Barack Obama, Dictator

(C4L) – What better example of dictatorship than President Obama’s dictate to BP to deliver $20 billion to a special fund that will be distributed by some political appointee to victims of the BP oil disaster?

Either a nation is ruled by a dictator or it’s governed by the rule of law. Continue reading

On America, Somalia and You

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Great insights from a Doug Casey interview with the Daily Bell (ViaLewRockwell.com):

Daily Bell: How about America? How are America’s finances?

Doug Casey: The era of one trillion dollar plus annual deficits is definitely here. And those are just the official deficits, which are going to be running a trillion or a trillion and a half dollars per year for the indefinite future. And on top of that you’ve got $100 trillion of unfunded liabilities of Social Security, the Medicare, the Medicaid. In a few years, you are going to have Obama-care, which is going to make the problem considerably worse. Then add on the probable federal bailouts of numerous bankrupt states like New York and California. And then hundreds of billions more for the FDIC, which is also totally bankrupt. Just like Fannie and Freddie. Then the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp., will be hundreds of billions more – that hasn’t hit the front pages yet. General Electric is just like a gigantic, 30-1 leveraged hedge fund; that’s going to be bailed out too! Amtrak, which despite its outrageously high fares, continues to loose a couple billion dollars a year; of course that’s just chicken feed in today’s context. And of course these wars – and supporting military bases in over 100 countries…

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Economy

(StarTribune) – In jail for being in debt – Read More Here

REPOST – (AP) – Long-Term Unemployed Now 46 Percent Of Unemployed, Highest Percentage On Record – Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – The Economic Crisis: Class Struggles Heat Up in Greece

Workers in Greece today stand in the forefront of the converging European class struggles against big capital’s attempt to make working people pay the costs of its crisis. Read More Here

(FoxBusiness) – Video: Peter Schiff on Fox Business News

Is it Time to Dump Your Stocks? – Video Link Here

(USAWatchdog) – Gold’s Flashing Warning Sign

Gold hit another all-time high yesterday! According to gold website Kitco.com – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Risks to global economy have ‘risen significantly’, top IMF official warns

The risks to a robust global recovery have ‘risen significantly’ as many governments struggle with debt, a leading official from the International Monetary Fund has warned. Read More Here

(CNSNews) – Billboard Puts Obama on $100,000,000,000,000 Bill, Asks: ‘But Who Will Pay the Piper?’ – Read More Here

(EuropaPress) – Spanish Police Protest “Unjustified Waste Of Public Money” In Protecting Bilderberg

The SME-CCOO union of the Catalan police today showed their disagreement with the “unjustified waste” of public money aimed at preserving the security of the Bilderberg Club, which celebrates these days its annual meeting in Sitges. Read More Here

(EuroPacificCapital) – The Phantom Recovery – Peter Schiff

In recent months, GDP numbers have rebounded – primarily as a result of record low interest rates reliquifying the credit market and government stimulus jolting consumer spending. Although the “positive growth” has delighted Obama’s economic brain trust, it has done little to boost the fortunes of Main Street. As I have said many times, GDP largely measures spending, and spending is not growth. Continue reading

The “International Community” Pushes for “Global Coordination”

(C4L) – Never letting a good crisis go to waste, the sovereignty-hating globalists continue to argue that national governments should have less say in implementing domestic financial regulation and fiscal policy.

According to International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, “National oriented responses are not the way, since they risk creating economic conflicts.” The IMF publication goes on: 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

Economy

(CSPAN) – Video: Ron Paul – Bailing out foreign governments – View Video Here

(Sky) – Video: Chinese dumping worthless DOLLARS AND EUROS for Gold

(BusinessWeek) – Video: What Good Are Economists Anyway?

Why they failed to predict the global economic crisis—and why their help is still crucial to a recovery Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – The correction is coming and it will be a bloodbath

The correction, soon to be crash, is here: the market had a bigger relative open to close move today than it did on May 6. We closed at the day’s lows on massive volume, despite definitive central bank intervention, regardless whether it was the SNB, the ECB, or the Fed. The central planners have lost control of the market, and all thanks to the inevitable collapse of hyper capitalist Keynesianism coming out of the formerly most communist country in the world. Read More Here

(LeMonde) – The Greek People are the Victims of a Carefully Engineered Financial Extortion Racket

What is happening in Greece concerns all of us. The people are paying for a crisis and a debt that are not their own. Today it is the Greeks, tomorrow it will be others, for the same causes will produce the same effects if we allow it. Read More Here

(TimesOnline) – Euro in danger: Germans trigger panic over future of single currency – Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Pan-European Bank Run Is Now On: Capital Flight From UK To Switzerland, As GBPCHF Intervention Strikes Next – Read More Here

(Reuters) – Wall Street slumps on euro-zone fears

Stocks dropped on Thursday, with all major indexes sliding more than 3 percent on growing fears that the euro zone’s handling of its sovereign debt crisis could jeopardize the global economic recovery. Read More Here

(RussiaToday) – Video: Euro Collapse Looms? Engdahl on Naked Short Selling Ban

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Euro currency is at risk and that Europe faces its greatest challenge since the EU was formed. It comes as stock markets in Europe and Asia tumbled on the surprise news that Berlin was banning types of ’short selling’ where investors profit by betting that shares will drop in value.

Economic Headline Doom News With Links

Financial Reforms ‘Cosmetic’ , Wont Stop More Crisis : Roubini
Report: Increase in Payroll Taxes Needed for Social Security
Home Building Gains Likely to Fade with Tax Credit
Texas Doctors Opting Out of Medicare at Alarming Rate
Oklahoma : $200 Million in Delinquent Taxes Uncollectible
Hawaii Foreclosures Filing Soar 115% in April
Gov. Paterson NY Threatens Cutting 10,000 Jobs
More Store Closing Hit Grand Avenue Downtown Milwaukee Shopping Center
Small Businesses not hiring
Video: The Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor
Oyster Industry Takes Hit From Oil Spill
Why Greece Should Consider Default
Mayor Bell: Announces City of Birmingham 10% Cut in Workers Pay
Yonkers School District NY, Trying to Close $43 Million Deficit
Investors Should Avoid Banks at all Cost: Meredith Whitney

(HousingWire) – FBI Mortgage Fraud Investigations Jump 400% in Five Years

FBI investigations of mortgage fraud increased 400% in 2009, compared with five years earlier, according to an Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) report on fraud and insider abuse (download here). Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Increase as Dismissals Remain Elevated

More Americans unexpectedly filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, showing firings remain elevated even as employment climbs. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Greek strikers march on parliament against austerity

Thousands of striking Greeks marched peacefully to parliament on Thursday in a protest against government austerity measures that was much smaller than a huge rally that led to rioting on May 5. Read More Here

(WebsterTarpley) – Tentative First Steps in Europe’s Self-Defense Against Zombie Bankers and Hedge Fund Hyenas

Germany and Europe have now made some promising initial steps in the direction of their necessary self-defense against the depredations of those zombie banks and hedge fund hyenas who have been organizing a massive speculative attack on Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy with a view to destabilizing the euro and perpetuating the world hegemony of the troubled US dollar. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Video: Live Feed From Athens As 100,000 Greeks Go On Strike, Consider Storming Parliament Again

The last time Greeks were shown to be storming their parliament on live TV, we got a 1,000 point drop on the Dow Jones. Today, another 100,000 protesters of austerity are expected to hit the streets as the entire country is essentially shut down. View Live Here

(BusinessInsider) – MARKETS CRUSHED: FLASH CRASH THURSDAY 2.0? – Read More Here

Video: Celente – 2010 Year of the Bubble

Trends forecaster predicts the complete collapse of the dollar. – Video Link Here

(GoldScents) – FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS

I know this is hard to do, especially when one is weathering draw downs. And of course a liberal dose of gloating from the bears during these times doesn’t help either. But let’s not get sidetracked by the little things and let’s face it, the haters are going to show up every time gold corrects. We really should be used to that by now. They’ve been doing it for 10 years. Read More Here

(TheLoomingDoom) – Superhyperinflation Just Around The Corner

The Looming Doom has learned leading experts are advising the Obama Administration that the U.S. is poised to experience the most painful economic cycle of all: the Super-Hyper-Inflation Trauma (SHIT). While there is yet slight division amongst the experts as to whether the U.S. is already in SHIT or not, once the U.S. is fully in deep SHIT, there is no quick fix. Furthermore, if the SHIT is too deep, the economy may never recover. Continue reading

Economy

(Boston) – Double dip in housing values continues, despite tax credit/spring bump – Read More Here

(ClarionLedge) – Revenue: April numbers are sobering

Gov. Haley Barbour said last week that April revenue was 8.5 percent below estimates – a $45.1 million shortfall. Read More Here

(SacramentoBizJournal) – State’s revenue below projections for April

California’s controller, John Chiang, said the state’s April cash receipts fell below budget estimates by $3.6 billion, or 26.4 percent. Read More Here

(MinnPost) – 41 percent of metro area single-family homes believed ‘underwater’ – Read More Here

(MaverickBlog) – What Business is Wall Street In ?

My last two posts were designed to stimulate discussion. But lets talk the real problem that regulators, public companies, investor/shareholders and traders face. The problem is that Wall Street doesn’t know what business it is in. Regulators don’t know what the business of Wall Street is. Investor/shareholders don’t know what business Wall Street is in. Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – Challenger Investigation Got $175 Million. Columbia $152 Million. Lewinsky $30 Million. 9/11 $15 Million. Financial Crisis Gets Only $8 Million – Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Video: Jim Rogers on Greece Bailout, Yuan, Stocks – View Video Here

(NewsMax) – Video: Jim Rogers – Next Recession Will Be Much Worse! – View Video Here

(KurtNimmo) – Video: Obama’s Supreme Pick Kagan Is A Bankster Operative

Democrats are going gaa-gaa over Obama’s Supreme pick Elena Kagan. “Democrats praised Kagan as ‘razor sharp’ and impeccably qualified for the lifetime appointment on the nine-member bench, but Republicans promised to vigorously vet a ’surprising’ choice, noting she had never been a judge,” reports Agence France-Presse. “I have selected a nominee who I believe embodies… excellence, independence, integrity and passion for the law, and who can ultimately provide that same kind of leadership on the court,” Obama said at the White House. View Video Here

(AmpedStatus) – High Frequency Terrorism: How the Big Banks and Federal Reserve Maintained Their Death Grip Over the United States – David DeGraw & Max Keiser – Read More Here

Layoffs:

Dean Foods – 350 to 400
RBS – 2,600
Update: Fort Wayne IN – 300 Teachers to Learn Layoffs Numbers today
City of Costa Mesa – 51 Possible
Town of Mesilla NM – 4
Newark Valley Central School District – 11

(InfoClearingHouse) – Kagan: – Goldman Sachs – Shifting Court to Right?

“A narrow elite is imposing itself through the legal system, and ordinary Americans need to start asserting themselves.”
The Wall Street Journal reports: “The White House said Friday that Elena Kagan’s membership on an advisory panel for the securities firm Goldman Sachs Group Inc. wouldn’t disqualify her for a position on the Supreme Court. … From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Kagan was a paid member of the Research Advisory Council of Goldman Sachs Global Markets Institute, according to financial-disclosure reports she filed after being appointed to her current job. The form shows she was paid $10,000 in 2008, when she was dean of Harvard Law School.” Read More Here

(StraightGoodNews) – Goldman Sachs Set to Plan Sell-Off of Ontario Assets

Huge and controversial banking firm has a history of playing both sides in privatization deals Read More Here

(AmericanEveryman) – The Stock Market “Glitch”: Blackmail by Big Banking?

The White House gets its way again. They get their way on two measures that would have given the people at least a little control of the “too big too fail” banking system. But how they got it, well that might just be the REAL story of the day.
“I mean this really sounds like market manipulation to me. This is outrageous.” Read More Here

(PaulWatson) – Bankers Destroy Global Economy by Design to Consolidate Power

American taxpayers have been freshly liberated of hundreds of billions more dollars as part of the IMF’s new bailout package which is principally going straight to European banks, in addition to the Federal Reserve program to ship U.S. dollars to Europe, in a move that represents little more than a desperate effort to save the Euro and rescue the credibility of economic global governance. Read More Here

(SteveWatson) – Bankers, Economists: Mass Centralization At Heart Of Euro Bailout

Huge Euro rescue is latest step on the road toward a monolithic globalist federal union Read More Here

(AFP) – Fannie Mae seeks new $8.4 billion US bailout to stay afloat – Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – EURUSD Roll Over Accelerates, Market Playing Catch Up – Tyler Durden

This may very well still turn out to be the shortest and must futile trillion dollar bailout in history yet. Don’t forget it was the EURJPY correlation desks that freaked out on Thursday and drained all NYSE liquidity in stocks.

It will be truly amazing if we get another 1000 point move in the Dow… But not up. Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – The latest Greek tragedy And Sovereign Defaults Pose A Great Threat – Bob Chapman

The latest Greek tragedy continues to leave carnage in its wake, crime compounds the debt problems, Problems everyone knew about nobody did anything about, the Sovereign debt bubble is now upon us, and could bring the world financial system down, a situation like the French Revolution in Greece, food stamps at a record high, unemployment and problems of poverty in the US, Read More Here

(NYTimes) – Video: Markets Welcome E.U. Rescue Package

Global markets rallied Monday, reversing the steep declines of recent days, after European leaders agreed to provide a huge rescue package of nearly $1 trillion to combat the debt crisis that has engulfed Europe, and central banks began injecting cash into the financial system. View Video Here

(EconomicCollapseBlog) – Is The Greek Debt Crisis Being Purposely Hyped And Manipulated? – Read More Here

(KurtNimmo) – Banksters Throw a Trillion Bucks Down a Black Hole

The EU apparatchiks are in crisis mode. European Union boss Jose Manuel Barroso told us not to worry, though. They’re on it.
“This morning’s agreement will ensure that any attempt to weaken the stability of the euro will fail,” said Barroso today as the EU threw around a trillion bucks at the cancer spawned by the Greek debt crisis. “We have stated that we will do whatever is necessary to defend the stability of the euro,” he said with an actor’s confidence. Read More Here

(Guardian) – The Greek spirit of resistance turns its guns on the IMF

Years of national denial about looming bankruptcy have turned to resentment as Greece is told how it must tackle its debt crisis Read More Here

(PaulWatson) – American Taxpayers Looted To Bail Out The Euro

American taxpayers have been freshly liberated of hundreds of billions more dollars as part of the IMF’s new bailout package which is principally going straight to European banks, in addition to the Federal Reserve program to ship U.S. dollars to Europe, in a move that represents little more than a desperate effort to save the Euro and rescue the credibility of economic global governance. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – The Latest US Taxpayer Bill To Save Europe, And Specifically The French Banks: $57 Billion – Tyler Durden

As the US and its taxpayers represent roughly 20% of total IMF funding, today’s 3% loss in dollar purchasing power to the middle class will cost the middle class $57 billion. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Summary Of The Biggest Bail Out Ever: Even Keynes Is Spinning In His Grave – Tyler Durden

Europe has now followed the Fed in its all in move to prevent the disintegration of the euro and of Europe. As we expected, the EU was leaking various rumors to gauge market interest, and as speculated earlier, the final cost ended up being just short of one trillion. Here are the key summaries: Read More Here

(LondonTelegraph) – British taxpayers ordered to bail out euro

All 27 EU finance ministers have been summoned to Brussels on Sunday to sign up to a “European stabilisation mechanism. Britain will be unable to veto this as it will be put through under the “qualified majority voting” system. Read More Here

(AP) – Federal Reserve opens credit line to Europe

The Federal Reserve late Sunday opened a program to ship U.S. dollars to Europe in a move to head off a broader financial crisis on the continent.

Other central banks, including the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Swiss National Bank and the Bank of Japan also are involved in the dollar swap effort. Read More Here

(C4L) – Video: Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk – Continue reading

Video: Greece erupts as men from IMF prepare to wield axe

(SundayTimes) – MAY DAY protests in Greece turned violent yesterday as youths in gas masks and hoods set fire to vehicles, smashed shop fronts and threw molotov cocktails and rocks at police in an explosion of fury over austerity measures they claim will hurt only the poor.

Tourists were cut off from their hotels as thousands of communists, civil servants and private-sector workers converged on a main square in Athens to vent their rage at the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 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

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

(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

Climategate

(AP) – IMF suggests how to raise climate change funds

The head of the International Monetary Fund on Monday proposed a plan for the world’s governments to pool together to raise money needed to adapt to climate change, a rare step for an organization that normally does not develop environmental policies. Read More Here

(TheLocal) – Record sub-zero temperature suite broken

The recent thaw has loosened winter’s stranglehold on Sweden with mild weather finally breaking a record long period of sub-zero temperatures in many parts of the country, according to the Meteorological Agency, SMHI. Read More Here

(SOTT) – The Climate Industry Wall of Money

The big-money side of this debate has fostered a myth that sceptics write what they write because they are funded by oil profits. They say, follow the money? So I did and it’s chilling. Greens and environmentalists need to be aware each time they smear with an ad hominem attack they are unwittingly helping giant finance houses. Read More Here

IMF floats climate change fund idea

(UKPA) – Global financier the International Monetary Fund has switched its attention to the environment with a plan for the world’s governments to pool together to raise money needed to adapt to climate change. Continue reading

George Soros’ Anti-Capitalist Agenda Plans to Loot Companies & Countries

(AbeLDanger) – 5 March 2010—The New York Times is quoting a spokesman for George Soros as saying that the well-known hedge fund operator is guilty of no wrong-doing in connection with the financial upheaval currently affecting Greece and Europe as a whole. But Zubi Diamond, author of the powerful new book, Wizards of Wall Street, says the agenda of Soros and other short sellers is clear. Their purpose, he says, is “to loot America and any foreign country which invested in America. Greece was one of them. Iceland was ravaged and annihilated.” Continue reading

Economy

(ABC) – Head of IMF Proposes New Reserve Currency

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, suggested Friday the organization might one day be called on to provide countries with a global reserve currency that would serve as an alternative to the U.S. dollar. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Blockbuster Collapses: Shutting Down 500 Stores In Desperate Bid To Save $200 Million

Blockbuster is losing big when it comes to at-home videos, so they are cutting back on expenses and on advertising in the U.S. to make up for it. Read More Here

(Sympatico) – BBC web budget cut by half: report

The BBC has refused to comment on recent reports that it will close two radio stations and scale back its web presence in order to save about $965 million Cdn. Read More Here

(FloridaToday) – 23,000 now expected to lose jobs after shuttle retirement

The local economic forecast tied to President Barack Obama’s proposed NASA budget keeps growing bleaker. Read More Here

The U.S. Personal Income Tax: It Goes to The Family Rothschild

The more people like me speak out about this, the more will scratch their heads and go, “No way!” or “You’re an idiot, Garner!” or, worst of all, “You’re not an American!” Read More Here

(AFP) – Greek PM warns on bankruptcy as crunch looms

Greece risks bankruptcy unless strict austerity measures are enacted fast to cut its deficit, Prime Minister George Papandreou warned on Friday, while reports said the EU wants even more belt-tightening. Read More Here

(CNN) – Jobless benefits start ending on Sunday

Depending on extended unemployment benefits to see you through the Great Recession? Read More Here

MSM: Obama’s Secret Slush Fund

(Fox) – President Obama and Budget Director Peter Orszag have thrown transparency out the window and created a black box for taxes and spending on climate change hidden inside the administration’s 2011 budget. Read More Here

What Should We Make of Obama’s “Spending Freeze”

(WashingtonsBlog) – The big news today is Obama’s proposed “spending freeze”.
Fiscal liberals say this cuts spending at the exact time that we most need to increase it. See this and this. Continue reading

MSM: Bank of England Governor Mervyn King calls for merger of G20 and IMF

(Telegraph) – The G20 should effectively merge with the International Monetary Fund, under a radical proposal to overhaul management of the international economy issued by the Bank of England Governor. Continue reading

IMF to Haiti: Freeze Public Wages

Since a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti on Tuesday–killing tens of thousands of people–there’s been a lot of well-intentioned chatter and twitter about how to help Haiti. Folks have been donating millions of dollars to Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti (by texting “YELE” to 501501) or to the Red Cross (by texting “HAITI” to 90999) or to Paul Farmer’s extraordinary Partners in Health, among other organizations. I hope these donations continue to pour in, along with more money, food, water, medicine, equipment and doctors and nurses from nations around the world. The Obama administration has pledged at least $100 million in aid and has already sent thousands of soldiers and relief workers. That’s a decent start. Continue reading

MSM: Bank of England Governor Mervyn King calls for merger of G20 and IMF

(Telegraph) – The G20 should effectively merge with the International Monetary Fund, under a radical proposal to overhaul management of the international economy issued by the Bank of England Governor. Continue reading

Save the People of Iceland: the Official Petition

Iceland may be the first Western democracy to be forced into South-American style debt-slavery. The IMF, in concert with the UK and the Netherlands, has attempted to strongarm the recently impoverished Island of 317,000 into paying over 3.6 billion pounds ($6.3bn) — $86,000 per Icelandic family — at 5.5% interest for the next generation. The money is not conventional government debt, but arises from the collapse of a private multi-national bank during the financial crisis. Continue reading

Video: Birgitta Jónsdóttir on Alex Jones Tv – Iceland Takes on The Nwo with The Spirit of 1776

Additional guests include Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a leading member of the Icelandic parliament who has called for the country to declare a debt moratorium and stop attempting to pay the $6 billion which the British and Netherlands governments are seeking to extort from Iceland with the help of the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission in Brussels,. Continue reading

MSM: Obama Takes New Route to Opposing Parts of Laws

(NYTimes) – The Obama administration is lowering the volume in a long-running argument between Congress and the executive branch over when, if ever, a president has the power to bypass federal statutes he has signed into law. Continue reading

Robert Rubin: All Hell Could Break Loose Because of the Huge Government Debt

The ultimate insider, Robert Rubin, who is a former secretary of the Treasury (1995–99) and now serves as co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, in a Newseek opinion piece had this to say: Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE – British Peer: Copenhagen Summit Has Established A World Government

(SteveWatson) – “Institutional framework” paves the way for unelected international bureaucracy
Amid all the mainstream media reports of the talks in Copenhagen “limping” to a close and having failed, Lord Christopher Monckton, reporting from the summit, has stated that the only goal of the conference was to implement the framework and the funding for a world government – which he asserts has been achieved. Continue reading

MSM: The US cash behind extremist settlers

(Guardian) – The Hebron Fund is raising vast sums for Israeli settlements that violate the Geneva convention, with little scrutiny Continue reading

Kucinich: US Tax Dollars Help Fund Taliban Attacks

(RawStory) – Ohio’s Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a strident anti-war crusader, cited a report on the floor of the House of Representatives Tuesday which claims that US tax dollars used by defense contractors to bribe the Taliban in Afghanistan ultimately help fund attacks “on our troops.” Continue reading

MSM: AmTrust, Five Other U.S. Lenders Shut as 2009 Toll Reaches 130

(Bloomberg) – AmTrust Bank, a Cleveland-based lender with $12 billion in assets, joined five other U.S. banks in being seized by regulators as companies buckle under the weight of commercial real estate losses. Continue reading

Jim Rogers: Gold Price to Double in Coming Months

The rally in gold prices has driven several bullion analysts to frenzied forecasts. Some say gold prices will reach $2,000 per ounce soon. Others are predicting big boom for the yellow metal, saying gold prices will zoom to $5,000 and eventually to even $15,000 per ounce in the years to come. Continue reading

Current And Former IMF Heads Call For New Global Currency

(SteveWatson) – The head of the International Monetary Fund has once again called for a new global currency to replace the Dollar, adding that the momentum to instigate such a system is fading. Continue reading

MSM: Commercial Real Estate Near Disaster – Fund Manager

(CNBC) – Commercial real estate is somewhere between an orderly massacre and a disaster, William Mack, founder and chairman of Area Property Partners, a real estate investment fund, told CNBC. Continue reading

India, China, Russia and Several EU Central Banks Buying Gold

(WashingtonsBlog) – India’s central bank is buying 200 metric tons of gold from the IMF.
China, Russia and some EU central banks have also expressed interest in buying gold from the IMF or elsewhere. Continue reading

MSM: Gold Trades Near Record as Indian Central Bank Buys From IMF

(Bloomberg) – Gold traded within 0.5 percent of a record after India’s central bank bought 200 metric tons of the metal from the International Monetary Fund, heightening speculation about more official purchases. Continue reading

Film: Life & Debt

Life and Debt is a feature-length documentary which addresses the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and current globalization policies on a developing country such as Jamaica. Continue reading

International day of climate change funded by…..

Anytime there are world wide organized demonstrations urging action on global warming/climate change, my first question is who funds them and who really benefits. Continue reading

MSM: Bank failures top 100 for year; most since 1992

(MSNBC) – WASHINGTON – The cascade of bank failures this year surpassed 100 on Friday, the most in nearly two decades. And the trouble in the banking system from bad loans and the recession goes even deeper than the number suggests. Continue reading