Banks May Have Overplayed Their Hand Fighting Wall Street Regulation

The financial industry is finding that winning in Washington comes at a cost.
Wall Street lobbied aggressively and succeeded late last year in persuading lawmakers to roll back rules for the $700 trillion derivatives market. Instead of generating momentum for further changes to the Dodd-Frank Act, the victory sparked a populist uprising among Democrats that’s had wide-ranging consequences, including stymieing less controversial requests from regional banks like Capital One Financial Corp.
“A short while ago there was bipartisan agreement on a number of common sense improvements,” said Rob Nichols, president of the Financial Services Forum that represents the chief executives of Wall Street’s biggest banks. “Unfortunately, that bipartisan agreement is gone.”
Financial companies and their employees spent $169 million on the November elections and had expectations that their bid to loosen regulations would get easier with Republicans in control of both the House and Senate. Now, there is second-guessing that banks overplayed their hand, according to lobbyists. The December win on swaps rules has become a rallying cry for Senator Elizabeth Warren, a frequent critic of Wall Street, and spurred repeated White House vows to defend Dodd-Frank.

This post was published at bloomberg

Authorization For War: Phase 1 Complete , Next Phase For Central Bankers War – Episode 589

The following video was published by X22Report on Feb 11, 2015
Greece’s Prime Minister is set to visit China. The FED is pushing back on Rand Paul’s audit request. NY Fed reports consumer spending imploded. Baltic Dry Index hit a new record low of 553. EU lost 20 billion euros because of the Russian sanctions. FBI violates the 4th Amendment and spies on the American People. Obama says the US Gov. needs to push other countries into doing things they want. Ukraine peace deal being worked out. UK has the right to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons. The US proposes a bill to have other nations supply lethal weapons to Ukraine. Obama pushing war, wants boots on the ground in Iraq and other middle eastern countries.

Ukraine Ceasefire Deal Agreed After Negotiations All-Nighter; Doubts Remain About Its Implementation

It would have simply been too much to handle for Europe and the risk off algos if hours after the embarrassing failure of the emergency Eurogroup meeting in Brussels failed to reach any deal involving Greece, the Ukraine ceasefire negotiations in Minsk were also to fall apart. Again. Which is probably why after a marathon session lasting 17 hours, and following repeated trial balloons that a deal had and/or had not been reached, a short while ago all major media outlets were delighted to finally blast some Risk On news namely that leaders of France and Germany brokered a renewed deal to end Ukraine’s 10-month civil war in the separatist eastern region, which means that we have a Minsk-signed Ukraine ceasefire. Again.

As the WSJ reports, “details of the agreement weren’t immediately available” but it involves a cease-fire starting on February 15, Sunday, with each side pulling back heavy weapons, as well as steps to give greater autonomy to the Russia-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine. All negotiators, namely Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Germany’s Angela Merkel, and France’s Francois Hollande said there are no alternatives to peaceful solution.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/12/2015.

Feds Hold Hearing On Whether They Should ‘Regulate’ Sites Like Drudge, Infowars And The Economic Collapse Blog

The control freaks that run our government always seem to want to ‘regulate’ things that they do not like. And so it should be no surprise that there is a renewed push to regulate independent news websites. Sites like the Drudge Report, and The Economic Collapse Blog have been a thorn in the side of the establishment for years. You see, the truth is that approximately 90 percent of all news and entertainment in this country is controlled by just six giant media corporations. That is why the news seems to be so similar no matter where you turn. But in recent years the alternative media has exploded in popularity. People are hungry for the truth, and an increasing number of Americans are waking up to the fact that they are not getting the truth from the corporate-controlled media. But as the alternative media has grown, it was only going to be a matter of time before the establishment started cracking down on it. At the moment it is just the FEC and the FCC, but surely this is just the beginning. Our ‘Big Brother’ government ultimately wants to control every area of our lives – and this especially applies to our ability to communicate freely with one another.
The Federal Election Commission is an example of a federal rule making body that has gotten wildly out of control. Since just about anything that anyone says or does could potentially ‘influence an election’, it is not difficult for them to come up with excuses to regulate things that they do not like.
And on Wednesday, the FEC held a hearing on whether or not they should regulate political speech on blogs, websites and YouTube videos…

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on February 11th, 2015.

Laos and Panama: Two US Wars Of Aggression You Probably Never Heard Of

While there are only a few wars that are recognized by the public education system and mainstream media, the US has been involved in hundreds of different wars and invasions all over the planet in the past 100 years. Below is some information about just two of the wars that are often left out of the history books.
Between 1964 and 1973, the U. S. dropped over two million tons of bombs on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions, making Laos the most heavily bombed country in history. The US dropped more bombs on Laos than they did on both Germany and Japan combined during World War 2.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on FEBRUARY 11, 2015.

The NEW Dust Bowl: Mortgage Purchase Applications Fall 9 Percent From Previous Week (Where Is The Recovery?)

The mortgage market (and middle class) are stuck in the NEW Dust Bowl with stagnant wage growth and stagnant mortgage purchase applications.
Mortgage applications decreased 9.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 6, 2015.

The n0n-seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 0.5 percent from one week earlier. In other words, no change from the purchase application drought from last year. This is the NEW Dust Bowl.

This post was published at Wall Street Examiner by Anthony B. Sanders, Courtesy of Confounded Interest ‘ February 11, 2015.

Putin’s Top Security Advisor: “Current US Approach Leads To Inevitable Confrontation With Russia And China”

Following the humiliation of tonight’s much anticipated Eurogroup meeting in which for the first time ever, not only did Greece punk Germany’s stern finance minister, but the ensuing disarray was so profound the panicked European finance ministers couldn’t even find a quorum consensus to produce even the tersest of official statements, there was some hope that the second round of negotiations currently taking place in Minsk to find a solution to the Ukraine civil war would at least partially redeem Europe’s faltering negotiating reputation.
Alas, as of this moment, that does not appear to be the case, and as Reuters reports citing a Kiev presidential aide, that Minsk talks on Ukraine crisis could last six more hours. “We’ve got another 5-6 hours of work. At least. But we should not leave here without an agreement on an unconditional ceasefire. There’s a battle of nerves underway,” aide Valeriy Chaly said in a Facebook post.
Well, if it is indeed a “battle of nerves”, something tells who the victor will be, considering all his peers are just a little more preoccupied with the potential collapse of their artificial monetary and political union.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/11/2015.

Russia Warns Of Dramatic Consequences: ‘Situation Will Get Out Of Control If Agreement Not Reached’

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the Minsk summit today to discuss a peace agreement for the war-torn region of Ukraine, where it has been reported that as many as 50,000 people have been killed since the breakup of the country a year ago.
In recent weeks we’ve heard both, President Obama and President Putin, make statements that have suggested both countries are leaving all options, including nuclear war, on the table.
Last year Putin accused Barrack Obama of hostile acts when he named Russia as a threat to the world. ‘We hope that our partners will realize the futility of attempts to blackmail Russia and remember what consequences discord between major nuclear powers could bring for strategic stability,’ Putin responded.
On Monday President Obama said that the United States is preparing a military response, including the arming of Ukrainian forces with lethal defensive weapons . ‘Now, it is true that if, in fact, diplomacy fails, what I’ve asked my team to do is to look at all options,’ Obama said.
But today the threats have reached a new level with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister outright suggesting that war is on the horizon should no resolution be found this week:

This post was published at shtfplan on February 11th, 2015.

Congress Ramps Up $1 Billion in Lethal Aid to Ukraine ‘To End the Conflict’

Up until now, on the record at least, all aid military and otherwise that the US has sent to Ukraine has been more in the vein of non-aggression.
Lethal aid is a line that has not been crossed yet, and for good reason. By all accounts, if the US were to lethally arm the Ukrainian government that it put into power over there, it would send a clear signal to Russia that America wants a full-blown war.
In fact, just days ago, Obama said that lethal weapons weren’t ruled out, and top Russian MP and close friend of Putin, Alexi Pushkov, warned the European Parliament that if the United States supplied lethal weapons to the Ukrainian government, it would not only undermine the whole European security system but would result in ‘all out war.’
Now that’s exactly what new legislation introduced in the US House aims to do, to the tune of one billion dollars.

This post was published at shtfplan on February 11th, 2015.

A Father’s Personal Struggle with the Vaccine Debate

Across these United States, a fierce vaccination debate has started to flare up, and straw-man arguments are being paraded around as the truth. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey said he’s for a balanced approach, in which parents have some measure of choice. Unfortunately, that’s not how things are actually done in New Jersey.
The reality is that New Jersey parents have no real choice. You have to get your child vaccinated unless you can provide a certified letter from your doctor saying that a vaccine will make the child sick, or if you can prove that it is against your religion.
Governor Christie’s comment about a ‘measure of choice’ reveals the self-importance these politicians give to themselves. Parents living in the Christie regime don’t get full choice, but he is willing to grant them some measure of choice. Perhaps the citizenry’s ability to voice its perspective would suffice for the Governor, as long as they understand that he and his bureaucrat comrades have the final say.
Senator Rand Paul defined his position clearly, saying all parents should have the right to choose. He then went on to bring up why some parents have reservations about heavily vaccinating their young children, describing stories that he’s heard where perfectly healthy children get sick after an immunization shot. In response, the mainstream media made it its mission to brand his commentary on why others may have reservations, into Rand Paul advocating against vaccinations. In fact, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean went so far as to say it should disqualify Rand from running for president.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Feb 11, 2015.

Please Listen
At this critical hour, it is extremely important that you listen to this week’s Batchelor-Cohen Ukraine discussion. The diplomacy is frantic and events are moving quickly. Therefore, you need to remain as fully aware and alert as possible.
Just think about this for a moment…
The U. S. is very likely in the final preparations of an announcement to arm and train the military forces of the Kiev government. If this happens, it will lead to a dramatic escalation of the conflict and the ultimate consequences are impossible to predict. Just one scenario is described in this link from ZH:
Frantic diplomatic efforts are now underway to prevent this. Consider this for a moment….just last week:

This post was published at TF Metals Report on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Obama May Attack ISIS In Any Country He Chooses, Deploy Ground Troops On A Whim, Delay Afghanistan Pull Out

The Nobel peace prize-winning president has been busy today: not only did he already petition Congress earlier to declare war on the Islamic State, a non-country which technically doesn’t exist, but now he plans to expands his “war powers” to any other place in the world. From Reuters:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/11/2015.

Checkpoint Charlie is back: Ukraine starts building a new Berlin Wall

On August 13, 1961, the government of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) began to establish an ‘Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart’.
The idea was to, you know, protect people… from fascist terrorists who intended to do harm in the country.
Just weeks after government officials stated that they had ‘no intention of erecting a wall’, they closed the border and started reinforcing the defenses with barbed wire. Concrete came soon after.
When it was finally erected, the wall stood for decades as a symbol of tyranny over freedom.
And in the ensuing period, people within the Iron Curtain suffered the misery of secret police, centrally planned bread production, and some of the worst indignities imaginable.
This is starting to happen once again… now in Ukraine. The ongoing conflict with Russia has fueled a resurgence in totalitarianism.
Two days ago, the government registered a draft to ‘improve’ the criminal code of Ukraine, essentially making it a crime to even question Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
In other words, if you don’t buy the Ukrainian government’s official (and US-funded) propaganda, you’re looking at up to three years in prison.
In addition, the Ukrainian government has been arresting people who criticize the war, and they’ve established a hotline where people can rat out anyone with anti-government views.
They’ve also forcibly impressed citizens into military service (and thrown people in jail who refuse).
And as of this morning, the government of Ukraine started… ‘reinforcing’… the defenses of Kiev with eight barricaded checkpoints.
Why? In order to protect citizens from terrorist attacks.

This post was published at Sovereign Man on February 11, 2015.

Stocks Jump On Reported Minsk Summit Cease-Fire Deal

Well that didn’t take long. Just an hour or so after Merkel, Hollande, Poroshenko, and Putin got together to drink tea in Minsk, they have a ‘deal’:
*RUSSIA, UKRAINE, GERMANY, FRANCE LEADERS READY DECLARATION: IFX *FOUR-COUNTRY DECLARATION TO REAFFIRM MINSK CEASE-FIRE DEAL: IFX *JOINT DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE’S TERRITORIAL SOVEREIGNTY So – to summarize – they agree to a cease-fire (which saw 1000s killed and shelling continue last time) and to support Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty (except of course Eastern Ukraine?) Face-saving headline-maker comes to mind.
#Putin #Poroshenko shake hands in #Minsk
— Marina Buinovskaya (@MBuinovskaya_RT) February 11, 2015

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/11/2015.

Understanding The Fear Of Self-Defense And Revolution

Our era is a strange one when considering how social attitudes have developed in such a contrary fashion to the rest of history. I think that our forefathers would look upon our current culture with bewilderment when confronted with the fact that our generation has all but abandoned the option of physical rebellion as a tool for social change. Even among the most enslaved of nations and peoples, the idea of revolution has been held in regard as an entirely moral and principled affair involving every individual, no matter their age or economic station. Today, however, that which we call ‘revolution’ has been delegated mostly to college-age intellectuals and has been so watered down and whitewashed with politically correct restrictions that the concept is hardly recognizable.
I believe the civil rights movements in America and in India in the 20th century have in many ways warped the public view of how opposition to totalitarianism is actually accomplished. I find it interesting that movements led by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. enjoy so much adoration in mainstream media and in public schooling, while the American Revolution is often either misrepresented or not discussed at all. Gandhi’s movement was, in concrete terms, a failure until Indians had actually began organizing to physically fight the British, causing the Crown to attempt to defuse the movement by suddenly offering up a reformation of Indian governance (one that would continue to benefit them). When one examines the facts surrounding Cointelpro operations by the FBI and CIA during the civil rights movement in America, one realizes that half the efforts and actions were legitimate and the other half entirely manipulated.
Over the course of half a century, the philosophy of ‘anti-violence’ has come to include a distinct distaste for self-defense. Self-defense is now consistently equated to ‘violence’ (and is, thus, immoral), regardless of environmental circumstances.
Even in the liberty movement, there are people who disregard physical defense as either barbaric or ‘futile’ and have adopted rather less-effective pacifist ideologies of more socialist activism. The problem with certain factions of libertarianism is that they tend to live within their own heads, reveling in a world of Ayn Randian and Rothbardian political and social theory, while abandoning the other side of concrete resistance. Some in the survival community call these people ‘egghead libertarians,’ and I think the label fits.

This post was published at Alt-Market on 11 February 2015.

Minsk Summit Highlights A Shaky NATO Union – Russia Is Far From Isolated

It was reported yesterday that Egypt will join the Eurasian Economic Union, a free trade group modelled on the EU which is led by Russia. Clearly Russia is not as isolated as Western powers would wish.
With the leaders of two key NATO states initiating diplomacy with Russia independently of the US and the UK and another minor NATO player, Greece, pivoting East-ward to Russia to strengthen its independence from the EU it is clear that the NATO ‘alliance’ is not what it once was.
If diplomacy should fail in Minsk today it would pave the way for the US to start arming the Ukraine government. This would lead to an acceleration of the war and it’s morphing into a proxy war to which Germany and France are opposed.

This post was published at Gold Core on February 11, 2015.

Full Circle: Obama Asks Congress For Troop Deployment In Iraq, War Authorization On Islamic State

OBAMA ASKS CONGRESS TO AUTHORIZE WAR AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE: AP OBAMA SAYS REQUEST WON’T AUTHORIZE LONG WAR LIKE IRAQ: AP And so it begins, and this time it will be different, because Obama’s wars are… shorter.
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Several years ago, Obama impressed a handful of crusty, old people in Norway who believed the recent Illinois senator’s vision of a world without war, validated by his eagerness to end the war in Iraq and withdraw US troops to their native country. He got an award for it.
Today, Obama will finally complete the circle started in August when, under the premise of “humanitarian intervention”, allegedly meant to save a group refugees stranded on a mountain, Obama launched an airborne coalition effort to destroy the same group of radical jihadist extremists that the US was assisting when they were merely fighting the Assad regime in Syria. Because today is when Obama will officially request that those same troops that he so liberally pulled out in compliance with his Nobel Peace Prize, be put back in Iraq in order to declare war on, drumroll, a nation that doesn’t technically even exist: the Islamic State.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/11/2015.

Do You Really Own Your Home?

The move to confiscate all privately held wealth in the United States is well underway. In the past few years, we have experienced bail-outs, planned bail-ins, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is positioning to confiscate all 401k’s and pensions and now the MERS mortgage fraud is accelerating to new heights thanks to a rash of recent State Supreme Court decisions affirming the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) right to foreclose on your home without having recorded a valid title and the foreclosure can take place outside of a courtroom.
For the past 230 years, the Constitution protected property rights from would-be feudal lords who would suddenly appear with a title to your home and force you out. This practice worked well until the introduction of the MERS Mortgage fraud.
MERS was a conglomeration created by the megabanks for the purpose of administering mortgages. The practice quickly got out of control as one’s home mortgage title could be transfered dozens of times without notifying the homeowner. The practice quickly turned illegal when a homeowner, unknown to them, would be paying their mortgage to a title company that no longer held the title to their home. Then, the title company which currently held the note would show up and lay claim to the home in a repossession proceeding. In some cases, people with completely paid off mortgages had their homes stolen. Eventually, the people pushed back.
Show Me the Note Eventually, activists like Dave Kreiger, author of Clouded Titles, began to train local officials on how establish a chain of custody one a title. Eventually, the ‘Show me the note’ strategy worked well in court as long as one had an attorney and many illegal foreclosures were headed off. Then MERS restored to the illegal practice of ‘Robo-signors’ in which people off the street were paid to forge a homeowners signature on a series of title transfer documents. The issue of illegitimate foreclosures were at a stand off. However, at least homeowners would have their day in court and they could challenge the legitimacy of the title transfer documents. Recently, because MERS parent organizations of Wells Fargo and Bank of America have begun to exercise undue influence in the State Supreme Courts all across this nation, every homeowner is potentially in peril.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on February 11, 2015.