Feb 282015
 
 February 28, 2015  Posted by at 11:38 am Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  1 Response »
Debt Rattle February 28 2015

• Greece Seeks Negotiations On ECB Bond Repayment (Reuters) • Fed Won’t Be Predictable After Lifting Rates, Fischer Says (MarketWatch) • “Monetary Policy Is Bankrupt” Dr. Lacy Hunt Warns (Tavares via Zero Hedge) • Greek PM Alexis Tsipras Rules Out Third Bailout (BBC) • A Fierce Battle Looms (Alexis Papachelas via Kathimerini) • The Tortured Relationship between Schäuble and Varoufakis (Spiegel) • Homeland Security Shutdown Looms After House Fails To Approve Funding (Guardian) • Congress Avoids Homeland Security Shutdown With

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Feb 282015
 
When Centralization Scales Beyond Our Control

In an article about NATO exercises in Estonia, just 300 yards from the Russian border, Daniel McAdams at the Ron Paul Institute makes a point that I want to use to make a much broader point. Not the provide answers, though, just to provide questions. McAdams quotes the Guardian review of a book by George Sakwa: NATO’s Russia Border Games Russian military plane over international waters 25 miles from the UK coast is “real and present danger” to NATO. Yet…

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Feb 272015
 
 February 27, 2015  Posted by at 10:29 am Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,  3 Responses »
Debt Rattle February 27 2015

• The US Recovery Story Is A Fraud: Albert Edwards (CNBC) • The US Is Not As Strong As You Think: Jim O’Neill (CNBC) • Québec Caisse’s Sabia Says Stock Markets Will ‘Run Out of Gas’ (Bloomberg) • Only One-Quarter Of Americans Plan To Retire (MarketWatch) • Americans No Longer Regard China As Top Enemy (CNBC) • Oil Futures Down Sharply On Rising US Inventories (Reuters) • China’s Real Estate Bust Is Worse Than It Seems (Pesek) • Greece Bailout

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Feb 262015
 
 February 26, 2015  Posted by at 11:11 am Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,  2 Responses »
Debt Rattle February 26 2015

• Oil Headed For $20-$30 As US Runs Out Of Storage Capacity (CNBC) • Yellen Fights Back as Lawmakers Intensify Push to Rein in Fed (Bloomberg) • Greece vs. Europe: Who Won? (Bloomberg) • Varoufakis Says Funding Problem Lies Ahead (Kathimerini) • Varoufakis Counts On ECB to Avoid Greek Default in March (Bloomberg) • European Banks vs. Greek Labour: Michael Hudson (TRNN) • Former Greek Finance Minister In Court For Tampering With Lagarde List (Guardian) • Greek Revenue Shortfall Came

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Feb 262015
 
 February 26, 2015  Posted by at 8:12 am Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,  2 Responses »
Briefing For A Descent Into Hell

Oh well, some are more equal than others. One day after Eurogroup head Dijsselbloem says France won’t get any more lenience … France Must Respect EU Budget Rules France must meet EU budget targets or risk damaging the bloc’s entire framework for policing countries’ spending plans, the head of the Eurogroup said on Tuesday. “I don’t think small or larger countries should be treated differently … It is crucial for the credibility of the whole fiscal framework that also France

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Feb 252015
 
 February 25, 2015  Posted by at 10:09 am Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,  5 Responses »
Debt Rattle February 25 2015

• Yellen Removes Another Obstacle To An Eventual Rate Hike (MarketWatch) • US Government’s ‘New Rule’ Allows Banks To Completely Make Sh#t Up (Simon Black) • Greek Finance Chief: We Want To Regain EU’s Trust (CNBC) • Greek Finance Minister’s Full Letter To The Eurogroup (Kathimerini) • Greece Has Lost The Gamble But Can Still Come Up Trumps (Guardian) • How Addiction To Debt Came Even To China (Martin Wolf) • China Readies Measures to Counter Housing Market Slump (Bloomberg)

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Feb 252015
 
 February 25, 2015  Posted by at 3:18 am Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,  8 Responses »
How Far Is It From Kiev To Athens?

Riddle me this, Batman. I don’t think I get it, and I definitely don’t get why nobody is asking any questions. The IMF and EU make a lot of noise – through the Eurogroup – about all the conditions Greece has to address to get even a mild extension of support, while the same IMF and EU keep on handing out cash to Ukraine without as much as a whisper – at least publicly. The Kiev government, which has been

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Feb 242015
 
 February 24, 2015  Posted by at 1:23 pm Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,  5 Responses »
Debt Rattle February 24 2015

• Will Yellen Set The Dollar Free? (CNBC) • European Commission Backs Greek Reform Proposals (WSJ) • Greek Plan to Tackle Economy Goes Before Finance Chiefs (Bloomberg) • Greece ‘Delays Reform Plan Deadline’ (BBC) • ‘It’s Treason!’ Greek Anger At Government U-Turn (CNBC) • Interventionism Kills: Post-Coup Ukraine One Year Later (Ron Paul) • Why the World Is So Bad at Tracking Dirty Money (Bloomberg) • Medicines To Cost Taxpayers Millions More In Secret TTIP Trade Deal (Guardian) • Apple

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Feb 232015
 
 February 23, 2015  Posted by at 4:15 pm Finance Tagged with: , , , , , ,  9 Responses »
Debt Rattle February 23 2015

• 1 In 3 Americans On Verge Of Financial Ruin (MarketWatch) • BofA Leads Charge Into Bonds as Banks Hoard $2 Trillion (Bloomberg) • Can A Bitcoin-Style Virtual Currency Solve The Greek Financial Crisis? (Guardian) • Greece Debt Deal: Reforms Will ‘Combat Tax Evasion’ (BBC) • Greece Draws Up €7.3 Billion Tax Hit List Aimed At Oligarchs And Criminals (AFP) • Greece Scrambles To Finalise Fiscal Reform List (Guardian) • Who Made Germany Europe’s Boss? (Bloomberg) • Why Germany Might

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Feb 232015
 
 February 23, 2015  Posted by at 7:22 am Finance Tagged with: , , , , , ,  7 Responses »
Throw Your Grandma Under The Bus

Before we get news in a few hours on the new proposals Greece is required to hand to its slavemasters today, Monday Feb 23, it seems relevant to point out one more time that what is happening to Greece is the result of political, not economic, decisions and points of view. One could argue that Greece is being thrown under the bus because it’s not – yet – deeply enough entangled and enmeshed in the global financial matrix. Just think

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