Video: Keiser Report №69 – Markets! Finance! Scandal!

(RussiaToday) – This time Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, look at the scandals of swindled nuns, bounty hunters for small time fraud and Irish banks in a ‘league of their own.’ In the second half of the show, Max talks to economist, Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center, about the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement and about the economics of occupation. Continue reading

Economy

(ABC) – Factory Orders Drop More Than Expected – Read More Here

(CNNMoney) – Job recovery hits a wall – Read More Here

(Independent) – Johann Hari: How Goldman gambled on starvation

Speculators set up a casino where the chips were the stomachs of millions. What does it say about our system that we can so casually inflict so much pain? Read More Here

(ATR) – Six Months to Go Until The Largest Tax Hikes in History

Personal income tax rates will rise. The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed). The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent. All the rates in between will also rise. Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates. The full list of marginal rate hikes is below Read More Here

(ABCNews) – Walmart CEO Pay: More in an Hour Than Workers Get All Year? – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Middle class families face a triple whammy

You don’t usually expect radical neo-Marxism from the International Monetary Fund – the last great bastion of capitalism, spreading the gospel about the free market to the furthest reaches of the world. And yet, hidden away in an obscure IMF report a few years back is a short sentence that explains precisely the problems that Britain, and the rest of the Western world, have been sleepwalking towards for years.

The claim made by the IMF’s Financial Stability Report in 2005, in a seemingly throwaway remark, was that households had become the financial system’s “shock absorber of last resort”. In other words, whereas in previous eras, much of the pain of recession and financial crisis was borne by businesses or governments, with families afforded some degree of protection by the pensions system or welfare state, it was now households who were far more likely to face the music. Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – Expired Unemployment Benefits Causing Panic, Desperation: ‘I’m Drowning Fast’

Debra Rousey of Gainesville, Georgia, says that she received an unemployment check of $194 last week, half the usual amount she receives, along with a letter announcing that this check would be her last. She is now in a complete panic over what to do next. Read More Here

(DailyCrux) – Doug Casey: Going to these colleges serves no useful purpose whatsoever

There is no point at all in going to a college today, unless you’re looking to learn a trade. Or, perhaps, because the people you meet in college might be of some future benefit to you. In other words, it’s pointless unless it’s Harvard, Princeton, Yale, or the like. Because of the classes? No. It’s because the kids that go to such schools are the most intelligent and ambitious “up and comers” – so the connections you make and the patina you get at these places can open a lot of doors. Read More Here

(FoxNews) – Pelosi: Unemployment Checks Fastest Way to Create Jobs“It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.” Read More Here

(July 1) – Video: Alex Jones Tv – Dollar Plunges After UN Call To Ditch Greenback! – Video Link Here

(July 1) – Video: Ron Paul – 114 Flip Flop on Audit The Fed Causing Bill to Fail 229 – 198

(AFP) – US jobless claims surge more than expected – Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Goldman Sachs Pressed By Born for Derivatives Data

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. refused a request from the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to reveal how much it makes trading derivatives, saying the bank doesn’t separate the figure from other businesses. Read More Here

(CNNMoney) – House passes unemployment benefits extension

After a failed attempt earlier this week, the House voted to extend the deadline to file for federal jobless benefits Thursday. But the bill will be stuck in limbo as Congress takes a weeklong summer break.

The bill would extend the deadline to file for extended unemployment benefits through November, and would retroactively pay out claims to those who saw their benefits expire in May. Read More Here

(LRCBlog) – Audit-the-Fed Goes Down, 229-198

This is no surprise. Neither party wants to audit the counterfeiting enterprise that is at the dark heart of the regime. Read More Here

(EconomicCollapseBlog) – Mortgage Horror Stories: The U.S. Housing Industry Will Never Recover If Qualified People Can’t Get A Home Loan – Read More Here

(IrishTimes) – One million protest against Italy’s austerity cuts

About 100,000 people, according to union estimates, demonstrated in the central city of Bologna, capital of a traditionally leftist area with a strong labour movement. Read More Here

(TheHill) – Top Republican: Raise Social Security’s retirement age to 70

Boehner, the top Republican lawmaker in the House, said raising the retirement age by five years, indexing benefits to the rate of inflation and means-testing benefits would make the massive entitlement program more solvent. Read More Here

(USAToday) – National debt soars to highest level since WWII

The federal debt will represent 62% of the nation’s economy by the end of this year, the highest percentage since just after World War II, according to a long-term budget outlook released today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. Read More Here

Climategate

(WattsUpWithThat) – New Zealand’s Prime Minister: Climate Change bill a “load of rubbish” and “hoax”

Via Andrew Bolt in email, some surprising revelations about New Zealand’s Prime minister and his previous opinion of the ETS. It appears he has done a complete about face from his very strong opinions of 2005. Read More Here

(WattsUpWithThat) – Climate Craziness of the Week: The AGU peddles a mammoth climate change theory – Read More Here

Video

(RawStory) – Video: MSNBC’s Ratigan – Stock market an ‘obviously corrupt’ fraud

On his afternoon show Tuesday, MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan explained why he believes the usual explanations given in the media for why the stock market went up or down on a given day are nonsense.

“Seventy percent of the volume [of trades on the stock market] is computers that are run by the banks playing ping pong with stocks for 10 seconds at at time,” Ratigan said. Continue reading

Video: Coast to Coast AM with Jim Marrs

Author and investigative journalist Jim Marrs talked about why he believes the International Elite are using economic collapse, man-made disease, and erosion of civil liberties to take down America. He referred to the US as a “zombie nation” because citizens and the country itself are trillions of dollars in debt. JFK ended up dead not longer after he issued $4.2 billion in currency that was printed by the Treasury instead of the Federal Reserve (in reality, a group of 12 banks that charge interest), he noted.

“They’re setting us up for a really big fall– because the United States has been a free nation and a republic,” and the biggest stumbling block to their plan for a New World Order– a global socialist state broken into three economic blocks (as George Orwell predicted in 1984), Marrs laid out. Rather than conservatives or liberals, Democrats or Republicans, he said the Global Elite is made up of various wealthy individuals– many Cabinet members of the last four administrations have been members of the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), he added. Continue reading

Economy

(BBC) – Japan PM Naoto Kan warns of ‘collapse’ under debt pile

Japan is at “risk of collapse” under its huge debt mountain, the country’s new prime minister has said. Read More Here

(NAlert) – ObamaCare’s 150 New Government Agencies – Read More Here

(DowJones) – 2nd UPDATE: Milan Judge Adjourns Derivatives Trial To June 23

A Milan judge adjourned Wednesday a landmark derivatives trial against four international banks accused of fraudulently selling derivatives on a bond by two weeks to June 23.

Judge Oscar Magi, who recently took over the proceedings, also ruled that several parties including dozens of consumer … Read More Here

(NYTimes) – Uncertainty Restores Glitter to an Old Refuge, Gold

It is the resurgent passion of the doomsday crowd, a bet that everything will go wrong. No matter what has you worried, they say, the answer is gold. Read More Here

(CNNMoney) – Vermont to seniors: Return those $250 checks

The federal government is mailing $250 Medicare rebate checks this week, but Vermont is asking its seniors to send the money back to the state. Read More Here

(June 11) – Video: Bob Chapman’s Friday 6/11/2010 Economic Report on Alex Jones Tv

Bob Chapman of The International Forecaster checks in with his regular Friday economic news update. Alex covers the news and takes your calls. Continue reading

Economy

(GoldScents) – STILL JUST A BABY BULL

It’s sad to say but I’m afraid 90/95% of all retail traders/investors are not going to successfully ride the gold bull. The reason of course is that they are deathly afraid of draw downs. It’s glaringly apparent every time gold pulls back or suffers the slightest correction. Immediately a slew of traders come on the blog and warn of impending doom. “Gold is going to $600” (think Elliot wave). Some are even brave (maybe I should say ‘foolish’) enough to short. Here is one we hear alot lately, “miners are going to get crushed if the stock market enters a new leg down in the secular bear market”.

Pure nonsense!

Let me show you what happened to gold and miners during the 2000-2003 bear market. Read More Here

(Alternet) – Why Banks Try to Make Borrowers Feel Like Sinners When They Can’t Pay off Their Mortgages

Crazy views about homeownership are helping the very bankers who screwed us in the first place. Read More Here

(TheComingDepression) – World economies on verge of currency revaluations to deal with debt

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” — Henry Ford
Basically what the world central banks are doing is increasing their money by devaluing it (printing more than it’s worth) and giving it to banks so that they can lend it. Then, when things pick up, simply take the money back and destroy it. Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Euro ‘will be dead in five years’

The euro will have broken up before the end of this Parliamentary term, according to the bulk of economists taking part in a wide-ranging economic survey for The Sunday Telegraph. Read More Here

Economy

(HuffingtonPost) – The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Mutilated Our Economy

$1,000,000,000,000.00 – As of today, that’s how much we’ve spent just in direct costs so far on the stupid wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Video: Pento Sees `Double-Dip Recession’ in U.S

Michael Pento, chief economist at Delta Global Advisors, talks with Bloomberg’s Margaret Brennan about the outlook for the U.S. economy and investment strategy. Pento says the Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates artificially low and that he sees a “double-dip recession.” Video Link Here

(ComingDepression) – Venezuelan inflation rate hits 30 percent; South American currency planned

“That’s an incredible surge,” Adrian Aguirre, an economist at Caracas-based Bancaribe SA, said in a telephone interview. “The fact that food prices rose by more than 11 percent is something we’ve never seen in the last decade.” Read More Here

(ComingDepression) – The PIIGS are dying: Spain following Greece

“Europe’s top job-creator only two years ago, Spain now has the region’s highest unemployment rate, at just over 20 percent, and is the slowest of the major economies to emerge from the global recession. Meanwhile, the ratings agency dealt a blow to state efforts to shore up confidence in its finances by cutting the country’s rating one notch from AAA to AA plus” Read More Here

(TheComingDepression.net) – New Jersey, Florida, California, Illinois canaries in coalmine

“We [Miami] are not the only city, municipality to be going through this. It looks like Los Angeles sometime next week or the week after will be going bankrupt. It looks like there will be 30 more cities following suit.” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the state is “careening our way toward becoming Greece” and can’t afford the cost of benefits and pensions for current workers. Read More Here

(RollingStone) – Wall Street’s War – Matt Taibi

Congress looked serious about finance reform – until America’s biggest banks unleashed an army of 2,000 paid lobbyists Read More Here

(RawStory) – US House votes quadrupling of per-barrel oil tax

The US House of Representatives on Friday voted to more than quadruple a per-barrel oil tax that fills a special trust fund to pay for damages from major spills like the Gulf of Mexico disaster. Read More Here

(NeithercorpPress) – Warning Signs Of Full Spectrum Collapse Are Everywhere

The sovereign debt crisis in Greece and many other European nations has, at least for the moment, open a gap in the wash of financial disinformation that has prevailed in the mainstream media for the past year. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Geithner offers China vow of greater fiscal discipline – Read More Here

(DailyBell) – EU Spins Out of Control

Euro under new pressure after Spain’s debt rating is downgraded … Markets set to fall after ratings agency Fitch strips Spain of AAA score … French debt rating also threatened, says budget minister Francois Baroin Read More Here

(SafeHaven) – The Looming Financial Holocaust – Is Closer Than We Thought ..

We had expected the broad stockmarket and the resource sector to stabilize and start to recover last week and they did, and while we are likely to see further recovery in the days and perhaps weeks ahead, there have been some ominous developments in the recent past that we would be most unwise to ignore. Read More Here

(MarketOracle) – Gold and Silver Bull Market Progress Report – Read More Here

(MineSet) – The Same Big Fat Greek Problems are Coming to America

We would all like to think the U.S. will not suffer the same problems as Greece. I am talking about drastic spending cuts to just about everything. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – U.S. Inflation to Approach Zimbabwe Level, Faber Says (Update2)

The U.S. economy will enter “hyperinflation” approaching the levels in Zimbabwe because the Federal Reserve will be reluctant to raise interest rates, investor Marc Faber said.

Prices may increase at rates “close to” Zimbabwe’s gains, Faber said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong. Zimbabwe’s inflation rate reached 231 million percent in July, the last annual rate published by the statistics office Read More Here

(ExpressCoUK) – RBS REJECTS PROTESTS OVER £1BN BONUS PAYOUT

ROYAL Bank of Scotland will ignore protests and award up to £1 billion in bonuses to its staff next month. The bank will pay out a combined total of between £950 million and £1 billion. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Top German Bankers See Plot To Funnel Bailout Money To French Banks

From the beginning, it’s been clear that the bailout of Greece would be a bailout in large part of French banks, owing in part to the fact that French banks had the biggest exposure.

Yet apparently some top German bankers are alarmed at how things are playing out. Read More Here

(EconomicCollapseBlog) – The U.S. Economic Collapse Top 20 Countdown

So just how bad is the U.S. economy?  Well, the truth is that sometimes it is hard to put into words.  We have squandered the great wealth left to us by our forefathers, we have almost totally dismantled the world’s greatest manufacturing base, we have shipped millions of good jobs overseas and we have piled up the biggest mountain of debt in the history of mankind.  We have taken the greatest free enterprise economy that was ever created and have turned it into a gigantic house of cards delicately balanced on a never-ending spiral of paper money and debt.  For decades, all of this paper money and debt has enabled us to enjoy the greatest party in the history of the world, but now the bills are coming due and the party is nearly over.

In fact, things are already so bad that you can pick almost every number and find a corresponding statistic that shows just how bad the economy is getting.

You doubt it?

Well, check this out…. Continue reading

Economy

(CommitteeForAbolitionOfThirdWorldDebt) – Eurozone Economic Crisis: Call For a European Mobilisation Against the Dictatorship of the Creditors

Text of the La Marlagne Declaration Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – Tier 5: The Despair Of The 99ers

Hundreds of thousands of long-term unemployed people across the country are watching in despair as Congress limps toward a reauthorization of jobless aid programs that won’t even help them.

They are the 99ers, people who have exhausted the maximum 99 weeks of unemployment benefits available in some states. Read More Here

(MotherJones) – Soldier in Iraq Loses Home Over $800 Debt

Michael Clauer is a captain in the Army Reserve who commanded over 100 soldiers in Iraq. But while he was fighting for his country, a different kind of battle was brewing on the home front. Last September, Michael returned to Frisco, Texas, to find that his homeowners’ association had foreclosed on his $300,000 house—and sold it for $3,500. This is story illustrates the type of legal quagmire that can get out of hand while soldiers are serving abroad and their families are dealing with the stress of their deployment. And fixing the mess isn’t easy. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Dollar to be Replaced with IMF’s SDR as Reserve Currency?

Jim O’Neill, who did not make any friends within the bear community earlier today, has written an interesting paper on the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights, and whether this hypernational currency can ever become a reserve currency as is, and/or with the CNY as a constituent member. Read More Here

(Globe&Mail) – Greece could set off bigger debt bomb

Let’s play a little game called Disaster. Imagine an event that could trigger a genuine, knock ’em down, worldwide catastrophe. Think of Pearl Harbor, multiplied by 10, or even 100. Read More Here

(BizJournals) – N.C. loses 1,800 more construction jobs

North Carolina lost 1,800 jobs in the construction industry in April, according to a report released Friday. But the study also shows the industry’s nationwide slowdown is beginning to wane. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Berlusconi Says $30 Billion of Budget Cuts Needed to Save Euro – Read More Here

(CNBC) – More Cities on Brink of Bankruptcy – Read More Here

(BizJournals) – Cincinnati State hikes tuition 3.5% – Read More Here

(HoweStreet) – Miami Commissioner Says Bankruptcy is City’s Best Hope; Chris Christie Says New Jersey Careens Towards Becoming Greece – Read More Here

(CNNMoney) – Youth jobless crisis could have lasting impact – Read More Here

(NBCMiami) – Video: Miami Budget Begging for Bankruptcy – Video Link Here

(WPost) – 100,000 teachers nationwide face layoffs – Read More Here

(AmericanThinker) – Folly Central: Obama Considers Another Stimulus

Another stimulus. That’s right. You read correctly. The U.K.’s Telegraph reports that dour President Obama and his cadre of thick-headed left-wing ideologues are weighing additional borrowing. This time to the tune of $200 billion. Paltry when stacked against the trillions in debt the nation is already massing? Can you say the “tyranny of compounding interest?” Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – The Worst Money Supply Plunge Since The Depression Means A Double Dip Is Now A ‘Virtual Certainty’

The negative take is that this crashing money supply will lead to both deflation and a double dip recession: Read More Here

(ABCNews) – National Debt Soars Past $13 Trillion – Read More Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Subprime Goes to College: $300 Billion in Defaults Coming

Mike O’Rourke (Via ZeroHedge) has a nice summary of yesterday’s Ira Sohn Research Conference.

Of note was Frontpoint’s Steve Eisman, who has spotted another private sector industry that is in bed with government big time ,that is taking advantage of the poor, and will collapse. Here’s O’Rourke’s report on Eisman’s speech: Read More Here

(TaxProf) – Gird Your Loins: IRS ‘Wealth Squads’ Are on the Way

Newly created exam teams will scrub wealthy taxpayers’ hedge funds, trusts and foreign accounts. Read More Here

(DailyFinance) – BankWatch: TARP Investments Lead to Huge Losses for U.S. Treasury

As struggling banks get acquired or fail, the U.S. Treasury is shouldering a growing burden: Its investments in TARP are turning out to be a bust, leading to huge losses. And there are signs of more trouble ahead. Read More Here

(AmericanThinker) – Another Sham Stimulus Bill – Read More Here

(WashingtonPost) – 100,000 teachers nationwide face layoffs

Senior congressional Democrats and the Obama administration scrambled Wednesday to line up support for $23 billion in federal aid to avert an estimated 100,000 or more school layoffs in a brutal year for education budgets coast to coast. Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – Credit Storm in Europe; Politics on Capital Hill – Mike Whitney

Credit market turmoil in the Eurozone has ignited frenzied trading on global markets. On Tuesday, shares tumbled nearly 300 points on the Dow Jones before launching an unconvincing 257-point late-day comeback. Wednesday the mayhem continued; all the major indexes seesawed wildly as positive news on durable goods was nixed by reports on wobbly EU banks. Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – The Cult of Subprime Central Bankers

The world is suffering from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The crisis has left tens of millions unemployed in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. The huge baby boomer generation in the United States, now on the edge of retirement, has seen much of its wealth destroyed with the collapse of the housing bubble. Read More Here

(WSJ) – Banks Trim Debt, Obscuring Risks

Three big banks—Bank of America Corp., Deutsche Bank AG and Citigroup Inc.—are among the most active at temporarily shedding debt just before reporting their finances to the public, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows. Read More Here

(Fox) – Video: Freedom Watch – Reigning in National Debt

May 26 – What role did supply-side economics play in creating U.S. deficit? Continue reading

Economy

(CNBC) – Video: Nouriel Roubini – Double Dip Recession – Video Link Here

BREAKING (TheFightOfYourLife) – Bob Chapman flashed a high priority Intel report today 05/22/10 at 1700EDT

According to high placed sources withing the Federal Reserve they will take the economy down and force all but 4 banks out of existence no later that December 31, 2010 and possibly by mid November. Read More Here

(CSPAN2) – Video: The US Government Is In Dire Physical Condition! – Senator McConnell

(NYTimes) – Cuts to Child Care Subsidy Thwart More Job Seekers – Read More Here

(FoxBusiness) – The Next Bailout: $165B for Unions

Taxpayers could be on the hook for another $165 billion if a bill to bail out private union pension funds makes it through Congress. Read More Here

(CaseyResearch) – Fact vs. Fiction on Today’s Economy

There is a lot of “noise” being tossed out by the politicos and their preferred pundits about how the U.S. economy is on the mend. Thus it is important to try and separate fact from fiction about where things really stand.
FICTION: Though sporadic, the U.S. economy will continue to improve.
FACT: The U.S. is headed for a currency crisis.
Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Speculators Grab Gold Faster Than Mines Can Produce It

Speculators are buying gold faster than the world’s biggest producers can mine it as analysts forecast a 27 percent rally that may extend the longest run of annual gains since at least 1920. Read More Here

(Express) – Gordon Brown ‘first choice’ for top job at IMF – Read More Here

(MyBudget360) – America’s wealthiest 25 percent of households own 87 percent of all U.S. wealth. How the middle class face growing income inequality in the new era of the psychopath corporatocracy Read More Here

(MarketWatch) – Bank of Spain seizes control of savings bank CajaSur – Read More Here

(IrishTimes) – Burden of Irish debt could yet eclipse that of Greece

It is no longer a question of whether Ireland will go bust, but when. Unlike Greece, our woes do not stem from government debt, but instead from the government’s open-ended guarantee to cover the losses of the banking system out of its citizens’ wallets. Read More Here

(InternForecaster) – Dysfunctional Markets That Change Every Hour – Bob Chapman

Keeping up with today’s dysfunctional markets is very difficult because they change hour by hour. The problems of Europe have stolen center stage from US problems. The focus is on Europe, but we all should remember trillions of dollars have been injected into the US financial system since mid-2007. Read More Here

(WashingtonPost) – One false move in Europe could set off global chain reaction

If the trouble starts — and it remains an “if” — the trigger may well be obscure to the concerns of most Americans: a missed budget projection by the Spanish government, the failure of Greece to hit a deficit-reduction target, a drop in Ireland’s economic output. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Louisiana Realtor: Oil Is Having “Horrible, Just Horrific” Effect On Sales

Carolyn Angelette said around 100 clients have canceled summer rentals in Grand Isle, LA. Other clients have postponed plans to buy a home until they see the full extent of oil damage. At this rate, she warns, her Century 21 office will go out of business. Read More Here

Video: California is planning to bankrupt itself

Jim Puplava talks about insane law proposals in California recorded on May 22nd 2010

(GlobalResearch) – The Banks Call the Shots on Financial Reform: The Sovereign Debt Crisis is Sweeping the World with another Credit Crunch – Danny Schechter – Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – A “Fix” to the Economic Recession: Undermine the Rights of Public Sector Workers – Shamus Cooke

In the state of Oregon, the most widely distributed paper, the Oregonian, announced on its front page that the state should expect “Ten Years of Pain.” The perpetrator: the budget crisis — $2.5 billion in the coming two-year budget cycle, with $2 billion projected deficits until 2019. Sadly, these depressing numbers assume that the economy will recover, a belief lacking any credible evidence.

How to fix Oregon’s woes? The Oregonian answers: Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – Merkel’s Savage Blitz through Euroland – Mike Whitney

Angela Merkel has let a minor brush-fire on the periphery turn into a raging inferno that’s sweeping across the continent. Absent Berlin’s fumbling diplomatic effort and its ferocious attachment to Hooverian economics, the Greek matter would have been over by now. Instead, the fire continues to burn while the German Chancellor pushes the eurozone closer and closer to the cliff. And what for; to prove that prodigal spending by the member states (Greece) mustn’t go unpunished? Is that what this is all about? Is Merkel really willing to break up the EU just to prove her point and to accommodate her towering sense of self righteousness? Read More Here

(TruthDig) – The Greeks Get It – Chris Hedges

Here’s to the Greeks. They know what to do when corporations pillage and loot their country. They know what to do when Goldman Sachs and international bankers collude with their power elite to falsify economic data and then make billions betting that the Greek economy will collapse. Read More Here

(CSPAN) – Video: Why should taxpayers be on the hook? – Ron Paul

On Thursday, Congressman Paul spoke at the House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on The Role of the International Monetary Fund and Federal Reserve in Stabilizing Europe.

He also questioned Federal Reserve Board of Governors member Daniel Tarullo and observed how continual bailouts help the big banks and the well-connected at the expense of the taxpayer. Continue reading

Obama’s Wall Street “reform” bill passes – US Senate rubber-stamps the dictatorship of the big banks

(WSWS) – The US Senate’s passage of the Obama administration’s financial reform bill Thursday was hailed in the media and by official Washington as a landmark effort to curb the power of the big banks. But on Wall Street itself, the news was greeted with a mixture of dismissal and applause. Continue reading

Economy

Video: Max Keiser – GLOBAL BREAKDOWN: Gerald Celente’s latest trends – Video Link Here

Video: Schiff & King Discuss Gold & Silver: Panic Gold buying in Germany – Video Link Here

(L.A.City) – Controller Greuel Releases Audit Showing City Can’t Find 45% of Items Purchased with Taxpayer Funds – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Hedge funds bet big on the falling euro

Hedge funds that made millions from the implosion of America’s subprime market are betting on a similarly dramatic collapse of the euro. Read More Here

(Infowars) – The 750 Billion Euro Bluff

The Germans recently approved their portion of the €750bn European bailout fund, and I think that’s all the money we will see. It’s highly unlikely that the EU has the capital to pull off the entire thing, unless the ECB starts printing money à la full-blown quantative easing. They are just trying to bluff the speculator vultures, so that they won’t start circling Portugal, Ireland and other weak EMU economies. But I think eventually the vultures will smell blood. Read More Here

(ABC) – Video: Clarke and Dawes ask the million dollar questions

John Clarke and Bryan Dawe calculate the cost of the European debt crisis. – Video Link Here

(BusinessInsider) – Will Trichet Let A Deflationary Depression Happen So He Can’t Be Accused Of Bailing Out Greece? – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – City fears of ‘Great Depression Mark II’

Leading City experts have started raising the prospect of “Great Depression II” amid worries that the European economic crisis could trigger a deeper bout of chaos. Read More Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – 32 States Have Borrowed from the Federal Government to Make Unemployment Payments; California Has Borrowed $7 Billion

EconomicPolicyJournal.com has learned that 32 states have run out funds to make unemployment benefit payments and that the federal government has been supplying these states with funds so that they can make their payments to the unemployed. In some cases, states have borrowed billions. As of May 20, the total balance outstanding by 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) is $37.8 billion. Read More Here

(SFGate) – Courts quash cuts, add to state’s budget woes

Designated cuts to health and human services that were rejected by federal courts alone have resulted in $4.5 billion in lost savings over the past three years, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration. Read More Here

(TIME) – Florida Braces for Oil Spill, Impact on Tourism Industry

Like an environmental version of the hurricanes that ravaged the Gulf States in 2005, the epic spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig seems almost certain to foul every coastal corner it can. After paralyzing Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry, it is threatening Florida’s $60 billion tourism business. Read More Here

(WSJ) – AIG Executives Won’t Face Criminal Charges

The decision brings to a close a criminal investigation that, while mostly under wraps, was widely followed. The September 2008 bailout of AIG was one of the biggest and most shocking of the financial crisis, as trading by a noninsurance unit brought down one of the most iconic financial companies world-wide. Read More Here

FLASHBACK – (TIME) – Scandals The Looting of Greece

The plot was an audacious one. To create the pool of crooked money, PASOK leaders had for three years ordered state-managed corporations such as the Post Office, the Organization of Urban Transportation and the State Pharmaceutical Co. to transfer large bank deposits — the country’s money, in effect — out of the big national banks into the Bank of Crete, then the / smallest private bank in the country. There, Koskotas says, he arranged for the government deposits to draw an exceptionally low rate of interest, only 2% or 3%. Bank savings accounts in Greece routinely draw 15% interest. The excess interest earned on the government deposits was siphoned off and went straight to the politicians, he says. In addition, protected and encouraged by Papandreou, Koskotas secretly plowed Bank of Crete funds into his magazines and newspapers. Read More Here

(LewRockwell) – Sell in May and Run Away . . . Fast

Stock markets all over the world are falling. The first market to begin falling was China’s. It peaked in early August of 2009. It struggled back, though not to its August peak, but is now falling. The decline is accelerating. It is down by about 25% in 2010. Read More Here

(MoneyAndMarkets) – Massive Currency and Debt Devaluations Lie Ahead

The run-up in the stock market from March 2009 until last month was sharp and rewarding … for some. But there was one problem, it came with disproportional risk. You see, the stock market rose to an extent that it was pricing in perfection … a V-shaped recovery … a return to normal.

That overly optimistic view on the world can make for an ugly ending Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – The Giant Banks, Federal Reserve and Treasury Have All Blackmailed America

As I wrote last October:

Congressmen Brad Sherman and Paul Kanjorski and Senator James Inhofe all say that the government warned of martial law if Tarp wasn’t passed. And Rahm Emanuel famously said:

Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.

Last year: Read More Here

(RTTNews) – Massive Demonstration In Romania Protesting Austerity Measures

The demonstration by some 20,000 people, who gathered in front of the government headquarters in capital Bucharest to protest planned government wage-cuts, was one of the largest mass protests that the Eastern European country witnessed since the fall of Communism in 1989. Read More Here

(Examiner) – CAFR: US agencies have billions, trillions in investments while crying budget deficits

Gerald Klatt and Walter Burien are unrecognized heroes. These individuals are national leaders who have communicated how government agencies conceal American taxpayers’ money in surplus accounts that collectively total trillions of our dollars. The data is found in government agencies’ Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs). Read More Here

(SofiaEcho) – Greece prepares for massive new strike

Massive general strikes by the Greek public sector will all but paralyse much of the country as Greek trade unions launch another 24-hour general protest against planned additional austerity measures. Read More Here

(GardenHarvest) – Severe Poverty Growing Rapidly

The percentage of Americans living in severe poverty – with incomes less than half of the federal poverty line – has reached a 32-year peak. A recent analysis of 2005 census data by McClatchy Newspapers found nearly 16 million Americans living in deep or severe poverty, defined as a family of four with income of $9,903 a year or less and an individual living on less than $5,080 a year. Read More Here

Video: Rand Paul on the Economy and the War

BREAKING – (NYTimes) – In Tea Party Victory, Rand Paul Takes Ky. Senate Primary

Rand Paul, one of the early leaders of the Tea Party movement, won the Republican nomination for Senate from Kentucky Tuesday night, delivering a powerful blow to the party’s establishment and offering the clearest evidence yet of the strength of the anti-government sentiment simmering at the grass-roots level. Read More Here

See Also: (KurtNimmo) – Will Neo-Cons Steal Senate Primary From Rand Paul?Read More Here

Also: (KurtNimmo) – Despite Poll Numbers, Rand Paul’s Opponent Confident He Will Win in KentuckyRead More Here

(MSNBC) – May 17, 2010 – “We Pay The Taliban During The Daytime & At Night They Plant IEDs” Continue reading

American Expats Giving Up Citizenship in Record Numbers

(TheNewAmerican) – April 26 – The number of Americans choosing not merely to retire but often to live and work in other countries — expatriates or “expats” — has been increasing steadily for a number of years now. According to one source, the number of American expats has risen to four million, and the steady trickle of Americans out of this country shows no signs of abating.

Americans’ reasons for leaving differ from case to case. Some are convinced that the global empire emanating from Washington, D.C. is in its declining days, as was Rome at one point, and are seeking safe havens for themselves and their families just in case economic shocks in the United States continue. Others have either been sent or have chosen to pursue desirable careers overseas. Some, finally, just desire the experience of living in a different culture. Continue reading

Economist Tim Madden: The PIIGS Brief: understanding how oligarchs rig, loot our economies

(Examiner) – Tim Madden is an economist with expertise on credit and banking. Tim and I are colleagues in lobbying government for public banking, with concentration in the US for state-owned banks (and here). The good news is that structural solutions to our economic controlled demolition are obvious and simple; and explained beautifully by many of America’s brightest historical minds. The bad news is that we’re still mired in oligarchic looting of our economies. Continue reading

How the Illuminati Create Unlimited Money – Mark Dice

(Infowars) – Perhaps you have noticed that frequently the largest and most extravagant buildings in most cities (and even small towns) are banks. It’s fascinating how banks make money off interest, which is one of the most lucrative businesses known to man. While most businesses build a product or provide some kind of service involving manual labor or specialized knowledge, banks make enormous profits through the seemingly magical practice of lending people money and collecting interest on the loans. Continue reading

Economy

(CampaignForLiberty) – Is Sovereign Debt Crisis Contained to Subprime? – Peter Schiff

As Americans observe the chaos in Greece, most assume that the strength of our currency, the credit worthiness of our government, and the vast expanse of two oceans, will prevent a similar scene from playing out in our streets. I believe these protections to be illusory. Read More Here

(IsraelFinancialExpert) – The Euro Crisis and the Euro Collapse- A run on the banks is Imminent – Read More Here

(BullionBullsCanada) – The Silver Price Spiral, Part III: tomorrow

In Part I of this series, I introduced readers to the idea that the price of silver could soar to levels which would even surprise most silver-bulls. In Part II of this series, I pointed out that when our “paper inventories” of silver are exposed that this, alone, sets up the silver market for an enormous price-shock. In Part III of this series, I will discuss how silver has perhaps the most-bullish demand fundamentals of any commodity in history Read More Here

(AZFamily) – Video: Hundreds seek to fill vacant positions at Pro’s Ranch Market

Job hunters turned out in the hundreds to fill recently-vacant positions at Pro’s Ranch Market stores, where a federal audit led to the firing of some 300 workers. View Video Here

(CityWire) – Would You Put Up With What is Being Asked of the Greek People?

Want to know exactly why public anger in Greece is running at such explosive levels? Then take a look at the austerity measures currently being debated by the Greek parliament. Read More Here

(Slate) – Shadow Banking: Keeping the Fed Honest – Eliot Spitzer

Why is the Federal Reserve so afraid of openness and accountability? – Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Financial Manipulation and Inside Information: Did the Stock Market Drop Or Was It Pushed? – Danny Schechter

The Wall Street Journal headline on the day after we almost lost the market reported that the wise men on the Street were “baffled” by the big drop Thursday. The Financial Times called the event “Shambolic” as if only a shaman can decode it. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Wealth And Inequality In America: The Rich are getting Richer and the Poor are getting Poorer – Gus Lubin – Read More Here

(FinancialTimes) – Plunge in US equities remains a mystery

The day after $1,000bn was briefly wiped off the market value of US equities, traders were still trying to work out what caused share prices to plunge and then rebound so dramatically in a matter of minutes. Read More Here

(ComingDepression) – Unmentioned: USA slaps more tariffs on China

“The U.S. Department of Commerce said yesterday that it has set preliminary anti-dumping duties on refined Chinese and Mexican copper pipe worth hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars.”
Unless we wake up in the West to what has happened with China monopolizing the world manufacturing sector and supplying easy credit to keep buying their products, we’ll end up like Greece too. China is acting on emotion to sustain its country because if the people there are jobless, we stop buying their stuff – they will collapse into civil strife. Read More Here

(Spiegel) – Huge National Debts Could Push Euro Zone into Bankruptcy

Greece is only the beginning. The world’s leading economies have long lived beyond their means, and the financial crisis caused government debt to swell dramatically. Now the bill is coming due, but not all countries will be able to pay it. Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – Stock Market Collapse: More Goldman Market Rigging? – Ellen Brown

Goldman and Wall Street reign. Congress appears helpless to discipline the big banks, just as the European Central Bank appears helpless to prevent the collapse of the European Union. . . . Or are they? Read More Here

(Current) – Thomas Jefferson – Banks more Dangerous than Armies

Banking institutions, paper money, and paper speculation are capable of undermining the nation’s stability and could be a danger in time of war. The Constitution does not empower the Congress to establish a National Bank. Rather than trust the nation’s currency to private hands, the circulating medium should be restored to the nation itself to whom it belongs. Read More Here

(TheAtlantic) – Revised Senate Fed Audit Amendment Lacks Bite

Perhaps no other force had as much to do with stabilizing the financial system during the crisis as the Federal Reserve. And no other influence is shrouded in so much mystery. Although its tactics were hugely successful, the Fed has become incredibly controversial due to its secrecy. It has some politicians on both sides of the aisle calling for an audit to enhance transparency. But the Senate amendment — sponsored by Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) — changed significantly on Thursday and lost much of its bite. Read More Here

(AP) – FDIC shuts banks in Fla., Minn., Ariz., Calif.

Regulators on Friday shut down banks in Florida, Minnesota, Arizona and California, bringing the number of U.S. bank failures to 68 this year. Read More Here

(TheComingDepression) – Mortgage fraud in Canada highlights tumbling market

“The Bank of Montreal has been hit by a huge mortgage fraud in Alberta that may cost it $30 million, a report said. The bank is suing hundreds of people in connection with the scam, including lawyers, mortgage brokers and four of its employees, CBC News said, citing legal documents.”
The case may be the largest mortgage fraud in Canadian history, generating about $140 million, with funds channeled as far as Lebanon, India – Read More Here

Video: Rep. Alan Grayson: You Own the Red Roof Inn, Thanks to the Fed

Rep. Alan Grayson discussed the Federal Reserve’s purchase of debt from Bear Stearns, including debt from recently foreclosed Red Roof Inn’s.

Cut the Partisan Crap … BOTH the Private Sector AND the Government are to Blame for the Financial Crisis

(WashingtonsBlog) – Partisan GOP hacks say the financial crisis was caused by too much regulation, and government interference in the markets.

But Glass-Steagall was repealed, derivatives were left unregulated, and the regulators were watching porn instead of preventing fraud. Giant banks, hedge funds and other fat cat private players knowingly gamed the market and committed fraud in more ways than can be listed in a single post. Continue reading

Economy

(Cato@Liberty) – Costly IRS Mandate Slipped into Health Bill

A few wording changes to the tax code’s section 6041 regarding 1099 reporting were slipped into the 2000-page health legislation. The changes will force millions of businesses to issue hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of additional IRS Form 1099s every year. It appears to be a costly, anti-business nightmare. Read More Here

(DailyMail) – Greek police and protesters clash as fury over economic chaos spills on to streets – Read More Here

(NYTimesBlog) – Where All That Money Went

“We’ve lost almost $11 trillion of household wealth in the last 17 or 18 months,” lamented Senator Christopher J. Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat, on last Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” as he urged Congress to proceed with speedy deliberations on a finance reform bill.
Eleven trillion dollars! That’s over three-quarters of our current gross domestic product. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Here’s Why US GDP Growth Is Unsustainable

The US turned in a fairly robust quarter in Q1 2010, with real GDP growth meeting expectations at 3.2% annualized. This comes on the back of a very robust annualized 5.6% growth in the previous quarter. This is the best growth two-quarter growth we have seen since 2003.

However, when one digs deeper, it is obvious this growth is unsustainable because it is predicated on a reduction in savings rates and a releveraging of the household sector. As a result, I expect weak GDP growth in the second half of 2010. Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – Goldman Sachs Reveals it Shorted Gulf of Mexico (SATIRE)

In what is looming as another public relations predicament for Goldman Sachs, the banking giant admitted today that it made “a substantial financial bet against the Gulf of Mexico” one day before the sinking of an oil rig in that body of water. Read More Here

(HoweStreet) – The Welfare State Meets Mathematics

The simple matter is that many nations have been living beyond their means and investors are beginning to doubt governments are good credit risks. That’s saying something, when governments can simply confiscate from the public the money needed to pay bond holders. But debt-to-GDP levels are now so high across the Western world that bond investors (and ratings agencies) are having serious doubts. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – With $2 Trillion In 3 Year Funding Needs By the PIIGS, The IMF Is Helpless To Do Anything But Sit Back And Watch

Total PIIGS funding needs (defined as the sum of debt maturities and budget deficits) over the next 3 years amount to $2 trillion. Total PIIGS funding needs in 2010 alone amount to $600 billion. Total IMF bail out capacity: around $700 billion. Sorry – it simply does not compute.

Below is a table summarizing the funding needs of just the PIIGS. Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – If We Broke Up Standard Oil, We Can Break Up the Giant Banks – Read More Here

(BizJournals) – Honolulu foreclosures soar 123% in Q1 – Read More Here

(CNBC) – Spain Jobless Rate Surpasses 20%

Spain’s jobless rate has surpassed 20 percent for the first time since 1997, the government said Friday as it offered more dismal news for a recession-plagued economy that is being dragged into Europe’s debt crisis. Read More Here

(BizJournals) – Florida has highest private student loan delinquency rate – Read More Here

(MercuryNews) – San Jose council cuts its own pay 10 percent

The city is trying to close a record $116 million operating deficit for the upcoming budget year and hundreds of layoffs are anticipated. Read More Here

(BizJournals) – Report: Tech industry dumps 246,000 jobs in 2009

The job losses likely will be much higher in the 2011 report (which will have 2009 state stats) reflecting the full weight of the recession. Read More Here

(knightNews) – UCF Tuition and Fees Could Soar 23% Combined Under Legislative Deal

State lawmakers gave the greenlight for the University of Central Florida and other state schools to hike fees by 15 percent and raise tuition by another 8 percent — while at the same time slashing funding for the Bright Futures scholarship program. Read More Here

(BizJournals) – Report: Alabama manufacturing jobs down 7% in last year – Read More Here

(AP) – Mortgage fraud incidents rise 7 pct last year

Incidents of residential mortgage fraud increased last year, a sign that scammers are still targeting the industry despite more diligent efforts to find and report such activity. Read More Here

(YouTubeVlog) – Video: Peter Schiff – How an Economy Grows & Why it Crashes Continue reading

Former Nazi Bank To Rule The Global Economy

(PaulWatson) – European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet’s announcement that the Bank for International Settlements is to become the primary engine for global governance is a shocking admission given the fact that this ultra-secretive menagerie of international bankers was once controlled by top Nazis who, in collusion with global central banks, funneled money through the institution which directly financed Hitler’s war machine.

During a speech to the elitist CFR organization earlier this week, ECB head Trichet said that the Global Economy Meeting (GEM), which regularly meets at the BIS headquarters in Basel, “Has become the prime group for global governance among central banks”. Continue reading

Banks Bailed Out By American Taxpayers

(WashingtonsBlog) – Americans bailed out the giant banks. So how do the too big to fails re-pay the American taxpayers?

By betting that American states and cities will fail.

As the Wall Street Journal notes:

As U.S. cities and towns wrestle with financial problems, investors are finding a new way to profit on their misery: by buying derivatives that essentially bet municipalities will default.

These so-called credit default swaps are basically insurance contracts that have long been available to protect holders of corporate bonds against default. They became available a few years ago for municipal debt, allowing investors to short sell—or bet against—countless cities, towns and bridges, and more than a dozen states, including California, Michigan and New York.

The derivatives are still thinly traded, but their existence has the potential to make investors skittish

Continue reading

Illegal drug money saved banks during global finance disaster

(NaturalNews) – Billions of dollars from the illegal drug business was the only thing that kept the global financial system from collapsing at the height of the banking crisis just over a year ago, according to the head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

“In many instances, the money from drugs was the only liquid investment capital,” Antonio Maria Costa said. “In the second half of 2008, liquidity was the banking system’s main problem and hence liquid capital became an important factor.” Continue reading

Economy

(OnlineJournal) – The Big Six banks are shorting the American Dream

The Big Six investment banks, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, are “shorting the American Dream,” according to economist Simon Johnson and entrepreneur James Kwak in an interview on April 16, “Financial Regulation and Regulatory Capture” on Bill Moyers Journal. Here’s a summary of the big and important ideas and issues on the table. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Break up the Banks and Combat Financial Crime – Danny Schechter – Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – What Really Triggered the Financial Crisis? – The Shadow Banking System Blew Up – Mike Whitney Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Will Goldman Sachs Prove Greed is God?

The investment bank’s cult of self-interest is on trial against the whole idea of civilization – the collective decision by all of us not to screw each other over even if we can Read More Here

(FinancialSense) – Reports of Our Recovery Are Greatly Exaggerated – Peter Schiff

From all outward appearances, it seems that a grim chapter in U.S. economic history has come to an end. Newsweek magazine declares that “America is Back,” government statistics indicate revival, and our stock market has put in a rally for the record books (by rate of ascent, not highs – we are still more than 25% below the 2007 peak). Read More Here

(SilverBearCafe) – The Middle Class Game Is Up: We’re Heading to a Slave Labor Planet Read More Here

(FinancialTimes) – US prepares to push for global capital rules

The US is preparing to pivot from domestic regulatory reform to a push for a tough new international capital regime after the weekend’s G20 and International Monetary Fund meetings glossed over differences between leading economies. Read More Here

(USAWatchdog) – Housing Sales and Inflation Surge

The big news in the economy last week was new home sales jumped 27% in March. It was the best monthly increase percentage wise since John F. Kennedy was in office. What the mainstream media did not tell you was new housing starts jumped up from a very low level– like the lowest level in history! This chart from shadowstats.com illustrates the point: Read More Here

(TimesOnline) – Greek meltdown in danger of spreading

Germany, France and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) must act quickly to bail out Greece to prevent a slide in confidence in financial markets, Alistair Darling said yesterday. Read More Here

(CNNNews) – Obama Sends Mixed Message on VAT as Fiscal Commission Prepares First Meeting Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – Unemployment for Those Who Earn $150,000 or More is Only 3%, While Unemployment for the Poor is 31%

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney succinctly summarized a recent study by Northeastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies regarding unemployment rates for different income brackets: Read More Here

(PaulWatson) – Video: Obama Debt Czar Says Tax Hikes “On The Table”

The Democratic co-chairman of President Obama’s debt commission, Erskine Bowles, told Fox News Sunday that tax hikes for Americans are “on the table,” despite Obama’s election campaign promise that no individual earning under $200,000 dollars a year would be hit with any tax increases. Read More Here

Video: Gold, Cash, Currency, and Inflation Trends

Pastor Timothy Neptune (First Baptist Church of Marco Island) discusses the realities of our current economic crisis with Steve Meyers of Grainbelt Commodities. For more information, including the complete viewing of each study, visit us at http://www.fbcmarco.com Continue reading

Economy

(PressTV) – Goldman profited from market crash

A US Senate panel has revealed emails that show Goldman Sachs Group Inc profited massively by engaging in the sale of investments that were structured to fail. Read More Here

(1010Wins) – Hundreds Camp Out in Queens Hoping for Elevator Jobs

Hundreds of job seekers camped out over the weekend at a union office in Queens hoping to be first in line for a chance to apply for an internship in the field of elevator repair. Read More Here

(Sky) – Goldman’s Frankenstein Moment

If the knives were out for Goldman Sachs before today, they’re now hovering perilously close to the Wall Street bank’s throat – and Adair Turner, chairman of the Financial Services Authority, is likely to be paying particularly close interest. Read More Here

(PRNewsWire) – U.S. Food Inflation Spiraling Out of Control

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today released their Producer Price Index (PPI) report for March 2010 and the latest numbers are shocking. Food prices for the month rose by 2.4%, its sixth consecutive monthly increase and the largest jump in over 26 years. NIA believes that a major breakout in food inflation could be imminent, similar to what is currently being experienced in India. Read More Here

(WSJBlog) – Number of the Week: 103 Months to Clear Housing Inventory

All this means that little can stop banks’ inventory of distressed homes from growing. Too many people owe too much more on their homes than they can afford. For the housing market, that could mean a long-lasting hangover. Read More Here

(Fox) – GM Used Bailout Money to Repay Loan

A top Senate Republican on Thursday accused the Obama administration of misleading taxpayers about General Motors’ loan repayment, saying the struggling auto giant was only able to repay its bailout money by dipping into a separate pot of bailout money. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – For $10 Billion of “Promises” Haiti Surrenders its Sovereignty

It was fitting that the Mar. 31 “International Donors Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti” was held in the Trusteeship Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York. At the event, Haitian President René Préval in effect turned over the keys to Haiti to a consortium of foreign banks and governments, which will decide how (to use the conference’s principal slogan) to “build back better” the country devastated by the Jan. 12 earthquake. Read More Here

(Technocrati) – Thousands Of Teachers To Be Laid Off – What Economic Recovery?

Thousands of teachers are about to lose jobs in many states. To manage massive budget deficits, several layoff notices were sent out to 22,000 teachers in California, 17,000 in Illinois, and 15,000 in New York. The numbers are expected only to increase in the coming months. Read More Here

(RawStory) – E-mails Show Goldman Execs Boasting as Housing Meltdown Unfolded

Goldman Sachs’ top executives were aware that the company made money by playing against the US housing market, according to internal e-mails released Saturday. Read More Here

(OpEdNews) – Profiling CEOs and Their Sociopathic Paychecks

One of the questions often asked when the subject of CEO pay comes up is, “What could a person such as William McGuire or Lee Raymond (the former CEOs of UnitedHealth and ExxonMobil, respectively) possibly do to justify a $1.7 billion paycheck or a $400 million retirement bonus?” Read More Here

Video: Gullible Nation – More False Hope Continue reading

Economy

(Rense) – FIRA – The 800 LB Gorilla In The Financial ‘Reform’ Bill – Joel Skousen

The lackluster Republican opposition to Senator Dodd’s Financial Reform bill is focused on whether or not the Democratic proposal allows for or prohibits additional bailouts. A secondary hot topic is the supposed derivative limitations. Frankly, these are both red herrings. They serve to mask an even larger danger that no one is talking about: a huge new government agency that will control all financial institutions in the US–and not just the “too big to fail” ones. Read More Here

(BBC) – UK unemployment increases to 2.5 million

The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 43,000 to 2.5 million during the three months to February, official figures have shown. Read More Here

(BBC) – UK borrowing hits record £163.4bn – Read More Here

(WSJ) – 2nd UPDATE: US Regulators Close Seven Illinois Banks – Read More Here

(EPJ) – Understanding Just How Dangerous a Value-Added Tax Is – Read More Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Here’s the Serious Situation that Could Blow Goldman Sachs Out of the Water – Read More Here

(WSWS) – Collapse of the Standard of Living in the USA

Studies Reveal Declining Living Standards and Increasing Anger Read More Here

(NPR) – Goldman Sachs Boasted As The Meltdown Unfolded

E-mails released Saturday morning show top executives at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. boasting about the money the firm was making as the national housing market collapsed in 2007. Read More Here

(MyBudget360) – The Futile Act of Saving in America Today – No Money Down Car Purchases, Low Down Payment for a big Mortgage, and High Interest Credit Cards for Everyday Spending – Read More Here

(BigGovernment) – IndyMac Attack: Did Schumer, Paulson, Soros, and the CRL Kill the Bank and Profit From Its Collapse? – Read More Here

(WSWS) – Obama Reassures Wall Street on Bank Regulation Bill

President Barack Obama went to lower Manhattan Thursday to deliver a message to Wall Street: Your profits and bonuses will not be disturbed by the regulatory overhaul making its way through Congress. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Greece Welcomes Its New IMF Overlords With Day Of Rioting And National Strikes – Read More Here

(WashingtonPost) – For nations living the good life, the party’s over, IMF says

In the lingo of the International Monetary Fund, the future of the world hinges on “rebalancing and consolidation,” antiseptic words that would not seem to raise a fuss.

Who doesn’t want more balance in their life? Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – Six Banks Control 60% of Gross National Product

Is the U.S. at the Mercy of an Unstoppable Oligarchy? Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Mortgage Madness: Financial Fraud in the Housing Market – Mike Whitney – Read More Here

(TruthDig) – The Story of the Financial Debacle: Goldman Plays, We Pay

The story of the financial debacle will end the way it began, with the super-hustlers from Goldman Sachs at the center of the action and profiting wildly. Never in U.S. history has one company wielded such destructive power over our political economy, irrespective of whether a Republican or a Democrat happened to be president. Read More Here

(WashingtonPost) – The best financial reform? Let the bankers fail

The trouble with Wall Street isn’t that too many bankers get rich in the booms. The trouble, rather, is that too few get poor — really, suitably poor — in the busts. Read More Here

(BoomBustBlog) – What We’re Looking For To Go Splat!

We have started picking new companies for forensic analysis, along with the ongoing study of the Pan-European Debt Crisis. Below you will find a sneak peak of what we have unearthed but first, the obligatory romp through recent news… Read More Here

(GoldScents) – On The Bring of an Asset Explosion II

Let me start off by saying the market should be correcting. Sentiment has reached ridiculous bullish extremes, the kind of extremes that led to the January /February correction. Read More Here

(CNN) – Video: SEC Watching Porno Not Wall St! – Jack Cafferty Continue reading

Video: Alex Jones – Global Bank Conspiracy

(RussiaToday) – The IMF has proposed levying two global taxes on the worlds banks to make sure the banks dont get us into trouble again. If that sounds dubious that’s because it is, in reality what is being proposed, and has been falling into place for some time, is the framework for an unelected global authority with powers above and beyond those of sovereign governments. Continue reading

Economy

(HuffingtonPost) – Dodd Bill Would Allow Fed To Hide Its Spending – Read More Here

(JakartaGlobe) – Goldman probe a smokescreen to divert attention from financial crisis

A top Asian fund manager said on Wednesday the civil fraud allegations against massive Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs was a smokescreen to divert attention from the financial crisis in the United States. Read More Here

(USAWatchdog) – Failure Is the Only Reform We Need – Read More Here

(PubliusForum) – $338.3 Billion Paid to Service America’s Illegal Aliens

My friend Gary Karlin over at the Evanston Conservative blog has spent the last year or so collecting a series of stories detailing the costs of illegal aliens to the United States. Read More Here

(CNN) – Report: SEC staffers watched porn as economy crashed – Read More Here

(HoweStreet) – Hyperinflation Looms – The Dollar Arrives at Its ‘Havenstein Moment’

There is an interesting article in Canada’s Globe & Mail about the lack of growth in the US money supply. Ignoring for the moment that the quantity of dollars in circulation is significantly underreported, it observes:

“The money supply in the United States is doing something that almost never happens: it’s shrinking, after taking into account inflation. Similar episodes in the past have usually been scary times for investors. Declines in the amount of money in circulation have coincided with recessions, and some analysts looking at the current trend say it is a harbinger of trouble. Despite signs that the U.S. is in recovery, they worry that the money supply numbers indicate the economy remains vulnerable to the feared double-dip downturn, or is close to experiencing deflation.”
Read More Here

(CNBC) – Governments Will ‘Bankrupt Us’: Marc Faber

Current economic policies are not sustainable and the world faces doom because “the governments are taking over”, said Marc Faber, editor & publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report. Read More Here

(FauxCapitalist) – The CIA overstates Canada’s government spending by more than 200% – Read More Here

(GoldenTruth) – Russia and China Are Selling Treasuries and Buying Gold…

Fred Hickey of the High Tech Strategist newsletter fame gave a brutally honest interview with The Wall Street Cheat Sheet about the financial/economic condition of the United States and how China and Russia, two of the largest financiers of our Government, are protecting themselves from the reckless policies of Obama and Bernanke. Here’s is a quote: Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – LA Court System In Financial Crisis, Closing Court Rooms

An unprecedented financial crisis afflicting the nation’s largest court system is in the hands of the policy making California Judicial Council, with Los Angeles court officials awaiting its decision on their plea for an infusion of cash. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Alan Grayson Discloses That Dodd Bill Covertly Eliminates Already Passed Legislation Requiring Full Fed Audit

Once again we get confirmation that Chris Dodd is nothing but a paid manservant for his Federal Reserve masters, in addition to being a lame duck, whose last days in office are meant to do everything to allow the old-school Wall Street ways of endless secrecy and Fed bailouts to continue in perpetuity. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Insights Into America’s Disneyland And Our “Neo-Feudalistic, Gulag Casino Economy” From Mike Krieger – Read More Here

(LewRockwell) – Video: How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes – Lew Rockwell Show with Peter Schiff – View Video Here

(MoneyNews) – Video: Jim Rogers: Next Recession Will Be Much Worse – Video Link Here

(ZeroHedge) – Richard Koo Says If Banks Marked Commercial Real Estate To Market,It Would “Trigger A Chain Of Bankruptcies”

Richard Koo’s latest observations on the US economy are as always, a must read. The critical observation from the Nomura economist explains why the realists and the naive idealists are at greater odds than ever before: the government continues to perpetuate, endorse and legalize accounting fraud in the hope that covering everything up under the rug will rekindle animal spirits. Read More Here

(Fortune) – ‘The SEC is a farce’ – expert Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – Are Interest Rate Derivatives a Ticking Time Bomb?

Derivatives are the world’s largest market, dwarfing the size of the bond market and world’s real economy. Read More Here

(CommonDreams) – Democrats Haunted by Corporate Ties

President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are promising a climactic clash with Wall Street, but there’s a complication in their battle plan: The Democratic Party is closer to corporate America – and to Wall Street in particular – than many Democrats would care to admit. Read More Here

(CNN) – Video: Federal Reserve – Destroying the American economy since 1913 – View Video Here

(Courant) -2,000 Connecticut Teachers Face Layoffs Before Next School Year More Here..

(Reuters) – Sallie Mae To Cut 2500 Jobs More Here..

(BuffaloNews) – Buffalo: City School Budget would Lay off 700 More Here..

(NBR) – Fletcher Layoffs Hit 120 People More Here..

(ClevelandBlog) – Hundreds of Cleveland teachers, Principals to Lose Jobs More Here..

(Wicz) – Lockheed Martin: 472 Layoffs More Here..

(Freep) – Detroit Public Schools sends layoff notices to 2000 Teachers More Here..

(SeattleTimes) – Boeing issues layoff notices to 130 in state, 300 companywide More Here..

(CityRoom) – More than 1,000 staff members were laid off on Monday at the bankrupt St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan. More Here..

(AlexJones) – Video: Bill Murphy Reveals JPMorgan Chase’s Gold & Silver Manipulation on Alex Jones

Alex talks with Bill Murphy, a financial commentator and chairman of GATA, the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee. GATA was organized in January 1999 to advocate and undertake litigation against illegal collusion to control the price and supply of gold and related financial securities. GATA exposes and actively opposes collusion against a free market in gold, other precious metals, currencies, and related securities. Continue reading

IMF’s Global Taxes Can Only Be Enforced Through Global Government

(SteveWatson) – As you will have no doubt read in the headlines today, the IMF has proposed levying two “global” taxes on the world’s banks to make sure those greedy guys don’t get us into trouble again. If that sounds dubious, it’s because it is. In reality what is being proposed, and has been falling into place for some time, is the framework for an unelected global authority with powers above and beyond those of sovereign governments. Continue reading

Economy

(NewWorldOrderInformation) – News about Goldman Sachs Shouldn’t Surprise You

The announcement today that the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Fabrice Tourre, a Goldman Sachs vice president for fraud should not surprise you. I have warned the readers of this blog and elsewhere for years about the fraud and corruption in our financial markets and how the international banksters have been stealing your money. Read More Here

(NYTimes) – Investor Who Made Billions Not Targeted in Suit

Three and half years ago, a New York hedge fund manager with a bearish view on the housing market was pounding the pavement on Wall Street. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Ratigan Deconstructs Goldman, Connecticut AG Blumental Wants Criminal Charges Filed

We expected Dylan to explode during today’s show. We were disappointed as he somehow managed to contain it, and did a pretty good recap of the Goldman affair (if a little too many matchbox cars on the show for our taste). Read More Here

(NewsMax) – Soros: Euro, EU Will Collapse if Germany Doesn’t Make Concessions

Billionaire financier George Soros thinks the euro and the European Union itself are at risk of breaking up if Germany refuses to play its traditional role and make concessions, he told a newspaper. Read More Here

(KurtNimmo) – Video: Casino Carnival Barker Jim Cramer Defends Goldman Sachs

Goldman knowingly pitched worthless mortgage securities to clueless investors who took more than a billion dollar bath. The SEC and anybody who has two brain cells to rub together know this is massive criminal fraud. Read More Here

(AP) – 8 banks close in Calif., Fla., Mass., Mich., Wash.

Regulators on Friday shut down eight banks — three in Florida, two in California, and one each in Massachusetts, Michigan and Washington — putting the number of U.S. bank failures this year at 50. Read More Here

(TheGlobeAndMail) – Canada’s brewing debt storm

For every $1 of disposable income, Canadians owe a record $1.47. How did it come to this? Read More Here

(ProPublica) – Other Major Banks Did Deals Similar to Goldman’s

As you may have heard, Goldman Sachs is being sued for fraud [1] by the Securities and Exchange Commission [2] for allegedly misleading investors about a deal that Goldman helped structure and sell. In the civil suit, the SEC specifically faulted Goldman for failing to disclose that a hedge fund was helping create the investment while betting big the deal would fail. Read More Here

(NYTimes) – Investor Who Made Billions Not Targeted in Suit

Three and half years ago, a New York hedge fund manager with a bearish view on the housing market was pounding the pavement on Wall Street. Read More Here

Video: Keiser Report №32: Markets! Finance! Scandal!

(RussiaToday) – Today, Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert look at the scandals of Prozac pilots and Chinese drywall; Timothy Sniveling Scamster Geithner, asking “what choice did the President have?”, and finally, Jamie Dimon, the most dangerous man in America, complaining about the demonization of mega-banks. Max also talks to Rolling Stone journalist, Matt Taibbi, about “Looting Main Street.” Continue reading

Economy

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Goldman Sachs Continues to Receive Enormous Assistance from Taxpayers Read More Here

(Examiner) – Schwarzenegger axes low-cost auto insurance program as state & feds fleece impoverished public Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Goldman Again Tries To Dispel Notion That It Bets Against Its Clients Read More Here

(BobChapman) – The US dollar is vulnerable because of a staggering public debt

Almost every day in almost any currency your purchasing power in terms of gold is less and less. Thus, these currencies in which you save the fruits of your labor are cheating you out of your savings. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Shadow Banking: Going After the Banksters. Then and Now Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Billions of Dollars of Stolen Money; Key Findings on the Wall Street Bank Bailout Tally Read More Here

(KurtNimmo) – Former Fed Mob Boss Calls for VAT and Carbon Taxes

One thing is certain. If Obama and his “economic advisers” have their way, you will be paying significantly higher taxes directly to the banksters. Since payroll taxes are already egregiously high, the preferred method is either a sales tax or a so-called value added tax, also known as VAT. Glenn Beck is a fan of this form of government fleecing while his “conservative” counterpart Bill O’Reilly prefers a straight sales tax to pay down the national debt. Read More Here

(CNNMoney) – Fed Says “Recovery” May Lose Steam

Federal Reserve policymakers are worried that the economic recovery may lose steam going forward, despite recent moderate improvements, according to minutes from their recent policy meeting released Tuesday. Read More Here

(AFP) – Murdoch Says “People Will Start Paying” for His Newsites “When They Have Nowhere Else to Go”

Mr Murdoch, in an interview with journalist Marvin Kalb for The Kalb Report on Tuesday, also said he believed most US newspapers would eventually end up charging readers online, like he does with The Wall Street Journal and plans to do with his other properties beginning with The Times of London. Read More Here

(WSJ) – Bernanke Says Americans Must Pay Off “Public” Debt

The U.S. must start to prepare for challenges posed by an aging population with a credible plan to gradually reduce a soaring public debt, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – The Latest Gold Fraud Bombshell: Canada’s Only Bullion Bank Gold Vault Is Practically Empty Read More Here

(DailyCaller) – IRS chief: Buy health insurance or lose your tax refund

Individuals who don’t purchase health insurance may lose their tax refunds according to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. After acknowledging the recently passed health-care bill limits the agency’s options for enforcing the individual mandate, Shulman told reporters that the most likely way to penalize individuals that don’t comply is by reducing or confiscating their tax refunds. Read More Here

(MailOnline) – How £300 million was squandered on swine flu jabs that we didn’t need Read More Here

(Reuters) – Volcker: Taxes likely to rise eventually to tame deficit

The United States should consider raising taxes to help bring deficits under control and may need to consider a European-style value-added tax, White House adviser Paul Volcker said on Tuesday. Read More Here

(NYTimes) – Automaker Pensions Underfunded by $17 Billion

The pension plans at General Motors and Chrysler are underfunded by a total of $17 billion and could fail if the automakers do not return to profitability, according to a government report released Tuesday. Read More Here

(AP) – Atlantic City casinos struggling with economy Read More Here

(Globe&Mail) – GM posts $4.3-billion loss Read More Here

(MarketOracle) – Protect Your Wealth From Exploding Debt as States Implode

The world is breathing a sigh of relief now that the financial crisis in Greece is “over.” Yeah, right. Greece’s financial misdeeds — the country has racked up a lot of debts it can’t pay — will probably come back to haunt Europe, and soon. Read More Here

(MarketWatch) – ‘Wall Street’ sequel is an omen of U.S. collapse

Yes, Oliver Stone is suddenly America’s hottest market timer, as well as the voice of the inner “American Soul,” warning investors of a collapse. Remember the Crash of 1987? One-day 23% drop. Happened just before his 1987 “Wall Street” film hit the theaters. Read More Here

(MoneyNews) – Report: Panicky Investors Pull Cash Out of Greek Banks

Greek banks are being hit by a wave of redemptions as rich citizens and companies look to move their money to big global banks or offshore as the country’s debt crisis rages, the Telegraph newspaper reported on its Web site. Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Fed boss Greenspan says no one saw the crisis coming. Really?

Only in America. Only in America would it be possible to spawn a financial crisis so devastating that it would collapse the entire world economy. Read More Here

Economy

(FoxBusiness) – Video: Ready for Triple-Digit Oil Prices? – View Video Here

(ThinkProgress) – ExxonMobil paid no federal income tax in 2009.

Last week, Forbes magazine published what the top U.S. corporations paid in taxes last year. “Most egregious,” Forbes notes, is General Electric, which “generated $10.3 billion in pretax income, but ended up owing nothing to Uncle Sam. In fact, it recorded a tax benefit of $1.1 billion.” Big Oil giant Exxon Mobil, which last year reported a record $45.2 billion profit, paid the most taxes of any corporation, but none of it went to the IRS: Read More Here

(Forbes) – What The Top U.S. Companies Pay In Taxes Read More Here

(WND) – America’s future? U.S. cities going bust – Jerome Corsi

In what may be the beginning of an explosion of city insolvency across the U.S., the city of Vallejo, Calif., with a population of 117,000 in the San Francisco Bay area, has filed bankruptcy, Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports. Read More Here

(OpEd) – The SCAM behind NAIS – “Our Land: Collateral for the National Debt” – Read More Here

(Reuters) – Special Report:Holy bubble! Churches struck down by foreclosures Read More Here

(WSJ) – Shortfall Awaits California’s Big Pension Funds

A study released Monday by Stanford University estimates that California’s three largest state-operated, public-employee pension funds—the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, California State Teachers’ Retirement System and University of California Retirement System—currently face a total shortfall of more than $500 billion. Read More Here

(MoneyNews) – Report: Panicky Investors Pull Cash Out of Greek Banks

Greek banks are being hit by a wave of redemptions as rich citizens and companies look to move their money to big global banks or offshore as the country’s debt crisis rages, the Telegraph newspaper reported on its Web site. Read More Here

(SicSempterTyrannis) – Video: Is the U.S. on its way toward a Debt Disaster? – Video Link Here

(BusinessInsider) – Meet The 26 Members Of George Soros’s Secret Team To Rewrite Economics – Read More Here

(MyBudget360) – What does it mean to be Middle Class in 2010? Beholden to the Banking Elite – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Public sector pension black hole to cost taxpayers an extra £330 a year

Workers will have to pay an extra £330 a year each in tax to help plug the growing black hole in the cost of public sector pensions, business leaders warned last night. Read More Here

(RussiaToday) – Video: William Engdahl – US won’t recover for at least 15 years – View Video Here

(LATimes) – L.A. controller warns that city could exhaust general fund next month [Updated]

Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel on Monday said she expects the city’s general fund “will be out of money” by May 5 and that L.A. will likely deplete its reserve funds and be in the red by June 30. Read More Here

Video: Gerald Celente on the Regular Guys Show – April 1, 2010 – Video Link Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – Proof that Regulators Knew of and Allowed Debt-Hiding Accounting Tricks Like Lehman’s Repo 105

Regulators like the Fed and SEC have said they didn’t know about Lehman’s use of Repo 105s to hide its mountain of debt. Read More Here

(LegislativeGazette) – Paterson delays school aid for a second time

One day before state school aid was set to be paid to local districts, Gov. David A. Paterson decided that due to a shortfall in the state’s cash flow, the aid will be delayed by up to two months. Read More Here

(TheComingDepression) – FDIC wants your retirement cash to save banks: Bloomberg

“The FDIC is constantly looking at structures where we can get the greatest opportunity to tap into capital that we have not had the success reaching through previous disposition methods,” FDIC spokeswoman Michele Heller said in an e-mailed statement. “We welcome and work with all investors.”

It should be very very obvious that all future money will be in the hands of the globalist elites who will rob and plunder the worlds economies into their privately owned and ruled banks who will dump all of the nations accumilated wealth into their coffers. Gone will be all social security and 401Ks and all pensions as they will take everything that people own and steal it for their own use (like paying interest on loans that can never be repaid). Read More Here

(SFGate) – National debt seen heading for crisis level

Health care may have been the last big bang of the Obama presidency. Read More Here

(OrlandoSentinel) – Foreclosures’ coming wave: Commercial properties – Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – More Than 200,000 Could Lose Unemployment Benefits This Week

Thanks to congressional inaction, more than 200,000 laid-off workers could lose access to unemployment benefits this week, and no flood insurance policies will be renewed or issued until Congress returns on April 12 — despite record long-term joblessness and record rainfall. Read More Here

Video: Comex can easily go bankrupt – get physical gold & silver! – Peter Schiff – Video Link Here

(KingWorldNews) – Video: Gerald Celente, Prepare for new-survivalism Continue reading

Failed Banks and Failed Billions – Bob Chapman

(InternationalForecaster) – Re-flating a dying bubble, Greece and Euro problems fuel world markets, Lehman Bros collosal fraud, a plan to tax banks, bank failures amount to billions, signs of a vanishing recovery. Read More Here

Economy

(WAPost) – Wa. Post: Citi sale “would amount to a validation of bailout”

Among the banks that rule Wall Street, Citigroup got a bailout that was bigger than the rest. Now the company is about to pay a king’s ransom for its federal rescue. Read More Here

Video: Federal Reserve End Game – View Video Here

(TalkRadioNews) – Sarkozy Calls For World Economic Regulation – Read More Here

(Fox) – Peter Schiff Discusses The Jobs Bill On Freedom Watch – View Video Here

(GoldSeek) – Gerald Celente – This time they will close Banks & Wall Street – View Video Here

(CNBC) – Video: Jim Rogers – Commodities More Attractive Than Currencies – View Video Here

Marijuana Legalization ~ Grassroots Industry or Corporate Takeover

California state officials have determined that the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 has enough eligible signatures to appear on the November ballot. This ballot measure would allow the possession of 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use by individuals aged 21 and older and the ability to cultivate gardens up to 25 square feet. Currently, possession in California is a misdemeanor that carries a $100 fine. The Act would ban the use in public or around minors.

A no brainer … right … End the insanity of this aspect of the war on drugs, tax it and go on our merry way. Maybe it’s not that simple. Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – Credit Crisis, Outrage, Far From Over

Bernanke re-nominated, outrage at banks, insolvency the real state of banks, crime pays when you are at the top, sovereign debt crisis around the world, debt and derivatives products were all just a ponzi scheme, the problem wont go a way when the system is purged, PIMCO Bill Gross warns of inflation, big cutbacks in services… Read More Here

(PrimaPanama) – Disturbing new U.S. law aims to end individual foreign bank accounts – Read More Here

(WashingtonTimes) – KUHNER: Will America break up?

President Obama is splintering America. The passage of Obamacare was a historic victory for liberal governance. Yet, its true cost may be that it triggers the eventual breakup of the country. Read More Here

(CrooksAndLiars) – Too Big To Jail? DoJ: Wall St. Bailout Buds ‘Co-Conspirators’ In Plot To Rip Off State, Local Governments

Municipal bonds are where a lot of the political kickbacks and corrupt deals are typically hidden, so I can’t say I’m surprised. In fact, it’s sort of funny that the governments dealing with these guys apparently thought they could trust them, considering how crooked the business is. Lie down with dogs, rise up with fleas, as the nuns used to say:Read More Here

(AllGov) – Chertoff Joins Defense Firm that Defrauded U.S.

Michael Chertoff, the former homeland security chief who’s not been shy about exploiting terrorist threats for the benefit of his clients, has decided to join a top defense contractor that defrauded the U.S. government. Read More Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Obama’s New Housing Program Is a Huge Gift to Banks

Dean Baker does a great job of explaining what it will do. And, while Baker does imply that the Administration may have been a bit naive in structuring the program this way, I doubt it. Further, you can be sure that Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon understand exactly what this structure means. Here’s Baker: Read More Here

(SeattleTimes) – Recession’s untold story

It turns out the job of dog-kennel assistant is even less glamorous than it sounds Read More Here

Last-Minute Change In HCR Bill Makes Student Loan Reform Disappear

(Crooks&Liars) – I’m still looking for an explanation for the abrupt about-face on this (I’m guessing it bought a needed vote to pass the healthcare bill) and will fill you in when I find out: Continue reading

German Central Bank Admits that Credit is Created Out of Thin Air

(WashingtonsBlog) – Most people think that banks lend solely from their base of deposits. Some also know that with fractional reserve banking, they can loan out many times more than they actually have in reserves. Continue reading

Creating our Own Credit: The Growing Movement for Publicly-Owned Banks – Ellen Brown

(GlobalResearch) – As the states’ budget and credit crises deepen, four states have initiated bills for state-owned banks, and candidates in seven states have included that solution in their platforms. Continue reading

The next big bailout is on the way. Prepare to get reamed! – Mike Whitney

(SmirkingChimp) – Housing is on the rocks and prices are headed lower. That’s not the consensus view, but it’s a reasonably safe assumption. Master illusionist Ben Bernanke managed to engineer a modest 7-month uptick in sales, but the fairydust will wear off later this month when the Fed stops purchasing mortgage-backed securities and long-term interest rates begin to creep higher. The objective of Bernanke’s $1.25 trillion program, which is called quantitative easing, was to transfer the banks “unsellable” MBS onto the Fed’s balance sheet. Having achieved that goal, Bernanke will now have to unload those same toxic assets onto Freddie and Fannie. (as soon as the public is no longer paying attention) Continue reading

Lehman Fraudulently Cooked Its Books, Accounting Giant Ernst & Young Helped, Geithner and Bernanke Winked and Slapped Them on the Back

(WashingtonsBlog) – As William K. Black said a year ago, the government’s entire strategy now – as in the S&L crisis – is to cover up how bad things are (“the entire strategy is to keep people from getting the facts”).

Paul Krugman and others pointed out that Geithner has been trying to artificially prop up asset prices, but that such a strategy cannot succeed.

As I’ve pointed out numerous times, the stress tests were a total sham, with a pre-ordained passing grade for the banks. Continue reading