1MDB Financial Magic – More Grand Illusions - Is This The Beginning Of The End Of UMNO? - By Matthias Chang (4/6/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:33

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Rule By The Corporations - TTIP: The Corporate Empowerment Act - By Paul Craig Roberts (3/6/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:23

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The Transatlantic and Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnerships have nothing to do with free trade. “Free trade” is used as a disguise to hide the power these agreements give to corporations to use law suits to overturn sovereign laws of nations that regulate pollution, food safety, GMOs, and minimum wages.

The first thing to understand is that these so-called “partnerships” are not laws written by Congress. The US Constitution gives Congress the authority to legislate, but these laws are being written without the participation of Congress.

The laws are being written by corporations solely in the interest of their power and profit. The office of US Trade Representative was created in order to permit corporations to write law that serves only their interests. This fraud on the Constitution and the people is covered up by calling trade laws “treaties.”

Indeed, Congress is not even permitted to know what is in the laws and is limited to the ability to accept or refuse what is handed to Congress for a vote. Normally, Congress accepts, because “so much work has been done” and “free trade will benefit us all.”

The presstitutes have diverted attention from the content of the laws to “fast track.” When Congress votes “fast track,” it means Congress accepts that corporations can write the trade laws without the participation of Congress. Even criticisms of the “partnerships” are a smoke screen. Countries accused of slave labor could be excluded but won’t be. Super patriots complain that US sovereignty is violated by “foreign interests,” but US sovereignty is violated by US corporations. Others claim yet more US jobs will be offshored. In actual fact, the “partnerships” are unnecessary to advance the loss of American jobs as there is nothing that inhibits jobs offshoring now.



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Why The Fed Will Change Its Exit Strategy – Substantiated - By Eugen Bohm-Bawerk (2/6/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:11

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The Aggravated Global Financial Situation Is Working Toward A Series Of Powerful Climax Events - By Jim Willie (2/6/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:10

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2007 All Over Again? Mega-Merger Edition - By John Rubino (2/6/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:08

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Intel is buying chip maker Altera. Charter is buying Time Warner Cable. All the big drug makers are buying all the mediums-sized ones.

Great news, right? If these huge companies with their top-of-the-line analytical tools and deep insight into their markets think paying way up to build empires is wise, then the stock market, far from being overvalued, must be cheap.

Right. Except that history says the opposite. One of the best signals that a bubble is about to burst is rich people with too much money doing stupid things. And as Mitt Romney likes to say, corporations are people too — which means they’re prone to exactly this kind of herd behavior.

For proof of this you need only recall the last bubble, when household name companies were buying out their peers with abandon (i.e., with hundreds of billions of dollars of other people’s money). Giants like Amro Holding NV, Equity Office Properties, and Alcan Aluminum, among many, many others were all merged into global multinationals at prices that seemed to imply blindingly-bright futures for their industries. (A complete, shockingly-long list of the acquisitions attempted and/or completed in 2007 is available here.)

As it turned out, these were terrible deals for everyone except the CEOs of the takeover targets, who got to leave at the top. And 2007 was par for the course; the same thing happened at the peak of the tech stock and junk bond bubbles. Seen through this historical lens, today’s orgy of takeovers at record-high prices implies at least two things:

•    Corporations have copious free cash, due mostly to their ability to borrow at historically low interest rates, but relatively few opportunities to build value by turning that cash into new factories. So instead they choose to “rationalize” their industries by buying up the competition, closing redundant factories, laying off unneeded workers and hoping that the sum ends up being more valuable than the parts. The immediate result, however, is fewer workers with good jobs, lower growth for the economy as a whole, and therefore falling sales for those newly-rationalized industries.

•    Corporate CEOs are tired of the drudgery of actually running a business and have grown cocky after years of rising share prices. Combine these two attitudes with the afore-mentioned easy money and you get empire building. In other words, today’s buyers are thinking mainly about future cocktail parties and industry conventions where they’ll be treated like royalty. Shareholder value is taken for granted (because stock prices always go up, right?). The inevitable result is a string of deals done at prices that look insanely inflated a few years hence.

So is this 2007 (or 1999 or 1988) all over again? That won’t be clear until the cycle turns, but if this isn’t 2007, it’s damn close.



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