Well it finally happened. Main Street, or at least hick street stood up to DC and DC backed down. The Bundy Ranch, located a stone's throw from Harry Reid's spread in Searchlight Nevada has been the scene of a twenty year battle by the Fed's to stamp out ranching in the name of protecting the supposedly endangered desert tortoise. Finally, the heavy hand of the government was going to end the dispute once and for all. What they weren't counting was a convergence of thousands of concerned citizens coming to the rescue. Once the Feds realized that the sheeple were mad as hell and weren't going to take it any more it was all over. 

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We had a long discussion with Jim Rickards about his new book and the coming death of the dollar, along with most of the world's major currencies. According to Jim, the IMF is already going through dry runs for the day the inevitable occurs. The world has been in a depression for at least the past 6-7 years and there's nothing that the central banks have been able to do to stop it. In fact they've made it worse. The world's governments have been asleep at the wheel and that's why we are where we are today. A most compelling interview. 

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After years of such wonderful results in the US, the ECB is ready to go all in on QE for Europe. Seems that they just can't take a strong Euro any longer. That and cutting interests rates to Zero and perhaps they can tank the Euro without really trying. And we thought that failure was an orphan.

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Ann Marie Murrell of Politichick.TV fills us in on what's going on in California. While liberalism continues to run amuck, Hollywood as the epicenter of the film industry continues its decline. We turned to the confrontation that took place outside of Las Vegas, where the Bureau of Land Management sought to shutdown a family ranch that had been in operation since 1870. Just when it appeared that all Hell was about to break loose, cooler heads prevailed and the BLM backed off, for now.

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Mondays with Andrew Hoffman:

  • The Ukraine going from bad to worse;
  • First week after sales tax hike in Japan sales down 25%;
  • What if anything has been successful about Abenomics;
  • ECB 1.4 trillion QE coming;
  • Draghi says loosening of monetary policy coming soon;
  • In US 20 percent food price increase affecting fake PPI numbers;
  • FOMC minutes proved ending fake ZIRP was false;
  • HFT and Flash Boys discussion;
  • Gold physicla demand keeps going up-wonder why.
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Russian foreign policy always seems to be focused on a goal and centered around a strategy. American foreign policy has been chasing its tail for so long that no one can remember what it is trying to accomplish. Add to that seemingly endless pointless wars and no wonder why most of the population seems to return to isolationism.

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When it comes to what's going on in Hollywood or the networks, James Hirsen always gets it right. He saw this one coming. Seems Letterman just can't click with those younger audiences and he can't produce those viral videos the way that others do. But is Colbert the right person to replace him? After all, who is he really? Guess we'll find out soon enough.

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I'm halfway through Michael Lewis's book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. I wish I could say there was anything in there that surprised me. What a shocker, Wall Street is rigged. Since the first share was sold to an unsuspecting public, the markets have always been rigged. It's just that technology allows it to be done on a scale never before imagined. Just like spying on your phone calls or emails or texts. Governments have been spying on their citizens since the beginning of time, it's just that technology makes it so damn easy. And governments have been rigging the markets too. And now they never stop. 

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Rick Ackerman is a trader's trader. As a result he's usually focused on the short term looking to make a profit where he can. He's amazed that the grand illusion, the existing stock market scam, has gone on for as long as it has. As a perma-bear he thinks it's just about run its course, but as a trader he's never sure about anything. But he sure likes the June gold contract. 

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Jan Skoyles is one of those rare people, a young person who has read history and understands the value of sound money. She is Head of Research at The Real Asset Company, a platform for secure and efficient gold investment. Jan first became interested in precious metals and sound money when she met Ned Naylor-Leyland whilst working alongside him in the summer of 2010. She sees gold and bitcoin doing quite well in 2014 and beyond. 

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David Barnett is a long term listener to FSN. He's also an expert at local investing. He agrees with Charles Hugh Smith that local investing is the way to go and he's got a number of unique strategies on how to get it done. From leasing cars to your friends/neighbors, to providing local businesses with equipment financing, David knows how to help his community and earn big returns in the process.. 

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Professor Laurence Kotlikoff sees more and larger deficits ahead. Even though the Fed is ending Quantitative Easing and pulling the punch bowl away, there's no desire on the part of the administration or congress to get their act together. Thus, the situation will continue to deteriorate until a real disaster occurs. 

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Sandy Botkin, noted CPA and attorney joined us for a discussion of the right way to send your child to college. Rather than taking on a mountain of debt, you can get your child a first rate education and still have cash left in the bank. The key is figuring out what your child wants/needs to get out of their higher education and then planning the most cost-effective means of achieving it. That might mean community college for 2 years or it could require attending a fine state school and saving a fortune. The key is not to get taken in by fancy college brands. 

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J.B. Glossinger a/k/a The Morning Coach, is an internationally known speaker, author, coach and consultant. His goal is to help people manifest what they want in their business, organizational and personal lives. He is a master of human potential and development, helping individuals and organizations learn how to break through to the next level. J.B. enthusiastically shares what he has learned from his personal transformations, his corporate and personal experiences, and his MBA and Ph.D. background. He offers a unique perspective, bringing pragmatic approaches to a new and evolving world. His ideas are interesting and fresh, combining the wisdom of the ages with modern science.

From selling jumbo jets to starting his own successful companies, J.B. is very familiar with the corporate world. His firms include the Alive Foundation, Inc., (AliveFoundation.com) — which launched MorningCoach.com, the world’s largest real-time personal-development resource on the Web—and PowerBizCoach.com, the world’s first kaizen business-improvement system.

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Steve Simpson is the director of Legal Studies at the Ayn Rand Institute. He believes that the latest SCOTUS case Mccutchen v. FEC which eliminated the aggregate limit on individual campaign contributions. Steve thinks this is a blow for free speech as limiting how much money one can contribute is tantamount to limiting one's right to free speech. It will be interesting to see how the few remaining campaign contribution limits hold up in future court decisions. 

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Danielle Park and I connected for a discussion of that most scarce commodity on Wall Street, morality. Yes, there's widespread thievery taking place in the financial system and nobody seems to care. Will Michael Lewis's new book be the impetus for massive change of the system? Danielle thinks it will be, but I'm not so sure. Time will tell. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:31 PM
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James Turk's new book The Money Bubble is nothing, if not timely. We talk about how the current system is way beyond Keynsian, it's virtually certain to end in another crisis. All the signs are there, but few wish to recognize them. We also discuss how the gold standard should be listed in the Bill of Rights. As Mises said it does more to protect civil liberties from despotic governments than anything else. We'll soon see why. 

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We connected with former Congressman John LeBoutillier about the upcoming elections and the prospect for a Republican takeover of the Senate. So far, we've hear absolutely nothing of the prospective majority's plans for the replacement of the nightmare called Obamacare. If they are to succeed, a plan be proposed and implemented at some point. Then the fireworks will begin. 

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John Rubino of DollarCollapse.com joined us for our regular Monday discussion. Talk quickly turned to High Frequency Fraud. Is this the straw that will break the banks' and Wall Street's back. Will it cause the public to finally reject the entire financial system and walk away? There's an awakening taking place. The people are tired of being shorn of their hard earned savings. Does it all end here? If not now, when? 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:08 PM
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We first met Larken Rose in Philadelphia at an End the Fed/Ron Paul Rally. It was a cold rainy day, but thousands chose to attend, despite the weather. Larken has chosen to confront the government and the ruling class at every opportunity. He has put his own personal safety aside because he believes the truth is too important. He is convinced we are winning. 

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The Reverend Robert A. Sirico is President of the Acton Institute, who's stated mission is "To promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles." Can raising the minimum be moral when it results in the weakest people losing their employment, or causes those who are least employable to never obtain employment? The obvious answer is no. Raising the minimum wage causes companies to increase automation and eliminate lower paying jobs. We've seen it over and over again. 

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Mondays with Andrew Hoffman:

  • Japan sales tax hike takes effect;
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    Nikkei flat for 12 months;
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    Japanese GDP flat;
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    Government approval rating tanking;
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    Sec Def Hagel committing to defending Japan against China;
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    Is China Lehman Brothers;
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    Schiller says China’s problems are the world’s problems;
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    ECB has 1 Trillion Euro’s QE;
  • NFP 3 percent 'buff said 2.68 today;
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    Mortgage originations hit all time low;
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    Ukraine is not de-escalating;
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    Non-dollar deals picking up;
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    What will it take to prevent 2008 redux. 
     
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:18 PM
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For the 7th year running New York State has the dubious honor of being the highest taxed state in the nation. It's citizens are even taxed more than California, New Jersey and Connecticut. Is it any wonder why people are fleeing to lower taxes states like Texas and Florida. When the situation gets intolerable, people vote with their feet. 57 percent of all cigarettes in the Empire State have been smuggled in from lower taxed states as well. If you're going to smoke, move to Virginia or Missouri. It's a much better deal. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:14 PM
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Dave Kranzler was on talking about the end of the so-called real estate recovery. Looks like the signs of the real estate recovery were greatly hyped. Now it's looking quite bleak once again, unless you're a foreigner looking for a green card. Watch closely for the next phase of the crash, it's well under way. Dave also gives a couple of good miners that well poised for the next precious metals prices surge. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:13 PM
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Keith Schaefer is one of the best energy analysts out there. After watching the natural gas draw down this winter and record price spikes, utlities have been on a spring buying spree. In the next two weeks, we'll find out if their spree is over or whether they'll keep buying. This will determine whether prices stay firm or whether they'll collapse. Oil prices have remained surprisingly steady and will probably remain so, depending upon the Saudis. Ethanol prices have been all over the board and Keith is keeping a hands-off attitude. If next winter is like this one, imagine where prices could go.

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