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Dinosaur Media Is Almost Extinct

November 19th, 2014
By James Corbett

Given that the audience that still relies primarily on TV for their news is approaching death and given that the phenomenon of people giving up on TV entirely to get all their media online... does anyone but the most deluded TV network execs and newspaper editors doubt that th...

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The Most Important Story You Didnt Read About This Week

November 15th, 2014
By James Corbett

Not one Westerner in a hundred could identify the area in question on a map, let alone tell you its significance, but that doesn't make the consequences of a renewed Azerbaijani/Armenian conflict any less grave.

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Internet Regulations Spook Investors in Cable Deal

November 12th, 2014
By James Corbett

In 2010 the FCC released its Open Internet Order as a response to public fears about the possibility of ISPs abandoning net neutrality. It was an ambitious order that included strict regulations against blocking or slowing down websites arbitrarily.

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Cyber Terror and the Future of the Web

November 8th, 2014
By James Corbett

We're supposed to believe that Hannigan is the crusading hero of the noble and valiant British version of the NSA. We're asked to swallow the line that his op-ed,  is actually a reflection of the fact that the British government loves and cares for the people of the world...

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BOJ Makes It Rain on Japan

November 5th, 2014
By James Corbett

This is make or break time for the BOJ: either they will live up to their promise of reversing Japan's 20-year long stagnation doldrum with this final QE hail mary, or they will likely see two more conservative members appointed to the board next year...

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European Bloc Balks Over Austerity

November 1st, 2014
By Alfred Adask

  Some European nations (including Italy, France and perhaps Spain) have become "Greece-i-fied" in that they reject the idea of personal or national responsibility.  They believe that they should be entitled to party hearty at someone else's expense.

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Save Our Gold

October 29th, 2014
By James Corbett

...if the “Save Our Swiss Gold” ballot does pass, there are already plans for a second referendum initiative: the creation of a gold franc as a second official currency by the federal government.

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The Future of Syria

October 25th, 2014
By James Corbett

So, let me understand... Shutting off the Iranian banking system from the outside world and depriving huge swathes of that population with access to the global economy is fine and dandy because of that country's nuclear research, but the new boogeyman-du-jour can't be...

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You Little People

October 22nd, 2014
By Bob Rinear

In essence, despite a zero interest rate policy that mainly helps the wealthy; struggling families with falling incomes ought to take steps to accumulate "considerable assets," as retirees take part-time jobs to make ends meet. Let them eat cake, indeed.

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Governing by Fear From Anthrax to Ebola

October 18th, 2014
By James Corbett

...all the reports about this supposed epidemic are based on faulty data provided by governmental agencies that have admittedly lied and covered up such data in the past to promote fear and terror for political and economic ends... ignore it. Tune it out. Turn off the TV and o...

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The Markets Are Spooked

October 15th, 2014
By James Corbett

This does not seem to be the end of the track for the Fed's gravy train just yet, though. The Monday sell-off was not based on any new data or earnings reports, just a general spookiness working its way through the markets...

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Banker Admits Libor Conspiracy

October 11th, 2014
By James Corbett

...no executives will suffer so much as a sleepless night over the massive, systemic manipulation of the Libor rate and whatever system is brought in to take its place will be gamed in another way somewhere down the road.

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A New Floor or Ceiling for Gold

October 8th, 2014
By James Corbett

As the long-term store of value that most gold investors understand their gold holdings to be, nothing has happened to change the bigger picture for gold.

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Building Blocks of World Government With Treaties and Trade Deal

October 6th, 2014
By James Corbett

Given the high stakes these agreements involve, why have we heard almost nothing about them? The obvious answer is that the rich and powerful interests that stand to benefit the most from these treaties are in bed with the interests that own the media outlets most people rely ...

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Remembering Stan Monteith

October 1st, 2014
By James Corbett

Like Bob Chapman who passed away before him, Doctor Stan was part of a generation of pioneers who laid the groundwork for the modern alt media movement.

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Dance of the Whirling Diplomats

September 27th, 2014
By James Corbett

Of course, it's all hypocritical nonsense. America's closest allies in the Gulf, including the dictatorial House of Saud and the Qataris have been among the biggest suppliers of arms and funds for the Syrian jihadis.

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Bad Week for Big Pharma

September 24th, 2014
By James Corbett

This is spooking the market right now, which is worrying how this is going to eat into the bottom line of what could have been lucrative deals.

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Fed Parlor Tricks Continue

September 20th, 2014
By James Corbett

A near-zero rate is a tacit admission that the economy is so dismal that any extra burden on bank lending would squeeze up the credit markets entirely.

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Parallels to 1937

September 17th, 2014
By Robert J. Shiller

There is a name for the despair that has been driving discontent – and not only in Russia and Ukraine – since the financial crisis. That name is the new normal...

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The Scottish Independence Conundrum

September 13th, 2014
By James Corbett

...these are not trivial questions to be asking. In fact, they go to the very heart of what is meant by 'sovereignty' and 'independence'.

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Our Virtual Economy

September 10th, 2014
By James Corbett

This obsession with these peripheral, inconsequential non-stories is a sign of our growing detachment from the real productive economy that was once the backbone of the economies of the developed first world nations.

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