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[KR1481] Keiser Report: Printing money, chopping down trees

In this episode of the Keiser Report from Rio de Janeiro, Max and Stacy note the acceleration of the rainforest being chopped down into the last months of the year. At the same time, out of control money printing from the Fed is sending stock markets to all time new highs. In the second half, Max continues his interview with private equity investor and former banker, Robert Wilson, who has lived in Brazil for over twenty years. They discuss the more sound economic arguments for maintaining the Amazon than chopping it down for timber. The nature of the rainforest makes it for more rational to keep it for the long term intellectual property prospects to be found in the unique flora and fauna of the region. They also discuss China’s important trade relationship with Brazil and about the need for greater immigration into the country.

Front Running 2020: The Billionaire Tax

The first of our 12 part series looking at the economic policies being presented by the many Democratic candidates and the party’s rising stars, like AOC, as they seek to challenge Trump in 2020.

In this episode, Front Running looks at the ‘billionaire tax’ proposed by the likes of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. What is driving the demand for this tax? Why are billionaires suddenly so hated? Where do billionaires even come from? Is there such a thing as ‘odious wealth?’Front Running and guests, Dr Michael Hudson and Professor Steve Keen, look at the massive rise in wealth inequality and the central bank money printing that has contributed to it. They trace the rise of finance capitalism at the expense of the industrial capitalism which made America great for decades after WWII. Can taxes ever make America great again? Or is something more profound required to restore the wealth creation machine that powered the largest middle class in history?

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[KR1469] Keiser Report: Toxic Virtue Signaling

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the toxic consequences of shipping plastic to be recycled. The latest reports from Indonesia show that plastic waste exports to the nation has caused dioxin pollution as high as that near the notorious Agent Orange hotspot in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, which is considered one of the most dioxin-contaminated locations on Earth. In the second half, Max interviews debt campaigner, Joel Benjamin, about the latest on the toxic debt in the UK where local councils are paying an 80% penalty to get out of onerous LOBO loans from the taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland. They also discuss the ongoing scandal of the dangerous cheap cladding covering many buildings in the UK.

[KR1467] Keiser Report: Downgrading the world on global dystopia

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss Moody’s issuing a world debt downgrade warning (WDDW) on rising political unrest. Despite this rising turmoil, the Fed keeps printing new millionaires as QE continues to rescue the ‘haves’ at the expense of the ‘have nots.’ In the second half, Max talks to Alasdair Macleod of Goldmoney.com about ‘plans for global dystopia,’ and why and how it is that policy planners are prepping for a post-fiat world.

[KR1466] Keiser Report: Repo Markets & UBI

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the Fed censoring information related to which bank or banks have been receiving bailouts via repo markets. For at least two more years we are told, the Fed will keep the information confidential for the ordinary citizen, while banks will, of course, have insider knowledge. In the second half, Max talks to Ellen Brown, author of ‘Web of Debt,’ about the ongoing Fed intervention in the repo markets and what this is telling us. Ellen also discusses Universal Basic Income and why she believes it is a good policy for the Fed to implement for everyone, not just bankers.

[KR1465] Keiser Report: Punishment Bonds and Bitcoin on Mars

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the negative yielding ‘punishment bonds’ causing pain to investors in Europe as negative yields soar into less negative territory.

In the second half, Max talks Dhruv Bansal of Unchained Capital about ‘bitcoin astronomy’ and how “the desire to travel far away to start a new blockchain will turn out to be a powerful driver of human expansion throughout the future of our species.” And, if we get to Mars, can we mine bitcoin there? Or is it too far from the ‘center of hash?’

[KR1464] Keiser Report: A rivalry turned ‘financial war’

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the looming ‘financial war’ between the US and China and why it could lead China (and other nations) to develop other independent clearing systems to avoid the weaponized dollar.

In the second half, Max talks to Tyson Slocum about the curious case of a mysterious buyer for El Paso Electric and what it means in a day and age when more and more of public companies are going private. Are we in another period of robber barons? They also discuss the situation out west with PG&E in California.

[KR1463] Keiser Report: Trump: Easy to read

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the former top trade negotiator for China claiming that dealing with Trump is great as he is so easy to read thanks to his non-stop tweeting. They also discuss Venezuela’s president holding up a bitcoin hard wallet just a year after the UK refused to return their gold. In the second half, Max talks to Dr. Michael Hudson of michael-hudson.com about repo markets, national debt, China, trade wars, and more.

[KR1462] Keiser Report: Cash and debt pile

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss Warren Buffett’s $128 billion cash pile. In the second half, Max talks to Professor Steve Keen about the rapidly climbing pile of U.S. debt now over $23 trillion and whether or not it matters.

[KR1455] Keiser Report: So Sleepy

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss a BBC journalist who visited rural Ohio to see what voters thought about the situation in Syria. Almost all of them said that they were too busy working multiple jobs and ‘too sleepy to concentrate.’ This reminds Stacy of the story of Warren Buffett calling then Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson in the middle of the night, during the 2008 financial crisis, to convince him to inject $250 billion directly into the banks. Paulson recalled that he was so sleepy he thought ‘Warren’ was his mother’s gardener. He got the bailout. In the second half, Max talks to Dmitry Orlov of Club Orlov about his views on anti-Russia hysteria and whether or not China will surpass the US as an economic power. Orlov believes China’s economic policy is what he calls ‘Stalinism 2.0.’

[KR1454] Keiser Report: Commerce with all nations

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the battle between old principles and new and ask what Thomas Jefferson meant when he wrote that “Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.” And is Angela Merkel right to think first of her domestic manufacturers? What, also, does it mean that China now has more millionaires than America?

In the second half, Max talks to Dan Collins, a businessman and investor who lived in China for twenty years before moving back to the USA this year. They discuss the NBA, Huawei, COSCO and Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai

[KR1453] Keiser Report: Paper is Poverty, a Ghost of Money

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the spooky signs across the world that prove ‘paper is, indeed, poverty,’ for it is a ‘ghost of money’ rather than money itself. And as such, it can hide all sorts of scary things like unpayable, toxic and fraudulent debts.

In the second half, Max talks to Ross Ashcroft, the host of Renegade Inc., about the UK’s ‘Serious Fraud Office’ quietly ending their ‘inquiry’ into the overwhelming evidence of serious fraud that happened during the Libor rigging scandal in the 2007-2009 period. They also discuss the failure of neoliberal economics as seen in protests across the globe and in the ‘botched’ PFI contracts in the UK.