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William K Black , J.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Bill Black has testified before the Senate Agricultural Committee on the regulation of financial derivatives and House Governance Committee on the regulation of executive compensation. He was interviewed by Bill Moyers on PBS, which went viral. He gave an invited lecture at UCLA’s Hammer Institute which, when the video was posted on the web, drew so many “hits” that it crashed the UCLA server. He appeared extensively in Michael Moore’s most recent documentary: “Capitalism: A Love Story.” He was featured in the Obama campaign release discussing Senator McCain’s role in the “Keating Five.” (Bill took the notes of that meeting that led to the Senate Ethics investigation of the Keating Five. His testimony was highly critical of all five Senators’ actions.) He is a frequent guest on local, national, and international television and radio and is quoted as an expert by the national and international print media nearly every week. He was the subject of featured interviews in Newsweek, Barron’s, and Village Voice.

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OSU Marching Rose Parade 2010 Sunday, August 2, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The OSU Band Exemplifies Why Economists Err by Ignoring Corrupt Culture The OSU band story is featured in the Wall Street Journal in an article entitled "Holocaust Victims Mocked in Ohio State Band Parody Songbook."

Banksters LIBOR Criminal Interest Rate Fixing Manipulation Scandal Explained Banks Saturday, July 11, 2015 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
History's Largest Financial Crime that the WSJ and NYT Would Like You to Forget To review the bidding, the LIBOR bid rigging cartel was the largest cartel in history, manipulating the prices of an estimated $300+ trillion in assets.

Image from Twitter User wolff_ernst Wednesday, July 8, 2015 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The New York Times Urges the Troika to "Make an Example of Greece" It is often the moral and economic blindness of New York Times articles about the EU crisis that is most striking. The newest entry in this field is entitled "Now Europe Must Decide Whether to Make an Example of Greece."

Greece Future? Tuesday, June 30, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The BBC's Inept but Revealing Attempt at a Game Theory View of Greek Crisis Austerity is a coercive, non-cooperative "game" that makes both parties worse off (but aids the EU's worst politicians).

Election UK Saturday, May 9, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Prime Minister Cameron's "Southern Strategy" Wins (and Loses) I write to emphasize the lunacy of the parties opposed to the Tories demonizing the Scots as an election strategy -- and the failure of the media to condemn Cameron for his divisive version of (in U.S. terms) "the Southern strategy."

Charles Keating, the Financier Behind the Savings and Loan Scandal, Dies at 90 Bil Saturday, April 11, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hillary Remains Clueless About Regulation on the 28th Anniversary of the Keating Five Meeting Hillary Remains Clueless About Regulation on the 28th Anniversary of the Keating Five Meeting. But the Clintons and their bankster allies learned something far worse -- the need to push the three "de's" to ensure that never again would banksters and their political cronies be prevented from looting "their" banks or be held accountable for their looting.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Libertarian Plea to Bring Back Jim Crow: An Oxymoron Yes, there are few things better designed to increase "liberty" than to encourage merchants to refuse service to whatever groups they hate. According to conservatives, every leading candidate for the Republican Party's nomination for the presidency rushed to embrace the right of merchants to discriminate in the Indiana Act as originally passed.

Tweet from Twitter User UpNorthProgress Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Homophobic Law and the Indiana Governor Who Dares Not Speak Its Purpose The Indiana Act does not mention people who are LGBT. It is far broader than that. Any person in Indiana can invent a "religious" "belief."

Deirdre McCloskey Monday, March 9, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
McCloskey Wants to Change the Title and the Substance of Her Article on Corruption Deirdre McCloskey has responded with two comments to my series of articles critiquing her book review in the Wall Street Journal of two new books about corruption. The harm done by these crimes is so severe that these topics well warrant extended discussion and debate.

Thursday, February 12, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bank Lobbyists Still Fear Progressives and the Public Bank lobbyists are still whining about opposition from progressives to the lobbyists' agenda to (again) gut financial regulation.

Whack A Banker by Tim Hunkin with Joanna Lumley Sunday, February 8, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Oral Testimony of William K. Black before the Oireachtas' Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis This oral testimony was delivered by S&L regulator Bill Black on February 5, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland before the Oireachtas' Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It Would be Well if Economics Were Modest for it has Much to be Modest About This post comments on an article by the French economist Gilles Saint-Paul that embodies why economics is the only field that purports to be a science that has gotten worse for decades, which actively makes the world worse in its supposed area of expertise, and that is proud of it

Is there a Money Tree? Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (75 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What if the Public Understood How Money Works? There's something invigorating about people freaking out about modern monetary theory (MMT). They treat MMT as akin to the Ark of the Covenant in the first Indiana Jones movie.

William Black, PhD Thursday, January 8, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
EU Deflation Arrives and the Troika Continues to Fiddle While the EU Burns Both papers are aflutter today with news that the Eurozone fell into deflation. We have been trying for months to explain that there is nothing magic about the harm caused by deflation (as opposed to very low levels of inflation).

POLIS burning Wednesday, December 31, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Greek Depression, the Troika, and the New York Times (videos) As I have explained in prior articles, there is an excellent chance that the Troika's infliction of austerity on the eurozone's periphery could, as with the austerity inflicted under the Washington Consensus, continue to produce such long-term rolling recessions. The media still supports such measures, but not the people.

Bankster Threat to Liberty Thursday, December 18, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama Imports and Immunizes Banksters Who Donate to the Democratic Party It's not bad enough that Obama refuses to prosecute our banksters who grew wealthy by leading the three financial fraud epidemics that cost the U.S. over $20 trillion in lost GDP and over 10 million jobs -- he's now importing Ecuador's banksters.

Banksters - Get Out of Jail Saturday, December 6, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New York City: Aggressive "Broken Windows" Policing but Carte Blanche for Banksters New York City exemplifies two perverse criminal justice policies that drive many criminologists to distraction. It is the home of the most destructive epidemics of elite financial frauds in history. The "strategy" of ignoring or even praising the banksters' enormous frauds while aggressively arresting the poor for the most minor of property offenses is obviously indefensible on every conceivable basis.

Bill Black- Prosecute Bank Fraud Banking Fraud is Not a Left vs Right Issue Willia Tuesday, December 2, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Wall Street Journal Still Refuses to Grasp Accounting Control Fraud via Appraisal Fraud The WSJ's title for its article on appraisal fraud makes obvious that it has learned nothing from two fraud epidemics in two crises a quarter-century apart.

From opednews.com/populum/uploadphotos/s_300_upload_wikimedia_org_83093_800px-Anti-austerity_protest_in_Brussels_on_Sept Sunday, October 26, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The New York Times Finally Allows Competent EU Commentators In the last two days, however, the NYT has given space to an outsider and a newly hired journalist not from the EU beat to write about EU austerity. Each column contain more blunt truths than six years of the NYT's regular coverage of EU austerity -- combined.

Banksters - Get Out of Jail Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Liar's Loans Ain't "Rocket Science" From the fraudulent controlling officers who are the bank's decision-makers perspective, however, liar's loans are ideal.

Banksters - Get Out of Jail Sunday, October 19, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Not with a Bang but a Whimper: DOJ Says it Cannot Prosecute "Rocket Science" Frauds Never in modern history has DOJ suffered such an abject defeat. They didn't simply fail to prosecute the elite bankers -- they never even indicted them and rarely investigated them.

Eurozone slashes growth forecasts Saturday, October 4, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
EU Austerity as Frat House Hazing Yes, the EU is now officially a fraternity, and austerity is its hazing ritual. Yes, they know that austerity is stupid, juvenile, and dangerous, but, hey, they had to suffer it so everybody else should as well.

François Hollande is under pressure from the Right and is firing his Thursday, September 18, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The New York Times' Coverage of EU Austerity Remains Pathetic I have explained in depth why the New York Times' coverage of the EU troika's infliction of austerity on the eurozone is dishonest and routinely indifferent to the suffering of the peoples of much of the periphery who have been forced into a second Great Depression. The latest travesty was in an article entitled "French Premier's Push Toward Center Opens Rift on the Left."

Bill Black Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The WSJ's Editorial Posing as "News" about Ecuador the Wall Street Journal has poured out its pain that the people of Ecuador might reelect President Rafael Correa. The WSJ lets slip the "opposition's" real concerns -- the people of Ecuador strongly support Correa's policies and oppose the return of the oligarchs to power. The oligarchs are desperate to make it impossible for the people of Ecuador to reelect the leader they support.

Bill Black Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Italian's Apology for German Austerity Diktats Lasts 24 Hours The German austerity diktat forced the entire Eurozone into a second, gratuitous Great Recession and Italy, Greece and Spain into unemployment levels last seen in the Great Depression

Bill Black Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
DOJ Trains AUSAs to Chase Mice While Lions Roam the Campsite Holder made Wagner DOJ's leader on mortgage fraud because Wagner was so willing to propagate the single most absurd, destructive, but so very useful (to the administration and the banksters) lie about mortgage fraud.

occupy_Citibank_24_4_13_DSC_0150 Saturday, July 19, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
AG Holder: "The U.S. Announces the Indictment of Citigroup's Senior Officers for Fraud" The third omission from Attorney General Eric Holder's press conference announcing the settlement with Citigroup of civil charges was the words "criminal" and "indictment." According to DOJ's Statements there should have been Numerous Indictments

Protester plays role of a banker at rally to demand accountability from Friday, July 11, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Survey of Bankers Unintentionally Documents their Depravity Each year, the survey unintentionally documents how depraved senior bankers are as a group. They come to praise Caesar, but end up burying him in a garbage dump.

Anti-austerity_protest_in_Brussels_on_September_29%2C_2010-2.jpg: Anti-austerity pr Tuesday, July 8, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's Long Past Time for Krugman to Name and Shame NYT's Eurozone Reportage the New York Times authoring another of its endless articles that assumes that austerity is essential to a eurozone recovery. My problems are with the NYT reporters ignoring Krugman's views -- views shared by the great bulk of economists -- and with their failure to question whether austerity is the proper response to a recession.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Implicitly Assuming that the CEO is Not a Crook Misses the Problem Gretchen Morgenson has brought a revealing study to the attention of the public in her article entitled "The CEO is My Friend, So Back Off." Here's the bad news -- the situation is vastly worse than the authors of the study conclude and the policy advice that experts offered Morgenson in response to the findings would fail where they were most needed. Company CEOs typically provide a thin veneer of faux ethical trappings...

Hans-Olaf Henkel and Andre Wächter (AfD; Landesverband Bayern) Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The EU Center-Right and Ultra-Right's Continuing War on the People of the EU The New York Times has provided us with an invaluable column about the interactions of the EU's rightist and ultra-rightest parties. It is invaluable because it is (unintentionally) so revealing about the EU's right and ultra-right parties and the NYT's inability to understand either the EU economic or political crises.
Series: Banking (14 Articles, 23475 views), Economic Reform (86 Articles, 173764 views)

FDR On American Facism Thursday, June 12, 2014 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why the Worst Get on Top -- in Economics and as CEOs Von Hayek implicitly assumes that corrupt CEOs will not control and abuse any political system. Under his own logic CEOs can use the seeming legitimacy, power, and wealth of "their" corporations to serve directly as these demagogues or fund and control proxy demagogues that will serve their interests.

What Economists Know Thursday, June 12, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Yes, Theoclassical "Economists [are] Basically Immoral" The failures of theoclassical economists and economics are total and myriad. Many of their theories are long-falsified dogmas. Their methodological preference is econometrics -- which gives the worst possible results in bubbles and when accounting control fraud epidemics occur.

William Black Tuesday, June 10, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Criminology of the "Sure Thing" Portrayed as "Risk" John Coates, a former derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs is now a researcher. He wrote a column in the New York Times entitled "The Biology of Risk" that I hope will be widely read. Coates' description of the crisis as triggered by a biologically-induced excessive risk-aversion on the part of traders rests on a failure to understand why varieties of financial risk are vastly different.

Monday, June 9, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
GM's Cartoon Version of von Hayek's "Road to Serfdom" -- on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Thank God that GM warned us all, decades ago, so that we could take a hard right exit off the road to serfdom. Please repeat after me the GM mantra of freedom. As a further act of unintentional self-parody, a libertarian blogger chose the 70th anniversary of D-Day to post GM's cartoon. The cartoon's premise is the supposed absurdity of the government being competent to plan anything.

Yield Euro Crisis Blue Sky Wednesday, June 4, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Troika Continues to Harm the Eurozone and the WSJ continues to Miss the Story The ECB's failure tells us something enormously important about what is wrong with the eurozone's economy and the troika's bleeding of that economy through austerity. Indeed, its failure has been growing steadily. (Ed. Note: In Economics, Demand is defined as the desire or need for goods and services AND the ability to pay for it. Actual Demand is only the first part and exists all the time).

Office of Management and Budget Seal Wednesday, May 28, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Madness Posing as Hyper-Rationality: OMB's Assault on Effective Regulation Rather than leading the emergency, top priority effort to adopt the regulations to end the criminogenic environment in finance, OMB remains a leader of the effort to prevent effective regulation. In a rational world the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), under Presidents Bush and Obama, would have responded to the financial crisis by demanding an emergency effort as a top national priority.

Renaissance Center / GM World Headquarters Monday, May 19, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We've Known for 75 Years Why GM Killing Customers Isn't Treated as "Real Crime" The recent NY Times article does not report on the number of people who were injured and killed because GM designed a defective ignition system, knowingly hid the defect from its customers and the government, and once it knew that its defective design was injuring and killing its customers GM deliberately covered up the existence of the defect and the cause of the easily avoidable injuries and deaths.

Bill Black Tuesday, May 13, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Geithner's Other Ad Hominem Attacks Against Barofsky In my first article on Timothy Geithner I exposed the revealing and disgusting nature of his bizarre ad hominem attack on Neil Barofsky, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Assets Relief Program for the great sin of providing his law enforcement officers with side arms and protective vests. In this article I discuss very briefly his other two ad hominem attacks on Barofsky and his staff.

//www.flickr.com/photos/32029534@N00/9933696675/: not to be used for bribing politicians (2013) Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's Good - no - Great to be the CEO Running a Huge Criminal Bank You know what happened; no senior banker or bank was prosecuted. No banker was sued civilly by the government. No banker had to pay back his bonus that he "earned" through fraud. Every day brings multiple new scandals. At least they used to be scandals. Now they're simply news items strained of ethical content by business journalists who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak not about evil.

S&L Chief Regulator Bill Black Tuesday, April 29, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The New Book on Regulation I Just Decided to Write: Blame it on Monaco Theoclassical economists have mounted an unholy war to discredit and intimidate regulation and regulators -- and to replace them with anti-regulators -- for over a century. This is the third article in a series of columns devoted to financial regulation prompted by the comments of a Swiss academic at the XIIth Annual CIFA Forum in Monaco.

Image created from image crediting Sunday, April 27, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Corporate CEOs Demand that they be Tipped Off When a Whistleblower Reports their Crimes The goal is to minimize taxes and governmental spending by denying governments revenues. The aim is to encourage the wealthiest people to move that wealth and income to nations with the lowest taxes on wealth and income.

Charles Keating: Born: Dec 04, 1923 - Died: Mar 31, 2014 Wednesday, April 16, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The 11th Lesson We Need to Learn from Charles Keating's Frauds: Bring back Glass-Steagall One of the subtle aspects of the savings and loan debacle that is that we ran a real world test of the importance of the provisions of the 1933 Banking Act known as the Glass-Steagall Act. Unfortunately, Glass-Steagall was doomed by the combination of politicians eager for campaign contributions from big finance and theoclassical economists who inhabit a fantasy-based world of dogma that ignored the results.
Series: Banking (14 Articles, 23475 views)

//www.flickr.com/photos/58993040@N07/13306584815/: U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy S Sunday, April 6, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Kamikaze Economics and Politics of Forcing Austerity on the Ukraine So, our strategy is to play into Putin’s hands by inflicting austerity and turning the Ukraine into “a Western hell.” Not to worry says our man in Kiev. Playing into Putin's hands by inflicting austerity on the Ukraine and producing "hell" is ludicrous. The Ukraine faces severe problems beyond Russia and its energy dependence on Russia.

//www.flickr.com/photos/40936370@N00/13383704303/: Do you trust these people to rescue the Eurozone? Wednesday, April 2, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dr. Draghi Prescribes a Dose of Deflation for Spain as his latest Quack Cure This morning brought two April Fools' Day articles about France and Italy that are also about the gratuitous second Great Recession (in the core) & the second Great Depression (in Spain, Italy, and Greece) inflicted by the troika's infamous austerity dogmas. In conjunction with quotations from Draghi’s fellow troika-trolls in the articles about France and Italy, they reveal the troika’s fanatical devotion to failed dogma.

//www.flickr.com/photos/44550450@N04/8771795391/: Protester plays role of a banker at rally to demand accounta Sunday, March 16, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Most Dishonest Number in the World: LIBOR The FDIC has sued 16 of the largest banks in the world plus the British Bankers Association (BBA) alleging that they engaged in fraud and collusion to manipulate the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR). BBA called LIBOR "The most important number in the world." LIBOR is actually many numbers that depend on the currency and term (maturity) of the loan. The collusion involved manipulating most of these rates.

Bill Back Saturday, March 1, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Key House Republicans Almost Get Accounting Control Fraud To prepare myself for a guest lecture to a class at the University of Kansas I did some research about the House Financial Services Committee, now chaired by Jeb Hensarling (R. TX). I was pleased to learn that the Committee's home page emphasizes the key role that accounting control fraud played at Fannie and Freddie. A description of how such fraud occurs, follows.

Bill Black Sunday, February 23, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
If New York Times Reporters Won’t Read Krugman about Austerity Will they Read Brooks? NYT columns discussing austerity, particularly in the eurozone, demonstrate that its reporters religiously avoid reading Krugman's scores of columns on austerity. I have written repeatedly about the New York Times' needs to create a prize in incompetence in macroeconomic reporting (IMR) and suggested that the paper award the IMR prize to its reporters.

Bill Black Saturday, February 8, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Troika and the New York Times Bury the Issues, not just the Lead The troika made Spain its poster child for the success of austerity in late 2013. In early 2014 Spain admitted that unemployment had risen to 26 percent. The “recovery” they hope for is that Spain, by 2024, will exit the “crisis” stage.

//www.flickr.com/photos/47422005@N04/7197598950/: Jamie Dimon - Caricature Sunday, February 2, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Jamie Dimon's $10 Million Raise is a "Common Sense" Fraud Reward Modern executive compensation was a leading creator of the criminogenic environment that produced the epidemics of accounting control fraud that destroyed the global financial system. Andrew Ross Sorkin seemed to have built an insurmountable lead in the race to be declared the most unctuous panderer to the financial plutocrats who grew wealthy by leading the frauds that blew up the economy, but he has new competition.

Bill Black Saturday, February 1, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Eurozone's "Nascent" Recovery The Eurozone has decided to ring out January with more bad news about the economy, but the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both end their articles with claims that things are actually going pretty darn well. The NYT refers to the eurozone "recovery" as "nascent." The reality of both news reports is that what the data actually "display" are "signs of weakness."

Bill Black Thursday, November 21, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We have Passed the Economic Tipping Point in Achieving Marriage Equality On Marriage equality, employing my economics "hat" I wish to offer this encouragement -- we have passed the tipping point in economics that ensures eventual success in securing marriage equality throughout the United States.

Bill Black Monday, November 18, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why Does the Media Ignore Timothy Geithner's Disastrous Leadership of the NY Fed? Remember nine months ago when Timothy Geithner assured us that it was "extremely unlikely" he would take a position on Wall Street? Something else intrigued me as soon as I heard that Geithner was cashing in at Warburg Pincus -- I remembered that I had debated a former leader of that firm about Geithner.

Bill Black Friday, November 15, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will the Chilean People Save the U.S. by Electing Michelle Bachelet? The effort by corporate CEOs to dominate the global economy and global government is reaching the end-game stage. Corporate CEOs view government and democracy as their gravest threats and are constantly seeking to discredit and hamstring government and democratic decision-making. CEOs are particularly eager to discredit, destroy, or capture regulation and they have enlisted enormous support in both major U.S. parties...

Friday, November 1, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Taylor Rule: Ignore Fraud Epidemics and Worship Markets In virtually every case, the economists who purported to study natural experiments by "testing precise hypotheses" implicitly excluded control fraud as a possible explanatory variable. Every day provides multiple examples of the blinders imposed by economists' dogmas reducing their purportedly scientific studies about finance to exercises in self-parody.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Oil Oligarchs Want Me to Know How Much They Hate President Correa Gustavo Coronel, a Venezuelan oil oligarch associated with Cato has written to let me know how much he despises Ecuador's President Rafael Correa. Coronel has declared that one of my columns "made a failed attempt to whitewash the President of Ecuador, Correa, who is violating environmentally fragile areas of the Amazonia to drill for oil." Strange comment from a man who has grown wealthy by drilling for oil in Amazonia.

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Economics could be a Science if More Economists were Scientists Chetty thinks critics who point out that economists don't achieve science even though they purport to aspire to it are "unfair and uninformed." In this article I respond to Chetty's effort to defend economists. The "recipe" for accounting control fraud by a lender has four ingredients...

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JPMorgan: Fish Rot from the Head The New York Times' spin of the tentative settlement of JPMorgan's latest myriad felonies begins early and runs throughout the article. JPMorgan and Attorney General Eric Holder have reached a common meme on their settlement he Department of Justice (DOJ) and Holder are stalwarts who have demonstrated their toughness and JPMorgan is a model corporate citizen.

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Why is The Economist Chortling over the Prospect of Oil Pollution in Ecuador? One of The Economist Magazine's perennial hates is President Rafael Correa of Ecuador. Correa, an economist, has committed the unforgivable offense of succeeding through economic policies that The Economist despises. This is strange because Correa's four foundational policies are expanded health care, expanded education, improved infrastructure, and encouraging entrepreneurs by reducing the time and cost of starting a business

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UPI Treats Monetary Fiction as Fact: Sows the Seeds of the GOP's Efforts to Cause a Recession In this article I elaborate on yesterday's article that noted scholars' logical incoherence of the belief of the wealthy that reducing the federal budget deficit, in response to the Great Recession, was the most important problem facing America, and my strong support for the opposite policy view that the federal government should run budget deficits as a counter-cyclical fiscal policy to a recession.

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