2015: Increased booms and activity at army bases across US and Germany

Do you know what they are preparing? Do you know what’s going on? Loud booms and lots of noise at Fort Hood, TX Fort Hood currently has several units training on the ranges with tanks and artillery as part of battle focused training. While we have training occurring at all times, sometimes the conditions are just right with low cloud cover, temperature, prevailing winds moving toward homes off the installation that make the explosions sounds much louder. The current training is scheduled through Feb. 28. Camp Pendleton is having Army training the whole week. Camp Roberst too! US jets sonic booms in Germany But the US are also flying abroad. This graphic shows the actual increase of noise complaints linked to army exercises and sonic booms over Germany only for the month of February. There is an (alarming?) jump over the last two days… What it means? I don’t […] Read More

The End Of Exuberance?

Submitted by Sean Corrigan via True Sinews blog, Back in the halcyon days of summer, it seemed nothing could go wrong. Commodities were still things it was not utterly disreputable to own. Base metals had shaken off a springtime swoon to hit 18 month highs. Though still suffering from that enervating, post-bubble flatness, precious metals had just enjoyed a neat little 10% rally. Energy was threatening to print new 2 ½ year highs as WTI sold for more than $107 at the front and $86 at the back of the curve. Nor were people much interested in paying for downside protection: across the complex, options premia were as low as ever they had been in recent years. Volatility – and risk measures in general – were drifting ever southwards, everywhere you looked. The US equity market’s VXO index was being quoted in single figures, the lowest in its 29-year […] Read More

The Secret Back Story to Russia and Ukraine that Americans Never Learned In School

Preface:  We believe that Soviet communism was an abomination.  Stalin was certainly a tyrant: he killed countless political enemies or threw them into insane asylums.   We also have littler tolerance for useful idiots who defend communism as a force for good.  In short, we hate Soviet era communism. And Putin also runs Russia like it’s his plaything, with little regard for the desires of his people. But U.S. warmongers have also been hyping the Russian threat with self-serving lies – and committing atrocities and telling lies – for some 70 years.  As an American, my concern is keeping America from destroying itself.  And – unless we learn our history – we could get in a lot of trouble. America Launched the Cold War Even Before World War II Had Ended Joseph Stalin and the Soviets were key in helping the U.S. to defeat the Nazis.  20 million Russians died […] Read More

2014: Your TV Is Watching YOU!

Is your TV spying on YOU? It sounds like science fiction but many new TVs can watch you – telling advertisers your favorite shows or even filming you on the sofa. And there’s no off switch! By Guy Adams, 26 November 2013 You are sitting in bed in your pajamas, drinking a cup of cocoa. A loved one lies next to you, watching late-night television. Pillow talk is exchanged. An alarm clock is set. Eventually the lights are turned out. Earlier, you sat on the living-room sofa eating supper, before loading the dishwasher and heading upstairs. You have, in other words, just enjoyed a perfectly normal night, in a perfectly normal home. The curtains are drawn, the central heating turned up. It’s cozy, relaxing and, above all, completely private. Or so you thought. The truth turns out to be quite the opposite. For on the other side of the world, people you […] Read More

1867: Can The Double Murder?

To the Editor of “The Sun.” Sir,– One morning in 1867 Eastern Europe was startled by news of the most horrifying description. Michael Obrenovitch, reigning Prince of Serbia, his aunt, the Princess Catherine, or Katinka, and her daughter had been murdered in broad daylight, near Belgrade, in their own garden, assassin or assassins remaining unknown. The Prince had received several bullet-shots and stabs, and his body was actually butchered; the Princess was killed on the spot, her head smashed, and her young daughter, though still alive, was not expected to survive. The circumstances are too recent to have been forgotten, but in that part of the world, at the time, the case created a delirium of excitement. In the Austrian dominions and in those under the doubtful protectorate of Turkey, from Bucharest down to Trieste, no high family felt secure. In those half-Oriental countries every Montecchi has its Capuletti, […] Read More