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New American | OPEC’s total revenues, which hit an all-time high of $900 billion in 2012, are expected to decline by half next year.

MyBudget360 | 92.4 million Americans are considered to be “not in the labor force” officially.

The Hill | Sony Pictures on Sunday said “The Interview” has made $15 million through online videos and purchases since it was released on Christmas Day.

Mac Slavo | The billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks says America’s colleges are in serious trouble and that over a trillion dollars in student loans will put many of them out of business.

Zero Hedge | When about a month ago it was revealed that Japan’s shadow economic advisor is none other than Paul Krugman, we said it was only a matter of time before the Japanese economy implodes.

AP | Thousands of banknotes worth more than 15 million HK dollars (about $1.9 million USD) scattered on one of Hong Kong’s busiest roads.

Zero Hedge | The world was slow to wake up to the new reality in which China is now the de facto IMF sovereign backstop.

Reuters | Russia’s ruble rose on Friday to its strongest levels in more than three weeks.

Reuters | When President Francois Hollande unveiled a “super-tax” on the rich in 2012, some feared an exodus of business, sporting and artistic talent.

Joshua Krause | Many are wondering what the Russian government is prepared to do to stave off recession, and prevent the ruble from falling any further.

Zero Hedge | This is simply stunning.

Bloomberg | Ukraine opened a criminal probe after several gold bars at the central bank’s storage in the southern city of Odessa turned to be painted lead.

Zero Hedge | “We have to do something with these Belarussian rubles.”

Zero Hedge | “People should not be worried,” explained Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev in a TV address over the weekend, “we have a plan in place if oil prices are $40 per barrel.”

Paul Craig Roberts | The Federal Reserve and its bullion bank agents are actively using uncovered futures contracts to illegally manipulate the prices of precious metals.

Ron Paul | Wall Street has become addicted to easy money.

Zero Hedge | Texas-sized challenges.

Martin Armstrong | What took place in Washington over the past two weeks with the repeal of Dodd Frank and then the effective repeal of the Volcker Rule sounds strikingly familiar.

Martin Armstrong | The NY money center Banks won again in Washington, the second time in a single month.

Zero Hedge | Russia not only did not sell any gold, but in fact bought another 600K ounces in the month of November.

London Independent | The US tech giant disputed the programmes findings but said it was working with its suppliers to improve conditions.

Martin Armstrong | The trend on a global basis is getting really scary.

Michael Snyder | Do you want to know if the stock market is going to crash next year?

Zero Hedge | “Russia badly needs liquidity support and the swap line could be an ideal tool.”

Michael S. Rozeff | The fall in the ruble has occurred mostly since October.

Mac Slavo | Russians have seen the writing on the wall and they know that they’re economy and currency are in serious trouble.

CNS News | The average price of a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high.

AP | Shops selling a broad range of items were reporting record sales.

Zero Hedge | “global banks are curtailing the flow of cash to Russian entities, a response to the ruble’s sharpest selloff since the 1998 financial crisis.”

CNS News | One in five young adults – ages 18 to 34 years old – live in poverty, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Bloomberg | China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries fell to a 20-month low in October, as yuan appreciation indicated less of an impetus to buy the government securities.

NY Times | A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital.

Zero Hedge | This decision was driven by the need to limit significantly increased in recent devaluation and inflation risks.

Financial Times | Around 80 per cent of that spending on the Afghanistan conflict has taken place during the presidency of Barack Obama.

Martin Armstrong | Believe it or not, Citigroup announced on Friday that it would move its headquarters from New York to the actual U.S. Capitol Building.

Zero Hedge | In space, no one can hear you scream… unless you happen to be Venezuela’s (soon to be former) leader Nicolas Maduro.

New American | As crude oil prices continue their breath-taking fall, the ripple effect is beginning to reach far beyond the gas pump.

Michael Snyder | Is this the start of the next major financial crisis?

Ellen Brown | Where did the FSB get these sweeping powers, and is its mandate legally enforceable?

Charles Hugh Smith | The drop in oil revenues has triggered a self-reinforcing feedback dynamic.

Mac Slavo | Many Wall Street bankers would do anything – literally anything – to make money.

Paul Joseph Watson | Forecaster says feds preparing for crisis.

Reuters | Improved prospects for jobs and wages and on lower gasoline prices.

Reuters | Oil fell to fresh lows not seen since July 2009.

Kurt Nimmo | Preparation for the next bankster bailout.

London Guardian | Central bank appears powerless to lift gloom as sanctions and falling Brent crude push currency down 1.5% against dollar.

Mac Slavo | The $1.01 trillion spending bill being moving through Congress right now includes some new provisions that may come as a shock to millions of American pension holders.

CNS News | The U.S. Treasury continued to rake in tax dollars at a record rate in November.

Zero Hedge | For all the talk about the boost to the US economy, the bottom line is actually not all that exciting.

Zero Hedge | While on the one hand, Iceland’s decision to inch towards lifting its capital controls is a positive step, it appears what they give with one hand they are taking with another.

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