Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Week in Words #4

To my Gentle Readers and Kind Fans,

This Thursday, July 28, at 9:00pm EST, we are having:

The Week in Words #4

A web seminar where we will be discussing the most important news items currently affecting the markets.

And remember: It’s free.

This week:

Charles Hugh Smith will be joining me, to discuss . . .

. . . guess.


Here is the link to register.

Do check it out—and remember to have a microphone plugged into your computer, as attendees will be able to ask questions, live.

Until this Thursday at 9pm EST, all the best,

GL
If you are interested, do check out the preview page of The Strategic Planning Group, and see what it’s about.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Week in Words #3

To my Gentle Readers and Kind Fans,

This Thursday, July 21, at 9:00pm EST, we are having:

The Week in Words #3

A web seminar where we will be discussing the most important news items currently affecting the markets.

And remember: It’s free.

This week:

The UK's Phone Hacking Scandal: It's turning ugly, even after the Murdochs’ generally favorable appearance before Parliament. The important developing issues are the Cameron government’s reaction, and the possible prosecution of the Murdochs under the American Corrupt Foreign Practices Act.

European Debt Crisis: It is spreading like a red tide—and the likelihood of a break-up of the European Monetary Union is all but a certainty. The issue now is, What will be the shape of this break-up?

The Field of Republican Candidates, Oh My!: A discussion of America’s Republican Party presidential candidates: Which ones are the best, and which one looks to be the likely winner.

Here is the link to register.

Do check it out—and remember to have a microphone plugged into your computer, as attendees will be able to ask questions, live.

Until Thursday at 9pm EST, all the best,

GL
If you are interested, do check out the preview page of The Strategic Planning Group, and see what it’s about.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Full Spectrum Decay


The Pentagon has a policy which can only be called the zenith of militaristic arrogance and stupidity: “Full Spectrum Dominance”.

As the name implies, the policy’s aim is for the United States’ military to control all aspects of a battlefield—or as proponents of the doctrine call it, the “battlespace”: Air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.

The doctrine’s concept, in its essence, is for the American military to be “better” than anyone else at everything else: The most carrier groups, the biggest nuclear subs, the latest military technology, etc., etc., etc., all of these pieces fitting together to overwhelm—and not merely defeat—any enemy or any threat, be they real or unlikely, or even imaginary. (For the American military’s hunt for imaginary threats, look up Iraqi WMD.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Beginning of the End of Europe

Reminder: The second Week in Words web seminar is this Thursday, at 9:00pm EST. It is of course free to all. The registration link is here. Hope to see you there! —GL
Yesterday, the European contagion spread to Italy and Spain. The sovereign debt of those two countries swooned—for no discernible reason.

No discernible reason whatsoever: The Italian and Spanish bond markets just sort of . . . plopped, like when a learning-to-walk toddler suddenly plops on his behind? Exactly like that: For no reason whatsoever.

Please select the straw you think
broke the back of the eurobond markets.
The only conclusion that I can draw from this Monday swoon is that we’ve hit the tipping point: This is the start of the eurozone endgame. It is now only a matter of time before the eurozone breaks apart. Therefore, get back in your seats, buckle up, and brace yourselves good—‘cause it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

Let me explain my thinking:

For those of you who somehow have missed out on this movie: Europe has been in trouble because the nations of the periphery—Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain, the so-called PIIGS—have massive sovereign debts which they simply cannot pay.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The First Week in Words

To my Gentle Readers
and Kind Fans,

Technology is a wonderful thing.

Because of the web seminar technology—and because of the support of the Strategic Planning Group Members—I'm starting a new regular feature today:

The Week in Words

The concept is simplicity itself: Every week, I'll have a free, live web seminar, where I’ll discuss the major news events—and what they mean.

What’s more, I'll be able to take questions from the audience—live.

This Thursday, I’ll be discussing the turn in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case, and what it might mean for French politics; the Mulligan Mortgages that the banks are quickly, quietly trying to push through—and the reasons why; and finally, the Greek bailout, the ratings agencies, and what it all means for the European situation.

In the future, I’ll be having guests and open discussions in The Week in Words. The show will last 90 minutes, including question-time, and it will be every Thursday, at 9:00 pm EST. The registration link for this Thursday’s broadcast is here.

Do check it out—I hope you enjoy it, and if you do, I do hope you’ll become a regular attendee.

Until then, all the best,

GL

If you are interested, do check out The Strategic Planning Group, and see what it’s about.