By Michael Gorback, M.D.: FB's psychological experimentation on hundreds of thousands of unwitting users is illicit human experimentation and a gross human-rights violation.
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By Don Quijones: Under the guise of austerity, taxes on the middle class and small businesses in Spain and other countries have reached confiscatory levels. But for the wealthy, there is a special deal – and it erupted into a scandal.
By David Moenning: After peaks in optimism since 1995, the S&P has lost on average 256 points and never gained until after the next extreme pessimism reading.
By Don Quijones: Quietly, the rules governing global trade and financial markets are being changed. Despite the enormous impact they have on our lives, the public is not consulted. Most people are not even aware it is happening.
By David Stockman: Coach just had an earnings fiasco. Sales plunged 21%. Prospects are worse for the period ahead. Store closings are coming. That's the payoff for playing the destructive game of the Wall Street casino.
Executive Report, ISA Intel: OPEC’s 2nd largest producer has the 5th largest reserves in the world and is one of the last places with enormous amounts of underexplored low-cost oil.
By Don Quijones: When it comes to creative accounting, few can hold a candle to Spain's finance minister Cristobal Montoro, who unveiled his latest scheme to “grow” the economy: adding prostitution and illegal drugs to GDP to solve a host of urgent problems.
By Michael Gorback, M.D.: When you buy health insurance, you only think you know what you’re buying. You know parameters such as the deductible, coinsurance, and other nonspecific things. But the devil doesn’t lurk in nonspecific things.
By Nick Cunningham: OPEC’s second largest oil producer, Iraq, is in severe disarray just as the world has come to rely on its oil for greater energy supplies.
By Alex Hillsberg and David Adelman: The tricks that ads use to fools us would be hilarious, if it weren’t so serious. These photos of ads and reality will make you laugh, squirm, and gnash your teeth all at the same time.
Executive Report with ISA Intel: The EPA’s proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants is a colossal move for the electric power sector and strikes at the heart of the coal industry. But there are big winners.
By Don Quijones: The establishment, both inside and outside Spain, is alarmed at the scale and intensity of public anger in the country.
Katitza Rodriguez: On June 4, 2014, one day before the Snowden anniversary, Poland celebrates 25 years since the fall of an authoritarian regime. Obama is in Poland, meeting with many heads of states—including those caught up in the NSA’s surveillance scandal.
By Dajahi Wiley: US oil production surged 64% since 2008, natural gas production 42% since 2005 – driven by the shale revolution. BP and Exxon saw the US as energy self-sufficient in 20 years. But three major red flags should curb this unfettered enthusiasm.
By Dennis Miller: Most state and local pension funds are woefully underfunded. California, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, and Texas together officially lack $431 billion; promised money that won’t be paid out. The real numbers may be far worse. But there is a "solution."
By Chriss Street: The California Bureau of State Audits set off a scandal by disclosing that the Controller’s Office made accounting misstatements of $31.65 billion. That’s about a third of California’s General Fund Budget!
By Bianca Fernet: Bond markets are abuzz about Argentina's deal with the Paris Club of creditors on US$9.7 billion of arrears from the 2001 financial crisis. Economy minister Kicillof emerged, in his mind and that of many, victorious. Brilliant diplomatic showmanship.
Executive Report with ISA Intel: Slashing the smoke-and-mirrors hype of the Monterey shale by 96% socked not only oil companies but also the state of California that was dreaming of $24.6 billion a year in revenues and 2.8 million jobs, now dissipated into thin air.