Corruption

Is This Hillary's Watergate?

Donald Trump says this is worse than Watergate. As of now, it is only potentially so. But if Hillary Clinton, this distrusted and disbelieved woman, does take the oath of office on Jan. 20, there is a real possibility that, like Nixon, down the road a year or two, she could be forced from office. Do we really want to go through this again?

Don’t Sweat The Election. The Next Crisis Is Already Baked Into The Cake

From here on out politics are only relevant at the extremes - major war, corruption scandal, martial law etc. Short of that, the fiat currency/fractional reserve banking world has such institutional momentum that it really won’t matter whether Trump is picking on bankers and building his wall or Clinton is protecting Wall Street and raising taxes. Debt will keep soaring as it has under every president since Reagan and jobs will disappear as machines replace people, thus bringing the end of the current system inexorably closer.

Janet Tavakoli: Life And Death On Wall Street

"We're in precarious times for sure. What we have done is unprecedented in the history of the United States. We got rid of the benchmark, the gold standard. We don’t have any any stable benchmark anymore. Instead, we have currencies that are being benchmarked off of each other. If you're measuring your weight you want a scale, right?"

Paul Brodsky: "We The People..."

The US government and its citizens are going to have to accept a less influential role in the world. The American people seem to be getting it and accepting it quicker than the US industrial political complex. The burgeoning conflict is located at the point where the changing preference of the crowd is meeting the rigid preference of established agents to keep power.

Citi: The FBI's Blockbuster Announcement "Could Have A Meaningful Impact On The Presidential Race"

"We have warned throughout the campaign that Black Swan risks are extraordinarily high, and hence have been less bullish for a Clinton victory than consensus. These developments do constitute an "October Surprise" that could have a meaningful impact on the race. We emphasize the potential for more Black Swan events emerging making things more complicated for forecasters and pollsters" - Citi

Ukrainians "Shocked" At Vast Wealth Amassed By Their Corrupt Politicians

"I personally feel unwell. Or rather, like someone who has been beaten and is therefore unwell. I had no illusions about our political and official elite. But all the same, what's come out is beyond the pale," Roman Donik, a volunteer to Ukraine's frontline troops, said on Facebook.

The Loosening Grip - A Beginner's Guide To The Death Throes Of Empire

The United States is not in danger. The Empire is. This is not good. Empires, the Soviet Union notwithstanding, seldom go quietly. Either Washington gambles on war of some sort against Russia, or Russia and China, in the desperate hope of reversing things, or the Empire  gets slowly eaten. Or not so slowly. Once one country pries itself loose, many may rush for the door.

650,000 Emails Found On Anthony Weiner's Laptop; DOJ Blocked Foundation Probe

Federal agents are preparing to scour roughly 650,000 emails tha, were discovered on Anthony Weiner's laptop to see how many relate to a prior probe of Hillary Clinton’s email use. Metadata on the device suggests there may be thousands sent to or from the private server that the Democratic nominee used while she was secretary of state.

American Dream, Revisited

No acts, deeds, crimes (the 2008 financial crisis), political events (the WikiLeaks emails showing virtually no distinction between the «nonprofit» Clinton cash machine, what’s private and what’s public, the obsessive pursuit of personal wealth, and the affairs of the state) seem to have real consequences. Immunity, impunity, corruption, speculation - we veer towards a state of zero responsibility (think Goldman Sachs). So, automatically, we yearn for an event of maximum consequence, a «fatal» event to repair that scandalous non-equivalence.

Could Venezuela Become The Next Syria?

It’s such a travesty that a nation as resource-rich as Venezuela could allow itself to rot from within. Its descent into chaos should serve as just the latest cautionary tale to other countries that are willing to risk stability and prosperity for even more socialism.