Guilty! Global Banksters Walk

Care to guess which banks have pleaded guilty to criminal charges and are paying $5-billion in fines?

JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

UBS got whacked for #$203-million in fines.  And Bank of America got hit with a $205-million fine, too. 

All of which should erode your confidence in the banking and justice systems, because despite the fines, everyone (wink-wink) knows that most of these guys are too big to fail.

So it will be business (and campaign contributions) as usual.

Disgusting, but that’s how we roll when government is owned by corporate interests to the point where it doesn’t even control the money anymore.

CFNAI

That what?  Chicago Fed National Activity Index.  Out this morning and up a tad for April:

Led by gains in employment-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) moved up to –0.15 in April from –0.36 in March. Two of the four broad categories of indicators that make up the index increased from March, but only one of the four categories made a positive contribution to the index in April.

Markets are set to open down just a bit. 

Three Day Weekend Notes

I should have told you Tuesday to fill up the car.

Gas prices as of this morning are up a nickel from a week ago, according to the Triple A Fuel Gauge report.

Tomorrow morning we get the Consumer Price report, and I expect the gas increase (almost 30-cents in the past month) will be blamed for the increase. 

Has nothing to do with run-away money printing and buying our own bonds, you don’t suppose, do you?

Greeced and Ready

You did see, I trust, that Greece is supposed to go bust in June?

That’s why Germany, France, and Greece are talking about (look surprised) another bailout.

One of the bigger scams in media, when you read up on Greece debt problems, is how finance writers are all warning of oh, how terrible it would be, to see them opt out of the EU.

Are you kidding?  Living on made-up money? And being forced into national indentures run by scoundrels?

Greeks, I reckon, would find a way to care for one another. Because don’t look now but the bankers scree of the EU are “Greeced and ready” to put it to another victim country.

Bailing Out the EU

Meantime, we have to look at NATO – when the US in its stupidity – has not been  adequately compensated for since day one.

As smaller countries of Europe are scheming to get permanent NATO forces, including US soldiers, we note the CATO Institute’s recent comment:

U.S. leaders need to face the reality that the United States has weak security dependents, not worthwhile military allies, in NATO.  It was a colossal mistake even to bring such nations into the alliance.  It would be even greater folly to deepen our existing entanglement.  Instead, we need to jettison such unwise commitments before a crisis erupts.

And, what the hell (if you don’t mind me asking) is NATO doing in Afghanistan in the first place?  NATO plans to be there through 2016….and don’t take this wrong, but if we can simply embargo Iran into submission, why didn’t we burn the opium poppies and just leave?

Oh, wait…I forgot myself:  When the world of consumer goods is flat to declining, there’s not much left in the way of levers to generate instant activity other than war and disease outbreaks, is there?

The Spies Who Love You

NSA types have to be thrilled with the lack of public outrage over the renewal of the Patriot Act.

About the only one standing with any balls on this seems to be Rand Paul, and he’s already been marginalized by the corporate run media.

I figure someone has Mitch McConnell in their pocket…why else would a nominal republican vote for such massive government intrusions to continue?  (Campaign money?  Control file? Threats?  Who knows…but this ain’t the small government crowd that used to be republicans who have largely wandered off disgusted with things…)

Meantime, the FBI/Just-Us Dept are tooting the sacre-me press into a whipped up stampede of lemmings.

All that surveillance, all that social mapping and all that money into fusion centers and we still get shooters in Texas going for cartoonists and the Marathon bombing.  So is that worth…’scuse me…how many billions and how many freedoms because from where I sit, we’re not getting our money’s worth.

Oh…but God, ain’t it cool that government funding is underwriting the model airplane hobby by relabeling it UAVs?

Slick but sick…that’s how to read it.

Pissinoff China – US War-making Efforts

China is building military bases on former atolls in the South China Sea.  Digging up sea bottom and piling up sand and dirt.

The US is trying to keep that open as “international waters.”

So we go in with surveillance planes.

Now China is pissed and telling the US to leave their area.

The press is (pressured?) promoting the idea that the Chinese expansionism is “Over 600 miles from their mainland.”

Yeah…uh-huh.  Let me ask you something:  How far from San Francisco to one of our unsinkable aircraft carriers like, oh, Guam, for example?   (5,798 miles, but don’t tell China that…this is a lop-sided battle for your brain.  You ain’t supposed to think this stuff through.  Just swallow the pill, right?)

This is merely a side-show until we get to the new war phase in the Middle East.  But according to my calendar, that’s not until, oh, about June second, or so.  So won tons and weapons in the meantime.

Oh, and sure in the interest of fair and balanced, how far is Diego Garcia from San Fran??

10,130 miles. 

So sure, we will scream “American exceptionalism – World Cops – Up against the wall”. 

But in point of fact, the US economic zone expands just a tiny, wee bit further than China which is making its own islands.

GMAFB.

Comments

Guilty! Global Banksters Walk — 6 Comments

  1. Where does the bankster money fines get paid to? The banks in the end?

  2. I just want to know why someone hasn’t used the salient argument that all of the dollars spent on DHS and its ilk are the dollars that were supposed to be spent on infrastructure. Hence we know what George had for breakfast but we don’t know why that bridge fell down or that train crashed. McConnell does not seem to have the best interests of our populace at heart, but rather those to whom he answers, and that ain’t the citizens of our fine country.

  3. Wasn’t Greece supposed to go bankrupt last month as well then outta the blue they pull millions or billions (its all the same) outta there secret special savings account. Something tells me they’ll have another secret special savings account they can pull from. These will be emergency funds ofc. They have been keeping them safe all this time. Right….

  4. 5 billion in fines 25 billion made. If that’s the case lets play this game again kids. You naughty boys, smack on your hands. Now get back to work.

  5. It’s quite alright for US to topple the legal government of Hawaii which is how far out in the Pacific 2,467 miles and add it to our bag of empire.