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China Stocks Crash, US Futures Flat Ahead Of More Greek Rumors

Courtesy of central planning, virtually every single capital market has become an illiquid penny stock, with wild swings from one extreme to the other, the latest example of this being the Shanghai Composite, which after soaring 10% in the past ten days, crashed 6.5% overnight tumbling 321 points to 4620 after it briefly rose just shy of 5000. This was the biggest drop since January 19 when the Composite dropped 7.7% only to blast higher ever since. Putting the "plunge" in perspective, now the SHCOMP is back to levels not seen in... one week.



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Greece Owes $1.2 Billion To Drugmakers As Government Can No Longer Afford Basic Medical Supplies

In a sign of just how dire the situation in Greece truly is, Reuters is reporting that Athens now owes billions to drugmakers as the consequences of being completely beholden to the ”institutions” which control the printing of a fiat currency now weigh on Greece's ability to provide basic medical services for its citizens.



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Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Paul Singer Reveals The "Bigger Short"

"Today, six and a half years after the collapse of Lehman, there is a Bigger Short cooking. That Bigger Short is long-term claims on paper money, i.e., bonds."



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Julian Assange On The TPP: "Deal Isn't About Trade, It's About Corporate Control"

"It’s mostly not about trade. Only 5 of the 29 chapters are about traditional trade." What little we know about the TPP has come from whistleblower site, Wikileaks. This is what Julian Assange thinks of this “trade” treaty in his own words...



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"Ms. Wantanabe" Bets On Resurgent Yen As PE Cashes Out

"Japanese day traders, colloquially and collectively known as 'Mrs Watanabe', are buying the yen as it nears eight-year lows," Nikkei reports. For their part, private equity firms are cashing out at what they figure may be the top for Japanese stocks.



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Crony Capitalism At Work - Boeing Threatens To Leave US If Ex-Im Subsidy Yanked

When has crony capitalism really gotten out of control? How about when a major U.S. corporation (a huge defense contractor, no less) is publicly threatening government officials to leave the country if the federal government doesn’t continue to boost their profits through government handouts...



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Artists's Impression Of This Week's US Foreign Policy Meeting

Presented with no comment...



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Florida Man Arrested After Limping From Pawn Shop With AK-47s Stuffed Down His Pants

You know it's bad when...



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An Insane Financial World

What do we really know?



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The Global Economy As Seen From "The Man In The Moon"

The Man in the Moon studies the pathology of Earth’s global economy and markets from a distance where there’s no gravitational pull towards empiricism or consensus. His findings: 1) the global economy is over-leveraged, fragile, stagnating, and increasingly centrally managed; 2) capital markets and asset performance have been captured by the perception of the ongoing value of money, and so; 3) unconventional investment analysis is prudent.



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Guest Post: Cuba - Figuring Out Pieces Of The Puzzle

In spite of all of the 'apparently good' outcomes of Cuba’s experimentation with equal sharing of wealth; in recent years Cuba seems to be moving away from the planned economy model. Instead, it is moving to more of a “mixed economy,” with more entrepreneurship encouraged. While we don’t have explanations for all of the things that are going on, here are a few insights on what is happening...



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Do Not Show This Chart To Bank Of Japan Governor Kuroda

As another example of "has the world gone mad?" - we present the following words of wisdom from BoJ Governor Kuroda-san:

*KURODA DOESN'T SEE ANY ASSET BUBBLE OR STOCK MARKET BUBBLE, OR ANY 'FINANCIAL EXCESS' IN ECONOMY

And in the interests of sanity, we highly suggest he not look at the chart below...



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Apple Co-founder: "Snowden Is A Hero To Me"

"Total hero to me; total hero... Not necessarily [for] what he exposed, but the fact that he internally came from his own heart, his own belief in the United States Constitution, what democracy and freedom was about."



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"New Silk Road" Part 2: Cold War Or Competition?

In Part 1 of “The New Silk Road,” we examined the China’s plan for rebuilding the Silk Road, stretching from Europe to Asia. In Part 2, we look at currently proposed projects, and geopolitical rivalries that could stall and hamper progress. Until very recently, it was widely assumed that the US would lead its western allies in a campaign against the Russian/Chinese deal to develop the Silk Road, but events have been reversing with remarkable speed.



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Who Would Win A Conflict In The South China Sea: The Infographic

The US and China are racing towards a maritime conflict stemming from Beijing’s construction of what Washington has condescendingly called “sand castles” in the Spratly archipelago. With Beijing set to enforce what is effectively a no-fly zone over its new sovereign ‘territory’ we bring you an infographic which shows that when it comes to sheer size, China’s air force and Navy are beyond compare.



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