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  • Libra: Facebook's Crypto Trojan Rabbit
    Cryptocurrencies are winning. If you need proof look no further than Facebook’s proposed Libra stablecoin. With the release of its White Paper, Tom Luongo explains the salient point is Libra is another attempt by the current banking establishment to slow the flow into the world of hard money. In this respect Libra is no different than Ripple or dollar-settled Bitcoin futures contracts. These are products designed to slow the exodus out of the shadow banking system. Ripple is a way to lower foreign exchange fees and off-chain futures settlement is a way to control Bitcoin prices and exacerbate volatility to slow crypto-adoption by so-called normies. Now we have Facebook and Libra. As Caitlin Long points out in her excellent Forbes’ article, Libra will get major financial players backing it. The goal is to become a standard creator in the vein of the Dow Jones Committee or the IMF since it will determine the basket weighting of Libra. It won’t, however, be a cryptocurrency in the traditional sense. It won’t have a limited supply, defined inflation rate or any commodity character whatsoever. Proof-of-work? Phsaw! Every good Friedmanite knows that opportunity cost in creating new monetary units is simply wasted capital! Only mouth-breathing rubes stuck in the 19th century think that’s important. Instead Libra’s supply will be regulated just like every other fiat currency, by a central authority. Facebook already wants all your data, whether you’re an account holder or not. Now they want to control your currency as well. The Central Bank of Facebook When you extrapolate out the power of Facebook’s platform to where this coin will be marketed to, emerging markets, Libra is looking for all the world like Facebook’s application into the cartel of price-setting central banks. Ms. Long even hints at this in her article. In fact it’s her first of six important points about Libra. 1. Facebook’s cryptocurrency will be a powerful force for good in developing countries, which is where Facebook intends to market the product. Why? Because central banks in developing countries are notorious for their lack of discipline in maintaining the value of their fiat currencies, which too often lose purchasing power. The best example among many is Venezuela, which is experiencing hyperinflation worse than that of Germany after World War I. By providing citizens of developing nations with access to a store-of-value that is more reliable than their government-backed currencies, Facebook’s cryptocurrency will indirectly exert fiscal and monetary discipline on developing nations—which will improve the lives of many people globally. Leaving aside the fact that much of Venezuela’s hyperinflation stems from the U.S. sanctioning and cutting Venezuela off from the global banking system, she has a strong point. Governments are terrible at managing the value of their currencies for all the reasons Austrian economists have laid out in painstaking detail for decades. Think this through for five seconds and you get to the obvious conclusion. Facebook and the Wall St. banks which actually control it are creating a coin to do away with national currencies in the countries most vulnerable to the Fed’s control over the global monetary system. This is the next step in the quest to create a world currency. And if the current system’s long-term health is threatened by, oh I don’t know maybe, the implosion of a bunch of SIFI banks like Deutsche Bank sparking a global sovereign debt crisis, then a stablecoin like Libra to replace a discredited dollar/euro/yen/pound makes some perverse sense. If the plan has always been, as Jim Rickards has been saying for years, that the response to a collapsing monetary system would be national currencies replaced with IMF SDR’s as the reserves of the banking system, then having a ‘cryptocurrency’ Trojan Horse to bait and switch with has to be part of the plan to maintain confidence in the institutions that fomented the crisis in the first place. And what better platform to do that with than Orwell’s Panopticon itself, Facebook? The Crypto-Antibody As I pointed out at during last year’s meltdown in cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin was needed to replace these Ponzi schemes masquerading as money. … Bitcoin was born out of the extreme fraud of the financial system under Greenspan and Bernanke. They used leverage ratcheted up post-Y2K to levels which could only be supported through legislative fiat to wall off capital fleeing the system. And the response was a group of folks applied the teachings of Austrian Economics and Ludwig von Mises’ Regression Theorem to create a digital asset which became more resistant to fraud the more it was adopted. The result was Bitcoin. Bitcoin was a catastrophic mutation.  A thing born out of necessity to free human beings from a central issuing authority of new monetary units.  That relationship needs to be broken if we are going to free ourselves from the cycle of tyranny of the few at the expense of the many In short, Government ineptitude and/or fundamental evil created Bitcoin. This is the essence of what Ms. Long talked about around the same time as that post in her Mises Weekend talk “Will Blockchain Free Us from Wall St.” It’s a wonderful talk that focuses on the domestic reasons why the dollar is yet to collapse and why Bitcoin provides the framework in which we can craft money that isn’t controlled by a central issuing authority. This is the key point that she mentions but doesn’t emphasize in her talk. For the first time in history we have been presented the option to choose money whose new units are not subject to the whims and corruption of humans. That’s set by math. And math both determines the rate of inflation and the rate of trust developed by the money itself. This continues to be Bitcoin’s biggest advantage as long as the economic incentives to maintain the network remain positive and are not perverted. A Farewell to Kings It means no philosopher kings deciding the rate of inflation or deflation. It means minimizing rent-seeking behavior. It means an end to counterfeiting as we have experienced in the past. But as I said earlier, things like off-chain settled futures contracts create ‘Paper Bitcoins’ which suppress its exchange rate versus the U.S. dollar. They are an attempt at counterfeiting through through leverage. So are stablecoins like Tether, if not managed properly and, don’t kid yourself, Libra. Facebook and Wall St. are banking on Facebook’s pervasiveness to drive mass adoption to build an adjunct to the existing financial system which slows the growth of the real cryptocurrency marketplace. They value blockchain to lower costs and replace antiquated clearing systems of increasingly opaque ledgers, as Ms. Long points out in her talk. But they still want to retain control over the value of the money itself and what that money represents. They want to retain the system of perverse incentives they have created which rolls up the wealth of the world to them. It was, as I said earlier, these perverse incentives that created Bitcoin in the first place. And with each new attempt to co-opt the technology and/or suppress its usage through ridiculous laws they validate cryptocurrencies all the more. Which is Ms. Long’s conclusion in her recent article: 6. Facebook’s cryptocurrency will turn out, in the end, to be a Trojan horse that benefits Bitcoin. During a period of monetary upheaval, one in which the faith in the Institutional Order tends towards zero, there will be a fundamental shift away from public-issued money as trusted media of exchange. If Martin Armstrong is correct and we are approaching the end of a mega-cycle in Public trust and a massive shift in consciousness to Private assets as stores of wealth, then it again makes sense for the powers that be, those I like to call The Davos Crowd to create a private-in-name-only “cryptocurrency” to co-opt that shift and remain in control. But it also means that these same people, who have fed at this trough for so long, aren’t any more capable of managing it successfully than they were the dollar and the euro. So we really do have little to fear from Facebook and Libra in the long run, because as we know from the Trojan Rabbit, it came back to land squarely on their heads. *  *  * Finally, as Bloomberg points out, whether Libra will be used in commerce is very much in question. For the last decade, multiple cryptocurrencies starting with Bitcoin have tried and failed to penetrate coffee shops and retail stores. In the first four months of this year, only 1.3% of Bitcoin economic transactions came from merchants, according to researcher Chainalysis Inc. The majority of the rest related to trading, and while many digital-assets enthusiasts are now hanging their hopes on the company’s new digital coin succeeding where Bitcoin has not, there are plenty of concerns. “While Libra might be a big step in opening up a new wave of users to the benefits of asset-backed digital money, it comes with the risks of centralized pain points and vulnerabilities,” said Joseph Lubin, a co-creator of Ethereum. “Data silos enable incumbents to maintain pricing power, and also come with the risks of data breaches, privacy, and security issues -— problems that many have already begun to associate with Facebook.” *  *  * Support for Gold Goats ‘n Guns can happen in a variety of ways if you are so inclined. From Patreon to Paypal or by your browsing habits through the Brave browser where you can tip your favorite websites (like this one) for the value they provide.
  • "Treason" at the New York Times
    We interview David Sanger, whose recent New York Times article on US intrusions into the Russian grid was condemned as "a virtual act of treason" in a presidential tweet. Turns out that national security officials, contacted before the story ran, didn't ask the Times to hold the story. Understandably. If you're signaling to Putin that his grid will be at risk as long as he puts ours at risk, a front-page story in the New York Times is a pretty good way to get the word out. We're starting to see a lot more casualties in the New Code War between the US and China. Broadcom has issued a $2 billion warning that has shaken the global chip sector. And Hollywood is whistling past the graveyard if it thinks that China is going to stop squeezing US film profits in China. And the adjustment to a divided global tech market keeps finding new pain points. Turns out that even the F-35 depends on a Chinese supply chain. Speaking of security holes, Nick Weaver breaks down the cause and significance of the Rowhammer exploit and its latest sibling, RAMBleed. And to complete the paranoia segment of the show, Nick explains just how easy it is to use LinkedIn to build a network of people with clearances who can be compromised by a nonexistent woman. Should Silicon Valley face an antitrust breakup that might produce more viewpoint competition? Mark MacCarthy breaks down a speech given by the Justice Department's antitrust chief, pointing out that conservatives crusading to make viewpoint competition part of antitrust analysis got a little more comfort than usual from the speech. Or should Silicon Valley lose its immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act because of its high-handed treatment of conservatives? David Benger tells us that the DC Circuit does see a limit to the Section 230 immunity – but a pretty distant one. Mark points out that Congress might itself cut back on the doctrine – but only, I note, if it's willing to violate the US-Canada-Mexico trade deal. Finally, Nick and I have different takes on what I call the overhyped breach of the week, in which a Customs and Border Protection subcontractor lost photos of thousands of travelers. Turns out it wasn't much of a breach for the agency, but it was a potentially devastating breach for its subcontractor. Download the 268th Episode (mp3).  
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  • "The Countdown Has Begun:" Iran Warns It Will Breach Uranium Stockpile Limits In 10 Days 
    Iran certainly isn't planning on backing down in the face of Washington's accusations about the country's role in last week's tanker bombings, and as a result, the possibility of a boots-on-the-ground military conflict in the Islamic Republic cannot yet be ruled out. Making an already tense situation infinitely more precarious, Iran on Monday reminded the world that it's preparing to violate the terms of the Iran deal during the next ten days. By increasing its stockpiles of enriched uranium, Iran is bound to elicit accusations that it's once again working on a nuclear bomb. Tehran has always maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but American neocons like John Bolton have warned that this was merely a ruse, and that Iran could target American allies like Israel with a missile. The Iranian government announced on Monday that it was set to breach the cap on enriched uranium, unless Europe finds a way to trade with Iran, or otherwise fulfill its financial obligations made under the deal. European officials have been somewhat more skeptical of Iran's role in last week's tanker attacks, though many have acknowledged that if this were to be true, it could seriously complicate efforts to preserve the nuclear deal. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who visited Tehran last week, said Germany is still looking at evidence on whether Iran was responsible for last week’s attacks. Meanwhile, the UK has decided to deploy 100 Elite Royal Marines to the region to serve as a "rapid reaction force" to protect British assets. Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesperson for the Iranian atomic energy agency, said Iran has "already increased" uranium production at a nuclear research site in Natanz in the central Isfahan province, according to RT. "From today, the countdown has begun, and by June 27, our uranium production will have surpassed 300kg," Kamalvandi said. Last month, Tehran announced that it would partially suspend its commitments under the JCPOA, giving the EU 60 days to reaffirm its commitment to the deal. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Kamalvandi criticized the EU, saying that the bloc "either do not want to do something, or they just don’t have the ability to do it," but he added that "Europeans still have time" to save the deal
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  • Four Insane Data Privacy Scandals, Just This Month
    Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, For this weekend’s roll-up of bizarre and disturbing stories from around the world, we found ourselves zeroing-in on some ridiculous data privacy violations. Soccer app spies on fans The Spanish soccer (sigh, OK– football) league, known by fans around the world simply as La Liga, knew that most pubs across Europe showing its matches weren’t paying for the subscription. La Liga was sick of losing out on royalties from the pirated video streams. So they turned their fans into unwitting spies. Through a special app they encouraged fans to download, La Liga was able to secretly activate the mobile devices’ microphones. They then listened in on the fans’ surroundings (and pinpointed their location) to determine if the fan was in a pub watching an unlicensed broadcast. When they finally got caught, the league received a tiny slap on the wrist for this extraordinary crime– a mere fine of €250,000, roughly USD $280,000. I hope this makes you re-think some of the apps you’ve downloaded… Click here for the full story. Yet another government database was hacked The US Customs and Border Patrol is starting to roll out facial recognition software at airports and entry points around the United States. But they already can’t keep our photos and information secure. This month, CBP announced that a database containing photos of drivers and license plates crossing the border was hacked. As many as 100,000 people had their photos, license plates, and sensitive information about their travels leaked into unknown hands. Even if you could trust the government’s intentions, you can’t trust them to keep your data private. Click here for the full story. Apple scans your uploaded images Its cause is noble… Apple doesn’t want to allow criminals to upload images of child abuse onto the cloud. But their solution is to invade the privacy of every user. Apple recently changed their privacy policy to include authorization for “pre-screening or scanning uploaded content for potentially illegal content.” But they don’t explain how invasive this pre-check actually is. We don’t know how they evaluate if an image is illegal, what they do about false positives, or if they are storing data collected from these scans. All we know is that photos being uploaded to Apple’s cloud are not as private as you thought. Click here for the full story. Man spends 44 days in jail for not unlocking his phone Police pulled a man over and found marijuana. Then they saw a message pop up on his phone. It said, “OMG did they find it?” That prompted cops to demand access to the man’s phone, but he refused. Eventually they got a judge to issue a warrant forcing him to reveal the password to his phone. But he still refused. Because of his refusal to let cops dig for crimes on his phone (or view intimate pictures of his girlfriend) the man was found in contempt of court. He spent 44 days in jail, still refusing to give up the passcode, before charges were downgraded, and he was released. Click here for the full story.
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  • Trump Also Weighed in on UFO Sightings in George Stephanopoulos Interview
    President Donald Trump blasted Don McGahn and said he’d be open to receiving foreign dirt in talking with George Stephanopoulos, but apparently their interview also touched on UFOs. In an excerpt from the interview released Saturday morning, Stephanopoulos asked about recent reports of Navy pilots seeing unidentified flying objects. “Have you been briefed on that?” Stephanopoulos asked. “What do you make of it?” “I have,” Trump said. “I think it’s probably––I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, I mean, I’ve seen and I’ve read and I’ve heard and I did have one very brief meeting on it, but people are saying they’re seeing UFOs.” “Do I believe it? Not particularly,” the president added. This isn’t the first time UFOs have come up during this administration. Back in late 2017, Sarah Sanders was asked if Trump “believe[s] in these incidents of UFOs.” DOES THE PRESIDENT BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF UFOS?pic.twitter.com/ItVhybnRU8 — Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) December 19, 2017 [image via screengrab]
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  • Trump Is ‘All In’ On Amendment To Ban Flag Burning
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  • US Wipes Out Entire Afghan Security Forces Unit In Second Major Friendly Fire Incident
    Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com, For the second time in less than a month, US forces carried out airstrikes “in self defense” in Afghanistan, only to discover that they were actually attacking Afghan security forces. The Wednesday strike ended up wiping out an entire unit, though officials have yet to disclose the exact number of deaths, beyond it apparently being everyone present. The previous attack saw US ground troops believing they were under fire, and the warplanes attacking police, killing 18. In this case, too, US officials said they believed the troops came under fire, and the airstrikes targeted the Afghan forces, who had been firing machine guns. Despite all the talk of self defense and US troops being “under effective fire,” officials insist not a single US casualty occurred. US officials expressed “regret” for the deaths of Afghan partners. Interestingly, however, US spokesman Col. David Butler praised the operation as “extensively planned and coordinated” with the Afghan forces, with an eye toward preventing exactly what ended up happening. An investigation is promised, but all too often the investigations into incidents like these, where the result was particularly embarrassing, never really publicly end, and the day of the attack ends up the last we hear about it.
  • F-35 Program Is "F***ed Up", Puts American Pilots In Severe Dogfight Disadvantage
    Two of the three versions of Lockheed's beleaguered F-35 fighter jet suffer from previously unreported problems that could put the Joint Strike Fighter at a serious disadvantage in a dogfight with an adversary, according to documents obtained by Defense News. If left unresolved, the following 'category 1' glitches will be icing on the cake of Lockheed's $400 billion quagmire (partial list via Defense News);  When the F-35B vertically lands on very hot days, older engines may be unable to produce the required thrust to keep the jet airborne, resulting in a hard landing. After doing certain maneuvers, F-35B and F-35C pilots are not always able to completely control the aircraft’s pitch, roll and yaw. Supersonic flight in excess of Mach 1.2 can cause structural damage and blistering to the stealth coating of the F-35B and F-35C. Cabin pressure spikes in the cockpit of the F-35 have been known to cause barotrauma, the word given to extreme ear and sinus pain. The spare parts inventory shown by the F-35’s logistics system does not always reflect reality, causing occasional mission cancellations. If the F-35A and F-35B blows a tire upon landing, the impact could also take out both hydraulic lines and pose a loss-of-aircraft risk. Possible maneuvering issues when the aircraft is operating above a 20-degree angle of attack. The F-35’s logistics system currently has no way for foreign F-35 operators to keep their secret data from being sent to the United States. On that last one - this means that there's no way that the eleven countries which have committed to buying F-35s will be able to prevent the Untied States from spying on their maneuvers (Sorry Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, South Korea, Turkey and the United Kingdom). Of note, the F-35 program had 111 "category 1" deficiencies as of January 2018, defined as major flaws that impact safety or mission effectiveness. By May 24 2018, that had decreased to 64 open category 1 issues out of a total 913 deficiencies according to the documents.  The Pentagon pushes back F-35 DoD program executive Mat Winter told Defense News that none of the identified issues represent any serious or catastrophic risk to pilots, missions or the F-35 airframe.  After being contacted by Defense News, the program office created two designations of category 1 problems to highlight the difference between issues that would qualify as an emergency and others that are more minor in nature. “CAT 1-As are loss of life, potential loss of life, loss of material aircraft. Those have to be adjudicated, have to be corrected within hours, days. We have no CAT 1-A deficiencies,” Winter said. Instead, the deficiencies on the books all fall under category 1B, which represents problems “that have a mission impact with a current workaround that’s acceptable to the war fighter with the knowledge that we will be able to correct that deficiency at some future time,” Winter added. -Defense News Greg Ulmer, Lockheed's Vice President for the F-35 program, said that F-35s already in the field are meeting or exceeding performance specifications.  "These issues are important to address, and each is well understood, resolved or on a path to resolution," said Ulmer, adding "We’ve worked collaboratively with our customers, and we are fully confident in the F-35’s performance and the solutions in place to address each of the items identified." Of course, acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan may disagree - reportedly describing the F-35 program as "fucked up," according to the Washington Post.  Fighter pilots are shaking their heads Defense News approached two fighter pilots - one retired and one active duty, who offered their perspectives on the F-35.  The recently retired aviator said some of the issues jumped off the page at him, including the cabin over-pressurization issue, given the rash of over-pressurization issues in other aircraft, including the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and F-22 Raptor. But perhaps the most serious for aerial combat operations is the combination of maneuvering issues when the aircraft is operating above a 20-degree angle of attack and the issue of possible structural damage and damage to the low-observable coating when using the afterburner. That coating helps provide the F-35 a stealth capability. "The one that stood out to me was, wait a minute, you're telling me that the latest, greatest aircraft — [a] $100 million aircraft — can't perform?" the retired fighter pilot said. "It has random oscillations, pitch and yaw issues above 20A?" -Defense News The active duty pilot, on the other hand, said that the list of deficiencies weren't a huge concern, and that given the plane's relatively recent introduction such problems are inevitable.  "That document looks like growing pains for an aircraft that we tried to do a whole lot to all at once," said the aviator. "You’re going to see that if you dig back at what Super Hornets looked like for the first few years. Go back in the archives and look at [the F-14] Tomcat — think about that with the variable sweep-wing geometry, the AUG9 radar: There was a lot of new technology incorporated into the aircraft, and there is going to be growing pains." "I don’t see anything in that document that makes me say: ‘Holy sh--, what did we buy?’ If the questions is, ‘Why does the aircraft have all these problems?’, I don’t know, it may sound trite, but it’s a really f--ing complicated machine." 
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