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US MARKETS America’s government, Wall Street, banking, the whole financial sector and major corporations are rife with fraud. One of the latest scams is the Foreclosure Prevention Plan, which has been extended to second mortgages. Homeowner mortgage payments will fall as will the interest rate. As we predicted more than five years ago, the government will end up owning half of the homes in America. Under the plan government supplies a home equity line as well all of which you get to pay for. Karl Marx has to be howling in laugher. For good measure the mugs in the beltway are throwing in another $75 billion. As we reported long ago lenders get $500 for a modified second mortgage and an additional $250 a year for 5 years. This program is supposed to help one million homeowners. In all of this creative our Marxism lenders
want to be protected as well from lawsuits from CDO holders - those owners of bonds known as collateral debt obligations. It sounds like everyone wins except the taxpayers who get to pay for it all. Most of these are subprime and ALT-A loans and they’ll never work. They will have a 50% failure ratio. This is a payoff as well for major banks to modify the terrible loans they wrote in the first place, plus it protects them against fraud if they commit fraud. This is a real beauty, a piece of unconstitutional legislation. What does Congress care – they are in the bank’s back pocket. So goes America down the slippery slope to oblivion. We have seen extensive coverage of the bankruptcy of Chrysler and the possible demise of GM. If both go into receivership Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, PBGC, will have serious problems. The PBGC, is a quasi-government agency, that insures defined benefit pension plans for those who contribute. Chrysler and GM have 250,000 and 500,000 participants respectively. There is no question part of benefits will be lost. We see a payout of 30% to 50% of current benefits and if the Dow goes to 4,000 it will be much less. The PBGC, which is out of money now, would need at least $150 billion from the government. If government doesn’t come up with the money to bail out the system all the other participants will bail out of PBGC and probably cancel their 401k programs. Fraud is everywhere and it continues unabated and un-prosecuted. A crime syndicate runs America. JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup run our government. Every time these three firms participate the system is exploited one way or the other. The latest example is the rules change by the FASB allowing mark-tomodel, which means our balance sheet is what we say it is. You ask, how does this happen? It happens because they control the system and our government. The greatest fraud is the Federal Reserve and our government. They are both throwing money at the problems. The Treasury borrows the funds and the Fed creates them out of thin air. America, under the privately owned Federal Reserve for almost 100 years has done the same thing over and over again, and it looks like this time they are headed over the edge. Between the looting by the Fed and our welfare state our country is on its knees financially and economically. While this transpires, Americans and people in other nations clamor for government intervention. They want government to get even bigger and they want an even larger welfare state. That said, is it any wonder people all over the world have started buying gold over the past year? As every nation has learned no nation prospers under monetary inflation because it robs the people of the fruits of their labor. Due to the wanton creation of money and credit we have had two stock market collapses in the last 10 years and a monumental collapse in residential and commercial real estate. How can the Fed be still in charge after the past 20 years of financial and economic disaster? If we include commodities, the losses could be as high as $100 trillion. The people who caused this are the Fed, banking, Wall Street and rating agencies, which are still in charge, and they are not even being investigated. There obviously are no rules. They are what the participants want them to be. As a result of these policies we are in worldwide depression. Due to monetization and reckless creation of money and credit little has been accomplished, except keeping banking and Wall Street afloat for the time being. This spending can only be viewed as further taxation for future generations. After the current injections of money and credit and stimulus end in the summer of 2010, the governmental and monetary powers either create $15 trillion more to jack up the US economy and others do the same, or the delayed deflation takes over. They still are treating the disease and not the cause at a terrible future price. Complicating matters China is creating $1.2 trillion in debt, the Japanese $250 billion and Europe $500
billion. You have to ask, where does it all end? London, Washington and New York have no further answers. They know that massive more money, credit and monetization has to be produced or deflation will take over. They are running on a treadmill that never stops. The bond market breakdown through the 200-day moving average is already telling us there are higher interest rates ahead, which means much higher interest costs are in the future in the long end of the market, which will cut into corporate profits as well. In the US federal debt, on a short-term basis, should be close to an additional $9 trillion with long-term debt at $110 trillion. Tax revenues will continue to decline if not crash over the next few years as the lagging indicator unemployment hits 35%. After August there will again be a fall off in economic activity until the 2010 stimulus hits. That will affect the economy for six months from April onward. After that comes more stimulus and the monetization of bank assets now held in a sterilized mode. One of the problems the US is facing is that governments and corporations worldwide are all raising money crowding out each other. The answer to that will be higher interest rates that have already begun with the breakdown of the US T-bond, the 30-year, and the 10’s that have telegraphed that rates are going higher. This creates real problems for all borrowers. Recently the UK had trouble selling their gilts. This is because government deficits are widening. This is and can be a limit to government borrowing that is generally governed by interest rates. The FDIC is insuring deposits of $4.7 trillion with a $13.6 billion deposit insurance fund. Every day the Chrysler saga brings about new complexity. Now, a group of 20 lenders that balked at the terms of a government-brokered deal to cut Chrysler’s $6.9 billion debt, are now planning to object to the company’s planned bankruptcy sale. Selling the assets in 30 to 60 days infringes on their legal rights. This group includes Oppenheimer Funds, Stairway Capital and other secured lenders who have their own group of investors, including teachers, credit unions pension funds, retiree plans, college endowments, and retirement funds. The government’s proposed plan inverts the classic priority scheme written into the bankruptcy code, when senior secured creditors are paid in full first, followed by junior lenders, administrative claims, unsecured lenders and equity holders in that order. There is no question the sale is an attempt to end-run the procedural protections that are provided by Chapter 11. The senior secured creditors are going to get $0.29 on the dollar and the unsecured creditors $10 billion. The secured lenders are subsidizing junior creditors who have little or no standing. No court has ever approved something like this before. It is without precedent. The senior holders have been deliberately precluded from negotiations with the government. This is the way corporatist fascism works. The pressure by the administration was intense. A president has never thrust himself into a bankruptcy case like this. This means the court is not independent and unbiased, but rather an instrument of the executive. This is a cram down – not a negotiation. There is no sanctity of the bank’s debt holder’s investment contracts. Control is to be given to the United Auto Workers, who caused the problem and Fiat a “black nobility,” Illuminist entity. Do you see the picture? The Obama administration is increasingly treating its growing intervention in Pakistan as a separate counter-insurgency war for which it is demanding the same kind of extraordinary military powers obtained by the Bush administration in Afghanistan and Iraq.
This was the main message delivered by Pentagon officials on Capitol Hill over the last few days, together with increasingly dire warnings that without immediate and unconditional US military funding for Pakistan, the government could collapse. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Congress Thursday that unless it quickly approved some $400 million requested by the Pentagon for a new Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund the Pakistani military would run out of funding within weeks for its operations against insurgents in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and other areas of western Pakistan. One former homeowner rigged his front door with coffeepots filled with boiling water. Another left piles of ferret feces. Hidden compartments have been used as living spaces, with people hiding in attics, tool sheds and garages to elude police. In the D.C. suburbs, a new class of squatter has emerged, as people illegally remain in homes after they have lost them to the bank. Some have become aggressive in their efforts to stay, setting booby traps to ward off police. "People got in over their heads, and they don't want to leave," said Loudoun County sheriff's Capt. Chuck Wyant, who oversees the department's five-person eviction unit. The problem seems especially acute outside the Capital Beltway. Initially viewed as an unusual symptom of the economic downturn, squatting has grown into something closer to an epidemic in Loudoun. Court-ordered evictions in the county have more than doubled over the past three years, and a six-month backlog of cases at the Loudoun courthouse is a dire reminder that things might only get worse, Wyant said. A docket at the courthouse has been created for the approximately 2,300 in the county facing evictions. President Barack Obama is proposing to close tax loopholes for companies and individuals with operations or bank accounts overseas. Obama said Monday he wants to prevent U.S. companies from deferring tax payments by keeping profits in foreign companies rather than recording them at home. He also called for more transparency in bank accounts held by Americans in tax havens such as the Cayman Islands. Obama said that his plan would generate $210 billion in new taxes over 10 years and "make it easier" for companies to create jobs at home. Congress may resist portions of the plan. He said this would be "savings we can use to reduce the deficit. We're putting a middle class tax cut in the pockets of 95 percent of working families." Editors Note: You can bet that when legislation is passed the corporations will be able to bring the $550 billion that they have offshore back into the US at a preferred rate, perhaps similar to the 5-1/4% they paid 4 years ago, based on the same rouse that they used before, and that is to create jobs. For the first time in more than three decades, Social Security recipients will not get any increase in their benefits next year, federal forecasts show. The absence of a cost-of-living adjustment, calculated under a formula set by law, will be a shock to older Americans already hit by plummeting home values, investment losses and rising health costs. More than 50 million people receive Social Security. President Obama’s budget assumes no increase in 2010 or 2011, then a 1.4 percent COLA in 2012. Employers big and small have resorted to slashing hours and once-unthinkable wage cuts. According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, more than a third of Americans say they or someone in their household has had their hours or pay cut in the past few months. Wages in absolute terms -- not adjusted for inflation -- tend not to fall, even during economic downturns. Labour is the household sector’s largest single income source, so strong wages
growth supports consumer spending, and hence economic growth. Labour is the corporate sector’s largest single cost, so strong wages damp corporate profits and risk inflation. We are now seeing exceptional weakness in labour income in the US. On the one hand, that now helps profits. On the other, it undermines consumer spending – the bedrock of growth. [The ‘reverse Henry Ford’] Corporate America is screwing down labour costs. The Employment Cost Index increased by only 0.3% in the March quarter, and is up only 2.1% on year ago levels – the lowest quarterly and annual increases for this series (started 1982). Until now, labour income had not fallen in nominal terms for at least 50 years. Falling asset prices, elevated debt and declining nominal incomes are the stuff of debt-deflation cycles. As nominal income falls, leverage ratios increase, even if the dollar amount of debt does not. This is not yet severe. Moreover, it seems likely that there’s worse to come. Soaring unemployment points to further significant deceleration in wages growth (Exhibit 5). Even if the pace of job losses moderates, wages growth could continue shrinking for some time, damping aggregate labour income. As we keep harping, profits from cost cutting will diminish in each passing quarter. So top-line growth will become increasing important in coming quarters. As the Obama administration racks up an unprecedented spending bill for bank bailouts, Detroit rescues, health care overhauls and stimulus plans, the bond market is starting to push up the cost of trillions of dollars in borrowing for the government. To calm nerves and fill the deficit hole, the government is getting creative. The Treasury is ramping up its auction calendar, holding more frequent sales of government debt and selling the debt in expanded amounts. It is now holding sales of its 30-year bond each month, up from four times annually. An op-ed in the WSJ confirms that the US government will not negotiate with non-TARP automaker bondholders. As much as anyone, we want to see Chrysler emerge from its current situation as a viable American company, and we are committed to doing what we can to help. Indeed, we have made significant concessions toward this end — although we have been systematically precluded from engaging in direct discussions or negotiations with the government; instead, we have been forced to communicate through an obviously conflicted intermediary: a group of banks that have received billions of TARP funds. And yet another purported threat from administrations, courtesy of ABC News: White House Denies Charge By Attorney that Administration Threatened to Destroy Investment Firm's Reputation. A leading bankruptcy attorney representing hedge funds and money managers told ABC News Saturday that Steve Rattner, the leader of the Obama administration's Auto Industry Task Force, threatened one of the firms, an investment bank, that if it continued to oppose the administration's Chrysler bankruptcy plan, the White House would use the White House press corps to destroy its reputation. Perella Weinberg Partners, Lauria said, "was directly threatened by the White House and in essence compelled to withdraw its opposition to the deal under the threat that the full force of the White House press corps would destroy its reputation if it continued to fight. That’s how hard it is to stand on this side of the fence." Total construction spending rose for the first time in six months in March, beating analyst expectations as public sector outlays increased. U.S. construction spending rose 0.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $969.7 billion during the month, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Analysts expected construction spending would fall by 1.3% in March.
U.S. construction spending has been falling since September, taking with it thousands of construction jobs. It has fallen more than 11% on a year-over-year basis. In revising February's construction spending estimates, the the Commerce Department on Monday said spending fell 1.0%, slightly more than its original estimate of a 0.9% drop. In March, the Commerce Department data shows residential construction spending fell, dropping by 4.1% to $265.85 billion. Residential spending fell a revised 5.6% in February, up from the Commerce Department's original estimate of a 4.1% drop. Residential spending in March was down 33.3% from March 2008. Spending in the non-residential sector, rose 2.0% in March as spending for educational and power facilities rose while spending on office construction remained fairly steady. February's non-residential spending marked a bright spot in that month's report, climbing 0.5% amid declines in outlays for certain other types of construction. Total nonresidential construction is up 1.7% for the year. Private sector construction spending fell 0.1% in March to $661.0 billion. Private sector spending had fallen a revised 2.1% in February. Public-sector construction spending by state and federal governments rose 1.1% in March to $308.7 billion. Public sector spending was up a revised 1.3% in February. A forecasting gauge of home sales rose more than expected in March, buoyed by first-time home buyers taking advantage of lower prices. The National Association of Realtors' index for pending sales of previously owned homes rose 3.2% to 84.6 from a revised 82.0 in February, the industry group said Monday. Private analysts projected pending sales would grow just 1.0% during March. The gauge rose to a revised 82.0 in February from 80.4 in January. Still, Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said it's too early to declare a housing market recovery. "This increase could be the leading edge of first-time buyers responding to very favorable affordability conditions and an $8,000 tax credit, which increases buying power even more in areas where special programs allow buyers to use it as a down payment," Yun said in a statement. "We need several months of sustained growth to demonstrate a recovery in housing, which is necessary for the overall economy to turn around." In its monthly forecast on the industry, the NAR projected existing-home sales at 5.28 million in 2010 and 4.97 million in 2009. That compares with 4.91 million in 2008. The median price for an existing home is seen at $196,800 in 2010 and $188,500 in 2009. It was $198,100 in 2008. A month ago, the NAR forecast 2009 sales at 4.96 million and 2010 sales at 5.25 million. The 2009 median price was projected at $188,500 and the 2010 price at $196,200. The NAR pending sales index, based on signed contracts for previously owned homes, was 1.1% above the level of 83.7 in March 2008. The NAR's pending home sales index was designed to try to measure which way the housing market will go in the future. It is based on pending sales of existing homes, including single-family homes and condominiums. A home sale is pending when the contract has been signed but the transaction hasn't closed. Pending sales typically close within one or two months of signing.
By region, pending sales in the Northeast grew 34.9% in March from February; they were down 20.0% since March 2008. Midwest activity grew 20.2% in March from February; it's up 12.4% since March 2008. Activity in the South grew 34.2% in March from February; it has grown 8.9% since March 2008. In the West pending sales rose 23.9% in March from February; they're up 4.3% since March 2008. With so many U.S. banks failing (32 to date in 2009), government watchdogs want to change the law so that a review is required only if a bank's failure costs the FDIC $300M or more. Currently, a review must be done if a bank failure costs the FDIC $25M or more, which has created a heavy workload of 'material loss reviews' of failed banks. The Federal Reserve plans to deliver results of stress tests on U.S. banks to executives today that may show about 10 companies need additional capital to weather a deeper recession, people familiar with the matter said. Banks are formulating plans for filling their capital requirements, much of which would likely come from conversions of preferred shares, the people said. Many of the 19 lenders under review and the government are set to discuss publicly the examinations after markets close May 7, the people said. GMAC LLC, the auto and home lender that received a $6 billion government bailout, reported a first- quarter loss of $675 million on surging loan defaults and the elimination of a one-time gain from extinguishing debt. The loss widened from $589 million a year earlier, the Detroit-based company said today in a statement. Auto loans more than 30 days past due rose to 3.1 percent in the quarter from 2.4 percent in the same period a year earlier. The DJIA is at its highest PE (17.6258) since Q4 2006, which is when the US economy rolled over. While the S&P 500 is up for the year, only three of its ten sectors are in positive territory. The Technology and Materials sectors are up the most at 19.4% and 18.5%, while Consumer Discretionary has been the third best at +11.3%. The historical average PE10 [10-year average earnings] is 16.3. When earnings gyrate or certain industries produce negative earnings, like now, the PE10 yields a better measure of stock market value. The S&P 500 now sports a PE10 of about 16. So please don’t believe the hype about stocks being undervalued. Street pundits and the financial media proffered numerous reasons for rally: JPM significantly increased it GDP forecast; much better pending home sales, relief that Swine Flu is not as bad as the hype and the ludicrous ‘the stress test would be good because it will show US banks are in fine shape’. But the real reason is the Fed monetized [a record] $8.5B of 7s thru 10s. The Fed had confined its monetization to $7ishB in previous operations. This new monetization aggressiveness is why gold and commodities soared and the dollar tanked. The Fed had not bought 10s in its previous two monetization operations. So when it monetized $1B of 10s yesterday, traders perceived this as a signal that it wants to stop the decline in 10s because it is the basis for mortgage rates…A record $71B Treasury refunding will occur this week. So the Fed is trying to prop bonds. John Williams: Reflecting intensified systemic liquefaction efforts by the Fed, annual growth in the St. Louis Fed’s Adjusted Monetary Base jumping to a record high 112.5% in the two weeks ended April 22nd, up from 105.9% in the prior two-week period. Such was up sharply from the recent trough of 81.9% in the two weeks ended February 11th and topped the prior record growth of 107.2% seen in the two weeks ended January 14th… http://www.shadowstats.com Both the 1938 and 1932 first rallies out of the final bottom concluded 62 days
after their started. That would place the end of this rally on May 7 when the stress tests are supposed to be released. Most U.S. banks expect loan delinquencies and losses to increase this year, a Federal Reserve report showed today ahead of this week’s release of stress tests of the nation’s 19 largest lenders. More than 70 percent of respondents on net said bad loans will rise should the economy progress “in line with consensus forecasts,” the Fed said in a quarterly survey of banks’ senior loan officers. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York shaped Washington's response to the financial crisis late last year, which buoyed Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other Wall Street firms. Goldman received speedy approval to become a bank holding company in September and a $10 billion capital injection soon after. During that time, the New York Fed's chairman, Stephen Friedman, sat on Goldman's board and had a large holding in Goldman stock, which because of Goldman's new status as a bank holding company was a violation of Federal Reserve policy. The New York Fed asked for a waiver, which, after about 2½ months, the Fed granted. While it was weighing the request, Mr. Friedman bought 37,300 more Goldman shares in December. They've since risen $1.7 million in value. Mr. Friedman also was overseeing the search for a new president of the New York Fed, an officer who has a critical role in setting monetary policy at the Federal Reserve. The choice was a former Goldman executive. Regulators have determined that Bank of America Corp. requires about $34 billion in new capital, the largest need among the 19 biggest U.S. banks subjected to stress tests, according to a person familiar with the matter. Citigroup Inc.’s shortfall is more limited because the company already plans to convert government preferred shares to common stock, people familiar with the results said. JPMorgan Chase & Co. doesn’t need a deeper reserve against losses, according to people familiar with that company’s result. The banks may outline their strategies to add capital, or in other cases buy out government stakes, after the Federal Reserve publishes the stress tests results tomorrow. Firms requiring more capital could raise all the funds through conversions of preferred shares if they choose, according to people familiar with the matter. “To the extent that there are banks that need capital, our hope is that many of them will be able to raise that capital through either private equity offers or through conversions and exchanges of existing liabilities,” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke told lawmakers at a hearing in Washington yesterday. “The data we have are accurate reflections of the financial conditions of those banks.” Banks that want to return money injected by the Treasury since October must show they can borrow from private investors without a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. guarantee, according to people familiar with the matter. American International Group paid about $454 million in previously undisclosed performance bonuses to employees for 2008, the company said in answers to questions from a US lawmaker that were released yesterday. AIG was widely criticized for paying out some $165 million in retention bonuses after it received $180 billion in government bailout aid. Some of the retention bonuses were returned by employees after the firestorm of criticism. The company has told US Representative Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, that the performance bonuses were paid out by operating units across the company's operations in about 120 countries.
Payments ranged from an average of $5,403 to employees of its propertycasualty group to $51,026, on average, for those in its asset-management group. The payments are in addition to a bonus pool of about $120 million that is designated for holding company employees and executives at subsidiary companies. As the most heavily indebted class of students in history graduates from college into one of the worst job markets in memory, holders of the nation's roughly $670 billion in student loans are bracing for an increase in the number of students who cannot pay them back. Even before the downturn, default rates had risen sharply for federal loans, which comprise 80 percent of all student loans, from 4.6 percent in 2005 to 6.9 percent in 2007. The default rate for private loans at Sallie Mae, the largest lender, has almost doubled since 2006, rising from 1.44 percent in 2006 to 2.85 percent in 2008. Now, officials expect this year's defaults to jump considerably. "Economic downturns affect people's ability to pay off all kinds of debt, and you have more people with student loans than ever before," said Lauren Asher, acting president of the Project on Student Debt, a nonprofit research and policy organization in Berkeley, Calif. Arne Duncan, secretary of education, said recently that he, too, is preparing for higher defaults. "Whether we like it or not, that's a reality we're looking at," he said. Companies in the U.S. cut an estimated 491,000 workers from payrolls in April, indicating the worst of the recession’s job losses may have passed, a private report showed today. The drop in the ADP Employer Services gauge was smaller than economists forecast and the fewest since October. March’s reading was revised to show a reduction of 708,000 workers, down from a previous estimate of 742,000. Stabilization in consumer sending following the worst slump in three decades is stoking expectations that the recession will end in the second half of the year. Still, a Labor Department report in two days may show employers cut payrolls in April for a 16th consecutive month, pushing jobs losses in the current downturn to almost 6 million, according to a Bloomberg survey. Federal regulators are asking Wells Fargo & Co. to raise more capital after government "stress tests" showed the bank would have trouble surviving if the recession worsens. St. Warren just two days ago said Wells Fargo didn’t need more capital. Yes, this time the banks are the gangsters. They're robbing Main Street's Treasury. And it's an inside job. Hank Paulson, the "Goldman Conspiracy's" Trojan Horse, plays a "Dillinger," leading a much bigger conspiracy, the "Happy Conspiracy," that robbed America's 300 million citizens and taxpayers. They made off with trillions, while our "guards," a clueless Congress, laid down their guns and surrendered the keys to the vault. The "Happy Conspiracy?" Yes, that's what Vanguard founder Jack Bogle calls Wall Street in his bestseller, "The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism." He sees Wall Street as a "pathological mutation" of capitalism. Adam Smith's "invisible hand" no longer drives "capitalism in a healthy, positive direction." Instead, Bogle sees the invisible hands of this elite "Happy Conspiracy" running capitalism to serve its own selfish, greedy agenda. Almost 21.8 percent of all owners were underwater as of March 31, the Seattlebased real estate data service said in a report today. At the end of the fourth quarter, 17.6 percent of homeowners owed more than their original mortgage, while 14.3 percent had negative equity three months earlier. Creditors to Chrysler describe negotiations with the company and the Obama
administration as "a farce," saying the administration was bent on forcing their hands using hardball tactics and threats. Conversations with administration officials left them expecting that they would be politically targeted, two participants in the negotiations said. The sources, who represent creditors to Chrysler, say they were taken aback by the hardball tactics that the Obama administration employed to cajole them into acquiescing to plans to restructure Chrysler. One person described the administration as the most shocking "end justifies the means" group they have ever encountered. Another characterized Obama was "the most dangerous smooth talker on the planetand I knew Kissinger." Both were voters for Obama in the last election. One participant in negotiations said that the administration's tactic was to present what one described as a "madman theory of the presidency" in which the President is someone to be feared because he was willing to do anything to get his way… [Chicago mores with a worshipping elite media = more fascism] The same Homeland Security Department office that categorized veterans as potential terrorists issued an earlier report that defined dozens of "extremists" ranging from black power activists to abortion foes. The report was nixed within hours and recalled from state and local law enforcement officials. Whites and blacks, Christians and Jews, Cubans and Mexicans, along with taxhating Americans were among several political leanings listed in the "Domestic Extremism Lexicon" that came out of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) in late March. ***** Chrysler lender group plans objection to sale http://uk.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKTRE54017D20090501 ***** Genesis of the debt disaster By Gillian Tett http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/51f425ac-351e-11de-940a-00144feabdc0.html ***** America: ‘Sold Out’ for $5.2 Billion! – Lorimer Wilson http://www.24hgold.com/english/news-gold-silver-america--sold-out-for-5-2-billion.aspx?article=2024853348G10020&redirect=false&contributor=Lorimer+Wilson ***** Why Congress Won't Investigate Wall Street By THOMAS FRANK http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124096712823366501.html *****
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http://mgray12.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/stressing-over-the-test/ Michael Gray Deputy Sunday Business Editor New York Post email@example.com ***** http://mgray12.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/stressing-over-the-test-part-2/ Stressing Over Bank Test (Part 2) 16 of the 19 will fail under "worse-case scenario," which caused the delay in the release. Michael Gray Deputy Sunday Business Editor New York Post firstname.lastname@example.org ***** Ron Paul’s Economic Theories Winning GOP Converts More and more Congressmen have been signing onto Dr. Paul’s Audit the Fed bill, HR 1207, and it is now up to a whopping 124 cosponsors. http://washingtonindependent.com/41786/ron-pauls-economic-theories-winninggop-converts ***** LIFE WITH BIG BROTHER Bilderbergers plan secret meeting in Greece Source says top agenda item is reconstructing world economy http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=97135 ***** Afghans to Obama: Get Out, Take Karzai With You By PATRICK COCKBURN http://www.counterpunch.com/patrick05062009.html ***** Fox News: Martial Law If It’s a Pandemic? http://www.infowars.com/fox-news-martial-law-if-it’s-a-pandemic/ ***** New rules for marketing http://www.vcn.bc.ca/citizens-handbook/rules.html ***** Swine Flu 'Pandemic' Martial Law Passes MA Senate http://www.rense.com/general85/marta.htm ***** More Information on Flu Flu timelines with Gov help http://www.legitgov.org/flu_oddities_shortnews_0409.html http://www.legitgov.org/flu_oddities_shortnews_0409.html
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http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/2009/05/01/20090501bizMeltdownMortgage0501.html?source=nletter-business ***** Montana Governor Signs New Gun Law Ernest Hancock http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/FeatureArticle.htm?Info=0056132&PHPSESSID=f5202464b9231b28a22d6d80e8f20afa ***** Government Up to No Good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWDawxPJDK8&NR=1 ***** Top Ranking CIA Operatives Admit Al-qaeda Is a Complete Fabrication http://polidics.com/cia/top-ranking-cia-operatives-admit-al-qaeda-is-a-completefabrication.html ***** The former FBI translator and whistleblower suggests blackmail may be at the heart of Congressional refusal to bring accountability and oversight to its own members - such as both Hastert and Harman - in matters of espionage and national security. Sibel Edmonds http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7117 ***** The Broken Congress By SIBEL EDMONDS http://www.counterpunch.com/edmonds05052009.html ***** Ellen Brown's "Web of Debt:" Part I http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/ ***** From a New Fellow subscriber: Bob, I enjoy listing to you every night. You are my # 1 source of information while I am here working in Iraq as a civilian contractor. I would like to subscribe to a one year subscription. ***** From a Fellow Subscriber: A comment was posted by a subscriber on The International Forecaster. Refers to: International Forecaster Weekly , The Direction Of The Economy Is Not Going To Change Comment: Yes, just today (May 4), the sycophantic mainstream media nattering nabobs were crowing how the S&P 500 had made up all its loses for the year and was now even. There are those who will fall for this, unfortunately, and they will lose more money if they invest on this news, not understanding the PPT is at work, yet once again, and not being Insiders, will have their financial heads handed to them on a platter. ***** From a Fellow Subscriber:
New rules for marketing and position Dan says hello and to make sure I send you this. What a way to market and build audiences. Ginny http://www.vcn.bc.ca/citizenshandbook/rules.html ***** From a Fellow Subscribers: Dear Bob: I think the final straw has been laid on the camels back. The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of David Olofson a member of the Wisconsin National Guard for a “Broken Gun” The court has ruled that the government doesn’t have to share evidence nor do they have to allow a defendant to bring witnesses to testify on their behalf. During the trial the BATF with held the fact the rifle was part of a recall and disallowed Olofson from bring in witnesses that would testify on his behalf. Here’s what happened… Olofson loaned a neighbor an old AR15 so he could learn to shoot. One day at the range the AR15 slam fired. In the original investigation by the local police and the BATF the AR15 was deemed to be semi-auto, but after 4 months in the hands of the BATF the gun was magically found to be a Full Auto Machine gun. The AR15 was made by Olympia Arms, which is no longer in business. Olympia Arms originally was allowed to use M16 trigger parts in the manufacturer of these rifles In 1983 the BATF issued a recall for all of the rifles made with M16 parts because of possible slam fire problems. During the trial the BATF with held the fact the rifle was part of a recall, disallowed Olofson from bring in witnesses that would testify on his behalf. Bob every gun owner with a semi-auto firearm is now at risk of becoming a felon for a broken gun. Please share these links with my fellow subscribers ***** COMMODITIES Natural gas is $3.50. It’s been as low as $3.22. If it falls to $2.65, go long - that is those of you for which this kind of a trade is suitable. GOLD, SILVER, PLATINUM AND PALLADIUM For the uninitiated, let’s back up. The chart measures the number of ounces of gold it would take to buy the Dow Jones industrial average. So in 1980, for example, when the Dow sat around 800 and gold was $800 an ounce, the ratio was 1:1. At the height of the tech bubble in 1999, it was 44:1. Notice where we are now… and where in all likelihood we’re going based on what’s happened before. “That last drop of gold, from 9 ounces to the 1-2 ounce range,” says Byron, “can bring a lot of hurt to the stock market along the way.” “One way or another, we'll see, say, $5,000... either $5,000 gold or $5,000 Dow. Even if the Dow stays at the current 8,000, that implies, say, $4,000 gold at a 2-to-1 ratio.” “It ain't over. Fat Lady is still warming up backstage.” At 3:30 a.m. on Monday the general markets continued to trend slightly higher based on the end of recession and recovery, although there was no real intelligence to believe that the financial and economic malaise was over. The Dow was up 63; S&P 69, Nasdaq 77 and the FTSE was unchanged in Dow numbers. The Nikkei has a life of its own, up 149 at 8977. The CAC rose 37 and the DAX up 84 in the face of deplorable projected GDP figures just released by the EU
and the eurozone. The yen fell .0038; the euro rose .0014 and the pound fell .0023. The 2-year was 0.91% and the 10’s 3.11%. Oil was unchanged at $53.20, gas rose $0.01 to $1.53 and natural gas rose $0.03 to $3.58. Gold rose $4.40 to $892.60; silver gained $0.14 to $12.62; copper rose $0.06 to $2.17 as it takes another whack at trying to break out over $2.20, which at this time we believe will be unsuccessful. It has to reconsolidate at $1.80 to $1.90. Platinum rose $3.60 to $1,100. Monday saw spot gold rise over $8.00 and end the day up $12.80 The June contract was $1.90 higher. Spot silver rose $0.72 to $13.07 and June was $0.19 lower. As we have said over and over the “Working Group on Financial Markets now only has the ability to suppress prices for short periods of time. The sudden jump in prices was a Reuters report out of Singapore. Physical demand was coming out of China in the cash market. Everyone except Americans realize that spending and money and credit creation is out of control. Today the dollar took a hit, which helped, the yen rose .0046 to $.9889 after being off almost all day. The euro rose .0105 to $1.3371; the pound rose .0045 to $1.4969; the Swiss franc rose .0055 to $1.1282; the Canadian dollar rose .0046 to $.8496 and the USDX, dollar index, fell .80 to 83.74. The USDX is on a head and shoulders formation and also has broken the 200-day moving average to the downside. As we predicted, this is what happens when massive dollar liquidity is pumped into the system. Gold open interest rose 2,774 contracts to total 331,840, as silver OI fell 817 to 88,446. We are told India’s April gold imports were up 25% yoy to 30 tons. The yoy gold price in rupees was up 25%. The Tocom gold shorts cut 20 contracts being net short 21,264, and they also cut their silver shorts by 17 to net 253 contracts. The XAU gained 8.45 to 127.89 and the HUI gained 19.38 to 320.83. AEM rose 4.42%, or $1.96 to $46.34; GG rose 6.11%, or $1.68 to $29.19; SSRI rose 4.54%, or $0.78 to $17.97 and MFN rose 4.31%, or $0.33 to $7.98. The Dow rose 214 to 8427; S&P rose 267 and Nasdaq 266 Dow points. The 2year T-bill was 0.93% and the 10-year was 3.16%. Oil rose $1.27 to $54.47; gas rose $0.02 to $1.60 and natural gas rose $0.19 to $3.73. Copper rose $0.04 to $2.14; platinum rose $27.20 to $1,123 and palladium rose $7.50 to $221.40. The CRBwas up for a 4th day in a row 3.34 to 232.38. If you want to know why the market has been strong on Monday and Tuesday it is because the Fed provided a huge influx of liquidity into the market. If the USDX breaks down below 82.50 the next stop is 75 to 77.5 and then to 71.16 to 73.5. Silver sellers are struggling to make delivery on the Comex; 2.397 contracts have been delivered or 11,985,000 ounces with 2,869 contracts yet to go. Deutsche Bank 1000 contracts or 5,000,000 ounces and Goldman delivered on 867 contracts. iShares SLV have not changed inventory in a month. Early Tuesday was an indecisive affair. The Dow was 8372; S&P up 13; Nasdaq up 2 and the FTSE up 149 Dow points. The Nikkei rose 198, the CAC rose 13 and the DAX 14. The yen fell .0029; the euro fell .0045 and the pound rose .0047. The 2-year was 0.94% and the 10’s 3.17%. Oil fell $0.04; gas rose $0.01 and natural gas fell $0.06. Gold fell $.080 to $901.40; silver fell $0.07 to $13.05 and copper fell $0.02 to $2.12. We have again encountered a coin scam and it is outrageous and very upsetting. It does not involve any of the three firms we recommend. A subscriber purchased commemoratives in September for about $13,500; the commission was about 23%, or $3,160. The value as of yesterday was $5,530, a loss of $8,035.00 in a rising gold market. This seller charged obscene commissions and really took the buyer to the cleaners. We get several letters a week like this and all we
can say is check our recommended brokers before you buy. We never take commissions from anyone we recommend. Tuesday was an indecisive day to say the least. In the last 15 minutes the PPT ran the market up again. The Dow fell 16 to 8410; S&P fell 31 and Nasdaq fell 57 Dow points. The 2-year T-bill yielded 0.97% and the 10’s were 3.16%. The yen fell .0011 to $.9900; the euro fell .0046 to $1.3310; the pound rose $.0105 to $1.5068; the Swiss franc fell .0046 to $1.1341; the Canadian dollar rose .0009 to $.8505 and the USDX rose .08 to 84.05. Oil fell $0.52 to $53.95; gas fell $0.01 to $1.57 and natural gas fell $0.11 to $3.61. Copper fell $0.07 to $2.08; platinum rose $8.10 to $1,130 and palladium rose $0.70 to $223.00. Gold in the June month fell $3.80 to $898.40 and silver rose $0.23 to $13.24. Gold traded lower in the access market spiking off $9.00 in seconds and then returned to even at last look. The XAU fell .89 to 136.54 and the HUI fell .91 to 319.94. The CRB fell .54 to 231.84. Early Wednesday the market looks very suspect. The Dow was off 30 at 8352; S&P was off 16; Nasdaq was down 57 and the FTSE was up 40. The Nikkei was up 149; the CAC up 28 and the DAX up 12. The yen was up .0041; the euro was up .0008 and the pound rose .0028. The 2-year was 0.95%; the 10’s 3.17%; the 1-month Libor 0.40% and the 3-month 0.99%. Why don’t they just give the money away at zero interest. It is all guaranteed by the Fed. All this to keep mortgage rates at 4-7/8%. Oil rose $0.28; gas rose $0.01 and natural gas fell $0.01. Gold was 904.50, up $0.20; silver was $13.43, plus $0.01 and copper rose $0.03. Last week’s COT Commitment of Traders report showed the commercials added 2,289 contracts, or 9.1%, to their net short position, to net 27,460 shorts in silver; as total contracts fell 5.5% to 90,687. Commercials now represent 30.2% of all short open contracts, which historically has been bullish for silver. This coupled with backwardation reflects a market that is pricing in tight supplies as well. Sooner or later the public investor will get wind of this and silver will take off. The outlook for silver is very positive. ***** IT AINT OVER ‘TIL THE FAT LADY SINGS by Egon von Greyerz http://matterhornassetmanagement.com/newsletter/?newsletter=17 ***** EUROPE The European Commission Monday forecast a prolonged slump in Spain's economic output and spiraling unemployment following the collapse of the country's construction boom. In updated forecasts for the world economy, the commission predicted Spain's gross domestic product will fall by 3.2% in 2009, more than its previous forecast of a 2% contraction. It also predicted Spanish GDP will fall by 1% in 2010, more than its previous forecast of a 0.2% contraction. As the country's labor-intensive construction industry sheds hundreds of thousands of jobs, the commission forecast Spanish unemployment will rise to 17.3% in 2009 and to 20.5% in 2010. Switzerland's purchasing managers index rose for the first time in 16 months in April, to a higher-than-expected 34.7 points, but the positive signal wasn't strong enough to suggest a swift economic improvement, economists said. Spanish car registrations fell 46% on the year in April, Spanish car manufacturers' association Anfac said Monday.
In a release, Anfac said 67,215 cars were registered in April, down from 123,561 a year earlier. Spanish car registrations fell by 39% on the year in March, 49% in February and by 42% in January. The European Commission has revised its forecast for the French economy sharply downward to contractions of 3.0% this year and 0.2% next year as the global economic crisis takes its toll. "There are no clear signs of recovery in the short term," the commission said in its Spring 2009 economic survey published Monday. In its January interim economic report, the E.U. had forecast French GDP would contract 1.8% in 2009 and grow 0.4% next year. In 2008, the economy grew 0.7%. Monday's report is in line with other multilateral agencies, such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which sees a contraction of 3.3% this year for France. But the E.U. sees a pullback in 2009 that is double the 1.5% shrinkage the French government has been forecasting to date. The euro zone's manufacturing sector contracted for the eleventh straight month in April, but at the slowest pace since October last year, data showed Monday. Purchasing Managers Index for the euro zone's factory sector rose to 36.8 in April from 33.9 in March, according to Markit Economics. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires last week had expected the PMI to be unchanged from the preliminary estimate of 36.7. A reading below 50.0 indicates that activity is declining. EU Sentix Investor Confidence rises to -34.3 in May from -35.3 in April. German retail sales fell more than expected in March in light of a sharp economic downturn and rising unemployment, data from the Federal Statistics office showed Monday. Retail sales dropped a real 1.0% in March from February - below economists' forecasts of a 0.2% decline. The monthly data are adjusted for calendar and seasonal effects. Retail sales declined a price-adjusted 1.5% year-on-year, although March 2009 had two more working days than the same month a year earlier, the statistics office said. The euro zone's manufacturing sector continued to contract in April, but at the slowest pace since October last year. According to Markit Economics Monday, the Purchasing Managers Index for the euro zone's factory sector rose to 36.8 in April from 33.9 in March. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires last week had expected the PMI to be unchanged from the preliminary estimate at 36.7. A reading below 50.0 indicates that activity is declining. The manufacturing PMI has been picking up from the lows reported earlier this year, suggesting that manufacturing output in the euro zone should be beginning to improve in the coming months. Germany's manufacturing PMI was also stronger than expected, rising to 35.4 in April, the highest level since November 2008. That compares with 32.4 in March and was stronger than the 35.0 preliminary estimate, which economists had expected to be the final reading Monday. The French manufacturing PMI rose to a six-month high of 40.1 from 36.5 in March. That was above the flash estimate of 40.0, which economists had expected to be the final reading.
Italy's manufacturing PMI rose to 37.2 in April from 34.6 in March. That was a stronger outcome than the 36.3 reading forecast by economists and was the highest level since October 2008. Italian producer prices fell in March, hovering around their steepest rate of decline since January 2006, as energy prices continued to decline, data from statistics office Istat showed Monday. On the year, producer prices fell 3.9% in March compared with an upwardly revised 2.7% fall in February. On the month, producer prices fell 0.6%, compared with an upwardly revised 0.5% fall in February. EU May Purchasing Manager Index Manufacturing edges up to 36.8 in April. The Irish government said Tuesday it posted a budget deficit of EUR7.3 billion for the first four months of 2009, compared with a deficit of EUR3.7 million from January to April 2008. Tax receipts fell 24% to EUR10.1 billion during the period from EUR13.2 billion during the same period last year, showing that public finances are continuing to deteriorate, while unemployment is expected to spike at nearly 17% next year. "The overall situation was little changed from end February (down 24%) and end March (down 23%), which is of some comfort," said Davy Research economist Lynsey Clemenger. Indicative of the reluctance of Irish consumers to spend, he said the falloff in Value Added Tax receipts has been the main drag on tax revenue in the year, representing EUR1.04 billion, or a third, of the total shortfall. German new car registrations rose 19.4% on the year in April, the German international vehicle manufacturers' association, or VDIK, said Tuesday. Most consumers opted for smaller, environmentally friendly models. The market share of VDIK members in the April figures was 41.9%, below the level in March. The number of new registrations was nearly 380,000 in April, it added. Adjusted for the number of working days, car registrations rose 30% in April versus March. New car registrations in the first four months of the year were at the highest level since 1999, the group said. Euro-zone industrial producer prices posted their sharpest drop in annual terms for 22 years in March, supporting the case for the European Central Bank to cut interest rates to a record low this week, official data showed Tuesday. Factory gate prices dropped 0.7% on the month and were down 3.1% on the year in March, the steepest year-on-year fall since February 1987, the European Union statistics agency Eurostat said. It was the eighth consecutive monthly decline in prices. The drops were slightly bigger than the market consensus estimate of 0.6% on the month and 2.9% on the year from a Dow Jones Newswires survey of economists last week. However, February's declines were revised up to 0.4% on the month and 1.7% on the year from drops of 0.5% on the month and 1.8% on the year published in April. The figures are likely to support expectations that the ECB will cut its main interest rate to an all-time low of 1.0% from 1.25% after its next policy meeting Thursday. Spain's breakneck pace of job destruction in recent months slowed in April as the result of the government's EUR8 billion infrastructure plan, labor ministry data showed Tuesday. In a statement, the ministry said jobless claims rose by 39,478, or 1.1%, to 3,644,880 in April from March. April jobless claims were up 56% on the year. Claims had risen by over 120,000 on the month in both March and February. Spain had an unemployment rate of 17.4% in March, nearly twice the average for the
16 countries using the euro currency, according to data last month from the European Union's statistics arm, Eurostat. Spanish government officials had said Spain's job market would start to show signs of improvement in April as a result of its plan to spend EUR8 billion on local infrastructure projects. Swiss April SECO Consumer Climate falls to -38 vs -23. Norway’s central bank cut the benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point to a record low in an effort to prevent the world’s fifth-largest oil exporter from sliding into a deeper recession. Oslo-based Norges Bank lowered the overnight deposit rate to 1.5 percent, in line with the median forecast of 10 economists surveyed surveyed by Bloomberg. Governor Svein Gjedrem has followed central banks across the world in lowering rates, cutting the benchmark in stages from a five-and-a-half-year high of 5.75 percent in October. The bank said today the reductions are mitigating the impact of the recession. “This is the last cut,” said Shakeb Syed, economist at Svenska Handelsbanken AB. “It is a wait and see strategy that they will keep now.” ***** Second Thoughts About E.U. Enlargement http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1895238,00.html?xid=rsstopstories ***** Restoring Our Financial Sovereignty: A New Monetary System http://nikkialexander.wordpress.com/2009/03/18/restor ing-our- f inancialsovereignty- a-new-monetar y-system/ ***** Mayday for Capitalism Amid a gloomy economy, Europe could see a summer of rage. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124104080341870321.html ***** Georgia accuses Russia over foiled rebellion http://uk.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKTRE5441PU20090505?sp=true ***** Venezuela Orders Gold Producers to Sell More Locally http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=a._KjQ1aRzBo&refer =latin_america# ***** From a Fellow Subscriber: Hello Bob, Fortunately I earned my money the old fashioned way by manufacturing products and paying the confiscatory tax rates on it. At one time I was with UBS. Approximately five years ago UBS created a special division that dealt with accounts where they didn’t ask any questions about the source of the funds. UBS was aggressive in seeking new accounts for this division, almost blatantly so. It was just a
matter of time before the FEDS got wind of it. UBS was incredibly stupid and they are paying dearly for it. Unfortunately Swiss banking came under the microscope because of it. I believe if you have declared your account with the IRS, and paid the taxes on it, you still have most of the protections afforded by Swiss banks. I am not sure if the Obombanation administration tries to create retroactive tax laws if you still have full protection of Swiss banking, but I think that you do. They tell me that in order for anyone, including the IRS, to get access to your funds you would have had to commit a most egregious act. The accounts the FEDS are going after are obviously accounts where the source of funds have been attained through criminal acts. Which begs the question why are they not going after the funds of the federal reserve banks. I will convert more chf's into gold this Monday. I would like to commend you on your efforts to inform everyone regarding the real financial situation of this country and the world. It is a noble and admirable undertaking. Best Regards, *****
ENGLAND UK house prices fell for a third month in April as banks restricted mortgage lending, Lloyds Banking Group Plc’s Halifax division said. Home values fell 1.7 percent from the previous month to an average of 154,716 pounds ($233,000), Halifax said in a statement in London today. From a year earlier, prices dropped 17.7 percent. The British economy will keep contracting until the fourth quarter of this year, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research said in a report today. Bank of England policy makers will decide this week whether to continue printing money to counter the recession. “Rising unemployment, low consumer confidence and the reduced availability of credit are all expected to exert downward pressure on the housing market over the next few months,” Martin Ellis, an economist at Halifax, said in the statement. “Further house price declines are likely.” Policy makers are spending 75 billion pounds on asset purchases to ease credit strains in the economy, which contracted 1.9 percent in the first quarter, the most since 1979. ***** Study reveals true extent of 'old boys network' between Government and banks By Tom Peterkin, Scottish Political Editor http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/latestnews/Study-reveals-true-extentof.5230278.jp ***** From a Fellow subscriber: Mittal Steel just issued letters to all of its employees with 10 years of service or more, 58 years of age or older, that they will be given 1 year of severance pay and they are basically terminated. Age discrimination you say, we shall see. Remember I told you a while back that the word was they wanted to move their operations to Europe. We shall see. On another note, watch very carefully as Tony Blair looks to be the next head of the EU with a long tenure, not the current 6-month swing or 12 months,
whatever it is. Blair will push the EU for economic advancement at the expense of the lesser nations and the United States! ***** LATIN AMERICA Brazil's foreign currency reserves dropped $1.21 billion in April from the previous month, according to figures published on the central bank's web site Tuesday. Brazil's foreign reserves totaled $201.25 billion at the end of April, down from $202.46 billion at the end of March. In the first four months of 2009 reserves dropped $5.5 billion. Reserves ended last year at $206.8 billion, the highest annual level in history. Reserves grew sharply from 2005 through 2008 after the central bank started purchasing dollars from the spot market in October 2005. Reserves stood at $53.779 billion at the end of 2005. The pace of consumer inflation in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, slowed in April, as food and housing prices costs dropped in the period, the Fipe research foundation said Tuesday. Fipe, which is affiliated with the University of Sao Paulo, said its consumer price index rose 0.31% in the period, compared with a rise of 0.40% in March. The figure was below market forecasts for an increase of between 0.34% and 0.43%. Food prices fell 0.26% in April, compared with a rise of 0.70% in March. Housing costs dropped 0.04% in the period, reversing an increase of 0.25% seen in the previous month. ASIA Taiwan's consumer prices fell for the third straight month in April on lower fuel, gas, and fruit prices, government data showed Tuesday. Consumer prices fell 0.45% in April from a year earlier, widening from March's 0.15% decline, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said. The CPI has been falling since February, when it dropped 1.33%. The CPI's decline in April was less than expected. The median forecast was for a 0.60% fall, according to a survey of 11 economists by Dow Jones Newswires. The wholesale price index, a gauge of production costs, fell 10.99% in April from a year earlier, after dropping a revised 9.25% in March. Economists in the survey had expected April's WPI to fall 9.52%. ***** Asia is de-coupling http://www.creditwritedowns.com/2009/05/asia-is-decoupling.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=cre ditwritedowns *****
AUSTRLIA AND NEW ZEALAND The Rudd Government is bracing for a $200 billion revenue black hole over the next four years as the impact of the global recession slashes its tax take. Sources have told The Australian Treasury advice to the Government indicates it will not return to surplus before 2015-16. Australian new car sales crashed by almost 24 per cent in April compared to 23
the same month in 2008. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said on Tuesday 63,965 new cars and trucks were retailed last month, down from 84,061 in April last year. The slide left sales over the first four months of 2009 down by 20.3 per cent at 276,935. Holden recently axed the afternoon shift at its Elizabeth assembly operations in Adelaide, splitting its 3,000 strong workforce into two teams working one week on and one week off. Commodore sales this year are down by 11.3 per cent to just over 13,000, but were down only 4.4 per cent in April in a better performance for the company. Another rise in the value of residential building approvals was offset by a fall in the non-residential category, leaving the total lower in March. The seasonally adjusted number of residential approvals rose by 3.5 per cent in March while their value, including additions and alterations, was up by 1.2 per cent, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The Australian Capital Territory & home to Australia's federal parliament, has forecasted budget deficits for the next seven years. Treasurer Katy Gallagher on Tuesday painted a gloomy picture of the ACT's fiscal health, announcing an $82.2 million deficit for 2009/10. “We now forecast a deficit of $41.3 million for 2008/09 and $82.2 million for 2009/10, with deficits continuing until 2015/16,” Ms Gallagher said. This time last year, the government predicted a $71.2 million surplus for 2009/10. And it only gets worse with estimates pointing to a deficit of $112.4 million in 2010/11, increasing to $152.2 million by 2012/13. Two years of revenue growth totalling $224 million has been lost in the past six to eight months due to ailing consumer confidence affecting GST collection, decreased returns on investments, lower interest earnings and a weaker local housing market. But despite a similar shortfall being expected annually over the next five years, totalling around $1.1 billion, the government has not announced plans to cut expenditure or introduce any new taxes in its 2009/10 budget. Victoria will spend a record $11.5 billion fast tracking major projects to save thousands of jobs. Here are the key points: * Jobs, jobs, jobs: state budget aims to steer state through turbulent economic conditions * $3 billion investment in transport infrastructure to improve services, including $2.07 billion boost to public transport services across the train, tram and bus network * $402 million for new schools, improved facilities and jobs * Health system gets injection of $2.6 billion, including $825.9 million to address hospital waiting lists * $215.5 million for emergency services * $1.9 billion to Victoria Police * $150.6 million for mental health reform * Bushfire threat reduction costing $116.2 million to boost biodiversity The Reserve Bank of Australia kept the official cash rate on hold for May at 3 per cent. In today’s statement, RBA governor Glenn Stevens said the central bank believed that the full effects of the previous rate cuts, plus the federal Government’s two rounds of fiscal stimulus packages, had not fully filtered through to the Australian economy. Mr Stevens said official figures had shown that the Australian economy had contracted in the final months of 2008 and, so far, the evidence showed that that trend had continued. The bank is expected to cut its growth forecast figures when it publishes its quarterly Statement of Monetary Policy on Friday, thereby officially showing that a recession is under way in Australia. At the same time, the RBA has predicted that inflation will continue to fall, as uncertainty within the economic environment continued.
Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor of The Reserve bank of Australia: http://www.rba.gov.au/MediaReleases/2009/mr_09_08.html At its meeting today the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 3.0 per cent. The global economy contracted further during the first few months of this year. While the near-term outlook remains weak, there are further signs of stabilisation in several countries. The Chinese economy in particular has picked up speed in recent months and many commodity prices have firmed a little. The considerable economic policy stimulus in train in most countries should help contain the downturn and support an eventual recovery. Conditions in global financial markets remain generally on a path of gradual improvement, with equity prices off their lows, term spreads declining and capital markets re-opening. Nonetheless, confidence remains fragile and balance sheets are under pressure from the effects of economic weakness on asset quality. Credit remains tight. Continued progress in restoring balance sheets remains essential to durable recovery. The Australian economy contracted in the latter part of 2008, and this has continued in 2009 to date, with both domestic and international demand weaker. Capacity utilisation has fallen back to about average levels, and will decline further over the rest of the year. With demand for labour weakening, growth in labour costs will probably also fall. These conditions are likely to see inflation continue to abate, though this is occurring only gradually so far, as the effects of the decline in the exchange rate are pushing up some prices. Australian markets have seen a decline in term spreads and firmer equity prices over recent months. Borrowing for housing is picking up, particularly among first-home buyers. Business borrowing, on the other hand, is declining, as companies curtail investment plans and seek to reduce leverage, in an environment of tighter lending standards. Monetary policy has been eased significantly. Market and mortgage rates are at very low levels by historical standards and business loan rates are below average, reducing debt-servicing burdens considerably. Much of the effect of these changes is yet to be observed. The stance of monetary policy, together with the substantial fiscal initiatives, will provide significant support to domestic demand over the period ahead. In assessing whether further reductions in the cash rate are required over the period ahead, the Board will monitor how economic and financial conditions unfold, and how they impinge on prospects for a sustainable recovery in economic activity. ***** H1N1: Government May Soon Tell Australians to Stock 14 Days of Supplies http://www.infowars.com/h1n1-government-may-soon-tell-australians-to-stock-14days-of-supplies/ *****
HEALTH ARE WE BOUND BY OUR TOOLS? If you are as old as I am you may have had a vacuum salesman knock on your front door and enthusiastically ask to demonstrate how well his vacuum (not sold in stores) works. This happened to me when I was about 25-years-old and I got a lesson in “your work can be as good as your tools.” I watched as the man demonstrated the obvious benefits of his machine. I won’t go into all the details but suffice it to say that when the man left my house was at a new level of clean. And yes, I did buy the darn thing. This vacuum is like a BMW and is still going after 23 years. Why am I mentioning this? We are all in some aspects bound by the tools we have to do a job and scientists are no different. SCIENCE The universe of science can sometimes be a good thing and sometimes not. Science can be a severe victim of fact; whether it is chemical analysis, visual analysis or whatever test they may run to explain “the why of it all.” History is our teacher - when the polio vaccine was developed in the 1950’s, this vaccine was made from monkey or pig pus. The scientific community declared it to be sterile (except for the antibody to the polio virus) and was a safe medical treatment to prevent polio. In the 1960’s researchers discovered that polio vaccine distributed to some states was infected with the Simian Virus SV-40 (a monkey virus). When SV-40 is injected into lab animals they develop brain and lung cancer. We are now finding SV-40 in 61% of all new cancer patients. Recently they’ve determined that SV-40 is transmitted sexually and through blood transfusions and is showing up in 23% of blood samples and 45% of sperm fluids. By 1963, they had estimated there were over 98 million tainted polio vaccinations in the US. According to the National Institutes of Health, high levels of SV-40 were identified in polio vaccines given in Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Low levels of SV-40 were found in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Missouri, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. Polio vaccines given in the other states show no SV-40 present. When the 1970’s rolled around they examined the polio vaccine under more powerful microscopes and found 149 live viruses that the 1950’s equipment did not detect. Many people are still unaware that a potential for cancer had been implanted in their body and many of these cancers do not develop until mid-life. SOME NASTY HISTORY Microbiologist Howard Urnovitz, Ph.D. stated in the Boston Globe that, “The government will not fund science that makes it look culpable." Also, the oral “live’ polio vaccine was designed to transmit the polio virus (including the SV-40) to nonvaccinated individuals thus spreading the cancer potential. Some medical experts and scientists feel that using animals in making vaccines is the problem. According to Dr. Michele Carbone of Loyola University Medical Center (one of the first to discover SV40 in human tumors) says, “We have the technology to make vaccines in human cell lines that are clean." THE RULES 26
Science must have sufficient evidence regardless of 400-years of empirical history and use. Without evidence scientists are compelled to reject even the most obvious benefits. Scientists who take their evaluations too seriously can in a short time be seen as ignorant. The “sterile” polio vaccine is a good example. Just because the current techno gadgets in the lab don’t see something, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. IS THE FDA YOUR HERBAL ADVISOR? Some herbs the FDA will warn against using. Remember, the FDA approved many of the pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines known to have caused irreversible damage. Some such herbs, which have been used for centuries to cleanse the blood (the life source of your body), the FDA excludes from their GRAS (generally regarded as safe) list. Therefore, poke root, lobelia, bloodroot, chaparral and some others are not FDA approved. Yet these herbs have hundreds and thousands of years of testing through use and experience, which science ignores because it doesn’t fit into their test profile. Translation; it didn’t produce the results they wanted. For example, if a plant does not show the anti-tumor compounds science has identified they assume it doesn’t have any. A hundred years from now (if the world as we know it still exists) they may have better tools to discover and identify the new compounds. WHAT I DO I don’t wait for science to catch up to the knowledge herbalist have known for centuries. Science can go about contriving their “designed reality” and I will use God’s herbs which work. What can you do to cleanse the blood of impurities like cancer, parasites, bacteria and viruses? There are herbs you can use to sweep the blood system of impurities, which will be essential for high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and cancer issues. Dirty blood will not allow sores to heal, will rob your cells of oxygen and cause weakness in multiple places within the body. To sweep the blood system you will need to do a blood cleanse, however not before you’ve cleanse the bowel, urinary tract, liver & gall bladder. You have to provide the evacuation route for the impurities to leave the body. The blood system cleanse is always last for your health and safety. You can do all of these cleanses in a short period of time, still function normally and go to work. Call Apothecary Herbs for more information 866229-3663, International 704-875-8010 online at http://www.thepowerherbs.com. Apothecary Herbs offers Male and Female Organ Cleanse Packages with step-by-step instructions plus product support if you have question or concerns while using the cleanses. You are only as successful as your tools and you will want to use them properly. OUR VERSION OF THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS – Apothecary Herbs is offering 15% off your total order before shipping when you print off your shopping cart order online or fill out the catalog order form and mail in your order with your check or money order. Get prepared, healthy and save – what could be better than that? International orders can send an International Money Order and save 15%. Apothecary Herbs, P.O. Box 918, Huntersville, NC 28070 USA. YEAR’S SUPPLY OF HERBAL MEDICINE – Stock up with over 90 products designed to protect your immune system, cleanse the body and address what ails you. NOW SAVE 15% on this package with the STIMULUS DISCOUNT. Call Apothecary Herbs 866-229-3663, International 704-875-8010 http://www.thepowerherbs.com ***NEW***APOTHECARY HERBS – Weight Control Kit helps you safely lose weight. Male & Female Organ Cleanse Packages – get all your important organ cleanses in
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***** IMMUNE SYSTEM ENHANCEMENT CAN STOP INFLUENZA By Dr. James Howenstine, MD. http://www.newswithviews.com/Howenstine/james176.htm ***** Engineering Lies & Viruses... Dear Mr. Chapman I listen to you weekly on Gold Seek Radio and thought to pass this information to you since you are a truth seeker and speaker. I am very concerned about what is going on and know you speak to many people maybe this can help in you information to others you may know of this already. Lots of data in the world and net but here is some that is very bothersome. Thanks for caring about the people.... There is way too much going on here not being reported by mainstream entertainment & media. Daily events that could effect your life daily, here is some data I came across and you decide the merit if any..... Lab engineered virus 3 strains never seen ever now combined mysteriously? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBeKB7aKzOs Dr. Deagle - on weaponize viruses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usuKDg6gfMQ&feature=related Swine Flu
Smoking Gun? CDC was Combining Flu Viruses in 2004 http://911truthsherbrooke.org/2009/04/29/swine-flu-smoking-gun-cdc-was-combining-flu-viruses-in2004/ CDC admits the A (H1N1) Flu was created in a government lab http://www.sodahead.com/blog/67587/cdc-admits-the-a-h1n1 -flu-was-created-in-a-government-lab/ Has virus been gene spliced? That means made in a lab.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnSX_jS0STA coast to coast - you tube 7 part series http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeMwUpbFOBw&feature=PlayList&p=6D4 D258950033899&index=0 Listen to 2 people talking; no facts here but the ideas are possible? Who can say but they know what many people are talking about.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGBmSRcghJc Is swine flu for profit or control? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/apr/29/swine-flu-mexico-uk-media1 Why are a number of microbiologist and scientist best of the best being found dead? 88 count some as young as 24 to 49? Why would getting rid of them be good and for whom? http://www.rense.com/general66/deadmicro.htm We lost 40 micro-biologists in less than 4 years...Why? http://jollyrogerrevolution.blogspot.com/2009/04/if-you-sell-crack-join-gang-or-robmob.html Have a free mind and think open thoughts! Communicate with others us your free speech! ***** Germany Bans Genetically Modified Corn http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/05/05/Germany-BansGenetically-Modified-Corn.aspx ***** ASSUMING THIS SWINE FLU MIGHT BE REAL or not here is the natural cure that fixed the 1918 pandemic:: 1.Colodial Silver: Kills the bacteria side of the virus. Hold under your tongue for 30secs. then swallow 3-4 times daily (1-2 ounces daily) 2.Colodial Silver: use it in your cleaning products too - kills over 600 pathogens and bacteria. You can find it at Whole Foods Market or Sunflower Market OR MAKE IT YOURSELF. 3.Eat raw garlic: it helps kill more bacteria/builds immune system 1-2 raw cloves daily 4.LDM-100: Kills the Flu side of the Virus. During 1918 Pandemic, Washoe Indians were not affected by the Flu. They ate Biscuit root – also called Lomatium Dissectum LDM or Indian Consumption Plant -- was eaten to battle viral illnesses such as influenza AND fight the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. LDM-100 is the extract from THE ROOT. 5.Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: take a swish and swallow in your mouth before lunch and dinner (kills bacteria – only use the Organic Braggs Brand. It says ‘Made With Mother’) 6.Vitamin A and Vitamin C: take non-synthetic vitamins. all-natural. Ingest daily
7.Vitamin D: From sunlight helps. Try to get 20 minutes daily to build immune system 8.Cinnamon: sprinkle on your organic fruits. It helped kill Black Plague. 9.JUICE FRUITS AND VEGGIES AS MANY AS YOU CAN!!!! Use organic carrots and apples to build your immune system. Costco sells 10lbs for $4.79. JUICE!!! 10.Face Masks: will not protect you. It’s mainstream media lies to give you the illusion you’ll be safe. Washing hands helps, but you must repair your immune system first. (thanks goes to maheffe of ConCen site ***** More Americans taking drugs for mental illness http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090505/hl_nm/us_mental_drugs;_ylc=X3oDMTI1NzZyc 3Q3BFJfYWlkAwRSX2RtbgN5YWhvby5jb20EUl9maWQDYmRhMGMzMzU0NTFiYm Y2YjY0Y2Q0MWRlYjBiYWRlNDYEUl9sdHADMQ***** NEXT SCHEDULED ISSUE SATURDAY, May 9, 2009
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