You know it's bad when the USA Today is forced to cover it.
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You know it's bad when the USA Today is forced to cover it.
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American hospitals have devised a scheme to guarantee they never get stuck with an unpaid bill. It’s called guardianship.
Thinking of checking into a hospital? Think again. You may never see home again.
Ginger Franklin, Hendersonville, Tennessee, fell down the stairs in her condo and suffered a bump on her head. She was declared “temporarily mentally incapacitated” and a guardian was appointed through the courts. Within six weeks, the guardian had soldFranklin’s home, car, furniture, and drained her bank account.
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AFP is giving Barry credit for something that he is merely proposing. It’s gotten so bad that STATE Media has to sell mere proposals as faux accomplishments.
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Gary North rightfully crushes Dave Ramsay. Here's a great snippet:
"He posted this on March 22, 2010. On that day, the S&P 500 closed at 1166. Ten years earlier – March 22, 2000 – the index was at exactly 1500.
Let's see: that's a loss of 22%.
But wait! There's more!
Using the inflation calculator of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we learn that the dollar lost over 21% of its purchasing power, 2000 to 2010.
So, combining these figures, the investor who bought a no-load index fund of the S&P 500 and held it for a decade lost almost 40% of this investment.
Ramsey never discusses the retirement-destroying rate of return that American stocks have produced since early 2000. It has been 11 years of false hopes."
Here's the full, sad truth with video.
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Remarkable recap of the Greatest Bankster heist in history by Dylan Ratigan.
We've slapped him around when he has deserved it so we have to give him credit when he deserves it. Say what you will but this performance took "guts".
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"Artists" send their best to you on this St. Paddy's Day."
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The link to our new "combi" course is just below. It starts next week and runs for 4 weeks in a row on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The first night of each week covers essential options strategies that are followed up on the second night with the exact "how to's" of implementation based upon the real market closing prices of that day. Theory followed by application. This is the way it's really done. In fact, we've used these methods in our idea generation service that's running at a 271% return clip currently. We know that this sounds like hype and debated even mentioning our service performance but the reality is that many of our subscribers have done even better which proves that it can be done by individual investors.
If you want to become independent of Wall Street's crooked approach, please consider enrolling in our course. And, if you know a friend or family member that you believe might have an interest, please pass it along to them on our behalf.
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FOX news doing their level best to try to discredit Ron Paul since he's one of the few threats to the fascist kleptogarchy system of control. State TV is available on all channels these days as the Propaganda Matrix expands exponentially.
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In today's centrally-planned markets, there's little left that doesn't suffer from manipulation on a second by sub-second basis. Certainly this is the case with our hyper-manipulated stock market and anyone that denies this needs to seek mental care immediately.
The rigged madness in stocks is the main reason why more and more investors are flocking to FOREX investing. There are many challenges to clear to successfully trade in the FX markets however, not the least of which is FINDING THE TIME TO DEDICATE to it in our ever-hectic times. With things being as they are, a few veteran FX traders and a few veteran Options traders decided to collaborate to develop a service to address all of the issues faced by folks seeking success in the FOREX markets.
This new service for active investors is opening "the doors" to the public this week. It is an options trading service on Foreign Currency Pairs. Many busy, traditional investors have looked at FOREX and decided that it is not for them. The odd hours (middle of the night in USA many times) and the day trading stresses are not appealing to most people The good news is that this new service solves those problems by taking a swing trading approach over a few days (normally) rather then a few hours. Signals are issued during the trading day (typical long business day) and are emailed and sent to smart phones as well. In other words, investors no longer have to be tethered to computer desks overnight in order to initiate and manage FX trades.
In essence, OptionsonFX.com is a brand new approach to Forex Trading for busy, active investors. For most of our readers the multitude of advantageous reasons to invest with options are fairly well-known, but for newer readers we'll briefly list a few:
They provide tremendous Leverage
They Define and Reduce Risk
They allow profits on non-directional trades
They're Infinitely Flexible
Permit and reduce overnight risk.
For the record though, most of the trades in this service will be directionally oriented.
The service basically works like this: the FX Specialists (using a "battle tested" methodology, 10 years in refinement) signal to the Options Specialists that a currency pair opportunity has developed. The FX Specialists use their "gray box" to provide all of the trade forecast information to the Options Team. The Options guys then select and "place" an options trade to best match the FX guys' price expectations and time horizons. Stop levels and profit targets are issued along with the initial report and order instructions are given as well at times. Emails are immediately sent out along with Twitter Tweets (which are sent to your cell phone-if you want!) The website can also be accessed quickly for full trade idea details. Additionally, the OptionsonFX teams monitor the action as it unfolds and update and modify the positions accordingly all the while keeping clients informed in all listed ways.
The FX Options allow an FX investor to keep the trade going overnight without having to post huge sums of capital in an account in and effort to capture larger moves. Most FX traders understand this because they know that they cannot leave their desk unless they are out of their trades!
FOREX TRADING is cumulatively the largest trading market and cannot be manipulated QUITE AS EASILY as the relatively small stock markets. OTC derivatives? Well let's just ignore them for now like THEY want us to!
So if you want a little freedom and something that's both different and right, you can put the OptionsonFX team to work for you!
Please take a look at OptionsonFX.com
If this sounds interesting to you, please try to go there now, because the site is running a special for the first 100 people to lock in 50% off their price until Friday!
You can register to receive a launch webinar replay or to attend the next live webinar as well. We encourage you to learn more, but if you like what you see, act quickly because that special is not expected to last nor will it be available again. The regular rate of $199.00 monthly will apply after Friday!
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Too little time and too many Global Ponzi Schemes/Manipulation Cartel Maneuverings to cover. Soooooo, we found this great piece by Charles Hugh Smith. NO, not the guy from American Graffiti/The Untouchables, that guy is Charles Martin Smith.
We're referring to the author Charles Hugh Smith of "ofttwominds.com". We prefer to start the timeline of the still unfolding travesties prior to the one put forth by Mr. Smith but everything else in this outstanding piece is spot on from where we sit. If you'd like to understand what's been happening, why, and why it keeps getting worse as it's gotten more volatile over the past 20 or so years in just a few minutes, this is the article for you.
The link to his aricle is just below this short intro:
Travesty of a Mockery of a Sham, Phase II (February 10, 2011)
The facsimile of U.S. "growth" now depends entirely on Central State manipulation and stimulus of risk trades and financial slight-of-hand.
The U.S. economy has become increasingly dependent on asset bubbles, financial legerdemain, credit expansion, Federal borrowing and the manipulation of risk trades to maintain the illusion of "growth." Compared to an economy based on organic demand and productive growth, the current U.S. economy is a travesty of a mockery of a sham, and has been since 2001.
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Finally, a video that makes plainly clear the great fraud and felonies of the Banksters, the FED and the Government with respect to the housing debacle.
Learn more in about 10 minutes than the MSM has covered in 4 years.
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The protests amuse him. Apparently so does lying to your face.
Does Lying Become Easier The More You Do It? Barry on Taxes Strongly Suggests That It Does.
Barry lies while taxes fly:
Obama’s Claim That He Did Not Raise Taxes Is Rejected As ‘Blatantly False’ by Taxpayer Watchdog
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
(CNSNews.com) – President Obama’s assertion on Sunday that he “didn’t raise taxes once” is “blatantly false,” a taxpayer watchdog group says. Obama made the claim in his pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
According to Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), President Obama has signed into law at least two dozen tax increases. The first one – a federal tobacco tax hike – came just 16 days into his presidency.
ATR says the $1 trillion health care overhaul alone added numerous taxes, including the individual mandate that requires most Americans to purchase health insurance or else pay a fine.
During the legislative debate, Obama and Democrats in Congress argued that a penalty for not carrying insurance is not a tax. But in recent attempts to defend Obamacare as constitutional, the Obama Justice Department has called the penalty a tax.
The health care law’s employer mandate provision also should be considered a tax, ATR said. That provision requires companies to report all business-to-business sales of goods and services exceeding $600 to the Internal Revenue Service. In a bipartisan vote, the Senate recently voted to repeal the so-called 1099 provision, and Obama says he supports the repeal.
The health care law also includes a tax on medical device manufacturers, as well as a higher tax on withdrawals from health savings accounts and a cap on flexible spending accounts.
Other taxes in the health care law cited by ATR include a surtax on investment income, an excise tax on comprehensive health insurance plans, a hike the in the Medicare payroll tax and a tax on indoor tanning services. (See complete list)
On Feb. 4, 2009, Obama signed a federal tobacco tax hike, raising the excise tax 62 cents per pack. Critics, including ATR, said that tax alone violated Obama’s campaign pledge not to raise taxes on couples earning less than $250,000 and on individuals earning less than $200,000.
During Sunday’s interview, Bill O’Reilly asked Obama if he is “a man who wants to redistribute wealth,” as The Wall Street Journal has described him.
The president denied it, again saying, “I didn't raise taxes once; I lowered taxes over the last two years.”
Responding on Monday, ATR said Obama’s claim of being a net-tax-cutter “rests on the temporary tax relief he has signed into law. “That tax increases Obama has signed into law have invariably been permanent. In fact, Obama signed into law $7 in permanent tax hikes for every $1 in permanent tax cuts,” ATR said.
“Over 90 percent of the dollar value of the tax cuts Obama signed into law are only temporary,” said ATR. “100 percent of the tax increases Obama signed into law are, however, permanent … Permanent changes to tax law signed by Obama amount to a net tax hike of $618.7 billion.”
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We're passing this along because we feel compelled to do so. The ever-meddling and always-knows-better fraud in chief hitched his narcissistic wagon to GM and their VOLT so naturally he and his minions are seeking to manipulate end purchases by consumers through coercion, er uh, tax policy.
This is just another great example of The Fatal Conceit:
Still think you live in anything resembling a real republic or democracy?
Earlier today, the Obama administration said that the President’s goal of 1 million electric cars on the road within the next four years is achievable, according to an administration report. And to help that cause along, a Michigan lawmaker — Sen. Debbie Stabenow — has introduced a bill to offer a $7,500 tax credit to consumers at the point of sale. Currently, buyers would have to file their taxes to get the $7,500 federal rebate.
The hope is that the incentive would increase interest in cars like the Nissan LEAF of Chevrolet Volt.
For most consumers electric cars are expensive, even with savings made at the pump taken into account. So a $7,500 would definitely help a driver putting down $41,000 for a Chevy Volt.
“It turns that credit into a rebate that can be used at the time of purchase,” Stabenow said.
While car salesmen believe the added incentive will help them with sales, some auto dealers are skeptical about the credit. Under the proposal, auto dealers and finance companies would take the tax credit for themselves and give customer’s a simple on-the-spot discount, according to CNN.
Dealers are worried that if they do provide a discount up-front, they would have a hard time getting the money back from the government, if a problem arises.
In the end, Obama’s goal still seems like a long shot. Hybrids –which are much closer to internal combustion engine cars — took eight years to reach the million car-mark. However, even if we reach anywhere close to that goal, that will still be a huge achievement.
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This is how "it's" done. Think of the knee-jerk reaction from most people when alternative theories to the propaganda are offered. This describes how they're able to get millions to shut down their critical thinking and reasoning abilities in favor of applying labels like "conspiracy theorist". Want to visit a Banana Republic? You just might be doing it already.
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Get ready to lose more freedoms as the "Piece Train" grows louder. Everyone jump off "the piece train".
Piece by piece, distraction by distraction, lie by lie and in the end you have nothing left and don't know how it came to this. Just like most people at a casino table at 4 AM.
Listen to Cat Stevens below from the ironically better year of 1971.
Important Alert from Washington's Blog:
The ACLU reports:
Three sections of the Patriot Act — the so-called 'library provision' that allows a secret court to issue orders for anything deemed relevant to an investigation; the roving wiretap provision that allows the government to get a wiretap order that doesn't specify the person or place to be tapped; and the 'lone wolf' provision, which permits intelligence wiretapping of people not connected to a terrorist group — are scheduled to expire on February 28. It's February 7.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) recently suggested that Congress doesn't have enough time to consider reforms this year. That was the excuse for last year's Patriot Act reauthorization. Members of Congress had suggested that they would use 2010 to really examine the effects of the USA Patriot Act and return to it in early 2011 ready to make much-needed changes.
And where are we now? Well, Congress is betting that while they weren't thinking about the Patriot Act in the past year, you weren't either. Late in the day on Friday, we learned that the House will vote tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 8, on a bill to extend the expiring Patriot Act provisions until December 8, 2011. They want to sneak this reauthorization through, and they're hoping that you don't notice.
Well, once again, we're asking you to tell Congress that you are watching, that you don't buy their fear-mongering or their scare tactics, and that you want real Patriot Act reform. We've put a new action alert up urging Congress not to rubber stamp the Patriot Act once again, and we urge you to take action. For almost 10 years, the Patriot Act has given the government too much leeway to pry into our private lives.
As the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others have documented (see this, this and this), the Patriot Act would not have prevented 9/11, and has led to numerous crimes by the FBI and other agencies.
Call Congress NOW and tell them to vote down renewing the Patriot Act. Word from D.C. is that the Patriot Act will be renewed unless there is strong public outcry today.
Remember, the Patriot Act was apparently written before 9/11, and the government's spying on Americans began before 9/11 (confirmed here and here. And see this) . These assault on the Constitution did not keep us safe.
Indeed – as I've previously noted – the "national security" apparatus has been hijacked to serve the needs of big business, and is not really protecting us.
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It was about this time last year that Dylan Ratigan did something noteworthy and positive on MSLSD. He's finally done it again which proves that he may not be completely worthless. You HAVE TO see this piece about Ben "The LIAR" BerNANK and the Federal Reserve, which as we always note here, is not Federal nor does it have any reserves unless you consider air molecules, electronic bookkeeping entries, or "things imagined into existence" to be reserves.
These financial psychopaths are literally printing people to death as their insane policies do nothing but enrich elites while causing widespread starvation around the world as sustenance becomes priced beyond the means of millions. This all seems so distant STILL to most Americans but it shouldn't because it could happen here at the pull of a few metaphorical strings.
Behold the truth about the cynical and reckless money from thin air policies, food price spikes, riots and global unrest:
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If you want to see a quick snapshot of just how bad things are away from the filters of the media propagandists, read this short list from Pierre Legrand. After you do try to remember it when you hear, see and read the propaganda that big media will put out over the next few days.
The full entry can be read at his site by following the link below.
We have acted just like a bunch of drug addicts, borrowing money from the devil to continue the party! Only consolation may be that we take everyone down with us…err wait that might not be a good thing. We won’t have anywhere to run to. This is it or as the cartoon sez…th th thats all folks. Of maybe you prefer Dandy Don Meredith singing “Turn Out the Lights the Party is Over!”
#1 In November 2007, the official U.S. unemployment rate was just 4.7 percent. Today, the official U.S. unemployment rate is 9.4 percent.
#2 In November 2007, 18.8% of unemployed Americans had been out of work for 27 weeks or longer. Today that percentage is up to 41.9%.
#3 As 2007 began, there were just over 1 million Americans that had been unemployed for half a year or longer. Today, there are over 6 million Americans that have been unemployed for half a year or longer.
#4 Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment insurance, which is almost four times as many as were receiving it back in 2007.
#5 More than half of the U.S. labor force (55 percent) has “suffered a spell of unemployment, a cut in pay, a reduction in hours or have become involuntary part-time workers” since the "recession" began in December 2007.
#6 According to one analysis, the United States has lost a total of approximately 10.5 million jobs since 2007.
#7 As 2007 began, only 26 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, an all-time record of 43.2 million Americans are enrolled in the food stamp program.
#8 In 2007, the U.S. government held a total of $725 billion in mortgage debt. As of the middle of 2010, the U.S. government held a total of $5.148 trillion in mortgage debt.
#9 In the year prior to the "official" beginning of the most recent recession in 2007, the IRS filed just 684,000 tax liens against U.S. taxpayers. During 2010, the IRS filed over a million tax liens against U.S. taxpayers.
#10 From the year 2000 through the year 2007, there were 27 bank failures in the United States. From 2008 through 2010, there were 314 bank failures in the United States.
#11 According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of U.S. families with children living in homeless shelters increased from 131,000 to 170,000 between 2007 and 2009.
#12 In 2007, one poll found that 43 percent of Americans were living "paycheck to paycheck". Sadly, according to a survey released very close to the end of 2010, approximately 55 percent of all Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck.
#13 In 2007, the "official" federal budget deficit was just 161 billion dollars. In 2010, the "official" federal budget deficit was approximately 1.3 trillion dollars.
#14 As 2007 began, the U.S. national debt was just under 8.7 trillion dollars. Today, the U.S. national debt has just surpassed 14 trillion dollars and it continues to soar into the stratosphere.
So is there any hope that we can turn all of this around?
Unfortunately, the massive amount of debt that we have piled up as a society over the last several decades has made that impossible.
If you add up all forms of debt (government debt, business debt, individual debt), it comes to approximately 360 percent of GDP. It is the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world.
If the federal government and our state governments stop borrowing and spending so much money, our economy would collapse. But if they keep borrowing and spending so much money they will continually make the eventual economic collapse even worse.
We are in the terminal stages of the most horrific debt spiral the world has ever seen, and when the debt spiral gets stopped the house of cards is going to finally come down for good. 14 Eye Opening Statistics Which Reveal Just How Dramatically The U.S. Economy Has Collapsed Since 2007
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