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Business and Economics

LIES, LIES AND OMG, MORE LIES

It’s that time of year again. It’s open enrollment for health plans at my employer. They are biggest employer in Philly and have the most leverage possible with the insurance companies. They have such good leverage that my premiums are … Continue reading

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The Future Of America? – More Than Half Of All U.S. Adults Under Age 30 Now Reject Capitalism

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. A shocking new survey has found that support for capitalism is dying in America.  In fact, more than half of all adults in the United States under the age of 30 say that … Continue reading

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Economy In Decline: Apple Reports Massive Revenue Decline As iPhone Sales Plummet Dramatically

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. Corporate revenues in the United States have been falling for quite some time, but now some of the biggest companies in the entire nation are reporting extremely disappointing results.  On Tuesday, Apple shocked … Continue reading

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Empire Files Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents

The above is devastating for Clinton and will further diminish her wavering support among non-oligarch US citizens, relegating her to being elected by the anti-democratic means on which she relies, from kick-backs and slush-funds to hundreds of billions of dollars … Continue reading

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Corporations Are Defaulting On Their Debts Like It’s 2008 All Over Again

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. The Dow closed above 18,000 on Monday for the first time since July.  Isn’t that great news?  I truly wish that it was.  If the Dow actually reflected economic reality, I could stop … Continue reading

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Government Officials Admit to ECONOMIC False Flag Operations

There Are Economic – As Well As Military – False Flag Attacks False flag attacks don’t just involve physical deaths and wars … They also involve faked economic events and financial casualties. For example, two officials of the International Monetary … Continue reading

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U.S. Economy 2016: 3 Classic Recession Signals Are Flashing Red

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. Those that were hoping for an “economic renaissance” in the United States got some more bad news this week.  It turns out that the U.S. economy is in significantly worse shape than the … Continue reading

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Real-Life “Gordon Gekko” Proclaims – Only Sanders Can Stop The Banksters

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Asher Edelman just penned a powerful endorsement of Bernie Sanders in the The Guardian titled, I’m the real-life Gordon Gekko and I support Bernie Sanders. So who is Asher Edelman? According to the … Continue reading

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Every Market Is Manipulated … See For Yourself

Gold and Silver Are Manipulated Deutsche Bank admitted today that it participated with other big banks in manipulating gold and silver prices. In 2014, Switzerland’s financial regulator (FINMA) found “serious misconduct” and a “clear attempt to manipulate precious metals benchmarks” … Continue reading

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The Great Gold Conspiracy of 1869

By Janet Tavakoli, Tavakoli Structured Finance. Ms. Tavakoli is one of the foremost experts on structured finance and derivatives. William Worthington Fowler’s Twenty Years of Inside Life in Wall Street or Reflections of the Personal Experience of a Speculator is … Continue reading

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Goldman and Wells Fargo FINALLY Admit They Committed Fraud

Goldman Sachs has finally admitted to committing fraud.  Specifically, Goldman Sachs reached a settlement yesterday with the Department of Justice, in which it  admitted fraud: The settlement includes a statement of facts to which Goldman has agreed.  That statement of … Continue reading

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Goldman Sachs: Just 5 Billion Dollar Fine Compared to 13 Billion Dollar Taxpayer Bailout

By Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector (i.e. president) of the University of Dundee. Craigmurray.org.uk. Goldman Sachs aggressively sold sub-prime packages to investors as a first class product, while at the same time laying equally aggressive bets … Continue reading

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The Collective Funding Shortfall of US Public Pension Funds Is THREE TIMES LARGER than Official Figures Showed, and Is Getting Bigger

We’ve reported for 8 years that U.S. pension shortfalls were a grave crisis. The Financial Times reported yesterday that things are indeed bad: The US public pension system has developed a $3.4tn funding hole that will pile pressure on cities … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve Bank President: The American Dream Has Moved Abroad

We reported in 2010 that the American Dream has moved abroad. We provided additional details in 2013 and 2014. Today, a very powerful insider – the President of the most powerful Fed bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, … Continue reading

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The War on Savings: The Panama Papers, Bail-Ins, and the Push to Go Cashless

By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt Blog. Exposing tax dodgers is a worthy endeavor, but the “limited hangout” of the Panama Papers may have less noble ends, dovetailing with the War on Cash and the imminent threat of massive bail-ins … Continue reading

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Deutsche Is the New Lehman: See For Yourself

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19 Facts That Prove Things In America Are Worse Than They Were Six Months Ago

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. Has the U.S. economy gotten better over the past six months or has it gotten worse?  In this article, you will find solid proof that the U.S. economy has continued to get worse … Continue reading

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Government Accounting Is Fraudulent

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the non-partisan auditor and investigator for Congress. The GAO says that the U.S. government’s records are so poorly kept that it can’t really audit them.  Specifically, the GAO provided a report to Congress yesterday … Continue reading

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Panama Tax Haven Scandal: The Bigger Picture

A Huge Leak The “Panama Papers” tax haven leak is big … After all, the Prime Minister of Iceland resigned over the leak, and investigations are taking place worldwide over the leak. But Why Is It Mainly Focusing On Enemies … Continue reading

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Are Corporate Gatekeepers Protecting Western Elites from the Leaked Panama Papers?

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, As someone who spends most of his waking hours trying to make sense of the world around him, the Panama Papers leak seemed to represent one of those stories that only come around … Continue reading

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Corporate Debt Defaults Explode To Catastrophic Levels Not Seen Since The Last Financial Crisis

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. If a new financial crisis had already begun, we would expect to see corporate debt defaults skyrocket, and that is precisely what is happening.  As you will see below, corporate defaults are currently … Continue reading

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WORST CASE SCENARIO = 73% DOWN FROM HERE

As the stock market gyrates higher and lower in a fairly narrow range, the spokesmodels and talking heads on CNBC breathlessly regurgitate the standard bullish mantra designed to keep the muppets in the market. They are employees of a massive … Continue reading

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YELLEN, DRAGHI, KURODA: DERANGED LAB RATS

The stock market has regained all of its loses year to date as economic indicators continue to flash red, corporate profits continue to plunge, consumers continue to spend less at retailers, real wages continue to fall, and housing sales continue … Continue reading

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The inversion of Classical Economics

By Michael Hudson, Michael-Hudson.com.   Hudson is Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, who has advised the U.S., Canadian, Mexican and Latvian governments as well as the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. He … Continue reading

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Even Mainstream Economists Starting to Admit that “Free Trade Agreements” Hurt the American Worker

Trump and Sanders have whipped up a lot of popular support by opposing “free trade” agreements. But it’s not just politics and populist sentiment … mainstream economists are starting to reconsider their blind adherence to the dogma that more globalization … Continue reading

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U.S. Now Overtly at War Against Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on February 2nd that he approves of U.S. ‘Defense’ Secretary Ash Carter’s proposal to quadruple U.S. armaments and troops in Europe, against ‘Russian aggression.’ Secretary Carter said earlier that same day, … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton Scored with Republican Donors

Eric Zuesse An analysis of Federal Election Commission records, by TIME, which was published on 23 October 2012, just before Obama’s re-election against Republican Mitt Romney, showed that the 2012 donors to Romney’s campaign were already donating more to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 … Continue reading

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Putin Calls Out Obama on a Big Lie

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org “In 2009, US President Obama said that the missile defense only serves as protection from Iranian nuclear missiles. But now there is an international treaty with Iran that bans Tehran from developing a potential military nuclear project. … Continue reading

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How Corruption Cripples America’s Military

Eric Zuesse America’s military budget is roughly 7.2 times that of Russia ($610 billion compared to $84.5 billion), but even Western news-accounts are saying that the weaponry produced in Russia is superior overall to the weaponry produced in the United … Continue reading

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Negative Rates Are Coming to America

We’ve repeatedly warned that the Federal Reserve government will impose negative interest rates,  just like other central banks are now doing. After all, former Fed chair Bernanke said last week that the Fed is likely to impose negative rates during … Continue reading

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Ralston Saul: Neo-Liberalism / Neo-Conservatism a Low-Level Form of God-Worship

Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges interviews John Ralston Saul, an ‘award-winning philosopher, novelist and essayist’ who is considered ‘Canada’s leading public intellectual’. Some points detailed in the discussion: -Neo-liberalism / neo-conservatism relate to neither ‘liberalism’ or ‘conservatism’.  They are an ideology … Continue reading

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Negative Interest Rates Show Desperation of Central Banks

Image: MarketWatch Japan has joined the EU, Denmark, Switzerland and Sweden in imposing negative interest rates. Indeed, more than a fifth of the world’s GDP is now covered by a central bank with negative interest rates. The Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

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The Populist Revolution: Bernie and Beyond

By Ellen Brown, EllenBrown.com The world is undergoing a populist revival. From the revolt against austerity led by the Syriza Party in Greece and the Podemos Party in Spain, to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise victory as Labour leader in the UK, … Continue reading

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Animal Law Professor: Veganism Part of the Commitment to Non-Violence

Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges interviews Gary L. Francione, ‘Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark.  Francione received his M.A. in philosophy and his J.D. from … Continue reading

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George Soros Finally Suspends His Lifelong War Against Russia

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On January 21st, George Soros, who has throughout his life been passionately opposed not just to communism but also to Russia, finally stated in a Bloomberg News interview at the World Economic Forum, that … Continue reading

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US Does Not Invoke NATO Charter to Close Turkey/Syria Border, Cut ISIS Recruitment: Prashad

Abby Martin interviews Dr. Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College and author of several books. Dr. Prashad explains that the US allows Turkey to keep its border porous, benefiting ISIS and other groups working to overthrow Syria’s … Continue reading

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Cashless Society War Intensifies During Global Epocalypse

By David Haggith, the Great Recession Blog. In the fall of 2015, the world descended into an economic apocalypse that will transform the globe into a single cashless society. This bold prediction is based on trends in nations all over the earth as … Continue reading

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Why the Black Hole of Deflation Is Swallowing the Entire World … Even After Central Banks Have Pumped Trillions Into the Economy

Deflation Threatens to Swallow the World Many high-powered people and institutions say that deflation is threatening much of the world’s economy … China may export deflation to the rest of the world. Japan is mired in deflation. Economists are afraid … Continue reading

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Top Economist – Who Predicted the 2008 Crash – Confirms What Alternative Financial Sites Have Been Saying for a Decade

And Wise People Have Been Saying for Thousands of Years William White is one of the world’s top economists. He was the head economist for the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) – the world’s most prestigious financial institution, called the … Continue reading

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US a Shining Example unto ISIS

The US illustrates to ISIS, and the world, that the path to the seat of regional and then global power is genocide, land-theft, mass enslavement, never paying reparations, then wielding this illegally and brutally obtained money and military hardware over … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power Is NOT the Answer

Contrary to widespread claims by industry promoters, nuclear is NOT a low-carbon source of energy, and funding nuclear crowds out the development of better sources of alternative energy. Mark Jacobson – the head of Stanford University’s Atmosphere and Energy Program … Continue reading

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America’s Arab Allies Debate Need for Genocide Against ‘Infidels’

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Two key allies of the United States are the fundamentalist-Sunni governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia — two fundamentalist Sunni countries whose ruling families are (like the U.S. Government) hostile to countries that are … Continue reading

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To Avert Worst Crisis, 3/4ths of World’s Oil Must Stay in Ground

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The Financial Apocalypse Accelerates As Middle East Stocks Crash To Begin The Week

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. It looks like it is going to be another chaotic week for global financial markets.  On Sunday, news that Iran plans to dramatically ramp up oil production sent stocks plunging all across the … Continue reading

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A Balanced View of the Obama Presidency

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Barack Obama’s Presidency turns out to have been what neither his supporters nor his opponents expected. A balanced historical view of his performance in office will take a long time to develop, but enough … Continue reading

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The Citadel Is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding

By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt. In a landmark infrastructure bill passed in December, Congress finally penetrated the Fed’s “independence” by tapping its reserves and bank dividends for infrastructure funding. The bill was a start. But some experts, including Congressional … Continue reading

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Obama’s Invasion Plan of Syria Was Drawn Up by Kim Roosevelt in 1957

Eric Zuesse The same person, Teddy Roosevelt’s grandson, who planned and headed the CIA coup to overthrow Iran’s progressive secular democratic anti-communist President Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953, and to replace him with the brutal dictator Shah Reza Pahlevi, so as … Continue reading

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In 1997, Apple Stock Hit a 12-Year Low that Was At Least Partially Caused By a Single Sale of 1.5 Million Shares ($22.5 Million) By an Anonymous Party. This Helped Jobs Convince the Board to Oust the Old CEO and Appoint Jobs As the Replacement. Jobs Later Admitted to Being the Anonymous Party

Wikipedia notes: During [former Apple CEO] Amelio’s tenure Apple’s stock continued to slump and hit a 12-year low in Q2 1997 that was at least partially caused by a single sale of 1.5 million shares of Apple stock on June … Continue reading

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A Loophole Allows Banks – But Not Other Companies – to Create Money Out of Thin Air

One of the Main Causes of Our Economic Problems The central banks of the United States, England, and German – as well as 2 Nobel-prize winning economists – have all shown that banks create money out of thin air … … Continue reading

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Replace Our Sick Narcotics Policies

Eric Zuesse Existing narcotics policies lock-up addicts, punish them, instead of deal with the problem, which is the explosion of burglaries and robberies that are produced by addicts. Those thefts are resulting actually from the inflated, black-market, price that addicts … Continue reading

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