From Dr. David Eifrig in Retirement Millionaire:
Fluoride is making your children dumber… according to a 2012 study from Harvard. Fluoride has been poorly studied, but is marketed as a way to prevent tooth decay. Most toothpaste brands include fluoride, as do most municipal water supplies.
According to the Harvard study, children who drank water with fluoride ended up with lower intelligence scores than children who didn’t. Researchers also linked fluoride drinking by [...]
“There is no question that HFCS-90 is illegal. The FDA has stated it doesn’t have adequate information to assess its safety, and that additional data on the effects of fructose consumption are needed to ensure that this product is safe.”
The FDA has only authorized the use of HFCS with a maximum 55% fructose concentration. HFCS-90 contains 90% fructose. Extensive medical studies have linked excess fructose consumption to serious health risks including obesity, [...]
by Michael Pento, Mises:
When central bankers dedicate their existence to re-inflating asset bubbles, it shouldn’t at all be a surprise to investors that they eventually achieve success. Ben Bernanke has aggressively attempted to prop up the real estate and equity markets since 2008. His efforts to increase the broader money supply and create inflation have finally supported home prices, sent the Dow Jones Industrial average to a record nominal high and [...]
The growth, sale and consumption of cannabis is not regulated by the North Korean government or classified as a drug.
The two articles wiki gives as source:
April 12th, 2013
The Daily Sheeple Picture of the Day:
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In all seriousness, it should be clear that this is exactly where the US dollar is headed.
The United States now owes nearly $17 Trillion in debt, in excess of $50,000 per person – and that’s if we count the ‘official’ numbers. Unofficially, our commitments exceed $200 Trillion over the next twenty years, a number so large that it’s [...]
Europe badly needs some good news to reverse the recent negative outlook revisions. Reports over the past few weeks have been rather bearish. The European Commission and lately the European Central Bank have downgraded their growth forecasts for the whole eurozone over the next two years. The Italian election results have made it even harder to govern the country for the coming weeks and months, which is likely to [...]
By Mike “Mish” Shedlock
Bloomberg reports Japan Machinery Orders Fall 13% in Sign of Limits on Investment.
The decline from the previous month, announced by the Cabinet Office today in Tokyo, compared with the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of 26 economists for a 1.7 percent fall.
Today’s data are a reminder that business investment will not drive the recovery, said Izumi Devalier, a Japan economist at HSBC Holdings Plc in Hong Kong.
UT San Diego
March 2, 2013
The tax you pay on a gallon of gas will rise by 3.5 cents in California come July 1.
The state Board of Equalization voted 3-2 on Thursday to increase the excise tax about 10 percent, from 36 cents per gallon to 39.5 cents per gallon.
The increase is partly due to a $157 million shortfall in gas-tax revenue in fiscal 2012, and also a projection of [...]
Shorter hours and more vacations could help the environment
By working 0.5 per cent less each year, Americans can prevent a temperature rise of up to 1.3 degrees
The U.S. should adapt to a European model in the workplace in order to halt global warming, a study says.
By working less hours per week and take longer vacations the American people could reduce carbon emissions, liberal think tank Center for Economic Policy and [...]
January 29, 2013
On 29 January, Eurostat announced that household real income per capita fell by 0.3 per cent in Eurozone while the business investment rate was down to 19.9 per cent.
Household real income fell by 0.3 per cent during the third quarter of 2012, after a decrease of 0.5 per cent at last year’s second quarter. Moreover, Eurostat’s figure suggests that the real growth of actual final consumption per [...]
December 19th, 2012
The ‘Connecticut Shooter’ Adam Lanza has now been reported by mainstream media to indeed be taking the violence-linked anti-psychotic drug known as Fanapt, a prediction I made after the news of the shooting broke. And as I explained in my previous article regarding this drug by name, Fanapt has a very disturbing history of FDA testing and approval. It also has a long line of side effects that echo [...]
From Carpe Diem:
1. The Department of Energy released its weekly report today on U.S. crude oil production and reported that domestic oil output averaged 6.818 million barrels per day for the week ending November 23, which was the highest amount of domestically produced oil since the first week of February 1994, almost 19 years ago.
As a result of the advanced drilling technologies (hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling) that starting unlocking [...]
In an interview recorded last month for this week’s special report on Mexico, Mr Calderón said: “Are there still drugs in Juárez [a violent northern border city]? Well of course, but it has never been the objective…of the public-security strategy to end something that it is impossible to end, namely the consumption of drugs or their trafficking…
“[E]ither the United States and its society, its government and its congress decide to drastically reduce [...]
The “Mortgage Equity Withdrawal” Boom…Here we go Again?
Remember the great “housing ATM”? Well, according to Goldman Sachs, we’re starting to see that effect again.
FT Alphaville’s Cardiff Garcia has a nice piece summarizing a recent Goldman note in which they make the case that housing could boost GDP. Here’s the key section:
“First, the impact of housing is shifting into positive territory. The overall impact averaged around -1/4 percentage point in [...]
When it comes to explaining the problems with our economy, one of the hardest things to do is to get people to understand that we are living in an economic fantasy world that is completely and totally unsustainable. As a nation we consume far more than we produce, we spend far more than we bring in, our debt is growing much faster than our GDP is, our entitlement programs [...]
October can be the cruelest month for stocks
Mark Hulbert: The seasonal pattern that is the source of the “Sell In May and Go Away” strategy is based on historical averages, and there is wide variability in the year-by-year results. In fact, just over half the time since the Dow was created in 1896, that six-month stretch has done at least as well as it has this year.
The reason that [...]
Finally some economic news I can relate to and I think so can everyone else.
Consumers boosted spending in August by the biggest amount in six months, but their wages grew more slowly so they had to dip into their savings to pay for their purchases.
The 0.5% increase in spending was the fastest since February and marked the second straight sharp gain, according to Commerce Department data released Friday.
Yet other reports [...]
American are fast turning to mobile devices to get their news, resulting in stunning viewership declines for CNN and existence-threatening readership drops for newspapers, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The winners: social network sites, online news and websites like the Drudge Report and Yahoo.
In Pew’s latest look at trends in news consumption, Americans said that they have turned away from CNN. In just four years, the percentage of [...]
RECESSION LOOMS: GDP REVISED DOWN TO 1.3%, DURABLE GOODS COLLAPSE 13%
Our 2nd quarter GDP has just been revised downward from an already anemic 1.7% to a shockingly weak 1.3%. Moreover, orders for durable goods went — as Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey points out – ”over a cliff,” collapsing a full 13%. Morrissey also reports that this is the single largest decrease in over four years and that a subsequent increase in inventories this [...]
Do Experts Agree?
Deutsche Bank analysts Daniel Brebner and Xiao Fu have just released a new report saying that gold is money (via Business Insider):
While it is included in the commodities basket it is in fact a medium of exchange and one that is officially recognised (if not publically used as such). We see gold as an officially recognised form of money for one primary reason: it is widely held by most of the world’s larger [...]
By now everyone knows about the collapse in Chinese iron ore consumption, electricity production and luxury good demand (see Burberry), as well as the record copper stockpiling, all of which point to the arrival of the long-deferred Chinese hard landing. Rumors, subsequential denials notwithstanding, that Chinese Hu Jintao successor Xi Jinping may or may not be missing, are not helping. Below we present yet another data point which had, for the longest [...]
(NaturalNews) If you read the mainstream news headlines today, you might be shocked to see headlines that say things like, “Organic foods no healthier than conventional foods” or “Organic foods may not be healthier for you.” You’ll see these headlines all across the usual disinfo outlets: NPR, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, WebMD and elsewhere.
The problem with these headlines is that they are flatly false. The study these news outlets are [...]
Cuba has slapped a new customs tax on everyday goods shipped from overseas in a drive that experts say could weaken the economy and sap consumption.
The levy took effect Monday and is payable in foreign currency. It targets goods imported by private citizens, often self-employed people who have started up businesses as part of timid reforms undertaken by the communist government in 2011.
Carmen Arias, deputy director of the customs service, [...]
by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds
The Stock Market Is An “Attractive Nuisance” And Should Be Closed
The dark pool of parasitic scum known as the stock market is an “attractive nuisance” that should be shut down.
In tort law, an attractive nuisance is any potentially hazardous object or condition that is likely to attract the naive and unwary, i.e. children.
A classic example is an abandoned swimming pool half-filled with fetid water.
Since many stock market [...]
The debt hangover is still giving the nation a deep headache. For example, in 2003 10 percent of Americans had an account in collections. Today, it is more than 14 percent. The addiction to debt is both troubling but what is more surprising is how little was learned from the financial crisis. The stock market is pretending as if the European debt crisis was solved, that emerging markets had no growth [...]
The lumbering California economy could be slowed by a prolonged shutdown of the huge Chevron Corp. refinery in Richmond, which provides a sizable chunk of the state’s fuel-making capability, a UCLA expert said.
Gasoline prices in California could surge as much as 35 cents a gallon, taking the edge off the state’s modest growth rate now estimated to be roughly 2%, said William Yu, an economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast.
While more Americans than ever before are quitting their cigarette habit, they aren’t kicking tobacco out of their systems entirely.
A growing number are turning to large cigars and pipes instead of the slimmer counterparts, suggesting that initial results that suggested people were cutting back on smoking altogether were less substantial than initially predicted.
Overall consumption of smoked tobacco products declined 27.5 per cent between 2000 and 2011, but use of noncigarette [...]
July 24, 2012
A newly discovered water source in Namibia could have a major impact on development in the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa.
Estimates suggest the aquifer could supply the north of the country for 400 years at current rates of consumption.
Scientists say the water is up to 10,000 years old but is cleaner to drink than many modern sources.
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Mother Nature Doesn’t Care
The dust bowl or dirty thirties ran from 1930 to 1940 (chart 1).
Chart 1: Spot Commodity Prices: CRB Spot Index (1947 – Present); 16-Raw Industrial Spot Price (1935-1947); Great Britain Wholesale Price of All Commodities (1885-1935) and Trend Z Scores
If a comparison 2008-2020 and 1930 to 1942, specifically 2012 and 1934, both agriculturally and economically, doesn’t raise the hairs of concern, nothing will (chart 2).
Chart 2: Drought’s Footprint:
Mother nature don’t care if [...]
GUANGZHOU, China—China is ramping up state spending to counter its sharpest decline in growth since the financial crisis, further entrenching state-owned companies and dimming the hopes of some that China would use the slowdown to restructure its economy with market-oriented changes.
Premier Wen Jiabao said Tuesday the government’s primary task is to promote investment. Although policies to stabilize growth “include stimulating consumption and diversifying exports,” he said in a statement posted [...]
Uruguay – in a bid to curb a narcotics-fuelled violent crimewave across the country – has unveiled plans to nationalise its cannabis market and become the first government in the world to sell the soft drug to consumers.
The measure is aimed at both reducing the rising power of drug gangs and the growing number of users of crack and freebase cocaine in what has traditionally been one of Latin America’s [...]