The Corruption of America
The “numbers tell us” America is in decline… if not outright collapse.
I say “the numbers tell us” because [Read more…]
by Helen Tansey ©
When surfing the web these last couple of days this post over at Washington’s Blog caught my attention “If the “Occupy” Movement and Tea Party Join Together, We Can End the Malignant Partnership Between Big Government and Big Corporations Which Is Destroying America”
The piece argues that the two movements – the Tea Party and #Occupy Wall Street – find common ground and come together to END Big Government, Too Big To Fail Banks, Corporate Ownership of Washington politico’s, the Fed and Crony Capitalism.
Well, I daresay, if the #OWS movement focused its resources on these key monetary issues ONLY then the likelihood of the REAL Tea Party grassroots movement joining the effort would be greater.
Why? Because all of the other noise emanating out of #Occupy Wall Street like healthcare for all, living wages or the environment only serves to distract folks attention away from the core of America’s challenges, which is how our monetary system is managed behind closed doors with little to no oversight by the monstrously “capped at the knee” federal regulatory system. [Read more…]
BELOW ARE TWO MUST READ ARTICLES BY ZEROHEDGE
Back in April 2010, before Waddell and Reed sold a few shares of ES, effectively destroying the market on news that Europe was insolvent, we made the following observation: “The IMF has just announced that it is expanding its New Arrangement to Borrow (NAB) multilateral facility from its existing $50 billion by a whopping $500 billion (SDR333.5 billion), to $550 billion.” Little did we know that our conclusion “something big must be coming” would prove spot on just a month later after Greece, then Ireland, then Portgual, and soon Spain, Italy, Belgium, and pretty much all other European countries would topple like dominoes tethered together by a flawed monetary regime. Well, based on news from Dow Jones we can now safely predict the following: “something bigger must be coming.” As if the IMF’s trillions in open lending facilities (many of which have recently been adjusted to uncapped) were not enough, we now learn that the world lender of last resort (which in theory is the Fed, but apparently Bernanke has been getting a little shy lately so is offsetting his direct lending directives to secondary organizations like the IMF, leaving the Fed with only USD liquidity swaps) is about to activate a “Special Funding Pool” – Dow Jones explains: “The International Monetary Fund is expected to soon activate a special funding pool that will boost the fund’s ability to prevent or resolve economic crises, two people familiar with the situation said Thursday. One of the people said the activation of the funding–which can only be made by a special request from the IMF managing director to the board–was in anticipation of an expected wave of new IMF programs, including the possible expansion of the Greek bailout package.” Wonderful. Global financial cataclysm rinse repeat all over again…
More from Dow Jones:
Read the rest of the post and comments by clicking HERE
Highlights from the just released speech by Philly Fed hawk Charles Plosser:
- Fed’s Plosser says would want to make explicit the Fed’s commitment to a numerical inflation objective
- Says important to communicate a systemic plan that describes where Fed is going, how it will get there
- Says his proposed strategy would tie pace of asset sales to size of interest rate increases
- Says his preferred exit strategy would raise rates, shrink balance sheet concurrently
- Says failure to exit in timely manner will have serious consequences on inflation, economic stability in future
- Says monetary policy will have to reverse course in the not too distant future
- Says consumer spending continues to expand at reasonably robust rate
- Says US economy seems to be on much firmer foundation
- Says labor market conditions are improving
In other words, an attempt to return confusion over the fate of QE3. As for the Fed existing anything…. good luck. As part of his exit proposals, Plosser proposes two exit plans (12 and 18 months) both of which sees a dramatic reduction in reserves, a hike in IOER, and asset sell offs. Should the Fed indeed proceed to do this, the market will prolapse.
Read Posser’s full statement and comments by clicking HERE
Posted by Tyler Durden
A week ago, when we reported on a move by the Dutch central bank that ordered a pension fund to forcibly reduce its gold holdings, we speculated that “this latest gold confiscation equivalent event is most certainly coming to a banana republic near you.” And while we got the Banana republic right, the event that we are about to describe is not necessarily identical. It is much worse. A bill proposed in the State of Washington (House Bill 1716), by representatives Asay, Hurst, Klippert, Pearson, and Miloscia, whose alleged purpose is to regulate secondhand gold dealers, seeks to capture “the name, date of birth, sex, height, weight, race, and address and telephone number of the person with whom the transaction is made” or said otherwise, of every purchaser of gold in the state of Washington. Furthermore, if passed, Bill 1716 will record “a complete description of the property pledged, bought, or consigned, including the brand name, serial number, model number or name, any initials or engraving, size, pattern, and color or stone or stones” and of course price. [Read more…]
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/20/2010 22:07 -0500
Going through recent bullion bank shorting information, Adrian Douglas has stumbled across a nugget that may explain the sudden willingness of JPM to admit to the FT, via proxies as obviously the bank would never expose itself to even remote market manipulation claims, that it has collapsed its silver short. The reason: even as US bank silver (and gold) shorts by US banks have been gradually declining, those positions established by non-US bank, and thus entities not under the CFTC’s control, have seen their silver shorts surge, increasing by orders of magnitude over the past several months. Is there a stealthy transfer of precious metals market manipulation taking place, one that exonerates the domestic, and therefore regulatable, suspects, while making foreign banks carry the burden of suppressing silver and gold prices? The reason: hand over the silver shorts to entities that would not be subject to the CFTC’s upcoming size limit rules. Per Douglas: “The sudden and massive increase in their short positions in both metals is conspicuous when compared with historical trading patterns. The fact that it occurs at a time when the US banks that are mega-short appear to be covering makes it doubly intriguing. It looks like a strategy to shift suppression and manipulation of the market to banks that are not under the direct supervision of the CFTC. Will these non-US banks be expecting to receive an exemption to position limits where US banks might not be successful?” We hope to get an answer to all these questions soon – Douglas has sent out the following letter to the only honest man at the CFTC, Bart Chilton, which explains Douglas’ findings, and demands an inquiry into just who these foreign banks are that are suddenly shorting silver and gold on the margin at alarming rates.
Read full story HERE
Wikileaks will survive even with the arrest of Assange. Last night’s State Cable dump focused on Sri Lanka. More leaks to come…
Next up, a mega US Bank. Many are suggesting it to be the Bank of America due to Assange’s assertion last month that Bank of America was in their sights. [Read more…]