Last month the Bank of Japan (BoJ) expanded its QE program and negative interest rates (NIRP) in a desperate attempt to reboost its stock market and Yen exchange rate. This past week the European Central Bank (ECB)went a step further, as both the ECB and BoJ continue to engage in ‘dueling QEs’ that are intensifying global currency wars and slowing global trade. ECB chairman, Mario Draghi, lowered the Eurozone’s negative rate on government bonds another notch, now to -0.4%. Reportedly half of all government bonds in Europe now trade at negative rates. In addition, the ECB raised its monthly buying amount from $66 billion to $88 billion, and now will buy corporate bonds as well. The move subsidizes Euro corporations, lowering their costs of borrowing and insurance (CDS) on bonds, a move to offload the $1.5 trillion in corporate non-performing loans in Europe. Jack Rasmus explains why this won’t have any effect on the Eurozone real economy but will temporary boost stocks and currency. Jack also reviews why global oil prices have risen recently to $40 a barrel, Japan’s official return to recession after doctoring GDP numbers last 3Q2015, China’s latest ‘mini-stimulus’, the US deepening control of Ukraine’s economy, and the significance of the ‘Socialist’ government in France new attack on eliminating the 35 hr. workweek, where 90% of all jobs created in 2015 were part time and temp, and the mass protests now emerging there. Jack concludes with brief introduction to his forthcoming May 2016 book, ‘Looting Greece: The Emergence of a New Imperialism’, and his next book out October 2016 entitled, ‘Central Bankers on the Ropes’, both from Clarity Press. (see his blog, jackrasmus.com and Clarity Press for more information).
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Roberto Lovato is an independent investigative journalist specializing in Latin American geopolitics, internal conflicts and border wars, asylum seekers and the US incarceration of immigrants, the war on drugs and climate change. He is a former research associate at the Center for Latino Policy Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, and a co-founder of the Latino online advocacy organization Presente.org. Earlier he was the executive director of the nation’s largest immigrant rights organization, Central American Resource Center and actively supported refugees and displaced communities during wartime El Salvador. He was also targeted for his efforts. Roberto’s research into post-Katrina migrant exploitation led to a congressional investigation. He is frequent contributor to The Nation, and his work appears in numerous publications including The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Der Spiegel, American Prospect, Mother Jones, Salon and others. He also frequently appears networks such as MSNBC, BBC, CNN, NPR and al-Jazeera. His websites are RobertoLovato.com and Presente.org
Do you have your astral travel map?
Astral travel has infinite destinations so a map can only show you where you’ve been and not where you might go.
Garnet Schulhauser has traveled to places it’s hard to even imagine and he writes about them in his books.
His latest book and interviews are extremely fascinating and open you up to realities and conditions that are important to learn about.
For those of us who don’t astral travel, it’s hard to imagine what it’s like or even to believe it exists.
Putting your own beliefs aside, Garnet’s books are so full of greater wisdom and possibilities that to not enjoy the ride is missing out on much wonder.
I’m in his camp and am divinely inspired by the stories he collects from his travels. A lot of people have astral traveled and also have great experiences to bring home. Garnet is assisted by a spirit named Albert who comes for him and introduces him around the Universe.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about his adventures and the wonderful insights he shares.
His new book is “Dance of Heavenly Bliss” and his first two were, “Dancing on a Stamp” and “Dancing Forever with Spirit”.
-Gringos can have business problems and difficulties in Latin America:
Today we have Captain Mango describing the amazingly complex, idiotic hoops and hurdles he has had to maneuver through in order to start and maintain his small fleet of taxis.
-It’s true that while a small percentage of Latin businesses (like the taxi business and govt contractors) are plagued with mindless over-regulation and bureaucratic BS. Surprisingly enough, Latin governments do leave the vast majority of other small businesses almost completely alone.
It seems once one has done the routine chicken-without-a-head runaround in order to obtain the proper permits (which can take about a month), the government pinheads lay off and never bother your business again.
-Today we have yet more examples of poor maintenance and lack of detail inherent in the Latin workforce. However, if you want to start a business and need to hire help don’t despair. Latins are dedicated, smart and hard-working. You only need to train and instruct them correctly and the job performance will be up to anyone’s standards
On today’s Heart Of Mind Radio, host Kathryn Davis speaks with Mark Becker, founder of The New Life Expo. http://newlifeexpo.com/
In our first segment we will discuss the next New Life experience opportunity that is coming up on March 18th – 20th at the Pen Plaza Pavilion: 401 7th Ave., NY, NY 10001. Host Kathryn Davis will give a lecture on Vibrational Intelligence on Friday May 18th at 9 PM, Room C 2nd Floor.
In the second part of today’s program we feature segments from three inspiring authors on the general topic of self-realization from the series: Sounds True Producers Pick. Go to this link for the full collection of inspiring audio clips
Rick Jarow: Honoring Your Calling
Rick Jarow is a professor of religion at Vassar College and an acclaimed alternative career counselor. Most counselors will tell you that the way to find the right job for you is to make an inventory of your skills and then match them to the trends and demands of the marketplace. Yet how often does that end up providing us with truly fulfilling work? Rick teaches a radically different approach. “We are all called toward a unique expression that only we can offer to the world,” he says, “and if we do not honor that calling, our gifts may remain lost to the world forever.” In selecting this Producer’s Pick, Sounds True producer Matt Licata chose an excerpt from The Beginner’s Guide to Finding Your Perfect Job that showcases not only Rick’s wisdom for finding our purpose, but also his ability to carry us with his voice into a spacious place where we can naturally hear our unique calling.
Tara Brach: Connecting with Your Aspirations
There is a saying in Zen Buddhism: “The most important thing is to remember the most important thing.” As Tara Brach teaches, this is a pointing instruction that guides us to reflect on the essential values that are most important to us—heartfelt truths that are often obscured by our hectic movement through the everyday world. In this selection from her audio program Finding True Refuge selected by Sounds True producer Randy Roark, Tara offers a simple and profound guided meditation to help you reach a place of truth, love, and awareness in order to rediscover and reconnect to what is most important to you.
Jack Kornfield: Becoming a Child of Spirit
The play of sunlight through leaves . . . the songs of the wind . . . the arc of a brushstroke on paper. To be awake, reflects Jack Kornfield, is to discover the beauty hidden in all things—and to express that beauty ourselves. “The thing that resonated with me most in Jack’s new program, Turn Toward the Beautiful: Creativity as a Path of Liberation,” says Sounds True producer Randy Roark, “is the realization that the greatest impediment to our creativity is the false sense of certainty we so often seek—our desire to ‘solve’ life like it’s a problem.” In this excerpt, Jack explores how we can reclaim our childlike attitude of wonder, attuning ourselves to the beauty that often passes us by unnoticed
Episode 172: February – Fewer Days, More Funny
Happiness in the news? Well, yes and no. There are plenty of articles that talk about happiness in the news, but most of them take a contrary view of it. We look at some of the more ludicrously ridiculous claims made by some very serious, mainstream media outlets based upon some very ludicrous, mainstream medical research reports.
MAJOR DEFECT AT 98 OF 99 US NUKES revealed by 7 US Nuclear Regulatory Commission experts. The “NRC7” has filed a rare public report warning that the electrical defect threatens the safety of virtually all US nukes. We talk about it with the great DAVID LOCHBAUM of the Union of Concerned Scientists. The “regulatory” agency responsible for our safety has ignored this for years.
We then ask statistician RICHARD CHARNIN whether Bernie Sanders was in fact the rightful winner of the Massachusetts Primary. We’re joined by BOB FITRAKIS to investigate a key primary which, if Bernie had been given credit for it, would’ve shifted the entire race for the Democratic Presidential nomination. According to Charnin, the evidence is pretty clear the Bernie was, in fact, the victor, a shocking conclusion that casts doubt on the entire electoral process.
Louis J. Aronne, M.D., FACP is an internationally recognized weight management expert and Director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian. He is the Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research at Weill Cornell Medicine, and has an adjunct appointment at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Aronne is Chairman of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, the credentialing board for physicians who specialize in weight management. Dr. Aronne helped to develop the VA MOVE program, currently the largest weight management program in the country. He recently launched BMIQ (BMIQ.com), a unique online weight control program delivered by doctors, nurses, and dietitians. Dr. Aronne has written more than sixty papers and book chapters on obesity. In addition, he wrote a New York Times bestseller The Skinny, published in 2009.