Apr 242014
 
 April 24, 2014  Posted by at 2:38 pm Finance Tagged with: , , ,  1 Response »
Debt Rattle Apr 24 2014: When Does Government Policy Become Criminal Behavior?
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That’s always a hard question to answer. At what point does government policy become criminal? Since governments make the laws, perhaps never. But then again, countries tend to have constitutions, and government actions can violate those. Still, before you know it, you get trapped and stuck in lawyer lingo limbo, and that’s not what I’m looking for. I’m wondering to what depths a government can go in its actions vis à vis it own people. So maybe I should rephrase

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Apr 232014
 
 April 23, 2014  Posted by at 2:12 pm Finance Tagged with: , , , ,  3 Responses »
Debt Rattle Apr 23 2014:  QE Is A Fraud Perpetrated By Made Men
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QE Is A Fraud Perpetrated By Made Men A lot of words are being spent again these days on deflation and the QE measures that are supposed to “cure” it. Paul Krugman, who when it comes to stimulus is a hammer seeing nails only, now has it in for Sweden’s central bank, which he labels monetary sadists for not opening the spigots. But it’s all a hugely deceptive false flag; it’s not an issue of whether you launch QE or

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Apr 222014
 
 April 22, 2014  Posted by at 3:45 pm Finance Tagged with: , ,  4 Responses »
Debt Rattle Apr 22 2014: What Is The Earth Worth (6 Years Later)?
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Once more for everyone who’s got even the lightest slightest shade of green in their thoughts and dreams and fingers, I’ll try and address the issue of why going or being green is a futile undertaking as long as it isn’t accompanied by a drive for a radical upheaval of the economic system we live in. Thinking we can be green – that is to say, achieve anything real when it comes to restoring our habitat to a healthy state

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Apr 212014
 
 April 21, 2014  Posted by at 1:32 pm Finance Tagged with: , ,  4 Responses »
Debt Rattle Apr 21 2014: The Twilight Of The Rising Sun
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US President Barack Obama begins a three-day visit to Japan on Wednesday. As for what he’s going to be talking about, I can give you a hint or two. First of all, there are ongoing tensions between Japan and China, something both nations have a very long history of. And second, these tensions risk flaring up as they move towards intensifying domestic economic troubles, as their exports dwindle. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may himself be a nationalist, for what that’s

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Apr 202014
 
 April 20, 2014  Posted by at 11:58 am Finance 11 Responses »
The United States' Desperate Solutions For Not Sinking Alone
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LEAP2020 is a European political/economic research institute that doesn’t shy away from volunteering opinions on the topics it researches, something that works both for and against it. It publishes a new GEAB (Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin) report every month. I thought I’d share the ‘public announcement’ of the April 2014 issue with you, because it provides a clear idea of what some people think is going on with regards to the US/EU involvement in Ukraine and the war of verbal

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Apr 182014
 
 April 18, 2014  Posted by at 3:13 pm Finance Tagged with: , , ,  4 Responses »
Debt Rattle Apr 18 2014: When Men Travel First Class And Literature Goes As Freight
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There are times when time needs to stand still for a seemingly fleeting moment that lasts until the end of time. Yesterday was such a time. But it didn’t happen. Nothing stood still. News was slow coming in, and trickled on as the hours passed, to reach a minor crescendo later, that the world’s greatest living writer had died. And I know it’s because I’m an incurable romantic (I know because incurable romantics are not that stupid) that I feel

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Apr 172014
 
 April 17, 2014  Posted by at 3:28 pm Finance Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Debt Rattle Apr 17 2014: Scary Numbers (and Super Creeps)
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Last week we saw that China exports were down 18% in February and 6.6% in March, and that US mortgage originations are at their lowest level in 14 years. This week, the scary numbers just keep rolling in. Still, markets are up because Beijing has claimed a 7.4% GDP growth rate for 2014, and initial jobless claims in the US are falling somewhat, and most of all because everyone wants to believe in the recovery because they’re to scared of

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Apr 172014
 
 April 17, 2014  Posted by at 10:39 am Finance 2 Responses »
The Voice Of The Moon: A Rare Interview With Ilargi
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I did an interview last Saturday with KMO at C-Realm, who serves up a great free podcast every week on a wide variety of topics. Here’s his description of this one: KMO welcomes Ilargi of The Automatic Earth to the C-Realm to talk about the sorry state of watchdog journalism, the unhelpful rhetoric of American politicians and pundits around Vladimir Putin’s actions with regard to Ukraine, the media’s failure to examine the US role in bringing down the Yanukovych government,

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Apr 162014
 
 April 16, 2014  Posted by at 2:55 pm Earth Tagged with:  17 Responses »
Debt Rattle Apr 16 2014: Overpopulation Is Not A Problem For Us
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On a day like this, when Bloomberg runs the hilarious and preposterous headline “Euro Periphery Emerges as Haven as Bonds Rise”, and markets are up because the Chinese government announces a 7.4% GDP growth number, which might as well be 4.7% for all we know given the opaqueness and rosy bubbly with which Beijing is known to “calculate” these numbers, let’s talk about something entirely different. And what better to talk about than a topic I know beforehand will antagonize

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Apr 152014
 
 April 15, 2014  Posted by at 2:57 pm Finance Tagged with: , , , ,  22 Responses »
Debt Rattle Apr 15 2014: This Is Where We Say Good Night And Good Luck?
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Update: Michael Ruppert Has Committed Suicide RIP Let’s start the day with the best – or should I say the funniest – graph I’ve seen in a while, picked up from Tyler Durden. It speaks for itself. If this means things are going according to plan, we might want to wonder what the plan is. American markets went up yesterday, and it was suggested that this had something to do with March retail numbers, which were up 1.1%. But then

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