DEBTOR NATION

VIDEOS

Wolf Richter On The Keiser Report
"Debtonomics and the NSA"

Wolf Richter on the Keiser Report
"Where Is The Fear"

Wolf Richter on Max Keiser's "On The Edge" 
"The Pauperization of America"

Wolf Richter on the Keiser Report
"Where the Money Goes to Die"

Clarke and Dawe: European Debt Crisis
Two favorite Australian Comedians

Clarke and Dawe: Quantitative Easing
Big industrial-strength printers, all facing the window

The Fastest Drive Ever Through San Francisco
Don't try to do this yourself
 

humanERROR - by "Frying Dutchman"
Powerful, lyrical appeal to the Japanese. Slams nuke industry, MSM, bureaucrats, and politicians.

Wednesday
Jun052013

Fed’s Fisher Hilariously Slams Fiscal-Policy Chaos, Slugs QE, And Throws In Funny Video Spoof of Congress

Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher is one of the funniest – and most disturbing – voices out there in the sea of equivocating central bankers. But this time, he outdid himself in the dreadfulness of his warning and the humor of his presentation.

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Wednesday
Jun052013

Japanese Hodgepodge Of Old Ideas And New Contradictions, Stocks Dive In Sympathy

The leaders of Japan Inc. listened politely as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid out his master plan, the cornerstone of Abenomics that would fix everything and offer big handouts to Japan Inc. As his words seeped out, the Nikkei dove 5% in a couple of hours. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of his hodgepodge of old ideas and new contradictions.

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Tuesday
Jun042013

The “Chinese Dream” Come True: Gobbling Up Assets Overseas

The “Chinese dream” is the dream of the whole nation and also of every individual Chinese, explained Fu Ying, chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. The slogan had been coined by President Xi Jinping after he’d ascended to the throne of the Communist Party. It would benefit the world, she said. But for the richest Chinese, it has already come true.

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Monday
Jun032013

A Mirage Called The Stock Market

Contributed by Michael Lombardi, MBA for Profit Confidential: While an economic slowdown is looming over the global economy, no one seems to care, as stock markets continue to reach new record-highs — giving investors false hopes of economic growth. But how long can this mirage actually last?

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Sunday
Jun022013

Royal Sideshow at Opera House Inflames Spanish/Catalan Tensions

Contributed by Don Quijones: When the Prince and Princess of Asturias arrived at Barcelona’s opera house, they were treated to more drama than they’d bargained for. It wasn’t just about the Royals but about an aspiring nation’s frustrated dreams of independence – and the forces of action and reaction between Catalan and Spanish nationalism.

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Saturday
Jun012013

Morgan Stanley’s Penny-Stock Shenanigans in Spain

This is so bad, it’s almost funny. It happened May 31, at the end of the month, Friday afternoon, when no one was supposed to pay attention, minutes before the close of the stock market, when volume had died down to a trickle, and when the move was guaranteed to produce huge results.

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Friday
May312013

Lobbying And GMO Giant Monsanto Buckles In Europe

The “March Against Monsanto” in 52 countries, an unapproved strain of its genetically modified wheat growing on its own in Oregon, cancelled wheat export orders.... A rough week for Monsanto. Now it threw in the towel in Europe where its deep pockets and mastery of lobbying had failed: “It’s counterproductive to fight against windmills,” it explained.

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Thursday
May302013

Industry Insider: Creative Destruction And Opportunity In The Bloodied Solar Industry

“Yes, the industry is in collapse mode, but it is not all bad, it is just a healthy shakeup needed in a maturing industry,” an insider wrote in an email. Then he offered what he called “a slightly less gloomy take on the industry and with 50% more silver lining as well.”

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Wednesday
May292013

Next Shoe To Drop: Shoddy Solar Panels From China

The solar-panel price war waged by state-subsidized Chinese companies killed a slew of manufacturers worldwide. Now, much of solar-panel manufacturing takes place in China. To stay alive, they cut costs – and corners. Defects are ballooning. And “cheap” solar panels suddenly get very expensive. A cruel twist for an already threatened industry.

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Wednesday
May292013

Housing Bubble II: Institutional Investors Instead Of First-Time Buyers

Contributed by Michael Lombardi, MBA for Profit Confidential: It’s almost as if the mainstream media is defining the U.S. housing market as being “hot,” while some economists are calling for robust growth ahead. But the reality is that we are far from a recovery in the housing market and more troubles could follow.

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Tuesday
May282013

US Housing Bubble II: Euphoria And Other Shenanigans

The good old days are back. Those days when money grew on trees: home prices jumped 10.9% year over year, based on data through March 2013. The usual suspects: Phoenix soared 22.5%, San Francisco 22.2%, Las Vegas 20.6%. You can’t lose money in real estate. I’m already hearing it again.

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Tuesday
May282013

French Consumer Confidence Plunges To Financial-Crisis Low

The confidence of consumers in France is catching up with the economic situation in their country, where the state sector, which dominates the land with 56% of the economic activity, has been hobbled by budget woes, and where the private sector, which is struggling with an inscrutable labor code and slack demand, is suffocating under a pile of new taxes.

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Sunday
May262013

The Financial Takeover of “Our” Newspapers

Contributed by Don Quijones: “In a newspaper like El País it is no longer possible to criticize the main Spanish banks. And you have to be very careful when talking about the Government, in case it gets angry: its benevolence is needed in order to avoid bankruptcy.”

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Saturday
May252013

Black Market or Bust: The Stark Choice Facing Many of Spain’s Self-Employed

Contributed by Don Quijones: As bank lending has dried up, Spain's government has barely lifted a finger to help struggling self-employed workers or small enterprises. Instead, it apparently made it its mission to make their working lives as difficult as possible by ramping up their tax burden to historic highs.

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Friday
May242013

Iron-Fisted Bank Of Japan Is Losing Its Grip

Stability in the Japanese government bond market is “extremely desirable,” said Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda in a sign of just how frazzled he was after the turmoil and craziness that his over-the-edge experimental monetary policy has unleashed. But as stability eludes him, he might resort to ever more desperate measures to just hang on.

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Thursday
May232013

Government by Eurocrats: The Olive-Oil Dispenser Debacle

Like so many debacles in the EU, it started with the unelected European Commission. It’s immune to voters, but not to lobbyists and corporations. Under the guise of “consumer protection” or some other harmless moniker, it generates zany laws that tend to benefit large corporations. But last week, it went too far, even for Europeans.

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Wednesday
May222013

Scandal Is Washington DC Lawyer Bonanza

Contributed by Chriss Street: Premier Washington DC criminal attorney William W. Taylor III of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP announced that his new client Lois G. Lerner, the now infamous Director of the IRS Tax-Exempt Organization Division, will exercise her right against self-incrimination. She’ll pay him $2,000 per hour. Scandal, a bonanza for DC lawyers.

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Wednesday
May222013

Revealed: Apple’s “Offshore” Cash Isn’t Even Offshore

No one accused Apple of having violated US tax laws. The Senate hearings merely exposed how Apple is dodging income taxes by doing what multinationals do: taking advantage of handouts and loopholes that Congress hands them. Now it turns out that much of the discussion was based on a fairytale.

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Tuesday
May212013

Argentine Inflation: It’s Tough When All You Get Is Lies

The issue of inflation is complex everywhere. Official rates are disputed. People can’t reconcile them with what they see at the store. There are different formulas, resulting in different rates, and everyone picks and chooses what suits their needs. But nowhere is the issue as “complex,” infested with lies, and shrouded in obscurity as in Argentina. But 34.9%?

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Tuesday
May212013

Outside the Box: Can Two Senators End “Too Big to Fail?” 

Contributed by John Mauldin and Barry Ritholtz: Last month, Senators Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, and David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, introduced a resolution calling for the end of the implicit subsidies that TBTF banks enjoy and that put taxpayers at risk. The Senate voted 99-0 in support. Now they're turning their ideas into actual legislation.

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