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Surveys Show Shocking Level of American Government 'Hatred'
February 9, 2016     
The article above believes we have questions about the vote in New Hampshire. We don't. In fact, judging from some recent reporting it seems as if lots of Americans have very few questions at this point. Mostly because they are disgusted. What's the evidence? Well ...
War and Economic Depression Molding Modern Times - Are You Prepared?
February 8, 2016     
According to various reports, London is becoming the center of private militia activity. Mercenaries and weapons are flooding into a city that increasingly offers private military employment as well as involvement with black-market activities. The implication is that ...
Thirteen Years Ago My Life Changed Forever
February 5, 2016     
February 5, 2016, Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile. Thirteen years ago my life changed forever. Colin Powell, then US Secretary of State and the most credible person in George W. Bush's cabinet, made the case for war in Iraq on February 5, 2003. As a young military ...
Central Bank Soap Opera Hides Financial Globalization
February 5, 2016     
Blame it on the dollar! The Federal Reserve hiked a tiny bit and markets around the world plunged. This is the big story that implies the further loss of Fed credibility. But there is an even bigger one that we'll discuss at the end of this article. Let's continue ...
TPP Deal Just Signed: Paves Way for Authoritarian Technocracy
February 4, 2016     
Beware TPP. It's nothing more than the further formalization of the worst part of the 20th century: The warfare/welfare state. It's just been signed in New Zealand by the 12 negotiating parties and now US President Barack Obama is pressuring Congress to get it passed ...
Internet In an Uproar Over Trademark Regulation as Fine Brothers Surrender
February 3, 2016     
We're not pundits but we don't agree with the above statement from Forbes in an article written back in late 2013 and entitled, "Intellectual Property Rights Matter." They matter, all right, like a punch in the nose or a smack in the head. We'll explain in a moment, ...
African Cashlessness – Not Just a European Threat
February 2, 2016     
Across the world there is a war being waged against cash. Driven in part by increasingly bankrupt banks – some of which are quasi-governmental themselves – governments are thinking of ways to extract the last dollar from their taxpayers. Of course, in order to swell ...
Meme Machine: Fed Idiocy Goes Unremarked
February 1, 2016     
If you raised prices on a particular item and caused its entire market to collapse, you'd probably be fired. But that is not what's happening to Janet Yellen. Instead, we're exposed to articles like this one in the Financial Times that go on and on – presumably with ...
Impact of Federal Corruption On the Body Politic
February 1, 2016     
The swirling e-mail crisis enveloping Hillary Clinton and her campaign takes another turn with this accusation by Howard Krongard. Another is that President Barack Obama sent e-mails to Hillary using her private e-mail address supported by her secret server. These ...
Real Reason For Japan's Negative Interest Rates?
January 29, 2016     
If someone gives you money for something, he is providing you with compensation that has value. Presumably if you hold this "money" it shouldn't depreciate because of this value. This is just common sense. Wampum didn't devalue that we know of. Even the huge stone ...
Autism-Vaccine Controversy Continues With Data Coverup
January 29, 2016     
The above excerpt from Dr. Brownstein's blog focuses on an inquiry into contaminated water in Flint. But in subsequent paragraphs, Dr. Brownstein makes the point that Congress is a good deal more eager to investigate lead contamination than a link between autism and ...
What Wall Street Leaves Out
January 28, 2016     
This is a timely article because it reminds us that in an unraveling market much of the normal Wall Street dialogue is invalidated. Index funds are part of that larger dialogue, as is modern portfolio theory, asset allocation and asset-class allocation. When you ...
Mathematical Aberration of Conspiracists
January 28, 2016     
Another day, another attempt in the mainstream media to figure out why people persist in discussing elite-centric conspiracy theories. We previously reported on a speculation that people believe in conspiracy theories because it is part of a survival instinct. That ...
Waiting to Buy
January 27, 2016     
So if the US is not headed back into a recession, this is a buying opportunity. It's a pretty grim one, which supposedly makes it a good one. That's the perspective of Jonathan Golub who works for RBC. And recently the views of the RBC strategist hit the headlines ...
Advance of the Cashless Meme?
January 27, 2016     
We've pointed out a number of times recently that the cashless meme seems to be advancing apace. In fact, in our view, the drum-roll of incandescent financial disasters clogging the front pages of major media channels can increasingly be linked to "cashlessness." The ...
Track the Fed's Unraveling
January 26, 2016     
Here's an analysis by The Hill that is half right. The part that is wrong we'll mention later in this analysis. The part that is right we'll discuss now. The Hill is not exactly a muckraking publication but in this exposé it provides us with a good history lesson. In ...
Bamboozlement of Bank Runs as World Goes Cashless
January 25, 2016     
Headlines are not shying away from Italy's banking insolvency, which is forecast to overtake all of Europe sooner or later and then, like Superman, to "go beyond." Any time the mainstream media focuses on an issue with some directness we know it is something that ...
False Flag Infestation?
January 25, 2016     
It is becoming abundantly clear that in the early 21st century anyway, the world is probably being run by false flags. This may sound like a radical thing to say but in this Internet era so much has already been admitted. There was Operation Paperclip that ...
The 'Madness' of Central Bankers
January 22, 2016     
We can see from the above excerpt that Laurence Fink sees the current sell off as simply a cyclical event, the turning of the business cycle. The interview took place a week ago, but doubtless his sentiments remain the same. This is not a man who will change his mind ...
The Deep State and Its Memes
January 22, 2016     
We've watched Leonardo DiCaprio's career with a kind of awe. The man has an innate sense of what constitutes an elite dominant social theme and is abundantly enthusiastic about reflecting them on the Big Screen. We first became aware of his predilection this regard ...
How Economic Disinformation Works: A Modest Case Study
January 21, 2016     
Let us recall how long ago we were misled and what techniques were used. This Guardian article provides us with a proverbial "teachable moment." In broadest terms, the article, like others of its type, is written to engage our emotions and excite our fears. Then, ...
Laws Do Not Make Us Free and Neither Do Whistleblowers
January 21, 2016     
Politics is a truly brutal sport. Most of the time when people change their opinion of something, the ramifications are not life-threatening. But when a prominent politician does it, he can end up demanding that someone forfeit his very existence. This is the case ...
Independence Matters?
January 20, 2016     
This article, appearing in Nigeria's biggest newspaper, is by Professor Moghalu, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. When we read part of his bio, we were about to write that individuals in countries perceived as "developing" often are the most ...
Comes an 'Ethical Fish'
January 20, 2016     
TheEcologist.com is the big fish of the "green" movement, which grew out of the organization's early activism and writings. Now transferred to the web, The Ecologist magazine is taking on a new challenge, which is to create "a movement for ethical fish," that will ...
Annals of Disaster: Will Congress Print and Spend Directly?
January 19, 2016     
Our old friend Ellen Brown has just released a triumphant article, excerpted above, that celebrates Congress's decision to extract funds directly from the Federal Reserve and its member banks. Readers familiar with The Daily Bell will know that we have tracked this ...
Reconciling Oneself With the Direction of the US
January 19, 2016     
GOP warmongering is increasingly a problem from a civil society standpoint. With Ron Paul out of the race and officially retired, lofting the banner of military non-interference abroad fell to his son, Rand Paul. Rand has done his best, though he has differences with ...
Did the Good Times Even Exist?
January 18, 2016     
There's a difference between being optimistic and unrealistic. This article, above, seems a tad unrealistic. However, we have to consider the source. The Wall Street Journal is not apt to be overly negative about Wall Street or its main business of stock trading ... ...
Celebrity Versus Literacy – You Decide
January 18, 2016     
We do not wish to speak ill of the dead but David Bowie's passing does allow us an opportunity to pause and examine popular culture. This UK Telegraph article does what most journalism does, which is accept the values of popular culture at face value. From the ...
Stagflation Cometh: Gold, Too?
January 15, 2016     
This article raises an important point, though in order to follow through on the ramifications we present another article farther down. The point this article makes is that even if price inflation becomes more prevalent, Yellen and the Fed may choose to forego ...
Rise of Constitutional Realities
January 15, 2016     
Much has been made of President Barack Obama's speech in early January on gun control. The mainstream media consensus is that the president probably connected in this speech in a way that he hasn't in previous speeches. In fact, the Washington Post carried an AP ...
Cash Confiscation, Wave of the Future
January 14, 2016     
The federal government is at it again, demanding that private industry compromise the privacy of clients because the state is wary of possibility of criminal acts. Here's how the Financial Times puts it: "The Treasury issued orders on Wednesday requiring US title ...
The Afghan War's Biggest Divide
January 14, 2016     
This is an article of the sort that the British mainstream media is peculiarly skilled at producing. These sorts of articles tie together a "just war" with progress being made in various sociopolitical and economic spheres. The BBC is perhaps the most skilled of all ...
Audit the Fed Legislation Sinks: Plan Accordingly
January 13, 2016     
Audit the Fed, in which so many had invested so much hope, is no more, at least for now. Rand Paul and Ron Paul, the dynamic duo of anti-Fed forces, invested a lot of time and money trying to get that legislation passed. But even if it reached Barack Obama's desk, it ...
Saudi Arabia: The Meme Expands
January 13, 2016     
If you have followed The Daily Bell regularly, you are perhaps asking yourself again, how did they know? That's because you are aware of articles in these pages for perhaps the past year or more maintaining that London and DC wanted to dump the House of Saud. At the ...
Delusions of Welfare
January 12, 2016     
There are numerous delusions associated with state welfare. Here, we will discuss two of the main ones. Our thanks to economist Gary North for a recent article that clarified our understanding. Begin with this letter to the editor. It makes certain perfectly logical ...
Hillarygate: The Empire Strikes Back
January 12, 2016     
We sense history in the making here. The Clintons have been a virtually unstoppable force for so long that it is difficult to believe Hillary will end up anywhere but in the White House. But there are increasing reasons to believe that she will not. These reasons are ...
Fed: Belittled But Brave
January 11, 2016     
This article from the Irish Independent is upbeat about the US economy and the Fed's role as well. What comes across clearly is that the Fed has gambled and won, raising interest rates at a time when the US economy is clearly resurgent. Here's more: "With the Fed ...
Obama Presidency: Sputtering Light on a Hill?
January 11, 2016     
This is an extraordinary article, comprehensive and ambitious. It seems to leave no part of Obama's public life unexamined. But one doesn't have to read the whole article to find out US News's verdict: Obama was NOT a transformational president. However, the article ...
Why Have No Bankers Gone to Jail?
January 8, 2016     
One long-running financial meme of the mainstream media poses the question, why haven't bankers gone to jail for helping to create the subprime crisis and subsequent Great Recession? Back in 2013, it looked like that question would be answered by action when Benjamin ...
The China Syndrome
January 7, 2016     
Oh, don't look, don't look at all! Just close your eyes and tap your heels together three times … That's what some of the coverage of China's market failures reminds us of. Magical thinking. We've been reporting on the hollowness of the Chinese Miracle for years. It ...
The Truth Has Consequences When Elites Lose Control
January 7, 2016     
This article by a man who is the Telegraph's chief military correspondent, and thus makes a living warmongering, runs counter to the world's increasing disgust with the bloody Saud regime. This disgust has further manifested itself since the latest House of Saud ...
Whither the Market in an Era of Rate Hikes?
January 6, 2016     
The Baltic Dry Index has received a lot of coverage because it tracks shipping activity worldwide – and it has never been lower. Nobody is shipping much of anything, it seems. For this reason, Tavares's analysis of US rail transportation may have received more ...
Real Reason for Gun Control
January 6, 2016     
The story is all over the news. More gun control. This time, Barack Obama is initiating it via executive orders. Let's examine reasons this argument in the US over gun control is continually evolving amidst a good deal of vitriol and media noise. Then let's suggests ...
The Cross Border Meme
January 5, 2016     
A borderless Europe is no more, we learn from AP. Of course, there is a solution to this as well – and three clues give us a sense of what that is. But let us examine the article first, as it builds a logical argument. It is "terrorism" that has killed Open Europe; ...
Further Evidence of Saudi Strategic Difficulties
January 5, 2016     
For several years now, we've suggested that those who steer the world's monetary system are gradually attempting to remove the dollar reserve. The idea is to humble king dollar in order to create a basket of dominant currencies that can serve as the foundation for a ...
Preparing for the Great Unwind
January 4, 2016     
The great debate has started and will continue to keep us focused on the Fed until the next move. We will be reminded over and over again of the phony importance of one or two "power players" in determining the fate of the largest economy in the world. The potential ...
Ron Paul: Begin With Uncompromising Purity
January 4, 2016     
TIME magazine informs us that a certain level of civilized moderation is necessary to promote and maintain civil society. On the other hand, we are probably not supposed to ask why the West is in such lousy shape when its leaders are winning so many "Teddy Awards." ...
ROI!
January 1, 2016     
In this analysis we'll cover a predictable stock market meme and then provide an alternative media examination that makes more sense to us. We'll draw a conclusion from it – a famous one. Begin, however, with this CNN article. What could be more predictable in the ...
The West's Long War
January 1, 2016     
The meme of the long war is in full swing. In fact, the idea is not to mention the length of the war, only the steps taken to ameliorate it. The BBC is doing its best to advance this perspective. This strategy and that strategy certainly provide indications of ...
Dueling Predictions: Patrick Buchanan Versus the Mirror
December 31, 2015     
We are sure over the next few days that the media will be filled with clamorous predictions of doom and gloom. But like this Mirror article, we will also be exposed to solutions, mostly featuring the very largest technocratic efforts. All the paraphernalia of the ...
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