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News Date: August 5, 2020

Most of the listed technology areas are closely related to military applications. But some of them range more widely like Energy conversion systems, being subject to secrecy orders detrimental to the national security.
The current list of technology areas that is used to screen patent applications for possible restriction under the Invention Secrecy Act is not publicly available and has been denied under the Freedom of Information Act.

The longest partial lunar eclipse of the century next week

The partial lunar eclipse will last three hours 28 minutes and 23 seconds. It is also the longest partial lunar eclipse for 580 years.
Everything you need to know about the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years:
The event will begin on November 19 at approximately 2.19 a.m. EST.
a) Everyone in North America will see it;
b) Don't miss the 'max red' moment;
c) Get up earlier to see 'Half Blood Moon';
d) It is the longest partial lunar eclipse this century;
e) The southern limb of the Moon won't turn red.

Bank Of England: Cash Is Trash

Last week the U.K. Bank of England raised interest rates to 1.75%.
This was meant to seem butch, but frankly 1.75% interest rates is historically the equivalent of zippo. The market didn't care much.
The 1 yen coin used to be gold, it is now aluminum.
The yen never recovered from its periods of inflation, but Japan's economy did and huge wealth was created, so in the end in periods of inflation, cash is trash.

The Reserve Bank of India has increased its gold reserve

There was a sharp jump in the foreign currency assets and gold reserves.
All components in forex reserves climbed with gold reserves outperforming foreign currency assets (FCA) in the week.
RBI announced key measures that are likely to protect the Indian rupee at the interbank forex market and further drive the reserves.
The value of gold reserves rose by $1.140 billion to $39.642 billion during the week ended July 29.
This is the highest monthly purchase since September 2021.

A Monetary System as Good as Gold

The gold standard provides a better anchor for inflation expectations without an obvious cost in terms of lower output or higher unemployment.
The gold standard isn't perfect. No system is. But it has many virtues. A strong case can be made that it's the best of all feasible institutional alternatives. Lawrence White, puts it: The gold standard is still the gold standard among monetary systems.

H.R.5404, a bill to define the dollar as a fixed weight of gold

H.R. 5404 is a bill introduced by Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV2) that would bring the U.S. back to the gold standard once and for all. It would take effect exactly 30 months after the bill was passed, to allow an adjustment period in the American economy. Interestingly for a Republican-introduced bill, if the bill was enacted any time after July 2018, that 30-month window would come under the administration of the 2020 election.

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