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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Monday, April 25, 2011

“Pirates of the Caribbean” or the Pattern of a Parasite / Politics / Financial Markets 2011

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleForrest Lane writes: Has anybody ever wondered why yet another mediocre Hollywood production “Pirates of the Caribbean” made such a tremendous box-office? Its sequels contain some visual gimmicks at least, which might seem entertaining to eight year old kids or people who zealously maintain their consciousness at the same level. But the first movie was not only senseless, but utterly tedious as well. Taking into account that hitherto the latest big budget endeavour on this subject - Renny Harlin’s “Cutthroat Island” - was undertaken as early as in 1995, became a commercial disaster and ruined Carolco Pictures, this success (the movie has made more than $300 million domestically and about the same amount worldwide) strikes as a bit enigmatic.

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Politics

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Population Growth, Pollution and the Global Environment / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Vi_Ransel

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the most divisive arguments within the environmental movement is population growth, whether by increasing births, or via immigration.

But population figures conceal more than they reveal. They seem to suggest that the cause of climate change is too many people, and that a growing population means growing greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, we should encourage people to have smaller families because it's "a lot easier than retooling our economic system." (1) And further, that we must slow population growth where it's greatest, e.g. the "Third" World, where population is "exploding."

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Politics

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Velkommen to Banktopia / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLet's talk turkey. The dollar is getting hammered by the day. And the dollar is getting hammered by design, because the Fed wants a weaker currency to boost exports and lower the real burden of debt on the banks. (Yes, Martha, the banks are still insolvent) So, down goes the greenback, lower and lower, pushing up gas and food prices while the buying power of the average US worker vanishes down the plughole. And this process will continue for the foreseeable future because--as Obama stated earlier in the year--Washington is committed to "doubling exports in the next 5 years." Think about that: "the next 5 years". That's the same as saying that the American worker will be reduced to third-world poverty in a half decade or so. It's a death sentence.

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Politics

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Barack Obama, The President Who Became an Actor / Politics / US Politics

By: Finian_Cunningham

If Ronald Reagan was known as the actor who became a president, then perhaps Barack Obama should become known as the president who became an actor.

For every facial movement evinced, every gesture of the hand, every word enunciated by the 44th president turns out to be a complete charade.

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Politics

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What Makes a Great President Great? / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGeorge W. Bush only ranks 34th in the recent surveys of the greatest Presidents of the United States. Since there are but 40-43 of these magnificents in total, Dubya is way down there. Why?

What is greatness in a U.S. President, hereafter simply called a President? There is no scientific definition, although the more scholarly polls have criteria of greatness. These need not detain us. The polls themselves tell us what Americans think makes a great President, and it is against the implicit criterion that we observe in the data that we discover that Dubya’s low standing is an anomaly.

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Politics

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Con Games and Currency Destruction, are the Policies of Every Single Central Bank / Politics / Central Banks

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBack in the era of World War II, a goldbrick was a slacker in the military. He was the guy who always seemed to be able to find a reason not to pull his own weight, as the phrase went.

The low-level Army grunts who wore the boots that were on the ground had a saying: "Never volunteer for anything." But you weren't supposed to be a slacker. Somewhere in between unofficial status as a red hot and a goldbrick was where most people wanted to be.

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Politics

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Trillion Dollar Costs of A Nuclear Catastrophe Bankrupting an Entire National Economy... / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePreface: I am not against all nuclear power, solely the unsafe type we have today. Future designs - like thorium reactors (see this and this) - may be a different animal altogether.

AP has a good article (via the Washington Post) on nuclear power economics:

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Politics

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Libyan Battle for Misurata / Politics / Middle East

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Libyan city of Misurata is the last remaining major rebel outpost in western Libya. Misurata’s access to the sea has enabled regular shipments of food, weapons, medicine and ammunition to sustain the resistance in the face of daily attacks by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi’s forces are intent on retaking the port at Misurata, while the Libyan rebels based in Benghazi hope the looming humanitarian crisis in Misurata will persuade the European coalition leading the mission in Libya to deploy ground troops to assist the rebels.

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Politics

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Answering Objections to a Trade Tariff / Politics / Protectionism

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt’s only fair to answer some of the objections to the idea of an import tariff that I and others, like possible presidential candidate Donald Trump, have recently proposed.

One common objection is simply that our trading partners would just shrug it off by increasing subsidies to their exporters.

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Politics

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Europe in Economic Turmoil Following Debt and PIIGS Bailout Crisis / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDan Steinbock, writer for The Globalist sent an interesting story he wrote regarding the Euro Crisis: Economic Turmoil, Political Backlash in the wake of the Finnish election results and the rise of the "True Finns".

What follows is partial excerpt of that story, starting with a section titled "The Euro-Nordic Headache". I am not going to do my normal blockquote so as to make what follows easier to read. Everything that follows is from Dan Steinbock.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Seized Pensions & Quantitative Easing / Politics / Pensions & Retirement

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA government-run pension fund manager – hardly fills you with confidence, does it...?

AS EVERY BRITISH ADULT well knows, the UK government long since forgot to save a penny of his or her lifetime's National Insurance contributions.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Police State Thieves, The U.S. Government Gambling Monopoly / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCollin Moshman writes: On April 15, the federal government busted online poker behemoths Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. The Department of Justice issued a 57-page indictment against the owners, accusing them of such crimes as "Operation of an Illegal Gambling Business." The FBI also seized their domains.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Myth of Debt-Free Living, You Are Getting Stiffed / Politics / Debt & Loans

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI have set up a free website for people who are deep in consumer debt.

I am a great believer in getting out from under the burden of consumer debt. But I am not a believer in getting out of debt. There is a reason for this. The only way to get out of debt is to die.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Why Donald Trump is Right on Trade / Politics / Protectionism

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe usual suspects are racing to debunk Donald Trump’s foray into the most serious protectionism—a 25% tariff on China—proposed by a major presidential candidate since Patrick Buchanan ran in 1992.

They know this is big. Our long-delayed national trade debate has begun.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The E.U. Cracks Up / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePolitical upheaval has hit Finland, and it’s merely a foreshadowing of bigger changes ahead. The core issue is whether Finland ought to be paying for bailouts for other EU states. In reaction to establishment support for the bailout, voters ousted the pro-bailout ruling party and gave an upset victory to the bailout-critical conservative party. Against every expectation, the eternal rule of the social democrats is at an end.

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Politics

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Nuclear Power Mercantilist Myth / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe myths surrounding nuclear power have been worked up into a complex web as massive and multiple as the debts and deficits assailing government leaderships and central bankers in most OECD countries, but like these myth-based no alternatives the nuclear myths are easy to cut back to basics.

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Politics

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bretton Woods II - The Final Enslavement of Mankind, Totalitarian Collectivism / Politics / Global Financial System

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“The rising powers must be present at the creation of this new system in order to ensure that they will be active supporters.” - George Soros

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Politics

Monday, April 18, 2011

Trade Tariff Would, Too, Fix Our Trade Mess / Politics / Protectionism

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI and my employer, the Coalition for a Prosperous America, are unabashed protectionists. I have written previously about how, for example, a flat tariff on all U.S. imports may well be the key to solving the ongoing trade crisis that is depleting our national wealth and gutting our industries.

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Politics

Monday, April 18, 2011

U.S. Debt Ponzi Scheme, Years of the Modern / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIs humanity forming en-masse? for lo, tyrants tremble, crowns grow dim,
The earth, restive, confronts a new era, perhaps a general divine war,
No one knows what will happen next, such portents fill the days and
nights;

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Politics

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Cancer of Socialism Infecting the United States / Politics / Economic Theory

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The following text is excerpted form the NEW The Stocks Stealth Bull Market Update 2011 70 page ebook is available for FREE Download. Chronic economic under performance by much of Europe as most notably illustrated by the bankrupting PIIGS is as a consequence of socialism, where the greater the degrees of socialism implemented the greater the economic under performance observed, where governments rely upon unsustainable inflationary deficit spending, money printing to give the illusion of temporary prosperity as a consequence of socialist policies that always eventually bankrupt economies.

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