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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gulf Oil Disaster Will Not Change U.S. Energy Policy / Politics / US Politics

By: Shamus_Cooke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs is typical with U.S. politicians and media, an extremely serious topic has nearly been reduced to absurdity. Once the urgency of the Gulf oil eruption has been fully sterilized, the stage will be set for business as usual politics — with the corporations comfortably in the driver seat. 

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Politics

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Plundering the Planet, The earth is not dying, it is being killed / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFelicity Arbuthnot writes: "The earth is not dying, it is being killed.  And those who are killing it have names and addresses." Utah Phillips.

Call me a cynic, but as soon as I hear of the latest "rogue state", declared by the US and endorsed, invariably, by UK and Israel -   a "rogue", always far away, invariably either poverty stricken, or embargoed - I reach for a 1993 "Encyclopaedia of  Word Geography", turn to the page on the latest declared "enemy", and look at the box which lists: "Major resources."

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Politics

Monday, June 21, 2010

Pelosi Slams Senate on Jobs, Rants and Raves, but is it Time for Her to go? / Politics / US Politics

By: JD_Rosendahl

The Nancy Pelosi show is getting old.  She continues to get it wrong as a spendaholic on programs.  Maybe it’s time for her to retire!  Her latest:  Nancy Pelosi Slams Senate Dithering On Jobs:

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Politics

Monday, June 21, 2010

UK Government Scraps NHS GP and Hospital Waiting Time Targets / Politics / NHS

By: N_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe New UK ConDem government has scrapped Old Labours efforts to hold GP's and the NHS Hospitals to account by means of feeble waiting time targets such as of being able to see ones GP within 48 hours, or be assessed at your local hospital within 4 hours. I say feeble because GP's have long since developed tricks, simple mechanisms to avoid falling fowl of Labours targets such as not picking up the phone on patients calling to make appointments, or telling patients to come in on a later date to make an appointment.

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Politics

Monday, June 21, 2010

Too Much Government in the Gulf, Preventing Clean Up / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Sadly, the disaster in the Gulf continues this week as BP's efforts at containment keep hitting snags and residents along the coast scramble to clean up and defend their shores and wildlife. Many have criticized the federal government in the past weeks for not doing enough. The reality is there is only so much government can do to help, yet a lot they can do to prolong the problem and misdirect the pain. For example, in the interest of "doing something" the administration has enacted a unilateral ban on offshore drilling. This is counterproductive. I am proud to cosponsor legislation to lift that ban. Why punish other oil companies and their hard-working employees who had nothing to do with this disaster, and who have better safety records?

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Politics

Monday, June 21, 2010

More Jobs, Fewer and Lower Taxes - The KISS Principle / Politics / Taxes

By: Steve_Selengut

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver the past 30 years Federal Tax receipts (Corporate, Personal, Estate, Excise, Gift, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, et al) have averaged less than 20% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Read that again, and don't think for a minute that it's not a large number.

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Politics

Monday, June 21, 2010

Where is the BP Gulf Oil Spill? / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Washingtons_Blog

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt's the largest environmental disaster in U.S. - and possibly world history.

But do you know exactly where it is? Could you point to a map and show where the oil rig sank?

Do you know what the topography of the surrounding area is?

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Politics

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Can We “Fix” The Oil And Financial Crisis Before Its Too Late? / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt seems clear that BP can’t seem to fix the catastrophic gusher the press calls a “leak,” and that President Obama can’t fix the economy because its problems are structural and won’t respond to soaring rhetoric emanating from his bully pulpit.

Meanwhile, most of the world’s people really don’t get the fix we are all in. I take that back; the million Americans who have just lost their benefits probably do.  The deficit hawks voted that down without doing anything about the growing deficit of jobs.

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Politics

Sunday, June 20, 2010

U.S. Warring for Resources, Vast Riches of Minerals Identified in Afghanistan / Politics / Afghanistan

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Sirota writes: Reading this week's New York Times headline -- "U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan" -- many probably wondered how this information was being presented as "news" in 2010. After all, humanity has long been aware of the country's vast natural resources.

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Politics

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Message to Obama on the Gulf Coast Guard / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRobert Palmer writes: Thank God the Governor of Louisiana refused to be intimidated by the Coast Guard.

Sixteen barges were stationary for 24 hours. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that was working until the Coast Guard shut the operation down because they couldn’t confirm there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board.

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Politics

Sunday, June 20, 2010

U.S. Government Delays and Restrictions on Gulf Oil Spill Clean Up / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Dian_L_Chu

There has been some new information since June 8, when I quoted a Belgian newspaper--De Standarrd--that the Jones Act may have caused a delay in the oil spill rescue by forbidding foreign vessels and personnel to work in the U.S. Gulf.

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Politics

Saturday, June 19, 2010

China Plays Obama like Violin on Yuan Currency Exchange Rate / Politics / China Currency Yuan

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYou have to hand it to China for the way it played Obama like a violin. On Thursday and Friday China Warned Against Finger-Pointing while announcing the "yuan exchange rate of no concern to others" setting a confrontational tone for the G-20.

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Politics

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nearly One Million US Workers Cut Off Unemployment Benefits / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePatrick Martin writes: With 12 Democrats joining a unanimous Republican bloc, the US Senate voted Wednesday to defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for workers who have been jobless for nearly two years. The bill would have extended unemployment benefits for those out of work more than six months, until November 30.

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Politics

Saturday, June 19, 2010

China Warns Obama Ahead of G20 Summit / Politics / Global Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn Thursday, ahead of the G20 summit, China warns against finger-pointing.

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Politics

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Reasons Why American Workers Hate the State / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJames Petras writes: Why does the rightwing attack on “Big Government” increasingly resonate with working people?

Liberals claim wage and salaried workers are acting against their “self-interest”, citing government welfare programs like social security and unemployment payments. Progressives argue that workers hostile to the state are ‘racists”, “fundamentalists” and/or irrational, blinded by misplaced fears of threats to individual freedoms.

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Politics

Saturday, June 19, 2010

U.S. Taxpayer Alert, We're About to Adopt Europe's Stealth Tax Model / Politics / Taxes

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe're headed for a massive tax increase.

Federal spending is soaring at the same time that individual income tax revenues have fallen to multi-year lows. From their peak in April 2008, personal income tax receipts have fallen by $232.1 billion, or 24.6%.

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Politics

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Washington Mafia's $20 Billion Shakedown of BP / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJim Davies writes: I was very disappointed to hear how the D.C. Mafia had subjected BP to what the possibly vertebrate Joe Barton (R-TX) called a "shakedown" for $20B to compensate those hurt by its oil spill, but had also made the company agree not to cap that sum (meaning the bill may be higher yet) and to let a government nominee administer the payments (meaning it is almost sure to be higher yet).

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Politics

Friday, June 18, 2010

Behind and Beyond The Sinking of The South Korean Cheonan / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleINCIDENT: Thousands rallied in Seoul in early June to protest perceived North Korean threats against their country after the severing of bilateral relations following the sinking of a South Korea naval corvette in which 46 sailors died. Despite this, South Korean officials on 8 June said they would not seek any new sanctions against Pyongyang.

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Politics

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hyperinflation or Deflation? "Deficit Terrorists" Strike in the UK, USA is Next / Politics / Global Debt Crisis

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week, England’s new government said it would abandon the previous government’s  stimulus program and introduce the austerity measures required to pay down its estimated $1 trillion in debts.  That means cutting public spending, laying off workers, reducing consumption, and increasing unemployment and bankruptcies.  It also means shrinking the money supply, since virtually all “money” today originates as loans or debt.  Reducing the outstanding debt will reduce the amount of money available to pay workers and buy goods, precipitating depression and further economic pain.   

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Politics

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Exploitation of Entrepreneurs / Politics / Government Intervention

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAaron Smith writes: In our society of victims, entrepreneurs are blamed for many of the hardships that ail our economy. Whether it is because of high prices, low wages, or substandard economic conditions, they are often accused of exploitation in their quest for profits.

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