Not quite ready for investment… but still Disneyland for nature lovers

In the spring of 1937, a young Scottish diplomat named Fitzroy Maclean embarked on a two year journey across the Soviet Union.

It was something that no Westerner had done in more than two decades, and this was well before any modern conveniences, so Maclean had to travel by any means necessary-- including donkey cart.

Years later he published a wonderful book about his experience called Eastern Approaches.

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Texas wants to make sex jokes illegal

Here’s our Friday roll up of the most absurd and concerning articles we came across this week.

UK bans advertisement with “harmful gender stereotypes”


UK bureaucrats will now decide if ads and commercials are too offensive.

New regulations ban advertisements with gender stereotypes "that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence."

So a woman cleaning while a man is being lazy-- banned.

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Yikes! Japan has more people over the age of 80 than under the age of 10

Earlier this week the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs released its 2019 world population report… and there were a number of very interesting findings:

1) World population continues to grow slightly, but the rate of global population growth is at the lowest level since at least 1950.

 2) Global population growth rates are unevenly distributed. Developed nations (including the US, Japan, Western Europe) suffer from alarming declines in fertility rates,[...] Click here to continue reading

Rejoice. The end of Banking is nigh.

On January 3, 2009, about six months before I launched Sovereign Man more than a decade ago, the Bitcoin blockchain came into existence.

50 bitcoins were mined by the network’s creator in that very first transaction. And within a few days, the first open-source Bitcoin software was released.

Few people noticed. By October of 2009, the value of a single Bitcoin was still just $0.0009 (9/100th of a penny).

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Celebrating 10 years from the oldest hotel in the world

In the year 705 AD, a Japanese entrepreneur named Fujiwara Mahito opened a small inn at the foot of the Akaishi mountains in central Honshu.

At the time, few people probably thought the inn would last very long.

Fujiwara didn’t know anything about being an innkeeper... he had been groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps and serve the emperor as a bureaucrat.

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Four insane data privacy scandals, just from this month

For this Friday’s roll-up of bizarre and disturbing stories from around the world, we found ourselves zeroing-in on some ridiculous data privacy violations.

Soccer app spies on fans


The Spanish soccer (sigh, OK-- football) league, known by fans around the world simply as La Liga, knew that most pubs across Europe showing its matches weren’t paying for the subscription.

La Liga was sick of losing out on royalties from the pirated video streams. So[...] Click here to continue reading

Meanwhile, over on Planet Japan

It was only a few days ago that the Japanese government’s Financial Services Agency published its oddly-titled “Annual Report on Ageing Society”.

(Like everything in Japan, English translations often hilariously miss the mark...)

This is a report that the Ministry of Finance puts out every year. And as the name implies, the report discusses the state of Japan’s pension fund, and its future prospects for taking care of its senior citizens.

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As Hong Kong refuses to bend the knee…

Sun Tzu, the legendary Chinese general of the 6th century BC Zhou Dynasty, famously wrote in the Art of War:

“When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength.”

Modern day governments understand this principle very well. And that’s lesson #1 I want to discuss today.
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Who would possibly do something so crazy? Pretty much everyone in Japan.

It was precisely 20 seconds past 9:44am on November 14, 2017 that Japan Railways train number 5255 departed from Minami Nagareyama Station on the outskirts of Tokyo.

Hardly anything seems noteworthy about a train leaving a station. It happens countless times each day all over the world.

Except THIS particular train was supposed to depart FORTY seconds past 9:44am. So it left the station 20 seconds early.

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Not too shabby for a place with no natural resources…

There are truly so many things to love about Hong Kong.

Most visitors would probably gush about the exotic night life or legendary cuisine (the Cantonese, they say, eat anything with four legs... except the table.)

All of those things are fine and good. But at the top of my own list of things that I love about Hong Kong is that this place is a veritable monument to the awe-inspiring forces of[...] Click here to continue reading

Local government seized countless children based on falsified drug test results

Rejoice, it’s Friday. Here is our weekly roll-up of bizarre and disturbing stories from around the world.
1. Local government seized countless children based on falsified drug test results
For years, the county of Ozark, Alabama hired a private laboratory to analyze paternity and drug tests.

These were pretty critical tests… because the county would rely on those test results to determine whether or not to take someone’s children away from them.

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My bank in Denmark just offered me a NEGATIVE rate of interest to borrow money

[Editor’s Note: Today’s note was penned by one of our international contributing editors.]

Yesterday I called my bank in Denmark, Nordea, and couldn’t believe what they told me…

They offered to lend me money at MINUS 0.12% for a ten-year mortgage.

In other words, the bank would PAY ME to take out a loan.

Of course, as a Sovereign Man editor, I’ve written a lot about negative interest rates. But most[...] Click here to continue reading

New York City trying to “liberate” teachers from their “whiteness”

Happy Friday everyone. Here’s our weekly roll-up of some of the most bizarre (and occasionally happy) stories from around the world that we’re following:

NYC schools training teachers to discriminate against white students


A new mandatory, $23 million “anti-bias” program is training New York City school teachers to discriminate against white children, no matter what.

The New York Post recently published remarks from one training session, in which the instructor defined ‘racial equality’ as[...] Click here to continue reading

Here is how your startup can access millions in investment funding

Five years ago, a company called Yo raised $1.5 million at a $10 million valuation.

What did investors and end-users get for this much money? An app that allowed users to send the message “Yo,” (and NOTHING else) to their friends.

It didn’t take long for the company to blow through all that cash in typical Silicon Valley manner, and let go of all its employees.

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BMW cars have outperformed BMW stock by over 600%

In 1956, BMW released a brand new line of roadsters, the 507.

It was a slick convertible and became a hit with celebrities. In 1959, the very first Bond girl from Dr. No - Ursula Andress - took possession of this brand new BMW 507 roadster.

It was re-designed 40 years later into the BMW Z8, which is the car that Pierce Brosnan drove in James Bond, The World is Not Enough.

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Congressman wants to ban Bitcoin because it threatens the Federal Reserve

Happy Friday everyone. Here’s our weekly roll-up of some of the most bizarre (and often disturbing) stories from around the world that we’re following:


Apparently it’s a crime to sit down in public


A dangerous criminal in the United Kingdom has been sentenced to 20 weeks in prison after an egregious crime spree.


This psychopath admitted to the heinous crime of SITTING in public THREE TIMES, without a valid excuse.


The homeless man had already[...]

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After so many years, this place is still amazing

Like many of our readers, I’ll never forget the Great Crash and the Global Financial Crisis from more than a decade ago.


Some of you may be too young to remember. But it was pretty gruesome.


One of the largest investment banks in the world collapsed in September 2008, nearly dragging down the world economy with it.


Practically overnight it became apparent that the global financial system was a house of cards. Some of the[...]

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Five years in prison for offending someone online…

Let the weekly absurdity begin!


New SAT scoring will combat Asian privilege


The infamous SAT has been used since 1926 as a sort of university entrance exam to objectively test high school students’ scholastic aptitude. Until now.


Test administrators announced plans this week to include an ‘adversity score’ for every student taking the SAT.


This score will excuse poor test results if the student lives in a high crime neighborhood, went to a poor high[...]

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Central banks are buying gold at the fastest pace in six years

Earlier this month the World Gold Council published its quarterly report-- and it shows that central banks and foreign governments from around the world are buying up gold at their fastest pace in six years.

This is pretty big news, and it says a LOT about the future of the dollar.

Remember, central banks and foreign governments hold literally TRILLIONS of dollars of reserves... and traditionally they do this by buying US government[...] Click here to continue reading

More ridiculous Civil Asset Forfeiture shenanigans

Each Friday we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following:

Chicago police run a vehicle impound racket


Imagine dropping your car off at the local mechanic because you need to get your engine tuned up.

A few days later you come back to pick up your car, only to find out that it has been impounded by the police.

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Here’s a lesson from the 108,000 millionaires who left their home countries last year

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, more than 108,000 millionaires left their home countries last year in search of greener pastures.


Most emigrated from countries like China and Russia… no surprise there.


India also saw a large outflow of millionaires as tax authorities tightened their grip. And Turkey continues to see an exodus, in the wake of strong-man President Erdogan.


But Western countries like France and England also lost boat loads (or planes full)[...]

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Green Revolution: Washington State to allow composting of human beings

Each Friday we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following:


1. Washington State will allow human body composting

It doesn’t get much greener than this.

Staking his presidential run on climate change, the Governor of Washington is set to sign a bill legalizing composting of deceased humans.

An especially high percentage of the deceased in Washington[...] Click here to continue reading

Social Security will cross another dangerous milestone next year

In the year 1890, according to census records, my great-great-grandfather was spending the final years of his life living with one of his children on a farm in Choctaw County, Oklahoma.


I’ve spent most of the last twenty years doing some hardcore research into my family history-- and I’ve identified records going all the way back to 1250 in England.


And one common theme that I’ve noticed: when people reached a certain age, they almost[...]

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Just released: Social Security earned a pitiful 2.8% on your money last year

Hot off the presses: The Board of Trustees for the Social Security and Medicare programs in the United States just released their annual report a few minutes ago.


And if you want to read all of its gory detail, check it out for yourself here.


Both of these programs are massively and terminally underfunded. And not by a little bit.


The Board of Trustees itself calculates Social Security’s long-term shortfall at a mind boggling $43+[...]

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Are you descended from the Visigoths? Get ready to pay up!

Each Friday we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following:


Cory Booker introduces reparations bill


Get ready for a slippery slope, because because Cory Booker just introduced a reparations bill in Congress.


The 2020 Presidential contender said, “this bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country... and propose solutions[...]

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Netflix’s unbelievable cash burn just got 60% worse

If you’re a big fan of shows like Narcos, Stranger Things, House of Cards, or Orange is the New Black, you might want to think about sending a fruit basket to anyone you know who is a Netflix shareholder.


Netflix reported its quarterly earnings again yesterday afternoon. And, as expected, the company is losing a metric truckload.


According to its own financial statements, Netflix burned nearly half a billion dollars in the last quarter. That’s[...]

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Astonishing opportunities in one of the oldest cities in the world

By the time Alexander the Great and his Macedonian army conquered the city of Samarkand in 329 BC, the city had already existed for centuries.


Samarkand had been a prominent, vibrant regional capital in the Persian Empire prior to the Macedonians’ arrival.


And under Alexander the city flourished even more. He declared it one of the most majestic places he had ever been, and the city served as a critical outpost for his conquests in[...]

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Elizabeth Warren wants to end “beyond a reasonable doubt” for criminal convictions

Each Friday we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following:


Elizabeth Warren wants to destroy centuries of legal standards


To take your freedom requires more evidence than to take your money. For now.


Criminal convictions depend on the accused being guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. Civil convictions depend only on a preponderance of evidence pointing to guilt.


But Senator Elizabeth Warren[...]

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New York City just went from Dumb to Dumber…

A few months ago, I wrote to you about how New York City wants to tax people who own second homes there.


They call it a pied-a-terre tax, and the geniuses behind it believe that it will help plug the city’s $1 billion budget shortfall.


Bill de Blasio himself, the mayor of New York City, has voiced his enthusiasm in soaking the rich.


Hedge fund manager Ken Griffin became one of the primary victims of[...]

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Four ways that Uncle Sam will respond to its $75 trillion insolvency

Last week I told you that the US government recently reported a negative net worth of MINUS $75 TRILLION.


That’s not a type-o. According to the Treasury Department’s annual financial report for Fiscal Year 2018 (which they just published last week), the US government is hopelessly bankrupt.


Now, I’m not talking about this trying to stoke fear and panic.


Quite the opposite-- I’m hoping that this conversation results in calm optimism. But the point is[...]

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The latest Social Justice absurdity…

Each Friday we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following:


What age do you identify as?


It happens way too often here at Sovereign Man… we joke around about the next outlandish demands of Social Justice Warriors. And then it happens.


This time the Journal of Medical Ethics published a paper arguing that if you don’t feel your “chronological” age, you[...]

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US government’s net worth is now NEGATIVE $75 TRILLION

Usually around the middle of February each year, the US Treasury Department releases an annual report of the federal government’s financial condition.


It’s called the Financial Report of the US Government... and it looks a lot like an annual report that you might see filed by a big company like Apple or Facebook.


Except that, unlike Apple and Facebook, the US government’s annual report is absolutely gruesome.


This year’s report is no exception, save for[...]

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25% of Millennials no longer having sex due to financial problems

My grandfather was just a toddler when soldiers came home from World War One in 1918.


They brought the deadly Spanish Flu with them, which killed well over 50 million worldwide.


As a young adult, my grandfather struggled through the Great Depression with the rest of the world.


And just as things started looking up, World War II broke out.


Lucky for me, he survived it all.


After the war, my grandfather took a job[...]

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Here’s why the Federal Reserve rejected the safest bank in America

In the spring of 1692, an energetic young Scotsman named John Campbell started a new business in central London.


Campbell was a goldsmith, and his business sold jewelry and other crafted metals like plates and silverware.


But Campbell’s new company had another business line as well: banking. And the company he started eventually became Coutts & Co., a bank that still exists today in the UK.


Since the dawn of the Bronze Age thousands of[...]

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SWAT team seizes children because their parents disagreed with a doctor

Today we’re continuing our new weekly feature, where each Friday we highlight a number of often bizarre stories from around the world that we’re closely following.

Texas tries to pass a law to legalize lemonade stands run by children


When it comes to business, this story pretty much sums up how far the Land of the Free has fallen from its free-wheeling economic golden age.

We’ve covered a number of stories over the years[...] Click here to continue reading