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In Gold We Trust Under Attack

Since a couple of months there have been several cyber attacks on this website. Often I have trouble reaching the server to write and publish articles, WordPress (the software I use that manages my site) is very slow and all sorts of errors appear; drafts are deleted and certain functions in the software stop working. Drives me nuts. That’s from the inside. From the outside, for all you readers, my website has been offline for many hours, in certain areas of the world sometimes many days. I can remember one weekend I had to repeatedly call my webhost to ask what was happening because nobody around the world could get access. They told me the particular server that hosts my site was under a DDoS attack (directed at my website). Only after some tuning and rebooting they could get it back online again. I’m totally no expert in this field so I was tempted to think it was just bad luck and the problem would solve itself in time. However, the problem continued without any apparent technical reason. Even after some tips of my readers like using Cloudflare, the problem persisted.

This website doesn’t get millions of visitors a day so the account I initially had was relatively light. But as the problem persisted my webhost suggested to switch to a private server, called a Cloudbox VPS server, to have better protection against the attacks. So I called my friend who helps me with the technical side of my blog and asked if this was a wise thing to do. “Sure”, he said. And so we did. My buddy started installing my Cloudbox yesterday, in preparation of migrating to the new server, today he wrote me this email:

Your site hasn’t even been migrated but the new server is already under severe attacks. It appears to be coming out of the US and China.  

These are top ranked burglars (note, this server isn’t even hosting anything yet):

#1.  20809 attempts

Schermafbeelding 2014-03-20 om 21.36.48

#2. 226 attempts

Schermafbeelding 2014-03-20 om 21.37.11

#3. 107 attempts

Schermafbeelding 2014-03-20 om 21.37.55

This is called a Brute Force Attack. Basically they try to login on the server by trying all possible usernames and often used passwords. This happened before there was a designated firewall on your server. There was one standard firewall activated, I now added a firewall to block certain IP addresses. It seems to help. Keep you posted.

These are your top ten fans. 6 Chinese, 2 Americans and one from Indonesia (the last is me). Especially this guy from Miami seems to like you very much, reaching out to you 20809 times in a couple of hours.

 Schermafbeelding 2014-03-20 om 21.51.44

Is this normal? Again, I’m totally not an expert on this, but there seems to be a pattern here.

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/alexdgn alexdg

    LOL, pretty pathetic.
    Good work calling out those cheats.

  • noname

    Blocking brute force attacks? Install fail2ban http://www.fail2ban.org/

    You can configure fail2ban to block an IP address after repeated failed login attempts for a short time like 10 minutes or for many weeks ;)

    You even can white list IP addresses or internet providers from where you usually log into your site.

    • In Gold We Trust

      Thanks, I’ll make sure my friend reads these comments ;-)

    • DayStar

      Harvey’s Up!

      20th March 2014

      Harvey: Gold and silver were thrown lower by the bankers
      starting right after the London first fix at 3.am this morning, as soon
      as they arrived for work. They still have not given up as they
      continuously manipulate the gold market despite European regulators
      attempt to rein them in. Gold was down $6.10 today with silver down 13
      cents. GLD and SLV: Today, the gold inventory at the GLD fell by a
      rather large 3.81 tonnes to stand at 8.31 tonnes and the SLV remained
      constant at 10,164.74. The GLD got the signal to send more gold
      inventory over to the Shanghai Gold exchange via Switzerland. As Koos
      Jansen reports that the total global gold demand is very close to
      Chinese demand which manifests itself through the withdrawals at the
      SGE. The game ends when China can no longer retrieve any gold from the
      LBMA.

      Harvey On Current Events: we have two major problems facing the
      globe today: i) China and its disappearing collateral value of copper
      and iron ore and how this is playing havoc to their shadow banking
      sector. Today we get word that another Chinese trust fund is going belly
      up as the founding president of a real estate trust was arrested. The
      amount of bonds outstanding for this trust is close to 0.7 billion USA.
      ii) The Ukraine, where yesterday saw the Crimea voted to be annexed by
      Russia. This set off a whole slew of events whereby the Crimea will on
      Thursday switch to the rouble. Russia’s Putin approved of the seceding
      of the Crimea to the Russian Federation. The EU and the USA introduced
      very tame sanctions. If the Russians are forbidden to use the SWIFT
      payment system, that would be a tough enough penalty. However Russia
      will surely retaliate.

      Koos Jansen: The price of gold is rising, but is this purely because
      of the tensions in the Ukraine? Not entirely, I think it adds fuel to a
      supply shortage created by enormous Chinese physical demand since April
      2013. While paper sentiment might change today or tomorrow, the
      physical reality will eventually be the main driver to push the price
      upwards. In 1971 the average price of one loaf of bread was $0.25, or
      0.16 hours of labour. In 2014, even with automation and scaling, one
      loaf of breadcosts $2, or 0.28 hours of labour. It now takes more labour
      to earn a loaf of bread; labour has devalued. By abandoning the gold
      standard the debt/inflation spiral has widened the gap between the rich
      and poor, wiping out the purchasing power of the middle class. Perpetual
      inflation, caused by printing money, drives all wealth to the top. The
      ones that can spent newly printed money first, in a market where prices
      are not yet influenced by the new money, have an advantage over the ones
      that can spent this money last, in a market where prices have been bid
      upwards. For the past week, the SGE had withdrawals of 36 metric tonnes
      or 5.14 tonnes on a 7 day basis.

      Tyler Durden: Financial Times: A number of authorities also are
      reportedly investigating potential manipulation of precious metal
      prices. UBS has taken and will take appropriate action with respect to
      certain personnel as a result of its ongoing review. UBS has been in
      front of its peers in revealing important details about various
      regulatory probes – most notably the rigging of Libor and other
      interbank lending rates. Until Friday the bank had not mentioned its
      precious metals business was included in its review of trading
      practices. There was, for example, no mention of the metals business
      alongside fourth-quarter results a month ago.” But before anyone gets
      too excited, let’s recall that the last time the CFTC did an “in depth”
      investigation of manipulation in precious metals, it found… nothing
      (however, according to Bart Chilton that was only due to the zero or
      negative budget allotted to the impotent regulator, until recently
      headed by a Goldmanite). Perhaps this time will be different, and
      suddenly it may be in someone’s interest to finally see gold trade up to
      its fair value.

      Patti Domm: The Fed’s custody holdings report is usually a sleeper,
      but this week there was a whopping withdrawal by some central bank. And
      while there’s no evidence, speculation is that it was Russia. Foreign
      central banks’ holdings of U.S. marketable securities fell in the week
      that ended Wednesday by a record $106.1 billion, and that was mostly
      Treasurys. While traders say they suspect it was Russia, they don’t know
      for sure, and it has not shown up on Russia’s balance sheet. However,
      Marc Chandler, chief Treasury strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman,
      said everything points to Russia, starting with the timing of Sunday’s
      Crimean referendum and the potential for Western sanctions. He said
      rather than selling the Treasurys, Russia simply transferred them out of
      the U.S. “Everything (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is doing is
      being extra cautious about retaliation, like bringing troops right to
      the Ukraine border,” said Chandler. “The other reason I say it’s most
      likely Russia is you look at the countries that have the largest
      reserves. It doesn’t feel like it’s China because China has enough on
      its plate.” Chandler said about half of Russia’s foreign currency
      reserves are held in dollar-denominated instruments, and this would be
      about 80 percent of those dollar holdings. At the end of 2013, Russia
      had $138 billion in Treasury securities. “It could be somebody else, but
      it does seem circumstantial just on the timing alone,” said Chandler.
      He also said there are precedents for this type of behavior by Russia.
      He pointed to the birth of the Eurodollar market—dollars outside the
      U.S. In 1956, when the Soviet Union invaded Hungary, it feared the U.S.
      would retaliate with financial muscle, and Russia-based Narodny Bank
      shifted dollars from the U.S. and deposited them in its London branch,
      he noted.

      Ambrose Evans Pritchard: Somebody is a selling a fistful of US
      Treasuries. It could be Russia, China, Turkey, South Africa, or
      Indonesia, or all frantically selling bonds at the same time for
      different reasons.

      We don’t yet know. All we know is that the US Federal Reserve’s
      custody holdings on behalf of foreign central banks plunged by $106
      billion in the week ending March 12, the biggest one-week drop on
      record. Russia’s central bank is undoubtedly liquidating reserves at a
      breakneck pace to prevent a collapse of the rouble, as foreign companies
      scramble to get all their spare cash out of Russian accounts before the
      G7 guillotine comes down on the Putin clan next week. It is certainly
      trying to remove its assets beyond the jurisdiction of the US
      authorities — though that will not be easy. The Securities and Exchange
      Commission takes no prisoners. In the end, the world is more frightened
      of US regulators than it is of Putin’s tanks or his polonium. Soft
      power can trump hard power. One investor told me that clients in Russia
      are literally loading up cars with computers, machinery, and anything
      that will fit, and rushing them out of the country for fear that assets
      will nationalised. Whatever happens, nobody will forget this in a hurry.
      Yet the latest financial ructions go beyond Russia; they reek of stress
      in the international system. “Countries are intervening all over the
      place to defend their currencies. Their central banks built up huge war
      chests of reserves for a rainy day, and now it is raining,” said David
      Bloom, currency chief at HSBC. Indeed it is. The international order is
      unravelling. “The global situation is extremely serious,” Lars
      Christensen from Danske Bank. “Russia is committing economic suicide,
      there is a massive corruption scandal in Turkey, and capital outflows
      from China threaten to have huge ramifications.”

      Alasdair Macleod: Government-directed bank lending in China has
      financed misallocated economic resources to an extraordinary degree,
      artificially inflating the economy and leaving a legacy of useless
      property and infrastructure assets, incapable of generating income to
      service the debt incurred. The delusion is only sustained for as long as
      increasing quantities of money and credit are available to insolvent
      borrowers. That is now ending, because China’s government is trying to
      restrict credit growth, which is impossible to do without setting off
      wide-spread debt liquidation. Instead of managing a hoped-for retreat
      towards order, tighter monetary conditions will almost certainly
      bankrupt owners of unproductive property assets, piling up bad debts at
      lending banks. Unlike the Lehman crisis, this time the major banks are
      government-owned, so China’s currency is at considerable risk, and it is
      already displaying initial weakness. There can hardly be a stronger
      signal that China’s credit bubble is on the edge. Furthermore, China has
      more than its fair share of financial entrepreneurs who have devised
      myriad ways to use assets to raise money many times over. In the Chinese
      version of shadow banking, an asset such as a few thousand tonnes of
      copper in conjunction with letters of credit is used to raise cash over
      and over again to spend on property speculation and elsewhere. All sorts
      of shady deals, some of them downright fraudulent, can be expected to
      come unstuck, and China seems set to provide an extreme example of this
      empirical truth. China’s rich have an estimated equivalent of $3
      trillion in personal assets to protect from a credit and currency
      maelstrom. Inevitably this will lead to huge shifts in asset allocation,
      and gold bullion is likely to be the outstanding beneficiary. In common
      with all other Asians the Chinese regard gold as true money, a
      safe-haven from government currency. And only five per cent of $3
      trillion at current prices is 68,000 tonnes of gold, which gives an idea
      of how dramatic the effect of even a small flight to gold would have on
      the price.Chris Powell: Market analyst Michael Pento says there’s no
      economic recovery, just monetary expansion that is pumping up asset
      values without creating anything.

      Chris Powell: Swiss gold fund manager Egon von Greyerz tells about
      another gold investor who thought he owned real metal but couldn’t get
      it delivered when he asked his bank for it.

      Chris Powell: Robert Fitzwilson of the Portola Group says central
      banks can’t get away with rigging every market forever, and he wonders
      whether the confrontation between Russia and the West over Ukraine will
      be the tipping point.

      Aljazeera.com: The EU issues travel bans and asset freezes for 21
      Russian and Ukrainian officials deemed responsible for the Crimea
      referendum. European Union foreign ministers have agreed to impose
      sanctions against 21 Russian and Ukrainian officials deemed responsible
      for a contested independence referendum in Crimea, officials have said.
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said in a tweet on Monday
      that the 21 would be targeted by travel bans and asset freezes, with
      “more EU measures in few days”. Leaders of the 28-nation bloc are to
      hold summit talks in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, with the crisis in
      Ukraine expected to top the agenda. The list of those sanctioned by the
      ministers will be released in the EU’s daily Official Journal, but
      diplomats said 13 were from Russia and 8 from Ukraine’s Crimea region.
      They were targeted “for undermining the sovereignty of Ukraine”.

      Jim Rogers (Jim Rogers Blog): Want to Make Money? Drive a Tractor.
      Commodities guru Jim Rogers has a tip for the opportunity-hunters out
      there: Get back to the land. For the first time in a long time, the
      world has “very low inventories” of food products, Rogers told the BBC’s
      Simon Jack. Plus, there’s a shortage of farmers — and those we do have
      are getting older, with an average age in the U.S. of 58. Added
      together, that means there are good prospects in the field.
      “Agriculture’s been a terrible business for 30 years. It is now
      beginning to get better,” the high-profile investor said Tuesday, on BBC
      Radio 4’s Today” program. “If you want to make a lot of money in the
      future — which many people do — you should learn to drive a tractor.”
      While the dapper money man may have been pulling Jack’s leg somewhat,
      his underlying message came through: There’s cash in crops.

      Dr. Rima E. Laibow (DrRimaTruthReports): I HAVE found the Holy Grail
      of Natural Medicine and it is legal, GMO-free, clean and powerful.
      There are a multitude of powerful scientific studies supporting its use
      in all manner of conditions. The FDA acts as if they never took place.
      Holy Mother Church of Pharma disowns them. High Potency CBD Hemp Oil™ is
      grown from selected varieties of Cannabis Sativa (the same species that
      produces marijuana) specifically selected and bred (through natural,
      not GMO methods) to have very low THCs (the get-you-high compounds) and
      very high CBDs (the get-you-well compounds). And it is completely legal
      in the US and many other countries. I went looking and found a LEGAL
      manufacturer of LEGAL High Potency CBD Hemp Oil Products available NOW.
      Now let’s suppose that you have brain or breast or colon (or whatever)
      cancer (I hope you don’t) and your doctor tells you that you MUST have
      chemotherapy and radiation and you say,

      “Thanks, but no thanks, Doc! I’m gonna get some High Potency CBD
      Hemp Oil and take, oh, about a gram a day, maybe two. My hair won’t fall
      out, my gums won’t get sores, my appetite will be just fine, my body’s
      own immune forces will get stronger and the cancer cells will forget how
      to live forever and remember how to die off, just like they should have
      done in the first place. That’s how a functioning immune system handles
      uncontrolled cell growth.” “So thank you, Doc, but no thanks!” You have
      just made a decision that can save your life but runs the risk of
      getting you excommunicated from the Holy Mother Church of Big Pharma.

      Seven Actions to Take Immediately Following an EMP Strike: Part 5 of 7 –
      http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/comment/392407#comment-392407

      All this and mo’ on…

      The ‘Arvey Report!

      DayStar

  • Troll Finder General
  • Salacious Monk

    You want to be free from cyber attacks? Easy! Just stop writing about gold and change this site into a porn site…

    • In Gold We Trust

      In Porn We Trust. Such a site would require some extensive research.

      • Salacious Monk

        Indeed. There are too many sub-categories. Hardcore, lesbian, amateur, BDSM, bestiality, interracial… Oh, maybe gold is easier…Just continue writing about gold…

  • 59LesPaul

    The “visitor” from Florida, Avesta Networks LLC, seems to have a habit of making unwelcome visits to people’s websites.

    “It’s clearly a shell company,” says Dave Mass of the Electronic
    Frontier Foundation, which has investigated Avesta. Mass says the Miami
    company is “pumping out Trojans and viruses and targeting Syrian
    activists… It’s just strange.”

    http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2014/01/avesta_networks_malware_trojan_syria.php

  • DayStar

    Harvey’s Up!

    20th March 2014

    Harvey: Gold and silver were thrown lower by the bankers
    starting right after the London first fix at 3.am this morning, as soon
    as they arrived for work. They still have not given up as they
    continuously manipulate the gold market despite European regulators
    attempt to rein them in. Gold was down $6.10 today with silver down 13
    cents. GLD and SLV: Today, the gold inventory at the GLD fell by a
    rather large 3.81 tonnes to stand at 8.31 tonnes and the SLV remained
    constant at 10,164.74. The GLD got the signal to send more gold
    inventory over to the Shanghai Gold exchange via Switzerland. As Koos
    Jansen reports that the total global gold demand is very close to
    Chinese demand which manifests itself through the withdrawals at the
    SGE. The game ends when China can no longer retrieve any gold from the
    LBMA.

    Harvey On Current Events: we have two major problems facing the
    globe today: i) China and its disappearing collateral value of copper
    and iron ore and how this is playing havoc to their shadow banking
    sector. Today we get word that another Chinese trust fund is going belly
    up as the founding president of a real estate trust was arrested. The
    amount of bonds outstanding for this trust is close to 0.7 billion USA.
    ii) The Ukraine, where yesterday saw the Crimea voted to be annexed by
    Russia. This set off a whole slew of events whereby the Crimea will on
    Thursday switch to the rouble. Russia’s Putin approved of the seceding
    of the Crimea to the Russian Federation. The EU and the USA introduced
    very tame sanctions. If the Russians are forbidden to use the SWIFT
    payment system, that would be a tough enough penalty. However Russia
    will surely retaliate.

    Koos Jansen: The price of gold is rising, but is this purely because
    of the tensions in the Ukraine? Not entirely, I think it adds fuel to a
    supply shortage created by enormous Chinese physical demand since April
    2013. While paper sentiment might change today or tomorrow, the
    physical reality will eventually be the main driver to push the price
    upwards. In 1971 the average price of one loaf of bread was $0.25, or
    0.16 hours of labour. In 2014, even with automation and scaling, one
    loaf of breadcosts $2, or 0.28 hours of labour. It now takes more labour
    to earn a loaf of bread; labour has devalued. By abandoning the gold
    standard the debt/inflation spiral has widened the gap between the rich
    and poor, wiping out the purchasing power of the middle class. Perpetual
    inflation, caused by printing money, drives all wealth to the top. The
    ones that can spent newly printed money first, in a market where prices
    are not yet influenced by the new money, have an advantage over the ones
    that can spent this money last, in a market where prices have been bid
    upwards. For the past week, the SGE had withdrawals of 36 metric tonnes
    or 5.14 tonnes on a 7 day basis.

    Tyler Durden: Financial Times: A number of authorities also are
    reportedly investigating potential manipulation of precious metal
    prices. UBS has taken and will take appropriate action with respect to
    certain personnel as a result of its ongoing review. UBS has been in
    front of its peers in revealing important details about various
    regulatory probes – most notably the rigging of Libor and other
    interbank lending rates. Until Friday the bank had not mentioned its
    precious metals business was included in its review of trading
    practices. There was, for example, no mention of the metals business
    alongside fourth-quarter results a month ago.” But before anyone gets
    too excited, let’s recall that the last time the CFTC did an “in depth”
    investigation of manipulation in precious metals, it found… nothing
    (however, according to Bart Chilton that was only due to the zero or
    negative budget allotted to the impotent regulator, until recently
    headed by a Goldmanite). Perhaps this time will be different, and
    suddenly it may be in someone’s interest to finally see gold trade up to
    its fair value.

    Patti Domm: The Fed’s custody holdings report is usually a sleeper,
    but this week there was a whopping withdrawal by some central bank. And
    while there’s no evidence, speculation is that it was Russia. Foreign
    central banks’ holdings of U.S. marketable securities fell in the week
    that ended Wednesday by a record $106.1 billion, and that was mostly
    Treasurys. While traders say they suspect it was Russia, they don’t know
    for sure, and it has not shown up on Russia’s balance sheet. However,
    Marc Chandler, chief Treasury strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman,
    said everything points to Russia, starting with the timing of Sunday’s
    Crimean referendum and the potential for Western sanctions. He said
    rather than selling the Treasurys, Russia simply transferred them out of
    the U.S. “Everything (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is doing is
    being extra cautious about retaliation, like bringing troops right to
    the Ukraine border,” said Chandler. “The other reason I say it’s most
    likely Russia is you look at the countries that have the largest
    reserves. It doesn’t feel like it’s China because China has enough on
    its plate.” Chandler said about half of Russia’s foreign currency
    reserves are held in dollar-denominated instruments, and this would be
    about 80 percent of those dollar holdings. At the end of 2013, Russia
    had $138 billion in Treasury securities. “It could be somebody else, but
    it does seem circumstantial just on the timing alone,” said Chandler.
    He also said there are precedents for this type of behavior by Russia.
    He pointed to the birth of the Eurodollar market—dollars outside the
    U.S. In 1956, when the Soviet Union invaded Hungary, it feared the U.S.
    would retaliate with financial muscle, and Russia-based Narodny Bank
    shifted dollars from the U.S. and deposited them in its London branch,
    he noted.

    Ambrose Evans Pritchard: Somebody is a selling a fistful of US
    Treasuries. It could be Russia, China, Turkey, South Africa, or
    Indonesia, or all frantically selling bonds at the same time for
    different reasons.

    We don’t yet know. All we know is that the US Federal Reserve’s
    custody holdings on behalf of foreign central banks plunged by $106
    billion in the week ending March 12, the biggest one-week drop on
    record. Russia’s central bank is undoubtedly liquidating reserves at a
    breakneck pace to prevent a collapse of the rouble, as foreign companies
    scramble to get all their spare cash out of Russian accounts before the
    G7 guillotine comes down on the Putin clan next week. It is certainly
    trying to remove its assets beyond the jurisdiction of the US
    authorities — though that will not be easy. The Securities and Exchange
    Commission takes no prisoners. In the end, the world is more frightened
    of US regulators than it is of Putin’s tanks or his polonium. Soft
    power can trump hard power. One investor told me that clients in Russia
    are literally loading up cars with computers, machinery, and anything
    that will fit, and rushing them out of the country for fear that assets
    will nationalised. Whatever happens, nobody will forget this in a hurry.
    Yet the latest financial ructions go beyond Russia; they reek of stress
    in the international system. “Countries are intervening all over the
    place to defend their currencies. Their central banks built up huge war
    chests of reserves for a rainy day, and now it is raining,” said David
    Bloom, currency chief at HSBC. Indeed it is. The international order is
    unravelling. “The global situation is extremely serious,” Lars
    Christensen from Danske Bank. “Russia is committing economic suicide,
    there is a massive corruption scandal in Turkey, and capital outflows
    from China threaten to have huge ramifications.”

    Alasdair Macleod: Government-directed bank lending in China has
    financed misallocated economic resources to an extraordinary degree,
    artificially inflating the economy and leaving a legacy of useless
    property and infrastructure assets, incapable of generating income to
    service the debt incurred. The delusion is only sustained for as long as
    increasing quantities of money and credit are available to insolvent
    borrowers. That is now ending, because China’s government is trying to
    restrict credit growth, which is impossible to do without setting off
    wide-spread debt liquidation. Instead of managing a hoped-for retreat
    towards order, tighter monetary conditions will almost certainly
    bankrupt owners of unproductive property assets, piling up bad debts at
    lending banks. Unlike the Lehman crisis, this time the major banks are
    government-owned, so China’s currency is at considerable risk, and it is
    already displaying initial weakness. There can hardly be a stronger
    signal that China’s credit bubble is on the edge. Furthermore, China has
    more than its fair share of financial entrepreneurs who have devised
    myriad ways to use assets to raise money many times over. In the Chinese
    version of shadow banking, an asset such as a few thousand tonnes of
    copper in conjunction with letters of credit is used to raise cash over
    and over again to spend on property speculation and elsewhere. All sorts
    of shady deals, some of them downright fraudulent, can be expected to
    come unstuck, and China seems set to provide an extreme example of this
    empirical truth. China’s rich have an estimated equivalent of $3
    trillion in personal assets to protect from a credit and currency
    maelstrom. Inevitably this will lead to huge shifts in asset allocation,
    and gold bullion is likely to be the outstanding beneficiary. In common
    with all other Asians the Chinese regard gold as true money, a
    safe-haven from government currency. And only five per cent of $3
    trillion at current prices is 68,000 tonnes of gold, which gives an idea
    of how dramatic the effect of even a small flight to gold would have on
    the price.Chris Powell: Market analyst Michael Pento says there’s no
    economic recovery, just monetary expansion that is pumping up asset
    values without creating anything.

    Chris Powell: Swiss gold fund manager Egon von Greyerz tells about
    another gold investor who thought he owned real metal but couldn’t get
    it delivered when he asked his bank for it.

    Chris Powell: Robert Fitzwilson of the Portola Group says central
    banks can’t get away with rigging every market forever, and he wonders
    whether the confrontation between Russia and the West over Ukraine will
    be the tipping point.

    Aljazeera.com: The EU issues travel bans and asset freezes for 21
    Russian and Ukrainian officials deemed responsible for the Crimea
    referendum. European Union foreign ministers have agreed to impose
    sanctions against 21 Russian and Ukrainian officials deemed responsible
    for a contested independence referendum in Crimea, officials have said.
    Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said in a tweet on Monday
    that the 21 would be targeted by travel bans and asset freezes, with
    “more EU measures in few days”. Leaders of the 28-nation bloc are to
    hold summit talks in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, with the crisis in
    Ukraine expected to top the agenda. The list of those sanctioned by the
    ministers will be released in the EU’s daily Official Journal, but
    diplomats said 13 were from Russia and 8 from Ukraine’s Crimea region.
    They were targeted “for undermining the sovereignty of Ukraine”.

    Jim Rogers (Jim Rogers Blog): Want to Make Money? Drive a Tractor.
    Commodities guru Jim Rogers has a tip for the opportunity-hunters out
    there: Get back to the land. For the first time in a long time, the
    world has “very low inventories” of food products, Rogers told the BBC’s
    Simon Jack. Plus, there’s a shortage of farmers — and those we do have
    are getting older, with an average age in the U.S. of 58. Added
    together, that means there are good prospects in the field.
    “Agriculture’s been a terrible business for 30 years. It is now
    beginning to get better,” the high-profile investor said Tuesday, on BBC
    Radio 4’s Today” program. “If you want to make a lot of money in the
    future — which many people do — you should learn to drive a tractor.”
    While the dapper money man may have been pulling Jack’s leg somewhat,
    his underlying message came through: There’s cash in crops.

    Dr. Rima E. Laibow (DrRimaTruthReports): I HAVE found the Holy Grail
    of Natural Medicine and it is legal, GMO-free, clean and powerful.
    There are a multitude of powerful scientific studies supporting its use
    in all manner of conditions. The FDA acts as if they never took place.
    Holy Mother Church of Pharma disowns them. High Potency CBD Hemp Oil™ is
    grown from selected varieties of Cannabis Sativa (the same species that
    produces marijuana) specifically selected and bred (through natural,
    not GMO methods) to have very low THCs (the get-you-high compounds) and
    very high CBDs (the get-you-well compounds). And it is completely legal
    in the US and many other countries. I went looking and found a LEGAL
    manufacturer of LEGAL High Potency CBD Hemp Oil Products available NOW.
    Now let’s suppose that you have brain or breast or colon (or whatever)
    cancer (I hope you don’t) and your doctor tells you that you MUST have
    chemotherapy and radiation and you say,

    “Thanks, but no thanks, Doc! I’m gonna get some High Potency CBD
    Hemp Oil and take, oh, about a gram a day, maybe two. My hair won’t fall
    out, my gums won’t get sores, my appetite will be just fine, my body’s
    own immune forces will get stronger and the cancer cells will forget how
    to live forever and remember how to die off, just like they should have
    done in the first place. That’s how a functioning immune system handles
    uncontrolled cell growth.” “So thank you, Doc, but no thanks!” You have
    just made a decision that can save your life but runs the risk of
    getting you excommunicated from the Holy Mother Church of Big Pharma.

    Seven
    Actions to Take Immediately Following an EMP Strike: Part 5 of 7 –
    http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/comment/392407#comment-392407

    All this and mo’ on…

    The ‘Arvey Report!

    DayStar

  • Brandon Smith

    With the Crimea referendum passed and Russia ready to annex the
    region, the United States and the European Union have threatened
    sanctions. The full extent of these sanctions is not yet known, and
    announcements are pending for the end of March. If these measures are
    concrete, they will of course be followed inevitably by economic warfare,
    including a reduction of natural gas exports to the EU and the
    eventually full dump of the U.S. dollar by Russia and China. As I have
    discussed in recent articles, the result of these actions will be disastrous.

    For those of us in the liberty movement, it is now impossible to ignore the potential threat to our economy.

    No longer can people claim that “perhaps” there will be a crisis
    someday, that perhaps “five or 10 years” down the road we will have to
    face the music. No, the threat is here now, and it is very real.

    The loss of the dollar’s world reserve status will destroy the only
    thread holding up its value, namely, investor faith. There are only two
    possible outcomes from that point onward:

    A) The U.S. will be forced to default because no
    nation will purchase our Treasury bonds and support our debt spending,
    causing the dollar’s value to implode.

    B) The Fed will choose to restart and expand
    quantitative easing measures, confiscate pension funds, raid bank
    accounts or issue new taxes in order to keep the system afloat; this
    will also end in the eventual collapse of dollar value and
    hyperinflation.

    The consequences will lead to an explosion in prices — first
    in commodities and necessities like petroleum, imported raw materials,
    food, electricity, etc. and then in all other goods and services. Austerity
    measures will be instituted by Federal and State governments. Cuts to
    social welfare programs, including food stamps, are probable. Civil
    infrastructure will suffer. The cost effectiveness of maintaining public
    utilities could become unrealistic. Anyone relying on such services may
    find themselves cut off for days, weeks or indefinitely. Public
    suffering will invariably rise, along with public crime.

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    If events like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans are any
    indication, the Federal government’s response will be inadequate, to say
    the least. The Federal Emergency Management Agency clearly
    cannot be relied upon to provide food, shelter, medical care or
    protection for communities. In fact, in the aftermath of Hurricane
    Katrina, the Feds did far more harm than good, corralling people into
    camps where death was rampant and disarming outlying neighborhoods so
    that they could not defend themselves. Tens of millions of dollars in
    donated and Federally purchased necessities were never delivered to aid
    survivors. Trucks were turned away, and help from civilian sources was
    denied.

    The point is, if you find yourself in the midst of a national
    or international catastrophe, you should assume that you will be on
    your own with whatever preparations you made beforehand. To assume
    otherwise would be foolish, given our government’s track record.

    There are some people who will argue that during an international
    crisis, such as an economic war or a world war, there is no purpose to
    preparedness. They will argue that there is nothing an individual or
    family can do to weather the storm or fight back, because the scale of
    the threat would be “too great.” There is no place for such defeatism in
    the life of the liberty-minded. The scale of the threat is irrelevant,
    and only cowards give up a fight before it even begins. Survival and
    freedom require an unwavering conviction. Nihilists will fulfill their
    own prophecies, suffering a fate exactly as they imagine for the rest of
    us; living in fear, slavery, and obscurity.

    That said, it is also important to acknowledge the truth that the
    majority of Americans today are utterly unready for a minor localized
    disaster, let alone a national or global crisis. This problem, though,
    could be easily remedied with a few simple beginning steps. I find that
    most people are not averse to the idea of preparedness, but many have
    trouble taking the first steps in the right direction. For longtime
    preparedness champions, the information listed here might seem like
    old-hat. However, I challenge each liberty movement member to approach
    at least one friend or family member who could benefit from the steps
    below. Prepping appears daunting to the uninitiated; show them how
    simple it can actually be.

    Below is a list of goals that every liberty movement member
    and American can easily achieve starting today and continuing over the
    course of the next month. If enough citizens were to take the initiative to do these things, all threats — no matter how imposing — could be overcome.

    Buy Three Months Of Food Stock

    Food supply is the greatest Achilles’ heel of the American populace.
    Most homes store less than one week’s worth of food items at any given
    time. The average person needs between 2,000 and 3,000 calories per day
    to maintain sufficient energy for survival. It takes around four to six
    weeks for a person to die of starvation and malnutrition. In a collapse
    scenario, most deaths will likely occur within the first few months,
    either by weakness and illness, or by looting and violence. The idea is
    to at least get through this first catastrophic phase without becoming a
    villain, or falling victim to one. One person removed from starvation
    is one possible threat removed from the equation.

    Three months of supply is not ideal by any means, but it will buy you
    precious time. Start with 2,000 calories per day per person. Bulk foods
    can be purchased cheaply (for now) and can at the very least provide
    sustenance during emergencies. A 20-pound bag of rice, for instance, can
    be had for less than $15 and provides about 30,000 calories, or 2,000
    calories per day for 15 days for one person. Supplement with beans,
    canned vegetables and meats, honey for sugar, or freeze-dried goods, and
    you will be living more comfortably than 90 percent of the population.

    Food stockpiling is one of the easiest and most vital measures a
    person could take. Yet, sadly, it is one of the last preparations on
    people’s minds.

    Buy A Water Filter

    Do not count on city water to remain functional. Even during a
    drawn-out economic downturn rather than an immediate crisis, there is a
    good chance that some utilities will be sporadic and unreliable. This
    means you will have to focus on rainwater collection, as well as water
    from unclean sources. Boiling the water will kill any bacteria, but it
    will not kill the taste of sediments and other materials floating
    around. A high-grade survival filter is the best way to get clean water
    that tastes good.

    The average person needs about a gallon of water per day to remain
    healthy and hydrated. I highly recommend the Sawyer Mini Water Filter,
    which is a compact washable filter that can cleanse up to 100,000
    gallons of water. It uses no moving parts, making it harder to break;
    and it costs only $20.

    Buy A Small Solar Kit

    Try going a week or two without electricity, and you may find how
    dismal life can truly be. The very absence of light at night reduces
    one’s productivity time drastically, and using fuel for lanterns is not
    practical in the long term. Solar power is truly the way to go for a
    grid-collapse scenario.

    I’ve heard much whining about the cost of solar power, but small
    systems that will serve most electrical needs can be set up for less
    than $1,000. Two 100-watt panels, a power inverter, charge controller
    and four to six 12-volt deep-cycle batteries are enough to deal with
    most electrical needs in a survival situation; and all these items can
    be contained in a portable foot locker for minimal cost. New solar
    panels are much more effective in low-light conditions and winter
    weather as well, making solar a must-have prep item.

    Store A Fuel Source

    Twenty gallons of gasoline treated with fuel saver is not expensive
    to purchase today, but in the midst of hyperinflation, it may be
    impossible to obtain tomorrow. Kerosene is useful for heating and
    cooking. Propane can be stored for decades and runs numerous appliances.
    If you live in a forested area, dried wood can be had for free, and can
    keep you warm throughout the winter months (keep in mind the your local
    danger factor when using fire). It is vital to have a means to stay
    warm and fed during the most difficult seasonal changes, especially
    during a grid down scenario.

    Find Alternative Shelter

    There are no guarantees during a full-spectrum disaster. Having all
    your eggs in one basket is not only stupid, but unnecessary. Always have
    a plan B. That means scouting an alternative location for you and your
    family in the event that your current shelter comes under threat. This
    location should be far enough away from large population centers but
    still within a practical range for you to reach them. It should also
    have a nearby water source, and be defensible. Establishing supply
    caches near this site is imperative. Do not assume that you will be able
    to take all of your survival supplies with you from your home. Expect
    that surprises of a frightening variety will arise.

    Buy One Semi-Automatic Rifle

    At this point I really don’t care what model of rifle people
    purchase, as long as they have one, preferably in high capacity and
    semi-automatic. AR-15, AK-47, Saiga, SKS, M1A: just get one! Every
    American should be armed with a military-grade rifle. If you are not,
    you are not only negligent in your duty as a free citizen, but you are
    also at a distinct disadvantage against the kind of opponents you are
    likely to face in a collapse situation.

    Buy 1,000 Rounds Of Ammunition

    Again, this is by no means an ideal stockpile, but it is enough to
    get you through a couple rough patches if you train furiously. Cheap
    AK-47 ammo can be had for $5 for a box of 20 rounds. Get what you can
    while you can, because the prices are only going to skyrocket in the
    near term.

    Approach One Friend Or Neighbor

    Community is what will make the difference between life and death
    during a SHTF collapse. I challenge everyone in the liberty movement to
    find at least ONE other person to work with in the event of disaster.
    Lone-wolf operations may be strategically practical for short periods of
    time; but everyone needs rest, and everyone needs someone else to watch
    his back. Do not fall into the delusion that you will be able to handle
    everything on your own.

    Learn One Barter Skill

    Learn how to fix one vital thing or provide one vital service. Try
    emergency medical training, gunsmithing or metal working, as long as it
    is an ability that people will value. You have to be able to produce
    something that people want in order to sustain yourself beyond the point
    at which your survival stockpile runs out. Be sure that you are seen as
    indispensable to those around you.

    Grow A Garden

    Spring is upon us, and now is the perfect opportunity to grow your
    own food supply. If you have even a small yard, use that space to grow
    produce. Focus on high-protein and high-vitamin foods. Buy a dehydrator
    or canning supplies and save everything. Use heirloom seeds so that you
    can collect new seed from each crop to replant in the future. If every
    American had a garden in his backyard, I wouldn’t be half as worried
    about our survival as I am today.

    Prepare Your Mind For Calamity

    The most valuable resource you will ever have is your own mind. The
    information held within it and the speed at which you adapt will
    determine your survival, whether you have massive preparations or
    minimal preparations. Most people are not trained psychologically to
    handle severe stress, and this is why they die. Panic equals extinction.
    Calm readiness equals greater success.

    Learn to speak Chinese

    Given that the average American is pig-ignorant and can’t even speak proper English, the chances of this are minimal

    The state of our financial system is one of perpetual tension. The
    structure is so weak that any catalyst or trigger event could send it
    tumbling into the abyss. Make no mistake; time is running out. We may
    witness a terrifying breakdown tomorrow, in a year, or if we are lucky, a
    little longer. The path, though, has been set and there is no turning
    back. All of the items above can be undertaken with minimal cash flow.
    If you receive a regular paycheck, you can establish a survival supply
    for yourself and your family. There are no excuses.
    Take the steps above seriously. Set your goals for the next four
    weeks and see how many of them you can accomplish. Do what you can
    today, or curse yourself tomorrow. What’s it going to be

    http://www.alt-market.com/articles/2050-take-these-steps-today-to-survive-an-international-crisis

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  • Mr Fix

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    There is nothing new under
    the sun and the manifestation of the fallen condition of the modern
    steeple house system is evident. The preaching of the Cross has been
    replaced with “prosperity for the pew dwellers”, repentance for sin for a
    laughing church, signs and wonders of old for stage performances, he
    that is the greatest in the Kingdom being the servant for who can be
    seen on TBN, prophets of God for thousands of false prophets who never
    stop or repent, communion of the Saints at table for sharing the bread
    with any/all unrepentant sinners, Church discipline of 1 Cor. for lets
    not stir the congregation lest we lose tithers and membership, multiple
    divisions of the systems instead of One Church, and now the acceptance
    of multiple lords and gods.

    What is the real problem? It is the failure of the church to be a
    true witness to a lost world. One will understand more when they see
    the coming together of Islam and the Vatican. They will set up shop on
    the hills of Rome. In past history, Constantinople was the seat of
    Christianity in the east and Rome in the west. The Muslins conquered
    Constantinople long ago and will subdue the Vatican before the end and
    it will be true Ecuminalism and void of the
    Cross. “What agreement has
    the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God;
    just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will
    be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, come out from
    their midst and be separate” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is
    unclean; and I will welcome you. ” (2 Cor. 6: 16-17)

    When a true prophet arises in our land, there will be much weeping as
    he passes through the backslidden systems of modern mankind.
    Maranatha!

    http://www.stevequayle.com/index.php?s=294&d=308

  • Joe R. Public

    A couple hundred brute force tries (per what, day? could be) from China is about normal. Used to be that would raise red flags (*cough*) already, but not much you can do about it. The usual thing is installing a script (like fail2ban, there are more) that will automatically put sources with too many tries on an ignore-list (drop incoming packets from there by packet filter, eventually time out the ban). This state of affairs is unfortunately normal these days, so you better use long passwords or, in the case of ssh and the like, “ssh keys” or equivalent cryptographic certificates.

    200k tries from a US location? That’s escalatable, though more of a job for somebody who knows their way around, eg. a network admin with some abuse handling experience. It may or may not be specifically against you, likely not even. If all your hoster can do is “suggest” to give them more money for a service you don’t really need while failing to mitigate such brute forcing, that’s not a very good hoster.

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