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at the asia pacific economic conference a lot of reporter on the ground bringing in live reports including attendees but i'll tackle and the biggest question of all can anything be solved we'll be there that's going to do it for now thanks for watching how to connect. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so for like you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you thought you knew you don't i'm sorry welcome to the big picture. more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images go girl
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you've been seeing on the streets of canada. trying to corporations rule the day. max kaiser this is the kaiser report what school of economics are we all involved with right now actually none we're only involved in massive banking fraud and i want stacy herbert to come in and give us some details stacey well a crucial element to the banking fraud is accounting fraud and accounting errors the first headline max hoops the financial crisis was actually just and counting error you can all go shopping again and this is from max kaiser dot com i wrote the headline excellent and it was referring to two headlines that i noticed germany
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discovers extra seventy eight billion dollars a major accounting error and then accounting error trims irish debt load so ireland's finance department has discovered in an accounting error that will bring down its national debt by four point nine billion the unexpected bonus will trim ireland's two thousand and debt to one hundred ninety seven billion dollars this is the shadow banking system where they do all of the banking deals it's about the same size as the visible banking system and depending on the politics of the moment the banks can add or subtract that at will depending on what their political agenda is remember during the two thousand and eight crisis suddenly and paulson in the u.s. that oh there's a all kinds of dead about to be unleashed give us money and he put a gun to people's head and held them hostage and this is the problem of having
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a shadow banking system that gives the bank robbers and the politicians a way to put a gun to people's head and remarkably in the united states they always criticize socialism as the government having a gun to your head and yet literally goldman sachs has a gun to america's head. but they call that capitalism well speaking of terms one of the things that. many heads of corporations or politicians resist is a debt jubilee even though we've had it for thousands of years and i thought this was a good way to actually use their own term something that they're familiar and comfortable with of accounting fraud and just use this as a way to get rid of all of our debt problems just by you know swapping things around on the ledger right well this is the shadow banking system needs to be reduced which is the same thing as a debt jubilee this is something new in the annals of banking scandals it's only been about thirty years in the whole history of banking that you have the development of the shadow banking system the dark pools as they're called the
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completely opaque global trading that goes on the fact that ireland and greece or germany or some other country can announce that they've discovered debt or they adding new debt that they didn't see it shows you how connected these things are and at the very top as we know from a report that just came out recently the entire banking system was controlled by a very few group of bankers with barclays at the very top of the pyramid and notice again the word error it's an accounting error when the top point one percent those people who control the entire global financial system when they commit fraud is called an error just a simple accounting error when a normal person does it they end up in jail pregnant mom arrested child taken over a five dollar shoplifting charge so this was a woman in honolulu she was seven months pregnant she was fantasist and she ate two sandwiches worth five dollars in
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a safeway supermarket in honolulu and she was arrested on shoplifting charges because she forgot to pay which is exactly an accounting error right in the error is an interesting word here when i was working on wall street we have the error account. which is the error account for the office of every office has an error account where whenever you break the law and you commit an act of criminality that results in a loss you stick that in the air or account and then you work it off through i.p.o. hot i.p.o.'s for example this group on i.p.o. or any i.p.o. where it's hot the day one it's up twenty or thirty percent they do that on purpose to wipe away the errors of the error account now if you make an error and there is a gain by accident and of course you keep that immediately goes right into your pocket or the manager or the compliance officer bribes brokers for privileged and privy to that positive error here she has an accounting error that results in her
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losing her child and being thrown in jail for the night here is another accounting error in the news hunt for m.f. global's missing seven hundred million dollars so m.f. global is a futures broker headed by john core resign the former head of goldman sachs who then went on to be the governor of new jersey and was in line to replace timothy geithner at treasury now remember timothy geithner also committed a crime by failing to pay his taxes because he it was an accounting error he forgot for ten years and then went on to head the i.r.s. so who knows what will happen to john course line but apparently m.f. global commingled. it's accounts yeah this is one of the worst things you can do is take your customer's money and just slap in the fund with everyone else's money or even your own money and then when you again have losses them somehow only the customer experiences those losses but when you have gains you take all the gains so
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instead of just people called socializing the losses and capitalizing on the gains but it's beyond that it's just outright co-mingling of funds putting a gun to people says and stealing their money i mean this is we're getting to the one nine hundred thirty s. where it's basically give us all your money and we're going to send you to get out and if you complain we're going to do the final solution and kill you and a business insider says that commingling is the regulatory equivalent of a felony offense. but then they continue there is a basically benign interpretation which is that m.f. global was guilty of nothing more than sloppy bookkeeping right well this is always the excuse i mean again i worked on wall street and there is the law on wall street all the errors accrue to you is game you know all the losses are distributed to your customers and it occasionally there's a customer who actually makes money at the end of the year we call these on wall street the gifted client because of matter how many times you try to kill them they still end up making money they're gifted in this sense so how john course i'm big
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grow up to his firm m.f. global has filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy protection making it the first u.s. financial firm to fall victim so on course i was a victim poor victim of europe's debt crisis so he is falling victim to the european debt crisis it wasn't him leveraging up m.f. global and its customer accounts in a while the reckless bet on what he did is he bet that big on sovereign debt in europe because he was certain that the taxpayer would be forced to bail out all of these debts at one hundred cents on the dollar that's right so course i was a victim he's going to make their way shall feel better. but he did drive the two hundred year old firm off the cliff in less than two years for this he gets a twelve million dollar guaranteed contractual obligation that m.f. global must meet so he gets a twelve million dollar golden parachute but how did he destroy it in trying to
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become what some dubbed a mini goldman course lines m.f. global may have leveraged his bets too much and may not have paid enough attention to risk so hearing that junk or sign wanted to turn this company into a mini goldman sachs i thought of episode twenty one of the kaiser report time for a flashback who. just talk about among other things goldman sachs this is quickly becoming the most vilified at financial. grand in history why well when you're successful. bring in the all of those other things that are truly human and then when you make an occasional mistake. public mistakes in public later then refers to as being these credit default swaps that were sold to greece now it always comes back to greece and not. over there and gracie's calling for a referendum and he's throwing the global banking system under the bus as
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rightfully should be these got goldman sachs needs to be euthanized but it comes back again to an accounting error is a mistake that goldman sachs' me that he was referring to and it's that mistake and the elevation into a holy sort of divinity where your fraud becomes just a mere mistake because one can never be evil if one is one of these goldman sachs people so he was hoping that his fraud his fraud by stealing m.f. global clients money would just be considered an error in an accounting error well it's a macula of the steps but let me explain another words goldman and other banks loan money into existence there's no collateral for it they simply loan money to people to do deals mergers acquisitions initial public offerings and this money comes out of the money oh it's fear there's no basis for there's no collateral for it there's
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no physical representation of it goldman sachs because the money is a macchiavelli created from nowhere they consider themselves above all law and if they get caught stealing they simply maculata create more of this free out money out of nowhere to bribe whoever needs a bribe obama so broad with attorney general eric holder they'll bribe the entire republican and democratic party think immaculately conceived of money from nowhere to bribe anyone they need to do whatever they want with impunity because they're doing god's work so accounting error and fraud john chorus line bankrupted m.f. global a two hundred year old company by leveraging long going betting big on europe. here's the headline max selling more insurance on europe debt raises risk for u.s. banks yes guarantees provided by us wonders on government bank corporate debt in europe rose by eighty point seven billion dollars to five hundred eighteen billion according to the bank for international settlements almost all of these are credit
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default swaps so the sellers of the insurance last credit default swap take the premium cash immediately and they're never on the hook for any liabilities because they're causing systemic failure when the system collapses and they say we can't pay out because the system collapsed well what about the money you took selling insurance against a stomach collapse we can't find it it was junk or sign it's in the shadow banking system where you go it's like jackie mason is running the global system where you go i don't know what those of the old it was they were looking at it was in both of it yes me got a bagel i got a little bit but i don't know who. they don't know but it all comes back to these occupy wall street protests and all of the media the puppets the mouthpieces for these bankers for the goldman sachs bankers say that these protesters are anti-capitalists well time and time again every single headline we show you we expose the truth that they are relying all of these guys goldman sachs j.p.
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morgan morgan stanley dexie all the people investing in these companies all the bankers they expect a taxpayer bailout that the whole system depends on that i don't know capitalism and for that you need jobs dilla our artwork here max this is a good on those illa that is the one you're looking. at here in the background with the big big look that's you when you're looking pretty wild and angry there max is now you in the background. but certainly my pay is that big fifty foot tall stacy stalking the globe well stacey that's unfortunately all the time we have thanks so much for being on the prize the report thank you. thanks so much for coming our way stay right there. knowing i. won't be. bringing you the latest in science and technology from around the world.
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pushing on the comb. i max foster welcome back to the kaiser report it's time now to go to upstate new york and talk with author blogger thinker all around swell guy james howard kunstler james our counsellor welcome back to the kaiser report hey hey max you forgot to say good are big cookies and big where you enclose they are to make your own cookies and you're putting the girl scouts of the community can run for their money but all right james you've been a veteran of the culture wars over the years and right now the global financial collapse is gathering speed enter travels and from visits to your website consular dot com i get the sense that you sense a great social uprising is happening right now that this is really not just a flash in the pan what we're seeing with these occupy movement but something
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bigger going to talk i'm not a little bit one of the things that nobody has. talked about is what's going to happen in the summer of two thousand and twelve when the party conventions are held and it seems to me that we're going to be facing something that will make the nine hundred sixty eight convention look like a labor day picnic and the failure of the both parties is really sort of bringing us back to something like the lady in fifty's where the american political parties lost legitimacy so. they started to disappear you know that we exist were running america for thirty years going into the mid eight hundred fifty s. and one day they were just gone because they didn't stand for anything anymore and nobody believed him and they lost their legitimacy and they're gone virtually overnight you know so you're going into the eight hundred sixty election and you know this this new party comes along the republican party they've already run one
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candidate making fifty six jones he freemont the western explorer and he obviously did not win the presidential election but you can succeed you come up with another guy who abraham lincoln a congressman from a one term congressman who came out of nowhere a railroad lawyer who had one amazing ability he was able to articulate the terms of the convulsion the nation was entering into and i think there were a similar situation there was we were the last time that america faced a really great civic convulsion and that was the period just before the civil war so i think we're heading for a tremendous political upheaval in the coming year and i mention two periods in american history marked by war eighteen sixteen the civil war what was coming about in the course nine hundred sixty eight the vietnam war bit now more in america the
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draft resulted and the popular uprising at that time the youth movement and the anti-war sentiment across america doesn't draft anymore people for their wars anymore they outsourced to private contractors and mercenaries like halliburton and they get people however in the us to pay for this war and to impose austerity measures on a lotto ways you could say that people are being drafted into poverty the war against wealthy the continuation of this wealth and income gap people are being drafted into that there's a war going on between that about one percent versus everybody else. thout i guess the comparison you're making is that it it is similar to one nine hundred sixty eight in that we do have this war going on it's just an undeclared war with all of these. historic. predicaments you know you get new problems coming along and the problem that we're facing really is the rule of law in money matters and we can't seem to reestablish it and i think it was one among the great hopes
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for change that mr obama represented was that he would respect because the rule of law on wall street and banking in money matters and he has absolutely failed to get the f. the s.e.c. to enforce the law or to refer cases to the department of justice he's done nothing to reestablish the glass steagall at he allowed the supreme court decision on citizens united to just pass by without. doing anything to even start a legislative process to redefine what the personhood of a corporation is because obviously corporations are not people in the way that people do they don't have rights they don't have duties obligations and responsibilities to the public interest in the same way that people do that they're sociopathic you know they exist really only to have allegiance to the shareholders and the boards of directors and that's where it begins and ends so the idea that
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they should be able to express themselves freely by corrupting the entire political process by flooding money into the political process is absurd but more to the point president obama did nothing to introduce legislation to redefine what a corporation is or to stephen start the process of a constitutional amendment to redefine it he allowed the f.c.c. to destroy eighteen thousand files of matters under investigation which could have been used for possible referrals for criminal activity vs he say. the dodd frank finn rate legislation is a joke it really didn't even include any regulation that was all left until after the bill was passed and for the bank stir lobbyists to go in and actually write the rules which is what they've been doing for the last eighteen months and that's absurd you know reason nothing to deconstruct the too big to fail banks and make
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them smaller and make them less dangerous to the systemic integrity of the financial system so i think that you know these failures are just so monumental that they really invite a third party and i heard something interesting the other night i was to i was at a conference in virginia and i was talking to a guy was a political operative for howard dean and i told him i heard a pop a pod cast in which larry kotlikoff the boston university economists one of the only economists in the whole usa who has a you know a credible idea about anything had been talking about vising a possible third party candidate and i was wondering if it was actually howard dean because he's kind of stepped out of the picture for the last four or five months but it's beginning to look like it may actually be michael bloomberg and michael bloomberg is very quietly going around hiring people including
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a lot of. people who worked in the hillary clinton campaign and he's a political independent now and you know i think there may be a possibility that he may be minting third party campaign he doesn't have to you know he doesn't go out there and raise money he can just wait for these republican stooges and dunces to knock themselves off and for mr obama to keep on just doing what he's doing which is pretty much nothing and then you know will be in the spring or summer of two thousand and twelve and you know mr bloomberg may present himself as. very interesting because through or threshold moment so we'll see how that works out all right james howard kunstler let me ask your thoughts a good have a thought experiment here for a second because you mentioned corporations are the rights of individuals in america this is something that came out actually of the civil rights movements of the fifty's where there was a huge grab power by corporate america is that related to the power given
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over to minorities in the u.s. but let's throw into a thought experiment here for a second if corporations are in fact individuals and in fact are committing crimes commensurate with crimes that you see being committed in states like texas where individuals are that are given capital punishment they're given the needle. wouldn't it isn't it therefore true that a corporation like a goldman sachs or j.p. morgan s committing crimes commensurate with other crimes that the state is giving capital punishment for that these corporations and someone who represent these corporations should be should be given capital punishment for their crimes against capital if they're individuals should they also get capital punishment for similar crimes but you could really say about this is that there's been so much tension building up as a result of the failure to act in any way to discipline these
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banks and corporations there's just so much tension building up it sooner or later when it is released it's liable to be very shocking and surprising you know where we could heading into a situation that i think is going to resemble the french revolution only you know instead of being directed against eric aristocratic or gorky it will be directed against corporate or over gorky or not or you know it could be very ugly but it will make the cut in interest i mean take somebody like john chorusing right he's a former goldman sachs had he becomes governor new jersey he's also has fund manager now he's missing seven hundred million dollars anyways co-mingling accounts customer accounts of corporate accounts which is a shocking transgression all s.t.c. laws for decades here somebody who is clearly committing a crime against capital that if in fact that company is an individual then he
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should get capital punishment they mean that's only fair that what's the argument against that i don't get it and other words if you're black an errant sexist and you're a kid you get killed but if you're a white guy in new jersey and you still need nearly a billion dollars if a bomb gives you a pat on the head in the big fat wet case what's going on here there's two laws that i guess there's two sets of laws there there's one set of laws for the ninety nine percent and then for a cause like john course again. the more crimes he commits the greater. benefits he gets and recognition from this administration correct well look when you don't enforce the law at all you get all kinds of distortions and perversions the fact is that we don't electrocute people or give them lethal injections for stealing money i mean you can put them in jail for one hundred twenty years and you know you can lock them away for a long time what you're proposing is rather a jack a big and kind of solution to this and and that's precisely what i mean when i say
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that you know we're we're interested kind of french revolution. at political atmosphere but the problem with uprisings is they tend to get out of hand and you know you set up the guillotine and you want to get rid of a few bad guys and all of a sudden you get rid of everybody and then everybody's getting rid of you so these things can get out of him and i that's why i think that we have to pay a lot of attention to what the rule of law actually means and what it means in the case of the usa as we have a lot of laws that are on the books for prosecuting criminal misbehavior in banking and you know and all kinds of things and we're not really in forcing so you know i wouldn't want to apply the criminal code for murder and arson and rape child molestation or you know for crimes you know stealing or robbery i mean that well mascot in there in france actually there is a movement to create a lost a little statute for financial pornography and financial rape to prosecute bankers
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in france because they fail as thou this is the only way they can grab the public's attention as a group of lawyers here that want to introduce the concept of financial rape and financial pornography for this very reason that there needs to be a greater understanding in the public's mind of i pad like john corey's zina pine fine and and jamie diamond do on a daily basis now before we go tell us about your site that. and i just got a note about the consular casket book published this week tell us about that my podcast meister token career published a book of true scripts of our conversations over the last three years and. published by news of sorry chris. the books are in his name he's the author duncan query i was called the prince were cast all right well look for that this is the consular cast book published this week and there's a podcast that goes with it james howard kunstler that's all the time we have
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thanks so much for being on the kaiser report earth emacs right all right that's going to do it for this edition of the kaiser report with me maximizer and stacy herbert i want to thank my guest james howard kunstler if you want to follow us on twitter as kaiser report or on facebook and forward slash kaiser report or e-mail me at kaiser report at r t t v dot are you until next time this is my guys are saying. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realized everything you thought you don't. charge is a big picture. hey
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