Monthly Archives: February 2014

Book review of Murderers in Mausoleums. Riding the back roads of empire between Moscow and Beijing

Book review of Murderers in Mausoleums. Riding the back roads of empire between Moscow and Beijing. Jeffrey Tayler. 2009. This was a very timely book to read while the crisis is unfolding now in the Ukraine. One of the reasons … Continue reading

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Bloomberg: Dream of U.S. Oil Independence Slams Against Shale Costs

Dream of U.S. Oil Independence Slams Against Shale Costs By Asjylyn Loder – Feb 26, 2014 The path toward U.S. energy independence, made possible by a boom in shale oil, will be much harder than it seems. Just a few of the roadblocks: Independent producers will spend … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal FDIC Faces Balancing Act in Replenishing Its Coffers

FDIC Faces Balancing Act in Replenishing Its Coffers August 21, 2008.  Wall Street Journal. As financial institutions continue to fail, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is under pressure to decide how to replenish the fund that insures consumer deposits. The … Continue reading

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Your Money is not Safe in an FDIC Insured Bank Account

Below are 3 articles about why the FDIC can’t actually protect your money at banks Ellen Brown. July 5, 2013 Think Your Money is Safe in an Insured Bank Account? Think Again. A trend to shift responsibility for bank losses … Continue reading

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Peak oil: “It’s the flows, stupid!”

Peak oil: “It’s the flows, stupid!” by Steve Andrews, Randy Udall, originally published by ASPO-USA  | May 12, 2008 Recent peak oil critic: “In the public mind, peak oil means ‘running out.’” Verbal shots from legendary political consultant James Carville … Continue reading

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Deflation : The meltdown was far more like the crash of 1873 than the 1929 Great Depression

The Real Great Depression. The depression of 1929 is the wrong model for the current economic crisis. 10-17-2008. Scott Nelson.   The Chronicle of Higher Education. As a historian who works on the 19th century, I have been reading my newspaper … Continue reading

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James Howard Kunstler 2007 Predictions: many came true

Kunstler (and many others) saw the immense corruption on Wall Street and the housing bubble years before it popped.  He is also one of the few who saw it would be deflationary and understands how the financial system and energy … Continue reading

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Jeff Vail 5 Geopolitical Feedback loops in Peak Oil

Five Geopolitical Feedback-Loops in Peak Oil Jeff Vail. April 23, 2007. jeffvail.net Also read: Geopolitical Disruptions #2: Identifying the Feedback Loops It is quite common to hear “experts” explain that the current tight oil markets are due to “above-ground factors,” … Continue reading

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US Dollar based on oil, not gold

Krassimir Petrov, PhD. 4 Apr 2007. The Proposed Iranian oil bourse will accelerate the fall of the US Empire.  The Guardian. A nation-state taxes its own citizens, while an empire taxes other nation-states. The history of empires, from Greek and … Continue reading

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Oil contracts used to be between 2 nations and could be again. That would be disaster for the USA.

This article explains why the dollar is the strongest currency as well.  Energy markets have also given us a huge advantage, but if nations ever go back to private long-term contracts, that would have profound consequences. Confederation, Nationalization & the … Continue reading

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