U$ Dollar 2Collapse ’cause U.S. House of Representative Bill “H.R. 2847” read more……

What do you think? http://pro.stansberryresearch.com/1310PSIEANEW/PPSIQ156/

On July 1, 2014 the U.S. Dollar Will Officially Collapse; because, on this date, U.S. House of Representative Bill “H.R. 2847” goes into full  effect, making it essentially impossible for Americans to protect their savings.  

Since no one is talking about this right now, we will assume, you, the reader, does know now..

Let me be redundant here… We know that this collapse will coincide with a new Federal law that goes into effect this year; So, how prepared are you? You now have only 6 months left to figure out about your money, what are you doing?  –  

You See…people who do have lots of money and  know how to spend their money are busy calling the shots in our government…..read on!

Who Really Calls the Shots in Our Government?

http://www.capitolhilldaily.com/2013/04/nra-influence-national-politics/ 
Published Fri, Apr 19th, 2013   Chief Political Analyst
Congress has proven once again that it’s a special interest world – the rest of us are just living in it.

Yesterday, the Senate voted against tighter restrictions on guns and gun owners, effectively ending the push that began in the wake of the Newtown, CT school shooting. But the real story here isn’t the vote – it’s the NRA. You see, the NRA spends millions of dollars lobbying and giving contributions to members of the U.S. Senate. The Senate vote on gun control just proves how effective the NRA’s strategy really is. And I want to talk about this strategy because it provides an excellent view into how Capitol Hill really works. Folks are always telling me they don’t understand why this or that happened on Capitol Hill. Well, it’s time to shed some light on it. Now, as a matter of disclosure, I want to let you know that I’m a life member of the NRA. I agree with the NRA’s position against restricting the ownership of firearms by law-abiding citizens. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I want to talk about processThe White House is in Shock Right now, the U.S. Senate is controlled by the Democrats. Yet since the Democrats “defected” to the NRA, the Senate just totally jammed their exalted leader. Barack Obama’s scheme to add additional rules, restrictions, regulations and limitations to gun ownership lost big. In a progression of votes on amendments, the truth became clear: No one, Democrats included, wants to mess with the Second Amendment. Even Sen. Harry Reid, Obama’s supposed point man in the Senate, didn’t seem like he wanted to deliver. Thus the central proposal to expand background checks was voted down 54-46. Remember – in the Senate, such bills don’t just need a majority. They require 60 votes to get past a virtually guaranteed filibuster. The White House had even set in motion an intensive, coast-to-coast lobbying campaign that featured gut-wrenching pleas from families of the Newtown school shooting victims. But it didn’t help. And Obama administration officials were visibly angry after his agenda got shellacked. The anger level was so high that even Obama spoke out. “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” he said of the vote, adding that the effort “is not over.” But in reality, it’s likely all over. The Power of the NRA In a democracy, a president always gets his chance. But one third of the Senate and the entire House have to face the voters in 18 months, and these members know that the NRA can sway elections. No amount of tears from the Newtown families is likely to trump electoral politics in Washington. So how does the NRA have such massive influence on national politics? They’ve only got about five million members, compared to a country of over 300 million. First, it’s important to note that the NRA political machine is truly bipartisan. The NRA will support anyone – liberal, conservative, whatever – as long as that congressman is good on one thing: guns. It’s this laser focus that gives the NRA such strength. Secondly, everyone in Washington understands that elections are won at the margin. And the NRA specializes in being the margin of victory. It specializes in securing the votes that put a candidate over the top, and not just in the general election. The NRA also plays in primaries. And members of Congress hate primaries. Because of a dirty secret called gerrymandering – the bizarre construction of political regions intended to benefit the political elite – most congressional districts are heavily dominated by just one party. This means that most incumbents will win… as long as they don’t lose in their party’s primary. And if you’re down on guns, the NRA will actively recruit a candidate to take you out in the primary election. For this reason, congressmen fear primary challenges. Keep Your Friends Close… The NRA is wonderful to its friends and brutal to its enemies. It’s the domestic policy equivalent of Teddy Roosevelt’s edict to speak softly and carry a big stick. Everyone knows the NRA carries a big stick. But if you’re on its side, campaign funds flow, and the NRA will take special care to help you when you need it. So if you’ve ever wondered why an incumbent president can’t push his agenda through a U.S. Senate that’s controlled by his own party, now you know. In three years Barack Obama will be history, but the NRA will still haunt you if you cross them. Once again, a special interest carries the day on Capitol Hill. Your Eyes on the Hill, Floyd Brown

Floyd Brown boasts a lifetime of political involvement, ranging from political appointee in the Reagan campaigns and consultant to the Bush, Dole and Forbes presidential campaigns – to his current role as the President of the Western Center for Journalism, a nonprofit dedicated to informing and equipping Americans who love freedom. Learn More >

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Invites Grant Applications from Latino Artists and Arts Organizations

Here is a chance to Free Money for those engaged in Arts and Cultures. And if the organization you are managing happened to be Arts Organization or if you are a Latino Artist then you are in luck.. better take this opportunity to fund your cause before the deadline

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 6, 2014

http://www.philanthropynewsdigest.org/news

Launched in 2005 by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the NALAC Fund for the Arts provides a variety of grants to Latino artists and arts organizations in the United States for the development, creation, presentation, and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to their professional and organizational growth.

The fund supports Latino working artists, ensembles, and Latino arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts. To date, NFA has awarded over $1 million to a diverse range of artists and organizations representing every discipline and region of the country.

NFA Grants for Latino Artists and Ensembles support the work of individual artists and ensembles in all disciplines. The NFA offers two grant categories for artists and ensembles, including Artist/Ensemble Project grants and Master Artist grants. These grants are open to Latino artists and ensembles in the United States.

1) NFA Artist/Ensemble Project Grant: Designed to recognize excellence in an artist’s body of work and nurture the creative and professional development of the artist, this grant supports individuals whose work demonstrates excellence and the potential for impacting the Latino arts field. Funds may be used to support the creation, development, and/or presentation of work; equipment purchases necessary for artistic production; research and travel; professional and career development; living and studio expenses; technical support, studio assistance, and collaborations; and documentation, production expenses, and maintenance. Up to fourteen project grants of $5,000 each will be awarded during this grant cycle.

2) NFA Master Artist Grant: This grant recognizes established Latino artists for their cultural contributions and significance in their communities and also provides support that enables the master artist to serve as a professional and artistic mentor to another artist. The Master Artist grant will be awarded in support of an exemplary mentor-mentee project that enables knowledge and skill transfer between a master artist and a mentee artist. Up to three $15,000 Master Artist grants will be awarded during this grant cycle.

In addition, NALAC’s NFA Grants for Latino Arts Organizations support the work of arts organizations whose primary focus is Latino arts and culture in any arts discipline. NFA offers two grant categories for organizations, including Project grants and General Operating Support grants. These grants are open to Latino arts organizations in the United States.

1) NFA Organization Project Grant: These grants are designed to assist organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming. Project grant funds may be used to support the creation, development, and presentation of an artistic work or festival; equipment and material purchases necessary for artistic production; research and travel; and marketing, production, and documenting expenses.

2) NFA General Operating Support Grant: GOS grants help arts organizations cover expenses related to strengthening the organization’s infrastructure and ability to fulfill its mission. Funds may be used to support several activities, including capacity-building initiatives, strategic planning, investment in technical capacity, and staff development.

Up to eight $5,000 grants will be awarded to small organizations with operating budgets under $249,999 and up to four $10,000 grants will be awarded to larger organizations with operating budgets above $250,000.

Funded projects may take place between September 1 and August 31, 2015. To be eligible, applicants must be NALAC members at the individual or organization level.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the NALAC Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

SUBJECTS: ARTS AND CULTUREHISPANICS/LATINOS

ORGANIZATION: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LATINO ARTS AND CULTURE

GEOGRAPHIC FUNDING AREA: NATIONAL

How to Make Money with your Videos on Youtube

How to Become a YouTube Partner

In his book Entrepreneur Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business, marketing and public relations consultant Jason Rich show you how to master the secrets of successful “YouTubers” and put your brand, product or service in front of millions of potential viewers. In this edited excerpt, the author describes how you sign up for–and start earning money from–the YouTube Partner program.

The concept behind the YouTube Partner program is simple: You create and publish videos on your YouTube Channel, then do what’s necessary to build an audience for them. Each time someone views one of your videos, either a banner display ad (called an “Overlay InVideo” ad) is displayed within the video window, or a short TV commercial-style ad is played prior to your video playing. Plus, banner ads are automatically displayed on your YouTube channel page.

By Jason R. Rich

Each time someone views, clicks on or watches a video-based ad on your YouTube Channel, you earn a little revenue. How much you earn depends on a variety of criteria, including the type of ad that’s seen or responded to by the viewer. If you want to earn significant and ongoing revenues as a YouTube Partner, you’ll need to consistently generate thousands or, better yet, tens of thousands (or more) video views, each and every month.

Becoming a YouTube Partner costs nothing and is totally optional. One of the biggest benefits to becoming a YouTube Partner is that Google handles all the advertising placement, revenue collections and your payments. Once you become part of the program, Google matches up your videos with advertisers, decides what ads will appear, and keeps track of all traffic (views), as well as ad responses. YouTube then pays you accordingly for your participation in the Partner program. There’s no need for you to find, solicit or manage the advertisers. This becomes an automated process.

Once you become a YouTube Partner, you can only earn revenue from videos that contain all original content and adhere to YouTube’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. Videos that violate copyrights–for example, if your video contains copyrighted music that you don’t own or visual content that doesn’t belong to you–don’t quality for this program.

Signing Up for the YouTube Partner Program

Registering to be a YouTube Partner is something you need to do just once after your YouTube channel has been established. To add YouTube Partner functionality to your YouTube channel, access YouTube, and sign in using the same Google account information that you used to create your YouTube channel account. Then, follow these steps:

1. Near the upper-right corner of the screen, click on your username or profile picture.

2. When the YouTube menu appears, click on the YouTube “Settings” option.

3. When the YouTube “Account Settings” screen is displayed, click on the “Monetization” option. It can be found on the left side of the screen, under the “Channel Settings” option.

4. From the “Monetization” screen, click on the blue and white “Enable My Account” button.

5. A pop-up window that displays the YouTube “Monetization Agreement” will be displayed. Near the bottom-left corner of this window, add a checkmark to the three checkboxes indicating that you agree to the terms of the agreement. Click on the “I Accept” button to continue.

6. Another pop-up window will appear. This one’s labeled “Monetize My Videos.” It offers three options, each associated with a checkbox. These options include “Overlay In-Video Ads,” “TrueView In-Stream Ads” and “Videos Contain a Product Placement.” Click on the “Monetize” button that’s displayed in the lower-right corner of the “Monetize My Videos” window to continue.

As soon as you turn on the YouTube Partner functionality and opt to monetize your videos, banner ads will automatically begin appearing on your YouTube Channel page. The ads displayed are often directly relevant to the content of your video, based on the description and tags you associated with the video file. In some cases, public service announcements are shown or displayed. As a YouTube Partner, you can’t control which advertisers’ ads appear in conjunction with your videos nor do you have any say over the advertisers’ ad message or content. This is all done at the discretion of Google.

The next pop-up window that appears offers a brief introduction to how you can monetize each of the videos you upload to your YouTube Channel. This will be explained shortly. For now, click on the “Got It” button to continue.

Your YouTube channel is now set up, and you’ve been registered with the YouTube Partner program. Again, this only needs to be done once. The next step is to turn on the ad features for each of your qualifying videos. This needs to be done for each video. Then, link your Google account (YouTube channel account) to a Google AdSense account, another process that needs to be done just once. Then you’ll be up and running!

The author is an Entrepreneur contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer.

Jason R. Rich, based in Foxboro, Mass., is author of more than 55 books on topics including ecommerce, online marketing, digital photography and interactive entertainment, as well as the Apple iPhone and iPad.

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229919#ixzz2ron7mGc1

Get it only at viwidausa.org – INSIDERS’ SECRETS TO YOUR OWN MILLION DOLLAR MULTI-LEVEL EMPIRE

Whoever told you money is not good or money is the rule of all evil he/she lied to you. If you don’t have money, you might as well be homeless with no food, no water, no medical, because to acquire the basic needs for your survival you’ll need money. If you fear money then you won’t have it. If you love money then here is a way to some more money…  You can have your own million dollar multi-level empire if you want…… enjoy the article

There are any number of appealing multi-level marketing programs available these days.  Many have the capabilities of making money for the participants.  However, don’t ever delude yourself into thinking that multi-level marketing won’t cost you anything nor require much time or work on your part.  Indeed, successful selling, and that is what multi-level marketing boils down to, will require an investment of time, money, dedication and hard work!

Before you agree to any multi-level deal or begin one of your own, it will pay you to do a little bit of market research relative to the sales potential of the proposed operation.  For instance, if you can sell to a “waiting market”–one where people are ready to make a purchase–you will make money.  But if the people you attempt to recruit as members of your multi-level downline feel that they are going to have a hard time selling it to someone else, then you haven’t got much of a winning MLM program.  Regardless of how much money a program claims you can make, it will only be as successful as the market will allow.  Enthusiasim for selling, as important as it is, will not substitute for a poor product.

You should avoid programs that offer products of limited appeal such as gourmet recipes, health foods, household knick-knacks, books on needlecraft or magazine subscriptions.  Beware also of deals that require you to purchase an inventory or maintain a certain sales level.  Usually you will end up as the final customer of the product, with a supply of 400 pounds of laundry detergent or 250 pair of gold-sequined dance shoes!  Look closely for the negative aspects of an offer, and then weigh these against the ease with which you will be able to make a sale.  In the final analysis, if you have a hard time selling it, then the people you recruit to sell it for you will find it even harder to sell, and that will be the end of your “big money” multi-level program.

There are countless reports, manuals, books and other publications that will tell you how to attain riches in mail order, party plan selling, and even street corner sales.  Most all of these “how-to” publications will instruct you on how to put a mailing piece together, how often to send your offers out, and even the importance of high quality advertising pieces.  Very few, if any, come right out and help you get your offer to your most likely customers.  As you know, unless an interested buyer sees your offer, you’re not going to make any money.  Most MLM salesmen will thrash around, waste time, spend hundreds of dollars and never make any money simply because they don’t know how to get their offers to the right pe ople without it costing them an arm and a leg.

To help you reach your prospective buyers, here are some simple tips.  Regardless of what your offer entails, put together the most dynamic and appealing one-page advertising circular you can develope. The best-selling and most productive circular is one that directly tells the reader that you have a solution to his money problems. In other words, with your circular, promise him a way to make himself rich, and he’ll not only be interested, but he’ll jump at the opportunity to join your program.  Next, make it as easy as possible for anyone who sees your offer to respond.  Thus, in addition to an order coupon at the bottom of the advertising circular describing your offer, give him the chance to get involved in your program for the least possible cost.

If you’ve put together a “winning offer,” most people seeing it will want to know more.  However, if you charge them $5 registration or enrollment fees, you will lose about half of those who are interested because they are afraid of being ripped off. But, if you charge them $2 or less, almost all of the people seeing your offer will take the chance just to find out what kind of a deal you’re offering.

Let’s review:  First, you must have a ONE-PAGE advertising circular that really appeals to most of its recipients.  Secondly, it must appeal to the reader’s hopes and dreams for success.  It will also need to have a coupon the reader clips off and sends in to you for enrollment or registration in your program.  And finally, it has to be priced at $2 or less to get everybody to at least inquire further.  With these basics incorporated into your mailing piece, you will capture the largest possible share of your potential market.

Assuming you have now developed such a circular and have organized yourself thus far, take this advertising circular to a quick printer in your area.  Ask to have 10,000 of these one-page circulars printed.  This will cost you approximately $300.  If you don’t have the money, you can either work out an arrangement with the printer to pay him in 30 days or include him as a silent partner in your program. Ask him to read over your offer, explain how you intend to get it to the people, and about how much money you expect to gross from it.  Then, simply offer to split the proceeds if he will carry your printing costs for you.  While the circular is being printed, line up your initial distribution efforts.  Contact neighborhood civic or youth organizations in your city.  If unavailable, contact a local distributor of door-to-door advertising and tell them about your project.  Arrange with the leaders of these groups to pay them $20 per 1,000 if they will station people at various locations in your area and pass out one of your circulars to everyone as they pass by.  Simply tell them that you’ve got 10,000 of these circulars to hand out, and that you will pay them the $200 for handing them out on the first of the month.

The best places to hand out your circulars are those malls or shopping centers featuring discount stores, recycled clothing stores, and inventory reduction sales.  Next on your list should be flea markets, swap and shop events such as gun or boat and recreation shows, and even garage and estate sales.  Anywhere there are a lot of people congregating or coming and going is a good place to hand out your advertising circulars, all in your own home town and without postage costs.

As your workers are handing circulars out for you at strategic locations throughout the area, you should be calling in person on every shopkeeper and store owner or manager in the area.  Show them each a copy of your circular.  Explain your program to them and offer to cut them in on the profits if they will help you distribute the circulars by dropping one in the bag with purchases by each of their customers.  The best possible bet is with privately owned convenience stores and newsstands.  These small businesses won’t want to become involved in extra bookkeeping nor the handling of money for you, so you will have to devise a method of knowing from whose batch of circulars your orders come.  This is accomplished by placing a code for each of the stores on the coupons of flyers they distribute.

Simply assign a different “department number” to each store, and when you have the circulars printed for each location, insert that department code in the address to which the reader is supposed to send his order.  You will be expected to supply the circulars without cost to the distributors, including the special coding for each store.  Thus the need for a good working relationship with a printer in your area.  The amount of commission paid to the store owners will be based on the size of each order.  The percentage that you allow to each store per order received should range between 15 and 30 percent.  Of course, always try to finalize each deal for the least amount possible.

Be sure to keep good records of all your incoming orders.  It would be wise to have a separate record book for each distributor.  Thus, you can review the number of orders received from each distributor’s customers with him when you pay the distribution commission at the end of each month.  At the same time, jot the name, address and phone number of each person sending in an order onto a 3 x 5 index card or into your computer database.  Arrange these cards in alphabetical and zip code order and store them in an old shoe box.  When you have 10,000 of them, you will be able to sell them for 10 cents per name to any number of mailing list brokers.  Also, if your list is maintained on computer, you can begin renting out the mailing list for $45 to $75 per thousand names for a single use.

You will also want to clip the stamp off each envelope you receive and save these in another box.  Stamp collectors will pay you from $10 to $20 for each shoe box full of stamps you can collect.  After you have clipped the stamps off, place the envelopes with your customer’s return address in a third storage box.  When you have several boxes full of these envelopes from people who have spent money with you, mailing list companies will gladly pay you for them.

Once you’ve got your town saturated with circular distributors, be sure to leave a stack in all the barber shops and beauty salons, as well as at the counter in cafes, restaurants, bowling centers, theaters and the lodges of all the fraternal and labor unions in the area.  You can soon simply duplicate these efforts in a neighboring town or city, thus increasing your income and profitability.

The above plan is a feasible multi-level marketing and total advertising/recruiting effort on your part.  Your main thrust is to pull in as many prospects as possible and show them your MLM program.  If they want to join in, let them enthusiastically sign up.  If not, forget about them and move on to the next prospect. This form of prospect hunting is going to cost you money and time, regardless of what you’re trying to sell.  Remember, there can never be any reward without an investment on your part. Professional athletes say, “no pain–no gain.”  Yet the small amount of time you spend in “pain” will eventually be offset by the even greater financial “gain.”  You must dedicate yourself to the task before you will reap the benefit of your labor.

What you have basically done up to this point is put together an “invitation announcement” requesting an initial $2 investment by the reader, and you have distributed it to as many people as possible.  Interested recipients will send you a “cover charge” of $2 to discover what your program is all about, the payment offsetting your investment in preparing and distributing the mailing pieces.  Before you decide that this is an impossible method of making any money, let’s put a pencil to paper and do some figuring.  Suppose there are 120,000 people in your town–50,000 adults in 20,000 separate families.  If half of these 20,000 families were to send you $2, how much money would you have? $20,000, right?  Now then, tell me whether or not you would like to have an extra $20,000.  For a proportionally small expense of $3,500 for printing and distribution of 50,000 pieces, you would have received an almost 10-fold return on your investment.  Not a bad start.

People who send you $2 each for further information on your MLM program hope to solve their money problems.  You will send them back your multi-level program brochure which describes how they can duplicate what you’re doing and make a bundle of money for themselves.  At the same time, you send out another one-page advertising circular that offers business success reports.  Suppose 10 percent of the people receiving your MLM brochure enroll and send $50 for a start-up kit or supplies.  You have expanded your MLM distributorship and made money, right?  And now, let’s suppose that of all the people who have sent in $2 to find out what your program is all about, a total of 10 percent spend an additional $5 with you for one of your business success reports.  Your total gross income will appear as follows:

     10,000 responses @ $2 each…………………$20,000

      1,000 new MLM members @ $50 each…………..$50,000

      1,000 business report orders @ $5.00 each…..$ 5,000

     GROSS INCOME……………………………..$75,000

Now figure up your expenses, including all the costs involved in printing and distribution.

     Printing and distributing 50,000 circulars…..$ 3,500

     Printing and mailing of 10,000 MLM brochures…$ 4,500

     Printing 10,000 Business Report Circulars……$   300

     Mailing 1,000 Business Reports……………..$   200

     TOTAL EXPENSES……………………………$ 8,500

Subtract your expenses from your gross income of $75,000, and you should end up taking $66,500 to your bank, catching up on all your bills, and spending a long overdue vacation in Acapulco or Hawaii!!

That’s it!  That’s how easy and simple it is, and it actually works!  Once you have covered your entire state in this manner, simply start renting mailing lists of Opportunity Seekers from the large mailing list brokers and shotgun your basic one-page $2 offer to all of them.  By following these instructions and working according to this plan, you can theoretically take in more than $1 million within the next 12 months.  Imagine what you could do with $1,000,000 in the bank!

Others have made their fortunes doing almost exactly the same thing.  There is no reason that you cannot make yourself a part of a winning MLM team.  You can do it!  All it takes is that first circular and a concentrated plan of total distribution.  If you would like to make some of the big money of which you have always dreamed, why not start today?  Compose a circular, a marketing plan, and a series of business reports.  Success must be earned. Make your dreams a reality–beginning right now!  Good Luck!  

 

 

 

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We Are Approaching A Global Economic Meltdown – Read all about it Now!! Do you think we will get what we deserve as a nation?

  Not too many people in America are paying attention to the upcoming doom on our global economy. I seem to have put up enough articles to warn and prepare those who got their mountains of golds in our markets and banks. These people are at risk of loosing their golden eggs if they don’t figure out other alternatives fast.                                                                                                                            Most of the 1% people around the world, with lots of money  are already doing and know what to do, as they are putting poor people into their graves while amassing more wealth. Check out the Congress and Senate houses in the up coming months and see how they are going to finish the poor people soon. If you don’t believe we are approaching global economic meltdown wait for another government shutdown in February.                                                       Wake up people of Americas! and start hoarding on medical supplies, can foods, iodine etc… Those things will skyrocket in prices when the meltdown hit!  Your heard it here!; don’t say you’re not warned…. Just check out the early warning signs below….

20 Early Warning Signs That We Are Approaching A Global Economic Meltdown

By Michael Snyder (The Economic Collapse Blog | Original Link)
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Have you been paying attention to what has been happening in Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Ukraine, Turkey and China?  If you are like most Americans, you have not been.  Most Americans don’t seem to really care too much about what is happening in the rest of the world, but they should.  In major cities all over the globe right now, there is looting, violence, shortages of basic supplies, and runs on the banks.  We are not at a “global crisis” stage yet, but things are getting worse with each passing day.  For a while, I have felt that 2014 would turn out to be a major “turning point” for the global economy, and so far that is exactly what it is turning out to be.  The following are 20 early warning signs that we are rapidly approaching a global economic meltdown…

#1 The looting, violence and economic chaos that is happening in Argentina right now is a perfect example of what can happen when you print too much money

For Dominga Kanaza, it wasn’t just the soaring inflation or the weeklong blackouts or even the looting that frayed her nerves.

It was all of them combined.

At one point last month, the 37-year-old shop owner refused to open the metal shutters protecting her corner grocery in downtown Buenos Aires more than a few inches — just enough to sell soda to passersby on a sweltering summer day.

#2 The value of the Argentine Peso is absolutely collapsing.

#3 Widespread shortages, looting and accelerating inflation are also causing huge problems in Venezuela

Economic mismanagement in Venezuela has reached such a level that it risks inciting a violent popular reaction. Venezuela is experiencing declining export revenues, accelerating inflation and widespread shortages of basic consumer goods. At the same time, the Maduro administration has foreclosed peaceful options for Venezuelans to bring about a change in its current policies.

President Maduro, who came to power in a highly-contested election last April, has reacted to the economic crisis with interventionist and increasingly authoritarian measures. His recent orders to slash prices of goods sold in private businesses resulted in episodes of looting, which suggests a latent potential for violence. He has put the armed forces on the street to enforce his economic decrees, exposing them to popular discontent.

#4 In a stunning decision, the Venezuelan government has just announced that it has devalued the Bolivar by more than 40 percent.

#5 Brazilian stocks declined sharply on Thursday.  There is a tremendous amount of concern that the economic meltdown that is happening in Argentina is going to spill over into Brazil.

#6 Ukraine is rapidly coming apart at the seams

A tense ceasefire was announced in Kiev on the fifth day of violence, with radical protesters and riot police holding their position. Opposition leaders are negotiating with the government, but doubts remain that they will be able to stop the rioters.

#7 It appears that a bank run has begun in China

As China’s CNR reports, depositors in some of Yancheng City’s largest farmers’ co-operative mutual fund societies (“banks”) have been unable to withdraw “hundreds of millions” in deposits in the last few weeks. “Everyone wants to borrow and no one wants to save,” warned one ‘salesperson’, “and loan repayments are difficult to recover.” There is “no money” and the doors are locked.

#8 Art Cashin of UBS is warning that credit markets in China “may be broken“.  For much more on this, please see my recent article entitled “The $23 Trillion Credit Bubble In China Is Starting To Collapse – Global Financial Crisis Next?

#9 News that China’s manufacturing sector is contracting shook up financial markets on Thursday…

Wall Street was rattled by a key reading on China’s manufacturing which dropped below the key 50 level in January, according to HSBC. A reading below 50 on the HSBC flash manufacturing PMI suggests economic contraction.

#10 Japanese stocks experienced their biggest drop in 7 months on Thursday.

#11 The value of the Turkish Lira is absolutely collapsing.

#12 The unemployment rate in France has risen for 9 quarters in a row and recently soared to a new 16 year high.

#13 In Italy, the unemployment rate has soared to a brand new all-time record high of 12.7 percent.

#14 The unemployment rate in Spain is sitting at an all-time record high of 26.7 percent.

#15 This year, the Baltic Dry Index experienced the largest two week post-holiday decline that we have ever seen.

#16 Chipmaker Intel recently announced that it plans to eliminate5,000 jobs over the coming year.

#17 CNBC is reporting that U.S. retailers just experienced “the worst holiday season since 2008“.

#18 A recent CNBC article stated that U.S. consumers should expect a “tsunami” of store closings in the retail industry…

Get ready for the next era in retail—one that will be characterized by far fewer shops and smaller stores.

On Tuesday, Sears said that it will shutter its flagship store in downtown Chicago in April. It’s the latest of about 300 store closures in the U.S. that Sears has made since 2010. The news follows announcements earlier this month of multiple store closings from major department stores J.C. Penney and Macy’s.

Further signs of cuts in the industry came Wednesday, when Target said that it will eliminate 475 jobs worldwide, including some at its Minnesota headquarters, and not fill 700 empty positions.

#19 The U.S. Congress is facing another deadline to raise the debt ceiling in February.

#20 The Dow fell by more than 170 points on Thursday.  It is becoming increasingly likely that “the peak of the market” is now in the rear view mirror.

And I have not even mentioned the extreme drought that has caused the U.S. cattle herd to drop to a 61 year low or the nuclear radiation from Fukushima that is washing up on the west coast.

In light of everything above, is there anyone out there that still wants to claim that “everything is going to be okay” for the global economy?

Sadly, most Americans are not even aware of most of these things.

All over the country today, the number one news headline is about Justin Bieber.  The mainstream media is absolutely obsessed with celebrity scandals, and so is a very large percentage of the U.S. population.

A great economic storm is rapidly approaching, and most people don’t even seem to notice the storm clouds that are gathering on the horizon.

In the end, perhaps we will get what we deserve as a nation.

Changes in 2014 – The World Will Go Through 5 Big Transitions

MORGAN STANLEY: The World Will Go Through 5 Big Transitions This Year

 

  
JAN. 9, 2014, 5:13 AM 
  • From the U.S. to Europe to China and emerging markets, 2014 will prove a year of “tricky transitions,” Morgan Stanley’s Joachim Fels in a new free newsletter.

“Looking at the broader picture, 2014 will mark year five of a post-crisis global economic expansion that has seen bumpy, below-par and brittle growth,” Fels writes.

The first four years of the post-crisis paradigm has been characterized by deleveraging in developed markets, leveraging in emerging ones, expanding central bank balance sheets, and a “full-blown debt crisis in Europe.”

“If all goes well, 2014 could mark the transition to a sounder, safer and more sustainable second half of this expansion,” Fels writes. “That means a DM expansion that is less dependent on monetary and fiscal stimulus, instead driven by private consumption and capital expenditures and supported by a normalization of the credit mechanism. It also means an EM expansion that is helped by structural reforms aimed at more sustainable growth models.”  But it won’t be easy.

1. The Fed has to manage tapering

1. The Fed has to manage tapering

REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

“The Fed, under the new leadership of Janet Yellen, still has to manage the tapering process and create credible forward guidance on interest rates to avoid a replay of the unpleasant experience last summer, when the markets almost completely disregarded the Fed’s “tapering isn’t tightening” talk and pushed market rates significantly higher.”

Source: Morgan Stanley

2. It will be a ‘crunch year’ for Japan and Abenomics

2. It will be a 'crunch year' for Japan and Abenomics

REUTERS/Toru Hanai

“This year will be difficult for Japanese GDP growth as the planned corporate tax cuts are unlikely to fully offset the drag from the consumption tax hike in April. Also, our Japan team does not expect to see major progress on structural reforms that could boost growth in the short term. Still, we expect the economy to muddle through. We forecast additional easing measures by the Bank of Japan in the course of the year in the form of increases in the amount of asset purchases, as well as the potential introduction of US-style forward guidance. Over time, this should support the transition from deflation to moderately positive inflation.”

Source: Morgan Stanley

3. Europe will attempt to cleanse the banking system

3. Europe will attempt to cleanse the banking system

REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

“The Euro Zone is facing a crucial transition in 2014, where we see below- consensus GDP growth of only 0.5%. The comprehensive balance sheet assessment, planned ahead of the ECB taking over as single supervisor in the fourth quarter, will combine an asset quality review (AQR) and a bank stress test. This process will likely unify and cleanse the banking system, reduce fragmentation and unclog the lending channel—preconditions for a more sustainable recovery and for allaying what we view as a major risk: “Japanification” and deflation.”

Source: Morgan Stanley

4. China will have to transition to reform-driven growth

4. China will have to transition to reform-driven growth

REUTERS/Jon Woo

“China will have to transition from growth driven by leverage and state- owned enterprises to reform-driven growth. Financial liberalization and easing of personal and social freedom can improve the quality of resource allocation beyond what rebalancing to consumption- led growth could accomplish. However, the near-term task of implementing reforms is far more challenging, thanks to China’s starting point of financial market prices that don’t reflect fundamentals, capital misallocation and deleveraging.”

Source: Morgan Stanley

5. Emerging Markets will need structural reforms

5. Emerging Markets will need structural reforms

REUTERS/ Ajay Verma

“Investors and policymakers agree that structural reforms and not cyclical responses are the way forward. Yet, we believe that EM policymakers either have shied away from reforms, are on the wrong track or have near-term headwinds. The 2014 landscape is likely to remain difficult for several EM markets.”

Source: Morgan Stanley

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/morgan-5-tricky-transitions-in-2014-2014-1?op=1#ixzz2rEQ15F2O

The Party is Over with the Markets – G.Sachs issued Major Warning

“This (2014) is the year of the end game. The party is over. We are now just at the point where they are rounding up the Wall Street drunks who are swilling on the fifth consecutive seasonally maladjusted phony recovery. That will become evident in the weeks and months ahead. Then I think the markets are going to have a pretty rude day of awakening.”

Why Did Goldman Sachs Just Issue This Major Warning?

By Michael Snyder (The Economic Collapse Blog | Original Link)January 14, 2014

Why has Goldman Sachs chosen this moment to publicly declare that stocks are overpriced?  Why has Goldman Sachs suddenly decided to warn all of us that the stock market could decline by 10 percent or more in the coming months?  Goldman Sachs has to know that when they release a report like this that it will move the market.  And that is precisely what happened on Monday.  U.S. stocks dropped precipitously.  So is Goldman Sachs just honestly trying to warn their clients that stocks may have become overvalued at this point, or is another agenda at work here?  To be fair, the truth is that all of the big banks should be warning their clients about the stock market bubble.  Personally, I have stated that the stock market has officially entered crazytown territory.  So it would be hard to blame Goldman Sachs for trying to tell the truth.  But Goldman Sachs also had to know that a warning that the stock market could potentially fall by more than 10 percent would rattle nerves on Wall Street.

This report that has just been released by Goldman Sachs has gotten a lot of attention.  In fact, an article about this report was featured at the top of the CNBC website for quite a while on Monday.  Needless to say, news of this report spread on Wall Street like wildfire.  The following is a short excerpt from the CNBC article

A stock market correction is approaching the level of near certainty as Wall Street faces a major paradigm shift in how to achieve price gains, according to aGoldman Sachs analysis.

In a market outlook that garnered significant attention from traders Monday, the firm’s strategists called theS&P 500 valuation “lofty by almost any measure” and attached a 67 percent probability to the chance that the market would fall by 10 percent or more, which is the technical yardstick for a correction.

Of course Goldman Sachs is quite correct to be warning about an imminent stock market correction.  Right now stocks are overvalued according to just about any measure that you could imagine

The current valuation of the S&P 500 is lofty by almost any measure, both for the aggregate market as well as the median stock: (1) The P/E ratio; (2) the current P/E expansion cycle; (3) EV/Sales; (4) EV/EBITDA; (5) Free Cash Flow yield; (6) Price/Book as well as the ROE and P/B relationship; and compared with the levels of (6) inflation; (7) nominal 10-year Treasury yields; and (8) real interest rates. Furthermore, the cyclically-adjusted P/E ratio suggests the S&P 500 is currently 30% overvalued in terms of (9) Operating EPS and (10) about 45% overvalued using As Reported earnings.

There is a lot of technical jargon in the paragraph above, but essentially what it is saying is that stock prices are unusually high right now according to a whole host of key indicators.

And in case you were wondering, stocks did fall dramatically on Monday.  The Dow fell by 179 points, which was the biggest decline of the year by far.

So is Goldman Sachs correct about what could be coming?

Well, the truth is that there are many other analysts that are far more pessimistic than Goldman Sachs is.  For example, David Stockman, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan, believes that the U.S. stock market is heading for “a pretty rude day of awakening”

“This (2014) is the year of the end game. The party is over. We are now just at the point where they are rounding up the Wall Street drunks who are swilling on the fifth consecutive seasonally maladjusted phony recovery. That will become evident in the weeks and months ahead. Then I think the markets are going to have a pretty rude day of awakening.”

For many more forecasts that are similar to this, please see my previous article entitled Dent, Faber, Celente, Maloney, Rogers – What Do They Say Is Coming In 2014?

There are also some other signs that we are rapidly heading toward a major “turning point” in the financial world in 2014.  One of those signs is the continual decline of Comex gold inventories.  Someone out there (China?) is voraciously gobbling up physical gold.  The following is a short excerpt from a recent article by Steve St. Angelo

After a brief pause in the decline of Comex Gold inventories, it looks like it has continued once again as there were several big withdrawals over the past few days. Not only was there a large removal of gold from the Comex today, the Registered (Dealer) inventories are now at a new record low.

And of course the overall economy continues to get even weaker.  The Baltic Dry Index (a very important indicator of global economic activity) has fallen by more than 40 percent over the past couple of weeks

We noted Friday that the much-heralded Baltic Dry Index has seen the worst start to the year in over 30 years. Today it got worse. At 1,395, the the Baltic Dry index, which reflects the daily charter rate for vessels carrying cargoes such as iron ore, coal and grain, is now down 18% in the last 2 days alone (biggest drop in 6 years), back at 4-month lows. The shipping index has utterly collapsed over 40% in the last 2 weeks.

So does this mean that tough times are just around the corner?

Maybe.

Or perhaps things will stabilize again and this little bubble of false prosperity that we have been enjoying will be extended for a little while longer.

The important thing is to not get too caught up in the short-term numbers.

If you look at our long-term national “balance sheet numbers” and the long-term trends that are systematically destroying our economy, it becomes abundantly clear that a massive economic collapse is on the way.  Our national debt is on pace to more than double during the Obama years, our “too big to fail” banks are now much bigger and much more reckless than they were before the financial crash of 2008, and the middle class in America is steadily shrinking.  In other words, our long-term national “balance sheet numbers” are worse than ever.

We consume far more wealth than we produce, and our entire nation is drowning in a massive ocean of red ink that stretches from sea to shining sea.

This is not sustainable, and it is inevitable that the stock market will catch up with economic reality at some point.

It is just a matter of time.

Make more money, Get Unstuck, & Hot Dog Marketing

If you want to make more money for 2014, but felt “STUCK” then continue reading…..

Being “stuck” will mean different things to different people, but I’m sure you know the feeling. Like me, maybe you feel you’re destined for something great, but need a BREAKTHROUGH – Or maybe you just feel generally unfulfilled and STUCK! The good news is that you can change your world to suite your desires anytime if you knew how to get Un-Stuck! http://partners.selfdevelopment.net/ref/74023/7f6516ed  

There are many techniques to help you get UNSTUCK… and to create quick and lasting change. For example:- Some people have TONS of confidence. They can talk to anyone. They’re the life and soul of every party. They can command an audience on a whim. These people weren’t born with confidence. They got their copies of the Learned NLP at Home Course… You can grab it instantly at: http://partners.selfdevelopment.net/ref/74023/7f6516ed       (click that link)

If you are really feeling stuck then I suggest you try something PASSIVE that will pull you into a more motivated state.  Here are a couple of quick shortcuts that anyone can do to get a quick boost of motivation… even if they’re practically glued to the couch.

Need to get in better shape?
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Want to create a bulging bank account?
…Get addicted to watching TV shows like “How I Made
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Are your sales slumping?
Turn on the movie “Wall Street” or “Boiler Room”.                                                                                           These are quick SHORTCUTS, and I suggest you use them only as a SPARK of motivation.

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And Now…

Hot Dog Marketing (how NOT to show up as a spiritual entrepreneur)
by Brenda MacIntyre

On one of my walks in the city one day, what I saw on a business sign sparked something in me. I feel sad for the business, but it also reminded me that this is what I see a LOT of in the healing and coaching industry…

1. Wearing too many hats in your marketing.

2. Marketing the wrong thing.

3. Operating out of fear, instead of from your power.

Let me explain. Note, this is a bit of a long article because I wanted to give you a full clear picture of what NOT to do and, if you find out you’re doing “hot dog marketing”, how to change it NOW before you lose too many people (not to mention losing yourself).

Here’s all that’s GOOD about the restaurant in question:

1. Everyone who works there – and the restaurant owner – is Mexican. I love that sense of authenticity. I could go to hundreds of places in Toronto for a burrito but none of them I’ve been to except this one and one other has ONLY Mexican people cooking and serving the food.

2. Friendly customer service with a special touch. They’re always smiling, very welcoming, playing Mexican music that makes me feel like dancing, and I feel like I can have a real conversation with whoever is at the till, if they’re not too busy with other customers. They went the extra mile once by offering me a complimentary piece of what was no ordinary cake. I forget the name of it, but it was some kind of traditional food and very clearly “home-made”. Made me feel even more steeped in authenticity.

3. It’s a family business, and it makes me feel good to support local family businesses.

4. Every time I used to go there, they’d have some kind of new traditional Mexican “patty” – pupusa’s and other little snacks. I loved the variety of traditional Mexican foods that I couldn’t just get anywhere.

So you might be wondering what I was so sad about the other day when I saw their sign…

I had lost interest in their restaurant, partly because I want to eat less carbs and partly because… well, I wasn’t sure why. Until I saw that sign. It was advertising HOT DOGS. Yes, that’s right. Hot Dogs.

Ummm… What??

Yeah, I had to do a double-take.

But then my memory lit up for me. I remembered a couple of months ago walking by and the sign said “Special on Hamburgers and Fries”.

What happened?

Well, a 2nd Mexican food restaurant opened up on the other side of the street. At their grand opening, they hired Mexican musicians to perform. But that, to me, was the only authentic thing about this 2nd restaurant. The staff all have identical t-shirts (they’re great at branding). Oh, and you must only be able to work there if you’re a pretty teenage girl with long hair and an over the top outgoing personality, because that’s the only staff at the counter. One of them may have been Mexican. Maybe. Their burritos, I have to admit, tasted a bit better than from the other restaurant. But it was more like being at a glorified hamburger restaurant and I don’t even remember what their burritos tasted like. All their bells and whistles and fake authenticity did NOTHING to inspire my loyalty.

BUT… Ever since that restaurant opened up, my favourite one stopped being themselves and have been unsuccessfully trying to be something they are not, to try to get people in.

Do you ever find yourself in this pattern? Are you trying to be or market yourself as something you’re not, in order to get business? Do you overstuff programs with bells and whistles to entice people to buy them?

OR Are you being authentically YOU in your business, but you’re not getting the clients you want (or any at all)?

Or do you just never start your business in the first place because you’re afraid to unveil who you really are?

Here’s what you need to do…

OPEN THE PORTAL TO YOUR POWER IN YOUR BUSINESS

Your Portal to Your Power in your business is the act of immersing your business in YOU.
So how do you do that?

Let me give you an example. The first restaurant’s Portal to its Power – what made this restaurant so appealing – was the immersion in authentic Mexican everything that you couldn’t help but feel when you walked in the door. It was in their home-made hot sauces and their friendly Mexican atmosphere. But it still kind of did look like a hamburger joint. So they could’ve just gone BIG with being Mexican… and here’s how.

1. One thing I didn’t mention is, the name of their business isn’t Mexican. It’s Italian. ??? They might want to rebrand to reflect their authenticity. I’ll talk in another article about how important naming is, but that’s a total mismatch.

2. They could have AMPLIFIED their Mexican authenticity within the actual restaurant, in their branding, in what they were wearing, and in their cooking, and stayed the course even when the other restaurant started to take some of their business. My bet is, they would’ve gained more customers, and they would have inspired the loyalty of the customers they already had, including me. Trying to be some hot dog joint, when Toronto has thousands of those plus hot dog stands outside, is a death wish for any new restaurant (uinless they amplified their “hot dog-ness” and specialized in some weird delightful way totally on hot dogs). Let me spell this out for you. Branding yourself as a “business coach” or “xyz practitioner” (insert any healing modality you want) is HOT DOG MARKETING. It is NOT immersion in YOU, and does NOT inspire loyalty in your clients.

3. After the other restaurant opened, they could’ve put out a sandwich board expressing their authenticity. I mean seriously… hot dogs??? That made me wonder if they even served Mexican food anymore. What if it had instead been some quirky Mexican saying, with it written in both English and Spanish? What if they just made a few simple décor changes to create an even more authentically Mexican atmosphere?

The truth is, it does take time to grow a business, and these guys gave up only a few months into the game, because they saw there was “competition”. The truth is that if you open the Portal to Your Power within your business, there is really NO competition.

Also, business-building isn’t overnight – it takes time. If they had endured the investment of ideas, time, energy and money into amplifying their power (and I really hope they will!) for the long haul, then I would find myself back in there again, even if it was just to buy a Mexican dessert for my daughter.

So I urge you NOT TO GIVE UP when you look at how many other practitioners are out there in your field. There is ONLY ONE YOU. When you DO YOU – 500% YOU – then you inspire loyalty, you remove yourself from the “competition” and your potential clients will see that you’re not just another coach or practitioner in the millions out there.

If you’d like my help in Opening the Portal to Your Power in your business, fill out an application for an interview here: https://ah133.infusionsoft.com/app/form/portal-vip-app

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HOW DO YOU Begin?

I think the first action is usually to hold gratitude and really feel blessed it doesn’t matter what the outcomes may be, considering that we don’t yet comprehend the Universal Program and Every little thing Within OUR LIVES IS MASTERFULLY AND Perfectly Designed. There is no must be religious, but believe within a God that humans contact spirit or innate that is the truth is the A single who developed all which is.

It is realizing the definition of gratitude and how it feels, displaying it daily in all of your words and actions, recognizing almost everything you do have alternatively of grieving for what you don’t have yet, and thanking all of people who surround and help you. Open yourself to receive by saying ‘Yes! Thanks!’

To understand and realize what gratitude actually is and what gratitude feels like, each and every day that you just demonstrate gratitude in your speech and actions, you acknowledge from your heart everything which you do have, rather than looking towards these issues that are far away from reaching achievement, all that you’re grateful for and also the people that surround you with shared encounter.

If you respond positively you are going to be open to getting thanks.

Is America About To Reach A Breaking Point?

By Michael Snyder (The Economic Collapse Blog | Original Link)

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In America today, there are close to 50 million people living in poverty and there are more than 100 million people that get money from the federal government every month.  As the middle class disintegrates, poverty is climbing tounprecedented levels.  Even though the stock market has been setting record high after record high, the amount of anger and frustration boiling just under the surface in our nation grows with each passing day.  And now extended unemployment benefits have been cut off for 1.3 millionunemployed Americans, and it is being projected that a total of 5 million unemployed Americans will lose their benefits by the end of 2014.  In addition, as I have written about previously, 47 million Americans recently had their food stamp benefits reduced.  The conditions for a “perfect storm” are certainly being created.  So how much longer will it be until we see all of this anger and frustration boil over in the streets of our major cities?  Is America about to reach a breaking point?

If you think that the title of this article is “alarmist”, you probably have not been paying attention to what has been happening over the past few weeks.  For example, a 600 person brawl broke out at at movie theater in Jacksonville, Florida just the other day…

Five teenagers were arrested when a 600-person brawl broke out in a Florida movie theater’s parking lot on Christmas night.

Described by police as a “melee,” the fight occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday outside the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville when a group tried to storm the theater’s doors without purchasing tickets, police said. Several had rushed an off-duty police officer working as a security guard.

The officer “administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol,” said Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Soon after the pepper spray was used, “upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars,” she said.

And a “flash mob” of “400 crazed teens” was so violent that it forced a mall in Brooklyn to shut down just a few days ago

A wild flash mob stormed and trashed a Brooklyn mall, causing so much chaos that the shopping center was forced to close during post-Christmas sales, sources said Friday.

More than 400 crazed teens — who mistakenly thought the rapper Fabolous would perform — erupted into brawls all over Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin on Thursday at 5 p.m., sources said.

The troublemakers looted and ransacked several stores as panicked shoppers ran for the exits and clerks scrambled to pull down metal gates.

In addition, the release of new Air Jordan sneakers caused mini-riots and brawls to break out all over the country just before Christmas.

So why is all of this happening?

Of course people will come up with all sorts of theories to explain these outbreaks of violence, but what pretty much everyone should be able to agree on is that we are seeing levels of anger and frustration rise to very dangerous levels in this country.

Right now, there are approximately 6 million Americans in the 16 to 24-year-old age group that are not in school and that are not working either.  What that means is that we have an alarmingly high number of very frustrated young people that do not have anything better to do than to cause trouble.

In some of our largest cities this has become a massive problem.  In fact, quite a few major U.S. cities actually have more than 100,000 “idle youth” living in them…

Just look at some of the nation’s largest cities. Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, Calif., all have more than 100,000 idle youth, the Opportunity Nation report found.

But the Obama administration says that this should not be a problem.  In fact, the Obama administration tells us that the unemployment rate has been steadily “declining” and that there are plenty of opportunities for everyone.

Of course that is a giant lie.  Just before the last recession, about 63 percent of all working age Americans had a job.  During the recession that number fell below 59 percent and it has stayed there ever since

Employment-Population Ratio 2013

So the notion that we are experiencing an “employment recovery” is absolutely laughable.

But most of our politicians appear to believe this lie, and it is being used as justification to cut off extended unemployment benefits.

And the funny thing is that by cutting off these benefits, it is going to make it appear as though unemployment has gone down even more.  Millions of unemployed workers that are being forced into the streets will now be counted as having “left the labor force”, and it is being projected that the unemployment rate could decline by as much as half a percentage point as a result.

What a joke.

A lot of the people that are having their benefits cut off are really hurting.  For instance, consider the case of 63-year-old paralegal Laura Walker

“Not all of us have savings and a lot of us have to take care of family because of what happened in the economy,” said Walker, of Santa Clarita, who said she has applied for at least three jobs a week and shares an apartment with her unemployed son, his wife and two children. “It’s going to put my family and me out on the streets.”

So what is she going to do?

Well, at this point she appears to be down to just one option…

“I just don’t know what to do, except pray.”

And of course the unemployed are not the only ones that have had their benefits cut.  As I mentioned above, all 47 million Americans that are currently on food stamps recently had their benefits reduced.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Mac Slavo

Earlier this year government benefits for nutritional assistance were reduced after the expiration of emergency legislation that was enacted following the 2008 financial collapse. Nearly all of the 48 million people receiving food stamp distributions were affected. The move led to warnings from food pantries and recipients around the country who said that the $40 billion in cuts would leave many American families without the ability to put food on dinner tables across America. According to Feed America, the roughly $29 per family that would no longer appear on their EBT cards will amount to about 1.5 billion meals in 2014.

The fact that government dependence has soared to all-time highs even in the midst of this so-called “economic recovery” is just another sign that the middle class is dying.  For years, middle class families have tried strategy after strategy in an attempt to survive, but now it has become apparent that the middle class is rapidly approaching a breaking point

Rising income inequality is starting to hit home for many American households as they run short of places to reach for a few extra bucks.

As the gap between the rich and poor widened over the last three decades, families at the bottom found ways to deal with the squeeze on earnings. Housewives joined the workforce. Husbands took second jobs and labored longer hours. Homeowners tapped into the rising value of their properties to borrow money to spend.

Those strategies finally may have run their course as women’s participation in the labor force has peaked and the bursting of the house-price bubble has left many Americans underwater on their mortgages.

And even though the Obama administration and the mainstream media have tried to convince us over and over that the economy is “getting better”, most Americans are not buying it.  In fact, according to a newCNN poll, 70 percent of all Americans believe that “the economy is generally in poor shape”.

As the economy continues to decline, not all Americans will respond to their desperate situations by getting violent.  Many suffer quietly, hoping that things will eventually turn around for them.  Unfortunately, the ranks of the suffering grow with each passing year.  For example, a recentCNN article discussed the continued growth of “tent cities” all over America…

The total number of homeless people residing in tents and makeshift homes is unknown. Many of these communities are small and hidden from public view, while others claim hundreds of residents and are sprinkled through major urban areas.

Some, like those tucked under roadways, are temporary and relocate frequently. Their conditions are vile, unsanitary and fail to provide refuge from storms and winds. Then there are communities, such as Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon, that have a more sustained presence. The 13-year-old “ecovillage” set up by homeless people is hygienic and self-sufficient.

Preliminary findings by The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty show that tent cities have been documented in almost every state, and they’re growing.

So how do we solve these problems?

Are there any solutions that could get us out of this mess?

Of course there are.  But don’t hold your breath waiting for any of them to be adopted.  In fact, the American people continue to express great support for the very people that got us into this mess in the first place.  For example, according to a Gallup survey that was just released, Barack Obama is the most admired man in America by a very wide margin and Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America by a very wide margin.

And the mainstream media will continue to tell all of us that “leaders” like Obama, Clinton, Reid, Boehner, McConnell and Pelosi can be trusted to get us out of this mess.

If you believe that, there is a bridge that I would like to sell you.

The American people need to stop having blind faith in the relentless propaganda that is being spewed at them through their televisions screens.  The pretty faces that you see “reporting the news” do not care about you and they are not watching out for your best interests.  Thecorporate-controlled news is highly scripted and it is pretty much the same whatever channel you turn to.  If you have any doubt that “the news” is scripted, just check out this video