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The Viral Plan To Redesign America’s Money


Have you ever wondered why things could change so easily, but don’t? So has one man, who has set out with a very specific mission to change the way things are.

Travis Purrington is on a mission to re-design the dollar as part of his master’s degree.

Purrington wrote his 2011 master’s thesis for the Basel School of Design, presenting the proposal therein.

Gizmodo called the design superior to the current banknotes. Mashable argued the nation should make the change. Slate wrote that the new designs are a hit.

They  are all over Tumblr. Read more ›

Dubai stock exchange tumbles 33% in past month

Stacy Summary: I know it’s unfashionable to discuss; and that all the tweeting hipsters look and talk the same (i.e. rouble) but in the meantime, carnage continues elsewhere in the world . . . .

The Tax Justice Network Podcast, December 2014

Hear how mafia is corrupting democracy at the heart of Europe in Italy’s capital city of Rome. Also: the #LuxLeaks whistleblower is arrested and makes his first public statements on why he did it, the UK Chancellor’s new ‘Google Tax’, is the EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker backing away from making a register of real owners of companies and trusts public? And more scandal and unique analysis.

Featuring: The Tax Justice Network’s John Christensen, Celia Ferrara of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy, Vittorio Agnoletto of Libera International and Criminologist Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero of Middlesex University. Click on the logo to listen or click play below:


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New Poll Finds 59% of Americans Support Post 9/11 Torture – Propaganda, Cultural Sickness, Or Both?

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After reading about a new poll that shows 59% of Americans support post 9/11 torture, I’ve spent the entire morning thinking about what it means. Does this confirm the total degeneration of American culture into a collective of chicken-hawk, unthinking, statist war-mongering automatons? Alternatively, does it merely reflect the effectiveness of corporate-government propaganda? Is it a combination of both? How does the poll spilt by age group?

These are all important questions to which I do not have definitive answers, but I have some thoughts I’d like to share…

Read the rest here.

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[KR693] Keiser Report: Oil can combust & blow it all

We discuss the blood-bathing in the oil related markets – from the Dubai stock exchange to the West Australian fracking company gone bust to some of the highest paid jobs in America being laid off. In the second half Max interviews former banker turned independent media star, Brian Rose of London Real TV and Silicon Real. They discuss whether or not London can ever be a new Silicon Valley.


Stacy Summary: Despite what mainstream bloggers are tweeting (they claim RT is not talking about the rouble), almost every other video posted by RT today is actually about the rouble (check out their YouTube page and their Twitter feed for more updates). But, whatever. Patriots will shriek. In meantime, some rouble content for you below. As we said in a recent episode of Keiser Report, currency crises happen during balance of payments crises (i.e. Russia 1998) or periods of deglobalization (i.e. 1914-1945). As Russia does NOT have a balance of payments crisis and has only $4 billion of external debt rolling over in the next 12 months (so no imminent sovereign debt crisis), this, imo, must be part of the deglobalization meets the new paradigm of algorithmic trading (the Norwegian krone was selling off heavily and dropped below parity with the Swedish krona for first time since 1992). The other thing to note is that when we discussed the crashing rouble a few episodes ago, we mentioned that the Baltic Dry Index was down 57% ytd, it is now down 63% . . . global trade is at a standstill but this time not due to ‘credit crunch’ (recall that shippers were unable to get Letters of Credit in 2008 when the BDI collapsed by 80+%) but sanctions / deglobalization (or ‘regionalisation’ as Constantin Gurdgiev calls it).

And this is how bad the tumble is today:

Unlike 1998, however, today there is no balance of payments crisis, nor chance of imminent sovereign default (as per above, though non-financial corporates may likely default on some of their debts). Recall my story of trade deal with a Russian company during 1998 rouble crisis; we had a deal for $80,000 USD. We ended up receiving I believe about $30,000. We lost on this end; i.e. the film distributor defaulted on part of their debt to us. We took the hit.

To put the rouble into currency context; about $85 billion / day in rouble is traded in a global forex market of $5.3 trillion per day. So it’s a tiny portion of the whole forex game – like silver in the precious metals market. Most forex trade is USD, EUR and YEN. Then Swiss Franc, GBP and CAD.

Some believe capital controls will be the next step:

Iceland did the same and, in fact, still have controls in place, but they are a tiny $13 billion economy compared to Russia’s $2 trillion economy. Many shriek with giggles and laughter, but deglobalization benefits nobody. Remember 1914-1945?

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Gold Imports ‘Phenomenal’ In India – 571 Percent Surge To 150 Tonnes in November

Gold Imports ‘Phenomenal’ In India – 571 Percent Surge To 150 Tonnes in November

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India’s gold imports were over a staggering 150 tonnes in November and have seen a “phenomenal” rise in India according to India’s Trade Secretary, Rajeev Kher.

A few weeks ago we said that the death of the Indian gold market was greatly exaggerated. The latest gold import data out of India confirms this.

The import restrictions on gold that were imposed on Indians in August of 2013 were lifted at the end of last month. Despite the fact that the restrictions were still in place gold importation in November surged an incredible 571% relative to the same month last year at over 151.58 tonnes.

This was an increase of 38 percent from 109.55 tonnes a month earlier, trade ministry data showed on Tuesday.

The Indian government had recognised the socially destructive impact of the 80:20 scheme – which obliged importers to export 20% of it’s gold imports before bringing in another shipment – by pushing business into the hands of smugglers and thereby empowering criminality while losing out on the 10% duty currently charged on all gold imports.
It had been assumed that, because demand was being met by these “informal” supplies, the relaxing of the 80:20 policy would not have a dramatic impact on gold imports into India. That remains to be seen. Smuggling networks are now well established and arguably could provide cheaper gold than government-sanctioned channels.

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Central Bank of Russia raises rates by 6.5%

Stacy Summary: Holy moly! Rate rises are better than throwing away your foreign exchange reserves; wonder if it will force the currency speculators away?

At the same time, part of the same story in the High Yield Energy Sector:

This Is Why the Oil-Price Crash Will Maul the US Economy

The plunge in the price of oil that began in July acts like a tax cut, it is said, and will boost spending by consumers and businesses, and thus goose the US economy. Among the voices propagating this view is the UBS macro strategy team. It found that if the current prices persists on average in 2015, you can expect a boost to US GDP of 0.5%, which would be big for the otherwise crummy US “recovery.”

I don’t know what these good folks have been smoking, but I want some of it too.

Read…   This Is Why the Oil-Price Crash Will Maul the US Economy



How NYC’s Biggest Real Estate Project in a Generation is Being Financed by Selling Green Cards to the Chinese

The selling of U.S. green cards to foreigners, particularly the Chinese, has grown exponentially in 2014, and represents a significant public policy debate very few Americans are aware of. I covered the surging issuance of EB-5 immigrant visas a couple of weeks ago in the post: How the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is Selling Residency to Chinese “Investors” at $500k a Pop.

While that article focused on a turnpike in Pennsylvania and mentioned a few other projects, it didn’t clarify how widespread the use of these visas has become in 2014. Specifically, there were 10,928 applications for EB-5 visas in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. This was up a stunning 72% from fiscal year 2013. Even more shocking, the number of applications in 2006 was 486. So the 2014 figure is up 22x in less than 10 years. That’s not normal…

Read more here.

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