12/6/10

Financial News Update – 12/6/10

MONDAY MORNING MARKETS

UAW Gets 800 Jobs for Endorsing Obama’s Korea Trade Deal, Will Cost 159,000 US Jobs (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Trade Peace Watch:US-Korean Trade Pact: Korea (& US Customers) In Deep…(Media Lies For Hussein) (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Virginia plan to cancel Congress’ ‘authority’ (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Stocks Chug Higher, Impervious to Bad News

List of Facilities Vital to US Security Leaked (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

10 States Where Income Growth Is Grinding To A Halt, And Kids Will Have It Worse Than Their Parents

Here Are The The AWFUL Details Behind Today’s Big Jobs Report Miss

Bob Janjuah: Any Bullishness Right Now Relies On Pure Hope And Not Reality

14 Signs That America Is Turning Into Japan Or WORSE

Will Failure To Extend Unemployment Benefits Destroy 600K Jobs?

Germany Snubs Pleas to Boost Aid, Sell Joint Bonds

Wal-Mart Gets High Court Review in Million-Worker Bias Case

Obama Says Tax Bill Must Include Jobless Aid, Credits

Senator Sanders Asks Bernanke for More Information on Bailouts

GOP leaders hint at compromise on tax cuts, jobless benefits

Mounting Debts by States Stoke Fears of Crisis

Now it’s all or nothing on tax cuts

Obama Caves on Taxes (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Why farmland is skyrocketing (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Jobless Recovery?: 25 Unemployment Statistics That Are Almost Too Depressing To Read

Trumka Now Using Faith Groups to Organize ‘Progressive Activists’

Cancun Climate Summit Speaker Blames Obesity on Fossil Fuels

‘Operation Coleslaw’: Pittsburgh Restaurant Rises to Beck 300 Sandwich Challenge

Bernanke Calls ‘Printing Money’ a ‘Myth’; Says QE3 a Possibility

Union Tells NFL Players to Save Pay in Case of Lockout

Rep.-Elect West: Bernanke Must Answer ‘Hard Questions’ Before Congress

BIG SIS INVADES WAL-MART: ‘IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING’ (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Is Your Bank on the Problem Bank List? (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Wiedemer: Fed’s Medicine Will ‘Become Poison,’ Spark Inflation

Kyl: ‘Recipe’ for tax deal likely to include unemployment benefits (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

The Return of the Dark Ages

Obama: Tax Cuts Can’t Be Permanent

BIG SIS INVADES WAL-MART: ‘IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING’

TV MONITORS AT CHECKOUT WITH GOV’T MESSAGE

OIL HITS $89

Pump prices hit 2-year high

Chavez blames ‘criminal’ capitalism for incessant rains in Venezuela

AOL Mulls Breakup, Then Merger with YAHOO

‘Post-recession’ unemployment worst since WWII

Despite Obama pay freeze, federal workers to receive $2.5 billion in raises

2 YEAR EXTENSION? LET’S MAKE A DEAL

Fed Has $110 Billion Problem with new high-tech $100 bills

SANTA CLAUSE: Bernanke defends bond buys, citing at-risk economy

Eurozone under pressure to aid euro with more cash

Worst Ahead as Analysts See Crisis Spreading

MOODY’S downgrades Hungarian government debt

Big Sis Invades Walmart- Establishes Christmas Snitch Patrols

Hot Air… Cancun Junk Scientists Claim Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Help Combat Obesity

For class-warfare Dems: A reminder about who “the rich” are; Update: Senate Dems’ demagoguery rejected

“Thank the rich:” Pushing back against Democrat class envy

Climate Change Scheme in Jeopardy: Scramble on to Retool Messaging Effort

The Great Brownie Grab of 2010 (and Beyond)

Obama’s Job Killing Regulations (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

TheDC Morning – 12/6/10 (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Why I Bought Silver…And Why I Won’t Sell

Texan calls for jail time for enforcing Obamacare (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

FCC Commissioner Wants to Test the ‘Public Value’ of Every Broadcast Station (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

Morning Bell: The Jobs at Stake in the Tax Cut Fight

South Korea–U.S. Trade Deal: Better Late Than Never

The Cost of Sugar Subsidies

Corruption In India: People Or The State?

Businesses Anticipating Stormy Weather on the Tax Front

SurvivalBlog:

America Bails Out A Thankless World

Profit-Lessons from The Ongoing Europe/USA Crises

Mounting State Debts Stoke Fears of Looming Crisis

The Patriotic and Moral Imperative for Owning Gold and Silver

FDIC Takes Gloves Off for Failed Bank Losses

Euro Slide Gathers Pace on Debt Crisis Fears

Holiday Shoppers Came Out to Spend in November

White House Presses Congress for Jobless Benefits

Fed May be Central Bank of the World After UBS

UK Banks Borrowed More than $1 Trillion from Fed

Fed Reveals it Dished Out Trillions to World Banks to Aid The Crisis

I got a bit of a shock when I dropped by my local coin shop, planning to buy some pre-1965 non-numismatic (“junk”) U.S. silver coins for Christmas gifts for Rawles family members. Their asking prices was 21.1 times face value! I was also surprised to see a few minty-looking 1964 proof quarters mixed in with the dealer’s tray of junk silver coins. He said that the spot price of bullion silver has galloped up so quickly that it has completely overshadowed any numismatic value for the 1964 proof Washington quarters. These are strange and exciting times for the coin bourse! The next coin show that I attend should be wild.

Rice May Triple in 18 Months As Supplies Tighten

Reader G.W. mentioned: “I buy Nutivia Organic extra-virgin coconut oil. An 8 pound tub (1 Gallon) was $43.99 January, 2010. But it was $49.99 with my last purchase in late November, 2010. (A 13.6% increase.)”

America’s Leading Export: Inflation

Is QE2 the Road to Zimbabwe-style Hyperinflation? Not Likely

Global Food Prices About To Break An All Time High

12/6/10

The Wisdom of Comrade Bob

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

In July 2010, the Revolutionary Communist Party mounted a campaign to get 5,000 views of the Bob Avakian video clip below.

“as part of a movement to stop the Arizona law and repolarize for revolution!

As the fascist anti-immigrant law SB 1070 goes into effect in Arizona, introduce people to Bob Avakian and the real revolution.”

Foul language, bitterness, extreme self importance and fanaticism warning.

On Thursday, July 29 be part of a campaign to reach 5000 views of this powerful clip. As part of a movement of resistance to stop SB 1070, we need to repolarize for revolution, introducing people to Bob Avakian, the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party and of the revolution, and enabling them to see the source of the problem is the system and that through the solution-revolution-a radically different world is possible, and thus raise their sights as to what is possible..

12/6/10

NIA Addresses Bernanke’s ’60 Minutes’ Interview

From: The National Inflation Association

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was a guest on ’60 Minutes’ this evening and the National Inflation Association felt it was important to address Bernanke’s comments.

Bernanke claims to be concerned primarily about two things: unemployment and deflation. Bernanke says between the economic peak and the end of last year, 8.5 million jobs in America were lost with only 1 million jobs being regained since then. He says it could take 4 to 5 years for the U.S. to get back to a “more normal unemployment rate of 5% or 6%”.

The truth is, real unemployment in the U.S. today once you account for everybody who has given up looking for work as well as everybody who is underemployed, is already about 22%. NIA believes it is more likely that in 4 to 5 years from now, U.S. unemployment will rise to Great Depression levels. Bernanke’s policy of printing money and creating inflation will not create jobs because the money the Fed creates is going to fund non-productive and wasteful U.S. government spending. The only jobs being created are artificial government jobs.

U.S. government spending is up 108% from 10 years ago. We have a U.S. government spending bubble that will eventually go bust by the U.S. dollar becoming worthless and the U.S. government no longer being able to meet its obligations. Bernanke says we should only be concerned about the long-term deficit because in “10, 15, or 20 years from now the entire budget will be spent on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and interest payments on the debt” and “there will be no money left for the military or other services the government provides.”

The truth is, the U.S. currently has a budget deficit from just Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security alone and even if the U.S. got rid of all government spending besides Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, it wouldn’t be enough to balance the budget (including changes in our unfunded liabilities). Countries usually see hyperinflation of their currencies once interest payments on their national debt reach about 50% of tax receipts, and the U.S. is at risk of seeing interest payments on its debt reach 50% of tax receipts in the middle of this decade. In other words, the U.S. should be concerned about surviving these next 5 years, before it worries about surviving the next 10, 15, or 20 years.

According to Bernanke, inflation is “very very low” and this is a major concern to him because we are very close to falling prices or deflation, which he says would lead to falling wages. Bernanke believes that with his $600 billion in “quantitative easing,” the risk of deflation is now “pretty low” but if he didn’t act, deflation would be a more serious concern.

The truth is, gold is the best gauge of inflation, not the government’s phony CPI numbers. Gold is above $1,400 per ounce and near a new all time high. If deflation was as serious of a risk as Bernanke says, we would be seeing falling gold prices. Bernanke’s quantitative easing has now made deflation absolutely impossible and Americans need to be concerned about the risk of massive inflation and perhaps hyperinflation. If we saw deflation, it would actually be a good thing because the savings and incomes of middle-class Americans would be worth more and prices for food and energy will become cheaper.

Bernanke says that those who look at the $600 billion in quantitative easing as being inflationary are “not looking at the risks of not acting.” He says the Fed has “very carefully analyzed inflation every which way” and that fears of inflation are “way overstated.” Bernanke claims it is a “myth” that the Fed is “printing money” because the “money in circulation is not changing in any significant way.”

The truth is, the Fed’s M2 money supply has risen by $44.9 billion to $8.8092 trillion over the past month. If you annualize this increase, we are talking about a 6.1% increase in the M2 money supply. All Americans who shop for food, gas or clothes, realize that the U.S. currently has around 6% price inflation and the CPI’s 1.17% rate way understates inflation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics uses geometric weighting and hedonics to understate inflation. The government’s CPI simply cannot be relied upon.

Bernanke admitted in his 60 Minutes interview that he did not see the panic of 2008 coming. His excuse was that the Fed didn’t have oversight of AIG or Lehman Brothers, and if the Fed had more powers they would have seen the crisis coming.

The truth is, there are many Austrian economists, including those who co-founded and are associated with NIA, who did see the panic of 2008 coming. Every Austrian economist who predicted the panic of 2008, now believes that massive inflation is in our future. It doesn’t make sense for Americans to trust Bernanke about inflation when he was wrong about the housing bubble and just about everything else.

Bernanke went on to say that the reason the U.S. has the largest income disparity gap out of any country in the world is because of “educational differences.” Bernanke claims that unemployment for Americans with college degrees is only 5%, compared to 10% unemployment for Americans with just a high school education.

The truth is, the reason for our income disparity gap is inflation. When the Fed prints money, it steals from the incomes and savings of the poor and middle-class and transfers this wealth to those on Wall Street who have access to the Fed’s cheap and easy money. It has nothing to do with education. In fact, because of Bernanke making it so easy for college students to get student loans, the U.S. has a college tuition inflation crisis.

College tuition now costs 60% of the median U.S. income, triple the rate of 20% which held strong from 1950 to 1980. Americans today who have college degrees are now worst off, because they are deeply into debt. The only reason their rate of unemployment is lower than those without college degrees is because those with college degrees are more determined to find jobs. If you ask any college graduate who has a job if their college degree helped them become employed, NIA believes the overwhelming majority of college graduates will tell you no.

Bernanke says that he is “trying to achieve balance” and “will not allow inflation to rise above 2%.” He says the Fed can “raise interest rates in 15 minutes if we have to” and the Fed will have “no problem raising rates, tightening monetary policy and reducing inflation when the time is appropriate.”

NIA believes the time is appropriate to raise interest rates now. The real rate of inflation is already a lot higher than 2% and if Bernanke waits for the U.S. to be in an all out currency crisis, it will be impossible to contain inflation. The U.S. will have a major inflationary problem with rising precious metals, food, energy and clothing prices, until the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to a level that is higher than the real rate of price inflation. If the Fed waits for real price inflation in the U.S. to be in the double-digits, it means we will need to see double-digit interest rates, which will send our interest payments on the national debt to over $1 trillion per year.

Bernanke says that all the Fed’s quantitative easing is doing is, “lowering interest rates,” but in fact, yields on the 10-year bond are now 2.97%, a new four-month high. NIA believes it is likely that bond yields will continue to rise dramatically in the months ahead, with 10-year bond yields likely to rise above 4% in the first half of 2011. The Fed’s goal of keeping interest rates low is obviously failing. The bond bubble is getting ready to burst, which will collapse the U.S. government debt bubble with it.

Americans simply cannot trust Bernanke, who has continuously lied to the American public and been wrong about everything. All Americans need to realize that the real economic crisis is still ahead and it will come as a result of Bernanke’s dangerous and destructive actions. Americans need to be preparing now for hyperinflation if they want to survive, because the U.S. government will soon no longer be able to provide for them.

It is important to spread the word about NIA to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, if you want America to survive hyperinflation. Please tell everybody you know to become members of NIA for free immediately at: http://inflation.us.

12/6/10

Maoists Gather in Hamburg to Make the “Leap That the World Revolution Demands”

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Supporters of the ultra-Maoist Communist Party of Peru are gathering in Hamburg, Germany to co-ordinate international support for the Peruvian revolution and the expansion of Maoist revolution worldwide.

The Communist party of Peru almost conquered Peru in the early 1990s through their Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) guerrilla movement.

Their U.S. affiliate is known as the Revolutionary Communist Party, which is led by former Students for a Democratic Society leader Bob Avakian.

Comrade Bob has recently returned to the U.S. after many years of self-imposed exile in Paris – probably to take a more active role in an expected uptick of revolutionary upsurge in his homeland.

From the Red Sun website:

We invite all who are part of the International Communist Movement to participate in the International Conference organized by Peru People’s Movement (MPP), commissioned by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Peru on December 4, 2010 in the city of Hamburg in Germany. This conference is a continuation of the conferences we have held this year in Stockholm (Sweden) in April, Madrid (Spain) in May and now last in September in Milan (Italy). The purpose of these conferences is to develop the debate within the International Communist Movement in accordance with the provisions of the Central Committee of the PCP in a document that was sent to the first of the conferences held: “The objective of the present event is to serve in making the leap that the world revolution demands. The PCP puts forward the realization of an expanded Conference of the RIM with the participation of all the members, in order to address, from our position, the following points:

1. Evaluation of the application of Maoism. The fundamental point in Maoism and the Great Cultural Revolution.
2. The Experience of the international proletariat, principally of those who develop people’s war.
3. The struggle against today’s revisionism.”

Whatever their other faults, the Maoists certainly produce the best posters.