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While other commodities are floundering or completely collapsing in this market, lithium—the critical mineral in the emerging battery gigafactory war—is poised to explode, and going forward Nevada is emerging as the front line in this pending American lithium boom.
Most of the world’s lithium comes from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Australia and China, but American resources being developed by new entrants into this market have set up the state of Nevada to become the key venue and proving ground for game-changing trade in this everyday mineral. Nevada is about to get a boost first from Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) upcoming battery gigafactory, and then from all of its rivals.
For several years, experts have been predicting a lithium revolution, and while investors were being coy at first, the reality of the battery gigafactories is now clear, and nothing has hit this home more poignantly than Tesla’s recent supply agreements with lithium providers who will be the first beneficiaries of this boom, followed by a second round of lithium brine developers that are climbing quickly to the forefront.
As Jeb Handwerger—founder of Gold Stock Trades—recently told the Resource Investor: “This is just the beginning. We’re in the early stages of a revolution in powering transportation and homes. This really is disruptive technology. Annual growth in the battery space could be around 20 percent, which means that demand could double every five years. These batteries make smartphones, laptops, tablets, electric cars and even solar energy practical.”
Tesla—which will require large quantities of lithium at cheaper prices–has already signed agreements to purchase lithium from Canadian Bacanora Minerals Ltd and British Rare Earth Minerals Plc. in Mexico but has indicated that it is looking closer to home, and particularly in Nevada, which is ground zero for Tesla’s battery units.
For Nevada, there can be no more significant validation than Tesla’s lithium supply agreements. Albemarle Corp. already has the producing Rockwood mine, but Tesla and other gigafactory contenders are concerned about new lithium resources.
And the newest entrant on this scene—Dajin Resources Corp – has two projects in Nevada, only a short distance from Albemarle’s Rockwood producing mine and in close proximity to Pure Energy Mineral’s lithium development project, which just signed a preliminary supply agreement with Tesla.
Focused on the exploration of energy metal projects, Dajin has strategically located targets in Nevada, including over 3,800 acres in Alkali Lake, which is only 12 kilometers from the producing Rockwood Lithium Mine. It also has the Teels Marsh project, which covers over 3,000 acres in the Mineral County desert lake basin and is about 80 kilometers away from producing mines and new exploration targets that are all on the site of a volcanic eruption that many believe could have contributed lithium.
Where future supplies are concerned, investors will be looking closely at Dajin, which is 100% self-owned and operated. If it can post similar success in terms of exploring lithium brine, it could easily pop up as a favorite stock on investors’ radar.
And the brine is the place to be, putting Nevada at the front line of the North American lithium revolution at a time when other minerals are collapsing. The lithium, found in salty water, or brines, is the most cost-effective on the market; it’s cheap and easy to extract, giving competing battery gigafactories new, affordable American lithium resources that will be a global game-changer.
At the end of the day, Nevada has enough lithium brine to earn it a place among the key global venues—a list that for now includes the “Lithium Triangle” of Bolivia, Argentina and Chile, as well as China.
When it comes to lithium, “it’s all just talk if you don’t have an aquifer and a closed deep basin containing lithium,” says Dajin CEO Brian Findlay. “There aren’t many American properties out there like ours.”
Without lithium, there will be no battery gigafactories. In fact, one of these factories alone will need 15,000 tons of lithium carbonate a year just to get started—and the first is slated to come online as soon as next year.
Construction has already started on Tesla’s battery factory, where the assembly lines are expected to churn out enough lithium-ion batteries for 500,000 electric cars, according to Fortune magazine, and it should be operating at full capacity by 2020.
And the Tesla gigafactory is just the tip of this overall iceberg.
According to a report from the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, more than one million electric vehicles will be on the road globally by the end of this year—that means a spike in lithium demand, which Roskill consulting and research predicts will more than double from 2012 to 2017.
Even more than hybrid cars, grid storage and the ‘powerwall’ will drive lithium demand through the roof. In an interview with Reuters, General Electric said it expected this sector to quadruple to $6 billion by 2020 thanks to rising demand for industrial battery systems driven by increasing reliance on intermittent energy sources, such as wind and solar power, as well as the potential to add energy to the grid quickly when power needs spike.
Now the game is all about new resources—and specifically, American resources, with all eyes on the brine. Tesla knows this, and so do its competitors. Investors who know this will get in on the game before these new entrants start producing.
By James Stafford of Oilprice.com
Hat Tip: Craig Miller
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.
One must remember that the Jews have one, tiny country, the only place they have the right and capability to defend themselves by themselves. And it is our duty and my responsibility to see that we will never compromise about that. – Ariel Sharon (Z”L)
Peace is purchased from strength. It’s not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats. – Benyamin Netanyahu
One fulfills his national duty voluntarily, as best as one can. – PLO Spokesman and Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail on official PA TV, using the term ‘a national duty’ to describe the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin (HY”D) in front of four of their children.
When we are in a position where – through no fault of our own – physical force dominates, only one question can be asked: what is worse? To continue watching Jews being killed and the conviction grows that our lives our cheap, and among the whole world that we are spineless?…the blackest of all characteristics is the tradition of the cheapness of Jewish blood, on the shedding of which there is no prohibition and for which you do not pay. – Ze’ev Jabotinsky
This week’s winning essay is Joshuapundit’s Two Speeches And Some Funerals. It is my reaction to recent events in Israel and in Jerusalem and yes, their ultimate effect on America. Here’s a slice:
Anyone remotely following the news from Israel knows that some serious violence has broken out there. As usual, the media bends over backwards to paint this as a ‘cycle of violence’ for which both sides are responsible. This is an outrageous, Newspeak lie, and as I’ll show you, it has some serious implications for America,believe it or not.
Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have long practiced a double game perfected by Abbas’s old chief, Yasser Arafat. The idea is to mouth platitudes in English while funding and encouraging genocide against Jews in Arabic in the PLO’s schools, mosques and media. And the current explosion of violence against Israel’s Jews is directly linked to this tactic.
Abbas’s recent speeches have literally involved marching orders to the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians to violently attack Jews, primarily but not limited to Jerusalem.
Abbas was preparing the ground as long ago as September 17, just prior to the Jewish High Holy Days, saying: “Every drop of blood that has been spilled in Jerusalem is holy blood as long as it was for Allah. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded, Allah willing.’ … We will not allow them to carry out their actions and divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], and stated: ‘The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, and they have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.”
At the same time, the signals to attack Jews were amplified in th3e mosques, schools and media of ‘Palestine’ as they always are.
The Muslim Waqf which controls the al-Aksa mosque allowed the stockpiling of rocks, firebombs and iron bars on the mosque specifically to attack Jews worshiping at the Kotel(the Western Wall) below.
They deliberately sought to provoke a reaction from Israeli security forces.
In case you think mere rocks are no problem, I invite you to read this woman’s account of being assaulted by the brave ‘Palestinian’ warriors.
Other attacks were planned and carried out against Israelis without warning, with cars being particularly vulnerable because of their orange Israeli license plates.
One of the first to die was Alexander Levlovitz, who was murdered when his car was attacked in the neighborhood of Har Homa. His wife and baby were injured by shards of broken glass.
One Israeli woman was actually pulled from her car after it was stoned and was only saved from assault and worse by Israeli passerbys who fired on the crowd.
Mahmoud Abbas’s recent speech in the UN has to be seen in the context of the terrorist attacks he and Fatah were and are encouraging.
In it, he talked of ‘a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people’ and ‘the historic injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people in Al-Nakba of 1948, the occupying Power has chosen to defy the entire world by launching its war on Gaza, by which its jets and tanks brutally assassinated lives and devastated the homes, schools and dreams of thousands of Palestinian children, women and men and in reality destroying the remaining hopes for peace.’
Actually, it’s the other way around. The real attempted genocide is being launched by the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians against Israel’s Jews.
Abbas also said that the Palestinian Authority was no longer bound by Oslo or any other agreements it has signed with Israel. That was really no big news since they have never abided by the terms of Oslo anyway, and Selim Fayyad, the former PLO PM made it clear some time ago.
Under US law and the terms of the agreements, this should have resulted in a suspension of funding for ‘Palestine.’ Don’t hold your breath. Instead, the ‘Palestinian’ flag was raised at the UN for the first time, in spite of the fact that only member nations are supposed to be allowed to do so.Deceitful, which is how both Benyamin Netanyahu and virtually every Israeli figure of note referred to the speech hardly covers this tissue of lies.
The speech, by the way was attended by America’s UN ambassador and President Obama, neither of whom attended Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu’s subsequent speech on which more later. But it was obviously the signal for more terrorist attacks.
Eitam and Naama Henkin (HY”D) , were murdered in a drive by shooting by Arabs belonging to the al-Aksa Martyrs brigade, part of Fatah. They were killed in front of four of their children. According to investigators, Eitem used his last strength to open the car door and tell his four children aged aged 4 months, 4, 7 and 9 to flee and hide. That and the fact that the alarm had been raised is all that saved them. Eitam Henkin, by the way, was an America citizen, and our Secretary of State’s response was a pro forma condemnation and an urge for both sides to ‘reduce tension.’
One of the weapons involved was a U.S. M-16 provided for PLO ‘security forces.’
Thousands of Israelis attended their funeral…and a particularly poignant moment was when their nine-year old son recited kaddish for his parents, the Jewish prayer for the dead. The Henkins left six children to be raised by their grandparents.
Aside from throwing rocks and firebombs, another tactic being used is random stabbings. There have been multiple attacks of this sort.
One of the more serious ones involved the murder of Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Banita, 21 (HY’D)and the stabbing and wounding of Mrs. Banita and her baby as Arab onlookers applauded, spat on them and kicked them.
Here’s how the BBC reported this attack:
The attacks have continued, without even a faux condemnation by the PLO or Abbas. And why not? This is exactly what they’ve encouraged and planned.
For more on the Obama Administration’s reaction, Netanyahu’s UN speech and the implications here at home for America, please go to the link.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Sultan Knish with Three Cheers for Terroristine submitted by The Independent Sentinel. When Sultan Knish gets going, he has a way of getting to the heart of the matter few can match. A must read.
Here are this week’s full results. Only Don Surber was unable to vote, but was not affected by the usual 2/3 vote penalty:
- *First place with 2 2/3 votes! – Joshuapundit – Two Speeches And Some Funerals
- Second place with 2 votes – Maggie’s Notebook – Yeah, Definitely Political: Guns, Obama, Joyce Foundation: Targeted SCOTUS Decisions –– Funded with Lies, Stifled Descent
- Third place with 1 2/3 votes – The Right Planet – The Curious Case of Ahmed’s Clock Part III
- Fourth place with 1 1/3 votes – The Glittering Eye – Explain Syria to Me
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote – NoisyRoom – Cruz Stands Alone In The Senate – A Lone Voice For Americans… A True Conservative [Video]
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote – Don Surber – Washington’s solution? Gun-free zones in Syria
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Bookworm Room – The Left rejects science, logic, and morality to stake out an absolutist position on abortion
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Puma By Design – New York Daily News Hires BLM Leader/Fake Black Guy, Shaun King
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – VA Right! – UPDATED: Will Canova Peterson Agree to a Dual Forum on October 13? Glenn Millican is Available!
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Nice Deb – Ralph Peters: Obama’s “a Deer Caught in the Headlights Of History”
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Razor – The Razor Celebrates 14 Years (of Disgust)
- *First place with 2 2/3 votes! – Sultan Knish – Three Cheers for Terroristine submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Volokh Conspiracy – Zero correlation between state homicide rate and state gun laws submitted by The Razor
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Charles Lipson – The Progressive Left and Israel’s Right to Exist submitted by Joshuapundit
- Third place with 1 1/3 vote – Bret Stephens/WSJ – President Mumbo Jumbo submitted by The Watcher
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Michelle Malkin – Why America Hates the GOP-Obamatrade Deal submitted by The Right Planet
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Rush Limbaugh – We’re Erasing Western Civilization submitted by Nice Deb
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Breitbart – Europe’s Rape Epidemic: Western Women Will Be Sacrificed At The Altar Of Mass Migration submitted by The Watcher
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes – John Daniel Davidson/The Federalist – Chris Mintz Defies The Age Of The Beta Male submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes – Spencer Ackerman/The Guardian – Doctors Without Borders airstrike: US alters story for fourth time in four days submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Sixth place with 1/3 vote – Bruce Thornton/Front Page Magazine – The Roots of Obama’s Catastrophic Foreign Policy submitted by Puma By Design
See you next week!
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Accuracy in Media
Near the end of Mel Gibson’s film “Apocalypto,” we see Christian missionaries arriving in the New World to save the natives from a culture of death that celebrates beheadings and human sacrifices to pagan Gods. Gibson has said he based the dramatic landing scene on the fourth expedition of the great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. But celebrating the spread of Christianity has become so politically incorrect that a New Age adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has called for repealing Columbus Day.
Marianne Williamson, a prominent supporter of Sanders and his “political revolution,” writes in her book, The Healing of America, that Columbus was “a murderer of indigenous peoples,” and says his life “was a model for the standard of enslavement and killings that came to characterize much of European settlement in the New World…”
She insists that Columbus Day, which was declared a federal holiday in 1937 by President Franklin Roosevelt, must be repealed.
“When it comes to celebrating Columbus or Columbus Day we should just say no,” she writes. She proposes that Columbus Day be replaced by “Immigrants’ Day.”
Williamson, founder of The Peace Alliance and the campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace, has been doing much in the political realm other than promoting Sanders and writing about his “revolutionary” vision on the Sanders campaign website. She is sponsoring a conference in Washington, D.C. this month featuring such luminaries as Phil Donahue and promoting “personal peace” and the teaching of “peace in schools.”
In this context, a former teacher who is the curriculum editor of a group called Rethinking Schools and the co-director of the Zinn Education Project hasproposed the abolition of Columbus Day and creation of what amounts to an “Indigenous Peoples Lives Matter” movement. The name “Zinn” refers to Howard Zinn, the Communist Party member who rewrote American history in favor of a “people’s struggle” against evil elites.
While Sanders has embraced Williamson, even speaking at one of her “Sister Giant” feminist conferences, it’s not clear if Sanders favors the tearing down of theColumbus Memorial Fountain, which is located at Union Station in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from Sanders’ Senate office.
What’s more, there are images of Columbus throughout the U.S. Capitol complex. One shows Columbus examining a globe and chart, using an octant, mercury barometer, and magnetic compass to plan his voyages.
The attack on America’s history as a nation of European immigrants is not new, although the involvement of New Agers and Bernie Sanders supporters like Williamson in this assault doesn’t get any attention in the press. Sanders is usually portrayed as a nice man who believes in a “democratic” version of socialism, unlike the Soviet approach.
However, many Americans are tired of the trashing of their nation’s European roots and are now pushing back against the attempt to smear the reputations of those like Columbus who brought Christian civilization to natives who practiced savagery and barbarism.
An interesting historical fact is that the Columbus voyages were designed to counter the influence of global Islam. “By sailing west, Columbus was aiming to outflank Islam, gaining access to the riches of the East so as to finance the retaking of Jerusalem,” writes Ben Broussard. “Since the fall of Constantinople in 1453 [to Muslim armies], while Columbus was still a child, calls had come from all corners of Europe to renew the Crusade. Columbus saw himself as the instrument to fulfill the longed-for end.”
While the politically correct major media avoid the truth about the reasons for the voyages and what motivated the discovery of the New World, bloggers are stepping forward to answer the question, “Why was Columbus looking for a trade route to the East?” The Citizen Warrior blog notes that “during its second great jihad, Islam had invaded Central Asia and defeated Constantinople in 1453, cutting off the overland route for Europeans. Islamic armies continued their jihad northward, and conquered much of what is now Eastern Europe, until they were finally stopped at the gates of Vienna in 1683 (on September 11th).”
In his book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades), Robert Spencer confirms this, noting that the march of Islam had closed the existing trade routes to the East and that Columbus was trying to “bypass the Muslims” and make it possible for Europeans to reach India by sea.
The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), an organization of men and women of Italian heritage in the United States, has vigorously defended Columbus in a report entitled “Columbus: Fact Vs. Fiction.” However, the report notes that since 1992 “special interest groups” have “used this 15th century Renaissance navigator to further their 21st century political and social agendas.”
Of course, we know these “special interest groups” are the anti-American and Marxist-oriented organizations whose agendas include denigrating America’s Founding Fathers as white racists who oppressed the natives.
There was a time when Democrats and Republicans honored Columbus and didn’t bow to political correctness. In a statement on Columbus Day issued in 1940, President Roosevelt declared, “The courage and the faith and the vision of the Genoese navigator glorify and enrich the drama of the early movement of European people to America. Columbus and his fellow voyagers were the harbingers of later mighty movements of people from Spain, from Columbus’s native Italy and from every country in Europe. And out of the fusion of all these national strains was created the America to which the Old World contributed so magnificently.”
The OSIA report notes that while left-wing activists portray the New World at the time of the arrival of Columbus as an earthly paradise, the natives “practiced cannibalism, ritual human sacrifice and slavery and suffered from syphilis, hepatitis, addictive cocaine use and cancer, caused by smoking.”
The Gibson film “Apocalypto” depicts the human sacrifices in dramatic and graphic scenes, as human hearts are literally cut out of victims and offered up to their sun god. A Mayan priest then chops off a victim’s head, holding it high and then rolling it down a stairway.
In a review, Dr. Peter Hammond, Director of Frontline Fellowship, writes, “By the time the Christians arrive, we have a far greater understanding of what life was like in Central America before the blessings of European civilization brought an end to the incessant genocidal tribal warfare, rampant slavery and human sacrifices of idolatrous paganism.”
The bloody pre-Christian paganism that preceded the arrival of the Christian missionaries is what is now being sold as a Garden of Eden that America should be celebrating instead of Columbus.
With abortions being performed in the U.S. at the rate of over 3,000 per day, and baby parts being harvested for profit, as documented by the Center for Medical Progress, one can only conclude America is already well on its way back to barbarism.
But Marianne Williamson, who ran for Congress on a “pro-choice” platform, thinks honoring Columbus gives America a bad name. That Bernie Sanders embraces her and gladly accepts her advice says a lot about the nature of the Sanders socialist “revolution.” Williamson calls it a “Revolution of Love” against a “sociopathic economy” that requires meditation. “Ignite the change,” she concludes.
Who will defend Christian civilization and Columbus against this New Age socialist gibberish?
By: Cliff Kincaid
With Barack Obama as U.S. president, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has emerged as the leader of the Free World. Brian Lilley of The Rebel.Media discusses how Obama’s campaign staffers are helping Harper’s political enemies in the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party. Lilley says Harper has focused on the economy “and moving incrementally in a conservative manner.” He countered a socialist proposal for a national day care system with tax credits for parents. He is tough on illegal immigration but open to legal immigration. Gay marriage and abortion-on-demand are realities in Canada, but Harper has stopped euthanasia, Lilley says. The former commentator for the Sun News Network also discusses why the channel is now defunct and how people can support TheRebel.media as a conservative alternative in Canada and around the world.