The Seeds Of Discontent

| March 31, 2011

To see the real story, just look at the charts….. The top 1 percent  control 42 percent of all financial wealth. Growing Inequality…the middle class vs. the rich Growing Inequality…in income Source:  Social Security Does this look like a recovery to you?   More and More Food Stamps……and no end in sight And Real Estate values are […]

We May Be ‘Facing 50-100-year Battle’ At Fukushima

| March 31, 2011

So you want your power to come from a nuclear reactor do you……A nuclear expert has warned that it might be 50-100 years before melting fuel rods can be safely removed from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant.  Two new experts say capping the damaged reactors with concrete is not an option.  They had better get together with […]

Wal-Mart CEO To America: “Prepare For Serious Inflation”

| March 31, 2011

Wait a minute, hasn’t the government been saying inflation wouldn’t be a problem?   Yes, they have… it won’t be the first time that they’ve lied to us.  Food shortages are coming this summer……along with serious price increases.  U.S. consumers face “serious” inflation in the months ahead for clothing, food and other products, the head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. operations warned […]

Real Estate ABC’s….According To Real Estate Data Analytics Firm CoreLogic

| March 30, 2011

Some sound advice….It’s going to be a long negative haul for housing and there is nothing on the horizon, such as an improving economy, lower unemployment, or climbing wages to stem the flow. There were simply too many homes built during the boom phases at affordability rates that didn’t make sense. Those who can afford to […]

Japan Talks Of Entombing Nuclear Plant In Concrete To Halt Radiation

| March 30, 2011

Looks like the Japanese nuclear power plant is going to be a total loss and we haven’t been told the whole story about Japan’s nuclear disaster…..so here we go with an update.  Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano ruled out the possibility that the two undamaged reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s six-unit Dai-Ichi plant would […]

Foreclosure Backlog Hits 30 Months….Average Delinquency Period 537 Days

| March 29, 2011

Robert Shiller today said that inflation adjusted economic statistics are clearly in the double dip.  U.S. single family home prices fell for the seventh month in a row in January, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller index of prices.   In four cities, prices were at their lowest for 11 years, with the overall index down 0.2% between December […]

Preparing For Big Changes In CUBA

| March 29, 2011

We’ve been looking for big changes in Cuba, and in fact we know of a particular person that went to Cuba to visit relatives recently and has returned back to the U.S., He says things are turning for the better, it’s definitely different.  One thing is for certain,  the money will pour into Cuba when the […]

The Guardian Is Reporting That The Core At Reactor 2 May Have Melted To Concrete

| March 29, 2011

News is leaking out of Japan on the nuclear reactors, no pun intended…..General Electric experts are talking of  a blob of nuclear lava as an end result of a total melt down on unit 2 which appears to be a total loss.  If true, the “experts” say it should take away the risk of explosion!  Workers […]

What Country Is Wal-Mart’s Second Biggest Market?

| March 28, 2011

Citigroup is out with a report today highlighting Wal-Mart and its burgeoning international business. Question: So what are the retailer’s big non-US markets? Answer: You’ll be surprised, take a look at the chart below.   Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/wal-mart-regional-breakdown-2011-3#ixzz1HxW3Jczf

Japanese Electrical Grid: The Perfect Storm For Slow Economic Recovery

| March 28, 2011

They gotta be kidding…… Nope                                                           Question: Why can’t Japanese electrical power be moved around such a small country?  Answer:  Electrical power can’t be moved for a simple, stunning reason. The northern half of Japan uses 100 volt, 50 hertz (cycles per second) electricity and the southern half uses 100 volt, 60 hertz. If you pump 60 hertz […]

How Close Is Your Home To A Nuclear Power Plant?

| March 26, 2011

If you click below and look at the map of the U.S……..hmm, most of the nuclear power plants are in the Eastern part of the country!  The Rocky Mountain area seems to be reactor free.     Click here: How close is your home to a nuclear plant?

U.S. Economy: Goods Orders Unexpectedly Fall

| March 24, 2011

Our only questions is: Why is this drop unexpected? Orders for long-lasting goods unexpectedly fell in February, raising concern over the sustainability of the rebound in U.S. business investment. Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years dropped 0.9 percent after a 3.6 percent gain the prior month that was larger than initially […]

Stay Focused Folks

| March 23, 2011

We have world changes in the Middle East.  We have peak oil production. We have inevitable hyperinflation. But all the attention is currently on Japan,  as markets forget the growing foundation of international dislocation. Stay focused…… Stay disciplined. www.jsmineset.com

The Curious (New) Gulf Of Mexico Oil Leak…….

| March 23, 2011

Of course nobody is going to own up to it…….The Coast Guard has yet to put forth an official estimate of the volume of crude that has made landfall, but Mr. Edwards said that it “appears to be more than a few gallons of oil.” HOUSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday that oil […]

Record New Home Sales…Auh, Record (Low) New Home Sales That Is!

| March 23, 2011

Well, records are made to be broken…..At just 250,000 annualized, this was the lowest annualized new home sales number ever.  The government continues to say we have a recovery, they are right to some degree. The problem is the whole recovery is being supported by the government….anyone care to guess what will happen without that support.  […]

Israel Update: Next Up?

| March 23, 2011

The Middle East is on fire…….Israel next up.  One mishap and the whole Middle East could go up in smoke! INTERIOR MINISTER ELI ISHAI SAYS SITUATION DETERIORATING ISHAI SAYS ISRAEL MAY HAVE TO ACT IF DETERIORATION CONTINUES ISHAI LINKS JERUSALEM BOMBING TO ITAMAR STABBING, GAZA VIOLENCE ISHAI SPEAKS ON ISRAEL ARMY RADIO

Portuguese Government Rejects Austerity Plan, Government Collapses

| March 23, 2011

Next Up: Government resignation, crisis, bail out, etc. We’ve already seen the drill elsewhere……. Just In: Portugal’s Prime Minister José Sócrates tendered his resignation after Parliament rejected a new government austerity plan. PORTUGUESE PARLIAMENT REJECTS GOVERNMENT’S DEFICIT-CUTTING PLAN PORTUGAL’S PARLIAMENT BACKS RESOLUTION AGAINST GOVERNMENT PLAN

Dallas Fed President Fisher: U.S. May Be Approaching Insolvency Tipping Point, Fix Will Be ‘Painful’

| March 22, 2011

The United States is on a fiscal path towards insolvency and policymakers are at a “tipping point,” according to Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher. “If we continue down on the path on which the fiscal authorities put us, we will become insolvent, the question is when,” Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said in […]

Crippled Cooling Pump At Reactor #2 Puts Power Restoration Plan At Risk

| March 21, 2011

We have a long long way to go before this problem goes away! TEPCO managed to restore the power supply to its radioactive power plant. The key problem at hand has not been fixed at all. Not even close. According to New York Daily News: “Cooling pumps at one of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors are damaged beyond […]

Israel Warplanes Fly Over Gaza, Bomb Hamas Military Site

| March 21, 2011

Black Swans everywhere…… ISRAELI WARPLANES HIT HAMAS MILITARY SITE IN GAZA, XINHUA SAYS ISRAELI GAZA ATTACKS INJURE FIVE PEOPLE, AL-ARABIYA REPORTS ISRAELI WARPLANES FLYING OVER GAZA, AL-ARABIYA REPORTS

U.S. Existing Home Prices And Sales Fall February

| March 21, 2011

Sales of U.S. previously owned homes dropped more than forecast in February and the median price dropped to $156,100 from $164,600 one year ago.  Sales of U.S. previously owned homes dropped more than forecast in February and the median purchase price declined to the lowest since the same month in 2002, indicating the housing market […]

Atomic Energy Commission And The Nuclear Regulatory Commission Lied About Major Accidents For Years

| March 19, 2011

Question….Do governments ever tell the truth?  Doesn’t seem so. The NRC said in the 1980’s that it was estimated that there was a 50% chance of a nuclear meltdown within the next 20 years,  which would be so large that it would contaminate an area the size of the State of Pennsylvania, and would result in huge numbers […]

Allied Forces Attack Libya…Middle East: A Match Looking For A Stick Of Dynamite

| March 19, 2011

Are we seeing the start of WW III…..? U.S. and coalition forces launched military strikes against Libya, gambling that a rapid and substantial attack could knock out loyalist support for Gadhafi. Gaza Fires 50 Mortars Into Israel, Heaviest Barrage In Two Years….. Israel is sure to bring even more geopolitical tension, especially with Iran adn […]

2001-2010: Ten Year Prelude To The Keynesian End Game

| March 19, 2011

Notice if you will, the house in the chart below is upside down…..how appropriate! One hundred years of the government’s attempts to mute the natural business cycle are slowly and painfully coming to an end.  A period where the government proactively encouraged consumption until it became 70% of the economy, we produced very little, and […]

Household Debt Accelerating Once Again, But At A Much Slower Pace Then Before!

| March 19, 2011

Defaults have lopped $822 billion off U.S. household debt since mid-2008!  These loans were not payed off, but it looks that way with many of the statistics….. One of the puzzles of the recovery has been how U.S. households have managed to shed some $658 billion in mortgage, credit-card and other consumer debt over the past two and a […]

Middle East Back On The Front Pages….Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Declares A “State Of Emergency”

| March 18, 2011

It looks like the Middle East is heating up again…. SAN’A, Yemen—Armed men opened fire on crowds of antigovernment protesters Friday in Yemen’s capital, killing an estimated 45 people and injuring hundreds—prompting Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to declare a state of emergency and suggesting his government has shifted to a hard line against its […]

New Technology Will Spur Wireless Growth

| March 18, 2011

Technology growth in wireless is going to evolve into next generation wireless….. and its growth will be breathtaking! Mobile data growth is expected to grow at a 92% compound annual growth rate over the next five years. All that traffic growth won’t be coming from existing devices, of course. It will be coming from brand-new ones. […]

Tid Bits

| March 18, 2011

Tomorrow’s moon will be the closest to earth in almost 20 years.  Add to that we have an eclipse and Vernal Equinox this weekend.  This will bring very high tidal pressures and increased earthquake watch. ….and Solar activity may spike.  Good seats, hey buddy!

U.S. Cost Of Living Costs Hit A New Record High

| March 17, 2011

So what happened to deflation…..ah, it’s deflation for the old folks on social security, no cost of living raises for them….but there is inflation for our esteemed congress, so of course they voted themselves an inflationary raise!  It’s pretty basic politics, come to think of it! A special index created by the Labor Department to […]

Diagram Of Stricken Nuclear Reactors In Japan

| March 16, 2011

The diagram at the bottom below shows all six stricken reactors. Reactors one to four have been over-heating since the tsumani. But reactors five and six, on a separate part of the site today began heating up as well. ‘We’re very close now to the point of no return,’ Dr. Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, said. […]

John Williams – The Great U.S. Collapse Nears

| March 15, 2011

John Williams doesn’t speak blindly, he has been a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, Barrons etc, and he has multitudes of statistics to back up his “seemingly outlandish” but more than likely correct forecast……By the way, Williams time frame falls into the period leading up to 2014, similar to the Kress Economic Cycle that takes us down hard from […]

Locations Of New Nuclear Power Plants Currently Under Construction

| March 15, 2011

One would guess some rather important changes may be made to new currently under construction nuclear power plants… The map below, courtesy of the World Nuclear Association, identifies the locations of nuclear power plants that are currently under construction. Of these, 42% reside in China; 16% in Russia and 11% in India. The G-7 countries, combined, […]

Stratfor On Japan, The Persian Gulf And Energy

| March 15, 2011

03-15-2011 Japan, The Persian Gulf And Energy  By George Friedman Over the past week, everything seemed to converge on energy. The unrest in the Persian Gulf raised the specter of the disruption of oil supplies to the rest of the world, and an earthquake in Japan knocked out a string of nuclear reactors with potentially […]

Update: Some Added Thoughts On Japan

| March 15, 2011

Some more thoughts on Japan….we are told, (hopefully correctly), that this is more of a repeat of a Three Mile Island situation where half the fuel rods melted, than Chernobyl where they all did.  And…Small amounts of low radiation cesium and iodine have already been released, which should be measurable on American roof tops in about ten […]

Japanese Nuclear Meltdown World Weather Map

| March 14, 2011

Should any of these plants go into full meltdown (indications are (2) already have) there will be both a human and economic disaster worse than 1945. Japan’s nightmare gets even WORSE: All THREE damaged nuclear reactors now in ‘meltdown’ at tsunami-hit power station.   By Richard Shears Last updated at 5:09 PM on 14th March 2011 The […]

Japanese Nuclear Reactor Update

| March 13, 2011

From the IAEA Blog: Based on information provided by Japanese authorities, the IAEA can confirm the following information about the status of Units 1, 2 and 3 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Unit 1 is being powered by mobile power generators on site, and work continues to restore power to the plant. There is […]

Nuclear Experts Explain Worst-Case Scenario At Japan’s Fukushima Power Plant

| March 13, 2011

Let’s review the specific power plant in question, the General Electric design BWR Mark 1. “This is a boiling water reactor. It’s one of the first designs ever developed for commercial reactors in this country, and it’s widely used in Japan as well. Compared to other reactors, if you look at NRC studies, according to calculations, […]

Weather Map Related To Japanese Earthquake

| March 12, 2011

This may be a very important map!

Japan Now Has 6 Nuclear Reactors In The Fail Mode!

| March 12, 2011

A third reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 plant loses its emergency cooling capacity, bringing to six the number of reactors that have failed at the two Fukushima nuclear power plants since the earthquake and tsunami.     Another nuclear reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 facility in Japan has lost its emergency cooling capacity, […]

Here Is Why The Stock Market Continues Higher….It Has Followed The Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet

| March 12, 2011

This will continue until the stimulus stops, at that point everything will change, and not for the better!  So, eyes on the road everybody.  New guidance should be coming soon from the Federal Reserve.

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