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Distortion of financial economy (speculation), underinvestment in real things.
7:33 QE and ZIRP and banks business model, the financialisation of the western economies, is causing underinvestment now for a too long time, in the real economy (companies, R&D, infrastructure, edu, productivity). - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL31ORGxZPk - TBTF central banks w QE blance sheet unable to unwind it! Loss of faith in politics and the system. (2) credit bubble from consumers that made the recovery w the help of ZIRP QE - zombie consumer zombie companies zombie banks - kept just about alive w QE and ZIRP. america uk worth more on paper due to credit and forex USD £ than their real economy realer wirtschaftswert (3) Argentina example.
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
Central Banking and Inequality – Taking Off the Blinders
"Despite studies that suggest that the post-crisis unconventional monetary policies tend to exacerbate inequalities, the standard line of central banks is that these “unintended consequences” fall outside their mandate."
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Behind the Bond-Stock Divide Is a Big and Risky Bet on Central Banks - WSJ
The idea is that if stocks are rising, bond yields should be climbing too. Here's how to reconcile it. The answer is central banks. If rates are going to stay lower for longer; if more rounds of quantitative easing are coming; if new ways of easing are coming -- the rates should be going down and stocks moving higher. [...] It's about dividends paying more than bonds. 90% of the bond market universe is near 2% or lower. //&! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-12/germany-about-sell-zero-coupon-10-year-bonds-first-time-ever //&! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-13/we-just-found-out-who-has-been-buying-all-these-record-low-yielding-bonds - When your nation's bonds are trading with a record low 28bps negative yield (10Y JGBs), everything else in the world (aside from Swiss 10Y) is a relative 'value'...
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Video "Hitlers Polizei" | Dokumentation und Reportage | ARD Mediathek
Police as instrumental piece for Power. First to use is against political enemies. Then against all other enemies! ... Gesinnungswandel. Nazifizierung. Als ueberlebenschance. Als einzige job security. Angleichung. Bedinnungslose hingabe. // History doesn't have to repeat itself, but rhymes. // wegsperren aller die als gefahr gesehen werden. und wenn man auch dafuer gesetze machen muss, spezial fuer diese faelle. regiemgegner. "Schutzhaft" als Schreckensinstument. ohne vor einem richter zu kommen, ohne verteidiger. Willkuer und Terror! --- Geheimpolizei Gestapo. "Staatsfeindliche taetigkeit." "Volksschaedlinge." "Volkshygiene" << ie LGBT etc "Fremdkoerper" // Im polizeigefaengnis werden dann gestaendnisse ... erzwungen. Wie im Krieg gegen den Terror heute. // Aus polizisten werden polizei soldaten, nicht dem rechtsstaats dienig, sondern dem Fuehrer.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges on What it Takes to be a Rebel in Modern Times - YouTube
If you care about the truth you eventually run into problems as the journalist who usually manipulates facts for a living. // neoliberalism sold to us through lies and manipulated facts. // 2/3rds of the country in poverty. // mania for hope is a political pacifier even for the liberals, keeping people hopeful - keeps people complacent. // moral imperative for civil disobedience. // but do not use the word hope! // game is fixed. // rebellion led by day class intellectuals. that band together with the underclass. // if you have whole-sale surveillance, you can't have investigative journalism // it's about ratings and money, they don't do journalism. << corporate media. // dismantling BBC by tories is a power play by tories (power elite) // &! redd.it/3x3kw7 - Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably “bullshit” - The internet encourages the spread of information that is emotionally resonant but factually untrue
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Kolumne ǀ Vier Jahre nach Occupy — der Freitag
[ jeder fuer sich selbst ] Kolumne Die Occupy-Bewegung ist längst Vergangenheit. Die Ungleichheit jedoch wächst weiter. Vor allem, weil wir eine faire Gesellschaft immer noch dem Wachstum unterordnen [...] Warum ist es nötig, sich hinter vorgeblichen wirtschaftlichen Vorteilen einer faireren Gesellschaft zu verstecken? Warum ist Moral zur Begründung nicht genug? Sind wir nur bereit, Flüchtlingen zu helfen, wenn sie prima in unseren Arbeitsmarkt passen? Vier Jahre nach Occupy zählt immer noch vor allem anderen, was der Wirtschaft guttut. Deren Primat steht nicht in Frage. Da ist es fast egal, dass zum Jahrestag nur ein paar versprengte Occupy-Fans in den Zuccotti-Park kamen.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - US 'at risk of mega-drought future'
The American Southwest and Central Plains could be on course for super-droughts the like of which they have not witnessed in over a 1,000 years. Places like California are already facing very dry conditions, but these are quite gentle compared with some periods in the 12th and 13th Centuries. Scientists have now compared these earlier droughts with climate simulations for the coming decades. The study suggests events unprecedented in the last millennium may lie ahead. [...] Imagine instead the current California drought going on for another 20 years." [...] American Southwest and the Central Plains (a broad swathe of land from North Texas to the Dakotas) will dry as a consequence of increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Chinesischer Dissident geht mit Zuckerberg ins Gericht - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Mark Zuckerberg hatte Xis Buch auf seinem Schreibtisch liegen, als bei ihm kürzlich Chinas Chefzensor zu Besuch kam. Demonstrativ, könnte man vielleicht sagen. Die staatliche Nachrichtenwebsite "The Paper" berichtete später, Zuckerberg habe erklärt: "Ich habe dieses Buch auch meinen Kollegen gekauft." Er wolle, dass diese "den Sozialismus chinesischer Art verstehen". Sowohl Schmidt als auch Zuckerberg haben für ihr Bekenntnis zu dem Buch, das Reden und Aufsätze des chinesischen Staatschefs versammelt, einige Kritik einstecken müssen. Bei Zuckerberg kam die nicht zuletzt von chinesischen Dissidenten und Regimekritikern. // http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11279309/Mark-Zuckerberg-accused-of-kowtowing-to-China-for-handing-out-copies-of-Xi-Jinpings-speeches.html // Amnesty International hatte erst im November erklärt, Chinas Internetmodell sei "eines von extremer Kontrolle und Unterdrückung".
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Snapchat and Spiegel’s Interesting Call on the Hong Kong Demonstrations | TechCrunch
@EvanSpiegel on why @Snapchat chose not to make an 'Our Story' for the Hong Kong protests: 'One of my pet peeves over time is how the technology industry has tried to sell counterculture. It’s tried to sell the revolution. We’ve been really resistant to doing this' || WRONG. Hypocrisy. Selling a pro-democracy movement as counterculture is wrong. it's deceitful. Snapchat and it's investors only hold open the door for China. As long as they don't upset the Chinese regime, they can operate in the future in China. Apps that went "against the China's regiem politics" were shut out of this country, +1bn potential users. It wouldn't be in line with the fiduciary responsibility (to its investors) that Evan Spiegel/Snapchat has to operate along.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Occupy Central’s polite protesters: The Hong Kong demonstrators are disciplined, organized, and prepared.
The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous. [...] These aren’t just idealists; these are savvy political operators who understand successful nonviolent resistance. [...] The answers to these questions can be found in the appropriately titled “Manual of Disobedience.” Published online several days before the Occupy Central campaign was set to begin, the document (written in Chinese and English) is part how-to guide and part philosophical mission statement. It details the movement’s tactics, the rules for nonviolent protest, the legal codes that may be violated, and the exact procedure to follow should someone be arrested. It also implores protesters to “avoid physical confrontation, but also to avoid developing hatred in [their] heart,” and explains that the protests must be a model of the values that they are striving to see in their society, namely “equality, tolerance, love, and care.” [...] Book - Blueprint for Revolution.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Hong Kong stages huge National Day democracy protests
+ Hong Kong's chief executive, CY Leung, has refused to resign and has said the protests are disruptive and illegal. The protesters are a mixture of student groups, pro-democracy activists and the recently formed Occupy Central movement. An official flag-raising ceremony to mark National Day passed off peacefully with some student protesters attending.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Hong Kong: Protesters defiant amid stand-off
Thousands of protesters have taken over central areas of Hong Kong and are camped outside government offices - many schools and banks are closed. Protesters are angry at changes to Hong Kong's political system which will allow direct elections but only from a pool of candidates approved by Beijing. A student-led protest movement has joined forces with the larger Occupy Central after a week of demonstrations and class boycotts. On Sunday night police used tear gas and pepper spray on the crowds. The government says riot police have now withdrawn, and has ordered protesters to disperse peacefully as soon as possible. + http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/09/29/352467064/whats-at-stake-for-hong-kong + http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/hongkong-die-regenschirm-revolution-a-994453.html + http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/hongkong-china-fuerchtet-den-grossen-aufstand-a-994365.html + youtu.be/MJmWd5alvnE + youtu.be/D3f3IsWPKH8 + bbc.in/ZnaHB0 + ! youtu.be/2D3LltOxVlA
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september 2014 by asterisk2a

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