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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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    Ronald McDonald Replaced by Farmer Dirk
    24/7 Wall St. | 15 April 2014
    Ronald McDonald, a spokesman for McDonald’s Corp., has been mothballed…

    McDonald’s Foreign Workers Call it ‘Slavery’
    CBCNews | 17 April 2014
    Belizian temporary foreign workers docked pay for rent in corporate apartment…

    Crowdfunding Spreads to Hotels as Hard Rock Sells Stakes
    Bloomberg | 17 April 2014
    Real estate crowdfunding is spreading to the U.S. hotel industry…

    Lockheed Sees Surge in Profits After Shutdown
    The Washington Times | 01 April 2014
    This time a year ago, Lockheed Martin officials warned of impending layoffs…

    Robert Shiller: This One Chart Shows Why The US Is Years Away From Recession
    Business Insider | 08 April 2014
    Nobel laureate and Yale University economist Robert Shiller is in the camp of experts who believe the odds of a recession are very low…

    More Banker Suicides… And More High Octane Speculation…
    Giza Death Star | 14 April 2014
    The dead bodies in the banking business just keep piling up…

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    China Gold Demand Rising 25% by 2017 as Buyers Get Wealthier
    Bloomberg | 13 April 2014
    Gold demand in China, which overtook India as the largest user last year…

    China Buys Glencore Copper Mine Stake
    The New York Times | 13 April 2014
    Glencore Xstrata, the giant commodities trading and mining company…

    A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women
    NPR | 14 April 2014
    It’s indestructible. It’s fungible. It’s beautiful. And for Indians, gold – whether it’s 18-, 22- or 24-carat — is semi-sacred…

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    The Spectre Haunting San Francisco
    The Economist | 16 April 2014
    Yesterday the New York Times ran a piece on a brewing rent crisis in America…

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    Leaflet Tells Jews to Register in East Ukraine
    USA Today | 17 April 2014
    World leaders and Jewish groups condemned a leaflet handed out in the eastern Ukrainian city…

    Regulator Without Peer
    The Wall Street Journal | 16 April 2014
    Anyone wondering why the U.S. economy can’t seem to grow at its usual pace should examine one product category where production is booming: federal regulation…

    Study Finds More Immigrants Equals More Democrats — and More Losses for GOP
    Washington Examiner | 15 April 2014
    Republicans are famously divided on immigration reform, but Democrats pretty much unanimously support it…

    China’s President Urges Greater Militarization of Space
    Fox News | 15 April 2014
    China’s president is calling on his country to boost its military power…

    Europe Folds As Putin Tells It To Pay Ukraine’s Gazprom Bill, Or Else
    Zero Hedge | 11 April 2014
    Another day ending in “y” means another day in which Putin plays the G(roup of most insolvent countries)-7 like a fiddle…

    Will The Pentagon’s Secret Space Plane Ever Return to Earth?
    The Daily Beast | 07 April 2014
    Nearly 500 days into its mission, the Pentagon still won’t say what its drone space shuttle is doing in orbit, or when it might come back…

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    Your Gadgets Are Gross: The Best Tools for Spring Cleaning Electronics
    The Wall Street Journal | 15 April 2014
    Making your tech sparkle means more than just grabbing whatever is in the cleaning closet…

    Scientists Make First Embryo Clones From Adults
    The Wall Street Journal | 17 April 2014
    Advancement Could Lead to Treatment for Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease…

    The Structure Sensor
    Structure
    Your mobile device can already see the world. Now, it can understand the world…

    ‘Zero Knowledge Privacy’: NSA-Proof Email Service Goes Online
    RT | 17 April 2014
    A new email service that protects its users from the prying eyes…

    Birth of ‘New Saturn Moon’ Witnessed
    BBC News | 16 April 2014
    Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn…

    Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple to Save Climate, UN Says
    Bloomberg | 13 April 2014
    The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables…

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    Shrimp Is Big. Now It’s Sick. And Really Expensive
    Bloomberg | 15 April 2014
    Penny pinchers will be forgiven for skipping the shrimp scampi this season…

    Casual Marijuana Use Linked With Brain Abnormalities, Study Finds
    Fox News | 15 April 2014
    Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects…

    Attention Shoppers: Fruit and Vegetable Prices Are Rising
    The Wall Street Journal | 15 April 2014
    Grocery shoppers may soon need more green in their wallets to afford their next salad…

    Some Nanoparticles Commonly Added to Consumer Products Can Significantly Damage DNA
    Phys.org | 09 April 2014
    Thousands of consumer products—including cosmetics…

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    Gabriel García Márquez, Conjurer of Literary Magic, Dies at 87
    The New York Times | 17 April 2014
    Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude”…

    Infants ‘Unable to Use Toy Building Blocks’ Due to iPad Addiction
    The Telegraph | 15 April 2014
    The Association of Teachers and Lecturers warn that rising numbers of children are unable to perform simple tasks…

    RIP Michael C. Ruppert
    LarsSchall.com | 15 April 2014
    It has been confirmed by the Napa County Sheriff’s Office that investigative journalist…

    The Vanished World of the New Orleans Longshoreman
    Southern Spaces.org | 05 March 2014
    The Vanished World of the New Orleans Longshoreman” was selected for the 2014 Southern Spaces series…

    Banksy Is Believed To Be Behind Eavesdropping Mural Near British Spy HQ
    NPR | 14 April 2014
    A telephone box near Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters is now bracketed with a trio of snoops…

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    A Russian Enigma
    The Kernel | 27 August 2013
    Volume dials were turned up, computers began recording, forum posts were hastily typed. Something big was happening…

    Russian Woodpecker
    Wikipedia
    The Russian Woodpecker was a notorious Soviet radio signal that could be sporadically heard…

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    98% Of All Consumer Credit In Past Year Was Student And Car Loans
    Zero Hedge | 07 April 2014
    Same s***, different month…

    Tesla Kicks Off China Sales This Month With Musk Helming
    Bloomberg | 09 April 2014
    Tesla Motors Inc., the electric-car maker, plans to start selling its luxury sedans in China this month and said the company’s co-founder…

    Greece Returns to Bond Markets With a Bang
    AP | 10 April 2014
    Buoyant Greek officials hailed the country’s return to the international debt market…

    Stop IRA Rollovers ‘Immediately,’ Expert Warns After Tax Ruling
    Think Advisor | 08 April 2014
    Tax court ruling that only one IRA rollover is allowed per year runs counter to IRS interpretation of tax code…

    Goldman Keeps its ‘Flash Boys’ Under Wraps
    New York Post | 07 April 2014
    Yep , the stock market is rigged…

    Russia And China About To Sign “Holy Grail” Gas Deal
    Zero Hedge | 09 April 2014
    Several weeks ago we reported that in response to ongoing alienation of Russia by the west…

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    “We have to solve our own problems.” ~Charles Hugh Smith

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    Blogger and author Charles Hugh Smith of Of Two Minds will be joining me on the Solari Report this week. His work has long had a special appeal for me. No matter what the topic, Charles makes a serious effort to look into the heart of things while integrating a wide range of material – from global geopolitics and finance down to the intimate relationships between people and our money in a world gone mad.

    Charles and I will start with a discussion of “soft weapons” – the tactics used to exercise targeted force through legal and financial means or through media and digital systems. Increasingly, invasive digital systems and complex economies create countless ways of waging war without dropping bombs, as described in his recent post on the Ukraine, How the Empire Might Strike Back.   We will be talking about the Ukraine and other points of global tension as symptoms of the wider challenges of “peak everything” – more people, more competition for limited natural resources – and what you and I can do to navigate uncertain times.

    In Money & Markets this week I will discuss the current developments in the economy, geopolitics and financial markets.

    In Let’s Go to the Movies, we will be discussing Robert De Niro’s 2006 spy movie, The Good Shepherd.  A fictionalized description of the birth of counter-intelligence in the Central Intelligence Agency, it takes us into the historical roots of today’s soft warfare machinery.

    Make sure to post or e-mail your questions by Wednesday!

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    “For 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.”

    ~ Michael Ventura

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    The rebalancing of the global economies, begun with the creation of the WTO in 1995, is well underway. Initially, the focus was on production and the reorganization of global labor markets, whereby developed world labor competed more directly with those in the emerging markets. That reorganization has more to go. As Sir James Goldsmith said, this is a fundamental shift in the relationship between capital and labor dramatically in favor of capital.

    A reminder of that fact was a report on a study we published on the blog recently that, in fact, the top 1% is not doing better. If you break down the wealth within the 1%, it is the top .01% that is doing better. That is the 1% of the 1%. The wealth of the remaining 0.99% has flat-lined.

    With nearly 2 billion people with devices that can access the Internet – we are entering a new phase in the rebalancing of the global economy. We are not just using the reorganization of production and labor to provide the developed world with cheaper goods. As described in the 1st Quarter Wrap Up, we are reorganizing the global consumer and the methods of distributing media and entertainment and goods and services.  We are reinventing the relationship between bytes and atoms. This has profound implications for both economy and culture. We are introducing millions of people to social media and centrally controlled financial systems before faucets and toilets and we are doing it at high speed.

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    By Justin Boldenow, Producer of The Solari Report

    Three and a half miles north of the Cannery Ballroom and three miles north of the Marathon Music Works building is a small venue that flies a little under the radar. However, it doesn’t fly so low that the artists don’t know that its there.

    The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel looms as a peering tower over the flat commercial district of Nashville, composed of greasy fast food restaurants and too-squeaky clean car dealerships. Though the building’s stature seems out of place and the yelp reviews would deter you from ever setting foot inside one of their rooms (which is why we don’t take advice from yelp), hidden on the first floor past the reception desk is a real gem.

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    By Rebecca Riffkin

    Americans today are more likely to think real estate is the best option for long-term investments than in the past, ranking it ahead of gold and stocks.

    These results are from Gallup’s April 3-6 Economy and Personal Finances poll that asked Americans to choose the best option for long-term investments: real estate, stocks and mutual funds, gold, savings accounts and CDs, or bonds. Prior to 2011, Gallup asked the same question, but did not include gold as an option.

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    By Tom Mckay

    A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

    An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

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    (Photo Credit: Alexei Druzhinin / Associated Press)

    By Sergei L. Loiko

    Russia may invade southeast Ukraine to protect the local population, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

    Speaking live at his annual call-in show in a Moscow television studio, Putin implied he reserves the right to move Russian troops into the neighboring country on behalf of pro-Russian residents.

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    By Harold Meyerson

    New York’s Democrats are a liberal lot. Ever since two young state legislators, Al Smith and Robert Wagner, authored the pioneering bills that outlawed a host of labor abuses in the wake of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire, New York’s Democratic elected officials and voters have been at the forefront of social reform. As governor, Franklin Roosevelt initiated public works and public jobs programs that became a model for those he implemented as president. In recent decades, New Yorkers have increasingly voted for Democratic candidates, and for increasingly liberal Democratic candidates.

    So why on earth would the state’s Democrats want to reelect Gov. Andrew Cuomo?

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