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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 ...
Perception Over Substance – Banking Fallacy?
March 06, 2013
Mark Carney is set to be the next Governor of the Bank of England, so his words are worth listening to. In a message to university students at Western University (see above) Carney revealed the reason for the regulatory push that is going on in the EU and North ...
Is Monetary Stimulation a Sensible Economic Policy?
March 06, 2013
This New Yorker article offers us tribute to monetary policy. But certainly there must be a question about manipulating stock averages up using increased money flows. The article ends by challenging free-market types to "acknowledge the success" of politics and ...
Africa … Next China?
March 06, 2013
We've written about this emerging trend before but it is such a startling one and contains such great import that it is worth noting again, and perhaps on a regular basis. This Economist article from our point of view is no accident. It conforms to other simila ...
The End of the Business Cycle – Again!
March 06, 2013
This is a strange article because it acknowledges what anyone who has covered business cycles for a length of time knows well – that the demise of such cycles, while regularly predicted is never accurate. Bill Clinton predicted an end to destructive business ...
The New Era in Gold Repatriation Will Affect Everything
March 05, 2013
The move toward auditing gold holdings is getting more pronounced as we can see from this demand by Mexico in the above article excerpt. German officials have asked the US government for gold repatriation and so has Venezuela. Now it's Mexico's turn to start th ...
The Great Rotation: Stock Picking Versus Promotions?
March 05, 2013
Predictions of a bond bubble popping are generally accepted now and not so surprising as they were even a year ago. But this Reuters editorial on the Great Rotation out of bonds makes some good points. No matter what happens with the bond markets – especially ...
What the EU Bank Bonus Plan Really Accomplishes
March 05, 2013
At this point in the business cycle it's pretty amazing that those running the EU believe that controlling bank bonuses by regulatory fiat is going to do anything to ameliorate the EU's larger problems. The issue, of course, is not out-of-control banks or banke ...
South America After Chavez – Not What You Think
March 05, 2013
Not so fast. It certainly begins to look like Chavez is not going to recover from his long struggle with cancer and a surface analysis of South America without Chavez might conclude that the region will be less confrontational. But this may not be the case. Cha ...
Shooting the Black Swan
March 04, 2013
Black Swan. Being Austrian, we never believed in it to begin with. There are business cycles, triggered by excessive money printing – and these cycles predictably trigger black swan events. Which means, really, there are no black swans. The black swan was a k ...
NY Times: 'Net Feedback Distorts Thought
March 04, 2013
The New York Times, like other mainstream publications, is struggling with reader feedback. More and more mainstream media limits feedback to articles, in our view – and this is partially because the feedback seems to be getting more and more vehement ... and ...
The Inconvenient Meme: Wall Street Folds
March 04, 2013
Wall Street – an intermediating industry – has been cast lately as the cynosure of evil, the center of maleficence. Whatever is wrong with the world springs from Wall Street – or so some think, especially the Occupy Wall Street crowd. But now it appears t ...
Brilliant Polemic Defends US Freedom … and Demands Appropriate Incarcerations
March 04, 2013
In another brilliant polemic, the famous Washington's Blog lays out a substantial litany of what the US has lost in terms of rights, and from this article's point of view it is mostly everything. It is an article containing both truth and sincerity. We agree wi ...
Austerity's End Could Bring Additional German Turmoil
March 02, 2013
This interesting Reuters editorial that seems to reaffirm what has recently been reported in Der Spiegel (see related article, this issue). As we have read other analyses regarding the "end of austerity," we wonder if this begins to constitute a kind of sub-dom ...
New Petition Demands that UN Offset Its Carbon Footprint
March 02, 2013
The United Nations has come under attack for not practicing what it preaches. The EcoGreen editorial above, puts it succinctly as follows: It is not unreasonable to ask the UN to use its own mechanism to offset its emissions. Such bold action would lend the UN ...
Dotcom Copyright Case and Manning/WikiLeak Trial Show Elite Jurisprudence Under Attack
March 02, 2013
We have long predicted that the US justice meme would be one of the last to come under attack as a result of the Internet Reformation but the battle has obviously been joined in two high profile cases. In New Zealand, data-content entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is und ...
Italy Founders While Greece Subsides: Is Austerity Over? Not So Fast …
March 01, 2013
We learn from Der Spiegel that austerity in Greece seems to be subsiding. This comes at the same time that Italy is rejecting Brussels-imposed austerity at the ballot box. Is austerity over? The news is filled with reports about how the Italians have decisively ...
Two-Tier 'Privileged Flyer' Program Advances in EU: Non-Approved Unable to Fly?
March 01, 2013
As we have mentioned numerous times, the ultimate goal of the current security regime seems to be to create a two-tier travel system in which some people – with government approved credentials – will be able to travel with relative ease while others will no ...
Drudge Analyzes the Decline and Fall of the West
March 01, 2013
Drudge today is carrying a troika of headlines on the decline and fall of the West. - (US) Incomes Drop Most in 20 Years - Eurozone Jobless Hits a Record - Britain Slides Toward New Recession Drudge runs his headlines in a clever fashion, often building a large ...
USSR Redux: Top Eurocrats Indicate Europe's Recovery Will Be Centrally Planned and Green
February 28, 2013
It is no accident that people refer to the EU as the EUSSR. In a not very noticeable but nonetheless breathtakingly arrogant statement, a top EU Commissioner has just served notice that EU commissars intend to subject Europe to a massive amount of environmental ...
Internal IMF Study: Fund Has Gained World's Trust by Advocating Currency Debasement
February 28, 2013
The IMF is ready to pat itself on its collective back and has used an internal report to do so. According to a summary of the report that appeared in TheNews.com, the IMF is now seen as more of an international pal than a nagging nanny. An account of the report ...
Bono Raises Money for Africa's Impoverished, But Does It Do Any Good?
February 28, 2013
Singer Bono was back in the news again with please to support the charity he cofounded called ONE. But Bono's campaigning for poverty relief in Africa inevitably brings up larger issues that have plagued almost all modern relief efforts. The biggest issue is th ...
Disastrous Financial Transaction Tax Gains Traction
February 27, 2013
Like a bad penny, the "financial transaction tax" keeps turning up and if this article is accurate, the tax is gaining momentum around the world and will eventually penetrate the United States as well. And that would be too bad. Wall Street is basically a creat ...
Shock: Bloomberg Columnist Bashes Keynes … Dialectic Expands, but Not Far Enough
February 27, 2013
As the West's rolling depression drags on, some good things are happening including the gradual devaluation of the reputation of John Maynard Keynes. Now, Bloomberg columnist Matthew Lynn has penned an encouraging opinion piece criticizing the great British eco ...
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 ...
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 ...
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