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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.

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    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.

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    IMF’s Lagarde Put Under Investigation in French Fraud Case
    Reuters | 27 August 2014
    IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates…

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    Database of Local Military Purchases
    A database of military purchases by area…

    Assange to Help Dotcom Drop ‘Bombshell’ on Key
    One News | 25 August 2014
    Kim Dotcom has revealed to ONE News the big international name who will play a role in the bombshell he’ll drop…

    Johnson Calls for ‘Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ for Suspected Terrorists
    The Guardian | 25 August 2014
    Mayor of London says ‘minor’ law change should reverse presumption of innocence for those who travel to Iraq and Syria…

    Putin’s Advisor on Ukraine
    Soul of the East | 25 July 2014
    Sergei Glazyev is a key economic advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin…

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    The Art of Slow Growth
    Medium | 22 August 2014
    What do Twitter and Breaking Bad have in common? Neither would have survived based on their pitch alone…

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    Thinker, Trader, Holder. Why?
    Mauldin Economics | 18 August 2014
    Sometimes, just sometimes, you need to stop for a second, take a step back, and reconsider the simplest pieces of any puzzle…

    That Asteroid Mining Meme: Wealth, Ranking, and Risk: That Venetian Model Again
    Giza Death Star | 18 August 2014
    There were a number of articles shared with me this week about space…

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    Fannie Mae Chops Outlooks for Housing in 2014, 2015
    Yahoo! Finance | 18 August 2014
    Mortgage-finance giant Fannie Mae slashed its outlook on Monday…

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    The Great Chinese Exodus
    The Wall Street Journal | 15 August 2014
    Many Chinese are leaving for cleaner air, better schools and more opportunity…

    Pope Ok’s Protecting Iraq Minorities, Wants UN Ok
    AP | 18 August 2014
    Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants…

    Europe Pays Farmers to Destroy Food Hit by Russian Ban
    CNN | 18 August 2014
    Vladimir Putin continues to unsettle Europe’s economy…

    Rick Perry Claims Indictment Part of Larger ‘Rule of Law’ Problem
    The Washington Post | 17 August 2014
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) insisted Sunday that a grand jury indictment alleging he abused…

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    UN Urges Exit Screening for Ebola at Some Airports
    AP | 18 August 2014
    Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers…

    Sweet Victory for Mexico Beekeepers as Monsanto Loses GM Permit
    The Guardian | 08 August 2014
    Evidence convinced judge of threat posed to honey production in Yucatán – but firm will almost certainly appeal against ruling…

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    So Much for Summer: Snow Set to Blast Scotland as Forecasters Warn of ‘Coldest August Spell in a Century’
    The Daily Mail | 18 August 2014
    Bitter Arctic winds could plunge parts of Britain into the coldest spell of August weather for almost a century…

    Mo’Ne Davis Beats the Boys of Summer
    Bloomberg | 18 August 2014
    In a week of disheartening news for both women and African-Americans…

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    Three New JPMorgan IT Deaths Include Alleged Murder-Suicide
    Wall Street on Parade | 14 July 2014
    Since December of last year, JPMorgan Chase has been experiencing tragic…

    Calpers Could Shift Investments to Avoid Risky Bets in Areas Like Commodities
    Reuters | 10 August 2014
    The California Public Employee Retirement System, the largest U.S. public pension fund…

    The Recession Generation: How Millennials Are Changing Money Management Forever
    Forbes | 30 July 2014
    Without any apparent irony, the woman who aspires to change financial services in the 21st century sits…

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    Emergency appeal – ‘Stirol’ Chemical Plant Shelled by Ukraine!
    Vineyard Saker | 11 August 2014
    This is an emergency appeal regarding Kiev Junta attempts to launch what is essentially a chemical attack…

    Zack Taylor Discusses That Rick Perry Will Send the National Guard to the Border.

    YouTube | 21 July 2014
    Chairman and border security expert for The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers…

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    Robot Olympics Planned for 2020 Powered by Japan’s ‘Robot Revolution’
    Singularity Hub | 02 August 2014
    Japan likes robots. And while some Americans raised on a confusing sci-fi diet…

    Robotic Bees Designed to Pollinate Crops Making Significant Strides
    Singularity Hub | 06 August 2014
    In Harvard researcher Robert Wood’s lab, a robot the size of a quarter lifts off the ground, its wings a blur…

    Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry
    Singularity Hub | 10 August 2014
    I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago…

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    “The aid program delivered best it could what was in reality a flimsy contrivance, which – in turn – was really only an exotic venue through which to pass public funds to selected Russians of the Clintons and the Harvard Institute of International Development’s choosing and to Wall Street investment banks the Clintons hoped to entice permanently into their orbit of supporters and contributors. In short, the Russian bond market was the Arkansas Development Finance Authority gone international.” ~ Anne Williamson, Testimony Before the Committee on Banking and Financial Services of the U.S. House of Representatives, Sept. 21, 1999

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    The most popular blog post at solari.com is Financial Coup d’ Etat. It was written about my experience at an investment conference in London. I was presenting The Myth of the Rule of Law about the extraordinary windfalls enjoyed by private investors as a result of so-called “privatization” and the early engineering of the US housing bubble. I then heard a riveting presentation from former WSJ report and author Anne Williamson about a similar process in Russia and the former Soviet Union territories and one from John Laughland about, yet again, a similar process in Eastern Europe.

    We realized that day that it was the same investment interests operating globally using the same models in country after country.  Since then, as events unfold globally, I watch for the impact of investment flows on events throughout the seven continents – the financial interests and deals often involve deep connections.

    This week Anne Williamson of Lok-N-Load Media joins me to discuss the devastating “privatization” of the Russian economy in the 1990′s as a critical history leading up to current events in the Ukraine. We will talk about what is happening in the Ukraine, Russia’s point of view and what that means to events ahead. This is a long, fascinating discussion on the real politik of US relations with Europe, Russia and the Ukraine today with an experienced author whose grasp of the global financial system, institutions and markets is first rate. You don’t want to miss it!

    In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the latest in financial and geopolitical news.

    In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review a remarkable new documentary Dinosaur 13, directed and produced by Todd Douglas Miller. Whether Iraq, Kiev, Crimea or Rapid City, South Dakota, when powerful private interests want control, whether of fossil fuels or fossils, they can and do engineer a lot of tax-payer funded resources in the service of getting what they want.

    Talk to you Thursday!

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    “Life is to be greatly valued and cherished. Health is the most precious asset in life.” ~ Yuan Tze

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    Continuing in the thread of things I love, I wanted to say a few words about Yaun Gong, a form of Qigong.

    In 1997, I woke up very early in the morning in my hotel in Shanghai. I walked to the french doors and looked out over the park. The morning sun glimmered through hundreds of Chinese doing Tai Chi together. It was breathtakingly beautiful, this sight of hundreds of people flow in a form of dance together. I thought to myself, “someday I will learn how to do that.”

    In the Spring, one of my subscribers returned from a retreat with Yuan Tze, the founder of Yuan Gong. She was glowing. After many discussions, I asked her how I could learn the practice. She sent me to her teacher, Dale Mirmow. I took a private class from Dale, bought the Yaun Gong practice video and have loved this ever since.


    To continue reading Catherine’s commentary on current events subscribe to The Solari Report here. Subscribers can log in to finish reading here.

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    (Photo Credit: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)

    By Mark John

    IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for alleged negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister.

    Lagarde was questioned by magistrates in Paris this week for a fourth time under her existing status as a witness in the long-running saga over allegations that tycoon Bernard Tapie won a large arbitration payout due to his political connections.

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    By Dominic Rushe

    The US telecoms industry called on the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to block two cities’ plans to expand high-speed internet services to their residents.

    USTelecom, which represents telecoms giants Verizon, AT&T and others, wants the FCC to block expansion of two popular municipally owned high-speed internet networks, one in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the other in Wilson, North Carolina.

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    By The World Federation of Exchanges

    The World Federation of Exchanges Ltd. published its first-half Statistics Market Highlights report. The main trends for this first six months of the years:

    • The value of share trading rose 10% worldwide to 29.7 trillion USD from the second-­half of 2013 (+6.8% year on year).
    • The number of trades rose 10% from the second-­half of 2013 (+12% year on year); the average value of trades decreased.
    • A continuing strong performance of equity markets, Global Market Capitalization rose 6% to 68,7 trillion USD from the second-­half of 2013 (+21% year on year).
    • Good performance of IPO markets and investment flows. The number of IPOs fell 11% compared to the second half of 2013 but increased 42% year on year. Total investment flows in USD increased 17% compared to the second-­half of 2013 (+11% year on year).
    • Exchange Traded Derivatives (ETD) volumes were stable. The total number of contracts traded decreased 0.2% from the second-half of 2013 (-13% year on year).

     
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    “Man does not have a nature, but a history. Man is no thing, but a drama. His life is something that has to be chosen, made up as he goes along, and a human consists in that choice and invention. Each human being is the novelist of himself, and though he may choose between being an original writer and a plagiarist, he cannot escape choosing. . . .. He is condemned to be free.” ~ Jose Ortega y Gasset

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    (Photo Credit: GAZPROM)

    By Stephen Bierman

    Exxon Mobil (XOM) Corp.’s dream of drilling in the Russian Arctic may risk running aground on the politics of Ukraine.

    The company plans to start drilling in August in the Arctic’s remote Kara Sea — the centerpiece of Exxon’s global alliance with Russian state-controlled OAO Rosneft. (ROSN) The partnership, which includes shale exploration in Siberia and joint venture fields in Texas, will come under greater scrutiny after the U.S. placed sanctions on Rosneft’s Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin.

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