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Corporate's Turn: As Yields Drop, Investors Plunge Down the Rabbit Hole of Systemic Risk
March 22, 2013
Actually, it is going to end very badly. The Federal Reserve is the most powerful bank in the world and it has proven it once again by powering up the financial markets to all time highs. As this article points out, stocks are for show and bonds are for dough β ...
Ben Bernanke Has Had Enough
March 22, 2013
Ben Bernanke is making the noises of escape. As we pointed out in another article in this issue, stock and bond markets are up tremendously as a result of central banking stimulation, not just in the US but around the world. But in the US performance is remarka ...
Perhaps We Are All Cyprus Now
March 22, 2013
This article makes the point that while the breast-beating continues over the Cyprus "haircut," the reality is that investors are getting fleeced throughout the world and especially in the United States. We return once more in this issue to the reality of what ...
US Infrastructure's Disastrous Solution
March 22, 2013
It is a US scandal that the country's infrastructure is not just degrading but seriously degraded. While this is not a regular topic for mainstream reporting, every now and then it rises to the surface. Of course the real issue is seldom dealt with, which is ho ...
Is Qatar Going to Bail Out Britain?
March 22, 2013
Is Qatar really going to bail out Britain? Is the West really setting? Are the West's values now prevailing around the world even as its prosperity diminishes? These are the issues that this Japan Times article grapples with. Some of these topics are original w ...
Stratfor Promotes EU Fascism Meme?
March 21, 2013
We generally distrust Stratfor analyses because over the years it's become fairly obvious that they have an agenda beyond their stated goal – or so we have decided, anyway. But this particular publicly available analysis is a pretty good one ... though with a ...
Globalization: Random or Directed?
March 21, 2013
This article in The Atlantic explains that globalism is an irreversible process because of a certain kind of entropy. The kind of entropy in question is called "information entropy." The Atlantic article explains that it is "an abstract measure of diffusion. It ...
Was the Cyprus Crisis a Mistake?
March 21, 2013
Did the Eurocrats miscalculate? This is the message now being sent by a number of respectable mainstream columnists as well as alternative journos. There is perhaps some truth to it. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard – who wrote the above excerpted article – points o ...
Central Banking Fail: The Message Sent May Not Be the One Received
March 20, 2013
Here is an article that focuses on the reality of central banking power. As we have often pointed out, central banks and those who run them – and it is apparently only a handful who DO run them – have strenuously positioned Money Power as a technocratic fac ...
Real Reason for the Cyprus Debacle?
March 20, 2013
This article, an opinion piece, actually, deals with the question of why the European Union and its central bank did what it did regarding Cyprus. It doesn't really come up with an answer, though, in fact, in various analyses we've tried to provide the only log ...
An Evil Story?
March 20, 2013
Is this an ... "evil" story? First, let us describe it. The article focuses on food stamps and people's struggles to survive using government aid. It's well written and sympathetic to the poor people (poor in many ways) who use food stamps and don't find them s ...
Next Weeks May Confirm Our Suspicions About Grillo and Italy's Manipulation
March 20, 2013
Let us see if Italy can form a government or if Beppe Grillo's stubbornness will scupper any such arrangement. If we are correct in our analysis about Grillo, he is actually a kind of political saboteur that has been put in place by powerful Eurocrats to create ...
We Were Right About UK Phone Hacking Scandal After All
March 20, 2013
Not so long ago we wrote that certain big scandals were being manufactured to provide a justification for further regulation. And we were right. Now comes a "crackdown" – out of nowhere – on not just UK mainstream publications but the real target, which is ...
Weeklies Bite the Dust
March 20, 2013
We are not sorry that alternative media (mostly from the US) is withering away. Alternative media in the US was partly an invention of the countercultural movement of the 1960s in the US and abroad and as such the media was innately leftist. People purchased le ...
Was the EU Right About Cyprus?
March 19, 2013
Here's a novel approach to the Cyprus situation courtesy of those contrarian thinkers at Reuters. This editorialist's work has appeared regularly at The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine, and he has decided that the European Union was right about demanding ...
Now New Zealand Plans Cyprus-Style Bank Confiscations
March 19, 2013
First Cyprus and now New Zealand. Is it coincidence or something more? Globalists that are trying to create an international monetary solution often implement programs in various countries at once. The question arises as to whether Money Power itself – the ba ...
Euro Leaders … Be Careful What You Wish For
March 19, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: An article of ours – "Do EU Wonks Really Have Endless Time to Get It Right?" – ran yesterday when, unknown to us, this article (excerpted above) posted as well. It makes the same point, generally, that we were making, and though we are ...
The Debt Crisis Is a Dollar Reserve Crisis
March 18, 2013
the US in terms of what has been promised is closer to US$200 trillion than US$16 trillion. We've written about that here: The US$200 Trillion Debt Which Cannot Be Named. This was not our perspective but that of a mainstream economics professor who wrote an art ...
The Rise and Fall of Military Keynesianism
March 18, 2013
This is, in our opinion, a much better article than the Salon article we commented on above. It is a "big picture" article that takes into account the reality of trends that are affecting the US economy. The article is a "good read" as well because unlike almos ...
The Retirement Crisis That Must Not Be Mentioned
March 18, 2013
A theme that is little explored in the Western mainstream press is that retirement has all but collapsed for many in the middle classes. We have in the past called this condition "dreamtime" – for it was built on central banking initiatives and fostered by ce ...
Do EU Wonks Really Have Endless Time to Get It Right?
March 18, 2013
The idea behind this wire article is that while Europe is suffering, it will "bounce back." Unfortunately, it is more complicated than that and it starts with this word "Europe." There is no Europe – or not as a physical entity. There are regions on a map and ...
Shock: Globalist Plan for IMF Failing in US Congress?
March 18, 2013
Mike Callaghan – Director of the Lowy Institute's G20 Studies Centre – provides us with insight into a big congressional battle going on over the International Monetary Fund. Like most really important struggles, this one is being under-reported, really not ...
Bombshell Confirmation the Paper Money Hoax Is Real
March 15, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: This little article is about one of the biggest conspiracies of the modern age: the fiat-money hoax. Over the past year or so the powers-that-be have apparently launched fervid campaign to discredit free-market thinking and central banking ...
Shock: Chinese Leaders Contemplating Harsh Austerity Measures?
March 15, 2013
Is harsh austerity in China's future? Like Greece and Spain (and eventually the US), will China be subject to an austerity binge? Caixin is a flagship Chinese media group and thus its pronouncements are of interest. It is likely representing the views of Chines ...
Reuters Editorial Celebrates Bureaucracy
March 15, 2013
Here's a surprise. An editorialist for a major, mainstream newswire service has gone out of his way to write an editorial celebrating ... bureaucracy. The article is fraught with what we call dominant social themes. It is making the argument that governments ar ...
Will China's Social Revolution Turn Out to Be Something More?
March 15, 2013
We wrote a number of articles about the threat of social unrest in China using the logic of "three strikes." The first strike was the great famine under Mao; the second famine was Tiananmen Square; the third strike would be an unwinding of the modern Chinese ec ...
Libor Scandal to Reveal Metals Manipulation?
March 15, 2013
Now gold is being sucked directly into the Libor scandal. Of course, we are on record as pointing out that it can hardly be much of a scandal when central banks set the price and volume of money every day. But nonetheless, the mainstream press has been buzzing ...
The Two Faces of Eve … er, Credit Suisse
March 14, 2013
From the above excerpt we can see that Credit Suisse has changed its mind about equities. A month ago ... no way. And now ... way to go! The recommendation comes on the heels of reports that various billionaire holders of equity are selling out of the equity ma ...
And You Thought the Particle Was Confirmed?
March 14, 2013
It's all over the news today. There are strong indications that the "God Particle" – the Higgs Boson – has been discovered. Scientists have been going over the data developed by the Large Hadron Collider last year and now are confident that the particle may ...
Shocker: Desalinization Breakthrough as Memes Fall One by One
March 14, 2013
This is a shocker. In another article in this issue we pointed out that bigness did not guarantee creativity and usually retarded it, from what we can tell. But there is no doubt that given the trillions – literally – tossed at the scientific community, now ...
Who Will Win the Electric Car Prize?
March 14, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: We've written about electric cars quite a bit because it is such an obvious elite meme. There is no use for electric cars that we can see, no clamor for them. But nonetheless they have been rolled out in endless waves accompanied by great ...
Congressman Jeb Hensarling Vs Rand Paul – Which One Has the Better Idea?
March 14, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: Why do US consumers need protection from the private sector? Shouldn't competition winnow out the bad guys and reward the good? And if the CFPB is a bad idea – and from a free-market standpoint it certainly is – then why don't federal ...
Europe Needs Rigor?
March 13, 2013
This editorial over at Reuters explains to us that leadership involves fixing the price and value of money. Also that Europe's political leaders must show "implacable rigor" (our term) in proving they have the "will" to salvage both the EU and the euro. When ar ...
Is Dallas Fed Bank President Dick Fisher … Ironic?
March 13, 2013
Top Federal Reserve "big brain" Richard Fisher is back with his prescription for fixing what has gone wrong with the US's financial economy. He has a three-part solution. First, the federal government ought to provide deposit insurance and access to the Fed's d ...
Why the EU's New Bill of Rights for Airline Passengers Won't Fly
March 13, 2013
The European Union is trying to make it easier for people to fly. But as we can see from another article in this issue, the EU and supporters use the implacable authority of government and the threat of force and monetary manipulation to support an ongoing expa ...
Can New UK Health Czar Cure NHS's 'Enormous Sickness'
March 13, 2013
Another article in this issue analyses a "bill of rights" issued by the European Union to try to make air travel more tolerable. But the same problems that afflict air travel also bedevil Britain's one-size-fits-all National Health System. Government-run health ...
Italy's Top Pol Beppe Grillo Being Groomed for Disruption by Soros?
March 12, 2013
Free-Market Analysis: Grillo's stunning ascent in Italy's political firmament is both insular and astonishing. There is something about it that is manipulated as well as genuine. Thanks to various DB feedbackers for pointing this out. We've written about it alr ...
Japanese Solution for Collapsing Portugal?
March 12, 2013
The Southern PIGS have a third way when it comes to the horrible austerity-drama that is playing out in Europe. Call it the "collapse gambit." First, some background. The disaster in Southern Europe was manmade and based on government profligacy and an EU monop ...
Why Rand Paul Is in Position to Become DC's Most Powerful Pol
March 12, 2013
One of our main points throughout the life of this Website has been that the Internet itself is increasingly creating fungible coalitions of those who believe in freedom and free markets on both sides of the political spectrum. This seemed to us to be especiall ...
Greece's Futile Austerity
March 12, 2013
So there will be no more austerity? To continue with the horrible metaphors surrounding the Greek situation, now that the patient is dead there will be no further attempts to cure him. The Greek situation is beyond wretched. Top earners are being pursued by hel ...
Klarman Yelp: The Fed Has No Clothes
March 12, 2013
This yelp from Klarman (above) is worth noting because the atmosphere of intimidation and fear surround the Federal Reserve is palpable and precludes obvious criticisms. We've often compared what is going to the famous fable, The Emperor's Clothes. In this tale ...
Ben Bernanke's Hollow Victory
March 11, 2013
The US as a nation owes more money than it can possibly pay back and has had its credit downgraded, unemployment is around 20 percent (or more), though the official figures don't reveal that, inflation is probably close to 10 percent or more and there is probab ...
Feedbackers Against British Keynesian Schemes
March 11, 2013
How did Britain arrive at this place? A leading business group, the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC), calls on the government to spur the building trades by funding 50,000 houses. This provides us with two examples of economic illiteracy. First is the idea tha ...
The African Investment Meme Continues
March 11, 2013
We've written a number of articles on Africa now, explaining the way "investing" works on a macro level – and why Africa is the next "chosen one." This article is just one more example of why we're reporting on it. Just as we were among the very first to dete ...
US Economy Now Like Royalist System of Europe?
March 08, 2013
This was predictable. Keynesian monetary stimulation doesn't work. The US has a bifurcated economic system now, which is really the European royalist system. This would seem to be the result of deliberate economic policies that have virtually split the US into ...
What Does the Dow Really Measure?
March 08, 2013
As we mentioned in another article, today, the US is increasingly operating as a two-track society and simply observing the price of the Dow Jones Industrial Average does little to enlighten us about the real health of the US economy. While NPR is not usually a ...
Will Grillo's Dubious Affiliations Send the EU Back Into a Sterile Debate?
March 08, 2013
Just yesterday we pointed out that the Italian elections further deepened the grave that Southern Europe is preparing for the EU and for the euro. But a feedbacker pointed out that the winner in Italy's recent election, Beppe Grillo, was a disciple of the socia ...
With Italy's Election, the EU Chasm Grows
March 07, 2013
Italians went to the polls and rejected the EU's faux austerity program but former premier Mario Monti doesn't accept the new course and has proposed new elections instead. This has happened before. When Ireland voted against the wishes of the Eurocrats, Irelan ...
Is Hyperinflation a Myth?
March 07, 2013
This is certainly a well-written and incisive analysis but we find it difficult to believe in this day and age that someone can argue that printing paper money is not of itself inflationary and that it will not lead to price inflation. The Austrian – free-mar ...
Are Inclusive Nations Successful Ones? Bill Gates Writes a Book Review …
March 07, 2013
Wow, Bill Gates writes a book review on his site, TheGatesNotes, and we get a glimpse of how the great man thinks about major issues of our time. Gates hits a lot of the right notes in his review, from our perspective. Of course, we haven't read the book so we ...
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