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Politics

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pope Bashing Media Blitz "Proves All Is Well" / Politics / Religion

By: Andrew_McKillop

EVERY DAY THE DOW HITS RECORD HIGHS
Of course soaring equity indices are nothing to do with the real economy - only the naive would (or could) imagine the opposite. However, one direct spinoff is Pope bashing. The new Pope's primal error was to almost say outright that mass poverty can be linked with the greedy rich and their casino economy. Rapidly, Pope bashing has become "de rigeur" in official government friendly media.

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Politics

Friday, March 15, 2013

Darwin And The Crisis Of Christianity / Politics / Religion

By: Andrew_McKillop

THE PRIMAL SOUP
In the primal soup of our ex-democracies in meltdown, as we thrill to one petty demagogue after the other, the 'recourse to religion' is surely making a comeback.  This will also bring back the 160-year-old crisis of Christian, Juadaic and Islamic doctrine set by the theory of evolution. Darwinist defenders of "large scale abiogenesis-based evolution" present things as follows. Four and a half billion years ago our young planet's naked land masses were almost completely engulfed by shallow primordial seas, their waters formed by inorganic atmospheric and volcanic-tectonic chemical processes.  Powerful winds gathered random molecules from the atmosphere and some were deposited in the seas. Tides and currents thrust the molecules together.  Then, somewhere in this ancient shallow ocean or at its edges the miracle of life began. The first organized form of primitive life was a tiny protozoan one-celled animal. Billions of protozoa soon populated the ancient seas and were completely self-sufficient in their sea-water world, feeding on bacteria and other organisms, which had also miraculously been formed. Much later on, life in the seas spread to the land and to the air.

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Politics

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Great Society is Dead / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_T_Bucci

The complicity by both US political parties in a collaborative zeal to gut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is now "on the table" for all to view after each group unveiled their budget plans during the week of March 11. As a senior citizen, once an executive making three figures per hour and now living below the poverty line, constricted by multiple sclerosis in a US state run by a Tea Party Express Governor, Mr. "X" says he feels like someone living on death row.

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Politics

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Greek's Radical Left: The Dangers of the Disaffected and the Unemployed / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: STRATFOR

In last week's Geopolitical Weekly, George Friedman discussed how the global financial crisis has caused a global unemployment crisis and how Europe has become the epicenter of that crisis. He also noted that rampant unemployment will give way to a political crisis as austerity measures galvanize radical political parties opposed to the status quo.

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Politics

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pope Francis And Global Poverty / Politics / Religion

By: Andrew_McKillop

CONSPIRACY THEORISTS SAY
The new Pope wafts in on a magic carpet of Oppression theology, not Liberation theology: Pope Francis will tell the people to accept poverty, distribute poverty, tone it down a little, tuck it under the carpet. Keep the party going - for the rich.

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Politics

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Pope, Old Doctrine, Can the God Gene Survive Revelations of the Secret of Life? / Politics / Religion

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Black / White Smoke Monster spoke and the next Pope was anointed as Gods representative on Earth (for Catholics).

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Politics

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Greece Gathering Political and Social Storm Threatens Europe and America / Politics / Global Debt Crisis 2013

By: EWI

The similarities between Greece and pre-WWII Germany are striking.

  • Nazi salutes.
  • Praise for Adolf Hitler.
  • Swastika-like banners.
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Politics

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Venezuela: On the Death of Chávez and the Ailing Bolivar / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Steve_H_Hanke

Although Hugo Chávez, the socialist presidente of Venezuela, has finally met his maker, the grim reaper is still lingering in Caracas. As it turns out, Chávez was not the only important Venezuelan whose health began to fail in recent weeks. The country's currency, the Venezuelan bolivar fuerte (VEF) may soon need to be put on life support. Indeed, in the past month the bolivar has lost 21.72 percent of its value against the greenback on the black market (read: free market).

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Politics

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

EU Passes Law Forcing Countries to Take Bailout; Spain First Target? / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Shedlock

Want a bailout? Need a bailout? Actually, it does not matter what your country wants or needs.

By a 526 to 86 vote, the nannycrats in Brussels just passed a regulation that will require a country to accept a bailout if offered.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Americans Can't Afford the Future - Unemployment, Taxes and Unfunded Retirement are Squeezing Generation's / Politics / Social Issues

By: Submissions

Adam Taggart writes: The American spirit is rooted in the belief of a better tomorrow. Its success has been due to generations of men and women who toiled, through both hardship and boom times, to make that dream a reality.

But at some point over the past several decades, that hope for a better tomorrow became an expectation. Or perhaps a perceived entitlement is more accurate.

It became assumed that the future would be more prosperous than today, irrespective of the actual steps being taken in the here and now.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

SMI Labour Benefit's Culture Catastrophe - Come to Britain and We Will Pay Your Mortgage! / Politics / UK Politics

By: Nadeem_Walayat

You want a FREE £200k+ House? Then come to Britain, and we will give this and much more, only thing you need to do in return is to vote Labour. Britain continues to suffer the consequences of rampant Labour government bribery of the electorate in terms of expanding the width and breadth of the benefits culture that has resulted in enticing approx 1/5th of those of working age that could work ( 8 million) to instead park themselves onto benefits for life where the name of the game is how to maximise benefit receipts rather than engage in productive activity.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fed's Bubbles to Slaughter Middle Class / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Michael_Pento

When central bankers dedicate their existence to re-inflating asset bubbles, it shouldn't at all be a surprise to investors that they eventually achieve success. Ben Bernanke has aggressively attempted to prop up the real estate and equity markets since 2008. His efforts to increase the broader money supply and create inflation have finally supported home prices, sent the Dow Jones Industrial average to a record nominal high and propelled the bond bubble to dizzying heights.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

An Orwellian America, Unsound Money Leads To Statism / Politics / US Politics

By: Gordon_T_Long

Macro Insights - March 2013

As a young man, I voraciously read George Orwell's "1984", Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" and Alvin Toffler's trilogy which included "Future Shock", "The Third Wave" and "Power Shift". During the era of the Vietnam War, I wondered seriously about the future and how it was destined to unfold. Now being considerably older, I have the vantage point to reflect back on my early ruminations and expectations. Unfortunately, I am too old to alter the lessons that are now so painfully obvious. Instead, I pass the gauntlet to those who can understand and take action on what I have unavoidably come to expect for America.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

North Korea's Strategy - Ferocious, Weak and Crazy / Politics / North Korea

By: STRATFOR

On Jan. 29, I wrote a piece that described North Korea's strategy as a combination of ferocious, weak and crazy. In the weeks since then, three events have exemplified each facet of that strategy. Pyongyang showed its ferocity Feb. 12, when it detonated a nuclear device underground. The country's only significant ally, China, voted against Pyongyang in the U.N. Security Council on March 7, demonstrating North Korea's weakness. Finally, Pyongyang announced it would suspend the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953, implying that that war would resume and that U.S. cities would be turned into "seas of fire." To me, that fulfills the crazy element.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Economic Zombie Apocalypse, End of Civilisation is Here! / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Gary Gibson writes: The end of civilization is already here. Most of humanity has been turned into an unthinking mass of economic zombies that are looking to feast on the still living flesh of the few survivors. This may explain the increasing popularity or obsession with all things zombie. From fiction to pub crawls, the zombie apocalypse seems to be on a lot of minds, probably as an unconcious manifestation of economic reality.

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