Shock Report: 70 Million People Would Be Starving in the Streets Without Government Welfare Programs

11th July 2014

70 Million People Would Be Starving

(SHTFPlan) - Amid all the talk of recovery by politicians, economic officials and big business leaders, the fundamental numbers behind all the propaganda tell a starkly different story.

Home sales have dropped to record lows, more people are out of the workforce than at anytime in the last 50 years, and cash-strapped consumers have run out of money to fuel economic growth.

By all meaningful measures the American boom times of old are gone.

A recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services suggests that we may have already reached the tipping point and that things are only going to get worse going forward. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can’t Find a Job? Join a Timebank

10th April 2014

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(ActivistPost) - Increasing long-term unemployment may be responsible for the booming gray economy. With the job participation rate in America at all-time lows, nearly 92 million able-aged adults are not working but are still able to contribute a service, even if that’s merely baking a pie. After all, people still have to eat and get services. Timebanking networks are evolving to support those needs.

Think of Timebanking as incentivized voluntary community service. TimeBanks.org describes timebanking as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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This Is What Employment In America Really Looks Like…

7th April 2014

(EconomicCollapse) - The level of employment in the United States has been declining since the year 2000.  There have been moments when things have appeared to have been getting better for a short period of time, and then the decline has resumed.

employment in americaImage: Jobs Fair (Wiki Commons).

Thanks to the offshoring of millions of jobs, the replacement of millions of workerswith technology and the overall weakness of the U.S. economy, the percentage of Americans that are actually working is significantly lower than it was when this century began.  Read the rest of this entry »

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No Jobs For Americans – Paul Craig Roberts

11th January 2014

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(IPE) - The alleged recovery took a direct hit from Friday’s payroll jobs report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy created 74,000 net new jobs in December. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wow – The Holiday Shopping Season Is Off To A Horrible Start

3rd December 2013

(EconomicCollapse) - According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent an average of 4 percent less over the four day Thanksgiving weekend than they did last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Good Jobs Strategy

9th October 2013

(IngeniousPress) – Jobs in the United States that once featured good pay and decent benefits in manufacturing, services, and information technology have gone overseas at full-throttle pace in the past several decades. This has decimated America’s middle class, and in it’s wake has set off a chain reaction of problems for the country as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »

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Labor Day: 90 Million Americans Without Jobs; 36% Of the Population

2nd September 2013

(SHTFPlan) – This weekend President Obama delivered his weekly radio address commemorating the Labor Day weekend:

Over the past four and a half years, we’ve fought our way back from the worst recession of our lifetimes. And thanks to the grit and resilience of the American people, we’ve begun to lay a foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth.

Except like everything else coming out of Washington, President Obama loaded his speech with platitudes and wishful thinking, failing to mention the reality of what’s happening in our economy – and especially our labor force. Read the rest of this entry »

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100 Million Americans Without Jobs

29th May 2012

(BusinessInsider) – The national unemployment rates gets lots of attention, and lately more attention has been paid to the workforce participation rate since more Americans have given up looking for a job, but we can also see that an astounding 100 million Americans don’t have jobs.

Specifically, these are people who are part of the civilian over-16 non-institutional population who are either unemployed or not part of the workforce. According to the April jobs report, the number of jobless American stood at 100.9 million. Read the rest of this entry »

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95 Percent Of The Jobs Lost During The Recession Were Middle Class Jobs

3rd May 2012

(EconomicCollapse) – Who is the biggest loser in the ongoing decline of the U.S. economy?  Is it the wealthy?  No, the stock market has been soaring lately and their incomes are actually going up.  Is it the poor?  Well, the poor are definitely hurting very badly, but when you don’t have much to begin with you don’t have much to lose.  Unfortunately, it is the middle class that has lost the most during this economic downturn.  Read the rest of this entry »

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10 More Years in Afghanistan for US: 1 in 2 New US Graduates are Jobless or Underemployed – Brian Romanoff

25th April 2012

(NorCalTruth) – In news that should have been, the US and Afghanistan have reached a new deal for the taxpayers of many countries, pledging at least 10 more years of “support.”

The actual text of the agreement has not been released, however the NY Times reports that the agreement will cover concepts such as “..economic development, institution building… and regional security.” The agreement was called “sweeping by design, with few details to bog down negotiators” by the New York Times. Few details and a sweeping design sound like something that passes 2nd grade drawing class, not geo-political planning and manipulation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Video: Shocking Facts On US Poverty – The Young Turks

28th September 2010

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Video: Jobs Data and Why Americans Should Trust Krugman, Bernanke, and Our Government

3rd September 2010

(InflationUS) – Read the rest of this entry »

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Video: Freedom Watch August 13, 2010

14th August 2010

(Fox) – Judge Andrew Napolitano with Lou Dobbs, Walter Williams and Tom Palmer – Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Thousands Of Police Layoffs Unleash Chaos And Anarchy Across America?

16th July 2010

(EconomicCollapse) – Thousands of police officers have been laid off all across America since the current economic crisis began.  Thousands more are getting ready to be laid off.  So could we be on the verge of a new era of chaos and anarchy in America as crime runs wild and there are just far too few police to respond to it all?  That is the message that one blood-smeared billboard in Stockton, California is trying to get across.  Paid for by the Stockton, California police union, the message of the billboard is chillingly clear: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”  As state, city and local governments across the United States continue to be devastated by the ongoing economic crisis, budget cuts are becoming much deeper and police forces have suddenly become a very popular target. Read the rest of this entry »

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Economy

4th July 2010

(Independent) – How Goldman gambled on starvation

By now, you probably think your opinion of Goldman Sachs and its swarm of Wall Street allies has rock-bottomed at raw loathing. You’re wrong. There’s more. It turns out that the most destructive of all their recent acts has barely been discussed at all. Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Britain facing £5.5 billion EU sanction

Britain could face sanctions costing the taxpayer £5.5 billion if it fails to meet spending targets set by a new EU “economic government”, under European Commission proposals. Read More Here

(PressTV) – ‘Corporates may cause rise in hunger’

Economic moves by major investment firms like Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Deutsche Bank may cause a rise in hunger, according to a leading economist.

Professor Jayati Ghosh of the Centre for Economic Studies in New Delhi made the remarks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Toronto last week, The Independent reported on Friday. Read More Here

(NYTimes) – Robert Prechters Market Forecast Says “Take Cover”

A proponent of the Elliott Wave theory for market forecasting sees trouble ahead: a slide worse than the Great Depression or the Panic of 1873. Read More Here

(Telegraph) – The latest threat to the global recovery: state capitalism

Stated in one bald paragraph it sounds a little apocalyptic. But Ian Bremmer, the highly respected author who is president of the Eurasia Group in the United States, makes a compelling case. The financial crisis has left Western capitalism nervous and risk averse, constantly under attack from a body politic keen to take advantage of public anger over the events of 2007 and 2008. Issues like the control of the banking system, remuneration and the failure of so much of the financial sector, whether Northern Rock, Lehman Brothers, AIG or Royal Bank of Scotland, has created a fundamental crisis in confidence. Read More Here

(StopCartel) – Economic, Crisis, Greek Theater, Our Drama – Read More Here

(FinanceMyMoney) – California budget nightmare – in 1970 California took in 28 percent of state revenues from personal income taxes. Today, the state pulls in 52 percent from personal income taxes. Massive shift to service oriented state – Read More Here

(PressTV) – UK mulling food vouchers distribution

The unemployed whose benefits have been cut off by government will receive food vouchers by charities supported by the government to make up for the cuts in welfare spending. Read More Here

(PressTV) – ‘US facing Soviet-like disintegration’

A senior Iranian lawmaker, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, has warned the US of imminent collapse, saying its approaches bring to mind soviet policies before disintegration.
“America’s conduct toward the world bears great resemblance to that of the Soviet Union before its disintegration,” Fars News Agency quoted the head of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission as saying on Friday. Read More Here

(NYTimes) – In Ireland, a Picture of the High Cost of Austerity

As Europe’s major economies focus on belt-tightening, they are following the path of Ireland. But the once thriving nation is struggling, with no sign of a rapid turnaround in sight. Read More Here

(WSWS) – Sri Lankan budget imposes IMF austerity demands – Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – The U.S. Economy is Falling. Towards another Credit Collapse?

The housing market is in serious freefall with builders scheduled to increase units by 535,000 this year. As sales fall so will big bank balance sheets. That means we are facing another credit collapse. Read More Here

Video: Enough is Enough

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(YahooFinance) – Video: U.S. Economy “Is a Complete Disaster”

The U.S. economy is in shambles and Americans will continue to see high unemployment and lower living standards in the years to come, Howard Davidowitz tells Henry and Aaron in the accompanying clip. – Read the rest of this entry »

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Mass Country Wide Closing and Layoffs

12th June 2010

Here are closing stores, restaurants, layoffs etc just in the last few days! I’m sure the readers here are familiar with some of these businesses. Click on the links. Comments on “Green Shoots”?

Johnnie Walker’s Men Store in Milwaukee Wisconsin
Pipkin Cameras and Imaging Store in Oklahoma City
Allain Gallery in Richmond Virginia
Stone’s Throw Golf Course in Newton Ill
Glacier Ice Arena in Grand Junction Colo.
Maumee 18 Theater in Maumee Ohio

Eccentrix in Joplin MO
The White Pine Copper Refinery
3M to Close Ardmore Plant – 125 Jobs Lost
Provincetown High School in Mass.
B&G Golf in Brookfield
Update: Taylor Sawmill in Enfield ill
Pages New and Rare Bookstore Arizona
Select Medical Corp Manchester MO Facility – 66 layoffs
Caye Upholstery, Closing 2 NC Facilities – 160 Jobs Lost
Ripley County Fair NY
Blockbuster in Oak Ridge Tenn.
The Hubbard BMV in Ohio
The Golden Corral Buffet & Grill restaurant on Seminole Trail VA?
Update: Ken Lee’s Gallery 11 in Steamboat Springs

Hillsborough County FL – 200
Brown University Bookstore RI – 8
Lucas County Sheriff’s Office OH – 16
La. Department of Education – 31
Exempla Healthcare – 100 Position from Hospitals in Denver
Boeing – Lost of Constellation Funding Could = 180 Layoffs
City of Romulus – 32 Layoff Notices
Burke County Public Schools NC -  70
Middleboro School District – 30
Marian Community Hospital – 26
Cinram – 482
The Siena Hotel Spa Casino in Reno – Eliminating Table Games = 35 Layoffs

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MSM: Antidepressant use rises as recession feeds wave of worry

12th June 2010

(Guardian) – The number of antidepressants prescribed by the NHS has almost doubled in the last decade, and rose sharply last year as the recession bit, figures reveal.

The health service issued 39.1m prescriptions for drugs to tackle depression in England in 2009, compared with 20.1m in 1999 – a 95% jump. Doctors handed out 3.18m more prescriptions last year than in 2008, almost twice the annual rise seen in preceding years, according to previously unpublished statistics released by the NHS’s Business Services Authority.

The increase is thought to be due in part to improved diagnosis, reduced stigma around mental ill-health and rising worries about jobs and finances triggered by the economic downturn. Read More Here

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Economy

3rd June 2010

(ZeroHedge) – The WSJ’s Hit Piece On Gold – Tyler Durden – Read More Here

(GoldScents) – ENDING PHASE?

I have to wonder, are we entering the ending phase of this cyclical bull?

For sometime now I’ve noticed the similarities between the `02-`07 cyclical bull and what we’ve experienced since March of last year. The one difference is that this time we’ve truncated the middle phase of the bull. I suspect that was a direct result of the massive liquidity Bernanke … and all central banks have pumped into the system. Read More Here

(InterForecaster) – Deflationary Depression and Purging To Come – Bob Chapman

We believe an inflationary depression began in February of 2009, and little has changed. Since then factory output has increased, as have inventories and other outward signs, such as retail sales. We believe that one-year spurt is ending, unless a new stimulus program is put in place. This past week we saw a $78 billion addition to unemployment benefits and Larry Summers has said they need an additional $200 billion. In order to keep the economy going sideways a total of another $800 billion will be needed. Read More Here

(KUT) – State Business Tax Receipts Down

RJ DeSilva with the State Comptroller’s Office says new figures show a ten percent decline from last year. Read More Here

(TimesOnline) – UK Welfare State = Family Breakdown, Emasculated Men – Read More Here

(WSWS) – Europe’s media warn of global social unrest – Read More Here

(ClickOrlando) – Want Ad: Unemployed Need Not Apply

Job hunters are facing a new trend: businesses asking recruitment companies to keep unemployed people out of their job pools. Read More Here

REPOST – (RawStory) – Goldman Sachs sold $250 million of BP stock before spill

Firm’s stock sale nearly twice as large as any other institution; Represented 44 percent of total BP investment Read More Here

(CityWire) – Why Rothschilds is piling into gold – Read More Here

(Money&Markets) – RED ALERT: Get out of vulnerable stocks IMMEDIATELY!

You don’t have much time.

A Dow meltdown is imminent, and if you want to protect yourself from losses, it’s time to get out of the vulnerable stocks in your portfolio — immediately. In this special edition, I will explain why. Read More Here

(BizJournals) – Hawaii bankruptcy filings up 34.4% – Read More Here

(Telegraph) – EU plans green taxes to cut debt – Read More Here

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Economy

17th May 2010

(TheStar) – European debt fears batter TSX

Fears that the effects of a government debt crisis could push Europe into a severe economic downturn sent the Toronto stock market tumbling Monday. Read More Here

(ComedyCentral) – Video: The Daily Show with John Stewart on Hoarders – Video Link Here

U.S. Debt Clock – View Clock Here

(ChartingStocks) – Why Gold And The Dollar Are BOTH Rising

An unusual dynamic has taken shape over the last few months – Both the US Dollar and Gold have been rising together. Normally, such a movement would seem counter intuitive as Gold is a commodity and commodities tend to move in the opposite direction of the US dollar. Read More Here

(FT) – Financial Crises Getting Worse Worldwide

The pace and severity of financial crises has taken an ominous turn for the worse. Over the past 30 years, a crisis has occurred, on average, every three years. Yet, now, only 18 months after the meltdown of late 2008, Europe’s sovereign debt crisis has hit with full force. With one crisis seemingly begetting another, and the fuse between crises now getting shorter and shorter, the world economy is on a very treacherous course. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Sears and Kmart to offer cash-for-gold service

Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD.O), which expanded its layaway program to help cash-strapped consumers pay for purchases during the recession, is now helping its customers exchange their jewelry for cash as gold prices soar. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – `There’s No Money Left,’ U.K. Minister Learns From Predecessor

Arriving for work at the U.K. Treasury last week, the incoming chief secretary, David Laws, found a note from his predecessor, Liam Byrne, offering advice on the job.
“Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left,” Laws cited it as saying. Read More Here

Implode-O-Meter: Vicious Cycle – View Meter Here

(Bloomberg) – ‘There’s No Money Left,’ U.K. Minister Learns

Arriving for work at the U.K. Treasury last week, the incoming chief secretary, David Laws, found a note from his predecessor, Liam Byrne, offering advice on the job.

“Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left,” Laws cited it as saying.

“Which was honest,” Laws, whose position is the No. 2 in the Treasury after the chancellor of the exchequer, told a press conference in London today. “But slightly less than I was expecting.”

The note underscores the task facing Britain’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition as it seeks to reconcile demand for improved health and education services with promises to reduce the largest budget deficit since World War II. Read More Here

(May 16) – Video: Alex Breaks Down “Death of The Middle Class” on Alex Jones Tv Sunday Editon

Alex breaks down the international banking cartels continued plunder of the middle class here in america and how far they will go. – Part 1 Here Part 2 Here

(TimesOnline) – Germans lose faith in EU

The multi-billion-euro payout for Greece, followed by an even more expensive rescue package for the threatened single currency, has created the greatest political climate change in a generation. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Stocks, Euro Plunge on Concern Austerity Plans to Curb Recovery

Asian stocks fell the most in almost six months, led by the Shanghai Composite Index’s 5 percent plunge, the euro dropped to its lowest against the dollar since 2006 and the cost of insuring bonds from default jumped on concern European austerity measures will derail the recovery. Read More Here

(PaulWatson) – Financial Terrorists Want Global Currency, Global Central Bank

During a recent speech at a conference of elitists in Zurich Switzerland, IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn called for the introduction of a global currency backed by a global central bank which would act as the “lender of last resort” in the event of a severe economic crisis, which would represent another lurch towards fascist centralization of power by financial terrorists busy exploiting the fiscal chaos they created in order to impose world government.

Stating that “crisis is an opportunity,” Strauss-Kahn said that globalists should exploit the financial chaos plaguing the world in order to push for “a new global currency issued by a global central bank”. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Germans Fantasize About New Rich-Nation Currency Bloc That Doesn’t Even Include France

Tonight’s must-read comes from Ambrose-Evans Pritchard at The Telegraph who offers some clear views on why the EU’s big shock & awe rescue plan is not having its desired result — why it hasn’t fully instilled confidence. Read More Here

(EconomicCollapseBlog) – The Extreme Frustration Of Unemployed Americans

When Barack Obama visited Buffalo recently, he was greeted by a billboard advertisement with a very pointed message about unemployment. In just a few words it summarized the frustrations of an entire region. The billboard along I-190 had this very simple message for Obama: ”Dear Mr. President, I need a freakin job. Period. Sincerely, inafj.org.” As word about this billboard got out, it quickly made headlines all over the United States. Why? Well, the truth is that millions of hard working Americans are extremely frustrated about their lack of work right now. When you don’t have a job and you can’t provide for your family, very little else seems to matter. In fact, according to a recent Gallup poll, unemployment is now the second most important issue to American voters. The number one issue is the economy. Read More Here

(AFP) – Euro rescue package ‘just buys time’: Merkel

A trillion-dollar package to shore up ailing eurozone economies merely buys time until the deficits of certain members of the 16-member zone are cleaned up, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday. Read More Here

(SilverBearCafe) – Rigging the Markets – How They Do It

While the rest of the financial world struggles, it might seem strange that four of the largest US banks have made record profits this past quarter – and not just on average, but every single trading day. Too good to be true? Indeed. Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – Detroit’s Unemployment Rate Is Nearly 50%, According to the Detroit News

As many have noted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which culls federal unemployment data, does not account for all of the jobless in its widely-quoted national unemployment figures. Among those omitted: part-time workers who are looking for full-time jobs and frustrated job seekers who abandon their job search altogether. Read More Here

(BeverlyHillsCourier) – Flood Of Calif. Businesses Abandon State

Numerous California businesses are packing up their bags and trading in the blue skies and hot weather to head east.

The Courier obtained a copy of the businesses leaving California this year. They are: Read More Here

(SKOptionsTrading) – Where next for Gold?

So far in 2010, all eyes in the gold market have been looking up at $1225 wondering whether gold get back to that all time high? Now that question has been answered yet another arises, where next for gold? Read More Here

(SteveWatson) – Video: Ron Paul – Those Who Voted Against Audit The Fed Will Pay The Price

Texas Congressman Ron Paul appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box earlier today to discuss the financial crisis and his ongoing effort to audit the Federal Reserve.

Paul, speaking publicly for the first time since the Senate passed a watered down version of his HR1207 amendment to fully audit the Fed, said that those who had essentially voted for more Fed power would see repercussions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Economy

1st May 2010

(Cato@Liberty) – Costly IRS Mandate Slipped into Health Bill

A few wording changes to the tax code’s section 6041 regarding 1099 reporting were slipped into the 2000-page health legislation. The changes will force millions of businesses to issue hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of additional IRS Form 1099s every year. It appears to be a costly, anti-business nightmare. Read More Here

(DailyMail) – Greek police and protesters clash as fury over economic chaos spills on to streets – Read More Here

(NYTimesBlog) – Where All That Money Went

“We’ve lost almost $11 trillion of household wealth in the last 17 or 18 months,” lamented Senator Christopher J. Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat, on last Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” as he urged Congress to proceed with speedy deliberations on a finance reform bill.
Eleven trillion dollars! That’s over three-quarters of our current gross domestic product. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Here’s Why US GDP Growth Is Unsustainable

The US turned in a fairly robust quarter in Q1 2010, with real GDP growth meeting expectations at 3.2% annualized. This comes on the back of a very robust annualized 5.6% growth in the previous quarter. This is the best growth two-quarter growth we have seen since 2003.

However, when one digs deeper, it is obvious this growth is unsustainable because it is predicated on a reduction in savings rates and a releveraging of the household sector. As a result, I expect weak GDP growth in the second half of 2010. Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – Goldman Sachs Reveals it Shorted Gulf of Mexico (SATIRE)

In what is looming as another public relations predicament for Goldman Sachs, the banking giant admitted today that it made “a substantial financial bet against the Gulf of Mexico” one day before the sinking of an oil rig in that body of water. Read More Here

(HoweStreet) – The Welfare State Meets Mathematics

The simple matter is that many nations have been living beyond their means and investors are beginning to doubt governments are good credit risks. That’s saying something, when governments can simply confiscate from the public the money needed to pay bond holders. But debt-to-GDP levels are now so high across the Western world that bond investors (and ratings agencies) are having serious doubts. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – With $2 Trillion In 3 Year Funding Needs By the PIIGS, The IMF Is Helpless To Do Anything But Sit Back And Watch

Total PIIGS funding needs (defined as the sum of debt maturities and budget deficits) over the next 3 years amount to $2 trillion. Total PIIGS funding needs in 2010 alone amount to $600 billion. Total IMF bail out capacity: around $700 billion. Sorry – it simply does not compute.

Below is a table summarizing the funding needs of just the PIIGS. Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – If We Broke Up Standard Oil, We Can Break Up the Giant Banks – Read More Here

(BizJournals) – Honolulu foreclosures soar 123% in Q1 – Read More Here

(CNBC) – Spain Jobless Rate Surpasses 20%

Spain’s jobless rate has surpassed 20 percent for the first time since 1997, the government said Friday as it offered more dismal news for a recession-plagued economy that is being dragged into Europe’s debt crisis. Read More Here

(BizJournals) – Florida has highest private student loan delinquency rate – Read More Here

(MercuryNews) – San Jose council cuts its own pay 10 percent

The city is trying to close a record $116 million operating deficit for the upcoming budget year and hundreds of layoffs are anticipated. Read More Here

(BizJournals) – Report: Tech industry dumps 246,000 jobs in 2009

The job losses likely will be much higher in the 2011 report (which will have 2009 state stats) reflecting the full weight of the recession. Read More Here

(knightNews) – UCF Tuition and Fees Could Soar 23% Combined Under Legislative Deal

State lawmakers gave the greenlight for the University of Central Florida and other state schools to hike fees by 15 percent and raise tuition by another 8 percent — while at the same time slashing funding for the Bright Futures scholarship program. Read More Here

(BizJournals) – Report: Alabama manufacturing jobs down 7% in last year – Read More Here

(AP) – Mortgage fraud incidents rise 7 pct last year

Incidents of residential mortgage fraud increased last year, a sign that scammers are still targeting the industry despite more diligent efforts to find and report such activity. Read More Here

(YouTubeVlog) – Video: Peter Schiff – How an Economy Grows & Why it Crashes Read the rest of this entry »

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Understanding Derivatives In Layman Terms

30th April 2010

An Easily Understandable Explanation of Derivative Markets.

Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Detroit. She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar. To solve this problem, she comes up with a new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed in a ledger. Read the rest of this entry »

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Economy

16th April 2010

(Vlog) – Video: Peter Schiff – Income Tax vs Consumption Tax – Video Link Here

(RevolutionaryPolitics) – Why Are Silver Sales Soaring?

The U.S. Mint just reported another record, but this time it wasn’t for gold. The Mint sold more Silver Eagles in March and in the first quarter of the year than ever before. A total of 9,023,500 American Silver Eagles were purchased in Q110, the highest amount since the coin debuted in 1986. Read More Here

(MarketWatch) – Paulson & Co. not charged in SEC suit against Goldman

Paulson & Co. became enmeshed in a Securities and Exchange Commission civil lawsuit filed Friday against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. But the hedge-fund giant wasn’t charged. Read More Here

(Breitbart) – California jobless rate swells to 12.6 percent

California’s unemployment rate hit a modern record of 12.6 percent in March, though it rose only a fraction over the previous month, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – The Economic Crisis in the UK: Inflation and Debt Default Bankruptcy – Read More Here

(RealNews) – Video: Can US Dollar Remain World’s Currency? – Video Link Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – Housing Crash Update: There’s A World of Pain Ahead – Mike Whitney

The brief period of stabilization in housing appears to be over and the next leg-down has begun. Mortgage rates are edging higher, foreclosures are on the rise, and the government programs that supported the sector, are being phased out. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Goldman Sachs Sued by SEC for Fraud on Mortgage-Backed CDOs

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was sued by U.S. regulators for fraud tied to packaging and selling collateralized debt obligations that contributed to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Read More Here

(WRH) – Vote Fraud and the Bankruptcy of the United States

Note: This article first appeared as a post written by myself(Michael Rivero) at Free Republic in late 2000. I was surprised to learn that it was copied re-posted at dozens of sites around the world. So, it seems only fitting that the article should re-appear here on my own web site. Read More Here

(MyBudget360) – The Great American Bank Heist – On the Day we Reach a Monthly Foreclosure Filing Record Banks Announce Record Profits and the Stock Market is up 80 Percent – Read More Here

(WashingtonsBlog) – Yet Another Reason To Break Up The Big Banks – Read More Here

(RawStory) – Wamu bankers sang ‘I like big bucks and I cannot lie’ before bank failed – Read More Here

Video: Ron Paul vs. Ben Bernanke at JEC Hearing April 14, 2010 – View Video Here

(Reuters) – Markets could be derailed again, warns Soros

Railway porter-turned-billionaire financier George Soros delivered a stark warning last night that the financial world is on the wrong track and that we may be hurtling towards an even bigger boom and bust than in the credit crisis. Read More Here

(CommodityOnline) – Silver prices to zoom if manipulation is proved

As the CTFC begins to investigate claims by a whistle blower that the precious metals markets have been manipulated by several large US banks, investors are left to ponder: “What will happen to silver if manipulation is found?” Can you say, payday? Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – March Foreclosures Surge To Absolute Record, At 369,491, 19% Jump from February

RealtyTrac reports the next catalyst that will surely take the Dow to 12,000 by 9:31 am tomorrow. “Foreclosure filings were reported on 367,056 properties in March, an increase of nearly 19 percent from the previous month, an increase of nearly 8 percent from March 2009 and the highest monthly total since RealtyTrac began issuing its report in January 2005.” And people were wondering where consumers get all their money from. Read More Here

(USDepartmentofLabor) – Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending April 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 484,000, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week’s unrevised figure of 460,000. The 4-week moving average was 457,750, an increase of 7,500 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 450,250. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Morgan Stanley Warns Germany May Decide To Secede From EMU

A fantastic overview of all the game theory aspects embedded in the European crisis, from Joachim Fels, head of Euro research at Morgan Stanley.

* Somewhat paradoxically, the show of solidarity for Greece by other euro area members and the ECB raises the risk that the euro will break apart eventually.
* Seceding from the euro area to devalue is very costly and risky. But seceding to revalue and introduce a harder currency is easier. Germany might opt to do so one day.
* The road to such a break-up scenario leads through even more fiscal profligacy and divergence in the euro area, a politicisation of monetary policy, and a weaker currency. Recent events suggest that the trip down this road has started.
Read More Here

(CNBC) – Video: Eric Sprott on the Economy, the Markets, and the PHYS Gold Trust Read the rest of this entry »

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If The U.S. Economy Is Experiencing A Recovery Why Does It Seem Like Things Keep Getting Worse?

11th April 2010

(EndOfTheAmericanDream) – The talking heads on all the major news shows keep telling us that the U.S. economy is experiencing a recovery.  Usually the term “recovery” is accompanied by a qualifier such as “jobless”, but they continue to use the word recovery anyway.  We are told that the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression is behind us and that the great American economic machine is roaring back to life and everything will be back to normal soon.  So why does it seem like things keep getting worse?  Why does it seem like the American Dream is out of reach for more Americans than ever?  Why does it seem like economic pain is spreading to more families and more businesses?

Well, maybe it is because things are getting worse. Read the rest of this entry »

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Video: Gerald Celente on Russia Today – Unemployment Benefits

6th April 2010

(RussiaToday) – April 6, 2010 – Gerald Celente speaks on Russia Today about Unemployment Benefits and about the two party system in America. Read the rest of this entry »

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Economy

5th April 2010

(Reuters) – EU safety net not quite enough to break Greek fall

The thing about a safety net is that it all depends where you hang it. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Office vacancy rate hits 16-year high

The U.S. office vacancy rate in the first quarter reached its highest level in 16 years, but the decline in rents eased and crept closer to stabilization, according to a report by real estate research firm Reis Inc. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Crisis of the Global Economy: Trade Conflicts and “Fair Trade”

Trade is now a favorite topic for many politicians and the media, especially between China and the U.S. Likewise, labor and progressive groups continue to delve deeper into trade issues, offering a variety of working class solutions. The far right, too, is obsessed with trade, using it to fuel nationalism and anti-China sentiment. No subject is prone to so much demagoguery combined with so little explanation.
Before one can offer a vision of “fair trade,” it’s helpful to understand what “trade” is. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – The Greek Financial Crisis and the European Timetable

Now that the Lisbon Treaty of 2009 is behind us, after it was forced through Ireland, after the Irish were told to keep voting on this until they said “yes”; now the European Union moves on to the next item on its timetable. The next step is to create a centralized Ministry in Brussels for Finance and Taxation, thereby further eroding the diminishing national sovereignty of the now twenty-seven member states; and what better way to do this than to organize a specific potshot against the little country of Greece? Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Imminent Dangers of Stagflation: U.S. Economic Policies Fail to Avert Hyperinflation

The United States send weak economic signals insufficient for a meaningful and sustainable economic expansion required to gain back confidence of national and foreign investors, futureofdollar.com finds in the present research. Political decision-making process is paralyzed by numerous disabilities, while external market constraints obstruct economic recovery. Stagflation is an imminent danger. Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – What The Top U.S. Companies Pay In Taxes

As you work on your taxes this month, here’s something to raise your hackles: Some of the world’s biggest, most profitable corporations enjoy a far lower tax rate than you do–that is, if they pay taxes at all. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Fed Still Fighting Over Whether The Problem Is Inflation Or Deflation

The Federal Reserve can’t make up its mind what the problem is. Specifically, it can’t agree on whether to fight inflation or deflation. So don’t expect any violent moves anytime soon. Read More Here

(WashingtonPost) – U.S. government a big commercial real estate player

Evidence of the federal government’s growing influence on Washington area commercial real estate is illustrated in big deals it is working on both sides of the table: auctioning a 127,000-square-foot Bethesda building previously occupied by the National Institutes of Health and moving to snatch up vast spaces in buildings on the private market that have been vacant for months. Read More Here

(WSJ) – Bank of Mom and Dad Shuts Amid White-Collar Struggle – Read More Here

(SilverBearCafe) – Will fraud lift gold prices to $10,000/ounce?

After the sub-prime catastrophe in banking and realty sector, which led to the global recession in 2008-09, it is the turn of bullion markets now. – Read More Here

(Gallup) – Underemployment Rises to 20.3% in March

Gallup Daily tracking finds that 20.3% of the U.S. workforce was underemployed in March — a slight uptick from the relatively flat January and February numbers. Read More Here

(InternationalForecaster) – The Smoke and Mirrors Economy – Bob Chapman

We have an economy run on smoke and mirrors, based on the manipulation of markets. That was accomplished via the executive order signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 in the aftermath of the stock market collapse of October 19, 1987, known as the “President’s Working Group on Financial markets.” This order intended to be implemented during emergencies has been used to manipulate markets worldwide 24/7. Read More Here

(CNN) – Unemployment Benefits Expire for Thousands

Extended unemployment benefits will temporarily expire for thousands of Americans on Monday because the Senate went on its spring recess without approving a one-month deadline extension. Read More Here

(MSN) – Inflation warning etched in steel

Pretend it’s 1933, as so many in the deflation camp think it is or soon will be (at least from the price-of-everything standpoint). If last Wednesday you reached for a copy of that day’s Financial Times, would you have expected to see the following headline — “Steel prices set to soar: Everyday goods will cost more” — in large print above the fold?

I don’t think so. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Oil hits 18-month high on economic outlook

U.S. crude futures hit an 18-month high on Monday, climbing toward $86 per barrel on expectations of faster-than-expected economic recovery and increasing demand for fuel. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – The Scariest Jobs Chart Ever (Another View)

Here’s another view of what we’ve been calling the “Scariest Jobs Chart Ever.” It’s from Calculated Risk, and it shows the percent of job losses since the peak for all the post-war recessions. Read More Here

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What Do the New Unemployment Numbers Mean?

3rd April 2010

(WashingtonsBlog) – What do the new BLS numbers - 162,000 nonfarm jobs added in March – mean?

Barry Ritholtz provides a very useful summary: Read the rest of this entry »

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Economy

26th March 2010

(ZeroHedge) – Video: ECU Group’s Philip Manduca “We Are At A Tipping Point” And The Only Thing That May Save The Euro Is A Collapse Of The US

For once, some actually good insight from a CNBC guest. Philip Manduca, Head of Investment of the ECU Group, discusses Greece and the very severe implications of what the final outcome will look like. “Trichet said the Greeks are crooks, and they’ve been lying about the numbers. There is a deeply embedded corruption within the Eurozone. Combined with the endemic European socialism and there is just no way you are going to get spending cuts and tax raises and maintain a GDP that makes any sense of the percentage aspect of debt to GDP. So the whole show is wrong. This is an intractable situation, this is going to continue on and on. The onle hope for the Eurozone, and the Euro as a currency, is that sameone takes the spotlight soon, and that may be the United States.” Watch the rest as Philip’s perspective is spot on…Not to mention that he sees gold as the only alternative to the fiat bonfire soon to engulf the western world. – Video Link Here

(MarketWatch) – Goldman Sachs’ Hu may join China central bank

Fred Hu, an investment banker with Goldman Sachs Group Inc.  is likely to take up a senior post at China’s central bank after formally stepping down from the Wall Street firm in April, the state-run China Daily said Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. Read More Here

(SeattleTimes) – Columbia Center misses mortgage payment

The owner of the Northwest’s tallest building, the 76-story Columbia Center, missed a mortgage payment this month, providing fresh evidence of the troubles facing downtown Seattle office landlords. Read More Here

(WTNH) – Marlin Firearms closing, 265 laid off

Employees at Marlin Firearms in North Haven just got word late Thursday afternoon that they will be losing their jobs in the next 18 months. Read More Here

(MailOnline) – Economic power grab by EU: Plan to control Britain’s economy as Europe bails out Greece

European leaders have launched an audacious bid to create an ‘economic government of the EU’ – even as they were forced to go cap in hand to the International Monetary Fund for a £20 billion bailout of debt-stricken Greece. Read More Here

(SunSentinel) – Florida unemployment hit record 12.2 percent in February

Florida’s unemployment hit 12.2 percent in February, the highest rate on record, soaring past even the rates recorded in the 1973-1975 recession, the state work force agency said Friday Read More Here

(SJ-R) – State Police plan massive layoffs, HQ closures

The Illinois State Police will lay off more than 460 troopers and close five regional headquarters by this fall, acting State Police director Jonathon Monken said Tuesday. Read More Here

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Economy

24th March 2010

(WSJ) – U.S. Is Riskier Than Euro Zone; So Says CDS Market

Something troubling has occurred in the market for default protection on the debt of the world’s biggest borrower. Read More Here

(WSJ) – Treasurys Sink After Poor Sale

Treasury prices fell hard after a poor five-year auction that escalated concerns about the government’s ability to sell its massive amounts of debt. Read More Here

(KCTV5) – Folger’s To Close KC Coffee Plant

The J.M. Smucker Company announced Wednesday it will close its Kansas City Folger’s Coffee plant in the summer of 2012. Read More Here

(RussiaToday) – Video: Lehman Brothers: Warehouse for junk loans – View Video Here

(TheSun) – CHANCELLOR Alistair Darling has delivered his last crucial budget — and plunged the country further into debt. – Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – JP Morgan Paid $1.9 Billion For Washington Mutual And Now It Wants A $1.4 Billion Tax Refund

JPMorgan Chase is negotiating with the FDIC for a tax refund related to its acquisition of Washington Mutual that could amount to $1.4 billion, The Wall Street Journal is reporting this morning Read More Here

(DailyTelegraph) – Gordon Brown told to explain why he sold Britain’s gold reserves

Gordon Brown has been ordered to release information before the general election about his controversial decision to sell Britain’s gold reserves. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Poll Reveals Americans Hate Wall Street

Americans are leery about creating a new federal agency to make consumer-protection rules for mortgages and credit cards and would prefer to enhance the existing powers of banking regulators. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – States Sue Over Overhaul That Will Bust State Budgets

President Barack Obama faces a fight over the health-care overhaul from states that sued today because the legislation’s expansion of Medicaid imposes a fiscal strain on their cash-strapped budgets. Read More Here

(WallStreetJournal) – Economic Stimulus Bill May Give J.P. Morgan a Tax Refund of $1.4 Billion

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is nearing a deal that would allow it to benefit from a tax refund of as much as $1.4 billion, becoming the latest company to tap a little-noticed plank in an economic stimulus bill. Read More Here

(GlobalResearch) – Social Inequality in America: Widening Income Disparities

The “aristocracy of our moneyed incorporations” has never conceded a thing, not even to suppress a revolt. This “opulent minority” does not “give” what it does not intend to begin to claw back with its cold, non-living corporate “hand” before the ink is dry on the signatures on treaties, the Fourteenth Amendment, even the New Deal, perhaps the greatest bowl of gruel ever cooked up by an oligarchy. Read More Here

(EpochTimes) – Most Japanese Airports in Debt, Face Closure

The majority of Japanese airports are facing serious financial problems and may be forced to close unless they attract more passengers, according to a Japanese Ministry of Transport survey, reports the Japan Times. Read More Here

(FinancialArmageddon) – Is the stock market being manipulated?

Larry Doyle, a long-time Wall Street veteran and publisher of the Sense on Cents blog, hosts a Sunday night show, “No Quarter Radio’s Sense on Cents with Larry Doyle,” on Blog Talk Radio. In this week’s edition, which features an interview with Phil Davis of Phil’s Stock World, Larry raises a question that a few of us, who are amazed at and unsettled by the willingness of investors to throw caution to the wind and repeat the mistakes of the past (see “Back Buying the Same Kind of Crap” for one example), have occasionally wondered about ourselves: Read More Here

(MyBudget360) – How the Middle Class Slowly Evaporated in the Last 40 Years

Loss of Manufacturing, Bank Deregulation, Hyper Consumption, and Short-term Profit Seeking from Wall Street Read More Here

(DailyBell) – Global Economy Spins Out of Control? – Read More Here

(Spiegel) – German Shipping Faces Wave of Financing Problems

As recently as 2008, container ships were transporting record amounts of products across the world’s oceans. Now, many German shipping companies are struggling to pay for the vessels they ordered during the boom. Their banks could be in trouble, too. Read More Here

(CSPAN) – Video: Ron Paul Vs Tiny Tim Geithner-You Got Us In A Bigger Mess – View Video Here

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Economy

22nd March 2010

(Bloomberg) – Obama Pays More Than Buffett as U.S. Risks AAA Rating (Update3)

The bond market is saying that it’s safer to lend to Warren Buffett than Barack Obama. Read More Here

(ZeroHedge) – Underemployment At Record 20% According To Gallup

Just in case anyone needed confirmation that the DOL data is just a little, how should we say it, cooked, here comes Gallup with their March 15 undermployment number, which just hit a 2010, and series, high of 20%. Read More Here

(NYTimes) – A Ruinous Meltdown

A story that is not getting nearly enough attention is the ruinous fiscal meltdown occurring in state after state, all across the country. Read More Here

Video: Gerald Celente Interview by Helen Skopis of Athens International Radio – Audio Link Here

(ZeroHedge) – “Passage Of The Healthcare Bill Means The Double-Dip Is Coming” – Market Insight From Permabull Jim Cramer Who Just Turned Bearish – Tyler Durden

Jim Cramer may be in hot water with the SEC over his theStreet.com, and he may be a mouthpiece for the biggest ponzi enabling organization the developed world has ever seen, however, he did have some interesting and spot-on observations on the just passed health care bill. In a nutshell, and for once we agree with Cramer, if futures are not limit down right now, it is because of the same bidding hand that has kept the market going straight up at a 30 degree angle for the past year. Read More Here

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Video: That Is Immoral! That Is Wrong! Sen Sanders

17th March 2010

(CSPAN) – March 16, 2010 Read the rest of this entry »

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Economy

25th February 2010

(CNN) – Jobless claims up 12% in past 2 weeks

The number of Americans filing for initial unemployment insurance surged to just below the 500,000 level last week, and have climbed more than 12% over the past two weeks, the government said Thursday. Read More Here

(HuffingtonPost) – The IMF Destroys Iceland and Latvia

The International Monetary Fund operates primarily as a banker bailout machine. They cajole and tempt and confuse and threaten the leaders of governments worldwide to pay off the failed bets of the big bankers using the taxpayer funds of their countries. This has been going on a long time, at least since the early 1980s. Read More Here

(Fox) – New Jobless Claims Jumped to 496,000 as Heavy Snow Caused Rise in Layoffs

In addition, many state agencies in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions that process the claims were closed due to the storms and are now clearing out backlogs, a Labor Department analyst said. Read More Here

(SeekingAlpha) – Something Very Strange Is Happening With Treasuries

There are times in life when one witnesses something so outside the scope of normal experience, that at first you don’t see it. Read More Here

(SydneyMorningHerald) – British lender RBS plans huge bonuses despite losses

Losses at Royal Bank of Scotland narrowed sharply last year, the state-rescued lender said Thursday as it prepared to dish out bonuses reportedly totalling 1.6 billion pounds (1.8 billion euros, 2.4 billion US dollars). Read More Here

(Reuters) – EMU could collapse if one member defaults -Germany

A debt default by one euro zone member could end the single currency union but this is unlikely, the head of the German debt management agency said on Thursday. Read More Here

(Reuters) – Tax officials caught over unpaid fines

There were some embarrassed faces at Bulgaria’s tax office on Thursday after an investigation found more than 400 tax inspectors had failed to pay their traffic fines. Read More Here

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Wall Street Oligarchy and American Empire

25th February 2010

(Infowars) – Citibank’s recent announcement that it may require seven days notice prior to honoring withdrawals is just the latest small brushstroke on a much larger canvas being painted by the banking system and the US government.  The broader picture is shocking for those watching as it comes into view.  Americans must heed Martin Luther King’s warning, “today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Real, Uglier American Unemployment

20th February 2010

(GlobalResearch) – Can you trust national averages? As bad as the jobless data you hear are, you have not been told the whole truth. If you think the terrible impact of America ’s Great Recession is shown by an official unemployment rate of about 10 percent, think again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Economy

9th February 2010

(CNN) – Unemployment taxes slam businesses

Employers are getting hit with a massive tax hike at a time when they can least afford it. Read More Here

(ABC) – Australia close to defaulting on debts: Joyce

Opposition finance spokesman Barnaby Joyce is courting controversy again, warning that Australia is getting to the point where it will not be able to repay its overseas debt. Read More Here

(WSJ) – No Exit in Sight for U.S. As Fannie, Freddie Flail

When Charles E. Haldeman Jr. became Freddie Mac’s chief executive officer in August, the ailing housing-finance giant had already consumed $51 billion of government money to stay afloat. It’s likely to need even more. Read More Here

(ABC) – Job Openings Plunged by One-Quarter Last Year

Finding a job got much tougher last year, as the number of available openings fell by nearly one quarter. Read More Here

(OpEdNews) – Globalization Is Killing The Globe: Return to Local Economies

Globalization is killing Europe, just as it’s already wiped out much of the American middle class. Read More Here

(PressTV) – Germany’s exports in 2009 tumbled 18.4%

Germany’s economy has received another blow as new data show the country’s merchandise exports fell 18.4% in 2009, the sharpest decline in decades. Read More Here

(Guardian) – Thousands to lose jobs as universities prepare to cope with cuts

Universities across the country are preparing to axe thousands of teaching jobs, close campuses and ditch courses to cope with government funding cuts, the Guardian has learned. Read More Here

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Economy

5th February 2010

Secret summit of top bankers

THE world’s top central bankers began arriving in Australia yesterday as renewed fears about the strength of the global economic recovery gripped world share markets. Read More Here

(Pravda) – Paulson and US Collapse, Lets Blame It On Russia, We Do Everything Else

It’s good to see that US officials and former officials continue acting to par, God forbid they actually shock us and change their stripes. The latest tripe out of the mouths of the mega corrupted and their hand picked puppets is Henry Paulson’s tripe about Russia trying to collapse the US economic bubble and that being the reason that the US is now down on its luck. Read More Here

(JBS) – Ending the Government Monopoly on Currency

The legal tender laws of the United States are found in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution and grant power to Congress to “coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures.” Nothing more. Read More Here

(WSJ) – ‘Fear Gauge’ Spikes 20%

The so-called fear gauge jumped nearly 20% as stocks took a tumble and looked ready to close at their lowest point of the year. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – 824,000 Jobs will Disappear on February 5th – Read More Here

(BusinessDay) – Warning of Greek crisis spreading across EU

THE Greek debt crisis has spread to Spain and Portugal in a dangerous escalation as global markets test whether Europe is willing to shore up monetary union with muscle rather than mere words. Read More Here

(Reuters) – U.S. commercial property prices hit new cycle low

U.S. commercial real estate prices fell 4.9 percent in the fourth quarter, setting a new low for the current downturn, according to a leading property index released on Friday. Read More Here

(FoxBusiness) – TrimTabs Estimates Take-Home Pay of All Taxpayers in 2009 Plunged $800 Billion, or 12%, While Value of U.S. Stocks Surged $3.5 Trillion, or 27

TrimTabs Investment Research estimated today that the take-home pay of all taxpayers in 2009 plunged $800 billion, or 12%, to $5.8 trillion. Meanwhile, the market value of all U.S. stocks rose $3.5 trillion, or 27%, to $16 trillion. Read More Here

(Fortune) – Next in line for a bailout: Social Security

Don’t look now. But even as the bank bailout is winding down, another huge bailout is starting, this time for the Social Security system. Read More Here

Obama’s Budget Would Increase Penalties Five-Fold on Tax Protesters

Under current law, the willful failure to pay taxes is a misdemeanor. You could go to jail for up to a year and pay a maximum fine of $25K (for individuals, $100K for corporations) for each year you fail to file a return. There is a proposal in the new budget to increase the penalty for repeated failure to file a tax return: Read More Here

(ToledoBlade) – Ohio state income tax off $97.7M

For the first time since the state enacted its two-year budget in July after dramatically lowering its revenue expectations, tax coffers contain less than the amount officials had projected at this point. Read More Here

(IndyStar) – State revenue is $74.8M off forecast

Groundhog Day may have already passed, but it doesn’t feel like it in Gov. Mitch Daniels’ second-floor Statehouse office. Read More Here

(ETFGuide) – Real Unemployment 18 Percent – Will Stocks Falter?

The unemployment picture painted by today’s jobs report headlines is much rosier than reality. Yet, the Dow broke below 10,000 for the first time in months. The real unemployment number reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is much higher and scarier than they want you to believe. What’s next? Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Fears of ‘Lehman-style’ tsunami as crisis hits Spain and Portugal

The Greek debt crisis has spread to Spain and Portugal in a dangerous escalation as global markets test whether Europe is willing to shore up monetary union with muscle rather than mere words. Read More Here

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