"There are two sorts of wealth-getting, as I have said; one is a part of household management, the other is retail trade: the former necessary and honorable, while that which consists in exchange is justly censured; for it is unnatural, and a mode by which men gain from one another. The most hated sort, and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself, and not from the natural object of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural."
- Politics, Aristotle, 350 B.C.
"The Jew alone regards his race as superior to humanity, and looks forward not to its ultimate union with other races, but to its triumph over them all and to its final ascendancy under the leadership of a tribal Messiah."
- Goldwin Smith, The Jewish Question, October 1881
“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”
- President Woodrow Wilson 1916
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
- David Rockefeller, Baden-Baden, Germany 1991
“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
- Henry Ford
“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, letter to Col. House, November 21, l933
“One of the least understood strategies of the world revolution now moving rapidly toward its goal is the use of mind control as a major means of obtaining the consent of the people who will be subjects of the New World Order.”
- The National Educator, K.M. Heaton
"We Jews, we, the destroyers, will remain the destroyers for ever. Nothing that you will do will meet our needs and demands. We will for ever destroy because we need a world of our own, a God-world, which it is not in your nature to build."
- Maurice Samuels, You Gentiles, 1924
“We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”
- David Rockefeller
“Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.”
- Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference, Evians, France, 1991
"Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." –Mark Twain
If you want to begin to understand and appreciate the work of Mike Stathis, from his market forecasts and securities analysis to his political and economic analysis, you will first need to learn how to think clearly. For many, this will be a cleansing process that could take quite a long time to complete depending on each individual.
The best way to begin to clear your mind is to first move forward with this series of steps:
1. GET RID OF YOUR TV SET (at least cancel your cable)
2. REFUSE TO USE YOUR PHONE TO TEXT
3. DO NOT USE A "SMART PHONE" (or at least do not use your phone to access the internet)
4. STAY AWAY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
The cleansing process will take time but you can hasten the process by being proactive in exercising your mind.
You should also be aware of a very common behavior exhibited by humans who have been exposed to the various aspects of modern society. This behavior occurs when an individual overestimates his abilities and knowledge, while underestimating his weaknesses and lack of understanding. This behavior has been coined the "Dunning-Kruger Effect" after to sociologists who described it in a research publication. See here.
Many people today think they are virtual experts on every topic they regard with relevance. The reason for this illusory behavior is because these individuals typically allow themselves to become brainwashed by various media outlets. The more information these individuals obtain on these topics from the media, the more qualified they feel they are in these subjects, without realizing that the media is not a valid source with which to use for understanding something. The media always has bias and can never be relied on to represent the full truth.
A perfect example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect can be seen with many individuals who listen to talk radio shows. These shows are politically biased and consist of individuals who resemble used car salesmen more than intellectuals. These talking heads brainwash their audience with cherry-picked facts, misstatements and lies regarding relevant issues such as healthcare, immigration, Social Security, Medicaid, economics, science, and so forth. They also select guests for interview based on the agendas they wish to fulfill with their advertisers.
Once their audience has been indoctrinated by these propagandists, they feel qualified to discuss these topics on the same level as a real authority, without realizing that they obtained their understanding from individuals who are employed as professional liars and manipulators by the media. Another good example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect can be seen upon examination of political pundits, stock market and economic analysts on TV. They talk a good game because they are professional speakers. But once you examine their track record, it is clear that these individuals are largely wrong, but they have developed an inflated sense of expertise and knowledge on topics for which they continuously demonstrate their incompetence.
We highly recommend that you study this masterpiece in great detail so that you are better able to use logic and reason.Although we recommend you read and study The Allegory of the Cave, you can get a flavor for its meaning by watching the following video.
If you can learn how to think like a philosopher, specifically one of the great ancient Greek philosophers, it is highly unlikely that you will ever be fooled by con artists like those who make ridiculous and unfounded claims in order to pump gold and silver, the typical get-rich-quick or multi-level marketing (MLM) crowd.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
King James Bible - Matthew 7:15
"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." –Mark Twain
All Viewpoints Are Not Created Equal Just because something is published in print, online or aired in the broadcast media does not make it accurate. In fact, more often than not the larger the audience, the more likely the content is either inaccurate or slanted. The next time you read something about economics or investments, you should ask two main questions in order to assess the credibility of the source. Is the source biased in any way? That is, do they have any agendas which would provide any type of benefit accounting for their views? Most individuals either sell ads on their site or are dealers of precious metals or securities. That means their views are biased and cannot be relied upon.
Is your source is credible?
Most people associate credibility with name-recognition. But more often than not, name-recognition serves as a predictor of bias if not lack of credibility because the more a name is recognized, the more the individual has been plastered in the media. And every intelligent person knows that individuals who have been provided with media exposure because they are either naive or clueless. The media positions these types of individuals as “credible experts” in order to please its financial sponsors; Wall Street.
Instead of name-recognition or media celebrity status, you must determine whether your source has relevant experience on Wall Street as opposed to being self-taught. But this is just a basic hurdle that in itself by no means ensures the source is competent or credible. More important, always examine the track record of your source in depth, looking for accuracy and specific forecasts rather than open-ended statements. You must also look for timing since a broken clock is always right once a day. Finally, make sure they do not cherry-pick their best calls. Always examine their entire track record.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
King James Bible - Matthew 7:15
The above questions require only slight modification for use in determining the credibility of sources that discuss other topics, such as politics, healthcare, etc.We have compiled the most extensive publication exposing hundreds of con men pertaining to the financial publishing and securities industry, although we also cover numerous con men in the media and other front groups since they are all associated in some way with each other.
There is perhaps no one else in the world capable of shedding the full light on these con men other than Mike Stathis. Mike has been studying the indistry for well over a decade. Alhough he has published numerous articles and videos addressing this dark side of the industry, the entire collection can be found in our ENCYCLOPEDIA of Bozos, Hacks, Snake Oil Salesmen and Faux Heroes.
At AVA Investment Analytics, we don't try to pump gold, silver or equities like many others you see because we are not promoters or marketers. And we do not receive any compensation whatsoever (including from ads) from our content. We provide individual investors, financial advisers, analysts and fund managers with world-class research, education and unique insight.
If you listen to the media, most likely it is costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost money at minimum over the course of your lifetime. The deceit, lies and useless guidance from the financial media certainly is a large contributor of these losses to the sheep you pay attention.
But a good deal of lost wealth comes in the form of excessive consumerism which the media seeks to impose on its audience. You aren’t going to know that you’re being brainwashed or that you have lost $1 million or $2 million over your life time due to the media, but I can guarantee you that with rare exception this is the reality for those who are naïve enough to waste time on the media.
It gets worse. By listening to the media, you are likely to also suffer ill health effects through the lack of timely coverage of toxic prescription drugs or through the ridiculous medical shows, all of which are supportive of the medical-industrial complex.
And if you seek out the so-called "alternative media" you might make the mistake of relying on con men like Kevin Trudeau or Alex Jones. This could be a deadly decision. As bad as traditional media is, the so-called "alternative media" is even worse.
Why Does the Media Air Liars and Con Men?
The goal of the media is NOT to serve its audience because the audience does NOT pay the bills.
The goal of the media is to please its sponsors, or the companies that spend huge dollars buying ads, and in order for companies to justify these expenses, they need the media to represent their cause. The media does this by airing idiots and con men who mislead and confuse their audience.
By engaging in "journalistic fraud," the media steers its audience into the arms of its advertisers because the audience is now misled and confused, so in the case of the financial media, it seeks the assistance of Wall Street brokerage firms, mutual funds, insurance companies, precious metals dealers. This is why advertisers pay big money to be promoted in the financial media.
We see the same thing on a more obvious note in the so-called "alternative media," which is really a remanufactured version of the so-called "mainstream media." Do not be fooled. There is no such thing as the "alternative media."
In order to be considered "media" you must have content that has widespread channels of distribution. Thus, all "media" is widely distributed and the same powers that control the distribution of the so-called "mainstream media" also control the distribution of the so-called "alternative media."
The claim that there is an "alternative media" is merely a sales pitch designed to capture the audience that has since given up on the "mainstream media." The tactic is a very common one used by con men.
The same tactic is used by Washington to convince naive voters that there are meaningful differences between the nation's two political parties. In reality, both parties are essentially the same when it comes to issues that matter most (trade policy, healthcare and war). Anyone who tells you anything different simply isn't thinking straight.
On this site, we expose the lies and the liars in the media. We discuss and reveal the motives and track record of the media’s hand-selected charlatans with a focus on the financial media.
No one has generated a more accurate track record in the investment markets over the past several years than Mike Stathis. Yet, the financial media wants nothing to do with Stathis.
You aren't even going to hear him on the radio being interviewed.
You aren't going to see him mentioned on any websites either.
You won't read or hear of his remarkable track record unless you read about it on this website or read his books.
You should be wondering why this might be. Some of you already know the answer.
The media has banned Mike Stathis because the trick is to air clowns so that the audience will be steered into the hands of the media's financial sponsors - Wall Street and gold dealers.
And as for the radio shows and websites that either don't know about Stathis or don't care to hear what he has to say, the fact is that they are so stupid that they assume those who are plastered in the media are credible. And since they haven't seen or heard Stathis in the media, even if they come across him, they automatically assume he's a nobody in the investment world simply because he has no media exposure.
Well, if media exposure was a testament to knowledge, credibility and excellent track records, Peter Schiff's clients would be a lot happier when they looked at their account balance.
Others only care about pitching what’s deemed as the “hot” topic because this sells ads in terms of more site visits or reads. This is why you come across so many websites based on doom and conspiratorial horse shit run by con artists looking to cash in on ads.
We have donated countless hours and huge sums of money towards the pursuit of exposing the con men, lies and fraud. We continue this mission but we cannot continue it forever without your assistance.
We have been banned by virtually every media platform in the U.S and every website (mainly because we expose the truth about gold and silver).
We have been banned from use of email marketing providers.
The fact is that the Jewish Mafia has declared war on us because we have exposed the realities of the U.S. government, Wall Street and corporate America.
Note that we only began discussing the role of Jews in criminality by 2009, three years AFTER we had been black-listed by the media, so no one can say that our criticism of the Jewish Mafia has led to being black-listed, not that it would even be acceptable.
You can talk about the Italian Mafia, and Jewish Hollywood can make 100s of movies about it...
BUT YOU CANNOT TALK ABOUT THE JEWISH MAFIA.
We rely on you to help spread the word about us. Just remember this. We don’t have to do what we are doing.
We could do as everyone else and focus on making money. We are doing sacrificing everything because in this day and age, unfortunately, the truth is revolutionary. It is also critical in order to prevent the complete enslavement of world citizenry.
On Exposure: No one who has significant exposure can be trusted because those who are responsible for permitting such exposure have allowed it for a very good reason, and that reason does not serve your best interests.
On Spotting Frauds: Whenever you wish to know whether someone can be trusted, always remember this golden rule..."a man is judged by the company he keeps."
This is a very important rule to remember because con men almost always belong to the same network.
You will see the same con artists referencing each other, on blog rolls and so forth.
In the previous article I showed pictures of the real estate situation in Rotterdam, Netherlands submitted by a reader. As discussed in that piece, Forbes published an article about a month ago listing the Dallas/Fort Wort area as number 3 in terms of recovery progress.
I can tell you that the real estate market in Dallas is worse than a year ago, and keeps getting worse each month.
As I have discussed (here or elsewhere) it's not that Texas has been able to avoid the brunt of the economic collapse. It's just that the effects have been delayed in Texas relative to much of the nation. A good part of the reason for this was due to the previous record oil prices, which buoyed the Texas economy. In addition, a weak dollar helped Texas-Mexico trade.
As California led the collapse, Texas has lagged. While Texas did not benefit as much as many other states from the real estate bubble, it's not expected to get hit as bad. I made this prediction in 2006. However, it will suffer nonethless. And once California has emerged from this mess, Texas will be unable to mount much of a recovery due to the nature of the local economy. I expect Texas to remain in an economic mailase for many many years.
But according to Forbes, the DFW area is number three in terms of the progress it's making in the "recovery." So let's have a look at the Dallas real estate market.
Real estate in Dallas is thought by many to be very attractively priced when compared to comparable cities. The pricing is similar to Atlanta.
However, what most people fail to realize is that Texas overall has the highest property taxes in the nation. This is of course in contrast to nearby states like OK, LA, and MS which have among the lowest property taxes in the nation, and of course California, which also has very low property taxes. In addition, California assesses taxes based on the original purchase price of the property as opposed to the annual value assessed by the city. The assessed value is really a huge scam. I might discuss that in the future.
Still, you can get a lot of home for the money in Dallas, especially when compared to California, NYC, Boston, Seattle and other cities. For instance, I would say that a comparable home in Dallas would cost 4-6 times more in San Francisco, San Diego, NYC and Boston.
The pictures below were taken from the best general area in Dallas; the area with the highest wage earners, the highest real estate values, and the most desirable area to live.
This area is the Turtle Creek'Uptown/Highland Park region. It lies about a mile north of the downtown area. The area is loaded with numerous high-end restarants, two 5-star hotels, endless antique stores, art galleries and spas. It's also where the biggest financial institutions have their offices; loads of hedge funds, private equity groups and of course Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and the retail guys like Merrill, Morgan Stanley, etc. While the retail banks have offices all over Dallas, their flagship office is in this area because it is cnsidered presitigous.
You will see many exotic sports cars driving through the area on a daily basis.
Highland park is one of the nation's wealthiest communities. I did not have time to go through much of Highland Park; maybe later.
You need to understand that this general region has accounted for a good deal of growth in Dallas for the past several years. The demand to live in the area is by far the highest in all of DFW. And of course, the space is limited. Unless you have a few million to drop on a home or don't mind living in a high crime area, your only options are an apartment, condo or town house. There are a good deal of town houses that sell for over $1 milllion. As well there are several high rise condos selling for a similiar price. I have seen some sell for over $10 million. Although this area is densely populated and the buildings are all nearby, Idid not have time to check these high rises.
These pictures were taken from about a 1 mile radius. But I did not cover even 1/20 of the area in this radius. And even in the small area I did cover, I did not take pictures of all for sale/rent properties. I only took pictures when there were several occupancies adjacent to each other, or in one case, when the building had many vacancies. The other corner (not shown) is an older apartment complex that has been advertising vacancies for well over a year.
The units in lower left picture were listed for $595 and up. They have been sitting there for about a year unsold. The price is now starting at $419.
The next series of 3 picture compilations was taken from a very popular street in Uptown Dallas. It is where the main action is, at least for the youth seeking high-end entertainment. A few years ago, you could open any bar; the worst bar possible and still do well. Real estate here is prime. It's side-to-side bars, restaurants and so forth with a historic brick road and a cable car (which is free).
The key thing to keep in mind is that I never saw for rent signs in this area in many years because it was a gold mine to set up a busines in this area. I can't tell you how shocking it is to see so many vacancies in this area.
The apartment complex shown to the left is owned by Post Properties (PPS) based in Atlanta. It's become a landmark of Uptown despite the fact that it is one of the oldest apartment buildings in the area.
Post spent around $10 million to upgrade it a few years ago and has been struggling to fill capacity ever since due to the apartment, condo and town home boom that surfaced here shortly after the dotcom bust. While the two houses in the picture look like residential properties they aren't. They are zoned for commercial use. They are historic buildings. Much of the buildings in this area have been designated historic landmarks so they cannot be changed.
The white house is about ~2000SF (upper right) and was renting for about $8000 per month plus property taxes (~$8000/ year). And it was pretty rundown during the time it had tenants.
The other two properties in this picture are owned by the same man, who owns many of the properties on this street. I was told he was trying to negotiate terms with his lender because he faced a potential bankruptcy.
The lower left series of properties is in a small strip mall and has been vacant for about two years. The building to the lower left has been vacant for at least three years. It was formerly a spa. The same man who owns the two properties mentioned above owns these (as well as the property in-between).
Not shown are two more retail spaces for rent on either side of the bottom properties about 50 and 100 feet apart, also owned by the same man.
Just off of the main street is this now empty European style property that was formerly a very popular restaurant. It was actually somewhat of a landmark. It had been there for many many years.
Not far from it and on the main street is an empty lot. It was the site of Dallas' Hard Rock Cafe. It was an old nice church. About four years ago it was sold (due to what I would guess to be poor business based on what I saw) to a developer who demolished it and planned a luxury high rise. You can imagine how much the developer paid for the property; my guess is over $10 million. The church was large and the land is probably 2-3 acres. Development plans were halted in 2007 and it remains empty.
Across the corner was the site of a local bank. It has been gone for about four years.
Next to it is a large retail property that had been a restaurant and several art galleries. These two properties are on the main street and owned by the same man mentioned previously.
On the other corner across from the former Hard Rock Cafe site is another building that has recently become vacant. Years before it was the site of a French restauran. It had been a popular spot for many years up until the dotcom collapse. After that, it slowly died. It finally shut down and Mediterranean restaurant took its place in about 2004. It too struggled and finally left in 2008. In 2009, a new restaurant moved in but only lasted about five months. Once again, this area is amongst the most popular and highest traffic in Dallas. Vistors come in every weekend from Fort Worth and small towns in Texas located several hours away.
You can see pictures of the Hard Rock Cafe being demolished.
A few hundred years away from this main strip is a huge relatively new apartment complex formerly owned by the Gables. This complex (which you can't appreciate how enormous it is from the picture) opened around 2006/2007 but has struggled to reach a reasonable capacity ever since.
However, as you can see from the sign, it appears as if ING has taken over due to the inability to make sufficient payments on the loan. Developers built much too many high rise apartments in the area.
During the brief time I spent in Highland Park (two streets) I ran across quite a few properties for sale. To be honest, I did not expect to find any other than maybe 1 or 2. The average home there sells for a few million. And you rarely see for sale signs because once they are listed they are usually bought very fast. Obviously, things are not quite like before.
This last picture is of a luxury town home complex (four units). It was dark so I did not get a good picture. I might go back and get a better picture. The entire property was unsold for about four years. Finally the units were bought during the height of the real estate boom. Now at least one person is trying to sell their unit.
It is situated across the street from the Plaza, a high luzury high rise managed by the Four Seasons. Next to that is a world-famous 5-star hotel, the Mansion.
Once again, these pictures are only a small fraction of the properties for sale or rent within about a 1 mile radius.
As you can see, most of these properties are high end. The mid- and low-end real estate market is in much worse shape.
This general area has been responsible for carrying the Dallas real estate market for several years. But you can see how bad things are. Without factoring this area, the real estate stats for Dallas would be much much worse I can assure you.
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