February 27th, 2015
in Op Ed
by Shah Gilani, Wall Street Insights & Indictments
If you didn't read yesterday's BrokeAndBroker blog by Wall Street lawyer Bill Singer, you should.
In in his earlier life, before he got a life, Singer was an attorney at the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) - now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). And his latest blog is titled "A Tale of Two Streets and FINRA's Disparate Sanctions."
by John Robb, Daily Reckoning
Here's a new way to think about something that should be obvious...
To the politicians in DC and financiers in New York, Saudi Arabia is an island of stability in a sea of chaos. A reliable ally, willing to keep the oil flowing, year in and year out. A place that's not vulnerable to the instability that routinely guts the countries around it.
The Skinny Guy Could Become a Giant (but it won't happen)
Written by William Kurtz
The environmental argument for not building the Keystone pipeline has been demolished by the Appeals Court. The "employment" argument in favor of the pipeline is weak, because once it is built and in operation, the number of people required to keep it running will be small.
100 car oil train wreck burns near Mt. Carbon, WV - 16 February 2015.
February 24th, 2015
in Op Ed
by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds
With the bankruptcy of Greece now undeniable, we've finally reached the endgame of the Neocolonial-Financialization Model.
We all know how old-fashioned colonialism worked: the imperial power takes physical control of previously independent lands and declares its ownership of the region as a newly minted colony.