Monthly Archives: February 2014

Gail Tverberg advice on what to do

Below are 2 columns of advice from Gail Tverberg. Feb 17, 2014. Reaching Limits to Growth: What Should our Response Be? Oil limits seem to be pushing us toward a permanent downturn, including a crash in credit availability, loss of … Continue reading

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Hector Abadfeb. Colombia’s Warning for Mexico. New York Times

[ Abadfeb’s editorial reminds me of feudalism. Until the rise of state-level armies in the 17th century, the nobility had their own soldiers to keep the peasants in line.  Now, rich landowners hire vigilantes to fight guerrillas and drug cartels, … Continue reading

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Eduardo Porter : Next Crisis from Rising Interest Rates? (New York Times)

A World Unprepared, Again, for Rising Interest Rates. Feb 11, 2014. Eduardo Porter. New York Times. I was living in São Paulo in 1997 when, out of the blue, an investment banker I knew called to ask about Brazilian cocktails. … Continue reading

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Banks get around Bonus Rules = less money to take back after risky bets go bad

February 13, 2014. Banks in London Devise Way Around Europe’s Bonus Rules. Jenny Anderson. New York Times. Since the 2008 crisis, regulators around the world have tried to rein in bonuses, worried that big payouts encourage excessive risk-taking by bankers … Continue reading

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Matt Taibbi : Commodity Scams on Wall Street Will Cause the Next Crash

The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks’ Most Devious Scam Yet Banks are no longer just financing heavy industry. They are actually buying it up and inventing bigger, bolder and scarier scams than ever. Matt Taibbi.  February 12, 2014.  … Continue reading

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Set the planet on fire: Burn underground coal to gasify it. Worse than Fracking.

Fire in the hole: After fracking comes coal. 13 February 2014 by Fred Pearce. NewScientist. Setting fire to coal underground could answer our energy prayers, or start an environmental disaster on a bigger scale than ever before. Without a way to … Continue reading

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Kaplan on West Africa

The Coming Anarchy Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War. Robert D. Kaplan. 1994. New York Times. THE COMING ANARCHY THE MINISTER’S EYES were like egg yolks, an after-effect of some of the many illnesses, malaria especially, endemic in … Continue reading

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Ashvin Pandurangi: A Probabilistic Assessment Of Short-Term Inflation, Deflation, Hyperinflation And Serious Deflation

A Probabilistic Assessment Of Short-Term Inflation, Deflation, Hyperinflation And Serious Deflation. Nov 3, 2010. Ashvin Pandurangi.   The blogosphere has been rife with debates over whether the U.S. economy will experience inflation or deflation over the next year or two. Typically, … Continue reading

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Nicole Foss: Notes from videos, radio shows, newsletters

FSN Top Interviews 2010: Nicole Foss & Richard Russell at Financial Sense. Rural areas will be the first to lose access to electricity,with  less priority than cities in a deflation, plus there’s no money to build up the grid, which … Continue reading

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40 ways to lose your future

Nicole Foss on 40 ways to lose your future.  June 17 2009  theautomaticearth.com Deflation is inevitable due to Ponzi dynamics (see From the Top of the Great Pyramid) The collapse of credit will crash the money supply as credit is … Continue reading

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