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Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds

Our Fragile "Hothouse" Economy

Financialization has led to a "hothouse" global economy where the slightest disruption in central bank/Central State intervention will cause the sickly flowers to wilt and expire.

Of the three great financial truths that have been left unspoken for the past four years out of sheer dread, lest their mere mention collapse our economy, let's start with the most obvious: if the Federal Reserve and Federal government ever crimped the dripline of "easing" and bailouts, America's financial sector would promptly roll over and expire.

Does this strike you as a robust, flexible, transparent system? Of course not. Rather, it is a "hothouse" financial sector, one that needs constant injections and a carefully controlled environment just to keep it alive.

And since the U.S. economy has been fully financialized, it is now dependent on financial machinations and skimming for its "growth," profits and the debt expansion that fuels everything else, including the metastasizing Savior State, a gargantuan aggregation of an unaccountable National Security State with crony-capitalist cartels and a dependency-inducing Welfare State.

Without the debt conjured into existence by the Fed, Treasury and the financial sector, even the mighty multi-tenacled Savior State would quickly starve.

As a result of our dependence on financialization and exponential debt, our entire economy has become a weak, sickly "hothouse" economy which can only survive in a narrow band of temperature, debt injections and opaque manipulations of data and what's left of the nation's shriveled markets.

Once exposed to Nature, i.e. "wild" transparent markets that are allowed to discover the price of all assets naturally, then both the nation's financial sector and its economy would implode.

The second great financial truth is that the financial sector has long been detached from the real economy. The real economy is for chumps; the "no-risk" skimming of monetary legerdemaine is the raison d'etre of the entire financial sector, a point brilliantly made in this "must read" essay posted on Zero Hedge: MF Global Shines A Light On Monetarism's Incapacity To Enhance The Real Economy. Granted, some of the financialization schemes described are not that easy to grasp, but here's the primary point:

That is why this system has to change at some point. It is exactly designed to be misleading, and the reason is so very simple. In any fractional system there will be a desire to amplify that fraction to the maximum degree. But in doing so, participants recognize that the process of maximization entails creating negative human emotions and perceptions since history is not really that kind to this manner of fractionalization. So the system has institutionalized, abetted by the very regulators that are supposed to cap fractions and leverage, these methodologies of hiding just how much financial entities have engaged in maximizing themselves under the cover of mathematical precision.


The Panic of 2008 was supposed to correct these excesses and remedy the fact that risks have not been accurately priced for decades. Yet the system has resisted every effort, simply settling for redefining the appearance of safety yet again. Somewhere in that mathematical pursuit of maximum fractions, the very goal of finance changed, as if traditional banking was no longer sufficient to support the pursuit’s ever-growing ambitions. So the financial economy has broken away from the real economy, using the ironic cover story of enhancing price discovery to the process of intermediation.


The fact that money is disconnected from the real economy never enters the consciousness of monetarists since money is always the answer. But make no mistake, the primary reasons for this global malaise are that money has lost its productive capacity and its proper place as a tool within the system.

The third great unspoken truth is that the conventional Status Quo-- the financial punditry, the Cargo Cult of Keynesianism, the incestuous academic community, the PhDs in the Fed and Treasury, the politico lackeys, the self-serving think-tanks of both empty ideologies ("which is better, Bud or Bud Light?"), not to mention the lobbyists, revolving door toadies and all the other hangers-on in New York and Washington-- have no Plan B and certainly no Plan C. In other words, they are utterly clueless about what to do when their abject and total failure becomes unavoidably obvious.

It is of course a crisis of self-service; nobody dares put their own status, wealth, power and perks at risk by thinking independently, much less speaking All That Cannot Be Spoken Lest This Sucker Implode.

But it is also a monumental lack of imagination; the lackeys and toadies cannot imagine any other Beast other than the one whose teat they have sucked all their lives. They live in mortal fear not of being ignorant or lacking in imagination--those deficiencies are too obvious to contest--but of the truth of the system's increasing weakness and vulnerability being openly revealed.

America's (and the world's) financial sector is a fragile, sickly hybrid which will shrivel and expire the moment it is placed in the real, dynamic world. And because the global economy has become dependent on the slouching beast of financialization, it too is fragile and sickly, sensitive to the slightest perturbations and exquisitely vulnerable to any disruption of the constant life support offered by central banks and Central States.

It is neither capitalism nor socialism, but a twisted hybrid of the worst traits of each.

I happened to catch a brief interview on DW TV (German TV, with English announcers and subtitles) of one of the few ECB (European Central Bank) officials with the integrity to resign in protest at the ECB's blatant interventions in the bond market (buying Italian bonds to prop up a market that would implode the second ECB support vanished) and the central bank's slippage toward money-printing as the answer to every problem.

This gentleman said that the ECB had to monitor the global economy 24 hours a day lest some tiny policy mistake bring the entire shaky edifice down.

Does that strike you as a description of a robust, adaptable, capitalist system based on transparancy and price discovery of assets? Of course not; it describes a hothouse economy, always on the ragged edge of collapse if its central bank and Central State minders make the tiniest error in its care.

For four precious years we have been force-fed nothing but lies, obfuscation, misdirection, fear-mongering, spin, sins of omission, misinformation, propaganda, false rumors and false hopes. The hothouse is slowly falling apart, and the sickly global financial sector is wilting. The financial media is heralding every "save" and every "rescue" with ever-shriller enthusiasm, lest a contagion of truth spread through the hothouse like a chill wind.

But we can be sure of one thing: those who know better have already sold, and it is now the job of the politico lackeys and the toadies of the Mainstream Media to convince the bagholders to hold on and not sell, because "everything's been rescued." Distilled to its essence, that is their one and only job: to convince you not to sell. That keeps the bid up for their Masters to sell into.

If history is any guide, the final collapse will be triggered by an apparently "controllable" event, something like the bankruptcy of MF Global. All eyes are on Greece's referendum, apparently scheduled for December 4 or 5; but regardless of the vote, does a "yes" or "no" change that nation's fundamental insolvency? No, it doesn't.

Does the passage of some toothless law in Italy magically render that nation solvent? No, no, a thousand time no; none of these public-relations tricks can change the fact that all these nations are insolvent, the banks are insolvent, and even France and Germany are staggering under unprecedented burdens of debt.

The smart money sold in May, 2010, and the disbelievers among the Power Elite sold in May 2011, or perhaps August. Now those below the smart money (but still above the dumb money) are sniffing the fetid hothouse air, where the rank, sweaty desperation of the minders is now everpresent.

So the apparatchiks and foot soldiers have been ordered to keep the dumb money from selling, until their "betters" can sell into a rumor-juiced bid. This explains the sudden jump in the S&P 500 on every rumor of rescue, as if an over-indebted and leveraged-26-to-1 financial system can be rescued with "belt-tightening" and ECB intervention with taxpayer money.

The entire euro "project" was a scam that enabled a vast new scale of financialization. Now that the "project" is falling apart, the bagholders who bought into the shuck-and-jive are nervous and fearful; has it all really been "saved"?

No, it hasn't; it cannot be saved. The only "solution" available is to sell: sell now, while there is still a bid. Sell fast, sell hard, sell everything denominated in euros. That is precisely what the Status Quo fears the most: an awakening continent of bagholders and debt-serfs.

Anyone thinking the euro (and eurozone) can't possibly go down until after the Greek referendum may well find their confidence in the Status Quo's "rescue" has been sorely misplaced.

500 Million Debt-Serfs: The European Union Is a Neo-Feudal Kleptocracy (July 22, 2011)
The Dynamics of Doom: Why the Eurozone Fix Will Fail (July 25, 2011)
The European Model Is Also Doomed (February 7, 2009)
When Debt-Junkies Go Broke, So Do Mercantilist Pushers (March 1, 2010)
Why the Euro Might Devolve into Euro1 and Euro2 (March 2, 2010)
Why the Eurozone Is Doomed (May 10, 2010)
Ireland, Please Do the World a Favor and Default (November 29, 2010)
Why The European Union Is Doomed (March 28, 2011)
Greece, Please Do The Right Thing: Default Now (June 1, 2011)
Why the Eurozone and the Euro Are Both Doomed (June 23, 2011)
Greece Is a Kleptocracy (June 28, 2011)


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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:40 | 1841697 The Deleuzian
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They're all broke...

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:45 | 1841723 Clueless Economist
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Sam Zello was excellent on CNBS this am.  To paraphrase Mr Zell, he says there are tens of thousands of jobs available that can not be filled due to the lack of qualifications.  There are plants in the Chicago area that has 10% unemployment that needs educated engineers.  There are plants running one shift designing capacitators and resisters that could be running 3 shifts if enough educated people were available.

He says the nitwits at Occupy Wall Street have $100,000 in student debt and a useless degree in Gender studies or African Literature or some such hogwash.  They have only themselves to blame as they treated college as a 4 year vacation, and now that they can't find employment, we are to bail them out.  Nuts to that 

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:50 | 1841737 Hard1
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Don't you dare banking/investing with FUKING PIGS.











Greece (again)


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:52 | 1841775 IBelieveInMagic
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The reserve currency (USD) and it's swappable counterparts (Euro, Yen, GBP) is holding the world to ransom -- it has allowed great deal of consumption that was never earned and now with MAD, the attempt is to keep it going. We can squeal howmuch ever we like but, the PTB are attempting to keep this going as net-net it has been a huge win against the rest of the world (freeloading). 

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:48 | 1842363 Raging Debate
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More silence the rape victim crap! I said send chess players to play the propaganda game! If you can't beat the crowd playing chess, what makes you think this 3d game will create success?

This time is never different? All time past, present and future is linear? Ok I'll fearfully bow down to the sun gods to avoid the oven... Didn't Daniel have to go through that episode? For hells sake even he could use fractional math to calculate the reformation of Israel which happened in 1947. Your priests decided to put the finger on the scale. Do you know the historic outcome?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:54 | 1841789 Clueless Economist
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you forgot CANADA on your list...or CAMEROON

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:01 | 1841812 Hard1
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I think Cambodia is more appropiate...and I mispelled Kenya, but yeah, the idea is that France, the good 'ol USA and the european periphery are up there with Nigeria in terms of policy managment.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:05 | 1841840 Phat Stax
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I totally agree... I sit next to the recruting dept. at a F200 company, and their ranks have exploded over the past 12 months b/c it is so hard to hire people.  They have more recruittersnow that in the early 2000's when everything was sweet.  I wil repeat that again - b/c it is so hard to hire people.  If they are not qualified, then they are not willing to re-locate.  There are thousands of job requisitions currently open there....

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:38 | 1842001 Raging Debate
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Phat - What's your credit score? Mine sucks. Ighuess im jest stupid. I dident git to go to a finazel coledge. Im a hobo that werks whaetevr job I can find for thee last ten yerz.

How about a remedy to your problem? Have you thought of one? What about altering HR's qualifying criteria and creating a new automated screening algorythem? Perhaps upper management could spend a day with HR interviewing, taking notes and gathering research? To have ouput, first you need input and if the tool collecting input is wrong? Well...

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:03 | 1842120 Shvanztanz
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How about the ever-present qualification known as "experience."

Translation: "we don't care how motivated you are, or how quickly you may learn, if you don't already know how to do the job that I want to leave behind, then the burden of training you is cost prohibitive."

Funny thing, before my first job in a restaurant, I didn't know how to mop, because I had no experience. Six months later, at 14, I could do any task in the place. 

The day I entered the Army, I knew exactly zero words of Arabic. Later, I was doing a whole list of shit that I can't repeat anywhere. 

I also visited many parts of the world and was shocked to learn that Americans might not be the mythological Germans, but they are at the opposite end of the spectrum from lazy and stupid which is the unquestioned dogma of the MSM.

By the way, do you know how the Germans feel about overtime? They believe it is an admission of inefficiency committed during the 37 hour work week. 

So, this notion of Americans being lazy and stupid is merely the projection of the person stupid enough to utter such tripe.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 16:18 | 1842961 slowimplosion
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Working for a company that makes the same claim (we can't hire!) I call bullshit.  What has changed is employers now want a perfect fit for every job whereas in the past they were willing to deal with the FACT that most people learn a substantial amount about what they do ON THE JOB.  You hire someone able to grow into the job, and actiing like there is no one left out there that can do that is ludicrous.


This is not about qualifications it is about outsourcing,  wage-crushing and overworking the staff you have.  And it doesn't fool anyone but the stupid.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:08 | 1841849 Shvanztanz
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Clueless, thank you for parroting yet some more MSM propaganda, which is selected and marginal at best. At the college I went to, there were those sorts of majors and they represented a literal fringe of individuals. Most everyone I knew of studied subjects they believed were interesting and would lead to gainful employment in a related field, where people were already drawing incomes from such study.

Secondly, because a handful of industries bemoan the lack of "qualified" participants, you blame the student for not being omniscient, and knowing the destination coordinates from the onset. The US Military, for all its shortcomings realizes the potential of inexperienced youths through training programs. A semi-athletic youth with mediocre academic performance becomes an instrument of deadly precision on a battle field as evidenced in our most recent conflict where our troops generally exchanged 10 casualties to 100 of the enemy, who were more determined and had home field advantage.

So, if the prophet Mr. Zell were anything but a chattering ninny, he would be discussing his revolutionary, innovative training program, whereby he brings in trainees with aptitude who may have studied "the wrong subject". He would recognize their dependability and determination which had been certified on paper or not. He would offer a two year training program which would be contractually attached to a commitment of so many years of service at his "understaffed" company. 

My sister had only a year of college when she took work as a receptionist at Quest, only later to perform the duties of an actual engineer through persistent attempts to take on more responsibility and educate herself on her own time. She went from 8$/hr to 60/hr and survived two house cleanings becoming one of two "engineers" out of 10 at the company, after painful cutbacks circa 2000.

Mr. Zell wants the cake, but he doesn't want to have to bake it or ice it, or shop for ingredients. He is the essence of blue blooded aristocracy, who through a lack of imagination and effort, has reaped the benefit of today's crop without any regard for tomorrow's. 

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:15 | 1841881 Shvanztanz
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What is more so, a few thousand jobs? We have been losing 1.6 MILLION jobs a month. These are jobs which existed, despite the apparent "lack of qualifications" that everyone supposedly has.

A few thousand here, a few thousand there, does nothing to explain why for three years, we have been losing 400,000 A WEEK.

If that is not a product of policy, greed and short-sightedness, then what is.

Blaming graduates for not being suitable is like a parent blaming the children for being unable to clean the house. It's not the child's job to be maestro, it is the parent's job to teach and motivate, and the child's job to do his/her best. Graduates have done their best and that is why they are graduates! Give them a task, and they will complete it! 

This entire mentality is like blaming immigrants for being poor, cattle for being beef and iron ore for sitting in the mine.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:23 | 1841920 Shvanztanz
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Greed is just another word for short sightedness.

Has anyone called a help line for a technical problem in the last decade and spoken to an American? I don't mean Jenny and Harry, who really have eight syllable names that we can not pronounce.

Why is this? Because shortsighted number cruncher realized it cost less (in the short term) to open up a call center in some far away country and to use automated systems than to pay graduates from American colleges who could read the cue cards and direct the calls with more ease and effectiveness than any group of foreigners.

Yet, in the short term, it made more sense to ignore the youth, and hire people elsewhere to do these jobs drawing from the strength of the economy as it was.

Now, it is becoming clear that ignoring the youth comes at a price, because they are out in the streets and they have NOTHING BETTER TO DO.

And the economy has been steadily pilfered by people who were happy to profit from it, but had no intention of investing in it SO IT WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK.

If you do not water your field, it withers and dies.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:12 | 1842472 Jack Burton
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Agree. It is not that hard to take a basically educated young person and get them up to speed in a high tech work world. Not everyone is the design engineer, there are lots of those mid level skilled workers.

As to the military. Sure, I was 17 years old and failed a lot of the higher math classes in High School. I took the Navy's aptitude tests in boot camp, scored in the top 1%. Was asked to enlist for 6 years and go through the Navy's advanced electronics program, then Submarine School.

The entire 2 years of schooling was second to none and imparting knowledge was the prime directive. 90% made it through and moved into the highest Tech the Navy had to offer. Once I went back to the civilian world, you would swear I did 6 years as a mess cook. The private sector didn't care what I did in the military. I was forced to return to school and repeat all my training, at an advanced rate, and then apply in the private sector. Total stupidity. Corporations are run by total idiots, TOTAL! But then they are probably business school grads, No?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:10 | 1841864 The trend is yo...
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Clueless,  Did you ever consider that the system might be a bit broken if a college student has to go into that large of a debt irrespective of the major one has studied.  Do a little research.  you'll find it is all by design  

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:10 | 1841866 wisefool
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I keep hearing we need more engineers. Change the incentive model and you will get them. I garentee the typical accountant who works on G.E.s' taxes makes far more than the typical engineer that works on G.E. electrical grid components.

And no dig on accountants, but the last 4 years have shown us that accounting is really more about those "soft" studies than it has to do with even Keynsian economics. Much less Adam Smith.

These kids are being told by their college professors to riot in OWS, untill they are rewarded for studying "gender studies" or "Middle Eastern Literature". And they will get it. Any history major can tell you that, even if just the last 4 years of history.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:33 | 1841978 RichardENixon
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Try taking intermediate or advanced accounting at a decent school and then come back and tell us how "soft" it was.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:45 | 1842035 wisefool
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I spent the last 2 out of 3 years watching CNBC. (I cant aford cable any more) Does that count? For my encore I hoping one of the major media conglomorates starts a new channell dedicated to the tax code. Then after a couple more years I will be the uber elite. I can run the fed doing both monetary and fiscal policy.

Movember: Do men with mustaches deserve a tax break?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:38 | 1842590 MachoMan
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Intermediate is generally where they try and separate the men from the boys...  (or, in my courses, the semi attractive women from the fuglies)[the fuglies getting to stay].  UGGG  wouldn't do another freaking consolidated statement evarrr...  advanced sucked ass.

I think this guy is getting the politicization of accounting mixed up with accounting...  there's not much arguing with the soundness of debits and credits...  but it can get quite convoluted from there...

PS, the CPA exam is a helluva lot harder than the bar... 

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:05 | 1842716 wisefool
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I am not trying to be adversarial with accountants. But why did the profession not protect us from this cluster? Maybe it would help me if you explained the relationship between an accountant and an economist? I have already been educated on the difference between accountants and financiers.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:47 | 1842829 MachoMan
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Accountants read a bible for guidance whereas economists read a bible with a cutout for a whiskey bottle for guidance (while sipping on the spirits).

Joking aside, the real differentiation is in what is attempted with the data...  generally speaking, all of the data/inputs for a particular entity are known to an accountant...  revenues, expenses, etc.  When this information is merely repackaged in some other form, you're still dealing in the realm of reality.  However, it becomes a faith based system when you: no longer have to report these metrics; or attempt to characterize them in some unrealistic way.  In other words, the meat of the coconut is how to treat the data for purposes of reporting and whether this is a fair representation of the data.  Discretion in this department was, at least arguably, with the profession prior to sarbanes oxley.  At this point, the reporting requirements are de facto, if not de jure, governmentally mandated.

In short, at its core, there is some factual, mathmatical basis for an assertion (although some negative aspects might be omitted).

Economics on the other hand may never have ever been rooted in anything nearing math, debits/credits, or facts.  Essentially, accounting is limited in the scope it attempts to purport...  whereas the questions economics attempts to answer are often so complex that variables cannot be limited in any meaningful way...  and, as a result, any hope of a scientific method is eliminated.  I certainly believe in the philosophy of economics, e.g. self interest motivates us, but the science of economics?  Not so much.  If the factual root of economics is actually pawned off of another discipline, then economics ends up being the speculative derivative...  a religion of sorts.

In short, economics is limited in its predictive capacity and practical purpose just as any other social science...  Don't get me wrong, there are fundamental understandings of humans that lead to economics borrowing its "laws" from other disciplines, but economics doesn't end there...

In terms of "how we got here" accounting is the vehicle (suspension of reasonable reporting requirements, among others) and economics is the fuel (the management of perception via monetary religion)...  and you can take your pick as to who is the maniacal driver...  needless to say, the motherfucker is lost or has some lime and a pick axe in the trunk...  maybe both.

EDIT: to actually answer your question, (I billy madison'ed the shit out of it), the accounting profession doesn't have self governance since sarbanes oxley...  so it's basically uncle sugar from there...  the other aspect is that even if you have whistle blowers (and there are plenty), you still need to have regulators and prosecutors who are willing and capable of going to bat.  You also have the private equivalent of regulatory capture...  kickbacks...  whatever.  I blame, in large part, the suspension of realistic accounting metrics and the consolidation of the industry...  but admittedly this is wild speculation.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 16:41 | 1843073 wisefool
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Billy Madison part included. Thank you. I stopped getting my Econ lessons from CNBC along time ago and now I am learning from generous folks like you on ZH for that education now. I am pretty serious though, in that moving forward, I would benefit if they would develop a television network for the tax code until I can hang out on the ZH equiv for that topic.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 17:01 | 1843170 Flakmeister
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Economics is the continuation of Ideology by other means.....

With apologies to Clausewitz

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 18:15 | 1843367 MachoMan
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DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LEARN THE TAX CODE.  Rather, go out and find the WORST accountant you can find.  Get him to sign off on all your returns.  He will not have a clue as to all of the taxes you will likely owe (neither will the IRS, but that's another issue).

Now, if you don't have a pot to piss in, go to a medium tier accountant and get all the deductions you can...

If you're uber wealthy...  then get the best possible...

But don't waste your time learning the tax code...  it's just gonna change next year.  The trick is to get good at looking up issues when they come along...

If you want some cheap learning tools, you might want to google for CPE course materials...  probably as cheap of stuff as you're likely to get...  I'd also hit up old textbooks on ebay or amazon...  as cheap as you're gonna get for education...  good luck staying awake during the reading though.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:18 | 1842197 DOT
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GE's taxes are done by lobbyists.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:22 | 1842225 wisefool
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Those zany folks who study A.I. would call it backward chaining.

  1. Set the goal=pay zero taxes
  2. go to K-Street with gift cards to gucci, cartier, mazzeratti dealerships (what ever $3000/hr hookers want to spend their tax free money on)
  3. Iterate until you get the exact combination of gift cards right. for desired output on #1.
Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:16 | 1842489 blunderdog
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Don't mistake "financiers" with "accountants."  They're totally different animals.

"Financiers" are salesmen who claim to know calculus.  "Accountants" are bookkeepers who do know arithmetic.

The two groups couldn't be more different.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:12 | 1841883 oceanview76
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Clueless, I call BS on that entire argument that Zello offered up.  That's the battle call of every CEO so they can publicly justify the outsourcing of highly qualified positions to India/China/Argentina/Western Europe.  The same reason GE outsourced 500 corporate lawyers to India years back, and why outsourcing just about every position possible to India over the last two decades has been in vogue.  IT companies here in the US like IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, HP, etc., continue to flood the government with requests to increase the number of H1B visas to allow more immigrants into the country.  It accomplishes the same goal of outsourcing which is to drive down the average cost of their portfolio of employees, and increase the wages in top management and simultaneously the underlying shareholders investment.  IMO it has nothing to do with an absence of educated, willing, trainable, unemployed and potentially relocatable workforce here in the US, and it has everything to do with the overriding desire and executive need to arbitrage labor markets' costs internationlly.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:17 | 1841904 Flakmeister
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No need to whisper....

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:49 | 1842056 trav7777
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the shareholders don't benefit from H1Bs.  Only management does.

Look at the stock is POCKETING all of the profits

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:57 | 1842093 Flakmeister
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Hey Trav, that is the corporate equivalent of Droit de Seigneur

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:16 | 1842493 Jack Burton
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Bingo!! We have a winner! You nailed it! This same song and dance from business goes on in the UK, liars claim no Brit has the skills. BS! BS! They want guest workers at low wages, and lie in order to get them! Same here in the US. It is an old, tried and true trick! It is all BS!

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:25 | 1841931 Syrin
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Looks like the Gender Studies majors don't like the cold spash of reality you threw in their faces.  Ask any employer, and they'll tell you the same thing as you posted.   Don't you love the idiocy?


"Why should we hire you?"


"As you can see, I achieved highest honors with a Women's Rights degree"


"How will that help our business?"


"Well, it seems to me that there aren't enough women working for your business which a very very serious issue.   Perhaps there isn't equal pay or benefits.   Do you all have a designated breast feeding area?"


"How does that help our business become profitable?"


"Profit?  No business should focus on profit.   That's immoral and greedy.   First you need to treat your employees with the dignity they deserve and the profit will come."  (see the Underpants Gnomes)

"So what would you like from a position with our company?"


"I would like a starting salary of $60,000 with full benefits and pension and 8 weeks paid vacation.   I am flexible about working 8-4 M-F OR 9-5 M-F".  (notice, this is NOT considered greedy)


"Thank you for applying to our company.   We'll contact you if we have a psoition you described".



Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:31 | 1841968 wisefool
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Could you rework this post for the role models people have today going through the hiring process? Timmy, Ben, the presidential candidates including Obama, etc. Also you'd need another stanza to accomodate "Winners" like donald trump and the solyndra boys.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:45 | 1842028 Shvanztanz
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I was in college with thousands of women. Though I didn't know them all, I did not know one who majored in "Women's Studies." They majored in things like International Studies, Biology, Pre-Law (Political Science/History), the list is long and I believe all of THEM would find your stereotype both completely inaccurate and offensive.

By your mentality, minorities are unemployable because they spend too much time dancing and listening to hip-hop.

That's the tip of the iceberg as far as lists of offensive slurs go, and I won't continue because some inept reader will assume I support such hogwash.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:00 | 1842087 Syrin
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Yeah keep projecting there Spanky.   You have never been in a position of interviewing or hiring someone.   Funny how quickly you are to interject race.   Typical for the bigoted. Hell, you made the assumption that the person being interviewed was a woman!   Seems awfully bigoted to me.   Are minorities the only ones who dance and listen to hip-hop?   You are being a bigot!   YOU interjected on your own accord whatever "offensive slurs" you cared to fabricate.  Amazing hypocrisy on full display.  I am critiquing the degree, you look for a stereotype.  Explain to me how a women's studies major would help a business then.   Please, educate.

 By the way, if ANY PERSON just danced and listened to hip-hiop, then yes they WOULD be unemployable.   care to educate me as to how listening to hip hop makes a business profitable?   Seriously, intellectually immature and bigoted are not the way to leads one's life.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:22 | 1842226 DOT
Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:41 | 1842341 Shvanztanz
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"Do you all have a designated breast feeding area?"  Your words. 

Your entire dialogue was cast as an aspersion to a woman seeking employment.

And, given the state of the joblessness in this country, it is plain to see who has been turning people away at the door: you and your like-"minded" colleagues.

I made it clear that stereotypes are a blight and I was comparing your ludicrous dialogue to such slurs, because it was clearly a slur against women.  

"care to educate me as to how listening to hip hop makes a business profitable?" Your words.

So, your argument is that listening to hip-hop precludes a person from making a business profitable?

How many people have I hired? How many people have you hired? We all know the answer to that. We see the report every Friday.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:22 | 1842223 LasVegasDave
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Offensive slurs?


surely you jest

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:53 | 1842070 Shvanztanz
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Further proof of the completely isolated source of your reference is the fact that statistically, American women are waiting longer and longer to have children, based on all existing statistics and FACTS, than any other group of women on the planet. These are the professional American women. I trust any who read this will verify that having children and doing so at their comfort and leisure is an elusive dream. 

Our "native born" growth rate is on the decline. This is because American women are far too busy working at jobs on someone else's terms than to dictate their own reality as you depict it. 

They are putting their careers first and those that do have children are often working TWO jobs and paying a sitter to watch the child(ren) so they can keep on working, just to survive.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 20:26 | 1843626 New World Chaos
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This is part of a NWO program to reduce our dangerous traits of intelligence and integrity via selective breeding.  They perfer good, dependent sheeple who go on the dole, watch TV, and keep the productive middle class afraid of crime and social collapse. 

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:59 | 1842102 Raging Debate
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Correct effect but completely leaving out cause. A bummer the men in our society were neutered. As a consequence, family formation was destroyed. Sure, it let criminals plunder with abandon! But now there is no global growth and no reason to defend or support current Status Quo so the pyramid collapses with a whoosh. The top of the pyramid collapses into what some consider rabble. However, these are citizens shut out of the ability to compete for themselves. Fascism as a government model is 3d. Triangulation is only now useful for real national disaster but it was trumped out and celebrated nonethless.

I don't hate the women at all. But now try to defend them and tell them so. It is almost a near F-U to your face. Where do you think all of these women now becoming scorned will go? They don't have to go anywhere, they don't me to defend them they will go right to the source and that gentlemen is where you really screwed up the most in intentional planning of destroying the family structure. Second is what Tyler mentions about fractions. 6667 is so yesterday. Somehow, we can't collective square numbers? Gimme a break.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:46 | 1842041 earleflorida
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yep,... all over qualified and quite rightly so - ineligible competitors vis-a-vis H-1B's

great read , thankyou

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:54 | 1842081 Uber Vandal
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When I graduated from Tech School with an Associates Degree in management in 1990, I had student debt, and a lousy economy to deal with.

Quite often when I applied for a job, though I had a Degree, the employer wanted experience as well.

I took the first job offered, hoping I could work my way up the ladder, and when a position opened I had the degree, and some on the job experience for, the manager told me I did not have what it took to be a parts manager for a dealership, and he hired his drinking buddy instead.

I quit that job soon thereafter, and 20 years later, the  job I last held was shipped to a low cost country (read China).

I now have 20 years of experience, a proven track record of advancement from production worker, to lead person, to supervisor, and 11 years of specific experience in warehousing, yet when I interview for jobs, and emphatically tell my potential employer that I do not mind bouncing between the two warehouses that are 40 miles apart, do not mind low wages, do not mind no benefits, do not mind a schedule of 0 to 30 hours, do not mind being on call, went through two interviews, I STILL did not get the job.

But, I guess I am just a lazy American who wants too much.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:03 | 1842711 CompassionateFascist
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It's simple math: there's at least 80 other people applying for that job, so your chance of getting it is 1/80. Try for a job in a meat-packing plant/slaughterhouse. As bad as it gets. It'll still be 1/80. That's the real employment/unemployment situation, not the crap stats the gov't and MSM put out.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:59 | 1842690 Island_Dweller
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Hey "Clueless Economist" You are clueless enough to actually be an economist.  Did you get your Phd at Princeton or the University of Chicago?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:42 | 1841708 PaperBear
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“if the Federal Reserve and Federal government ever crimped the dripline of "easing" and bailouts, America's financial sector would promptly roll over and expire” - perhaps it should expire.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:26 | 1841940 Syrin
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Isn't it inevitable at this point?   It's just a matter of when.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:42 | 1841710 Crash N. Burn
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"The fourth great unspoken truth is that" gold always accounts for the expanding fiat currency supply:

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:12 | 1842476 Shvanztanz
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Then I guess the fifth is that the economy only grows during times of war.

Maybe that's more of a saying than a truth, but people believe it.

Get ready OWSers, TPTB have been expecting you. in 2001 they reinstated the draft boards. 



Sun, 11/06/2011 - 20:41 | 1851641 BigJim
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...Then I guess the fifth is that the economy only grows during times of war.

That all depends on how you define growth.

if you define it as increases in GDP, then it's not surprising that if the government starts borrowing and spending vastly greater amounts of money, GDP will reflect this. This would happen whether they spent the money on (unecessary) wars, building pyramids, or digging holes in the ground and then filling them back up again.

All would be completely useless in increasing our aggregate wealth, but the resultant increase in GDP would all be considered indicative of economic growth by our current crop of sheep, economists, and 'leaders'.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:01 | 1841717 DormRoom
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The market is experiencing 'boil frog' syndrome.


In the next 12 months, the short run becomes the medium run, and the frog will have boiled.


@ C. Smith. great post. +1

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:51 | 1841953 El Viejo
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Abyssmal Q4 numbers will make that frog jump. I'll be short before then.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:45 | 1841725 Shizzmoney
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Great post, this will all crash by Jan 2013.  I am convinced.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:51 | 1841767 mayhem_korner
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I'll take the under on that.  ;)

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:53 | 1841784 SwingForce
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Agreed, great post, but I think this could collapse any second.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:57 | 1841806 SheepDog-One
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BIG news about Israel striking at Iran any minute, that will be the big game changer.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:00 | 1841818 mayhem_korner
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Dat might knock Kim K off the airwaves for a stretch, eh?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:02 | 1841826 DormRoom
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no one's talking about Kim K.  Everyone is obsessed with Bieber's alledged illegitimate baby.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:27 | 1841946 Syrin
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Wouldn't that be the war or alien invasion Krugman wanted to rescue our economy?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:57 | 1842096 earleflorida
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and what in "God's Name" has Iran done to create a WWIII ? -

Oh, that's right - they're part of the xenophobic axis of evil - 

and as the Saudi's,... our great ally's,  behead their people in public for "Freedom of Speech", and as the triumphantly quasi Hillary marches on in the name of,... "Peace-On-You!" 

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:05 | 1841839 prains
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but I think this could collapse any second.


time is relative, one persons second is anothers 3 years 256 days 17 hours and 45 seconds

we are in perpetual sloooo mo plane crash mode and the fat lady still has her seat belt on.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:56 | 1842684 dirtbagger
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Hate to say, but this mess could go on until all of our minds snap.  Ever hear of the Dark Ages?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:55 | 1841731 El Viejo
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Saving the bathwater with the baby leads to pneumonia.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:46 | 1841732 bigwavedave
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Already SOLD long ago. 

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 16:22 | 1842979 cramers_tears
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Shake-em BigWave Shake-em. Now I know why DSK kept jerking like a full-tard palsey - and muttering "Bigwave... Bigwave..." in his guest room at Rykers a while back.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:48 | 1841742 B9K9
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The question one should ask is: why? That is, why did those pursuing riches for the last 30 years choose this path? Why not expansion, development & productivity? After all, that's where the money was for 5,000 years.

The answer to why those amongst the brightest & best chose financialization should give one pause. Here's a hint: Hubbert. There is no end game here - there isn't going to be an organized state in which to prosecute wrong-doing. They know it, which is why we're seeing this absolutely nihilistic display of debauchery.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:04 | 1841795 LawsofPhysics
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"Why not expansion, development & productivity?"

Simple, the cost to recover and deliver energy (which is required for all economies to run) AS WELL AS, increase the availability of that energy exponentially.  In the current economic and monetary systems, growth must continue on an exponential scale.  People don't understand exponential equations, let alone what it takes to deliver a gallon of refined fuel these days.

I agree, the secret is that there is no secret.  Same old same old, possession is now becoming 100% of the law.

If the people of Greece push for a vote or referendum they will be quickly be labeled a terrorist state and NATO will invade Greece to "restore democracy".

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:18 | 1841891 B9K9
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Eggzackly. You know it, I know it, Trav knows it, and perhaps a million or so others know it. The rest of the 7b are just clueless sheep, who have absolutely no idea how this current world operates.

Those who understood what it meant after the US hit its peak in '72 made damn sure their kids went straight to Wall St & the CoL. There was over 400 years+ of built-up assets in which to mortgage over & over again. Funny that it only took 35 years in which to accomplish the task.

Anyway, now those kids are all grown-up & in complete charge of the system. They understand perfectly well that there isn't going to be "any there, there" in which to prosecute. Hence the outright looting with nary an eye out for the cops - after all, the cops work for them, and their pensions/benefits are tied into the success of the operation.

The ironic part is that the Ponzi wasn't killed by post-peak economics, it was killed by the plateau.  As you state, energy driven growth can't remain merely flat (much less decline), it has to exponentially grow to satisfy the P=P+I equation.

Sun, 11/06/2011 - 20:47 | 1851652 BigJim
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Every political system get hijacked by oligarchs, if the sheep allow it. Well, US sheep believed their own press about the superiority of the US political system, and, while the guardians slept, the shadow crept back into Mordor.

Peak oil is just an ugly coincidence.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:03 | 1841829 El Viejo
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In the 80's I had an engineer friend that worked on a vending machine project as a full partner. As it got close to mass production greed between partners destroyed the project. It seems greed spawned by a money machine is just irresistable to some.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:48 | 1841747 BobPaulson
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Nice choice of words. Well done.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:55 | 1841751 xtop23
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 Short version.....

 The markets are rigged get your money out while you can.

 If youre in the market at all youre perpetuating the lie and an indentured servant.

 Drinking Red Bull gives you flourescent pee.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:49 | 1841756 apberusdisvet
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The planned destruction continues while the sheeple are force-fed indoctrination and propaganda, little realizing that the Bill of Rights has been trashed and the Rule of Law is a mirage, rapidly fading from view.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:50 | 1841763 LawsofPhysics
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What, no mention of the whole problem with trying to run any economic system based on infinite growth in a world with finite resources?  lame

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:52 | 1841776 tempo
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On the one side I see near 100% belief that everything is improving and pensions, medicare, social security, financial aid, food stamps etc will grow and grow and no change is needed. On the other side a few see and only partially understand the financial hot house with massive undisclosed off balance sheet counterparty risk where trillions are borrowed at the ZIRP and reinvested for risky yields. I guess as long as someone keeps the hot house from blowing up everyone can expect a nice retirement.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:54 | 1841790 SheepDog-One
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Problem is, even the most expertly maintained hothouse is devastated by the appearance of 1 microscopic spider mite.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:31 | 1842279 DOT
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...or squid. 

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:52 | 1841777 The Deleuzian
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The real question is how not if the cards fall...With a quadrillion or so in world wide debt...The big boys are loading up the little boys with as much junk as possible and then flush...All the bets on top of the bets that are piggybacked on more debt must be discarded and buried somewhere...

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:52 | 1841778 vegas
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Excellent point TD.

Amerikan economy is like a drug addict: only more drugs, in ever increasing amounts so as to overcome the tolerance and get the high.

Without more debt, more government, more food stamps, etc., how can "The One" get people in ever increasing numbers to vot e for more. You need more to get more. Sorry Barry, shit is hitting the fan and splattering everywhere.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:52 | 1841780 Dr. Engali
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The maddening part is that we know it's going to collapse but they seem to be able to come up with something and keep the music playing.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:52 | 1841781 Matevski
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It's all greek to me..

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:55 | 1841783 SheepDog-One
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'All eyes now on Greek referendum Dec 4-5'...

Article too late, cant keep up with minute by minute macro changes to the script.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:07 | 1842138 earleflorida
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[sic] "strain at a gnat and swallow a camel"

classic diversion, eh?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:11 | 1842468 Raging Debate
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Exactly Earle. Here is something to ponder. Perhaps in my study of geometry I realize a pyramid shaped government (forget the 4d US the founders set up, that died in 1913) will split almost nearly in half. So I as a ruler-priest decide to mandrake the wealth East (1971) and then merrily go on my way to accelerate the division using class warfare. Here is an article and diagram of why and how:

Now as the current 666 financial/government paradigm is 40 years slope up 40 years slope down, I decide at 70 years that all is in place in the East. The productive income assets and scientific knowledge. I then proceed to loot the treasury and start to create derivatives in 1998 so that the final reckless with abandoning of looting the treasury and final asset stripping can commence - these funds are locked up by savers so then I go ahead... Damn too long a story!

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:53 | 1841785 AldoHux_IV
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Yet everybody is impacted in some way or form by this now defunct market and it's pricing mechanism based on flawed assumptions and ultimately government policies that do nothing but shift wealth one way.

There's nothing in this current financial system that deserves saving or bailing out because it's become totally obsolete in serving the real economy.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:16 | 1841897 Quinvarius
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I agree on many levels.  Our money is created enmasse and withheld from the economy.  It is useless.  Our welfare banking system serves no purpose at all but to allow two guys with 100 dollars each the ability to bet each other 1 trillion, lose, and then pay the other guy.

Then the morons propped up on TV and in the press tell you not to buy gold as an alternate currency.  Total hacks with no reason to exist other than to pump their paper ponzi giving put more bad advice.  There is plenty of history and examples out there that all say this is going one way and one way only.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:57 | 1841804 mayhem_korner
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I completed my "selling" about a year ago.  I'm in the stash and diversify politically phase.  A few secure holdings in South America, the Pacific Islands, and some places closer to home for me.

Previews are up.  Show's about to begin.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:01 | 1841821 Monedas
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Keynes knew all this Socialist sewer economics was inevitable when he made his case for our Brave New World ? Monedas 2011 Comedy Jihad Weimar Wunderland

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:55 | 1841828 Flakmeister
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The Game is winding down:

This is as a good an overview as you will find

and for those that have problems grasping EROEI

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:39 | 1842329 buyingsterling
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Fiat will end this threat by collapsing the economy first. How much of what we produce would not be purchased except with debt? The timeline will stretch much further than most think when fiat collapses, and is replaced with hard money.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:08 | 1841831 JustObserving
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Dagong, the Chinese ratings agency, essentially said the same thing in June 2010


In the components of the U.S. GDP in 2009, the financial services sector accounted for 21.4%

while the real economy sector accounted for 65%.The total output value of the U.S.

financial services industry is composed of two major parts: one is the transferred

production value, most of which comes from value distribution of participating in

international production. Another part is the inflated value originated from credit innovation,

which belongs to bubble value. In addition, due to the high economic financialization,

more than half of the profits in the real economy come from the returns of financial

activities. If we exclude the factor of virtual economy, the U.S. actual GDP is about 5

trillion U.S. dollars in 2009, per capita GDP about $ 15,000. Meanwhile, the total domestic

consumption was 10.0 trillion U.S. dollars and government expenditure was 4.5 trillion U.S.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:15 | 1842188 earleflorida
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nice :-))

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:04 | 1841833 UP Forester
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I prefer it called a "hydroponic economy" because there is nothing but filler for the "roots" to grow in.

That, and those that think they run it are smoking the product....

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:44 | 1842027 DOT
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Consider that the last slice of pie in a restaurant contains all of the potential profit.

Now we have the whole world fighting over one slice.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:07 | 1841845 Quinvarius
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Sell everything denominated in Euros?  You wrote a whole long piece about what I thought was the Dollar collapse, then switched it up in the very last sentence.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:09 | 1841859 exportbank
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Charles Hugh Smith is one of the few that sees with clear eyes. His new book "An Unconventional Guide to Investing in Troubled Times" arrived at our office an hour ago - can't wait to get home and dig in.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:40 | 1842007 r101958
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Get 'Survival +'. It is, IMO, his best.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:49 | 1842057 DOT
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 "shareholder value" ===> "bagholder value"

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:12 | 1841882 orangedrinkandchips
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It just seems, and looks like total, 100% desperation in the way the market is acting...Seriously....I have said that for a while. Someone (brians sack (o' shit)) and his merry pranksters are keepign this muther fucker up.


I really wish I was dreaming but it's the infamous "invisible hand" that keeps proping up this market.


Really, this volatitlity today for example is downright absurd. I cant help but feel things are slipping out of control and the Mr. Roark's "SMILES EVERYONE...SMILES" is not cutting the shit (obama wants to lick the knife too).

It's getting good.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:15 | 1841885 OutLookingIn
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"Those who know better have already sold."

Playing the waiting game. For four years now! Some will say - "Oh too bad! Missed the bull." This maybe so, but with holding physical PMs and PM miners, comes peace of mind. All the while sitting in the bleachers, munching pop corn and watching the disgusting, rotten, putrid financial system slowly implode. Taking those dumb enough to believe the lies with it.

There will be very little chance of a major 'Black Swan' event - just this excruciatingly slow melting down of the global financial dung heap! More pop corn please!

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:17 | 1841905 Mark123
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Great article...this is a repeat (I think) of the 1930's.  Massive wealth transfer.


Think about it....the central banks create credit out of thin air for no cost and lend money to the masses which drive up asset prices to ridiculous levels, then pull the plug and take the assets.  Then for good measure start a nice juicy war.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:24 | 1841930 rlouis
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Metaphors for the financial system have taken a sickly turn...

like a terminal cancer patient that should have been allowed to die with some dignity but kept alive, in extreme suffering, subjected to the experimental treatments of perverted PHDs employed by genetically inbred central bankers.


Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:33 | 1841977 koot
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Mr Smith:  OK, so sell all Euro denominated things, then what?  Are you putting all that cash into the American Hothouse, Asia, Latin America, or where?  Actually I agree with everything you wrote, but fact remains when the financial atmosphere on this Planet becomes a hothouse everywhere, with circulation cut off by Capital Controls and repression created by corrupt governments and people, there are few places to go except underground or off Planet, but one thing is certain, just like a greenhouse without free circulation, hot and humid air breeds disease and pestilence which kills everything inside.  So we see riots, murder, revolution, war and death.



Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:51 | 1842148 LawsofPhysics
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"So we see riots, murder, revolution, war and death."

And so you now see precisely where you should be putting your money.  Unless of course you already have a private, well fortified,  island.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:19 | 1842208 earleflorida
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take no offence,... but get your head out of your ass

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:36 | 1841989 oldman
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All true, but you know what?

As soon as there is a functional system, the same people who are so vocal about the present system's abuses and abusers will have to 'tweek it' just a 'little bit here and a little bit there' to get it the way it best serves THEIR NEEDS, forgetting that we need to consider OUR NEEDS and how we function as a WHOLE.

The problem is not a 'flawed system', but a flawed species.

Everytime I get to this place of considering who we are as a species-----I hang up the phone without saying goodbye     om

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:48 | 1842047 stant
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hothouse indeed,when the heat gets turned off the green house all you can do is wrap the tomatoes in newspaper and get what will ripen

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:53 | 1842071 DOT
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newspaper ?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:04 | 1842125 stant
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analaogy cut your loses, you can put green tomatoes in newspaper and they ripen, after frost has killed the plant

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:50 | 1842370 DOT
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Haven't had  that kind of paper around in years.

I did, however, produce about 4 bu. in the back yard this year.  :)

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:53 | 1842073 GetReady
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I really liked this. Thanks for posting.

Too little attention is paid to the fact that our system is on borrowed life-support.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:18 | 1842199 blunderdog
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Nice piece.

It is neither capitalism nor socialism, but a twisted hybrid of the worst traits of each.

Yep.  It's an old problem.  It's called "fascism."

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:29 | 1842273 Raging Debate
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Get Ready - The mention of borrowing for life support time is remniscient of The Budapest Lectures by George Soros:
A shame much of America does not know about the Open Society Institute. I do like Soros recent investments into dynamic system using physics as one of the behavioral modeling guides.

As an aside: The religious answer Mr. Soros seeks is not found in the pyramid. It is in 5d, math and in the paradoxes of 'good and evil'. 'Free will' cannot be calculated using today's computers.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:54 | 1842385 DOT
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I would like a couple hyper-plane slices of your 5d space. Ala-mode, please.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:36 | 1842809 Raging Debate
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Ok DOT - A triangle, a square, a circle. Evolution. Happy?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:30 | 1842276 buyingsterling
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Fantastic piece.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:02 | 1842417 Vergeltung
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yeah, great read. one of the best this week.


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