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Events in Mexico and US Give Rise to a Momentous Question
November 24, 2014
Two momentous events are taking place in the Americas. One is the ongoing implementation of a US-government inspired "immigration overhaul." The other is continued and expansive unrest in Mexico. The BBC, watching the immigration tumult unfold from across the " ...
Internet Reformation Sparks UK Parliamentary Money-Debate
November 21, 2014
So the British Parliament is meeting to discuss "Money Creation and Society," a scenario that can give rise to numerous different imaginary interactions, many of them potentially amusing. In fact, we don't believe most MPs understand the monetary regime under w ...
Squeaking of the Swiss National Bank: 'No Gold for Us!'
November 21, 2014
Gone is the almost disparaging confidence of Swiss bankers and others when it comes to this anti-fiat referendum that could basically force the Swiss National Bank to back at least 20 percent of assets with gold. Only months and even weeks ago they were almost ...
Globalism – What Good Is It?
November 20, 2014
Such articles as the one excerpted above on globalization seem dishonest to us. The article deems globalization an unmitigated good but makes no distinction between the globalization of governance and the globalization of the marketplace. Nothing wrong with mar ...
Wal-Mart to Offer Healthier Food: Prepare for Confusion
November 20, 2014
The "healthy food" meme keeps growing because it's a profitable one. But like many other things in the modern mercantilist environment, it's not entirely what it seems. We'll try to draw a distinction in this article that will allow us to examine this trend and ...
Japan's Real Warning to the World
November 19, 2014
This is an odd editorial because it seems to rewrite history. We thought "Abenomics" was supposed to be a bold experiment to revitalize the Japanese economy. But now it seems Shinzo Abe hasn't gotten it right after all. This Bloomberg editorial seems to skip ov ...
More Evidence of the Lucrative Cannabis Surge
November 19, 2014
Once again we have a lengthy article on the probability of legalization of cannabis in an important US region, in this case the District of Colombia. And where is the article appearing? In the establishment's favorite political newspaper, the Washington Post. A ...
Party On: Reuters Predicts a Stock Market 'Melt Up' That May Last Years
November 18, 2014
We've been writing about the Wall Street Party for at least a year now, and our track record has been fairly accurate. We've pointed out this market is an entirely manipulated one and that all the manipulation runs to the "up" side. This Reuters editorial makes ...
Sanctions Drive Russia into Gold's Embrace?
November 18, 2014
Here's irony ... The West is driving Russia into the arms of the much despised (by bankers anyway) yellow metal. Vladimir Putin realizes the ruble is under attack and apparently his plan is to bolster it with gold. Which begs the question: Did the US and EU off ...
Protect Your Assets Against G-20 Meetings
November 17, 2014
The global economy apparently still isn't healthy so the G-20 is implementing a rescue. From the standpoint of free-market analysis, this sort of rescue is nothing more than a waste of US$2 trillion. In fact, one could argue that the regulatory, fiscal and mone ...
Keystone Pipeline or NA Union Redux?
November 17, 2014
The Daily Beast is puzzled about why the Keystone Pipeline remains a viable political and industrial project when nothing much adds up about it; there is, in fact, little about its construction that fulfills the promise of its supporters. Like so many large, mo ...
Buyer Beware: The EU Plots US-Style Capital Markets
November 14, 2014
The continuing merger of Europe's nation-states grinds along, as we read in this report, excerpted above. It may be a non-starter and thus further evidence of EU dysfunction. But it will be pursued nonetheless because it promises further centralization of power ...
Cannabis Industry Begins to Attract Institutional Interest
November 14, 2014
With so much going on in the fledgling cannabis industry it's difficult to know where to look next. But one of the big trends just getting underway surely has to do with growing institutional interest in the marijuana market. This is a predictable evolution of ...
Shock: Mendocino County Declares its Independence from Fedgov
November 13, 2014
This is an interesting development. Mendocino County's declaration of self-determination and self-governance fits in with the idea of the Internet Reformation we regularly mention. We've predicted that access to the information widely available on the Internet ...
Cannabis in Colombia: First, Regulating Medical Applications
November 13, 2014
It looks like medical cannabis is coming to Colombia – legally. This is ironic given the drugs wars that have been fought there and the country-wide convulsions that have resulted. The Colombia evolution certainly parallels that of other countries that have t ...
Can the Downward Spiral of Regulatory Democracy Be Reversed?
November 12, 2014
There has been a spate of "good governance" stories posted on the mainstream media in the past week or so and we've commented on some them. This is another one, excerpted above: Along with the others it certainly constitutes an ongoing meme regarding the credib ...
Is the Cycle of the Golden Bull Suspended or Severed?
November 12, 2014
This is news that can be seen two ways. Looked at from a negative standpoint, the steady stream of bad news about gold continues to hike the dollar against gold. But from a positive perspective, the lower the price of gold goes against the dollar the less of it ...
Bail-Ins: Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic?
November 11, 2014
We've read this article a few times and the reader responses, as well. From what we can tell, BOE's Mark Carney is determined to shift the burden of bank bailouts to creditors, including those who are in common parlance bank "customers." On the surface one coul ...
Secession Analysis: Trend Expands With Catalonian Vote for Independence
November 11, 2014
Bloomberg's "editors" have concluded – predictably – that Catalonia ought not to secede. In fact, this worldwide news agency never met a secession movement it couldn't criticize or a further agglomeration of nation-states that it couldn't find some reason t ...
US Midterms: Suppressing Aspirations of Republicanism Does Not Eliminate Them
November 10, 2014
The great destroyer of freedom in the US is the "politics of compromise." And this is the meme now in play since the Republican mid-term victory. The mainstream media and its allied interests have cast the victory as one for "moderates" that repudiated Tea Part ...
Look to the Alternative Media for the Future of Cannabis
November 10, 2014
Now comes The Economist magazine to predict what we mentioned numerous times months ago ... that eventually the cannabis industry will consolidate. What is interesting about this in retrospect is that it's a meme. Corporations, as we've pointed out numerous tim ...
What Are the Eurocrats Contemplating Now?
November 07, 2014
Jeremy Warner, assistant editor of the UK Telegraph, has written a strong condemnation of austerity politics. Good for him. In fact, as we can see, the article's lead actually claims the City's sentiments are anti-ECB. That's an enormous statement to make. We'l ...
Mike Bloomberg's Technocratic Agenda
November 07, 2014
Somehow Michael Bloomberg has taken yet another repudiation of the US sociopolitical system and turned it into an endorsement. Reports indicate that the turnout for midterm elections in the US was fairly abysmal and follows a pattern of continual voter disengag ...
An Important Evolution in the New Political Reality
November 06, 2014
Republicans have gained control in the US House and Senate. From our perspective, only one thing will change: The level of frustration will continue to climb. This is important to understand because it has numerous implications for US sociopolitical and economi ...
Post Election, The Fed's REAL Worry
November 06, 2014
Is the Fed worried about losing its independence? Probably not, certainly not in the near term, even though this Bloomberg article makes the case that Fed officials are concerned nonetheless. But the article buries the lead. It gives away the Fed's REAL concern ...
Current US Elections Place the Fed Under More Pressure
November 05, 2014
This is an interesting article to analyze from the standpoint of elite memes because it produces so many of them. In fact, nothing brings out spurious justifications of the monetary system like attacks on the Fed, potential or realistic. The mainstream media ca ...
Cannabis: The Coming Legal Storm Against Prohibition
November 05, 2014
Free-Market Analysis: We've been predicting this for a while. Once cannabis decriminalization and legalization became a trend, the entire underpinnings of this questionable enterprise would begin to unravel. It should be evident to anyone who seriously studies ...
QE: An Ending That Isn't
November 04, 2014
We agree with parts of this Telegraph article, but not all of it. And yet ... to some degree we are quibbling. This is a startling and compelling analysis, considering it is appearing in the mainstream media. It is both startling and compelling because it focus ...
Economist Magazine Takes on Capitalism … And Whiffs
November 04, 2014
The Economist has just published a review of an interesting-sounding book entitled The Cambridge History of Capitalism, edited by Larry Neal and Jeffrey Williamson (Cambridge University Press, 1,400 pages, £150.) The magazine's review provides us a cogent summ ...
Markets Still Aim for the Sky … But for How Long?
November 03, 2014
This article makes the point that the Federal Reserve has kept rates so low for so long that at some point rates will have to rise very fast and very hard. This is congruent with our position that what we call the Wall Street Party may continue until the last d ...
Is the Media Purposefully Creating Tension Between the State and Its Citizens?
November 03, 2014
The Washington Post assigned numerous journalists to this story, which doesn't seem to have turned up much, but perhaps that's just the point. We don't recall seeing regular stories about FBI malfeasance in the major media. Sure, a squib here and there but not ...
China's Bigness Has Little to Do With Growth – Or Its Demise
October 31, 2014
Mainstream economists have finally discovered what we here at The Daily Bell have been predicting for about four years anyway, that Chinese growth is surely unsustainable. Now our favorite new mainstream media columnist, Bloomberg's Noah Smith, has written an a ...
Ephemeral Explanations Drive Gold's Reality
October 31, 2014
We cover gold closely week to week and are ever more astonished at mainstream media reasons given for the travel of the dollar against gold. For one thing, gold is priced in dollars and while it may seem to be the most natural thing in the world to write "the p ...
QE: The Fed Acts Decisively … Or Not
October 30, 2014
The Federal Reserve, as expected, is distancing itself from the program known as "quantitative easing." This program involved purchasing various US securities with freshly printed money, presumably to add liquidity and confidence to the market. The program last ...
Mexican Implosion Does Not Surprise Us
October 30, 2014
We have a provocative question regarding Mexico: Is there a larger sociopolitical plan to destabilize this great country? We've suggested this before, but the footsteps seem louder now. Perhaps the stage is being set for a collapse into chaos. And what will be ...
Facebook's Long, Strange Trip …
October 29, 2014
We've been waiting for the Facebook implosion ever since the company went public. We were not alone in reporting on the disaster-in-the-making that was the overpriced IPO, but we were certainly correct. Our skepticism regarding the Facebook IPO was generated by ...
The NRA Versus Asset Protection
October 29, 2014
This article in Mother Jones shows us how even organizations that might be expected to protect civil rights in the US are co-opted by the trend toward police militarization. The NRA has long stood as a bulwark against US fedgov overreach when it comes to firear ...
Technocracy: One More Elite Hustle
October 28, 2014
Call technocracy, the idea of a select group of private individuals running public affairs privately, the meme that will never die. Now again, almost randomly, comes a call for action. This one is uttered by someone called Clive Crook who has attended all the r ...
Feds Move to Make 'Climate Change' Solutions Part of Organic Food Production
October 28, 2014
We've been following the "organic promotion" meme and this article from the New York Times posted at the end of September further buttresses the transition of natural food from a private initiative to a public one. We haven't labeled this the "organic meme" bec ...
Beware: EU Solutions Are Sometimes Problematic
October 27, 2014
So it is Monday and some results are in, as the article excerpted above explains. While the Ukraine parliamentary election results will be announced on October 20th from what we can tell, stress test results have turned out as expected with 25 banks out of 130 ...
Cannabis Investing: When Interests Converge
October 27, 2014
Long ago we analyzed the cannabis trend as one that was going to create vibrant ventures that, taken together, would generate a business no less powerful than that of the alcohol/beverage industry. And even with the inevitable setbacks, this projection holds, i ...
The Bitcoin Experiment Continues … Gold and Silver Persist
October 24, 2014
We´ve always been a little skeptical of bitcoin and have received plenty of slings and arrows for our apparently non-libertarian stance when it comes to this private, electronic technology. But we remain interested and this Bloomberg article caught our eye. Th ...
The Hunt for Beneficial Bugs – A Growing Meme?
October 24, 2014
We've been writing a series of analyses of natural and organic farming and food; the above article in the Wall Street Journal fits right into this evolving meme. Corporations like McDonald´s are adopting "organic" as a kind of brand these days. But "organic" h ...
Gold and Silver, an Antidote for the Internet of Money?
October 23, 2014
It seems these days that every time we identify a new meme, we see a "fast-track" evolution. The "Internet of Money" is no exception. We wrote about the Internet of Money on October 20, and now in this article in The Local, we see an apparent furtherance of thi ...
'Organic' at McDonald's: When Is a Meme not a Meme?
October 23, 2014
To call "organic food" a meme is questionable. From our point of view, the word "organic" by itself does not yet constitute a promotion. However, there is a debate taking place in the feedback section of The Daily Bell and it revolves around what actually const ...
More Revelations of Market Manipulation
October 22, 2014
Veteran financial reporter John Crudele has blown up the myth of the market-driven stock exchange with this astonishing article in the New York Post. We were attracted to it not only because it tells the truth, in our view, but because we have been making the s ...
Organic vs. Green – A Growing Meme
October 22, 2014
Actually, as this book shows, it is green farming that is not sustainable. In pursuit of our organic meme, we've been investigating the growth of organic farming, and came upon this just-published book that encapsulates the VESTS model. (Unfamiliar with VESTS? ...
Zombie Ideas or Elite Memes? … Just Follow the Money
October 21, 2014
Bloomberg editorialists seem to make a habit of assuming certain elite memes are accurate and beyond reproach. Maybe they have to sign a document or something. Probably not ... but sometimes it seems like it. This editorial is a case in point. It is actually a ...
Uruguay Fumbles Cannabis Rollout … But Does It Matter?
October 21, 2014
Imagine how difficult it is to allow people to set fire to an herb and inhale it. Not very. Yet according to Reuters, this is a nearly impossible task. We have no doubt that cannabis decriminalization and legalization is sweeping the West and indeed the world. ...
Internet of Money Provides More Reasons to Consider Strategic Asset Protection
October 20, 2014
We've noticed a new meme creeping into economic reports: The Internet of Money. This phrase sounds mysterious and forward looking; in fact, it describes the process of money migrating to non-bank platforms. The big drama inherent in the Internet of Money is its ...
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