Energy & Banking Criminal Racketeering

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…A long time ago, Capo di Tutti Capis Alfonse Capone delivered his opinion upon being convicted on Racketeering charges that “Capitalism is the Legitimate Racket of the Ruling Class”. Far as Alfonse was concerned, he was no different than the folks running Da Goobermint and Da Federal Reserve Bank, and he was basically correct, except for the fact he wasn’t near so big or near so violent in trying to control his small market of the Chicago Liquor and Gambling Biz as TPTB were or still are in controlling the Oil and Banking biz.

If you don’t believe Alfonse, one of the main Enforcers for this Biz, General Smedley Butler said exactly the same thing at around the same time Alfonse said it, when he published his War is a Racket treatise. Smedley Butler was one of the most highly decorated Soldiers of the early 20th Century, he won the CMH not once, but TWICE! His words were as follows in his “On War” speech…
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Ruble Run Insanity

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Aired on the Doomstead Diner on December 18, 2014

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Run, Ruble, Run…
 

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…In the matter of a couple of days here, the financial INSANITY game being played has gone from senile dementia to psychotic, and instead of gradually deteriorating to the point the various players in the game can’t remember who they are, instead they are all out there on the financial markets suffering all the classic sypmtoms of schizophrenia, Delusions, Hallucinations, Disoraganized Thinking and Speech and assorted other Negative Symptoms. For example, the person appears to lack emotion, such as not making eye contact, not changing facial expressions, speaking without inflection or monotone, or not adding hand or head movements that normally provide the emotional emphasis in speech. Does this sound like Super Mario Dragon making a speech or WHAT? LOL.

The rapid Insanity escalation hasn’t occurred in the Yen Basket Case or the Euro Fruit Loops, no instead it SNAPPED with the Ruskie Rouble. In the last 24 hours or so, first all trading was halted in the Rouble, and then shortly after that the Ruskie Credit Card was cut off […] Continue Reading…

Oil Price Crash!!! Part 2

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Before going into the Rant, I thought it would be a good idea to review the price charts and profitability aspects as the price continues to crater here, with the Saudis now Jawboning a possible $40 Handle.  Below some charts for where we are right now as background for the Rant.

Here we see how vast the decoupling of Stocks and Credit is from the cratering price of Oil.  In all likelihood, both will catch up (or rather DOWN) here in short order.

On the international level, this chart gives you a good idea of how much Red Ink various OPEC countries are bleeding at the current price. It gets bigger obviously as the price goes further south.  The Saudis are sitting on a pile of money to try to weather the storm, but Venezuela is already broke.  The Ruskies are seeing a Run on the Ruble as well as dealing with sanctions.

At a price in the $50 Handle range, most of the Fracking Plays are money losers.  They’ll probably pump dry what is already […] Continue Reading…

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CNN: “Russia Headed for Crash.”

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Russia, known for its long, hard winters, may be entering a very long, very hard one.

First published at The Daily Impact  December 16, 2014
In the headlong rush toward the edge of the cliff at the end of the industrial age, Russia has suddenly pulled ahead by a nose(dive). The headline “Russia Headed for Crash” has appeared on the CNN Money website, although the news mavens in the Situation Room see no reason to go wall-to-wall with coverage when there are Cosby accusers to flush and another Bush is thinking about (!) running for president(!) in 20016! The lamestream media are trapped deep in the spurious narrative of the steely-eyed Putin resuming the Cold War as if it were 1950 and he were the Soviet Union, while Chinese tentacles slither across the globe projecting the power of the world’s largest (!) and weakest (!) and quite likely stupidest (!) economy.

The reality that is now rearing its ugly head in Russia has nothing to do with geopolitics and everything to do with food, personal safety, staying warm in winter, that kind of thing. It’s about what happens when governors place such […] Continue Reading…

The Impending “Russian Maidan”

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Published on Land Destroyer on December 21, 2014

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December 21, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – The coordinated manipulation of global energy prices, a NATO build-up in Eastern Europe, and the rekindling of terrorism in Russia’s southern Caucasus region all appear to be ever-increasing crescendos toward a much larger event – a “Russian Maidan.”

The necessary components of a successful Western bid to overthrow the Russian political order include a political front protesting in Russia’s major cities, as well as a full-spectrum economic war to put pressure on Russia’s population, increasing dissent as well as swelling the ranks of staged protests Wall Street and Washington put in Russian streets. Another necessary component includes armed components to act under cover of “peaceful protesters” to escalate street demonstrations, prevent security forces from restoring order, and to carry out the actual physical overthrow of these security forces.

These elements could all be seen in neighboring Ukraine – a nation in which America and NATO’s incessant meddling is a matter of long-standing public record. The Guardian would admit in its 2004 article, “US campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev,” that (emphasis added):
…while […] Continue Reading…

The Anti-Empire Report #135: American Exceptionalism and Torture

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American Exceptionalism and American Torture
In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an amnesty law blocking the prosecution of its members for torture and other crimes. The amnesty still holds.

That’s how they handle such matters in what used to be called The Third World. In the First World, however, they have no need for such legal niceties. In the United States, military torturers and their political godfathers are granted amnesty automatically, simply for being American, solely for belonging to the “Good Guys Club”.

So now, with the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture, we have further depressing revelations about US foreign policy. But do Americans and the world need yet another reminder that the United States is a leading practitioner of torture? Yes. The message can not be broadcast too often because the indoctrination of the American people and Americophiles all around the world is so deeply embedded that […] Continue Reading…

The Hope in Understanding Collapse

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Published on The Economic Collapse on December 17, 2014

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There Is Hope In Understanding That A Great Economic Collapse Is Coming
If you were about to take a final exam, would you have more hope or more fear if you didn’t understand any of the questions and you had not prepared for the test at all?  I think that virtually all of us have had dreams where we show up for an exam that we have not studied for.  Those dreams can be pretty terrifying.  And of course if you were ever in such a situation in real life, you probably did very, very poorly on that test.  The reason I have brought up this hypothetical is to make a point.  My point is that there is hope in understanding what is ahead of us, and there is hope in getting prepared.  Since I started The Economic Collapse Blog back in 2009, there have always been a few people that have accused me of spreading fear.  That frustrates me, because what I am actually doing is the exact opposite of that.  When a […] Continue Reading…

Seneca Cliffs of the 3rd Kind

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Published on Resource Crisis on December 15, 2014

Seneca cliffs of the third kind: how technological progress can generate a faster collapse

The image above (from Wikipedia) shows the collapse of the North Atlantic cod stocks. The fishery disaster of the early 1990s was the result of a combination of greed, incompetence, and government support for both. Unfortunately, it is just one of the many examples of how human beings tend to worsen the problems they try to solve. The philosopher Lucius Anneus Seneca had understood this problem already some 2000 years ago, when he said, “It would be some consolation for the feebleness of our selves and our works if all things should perish as slowly as they come into being; but as it is, increases are of sluggish growth, but the way to ruin is rapid.”

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The collapse of the North Atlantic cod fishery industry gives us a good example of the abrupt collapse in the production of resources – even resources which are theoretically renewable. The shape of the production curve landings shows some similarity with the “Seneca curve”, […] Continue Reading…

Go west, young Han

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November 18, 2014: it’s a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive warehouse complex heading for Madrid. It arrived on December 9.

Welcome to the new trans-Eurasia choo-choo train. At over 13,000 kilometers, it will regularly traverse the longest freight train route in the world, 40% farther than the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. Its cargo will cross China from East to West, then Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, and finally Spain.

You may not have the faintest idea where Yiwu is, but businessmen plying their trades across Eurasia, especially from the Arab world, are already hooked on the city “where amazing happens!” We’re talking about the largest wholesale center for small-sized consumer goods – from clothes to toys – possibly anywhere on Earth.

The Yiwu-Madrid route across Eurasia represents the beginning of a set of game-changing developments. It will be an efficient logistics channel of incredible length. […] Continue Reading…

Frackers Fund the Taliban

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Published on Land Destroyer on December 16, 2014

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Grisly Peshawar Slaughter – Who Created Taliban, Who Still Funds Them?
December 16, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) Taliban militants stormed an army public school in the northern city of Peshawar, killing over 100, including many young students. It is believed up to 10 militants took part in the attack, dressed as soldiers to first infiltrate the school’s grounds before beginning the attack.

While the details of the attack are forthcoming, the background of the Taliban and the persistent threat it represents is well established, though often spun across the Western media.

Who Put the Taliban into Power? Who is Funding them Now? 

In the 1980’s the United States, Saudi Arabia, and elements within the then Pakistani government funneled millions of dollars, weapons, equipment, and even foreign fighters into Afghanistan in a bid to oust Soviet occupiers. Representatives of this armed proxy front would even visit the White House, meeting President Ronald Reagan personally.

The “Mujaheddin” would successfully expel the Soviet Union and among the many armed groups propped up by the West and its allies, […] Continue Reading…

Suicide by Deflation

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Published on The Slog on December 16, 2014

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CRASH2: Neoliberalism, murderer of inflation, commits suicide by deflation.
How devious geopolitics and dead-end globalism combined to eat the world economy
You have to hand it to the neoliberal fraternity – perhaps I should say patriarchy – there’s never been a belief system in history capable of breaking all its own rules one by one, and still trying to tell us it’s the best socio-economic development system on the planet.

The world’s Milt-milkers have variously demanded to be nationalised, expected to be saved, opposed any and all reform, used austerity as a form of stimulation, tried Zirp as a means of increasing spending power in a recession, produced endless monopolies of media, banking and energy, used the biggest Government market interventions of all time, and then produced the slump to end all global slumps.

I’ve read most of Friedman’s stuff, and leaving aside for a second its narrow academic inability to take real people into account, I really don’t remember any of the above features being present in his work. However, one thing he did like was the […] Continue Reading…

Conn’s Game: Subprime Loans, Subhuman Lenders

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One of the stores built by a Conn’s game, based on junk bonds and subprime loans, in Houston Texas.

First published at The Daily Impact  December 12, 2014
After some rant or another about the combined greed and stupidity of the industrial Masters of the Universe, I frequently get this response: “Look, they couldn’t be that stupid or they wouldn’t be in charge. They know what they’re doing, and we just don’t understand it.” Seriously. I get that. If a quick refresher on the Enron Bubble and the Dot-com Bubble and the Housing Bubble are not enough to put this turkey of an argument into the deep fryer for once and for all, then consider the true story of Conn’s, a Texas-based 90-store retailer who came up with the Business Plan to End All Business Plans. And it did.

Aesop could not have fashioned a better cautionary tale of greed and stupidity, and now he doesn’t have to. (I’m grateful to Wolf Richter for laying all this out on his blog Wolf Street)

Conn’s game was at first a pretty standard one. It sold furniture, appliances and electronics to people who didn’t have […] Continue Reading…

Crash-O-Matic Finance

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Originally Published on Clusterfuck Nation December 15, 2014

“Oil prices have dropped $50 a barrel. That may not sound like much. But when you take $107 and you take $57, that’s almost a 47 percent decline…!”
–James Puplava, The Financial Sense News Network

May not sound like much? I guess when you hunker down in the lab with the old slide rule and do the math, wow! Those numbers really pop!

This, of course, is the representative thinking out there. But then, these are the very same people who have carried pompoms and megaphones for “the shale revolution” the past couple of years. Being finance professionals they apparently failed to notice the financial side of the business, for instance the fact that so much of the day-to-day shale operation was being run on junk bond financing.

It all seemed to work so well in the eerie matrix of zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) where investors desperate for “yield” — i.e. some return more-than-zilch on their money — ended up in the bond market’s junkyard. These investors, by the way, were the big institutional ones, the pension funds, the insurance companies, the mixed bond smorgasbord funds. They […] Continue Reading…

The Oil Crash is Under Way

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The air in Delhi, shown here in 2011, like the air in Beijing, is barely breathable by humans. Yet these two countries, with their 2.6 billion people, have just begun to burn fossil fuels. (Photo by je poirrier/Flickr)

First published at The Daily Impact  December 11, 2014

When you are felling a really big tree, the first signs that it is coming down are subtle; a crack here and there, a twitching of the crown. By the time these clues register on you, the tree is on its way down. The cracks and twitches from the U.S. oil industry are coming almost hourly now, and although it is a really big tree, and won’t actually hit the ground until next year, its fate is pretty well sealed. Here are this week’s signs and portents:

British Petroleum announced Wednesday it will cut thousands of jobs worldwide, in addition to a previously announced two-billion-dollar cut in its operating budget and a fire sale of $43 billion dollars worth of assets (most of them in the US fracking patch). BP disclosed that over the next 18 months it will spend a billion dollars on “restructuring.” […] Continue Reading…

Welcome to the Exclusion Zone

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Published on The Slog on 12/14/2014

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Welcome to the Exclusion Zone
Do you ever get the feeling that life in the last sixty years has been little more than a series of zone creations? Perhaps you don’t, but I do.

Like most words in the Western world, ‘zone’ comes from the Greek meaning a tract, area or belt. The Romans narrowed it down to mean a girdle, but afterwards middle English broadened it out again…until some time around the 1950s, the Americans used it as the universal collective noun for a region.

Since that era, every new bit of formative history has adopted it….to the point where it seems at times to be a banal noun. But usually, it is anything but: when something becomes a zone, it means things are going tits-up.

In the early 1960s, there was the intriguing Twilight Zone on the telly, but soon there was the all-too-real Demilitarised Zone (the Dee-Em-Zee) between North and South Vietnam. By the time I arrived in Lambeth in the mid 1970s, it had been declared a nuclear-free zone. Sadly, under Ted Knight it was […] Continue Reading…

Peak Customers: The Final Liquidation Sale

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on December 13, 2014
 

…and the WINNER is…The ENVELOPE Please!…

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Coming Soon to a Laptop Near You: Oil Crash!!! Part 2

               HYPERINFLATION       OR              DEFLATION

…DEFLATION!
For the last 7 years since I began chronicling Collapse on the pages of the Peak Oil Forum, one debate has resurfaced over and over again, whether the monetary system would collapse in a Hyperinflationary Vesuvius of Wheelbarrows Full of Worthless Weimar-Zimbabwe style Dollars, or descend into a Deflationary Black Hole.  On the Diner Forum, the Hyperinflation vs Deflation thread runs some 33 pages long now, over 450 posts and that is just since we opened the Diner in February of 2012!
For most of the time on the Econ websites, the Hyperinflationistas Ruled the Roost, as Helicopter Ben rolled out one QE Ship after another to salvage the imploding banking system.  People like John Williams of Shadow Stats and Speedy Gonzalo Lira predicted imminent Hyperinflation as the virtual printing presses went into hyperdrive.  I personally had numerous arguments with Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform, who produced an endless stream of articles making an Inflationary […] Continue Reading…

Oil Shock

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Published on Economic Undertow on December 10, 2014
Figure 1: Triangle of Pants by TFC Charts, (click for big). What is taking place right now is an oil shock very similar to that which occurred in 2008-09. What triggered the current reaction was $105/barrel a few months ago as opposed to the much higher 2008 price. The lower price confounds expectations, convention leads us to believe that any fuel price shock would result from prices higher than $147 per barrel.
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Since 2008, the world has become poorer; what remains of purchasing power has been diverted away from ordinary customers toward elites. Monetary- and fiscal policies around the world have amplified this flow making it difficult for customers to buy industrial goods including oil. By catering to crony ‘friends’ the central banks and governments have been working against their own stated interests, precipitating the very crisis they have been working so hard (?) to avoid.

The hope: more easing => lower money cost for drillers => price bubble ‘hedge’ against high- and increasing crude price => more financial market support for drillers. Finance […] Continue Reading…

China and India: Accelerating to the Finish Line

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The air in Delhi, shown here in 2011, like the air in Beijing, is barely breathable by humans. Yet these two countries, with their 2.6 billion people, have just begun to burn fossil fuels. (Photo by je poirrier/Flickr)

First published at The Daily Impact  December 5, 2014

Hopium addicts and a few novelists nurture the convenient belief that while the 1.4 billion people of China and the 1.2 billion people of India struggle lustfully to live as luxuriously as do the 300 million people of the United States, they will manage to do so in a manner somehow less wasteful of energy and natural resources, less destructive of the living web of life, than we have done. The belief is convenient because, while there is not a whisker of evidence to suggest it is true, holding it permits the believer to carry on with business as usual.

Much has been made of the “historic” agreement reached between China and the United States at the recent APEC meeting in Beijing, stipulating that in the next 10 years or so, both countries are going to do something or other about carbon emissions (i.e. pollution), so […] Continue Reading…

Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia

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Originally published in Asia Times on December 8, 2014
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The latest, spectacular “Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream” Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about.

In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised North Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devises a new sweet deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC) concerning the European “Third Energy Package”, which prohibits one company from controlling the full cycle of extraction, transportation and sale of energy resources.

Background is essential to understand the current game. Already five years ago I was following in detail Pipelineistan’s ultimateopera – the war between rival pipelines South Stream and Nabucco. Nabucco eventually became road kill. South Stream may eventually be resurrected, but only if the EC comes to its senses (don’t bet on it.)

The 3,600 kilometer South Stream should be in place by 2016, branching out to Austria and […] Continue Reading…

A History of Shaving

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I was tooling around Fred Meyer in the housewares department debating whether to buy a Cast Iron Lodge Logic Skillet on sale at Half Price, which I really don’t need but these things will last into the next century and remind me of the old heavy cookware the Henry the Cook at the Homestead Unitarian Camp used, and bring back great feelings of Nostalgia.

I walked through the TV Gadget aisle which has all sorts of things like Vegematics and so forth you don’t need, and on one of the shelves was a “Retro” Safety Razor like the one pictured at the top.  This was the kind of razor I first started shaving with, before the disposables and the multi-blade plastic jobs now up to like something like 5 blades all sandwiched together.  The first one I remember was the “Trac 2″ from Gillete.

In between there I used an Injector type razor for a while like the one at left, and tried an Electric Norelco one also with the rotary heads.  The idea with […] Continue Reading…

Golden Showers

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…One of the more interesting and somewhat comical manifestations of the ongoing banking collapse, manifested mostly in the crashing currency value of the Yen and Euro but visible elsewhere in skyrocketing Stock prices is the attempt by various countries like Germany, Switzerland and Belgium to “Repatriate” Gold they have stored overseas in the Basement Safe of Da NY Fed and the BoE primarily. Well, it is supposed to be there anyhow…

Why do they want to repatriate said stacks of Gold? Obviously, because nobody TRUSTS anybody anymore, so everybody wants their own hands on their Precious, Gollum style.

Of course, very little of this stuff is actually moving around from one safe to another, various excuses are made for this, but of course the main reason is that there are multiple claims to every Gold Bar in existence, many times over here. It is “leased” out, which is the most preposterous idea you can imagine, HTF does Renting a Gold Bar improve your financial situation? Besides that, there is an enormous amount of “Paper Gold” […] Continue Reading…

Not Just Oil…

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Published on The Economic Collapse on December 9, 2014

This is where stock and gas prices are going. To see the panic index, read from left to right
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Not Just Oil: Guess What Happened The Last Time Commodity Prices Crashed Like This?…
It isn’t just the price of oil that is collapsing.  The last time commodity prices were this low was during the immediate aftermath of the last financial crisis.  The Bloomberg Commodity Index fell to 110.4571 on Monday – the lowest that it has been since April 2009.  Just like junk bonds, industrial commodities are a very reliable leading indicator.  In other words, prices for industrial commodities usually start to move in a particular direction before the overall economy does.  We witnessed this in the summer of 2008 when a crash in commodity prices preceded the financial crisis in the fall by a couple of months.  And right now, we are witnessing what may be another major collapse in commodity prices.  In recent weeks, the price of copper has declined substantially.  So has the price of iron ore.  […] Continue Reading…

Wall Street: “Quite measurably out of its mind.”

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Forget the bull statue they have in the street in front of the stock exchange — this is the guy who’s taking over in 2015.(Photo by Tambako the Jaguar/Flickr)

 

First published at The Daily Impact  December 3, 2014
John Hussman runs a very large mutual fund whose performance for the past five years has not been great. He is reviled by many of his fellow Masters of the Universe for saying of them, as he did in a recent client newsletter, that Wall Street, collectively, is “quite measurably out of its mind.” Others balance the scorn of the gamblers against the fact that Hussman was saying much the same thing just before the crashes of 2000 and 2008.  In a world whose collective memory maxes out at 90 days, in which logic and mathematics are optional belief systems, Hussman is an historian and number cruncher. What do the numbers tell him? To brace for impact.

What history, and the numbers, tell him [as explained by Ilargi Meijer in a post on The Automatic Earth], and should tell us, is that stocks in general are hysterically over-valued; what the sellers and buyers and […] Continue Reading…

Dead Bankster Insurance

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Published on The Slog on December 9, 2014

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At the End of the Day
And in a packed ATEOTD tonight, guest cameos from Albrecht Einstein, Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Russell Brand, Joe Stalin, Jude Law, Angela Merkel, and my frozen assets. Where else on the web can you get such glamour entirely free?

I thought I’d seen and read everything, but after yesterday’s latest on senior banker deaths, I realise (as Einstein once said) “the more I learn, the more I realise how little I know”.

The site Wall Street on Parade – which is far from being bonkers – has been looking into the distinct possibility that US banks (who insure their senior staff in favour of the bank, not the family of the deceased) are, um, killing their own staff in order to, er, make a killing hahahahahaha. A senior exec in her early 50s who showed worrying signs of blowing the gaff on this one has wound up – you’ll never guess – dead. Stabbed to death on a towpath in one of the quietest, most crime-free towns in America.

Is there any […] Continue Reading…

Now Eric Garner

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Originally Published on Clusterfuck Nation December 8, 2014

The Beauty Shop had barely stopped smoldering in Ferguson, Missouri, when the Eric Garner grand jury decision came down on Staten Island — no probable cause to indict one particular cop for something — manslaughter? — in his choke-hold take-down of the 300-pound cigarette-seller. For my money, they should have indicted the whole gang of cops who were there that day, including the black female NYPD sergeant on the scene ostensibly “supervising” the action, at least for something like negligent homicide, since the infamous video shows them acting cruelly, stupidly, and indifferently as the poor guy just lay dying on the sidewalk.

Worse, the decision only muddied the public’s view of several events in recent years involving black people, police, and standards of behavior so that now a general opinion prevails that all black people are always treated badly for no reason. That was the same week, by the way, that a white Bosnian immigrant named Zemir Begic was bludgeoned to death by three black teenagers wielding hammers who were out beating on stopped cars on a St Louis street — a crime that was […] Continue Reading…

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12/21/2014

Police Union President Blames Protesters For Murder Of Two New York City Police Officers


Fears build as CIA’s ‘ghost prisoners’ vanish into Afghan jails



Chicago Police Tortured Dozens of Black Men. Now, Victims Are Demanding Reparations.



Secret WTO Trade Deal Threatens Internet Freedom, New Leak Reveals



‘Ferguson Is Here': Black Brazilians Bear the Brunt of Deadly Police Violence



‘I felt like a piece of trash’ – Life inside America’s food processing plants



'EPA Doesn’t Give a Damn': Groups Blast Agency's New Coal Ash Rules



How ALEC Plans to Undo Minimum Wage Increases in 2015



Mall of America protest attracts thousands on busy shopping day



From the E.R. to the Courtroom: How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages

12/20/2014

Obama Just Made History by Ignoring Men for an Entire Press Conference


West Harlem Residents Are Fed Up With ‘Aggressive’ Raccoons Terrorizing Neighborhood



48,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES POTENTIALLY AFFECTED BY SECOND BACKGROUND CHECK HACK



'Digital nose' on a chip can sniff out diseases



Man fined for crashing drone over police operation in Melbourne



Flu outbreak spreading rapidly in U.S.



Yes, Virginia, there is a ‘War on Christmas’: Atheists unveil anti-Christmas TV specials



Gone in a flash? The moment car explodes into pieces as LIGHTNING allegedly hits it during high-speed police chase after church robbery



IAF strikes Gaza in response to rocket fire



Visit Castro's Cuba now! Travellers urged to explore Caribbean nation before it becomes 'Americanised' following landmark thaw in relations with US

12/19/2014

What ‘The Colbert Report’ Taught Us About the Psychology of Conservatives


Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill



If Torture Was Categorically Wrong When Hitler Did It, Then Why Is the CIA Excused When They Do It?



Chevron Halts Arctic Drilling Plans 'Indefinitely'



“The last nail in his coffin”: How America deluded itself about Cuba for 50 years



Why Police Unions Are Lashing Out Against Cop Critics Like Never Before



Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over marijuana legalization



EPA expected to issue new regulations for the disposal of coal ash



Sony Hack a "Serious National Security Matter": White House



Murder of LGBTQ Activist Renews Venezuela’s Human Rights Debate

12/18/2014

Meet the Men and Women on the Hill Who Told Citigroup to Go to Hell


How Smart NYS Fracktivists Beat Cuomo And Won The Fracking War



The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings



How to Defuse the Population Bomb



Quiet Distress Among the (Ex) Rich



Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report



Republicans Rustlin' Up Some Cash With Dick Cheney



The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline



Exclusive: As easy targets thin, Syria air strikes by U.S. allies plunge



These Ubiquitous Chemicals May Be Making Us Stupid



Keystone XL pipeline: TransCanada sends final offers to 100-plus Nebraska landowners

12/17/2014

The return of subprime lending


Gov. Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks



From Ferguson to Freedom, Part 2: Institutional Racism in America



El Salvador Imprisons 17 Women Who Lost Their Newborns as Murderers



4 indicted in West Virginia chemical spill case



Walmart Guilty of Illegally Intimidating Workers, Judge Rules



13 Years for Two Joints? Louisiana Gov. Jindal Needs to Correct Injustice With Clemency



Obamas on Race: We've Been Treated Like the Help



How Congress Snuck Changes To U.S. Environmental Policy Into New Budget Bill



There’s Even More Plastic on the Ocean Floor Than on Its Surface

12/16/2014

Gluttony and Global Warming: We’re Eating Ourselves to a Warmer Planet


India’s Love Affair with the Privatization of Everything



Terror, Torture and Torpor: Inside Guantanamo Bay With the "Forever Prisoners"



Loopholes, Filing Failures, and Lax Enforcement: How the Foreign Agents Registration Act Falls Short



Man Arrested After Filming Police Beating Man And Pregnant Girlfriend



The college trap that keeps people poor



Elizabeth Warren wouldn't even beat Jeb Bush, and a run against Hillary won't save liberals



Oil plunge takes price below $55 a barrel



CLIMATE-CHANGE CHRISTMAS CAROLS



Native American Council Offers Amnesty to 220 Million Undocumented Whites

12/15/2014

Report: Afghanistan War Reaches $1 Trillion And Will Require Hundreds of Billions More


Crippling Dominance of Big Pharma, Indian Judge Blocks Bayer's Drug Monopoly Bid



Ports expand – at the expense of America’s poor?



Revealed: How Big Oil Got Expedited Permitting for Fracking on Public Lands Into the Defense Bill



The devalued American worker



These 7 Men Owned The Company Linked To CIA Torture



Anti-Nuke Activists Fight to Close Diablo Canyon



The media treats Dick Cheney like the royals on vacation. He should be in jail



Massive Oil Spill Threatens Bangladesh's Sundarbans



'Warning Shot': Sen. Warren On Fighting Banks, And Her Political Future

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