Russia’s Slow Walk to Financial Independence

I've been critical of the Bank of Russia's slow-rolling their interest rate cuts for more than a year now.  This ultra-conservative approach has worked to also slow the growth of the domestic Russian credit cycle, keeping borrowing costs well above the demand for Russian debt. Last Friday the bank lowered its benchmark lending rate 25 … Continue reading Russia’s Slow Walk to Financial Independence

Did Russia Just Build Putin the Batmobile?

Take a look at the picture above.  On the left is Russian President Vladimir Putin's new ride. On the right is the Batmobile from the classic Batman: The Animated Series of the early 1990's. Tell me one didn't inspire the other. The big thing about this new car for Putin is that it is completely … Continue reading Did Russia Just Build Putin the Batmobile?

Interview – Halsey Live – Trump and Putin Building Mideast Peace

Last night Halsey English and I did our weekly jam on geopolitics. We cover The ins and outs of the controversy surrounding Trump's plan to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Why Turkey is mostly irrelevant How this is setting the stage for a grand bargain in the Middle East despite the bluster and the … Continue reading Interview – Halsey Live – Trump and Putin Building Mideast Peace

Hungary Now in Soros’ Crosshairs

Despite once being close friends there is no love-loss between Hungarian President Viktor Orban and billionaire regime-change champion George Soros.  Orban, like Russian President Vladimir Putin, has taken up the mantle of defending eastern European interests against Soros as Putin has for Russia’s interests. And this is precisely why they are both vilified in western … Continue reading Hungary Now in Soros’ Crosshairs

Being Thankful : Empire-Ending Headlines

It’s been quite a week geopolitically.  From Angela Merkel admitting she can’t form a coalitionand calling for new elections to Syrian peace talks opening up in Astana.  From the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the Syrian oil fields east of the Euphrates River there is a hint of fresh air in U.S. foreign policy emanating from … Continue reading Being Thankful : Empire-Ending Headlines

Halsey Live – Is the Swamp Being Drained

https://youtu.be/UuZ465UyKVI My Tuesday Night Gig With Halsey English. Mostly SFW, I'm making an effort to clean up muh language. Also of note: A lengthy discussion about Angela Merkel's future Putin and Assad's meeting about Syria's future What this means for Hillary Clinton's future And how this all ties into Bitcoin's unfolding bull market

Putin/Assad Meeting Cements the End of U.S. Dominance in the Middle East

I’m not a terribly religious man.  But, I’d like to believe there is a special corner in Hell reserved for those that fomented the Syrian Civil War. From its beginnings in Libya with gun-funneling through the U.S. embassy in Benghazi to yesterday’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, this entire … Continue reading Putin/Assad Meeting Cements the End of U.S. Dominance in the Middle East

War on Lebanon or Saudi Oil Price Pump?

It seems every day brings us closer to world war.  The turmoil in Saudi Arabia is now morphing into outward aggression towards Lebanon and Iran. The Arab League is meeting to discuss Iran.  The Saudis are putting their air force on alert.  The propaganda war is in full-swing.  And Israel is increasing its bellicosity against … Continue reading War on Lebanon or Saudi Oil Price Pump?