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Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
The Final Warning: Individual Investors Piling Into Stocks, Market Leverage Hits All Tim 
The story goes that in the Winter of 1928 Joe Kennedy, father of President John F. Kennedy, went to have his shoes shined. When the shoe shine boy finished he offered Kennedy a tip. “Buy Hindeburg,” he said. Kennedy promptly sold off all of his stock holdings. Within a year the United States saw a massive stock market crash that wiped out the life savings of millions of Americans and ushered in a decade’s long Great Depression. When asked why he sold all his stocks Kennedy replied, “You know it’
Tuesday, July 15, 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
Video of MH17 Hit by Missile; Update ...
Reader David sent an email and accompanying video that purportedly shows the Malaysian Flight 17 being hit by missile. Let's take a look. David Writes ... It appears as if the right engine and wing area took the hit. The camera operator is able to record the moment of impact in the first 2 seconds of this clip. Note the smoke burst left behind on impact with the #2 engine area. There is a 18 second delay (speed of sound delay) due to the distance and altitude of the explosion. Question: How
Sunday, July 20, 2014
James West - Midas Letter
  Putin’s Folly: Shooting Down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 
In the ‘fog of war’, tragic mistakes are to be expected. But in the case of Malaysian Airways Flight MH17, Russian militants have attacked a civilian aircraft and essentially murdered 298 citizens of mostly European countries who have no part in the hostilities. Adding to the evidence of the malice inherent in the act, the plane was cruising at 33,000 feet when hit by a missile, according to early reports. At this point, it is not a given that the attack was originated by the Russian side of wha
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Will Guerrilla Warfare Linger Long After Ukraine Takes Donetsk?
Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine hope for support from Putin, but no such support is on the horizon. It may be weeks or longer , but one by one, the Ukrainian army is taking back rebel-controlled areas. Next up, Donetsk: A rebel city encircled by Ukraine’s army. A week has passed since the turning point of the Ukrainian army’s triumph in Slavyansk, 110km north, the rebels’ main stronghold in eastern Ukraine, but from which the militants fled last Saturday. Many headed to Donetsk, vowing to make
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Making Sense Out of "Contradictrions That Make No Sense"
A New York Times headline by Floyd Norris reads In U.S. Data, a Baffling Contradiction. The same article, by the same author, appears on Yahoo!Finance as In U.S. Data, a Contradiction That Makes No Sense. The first quarter of this year was the worst for the United States economy since the depths of the Great Recession in early 2009. During the same period, employers hired more people than in any quarter over the last six years, signaling gathering strength in the economy. It is hard to imag
Monday, July 14, 2014
Egon von Greyerz - Matterhorn AM
2008 Meltdown Revisited – There’s No Solution
I just had the pleasure of being interviewed by Greg Hunter of USA Watchdog. Amongst other things we discuss the demise of the dollar which of course is timely with the announcement today of a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement. Bail-ins will be the norm as the banking system fights for survival and 2008 will seem like a gentle rehearsal in relation to the calamities that we will see in fi
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Rick Ackerman
Global Giddiness at a Cyclical Peak?
The financial system’s interminable endgame continued last week with a hiccup in global markets that was attributed to liquidity problems at a Portuguese bank. Some might have hoped Europe’s problems were behind us, especially with the spate of ginned-up stories concerning Spain’s miraculous economic recovery – if not in statistical fact, then speculatively in the shrinking spread between yields on Spanish paper and the debt of countries whose economies remain a few more steps distant from eclip
Monday, July 14, 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
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Shock Report: 70 Million People Would Be Starving in the Streets Without Government Welf 
Amid all the talk of recovery by politicians, economic officials and big business leaders, the fundamental numbers behind all the propaganda tell a starkly different story. Home sales have dropped to record lows, more people are out of the workforce than anytime in the last 50 years, and cash-strapped consumers have run out of money to fuel economic growth. By all meaningful measures the American boom times of old are gone. A recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services suggest
Friday, July 11, 2014
Chris Ciovacco - Ciovacco Capital Management
Retirement: Are You Exposed To False Diversification Risk?
Retirement: Is Your Due Diligence Complete? While building a growth-and-income portfolio for retirement, many investors have properly addressed steps 1, 2, and 3 in the list below. As we will demonstrate via step 4, portfolios consisting of a diversified basket of blue-chip dividend payers may leave investors exposed to higher than anticipated risks in a bear market. Therefore, adding step 5 to your prudent dividend approach can improve your odds of protecting and growing your retirem
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Holier than Thou: Why Should Anyone Believe the US, Ukraine, or Russia? What is the US Attempting to 
I am quite tired of rhetoric from the Obama administration and Kiev regarding the situation in Ukraine. Hardly any of it is believable. Indeed, some Ukraine propaganda efforts of Kiev are so amateurish they appear as sloppy acts of desperate coverups. If so, then it is far more likely Ukraine is the guilty party, not the separatists. If you are innocent, you do not choose such tactics. What is the US and Kiev Attempting to Hide? Earlier today, Obama Issued a Stern Warning to Russia coupled
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
  Iraq Splinters Into Pieces, Al Qaeda in Control of Several Cities, Kurds Take Oil City Kirkuk; Thank 
"They will shower us with flowers." Anyone recall that idiotic line from disgraced Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld? Remember any of these lies... "Oil will flow freely." "The war will pay for itself." "We know where they [WOMDs] are." And with blatant lies and complete ineptitude, the US set about "nation building" in Iraq. It was the neocon's number one wet dream at the time. Today the results are in. A few articles will explain how it turned out. Islamic Militants Take Mosul and
Friday, June 13, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Hosed at the Pump: Where are the Highest Gas Taxes in The Nation?
The Tax Foundation posted the following map of gasoline taxes. The Tax Foundation says "Gas taxes are generally used to fund transportation infrastructure maintenance and new projects. While gas taxes are not a perfect user fee like tolls, they are generally more favorable than other taxes because they at least loosely connect the users of roads with the costs of enjoying them. However, some of our recent analysis shows that many states do not rely on gas taxes and tolls as much as they coul
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Rick Ackerman
  When Will the Fed Tighten? Never. 
I worked some numbers over the weekend in order to refine my forecast for Fed policy. One prediction that has stood the test of time is that any real tightening by the central bank is as likely as a Martian invasion. Turns out that when you crunch the latest data available, a Martian invasion winds up being 1.835 times as likely as any Fed tightening now or in the future. The formula I used to handicap this bet is proprietary and somewhat esoteric, so I won’t go into it here. But the bottom line
Monday, July 07, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
What Would be the Effect of a Substantial Hike in the Minimum Wage?
In response to 100% of U.S. Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants, reader Mike wonders what effect a rise in minimum wage would have. Mike Writes ... Hi Mish. Thanks for a very interesting post. I hope the mainstream media will pick up on this. Here's a question for you: Do you think a rise in the minimum wage would bring more citizens into the workforce and and reduce the welfare rolls? By the way, I am against laws that restrict the free will of consenting adults, employers and
Monday, June 30, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Moyers: Andrew Bacevich on the Duplicity of Ideologues and Chaos In Iraq 
"Looking at the world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery. We may be heading not for general breakdown but for an epoch as horribly stable as the slave empires of antiquity. James Burnham's theory has been much discussed, but few people have yet considered its ideological implications — that is, the kind of world-view, the kind of beliefs, and the social structure that would probably prevail in a state which was at once unco
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Paris to Tax Empty Offices at 20-40% of Rental Value; Price Crash On the Way 
The ideas from France get nuttier and nuttier as time goes by. Via translation from Les Echos, please consider Paris Will Tax Empty Offices. The Paris City Council approved Tuesday a tax on commercial vacant properties. The main objective according to city planners is to encourage the conversion of empty offices into housing, not to "create a new tax". The city plans to tax owners of vacant commercial premises at 20% of the rental value of the first year, 30% the second, 40% the third year, fr
Wednesday, July 09, 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
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Rise of the Eurosceptics; Unholy Alliance Scorecard
Eurosceptics are on the rise in the UK, Italy, France, Finland, and even Germany. The problem is they have no united voice. Here are a couple of recent articles that discuss the situation. The National Post reports Europhobes gain clout: Xenophobic, right-wing and anti-EU parties catch on as elections near Mr. Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), sips his pint of beer with the smile of a man on track to win the biggest share of British votes in elections this month f
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Watch As Citizen Truck Driver Pulls Over Cop for Speeding and Cell Phone Use: “You Are B 
Truck driver Brian Miner was hauling a load through Illinois last week when a police cruiser passed him at a high rate of speed. According to Miner, who captured the incident on his dash cam, the officer was not only going well over the 70 mile per hour posted speed limit, but was also on his cell phone, a violation of Illinois State law. Miner, who had his cruise control set at 65 miles per hour, took the law into his own hands and immediately begin honking his horn to signal to the officer tha
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Big Brother's Right to Censorship and Erase History; Misplaced Hope For a "Limited Big Brother"
Let's take a look at disturbing aspects of censorship, in which thousands of references to people have virtually disappeared from the internet following an EU ruling on the "Right to Be Forgotten" in which individuals have the right to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them. Wikipedia provides the background for discussion. The right to be forgotten ‘reflects the claim of an individual to have certain data deleted so that third persons can no longer trace them
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
  Radical Stupidity: Academics Endorse $20,000 Income for Everyone, Working or Not
If you made less than $20,000 annually, but were guaranteed $20,000 whether you worked at all, would you work? Most wouldn't. And it should be obvious why: People like free time and they would gladly take more of it if they got paid for doing nothing (about $9.61 per hour). Academic Wonderland Academics in wonderland need some remedial education because they have not figured out what should be blatantly obvious. Please consider Guaranteed $20K income for all Canadians endorsed by academics.
Tuesday, July 01, 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
Mark O'Byrne -
Interview: Bail-ins May Cause Bank Runs and Capital Controls In Western World - Russia, China Opt Ou 
Today’s AM fix was USD 1,300.25, EUR 948.33 and GBP 775.20 per ounce. Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,292.75, EUR 939.91 and GBP 766.67 per ounce. Gold fell $3.40 or 0.26% yesterday to $1,293.30/oz. Silver slipped $0.02 or 0.1% to $19.53/oz. The historic 120-year old daily silver fixing process will cease as of 14th August this year, the London Silver Market Fixing Limited company announced today. The company that administers the daily silver fix currently consists of three member banks, Deutsche
Thursday, May 15, 2014
James West - Midas Letter
Ivory Towers Need Toppling but Google is Watching 
Before I get rolling here, this is not a paranoid unibomber-esque manifesto. These are some political-financial-pilosophical observations that morph gradually into allegorical fable at the end which I elect to deploy in lieu of angry foot stomping both to improve entertainment value and circumvent petulance. So, without further ado: For a country that 238 years ago was established by a bunch of disenfranchised and landless commoners seeking to throw off the shackles of oppression represented by
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
  His Final Journey: Remembering the 149th Anniversary of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln 
"Unconscious, Lincoln was carried from Ford's Theatre to the nearby house of Williams Peterson at 453 10th Street. There, in a room rented to William Clark, a boarder, Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 a.m., April 15, 1865. When Lincoln died Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton is reported to have uttered, 'Now he belongs to the ages.'" "It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which t
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Steve Keen - Debt Deflation
An open letter to Brussels
Tweet TweetThe Euro­pean Sta­bil­ity and Growth Pact is based on the prin­ci­ple that sta­bil­ity and growth are enhanced when gov­ern­ment deficits are either min­imised or elim­i­nated. I want you to dis­pas­sion­ately con­sider an argu­ment that reaches a dif­fer­ent con­clu­sion. It may sound like some­thing you have heard before from oth­ers and already dis­missed. But bear with me. When con­sid­ered from a strictly mon­e­tary point of view, an econ­omy can be regarded as hav­ing five major
Monday, June 30, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Meet "Ray" Your Valet Parking Robot
US News has an interesting article on using robots to park cars at an airport in  Duesseldorf, Germany. You can schedule an appointment with "Ray", your parking robot, via smartphone or simply by leaving your car in a designated spot. "Ray" Your Parking Robot AP Photo/dpa, Federico Gambarini US News comments on the "Uncanny Valet" Ray can carry any standard car weighing up to 3 metric tons (3.31 tons)  249 parking spaces are reserved for robots The service costs 29 euros a day and targe
Monday, June 30, 2014
Andy Hoffman - Miles Franklin
  Beach Ball at Record Depths!
Throughout history, humanity has been plagued by the irresistible urge to accrue wealth at the expense of others.  In financial markets, this cancer has been particularly malignant; but never like today, given the advanced “tool chest” of “new age” fraudsters.  Throughout history, fiat money has caused more financial, mental and in some cases physical pain than any such tool.  However who could have conceived the damage it could cause when combined with high frequency trading algorithms, worldwi
Friday, June 27, 2014