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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Professors and Grade Inflation - ‘A’ is for Average / Politics / Education

By: Walter_Brasch

About 1.8 million students will graduate from college this year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. At least one-third of them will graduate with honors. In some colleges, about half will be honor graduates.

It’s not that the current crop is that bright, it’s that honors is determined by grade point average. Because of runaway grade inflation, the average grade in college is now an “A.” About 43 percent of all college grades are “A”s, according to a recent study by Stuart Rojstaczer and Christopher Healy, and published in the prestigious Teachers College Record. About three-fourths of all grades are “A”s or “B”s.

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Politics

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Government Crooks Responsible for the Greatest Wealth Transfer in History / Politics / Inflation

By: Bill_Bonner

Last night, six of us went out to dinner at one of the nicest restaurants in Salta. We ordered two bottles of good Laborum cabernet sauvignon. We had beefsteaks, dessert and coffee. The bill came to 1,058 Argentine pesos (about $200).

Was that a lot... or a little?

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Politics

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Al-Qaida Myth, the Gangland-style Execution of a Retired Bin Laden / Politics / War on Terror

By: LewRockwell

Two years ago this week, US special forces shot and killed Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted man.

American TV is filled with chest-thumping and flag-waving about how bin Laden was hunted down and executed. For most Americans, bin Laden was the acme of evil and author of the 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 people. Good riddance.

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Politics

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Down With Plato and Rousseau, Up with Robert Nisbet / Politics / Social Issues

By: Gary_North

Is civil government the only true government? Does it alone possess legitimate sovereignty? Defenders of the modern state insist that this is the case, and that it should be the case.

Robert Nisbet, as a sociologist, looked to social organizations as the source of political tradition. He explained the rise of the modern state in terms of series of conflicts between the national civil government and other institutions inside its geographical territory. He saw the rise of the modern state in terms of the state's claims of sovereignty, a sovereignty which is it refused to share with other institutions. These other institutions had possessed limited sovereignty. He also explained the rise of classical Athens in terms of this insistence on state sovereignty. He explained the Roman Empire under Augustus and later emperors in terms of this quest for unitary state sovereignty: a war-state.

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Politics

Saturday, May 04, 2013

The US Fed's May Day Riot / Politics / Central Banks

By: Adrian_Ash

Oh the people's flag is deepest red, just like the government's budget...

AS MAY DAY protests go, the US central bank's looked pretty tame on Wednesday.

Athens' strikers burnt a giant picture of Angela Merkel dressed as Hitler. Students in Washington threw bags of urine at each other. Protesters in Madrid waved flags shouting that "Austerity ruins & kills", while Turkish police broke up an illegal demo with tear gas and water cannon.

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Politics

Friday, May 03, 2013

Income Inequality - Richer Than You / Politics / Social Issues

By: Richard_Mills

Income inequality in Canada and the United States is on the rise. Read on to learn the real reason why…

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) analysis of income inequality data shows the richest one percent of Canadians make $180,000 more today - adjusted for inflation - than they did in 1982.

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Politics

Friday, May 03, 2013

The Fed Plays Pass the Parcel, Blames Congress for Lousy U.S. Economy / Politics / Central Banks

By: Money_Morning

Diane Alter writes: The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting concluded today (Wednesday) with one clear message to Washington: Thanks for the lousy economy.

Central bank members cited only "moderate" expansion in economic activity and a slow improvement in the stubbornly high unemployment level.

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Politics

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Check Out Who's Hiding $32 Trillion in Offshore Tax Haven Accounts / Politics / Taxes

By: Money_Morning

More than two million emails that shed light on the biggest tax dodge in history - trillions of dollars hidden in offshore accounts - have been uncovered by the British newspaper The Guardian and the Washington, D.C.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Some $32 trillion has been hidden in small island banking hubs which host a bevy of trust funds, shell corporations and other tax havens, the Tax Justice Network estimates.

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Politics

Thursday, May 02, 2013

How the U.S. Government Destroyed the American Economy / Politics / US Economy

By: Bill_Bonner

US stocks are turning down this morning, following news that private-sector job growth in the US slowed the most in seven months.

We've already recommended you exit US stocks and buy gold on the dips.

Nothing has changed our view... So we'll get back to where we left off yesterday – making camp for the night after a long horse trek into the distant reaches of our remote Argentine ranch...

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Politics

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

A Lost Battle : Wall Street Vs. The Real Economy / Politics / Credit Crisis 2013

By: Akhil_Khanna


Wall Street

The following activities of the worldwide financial institutions, motivated by the sole motive of maximizing profits, created the biggest financial bubble in the history of the world :

  • Lending money to borrowers (individuals, corporates and governments) who had insufficient income or assets to pay off the loans undertaken.
  • Engaged in and encouraged massive speculation in the currencies, bonds, equity and commodities exchanges.
  • Use of leverage in the form of Derivatives and High Frequency Trading to game the process of price fixing on electronic exchanges.
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Politics

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Europe's New Look Economic Austerity / Politics / Economic Austerity

By: Andrew_McKillop

WRONG WAY BET
Defended on French TV channel BFM in an evening marathon looking at Francois Hollande's first year of power, April 29, by his Economy minister and other "party heavyweights" with a lackluster crop of one-liners, viewers saw recent opinion polls asking if French voters would vote again for Hollande, if an election was held today.

Roughly 19% said they would, and 64% said they would vote for Sarkozy if he stood again. Street interviews with average persons, one after another, said they voted the wrong way in 2012.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Redlines and the Problems of U.S. Military Intervention in Syria / Politics / Middle East

By: STRATFOR

The civil war in Syria, one of the few lasting legacies of the Arab Spring, has been under way for more than two years. There has been substantial outside intervention in the war. The Iranians in particular, and the Russians to a lesser extent, have supported the Alawites under Bashar al Assad. The Saudis and some of the Gulf States have supported the Sunni insurgents in various ways. The Americans, Europeans and Israelis, however, have for the most part avoided involvement.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bangladesh Clothing Factory Collapse Tragedy Exposes Real Cost of Corporate Greed / Politics / Social Issues

By: Money_Morning

Greg Madison writes: We've known for a long time that the things that fuel our lifestyles can come from some pretty ugly places.

The coltan that's used in our mobile phones and entertainment systems is mostly mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where millions have died in what's been called "Africa's World War." The United Nations has reported that warlords, guilty of numerous crimes against humanity, vie for control of coltan production while enslaving and killing thousands.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Unburnable Carbon Bubbles / Politics / Climate Change

By: Raul_I_Meijer

A report came out in Britain 10 days ago that deserves more attention than it got. If only because it uses the great term "unburnable carbon", great even before it's defined. It makes me ponder the popular and somewhat crazy claims about shale and fracking leading to US energy independence, the holy grail du jour.

It promises much vaunted freedom from outsiders, but what exactly does it consist of? Does it mean the ability to burn ever more carbon-based energy sources without having to buy them abroad? And does "abroad" include Canada, or do we think of this as an "energy Nafta"? Guys, if you would just waste a bit less of the stuff, you'd have been energy independent ages ago without having to inject tons of toxic concoctions into your land. What on earth are you thinking?

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Politics

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Strange History Of Global Warming Fear / Politics / Climate Change

By: Andrew_McKillop

START WITH GLOBAL COOLING FEAR
By the 1830s the science now called "glaciology" was emerging. Swiss and French scientists studying Alpine glacier advance and retreat had pieced together data on historical, meteorological, economic and agricultural changes in the Alpine region and constructed models for glacier advance and retreat that were unsettling to established scientific opinion. In particular the also-emerging science of what is now called "geology" was dominated at the time by the views of the "father of modern geology", the British scientist James Hutton, who was opposed to glaciology from the start.

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Politics

Monday, April 29, 2013

Proof That Washington Hates America / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: Politics as usual has always been hard on the American people, but with the sequester, Washington has crossed the line this time.

All the sequester craziness has proven that our elected officials are not only inept, selfish, money-squandering bozos - they're also willing to actually inflict harm on the American people for political gain.

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Politics

Monday, April 29, 2013

Obama Turns America’s Retirement Dreams into Nightmares / Politics / Pensions & Retirement

By: Money_Morning

Keith Fitz-Gerald writes: If you think the U.S. government will not - or cannot - seize your money the way the government in Cyprus is doing, check out page 18 of the President's Proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget of the U.S. Government.

That's exactly what he intends to do.

Not years from now. Not decades from now.

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Politics

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ron Paul - Why Liberty Was Also Attacked in Boston / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Forced lockdown of a city. Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down.

These were not the scenes from a military coup in a far off banana republic, but rather the scenes just over a week ago in Boston as the United States got a taste of martial law. The ostensible reason for the military-style takeover of parts of Boston was that the accused perpetrator of a horrific crime was on the loose. The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.

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Politics

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Economic Recovery - Who Won? The 93% or the 7%? Why? / Politics / Economic Recovery

By: Mike_Shedlock

Economic trends since 2009 show A Rise in Wealth for the Wealthy; Declines for the Lower 93%

During the first two years of the nation's economic recovery, the mean net worth of households in the upper 7% of the wealth distribution rose by an estimated 28%, while the mean net worth of households in the lower 93% dropped by 4%, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly released Census Bureau data.

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Politics

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Secretary General Ban Boosts Boom In Green Energy / Politics / Renewable Energy

By: Andrew_McKillop

WELCOME TO THE BUBBLE
Lord Stern, chairman of the London School of Economics' Grantham Research Institute said this month that some 60%-80% of oil, gas and coal reserves and resources owned by the world's major stock exchange listed energy and natural resource firms "need to be left in the ground if the world wants to tackle climate change". To be sure, the market value of these companies could fall by that amount, or more, due to their forward investment spending being based on increasing future output and sales.

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