Is the Run on the Dollar Due to Panic or Greed? by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
November 8, 2019

What’s going on in the repo market? Rates on repurchase agreements (“repo”) should be around 2%, in line with the fed funds rate. But they shot up to over 5% on September 16 and got as high as 10% on September 17. Yet banks were refusing to lend to each other, evidently passing up big profits to hold onto their cash – just as they did in the housing market crash and Great Recession of 2008-09.

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The Global Bankers’ Coup by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 12, 2014

On December 11, 2014, the US House passed a bill repealing the Dodd-Frank requirement that risky derivatives be pushed into big-bank subsidiaries, leaving our deposits and pensions exposed to massive derivatives losses. The bill was vigorously challenged by Senator Elizabeth Warren; but the tide turned when Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorganChase, stepped into the ring. Perhaps what prompted his intervention was the unanticipated $40 drop in the price of oil. As financial blogger Michael Snyder points out, that drop could trigger a derivatives payout that could bankrupt the biggest banks. And if the G20’s new “bail-in” rules are formalized, depositors and pensioners could be on the hook. Continue reading

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

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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Global Power Project, Part 4: Banking on Influence with JPMorgan Chase by Andrew Gavin Marshall

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
July 3, 2013

The following was originally posted at Occupy.com.

In May, JPMorgan Chase was listed as the largest bank in the world with assets at roughly $4 trillion — some $1.53 trillion of it in derivatives. This was reported a month after the announcement that the bank had posted a record first-quarter profit of $6.5 billion.

Jamie Dimon, the bank’s CEO and Chairman, has faced a host of scandals in relation to his management of the megabank, including the loss of roughly $6 billion through the London branch of the bank — losses that Dimon was accused of hiding. Continue reading

Small Town Sebastopol Sued by Giant CVS Pharmacy by Shepherd Bliss

by Shepherd Bliss
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Jan. 1, 2013

On Christmas Eve, when most were at home with family and friends or out-of-town, a summons was served at the Sebastopol City Hall. The giant CVS Pharmacy sued the City and its elected officials.

Sebastopol’s recently elected City Council voted unanimously, 5-0, on Dec. 18 to enact a temporary, 45-day moratorium against drive-through operations. CVS seeks to nullify that moratorium and proceed with plans that it has been working on since 2009, but which have not been fully approved and permitted, to build two stores with drive-throughs.

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Frontline Battle Against Chase Bank, CVS Pharmacy and Armstrong Developer by Shepherd Bliss

by Shepherd Bliss
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
July 22, 2012

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Small town Sebastopol residents in Northern California have been waging a fierce David vs. Goliath struggle against the powerful Chase Bank, CVS Pharmacy, and Armstrong Development for over two years. The implications of this struggle extend beyond this one town, as big business continues to seek to expand its wealth.

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Local businesses threatened by Chase and CVS Pharmacy by Shepherd Bliss

by Shepherd Bliss
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
June 28, 2012

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I’ve operated the small, artisan Kokopelli Farm, which grows mainly berries, for the last 20 years. It is located a couple of miles from small town Sebastopol’s downtown commons in Northern California. Our town has less than 8000 people and is the economic center of what is called the West County of the coastal Sonoma County. We historically have had a vibrant local economy, which is now being threatened by the desires of big businesses to further concentrate their enormous power and drain the agrarian wealth out of the land and people.

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Time for Corporate Patriotism! by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 20, 2012

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What would happen if we asked the executives of the giant U.S. corporations, whose products constantly surround us, to show some corporate patriotism?

After all, General Electric, DuPont, Citigroup, Pfizer and others demand that they be treated as “persons” under our Constitution and our laws. And, they expect unfiltered loyalty from American workers even to the point of blocking the organization of unions so workers can band together for collective bargaining.

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Why the Senate Won’t Touch Jamie Dimon: JPM Derivatives Prop Up U.S. Debt by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
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Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
June 20, 2012

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When Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase Bank, appeared before the Senate Banking Committee on June 13, he was wearing cufflinks bearing the presidential seal. “Was Dimon trying to send any particular message by wearing the presidential cufflinks?” asked CNBC editor John Carney. “Was he . . . subtly hinting that he’s really the guy in charge?”

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Pompous Prevaricators of Power by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 15, 2012

LIES!

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A friend who works in Congress and actually reads the Congressional Record suggested that a collection of excerpted falsehoods by Republicans on the floor of the House of Representatives and Senate would make compelling evidence for the truth of economist Albert Hirschman’s book, The Rhetoric of Reaction(1991).

Professor Hirschman, a very original political economist, found throughout American history the following three propositions were commonly used to counter social justice efforts:

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Greg Palast: Controlling the Oil in Iraq, BP Disaster and Katrina

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www.gregpalast.com
22 October, 2010

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The works and ideas of one of the best investigative journalists of our time; Greg Palast is interviewed in this edition of The Autograph.

Palast has done undercover reporting for The Observer and the BBC.

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The Battle of the Titans: JPMorgan vs. Goldman Sachs Or Why the Market Was Down for 7 Days in a Row by Dr. Ellen Brown

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by Dr. Ellen Brown
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
Jan. 29, 2010

We are witnessing an epic battle between two banking giants, JPMorgan Chase (Paul Volcker) and Goldman Sachs (Geithner/Summers/Rubin). Left strewn on the battleground could be your pension fund and 401K.

The late Libertarian economist Murray Rothbard wrote that U.S. politics since 1900, when William Jennings Bryan narrowly lost the presidency, has been a struggle between two competing banking giants, the Morgans and the Rockefellers. The parties would sometimes change hands, but the puppeteers pulling the strings were always one of these two big-money players. No popular third party candidate had a real chance at winning, because the bankers had the exclusive power to create the national money supply and therefore held the winning cards.

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