Corruption

Libyans Who Once Opposed Gaddafi Now Regret US-Led Regime Change

Who actually benefits from American-led wars across the globe? The aftermath of American-led conflicts shows it is not the common people, though the military and politicians vow they are liberating and protecting them... "Before 2011, I hated Gaddafi more than anyone. But now, life is much, much harder, and I have become his biggest fan."

Never #NeverTrump - Not Voting Trump Is Republican Suicide

Trump is Obama’s nemesis, Hillary’s worst nightmare, and a vampire’s mirror of the Republican establishment. Before November’s election, his next outburst or reinvention will once again sorely embarrass his supporters, but perhaps not to the degree that Clinton’s erudite callousness should repel her own. It may be discomforting for some conservatives to vote for the Republican party’s duly nominated candidate, but as this Manichean two-person race ends, it is now becoming suicidal not to.

Frontrunning: September 21

  • Bank of Japan's policy reset muddies markets' risk mood (Reuters)
  • BOJ overhauls policy focus, sets target for government bond yields (Reuters)
  • BOJ Shifts Policy Framework to Targeting Japan’s Yield Curve (BBG)
  • Fed Focus Turns to Dots as Hike Odds Fade: Decision-Day Guide (BBG)
  • Oil jumps after surprise drop in U.S. crude inventories (Reuters)

Martin Armstrong On "The Coming Dark Age"

"The system as we know it is always doomed to failure simply because we are satisfied as a whole with bread and circuses and let politicians run wild in their greed. Hillary is the example for everyone to see..."

Protecting America's Children From Police-State Goons, Bureaucratic Idiots, & Mercenary Creeps

This is the tyranny of the Nanny State: marketed as benevolence, enforced with armed police, and inflicted on all those who do not belong to the elite ruling class that gets to call the shots. The lesson is this: once a free people allows the government inroads into their freedoms or uses those same freedoms as bargaining chips for security, it quickly becomes a slippery slope to outright tyranny.

"She's So Full Of S**t" - Lessons For Hillary: Pricey Ads, Catchy Soundbites Don't Work

Hillary Clinton has spent several times what Donald Trump has spent to air television ads in key states. That will likely continue; in a new count by Advertising Age, the Clinton campaign and its allied super PACs have booked $145.3 million in ad time between now and Election Day, to $4.4 million for Trump and his groups. The disparity has terrified some Republican strategists who fear Trump is being drowned in a tidal wave of Clinton ads. But what if it doesn't really matter?

Fooled Again

The naive hopes of Bernie Sanders’ supporters - to build a grass-roots political movement, change the Democratic Party from within and push Hillary Clinton to the left - have failed. The multibillion-dollar extravaganza of our electoral Circus Maximus is part of the smokescreen that covers the ongoing devastation of globalization, deindustrialization, trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, endless war, climate change and the intrusion into every corner of our lives by the security and surveillance state. Our democracy is dead.

Ken Rogoff’s Government Debt Default Plan

Ken Rogoff is by all accounts a brilliant man. The Harvard professor and former IMF chief economist is a chess grandmaster. His thesis committee included current Fed vice-chair Stanley Fischer. But like many survivors of Ivy League hoop jumping, the poor fellow appears to have emerged punch drunk. That’s the only conclusion to be drawn from Rogoff’s new book, The Curse of Cash , which, in effect, proposes a ban on paper currency.