The Burning Questions For 2015 By Louis-Vincent Gave, Gavekal Dragonomics With two reports a day, and often more, readers sometimes complain that keeping tabs on the thoughts of the various Gavekal analysts can be a challenge. So as the year draws to a close, it may be helpful if we [...]
A recent report, The Annual Review of Public Health, summarizes the basic facts of firearm violence, a large and costly public health problem in the United States for which the mortality rate has remained unchanged for more than a decade. It presents findings for the present in light of recent [...]
Excerpted from Achaea Capital's Latter to Investors, Blind faith in policymakers remains a bad trade that's still widely held. Pressure builds everywhere we look. Not as a consequence of the Fed's ineptitude (which is a constant in the equation, not a variable), but through the blind faith markets continuing to [...]
While the current episode of Russian geopolitical and economic turmoil may seem significant, the following chart from Goldman Sachs shows the tempestuous time the nation has had over the past 150 years... click image for large legible version And here are Goldman's thoughts on Russia [...]
Submitted by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, First comes production. Then comes income. Spending and savings follow. All the rest is debt…….unless you believe in a magic Keynesian ether called “aggregate demand” and a blatant stab-in-the-dark called “potential GDP”. I don't. So let's start with a pretty startling [...]
We are sure it's nothing - since stock markets in China and The US are soaring - but deep, deep down in the heart of the real economies, there is a problem. The Baltic Dry Index has fallen for 21 straight days, tumbling around 40% since Thanksgiving Day. [...]
Sony Hackers Make New Demands… This Is What Happens When You Negotiate With Terrorists
from Mac Slavo
from Mac Slavo
Though the U.S. government's official position is that North Korea is to blame, it's not clear exactly who has hacked Sony and one could argue that it is nothing more than a propaganda show designed to distract the American public from more important matters like a collapsing global economy, problems [...]
"The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned"
President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the [...]
Israeli war jets bombed targets in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses and the army said early Saturday, hours after a projectile from the besieged Palestinian enclave hit open ground in southern Israel. A spokesman for Gaza's health ministry said there were no casualties in the attack, the first airstrike by Israel [...]
Critics worry that extension to implement Volcker Rule is not about giving big banks more time to comply. It's about giving them more time to kill it off entirely. In what is being criticized as yet another capitulation to Wall Street—and just in time for the holidays—the Federal Reserve on [...]
Listening to Obama's speech about Cuba I was stunned by the following statements: After all, these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach. (...) I do not believe we can keep doing the same thing for over [...]
Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog, Do you want to know if the stock market is going to crash next year? Just keep an eye on junk bonds. Prior to the horrific collapse of stocks in 2008, high yield debt collapsed first. And as [...]
Thanks to the massive surge of speculative trading account openings, Chinese stocks are up 28% in the last month and a stunning 52% since China unleashed 'QE-Lite'. This has sent the total market capitalization of China's stocks soaring relative to the rest of the BRICS. [...]
The global oil price collapse now unfolding is not putting a single dime into the pockets of American households—-the CNBC talking heads to the contrary notwithstanding. What is happening is the vast flood of mispriced debt and capital, which flowed into the energy sector owning to the Fed's lunatic [...]
In Time for Massive New Dumping of Daiichi Radiation [...]
Head of Stratfor, ‘Private CIA,’ Says Overthrow of Yanukovych Was ‘The Most Blatant Coup in History’
from Eric Zuesse.
from Eric Zuesse.
Eric Zuesse In a December 19th interview in the Russian magazine Kommersant, George Friedman, who is the Founder and CEO of Stratfor, the ‘Shadow CIA' firm, says of the overthrow of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych that occurred on February 22nd of 2014: “It really was the most blatant coup in history.” [...]
An eye-opening documentary depicting the corruption of our economic system. Truly worth-watching!
Submitted by Thad Beversdorf via First Rebuttal blog, For some reason I feel like this is a good time to review what we can expect when our government and its agencies attempt to create wealth out of thin air. We can see the absurdity and hubris of our policymakers [...]
More Sony Hack/North Korea Psyop Fun: Team America World Police Screenings Canceled
Hey government and mainstream, lapdog establishment media: I thought we were supposed to be afraid of ISIS. Now it's North Korea? Frankly, Kim Kardashian's ass is a more believable distraction story...and that's saying a lot. [...]