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  • And Then There Was More Debt, Weaponized Oil And War Expansion [View article]
    Not sure where the "we paid debt off" comes from, because according to the US Treasury, the USA had $2 billion in debt in 1900 and $252 billion in 1949, without a single year showing zero. Then we reached $5 trillion in 1996 (no, there was no debt reduction under Bill Clinton, only shuffling), reached $10 trillion under George Bush, and are now celebrating $18 trillion.

    http://1.usa.gov/pyqsn2
    Jan 27, 2015. 12:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • And Then There Was More Debt, Weaponized Oil And War Expansion [View article]
    It's not my definition of "restructure," it's the industry's definition as it applies to debt, and that is one topic of the article. Within that context, restructuring means that the debtor cannot meet the obligations as defined by the contract--loan, bond, etc.

    Certainly one can restructure anything (change the basic structure), but in political lingo you don't' restructure the tax code, you "reform it." Research it! You're an English major!!!

    But I can tell that you are desperate for a date, want to dance and then kiss, and I'm not your type. So sorry!
    Jan 26, 2015. 11:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • And Then There Was More Debt, Weaponized Oil And War Expansion [View article]
    @fripp1: Einstein once said that one should keep it simple, but no simpler, and in this case it appears that you don't understand the word "restructuring." I do not defend the oil wars, as you put it, or the spending that republicans are responsible for, and, as free instruction, jobs programs are not the responsibility of government because they never work only because they're clueless as to what industry needs. It's all smoke and mirrors!

    And whenever anyone jumps from the weeds and starts pointing fingers at the opposite political side without looking in the mirror, we know that we have an idiot in your midst. Einstein enough for you?
    Jan 26, 2015. 09:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • And Then There Was More Debt, Weaponized Oil And War Expansion [View article]
    Ah, the ever elusive "prescription for a debt fix." There's a simple answer for that, especially when levels are excessive, and I've sprinkled it across several articles over time: It's called restructuring, in a polite manner, or bankruptcy when being practical.

    Another option which never works and will never be adopted is to significantly increase taxes across the board coupled with reducing government spending which may lead to social unrest. In short, there's no good answer want that's why Greece wants to write-off part of the debt because the adoption of austerity is insufficient and counter-productive.

    Now, there are those that live in Disneyland and think that the castles and characters are real, and all will be well only if all of us dress up like princesses and pretend to have tea from empty cups, and will swear that those thick textbooks from yesteryear show that it works by building bridges and roads, and feeding toads when they don't' want to. Yes, it does, sweet pea, now go take a nap and resume your dreaming!

    Hope this helps. All the best!
    Jan 26, 2015. 05:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • And Then There Was More Debt, Weaponized Oil And War Expansion [View article]
    If you haven't noticed, I'm a short-term trader, thus the "I couldn't care less where markets go." My only long-term position is gold (UGL) which I have held through thick and thin for almost one year and I'm back to almost even ($1,350 entry point). The bet there is war, pure and simple, not inflation.
    Jan 22, 2015. 08:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • And Then There Was More Debt, Weaponized Oil And War Expansion [View article]
    "by receiving the principal when the bonds come due..." You mean the $18 trillion in principal, USA alone, that has been spent and must repaid with another $18 trillion that must be raised in the bond market, regardless of whether democrats or republicans did it or are in power in the future? Oh, how the stars and bright and tantalizing... and blinding!
    Jan 22, 2015. 04:21 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sino Turbulence Shows A Failed State In Motion [View article]
    I cease to publish at SA due to the site's political bias. The response of my latest article was as follows:

    "Thanks for the submission, but we will pass as this focuses primarily on the politics vs the investing ideas that we focus on delivering to our readers."

    article link: http://bit.ly/1C58Jod
    Jan 20, 2015. 03:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sino Turbulence Shows A Failed State In Motion [View article]
    Have a United Airlines electronic travel certificate that expires on 1/18/15, and worth $87.90. If anyone can use it, please feel free to take it (first come, first serve). Here's the code: 7G36CX2EM8
    Jan 17, 2015. 10:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sino Turbulence Shows A Failed State In Motion [View article]
    http://on.ft.com/1ruQgPa

    “There are large numbers of companies across China that should go bankrupt but haven’t done so,” says Han Chuanhua, a bankruptcy lawyer at Zhongzi Law Office, a Beijing legal practice. “The government doesn’t want to see bankruptcy because as soon as companies go bust, unemployment spikes and tax revenues disappear. By stopping companies from going bankrupt, officials are able to maintain the illusion of local prosperity, economic growth and stable taxes.”
    Dec 29, 2014. 07:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sino Turbulence Shows A Failed State In Motion [View article]
    "UBS Raises Flag on China’s $1 Trillion Overseas Debt Pile."

    http://bloom.bg/1CBcaUO
    Dec 28, 2014. 09:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sino Turbulence Shows A Failed State In Motion [View article]
    Exactly! I guess I got under your skin, and it's not "Another food for thought," it's "here's food for thought." All the best!
    Dec 23, 2014. 08:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sino Turbulence Shows A Failed State In Motion [View article]
    Just to clarify: Portugal was a colonial power and always sought to help itself through exploitation, not the poor countries. Do we suffer from ostrich syndrome?

    Breaking News: First Hong Kong, now Macau. "China tightens grip on Macau as dissent rises in gambling hub."

    http://reut.rs/1raGW2L
    Dec 21, 2014. 10:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sino Turbulence Shows A Failed State In Motion [View article]
    "China is helping other poor countries." No, not really. China is exploiting other countries, because I know that first hand, especially Africa. Trust me.
    Dec 21, 2014. 09:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sino Turbulence Shows A Failed State In Motion [View article]
    And...? Trying to rain on parade? Don't worry, I have a special umbrella with anti-idiot repellent. Although I respect Gordon Chang and he is correct about China, he's not the only one. Here's one Chang 2010 prediction that hasn't happened: "By 2013 Japan will overtake China and become, once again, the world’s second-largest economy."

    http://onforb.es/13nUSvf

    Here's the one thing that I predict: End of communist party control in 2021. All the best!
    Dec 20, 2014. 11:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sino Turbulence Shows A Failed State In Motion [View article]
    Ben: Let me bring some perspective to the word "pride." 500 years ago Portugal, my birthplace, gave more to the world than China ever will, and, as a matter of trivia, Macau, the gambling hub with 16 km2, was given to the Portuguese by China as a gift for helping fight pirates. Now it took for a handful of nuts to travel half way around the globe to kill pirates because apparently the Chinese, like the French, were lovers, not fighters. As a matter of fact Napoleon sent his generals to Portugal three times and got his ass kicked ever single time. Now do you see how easy it is to be proud of my country.

    In 1974 Portugal had a revolution where not a single shot was fired, and soldiers had carnations in the barrels of their guns, and after 48 years of fascism and enduring the political police which was the last vestige of the Gestapo, there was hope that the new generation (my generation) would bring Portugal back to its former glory.

    As it stands, Portugal is a basket case of debt, inefficiency, corruption, and sheer stupidity. I came to the conclusion, and in a general sense, that we were very good at sailing little ships into unknown oceans, fighting and stealing, and those skills are no longer needed. That's how pride is thrown out the window, and I cannot overlook reality just because I was born there.

    We can pick and choose stats and blindly hope that the truth is actually a lie, but, as I have pointed out before, China has been around for 5,000 years and being overpopulated is hardly an excuse. Thus, did China economically wake up after 4980 years had passed by?

    You're a smart man, and I'm going to give you one major problem that to explain would require disclosure of genetic research: The one child policy has created a brain drain for at least one generation!!! All the best.
    Dec 20, 2014. 08:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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