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Jay Taylor - Kitco
Stockman's "The Implosion is Near: Signs of the Bubble's Last Days"

Friday, August 01, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
THE ROVING EYE Western plutocracy goes bear hunting

Friday, August 01, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
A Horrible Thought
Glenn Greenwald's No Place To Hide chronicles his work with Edward Snowden to bring the US government's global surveillance network to light. It's a chilling book for a variety of reasons, including the following: The secret court that was set up to vet government requests for phone taps and such has become a mere formality. Virtually all requests are now granted. Today even the pretense of respect for the Fourth Amendment's ban on unreasonable search
Friday, August 01, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
U.S. Authorities Starting to Worry about Deutsche Bank’s Mountain of Derivatives
We know, since last year, that Deutsche Bank has become the bank with the most exposure to derivatives in the world, slightly ahead of JP Morgan. The total amount of the German bank’s derivatives is astounding: 55 Trillion euros, a sum equal to 20 times Germany’s GDP, or five times the Euro zone’s GDP. Obviously, the bank could not face any hard depreciation of those products, since they represent 100 times its clients’ deposits, or 150 times its own funds... What’s new is that financial author
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
  U.S. Authoritites Starting to Worry about Deutsche Bank’s Mountain of Derivatives
We know, since last year, that Deutsche Bank has become the bank with the most exposure to derivatives in the world, slightly ahead of JP Morgan. The total amount of the German bank’s derivatives is astounding: 55 Trillion euros, a sum equal to 20 times Germany’s GDP, or five times the Euro zone’s GDP. Obviously, the bank could not face any hard depreciation of those products, since they represent 100 times its clients’ deposits, or 150 times its own funds... What’s new is that financial author
Thursday, July 31, 2014 -
5 Industries Worried About Peak Oil
The debate over the impact of peak oil has been raging for decades. Although few deny that the end of mass oil consumption is drawing nearer, educated estimates now range between 2020 and 2030. But more important than the timeframe of peak oil are its consequences. Some seek to spell the end of life as we know it, so reliant is the world upon black gold. Others, equally extreme in their views, embrace the news, looking forward to a time when humanity will magically clean up its act.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Axel Merk - Merk Fund
Fed Exit a Blue Pill?
While we are busy arguing whether the Fed’s exit will consist of rising rates, reverse repos or the trimming of its massive portfolio, the Fed may well be fooling all of us. Investors must have been swallowing lots of blue pills not to see the illusion hiding in plain sight. Let’s assume that we will indeed get a rate hike next year, and that the Fed will have figured out how to implement it. We may get our exit all right, but it’s not the sort of exit most appear to be expecting. That’s because
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Captain Hook - Treasure Chest
The Quickening
While you have never likely dreamed the classic cult flick Highlander would ever be used to make social comment of this nature, still, here we are today. It’s appropriate in my view because the unraveling of the West, Globalization, and America specifically is accelerating now – the economy, the markets, and the money. Along the way the US had its sword out beheading both friend and foe to gain more power and wealth, but now the brazen greed of American power Barrons has been exposed for all to
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Peter Schiff - Euro Pacific Capital
Yellen: Where No Man Has Gone Before 
Although Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said nothing new in her carefully manicured semi-annual testimony to Congress last week, her performance there, taken within the context of a lengthy profile in the New Yorker (that came to press at around the same time), should confirm that she is very different from any of her predecessors in the job. Put simply, she is likely the most dovish and politically leftist Fed Chair in the Central Bank's history.  While her tenure thus far may feel like a seamless
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Jay Taylor - Kitco
Gold—Next Stop $1430+?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Ron Paul
  End Torture, Shut Down The CIA! 
Remember back in April, 2007, when then-CIA director George Tenet appeared on 60 Minutes, angrily telling the program host, "we don't torture people"? Remember a few months later, in October, President George W. Bush saying, "this government does not torture people"? We knew then it was not true because we had already seen the photos of Iraqis tortured at Abu Ghraib prison four years earlier. Still the US administration denied that torture was torture, preferring to call it "enhanc
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
THE ROVING EYE Crime (Israel) and punishment (Russia)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
James Howard Kunstler
  Excuse Me For Living 
I srael has all the proof it needs that world opinion will never consider its right to exist important. The Obama White House, and a lot of the US News Media, portray the Hamas-Israel conflict as something like an amateur soccer match, with the uneven score (40-odd Israeli soldiers killed versus 1000-plus Palestinians, mostly civilians) showing that the contest is unfair, that Israel has “gone too far,” that they have entered the same moral zone as Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot, carrying out a “ge
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
And That's a GOOD Thing??
The past year has seen a long list of "XYZ is at its highest level since XXX" announcements. Some notable examples: NASDAQ tech stocks are back to 1999 levels The number of initial public offereings, including companies with no earnings, is back to 1999 levels Junk bond yields are even lower than in 2007 Junk bond issuance is higher than in 2007 Margin debt is back to 2007 levels Corporate debt is rising faster than in 2007 Stock
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
  C. S. Lews On Kindness and Civility at the Table 
"We hear a great deal about the rudeness of the rising generation. I am an oldster myself and might be expected to take the oldsters' side, but in fact I have been far more impressed by the bad manners of parents to children than by those of children to parents. Who has not been the embarrassed guest at family meals where the father or mother treated their grown-up offspring with an incivility which, offered to any other young people, would simply have terminated the acquaintance? Dogmatic asse
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
  It's Deja Vu Disappointment All Over Again
Baseball great Yogi Berra had a saying "It's déjà vu all over again", and every year around this time, I am reminded of those words. As we have once again, happened upon that magical time of year I call, recovery summer déjà vu. It's the time of year when Wall Street and Washington apologists trot out their dog and pony narrative, in an attempt to spin the actual data, proving we have finally embarked on the summer that will launch sustainable economic growth. And this year is no exc
Monday, July 28, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Green Slime: The Return of Franken-Money 
"Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is y
Monday, July 28, 2014
Graham Summers - Phoenix Capital
  There Will Be No Warning When the Next Crisis Hits 
Yesterday we wrote about the Cyprus bank “bail-in” noting that while ordinary citizens were screwed, connected insiders had ample time to get their money out of the banks before they were frozen. Today, we note the following: Russian oligarchs who are close to Vladimir Putin have a week to get their cash out of Britain before sanctions are imposed, it has emerged.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Philippe Herlin - GoldBroker
The Great Manipulation of Financial Markets Seems to be Reaching its Limits 
The great manipulation of financial markets seems to be reaching its limits; bubbles are at their highest, and so are risks. The central banks’ money printing machines, along with interest rates kept on the floor, are working perfectly well: The yields on sovereign bonds are at historical lows in the United States, Germany, the UK and France. They, in fact, are working too well: those bonds do not even match the inflation rate, an obvious sign of a bubble. Then where is the money going, if sove
Friday, July 25, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Internet Free Speech Vanishes in Spain; Most Infamous Law in Internet History; Brussels and Spain Ta
90% Customer Satisfaction Too Much for Brussels Bussels and Spain both stepped up attacks on Google over the past few days. Let's dive into the insanity with a Mish-translated report from Les Echos: Brussels Ready to Revive Showdown with Google Pressure from Brussels increases on Google. The European Commission demands further concessions and seeks to end anti-competitive practices of which Google is accused. This could happen as soon as September. Google is accused of enjoying ultra-domina
Friday, July 25, 2014
Keith Weiner - Monetary Metals
Legal Tender Renders Planning Impossible 
There is much confusion over what the legal tender law does. I have read articles, written by people who are otherwise knowledgeable about economics, claiming that legal tender forces merchants to accept dollars under threat of imprisonment. Recently, I wrote a short article for Forbes clarifying how legal tender law works in the US. Legal tender law has nothing to do with merchants. If you want to sell steak dinners in your restaurant for silver, you may legally have at it. Unfortunately, the t
Friday, July 25, 2014
Bob Hoye - Institutional Advisors
The Tattoo Machine
The following is part of Pivotal Events that was published for our subscribers July 17, 2014. Signs Of The Times "Global sales of corporate bonds maturing in 50 years have jumped to record levels." - Financial Times, June 27 "In Spain, where there was a debt crisis just two years ago, investors are so eager to buy the government's bonds that they have recently accepted the lowest interest rate since 1789." - The New York Times, July 7 "To gauge just how com
Friday, July 25, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Happy Markets in an Unhappy World
The old Dickens quote "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" is pretty much always applicable to a world as big and complex as this one. But lately, as the disparity between financial markets (best of times) and geopolitics (worst) has grown to almost comical proportions, Dickens has been sounding even more apropos than usual. To take just a few "worst of times" examples: Palestinians are shooting rockets at Israel, which is responding with a full-scale invasion t
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
CRISIS IN UKRAINE A chessboard drenched in blood

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Upton Sinclair: The Moneychangers 
"It had all worked out beautifully, according to the schedule. The stock market was falling to pieces—some of the leading stocks were falling several points between transactions, and Wyman and Hegan and the Oil and Steel people were hammering the market and getting ready for the killing. And at the same time, representatives of Waterman in Washington were interviewing the President, and setting before him the desperate plight of the Mississippi Steel Company. Already the structure of the count
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
The Road To Hyperinflation In Simple Pictures 
THE ROAD TO HYPERINFLATION, IN SIMPLE PICTURES Sometimes, even the most poetic, concise text doesn’t do justice to simple graphics. Sure, I could write of this weekend’s dangerous expansion of “Cold War II” – which we can only pray doesn’t turn “hot”; or the most pitched Israel/Hamas battles, yielding 450 casualties, since the 1967 war. Heck, I could write entire articles on a half dozen topics related to Friday’s “horrible headlines” alone; from St. Louis Fed President Bullard warning of a U.S.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
James Howard Kunstler
  War Zones 
I srael’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summed it up the other day when he said, “We use our rockets to protect our women and children; they [Hamas] use their women and children to protect their rockets.” Some time ago, the Left adopted the Palestinians as their pet oppressed minority group so there is nothing that Israel might do that will be okay with them, except to commit suicide, that is, cease to exist — which is the stated policy of Hamas. Every time Israel refuses the suggestion that
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Inflation's Real Cause 
According to Pimco's new Chief Economist, Paul McCulley, the Fed's war against inflation has been won! But, before we get out our party hats and plan the tickertape parade, we have to ask ourselves - for the past 27 years have we really been at war with inflation? Yes, during the late 1970's and early 80's a different Paul (Paul Volcker, Chairman of the Federal Reserve) waged a real battle against inflation. Mr. Volcker painfully took the Fed Funds rate to near 20 percent in June of
Monday, July 21, 2014
Jay Taylor - Kitco
Monetary Velocity & John Exter’s Inverse Pyramid

Monday, July 21, 2014
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times

Monday, July 21, 2014