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    Off the Cuff: The Importance Of Global Capital Flows

    More responsible for prices than any other current factor
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 7, 2014, 2:56 AM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Brian Pretti discuss:

    • Japan's Halloween Massacre
      • The most glaring sign yet that the central banks are desperate
    • Capital Flows Are King Right Now
      • The reason we have record-high markets despite crummy fundamentals
    • Musical Chairs
      • Every (market) player has fun until the music stops
    • Throwing The Bums Out
      • As our lifestyles contract, we vote out the incumbents
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    Central Planners Are In A State of Panic

    Japan's black swan flaps its wings
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, November 6, 2014, 1:36 PM

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    Everything the central planners have tried has failed to bring widespread prosperity and has instead concentrated it dangerously at the top.   Whether by coincidence or conspiracy, every possible escape hatch for 99.5% of the people has been welded shut.  We are all captives in a dysfunctional system of money, run by a few for the few, and it is headed for complete disaster.

    To understand why, in all its terrible and fascinating glory, we need look no further than Japan.

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    What Will Happen When Japan Breaks

    Mapping the contagion risk to world markets
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, November 6, 2014, 1:36 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The data that proves Japan is a ticking time bomb
    • Why the yen may still fall a lot further from here
    • How Japan's contagion can threaten world markets (and yes, the US)
    • Why the contagion is now underway, and what you should do about it

    If you have not yet read Central Planners Are In A State of Panic available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Japan, By The Numbers

    I completely understand why the Japanese authorities are freaking out and taking enormous risks.  It's because they have no good choices left.  More fundamentally (and worse) they are in charge of a system that is destined to fail.

    Exponential money systems have to eventually fail because all paper money is just a marker for real wealth, it is not real wealth itself, and therefore ever-increasing exponential paper claims being stacked up  against a world of real wealth that is growing much less quickly (and someday reversing entirely) is a mathematical formula for a monetary accident.

    But it's quite bizarre that Japan, of all places, cannot see through to this math predicament given their very publicly and often discussed demographic decline.

    Having peaked at 128 million in 2005, Japan now has 127 million inhabitants and is on its way to 90 million by 2050, and 45 million by ~2100.

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    This means that..

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    Off the Cuff: Japanese Central Bank Throws Granny Under The Bus

    All central banks act the same way and for the same reason
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:09 PM

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    This one was so good, we're making it public!  

    In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:

    • The expected but shocking Japanese central bank decision
    • Increasing central bank desperation
    • How central banks transfer wealth from the masses to the few
    • The impact on gold and silver prices

    Summary:  In this podcast Chris and Mish let their guard down and say a few choice words about the actions of central banks that obviously and seriously harm average people all in the service of assuring that banks and governments can continue to operate as they have in the past.

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    The Global Slowdown

    Economies across the globe are weakening notably
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12:46 AM

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    I am on record as saying that the end of the US Fed money printing (a.k.a 'QE') is a bigger deal than the equity markets of the west and Japan have factored in.

    Further, I don't think that the ECB has sufficiently picked up the baton from the US Fed and I seriously doubt that they will be able to expand their money printing efforts much beyond that already announced due to pressure from a reluctant Germany.

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    How Much Is A Trillion? – Crash Course Chapter 12

    So big, humans really can't grasp it
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, September 5, 2014, 3:45 PM

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    One trillion is a big number. In this short video, we try to help you get a sense for just how big; but the reality is simply that the human brain can't really suitably comprehend magnitudes this large.

    Which is why we should be concerned that the US' money supply has ballooned to over $12 trillion dollars over the past decade. And that its outstanding debts and liabilities are many multiples that amount.

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    On the Path To War

    Putin plays chess, the "markets" play Tic-Tac-Toe
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, August 11, 2014, 11:25 PM

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    The US is clearly now pushing Russia towards war. But if you read the signs correctly, Russia has been preparing for exactly this outcome for many years.

    Out of several reasons that US power brokers specifically — but western power brokers more generally — are deeply unhappy with Russia right now is that Russia is committing a cardinal sin: it is openly, brazenly calling for an end to dollar dominance and has moved aggressively with China to achieve that aim.

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    Promising Emerging Community Models

    Real-world examples of success
    by charleshughsmith

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 4:13 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The "half farmer, half X" model
    • The "no middleman" model
    • The "15% commission" model
    • The key features of successful new community models

    If you have not yet read The Rise of New Models of Community, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    In Part 1, we discussed the potential for new models of collaboration and community enabled by the Web and social media. I proposed a simple metric for differentiating between simulacrum community and the real deal: a community is only a “real community” if the collective actions of its members push the envelope of the material world.

    In Part 2, we’ll examine some models that have arisen as people either abandon or are cut out of the Central State/Corporate Consumerism Status Quo and must create new social and economic arrangements to earn a livelihood.  This requires structures that enable self-organizing, voluntary communities to endure and grow.

    As Zeus noted in Part 1, The new price of entry is production, meaning that parasitic layers of middlemen have no role in these new arrangements. To participate, one must be productive. i.e. create or add value.

    As I mentioned earlier, social media doesn’t change a system’s incentives/benefits and costs/disincentives; the Web is a powerful tool for community building, once the incentives for participating far outweigh the costs.

    Let’s start our survey with an example from…

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    Japan’s Economy Is Shattering

    Abenomics is fast proving to be a costly failure
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, April 28, 2014, 3:09 PM

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    When you are a fully-industrialized island nation that makes its living in the world by importing raw materials, fashioning them into useful exports, and collecting the difference as your profits, then you simply have to run a trade surplus for the model to work.

    Which means Japan is in big trouble:

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    When Every Country Wants to Sell, Who Buys?

    The world is trapped in a quest for 'Demand'
    by Gregor Macdonald

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:14 PM

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    Understandably for the US, which sustained a consumption supercycle for several decades, the post-financial crisis period has kicked off a new trend: Americans want to consume less, and make more.

    Americans want to own less stuff, use less energy, and produce their own goods. In short, Americans want to sell

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