"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

How to Think Clearly

"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)


3. DO NOT USE A "SMART PHONE" (or at least do not use your phone to access the internet)


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.

One of the most insightful analogies created to explain how things are often not what you see was Plato's Allegory of the Cave, from Book 7 of the Republic.

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.

STOP Being Taken

“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.

Media Lies

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.  

Why Stathis Was Banned

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...


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.   

Rules to Remember

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.

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America's Financial Apocalypse: 2009 Update

Posting When It Matters

I want to thank those of you who've patiently waited during my apparent hiatus. I certainly wasn't on vacation. I don't take vacations. As I've said in the past, I'm not one to make daily or weekly posts for the sake of marketing. Guys who spend much of their time marketing are anything but leaders in their field, unless their field happens to be marketing.

By no means am I a good writer. And I don't use a staff of editors. What you read comes directly from me. Take it or leave it. So when I write an article there's a good reason for it.

I try to provide unique insight and analysis rather than rehashing the same song and dance.

And I'm certainly not going to reword the daily news in order to jump on the drama bandwagon. I'm way too busy for that nonsense.

That's why I didn't bother to write anything about Madoff.

There are many more Ponzi schemes out there similar to Madoff's. But there's also more sophisticated Ponzi schemes, like Social Security.

One could reasonably argue that the stock market is also a Ponzi scheme. I guess it's okay to run a Ponzi scheme as long as the government is behind it.


The Madoff Distraction

What Madoff did was nowhere near as fraudulent as what the banking and mortgage executives did.

Yet, he has become the latest scapegoat in this cycling pattern of booms and busts orchestrated by the Federal Reserve, Washington and Wall Street.

Hopefully by now you're starting to figure out how the media is using every chance they get to deflect blame from the real villains; their Wall Street sponsors. But remember, Madoff's charade had absolutely nothing to do with this crisis.

So the question begs to be answered…

...when will we see…

Fuld (Lehman Brothers), Thain (Merrill Lynch), Killinger (Washington Mutual), O'Neal (Merrill Lynch), Prince (Citigroup), Cayne (Bear Stearns), Schwartz (Bear Stearns), Dimon (JP Morgan), Blankfein (Goldman Sachs), Thompson (Wachovia), Raines (Fannie Mae), Paulson (former U.S. Treasury), Greenspan (former Fed Chairman), Cox (former SEC Chairman)...

...and hundreds if not thousands of others responsible for this mess in handcuffs?

Don't hold your breath.

It didn't happen after the S&L Crisis or the dotcom meltdown.

And it's not going to happen now.

Hopefully, you know how the game is played.

They'll pick out a few scapegoats; minor players, as a way to appease naïve Americans.

This is the way it works.

This is the sad reality of America.

It's the American Dream for the rich and powerful, and the American Nightmare for everyone else.

If you're a true American, you'll contact your congressmen and demand they be brought to justice.

If they get enough calls, they'll feel the pressure to file charges.

That's how it works.

The media knows this. That's why they've done everything but stir the pot. They are protecting their financial sponsors.


Tigers Never Change Their Stripes

Don't forget, these men cleared billions of dollars in bonuses by fudging financial statements while packaging trillions of dollars of fraudulent loans into securities.

This was money taken from shareholders who were lied to, and investors who bought these toxic securities.

It was a twist on the classic pump-and-dump scheme. In this case, CEOs pumped up revenues using outrageous assumptions, while hiding liabilities.

Then they collected their bonuses – millions of shares of company stock at inflated prices; prices they inflated.

Next, they dumped these shares in the open market; to you and to your retirement plan. They did this for several years.

Over the past four years alone, the financial industry paid out over $100 billion in bonuses to executives.

Despite record losses of over $1.5 trillion from the banks alone (with at least another $2 trillion to go), most executives and all of the grunts that serve them have walked away with every penny.

It was theft, plain and simple.

Yet, there have been no claw backs.

Where do you figure that money came from? It came from your pockets.

It was the biggest heist in world history.

These guys are directly responsible for destroying the world economy.

Not only will they walk away unscathed, they'll walk away wealthier than before, with your money, strengthening the precedent that white collar crime pays in America, as long as you work for big corporations; corporations with cozy relationships with Washington.

Without the fear of prosecution, CEOs will continue these scams over and over.

Even if you don't have any money in the stock market (no 401k, IRA, pension or any other retirement plan, and 529 plan), these ridiculous payouts still came from you because this crisis caused the Fed to smash rates to record lows.

And this will eventually destroy the buying power of the dollar. In the meantime, banks are paying practically no interest on your savings.

Still, they aren't finished with you.

They've taken your tax dollars and made sure to collect more bonuses while raising fees for bank accounts and credit cards.

The banks are screwing you every way possible; you, the innocent victim.

You should expect them to devise new ways to screw you.

Tigers never change their stripes.

My advice is to put your money in a credit union.

That's what I plan to do.

Most credit unions are in good shape because they don't get involved in the same types of risky lending practices.

That will send a strong message to these banks that you don't need them.

They need you.

Don't reward their crooked tactics, ridiculous bonuses and lavish spending sprees by keeping your money there.

It's already bad enough they're siphoning off tax payer dollars due to the destruction they created; due to blatant fraud.

Do your part and end all business relations with these banks forever.

Do it now.

Without your money they won't be in business for long.

Besides, the banking system is insolvent. That's right. They don't have enough money to meet debt obligations.

They're relying on the FDIC and backup from the U.S. Treasury.

Together, if we pull our money from the banks, they will be finished.

Then we can demand from Washington an entirely new banking system that will be devoid of these exploitative business practices and fraud.

Ultimately, the people, once united are stronger than America 's organized crime syndicate; you know, Washington and corporate America.


America, Home of Bizzaro?

There hasn't even been the faintest mention by the White House, Department of Justice or the SEC of criminal, civil or securities fraud for the greedy crooks who orchestrated this heist.

Millions lost their retirement savings, homes, and jobs.

Sadly, some of these victims have already committed suicide.

With regret, I estimate there will be many more.

Millions of innocent Americans have suffered while the criminals stole enough money to ensure dynasties.

I'd wager that most Americans would like to see these criminals commit suicide.

But why would they commit suicide? They are the winners of this charade.

They’re laughing at you.

They’re laughing at how gullible you were.

They’re laughing that they stole your money.

They’re laughing because they know they will pull the same fraud again in a few years, just as they have for decades.

The media hasn't even made them feel shame because they are all partners in crime.

It looks as if America has become the Bizarro world.

At the very least, America has become the laughing stock of the world. And you can bet these crooks are laughing as they count their money, knowing they are untouchable. This is beyond outrageous.

Apparently, the lesson Washington wants to provide you with is that crime pays as long as you are rich and powerful, even if it affects millions of innocent people.

As long as our leaders allow these crimes to go unpunished, they are just as guilty.

That includes all of Congress and the White House.

President Obama, what happened to change?

The only change Obama has brought is a change of face.

He is now a puppet for the wealthy elite; the guys who really run America

But I'm not surprised.

That's why I never bothered to vote.

I already knew the deal.

But I won't be able to convince you. You'll need to figure things out for yourself.

The only thing that's surprised me is the lack of mass riots.

But the plot still has a long way to go.

I won't ever forget the details of this nightmare.

Not in twenty, thirty or even forty years.

As long as I am alive I will never forget.

I hope you never forget as well.

Unfortunately, most of you will, just as you forgot about the dotcom charade in a very short time.

In part, that's why these events are repeating cycles.

In part, you are to blame for your short memory and complacency.

Okay, enough of that. I need move on. Otherwise I might go on for days.

As I was saying, I only write when I have the time and when there's a good reason to write about something.

Since my last post in early December, neither criterion has been filled as you shall see.


Where Have I Been?

For starters, I've been tied up with a book project which I began several years ago. I feel relieved that it's now complete.

Incidentally, the book is so long I had to split it up into two 500-page volumes.

And no, it's not one of those useless “how the crisis came to be” books.

No, it's not some investment book offering you false hopes like so many out on the market.

My new book was written for serious investors.

Hopefully it will be considered a valuable resource.

And of course, I've also been working; guiding my clients through this mess.

Finally, I've been working on a new website that will be available soon.

I have no need for a website from a business standpoint. But I decided to launch one so I could write without the possibility of censorship.

I've been censored many times in the past for accurate yet benign phrases like “Wall Street crooks” and for criticizing CNBC (this is entirely different story that's going to be addressed in my next book).

I have since discontinued submitting articles to these websites. It's clear where their agendas lay.

As for my second criterion for posting new articles (i.e. having a good reason to write about something), you may recall from my November 24, 2008 posting, I concluded the following:


Market Guidance: Past, Present and Future

“On the bright side of things, I am becoming increasingly optimistic of short-term upside of around 15-20% through the end of January.

If this rally does materialize, you should expect it to be erased shortly thereafter once Christmas earnings are reported.

One thing is for certain.

The stock market will be filled with tremendous volatility throughout 2009.

And the economy is only going to get worse.

There will be periods of optimism followed by deepening realities.

As a result, this will continue to be a market only for the best of the best traders.

All others should consider staying out, select only safe-dividend stocks or start building positions in Chinese stocks like an ETF index (FXI).

Remember, there are going to be hundreds of hedge fund blowups and corporate bankruptcies.

Many companies will slash or eliminate dividends so you need to stick with only the stocks with the best financial and business strength to ensure dividend payout.

Soon I'll be looking to enter gold and maybe silver.

For those of you who missed the previous bull run in these metals, you'll have another opportunity to catch a ride back to the top.

However, I wouldn't jump aboard until I see a strong surge, as there's still another potential 10-15% downside.

Anything more would be reason for concern and could cause a major trend reversal.

If this market rally does occur, it is likely to take gold up with it.

And when the next market correction occurs, this time gold might not sell off. It could soar.” I highly advise you to read the article in its entirety. In fact, I highly advise you to read all my archives.

Thus far, this call has been spot-on. See here.

Since that time I've been waiting for a retesting of the 7400 lows made a few months ago.

And I expect new lows to be made.

I still believe the Dow will ultimately head below 7000.

This is the main reason I haven't made any posts since then.

After the stimulus package goes through, don't be fooled by any possible rally.

I expect any upside in the market to be short-lived, resembling a bear trap. While short-term traders might choose to ride the momentum, be careful.

You might also recall my warnings of an earnings meltdown in an August 4, 2008 article. At the time, the Dow was around 11,600.

I trust you know what happens after earnings collapse; the stock market collapses and lay-offs soar.

Consequently, less than three months after my warnings, the Dow collapsed by over 30%.

The problem is that this is only the beginning of downward revisions, so look out below.


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