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The Smoke of ZIRP and the Mirrors of QE…
May 31, 2013
The front pages of yesterday's newspapers were full of good news. A strong rebound in real estate prices, they said, meant a full recovery was in the bag. From Reuters: Home prices accelerated by the most in nearly seven years in March as the spring buying seas ...
Why Disinformation Works
May 31, 2013
Have you ever wondered how the government's misinformation gains traction? What I have noticed is that whenever a stunning episode occurs, such as 9/11 or the Boston Marathon bombing, most everyone whether on the right or left goes along with the government's e ...
Understanding Gold Market Dynamics
May 30, 2013
To an extent that reveals a thorough misunderstanding of the market forces, the financial media has failed to consider the different motivations and beliefs that drive the different types of investors who are active in the gold market. By treating the gold mark ...
The Red Button
May 30, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "The Red Button." Here's a bit of the transcript: "The moral of the story is: Never have an epiphany in the middle of a speech. "I had been asked by a friend to speak to a group called Spiritual Fro ...
The Case for Freedom and Free Markets in the Writings of Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek and Ayn Rand
May 29, 2013
Three names are widely associated with the cause of human freedom and economic liberty in the 20th century: Friedrich A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Ayn Rand. Indeed, it can be argued that Hayek's The Road to Serfdom (1944) and The Constitution of Liberty (1960 ...
My 'I Told You So' World
May 29, 2013
All of us who have long concluded that big government - which is to say, government with wide, nearly unlimited scope of power over the population it is supposed to serve - is a menace, no better than a gang of embezzlers and extortionists, can shout out "I tol ...
'Common Core' Nationalizes and Dumbs Down Public School Curriculum
May 27, 2013
In addition to shredding civil liberties, launching a utopian global war for democracy, and going on a spending spree that would make LBJ blush, the so-called "conservative" Bush administration dramatically increased federal control over education via the "No C ...
Internet Forces Global Warming into Retreat?
May 25, 2013
Principia-Scientific.org is a site aimed at restoring legitimate scientific principles to the world. On its front page you'll find exposes of the "fossil fuel" fraud (we've written a lot about that) and, of course, global warming, among other rebuttals of "domi ...
The Biggest Loser Wins
May 24, 2013
While the world's economies jockey one another for the lead in the currency devaluation derby, it's worth considering the value of the prize they are seeking. They believe a weak currency opens the door to trade dominance, by allowing manufacturers to undercut ...
Moral Bias at The New York Times
May 22, 2013
The headline said it all: "Confusion and Staff Troubles Rife at I.R.S. Office in Ohio." No mention of mendacity, of evil, of meanness, of vice. Nada. For liberals, their own pals are never morally amiss. They may make mistakes, be confused and have troubles. Bu ...
Make Way for the Killers & the Great Tax Haven Roundup
May 21, 2013
There are no scandals in Washington. There is simply a turnover. We are preparing for an escalation of the global financial war. The old team are simply being told to step aside. Make way for the killers. When G-7 concluded their emergency meeting in London las ...
Washington Signals Dollar Deep Concerns
May 21, 2013
Over the past month there has been a statistically improbable concurrence of events that can only be explained as a conspiracy to protect the dollar from the Federal Reserve's policy of Quantitative Easing (QE). Quantitative Easing is the term given to the Fede ...
The IRS's Job Is to Violate Our Liberties
May 20, 2013
"What do you expect when you target the President?" This is what an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent allegedly said to the head of a conservative organization that was being audited after calling for the impeachment of then-President Clinton. Recent revelat ...
The IRS Scandal and 'Moving Toward the Fuhrer'
May 20, 2013
Listening to the White House on the Benghazi attack, the IRS scandal on targeting conservative groups and the Justice Department's snooping into AP reporters' emails, we can reasonably ask of another President of the United States: What did he not know, and whe ...
Scandal: And They Shall Eat Their Own …
May 18, 2013
And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness ... – King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) Commentator Peggy Noonan has written a Wall Street J ...
What TARP Boss Neil Barofsky Told Me Yesterday Should Shock You
May 17, 2013
The financial news is getting boring. The Dow goes only one way – up. But gold fell below $1,400 per ounce yesterday. Rather than trying to figure it out, yesterday evening we drove down to Zombietown. A friend in Washington had promised to introduce us to Ne ...
Gangster State America
May 17, 2013
There are many signs of gangster state America. One is the collusion between federal authorities and banksters in a criminal conspiracy to rig the markets for gold and silver. My explanation that the sudden appearance of an unprecedented 400 ton short sale of g ...
Moving the Money
May 16, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "Moving the Money." Here's a bit of the transcript: "During the '90s I had an investment bank in Washington, Hamilton Securities, and we were developing software tools and financial vehicles that wo ...
Back to Basics, Please
May 15, 2013
In today's climate of political theatrics it isn't very easy to figure out where right stands versus wrong. As Ron Paul points out at The Daily Bell, the Benghazi fiasco pretty much amounts to an illustration of the folly of the American government's unending i ...
The Federal Reserve's 'Exit Strategy' is Just More Monetary Manipulation
May 14, 2013
The recent media reports that the Federal Reserve has devised an "exit strategy" to reverse their nearly $3 trillion increase of the money supply over the last several years shows that the monetary central planners remain wedded to the philosophy of "fine-tunin ...
What No One Wants to Hear About Benghazi
May 13, 2013
Congressional hearings, White House damage control, endless op-eds, accusations and defensive denials. Controversy over the events in Benghazi last September took center stage in Washington and elsewhere last week. However, the whole discussion is again more of ...
IRS Scandal: What Does the US Congress Expect?
May 11, 2013
Scandal. The IRS has been targeting US constitutionalists for further scrutiny by tagging certain names. This is a big deal. Unlike other IRS problems throughout the years, this one features not just individual "enemies" but also a broad cross section of US cit ...
Symptoms Don't Lie
May 11, 2013
A good doctor will not simply make a diagnosis based on measurements. The symptoms and complaints expressed by the patient are at least as important in making a determination as the data provided by diagnostic tools. When the data says one thing and the symptom ...
Karl Marx, the Once 'Anti-Communist,' Who Brought Socialist Ruin to the World
May 09, 2013
Karl Marx was born on May 5, 1818 in the German Rhineland town of Trier, and died on March 14, 1883 in London. It is worth recalling, also, that there was a time when Marx was an anti-communist. It is said that by its fruit you will know the tree. The last one ...
The Blue Light
May 09, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "The Blue Light." Here's a bit of the transcript: "As you know, I was in litigation for approximately 11 years and it was all civil litigation relating to my company. In the beginning we went throug ...
More Environmentalist Confusions
May 08, 2013
The New York Observer reported in its April 15, 2013, issue (B 1) that Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming up with Christie's in New York City to hold a "major philanthropic auction." I am not interested in the details, which appear to me a kind of kiss-up to fellow c ...
Germany Under Pressure to Create Money
May 08, 2013
Currently, central banks around the world are walking in lock step down a dangerous path of money creation. Led by the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan, economic policy is driven by the idea that printed money can be the true basis of growth. The result is ...
The Greatest Lie the Fed Ever Told
May 07, 2013
Public life bumbles along under a combination of false pretenses and self-imposed delusions. At the start of last week, it was widely reported that US central bankers had gone as far as they were willing to go. There were voices in the Fed, said the news, urgin ...
Federal Reserve Blows More Bubbles
May 06, 2013
Last week at its regular policy-setting meeting, the Federal Reserve announced it would double down on the policies that have failed to produce anything but a stagnant economy. It was a disappointing, but not surprising, move. The Fed affirmed that it is prepar ...
The Financial Press: A Disinformation Machine
May 06, 2013
Dave Kranzler of Golden Returns Capital declares the April payroll jobs report that was released on May 3 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be "fictitious." Statistician John Williams (shadowstats.com) says both the jobs report and unemployment rate are "non ...
Nigel Farage and His UKIP Party Win Big in Britain Once More
May 04, 2013
Big news. Drudge is featuring the news prominently – and it is certainly noteworthy. It looks like British voters are going to have a choice once more. Bully for them. Picking between Labour and the Tories over the past decades (post-Thatcher) has probably be ...
The Great Gold Redemption
May 03, 2013
The most puzzling part of the investment business is seeing how the vast and largely economically illiterate masses interpret any given piece of news. Take the recent gold selloff: many large players were motivated to sell by news that Cyprus will have to liqui ...
The Power of Local
May 02, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "The Power of Local." Here's a bit of the transcript: "I always say that my neighborhood or my county is the molecule, if the body's made up of molecules, and to understand the body we need to under ...
Government Regulations Revisited
May 01, 2013
You might not think it considering my relentless concerns about the growing power of government, but I am not a pessimist. There are many areas of life where liberty is making advances - e.g., gays are no longer being so persistently harassed by government and ...
Another Nail in the Neocon Coffin
May 01, 2013
The recent opening of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity was a watershed moment in American history. There has never been anything quite like it. Ideologically diverse, the Ron Paul Institute reaches out to all Americans, and indeed to people all o ...
Liberty Was Also Attacked in Boston
April 29, 2013
Forced lockdown of a city. Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down. These ...
Recovery for the 7 Percent
April 29, 2013
"From the end of the recession in 2009 through 2011 (the last year for which Census Bureau wealth data are available), the 8 million households in the U.S. with a net worth above $836,033 saw their aggregate wealth rise by an estimated $5.6 trillion, while the ...
The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever – and the VESTS Solution
April 27, 2013
Uber financial investigative journalist Matt Taibbi has discovered what we too realized when we began to scrutinize the financial industry. In his latest article, he writes, "Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever." The article's cut line i ...
Changing the Conversation
April 27, 2013
Don Draper, Mad Men's master advertiser likes to say "when you don't like what they are saying, change the conversation." When it comes to the current economic weakness, which was confirmed again today by the release of lower than expected GDP data, Washington ...
How to Get the US Economy Going Again
April 26, 2013
I am reading a great deal of alarming information regarding impending economic collapse in the US. I feel sure that most of the predictions I read are based on facts, and ought to scare the living daylights out of all readers. What I fail to see is an explanati ...
Trusted Sources
April 25, 2013
This week's Solari Story from Catherine Austin Fitts is titled "Trusted Sources." Here's a bit of the transcript: "The first place you should go for good, trustworthy information is to yourself. What I find is most people have very good intuition if they will u ...
Public Choice Theory is Overlooked
April 24, 2013
Whenever public officials promise to manage affairs of state, I am baffled how they fail to pay heed to public choice theory. This is the idea for which the late, great James Buchanan, earned his Nobel Prize (an idea he developed with his friend and colleague G ...
The Recovery That Never Happened
April 23, 2013
Gold seemed to be stabilizing at the end of last week. Commodities remained weak. Steel has fallen 31% this year. Brent crude is off 17% since early February. And copper is down 15%. Copper is the metal you need to make almost anything – houses, cars, electro ...
Congress Exploits Our Fears to Take Our Liberty
April 22, 2013
This week, as Americans were horrified by the attacks in Boston, both houses of Congress considered legislation undermining our liberty in the name of "safety." Gun control continued to be the focus of the Senate, where an amendment expanding federal "backgroun ...
Japan Steps into the Void
April 22, 2013
In the years following the global financial crisis, economists and investors have gotten very comfortable with very high, and seemingly persistent, government debt. The nonchalance may be underpinned by the assumption that globally significant countries that ca ...
Rand Is the Man To Enhance the GOP Base
April 22, 2013
"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15." – Ronald Reagan Romney lost the 2012 elections not only because he was a poor candidate choice for the GOP but more importantly because the Republican lead ...
US 'Decline' Ending or Just Beginning?
April 20, 2013
Global analyst Ian Bremmer has written a provocative new editorial posted at Reuters.com on "the end of the American Decline." We've commented on some of Bremmer's ideas before because he's a youthful "big thinker" who has received a lot of publicity for severa ...
Who Said the Hydra Would Take It Lying Down
April 19, 2013
... while its several heads were being chopped off one-by-one? I have never appealed to the so-called conspiracy theories in trying to explain the strange world of fluctuations in the price of monetary metals. But neither have I ever said that the fiat-money Hy ...
4-12 PSYOPS
April 18, 2013
On the website wikipedia.org, under PSYOPS, the abbreviation used for "Psychological Operations" in government circles, we find: "PSYOPS [....] Various techniques are used, by any set of groups, and aimed to influence a target audience's value systems, belief s ...
The Corruption of Individual Rights
April 17, 2013
Whenever a good idea surfaces, there will surely be many who will try to hitch their wagon to it filled with corrupt versions that aim to serve numerous purposes having little to do with the original good idea. One example is the idea of individual natural huma ...
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