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Canada Going Down … More Evidence of a North American Union?
February 27, 2013
We were impressed by this article posted at the Financial Iceberg (see above) – as it summarized in depth what some other recent articles have also alluded to regarding Canada's suddenly precarious economic situation. The Financial Iceberg is run by Jean-Pier ...
Shock: Australian Gov Now to Seize People's Live Bank Accts – If 'Inactive'
February 27, 2013
If you have a bank account in Australia that you don't "use" for three years, the Australian government is now legally empowered to confiscate your money. We had to read this article several times and we're still having trouble taking it in. We checked and it's ...
Morning in America or Darkness at Noon?
February 26, 2013
In a world of monopoly central banking, words have lost their meaning. A "recovery" means that more paper money re-inflates enterprises that might ordinarily be considered bankrupt. Failing firms receive a new lease on life because the powers-that-be won't let ...
Let Local Bureaucrats Spend Central Bank Super Money
February 26, 2013
Ellen Brown is back with another idea of how to get the US economy moving again: Print money and give it to federal and local governments. Good Lord. Once again to the breach. Ms. Brown is back with another screed celebrating local US bureaucracy and proposing ...
Suddenly, There Is Energy Everywhere, Even in Africa
February 26, 2013
Suddenly, the US has enough available energy to be self-sufficient for a thousand years. And now we are told – by the BBC no less – that one of the world's more impoverished nations – Kenya – may be able to tap the equivalent of millions of barrels of o ...
Two Mighty Libertarian Brains to Debate Copyright and IP?
February 26, 2013
Well, here we have an example of two "big brains" – respected free-market commentators – that have decidedly different opinions when it comes to intellectual property. In fact, a feedbacker pointed out that we should have asked the free-market economist Rob ...
Man Bites Dog: Columnist Reveals Truth About History of 'Journalism'
February 26, 2013
We've written about the history of newspapering – pamphleteering really – but were nonetheless surprised to find a brief synopsis by Reuters columnist Jack Shafer. This is unusual. Twenty-first century journalism suffers from the same technocratic piousness ...
Privacy at Risk: Global Gold Storage Firms Get Rid of US Citizens
February 25, 2013
Simon Black's Sovereign Man tells us that the top gold storage firm worldwide – ViaMat – is refusing to take US clients. He reproduces a memo explaining the decision and then comments, "This is huge. I can't possibly overstate the potential ramifications." ...
Private US Military Firms Spread to Switzerland: US$100 Billion Market Seen
February 25, 2013
The United States has recently engaged in so many wars that it has spawned a mercenary industry that is growing into a US$100 billion-a-year commercial enterprise. Is this a "real" business? There is considerable doubt that many of the wars now embarked upon ar ...
Swartz is Dead, White House Adjusts Rules
February 25, 2013
In what has to be one of the more cynical moves in recent US political history, the White House has announced (see above) that more information freely distributes is better than less information available on via subscription. This turn of events come about six ...
IMF: 'World Economy Could End as We Know It …'
February 25, 2013
While this speech was made a while ago at Davos, we think it is worth noting as Ms. Christine Lagarde is enunciating a significant dominant social theme – that the West is surely destined to perish if savvy officials don't make the proper decisions. The West ...
EU Sees More Shrinkage as Dialectic Expands
February 22, 2013
The European dialectic is alive and well in the Eurozone and beyond. Across the EU, recession (depression) spreads and we are told that the only response is a central banking one. The EU economic morass can only be alleviated by additional easing as the spigot ...
The Demise of Swiss Private Banking is Premature
February 22, 2013
The world's top elite families have stored their gold in Switzerland for a long time, hundreds of years. And during that time, Swiss private bankers have served this vast Money Power with discretion and courtesy. Swiss private banking is not going away, no matt ...
France's Hollande Invades Mali, Wins UNESCO Peace Prize
February 22, 2013
France is a second-rate world power and now its President François Hollande has been given a second-rate peace prize. Barack Obama walked off with the big one as soon as he was elected. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. What exactly US President Obama did ...
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Credit Suisse Says Governments Are Discouraging Gold Holdings – And What It Misses
February 21, 2013
The Financialist is published by the vast securities firm of Credit Suisse, and thus we are not surprised to find this sentiment being enunciated by officials in charge of this publication. It is, of course, a kind of elite dominant social theme. The idea is th ...
Don't Just Free Rating Agencies From the State – Free Fiat Money Itself
February 21, 2013
The New York Times recently opened up its editorial section to a discussion of why ratings agencies had failed so miserably during the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and what could be done to improve them. We've written about this in the past, concluding that ra ...
How Fascism Grows? Prison Company Buys Boca Stadium Naming Rights
February 21, 2013
The United States penitentiary-industrial complex imprisons one-third to one-half of all incarcerated individuals in the world. Additionally, it has been reported that one of every three US individuals have some sort of interaction with the criminal justice sys ...
China's Dollar Optimism Signifies Larger Economic Shift?
February 20, 2013
China's central bankers have decided that the US economy is in fine shape, according to the UK Telegraph. This doesn't make much sense, given the US's generalized economic and socio-political difficulties but we wouldn't expect China's central planners to figur ...
Economist's Wishing and Hoping Won't Make a Minimum Wage Effective
February 20, 2013
Price fixing is back with a new title, "human" – as in "minimum human wage." We are indebted to the The Economist magazine for bringing us this latest jargon. We disagree with the concept, of course ... profoundly. As we pointed out just yesterday, The Econom ...
Movement on the Neo-Pecora Front: Senator Warren Rebukes Regulators
February 20, 2013
We've regularly tracked the progress of what we call the neo-Pecora meme – elite dominant social theme, really – and now we note Senator Elizabeth Warren's contribution. Reuters, an aggregate backer of regulatory democracy, is giving her latest outburst sig ...
The Voice of Public Choice Is Dead, Economist Lives On
February 19, 2013
James Buchanan is dead and we will not speak ill of the dead – nor should we in the case of the free-market oriented Buchanan. But we can certainly point out that his death gives The Economist (that most insufferable of all "newspapers"), yet one more opportu ...
Illegally Accused, Ivory Coast President Gbagbo Begins ICC Hearing
February 19, 2013
Unlike many in the alternative media, we spent a lot of time covering the civil war that overtook Ivory Coast after the botched election between Laurent Gbagbo and the country's current president, Alassane Ouattara. Ouattara is Muslim and Gbagbo is Christian. D ...
Gareth Icke's Musical Video Reminds Us of the Strange Content of Modern Compositions
February 19, 2013
We've written about David Icke before, suggesting that what is seemingly inexplicable and strange – downright nutty – about his conspiracy theories is no different than the great artist William Blake's creation of poetic cosmogony in his era. You can see ou ...
Pay Attention to the Upcoming Bond Bust, Not the So-Called Junk Boom
February 18, 2013
Two issues need to be clarified about the current junk boom. First, it doesn't exist and second, you ought not to want it to. The modern junk bond market, when it is really in evidence, is a multi-trillion dollar entity. A few deals do not a resurgent junk bond ...
Information in the 1950s Attacking Comic Books Was Falsified
February 18, 2013
The post-World War II period in the United States saw a number of exposes take place that have since been debunked. One can speculate on the reasons why but it seems fairly clear that the social order was being attacked to make people feel less certain about th ...
Counterpunch African Paradigm Leaves Much to Be Desired
February 18, 2013
Counterpunch, one of the United States's top leftist media facilities, has launched a long screed analyzing the attack that Africa has now come under from the West. This attack has been going on for years, but the editors at Counterpunch – in this article, an ...
UN Expansion of Failed Elite Memes Like Global Warming Doesn't Fix Them
February 18, 2013
One of the biggest and most controversial memes of the modern era is environmentalism, specifically the idea that manmade carbon is clogging the skies and making disastrous global warming inevitable. The amount of carbon that man injects into the atmosphere is ...
Was Dorner a Sign of the Times?
February 16, 2013
We are seeing a lot of pushback in the mainstream media to any mythologizing of Chris Dorner. This column by New York Times editorialist Charles Blow is along those lines. He points out that Dorner brutally took lives and intended to take more, and that his act ...
Fed Official Claims Simple, Powerful Regulation Is Needed – Is it Too Late for That?
February 15, 2013
According to this Reuters opinion article, Federal Reserve officials have finally realized that markets need common sense regulation – including bubble moderation when things seem to be getting out of hand. This is hailed as a positive first step to returning ...
Ed Rendell Calls for Massive Infrastructure New Deal
February 15, 2013
We put the letters in caps in our dominant social theme, above, because you can almost hear former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell making that statement in rolling tones. He wrote this editorial for Reuters in his capacity as co-chairman of Building America's ...
WikiLeaks Controversy Dances Around Real Issues
February 15, 2013
It is unfortunate that Julian Assange faces extradition to Sweden and then to the United States but even though John Pilger is defending him, we have a hard time letting go of our suspicions regarding the WikiLeaks founder. We've written about them before. Just ...
Bloomberg: The Ascent of Whatever-It-Takes Banking Is a Good Thing
February 14, 2013
Just when we think the meme of the all-knowing central banker can get no worse, we learn otherwise. Today's central banker, Bloomberg tells us, is supposed to be a reckless gunslinger, taking chances because there is little left to lose. Do you feel better now? ...
Fulfilling Prophecy, Church Considers Peter the Roman as Next Pope
February 14, 2013
According to various prophecies, the next pope may be the last one and usher in the era of the anti-Christ. That pope is to be known as Peter the Roman. The main set of prophecies regarding papal succession is the Prophecy of Popes, 112 short predictions in Lat ...
Redress for Swartz Is Not on the Way Despite Petitions
February 14, 2013
There is some idea, apparently, that a government petition focused on firing the chief prosecutor of the Aaron Swartz case will begin to redress injustice. We doubt it, however. Aaron Swartz is dead of an apparent suicide apparently brought on by prosecutorial ...
New Meme: Dangers of the Baby Bust
February 14, 2013
Nancy Folbre is an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and she is considerably less alarmist than some about this latest "crisis." But crisis it is nonetheless and Folbre doesn't shy away from calling it that. In today's world, of co ...
Shock: Powerful British Money Man Calls for Central Bank Currency to Be Handed Out to 'the People'
February 13, 2013
Among very few publications, we've been covering what we considered to be a dominant social theme regarding paper money and the state's ability to print directly for "the people." Along the way, we've received vicious attacks because, as has hard-money economis ...
Reuters Article Promotes Middle East Directed History, Warns off Qatar?
February 13, 2013
This article is actually a compendium of dominant social themes and secret elite strategies. Once again, we see confirmation of much that we have mentioned in the recent past. This article is positioned as an attack on Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood, even tho ...
Esquire Article on Bin Laden in Another Flap – Promotion Totally Useless Now
February 13, 2013
"The Shooter" article in Esquire continues to reverberate. You can see our own article on the subject here: "Esquire Portrait of bin Laden's Death Fails to Convince." But in the meantime, a conservative website called Twitchy has been documenting the efforts of ...
Middle East Is Running Out of Water … Call NASA
February 13, 2013
Here we go again. The power elite that wants to run the world formally as opposed to informally uses its bought-and-paid-for media to promote scarcity memes that will frighten middle classes into giving up power and wealth to specially designed globalist facili ...
Scientific American: Banks Are Too Complex to Succeed, Except for Central Banks
February 13, 2013
Okay, dear reader, here is a conundrum you can help us solve. First, some background. Chris Amade is the author of a recent article that appeared in Scientific American entitled "Too Big to Succeed," excerpted above. Mr. Amade has a Ph.D. in physics and designe ...
Paper Claims SEC Regulation is Biased … In Other News, Sky Is Blue
February 12, 2013
POGO didn't need to write this report. It could just have come to us. We've explained at length how regulation doesn't work. And that goes to financial regulation, which is at the heart of the modern regulatory democracy. Just search for "financial regulation" ...
Esquire Portrait of bin Laden's Death Fails to Convince
February 12, 2013
This article attempts to provide us with a blow-by-blow description of Osama bin Laden's death by putting the killing within the context of the "shooter's" life. The article is purportedly about the injustices being heaped upon the killer of the world's most fa ...
A Black Box in Every Car – To Make You Safer
February 12, 2013
We've known this was coming but we are still surprised that the plans proceed – and that the rationale remains the same. What articles like this show clearly is that wire services like AP are content with sticking with a general theme that governments are "he ...
Google Hoax? … and a Rhetorical Question
February 12, 2013
All the large players in the technology field use what we call money power to establish dominance and Google is no different in this regard. The excerpt above illustrates how Google establishes dominance by paying for the right to be in front of millions of "ey ...
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Bloomberg: Heroically, Putin Buys Gold
February 11, 2013
For once, we agree with part of an elite dominant social theme. Vladimir Putin is not a very good man. We write this in the face of numerous alternative media reports that paint Putin as the savior of the West, someone who is standing up to the Jewish banksters ...
Why We Are Not 21st Century Libertarians
February 11, 2013
In a recent article, Dr. Gary North launched a wide-ranging defense of capitalism entitled "The Luddites Among Us." In it, he ticked areas that we have wondered about for years. His article gives us a launching pad to discuss them. But THIS article should not b ...
Inauguration Heats Speculation About President's Head
February 11, 2013
US President Barack Obama is such a heavily scrutinized person that speculation swirls around his head (literally), whether justified or not. In this case, 'Net alternative news media websites were arguing over what happened to Obama's head scars during his rec ...
Elite Portmanteau Memes Are a Bad Idea – For Them
February 11, 2013
We note there is a prevalence of elite portmanteau memes. These are two memes combined into one analysis. Thanks to what we call the Internet Reformation, the power elite is having trouble getting people to accept even one meme at a time. Combine two together a ...
Senator Bernie Sanders: 'The Fed Is a Fine Institution but Wall Street Is Not'
February 09, 2013
Okay, we made up the headline. Senator Sanders didn't really say that. But he might as well have. This is generally an amazingly leftist interview that recently appeared on PBS (no surprise there) and has been getting a lot of play on the Internet because he ma ...
Rand Paul, the Next GOP Nominee for President
February 09, 2013
We believe a deal may have been struck between Rand Paul and the shadowy "leaders" of the GOP. The turning point was Rand Paul's endorsement of Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney some months before the US presidential election. At the time, Paul exp ...
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