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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Great Big Fat Greek Expectations / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Raul_I_Meijer

From what I read in the press every day, as well as from private communication, a pretty wide divide seems to appear between what many people think the Syriza government in Athens should do, and what they actually can do at this point in time. It should be useful to clarify what this divide consists of, and how it can be breached, if that is at all possible.

In particular, many are of the opinion that Greece cannot escape its suffocating debt issues without leaving the eurozone and going its own way, reintroducing the drachma and defaulting on much of its €240 billion debt. Those who think so may well be right. But right now that is mostly irrelevant. Because Alexis Tsipras and his men and women simply don’t have their voters’ mandate to go down that road. They may at some time in the future, but they don’t today. The expectations are too great, and certainly too immediate.

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Politics

Monday, March 02, 2015

The Absurdity of "Reform" in Washington DC / Politics / US Politics

By: MISES

James Bovard writes: In the 1930s, peasants who were starving because of the Soviet regime’s brutal farm collectivization policy lamented, “If only Stalin knew!” Nowadays, American social scientists look at floundering federal programs and lament: “If only Congress knew!” And the solution is the “evidence-based” reform movement which will magically beget a new era of good governance.

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Politics

Monday, March 02, 2015

Ron Paul - Department of Homeland Security: What is it Good For? / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Late Friday night, Congress passed legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for one week. This vote followed weeks of debate over efforts to attach a prohibition on funding President Obama's executive order granting amnesty to certain illegal immigrants to the Homeland Security funding bill.

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Politics

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Varoufakis vs. the Troika - Showdown in Athens / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Whitney

“Will the United States, Germany, the rest of the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund – collectively constituting the International Mafia – allow the new Greek leaders of the Syriza party to dictate the conditions of Greece’s rescue and salvation? The answer at the moment is a decided “No”. — William Blum, The Greek Tragedy, CounterPunch

“The Greek economy is finished…. There is no power, no force within the Greek economy, within Greek society that can avert – it’s like – imagine if we were in Ohio in 1931 and we were to ask: What can Ohio politicians do to get Ohio out of the Great Depression? The answer is nothing.”— Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Finance Minister

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Politics

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Senate Republicans Bungle Their Interrogation of Janet Yellen / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: MISES

Brendan Brown writes: In terms of theatrical impact, the first performance of the Republican majority in the Senate responding to semi-annual testimony from Fed Chair Yellen was a dud. That is bad news for US monetary reform.

The root cause of the theatrical failure is that a winning strategy for monetary revolution has failed to emerge from the Republican ranks. Instead we hear the old tired messages about “auditing the Fed,” “changing the structure of the FOMC,” and adopting a neo-Keynesian rate-fixing “rule.”

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Politics

Saturday, February 28, 2015

NATO Frankenstein - When Centralization Scales Beyond Our Control / Politics / New Cold War

By: Raul_I_Meijer

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:

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2015

10 Reasons Washington Has War Fever / Politics / US Politics

By: Ron_Holland

"War is merely the continuation of policy by other means." – Carl von Clausewitz

The political elites, Federal Reserve and special interests that really run the show hiding behind Congress and the president of either party in America's closed two-party monopoly seem to be running scared in many regards. They rightly have many fears for their political future as well as the profits and survival of the major international corporations and banking interests that support the current political leadership and regime.

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2015

Deepak Chopra - New Age Genius or Bullshit Expert? - Video / Politics / Religion

By: Videos

New Age guru Deepak Chopra presents his ideas on 'non local consciousness', 'a super position of possibilities' heavily immersed in the scientific jargon of quantum physics that to a lay person, especially one that really wants to believe seems highly convincing, hence why Deepak Chopra has such a large following.

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Politics

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Fed’s History of Assassination / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: The Federal Reserve System has a very dark history.

I’m talking about a history of murder.

Maybe you didn’t know, but there’s a theory that the Fed ordered John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

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Politics

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Audit the Fed"? We've Already Done That (Well, Kind of) / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: EWI

Our conclusion: The Fed is not in control of the economy -- here's why

If there's one thing the Federal Reserve Board of the United States is not known for, it's assertive language. After all the obfuscation and verbal sidestepping, Fed speak is usually as easy to comprehend as Marlon Brando's Godfather character Don "Mumbles" Corleone.

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Politics

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Net Neutrality Scam / Politics / Internet

By: MISES

Ryan W. McMaken writes: Yet again, the government wants to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. According to the Obama administration and the FCC, it is necessary to regulate internet service providers so that they don’t interfere with people’s access to the web. The claim immediately prompts one to ask: Who is being denied access to the web?

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Politics

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Greece, Europe Briefing For A Descent Into Hell / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Raul_I_Meijer

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 commits to it, both in fiscal terms and in reform terms,” Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chair meetings of eurozone finance ministers, told the European Parliament. “I think that the Commission has allowed itself and France more time to scrutinise the figures but also to take more measures and prepare more proposals. The Commission will assess them first and then report to us at the beginning of March.”

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Politics

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What To Do While Waiting to End the Fed / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: MISES

John P. Cochran writes: There is a sliver of good news on the central banking front. Given the Fed’s poor performance before and after the 2007–08 financial crisis and Great Recession, and its now recognized 100 year history of failure, at least some members of Congress, even without Ron Paul, are now willing to consider major reform. Many libertarians who recognize that the correct long-run reform is to “End the Fed” — or essentially eliminate central banking (see here or here) — have focused most on the Audit the Fed Bill. On the other hand, non-Austrian economists have been more focused on the Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency Act and its aimed reform: a rules based policy rather than current Fed discretionary policy which is counter-productive, if not destructive of prosperity.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How to Borrow Cheaply from a Government-Owned Bank / Politics / Banking Stocks

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: The free market for banking services in the United States isn't a free market at all.

The truth is the biggest commercial banks in America operate with virtual impunity as a government-subsidized, government-protected oligopoly.

So, why don't we drop the pretense that government-owned banks don't belong in a free market economy and create a network of honest state-owned banks to compete with so-called private banks?

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Politics

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Europe - The Intersection of Three Crises / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

Reva Bhalla writes: Within the past two weeks, a temporary deal to keep Greece in the eurozone was reached in Brussels, a cease-fire roadmap was agreed to in Minsk and Iranian negotiators advanced a potential nuclear deal in Geneva. Squadrons of diplomats have forestalled one geopolitical crisis after another. Yet it would be premature, even reckless, to assume that the fault lines defining these issues are effectively stable. Understanding how these crises are inextricably linked is the first step toward assessing when and where the next flare-up is likely to occur.

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