Two years after the controversial appointment of Saudi Arabia to the U.N. Human Rights Council, leaked diplomatic cables have revealed the U.K. was a key player in the election of the Gulf State - despite the Saudis’ appalling human rights record. What is surprising is the next chapter in the farcical saga...
When will the “nothing is happening” crowd finally wake up?
If you have ever felt that in addition to being a quasi cargo cult (which in the case of central planners borders on religious dogma) rather than an actual science, not to mention far more destructive, economics was purposefully obtuse and opaque, meant to sound sophisticated and generally "baffle with bullshit" when in reality it was hollow, often contradictory and sometimes meaningless by design, then the following confession by David Hakes, professor of economics at the University of Northern Iowa is for you. In it the economist explains how he was turned down when he wrote articles that could easily be understood by a broad audience. So he made them more difficult to understand and got published immediately.
While the U.S. has never had a truly free economy, the new study makes it evident that Americans have far less economic freedom and opportunity than they did in the year 2000. Now that economic conditions are even worse in the U.S. than they were before, a culture of extreme economic control has taken over and exacerbated the growing recession - one that history may end up redesignating a depression.
- China stocks resume sharp slide as economic worries mount (Reuters)
- OECD head says sees further cut to global growth forecasts (Reuters)
- The U.S. Dollar Is Gaining Like It's the 1980s — For Better or Worse (BBG)
- Glencore Slumps to Record Low, Erasing Gains Since Debt Plan (BBG)
- Woman killed, 400 homes destroyed by California wildfire (Reuters)
- Why Morning Is the Worst Time to Trade Stocks (WSJ)
- German Investor Confidence Damped by Weaker Emerging Markets (BBG)
Fostering dependence on irresponsible banks and a still very vulnerable banking sector will make the entire western financial and economic system even more vulnerable.
Don’t let anyone fool you: As we have detailed since 2013, sectarian strife in Syria has been engineered to provide cover for a war for access to oil and gas, and the power and money that come along with it.
Awareness about the concept of money is making a comeback. Gone are the decades in which the global citizenry was fooled to leave this subject to economists, governments and banks – a setup that has proven to end in disaster. The crisis in 2008 has spawned debate about what money is, where it comes from and where it should come from.
Europe's refugee crisis just took a dramatic turn for the worse, and strikes at the very hear of Europe's Shengen customs union which has allowed borderless travel within Europe for decades. As Bloomberg reports, the Italian Province of Bolzano in Northern Italy said in a statement that it agreed with the Italian government on request by German Federal State of Bavaria by "communicating a willingness to restore border controls at Brenner and temporarily suspend the Schengen agreement."
The United States lags far behind other developed countries in terms of personal, civil and economic freedoms, according to a study released this month. Its neighbor to the north, for example, ranked 14 spots ahead of the so-called “Land of the Free.”
- Deutsche Bank Says Rout ‘Very Serious’ as Growth Outlook Dims (BBG)
- Great fall of China sinks world stocks, dollar tumbles (Reuters)
- Global Stocks Fall Sharply Amid Concerns About the Chinese Economy (WSJ)
- Stock Rout Spreads Through Europe After China Plunge (BBG)
- China stocks give up year's gains as 'national team' stays on bench (Reuters)
- The Fed Is Looking at a Very Different Dollar Than Wall Street (BBG)
- French train gunman 'dumbfounded' by terrorist tag (Reuters)
Back on July 18, Christopher Bartley (a police lieutenant for the National Institutes of Standards and Technology), tried to refill a butane lighter. Or he tried to cook a batch of meth...
July Was Warmest Month On Record NOAA Reports, Lists All "Signifiicant Climate Anomalies And Events"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/20/2015 19:58 -0400
While some, perhaps not California farmers, will disagree with NOAA's assessment of the world's atmospheric conditions, earlier today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared that July was the warmest month ever recorded for the globe and was also the record warmest for global oceans, putting a full stop to a year that has been characterized by numerous perplexing atmospheric outliers around the globe but perhaps none other more so than NOAA's earlier assessment that the winter of 2015 was also the warmest on record despite the much discussed US winter, where for the second year in a row the economic slowdown was blamed on a colder than usual winter. Go figure: perhaps here too we need double seasonal adjustments.
This Fraud Of A Company Is Trying To Sell Stock, But Who Cares: Here Are Semi-Naked Women In BikinisSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 08/20/2015 18:14 -0400
FOMC Minutes Leaked Early After Embargo Broken, Fed Warns Risk To GDP Forecast "Tilted To The Downside"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/19/2015 13:41 -0400
Seconds ago, someone accidentally (we hope) pulled a Janet Yellen as the following just came across the wires
FOMC MINUTES: MEMB 'GENERALLY AGREED' MORE INFO NEEDED TO HIKE
FOMC MINUTES: NO TIP TOWARDS SEPT LIFTOFF, DOESN'T RULE IT OUT
But the bottom line is that the Fed just admitted things are going from bad to worse: "The risks to the forecast for real GDP and inflation were seen as tilted to the downside." The question now is what comes first: QE4 or the first rate hike in nearly a decade.