Paul Joseph Watson:
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When a joint investigation by The Sunday Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism is headlined “Fake News and False Flags” you know that something is so rotten in the state of Denmark (or the District of Criminals) that the stench can no longer be ignored.
Long story short: “The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda programme in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.”
Currently economists and market watchers roughly fall into two camps: Those who believe that the Federal Reserve must begin raising interest rates now so that it will have enough rate cutting firepower to fight the next recession, and those who believe that raising rates now will simply precipitate an immediate recession and force the Fed into battle without the tools it has traditionally used to stimulate growth. Both camps are delusional, but for different reasons.
Most mainstream analysts believe that the current economy can survive with more normalized rates and that the Fed’s timidity is unwarranted. These people just haven’t been paying attention. The “recovery” of the past eight years hasn’t been just “helped along” by deeply negative real interest rates, it is a singular creation of those policies. Since June 2009, when the current recovery began, traditional economic metrics, such as GDP growth, productivity, business investment, labor force participation, and wage growth, have all been significantly below trend. The only strong positives have been gains in the stock, bond and real estate markets. We have had an “asset price” recovery rather than a bona fide economic recovery. This presents unique risks.
One of the biggest benefits I get from writing newsletters (Mining Stock and Short Seller’s Journal) is that I get “grassroots Main Street” intel from subscribers. This has led to some invavluable insights into the housing market and the general economy all over the country.
Yesterday I received this email:
Heard from a friend east of the Atlantic that things are worse than are even being reported by alternative media. I bet the only thing the banks would like more is if the Chinese took another week off! I also heard next week could be big trouble.
For a long time, I’ve advocated that the world’s governments should default on their debt. I recognize that this is an outrageous-sounding proposal.
However, the debts accumulated by the governments of the U.S., Japan, Europe and dozens of other countries constitute a gigantic mortgage on the next two or three generations, as yet unborn. Savings are proof that a person, or a country, has been living below their means. Debt, on the other hand, is evidence that the world has been living above its means. And the amount of government debt and liabilities in the world is in the hundreds of trillions and growing rapidly, even with essentially zero percent interest rates. This brings up several questions: Will future generations be able to repay it? Will they be willing to? And, if so, should they? My answers are: No, no and no.
This weekend the mainstream media is reporting that ‘Germany’s Merkel cannot afford to bail out Deutsche Bank‘, to which we say, yeah no kidding. The $75 Trillion in derivatives on Deutsche bank’s books are sinking the bank like the Titanic, and the situation is terminal. Jim Sinclair and Bill Holter from JS Mneset join me to discuss what Jim says is “the most dangerous period in world history” and as goes Deutsche bank. “so goes the world.”
Over the past two weeks the primary focus by the world’s financial caretakers has been on Deutsche Bank, and its potential to collapse several other institutions through the counter-party risk of its $40-70 trillion derivatives book. But as the markets have appeared since last Friday to shrug off the German bank’s imminent insolvency problems, little has been mentioned about the other economy in Europe that has an even greater risk of bringing about the next ‘Lehman Moment’.
Over the next month, Italy is expected to vote on a referendum which if passed, would allow Matteo Renzi to institute new reforms that have kept the Italian economy both in stagnation, and austerity since the 2008 financial crisis. But with several of their major banks teetering on collapse in equal or greater measure to that of Deutsche Bank, the potential of an Italian banking implosion not only threatens the Western banking system, but also the future of the European Union itself.