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Extend The Trendlines In These Charts, And Then Ask Yourself: Where Do They End? What Will They Trigger As They Push Ever Deeper Into Uncharted Waters?

by Charles Hugh-Smith

What I see as extremes that must necessarily end badly, others see as mere extensions of recently successful policies and trends.

A long-time reader recently chastised me for using too many maybe’s in my forecasts. The criticism is valid, as “on the other hand” slips all too easily from qualifying a position to rinsing it of meaning.

That said, given that we’re in uncharted waters, maybe’s become prudent and certainty [...]

Lever up, Baby: Median Debt Percentages for Buyouts… Is A Crash Inevitable?

lever up, baby… median debt percentages for buyouts: source: PitchBook *as of 9/30/2014 pic.twitter.com/Z3mUNtFaYU

— $hane Obata (@sobata416) October 22, 2014

median ebitda multiples for buyouts: *debt / ebitda for 2014 is higher than it was during the previous 9 years pic.twitter.com/aUWhuBVLp4

— $hane Obata (@sobata416) October 22, 2014

US private equity deal flow by quarter: 1Q 2009 to 3Q 2014: pic.twitter.com/VAETMZskC6

— $hane Obata (@sobata416) October 22, 2014

M&A Deals Fail At Highest Rate Since [...]

LEAKED: What Happens to Germany if Russia Turns off the Gas

Wolf Richter wolfstreet.com, www.amazon.com/author/wolfrichter

One of the threats, or perhaps the threat, hanging over the EU due to the sanctions fiasco has been the possibility that Russia could shut down the pipelines and stop deliveries of natural gas to European countries. It would be a way to escalate the crisis and force a solution of one kind or another.

It would do enormous damage to the Russian economy. What are they going to [...]

U.S. Is Now Directly Arming The Islamic State To Push The Agenda Of Removing Assad

Europe is now introducing a new austerity plan so each country can receive more debt. McDonald’s sales are down. Existing home sales pushed up by condos and speculators. CEO of Total dies in plane crash, he mentioned that oil does not need to be sold in dollars. Swedish banks start enforcing FATCA rules.21 cities in US say its illegal to feed homeless. Liberia sees the Ebola spreading slower. The U.S. [...]

Project Coast: PROOF of Weaponized Ebola in the 80- Fighting Virus with Virus or something worst?

Project Coast: PROOF of Weaponized Ebola in the 80- Fighting Virus with Virus or something worst?
http://news.discovery.com/tech/biotec…

http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/10/…

http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovi…

10 Things About The U.S. News Media That They Do Not Want You To Know

By Michael Snyder

Do you trust the news media?  Do you believe that the information that they are giving you is true and accurate?  If you answered yes to either of those questions, that places you in a steadily shrinking minority.  Yes, on average Americans watch approximately 153 hours of television a month, but for their news they are increasingly turning to alternative sources of information such as this website.  Big [...]

Feds Readying For Executive Amnesty! Obama Plans To Open Immigration Floodgates… Will ‘transform America Into Nation No One Will Recognize’

FEDS READYING FOR EXECUTIVE AMNESTY…

León Rodríguez, the new head of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), recalled how he was put on the “wait list” and eventually denied admission to Georgetown Law School, where he spoke Tuesday.

He tried to persuade the school’s officials to let him in and was told he was lucky to be on a wait list. The story is a metaphor for immigration [...]

4 Ways A Government Can Get Out of Debt & Financial Crisis!

Many nations have gone through periods in the past where they’ve had very high levels of government debt.
Fed Funds Rate S&P 500
real-time payment system crash delays house purchases
In 1971, President Nixon started imposed wage and price controls. This is similar to what was done during the Great Depression
government capital controls, JP Morgan Chase

Sources:
http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/defaul…
http://www.peakprosperity.com/podcast…
http://www.hussmanfunds.com/wmc/wmc13…
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/ba…
http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10…
http://static.prisonplanet.com/p/imag…
http://static.prisonplanet.com/p/imag…

Carl Icahn: Markets Better Than 2008, Still May ‘Break’, ‘No-Brainer’ High-Yield Market Is in a Bubble

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) — Billionaire Carl Icahn comments on market volatility and corporate governance. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Stephanie Ruhle at the Robin Hood Investors Conference. (Source: Bloomberg)

 

 

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) — Billionaire Carl Icahn explains why he think the high-yield market is in a bubble. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Stephanie Ruhle at the Robin Hood Investors Conference. (Source: Bloomberg)

Floyd Brown interview with Birch Gold: Americans Being “Robbed” By the Political Class

by birchgold

 

Highlights:

 

On the dollar’s collapse: “It’s a systematic effort by the political class to rob the saving class… The money’s basically robbed from them and they do it slowly over time through inflation and sometimes not slowly when we have big bursts of inflation like maybe just around the corner ahead of us.”

Why precious metals are the “historic forms of money”, and what we have now is simply a “debt instrument”.

If [...]

D.C. Is America’s Most Expensive City, Because It’s Where the Pig Trough Is Located

by WashingtonsBlog

People Will Pay a LOT of Money to Live Near the Money Spigot

We noted in 2011 that Washington, D.C. is like a separate country.  Specifically, the sausage-makers engaging in pork-barrel politics and the lobbyists feeding at the trough are doing great … while the rest of the country stagnates.

No wonder D.C. is the most expensive city in America.

My daughter just came back from D.C., and brought me this souvenir:

Fed Emergency – Fabricated Recovery Is Stalling

More: http://hiddensecretsofmoney.com/videos

Hidden Secrets Of Money is a world-leading educational series that is sponsored by, and also based on the priciples of WealthCycles. It shows the evolution of gold and silver as money, and teaches the historical economic mistakes that all societies repeat. The first series (Episodes 1-5) features bonus content that is available completely free of charge at http://www.HiddenSecretsOfMoney.com
From Season 2 onwards, all bonus content is reserved exclusively for members [...]

First Swiss Gold Poll Shows Pro-Gold Side In Lead At 45%

by GoldCore

 

The first poll of how the Swiss people will vote in the “Save Our Swiss Gold” initiative on November 30th shows that the Swiss are leaning towards voting for the pro-gold initiative.

Gold Initiative Poll Results –  20 Minuten

The poll had quite a large sample of 13,397 people from all over Switzerland who participated in the first phase of the 20 Minuten online survey on October 15.

The poll shows that [...]

Exposed! Ebola Czar Ron Klain Says “Overpopulation” Is Today’s Biggest Problem!

Follow the link and turn the volume up to high to hear him say himself. He offers many excuses to back his Belief, and that is, That the world is overpopulated! Isn’t It Nice to Know That Our New Ebola Czar, That we are to entrust with our Life, Thinks so HIGHLY(Sarcasm) About Our Life…. They call us the Goy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRdpi…

Dan Amerman: Will Our Private Savings Be Sacrificed To Pay Down The Public Debt? Beware of ‘Financial Repression’!

by Adam Taggart

Recently, an article by Daniel Amerman caught our attention. Titled Is There A “Back Door” Method For The Government To Pay Down The Federal Debt Using Private Savings?, it details the process known as financial repression, where sovereign debts are slowly paid off by syphoning private savings from an unaware populace.

In this week’s podcast, Chris discusses the mechanics of the process, as well as its probability, with Dan:

To understand [...]

Top Ebola Scientist in Liberia: ‘Ebola outbreak may represent a new strain that is more contagious’

A top Ebola scientist that is working in the heart of the outbreak in Liberia says that this version of Ebola looks like it could be “a very different bug” from past versions.

Other leading scientists are echoing his concerns.

And yet Barack Obama and Thomas Frieden continue to publicly proclaim that we know precisely how this virus behaves.

Not only is that bad science, but it could also potentially result in the [...]

HurricaneGonzalo: Winds up to 100mph lashing UK

#HurricaneGonzalo: Winds up to 100mph lashing UK http://t.co/lr4Qmqxwy2 pic.twitter.com/w2ZmlQL1kw

— RT UK (@RTTV_UK) October 21, 2014

Wind speeds of up to 100mph are battering parts of the UK, as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo reaches British shores. Gusts and heavy rain have uprooted trees and caused flight cancellations, rail delays and road gridlocks.

The Met Office issued a ‘yellow’ weather warning on Tuesday, anticipating disruptive conditions will move eastward through the day. [...]

The mood in financial markets has turned gloomy again. Fears of deflation may lie behind recent weakness

The mood in financial markets has turned gloomy again. Fears of deflation may lie behind recent weakness http://t.co/WwcIXBnwVu

— The Economist (@TheEconomist) October 20, 2014

THE mood in financial markets has turned gloomy again. Equity markets are retreating, commodity prices are falling and investors are stampeding for the safety of government bonds (see chart). Volatility has soared: the VIX, a measure of how much investors are willing to pay to insure against [...]

Ending QE Will Plunge US Into Severe Recession

Italy Starts Movement To Leave The European Monetary Union

Italy building momentum to leave the Euro. The oil crash created by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia trying to destroy Russia’s economy. Obamacare plans increasing in cost. Senegal and Nigeria are now Ebola free. FDA blocking Ebola testing equipment already in existence. EU will not recognize elections in Southeast Ukraine. U.S. no placing sanctions on Libya to stop the people taking back their country. Humanitarian aid going to Islamic State [...]

IBM is not they only company doing it. TECH CRASH coming soon!

I’m in tech and have been seeing this first hand for the last couple years. IBM is the first to let the cat out of the bag.

“We saw a marked slowdown in September in client buying behavior, and our results also point to the unprecedented pace of change in our industry.”

CEO Ginni Rometty said this in IBM’s Q3 earnings announcement, which revealed tumbling revenue and profits at the company.

The statement is [...]

National Debt Passes $17.9 Trillion

The Debt to the Penny and Who Holds It

( Debt Held by the Public vs. Intragovernmental Holdings )

Current
Debt Held by the Public
Intragovernmental Holdings
Total Public Debt Outstanding

10/17/2014
12,808,641,566,086.66
5,094,728,728,812.16
17,903,370,294,898.82

The U.S. National Debt Has Grown By More Than A Trillion Dollars In The Last 12 Months

The idea that the Obama administration has the budget deficit under control is a complete and total lie.  According to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government has officially [...]

New Politico poll shows complete lack of faith in government

New Politico poll shows complete lack of faith in government http://t.co/jpZscvF5eI pic.twitter.com/drsOvzge3H

— Elliott Schwartz (@elliosch) October 20, 2014

Poll: 64% Say Things In America Are Completely ‘Out of Control’ http://t.co/ZCtdkCVn4h https://t.co/YeA5Wlncnc

— Elliott Schwartz (@elliosch) October 20, 2014

57% said they believe their personal costs will increase, while only 7% said they will decrease [under #Obamacare] http://t.co/OQPj19HrBG

— S2 (@StewSays) October 20, 2014

Stunning admission pic.twitter.com/SPcR8g4kfe

— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) October 20, 2014

19 Very Surprising Facts About The Messed Up State Of The U.S. Economy

By Michael Snyder

Barack Obama and the Federal Reserve are lying to you.  The “economic recovery” that we all keep hearing about is mostly just a mirage.  The percentage of Americans that are employed hasbarely budgedsince the depths of the last recession, the labor force participation rate is at a 36 year low, the overall rate of homeownership is the lowest that it has been in nearly 20 years and approximately [...]

Predict the Collapse: Fed Balance Sheet Directly Linked to S&P 500!

Federal reserve assets vs, S&P 500 index
QE2 QE3
Euro dollar parity 2017
EFSF
ESM
“Bank of China introduced a cross-border yuan transfer service in 2011 that only allows money to be moved for immigration and overseas property investment purposes,”
Why Are Chinese Millionaires Buying Mansions in an L.A. Suburb?

Sources:
http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/defaul…
http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/defaul…
http://www.businessinsider.com/goldma…
http://www.efsf.europa.eu/about/index…
http://www.esm.europa.eu
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07…
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/…

How The Federal Reserve Is Purposely Attacking Savers

by Chris Martenson

There’s something we ‘regular’ citizens wrestle with that the elites never seem to: a sense of moral duty.

For example, following the collapse of the housing bubble, many people struggled with mortgages they could no longer afford to pay, fearing the shame of default. Many believed defaulting was wrong somehow; that it was their moral obligation to pay their mortgages, no matter how dire their personal situation. And of [...]

Leading Contrarian Economist: “We Are Coming In On The End Game Here”

Mac Slavo
October 20th, 2014
SHTFplan.com

To say that the U.S. economy is in trouble would be an understatement. According to Shadow Stats economist John Williams, we may be on the very cusp of a crisis so severe that it promises to re-write the entire paradigm. Debt is out of control and foreign holders of U.S. Treasury bonds are getting antsy. Nowhere is this more obvious than in China and Russia, where leaders of the [...]

An Epidemic Of Store Closings, Restructurings, Bankruptcies… As The American Consumer Runs Out Of Options.

Wolf Richter wolfstreet.com, www.amazon.com/author/wolfrichter

When NCR announced its preliminary and disappointing third quarter results today, it lowered its guidance for the rest of 2014. Its stock got knocked into a breathtaking 21% plunge. While at it, NCR revealed to just what extent brick-and-mortar retailers were sinking into a quagmire.

The maker of, among other things, point-of-sale devices for the retail industry should know: It is, as it says, “the global leader in consumer [...]

The Risk Of A 1987 Style Crash Is Growing! On Oct. 19, 1987, the Dow dropped 22.6% in a single day. That’s like a 3,600-point drop today

On Oct. 19, 1987, the Dow dropped 22.6% in a single day. That's like a 3,600-point drop today: http://t.co/5XKX6I8tWX pic.twitter.com/x5nH1xZcbq

— WSJ Markets (@WSJmarkets) October 20, 2014

HUSSMAN: The Risk Of A 1987 Style Crash Is Growing

The ASX is ripping higher, up 1% on Monday to 5,326 after the solid lead from the US markets at the end of last week and Friday’s big global surge in stock prices.

But given the recent [...]

Waiting for Something bad to happen

by Golem XIV

I think Friday saw a power-shift from the central banks to the global private banks. I think the global banks served notice that the Central bank plan of 1) reining in the risk-taking of the TBTF banks and 2) stimulating growth in the real economy is now dead in the water. There is a new plan.  (Let me apologise now for this video being too long. I really did [...]

POVERTY: It’s not an illness and it isn’t accidental. Deal with it.

BY JOHN WARD

THE DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO PAUPERISE LABOUR IS KILLING CAPITAL

Much as I admire the tireless work done by the Rowntree Trust, there are times when its desire to avoid controversy gets a little silly. In particular, I’m referring to its tendency to write about poverty as if it might be an indiscriminate virus.

These are the main factors that create poverty:

* Macro-economic and fiscal mercantile globalism

* Credit given to those [...]

ALERT! Obama Quietly Prepares ‘Surge’ of Millions of New Immigrant IDs

Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun.
Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards [...]

Euro Risk Due To Possible Return of Italy To Lira – Drachmas, Escudos, Pesetas and Punts?

by GoldCore

The European status quo and EU elites are becoming increasingly concerned by popular calls in Italy for Italy to leave the European Monetary Union and the euro “as soon as possible” and return to the lira.

Sharelynx.com 

Beppe Grillo, the leader of Italy’s Five Star Movement has shocked EU elites by launching of a non-binding consultative referendum on the matter which will be put before the parliament.

“We will collect half a [...]

Why Moody’s Cut Russia to Two Notches above Junk

Wolf Richter wolfstreet.com, www.amazon.com/author/wolfrichter

It was not the most productive summit in the history of mankind. President Vladimir Putin, after watching a military parade in Belgrade, Serbia, and questioning Kosovo’s independence, arrived in Milan on Friday so late that Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom a private meeting had been scheduled, had to cool her heels for hours. Once done at 2 a.m., he headed over to his buddy’s place, persona non grata [...]

Top Scientist: This Version Of Ebola Looks Like ‘A Very Different Bug’

By Michael Snyder

Barack Obama and the head of the CDC need to quit saying that we know exactly how Ebola spreads.  Because the truth is that there is much about this virus that we simply do not know.  For example, a top Ebola scientist that is working in the heart of the outbreak in Liberia says that this version of Ebola looks like it could be “a very different bug” [...]

Massive Wealth Inequality in America Caused by Government Criminality!

“After America Comes North America,” Gen. Petraeus Boasts
NAFTA’s 20-Year Legacy and the Fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
More than 845,000 specific U.S. workers have been certified for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) as having lost their jobs due to imports from Canada and Mexico or the relocation of factories to those countries. The TAA program is quite narrow, only covering a subset of jobs lost to trade, and is difficult to qualify [...]

ALERT! Obama Signs Executive Order to Microchip All Credit Cards

Today, the President is signing a new Executive Order directing the government to lead by example in securing transactions and sensitive data.

While there is no silver bullet to guarantee data security, the President is signing an Executive Order to implement enhanced security measures, including securing credit, debit, and other payment cards with microchips in lieu of basic magnetic strips, and PINs, such as those standard on consumer ATM cards. He [...]

“Poor” Households Getting $168 in Welfare Per Day from Taxpayers

Cloward and Piven in action. Obola is doing his job well…

It’s official. Taxpayers are no longer simply helping the poor, they’re subsidizing the lives of welfare recipients at a better rate than their own. The Senate Budget Committee has released a report showing households living below the poverty line and receiving welfare payments are raking in the equivalent of $168 per day in benefits which come in the form of [...]

Possible Ebola in Chicago

Two travelers who arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare airport are being evaluated for Ebola, the Chicago Dept of Public Health said Tuesday night.

It is not a confirmed case of Ebola and there is no threat to the general public, the CPDH said.

According to the statement from the CPDH, a child passenger originating from Liberia became ill en route to O’Hare, reportedly vomiting one time.

http://wgntv.com/2014/10/21/ohare-passengers-quarantined-for-precautionary-reasons-after-becoming-ill-on-flights-from-liberia/

Ebola Alert – New Jersey!

As the Obama administration announced steps to tighten screening of travelers from Ebola-ravaged West Africa, an airline passenger who landed in Newark on Tuesday afternoon after spending time in Liberia was brought to University Hospital for evaluation for possible symptoms and exposure to the disease.

“During the enhanced screening process for individuals arriving to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, an individual was identified as reporting symptoms or [...]

A global surge of great earthquakes from 2004-2014 and implications for Cascadia

The last ten years have been a remarkable time for great earthquakes. Since December 2004 there have been no less than 18 quakes of Mw8.0 or greater — a rate of more than twice that seen from 1900 to mid-2004. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost and massive damage has resulted from these great earthquakes.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141021101608.htm?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed:%20sciencedaily/earth_climate/natural_disasters%20(Natural%20Disasters%20News%20–%20ScienceDaily)

Rising above the risk: America’s first tsunami refuge

Washington’s coast is so close to the seismically active Cascadia Subduction Zone that if a megathrust earthquake were to occur, a tsunami would hit the Washington shoreline in just 25 minutes. One coastal community is preparing for such a disaster by starting construction on the nation’s first tsunami evacuation refuge, large enough to shelter more than 1,000 people who are within 20-minute walking distance.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141021115349.htm?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed:%20sciencedaily/earth_climate/natural_disasters%20(Natural%20Disasters%20News%20–%20ScienceDaily)