone, seized during his trip out West not by thieves but by Drug Enforcement Administration agents during a stop at the Amtrak train station in Albuquerque.
Rivers, 22, wasn’t detained and has not been charged with any crime since his money was taken last month.

In the “land of the free” you might be innocent until proven guilty, but your assets aren’t.

convoyThe Venezuelan gold repatriation transport operation took just over two months to complete, beginning on 25 November 2011, and winding up on 30 January 2012. During this time, 23 shipments (by air) are said to have arrived in Caracas, with 160 tonnes of gold flown in.
Notwithstanding the fact that the German Bundesbank claims to have quietly and secretively moved 940 tonnes of its gold from the Bank of England in London to its Bundesbank headquarters in Frankfurt between 2000 and 2001, the Venezuelan gold repatriation is still probably the “largest movement of physical gold in the world market” since that time.
The death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in March 2013, and the election of Nicolás Maduro as his successor marked a re-establishment of the relationship between the international investment banks and the Venezuelan central bank.
Translation: With Chavez now out of the picture, the desperate banksters want it back…

China goldPravda published an article in which it asserts that China has accumulated 30,000 tonnes of gold:
According to Duowei News, to ensure its domination, China is saving up gold.
According to unconfirmed reports, China already has about 30,000 tons of the precious metal.
If this is true, it means that China will be capable of brining the US dollar down in an instant.

bankstersThe confirmed volume yesterday (which includes the volume during regular business hours + access market sales the previous day) was good at 208,737 contracts as the bankers continued to use non backed paper against all of that demand as they knocked off a few speculators.

CarterThe US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has just released a new batch of diplomatic cables from the year 1978, which can be searched and browsed via the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) website at http://aad.archives.gov/aad/.
These batches of cables are variously known as “State Department Cables“, “Diplomatic Records” or “Central Foreign Policy Files“, and are now on-line (in electronic format) for the years 1973 -1978 inclusive.
The State Department Cables from the 1970s contain a lot of material about the role of gold in the international monetary system, and the US Government’s behind the scenes views on gold’s role, so these cables are always worth browsing for anyone who is interested in these topics.

The 2008 crisis saw the Fed use some of its tools, but not all of them.
The Fed’s most powerful tools, gold revaluation and money printing, were never employed in that crisis.
QE4, if used to fund government infrastructure spending, can be inflationary, but if the next crisis is severe, only gold revaluation will work to end it.

margin explosionFrom the standpoint of the U.S., it is my opinion that a war is “necessary” to point at and blame for the financial collapse surely coming because in no way can “policy” be blamed.
China and Russia are fully aware of the U.S. falling further and further into a weakened position, that time is running out before a financial collapse, and that a wounded animal often strikes in desperation. 
The only form of neutralization is some sort of “truth bomb” or a series of them.  How best can this be done?  I believe it must and will be done “financially”, let me explain:
I believe the process may have begun this past week.
Pravda posted an article over the weekend speculating China will very soon announce their gold reserves.  The article  speculates China has amassed 30,000 tons of gold
I have said all along I believed China would announce their holdings probably this year.
If this is the “pre pre announcement”, it is a very big number and one I believe only as an opening salvo
Should China themselves make this announcement, please understand the “golden nuclear bomb” this would actually be.
The financial system of the West will be destroyed overnight!

The appropriate response here is obvious.  Get rid of the naked-body scanners at all U.S. airports immediately.
Not only are they pure useless security theatre, but they make it far easier to pick out specific passengers to molest.

At least with a metal detector either it beeps or it doesn’t.  With the porno scanners, any TSA agent can just claim they saw something and go in for closer look, which often means a sexual assault.
Forget terrorists for a second, who’s going to protect us from the TSA?