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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.
Concepton | 05 January 2014
Well… H.N.Y. fellows! What will be this year? I am optimistic…
U.K. Seeks to Criminalize Manipulation of 7 Benchmarks
Bloomberg | 25 September 2014
The U.K. government plans to criminalize the manipulation of seven more benchmarks in markets from foreign exchange…
Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Apple Pay or Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA)’s AliPay?
Tech Insider | 22 September 2014
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA)’s mobile payment platform, AliPay is currently the largest mobile payment platform in the world…
Yellen Warning on Unsettled Rate Timetable Ignored by Investors
Bloomberg | 24 September 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she wants investors to be prepared…
Dude, Where’s My Cash?
Daily Paul | 18 September 2014
Missing Money: Uncle Sam’s Accounting is Suspect…
Alibaba Issues Additional Shares to Raise IPO Total to $25 Billion
Reuters | 22 September 2014
The underwriters of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s IPO have issued additional shares…
Humbling Proof In High Probabilities
Joshua Pollard | September 2014
There is humbling proof in high probabilities. As an economist, statistician and housing expert, I am lamentably confident that home prices will fall by 15%
Obama Enacts Executive Action to Allow Some DREAMers to Serve in Military
Breitbart | 25 September 2014
On the day Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation…
The Sandy Hook Massacre: Continued Ambiguity and Augmented Realities
Memory Hole | 25 September 2014
A recent report notes that FBI crime statistics reflect no homicides…
Fast & Furious Exposes Mafia Run White House: Nightly News Report
YouTube | 06 October 2011
Could Fast and Furious be the scandal that brings down the Obama administration?
Ukraine Leader Sees Country Applying for EU Membership ‘in 6 Years Time’
Reuters | 25 September 2014
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said he would present a broad plan of social and economic reforms on Thursday…
Japan Targets Russia’s Biggest Banks, Arms Exports in New Sanctions
RT | 24 September 2014
Japan has limited operations with five Russian banks including top lenders Sberbank and VTB…
Modi: Today’s Era Once Again Belongs to Asia
CNN | 20 September 2014
After your election people have begun asking again a question that has been asked many times for the last two decades…
This Device Lets Fully Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, and Human Trials Are Planned
Motherboard | 24 September 2014
In the past few years, there have been some pretty impressive breakthroughs for those suffering from partial paralysis…
Swiss Pilots to Fly Solar Plane Around World
The New York Times | 25 September 2014
Last year, two Swiss pilots became the first to fly across the United States…
India Beats China to Mars Orbit at 11% Cost of U.S. Probe
Bloomberg | 24 September 2014
A $74 million Indian spacecraft entered orbit around Mars today…
Japanese Firm to Build Space Elevator by 2050
CNBC | 22 September 2014
Japanese construction firm Obayashi says it will have an elevator to space in operation by 2050…
New App Lets You Boycott Monsanto And More By Scanning Your Shopping Cart
Natural Cures Not Medicine
In her keynote speech at last year’s annual Netroots Nation gathering…
OECD Unveils Proposals to Curb Corporate Tax Avoidance
Reuters | 16 September 2014
New international tax rules proposed on Tuesday could eliminate structures that have allowed companies such as Google Inc…
Occupy Abolishes $4 Million in Other People’s Student Loan Debt
CNN | 17 September 2014
After forgiving millions of dollars in medical debt, Occupy Wall Street is tackling a new beast: student loans…
Brazilians, the Real Spenders
The Wall Street Journal | 21 December 2011
Ana Ligia Paladino traveled 5,000 miles from her home in southernmost Brazil last month to jostle for Black Friday bargains at Macy’s in New York City…
Citi Warns Moody’s May Put France On Downgrade Review This Friday
Zero Hedge | 16 September 2014
One of the more impressive moves in recent months among the universe of European bonds…
Almost Half of China’s Rich Want to Emigrate
Bloomberg Businessweek | 15 September 2014
Even as the number of Chinese millionaires grows, the number of those aiming to leave China is getting ever larger…
Britain to Include China’s RMB as Foreign Currency Reserve
Xinhuanet | 13 September 2014
British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced Friday that the British government intend to issue a Renminbi denominated bond…
Growing Imbalance Between Germany and France Strains Their Relationship
NY Times | 14 September 2014
The two countries are in such different places — economically, socially and politically — that the vaunted partnership teeters on the verge of a breakdown…
US to Sell Missiles to Poland Amid Russia Tensions
Telegraph | 14 September 2014
The sale of 40 air-launched AGM 158-missiles to Warsaw was approved by the US State Department on Monday…
Chinese Militants Get Islamic State ‘Terrorist Training’
Reuters | 14 September 2014
Chinese militants from the western region of Xinjiang have fled from the country…
Putin Plans to Attend G20 Summit in Australia
Reuters | 14 September 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend a Group of 20 summit…
New Zealand Launched Mass Surveillance Project While Publicly Denying It
The Intercept | 14 September 2014
The New Zealand spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB)…
India Applies for Full Membership of SCO
Business Standard | 12 September 2014
India Friday formally applied for full membership in the energy-rich Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)…
On/Off Switch for Aging Cells Discovered
FARS | 22 September 2014
Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered an on-and-off “switch” in cells that may hold the key to healthy aging…
Scientists Have “Hacked” Photosynthesis, and It Could Help Them Ppeed Up Food Production
Science Alert | 22 September 2014
An enzyme found in algae can make plants convert carbon dioxide into sugar more efficiently…
NASA Spacecraft Enters Martian Orbit in Rearch of Lost Water
RT | 22 September 2014
NASA’s Maven spacecraft has arrived into Martian orbit after a 10-month journey from Earth…
Boeing, SpaceX Win Contracts to Build ‘Space Taxis’ for NASA
Reuters | 16 September 2014
NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis”…
Microsoft’s Minecraft Deal Shows its New CEO is Paying Attention
Quartz | 15 September 2014
It’s official: Microsoft is buying Mojang, the studio behind the massive cloud gaming hit Minecraft, for $2.5 billion…
Hollywood’s Gary Webb Movie and the Message that Big Media Couldn’t Kill
The Field | 10 September 2014
Gary Webb reached out to me in 2001 at a time when lesser lights were ready and willing to see me thrown under a bus….
Amazing Water Trick
YouTube | 12 February 2014
When the arrow is moved to a particular distance behind the glass, it looks like it reversed itself…
Project Camelot: Simon Parkes – The Measure of a Man
Project Camelot | 13 August 2014
This is a ground breaking even explosive interview in terms of content…
British Banks Warn They’ll Head South if Scotland Quits UK
Reuters | 11 September 2014
The battle for the hearts and heads of the Scottish people intensified on Thursday…
The Fed Just Imposed Financial Austerity on the States
Wall Street on Parade | 04 September 2014
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors, together with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation…
SEC’s White: Fiduciary Rule Important, but Dodd-Frank, JOBS Mandates Come First
ThinkAdvisor | 09 September 2014
White stresses agency’s focus on finishing rules mandated by Dodd-Frank and JOBS Act…
Jack Ma’s Speech In Stanford University
YouTube | 30 September 2011
Alibaba Group CEO, Jack Ma’s 2011 speech…
Founder of Alibaba Jack Ma Interview by Charlie Rose
YouTube | 02 June 2011
Founder of Alibaba.com Jack Ma Interview by Charlie Rose…
House Passes Bill to Crack Down on Tax Return Identity Theft
The Hill | 08 September 2014
The House on Monday passed legislation to enhance prosecutions of tax return identity theft…
By Catherine Austin Fitts
The US dollar index moved above 85 last week while the US stock market continued to levitate. This caused hundreds of pundits to scratch their heads looking for fashionable ways of explaining why managed markets slow burn forward and G-7 leadership behave in baffling ways. While the US bombed Syria and announced a military invasion of Africa, a former Chinese schoolteacher successfully led the largest IPO in the history of the planet.
So, it is not surprising that The Solari Report team continues to receive questions about the presentation in our last three Wrap Ups (Annual 2013, 1st Quarter 2014, 2nd Quarter 2014) about the shift from Global 2.0 to Global 3.0.
What’s that? It is the shift from an industrialized G-7 economy which draws commodities from a significantly poorer undeveloped world to a networked global economy marked by the rise of the emerging markets and a re-balancing of both production and consumption. We are, all 7 billion of us, in the process of getting connected.
Michael Ventura once said, “…the human psyche is one of the great forces of nature, and what is most frightening about this space/time technology is that it exposes us to this force within us as nothing else ever has. We are standing in the storm of our own being.”
Indeed, our telecommunications storm is on its way to including everyone, while our currency and financial markets are on the way to incorporating everyone’s financial transactions and assets.
In the 3rd Quarter Wrap Up, I am going to outline the 12 most important trends that define this shift from Global 2.0 to 3.0. I will take a look at the important events of the last quarter and help you see them in the context of the deeper changes underway. We will step back from the barrage of daily news and use each Wrap Up to help us get and keep our perspective!
Send your comments and questions to Ask Catherine or post on the blog.
Please join me on the Solari Report this week!
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By Dave Majumdar
F-22 Raptor stealth fighters were needed in case the Syrians used their sophisticated air defenses. But Raptors don’t come cheap.
Fears of a potent Syrian air defense system drove the U.S. Air Force to send its silver bullet force of F-22 Raptor stealth fighters into battle for the first time ever. The Pentagon confirmed on Sept. 23 that the $150 million jets had struck an ISIS command and control facility in Raqqah, Syria with a satellite-guided bomb. That was right after an initial wave of U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles hit their targets around Aleppo and Raqqah.
“The world is aflood with dark psychic fluid – everything’s stained with it.” ~ Michael Ventura
By Catherine Austin Fitts
What if the entire UN General Assembly got into a time machine and had to live through – all over again – the “Yellow Cake Uranium” speech by the American’s that justified the Iraq invasion? What would their faces look like?
Watch the faces in the audience as they take in Obama’s speech to the General Assembly last week.
By Michael Lewis
Probably most people would agree that the people paid by the U.S. government to regulate Wall Street have had their difficulties. Most people would probably also agree on two reasons those difficulties seem only to be growing: an ever-more complex financial system that regulators must have explained to them by the financiers who create it, and the ever-more common practice among regulators of leaving their government jobs for much higher paying jobs at the very banks they were once meant to regulate. Wall Street’s regulators are people who are paid by Wall Street to accept Wall Street’s explanations of itself, and who have little ability to defend themselves from those explanations.
Our financial regulatory system is obviously dysfunctional. But because the subject is so tedious, and the details so complicated, the public doesn’t pay it much attention.
By Catharine Paddock PhD
An increasing feature of modern life is the miscellany of cellphones, laptops, tablets and other media devices that connect us to information and each other. Excessive media-multitasking has already been linked with cognitive, social and emotional problems. Now a brain scan study shows for the first time that media-multitasking is linked to brain structure differences.
The research, conducted in the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex in the UK, is published in the journal PLOS ONE.
By Catherine Austin Fitts
One of the most remarkable aspects of my life so far is the number of times that I have faced death – call them “almost near death experiences.” A healer once told me that there were more than a few people who found it baffling, even terrifying, that I was alive and well.
One of the blessings of such circumstances is that I have made friends with death. In a favorite movie, the hero says “Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.” Indeed if you can smile at death, including your own, you free yourself from a world of worries, many instilled in our culture for the sole purpose of creating dependency and selling commercial and financial products. You step into a more meaningful and lively life.
This week on The Solari Report, I will speak with author and attorney Jo Kline Cebuhar about her new novel Exit that tells the story of life and death in a hospice in Iowa. Jo will share her recommendations for building our skill sets at managing the end-of-life, whether our own or of those we love. We will also touch base on her remarkable work on health care proxies [See our last Solari Report with Jo] and ethical wills.
It’s the last week of the month so no Money & Markets. I will be driving across the Southwest, after joining subscribers for lunch in Albuquerque next Wednesday.
For Let’s Go to the Movies, I recommend To Dance With The White Dog, a movie made from the book of the same title. Love does not end with death. Indeed, some of us continue to communicate with those we love after they die and we may join them when we do. To Dance with the White Dog tells such a tale.
Talk to you Thursday!
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