Will Thousands Of Police Layoffs Unleash Chaos And Anarchy Across America?

(EconomicCollapse) – Thousands of police officers have been laid off all across America since the current economic crisis began.  Thousands more are getting ready to be laid off.  So could we be on the verge of a new era of chaos and anarchy in America as crime runs wild and there are just far too few police to respond to it all?  That is the message that one blood-smeared billboard in Stockton, California is trying to get across.  Paid for by the Stockton, California police union, the message of the billboard is chillingly clear: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”  As state, city and local governments across the United States continue to be devastated by the ongoing economic crisis, budget cuts are becoming much deeper and police forces have suddenly become a very popular target. Continue reading

Economy

(Independent) – How Goldman gambled on starvation

By now, you probably think your opinion of Goldman Sachs and its swarm of Wall Street allies has rock-bottomed at raw loathing. You’re wrong. There’s more. It turns out that the most destructive of all their recent acts has barely been discussed at all. Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Britain facing £5.5 billion EU sanction

Britain could face sanctions costing the taxpayer £5.5 billion if it fails to meet spending targets set by a new EU “economic government”, under European Commission proposals. Read More Here

(PressTV) – ‘Corporates may cause rise in hunger’

Economic moves by major investment firms like Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Deutsche Bank may cause a rise in hunger, according to a leading economist.

Professor Jayati Ghosh of the Centre for Economic Studies in New Delhi made the remarks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Toronto last week, The Independent reported on Friday. Read More Here

(NYTimes) – Robert Prechters Market Forecast Says “Take Cover”

A proponent of the Elliott Wave theory for market forecasting sees trouble ahead: a slide worse than the Great Depression or the Panic of 1873. Read More Here

(Telegraph) – The latest threat to the global recovery: state capitalism

Stated in one bald paragraph it sounds a little apocalyptic. But Ian Bremmer, the highly respected author who is president of the Eurasia Group in the United States, makes a compelling case. The financial crisis has left Western capitalism nervous and risk averse, constantly under attack from a body politic keen to take advantage of public anger over the events of 2007 and 2008. Issues like the control of the banking system, remuneration and the failure of so much of the financial sector, whether Northern Rock, Lehman Brothers, AIG or Royal Bank of Scotland, has created a fundamental crisis in confidence. Read More Here

(StopCartel) – Economic, Crisis, Greek Theater, Our Drama – Read More Here

(FinanceMyMoney) – California budget nightmare – in 1970 California took in 28 percent of state revenues from personal income taxes. Today, the state pulls in 52 percent from personal income taxes. Massive shift to service oriented state – Read More Here

(PressTV) – UK mulling food vouchers distribution

The unemployed whose benefits have been cut off by government will receive food vouchers by charities supported by the government to make up for the cuts in welfare spending. Read More Here

(PressTV) – ‘US facing Soviet-like disintegration’

A senior Iranian lawmaker, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, has warned the US of imminent collapse, saying its approaches bring to mind soviet policies before disintegration.
“America’s conduct toward the world bears great resemblance to that of the Soviet Union before its disintegration,” Fars News Agency quoted the head of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission as saying on Friday. Read More Here

(NYTimes) – In Ireland, a Picture of the High Cost of Austerity

As Europe’s major economies focus on belt-tightening, they are following the path of Ireland. But the once thriving nation is struggling, with no sign of a rapid turnaround in sight. Read More Here

(WSWS) – Sri Lankan budget imposes IMF austerity demands – Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – The U.S. Economy is Falling. Towards another Credit Collapse?

The housing market is in serious freefall with builders scheduled to increase units by 535,000 this year. As sales fall so will big bank balance sheets. That means we are facing another credit collapse. Read More Here

Video: Enough is Enough

(YahooFinance) – Video: U.S. Economy “Is a Complete Disaster”

The U.S. economy is in shambles and Americans will continue to see high unemployment and lower living standards in the years to come, Howard Davidowitz tells Henry and Aaron in the accompanying clip. – Continue reading

Mass Country Wide Closing and Layoffs

Here are closing stores, restaurants, layoffs etc just in the last few days! I’m sure the readers here are familiar with some of these businesses. Click on the links. Comments on “Green Shoots”?

Johnnie Walker’s Men Store in Milwaukee Wisconsin
Pipkin Cameras and Imaging Store in Oklahoma City
Allain Gallery in Richmond Virginia
Stone’s Throw Golf Course in Newton Ill
Glacier Ice Arena in Grand Junction Colo.
Maumee 18 Theater in Maumee Ohio

Eccentrix in Joplin MO
The White Pine Copper Refinery
3M to Close Ardmore Plant – 125 Jobs Lost
Provincetown High School in Mass.
B&G Golf in Brookfield
Update: Taylor Sawmill in Enfield ill
Pages New and Rare Bookstore Arizona
Select Medical Corp Manchester MO Facility – 66 layoffs
Caye Upholstery, Closing 2 NC Facilities – 160 Jobs Lost
Ripley County Fair NY
Blockbuster in Oak Ridge Tenn.
The Hubbard BMV in Ohio
The Golden Corral Buffet & Grill restaurant on Seminole Trail VA?
Update: Ken Lee’s Gallery 11 in Steamboat Springs

Hillsborough County FL – 200
Brown University Bookstore RI – 8
Lucas County Sheriff’s Office OH – 16
La. Department of Education – 31
Exempla Healthcare – 100 Position from Hospitals in Denver
Boeing – Lost of Constellation Funding Could = 180 Layoffs
City of Romulus – 32 Layoff Notices
Burke County Public Schools NC –  70
Middleboro School District – 30
Marian Community Hospital – 26
Cinram – 482
The Siena Hotel Spa Casino in Reno – Eliminating Table Games = 35 Layoffs

MSM: Antidepressant use rises as recession feeds wave of worry

(Guardian) – The number of antidepressants prescribed by the NHS has almost doubled in the last decade, and rose sharply last year as the recession bit, figures reveal.

The health service issued 39.1m prescriptions for drugs to tackle depression in England in 2009, compared with 20.1m in 1999 – a 95% jump. Doctors handed out 3.18m more prescriptions last year than in 2008, almost twice the annual rise seen in preceding years, according to previously unpublished statistics released by the NHS’s Business Services Authority.

The increase is thought to be due in part to improved diagnosis, reduced stigma around mental ill-health and rising worries about jobs and finances triggered by the economic downturn. Read More Here

Economy

(ZeroHedge) – The WSJ’s Hit Piece On Gold – Tyler Durden – Read More Here

(GoldScents) – ENDING PHASE?

I have to wonder, are we entering the ending phase of this cyclical bull?

For sometime now I’ve noticed the similarities between the `02-`07 cyclical bull and what we’ve experienced since March of last year. The one difference is that this time we’ve truncated the middle phase of the bull. I suspect that was a direct result of the massive liquidity Bernanke … and all central banks have pumped into the system. Read More Here

(InterForecaster) – Deflationary Depression and Purging To Come – Bob Chapman

We believe an inflationary depression began in February of 2009, and little has changed. Since then factory output has increased, as have inventories and other outward signs, such as retail sales. We believe that one-year spurt is ending, unless a new stimulus program is put in place. This past week we saw a $78 billion addition to unemployment benefits and Larry Summers has said they need an additional $200 billion. In order to keep the economy going sideways a total of another $800 billion will be needed. Read More Here

(KUT) – State Business Tax Receipts Down

RJ DeSilva with the State Comptroller’s Office says new figures show a ten percent decline from last year. Read More Here

(TimesOnline) – UK Welfare State = Family Breakdown, Emasculated Men – Read More Here

(WSWS) – Europe’s media warn of global social unrest – Read More Here

(ClickOrlando) – Want Ad: Unemployed Need Not Apply

Job hunters are facing a new trend: businesses asking recruitment companies to keep unemployed people out of their job pools. Read More Here

REPOST – (RawStory) – Goldman Sachs sold $250 million of BP stock before spill

Firm’s stock sale nearly twice as large as any other institution; Represented 44 percent of total BP investment Read More Here

(CityWire) – Why Rothschilds is piling into gold – Read More Here

(Money&Markets) – RED ALERT: Get out of vulnerable stocks IMMEDIATELY!

You don’t have much time.

A Dow meltdown is imminent, and if you want to protect yourself from losses, it’s time to get out of the vulnerable stocks in your portfolio — immediately. In this special edition, I will explain why. Read More Here

(BizJournals) – Hawaii bankruptcy filings up 34.4% – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – EU plans green taxes to cut debt – Read More Here

Economy

(TheStar) – European debt fears batter TSX

Fears that the effects of a government debt crisis could push Europe into a severe economic downturn sent the Toronto stock market tumbling Monday. Read More Here

(ComedyCentral) – Video: The Daily Show with John Stewart on Hoarders – Video Link Here

U.S. Debt Clock – View Clock Here

(ChartingStocks) – Why Gold And The Dollar Are BOTH Rising

An unusual dynamic has taken shape over the last few months – Both the US Dollar and Gold have been rising together. Normally, such a movement would seem counter intuitive as Gold is a commodity and commodities tend to move in the opposite direction of the US dollar. Read More Here

(FT) – Financial Crises Getting Worse Worldwide

The pace and severity of financial crises has taken an ominous turn for the worse. Over the past 30 years, a crisis has occurred, on average, every three years. Yet, now, only 18 months after the meltdown of late 2008, Europe’s sovereign debt crisis has hit with full force. With one crisis seemingly begetting another, and the fuse between crises now getting shorter and shorter, the world economy is on a very treacherous course. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Sears and Kmart to offer cash-for-gold service

Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD.O), which expanded its layaway program to help cash-strapped consumers pay for purchases during the recession, is now helping its customers exchange their jewelry for cash as gold prices soar. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – `There’s No Money Left,’ U.K. Minister Learns From Predecessor

Arriving for work at the U.K. Treasury last week, the incoming chief secretary, David Laws, found a note from his predecessor, Liam Byrne, offering advice on the job.
“Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left,” Laws cited it as saying. Read More Here

Implode-O-Meter: Vicious Cycle – View Meter Here

(Bloomberg) – ‘There’s No Money Left,’ U.K. Minister Learns

Arriving for work at the U.K. Treasury last week, the incoming chief secretary, David Laws, found a note from his predecessor, Liam Byrne, offering advice on the job.

“Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left,” Laws cited it as saying.

“Which was honest,” Laws, whose position is the No. 2 in the Treasury after the chancellor of the exchequer, told a press conference in London today. “But slightly less than I was expecting.”

The note underscores the task facing Britain’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition as it seeks to reconcile demand for improved health and education services with promises to reduce the largest budget deficit since World War II. Read More Here

(May 16) – Video: Alex Breaks Down “Death of The Middle Class” on Alex Jones Tv Sunday Editon

Alex breaks down the international banking cartels continued plunder of the middle class here in america and how far they will go. – Part 1 Here Part 2 Here

(TimesOnline) – Germans lose faith in EU

The multi-billion-euro payout for Greece, followed by an even more expensive rescue package for the threatened single currency, has created the greatest political climate change in a generation. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Stocks, Euro Plunge on Concern Austerity Plans to Curb Recovery

Asian stocks fell the most in almost six months, led by the Shanghai Composite Index’s 5 percent plunge, the euro dropped to its lowest against the dollar since 2006 and the cost of insuring bonds from default jumped on concern European austerity measures will derail the recovery. Read More Here

(PaulWatson) – Financial Terrorists Want Global Currency, Global Central Bank

During a recent speech at a conference of elitists in Zurich Switzerland, IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn called for the introduction of a global currency backed by a global central bank which would act as the “lender of last resort” in the event of a severe economic crisis, which would represent another lurch towards fascist centralization of power by financial terrorists busy exploiting the fiscal chaos they created in order to impose world government.

Stating that “crisis is an opportunity,” Strauss-Kahn said that globalists should exploit the financial chaos plaguing the world in order to push for “a new global currency issued by a global central bank”. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Germans Fantasize About New Rich-Nation Currency Bloc That Doesn’t Even Include France

Tonight’s must-read comes from Ambrose-Evans Pritchard at The Telegraph who offers some clear views on why the EU’s big shock & awe rescue plan is not having its desired result — why it hasn’t fully instilled confidence. Read More Here

(EconomicCollapseBlog) – The Extreme Frustration Of Unemployed Americans

When Barack Obama visited Buffalo recently, he was greeted by a billboard advertisement with a very pointed message about unemployment. In just a few words it summarized the frustrations of an entire region. The billboard along I-190 had this very simple message for Obama: ”Dear Mr. President, I need a freakin job. Period. Sincerely, inafj.org.” As word about this billboard got out, it quickly made headlines all over the United States. Why? Well, the truth is that millions of hard working Americans are extremely frustrated about their lack of work right now. When you don’t have a job and you can’t provide for your family, very little else seems to matter. In fact, according to a recent Gallup poll, unemployment is now the second most important issue to American voters. The number one issue is the economy. Read More Here

(AFP) – Euro rescue package ‘just buys time’: Merkel

A trillion-dollar package to shore up ailing eurozone economies merely buys time until the deficits of certain members of the 16-member zone are cleaned up, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday. Read More Here

(SilverBearCafe) – Rigging the Markets – How They Do It

While the rest of the financial world struggles, it might seem strange that four of the largest US banks have made record profits this past quarter – and not just on average, but every single trading day. Too good to be true? Indeed. Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – Detroit’s Unemployment Rate Is Nearly 50%, According to the Detroit News

As many have noted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which culls federal unemployment data, does not account for all of the jobless in its widely-quoted national unemployment figures. Among those omitted: part-time workers who are looking for full-time jobs and frustrated job seekers who abandon their job search altogether. Read More Here

(BeverlyHillsCourier) – Flood Of Calif. Businesses Abandon State

Numerous California businesses are packing up their bags and trading in the blue skies and hot weather to head east.

The Courier obtained a copy of the businesses leaving California this year. They are: Read More Here

(SKOptionsTrading) – Where next for Gold?

So far in 2010, all eyes in the gold market have been looking up at $1225 wondering whether gold get back to that all time high? Now that question has been answered yet another arises, where next for gold? Read More Here

(SteveWatson) – Video: Ron Paul – Those Who Voted Against Audit The Fed Will Pay The Price

Texas Congressman Ron Paul appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box earlier today to discuss the financial crisis and his ongoing effort to audit the Federal Reserve.

Paul, speaking publicly for the first time since the Senate passed a watered down version of his HR1207 amendment to fully audit the Fed, said that those who had essentially voted for more Fed power would see repercussions. Continue reading