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Why Are We Doing Business With A Corrupt Global Banking Cartel? by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 23, 2014

Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?

United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are too big to prosecute. But an outraged California jury might have different ideas. As noted in the California legal newspaper The Daily Journal: Continue reading

What A Destructive Wall Street Owes Young Americans by Ralph Nader

Tax the rich, not our future placard

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 14, 2014

Wall Street’s big banks and their financial networks that collapsed the U.S. economy in 2008-2009, were saved with huge bailouts by the taxpayers, but these Wall Street Gamblers are still paid huge money and are again creeping toward reckless misbehavior. Their corporate crime wave strip-mined the economy for young workers, threw them on the unemployment rolls and helped make possible a low-wage economy that is draining away their ability to afford basic housing, goods, and services.

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The Stone that Brings Down Goliath? Richmond and Eminent Domain by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 3, 2014

In a nearly $13 billion settlement with the US Justice Department in November 2013, JPMorganChase admitted that it, along with every other large US bank, had engaged in mortgage fraud as a routine business practice, sowing the seeds of the mortgage meltdown. JPMorgan and other megabanks have now been caught in over a dozen major frauds, including LIBOR-rigging and bid-rigging; yet no prominent banker has gone to jail. Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of all mortgages nationally remain underwater (meaning the balance owed exceeds the current value of the home), sapping homeowners’ budgets, the housing market and the economy. Since the banks, the courts and the federal government have failed to give adequate relief to homeowners, some cities are taking matters into their own hands.

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Circus of Deceit–The Big Boys of The Fortune 500 by Wayne Burn

by Wayne Burn
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Enemy of Empire, 8 December 2011
February 17, 2014

An Evening with the Fortune 500, May 7, 2012

Image by Mark Peterson/Fortune Live Media via Flickr

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism
because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” — Benito Mussolini

In the 1978 TV series “Connections”, science historian James Burke offered an alternative view of change. Continue reading

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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Paying The Toll On The Economic Highway by William John Cox

by William John Cox
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
November 5, 2013

The political coma of the U.S. government induced by Congress and its failure to represent those who elect it can ultimately be traced to the unfair and complex system of income taxation. Better for the country and more equitable for its taxpayers would be a toll tax on the movement of all money along the nation’s economic highway.

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Who Cares About The Planet Anyway? by Chris Williams

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Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis, and a participant in the ecosocialist coalition System Change Not Climate Change, reports on the latest report on climate change–and the Wall Street non-response to it.
SocialistWorker.org
October 1, 2013

Fw: global warming demostration

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“The conventional wisdom on the world’s stock markets is that all listed reserves will be exploited and burnt.”
– “Unburnable Carbon 2013: Are the World’s Financial Markets Carrying a Carbon Bubble,” report by Carbon Tracker Initiative

“Developing new green technology, hiring workers and investing in new productive facilities involves a real risk: it may not be as profitable as purely speculative investments.

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The Hidden Government Guarantee that Props Up the Shadow Banking System by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
September 17, 2013

Increased regulation and low interest rates are driving lending from the regulated commercial banking system into the unregulated shadow banking system. The shadow banks, although free of government regulation, are propped up by a hidden government guarantee in the form of safe harbor status under the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act pushed through by Wall Street. The result is to create perverse incentives for the financial system to self-destruct.

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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

Image by Mark Turnauckas via Flickr

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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Money Is Not Safe In The Big Banks + Ellen Brown: The FED and Public Banking Explained

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FDIC sticker, former bank drive up, Casa Grande, AZ

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publicbankingtv on Aug 24, 2013

People think that money is safe in the big banks because the FDIC will protect the deposits. This assumption is not based on the facts. This video will show official government documents that describe the plans for confiscating deposits when, (not if) a big bank fails. Individual, as well as public funds from municipal, university, county deposits are at serious risk. Continue reading

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

Larry Summers - Caricature

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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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Why Eliot Spitzer Is Wall Street’s Worst Nightmare by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
August 19, 2013

Eliot Spitzer - Caricature

Image by DonkeyHotey via Flickr

Before Eliot Spitzer’s infamous resignation as governor of New York in March 2008, he was one of our fiercest champions against Wall Street corruption, in a state that had some of the toughest legislation for controlling the banks. It may not be a coincidence that the revelation of his indiscretions with a high-priced call girl came less than a month after he published a bold editorial in the Washington Post titled “Predatory Lenders’ Partner in Crime: How the Bush Administration Stopped the States from Stepping in to Help Consumers.”  The editorial exposed the collusion between the Treasury, the Federal Reserve and Wall Street in deregulating the banks in the guise of regulating them, by taking regulatory power away from the states. It was an issue of the federal government versus the states, with the Feds representing the banks and the states representing consumers.

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Who’s Pushing Post Office Privatization? by Joseph Piette + Save The People’s Post Office by Dave Welsh

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by Joseph Piette
www.workers.org
August 11, 2013

Save the Post Office Rally

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Postal and community activists struggling to save the U.S. Postal Service from privatization need to know who they are fighting against.

The Postal Service was established in 1775. It needed government administration as it was so important for communication.

Even in today’s age of Internet communication, 20 percent of the U.S. population lack Internet access and depend on the post office for bills, bank statements and letters. (Gallup World, Aug. 4) The Postal Service is still essential for the $1.3-trillion mailing industry.

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The Detroit Bail-In Template: Fleecing Pensioners to Save the Banks by Ellen Brown

Glass-Steagall Now

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
August 5, 2013

The Detroit bankruptcy is looking suspiciously like the bail-in template originated by the G20’s Financial Stability Board in 2011, which exploded on the scene in Cyprus in 2013 and is now becoming the model globally. In Cyprus, the depositors were “bailed in” (stripped of a major portion of their deposits) to re-capitalize the banks. In Detroit, it is the municipal workers who are being bailed in, stripped of a major portion of their pensions to save the banks.

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Green Light for City-owned San Francisco Bank by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
July 30, 2013

green light go 3

Image by clobby via Flickr

When the Occupiers took an interest in moving San Francisco’s money into a city-owned bank in 2011, it was chiefly on principle, in sympathy with the nationwide Move Your Money campaign.  But recent scandals have transformed the move from a political statement into a matter of protecting the city’s deposits and reducing its debt burden.  The chief roadblock to forming a municipal bank has been the concern that it was not allowed under state law, but a legal opinion  issued by Deputy City Attorney Thomas J. Owen has now overcome that obstacle.

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