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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ben Bernanke's Chilling Judy Garland Impersonation / Politics / Central Banks

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high."

Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech on April 13 on "Rethinking Finance." It certainly needs to be rethought at the highest levels. Unfortunately, Dr. Bernanke has not yet begun the process. Thinking, yes. Not rethinking.

He ended his speech with this:

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Politics

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The United States is Run by Sociopaths, Economics and Evil / Politics / Social Issues

By: Casey_Research

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoug Casey, Casey Research writes: I recently wrote an article that addresses the subject of sociopaths and how they insinuate themselves into society. Although the subject doesn't speak directly to what stock you should buy or sell to increase your wealth, I think it's critical to success in the markets. It goes a long way towards explaining what goes on in the heads of people like Bernie Madoff and therefore how you can avoid being hurt by them.

But there's a lot more to the story. At this point, it seems as if society at large has been captured by Madoff clones. If that's true, the consequences can't be good. So what I want to do here is probe a little deeper into the realm of abnormal psychology and see how it relates to economics and where the world is heading.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Subprime Student Debt Slaves: The Lowlife Trap of Higher Education / Politics / Student Finances

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani,writes:
"And the strong to seem to get more
While the weak ones slave
Empty pockets don't ever make the grade
Mama may have, and Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own."

We can thank the late, great Billie Holiday for those lyrics. And we can thank our higher education system for giving "the child that don't his own"a chance to get some.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Turkey Re-emerging Regional Power Strategy / Politics / Middle East

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTurkey is re-emerging as a significant regional power. In some sense, it is in the process of returning to its position prior to World War I when it was the seat of the Ottoman Empire. But while the Ottoman parallel has superficial value in understanding the situation, it fails to take into account changes in how the global system and the region work. Therefore, to understand Turkish strategy, we need to understand the circumstances it finds itself in today.

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Politics

Monday, April 16, 2012

U.S. Constitution from Sneaky Beginnings to Encroachment on Liberty and Free Markets / Politics / US Politics

By: Casey_Research

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBy Doug Casey, Casey Research : Legendary contrarian investor and the original International Man Doug Casey takes aim at the US Constitution, from its sneaky beginnings to its encroachments on individual liberty and free markets.

Louis: Doug, we've threatened to talk about the Constitution many times. Since there's  increasing interest in the country's economic and political future, maybe now is a good time to put that into a fuller historical context..

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Politics

Monday, April 16, 2012

Another Gust of Stench from IMF / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Pravda

International Monetary Fund Senior Resident Representative in Russia, Odd Per Brekk has recently made a surprisingly lucrative suggestion to the international community. According to Mr. Brekk, one should invest their money in the development of national economies rather than saving up the funds on bank accounts. If something happens, the IMF will be there to help the country in trouble. The idea seems to be perfect, but there is a downside to it.

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Politics

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spain Committing Financial Suicide to Appease Big Finance, Marching Towards Depression / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Other countries have gone through similar experiences. Latin American countries suffered a lost decade after 1982, and Japan has been stagnating for a quarter of a century; both have survived. But the European Union is not a country and it is unlikely to survive. The deflationary debt trap threatens to destroy a still-incomplete political union.” George Soros, Financial Times

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Politics

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Switzerland's New Controls for Runaway Alternative Investments, Shadow Banking & Tax Avoidance Schemes? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSwitzerland is preparing sweeping new rules for its traditionally freewheeling private wealth management, investment banking, alternative investment and shadow banking industry, in an overhaul that is likely to unsettle investors and asset managers around the world.  Based on the high density of emails and telephone calls received, ATCA 5000's distinguished members -- chairmen and chief executives, senior bankers, high-ranking government officials, significant investors, asset managers and ultra high net worth individuals -- from more than a hundred countries are seeking to get to grips with the potential scope of the proposed new Swiss laws, which have yet to be translated into English.

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Politics

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spain Would Be Dead Without ECB Loans, Black Market Transactions in Spain; Bartering in Greece / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs Greece wonders whether its debt crisis will eventually spell its exit from the euro, one town, Volos, has formed an alternative local currency as noted by the BBC in Greece Bartering System Popular in Volos.

A few months ago, an alternative currency was introduced in the Greek port city of Volos. It was a grass-roots initiative that has since grown into a network of more than 800 members, in a community struggling to afford items in euros during a deepening financial crisis.

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Politics

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Battle for The “Soul” of Occupy Fear of Co-optation Leads to Self-Destructive Polemics / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePerhaps my problem is that I live in too many worlds at the same time, while many political eras live in me.

That may be why I responded so negatively to a recent polemic wrapped up in a poetic communique from AdBusters, the culture jammers in Canada, who do so much good work (and often so creatively) battling the consumption virus promoted by big corporations many of us have grown to despise.

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Politics

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Meet Thanatos: Real Life Superhero / Politics / Social Issues

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThanatos was the personification of Death in Greek mythology, and is perhaps now better known as the name ascribed to Sigmund Freud's "death drive". Freud understood thanatos as a psychological drive that causes human beings to act in self-destructive ways, or to "lead organic life back into the inanimate state", acting in opposition to the innate force of eros - the "life instinct".

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Politics

Friday, April 13, 2012

Obama's Real Goal is to Make Us Poorer by Any Means Possible / Politics / US Politics

By: William_Anderson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCalifornia regulators recently announced their plans to try to force people to live in dense housing developments rather than single-family homes, which environmental bureaucrats believe are wasteful and contribute to dread global warming. Likewise, the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency has issued an order that effectively will keep electric power companies from building new coal-fired power plants, which will mean even higher electricity prices.

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Politics

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spain in the Debt Crisis Crosshairs / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: William_Bancroft

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOnly weeks ago Italian technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti proselytized that the Eurozone crisis was “almost over”. It felt like more propaganda from the European establishment, and since returning from the Easter break the markets don’t seem to be agreeing with him. Spanish and Italian yields are firmly on the rise again, marking a reverse of the trend helped into action by €1bn of refinancing money from the ECB. Tensions are rising once more given that Spain and Italy are ‘too big to bail’

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Politics

Thursday, April 12, 2012

War Imminent between Pakistan and India Over Water? / Politics / Pakistan

By: OilPrice_Com

A peaceful and stable Pakistan is integral to western efforts to pacify Afghanistan, but Islamabad's obsessions with its giant eastern neighbor may render such issues moot.

Since partition in 1947, Pakistan and India have fought four armed conflicts, in 1947, 1965, 1971 (which led to the establishment of Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan) and the 1999 Kargil clash.

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Politics

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The War at the End of the U.S. Dollar / Politics / US Dollar

By: Ron_Hera

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe history of the U.S. dollar is closely linked to U.S. involvement in a series of wars.  The Bretton Woods Accord and the resulting world reserve currency status of the U.S. dollar were both byproducts of World War II (1939-1945).  The Korean War (1950-1953) was followed six years later by the Vietnam War (1959-1975) which led to the end of the Bretton Woods system.  Unfettered by the constraint of gold backing after 1971, the U.S. dollar became a weapon in the Cold War (1945–1991) between the U.S. and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.).  Each war corresponded with an increase in the U.S. money supply.  The Gulf War (1990-1991) was followed by wars in Afghanistan, beginning in 2001, and in Iraq, beginning in 2003, and, simultaneously, by the U.S.-led War on Terror that began in 2001.  Like the wars that came before them, the recent staccato of U.S. wars is correlated with increases in the U.S. money supply.  The Iraq war, for example, is estimated to have cost as much as $4 trillion.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ECB Soveriegn Debt Bond Buying Deja Vue All Over Again / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleECB Says Bond-Buying Program Available

The ECB went from loading up on sovereign debt and making a huge mess of it when Greece defaulted, to the LTRO program which has not made a big mess yet but will. Things are about to go full-circle as the ECB threatens once again to make another mess of things with sovereign bond purchases.

The Bundesbank, Germany's central bank protested bond purchases the last time (correctly), and will do so again, likely to no avail, and with the same predictable results.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Forget About Moving Overseas, Small Town America is Safe / Politics / Social Issues

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI have a site, Gary North's Specific Answers, where subscribers can post questions. I answer a lot of them. I have a lot of practical subscribers who also answer.

One of my site's forums is "Safe Places Forum."

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Politics

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bernanke, The Professor Who Did NOT Save the World / Politics / Central Banks

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article            "The Fed's efforts prevented a 'total meltdown' of the financial system at a time when fears of a second Great Depression were 'very real,' Mr. Bernanke said Tuesday at the third of his four lectures at George Washington University in Washington."

- Wall Street Journal, "'Fed Prevented Total Meltdown,' Bernanke Said," March 28, 2012.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I'm Worried About America's Future / Politics / US Politics

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI debated with myself about what to send as this week's Outside the Box. I have decided on a recent short but important post from my friend David Kotok, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Cumberland Advisors. He calls it "I'm Worried." There are some very thought-provoking ideas here, but what makes it particularly interesting is that I'm running into this sentiment more and more as I travel around the US; and when I'm abroad I also hear from people who are worried about the US. These are folks who rightly realize the world needs a strong US, both as an economic engine and as a leader –a chairman of the board, if you will –of a growing world. (Can the world grow and prosper without us? Of course, but not as easily, and the transition will not be pretty.)

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Politics

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Moloch State, When Government Safety Nets Break / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe West's governments are going to default, one way or another. Politicians cannot bring themselves to stop spending money the governments do not have.

The deficits of the major Western governments are now so great as to be irreversible. The governments must now borrow money to be used to pay interest on money already borrowed. In the housing market, this is called a backward-walking mortgage. It invariably spells default. The subprime mortgages were mostly of this type.

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