Frankfurt (AFP) - The German central bank or Bundesbank said Monday that it stepped up the repatriation of its gold reserves from overseas storage last year.
"The Bundesbank successfully continued and further stepped up its transfers of gold," the central bank said in a statement.
"In 2014, 120 tonnes of gold were transferred to Frankfurt from storage locations abroad: 35 tonnes from Paris and 85 tonnes from New York."
Germany's gold reserves are the second-biggest in the world after those of the United States and totalled 3,384.2 tonnes this month, according to the latest data compiled by the World Gold Council.
New police radars can 'see' inside homes
WASHINGTON — At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.
A senior commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's military reported Monday that American-made weapons, M16-A5 assault rifles, grenades, as well as means of communication were found in the Donetsk airport, previously occupied by the Kiev-led troops.
Educational tweets of the day - 1/20/2015
(more will be added later on)
We don't negotiate with terrorists...
If you want total security...
The Federal Reserve...
The object and practice of liberty...
The average response time of a 911 call...
Forget the President's State of the Union Message. Watch Ron Paul deliver his State of Liberty Speech and learn what is really happening in the United States!
Cops Worried After Citizens Engage in a New Form of Crowd-Funded, Direct Action Against Police StateSubmitted by doctor011 on Tue, 01/20/2015 - 18:55
STOCKTON — Citizens in Stockton, California have taken a new approach to activism.
Rather than sticking to the traditional form of protest in which signs are held and slogans are chanted, these citizens have taken direct action and offered a grassroots, crowd-funded incentive structure to end police brutality in their community.
They have offered a $2,500 reward to anybody who submits information leading to the arrest or termination of cops who brutalize or kill people.
By Ashley Parker | January 20, 2015
The New York Times
WASHINGTON — When Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky went to Kansas last year to campaign for Gov. Sam Brownback, he quietly requested a private meeting with the oil billionaire Charles G. Koch in his Wichita headquarters.
The senator’s pitch: Of all the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, he best reflects the views of Mr. Koch and his younger brother, David H. Koch.
Similarly, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas popped through Wichita in October for an audience he had requested, and he told the elder Mr. Koch that the Republican Party needed a grass-roots conservative like him to take back the White House.
And Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has worked to cultivate a relationship with the younger Mr. Koch, stopping by his Manhattan office, calling him to talk politics and socializing with him, their wives included.
Now that Republicans control both the House of Representative and the Senate, Democrats are left in a position of legislative weakness. One might get the impression that this situation would deter Democrats from pursuing a liberal agenda, because liberal legislation would seemingly be dead on arrival. However, many Democrats view this as an opportunity, rather than a challenge. By submitting legislation that is far to the left of the mainstream, they can appease their base and place the blame on Republicans for not passing the bill.
“No-knock” and warrantless raids are responsible for more pain and suffering to innocents than I care to count. Typically these raids, undertaken in the early hours of the morning, can vary so widely as to their cause that it’s shocking. One would presume that only for the most detestable of criminals, with ample pasts filled with violence, would law enforcement turn to this dangerous tactic.
However, that isn’t the case.
A lot of you have never heard of me, and most likely after this, you never will again. The text below isn’t written to change your mind on the topic, it is just what I've done. Maybe it can help somebody somewhere.
I should start this off by saying, I was an avid reader of DP, Google news, and Drudge Report about 2-3 months ago. I would refresh the page about every 30 minutes for the newest story or article related to some event in the world. While I will say there were some funny articles out there, the VAST majority of content was negative in one way or another. You can choose to look at content however you wish, but in the end, about ~90% is negative in some way and (for me at least) had/has some slight bearing on overall mood and outlook on the world.
My wife and I recently had our first child and I find her to be so positive in many was I wish I could be now. All of the negative information in the world was bringing me down and I unfortunately brought that home with me almost on a daily basis. I started noticing that people I knew very well (even family members) didn’t want to have conversations with me related to many topics, especially if they were news related/political. Looking back, I don’t think my views were extreme, wrong, or intolerant. I just think people didn’t want to converse with me directly on those topics because of the amount of cynicism I had developed over the years of looking at negative media. So I decided to do something about it. I know it is naive to think I can return to a childlike outlook on the world, but that isn't what I feel like I am doing. Here is why....
The US Military's Stunning Conspiracy Theory Emerges From The Archives: "ISIS Leader Does Not Exist"Submitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:32
Having noted that voter angst has been riled, propagandized, and fear-mongered to the point at which the most pressing priority for Congress is to 'fix' terrorism, it is perhaps not entirely surprising that we discover - deep down in the archives - that giving the public someone to 'hate' as opposed to something may have been an entire fiction.
What the IRS might have to say about American colonists on the Red Planet.
Everyone says Rand Paul is playing "The Game," but what exactly does that mean?
What is the game? What are its rules?
I have been thinking about this for some time now.
Since Tuesday and continuing for the coming three weeks, an amazing trial is happening in U.S. District Court at 401 Courthouse Square in Alexandria, Va. The trial is open to the public, and among the upcoming witnesses is Condoleezza Rice, but — unlike the Chelsea Manning trial — most of the seats at this somewhat similar event are empty.
This is video of an incredible speech given almost 1 year ago (February 2014), although today is the first time its video became available.
It is given by David Morgan (typically known as the silver geek who speaks in a bit of monotonous, drone voice about technicals of silver market).
But this speech is nothing of that sort. He hardly even mentions precious metals in the speech, maybe cursorily utters the word "gold" once, and mentions "silver" ZERO times! It is a very powerful speech which brought a conference attendance audience to their feet with applause. In my humble opinion, it's a must watch and inspiring speech.