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Politics

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pentagon Creates Medal to Honor Drone Killers / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

John Glaser writes: The Defense Department has decided to create a medal to honor US soldiers who sit at a computer and operate armed, unmanned vehicles bombing people thousands of miles away.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday announced that the Pentagon can award the Distinguished Warfare Medal to drone operators, because although they are far from any battlefield, they have a direct impact on combat operations.

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Politics

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Why Bankers Rule the World - It’s the Interest, Stupid! / Politics / Banksters

By: Ellen_Brown

In the 2012 edition of Occupy Money released last week, Professor Margrit Kennedy writes that a stunning 35% to 40% of everything we buy goes to interest. This interest goes to bankers, financiers, and bondholders, who take a 35% to 40% cut of our GDP. That helps explain how wealth is systematically transferred from Main Street to Wall Street. The rich get progressively richer at the expense of the poor, not just because of “Wall Street greed” but because of the inexorable mathematics of our private banking system.

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Politics

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Real New World Order is Bankers Taking over the World / Politics / Banksters

By: John_Kozy

How quickly best laid plans become passé. New world orders come, it seems, as frequently as eclipses.

The old world order (ancien régime), along with 16 million people, died during the Great European War which began on June 28, 1914 when the Austrian heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated by a Serb nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, in Sarajevo. (Today he would be called a terrorist.) This assassination sent nations that had no desire to go to war into the most destructive war the world had yet experienced.

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Politics

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Educated Socialism of Obama / Politics / US Politics

By: DailyWealth

Porter Stansberry writes: In Wednesday's essay, I laid out the "great lie" that is bankrupting America.

At the heart of this lie – told by so many of our political leaders and believed by so many of my fellow citizens – is a horrifying turn of events. As I mentioned, the drive for freedom and a better life through hard work, saving, and independence has been replaced by a craven need for the illusion of security.

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Politics

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Power Elite Bought the U.S. Presidential Election With Central Bank Printed Money / Politics / US Presidential Election 2012

By: Bill_Bonner

Today, on the Ides of February, we hold our hat in our hand... we bow our head... and let our mouth fall open in amazement. Our Lenten program of fasting, prayer and meditation is producing results. We are lightheaded from near-starvation and alcohol deprivation. But our thoughts are clear. Or else, we are hallucinating.

In the last two days, we've taken a look at what promises to be the biggest bust-up of all time.

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Politics

Friday, February 15, 2013

Notes from the New War Generation / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

I was born in 1991. I’ve lived over half my life in a nation at war.

Starting in 2001, when I was just ten years old, the War on Terror and it’s two biggest projects to date, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, have shaped my view of war as a regular facet of life, a part of being an American. It’s just something that we do. This puts me in an unfortunately un-special class of about 90 million U.S. citizens who can lay claim to this bitter benchmark, one that grows each year as more blood is shed and lives torn apart in the fog of perpetual war. Though we’ve seen no bombs fall or bullets fired in front of our eyes, we are most certainly a product of war’s specter, albeit in a different sense than our grandparents were.

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Politics

Friday, February 15, 2013

Obama's New Minimum Wage Will Eliminate At Least 467,000 Jobs / Politics / Unemployment

By: Money_Morning

Ben Gersten writes: In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama urged Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9, saying the move would reduce poverty and stimulate the economy.

"Tonight, let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour," President Obama said. "This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank, rent or eviction, scraping by or finally getting ahead.

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Politics

Thursday, February 14, 2013

President Obama's State of the Union Address Fuzzy on Maths / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_Morning

Martin Hutchinson writes: President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night was high on rhetoric but short on math.

As with most Obama speeches, it was beautifully delivered. However, even where I agreed with the ideas, I couldn't quell a nagging suspicion that the numbers simply didn't add up, and indeed likely missed by a lot.

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Politics

Thursday, February 14, 2013

China, Beijing's Pollution Alarms Neighbors / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: OilPrice_Com

The good news for the Chinese leadership is that their fiscal policies have paid off, producing both the world's second largest economy and the globe's leading creditor nation in less than a generation.

The less good news is that the country's hell-bent drive towards industrialization has brought in its train a host of collateral problems, not the least of which is pollution. Last month Beijing's air pollution soared past levels considered hazardous by the World Health Organization.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

U.S. Rogue State Business / Politics / US Politics

By: Andrew_McKillop

KEEPING  UP  APPEARANCES
Noam Chomsky's new book with David Barsamian 'Power Systems' keeps up appearances in what we can call Rogue State Business, Chomsky's line of business for more than 30 yeas. This business is perhaps in a downturn, but not yet in recession. Defining the difference is easy:  being glad when the neighbors lost their jobs, and you didn't, is the American definition of an economic downturn but not, definitely not a recession. Only when you lose your job, is it a recession.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

America's Suffering Middle Class, Still Worse Off than 2008 / Politics / Social Issues

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: The government's numbers - primarily the monthly data on unemployment and inflation - tell the story of a slow but gradual recovery by the U.S. economy.

But the experience of millions of Americans tells a far different story.

According to a new national survey conducted by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, many Americans continue to suffer from the impact of the Great Recession.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Obama’s Expanding Kill List / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Prosecutors always expand laws far beyond their intent. Attorneys in civil cases do the same. For example, the 1970 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was passed in order to make it easier for the government to convict members of the Mafia. However, the law, despite its intent, was quickly expanded by prosecutors and attorneys and used in cases against pro-life activists, Catholic bishops, corporations accused of hiring illegal immigrants, and in divorce cases. “Junk bond king” Michael Milken, a person with no ties to organized crime, was threatened with indictment under the RICO Act. Prosecutors have found that the asset freeze provision in the Act is a convenient way to prevent a defendant from being able to pay attorneys and, therefore, makes it easier for prosecutors to coerce innocent defendants into a guilty plea.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Money at the Core of Liberty / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Bill_Bonner

I've been at the beck and call of rich men all my life. But I'll be damned if I'll be at the beck and call of every son-of-a-***** with a 3¢ stamp.

~ William Faulkner on losing his job at the Oxford, Miss., post office

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Politics

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

State of The Union - Where is U.S. Unemployment Headed? / Politics / Unemployment

By: Ian_R_Campbell

This evening Eastern Time U.S. President Obama is scheduled to give his annual 'State of the Union' address. Favoured topics are said to be U.S. unemployment and jobs creation, and gun control. I expect Mr. Obama also to address the issue of defense spending, where he recently has been reported as saying 'Deep cuts' threat to security, Obama says in reference to pending defense budget cuts.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Past, Present and Future of Russian Energy Strategy / Politics / Russia

By: STRATFOR

Lauren Goodrich and Marc Lanthemann: The future of Russia's ability to remain a global energy supplier and the strength the Russian energy sector gives the Kremlin are increasingly in question. After a decade of robust energy exports and revenues, Russia is cutting natural gas prices to Europe while revenue projections for its energy behemoth, Gazprom, are declining starting this year.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Obama's State of the Union Speech to Disguise True Agenda / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler wrotes: In his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, U.S. President Barack Obama will risk the ire of Republicans by telling the nation the government needs to spend more money to restore economic prosperity.

President Obama will spend much of his fifth State of the Union address outlining several new initiatives aimed at bringing relief to middle-class Americans hard hit by the Great Recession, White House officials have told several major news organizations.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lincoln Baloney, Spielberg’s Sovietization of U.S. History / Politics / Propaganda

By: Thomas_J_DiLorenzo

When Steve Spielberg’s movie "Lincoln" came out Time magazine featured interviews with him and his historical advisor on the film, Doris Kearns-Goodwin. Spielberg said the movie is based on part of Goodwin’s book, Team of Rivals, because he was so impressed with her scholarship and the great detail and abundance of historical facts in the book. Goodwin herself wrote in Time that she spent ten years researching and writing the book to assure audiences that the movie was in fact very, very well researched. (This project was commenced shortly after she was kicked off the Pulitzer Prize committee and PBS for confessing to plagiarism related to an earlier book of hers).

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Politics

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Should Americans Emigrate or Defect? / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Wendy McElroy writes: Anyone planning to permanently leave the US should give deep thought to whether they are emigrating or defecting.

The two concepts have so much in common that they tend to blur together. They may be best viewed as two extremes of the same axis upon which people can 'grade' themselves. But there is a significant difference between the attitude, motives, and actions of a straightforward emigrant versus a defector. And where you stand on the axis affects the most important aspect of who you are: How do you evaluate yourself?

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Politics

Monday, February 11, 2013

The 7 Biggest Obamacare Lies / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: As more of the 2009 healthcare reform law becomes reality, Americans are learning the hard way that many of the biggest Obamacare promises were Obamacare lies.

In retailing, they call this sort of thing "bait-and-switch," and it's against the law.

In Washington, it's called "business as usual."

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Politics

Monday, February 11, 2013

Berlusconi is Back, and So Is the Eurozone Debt Crisis / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Money_Morning

Martin Hutchinson writes: Since the beginning of the year, the markets have been behaving as if the Eurozone debt crisis has been magically solved.

Yields on Spanish and Italian debt are trading more than 1% lower than at their peak, while world stock markets have soared close to all-time highs.

Unfortunately, you can expect that all of this euphoria will fade when the Italian elections take place on February 23-24.

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