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I knew it!

And, I told you back in September when I wrote: federal Pirates and Brian Cork on those Wall Street Rascals.

Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Flaherty reported yesterday that the Federal Reserve threatened to force the ouster of Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis if he didn’t follow through with plans to buy Merrill Lynch & Co. This has apparently been confirmed by Republicans involved with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after reviewing internal documents. But, Republicans also said there was evidence that the government tried to restrict information related to the merger from being publicly released.

According to an internal memo prepared by the committee’s Republican staff, Paulson and Bernanke “put a gun to the head” of Lewis and Bank of America’s board of directors to force the merger even though Lewis “felt it was his duty to his shareholders to try his luck in the legal system and back out of the deal.”

The Committee is investigating claims that top government officials, including then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Chairman Ben Bernanke, urged Lewis to go through with the acquisition and not disclose to shareholders the details of Merrill Lynch’s deteriorating financial state.

Lewis is scheduled to testify, this very day, before the panel, which is chaired by Representative Edolphus Towns, (D-N.Y).

Background: Bank of America has received $45 billion from the government’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. As part of that money, the bank received $20 billion in January after Lewis requested it to help offset mounting losses at Merrill Lynch.

According to Prudent Society (of Optimistic Gentlemen) Brothers in-and-around Capitol Hill, as proof, Republicans cite several documents including an e-mail by an employee at the Richmond Federal Reserve who said Bernake had made it clear that if Bank of America backed out and needed financial assistance, “management is gone.”

Chilling and sinister to say the least, if true.

Thomas Jefferson worked hard to prevent it, and Ayn Rand certainly called it.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


economic fall-out and the non United States


On Friday November 21, the world came within a hair’s breadth of the most colossal financial collapse in history according to bankers on the inside of events with whom we have contact.

The trigger was Citigroup – the bank, which only two years ago, was America’s largest (and, a shining example (and barometer) of our financial prowess).

How many of you noticed – and then understood – the vital sense of urgency around the Fed’s response to Citigroup, and the frenzied efforts to stabilize that organization?

It can now be argued that the United States government (the people?) are the largest shareholder in Citigroup.

“The size (nay – the magnitude) of the United States Government’s de facto nationalization of the $2 trillion banking institution is an indication of shocks yet to come in other major United States and perhaps European banks thought to be ‘too big to fail.”

– Raymond St. James, British Financier

The way in which US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has handled the unfolding crisis has been worse than clumsy.  It is incompetence laced with deceit. Paulson is not a banker; but a Wall Street ‘investment banker’, whose experience has been in the quite different world of buying and selling stocks or bonds (or underwriting and selling same). His croneyism and sleight-of-hand tactics has made a grave situation into a globally alarming one. Mostly (likely) in terms of shaking (or confirming) the global financials markets confidence.

The most alarming aspect of the crisis is the fact that we are in an inter-regnum period when the next President (that would be Barack Obama) has been elected, but cannot act on the situation until after January 20, 2009 when he is sworn in.

Interestingly, there is already talk around Capital Hill in terms of Presidential “preemptive” pardons.

Just think about that in terms of who is perceived as holding the bag, and accountability.  The timing is exquisite for a crisis and all responsible parties can avoid liability.

In any event…  Professor Igor Panarin, a leading Russian political analyst has said the economic turmoil in the United States has confirmed his long-held view that the country is heading for collapse, and will divide into separate parts.

I don’t think  this is likely.  But, the notion is provocative or evocative – depending on where you stand.


Professor Panarin said in an interview Monday the 24th with the respected (most of the time) daily Izvestia:

“The dollar is not secured by anything. /1 The country’s foreign debt has grown like an avalanche, even though in the early 1980s there was no debt. By 1998, when I first made my prediction, it had exceeded $2 trillion. Now it is more than 11 trillion. This is a pyramid that can only collapse.”

The paper said (and, I am paraphrasing – so, you have to trust me on this):

Panarin’s dire predictions for the U.S. economy, initially made at an international conference in Australia 10 years ago, at a time when the economy appeared strong, have now been given more credence by this year’s sequential events.

When asked when the United States economy would collapse, Panarin said:

“It is already collapsing. Due to the financial crisis, three of the largest and oldest five banks on Wall Street have already ceased to exist, and two are barely surviving. Their losses are the biggest in history. Now what we will see is a change in the regulatory system on a global financial scale: America will no longer be the world’s financial regulator.”

NOTE: China and Great Britain are already making this assumption (my perception based on actions [deeds] and words).

He predicted that the U.S. will break up into six parts – the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and, the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.

Fascinating and gripping stuff.  I wonder which “province”, given socio-economic opportunities would be the egalitarian?

In closing, Panarin even suggested that:

“We could claim Alaska – it was only granted on lease, after all.” /2

Meanwhile…  Today, I am listening to

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Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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