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Climategate – Worst Scientific Scandal Ever?
November 30, 2009
What a surprise! Like any other ambitious (though modest) publication, the Daily Bell is engaged in a struggle for "share of mind." While the Bell is doing very well in its quest, we believe that scandals such as Climategate prove the ultimate veracity of the B ...
UK Treasury Reveals Huge Secret Loans to Biggest Banks
November 28, 2009
Naughty, naughty. One of the nice things about understanding free-market financial history is that it gives you an opportunity to step back and see things as they really are. And what the Western world has done in the 20th century especially is institutionalize ...
Aliens Already Exist on Earth?
November 28, 2009
Compatriots of ours, who share our fascination with the dominant social themes of the elite, have noticed a trend of late, but they are reluctant to make too much of it because in the normal scheme of things they would be candidates for institutionalization. Si ...
High Gold Prices: It's the Oil, Stupid
November 27, 2009
This is an interesting article in Seeking Alpha, which is itself a very interesting site on finance and economics so far as we are concerned. Also, as readers may note, Seeking Alpha is not exactly a mainstream news site, however the argument being made in the ...
Obama: Renew Patriot Surveillances
November 27, 2009
This seems to be our non-mainstream press day. Yes, we try to comment on the mainstream press, but in this case there really has not been a whole lot in the mainstream press about this subject, as covered above by the leftist AlterNet. So how do you cover a vac ...
The Gathering Geithner Storm
November 26, 2009
We're not so upset about the criticism of Timonthy Geithner as Thomas Cooley is in this recent Forbes article. Cooley is the Paganelli-Bull professor of economics and Richard R. West dean of the NYU Stern School of Business, and he writes a weekly column for Fo ...
Obama to Attend Copenhagen Climate Talks
November 26, 2009
Steps necessary to address global concerns. Around the world there are convulsions having to do with global warming. It is as if a snoozing animal is suddenly waking up, its fur rippling with a chilly, but steady wind blowing in from the North – where truth l ...
Hiding Evidence of Global Cooling
November 25, 2009
We admit once upon a time we used to read the Washington Times with a bit more enthusiasm. But the Times endlessly militant approach to the war on terror and its general Bush boosting during the previous administration became a bit much. However, in all fairnes ...
America's Broken Politics
November 24, 2009
Granted this is the leftist Guardian, so commenting on such an analysis from a free-market point of view is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. But the article also provides us with a dominant social theme of sorts – that America will do better when the fed ...
Congress Grows Fed Up Despite Central Bank's Push
November 23, 2009
Is the criticism of the Fed getting out of control? Well, no. But since our modest paper is devoted on a regular basis to examining the promotions of the monetary elite and its relationship to free-markets, let us take a moment to analyze more precisely what a ...
Fed Makes Monitoring Bank Capital Foremost Concern
November 21, 2009
Well, here is an interesting conundrum. The wise men at the Federal Reserve, having thrown trillions into the larger marketplace, now worry that banks won't have the wherewithal, capital-wise, to withstand another asset-bubble blow up. The Fed's top brains are ...
Is $6,300 Fair Value for Gold?
November 20, 2009
Of the mainstream press, only Ambrose Evans-Pritchard would likely have the gumption to write an article like this in our opinion (at this stage of the market, anyway), though we don't know if he made the headline up or not. And it's not that bad an article in ...
The Bank of England Seems … Well, Confused
November 19, 2009
We've pointed out on numerous occasions that putting elderly (white) men (mostly) in a room with a time limit and letting them decide the quantity and price of money is a bad idea. In fact, if we proposed it that bluntly most people would reject it out of hand. ...
IMF Chief Says End Dollar Dominance
November 18, 2009
It really is astonishing. The Anglo-American monetary cartel, having come within a whisker of collapsing the entire international economy is no way dismayed by the economic crisis that is in our opinion still taking place. Having stabilized markets around the w ...
Michele Bachmann Strikes Fear into Liberal America?
November 17, 2009
It is great to read this article in the Guardian, a leftist British newspaper of note, because the machinery of mainstream media manipulation is laid out for anyone to see here. The dominant social theme being constructed is once again the conservative one. We ...
The Fed in the Cross Hairs?
November 16, 2009
We used to admire the mainstream media in our youth and various editors of the Daily Bell have met some of the West's sharpest journalists in younger years. What was it like? Well, the top guys and girls for the top media are all razor sharp. Imagine the "brani ...
Why Sarah Palin Doesn't 'Get' Free Markets
November 14, 2009
We've indicated before that we believe Sarah Palin is being positioned by her handlers as a free-market proponent. Yet her problem and theirs is that she shows little sign of lessening her sympathies for America's increasingly massive intel-security network and ...
All UK Communications Stored by 'State Spying' Databases
November 13, 2009
The glass is either half empty or half full. If one believes – as we do – in the liberating and empowering aspects of the Internet, then one is not apt to be overly pessimistic about those who seek to abuse it. Yes, what the UK plans is an enormous abuse of ...
Ethical Investment Funds: A Good Buy?
November 12, 2009
A better way to invest? NEIW is almost over now, but we hope a lot of people feel better because they have either participated or have thought about participating. That's mostly what the week is good for in our opinion. Sorry, don't mean to sound grouchy, but t ...
EU Attacks British Civil Liberties
November 11, 2009
Of all the things going on in the world today, the steady encroachment on civil liberties by the European Union is one of the most puzzling to decipher. It would be a little easier to understand if it were happening pre-Internet. But in fact it is happening in ...
Goldman Sachs Boss: 'Bankers Do God's Work'
November 10, 2009
And Goldman Sachs guards the pearly gates? A further, and very strange, squeak of protest from another banker. (We have been cataloguing them, see article in yesterday's Bell.) There is no question that bankers are uncomfortable with what is going on. A PR blit ...
Bank of England Says Financiers Are Fuelling an Economic 'Doom Loop'
November 09, 2009
Reregulate! Reregulate! Yes, the masters of the universe have "got it going on." Well ... no, they don't, in our opinion. It is going from bad to worse for the monetary elite we tend to believe. Why do we write this? Because our tender ears, cleverly attuned to ...
U.S. Jobless Rate Tops 10% for First Time Since 1983
November 07, 2009
Let the good times roll? For longer than we like to remember, and along with other free-market publications, we have been writing that massive money stimulation, additional regulation and "bail outs" were not going to bring back jobs, or not the real, long-last ...
Barack Obama Blames George Bush for America's Discontent
November 06, 2009
We're not quite sure what President Barack Obama hopes to achieve by continuing to blame his predecessor for current problems. Does he hope people will agree with him – thus paring his negatives? Or is he merely trying to deflect blame because like all humans ...
Economic Crisis Yields Idiocy at Wall Street Journal
November 05, 2009
Here at the Bell, we believe in civil discourse. Polity is part of civil society and civil discourse is often preferable to invective, all things being equal. And all things being equal, this article in the Wall Street Journal has got to be one of the stupidest ...
Japan Spirals Into Bankruptcy?
November 04, 2009
The UK Telegraph more than any other mainstream newspaper we read (at least on the 'Net) seems to make the occasional stab at analyzing what's really going on in the world. It's covered the desperate difficulties of Eastern Europe, the deepening troubles in Ire ...
Mother of All Carry Trades Faces an Inevitable Bust
November 03, 2009
Policy is reckless, not the system. Even when the British Financial Times – a preeminent mouthpiece of the monetary elite – tries to give us an unvarnished look at the world economy it ends up fudging it in our humble opinion. Let's try to unravel the above ...
Nine U.S. Banks Seized in Largest One-Day Haul
November 02, 2009
We just finished pointing out in the article above that the prospect of a commercial real-estate crash did not quite jibe with the idea that America and Europe were powering their way toward vibrant economic recovery. In truth, the enormous amount of money that ...
U.S. Emerges From Recession
October 31, 2009
The jobless recovery has begun. We don't think it's much of a recovery, though. We guess we're among the naysayers. We've figured that in America alone the numbers of jobless (those wanting jobs anyway) are between 20 percent and 30 percent. That's over 60 mill ...
Barack Obama Fails to Defeat Conservatism
October 30, 2009
Conservatives win? We just commented on this article as it appeared on the Gallup site, and now here comes a Telegraph follow-story that confirms pretty much everything we tried to point out. The article is in our opinion a kind of elegant gibberish, which conf ...
Russia Will Sell No Gold?
October 29, 2009
In the 1990s, Western central banks played at selling gold to "talk" the price of gold down. One after the other they lined up to microphones with mainstream media logos brandishing their stems to announce their respective central bank sales of gold. It was of ...
U.S. Troops Hope Afghanistan Sacrifices Not in Vain
October 28, 2009
What exactly was the Afghanistan war about? We're still not sure. We believe that many others are unsure as well. We know initially, the war was about getting rid of Al Quaeda, but that was nearly eight years ago. Since then, the war seems to have morphed into ...
Gallup Poll Ignores Libertarians
October 27, 2009
Conservatives advance? This is a great article that shows just how the manipulation of labels confuses ideological and political issues. Gallup purposefully chooses to define individuals as conservative, moderate or liberal, whatever those labels mean. In our m ...
The Real Climate Change Catastrophe
October 26, 2009
Global warming - now climate change - is as good an example of a dominant social theme as we have got. It does seem, in writing about dominant social themes, that one is postulating a kind of conspiracy of the elite. But how else does one account for the kind o ...
Break Up British Banks?
October 24, 2009
So the idea is that smaller banks will take less risk. In America this concept was codified as Glass-Steagall and investment and commercial banks were split off from each other. In Britain, this bifurcation was never fully achieved. Thus it is we wonder if the ...
China's Growth Is Huge Inflation Risk
October 23, 2009
We've been pointing out the breadth and depth of the potential China financial bubble for years, but only recently has the mainstream media, timidly (in our opinion), begun to conclude that there may be a wee bit wrong with double-digit growth rates. Now comes ...
Derivatives Don't Need Regulation?
October 22, 2009
We have pointed this out before and given this article, excerpted above, it is probably a good time to point out again that there is nothing wrong with derivatives. They are an inevitable evolution of the marketplace based on the computer power that is coming o ...
Higher Jobless Rates Could Be New Normal
October 21, 2009
This article, excerpted above, is a good example of how economic analysis can be confusing in the era of central banking. When money was asset-backed, everyone who used the stuff had a fairly good idea of what money was, actually, and how inflation worked. If t ...
Financial Regulation Must Be Tailored
October 20, 2009
They are keeping at it. In addition to forcing through the Lisbon Treaty, which is a big step toward building a United States of Europe, the EU mavens are continuing to move ahead with re-jiggered pan-European financial regulations. In this interview, excerpted ...
EU Lisbon Treaty Succeeds After Czech President Concedes Defeat
October 19, 2009
The Irish have voted against it. The British don't want it and neither do the French – who voted down just such a European United States a few years ago when the socialist leaders in Brussels still thought they had a chance of passing an actual constitution. ...
Economic Recovery Is in the Air?
October 17, 2009
We think this article may be just a tad optimistic. We're not certain about a recovery of the larger economy any time soon either in the United States or Britain. But beyond this we have a question as to what Britain's economy would recover TO were it to recove ...
Trial Balloon Time?
October 16, 2009
For some reason, George Schultz has decided to reopen the books on the "drug war" – which took further wing with the Reagan administration of which he was part. It seems there is a history of drug war veterans recanting as to the effectiveness and the validit ...
Ron Paul Takes on Lindsey Graham
October 15, 2009
We ordinarily try to analyze news AFTER it happens, but in this case we can't wait. We think we know the gist of what Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex) is going to say and it is not all that much different than what we have been offering on these pages. Of course a ...
Rage at Government for Doing Too Much and Not Enough
October 14, 2009
Well, it is all going remarkably as we anticipated. After the Bush years of war and paranoia, America has a peacemaker as President. Barack Obama has even been given a peace prize to ensure that Americans and the rest of the world get the message that US is no ...
Energy Crisis on Hold?
October 13, 2009
This will not slow down the energy misers one bit. The "conservation" train will chug down the track just the way global warming does in the face of an ever-broadening consensus that such fairy tales are just that. We call these "dominant social themes" – bed ...
Ellen Brown Responds
October 12, 2009
Ms. Brown has done us the courtesy of continuing the dialogue on Brownism (Brownianism?) and we find it – and her point of view – more compelling (interesting, anyway) than ever. The issue of communitarianism, as she may be expressing it, is one of the grea ...
The Brownian Conundrum: Is a State Solution Possible?
October 10, 2009
Still more emails continue to flow on this topic! We didn't really want to return to Ms. Brown who has been patient all week long while we have tried as best we can to unravel her perspective - and the perspective of her influences -- on money and the state. It ...
Gold: Three Reasons why the Price Will Go Higher
October 09, 2009
People will continue to support this trend until the cycle turns and the monetary elite are able to kick start fiat once more. Of course we are on record as stating that this time round reinvigorating fiat money may prove to be nearly impossible over the long t ...
Ellen Brown Controversy Continues
October 08, 2009
As we continue to receive passionate and sophisticated emails regarding Ms. Brown and her economic thinking (see her Daily Bell interview, etc.), we are amazed by the fervency she inspires. We have been studying economics and money metals for decades and Ms. Br ...
Gold Hits Record High on 'Plan' to Ditch Dollar
October 07, 2009
Supposedly gold has moved up because the dollar is being threatened by a basket of currencies being developed by Saudi Arabia, Russia and some other countries, mainly in the Middle East. China is supposed to be one of these countries but China holds close to ...
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