The Complete Black Market Guide

Posted by ZeroHedge

on Saturday, 15 August 2015 07:06

Source: Zero Hedge 

From $1,300 Tiger Penis To $800K Snipers: The Complete Black Market Price Guide

Havocscope has a price list for all sorts of Black Market Goods.
First, a bit on Havocscope’s methodology: 
Data listed within Havocscope’s website is collected from credible open-source documents such as newspapers, government reports and academic journals. The source for the figure is clearly listed on each data post. This allows users to see where the information has come from, judge the credibility of the source, and pursue further research if necessary.
That seems fair enough, and so, without further ado, we present current price lists for a veritable smorgasbord of illegal goods and services.
pngbase6478d5f4885214c92fAK-47 and Other Guns on the Black Market
• Afghanistan$1,500
• Afghanistan-Kabul$1,500 for US issued Night Vision Googles
• Australia$15,493 in Sydney
• Average price of AK-47 worldwide$534
• Canada$2,000 for handgun, $600 to rent
• Europe$400 to $900 for Rocket Launchers and AK-47s
• Iraq$800, with Osama Bin Laden’s favorite model for $2,000
• Iraq-Bullets$0.15 to $0.45 per bullet
• Iraq-Rocket Launcher$100, $50 per grenade
• Mexico-AK-47$1,400 on US border/$3,000 in South
• Mexico-Gernade$100 to $500 for M67 Grenade
• Niger Delta-AK-47$75
• Philippines$120 for .22 Caliber Magnum Black Widow
• Profit in the U.S.$500 for selling AK-47 to Drug Cartels
• Somalia$400 for Russian AK-47, $600 for North Korean AK-47
• Sudan$86 for AK-47, $33 for child
• Syria$2,100 for AK-47, $2,000 for RPG
• Thailand$2,600 for gun
• United States$400 in California’s black market
• United States-Small Pistol$20 to $100 in Dallas, TX

• Afghanistan – Election Bribes$1 to $18 per vote
• Afghanistan – Police Bribe$100,000 to be Police Chief




China is by far the world’s largest wine market

Posted by Globe Business

on Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:58

wine consumptionChina is not exactly renowned as a wine producer, yet its citizens have a serious taste for the beverage. China’s wine consumption in 2014 was more than double that of the No. 2 consumer, the United States, according to data from research firm IWSR. Between 2010 and 2014, China’s total consumption increased by about 36 per cent. Consumption in France and Italy – two major wine producers... CLICK HERE for the complete article



Plan B: Passports

Posted by Simon Black - Sovereign Man

on Friday, 13 June 2014 14:12

One of the things I've concluded from traveling to over 100 countries is that human beings are largely the same everywhere in the world.

Obviously, cultural differences abound. But from Saudi Arabia to Tanzania to Palau to Venezuela to Bangladesh, people everywhere love their children. They strive for happiness. They work at jobs they don't like for asshole bosses they hate for a wage that doesn't go as far as it used to.

And they dream of much more.

Yet depending on the lottery of one's birth, many people spend their entire lives limited by nationality-- where they can travel, where they can bank, where they can do business. All because of the color of one's passport.

This is an absurd idea. It's an accident of birth, and the color of a passport is as irrelevant as the color of one's skin.

Long ago, a passport was a rare gift from a monarch. Kublai Khan gave the Polo brothers (related to Marco Polo) a golden passport to ensure safe passage on their way back to Europe, warning any potential highwayman not to interfere with the Khan's Italian guests.

Today's it's just an electronic leash, full of biometric data and RFID chips. It is a means of control, a way to keep people tethered to a particular piece of dirt. And ultimately they serve no productive purpose.

A friend of mine recently demonstrated this absurdity; he's from Colombia, born to Colombian parents, and had a Colombian passport. So he always faced a high hurdle to obtain entry to the United States.

Then one day he began the process to obtain Spanish citizenship; his grandfather was from Spain, and he was able to prove the lineage on his father's side, eventually resulting in a Spanish passport.

He was exactly the same guy. Nothing changed. But it was life-changing.

One day he had a piece of paper from one government... and the next day he had a different piece of paper from a different government. Yet overnight he became a welcomed guest to visit the US, Europe, and pretty much most of the world.

As much as I would enjoy living in a reality in which these useless documents don't exist, I don't see them going away anytime soon.

imagesIn fact, the trend is for more control and more border security. And in this case, since having zero passports isn't really an option, I think it makes sense to have as many as possible.

Having multiple passports means more options. And more options means more freedom.

With multiple passports, you'll open up new possibilities of places to travel, live, work, invest, bank, and do business.

In extreme cases, having another passport means better security. After all, no one hijacks an airplane and threatens to kill all the Lithuanians.

Most of all, having another passport means that you and your family will always be welcome to another place should you ever need to get out of dodge.

Remember, rational people have a Plan B. And considering options for another passport is an important piece of that plan.

There are places (like Spain, Ireland, Italy, and Poland) where you can obtain another passport simply by having ancestry.

I have a very sharp friend here who is an immigration attorney that has obtained Italian citizenship for people whose ancestry goes back up to FOUR generations.

Given the huge European diaspora around the world, this is something that a LOT of people probably qualify for without even knowing.

And best of all, if you can qualify, the cost of obtaining one of these passports is minimal.

Yet if you take it upon yourself to do the legwork now, it's a gift that can be passed down to future generations of your family who will not even be born for decades.

There are very few investments in this world that can achieve that kind of return. Or peace of mind.

Have a great weekend, 


Simon Black 
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com
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PS: SMC members- watch out for an upcoming alert on this subject, including actionable contact information.

PPS: My deepest apologies to Mr. Sarkozy for yesterday's inexplicable brainfart.



30 Experiences You Should Have Before You Turn 30

Posted by Business Insider

on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 20:44

friends-happy-laughing-jumping-twenty-somethingsTurning 30 is a major milestone.

For many it means that you're no longer in the hard-partying, bad decision-making stage of your life, for better or for worse.

Before you turn the big 3-0 (or even if you already have), here are 30 things you should do, from adrenaline-pumping activities to experiences that help you grow.

Did we forget something on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments.




26 Great Gifts For Father's Day

Posted by Business Insider

on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 17:29

williams-sonoma-steak-grilling-1Grilling steaks and drinking beer is always great, but many dads dread the thought of receiving another tacky tie.

Take some time this year to prepare for Father's Day, on June 15th, and thank dad for all he's done with a gift he'll actually love.

Whether he's a golfer, tech guru, or beer aficionado, we've found the perfect gift for every type of dad.

Click HERE to see 25 more gifts »


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