A well written piece on the necessity for an new Glass-Staegall……
9 August 2013
8 August 2013
Now that I have vented about the Clintons let’s move on to other issues……….
We all have heard the stories about embassy closings or RNC picking a pathetic battle with MSM, of course there will always bee a NSA story and a Obama scare story….but there were other stories that need our attention……but for some reason the MSM does not like these….
1. Over 200 arrested at anti-Chevron protest: More than 200 people were arrested outside of a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, one year after a pipeline leak sparked a major fire at the facility.
2. Extreme heat is killing off thousands of fish in Alaska: Water temperatures reached 80 degrees in some parts of Alaska, prompting mass die-offs of salmon and trout.
3. Maine’s lobster boom, and why experts predict a dramatic bust: Maine’s lobstermen are enjoying a record catch, but it may be short-lived thanks to climate change.
4. Florida will hold hearings on its “Stand Your Ground” law this Fall: After weeks of protests by activists, Florida’s state legislature will hold hearings on its infamous “Stand Your Ground” laws sometime this fall.
5. NRA board member Ted Nugent: Trayvon Martin got what he deserved: Referring to the teenager as bloodthirsty “wannabe gangsta,” the conservative musician said that Martin “got justice.”
6. What you need to know about the closings of U.S. diplomatic facilities: Dozens of U.S. embassies across the world have been temporarily closed. Here’s what you need to know about why that is and what it means for the debates over diplomatic safety and privacy vs. security. (This one made the nightly news….it is substance for more BS)……..The Right is stroking put because Obama told AQ that they were listening….but ask yourself….if he had not done this and there had been another attack what would the Right hve to say? This is just too silly for the news…..
7. Spurred on by anti-abortion lawmakers, North Carolina’s Health Department is cracking down on abortion clinics: An outside investigation reveals that state lawmakers’ crusade against abortion may be directly influencing the health department’s recent flurry of clinic closures.
8. Banks continue to flout foreclosure law in Massachusetts: Wrongful foreclosures continue to plague homeowners in the state.
9. Police are seizing the property of people who have never been accused of a crime: As law enforcement officers continue to ramp up use of a controversial practice known as civil forfeiture, police are seizing cash, cars, houses, and other assets in the name of drug enforcement without ever having arrested or charged their owners with a crime.
10. Chicago cardinal pulls support from immigration groups who also back marriage equality: Cardinal Francis George says immigration groups that support marriage equality don’t “respect the teachings of the Catholic faith.”
I am open to any theory on the reason that these stories were ignored……tell me…..then we can discuss……
28 May 2013
I enjoy a good conspiracy theory as well as the next guy…..I mean we have had good ones over the years….the Grassy Knoll, all the 9/11 stuff, ancient aliens caused the plague, and so on……I’m guessing that my readers have a few that they like over others…..like I said I good conspiracy is very entertaining.
Recently, I read one that made me chuckle aloud…….
(Newser) – Forget all those complicated economic explanations. The real reason for the financial crisis was simple: Bankers were doing too much coke, says a professor and former UK government drugs adviser. The drug made bankers “overconfident,” prompting them to take “more risks,” says David Nutt. Cocaine fueled their “culture of excitement and drive and more and more and more,” he says. It’s not Nutt’s first controversial statement, the Telegraph notes: He was fired from the government after saying ecstasy and horseback riding were about even, safety-wise; he’s also claimed that alcohol is more dangerous than heroin.
I wish I could say something clever, but this is beyond lunacy……thoughts?
8 March 2013
In 2008 we had a horrible crash….an economic tsunami……and we good guy taxpayers bailed out the culprits that screwed everything up……these corporations are doing fin e now….the economy still sucks, unless you have lots of cash, and no had to pay the price for shady economic practices……the government (insert raucous laughter here) put together a bill that woiuld help to control this sort of thing from happening again….the problem is they let the companies that caused the problem write the law….in other words….IT SUCKS…IT IS IMPOTENT!
Personally, I think someone should have to pay the price for their deception and theft……
At least someone is doing something about these tools that game the economy to their benefit and never are held accountable for their crimes….yes, I said crimes!
Switzerland has gone about making the bastards pay….one way or the other……
Swiss citizens voted to impose some of the world’s strictest controls on executive pay, forcing public companies to give shareholders a binding vote on compensation, initial result projections showed.
Claude Longchamp, of pollsters Gfs Bern, told Swiss state television on Sunday early returns in a referendum showed 68 percent backed plans for shareholders to veto executive pay and for a ban on big rewards for new and departing managers.
The clear majority was unusual given fierce opposition and intense campaigning by a business lobby group, which warned the proposals will damage the country’s competitiveness and scare away international talent.
Support for the move was fired by anger over the big bonuses blamed for fuelling risky investments that nearly felled Swiss bank UBS, as well as outrage over a proposed $78m payment to outgoing Novartis chairman Daniel Vasella.
Longchamp said the public outcry last month that forced Novartis to cancel Vasella’s “golden goodbye” helped drive the campaign.
“It emotionalised and it mobilised,” he said.
Thomas Minder, the businessman-turned-politician behind the campaign, says his proposals are aimed at ending a culture of short-termism and rewards for managers of badly-run companies rather than just capping salaries.
Despite threats from some executives, Switzerland is unlikely to see an exodus of big companies, drawn to the country by low taxes, stable politics and business-friendly laws.
And companies will seek ways around the new rules to reward executives, just as banks in Europe are looking to soften the impact of a cap on bonuses for top staff agreed by European politicians on Thursday.
“If a company wants to pay a top executive 25 million, then they will find a way to do so regardless of the initiative,” Rolf Soiron, chairman of cement maker Holcim and drugs industry supplier Lonza, told the Reuters news agency before the vote.
Experts also question whether shareholders in Swiss companies will make full use of their new rights.
Of the top 100 Swiss companies, 49 already give shareholders a non-binding vote on the pay of executives. But while opposition to pay deals is on the rise, a majority of investors have never voted them down.
Swiss companies accounted for five of the top 10 best-paid chairmen in Europe in 2011, but only the heads of Novartis and Roche made it into the continent’s top 10 for chief executives.
While anger at multi-million dollar payouts for executives has spread around the globe since the financial crisis, the Swiss system of direct democracy means populist proposals have a greater chance of implementation.
Minder’s initiative forces binding votes on compensation every year as well as on board composition and would also ban bonus payments to managers if their companies are taken over.
The plan also includes possible jail sentences and fines for breaching the new rules.
While Switzerland has fared relatively well through the financial crisis, the near collapse of flagship bank UBS in 2008 stoked anger among Swiss who blamed its heavy losses on rewarding bankers to make risky bets.
Last year, more than one-third of UBS shareholders rejected the bank’s plans for executive pay, including a $4.2m signing-on fee for new German chairman Axel Weber, after a sub-par 2011 profit and a $2bn rogue trading scandal.
Now there is an idea……an idea that should be made here………but it will not…..why? Our government is owned lock, stock and barrel by these thieves…until we make them responsible for their actions we will always have these sorts of crises….since not much has changed since 2008, it is only a matter of time before we are hit again……..We must make the bastards pay!
27 March 2012
A very much appreciated reader of Info Ink is Terrance or Sibboleth Nation (go to blogroll and visit his site for a different perspective and go often) and I have been exchanging views about the high price of gas and what to do about it………
Everybody, whether left of right, has been bitching that they want solutions to the banking fiasco and for the price of high gas prices…..but are they really serious about the solutions? Or are they willing to put up with the solutions? Read on, McDuff!
During this circus we call an election cycle we keep hearing that all Americans want solutions to the problems that the country is experiencing…….a couple of the gas off the top of my head….Gas prices and banking…….these came to mind because I was watching an interview with Nevada’s babbling brook, Sharon Angel…..she was talking about the problems of her state and the country and as usual the housing, gas prices and lack of jobs is all Obama’s doing…..a typical BS answer for those with little brains and no logical thinking processes……
I tweeted that she should be asked to give how Obama was at fault for high gas prices…….of course not being one of the boys in the MSM, my question was not asked……I am positive that her answer would have been domestic drilling……….to begin with Oil Companies set the prices not the president….I will concede that banks are still stealing us blind is a bit of the Prez fault….Dodd-Frank was a toothless python……but the problems with Freddie/Fannie Mac is NOT the president’s fault…jobs… by now we all know whose fault that is……
Now let me say that if you want solutions to high gas prices and the banks there is only one answer for both problems…..and the answer will send the Right into convulsions………Nationalization!
Let’s start with gas prices………Mitt has said that one his first day of his presidency gas would be $2 a gallon….if you believe that then by all means vote for a liar….the only way for gas to come down is eliminate the profit margin and the only way to eliminate the profit margin is to nationalize the industry….any other solution is pure BS and will NEVER happen…..no matter who tells you it will.
The banking fiasco……again the only way to eliminate the boom and busts of the industry is for the government to control the industry…..and again that would be nationalization of the industry…eliminate the profits and you can eliminate the cycles of boom and bust……more regulations will not do it and less regulations will definitely NOT do it…….
The ONLY way to make good on campaign promises of cheap gas and less banking fiascoes is nationalization…..like it or not…….with out it gas prices will continue upward and banks will continue to gamble and get government money to pay their debts….bitching about it will NOT help….only one answer to make it so…..NATIONALIZATION! Yes, the other “N” word!
20 February 2012
Yes, I am talking about the crash and the ensuing recession, the unemployment, foreclosures and the tune continues…….you may know that your 401k is not worth the paper it is printed on…..but do you know just how the crash happened?
I am guessing that most Americans either do not know or maybe they just do not give a crap……but if you are truly interested in educating yourself on how you were screwed….then by all means read on…….if not then maybe a good episode of “Jersey Shore” that teaches a lot about life is on MTV….if you do not care enough to learn what happen then keep thy mouth shut when it blows up again….and make NO mistake ….IT WILL!
A very good explanation has been written by Zeus Yiamouyiannis……..
Here is how the counterfeit value derivative con works. It’s a game of “I pretend, you pretend, we all pretend, and the taxpayer will pay in the end”.
1) I’ll create an instrument, say a credit default swap (CDS), an unregulated insurance with no capital requirements, with a certain “notional” value. Notional value is just something I assign. It does not have to be attached to or backed by any real asset or actual money/principal, but I can pretend as if it is. (Notional amount.)
2) As a seller, I will just declare that this swap covers the full value X of this company, contract, etc. if credit event Y happens. I receive lucrative insurance premiums and fees for my unbacked promise. The CDS’s value is based in nothing more than my promise to pay. I don’t have to have adequate capital reserves on hand, but I can pretend as if I do perhaps with some mini-reserves based on objective-seeming risk ratios calculated by my mathematical models. (credit default swap.)
3) As a buyer, you can then buy as many of these CDS’s as you want, even for a single default. If you are really sure something is going to tank you can insure it 30 times over (or a 100 or 1,000) and get 30 (or 100 or 1,000) times the return when it goes bust! In regulated insurance it is unacceptable to insure beyond the full replacement value of the underlying asset. Not so with CDS’s. The seller has gotten 30x the premiums and the buyer gets 30x value in the event of default. As a buyer of this phony “insurance” you don’t have a stake in the affected properties, but you can essentially pretend you do.
4) As buyer and seller of CDS’s either one of us can assign our risks to a third party through another contract, and pretend as if we are covered in case our own game playing blows up in our faces. This allows us to retain even less reserve capital and spend freed-up funds on more high-risk, high-(pseudo) return speculation. (The monster that ate Wall Street.)
5) We can purchase and sell of these derivative contracts to each other at unlimited rates to generate massive volume and huge fees and profits. We can simply hyper-cycle risk and take our chunk each time.
According to the Bank of International Settlements, as of June 2011 total over-the-counter derivatives contracts have an outstanding notional value of 707.57 trillion dollars, ( 32.4 trillion dollars in CDS’s alone). Where does this kind of money come from, and what does it refer to? We don’t really know, because over-the-counter derivatives are not transparent or regulated.
The answer to your questions are not as difficult to understand as the msm and the economists want you to believe……..once you learn the facts then you can keep your bank and brokers in check….that is if you really give a crap……and Dodd-Frank is a blowjob….it does little to keep the financial sector from gaming the system again and causing another meltdown….personally, I want to see someone go to prison because of what has been done to the economy and beyond that I want to make sure these con men cannot either game the system again so that we, the taxpayer, give them an out…..let them ROT in their own deceitfulness!
11 October 2011
I have written about the expansion of the OWS……and the demands that have been on the website…..and the advice about those that would hijack the movement….and now I would like to pass on some of the criticism of the movement…..NO! I am not talking about the criticism from idiots that would not inform….but instead criticism that I have found from seasoned activists….
First we have the Repub leadership calling the protests a “MOB” and saying that they are killing our democracy by pitting American against American……..and of course there is the voice of the Right…FOX News…..they have been critical……so there is a critical outlook by some……to me there is NOTHING wrong with protests especially when politicians are not doing what we pay them to do….govern!
Please remember….these are NOT my criticism but those of others……below from an article written by Lee Rogers…….
Most of these useful idiots protesters know absolutely nothing about how the global financial system works and know less than nothing about the central banking systems of the world. Central banks like the Federal Reserve System and the European Central Bank have been setup by design to implement a debt based monetary system that has been used to turn the vast majority of people into debt slaves. They create money out of nothing and then charge interest on top of the money they create out of nothing through loans. Even the United States government borrows money from this system and because of that they have to implement draconian tax schemes on the people just so they can pay back the interest on the debt.
What’s ironic about this whole situation is that a central banking system is in fact a major plank of the Communist Manifesto as is a graduated income tax both of which have been fully implemented in the United States for almost 100 years now. With this in mind you would think that these Communist protesters would have nothing to protest because the ideologies which they claim to be in support of have actually been in use for a very long time. Unfortunately because these people are so ignorant and stupid they have no idea that the ideologies they are promoting are the very cause of the problems they are suffering from.
The protesters are at least correct about one thing and that’s the fact that the big banks and brokerage firms on Wall Street are certainly part of the problem. Many of these organizations in a real free market system would be out of business if it wasn’t for the bailouts they received back in 2008. The only reason they are still in existence is because of their insider links to the highest levels within both the Federal Reserve System and the United States government. The fact that these organizations get multi-billion dollar bailouts is proof that we do not operate in a true free market system and is the reason why power and wealth has been centralized in the hands of fewer and fewer people. Small and medium sized business would never receive bailouts even a fraction the size of the bailouts these high profile banking interests received and this fact alone shows that we are in the midst of a predatory monopolist economic system that favors the few and not the many.
It is unfortunate that these protesters are entirely off base as to what the main problem is and also entirely off base as to what the real solution to the problem is. The real problem is the phony debt based money that originates from the Federal Reserve System which allows these powerful insiders to manipulate the economy and bailout their buddies if they get in trouble. An institution that sets rules as to how money is created and dumped into the economy should be at the very center of this debate and it is laughable that these protesters don’t even consider it an important issue. The real solution does not exist within collectivist ideologies but instead exists within true free market principles and within a monetary system not based around centralized control and debt. Unfortunately, convincing these useful idiots of these principles may prove to be next to impossible.
Once again….do not shoot the messenger….I am just passing on what others see as some short falls in the movement…….to me…the whole Fed Reserve thing has the smell of a Libertarian thought……what do you think?
I believe that a lack of specifics means that all the protesters see the same thing…unfairness in the political system…..no matter what bitches they may have individual….they want the government returned to the people where it is suppose to be and out of the hands of special interests…..Just my thought.
I cannot close without mentioning another critic of the OWS movement…he is everyone’s favorite bobble head……..a man that knows no bounds when he opens his mouth….my hero and yours….Glenn Beck…..
“Capitalists, if you think that you can play footsies with these people, you’re wrong. They will come for you and drag you into the streets and kill you…they’re Marxist radicals…these guys are worse than Robespierre from the French Revolution…they’ll kill everybody.”
I too am concerned….I mean all those crazies with their guns at these protests…….OH CRAP!…..that was last year and it was the Tea Party….Never mind!
1 September 2011
Recently Gov. Perry of Texas and presidential candidate accused Bernanke of treason or that his actions were treasonous…..many pundits condemn his statement as amateur swagger….that it was a rookie mistake on the first couple of days on the campaign trail…and as much as it pains me…..(pause here for grimacing)……he could be right.
What! Prof. Chuq is siding with Perry?
Sorry, but Perry does have a point in his statement…..
The Federal Reserve is quietly continuing with one of the many outrageous bank-bailout programs it initiated during the financial crisis–the one in which it pays big banks interest on their “excess reserves.”
What are “excess reserves”?
Money that the banks have but aren’t lending out–money that banks are just keeping on deposit at the Fed.
The Fed is paying banks 0.25% interest on this money.
0.25% interest may not sound like much, but it’s more than the banks are paying you to keep money in your savings or money-market account. It’s also more than you’ll earn if you lend the Federal government money for 2 years.Why on earth is the Fed paying banks not to lend? Well, back in the financial crisis, the Fed wanted to find ways to secretly bail out the banks without it being screamingly obvious to every American that that was what it was doing. And this particular bailout program was one of the more successful ways it discovered of doing that. Over the past few years, this program has secretly funneled about $10 billion in risk-free cash (rough estimate) directly to the banks, just for being banks and not lending. Don’t you wish you could get in on that game?
The Fed pays banks about $4 billion of interest a year on that money–the money the banks aren’t lending. And bankers get big bonuses based on that interest, for being so smart as to not lend money and instead just take the free interest from the Fed.Source:BI
Read the entire piece at Business Insider and then say that you cannot understand the frustration that Perry may feel….personally, I think the Perry is an idiot and most likely never heard of the piece in BI….but beyond all that…..we are still being screwed by the Banksters and we are smiling all the time…..how smart are we?
But let me add……I think Prick….my bad……Rick Perry is an idiot…he is a self-serving little toad…Just so there is NO confusion of what I really think of this arrogant snake……if he wins the election in 2012, I will look for property in Nova Scotia…….why? All is lost for this country!
2 August 2011
First of all….nope….not a porn movie…….Foggy Bottom was the original name of the tract of land that Washington D.C. sits on today….
Next, this new “deal” that the two parties and their Tea Party alternates have come up with is NO compromise……the math does not add up…….second, explain to me and the world how gutting government will induce massive prosperity……..third, you realize that the so-called caps are BS, right? There is NOTHING in the deal that requires or mandates future Congresses uphold the caps…..it is just a way to get attention and to do nothing while appearing to do a lot…….
Prof. Micheal Hudson was said….
“You know that the debt kerfuffle is as staged as melodramatically as a World Wrestling Federation exhibition…. The reality, of course, is that [the eldery] are being led to economic slaughter…
It is a con. Mr. Obama has come to bury Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, not to save them…
When governments are run by the rich, it is called oligarchy… we are seeing a lapse back into neo-feudalism. The difference, of course, is that this time around society is not controlled by military grabbers of the land. Finance today achieves what military force did in times past. Instead of being tied to the land as under feudalism, families today may live wherever they want – as long as they take on a lifetime of debt to pay the mortgage on whatever home they buy.
And instead of society paying land rent and tribute to conquerors, we pay the bankers. Just as access to the land was a precondition for families to feed themselves under feudalism, one needs access to credit, to water, medical care, pensions or Social Security and other basic needs today – and must pay interest, fees and monopoly rent to the neo-feudal oligarchy that is now making its deft move from the United States to Ireland and Greece.
The U.S. Government has spent $13 trillion in financial bailouts since Lehman Bros. failed in September 2008. But Mr. Obama warns that thirty years from now, the Social Security fund may run a $1 trillion deficit. It is to ward it off that he urges dismantling the plans for such payments now. It seems that the $13 trillion used up all the money the government really has. The banks and Wall Street firms have taken the money and run. There is not enough to pay for Social Security, Medicare or other social spending…
The exercise turns out to be a not-so-divine comedy. Mr. Obama offers a plan that looks very Republican. But the Republicans say no. There is an illusion of a real fight…
The Obama administration is now deep into its Orwellian rhetorical phase…
Wall Street knows that to get sufficient Congressional votes to roll back the New Deal, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, a Democratic president needs to be in office. A Democratic Congress would block any Republican president trying to make the kind of cuts that Mr. Obama is sponsoring. But Congressional Democratic opposition is paralyzed when President Obama himself – the liberal president par excellence… – acts as cheerleader for cutting back entitlements and other social spending.” [read full report]
Sadly, I see a group of people in Washington, I refuse to call them representatives, because they are not representing anyone but themselves, that would allow the country to self-destruct to get their way……….Obama is doing as much if not more harm than the Repubs could ever come up with in their narrow minded thought process……
The American people have a better grasp on where the country needs to spend and where it needs to cut……this from a recent survey…….
The biggest difference in spending is that the public favored deep cuts in defense spending, while the administration and the House propose modest increases. However, the public also favored more spending on job training, education, and pollution control than did either the administration or the House. On average the public made a net reduction of $146 billion–far more than either the administration or the House called for.The public also showed readiness to increase taxes by an average of $292 billion–again, far more than either the administration or the House.
On average, the public cut defense spending by 18%, reducing it by $109 billion. By contrast, the president’s proposal increases defense spending by 4% and the House calls for increasing it 2%. For intelligence agencies the public cut 15%, while the administration says the agencies would grow, though at a slower pace.
The most dramatic differences were for job training and higher education. The public increased job training a whopping 130%, while the House cut it by a stark 47%. The administration nicked it 3%. For higher education, the House cut it 26%, the administration increased it 9% and the public increased it 92%.
Read the full report and see just how outta touch Washington is….and then keep that in mind when they want your vote next year……
At least it shows that the American people have a better grasp of basic economics than do the wankers in Washington that we elected to run the country……shows we need to pay better attention next time around…….
The American political system as it is today makes me desire a cleansing shower……..I feel dirty!
17 June 2011
Greece has lots of problems, along with several other countries in the EU and some even say that the US is looking at major economic problems….Greece has erupted in violence….again.
I have been writing about the problems and some of the solutions that the IMF will look for and some of the other choices that Greece must come to terms with and soon……..
I wrote a piece the other day about what the IMF will most likely demand of Greece…..http://bit.ly/mEUNw0……and today there is another post on the austerity politics ….all are related to the happenings in Greece….
But if Greece is to save itself from financial ruin what must it do?
In an article written by Wayne Madson…..
What lies in store for Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Italy, and, in short order, the United States, is the wholesale sell-off of public property to private corporations at bargain basement prices. What the despots who gather in their secretive lairs at Davos, Cernobbio, Bilderberg, and G8/G20 are bringing about is a world where no property is owned by the state, which by default means the people. Total corporate control over every facet of life equals extreme fascism.What is occurring in Greece is a bellwether for what will befall other nations in Europe, as well as the United States, if the bankers get their way. And in Greece, the people know how generations of investments by the taxpayers are being turned over to vampire capitalists who have the full backing of the International Monetary Fund, European Commission, and the European Central Bank.
The European and global bankers have demanded that the Greek government sell off entirely or assume a minority stake in a number of state enterprises and utilities.
For example, this year global capitalists are slated to acquire 84 percent of OTE, the Greek telecommunications provider. In addition, private bankers will assume 66 percent ownership of the Greek Postal Savings Bank; 51 percent of the National Lottery; 60 percent of the Salonika Water Authority; 68 percent of DEPA, the natural gas utility; and 25 percent ownership of the ports of Piraeus and Salonika.
Next year, the capitalist grab for public property increases in intensity with Athens International Airport coming under 79 percent private ownership. The global capitalists will also obtain 100 percent ownership of the Egniata toll motorway; 60 percent of Hellenic Post; 66 percent of OPAP, the state-run video-lotto and online sports betting firm; 73 percent of the Athens Water Authority; 83 percent of DEI, the Greek Electric Authority; and 51 percent of the Greek Regional Airports Authority.
There you are……an all out assault on the public sector…….an attempt to make everything and I mean everything is controlled by the private sector….everything will be for profit and NOTHING will be based on need or society’s needs….not a bad deal…..one gets to control the public sector for pennies on the dollar………..and NO one can see why the people are pissed off? What is the first thing companies do when they buy another company? (pause here for reflection)…..do not hurt yourself…..they fire people and shit can benefits…..and this what the whole world is looking at when the people scream about austerity…….
What part of any of this austerity crap is good for the people? Where will it improve their lives?
Happy days are here again!