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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Friday, July 12, 2013

Confiscation of Retirement Accounts - Another Brick in the Wall / Politics / Banksters

By: Andy_Sutton

For the past few months we have been sounding the alarm both separately and collaboratively regarding the impending (although not necessarily imminent) looting of the Western financial system including bank accounts, public pension funds, and likely private retirement accounts to some extent. With regard to the bail-in doctrine now in place in much of the rest of the world, it appears as though Australia is jumping on board as well - as part of the 2013-2014 government budget no less. Details are still sketchy, but we’ll analyze what we have so far.

We remain absolutely convinced that a minimum of 95% of the people will do absolutely nothing. Most of them will not become familiar with the term ‘bail-in’ until it is already too late. We can’t do a thing about that. What is most depressing is that of the numerous people we have talked to who actually understand what is going on, the vast majority of them have also done nothing. Now is not the time to have that deer in the headlights, over analysis paralysis mindset.

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Politics

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bernanke Is Losing Control of the Fed and the Markets / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Graham_Summers

Ben Bernanke has lost any last shred of credibility he might have had.

The Fed no longer believes in QE. And for good reason. We’ve seen QE 1,2,3,& 4 and yet we’ve not seen any meaningful uptick in employment or GDP growth. Indeed, since Bernanke took the reins at the Fed we’ve not seen a single year of 3+% GDP growth.

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Politics

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Why’s There So Much Dissension Inside the Fed? / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Money_Morning

Gary Gately writes: There's considerable dissension within the ranks at the Federal Reserve, with many of Chairman Ben Bernanke's colleagues saying the Fed's monthly purchase of $85 billion in bonds should end by late this year.

"About half" of 19 Fed members "indicated that it likely would be appropriate to end asset purchases later this year," according to minutes of the June Fed policy-making committee meeting, released Wednesday.

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Politics

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Should Larry Summers Replace Bernanke at the Fed? / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Money_Morning

Garrett Baldwin writes:Just this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that former Treasury Secretary and Harvard President Larry Summers is "hell-bent" on becoming the next U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman.

The more important issue, however, is whether Americans should want Summers involved in such a prominent role in the global economy.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Snowden and the NSA Scandal, The Ethics of Whistleblowing / Politics / Intelligence Agencies

By: MISES

Ben O'Neill writes: Recent revelations about the extent and details of the massive NSA surveillance program have been made possible mostly by the actions of a single whistleblower, Edward Snowden, presently in hiding from the wrath of the US government, whose shameful and frightening secrets he has now made public knowledge. Despite repeated denials by its officials, it is now evident that the NSA runs a data-collection and spying network which collects masses of data on the private communications of non-US citizens, and some private communications on US citizens. It does so without requirement for any individual warrants for its targets, and without requirement for any probable cause with respect to any of the individuals whose communications are collected. Instead, the entire program operates under a broad procedure-based warrant system, whereby a special clandestine court hears submissions from the government in secret and then dutifully approves general procedures for mass surveillance, without any adversarial argument being raised by any other party. The warrants allow mass surveillance and storage of data at the discretion of NSA analysts, and these warrants are clearly at odds with the principle of eschewing unreasonable searches.[1]

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Politics

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Obama's Global Warming Turns To Swarming / Politics / Climate Change

By: Andrew_McKillop

WE NEED TO ACT
President Obama's June 25 speech at Georgetown University announcing his climate-energy action plan was rich in national and religious symbols. He told the listeners how in 1968 the American astronauts of Apollo 8 did a live broadcast from lunar orbit. Obama said: “They described what they saw, and they read Scripture from the Book of Genesis to the rest of us back here”.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Latest Obama Outrage: More People on Food Stamps Than Working Full Time / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_Morning

Frank Marchant writes: This Obama economy has soup lines as far as the eye can see. It also appears that many could easily be standing in two, three or even four lines simultaneously!

There are 103.4 million people currently enrolled in any one of 15 subsidized federal food assistance programs. The most people in our nation's history.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Recent Trends in U.S. Birth Rate Spell Economic Trouble / Politics / Demographics

By: Money_Morning

Tara Clarke writes: A couple weeks ago I came across an interesting article by Lauren Sandler called "The Economic Reason for Having Just One Child."

Many American women who choose to stop at one child experience pressure - and even harsh, negative judgment - from others.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

How the US Uses Democracy as a Weapon / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Patrick J. Buchanan writes: Understandably, the Muslim Brotherhood is enraged.

Having won the presidency of Egypt in free and fair elections after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, President Mohammed Morsi has been ousted in a military coup and placed under house arrest. Brotherhood leaders, convicted of no crimes, are being rounded up.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Black Education Tragedy / Politics / Educating Children

By: LewRockwell

Walter E. Williams write: As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see. Some of that evidence unfolded when Zimmerman’s defense attorney asked 19-year-old Jeantel to read a letter that she allegedly had written to Trayvon Martin’s mother. She responded that she doesn’t read cursive, and that’s in addition to her poor grammar, syntax and communication skills.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

America’s Deep Political Crisis / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

America is in deep political crisis. Although the signs of it are abundant, the crisis is not widely recognized. When Americans finally do recognize the crisis, that is, if they recognize it and its causes, they will have not only to clean house but tear the house down and rebuild it. They will have to institute a new order. It will be best if it’s the old order of private property.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood’s Legacy: Controls, Shortages and Inflation / Politics / Middle East

By: Steve_H_Hanke

The Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi never had a credible plan for the Egyptian economy. Indeed, I doubt that the Brotherhood’s leaders know the meaning of the word “plan”. Over the past year, economic conditions in Egypt have gone from bad to worse. And, it seems Morsi’s brief tenure as president will likely be remembered largely for its shameful economic record – one marred by a decline in GDP growth, a reduction in foreign reserves, and a sharp increase in unemployment.

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Politics

Monday, July 08, 2013

G8 Plan to Invest in Africa Agriculture Smacks of Colonial Land Grab / Politics / Africa

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: A G8 initiative intended to get corporations to invest in Africa with the goal of alleviating hunger on that continent is - surprise, surprise - not working out as planned.

President Barack Obama launched the "New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition" in 2012 when the United States held the presidency of the G8 (the Group of Eight, a forum of eight of the world's major economies).

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Politics

Monday, July 08, 2013

Egypt Ousts Morsi: Another Sign of Emerging Market Woes / Politics / Emerging Markets

By: Money_Morning

Garrett Baldwin writes: As widespread unrest spreads across Egypt after the ousting of President Morsi, investors need to be wary of a growing trend affecting broader emerging markets.

Much of the unrest around the world is caused by one thing: Uprisings against governments and their inabilities to provide basic services to citizens with rising income levels.

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Politics

Monday, July 08, 2013

The Problem with Market Regulation / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Alasdair_Macleod

It is seems to be universally agreed that regulation is a good thing, ensuring that people are treated fairly by unscrupulous businesses. Regulation is a vindication of state intervention and control. The alternative is seen as a free-market jungle full of hidden dangers and traps for the unwary and innocent.

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