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Why “The US Should Have Already Panicked,” The Sectarian Divide Mapped Out

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 07/23/2014 22:59 -0400

Meghan O’Sullivan, Harvard’s Director of Geopolitics (and former deputy national security adviser for Iran and Afghanistan) warns, “The US should have already panicked.” As she notes, major American economic and political interests are at stake. The erasure of the Syria-Iraq border by a group that is [...]

Holier than Thou: Why Should Anyone Believe the US, Ukraine, or Russia? What is the US Attempting to Hide?

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / Monday, July 21, 2014 9:51 PM

I am quite tired of rhetoric from the Obama administration and Kiev regarding the situation in Ukraine. Hardly any of it is believable.

Indeed, some Ukraine propaganda efforts of Kiev are so amateurish they appear as sloppy acts of desperate [...]

They’re Lying To Us, Part 4: Fake Pensions

silverbearcafe.com / John Rubino / July 18, 2014

Most people learn by the age of 10 or so that making promises is easier than keeping them. That’s why really big promises like corporate pensions and national retirement/health care programs are so easy to screw up. Offering someone a cushy retirement or a [...]

Debt Rattle Jul 17 2014: The Rise Of The Super Dollar

theautomaticearth.com / Raúl Ilargi Meijer / July 17, 2014

My, what a lovely day. Summer’s here. Then again, not so great perhaps if yours is one of the 18,000 jobs lost at Microsoft. Then again again, at least the move made Microsoft shares rise. Not anywhere near great if you, or someone close [...]

The Yield Curve and Recessions

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / July 11, 2014

A Dangerous Misconception

Ever since the echo bubble went into overdrive due to the Fed adding what by now are nearly $5 trillion to the broad US money supply TMS-2, while keeping the administered interest rate practically at zero, people have been looking [...]

Great Graphic: Biggest Business by State

marctomarket.com / Marc Chandler / July 13, 2014

This is a fun Great Graphic. It is from Broadview Networks. It shows the largest company, by revenue, by each of the US states. The revenue figure is the latest available and the corporate headquarters is used for location. The data was drawn from Hoover’s Inc.

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How the US is creating a low wage workforce: Foreign born workers earn 79.9 percent compared to native born workers.

mybudget360.com / mybudget360 / July 12, 2014

Over the last decade the U.S. has entered into a low wage economic trend impacting the overall economy. The result has been for many once middle class familiesto fall one or two rungs lower on the economic ladder. Many corporations have boosted their bottom line by using slack [...]

The war inside the war in Afghanistan

jonrappoport.wordpress.com / Jon Rappoport / July 11, 2014

Well, there are several wars inside the war in Afghanistan. Ensuring the flow of opium to the world. Having US bases close to Russia. Protecting and gobbling up vast mineral reserves. Keeping alive the proposed oil pipeline.

Still another war is quite different. It’s a test program, [...]

Initial Jobless Claims Beats; Continuing Claims Rise For 3rd Week

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 07/10/2014 08:36 -0400

Europe is collapsing, contagion is spreading, US firms are admitting “it’s not the weather”… but initial jobless claims news is great so BFTD? After 5 weeks of misses, initial claims beat and fell to 304k – just shy of the record low for the [...]

Global Investment Climate: Pieces falling into Place

marctomarket.com / Marc Chandler / July 6, 2014

Investors learned last week that the US created 1.38 mln net new jobs in H1, the most for a six-month period since 2006. They learned that US vehicle sales in June also reached an 8-year high. For its part, the ECB emphasized that the TLTRO facility could [...]

Being young increases your odds of being unemployed in the US: 40 percent of unemployed workers are Millennials. The long-term impact of young unemployment.

mybudget360.com / mybudget360 / July 5, 2014

Young Americans continue to carry a heavy burden brought on by the Great Recession. A recent analysis conducted on US Census data found that 40 percent of unemployed workers are Millennials. Many young workers are simply trying to start their careers and each year that passes [...]

HAPPY “NO REFUSAL DAY” 2014

dollarvigilante.com / Jeff Berwick / 2014/7/4

This Dependence Day, people who live in the geographic region known as the US will celebrate by drinking foreign beer like Budweiser, and many will make empty, slurred gestures in reference towards “their nation’s” imaginary core values, like freedom and liberty with little to no understanding of [...]

Pandemics Are Entering the US Through the Southern Border

thecommonsenseshow.com / Dave Hodges / June 29, 2014

Do you believe in predictive programming? Or, when Hollywood airs something that could very likely lie in our immediate future, do you just chalk it up to being merely a coincidence? TNT has purchased 10 episodes of the new series, The Last Ship, a Michael [...]

They’re Lying To Us, Part 2: GDP

dollarcollapse.com / John Rubino / June 25, 2014

Today the US took its next-to-last stab at calculating First Quarter GDP, and the downward revision was impressive even by recent standards. It now appears that the economy, well, here’s how Bloomberg puts it:

U.S. Economy Shrank in First Quarter by Most in Five Years [...]

The Trigger Event for the UN Takeover of the US

thecommonsenseshow.com / Dave Hodges / June 28, 2014

arts One and Two of this series described how the United Nations is poised to take over the United States. The border crisis with tens, if not hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens is threatening paralyze several federal agencies. When this number grows to millions, [...]

Investment Bank: The End Of US Economic Growth

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / JUNE 24, 2014 AT 1:49AM

The conundrum is this: Real incomes of 80% of American households, including the beleaguered middle class, have been declining since 1995; and income has been transferred to the top 5% who have a relatively low propensity to consume and a relatively high [...]

US Releases Redacted “Due Process Need Not Blink” Memo Justifying Drone Strikes On US Citizens

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 06/23/2014 11:28

With the number of drone failures rising domestically and the likelihood of an exponential rise in drone strikes in Iraq imminent; the US federal court has decided now is the time to release the redacted memo justifying the use of unmanned drone strikes on US citizens. [...]

Great Graphic: US Housing Market

marctomarket.com / Marc Chandler / June 14, 2014

These two Great Graphics caught our attention. The first one shows that the average size of American homes has steadily increased. It was posted on CNN by Les Christie, who drew from Census Department figures. Over the past decade alone, the average house size increased by 11% [...]

How The US Is Arming Both Sides Of The Iraqi Conflict

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 06/12/2014 14:29

Recall a week ago we wrote “US Begins Delivering F-16s To Iraq This Week, A Decade After It Wiped Out Iraq’s Air Force” in which we said:

… the US will deliver the first of 36 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq in what Baghdad’s envoy to [...]

Al-Qaeda Jihadis Loot Over $400 Million From Mosul Central Bank, Seize Saddam’s Hometown

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 06/11/2014 09:54

As reported yesterday, in yet another humiliating blow to US foreign policy and the State Department, Al Qaeda-linked ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) militants took over the key northern town of Mosul, where an unknown number of US-made Black Hawk helicopters were [...]

Is the US Preparing to Launch a Nuclear Attack Against Russia and China?

thecommonsenseshow.com / Dave Hodges / June 7, 2014

It is Dr. Paul Craig Roberts assertion that the United States believes that it can win a nuclear war against both China and Russia. Really, Dr. Roberts, China AND Russia? When I read the Roberts’ article, I was admittedly ans initially skeptical. However, as I [...]

Many US Firms Use North Korean Gold

truthingold.com / truthing / June 5, 2014 at 09:32

Amidst America’s prevailing sanctions over North Korea, a set of firms revealed last week that their suppliers use gold refined by North Korea’s central bank. The suppliers are asked to submit an explanation immediately by the companies, if they had supplied the gold [...]

“Same Stuff, Different Year”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 06/04/2014 16:28

How many more of these annual disappointments does it take before the world gets the joke…

The History of consensus expectations for US GDP… (notice they all go from the upper left to the lower left…)

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US seeks fresh China solar tariffs

bbc.com / 4 June 2014

The US has proposed higher and more extensive tariffs on Chinese solar panels.

The Department of Commerce said it plans to impose duties of between 18.56% to 35.21%. That is much higher than the tariffs announced in 2012.

The duties will be levied on solar panels [...]

Debt Rattle Jun 1 2014: The Illusionary Economy Revives The Home ATM

theautomaticearth.com / Raúl Ilargi Meijer / June 1, 2014

In a recent article, the Wall Street Journal uncovers a big problem in the US housing market, albeit, curiously, without necessarily identifying it as a problem. It would be nice if Americans could trust their once most trusted media to give them the best [...]

Top Chinese General Accuses US And Japan Of “Provocative Actions”; Russia Wonders Why “US Has To Lead”

zerohedge.com / Tyler Durden / 06/01/2014 10:14 -0400

Now that the Ukraine pseudo civil war is slowly drifting off into limbo, with western support for the eastern regions of the nation no longer on the table, and Germany making it clear no further sanctions against Russia are coming, the Ukraine conflict is on [...]

THE TRUMAN SHOW US ECONOMY: REAL GDP NUMBERS SHOW -9% ANNUALIZED DROP

dollarvigilante.com / Jeff Berwick / 2014/5/30

[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV Editor-In-Chief, Jeff Berwick]

Watching all aspects of the US economy from outside of the propaganda zone sometimes feels like you are watching the Truman Show.

The Truman Show, for those who haven’t seen the 1998 [...]

Puerto Rico – A Tax Haven Uncle Sam Tolerates?

thedailybell.com / By Staff Report / May 27, 2014

It’s been sunny almost every day with a cool ocean breeze, and temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Sure beats the freezing cold and snowy weather we came from in Vermont. Our big workout down here is taking a swim in the pool or the ocean [...]

How a Middle East Oil Crisis Could Benefit the US

dailyreckoning.com / Matt Insley / May 23, 2014

Targeting oil infrastructure is the easiest way to have demands met,” says Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at Energy Aspects.

Infrastructure… the Middle East… disrupted oil exports…

It’s all part of a larger story, one that’s been relegated to the back [...]

UK and US Housing Bull Market Trend Forecasts and How to Profit New Free 300 page Ebook

marketoracle.co.uk / Nadeem_Walayat / May 22, 2014 – 07:49 AM GMT

The UK housing bull market has barely begun and already bubble talk fills the media air waves whilst similar bubble talk in the US began a year earlier! The latest media noise concerns mortgage caps and rising interest rates, both are red herrings as [...]