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U.S. Food Inflation Running at 22%

After five years of the federal government telling the public that despite a $3.5 trillion increase in monetary expansion, the inflation rate is below +2%, the Department of Agriculture (DOA) just warned the American public that the consumer price index for food is up by 10% this year. May 26, 2014 8:14 AM PT

Despite Huge Losses, Silicon Valley Throws More Money at China

Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists funded 321 deals in the first quarter of 2014, up 9% from last year and the highest rate since the peak of 347 in 2007. Despite terrible investment returns in the past, the fastest growing area for VC investments is the Forbidden Kingdom, up 31% this year to $298 million. May 26, 2014 6:12 AM PT

Jerry Brown Doubles School Pension Cost to $11.4 Billion

California Governor Jerry Brown got some kudos from Republicans for not funding new boondoggles and promising to focus on paying down the $166.9 billion in unfunded state liabilities for the teacher’s pension plan. May 24, 2014 6:52 PM PT

China Launches $2 Billion African Development Fund

China agreed to fund a $2 billion multi-lateral investment fund in cooperation with the African Development Bank. The move is a departure from China’s former “cheque book” policy of investing directly in individual countries. May 23, 2014 3:28 PM PT

Federal Reserve Warns Interest Rates Will Rise

With jobs, wages, and the economy picking up steam, the Federal Reserve warned financial institutions in their April 29-30 Open Market Committee meeting minutes that they are planning to raise interest rates as inflation picks up. May 22, 2014 11:14 AM PT

China and Russia Agree to Contain the United States

In what appears to be an effort to undermine the United States sanctions against Russia, China indicated to its state-owned Xinhua news agency that the government will agree during Russian President Putin’s May 20-21st visit to Shanghai to invest $18.46 billion in the Crimea. May 20, 2014 7:45 PM PT

China Undermines Russia Sanctions with $18 Billion Investment

In what appears to be an effort to undermine the United States sanctions against Russia, China indicated to its state-owned Xinhua news agency that it agreed during Russian President Putin’s May 20-21st visit to Shanghai to invest $18.46 billion in Crimea. May 20, 2014 3:21 PM PT

Report: California Drought Will Only Cut Farm Revenue 3%

Despite the fact that every single part of California is currently facing severe, extreme, or exceptional drought for the first time in 15 years, the UC Davis and ERA Economics research team estimated on May 19 that agricultural losses for California’s Central Valley will only be about $738 million, or 2% of the state’s $42.6 billion in agricultural revenue from the state’s 80,500 farms and ranches this year. May 20, 2014 11:52 AM PT

Pratt & Whitney Division Abandons California

The California economy got another punch in the nose as aerospace contractor Pratt & Whitneyannounced last week that their AeroPower facility in San Diego will relocate all remaining operations to existing facilities to Florida, Georgia, Texas and Canada. May 18, 2014 5:55 AM PT

China Says Geithner's Book Proves U.S. Cannot Be Trusted

The Chinese official Xinhua News Agency published an incendiary article this morning titled: “Geithner Charges White House With Telling Him To Lie, But Fallout Muted.” Over the last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping is reported to have fired 183,000 Communist Party bureaucrats and purged dozens of senior officials suspected of corruption. May 17, 2014 8:48 PM PT

GAO: Budget Sequester Only Cut One Federal Job

During the government shutdown last October, the main–stream-media railed against what they referred to as the draconian risks associated with the “Budget Sequester.” May 15, 2014 1:53 AM PT

IMF's Lagarde: Ukraine Crisis Is 'Contagion' of Unpredictability

Christine Lagarde, French International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director, said in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt on May 12th that “Ukraine needs much more than 17 billion dollars” in the rescue package of financial assistance approved by the IMF on April 31. Despite earlier reassurances that Ukrainian assistance would be temporary, the IMF now expects Ukraine’s economy to shrink by 5% this year, while the global economy will grow by 3.6%. May 14, 2014 9:05 AM PT

Tim Geithner Gives the World a Stress Test: Part One

As former President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank from 2003 to 2009 and then U.S. Treasury Secretary during the financial crisis, Geithner tells the story of what it was like to be faceless senior-level bureaucrat who is thrust onto the world scene and agrees to “foam the runways” to prevent the New York financial institutions he regulated from suffering “Old Testament” punishment for their greed and avarice. May 13, 2014 11:12 AM PT

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