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What IS Money? Fed Chairman Bernanke says, “Gold isn’t Money”

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 in Economic News, Federal Reserve & Bankers – Kevin Hayden

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faced off with economic genius Representative Ron Paul during his monetary policy report to Congress on Wednesday.  The head of the Fed was forced to respond to accusations of enriching already rich corporations while failing to help Main Street, while he was pushed on his views on gold.

“Gold isn’t money,” Bernanke said.

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Hayden’s Note:

I beg to differ.  Gold has been a form of money – if not one of THE most popular forms – for thousands of years, along with livestock, other precious metals and durable goods.  Gold isn’t money?  Then what is money?

Princeton defines money as “the official currency issued by a government or national bank.”

However, Thomas Greco defined money as:

“Money is anything that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts. The main functions of money are distinguished as: a medium of exchange, a unit of account, a store of value, and occasionally, a standard of deferred payment.”

The Google dictionary defines it as “The assets, property, and resources owned by someone or something; wealth” or “financial gain.” states the following in regards to “money” –



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Hemp Seed, Coconut Oil and Other Superfood Prices Set to Skyrocket – Here’s Why

Posted on May 24, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma – Kevin Hayden

Source: Natural News

Food inflation is hitting the superfood industry right where it hurts — in the wallet. Thanks to several factors you’ll read about here, prices on hemp seeds, hemp oils, coconut oil and other superfoods are set to skyrocket beginning in just a few days. One of the largest superfood suppliers in the USA, Nutiva, has announced an 11% price increase coming May 27th, and that may be just the beginning of an accelerating trend in steady increases.

In anticipation of this price increase, we’ve taken on a huge inventory of Nutiva’s Certified Organic Hemp Seed and Hemp Oil at the old prices, and we have a generous supply available to NaturalNews readers who want to beat the price increase (see below).

In a letter sent to us by Nutiva, founder John Roulac explains that the price of coconut oil has doubled in the last six months. While coconut oil suppliers are able to absorb some of this cost in the short term, they cannot do so on a permanent basis.

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US Companies Shrink Packages as Food Prices Rise; Another Form of Inflation

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma – Kevin Hayden

Source: Daily Finance

U.S. food prices have been rising in the last year, but it seems the growth is only just beginning. A sharp jump in commodities’ prices this year will soon result in sticker shock for American consumers.

Large food companies have recently announced that they will raise the prices they charge grocery retailers for commodities-based products. For example, a chocolate bar will cost more soon: Hershey last week announced a 10% increase for most of its confectionery goods.

Of course, straightforward price hikes could cause consumers to buy less of those products or to choose less costly store brands. So in many cases, food companies are trying a different tactic: Keeping the price of an item the same while decreasing the amount of food in the package. The company recoups the costs of the rise in commodities and hopes consumers don’t notice that they’re getting less of the product for the same price.

Food companies have no obligation to tell customers about the smaller packages, but may suffer a backlash from consumers who notice how the packaging trick works....

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Gold Over $1,450 – Silver Passes $39

Posted on Apr 05, 2011 in Economic News – Kevin Hayden

Source: Zero Hedge

Nobody could have foreseen this. Nobody. In other news, Ben Bernanke has just ordered an extra absorbent set of Huggies.

Silver price is at 31-year high.

Time for some force majeure announcements from the TBTFs....

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Wal-Mart CEO to America: “Prepare for Serious Inflation”

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 in Economic News – Kevin Hayden

Source: Zero Hedge

To those who think that buying food in the corner deli is becoming a luxury, we have five words: you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. U.S. consumers face “serious” inflation in the months ahead for clothing, food and other products, the head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. operations warned Wednesday talking to USA Today. And if Wal-Mart which is at the very bottom of commoditized consumer retail, and at the very peak of avoiding re-exporting of US inflation by way of China is concerned, it may be time to panic, or at least cancel those plane tickets to Zimbabwe, which is soon coming to us.

The world’s largest retailer is working with suppliers to minimize the effect of cost increases and believes its low-cost business model will position it better than its competitors.

Still, inflation is “going to be serious,” Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Bill Simon said during a meeting with USA TODAY’s editorial board. “We’re seeing cost increases starting to come through at a pretty rapid rate.”

Along with steep increases in raw material costs, John Long, a retail strategist at Kurt Salmon, says labor costs in China and fuel costs for transportation are weighing heavily on retailers.


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Steepest Rise in Food Prices in 36 Years

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 in Economic News

Source: AP

Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years. Excluding those volatile categories, inflation was tame.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the Producer Price Index rose a seasonally adjusted 1.6 percent in February — double the 0.8 percent rise in the previous month. Outside of food and energy costs, the core index ticked up 0.2 percent, less than January’s 0.5 percent rise.

Food prices soared 3.9 percent last month, the biggest gain since November 1974. Most of that increase was due to a sharp rise in vegetable costs, which increased nearly 50 percent. That was the most in almost a year. Meat and dairy products also rose.

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Hayden’s Note:

Don’t forget about Mexico’s Big Freeze – 80-100% of Crops Damaged, Expect Shortages and Higher Prices...

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Goldman Sachs: Tsunami Puts 2011/2012 Japanese Rice Crop at Risk, Vicious Snapback in Crude Prices

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 in Economic News

Source: Zero Hedge

A just released report by Goldman’s Jeffrey Currie attempts to quantify the impact of the tsunami on the Japanese economy from a commodity standpoint. Currie summarizes his conclusions as follows: “Assuming that the broader power grid infrastructure has not been permanently damaged, we believe today’s events are likely to put upward pressure on residual fuel oil and diesel cracks, LNG, UK natural gas and rice; downward pressure on naphtha cracks and Dubai spreads relative to other crude grades.”

Yet the thing we found more interesting than energy related bottlenecks was the disclosure toward the end of the report discussing the threat to the Japanese rice harvest: “In addition to the damage to energy infrastructure from the earthquake, the tsunami also impacted rice producing regions in Japan.

While Japanese rice inventories are large, this puts the 2011/12 crop production at risk and may in turn drive Japanese rice imports higher, posing upside risk to current prices.” Granted, Japan is not a big exporter of rice, but it is a top 10 consumer. Should the country’s consumption (which is estimated at around 9 million metric tons) need to be satisfied by a surge in imports, and with the price of rice already dependent on the margin on speculative money, this could be the catalyst that send the grain, which has plunged in price over the past month, finally break beyond any potential manipulative price suppression schemes....

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Global Food Prices Rise to Record as UN Sounds Alarm on Shortages

Posted on Mar 03, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Bloomberg

Global food prices rose to a record in February and grain costs may continue to rise in the next several months, with only rice keeping the world from a repeat of the crisis three years ago, the United Nations said.

Hayden’s Note:

See why rice is the perfect long-term storage food in my article here.

An index of 55 food commodities rose 2.2 percent to 236 points from 230.7 in January, the eighth consecutive gain, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said today. Wheat rose as much as 58 percent on the Chicago Board of Trade in the past 12 months, corn gained 87 percent and rice added 6.5 percent.

“I’ve never loved rice more than now,” Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist at the FAO in Rome, said by phone. The grain is the staple food of more than half of the world population, according to the International Rice Research Institute. “Probably rice is the commodity which is separating us from a food crisis,” Abbassian said.

Rising food costs contributed to riots across North Africa and the Middle East in the last several months that toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia....

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Deconstructing Commodity Inflation: “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 in Economic News, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Source: Zero Hedge – Mike Krieger

Another great post from the guys and gals at Zero Hedge. Bookmark them for economic news and analysis!

Thanks Ben…You Have Destroyed the Social Fabric of the World

History is littered with the carcasses of men that in their exaggerated hubris attempted to stop the forces of nature and the markets only to fall flat on their faces.  We tell the stories of these men in history books and myths from prehistory, but it never stops men of successive generations from trying it all over again.  What the current political class the world over (at the behest of Wall Street financial terrorists and other big corporate interests) are doing falls into the same exact formula of prior historical failures.   Some of the historical figures that attempted to beat back nature were great warriors or kings that just reached too far.  Some of them were evil megalomaniacs whose desire was nothing short of absolute power in their hands over any of the unfortunate human beings that happened to be in the way.  Ben Bernanke is neither of these. ...

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As Food Prices and Commodities Continue to Rise, Globalists Predict Food Riots

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: The Intel Hub

See also: Martial Law, Economic Meltdown & Executive Orders – Truth is Treason

Get Out of the Dollar and Into Tangibles – Truth is Treason

We have worked extensively to document rising food prices and possible coming food shortages. Now the Food and Agriculture Organization of 55 food commodities has recorded that global food prices hit an all time record in December.

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Figures recently released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) index of 55 food commodities indicates that worldwide food prices hit a record high in December. Though the costs of some food commodities like rice, corn and soy actually decreased, oil seeds and sugar jumped significantly due to various factors including erratic weather and droughts, according to reports.

In the past, such ups and downs on the commodity market did not immediately affect actual food costs for consumers, but some experts say that this is no longer the case, and that “food inflation” will occur right alongside the commodity price gains. And rapid food inflation has already taken place in India, for example, with recent reports indicating that the country experienced an overall food inflation rate of 18 percent in 2010.


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$23.05 for a Loaf of Bread? Plus, Ireland’s Bond Crisis and Ron Paul

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 in Economic News

Kevin Hayden

NIA Releases Food Price Estimates For A QE2 World: Bread To $23.05, Corn To $11.43, $62.21 For Sugar

On one hand we have the WSJ writing day after day that prices of food and energy products are not “really” rising. On the other hand we have empirical evidence that virtually every staple is already higher in price, or is being served in proportionally smaller portions.

One possible arbitration on the issues comes from the NIA, which even if biased, does provide an estimate of where prices of various key perishables will end up in a post-QE2 world. These are as follows: “$11.43 for one ear of corn, $23.05 for a 24 oz loaf of wheat bread, $62.21 for a 32 oz package of Domino Granulated Sugar, $24.31 for a 32 fl oz container of soy milk, $77.71 for a 11.30 oz container of Folgers Classic Roast Coffee, $45.71 for a 64 fl oz container of Minute Maid Orange Juice, and $15.50 for a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate 1.55 oz candy bar.” Granted these are likely somewhat whimsical, but even if they are partially correct, it would mean the bulk of US society, as we pointed out previously, is in for a long, cold, hungry winter....

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Food Prices Expected to Rise Sharply, Why Rice is Perfect Long-Term Storage Food

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: CNBC

via Activist Post

Everyone is waiting for inflation.

Corn is up 45 percent the last three months. We haven’t seen cotton prices this high since after the Civil War. Soybeans are up. Oil is up. Metals are up. So are coffee and cocoa.

In this era of massive liquidity, everything is up, except for food prices—specifically processed food (made from many of the same commodities and other ingredients whose prices have risen).

According to the USDA, that is going to change. In its most recent CPI report for food, the USDA reported that prices are expected to rise in 2011.

For all food, prices are expected to rise two to three percent, which is double the levels of 2010. Meat prices are expected to rise up to 3.5 percent, and dairy 5.5 percent.

“The forecast for 2011, that remains unchanged, but it’s moving to the higher part of that range,” said Ephraim Leibtag, who serves as a senior economist for the USDA and out together the report. He added, “The potential to go above that is more likely if current commodity price increases remain where they are or rise even more.”

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Cotton at 140 Yr. High, Copper Price Nearing Theft Level, More Inflation & France Receives Fuel Imports

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 in Economic News, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Kevin Hayden


Money Printing Set To Devalue Every Dollar You Own

I wish I could say it’s not happening. But it is. Central banks all over the world are now embracing Bernanke’s Friday announcement … and they’re gearing up to print a massive GLOBAL flood of paper money!

• Chicago and Boston Fed Presidents Charles Evans and Eric Rosengren are throwing their hat into the ring, putting more muscle behind Bernanke.

• The normally conservative, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet is joining in the chorus, calling for more money printing at the ECB, while also extending additional financial assistance to the European Union’s most indebted nations, Greece, Spain, and Portugal.

• The Bank of England is jumping into the fray, acknowledging that it will expand its money printing spree by at least $160 billion.

What Are These Central Bankers Smoking?

Don’t they remember ANY lessons of history?

Don’t they know that devaluing a nation’s currency is an insidious trick that has never created real, lasting wealth?

That it devalues every paper dollar you own? That it threatens your wealth like never before?...

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Philippines to Lose 600,000 Tons of Rice as SuperTyphoon Hits, Rice Prices Up Almost 50%

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 in Global & National News

Source: Bloomberg

The Philippines, the world’s biggest rice buyer, may lose 600,000 metric tons of the crop as Supertyphoon Megi, the strongest to hit the nation this year, strikes some of the nation’s biggest producing areas, a government official said. Rice futures advanced.

“Once the typhoon hits those areas, the crop will be affected,” Agriculture Undersecretary Antonio Fleta said in a phone interview from Manila. “Even if farmers harvest the damaged rice, they’d have a hard time drying the grain. There may not be much left to sell.”

About 157,000 hectares of land planted to rice in Cagayan and Isabela provinces may be in the path of the typhoon, Fleta said. Megi has sustained winds of 270 kilometers (168 miles) per hour, the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center said, making it a Category 5 storm capable of catastrophic damage.

Half of the planted areas in the two provinces are ready for harvest and the rest are in the reproductive stage, leaving them susceptible to damage, Fleta said.

Damage to Philippine crops would come amid production losses in other countries, further curbing the global harvest and potentially sustaining a rally in prices....

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Future Corn Rations, Continued French Protests & Poverty in the Suburbs

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 in Economic News, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Kevin Hayden


Bank of America Downgraded by Bonds Market: Junk

Bondholders are penalizing Bank of America Corp. the most of any of the largest U.S. financial firms as the investigation into the foreclosure crisis expands.

Credit-default swaps on the country’s largest bank by assets rose above those of its peers by a record margin, according to data provider CMA. The contracts, which imply Bank of America has lost its investment-grade rating, exceed Citigroup Inc.’s by the most ever and surpassed Morgan Stanley’s this week for the first time in a year.

Attorneys general from all 50 states joined to open an investigation into whether lenders and mortgage companies falsified documents as they sought to repossess homes.


How High Will Corn Prices Go Before Usage is Rationed?

Panic at the pumps: French motorists swamp petrol stations

US Cities Face Half a Trillion Dollars of Pension Deficits

Dollar Keeps Falling As Investors Await Fed Action


Swazi Salaries ‘can’t be paid’

Swaziland’s government may run out of money to pay government employees before the end of the financial year if no funding is forthcoming from international finance institutions, various role players in the country said this week....

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