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Why Is the American Dream Dead In The South?





The top 1 percent aren't killing the American Dream. Something else is - if you live in the wrong place. We like to tell ourselves that America is the land of opportunity, but the reality doesn't match the rhetoric - and hasn't for awhile.

 
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The Care And Feeding Of A Financial Black Hole





"...anyone who knows mathematics can see that the United States is on the verge of collapse because its debt has gone exponential, but no European (never mind American) politician can state the obvious, no matter how obvious it is. American officials and politicians are definitely puppets, controlled by corporate lobbyists and shady oligarchs. But here's a shocker: these are also puppets - controlled by the simple imperatives of profitability and wealth preservation, respectively. In fact, it's puppets all the way down. And what's at the bottom is a giant, ever-expanding, financial black hole."

 
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Puerto Rico Announces Bond Payment "Moratorium"





Having concluded last night that Puerto Rico debt is "unpayable," and that his government could not continue to borrow money to address budget deficits while asking its residents, already struggling with high rates of poverty and crime, to shoulder most of the burden through tax increases and pension cuts, Padilla confirmed tonight that: PUERTO RICO TO SEEK "NEGOTIATED MORATORIUM", 'YEARS' OF POSTPONEMENT IN DEBT PAYMENTS. Likening his state's situation to that of Detroit and New York City (though not Greece), Padilla concluded, the economic situation is "extremely difficult," which is odd because just a few years ago when they issued that bond - everything was awesome?

 
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Here Comes "Prexit": Puerto Rico In "Death Spiral", Debts Are "Not Payable", Governor Refuses To "Kick The Can"





As we noted last night, for a whole lot of time nothing at all can happen under the guise of "containment"... and then everything happens all at once. Because not even two full days after Greece activated the "Grexit" emergency protocol, leading to capital controls, and a frozen banking system and stock market, moments ago the NYT reported that the default wave has jumped the Atlantic and has hit Puerto Rico whose governor Alejandro García Padilla, saying he needs to pull the island out of a “death spiral,” has concluded that the commonwealth cannot pay its roughly $72 billion in debts, an admission that will probably have wide-reaching financial repercussions.

 
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After The Charleston Massacre - Who Is A 'Terrorist'?





Wherever government officials sense a credible threat to their power, they invariably take every opportunity to crush it by any means necessary: this is the first principle of how governments function, and every libertarian is all too familiar with it. this latest tragedy, you can be sure, will be used to accomplish the same anti-libertarian ends: the calls to investigate “hate groups,” and even to ban “hate speech,” are already being heard. Of course, who and what constitutes a “hate group,” and who is hating whom are subjective evaluations that no government official is qualified to make...

 
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Debt: War And Empire By Other Means





The economic hitmen have honed their skills among the poor and relatively defenseless, and have been coming closer to home in search of new hunting grounds and fatter spoils. There is nothing 'new' or 'modern' about this. The only difference is that it is not happening in the past or in a book, it is happening here and now. "Economic powers continue to justify the current global system where priority tends to be given to speculation and the pursuit of financial gain. As a result, whatever is fragile is defenseless before the interests of the deified market, which becomes the only rule."

 
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You've Been Warned: Calls For Mandatory "National Service" For Americans Aged 18-28 Have Begun





The statists are coming for your kids, and the conditioning has already begun...

 
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Detroit "Celebrates"





It's different this time for sure when this makes headlines...

 
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The Biggest Crooks In America Are Now The Cops





In a world where everyone is a lawbreaker, it’s hard to spot the real criminals.

 
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Frontrunning: June 3





  • Obama signs bill reforming surveillance program (Reuters)
  • Tsipras to meet Juncker in Brussels for talks on agreement (AFP)
  • Spot the irony: OECD cuts global growth forecast, says recovery taking hold (Reuters)
  • The Secret Money Behind Vladimir Putin's War Machine (BBG)
  • Companies' Borrowing Spree Darkens Stock Market Future (BBG)
  • How OPEC Hurt Big Oil (WSJ)
  • What's OPEC Going to Do With Iran's Million Barrels a Day? (BBG)
  • Draghi’s Europe Looks Healthiest for Years Despite Greece (BBG)
  • Bund yields inch higher, euro holds ahead of ECB (Reuters)
 
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1812: The Inconsequential War That Changed America Forever





The “inconsequential” war certainly and drastically changed America, of that there is no doubt. Whether for the good, or bad, you’ll have to decide for yourself. On the positive side, the war did cement American independence. It proved that to defeat America on its home ground, a very, very large army, and a great commitment to prolonged and bloody war, was going to be needed. On the negative side; the war left the country with constitutional revisionism, centralized power, protectionism, mercantilism, expansionism, blind patriotism, and militarism. That decentralist small-government thingy conceived by the Founding Fathers didn’t last very long, did it? One must wonder “War, what is it good for? Was it all worth it?”

 
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States Turn To Pension Ponzi Scheme To Close Funding Gaps





“When you’re borrowing money for pensions, you’re getting a new credit card to pay off the old one, and you still haven’t paid off the old one.”

 
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Low Wages & Unemployment Are An Existential Crisis For Millions





If millions of young Americans don't start earning more money, they can't afford to have children, or take care of them properly, and that is the end of us as a nation.

 
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You Know It's A Fiscal Crisis When... Republicans Raise Taxes





"Six years after the recession ended, many U.S. states are hard pressed to balance budgets because of a sluggish recovery and their own policy decisions and in fact, thirty-two states faced budget gaps in fiscal 2015 or 2016 or both." Bloomberg reports. Indeed, state and local governments are so broke that "even Republican governors loath to raise taxes have proposed higher levies."

 
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