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Why Is What Was Once Affordable to Many Now Only Affordable to the Wealthy?

Let’s start with an excerpt from a recent personal account by the insightful energy/systems analyst Ugo Bardi, who is Italian but writes his blog Cassandra’s Legacy in English: Becoming Poor in Italy. The Effects of the Twilight of the Age of Oil. “I am … Continue reading

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Why the Massive Expansion of “Money” Hasn’t Trickled Down to “The Rest of Us”

There are numerous debates about money: what it is, how we measure it, and so on. In recognition of these debates, I’m referring to “money” in quotes to designate that I’m using the Federal Reserve’s measure of money stock (MZM). … Continue reading

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Here’s Why All Pension Funds Are Doomed, Doomed, Doomed

It’s no secret that virtually every pension fund is dead man walking, doomed by central banks’ imposition of low yields on safe investments, i.e. Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP). Given that both The Economist and The Wall Street Journal have … Continue reading

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Eight “New Normal” Charts That Are Insanely Abnormal–and Dangerous

Anyone questioning the sustainability and rightness of The New Normal is immediately attacked by the mainstream-media defenders of the crumbling status quo. Not only is everything that broke in 2008 fixed, everything’s going great globally, and anyone who dares question … Continue reading

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2016 Theme #4: The End-Game of Debt-Fueled “Growth”

A number of systemic, structural forces are intersecting in 2016. One is the end-game of debt-fueled “growth.” We can summarize the official “solution” to the Global Financial Meltdown of 2008 in one line: borrow and blow trillions–of yen, yuan, dollars, … Continue reading

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