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In recent years there have been methods developed to decentralize investing. We take a close look at crowdfunding, the legal issues and dangers involved, and how to approach it as an entrepreneur. Crowdfunding is an important step forward in supporting both small and large efforts for the individual and groups alike.
This Solari Special Report includes legal pathways to help navigate these new developments.
As we look over the fiscal cliff into our financial abyss, now is a good time to “Come Clean” about the real state of our lives, our communities, and our economy, starting with the U.S. federal finances that flow deeply and intimately throughout every aspect of our lives.
This Solari Special Report includes (22) challenges we must address to put our federal fiscal house in order.
“It’s a Huge Crisis” – The UK Oil Industry is “Close to Collapse”
Zero Hedge| 18 December 2014
But hold on: wasn’t only Putin…
Russia Has Begun Selling its Gold, According To SocGen
Zero hedge| 18 December 2014
We won’t for sure until…
to Bailout Russia
Zero Hedge |17 December 2014
Russia could fall back on its 150…
Rouble Collapse Hits Finland, Forex Stops Buying Russian Currency
Yle Uutiset |18 December 2014
It is clear that this will…
Swiss National Bank will Cut Interest Rate to Minus 0.25%
BBC| 18 December 2014
“In the short term it gives them”…
California Senator Seeks to Require Calpers to Divest Coal
Bloomberg | 15 December 2014
“California is leading globally on”…
Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria
Sputnik News| 19 December 2014
The head of Stratfor, also known as “The Shadow CIA…
The End of Democracy in the Republic of Korea: Imminent Threat To Political Expression and Civil Rights
Global Research| 18 December 2014
This decision is a de facto repeal of parliamentary…
Tennessee Town Bans All Negative Criticism on Social Media
Governing| 17 December 2014
Applies to anyone professionally connected…
Colombian Rebels Announce Unilateral Cease-fire
WISTV | 18 December 2014
So long as they aren’t targeted by the U.S.-backed…
Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking
RT | 18 December 2014
The Congressional Record will show only three of 425…
Putin’s 2014 Q&A Marathon LIVE UPDATES
RT | 18 December 2014
…two countries can do a lot towards stabilizing the world.
AFSA Open Letter Opposing Human Feeding Trials Involving GM Banana
AFSA | 18 December 2014
These crops divert resources…
Monsanto: Science and Fraud are the Same Thing
Jon Rappoport | 18 December 2014
It was also about establishing a new…
Former Anonymous Hacker Doubts North Korea Behind Sony Attack
CBS News | 18 December 2014
He should know because he once hacked into…
Sony Cancels ‘Interview’ Release After Theaters Drop Out While Fox Folds Similar Movie
NBC News| 17 December 2014
Sony Cancels ‘Interview’ Release After…
Carmike Theater Chain Drops Sony’s ‘The Interview’ After Hackers’ Terror Threat
CNBC | 17 December 2014
The first theater chain to…
Billion Dollar Surveillance Blimp to Launch over Maryland
First Look | 17 December 2014
radar can track hundreds of square miles of…
Cranberry Ginger Holiday Tea
Stepin2 My Green World | 17 December 2014
Tea will cleanse …detox…
Post-Newtown Mental Health Movement Loses Momentum
Governing| 16 December 2014
The number of states pushing…
A Texas Plumbing Truck Ends Up in a Terrorist Photo
CNBC | 17 December 2014
In the photo, the truck is equipped with…
Man Can’t Challenge $280K Tax Bill He Probably Doesn’t Really Owe, Pa. Court Says
Penn Live | 12 December 2014
Reynolds said her manager “really just”…
CELDF’s Executive Director Thomas Linzey’s Keynote Address at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
CELDF | 19 March 2013
Offering a new model to return democracy to…
California, the Golden State, Is Actually the Poorest of All
Truth Out | 24 October 2014
Understand…official measure’s…used as a political…
The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings
The Nation | 16 December 2014
techniques…do not themselves produce useful…
‘Houston, We Have a Problem’
Bloomberg | 10 December 2014
It appears that the US is on the verge…
Insider Trading Prosecutions Just Got Harder as Court Raises Bar
Bloomberg | 10 December 2014
He didn’t tell the jury that…
Fed Aims to Signal Shift on Low Rates–Update
NASDAQ | 08 December 2014
If Fed officials do scrap…
Can the ‘Presidential Cycle’ Boost Stocks?
WSJ | 07 December 2014
The S&P Capital IQ data show that the third-year…
Banks Urge Big Customers to Take Cash Elsewhere or Be Slapped With Fees
Yahoo Finance | 07 December 2014
Designed to make banks…
Food-Tech Startup Dinner Lab is Crowdfunding a Cool $2 Million — From Its Customers
Entrepreneur | 03 December 2014
“It is really powerful when”…
Jamie Dimon Himself Called to Urge Support for the Derivatives Rule in the Spending Bill
Washington Post | 11 December 2014
Let big banks undertake risky…
Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on IMF Quota and Governance Reforms
IMF | 12 December 2014
“As requested by our membership, we will…
House Passes Full Omnibus Budget Bill Despite Democrat Revolt – as it Happened
The Guardian | 11 December 2014
But this bill is…
Stiglitz on the Chinese Century: False Reassurance
Lowy Interpreter | 09 December 2014
…concessions on who runs the World Bank.
The Chinese Century
Vanity Fair | 04 December 2014
The news about China’s change in status was…
Massive Defense Bill Clears Senate Hurdle
Yahoo | 11 December 2014
A sweeping defense policy bill that would…
London hit by air traffic control computer failure
Yahoo | 12 December 2014
“Some of NATS’ computer systems are…
Quantum Teleportation Reaches Farthest Distance Yet
Motherboard | 03 December 2014
Now, they can beam that information across…
Your Lawyer May Soon Be an Algorithm
Motherboard | 03 December 2014
The economic model of law firms is heading…
World’s Largest Capacity Container Ship Embarks on Maiden Voyage
gizmag | 07 December 2014
The CSCL Globe can carry 19,000…
CDC Issues Flu Vaccine Apology
YouTube | 04 December 2014
CDC officials are urging doctors to prescribe two…
Action Alert — Food Safety Modernization Act: New Draft Rules Comments Due on December 15
Cornucopia | October 2014
For small farms, FSMA could…
The Changing Wealth of Americans
Urban Institute | 2014
But these funds do not…
A Lighthouse in the Fog
Caravan to Midnight | 10 December 2014
…from Catherine Austin Fitts…We won, but it took…
Video: 2014 Sportsman of the Year: Madison Bumgarner
Sports Illustrated | 09 December 2014
“Uh, do you have something to tell”…
Incredible Video Captures First-Ever Wingsuit High-Five
Business Insider | 09 December 2014
Jones completed the stunt on…
Envelope-Pushing Pakistani Bollywood Star Gets 26 Years For Blasphemy
Think Progress | 26 November 2014
Observers suggested that blasphemy accusations…
Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Have a Credit Card
Information Clearing House | 08 December 2014
What’s next, the…
By Catherine Austin Fitts
The economics of hatred is a fascinating area of research – one I recommend to you. When you start digging in to who makes money on hatred you start to see the world through a new lens. There is no more effective tactic to financial and economic control than keeping the general population in a state of dramatic competition rather than peaceful cooperation. Arranging for your enemies to destroy each other in ways that profit you is an ancient tactic – but with digital technology and multinational corporate media it is achieving a very modern twist.
This week on The Solari Report, I will be speaking with one of the independent producers I most admire – author and host of The Digital Underground and The Cyberspace Sanctuary, Junious Ricardo Stanton. Junious and I are both from the Philadelphia area, both attended the University of Pennsylvania. We share a lifelong passion for understanding the world around us from the global economy to our local community. Junious served as a councilman in Lawnside, New Jersey and studied urban planning.
An invaluable step to living a free and inspired life is building immunity to the divide and conquer media and politics around us. To do that, I find it particularly valuable to understand the effort to alienate men from women and black from white. Remove those two manipulations and the entire game could unravel.
I asked Junious to join me because I want a raw, uncut conversation. Junious is the master of dealing with our darkest obstacles while keeping things in a higher mind. He has grappled with these issues for many years both professionally and on and off air.
Pastor TD Jakes once said, “If you lose your love, you lose your power.” How do you survive the “beat down” and preserve your love? There is no more important question before us. Love is the backbone of a culture that endures. Jim Rouse once challenged the design group for Columbia, Maryland, “How do we create communities where we are free to love one another?” This question is at the heart of outwitting the uncivil society growing up around us. We need to talk about this and we need to do it now.
In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest in geopolitical and financial market news.
In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review After the Wedding, a remarkable Danish movie that reminds us that there are very few degrees of separation between the richest 1% and the poorest 1% on the globe. Indeed, when the love of a man and a woman, and the love of a mother and father for a child are involved, we are all are intimately and powerfully connected.
Talk to you Thursday!
~The following article and accompanying table are intended for use as reference tools and as indications of the types of requirements and restrictions that may be found in various state statutes and regulations. They should not be relied upon, may not be current, accurate or complete and do not constitute legal advice for readers. Any small business interested in conducting a state crowdfunding offering should consult competent legal counsel in the applicable home state before taking any action.~
[CAF Note: Whenever I am interested in a highly complex legal and regulatory issue, I turn to our attorney Carolyn Betts to research and write something that distills the material down so that a serious entrepreneur can get the lay of the land before finding the right attorney. The goal is to take a very important issue and reduce the task of defining options to something a busy person can handle. As the federal government has declined to create a regulatory pathway for crowdfunding to serve as a legitimate tool for entrepreneurs to raise equity capital, the states are proceeding to take action. If using crowdfunding to invest or raise capital with securities is of interest, do check out what is happening in your state. Here it is – another tour de force from Carolyn Betts.]
By Carolyn A. Betts, Esq.
Many held out hope that the USA JOBS Act crowdfunding exemption would stimulate participation by investors of moderate means in new business formation. Unfortunately, due to the prohibitions in federal law on “general solicitation” as a marketing tool for capital raising by start-up businesses, there were very few circumstances under which an offering could be conducted over the Internet pre-JOBS Act. As we have seen, Title III of the JOBS Act loosened these restrictions for securities offerings to “accredited” investors.
Alarmingly, the Russians in recent months have been using Cuba to build up a menacing Cold War-era presence at America’s doorstep.
Some Republican and Democratic leaders, along with many of my colleagues in conservative talk radio were quick to criticize President Obama’s move on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties with Havana; they claimed it rewarded dictatorship and damaged America’s global posture and bargaining position.
[CAF Note: The Economist is dead wrong about gun control, but many of their other points are well taken. What is most interesting is that they are saying that the US police state has gone too far and could seriously damage the economy by destroying trust. They are right – except they would be well advised to use current tense. Arbitrary and capricious enforcement is destroying or oppressively taxing entrepreneurship and handwork everywhere you turn in the US these days]
The store camera tells a harrowing tale. John Crawford was standing in a Walmart in Ohio holding an air rifle—a toy he had picked off a shelf and was presumably planning to buy. He was pointing it at the floor while talking on his phone and browsing other goods. The children playing near him did not consider him a threat; nor did their mother, who was standing a few feet away. The police, responding to a 911 caller who said that a black man with a gun was threatening people, burst in and shot him dead. The children’s mother died of a heart attack in the ensuing panic. In September a grand jury declined to indict the officers who shot Mr Crawford.
by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
Recently I had a private conversation with a friend of mine about what is going on in Russia, and the West’s assessment of it. During our conversation, I stressed that one of Russia’s principal assets is a kind of “soft power” that the modern post-Christian West has little understanding of. Indeed, I stressed that in a certain sense, the Russian Federation is probably the only genuinely “post-secular” state in the world, having lived through the horrors of Communism and Marxism, which, let us recall, were “post-Christian” western imports imposed on Russia by force (and considerable Western financial backing, a story the Russians know all too well). In a sense, then, Russia understands something about the inevitable outcomes of the type of materialism reigning in the contemporary “post-Christian” secular West that the West itself has not yet reached. In essence, in our conversation I was arguing for the hypothesis that Russia was, from a certain point of view, further down the path of history than the West. Russia lived through its “post-Christian” stage and has emerged on the other side of it, and is engaged in something entirely new, and it is this “something new” that Western analysts, with their secular and “scientific” outlook, are missing entirely.
By Catherine Austin Fitts
As Russia confirms that it will maintain oil sales at current levels, the oil price and Russia equities see a bounce:
5 Day chart of RSX vs OIL vs S&P
Nothing on The Solari Report should be taken as individual investment advice. Anyone seeking investment advice for his or her personal financial situation is advised to seek out a qualified advisor or advisors and provide as much information as possible to the advisor in order that such advisor can take into account all relevant circumstances, objectives, and risks before rendering an opinion as to the appropriate investment strategy.
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