We have discussed Palantir and its depredations in numerous programs. The news that Palantir–the alpha predator of the electronic surveillance landscape and inextricably linked with the most critical parts of the intelligence community–has bought millions of dollars of gold bars and will accept payment in gold bullion as payment for future transactions raises interesting questions. (The company is named after the “seeing stones” in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.) This follows the company’s relocation to Denver from the Bay Area by roughly a year. Joe Biden’s Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines was a key member of Biden’s transition team, as well as a consultant to Palantir, the key player in which is Peter Thiel. Thiel is also a big part of “Team Trump”. WFMU-FM is podcasting For The Record–You can subscribe to the podcast HERE.