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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Today's Journalism / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLouis: Hola Doug. What's on your mind this week?

Doug: The color yellow. As in "yellow journalism" – which seems almost the only kind we have these days. Of course, to be fair, inflammatory, shamelessly dishonest "man bites dog" journalism has always been the dominant kind, simply because it sells papers. But we'll see more than the usual amount in the next couple of months, simply because elections lend themselves to it; politics seems to stimulate the reptilian part of the brain, the most primitive part. Both politics and the reptilian brain relate well to the yellow press.

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Politics

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Israel on the Offensive In Bid To Press President Obama To Attack Iran / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNew York, New York: It feels like Iran Week in the USA.

Using an exaggerated if fictive Iranian threat to create nuclear weapons as their pretext, Israeli politicians are blatantly and publicly inserting themselves in America’s Presidential elections, demanding that President Obama do their bidding by articulating so-called “red lines” to further threaten Tehran.

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Politics

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wisdom Renaissance: How to Embrace the Conceptual Age? Unite the Left Brain with the Right! / Politics / Social Issues

By: DK_Matai

Aesthetic design... Story-telling... Harmony-in-concert... Cultivation-of-empathy... Team-playing... Finding-meaning... This is where the future is being conceived right now and it no longer automatically belongs to people and organisations that have been successful in the past. Moving forwards, it belongs to different kinds of personalities with different kinds of mind-sets. Today -- amid the uncertainties of national economies that have gone from boom to bust to near flat-lining or negative GDP growth -- there's a metaphor that explains what is going on and its right inside our heads. The triumphant London Olympics and Paralympics have shown not just the population of the United Kingdom but billions around the world what can be achieved through the combination of left-brain and right-brain activity including the amplification of the grand narrative via aesthetic design, story-telling, harmony-in-concert, cultivation-of-empathy, team-playing and finding meaning and purpose in our ordinary lives rendered extraordinary by coming together as one.

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Politics

Thursday, September 13, 2012

NHS Hospitals Collapse, Doctors Playing Pass the Parcel With Patients Due to Alleged £300 Billion Fraud / Politics / NHS

By: N_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Royal College of Physicians reports that NHS Hospitals are in a state of collapse and patients are suffering as doctors play pass the parcel with patients between wards due to lack of operational beds despite a record amount of over £130 billion extorted from tax payers annually to fund the NHS black hole.

The RCP blames the crisis on a drop in the number of beds whilst demand has risen, this despite the fact that the NHS budget has more than tripled over the past 15 years as my earlier analysis illustrated .

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Politics

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hamburgers to Exterminate Mankind / Politics / Social Issues

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHunger and malnutrition may kill millions of people in 20 years. The global tragedy is likely to be caused by three interrelated factors: fluctuations of food prices, extreme weather conditions and climate instabilities. The contradiction between the growing human needs and objective limits of resource become more and more serious.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Evil of the Welfare State, Depending on Dependency / Politics / Social Issues

By: LewRockwell

Thomas Sowell writes: The theme that most seemed to rouse the enthusiasm of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was that we are all responsible for one another – and that Republicans don't want to help the poor, the sick and the helpless.

All of us should be on guard against beliefs that flatter ourselves. At the very least, we should check such beliefs against facts.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Jackals of Jekyll Island - Federal Reserve Audit / Politics / Central Banks

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe supreme illicit fraud of central banking embodied in the Federal Reserve, acts as a private piggybank for favored cartel thieves. The liquidity of unlimited credit transfers to banksters, especially at zero interest, financed by unimaginable new Treasury Bonds, indebting the American public; is a crime committed by outlaws. The significance of the evidence for the extent of the crony financial manipulations, that the controllers of international capital use to maintain their power strangle hold on humanity, needs to be fully exposed. Only when the beleaguered and downtrodden become sufficiently indignant to usury incarceration, will heads start to roll.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Governments Raising Taxes: 73% of Nothing is Nothing / Politics / Taxes

By: Colin_Twiggs

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePresident Francois Hollande recently increased the top income tax rate in France to 75 percent — for incomes in excess of €1 million. This is part of a wider trend with President Obama targeting the wealthy in his election campaign, promising to raise taxes on incomes in excess of $1 million. Shifting the tax burden onto the wealthy might be clever politics, but does it make economic sense? To gauge the effectiveness of this strategy we need to study tax rates and their effect on incomes in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How Doom & Gloom Disappeared with the Protoevangelium / Politics / Religion

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAnyone who is familiar with my writing at The Automatic Earth will know that I am no stranger to uber-doom and uber-gloom. The crises we humans face as a species are unprecedented in history, and, no, that is not an over-statement. History is full of natural disasters, slavery, bloody conflict, mindless terrorism, civil wars, international wars, genocides and the general human depravity that accounts for many hours in many days of our lives.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

EU Bites the Hand That Powers It: Gazprom Will Bite Back / Politics / Natural Gas

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGazprom has Europe's natural gas market in a stranglehold and Europe is attempting to fight back, first with a raid last year on the Russian giant's offices and then with a probe launched earlier this week against its allegedly illicit efforts to control the EU's natural gas supplies.

The bottom line is that the same natural gas revolution in the US, which was enabled by hydraulic fracturing (fracking), is now threatening to loosen Gazprom's noose on the EU, and Gazprom simply won't have it.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ron Paul - U.S. is a Republic, Not a Democracy / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week marked the conclusion of the grand taxpayer funded spectacles known as the national party conventions. It is perhaps very telling that while $18 million in tax dollars was granted to each party for these lavish ordeals, an additional $50 million each was needed for security in anticipation of the inevitable protests at each event. This amounts to a total of $136 million in taxpayer funds for strictly partisan activities - a drop in the bucket relative to our disastrous fiscal situation, but disgraceful nonetheless. Parties should fund their own parties, not the taxpayer.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Grade Inflation has Made GCSE's, Most State Education Certificates Worthless to Employers / Politics / Education

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGovernments don't just like to print money and debt with inflationary consequences but virtually every aspect of government action via the bloated socialist public sector is to inflate towards infinity that ultimately diminishes value towards zero be it pieces of paper called currency or pieces of paper called GCSE certificates.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Obama’s Post-Bubble Job-Surge Still on Track: But Will it Get Teachers Back to Work? / Politics / Employment

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe idea is that an economy can be over-stimulated by what Mises called mal-investment, and investment and the bounce in spending, whether that was stupid or not, creates jobs…until the bubble pops. Then you have to grind through what Mises called…the slow process of recovery.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

War and Bluff: Iran, Israel and the United States / Politics / Middle East

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor the past several months, the Israelis have been threatening to attack Iranian nuclear sites as the United States has pursued a complex policy of avoiding complete opposition to such strikes while making clear it doesn't feel such strikes are necessary. At the same time, the United States has carried out maneuvers meant to demonstrate its ability to prevent the Iranian counter to an attack -- namely blocking the Strait of Hormuz. While these maneuvers were under way, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said no "redline" exists that once crossed by Iran would compel an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. The Israeli government has long contended that Tehran eventually will reach the point where it will be too costly for outsiders to stop the Iranian nuclear program.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why the ECB's Rescue Plan Can't Save Europe / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: So, Thursday was a big deal. Did you get that?

Markets rallied around the globe, especially European markets and U.S. markets.

But did you get what really happened?

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Politics

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Real Reason the US Invaded Afghanistan, Afghan War / Politics / Afghanistan

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRuss Baker writes: When the United States decided to invade Afghanistan to grab Osama bin Laden – and failed, but stayed on like an unwanted guest – could it have known that the Afghans were sitting on some of the world’s greatest reserves of mineral wealth?

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Politics

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Declining West: Tragedy or Comedy? / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

During the Vietnam War, Sweden was an independent country with a moral conscience, and Sweden gave sanctuary to US war protestors who refused the draft. Washington realized the cost to itself and purchased the Swedish government in order to prevent a reoccurrence of moral conscience on the part of any Western government.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

China Number Two Man Xi Jinping Assassination Attempt? / Politics / China

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is hard to tell exactly what is happening in China from these reports of two top officials who were injured on the same night in two separate car accidents, one in which Xi was sandwiched between two military jeeps, and another where He Guoqiang was mysteriously hit from behind by a truck.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What Makes Mario Draghi So Dangerous For Europe / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Raul_I_Meijer

The plan to "save the euro through unlimited bond-buying" that ECB president Mario Draghi presented last week shows one thing above all, and with blinding clarity to boot - why nobody picks up on it is beyond me: it shows that Draghi is the least suitable person to present any such plan.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Creativity and Empathy: How to Capitalise on Complexity in the Conceptual Age? / Politics / Social Issues

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHistory as-we-know-it is now ending because the dominator culture has led the human species into a blind alley and lost its vitality.  As the inevitable chaos approaches, people are now looking for metaphors and answers to their societal and personal quandaries including the type of future their children are likely to inherit.  We were reminded by The Prince's Trust recently in regard to rising youth unemployment and youth poverty which has crossed more than twenty percent in the United Kingdom and more than fifty percent in Spain.  The Geneva-based International Labour Organisation (ILO) is also projecting global youth unemployment to worsen with the spill over of the euro crisis spreading from advanced to emerging economies.  However, when we try to isolate any challenge to resolve it on its own, we find it interlinked with everything else.  The crux is no longer about finding the answer; it is to face the answer which already exists courageously, and with full awareness of its interconnectivity with the rest of the whole.  The key re-discoveries of the new Conceptual Age -- now unfolding -- are Creativity and Empathy.

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