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From: IngotWeTrust1/13/2008 6:05:50 PM
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Bush convenes Plunge Protection Team

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor
Last Updated: 1:18am GMT 11/01/2008

Bears beware. The New Deal of 2008 is in the works. The US Treasury is about to shower households with rebate cheques to head off a full-blown slump, and save the Bush presidency.

On Friday, Mr Bush convened the so-called Plunge Protection Team for its first known meeting in the Oval Office. The black arts unit - officially the President's Working Group on Financial Markets - was created after the 1987 crash.

It appears to have powers to support the markets in a crisis with a host of instruments, mostly by through buying futures contracts on the stock indexes (DOW, S&P 500, NASDAQ and Russell) and key credit levers. And it has the means to fry "short" traders in the hottest of oils.

The team is led by Treasury chief Hank Paulson, ex-Goldman Sachs, a man with a nose for market psychology, and includes Fed chairman Ben Bernanke and the key exchange regulators.

Judging by a well-briefed report in the Washington Post, a mood of deep alarm has taken hold in the upper echelons of the administration. "What everyone's looking at is what is the fastest way to get money out there," said a Bush aide.

Emergency measures are now clearly on the agenda, apparently consisting of a mix of tax cuts for businesses and bungs for consumers. Fiscal action all too appropriate, regrettably.

We face a version of Keynes's "extreme liquidity preference" in the 1930s - banks are hoarding money, and the main credit arteries of the financial system remain blocked after five months.

"In terms of any stimulus package, we're considering all options," said Mr Bush. This should be interesting to watch. The president is not one for half measures. He has already shown in Iraq and on biofuels that he will pursue policies a l'outrance ["with excesses"--->courtesy of BabelFish] once he gets the bit between his teeth.

The only question is what the president can manage to push through a Democrat Congress.

The Plunge Protection Team - long kept secret - was last mobilised to calm the markets after 9/11. It then went into hibernation during the long boom.

Mr Paulson re-activated [PPT] last year, asking the staff to examine "systemic risk posed by hedge funds and derivatives, and the government's ability to respond to a financial crisis", he said.

It seems he failed to spot the immediate threat from mortgage securities and the implosion of the commercial paper market. But never mind.

The White House certainly has grounds for alarm. The global picture is darkening by the day.

The Baltic Dry Index has been falling hard for seven weeks, signalling a downturn in bulk shipments.

Singapore's economy contracted 3.2pc in the final quarter of last year, led by a slump in electronics and semiconductors.

The Tokyo bourse kicked off with the worst New Year slide in more than half a century as the Seven Samurai exporters buckled. The Topix is down 24pc from its peak. If Japan and Singapore are stalling, it is a fair bet that China's efforts to tighten credit are starting to bite. Asia is not going to rescue us. On the contrary.

Keep an eye on Japan, still the world's top creditor by far, with $3 trillion in net foreign assets. The Bank of Japan has been the biggest single source of liquidity for the global asset boom over the last five years. An army of investors - Japanese insurers and pension funds, housewives and hedge funds borrowing at near zero rates in Tokyo - have sprayed money across the Antipodes, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey, Iceland, Latvia, the US commercial paper market and the City of London.

The Japanese are now bringing the money home, as they always do when the cycle turns. The yen has risen 13pc against the dollar and 12pc against sterling since the summer. We are witnessing the long-feared unwind of the "carry trade", valued by BNP Paribas in all its forms at $1.4 trillion.

The US data is now relentlessly grim. Unemployment jumped from 4.7pc to 5pc - or 7.7m - in December, the biggest one-month rise since the dotcom bust and clear evidence that the housing crunch has spread to the real economy.

"At this point the debate is not about a soft land or hard landing; it is about how hard the hard landing will be," said Nouriel Roubini, professor of economics at New York University.

"Financial losses and defaults are spreading from sub-prime to near-prime and prime mortgages, to commercial real estate loans, to auto loans, credit cards and student loans, and sharply rising default rates on corporate bonds. A severe systemic financial crisis cannot be ruled out. This will be a much worse recession than the mild ones in 1990-91 and 2001," he said.

Sovereign wealth funds stand ready to rescue banks, as they have already rescued Citigroup and UBS. But as Moody's pointed out this week, the estimated $2,500bn in lost wealth from the US house price crash is more than the entire net worth of all the sovereign wealth funds in the world.

Add fresh losses as the property bubbles pop in Britain, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Greece, The Netherlands, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, as they surely must unless central banks opt for inflation (which would annihilate bonds instead, with equal damage), and you can discount $1,500bn in further attrition.

Not even a Bush New Deal can hold back the post-bubble tide that is drawing in across the globe. What it can do is buy time. Fortunately for America - and the world - the US budget deficit is a healthy 1.2pc of GDP ($163bn). Washington has the wherewithal to fund a fiscal blitz.

Britain has no such luxury. Our deficit is 3pc of GDP at the top of the cycle. Gordon Brown has shut the Keynesian door.


An aside to JES--
Jim, It appears this British Pundit "gets it...."
This IS it.

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From: IngotWeTrust1/20/2008 6:42:01 PM
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Good Lord God, have mercy on us all!

By Doreen Hannes
January 20, 2008
I want to tell you how I found out about NAIS (National Animal Identification System) in the hope that you will see how disturbing this is and why we have to fight it with everything we have.

In July of 2005, I went to a meeting at the Ava Missouri Sale Barn regarding a new electronic cattle identification program that was to be mandatory in January of 2006 in order to sell cattle in the State of Missouri. Yes, January of 2006.

Dr Taylor Woods, a member of the NAIS Subcommittee, was the one speaking. He never said what the name of the program was, nor offered any website where one could go for information.

I asked a couple of questions and then made a statement. That statement was, "It sounds like you just want to have
complete control of the food supply."

Dr Woods replied, "We already do."

is a frightening prospect to consider any group of men in complete control of the food supply, much less a bunch of people who fear microbes. Needless to say, much of what Dr Woods stated was not entirely true. We would not be
required to electronically identify our cattle to be able to sell them in January of 2006, and it wasn't really a done deal except in the minds of bureaucrats who hate the fact that we still have this irritating thing called the United States Constitution that needs to at least be given lip
service from time to time or chance a full scale revolt.

Then, in late November of 2005, I went into a local feed store, MFA, and was greeted by a flame orange sign on the counter saying, "Due to the Bioterrorism Act We must have your name, address and phone number to sell you feed."

As creepy as that is, I now had a starting place.

In a short amount of time, I found myself with the name of the program Dr Woods was talking about, which was indeed the National Animal Identification System, and a whole lot of information on the Bioterrorism Act of 2002, which is
basically NAIS for food and feed up to the final consumer.

Incidentally, the Bioterrorism Act passed was part of the 2002 Farm Bill, which included the Animal Health Protection Act (the USDA claims AHPA as their authorizing legislation for NAIS) introduced by none other than current Ag Chair Senator
Harkin of Iowa. This same man has now introduced the first probable statutory reference to NAIS in the 2007 Farm Bill.

Is this a coincidence? Not likely.

The USDA recently released new documents that will make NAIS next to impossible to fight without going on the offensive and filing suit against the Federal government.

The USDA states in their Business Plan that in a scant few weeks (February 2008) they will issue a proposed rule to roll all breed registry identification into NAIS.

They will also issue rules to roll all disease control programs into NAIS compliant identification standards. Brucellosis, Tuberculosis, Coggin's and Pseudorabies will magically roll
right in through the rulemaking process.

NPIP for poultry will just roll on in.

Scrapies for sheep and goats will simply be turned in to NAIS premise ID without the knowledge or even consent of participants in this program.

Certificates of health to move animals across state lines, or even within the state will be rolled in as well.

If you get the idea that NAIS is like a bulldozer on steroids, you'd be about right. Remember that NAIS is a three-part program with it's foundation being premise identification. You must have a premise id to get an animal id, and you must have premise id and animal id to have animal tracking.

The USDA is busily making Cooperative Agreements with all states and tribes and any non-profit organization that will stick it's hand out for the taxpayer money to encourage and probably require their members to enroll in premise id and animal id in order to reap the benefits of membership in
those organizations.

The states are to help make NAIS compulsory in order to engage in commerce under these contracts.

There is an exception allowed for individual animal identification...

If you never move an animal off your property other than directly to slaughter, it will not require an NAIS animal
id, but there is no exception mentioned or alluded to for premise id under USDA's plan.

Meanwhile, our federal level legislators blithely reiterate to us "NAIS is voluntary at the Federal level" and say that they are doing so well because they cut the budget for NAIS.

Well, the infrastructure has already been laid, folks. Unless you specifically stop NAIS via statute or a moratorium,
it's going to roll over all of our rights through all disease control programs!

Why do you refuse to uphold your oath of office, [Alan Harkin?] You didn't take an oath to pervert "general welfare" for the benefit of corporations and bureaucrats, did you?

Did our forefathers bleed and die so that an agency could require birth certificates on chickens?

Many people seem to have a very difficult time understanding that NAIS is and always has been 48-hour traceback on all livestock. If you want 48-hour traceback, you must have 24 hour reporting of movements.

NAIS is not a marketing program; it is being brought to bear at the point of market.

NAIS, cannot, by very definition, be a voluntary program.

The USDA is holding states hostage at the point of interstate commerce by attaching NAIS premise id, and animal id to health certificates and disease control programs. To up the ante even further, they are buying the participation of feedlots, breed organizations, farm groups, youth groups and processors.

To move across state lines, or in many cases, even within that state, you will need to be in NAIS.

How can that be voluntary?

NAIS opposition has been fairly effective fighting this on a state by state level in a disorganized and haphazard fashion.

The original plans called for mandatory in January of 2008 and mandatory with enforcement of all aspects in January of 2009.

We've pushed the USDA back, and sideways, but we have not stopped them because the people in positions of power have not had the will to take on the fight.

The anti-NAIS movement has had a grand total of one case filed; and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture backed off just because of the filing.

Why are all the attorneys who have stepped into this battle against NAIS not going after the federal government for an injunction or more? The entire program is patently and assuredly un-Constitutional. The USDA is trying to shift all lawsuits to the states by saying "NAIS is voluntary at
the federal level" while they push the states into full implementation through perverting the Interstate Commerce Clause.

Certainly, if we still have a Constitution, we can win on simply the religious objection alone.

But our arguments go further than even the First Amendment. We also have the 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 13th and 14th amendments
that are being violated with NAIS.

There are issues of unfair competition that will need to be addressed, as well as real estate effects of this

Why can't we get on the offensive and file suit? We have harm in many of those who were rolled in, or coerced into the program, and they are not all Amish who won't file suits.

We have the Alliance Defense Fund who won the case without even going to court in PA, and the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, who have taken on Greg Niewendorp's case in Michigan, the Center for Law and Religious Freedom involved in Wisconsin where the Amish have been assigned PIN's without their
consent; they have all broken their teeth on NAIS.

We have several individual attorneys who are well researched on the subject, and still, no filing on the federal level to stop the USDA from shoving this down our throats.

The states of
Indiana and
.....already have mandatory NAIS to a large degree.

With the myriad of roll ins
Colorado Fairs,
Illinois fairs,
North Carolina Fairs and hay,
Tennesse hay share,
NY calfhood vaccination,
any farm programs, ad infinitum, ad nauseum, etc.)
....without proper authorization,
there is no doubt where this is going.

And it doesn't take a [college] degree to see it.

While I readily concede that suing the USDA is not something to be done on a whim, surely if some of these learned individuals could get together and keep their egos out of the way, we could find someone with the proper experience and expertise to bring suit against the USDA and get it stopped before we have to fight every single rule they promulgate related to NAIS
for every one of the species covered under the program.

This is a plea from one who knows without a doubt that if this program is not stopped that there will be bloodshed....and not just the blood of

I am fully committed to doing everything within my power to stop this before it comes to that point.

Please, please, stop playing politics and start filing before we have a complete disaster on our hands.

And to the unwashed masses, people like me that is, we cannot and must not fail to call our representatives on a regular basis and let them know we expect them to uphold the Constitution and the principles of freedom we have
been endowed with.

When we get a federal suit filed, we will need to reach
into our wallets and support the one bringing the suit. When we get meaningful legislation to stop this, we must rally support for those pushing for us. It is going to take every one of us in whatever capacity we have to get this thing stopped. Don't wait for someone else to do it, or it won't
get done.

Your freedom is your responsibility.

We have a gigantic secret weapon... there are way more of "us" than "them," and we're right!

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From: IngotWeTrust8/15/2011 3:57:17 PM
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James Rickards MP3s on King World News

Available from June 9 2010 to Aug 6, 2011 by clicking hyperlink in little box of recent Rickards' listings

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To: IngotWeTrust who wrote (339)1/18/2012 11:35:55 AM
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Monsanto has a choke hold on the soybean, corn, sugar beet GMO to withstand RoundUp Treatment.

GREED DRIVEN--TPTB generated Codex Alimentarius at the bottom of all. now in 20th edition status.

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From: IngotWeTrust1/27/2015 2:03:57 PM
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1.28.2014: 3D Printer Patents history by the Numbers

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To: IngotWeTrust who wrote (342)1/27/2015 2:14:21 PM
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BLOG of note: 3D Universe Blog--Tremdendous Value

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To: IngotWeTrust who wrote (343)1/27/2015 2:16:56 PM
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   of 348 PRINTER Price Compare--DETAILS!!

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To: IngotWeTrust who wrote (344)1/27/2015 2:20:28 PM
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Filaments "tab": Filaments Tab, Price, Dia, Type compare

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From: IngotWeTrust1/27/2015 11:33:05 PM
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2015 Vegas Top 18 3D printers by user survey

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From: IngotWeTrust1/29/2015 10:00:11 AM
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FXCM Watershed Forgiveness announcement

Reminds me of the LTCM blow-up several years ago. In the Greenspan/Rickards announced bailout plan, all margin requirements were suspended for the approx 11 yrs of the workout contract.

Absolutely unheard of at the time.

So is this FX announcement on 1.28.2015 re: CHF blow-up.

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