07.21.14- MH17 and MH370: What are the Odds? And What's the Fallout?
Stephanie

How often, in the past 40 or 50 years, have we heard about a Malaysian airplane going down? And now, we've had two in the past six months. What are the odds?

I'm not the only one who immediately entertained the thought that MH17 and MH370 are, in fact, the same airplane. One goes missing - it is still not found - and then a mere months later, another Malaysian plane mysteriously flies over military airspace in one of the most contentious hotspots in the world and gets shot down. Read More

07.19.14- Government attempts to regulate Bitcoin. Government will fail.
NotQuant

The news that New York State’s top financial regulator has announced the first-ever set of regulations for firms doing business in the BitCoin space shows just how deep the government misunderstanding of BitCoin goes.

On Thursday, Benjamin M. Lawsky, the superintendent of financial services, announced proposed regulations for virtual currency companies operating in New York. The "BitLicense" plan, which includes rules on consumer protection, the prevention of money laundering and cybersecurity, is the first proposal by a state to create guidelines specifically for virtual currency. Read More

07.18.14- They're Lying To Us, Part 4: Fake Pensions
John Rubino

Most people learn by the age of 10 or so that making promises is easier than keeping them. That’s why really big promises like corporate pensions and national retirement/health care programs are so easy to screw up. Offering someone a cushy retirement or a lifetime of healthcare feels great and generates massive goodwill from the recipient. So elected officials and corporate executives tend to over-promise in the moment and leave the hard part - actually making good on those promises - for their successors. Read More

 

07.17.14- Are we there yet?
Ol' Remus

Imagine everything familiar collapsing like an accordion in the time between your morning coffee and your first midday yawn. It may happen just that way. In fact, it's difficult to see how it can happen any other way.

Back in 2001, the Argentine economy all but collapsed. In a matter of days, the country went from mild recession to full-blown economic crisis. The currency went into freefall. Police were out in the streets shooting protestors. Unemployment and crime rates soared overnight. And the nation defaulted on its debt. - Simon Black at sovereignman.com, July 10, 2014 Read More

07.16.14- Hippies
Johnny Silver Bear

Talking 'bout my g-g-g-generation...

Today is Saturday, October 22th, 2011. We are quickly approaching the tenth anniversary of the Silver Bear Cafe which will come in January, 2012. Over the last ten years your editor has scoured, sourced, verified, formatted, re-formatted, adorned, posted and archived over twenty thousand essays and articles from the minds of gracious free thinking pundits around the globe. Most of these patriots are ignored by the mainstream media (an industry that, coincidentally, happens to be owned by the "Darkside"). Read More

07.15.14- 9/11 Rogue Agenda-A Video Odyssey
Charles Ewing Smith

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07.14.14- And Now, Something Entirely Different - Ukulele weeps
Jake Shimabukuro

(Editor's Note: In our "doom & gloom" world, one must really search for uplifting moments. For all you do, this one's for you. - JSB)

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07.12.14- Weekend Rant: Washington's Arrogance Will Destroy Its Empire
Paul Craig Roberts

Alone among the governments in the world, Washington requires sovereign governments to follow Washington's laws even when Washington's laws contradict the laws of sovereign countries.

The examples are endless. For example, Washington forced Switzerland to violate and to repeal Switzerland's historic bank secrecy laws. Washington executes citizens of other countries, as well as its own citizens, without due process of law. Read More

07.11.14- They're Lying to Us, Part 3: The Fake Stock Market
John Rubino

For the average person trying to decide how to feel about the economy, the single biggest data point is the stock market. When share prices are rising, the implicit message is that finance professionals — who, after all, dedicate their lives to understanding such things and should therefore know what’s happening — have decided that life is good and getting better.

So the rest of us relax and go shopping. Known as the “wealth effect,” this tendency of asset prices to affect consumer behavior is now a key policy goal of the US and pretty much every other major government. Read More

07.10.14- The Deteriorating Economic Outlook
Paul Craig Roberts, Dave Kranzler, and John Williams

The third and final estimate (until the annual GDP revisions) of first quarter 2014 real GDP growth released June 25 by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis was a 2.9% contraction in GDP growth, a 5.5 percentage point difference from the January forecast of 2.6% growth. Apparently, the first quarter contraction was dismissed by those speculating in equities as weather related, as stock averages rose with the bad news.

Stock market participants might be in for a second quarter surprise. The result of many years of changes made to the official inflation measures is a substantially understated inflation rate. Read More

07.09.14- Playing Russian Roulette With Open Borders
Tom Chatham

Much is now being made of the recent immigrant influx that carries many different problems. It will put even more pressure on the social net that many now depend on due to a declining economy. The addition of tens of thousands of new people that need government services will no doubt cause a decrease in services to those already getting it.

About 48 million Americans now need food stamps just to have enough to eat. Additional mouths to feed will no doubt put more strain on the food supply that is now rising in price due to money printing, drought, crop failures and livestock diseases that have decimated herds and led to multi-decade lows in supply. Read More

07.08.14- Declaration of Independence In the 21st Century
Nomi Prins

While much of America marks July 4th with fireworks, barbeques and family gatherings, people should also take a moment to pause and consider the state of the very freedoms, liberties and rights that the Declaration of Independence was produced to acquire for the population.

At a mere 1302 words subject to editorially consent by its creators, the Declaration of Independence from British monarchical rule listed clear intentions of the-then 13 colonies that wanted to become the United States of America. Read More

 

07.07.14- The Truth Versus Washington DC's Propaganda Machines
Bill Moyers

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07.05.14- Freedom: Summed Up In One Image
Barry Ritholtz

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07.04.14- The Death Of The Rust Belt
Michael Snyder

I Their names are familiar to all of us: Cleveland, Flint, Youngstown, Saginaw, Gary, Toledo, Reading, Akron, Flint and Buffalo were all once booming manufacturing cities that were absolutely packed with thriving middle class families. But now most of the manufacturing jobs are gone and all of those cities are just shadows of their former selves. When you drive through many of these communities, you will notice that a lot of people have a really hollow look in their eyes.

Decades of slow, steady economic decline have really taken a toll, and even the architecture in these cities looks depressed. But despite all of the decay, there is still evidence that there was once something truly great about these communities. Will we be able to recapture that greatness before it is too late? Read More

07.03.14- Similarities Between 1914 And 2014
Claudio Grass

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the (non-mainstream) media is starting to talk about the parallels between then and now. Could it be true that there are similarities? In this article, I would like to discuss some of the intriguing, and frankly disturbing, parallels I see between the period just prior to WWI and today. I think that understanding these parallels is of utmost importance, not only because the events leading up to WWI are, in my view, also the indirect cause of the Second World War, but they are important to understand the similar problems we could be facing today. Read More

07.02.14- Meltdown America
Casey Research

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07.01.14- Oil, Money, & War
James J. Puplava

In this timeless and re-released article Jim outlines three major powershifts of the 21st century stemming from the ongoing struggle of resource scarcity. Both historical and forward looking, "Oil, Money, and War" analyzes the dynamic relationship between these three forces and their ongoing role in reshaping our modern world.

Introduction

The next war has just begun. The era of peace and stability that we have come to know is over. We are entering an era in history, not of peaceful economic competition between nations, but a time of warfare between tribes, ethnic groups, religions, and economic systems. This war will be unlike other wars. Read More

06.30.14- Cronyism in the 21st Century
Mark E. Jeftovic

Ghandi was once asked, "What do you think about Western Civilization?" to which he famously replied "I think it's a good idea." He may as well have been talking about free market capitalism.

Capital in the 21st Century has hit the world like a new teen idol sensation. Everybody is drinking the Kool-Aid and it's being held up as the most important book ever written on the subject of how runaway capitalism leads to wealth inequality. Paul Krugman of course, loves it. As does every head of state and political hack in the (formerly) free world. A text-book sized brick that can be condensed down to a couple bullet points: Read More

06.28.14- Debunking the "War is Good for the Economy" Myth
Sibel Edmonds

No, WWII Did Not End The Great Depression!

The idea that the Great Depression was finally brought to an end by the onset of WWII has been a staple of history textbooks, documentaries and various war propaganda for decades. This myth continues to be perpetuated to the present day.

The idea that war is good for the economy is, needless to say, a fallacious argument which itself is based on incorrect economic data. Read More

06.27.14- Bridges Collapse As The West Drowns In Debt
Jeff Nielson

A recent headline in the mainstream media caught my attention due to its dramatic nature. It spoke of "bridges crumbling" in the United States (along with its highways rotting). The media drone then attempted to explain why these bridges/highways were being allowed to crumble, despite borrowing rates which are "the lowest since 1969".

The explanation given was totally false: that (supposedly) U.S. state and local governments were "repaying obligations by the most on record". This is propaganda nonsense, since what it directly implies is that state and local governments would have to be recording the largest budget-surpluses on record. Mathematically, this is the only possible way to retire debt by a corresponding amount. Those surpluses do not exist. Read More

06.26.14- The U.S. Economy Has Collapsed: "This Is A Monstrous Negative Revision"
Mac Slavo

For months the administration, financial pundits and Wall Street analysts made it a point to inform Americans about the healthy state of our economy. One of the key metrics they’ve used as proof of recovery was the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which measures the productive output of the U.S. economy as a whole.

Earlier this year the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis noted that this measure was showing positive growth. But now, after a second official revision, all of that purported growth used to goad consumers into spending more money on homes, cars and other goods has been revealed to be nothing but conjecture. Read More

06.24.14- Did Israel Just Start World War III?
Dave Hodges

Doug Hagmann and I have been very consistent in stating that World War III would begin in Syria. Further, my military sources have been telling me for 15 months that war in the Middle East, and possibly World War III, will commence in Syria for a variety of reasons. The world is beginning to witness the unfolding of this prediction. Historians may look back upon Israel’s recent attack upon nine military targets inside of Syria as the Archduke moment for World War III.

A total of nine Syrian military targets have been hit by Israeli jets and guided missiles, according to IDF officials. The IDF claims they were a part of a clear message being delivered to the Syrians in response to a series of cross-border shootings to protect the citizens of Israel.Read More

06.23.14- Ending Empire Is as Crucial as Confronting Wall Street
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

In the last week, there has been a rapid march toward military action in Iraq despite widespread opposition to more war among the US population for a variety of reasons. One concern is that it would require more military spending despite immense and unmet needs for funding in a broad array of areas at home. Unlike any other policy area, there never seems to be a lack of funds for a military attack or even a war. The military-industrial complex has a powerful hold on US lawmakers.

The hawks in Congress are exerting tremendous pressure for military action in Iraq to prevent ISIS and former members of Saddam Hussein's government from taking control. On Thursday President Obama delivered a statement describing the steps he is taking on Iraq. These include: Read More

06.21.14- Weekend Rant: Boundaries
Ol' Remus

It's said the composers of the Constitution intended to constrain the central government by charging it with protecting the rights of the citizen. This was clearly a lapse in judgement, a pratfall actually, the kind requiring many tankards of the previous autumn's cider. Since those wonderful days of yesteryear, generations of our best and brightest have not merely alienated our inalienable rights, they've criminalized most of them. The work has been exacting and exhausting but it's yielded a dark parallel to the Constitution worthy of the veneration it receives in learned circles.

But alas, we're told an emergency is at hand. The populace is showing signs of self awareness. They're alarmed. The tattered and discredited remnants of free speech are suspected. Team USGov says decisive action is required to turn this thing around lest it be a serious inconvenience later on. Read More

06.20.14- It's All Good
Turd Ferguson

Things couldn't be better in our blissful economic utopia. I mean, for crying out loud, look at the stock market! It goes UP every day!! Things must be better than they've ever been.

Look, I know that this is neither the time nor the place for a treatise on how The Fed and the banks have created massive wealth inequality by constantly creating and devaluing the currency. But understand this...The reason why the rich and get richer and everyone else is stuck in neutral and getting squeezed more every day is Fed policy. Furthermore, since The Fed primarily creates money in order to fund an ever-expanding federal leviathan, the ones primarily responsible for wealth inequality are the politicians, both R and D. And it's these same, despicable politicians who constantly seek to divide and pit us against each other, all in the name of "fixing income/wealth inequality". This is NOT that complicated. Read More

06.19.14- Generation R – Millennials are largely living at home or opting to rent.
mybudget360

What happens when homeownership is less accessible to younger Americans?

There is a big challenge when someone comes of age during an economic crisis. Millennials, the children of baby boomers born between 1982 and 2000 have largely grown into an economy that was fully in shambles. This is a generation that grew up with parents talking about the middle class as if it were a foregone conclusion. Their parent's went to school when it was affordable, came of age when jobs were plentiful, and housing costs were reasonable relative to incomes. Those days are largely gone. While some in the real estate industry scratch their heads as to why homeownership for younger Americans is so low, they should spend some time analyzing the cross-currents that are hitting this cohort. Read More

06.18.14- The Transformation of America Into A Failed State
Tom Chatham

When you look at the chaos and destruction going on in the Mid-East today you are looking at the future of America. This is not by mistake or incompetence but by design.

After WWI the British and French created new countries out of the area in the Mid-East and in doing so created future states that would be unstable and ultimately fail to have national cohesion. The unnatural boundaries of these states thrust together people of different beliefs and set the stage for generations of turmoil. Read More

06.17.14- The Forth Turning Accelerating
Jim Quinn

"In retrospect, the spark might seem as ominous as a financial crash, as ordinary as a national election, or as trivial as a Tea Party. The catalyst will unfold according to a basic Crisis dynamic that underlies all of these scenarios: An initial spark will trigger a chain reaction of unyielding responses and further emergencies. The core elements of these scenarios (debt, civic decay, global disorder) will matter more than the details, which the catalyst will juxtapose and connect in some unknowable way. If foreign societies are also entering a Fourth Turning, this could accelerate the chain reaction. At home and abroad, these events will reflect the tearing of the civic fabric at points of extreme vulnerability –problem areas where America will have neglected, denied, or delayed needed action." Read More

06.16.14- Sandy Hook - Creating Reality
Peter Klein

When I saw ‘Unraveling Sandy Hook in 2, 3, 4 and 5 Dimensions’ by Sofia Smallstorm I could finally see partially-formed explanations for Sandy Hook and realistic, possible motives. I got a rush from once again feeling that the veil was lifting. I’m always balancing on the edge of fact-finding mode and taking-action mode.

All of my uncertainty acts to keep me researching away, which does help prevent the spinning of wheels or making mistakes that can’t be reversed. When I begin to have clarity it’s like being at the par-course. I know in which direction to go and get excited about the prospects of taking action. It’s also exciting to learn, as corny as that might sound. Read More

06.14.14- Weekend Rant: The People Struggle to Find and Retain Representation
Paul Craig Roberts

Dave Brat, a professor of economics at Virginia's Randolph-Macon College, is a marked man. Professor Brat defeated Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a prime trophy of the Israel Lobby. I doubt that Eric Cantor ever lost an opportunity to place Israel's interests above the interests of his constituents. Under US laws, Cantor should have been required to register as a foreign agent.

The Israel Lobby is one of the six powerful interest groups that rule the US. The Israel Lobby has a perfect record of destroying any member of the House or Senate who dared to cross "The Lobby." A number of its victims have spoken out, describing how The Lobby's power was used against them. Read More

06.13.14- Iraq Cities Fall to Terror Groups – Oil Soars
Dan Norcini

Watching this disaster unfold before our eyes makes me sick beyond words can express. To realize how many of our men and women gave their lives or were horribly wounded and left crippled and shattered to secure the cities that have now been handed back on a platter to the terror groups looking to form their long cherished Islamic Caliphate, fills me with disgust and contempt towards an administration that has no comprehension how reckless its foreign policy is.

Better yet, it has no foreign policy whatsoever. Since when does one secure a country and then abandon it without having any sort of Forces Agreement in place? Read More

06.12.14- Georgia To Seize Dormant Bank Accounts: "Government is Going to Grab it"
Mac Slavo

You’re probably thinking that inflationary devaluation of your savings or paying negative interest rates on cash deposits is about as far as government is willing to go in its efforts to keep funding its debt-laden endeavors. They certainly wouldn’t consider touching the bank accounts of hard working Americans. Only the Europeans have the audacity to go after the savings of the average depositor.

Well, the Europeans and apparently now the Georgians, too. And we’re not talking about the western backed country that went to war with Russia in recent years. Read More

06.11.14- World War II: The Unknown War
Paul Craig Roberts

In my June 6 column, "The Lies Grow More Audacious," I mentioned that Obama and the British prime minister, who Obama has as a lap dog, just as George Bush had Tony Blair as lap dog, had managed to celebrate the defeat of Nazi Germany at the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion without mentioning the Russians.

I pointed out the fact, well known to historians and educated people, that the Red Army defeated Nazi Germany long before the US was able to get geared up to participate in the war. The Normandy invasion most certainly did not defeat Nazi Germany. What the Normandy invasion did was to prevent the Red Army from overrunning all of Europe. Read More

06.10.14- Obama, Chief Banker Stooge
Karl Denninger

Someone please stop this planet and let me off; there is no intelligent life left here.

WASHINGTON –  President Barack Obama is prepping new executive steps to help Americans struggling to pay off their student debt, and throwing his support behind Senate Democratic legislation with a similar goal but potentially a much more profound impact.

Obama on Monday will announce he's expanding his "Pay As You Earn" program that lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their monthly income in loan payments, the White House said. Currently, the program is only available to those who started borrowing after October 2007 and kept borrowing after October 2011. Obama plans to start allowing those who borrowed earlier to participate, potentially extending the benefit to millions more borrowers. Read More

06.09.14- This Is Why I Believe Rickards Is Wrong About The IMF SDR
Dave Kranzler

James Rickards has been quite vocal in his view that the price of gold is headed much higher.  Yet, in the same breath he aggressively promotes the  idea of using the IMF SDR to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

There’s two reasons for this.  First, if you study Rickard’s background going all the way back to his role in the Iran hostage crisis, you’ll see that he’s been lifetime “front man” for the most powerful interest groups that control this country behind the scenes.  First and foremost he’s a front-man for the Pentagon. Read More

06.07.14- Weekend Rant:
Why I'm considering quitting

Ann Barnhardt

This is getting to feel more and more each day like trying to run while submerged in liquid cement.  Why bother?  If people are incapable on what must be a spiritual level of processing the most obvious, simple things; if all of the explanations, if all of the writing and speaking is the equivalent of trying to teach linear algebra to a clump of wet lint, why bother?

Obama used the known deserter/traitor/musloid convert Bergdahl for the release of the top five most valuable Gitmo detainees because the entire former American government, now fronted by the imbecile-puppet Obama, along with the Clinton machine, and a massive contingent of bureaucrat operatives loyal to the megabanks saturating all three branches and the military, has been overthrown and is explicitly allied with islam.  Obama, Clinton, the FBI, the CIA, the Pentagon and on and on has been completely infiltrated by the Musloid Brotherhood, and those not in the MB per se are allied with it because it is a highly complementary political system with a litany of shared goals and objectives, namely the establishment of a tyrannical oligarchy looting and dominating by terror a massive, destitute underclass. Read More

06.06.14- Hillary Clinton: Warmonger For The Bankster Elite
Charleston Voice

Unfortunately, it takes the media mouthpiece of the Russian government to tell the truth about Hillary Clinton and the War Party.

You’ll never get the truth from the U.S. government’s media mouthpiece who self-righteously and disingenuously claim they are independent and “fair and balanced” (cue laugh track).

Clinton, of course, is no different than your garden variety Republican, including the any number of neocons. All of them are propped up by the military-industrial-intelligence complex and the banksters who run the show and who laughingly pretend we all live in a pluralistic democracy. Of course, anybody who has more than two brain cells to rub together and is not in serious denial knows we live in an authoritarian plutocracy run for the sake of a small clique of mega-rich and powerful global internationalists. Read More

06.05.14- How Will You Protect Your Private Property?
Tom Chatham

Private property rights are the cornerstone of a free republic. People are only free when everyone is equal under the law. When a small group of people subvert the laws that make everyone equal and place themselves above the law, it is only a matter of time before freedom becomes forced servitude.

The actions by the U.S. government are giving the tell tale signs of complete destruction of liberty and the institution of what can only be called slavery of the masses. Those at the top are engaged in the transformation of the nation into a feudal society where a few are very rich and the rest are subjected to poverty and earning a meager existence at best. Read More

06.04.14- Who Is This Guy?
Larry LaBorde

A couple of weeks ago my adult son returned to Louisiana from the UAE to participate in one of his friend’s wedding. I invited him to lunch at the Downtown (KDTN) airport near my office. Since the cooks had taken control of the thermostat in the little café the air conditioning was working overtime and it was uncomfortably cold. We opted to sit outside on one of the picnic tables next to the parking ramp for the transit airplanes and enjoy the sun.

There on the ramp of the little commuter airport was a bright shinny Gulfstream G5 with USCG painted on the side and the engines idling. Being inland about 260 miles from the Gulf of Mexico we don’t normally see too many USCG airplanes in our part of the world. We certainly don’t see any G5’s at the downtown airport as the larger municipal airport has a much longer runway and BAFB is just across the river with an 11,000’ runway and is a military airbase more suitable for the USCG. We asked our waitress who was visiting. She said that she would ask and let us know when she brought our hamburgers in a few moments. Read More

06.03.14- Are You Ready For Nuclear War?
Paul Craig Roberts

Pay close attention to Steven Starr's guest column, "The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons."Washington thinks nuclear war can be won and is planning for a first strike on Russia, and perhaps China, in order to prevent any challenge to Washington's world hegemony.

The plan is far advanced, and the implementation of the plan is underway. As I have reported previously, US strategic doctrine was changed and the role of nuclear missiles was elevated from a retaliatory role to an offensive first strike role. US anti-ballistic missile (ABM) bases have been established in Poland on Russia's frontier, and other bases are planned. When completed Russia will be ringed with US missile bases. Read More

05.31.14- 9/11: Russia Presents Evidence Against US, UK And Israel Co-Conspirators?
Michael Thomas

Undoubtedly the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington DC are the most misrepresented by officialdom in US history.

Whereas the assassination of John F. Kennedy is now understood to have been a classic CIA Public Execution Plan, it does not come close to 9/11 in terms of the number and magnitude of outright falsehoods, misleading statements, fake science and fraudulent facts submitted by officials and agents of the US Government.  The ‘official’ 9/11 Commission Report stands as the most fabricated document ever produced by US tax dollars.  Not only did the investigation avoid every serious inquiry about how two steel frame building came down after being dustified in NYC, it also subverted every initiative to ferret out the truth. Read More

05.30.14- Homeless
James Howard Kunstler

History is moving the furniture around in the house of mankind just about everywhere but the USA. Things have changed, except here, where people come and go through the rooms of state, and everything looks shabbier by the day, and lethargy eats away at the upholstery like an acid fog, and the walls reverberate with meaningless oratory. The USA is going nowhere because it doesn't like the new place where history wants to take it.

That is, first of all, a place of far less influence on everybody else, in a new era of desperate struggle to remain modern. That fading modern world is the house that America built, the great post World War Two McMansion stuffed with dubious luxuries in a Las Vegas of the collective mind. History's bank has foreclosed on it and all the nations and people of the world have been told to make new arrangements for daily life. The USA wants everybody to stay put and act as if nothing has changed. Read More

05.29.14- The Will to Be Free, the Strength to Live in Liberty
Szandor Blestman

People are not born free. They are born into a system. These systems are called communities. These communities are usually made up of many smaller units known as families. It is within this unit where most of us are able to exercise the most control. It is within this unit where most will find the most comfort. It is within this unit that most will feel the most security. Within the larger units of community the individual can still exert quite a bit of power, but it takes a little more effort. At this level, friends and neighbors become important. If you are known as a good person, a person whose words and deeds are principled and honest, that should be honored. These are the people that local communities should turn to for advice and leadership. If a person has gained a reputation for dishonest, unprincipled behavior that person should be shunned. Lies should be exposed and breach of trust revealed. Read More

05.28.14- DC thanks you for your patronage
Ol' Remus

When a business goes belly up it happens the same way. There are rumors, but there were always rumors. There are odd comings and goings and a string of resignations that nobody talks about. Those things happen. Maintenance has been cut back. Suppliers avoid phone calls. The sales staff spends half their day visiting prospective employers. Times are tough. But one morning it all becomes clear.

CLOSED - EMPLOYEES PLEASE REPORT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES TEMPORARY OFFICE AT 123 WEST GOODBYE STREET.

Looking back, everything falls into place. It always does. The rumor mill got it right again, it was all so obvious, how could we not have seen this coming? Read More

05.27.14- George Soros Tells America To
Take Their Money Out of the Banks Before It Is too Late

Dave Hodges

When George Soros is not donating millions to the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), his money  movements have been predictive of an impending economic collapse. This has made him the most watched bankster in the world. If you have any money in a domestic American bank, you would be wise to read this article and act accordingly.

This article is the first of a two part series which is designed to help as many people, as possible, to have as soft of a landing as possible from the devastating effects of an economic collapse that may be right around the corner. Read More

05.26.14- How to rob a bank
William Black

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05.23.14- Unprepared
Ol' Remus

You know the question:

If you're not preparing for the worst, what are you preparing for?

You know the answer: avail thyself of long-term food stores, good water, viable food production, shelter and meds and supplies and security. You know the list of doomsdays too: financial collapse, EMP, pandemic—MERS or Ebola or worse, insurrection and civil war, and on and on—the exact nature of the beast almost doesn't matter, preps are preps, and serious preps put you way ahead.

The question now changes to: if you—your own corporeal self—are not prepared for the worst, that is, if you are not prepared to personally do what has to be done, what are all your preps for? Perhaps you only imagine you know the answer. Read More

05.22.14- Drowning in the American Dream
Raúl Ilargi Meijer

According to a new Zillow report, 40% of all US mortgage holders can’t afford to sell their homes. That is 20 million Americans homeowners, 10 million who are downright underwater and another 10 million who are so close to being there that they don’t have the money to cover the cost of selling. And those are still numbers across the spectrum; things are far towards the bottom. ’30% of homes in the bottom price tier are in negative equity, while 18.1% of homes in the middle tier and 10.7% in the top tier are underwater’. If we assume that at the bottom, like across the spectrum, as many people are close to being submerged as those who already are, that would mean 60% of bottom tier borrowers are too poor to sell their homes (i.e. have less than 20% equity). Read More

05.21.14- The modern investor's manifesto
Tim Price

"The stock market is filled with people who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing." – Philip Fisher.

A personal perspective on some of the challenges facing today's investor:

1. The Communist experiment of the planned economy did not work.

2. Not only did it not work, it impoverished millions.

3. Western central banks, their client governments, and agents in the economics "profession" seem unaware of this fact, or wilfully disregard it. Read More

05.20.14- Guess which empire came to an end today?
Simon Black

In the early 16th century, a priest by the name of Fray Francisco de Ugalde remarked to his king that Spain was “el imperio en el que nunca se pone el sol”.

In other words, the sun never set on the Spanish Empire.

And by the 1500s with its vast lands across the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, and even the South Pacific, Spain (technically the House of Habsburg) had become the first truly global superpower. Read More

05.19.14- America Must Be Destroyed In Order To Save It
Tom Chatham

It hurts to think it. It hurts to say it. But there it is. We have passed the point of no return as a nation and only something drastic and destructive will change things. The nation continues to be bled to death by a social class that not only consumes more than they produce but also more than others produce as well. The massive misallocation of wealth by these people is like a parasite sucking its host dry.

This class of people is incapable and unwilling to be educated on the destruction they are causing. They are blind to the fact that the free ride must end sometime. Their only understanding of economics is the amount of the check they receive every month. Read More

05.17.14- Not Yours To Give
Col. David Crockett, US Representative from Tennessee

(Editor's Note: The following was originally published in "The Life of Colonel David Crockett," by Edward Sylvester Ellis. Please read this missive over and over until you understand and agree with it. Members of Congress have no right to breathe (metaphorically speaking) with out our permission. All the bailouts, as well as the special considerations, which include the compensation packages that they have"voted" for themselves, are illegal. These miscreants are criminal putzs that are pretending to "legally" pass unConstitutional abominations, and their actions are prosecutable. The sheeple out there that are completely dependent on these handouts are no longer capable of critical thought or being responsible citizens. Responsible citizens would insist that the criminals (both the banksters and the politicians) that were responsible for their hardships be prosecuted. If those sheeple have allowed themselves to be sufficiently "dumbed down" to no longer be willing to stand up for their rights, that is their problem, not ours. Our problem involves ridding America of the vermin that are criminal politicians and the crminal banksters. - JSB) Read More

05.16.14- The True Parasites Of Finance
Raúl Ilargi Meijer

This morning I saw an article by Barry Ritholtz on Bloomberg that got my few remaining active neurons going (or I think it was them). The title alone, The Parasites of Finance, did that, actually. I sort of knew, since I’ve known Barry's work at the Big Picture site for quite some time, what he would talk about, and I knew I wouldn’t – fully – agree.

Or rather, it’s like this: I have nothing against Barry, and he does make some valid points in the article, but in my view his focus is too narrow for the title he’s chosen, willingly or not. But then Barry works in finance, and I don’t. For me the parasites of finance form a much larger group than for him. And that is the direct result of government policies, such as the promotion of creative fantasy accounting and the refusal to restructure debt, multiplied by the tens of trillions of dollars of future wealth that have been pumped into the financial system in the form of QE and other stimuli, lest the system collapse on the spot. Read More

05.15.14- Bankers killing bankers for the insurance money and another look at 9/11
Max Keiser

Two big, macabre stories came out of Wall Street recently: the rash of banker deaths by apparent murder and/or suicide, and speculation that bank CEOs themselves are behind the trend to cash in on the insurance.

It turns out that banks take out life insurance policies on their employees, and those policies pay out death benefits to the banks – not the families. In other words, to add to the banks' other crimes, they appear to also be involved in the "suicides" and deaths of their own, as a way to fatten their bottom line and bonuses. Read More

05.14.14- Russia and the U.S. Are Simultaneously Preparing for Imminent Nuclear War
Dave Hodges

Recently, I wrote an article in which I stated that world could be within a five week window of an all out war in Ukraine which would also involve surrounding Eastern European countries. The premise of the article was based upon the fact that NATO has scheduled massive war games late this spring and early this summer in Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria and Moldova. The coincidence of these war games represents a clear intention on the part of NATO to consolidate military forces inside Russia’s neighbors in anticipation of an all-out attack by Putin against Ukraine.  As I wrote about earlier this week, we are already witnessing the face-off between American paramilitary forces (i.e. Academi, formerly Blackwater) and Russian paramilitary forces (i.e.  Vnevedomstvenaya Okhrana) in Ukraine. Read More

05.13.14- The Lack of A Long Range Perspective
Tom Chatham

Those that have the foresight to plan ahead for their distant future needs are growing smaller by the year. With every new generation the want for things to be faster and always newer is the driving force that will eventually devour us as a nation. Long term planning has given way to short term gratification. The need to live for today has replaced the time tested wisdom to live life in moderation. Its not a bad thing to want a good life and those things that make it easier but to sell your future in order to have it all now is a recipe for disaster.

There are those that tell the masses that life should be lived to the maximum every day and not to worry about the future because someone else will take care of that for you when the time comes. That is like driving your car wide open everywhere you go. You will get there faster and have a lot of fun doing it but your car will wear out much faster and leave you stranded at some point with no means to get another because you still owe on the first one for years to come. Read More

05.12.14- Genetic invasion: distorting the human future
Jon Rappoport

Are you non-material, or just a programmed brain?

First, read these two quotes from highly regarded academic scientists, to catch the flavor of the genetic revolution:

From Lee Silver, Princeton, molecular biologist and author of Remaking Eden:

"The GenRich—who account for ten percent of the American population—[will] all carry synthetic genes. All aspects of the economy, the media, the entertainment industry, and the knowledge industry are controlled by members of the GenRich class… Read More

05.10.14- Frankenfoods – Modifying Your DNA
Stephanie A. Buist

Frankenfoods is a name that has been coined buy the true “foodies” in reference to GMO (Genetically Modified) foods.  GMO seems to be in the news everywhere and many people know that it is not good for them but do they really understand what a GMO food is?  Try asking someone and you will be met with “ahhh” and “ummm”  or “its a food that has been modified genetically”.  Great!  You are on the right path but to have a clear understanding of what GMO means you also understand the dangers associated with it.  Because food is the foundation of our health it is important to have a firm foundation-  let’s dig deeper.  What does healthy eating really mean? Read More

05.09.14- The Real Gun Violence Issue
Karl Denninger

Take away the astroturf games like the so-calledgrassroots organization(s) that sprung up (by magic!) out of Newtown and you wind up with a truly ugly truth when it comes to gun violence in this country: Most of it is gang-related, most of the gangs are in our inner cities, and our President, along with the rest of the so-called “mainstream media”, simply refuses to address any of it.

Take a recent shooting in Chicago.  The media pictures of both shooter and victim are radically inaccurate measured against their own social media postings.

The truth about that particular shooting?  The gun, originally claimed to be stolen, wasn’t.  It instead passed through a number of hands, at least one of them on probation and a second person who allegedly took the weapon to the shooter knowing it was going to be used to commit violence, a 30ish old aunt who allegedly went for the show (seriously!) someone who unjammed the gun after it malfunctioned and gave it back to the girl who had just tried to murder the victim but the weapon failed to fire. Read More

05.08.14- The “Economic Recovery” Continues: Businesses Are Being Destroyed Faster Than They Are Being Created
Michael Snyder

What would you say about an economy where businesses are shutting down faster than they are opening?  Well, a shocking new study released by the Brookings Institution indicates that this is exactly what is happening in the United States.  We are absolutely killing small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit in this country, and as you will see below, the number of self-employed Americans has been on a downward trend for a decade even though our population has been steadily growing.  Traditionally, small businesses have been the primary engine of job growth in this nation, so the fact that study after study has found that small business creation is being crippled in the United States is a really bad sign for our economic future. Read More

05.07.14- Gangster State America... Where Is America's Democracy?
Paul Craig Roberts

Anyone who looks carefully behind the veil of words cannot find democracy in America. For years I have been writing that the US government is no longer accountable to law or to the people (see, for example, my book, How America Was Lost). The Constitution has been set aside, and the executive branch is degenerating into Caesarism.

Government is used to impose agendas that result from the symbiotic relationship between the neoconservative ideology of US world hegemony and the economic interests of powerful private interest groups, such as Wall Street, the military/security complex, the Israel Lobby, agribusiness, and extractive industries (energy, mining, and timber). Dollar imperialism, threats, bribes, and wars are means by which US hegemony is extended. These agendas are pursued without the knowledge or approval of the American people and in spite of their opposition. Read More

05.06.13- The Beginning of the End for the Leaders Of The 'Free World'… Humanity Awakens
Jeff Berwick

The leaders of the "free world" are on the run. In many cases, they can’t go out and travel due to the risk of being arrested, protested or even having a shoe thrown at them.

In just the past few weeks, First Lady Michelle Obama, Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Attorney General Eric Holder have had to cancel appearances due to protests.

They're just the latest in a long line.

Michelle Obama cancelled the commencement speech she was scheduled to give at a Kansas high school after nearly 2,000 people signed a petition protesting her appearance. Read More

05.05.14- Biggest Credit Bubble In History Cracks, Trips Up The Smart Money
Wolf Richter

For years it seemed nothing could slow down the tsunami of junk debt. Yield-desperate investors, driven to near insanity by iron-fisted central-bank interest-rate repression, were holding their nose and closing their eyes while grabbing the riskiest paper under the crappiest conditions from the bottom of the barrel in their no-holds-barred chase to get a tiny little bit of extra yield.

So last week, French cable TV company Numericable, a subsidiary of multinational cable and telecom company Altice, sold $7.78 billion and €2.25 billion of junk bonds, an all-time record. Insatiable demand allowed the company to sell this stuff at irrationally low yields, given the risks, with some notes yielding as little as 5%. The deal blew past the prior record, Sprint’s sale in September of $6.5 billion in junk bonds. The funds will be used to fund the acquisition of its French competitor, SFR. Read More

05.03.14- Corporatism Finds Its Pied Piper?
The Daily Bell

The surprise success of Thomas Piketty ... The surprise success of the French economist Thomas Piketty's income disparity blockbuster Capital in the 21st Century has forced battlelines to be drawn in the world of political economics. Piketty's unremarkable contention, after having crawled through two centuries of data, is that the inequitable distribution of wealth in Western society has now led to an intolerable state of affairs. – Reuters

Dominant Social Theme: When the rich get richer, we have a problem. Maybe government can solve it.

Free-Market Analysis: This article proposes that it is necessary to confront the growing rage of ever-poorer populations with solutions that will produce increased income equality. Read More

05.02.14- When nations go broke: Mob Justice
Simon Black

It was a scene just like out of the Wild West.

18-year-old David Moreyra had stolen a purse. And an angry mob gathered in broad daylight in Rosario, Argentina to lynch him.

It turns out that 'mob justice' is on the rise in Argentina, and Mr. Moreyra's death was just one of more than a dozen recent instances.

Hundreds of years ago during the Age of Enlightenment, liberty-minded philosophers argued that governments could only derive their authority to govern by receiving consent of the governed. Read More

05.01.14- From 9/11 to Ukraine – The Dystopian Script Foretold
Zen Gardner

The overwhelming evidence that the events of 9/11 could have in no way been perpetrated without inside complicity is irrefutable. Whether the impossibility of those two massively over-designed structures being pulverized and another dropped into its own footprint, or the abject lack of response by the most defended airspace in the world, the events of that day had to have been at least aided and guided, if not co-perpetrated, by inside, complicit forces.

The least bit of open minded investigation will lead anyone to that conclusion. Read More

04.30.14- The Real Unemployment Rate: In 20% Of American Families, EVERYONE Is Unemployed
Michael Snyder

According to shocking new numbers that were just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 percent of American families do not have a single person that is working.  So when someone tries to tell you that the unemployment rate in the United States is about 7 percent, you should just laugh.  One-fifth of the families in the entire country do not have a single member with a job.  That is absolutely astonishing.  How can a family survive if nobody is making any money?  Well, the answer to that question is actually quite easy.  There is a reason why government dependence has reached epidemic levels in the United States.  Without enough jobs, tens of millions of additional Americans have been forced to reach out to the government for help.  At this point, if you can believe it, the number of Americans getting money or benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million. Read More

04.29.14- Is Corporate Farming Spawning Plagues?
Rick Ackerman

[Plagues and drought have ravaged the U.S. food supply with unusual ferocity in recent years. The near-absence of rainfall throughout much of California has pushed produce prices to record highs and threatened to turn the state's agricultural land into a dust bowl.  Elsewhere, a global fungus called TR4 could virtually wipe out the type of banana that Americans eat, the Cavendish, which accounts for 45% of the fruit's global crop. In Florida, something called citrus greening disease has reduced the orange harvest to the smallest in 30 years. And porcine epidemic diarrhea has spread to 27 states, killing as many as six million pigs since first surfacing a year ago.  For the farmer, these are decidedly interesting times. But are they so interesting as to be properly described as accursed?  For an answer to that question, we sought out a friend who has weighed in here before on the subject of Nostradamian prophesy. Turns out that, at least for now, he is more worried about the rise of corporate fascism than by the role of accursedness in making these times so wretchedly interesting. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of your editor. RA] Read More

04.28.14- World War III on the Horizon?
Martin Armstrong

Russia and China are becoming closer thanks to Obama and his insane policies behind the NSA that have left America trying to find friends in a dark hour. The sanctions being imposed on Russia have sent China into its camp. The USA is finding it increasingly more difficult to be the bully in the school-yard. No former administration has ever acted with such arrogance and blind stupidity than the Obama Administration. The net result is to empower Russia and to inspire a new dynamic-duoof Russia-China against the USA. China supported Russia, when Western countries launched an anti-Russian campaign. With both of their economies turning down, this is by no means the proper time to impose sanctions. All this policy is doing is re-enforcing Putin and placing him in the position where he must become more aggressive or seem weak in the shadow of Obama. Read More

04.26.14- The Great American Giveaway
Andy Sutton

What do the national debt and a designer Hepatitis C drug have in common? This question actually spans two areas near and dear to my heart: economics and medicine. What I'm going to be covering this week is something that I feel is going to be part of a growing trend in America over the coming decades. You see, too many – myself included for quite a while – were asking the wrong questions. Many still are. We shouldn't be asking what we can do, conventionally speaking, to pay off the national debt because it cannot be done. Consider the unfunded liability portion and that should be obvious to everyone. So what? We just default? That has been suggested. With devaluation we've already been doing it, albeit with sleight of hand. Don't count on the fact that the debtors are ignorant though because they aren't. This article is going to prove that. Read More

04.25.14- Georgia Governor Signs Unprecedented "Guns Everywhere" Bill: Carry at Schools, Churches and Government Buildings
Mac Slavo

The State of Georgia has just signed an unprecedented new law that removes all handgun carrying and possession permissions to allow lawful residents the ability to carry their concealed firearms just about everywhere including schools, churches, government buildings, nightclubs and bars. The National Rifle Association hails it as the “most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history.”Critics have appropriately dubbed it the “Guns Everywhere Bill,” with former Rep. Gabrille Giffords (D-AZ) calling it the “most extreme gun bill in America.”But proponents of the legislation say it’s exactly what residents need to protect themselves from criminals. Read More

04.24.14- GMO plants, GMO people, and cancer
Jon Rappoport

There is an extraordinary parallel between what biotech corporations are doing with food plants, and what cancer researchers are trying to do with humans.

The comparison is not only instructive, it reveals what the future holds.

The war against cancer has painted a picture of hope: genetic solutions, genetic modifications.

This, despite the fact that there are no successful genetic treatments for any form of human cancer. Read More

04.23.14- The BLM Went After Bundy For The Benefit Of Harry Reid
Dave Kranzler

The BLM/Bundy situation is interesting not because of the sensationalistic and misleading reporting of it by Fox News, CNN et al, but because of what Harry Reid is doing with the BLM land in Nevada.  Reid needed Bundy off the land in order to get the Gold Butte area designated as a solar energy zone.  He's trying to become the solar energy king of Nevada because I'm sure the interests he represents, like BrightSource Energy, have somehow cut him in on the largesse. I have a feeling there's big Federal money still available for solar energy projects.

The ONLY reason I took an interest in this situation was because of Harry Reid's "domestic terrorist" comments. But, as it turns out, BLM/Bundy the fight was a sideshow that was methodically planted as the main stage show while the real action was happening in Reno and DC with Harry Reid and his maneuverings to control the BLM. Read More

04.22.14- Five Weeks Away From World War III
Dave Hodges

Ukraine's first president, Leonid Kravchuk, believes that Russia could usher in the end of the world as we know it, if Vladimir Putin doesn't back down. Kravchuk stated that Putin does not back down, ever! For several different reasons, it is becoming increasingly likely that war could break out in Ukraine as early as this May.

The Winds of War Are Increasing

Russia has test-fired its ICBM arsenal as a display of military muscle and this event prompted Ukraine officials to appear on CNN and they appealed for help from the United States. Yes, the interviews seemed contrived, but war is war regardless of whether it is being artificially staged by the bankers. Read More

04.21.14- U.N. Agenda 21 Designed to Spawn a One-World Government
Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil

Although the initial impetus for Agenda 21 can be traced back to the Stockholm Conference of 1972, Agenda 21 became an official document at the 1992 Rio Conference through an extensive process of preparation at the professional level and negotiation at the political level.

Project 21 contained twenty-seven principles warning against a mode of growth that was leading to the extinction of life on earth.  As such, Project 21 represented a major step forward in establishing the basic principles that must govern the conduct of nations and peoples towards each other and the Earth to ensure a secure and sustainable future.  This plan was developed rather covertly, and due to that lack of transparency, we are still discovering some of the more grievous aspects of their Agenda. Read More

04.19.14- Weekend Rant: The Reds Are Coming
Tom Chatham

It is becoming evident by new revelations coming out every day now that the U.S. is being systematically impoverished and sold off to insure its total destruction. The end game here is simple and will be effective.

Once the petrodollar is destroyed and we lose reserve currency status, the American people will suddenly find themselves broke and priced out of world markets for necessary goods. When this happens this country will be forced to utilize its gold and natural resources to finance a new economy.

The problem here lies in the fact that most or all of our gold has been long gone. It was stolen by the very people entrusted to guard it. When our dollar collapses, and the world returns to gold backed currencies, we will have nothing to back a new currency with. This will make a bad situation worse as far as Americans are concerned. With no gold we will have to use other means to create value in the world economy. Read More

04.18.14- Bundy Ranch: The Land and its Masters Revealed
Gary Franchi

Since the Bundy Ranch story broke last week and culminated in a tense standoff with Federal agents on Saturday resulting in the release of the Bundy Ranch cattle we have been following the money. On the 10th we reported the Militia arrived in the area and cited a former BLM volunteer and Nevada Land Broker who revealed to us the true value of the land and the parties interested in it. In our on-going investigation into the money behind the Bundy Ranch Land Grab we present former BLM Volunteer Rusty Hill's Records Research detailing his first hand experience in the Bunkerville area, its value to the Military Industrial complex. Read More

04.17.14- Liberty Movement Rising
Brandon Smith

"Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."  - Thomas Paine

The label of "fringe" is a common one used by statists, bureaucrats and paid shills in order to marginalize those who would stand against government corruption. The primary assertion being sold is that the "majority" joyously supports the establishment; and the majority, of course, is always right. Read More

04.16.14- Reid Wants Bundy to Pay Up
The Alex Jones Channel

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04.15.14- Silent Weapons … for Quiet Wars
JC Colins

(Note:  Even though the document titled Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars gives evidence of a systemic and intentional enslavement of civilization on all levels, economic, political, social, entertainment, legal, etc…, I have been reluctant to reference it or discuss it openly over the years for the simply reason that I feel it removes responsibility for our own actions and distracts us away from finding the solution within ourselves first. 

External projections of our inner failures and nature is exactly the type of human characteristics which the form of sociological engineering, as described in Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, feeds on and takes advantage of.  Read More

04.14.14- A New World Tax Regime
Alex Newman

To anyone who even casually monitors international agencies — such as the UN, the OECD, and the IMF — it will come as no surprise that those agencies have long wanted stable sources of funding that they could count on, rather than relying on handouts from governments around the world. But it would likely come as a surprise to most that we will likely see the initial operation of a world tax regime to fund international entities by 2015.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — a 34-member (presently) international economic organization that works to influence world financial operations — openly announced plans to advance the longtime socialist-backed dream of a planetary taxation regime. Read More

04.12.14- Weekend Rant: The Government v Bundy: Establishing the Bureau of Constitutional Erosion
Conor Higgins

Cliven Bundy is a man besieged. His ranch, which has been in his family for almost a century and a half, has come under the righteous fire of the federal government.

Bundy is allegedly guilty of allowing his cattle to graze on federal land, the audacity is breathtaking. Without so much as a by your leave from the federal government, Cliven and his family have let their cows wreak havoc among the protected habitat of the endangered desert tortoise.

The habitat, which covers nearly two hundred thousand acres, was closed off to grazers and their climate change inducing bovines in 1998. Read More

04.11.14- The USA: Worst Government That Money Can Buy
Jeff Nielson

History tells us that when governments become excessively oppressive and/or descend into saturation corruption (like the rancid regimes of the Western bloc), that such scenarios rarely "end well" – i.e. a peaceful transition back to responsible, legitimate government. Instead, the peasants/serfs/workers are nearly always driven to a state of desperation (generally near-starvation) before they finally pull out their pitchforks and guillotines, and take back their own government.

Obviously, then, the goal of commentators such as myself and other truth-tellers today is to try to reach a large percentage of our own "peasants", the Sheep who are currently passively lapping-up the daily fiction from our Corporate media propaganda machine, before they devolve to such a state of poverty/desperation. Then once honestly informed, the presumption is that this knowledge would then power peaceful and orderly change via the ballot box. Read More

04.10.14- The 401k Scheme - - - Government to Confiscate?
Vision Victory

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04.09.14- Al Sharpton:
how deep does the con go?

Jon Rappoport

Here’s the current breaking Al Sharpton story—From April 7, The Smoking Gun:

"The former mob snitch [Sharpton] has become a regular in the White House, where he has met with the 44th president in the East Room, the Roosevelt Room, and the Oval Office. He has also attended Obama Christmas parties, speeches, policy announcements, and even watched a Super Bowl with the First Family…

"His [Sharpton's] former confederates were a decidedly dicier lot: ex-convicts, extortionists, heroin traffickers, and mob henchmen. The man's [Sharpton's] surreptitious recordings, FBI records show, aided his government handlers in the successful targeting of powerful Mafia figures with nicknames like Benny Eggs, Chin, Fritzy, Corky, and Baldy Dom…Read More

04.08.14- Something Huge has Just Happened, and the Mainstream Media is Ignoring it
Political Ears

You may be aware of Mark Levin's book "The Liberty Amendments" released last year which called for a "Convention of the States". Article 5 of the Constitution gives the several states the ability to convene a convention in which the Constitution may be amended, changed, or even scrapped.

Last week Michigan's legislature voted and passed a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention. They are the 34th state to do so, and this should trigger the Convention of the States.

Pretty major, yet the MSM is ignoring it. Read More

Dr. Jim Willie - End in 2014, Dollar Mortally Wounded, Treasury Bond Toxic Paper
Greg Hunter

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04.05.14- Weekend Rant: The Grand Deception In the Precious Metals Industry
Steve St. Angelo

Many precious metals investors are being deceived and they don’t even know it.  There is so much fraud, manipulation and deceit taking place in the economic and financial markets, its amazing the system hasn’t collapsed already.

However, there is another big problem taking place in the precious metal industry that has frustrated me to no end.  This is what I call the “Grand Deception.”

Let me explain…

The market sentiment in the precious metals is at an all-time low.  Banks and brokerage houses are now coming out with the typical “Gold’s going to $1,000 or below forecasts.”  Then we had this GEM from the wonderful folks at Natixis, “$10/oz Silver in 2015 Among Natixis Scenarios.” Read More

04.04.14- Russia Is Dominated By Global Banks, Too
Brandon Smith

Numerous cultures have had holidays dedicated to the celebration of pulling the wool over the eyes of others, from the ancient Romans, to early Muslims, to medieval Christians, to Americans and Europeans today. As April begins, we once again turn a mischievous eye to the concept of the fool and, as always, each person seeks to be the prankster and never the victim.

Unfortunately, even the most vigilant of Americans can sometimes be led astray by a clever ruse, and I believe this is taking place today in the Liberty Movement's perception of the rising "tensions" between Russia and the West. Read More

04.03.14- Obamacare Ship of Fools
Jim Quinn

It was so fitting that Obama sauntered into the Rose Garden on April Fools day to proclaim the wonderful success of Obamacare. We are the fools for allowing this fool and his fellow fools in Congress to further bankrupt our country with this disastrous government run clusterf*ck. He is a dangerous empty suit. The only thing that mattered to him and his sociopathic control freaks in the last two months was hitting an enrollment number that he could tout as success. Making sure there are enough doctors in the plan or ensuring excellent healthcare services once you get sick is not part of their agenda. And they certainly don’t worry about the 7.1 million people paying their premiums. That’s the insurance companies’ problem. Read More

04.02.14- Thin Your Waist to Fatten Your Wallet
Ann Coxon

Don't worry. I'm not going to recommend only eating purple foods while standing on your head and singing the "Hokey Pokey." Maintaining or regaining your health in your golden years is much simpler than that, and it brings an added bonus: more money.

After quietly listening to Dennis speak about his dieting disasters, I finally risked overstepping professional bounds and told him why he wasn't having any long-term success and what he could do about it. Instead of taking offense like I feared, he thanked me and all but demanded I share my little health rant with you because so many of his friends and peers share the same struggle. If you don't fall in that category, good for you!

Now, about that money… For Americans age 65 and older, the mean annual expenditure for drugs is $798; for medical services, $935; for medical supplies, $200; and for health insurance, $3,186. That's a lot of cash, especially when you consider that the mean after-tax income for this age group is $43,969, according to our friends at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Read More

04.01.14- North Korea Fires Artillery Shells in the South As they Return Fire
Martin Armstrong

North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds into South Korean waters as part of a military drill on Monday, March 31st. The South returned the fire. The North is more-likely-than-not going to engage the South after 2015.75. When the economy turns down, the saber-rattling may turn into actual confrontation. The North will need its external enemy to keep the people directed away from government. The South will be weakened by the economic decline of the USA. Our models on South Korea targeted 2012 for the rise in tensions to begin with the North and so far that is on schedule. Extreme caution is advised after September 2014 for now the Cycle of War will also turn upward and the tensions will only increase sharply. Read More

03.31.14- Seeing Past the Obama Meme
The Daily Bell

Chickens come home to roost for Obama ... Today's quiz: What do Vladimir Putin's aggression and ObamaCare's troubles have in common? OK, that was too easy. It is impossible to dismiss as mere coincidence the Russian Bear's invasion of Ukraine and the continuing mayhem of the Affordable Care Act. In their own ways, each reflects the full flowering of the policies of Barack Obama. - New York Post

Dominant Social Theme:President Obama is a bummer.

Free-Market Analysis: Obama is attacked in this article for a variety of reasons and is portrayed as a weak president whose behavior is making the world a more dangerous place.Read More

03.29.14- Weekend Rant:
"It's Gut-Check Time, America"

Graham Mehl

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one…. We're sure that almost all of you will recognize the beginning of this historic document. Notice its title; it was a declaration. Could just as easily have been called an affirmation. But it merely stated in words what was already reality. For all of Jefferson's wisdom, his most popular piece was merely a restatement of fact. That it needed to be restated was the problem. In today's world – on so many levels, we have this type of ersatz freedom rather than the real thing. We're not independent. We're not really free in any sense of the word. But because we can hop on a plane and, after having ourselves and our companions treated like cattle, fly off to Disney World, we think we're free. Read More

03.28.14- Currency Wars: The Plot Thickens
Jesse's Café Américain

"International discord over Ukraine does not bode well for the settlement of differences over the IMF's future. Though the G7 is excluding Russia from its number, in retaliation for its action in Crimea, this does not amount to isolating Russia. There has been no suggestion that Russia be excluded from the G20.

The USA and its allies have suspected that several other G20 members would not stand for it. This suspicion was confirmed yesterday when the BRICS foreign ministers, assembled at the international conference in The Hague, issued a statement condemning 'the escalation of hostile language, sanctions and counter-sanctions'. They affirmed that the custodianship of the G20 belongs to all member-states equally and no one member-state can unilaterally determine its nature and character. In short, their statement read like a manifesto for a pluralist world in which no one nation, bloc or set of values would predominate... Read More

03.27.14- A Chinese Shadow Bank Bailout May Mean A Crash In U.S. Treasury Bonds
Gonzalo Lira

China’s economy in 2014 is remarkably similar to America’s in 2008: Both were fueled by real estate speculation, both speculative bubbles a product of cheap-and-cheerful shadow-bank financing.

And just like the U.S. in 2008, China in 2014 is looking down the barrel of a Minsky Moment: The point at which servicing debt levels becomes unsustainable, and there are no reserve cushions large enough to absorb the losses. Read More

03.26.14- IMF and EU Capture of Ukraine
James Hall

It should be obvious that the recent putsch and regime change in the Ukraine inspired and backed by the U.S. shadow government, benefits the international banksters. For the average EU resident, only further economic displacement and diminished prospects can be expected from any inclusion of Ukraine into the EU dictatorial structure. Not so, for the corporatists who expects expanded opportunities as Consortium News analyzes agricultural and energy companies recent involvement within the Ukraine.

While corporatists want to extend their monopolies, the appeal of joining the EU with privileges of travel, relocation and better employment, has a very high price tag. Read More

03.25.14- Secession and the Crimea
Larry LaBorde

It seems that the last thing the internet needs right now is another story on the Crimea but this is an older story.

Doug Casey once said he thought there should be 7 billion independent countries in the world - one for every human being on the planet. Just what is a country? The first thing that comes to mind is a group of people with a common culture that live in the same place that voluntarily band together for their mutual benefit. Sounds about right. However, how can 300+ million people in the US have a common culture? Can we even say that we all live in the "same" place? We are arguing about if we even speak the same language and can talk to each other in English. Cultural wars tear at the very fabric of our society. Some claimed that NAFTA was an effort to join the US, Canada and Mexico into a super government. Is this going in the right direction? Read More

03.24.14- The World Holds Suicidal America Hostage
JC Collins

With March quickly coming to an end it appears there will be no passage of supporting legislation in Congress for the IMF 2010 Quota and Governance Reforms.

On Friday, the House of Representatives introduced a new aid bill for Ukraine which did not include the reforms.  An earlier version of the bill did in fact include the reforms. Read More

03.22.14- Weekend Rant: Gold And Silver –
For Strong Upside Movement, Experts Continue To Be Wrong.

Michael Noonan

From our perspective, the charts reflect the reality of the unreal within the ruling Western elites that continue their financial stranglehold over every Western government, at a minimum, and through their central banks dictating how governments are to rule the governed, aka those enslaved into the system.  [We will deal with how charts are the best read, later in the commentary.]

Actually, “the system” is an apt way of describing how the Rothschild formula has spread its dominating tentacles into every aspect of everyone’s lives.  Formula:  Control all the money, control the government.  Control the government, control the world. Read More

03.21.14- Do you believe in "medical conspiracy theories"?
Daisy Luther

Do you believe in “medical conspiracy theories”? If so you are in good company.

According to a survey undertaken by professors at the University of Chicago, more than half of all Americans believe in one or more so-called “medical conspiracy theories”. Of course, most of us know that the derogatory term “conspiracy theory” is simply a way to marginalize those who think critically instead of blithely accepting the word of those who stand to make money off of our compliance.

The survey was a series of statements. The respondents could choose from the following answers: Heard Before, Agree, Neither Agree nor Disagree, or Disagree. Read More

03.20.14- British tax authorities just out-mafia'd the IRS
Simon Black

A few months ago, I told you about a bold report published within the IRS that absolutely blasted the agency’s mafia tactics.

In its 2013 annual report to Congress, the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate wrote that the IRS shows “disrespect for the law and a disregard for taxpayer rights.”

Further, the report says that the current system “disproportionately burdens those who [make] honest mistakes,” and that “tax requirements have become so confusing and the compliance burden so great that taxpayers are giving up their U.S. citizenship in record numbers.”

We all know the stories. The IRS has nearly infinite power to do whatever it wants, including freezing you out of your own bank account without so much as a phone call, let alone due process. Read More

03.19.14- Pay Our Pensions Or We'll Throw You in Jail: the Legalization of Looting
Charles Hugh Smith

Rather than deal forthrightly with the reality that unrealistic promises made to their employees cannot be honored, local government has pursued a strategy of legalizing looting.

The gradual erosion of civil liberties, legal rights and government ethics are connected: our rights don't just vanish into thin air, they are expropriated by government: Federal, state and local. Though much is written about the loss of civil liberties at the Federal level, many of the most blatantly illegal power grabs are occurring in local government. Read More

03.18.14- The Most Dishonest Number in the World: LIBOR
William K Black, PhD

The FDIC has sued 16 of the largest banks in the world plus the British Bankers Association (BBA) alleging that they engaged in fraud and collusion to manipulate the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR). BBA called LIBOR "The most important number in the world."

LIBOR is actually many numbers that depend on the currency and term (maturity) of the loan. The collusion involved manipulating most of these rates. A vast number of loans and derivatives are priced off of these "numbers." Estimates of the notional dollar amount of deals affected by the collusion range from $300-550 trillion in deals manipulated at any given time. The LIBOR frauds began no later than 2005 and continued through 2011. Read More

03.17.14- World War III Is Close, Martial Law Is Even Closer
Dave Hodges

Why was Ukraine’s gold flown from the country and deposited in the New York Federal Reserve? Why hasn’t the US media so much as dealt with the formal allegation by Iskra News that this event took place on March 7, 2014?

According to Iskra News: “At 2 a.m. this morning [March 7] an unmarked transport plane was on the runway at Borispol Airport [Ed. Note: East of Kiev]. According to airport staff, before the plane came to the airport, four trucks and two Volkswagen minibuses arrived, all the truck license plates missing. Fifteen people in black uniforms, masks, and body armor stepped out, some armed with machine guns. They loaded the plane with more than 40 heavy boxes. After that a mysterious man arrived and entered the plane. All loading was done in a hurry. The plane took off on an emergency basis. Those who saw this mysterious special operation immediately notified the airport officials, who told the callers not to meddle in other people's affairs.” Read More

03.14.14- The Tiger Awakens: China Warns of "Retaliatory Action" and "Unforeseeable Consequences" Over U.S. Monday Deadline
Mac Slavo

Yesterday Secretary of State and flip-flopper extraordinaire John Kerry advised Russia that Vladimir Putin has until Monday to pull back his forces from Ukraine. Failure to do so would lead to serious repercussions. Kerry was light on details, but we can assume he was talking about some sort of economic sanctions:

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and a top critic of President Obama’s foreign policy, asked what the administration would do if Russian forces advance farther into the eastern area of Ukraine, and the new government in Kiev asks the U.S. for weapons to fight the Russians.

Kerry responded carefully, saying "we have contingencies – we are talking through various options that may or may not be available." Read More

03.14.14- Death Penalty for Debasing Currency: US Coinage Act of 1792
Charleston Voice

Don't kid yourself that it couldn't happen again in this century. The serfs are waking up, and they're MAD as Hell and won't take it anymore. If bankers' heads and those of their government defenders begin appearing on the ends of pikes, you'll know why!

As most of you know much of our current law was based on English case law. Hence, this was the Royal Mint's disposition of counterfeiters and forgers. The methods employed for carrying out the death penalty are appropriate even today.:

SOLOMON IDSWELL, Deception > forgery, 20th May 1795.Reference Number: t17950520-26
Offence:
Deception & forgery
Verdict:
Guilty
Punishment:
Death
Related Material: Associated Records
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03.13.14- Putin Plays for Keeps in Crimea
John Browne

For those investors who have grown used to the relatively minor geo-political crises of the past few years, the developing situation in the Ukraine and the Crimea must come as an unexpected communiqué from the early 20th Century. There can be little doubt that the drama will impact financial markets.

While President Obama is doing his best to invert Teddy Roosevelt's "speak softly and carry a big stick" approach to foreign policy, the real issue is how Crimea's proposed secession from Ukraine will lay bare the opacity of international law with respect to issues of sovereignty. Recently, President Obama said, "Under international law, force can only be used in self-defense or by a decision of the U.N. Security Council...." But Obama considered using preemptive force in Syria without U.N. approval. Laying aside U.S. adventurism in the Middle East over the past 20 years, in 1998 President Clinton intervened militarily when Kosovo attempted to separate from Serbia. Read More

03.12.14- Deluded Currency Cultists Believe The Dollar Is Invincible
Brandon Smmith

At the onset of the derivatives collapse in 2007/2008 it would have been easy to assume that most of America was receiving a valuable education in normalcy bias.

In 2006, the amount of ego on display surrounding mortgage investment was so disturbingly grotesque anyone with any true understanding of the situation felt like projectile vomiting. To watch the smug righteousness of MSNBC and FOX economic pundits as they predicted the infinite rise of American property markets despite all evidence to the contrary was truly mind blowing. When the whole system imploded, it was difficult to know whether one should laugh, or cry. Read More

03.11.14- What are Conspiracy Theories?
JC Collins

Weapons of the Weak and Organized Insubordination

In October of 2000 I was in Las Vegas for an international mining conference.  It was an exciting time in my life.  I was preparing to be raised to the sublime level of Master Mason in my local Freemasonic lodge back home.  My professional career was on track. And my relationship with my family was one of both satisfaction and reward.  Yet, for all my happiness in those days, there was a deep sense of foreboding within me.  It was a hint of the darkness that was just then beginning to breach the horizon and advance upon my life like a great vacuum, sucking the energy and sanity from anything and everything that made up my existence. Read More

03.10.14- Can We Afford Ukraine?
Ron Paul

Officially, US debt stands at more than $17 trillion. In reality, it is many times more. The cost of the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq may be more than six trillion dollars. President Obama's illegal invasion of Libya cost at least a billion dollars and left that country devastated. The costs of US regime change efforts in Syria are likely thus far enormous, both in dollars and lives. That's still a secret.

So who in his right mind would think it is a good time to start a war with Russia over Ukraine? And worse, who would commit the United States to bail out a Ukraine that will need at least $35 billion to survive the year?

Who? The president and Congress, backed by the neocons and the so-called humanitarian interventionists! Read More

03.08.14- Obama Comes Out Against Self-Determination
Paul Craig Roberts

The White House Fool has repeatedly declared erroneously and foolishly that it is "against international law" for Crimea to exercise self-determination. Self-determination, as used by Washington, is a propaganda term that serves Washington's empire but is not permissible for real people to exercise. On March 6 Obama telephoned Putin to tell the Russian President again that only Washington has the right to interfere in Ukraine and to insist against all logic that only the "government" in Kiev installed by the Washington-organized coup is "legitimate" and "democratic." Read More

03.07.14- Ukraine is the Waterloo Event for the U.S. Dollar
Jim Willie

History repeats itself from the Kremlin phone calls made during the Syrian conflict just a few months ago, when the UKGovt withdrew its support and left the US isolated, looking very weak. Already, Putin has threatened to dump USTreasury Bonds. Putin aptly calls the Anglo-Americans as Mutants. Imagine the lunacy of trying to cut off the only Russian warm water military naval port in the Crimea. Just as stupid as the Trans Pacific Partnership faux pas, trying to cut off China from its Asian neighbors and partners in trade. The intelligence level of the USGovt has never been more stupid, destructive, and in full view. The lost ground for the United States is obvious and glaring in the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Caucasus region. Read More

03.06.14- Ukraine Crisis: Just Another Globalist-Engineered Powder Keg
Brandon Smith

When one studies history, all events seem to revolve around the applications and degenerations of war. Great feats of human understanding, realization and enlightenment barely register in the mental footnotes of the average person. War is what we remember, idealize and aggrandize, which is why war is the tool most often exploited by oligarchy to distract the masses while it centralizes power.

With the exception of a few revolutions, most wars are instigated and controlled by financial elites, manipulating governments on both sides of the game to produce a preconceived result. The rise of National Socialism in Germany, for instance, was largely funded by corporate entities based in the U.S. Read More

03.05.04- Putin Adviser Urges Dumping US Bonds In Reaction to Sanctions
RIA Novosti

An adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that authorities would issue general advice to dump US government bonds in the event of Russian companies and individuals being targeted by sanctions over events in Ukraine.

Sergei Glazyev said the United States would be the first to suffer in the event of any sanctions regime.

“The Americans are threatening Russia with sanctions and pulling the EU into a trade and economic war with Russia,” Glazyev said. “Most of the sanctions against Russia will bring harm to the United States itself, because as far as trade relations with the United States go, we don’t depend on them in any way.” Read More

03.04.14- Russia And China Stand In Agreement On Ukraine – And That Is Very Bad News For The United States
Michael Snyder

If China and the rest of the world abandoned Russia over Ukraine, that would be one thing.  But that is not happening at all.  In fact, China has chosen to publicly stand with Russia on this issue.  The following is from a Sky News article entitled "Russia And China 'In Agreement' Over Ukraine"

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov discussed Ukraine by telephone with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Monday, and claimed they had "broadly coinciding points of view" on the situation there, according to a ministry statement.

And Chinese state news agency Xinhua is publicly rebuking the West for their handling of the Ukrainian crisis...Read More

03.03.14- Precious Metals Manipulators: Who Are They In 2014?
Charles Savoie

What organizations do highly placed men belong to who are suppressing precious metals?

Broad absence of coverage of these organizations on the part of metals sites and commentators indicates lack of awareness—there is a large gap in their information; or for some reasons, they choose to not make an issue out of it.

There is the dread of opening Pandora's Box!

When prominent metals commentators never mention these organizations, you should realize that while this is apparently not an issue of importance to them, it certainly is important to the members of these groups, that they are members of these groups! Read More

03.01.14- Bombshell: Saudi Royal Gold Ransacked in London to Prevent Default
Jim Willie

Betrayals occur in high places, even the highest offices of the land. Furthermore, betrayals occur with some of the most important allies for the nation. See the official German gold account thefts, called euphemistically the repatriation demand. See the shredding of the Constitution, by virtue of the Patriot Act which could easily pass for a comprehensive Fascist Manifesto. See the renege on the Chinese gold lease, on the back end of the Most Favored Nation status granted in 1999. See the permitted security agency narcotics centered in Afghanistan, with its vertically integrated business operation, the clearing house function in Iraq, and money laundering among New York banks, whose product fills American streets. Read More

02.28.14- Lincoln Set About On The Most Murderous War In American History
Judge Napolitano

 

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02.27.14- The Coming Eastern Bailout & What Tensions In The Ukraine Mean For You
Jeff Berwick

The geo-political stakes in the Ukraine have brought us to a quasi Cold War redux, as western powers the European Union and the United States have made it clear their intention to "support" (read: meddle in) the Ukraine. In the meantime, Russia has sent troops to the border of the Ukraine in what are being called exercises. 

Turkey is experiencing protests and violence due to corruption by the government, and Venezuela is also experiencing protests and violence. The "global political awakening" has gone hot on multiple continents. 

Although one week ago mainstream press worldwide spoke about the Ukraine as if it were in the midst of a popular uprising, a different picture has become clearer, as communist and fascist sympathizers seem poised to gain the most out of the chaos. Read More

02.26.14- How to Beat Coming Killer Food Shortages
Holly Deyo

50% of America's fruits and veggies are grown in California and the Feds are destroying their crops. What this means for you

PREFACE: Only a small space is required to grow most fruits and veggies for a family. So Stan and I will scamper over to our local garden center this week and for additional organic compost to augment our Super Soil and get those growies growing! By the end of Summer our own compost piles should be ready to sustain the gardens hereafter. It just takes a little while to get there.

Sunday, we planned out this year's garden – including more than usual. Definitely making time for canning this year. Had the equipment, not the time. Since warmth – and dry (drat!) – are coming early this year to the West, Southwest and Southeast, it's important to get our garden ready in February and seedlings sprouted and sunk in the ground by late March instead of late April – a full month ahead of normal. The most time-consuming aspect will getting the Super Soil pre-warmed as described in Garden Gold, which will only require a couple hours, so plants get a head start and beat this Summer's killing heat.
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02.24.14- The Rising Global Unrest – Collapse in Marxism & Republics
Martin Armstrong

For months now, protesters have been gathering in many capital cities of developing nations such as Turkey, Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela, Malaysia, and Cambodia, among others. These demonstrations are part of the rise in tension that our model warns will spread. This is the collapse of “socialism” as I put it for there is a declining living standard and much lower economic growth because of the rising cost of government. The “socialist” ideas of helping people are just propaganda. Politicians have been lining their pockets all over the place and corruption has emerged in a new institutional form..

There are critics who like to say this is capitalism collapsing but capitalism is freedom to be what you want and to do with your money what you desire. Even in Russia, the “official” communist state collapsed and private ownership now exists. However, you still do not see entrepreneurship for enterprise is owned by the various Oligarchic organizations. Read More

02.22.14- Weekend Rant: Smoking cigars by a mountain of napalm
Simon Black

I need to caveat this missive and highlight that I am not a pessimistic person. I’ve traveled to so many places over the years– well over 100 countries. And I typically visit 30-40 each year.

So I’ve seen first hand the tremendous opportunity that exists in the world, and the incredible way that human beings innovate to overcome challenges.

But the reality is that the world is on fire right now. In some places, like Ukraine or Thailand, quite literally.

In many others (like Japan, China, and much of southern Europe), there are heaps of smoldering embers beneath a continent-wide funeral pyre. Read More

02.21.14- Obama; Let Them Eat Food Stamps
Wendy McElroy

Early immigrants fled Europe to America because the New World offered a glistening promise: the classless society. It was not a society without rich and poor because freedom always produces an inequality of results. It was a society in which people were equal under fair laws and they could move fluidly from one class to another. The North American dream said people could rise by merit and hard work into economic independence and become the rulers of their own lives.

My ancestors are among the 50% of Irish immigrants who did not die in journeying to the 19th century's brave new world. Immigrants knew the risk and accepted it because they hungered for their children to stand on both feet as the equal of any man. For most of my life, I did. Or it was close enough. Read More

02.20.14- The Wreck of the Old 1792
Ol' Remus

We don't have an economy, we have the wreckage of an economy. It's studied as a coroner studies a corpse, to determine when and how it died. And because we believe in equal opportunity idiocy, medicine men dance around the deceased shaking their rattles and chanting their chants even as the indelicate aroma argues for a distant venue. Politicians take the modern view, they understand the bad news is off the charts, so they draw new charts. Economists busy themselves with describing how it came to be and what may be next. As with any fatality, the decisive event is long over and what comes next is as ugly as it is certain.

The wreckage has been piling up for a very long time. Cities for one. They're sunk costs peopled with net consumers, an unjustifiable burden, as are their inhabitants, largely. There are no convincing arguments for the cities we have today. Even aside from wartime targeting, residents are less safe inside the cities than outside of them. When considering catastrophic collapse, who plans to bug out to Chicago? There's a reason cities are deteriorating, they cost far more to maintain than they're worth. Read More

02.19.14- The Twisted Motives Behind Political Correctness
Brandon Smith

As I have confessed in the past, in my early years I found myself active in the Democratic Party and the general liberal methodology. I had no understanding of the concept of the false left/right paradigm. I had no inkling of the dangers of globalism and central banking. I had no concept of decentralization or non-participation. I had never even heard of libertarianism. I knew only that George W. Bush was a criminal (and I was right), but the problem went far deeper than the GOP. I was astoundingly ignorant of the bigger picture.

However, what I did have going for me was an almost violent sense of nonconformity. I hated collectivists, yet I found myself surrounded by them while working within the leftist culture. It was the insanity of self-proclaimed "liberals" that taught me the true nature of the facade of politics. When I realized that the Democrats were essentially the same corrupt entity as the neoconservatives, everything in my life changed. Read More

02.18.14- Forward Guidance
James Howard Kunstler

"Guidance" is the new organizing credo of US financial life with Janet Yellen officially installed as the new Wizard of Oz at the Federal Reserve. Guidance refers to periodic cryptic utterances made by the Wizard in staged appearances before congress or in the "minutes" (i.e. transcribed notes) from meetings of the Fed's Open Market Committee. The cryptic utterances don't necessarily have any bearing on reality, but are issued with the hope that they will be mistaken for it, especially by managers in the financial markets where assets are priced and traded.  

One such infamous moment of guidance was Ben Bernanke's May 2007 statement saying that percolating sub-prime mortgage problems were "contained." Read More

02.17.14- Kill The Middle Class,
Kill The Nation

Raúl Ilargi Meijer

A pretty simple and straight continuation from yesterday’s Inequality Leads to War and Crisis , if only to hammer into everyone’s head that inequality is a very damaging development, and a very easy one to solve. America as it was in its heyday was built by the middle class, and that America is no more.

Still, if you didn’t know better, you’d get the impression that America was built by the rich. Why otherwise would its wealth have been allowed to be shifted away from the middle class, and to the rich, to the extent that it has over the past 3 or 4 decades? Read More

02.15.14- Exposing what lies beneath the bodies of dead bankers
and what lies ahead for us

Douglas J. Hagmann

I feel that this is one of the most important investigations I’ve ever done. If my findings are correct, each of us might soon experience a severe, if not crippling blow to our personal finances, the confiscation of any wealth some of us have been able to accumulate over our lifetimes, and the end of the financial world as we once knew it.  The evidence to support my findings exists in the trail of dead bodies of financial executives across the globe and a missing Wall Street Journal Reporter who was working at the Dow Jones news room at the time of his disappearance. Read More

02.14.14- Trends Forecaster: Proof the Markets are Rigged
Alex Jones

At least twenty top level bankers have “fallen” to their deaths from high-rises in just the last two weeks. Are the worlds Stock Markets, Currency Exchanges and Interest Rates all rigged? Gerald Celente brings the facts from the news to the table.

The government keeps coming out with one lie after another- and the public keeps buying in! Take for example, the recent "off microphone" statement by Obama. Have we really been so dumbed down that we are totally shortsighted? Or is it something more than that? Gerald and Alex discuss these topics here. Read More

02.13.14- The Five Criminals
In America, the Gestapo Has Replaced the Rule of Law

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

RT is the best English language news source available to Americans. On January 29, RT published a photo of 5 presidential appointees lying through their teeth to Congress.

All five of these Gestapo wannabes are in violation of their oath of office to protect the Constitution of the United States. They have relentlessly violated the Constitution, which makes these five, who are in charge of US intelligence and black operations, traitors to the United States. Yet, they have not been arrested and put on trial. Congress is content to sit there and listen to their ongoing lies time after time after time, despite the fact that these 5 have committed more and worse crimes against our country than the "terrorists" that serve as an excuse for the crimes committed by the intelligence agencies. Read More

02.12.14- A Report from Middle America
Paul Rosenberg

I was recently involved in a day of meetings with small business owners in the American Midwest. It was both encouraging and sad at the same time.

What I Found First

Overall, I found a large room full of productive human beings. It was uplifting. Most of these people were between thirty and seventy years old, more men than women, and they were all productive people, the kind who get up early every day, make sure that complex systems are producing properly, fix anything that is broken or near breaking, plan for the future, cooperate with large numbers of other people, and then go home at the end of the day and love their families.

If all the world lived like these people, we’d be halfway to a paradise by now. And that was a thought that made me sad. Read More

02.11.14- The Trigger: If This Ever Happens
You Know You're Days Away From Nuclear War

Mac Slavo

It’s no secret that the world is on the brink of a significant paradigm shift. With the economy in shambles and the United States, Europe, China and Russia vying for hegemony over global affairs, it is only a matter of time before the powder keg goes critical.

As was the case with World Wars I and II, the chess pieces are being positioned well in advance. It’s happening on all levels – monetary, financial, economic, geo-political. Lines are being drawn. Alliances are being cemented. Read More

02.10.14- The Smog of Fraud
James Howard Kunstler

Team Obama pulled a cute one last week nominating Blythe Masters, JP Morgan's commodity chief, to an advisory committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) which supposedly regulates activities on the paper trades in corn, pork bellies, cocoa, coffee, wheat, corn - oh, and gold, too, by the way, in which JP Morgan has been suspected of massive gold (and silver) market manipulations and other misconduct lately. That would include the 2011 MF Global Fiasco in which nearly a billion dollars from "segregated" customer accounts somehow ended up parked over at JP Morgan as a result of bad derivative bets on tanking Eurozone bonds. MF Global, primarily a commodities trading brokerage, was liquidated in 2011. The CFTC never issued referrals for prosecution to the Department of Justice in the matter and, of course, MF Global's notorious CEO, Jon Corzine remains at large, enjoying caramel flan lattes in the Hamptons to this day. Such are the Teflon transactions of the Obama years: nothing sticks. Read More

02.08.14- Weekend Rant: Gold And Silver – NWO "Problem-Reaction" Ploy Stronger Than Fundamentals
Michael Noonan

The fundamentals for gold and silver worsen with each passing week, it seems, yet the price for gold and silver still languish in down trends.   If everything is as precarious as is depicted in so many other articles citing how PMs are in dire straights, for the same deteriorating reasons presented with pinpoint numbers, as in reduced stocks of deliverable metals, increased transfers from West to East, why are gold and silver still near recent lows for the past two years?

No one has offered answers to such a glaring fundamental discrepancy of excessively low supply, exceptionally strong demand and totally manipulated price. Read More

02.07.14- SDRs and the New Bretton Woods, Part 4 - Archaic America and Oil Wars
JC Collins

"This is really an old lesson for a new era. At such a momentous time as this, we need to choose the ethos of 1944 over 1914. We need to rekindle the Bretton Woods spirit that has served us so well." - Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the I.M.F. Feb 3, 2014.

As young boys my brother and I delivered newspapers in our neighborhood.  There was one house in particular that always stood out to us.  In this home lived a man with no legs.  The house was your standard suburban build of the 1970's and had a ramp running up the width of the front. The man in his wheelchair would often be parked at the small area at the top of the ramp.  It was a short landing from which he could enter the house. Read More

02.06.14- When George Clooney starts pitching government bonds…
Simon Black

Last week in his State of the Union address, the President of the United States laid the groundwork for a new government program he calls “MyRA”.

As he explained to the American people, this program will allow US taxpayers the ability to loan their retirement savings to the federal government (which, according to POTUS, carries ZERO risk).

Given that US Treasury yields fall far below the rate of inflation, this is a big win for the government, and a big loser for the poor suckers who loan them the money. Read More

02.05.14- The Final Swindle Of Private American Wealth Has Begun
Brandon Smith

I began writing analysis on the macro-economic situation of the American financial structure back in 2006, and in the eight years since, I have seen an undeniably steady trend of fiscal decline.

I have never had any doubt that the U.S. economy as we know it was headed for total and catastrophic collapse, the only question was when, exactly, the final trigger event would occur. As I have pointed out in the past, economic implosion is a process. It grows over time, like the ice shelf on a mountain developing into a potential avalanche. It is easy to shrug off the danger because the visible destruction is not immediate, it is latent; but when the avalanche finally begins, it is far too late for most people to escape… Read More

02.04.14- Shake me, wake me!
James Howard Kunstler

The rot moves from the margins to the center, but the disease moves from the center to the margins. That is what has happened in the realm of money in recent weeks due to the sustained mispricing of the cost of credit by central banks, led by the US Federal Reserve. Along the way, that outfit has managed to misprice just about everything else  - stocks, houses, exotic securities, food commodities, precious metals, fine art. Oil is mispriced as well, on the low side, since oil production only gets more expensive and complex these days while it depends more on mispriced borrowed money. That situation will be corrected by scarcity, as oil companies discover that real capital is unavailable. And then the oil will become scarce. The "capital" circulating around the globe now is a squishy, gelatinous substance called "liquidity." All it does is gum up markets. But eventually things do get unstuck. Read More

 

02.03.14- Laundromat Banks Too Big To Fail
Richard (Rick) Mills

Money laundering is the process by which illegally obtained cash is made to appear as if it has been obtained by legal means.

The following snippet is from Robert Mazur’s article ‘How to Halt the Terrorist Money Train’ article that appeared in The New York Times:

“The House Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management issued a shocking report documenting the collaboration between Mexican and Colombian drug cartels and Hezbollah in narcotics and human trafficking, smuggling and financial crimes in the United States and Latin America — a partnership that, in just the border region between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, produces an estimated $12 billion in cash each year. Read More

02.01.14- Weekend Rant: What Would You Do For "Truth"?
Paul Rosenberg

I closed a recent post by saying this:

If you’re not willing to suffer for your beliefs, you’re not much of a believer.

To that I will add that the statement remains true, no matter what types of beliefs we’re talking about. Either we have the guts to stand by our beliefs or we don’t. (Which is why a lot of people avoid them – they haven’t the guts to choose.) Holding to our beliefs under fire is the crucial test – not of our beliefs, but of ourselves.

Anytime you move the world forward in some way, you will receive a backlash. In a world like ours – a world neurotically devoted to stasis – that is almost unavoidable. Read More

01.31.14- Enough Is Enough: Fraud-ridden Banks Are Not L.A.'s Only Option
Ellen Brown

"Epic in scale, unprecedented in world history."That is how William K. Black, professor of law and economics and former bank fraud investigator, describes the frauds in which JPMorgan Chase (JPM) has now been implicated. They involve more than a dozen felonies, including bid-rigging on municipal bond debt; colluding to rig interest rates on hundreds of trillions of dollars in mortgages, derivatives and other contracts; exposing investors to excessive risk; failing to disclose known risks, including those in the Bernie Madoff scandal; and engaging in multiple forms of mortgage fraud.

So why, asks Chicago Alderwoman Leslie Hairston, are we still doing business with them? She plans to introduce a city council ordinance deleting JPM from the city's list of designated municipal depositories. As quoted in the January 14th Chicago Sun-Times: Read More

01.30.14- Converting 401k and IRA Funds Into "Steady Payment Streams"
George Washington

Last May, I wrote about the rumor that the Obama administration might seize funds from American's 401k and IRA accounts

Last week, Bloomberg pointed out

The Obama administration is weighing how the government can encourage workers to turn their savings into guaranteed income streams.

The U.S. Treasury and Labor Departments will ask for public comment as soon as next week on ways to promote the conversion of 401(k) savings and Individual Retirement Accounts into annuities or other steady payment streams, according to Assistant Labor Secretary Phyllis C. Borzi and Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Mark Iwry, who are spearheading the effort... Read More

01.29.14- Why Are Banking Executives In London Killing Themselves?
Michael Snyder

Bankers committing suicide by jumping from the rooftops of their own banks is something that we think of when we think of the Great Depression.  Well, it just happened in London, England.  A vice president at JPMorgan's European headquarters in London plunged to his death after jumping from the top of the 33rd floor.  He fell more than 500 feet, and it is being reported by an eyewitness that "there was quite a lot of blood".  This comes on the heels of news that a former Deutsche Bank executive was found hanged in his home in London on Sunday.  So why is this happening?  Yes, the markets have gone down a little bit recently but they certainly have not crashed yet.  Could there be more to these deaths than meets the eye?  You never know.  And as I will discuss below, there have been a lot of other really strange things happening around the world lately as well. Read More

01.28.14- The REAL State of the Union in just 889 words…
Simon Black

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fellow citizens:

This summer we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

This senseless, destructive war was started and championed by politicians who cared nothing for the 9 million people who lost their lives.

And in doing so, they began a century of warfare which continues to this day.

Our military industrial complex is larger than ever. We have nearly 2 million troops and national guardsmen, plus 3.5 million civilians employed in the defense sector. Read More

01.27.14- Peace Is the Only Answer in China-Japan Island Dispute
Zachary Fillingham

(Editor's Note: Having just finished a commentary on this very subject, I am bolstered by the author's affirmation that the situation in the South China Sea could be a pivotal point when considering the overall state of geopolitical tensions. I would amend Mr. Fillingham's title, however, by adding one word: Peace Is the Only Sane Answer in China-Japan Island Dispute. Given my lack of faith or trust in any politicians anywhere, I harbor serious doubt as to whether the application of sanity portends greatly in the lustful quest for wealth and power. - JSB)

The East China Sea territorial dispute between China and Japan figured prominently in various geopolitical risk forecasts for 2014, and with good reason. Neither side shows any sign of standing down, and with every new military deployment near the contested area comes an increased risk of a small-scale military incident spiraling into war. Read More

01.25.14- Event Phases : Understanding The Progression to Collapse
Dan W.

This article has been graciously contributed by TheSurvivalistBlog.net. It has been authored by Dan W. as an entry in The Survivalist Blog non-fiction writing contest.

My proof reader, harshest critic, and prepping partner (my bride of 45 years) read my first cut of this article and told me that it was interesting... but boring! She may be right, but I still think it's worthy of a few minutes of your time to read. The points I make may be intuitively obvious to the most casual observer but, even if that's the case, they just might offer some guidance to help us better understand the timeline of how things might shake out ... and how that will affect our actions. If we understand the structure of an Event cycle it might help us to prepare more effectively. In this post I have used the word "Event" to describe anything we would otherwise refer to as "SHTF" or "TEOTWAWKI". The term "Phase" describes distinct (although variable) blocks of time before, during, and after an "Event". Read More

01.24.14- Lipstick on a Pig
Greg Hunter

Syria is the top story.  Before the second round of Geneva peace talks even started, Iran was uninvited to the talks by the U.N.  It was because Iran would not agree that the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, should be removed as part of any peace plan.  The Syrian peace talks have turned into a name calling event with both sides posturing.  This is why the headlines say things like peace talks get off to "Belligerent Start."

The Syrian Foreign Minister says, "The West claims to fight terrorism publically while they feed it privately."  Secretary of State John Kerry says there "is no way possible in the imagination" that Syrian president Assad should be allowed to stay in power.  Kerry said Assad is ". . . a one-man super-magnet for terrorism.”  Kerry and the Obama White House have long said Assad should go.  Russian President Vladimir Putin cut a deal last year to remove Syria's chemical weapons, and war was averted. Read More

01.23.14- CME Group Liquidation for Lawsuit Damages
Charles Savoie

It is a matter of record that companies engaged in gold and silver mining have been ravaged as to operating income due to the price suppression in gold and silver sponsored by the CME Group through its wholly owned subsidiary, the Commodity Exchange, "COMEX." This in fact has gone on for several decades, not a mere matter of a couple of years. When the conspirators can no longer suppress gold and silver prices and a monumental upside surge occurs, this is another proof of price suppression, because a normal market won't suddenly spike (weather affected agriculturals aside).Read More

01.22.14- Signs of Weimar
Appearing in the US?

Graham Summers

History is often written to benefit certain groups over others.

Indeed, you will often find the blame for some of the worst events in history placed on the wrong individuals or factors. Most Americans today continue to argue over liberal vs. conservative beliefs, unaware that the vast majority of economy ills plaguing the country originate in neither party but in the Federal Reserve, which has debased the US Dollar by over 95% in the 20th century alone.

With that in mind, I want to consider what actually caused the hyperinflationary period in Weimar Germany. Please consider the quote from Niall Ferguson's book, "The Ascent of Money" regarding what really happened there: Read More

01.21.14- Washington: The Illusion of Government
Fred Reed

In a paroxysm of patriotic musing, I reflected that Washington is an insular, incestuous, inward-looking city, chiefly interested in itself, so politically inbred as to be in danger of hemophilia, out of touch with reality, having remarkably little understanding of or interest in the rest of the country or the world. Isnl't this wonderful?

Inbreeding? By comparison with the Yankee Capital, West Virginians are on the outer limits of hybrid vigor.  We had Bush I, a mediocrity but no worse, and later Bush II, in whom mediocrity would have been a welcome astonishment. We had Clinton the First, Bill, who was at least intelligent, then almost had Clinton II, who instead became Secretary of State, for which her only qualification was having been First Basilisk. Read More

01.20.14- The Retail Death Rattle
Jim Quinn

"I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest, to make money they don’t want, to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like." Emile Gauvreau

If ever a chart provided unequivocal proof the economic recovery storyline is a fraud, the one below is the smoking gun. November and December retail sales account for 20% to 40% of annual retail sales for most retailers. The number of visits to retail stores has plummeted by 50% since 2010. Please note this was during a supposed economic recovery. Also note consumer spending accounts for 70% of GDP. Also note credit card debt outstanding is 7% lower than its level in 2010 and 16% below its peak in 2008. Retailers like J.C. Penney, Best Buy, Sears, Radio Shack and Barnes & Noble continue to report appalling sales and profit results, along with listings of store closings. Read More

01.18.14- The Hows and Whys of Gold Price Manipulation
Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler

The deregulation of the financial system during the Clinton and George W. Bush regimes had the predictable result: financial concentration and reckless behavior. A handful of banks grew so large that financial authorities declared them "too big to fail." Removed from market discipline, the banks became wards of the government requiring massive creation of new money by the Federal Reserve in order to support through the policy of Quantitative Easing the prices of financial instruments on the banks' balance sheets and in order to finance at low interest rates trillion dollar federal budget deficits associated with the long recession caused by the financial crisis. Read More

01.17.14- Who Has the Time and Motivation to Comprehend the Mess We're In?
Almost Nobody

Charles Hugh Smith

If we don't understand the problem or the dynamics that are generating the problem, it is impossible to reach a solution or practical plan of action.

When it comes time to assess our grasp of the dynamics of this unprecedented era, how do you reckon historians will grade our collective political "leadership," intelligentsia, central state, corporate leadership and the "common man/woman" citizen? Did we rise to the occasion or did we falter, not in acting to counter the dissolution of the Status Quo, but in simply making a concerted effort to understand the tangled web of lies, corruption, perverse incentives, unintended consequences, simplistic (and utterly misguided) ideologies, not to mention the real-world limits of a supposedly limitless world, that have become the key dynamics of this era? Read More

01.16.14- The're Not Gods...The're Not Even That Smart
Paul Rosenberg

I hear people making all sorts of predictions of what the powers that be (TPTB) will allow or not allow. Honestly, they treat this group as though they are omnipotent.

Just to be clear, the term, "powers that be" generally refers to the partnership between central banking cartels, mega-corps, and governments (including military, spy agencies, and secret police). I will use it in that way also.

And while these groups have tremendous power in certain areas, they are not gods. In fact, they are, as individuals, not much more capable than the average person. Many of them, particularly at the higher levels, hold their positions by birth and not necessarily (or usually) for any meritocratic reason. Read More

01.15.14- Senate Negotiatiors prepare $1.1 trillion spending; Could top 1,000 pages…
Andrew Taylor

Do you get any benefit from our government? They’re getting ready to spend another $1.1 trillion, you know, to keep things going for awhile longer. There’s a lot of free shit that needs to be given out, and a lot of military hardware and union government drone pensions that need to be paid (for people that retired at 50). But not for Obamacare, since they opted out of Obamacare. But you will be paying for their major medical insurance.

Remember all the turmoil when the government “shut down”? No? Because there wasn’t any turmoil, other than tyranny and punishment ordered by Obama, who hates America and Americans. People will blindly stare at their phones, their T.V., and their computers while the government pisses away all their money, and borrows another trillion to fill in the gaps. Our government is so far out of control and divorced from reality that it cannot be saved, in it’s present form. Read More

01.14.14- Extending Unemployment
'Killing Economy'

WND

'Spending money is not the only way to show you care about people'

The Obama administration has wasted little time in 2014 demanding an emergency extension of federal unemployment benefits with no spending cuts attached and questioning the compassion of those who don’t want to continue aid to struggling families, but a former chief economist for the Joint Economic Committee says it’s not the smart or compassionate thing to do.

Brian Wesbury has been an economist for 32 years, worked on Capitol Hill and is now chief economist at First Trust Advisors in Chicago. He told WND the economic history of the U.S. and the world is clear and stands in contrast to Obama’s contention that extending the benefits boosts the economy. Read More

01.13.14- The Wolf of Wall Street
(or How to Shear the Sheeple)

Larry LaBorde

The lovely Miss Puddy and myself traipsed off to the theatre again on movie night to see Martin Scorsese's new film. The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio who played the amoral Wall Street broker, Jordan Belford.

Aside from the sex / drugs / language that was just over the top, the undercurrent theme of broker theft from clients and total disregard for the welfare of their customers was quite disturbing. Greed, self-indulgence and self-destruction, not to mention stupidity, were also common themes. Read More

01.11.14- Weekend Rant: Predictable Rise of Populism
Staff Report

One reason we fought so hard against the Occupy Wall Street movement was because we clearly grasped it was populism.

Populism is a horrible political perversion and always leads to a worse "ism," eventually. All around the world, banking elites have installed the building blocks of internationalism. Country after country has emplaced a central bank that allows a handful of technocrats to fix the price and value of money.

This combined with corporate personhood has created the recipe for what we see today: a merger of industrial might with government controlled behind the scenes by the globalist banking set.

When the fascismcorporatism – eventually steals enough of the wealth of the middle class, populism can be ignited. The populism – social and economic – is also created by top elites to defuse the anger generated by the corporatism that they have already inflicted. Read More

01.10.14- FDR's Response to the Plot to Overthrow Him
Alan Nasser

Perhaps the most alarming slice of twentieth-century U.S. political history is virtually unknown to the general public, including most scholars of American history.

In 1934 a special Congressional committee was appointed to conduct an investigation of a possible planned coup intended to topple the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and replace it with a government modelled on the policies of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. The shocking results of the investigation were promptly scotched and stashed in the National Archives. While the coup attempt was reported at the time in a few newspapers, including The New York Times, the story disappeared from public memory shortly after the Congressional findings were made available to president Roosevelt. Read More

01.09.14- Dr. Paul Craig Roberts-U.S. Markets Rigged by its Own Authorities–
It Blows the Mind
Greg Hunter

Economist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts says, "We have a situation where all the markets are rigged. All the markets are manipulated." As an example, Dr. Roberts points to the stock market. Dr. Roberts contends, "We have a stock market at all-time highs, and where is the economy? There's not one. There's no recovery." Dr. Roberts goes on to say, "53% of Americans earn less than $30,000 per year. Well, the poverty rate for a family of four is something like $24,000. . . . If there is no income to drive the economy and there is no credit expansion to drive the economy, then how does it go anywhere? You can't possibly have a recovery." Read More

01.08.14- Six Reasons Why The Government Is Destroying The Dollar
Daniel R. Amerman, CFA

The United States government has six interrelated motivations for destroying the value of the dollar:

  1. Creating money out of thin air on a massive basis is all that stands between the current state of hidden depression, and overt depression with unemployment levels potentially rivaling those seen in the Great Depression of the 1930s.

  2. It is the most effective way to not just pay down current crushing debt levels using devalued dollars, but also to deal with the rapidly approaching massive generational crisis of paying for Boomer retirement promises.

  3. It creates a lucratively profitable $500 billion a year hidden tax for the benefit of the US government — a tax which is not understood by voters or debated in elections. Read More

01.07.14- Forecast 2014 - Burning Down the House
James Howard Kunstler

Many of us in the Long Emergency crowd and like-minded brother-and-sisterhoods remain perplexed by the amazing stasis in our national life, despite the gathering tsunami of forces arrayed to rock our economy, our culture, and our politics. Nothing has yielded to these forces already in motion, so far. Nothing changes, nothing gives, yet. It's like being buried alive in Jell-O. It's embarrassing to appear so out-of-tune with the consensus, but we persevere like good soldiers in a just war.

Paper and digital markets levitate, central banks pull out all the stops of their magical reality-tweaking machine to manipulate everything, accounting fraud pervades public and private enterprise, everything is mis-priced, all official statistics are lies of one kind or another, the regulating authorities sit on their hands, lost in raptures of online pornography (or dreams of future employment at Goldman Sachs). Read More

01.06.14- Have Americans Lost ALL of Our Constitutional Rights?
WashingtonsBlog

This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right.

The1st Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly and the press:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Read More

01.04.14- Obama To Americans: You Don't Deserve To Be Free
Harry Binswanger

President Obama's Kansas speech is a amazing document. In considering for more govt controls, more taxes, more collectivism, he has two paragraphs that give the show away. Take a look at them.

"there is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let's respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. "The market will take care of everything," they tell us. If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes–especially for the wealthy–our economy will grow stronger. Sure, they say, there will be winners and losers. But if the winners do really well, then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. And, they argue, even if prosperity doesn't trickle down, well, that's the price of liberty. Read More

01.03.14- 2013 – The Year of JPMorgan
Ted Butler

Probably owing to the dramatic decline in the price of gold and silver, I've read scores of year end metal reviews, more than I have ever read previously. Like most of you, I read in order to learn. Therefore, I approach every year end review and outlook with an eye towards understanding just what caused the prices of silver and gold to decline as much as they have and what that portends for the New Year.

I know I look at silver and gold differently than most commentators and what follows I haven't seen elsewhere, for better or worse. Let me assure you that I'm not trying to be different for the sake of being different; my objective is to understand what really moves the price of silver and gold – no more, no less. I'm not interested in making up stories that can't be verified or documented; I would not put my name on anything that I did not believe to be factual and accurate. Read More

01.02.14- Violence In The Face Of Tyranny Is Often Necessary
Brandon Smith

It was the winter of 1939, only a few months earlier the Soviet Union and Hitler's Third Reich had signed a partially secret accord known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact; essentially a non-aggression treaty which divided Europe down the middle between the fascists and the communists. Hitler would take the West, and Stalin would take the East. Stalin's war machine had already steamrolled into Latvia. Lithuania, and Estonia. The soviets used unprecedented social and political purges, rigged elections, and genocide, while the rest of the world was distracted by the Nazi blitzkrieg in Poland. In the midst of this mechanized power grab was the relatively tiny nation of Finland, which had been apportioned to the communists. Read More

01.01.14- Paradise Lost
Johnny Silver Bear

(Editors Note: One of the perks of editing "the Bear" allows me to post my own rants. I originally published Paradise Lost in January, 2005. At the time Alan Greenspan was the FED Chairman. I have taken the artistic license to update the illustration with Ben Bernanke's likeness, although Greenspan was primarily responsible for getting us into this mess (economically). Consequently, Ben Shalom Bernanke, a faux academic from the "white shoe boys club", is in the proverbial "drivers seat" now (although he gets his marching orders from his banking family masters). The results of the perverse machinations of these power-mad bozos is beginning to show up in North Africa and the Middle East. It is easy to see how it will turn out. The travesty is that the sheeple have put up little to no resistance to the wholesale destruction of their standards of life. - JSB)

I often feel faced with a dilemma akin to telling someone it's raining, and have them not only refuse to believe me, but to also refuse to walk outside. Read More

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