Millennials squeezed out of buying a home

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The Millennial generation is great at many things: texting, social media, selfies. But buying a home? Not so much.

Just 36% of Americans under the age of 35 own a home, according to the Census Bureau. That’s down from 42% in 2007 and the lowest level since 1982, when the agency began tracking homeownership by age.

It’s not all their fault. Millennials want to buy homes — 90% prefer owning over renting, according to a recent survey from Fannie Mae.

But student loan debt, tight lending standards and stiff competition have made it next to impossible for many of these younger Americans to make the leap.

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McMansions Are Back And Are Bigger Than Ever

Housing Crash

There was a small ray of hope just after the Lehman collapse that one of the most deplorable characteristics of US society – the relentless urge to build massive McMansions (funding questions aside) – was fading. Alas, as the Census Bureau today confirmed, that normalization in the innate desire for bigger, bigger, bigger not only did not go away but is now back with a bang.

According to just released data, both the median and average size of a new single-family home built in 2013 hit new all time highs of 2,384 and 2,598 square feet respectively.

And while it is known that in absolute number terms the total number of new home sales is still a fraction of what it was before the crisis, the one strata of new home sales which appears to not only not have been impacted but is openly flourishing once more, are the same McMansions which cater to the New Normal uberwealthy (which incidentally are the same as the Old Normal uberwealthy, only wealthier) and which for many symbolize America’s unbridled greed for mega housing no matter the cost.

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100 Years Of Income Tax

100 Years Of Income Tax

At least they have put our money to good use, fighting wars of choice around the globe, creating the Dept of Energy to make us energy self-sufficient, creating the Dept of Education to make our kids smarter, creating the VA to properly care for the veterans of our wars of choice, creating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to allow everyone to own a home, creating an entitlement state that has resulted in 100 million people on the dole, creating the SEC to make sure Wall Street banks don’t commit fraud and destroy the worldwide financial system and now rolling out Obamacare to make us healthier.

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Four Major News Networks, Zero Bilderberg Group 2014 Coverage

Bilderberg Group No Results

With the exception of 24-hour cable news providers, Americans rely on 4 major television networks to deliver them information regarding important world events: ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.

It is with predictable disappointment to announce all four networks failed to inform the public of a secretive and extremely exclusive meeting of central bankers, CEOs, public officials and world dignitaries taking place this weekend.

From May 29 through today, June 1, esteemed academicians, hand picked journalists, intelligence officials, world banking oligarchs and the CEOs and bosses of Royal Dutch Shell, Google and Microsoft, to name just a few, slinked behind closed doors at the Marriott hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, to do God knows what.

But watching the major news networks and monitoring the domestic news wires, you’d never guess this confab happened.

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Doctor Shortages Are A Nationwide Problem

Doctor

Last week, an investigative report revealed that 1,700 veterans who wanted to see a doctor at a Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital were missing from an official waiting list, mirroring a tactic used at two dozen other facilities across the country to mask long waits for medical care.

A few hundred other people are missing from the Veterans Affairs system, too: doctors.

The Veterans Affairs Department is 400 doctors short, The New York Times reports. But the doctor deficit is not limited to the VA—it’s a nationwide problem.

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Gunmen kill nine in northeast Nigeria church attack

Nigeria-map

Gunmen opened fire on a church service in a remote village in northeastern Nigeria, killing nine people as worshippers fled into the bush, police and a witness said on Monday.

A member of the congregation said people jumped through windows to try to escape Sunday’s attack in Attangara in the Gwoza hills – the main stronghold of Boko Haram militants waging an escalating campaign to carve out an Islamist state.

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The Velocity Of Money In The U.S. Falls To An All-Time Record Low

Velocity Of Money M2

When an economy is healthy, there is lots of buying and selling and money tends to move around quite rapidly.  Unfortunately, the U.S. economy is the exact opposite of that right now.  In fact, as I will document below, the velocity of M2 has fallen to an all-time record low.  This is a very powerful indicator that we have entered a deflationary era, and the Federal Reserve has been attempting to combat this by absolutely flooding the financial system with more money.  This has created some absolutely massive financial bubbles, but it has not fixed what is fundamentally wrong with our economy.  On a very basic level, the amount of economic activity that we are witnessing is not anywhere near where it should be and the flow of money through our economy is very stagnant.  They can try to mask our problems with happy talk for as long as they want, but in the end it will be clearly evident that none of the long-term trends that are destroying our economy have been addressed.

Discussions about the money supply can get very complicated, and that can cause people to tune out, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

To put it very basically, when there is lots of economic activity, there is lots of money changing hands.

When there is not very much economic activity, the pace at which money circulates through our system slows down.

That is why what is happening in the U.S. right now is so troubling.

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Why It Matters That Politicians Have No Experience With Poverty

Congress

For the first time, more than half of the members of Congress are millionaires. Nearly 200 are multimillionaires. One hundred are worth more than $5 million; the top-10 deal in nine digits. The annual congressional salary alone—$174,000 a year—qualifies every member as the top 6 percent of earners. None of them are close to experiencing the poverty-reduction programs—affordable housing, food assistance, Medicaid—that they help control. Though some came from poverty, a recent analysis by Nicholas Carnes, in his book White Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policymaking, found that only 13 out of 783 members of Congress from 1999 to 2008 came from a “blue-collar” upbringing. None of them have experienced that poverty in decades; those who did did so under vastly different public-policy circumstances.

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Japan Is Now Purposely Dumping Radioactive Water From Fukushima Into The Pacific

Fukushima Radiation - University Of New South Wales

How do you get rid of hundreds of tons of highly radioactive water?  You dump it into the Pacific Ocean of course!  In Japan, the  Tokyo Electric Power Co. has made the “painful decision” to begin purposely dumping massive amounts of radioactive water currently being stored at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear facility directly into the Pacific.  This is being done even though water radiation levels near Fukushima spiked to a brand new all-time record high just a few days ago.  The radioactive material that is being released will enter our food chain and will potentially stay with us for decades to come.  Fukushima is an environmental nightmare that never seems to end, but the mainstream media in the United States decided to pretty much stop talking about it long ago.  So don’t expect the big news networks to make a big deal out of the fact that Japan is choosing to use the Pacific Ocean as a toilet for their nuclear waste.  But even though they aren’t talking about it, that doesn’t mean that radioactive material from Fukushima is not seriously affecting the health of millions of people all over the planet.

According to the Japan Times, Tepco released 560 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific on Wednesday, and Tepco says that for the foreseeable future we should expect another 100 tons of radioactive water to be released into the ocean every single day…

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Auto buyers set new records, load up longer loans

Car Accident

In the latest sign Americans are increasingly comfortable taking on more debt, auto buyers borrowed a record amount in the first quarter with the average monthly payment climbing to an all-time high of $474.

Not only that, buyers also continued to spread payments out over a longer period of time, with 24.8 percent of auto loans now coming with payment terms between six and seven years according to a new report from Experian Automotive.

That’s the highest percentage of 6 and 7-year loans Experian has ever recorded in a quarter.

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“Praise Darwin”: University Of Connecticut Professor’s Bizarre Rant Goes Viral

Charles Darwin Creation Evolution

A deranged public tirade by a professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut is putting the evolution vs. creation debate back into the headlines. He recently spent more than two hours harassing Christian evangelists that were trying to preach to students on campus, and at one point he even asked one of the evangelists if he “had accepted Darwin as my lord and savior”. Later on, he even encouraged students to join him in publicly proclaiming the phrase “Praise Darwin!” This bizarre behavior has suddenly made this obscure professor quite famous, and as you will see below, he is not apologizing for his behavior. Sadly, this professor does not even seem to be aware of what Charles Darwin actually stood for. If he did, he would probably not be so proud of himself.

When I first came across this story, I could hardly believe it. What kind of self-respecting professor would spend more than two hours publicly confronting Christian evangelists on campus?…

James Boster, a professor of anthropology, spent more than two hours trying to draw students away from evangelists.

“He asked me if I had accepted Darwin as my lord and savior,” evangelist Don Karns told Christian News Network. “He was very agitated, very demonstrative. … It was very unbecoming of a professor.”

Boster repeatedly used profanity and there were moments when it actually looked like he was going to physically attack the Christian evangelists. And his attempt to get students to publicly praise Darwin was more than just a little bizarre…

Karns said that Boster then confronted him a second time, using profanity and getting in his face. Andrew Rappaport of Striving for Eternity Ministries in Jackson, New Jersey, said he witnessed Boster present a speech in an attempt to agitate the students.

“He started to address the students as ‘My brothers and sisters of Darwin,’” Rappaport said.

“I want you to join me in saying, ‘Praise Darwin!’” Boster mocked, as students echoed his refrain. “Amen!” Boster proclaimed.

You can see video footage from this confrontation posted below. But please be warned that Professor Boster repeatedly uses some very strong language in this video clip…

So was Boster sorry for what he did after he got a chance to cool down for a while?

Nope.

According to Christian News Network, Boster is quite proud of what he did…

“The self-described Christian evangelists came to UConn not with the good news of the gospels but with a message of hate, bigotry, and ignorance. They attacked my students for their sexual behavior, sexual preferences, religious beliefs and ethnicities and condemned them to Hell,” he wrote. “A mama bear will defend her cubs, a mother goose her goslings, and I will defend my students from strangers who come to call them sodomites, fornicators and sinners condemned to Hell.”

“Darwin’s message that all humans are our brothers and sisters, all mammals our cousins, and all life our kin is much closer to the loving affirmation of life found in the gospels than the hate, bigotry, and ignorance preached by these rude guests to our home,” Boster stated. “It is a moral duty to be outraged by the morally outrageous. I am proud to have done my duty to defend my students from attack.”

But was Darwin’s message really one of brotherhood and sisterhood for all humanity?

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US money slump flashes warnings as economy contracts

Money - Photo by Pen Waggener

The US economy contracted sharply in the first quarter and bond yields have been falling at the fastest rate since the recession scare two years ago, in signs that bond tapering by the Federal Reserve is biting more than anticipated.

The slowdown comes as a key indicator of the US money supply flashes slowdown warnings, though the picture remains murky after extreme weather conditions over the winter.

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Extinction Horizon: Species Dying Off 10 Times Faster Than Scientists Expected

Earth by Brandonc

Experts warn the the sixth great extinction is coming with species dying 10 times faster than biologists first expected.

Stuart Pimm, of Duke University, is the lead researcher of the landmark project and believes humans must act now to slow down the process.

He said: “We are on the verge of the sixth extinction.

“Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions.”

The study, which was published in the journal Science, looks at the death rate of species becoming extinct from Earth.

It found that now 1000 out of one million species become extinct each year, which was higher than the 100 species they originally estimated.

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Panel Rules Colorado Baker Must Make Cakes For Gay Weddings

Wedding Cakes - Photo by Yuichi Kosio

Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission on Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections to the practice did not trump the state’s anti-discrimination statutes.

The unanimous ruling from the seven-member commission upheld an administrative law judge’s finding in December that Jack Phillips violated civil rights law when he refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012. The couple sued.

“I can believe anything I want, but if I’m going to do business here, I’d ought to not discriminate against people,” Commissioner Raju Jaram said.

Phillips, a devout Christian who owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, said the decision violates his First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of his religion. “I will stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down,” he told reporters after the ruling.

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Baby Critically Burned After Police Mistakenly Throw A Grenade Into His Crib

Police State - Photo by Kate Sheets

A family says a SWAT team raided their home in the middle of the night and seriously injured a 19-month-old boy with a stun grenade.

Alecia Phonesavanh told Channel 2’s Ryan Young her child is at the Grady Memorial Hospital burn unit and is in a medically induced coma.

Phonesavanh said she was at her sister-in-law’s home in Habersham County early Wednesday when police raided the house.

“It’s my baby. He’s only a baby. He didn’t deserve any of this,” Phonesavanh said.

Phonesavanh told Young the grenade landed in the child’s crib; she showed him a photo of a charred portable crib.

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Judge Rules The Government Must Respond In Regard To Obama’s Fake SSN

Barack Obama Inauguration

Well, it appears Orly Taitz is finally making small strides when it comes to her mission to reveal the truth about President Obama’s citizenship. After years of attempting to bring the truth to light, the government may be forced to address questions about the President’s Social Security Number.

Apparently, Taitz’ contention that Obama has been using the SSN of a deceased man named Harry Bounel may actually legally require a response from the government, according to Judge Hollander of Maryland.

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Ukraine Military Resumes Massive Shelling Campaign In The Slavyansk Region

Ukraine Artillery

Ukraine’s National Guard has resumed massive shelling of a settlement near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on Saturday. “Bombing alarm sirens are switched on in the city,” a self-defense representative told Itar-Tass. Meanwhile, automatic rifle fire can be heard in Semyonovka and the Krasny Liman settlement on a highway to the eastern city of Kharkov, the representative added.

The shelling of Semyonovka from Mount Karachun resumed again on Friday evening. “An intensive fire from mortars and howitzers” lasted several hours, the people’s self-defense representative said. However, reports of casualties and destroyed buildings in this settlement are not yet available, because no one was permitted to enter the area under continuing gunfire.

The city center also came under gunfire overnight to Saturday. A fodder-producing plant has been shelled, Stella Khorosheva, said spokesperson for Slavyansk People’s Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev.

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Ethiopian Volcano Spews Stunning, Deadly Blue Gas

Ethiopian Volcano

New Scientist interviewed French photographer Olivier Grunewald, who captures striking images of nature like the Dallol volcano, located in the Danakil Depression of Ethiopia’s Afar region. Grunewald’s work uses no filters or digital enhancement, and the results are stunning. To capture the Ethiopian volcano, Grunewald waited until after dusk, when the blue flames were more visible against the night sky.

Wondering where the blue effect comes from? The Dallol volcano’s lava is still red, like other volcanoes — the blue color appears when the flames mix with deadly sulphuric gases. Grunewald must wear a gas mask while working, but he says it’s worth the risk to experience nature’s wonders. “The phenomenon is so uncommon,” he told New Scientist. “We really feel like we are on another planet.”

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Gay Relationships, Divorce, Extramarital Sex Reach New Highs Of “Moral Acceptability”

The Decline Of America

Americans are showing more tolerance for a range of behaviors, with sex between unmarried adults, medical research on stem cells from human embryos, and doctor-assisted suicide all showing record highs and increases in “moral acceptability” from last year.

The Gallup poll’s annual “moral acceptability” scale has been conducted since 2001 and charts shifting cultural attitudes on a number of hot-button social issues. In the 2014 list released Friday (May 30), Gallup researchers said 12 of the 19 categories reflected “levels of moral acceptance that are as high or higher than in the past.”

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Russia And China May Use National Currencies In Wide Range Of Contracts

Russia And China

The payments on a range of export contracts signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to China may be made in the two countries’ national currencies, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Alexei Likhachev told RIA Novosti Thursday.

“I think, yes. The Finance Ministry must as soon as possible create the appropriate conditions,” Likhachev said, responding to a question on possible payment between Russia and China in the ruble and yuan.

China is Russia’s major trade partner, with bilateral trade turnover estimated at around $90 billion per year. Moscow and Beijing earlier said they planned to boost the role of national currencies in mutual payments.

Russian Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov have already met with the head of China’s National Bank to discuss the issue, Likhachev said.

Payments in national currencies should begin under short-term contracts, he said. “Companies fulfilling long-term contracts should independently define their position. Gazprom has voiced its interest, but it needs to make more precise calculations,” Likhachev said.

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Pope Francis to host Peres and Abbas in peace prayer at Vatican

Pope Francis - Photo by Christoph Wagener

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will join Pope Francis in a prayer for peace at the Vatican.

The prayer will take place on June 8, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed Thursday, according to Vatican Radio.

The pope made the invitation following the celebration of Mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem during his visit last week to the Palestinian West Bank city. A rabbi and a Muslim imam will be present at the service, the pope reportedly said.

In his invitation, the pope said, “I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer. … All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers.”

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Stocks could fall 15% to 20% as ‘QE fluff’ comes out of the market

Stock Market Decline - Photo by Nodulation

Stock investors, brace yourselves for a nasty correction.

The S&P 500 SPX could fall 15% to 20% this year as the Federal Reserve stops buying bonds, according to Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group.

The chart above shows how the S&P 500 reacted in the periods after the Federal Reserve stopped its first two quantitative easing programs. After the Fed stopped buying bonds in March 2010, the S&P 500 dropped 16% from its highest point on April 23, 2010 to its lowest point on July 2, 2010. The second program drew to a close at the end of June 2011 and was followed by a 19% decline between July 7 and October 3 of that year.

The Fed currently buys $45 billion in Treasury and mortgage debt each month. The central bank has cut the size of its bond-buying program by $10 billion at the last four meetings as it moves to normalize monetary policy after a period of unprecedented stimulus.

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High School Teacher With HIV Has Sex With 16-Year-Old Male Student

HIV

A Terrebonne Parish school teacher is behind bars for having sex with a student and exposing them to the AIDS virus.

Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Derrick Nesby, 37, Wednesday at H.L. Bourgeois High School, the school where he teaches.

The 37-year-old is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old male student at the school.

“We can establish the fact that there was an encounter that happened,” said Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Chief of Detectives Malcolm Wolfe.

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Five of the Most Dangerous Taliban Commanders in U.S. Custody Exchanged for American Captive

Guantanamo

The Obama administration announced today that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban for several years, has been freed from his captors. Reading the stories of his newfound freedom it is impossible not to feel joy for Bergdahl and his family. NBC News reports that Bergdahl held up a sign once he was on board an American helicopter that read, “SF?” The operators quickly confirmed that they were in fact U.S. Special Forces: “Yes, we’ve been looking for you for a long time.”

“On behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal,” President Obama said in a statement. The president rightly noted: “Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield.”

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At The Bilderberg Group, The Civil War In Ukraine Is A Hot Topic

Ukraine 2014 - Photo by Mstyslav Chernov

Just before lunch on Friday, two cars left the Marriott hotel in Copenhagen in quick succession. First to leave was laden down with US military brass. It carried the supreme allied commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, and his aides.

Four stars on his hat and a grim look on his face. Clearly he’s annoyed to be missing the buffet. He can still smell those Danish meatballs. It’s killing him.

The general hadn’t travelled to Bilderberg alone. Discussing the situation in Ukraine with this many senior government ministers makes it official military business. He was well accompanied.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Dips As Mood Darkens

Why Is The Economy So Bad

A monthly gauge of U.S. consumer sentiment fell in May as a gloomy view on income growth clouded an otherwise positive economic outlook, a survey released on Friday showed.

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final May reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 81.9, down from 84.1 the month before.

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Economists: The U.S. Economy Shrank In Q1, But Better Days Are Just Around The Corner

Smiley Face - Photo by Flyingtigersite

During the first three months of this year, the U.S. economy contracted at a 1 percent annual rate.  Despite this, mainstream economists flooded the mainstream media with assurances that much better days are just around the corner on Thursday.  In fact, many of them boldly predicted that U.S. GDP would grow at a 3 or 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter.  None of them seem the least bit concerned that another major recession is rapidly approaching.  Instead, they just blamed the bad number for the first quarter on a “severe winter“, and the financial markets responded to the GDP news quite cheerfully.  In fact, the S&P 500 soared to another brand new record high.  No matter how bad the numbers get, almost everyone in the financial world seems quite optimistic.  But is there actually good reason to have such optimism?

As Zero Hedge has pointed out, if it wasn’t for dramatically increased healthcare spending due to the implementation of Obamacare, U.S. GDP would have actually dropped at a 2 percent annual rate during the first quarter of 2014.

That would have been an absolutely disastrous number.

But within a very short time of the revised U.S. GDP number being released, the mainstream media was inundated with positive stories about the news.

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Data Brokers Know When You Are Sick, Tired And Depressed

Internet

From the diseases you battle to the pills you pop, your most personal health information could be for sale.

That’s because some data brokers are collecting information from the surveys you take, websites you visit, products you buy and mobile apps you use to create lists of consumers with certain health issues or medical conditions. They then sell this information to marketers and other companies.

Diabetes, depression, herpes, yeast infections, erectile dysfunction and bed-wetting are just a few of the highly sensitive conditions for which consumer lists are available.

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Home Equity Loans Soar As Broke Middle Class Americans Scramble for Cash

Home For Sale

With real incomes stagnant and the cost of everything from food, school tuition and healthcare premiums skyrocketing for millions of Americans, it appears that borrowing against one’s home is once again a key source for consumption, if not survival, for the nearly extinct socio-economic demographic known as the middle-class.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that home-equity lines of credit (Helocs) had increased at a 8% rate year-over-year in 1Q14. Some banks are more aggressive than others, and perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to see TBTF government welfare baby Bank of America leading the charge, with $1.98 billion in Helocs in the first quarter, up 77% versus 1Q13.

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New Federal Database Will Monitor The Financial Data Of Nearly Every American

Big Government

A national financial database is being planned, which would contain the most intimate details of our entire financial lives. It may apply to as many as 227 million Americans. We learn from the Washington Examiner that:

As many as 227 million Americans may be compelled to disclose intimate details of their families and financial lives — including their Social Security numbers — in a new national database being assembled by two federal agencies.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau posted an April 16 Federal Register notice of an expansion of their joint National Mortgage Database Program to include personally identifiable information that reveals actual users, a reversal of previously stated policy.

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Will Israel Become The Globe’s First Cashless Society?

Israeli Coins

Will Israel be the first cashless society on the entire planet?  A committee chaired by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff has come up with a three phase plan to “all but do away with cash transactions in Israel”.  Individuals and businesses would still be permitted to conduct cash transactions in small amounts (at least initially), but the eventual goal is to force Israeli citizens to conduct as much business as possible using electronic forms of payment.  In fact, it has been reported that Israeli officials believe that “cash is bad” because it fuels the underground economy and allows people to avoid paying taxes.  It is hoped that requiring most transactions to be conducted in cash will reduce crime and help balance the national budget.  And once 98 or 99 percent of all transactions are cashless, it will not be difficult for the Israeli government (or any other government) to go the rest of the way and ban cash transactions altogether.  But is a cashless society actually desirable?  This is a question that people all over the world will have to start asking as governments increasingly restrict the use of cash.

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MIT Scientists Working On 3D Printed Self-Assembling Robots – Rise Of The Terminators?

Terminator - Photo by Stephen Bowler

Researchers at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation have come up with new idea of bakable robots. They shared their views to develop printable robotic components that automaticaly turns into prescribed three dimensional configurations on heating.

In the two different research papers, researchers described the system that generates the 2-D patterns to enable plastic reproduction by making use of digital specification of 3-D shape. Another paper describes ways to build electrical components from self-folding laser-cut materials.

Researchers have also described designs to manufacture resistors, inductors, capacitors, sensors and actuators. These all electromechanical muscles are used to enable robotic movements.

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