Infowars.com Censored in Greece

(Infowars) – An Infowars.com reader sent an email today informing us that our website is no longer available in Greek public libraries. “Prisonplanet.com is still accessible, but it’s only a matter of time before the Greek censors notice attention has shifted to that website, and move in to ban it as well,” she writes. “This isn’t just a local library banning access to Infowars.com, but is a nationwide ban: the digital traffic filters, through which all traffic from and to Greek public libraries passes, are located in and controlled from Athens (National Technical University of Athens), so yes, THIS IS A NATION WIDE BAN!”

Attempting to reach Infowars.com from a Greek public library produces the screen below Continue reading

Video: Troktiko – Controversial Greek blog administrator is assassinated

(DomainGang) – BREAKING NEWS – The administrator of the most popular political and social blog in Greece, “Troktiko” – the Rodent – was assassinated after being shot with 20 bullets.

Known for its controversial political articles, stigmatizing the former, right wing government of New Democracy, Troktiko became the most popular, Greek-owned destination in Greece. With an Alexa ranking of 869 globally, Troktiko.blogspot.com surpassed many international web sites in traffic.

The administrator of Troktiko, journalist writer and radio producer Socrates Giolias aged 37, was executed with a barrage of bullets, outside his residence around 5:20am local time today, in Ilioupolis – a suburb of Athens, in Greece. Continue reading

Economy

(SteveWatson) – Gold Surges As Euro Continues To Collapse

Highest gain for four weeks on fears of disintegration of Euro zone Read More Here

(Maclver) – Wisconsin Borrows $1.4 Billion from Feds for Unemployment Funds

Wisconsin’s loans place the state as one of the largest Unemployment Reserve debtors in the country. Read More Here

(Money&Markets) – The Biggest Shock of All

Why did the specter of collapse in far-away Hungary help sink the Dow by 323 points on Friday?

And why did similar scenarios in Greece, Spain, and Portugal trigger the Dow’s 1,000-point Flash Crash one month earlier? Read More Here

(ITN) – Impact of cuts will be enormous, warns PM

In a major speech on the economy, the Prime Minister will say the proposed cuts programme will affect “our whole way of life” and could be felt for decades, such is the scale of the debt problem. Read More Here

(WSJ) – Tax Hikes and the 2011 Economic Collapse – Read More Here

(Globe&Mail) – Canada wins key fight against bank tax

Proponents of such a tax ­ including the United States and Europe ­ are free to go it alone, but the new plan allows the rest of the G20 to avoid the controversial idea and find other ways to reduce banking risks. Read More Here

(DailyReckoning) – Government Desperate. Gold Tax Imminent?

The thrust is that, as Mr. Steer says, “Adrian floats the disturbing possibility that governments, looking around for easy sources of revenue, may decide to tax the private ownership of gold.” Read More Here

(EconomicCollapse) – U.S. National Debt 2010 – Read More Here

(Economicrant) – By Christmas 50,000,000 Americans will be eating at the government trough

Other presidents get the picture on paper currency. Obama should have his picture on food stamps. There are now 40 million Americans who choose to have the government feed them rather than feed themselves. This is almost 1 in 7 people who depend on government food. Now do you see how totally and completely hopeless things are? Read More Here

(BusinessWeek) – Fed Denies Bernanke Attended Bilderberg – Read More Here

(CNSNews) – U.S. Will be Like Greece in ‘Seven to 10 Years,’ Say Congressmen, Experts

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), along with other members of Congress and leading financial experts, is warning that the United States is in danger of being in the same dire situation as Greece – national bankruptcy — in seven to 10 years if the nation doesn’t slash its debt and control spending, unless the federal government radically curtails spending. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – On The Imminent US Debt To GDP Parity – Tyler Durden

One of the most recurring and troubling topics on Zero Hedge is the imminent US Debt to GDP parity: even as the US economy is starting to roll over from a temporary sugar high into a double dip, the hangover effect of $2.1 trillion in debt incurred since March 2009 will linger for a long, long time. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – In 5 Years, UK Will Be Spending More On Interest Than Schools, Climate, And Transport Combined

Based on the calculations of the last government, in five years’ time the interest we are paying on our debt is predicted to be around £70bn. That is a simply staggering amount. No wonder the previous government refused to publish the information. Read More Here

(EconomicCollapse) – College Students This Is Your Future: High Unemployment And Student Loan Hell

Hundreds of thousands of college students all over the United States have just graduated and are getting ready for their first taste of the real world. Unfortunately for them, the real world is not always easy and it is not always fair. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – U.S.’s $13 Trillion Debt Poised to Overtake GDP Chart of Day

President Barack Obama is poised to increase the U.S. debt to a level that exceeds the value of the nation’s annual economic output, a step toward what Bill Gross called a “debt super cycle.” The CHART OF THE DAY tracks U.S. gross domestic product and the government’s total debt, which rose past $13 trillion for the first time this month. Read More Here

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

Health News

(LondonGuardian) – Report condemns swine flu experts’ ties to big pharma

Scientists who drew up the key World Health Organisation guidelines advising governments to stockpile drugs in the event of a flu pandemic had previously been paid by drug companies which stood to profit, according to a report out today.

An investigation by the British Medical Journal and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the not-for-profit reporting unit, shows that WHO guidance issued in 2004 was authored by three scientists who had previously received payment for other work from Roche, which makes Tamiflu, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), manufacturer of Relenza. Read More Here

(NaturalNews) – FDA defeated in federal court over censorship of truthful health claims – Mike Adams

Health freedom has just been handed a significant victory by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, which ruled last week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated the First Amendment rights of a nutritional supplement company when it censored truthful, scientifically-backed claims about how selenium can help reduce the risk of cancer. Read More Here

(NaturalNews) – Big Pharma blackmails Greece; halts medicine supply over cash demands – Mike Adams

In the midst of runaway economic problem in Greece, the pharmaceutical industry has decided to blackmail the nation and halt shipments of medicines to Greece until it agrees to pay full price for the drugs. In order to cut costs during its severe debt crisis, Greece had announced it would pay drug companies 25 percent less for their products, but this loss of profit was enough to convince several pharmaceutical companies supplying key drugs to the country to initiate their own medical blockade where they simply refuse to deliver any more medicines. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Cancer will kill 13.2 million a year by 2030: U.N.

Cancer will kill more than 13.2 million people a year by 2030, almost double the number who died from the disease in 2008, the United Nations’ cancer research agency said on Tuesday. Read More Here

Economy

(Money&Markets) – China’s Currency Manipulation: About to Cause a Global Explosion? – Read More Here

(Guardian) – UK’s first ‘conservation credit’ scheme launched – Read More Here

(Fox) – Video: Freedom Watch – Who Owns the Gold in Ft. Knox?

Ludvig von Mises Institute Chair Lew Rockwell on auditing the Federal Reserve

(CNBC) – Video: Steve Wynn Takes On Washington

Steve Wynn, a casino resort/real-estate developer who has been credited with spearheading the dramatic resurgence and expansion of the Las Vegas Strip, talks about the Fall of America. Video Link Here

(GlobalResearch) – The European and U.S. Economies: Falling Dominoes – Shamus Cooke

Attempting to fix an unfixable problem can create new problems. Why is the global economy unfixable in the current context? For one, the cause of the depression is never mentioned in the mainstream media or politicians. And when a disease is misdiagnosed, a prescribed medication creates new afflictions.

Massive, bad debt is often cited as the cause of the global depression, but whythis debt existed in the first place is never discussed. Quite simply, the debt was needed to buy the products of corporations that wages once consumed. Over time, corporations drove down wages to out-compete each other while driving up profits, creating the global “demand” for credit, which the banks are now demanding be paid back. Read More Here

(BitsOfNews) – Pol/Econ: Deregulation and the Triumph of Wall Street

One year removed from a catastrophic, global, economic meltdown, and 26 months removed from the start of the credit crisis, our political establishment is either unwilling or unable to reform the system and punish the perpetrators of this debacle. The situation is so far beyond the pale that it makes one wonder if another catastrophe is even avoidable. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Europe: A Continent Of Lies And Broken Promises; How The EU Elite Got It Wrong On The Euro – Tyler Durden

Openeurope.org.uk has put together a paper of the most blatant half-truths, propaganda, and outright lies, abused by Europe not only over the past month, but also over the past 10 years, for the entire duration of the now rapidly collapsing eurozone experiment. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Dow Ends Worst May Since 1940 On Spain Debt Downgrade, Korea Tensions

U.S. stocks slid, capping the worst May for the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1940, while the euro slumped and Treasuries rose as a downgrade of Spain’s debt rating and escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula triggered a flight from riskier assets. Read More Here

(Rasmussen) – 80% Favor Auditing the Federal Reserve

Eighty percent (80%) of Americans now agree with Congress that auditing the Federal Reserve Board is a good idea, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Just nine percent (9%) oppose an audit of the Fed, and 12% more are not sure. Read More Here

(CSPAN) – Video: Moonbat Bachmann complains about $2 billion for raises for Americans – says we can’t afford it

Wait a minute – don’t we pay FAR more every year to a foreign terrorist country that has attacked us?

She doesn’t hesitate repeating the neocon lie about government workers making more than those in the private sector. She does not compare those with the SAME position as she claims – she uses “averages.” Well, government does not hire burger flippers. It is the new attack on the Middle Class – government workers are that, by and large. Video Link Here

(Examiner) – Ellen Brown: US economic reform creates full-employment, renewed infrastructure, zero national debt

Attorney and author of the brilliant Web of Debt, Ellen Brown, is among the leading US advocates of monetary reform and state-owned banks. Among Ellen’s articles is one worth highlighting for how quickly a national economy can turn from ruin to astounding productivity: Nazi Germany’s direct creation of money to pay for public goods and services. Read More Here

(PostGazetta) – Port Authority warned of layoffs, route cuts without more state aid – Read More Here

(RedactedNews) – Insider Trading Is Perfectly Legal – But Only For Members Of The U.S. Congress – Read More Here

REPOST(CNBC) – Dollar Primed for Collapse by End June: Charts

The dollar’s recent strength has been explained by most market analysts as a result of the euro weakness rather than any fundamental support for the greenback. In fact, a closer look at the dollar’s chart – particularly the dollar index – suggests the currency may be primed for a collapse. Read More Here

(Money&Markets) – Credit Crisis Indicators Going Bonkers Again! Batten Down the Hatches!

Heads up people. Something very big is happening in the global credit markets — something you darn well better pay attention to. Read More Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – It’s the Bailout of the Banksters Before Greece Is Taken Down

WSJ has a remarkably to the point story explainning why Greece will end up restructuring, but that there will be a delay until the banksters are protected: Read More Here

(Boston) – Romania to cut wages despite strike threat

Romania will go ahead with sweeping wage, pension and benefits cuts despite unions’ threats to stage a general strike, Prime Minister Emil Boc said Wednesday. Read More Here

(DSNews) – Federal Reserve’s MBS Purchases Could Lead to Record Earnings of $70B – Read More Here

(TheEconomicCollapse) – The Depression Of 2011? 23 Economic Warning Signs From Financial Authorities All Over The Globe

Could the world economy be headed for a depression in 2011?  As inconceivable as that may seem to a lot of people, the truth is that top economists and governmental authorities all over the globe say that the economic warning signs are there and that we need to start paying attention to them.  The two primary ingredients for a depression are debt and fear, and the reality is that we have both of them in abundance in the financial world today.  In response to the global financial meltdown of 2007 and 2008, governments around the world spent unprecedented amounts of money and got into a ton of debt. Continue reading

Economy

(GoldPrices) – Gold, Silver and Mining Companies Shaping Up

We will kick off with a review of the charts for gold, silver and the gold bugs index, the HUI, in an attempt to see where we are now and just where we might go from here. However, to put the charts into context we need to take into consideration the surrounding political, economic and investment landscape. These are volatile times with the financial markets in turmoil as what were perceived to be sound and secure governments now toil under the strain of their own excesses. The borrow and spend philosophies are coming back like a bad penny, to haunt not just those who caused this mess, but also for the rest of us, who are expected to clear it up. Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – Towards Another Stock Market Meltdown? – Bob Chapman

This past week the Dow fell 4%, S&P 4.2%, the Russell 2000 fell 6.4% and the Nasdaq 100 fell 4.4%. Banks fell 5.4%; broker/dealers 4%; cyclicals fell 5.6%; transports 5.5%; consumers 3.4%; utilities 4.3%; high tech fell 3.7%; semis 1.3%; Internets fell 4.2% and biotechs 4.2%. Gold bullion fell $56.00, the HUI gold index fell 11.4% and the USDX, dollar index, fell 0.8% to 85.38. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Video: Marc Faber – “The Banks Are Gone” – (Part 1 Video Below)

Marc Faber spoke with Bloomberg Television about his bearish views on markets yesterday, and they remain as bearish as always.

“The banks are gone,” according to Marc Faber, and are only being kept alive by European Central Bank and government aid programs. Part 2 Here

(HuffingtonPost) – $1 Trillion for Wars Makes No Sense By Any Measure

This May 30 at 10:06 a.m., we will reach another dubious milestone in our almost nine years of war. At that precise moment, we will have spent $1 trillion in operational costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tracked by the National Priorities Project’s cost of war counter. Read More Here

(SteveWatson) – Secret Clause Reveals Europe Bailout Designed To Destroy Global Economy

A secret exit clause written into the trillion dollar European bailout agreement will ensure the creation of more debt in Europe, worsening the global economy, decimating nation states and allowing power to be consolidated into fewer super-elite hands.

As the Financial Times reports today, the major German newspaper Bild says it has obtained a copy of the bailout agreement and has set about “exposing” a series of secret clauses. Read More Here

(GoldScents) – How Do You Answer The Question

Let me start off by pointing out that we did indeed break below the yearly cycle low yesterday. Read More Here

(AP) – Falling home prices stir fears of new bottom

Tax credits and historically low mortgage rates have failed to lift home prices so far this year. Prices fell 0.5 percent in March from February, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city index released Tuesday.

That marks six straight months of declines — a sign that the housing market is going in reverse. Read More Here

(BigGovernment) – Faber: Nations Will Print Money, Go Bust, Go to War…We Are Doomed

Today the leading Austrian economic think tank, the Ludwig von Mises Institute held a conference at the University Club in Manhattan in which Marc Faber, famed contrarian investor and publisher of the “Gloom, Boom and Doom Report” gave his perspective on the financial crisis and his outlook for the future. Read More Here

(CNBC) – Libor Spike Is Rekindling Fears Of Another Financial Crisis

A recent spike in the rate banks charge each other for short-term borrowing is reviving investor fears that the market is returning to the abyss of the credit crisis. Read More Here

(OilPrice) – The Hard Truth About Residential Real Estate

Anyone who believes that housing is on the rebound, and that now is the time to buy, should take a very hard look at the numbers I dredged up for my spring lecture and luncheon tour.

There are 140 million personal residences in the US. Today, there are 26 million homes either directly or indirectly for sale. Read More Here

(Cryptogon) – Plummeting Marijuana Prices Create A Panic In California

Understand the purpose of the drug war with just one story. Hint: Law enforcement is used to keep supplies down and prices high.

So what changed?

California is broke and the state government wants a cut of the action. Read More Here

(RevoltofthePlebs) – Fear and Loathing (and Lost Wages)

Last week, Barrack Obama brought his stage show to a manufacturing plant in Youngstown Ohio and took credit for 290,000 new jobs added to US payrolls in April. “The fact is, our economy is growing again,” he boasted “Any fair-minded person would say that if we hadn’t acted … more people across America would be out of work today.” He’s speaking of course of the $787 billion Recovery Act that pumped even more counterfeit cash into the economy and is now redeemable (at interest) by the Federal Reserve from your American tax dollar. Read More Here

(BusinessWeek) – Christie Says N.J. ‘Careening Toward Becoming Greece’

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

(Bloomberg) – Moody’s Reiterates U.S. Spending Risks Credit Rating

The U.S. government’s Aaa bond rating will come under pressure in the future unless additional measures are taken to reduce projected record budget deficits, according to Moody’s Investors Service Inc. Read More Here

(FoxNews) – Despite Soaring National Debt, Congress Goes on Spending Spree

As the national debt clock ticked past the ignominious $13 trillion mark overnight, Congress pressed to pass a host of supplemental spending bills to, among other things, fund the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, ramp up security on the U.S.-Mexico border and prevent teacher layoffs. Read More Here

(PaulWatson)  – Video: Rothschilds Engineer Fire Sale Of UK Infrastructure To Offshore Corporations

The Rothschild banking family is pushing for the privatization of the UK’s motorway network that would force Brits, who already pay road tax, to enrich the coffers of private corporations intimately tied in with the Rothschilds by means of road tolls and pay-by-mile schemes enforced with spy cameras.

“A plan to privatize the UK’s motorway network, giving toll firms access to large swaths of road, would take place under the guise of paying down the government’s debt, British media reported Tuesday, citing a number of key officials who support the scheme, proposed to all major political parties by NM Rothschild, one of the world’s oldest, most influential and little discussed investment banks, founded by the Rothschild family,” reports Raw Story.Continue reading

Schama: Are the Guillotines Being Sharpened?

(NakedCapitalism) – Simon Schama tonight warns in the Financial Times that revolutionary rage is close to the boiling point in Europe and the US :

Historians will tell you there is often a time-lag between the onset of economic disaster and the accumulation of social fury. In act one, the shock of a crisis initially triggers fearful disorientation; the rush for political saviours; instinctive responses of self-protection, but not the organised mobilisation of outrage… 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

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

(ZeroHedge) – With Local Gold Inventories Depleted, Panicking German Dealers Stage Run On Krugerrands – Tyler Durden

Last week we noted that several prominent Austrian and German gold dealers had run out of inventory and were no longer transacting with a European population that has suddenly discovered gold religion. As a result, dealers are now focusing procurement efforst outside of Europe, with South Africa receiving the brunt of Europe’s panic for physical precious metals. As the FT reports, “At the Rand refinery in South Africa, the phone has not stopped ringing this week.” Just imagine what will happen when the gold bug goes airborne and jumps across the Atlantic… Read More Here

(Rense) – Our Sympathies To The People Of Greece – It’s “déjà-vu all over again”!!! – Adrian Salbuchi

When Argentinians watch the news today and see the terrible things that are happening in Greece, we cannot but say, “Hey!! This is EXACTLY like Argentina in December 2001 and beginning of 2002!”. Then too, Argentina underwent its worst systemic banking, public debt and monetary collapse which led to social turmoil, mad violence, rioting, and social war. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Greece Considering Legal Action Against U.S. Banks for Crisis

Greece is considering taking legal action against U.S. investment banks that might have contributed to the country’s debt crisis, Prime Minister George Papandreou said. Read More Here

(ChartingStocks) – Federal Deficit Chart (1901 to 2010)

Federal Deficit chart from 1901 to present. It aint pretty! See comparisons of current deficit with that of World War 2 below. See Chart Here

(GlobalResearch) – Financial Fraud. How It Works. The Truth behind the Madoff Investment Scandal

The mass media is not telling the entire truth about the Bernie Madoff scandal and that is contributing to the suffering of the victims of the largest investment scandal in history. Massachusetts School of Law Dean Lawrence Velvel ought to know; he’s one of them.
“Let me tell you the things you don’t know,” said Velvel, who has written extensively on the complex subject in books and blogs and hosted several television programs dealing with the Madoff affair. “The media isn’t telling the whole story because they generally focus only on the very wealthy people who were taken in. But the vast majority of the victims are ordinary people, like you and me, and they are the ones who are now left twisting in the wind. It looks to us like the wealthy are being helped now while the average bloke who put in $500,000 or $750,000 and who needed to use the income in order to live is being hurt.” Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – The Vicious Circle of Debt and Depression – It Is a Class War

Never before has so much debt been imposed on so many people by so few financial operatives—operatives who work from Wall Street, the largest casino in history, and a handful of its junior counterparts around the world, especially Europe. Read More Here

Will the Wall Street Banksters Ever Be Held Accountable? – Danny Schechter

We are all still stuck in the “big Muddy.” No, not the wars of old or even the oil disaster. The mud I am referring to is more like quicksand and it sucks anyone who wants to look at what happened in the financial crisis deeper and deeper into it.

Soon, you are buried in shifting sea of so-called “exotic financial instruments,” and tranches, derivatives, credit default swaps, naked short-selling, etc and so forth, ad fin item. It’s murkier in there than in the oil-infested waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Stop, my head hurts. Read More Here

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(LewRockwell) – Beware the Recent Situation in Greece: It Will Happen Here! – Gary D. Barnett – Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – Mervyn King: “World’s Worst Financial Crisis Ever”

Bank of England Governor Mervyn King says: “We are still halfway through the world’s worst financial crisis ever.” He is in good company.

The following experts have said that the economic crisis could be worse than the Great Depression: Read More Here

(CalculatedRisk) – California: “Absolutely terrible” budget cuts to be announced at 4 PM ET – Read More Here

(YahooFinance) – Video: TechTicker – Dow Tumbles as “Disintegration” Fears Haunt Europe

Hopes that a massive $1 trillion bailout for Europe would hold the financial markets together came unglued Friday. Stocks tumbled around the world and the U.S. followed suit. Heading into the close, the Dow was down more than 230 points. – Video Link Here

(GeorgeWashingtonBlog) – The Bailout of Big American Banks Has Cost Trillions More Than We’ve Been Told

Granted, the $700 billion dollar TARP bailout was a massive bait-and-switch. The government said it was doing it to soak up toxic assets, and then switched to saying it was needed to free up lending. It didn’t do that either. Indeed, the Fed doesn’t want the banks to lend.

True, as I wrote in March 2009: Read More Here

(MarketWatch) – The second debt storm

The debt mountain that brought down some of the world’s biggest banks and dragged the international financial system to the brink of disaster has simply shifted to governments. Now it’s threatening countries around the globe — and, if left unchecked, could rip the very fabric of Europe’s economic system and wreck economic recoveries in the U.S., China and Latin America. Read More Here

(USAWatchdog) – Is the Financial System Corrupt?

Recent headlines coming out of the financial world have been jaw dropping. Here are a few: Read More Here

(WSWS) – US media demands Greek-style austerity for American workers

In recent days, the US media—led by the standard bearer of American liberalism, the New York Times—has insisted that workers in the US, like their brethren in Greece, have been living the good life for far too long and must accept a drastic and permanent reduction in their living standards. Read More Here

(CNBC) – Video: The Economy & Your Portfolio with Rick Santelli ‘This European Crisis Should Be A Wake Up Call’

A look at the big issues facing the economy and how investors are playing them, with Michael Pento, of Delta Global, and Jordan Kimmel, of National Securities. Video Link Here

FLASHBACK – (WashingtonExaminer) – In 2005, U.S. intelligence warned of Euro econ crisis and EU’s demise unless welfare states downsized

In 2005, the National Intelligence Council prepared a prescient report warning that overextended welfare states could lead to economic crisis and possibly the collapse of the European Union sometime in the next 15 years: Read More Here

(FinanceMarkets) – US banks under investigation

Eight Wall Street banks are facing an investigation following allegations that they provided misleading information to several ratings agencies in order to gain a better rating for mortgage securities. Read More Here

(ChartingStocks) – Dollar Jump Resembles ‘08 Crash

On Wednesday, I wrote about the troubling signal given by the Volatility Index (VIX) as it surged in a manner which resembled the 2008 crash. Today we can add another market indicator to the “trouble” list – The US Dollar. Read More Here

(AlethoNews) – New Iran sanctions bill to kill 20,000 US jobs each year

Major US firms are warning Congress against passing legislation to impose new sanctions against Iran, saying such sanctions will further damage the US economy.

Boeing Co. and Exxon Mobil Corp. are lobbying to fend off tightened sanctions against Iran that business groups say will cut US exports. Read More Here

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(Kitco) – Five Facts You Need to Know About the Financial System

Let’s connect the dots on the ENTIRE financial system right now. Read More Here

(LondonTelegraph) – US faces same problems as Greece, says Bank of England

Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, fears that America shares many of the same fiscal problems currently haunting Europe. He also believes that European Union must become a federalised fiscal union (in other words with central power to tax and spend) if it is to survive. Just two of the nuggets from one of the most extraordinary press conferences I have been to at the Bank. Read More Here

(LondonGuardian) – Nicolas Sarkozy threatened to pull France out of the euro

French president Nicolas Sarkozy threatened to pull his country out of the euro if other EU countries, especially Germany, did not agree to help rescue debt-laden Greece. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Volcker Sees Euro ‘Disintegration’ Risk From Greece

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker said he’s concerned that the euro area may break up after the Greek fiscal crisis that sparked an unprecedented bailout by the region’s members. Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – Financial Chaos And The Smell Of Napalm In The Morning

What in God’s name should we make of it all? On Thursday, the New York Stock Exchange had its most severe plunge in history – nearly 1000 points, before it recovered minutes later. On Monday, it shot up 400 points, one of the biggest spikes in memory. All told, the variance was around 1400 points over the period of a couple of days.

The context for this, of course, is the financial turmoil that has spread from Greece and is sweeping across Europe, threatening the very existence of the European Union and the Euro as a common currency. Last week alone, it is estimated that global stock markets lost $3.7 trillion of their value as a result of this crisis (1). According to the Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty, not even the Canadian economy is immune from the financial contagion. Read More Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Geithner Briefs Super Power Elite, Friday Afternoon

In addition to Rockefeller and Lady de Rothschild, on Friday afternoon, Treasury Secretary Geithner will also meet with the other members of the Board of Directors of the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics to discuss the Administration’s agenda for economic growth and strengthening the global financial system.

Here’s the hefty list of the Institute’s Board of Directors: Read More Here

(HomeSolutionCounselors) – You are not in default. Freddie Mac is making your payments!

Yes it is true. I have seen it with my own eyes and IN WRITING. In our office we have on record a statement from Freddie Mac, which they submitted to the courts, that “Freddie Mac has made all relevant and required payments to the investors on behalf of the borrowers.” Did you catch that?!?!

Yes, Freddie Mac acting as the Master Servicer, has been making payments to the debt owners of a mortgage. How can the borrower be in default? Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Euro Breakup Talk Increases as Germany Loses Its Currency Proxy

What was conceived as a club for Europe’s strongest economies was expanded for political reasons, leaving the currency union with minimal powers to police deficit spending and no safety net for dealing with countries, like Greece, that veer toward default.

German officials are already debating what was unthinkable to the euro’s architects: that a currency union designed in its founding treaty to be “irrevocable” might not be. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said March 12 that expulsion from the euro may be the ultimate penalty for serial violators of debt rules. Read More Here

Video: Reality Report #44 – Economic Sanctions for the Federal Government?

Why are Americans paying to bailout Greece? Do you allow the Government to tread on you? Is Arizona finally listening to the people? Are 10th Amendment sovereignty resolutions to “Restoring the Republic?” Who is this weeks Enemy of the State? Find out all this and more on this weeks edition of the Reality Report. Continue reading

Video: Democracy Now! – Tariq Ali and Mark Weisbrot Discuss Greece’s Economic Crisis and Popular Uprising

“The People of Greece Are Fighting for the Whole of Europe”
The European Union and the International Monetary Fund have approved a nearly $1 trillion package to stop Greece’s debt crisis from spilling beyond its borders into the rest of the eurozone. Stocks surged in Europe, Asia and the United States Monday after EU leaders agreed to a $960 billion package to contain Greece’s financial troubles. Meanwhile, the austerity measures demanded by the IMF and the European Union as a condition of their loan are continuing to exact their toll. Greece’s two main unions have continued to hold protests against the reforms. In a statement, one of the unions said, “The crisis should be paid by…all those who looted public finances.” Last week nearly 100,000 people participated in a mass demonstration and a twenty-four-hour general strike against the austerity measures. Video Link Here

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Video: When Will Greek Contagion Hit the U.S.? – Marc Faber

(FoxBusiness) – May 10 – The Gloom, Boom and Doom Report Publisher Marc Faber weigh in on the future of the global and U.S. markets. Continue reading

Video: Peter Schiff – Greece Should Have Been Allowed To Default

Economist Peter Schiff explains why Greece should have been allowed to default and not been bailed out, which will merely result in its debt being socialized and the people of Europe suffering while the underlying problem remains unchanged. Continue reading

Economy

(SkyNews) – Bid To Storm Irish Parliament Foiled

Protesters have clashed with police as they tried to break through the gates of the Irish parliament during a march against bank bailouts. Read More Here

(AmericanThinker) – The Failure of the Unfree Market

What we have here is the failure of the unfree market. That means the failure of Greece. And the other PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain). And Europe. And it means the U.S., too. It even includes the Great Recession. The modern welfare state is collapsing around us. Read More Here

(SteveWatson) – New UK Government To Be Infested With Bankers

One in ten new MPs has background in international banking Read More Here

(SteveWatson) – UK Economy May Be Allowed To Crash And Burn Like US Banking Giant

Analysts, Economists: Britain May Become Lehman To Greece’s Bear Stearns Read More Here

(Reuters) – Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record – Read More Here

(FoxNews) – World Health Organization Moving Ahead on Billions in Internet and Other Taxes

The World Health Organization is moving full speed ahead with a controversial plan to impose billions of dollars in global consumer taxes on such things as Internet activity and everyday financial transactions like paying bills online — while its spending soars and its own financial house is in disarray. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – “Drop Dead Economics”: The Financial Crisis in Greece and the European Union – Michael Hudson

Riddle: How are the Greek rioters like America’s Tea Party movement?

Answer: Both reject government being taken over by the financial oligarchy to shift the tax burden onto labor. Read More Here

(USNews) – U.S. Cancer Costs Double in Two Decades

Study also finds that private insurance pays greater share today Read More Here

(PaulWatson) – Tea Party Clueless About U.S. Tax Dollars Funding Bailout Heist

Silence from anti-tax movement on bailouts is deafening – and dangerous Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – The European Bailout: Not a Very Promising Start

Many people have written insightful criticisms of the European bailout. For example, Tyler Durden, Joe Weisenthal and Gregory White point out that the French banks are the real winners of the bailout (but don’t forget JP Morgan).

Ron Paul points out that the Fed opening its swap lines to Europe violated its promise to Congress not to do so. Paul also says the bailout will help lead to the destruction of all fiat paper currencies, ensuring that “gold will rule the roost”. Read More Here

(House.gov) – The Fed Is Using Its Cronies And Lobbyists To Stop Us From Auditing It – Ron Paul

It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that the measure to audit the Federal Reserve is coming under continuous fire from the central bank and its cronies. For the first time since the Federal Reserve was created nearly a century ago, they have hired an actual lobbyist to pound the pavement on Capitol Hill. This is a desperate effort to hang on to the privilege of secrecy and lack of accountability they have enjoyed for so long. Last week showed they are getting their money’s worth in the Senate. Read More Here

(WSJ) – Did a Big Bet Help Trigger ‘Black Swan’ Stock Swoon?

Shortly after 2:15 p.m. Eastern time last Thursday, hedge fund Universa Investments LP placed a big bet in the Chicago options trading pits that stocks would continue their sharp declines.

On any other day, this $7.5 million trade for 50,000 options contracts might have briefly hurt stock prices, though not caused much of a ripple. But coming on a day when all varieties of financial markets were deeply unsettled, the trade may have played a key role in the stock-market collapse just 20 minutes later. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Gold rises above $1,220 on euro zone debt fears

Gold hit five-month highs on Tuesday, rising to within $5 of its December record peak as risk aversion returned on doubts over smaller euro zone countries’ ability to cut their deficits despite a $1 trillion aid package. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Gold Is On Fire, As Market Sneers At Euro Bailout

Along with the overall market malaise, the other big warning sign right now is the gold surge. The metal is now nearly $1220/oz. As Stacy Herbert puts it: The gold vigilantes are in a shootout with the ECB and the Fed. Read More Here

(GoldTrends) – Brother Can You Spare a Trillion?

In a nutshell they will buy bonds and will intervene in markets and “do what they have to” in order to avoid a meltdown. This is akin to the USA bailout of 1 Trillion dollars. This will only buy time, but it is all that can be done right now. For the moment the term being touted this Monday morning is “putting a floor on risk assets”. This time they mean stocks and bonds and not commodities. Read More Here

(Goldseek) – Where’s my Government Check

Reading the financial press, I recently noticed that of the 139 million workers in the Bureau of Labor Statistics household survey of workers, 47 percent don’t make enough to file and pay federal taxes beyond any collected social security tax. This means that out of a population of 310 million Americans, only 74 million (about 24 percent) pay federal taxes on April 15th. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – European Banks Now Feverishly Betting Against Euro, As Bailout Fails, Gold Surges – Tyler Durden

Thought experiment: You are the head FX trader at French megabank Croc Monsieur & Cie. (HFT: CMC) For the past 5 years, your bonus has been getting paid primarily in company stock. In the last two weeks you have seen the stock of your firm plunge as the markets have finally realized that those idiots in the Fixed Income desk have loaded up to the gills with PIIGS debt which is now worth 60 cents on the dollar at best. And to top things off, the euro has plunged to multi year lows killing any chance of buying that New York Pied A Terre which seemed so cheap when the EURUSD was 1.50 a few months ago. So what do you do? Well, you short the living daylights out of the EUR, knowing full well that the EU, the IMF and the ECB will not let Europe crash. You sell, you sell on margin and then you sell some more, trying to get EURUSD all they way down to 1.20, to 1.10, even to parity if possible, to make it all that more believable that the end of Europe is coming. Read More Here

If Marijuana Production Were Legal: Projected Tax Revenues, by State

Love it or hate it, people smoke marijuana – lots of it. In some states marijuana consumption and possession have been decriminalized, and even legalized for medicinal purposes. But, have you ever wondered how large the economics of Marijuana were? Us too. As a result ,have decided to put together this graphic, which illustrates the popularity of marijuana consumption, the federal tax dollars spent to keep marijuana illegal, and the possible tax revenues that could be generated if marijuana production were legalized and taxed like any other agricultural product. Read More Here

(RussiaToday) – Video: Alex Jones on Greece: It’s Robbery, Not Bailout!

Greece has kick-started talks on implementing its new economic austerity measures despite warnings of new union rallies. The plans will see pensions slashed and the retirement age increased. The measures were a pre-requisite for an international loan to pluck the country from the brink of bankruptcy. But investigative journalist Alex Jones says the bailout is a crime and will only hit tax payers even harder in the pocket.

(Infowars) – Video: Webster Tarpley Predicts End of The EURO on Alex Jones Tv

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(CNBC) – Video: Jim Rogers, Stock Plunge is Just the Beginning! – Video Link Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Fed Set to Go Nuke to Help Bailout Europe

Needless to say this is complete and utter madness. It is extremely inflationary on a global scale.What’s more, outside of banksters, no one in America will benefit from this move. Every one in America will suffer from the ultimate inflationary consequences. Read More Here

(WashingtonTimes) – Stock market time bomb?

Even the world’s most savvy stock-market giants (e.g., Warren E. Buffett) have warned over the past decade that derivatives are the fiscal equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) – potentially lethal. Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – Was the Market Pushed? – Danny Schechter

The Wall Street Journal headline on the day after we almost lost the U.S. stock 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

(ZNet) – Can the Euro be Saved? – Joseph Stiglitz

The Greek financial crisis has put the very survival of the euro at stake. At the euro’s creation, many worried about its long-run viability. When everything went well, these worries were forgotten. But the question of how adjustments would be made if part of the eurozone were hit by a strong adverse shock lingered. Fixing the exchange rate and delegating monetary policy to the European Central Bank eliminated two primary means by which national governments stimulate their economies to avoid recession. What could replace them? Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – The Second Wave of the Financial Tsunami – Matthias Chang

I wrote on 23rd November 2009:
“The wave is gathering force and is most likely to hit the global economy between the first and second quarter of 2010. Count on it… The US economy will be spiraling out of control in the coming months and will reach a critical point by the end of the 1st quarter 2010 and implode by the 2nd quarter.” Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – Sovereign Debt Crisis: Washington Complicit in Massive Financial Fraud on Wall Street – Bob Chapman

It was 7 years ago we said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were bankrupt. Most everyone within the beltway knew it, but no one would say anything about it. This as it now turns out they were the poster companies, which led to sovereign debt problems, but also showed that they were involved in massive fraud over several years and many in Washington knew it. Earnings were fabricated in order to create conditions, so that the officers could collect millions of dollars in bonuses. Part of this scam was engineered by Goldman Sachs, which pushed more than $100 million in earnings into future years. Earnings were structured so that they justified larger payouts for executives. Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – Shadow Inventory – A “Lost Decade” Ahead For Housing – Mike Whitney

In its effort to rescue the housing market, the Obama administration has created a Frankensystem which neither allows the market to clear nor solves the intractable social problems of lost equity and foreclosure. Read More Here

(ABCNews) – $18M Being Spent to Redesign Recovery.gov Web Site

For those concerned about stimulus spending, the General Services Administration sends word tonight that $18 million in additional funds are being spent to redesign the Recovery.gov Web site. Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – Americans Have Been Bailing Out Foreign Banks for Years … And We’re Getting Ready To Do It Again

As the Wall Street Journal points out, the Federal Reserve might open up its “swap lines” again to bail out the Europeans: Read More Here

(AFP) – Britain says it will not back European bailout fund

Britain said on Sunday that it will refuse to underwrite a European Union bailout fund worth some 60 billion euros that finance ministers want to agree at emergency talks in Brussels. Read More Here

(BullFax) – Goodbye, stimulus. Hello, state budget cuts

Think states have made deep spending cuts? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Read More Here

(NoWorldSystem) – Video: Bilderberg Manipulated Stock Market Crash

Many theories have sprung up in regards to what exactly happened on Thursday that would cause a 1,000 point drop in the DOW. Some say that it was a computer or human error that caused the trillion-dollar collapse, but few have theorized the possibility of an engineered collapse that would purposefully create more instability in the United States.

Here’s CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo calling the crash in the DOW a manipulated event.

“That is ridiculous”, Bartiromo replied. “I mean this really sounds like market manipulation to me. This is outrageous.”Video Link Here

(Telegraph) – British taxpayers ordered to bail out euro

Britain faces paying out billions of pounds under a European Union deal intended to prevent another financial crisis like the one in Greece. Read More Here

(CharlieVLog) – Video: JOBS SCAM – Quick -We Need Some Good News – View Video Here

(CharlieVLog) – Video: Time Is Running Out

(Solari) – The Biggest 2010 Health Care Act Change You Never Heard About – Catherine Austin Fitts Blog

Is the goal to so overload small business with compliance costs that you put them out of business? We think so. They will not succeed, but add this to a long list of economic hits from Washington in 2010. Read More Here

(Reuters) – 39 pct of Greeks plan to take part in protests-poll

A large majority of Greeks oppose austerity measures agreed by the government in exchange for financial aid and 39 percent say they are ready to participate in protests against the cuts, a poll showed on Saturday. Read More Here

(VisionVictoryVlog) – Video: Breaking News! Greekman Brothers Moment, Shady Reporting by the BLS exposed, and the Dow Jones Continue reading

Video: Greg Palast – “Remove the Bloodsuckers”

(TheExcavator) – The solution to the Greek crisis, and the global debt crisis, is simple according to investigative reporter Greg Palast. In his 2001 article called “The Globalizer Who Came In From the Cold,” Palast suggests that we should “remove the bloodsuckers,” who are the global financial wizards that work at the IMF, WTO and the World Bank and practice the art of dark finance. Palast details the step-by-step plan of how these transnational economic parasites bring entire nations to ruin, which he learned after he gained a hold of some precious World Bank documents that laid out the banksters’ game-plan of how to harness the financial will of sovereign nations and use it against them. Palast also talked with Joseph Stiglitz, the former Chief Economist of the World Bank and a Nobel prize winner, for the piece. Continue reading

Economy

(BusinessInsider) – Your Guide To All The Countries That Are One Riot Away From Becoming Greece

Here’s a snapshot taken from a Morgan Stanley report by Paolo Batori that shows how European financial systems have deteriorated during this crisis, and who’s most at risk of becoming the next Greece. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Behind The Scenes, European Banks Freak Out About Lending To Each Other

Right now, markets are getting hammered as protests rock Athens and no one trusts Greece to get out of this crisis. Read More Here

(MSNBC) – Video: Dow Jones Crash Caused By Typo! – Video Link Here

(AP) – Video: NYSE Stock Board Time Lapse – Video Link Here

(CNBC) – Video: Cramer Saves The Market? Sees Error In P&G Share Pricing

CNBC’s Jim Cramer notices the large drop in Procter & Gamble shares and shares his belief there must be an error. View Video Here

(Bloomberg) – Citigroup Finds ‘No Evidence’ Bank Involved in Erroneous Trades

Citigroup Inc. said it found “no evidence” that it was involved in erroneous trades after U.S. equity markets plunged today.

“We, along with the rest of the financial industry, are investigating to find the source of today’s market volatility,” bank spokesman Stephen Cohen said in a statement. “At this point, we have no evidence that Citi was involved in any erroneous transaction.” Read More HereUpdate 2

(Reuters) – Many possible triggers for wider euro debt crisis

Europe may be months, conceivably weeks away from an expanded debt crisis that cuts more countries off from access to the markets and forces fresh emergency action by rich governments or the European Central Bank. Read More Here

(SteveWatson) – Audit The Fed Push Strengthened By Second Front In Senate

The push to audit the Federal Reserve was given a fresh injection yesterday with the introduction of another bipartisan amendment to the Wall Street reform bill in the Senate that would force the central bank to reveal where $2 trillion in public bailout money was spent. Read More Here

(CNBC) – Stock Market Falls Nearly 1000 Points

The Dow plunged Thursday amid buzz in the market that European banks have halted lending Read More Here

(CNBC) – Drudge Heralds ‘Market Violence’: Fear, Euro Weakens, Greek Riots Continue, Retail Disappoints

Stocks staged one of the most dramatic selloffs in market history Thursday as what may have been a trader error exacerbated losses in a market already jittery about the European debt crisis. Read More Here

(Business&MediaInstitute) – Video: CNBC’s Bartiromo – ‘This Really Sounds Like Market Manipulation to Me’

While everyone is scratching their heads and trying to figure out how the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) lost nearly 1,000 points before rallying back to lose only 347 points – it appears not to be limited to just one stock. Read More Here

(RussiaToday) – Video: Gerald Celente on Greece – People will rise against bank bailouts globally

After a day of unrest which saw three people killed, Greece’s parliament is preparing to vote on the controversial austerity package. Wednesday’s violence included a bank in the capital being set alight. Demonstrators clashed with police when protesters marched on the country’s parliament building. They are angry at government spending cuts aimed at securing a 110 billion euro rescue package from the EU and the IMF. Trend forecaster Gerald Celente says the Greek situation is going global.

(SteveWatson) – Audit The Fed Push Strengthened By Second Front In Senate

Dorgan, Grassley introduce another amendment for spending transparency Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – Long-Term Unemployment: 80 Percent Of People Jobless Last Summer Still Out Of Work

Just one in five people who were out of work last summer have found jobs since then. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – John Taylor: “Dead Man Walking…The Euro Is Finished” – Tyler Durden

One of the incidents that I remember from my youth was the first time I saw a chicken slaughtered and running around headless for quite a few minutes before it keeled over and died. The euro is at that stage. Its life is finished, but it will be around for some time before it becomes a subject of historical analysis. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Freddie Mac posts loss, sees need for state funds

Freddie Mac (FRE.N), the second-largest provider of residential mortgage funds, on Wednesday said it lost $8.0 billion in the first quarter and warned that it would continue to need government funds because the housing market remains fragile. Read the rest of this entry Read More Here

(RussiaToday) – Video: Alex Jones On Russia Today: Greece Riots Coming To America?

As protests turned into riots in Greece amidst the financial crisis, the big question remains, what will happen to the global financial market after this bailout? This crisis has been spreading globally and many people are saying that the economy is getting worse. Alex Jones says he believes that China will go bankrupt in the next few years. Alex Jones also speaks about the recent advertisement that shows the government invading our homes. Continue reading

Video: Greece riots – 100,000 fight against harsh cuts in Athens financial crisis protests

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(CNN) – Video: Greece Descends Into CHAOS! – Video Link Here

(BusinessInsider) – Pictures Of The Most Violent Greek Riot Yet – Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Greece: Poverty and Social Implosion in the Wake of the Financial Bailout

“This is not our debt, but we are being made to pay for it,” said one angry Greek worker, explaining why he like thousands of other Greeks are taking to the streets in protest at their country’s bail-out plan. Read More Here

(KurtNimmo) – Deadly Greek Bank Fire Blamed on Opposition to IMF Austerity

How to discredit growing opposition to “austerity” measures? Kill a few people. It looks like this may be what happened in Greece today. Read More Here

(TimesOnline) – Greeks begin two-day strike as banking system is saved from meltdown

Greek public sector workers today began a 48-hour national strike that is a first test of the Government’s ability to enact new austerity measures agreed with the EU and IMF in return for billions of euros in aid. Read More Here

Economy

(RollingStone) – The Feds vs. Goldman

The government’s case against Goldman Sachs barely begins to target the depths of Wall Street’s criminal sleaze – Read More Here

(EconomicCollapseBlog) – Will The Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Be An Economic Disaster That The Gulf Coast Will Never Recover From? – Read More Here

(EconomicCollapseBlog) – How Is The U.S. Economy Supposed To Succeed When Our Politicians And The Big Banks Are Making Billions Of Dollars Betting Against It?

Most people around the globe think of America as a great “capitalist” economic machine, but the truth is that the U.S. financial system is essentially one massive betting parlor at this point. In fact, there has been a whole lot of easy money made in this betting parlor over the past several years by our politicians and by the big financial players down on Wall Street. So how did they make all of this money? They did it by betting against America. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Covert Economic Agenda Beneath Immigration Reform – Shamus Cooke

How convenient for Goldman Sachs. Just as most working people were demanding that the Goldman bosses and other Wall Street criminals either be massively fined, jailed or worse, the nation’s attention is suddenly forced to react to the racist immigration law in Arizona. And although the two incidents are not directly related, they represent a trend that is likely to increase in the months and years ahead. Read More Here

(YahooFinance) – Video: Congress Refuses to Outlaw Insider Trading For Lawmakers

Even a cynic can find Washington’s hypocrisy shocking at times. The Wall Street Journal reports today a House bill that would force lawmakers to make greater disclosures on financial transactions and disallow them from trading on nonpublic information is going nowhere fast.

That’s right. Members of Congress are currently allowed to profit on insider trading! View Video Here

(WashingtonPost) – Illegal Immigrants cost feds more than $10 billion a year

A report that found that illegal immigrants in the United States cost the federal government more than $10 billion a year — a sum it estimated would almost triple if they were given amnesty — has drawn criticism from immigration advocacy groups. Read More Here

(WashingtonPost) – Effort to expand audits of Fed picks up steam in Senate

A contentious effort to expand audits of the Federal Reserve that sailed through the House despite heavy criticism appears to be picking up steam as the Senate considers broad new financial regulations. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Cutting Public Debt: Economic Science or Class War?

In The Bullet no.345, Ingo Schmidt showed how the credit rating agencies have sparked an assault by international bondholders on the sovereign debt of Greece, where workers are being made to pay heavily for the fiscal crisis of the state. Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – The Fed Must Be Audited: The Fraudulent Practices of the Federal Reserve

In March 2004, when Alan Greenspan was Fed chairman, he suppressed the opinions of those Fed officials who knew that there was a housing bubble.

Congressman Alan Grayson points out that – because the Fed unilaterally decided to hand out half a trillion to foreigners without any Congressional oversight, and that Bernanke testified that he didn’t know who got the loot – the Fed must be subject to an audit. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Greece: Poverty and Social Implosion in the Wake of the Financial Bailout – Finian Cunningham

“This is not our debt, but we are being made to pay for it,” said one angry Greek worker, explaining why he like thousands of other Greeks are taking to the streets in protest at their country’s bail-out plan.
The so-called rescue package of €110 billion ($143 billion) facilitated by the European Union and International Monetary Fund (IMF) is not just aimed at shoring up Greece from total economic collapse. At stake too is the solvency of several other Eurozone countries – Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain – and even the euro currency itself. Read More Here

(USAWatchdog) – Inflation and Bailouts Go Hand in Hand

Pick a financial fire and you can be sure the U.S. government will hose it down with gallons of money. AIG, General Motors, Chrysler, insolvent states, FDIC, Fannie, Freddie and all the banks are just a few of the blazes Uncle Sam has sprayed money on

Now, the Federal Reserve is printing up another $105 billion to send to Greece to help with its debt problem. Is the bailout cycle getting ready to take another turn bailing out the Banks? Read More Here

(CNBC) – European Union, Currency Are Headed for Collapse: Gartman

The current European debt crisis likely will not end until the euro collapses as a currency and takes the entire European Union with it, said Dennis Gartman, hedge fund manager and author of “The Gartman Letter.”
“I think the whole thing will go down to defeat, the whole thing will eventually unravel,” Gartman said in an interview with CNBC.com. Read More Here

(SmirkingChimp) – US Government Now 96.5% of the Mortgage Market Q1, 2010

If You Were NOT Paying for Your Neighbor’s Mortgage, How Many Home Sales Would There Be?

The US government IS the US housing market. Read More Here

(ABC30) – Video: City of Fresno Declares Fiscal Emergency

The city of Fresno is facing a $30.6 million budget shortfall and the mayor announced she wants to cut hundreds of city jobs. Video Link Here

Economy

(May 4) – Video: Greg Palast Tells How The IMF Set-Up Iceland & Greece on Alex Jones Tv – Part 1 HerePart 2

(CNNMoney) – More than 80% of school districts to cut jobs – Read More Here

(LATimes) – Plunge in state revenue dashes hopes of an easy budget fix

Legislators were hoping revenue would continue to exceed projections, forestalling deeper cuts and further tax hikes. But April’s total was 30% below what was expected, leaving them with few options. Read More Here

(MyBudget360) – Middle class getting pushed into poverty and working poor status – The cloaked recovery for the middle class. How 30 percent of the poor are unemployed

Over 6.5 million of the 15 million unemployed Americans have been out of work for 27 weeks or more. As a percent, this is the highest number of long-term unemployed we have had since the Great Depression. Read More Here

(LRC) – The Rich Continue To Use Government To Cut Out Their Competition – Read More Here

(Guardian) – Greek protesters storm the Acropolis

World markets plunge over fears that Greece’s economic crisis will spread to other countries despite austerity measures Read More Here

(Taragana) – Goldman Sachs pays $450K to regulators who say it violated stock short-selling rule

The case involving Goldman’s stock-trading business is unrelated to the SEC’s civil fraud charges filed against the firm last month over mortgage securities transactions it arranged. Goldman has denied the allegations in that case and said it will contest the charges in court Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – Bernanke’s Biggest Bailout – Mike Whitney

The right-wing think-tank, the American Enterprise Institute, is helping the Federal Reserve to develop a strategy to transfer $1.25 trillion in toxic mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and non performing loans onto the public’s balance sheet. Although it’s unknown whether Fed chair Ben Bernanke will act on the AEI’s recommendations, it does show that the Fed’s Quantitative Easing program (QE)–which moved the bulk of garbage assets from the banks to the Fed’s balance sheet–poses long-term problems that will need to be addressed. Bernanke never intended to keep these assets any longer than necessary. Now he is actively exploring options for getting rid of them. Read More Here

(WSJ) – Congress Members Bet on Fall in Stocks

Some members of Congress made risky bets with their own money that U.S. stocks or bonds would fall during the financial crisis, a Wall Street Journal analysis of congressional disclosures shows. Read More Here

(AmericanThinker) – The Dollar’s Inevitable Demise

In its first midsession review, the White House Office of Management and Budget estimated that at the end of 2010, the national debt will breach the $14-trillion mark. This means that America’s sovereign debt will be soon equal to the annual output of our economy. In other words, our national debt will shortly reach 100 percent of GDP. History and experience show that most governments that assume such levels of debt are ultimately not able to contain them. In most cases, this kind of situation eventually leads to the disintegration of the country’s monetary regime and the collapse of its currency. Read More Here

(ForexCrunch) – Rumor: Spain will ask for 280 billion euros of aid money – Euro plunges

A rumor that Spain will ask for 280 billion euros of aid money in order to deal with its debt is running in the past few hours in trade rooms. This is what’s bringing down the Euro. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Video: Marc Faber on Bloomberg – China’s Economy May Crash in Next 12 Months

Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom report, talks with Bloomberg’s Haslinda Amin about the outlook for China’s economy. Faber, speaking from Hong Kong, also discusses Greece’s debt crisis and the euro, the commodities market, and the implications of political unrest in Thailand for the nation’s economy and stock market. View Video Here

Surprise! Obama Was Top Recipient of BP Donations in 2008

Of course the $71,000 Obama received from BP is chump change compared to what he got from Goldman Sachs, so don’t expect him to be returning any of it. Nor should you expect any of his media lapdogs to mention his BP connection. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Guess Who’s Paying For The Greece Bailout? That’s Right — YOU

The bailout outrages never stop.

Of the 110-billion Euro Greece bailout, 30-billion (approx $40 billion) will be paid for by the IMF. Read More Here

(PRNewsWire) – Bottoms Down: Hotel Profits Decline Record 35.4 Percent According to PKF Report

According to survey results in the recently released Trends® in the Hotel Industry report issued by PKF Hospitality Research (PKF-HR), the average U.S. hotel suffered a 35.4 decline in profits in 2009. This is the greatest annual fall-off in the bottom line since PKF-HR began tracking the industry in the 1930s. Read More Here

(RussiaToday) – Video: Keiser Report meets Schiff Report

This time Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, look at the scandals of President Bill Clinton’s skepticism on Goldman charges; the TARP watchdog’s handcuffs for Timmy Geithner; and the continuing ‘ratings surveillance’ payments to credit rating agencies for defaulted CDOs too complicated to unwind. In the second half of the show, Max interviews Peter Schiff, who is running for the Republican nomination for US Senate for Connecticut, about debating Greenspan, revaluing yuan and regulating that which is already illegal. View Video Here

(Fox) – Video: Freedom Watch – Rising Awareness On Rising Debt

A new campaign to defeat the debt puts the issue on the forefront 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

Video: The second world economic crisis – Webster Tarpley

(RussiaToday) – April 28, 2010 – With Greece’s debt mounting by the day and the United States starting to recover from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, will there be a ripple effect from Greece’s troubles? While 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. Continue reading

Economy

(OftWoMinds) – Tyranny of the Majority, Corporate Welfare and Complicity

When 60% of the employed citizenry pay no Federal income tax, then the nation is in danger of sliding into the Tyranny of the Majority: we vote for more largesse, and you pay more tax. Complicity has consequences. Read More Here

(RollingStone) – Looting Main Street: How the Nation’s Biggest Banks are ripping off American Cities – Matt Taibbi – Read More Here

(TampaBay) – A bailout for news? Read More Here

(HeraldNet) – Senate expected to approve $667 million tax bill today

New sales taxes on candy, beer and bottled water would start in June, and on carbonated beverages in July Read More Here

(InnWorldReport) – Risk of Japan going bankrupt is real, say analysts – Read More Here

(FinancialTimes) – Soros warns Europe of disintegration

The eurozone area and wider European Union is now “on the brink” of disintegration unless Germany steps up and provides loans at below-market rates to Greece, George Soros, the hedge fund manager, has warned. Read More Here

(DiamondBack) – Depressed about our future

America is broke. We Americans have spent the last 15 years borrowing money for consumption instead of investment. Because of our high levels of debt, several prominent economists, including Gerald Celente — who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union, the housing bubble and the tea parties — and Peter Schiff — who predicted both the NASDAQ bubble and the housing bubble — are predicting a coming collapse that will dwarf the housing bubble. Read More Here

(VancouverSun) – Thousands protest Quebec tax hikes

Thousands of protesters whom organizers described as members of Quebec’s “silent majority” demonstrated peacefully Sunday in front of the provincial legislature against tax hikes in the recent provincial budget. Read More Here

(C4L) – The Insanity of Government ‘Reform’

Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity — repeating something and expecting different results — is known to nearly everyone. Yet mere knowledge of this definition apparently has not kept the “best and the brightest” among us from becoming its practitioners. Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – Intervention Is Prolonging Economic Problems For Years – Bob Chapman

Banks only saved themselves not the economy, Greece singled out in the credit default crisis, the plan for a deflationary depression, every nation is in trouble, Greece now in a situation to default, banks continue to mislead, the floodgates open for lobbyists and special interests, lending costs climb, net neutrality suffers by a court ruling, Internet downgraded by court ruling Read More Here

Video: Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk – April 12, 2010 – Video Link Here

(AlterNet) – The Preposterous Reality: 25 Hedge Fund Managers Are Worth 680,000 Teachers (Who Teach 13 Million Students)

“It’s going to take a lot of political will — over a long period of time — to reorder our most basic economic values.”
In 2009, the worst economic year for working people since the Great Depression, the top 25 hedge fund managers walked off with an average of $1 billion each. With the money those 25 people “earned,” we could have hired 658,000 entry level teachers. (They make about $38,000 a year, including benefits.) Those educators could have brought along over 13 million young people, assuming a class size of 20. That’s some value. Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – The Inverse Relationship Of The Real Economy And The Stock Market In USA

Just the other day, a man who has been in business and has also been in commercial real estate said that he was mystified as to why the “economy is in recovery, but we aren’t seeing any evidence of it in business or commercial real estate.” I explained to him that the STOCK MARKET WORKS IN AN INVERSE RELATIONSHIP TO THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR ECONOMY. THE TRUTH IS THAT MOST OF THE TIME WHEN THE STOCK MARKET IS UP, IT IS AT THE EXPENSE OF WORKERS AND THEIR JOBS. IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME, THEN READ ON, PLEASE. Read More Here

(DailyMail) – Outrage as British Taxpayers Face £600 Million Bill to Fund EU Bail-Out of Greece’s Sinking Economy

Greece was last night handed a generous national bailout by its euro partners which will end up costing British taxpayers more than £600million a year. In a move aimed at shoring up dwindling confidence in the stricken country, the 16 eurozone members announced they would lend 30billion euros this year alone. But another cash injection from the International Monetary Fund means Britain will have to pay part of a further £13billion bill to prop up Greece in the money markets. Read More Here

(DailyWealth) – Spend It Now! A Huge New Tax Is Coming…

Everything you buy is about to become 20% more expensive…

I’m not kidding. The latest idea out of Washington is to pay for its insatiable appetite for spending with what’s called a “Value-Added Tax.” Read More Here

(NYPost) – Metal$ are in the pits – Trader blows whistle on gold & silver price manipulation

The banks, which do the Federal Reserve’s bidding in the metals markets, have long been the government’s lead actors in keeping down the prices of gold and silver, according to a former Goldman Sachs trader working at the London Bullion Market Association. Read More Here

Video: Collapse Of Society – Chaos In The Making 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

Top Ratings Agency Warns Austerity Riots Could Hit America

(PaulWatson) – Top ratings agency Moody’s has predicted that the U.S. and the UK could witness similar riots to those seen in Greece in response to emergency austerity measures imposed by governments in an effort to retain their AAA credit status. Continue reading

Economy

(USAToday) – States Freeze Tax Refunds

Residents eager to get their state tax refunds may have a long wait this year: The recession has tied up cash and caused officials in half a dozen states to consider freezing refunds, in one case for as long as five months. Read More Here

(DailyMail) – British law firm ‘conspired’ to hide $50bn debts of Wall St giant

A top British law firm helped stricken banking giant Lehman Brothers hide its debts in the run-up to the bank’s collapse, a report said yesterday. Read More Here

(IrishTime) – EU denies Greece bailout deal

The euro zone has not agreed a deal on financial support for heavily indebted Greece, but technical work is continuing and the Commission stands ready to act if need be, a spokesman said today. Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – The financial system in America is on the edge of default – Bob Chapman

The dramatic and costly undertow of deflation continues unabated, as government via fiscal policy and the Federal Reserve, by creating money and credit out of thin air, proceed to overpower this deflation with massive inflation. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – A Quick Reminder: Here’s The Real Problem

Here’s one of the only economic charts that really matters: Total U.S. debt to GDP (from John Mauldin).
This chart shows the trend from the end of the Civil War until now. Read More Here

(DoctorHousingBubble) – California Doing a Rendition of the Housing Industry on the Budget – $20 Billion Budget Deficit and Massive Amount of Distress Inventory

How Banks Raided the U.S. Treasury with the aid of the Federal Reserve and have Damaged Housing Further. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – China May Face ‘Massive’ Bank Bailouts After Stimulus Program

China may be forced to bail out banks that made loans for local-government projects under the unprecedented stimulus program unleashed in 2008, according to Citigroup Inc. and Northwestern University’s Victor Shih. Read More Here

(AP) – Social Security to start cashing Uncle Sam’s IOUs

The retirement nest egg of an entire generation is stashed away in this small town along the Ohio River: $2.5 trillion in IOUs from the federal government, payable to the Social Security Administration.
It’s time to start cashing them in. Read More Here

(CNN) – Two bank failures raise year’s tally to 30

The closures of Statewide Bank in Louisiana and Florida’s Old Southern Bank brought the number of bank failures this year to 30, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Read More Here

(MyBudget360) – Middle Class Americans Losing Financial Ground on Retirement – As Stock Market Rebounds more Middle Class Americans Have Less Money and Fewer Jobs. How is Health Care Spending Boosting GDP a Good Thing? – Read More Here

(SilverBearCafe) – Iceland, the Mouse that Roared

I thought I heard something the other night. It was a distant sound, a low rumbling, a roar from some far off beast that had finally pronounced its presence. It woke me for a second, but it was so distant I felt no threat and simply rolled over and went back to sleep. The next morning I learned that Iceland was taking a stand. It was refusing to pay its British and Dutch debts. Read More Here

(Infowars) – U.S. Debt Clock in Real Time

The U.S. Debt Clock website has a graphic of the U.S. debt that updates in real time. It will make your head swim. Click here to be amazed… or disgusted. Read More Here

Russia, Greece, Chile, and the Narcissism of Harvard Debt Lords

(Infowars) – Today marks the beginning of a new administration in Chile as Harvard economist and billionaire Sebastián Piñera eked out a narrow victory in January.  Interestingly this is related to the rest of the world as we also see today Greek police, dressed in the Darth Vader costumes used in every country, cracking down hard on their poor countrymen.  They have been robbed by the elite financier/politician tag-teams that roam the world attacking whichever country and currency they choose. Continue reading

Economy

(WSJ) – Economists Say Fed Saved the U.S. Economy

The $787 billion stimulus package was a good for the economy, but the Federal Reserve played the biggest role in rescuing the U.S. economy from the financial crisis, according to the majority of economists in the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey. Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – Pondering Our Collapse While We Watch Others Fall – Bob Chapman

Every important factor we see is working against the dollar and we believe that trend is irreversible. That means the present dollar rally probably cannot endure and it could well be the time to short the USDX. Read More Here

(AFP) – Police battle demonstrators in strike-hit Greece

Greek police battled demonstrators on Thursday as the country ground to a halt in the latest protest strike against government austerity measures aiming to end a crippling debt crisis. Read More Here

(EUObserver) – EU wants answers on Wall Street role in Greek debt

The European Commission has said it is seeking answers following allegations that Wall Street investment banks helped Greece hide the extent of its debt. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Strike Paralyzes Greece; Protests Turn Violent

Greek public and private sector workers went on strike on Thursday, grounding flights, shutting schools and halting public transport in the second nationwide walkout in two weeks in protest against austerity plans. Read More Here

(CrainsNY) – Gov: Budget failure could cause NY depression

Gov. David Paterson attempts a town hall meeting about the state’s budget issues in Brooklyn amid rumors on his political future. Some humor emerges amid the defiance. Read More Here

(WSJ) – School Crisis Rattles Missouri

The Kansas City Missouri School Board voted Wednesday night to shutter nearly half of its schools in an effort to avoid going broke. Read More Here

(MSNBC) – Fannie, Freddie’s $125 billion tab still growing

Sixteen months after being seized, the firms remain wards of the state Read More Here

(NYTimes) – 972 Foreclosure Filings in Hawaii in February – Read More Here

(AP) – City Closes Public Schools, Stops Bankruptcy

The school board narrowly approved the plan Wednesday night to close 29 of the district’s 61 schools to try to stave off bankruptcy. The closures have angered many parents, students and teachers, but administrators say they had no choice. View Video Here

(ZeroHedge) – It’s Going To Implode: Buy Physical Gold – NOW

Evidence seems to be mounting that we are headed towards some sort of implosion in the paper Gold market, and perhaps the currency/bond markets in general. Let’s take a look: Read More Here

Video: Gerald Celente – UK GDP as bad as Greece; Hedge funds affecting the Euro

(RussiaToday) – March 7, 2010 – The Greek debt crisis is bringing down the Euro’s value, but is that the only reason the euro is destabilizing? Recently, the United States Department of Justice is investigating major hedge funds, saying they may be at fault for this economic fall. Continue reading

Economy

(Bloomberg) – House Approves $18 Billion Job Bill, Returns It to U.S. Senate

The U.S. House approved an $18 billion measure that aims to help create jobs by offering a temporary tax break to companies that hire people who have been out of work at least 60 days. Read More Here

(MaxWellLucas) – Greece – News Update

Clashes have broken out in front of the Greek parliament Friday, with one labour leader being injured, as demonstrators protested against cuts aimed at containing the country’s debt crisis. The president of the GSEE union, Giannis Panagopoulos was injured after demonstrators started attacking him with bottles and sticks, according to media reports. Riot police have used tear gas to disperse the protesters during the clashes. Read More Here

(DailyMail) – Gordon Brown ‘blunders cost every family £50,000’: PM to blame for ruining the economy, say Tories

The party says Mr Brown is personally responsible for a series of mistakes that have shattered the economy. Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – Senators to Obama: Stop Sending Clean Energy Jobs Abroad

Four Democratic Senators want to ensure that tax dollars are creating clean energy manufacturing jobs in America, not China. Now, they are under vigorous attack by the Obama Administration and multinational companies, many of whom have heavily subsidized operations in Europe and Asia. Read More Here

(LATimes) – Long lines at theme parks are for jobs

White-collar workers are among thousands flooding amusement parks with applications. Job fairs are superfluous. Read More Here

(LATimes) – America, the fragile empire

Here today, gone tomorrow — could the United States fall that fast? Read More Here

(Telegraph) – EU draws up plans for first direct tax with fuel levy

The European Union is drawing up plans for its first direct tax with a “green” levy on petrol, coal and natural gas that could cost British consumers up to £3 billion. Read More Here

(BusinessJournal) – Jobless rates rose in every state in ‘09

All 50 states were hit with increases of more than one percentage point in their unemployment rates last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More Here

(SFExaminer) – Newsom asks dept. heads to take 10% pay cut

The City is sending out 15,000 layoff notices Friday under Mayor Gavin Newsom’s plan to rehire workers as part-timers for a savings of $50 million. He is also asking department heads to give up 10 percent of their pay and is in talks with Police and Fire employees to give up pay raises. Read More Here

(Tallahassee) – Florida’s budget gap could be as high as $3.2 billion

House Speaker Larry Cretul formally started the state budgeting process today by telling legislative money managers there will be no new taxes or fee hikes — and that they should use Florida’s shrinking revenue pot to fund education, health services and public safety above everything else. Read More Here

(TriangleBusinessJournal) – North Carolina tax collections down $35M as consumers cut spending

State revenue collections were off by $35 million through the first seven months of the government’s fiscal year as consumers continued to sit on the sidelines, a new General Assembly economic forecast says. Read More Here

(NashuaTelegraph) – Jan. foreclosures near record high

In terms of home foreclosures, Scrooge took a holiday in December, but in January, he came back strong. Read More Here

(KPVI) – Idaho tax revenue is $41M behind estimates

Idaho has missed its tax revenue forecasts by a combined $41 million since December. Read More Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Iceland’s Voters About to Tell Global Banksters to Shove It

A vote is set for Saturday in Iceland on a referendum that would require Iceland to pay funds to the U.K. and the Netherlands based on U.K. and Netherlands investors who lost money because of the collapse of an Icelandic bank. Read More Here

(Guardian) – HSBC chief gets £800,000 rise – Read More Here

(Money&Markets) – Brits Pounded As Debts, Deficits Hit Home. Next Up: Us! – Read More Here

(Truthdig) – Video: ‘Colbert Report’: Greece, Frightening – View Video Here

Video: Housing Is “In a Precarious State,” Yale’s Robert Shiller Says – View Video Here

(AlexJones) – Video: Bob Chapman’s Latest Greece Banking Meltdown News on The Alex Jones Show

Part 1 – Here – Part 2 – Here – Part 3 – Soon – Part 4 – Soon

Video: Financial Warfare Exposed – Soros, Goldman Sachs, Hedge Funds Attack Greece to Smash Euro

(WebsterTarpley) – It has been evident for some time that the ongoing speculative attack on Greece, along with such other countries as Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and Italy, was not primarily a reflection of their economic fundamentals, nor yet a spontaneous movement of “the market,” but rather an orchestrated action of economic warfare. Continue reading

Evolving Economic Catastrophe: Greek Tragedy Comes to America – Bob Chapman

(GlobalResearch) – We are not going to go into the lured details regarding residential and commercial real estate, but we are going to give you some highlights. We began telling subscribers to sell real estate in June of 2005, long before anyone else. We picked the top just as we did in September 1988 at the top. Read More Here

Economy

(BusinessInsider) – 70% Of The Elderly Aren’t Retiring Because They Can’t Afford To Anymore

A new survey from Career Builder exposes what will be an increasingly common trend as America ages demographically — older workers are being forced to keep working and postpone retirement for financial reasons. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Greece Just Passed Another $6.6 Billion Cut, Now Let’s See How Its People React

Greece is almost over the bailout finish line! Read More Here

(Prospect) – The Plight of American Manufacturing

Since 2001, the U.S. has lost 42,400 factories — and its technical edge. Read More Here

(JSMineSet) – The Skinny On Greece And What It Means To Gold

Greece will fail and be rescued is all that is discussed in the financial world. Here is the real skinny: Read More Here

(MarketOracle) – Nine Shocking Forecasts for Stocks, Gold, Economy and Financial Markets for 2010-2012

We have just ended an online video conference to brief investors on major events that could forever change your future.

We made nine new predictions to pinpoint, as accurately as possible, how and when that future is likely to unfold. Read More Here

(ABCNews) – Economists: Another Financial Crisis on the Way

Even as many Americans still struggle to recover from the country’s worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, another crisis – one that will be even worse than the current one – is looming, according to a new report from a group of leading economists, financiers, and former federal regulators. Read More Here

(RussiaToday) – Video: Tent City In NY – View Video Here

(USAToday) – New ghost towns: Industrial communities teeter on the edge

When Henry Kaiser arrived 55 years ago, this place was no place — “a rural problem area,” the government called it, so poor and isolated that the population had dropped 15% since 1940. Read More Here

(SafeHaven) – Dont Bet on a Recovery – Peter Schiff

It is astounding how many economists, government officials, and Wall Street strategists construe the current economic conditions as evidence of a bona fide recovery. It is a testament to the power of the rose colored glasses handed out by our nation’s leading universities that such a feeling could be widely held despite the clear and present danger that compounds daily. The myopia leads us to enact policies that actually exacerbate our problems. The “remedies” are postponing, perhaps indefinitely, a true recovery. Read More Here

(DotEarth) – Fuel Taxes Must Rise, Harvard Researchers Say

To meet the Obama administration’s targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, some researchers say, Americans may have to experience a sobering reality: gas at $7 a gallon. Read More Here

(CanadaFreePress) – Citibank needs seven days?

Late last week, a slight furor arose when it became public knowledge that Citibank sent the following notice to customers:
“Effective April 1, 2010, we reserve the right to require seven (7) days advance notice before permitting a withdrawal from all checking accounts. While we do not currently exercise this right and have not exercised it in the past, we are required by law to notify you of this change.” Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Looming Crisis: America’s Credit Card Debt Bubble-Burst

If you are one of the millions of Americans locked into long term debt service, your road to debt serfdom was likely paved by a mortgage, home equity loan, credit cards, or a combination of all three. Read More Here