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The Ohio State baseball team celebrates its victory against Xavier March 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 10-3.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerWith Big Ten play looming, the Ohio State baseball team appears to be starting to play their best ball of the season.Playing under a gray sky for most of the evening, the Buckeyes (13-6, 0-0) came out shining and rolled to their fifth-straight victory, defeating Xavier, 10-3, Wednesday.The game featured two freshman starting pitchers on the bump with the Musketeers’ (11-7, 0-0) Trent Astle going against the Buckeyes’ Tanner Tully.Tully, starting his first collegiate game, began with a commanding five-pitch first inning. Astle wasn’t so lucky.Sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn was batting first for the Buckeyes and, on the second pitch he saw, smacked a homerun over the left field wall. The shot was Kuhn’s fourth of the year, good enough to lead the team.“I’m seeing the ball real well,” Kuhn said. “I keep getting good pitches to hit … taking advantage of other teams mistakes.”With runners on second and third and still no outs, freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson had an RBI groundout and sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI single to give the Buckeyes a quick 3-0 lead.Astle found himself in another jam to begin the second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hit a sac fly to deep center that plated two. Junior outfielder Pat Porter followed with a sac fly of his own to score another and give Tully a six-run lead to work with.The freshman responded, going five innings with five hits on no runs scored. When Tully had Musketeers in scoring position, he turned up the heat to keep them at bay.“It was good just to go in there and throw strikes and keep the defense in it,” Tully said. “I throw a little bit harder, hit my spots a little bit more (with runners in scoring position) and make sure they don’t score.”Coach Greg Beals was impressed enough with Tully’s first start to say he would probably be the Sunday starter this weekend.“There was no question in my mind he was capable of starting and capable of doing what he did,” Beals said. “To put five zeros up like that, though, was sure good to see … in our meeting tomorrow there’s a pretty good chance we decide Tanner Tully is our Sunday starter this weekend.”The Musketeers scored one in the sixth and two more in eighth to give them a chance, but the offense rose to the occasion and responded with four runs of their own in the eighth.Redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti recorded the final four outs to give him his first save of the season and keep the Buckeyes perfect at home so far.The win streak has been an enjoyable one for the Buckeyes, but they know it isn’t time to get complacent.“We’re pretty happy (with where we are), but this is where our mission starts,” Kuhn said. “We want to come out hot.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to Friday when the Michigan State Spartans come to town. First pitch at Bill Davis Stadium is set for 6:05 p.m.
Serbian striker Luka Jovic wants to stay at Eintracht Frankfurt, despite rumoured interest from Barcelona and Bayern MunichThe Benfica loanee is tied with Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer as the Bundesliga’s leading scorer on 10 goals this season.Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner has already made it clear he intends to sign Jovic permanently this summer for a rumoured fee in the region of €10-12m.But reports in the German media have suggested that Barcelona and Bayern are interested in making their own moves for the highly-rated Jovic.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Although the 20-year-old insists his sole focus lies with Frankfurt.“We, the players, shouldn’t think about that. The management at the club will decide that. As for me, I’d like to stay with Eintracht,” Jovic told Bild.“It’s nice that such big clubs are thinking about someone like me. But I keep both feet on the ground and only think about the next game.”Frankfurt, who are fifth in the Bundesliga table, will host Bayer Leverkusen in a league match on Sunday at 18:00 (CET).
Chelsea defender David Luiz has urged his side to stop offering a lifeline to our opponents after their hard-fought 2-1 victory against Newcastle United on Saturday.Luiz provided a sumptuous assist to Pedro Rodriguez who opened the scoring to give Chelsea the lead in the ninth minute.But Newcastle United equalized five minutes before the break from a corner kick nodded in by Ciaran Clark.Chelsea rallied in the second half and took back the lead in the 57th minute thanks to Willian’s delightful strike.“It’s an important win, it’s three points at home and we did the job. It was not an easy game for us,” Luiz told the club’s website.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think we could have killed the game in the first 25 minutes, but we didn’t score the second goal.“In the Premier League every team can be dangerous from set-pieces and that is what happened.“They scored the equalizer and after that, it is always difficult but I think the team was mature enough to be calm at half-time. Then, in the second half, we controlled the game and scored the second goal.“I think we have to improve because you cannot give your opponents openings. When you have time and opportunities to kill the game, you have to do it.”
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic feels his side played well enough to secure a win against Valencia at the Camp Nou, despite the game ending in a stalemate.The 2-2 draw against Marcelino’s men ended the club’s eight-game winning streak in the League and could only stretch their lead to six points above Atletico Madrid.Two goals for Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to fight back, after falling 2-0 behind after 35 minutes, but the Croatian international believes they had the chances to collect all three points.⌛️FULL-TIME: There’s the whistle! Leo Messi scores twice as Barça battle back from 2-0, first-half deficit to earn a tie!FT: Barça 2 – 2 Valencia⚽️ #Messi 39′ (p.), 64′ / Gameiro 24′ , Parejo 32′ (p.)🔵🔴 #BarçaValencia pic.twitter.com/GyuzSYUOmC— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2019“We surely deserved to win. We played a much better game than Valencia. He revealed in a quote cited on Football Espana.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Maybe in the first half we did not play that well, but in the second half we dominated, and at times we were almost playing handball around their area.“But in the end, we came up short, and it is not easy to play against a counter-attacking team like Valencia, particularly after a hard game in midweek as we had against Sevilla.”Atletico Madrid will be hoping to reduce the gap to three points when they face Real Betis on Sunday.Real Madrid could also be in the mix for the title if they maintain a winning form for the rest of the campaign.Barcelona host Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday night, and Messi and defender Gerard Pique are doubtful after picking up injuries in the Valencia tie.🗣 @ivanrakitic 🗣 Ernesto Valverde⚽️ #BarçaValencia pic.twitter.com/CGE4z49wqy— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2019
CES Deputy Chief Dan Grimes said no occupants were home at the time of the fire. The house sustained major damage. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services with mutual aid assistance from Kenai Fire Department responded to a house fire off Salamatof Dr. in Soldotna at 5:12 p.m., this evening. CES responded with 24 staff members on scene, 3 engines, an ambulance, 2 tankers, and mutual aid from Kenai Fire Department. Crews are still on scene assessing the damage, and conducting clean up efforts. The cause of the fire at this time is unknown. The location of the fire was down Funny River Road near mile 4.5 off of Salamatof Dr. Alaska State Troopers were on scene to assist with directing traffic.
Max Hospital fires 2 physicians over Raifa’s death. Photo: UNBDoctors of private hospitals and clinics in Chattogram who went on an indefinite strike on Sunday protesting the drive in different private clinics and hospitals by RAB, called off their strike on Monday.Private medical institutions association president Abul Kashem told the media on Monday noon that they withdrew the strike considering sufferings of patients.Earlier on Sunday, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) launched separate drives following allegations of irregularities in two private hospitals— Max Hospital at Mehedibagh and Metropolitan Hospital at GEC intersection-in the port city.Following the drive, the owners and physicians at different private clinics and hospitals refrained from providing medical services to patients.RAB started the drive as a government investigation committee formed recently over the death of Raifa Khan, 3, daughter of Rubel Khan, staff reporter of vernacular daily the Daily Samakal, due to wrong treatment at Max hospital on 29 June, found various irregularities at the hospital.Two physicians of the hospital were sacked as a probe committee found their negligence in the treatment of Raifa that caused her death.
Map of Mali locating attack on UN peacekeepers. Photo: AFPGunmen killed at least eight Chadian UN peacekeepers in an attack Sunday on one of their bases in northern Mali, multiple sources reported.The UN spokesman in Mali condemned what he described as a vile and cowardly attack and called for a “robust” response.”According to a new toll, still provisional, at least eight peacekeepers have been killed,” a source close to the MINUSMA force said.The attack happened early Sunday at the Aguelhok base 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Kidal and towards the border with Algeria, the source added.A diplomat in northern Mali told AFP that several of the attackers had also been killed.Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the UN’s special representative for Mali, condemned the attack in a statement.”Peacekeepers of the MINUSMA force at Aguelhok fought off a sophisticated attack by assailants who arrived on several armed vehicles,” he said.The “cowardly” attack, he added, “illustrates the determination of the terrorists to sow chaos.”It demands a robust, immediate and concerted response from all forces to destroy the peril of terrorism in the Sahel.”An attack at the same base last April killed two peacekeepers and left several others wounded.More than 13,000 peacekeepers are deployed in Mali as part of a UN mission that was established after Islamist militias seized northern Mali in 2012. They were pushed backed by French troops in 2013.A peace agreement signed in 2015 by the Bamako government and armed groups was aimed at restoring stability to Mali following a brief Islamist takeover in the north.But the accord has failed to stop violence by Islamist militants, who have also staged attacks in neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.Earlier this month, both France and the United States criticised the authorities in Mali for their failure to stem the worsening violence.On January 16, France threatened to push for more targeted sanctions to be imposed on Mali after hearing a UN official report on worsening violence in the West African country.And Washington renewed its warning that it would push for changes to the peacekeeping mission in Mali, possibly a major drawdown, if there was no progress.In August, a panel of experts said in a report to the UN Security Council that inter-communal conflicts in the region were exacerbating existing tensions from clashes between jihadists groups and international and Malian forces.On Sunday, France’s Defence Minister Florence Parly told French radio that the G5 Sahel anti-jihadist force in the region was in the process of resuming operations.They were suspended after an attack on their headquarters in mid 2018. The countries working in the G5 force comprise Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad.
The advertorial campaign done by Fusion Advertising on Voluntary Compliance Encouragement scheme (VCES), for the Central Board of Excise and Customs has won two of the most prestigious awards in the Ink Awards for Excellence in Newspaper Advertising viz.The Best Direct Response National Award is for effectiveness in communications . The eminent jury was of the opinion that the engagement campaign got into the shoes of the target audience engaged them and worked wonders. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Best Copywriting Award which is significant as it is for copywriting across all categories-FMCG, Consumer durables, F & B, I.T, Retail, Telecom, Alok Jha, Additional Commissioner, Directorate of Publicity and Public Relations, CBEC and Shyam Bhargava, Managing Director, Fusion Advertising Services received the awards. They thanked the people and the Service Tax team for going ahead with the unconventional ideas. And added that without their approval, we could not have got the awards.
The solo exhibition titled We are made of stars by Sabya Sachi Ghosh depicts the primordial nature of creation and a creative pictorial depiction of the universe. This exhibition that kicks off today is inspired by the resplendent starry sky on a moonless night. The theme of time travel is also touched upon. The works tries to bring about a feeling of an unbroken connection with time, since the moment of creation till out present state of its realisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ We are all made of stardust. This statement is very poetic and has a tinge of a primordial nostalgia attached to this feeling. The search for the reasons behind our creation ultimately takes us to the very beginning of time. Rational explanations are then replaced with metaphysical definitions that aim to quench our longing to know the truth behind the creation of our universe. Religion in its own narrow way tries to convey a meaning that is very self oriented in a karmic manner. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artist quotes, “When I gaze at stars twinkling in the night sky, I grasp the vastness of space and conceive of time as if it were matter and very tangible. My mind moves forward and backwards and is logical enough to haggle with a vegetable vendor. I am here stuck with this question; when we are capable of great thoughts why do we indulge in narrow selfish pursuits? Perhaps these ‘narrow selfish pursuits’ are our ways of preserving and continuing the progress of our species. I am not certain but for the lack of better ways we are as we appear to be.”When: January 23 to 29 Where: Open palm court Gallery, India Habitat Centre Timing: 10 am – 8 pm
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now If you’re reading this because your boss asked you to A/B test two versions of your company’s website and you have no clue what to do, it’s okay. Read on. Help is on the way.Here goes. The first step is not to be daunted by the term itself. A/B testing, also often called bucket testing or split testing, is merely marketing jargon for testing one thing against another. In this case, we’re talking websites. However, A/B testing is also often used to weed out the best email marketing campaigns, ecommerce checkout pages and many other digital business entities and initiatives. Secondly, take heart knowing that you’re not alone. You can bet someone somewhere at Google, Netflix, Facebook or Amazon — or, insert any other household-name Internet business or publisher here — is live A/B testing this or that URL on unsuspecting users right now.Related: So, What’s the ‘X-Factor’ in the A/B Testing Formula? (Infographic)Great, but what’s the point? It’s simple: comparing two different variants of your website reveals which one resonates better with your target audience. When done right, it can potentially boost your level of customer engagement, conversion rate and, ultimately, your bottom line. Additionally, you can use A/B testing to improve the effectiveness of specific elements of your website, including search ads, calls-to-action, promotions and more.When split-testing, typically website A is the control and is already live. Website B is the variable. Website A has the features you’re looking to make better, while website B puts forth new, alternative elements that you want to test. Once B is launched, you then divide your live traffic into two groups of test subjects, separately funneling them to the two website versions. From there, you dig into the data you collect along the way to gauge which website performs better overall. What’s working? What’s not? What stays? What goes? Soon you’ll know.For everything you need to build, execute and glean valuable insights from a successful A/B test, take a look at the six basic steps laid out in the infographic below. The helpful visualization comes to us by way of VWO, an India-based provider of A/B testing software for online marketers.Related: More Online Publishers Ought to Try A/B TestingClick to EnlargeRelated: Improve Your Website’s Conversion Rates With These 6 Design Tips This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free November 1, 2015 3 min read
An accident on the A50 caused delays in Stoke-on-Trent this afternoon. One lane was closed and traffic was queuing due to the accident on the A50 Eastbound between A500 D Road ( Sideway Roundabout) and A5007 Victoria Place, Fenton (Heron Cross / Fenton). This accident also affected traffic heading away from Stoke towards Longton but has now cleared. Traffic was also queueing on the Southbound A500 as a result – with delays on the D Road Southbound between A527 Porthill Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank) and A50 ( Sideway Roundabout). Travel time was around 20 minutes on the A500 due to the delays on the Eastbound A50 due to an accident just after Sideway. Eyewitnesses reported a number of vehicles are involved in the A50 accident but we have not got this confirmed at this stage. Staffordshire Police confirmed they were at the scene of the accident. A police spokesman said: “We are currently in attendance on the A50 at Heron Cross , eastbound direction, dealing with a Road Traffic Collision. “Please be aware of traffic congestion locally.” The location of the lane closure The accident is reported to have taken place shortly before 4.30pm and lanes reopened at around 5.45pm. We’ll bring you live updates on the feed below.18:13Traffic now returning to normalTraffic is now returning to normal on the A50 and A50017:36Reports lane has reopenedWe’re now getting reports the lane has reopened but long delays remain on surrounding routes.17:17Police at the scene of A50 accidentA Staffordshire Police spokesman said:We are currently in attendance on the A50 at Heron Cross , eastbound direction, dealing with a Road Traffic Collision. Please be aware of traffic congestion locally.” 17:02Location of closureThe location of the lane closure
The election to select the governance model for Python following the stepping down of Guido van Rossum as the BDFL earlier this year has ended and PEP 8016 was selected as the winner. PEP 8016 is the steering council model that has a focus on providing a minimal and solid foundation for governance decisions. The vote has chosen a governance PEP that will be implemented on the Python project. The winner: PEP 8016 the steering council model Authored by Nathaniel J. Smith, and Donald Stufft, this proposal involves a model for Python governance based on a steering council. The council has vast authority, which they intend to use as rarely as possible, instead, they plan to use this power to establish standard processes. The steering council committee consists of five people. A general philosophy is followed—it’s better to split up large changes into a series of small changes to be reviewed independently. As opposed to trying to do everything in one PEP, the focus is on providing a minimal and solid foundation for future governance decisions. This PEP was accepted on December 17, 2018. Goals of the steering council model The main goals of this proposal are: Sticking to the basics aka ‘be boring’. The authors don’t think Python is a good place to experiment with new and untested governance models. Hence, this proposal sticks to mature, well-known, processes that have been tested previously. A high-level approach where the council does not involve much very common in large successful open source projects. The low-level details are directly derived from Django’s governance. Being simple enough for minimum viable governance. The proposal attempts to slim things down to the minimum required, just enough to make it workable. The trimming includes the council, the core team, and the process for changing documentation. A goal is to ‘be comprehensive’. The things that need to be defined are covered well for future use. Having a clear set of rules will also help minimize confusion. To ‘be flexible and light-weight’. The authors are aware that to find the best processes for working together, it will take time and experimentation. Hence, they keep the document as minimal as possible, for maximal flexibility to adjust things later. The need for heavy-weight processes like whole-project votes is also minimized. The council will work towards maintaining the quality of and stability of the Python language and the CPython interpreter. Make contribution process easy, maintain relations with the core team, establish a decision-making process for PEPs, and so on. They have powers to make decisions on PEPs, enforce project code of conduct, etc. To know more about the election to the committee visit the Python website. Read next NumPy drops Python 2 support. Now you need Python 3.5 or later. NYU and AWS introduce Deep Graph Library (DGL), a python package to build neural network graphs Python 3.7.2rc1 and 3.6.8rc1 released
The number of foreign tourist visits to North Eastern States has increased from 66,302 to 84,820 in 2013 and further to 118,552 in 2014.Rs 144.68 crore funds released for North Eastern Region in 2014-15. Rs 34.68 crore more than actual sanctioned amount of 110 crore in 2014-15. A total of 10% of the plan allocation of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is earmarked for North Eastern States. Of the funds allocated to the Ministry.The Ministry of Tourism has launched two new plan schemes ‘Swadesh Darshan for integrated development of Circuits around specific themes’ and ‘PRASAD for National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive’. They are Coastal Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, North East India Circuit, Himalayan Circuit and Krishna Circuit identified under Swadesh Darshan Scheme initially. Seven more circuits viz. Desert Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wild Life Circuit and Rural Circuit have recently been identified under the scheme. Under PRASAD scheme 12 cities have been identified. Kamakhaya in Assam features under PRASAD scheme.Further, following initiatives are also been taken by the Government to promote tourism in North Eastern Region:(i) Provision of complimentary space to the North Eastern States in India Pavilions set up at major International Travel Fairs and Exhibitions.(ii) 100% Central financial assistance for organising fairs and festivals is allowed to the North Eastern States.(iii) Ministry of Tourism, as part of its on-going activities, annually releases print, electronic, online and outdoor media campaigns in the international and domestic markets, under the Incredible India brand-line, to promote various tourism destinations and products of the country, including the lesser known destinations which have tourism potential. The Ministry of Tourism undertakes special campaigns on NE Region on TV channels to promote tourism in the regions.(iv) International Tourism Mart (ITM) are organised annually with the objective of showcasing the largely untapped tourism potential of North East region in the domestic and international markets.The project ‘Integrated Cable-Car and Lakeside Tourism Development Project at Loktak Lake, Manipur’ has been sanctioned during 2013-14 for the State Government of Manipur at an amount of Rs 20.35 crore under Large Revenue Generating Scheme. Under this scheme, funds are allocated under Public-Private-Partnership.
Revenue for satellite TV providers in the US market is set to increase by 1.8% year-on-year to US$39.8 billion (€30.5 billion) this year as more consumers subscribe to these services, according to new stats. The report, from research firm IBISWorld, claims that higher spending on satellite services is also anticipated to result in an annualised revenue growth rate of more than 4.5% over the five-year period to 2013.“Over the past five years, the top companies have successfully expanded their scope and revenue by offering an increasing array of services and continually improving their quality,” said IBISWorld.The firm added that, with satellites already in orbit, the industry’s two main players, DirecTV and Dish Network, only incur low costs per additional subscriber. As such it expects industry concentration to stay high in the next five years.
Swedish broadcaster TV4 has begun broadcasting its TV4 Sport channel in HD on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform. TV4 Sport HD will be available to digital-terrestrial pay TV operator Boxer’s subscribers. The channel is broadcast in MPEG-4 and the DVB-T2 format.
German cable operator Primacom has signed up its 100,000th internet customer.The milestone comes 15 years after the operator initially launched internet services. More recently the company has invested in an extensive fibre network build-out, bringing advanced services to a wider number of customers.Primacom customer Steffen Preiß was named as the lucky 100,000th customer and given free high-speed internet for one year.Primacom chief executive Joachim Grendel said the company would soon be able to deliver even higher speed services.
Pelangio Exploration Inc. (PX:TSX-V; PGXPF:OTC) announced the results of seven diamond drill holes totaling 1,574 metres from its ongoing drilling program at the Pokukrom East zone on the Manfo Property in Ghana. Highlights of the results included:· 1.19 g/t gold over 113 metres, including 9.05 g/t gold over 7 metres; · 2.60 g/t gold over 64 metres, including 11.94 g/t gold over 10 metres; and · 16.72 g/t gold over 4 metres.The results continued to confirm a higher grade, shallow north plunging core of Pokukrom East zone with an open plunge of 600 metres from near surface in previously reported hole SPDD-088 (7.01 g/t gold over 19 metres) to 210 metres depth in the holes reported this week. Warren Bates, Senior Vice President Exploration, commented: “These are our best holes on the Manfo Property to date. These holes represent the north-plunging core of higher grade mineralization at Pokukrom East, now demonstrating an open plunge length of 600 metres.” Please visit our website to learn more about the project and request additional information. We are much closer to a bottom than a top…but I’m always on the lookout for “in your ear”.It was a reasonably quiet trading day in gold on Monday…but there was some structure to the trading action. After gaining about five bucks or so in early Far East trading on Monday, gold then tracked sideways right up until shortly after 3:00 p.m. in Hong Kong.Then gold dipped to its low of the day, which occurred a bit over an hour later at around 8:30 a.m. GMT in London. From that low, gold climbed slowly higher, reaching its high tick about ten minutes after the 1:30 p.m. Comex close in New York…and from there it traded more or less sideways into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern time electronic close.The gold price closed at $1,685.00 spot…up $8.10 from Friday’s close. Net volume was pretty light at around 109,000 contracts.Monday’s silver chart was a virtually carbon copy of Monday’s gold chart, with the only difference worth mentioning was the fact that silver’s high tick [$31.35 spot] came at 2:30 p.m. in electronic trading in New York…and from there it got sold off a bit before trading almost ruler-flat into the close.Silver closed at $31.18 spot…up 27 cents from Friday. Net volume was pretty light as well…around 31,500 contracts.The dollar index opened at 80.55 in Tokyo on their Monday morning..and then sank a few basis points up until 3:30 p.m. in Honk Kong trading. Then in less than an hour, the index jumped just about 30 basis points to about 80.78…and from there traded sideways until early afternoon in New York, when it sagged a bit…closing at 80.71.There was no co-relation between the gold and silver price activity and the dollar index movements that I could tell.Not surprisingly, the gold stocks opened in positive territory…but that happy state of affairs didn’t last long…and shortly before noon in New York, the share prices sank into negative territory and then stayed there for the rest of the day. The HUI finished down 0.67%. I wouldn’t read much into that action, but neither can I explain it based on Monday’s price activity in gold.The same can be said for the silver shares…and they got it in the neck far worse than the gold shares. I have no explanation for that, either. Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment index closed down a chunky 1.66%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was another exercise in watching grass grow, as only 1 gold and 13 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories.No surprisingly, considering the price action on Friday, an authorized participant withdrew 125,969 troy ounces of gold from GLD on Monday. What was a surprise was that an authorized participant added 871,421 troy ounces of silver to SLV.The U.S. Mint had a decent sales report yesterday. They sold only 2,500 ounces of gold eagles…but a very chunky 800,000 silver eagles. That makes 1 million silver eagles sold already this month. As I keep pounding away about…I do hope you’re getting your share.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported that 40,108 troy ounces of silver were received…and 342,029 troy ounces of same were shipped out the door. The link to that activity is here.My initial look at the Commitment of Traders Report in this column in my Saturday column [which has now been replaced by this commentary] was about as wrong as I could possibly get. I don’t know where my head was at when I was looking at it, as in reality there was improvement in the Commercial category in both gold and silver. My apologies for this error.In silver, the Commercial net short position improved by 1,767 contacts…as the Commercials went long 1,153 contracts and also decreased their short position by an additional 614 contracts. The Commercial net short position is now down to 53,732 contracts, or 268 million ounces.The ‘Big 4’ are short 243.5 million ounces…which represents 44.0 percent of the entire Comex futures market in silver on a net basis. The ‘5 through 8’ largest traders are short an additional 8.8 percentage points. So the ‘Big 8’ are short 52.8% of the entire futures market on a net basis…but it’s actually slightly higher than that once all the extra spread trades that only show up in the Disaggregated COT Report, are subtracted.In addition, the ‘Big 4’ are short 91 percent of the Commercial net short position in silver.In gold, the Commercial net short position improved by 9,901 contracts…and is now down to 222,764 contracts, or 22.28 million ounces. The ‘Big 4’ are short 14.64 million ounces…and this represents 34.4% of the entire futures market in gold on a net basis. The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 12.7 percentage points…so that takes the ‘Big 8’ short position up to 47.1 percent of the entire futures market on a net basis.In addition, the ‘Big 4’ are short 65.7 percent of the Commercial net short position in gold…not nearly as big a percentage as in silver, but still huge nonetheless.Needless to say, there has been a vast improvement in the net short position in both gold and silver since the Tuesday cut-off…especially after Friday’s shenanigans. But, as Ted Butler pointed out in his Saturday column, there is still much more potential selling left by the technical funds, as they still hold significant long positions compared to the July lows. But can they or will they sell out this time? Who knows…but if they do, it will take lower prices to do it.This sell off that began during the first week of October, is not shaping up like the ‘normal’ engineered price decline that preceded it…at least not from a COT perspective, especially silver.The above was courtesy of Washington state reader S.A…as is the chart below showing the gold price, it’s 65-week moving average…and the presidential election cycle. Let us all join hands and pray that the pattern repeats itself…starting immediately!This next chart is courtesy of reader ‘David in California’…and requires no further embellishment from me.(Click on image to enlarge)Considering it’s my Tuesday column…I don’t have that many stories for you today.If you harbour any ambitions to “change” the system, you are likely to break down into rueful laughter if you think it through. If you are an American, you can go to the polls [today] and “choose” between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is pretty clear that the US financial and political establishment don’t much care which one you “choose”. Their mutual abhorrence of any political principle is as obvious as it is predictable. Their “platforms” are identical. Their “plans” for the nation they aspire to rule are the same. That is why they are the candidates. It truly doesn’t matter who you vote for, and you know it. – Bill Buckler, Gold This Week, 03 November 2012It was pretty quiet yesterday…both in price action and volume…but I was somewhat mystified by the poor performance of the shares in both silver and gold…and don’t know quite know what to make of it.With today being election day in the U.S.A….I’m uncertain as to what price action we will see during the Tuesday trading day. Whatever is allowed, will show up in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, as today at the 1:30 p.m. Comex close, is the cut-off for both it and November’s Bank Participation Report.As I mentioned in my Saturday column, I never heard back from anyone at Scotiabank’s head office in Toronto…so I must assume that they are the “non-U.S.” bank that was “outed” in the CFTC’s October Bank Participation Report.Here, once again, is all the e-mal correspondence between myself and the bank. I sent the letter to Mr. Rick Waugh, the CEO…but it was answered by Dave Shearim. I urge you to e-mail either one, or both of them…and ask them the same question in your own words…are they, or aren’t they…yes, or no. Please be polite!22 October 2012 Scotiabank 44 King Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 1H1Attention: Mr. Rick Waugh, CEODear Mr. Waugh,I’m a keen observer of the financial scene, both here in Canada and abroad…but my main area of expertise is in the precious metal markets. I write a daily blog on this subject for Casey Research out of Stowe, Vermont…and here is the link to my webpage.Part of my reading material includes two reports that are issued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission…the CFTC. The most notable of those are the weekly Commitment of Traders Report and the monthly Bank Participation Report.If you click on the Bank Participation Report link, you’ll note that the CFTC has included a comment about its October figures that took quite a few people who follow this report, completely by surprise…including me.The comment states… “The October 2012 Bank Participation Report includes COMEX gold and COMEX silver futures and options positions for a newly classified non-U.S. bank, based upon the entity’s self-description on its latest CFTC Form 40. Given the methodology of the Bank Participation Report, the entity’s most recent Form 40 submission results in all of its futures and options positions now being included within the report. For more information on the methodology used for the Bank Participation Report, see Explanatory Notes” [Emphasis is mine. – Ed]Looking through the list of market-making members of the LBMA…my first thought was that the bank most likely to fit that description would be The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta. So I called Andy Montano at your head office about a week ago. We had a pleasant chat…and he said that he knew nothing about it. I asked him who might know…and he had no suggestion.So I thought I would write directly to you, sir.All I need to know is if the “non-U.S. bank” that the CFTC is referring to in its comments above…and on its Bank Participation Report home page…is The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta.A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer will suffice.Thank you for your attention in this matter…and I remain,Yours truly,Edward Steer, EditorEd Steer’s Gold & Silver DailyOn Tuesday I received this reply…and as you can tell right away, the ‘non-answer’ avoided my question entirely…Dear Mr. Steer, Thank you for your email of October 22nd addressed to Rick Waugh, President & CEO of Scotiabank. I have been asked to review your inquiry and provide a response to you on behalf of the Scotiabank Group. We have determined from our review, the Scotiabank Group is not involved in the research or publication of the Commitment of Traders Report and as a result we are unable to comment on the data provided in the report. We respectfully recommend you consider making direct contact with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC) as we understand they are the source of the report and would be better positioned to respond to you with answers to any inquiries you may have about the report. Once again, thank you for writing, giving us an opportunity to review and respond to your inquiry. Sincerely, Dave Shearim Senior Manager – Office of the President Scotiabank – Executive Offices e-mail: email@example.com Telephone: (416) 933-1700 or (877) 700-0043 Fax: (416) 933-1777 or (877) 700-0045Of course I had to reply…and here it is…Hello Dave,This reply I received from you is a ‘non answer’…and avoids the question entirely.Nowhere in my original e-mail did I remotely suggest that Scotiabank Group was involved in the production of any data from the CFTC reports mentioned.The Form 40 referred to by the CFTC, would have to have been filled out by a very senior member of the Scotiabank Group…either within the bank itself, or within the Scotia Mocatta division.Here are the pertinent contents of my previous e-mail to Mr. Waugh once again…“Part of my reading material includes two reports that are issued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission…the CFTC. The most notable of those are the weekly Commitment of Traders Report and the monthly Bank Participation Report.“If you click on the Bank Participation Report link, you’ll note that the CFTC has included a comment about its October figures that took quite a few people who follow this report, completely by surprise…including me.“The comment states… “The October 2012 Bank Participation Report includes COMEX gold and COMEX silver futures and options positions for a newly classified non-U.S. bank, based upon the entity’s self-description on its latest CFTC Form 40. Given the methodology of the Bank Participation Report, the entity’s most recent Form 40 submission results in all of its futures and options positions now being included within the report. For more information on the methodology used for the Bank Participation Report, see Explanatory Notes” [Emphasis is mine. – Ed]“Looking through the list of market-making members of the LBMA…my first thought was that the bank most likely to fit that description would be The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta. So I called Andy Montano at your head office about a week ago. We had a pleasant chat…and he said that he knew nothing about it. I asked him who might know…and he had no suggestion.“So I thought I would write directly to you, sir.“All I need to know is if the “non-U.S. bank” that the CFTC is referring to in its comments above…and on its Bank Participation Report home page…is The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta.“A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer will suffice.So, Dave, I’ll ask the question one more time, which is it…yes, or no?Sincerely,EdAnd that’s where the matter sits, as I’ve heard nothing since.Neither silver or gold did much of anything during the Far East trading session on their Tuesday. Silver was under slight selling pressure, but is now back in the plus column by around 13 cents…and gold is up five bucks, as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:20 a.m. Eastern time. The dollar index is flat…and volumes are already decent in silver, but light in gold.As I said a handful of paragraphs ago, I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to what the price action will be like in New York today, so nothing will surprise me when I switch on my computer later this morning.But, having said that, here’s a paragraph from Ted Butler’s Weekly Commentary to his paying subscribers on the weekend…“The second standout [in Friday’s COT Report] was the relative small number of silver contracts [through Tuesday’s cut-off date] that were sold by the technical funds and bought by the commercials. At the cut-off, only 4,100 net contracts had been liquidated from Oct 2nd. The question lately was if the tech funds would hold tight (for the first time ever) and not sell into declining prices since they hadn’t rushed to sell when key moving averages were first violated. Or was it more a case of they hadn’t sold yet, but would? Based upon Friday’s high volume, it would appear that the tech funds are capitulating on lower prices. The good news is that the tech funds may have sold 10,000 net contracts on Friday, greatly reducing the number of contracts that they will ultimately sell. The bad news is there are many more contracts that potentially still could be sold by the technical funds and purchased by JPMorgan and the raptors. Should that turn out to be the case, it will only be accomplished with lower prices.” – Silver analyst Ted Butler…03 November 2012So keep his comments top-of-mind until the current situation resolves itself. And as I said on Saturday, we are much closer to a bottom than a top…but I’m always on the lookout for “in your ear”.See you tomorrow. Sponsor Advertisement
[Today’s article comes to us from world traveler and quintessential “international man” Dr. Jack Wheeler.] Edinburgh-of-the-Seven-Seas, Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean. Welcome to the most isolated community on the planet, on the world’s remotest inhabited island. Named after the Portuguese captain who discovered it in 1506, Tristão da Cunha, it is 1,736 miles from Africa, and 2,466 miles from South America. The nearest inhabited land is the island of St. Helena 1,343 miles to the north, itself so remote that the Brits exiled Napoleon there. It’s not simply that Tristan is far away from anywhere else, it’s amazingly difficult to get here. You have to arrive by ship as there’s no airport – and there are no regular passenger ships, just the occasional fishing boat and an annual relief/supply ship from Cape Town. And when one does get here, it is rarely able to land as the weather doesn’t allow it. We are the first passenger ship to land here since March of 2012. Why bother? Why brave often incredibly rough and dangerous seas for days or even weeks to come here on the off-chance that you can go ashore? Just to be able to tell your friends back home you set foot on the world’s remotest inhabited island? Maybe for some. For me, it was the opportunity to meet perhaps the most extraordinarily unique people on earth. I came hoping to find a freedom paradise (more accurately, a conservative-libertarian paradise) – and I found it. But before you start packing your bags, be advised: there is, of course, a catch. There is only one settlement on the island, named after the original Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Alfred, Consort to Queen Victoria, who visited here on a world tour of the British Empire in 1867. Every Tristanian (tris-tay-nee-un), 262 at current count, lives in Edinburgh-of-the-Seven-Seas – although they usually just call it The Settlement. Among those 262, there are only seven family names: Glass, Green, Hagen, Swain, Rogers, Lavarello, and Repetto. There are never any first or second cousin marriages, and for 200 years the Tristan gene pool has been continually refreshed from shipwrecked sailors to marriage to outsiders. The population hasn’t gone more than 10% above or below 260 for a over a century. No one had ever lived on the island when da Cunha (coon-yah) found it in 1506, and for 300 years, no one paid much attention to the tiny, 38 square mile volcanic speck with no natural harbor and little habitable land, until 1816 when a Scottish corporal named William Glass and his wife from Cape Town, decided to live there, and attracted others, such as a sailor named Thomas Swain, and women from St. Helena for sailors like him. The community grew, waxed and waned, prospered and suffered, learning to become intensely self-reliant. They raised cattle and sheep, fished in the sea, grew vegetables and potatoes, and fended for themselves, dependent upon no one by necessity. They lived simply. Every family had its own small home, made of large blocks of an easily-carved volcanic rock called tufa, with a heavily thatched roof. There was only one main room, with a fireplace that provided heat and where food was cooked, and a small bedroom. The bed’s mattress was stuffed with penguin feathers, and lamps at night were lit with seal oil. Yet they saw that their children were well educated. They learned of world events and read books by Plutarch, Plato, and Shakespeare acquired from passing sailing ships. They saw their children learned Christian values at one of the two churches in the Settlement: St. Mary’s Anglican Church, or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. There’s no history of religious feuds or fanaticism on Tristan. After World War II, “red gold” was discovered. With the help of South African businessmen, the Tristan Development Corporation was formed in 1949 to exploit the uncountable numbers of easily-caught rock lobsters in Tristan’s waters. In addition, beautifully designed Tristan postage stamps became prized by stamp collectors and were sold world-wide. The economy boomed, living and housing conditions improved – yet Tristanians managed to adapt to modernization without losing their traditional values and culture. Then disaster struck. Tristan is an active volcano above a hotspot in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, with the main cone (Queen Mary’s Peak) almost 7,000 feet high. In August of 1961, a vent suddenly opened up right next to The Settlement, out of which molten lava began flowing towards the sea. When it looked like the lava might envelop and destroy the community, the British government ordered the entire population evacuated to England. For most Tristanians, it was the first time they’d been off their island (save for fishing trips to the small nearby uninhabited satellite islands of Nightingale and Inaccessible), their first exposure to modern Western life and all its temptations. They hated it. When scientists reported, after an expedition to the now-deserted island in 1962, that the lava flow had missed The Settlement by not much more than the length of a football field, that the eruption had terminated, and that repatriation of the islanders was an option, the Tristanians celebrated. They were given the choice to stay in England and be subsidized wards of the British Welfare State, or return to Tristan and fend for themselves again. All but five voted to return – which they did in 1963. The kids brought back rock n’ roll and the Twist with them, but for the most part, the plethora of lunacies comprising the Sixties passed Tristan by. Everyone went back to work, although with the rock lobster and postage stamp businesses going better than ever, that work was more profitable. The Settlement soon had a movie theatre, a pub, a community swimming pool; everyone had a modern kitchen, video recorders, and family car – even though there are less than four miles of road on the island. Today there’s an Internet cafe, and many kids have a Facebook page or even their own websites. The island maintains its own well-done website, www.tristandc.com. Now we come to the interesting part. If exposure to and immersion in the culture of Western degradation has spoiled and ruined the culture of Tristan, it is indiscernible. To this day, in almost 200 years of history since Tristan’s founding in 1816, not one Tristanian has ever murdered another. Murder is unknown, it has never happened on Tristan. Rape is unknown. There has never been a single case of rape in anyone’s memory or on record. Divorce is unknown. Marriage is for life. No one can recall any couple ever getting divorced (save for marriage to an outsider who couldn’t handle life on Tristan and left the island). Pre-marital sex is abundant, but once a girl gets pregnant, she marries the father and that’s that. Abortion is unknown. Aborting a baby is indescribably horrific to a Tristanian. Crime is unknown. There is no theft. Everyone keeps his home unlocked. There are no fights in the pub, no drunken brawls. There is a peacefulness and serenity to life on Tristan that has to be experienced to be believed. And there is no socialism. Tristan’s economy and society is based on private property. People have their own sheep, their own cows for milk, their own cattle for beef, their own cultivated patches for potatoes and vegetables. Fishermen are paid according to the amount of lobsters they personally haul in. For the most part, Tristanians govern themselves. There is a resident British Administrator, as Tristan is a British Overseas Territory, appointed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Yet, with the exception of rare emergency circumstances such as the decision to evacuate the island in 1961, he can only act with the approval of the Island Council, composed of islanders elected by the community. In fact, Tristanians pay little attention to the “Hadmin,” as they call the Administrator, who manages to spend much of his time in London. They look instead to their own elected leader and head of the Council, called the Chief Islander, for guidance. Currently, he is Ian Lavarello, and I was fortunate to have dinner with him. His home is like everyone else’s. He goes fishing, manages his potato patch, and works like everyone else. “Tristanians learned long ago,” he told me, “to be a cooperative people, to resolve our disputes peacefully and with goodwill. We are all family on this island, and we use problems to bring us together, not divide us. I don’t think you’ll find a more agreeable people anywhere than Tristanians. They make it easy for me to find solutions to situations that we all can agree on.” Tristan has one policeman – Conrad Glass, a direct descendant of founder William Glass. Over a Castle Lager at the world’s remotest pub, the Albatross Bar, I asked him what a policeman does in a place where there’s no crime. “My job is to help people,” he explained. “Ian (Lavarello) helps with community-wide issues. I talk to people about their individual disagreements. And I help them be careful. “There’s a place on the road to the Patches (an area of tiny walled fields two miles from the Settlement in which everyone grows their potatoes and vegetables) where some people drive fast and there’s been a couple of accidents. I’ll park my police car behind this curve – you Yanks would call this a ‘speed trap,’ I believe – so when someone is speeding and they see me, they quickly slow down. We smile and wave at each other, although sometimes I have to shake my finger at them.” Conrad asked me why I had come here. “People who live in the remotest community on earth, and have been determined to do so for two centuries,” I answered, “have to be uniquely interesting. I came here to meet them, and try to understand something about them.” He smiled. “The most important thing to understand about Tristanians is what they value most in life is freedom. We have a freedom here in Tristan like nowhere else. That’s why we found England suffocating, rules everywhere, someone always telling you what you can and cannot do. We couldn’t wait to get back here where we are free and we live by our own rules. “On Tristan, no one tells you what to do. No one tells you when to get up, when to milk your cows or go fishing or help your neighbor fix his house damaged in a storm. But… if you don’t do these things, your cow will die, you won’t have fish to eat, your neighbor won’t help you when you need to fix your house. We’ve learned that when you’re free, when no one forces you to help others, everyone ends up helping everyone else – and cheerfully. There’s no obligation – we just are happier together that way.” A young fellow, George Swain, joined us. He had gone to high school in Cape Town and then received training in wildlife conservation. Now, at age 20, he had returned to the island to work for Tristan’s Conservation and Fisheries Office. I asked him if most young people left the island to study or work elsewhere today, and how many ever came back. “Most all of us leave at some time,” he said. “We want to learn something of the world. After a few years or even several, just about everybody returns to live. We miss Tristan’s freedom.” So – ready to kiss all the fascist craziness in the world goodbye and live in peace and freedom on Tristan da Cunha? That’s the catch: you can’t. The world’s remotest, most isolated community on the planet wants to keep it that way. You can visit here between ships, arriving on one and departing on another – although there are no hotels or restaurants, so you’d have to arrange a homestay – but you can’t live here. Tristan is for Tristanians. There is only one way to become a Tristanian – and that’s to marry one. You could visit here in hopes of meeting and marrying a local gal if you’re a guy or vice versa (and just to be clear: any mention of “same-sex” marriage is considered a stupidly tasteless joke here). Or you could by chance or tracking them down, bump into a young Tristanian studying or working abroad, marry him or her, and move to Tristan. Once you establish a home in the Settlement, have children and start to raise a family, you can become a Tristanian – that’s the only way. The bottom line is that Tristanians are self-contained. They are cheerful, friendly, approachable, nice and easy to talk to. But they don’t need us. Outsiders from other countries and cultures have their values and lifestyles, and that’s fine – live and let live. But they don’t need them. Tristanians have a freedom and shared humanity that is unique in this world. There is a calmness in their souls, what I would call a gravitas of serenity, that I have never witnessed elsewhere in all the places on earth I have been. You and I cannot be a part of it – but it is enough to know that it exists. At least there is one place on our planet this free, this peaceful, this happy together. It is not ironic that this place is a tiny village on a tiny island in a vast stormy sea farther away from other people than anywhere else. The latter has to be part of the cause of the former. No matter. We know now that such peace and freedom isn’t a fantasy ideal but something human beings are actually capable of. It has been such a privilege to be here and meet these wonderful people. The short weather window that allowed us to be here has closed. A major storm is approaching and we must board the Zodiac motorized inflatable rafts in the tiny harbor – so tiny a couple of Zodiacs or motorized rowboats is all it has room for – to get back to the ship anchored offshore. I must finish one last Castle Lager here in the Albatross Bar where I’m writing this and say goodbye to my Tristanian friends. For the rest of my life, I’ll treasure having been here and having met them. There is such a place as Tristan da Cunha. It’s real, and that should mean a lot to all of us. [Editor’s Note: Once called “Indiana Jones of the Right” by The Washington Post, Dr. Jack Wheeler is the founder of To The Point, a website that serves as “The Oasis for Rational Conservatives”. Learn more at www.tothepointnews.com.] Freedom Paradise Found by Dr. Jack Wheeler
Justin’s note: As regular Dispatch readers know, every Friday we feature no-filtered insights from Doug Casey. You see, Doug isn’t just a world-class speculator. He’s a rare, independent thinker and a walking encyclopedia. Best of all, he isn’t afraid to speak his mind. It’s no surprise that these interviews have been a favorite among our readers.Today, Doug and I talk about why the “politically correct” or “PC” movement is destroying America…Justin Spittler: Doug, I want to ask you about political correctness. Obviously, PC culture’s nothing new, but it kind of seems like it’s spreading like cancer these days. Terms like “gender inclusivity,” “cultural appropriation,” and “white privilege” are everywhere.A good example is last year’s announcement by the University of Minnesota… saying it was dropping the names “Homecoming King and Queen” in favor of “Royals.” It did this in the name of “gender inclusivity.”Is PC culture getting totally out of hand, or am I going crazy?Doug Casey: Parts of the culture are borderline insane. There’ve been news items regarding this on scores of different colleges and universities across the US. What you mentioned at the University of Minnesota was just part of a greater movement. Although I’ve got to say that I find the use of “Royals” objectionable. I dislike the idea of a hereditary aristocracy—kings and queens and royals. They’re basically just successful, silk-clad gangsters. Why the royal family in Britain is looked up to is a mystery to me. They, like all royals in the world, historically are just descendants of successful thugs.But that’s not the point that the PC people are making. They don’t want to see people identified by their birth sex. They would rather that people “identify” as whatever gender—and I understand there are supposed to be about 40—you feel you belong to. You can say you are whoever you think you are. And oddly enough, I’m somewhat sympathetic to that. I think you should be able to call yourself what you want, do what you want, say what you want, this is all fine. And let people judge you by how you identify yourself. Say that you’re a hermaphrodite dinosaur who was born on Mars, if you want. I don’t care; it’s your problem. But these PC types want to legislate that people have to treat the psychologically aberrated as if they were normal. They want laws and punishments governing what you can and can’t do and say and even feel. They want to force you to respect, and pay for, the fantasies of a minority. And change—overturn actually—the whole social culture of the country. It’s a very disturbing trend. It’s likely to end in violence. I believe I first heard the term “political correctness” used on a Saturday Night Live show back in about 1980. And I thought it was just a joke—like most of the things on SNL. But it turned out to be a real thing, and it’s been building momentum, for at least the last two generations. Where is it going to end? I’m not sure, but it’s just one more termite eating away at the foundations of Western civilization itself. People that go along with this stuff aren’t just crazy. They’re actually evil. They’re the same types who rallied around Robespierre during the French revolution, Lenin during the Russian Revolution, Hitler in ‘30s Germany, and Mao in China. It’s a certain personality type.The fact that the average American still puts up with this kind of nonsense and treats it with respect is a bad sign. PC values are continually inculcated into kids that go off to college—which, incidentally, is another idiotic mistake that most people make for both economic and philosophical reasons. It’s a real cause for pessimism.Justin: I agree 100%, Doug. But here’s something our average reader might not realize.The PC “movement” is actually happening across the world.For example, Cardiff Metropolitan University in the U.K. banned words like “mankind,” “homosexual,” “housewife,” “manmade,” and “sportsmanship” in an effort to “promote fairness and equality through raising awareness about potentially discriminatory vocabulary.”Here are some of the University’s approved alternatives…Instead of “manpower,” students and faculty should say “human resources.”Instead of “mankind,” “humanity.”Instead of “sportsmanship,” “fairness.”Instead of “polio victim,” “polio survivor.”So here we have another university trying to legislate what people can and cannot say in the name of fairness and equality.But I really don’t see how this accomplishes anything. Would you agree?Doug: Completely. The words you use control the way you think. These people don’t have good intentions, they have bad intentions. Destructive intentions. They’re opposed to all the things that, starting with Ancient Greece, made Western Civilization unique, and better than any other on Earth. They’re opposed to the concepts of individualism, personal freedom, capitalism, economic liberty, free thought, and the like. And it starts with controlling the words you use. George Orwell pointed that out in 1984 where he created “Newspeak,” which was a new version of the English language that used all kinds of different new words in order to change the way people think. And to make it impossible for them to think clearly, because the words were purposely misdefined, often to the opposite of the meanings that they actually have. So, sure, this is part of the continuing corruption of Western civilization itself.And you’re right, it’s not just in American universities. It’s in universities everywhere, because the culture of universities everywhere has been controlled by this whole class of progressives, social justice warriors, cultural Marxists, socialists—they go under a number of names. I don’t know what’s going to be done about it, quite frankly, because the average person doesn’t have A) the backbone and B) the philosophical knowledge to counter these people. So there’s great cause for pessimism, watching this happen and accelerate. It’s not slowing down, it’s accelerating everywhere.For instance, some years ago I sat on the Board of Trustees of two different universities. The other trustees weren’t academics, but normal, successful middle-class people. And they were completely snowed by these crazy trends. They were of good will, but they’d been brainwashed by their own educations, and the culture around them, into thinking that although perhaps the SJWs and such were going “too far,” they didn’t actively oppose them. I’m afraid the intellectual and psychological battle has been lost. Click to read more Good News for Retirees in Spending BillA jaw-dropping $100 million will be paid out every hour of every day – for the next year. Recommended Link Justin: Exactly, it seems people across the world are waging a war on their own freedom of speech. Meanwhile, you have the government waging a war on people’s privacy…Facebook and internet service providers are hawking private browsing data, Google is listening in on our conversations, the CIA is hacking people’s smartphones…As disturbing as this all is, I can’t say I’m surprised. Are you?Doug: No, I wasn’t at all surprised by it. But people’s reaction to these horrible things is that, “Well, the CIA should be reined in a bit, they should be brought under control.” But this is the wrong reaction. The CIA—along with the NSA, the DEA, and a bunch of others—should be abolished, because the CIA has become an actual Praetorian guard. It’s become a government within a government. They have their own armed forces, they have their own sources of income. You can go rogue within the CIA, and if you’re powerful enough or clever enough you can basically do what you want because you’re an armed government agent that’s a member of a very powerful group.These people are completely out of control. And they have a powerful propaganda machine that works around the clock to convince ignorant and paranoid Boobus americanus that they’re actually good guys, working for his interests against the rest of the world.The CIA should be abolished because it’s dysfunctional, but also because it serves no useful purpose. It’s never ever predicted, through its so-called “intelligence gathering,” anything of value—ever. The Korean War, the rise of Castro, the fall of the Shah, the rise of Islam, the fact that the Soviet Union was just an empty shell—you know, they thought the Soviet Union was actually competing with the US from an economic point of view. They’re always absolutely wrong on everything. It defies the odds of pure chance. They’re not just useless, but extremely dangerous. All the coups and revolutions they’ve plotted were disasters.Can you abolish them? Can you get rid of them at this point? No, they’re far too powerful. And anybody that tries is either going to be killed and/or discredited by their black propaganda. At this point the situation’s completely out of control, and we just have to see where it ends. As an individual American, you should try to insulate yourself from these people. Because they’re not going away; they’re going to become even more powerful.Justin: How can the average American do that? Should they flee to another country? Delete their Facebook? Is this something people can even escape?Doug: It’s now a very small world, so it’s very hard to escape. But you just mentioned something to consider. I spend two-thirds of the year in South America, and travel a lot. Believe it or not, I don’t personally have a cell phone, because I don’t like to feel tethered to an electronic device. Societies down here aren’t nearly as electronically oriented as they are in the US. Though my internet connection in Cafayate, Argentina is much better than the one I have in Aspen. So, yes, that’s one thing. It’s easier to be out of sight and out of mind of the bad guys if you’re out of the US, which is the epicenter of all of this. I think that’s important. And being physically absent and trying to limit your use of electronic devices and be careful when you do use them. That’s about all you can do at this point.Or you can be a good little lamb, and never think out of the box. To mix metaphors, you can act like an ostrich and stick your head in the sand, believing you have nothing to hide, because you’re one of the herd who never does anything wrong. Too few people have read Harvey Silverglate’s book where he points out how the average American often commits about three felonies a day.But that book is surely inaccurate. It’s 10 years old. Now it’s probably like five felonies a day.Justin: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today, Doug.Doug: My pleasure, Justin.Justin’s note: This October, you’re invited to meet Doug, along with all of our Casey gurus—including Nick Giambruno, E.B. Tucker, Dave Forest, and Marco Wutzer—at the first-ever Legacy Investment Summit in Bermuda. You’ll also have the chance to hear from some of the brightest minds in our business, including Bill Bonner and Teeka Tiwari… and special guests John Stossel and Glenn Beck.This is unlike anything we’ve done before. And we’d like to give you $1,000 in bonuses just for attending. 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