From Zero Hedge

Yesterday we summarized the most recent economic, political and social situation in Ukraine as follows:

“A year or so on from the last coup in Ukraine, Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Sergey Arbuzov told TASS, with growing popular discontent, “another state coup can’t be ruled out in Ukraine.” As the cease-fire deal hangs torn and tattered in the Debaltseve winds, the nation is a mess: a new gas dispute looms as Gazprom demands upfront payments; capital controls have been tightened as the $17.5bn IMF loan may not be enough; and the central bank governor faces prosecution as the economy craters. All of these factors have driven massive outflows from Ukraine and the Hryvnia has crashed to over 33 to the USD – a record high (and 70% devaluation from the last coup).”
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From Zero Hedge

Speaking at AARP headquarters in Washington, President Obama will announce orders to the Labor Department to write new rules for financial managers who handle retirement accounts for working Americans. As USA Today reports, The White House says the goal is to end “hidden fees that hurt consumers and back-door payments that help Wall Street brokers,” deals that costs retirees billions of dollars in savings. White House officials said they want new fiduciary standards that would require financial advisers to put clients’ interests ahead of their own… and “buy our bonds.”

We wonder how long before there will be an official asset allocation by dictat…

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From time to time we like to bring you something a little off the beaten path. This is for all my fellow parents out there, and quite frankly the idea could be applied to anyone. Perhaps we all need to slow down just a bit, to live, to love, to laugh…

By Michelle Rose Gilman From Huffington Post Blog

Dear Parents,

Let me introduce myself. I am the mother of a beautiful and wise 20-year-old boy. Over the course of the last three years, my son survived 18 hospital visits due to severe Crohn’s Disease, three hospital-born infections that he will have forever, countless pain pills, IVs and shots, a surgically-removed colon, a colostomy bag, an intestinal resection surgery and just recently, a brain injury caused by a skateboarding accident. Do I have your attention? Good. Not that I wanted your attention this way.
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By Jim Willie, Editor of the Hat Trick Letter
Found on GoldenJackass.com

Today marks the Chinese New Year, the day promised for unleashing forces from the East which complete the Global Paradigm Shift. Let it rain; let it pour. For a full generation, the Western central bankers have relied upon debt to solve debt saturation problems as well as economic slowdowns founded within the credit cycle. In the last four years, they have added reliance upon free cost printed money to solve debt saturation and insolvency problems. The USTreasury Bond market has vanished for all practical legitimate purposes, a harbinger of the USDollar death event. With no surprise to the Jackass, the entire Western financial and economic system is not just decaying, but failing. Witness a systemic failure in progress. For over a year, my drums have been beaten in detailing how the QE bond purchase program kills capital by leading to a rise in the entire cost structure. The endless wars in defense of the USDollar have added to strains. The sanctions have all backfired. While the US leaders pound their chests like Third World demagogues, they preside over ruin with maggots crawling at their boots. The debt picture is abysmal, and grows worse by the month. This article is but a brief survey of the wrecked fields of debt crops. Review some of its many rancid decayed farms. It is not pretty. Remember the bankers in charge call their policy a stimulus. To be sure, it stimulates ruin and fosters systemic failure. Mission Accomplished!
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Why do business with a company that does not understand, let alone, align with your views? At Perpetual Assets, we’ll happily take your business, whether you’re crazy or not! And if you are crazy, we embrace it, cause we know how you feel….

From CNN Money

25% of physical gold buyers are crazy, metals executive says

A lot of people who buy bits of physical gold aren’t looking to make a bracelet or ring. They buy gold because they believe disaster is imminent.
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Will Lehr of Perpetual Assets interviews Bix Weir of RoadToRoota.com

“It’s difficult to be awake when the rest of the world is asleep” ~ Bix Weir

We are thrilled to have Bix back. Join us for a discussion on current events and where things seem to be unfolding. Ideas that were once insane are being revealed as fact today. Bix announces the upcoming release of his new book, “Conversations with God About Gold and Silver.”
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By Martin Fluck From Casey Research

Last week the world woke up to the fact that Greece’s new government holds a geopolitical trump card: it can hold the EU ransom by threatening to break the fragile consensus on Russia.

The renewal of sanctions against Russia requires the unanimous support of EU members… which means Obama’s alliance against Russia needs Greek cooperation. What’s more, Greece has veto power over whether NATO can retaliate for an attack on any of its members. Article V, which states, “[A]n armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all,” may only be invoked with unanimous agreement among NATO members.
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