10 Predictions for 2013

Activist Post

This past year, 2012, was an eventful year. We had another Olympics, a U.S. presidential election, the warmest year on record, and lived through the Mayan apocalypse. However, many things did not occur that many of the trend seers predicted, especially dramatic events that made the boldest predictions.

As we enter 2013, time itself seems to be speeding up or condensing to make the potential for dramatic events more likely. Tipping points appear to have been breached on many fronts, and what waits on the other side is difficult to know.

But let’s break out the crystal ball here and make some bold predictions for 2013.

These predictions weren’t acquired by some esoteric powers to see the future; rather they’re derived from riding the current wave of information and guessing where that flow may lead. They may seem bold to some, while the most aware readers may recognize them as foregone conclusions.

So without further ado, here are our top 10 predictions for 2013:

1. Stock market decline: Many economic forecasters have been predicting a stock market crash every year since the financial crisis of 2008. Yet, it has remained strong and even hit a 3-year high in September, 2012. There are many false reasons for this strength that don’t have to do with real economic growth; devalued dollars, cheap money for Wall Street banks, corporations hoarding cash and investments, etc. It’s a false bull market. That is why we feel comfortable predicting a significant decline in the stock market during 2013.

The real economy has been papered over for decades, but the numbers in the false economycan no longer dam the wave of reality. Endless quantitative easing, a quadrillion in world derivatives, over-extended personal debt, lowest ever percentage of the population working, and increased social burden of record food stamps and other programs will finally burst the dam in 2013.

The Baltic Dry index, which is believed to be the best indicator of our consumer economy,suffered a dramatic loss in December. Some say a new recession is already here and the stock market will soon reflect that with a crash in 2013.  Look for the Dow Jones to dip below the 10K mark (around 30% or more) next year.

2. Precious metals rise over 50%: Using the same data points as the previous prediction, we predict gold and silver to rise at least 50%.

As the mass exodus from the stock market and other paper investments takes place, individual and institutional investors will start a new gold rush. Indeed, this is already happening.

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Iran Launches Week-Long Straits Of Hormuz Naval Drill On Friday, Next To US Aircraft Carrier

Zero Hedge

With the market still hopeful of some deus ex resolution to the Fiscal Cliff will take place in the last few trading sessions of the year (one where the market itself will not have to be the catalyst for such a resolution, because once the selling starts in earnest, who knows if and when it stops, hence the loading up on prodigious amounts of puts), here is Iran out of left field, adding yet another known unknown to the inequality, announcing that it will begin six days of naval drills in the Straits of Hormuz on Friday. In other words a one year flashback deja vu, as Iran held a similar 10-day drill last December, when everyone was expecting an imminent escalation out of the endless Israel-Iran foreplay and was analyzing which were the new moon days allowing Israel unobstructed access to the greatest distraction of all – Iran’s nuclear facility being moved under a mountain: a catalyst which Israel repeatedly said is the only reason to attack a weaponizing, nuclear Iran, and which took place some time in 2012. Now that the official window of opportunity is closed, will Israel tone back on the aggressive rhetoric? Hardly: after all that is precisely why the Syrian “outlet valve” has been put in play over the past 6 months.

From Reuters:

Iran will begin six days of naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz at the end of this week, an Iranian naval commander said on Tuesday, an exercise meant to showcase its military capabilities in what is a vital oil and gas shipping route.

The “Velayat 91″ drills will be held from Friday to Wednesday across an area of about 1 million square kilometres in the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman and northern parts of the Indian Ocean, said Habibollah Sayyari, according to Iranian media.

Iranian officials have often said that Iran could block the strait – through which 40 percent of the world’s sea-borne oil exports pass – if it came under military attack over its disputed nuclear programme.

Sayyari was quoted as saying the new drill would test the navy’s missile systems, combat ships, submarines and patrol and reconnaissance methods.

“In this exercise we will use the navy’s newest weapons and tactics,” Sayyari said. “Certainly we will observe the marine borders of neighbouring states and will carry out our exercises according to international laws and regulations.”

A heavy Western naval presence in the Gulf is meant to deter any attempt to block the waterway.

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Microsoft Japan “Convinces” TV Station To Remove Segments Covering Gates’ Population Control Activities

Jurriaan Maessen
Explosivereports.com

According to the second largest newspaper in Japan, Microsoft mogul Bill Gates “expressed annoyance over a Japanese TV program that spread rumors he was “conspiring to control the world population” through his efforts to promote vaccinations.”

Apparently, Gates’ annoyance in regards to these the matter carries far. After a 12-minute segment was aired in which Gates’ vaccination campaigns were presented as the population control efforts they are, TV Tokyo Corporation was compelled to assure Microsoft Japan that it would “remove the questionable parts from rebroadcasts and DVD releases, Microsoft Japan officials said.” The Japanese paper reported:

“Microsoft Japan Co. asked TV Tokyo Corp. for a meeting to explain the thinking behind the Nov. 2 installment of “Yarisugi Toshi Densetsu Special 2012 Aki,” saying the company was deeply shocked by the misleading content.”

The article continues:

“On the Nov. 2 show, the emcee entertainer spent about 12 minutes floating such theories as “Bill Gates has devised a ghastly program on humanity” and “Rumors say he is attempting to use vaccines to control the world population.””

Bill Gates also told The Asahi Shimbun that “dispelling such misinformation about vaccinations would help to save the lives of millions of children. He said he wants TV viewers to understand the real situation.”

A TV Tokyo representative admitted that after talking to Microsoft Japan, the TV station: “We will draw on the latest feedback for our future work.”, after which it removed the segments deemed as “questionable” from rebroadcasts and DVD releases.

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Women Suing State Troopers Over Roadside Cavity Searches

Adan Salazar
Infowars.com

Two Texas women have filed a federal suit against two state troopers and their department head after being forced to undergo a humiliating “roadside body cavity search” during a routine traffic stop in July.

According to NBC DFW, “The lawsuit further alleges that [trooper Kelley] Helleson performed searches on both women, touching both their anus and vaginas, without changing the latex gloves between searches.”

Footage of the incident was caught by one of the trooper’s dash-cams and shows in horrific detail how the two women, Angel Dobbs, 38, and her niece, Ashley Dobbs, 24, were made to submit to invasive grope-downs in full view of passing motorists.

The stop begins, innocently enough, with trooper David Farrell pulling the two ladies over for allegedly throwing cigarette butts out of their windows, which they denied.

Afterwards, the state trooper, is heard radioing a female officer requesting her assistance with a search he intended to perform.

The officer returns to their car and, out of nowhere, asks the two women, “How much marijuana is in that car? And don’t lie to me,” to which a woman replies, “I don’t smoke marijuana.” The initial exchange was transcribed by NBC:

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Feinstein’s assault weapons ban would abolish the 2nd Amendment

Feinstein's proposed ban would abolish the 2nd Amendment, just like the Patriot Act abolished the 4th.

The Washington Times

TAMPA, December 18, 2012 –U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has vowed to introduce a bill to ban assault weapons nationwide, similar to existing legislation in California. In doing so, she will effectively abolish yet another of the first ten amendments to the Constitution.

To many, Feinstein’s argument might sound very reasonable. She isn’t looking to ban all guns. “The purpose of this bill is to get just what Mayor Bloomberg said, weapons of war off the streets of our cities,” the senator told Meet the Press.

Having weapons of war on the streets is the whole point of the 2nd Amendment. The amendment wasn’t drafted to ensure that Americans could hunt. It wasn’t drafted so that Americans could protect themselves, although the natural right to defend one’s life was never as compromised as it is in the modern gun control era.

Like most of the amendments in the Bill of Rights, the 2nd Amendment was drafted to prevent an abuse of power that American colonists had suffered under the British. The 4th Amendment was passed with Writs of Assistance in mind. Lexington and Concord inspired the 2nd.

The left loves to reduce the American Revolution to one issue: taxation without representation. That works for well for their agenda, because they can then say, “Well, you’re represented, so now we can tax the living daylights out of you.”

It wasn’t that simple, of course. There were many long term and short term causes for the American secession from Great Britain. But the straw that broke the camel’s back, the most immediate cause for armed resistance, was the British attempt to disarm the colonists.

That’s why the British marched to Concord. That’s the only reason the colonists cared where they were marching.

They weren’t out to confiscate hunting rifles, “fer squirrels and sech,” either. They intended to confiscate a store of arms that would outfit the average colonist with weapons roughly equivalent to the average British infantryman.

That’s why the 2nd Amendment was written, to ensure that the government’s army would never have superior firepower to the people.

These are facts and they really aren’t in dispute. Yet, consider the responses you get when you present them. They range from mistaken to ridiculous. Let’s start with the ridiculous.

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CNN’s Piers Morgan Blows Up on Larry Pratt Over Gun Rights

Infowars.com

Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt battled CNN host Piers Morgan in an epic debate over the merits of having an armed population who might be able to stop psychopathic shooters in the midst of a deluge of media and establishment cries for an end to gun rights.

Pratt appeared today on the Alex Jones Show to follow up on the appearance and refute the attacks handed him on CNN while attempting to bring clarity to a discussion intentionally muddied by exploiting the senseless tragedy against children.

‘Did We Just Kill A Kid?’ — The Six Words That Ended A US Drone Pilot’s Career

Robert Johnson
Business Insider

The New Mexico desert gets blistering hot, but inside the small windowless container where Brandon Bryant worked as a drone operator in the U.S. Air Force it stays a cool 63 degrees all year long.

Nicola Abé at der Spiegel spoke with Bryant, no longer in the Air Force, who relays a disturbing and tragic scene from his time inside that isolated container in the American desert.

Sixty-three finger numbing degrees and Bryant describes sitting with a group of other pilots looking at more than a dozen computer monitors. The crew are directing drones over Afghanistan 6,250 miles away and the screens jump with a two to five second delay, as infrared video sent from the UAVs whips through the air to New Mexico.

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U.S. to send troops, Patriot missiles to Turkey

Ben Brumfield
CNN

The United States gave the go-ahead Friday to deploy Patriot anti-ballistic missiles to Turkey along with enough troops to operate them as the heavily embattled government in neighboring Syria again vehemently denied firing ballistic missiles at rebels.

The United States has accused Damascus of launching Scud-type artillery from the capital at rebels in the country’s north. One Washington official said missiles came close to the border of Turkey, a NATO member and staunch U.S. ally.

Syria’s government called the accusations “untrue rumors” Friday, according to state news agency SANA. Damascus accused Turkey and its partners of instigating rumors to make the government look bad internationally.

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CIA torture did not produce significant intelligence

Greg Miller
washingtonpost.com

After a contentious closed-door vote, the Senate intelligence committee approved a long-awaited report Thursday concluding that harsh interrogation measures used by the CIA did not produce significant intelligence breakthroughs, officials said.

The 6,000-page document, which was not released to the public, was adopted by Democrats over the objections of most of the committee’s Republicans. The outcome reflects the level of partisan friction that continues to surround the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other severe interrogation techniques four years after they were banned.

The report is the most detailed independent examination to date of the agency’s efforts to “break” dozens of detainees through physical and psychological duress, a period of CIA history that has become a source of renewed controversy because of torture scenes in a forthcoming Hollywood film, “Zero Dark Thirty.”

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Trilateralists Hold Secret Meeting On The Hill

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James P. Tucker Jr.
AFP

Members of the Trilateral Commission’s North American Group and congressmen who attended the gathering struggled hard to hide their meeting in Washington, D.C.,  November 30-December 3. They wanted no public viewing of their efforts to get yet another war started in the Mideast.

The North American Group is a regional subgroup of the Trilateral Commission (TC), founded in 1973 by billionaire David Rockefeller to expand ties among North America, Europe and Asia.

Attendees to the secretive gathering met upstairs in the main lobby of the Library of Congress, which, though usually open to the public, was partially sealed off. Unless you had a TC pass, you were barred from entry.

As AMERICAN FREE PRESS goes to press, we have been unable to confirm whether all members of TC’s North American Group attended the confab. However, some of the best-known figures in this regional group include former United States Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice, former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, the neoconservative warmongering academic Eliot Cohen, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.).

Those current senators and congressmen who attended the gathering slipped into the meeting by means of an underground railway that connects several congressional office buildings with the U.S. Capitol.

Some legislators walked above ground on their return because their offices were more convenient. At night, they were impossible to identify by their small congressional tags and their TC badges. But several were overheard telling their staff escorts that war was looming in the Middle East despite calls for spending cuts, tax increases and the so-called “fiscalcliff.” They anticipated much bloodshed.

“It could be the biggest [war] we ever had over there,” one was overheard saying.

“We’ll get into the fighting, too,” said another, but he appeared unhappy at the prospect.

If so, the war will “spill the life’s blood of our young men and the heart’s blood of our women,” he added, and it will be mostly financed with your tax dollars. 

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