Sep 15 16:36

Bernanke Urges Use Of Negative Rates When Next Recession Strikes

"the fact that negative rates would be temporary and deployed only during severely adverse economic conditions would be an advantage. Like quantitative easing, which was also unpopular in many quarters, a period of negative rates would probably be tolerated by politicians if properly motivated and explained" - Ben Bernanke

Sep 15 15:52


In past issues, we’ve documented increasingly concerned billionaires warning of dangerous economic times. Many have favored gold as an alternative allocation in a world where $13 trillion-worth of debt is negative yielding, interest rates are artificially suppressed and we’re on the brink of major wars.

The newest addition to this gold-loving billionaire’s club, is none other than hedge-fund manager Paul Singer. At CNBC’s Delivering Alpha Investors Conference this week, the founder of the $27-billion Elliott Management Fund, the 17th largest hedge fund in the world, mentioned that at current prices gold is “undervalued” and “underrepresented in many portfolios as the only … store of value that has stood the test of time.”

Sep 15 14:33

How did George Soros "break the Bank of England"?

In Britain, Black Wednesday (September 16, 1992) is known as the day that speculators broke the pound. They didn't actually break it, but they forced the British government to pull it from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM). Joining the ERM was part of Britain's effort to help along the unification of the European economies. However, in the imperialistic style of old, she had tried to stack the deck.

Although it stood apart from European currencies, the British pound had shadowed the German mark in the period leading up to the 1990s. Unfortunately, the desire to "keep up with the Joneses" left Britain with low interest rates and high inflation. Britain entered the ERM with the express desire to keep its currency above 2.7 marks to the pound. This was fundamentally unsound because Britain's inflation rate was many times that of Germany's. (Keep reading about this in Stop Keeping Up With The Joneses - They're Broke.)

Sep 15 13:35

Bank of America Analysts: 50% Chance We Live in the Matrix… Literally

What the hell is a bank saying stuff like that to their clients for anyway? Consider what your conception of a bank is. I guess they deal in fake money on manipulated stock markets, so that makes them experts on what is and isn’t real?

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Sep 15 12:48

US Political System Hurting Economy: Study

The US political gridlock in Washington is the main source of the country’s sluggish economic growth and declining competitiveness in recent years, according to a new study.

A Harvard Business School study released on Wednesday found that the American political system was hurting the nation’s economy.

Sep 15 12:13

Deflation = A Rise in the Standard of Living

Sep 15 11:45

Russian-Iranian bank may ditch the US dollar

Moscow and Tehran are actively working on opening a joint bank with plans to carry out operations in national currencies, according to the former president of the Russia-Iran Friendship Society Bahram Amirahmadiyan.

Sep 15 10:51

Trumps Slams "Totally Politically Controlled" Fed, Sees No Rate Hike Until Obama Has Left

"The Fed is being totally controlled politically," exclaimed Donald Trump. Interest rates will remain low until January 1st, Trump went on, "because Obama wants to go out with no stock market disruptions." The stock market "will remain at artificially high levels," until the end of the year.

"If it was a choice between the right decision and a political decision... The Fed would choose the political decision"

"The Fed has become very political... beyond anything I would have thought possible..."

Sep 15 09:50

Not Everyone Went Down With The Titanic

It’s one of the most dangerous myths most people believe…

Boobus Americanus thinks cash he deposits into a bank is a personal asset he owns.

But that’s not true.

Once a deposit is made at the bank, it’s no longer your property. It’s the bank’s.

What you own instead is a promise from the bank to repay. It’s an unsecured liability. That’s a very different thing from owning physical cash stuffed under your mattress. Yet, 99.9% of people conflate the two.

Sep 15 09:33


It’s not just a few bad apples. Wells Fargo, one of the largest banks in the world, has been fined $185 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulators for secretly opening accounts without authorization from customers to boost sales goals and subsequently receive bonuses.

Around 5,300 employees were fired in connection to the fraud, which saw Wells Fargo customers receive numerous bank services they never asked for, like credit cards, online banking, deposit accounts, and debit cards. Employees who wanted to increase their sales numbers used privileged customer information to apply and/or acquire the products and services without the customers’ knowledge.

Sep 15 08:03

Trump: ‘Now, the Cars are Made in Mexico and You Can’t Drink the Water in Flint’

“It used to be cars were made in Flint, and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico,” Trump stated. “Now, the cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint.”

“That’s not good,” he added, as people chuckled in response.

Sep 15 07:44



Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "War" is engineered to hurt the small-time dealers and users; not the huge kingpins who make millions on the trade, or the senior bankers who make sure the drug money is appropriately laundered through their banks' accounts.

In fact, here's an image from 2007 with Hillary Clinton posing with the convicted felon, Jorge Cabrera, in front of the White House Christmas tree.

Hillary Clinton took donations from Convicted Drug Smuggler Jorge Cabrera

A little more in-depth background about Jorge Cabrera:

A Felon's Donation to Democrats Was Sought in Cuba, Inquiry Says

So, if the Clintons knew about this guy's background in 1997, the date of the above article, why were they still shmoozing Cabrera, at the White House, by the Christmas Tree, in 2007?!?

The Clintons and Cabrera are bound together by the drug money influencing American politics, and that has got to stop; this Narcopracy is killing this country.

But of course, their incredible recklessness in vetting where money comes from, is brilliantly revealed by the reality that the Clinton Foundation accepted money from countries which still chemically castrate; imprison, and kill the member of their LGBTQ community,

Hillary Clinton Took Millions from Anti-LGBT Countries That Jail and Execute Gays

And took money from countries which still allow the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation:

Prevalence of female genital mutilation by country

Accepting contributions from convicted felon drug smugglers; from countries practicing genocide against their LGBTQ communities, and female genital mutilation; it's all the same to the Clinton Cartel.

Sep 15 07:29

He Demolished His House Just Before the Bank Could Take it Away - A Truck Delievered the Remains in Front of the Bank

In the end of 2013 a man from Lovech-Bulgaria who could not afford to pay the mortgage for his house gave his last penny to demolish it right before the banksters take it away.

The land that the house was built on was not included in the mortgage so the family decided to destroy the house and give it to its new owner. The remains of the building were loaded on a big truck and moved to the central district office of the bank in the city of Teteven, where the contract for the mortgage was signed.

Sep 14 19:40

Desperately Poor Teens In America's Impoverished Inner Cities Are Trading Sex For Food

When people get hungry enough, they will do just about anything for some food. According to brand new research that was just released this week from Feeding America and the Urban Institute, there are millions of teenagers in America that live in “food insecure” households, and researchers were stunned to learn what some of these teens are willing to do to feed themselves.

Sep 14 14:31

Alan Greenspan Warns That Dangerous “Crazies Will Undermine The System”

Former Federal Reserve chairman and consummate insider Alan Greenspan discussed his concerns that things were tipping out of “equilibrium” and spinning into instability and chaos.

Stagnation, lack of growth, and forced growth that is only going through the motions. It is all catching up with us...

“It is the worst economic and political environment that I’ve ever been remotely related to,”

Read more at SHTF

Sep 14 12:20

The Trans-Caspian Silk Road Route Cannot Compete with Russia

Several months ago, there were quite a few news/analysis reports lauding the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) as a new path for trade along the Silk Road, which is being revitalized by China and its regional partners under the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project. The TITR is highly attractive to Russia’s geopolitical rivals, such as Georgia and post-Maidan Ukraine (& no doubt the US too), for it is a potential Sino-European trade route across the Eurasian continent that completely bypasses Russian territory. However, there is little/no incentive for China to actively promote or use TITR for large-scale trade in the near future. To expand on this conclusion, this article will cover the following: the basic business value proposition of the land-based Eurasian Silk Road, an outline of the TITR path, a side-by-side comparison of a comparable route (Chongqing-Duisburg, also known as ‘Yuxinou’), and the geopolitical factor...

Sep 14 10:38


Sep 14 09:45

Democratic Senator Sought Justice Department and IRS Criminal Prosecutions of Conservatives in 2013

Judicial Watch released 72 pages of DOJ docs revealing emails conversations between officials and the staff of Sen. Whitehouse regarding the criminal prosecution of Tea Party groups for alleged violation of IRS rules

Sep 14 09:40

Bond Traders Chase Rally to the Bitter End

Sep 14 09:23

A Disturbing Development: Interactive Brokers Implements Price Caps

In a rather stunning development, moments ago Interactive Brokers unveiled a previously unseen warning, one called a "Mandatory Cap Price", which warns traders that the brokerage may set a cap, a floor or outright cancel any order that would otherwise be marketable, due to a "price that is not consistent with a fair and orderly market."

Needless to say, for traders agreeing that they are willing to "trade" only based on what some arcane algorithm decides is a "fair and orderly market", or otherwise get kicked out, leads to numerous questions, chief among which is: just what does IB know about what may be about to happen, and why is the most basic function of a marketplace - the exchange between a willing buyer and seller - suddenly compromised?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm going to take a guess here and suggest that someone tried a cyber "pump and dump" on them.

Sep 14 09:20

"Rampant Fraud" Exposed In Obamacare Exchanges: 100% Of Fictitious Enrollees Obtained Subsidies

A recent "undercover enrollment" investigation conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that pretty much anyone can sign up for Obamacare and receive taxpayer funded incentives without having to worry about pesky little details like proving citizenship, identity or income-based needs.

Sep 14 08:34

ADGM FSRA Issues Scam Alert About Rothschild Gulf Investment Bank

RGIB has claimed on its website that it maintained private offices in the ADGM on Al Maryah Island and provided financial services. This claim has now been removed from its website. RGIB has not been granted a Financial Services Permission as an Authorised Person or be an Exempt Person and is not an entity with any presence both legally and physically with ADGM. The FSRA is concerned that RGIB is misrepresenting itself. Furthermore, such misrepresentations may be linked to other illegal activities.

Sep 14 07:36

Gang Members Implicate U.S. Gov’t in Dumping Crates of Guns in Chicago

Waking Times

There is a well-documented history of the U.S. government supplying weapons and arms to both friends and foe for political purposes and for profit. In addition to publicly known global arms deals to U.S. political allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia, revelations about the rise of ISIS indicate that U.S. arms and military trainees have been a critical factor in the rise of the terror group.

Sep 13 19:09

Obama Tax Collections Surpass $20,000,000,000,000!

With the additional $231,327,000,000 in taxes that the U.S. Treasury collected in August, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today, President Barack Obama has now presided over more than $20,000,000,000,000 in federal tax collections during the 91 full months he has served in the Oval Office.

Sep 13 16:56

Your Money or Your Life: What’s Behind the Latest Government Scam to Rob You Blind?

The government’s schemes to swindle, cheat, scam, and generally defraud Americans have run the gamut from wasteful pork barrel legislation, cronyism and graft to asset forfeiture schemes, the modern-day equivalent of highway robbery, astronomical health care “reform,” and costly stimulus packages.

Sep 13 16:31

Will You Be A Cash Criminal?

Harvard professor and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, Kenneth S. Rogoff, is out with a new book. The Curse of Cash.

In the book, he attempts to make the case for banning paper money.

His justification for banning cash is two-fold: It will hamper criminal activity and it will allow central banks to take rates, when necessary, deep into negative territory.

Sep 13 16:00

The Real Reason Stocks Just Turned Volatile

Sep 13 15:27

The World Map of Billionaires

Sep 13 15:10

Post-9/11 Wars Have Cost Nearly $5 Trillion (and Counting): Report

By Nadia Prupis

The U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost taxpayers nearly $5 trillion and counting, according to a new report released to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the attacks.

Dr. Neta Crawford, professor of political science at Brown University, released the figures in an independent analysis of U.S. Departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, and Veteran Affairs spending, as well as their base and projected future spending. Crawford is also a director at Brown’s Costs of War Project, which works to draw attention to the human, economic, and political toll of the military response to 9/11.

In total, the wars already boast a price tag of $4.79 trillion, she found. And the cost is still climbing...

Sep 13 14:57


Sep 13 12:03

After "September Disaster For Clinton", Democrats Near "Full-On Panic Mode"

Hillary is in the midst of a "September Disaster" and we're only weeks away from the "October Surprise" promised by WikiLeaks which purports to have 1,000s of additional damaging Hillary emails to release. According to The Hill, Clinton's "basket of deplorables" followed by her "medical episode" that resulted in a public display of her being dragged, limp and helpless, into a van, has democrats on the verge of "full-on panic mode."

Meanwhile, Boston University professor, Tobe Berkovitz, isn't buying efforts by the Clinton campaign to downplay the impact of Hillary's 9/11 "medical episode" saying that on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most damaging, the event was a 15. As Berkovitz points out, no amount of spin from the Clinton camp can remove that moment of complete frailty from the minds of voters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You just "can't unsee" what happened to Hillary Clinton on Sunday, and it makes a powerful argument against her being fit, physically, to be this country's commander in chief.

Sep 13 12:00

Hillary Became Unelectable Long Ago

The relevance of yesterday’s health episode is not that it made her unelectable, but rather that it might have finally convinced enough of her financial backers that they risk losing the capital invested in ‘their’ candidates’ campaign. She’s their liability now too. I’ve seen people suggest that Trump is throwing his campaign as a way to help Hillary, but I sometimes think it may well be the other way around.

It’s kind of hard to imagine, looking back, for someone to run a worse campaign than Hillary has, but then that’s obvious when you look at how many things had to be kept hidden, how many lies had to be told, how many narratives had to be spun. It just got to be too much, for her, and for the staff. The outcome was always predictable, but they figured they could get away with it.

Sep 13 11:44

Swedish Economist: Low Skilled Migrants a ‘Ticking Time Bomb’

Despite politicians’ insistence that migrants who poured into Sweden last year were highly educated and would be an economic boon, SEB economist Johan Javeus has warned that the newcomers are low skilled, and a “ticking time bomb” in the labour market.

The Scandinavian Individual Bank (SEB) economist warned that the lack of menial jobs combined with record high mass migration is a time bomb that could explode in time for the 2018 elections. Labour minister Ylva Johansson played down concerns, describing it as “a challenge that can be managed”.

In 2015, the difference in the unemployment rate among highly-educated Swedes and among foreign-born with only basic secondary education stood at a record level of more than 30 percentage points.

Noting the vast majority of new arrivals who entered during 2015 have very little education, Mr. Javeus told Svenska Dagbladet that the gap will continue to widen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...manageable", HOW, Labor Minister Johansson?!?

It's going to take an economic miracle to get these people fast-tracked in the Swedish language, and capable of competing for good jobs. And just how do you propose to do that, considering that the Swedish economy has been tepid, at best, for at least the first 2 quarters of 2016?!?

As Reported in

The Swedish economy has shifted into a lower gear this year, expanding at consistently lower rates than in 2015. The economy slowed to 0.3% growth in seasonally-adjusted quarterly terms in Q2, down from Q1’s 0.4%, according to preliminary data from Statistics Sweden. The main driver of the economic deceleration is the weakening external sector. Exports have lost momentum in 2016 and are likely to be further affected by the consequences of the Brexit vote. On the domestic side, declines in both industrial production and fixed investment are putting the brakes on the Nordic economy. Furthermore, the Economic Tendency Indicator, which summarizes how consumers and firms view the economy, fell in August. The decrease was mainly a consequence of less optimistic sentiment in the manufacturing industry, though retail and consumer indicators also dropped.

So, Labor Minister Johansson, just where is the money going to come from to fix, at a time when the Swedish economy is on a downward trend?!?

And if there is no money with which to fix this immigration crisis, what happens next, sir?!?

Sep 13 10:02

Report: US, Israel Agree on $38 Billion Military Aid Deal

Israel’s Channel 2 has today reported that Israeli officials have accepted the most recent US military aid package, which will see them receiving some $38 billion over the next decade. Israeli officials are said to be eager to finalize it, and it is expected to be signed in the next few days.

This comes just a day after a report in the Washington Post claiming that the deal was being held up by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC), who was planning to advance his own, slightly larger military aid bill through the Senate and accused Obama of trying to take over appropriations duties that are rightfully Congress’.

Graham says Benjamin Netanyahu warned him he was holding up the deal, and that he told Netanyahu to tell the Obama Administration “to go F themselves.” The White House was said to be reluctant to sign the deal with Graham so outraged by it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is fascinating to me that this Congress and President can so blithely throw money at a wretchedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons, while being oblivious the real pain imposed by Obama's disastrous economic policies here at home, which are certainly bearing "fruit", as evidenced from this headline reported at yesterday:

Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes''

These people have become marginalized; made to feel irrelevant; and become absolutely lost to a national leadership thoroughly fixated on throwing money at a foreign leader like Netanyahu, who has done absolutely nothing to deserve it, rather than fixing the massive, looming economic problems here at home.

Sep 13 10:00

Wells Fargo Scandal Is Just The Beginning; Here's What Else They're Hiding...

Banking is a black box. There is very little transparency, especially with extremely large banks.

Wells Fargo’s annual report, for example, shows roughly $300 billion in “commercial and industrial loans”.

That’s it. That’s all the detail we get. (It’s not just Wells Fargo, by the way. Every mega-bank maintains the same lack of transparency.)

We have no idea if they took depositor’s funds and floated a billion dollar loan to a failing business that’s about to go under.

Or if they have been making no-money-down loans to people with terrible credit.

No one knows anything about the inner workings of such an enormous bank… until it all hits the fan like it did in 2008.

And how could anyone know? When something becomes that big, that complex, with hundreds of thousands of employees and thousands of branches, it’s impossible to keep track of it all.

Sep 13 09:58

Hunger drives US teens to swap sex for food, commit crimes – research

Hunger is driving desperate US teenagers as young as 13 to search for ways to feed themselves and their families, with many resorting to crime or providing sexual favors in exchange for food and basic supplies, according to a study published Monday.

Sep 13 09:42

RT Max Keiser 13 Sep Wells Fargo thieves

Sep 13 09:35

Alleged Scamming HBOS Bankers Linked To £35 Million Fraud, Finally On Trial

The first trial for bankers suspected of being partly responsible for the 2008 banking crisis has begun in London, after the £35 million ($46.5 million) alleged scam case was postponed for nearly two years.

Eight people are in the dock at Southwark Crown Court in London this Monday, including former HBOS bank managers Lynden Scourfield and Mark Dobson, who stand accused of engaging in fraudulent behavior at the expense of the company’s small business customers.

Sep 13 09:28

Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.

Sep 13 08:27

The Age of Cryptocurrency Book Review

The book is written by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey. I have to be upfront about this book, it’s not a nuts and bolts guide on how to actually use Bitcoin. What it does do is give a detailed history about the digital currency. It explains the reasons why and how the currency was created, and it also gives a number of compelling reasons for everyday people to learn about the currency and to get started using it...

Sep 13 08:16

Open democracy? Brexit negotiations may be kept so secret not even Parliament will be told

Until Article 50 is initiated and Britain officially begins the process of leaving the European Union, no news on Brexit negotiations will be disclosed to the public, MPs or peers – not even in private.

Sep 13 08:15

Greece wants Russia to invest in its coal industry

Athens has offered Russia’s Gazprom the opportunity to invest up to $900 million in the country’s coal industry, business daily Kommersant reports, citing its sources.

Sep 13 07:45

Podcast: Markets Explain Facts Of Life To Fed

Sep 13 07:45

Southern European Countries Unite Against Brussels and Berlin

During the meeting, they will call for Brussels to change the EU economic strategy, including revising strict austerity measures and allowing independent trade policies for its members, the Russian newspaper Izvestia reported.

Southern European countries are also expected to address the migrant issue at the summit, according to the newspaper.

Sep 13 07:43

The world is turning ugly as 2016 winds down

I have to say that the negative reverberations in our current economic and political environment are becoming so strong that it is impossible for people to not feel at least some uneasiness in their gut. I imagine this is the same kind of sensation many felt from 1914 to 1918 during World War I and the terrible birth of communism, or perhaps in the early 1930s at the onset of the Great Depression and the rise of fascism. Some global changes are so disturbing that they send shockwaves through the collective unconscious before they ever hit the mainstream. People know that something is about to happen, even if they cannot yet clearly define it.

Sep 13 07:30

Yields Rising Globally

Sep 13 07:17

After Public Outcry Over $125 Million Tolstedt Bonus, Wells Fargo Will End Sales Goals For Retail Bankers

As a result of the righteous outrage following news that Wells Fargo rewarded Carrie Tolstedt, the head of the group that was recently exposed as creating some 2 million fake credit card and bank accounts so it could churn late fees, and was in charge of what the bank's employees called "sandbagging", was leaving the bank with a $125 million package, this morning a panicked Wells Fargo, Warren Buffett's favorite bank and the largest U.S. bank by market capitalization, said that it would eliminate all product sales goals in retail banking, starting next year.

Sep 13 07:12

Will You Be a Cash Criminal?

Bottom line: There are government technocrats out there plotting seriously on a short-term and longer-term basis how to better track us and control us and our money.

Sep 13 07:07

IEA Cuts Global Oil Demand Forecast Amid ‘Wobbling’ Asian Demand

In its closely watched monthly report, the IEA downgraded its global oil demand predictions by about 100,000 barrels a day for this year

Global oil demand growth is faltering and oil production is stabilizing, providing a recipe for the global glut of petroleum and its products to continue through much of next year, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.

The IEA’s closely watched monthly oil-market report marked an abrupt shift for an agency that a month ago said the world’s oil glut had begun disappearing.>>>

Sep 13 07:00

UK one of the most unequal countries, says Oxfam

The richest 1% of the UK population owns more than 20 times the wealth of the poorest fifth, according to Oxfam.

That made Britain one of the most unequal countries in the developed world and contributed to the vote for Brexit, the charity said.

Its analysis found that about 634,000 Britons were worth 20 times as much as the poorest 13 million people.

Sep 13 06:33

Tent Cities Full Of Homeless Booming Across America

Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day. And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about. It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year. Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but for those on the low end of the economic scale things have just continued to deteriorate.

Sep 12 15:20

EU bigwig in THREAT to Spain: The next government WILL have to enforce economic cutbacks

AN EU bigwig has warned Span that their budget problems "have not evaporated" in a extraordinary intervention, which undermined the country's sovereignty.

In a shocking concession Eurogroup boss Jeroen Dijsselbloem even said he would like to form the Spanish government himself to make sure it stuck to fiscal pledges.

Mr Dijsselbloem said: "Problems are still there, so they will have to face them and return to the right path."

Sep 12 15:13

Prepare for 'PERFECT STORM' that will obliterate stocks: Economist's terrifying warning

Investors should prepare for world stock markets to sink by a massive 12 per cent amid a repeat of the turmoil that tore through stock markets at the beginning of the year, according to David Rosenberg chief economist and strategist at wealth management firm Gluskin Sheff.

He believes markets are not ready for a US interest rate rise and when the US Federal Reserve does make changes to its policy - which could happen as early as next week - there's going to be a nasty shock.

Mr Rosenberg's comments come as stocks suffered heavy losses on Monday, with Britain's top stock index the FTSE 100 was down by 1.7 per cent, while France's CAC and Germany's DAX plunged two per cent.

Sep 12 13:22

The Three Horrendously Expensive, Insane and Destabilizing Nuclear Weapons Obama Should Kill Right Now. The Bomb That Costs More Than Its Weight in Gold

Redudant land-based ICBMs, the dangerous nuclear cruise-missiles and the super-expensive 'more useable' B61-12 air bombs... The United States is set to spend over $1 trillion on its nuclear weapons over the next thirty years. That is no trivial sum. To place it in context, that amounts to 77 percent of the national student debt, which hovers around $1.3 trillion. Part of the reason for this massive spending spree stems from necessity. Our current nuclear weapons systems are ageing and becoming obsolete. But rather than tailoring the next generation of nuclear deterrence to geopolitical realities, the United States is replacing its massive nuclear arsenal on a one-for-one basis as if the Cold War never ended. These plans are excessive, destabilizing and threaten the national security of the United States. And all of them will be locked in and set in motion before the next president has been elected or has had any time to consider what the best strategy is under a new administration.

Sep 12 12:59

Central Banks May Choose Helicopter Money Over Negative Rates

Against this backdrop it would be surprising if governments and their central banks will not opt at some stage for higher inflation in an attempt to escape the problems their policies and the issuance of unbacked paper money has caused in the first place. Alas, it wouldn’t be the first time in monetary history that unbacked paper money would be deliberately debased.

Sep 12 11:33

Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day. And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about. It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year. Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but for those on the low end of the economic scale things have just continued to deteriorate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government has billions of dollars for bombs and extrajudicial assassinations; however, apparently, these people who have fallen off a cliff into extreme poverty do not matter at all to local, county, and federal government, except as a "health and property hazard."

I deeply feel that one of the most critical measures of a society is how they treat their most vulnerable citizens; and in this measure, the US government is failing, miserably.

Sep 12 10:01

Recent Corruptions of the English Language

For instance, stimulate the economy. That phrase came out in the ’60s. It really just means “print up money.” They don’t use it much anymore because they can see it no longer results in stimulus; rather, the opposite. Now it’s called quantitative easing. And everybody uses it without questioning the fact that it means “print money,” “inflate the currency,” or “debase the currency.” They say “quantitative easing” with no irony. It makes me think the chattering classes are actually, in reality, quite stupid. I’ll discuss that word—“stupid”—later.

Sep 12 09:21

F-35 May Never Be Ready for CombatTesting: Report Contradicts Air Force Leadership’s Rosy Pronouncements

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive procurement program in Pentagon history. It’s been plagued by schedule delays, gross cost overruns, and a slew of underwhelming performance reviews. Last month the Air Force declared its variant “ready for combat,” and most press reports lauded this as a signal that the program had turned a corner. But a memo issued from the Pentagon’s top testing official, based largely upon the Air Force’s own test data, showed that the Air Force’s declaration was wildly premature.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It doesn't appear that Lockheed Martin spends all that much on political campaign donations.

Lockheed's Campaign Spending by Cycle

So one has to wonder; just what is the Svengali- like hold this corporation has over the US military, that it issues absolutely rosy pronouncements about a completely, vastly failed fighter production program?!?

Is there an institutional culture, inculcated into our military managers, that they can never admit to having been wrong, even if they were?!?

The mind boggles at the complete disconnect between the real, documented failings of the F-35, and how happy the US military is to commend it. In fact, an article appeared in May of this year, indicating that the production of this fighter is going to quadruple in 2019.

After years of delays, the Joint Strike Fighter program is finally ready to hit the afterburner. FORT WORTH, Texas — As green-skinned, half-assembled F-35 Joint Strike Fighters take shape, this massive factory that once cranked out thousands of World War II bombers is preparing to get real busy again. F-35 production is slated to hit full steam in 2019, and Lockheed Martin is reshaping its final assembly line to get ready. Not far from the nine assembly stations where the stealthy jets are coming together, wooden walls and plastic sheeting rise dozens of feet to the ceiling, blocking off large portions of the plant where new laser-leveled concrete is being poured. Lowered air pressure behind the screens helps keep dust and debris away from the sensitive airframes. Elsewhere, scaffolding is being erected for seven new assembly stations to come.

As most of you who read this blog understand, I abhor war as a way for the US to settle its geopolitical disputes; that being said, when war happens, our men and women in uniform deserve the best this country can deliver.

The F-35 simply isn't it.

If the problems haven't been resolved by now, I seriously doubt that they can be resolved in another 3 years.

And if I were in Congress, I would sponsor legislation insuring that there would be a clause in the weapons makers' contracts, indicating that if cost over-runs went a certain percentage over cost estimates, the weapons were delivered late, and did not function as advertised, there would be jail time for the presidents of those companies for treason.

And NOT in a Club Fed.

These deficiencies are as serious as a heart attack, for our men and women in uniform, and if such a clause in contracts for weapons, draconian as it may seem, is the only way to "cure" the problem, then so be it!!

Sep 12 09:11

Samsung shares plunge over smartphone explosion debacle

Shares in the firm—South Korea's largest by value—dropped 7 percent to close at 1.46 million won ($1,318) on the Seoul stock market—the lowest in two months.

It was the biggest daily drop in the firm's share price so far this year and shaved about 15 trillion won off the firm's total value.

Sep 12 08:17

Real Estate Turning Down

Sep 12 08:06


We start in Japan on Wednesday where the final revision to industrial production in July will be made. We then move onto France where the final August CPI revisions are made before the UK comes under the spotlight again with the latest employment report. Euro area industrial production in July will also be released. It’s quiet once again in the US on Wednesday with the only data due being the import price index for August.

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I am not expecting the data here to be spectacularly great.

Sep 12 06:55

French politicians mull ripping up EU budget rules

Nobody yet knows the winner of France's presidential election next year, but the smart money is on one loser: The three-percent cap on government deficits enshrined in eurozone rules.