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Terence Corcoran: Is this the end of America?

Helicopter Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve is dropping trillions of fresh paper dollars on the world economy, the President of the United States is cracking jokes on late night comedy shows, his energy minister is threatening a trade war over carbon emissions, his treasury secretary is dithering over a banking reform program amid rising concerns over his competence and a monumentally dysfunctional U.S. Congress is launching another public jihad against corporations and bankers.

As an aghast world — from China to Chicago and Chihuahua — watches, the circus-like U.S. political system seems to be declining into near chaos. Through it all, stock and financial markets are paralyzed. The more the policy regime does, the worse the outlook gets. The multi-ringed spectacle raises a disturbing question in many minds: Is this the end of America?

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The Road to Hell is Paved with Bailout Money

The road to Hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. Call me naive, but I like to think that Barack Obama had the best of intentions when he signed off on his recent bailout (“Economic Stimulus”) package.

For years, long before the good times even peaked a couple of years ago, I have predicted:

1. The now-in-progress crash of the housing market, which I insist will bottom out at about 10% of the peak values of 2006, just as it did in Depression I.

2. The now-in-progress crash of the stock market, which I estimate will see the underside of a 2,000 Dow before it begins to trade sideways in earnest.

3. Depression II, which already has begun, but which will not be acknowledged officially for a year or two.

4. World War III, which also already has begun, but which will not be acknowledged officially until the first nuclear weapon is exploded, causing an unprecedented ramp-up in hostilities.

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Dmitry Orlov: “America will collapse”

Obama Wants To BAN Guns

Too big to fail? 5 biggest banks are ‘dead men walking’

America’s five largest banks, which already have received $145 billion in taxpayer bailout dollars, still face potentially catastrophic losses from exotic investments if economic conditions substantially worsen, their latest financial reports show.

Citibank, Bank of America , HSBC Bank USA , Wells Fargo Bank and J.P. Morgan Chase reported that their “current” net loss risks from derivatives — insurance-like bets tied to a loan or other underlying asset — surged to $587 billion as of Dec. 31 . Buried in end-of-the-year regulatory reports that McClatchy has reviewed, the figures reflect a jump of 49 percent in just 90 days.

The disclosures underscore the challenges that the banks face as they struggle to navigate through a deepening recession in which all types of loan defaults are soaring.

The banks’ potentially huge losses, which could be contained if the economy quickly recovers, also shed new light on the hurdles that President Barack Obama’s economic team must overcome to save institutions it deems too big to fail.

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More military officers demand eligibility proof

Military officers from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are working with California attorney Orly Taitz and her Defend Our Freedoms Foundation, citing a legal right established in British common law nearly 800 years ago and recognized by the U.S. Founding Fathers to demand documentation that may prove – or disprove – Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president.

Taitz told WND today she has mailed to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder a request that he “relate Quo Warranto on Barack Hussein Obama II to test his title to president before the Supreme Court.”

The lengthy legal phrase essentially means an explanation is being demanded for what authority Obama is using to act as president. An online constitutional resource says Quo Warranto “affords the only judicial remedy for violations of the Constitution by public officials and agents.”

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Russian Prime Minister Putin thinks gold is going up

Vyacheslav Shtyrov, president of Sakha, approached Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Wednesday with a plea for help. The sparsely populated republic, home to companies including Transneft, Surgutneftegaz and Mechel, is suffering from the drop in prices for gas and coal.

Sakha is having trouble keeping up with its investment goals for 2020 and the region’s labor market is suffering, Shtyrov said at the meeting.

Putin listened and then took a breath.

“Vyacheslav Anatolyevich,” he said, addressing him by his patronymic, “the global prices of coal, gas, metals and even diamonds have fallen.

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