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Imagine a world where drinking water becomes inaccessible for thousands of people. A disturbing picture, but one that researchers from the Michigan State University claim could be reality a few years down the line. The future cost of water may soon become too pricey for the average American, reported ReadyNutrition.com.
In fact, the researchers have estimated that the percentage of American homes that would be unable to pay their water bills will rise from 11.9 percent (13.8 million households) to 35.6 percent (40.9 million households) in the span of five years. They came to this conclusion after using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guideline of measuring water affordability based on a small percentage (4.5 percent) of monthly household incomes. Also taken into consideration were factors that could affect a household’s ability to pay for water and wastewater services; these included everything from declining infrastructure to climate change to dwindling urban populations.
The researchers noted in their study that the cost to replace aging infrastructure — specifically, water systems that were built during World War II — in the next 25 years could cost the United States over $1 trillion. Meanwhile, intense weather events have called for improvements to be made to wastewater facilities. In order to make the needed adaptations, the United States would need to shell out billions of dollars, with some estimates putting that figure at $36 billion by the year 2050.
Just as costly is the increasing number of people eschewing living within metropolitan areas in favor of the suburbs, which would force those who remained behind to shoulder mounting water bills. In the study, they explained, “A hidden pressure on urban water systems is slow or even declining population growth, which reduces the customer base over which the high fixed costs of water services are distributed, and places increasing pressure on household water bills…Another critical issue is the suburbanization of people, which also leaves providers in core central city areas with fewer customers to pay for water services. This means that for cities across the United States, shrinking populations…combined with other pressures on urban water systems, present a perilous future for water utilities and their customers.”
The researchers also found several states with areas that they considered “high-risk.” Mississippi had the highest concentration of these types, followed by Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, and Arkansas. Major cities like Philadelphia and Detroit were stated to also be at risk because of their shrinking populations. (Related: Read California’s water supply headed for collapse in just one year; state has “no contingency plan” – NASA scientist.)
Elizabeth Mack, the study’s lead author, told MichiganRadio.org that the public may not be aware of the upcoming water price crisis, but that water utilities certainly were. “If you talk to utility providers, they want to provide people with water, and they want people to have clean water. But their ability to do this at affordable rates is obviously being taxed by all these pressures on their systems,” Mack explained.
In the end, however, the researchers stated that the problem will only be solved if consumers, utilities, and governments work together. “Water is a fundamental right for all humans. However, a growing number of people globally face daily barriers to accessing clean, affordable water,” they conclude. “The hope of this piece is that enhanced awareness of this issue in the developed world will highlight the severity of this issue, which is not isolated to people in the developing world.”
Visit Starvation.news to keep track of water and food crises going on in our country and in other corners of the globe.
If you were aware of bitcoins seven years ago, you were probably mocking the idea of a cryptocurrency. After all, who would pay money for useless digits on a screen? But don’t feel too bad about not buying bitcoins when they were cheap. Even the people who were interested in bitcoins early on had no idea that they’d be worth anything.
That’s certainly case with Laszlo Hanyecz. On May 22nd, 2010, Laszlo made history when he made the very first purchase with bitcoins. He spent 10,000 of them to buy two measly Papa John’s pizzas.
Considering the impressive rise in the price of bitcoins over the past few weeks, it’s safe to say that if he hadn’t made that purchase, his life would probably be very different right now.
On May 22, 2010, Hanyecz asked a fellow enthusiast on a bitcoin forum to accept 10,000 bitcoin for two Papa John’s Pizzas. At the time, Hanyecz believed that the coins he had “mined” on his computer were worth around 0.003 cents each.
Bitcoin mining involves solving a complex mathematical solution with the miner being rewarded in bitcoin. This is how Hanyecz got his initial coins.
The cryptocurrency has many doubters as it continues to be associated with criminal activity, but it has still seen a stunning rally. Here are two facts, on Bitcoin Pizza Day, however, that highlight this:
- While being worth $30 at the time, Hanyecz pizzas would now cost $22.5 million at current bitcoin prices.
- If you bought $100 of bitcoin at the 0.003 cent price on May 22, 2010, you’d now be sitting on around $75 million.
Of course, bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency that has broken price records over the past few months. The combined market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has been surging as of late. Most notably, the price of Ethereum has risen from $10 each in February, to nearly $180 today, making it the second most valuable cryptocurrency.
As for what’s driving this trend, there are several factors. There is the fact that Japan recently passed a law that allows stores to accept bitcoins as a legal currency. Since Japan is the world’s third largest economy, it’s no surprise that this law has pumped so much money into the cryptocurrency marketplace. Also, China has had a big impact on bitcoin over the past year. Lately, Chinese citizens have been exchanging their depreciating Yuans for bitcoins.
What could be one of the biggest drivers in this market, is political turmoil and uncertainty around the world. Bitcoin has long been considered a safe haven asset. In any country where there is a political or economic crises, you will find a lot more people trying to move their money into cryptocurrencies.
However, these cryptocurrencies are a rather strange safe haven. At the end of the day, they are just digits on a computer screen. They aren’t backed by anything. The only advantage they have over fiat currencies, is that they’re anonymous and impossible to inflate in most cases. It could be argued that gold and silver are much better safe haven assets. After the bitcoin price collapsed into oblivion in 2013 (which could easily happen again) I warned that there is only one asset that is truly a safe haven.
Only physical assets – the kind we can hold in our hand – can truly be called safe havens.
Food in your pantry that you can consume at anytime.
Skills and labor you can barter for other goods.
Precious metals, which have stood the test of time over thousands of years.
Land on which you can produce food and alternative power.
These are the assets that provide a realistic level of safety and security.
These are money when the system crashes and confidence in the paper ponzi schemes around the world is lost.
Bitcoin is fine for certain types of transactions. But having funds in Bitcoin is, obviously, no different than a deposit account at a bank which can go under or a stock market prone to manipulation.
If you want to protect yourself during a crises, there are only two things that will keep your finances above water. Physical assets, and the skills that will help your earn more money. Everything else will simply evaporate when the system collapses.
Most people don’t bother to learn what the early warning signs of cancer are. That is until they or someone they love comes down with some form of the disease. I can understand why. People don’t really like to think about their own mortality, much less a deadly disease that often strikes unexpectedly, and costs tens of thousands of dollars to treat. Plus, there are so many forms of cancer with differing symptoms. Trying to learn them all can seem quite daunting.
Fortunately, there are a handful of symptoms that most or all forms of cancer share. Learning these symptoms can help you get on the path to treatment as soon as possible, and better your odds of survival. Don’t let squeamishness keep you from learning about these critical signs:
- One of the first signs is sudden and unexplained weight loss. It’s also one of the most common symptoms among cancer patients. Even before patients begin treatments like chemotherapy, they often experience a loss of appetite as part of a metabolic syndrome called cachexia.
- Along with weight loss and a lack of appetite, cancer can take a lot out of you, and leave your body with fewer resources for normal functions. That’s why common symptoms include sores and other injuries that refuse to heal.
- Cancer can often lead to various forms of internal bleeding. That’s why you should look out for blood in vomit, urine or feces. And because of that blood loss, you may begin to experience severe and persistent fatigue, regardless of whether or not you see any blood.
- Though cancer occurs in part because your immune system has failed to overcome it, that doesn’t mean that your immune is twiddling its thumbs. Cancer can cause a potent immune response, and with that, a fever that can last days or weeks.
- Obviously, if you notice a mole on your skin that continues to grow, it could be a sign of skin cancer. However, there are multiple skin conditions that can be signs other forms of cancer. If you notice a rash; skin that is darkened, yellowed, or red; or skin that suddenly sprouts more hair than usual, it can indicate multiple forms of cancer.
- And finally, pay attention to any lumps that you can feel under the skin. Most people know that lumps in the testicles or breast tissue can be signs of cancer, but you should be wary of lumps that form anywhere.
Is your skin red, dry, scaly and extremely itchy? Have you been diagnosed with eczema? The skin condition eczema is believed to affect over 30 million Americans. So, what is eczema? In fact, eczema isn’t a single condition; it is actually a group of skin conditions that includes atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, hand eczema, neurodermatitis, nummular eczema, and stasis dermatitis. (1) Finding a soothing, natural eczema treatment can be life-changing for those suffering from this frustrating condition. Eczema typically first appears in very young children with research finding that 65 percent of cases occur before infants hit their first birthday, and 90 percent of those affected have their first cases before they turn 5 years old. Of further concern is that eczema in children is becoming more and more common. (2)
A study conducted by the Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that 39 percent of Caucasian children develop eczema by 3 years old. Interestingly, this same study found children that have a dog in the home are significantly less likely to develop eczema at any age. (3)
Although initial outbreaks of eczema most often occur in infants and young children, onset can occur at any time. While the majority of the skin conditions that fall under the eczema heading are chronic, it is important to note that contact dermatitis and hand eczema may be acute in nature, occurring due to an exposure to allergens or chemicals.
For many people, the severity of flare-ups will lessen with maturity, and some may even outgrow it altogether. However, eczema can come and go throughout life. Learning how to treat your eczema and identifying triggers that cause flares is the best course of action.
And while there is no definitive answer as to the cause of eczema, and there is no identified cure, there are effective natural treatments, home remedies and essential oils for eczema that may help prevent future flares and ease discomfort during an outbreak. It is important to understand that eczema is an embarrassing, stressful and frustrating condition that often disrupts sleeping patterns. Finding an eczema treatment to help relieve the symptoms must be a top priority.
Eczema Risk Factors, Causes & Symptoms
As a matter of fact, there is a wide range of causes and risk factors associated with eczema. And, eczema symptoms can manifest widely differently between those affected. While a singular cause of eczema has not been established, there are certain common causes leading to the onset and flares. In addition, a wide range of risk factors has been identified.
Risk Factors for Eczema
- A genetic predisposition or family history of eczema, hay fever or asthma
- Young age
- Healthcare worker
- Children that attend daycare
- Living in a dry climate
- Nutritional deficiency
- Adolescent obesity, for later onset of eczema cases
- Low vitamin D levels during pregnancy may increase the risk of developing eczema in the first year of life.
Causes of Eczema
So far, the medical community has yet to determine a definitive cause of eczema. For some, it may occur due to a nutritional deficiency, while for others it may first arise due to an allergen. Here are the widely-accepted causes of eczema:
- Dry skin and sensitive skin that cracks
- Immune system dysfunction
- Environmental conditions
- Gene variation that affects skin
- Allergies to foods, beauty products, laundry detergents or other chemicals
- Chronic stress
- Temperature changes
Symptoms of Eczema
While many will experience a lessening of symptoms and fewer flares as they age, some will continue to experience eczema symptoms throughout adulthood. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and change from one outbreak to another. Common symptoms include:
- The appearance of small, raised bumps which may ooze liquid and develop a crust
- Thick, dry, scaly skin that cracks
- Red, brown or grayish patches of skin on hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, in skin folds, and on the face and scalp of infants
- Sensitive skin that is swollen and raw from scratching
- A recurring rash that causes intense itching, often disrupting sleep patterns
Eczema Treatment: 13 Ways to Find Relief
While there is no cure for eczema, there are a variety of non-invasive eczema treatment options that can provide relief during a flare-up, and some that may prevent its onset.
1. Light Therapy/Phototherapy
According to the National Eczema Association, phototherapy helps to calm inflammation, reduces itching, increases vitamin D production and helps fight bacteria on the skin. (4) Adding 10–15 minutes a day of sun exposure, particularly during an eczema flare, can provide relief and potentially speed healing.
2. Vitamin D
In addition to increasing sun exposure, supplementing with vitamin D rich foods like cod liver oil, sardines, salmon, eggs and raw milk may help prevent eczema in children and adolescents. Ideally, during a flare you will get 2,000-5,000 IU daily; if your sun exposure is low, consider boosting your intake with a high-quality supplement. Preliminary research shows that low vitamin D levels during pregnancy and during childhood may increase the risk for developing eczema. (5)
Because dry skin is both a cause and symptom, it is imperative to moisturize affected areas at least twice a day. Coconut oil is the perfect moisturizer for eczema sufferers. This eczema treatment is antibacterial and anti-fungal, with antimicrobial properties that provide soothing relief, and may speed healing.
4. Treat the Mind and Body
According to Harvard Medical School, some skin conditions, including eczema, have a psychological component. This is a dynamic is referred to as psychodermatology. Researchers have found that hypnosis, mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relation, focused breathing, cognitive behavior therapy and talk therapy may provide not only relief during a flare, but expedite healing and prevent future flares. (6)
5. Dead Sea Salt Baths
The Dead Sea is known for its healing powers, and researchers have found that taking a bath with salt from the Dead Sea water improves skin hydration, improved skin barrier function, reduced inflammation, and relieved redness and roughness. (7) As eczema flares can worsen when exposed to high and low temperatures, bath water should be just warm enough to prevent a chill. Do not rub the skin dry; pat gently with a soft towel.
6. Cool, Wet Compresses
Applying a cool, wet compress lessens the itching for some individuals with eczema. For young children, dampening snug night clothes may provide overnight relief from itching; however, if the eczema has evolved to oozing blisters, a wet compress may increase the risk of infection, and shouldn’t be used.
7. Apply Itch Cream
The intense itching is often the most miserable part of an eczema flare. Try using a natural homemade eczema cream that incorporates Shea butter, coconut oil, raw honey and essential oils to provide much-needed relief.
8. Licorice Extract
9. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Researchers from Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found that when fish is introduced into the diet of young children by the age of 9 months, and fish is eaten weekly, the risk for developing eczema reduces dramatically. (9) Including foods rich in Omega-3s to prevent eczema should be considered. During a flare, these foods are a great eczema treatment that will boost immune system function and speed healing.
Probiotics may help prevent eczema in infants and decrease the severity of flares, research shows. (10)(11) In fact, mothers who take probiotics during pregnancy and while breastfeeding may prevent eczema from developing in their children. During an eczema outbreak and to prevent future flares, taking a high-quality probiotic supplement of 24–100 billion organisms daily should be considered.
11. Lavender Essential Oil
In addition to the intense itching, eczema commonly causes anxiety, depression, frustration and poor sleep. Lavender essential oil is an eczema treatment proven to help reduce these common symptoms that can help heal dry skin. Add 10 drops to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or almond oil, and gently rub into the skin. The aroma can help facilitate sleep, when itching is often at its worst.
12. Vitamin E
Taking 400IU of vitamin E daily can help to speed healing by reducing inflammation. In addition, topical application of vitamin E may help to relieve the itch and prevent against scarring.
13. Witch Hazel
If during a flare the rash starts to ooze, applying witch hazel can help promote healing due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Research has found that a cream containing witch hazel and phosphatidylcholine can be as effective as hydrocortisone in a double-blind trial. (12) During an outbreak, gently dab this eczema treatment directly onto the rash with a cotton pad. Be sure to use an alcohol-free witch hazel as you don’t want to cause more dryness.
Eczema is a skin condition that can result is severe discomfort, disruption of sleep, cause anxiety and depression and skin infections. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, the majority of people that have eczema also have Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on their skin. (13) When the rash weeps, or excessive itching breaks the skin, severe infections from bacteria and viruses can occur.
If an infection does occur, following natural impetigo treatments can help to prevent spreading the infection to others and speed healing.
Eczema may make people more prone to heart disease and stroke research highlighted by Harvard Medical School found. The study found that people with eczema smoke and drink more, and are less likely to exercise than those without eczema. All three of these factors are considered risk factors for heart disease and other chronic conditions. (14)
Anxiety, depression and poor sleep quality are real concerns for children and adults alike during an eczema flare. Using essential oils for eczema by diffusing or adding to lotions or creams, may help relieve the emotional toll this condition has on those it affects.
Children are particularly prone to ridicule at school during an outbreak, especially with eczema on the face. It is not uncommon for children with eczema to withdraw from their social circle and become isolated. Be sure to provide plenty of understanding and support.
- Over 30,000,000 Americans have eczema and there is no cure.
- There are seven skin conditions that fall under the eczema heading including contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, hand eczema, neurodermatitis, nummular eczema, stasis dermatitis and the most common offender, atopic dermatitis.
- 90 percent of those affected experience their first eczema outbreak before they turn 5 years old.
- Eczema patches can appear anywhere, but in children it typically develops first on the cheeks, chin and scalp.
- In adolescents and adults, eczema patches appear in areas that bend, like elbows, knees, ankles, wrists and the neck.
- Understanding what triggers it and how to get rid of eczema flares requires careful tracking of allergens and all flares as they occur.
- To prevent future flares, avoid common triggers and allergens including eggs, soy, gluten, dairy, shellfish, fried foods, sugar, peanuts, trans-fats, common food preservatives and artificial sweeteners.
- Treat the mind and body for best results as increased anxiety and depression can worsen the symptoms and stress is believed to cause a flare in many adults.
- Moisturize affected areas at least twice a day to help soothe dry skin, relieve itching and speed healing.
- Mothers who take probiotics daily during pregnancy and while breastfeeding may help prevent eczema in their children.
- Introducing fish to young children may help prevent eczema.
- Having a dog may prevent children from developing eczema.
Most of us don’t think too much about what’s in our water, despite the fact that we know that drinking water is key to our health. If it’s the public water supply, then it’s regulated, right? And even if we don’t have the best tap water, there’s always the bottled option.
But as the water crisis in Flint, Mich., has proven, the water we’re being supplied isn’t always good for us. In fact, it can be downright dangerous to our health, and it can take years to turn things around. Of course, the regulations in place are also affected by industrial, military and pharmaceutical lobbies as well.
And bottled water isn’t necessarily a better option. Aside from the fact that these plastic bottles are terrible for the environment, bottled water isn’t well regulated either.
That’s why it’s important to know what is actually coming out of your kitchen faucet, and how tap water toxicity might be affecting you and your family.
Tap Water Toxicity
Tap water toxicity is the presence of toxins in our water supply — things like dangerous chemicals, compounds and metals. In fact, in 2009, a three-year study conducted by the Environmental Working Group found 316 chemicals in tap water throughout the country. (1, 2) Of these, 202 of the chemicals weren’t regulated, while others don’t pass guideline levels.
Guidelines are tricky, too. For instance, water utility companies who serve only a few thousand customers aren’t obligated to treat water to prevent lead contamination until after lead is discovered. A ground-breaking report from USA Today found that about 4 million Americans receive their water supply from these small utility companies annually. (3) Many of them miss the annual testing for harmful chemicals, meaning water goes for another 365 days — at least — without anyone knowing whether tap water toxicity is an issue or not.
Bigger cities aren’t immune, though. As our nation’s infrastructure and pipes that are contaminated with things like bacteria, copper and lead aren’t replaced, it’s likely that we’ll see more Flint-like cases around the country.
In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country a “D” on its 2017 Drinking Water Infrastructure Report Card. (4) Among the reasons cited were the fact that, at the rate that utility companies are replacing outdated pipes (0.5 percent a year), it would take nearly 200 years to replace our aging system, well beyond the 50–75 years they’re built to withstand. They also pointed to the lack of funding and investment in the quality of American drinking water and its infrastructure.
So, What’s In Your Tap Water?
So what exactly are the toxins that you might find in your water supply?
Atrazine is a major one. It’s the second-most widely used herbicide in the country. But it doesn’t stick to just crops; atrazine winds up in our ground and surface water, where it later winds up in our water supply, and often at levels much higher than what’s considered safe.
Atrazine is known as an endocrine disruptor, or a chemical that after enough exposure, messes with our hormonal systems. Having just one hormone out of whack can cause serious developmental, neurological, reproductive and immune effects. The chemical has been linked to birth defects during pregnancy and raised levels of estrogen in women, which can increase the risk of both breast and ovarian cancers. It’s also been found to feminize frogs, turning once-male frogs into females.
Lead is a heavy metal that leaches through lead pipes and corroded infrastructure. It is toxic to almost every major organ in the body and acts as a poison in the body. What’s scary is that it’s absorbed by the bloodstream, affecting different parts of the body as it reaches them. (5) It’s especially dangerous for children, because their bodies are more susceptible to both absorbing and retaining the metal.
Arsenic is another chemical that’s found in our tap water. In 2001, the EPA finally lowered the drinking water standard from 50 ppb to 10 ppb. Sadly, the agency had advocated for the limit to be 5 ppb, but water companies argued it would too expensive to implement. (6) Arsenic has been linked to cancers of the prostate, liver, kidneys, lungs, skin and nasal passages, among others. (7) While arsenic levels have decreased since the EPA’s standards changed, it’s still a concern in tap water.
Why Bottled Water Isn’t Always a Better Option
If tap water has so many issues, shouldn’t bottled water be the better option? Not so fast. Just like tap water, bottled water comes with risks, too.
For starters, per gallon, bottled water costs about 2000 times more than tap water. (8) Worse, there’s not even a guarantee that you’re getting anything better than what’s coming out of your faucet.
Bottled water manufacturers aren’t required to disclose the level of contaminants in their water, and in many cases, it’s simply tap water anyway. While the EPA oversees what comes out of the tap, it’s the Food and Drug Administration that’s responsible for bottled water. That usually means ensuring that what’s advertised on the label is what’s actually being sold. It’s up to states to regulate the actual water, though sometimes not even that happens.
And you might be paying more money for no reason. The National Resources Defense Council estimates that at least 25 percent of bottled water is really just tap water and 22 percent of the brands they tested contained contaminant levels above state health limits. (9)
Another reason to be wary of bottled water is the amount of chemicals that leach from the plastic bottles. Bisphenol A is one of them. BPAs, as they’re known, are found in plastics, including water bottles. They can be transmitted from the bottle to the water, even if the water wasn’t originally tainted with BPAs. These chemicals are another endocrine disruptor. In this case, they mimic estrogen, interfering with all hormone levels and genetic messages.
BPAs are linked to reproductive health problems and breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. Diabetes and liver toxicity might also be linked to the chemical.
So when does bottled water make sense? If you’re traveling somewhere with bad water quality or are on the go and the only other option is soda and another unhealthy drink then, by all means, grab a bottle of water.
But be sure to check the label before drinking. If it says the water comes from a “municipal source,” “P.W.S.” (public water source) or from a “community water system,” it’s just plain ole tap water. Skip “purified water” or “drinking water,” too, and look for spring water.
Guide to Water Filters
If tap water can’t always be trusted and bottled water is often just really expensive tap water, what’s the safest option?
Using an at-home filter is your best bet. This will remove toxins that might be lingering in the water supply without the exorbitant price of purchasing bottled water. There are six different kinds of water filters and eight different filtering methods.
There are several different types of water filters: a pitcher, a faucet-mount, a faucet-integration, a counter-top filter, an under-sink filter or a whole-house water filter. You should choose the option that works best with your family’s lifestyle and that will be easiest to use consistently.
There are also a variety of filtering methods to choose from, including carbon-activated, ceramic, ion exchange, mechanical filters, ozone, reverse osmosis, UV light and water softeners. Check out the differences in filtering methods below:
Carbon/Activated Carbon Filters: Activated carbon binds with many contaminants and removes them from water. It can remove asbestos, chlorine, lead, mercury and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). But carbon filters cannot remove arsenic, fluoride, nitrate or percholate. Their effectiveness varies widely by manufacturer — some may only remove chlorine.
Ceramic Filters: Ceramic filters work like spaghetti strainers, blocking sediment and large particles. They do not remove chemicals.
Deionization/ Ion Exchange Filters: An ion exchange filter can remove heavy metals, minerals and charged ions. It cannot remove chlorine byproducts, microorganisms or volatile organic chemicals (VOCs).
Mechanical Filters: These strainers can remove large particles from water but do not remove chemicals.
Ozone Filters: Ozone can kill bacteria and microorganisms, but does not remove chemicals.
Reverse Osmosis: Reverse osmosis filters use a semi-permeable membrane that can trap any molecule bigger than water. They are more effective than carbon filters since they are able to remove fluoride. A reverse osmosis filter is my personal recommendation for the kind of water filter that is best.
UV Light: Ultraviolet light kills bacteria and microorganisms but does not remove chemicals.
Water Softeners: These ion exchange filters remove barium, calcium, magnesium and radium. They do not remove other contaminants. They also add sodium to the water.
Tap water toxicity is pretty scary. We don’t want to imagine that something we rely on so heavily has the potential to adversely affect our health. Unfortunately, our system has a way to go until we can confidently drink tap water without fear of toxicity. Until then, using a filter is your best bet.
BREAKING NEWS: SEAL TEAM 6 POSSIBLY LIQUIDATED IN NORTH KOREA, ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT OF DEAR LEADER KIM JONG-UN !
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Russian military experts are indicating the Americans may have a problem with a SEAL team operating inside North Korea on a recon mission, gone horribly wrong.
South Korean news had previously reported that the USS Michigan, a submarine that moves special forces like US Navy SEALs, had joined the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group off of North Korea’s coast after a secret mission.
The USS Michigan, a guided-missile, nuclear-powered submarine, appeared in Busan, South Korea. But even earlier, Chinese intelligence reported that SEAL Team 6 was training alongside South Korea’s version of the SEALs for “incapacitating” North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un.
The US Navy has refused to comment on the movements of SEAL Team 6, the group of Navy SEALs who took out Osama bin Laden in 2011, to News Front, and it normally doesn’t advertise the whereabouts of its submarines, as its missions are meant to be secretive.
Signals intelligence recieved by Russian Far Eastern command, seemed to indicate a patrol had been inserted on a ground recon mission inside North Korean territory and that a chance encounter with a dog patrol had led to casualties among the American forces who broke radio silence to ask for help.
The Pentagon told News Front that the US does not train for decapitation strikes of any kind, but it would not confirm or deny the presence of the SEALs inside North Korea, “at this time.”
There has been a flurry of activity on the peninsula recently, with US training operations, naval maneuvers and now late word of the SEAL team misadventure.
The USS Michigan adds a stealth element and an extra set of eyes and ears to the already potent carrier strike group in operation on North Korea’s coast, but it doesn’t add much firepower. The US Navy destroyers accompanying the Vinson already have the kind of Tomahawk missiles the Michigan has. This is what originally set off the alert Americans were on the ground, as there was no need for the submarine there, except to insert special forces.
On the “War Cycle,” Renowned economist Charles Nenner, who is also an expert in both market and war cycles, says, “Wars come in cycles. It seems people have to have a certain amount of time so they forget how bad it was so they can start a new one.
We talked about this a few years ago and said it’s not going to be the Middle East. It’s going to be China and the islands. In the aerospace industries in China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea, something is cooking over there. I still think the whole thing is coming from there. It’s just an accident that has to happen.”
Nenner adds, “I don’t think there is really no clean way to get North Korea under control. I don’t think there is any clean way to keep the United States safe.”
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with world renowned cycle economist Charles Nenner.
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It is not about Bitcoin. It is about Blockchain. Bitcoin in its current form must fail. It is unscalable. It is limited by computing power. Computing power is limited by its “member voters’ who are more interested in protecting their fiefdoms than expanding it. Is it a buy? Probably. Is it the end game? NO.
Do we hate Bitcoin here at SKG? YES. Are we jealous we do not own it? YES. Do we also know (not think) that the Bitcoin is itself nothing but an early adaptation of revolutionary tech? YES. Do we hope in our bitterness that Bitcoin fails like PALM did? OF COURSE! Can we be reasonable? We think so.
Picture Bitcoin and its competitors as exploiting new tech. Their “currency” is the front end of this tech. To buy bitcoins one must use USD or other FIAT currencies. Can Bitcoin itself be an exchange medium? That seems to be the trend. But we think it fails in that regard for many reasons. That is for another conversation.
Who cares if it succeeds? The point is, if Gold were the front end of Blockchain instead of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Beanie babies, or any other thing being used as a currency… wait for it: Gold can be instantly monetized at full value now. No more 50% haircuts in collateral. No more, “we have to check” delays. No more 3 days to clear your check, but 20 days to confirm your Gold.
No more second tier treatment. Tech unlocks the true value. And it is the nations with the most to gain that are leading the way. It is the nations that ironically have state-controlled banks. It is not the West. And it will not be the West until the giants get involved like Google, IBM, Amazon etc. Stay with us for more info on developments in the space.
From Golden Yuan
Then : Gold > USD > PetroDollar
- Create Gold Demand: 1944 we steer world towards gold for good reason (we have it, and Germany’s lack of Gold was the cause for WW2)
- Inflate Debt: 1971 we have to monetize debt to pay for wars in vietnam and korea > go off gold standard
- Create USD Demand: 1974 cut Arab deal USD for Oil > we sell them military arms, they buy UST
Now: PetroDollar > Gold / PetroYuan
- Arabs have their own strong army, US not buying as much oil, China wants more Oil
- China wants to replace USD as world reserve, Arabs want to sell more oil (without shale competition)
- Arabs cut deal to sell oil to china in Yuan. Arabs will buy gold with Yuan
- Arab world increasing trust in China, Russia a product of implicit backing of currencies with Gold
- Arab world increasing mistrust of US intentions- ambivalent to US policies
All we are saying is pay attention to what is being done, not what is being said by these 3. They had a great teacher, the USA. From our previous piece, here is once again the pathway to the demise of the petrodollar.
Endgame– Arabs get to sell oil locally to China and Russia. avoid shale oil competition in U.S. This is underpinned by Yuan and Rubble implicit backing by Gold, increasing mistrust of US, especially since Saudi’s don’t need our weapons any more. [Edit- Sure they will buy them to keep appearances up, like in appeasing Trump]
The Far East is all grown up now. Lying is par for the course where it relates to keeping the world off balance while they move to dump more dollars.
Blockchain Makes Gold Golden
Blockchain is the first technology that permits P2P transactions. It is also known as “Distributed Ledger Technology”. It solves the issue of credit, clearing, and segregation of customer accounts. The guy in India can someday use his tea farm as direct collateral for buying Oil in Russia. It replaces the middleman with a pipeline.
It is Biblical
B2B models begat B2P models which will Beget P2P models. Blockchain technology is the key to Gold (real estate, and anything else where you own but someone else holds title) achieving its true value in 2 important simple ways.
- Blockchain permits instant settlement of deals, which in turn makes “checking the Gold” not necessary. Gold use in deals will rise.- Bitcoin is electrons. Gold is Real. Both can be instantaneously verified now
- China, Russia, SA, and Sharia nations are using Blockchain to do deals with physical settlement, not paper.* – less available physical to grab onto in case of paper shorts needing to cover
*More on that also later as it pertains to market structure, regulatory and economic realities of “upstart” vs. incumbent competition.
Blockchain will kill the current fiat system. It is not owned by the banks and seeks to disintermediate them. They are looking for ways to become the center of this new hub, and will likely succeed as bankers are wont to do, long after western politics implodes from trade issues and a dead Petrodollar. Banks will continue to be involved in money. That is what they do. And to implement Blockchain as a pipeline to a new currency like Gold, you need global quantum computing. So perhaps the next unholy alliance will be JPMorgan Google with GoogleGold as the front end.
One thing is for certain: The market is simultaneously growing while existing barriers of entry are dropping. Marketshare is up for grabs as the market is expanding. That means Blockchain is here to kill paper money and facilitate a return to using things of real value as papers’ replacement. Blockchain tech is the medium.
Enter Sharia law to enforce Gold as currency. This aligns Chinese, Russian, and Saudi interests even more.
Pic from GoldCore
For now, just keep connecting the dots please.
About the author: Vince Lanci has 27 years’ experience trading Commodity Derivatives. Retired from active trading in 2008, Vince now manages personal investments through his Echobay entity. He advises natural resource firms on market risk. Over the years, his expertise and testimony have been requested in energy, precious metals, and derivative fraud cases. Lanci is known for his passion in identifying unfairness in market structure and uneven playing fields. He is a frequent contributor to Zerohedge and Marketslant on such topics. Vince contributes to Bloomberg and Reuters finance articles as well. He continues to lead the Soren K. Group of writers on Marketslant.
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Why Sharia Gold and Bitcoin Point to a Change in Views
- New gold-backed currency OneGram launched
- Backed by one-gram of gold, uses blockchain technology
- OneGram is first in wave of new Shariah, tech-savvy gold products
- 2017 sees big changes for gold thanks to Shariah gold and blockchain
- Gold investors should prepare for tightening in supply
- Bitcoin and shariah gold demand suggest change in retail investor thinking
Technology, shariah gold and bitcoin point to changing views
Ramadan Kareem rang out across Dubai and the rest of the Muslim World this weekend as the holiest month in the Islamic calendar began. For 29-30 days over a billion Muslims around the world practice sawm (fasting), charity (zakat) and salat (prayer). This period is a time of spiritual reflection, increased devotion and worship as well as a time to come together with loved ones for both the break fast meal (Iftar) and pre-fast meal (Suhur).
Ramadan is obviously observed in different ways around the Muslim world. Here in Dubai a non-Muslim will experience a place full of both celebration and reflection, with events happening every evening that are there to welcome everybody. The month also sees a number of companies launching Ramadan promotions ranging from bank accounts (free banking for six months, anyone?) to spa treatments (2-for-1 massage?) to huge packs of dates (the first food to break the fast).
As part of the celebrations, a new gold-backed currency has been launched, here in Dubai. It is a new currency known as OneGram (OGC) backed by one gram of gold and can be used for digital payments. There is a fixed number of OGCs and digital transaction fees (minus admin costs) will be reinvested to buy more gold. According to the managers, “the amount of gold backing each OGC will increase with time.”
OneGram has been launched by a private company of the same name. The company claims to offer a proof-of-stake blockchain that is ‘’further anonymized’ than Bitcoin. Reports state that ‘developers employ zero-knowledge dual-key stealth addresses and ring signature protocols toward ‘instant, untraceable, unlinkable, trustless transactions.’
Shariah Gold Standard
In December we witnessed the launch of the Shariah Gold Standard. Announced in Bahrain by the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and the World Gold Council, the Standard is the first ever set of guidelines for the 2 billion Muslims looking to invest in gold-based financial products.
As we explained in December:
According to Islamic texts, gold is a ribawi item, which means that it must be sold on weight and measure, and cannot be traded for future value or for speculation. In order for a gold instrument to be Shariah-compliant, the precious metal must be the underlying asset in related transactions.
When the Shariah Gold Standard was launched, one of the world’s leading investors Mark Mobius labelled it as a “godsend” that was both “innovative and revolutionary”. Currently the Islamic Finance market accounts for 1% of the global GDP, and is growing at nearly 20% per year. The new AAOIFI issued guidelines are expected to propel demand for gold as more companies (such as GoldCore) launch Shariah-compliant gold investment products. The combined use of both innovative Shariah gold investment standards and new technology could boost demand by around 500-1000 tonnes per annum.
The launch of OneGram is part of the new wave of gold financial products that we are beginning to see as a result of the Shariah Gold Standard. Muslims have long looked for more gold products to be made available to them in the $2 trillion Islamic financial markets.
A gold-backed cryptocurrency is not just a positive sign for Muslim investors, it is also a positive sign for those who are looking to invest outside of the financial system. Of course, investing in physical gold has long been available for both Muslims and non-Muslims for many years, but this recent announcement says a lot more about the demands for safe-haven investing than previous changes in financial markets have.
A new safe-money standard?
Right now it seems the world is paying attention to a financial and geopolitical situation that is proving to have one too many cracks to fix and fill. But, in the background, there is a growing awareness of how we can protect ourselves when those cracks turn into canyons.
There is something in the air that suggests we might be seeing a turn in the way savers and investors are beginning to view their money. The launch of technologically advanced, shariah compliant gold-products is an early indication of this. But when one also considers the recent performance of bitcoin, then we see that the desire to hold money outside of the financial system with reduced counterparties is growing.
The size of the bitcoin market might be minuscule compared to gold, and gold’s market size minuscule compared to that of the dollar, but times are changing. The increased accessibility to these sound-money, safe-haven assets is a sign that the most powerful financial group in the world – the people on the street – are harnessing ways to gain control of their investment portfolios.
Ultimately we believe bitcoin is a complementary asset to gold, but time will tell. Whilst watching and waiting on bitcoin, gold investors should feel assured that launches of gold-backed products such as OneGram are not only validation of the modern approach to investing in gold, but also validation of their decision to invest in gold.
This is good news for gold investors who have chosen to invest in not only the ultimate form of financial insurance but also one that is finite and physical. As awareness and demand grow, it is not unreasonable to expect to see some tightening in the availability of physical gold, which will have a positive impact on the price.
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