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As Markets Gyrate Wildly, Senator Shelby’s Banking Committee Will Look at Market Structure

As Markets Gyrate Wildly, Senator Shelby’s Banking Committee Will Look at Market Structure
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted March 1, 2016

Senator ShelbySenator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), the Chair of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, has announced a hearing on March 3 at 10:00 a.m. to examine “Regulatory Reforms to Improve Equity Market Structure.” To appropriately conduct that hearing, all the lights should be turned out in the hearing room and the senators and witnesses should have to fumble and stumble their way to their seats in the dark, since that’s what American investors have been forced to do since the 2008 crash – a tortuously long seven years of make-believe financial reform.

Following the 1929 crash, whose economic impact was also swift and devastating, the Senate Banking Committee spent the years of 1932 through 1934 holding comprehensive hearings and investigations on the structure of the stock market. The hearings unraveled, day by day, the frauds that the Wall Street titans of that era were inflicting on a gullible public. More…

Revealed: The Hidden Agenda of Davos 2016

Revealed: The Hidden Agenda of Davos 2016
by Nick Giambruno
Posted February 26, 2016

Davos - the reason for much of the world's poverty“It’s a big club and you ain’t in it!” I’m often reminded of these words, spoken by the great comedian George Carlin, when I read about the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

That’s where the global power elite gather to discuss the big issues of the day. The most important world leaders attend. As do the CEOs of the largest companies, leaders in the mainstream media and top academics. Central bankers attend, too, along with a wide assortment of celebrities.

The biggest and most important deals take shape in these secret meetings. And this year, I think there was one secret meeting with huge historical significance. I think world leaders decided to dramatically escalate the War on Cash, making it easier for them to impose negative interest rates. Negative interest rates mean the lender pays the borrower for the privilege of lending him money. It’s a bizarre, upside-down concept. Negative rates could not exist in a free market. They can only exist in an Alice in Wonderland economy created by central bankers. More…

Billionaires Behind the 2016 Presidential Elections. “Money Behind Major Candidates”: Rubio, Cruz, Trump, Bush, Clinton

Billionaires Behind the 2016 Presidential Elections. “Money Behind Major Candidates”: Rubio, Cruz, Trump, Bush, Clinton
By Jack Rasmus
Posted February 25, 2016

no enforcement of anti-trust lawsPoll after public opinion poll in the US today consistently show that US voters overwhelmingly share the opinion that big money billionaires and their corporations were increasingly dominating US elections.

As the United States election cycle began to ramp up last summer, for example, the New York Times/NBC News poll showed no less than 84 percent of U.S. voters – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike – shared the common view that there was simply “too much money” flooding into U.S. elections today. While 85 percent of those in the poll further indicated that either major changes or a “complete rebuild” of the U.S. election system was needed to take money out of politics.

Forget minor tweaking reforms of campaign financing. The people of the U.S. now believe the entire process is rigged in favor of rich contributors and corporations who fill to over-flowing the campaign coffers of their chosen politicians. More…

Scourge of US elections: Electoral College, hackable voting machines & obscure rules

Scourge of US elections: Electoral College, hackable voting machines & obscure rules
by Cynthia McKinney
Posted February 17, 2016

electronic voting fraudThe US Congress and the election authorities in the 50 states have authorized and encouraged the use of hackable electronic voting machines that are used for vote casting and vote tabulation. Bev Harris and her company, Black Box Voting, has accumulated horror stories surrounding the non-transparency of US elections. I have worked closely with Harris because the danger of these machines is self-evident to everyone except the officials who continue to purchase them for millions of dollars, putting millions of voters’ most precious political asset at risk.

Such a scenario is what led former President Jimmy Carter to comment he “absolutely” could not be elected today under such conditions, going so far as to characterize the United States as an oligarchy, not a democracy. More…

The Big Money and What It Means in Election 2016

The Big Money and What It Means in Election 2016
by Nomi Prins
Posted February 4, 2016

money in politicsHonestly, you couldn’t make this stuff up. How do you respond to a rampaging bull of a billionaire in the political arena? In America in 2016, the answer is obvious. You send in not the clowns, but the matador: another billionaire, of course. So Michael Bloomberg is now threatening to enter the race as a third-party candidate. According to the New York Times, he’s considering spending at least $1 billion of his $36 billion (or is it almost $49 billion?) fortune if it looks like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders (just about the only candidate in the race not backed by billionaires and so an obvious threat to any billionaire around) might truly be nominated for president.

In the post-Citizens United era, after the Supreme Court let a flood of plutocratic money pour through a super PAC darkly, the billionaires began to run rampant. Soon enough, new informal “primaries” were set up in which potential candidates on bended knee toured the resorts and luxury locales those billionaires preferred, auditioning for their support. More…

Will the 2016 Primaries Be Electronically Rigged?

Will the 2016 Primaries Be Electronically Rigged?
By Victoria Collier and Ben Ptashnik
Posted January 31, 2016

Diebolt machines have been hackedPrimary election rigging in the coming weeks and months is all but assured if American voters and candidates don’t take steps to prevent it now. Evidence that US voting systems are wide open to fraud and manipulation should be taken seriously in light of the unprecedented high-stakes elections we’re facing.

Not in recent history have American voters been presented with such radically polarized candidates, forcing a crucial choice for the direction of our future, and possibly upending long-established centers of power.

Local fixers, insider operatives, rogue hackers and even foreign countries could all rig US elections electronically. More…

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