German Gold Repatriation Accelerating

“The Bloomberg headline and story suggest that the German gold repatriation schedule – to ship home 300 tonnes of gold from the US and 374 tonnes from France by 2020, in order to have half (1695.3 tonnes) of Germans official gold reserves stored in Frankfurt – will be halted as German politicians decided their gold ‘is safe in American hands’.  The Bloomberg story has reached many which are still under the assumption Germany has stopped repatriating its gold from the US and France. To get official confirmation on the continuation of Germany’s gold repatriation I asked the BuBa’s press department a few questions in August, their answers were very clear.”

The Dutch do what the Germans couldn’t: Get their gold back

“The Dutch central bank has secretly brought a large chunk of the European nation’s gold reserves held in New York back to Amsterdam.  In total, 120 tonnes of gold valued worth nearly $5 billion were brought back to the Netherlands by ship in what according to some accounts resembled a military operation carried out over months.  The central bank decided to bring some of its gold reserves back to the Dutch capital to ensure a more even spread of bullion, the bank said in a statement.  According to the World Gold Council’s latest data the Netherlands has 612.5 tonnes of official gold reserves (roughly 50% of total reserves), worth some $23.5 billion.”

Swiss Gold Initiative Likely Tighter Than Polls Suggest

“Even if the Swiss gold initiative fails and its proponents don’t achieve their desired outcome, the initiative will still be seen in some quarters as an historic event that panicked the Swiss National Bank into a coordinated campaign of opposition and that made currency strategists and financial media around the world sit up and begin to analyse what they may now realise has always been a world class currency in its own right.  No matter what you think of Alan Greenspan, he knows that gold is the world’s premier currency, as do the governing board of the SNB. But whereas Greenspan is now free to say this, the SNB board look too afraid to admit this.”

A New Free-Thinking Community for Your Life, Safety and Sanity


“Anyone considering securing a secondary residence knows that finding an ideal place to live in a foreign country can be a daunting task. That’s one of the reasons for the popularity of expat ‘communities.’ Such communities often have drawbacks, though, in that they are extremely isolated, ideologically or geographically, or mismanaged and simply involve an unacceptable level of financial risk.  I’m especially excited to share with you this breaking news because the community High Alert is developing in Colombia has considered those drawbacks, and many others, and offers the right alternative. As they say in Colombia, ‘The only risk is not wanting to leave.'”

Free Staters Win ‘At Least’ 15 Seats in NH State House

“It’s interesting that Freeman relies on a list compiled by opponents of the Free State Project, but it’s true that busybodies can be annoyingly well-organized—and people are often more strongly driven to number their enemies than count their friends.  About the latter group, Dick Desrosiers, Chairman of the Hampton Democratic Committee, complained last month that [NHLA-endorsed candidates] dominate the New Hampshire legislature and ‘introduce and pass legislation to remove any and all government impacts on liberty and property rights and diminished the importance of protecting and promoting the common good.’  What better endorsement could you ask?”

101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire (Full Length Film)

“‘101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire’ is a documentary adaptation of the Free State Project’s list of 101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire, which was written in 2002 by Michele Dumas. The FSP is an effort to move 20,000 liberty-minded people to a low populated state that has an existing pro-freedom culture. In 2003, participants of the FSP voted for the ‘Live Free or Die’ state, New Hampshire, as its destination. For over 12 years the 101 Reasons list has helped inspire thousands of activists and entrepreneurs to sign up for the FSP and continue New Hampshire’s reputation as a beacon for liberty.”

Prosecutors drop key evidence at trial to avoid explaining “stingray”

“Rather than disclose the possible use of a stingray, also known as a cell site simulator, Detective John L. Haley cited a non-disclosure agreement, likely with a federal law enforcement agency (such as the FBI) and/or the Harris Corporation, since the company is one of the dominant manufacturers of such devices. Stingrays can be used to determine a phone’s location, and they can also intercept calls and text messages.  Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams retorted, ‘You don’t have a nondisclosure agreement with the court,’ according to the Baltimore Sun.  The prosecution then withdrew the evidence of the phone and gun but said it would still pursue the case.”

Bill to Restrict N.S.A. Spying Blocked By Senate Republicans

“Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of the once-secret National Security Agency program that collects records of Americans’ phone calls in bulk.  Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, worked hard to defeat the bill, which had the support of the Obama administration and a coalition of technology companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.  ‘This is the worst possible time to be tying our hands behind our backs,’ Mr. McConnell said before the vote, expressing the concerns of those who argued that the program was a vital tool in the fight against terrorism.”

Contactless cards’ cash limits inop; can be skimmed with nearby phone

“A flaw in Visa’s contactless credit cards means they will approve unlimited cash transactions without a PIN when the amount is requested in a foreign currency.  New research by experts at Newcastle University, UK, has highlighted a ‘glitch’ in the Visa system which means their contactless cards will approve foreign currency transactions of up to 999,999.99 in any foreign currency.   Side-stepping the £20 contactless limit, transactions can be carried out while the card is still in the victim’s pocket or bag.  Transactions are carried out offline, avoiding any additional security checks by the bank.”

Should Cities Be in the Business of Issuing Debit Cards? [2013]

“The city of Oakland already offers residents a municipal ID card, a form of identification thought to help undocumented immigrants, in particular. Now, they’ve upped the ante, becoming the first city to add a pre-paid debit-card function to its ID.  Residents can reload the card at Western Union, direct-deposit paychecks to it, withdraw cash from it at ATMs, and shop with it like any other pre-paid Mastercard.  With nearly one in 10 households considered ‘unbanked’ in the U.S., Oakland’s initiative is part an effort by many cities to broaden the financial options available to low-wage workers beyond check-cashing stores and payday lenders.”