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An Editorial: Tight path before us. . One slip, and. . . Or, is it already too late?

Random cast-net type of data collection via unjustified intrusion is the first step to Censorship. It also directly serves to intimidate and restrict thought and control the printed word. A heavy blow against the concept of liberty.

Wall Street 8/9/2013 - Will the Pros Pull This One Out?

At 11:26 AM today, the Dow was down 128 points and perhaps a minute later, on leaving the site, the number -138 popped up.

theGuardian is now the focal point for NSA's indiscretions

TheGuardian now has a third major area attached to its attention getting banner. . . NSA files!

theGuardian Informs of Futile Efforts by Congressmen to Investigate NSA Domestic Spywork

theGuardian, in an article by Glenn Greenwald, has published letters and emails that passed between 2 Representatives and the House committee on Intelligence.

The news according to Reuters Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Reuters opens our day with a ditty worth comment.

U.S. says JP Morgan manipulated market; settlement seen

Then follows up with some other promises for the festival.

The Fed received an OK from the SIFMA. . . OK to Raise Interest Rates in September! We're Now Geared for It.

Analysts Target September for Fed Tapering

By Hal M. Bundrick

NEW YORK (MainStreet)--A slow and steady course of improvement is forecast for the U.S. economy, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's (SIFMA) Economic Advisory Roundtable. The analysts expect the economy to grow at a rate of 1.7% for the full-year 2013 and 2.6% in 2014.

Bubbles, Bubbles everywhere. . .

The IMF July 9th, 2013 World Economic Outlook short update takes a realistic look at the global recovery. Figures are provided and charts accompany for a quick comprehension, but the details, of course, show we're coming up short of the target. The numbers are not as encouraging as the charts with their very slight upward trend which conveys no suggestion of how effective that upward movement is.

Fed's Lagtime Prior to Response in View - Or, Just Playing Chicken Again?

If the Fed was waiting for the financial industry to cleanse itself without suffering a new set of rules, it may explain why the world had to wait six years while the Fed searched for a responsible program. That's an endless wait.

Fed reluctance to act positively with proactive policy is legendary. The most common laments are that its policies are too soon or too late, too little or too strong, all despite the flood of history at its disposal, should be enough warning that they can worsen any problem.

Senator Phil Gramm's belief on the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

This is Phil Gramm's proud statement on the occasion of the signing the GLBA as contained in a press release dated November 12, 1999 under the Senate Banking Committee logo which was found among some older papers during "house cleaning".

"The world changes, and Congress and the laws have to change with it. . .

Monday, June 24th, 2013 - More red ink!

Asian and European markets show decidedly down trend; Bloomberg futures are down slightly - at 1 AM this morning!

Morning outlook for stocks and commodities . . and our future beyond June 20, 2013

Very briefly –

Morning outlook for stocks and commodities, June 20, 2013

After Bernanke’s news conference this afternoon, Reuters reported. . .

Bernanke points to reduced Fed bond buying this year

Obama to initiate a search for Bernanke's replacement? And other non-surprises in today's news.

President Obama would be serving his constituents interests by expanding his search for replacements by devising a net to corral about 2/3 of Congressional House members and having them retired or simply ousted.

Yes, Prof. Krugman, the problem is Jobs. Have we closed the door on the solution?

In today’s NYTimes opinions section, Paul Krugman discusses the problem of getting the unemployed back to work at jobs where there is mismatch between jobs available and skills of the displaced workers.

Values, Values, Values!

The creators of the crisis are now intent on applying insult to injury by denying destitute families the benefit of food stamps.

On The Guardian's uncovering Top Secret US government intrusion into Verizon records

Watchdog Journalism

Submitted by saldeck on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 08:41.

US CFTC to regulate Derivatives. . . After a fashion, ofcourse.

When the tsunami community considered the Dodd-Frank Act (more specifically, the regulation of derivatives and the “passing-the-buck” process congress fervently subscribed to

"JPM Eligible Gold Drops To Fresh Record Low Following Withdrawal Of 28% Of Holdings" - The run on physical continues

While the recent chart painting has damaged the technical chart of gold, the fundementals (demand vs. supply) continue to indicate troubles for the manipulators. When the exchanges can not make good on delivery we will see the true potential for gold prices. I will not be suprised to see another naked short futures raid on gold and silver in the near future. None the less, it is clear, only Wall Street is buying the head fake. The rest of the world is hungry for gold. And why shouldn't they be?

Short comment on Interest rates and such. . . Prompted by Paul Krugman. .

Popping in just for a quick “Told you so!” which is bolstered by one of the more favored economists on the O&G list. . . at this time a “johnnie-come-lately” to use an older phrase.

"Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever" - Matt Taibbi - Rolling Stone

Another elucidating piece from Matt Taibbi. He nails it on the head and shows the level of complicity and corruption in the regulatory and judicial branches of government in doing little of substance to halt this behavior which is a form of out right thievery.

Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever

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The Secret World of Gold

I have remained quite on this subject for the most part. I have a little commentary and then I am linking the video for "The Secret World of Gold." Part III is the most interesting and germane to the current manipulations in the market.

Here are my thoughts in simplified terms in regard to the massive attack on gold and silver that has been ongoing for over 2 months and hit full force this week.

"Comex Gold Inventories Collapse By Largest Amount Ever On Record" - Nick Laird

While the MSM and the primary dealers and bullion banks (who have been manipulating the prices lower in a ferocious manner the last few months) have been selling the idea that bull market in gold has ended, in the meantime, the rate at which physical gold is exiting the COMEX vaults is at the all time highest record. Has the manipulation been a cover to allow those trying to make good on their lease and swap options able to buy at lower prices? How much longer can the masquerade that QE is not long run causing monetary push inflation be sold?

"Helicopter QE will never be reversed" - Telegraph - Ambrose Evans-Prtichard &quotesmonetary theorist Professor Michael Woodford

What I've been saying all along. His solution is interesting.

Excerpt:
Helicopter QE will never be reversed
Readers of the Daily Telegraph were right all along. Quantitative easing will never be reversed. It is not liquidity management as claimed so vehemently at the outset. It really is the same as printing money.
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
7:49PM BST 03 Apr 2013

Columbia Professor Michael Woodford, the world’s most closely followed monetary theorist, says it is time to come clean and state openly that bond purchases are forever, and the sooner people understand this the better.

Interview with John Williams of Shadow Stats by Greg Hunter - "Congress Triggers Early Stages of Hyperinflation"

It is clear that Western Central Banks are panicking, using every trick to hammer gold and silver while pumping stocks through the primary dealers, even as economic fundamentals suggest that stocks are very expensive on a forward earnings basis and I would argue on a current earnings basis. There are of course exceptions. Any opportunity to listen to John Williams is one I will take as he provides data.

"The Fed Is Printing Money, But Where Is It Going? They Know But Will Not Say" - Its going to Banks not Mainstreet.

This article definitely has heuristic value. Basically it says the Fed is printing boat loads of money and it is going to banks that (had they to mark their assets to market) and not been the recipient of this massive Fed give away, they would be insolvent. He is also saying the reason we don't see any inflation to speak of is because the money never enters the real economy, doesn't spur growth. In fact, stagflation benefits the largely unregulated banking sector because while inflation remains low, they can keep printing money indefinitely to Wall Street's benefit.

My Take on the Global Financial Situation, Markets, Gold and Silver

The first thing I want to say is that I have no idea about timing in the markets. I want to give a brief summary of my current world view on the global financial markets. There is a lot of talk about the breadth of the recent rally in the US equity markets. There has also been a lot of talk about the gold and silver bull markets being over.

"The Fracked-up USA Shale Gas Bubble" - The Haliburton Loophole

This article is a rare gem of truth on this subject:

The Fracked-up USA Shale Gas Bubble

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"In major policy shift, scores of FDIC settlements go unannounced" - When Transparency is Lost, Free Markets lose credibility

It is clear that we are seeing a studious attempt to mask the entropy of corruption. This article points out just one example.

FDIC settlements go unannounced - LA Times

excerpt:

"...Critics describe the FDIC's current practice of low-profile deal-making as a major departure from the S&L crisis.

"China's Extreme Real Estate Bubble: Globalization Is a Fraud, a Castle Built On Sand" - Jesse's Cafe Americain

Much of the talk of a stronger global economy centers around China. What is studiously ignored most of the time is the fact that China has patterned a major portion of their "growth" strategy around real estate development and much if not most of that real estate sits empty, even as wages in China have not seen the kind of growth that would enable these "real estate investments" to bear fruit. I'll post the link to this very visual and compelling 60 Minutes piece (commercials included unfortunately) and then Jesse's lucid commentary.

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