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The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 13, 2014

Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps; and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it. According to an SEIU report:

Derivatives… have turned into a windfall for banks and a nightmare for taxpayers…. While banks are still collecting fixed rates of 3 to 6 percent, they are now regularly paying public entities as little as a tenth of one percent on the outstanding bonds, with rates expected to remain low in the future. Over the life of the deals, banks are now projected to collect billions more than they pay state and local governments – an outcome which amounts to a second bailout for banks, this one paid directly out of state and local budgets.

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After 100 Years, It’s Time to Make the Federal Reserve a Public Utility by Ellen Brown

Federal Reserve Building in Washington D.C. - Illustration

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 22, 2013

December 23rd, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, warranting a review of its performance. Has it achieved the purposes for which it was designed?

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The Wild and Cruel Gap Between Debtors and Creditors by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
December 13, 2013

The word “inequality” is much in vogue these days. We hear almost daily about the inequality of wealth, income and wages between the richest top 2 or 3 percent of people and the majority of the country’s wage earners. But not much attention is given and not many marches and other protests are addressing the huge inequalities between creditors and debtors.

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Amend the Fed by Ellen Brown

Federal Reserve Building in Washington D.C. - Illustration

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 7, 2013

December 23rd marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve. Dissatisfaction with its track record has prompted calls to audit the Fed and end the Fed. At the least, Congress needs to amend the Fed, modifying the Federal Reserve Act to give the central bank the tools necessary to carry out its mandates.

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Michael Hudson: QE, Neofeudalism and Privatization — The End of Consumer Choice

capitalism is the crisis

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
October 20, 2013

In Extraenvironmentalist #67 we discuss the implications of the bursting global credit bubble with economist and historian Michael Hudson. Our conversation covers many of the themes in Hudson’s new book, The Bubble and Beyond which covers the process of quantitative easing, neofeudalism and more.

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Michael Parenti and Philip Giraldi on Capitalism and Empire

Make Capitalism History - Politics For A Real Change *

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
October 8, 2013

roseanneworld on Oct 6, 2013

Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells KCAA 10 6 13 Michael Parenti Philip Giraldi Part 1

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F is for FIRE Sector by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
September 23, 2013

Part F in the .

Factoid: A hypothesis, rumor or story so consonant with peoples’ preconceptions that it is accepted as a fact or working assumption, even though it often is made up a priori. Among the most notorious examples are the ideas of diminishing returns, equilibrium, that privatized ownership is inherently more efficient than public management, and that trickle-down economics works. (See Junk Science.)

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Larry Summers: Goldman Sacked by Greg Palast + Palast: Larry Summers’ Secret ‘End Game’ Memo

by Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
For Vice Magazine
September 17, 2013

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Joseph Stiglitz couldn’t believe his ears.  Here they were in the White House, with President Bill Clinton asking the chiefs of the US Treasury for guidance on the life and death of America’s economy, when the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers turns to his boss, Secretary Robert Rubin, and says, “What would Goldman think of that?”

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How Banks Launder Money Through the Repo Market by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
August 26, 2013

Repo Bank

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Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pulled this off, and where have they gotten the money?

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Avaricious Brilliance for Economic Disaster by Ralph Nader + Larry Summers and the Secret “End-Game” Memo by Greg Palast

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 23, 2013

The widening circle applauding megamillionaire Larry Summers –of Harvard University, Washington, D.C. and Wall Street – agrees on one word to describe the colossal failure – Brilliant! That circle includes Barack Obama, who appointed Summers in 2009 to be his chief economic advisor, Bill Clinton, who made him Secretary of the Treasury, and the Harvard Board of Overseers, who named him president of Harvard University in 2001.

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Ellen Brown: A Derivatives Time-Bomb + Thom Hartmann: What to do with the Slaves When They are no Longer Needed?

with Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
August 18, 2013

Capitalism is Crisis

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Collateral Damage: QE3 and the Shadow Banking System by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
July 23, 2013

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Rather than expanding the money supply, quantitative easing (QE) has actually caused it to shrink by sucking up the collateral needed by the shadow banking system to create credit. The “failure” of QE has prompted the Bank for International Settlements to urge the Fed to shirk its mandate to pursue full employment, but the sort of QE that could fulfill that mandate has not yet been tried.

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Global Power Project, Part 6: Banking on Influence With Bank of America by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally published on Occupy.com
July 17, 2013

Activists hold "funeral for democracy" at Bank of America HQ

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This July, Bank of America was expecting to report an earnings increase of 32% from last year. The Washington Business Journal declared the bank among the top 10 “most improved brands” of the year. Bank of America is the second-largest bank in the United States following JPMorgan Chase.

So why does this bank deserve such an “improved” reputation? Perhaps it’s worth looking at a little of the bank’s record for some clarity.

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Michael Hudson: Game Over for Our Post-Feudalistic Economy

It's Capitalism.

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
July 21, 2013

theprimeinterest on Jul 19, 2013

Here’s what’s in your Prime Interest today:

Insolvent! That would be Detroit, which gave us the Supremes and the vehicles that fueled our happy motoring paradise for decades. Unfortunately, after years of decline, the Motor City finally filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday — a move that was not entirely unexpected. That’s right — $18 billion in liabilities is at stake — a record for the US. Is this the first domino that might just validate Meredity Whitney’s 2011 prediction of a wave of muni defaults?

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The Bubble Economy as a 2 Part Play for Privatisation by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
July 4, 2013

Abandoned Las Vegas 2

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As published in the latest World Economics Association digest, the Real World Economics Review

The Federal Reserve’s QE3 has flooded the stock and bond markets with low-interest liquidity that makes it profitable for speculators to borrow cheap and make arbitrage gains buying stocks and bonds yielding higher dividends or interest. In principle, one could borrow at 0.15 percent (one sixth of one percent) and buy up stocks, bonds and real estate throughout the world, collecting the yield differential as arbitrage. Continue reading