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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Wealth Reporter - The Golden Truth

Wealth Reporter - The Golden Truth



A major financial news source just published shocking details about a research report by two employees at the Federal Reserve Bank. The 36-page report applauds the use of “capital controls” in global markets.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “capital controls,” it’s probably because we tend to avoid them in the United States in favor of a free market economy.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The NewDEAL: Dark Money, Democrat Style - Hit & Run : Reason.com

The NewDEAL: Dark Money, Democrat Style - Hit & Run : Reason.com



Over at Vice, Lee Fang, an investigative fellow with The Nation Institute, looks at some of the "dark money" flowing around Democratic political circles. Turns out some secret sources of Democrat campaign funding are the very mega-companies many progressives rail against, especially when they're donating to Republican causes. 

Arkan (metal) — Wikipédia

Arkan (metal) — Wikipédia



Arkan est un groupe d'oriental metal français fondé par Foued Moukid.

Global Debt Exceeds $100 Trillion as Governments Binge, BIS Says - Bloomberg



Global Debt Exceeds $100 Trillion as Governments Binge, BIS Says - Bloomberg




The amount of debt globally has soared more than 40 percent to $100 trillion since the first signs of the financial crisis as governments borrowed to pull their economies out of recession and companies took advantage of record low interest rates, according to the Bank for International Settlements.

The $30 trillion increase from $70 trillion between mid-2007 and mid-2013 compares with a $3.86 trillion decline in the value of equities to $53.8 trillion in the same period, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The jump in debt as measured by the Basel, Switzerland-based BIS in its quarterly review is almost twice the U.S.’s gross domestic product.

Borrowing has soared as central banks suppress benchmark interest rates to spur growth after the U.S. subprime mortgage market collapsed and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s bankruptcy sent the world into its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Yields on all types of bonds, from governments to corporates and mortgages, average about 2 percent, down from more than 4.8 percent in 2007, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Broad Market Index.

“Given the significant expansion in government spending in recent years, governments (including central, state and local governments) have been the largest debt issuers,” according to Branimir Gruic, an analyst, and Andreas Schrimpf, an economist at the BIS. The organization is owned by 60 central banks and hosts the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, a group of regulators and central bankers that sets global capital standards.
Austerity Measures

Marketable U.S. government debt outstanding has surged to a record $12 trillion, up from $4.5 trillion at the end of 2007, according to U.S. Treasury data compiled by Bloomberg. Corporate bond sales globally jumped during the period, with issuance totaling more than $21 trillion, Bloomberg data show.

Concerned that high debt loads would cause international investors to avoid their markets, many nations resorted to austerity measures of reduced spending and increased taxes, reining in their economies in the process as they tried to restore the fiscal order they abandoned to fight the worldwide recession.

Adjusting budgets to ignore interest payments, the International Monetary Fund said late last year that the so-called primary deficit in the Group of Seven countries reached an average 5.1 percent in 2010 when also smoothed to ignore large economic swings. The measure will fall to 1.2 percent this year, the IMF predicted.

The unprecedented retrenchments between 2010 and 2013 amounted to 3.5 percent of U.S. gross domestic product and 3.3 percent of euro-area GDP, according to Julian Callow, chief international economist at Barclays Plc in London.

The riskiest to the most-creditworthy bonds have returned more than 31 percent since 2007, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data. Treasury and agency debt handed investors gains of 27 percent in the period, while corporate bonds worldwide returned more than 40 percent, the indexes show.

CMS says it will use "other sources of funding" to finance insurer bailout, if needed | WashingtonExaminer.com

CMS says it will use "other sources of funding" to finance insurer bailout, if needed | WashingtonExaminer.com



Bowing to an aggressive lobbying effort by insurers, the Obama administration announced Friday it would use "other sources of funding" if needed, to finance a bailout for insurance companies if the industry racks up excessive losses through President Obama's health care law.
The news, buried in a 435-page regulatory filing by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, undermines prior assurances by the administration that the program would be budget-neutral.

Obamacare State Exchanges Have Proven an Expensive Folly

Obamacare State Exchanges Have Proven an Expensive Folly





According to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, the federal government has awarded more than $5 billion in grants to states to fund their own exchanges. Yes, the same federal government that couldn’t get its own health care website to work figured it might as well double down by giving states dollars to also create websites, exchanges and more bureaucracy.
The result?
Not one person during the 2014 enrollment period was registered successfully online via Oregon’s exchange. That’s right, Cover Oregon, at $305 million the third-most-expensive state-based exchange in the country, couldn’t figure out how to register one person via its website.

Fact Check: Did GOP raise taxes on 80 percent in NC? :: WRAL.com

Fact Check: Did GOP raise taxes on 80 percent in NC? :: WRAL.com



But just because we're probably going to hear it over and over again doesn't make the claim true. 
NUTS AND BOLTS: Senate Majority PAC is an independent spending group linked to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that helps Democrats in Senate campaigns. Leaders of the group say it spent about $850,000 to air the ad over two weeks in North Carolina, starting May 9. 

Read more at http://www.wral.com/fact-check-did-gop-raise-taxes-on-80-percent-in-nc-/13650632/#IB8sH12bi1XQAiHA.99

Joseph Pérez: «No entiendo el secesionismo catalán: España tiene el modelo más descentralizado del mundo» - ABC.es

Joseph Pérez: «No entiendo el secesionismo catalán: España tiene el modelo más descentralizado del mundo» - ABC.es



-Algo han hecho mal los políticos y los Estados europeos. La Europa de las instituciones ha decepcionado mucho. El funcionamiento burocrático de Europa ha sido decepcionante para los europeos. En el fondo, los franceses, los alemanes, los españoles, todos somos muy europeos. Pero todas las ilusiones que los pueblos europeos pusieron en Europa se han transformado en desencanto. Las esperanzas originales se han transformado en desilusión.

Lawmakers urge probe of ObamaCare contractor paying workers to 'do nothing' | Fox News

Lawmakers urge probe of ObamaCare contractor paying workers to 'do nothing' | Fox News



Several lawmakers are calling for an investigation into reports that employees at a center processing applications for health insurance under ObamaCare were paid to do nothing.
Missouri television station KMOV-TV reported Monday that data entry workers at a Serco Inc. office in Wentzville spent days staring at their computer. The company was awarded up to $1.25 billion to process applications for health insurance through the health care law.

Zen in the Art of Archery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zen in the Art of Archery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Zen in the Art of Archery is a short book written by Eugen Herrigel which brought Zen to Europe after World War II. The book was first published in 1948, in Germany.

"The Lid": SCREWED! New Report Shows Out-Of-Pocket For Medicine Doubles Under Obamacare

"The Lid": SCREWED! New Report Shows Out-Of-Pocket For Medicine Doubles Under Obamacare

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new study commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) finds that many consumers in ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges will end up paying more than twice as much in out-of-pocket drug costs.

The report  was conducted by actuarial firm Milliman,  found that people on the Silver Plan, which is the most popular ObamaCare plan, would likely pay 130%  more for out-of-pocket prescription drugs compared to people on similar employer-sponsored plans.

Recently S&P Capital IQ predicted up to144 Million Americans will lose their employer plans once the employer mandate kicks in next year and forced onto the Obamacare exchange.

Bharatiya Janata Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bharatiya Janata Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



IdeologyIntegral humanism
Hindu nationalism(Hindutva)
Social conservatism
Political positionRight-wing[1][2][3]
ColoursSaffron 
ECI StatusNational Party
AllianceNational Democratic Alliance (NDA)


Election Results 2014: Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkaar. BJP+ set for more than 300 seats. | NDTV.com

Election Results 2014: Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkaar. BJP+ set for more than 300 seats. | NDTV.com



New Delhi: The BJP and its allies are set to form the next government under Narendra Modi. They are leading in over 302 seats, a safe majority. The Congress faces a rout; in Amethi, Rahul Gandhi is trailing. 




Thursday, May 15, 2014

‘Grimm’ Scoop: Sasha Roiz & Claire Coffee Talk the Finale, Adalind & Renard’s Relationship & More!

‘Grimm’ Scoop: Sasha Roiz & Claire Coffee Talk the Finale, Adalind & Renard’s Relationship & More!

Why is the Pro-Life Movement So Ridiculously Young and Good Looking? | Acculturated

Why is the Pro-Life Movement So Ridiculously Young and Good Looking? | Acculturated

Twitter / ELLEmagazine: Meet the brave Iranian women ...

Twitter / ELLEmagazine: Meet the brave Iranian women ...

The Economist explains: How did the global poverty rate halve in 20 years? | The Economist

The Economist explains: How did the global poverty rate halve in 20 years? | The Economist

17 Facts To Show To Anyone That Believes That The U.S. Economy Is Just Fine

17 Facts To Show To Anyone That Believes That The U.S. Economy Is Just Fine



#1 The homeownership rate in the United States has dropped to the lowest level in 19 years.
#2 Consumer spending for durable goods has dropped by 3.23 percent since November.  This is a clear sign that an economic slowdown is ahead.
#3 Major retailers are closing stores at the fastest pace that we have seen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
#4 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 percent of all families in the United States do not have a single member that is employed.  That means that one out of every five families in the entire country is completely unemployed.
#5 There are 1.3 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy than when the last recession began in December 2007.  Meanwhile, our population has continued to grow steadily since that time.
#6 According to a new report from the National Employment Law Project, the quality of the jobs that have been "created" since the end of the last recession does not match the quality of the jobs lost during the last recession...
  • Lower-wage industries constituted 22 percent of recession losses, but 44 percent of recovery growth.
  • Mid-wage industries constituted 37 percent of recession losses, but only 26 percent of recovery growth.
  • Higher-wage industries constituted 41 percent of recession losses, and 30 percent of recovery growth.
#7 After adjusting for inflation, men who work full-time in America todaymake less money than men who worked full-time in America 40 years ago.
#8 It is hard to believe, but 62 percent of all Americans make $20 or less an hour at this point.
#9 Nine of the top ten occupations in the U.S. pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year.
#10 The middle class in Canada now makes more money than the middle class in the United States does.
#11 According to one recent study, 40 percent of all Americans could not come up with $2000 right now even if there was a major emergency.
#12 Less than one out of every four Americans has enough money put away to cover six months of expenses if there was a job loss or major emergency.
#13 An astounding 56 percent of all Americans have subprime credit in 2014.
#14 As I wrote about the other day, there are now 49 million Americans that are dealing with food insecurity.
#15 Ten years ago, the number of women in the U.S. that had jobs outnumbered the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin.  But now the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have jobs.
#16 69 percent of the federal budget is spent either on entitlements or on welfare programs.
#17 The number of Americans receiving benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million.

Articles: White Leftists on UKIP's Black Uncle Toms

Articles: White Leftists on UKIP's Black Uncle Toms



The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is almost on the verge of toppling a two-party (sometimes three-party) monopoly in British politics which goes back to the 19th century.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Vietnam Sends More Forces to Anti-China Protest Area - Bloomberg

Vietnam Sends More Forces to Anti-China Protest Area - Bloomberg



Vietnam said the security ministry has moved to restore calm in a southern province where anti-China rallies sparked by the placement of a rig in disputed waters damaged factories and left one person reportedly killed.

Rule of Law? Obama admin releases over 36,000 criminal aliens | Public Secrets

Rule of Law? Obama admin releases over 36,000 criminal aliens | Public Secrets



Well, this should make us all feel oh-so-secure:
Here’s everything you need to know about immigration reform: last year the Obama administration released 36,000 criminal aliens into the United States population. The jailbreak was deliberate and included 193 murderers.

The Center for Immigration Studies obtained the information and released a report documenting the number and nature of the crimes committed by the aliens.

If 36,000 criminal aliens walking around your community wasn’t enough, Obama’s Department of Homeland Security is aiming to make it even easier for aliens to be released from detention. That’s what the groups agitating for immigration reform are demanding. That’s what the groups are likely to get.

The 2013 jailbreak included rapists, kidnappers, arsonists, burglars, sex offenders, and car thieves. That’s merely for 2013.

The criminals that Obama administration policies set free are unlikely ever to be deported. Detained aliens facing deportation are highly unlikely to ever be deported once they are set free into the general American population. They don’t show up for their deportation hearings, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t have the manpower or money to hunt down tens of thousands of criminal aliens.

That’s a heaping helping of criminality the Obama administration just introduced into America.
As J. Christian Adams points out, this is just another example of how the administration, particularly its highly politicized Justice Department, sides with the law-breaker over the law-abiding. (For more good, by which I mean “infuriating,” examples, have a look at Mr. Adams’“Injustice: exposing the racial agenda of the Obama Justice Department”)
And, far beyond merely siding with criminals and applying a racialist filter to the administration of justice, we seen more examples than I think any of us would care to remember of this administration’s cavalier lip service to even the idea of a genuine rule of law, of a law common to all: waivers and delays in the implementation of Obamacare granted with no authority; bondholders and pensioners cheated in the GM and Chrysler bankruptcy proceedings; Congress’ legitimate oversight authority treated with contempt; our tax agency used to harass law-abiding citizens seeking only to exercise their rights to participate in politics, and so many others.
We have a real problem in America when one side feels the rules just don’t apply to them, so long as they think they’re in the right.

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



I stared at the city below out the window as I sipped my red wine. Havana looked like a glittering metropolis in the dark. Night washed away the rot and the grime and revealed nothing but city lights. It occurred to me that Havana will look mostly the same—at night, anyway—after it is liberated from the tyrannical imbeciles who govern it now. I tried to pretend that I was looking out on a Cuba that was already free and that the tables around me were occupied—by local people, not foreigners—but the fantasy faded fast. I was all alone at the top of Cuba’s Elysium and yearning for home—where capitalism’s inequalities are not so jagged and stark.

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



Tourists who visit Cuba and spend all their time inside the bubble for the “haves” could leave the country oblivious to the savage inequalities and squalor beyond the hotel zone, but this woman visits her husband’s family in the real Cuba and knows what it’s really like.

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



Leftists often talk about “food deserts” in Western cities, where the poor supposedly lack options to buy affordable and nutritious food. If they want to see a real food desert, they should come to Havana. I went to a grocery store across the street from the exclusive Meliá Cohiba Hotel, where the lucky few with access to hard currency shop to supplement their meager state rations. The store was in what passes for a mall in Havana—a cluttered concrete box, shabby compared even with malls I’ve visited in Iraq. It carried rice, beans, frozen chicken, milk, bottled water, booze, a small bit of cheese, minuscule amounts of rancid-looking meat, some low-end cookies and chips from Brazil—and that’s it. No produce, cereal, no cans of soup, no pasta. A 7–11 has a far better selection, and this is a place for Cuba’s “rich” to shop. I heard, but cannot confirm, that potatoes would not be available anywhere in Cuba for another four months.




The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



If he were still around, Hemingway would be stunned to see what has happened to his old haunt. Cubans certainly aren’t happy about it, but the tourists are another story—especially the world’s remaining Marxoid fellow travelers, who show up in Havana by the planeload. Such people are clearly unteachable. I got into an argument with one at the Floridita when I pointed out that none of the patrons were Cuban. “There are places in the United States that some can’t afford,” she retorted. Sure, butcome on. Not even the poorest Americans have to pay a week’s wage for a beer.

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



Even things as simple as cooking oil and soap are black-market goods. Individuals who, by some illegal means or another, manage to acquire such desirables will stand on street corners and whisper “cooking oil” or “sugar” to passersby, and then sell the product on the sly out of their living room. If they’re caught, both sellers and buyers will be arrested, of course, but the authorities can’t put the entire country in jail. “Everyone cheats,” says Eire. “One must in order to survive. The verb Ωto steal≈ has almost vanished from usage. Breaking the rules is necessary. Resolví mi problema, which means ‘I solved my problem,’ is the Cuban way of referring to stealing or cheating or selling on the black market.”

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



Housing is free, too, but so what? Americans can get houses in abandoned parts of Detroit for only $500—which makes them practically free—but no one wants to live in a crumbling house in a gone-to-the-weeds neighborhood. I saw adequate housing in the Cuban countryside, but almost everyone in Havana lives in a Detroit-style wreck, with caved-in roofs, peeling paint, and doors hanging on their hinges at odd angles.

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



As for the free health care, patients have to bring their own medicine, their own bedsheets, and even their own iodine to the hospital. Most of these items are available only on the illegal black market, moreover, and must be paid for in hard currency—and sometimes they’re not available at all. Cuba has sent so many doctors abroad—especially to Venezuela, in exchange for oil—that the island is now facing a personnel shortage. “I don’t want to say there are no doctors left,” says an American man who married a Cuban woman and has been back dozens of times, “but the island is now almost empty. I saw a banner once, hanging from somebody’s balcony, that said, DO I NEED TO GO TO VENEZUELA FOR MY HEADACHE?

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



The government defends its maximum wage by arguing that life’s necessities are either free or so deeply subsidized in Cuba that citizens don’t need very much money. (Che Guevara and his sophomoric hangers-on hoped to rid Cuba of money entirely, but couldn’t quite pull it off.) The free and subsidized goods and services, though, are as dismal as everything else on the island. Citizens who take public transportation to work—which includes almost everyone, since Cuba hardly has any cars—must wait in lines for up to two hours each way to get on a bus. And commuters must pay for their ride out of their $20 a month. At least commuter buses are cheap. By contrast, a one-way ticket to the other side of the island costs several months’ pay; a round-trip costs almost an annual salary.

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



Even employees inside the quasi-capitalist bubble don’t get paid more. The government contracts with Spanish companies such as Meliá International to manage Havana’s hotels. Before accepting its contract, Meliá said that it wanted to pay workers a decent wage. The Cuban government said fine, so the company pays $8–$10 an hour. But Meliá doesn’t pay its employees directly. Instead, the firm gives the compensation to the government, which then pays the workers—but only after pocketing most of the money. I asked several Cubans in my hotel if that arrangement is really true. All confirmed that it is. The workers don’t get $8–$10 an hour; they get 67 cents a day—a child’s allowance.

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



When the ailing Fidel Castro ceded power to his less doctrinaire younger brother Raúl in 2008, the quasi-capitalist bubble expanded, but the economy remains heavily socialist. In the United States, we have a minimum wage; Cuba has a maximum wage—$20 a month for almost every job in the country. (Professionals such as doctors and lawyers can make a whopping $10 extra a month.) Sure, Cubans get “free” health care and education, but as Cuban exile and Yale historian Carlos Eire says, “All slave owners need to keep their slaves healthy and ensure that they have the skills to perform their tasks.”

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



By the 1990s, Cuba needed economic reform as much as a gunshot victim needs an ambulance. Castro wasn’t about to reform himself and his ideology out of existence, but he had to open up at least a small piece of the country to the global economy. So the Soviet subsidy was replaced by vacationers, mostly from Europe and Latin America, who brought in much-needed hard currency. Arriving foreigners weren’t going to tolerate receiving ration cards for food—as the locals do—so the island also needed some restaurants. The regime thus allowed paladars—restaurants inside private homes—to open, though no one from outside the family could work in them. (That would be “exploitative.”) Around the same time, government-run “dollar stores” began selling imported and relatively luxurious goods to non-Cubans. Thus was Cuba’s quasi-capitalist bubble created.

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



had to lie to get into the country. Customs and immigration officials at Havana’s tiny, dreary José Martí International Airport would have evicted me had they known I was a journalist. But not even a total-surveillance police state can keep track of everything and everyone all the time, so I slipped through. It felt like a victory. Havana, the capital, is clean and safe, but there’s nothing to buy. It feels less natural and organic than any city I’ve ever visited. Initially, I found Havana pleasant, partly because I wasn’t supposed to be there and partly because I felt as though I had journeyed backward in time. But the city wasn’t pleasant for long, and it certainly isn’t pleasant for the people living there. It hasn’t been so for decades.

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



had to lie to get into the country. Customs and immigration officials at Havana’s tiny, dreary José Martí International Airport would have evicted me had they known I was a journalist. But not even a total-surveillance police state can keep track of everything and everyone all the time, so I slipped through. It felt like a victory. Havana, the capital, is clean and safe, but there’s nothing to buy. It feels less natural and organic than any city I’ve ever visited. Initially, I found Havana pleasant, partly because I wasn’t supposed to be there and partly because I felt as though I had journeyed backward in time. But the city wasn’t pleasant for long, and it certainly isn’t pleasant for the people living there. It hasn’t been so for decades.

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



Many tourists return home convinced that the Cuban model succeeds where the Soviet model failed. But that’s because they never left Cuba’s Elysium.

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014

The Last Communist City by Michael J. Totten, City Journal Spring 2014



I’ve always wanted to visit Cuba—not because I’m nostalgic for a botched utopian fantasy but because I wanted to experience Communism firsthand. When I finally got my chance several months ago, I was startled to discover how much the Cuban reality lines up with Blomkamp’s dystopia. In Cuba, as in Elysium, a small group of economic and political elites live in a rarefied world high above the impoverished masses. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, authors of The Communist Manifesto, would be appalled by the misery endured by Cuba’s ordinary citizens and shocked by the relatively luxurious lifestyles of those who keep the poor down by force.

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER LYRICS - What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER LYRICS - What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse



This twisted wretched place shadowed by the utmost darks of hell

in dreams of black beyond the bounds of a withered witch's spell

where the doors surely are locked when the sun threatens to wane

where shamblers dwell in dim moon light beyond the warmth of day



liars line the roads at dawn watchful eyes are upon you held

sacred weapons to the sacred revealed to be unleashed upon the council of hell

blood flows down the streets at night where wolves cry out for flesh

where a horrible curse taints the woodlands nearby with the forms of the walking dead



unholy inversion of hope twisting the faith of the meek into hate

driven insane by the dark one to bring forth the foul biddings he speaks

the undead are among us at dawn they shrink back to their silken beds

they dance by night and drink the blood of a child's broken neck



his spires are growing taller still their shadows stretching throughout the land

freeing the evils that sleep within the weaker minds of man



into the tower never go the horrors multiply

gears can mince the strongest ones leaving heroes paralyzed

the rivers flow with poison the sands swallow you whole

the ghouls that roam this darkened wood are thirsting for your throat






Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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When The Real Cost is Hidden, Making Good Decisions Is Impossible | Zero Hedge

When The Real Cost is Hidden, Making Good Decisions Is Impossible | Zero Hedge



If we had to summarize the response of the Federal government and the Federal Reserve to the structural financial crisis of 2008-2009, we could say that both institutions went all-in to obscure the real price of credit and capital.
 
The real cost of credit and capital is discovered by open, transparent markets. When a central bank sets the price of credit, it destroys the market's price-discovery process. When the government subsidizes certain types of credit, for example, home mortgages and "cash for clunkers" auto loans, it destroys the market's price-discovery process.
 
This distorts not just the price of credit, but the price of everything purchased with credit. This is the origin of bubbles, and of the resulting busts.

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HowStuffWorks "26 Home Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome"

HowStuffWorks "26 Home Remedies for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome"



Stay in shape. You'll be less likely to suffer injury if your body's circulation and repair systems work well. Help your body out by eating nutritiously, getting adequate sleep and rest, and exercising regularly. Also, be sure to quit or avoid smoking, which inhibits circulation to all areas of the body, including the wrists and hands.




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Student Loans Soar To Record $1.111 Trillion, Up 12% In Past Year | Zero Hedge

Student Loans Soar To Record $1.111 Trillion, Up 12% In Past Year | Zero Hedge



In other words, the only reason why total mortgage balances did increase is due to a slowdown in either prepayments and/or discharges, which represents as the simple difference between Q1 originations and the change in total mortgage outstanding, tumbled to just $216 billion - the lowest in the past decade! One can be certain that absent a pick up in originations the total mortgage balances are set to tumble in the coming quarter as even this one last final refuge of the "consumers are releveraging" crowd is smashed.
But that is not to say that consumers have no interest in increasing their debt load. Quite the contrary. Because when one excludes those two conventional methods of leveraging up, credit cards and mortgages, US households are on an epic spending spree funded by, what else, student loans.
We have covered the topic of the student loan bubble extensively in the past so we won't waste more digital ink on where it comes from or what it means for the troubled US consumer, suffice to report that according to the Fed, in Q1 total Federal student loans rose by another $31 billion to a record $1.11 trillion, and up a whopping $125 billion, or 12% from this time last year.
For all the talk that the student loan bubble may have popped the demand for cheap, uncle Sam loans certainly is as strong as ever. The one places where the bubble may have popped, however, is the amount of delinquencies: at 11% it means that some $122 billion in student loans will never be repaid. And considering the Fed historically does a woeful job of accurately estimating the true delinquency rate, we would estimate that at this moment some $250-$300 billion in student debt is already 1 or more months delinquent with no intentions of ever being repaid.

Student Loans Soar To Record $1.111 Trillion, Up 12% In Past Year | Zero Hedge

Student Loans Soar To Record $1.111 Trillion, Up 12% In Past Year | Zero Hedge



When the Fed releases its quarterly household credit report, the one item most focused on is the amount of mortgages outstanding and originated in the prior quarter, since courtesy of its monthly consumer credit updates we know that US households have largely given up charging their credit cards at the expense of non-revolving student and car loans. So here is the summary.
First, the good news: courtesy of ZIRP mortgage defaults and discharges tumbled in Q1, resulting in an increase in total mortgage debt balances of $8.17 billion, or an increase of $116 billion in the quarter. 
Now, the bad news: the increase in total mortgage balances had nothing to do with a surge in mortgage demand. Quite the contrary, as we have been reporting and as bank mortgage origination bankers have felt first hand, for whatever reason mortgage origination as a business has virtually slammed shut. The Fed confirmed as much when it reported just $332 billion in originations in Q1: well below the $452 billion in Q4, and certainly below the $577 billion a year ago.

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Ven (currency) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ven (currency) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Ven (sign: VEN) is a global digital currency traded in international financial markets and originally used by members of a social network serviceHub Culture, to buy, share, and trade knowledge, goods, and services. The value of Ven is determined on the financial markets from a basket of currencies, commodities and carbon futures.[2] It trades against major currencies at floating exchange rates. LMAX reported at the end of the first week of trading that over 14 million Ven had traded on the exchange, increasing Ven liquidity by 30%.[3]

Monday, May 12, 2014

Obama Attacks IRAs | The American Spectator

Obama Attacks IRAs | The American Spectator



w much would you need to be able to retire comfortably? If you’re not sure of the answer, don’t worry: the Obama administration will answer for you.
President Obama’s FY 20414 budget will be released on Wednesday — two months later than the legal deadline. But thanks to administration leaks, too conveniently released just hours before last Friday’s horrendous employment report, we have some idea what it will contain.
Most of the Obama budget will be the same tiresome mix of higher taxes, higher spending, and budgetary gimmicks that would land any private sector CFO in jail.
Despite the larger fiscal impact of other provisions of the Obama budget, it is hard to match the audacity, paternalism, and economic idiocy of Obama’s plan to limit individual retirement accounts to a maximum of $3 million.
What we know so far offers more questions than answers; the answers we have already are bad and the questions even worse.

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$474M for 4 failed Obamacare exchanges - Jennifer Haberkorn and Kyle Cheney - POLITICO.com

$474M for 4 failed Obamacare exchanges - Jennifer Haberkorn and Kyle Cheney - POLITICO.com







Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles — and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher.
Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland — embraced Obamacare, and each underperformed. All have come under scathing criticism and now face months of uncertainty as they rush to rebuild their systems or transition to the federal exchange.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/obamacare-cost-failed-exchanges-106535.html#ixzz31WXAdl51

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Frankenstein | Anti-Film School

Frankenstein | Anti-Film School



What gets incorporated into the plot’s existential nature as well is Freud’s concept of The Uncanny, which also represents the field of an unknown world. “Uncanny is what one calls everything that was meant to remain secret and hidden and has come into the open… there’s no doubt that it belongs to the realm of the frightening of what evokes fear and dread” -Freud

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Room 23 - Lostpedia - The Lost Encyclopedia

Room 23 - Lostpedia - The Lost Encyclopedia



Room 23 is a locked room in a facility within in the Hydracompound where Karl and Walt were held by the Others, and Karl was subjected to a brainwashing video. In 2007, Charles Widmore held Jin-Soo Kwon captive in the room. The DHARMA Initiative originally used the room to trigger amnesia in the Hostiles after interrogating them, so as not to violate the Truce.("The New Man in Charge") After The Purge, however, it was co-opted by the Others(Access: Granted) The facility bears the Hydra logo, although it appears to be separated from the rest of the Hydra station. Room 23 is located at the end of a hall. The door next to it leads outside. Behind it is a stairwell because the terrain is lower at the backside of the building than at the front side.

Sony Computer Entertainment Sells All its Square Enix Shares: Expects a Profit of 4.8 Billion Yen | DualShockers

Sony Computer Entertainment Sells All its Square Enix Shares: Expects a Profit of 4.8 Billion Yen | DualShockers



Sony Corporation just announced with a press release that Sony Computer Entertainment reached an agreement to sell all its 9,520,000 Square Enix shares to the financial firm SMBC Nikko Securities.




Stem cells made by cloning adult humans : Nature News & Comment

Stem cells made by cloning adult humans : Nature News & Comment



Two research groups have independently produced human embryonic stem-cell lines from embryos cloned from adult cells. Their success could reinvigorate efforts to use such cells to make patient-specific replacement tissues for degenerative diseases, for example to replace pancreatic cells in patients with type 1 diabetes. But further studies will be needed before such cells can be tested as therapies.




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