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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Monday, May 03, 2010

Congress Freezes Its Own Pay / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week Congress did something fiscally responsible. It's not very often I can say that. Granted, it was small in the grand scheme of things, but I was glad to be an original cosponsor, along with Congressman Harry Mitchell of Arizona, of a bill to block the automatic pay raise that Congress otherwise receives every year. Every Member of Congress gets this raise unless it is expressly voted down. For the second year in a row Congress has voted to freeze its own pay, which, in a time of skyrocketing deficits and high unemployment, is the very least Congress can do.

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Politics

Monday, May 03, 2010

Matt Taibbi: The Feds v Goldman Sachs / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Trader_Mark

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFrom the man who coined Goldman Sachs (GS) the "vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity" ... we have Matt Taibbi's latest take via Rolling Stone. Again, let it be said that some of the best work on our financial oligarchy is being done by a guy in a music magazine. That tells you what a farce corporate media has become. Then again, when almost all outlets are funding the same lobbyist groups (or mirror images) as those funded by the banking cartel... is is surprising?

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Politics

Monday, May 03, 2010

Hedge Funds and Equity Firms Using Micro Finance to Profit from India's Poor / Politics / India

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKavaljit Singh writes: The massive investments by private equity firms coupled with an initial public offer (IPO) by SKS Microfinance has ignited a debate about the ethics and objectives of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India.

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Politics

Monday, May 03, 2010

Secretive Fed Hiding Counterfeiting Operation, Audit the Fed / Politics / Central Banks

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRetiring Senator Chris Dodd's financial reform bill is now open for debate in the U.S. Senate. For the next few weeks, the public will be treated to media sound-bite snippets of Senatorial debate on various aspects of the Senate version of the reform bill. The bill is supposedly designed to prevent a replay of the 2008 crisis, in which 75 years of Federal financial reform laws proved utterly useless in preventing the crisis.

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Politics

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Did Lehman's Dick Fuld Lie Under Oath About Compensation? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Trader_Mark

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA quite fascinating piece in Bloomberg for those interested in the subject matter, that being executive compensation, how it is hidden by abusing the "spirit of the law", board of director cronyism, and the myth that the CEOs of failed companies actually felt any real pain. We have created a heads we win, tails we still win [Sep 27, 2008: Heads We Win, Tails We Win] executive compensation culture - which is leading to asymmetric outcomes.

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Politics

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Down with 'Too Big to Fail': Angry Americans march on Wall Street / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe largest anti-Wall Street rally since the credit crunch has taken place in New York. Thousands of workers and trade union leaders marched in anger over lost jobs and ruined lives, demanding answers from the source of the trouble - the banks.

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Politics

Sunday, May 02, 2010

More Bonus Plus Less Lending Equals The March on Wall Street / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Static_Chaos

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAccording to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Treasury Department data, the biggest recipients of taxpayer aid made or refinanced 23% less in new loans in February, the latest available data, than in October, the month the Treasury kicked off the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). (Chart 1)

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Politics

Friday, April 30, 2010

Russian Hackers Threaten the World / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Pravda

According to Symantec, the number of cyber crimes last year has increased twofold and continues to grow, while the number of hacker attacks has increased by 71%. Within the last year nearly 3 million viruses were registered. Russia shot significantly ahead and made it to seventh place among top ten countries producing the most cyber threats.

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Politics

Friday, April 30, 2010

Goldman Slaps The S.E.C. and the Senate Subcommittee Down To Size / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLeading-up to the hearing on the 28th in front of Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Goldman were…“going-to-get-roasted like-a-Louisiana-Catfish”.

The Media and the Blogs were full of it, we even had “a famous New-York lawyer…with connections in the SEC” handing out FREE legal opinions.

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Politics

Friday, April 30, 2010

Goldman's "How much of that shitty deal did you sell to your clients?" / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTuesday's hearings of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations laid the groundwork for future criminal prosecutions of Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein and his chief lieutenants whose reckless and self-serving actions helped to precipitate the financial crisis. Committee chairman Senator Carl Levin adroitly managed the proceedings in a way that narrowed their scope and focused on four main areas of concern. Through persistent questioning, which bordered on hectoring, Levin was able to prove his central thesis:

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Politics

Friday, April 30, 2010

Barofsky Threatens Criminal Charges in AIG Coverup, Goldman Sachs Abacus Deal / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe day that Tim Geithner lands in jail will be a day of celebration. Don't count on it soon or ever, but Neil Barofsky, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), is now threatening criminal charges.

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Politics

Friday, April 30, 2010

Goldman's Fraud, But What About John Paulson’s Other $13 Billion? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDisaster has been good to John Paulson.

The hedge fund manager rose from relative obscurity to legend within the span of 12 months when his bets against the subprime mortgage market netted him and his investors billions. The returns on invested capital were absolutely absurd: one of his funds returned 590 in 2007, another returned 353 percent. By the time the smoke cleared, Paulson had made $3.7 billion for himself, and another $10+ billion for his investors.

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Politics

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Peter Schiff, "I Think I Have a Real Chance of Winning a Senate Seat" / Politics / US Politics

By: Peter_Schiff

When I first announced my candidacy for the United States Senate I really had no idea how well my message would resonate in the Nutmeg State.  Well we’re six-months in, and my campaign is really gaining momentum.  I am very encouraged with the progress we have made.  I am well received at the Republican Town Committee meetings with several towns having already voting to endorse me.   I have more volunteers and more donors then any other candidate in the race and reporters statewide agree that I won the only televised debate, which explains why neither of my opponents will agree to another.

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Politics

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bankster and Corporate Donations to Presidential Campaigns / Politics / US Politics

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI Wish I Were Stupid

It sure sucks to be a bear right now.

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Politics

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Unemployment, Who Would Want to Inherit This? / Politics / US Politics

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThey were wearing all black.

She had a ring in her lip. His earrings were glints of metal amongst his oily and badly dyed hair. They couldn’t have been older than 18 and looked like they’d fit in outside a Hot Topic at the mall.

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Politics

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tax Payer Bailed Out Banks Shorting U.S. States and Cities / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Washingtons_Blog

Americans bailed out the giant banks. So how do the too big to fails re-pay the American taxpayers?

By betting that American states and cities will fail.

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Politics

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bring Down Goldman Sachs and Expose the Financial Coup / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: David_DeGraw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNot only did Goldman Sachs profit on betting against CDOs they designed to fail; more importantly, they insured them through AIG which led to a $182 billion taxpayer bailout.

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Politics

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Human Revolution - It WILL Occur! / Politics / Social Issues

By: Michael_T_Bucci

"Austerity" (poverty) for the people; profit for the few. This is the anthem of free-marketers, speculators and governments held hostage by them. The "Greek fire" is a monetary ruse used by centralized financiers to further their encircling despotism using capital as an instrument of power; ipso facto requiring the subjugation of workers (the many) to lives of imminent hopelessness and desperation, and governments to subservient powerlessness. It is a grand but deadly game that isn't about money, per se. It is about power.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Greece Requires Conservatorship / Politics / Global Debt Crisis

By: Axel_Merk

In our assessment, Greece should be placed into conservatorship by the European Commission. Greece’s liquidity issues have morphed into a solvency crisis. Greece’s challenges are fiscal, which requires a political solution. Therefore, Greece’s problems cannot be resolved by the European Central Bank (ECB), although ECB policy can affect the dynamics as this crisis evolves.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Western Civilization is Doomed / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: John_Kozy

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding." Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I was a boy, I knew a man who repaired clocks and watches as a hobby. (Quartz watches had not yet been invented.) I often sat for hours in utter fascination watching him work. Then one day, I asked, "Frank, how do you know how to do that?" He answered, "Johnny, what man has done, man can do." Therein lies the fallacy of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Science and technology is a Pandora's Box. Once opened by one man, company, or country, what is emitted soon becomes everyone's.

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