ECONOMY

Apr 19 11:28

Keiser Report - Chained American Dream

Apr 19 10:43

Western lawmakers talk federal land takeover

More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. “It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.”

Apr 19 10:36

Bankers Love War Because It Creates Massive Profits

War Makes Banks Rich

Bankers are often the driving force behind war.

After all, the banking system is founded upon the counter-intuitive but indisputable fact that banks create loans first, and then create deposits later.

Apr 19 10:09

Bitcoin for Activists – What You Need to Know

Among activists one often finds an aversion to even thinking about money. Associating it with the opponent — who has lots of it — they try to do without money themselves. Often, for as long as they can, they try to organize and resist without it, until burning out, quitting and getting into a different line of work just to keep up on rent. But, as the 19th-century U.S. populist movement recognized, money is also a battleground. Today, as a new wave of sophisticated digital currencies are beginning to arise, this is perhaps more true than ever before.

Apr 19 10:03

Are You Ready For The Price Of Food To More Than Double By The End Of This Decade?

Do you think that the price of food is high now? Just wait. If current trends continue, many of the most common food items that Americans buy will cost more than twice as much by the end of this decade. Global demand for food continues to rise steadily as crippling droughts ravage key agricultural regions all over the planet. You see, it isn't just the multi-year California drought that is affecting food prices.

Apr 19 07:59

Ex-Banker: “We Are In Great Danger”

Apr 19 07:40

CEO Pay Soars, Workers Toil in Capitalism's New Gilded Age

Ratio of CEO-to-worker pay is 'unconscionable,' says AFl-CIO as prominent economist argues this level of inequality proves current capitalist system 'cannot work'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is because the current system is no longer capitalism, but fascism.

Apr 19 07:39

Krugman: Worried About Oligarchy? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

In an interview with journalist Bill Moyers set to air Friday, Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman celebrates both the insights and warnings of French economist Thomas Piketty whose new ground-breaking book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that modern capitalism has put the world "on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy—a society of inherited wealth."

The conclusions that Piketty puts forth in the book, Krugman tells Moyers, are revelatory because they show that even people who are now employing the rhetoric of the "1% versus the 99%" do not fully appreciate the disaster that global wealth inequality is causing.

Apr 19 07:10

Because Nothing Says "I'm Going to Shoot You with an AK-47" Like a Little Girl in a Game of Thrones T-Shirt

We can all breathe a sigh of relief to know that "zero tolerance" applies to teachers as well as students. Bergen Community College in New Jersey is safe...they have shut down a terroristic threat and suspended the professor responsible. Everyone must understand that we can't just send out photos that might reference guns and not expect to face the consequences.

I'll go out on a limb here and guess that when Professor Francis Schmidt was summoned to the school's human resources department over a "threatening email" he was probably absolutely baffled.

When Schmidt arrived at the meeting, the human resources director, two college officials, and a security official were awaiting him. Schmidt had been reported by the dean of the school for sending a threatening email.

Apr 19 06:52

Seed Wars: Latin America Strikes Back Against Monsanto

Boasting more back channels and revolving doors with national and regional governments than most other companies on the planet, Monsanto is used to getting its way. With the direct assistance of the U.S. government and diplomatic services, the company goes from strength to strength, regardless of its myriad scandals.

Apr 19 06:46

What Happened To The Middle Class? The Infographic

Restaurants like Olive Garden and Red Lobster are struggling, while high end dining is flourishing. At GE, demand for high-end dishwashers is racing ahead of sales growth for mass-market models. The increased wealth of highly skilled workers, the insane wealth of those with capital, and the outsourcing of lower skilled jobs have left us all asking, “what happened to the middle class?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The middle class in this country is "gone, baby GONE!!", as the jobs which used to maintain the middle class are continuing to be offshored and outsourced to the cheapest centers of labor.

The destruction of the middle class in this country is also very deliberate, courtesy of the last several administrations, as most protest movements tended to come from the middle class.

Apr 19 06:24

What Happened To The Middle Class? The Infographic

Restaurants like Olive Garden and Red Lobster are struggling, while high end dining is flourishing. At GE, demand for high-end dishwashers is racing ahead of sales growth for mass-market models. The increased wealth of highly skilled workers, the insane wealth of those with capital, and the outsourcing of lower skilled jobs have left us all asking, “what happened to the middle class?”

Apr 18 19:23

What Will You Do When You Can No Longer Buy Or Sell Without Submitting To Biometric Identification?

In some areas of the world, payment systems that require palm scanning or face scanning are already being tested. We have entered an era where biometric security is being hailed as the “solution” to the antiquated security methods of the past. We are being promised that the constant problems that hackers are causing with our credit cards, bank accounts, ATM machines and Internet passwords will all go away once we switch over to biometric identification. And without a doubt, we have some massive security problems that need to be addressed. But do you really want a machine to read your face or your hand before you are able to buy anything, sell anything or log on to the Internet? Do you really want “the system” to be able to know where you are, what you are buying and what you are doing at virtually all times? Biometric security systems are being promoted as “cool” and “cutting edge”, but there is also potentially a very dark side to them that should not be ignored.

Apr 18 19:01

The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy

In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. The measure, which sailed to passage on a near unanimous vote after no debate, is likely to be signed into law by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill, known as S.B. 1456, will specifically target those who install power generation systems on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. However, those who already have such renewable systems installed will not be affected.

Apr 18 18:49

Bank and insurers sending customers policy documents with more words than Macbeth, survey finds

Insurers and banks have come under attack for sending customers reams of unnecessary policy documents that are even longer than Macbeth.

Nearly three quarters of consumers admitted to not reading all of their policy documents or T&Cs because they were too long.

While only 17 per cent of people who did read it in full said they understood it, according to the survey of more than 2,000 people.

Consumer group Fairer Finance, who commissioned the survey, has launched a campaign against the book-length policy documents that are riddled with legalese and jargon.

Several terms and conditions sent out to customers were found to be nearly twice the length of Shakespeare’s Macbeth - which is 19,000 words long.

Apr 18 18:47

Barclays new overdraft rates nearly as bad as payday loans: Banks being investigated by regulator over charges

Bank overdraft charges are being investigated amid evidence that some are almost as expensive as payday loans.

Regulator the Financial Conduct Authority fears customers may not understand how fees are worked out in systems that can vary widely between banks.

Barclays is changing to a new charging regime which it says will be simpler for customers. However some will see their charges rise by as much as 15 times, although Barclays says the majority will pay the same or be better off.

But the move has triggered a backlash on the bank’s Facebook page, with customers threatening to leave in protest.

Apr 18 18:07

Prelude to economic disaster: Billionaire liquidates all real estate ahead of cash

If you were to contact a real estate agent in any major market today they’d likely advise you the market is so “hot” that if you intend on purchasing property you’d better be prepared to act fast. They’ll adamantly point out, contrary to reality, that the housing market has recovered, available inventory is dropping, prices are rising, and they can only go higher from here.

Apr 18 15:20

Sharing – the alternative inequality and collapse

Graham Peebles explains why redistribution – or sharing – of resources, skills and knowledge is the common sense option to the prevalent neo-liberal model, which is promoting inequality and destroying social cohesion.

Apr 18 15:07

WATCH Americas Book of Secrets S03E04 The Gold Conspiracy

I just received word from the Producer of "America's Book of Secrets" that I do in fact appear on the new episode tomorrow, "The Gold Conspiracy." The official air time is 10pm/9c, but you need to check your local listings. Out here in Hawaii the show is on at 4PM, and tomorrow H2 is stripping multiple episodes of "America's Book of Secrets" all day long, so oyu need to check your local listings and specifically look for "The Gold Conspiracy."

Apr 18 14:23

"Russia with Love": Alaska Gas Scandal is Out-of-Country, Not Out-of-State

A legal controversy — critics would say scandal — has erupted in Alaska's statehouse over the future of its natural gas bounty. It's not so much an issue of the gas itself, but who gets to decide how it gets to market and where he or she resides.

Apr 18 13:32

Italy PM Renzi cuts taxes for 10 million low earners

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday cut taxes for 10 million low earners to try to boost household spending after a two-year recession, making good on a promise he made after taking office two months ago.

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"OH THE HORROR! OH THE HORROR! This cannot be allowed to stand!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 18 13:06

BIS: The most powerful bank in the world announces crash

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) sees the current situation on the financial markets as worse than before the Lehman bankruptcy. The warning of the BIS could be the reason why the U.S. Federal Reserve decided to continue indefinitely to print money: Central banks have lost control of the debt-flood and give up.

The decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve to continue indefinitely to print money might have come from "orders from above".
Apparently, it dawns on the central banks that the situation is extremely critical.

Apr 18 13:03

Advice to Democrats: Don't Say 'Recovery'

Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.

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"AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS! GAY MARRIAGE! ABORTION RIGHTS! EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 18 12:48

Dollar dying; multi-polar world in offing

One of the unintended consequences of their stupidity is the fact that because of the foolish US decision to impose economic sanctions on Russia over Crimea’s annexation, Washington has forced Moscow to react by selling Gazprom bonds not in the dollar market but rather in the fast-emerging Chinese Yuan. The US has just shot itself in the foot.

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"The dollar is no longer the global currency?!? That means we actually have to make quality products that other nations will buy. We actually have to grow healthy food for export! I don;t know how to do that shit. We're SCREWED!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 18 11:31

Money and Income Inequality - Why the Fight Must be Broadened

Rob Urie
RINF Alternative News

Part of the challenge of addressing political economy is the different realms that economic and philosophical discourse exist in. Western (capitalist) economics can be informed by history but it can’t accommodate it. This can be seen in response to French economist Thomas Piketty’s new book ‘Capital in the Twenty First Century.’ The effort, nay contrived ‘necessity,’ of quantifying income distribution across history, as Piketty has done, places it at the center of what could in different terms leave it as bit player, as artifact rather than base discursive fact. This isn’t to argue that income distribution isn’t ‘important.’

Apr 18 10:53

Prelude to Economic Disaster: Billionaire Liquidates All Real Estate Ahead of Crash

Something is amiss, and the fact that no one in the mainstream, which is where tens of millions of Americans get their “facts,” is really talking about it should be a blaring alarm.

Apr 18 10:39

Why Is The Government Making Grown Children Pay For Their Dead Parents’ Old Debt?

Uncle Sam might be the country’s most morbid debt collector.

In a story that seems destined to become Fox News fodder, theWashington Post reports today that the Treasury Department is seizing IRS refunds from hundreds of thousands of taxpayers this year to pay off old Social Security debts that, in some cases, might have belonged to their deceased parents.

Apr 18 09:56

Fed Has Lost Control?

Apr 18 09:49

USAID Top Scientist: "For the first time food production will be limited on a global scale"

Jeffrey Green
Activist Post

The U.S. Agency for International Development is a government body in charge of taking taxpayer dollars and doling it out to foreign projects that will theoretically bring humanitarian aid to struggling regions. No matter what one might think about the nobility of such a mission, the agency has been much maligned for its decades-long mismanagement and outright theft of those funds, as well as being in a direct or indirect position to enable the use of food as a weapon.

Nevertheless - and perhaps because of such activities - USAID is well aware of the economic trends they need to address and/or manage. So, when their top science advisor speaks, it is essential to hear what he is saying. Disregarding any overarching agenda, let's see what is in store for the global food supply, according to Dr. Fred Davies, advisor for the bureau of food security and a Texas A&M AgriLife Regents Professor of Horticultural Sciences...

Apr 18 08:02

Origin of the Free Market

The Pioneer

Humanity’s Great Inventions: No one knows who invented the wheel that moves carts and machines, but we know who invented the wheel that drives the economy. It was Marco Licinio Craso, born 115 years before Christ.

He discovered that the market depends on the push and pull of supply and demand for goods and services.

To put this economic law into practice, he founded a company in Rome.

Thus was born the first private firefighting firm.

It was a great success.

Don Marco set fires, then charged to put them out.

Apr 18 07:41

Obama Announces 8 Million Have Enrolled In Marketplace Plans

And this thing is working. I've said before: This law won't solve all the problems in our health care system. We know we've got more work to do. But we now know for a fact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit, raise premiums for millions of Americans, and take insurance away from millions more, which is why, as I've said before, I find it strange that the Republican position on this law is still stuck in the same place that it has always been.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, President Bullshit, let's start with the claim that 8 million people have enrolled in Obamacare. Even were it true that is only 2% of the US population. But according to a RAND study, the actual number of people who got insurance through Obamacare is half what you say it is, with the overwhelming majority of those people whose previous policies were canceled. And by admitting that repealing ACA would increase the federal deficit, you have just confirmed what we have known all along; that Obamacare was just another US Government cash grab from the American people.

Fox News report on Obama's speech. Note the spelling error in the title.

Apr 18 07:34

New ‘Google’ for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

- Grams, which launched last week and is patterned after Google, is accessible only through the Tor anonymizing browser

Apr 18 07:32

Two More Victims Of The Retail Apocalypse: Family Dollar And Coldwater Creek

Did you know that Family Dollar is closing 370 stores? When I learned of this, I was quite stunned. I knew that retailers that serve the middle class were really struggling right now, but I had no idea that things had gotten so bad for low end stores like Family Dollar. In the post-2008 era, dollar stores had generally been one of the few bright spots in the retail industry. As millions of Americans fell out of the middle class, they were looking to stretch their family budgets as far as possible, and dollar stores helped them do that. It would be great if we could say that the reason why Family Dollar is doing so poorly is because average Americans have more money now and have resumed shopping at retailers that target the middle class, but that is not happening. Rather, as you will see later in this article, things just continue to get even worse for Americans at the low end of the income scale.

I was also surprised to learn that Coldwater Creek is closing all of their stores...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The death of the middle class in this country is not accidental; it is deliberate, because most protest movements spring from the middle class.

Destroy it, push people into real poverty, and you have an utterly dependent class of humans who will barely belch without governmental permission.

Apr 18 07:30

Are You Ready For The Price Of Food To More Than Double By The End Of This Decade?

Do you think that the price of food is high now? Just wait. If current trends continue, many of the most common food items that Americans buy will cost more than twice as much by the end of this decade. Global demand for food continues to rise steadily as crippling droughts ravage key agricultural regions all over the planet. You see, it isn't just the multi-year California drought that is affecting food prices. Down in Brazil (one of the leading exporters of food in the world), the drought has gotten so bad that 142 cities were rationing water at one point earlier this year. And outbreaks of disease are also having a significant impact on our food supply. A devastating pig virus that has never been seen in the U.S. before has already killed up to 6 million pigs. Even if nothing else bad happens (and that is a very questionable assumption to make), our food prices are going to be moving aggressively upward for the foreseeable future. But what if something does happen?

Apr 18 07:27

The Militarized U.S. Police, by the Numbers (w/Infographic)

The U.S Congress has been instrumental in allowing this change of mindset to happen. They have long allowed the Drug War to be the excuse for minimal oversight of the actions of SWAT and the DEA, permitting daily paramilitary-style assault raids that terrorize citizens.

Apr 18 07:17

Obama Administration Encouraged Insider Trading

Bloomberg reports that the meeting, convened a week before talks with Russia in Geneva that ended yesterday, left managers grappling with the question of whether the government intended to follow through, or was trying to trigger asset sales through the threat of sanctions, said the person. Former administration officials have said forcing Russia out of global financial markets is the strongest tool President Barack Obama has

Apr 18 07:11

BP Manager In Charge of Cleaning Up the Gulf Oil Spill – Instead of Actually Cleaning Up – Committed Insider Trading and Sold $1 Million of BP Stock Before the Extent of the Spill Became Public Knowledge

The Head of BP Also Sold Shares After Problems With the Well Were Apparent to Insiders

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today:

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a former 20-year employee of BP p.l.c. and a senior responder during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill with insider trading in BP securities based on confidential information about the magnitude of the disaster. The price of BP securities fell significantly after the April 20, 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, and the subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resulted in an extensive clean-up effort.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nothing will happen, no matter how horrendous the damage has been to the ecosystem, and the people who depend on it in the Gulf region for their living.

BP will be slapped on the wrist with a fine, and this guy will be spared criminal prosecution.

And again, please remember that BP is a major contributor to both the Democrats and Republicans in this country.

Companies which get caught doing this kind of thing never get hit all that hard if they are major financial donors to both parties.

BP will simply walk away, for the most part,reasonably unscathed. financially.

Apr 18 07:10

My Ideas, My Boss’s Property

To be human is to create, and we thrive when we use our talents in productive ways. But our research shows that no one can sustain creative energies on passion alone.

This loss of creative fire is not only costly for individuals. In a world in which economic growth depends on innovation, we simply cannot afford such limitations on creativity.

Apr 18 07:03

Lap Dancers, the CIA, Pay-offs, andBP’s Deepwater Horizon

There was CIA involvement through a company called Mega Oil. They were shipping in arms under the cover of oil tools.

The BP executive was explaining to me how the CIA, MI6 and British Petroleum engineered a coup d’état, overthrowing an elected president of a nation who was “not favorable to BP.” The corporation’s former Vice-President, Leslie Abrahams, is pictured here, holding an AK-47 in front of BP headquarters in Baku, Azerbaijan. Like most of the other BP executives I spoke with, he proudly added that while he was working for BP, he was also an operative for MI6, British intelligence.

Apr 18 07:01

Bankers are Behind the Wars

Former managing director of Goldman Sachs – and head of the international analytics group at Bear Stearns in London (Nomi Prins) - notes:

Throughout the century that I examined, which began with the Panic of 1907 … what I found by accessing the archives of each president is that through many events and periods, particular bankers were in constant communication [with the White House] — not just about financial and economic policy, and by extension trade policy, but also about aspects of World War I, or World War II, or the Cold War, in terms of the expansion that America was undergoing as a superpower in the world, politically, buoyed by the financial expansion of the banking community.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

People are starting to figure out who the real enemy has been all along!

Apr 18 06:42

See the scathing documents detailing $600 billion squandered in Afghanistan

We all had a hand in allowing this to happen. The hawkish crowd should be extremely happy. You know lots of Americans got a large hunk of that money for support contracts, logistics, tank building, etc., Oh, and of course lots of guns and bullets, aircraft, caskets, the list is long.

Apr 18 06:22

Texas Congressman Accuses Obama, DOI, and BLM Of Illegal Action At Bundy Ranch

“Because of this standoff,” he wrote, “I have looked into BLM’s authority to conduct such paramilitary raids against American citizens, and it appears that BLM is acting in a lawless manner in Nevada.”

Apr 17 19:58

Hurtling into DARKNESS: America’s Great Leap Towards Global Tyranny

I do not believe the citizens of the United States any longer possess the capacity to avoid these dark prospects. They are being swept along by forces they mostly do not understand, and most are unwilling to give up on the comfortable almost-religious myths of enforceable Constitutional rights and a benevolent national government.

Ironically, one of the key forces which brought Europe and North America over a few centuries to the kind of liberal democracies we know today is capable of delivering a new and unprecedented form of tyranny. That force is the body of interests of a nation’s middle class – the group of capable, ambitious, and rising people who were called a few centuries back by Europe’s landed old aristocracy “the new men.”

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Apr 17 19:54

The Obama Game : Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap?

The coup government’s crackdown on ethnic Russians in Donetsk and Kharkiv could lead to a Russian intervention which would provide the justification that Washington is looking for. However painful it is for Putin to watch Russian speaking Ukrainians get beaten and perhaps killed by Nazi thugs and foreign mercenaries dressed up as Ukrainian Security Forces, he should avoid sending in the troops. It’s a trap.
Vladimir Putin, whatever one may think of him, has not done anything to fuel the violence and chaos that has spread across the country.

“Russia … is now recognized as the center of the global ‘mutiny’ against global dictatorship of the US and EU. Its generally peaceful .. approach is in direct contrast to brutal and destabilizing methods used by the US and EU…. The world is waking up to reality that there actually is, suddenly, some strong and determined resistance to Western imperialism. After decades of darkness, hope is emerging.” – Andre Vltchek.

Apr 17 18:31

Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

Yup! Putin's a chess player!

Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer.

“Can Europe stop buying Russian gas? I think it's impossible…Will they make themselves bleed? That's hard to imagine,” the Russian president said.

Since oil is sold internationally on global markets cutting the price would mean lower dollar circulation, diminishing its value in the global currency market.

"If prices decrease in the global market, the emerging shale industry will die,” Putin said.

The US shale industry has boosted domestic production, helping the US become independent and situating it to overtake Russia as a producer.

Apr 17 17:40

BLM next land grab: 90,000 acres of Texas Ranchers’ Land near Red River

J. Patriot: "While are attention is on the Bundy Ranch in Nevada the BLM sets their sights on more land in Texas! The BLM is attacking hard working Ranchers all over the U.S..

Apr 17 16:01

18 Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Levels

Did you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million? In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the system. And did you know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs? When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale than the U.S. government. Most of what the government does involves taking money from some people and giving it to other people. In fact, at this point that is the primary function of the federal government.

Apr 17 15:40

Everything is a BUBBLE Because of the Fed!

Apr 17 12:19

FDA Reveals Shocking Statements On Vaccines

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Apr 17 12:11

Why We Must Avoid an Article V Constitutional Convention!

Today, the idea of a Constitutional Convention is being pushed by hundreds of progressive (Marxist) groups such as; the Alliance for Democracy, the Center for Media and Democracy, Code Pink, the Coffee Party USA, Democracy Unlimited, the Progressive Democrats of America, Sierra Club, Alliance for Progressive Values, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio, Media Action Center, MoveOn.org, Occupy, SEIU, and hundreds more…

Apr 17 11:33

The United States Is In Deep Doodoo!

This brings us to the issue of collateral. We've borrowed so much money the lenders are getting nervous. Back during the Johnson administration Charles DeGaulle demanded the United States collateralize the loans owed to France in gold and started carting out the bullion from the treasury. This caused several other nations to demand the same and President Nixon had to slam the gold window closed or the treasury would have been emptied, since the United States was even then in debt for more money than the treasury could cover in gold.

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Apr 17 10:25

Germany has no alternative to Russian gas

Germany faces a renewed debate on energy in the wake of the ongoing Ukraine crisis. To a large extent, the country depends on Russian oil and natural gas imports. Just recently Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that “all of Germany’s energy policies must be reconsidered.” According to Germany’s Energy Balances Group (AGEB), imported rose to 71 percent of all sources of energy last year.

The most important energy supplier is Russia: It provides 38 percent of Germany’s natural gas imports, 35 percent of all oil imports and 25 percent of coal imports, covering a quarter of the country’s entire energy needs. There are no suitable alternatives in sight that could cover shortfalls of this magnitude.

Apr 17 10:24

China’s ban on GMO corn costs US up to $2.9 billion, grain association says

China’s rejections of a banned variety of genetically modified U.S. corn have cost the U.S. agriculture industry up to $2.9 billion, a grain group said on Wednesday in the first estimate on losses from the trade disruptions.

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"Dammit, I don't care if they don't want it; you MAKE them buy our product!"

Apr 17 10:24

BLM BS - IS THIS OKAY WITH YOU??? by Karen Quinn-Tostado

Check out these images of murdered cattle on OUR dime:

What would happen if WE: (did the following)

Apr 17 10:23

Two More Victims Of The Retail Apocalypse: Family Dollar And Coldwater Creek

Did you know that Family Dollar is closing 370 stores? When I learned of this, I was quite stunned. I knew that retailers that serve the middle class were really struggling right now, but I had no idea that things had gotten so bad for low end stores like Family Dollar. In the post-2008 era, dollar stores had generally been one of the few bright spots in the retail industry. As millions of Americans fell out of the middle class, they were looking to stretch their family budgets as far as possible, and dollar stores helped them do that. It would be great if we could say that the reason why Family Dollar is doing so poorly is because average Americans have more money now and have resumed shopping at retailers that target the middle class, but that is not happening. Rather, as you will see later in this article, things just continue to get even worse for Americans at the low end of the income scale.

Apr 17 09:47

Yellen Says Federal Reserve Monetary Policy Can Solve Unemployment Problem

Federal Reserve Chair Janet discussed the economy and unemployment at the Economic Club of New York on Wednesday. Incredibly, she said that the Fed’s monetary policy will solve the unemployment problem in the US. If that was the case wouldn’t every American who wants a job have a job after 5 years of the same policy?

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The federal Reserve IS the @#$%ing problem!

Apr 17 09:46

FLASHBACK 2013 - Federal Judge Rules for Property Rights, Smacks Down Abusive Feds

In an historic 104-page ruling, Chief Judge Robert C. Jones of the Federal District Court of Nevada has struck a major blow for property rights and, at the same time, has smacked down federal agencies that have been riding roughshod over Western ranchers and property owners. The long-awaited ruling, which had been expected before the end of last year, was finally issued at the end of May. The court case, U.S. v. Hage, has been keenly watched by legal analysts and constitutional scholars — but has been completely ignored by the major media.

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"Look, we don't care what the law says. We need the money and that's all the justification we need to take your property! Get with the program, already!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 17 09:31

12 APRIL PARIS ANTI AUSTERITY MARCH - English subtitles

Apr 17 09:26

Harry Reid’s Nevada family values

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2014 — One thing Harry Reid does well is live up to his moniker, “Dirty Harry.” On his side of the Democrat wing of the organized crime family in Washington, Reid has few equals as a world class bag man.

It may be pure coincidence that the army of heavily armed agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are now pulling back from their positions encircling Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s family ranch, North of Las Vegas. But it’s doubtful. It may have everything to do with a new round of intense scrutiny of Reid’s use of influence to reward family members and campaign donors in lucrative development deals across the state.

Apr 17 09:06

Bank of America Corp: Someone From This Fraud Machine Needs To Go To Jail

Something happened last Wednesday that is eye-opening, on several levels.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) slammed one of the nation’s biggest banks: Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC).

It turns out BofA, like several other financial giants, is a billion-dollar fraud machine.

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The entire banking system, based on the model of a private central bank issuing all of the public currency as a loan at interest, is a fraud. Jail is too good for these modern-day slave masters!

Apr 17 08:57

Why Only the Rich Should be Taxed

The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is an institute funded by the right-wing conservative Bradley Foundation. In April of 2013, the Center announced the “Bradley Freedom Prize” essay contest, in which they asked for a response to the question: “Do the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share of taxes? What amount would be fair and why?”

The following Bradley Award-losing essay submission likely inflamed the judges of the prize; rather than focusing on taxes and wealth merely in relation to the economy – the obsession of nearly all news media reports and academic literature - it instead focuses on taxes and wealth in relation to ethics, equity, and ecology.

Apr 17 08:56

Home price slowdown leaves millions underwater

For millions of Americans still stuck in homes with mortgages bigger that the house is worth, the long slog back to dry land is getting longer.

Nationwide, plummeting prices from the housing collapse in 2007 left more than a quarter of all homeowners with a mortgage owing more than their home was worth.

Apr 17 08:55

Russia has a secret weapon against the West, and it’s not oil, gas or nukes

Energy markets have been a bit more volatile recently, thanks to sporadic violence in Ukraine and the war of words between Russia and the West. Both sides of the conflict are playing pipeline politics, with threats and counter-threats flying between some of the world’s biggest energy suppliers and consumers. As tempers flare, the threat of crucial pipelines running dry is enough to frighten even the steeliest traders.
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Although oil and gas are top of mind, they aren’t necessarily the only commodities that traders are worried about. Palladium prices spiked to a three-year high today

Apr 17 08:54

Nevada Rancher’s Son: Harry Reid ‘Needs To Be Kicked Out Of Office’

The son of a Nevada rancher who battled the federal government over the roundup of his cattle believes it’s time for Sen. Harry Reid to be kicked out of office.

“If he doesn’t have enough moral fiber in his bones at all to see what happened, that we the people got together and made something right, then I don’t think there’s any hope for him and he needs to be kicked out of office, even if he is the Senate majority leader. It doesn’t matter,” Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy, told Fox News, responding to Reid’s comments that “it’s not over.”

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Apr 17 08:53

Bank of America Finally Gives Loan Mod to Brain-Injured Tiananmen Square Survivor in Seattle, Washington.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

KingCast and Mortgage Movies See Bank of America Finally Give Loan Mod to a Brain-Injured Tiananmen Survivor Jane Mair in Seattle, Washington.

You know The Deal. The homeowner suffers a catastrophic brain injury or some other setback and the bank directly implies to them that the should stop making payments for three months to be eligible for what they call a loan mod (it likely is not a real loan mod, just the servicer agreeing to less money), then all hell breaks loose as they dual track your ass right on out of your home. Well not this time, thanks to vigorous grass roots support, multimedia presentations and lawyers licensed and consulting.

Apr 17 08:48

“Insiders Tell All: Both the Stock Market and the SEC Are Rigged,”

File under no shit!

according to insiders, the SEC has stood down in much the same fashion that it ignored warnings about Bernard Madoff from whistleblower Harry Markopolos for years.

Apr 17 08:41

Colorado approves lower tuition for illegal immigrants

This ought to piss off more Americans!

Colorado has joined thirteen other states in allowing undocumented immigrant students to attend college at an in-state tuition rate. The governor hailed the new law as a victory that would grant illegal students with a “path forward”.

"Today we're here to tell you, in Colorado, that the doors are open and the dream is alive" said state Sen. Mike Johnston, one of the sponsors of the bill, as hundreds of people cheered at the ratification of Senate Bill 33.

Apr 17 08:30

Commercial banned in Switzerland

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Yeah; I can see why this one makes the money-junkies nervous!

Apr 17 08:25

US President Barack Obama to launch $600 million job-training program

US President Barack Obama launches a $600 million jobs initiative aimed at training the workforce. According to Washington the program will offer grants “to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need.”

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So Obama will spend $600 million to hire his cronies to convince young people to serve in unpaid apprenticeships, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics will count as actual jobs to keep the unemployment numbers low as we had into the November elections.

Apr 17 08:11

New IRS documents: Lerner colluded with DOJ to prosecute conservative groups

On Wednesday, the day after what's commonly called "Tax Day" each April 15, members of the House of Representatives announced that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released documents that appear to describe a conspiracy by the IRS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to "railroad" conservative organizations that posed a threat to the re-election of President Barack Obama and to his political agenda.

Apr 17 07:47

Social Security stops trying to collect on old debts by seizing tax refunds

The Social Security Administration announced Monday that it will immediately cease efforts to collect on taxpayers’ debts to the government that are more than 10 years old.

The action comes after The Washington Post reported that the government was seizing state and federal tax refunds that were on their way to about 400,000 Americans who had relatives who owed money to the Social Security agency. In many cases, the people whose refunds were intercepted had never heard of any debt, and the debts dated as far back as the middle of the past century.

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Looks like the armed push-back at the Bundy Ranch is already bearing fruit in other sectors of the government!

Apr 17 07:44

Take the Monsanto Stock Plunge!

For years, despite its devilish reputation, Monsanto has been the darling of Wall Street, but that's about to change! You might think that Monsanto got evil all on its own, but you might be surprised to see who’s helped them on Wall Street. If you’re not careful – it could be you!

If you support GMO labeling, eat organic food and avoid GMOs in your diet as much as possible, you might be surprised to learn that Monsanto has been hiding in your retirement fund, 401K or mutual fund all along. Unfortunately, if you, your family or your friends have any of these investments, you may be profiting from Monsanto’s toxic products!

We've launched the Divest Monsanto Now! campaign to keep Monsanto's toxic profits out of Wall Street investment portfolios and your retirement funds. It's time to turn up the heat on Monsanto - Let's take it to the Streets!

Apr 17 07:05

Feds accused of leaving trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff

Feds Destroyed Water Lines, Fences, Water Tanks, Killed Two Prized Bulls During #BundyRanch Standoff

"They had total control of this land for one week, and look at the destruction they did in one week," said Corey Houston, friend of rancher Cliven Bundy and his family. "So why would you trust somebody like that? And how does that show that they're a better steward?"

Apr 17 05:46

Cyprus warns economic sanctions against Russia will destroy its economy

Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides told a German newspaper Wednesday that economic sanctions against Russia by Europe would destroy the Cypriot economy, adding that every EU state should decide separately whether they want to cut ties with Moscow.

“There are very strong economic ties between Cyprus and Russia. If sanctions are really necessary, then every member state should decide for itself whether to take part. However the measures look, we must not harm ourselves,” Kasoulides told Die Welt.

Apr 17 05:34

How super-fast cable networks allow City flash boys to fleece your pension of billions

Installing the cable was to cost £180 million, but the investors behind it were convinced it was going to make them very, very rich. For they had calculated that using this cable rather than the existing, less direct, ones would cut the time it took to send a message between the two cities from 17 milliseconds to 13.

That’s a fraction of the time it takes to blink very quickly, yet the minuscule time difference is enough to allow sophisticated computer programmes to exploit profitably tiny price differences between the Chicago and New York stock exchanges.

These split seconds saved in the transmission of information, an industry expert calculated, were worth an astonishing £12?billion a year to those who knew how to exploit them.

Apr 16 21:03

Bundy land context: US ‘leaders’ steal land with MERS bankster fraud & War Crimes, hoard CAFR & off-shore trillions

*hyperlinks live at source*
The Bundy land conflict evokes Americans to a local venue to protest crimes of a psychopathic US “leadership” immersed in “Big Lie” crimes centering in war, money, and media (also in ~100 other crucial areas).

Perhaps the easiest of these crimes to explain, document, and prove is the history of unlawful US Wars of Aggression all on easily-proved lies known to be false as they were told is

Because all of our families sacrificed through two world wars, the damning facts of US “leadership” lies to send US military to commit unlawful Wars of Aggression is enough to demand arrests of those political and media “leaders.”

And that said, let’s look at four areas of damning facts of US “leadership” crimes in context of the Bundy spark to patriot actions:

1. US “leaders” steal Americans’ homes through MERS bankster mortgage fraud.
2. The US claims to own over 80% of Nevada from lie-started, treaty-violating, unlawful war on Mexico.

Apr 16 18:56

Why the hell is Belgium buying so much US debt?

Apr 16 17:28

Hyperinflation - Joseph T. Salerno, Mises

Apr 16 16:02

Ode to Harry Reid

Ode to Harry Reid

Humor/Satire

by Zen Gardner - Apr 15, 2014
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Here’s to you, Harry….

Harry Reid, you bastard, yes all are agreed

Your concerns for us all are so bullshit indeed

How such a douchebag can have this control

Reminds me of one thing, a thing called a troll

You’re clearly all in it for personal gain

A financial windfall or power regained

You couldn’t be lower on the evolutionary chain

And yet you keep at it, Harry, again and again......

Apr 16 13:44

The government is coming after you…even if you did nothing wrong.

You never think about physical therapists as being a danger to society, or the country, but that’s the new campaign spearheaded by Medicare and the government.

Physical therapists are the “flavor of the month” in the government’s pursuit for more monies in this never ending saga of Medicare running out of money. Considering that these fines are running into the millions and possible prison sentences, this “fight against fraud” has become a very serious matter for our profession.

Apr 16 13:32

Matt Taibbi: The Super Rich Have Become 'Untouchables'

Earlier this month, attorney James Kidney, who was retiring from the Securities and Exchange Commission, gave a widely reported speech at his retirement party. He said that his bosses were too, quote, "tentative and fearful" to hold Wall Street accountable for the 2008 economic meltdown. Kidney, who joined the SEC in 1986, had tried and failed to bring charges against more executives in the agency’s 2010 case against Goldman Sachs. He said the SEC has become, quote, "an agency that polices the broken windows on the street level and rarely goes to the penthouse floors. ... Tough enforcement, risky enforcement, is subject to extensive negotiation and weakening," he said.

Well, for more, we turn to our guest, Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist, formerly with Rolling Stone magazine, now with First Look Media. His new book is called The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap.

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Remember that kid who while drunk driving killed a bunch of pedestrians and was spared prison because his lawyer said his privileged upbringing and all that money had harmed his ability to deal with the world in a respectful way? It was called the "Affluenza defense."

Apr 16 13:31

Feds accused of leaving trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff

Feds Destroyed Water Lines, Fences, Water Tanks, Killed Two Prized Bulls During #BundyRanch Standoff

"They had total control of this land for one week, and look at the destruction they did in one week," said Corey Houston, friend of rancher Cliven Bundy and his family. "So why would you trust somebody like that? And how does that show that they're a better steward?"

Apr 16 13:26

Taxation Without Consideration

Apr 16 12:45

Russian economy hit by Ukraine fallout; 0% growth in 2014 possible

Russia's economy has been hit hard by the Ukraine crisis, prompting finance officials to cut growth forecasts for this year to near zero and draining the country's hard currency reserves as investors flee an uncertain market, Kremlin officials disclosed Wednesday.

Apr 16 12:41

"Shocking" rise in food parcel handouts in UK blamed on welfare reforms

Britain's largest food bank provider, the Trussell Trust, says it has handed out more than 900,000 food parcels in the last year, up from 350,000 the year before, a rise it calls "shocking". The Trust has blamed rising prices and government changes to the welfare system for some of that increase, saying delays in providing payments mean people are going hungry.

Apr 16 12:30

Italy's poor forced to live in squats / Clashes as Rome police move to evict squatters

Italy's recession, the worst since World War II, has had a devastating effect on many ordinary Italians, squeezed hard by tax rises and an alarming unemployment rate, currently at a record 13 percent. The country's traditional family support network has come under increasing strain, and rights groups say more should be done to turn the capital's unused public offices and empty army barracks into council houses.

Clashes broke out at an abandoned office block in Rome on Wednesday as scores of riot police moved to evict some 350 poor families who had occupied the building because of a chronic housing crisis in the city.

Apr 16 12:13

Why Are Top Entergy Executives Selling Their Own Stock?

Tuesday, GreenWorld broke the story of a recent pattern of stock sales by top executives at Entergy, the nation’s second-largest operator of nuclear power stations. The CEO, CFO, Chief Accounting Officer, and Senior VPs for Government Affairs and Human Resources have all sold large amounts of their stock in Entergy, with CEO Leo Denault unloading over 55% of his shares in December and CAO Alyson Mount selling 46% of hers on April 9.

Apr 16 12:08

FALLOUT SHELTER / You Will Need One

Apr 16 11:46

Bryan Fischer tells poor people: ‘Kiss the ground’ beneath the richest 1 percent

Bryan Fischer, the director of Issues Analysis for the fundamentalist American Family Association (AFA), said on Tuesday that people who used welfare and other government services needed to “kiss the ground” beneath the richest 1 percent of Americans.

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It was those 1% money-junkies that PUT those Americans on food stamps and welfare!

Apr 16 11:30

The Mass Marketing Campaign For World War III

Published on Apr 16, 2014

The establishment has begun a new mass marketing campaign for World War III, equating Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler.

The fact that the current crisis in Ukraine was instigated by a US-backed coup which toppled a democratically elected government has been conveniently forgotten.

Apr 16 11:28

Even The US Government Will Abandon The Dollar

Jeff Berwick
Activist Post

For millions it is already too late.

They won't realize the geopolitical winds which are now blowing. Off in their own lala land, the average American will be focused on sports, celebrities, what the right amount of stealing (taxes) in society is, gay rights, which foreign countries "we" should bomb next, the first woman president, and so on and so forth, while their livelihoods are sacrificed in the name of the US government.

They will wake up one morning, and their prospects will be gloomier than they are now. Don't think such a thing happens? This exact thing just happened in the Ukraine. Devastation. People wake up one morning and suddenly everything they had worked so hard for is gone. "Oh, but that's Ukraine!" you might say. "Not here in the US."...

Apr 16 11:08

Report: Bedroom tax has left 50 per cent of tenants in arrears - but savings aren't being made

The study said the “bedroom tax” and wider welfare reforms introduced by Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, were forcing tenants to choose between “heating and eating.” Three in four had cut back on food bills. “Tenants are experiencing poverty, anxiety, debt and health problems. Food banks are becoming essential. People rely on family and friends for help. Tenants and landlords expect evictions to rise,” it said.

Apr 16 11:04

Britain's hunger crisis: One MILLION food parcels handed out despite UK having sixth richest economy

Campaigners last night demanded David Cameron scrap his savage welfare reforms after the number of emergency food parcels handed out soared to more than a million.

Furious anti-poverty groups and church leaders said it was beyond belief that people in 21st century Britain are going hungry and relying on charity.

The number of food parcels given out last year by the Trussell Trust alone nearly tripled from 346,992 to 913,138. And 330,205 of those went to children.

Apr 16 11:03

Banks rip-off: £3bn overdrafts bill to be probed - it can be cheaper to take out payday loan

Watchdogs are to investigate the £3billion-a-year banks rake in from rip-off overdraft rates.

More than a third of the money banks make from current accounts comes from interest and charges when customers go overdrawn.

Research shows going over the limit can work out more expensive than borrowing from payday lenders.

Apr 16 10:59

Top 17 Reasons To Own PHYSICAL Gold Right Now

Apr 16 10:58

Cash-rich global firms face calls to crack open war chests to prop up the global economy

Impatient shareholders are calling on the world’s top firms to start spending some of the eye-popping $2.8 trillion in cash built up since the financial crisis, as analysts warn that their thriftiness could be holding back global growth.

The combined war chests held by companies including Apple, Google and Samsung — roughly equivalent to the size of France’s economy — has swelled since the 2008 global downturn hammered stock markets and saw nervous firms pinching their pennies as they waited out the storm.

But even as markets bounced back and business confidence recovered, the cash piles kept growing.

Apr 16 10:51

BRICS countries to set up their own IMF

Very soon, the IMF will cease to be the world's only organization capable of rendering international financial assistance. The BRICS countries are setting up alternative institutions, including a currency reserve pool and a development bank.?

The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have made significant progress in setting up structures that would serve as an alternative to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which are dominated by the U.S. and the EU. A currency reserve pool, as a replacement for the IMF, and a BRICS development bank, as a replacement for the World Bank, will begin operating as soon as in 2015, Russian Ambassador at Large Vadim Lukov has said.

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"You can't DO that!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 16 10:50

Income Inequality Institute Will Pay Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month

Apr 16 10:38

Phantom Gold Inventories: Has The Comex Already Defaulted?

However, as investors were liquidating 10’s of millions of ounces of what the bankers call “gold”; the Comex’s gold inventories didn’t rise by 10’s of millions of ounces. In fact those inventories didn’t rise at all – they collapsed. This seemed to indicate that investors were redeeming their GLD paper, and extracting real, physical gold to replace it.

Recent evidence, however, suggests an entirely different interpretation of the precisely synchronized collapse in holdings of the banksters’ paper-called-gold and “official” Comex inventories.

Apr 16 10:32

GM Seeks Lawsuit Protection For Conduct That Occurred Before 2009 Bankruptcy

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.

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Under our current fascist government, they will probably get it!

Apr 16 10:09

In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class

In Miami, average rents consume 43 percent of the typical household income, up from a historical average of just over a quarter.

Apr 16 09:19

Mega oil field discovered in southern Russia

Ah! So!

A new oil field with roughly 300 million tons of oil and 90 billion cubic meters of gas has been discovered in the Astrakhan region of Russia.

“The field’s reserves are unprecedented, this discovery confirms the high potential of the Astrakhan region in terms of these major discoveries,” Sergey Donskoy, Russia’s Natural Resources Minister said on Wednesday.

Apr 16 08:53

Gold is moving West to East...What is the World Trying to Tell Us?

Everyone knows that the sun rises in the East, moves across our skies, and sets in the West. Over the past few years, gold buying has also been rising in the East and moving in an extraordinary migration away from Western banks and out of the hands of Western investors. Central Banks in the Far East, the Middle East and Russia have been stockpiling physical gold … as the West has held onto stakes of paper ETF’s, futures contracts, and the unbacked dollar.

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But when the US Ponzi scheme collapses, rest assured the corporate media will say it was all an evil Chinese plot!

Apr 16 08:48

Glaring Q.E. Failure Spotted

Money Velocity continues to fall rapidly in both the USEconomy and that of Canada, reaching 50-year lows in the Untied States. The indication is failure in monetary policy, as hyper inflation has killed capital on an extensive basis. The capital destruction is in its fourth year, probably having reached critical mass. Compared and contrasted with fast rising money supply, the systemic failure is obvious to conclude. The exception is to morons, Wall Street junkies, Big Bank criminal elite, and USGovt hacks. The fast decline in Money Velocity means that it is not moving in the body economic. The reason is simple. The blood system is contaminated with the USDollar, a toxic currency with no backing in a hard asset. The new money is toxic currency under phenomenal debasement by its own steward, the USFed itself. They redouble their harmful policy instead of abandoning it.

Apr 16 06:39

Bank of America Swings to Quarterly Loss on Legal Costs

Bank of America swung to a first-quarter loss of $276 million, as legal expenses related to the financial crisis mounted.

The bank said on Wednesday that its litigation expenses increased to $6 billion in the quarter

Apr 16 05:44

France is the new cauldron of Eurosceptic revolution

Britain is marginal to the great debate on Europe. France is the linchpin, fast becoming a cauldron of Eurosceptic/Poujadist views on the Right, anti-EMU reflationary Keynesian views on the Left, mixed with soul-searching over the wisdom of monetary union across the French establishment.

Marine Le Pen’s Front National leads the latest IFOP poll for the European elections next month at 24pc. Her platform calls for immediate steps to ditch the euro and restore the franc (“franc des Anglais” in origin, rid of the English oppressors), and to hold a referendum on withdrawal from the EU.

Apr 16 05:16

BREAKING NEWS : TTIP a major change in EU/US relations

Brought to you by WTF News :)

Apr 16 04:55

Ukraine SITREP April 15, 18:30 EST update 1 (Ukrainian civil war day 1)

The Ukrainian military is told that it has to stop "terrorists". Regardless of whether they believe it or not, the Ukrainian commanding officers are more or less willing to execute that order. What they seem to be unwilling to do is kill many civilians or, even less so, take a city by force. So they stop in the outskirts and conduct very tense and unpleasant dialog with very hostile and suspicious civilians.

The Ukrainian security services are probably more willing to shoot civilians, but they seem to be really weary of entering the rebel cities, and I can't blame them. Unlike most of the barricades around the cities which are manned with civilians (including women and senior folks), some barricades and buildings inside the city are defended by armed men, some definitely with military experience, and supported by many civilian demonstrators. Any SBU force seen shooting civilians risks being killed by a lynch mob.

Apr 15 23:31

The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing by Ellen Brown

Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it.

Apr 15 21:01

Fighting back against corporatocracy and Big Monopolies

"Freedom" and "democracy" are useful words, but very bankrupt: useful because they serve to advance imperial/corporate agendas, bankrupt because they are empty vessels perennially co-opted.

When illegal coups are orchestrated to overthrow democratically elected governments in Venezuela, Honduras, Ukraine or elsewhere, the lies of freedom and democracy are seamlessly attached to the criminal acts.

"Freedom" and "democracy" are still cloaking, tacitly or overtly, mass murder and genocide in Iraq, at this moment.

As long as the masses are fooled, conquest and regime change, not democracy and freedom, are enabled and perpetuated. Illegal coups and wars of aggression are about imperial control, setting up puppet dictators and the imposition of neoliberal economic business models for the corporate extensions of the invading nations.

Apr 15 20:02

The Slow Death Of The Old Global Order:

What’s most troubling about all this is that today’s national leaders seem utterly lacking in any serious consciousness of just how dangerous the global situation is

Apr 15 17:21

Meltdown America: A Warning From Survivors

Jeff D. Opdyke
Activist Post

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

There’s a perception in our country that America is so exceptional that the trials and tribulations — and outright social catastrophes — that rock other countries in the world simply cannot happen on our shores. We’re the biggest, the strongest, the richest. We are America. And we have divine immunity.

Ahh, the power of the mind to mask the facts we refuse to accept...

Apr 15 16:54

The Obamacare Taxman Cometh (Again)

The latest and greatest Affordable Care Act revenue raisers include an excise tax on medical devices, an increase in the Medicare payroll tax from 2.8 to 3.8 percent for couples earning more than $250,000 annually, and limits on flexible spending accounts.

This chart from the Heritage Foundation is slightly older, so its totals aren't quite up to the minute, but it gives you an idea of the tax hikes included in the law, the dates they go into effect, and the amount of revenue they are expected to raise.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If there are these huge tax increases to pay for Obamacare, then why did the insurance rates skyrocket and the deductibles go through the roof?

Someone is making a ton of cash on this deal!

Apr 15 16:36

Flashback: Insider: CIA Orchestrated Operation Fast and Furious -gov allowed Mexican drug cartel to import tons of cocaine

August 2011

Washington Times journalists Robert Farago and Ralph Dixon cite a “CIA insider” to make the claim that Operation Fast and Furious was a Central Intelligence Agency-orchestrated program to arm the Sinaloa drug cartel, a group that was also given the green light to fly tons of cocaine into the United States.

Apr 15 16:32

RIP Mike Ruppert

On November 15, 1996, there was a town meeting in Los Angeles on allegations of CIA involvement in drug trafficking. Former Los Angeles Police Narcotics Detective Mike Ruppert seized the opportunity to confront then CIA Director John Deutch

related: MUST SEE

CIA Drug Ops Conspiracy-Unaired Documentary

Apr 15 16:17

The IRS is said to be data mining Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other sites for info that could come handy in audits.

"It seems they may be using predictive analytics," University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication Professor Joseph Turow told Marketplace.

Apr 15 14:13

Making Money the Measure of Politics – The US Supreme Court is Pushing Forward the Legalization of Bribery

U.S. pundits decry countries like Iran as undemocratic for having a screening process for candidates to high office. But U.S. politicians must pass muster with wealthy donors to be considered serious candidates, a system that the Supreme Court just made worse.

Apr 15 12:32

Comex Lies, Manipulates The Price Of Silver

Silver, along with gold has been manipulated for years, if not decades.

This news comes as no surprise to those who have invested in the precious metals market.

We know that those who would like to see the metals lowered are able to sell unlimited amounts of “paper contracts” in an attempt to artificially push the price lower in the short term.

Apr 15 11:45

Social Security, Treasury Stealing Every Last Penny From Americans

Jeff Berwick
Activist Post

All of a sudden the government lays claims to your savings. They can't prove you owe them a dime, but you're deprived due process. The legal bills become overwhelming, and so you let your money be stolen. You simply have no choice.

Sound outlandish? It's not. Not in the "Land of the Free" at least.

For example, the US government began intercepting Mary Grice's tax refunds without any warning this tax season. Grice was unaware of the situation until she got a letter stating that her refund had gone to satisfy old debt to the government. Very old debt...In fact, debt she didn't even know about...

Apr 15 10:46

The Death of Money with Jim Rickards

Apr 15 09:59

EXCLUSIVE: FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee

Agents quietly working with Utah prosecutors to make case in DOJ absence

Apr 15 08:46

Industry physician: "Gardasil will be the greatest medical scandal of all times"

by Sandy Lunoe

The temperature of the heated controversy concerning Gardasil was recently raised even more when Dr. Bernhard Dalbergue (France), former pharmaceutical industry physician with Merck, recently predicted that the vaccine will become the greatest medical scandal of all times.

In an interview in the April 2014 issue (no. 66) of the magazine Principes de Santé (Health Principles), Dr. Dalbergue, who has worked for over twenty years with the industry, describes the widespread corruption and his concern that the health of patients is sacrificed on the altar of profitability...

Apr 15 08:13

The IPO Scam & Why Stock Fundementals Lie

Apr 15 07:56

Predictably, Central Bankers Suggest the 'S-Word' ... Securitization

So Europe's central bankers have decided that the only way to revitalize the European economy – especially Southern Europe – is via securitization of assets.

This we learn from Jeremy Warner, assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph, and author of the article excerpted above. Is it possible that Mr. Warner did not think up this thesis all by himself?

Is it possible that it was, ahem ... suggested to him?

Apr 15 07:53

Axel Merk. "Too Much Debt."

Apr 15 07:38

Palladium Soars to 32-Month High On Supply Fears

Together, Russia and South Africa make up nearly 80% of the world’s palladium supplies. Given the current instability, investor concerns are primarily on the supply side.

Apr 15 07:28

Close the Billionaire Tax Loophole

If our leaders want to balance the budget, here’s a suggestion: Congress can scrap a new “Paris Hilton” giveaway that’s draining billions of federal tax dollars.

This giveaway takes the form of a complex tax loophole designed to circumvent the federal estate tax, one of the few ways a democratic society can reduce extreme wealth inequality.

The estate tax is a levy on inheritances that multi-millionaires and billionaires leave behind when they pass away. It affects only the wealthiest two out of every thousand U.S. taxpayers — individuals with at least $5.34 million to their name, or $10.68 million for a couple.

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