Weekly News Wrap-Up 1.31.14

MYRA IRA: My Retirement Account, UK Banker Deaths and MoreBy Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

Let’s go back to the Middle East for the top stories.  The Syrian peace talks have gone nowhere.  Absolutely nothing has been accomplished from the U.S. perspective.  They have failed and the best thing you can hope for is another round of talks.  The Syrians and the Assad regime, on the other hand, look to be the big winners.  They claimed to be destroying their chemical weapon stockpile but are way behind schedule and have only come up with a little more than 4% of their stockpile.  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is concerned, as he should be.  It looks like the Syrians and the Russians have put one over on the Obama Administration.  There appears to be no end to the Syrian civil war that has claimed the lives of more than 130,000 and displaced more than 7 million. 

Speaking of Syria, it appears the civil war there is continuing to spill across its borders.  It is being reported that the military in Turkey has been attacking al-Qaeda forces inside Syria.  The attacks by the Turkish military are in retaliation for cross-border fire earlier this week.  This is just another sign of increasing instability in the region.  

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Middle East, it appears like the Iranians have also made fools of the Obama Administration.  The country is not getting rid of its nuclear program.  Last week, the Iranian Foreign Minister said the White House “underplays the concessions and overplays the Iranian commitments.” This is in sharp contrast to what the President said this week in the State of the Union Address.  The West wants to curb Iran’s nuclear program because it is afraid the program will eventually produce nuclear weapons.  Iran denies those claims. 

The Federal Reserve pulled a bit of a surprise this week.  It, once again, cut back or “tapered” the bond buying program.  It is still pumping out $65 billion a month propping up the economy and holding down interest rates.  The Fed has some bad timing, though, with recent news on an uptick in unemployment and falling home sales.  In the State of the Union Address, the President bragged on the economy while asking for more money for unemployment benefits.  His idea of making things better is raising the minimum wage.  Nothing was talked about in terms of the growing debt bubble that could implode the economy and send the world into a depression.  It seems both parties are in denial about how bad the economy really is.  The Fed is still pumping out $65 billion a month.  Greg Mannarino told me the Fed is trying to prop up the stock market by driving money back to the U.S. from emerging markets.  Mannarino and Doug Casey say the bond bubble is the big problem, and it is only a matter of time until it pops.   

Maybe this is why the President introduced a new IRA called MYRA, it stands for My Retirement Account.  It allows American to buy Treasury Bonds.  Is this an opening the government is taking to start pushing people into government debt?  Could it be forced on Americans someday if the Fed stops buying all this debt?  Didn’t we hear there is a bond bubble?  Shouldn’t people stay away from bubbles before they pop?  Have you heard what former World Bank Chief Economist Justin Yifu Lin said this week?   “Dominance of the greenback is the root cause of global financial and economic crises,” said Lin.  He also says the dollar should be “replaced” as the reserve currency.  Interest rates would head much higher along with inflation in the U.S., and those bonds the President wants you to buy would tank. 

Finally, I guess some bankers in the UK don’t feel too good about the so-called “recovery.”  This past week, one hung himself, and another threw himself off a high-rise in London.  Coincidence?  Maybe, and maybe not.  Meanwhile, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who lost $23 billion in fines restitution and trading losses, is getting a 74% raise.  He bagged $20 million in 2013.   His company was fined for working with fraudster Bernie Madoff, and nobody loses their job, and Dimon gets a big raise?  We live in a world where bad is good and a lie is the truth.  

Join Greg Hunter as he analyzes these stories and more in the Weekly News Wrap-Up.

Comments
  1. allen ols

    Greg;
    Not only is the stupidity going on concerning your wrap up, but guess what?

    US Senate APPROVES BILL To Legalize HUMANS Have SEX WITH ANIMALS
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    THE United States Senate Thursday 12/8 approved a defence authorisation bill legalising sodomy with humans and sex with animals or bestiality.

    and…….Chief of Police Harassed by Feds, Fired After Signing Pledge to Uphold Constitution
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    A police chief was detained and harassed by federal agents while traveling to a constitutional convention before returning home to be told he was fired and ordered to disband his police department …

    Greg, these are the end times and time for Christ to appear dont you think?

    al ols fopusawd

  2. Liquid Motion

    Nice summation Greg.
    Lets get this clear…”The Syrians, Russians and Iranians are making fools of the Obama Administration”. To add insult to injury….even the Obama Administration are making fools of themselves. Hideous and an embarrassment. The laughing stock of the world. Not bad for a supposed super power. Where did we go so horribly wrong ?
    On the matter of MyRA…look no further than one of your guest speakers Mr Jim Rogers for the absolute slam dunk on this topic.
    http://www.infowars.com/ron-paul-and-jim-rogers-government-confiscation-of-private-bank-accounts-to-happen-here-too/
    When men of this calibre speak …..you better listen for your own good. Their warnings are like preordained events…but they are more than prophets. Most of them can literally foresee the future and speak the real truth – not in riddles. In this day and age….that is priceless. The lemmings will unfortunately not take head of the warnings. For those poor souls there is no hope. Unfortunately there is not a better outcome for anyone, but I wish there was.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you LM for the comment and the link!!
      Greg

    • mohammad

      LM,

      Do not underestimate the iron fist just because it is covered with a velvet glove, The administration is giving PUTIN the runs in Kiev Ukraine, the Russian soft flank.

      • Liquid Motion

        Peanuts on the scale of Chemical Weapons and Nuclear armament.

    • Galaxy 500

      Hey, the Obamanation administration is foolish so they often look like fools.

  3. Isaiah 5:18-23

    Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood,
    And sin as if with cart ropes;
    Who say, “Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it;
    And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near
    And come to pass, that we may know it!”
    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
    Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
    Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
    Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
    And clever in their own sight!
    Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine
    And valiant men in mixing strong drink,
    Who justify the wicked for a bribe,
    And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!

    • J.C. Davis

      Good Words.
      Let him with a ear, here!

  4. Oracle 911

    Hi Greg
    Great job again. 🙂
    Where is Mr Justin Yifu Lin employed or where is he working currently?
    Your thoughts.

    • Oracle 911

      What about petro-Yuan denominated in Gas-ruble? This is a possibility to.

    • Greg Hunter

      Oracle 911,
      I think he is from China and this is no accident he is saying this publically.
      Greg

    • Liquid Motion

      Apparently he is an “Advisor” to the Chinese Government and also a Professor at Peking University. A former World Bank Chief Economist….not too shabby. Karen Hudes would know of him I’m sure.

      • Oracle 911

        Thank you (both of you).
        And big US dollar and T-bonds sell of and confiscation of American assets in 5..4..3…
        OK seriously, China and other BRICS countries will sell the in US dollar denominated paper assets, BUT don’t forget it will put a big strain to their economy in form of tremendous losses. So they will nationalize the American assets and the US government other then protest can’t do anything, reason:
        -BRICS countries are mostly big countries ,and Russia, India and China are superpowers with atom warheads, so war as option is out;
        -for proxy wars US gov. is using al Qaeda mercenaries/bandits whom are paid in US dollars, but the US dollars will be worthless at this point, so this option is out to.
        The only option left for the government is protest on international level (and pull some strings but it will have little to no effect) and on domestic level they will confiscate wealth in form of MyRA (forcing people into it), wealth tax and bail in and tax the working citizens to death (in some cases literally) with single payer system, federal property tax (be sure it will come), single payer health care system etc.

        Your thoughts.

        • Rodster

          I think if it gets to that point, Oracle you would be looking at an all out war. I also believe the economies today are SO interlinked that what you proposed would be catastrophic for the entire global economic system and would set off a contagion that would be hard to contain.

          • Oracle 911

            Thank you. But you are mistaken. I’m looking for a global economic collapse, from which Russia, India and China will came out in approx. 2-3 years due tremendous resources (both natural and human), production capacity and bilateral trade agreements. The rest of the world, well for it will take at least a decade at best and 2-3 decades at worst (if climate change and few unpredictable things happen).

          • Liquid Motion

            AND those guys with their fingers on the triggers know that.
            WAR is certain. It brings destruction, causes unrest and social disintegration. Economies are thrown into recession/ depression. Human lives are cast aside in the quest for patriotism and in the battle to protect the State and its desire for supremacy. It concentrates power in those individuals and entities that long survive any war.
            It is the solution to the world’s troubles, because it brings about a “New” world. One in the which the clock is reset. Those that survive prosper.

          • Rodster

            My point Oracle is that China for the most part is a fraud economy that’s over leveraged and is not in as good a shape as some believe. I still firmly believe that no nation will escape the devastation including China. Russia has it’s share of problems and the Indian economy is collapsing due to Fed QE policies.

        • Rodster

          Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert explain why the entire global financial system is one giant accounting fraud including China’s economy.

          “Roundtripping to financial crisis”
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB4lH312siw#t=279

  5. Rodster

    I love the love sentence Greg. “We live in a world where bad is good and lies are the truth”. Spot on !

    We really live in a Twilight Zone world or an alternate reality world and it’s the reason why the Banksters and Politicians have kept this ponzi scheme going for so long. Our entire economy and way of life is based on lies, distortion, and an illusion.

  6. JC Davis

    Greg. Your commenters have great knowledge, Your gest have been truthfully informative, and your weekly wrap up connects the dots like no other. You said we live in a world where bad is good and good is bad. True enough, but some things are just good all the way threw. USAWATCHDOG.COM greatest site on the web.

    • Greg Hunter

      Wow J.C. thank you!!
      Greg

  7. art barnes

    Greg, Iran IS TAUNTING US, although a very angry, violent, oppressive, & terrorism inspired government, they are intelligent beyond our governments ability to comprehend their political moves. Iran understood that the U.S. wanted a “deal” to claim at any cost, even if the “deal” was just a farce. What the U.S. was counting on was that Iran to stay quiet about the actual terms and enjoy the “secret” success of the deal; lifting the sanctions and continuing to move forward on their nuclear program. Iran now believes there will be no turning back from the lifting of the sanctions so taunting will have no repercussions for doing so; and they are right at least until a conservative administration should take the White House & Congress; and, at that point in time they can simply stop enriching and start dismantling and avoid a war.
    Capitalist will lie, cheat, & steal with the best of the depraved humans on the planet, some say even more so, but they don’t usually brag about it, just keep it secret and enjoy the fruits of their inhuman behavior so that they can do it again. That is the essence of what was miscalculated by the State Department, they didn’t understand and anticipate the going public and the taunting, they misunderstood that culturally the Iranians had to taunt as its all part of their plan to embarrass the U.S. along with getting what they wanted. By the way, the taunting after victory is classic culture in the Islamic world of ancient days and apparently still with us in present times.

    • Galaxy 500

      Yeah, some capitalist will lie and cheat just like most socialist lie, cheat and steal. I am a capitalist and I live by the code my father taught me . I don’t believe it is as prevalent among small businesses as it is among wall street bankers ( or any major money center bank). Just my thoughts, Art, I enjoy reading your positions.

  8. Shelley

    Hi Greg: It is so refreshing to be able to hear the unvarnished truth in this crazy bad-is-good, Alice in Wonderland world we currently live in. Your interviews and particularly your weekly wrap-up monologues are like water on the desert to me.
    Just wondering about the taper vis-a-vis MyRA (some are already calling it “TheirRA”). When I heard of the first tapering in December and then the second one this month, I thought, “What the heck??? The economy hasn’t recovered at all (in fact it’s getting worse) so who is going to buy those Treasury bonds? It is absolutely crucial that someone (anyone) buys them every month. They’re far from being out of the woods to be able to taper and leave a $20 billion per month bond purchase shortfall”. Then right on cue, Obama steps up and announces MyRA, which to me, translates into “we’re forcing your IRAs into the bond market in order to replace the gap in bond purchases we are no longer making and too bad for you that they’ll be worthless when you retire”. My understanding is there is literally trillions out there in pension funds that could go at least some way towards keeping this Ponzi scheme going. What say you? Is it likely they will not step back in and raise the QE back up to $85 billion per month because the forcing of people’s pension funds into the bond market will fill the gap? Of course, they’ll play the “patriot” card which we suckers always fall for.

    • Greg Hunter

      Shelley,
      Thank you for your support and kind words. The “taper” is really about the dollar. They (the Fed and ESF) are suppressing the interest rates with massive interest rate derivatives (we are talking in the hundreds of trillions of dollars). This adds leverage and piles on risk. This is precisely why your money in the bank is not safe.
      Watch Rob Kirby (Kirbyanalytics.com) this Sunday (Early Sunday Release) and he will explain it far better than me. He is an expert in derivatives and traded them internationally for 15 years!!!
      Greg

  9. Jerry

    Great weekly wrap up Greg.
    I wouldn’t expect the U.S. to do to much with Syria. Prior to the gulf war, it was widely reported by the Israeli Mossad , that Saddam Hussein, with the watchful eye of the Russians, moved vast stockpiles of chemical weapons out of Iraq into Syria. Unless the U.S. wants to lock horns with the Russians, nothing is going to happen. The real fuse to the powder keg is Iran. I would be very surprised if Israel doesn’t bomb those nuclear facilities before summer. I think once the intelligence is gathered, and the time is right, they will strike. My mother was Jewish. As a rule, if a Jew says he’s going to bust your face, you’d better be looking for the left hook.

    As far as the economy. Today is the Chinese new year. Why is that important? Because I fully expect the Chinese to do a full court press to implement their new Gold backed Exchange System to replace the dollar after today. Why? For two reasons. First the Chinese have figured out that the U.S. debt is putting a drag on the world economies, and that if they don’t do something soon to replace the dollar, it will pull theirs under as well. Two the Chinese never do anything without real intent. They didn’t acquire the worlds Gold reserves to sit on a shelf. They intend to go on a shopping spree once they collapse the dollar. Who would have thought that we would be outsmarted in capitalist principles by a communist country? Certainly not me. But you have to give to them, they played us right. There you go Greg. Your new 3.0 economy.

    I would highly advise your readers to prepare accordingly. The time is getting very short. Have a great week-end , and thank you for having the courage to sponsor this site. I plan to donate soon.

    • Greg Hunter

      Jerry,
      Nothing is going to happen until after Passover which is in April this tear. I am afraid you are correct sir on all counts.
      Greg

    • Liquid Motion

      Jerry,
      Kindly consider that the Chinese didn’t do this all by themselves. Capitalists from the West (US Presidents) convinced them (Chinese) to move away from the Communist mantra. None other than Rothschild paid visits to China in the early 70’s. You can witness the exponential growth in GDP towards the late 70’s – early 80’s. From there it has all been parabolic. Outsmarted.. not quite !!! Better use of their Wealth/Reserves would be more appropriate. Avoiding wars is a real advantage too.
      The only thing we gave them was a solution. They did the rest.
      Why did the Elite do that. Evolution my friend. Its the way the world works. Money, Wealth and Control. Does China really control the Gold ?

      • Jerry

        The Chinese used us like a cheap prostitute. First they gave us the boodle in the form of cheap labor, and then they took our Benjamin’s.

        • Liquid Motion

          Its a two way street. Master turns slave.

    • Oracle 911

      Hi Jerry
      In my country is a saying, “If you marry a woman, you are marrying her family to.” And with the family comes traditions. So I suspect in your family has lot of Jewish cultural meme (don’t confuse them with Internet meme, which are funny but useless) and some traditions if you and your are aware of them or not.

      My friendly advice is this: you, your friends and your family really need to carefully rethink which Jewish cultural meme/tradition will follow, because we live in the times of apocalypse (ancient Greek, meaning: uncovering, disclosure) and you, your family and friends may meet a bad end. Which I really don’t wish for you, my friend.

      • Jerry

        Oracle I get it.
        My mother may have been Jewish, but my father was an American Indian. I am more than prepared for what may come. Death does not concern me.

        • mohammad

          Jerry,
          Am curious to know if I may, what did you mean when you said:
          ” My mother WAS Jewish.”?
          We had a big jewish community in Syria and like most mosaic cultures moms are THE CULTURE itself.
          So that “WAS” threw me off track!

      • The Sundowners

        “DO NOT IMAGINE THAT YOUR BARBARITIES TO THE JEWS ARE UNKNOWN HERE.
        GOD SLEEPETH NOT, AND HE WILL VISIT HIS JUDGMENT UPON YOU”
        -Helen Keller, in a May 9, 1933 letter to pro-Nazi German students who planned to burn her books along with others labeled ” un-German.”
        World War II magazine March/April 2014

  10. Derek Hayden

    Greg,

    I am a Canadian, who happens to be ( like many) an avid follower of your work. I have such high admiration for what you do, as well as for those you have on every week. It must feel great doing what you love, and having the ability to come on at weeks end, and call things as they really are. It is getting harder and harder to find good reputable “alternative” media now a days, as many of these news sites are borrowing from mainstream, conforming, and pushing their own agenda’s. You, and your work, are both held in very high regard in my social circle. A very big thank you sir, as I know I speak for many !!
    All the best to you and yours, as we go though this very important year ahead, together with our eyes open. Take care !

    • Greg Hunter

      Derek Hayden,
      Thank you very much for your kind words and please thank your friends. Bail-in are written into your laws in Canada. Please remind your friends that Canada makes some of the very finest gold and silver coins on the planet!!! That is a fact!
      Greg

  11. Reader

    In case the western world has not noticed, the Iranians have reached the Mediterranean sea.

  12. Brody saari

    Make that 3 bankers as of today?!

    • Greg Hunter

      Brody,
      Yes sir and Now I know that is not a coincidence!
      Greg

      • Mike Gunther

        Ok Greg, Spill It. Why are the Bankers committing Suicide?

        • Greg Hunter

          Mike,
          I do not know, but three fairly senior bankers killing themselves in one week is more than a coincidence don’t you think? I to me is the worst of bad omens.
          Greg

          • mohammad

            This is why:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNFTps1Q8Do

          • Rebecca

            Shades of the Great Depression, eh?

            • Greg Hunter

              Rebecca,
              This will be the Greatest Depression. It will make the 1930’s look like a walk in the park. Thank you for your comments and support!!
              Greg

          • Mike Gunther

            Oh Yea it is. I read a PBS article on an economist taking 1 Million out of Bank of America. My Brother in Law manages a small local bank and the people are taking large amounts out this week, for example $100,000. The older people remember the great depression, but the problem I see is the cash will be worthless firestarters/toilet paper when the fed/govt is done. If they are not converting it to PMs or land or food or guns it will be for naught.

            • Greg Hunter

              Mike,
              You are correct in the mid and long run, but for a short time (30n days, 90 days, 6 months) cash will work really well. You got to have some of just about everything. Good street level reporting–Thank you!!!
              Greg

          • Mike Gunther

            Greg now an investment reporter has disappeared, too much coincidence!!!

            • Greg Hunter

              Mike,
              Four dead bankers and a dead reporter–That’s no coincidence. That sounds like violent desperation to me.
              Greg

    • Liquid Motion

      JP Morgan
      Deutsche Bank
      Russell Investments
      What did these employees fear. Were they whistle blowers intending to blow the lid on the inside machinations of the houses of finance. All 3 are suicides…so they say.
      I suspect there are many, many more insiders that will expose the Banks for what they truly are. Those that cannot live with themselves make the hard choice. Others will come forward and will castigate the Elite. Its the beginning of the End of the Reign of the Bankers. If its not the whistle blowers that destroy them, then the markets will. It will be a bloodbath. I suspect that not even the Elites are aware of the enemy that lies beneath the service. That enemy will set the world free.

    • Galaxy 500

      What do you call this? Reminds me of the joke about what do.you call three lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start. If we could get all of our bankers, lawyers and politicians to jump of the 33rd, America may have a chance of survival.

  13. Nate

    Greg,

    There used to be a reserve currency called Gold and Silver, which had no “OWNER/OPERATOR” of the purse strings other than those countries that mined more of it, or had it flow into their country because their countries were the lands of freedom, opportunity, and innovation (US, England, France, Switzerland, Germany etc.) .

    It is all behind us now until the day of reckoning comes…

  14. Ugly

    Greg,
    I know this show is not the Bible Hour, but I thought I would share a small quote from Proverbs 1:30-31….’They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof. So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way….’

    I have a very bad feeling that we will very soon be ‘eating the fruits of own way’….

    • Greg Hunter

      Ugly,
      The Bible is the very Best book EVER written.
      Greg

      • art barnes

        I agree, and the Bible is infallible in its predictions. The mark of the beast and other such prophecies are coming to fruition. Any problems with understanding why the Bible always speaks of the middle east & related countries surrounding Israel as relevant to our times (in that day, etc.)? You atheist and Bible haters may well want to ponder why a little country the size of New Jersey seems to the control modern times of foreign policy of the large empires at play presently. Coincidence you say, I think not, and you better hope it is!

    • J.C. Davis

      Ugly I see proverbs chapter 1 as being the most important read of this age. The entire chapter. Surely in vain the net is spread in the site of any bird.

      • Ugly

        JC Davis.
        Yes, Proverbs chapter 1 has much, much meaning today as it did in Soloman’s time. Unfortunately, we are a Nation that has thrown away God and now we will see what life is like without the providence of God himself. Without God, we are on our own.

  15. Ray L. Raney

    JP Morgan Executive jumped from the “33RD ” Floor ! Think there is any significance associated with that number and his death ?

    • Galaxy 500

      Yes, it comes after the number 32!

  16. Jimmy

    During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
    G. Orwell

    Looks like we’re reaching that point. Fortunately, the truth always frees itself. The amount of energy and resources needed to keep the charade going will eventually reach its limits.

  17. Mike

    The Jan dip the stock market was predicted (not sure where I read/heard this, maybe on another site). Watch for a rebound to 17, 000 – 17,200 by mid-May, then the pin will burst the bubble and we will see a free fall leading up to the Nov elections. Where will the bottom settle at…who knows…some predict <5000. What happens then…magic 8 ball says "better not tell you now". For those who hold tangible assets…steady the nerves to stay the course and catch the wave that has to come rolling in. Remember the three "G's"…gold-grub-guns!!!

    • Agent P

      Mike –

      A ‘rebound’ to 17,000 or above by May timeframe means that no less than (3) subsequent $10B reductions to Quantitative Easing will have occurred by then, and the market will have taken them all in stride, which means – what…? I can tell you one thing – it won’t mean a ‘crash’, given some exogenous event that no one is aware of anyway. Not suggesting it isn’t possible, but is highly improbable.

      The ‘other’ scenario – and much more realistic one that would see your target, would be that the market begins to precipitously decline from here into February, forcing the Fed to: a) Give ‘forward guidance’ suggesting a re-uptake of QE is imminent, or: b) Reinstate QE promptly, from an ’emergency’ Fed meeting.

      Either way, if the Fed does find itself purchasing additional assets, the market ~will~ respond favorably, but at the expense of the Fed’s credibility, which by then for all intents & purposes, will have been trashed. From there out, you could be looking at another 3 – 6 months of rising S&P/Dow into a parabola. Everybody would be hopping on board. My gut tells me this might be the route we’re headed.

      • Galaxy 500

        Has anyone thought that the Obamachrist may be attempting to set up a severe economic decline that he will rush in and save us.

        And if the Farm Bill is an example of bipartisanship, then F$&( that. Look at all political pork these a$$especially put in. I AM for.the Sequester. Why.are we.letting them.Do.away with it?
        Is this the only way to govern?

  18. Diane Ryan

    We are seeing unprecedented evil in the world. Greg, I am still astounded by the estimate of 130,000 people killed related to Syria. That war like all the others in the Middle East has the fingerprints of the US War State all over it.

    George Washington in his farewell address warned us of “entangling our peace and prosperity in the toils of European.” Jefferson warned us repeatedly. How did this Christian nation become so blood-thirsty? We have squandered so many blessings…

    • Liquid Motion

      The ones who created the Nation, set the principles.
      GW knew his masters and what their desires were. These are the same that he warned about not getting involved with. The Masons and Freemasonry are prevalent in our society as much as they are in Europe.

    • Galaxy 500

      Could it be because those kind Shiatan worshiping Moslems are killing Christians world wide and no one in the MSM says anything.

  19. Tom Winchester

    Greg, When you talk about what the Iranians are saying; can you interpret Persian, did you hire and interpreter, did the Iranians say it in English, or are you trusting what the MSM is reporting. I’m not trying to be smart, I am just trying to qualify what you are saying so that I can truthfully assess the situation.

    • Greg Hunter

      Tom Winchester,
      It was reported by multiple sources and it came out of Davos last week.
      Greg

  20. jholbrook

    Greg Hunter you are awesome! Always look forward to Fridays to hear what you have to say! Thank You

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you for watching the WNW jholbrook!!
      Greg

  21. Anne Elliott

    Concerning MyRA, it will be interesting to see if they roll out the patriotism banner for signing up. You know – back in WWII it was “support America – buy bonds!” But since we’re headed to a global currency, global government, and global “community” even, they won’t want to ramp up our country’s patriotism too much… Even now, being a “patriot” is considered akin to being a conservative radical. They’ll have to think of something, though, to make the populace want to invest in MyRA, no matter how bad of a buy it is… I know! Maybe they’ll just shake the Stock Market’s tree until bonds look like “the only” safe haven! Yeah, Yellin, just keep tapering and then raise interest rates a little more until people are petitioning to get into MyRA for the excellent and “safe” return value it is!!!

    • Galaxy 500

      Only way I participate in this theft from me is when I am staring down the barrel of the gov’t gun

  22. Brad

    I wish commentators would stop calling the western proxy war against the Assad regime a civil war as this tends to support the lie that this whole inhumane debacle is somehow about human and political rights when the real reason is gas pipeline geo politics. One other bone of contention is whether tapering is in fact truly taking place. It may be as far as the Fed’s balance sheet is concerned but other national central banks are uncharacteristically stepping up their purchase of U.S debt notes. Other than these two quibbles Mr Hunter presents a knowledgeable commentary we can trust, trust being a lost word in these times.

    • 1914OneHundredYr.'s2014

      The U.S. is caught in the middle of a religious war between Sunni and Shia. We can go to war over pipelines in Syria but are not allowed to pipe shale oil from Canada to Texas. The house of Saud, Buffett, Bandar Bush, Mossad, Kerry, NSA< make strange bedfellows! Where will it all end? Nobody Knows, but 100 yr.'s ago nobody knew either. This time it will end and it will end for the wicked. (Psalms 37:10-11) And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; And you will give attention to his place and he will not be. But the meek ones themselves will inherit the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

      Stay meek, stay teachable; Zephaniah 2: 3

  23. DanTMWTP

    “Dominance of the greenback is the root cause of global financial and economic crises,”

    BINGO!

    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been saying myself for the past 5 years or so, ever since it became openly evident that the United States of Assassinations had decided to rely on FINANCIAL FRAUD as the basis for its official economic policies moving forward. That worldwide web of fraud that Amerika created has now spread throughout the entire global economy just like a metastasized cancer and as such it needs to be URGENTLY EXTIRPATED if the patient (aka; worldwide economic stability) is to survive.

    I find it quite uplifting to discover that my own personal analysis of all this is now being ratified publicly by international experts in the field such as Justin Yifu Lin. Granted, a handful of American analysts such as Paul Craig Roberts had already been making the same predictions regarding the unsustainability of the U.S. dollar for quite a while yet they were routinely dismissed as being “‘LooneyTunes'”. Now that highly-placed officials of Amerika’s largest creditor nation are reaching the same conclusions however, it becomes increasingly difficult for American’t authorities to try to deny reality. Amerika has no where to go but D O W N!

    To this I say THANK GOD!

    Whatever the USSA represented in the past is now DEAD & GONE. This NEW United States of Goldman Sachs is nothing but a repugnant criminal entity on EVERY LEVEL IMAGINABLE. War crimes, financial fraud, legalized torture, drone-bombings of weddings & birthday parties, legalized kidnappings, intrusive spying, a rampant Police State, a corrupt judiciary, a congress that is nothing but a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wall St, a president who claims the dictatorial right to order the assassination of his own citizens based on his personal whims & desires, a decadent culture of morbidly obese hedonists that makes commodities out of E V E R Y T H I N G …THIS is what the USA now represents.

    I predict a coming time when American’ts will be REVILED & HATED worldwide as more & more people become aware of the sheer CRIMINALITY of the nation and its leaders. It’s ALREADY starting to happen! People overseas are starting to turn their backs on our movies, our music, our ‘investments’, our technology (or whatever’s left of it) and now …even our CURRENCY. This is all desirable because ultimately I believe in the triumph of GOOD over EVIL and the United States of Americunts is NOTHING but E V I L.

    Sorry about the sincerity Greg!

    • art barnes

      In my life I have met many great and good Americans, kind, compassionate & willing to help their neighbor. My own grandfather many many years ago brought in the wheat crop of a neighbor who hurt his back before his own crop. While waiting the extra 10 days to help his neighbor a hail storm came up and destroyed his crop, he never complained as he thought that is just what a good neighbor and an American does. I believe in Americans, not the run-a-muck Government who spies on us, lies to us, and is out to destroy the freedoms our fathers fought to give us. I just wanted to note there is a difference between the American Government and its people who are subject to it. I’m not saying you linked the two (government & its people) but I just wanted the people to always remember the difference, the working people are not the bankers per se or the politicians for that matter, they are just getting the best they can under difficult circumstances. God Bless THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!

    • Anne Elliott

      Almost everything you said is true, Dan, but even Sodom and Gemmorah had a few good people left in it at the end. I know of many in this country who have not been corrupted, and who weep for what our government is doing; including Greg and most people and guests on this site. We’re not all evil in Amerika; we’re just unhappy citizens who don’t hold the majority vote over all the dead people in Chicago.
      I try to pray every day that God would not loosen His (justified) wrath on us until His people are ready, or at least can be helped by someone else.

  24. mohammad

    Greg,

    I came across this:

    “Comparing Kennedy’s death to Lincoln’s gives you a host of weird coincidences. Some examples are:

    Both Presidents were shot in the back of the head, on the Friday before a major holiday, while seated beside their wives, neither of whom were injured.

    Both were in the presence of another couple, and in each case that man was also wounded by the assassin.

    After both assassinations there were loud and insistent claims that the fatal shot must have come from a different direction.

    Each President in his thirties married a socailly prominent twenty-four year old girl who spoke French fluently.

    While in the White House, each President had a family of three children, and both lost a child through death.

    Both Lincoln and Kennedy were second children.

    Both had been boat captains.
    Both were related to a U.S. Senator, Attorney General, ambassador to Great Britain, and the mayor of Boston.

    Each had been elected to Congress in the year ’46 and were vice-presidential runners-up in the year ’56.

    Each was elected president in ’60.

    Before each was elected, a sister died. Both had a friend named Billy Graham and knew an Adlai Stevenson.

    President Kennedy had a secretary named Mrs. Lincoln and President Lincoln had a secretary named John Kennedy.

    The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

    Both were succeeded by vice-presidents named Johnson: Andrew born in 1808 and Lyndon in 1908, both of whom had 13 letters in their names and two daughters.

    Both assassins have fifteen letters in their names.

    Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and fled to a warehouse. Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and fled to a theatre.

    Both assassins were in their turn assassinated by shooters who used a Colt revolver and fired only one, fatal shot.

    There are many more coincidences. But does any of this prove any connection whatever between the two murders? No, of course not. It just exemplifies the minor mysteries and ironies that surround any great public tragedy. But true believers see gathering unanswered questions as an end in itself, believing somehow that even if none of the anomalies implies anything, the sheer number they come up with must have some significance. But when you are adding zeroes, it does not matter how many you add, the sum is still zero.”

    • Greg Hunter

      Mohammad,
      Only one big fact that is different, Oswald didn’t shoot Kennedy. The day he was arrested I heard him say he was a “patsy.” That’s right, I am that old. I heard him say it, and I asked my dad what that meant and he said, “He’s saying he didn’t do it.” Love your comment though. I am not giving you a hard time.
      Greg

      • mohammad

        Yup!
        That is true.
        I read it in the office when the nurse showed it to me and it blew my mind, I did not want to make any changes to the email, but yo are right there.

      • Ugly

        Yeah but mohammad may be onto something in that both Boothe and Oswald may have been patsies. Oswald’s has hundreds of holes in his story and then came Ruby to finish it. Boothe sort of the same. Not much of a trial, just execution. Dead men don’t talk. Both were silenced relatively fast….much like what we see today.

        • J.C. Davis

          Oligarchy rulers 1913

        • Galaxy 500

          Only problem is that Ms. Lincoln and the Army officer and his wife were witnesses who saw a VERY well known celebrity, Booth, shot Lincoln. A lot has been lost through the sands of time.

      • art barnes

        Greg, Oswald didn’t shoot anyone, but the MSM even in those times were on board with the Warren Commission and I, like you, am old enough to remember it on TV. The reason I post this comment is that our good old MSM never ask hard questions, they play underhand soft ball, if not T-ball. Shameful, I’m glad you got out of it.

        • Greg Hunter

          Me too Art. “Free at last, free at last.”
          Greg

      • Joe G.

        Greg I have heard that audio recording of Oswald once… one time only…. it has been thrown down the memory hole since day one, I think… I’m 39 and wasn’t there but that whole episode reeks of conspiracy…. so much wickedness gets plotted behind closed doors… “follow the money”

    • Galaxy 500

      How helpful are unanswerable questions? While they may probe the depths of your ignorance, Questions are only helpful when they can be answered.

      • J.C. Davis

        Galaxy 500. chill out. The mind of brilliance can wonder sometimes. Mohammad may have been listening to coasttocoastam.com again. LOL
        As I do every night.

        • Galaxy 500

          JC, good point. IMHO, some of the so seekers of truth are being paid to disseminate fantasy to discredit the purveyors of the real news. (Talking about some websites, not the Doc)
          I can’t help but question. And JC, if you ask questions you know the answers to, it’s a lot more telling in the responses.
          Gotta go and phone home 😉

  25. John S

    Nice wrap up Greg and brilliant interview with Doug Casey this week. I am putting your website into a UK Newspaper this week in Norfolk UK and Jim Willie on Golden Jackass two websites i think the people of my country should watch as your news will be our news eventually. The world is a global economy today so if the US goes down so does the UK and Europe. When i say newspaper it will be in the letters page with a readership of about 65.000. Should go to print next week according to editor.
    Have a nice weekend

  26. Lori

    Mr. Hunter — Western powers have ranted about Iranian “nuclear ambitions” since the 1970s. That narrative is false — a mainstream media proxy for the not-t0-be-discussed petrocurrency battle (e.g., oil for RMB). Rgds

    • Galaxy 500

      Yeah, sure. Anyone that wants peacefully nuclear power builds hard bunkers deep underground. Do you buy what you are preaching? If so, you are ignoring facts much like Al Gore and the inconvenient truth that the planet is not growing warmer.

    • J.C. Davis

      Lori Please explain what your saying. Truly I want to know.
      That narrative is false — a mainstream media proxy for the not-t0-be-discussed petrocurrency battle (e.g., oil for RMB). Rgds
      What?

  27. smaulgld

    Keep in mind that even with a taper to $65 billion a month that is still a run rate of $780 billion a year- greater than the run rates of QE1, 2 and 3.
    They are doing it just to gain some credibility to appear as if QE is not forever and that the dollar might not be debased. They can always find a way to crank up the printing presses again.
    The temptation for Yellen not to do so will be too much to resist . Here is some back ground on negative interest rate Yellen http://smaulgld.com/janet-yellen-and-the-precious-printing-press/
    The MyRA proposal is wrong on so many fronts, but as you say it’s a way to lay the ground work to get US citizens to buy bonds. Ironically people would buy bonds to fund their social security payments!

  28. Nathan

    Greg – Myra is brilliantly evil . Think about it we know that there are now 20 billion dollars less of bonds being purchased by the Fed during the monthly bond auction . We know that the big boys and foreign investors aren’t willing to purchase them without a higher rate of return . We also know a bond collapse is possible so you replace it with the retail investors money which suppresses interest rates allowing more tapering in the future . If the bond market collapses the retailor is caught holding the bag not the “smart money” . Also , remember how pensions got traded in for market based 401k”s ? Now corporations can eliminate pensions and matching contributions . It’s win-win for the government and big business . Of course you and I get a return that barely keeps up with inflation . Brilliantly evil .

    Nathan
    Keep up the good work .

  29. nathan

    Whoops I meant 10 billion less in bond purchases .

    • J.C. Davis

      Nathan your point is the same. I question what if the people don’t invest in 401 k ? I was told today several people I know are going to borrow against there 401k to buy cars, gold and pay off there loans. The president opened a can he should not have.

  30. Jerry

    Ah yes. The Rothschilds . Lord knows we should listen to someone who has their claws deep in the Federal Reserve. They wouldn’t lie now would they?

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-31/how-rothschild-sees-future

    My strategy. Use the reverse, reverse theory that the Crow Scouts used at the Little Big Horn when they told Custer there were thousands of Indians waiting for him in the valley. What did he do? Of course charge right on in.

  31. allen ols

    Greg
    This is the ususally the death throes of a dying society;

    California Allows First-Ever State Recognized Human-Animal Marriage – National Report
    nationalreport.net
    San Francisco, CA — On Monday history was made at the Chapel of Our Lady at the Presidio in San Francisco as the first-ever state recognized human-animal marriage took place.

    al ols fopusawd

    • Galaxy 500

      Al,
      Do you really believe this hoax?

      • allen ols

        G500

        yeah, i believe it, especially coming outta calif. just look at what crawled out of california, into W. DC. pelosie, boxer, fienstine,

        al ols fopusawd

        • allen ols

          G500
          here is the article;
          California Allows First-Ever State Recognized Human-Animal Marriage
          Posted about 2 months ago | 121 comments
          Email
          man marries dog
          Paul Horner and his dog Mac at their wedding on Monday in front of friends, family and a priest declaring their love towards each other for eternity.
          San Francisco, CA — On Monday history was made at the Chapel of Our Lady at the Presidio in San Francisco as the first-ever state recognized human-animal marriage took place.

          Local resident 35-year-old Paul Horner was the groom during the ceremony. Joining him was his faithful dog Mac who is 36-years-old in dog years. Mac also decided to be the groom but ended up wearing a white veil at the last moment.

          Father McHale who officiated the outdoor wedding told reporters he was extremely happy to be a part of this joyous moment of life. “This is the definition of true love my friends. There is nothing more sacred than the bond between a man and his faithful dog,” McHale said. “Now, since it is recognized as a legally binding marriage in the state of California, Mr. Horner and Mac will have all the same tax benefits and everything else coming to them that a regular married couple would receive. It’s a fantastic day to be alive!”

          So how could this have happened?

          In the book of California’s State Laws and Regulations there is a little known law that was passed as the state was first forming in 1850. According to article 155, paragraph 10, it clearly states:

          If a man and a man can get married and a woman and a woman can get married, if ever comes that day, then a human and animal will have the exact same rights to marriage in every eye of the law. God help us if this ever is to happen!

          In attendance was Horner’s entire family who flew in from Hawaii to witness the event. Mac had her puppies on hand and making a special celebrity appearance was Alex from Stroh’s and Spuds Mckenzie.

          “I just love my Mac so much, I can’t wait till we can finally get back to the honeymoon sweet in Montana where bestiality is legal. Gosh, get with the times California! We can marry here just fine, but love making is a big no-no,” said Horner. “People keep asking me why I wanted to marry a dog. I told them I just want the same god given rights that every person in California is allowed to have. Don’t tell me I can’t marry my dog. I don’t tell you that you can’t marry a 500 lb woman with gas issues. That’s your decision. Don’t tread on me. I love my dog and I know he loves me a hundred times more than any gay wedding out there.”

          With this wedding between a man and a male dog now on the books, one can only ask what is in store next?

          A man marrying a toaster? A toaster marrying a dog? A toaster marrying a toaster?

          America, what happened to the sanctity of marriage? Tsk. Tsk.

          – See more at: http://nationalreport.net/california-allows-first-ever-state-recognized-human-animal-marriage/#sthash.PF1PlADJ.dpuf

        • Galaxy 500

          You’ know this is a “satire” fake news site, right? Just suggesting you examine the source before proclaiming the news far and wide. My wife says I am jaded, my line of work calls on me to be a professional skeptic
          Analysis: If you’ve seen the above article before, you may have encountered it on any number of cut-and-paste blogs that replicate material from other sites, but the text actually originated on a satirical website call National Report. As the site’s disclaimer page clearly stipulates, “All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental

  32. Galaxy 500

    Can someone explain why Sen. Burr is sponsoring a socialist healthcare program? I thought Republicans were free market. Why are the so stupid as to buy into Obama’s position that they have to offer an alternative. How about REPEAL as an alternative? Then let’s address the problems

  33. Dale

    The scripture you quoted today was Isaiah 5: 20
    20-21 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.—–Evil has a long history.

    • Greg Hunter

      Thank you Dale for this. The Bible is powerful and timeless!
      Greg

  34. Galaxy 500

    Think you are being mislead on China and electric cars. Our grid is decades ahead of China and it will not sustain electric cars. Not to mention it sounds like a stupid strategy for a coal burning country. Gas cars are cheaper and last longer. It would defy logic for China to push this to their own detriment.

  35. Agent P

    Lest we get confused from all the hoopla taking place in the Middle East: The U.S. has an advantage in maintaining a certain level of ‘instability’ in the region, as doing so effectively addresses to two key issues simultaneously:

    #1. It keeps regional allies dependent, and enemies watching their backs.

    #2. Most important of all, it maintains $petrodollar hegemony in the area by way of a balance of fear and dependence. Petrodollar hegemony isn’t simply important for oil transactions, it is ~the~ central mechanism by which reserve currency status is held together and global trade in general floating along, with the $dollar as the ‘oil’ that keeps the global financial machine from locking up.

    As a result, the U.S. simultaneously enjoys the dual benefit of exporting its inflation, while keeping global trade captive, for lack of a replacement solution. At the same time, this is a very fragile dynamic, because it is predicated – since 1971 or therebouts, on Confidence. Confidence that is rapidly deteriorating as a result of our interventionist foreign policy and our fiscal/monetary profligacy. It’s all coming full circle however – always back to the $dollar. Credit to Paul Craig Roberts for driving this point home and explaining it in detail during his interviews on this site –

  36. Gabe

    Greg, we made it through another week! I tell anyone who I get into a conversation with these days to get over to usawatchdog and find out what is really going on in this world. I tell them to unplug the television and throw it out the back door. I feel like this is one of the few websites that are worth looking at everyday. I enjoyed the doug casey interview and did go get his book over at amazon. He is a smart guy. I thank you again Greg for the usawatchdog and plan to help you out with donations when I find a little extra $$ I don’t know what to do with…..Have a good weekend.

    • Greg Hunter

      Gabe,
      While I appreciate your support, only give it as long as you and your family do not suffer it impedes your preparation. Thank you for your kind words and grass roots promotion.
      Greg

  37. Coalburner9

    Greg
    The China issue is much about the inevitible shift of power on the 500 year cycle. When one of the usual dissenters recently said that the gold going to China would not be seen for 250 years, I said more like 500. The cycles,
    I believe re really based upon human actions, they just keep repeating the same cycles over and over never learning. Partly it is our short life span. But there are several books and some serious long term studies on cycles. David Skarica, a student of Sir John Templeton has a good book out called The Great Super Cycle. We are in the peak. When I am trying to get a young person to learn about this stuff and it’s relationship to rise and fall of powers and the world flow of money I like to remind them about the movie “Appocalipto” sp. Anyhow the whole movie is about running from the power structuure that wants to sacrifice him. The final twist is when they chase him onto the beach and they all see a ship with the Spaniards coming ashore. 500 years ago. The power was about to shift and very swiftly. The comment about Jim Rogers was so cool because he saw it coming many years ago and moved his family to Singapore so they could all learn the language and culture. Thanks for a great website.

  38. Arthur

    Greg,
    Another great weekly wrap up. Thank you!
    I was given a great little example the other day to help me understand the magnitiude of our debt.
    It helped me conceptualise just how much a trillion is. It goes like this:

    60 seconds = 1 minute
    1 million seconds = 12 days
    1 billion seconds = 32 years
    1 trillion second = 32 thousand years!

    Cool huh? Helped me understand a trillion. Scary huh?

    All the best…

    Arthur

    • Greg Hunter

      Arthur,
      No way all this debt will ever be repaid–no way. Thank you for the comment.
      Greg

    • Ugly

      So you are saying we have a chance?

  39. George p

    Hi Greg.
    Concerning the bankers and their misfortunes, some believe they are being killed cause we know dead men tell no tales. I think it’s no coincidence that one jumped or was thrown out the 33rd floor. Now there are 3 dead. Infowars.com has an article on their deaths for those who would like to check it out. It’s linked on Steve Quayle .com

    Thanks for all the excellent guests you put on usawatchdog.com. You put the truth out there for all to see…

    • Greg Hunter

      I thought the same thing George, especially after three “suicides” in one week!!

      Greg

  40. mohammad

    Greg,

    Obama care is haunting and biting democrooks back and republithugs may have a shot at winning the congress.

    http://news.yahoo.com/analysis-senate-campaigns-begin-democrats-flee-obama-060336461–finance.html

    • mohammad

      Winning the senate i meant.

      • Ugly

        mohammad. Don’t count on a Senate victory. Americans are not as bright as we were in 1994. I am willing to bet that 85%+ Americans could not answer what the third planet from the sun is. Heck, even the POTUS claimed 55 states. We are too busy on facebook. We are always looking at our iPhones and iPads. We are too busy doing nothing, so why bother with a collapse….

        • Galaxy 500

          I returned to college in 2009 and I was appalled at the lack of insight or questioning of the young minds. Gullible youth. The education process dulls the minds these days instead of building it up

        • mohammad

          What is that planet? ….. 🙂

          • Ugly

            Not sure? As soon as I am done texting nonsense messages on my iPhone, I will look that up on my iPad….

  41. Galaxy 500

    Greg,
    Not wanting to feed into the conspiracy wackadoodles out there but from time to time, strange things happen with regards to your website. Was your site under attack this week?

    http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/24589786/average-wait-times-to-see-doctors-in-us
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_BRITAIN_PRINCE_CHARLES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-01-31-11-12-23
    The man who would be king says Global warming is real. Let’s face it, inbreeding among royal shows in Prince Charles. A man without honor or morals who married his bird dog. Got to love how his propaganda gets to be news when the MSM ignores all the PHD’s that debunk the junk science of Global Warming…rebranded when shown to be fecal matter as Climate Change. Well where I live, the climate changes minute by minute…it’s called the weather. Climate Change is just another tax used to rape the middle class.

    • Greg Hunter

      500,
      The site is constantly under attack but it got taken down for a short while. These guys are good!
      Greg

    • Liquid Motion

      500,
      You would be interested to know what Prince Charles and Prince Phillip are actually charged with, as pert of the Noble family, to support and drive pro-environmental movements that are actually intended to curb the population growth of ALL nations. They are the most visible symbols of this movement, and are a true part of this conspiracy to destroy industry and take the world back to a New Dark Age. All favor Global 2000 Report to the President that’s calculated to end all industrial progress, and by famine, disease and wars, eliminate the excess population industry supports. All oppose nuclear power that can produce clean cheap electricity, the key to economic development and prosperity in the Third World. Makes sense when viewed in this context.

  42. nm

    I want to give an example of a classic middle-class American I know.

    She is 60 years old, saved her money for 40 years, paid off her mortgage, has no other debt (no credit card debt, no car payment, etc) and has about $350,000 in savings, which are parked at Bank of America (I believe)

    She has very little knowledge about what is being discussed here or about the federal reserve’s policies in general. I once tried to talk to her about buying gold, but she will not touch her $350,000 in cash savings (not even one penny of it); She’s lived a very frugal live, is very risk averse and that ‘s what she believes in.

    I asked her what would happen if the market collapsed by 40% and reduced her $350K savings? She said she’d just work till she was 80.

    I think she’s in a better financial position than most given her lack of debt but this is where most middle-class Americans are. They believe their savings will be okay and they’ll be fine and have no clue about what Bernanke is doing or how it will affect them.

    • Greg Hunter

      NM,
      Please have your friend read this story http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/is-your-money-safe-at-the-bank-an-economist-says-no-and-withdraws-his/ A Harvard trained PhD economist just pulled $1 million out of B of A. You friend should have several banks (Small ones) and cash at home and some gold and silver coins. (I sell zero investments, so I do not have a dog in this fight.)
      Greg

      • Ugly

        Greg,
        Good articles on the pbs. I read them all, including the one where the author feels that America will come back and emerge #1 do to manufacturing and energy development. I hope he is right, but it has taken many years to degrade where we are today, thus I feel his optimism is past our lifetime. The money in banks was a good article. That has been my content too. No interest has been paid since about 2007, so why keep too much in it?

      • smaulgld

        It was a little strange (a) the he would have that much money given his profession, (b) that he would have had it all in a no interest mostly uninsured (FDIC only partially covers $1 million) checking account.

  43. mohammad

    Sorry again for multiple posts but this one is BIG:

    http://news.yahoo.com/syria-rejected-us-talks-bid-without-kerry-apology-162844274.html

    “Damascus (AFP) – Syria’s foreign minister said Saturday his delegation had rejected a US request for direct talks unless Secretary of State John Kerry apologised for his remarks at the Geneva II talks.

    “The Americans asked us to negotiate directly with them in Montreux,” Walid Muallem told Syrian state media on the plane home from 10 days of peace talks in the Swiss cities of Montreux and Geneva.”

    “But we refused to do so before Secretary of State John Kerry APOLOGIZED for what he said at the conference,” Muallem added, in remarks carried by state news agency SANA.

    • Greg Hunter

      Mohammad,
      What a mess!!! How can this end well??!!
      Greg

  44. Amman

    Greg, you had a guest on recently where you mentioned Gordon Brown’s warning of a crash. “Errr….. go ahead and tell them there’s gonna be a crash” is the quote I think. Can you tell me who that guest and episode was ? Appreciate it.

  45. Rodster

    The military industrial complex continues to expand and I fear it’s in our future. 😕

    “Lockheed Martin Tests Robotic Convoys for Military”
    http://www.occupycorporatism.com/lockheed-martin-tests-robotic-convoys-military/

  46. allen ols

    Greg,
    I mentioned to Jim Willie a response to Gerald Celentes interview on KWN concerning currency breakdown, etc; Here is what he jus comented;

    BIG GUY,
    the system is really accelerating quickly in the breakdown collapse
    numerous central banks (mostly smaller like Thailand) are cashing in their USD cash at a 35% discount on value
    they are taking local currency, like Thai Baht
    it is all accelerating

    fopusawd al ols

  47. Jerry

    Greg I ran across this article the other day.
    There’s no need to panic, but I think everyone should start heading toward the back of the Bus. Impact in ……5……..4……..3………2………

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/is-your-money-safe-at-the-bank-an-economist-says-no-and-withdraws-his/

  48. Baboo

    You’re one of the good guys Mr. Hunter but to called what is happening in Syria a “civil war” is extremely misleading. Expected better from you than mouthing NWO platitudes. What is happening in Syria is a foreign invasion.

    • Greg Hunter

      Baboo,
      You are totally correct. I have stated this many times in the past but for brevity I simply called it a civil war. At it’s heart it is the Sunni vs. Shia with the West and East backing the two sides. Thank you for your support.
      Greg

    • mohammad

      I agree Baboo 100%
      It is an invasion!

      And here am going to ask a question, Why Libya’s invasion by NATO happened?
      Some will say for its oil,
      Some will say for its gold,
      Some will say because Qaddafi was deviating from dollar……etc!
      Here is my take on Libya:

      If it was not for the invasion of Libya, Syria would of never happened period!
      They lured the dumb “revolutionists” there with the NATO military intervention in Libya whilst the whole thing was just to bate Syria.
      Unfortunately some Syrians thought if they spark it the NATO will hurry with their planes ALA LIBYA……and they fell big time. Am so sad, i will not forgive the ignorant Syrians who fall into NATO trap and destroyed their own country with their own hands. So sad, but you know what? The only enemy to oneself is his/her ignorance!

  49. smaulgld

    Here is some good news on gold and silver-January’s U.S. Mint sales were quite robust. I’ve done a full break down of January’s and prior years’ sales, with gold to silver sales and price ratios http://smaulgld.com/the-silver-to-gold-sales-ratio-january-2014/

  50. Ken

    Hello Greg, thanks again for your alternative view or more importantly your sum and substance view of reality as opposed to what the presstitutes are propagating to keep their masters wealth and casino alive. In my humble opinion the rabbit hole goes deep and there is a powerful collective at the top of the pyramid that has long ago removed all the world’s borders and are planning the consolidation of the planets resources and subjugation of its people. The US and its military are but a lower layer in this pyramid. I know it sounds like a grand conspiracy scheme but you can now see it desperately being employed by the banking cartel. They are all tied together and if something else besides money controls the world please let me know what that is.
    I think at some point we have to destroy the Darwinian paradigm that might makes right or that only the strongest survives and therefore the Bush Doctrine is necessary in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, etc. for the survival of the US. That’s falling into the “US is exceptional” propaganda or the Aryan racist philosophy that only we can lead the world. You intimate Obama looks weak for not following the Bush doctrine in Syria and Iran more forcefully but he already has and it only creates more enemies.
    It has become very clear to the American people that We the People don’t influence much less control our government. The illusion that a vote affords us any leverage at the table of our politicians has been shattered by the revelations that both political parties have been working in concert to spy on the American citizenry and they got caught lying to us. They openly admit that they lied and now say they have to do it “to keep us safe.” They don’t even care to hide their agenda any longer. We are slaves to these people and they don’t think we have the courage to stand up for our rights.
    When the government decides to push through banker bailouts, funding and arming Al Qaeda, PRISM, the Patriot Act, FISA, the National Defense Authorization Act, National Defense Resources Preparedness Act, lay siege to our 2nd and 4th amendments etc., all while ignoring opposition by a vast majority of citizens, it is clear that the paradigm has shifted and the American value of representation by and for the people is lost.
    I don’t have all the answers but the best we can do is see through the BS and I thank you for exposing the truth. You are one of the last true investigative journalists, thanks again.

    • Greg Hunter

      Ken,
      Thank you Ken!!
      Greg

  51. mohammad

    Greg,

    Just to change the subject.
    My daughters look at your photo and say: Dad are you on the website of the HANDSOME!

    • Greg Hunter

      Mohammad,
      You need to take your daughters for glasses tomorrow. I am sure they need them, but thank them for me.
      Greg

  52. mohammad

    Greg,

    On Alarabiya there is a program called PANORAMA, I follow it since it gives some insight on the Syrian situation.

    Yesterday’s episode when the host was talking to the Adam Ereli from washington, an object passed behind him on the mark 8:40 from the recording, did not look like a plane to me, can any one tell me what the hell was that?

    http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/programs/panorama/2014/02/03/بانوراما-جنيف-2-النظام-يغرق-المفاوضات-بالتفاصيل.html

    • On The Beach

      That was a UFO!

  53. Neil Niessen

    Hey what happened to the Jim Willie -G20 interview it just disappeared of the internet……???

    • Greg Hunter

      Neil,
      I was not posted here.
      Greg

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