Watching the Metals Markets With More Than Morbid Fascination

[ June 29th 2013:  For those who actually read what I write and have followed my blogging for several years, you might have noticed things got really quiet on Screenshots for the past several weeks.  I am VERY much alive and well. I’m quite busy running my home based biz and it seemed like an especially good time NOT to be news blogging. Or to be doing much of anything important on the internet which might disclose more information with which the alphabet soup people could fill in the redacted spots on their digital dossiers of the masses.

I actually think I have done a pretty good job of building the internet profile of a middle class American woman, 40 something,  politically conservative, a gardening gun owning lesbian who lives out in the woods of coastal Oregon. There. That oughta do it.

Imagine the NSA‘s surprise when they discover I am actually an eleven year old homeless Asian boy living on the streets of Los Angeles with an IQ of 196 who dabbles in online masquerading for sundry benign and nefarious purposes. Mmmwwwwaaa-ha-ha evil laugh. They’ll never know. Watch out for me NSA I am coming to work for you in about 8 years and I will finish what Snowden started tee hee. Don’t bet that I am just kidding.

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On to other more fascinating topics: the metals market. Those of us who hold the beloved stuff NOT in paper form have been watching the recent meltdown with consternation –  but for most, also resolve. This is not just a belch in the marketplace. I’ve known since it started [ the illogical metals plummet ] that something was afoot and that it was all designed to deliberately frighten middle class American investors out of metals forever. The Illuminati wants us all absolutely broke and dependent on loans of their fiat funny money. They want us all owing our souls to the global company store, you see. That’s what they are working for.

So … lo and behold it’s several weeks later and another writer pens a piece which vindicates my theory and illuminates the topic in other concrete ways. I have re-posted it below for those  – who, like me, have been sitting around watching their metals holdings drain out the sewer in value and have inevitably sat straight up in their beds in the middle of the night shouting: “WHAT THE FUCK???” This repost is for all of us. And I am very alive, very well, very sassy and happy with a bursting garden and a booming little home based business.

WTF moments come and go but all in all ‘Life is Good.’

– Love to my readers and their families, from Screenshot ]

Saturday  29 June 2013

“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”

There is a similar situation with regard to fiat paper everywhere, but not a gold delivery
to be made.  The delirium cast by central bankers issuing unlimited fiat has kept so many
people in a fiat-induced fog, unable to see clearly.  The fog has lifted.  It is all a game.
See the fraudulent scheme for what it is and then fear no more.  It is just a matter of time
before everything unravels, as it surely is.

The price of gold and silver are closer to a bottom than a top.  The QE-Infinity is closer to
a top and will collapse under its own “goldless” weight.  The PM holders are on the correct
side of history.  Understand that it has been one of the bigger world scams played by the
central bankers, the illuminati who believed themselves untouchable, beyond the scope of
comprehension by the non-banking world.

Stop buying into the scheme of the moneychangers.  Their time has come, and it is but
a matter of time.  They are playing with everyone’s mind, doing everything possible to
destroy the gold/silver markets, committing self-destruction in the process.  They are
making every attempt to discredit the barbaric metal that cannot be eaten, that pays no
dividends, but somehow survives as the most reliable measure of accepted value.

The moneychangers are dragging the faux decline for as long as they can, hoping to wear
down the resolve of PM holders.  Ask yourself, are you selling your holdings of either gold
or silver has price has declined?  Will you sell out if gold goes to $1100, silver to $18?  If
not, then what difference does the current price of gold of silver make? If you are not going
to sell, then let the central bankers crush the price as much as they can!

The paper holders are trapped and desperate to extricate themselves, at greater and
greater losses.  This is the best gift PM buyers and holders could want.  Stackers keep
stacking.  Back up the truck and keep on loading.  This is no longer a game of finesse.
It is all about the paper rats and central bankers, [not sure if there is a distinction to be
made], caught golden[less] handed, cheating everyone possible who believed in the
system.  The system is breaking down, collapsing under it own misdoings.

Never lose sight of common sense.  Price typically drops due to a lack of demand, an
oversupply, or a combination of both.  Do you believe there is a lack of demand?  [The
acknowledged world-wide demand being at its highest.]  There surely is no oversupply,
yet price is at its lowest in almost three years.  Logic tells you how the current forces of
supply and demand are dysfunctional.  They have been replaced by the false supply forces
of central bankers.  The longer  central planners destabilize the natural forces of the
market, the greater the ultimate reaction will be in the opposite direction.

Paper gold has no value, at least to those who own it.  Well, maybe they believe it has
value, but when the time comes to cash in the chits, the holders of paper gold and silver
will have their belief system turned upside down.  Everyone knows the paper market
dwarfs to physical market, and until the paper market shrinks to a level more on par with
the physical, the unwinding of huge paper longs will continue.

In the process, those who value the value of owning and holding physical gold and silver
will be justly rewarded.  The fiat gold, [like all paper] has to vaporize before the rewards
for keeping the faith in the physical will come to pass, and at the much higher prices most
have been anticipating.  The supply/demand relationship will remain dysfunctional for as
long as it takes, and until the paper market collapses.  With its collapse will come the
proverbial golden phoenix rising from the distorted ashes left behind.

Ques of 10,000 Chinese waiting to buy gold; unabated purchases by China, Russia, India,
et al, of whatever is available; mining shortages, cost of production over current prices,
and whatever other story or fact one can produce does not matter.  The course is set, and
nothing will change it.  Events will just have to play themselves out, regardless of anyone’s
expectations, hopes, or fears.  It may take a month, many months, a year, or maybe even
longer.  No one knows, as has been so apparent for the past few years.

The illuminati are powerful and control all the money in the West, and every dirty trick will
be played, count on it.  China, Russia, India, Turkey, the Middle East, et al, are no
longer buying what the West has been selling…fiat deceit and lies.  Exit stage left, West,
however long it takes.

The “reality” of the faux paper market is presented next.  All the charts say  there is no
ending action, yet.  Time and price are now the enemy of paper, and a gift for the buyers
of physical.  Stick with your plan.  Your time is coming.  Almost all want it to be tomorrow,
but that will not be.  Just remain firm in the belief that it will be.  Gold is truth, truth gold,
and that is all ye need to know.

[Apologies to Coleridge and Keats.]

Here is what the charts of paper gold and silver are telling us.  Charts do not lie, even
though they may only be a chart of [paper] lies.

We look for synergy between time frames, but it appears to be changing, as you will see.
Wide range bars tend to keep subsequent bars within the high and low of the wide range
bar, shown at the top.  The second wide range bar, from April 3rd from the right, was also
a wide range bar with a close in the middle.  The fact that price left that wide range bar so
quickly is surprising, and we surmise it reflects the “managing” of price by central banks,
unnaturally forcing price lower as fast as possible.  We could be wrong, as any guess can
be.

GCA M 28 Jun 13

We are of the mind that the charts no longer matter, for they reflect an artificial paper
supply side with no accounting for the reality of demand for the physical.  What we are
looking for now are signs of change, and more focus is placed on current developing
market activity.  As an aside, we threw in an example of how a clustering of closes is the
market’s way of sending a message of balance that will lead to imbalance.

The last bar is very interesting.  We see it as a subtle sign of possible change.  It is
explained on the chart, but we need to see more weekly development to confirm or negate
our market sense.

GCA W 28 Jun 13

We talked about how a wide range bar contains immediate future activity for some time.
Here is one on the daily showing this market behavior, and it is presented in contrast to
the monthly April bar, viewed as an anomaly.  If, in fact, it were from price being forced
lower sooner than normal market activity would have taken, we see it as a positive that
the central bankers are becoming more visibly desperate.

The comment on the breaking of support on strong volume is made as a future reference
for a potential short.  We want to point out that the market is the best source of
information.  Here is one piece of information that is known today that can possibly affect
the outcome of a rally into that area at some future point.  The point being, there is no
need for  any guesswork when deciding to buy/sell, if you have the patience to wait for
these edge opportunities.

Where the monthly chart showed no sign of ending action, the daily chart is starting to
show possible signs of change, change that can take months, [or longer], to turn this
market around.  The market provides information like pieces to a puzzle, available for
everyone to see, if they look.

GCQ D 28 jun 13

We go right to the weekly silver chart next because it is showing clearer signs of potential
change.  That one single bar, the final bar coming at the very end of the month, 2nd Qtr,
end of the first half of the year, is a story in itself.  It raises three Red Flags, or warning
signs, as explained.  Another puzzle piece.

SIA W 28 Jun 13

We see definite synergy in the silver time frames, and we took note how well silver not only
held but rallied, as gold was pushed lower for a part of the early trading day.  It has been
relatively weaker than gold, but not on Friday.

This is all taking much longer than many expected.  One need not be religious to keep the
faith, for the reality of owning the physical will not disappoint.  The ultimate facts are on
the side of PM holders.

Hold steady, hold fast, keep on adding, and do not blink!

SIU D 28 Jun 13

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Michael Noonan is the driving force behind Edge Trader Plus.  He has been in the futures business for 30 years, functioning primarily in an individual capacity.  He was the research analyst for the largest investment banker in the South, at one time, and he managed money
in the cash bond market for a $5 billion pension fund using Peter Steidlmeyer’s Market Profile.

Proficient in Gann, Elliott Wave, Market Profile, etc, Mr Noonan no longer uses any of those technical procedures.  Instead, his primary focus is on developing market activity, relying solely on the information generated by the market itself, such as the interaction between  price and volume, and how they relate to important price levels in the market structure.  He incorporates proven market principles, such as knowledge of the trend, supply and demand, along with disciplined rules for to find developing high probability trade opportunities.

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UK News Site Publishes Photos of Kim Jong Eun Signing Off on Plans To Attack US

“…. Hopefully what will occur is that cooler heads will prevail…. and this will de-escalate.” – US Senator Bob Corker

The ongoing game of “military bluff” between  US and North Korea military leaders is getting deadlier by the day, and neither side seems to be backing down.

We all know what the deadly game of “chicken” is all about, when two speeding vehicles are facing head on, trained upon one another on a collision course, traveling at break neck speed, and the first vehicles to veer away from the imminent head on collision is the “chicken”.

It would appear that’s where we are here. I’m not comfortable with it, and I wasn’t thrilled to learn that the head of our own military command is not actually sure “how our actions [ US Stealth bomber SE Asia fly-over 3.28.2013 ] are being interpreted in North Korea” by Jong Eun. Isn’t that like tossing a weapon into the air then wondering right before you catch it  “…wow, I hope this thing’s not loaded ….”

Can our nation afford the luxury of not knowing how this week’s stealth bomber fly-over of North Korean targets would be interpreted by an unhinged, untried, untested young lunatic head-of-state in North Korea? Judging from recent propaganda videos which are emerging from North Korea, the North Korean people are already being whipped up into a frenzy to go to all out war with South Korea and the US.  This has to be a nerve wracking time to be living in South Korea. The video below appears to portray an invasion of South Korea by the North, among other things.

Cited:  “Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North’s ruling communist party, said that with “the ceasefire agreement blown apart… no one can predict what will happen from now on”.

Voiding the armistice theoretically paves the way for a resumption of hostilities, as the two Koreas never signed a formal peace treaty and remain technically at war.

“The North is giving the impression it wants to put things back to where they were 60 years ago,” said Yang Moo-Jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul.

Experts point out that North Korea has declared the ceasefire dead or obsolete nearly a dozen times in the past 20 years.”

It’s way past time to de-escalate this ongoing war game and ratchet down the growing tensions. Let’s please NOT let this ongoing military PR show get to the point where Jong Eun actually believes that a pre-emptive strike on US soil is a thinkable, doable action that his nation can survive.

Is there anyone anywhere out there in foreign policy [ WHERE is John Kerry right now? ] land who can remind Jong Eun of what will happen to his nation if they let loose a missile trained onto the United States? There are millions of innocent lives at stake here.  Hello???

Cited news report:

North Korea plan to attack US mainland revealed in photographs

North Korea has revealed its plans to strike targets in Hawaii and the continental United States in photos taken in Kim Jong-un‘s military command centre.

North Korea has revealed its plans to strike targets in Hawaii and the continental United States in photos taken in Kim Jong-un's military command centre.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (sitting) convening an urgent operation meeting at 0:30 am on 29 March 2013 at an undisclosed location Photo: EPA

By Julian Ryall, Tokyo

12:08PM GMT 29 Mar 2013

The photos appeared in the state-run Rodong newspaper and were apparently taken at an “emergency meeting” early on Friday morning. They show Kim signing the order for North Korea’s strategic rocket forces to be on standby to fire at US targets, the paper said, with large-scale maps and diagrams in the background.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered strategic rocket forces to be on standby to strike US and South Korean targets at any time (EPA)

The images show a chart marked “US mainland strike plan” and missile trajectories that the NK News web site estimates terminate in Hawaii, Washington DC, Los Angeles and what they claim is Austin, Texas.

The text on the map, which shows the west coast of North America, says “Plan to hit the U.S. mainland”

The meeting of Pyongyang’s senior military leaders was called after two US B2 bombers, flying out of bases in Missouri, carried out simulated bombing raids on North Korean targets on an island off the coast of South Korea.

“He finally signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets, ordering them to be on standby to fire so that they may strike any time the US mainland, its military bases in the operational theatres in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea,” the state-run KCNA news agency reported.

A U.S. airforce B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flies over Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, South Korea

It added that the B2 test flights demonstrated Washington’s “hostile intent” and said the “reckless” act had gone “beyond the phase of threat and blackmail.”

The North’s military was placed on its highest alert level earlier this week and a hotline link with the South Korean military was severed.

North Korea has also cut the mobile Internet link for foreign visitors, only weeks after the 3G service was introduced.

North Koreans have held a rally at Kim Il-sung Square in central Pyongyang in support of military actionDespite the increasingly belligerent rhetoric and new images emerging from the North Korean regime, analysts believe its missiles are not capable of striking targets as far away as the US mainland and are not, as yet, capable of delivering a nuclear payload.

The images of Kim surrounded by his officers and diagrams of targets in the US are designed for a domestic consumption and to demonstrate the young leader’s mastery of military affairs, experts believe.

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Fido Lives the Life of Riley: Americans Spend 53 Billion Dollars A Year on Their Pets

Several years back I operated a pet gift website. During the course of running the site I was exposed to many https://i1.wp.com/www.spirithalloween.com/images/spirit/products/interactivezoom/processed/07161102.interactive.a.jpgfascinating facts about American pet owners. One of those was the annual amount of money that people spent on their pets. Merchandizing wizards always have these kinds of facts at the ready as they desire greatly to carve out a greater and greater portion of that “annual market share” for themselves as profit. This, of course, is the goal of all advertising.

The year was 2002 and the annual sum that Americans spent on their pets was calculated to be more than 20 billion dollars at the time. I recall being staggered by the amount. I even jokingly mused that I had possibly missed my calling by entering a career in graphic design instead of pet retailing or veterinary medicine.

It’s now eleven years later and the new numbers reflect a staggering increase of money lavished on American dogs, cats, fish, lizards, turtles, snakes, birds, horses, you name it. The sum has nearly tripled in 11 years and we now collectively spend more  than 53 billion dollars a year on our animals.  That is NO small amount.

There are two pets in my house, and they get treats now and then, along with catnip and chew toys. But I haven’t lost my mind yet.  I’m not building a hot tube in the back yard for the dog, and I haven’t yet installed a special goldfish pond just for the cat. I am still clinging to sanity as a pet owner by the sheerest of threads.

Not only do some people dress their pets in outfits for Halloween and Christmas, which we’ve all seen, but “pet couture” is now an exploding trend as some pet owners actually shop for and acquire wardrobes of different outfits for their dogs to wear on a daily basis. I’m not sure if this perverse pet owner activity is yet classified as a bonafide mental illness, but it ought to be considered for inclusion in the 2013 PDR, don’t you think?

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m bothered that right now there are probably at least 20 million dogs in America whose diets are better than many people’s. When dogs dine on filet mignon and people are eating cat food something’s just not right. Can I get an amen?

Below I have re-posted the article which dissects just exactly how we spend 53 billion dollars annually on our pets, along with some videos that take a peek at the hidden world of super pet luxury and the lavish lifestyles of rich and famous PETS in America.

See also:  http://www.dailygazette.net/standard/ShowStoryTemplate.asp?Path=SCH/2013/02/24&ID=Ar03400&Section=Life_and_Arts

These 4 Charts Explain Exactly How Americans Spend $52 Billion on Our Pets in a Year

By Derek Thompson

 Feb 23 2013, 9:00 AM ET 10

Americans spent an estimated $52 billion on our animals in 2012, according to the American Pet Products Association. That’s a lot of zeroes, so for context: It’s more than we spend on coffee and bottled water combined.

The APPA has data as far back as 1994. Their inflation-adjusted numbers are graphed below. This is the American pet economy. And it is booming.

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Where exactly do our 50 billion pet dollars go? Overwhelmingly to food and medicine. Also, fun fact: We spent $6.2 billion on grooming and treats for our pets in 2012. That’s more money than Facebook made in advertising revenue last year.

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What’s more expensive: dogs or cats? Well, the National Pet Owners Survey can’t tell us that exactly, but they do collect data on major spending categories on America’s two most popular animals. As you can see, both basically cost the same as far as food and most medicine goes. But dogs require more expensive boarding, grooming and toys.

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And finally — this has nothing to do with money, but it’s still fascinating — how many millions of families own pets, what kind, and how many?

Dogs call 46 million American households “home,” but families with cats and fish are much more likely to have more of those pets — perhaps because one of those animals is occasionally consuming the other.

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Homepage image: Patrick Clemens and his bulldog Beefy at the New Yorkie Runway Doggie Fashion Show (Reuters/Shannon