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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Monday, March 19, 2012

Goldman's God Problem on Executive Pay / Politics / Banking Stocks

By: EconMatters

In addition to suffering a one-day $2 billion loss in market value on March 12 bestowed upon by the Goldman Letter at New York Times on March 12 , Goldman also has to deal with God problem regarding executive compensation packages as well.

According to Reuters, in the past two years, a group of religious institutions that hold Goldman shares, including the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, has been successful in getting its proposal requiring Goldman to conduct an independent examination of whether Goldman's executive pay levels were appropriate taken into regular shareholders' meetings.

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Politics

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Fall of the Law Writers / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Merrill

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAh, you miserable creatures! You who think that you are so great! You who judge humanity to be so small! You who wish to reform everything! Why don't you reform yourselves? That task would be sufficient enough." -  Frédéric Bastiat, French Legislator

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.” – US House Speaker Thomas B. Reed

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Politics

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Obama Executive Order Blueprint for Peacetime Martial Law! / Politics / US Politics

By: Chris_Kitze

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis Executive Order was posted on the WhiteHouse.gov  web site on Friday, March 16, 2012, under the name National Defense Resources Preparedness.  In a nutshell, it's the blueprint for Peacetime Martial Law and it gives the president the power to take just about anything deemed necessary for "National Defense", whatever they decide that is.    It's peacetime, because as the title of the order says, it's for "Preparedness".  A copy of the entire order follows the end of this story.

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Politics

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mainstream Media Coverup of the U.S. Military Afghanistan Massacre / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn all US war theaters, troops commit unspeakable atrocities. Trained to dehumanize enemies, their mission involves killing, destruction, and much more.

 

Local treasures are looted. Women are raped. Civilians are treated like combatants. Children are indiscriminately harmed like adults. Prisoners are tortured. Mutilations are common. Crimes of war and against humanity are institutionalized. 

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Politics

Sunday, March 18, 2012

How To Bring Down the System, Any System, Non-violently / Politics / Social Issues

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFour words: "Follow the rules exactly."

That's it? That's it.

Any system? Any system.

There are reasons for this. These reasons are universal.

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Politics

Saturday, March 17, 2012

UK Coalition Government to Scrap 50% Tax Rate to Spark Economic Growth / Politics / Taxes

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Conservative party media spin machine has gone into over drive by spreading the word that George Osbourne will cut the top rate of income tax from 50% to 40% in next weeks budget in an attempt at reversing some of the damage done by the last Labour government that all but destroyed large swathes of the private sector in favour of pumping resources into the Labour voter friendly unproductive public sector.

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Politics

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Nations Metallurgical Achilles Heel, Critical Materials Should be on Investors Radar / Politics / Metals & Mining

By: Richard_Mills

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe following have all combined to limit control of foreign minerals by US companies:

  • In 2011, Resource nationalism became the number one risk for mining companies
  • Nationalization
  • Expropriation
  • Increased taxation
  • Constraints on the degree of foreign ownership
  • A trend in the less developed countries toward processing their own ores
  • Increased completion from large eastern based mega mining companies
  • Increasing competition from sovereign wealth funds and end users wishing to vertically integrate
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Politics

Friday, March 16, 2012

Agent-Based Modeling and the Occupy Wall Street Movement / Politics / Social Issues

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHere at TAE, we like to apply the insights of systems theory to our global economic, financial, energy and environmental systems and think in big picture terms about how these systems evolve and interact. That is why, for example, we don't look at the S&P500 breaching 1400 as a sign that every major economic issue has been resolved and it is all smooth sailing from here. Indeed, the big picture perspective tells us it's only a matter of time, most likely weeks, before old issues in new disguises crop up and fear grips the collective once again.

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Politics

Friday, March 16, 2012

NorthCom Military Occupation of North America / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

Have you ever heard of the Northern Command, also known as Norcom? Probably not.

Have you heard of moves to integrate the United States, Canada, and Mexico into one judicial authority? Probably.

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Politics

Friday, March 16, 2012

Arab Spring Hits Israel's Natural Gas Supply / Politics / Middle East

By: OilPrice_Com

As last year's Arab spring has slowly roiled eastwards from Tunisia to the eastern Mediterranean, the two most concerned governments are the U.S. and Israel, that are watching their carefully constructed defense alignments crumble to the populist forces unleashed.

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Politics

Friday, March 16, 2012

Washington Gridlock, No One Is Willing to Pay the Political Price to Cut Spending / Politics / US Politics

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Editors of The Casey Report, Casey Research: The first session of this 112th Congress was spent with Democrats and Republicans at loggerheads over the debt ceiling, taxes, spending cuts, the deficit super committee, appropriations bills and finally the extension of unemployment compensation and a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut. Standard and Poor's downgrade of the United States' federal debt was due in part to all the haggling over how, and actually whether, to reduce the debt.

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Politics

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Parasitic Behaviour of Goldman to Its Clients Sachs Prompts Resignation / Politics / Banking Stocks

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGreg Smith's op-ed in the New York Times "Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs" is precisely the catalyst that will eventually bring reform to the securities industry.

Denial Coming Up

Unfortunately, neither the Fed nor the SEC has any inclination to do anything about industry-wide fraud and corruption, therefore immediate results are not forthcoming.

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Politics

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The End of Canada as a Sovereign Nation? / Politics / Canada

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDana Gabriel writes: Through a series of bilateral meetings, U.S. and Canadian officials are busy working out the details of the perimeter security action plan. This includes a recent joint crime forum which dealt with border and law enforcement issues. These various discussions are part of the implementation process which when finished would bring about the complete transformation of the northern border and another step closer in the creation of a fully integrated North American security perimeter.

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Politics

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wall Street Toxic Culture of Avarice and Fraud / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Barry_Grey

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGreg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, announced his resignation Wednesday in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, denouncing the bank's “toxic” culture of avarice and fraud.

Smith headed the firm’s United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In his column, entitled “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs,” he describes a corporate environment that encourages and rewards big short-term returns gained through the bilking of clients and the general public. “It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off,” he writes.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

America Mortgaged at an Adjustable Interest Rate / Politics / US Interest Rates

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Federal Reserve ran another "stress test" on major financial institutions and has determined that 15 of the 19 tested are safe, even in the most extreme circumstances: an unemployment rate of 13%, a 50% decline in stock prices, and a further 21% decline in housing prices. The problem is that the most important factor that will determine these banks' long-term viability was purposefully overlooked - interest rates.

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