Martin Armstrong – Reports of the Dollar’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated

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Jerry Robinson – Following The PetroDollar Down The Drain

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Brandi Jo Newman – Helping The Baby Boomers Save Their Retirement

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Christina Tobin – People Are Taking The Power Back

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Jay Taylor – Is The Petrodollar Doomed?

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Michelle Seiler Tucker – Teaches You How To Sell Your Business For More Than It’s Worth

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Triple Lutz Report #347 – Shoot Out At The Bundy Ranch… Almost

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The Latest Updates from Acting Man – 2014.04.17

from Acting Man

Are the Swiss Going Crazy? by Pater Tenebrarum

Please, Not Another IMF by Pater Tenebrarum

Consumer Confidence Implodes in Japan by Pater Tenebrarum

The Great Keynesian Fraud by Bill Bonner

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Talk of Bloodless Coup in Donetsk; European Countries Resent US Tone; Low Hopes for Peace Talks; War, What Is It Good For?

by Mike “Mish” Shedlock
MISH’S Global Economic Trend Analysis

Another bloodless coup in Ukraine is underway. This time, it’s in the Donetsk region.

Should it come to that ending, it would be the third Ukrainian coup in a matter of months (counting the ouster of former president Viktor Yanukovych followed by the coup in Crimea).

Talk of Bloodless, Passive Coup in Donetsk

Please consider Kiev’s Weak Grip on East Falters.

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Snowden Asks Putin Live: Does Russia Intercept Or Store Comms?

from RussiaToday

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Putin Says Russia Will Respond To NATO Moves, Accuses Kiev Of Plunging Ukraine Into “Abyss”

from Zero Hedge

It didn’t take long for Putin to respond to the latest news from the west that NATO was about to boost its military presence in proximity to Russia. Specifically he said that Putin does not see a reason to fear NATO which was to be expected. But the even more predictable punchline: Russia must respond when NATO moves closer to country’s border, President Vladimir Putin says during annual televised call-in show.

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Hope for the Dead

by Andrew P. Napolitano

What is the connection between freedom and rising from the dead?

When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and editorials was not safety or taxes or peace; it was freedom.

Two acts of Parliament broke the bonds with the mother country irreparably. The first was the Stamp Act, which was enforced by British soldiers, who used general search warrants issued by a secret court in London to rummage through the personal possessions of any colonists they chose, ostensibly looking to see whether those colonists had purchased the government’s stamps. The second intolerable act was the imposition of a tax to pay for the Church of England, which all adult male property-owning colonists were forced to pay, no matter their religious beliefs.

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Ben Swann Radio Show 04/16/2014 Low

from BenSwannRealityCheck

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The Next IRS Tactic vs. Expats and Accidental Americans?

by Wendy McElroy
The Daily Bell

According to the State Department’s estimate (January 2013), approximately 6.8 million Americans live abroad. Many more “accidental Americans” live outside the U.S. In the future, both may confront a powerful new weapon wielded by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

An “accidental American” is a person who lives in Canada (or another non-U.S. nation) and holds dual citizenship, whether or not he knows it. For example, it includes every Canadian child born to an American parent even if he never sets foot on U.S. Soil. America requires citizens living abroad to file tax forms on the money they earn and to report foreign bank accounts as well as other assets. The foreign income is usually considered taxable by the IRS. But, even if no taxes are owed, the possible penalty for not reporting is $10,000 per undisclosed asset per year.

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Official Gold Supply Dries Up Further

Hawala premium crosses 4%, as Akshay Tritiya boosts demand; spot delivery premium also doubles

by Rajesh Bhayani
Business Standard

The premium for getting spot delivery for gold in the Indian market jumped to $70 an ounce from $35 a couple of days earlier, with a sudden scarcity.

While the trade is facing a scarcity of gold in official channels due to lower imports by private banks, the increase in demand in the unofficial market resulted in the hawala market premium crossing four per cent from 2.75-3 per cent a few days earlier and 2-2.25 per cent a month before, said a source in the Kolkata market, where smuggled gold inflow is said to be higher.

Recently, gold spot premiums were on a downward trajectory due to permission to five private banks to import gold. However as the new financial year had begun, a private bank bullion desk official said quarterly and yearly targets were being fixed, which is why their import was limited.

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Out of Ammo? The Eroding Power of Central Banks

by Michael Sauga and Anne Seith
Spiegel International

Since the financial crisis, central banks have slashed interest rates, purchased vast quantities of sovereign bonds and bailed out banks. Now, though, their influence appears to be on the wane with measures producing paltry results. Do they still have control?

Once every six weeks, the most powerful players in the global economy meet on the 18th floor of an ugly office building near the train station in the Swiss city of Basel. The group includes United States Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and her counterpart at the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, along with 16 other top monetary policy officials from Beijing, Frankfurt, Paris and elsewhere.

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IRS Targets Ron Paul’s “Campaign for Liberty”

from RTAmerica

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Gold Price Likely to Average $1225/oz in 2014 as Investors Shy Away: GFMS

from Platts

A lack of investment interest in gold is starting to take its toll on the price, with an average of $1,225/oz forecast for 2014 and heading lower in 2015, GFMS said Thursday in its Gold Survey 2014.

The price forecast is 13% lower than the 2013 average of $1,411.23/oz.

“The price is expected to post 2014 lows in mid-year, with a fundamentally driven rally thereafter, but this is likely to peter out in early 2015,” the Thomson Reuters/GFMS survey read.

Despite the “heavy visible sales from Exchange Traded Funds, driving a 25% price fall in the second quarter [of 2013], OTC investors were net buyers in 2013, notably in East Asia and the Middle East,” the report read.

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Macro Analytics – Dohmen: What the Technical Tell Us – Part 2 – Gordon T. Long with Bert Dohmen

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David Morgan Interview on Silver Market, Silver Price Manipulation and the Coming Global Monetary Reset

by Fabrice Drouin Ristori
Silver Seek

Since there is a lot of talk about a potential gold re evaluation following an international monetary reset, I wanted to interview David Morgan, renowned silver market analyst, in order to have his views on a couple of topics, including silver evolution, silver manipulation, and the potential price of silver after a financial reset. Read his answers below :

Fabrice Drouin Ristori : Mr. Morgan, thank you for this interview. You’ve specialized in analyzing the silver price for a long time, and understanding how and why the price of silver evolves with such volatility takes time and research. Let’s start with the basics : Could you give us an idea of the size of the annual worldwide production of physical silver ?

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The Sad State of the Economics Profession

by Frank Hollenbeck

It is not an exaggeration to say the current reputation of economists is probably just below that of a used car salesman. The recent failures of economic policies to boost growth or employment have tarnished this image even more. This, however, is in sharp contrast to the past when economists were seen as the intellectual roadblock to popular misconceptions, bad ideas, or more importantly, government policies sold to the public on false assumptions. Popular slogans such as “protecting American jobs” play on nationalism, but in reality only serve special interests. The economist of the past would never have hesitated to highlight the fallacies in such reasoning.

Most economists today, however, have sold themselves to the enemy. They work for government agencies such as the IMF, OECD, World Bank, central banks, or academic institutions where their research is heavily subsidized by government agencies. To succeed they have to “toe the line.” You don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

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Why We Took Down Our Bundy Ranch Video

from StormCloudsGathering

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Ukraine Currency Collapses Nearly 70% Against Gold In 4 Months

by Mark O’Byrne

Today’s AM fix was USD 1,299.25 EUR 937.48 & GBP 771.89 per ounce.

Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,299.00, EUR 938.58 & GBP 773.03 per ounce.

Gold rose $0.20 or 0.015% yesterday, closing at $1,303.10/oz. Silver gained $0.05 or 0.25% yesterday to $19.67/oz.

Gold traded near $1,300 an ounce, set for a weekly drop, as investors weighed tentative signals of a U.S. recovery against the risk of conflict in Ukraine and geopolitical tension. Silver, platinum and palladium are all marginally lower.

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Earnings Miss. Google + IBM

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Report: Research Facility “Loses” Thousands of Tubes Containing Deadly Virus

by Mac Slavo

A French research institute working on various deadly viruses, including SARS, has apparently misplaced thousands of tubes and no one is quite sure where they went.

A routine inventory check at Paris’ Pasteur Institute revealed that 2,349 tubes containing fragments of the virus responsible for the deaths of 774 people in 2002 were missing, the centre named after French chemist Louis Pasteur said.

It is not clear how the tubes disappeared from one of the institute’s safest laboratories. Management were made aware of the loss in January, Le Monde newspaper reported.

For weeks, staff at the institute tried to find the missing vials, general director Christian Bréchot said.

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Dennis Miller & Chris Waltzek on GoldSeek Radio – April 16, 2013

by Chris Waltzek
GoldSeek Radio

Former university instructor and corporate trainer, Dennis Miller insists that gold investors take steps to fund their retirement by adding the other safe haven investment to their portfolios: bonds. He highlights two bond funds, including one high yield fund to improve diversification of assets, the hallmark of investing success. The Fed has run out of QE bullets; eventually a 1929 or 2008 like crisis will unfold, making gold, silver and bonds essential life preservers for every profitable portfolio.

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Crisis, Gold & An Incredible Opportunity No One Is Looking At

from King World News

Today one of the wealthiest people in the financial world spoke with King World News about the ongoing crisis, gold, and a an incredible new opportunity that no one is looking at. This is an important interview with Rick Rule, who is business partners with billionaire Eric Sprott, where he discusses exactly what this new opportunity is and how he is going to take advantage of it. Readers will never guess the investment Rule shares with KWN.

Rule: “Today’s news and yesterday’s news, with gold declining, is very interesting. The most important reason put out by the bullion banks and the mainstream media had to do with the study released by the World Gold Council that suggested that not all of the gold that’s been imported into China has been used for central bank reserves or has gone into retail safekeeping…..

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Rick Rule: A Potentail Black Swan Could Be On The Horizon

from WallStForMainSt

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East vs West in High Finance – Directed History or Real Schism?

from The Daily Bell

BRICS countries to set up their own IMF … Very soon, the IMF will cease to be the world’s only organization capable of rendering international financial assistance. The BRICS countries are setting up alternative institutions, including a currency reserve pool and a development bank … The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have made significant progress in setting up structures that would serve as an alternative to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which are dominated by the U.S. and the EU. A currency reserve pool, as a replacement for the IMF, and a BRICS development bank, as a replacement for the World Bank, will begin operating as soon as in 2015, Russian Ambassador at Large Vadim Lukov has said. – RBTH

Dominant Social Theme: The dollar is on its way out. A new regime is rising in the East.

Free-Market Analysis: Here is yet another article on the proverbial decline and fall of the West, and especially its Anglo-American backed economic and financial institutions.

We have a difficult time, however, believing fully in the veracity of this East versus West meme. Something strikes us as a little bit phony … After all, the IMF and the World Bank in particular are Western inventions.

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Jay Taylor – Is The Petrodollar Doomed?

from Financial Survival Network

We talked with our old friend Jay Taylor about the impending collapse of the petrodollar. Seems like the world is ready to move on from this failed experiment, but what will become of the United States?

China and Russia are setting up oil exchanges and getting ready for life without it. Jay also talks about an intriguing mining stock that seems to have all the makings of a major gold player. Novo Resources sounds really exciting.

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Michelle Seiler Tucker – Teaches You How To Sell Your Business For More Than It’s Worth

from Financial Survival Network

Michelle Seiler-Tucker is a leading authority on buying, selling and improving businesses as well as increasing a business’s revenue streams. She has sold several hundred businesses and franchises. She has helped buyers from all walks of life buy the American Dream, create financial freedom to be their own boss and to obtain a better quality of life. What makes her such a major player in the industry is that she closes nearly 98 percent of all the offers she writes, truly an amazing track record.

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Triple Lutz Report #347 – Shoot Out At The Bundy Ranch… Almost

from Financial Survival Network

Well it finally happened. Main Street, or at least hick street stood up to DC and DC backed down. The Bundy Ranch, located a stone’s throw from Harry Reid’s spread in Searchlight Nevada has been the scene of a twenty year battle by the Fed’s to stamp out ranching in the name of protecting the supposedly endangered desert tortoise. Finally, the heavy hand of the government was going to end the dispute once and for all. What they weren’t counting was a convergence of thousands of concerned citizens coming to the rescue. Once the Feds realized that the sheeple were mad as hell and weren’t going to take it any more, it was all over.

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When Earnings Disappoint In A Market Priced For Perfection

by John Rubino
Dollar Collapse

After today’s market close there was a flurry of earnings announcements, some of which were way low. Not bad, mind you. In fact they were pretty good. But because Wall Street analysts were expecting more in order to justify current stock prices, the disappointments led to big price declines in the aftermarket:

Google shares fall on earnings miss; IBM’s on revenue miss

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Google Inc. shares fell in the extended session Wednesday after the company’s quarterly earnings disappointed, while International Business Machines Corp. shares declined on a revenue miss.

Google Class A shares declined 6% to $529.84 while Class C shares dropped 6% to $523.50 after the Internet giant’s first-quarter profit rose, but fell short of Wall Street estimates. Trading volume was moderate for both classes of stock.

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NATO To Boost Air, Warship Presence Around Russia; Netherlands May Deploy F-16s To Ukraine

from Zero Hedge

If there is was one way to assure a certain escalation in Ukraine hostilities beyond what has already happened, it is for NATO to do precisely what Russia warned it should not do: build up its presence in the surrounding countries. Which is why we find it somewhat puzzling that NATO announced it would do just this when as the Guardian reported, the military alliance said it would step up its presence around Russian borders to “reassure eastern European member states.”

The reinforcements on Nato’s eastern flank will take the form of more air patrols over the Baltic states, greater numbers of warships in both the Baltic and eastern Mediterranean, and more troops deployed in eastern Europe.

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New Jersey’s Pension Options Are Limited

by Alicia H. Munnell
Market Watch

Gov. Chris Christie is to be commended for allocating $2.25 billion of his fiscal year 2015 budget to New Jersey’s state-administered pension funds. He is indeed correct that this amount – while far short of the actuarially required contribution – is large for New Jersey.

But the governor is misguided in his conclusion that further benefit cuts are the only way to handle “exploding” pension costs. First, the annual costs for accruing pensions – that is, the benefits earned each year by current workers – are not exploding. What is exploding are the costs associated with having not funded pensions for the last 12 years. As a result, New Jersey owes $56 billion to pay off promised benefits – three quarters attributable to the state government and one quarter to local governments. Second, there are no feasible benefit cuts that could reduce this amount. If the state wants to confront this problem, the governor will have to back away from his no-new-tax pledge to produce the revenues to pay promised benefits.

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Thanks To The Buck

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New Report from Princeton and Northwestern Proves It: The U.S. is an Oligarchy

by Michael Krieger
Liberty Blitzkrieg

Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.

- From a recent study titled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University

In response to the publication of an academic study that essentially proves the United States is nothing more than an oligarchy, many commentators have quipped sentiments that go something like “so tell me something I don’t know.” While I agree that the conclusion is far from surprising to anyone paying attention, the study is significant for two main reasons.

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