Sunday, April 13, 2014

Michael Lewis Hits Back "Flash Boys": “This time I punched Wall Street in the balls”

  

  Michael Lewis has provided the brilliant account of the real life on the Wall Street in his "Flash Boys". The more presstidutes are bashing it, the more we like it. Everybody was "front run" on all accounts for years. All "conspiracy theories" are coming to the spotlight one by one now.

Jon Stewart And Matt Taibbi: Banksters, Presstitutes And Why Nobody Should Shed a Tear for JP Morgan Chase


"Matt Taibbi continues his brilliant work as one of the last real investigative journalists left at his best. Jon Stewart is on par translating the situation for those who has difficulties with concentration and reading. 
  We will ask our rhetorical question again: after LIBOR fraud, FOREX manipulations, Mortgage scam and Pension looting - Is The Gold Manipulation To Be Admitted Next?"


Greg Hunter: Dr Jim Willie - Dollar Mortally Wounded, Treasury Bond Toxic Paper And Gold


"Filter this interview with your own understanding of what is too far stretched and what has already happen. Jim Willie provides his Big Picture View, which definitely stimulates imagination. A lot of former conspiracy theories have happen to be true:Private FEDRigged LIBORManipulated FOREX, HFT, Manipulations in Gold and Silver. Some others will be coming into the spotlight from the heat of the Financial Wars played around Ukraine now."



Salon:


Michael Lewis hits back: “There’s been a lot of people mouthing off without actually thinking about the book”

The bestselling author explains the uproar caused by his new book: "This time I punched Wall Street in the balls"


 


Michael Lewis hits back: "There's been a lot of people mouthing off without actually thinking about the book"Michael Lewis (Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
Michael Lewis sits down for lunch at the Claremont Hotel in Oakland, Calif., looking like a man who is well-satisfied with the state of his current affairs. It’s easy to understand why. Lewis has an impressive publishing history, dating back to “Liar’s Poker” in 1989 and including “Moneyball,” “The Blind Side” and “The Big Short.” But right off the bat he tells me that that in its very first week, his new book, “Flash Boys,” has already sold more than 130,000 copies. That’s more than twice the sales, he says, of his previous high mark, “The Big Short.”
It’s the “biggest week in the history of my publishing firm,” he boasts.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Powered By Lithium: BMW i3 - First Drive, Test Drive and Review ILC.v TNR.v LIT


  Will BMW i3 be able to unlock the huge market for Electric Urban Mobility? Pricing point will be the most crucial consideration here. BMW has a few short years before Elon Musk will be bringing the competition heat with his Tesla Model E - 200 miles range and 35k dollars price-tag will be very tough to beat. China and India are destined for Electric Urban Mobility, but price and utility will be even more crucial in those markets.

Powered By Lithium: China Considers More Electric-Car Incentives TSLA ILC.v TNR.v KNDI BYDDY

"We can see more concrete steps implemented in China towards cleaner economy and electrification of transportation. New Energy Cars is one of the strategic industries and Chinese government provides full support to the domestic companies in order to secure strategic commodities like Lithium and technology for this transformation."

Strategic Partner, Ganfeng Lithium, Receives Approval to Purchase Interest in International Lithium's Mariana Brine Project, Argentina ILC.v TNR.v




International Lithium: Ganfeng Lithium Is Halted Pending Major Acquisition ILC.v TNR.v LIT TSLA KNDI

"We are following International Lithium here with its strategic partner from China Ganfeng Lithium. Elon Musk with his Tesla Gigafactory has brought a lot of attention to the Lithium strategic commodity story and Asian companies are coming into the spotlight as well now. LG Chem is talking about building major Lithium battery plant in China and Lithium Materials Industry is getting the green light from the Chinese government in its efforts to curb the horrible pollution.
"Kirill Klip, president of International Lithium (TSXV:ILC), views the announcement of Tesla’s Gigafactory as a “groundbreaking development.”
Tesla “brought attention to what Elon Musk has accomplished,” Klip told Lithium Investing News. “He showed to everyone that electric cars are not toys anymore — they are for real.”

International Lithium's Strategic Partner, Ganfeng Lithium, Takes Large Stake in Mariana and a $10 million Option on the Blackstairs Projects ILC.v TNR.v LIT

  "Mar 19, 2014 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Vancouver, B.C. / ACCESSWIRE / March - 2014 / International Lithium Corp. (the "Company" or "ILC") announces several major transactions with strategic partner GFL International Co., Ltd. ("Ganfeng Lithium" or "GFL")." 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Powered By Lithium: Audi And FAW To Launch A6 E-Tron In China $ILC.v $TNR.v $LIT $RM.v

  

  AutoBlogGreen reports that Audi is moving into China with its partner FAW to produce Plug-In Hybrids. We are not surprised as all Volkswagen Group is betting on China now in order to stage the come back in the Electric space. What will be the better place than the largest auto-market in the world?

Powered By Lithium: Volkswagen Could Build Plug-in Hybrids In China ILC.v TNR.v LIT BYDDY KNDI



  "Now Volkswagen joins Tesla Motors' Elon Musk with his dreams about the huge market share for Electric Cars in the largest auto market in the world in China. The largest number of the most populated and, unfortunately, most air polluted cities is situated in the same geographical place and Chinese   government has announced the war on pollution. Electric Cars and China are destined for each other. 
  This move from the largest European automaker shows that risk of losing their proprietary technology can not stop automakers from entry in the most lucrative market. China is ready for it and is building Vertically Integrated Lithium Battery Business and waiting for the access to the best latest Electric Cars technology. Electric Cars are benefiting from government incentives only if they are produced in China. Daimler was one of the first to show the way with its Denza  Electric Car - product of the J/V with BYD - Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Company. Lithium Materials producers are keeping ear close to the ground in China and ramping up its production facilities already now."

Strategic Partner, Ganfeng Lithium, Receives Approval to Purchase Interest in International Lithium's Mariana Brine Project, Argentina ILC.v TNR.v




International Lithium: Ganfeng Lithium Is Halted Pending Major Acquisition ILC.v TNR.v LIT TSLA KNDI

"We are following International Lithium here with its strategic partner from China Ganfeng Lithium. Elon Musk with his Tesla Gigafactory has brought a lot of attention to the Lithium strategic commodity story and Asian companies are coming into the spotlight as well now. LG Chem is talking about building major Lithium battery plant in China and Lithium Materials Industry is getting the green light from the Chinese government in its efforts to curb the horrible pollution.
"Kirill Klip, president of International Lithium (TSXV:ILC), views the announcement of Tesla’s Gigafactory as a “groundbreaking development.”
Tesla “brought attention to what Elon Musk has accomplished,” Klip told Lithium Investing News. “He showed to everyone that electric cars are not toys anymore — they are for real.”

International Lithium's Strategic Partner, Ganfeng Lithium, Takes Large Stake in Mariana and a $10 million Option on the Blackstairs Projects ILC.v TNR.v LIT

  "Mar 19, 2014 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Vancouver, B.C. / ACCESSWIRE / March - 2014 / International Lithium Corp. (the "Company" or "ILC") announces several major transactions with strategic partner GFL International Co., Ltd. ("Ganfeng Lithium" or "GFL")." 




AutoBlog Green:


"Audi and its Chinese joint-venture partner FAW have announced that they'll be building a production version of the Audi A6 E-Tron Concept, shown at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Based on the China-only long-wheelbase A6, the plug-in-hybrid model is being targeted specifically at the People's Republic.

Audi is promising a 50-kilometer (31-mile) electric range for the fuel-sipping sedan, although there are precious few details beyond that. We do know, though, that this will be a Chinese-built vehicle, with assembly slated for the FAW-Volkswagen joint-venture factory in Changchun. We presume we'll find out more when the Beijing Motor Show kicks off a few weeks from today.

"We are the market leader in China's premium segment and will continue systematically with the application of efficiency technologies. Audi is thus supporting the Chinese government's targets for the reduction of fuel consumption," said Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter, the president of Audi China.

Take a look below for the full press release from Audi and FAW."

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Path To Better Batteries - Mystery of Lithium Ion Batteries Solved ILC.v TNR.v LIT

  

  Mass market for Electric Cars is waiting for the improvement in the Lithium Technology for the batteries. Scientists are making regularly now new breakthroughs in understanding of nanotechnology and its applications for the different lithium battery chemistry. Tesla Gigafactory and LG Chem factory will provide the new testing grounds for the mass volume production of the lithium batteries. We have the convergence of new technology and its mass market application in the making, hopefully, we all as consumers will get the much better products to power our lives. 
  On the links below you can see the video explaining the Lithium Battery Technology and how it powers not only our mobile devices, power tools and Electric Cars, but Robots as well.


 "Robotics is getting more and more attention these days and it is important to study the very crucial element which make Robots autonomous - The Power Energy Systems. Lithium Technology has become the industry choice here as well as in Electric Car industry. Robots are advancing very fast now and they have the very distinctive military application among many others. 
  The security of supply of all strategic materials for mass production of Robots will be the very important element not only in a pure economical sense, but also in its core military meaning. Now we can put all the ongoing Financial Wars and Chinese state-level plans for the Lithium Industry into another perspective."

A $26 Billion Lithium Battery Market For Electric Cars Is Coming Soon TSLA ILC.v TNR.v LIT RM.v

 "26 Billion Lithium Battery market sounds quite impressive, but stakes are much higher in this game. On the chart below you can see the estimated Trillion dollar industries which are being disrupted by the Lithium Technology. China is moving very fast now to built its own Vertically Integrated Lithium Batteries Supply Chain."


Strategic Partner, Ganfeng Lithium, Receives Approval to Purchase Interest in International Lithium's Mariana Brine Project, Argentina ILC.v TNR.v



International Lithium: Ganfeng Lithium Is Halted Pending Major Acquisition ILC.v TNR.v LIT TSLA KNDI

"We are following International Lithium here with its strategic partner from China Ganfeng Lithium. Elon Musk with his Tesla Gigafactory has brought a lot of attention to the Lithium strategic commodity story and Asian companies are coming into the spotlight as well now. LG Chem is talking about building major Lithium battery plant in China and Lithium Materials Industry is getting the green light from the Chinese government in its efforts to curb the horrible pollution.


Scientific American:

Mystery of Lithium Ion Batteries Solved


In the push for batteries that store more energy and cost less, many researchers are chasing diminishing performance returns with exotic materials and chemistries, including lithium air, liquid metal and molten salt.
One of the problems is that scientists are still grappling with the fundamental physics behind batteries and are finding out that in some instances, they've been going about it all wrong.
Last week, in the journal Nature Communications, researchers outlined a new understanding of how energy moves within certain types of electrodes in cells, overturning the conventional wisdom that has reigned for more than 80 years.
Until recently, researchers modeled how electrons moved in cathodes and anodes using the Butler-Volmer equation, which describes how electrical currents respond to electrical potentials. Chemist Max Volmer described this relationship in 1930, building on work from chemist John Alfred Valentine Butler based on empirical measurements.
Experiments around the time confirmed these results, but as researchers devised new types of batteries and developed better testing instruments, the model started breaking down.
A glitch 2,000 papers missed?
Peng Bai, a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-author, said this idea piqued his interest when he came across a Japanese experiment on lithium iron phosphate cells. "The traditional Butler-Volmer equation did not fit [those] data," he said.
It was surprising that scientists didn't fully understand lithium iron phosphate's behavior, given its prevalence. "It's widely used in commercial batteries," Bai said. "This material has been investigated by more than 2,000 papers."
Many past studies assumed that a lithium iron phosphate battery's performance depends on how fast lithium ions can move between the liquid electrolyte and the solid electrode. Bai and his adviser, MIT chemical engineering professor Martin Bazant, tested this with a cell that used a porous electrode with a carbon coating.
Analyzing its performance, the researchers found that the Butler-Volmer equation didn't fit the results well, but another model, the Marcus-Hush-Chidsey theory, matched the energy output. The theory governs how electrons move at the atomic level. In this case, it means that how fast electrons move between the porous electrode and its carbon coating is the main limiting factor in the cell's performance. Lithium ion movement, by contrast, is too fast to play a major role in the battery's performance.
The two models stood apart especially at the edges of the cell's performance. "The difference is really at the high-voltage regime," Bai said. "In my paper, the difference kicks in at voltages larger than 100 millivolts."
The path to better batteries
Researchers will therefore have to include electron transfer rates in their models for batteries or else real-world performance won't line up with simulations. The findings also open up new paths for optimizing battery performance such as using nanoparticle structures.
Rudolph Marcus, a chemistry professor at the California Institute of Technology who was not involved in this research, described the report as "a big step forward, especially for nanotechnology."
Marcus' work on electron transfer reactions, which earned him the 1992 Nobel Prize in chemistry, formed the basis for the mechanisms outlined in Bai's study. Understanding the fundamentals better could one day unlock major performance gains in batteries, according to Marcus. This would enable a suite of clean technologies from grid batteries to smooth out power variations from wind turbines and solar panels to zero-emissions vehicles.
The approach now is to examine every step in a cell's operation. "When it comes down to details for individual steps, individual processes, there is always room for improvement," Marcus said."
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Peter Schiff: Weak Jobs Report, Weather, US Dollar And Gold MUX TNR.v GLD GDX


  US Dollar has dived again below 80.00 level and closed today at 79.76. A lot of hot plays in NASDAQ in 2013 are in the official bear market now sliding more than 20% from the top. Gold has regained the $1,300 level and closed today at $1,308 with the intraday high of $1,315. Levitation in the markets will be very difficult to create now as the housing market is in a very real slowdown already vs a lot of estimated growth rates totally disconnected from economic reality.
  "Sale In May And Go Away" has already started in April,  while heads on Bubble TV are screaming that it is the buying opportunity and read the Flash Boys by Michael Lewis to understand how you have been "front run" in every markets for years by The Wall Street Insiders.


WEB Bubble 2.0 Bursting, NASDAQ Meltdown And Gold TNR.v ILC.v MUX GDX GLD QQQ DIA SPY

  "WEB Bubble 2.0 is bursting and SOCL - Social Media ETF on the chart above is the very good representation of what is happening with the hot plays of 2013. SOCL ETF is just a notch away from the official bear market with 19.4% decline from its top so far. As we have noted before, the hot IPO market is another sign of the important top in the equity markets, when insiders are selling out at the valuations totally disconnected from the real underlining economic situation." 

Russia should switch to ruble payments with all trading partners - head of VTB Bank


Gold Surges As US Dollar Exit Begins: Russia Largest Bank Halts Foreign Currency Loans MUX TNR.v GLD GDX


 "CS. It did not take long for Putin to start its retaliation against the sanctions and excuse was presented by JP Morgan's block of some payments on the grounds that Bank Rossii was involved in transaction. Bank Rossii was on the list of sanctions and even its issued international credit cards were declined after that. Mr Putin said that he will open his personal account in that bank and now it became really personal. We are not judging who is right in all this mess created by CIA vs KGB 2014 War Games, but ultimately aimed to push China from its path of Dangerously Fast Rising Into Power by all means possible including the last asset of the Falling Empire - Military Industrial Complex. We are just observing the outcome. More."

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Greg Hunter: Dr Jim Willie - Dollar Mortally Wounded, Treasury Bond Toxic Paper And Gold


  Filter this interview with your own understanding of what is too far stretched and what has already happen. Jim Willie provides his Big Picture View, which definitely stimulates imagination. A lot of former conspiracy theories have happen to be true: Private FED, Rigged LIBOR, Manipulated FOREX, HFT, Manipulations in Gold and Silver. Some others will be coming into the spotlight from the heat of the Financial Wars played around Ukraine now.


WEB Bubble 2.0 Bursting, NASDAQ Meltdown And Gold TNR.v ILC.v MUX GDX GLD QQQ DIA SPY

  "WEB Bubble 2.0 is bursting and SOCL - Social Media ETF on the chart above is the very good representation of what is happening with the hot plays of 2013. SOCL ETF is just a notch away from the official bear market with 19.4% decline from its top so far. As we have noted before, the hot IPO market is another sign of the important top in the equity markets, when insiders are selling out at the valuations totally disconnected from the real underlining economic situation." 


Russia should switch to ruble payments with all trading partners - head of VTB Bank


Gold Surges As US Dollar Exit Begins: Russia Largest Bank Halts Foreign Currency Loans MUX TNR.v GLD GDX

 "CS. It did not take long for Putin to start its retaliation against the sanctions and excuse was presented by JP Morgan's block of some payments on the grounds that Bank Rossii was involved in transaction. Bank Rossii was on the list of sanctions and even its issued international credit cards were declined after that. Mr Putin said that he will open his personal account in that bank and now it became really personal. We are not judging who is right in all this mess created by CIA vs KGB 2014 War Games, but ultimately aimed to push China from its path of Dangerously Fast Rising Into Power by all means possible including the last asset of the Falling Empire - Military Industrial Complex. We are just observing the outcome. 
  For us this action from Russian Largest Bank is the sign of US Dollar Exit flashing Red to everybody who is watching. Any Exit will not be even contemplated without China supporting it - we guess some arrangements are in place already. Putin is looking to reallocated Russian Oil and Gas, Metals and Agricultural Commodities towards Asia: China and India particularly.
  So far China was benefiting from all these Ukraine games by playing "The Smart Monkey Watching Two Tigers' Fight": by abstaining in UN's vote, but treating Michelle Obama during her "family visit" at the highest level at the same time. China is more than happy to buy Copper and Copper projects at the lower priceChinese are buying the record amount of Gold and now will have the upper hand on pricing in the ongoing long negotiations on Oil and Gas supply to China, which are reported to be concluded in May. 
  Next moves will be very interesting to say at least. Western Equity markets are levitating without any reflection of reality of the underlining economy and all it takes now to bring these Currency Wars to the next level  is for Putin to announce that All Russian Commodities will be traded Not In US Dollars and any pricing and transactions in US Dollar will be prohibited by Russian Central Bank. Next move could be the pricing and transactions in Gold based currency which is so well explained by James Rickards. 
  Russia has already announced the creation of its own payment system not depending on the western financial institutions. White House Hawks are better take notice now as their push to isolate Russia can succeed and Russia can take into "isolation" China, India and other BRICS Club countries with a good half of the world population. Wall Street can survive for a while rigging what is left from the financial markets, but once all Cloud and Mobile Games IPO will be sold to Muppets people will be asking for Food on the streets. As for the "Isolated" - just check your iPhone. Was it Made in China - we guess? The Isolated Club will have all commodities and technology available to prosper. Who will be left behind in the end?"

How China Fooled The World ... And Will Do It Again.

"This documentary brings the very important perspective to the China's economic miracle. We do agree that Collapse of China will be nothing less spectacular than its Rise, but will it ever happen? Nobody questions that the growth above 10% is unsustainable, but will anything "less amazing" like 7.0% -7.5% will Crash China? Western media would like us all to believe so. We are not convinced. Timing is very suspicious. West is desperate for another War, for anything to fight for ... with its last Empire attribute left - The Military Industrial Complex. Whether it is Syria, Ukraine or even China does not really matter. Whatever it takes to keep the party going."

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Powered By Lithium: Volkswagen Could Build Plug-in Hybrids In China ILC.v TNR.v LIT BYDDY KNDI

  

  Now Volkswagen joins Tesla Motors' Elon Musk with his dreams about the huge market share for Electric Cars in the largest auto market in the world in China. The largest number of the most populated and, unfortunately, most air polluted cities is situated in the same geographical place and Chinese   government has announced the war on pollution. Electric Cars and China are destined for each other. 
  This move from the largest European automaker shows that risk of losing their proprietary technology can not stop automakers from entry in the most lucrative market. China is ready for it and is building Vertically Integrated Lithium Battery Business and waiting for the access to the best latest Electric Cars technology. Electric Cars are benefiting from government incentives only if they are produced in China. Daimler was one of the first to show the way with its Denza  Electric Car - product of the J/V with BYD - Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Company. Lithium Materials producers are keeping ear close to the ground in China and ramping up its production facilities already now.

Strategic Partner, Ganfeng Lithium, Receives Approval to Purchase Interest in International Lithium's Mariana Brine Project, Argentina ILC.v TNR.v




International Lithium: Ganfeng Lithium Is Halted Pending Major Acquisition ILC.v TNR.v LIT TSLA KNDI

"We are following International Lithium here with its strategic partner from China Ganfeng Lithium. Elon Musk with his Tesla Gigafactory has brought a lot of attention to the Lithium strategic commodity story and Asian companies are coming into the spotlight as well now. LG Chem is talking about building major Lithium battery plant in China and Lithium Materials Industry is getting the green light from the Chinese government in its efforts to curb the horrible pollution.
"Kirill Klip, president of International Lithium (TSXV:ILC), views the announcement of Tesla’s Gigafactory as a “groundbreaking development.”
Tesla “brought attention to what Elon Musk has accomplished,” Klip told Lithium Investing News. “He showed to everyone that electric cars are not toys anymore — they are for real.”

International Lithium's Strategic Partner, Ganfeng Lithium, Takes Large Stake in Mariana and a $10 million Option on the Blackstairs Projects ILC.v TNR.v LIT

  "Mar 19, 2014 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Vancouver, B.C. / ACCESSWIRE / March - 2014 / International Lithium Corp. (the "Company" or "ILC") announces several major transactions with strategic partner GFL International Co., Ltd. ("Ganfeng Lithium" or "GFL")." 


AutoBlogGreen:

Volkswagen Could Build Plug-in Hybrids In China

When you're Europe's largest automaker and your largest global market happens to be the one most notorious for its pollution (China), some solutions just present themselves. Volkswagen may be heeding that call. During the upcoming Beijing Motor Show, the company is expected to announce plans to produce plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in ChinaReuters says, citing sources within the company.

Few details have emerged, though the plug-ins will likely be produced at VW's Foshan factory in South China, which currently makes the Golf and Audi A3 and has plans to eventually make 600,000 vehicles annually. News has been percolating for a while, as Oliver Schmidt, general manager engineering and environmental office for Volkswagen Group of America, said last March that the company was planning at least two plug-in hybrid lines under the VW badge (and another three with its Audi and Porsche affiliates), including possibly a Touareg and Jetta PHEV. VW said late last month that it was looking to speed up development of "particularly eco-friendly models" made by Shanghai Volkswagen as well as developing a "new, very eco-friendly vehicle" with First Automotive Works (FAW).

Earlier this year, VW unveiled its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show. That model has a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to provide 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The car can travel as many as 81 miles on electric power alone."

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