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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Geopolitical Journey: Europe, the Glorious and the Banal / Politics / European Union

By: John_Mauldin

Standing at the edge of the old world and the beginning of the new one, at the tip of Portugal, Stratfor's George Friedman is moved by the exploits of 15th-century European explorers and dismayed by the present fear pervading the Continent that "any decisive action will tear the place apart."

Europeans wreaked much havoc as they spread throughout the world, but they also "left as [their] legacy something extraordinary: a world that knew itself and all of its parts." But now, George asks, with "the death of hubris and of risk-taking … what follows, what is left?" The Europeans are "now reduced to finding a way to resume the comforts of the unexceptional…. Europe has chosen comfort, and now has lost it. It sought transcendence and tore itself apart."

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Politics

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Why Obama's Syria 'Red' Line Turns Pink / Politics / US Politics

By: Patrick_Henningsen

Back in August 2012, things were a lot different in Washington DC and in the White House.

The Obama administration was brandishing a confident swagger back then, heading into the elections against a hobbling GOP opponent, and Benghazi had yet to unfold in all of its ugliness.

As Hillary Clinton was jetting around on the US State Department budget promoting her 'Friends of Syria' Middle East and European tours, and as the CIA were busy like bees working in the gray shadows of Benghazi, Washington and London were laying the groundwork for their new WMD case is Syria.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Benefits Cuts and Higher Taxes for Seniors in Obama Budget / Politics / Pensions & Retirement

By: Don_Miller

Some people claim that our Social Security system isn't broke. Technically, they're right. The Old Age andSurvivors Trust Fund (OASI) currently holds $2.5 trillion in special government Treasuries that can be redeemed at any time – in theory of course.

But here's the catch. What happens when the OASI needs those trillions of dollars to pay out benefits? Essentially, the government has to find the money to pay the face value of those Treasuries. So from that standpoint, Social Security is broke. The Treasury IOUs are not backed by any cash surplus, only by faith that the US government will somehow come up with the cash... probably by indebting itself further or by raising taxes.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

3D Printing, Bitcoin, the Digital Age Revolution Has Begun / Politics / Internet

By: Jeff_Berwick

Welcome to the official beginning of the digital age!

When I first heard that the Internet had finally come to fruition in 1994, I could hardly contain my excitement as I'd been waiting for it since I got my first computer in 1981. When I heard about the Internet 13 years later I didn't even know what anarchism really was or had heard the word libertarian, but I instinctively knew that most problems in the world could be solved if people would just have more of an ability to communicate and to get access to real information. Having grown up in Canada, I was certain that the government's Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was not giving me the full and truthful picture of the world!

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Politics

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ron Paul on What No One Wants to Hear About Benghazi / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Congressional hearings, White House damage control, endless op-eds, accusations, and defensive denials. Controversy over the events in Benghazi last September took center stage in Washington and elsewhere last week. However, the whole discussion is again more of a sideshow. Each side seeks to score political points instead of asking the real questions about the attack on the US facility, which resulted in the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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Politics

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Happy Green Planet, Why Has Global Warming Stopped? / Politics / Climate Change

By: Andrew_McKillop

Despite the propaganda, despite the outright hysteria drummed out by a large slice of the Global Warming Crisis Community, world average temperatures have not risen for over 10 years. Reading the politically correct press or watching government-friendly TV news you might not know it - but it is true. The global warming guru cartel of "warmist" well-paid talking heads has broken apart.

The guru talkers included Britain's Sir James Lovelock, who in 2006 screamed in the politically correct UK press that "Billions will die from global warming before the end of the century". The very same 'Jimbo' Lovelock, today, accuses the "warmists" of outright and shameful exaggeration.

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Politics

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Third World America / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Lendman

Center for Economic and Policy Research co-director Dean Baker calls poverty America's "new growth industry." The state of today's America is deplorable.

In his latest May 3 analysis, economist John Williams said "April "employment and unemployment data were nonsense: the economy remains in serious trouble."

About 23% of Americans wanting work can't find it. Most jobs are temp or part-time low pay/poor or no benefit service ones with no futures. Conditions are getting worse, not better.

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Politics

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Americans Increasingly Scared of the US Terror State / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

Daniel Patrick Welch writes: Syria, Libya and other US crimes invisible to financially scared Americans.

Watch Out, World! Even America’s Wealthy Are Losing Ground.

Cognitive dissonance among the US sub-elite means more war and death for everyone else.

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Politics

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Phony Economic Recovery / Politics / Economic Recovery

By: Bill_Bonner

Not much action following the new Dow high. Not much follow-through. But no big breakdown, either.

As near as we can tell, the Fed's EZ money has driven up stock prices. Investors expect more EZ money. So they think stocks will go up more.

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Politics

Friday, May 10, 2013

What the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Hopes You Will Never Find Out / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: Most Americans assume the U.S. Federal Reserve is a powerful government institution that seeks only to safeguard the dollar, boost the economy and drive employment higher.

That's what the Fed wants you to think.

The illusion of the Fed as a stabilizing, positive government entity has more or less existed since its creation under dubious circumstances in 1913.

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Politics

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Crash, Depression, Currency Wars . . . Trade Wars and then Real Wars - Video / Politics / New World Order

By: Videos

Trends researcher Gerald Celente predicts war in the Middle East. He says, “It is out of control. What are people waiting for – an Archduke Ferdinand moment?” Celente thinks Israel bombing Syria means World War 3 is on its way. The cycle leading to war started with the crash of 2008. Celente says, “Crash, depression, currency wars . . . trade wars and then real wars. That’s what we’re seeing again.”

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Politics

Thursday, May 09, 2013

America's Secret Government that Sows Evil Everywhere / Politics / US Politics

By: Bill_Bonner

US stocks continue to climb. The Dow has passed the 15,000 milestone. Gold, meanwhile, got smacked yesterday. It sank back to $1,448 per ounce.

What's ahead?

A mood of prophecy, perhaps brought on by a large helping of osso bucco from our local Italian restaurant, came over us last night. We looked into the future. And there we saw a grim world.

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Politics

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Japan's Secret Nuclear Weapons Program / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Global_Research

Peter Symonds writes: The Wall Street Journal published an article on May 1 entitled “Japan’s nuclear plan unsettles US.” It indicated concerns in Washington that the opening of a huge reprocessing plant could be used to stockpile plutonium for the future manufacture of nuclear weapons.

The Rokkasho reprocessing facility in northern Honshu can produce nine tonnes of weapons-grade plutonium annually, or enough to construct up to 2,000 bombs. While Japanese officials insist that the plutonium will be used solely to provide nuclear power, only two of the country’s 50 nuclear power reactors are currently operating.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Nigel Lawson Waits for Thatcher to Die Before Admitting He's Wrong on Europe / Politics / UK Politics

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Nigel Lawson who was an ardent pro-european tory both during Thatchers regime and for several decades afterwards, therefore his latest announcement that he would vote for Britain to leave the European Union in an referendum has come as bit of a bolt out of the blue, akin to Margaret Thatcher revealing that she was always a closet socialist.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Fed Greatest Lie Exposed - 50 Years of No Real Economic Progress / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Bill_Bonner

Public life bumbles along under a combination of false pretenses and self-imposed delusions.

At the start of last week, it was widely reported that US central bankers had gone as far as they were willing to go. There were voices in the Fed, said the news, urging caution. There would be no further monetary stimulus measures, said the commentators.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The New Untouchables of the 21st Century / Politics / Unemployment

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Throughout history and throughout the world, there have been classes of untouchables. Best known perhaps (other than Elliott Ness and Wall Street bankers) are the caste that goes by the name in South Asia, a.k.a. the Dalits, but there are/were also for instance the Cagots in France, the Burakumin in Japan, and the Roma and Jewish populations in medieval Europe though the Middle East. In the US, one could include the black and native populations. Wikipedia has this definition:

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Politics

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Handicapping the Potential Successors to Ben Bernanke / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Casey_Research

By Paul Brodsky

[Ed. note: This article originally appeared as a guest contribution in the "Midweek Matters" Casey Daily Dispatch.]

A couple of days after the Fed announced Ben Bernanke would not attend the Jackson Hole summit, for the first time in twenty five years, the New York Times (on the first page, no less) ran an in-depth profile of Janet Yellen, the heir apparent to run the Fed. Beneath her profile there were three other candidates "being discussed": Roger Ferguson, Tim Geithner, and Larry Summers.

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Politics

Monday, May 06, 2013

Human Liberty Is Doomed / Politics / Social Issues

By: BATR

Any discussion on liberty presupposes an understanding of human nature. Today, the utter confusion and distorted mindset of humankind, relegates animal instincts, as the premier motivation for salacious existence. The criteria for a cordial civilization have long been "consigned to the dustbins of history". Standards for civil and moral conduct are debased by a global disintegration to achieve the ‘good’ for the hunt of acting ‘nice’. Polite and pleasant facades are no substitute for truth and meaning. Yet, the heights of evil transactions seem to be hailed routinely, as the only achievement that power hungry sociopaths aspire to impose on the rest of the planet. Never-ending conflict is inherent in the human condition, while the state of liberty is unusual and resides within the character of the ethical spirit.

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Politics

Monday, May 06, 2013

Western Media Justifies Israel Terror Attacks on Syria Exposing Propaganda Hypocrisy / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Danny_Schechter

An Israeli plane bombs a target in Syria. The news is passed along first to Fox News, (huh?) by someone in the Administration.. It happened on a Thursday, but we find out about it late on Friday. The New York Times assigns three reporter to cover the story that goes up on the website in the middle of the morning on Saturday.

Earlier that day, President Obama, speaking in Costa Rica, said there will be no US ground troops on the ground in Syria. Now, the Administration says it is considering “military options.”

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Politics

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Politicians and Religions Spreading the Virus called Fear - Video / Politics / Propaganda

By: Submissions

Very few people understand the programming of fear, and why it distorts our perceptions. While fear is a program used for our survival, fear also creates irrational beliefs that cause larger systems of fear like politics, religion and the media. "A Virus Called Fear" is a short film about the conditioning of fear, and what irrational fears can lead to.

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