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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The U.S. Government is Run by Liars, Like Their Drones Federal Employees Will Crash / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe U.S. government is run by liars. Every civil government is run by liars. This is the nature of civil government. We may hope for incompetent liars. We may hope for little white liars. But to hope for a civil government run by truth-tellers is utopian.

Second, the U.S. government routinely violates laws. It routinely violates decency. But it would be an exaggeration to say that it is run by fools. On the contrary, it is run by self-interested bureaucrats who fully understand that American voters are the fools, not the bureaucrats.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Confronts MF Global and Wall Street / Politics / US Politics

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn her book Third World America, Arianna Huffington urged us to break "the choke hold that special interest money has on our politics." (P. 172) Congress allowed no-strings bailouts during the 2008 financial crisis and ongoing impunity and benefits for connected Wall Street banks. Yet there has been little accountability and no high profile indictments for widespread financial fraud.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2012 End of Status Quo? Cumulative Effects of Self-Assembling Dynamic Networks / Politics / Social Issues

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article2012 arrives at a watershed moment in the history of humankind.  The cumulative effects of SADNs or Self-Assembling Dynamic Networks are not only changing the very nature of our existence but also the perception of each other via our unprecedented super-connectivity.  Does this herald the end of the status quo?  No-thing appears to remain the same as this contagion spreads faster and faster:  accelerating, assimilating and absorbing every aspect of our joint and inter-linked existence. 

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Politics

Monday, December 26, 2011

Social Crisis in America: Uniting Occupy and Labor Over Health Care / Politics / US Politics

By: Shamus_Cooke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePoliticians are attacking Medicare and Medicaid on all sides--Democrats and Republicans alike. Obama's national health care bill will slash hundreds of billions from Medicare over the next decade, an act supported by so-called "progressive" Democrats. Soon after this "victory" Obama created the Super Committee to balance the budget, which included automatic "triggers"-- if no decision was reached -- that are now slated to cut $600 billion more from Medicare.

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Politics

Monday, December 26, 2011

Crush Labor and Impose Economic Austerity, Draghi’s ECB Real Goal in the Eurozone / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleImagine if your banker offered to lend you a $150,000 to make up for the money that you’d lost on your home since the housing bubble burst in 2006. And, let’s say, he agreed to lend you this money for 3 years at rock-bottom rates of 1 percent provided that you post the contents of your garage  (ie. rusty bikes, a bent basketball hoop, an old dollhouse, and rodent-infested luggage) as collateral on the loan.

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Politics

Friday, December 23, 2011

United States the Ununited Empire / Politics / US Politics

By: STRATFOR

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe American president is the most important political leader in the world. The reason is simple: he governs a nation whose economic and military policies shape the lives of people in every country on every continent. The president can and does order invasions, embargos, and sanctions. The economic policies he shapes will resonate in billions of lives, perhaps over many generations. During the next decade, who the president is and what he (or she) chooses to do will often affect the lives of non-Americans more than the decisions of their own governments.

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Politics

Friday, December 23, 2011

U.S. Congress Handing Out Stock Tips to Hedge Fund Managers / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: As if trading on insider information gleaned from their legislative duties wasn't bad enough, now it turns out Congress has been passing that information on to hedge fund managers as well.

That's helped many hedge fund managers make the same sort of lucrative bets in the stock market that has enriched members of Congress.

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Politics

Friday, December 23, 2011

Occupy Wall Street, Consider This My Gift to You… / Politics / UK Politics

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Out of far left field, I see something coming that I never expected.

It's more like the coming together of pieces of a puzzle that have eluded us for too long.

By the way, Occupy Wall Street, if you're listening, and I hope you are, and you're still floundering (which I know you are) without a cause that anybody can really wrap their heads around, drop your drums, chants, and wanderings, and make the coming together of this puzzle what you're protesting.

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Politics

Friday, December 23, 2011

Gold, Stocks or Bonds, What Would Ron Paul Own? / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen looking for guidance in life people have been known to ask, "What would Jesus do?"  After all, Jesus was an anarchist and very principled so it makes sense to look to someone like him after which to model their life.

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Politics

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Germany's Mindbending Green Energy Plan / Politics / Renewable Energy

By: Andrew_McKillop

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePROLIFERATING PLANS
Germany's plans to abandon nuclear power includes worries about nuclear proliferation, but the nuclear exit plan itself only appeared on the radar screen as the Japanese Fukushima reactor complex went down under tsunami storm surges. Until December 2010, Angela Merkel's coalition government was handing out 10-year life extensions for nuclear plant operators like anywhere else in the world of "cheap clean and safe" low carbon nuclear energy. Fukushima only added another strand to Germany's mindbending plans and programmes for achieving huge cuts in CO2 emissions, with the percentage cuts from a 1990 baseline programmed right through to 2075-2085, when Germany should have almost totally quit using fossil fuels - or will have found ways of totally capturing and sequestering carbon emissions from fossil energy.

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Politics

Thursday, December 22, 2011

U.S. Fed Lets Banks Off the Hook… Again / Politics / Central Banks

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: We've told you before that the U.S. Federal Reserve puts Wall Street's interest above that of the American public. And yesterday (Wednesday) the central bank proved it... again.

Confronted with the opportunity to enact meaningful change to the regulatory system, the Fed punted on its responsibility to protect the public from the very banks that brought down the global economy.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our Financial "Regulators" Just Let Us Down Again / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: The Dodd-Frank Act became law 18 months ago, and it may be hard to believe, but we still aren't any better off now than we were then.

Indeed, the regulators that are supposed to be protecting us from a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis can't - or refuse - to get the job done.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Collective Action to Prolong Economic Depression / Politics / Great Depression II

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHave yourself a merry little depression…

What’s this? Christine Lagarde, IMF chief, said last week that the world’s nations needed to work together to avoid a 1930s-style depression.

But seeing the way they work together…and where they seem to be headed…we’d prefer a depression.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Arab Winter: Violence from a US-back Egyptian Military Junta / Politics / Middle East

By: Patrick_Henningsen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNow that the Arab Spring has come and gone, one of the features of the new Arab Winter is watching how a US/UK-backed brutal Egyptian military dictatorship has become increasingly more violent towards its own pro-reform, unarmed citizens.

There are still a few readers left out there who will understandably be a bit confused and ask, “Wait a minute, I thought Egypt’s military dictator President Hosni Mubarak was ousted during the famous Arab Spring? I thought we brought democracy to Egypt?”

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Politics

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ron Paul Warns: Beware the Coming Bailouts of Europe / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

The economic establishment in this country has come to the conclusion that it is not a matter of "if" the United States must intervene in the bailout of the euro, but simply a question of "when" and "how". Newspaper articles and editorials are full of assertions that the breakup of the euro would result in a worldwide depression, and that economic assistance to Europe is the only way to stave off this calamity. These assertions are yet again more scare-mongering, just as we witnessed during the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. After just a decade of the euro, people have forgotten that Europe functioned for centuries without a common currency.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

After Superscience We Get Superfinance  / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSuperfinance is already with us, since at latest 2008, but we can expect that so-called « Superscience » will be edging back to join it after its most recent place in the media limelight during the 1995-2000 period: Superscience was turfed out by climate change, peak oil, green energy and sustainability all of which are now themselves struggling to stay on the radar screen. Unlike Superfinance and the Big New Things of the past 5 years however, Superscience goes back a long way, in fact to the Great Exhibitions around Europe in the 19th century. At the time the populace was told to think railways, iron ships, electric lamps and machine guns would give them total power and make all the world their own. Like they say: Guns, germs and steel. Coming next, we have a big new slot for Superfinance operated just like the Superscience theme.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What Kim Jong Il's Death Means for the Global Economy / Politics / Global Economy

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKerri Shannon writes: All eyes are on North Korea and its repressed economic system this week after the country announced early Monday that Kim Jong Il, the ruling dictator for 17 years, died Saturday. The political instability to follow Kim Jong Il's death could ripple through the global economy, weighing on confidence and growth.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How Important is North Korea's Leadership Change? / Politics / North Korea

By: James_Pressler

This weekend, North Korean officials announced the passing of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il, supposedly from a heart attack. Not too surprisingly, the next day Pyongyang heralded Kim's youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as the new head of state along with the title of "Great Successor." While it is widely known that the elder Kim was in poor health and rushing the grooming process for his son's succession, the Supreme Leader's sudden death leaves plenty of reasons to speculate as to just how the transition will impact North Korea and its relations with the world.

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Politics

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thatcher's Last Stand Against Socialism / Politics / UK Politics

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePlease consider this humorous video of Margaret Thatcher's last House of Commons Speech on November 22, 1990. What Thatcher said then about the Euro, European politics, socialism and wealth creation makes as much sense today as it did then, when she made fools of the opposition in Parliament to much laughter from the conservatives.

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Politics

Monday, December 19, 2011

Bankrupt MF Global's Fractional Reserves / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Douglas_French

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJon Corzine told the House Agriculture Committee, "I simply do not know where the money is, or why the accounts have not been reconciled to date." The public is outraged that the former CEO of bankrupt global financial-derivatives broker and prime dealer in US Treasury securities MF Global doesn't know where the missing $1.2 billion in client funds went.

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