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New G20 Rules: Cyprus-Style Bail-Ins To Take Deposits AND Pensions

“Rather than having their assets sold off and closing their doors, as happens to lesser bankrupt businesses in a capitalist economy, “zombie” banks are to be kept alive and open for business at all costs – and the costs are again to be to borne by us.” – E Brown

EllenBrown2On the weekend of November 16th, the G20 leaders whisked into Brisbane, posed for their photo ops, approved some proposals, made a show of roundly disapproving of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and whisked out again. It was all so fast, they may not have known what they were endorsing when they rubber-stamped the Financial Stability Board’s “Adequacy of Loss-Absorbing Capacity of Global Systemically Important Banks in Resolution,” which completely changes the rules of banking.

Russell Napier, writing in ZeroHedge, called it “the day money died.” In any case, it may have been the day deposits died as money. Unlike coins and paper bills, which cannot be written down or given a “haircut,” says Napier, deposits are now “just part of commercial banks’ capital structure.” That means they can be “bailed in” or confiscated to save the megabanks from derivative bets gone wrong.

Rather than reining in the massive and risky derivatives casino, the new rules prioritize the payment of banks’ derivatives obligations to each other, ahead of everyone else. That includes not only depositors, public and private, but the pension funds that are the target market for the latest bail-in play, called “bail-inable” bonds.

“Bail in” has been sold as avoiding future government bailouts and eliminating too big to fail (TBTF). But it actually institutionalizes TBTF, since the big banks are kept in business by expropriating the funds of their creditors.

It is a neat solution for bankers and politicians, who don’t want to have to deal with another messy banking crisis and are happy to see it disposed of by statute. But a bail-in could have worse consequences than a bailout for the public. If your taxes go up, you will probably still be able to pay the bills. If your bank account or pension gets wiped out, you could wind up in the street or sharing food with your pets. Continue reading

Michael Krieger ~ Glenn Greenwald on Hilary Clinton: “Soulless, Principle-Free, Power Hungry…”

One attribute I like most about Glenn Greenwald is that he never pulls punches. One of his most prescient and cutting political lines came earlier this year when he made some observations on the upcoming 2016 Presidential election, in which two status quo, corrupt, bloodthirsty con-artists will compete for the Oval Office. While we don’t yet know which crony the GOP will put up, Hillary is pretty much a foregone conclusion for the Democrats. Greenwald observed:

HillaryClintonHillary is banal, corrupted, drained of vibrancy and passion. I mean, she’s been around forever, the Clinton circle. She’s a fucking hawk and like a neocon, practically. She’s surrounded by all these sleazy money types who are just corrupting everything everywhere. But she’s going to be the first female president, and women in America are going to be completely invested in her candidacy. Opposition to her is going to be depicted as misogynistic, like opposition to Obama has been depicted as racist. It’s going to be this completely symbolic messaging that’s going to overshadow the fact that she’ll do nothing but continue everything in pursuit of her own power. They’ll probably have a gay person after Hillary who’s just going to do the same thing.

You can read that and more in the post: Glenn Greenwald on the 2016 Elections – “They’ll Probably Have a Gay Person After Hillary.”

Well Greenwald is back, and this time he outlines exactly who’s excited about Hillary’s forthcoming run for the Presidency. Here are some excerpts from the Intercept:

It’s easy to strike a pose of cynicism when contemplating Hillary Clinton’s inevitable (and terribly imminent) presidential campaign. As a drearily soulless, principle-free, power-hungry veteran of DC’s game of thrones, she’s about as banal of an American politician as it gets. One of the few unique aspects to her, perhaps the only one, is how the genuinely inspiring gender milestone of her election will (following the Obama model) be exploited to obscure her primary role as guardian of the status quo. Continue reading

Wall Street, Money And The Merchant Class

“And Wall Street claims they are the Capitalists! Personal freedom is the ultimate casualty of this corrupt manipulation. The axis among the heirs of the House of Morgan, Corporate International and Federal Government, is the death of real business. With the demise of the Merchant Class, the last vestige of LIBERTY ceases to exist and the transition into an Empire of the ‘New Work Order’, becomes complete.” – Sartre

High premiums are being paid today not particularly for quality service or long-term building of a business but rather for making money quickly, getting rich, and getting out. And that’s wrong. – Willard C. Butcher

Wall Street, Money and the Merchant Class

WallStreetPigCapitalism is NOT Wall Street. In order to correctly comprehend the nature of the Free Enterprise system, one needs to understand the fundamentals of a business transaction. Real business requires that goods or services are purchased from a seller by a buyer, at a price that both agree upon. A tangible product, skilled service or intellectual property may qualify as an entity of substance. But when we closely examine the composition of equities, warrants, bonds, options, futures or derivatives; we enter a realm that falls outside the scope of normal business transactions.

Some will claim that a stock represents the equity ownership of a particular enterprise. In theory, that would be correct; but in practice the average shareholder has vitally no input into the management of a publicly traded company. A warrant is a right to exercise a future defined claim. Bonds are fixed promises to repay that trade in value as interest rates vary. An Option is the ability to buy or sell purchased at a strike price during a specified time period, for an agreed cost. Futures are leveraged speculation or hedged bets on price movements. And it’s anyone guess what a derivative is . . .

Wall Street was created ostensibly as an auction market for raising capital to finance new business ventures or additional funds to grow a company. The underlying value of the stock price of a company would trade as shareholders wager on the direction of the equity or changes in their needs. Bonds were sold as loans that companies have an obligation to pay and retire the debt. Warrants, options, futures and derivatives emerged as sophisticated methods of refining the general purpose of funding business endeavors.

As any investor knows, they assume the risk or loss of their capital when they gamble on any specific instrument in a financial venture. The Capital Markets offer no guarantee that profits are assured, and provide no pledge that losses will not result. Risk is always present. But the essential question is whether this culture of finance qualifies as legitimate business? Continue reading

Mediocrity of the Meritocracy

​”Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.” – Charles G. Dawes

MediocrityMany pundits have presented the case that society needs to reward the achiever. It is argued that the most talented should attain positions of authority, based upon their superior ability. The end result is the formation of a power structure of Elites – making the decisions, formulating policies and directing the organizations that carry out the plan. It is most difficult to quarrel with the notion that talent is not distributed equally, but it becomes a giant leap to conclude that the very attribute of aptitude, is the sole criteria that justifies positions of authority.

Democracy has failed miserably to ensure a Just society, but so has rule by a cadre of whiz kids. The problem with ALL attempts to design and implement social systems through central planning is that it ignores the dynamics of the market place of individual needs, aspirations and fears. Neither Government nor NGO Institutions have the ability to mold humanity to their conception of paradise. Only the accumulative interaction of countless individual dreams and nightmares, can set the course on this ‘ship of fools’. Mankind, by the nature of its common humanity, is unable to achieve perfection. Those who seek and scheme to be the architects of paragon, and those who lust and plot to be the regents of dominance, possess the same flaws.

‘Meritocracy’ attempts to establish a standard by which motivated crusaders can achieve success. Well, that’s fine and commendable if we could all agree upon the criteria for defining achievement. But society has such a varied view of significance in collective accomplishment, that consensus is virtually impossible. Continue reading

RT News ~ World News Links (August 28 2014)

Sub-glacial eruption of Iceland’s volcano forms row of ‘cauldrons’

A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano, some 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) away, in the north-west region of the Vatnajokull glacier August 19, 2014. (Reuters / Sigtryggur Johannsson)

A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano, some 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) away, in the north-west region of the Vatnajokull glacier August 19, 2014. (Reuters / Sigtryggur Johannsson)

Icelandic volcano activity increased on Wednesday, with scientists detecting 10-15 meters deep cauldrons of melted ice at the Vatnajökull glacier, prompting fears of an imminent eruption.

Icelandic scientists have detected a series of 10-15m deep cauldrons at Bardarbunga volcano glacier. They apparently are a result of melting following a sub-glacial eruption, the Icelandic Civil Protection Scientific Advisory Board reported. A surveillance flight over the surface of Vatnajokull has shown the cauldrons to be 1 km wide, located in a straight line some 4-6 kilometers south of the Bardarbunga caldera. Continue here . . .

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Florida cops accused of beating driver for not rolling down his window all the way (VIDEO)

Danger, drones! Concerns as Amazon gets support over UAV delivery testing

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X22 Report ~ Episode 451 – August 26 2014 [Audio]

Central Bankers Sending In Drones To Map Out Targets In Syria

  • Argentina is collapsing and they just stopped Bank Of New York Mellon from operating.
  • Government confidence hits all time high, completely opposite from U Mich confidence.
  • Case Shiller reports housing prices are slowing and falling.
  • The Government is creating a “truthy” database system to monitor twitter to find anti-government speech.
  • British special forces arrive in Iraq.
  • Central bankers/US government sending in drones and surveillance equipment to Syria to map out targets to be used in bombing runs.
  • Obama administration says he doesn’t need congress approval. Be prepared for a false flag event.

All source links to the report can be found on the x22report.com site.

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