Nearly every major post-9/11 terrorism-related prosecution has involved a sting operation, at the center of which is a government informant.
In these cases, the informants — who work for money or are seeking leniency on criminal charges of their own — have crossed the line from merely observing potential criminal behavior to encouraging and assisting people to participate in plots that are largely scripted by the FBI itself.
Under the FBI’s guiding hand, the informants provide the weapons, suggest the targets and even initiate the inflammatory political rhetoric that later elevates the charges to the level of terrorism.

year of the goat gold bullion coin 2015 2January is the time of the year for the Chinese to buy golden gifts for their love ones.
And that is exactly what they are currently doing en masse, according to the latest data from the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE).

liquid gold

A new force that is bullish for gold has unexpectedly appeared, which is the Swiss franc’s mauling of the US dollar.
The franc has a stellar track record of being a hard currency, and a key lead indicator for the price of gold.

Please view the monthly chart of the dollar versus the franc below. The dollar has essentially imploded.
Entire brokerages and funds have been destroyed, as the dollar has gone into “meltdown mode” against the franc.
As painful as it’s been for these dollar bugs, I think there’s much more pain to come.
Here’s why: 

Obryne

Is gold a safe haven? Mark O’Byrne, executive and research director at GoldCore, told CNBC yesterday that yes it is.
He explains why the Swiss National Bank’s recent decision was “icing on the cake” for gold and shows how gold thrives in a volatile environment.
Watch the full interview while you can, as O’Byrne explains to the CNBC viewership the difference between PHYSICAL gold and electronic/paper gold, which O’Byrne advises there is “No point in owning due to counter-party risk”. 

Full interview is below: 

freefall

When the waters start getting really choppy, that is a clear indication that stocks are about to plummet. 
In early 2015, volatility has returned to Wall Street in a big way.  
If stocks keep making dramatic moves up and dramatic moves down, history tells us that it is only a matter of time before they collapse. 
Any student of stock market history knows that what we are witnessing right now is exactly how markets behave right before they crash.

bernanke

The current set of fiscal and monetary policies pursued by central banks and states are all based on lessons drawn from the Great Depression of the 1930s. The successful (if slow and uneven) “recovery” since the 2008-09 global financial meltdown is being touted as evidence that the key determinants of success drawn from the Great Depression are still valid: the Keynesian (or neo-Keynesian) policies of massive deficit spending by central states and extreme monetary easing policies by central banks.
Are the present-day conditions identical to those of the Great Depression?  If not, then how can anyone conclude that the lessons drawn from that era will be valid in an entirely different set of conditions?
We need only consider Japan’s remarkably unsuccessful 25-year pursuit of these policies to wonder if the outcomes of these sacrosanct monetary and fiscal policies are truly predictable, or whether the key determinants of macro-economic success and failure have yet to be identified.

eplosive gold rally

It would seem that last week’s rally in gold was Swiss National Bank-driven, plain and simple. 
It is difficult to get a handle on the ramifications of what just happened with the Swiss “unpegging” from the Euro.
It was becoming prohibitively expensive for the SNB 
to keep buying Euros and trashing their own economy in the process.  Ostensibly, this is a tale of a central bank telling the US and the rest of the EU, enough!  We have had it, and we are now going to be more fiscally responsible.
But the truth is not always as it seems…

HarveyOrgan

Today gold and silver had a good day price wise as the fear factor continues to weigh in on the financial scene.
Late on Friday, the SPDR gold trust released data suggesting another 13.74 tonnes of gold was added to its inventory.
The huge repatriation of gold into Germany in December of 85 tonnes also gave gold a much needed boost.
Get ready for the defense of $1300.00 gold and $18.00 silver as the bankers will continue to go all out to defend their turf.

Ron Paul

For those dreading tonight’s State of the Union address, Here’s something different for you.  Ron Paul produced a “State of Liberty” speech, and it was released earlier today.  Check out Ron’s full “State of Liberty’ 2015 address below-
I dare say it will easily be more inspiring than the drivel about to invade the airwaves.

The absolutely stunning decision by the Swiss National Bank to decouple from the euro has triggered billions of dollars worth of losses all over the globe. 
Citigroup and Deutsche Bank both say that their losses were somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 million dollars, a major hedge fund that had 830 million dollars in assets at the end of December has been forced to shut down, and several major global currency trading firms have announced that they are now insolvent.
And these are just the losses that we know about so far.  It will be many months before the full scope of the financial devastation caused by the Swiss National Bank is fully revealed.  But of course the same thing could be said about the crash in the price of oil that we have witnessed in recent weeks.  These two “black swan events” have set financial dominoes in motion all over the globe. 
At this point we can only guess how bad the financial devastation will ultimately be…

Anteres Explosion

The SNB shock announcement seems to have happened in isolation and could mark the start of a far less accommodative stance by national central banks.
This is not surprising as with a strong dollar, the U.S. is able to reduce the costs to foreign markets of its goods and services, thereby producing a massive competitive advantage.
Now that the euro is going to start debasing itself too, it is natural that the Swiss also abandon a peg which is about to become indefensible.
The question is “Who next?” will break ranks?   Currency wars and related volatility are now in full swing.

door knock

At the root of it all, this is the reason that I’m fighting:  I’m seeking to do something even more meaningful in my life.
I’m not focused on the collapse, I’m just using the collapse to focus my “one shot” on building a better future for those yet born.
Once the debt/currency crisis hits, and what we possess becomes more properly valued, opportunities will truly fling themselves at you.  Truly.
I know this, because it’s happened before, in the fall-out of previous crises.  In those moments of panic, those with forethought had amazing leverage, and when destiny called….
They answered!
In fact, let me show you some real-life examples next time, of how being in the right place at the right time, during the 2008 financial crisis, truly turned the world into these folks’ oyster, as the old saying goes…