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Mish - Global Economic Analysis
7,000 Trapped Ukrainian Forces; IMF to Fund Ukraine Wars?
IMF to Fund Ukraine Wars? Ukraine is bankrupt. It accepted an $18 Billion IMF Bailout in March, allegedly with strict conditions. Do those conditions allow war funding?  I have to ask because Ukraine's President Warns of ‘Constant Military Threat’ along with more military spending and a military parade. Ukraine’s pro-western president announced $3bn in additional defence spending on Sunday as he warned the war-torn country faced a “constant military threat” for the foreseeable future. P
Monday, August 25, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Elizabeth Warren: What Happened to the Middle Class? 
You cannot possibly fix it if you don't know what happened.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Burger King Flips Obama the Bird; BK, Warren Buffet, Greg Mankiw, Barry Ritholtz, Mish on Corporate
Obama Condemns CEOs President Obama is fed up with corporations no paying their "fair tax". On August 24, Bloomberg reported Inversion Express Slows to Crawl as Obama Condemns CEOs On July 24 Obama referred to companies looking to shift their domicile as “corporate deserters” and aides pledged to curtail the practice with or without Congressional approval. Since then, no companies have announced any of these deals -- known as inversions -- and it’s no coincidence, according to lawyers and in
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Foof for thought
On the need for aversion to conspiracy theories

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
  Trapped in Venezuela: Looking to Get Out? Good Luck!
Every day, the cost of a plane ticket out of Venezuela goes up. That assumes you can get a plane ticket, and you probably cannot, even if you booked three months ago.  Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Lufthansa cut the number of flights. Air Canada stopped all service. Economy class tickets to New York city cost as much as $3,000, if you can get them. And you probably can't. Instead, people take five-day rides to Lima, Peru as a means of escape. And that takes money as well. The result
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Former Mob Boss Warns Of Stock Market Crash: “I Don’t Trust Wall Street… Buy Gold And Si
If you want to know how crooks behave and what you can do to protect yourself, why not ask a former mob boss? Michael Franzese was once a captain in the Colombo crime family and generated tens of millions of dollars for his bosses with a scheme that involved skimming gas taxes from the state of New York. He was so successful, in fact, that he was perceived as a threat to the family and almost had his wings clipped by the higher ups. Shortly thereafter Franzese walked away from the mob, a move th
Monday, August 25, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
  A Tale of Two Markets: One for Wealthy Insiders, And Another For the Rest of Us 
"We run carelessly to the precipice after we have put up a façade to prevent ourselves from seeing it.” Blaise Pascal   Here is a brief excerpt from an article today by the amazing team of Pam and Russ Martens at Wall Street On Parade titled, Are U.S. Markets Liquid and Deep or Rigged and Broken? I suggest you read the entire article when you have the opportunity. "...the SEC which oversees stock exchanges has allowed both the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq to create a bifurcated market.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Wrong Time, Altered Videos, More Lies ... 
Since the crash of MH17, Ukraine has stated repeatedly it had no weapons capable of downing the aircraft. The claims are blatant lies as noted in the video below by Ukrainian citizen, Anatole Sharyi. I wish I had English subtitles to the video, but a translation from Jacob Dreizin, a US citizen who speaks Russian and reads Ukrainian, will have to suffice. "Chas Ch" - H Hour From Dreizin ... Sharyi has found a clip that was broadcast on the Ukranian TV program "Chas Ch" ("H Hour") showing
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Venezuelan Bolivar Plunges to Record Low on Black Market; Bond Default Coming Up in October?
Please consider the "official" exchange rate of the Bolivar to the USD. Bolivar vs. US Dollar From 2005 to 2009 the official exchange rate was 2 bolivars to one US dollar. In 2009 the official exchange rate soared to 4.3 to the dollar. In 2013 the official exchange rate soared to 6.3 to the dollar. Venezuela allows "very limited" trading at 50 to the US dollar in a parallel exchange called Sicad II. On the black market today, it takes 89 bolivars to buy 1 US dollar. That is a 95% loss in
Friday, August 29, 2014
Rick Ackerman
The Ignorant Still Hang on Yellen’s Every Word
Who would have believed when the Great Financial Crisis was winding down five years ago that the feather merchants, unrepentant as always and eager to make up for lost time, would be right back at it, erecting an even bigger, shakier house of cards?  A recent Wall Street Journal headline offers a hint of their success so far: “With Rates Low, Firms Near Borrowing Record.”  Fresh evidence that epic malinvestment is more robust than ever would be scary enough by itself. But to make matters worse,
Monday, August 25, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Cracks in China's Strained Housing Market, Incentives Up to $325,000; Shopping on Taobao, China's "e
Developers in China are offering up to $325,000 in incentives to home buyers. The catch? Incentives come in the form of a credit on Alibaba’s Taobao, an e-commerce platform similar to eBay. More modest discounts, some of them retroactive, are offered by other developers to combat sinking purchase volumes. Sinking Sales Volumes , Prices Sales are down 9.4% as measured by by floor space compared to the same 7-month period last year. Prices are down in 55 of 70 cities in June vs. May, and in 35
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
IMF Chief Under Investigation in French Fraud Case; Meet David Lipton (an Obama Clone), Lagarde's Po
IMF chief Christine Lagarde Under Formal Investigation in French fraud case. IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for alleged negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister. Lagarde was questioned by magistrates in Paris this week for a fourth time under her existing status as a witness in the long-running saga over allegations that tycoon Bernard Tapie won a large arbitration payout due to his politi
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
  Massive 60% Stock Market Correction Coming: “Period Of Extreme Turmoil”
The confidence game is almost up warns Prudent Bear Fund President David Tice. And when the economic recovery and stock market build-up is finally revealed for the conjecture that it really is we’ll have a sell-off of unprecedented proportions. Markets could soon face a fall of up to 60 percent, two experts told CNBC on Wednesday. A jolt to international confidence in central banks will lead to a 30 to 60 percent market decline, David Tice, president of Tice Capital and founder of the Prudent Be
Friday, August 29, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
  Shocking Videos: The Post Collapse World Will Be Violent and Brutal *EXTREMELY GRAPHIC I 
One thing that has become quite common in discussions about the possible collapse of our society is for people to romanticize what the world will look like. With the government gone, people think they’ll be free to do as they they please. They assume that, while the world as we know it will most certainly change, the system will remain fairly stable. Most of us want to believe there will be trading posts to replace grocery stores, that we’ll be able to produce our own food without being bothered
Monday, June 16, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Credibility Trap: The War On Whistleblowers
“Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.” John Dalberg Lord Acton “A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both." James Madison "There is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for i
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
It's Different This Time: Humans Need Not Apply; Two Possible Solutions
On August 7, I wrote about "McCashier" Your $15.00 Per Hour McDonald's Worker Replacement. Sure. You can make $15 an hour at McDonald's, at least in Seattle. You just have to perform better than this machine. Many commented along the lines of "What's the big deal? It's only a cashier. There are more cooking jobs that cannot be replaced." For example reader Chris commented ... A McDonalds worker isn't a "cashier." The person who works the front end doesn't just take orders and money. The pe
Monday, August 18, 2014
Rick Ackerman
Only Fools Still Hang on Yellen’s Every Word
Who would have believed when the Great Financial Crisis was winding down five years ago that the feather merchants, unrepentant as always and eager to make up for lost time, would be right back at it, erecting an even bigger, shakier house of cards?  A recent Wall Street Journal headline offers a hint of their success so far: “With Rates Low, Firms Near Borrowing Record.”  Fresh evidence that epic malinvestment is more robust than ever would be scary enough by itself. But to make matters worse,
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Rick Ackerman
A Hundred Scenarios Favor This Bet 
The wave of cash that flowed into U.S. Treasurys late last week should serve to remind us of the myriad ways investors can profit by betting on a rise in T-bonds prices and a corresponding decline in yields (details below).  All it took to set these flows in motion on Friday was some unsettling news from Ukraine. What was the news? That’s the point. Whatever it was, it barely registered on a global-crisis scale so weary of horrifying headlines that no story, no matter how ugly, stays above the f
Monday, August 18, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Nomi Prins: All the President's Bankers
This is a walk through the twentieth century, and how the United States became, by design, a combination military, industrial, and financial global superpower.  And how the US dollar hegemony was created over a number of political administrations by groups of well connected, powerful families and friends. Its a bit long, and Nomi speaks briskly with many fact laden vignettes and scenarios. I am reasonably familiar with this subject from about 1905 through 1950. She did a ni
Friday, August 15, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Tales of William Wallace: Alba Gu Bràth 
Many years ago I visited Westminster Abbey, and among other things in a crowded gallery saw the Stane o Scuin sitting somewhat neglected and unremarked by a chair. I asked about it, and did some reading, and learned its story.  It had been used in the crowning of the monarchs of Scotland.    It had been taken from the Scots in 1296 as a spoil of war, and a symbol that Scotland now belonged to England.  It was subsequently used during coronation ceremonies of the English monarchs, as a symbol of
Friday, August 15, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Goldman Sachs President Inadvertently Explains Why Cantor Lost; Reflections on the Bush Years
On Wednesday, Eric Cantor resigned as House Majority Leader following his shocking primary loss to Tea Party candidate Dave Brat. A majority leader has never in history lost a primary election. Shock waves reverberated in both Republican and Democratic camps. Most wonder how it happened. Explanations abound. CNN gives 7 Reasons Eric Cantor Lost. I find those explanations lacking. Instead, I propose people are fed up with Washington. But that has been the case for years if not decades. So w
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
People in EU Aged 25-34 Who Still Live With Their Parents; Highest Paid Public Employees by State; M 
A friend passed on a link to Interesting Maps You don't See in School. Some of the maps are economic or demographic related, some sex related, color of hair, and other wide varieties of topis. Here are a few to consider. People in EU Aged 25-34 Who Still Live With Their Parents Highest Paid Public Employees by State Countries Officially Not Using Metric System Most Favorite Brand From Each State Many more interesting maps. Click on link at the top to see. Mike "Mish" Shedlock htt
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Housing Insanity Japanese Style: Record Number of Vacant Homes in Japan, Abe Wants to Stimulate Home
Thanks to a rapidly aging population, record numbers of Japanese homes sit vacant according to the July 30, 2014 Asian Review report Vacant Homes in Japan Reach Record as Outlying Population Shrinks. A record 13.5% of all homes in Japan were unoccupied as of last October, reflecting an exodus from outlying regions of the country and a general aversion to used homes. Preliminary figures for a study on homes and land, conducted once every five years, were released on Tuesday by the Internal Aff
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
  Victorian Britain: 'Yoke Up the Children' 
"Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir." "Are there no prisons?" "Plenty of prisons." "And the workhouses." demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?" "Both very busy, sir." "Those who are badly off must go there." "Many can't go there; and many would rather die." "If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population." Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Efficient markets,
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
The Ultimate End Game – World War III? 
For time immemorial governments have sought distractions from – and scapegoats for – their own failures; and nowhere is the record more clear than the long, sorry history of fiat currency regimes.  Whether via coordinated actions or indirect consequences, the end result is always the same – as like trapped rats, governments will do anything to survive. In the case of 21st century America, nearly a century of “superpower” status is nearing its end; principally due to abuse its “reserve currency s
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
  Health and Fitness 2014: The Rest of Your Life
Health and Fitness 2014: The Rest of Your Life I hope that some of you did the NWE Ultimate Health and Fitness plan. It really is good. Click Here for the NWE Ultimate Health and Fitness Series Now that another year has passed, and I've been monitoring the endless flood of fitness and food tips that flow forth in our society, I haven't really found any reason to change it. So, it is still The Ultimate. The plan is pretty s
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Cécile Philippe
  In 2014, the average French worker will be working until July 28th to finance government spending

Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
  Thom Hartmann: The Crash of 2016 
This is a view of how we got here and where we are going that you are unlikely to hear from the mainstream media.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
BIS Slams the Fed; Ridiculous Question of the Day: "Is The Fed Going To Attempt A Controlled Collaps 
Earlier today, reader Charles asked me what I thought about an article on ZeroHedge entitled "Is The Fed Going To Attempt A Controlled Collapse?" The question stems from lengthy (256 page PDF) from the BIS Annual Report (Bank for International Settlements) that stated among other things "The only source of lasting prosperity is a stronger supply side. It is essential to move away from debt as the main engine of growth." The BIS slammed the Fed in numerous places and in numerous ways, especiall
Friday, July 11, 2014
Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
Retiring Early is Un-American 
It wasn’t immediately clear that the usage of the word “Un-American” in the title above was appropriate, that is, until reading this definition at Wikipedia: Un-American is a pejorative term of U.S. political discourse which is applied to people or institutions in the United States seen as deviating from what are widely perceived to be fundamental American cultural and political values Now, there are clearly no politics involved here. Rather, it is the deviation from well established cultural va
Thursday, August 07, 2014