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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.
Investors Head for Exit as Commodities Extend Slump
Bloomberg | 30 September 2014
Investors are betting that the worst isn’t over for commodity prices that already are the lowest in five years…
Hong Kong Dollar, Stocks Retreat Amid Protest Crackdown
Bloomberg | 29 September 2014
Hong Kong’s stocks fell the most in almost three weeks…
Oil and Gas Company Debt Soars to Danger Levels to Cover Shortfall in Cash
The Telegraph | 11 August 2014
Energy businesses are selling assets and took on $106bn in net debt in the year to March…
‘Modi’s India Center of Multipolar World – This Threatens US Hegemony’
RT | 29 September 2014
Washington’s hegemonic position is being threatened by a new global movement…
Profits Before Glory
Slavyangrad | 28 September 2014
Judging by the fact that, on both sides of the front, the participants are scaling back their activity…
CIA Admits to Destroying Gary Webb’s Career with the Country’s Largest Newspapers
Infowars | 26 September 2014
New documents released by the CIA show how the agency worked with some of the country’s largest newspapers…
Hungary Suspends Gas Supplies to Ukraine
BBC News | 26 September 2014
Hungary’s gas pipeline operator, FGSZ, says it has suspended delivery of gas to neighbouring Ukraine “indefinitely”…
Edward Snowden’s Russia Erecting Digital Iron Curtain: ‘Speeds Up Bid To Tighten Grip On Web’
Fortuna’s Corner | 25 September 2014
Edward Snowden’s Russia Erecting Digital Iron Curtain: “Speeds Up Bid To Tighten Grip On Web”…
Q&A: Experts Warn of Bash Bug, What are the Risks?
The Denver Post | 29 September 2014
Internet security experts are warning that a new programming flaw…
Solar May Become Largest Global Power Source by 2050
Bloomberg | 29 September 2014
Solar power might become the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050 as falling costs boost installations…
California Crop Harvest Plunges
Undernews | 29 September 2014
Although harvest of many crops isn’t complete, production is sure to fall…
10 Projections for the Global Population in 2050
Pew Research | 03 February 2014
A new Pew Research Center report examines global public opinion on the challenges posed by aging populations and analyzes projections…
9/11 Museum Virtual Walking Tour
YouTube | 11 September 2014
The Virtual Walking Tour uses the physical exhibit items in the National 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero…
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…
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.
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[CAF Note: This article was originally published on May 29, 1999. To celebrate the new movie, Kill the Messenger, about Gary Webb's efforts to publish the Dark Alliance story this month, I am republishing today.]
Former Bush Assistant Secretary for HUD Reveals “Ethnic Cleansing”
Connected to CIA Drug Dealing in Los Angeles
Government Spends Millions in Campaign to Silence Former Wall Street Banker, Cover Up Connections to Dark Alliance Stories & CIA Inspector General Report on Drug Trafficking
Catherine Austin Fitts
I was ten years old when the combined action of HUD housing investment and heroin trafficking destroyed my West Philadelphia neighborhood. The combined real estate and drug play destroyed the equity in our homes and businesses. Many of us left. Those who stayed were embroiled in the increasing stress of what happens as neighborhoods deteriorate into crime and decay. I decided that I would learn how money worked. I was too young to understand fully how the combination of HUD investment and drugs could move control and ownership from the many people who lived in a community to a few people who lived outside the community. — C.A.F.
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I’m an investment banker. In the eighties I was a Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors at the Wall Street investment bank Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. I managed the firm’s large municipal and government clients. My projects included the financing of billions of dollars of improvements in New York City’s subway, bus and commuter rail systems. I also organized the financing for hundreds of millions in renovations to the infrastructures of New York and New Jersey. I regularly handled hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions.
I also helped to make tens of millions of dollars in profits for my firm and I raised tens of thousands of dollars for the George Bush Presidential campaign in 1988. Nicholas Brady, who became George Bush’s Treasury Secretary, had been my partner and boss at Dillon Read.
I was a Wall Street insider and a political insider – or so I thought. I was successful at Dillon Read because I created new investment models that helped ordinary people while making a profit. I thought “outside the box.” When Iran-Contra came and went I was oblivious. I had no idea about the drugs. It never entered my mind. Yet today I am convinced that the illegal drug trade, the enormous cheap capital it generates, and the CIA’s role as enforcer/protector for the profits of that trade is a dominant factor in the economy of this country. It is a factor, which is destroying the entire American culture and is utterly out of control. As an investor and banker and as a former Cabinet level appointee, I tell you this is true.
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.
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