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MILES FRANKLIN | Eccles Prison Blues—The Big Squeeze

Gary Christenson, Contributing Writer For Miles Franklin
Eccles Prison Blues—The Big Squeeze
Miles Franklin sponsored this article by Gary Christenson, the deviant investor.
Johnny Cash sang “Folsom Prison Blues” in 1957. The first verse is:
I hear the train a comin’
It’s rollin’ round the bend,
And I ain’t seen the sunshine
Since I don’t know when.
I’m stuck in Folsom Prison
And time keeps draggin’ on
But that train keeps a rollin’
On down to San Antone.
The Federal Reserve operates from The Eccles Building in D.C. Regarding the Fed I suggest changing “Folsom Prison Blues” to “Eccles Prison Blues.”
I see the crash a coming
It’s approaching like the wind,
And I ain’t seen real money
Since I don’t know when.
We’re stuck in Eccles prison
Their printing scam is moving on,
But the crash is a coming
And a financial reset will dawn.
What prison?
One hundred years ago certificates backed by gold and silver as well as gold and silver coins circulated as real money. Sadly, today’s currencies are debts issued by central banks, not real money. The Fed (U.S. central bank) issues Federal Reserve Notes—debts of the Federal Reserve. These notes – we call them dollar bills—circulate along with digital dollars as currency (funny money). Nothing but faith, confidence, and the ability of the US government to tax its citizens backs these notes.
Their game, their rules. You can’t buy milk at Wal-Mart with Silver Eagles. They want you to use a credit card and increase your indebtedness to a bank. That bank takes a slice out of your transaction, plus they charge interest on the Federal Reserve Notes you must repay to the bank.
Their game, their rules. We are stuck in their debt-based fiat currency system. Fiat money apologists spout the nonsense that not enough gold exists to back these digital currencies because governments, commercial banks and central banks have created excessive debt. They pumped too many digital Federal Reserve Notes into economic circulation and pushed prices higher. The Federal Reserve makes the rules, and they want the price of gold to remain low and not parallel the rise in the number of currency units.
But there is trouble inside Eccles Prison. Those extra dollars were created from nothing and are backed by nothing. Funny money isn’t real like gold and silver, and it devalues. For over 100 years the government and banking cartel have devalued the dollar. Our mini-dollar today buys what a penny or two purchased before congress accepted payoffs to pass the Federal Reserve legislation.
Why devaluation? The political and financial elite prefer fiat currencies they control and print. They increase their wealth while the rest of us… you know the drill. (They get the gold, you pay the debts.)
Rules in the Eccles Prison: We must use their “funny money” as currency. We are stuck with continual devaluation of the currency. We pretend funny money is a store of value, which history contradicts.
Our dollars shrink in buying power. Can you imagine the chaos if measuring units shrunk like dollars? A man stood six feet tall in 1971, but today he stands 27 feet tall. A baseball home run traveled 450 feet, but today’s slugger can blast a home run over 3,000 feet. Chaos!
Yet inside the Eccles Prison we accept this nonsense. As in Chicago politics, “The fix is in.” The banking cartel owns or rents most members of congress. After receiving the necessary political “contributions” legislators guarantee banking profits.
However, a major crisis might threaten banker profits. Expect a bail-out or bail-in from the Fed, the government, and citizens. Yes, citizens protect banker profits. Really? The interest paid on your savings nearly dropped to zero, but did the banking cartel lower the interest rate on your credit card balances? Whose tax dollars pay interest on the national debt? Depositor funds are legal liabilities of the bank, not your assets.
Stuck in Eccles Prison… The Fed controls interest rates, which have been close to zero since the crisis ten years ago. So what?
When interest rates are low mal-investments expand, corporations borrow $trillions and buy back their stocks. It boosts share prices and CEO compensation.
General Motors bought back $13.9 billion of their stock instead of improving their business operations, and now they are closing plants. General Electric bought back $40 billion and is in financial trouble. The banking cartel created $trillions from thin air, but they demand debts be repaid with Federal Reserve Notes extracted from corporate profits and individual income.
When interest rates rise, the debt service expands and profits fall. The big squeeze begins.
Will GE and GM survive without government bailouts? I don’t know, but they would have been more viable without the massive debts they accumulated to buy back their stocks.The Fed enabled these and many other bad decisions by creating inexpensive interest rates. Debtors are stuck in Eccles Prison.
The U.S. government owes national debt of $21.7 trillion. The Fed enabled the Treasury to sell bonds that increased government debt to unsustainable levels. The Treasury is also stuck in Eccles Prison.
Criminals may be stuck in Folsom Prison, as we are locked in Eccles Prison, but we can prosper despite the restrictions imposed by the Federal Reserve “funny money” system.
1)  Recognize their scam for what it is—a means of extracting wealth from the populace and transferring that wealth to the financial and political elite.
2)  Recognize that unbacked fiat funny money systems end in disaster. The powers-that-be can’t resist over-printing… and the value of the currency eventually drops to zero. History shows hundreds of examples. A future list of failed currencies will include dollars and pounds.
3)  Global debt of $250 trillion will be extinguished with defaults and hyper-inflation. Central bankers will sacrifice the dollar rather than the bond market. Expect hyper-inflation someday.
4)  Gold and silver have held their value for several millennia. They were valuable long before bankers conjured central banks into our world.
5)  Central banks have created dollars, euros, yen, and pounds by the trillions. When currencies fail, gold and silver will remain.
6)  Silver prices have been pounded lower since 2011, while stocks have been levitated with easy money created from nothing by the banking cartel. Stocks are now correcting lower and silver will – someday – correct much higher. Slowly, then rapidly…
From Alasdair Macleod:
“Any attempt to rescue the finances of the U.S. government, banks and businesses by printing money [fiat dollars] will simply provide more fuel for the inflationary fire, but it is hard to see that there can be any other material response by the Fed.”
1)  Expect defaults and hyper-inflation.
2)  Expect ongoing devaluation of fiat currencies… slowly for now, then rapidly.
3)  Buy silver and gold. They are insurance and protection.
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Hunter Riley III, Contributing Writer For Miles Franklin
A Platinum Blonde On The Gold Coast
I’m a gold and silver dude.
But for the first time ever, I went behind their backs and bought a different kind of precious metal.
I’ll get into what kind of metal in a moment.
As you know, I’m from the Second City.
Chicago is broken up into all these tiny little neighborhoods.
One of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago is called “The Gold Coast”.
Chicago’s Gold Coast has been home to big mansions and the well heeled since the great Chicago fire of 1871. The Gold Coast really earned its reputation in the 1950’s and 60’s when guys like Sinatra and Hugh Hefner ran wild across the town.
Sinatra loved to stay at either the Ambassador East or the Drake Hotel. He’d hit dinner spots like the Pump Room, Twin Anchors, Rosebud or Mister Kelleys (now known as Gibsons). I personally love the Drake Hotel. On top of their bar, you can see where Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe carved their initials into the woodwork one drunken night.
Just down the street from the Ambassador East Hotel, Hugh Hefner started the original Playboy Mansion at 1340 N. State Street.
These dudes are gone now but their ghosts can still be felt on the Gold Coast.
People still flock to fill the legendary spots like Gibsons, Rosebud and Tavern On Rush.
Each of these restaurants have spectacular outdoor patios that line the Lambo filled streets of the Gold Coast in the Chicago summertime. It is definitely a place to see and be seen.
This last summer, I was dating a girl named Danika.
We hung out in the Gold Coast.
As we would walk past the outdoor patios on our way to dinner, I always felt this strange sensation.
Like everything I was doing was being watched intently. It was the weirdest sensation.
And then one day I figured it out.
I wasn’t being watched, I was getting hit by friendly watching fire because of who I was walking with.
You see, Danika is tall and has platinum blonde hair. (No pic sorry hahaha).
Wherever she goes, people watch and pay attention.
It is incredible.
She is on a magic bus ride in life that very few of us mere mortals can comprehend.
But whatever.
That’s not the point.
What this made me think of was it may be a sign that even though I’ve been a gold and silver guy all my life, it was now time to pay a little attention to platinum.
Not the blonde.
I’m talking about the precious metal platinum.
There is a lot of talk in the precious metals niche right now about the gold silver ratio and how inexpensive silver is when compared to gold historically speaking.
This is legit talk. Read my previous article called The Great Gold Silver Swap of 2018 if you want to dig in to the current gold silver ratio.
What there isn’t a lot of talk about is the current platinum gold ratio and how we are seeing somewhat historically cheap platinum prices.
Today’s gold spot price came in around $1220.
Today’s platinum spot price checked in around $840.
So gold is about $400 more expensive than platinum.
The neat thing is that since 1971, on average, platinum is about 25% more expensive than gold.
So with that number in mind, you would see platinum priced around $1580 an ounce to get back to the historical average.
I know many of you are swapping some of your gold for silver right now and maybe it is time to start swapping some gold for platinum too.
Can Platinum Go Any Lower?
The platinum experts I’ve spoken to say the metal is just about trading at the cost of production right now. If it uncharacteristically goes to the lows of the 2008 or 2004 crashes which would be around $750, then many mines will close and the price will rise again due to scarcity.
Never say never but to me it doesn’t seem like there is much downside to platinum right now. I guess gold could crash which would bring the platinum gold ratio back to the average but that also seems unlikely.
What Is Platinum Used For?
Platinum is used in both industry and investing.
Around 35% of all platinum mined each year is used for jewelry or investment.
The other 65% is used up by industry to make medical, electrical, chemical and automotive components like catalytic converters. The automotive industry actually uses about 40% of all platinum mined.
Sounds Good, But What Happens To Platinum During A Financial Market Crash?
Yes, the apex predator and biggest safe haven in financial panics is gold, but if gold is a wolf, platinum is a coyote. In past times of financial distress, platinum has followed gold’s lead as a safe haven asset that tends to be hoarded. The technicals of platinum and gold also are similar but since platinum is a smaller market, it is usually more volatile and makes bigger moves.
So Am I Swapping Some Of My Gold For Platinum?
Not a ton, but a little bit.
With the platinum gold ratio being so much in platinum’s favor right now it just makes sense to me. When the platinum I buy right now reverts back and becomes more expensive in relation to gold, I’ll probably sell it to increase the size of my gold stack.
Where can you get platinum?
Call them at 1-800-822-8080 and tell them world famous Hunter Riley III told you it’s time to go platinum for a little while. They can get you the precious metal, not the blonde.
If you’re looking for a platinum blonde instead, I suggest getting a table outside at Tavern On Rush on the Gold Coast in Chicago on a Sunday afternoon in June.
It is getting cold in Chicago.
Snow is falling as I write this.
Almost time to head south for the winter.
That Sunday in June sure seems a long way off.
Maybe I’ll see you there.
Hunter Riley III
Chicago, IL
Winter 2018
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