Russia Deploys Exotic New Weapon: A “Budget Surplus”

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

The price of oil is rising, which is obviously good news for those who sell it to the rest of us. Russia in particular seems to be enjoying the current trend, so much so that — if I’m understanding this correctly – Moscow is now receiving more in taxes than it’s spending. This is producing something called a “budget surplus,” which is a kind of currency war weapon that can be deployed to improve a country’s geopolitical position. Here’s a quick overview:

Russia To See Oil Revenues Jump Fivefold

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Vancouver Gasoline Hits $4.77 a Gallon, Tops in North America

By Bloomberg – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

Vancouver sits less than 750 miles from the Canadian oil sands but it may as well be on another continent for vehicle drivers.

Gasoline prices in the Pacific Coast city hit C$1.62 a liter ($4.77 a gallon) on Monday, the highest in North America, according to Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy, which collects real-time fuel prices from more than 140,000 gas stations on the continent.

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Stock Plunge Could Hasten State Pension Collapses

By Aaron Brown – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

Warnings about looming public pension disasters have regularly cropped up since the 1950s, pointing to problems 25 years or more down the line. To politicians and union leaders,  the troubles were someone else’s predicament. Then crisis fatigue set in as the big problem remained down the road.

Today, the hard stop is five to 10 years away,  within the career plans of current officials.  In the next decade, and probably within five years, some large states are going to face insolvency due to pensions, absent major changes.

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“Take A Pill” Consequences

By Gary Christenson – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Headache? Muscle ache? Back ache? Take a pill! An over-the-counter pill will diminish the symptoms and pain. The consequences will come later.

High cholesterol? Take a pill. There are other ways to reduce cholesterol but none that produce $ billions for Big Pharma. Consequences to your body and finances will manifest in other ways.

High Blood Pressure? Take a pill. There are other means to lower blood pressure, but none that produce $ billions for Big Pharma. Side effects may require other drugs, which will also have side effects.

Economic sluggishness? Take a pill – an extra-large dose of Quantitative Easing. There are other ways to stimulate the economy, but QE bailed out banks at taxpayer expense, increased banking profits, expanded debt, printed $16 trillion from “thin air” and levitated the stock market.

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More Absolutely Crazy Pension News

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

“War” and “pensions” are conceptually about as different as it’s possible to be. But – in a measure of how far into Crazy Town we’ve wandered – they’re both taking the world in the same direction.

If a Middle East (or Asian!) war doesn’t spike oil prices and push the global economy into recession, then pensions will probably produce the same end result. Here’s an excerpt from a much longer New York Times article that should be read in its entirety for a sense of what public finance has become:

A $76,000 Monthly Pension: Why States and Cities Are Short on Cash

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A Home Business Can Be Rewarding

By Alexia Wolker

Running a home business can be a great way to balance your work and home life. Working from home gives you the flexibility of not having to commute to and from work, which maximizes the time you can spend with your family. There are many different business`s you can run from home, this article should give you some ideas for home-based businesses that may work for you.

It`s already tough enough to get people to trust a home business, so don`t let your website sabotage the trust you have built. Be honest, forthright, and open in everything you post. Don`t hide anything or be sneaky, like throwing keywords throughout the page that look out of place. If you get 10 people to your site who trust you and buy, it`s better than doing anything it takes to get 10 times as many who see through your techniques and leave.

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