January 2019

As forecast: U.S. leads coup in Venezuela

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Only a couple of weeks ago few outside of Venezuela knew of Juan Guaido, the 35-year-old politician, referred to by the media as “right wing,” who swore himself in as interim president of Venezuela, directly attacking the duly elected president Nicholas Maduro.

Absent the mass media coverage is how Guaido has been U.S.A. primed and groomed.

Barely a mention that he was brought to Washington this past December and has met a number of times with Senator Marco Rubio, a staunch opponent of Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, to plan strategies to overthrow Maduro.

The "We love war” media!

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Having a long history of selling propagandized language from Washington to send the nation to war, the U.S. “Saddam Hussein Has Weapons of Mass Destruction” media is once again loudly beating the war drums.

While the Media Research Center reports that 91 percent of American news reporting on the Trump Presidency has been negative, in an about face, whatever the warmongers say about Venezuela, is now reported as solid fact and pure truth.

Recessions loom, will gold boom?

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What a difference a year makes. Last January the mood at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where the business elite and world leaders meet, was upbeat.

Back in 2018 equity markets were flying high, global economic growth was strong… and they were cheering President Trump and his business-friendly policies.

Why Bitcoin will never become digital gold

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Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin in response to the 2008 financial crisis, when governments inflated the supply of fiat money on a massive scale to save the banking system. He feared this would result in currency devaluation, so he designed Bitcoin to be a form of money that could never be inflated, and thereby hoped Bitcoin could become a store of value as enduring as gold.

Government control, evolving technology are Bitcoin’s enemies

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Bitcoin is flawed as money on a systemic level for two reasons often regarded as strengths. The first flaw is that it’s a technology, and the second flaw is that it’s a threat to government-controlled money. Both make Bitcoin unlikely to succeed.

First, that Bitcoin is a technology itself is problematic, because technology is impermanent. If Bitcoin is to be money, it must store value reliably over time.

Dear HODLers, cryptos are not gold… and here’s why

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HODLers believe Bitcoin can become a store of value like gold because the value of both is subjective, based on arbitrary “beliefs.” This assumption is flawed.

Gold has intrinsic value, beauty, and beauty is timeless. It’s not hard to imagine that the beauty one experiences looking at a sunset or the Grand Canyon struck people similarly millenniums ago – “belief” has little involvement.

Our Top Trends for 2019

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Global trends forecaster Gerald Celente’s Top Trends for 2019, covered in the December edition of the Trends Journal, offers detailed, essential predictions that pinpoint the critical trends ahead as 2018 ended riding a powerful wave of economic, geopolitical and societal volatility into the new year.

According to Celente, rarely do so many converging trend lines signal the unprecedented risk and reward opportunities ahead as do the Top 10 Trends for 2019.

Wall or no wall?

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It’s time for the U.S. to join the 21st Century… Vote online!

This past December, President Donald Trump, demanding Congress fund his signature campaign promise to build a wall on the southwestern border, declared “If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government.”

Rejecting his request, Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi ridiculed Trump’s threat saying, "It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him."

Stepping closer to war: Target Iran

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The Wall Street Journal reported in January that this past September the U.S. National Security Council Advisor John Bolton requested the Pentagon draw up plans for a “strike” against Iran after militants, allegedly aligned with Iran, fired three mortars into Baghdad’s diplomatic quarter which hosts the U.S. Embassy.

The shells landed in an open lot and no one was harmed.