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Matt Taibbi With Don Imus On 'The FED's Magic Money Printing Machine' (VIDEO)

Video:  Matt Taibbi -- Oct. 11, 2010

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Fox Video:  'Griftopia' Author Matt Taibbi on what goes on behind-the-scenes on Wall Street and why it matters for the economy -- Interview with Don Imus



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This time, Max Keiser and his co-host, Stacy Herbert, look at hard assets versus high assets, Hu Jintao bonds, political witches and more bank bailouts. Max also talks to Eric Janszen about his new book, the Post Catastrophe Economy.


the latest from max and stacy...
Oct 15, 2010 at 1:07 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Holy cow, Harry Caray. I just watched quantitative easing and the ZIRP subsidy to banks being discussed on MSNBC by a confirmed leftist. This is incredible!
Oct 15, 2010 at 2:08 AM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
yep...the cenk-taibbi clip is pretty awesome...i don't normally like watching cenk...i think he's very slow and boring...but he's getting better...i also don't like his very partisan approach...loves DEMS hates the GOP...when he should know better...
Oct 15, 2010 at 2:16 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
yeah, that's what's so freaking cool about it. cenk sounds like some kind of ron-paul loving bircher or something. i love it.

i think ron paul will die a happy man -- or at least a lot happier than he expected to be a few years ago.

Daily Bailers, this is your moment. let's hope a better world comes out of it, but at least enjoy it.
Oct 15, 2010 at 2:19 AM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
you're right...you have to get enjoyment out of the little victories or you will go insane...but awareness is spreading...
Oct 15, 2010 at 2:41 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Hre's Taibbi on the tea parties...from about 2 weeks ago...

Matt Taibbi on the Tea Party

How corporate interests and Republican insiders built the Tea Party monster

Oct 15, 2010 at 2:50 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

The Fed's Magic Money-Printing Machine, Act 2

This is excellent stuff...
Oct 15, 2010 at 2:51 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
What amazes me about Taibbi is how even smart people of either stripe love him even as they instantly revert to their left-right programming schedule. It's as if their belief system would implode without Right and Wrong as presented on TV. Awesome and pitiful at once.
Oct 15, 2010 at 8:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
very good point cheyenne...the game of 'we're right and they're wrong' is still the only game in town for most people and they get confused when information is not presented to them thru this partisan prism...
Oct 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
CNBC propaganda du jour:

"The put-back crisis is not driven by economics. It is driven by legal rights. And there’s simply zero probability that the politicians in Washington are going to let Bank of America or Citigroup or JP Morgan Chase fail because of a legal issue."


One "legal issue" here is standing, a limit on courts' power set by Article III--and not subject to repeal by Congress. Another CNBC hopium FAIL.
Oct 15, 2010 at 1:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
thx for that link...hadn't seen it...tell me more about the legal standing issue...because my fear has been exactly what john carney described...that congress would solve the problem for banks thru legislation...
Oct 15, 2010 at 1:54 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
provocative call on this from Carney. congress could absolve the banks of criminal liability to some extent, but not to the extent that they tried to pass off forged documents as genuine IN COURT. that's still a crime that has already happened. i don't see any way around that.

but the saving grace here is the greed of the trial lawyers. investors can still sue, especially as the market for their securities has become more illiquid with these revelations, or something along those lines.
Oct 15, 2010 at 2:01 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
Article III of the U.S. Constitution only confers on courts the power to decide cases and controversies. Courts can't just go around issuing advisory opinions. There are several requirements for any dispute to be justiciable by a court. One is that a plaintiff have standing, i.e., "some actual injury." See http://www.msfraud.org/law/lounge/Deutsche%20Bank%20Foreclosures%20Dismissed.pdf at p. 2.

If I steal a pitchfork from Dr. P, he's an injured party and can sue me. He would have standing. If you sue me instead, your suit gets dismissed because you lack standing.

For a party to have standing in a case of foreclosure, its name must be on the mortgage and the promissory note to establish that it--rather than some other party--was in fact injured.

What's been happening in countless foreclosure cases is that the plaintiff doesn't have either the mortgage or the note. The note might name some other party, or it might have been lost or destroyed. Whatever the case, the foreclosing party's lawsuit should have been dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, but the suit wasn't dismissed. As a result, the resulting foreclosure judgment is void. This is the royal fucking mess in which we now find ourselves mired.

What Carney's saying is that Congress can just paper over our mess with legislation that somehow confers standing on the very same losers who are responsible for losing or destroying or splitting the mortgage and note to begin with. That ain't gonna happen, as Congress--a creature of Article I, not Article III--simply lacks that power. Congress of course might try such a maneuver, just as the banks have initiated foreclosure suits without standing.

Any such legislation would be as void as all those fraudulently obtained foreclosure judgments.
Oct 15, 2010 at 3:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
To round this out, with additional thoughts and handicapping tips:

1. It's only a matter of time for the class action bar to figure out the above. When that happens, you'll start to see cases filed for sham litigation, fraud, antitrust violations, unfair competition--pick your poison. Even if the above analysis is wrong--and it's not--you're still looking at a mushroom cloud of lawsuits against the criminal banks. This alone will wipe TARP banks from the face of the earth, regardless of the merits underlying case.

2. Look for banks to undertake a systematic effort to destroy dockets that haven't gone electronic. There are county courthouses chock full of records perfectly documenting the crimes that have been committed here. It's never the crime itself, it's the cover-up. Be on the lookout for the latter in oddly named courthouse squares.

3. Either the law will be enforced, or it won't. When the latter is clear, the U.S. of A. has announced its status as a banana republic--and, consequently, that every financial paper having a counter-party (all paper) has a value of toilet paper.

Such is the tsunami of fiat fantasy.
Oct 16, 2010 at 1:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
You might be right Cheyenne, and very astute observations I might add. But the government will have several tricks up its sleeves to protect their favorite contributors from such unsavory litigation. They might create a department of anti banker litigator harrassment division at the IRS for example...

Til proof to the contrary, the law has always, and will continue to defend the plunderer.
Oct 16, 2010 at 3:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
You may well be right, Gomp. And even without such tricks, the ultimate arbiter of the standing dispute will be the U.S. Supreme Ciurt. But well before that can happen, SCOTUS must decide whether to grant cert in the Bloomberg v. Fed FOIA case, wherein the Fed, having lost every step of the way, has been ordered to turn over documents identifying each Fed giveaway recipient by amount and type. It will be most telling to see how the Supremes come out on that one.

For present purposes, I was just pointing out that legal conditions are ripe for an asteroid-sized litigation shitstorm to hit the already tottering big banks based on foreclosuregate. And that's quite apart from the problem of homeowners asking why they should remain current on their mortgages.

Real trouble here, as I see it.
Oct 16, 2010 at 8:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
And the Sublime Court will no doubt rule on that before they properly define the natural born citizen clause in the Constitution, which has been an issue multiple times, yet ignored completely for generations.
Oct 16, 2010 at 10:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
cheyenne..thanks for the thoughts...if you check the flash crash thread i have been posting more links on the legal ramifications...
Oct 16, 2010 at 3:51 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
While I have come to respect both these guys, they're mistaken if they think that another quantitative easing will lead to Zimbabwe type inflation. Without getting too technical, total money supply equals M1 base money supply plus M3 credit money supply. The Fed is giving the banks M1, while the banks are taking M3 away from consumers and businesses at about the same rate. The result is that total money supply remains about constant, and so inflation is low.

Since M3 is about ten times bigger than M1, the banks have several trillion dollars in bailouts to go before they start expanding the total money supply and there's heavy inflation. But don't worry, with their greed as big as the universe, I'm sure they'll get there eventually!
Oct 20, 2010 at 8:02 PM | Unregistered Commenterengineerzero
Please, pass the word to Matt on this:

Fed is owned by the too-big-to-fail-banks, so in QE1 the big banks bailed out themselves.

So in addition to the paedofilia involved in the taxpayer looting there is incest too.
Oct 21, 2010 at 4:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterVisitor7777

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