ECONOMY

Jun 09 08:43

Russian companies ‘de-dollarize’ and switch to yuan, other Asian currencies

Russia will start settling more contracts in Asian currencies, especially the yuan, in order to lessen its dependence on the dollar market, and because of Western-led sanctions that could freeze funds at any moment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good reason for Americans to start dumping the dollar and conducting commerce with something else!

Jun 09 08:38

I Owe My Soul

Let's put the song aside for the moment and have a look at a concept that has been bandied about by the European Central Bank (ECB) for a while now. Since the collapse of the central banks would doom the world (their claim, not mine), it is essential that the banks be saved no matter what else must be sacrificed. Efforts to "save" the situation have been implemented through quantitative easing (QE) and the setting and continuation of low interest rates.

Unfortunately, in spite of record profits by banks and staggering bonuses handed out to senior bank executives, somehow the QE and low interest rates have not created the prosperity desired. The economy is still in the tank. What to do?

A solution being considered is to create "negative interest rates." Sounds logical, doesn't it? If low interest rates have kept the economy from crashing but haven't fixed it, surely, negative interest rates can only be more positive.

Jun 09 07:27

A parallel Chinese financial order

I have commented before about China's dissatisfaction with the global monetary system. China is not an obstructive power. It is, in its way, a committed member of the current economic order. It has strong support at the UN. But it is hedging too, working assiduously to create alternative financial systems to the established ones.

Jun 08 09:13

BOYCOTTING THE BOYCOTTERS

Blacklisted by the `Jewish Community’ over Israel, the Shondes Take their Stand

Jun 08 05:58

New head of European conservatives dismisses Cameron's EU demands

The new head of the biggest group of conservatives in the European Parliament dismissed on Saturday demands by British Prime Minister David Cameron to put the brakes on European integration.

Manfred Weber, the new chairman of the European People's Party (EPP), also told a German paper that the group still backed its candidate Jean-Claude Juncker to be the next Commission president despite opposition from Britain.

Jun 08 05:57

Martin Rowson on D-day and the European Union - cartoon

Jun 07 16:05

90% Of Gazprom Clients Have "De-Dollarized", Will Transact In Euro & Renminbi

Following Obama and Putin's "caught on tape" meeting Vine'd by the French President, we can't help but wonder if the Russian leaders comments were something akin to "this is not over yet." With "De-Dollarization" efforts already broadly under discussion, ITAR-TASS reports that Gazprom had signed additional agreements for clients to switch from dollars to euros and renminbi, "nine of ten consumer had agreed to switch."

Jun 07 07:39

IMF wants Barbados to take urgent action

THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY Fund (IMF) is sounding a note of urgency over Barbados’ economy and calling for fiscal consolidation post-haste.

Though admitting that Government had implemented most of its budgetary measures, a team from the Washington-based IMF left Barbados yesterday stressing the need for follow-up to ensure that those measures produce material results in the near term.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This follows a three-notch downgrade by Moody's. Barbados, while exporting some products such as rum, is heavily dependent on tourism, and tourism is down across the board both from the economy and from TSA abuses.

Jun 07 06:43

US military intrusions 'ineffective, shameful': Analyst

Americans are “fed up” with the US military’s “foreign intrusions” in other countries, a military analyst in New York says, calling Washington’s aggressive foreign policy “ineffective and shameful.”

“The American people are expecting us to get out of these foreign intrusions, we can’t afford them, we’ve not been successful with them,” Michael Burns told Press TV on Wednesday.

“It’s an embarrassment, it’s a shame on the traditional American policy,” Burns said. “The American people are just chagrined and shamed over the ineffectiveness of our intrusions into other people’s business.

Jun 07 06:40

New neocon bill: designed to protect Ukraine or to promote business interests of US fracking firms?

A bill designed to counter non-existent “Russian aggression” envisages allocation of hundreds of millions of dollars on military needs. But the military are not its only beneficiary: US fracking firms, facing enormous criticism in the West, are to start expansion to the Eastern Europe under the guise of making post-Soviet states independent of Russian gas supplies. Some critics have already labeled the bill, sponsored by neocon senators, a “personal enrichment law”.

Jun 06 07:32

The Good And The Not- So-Good News About US Jobs In One Chart

Jun 06 07:25

Half The Country Makes Less Than $27,520 A Year And 15 Other Signs The Middle Class Is Dying

If you make more than $27,520 a year at your job, you are doing better than half the country is. But you don’t have to take my word for it, you can check out the latest wage statistics from the Social Security administration right here. But of course $27,520 a year will not allow you to live “the American Dream” in this day and age. After taxes, that breaks down to a good bit less than $2,000 a month. You can’t realistically pay a mortgage, make a car payment, afford health insurance and provide food, clothing and everything else your family needs for that much money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since the beginning of outsourcing of manufacturing in the 80s, there has been a steady decline in the standard of living for far too many Americans, and a staggering number of American children live in poverty right now.

Do not think for a moment that this is anything but deliberate. Traditionally, protest movements have come from the middle class; eliminate the middle class, and you have very little in terms of protests against the government, coupled with a dependence on it, so that people do not dare question what the government is doing at any given moment.

Jun 06 06:55

Stockman - The Military Industrial Complex & Total Collapse

Eric King: "If the fighting continues in Ukraine, is it just going to continue to be a stalemate over there?"

Stockman: "It could well devolve into a full-fledged civil war, and that would be really unfortunate for the people. ... That is the result of the constitutional and political crisis that was provoked last November and December, not by Putin and the Russians, but by the (U.S.) State Department and the CIA and the so-called non-governmental organizations that are swarming all over eastern Europe trying to stir up trouble. It’s an indication that what I call the military-industrial complex, this warfare state with all the spy agencies and this massive war machine that we have, is a dangerous thing to keep in being. We don’t need it. It should be demobilized. It should be dramatically reduced so that the people who operate it aren’t tempted to start stirring up trouble."

Jun 06 06:53

Bilderberg Authoritarianism Destroys Humanity

Knowing the accuracy of historical reality is difficult, but accepting the truth in that chronicle is almost impossible for most people to accept. This reluctance to deal with the stark and calculated obliteration of societal freedom is the ultimate curse of the human condition. The denial of the authoritarian plan by elites like the Bilderberg cabal is the equivalent of Satan's greatest lie, convincing us he does not exist. Well, the days of casting the smear of conspiracy over any reporting on the secret and hidden conclave of global manipulators, is officially over.

Jun 06 06:23

US Corporations Dump Dollar for Chinese Renminbi to Buy Imports

The U.S. dollar is being increasingly dropped as the currency for settling international trade. But perhaps the latest trend provides the most startling evidence yet that the dollar is doomed as the world reserve currency.

The Financial Times reported today that U.S. corporations are using the Chinese renminbi to buy imports over three times more than they had the previous year:

Jun 05 13:33

More On China's "Missing Commodity" Scandal: Fallout Spreads As Banks Get Involved

While we have warned about the problem with near-infinitely rehypothecated physical/funding commodities/metals, be they gold or copper, many times in the past, and most recently here, it was only yesterday that China finally admitted it has a major problem involving not just the commodities participating in funding deals - in this case copper and aluminum - but specifically their infinite rehypothecation, which usually results in the actual underlying metal mysteriously "disappearing", as in it never was there to begin with.

Jun 05 10:27

Scary 1929 market chart gains traction

There are eerie parallels between the stock market’s recent behavior and how it behaved right before the 1929 crash.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Just a coincidence. Really. Everything is fine. Fine, fine, fine, fine, FINE! Wanna see me work out some more?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 05 10:00

The Lives of America's Homeless

"We start every interview by asking people to say their name, their age, and where they slept last night."

That's how Margaret Miles describes a project she directs at St. Stephen's Human Services in Minneapolis that is documenting the stories of homeless people across the state of Minnesota. Begun in 2008, the project has collected more than 600 oral histories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More of Lloyd Blankfein doing "God's work."

Jun 05 08:54

American gas won't save us, say EU leaders

Jun 05 07:43

A parallel Chinese financial order

The Financial Times ran a front page piece last Monday claiming that China has ordered a ban on state-owned companies using Western management consulting companies. It is alleged by senior Chinese sources that 'foreigners use their consulting companies to find out everything they want about our state companies'. Beijing's solution will be its usual kind of import-substitution strategy, the 'setting up (of) a team of Chinese domestic consultants who are particularly focused on information systems in order to seize back this power from the foreign companies'.

I'm forever hearing gripes about consultants leaking secrets and transferring knowledge between clients. But this is a far more serious charge, and the insinuation is clear. When China is accused of pursuing commerce backed by shadowy state espionage, it will throw the book right back.

Jun 05 07:26

ECB cuts deposit rate below zero in historic move

The European Central Bank lowered its deposit rate to -0.10% as the continent battles deflation after many failed monetary policy attempts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you have money in a bank savings account, and the interest paid on that account is lower than the rate of inflation, you are losing real value and purchasing power even if the balance seems to be growing. Many people are seduced by the growing numbers and keep their money in that savings account even though they are suffering real economic losses.

Now things have changed. The longer you keep your money in those European savings accounts, the smaller the balance will be. The EU will likely impose capital controls to prevent bank runs as savers close their accounts and convert the funds into physical silver and gold.

The reason there are so many "failed monetary policy attempts" is that nobody wants to acknowledge the deep dark secret of private central banking. Which is that when you allow a privately-owned central bank to issue all of the public currency as a loan at interest, the debt grows faster than the available money supply. More money is owed to that privately-owned central bank than actually exists. This is a deliberately designed system to trap a nation and its people in unpayable debt, to enslave them to the will of the bankers, and over time, through the process of defaults, transfer the hard assets of the nation and the people into the pockets of the bankers through "Austerity" and "privatization." And all the bankers needed to pull off this scam was paper, ink, and typing numbers into a computer keyboard! But no government dares admit to their people that the banking system they are forced to use is a deliberate tool of enslavement. So they attempt "policies" to make it look like they are trying to fix the problem, but without addressing the root cause.

Jun 05 07:15

Days Before Obama Announced CO2 Rule, Exxon Awarded Gulf of Mexico Oil Leases

On Friday May 30, just a few days before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced details of its carbon rule proposal, the Obama Administration awarded offshore oil leases to ExxonMobil in an area of the Gulf of Mexico potentially containing over 172 million barrels of oil.

The U.S. Department of Interior‘s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proclaimed in a May 30 press release that the ExxonMobil offshore oil lease is part of “President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production.”

Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell formerly worked as a petroleum engineer for Mobil, purchased as a wholly-owned subsidiary by Exxon in 1998.

Dubbed a “Private Empire” by investigative reporter Steve Coll, ExxonMobil will now have access to oil and gas in the Alaminos Canyon Area, located 170 miles east of Port Isabel, Texas. Port Isabel borders spring break and tourist hot spot South Padre Island.

Jun 05 07:00

BRICS nations hope to bankroll a changing world order

After more than six decades of dictating development policy in much of the emerging world, the Western-led International Monetary Fund and World Bank may soon have some competition.

The BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — are reportedly close to finalizing their long-awaited development bank and currency reserve, each valued at $100 billion, in what has been billed as a historic challenge by the world’s emerging economies to a global financial architecture that has been dominated by the U.S. and Western Europe since its post–World War II inception.

Jun 05 06:55

How taxpayers subsidized Walmart execs' pay

While many of Walmart's (WMT) workers rely on food stamps and other government aid to make ends meet, its top eight executives are living better, thanks in part to $298 million in tax-deductible "performance pay" during the past six years.

Jun 05 06:09

US employers plan to cut payrolls by 52,961 in May, up from April: Challenger

Job cuts climbed to the highest level in more than a year, as U.S.-based employers announced plans to reduce payrolls by 52,961 in May, according to a report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Jun 05 05:25

This New Libor 'Scandal' Will Cause A Terrifying Financial Crisis

The vastly worse Libor “scandal” that I am referring to is the fact that the Libor has stayed at record low levels for the past half-decade, which is helping to fuel a massive economic bubble around the entire world that will end in a devastating financial crisis that will be even worse than the Global Financial Crisis. Instead of causing a few tens of billions of dollars worth of losses like the Libor rate-fixing scandal, the “Libor Bubble” will gut the global economy by trillions of dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every single person involved in this swindle should be cooling their heels in a prison for a long time.

But given that the financial markets do not eat their own, I seriously doubt that anyone involved in this mess will actually do time.

Jun 05 05:13

Poverty Up 30.5% for Americans 18 to 64 Since LBJ Declared War on Poverty

The percentage of 18- to 64-year olds who live below the poverty level has increased 30.5% since 1966, two years after Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

“We have declared unconditional war on poverty. Our objective is total victory. I believe that 30 years from now Americans will look back upon these 1960s as the time of the great American Breakthrough toward the victory of prosperity over poverty,” said then-President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever noticed that whenever this government declares "war" on some social ill, that the problem gets worse, and not better?!?

Jun 04 15:43

Renminbi use surges in home of US dollar

It is the monetary equivalent of what Chairman Mao called “bombarding the headquarters”. China’s renminbi is rapidly displacing the US dollar as a trading currency not only in Asia and Europe but now also in the US home market.

The value of renminbi payments between the US and the rest of the world rose by 327 per cent in April this year from the same month a year ago (see chart) as more US corporations switched to using the Chinese currency to pay for imports from China, according to data from SWIFT, the international currency settlement firm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That squishy sound you hear is the owners of the Federal Reserve collectively messing their pants!

Jun 04 13:19

Central banks and a global soft default: Current interest payments on public debt now exceed $415 billion per year. In 2000 $1 trillion in Fed debt was held by foreigners while today it is up to $6 trillion.

Global central banks are fully addicted to the opiate of debt. The financial system has created a rentier class that chases investment yield even when the economy isn’t necessarily growing. Think about that for a second. Why should someone expect a guaranteed return at any point in an economic cycle if the real economy is actually contracting? The U.S. for example while trying to play the role of responsible manager of debt is going full throttle when it comes to debt issuance. We have a spending, revenue, and financial system problem in the way incentives are structured.

Jun 04 12:59

Data Discrepancies in ObamaCare Signups Could Affect 2 Million People

More than 2 million people who got health insurance under President Barack Obama's law have data discrepancies that could jeopardize coverage for some, a government document shows.

About 1 in 4 people who signed up have discrepancies, creating a huge paperwork jam for the feds and exposing some consumers to repayment demands, or possibly even loss of coverage, if they got too generous a subsidy.

Jun 04 10:26

U.S. Hyperinflation Warning

Hyperinflation (i.e. the U.S. dollar going to zero) is not a “possibility” for the U.S. economy. Rather, it is an absolute certainty. Indeed, as was clearly demonstrated in a previous commentary, the U.S. dollar is already worthless, based upon three, distinct analyses of the dollar’s fundamentals.

This future destiny of the dollar is also graphically depicted, in one of the Federal Reserve’s own charts:

Jun 04 09:32

Elizabeth Warren and Thomas Piketty: "Wealth Does Not Trickle Down... It Trickles Up."

Both issues show clearly that 'we have a rigged system, where a handful are able to reap benefits at the cost of everyone else.'

Jun 04 09:04

1 in 5 Children Live in Poverty in U.S.

One in five children under age 18, or 21.3%, are living in poverty in the United States, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is insane, stupid, and deliberate on the part of the US Federal government.

Because the more a people are dependent on government aid, the more they will not question a government when it is doing something extraordinarily morally wrong.

Sep 07 08:37

SULLIVAN VERSUS UNITED STATES TRANSCRIPT - PDF

This is a transcript from a court case, Sullivan Versus United States, in which Judge James C. Fox openly admits in the court record (page 23 of this PDF) that the 16th Amendment on which the personal income tax is based was never actually ratified.

He then goes on to admit that the government and courts will treat it as if it were ratified, simply because they have gotten away with it for so long!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Today, we are hearing that the Infernal Revenue Service has been targeting political dissidents to a far greater degree than was previously exposed. Going beyond merely delaying tax-exempt status for Tea-Party, Occupy, and conservatives in general, donors to GOP candidates like Mitt Romney have been hit with disproportionate numbers of audits.

All America is now aware that the IRS is acting illegally. After all, such political targeting was an article of impeachment against Richard Nixon. So the time has come to take the discussion to the next level. Is the IRS, clearly acting illegally, itself legal? and the answer is "no", it is not. The Constitution forbids direct non-apportioned taxation of the people. An earlier version of the Income Tax was struck down by the United States Supreme Court on those grounds.

The Federal Reserve (itself a clearly unconstitutional usurpation of the money-creation authority vested in Congress by the Constitution) and the IRS claim that the passage of the 16th Amendment allows an income tax, but there are several problems with that claim. First and foremost, the 16th Amendment failed ratification! The necessary 3/4 of the states did not ratify the Amendment. Requests for proof that this Amendment was actually ratified are ignored. The IRS considers their enforcement actions the only legal reply they are required to make. And judges in tax courts (who are funded from tax revenues) inevitably refuse to examine the issue and simply declare from the bench that the Amendment was ratified, a power and authority not granted to judges under the Constitution.

There is one notable exception to this judicial legerdemain, and that is judge James C. Fox, who stated quite clearly in the court record for Sullivan Vs United States that the 16th Amendment, on examination, failed ratification. Sadly, however, that was not a tax case, and the judge mentioned the non-ratification of the 16th Amendment as justification for the enforcement of laws that may not have legally been passed, but were presumed valid through long use (i.e. we got away with it this long, so why should we change it now).

Yet another problem with the 16th Amendment is the United States Supreme Court, which ruled in Stanton vs Baltic Mining that the 16th Amendment, even if ratified, did not actually grant any new tax authority to the US Government. For one thing the original Constitutional prohibition against a direct non-apportioned tax is still in effect because it was not explicitly repealed by the hastily-contrived 16th Amendment.

So here we are, with the IRS clearly breaking the law, acting illegally, for all America to see, which is why this is a great time for activists to take the public discussion to the next level and ask if the IRS itself, and its master, the Federal Reserve, are actually legal under the Constitution.

Sep 06 12:19

Sullivan Vs United States - Judge ADMITS 16th Amendment failed ratification

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Today, we are hearing that the Infernal Revenue Service has been targeting political dissidents to a far greater degree than was previously exposed. Going beyond merely delaying tax-exempt status for Tea-Party, Occupy, and conservatives in general, donors to GOP candidates like Mitt Romney have been hit with disproportionate numbers of audits.

All America is now aware that the IRS is acting illegally. After all, such political targeting was an article of impeachment against Richard Nixon. So the time has come to take the discussion to the next level. Is the IRS, clearly acting illegally, itself legal? and the answer is "no", it is not. The Constitution forbids direct non-apportioned taxation of the people. An earlier version of the Income Tax was struck down by the United States Supreme Court on those grounds.

The Federal Reserve (itself a clearly unconstitutional usurpation of the money-creation authority vested in Congress by the Constitution) and the IRS claim that the passage of the 16th Amendment allows an income tax, but there are several problems with that claim. First and foremost, the 16th Amendment failed ratification! The necessary 3/4 of the states did not ratify the Amendment. Requests for proof that this Amendment was actually ratified are ignored. The IRS considers their enforcement actions the only legal reply they are required to make. And judges in tax courts (who are funded from tax revenues) inevitably refuse to examine the issue and simply declare from the bench that the Amendment was ratified, a power and authority not granted to judges under the Constitution.

There is one notable exception to this judicial legerdemain, and that is judge James C. Fox, who stated quite clearly in the court record for Sullivan Vs United States that the 16th Amendment, on examination, failed ratification. Sadly, however, that was not a tax case, and the judge mentioned the non-ratification of the 16th Amendment as justification for the enforcement of laws that may not have legally been passed, but were presumed valid through long use (i.e. we got away with it this long, so why should we change it now).

Yet another problem with the 16th Amendment is the United states Supreme Court, which ruled in Stanton vs Baltic Mining that the 16th Amendment, even if ratified, did not actually grant any new tax authority to the US Government. For one thing the original Constitutional prohibition against a direct non-apportioned tax is still in effect because it was not explicitly repealed by the hastily-contrived 16th Amendment.

So here we are, with the IRS clearly breaking the law, acting illegally, for all America to see, which is why this is a great time for activists to take the public discussion to the next level and ask if the IRS itself, and its master, the Federal Reserve, are actually legal under the Constitution.

PLEASE REPOST THIS EVERYWHERE!

Jul 06 08:52

Spitzer is back! The man who was politically assassinated for his sub prime accusations in 2006 now says the FED is a ponzi scheme. He's right. Again.

Apr 06 14:03

Founder plans to give up Oaksterdam after raid

In some of his most extensive comments since the raid, Lee acknowledged that he was worried he could face major federal drug charges. It’s a risk he has lived with for many years, first as an underground pot grower and then as the leader of a serious legalization effort, which drew vigorous opposition from the federal government.

“I never wanted to be the quote unquote leader of the legalization movement,” he said in a telephone interview. “I saw myself as just one small soldier in a big war. But I look at it as a battlefield promotion.”

Apr 05 11:16

NIALL FERGUSON: This Is The Study That Shows Why The US Economy Is Doomed

A Harvard Business School study that Niall Ferguson pointed us to today shows the U.S. has fallen severely behind in terms of international competitiveness.

The study, from January, found that for Harvard alums personally involved in a company relocation decision, 57% said the decision "involved the possibility of moving existing activities out of the U.S."

Apr 05 11:03

Oaksterdam University Raid 'Payback' For California's Marijuana Legalization Effort?

The man who bankrolled California's closest shot yet at fully legalizing marijuana, Prop. 19, saw his Oaksterdam University cannabis college in Oakland raided by federal authorities yesterday.
And pot advocates are fuming.

The Drug Policy Alliance suggests the raid by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service might have served one possible goal:
"Payback" for the 2010 legalization effort that failed but made a good try of it. The ballot effort was backed by Richard Lee, the millionaire owner of Oaksterdam.

Apr 05 10:56

Greek Pensioner Commits Suicide in Sindagma Sq-Suicide Note

The occupation government of Tsolagoglou (reference to the Occupation govt of the ex-Defence Minister Tsolagoglou who became Quisling Prime Minister of the 3rd Reich) has erased essentially any possibility of my survival which was based on a decent pension which for 35 years, I alone (without the intervention of the state) had paid.

I am at an age which doesn’t give me the individual capacity for a dynamic intervention (without of course precluding that if one Greek took up arms-Kalashnikovs, the second person would be me) I cant find another solution from a decent end before I end up looking in the rubbish bins for food.

Apr 05 09:34

Today's Ebay Special - The Country Of Greece For Sale

Currently going for the modest price of $1,550 with 6 more days left in the auction, today's hottest Ebay special is the sale of the country of Greece.

Apr 05 09:31

Americans brace for next foreclosure wave

Half a decade into the deepest U.S. housing crisis since the 1930s, many Americans are hoping the crisis is finally nearing its end. House sales are picking up across most of the country, the plunge in prices is slowing and attempts by lenders to claim back properties from struggling borrowers dropped by more than a third in 2011, hitting a four-year low.

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Apr 05 09:13

The phony economic deception machine – JP Morgan Chase CEO earns $23 million in 2011 while 2.7 million foreclosures are filed in the US. GDP at record levels but employment figures down by 5.3 million from their peak.

The US economic and political system is doing an excellent job sealing off opportunities for millions that aspire to be part of the middle class. Many are starting to realize that the system is rigged in favor of large financial institutions and those with political connections. The idea of raw success based on talent can be thrown out the window with the corporate welfare generosity leveled at the too big to fail financial institutions.

Apr 05 08:38

The Second Foreclosure Tsunami Is Coming, And Is About To Kill Any Hopes Of A "Housing Bottom"

In what appears to be surprising news for some, Reuters has an article titled "Americans brace for next foreclosure wave" whose key premise is that "a painful part two of the [housing] slump looks set to unfold: Many more U.S. homeowners face the prospect of losing their homes this year as banks pick up the pace of foreclosures."

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Apr 05 08:36

U.S. Standard of Living Has Fallen More Than 50%: Opinion

Using the year 2000 as the numerical base from which to "zero" all of the numbers, real wages peaked in 1970 at around $20/hour. Today the average worker makes $8.50/hour -- more than 57% less than in 1970. And since the average wage directly determines the standard of living of our society, we can see that the average standard of living in the U.S. has plummeted by over 57% over a span of 40 years.

Apr 05 08:29

Elite Greed Causing 'Austerity Suicides'

Brit Dee, Contributor
Activist Post

Yesterday saw the obscene consequences of the corrupt financial and political elite's insatiable greed, as a 77-year-old Greek man publicly committed suicide outside Parliament in Athens. The man, named locally as Dimitris Christoulas, reportedly pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head during rush hour, having shouted "I'm leaving because I don't want to pass on my debts."...

Apr 05 08:26

The Unsustainability of Incarceration

The money that states spend on prisons has risen at six times the rate of spending on higher education. Specifically in California, the state spends $8,667 per student per year. It spends about $50,000 per inmate per year.

Apr 05 08:05

NH Best Selling Author Maintains Ron Paul Only Presidential Candidate Telling America the Truth about America’s Economic Woes

Best-selling author Barry James Dyke, author of The Pirates of Manhattan and recently released sequel, The Pirates of Manhattan II: Highway to Serfdom maintains Ron Paul is the only candidate consistently telling Americans the truth about its finances and the role that the Federal Reserve has in America’s decline.

Apr 05 08:01

Food inflation seen back on the table as prices rise

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will update its monthly Food Price Index on Thursday and the organisation says prices could rise more in the short and medium term as grain supply tightens and energy prices stay high.

"You can see prices in the near term rising even further," FAO's senior economist and grain analyst Abdolreza Abbassian told Reuters ahead of the index update.

High crude oil prices have fuelled the upward pressure on inflation since the start of this year. Consumer prices in the 17 nations sharing the euro were up 2.6 percent in March from a year ago, despite stumbling economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know how some families are making it, in terms of grocery prices.

The last time Mike and I left our local grocery store here on Oahu, I teased him, asking where the heck the caviar was we MUST have somehow, inadvertently, purchased to run up the bill so intensely.

However, in looking at what we brought home, (produce, some poultry, and some cream for coffee), it was obvious that everything has just skyrocketed in terms of food prices. The discounts from the "big box" stores help, but only a little.

If you can, even if you are doing it with small pots on a terrace, please try to get more self-sufficient with growing and preserving a little of your own food.

If there is any interruption in the flow of oil from any of the potentially nasty geopolitical confrontations which could take place in the near-term, that is going to jack up the prices on everything, big-time.

Apr 05 07:52

The Second Foreclosure Tsunami Is Coming, And Is About To Kill Any Hopes Of A “Housing Bottom”

what appears to be surprising news for some, Reuters has an article titled “Americans brace for next foreclosure wave” whose key premise is that “a painful part two of the [housing] slump looks set to unfold: Many more U.S. homeowners face the prospect of losing their homes this year as banks pick up the pace of foreclosures.”

Thank the robosettlement, where in exchange for a few wrist slaps, contract law was thoroughly trampled by America’s attorneys general, but far more importantly to the country’s crony capitalist system, the foreclosure pipeline was once again unclogged, and whether one does or does not have a legal title on a given house, the banks are now fully in their right to foreclose on it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No one in their right mind can look at numbers like this, and talk about "an American financial recovery in 2012" with a straight face.

Apr 05 07:49

Keeping the Slaves on the Plantation: Senate Says No Passport if You Owe Taxes

Eric Blair
Activist Post

CBS is reporting that Senate Bill 1813 that would "suspend passport rights for delinquent taxpayers" passed the Senate 74-22 on March 14th.

A bill authored by a Southland lawmaker that could potentially allow the federal government to prevent any Americans who owe back taxes from traveling outside the U.S. is one step closer to becoming law.

...The 'Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act' or 'MAP-21' includes a provision that would allow for the 'revocation or denial' of a passport for anyone with 'certain unpaid taxes' or 'tax delinquencies'.

Apr 05 07:41

America: Freedom to Fascism - Director's Authorized Version

Apr 05 07:24

Tax Day Protests and Events 2012

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: April 5, 2012

Contact: Ruth Benn, NWTRCC Coordinator
800-269-7464 (718-768-3420) or nwtrcc@nwtrcc.org

“Tax Day” Antiwar Protests
Individuals Publicly Refuse to Pay Taxes for War

On April 19, 2012, two days after the April 17 tax deadline, peace activist and Gold Star Mother Cindy Sheehan will appear in court in Sacramento, California. The Justice Department, on behalf of the IRS, is seeking to discover why she hasn’t paid taxes in recent years. Sheehan has responded that “If the feds can give me my son back, I’ll pay my taxes.” She became a relentless peace activist following her son’s 2004 combat death in Iraq.

Apr 05 07:18

IMF CRIMES Result in 77-Year Old Gov’t Pensioner Commiting Suicide In Town Square – In Response Greeks Riot

The 77-year old Greek man who ended his life in the Town Square on Wednesday left the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Bankers, which includes Goldman Sachs (Mario Monti, their agent atop the Greek government), the Rothschilds and their criminal organization the IMF. The man left a heart-wrenching suicide note which read in part:

“The government has annihilated any hope for my survival and I could not get any justice… I cannot find any other form of struggle except a dignified end before I have to start scrounging for food from the rubbish.”

Apr 05 04:51

Beggared by Banks: 'Greeks forced to kill themselves'


The recent suicide of a cash-strapped Greek pensioner is a sign of the dire situation Greece finds itself in. It can be solved only by extreme measures such as default and giving up the euro, believes financial advisor Patrick Young.

Apr 04 18:10

Americans brace for second foreclosure round!

A painful part two of the slump looks set to unfold: Many more U.S. homeowners face the prospect of losing their homes this year as banks pick up the pace of foreclosures.

"We are right back where we were two years ago. I would put money on 2012 being a bigger year for foreclosures than 2010," said Mark Seifert, executive director of Empowering & Strengthening Ohio's People (ESOP), a counseling group with 10 offices in Ohio.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No one in their right mind can talk about a "strengthening recovery", looking at numbers like this.

Apr 04 10:51

IRS Insider Joe Banister Exposes Federal Reserve Coup and IRS Fraud

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Consider this; we know from the Mortgage Backed Securities Fraud that the US Government refuses to investigate or even acknowledge the largest money-junkie frauds.

What if they have been doing that all along?

Apr 04 10:22

As unemployment soars, child labour returns to Europe

Under the headline “Child Labour Re-emerges in Naples”, the article describes how thousands of children have been forced to quit school and find jobs in order to help feed their families in the southern Italian metropolis. The article cites a local government report from 2011 which noted that 54,000 children left the education system in the Campania region between 2005 and 2009. Some 38 percent of these children were less than 13 years old.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for this practice to become common again in the US, in the not too distant future.

Apr 04 10:18

Raw Video: Police Pepper Spray California Students

Police pepper spray as many as 30 Santa Monica College students protesting at a trustees meeting over a plan to offer high-priced courses.

Apr 04 08:53

450 RESIGNATIONS FROM WORLD BANKS, INVESTMENT HOUSES, MONEY FUNDS

Apr 04 07:45

Six universities at risk of closure after bond swap

An emergency meeting of university rectors on Tuesday heard that only 33m euros remained of 120m euros that 17 Greek universities had deposited with the Bank of Greece for their operating expenses, while six university accounts were now completely empty meaning they would soon be unable to stay open.

Apr 04 07:36

Not Good Enough

Apr 04 07:36

America's 'smallest town' Buford goes up for sale

Buford once had 2,000 inhabitants, but then the railroad dropped it as a stopping point, and locals gradually moved out

For a sum which would barely buy a one-room apartment in most places – and a lot less in big cities – the purchaser of Buford, Wyoming would get over 10 acres of land including a three-bedroom home, a garage, and a mobile phone tower.

The Buford Trading Post shop benefits from regular traffic along the I-80 interstate, with Wyoming capital Cheyenne just 30 miles (50 kilometres) to the east, and San Francisco 1,150 miles (1,800 kilometres) to the west.

Apr 04 07:35

China overtakes US as world's largest grocery market

By 2015, the Chinese market is forecast to be worth £918bn compared to a US value of £675bn, says IGD.

The Chinese grocery sector was worth £607bn at the end of 2011, while the US market - which includes Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer - dropped into second place at £572bn.

"This rapid expansion has been fuelled by three main factors: rapid economic growth, population and rising food inflation," said IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch.

By 2015, the Chinese market is forecast to be worth £918bn compared to a US value of £675bn, according to the report by the British grocery industry group.

Apr 04 07:19

Chinese Insider Offers Rare Glimpse of U.S.-China Frictions

The senior leadership of the Chinese government increasingly views the competition between the United States and China as a zero-sum game, with China the likely long-range winner if the American economy and domestic political system continue to stumble, according to an influential Chinese policy analyst.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I agree.

Mar 16 12:27

Ocean Radiation Plume Hits Hawaii From Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

The latest marine impact simulation shows the radioactive plume of ocean radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown has now hit Hawaii

Mar 16 12:25

What Closing The Straits Of Hormuz Will Mean In 3 Simple Charts

These 3 simple charts fully explain the shock waves that will be sent through the global economy if Iran decides to shut down in response to western military threats.

Mar 14 09:03

The US Dollar is No Longer King!!

Mar 14 08:50

Keiser Report: White Man's Debt Burden

In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert discuss how a video not featuring Justin Bieber went viral and how Max Keiser started a gold stampede. They also talk about "the white man's debt burden" of Uganda's resources and Afghanistan's "crony capitalism". In the second half of the show, Max talks to David Morgan about silver circles, ounces and manipulation.

Mar 14 03:25

Romney Declines To Enroll In Medicare

Mitt Romney Declines To Enroll In Medicare So He Can Destroy It

Monday was Mitt Romney's 65th birthday. Happy birthday, Mittens. In honor of his 65th birthday he announced that he would not be enrolling in Social Security or Medicare. How noble. Except, it's not.

In deference to the conservative dogs nipping his heels, Romney has endorsed the Paul Ryan Medicare plan which would voucherize Medicare and leave senior citizens floundering on their own with private insurance companies. Of course, if you asked Mitt Romney about it, what you'd get is a bunch of lies. Really awful, cynical, blatant lies.

Jan 16 11:04

Lawsuit Exposes Foreclosure Kingpin David Stern

Investors admit foreclosure documents were FORGED, while Stern pocketed $60 million in the transaction - And now, they are suing.

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Jan 16 11:01

Bill Gross Exposes "The New Paranormal" For Markets

And it's not pretty for US investors...

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Jan 16 10:42

When Romney ran Bain Capital, his word was not his bond

Seemingly alone among private-equity firms, Romney’s Bain Capital was a master at bait-and-switching Wall Street bankers to get its hands on the companies that provided the raw material for its financial alchemy. Other private-equity firms I worked with extensively over the years — Forstmann Little, KKR, TPG and the Carlyle Group, among them — never dared attempt the audacious strategy that Bain partners employed with great alacrity and little shame. Call it the real Bain way.

Jan 16 10:39

Wall Street, Washington and Gingrich

Newt Gingrich and his consulting companies helped financial-services giant Credit Suisse Group gather exclusive Washington information and analysis, showing that the Republican presidential candidate benefited from a practice that has come under fire from lawmakers.

This "political intelligence" business—while legal—also risks muddying the campaign argument by the former House speaker that he has been a Washington outsider since he left Congress in 1999.

Jan 16 10:27

So, who, exactly, is funding Mitt Romney's 2012 Presidential Campaign?

Jan 16 09:45

An Open Letter to Family and Friends About Preparedness

I’m writing this letter because I care about you. Please take a few minutes to read it and think about what I’m saying...

Jan 16 09:44

Ron Paul Parade by South Florida Grassroots!

Jan 15 16:09

Iran rial slides, 'dollar' text messages appear blocked

TEHRAN, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Iran's currency has slid 20 percent against the dollar in the last week despite central bank intervention, and Iranians concerned about the economy said on Tuesday attempts to send text messages using the word "dollar" appeared to be blocked.

The central bank reportedly pumped $200 million dollars into the market last Wednesday after new and much tougher U.S. sanctions prompted nervous Iranians to change rials into hard currency, accelerating a rise in the price of dollars on the open market.

Jan 15 08:34

Hungarians hold anti-EU demonstration

Thousands of Hungarians have protested against the European Union, urging their country to pull out from the bloc while Budapest seeks EU's backing to evade insolvency.

Nov 16 10:32

Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death - Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775.

Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type these words, the question on everyone's mind is whether this international revolution that started in Iceland and has already spread to Egypt and the Middle East will continue to spread across America. At the gas pumps and the supermarket checkout lines, the people speak of rebellion openly, if less furtively with each passing day.

There really is no way to avoid it. The money-addicts have created a world where firing the government is not only the best option; for most of us it is the only option. To not revolt is to condemn our children to lives of starvation and hopeless debt slavery to the Private Central Bankers, Goldman-Sachs, Morgan Stanley, etc. et. al. under a government with a demonstrated history of looting the people to feed the bankers, a government that views our lives as cheap and easily sacrificed for wars of conquest, or to be discarded without complaint to keep Israel happy when it attacks Americans in international waters.

Even now, the US Government prepares to solve its present debt crisis by embezzling the American taxpayer of their retirements by defaulting on the loans made to the US Government by Social Security. They will praise your silent consent as 'patriotism, but is such silence really patriotic? The men who created this nation did not think so!

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."--Samuel Adams

The tragic reality is that the US Government has already declared war on the people of the United States. Bit by bit our rights are trampled on. Our wealth is confiscated for the benefit of a foreign power. Our homes are confiscated to pay the gambling debts of the bankers. Our emails are read, our phone calls listened to, our computers ransacked, all without warrant or due process. Torture and extrajudicial executions are the new reality of life under this tyranny. Our freedoms are confiscated to so that the government does not have to look with fear upon the people.

Even as our taxes increase, the maintenance of the nation is abandoned by a government intent on enriching a foreign power and fighting that foreign power's wars, along with saving the Wall Street money-junkies from the consequences of their swindles. Worse, to serve their foreign masters, the present government seeks to reduce the people of the united states to mere chattel from whom wealth may be extracted at leisure. Look around at our deteriorated condition and you see the growing effects of a war of conquest against the American people by the present government and financial institutions. The starvation and privations of the American people not only equals that of the nations in revolt; they are in actuality far worse! Americans have far greater reason to fire their government than the Icelanders, Tunisians, or Egyptians!

"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" -- Patrick Henry

What Patrick Henry really meant in those final words went beyond mere drama. Patrick Henry declared that he would no longer be a slave, either to King George or to the Bank of England. He would be free, or he would be dead, but either way King George III would no longer own him as a slave, nor the Bank of England enjoy automatic title to the proceeds of his labor, so better for England to quit and save the lives of their soldiers then to waste lives seeking a slave who refused to be a slave.

Tragically, money-addicts never care about the lives of their own soldiers.

"Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy." -- Henry Kissinger, quoted by Bob Woodward in The Final Days

So, King George III, in the throes of his money-addiction, and as owned by the Bank of England as the present government is by the Federal Reserve, tried to prove Patrick Henry wrong, which led to the humiliation at Yorktown.

Addicts to other peoples' money know no limits, no morality, no sense of fair play. They are hopelessly trapped by the allure of glittering gold. Like a Magpie, they simply must possess all that sparkles!

Bernie Madoff is the classic example. Co-founder of NASDAQ, with more money than any one man could spend in a lifetime, and he still felt compelled compelled to defraud his investors for another $65 billion. This is mental illness; the money-addiction that grips Wall Street and Washington DC, which symptoms manifest as (in one example) a psychotic compulsion to wear the entire productivity of a worker's life as a decoration on one's wrist. Not content with that, next year it will be the need to wear the the entire productivity of 100 workers' lives as a decoration on one's wrist that will drive the money addicts to greater crimes against the people.

Money addicts do not see their behavior as wrong or evil. Secure in their religious delusions that wealth is the sign of God's favor, they see themselves as heroes and heroines. Lloyd Blankfein, the head of Goldman Sachs, declared he was doing "God's work" at the time we now know Goldman Sachs was looting taxpayer money directly from the US Treasury to their own pockets. In their own minds the money addicts are the good guys; the stars of the world, the rightful inheritors of all of life's blessings. Sadly, history has shown that it is often easier to kill money-junkies than to cure their addiction, let alone get them to change their minds about themselves and to acknowledge their problem and its high social costs.

So, yes, a revolution in the streets of America is now an inevitability, albeit a revolution to be fought not with guns and bombs, but with keyboards and the truth. The money-addicts in Wall Street and DC have created a situation in which revolution is unavoidable, and already we see the hired things of the bankers cracking the heads of those people who dare to proclaim their refusal to pay debts not of their own making.

And as has been the case in Egypt, the US military, openly abused on their mortgages by J. P. Morgan, stand with the people. So do many police officers whose pension funds were destroyed by the mortgage-backed securities fraud.

The message to those who would rebuild their failed financial palaces on the backs of the people is thus a simple one. We shall not bail you out ever again. Yes, you may murder those who refuse to live on less so that you may have more, but it shall not change the final outcome. Living or dead, we are your slaves no longer.

That was Patrick Henry's message all those years ago, and it is still true today.

Oct 21 12:44

Occupy Wall Street Simplified

Oct 20 15:17

Sedan again as Germany imposes terms

There is an "unequivocal commitment" that haircuts will be confined to Greece alone. If you believe that, I have some ocean-front property to sell you in Alsace.

Fresh details soon.

Oct 20 15:14

EU Considers Temporary Bans on Sovereign Ratings

The European Commission is leaning toward proposing a ban on the issuing of sovereign credit ratings for countries in bailout talks, a top official said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, this is like asking for a credit card but refusing to turn over your credit scores, and the EU us not doing this because the numbers are good!

Aug 17 17:06

FLASHBACK - High-Frequency Trading: High-tech highway robbery

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) knows that High-Frequency Trading (HFT) manipulates the market and bilks investors out of tens of billions of dollars every year. But SEC chairman Mary Schapiro refuses to step in and take action. Instead, she's concocted an elaborate "information gathering" scheme, that does nothing to address the main problem. Schapiro's plan--to track large blocks of trades by large institutional investors-- is an attempt to placate congress while the big Wall Street HFT traders to continue to rake in obscene profits. It achieves nothing, except provide the cover Schapiro needs to avoid doing her job.

Aug 17 16:44

FLASHBACK - FBI Probing SEC Attorneys for Insider Trading

Two enforcement lawyers at the Securities and Exchange Commission are being investigated by federal prosecutors and the FBI for possible insider-trading violations, according to a report from the SEC's inspector general.

The criminal investigation, which was disclosed to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro in a March 3 memo, came about after SEC Inspector General H. David Kotz conducted his own investigation into the matter and referred it to criminal authorities after discovering suspicious trading activity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this one reason Madoff went unchecked for so long? Were SEC insiders sharing in the goodies?

Aug 17 16:44

FLASHBACK - Kucinich Who Told SEC to "Stand Down" on Stanford Probe

Chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today sent a letter to Ms. Mary Schapiro, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requesting documents that could reveal which government agency told the SEC to "stand down" rather than take enforcement action against the Stanford Group in October 2006 as has been reported by the New York Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to know who told the SEC to stand down from investigating Madoff!!!

Apr 18 19:38

FLASHBACK - OFFSHORING AMERICAN JOBS - Corporations, Campaign Cash, & Bush Administration Policies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This document lays out the means by which the Bush administration changed the laws and tax codes to allow and even encourage corporations to send high-paying jobs to American companies even as Wall Street was already cranking up the machine to create and sell fraudulent mortgage=-backed securities.

The email responses to my expose' that the US is being looted to cover the buyback of fraudulent mortgage-backed securities usually view the firestorm of foreclosures as a knee=jerk reaction by the bankers to keep their balance sheets intact, but in looking at the timing of the Bush policies, and the fact that President George W. Bush was the first President to end his administration with fewer working Americans since Hoover, it seems clear that it was intended right from the start of the crisis to destroy Americans' ability to pay their mortgages, in order to allow the banks to seize those homes to preserve their capital structure.

Outright nationalization of private property would have triggered a rebellion, but by getting rid of the high paying jobs, the banks could grab the property to recapitalize themselves and make it look like it was the homeowners' fault!

This is the only possible explanation of why, in his first two years in Office, President Obama did nothing to stop the offshoring of American jobs, and indeed in the last two years, overall, offshoring has increased, and those jobs are never coming back!

This disaster is a deliberate creation of Wall Street and Washington DC. It's purpose is at best fulfillment of simple greed by the money addicts; at worse a plot to trap the whole world in a globalized version of a private central bank; a Federal Reserve on steroids!

Jan 08 10:58

Feast in Time of Plague: Wall Street Art of Sucking Money

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THE US GOVERNMENT TOOK YOUR JOBS SO THE BANKS COULD TAKE YOUR HOMES TO COVER THE COSTS OF THEIR MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITY FRAUD

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