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[*] posted on 8-4-2012 at 20:05


Most of the radiation from Fukashima (or what ever it was called) did go out to sea.
Nothing bad has been reported. A mg of radioactive stuff in a liter of air is a big
deal, we inhale 100s of liters of air each day. How many liters of water does a person
drink each day? And water is 1000s of times more dense than air so the water
effecively dilutes the radioactive stuff a 1000 times more.


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Japan is very reliant on its oceans for food. Water can carry radioactive pollution much more easily than air, as all those cesium ions are soluble. A leak of radioactive waste into the ocean surrounding Japan would be devestating to the country's economy.

Japan is home to a commercial fishing industry, worth the equivalent of 14 billion USD. Fish and a variety of other sea creatures are caught by local fishermen, imported and raised in aqua farms. There are around 200,000 fishing vessels in Japan. Japan is largest fish-eating nation in the world, consuming 7.5 billion tons of fish a year, or about 10 percent of the world's catch. This is the equivalent of 30 kilograms a year per person. Their nearest rivals the Scandinavians consume only around 15 kilograms per person. The Japanese consume so much fish that Japan has traditionally controlled the world prices for seafood with it huge demand. Last year, Japan harvested 7.5 million metric tons of seafood, more than any other nation.

The Future of the US Dollar
The dollar is in trouble. It has fallen against other currencies for the past three years, and now its orderly retreat could well become a rout. This spells potential disaster for the American economy—and potential riches for a few smart investors. In The Coming Collapse of the Dollar and How to Profit from It, financial gurus James Turk and John Rubino show how the dollar arrived at this precipice, why it will plunge, and how you can profit from the resulting financial crisis.
The U.S. today is the world’s biggest debtor nation, printing money with abandon to sustain the illusion of prosperity. The federal government owes $7 trillion and its debt is soaring. As a society, we owe more than $37 trillion, or about $500,000 per family of four. Our trade deficit with other countries is staggering, and to finance this mountain of debt we’re flooding the world with dollars. The inevitable result: The dollar will decline until it is displaced as the world’s dominant currency.

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"There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose."
-- John Maynard Keynes, 1920


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[*] posted on 9-4-2012 at 01:22


This is the most amusing satire I have seen about immigration:
http://whiterabbitradio.net/how-whites-took-over-america-2
The video has already been banned in France, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic.
(apparently only social conservatives find the video funny, one of my friends did not understand the humor and found the video completely boring)

As for the coming economic collapse, an increasing number of cities in the USA are making being homeless a criminal offense! Not only that but feeding the homeless is becoming illegal also! I found this article entertaining:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394924/Orlando-Food...
http://www.wesh.com/r/9576842/detail.html

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Quote: Originally posted by gregxy  
Most of the radiation from Fukashima (or what ever it was called) did go out to sea.
Nothing bad has been reported.

that's right,
any posion is unharmful if diluted enough.




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[*] posted on 9-4-2012 at 11:35


AH wrote:
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As for the coming economic collapse, an increasing number of cities in the USA are making being homeless a criminal offense! Not only that but feeding the homeless is becoming illegal also! …


FYI, AH, the homeless are not dying of hunger here. I happen to live in Central Florida and not that far from Orlando. Let me assure you that very adequate facilities for feeding the homeless are available from local charities, both secular and religiously based. We have warehouses stacked with donated food. Having lived and been born in Europe, and although I have lived here about 40 years, I am still amazed by the charitable nature of the US population in general as compared with Europe

Feeding the homeless is NOT becoming illegal; this article even points out (rare for the craphouse media) that the reason has nothing to do with the homeless per se. This is that public parks have local laws governing their usage. In the case in point homeless people were beginning to stay at the park and littering it, even camping there, to avail themselves of the food in violation of public law.

I assume you are in favor of laws and not an anarchist.

The ranks of the homeless have certainly been swelled by the mortgage crisis.

“(In 1972) the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Florida vagrancy law was unconstitutional because it was too vague to be understood.” (Wiki).
In US terminology, (Wiki, but true!): “Unlike 'tramps', who work only when they are forced to, and 'bums', who do not work at all, 'hobos' are workers who wander.”

There is a long hardcore US tradition of this section of the ‘homeless’, mostly male. Added to this there is the large number of those that are mentally deficient and in an earlier, less- PC age, would have been housed at public expense in lunatic asylums.

A large proportion of the rest is either the result of divorce, in which case the man is often deprived of his housing in favor of the ex-wife. And (to my mind, the saddest of all) – ex-servicemen either mentally damaged by the effects of war or otherwise rendered unable to hold down a civilian job. Although the Veteran’s Administration exists to help these, many either do not get help or fall through the crack and fail to get the help they deserve.

Local organizations see to all homeless women with young children, & AFAIK they are essentially non-existent.

AH, do not use foreign craphouse media sources for your information of the US.

Edited to add: Also, I note that the generous donors were from out of state; and, for goodness ‘s sake, what homeless man needs vegan rubbish for breakfast? Give the poor man some decent protein, carbohydrate and fats to keep him going, not food for rabbits.

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Quote: Originally posted by AndersHoveland  
The U.S. today is the world’s biggest debtor nation, printing money with abandon to sustain the illusion of prosperity. The federal government owes $7 trillion and its debt is soaring. As a society, we owe more than $37 trillion, or about $500,000 per family of four. Our trade deficit with other countries is staggering, and to finance this mountain of debt we’re flooding the world with dollars. The inevitable result: The dollar will decline until it is displaced as the world’s dominant currency.[Edited on 9-4-2012 by AndersHoveland]

Unless of course the US succeeds where all other empires have failed - world domination. George Bush said it best on September 20, 2001 - "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You're_either_with_us,_or_against_us

When it comes to the US economy, if you are not working for the US government in order to bail it out, then you are working against it. And it doesn't matter what country you live in, Canada, Australia, Britain, etc.

Don't worry though, your money's being well-spent. Our good and honest government leaders will make the necessary budget cuts to wasteful social programs as well as education and healthcare. I'm sure they will do the right thing and spend our money where it is needed most.

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http://rt.com/news/f-35-british-cost-billions-590/
The UK is set to fork out £15 billion, or $24 billion, for the American Joint Strike Fighter program, whose total costs are set to exceed £900 billion ($1.4 trillion) over the next 50 years, making it the most expensive military project in history.


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the Department of National Defence estimated in June 2010 that buying and operating the planes for 20 years would cost around $25 billion. In March 2011, however, the department responded to a report on F-35 costs by the parliamentary budget officer by saying his estimates were wrong and the cost would be around $15 billion.


Kepp working hard people, your time and energy is making the world a better place.
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[*] posted on 10-4-2012 at 17:13


Spanish crisis imminent

www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/9...

www.cnbc.com/id/47008853

Once again the situation in europe is becoming dire.
Spain is now poised to be the next domino to fall / fail.
In the near term this will precipitate a true panic sell off.
It is anybody's guess how low this can go , so much
depends on contagion with counterparties.

Zorba still looming in the background
www.neurope.eu/article/warning-greece-ahead-elections-analys...
www.reallibertymedia.com/2012/04/greece-set-to-default-on-fo...

French election may destabilize eurozone
http://seekingalpha.com/article/411411-the-french-wildcard-f...

Chart looks discouraging
http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000083614

www.cnbc.com/id/47005341

Near term it appears there will be a market drop but perhaps not
as abrubt as the October 3 , 2011. This will be followed later on
with an even greater fall. 2012 looks to be a replay of 2011.
See this paper on double dip crashes _ [file]18377[/file]
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for July expiration at the strike price of $127. The price is now around 75 cents.
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The current TLT Fund share trades at just under $ 117, when this rises to the $ 127
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I am down 80 % since January on June Calls. I could have sold out and doubled
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Thanks for more useful info franklyn!

A shout out to our corporate friends...

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Vitamin Firms Settle U.S. Charges, Agree to Pay $725 Million in Fines
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The world's two biggest vitamin makers agreed to pay a total of $725 million to settle Justice Department charges that they and other manufacturers engaged in a massive price-fixing conspiracy that inflated the cost of everything from breakfast cereal to hamburgers over the past decade. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., a unit of the Swiss drug giant Roche Holding AG that has 40% of the global human and animal vitamin market, agreed in U.S. District Court in Dallas to pay a record $500 million fine and plead guilty as part of the settlement. BASF AG, a major German chemical maker that has 20% of the market, will pay $225 million and enter a guilty plea as well. Rhone-Poulenc SA of France, the world's third-biggest vitamin maker with 15% market share, also participated in the price-fixing ring. But the company began cooperating with federal investigators a few months ago under an amnesty program and helped make the case against its co-conspirators, U.S. officials said. Members of the ring, including Rhone-Poulenc, also face potentially massive damage claims in 25 private lawsuits now pending in four federal courts. The suits were brought by livestock farmers and other purchasers of bulk vitamins who allege they were forced to pay illegally inflated prices. The first of these cases was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in March 1998. Wide Effect Cited The cartel "is the most pervasive and harmful criminal antitrust conspiracy ever uncovered," declared Joel Klein, chief of the Justice Department's antitrust division. The price-fixing ring "hurt the pocketbook of virtually every American consumer, anyone who took a vitamin, drank a glass of milk, or had a bowl of cereal," he said.
The record fines continue a trend toward stiffer penalties for price fixing and aggressive antitrust enforcement, even against foreign companies. Almost $1 billion in fines have been levied so far in the current fiscal year, ending Sept. 30, more than the total of all previous antitrust fines combined, Mr. Klein said. "Fines of this magnitude are absolutely necessary if we are going to prevent these illegal cartels from inflicting harm," he said. Indeed, he said, a 1997 fine of $14 million in an earlier price-fixing case wasn't enough to stop Hoffmann-La Roche from continuing to meet and fix vitamin prices, even as it faced charges in the prior case. Standing beside Mr. Klein before a bank of cameras, Attorney General Janet Reno declared that the antitrust division would hunt down violators anywhere in the world. "We will not allow international cartels to prey on American consumers in our globalized economy," she said. Corporate executives "engaged in or contemplating similar conduct should take note of the high cost of getting caught." Vitamin executives would gather annually for two-day "summit meetings" in various cities around the world, typically in August or September, to work out a "budget" for the cartel, which one member called "Vitamins Inc.," said Gary Spratling, deputy for criminal enforcement at the Justice Department's antitrust division, who oversaw the investigation. Several smaller companies remain under investigation in the probe, he said. Ensuring Compliance Roche, BASF and Rhone-Poulenc issued statements Thursday admitting their wrongdoing and said they have put new measures in place to ensure future compliance with U.S. antitrust laws. Roche and BASF, which agreed to plead guilty to price fixing, said they have overhauled the management of the vitamins division to give a fresh start to those businesses. Roche fired two of its top executives who were responsible for the company's vitamin operations. Roland Bronnimann, head of the vitamins and fine chemicals division, and Kuno Sommer, former director of the vitamins marketing division who has been serving as chief executive of Roche's Givaudan Roure unit, departed from the company, effective immediately, Roche said in a statement. Dr. Sommer, the former director of world-wide marketing for Roche, agreed to plead guilty Thursday and pay a $100,000 fine, for lying to federal investigators in 1997 and other actions. Dr. Sommer, a Swiss citizen, agreed to serve four months in a U.S. prison and is the first foreigner to be prosecuted for U.S. criminal antitrust charges. BASF also disclosed an executive shakeup, saying it had replaced the management of its vitamins unit in recent months but would not say if the people had been fired. "A new management team is now in place world-wide," BASF said. Talks in Europe The companies also acknowledged the numerous civil lawsuits and said they expect to meet with lawyers for the plaintiffs to find ways of resolving the lawsuits. BASF said it is "premature to discuss the likelihood of success or the financial costs which may be involved in any such settlement." Both companies also said they have begun talks with European antitrust authorities, which apparently had little role in the probe. Vitamin makers have been under pressure from falling prices and shrinking profits since last summer -- about the time the conspiracy unraveled. Executives have previously blamed the weakening market on the Asian economic crisis and rising competition from China, which sharply undercut the cartel's prices for vitamin C. Industry leader Roche said its vitamins and fine-chemicals sales, which make up about 15% of total revenue, fell 5% in 1998 to $2.5 billion, though it retained a firm grip on its huge market share and high profit margins. Samuel Isaly, an analyst with OrbiMed Advisors, said that while the $500 million fine, which was reported in Thursday's New York Times, is "big enough to make a dent" in Roche's 1999 earnings, it is only a tiny fraction of the company's $110 billion market capitalization. "It doesn't put them in financial distress," he said. Vitamins are a smaller business for BASF, a huge industrial company in markets from gas pipelines to diet drugs. A Rhone-Poulenc spokeswoman said the price-fixing settlement should have no effect on the company's planned merger with Germany's Hoechst AG later this year. Hoechst and Rhone-Poulenc are shedding most of their industrial chemical operations and combining their pharmaceutical, agrochemical and veterinary operations in one of Europe's biggest industrial marriages which, if successful, would create the world's biggest life-science group, to be called Aventis SA. 'Regret' From Roche In an interview, Roche's chief executive officer, Franz B. Humer, said, "We deeply regret what happened." "I am personally, absolutely shocked at what has happened," he said. "But we will put it behind us, and we will continue to grow [the vitamin] business very profitably." Mr. Humer also said the company will seek to settle civil suits stemming from the case. Civil suits in the 1997 price-fixing case cost Roche $10 million, though its involvement in that case was significantly smaller. The talks with European antitrust authorities "may take some time to progress, and it is very difficult to predict what will happen at this point," he said.


The message I get out of that is we'll never know how bad we've been screwed until after the fact. Yet we still trust them to provide for basically every aspect of our lives. I suppose the last few decades could be seen as one massive "confidence bubble" that must burst once enough obvious evidence of how badly they screwed us piles up? It is a great testament to the malleability of the human mind that it hasn't happened already!



Sigh... Who the hell would want a president like that???

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Yes anders I'm painfully aware of that by now... And they deserve exactly what they will get. Just sucks for the rest of us.

[Edited on 11-4-2012 by 497]




A word to the wise: NEUROFEEDBACK

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http://www.shadowstats.com/article/no-414-hyperinflation-spe...

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Most people have absolutely no idea what is happening in the world or their government, other than what they are told in televission or newspapers. Most Americans, even most of those that vote, have never even heard that Paul was trying to be president. The conservative party leadership obviously does not want him to be president, which is interesting because he is obviously and unarguably the most "conservative" candidate, and would (somewhat paradoxically) be the only conservative candidate that could reach out to get some additional votes from moderates and Hispanics.

But Americans put too much emphasis on their presidential election. The most important vote for an American is voting for their local congressional representative, of which they are notoriously ignorant. Most do not even know who their current representative is, much less what specific policies the candidates support.

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It seems that the US markets were affected by a two-day Euro virus and have now recovered. As usual the nabobs of negativity predicted the end of the bull, but even a poor jobs report was shrugged off.

However, across the pond things do not look rosy at all. It seems that the Bond Gang, having discovered their tin can secreted in a trash can at the end of Greek St. by the Central Banks Gang, covered by old useless Greek paper, are now busy kicking it down the road again towards Italian Alley and Spanish Square. Can Portugal Place be far ahead?

(Unfortunately the original article is for subscribers only to the Financial Times. Here’s a summary, still well worth a look:)

Exceptional Measures Needed to Save EU: Soros http://www.cnbc.com/id/47025908

Italian Bond Yields Jump in Auction of 3-Year Debt
http://www.cnbc.com/id/47025675

Euro Zone: ‘Great Dichotomy’ to Continue http://www.cnbc.com/id/47026384

An excerpt from the latter:
Quote:
“The big positive news in Europe is that Germany, Switzerland and one or two other countries are actually doing very well,” he said.
Germany has outperformed most of the euro [EUR=X 1.3173 0.0064 (+0.49%) ] zone throughout the crisis, although its growth has slowed in recent months. Denmark and the U.K. have also benefited from being seen as relative safe havens and low interest rates, according to Dan Morris, global strategist at JPM Asset Management.


The sheeple without a shepherd? Certainly there are a lot of sheeple around. An interesting POV: certainly what passes for leadership these days seems to me like a pale copy of that of days past.

‘The End of Leadership’ - Followers are on the Rise: Author
http://www.cnbc.com/id/46809325

And finally, especially for our friend Rosco:
Say More by Saying Less, Writes the Author of ‘What Is Your One Sentence?’
http://www.cnbc.com/id/46952666

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You may find clarification of the concept of what is conservative here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-azn1U9yGk Reagan Forum at the Reagan Library 03-09-2012

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[*] posted on 12-4-2012 at 20:52


El-Erian CEO of Pacific Investment Management Company ( PIMCO )
explains the current state of financial markets _
" In the last three plus years, central banks have had little choice but to do the
unsustainable in order to sustain the unsustainable until others do the sustainable
to restore sustainability ! "
Well that sure cleared things up.

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" Exceptional Measures Needed to Save EU: Soros "
I wonder if Soros already sold off his Italian bonds to run with his capital profit,
the sly fox.
http://seekingalpha.com/article/322818-george-Soros-bet-on-i...

" Euro Zone: ‘Great Dichotomy’ to Continue "
It's curious that European debt insolvency is divided along religious lines
Protestant Teutonic asceticism and Catholic PIIGS, living La Vida Loca.
www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-12/europe-s-capital-flight-be...

Given the circumstances the question at hand is not will Spain become
the next Greece but will it become the next Syria.
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/ambroseevans-pritchard/...


The price of S&P 500 is testing the 50 day moving average again as it
had last year, it's only a matter of time now untill cataclysm is reprised.

http://tinyurl.com/bpdawzd

The reason for faltering
www.cnbc.com/id/47005811

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The PIIGS are not the problem.
It's the FAGS (France, Austria, Germany and Switzerland).
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Truth about taxes and the economy ....The Washington Post gives Obama a double pinnochio
for his unpersuasive latest pitch (brazen lie) deceitfully attempting to associate Obamanomics
with Ronald Reagan

Commentary on the truth from two men who know the facts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lvWVCo8cHI

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Quote: Originally posted by DerAlte  
The sheeple without a shepherd? Certainly there are a lot of sheeple around. An interesting POV: certainly what passes for leadership these days seems to me like a pale copy of that of days past.



These supposed "leaders of days past" are all just corporate shills:

Meanwhile the leaders who stand up against corruption and war:

<sub>Edit by Nicodem: Removed the image-links to political propaganda posters. This is not the right forum where to post such crap.</sub>

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http://seekingalpha.com/article/497601-stocks-to-continue-se...

http://seekingalpha.com/article/497931-does-another-cruel-su...

www.thetechnicaltake.com/2012/04/14/investor-sentiment-a-sell-signal-is-upon-us

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From most of the sources I have read about "the economy", it almost seems like the USA government cares much more about the performance of corporate stocks than it does about the availability of job opportunity.
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You people do realise that cars can be adapted to use wood chips as fuel?

http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2010/01/wood-gas-cars.html
http://www.gengas.nu/bilder/index.shtml
http://woodgas.wikispaces.com/WWII+Pictures

Wood chips contain 40 percent of the energy content of petrol on a weight basis.

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Dream Machine.

You drive it down the road and DREAM that you had something better!

LOL (for quite some time)

The damm thing looks like a chameleon (a very comical chameleon at that)

You cannot get the same efficiency from burning things and making steam.
If you were to burn petrol in one of those contraptions you would not be getting 50 miles to the gallon.

@ bbartlog
You would need some trees just to to the panel work!!!



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That would work out all right for me and my sixty acres (one third wooded). Not exactly a sustainable solution for the masses, though.



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[*] posted on 16-4-2012 at 08:30


The car could probably use switchgrass, which is considered a renewable energy source. It can be grown in regions where other crops cannot be grown.
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[*] posted on 16-4-2012 at 11:46


Is the World's Biggest Economy in Danger of Disintegrating?
http://www.cnbc.com/id/47038484
If you cannot be bothered to read the whole thing, the key reason for the problem is age old as indicated:

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However, cultural issues will not change very quickly and "the idea that it's necessary to persuade people that they are European rather than French or German or British" is not a good one, according to Tindale.
"It's possible to be Californian and American; we have to move towards that. It's possible, but that will require greater political leadership," he said.


Leadership is in short supply.

I have always thought that the political idea of the EU (European Unity) was good politically but culturally impossible and financially (Euro) very dubious. There is more ethnic diversity in Belgium than across the US in several ways. Most of the states of Europe do not have the same borders as 80 years ago. The Balkans have re-Balkanized. Czechoslovakia is the Czech and the Slovak republic. USSR is now Rus + fragments. History is against the EU idea; it is too idealistic. Turkey held the Ottoman Empire together until WWI, for about 400 years. Now look at the Middle East. Yet no one ever talks of the Pax Anatolia.

Where federation has worked there has been cultural cohesiveness (eg Italy, German – new states historically). And that is the way it is in the US, yet states still have their individuality.

Behind Apple's Selloff: 'There Was So Much Euphoria':
http://www.cnbc.com/id/47062615
Told you so! Hope you took profits in time if you held it.

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[*] posted on 18-4-2012 at 20:33


Interesting development in bonds: Although the Yuan is currently tied to the dollar, does HSBC know something we do not?
HSBC Launching First Offshore Yuan Bond in London
http://www.cnbc.com/id/47082407

Euro? SOS (same old shit). I won’t bore you with it.

There is a Coming Collapse there: it is becoming more obvious day by day. Neither posturing by politicians nor printing of fiat by central banks is likely to solve a fundamentally flawed idea.

It is to be hoped that in the final resolution the EU will at least survive in some form and the continent not relapse into some sort of chaos. The southern side of the Med. is experiencing Arab Spring (aka chaos). Be careful what you wish for. An opportunity for democracy or an opportunity for Islamism? Obviously both. Who knows?

Postscript : please cut out the crappy comics. A complete waste of page space.

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[*] posted on 19-4-2012 at 08:23


www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/18/us-eu-spain-idUSBRE83H076...
http://humblestudentofthemarkets.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-mu...
http://seekingalpha.com/article/508871-the-economy-liquidity...

IMF’s report suggests that 58 European banks will have to sell some $ 3.8 trillion of assets in deleveraging.
www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/04/imfs-report-warns-of-massive-deleveraging-by-european-banks
www.cnbc.com/id/47096097

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[*] posted on 19-4-2012 at 17:26


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There is a Coming Collapse

The economic instability is being caused by the extended lifespans of the baby boomer generation. They are taxing the system with their inflated pensions and health care costs. The average senior wakes up every morning, drinks his coffee, reads his newspaper and doesn't create or produce anything. Once they all die off their savings and properties will be injected back into the system, and my generation will be able to flourish.
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