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Russian Stock Market Crash Won't Mean Much to US

The Russian stock market suffered an 11% loss overnight in reaction to a run on bank deposits fed by rumors the European Union and the United States would apply Cold War type sanctions to punish Russia’s invasion of the Crimea. Mar 3, 2014 7:39 PM PT

Bitcoin Is Not Going Away

New York Times editorial writer Joe Nocera had a field day on February 28th raging against “The Bitcoin Blasphemy," which he claimed is libertarian “sacrilege” since it is “unconnected to any currency or any government.” Mar 3, 2014 8:06 AM PT

Should U.S. Pay for Ukraine's Bankruptcy?

European and American media may be celebrating the triumph of the Ukraine “people’s revolution,” but the real question is who is going to pay for the $29 billion a year bailout to keep the country from going bankrupt. Feb 28, 2014 2:21 PM PT

Former CEO to PIMCO Founder: 'I’m Tired of Cleaning Up Your Sh*t'

The Wall Street Journal on February 25th published a story about December’s messy corporate divorce between Bill Gross and Mohamed El-Erian as Co-Chief Investment Officers at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), the world’s largest bond fund with almost $2 trillion in assets. Feb 26, 2014 2:10 PM PT

Federal Reserve to Cut Off Europe to Support U.S. Borrowing

Janet Yellen, newly confirmed Federal Reserve (Fed) chair, announced February 19th that America’s central bank is moving to cut off the massive financial lifeline that has been subsidizing the European banking system since the beginning of the global financial crisis in March of 2008. Feb 24, 2014 9:11 PM PT

China's Employment Index Falls to Five-Year Low

The highly credible HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) of economic demand in China reported that demand in China’s factories fell for a second month in a row and hit a seven-month low. Feb 21, 2014 12:03 PM PT

U.S. Banks Investigated for Pay-to-Play with Chinese Regulators

A joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Hong Kong Department of Justice, and the UK Ministry of Justice into accusations that American investment banks hired the children of powerful Asian officials to secure lucrative securities business may have just ensnared JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. Feb 20, 2014 6:42 AM PT

All-Alaska Gas Pipeline Will Spike America's Energy Boom

America’s energy boom is about to take another huge leap forward as the State of Alaska is on the verge of approving the $50 billion All-Alaskan Gas Pipeline (AAGP). The massive project will transport “stranded” North Slope natural gas south down the Kenai Peninsula to a new port built to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Asian markets. Feb 16, 2014 8:47 PM PT

German Foreign Minister Announces Military Rearmament

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced on January 30th: "As correct as the policy of military restraint is, it must not be misunderstood as a culture of standing aside." In a full-page interview under the headline "Germany and the World," released later the same day, Steinmeier emphasized: "Germany is too large, just to comment on world politics." Feb 4, 2014 6:25 AM PT

Obama's State of the Union: More a Whimper Than a Bang

During the morning before the 2014 State of the Union address, White House Counselor John Podesta fired up the Democrat faithful with visions of a passionate President Obama about to declare rule by executive orders to vanquish his obstructionist Republican adversaries. However, instead of a triumphant warrior fervently wielding his pen as a sword and his phone as a shield, the person who gave the address was actually fairly sedate. Jan 29, 2014 11:42 AM PT

Impending Democrat Election Disaster

The president’s party usually suffers significant congressional election losses in the sixth year of his administration. However, with Obama’s popularity at the same Bush levels that caused Republicans huge losses in 2006 but with voter dissatisfaction with government roughly 50% higher, the Democratic Party appears poised to suffer an epic election disaster in 2014. Jan 27, 2014 3:32 AM PT

Obama's Internal Devaluation Increases Income Inequality

Approximately 51% of voters believe that the President is too hostile toward small business, while 70% believe government and big business collude in crony capitalism against workers and consumers. The percentage of Americans describing themselves as economically conservative has risen from 40% when the President was elected to 46% today. The percentage of economic liberals who support big government is unchanged at just 20%. Jan 12, 2014 12:00 PM PT

Bombings Raise Terrorism Fears in Russia Ahead of Winter Olympics

On December 29th, Islamist terrorists turned the Russian city of Volgograd, just 430 miles from venues of the Sochi Winter Olympics scheduled to open on February 7th, into a slaughterhouse in their efforts to humiliate Russia’s attempts to demonstrate the country’s stability. Dec 30, 2013 11:01 AM PT

Bitcoin: Gold 2.0

The bitcoin cyber-economy composed of merchants, users, service providers, and start-up enterprises has flourished for the past three years. The value of Bitcoins has appreciated by 6,000%. The emergence of Bitcoin virtual currency has created a powerful competitor to the dollar that will limit Congress and the Federal Reserve’s effectiveness in fostering inflation as a way to tax away American’s wealth. Dec 22, 2013 8:27 PM PT

China Moon Landing Seen as Military Threat

China’s December 15th soft-landing of an unmanned spacecraft on the moon was celebrated by the Xinhua news agency as, “The dream for lunar exploration once again lights up the China Dream”. China’s neighbors saw the action as a nightmare demonstration of China’s ability to launch a Multiple Reentry Vehicle ballistic missile, whose payload can deploy multiple nuclear warheads aimed to hit a group of targets. China’s provocative moves are creating a muscular arms race in Asia. Dec 16, 2013 2:59 AM PT

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