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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Fed's Political Interference Must Be Stopped, A letter to Senator Scott Brown / Politics / US Politics

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Honorable Scott Brown

Dear Senator Brown:

I am a constituent who would like to help. My father sent you my book, Panderer to Power: The Untold Story of How Alan Greenspan Enriched Wall Street and Left a Legacy of Recession. You wrote my father a thank you note, for which I am thankful. None of the other 20 or so senators and congressmen to whom we mailed my book sent an acknowledgement.

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Politics

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Killing and Reviving of the American Dream / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUSA Today loves to run lifestyle features that purport to show how we are living, what we are doing, what we like and what we don't like – premised on a collectivist assumption that all our preferences can be tracked and characterized with these aggregate claims.

Most of the time, these features are silly. It's not really true that we are all listening to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, or tweeting what we had for breakfast.

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Politics

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Middle Class Caught in a Pincer Movement / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA MODEST PROPOSAL
My understanding of our economic system has changed over the last couple years. I've come to the conclusion that the middle class of this country has been caught in a pincer movement by two armies. My definition of the Middle Class is households making between $50,000 and $150,000 per year. The Free Shit Army is attacking us on the left. The middle class has been the backbone of the country, doing the heavy lifting in this country. They get up every morning and trudge off to work to support their families. The Free Shit Army sleeps in. They have chosen to not educate themselves in order to advance in our society.

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Politics

Sunday, October 10, 2010

How Russia Avoided Civil War 17 Years Ago / Politics / Russia

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn October 3 and 4 Russia remembered the tragic events of the fall of 1993. Mourning rallies and marches in many cities of Russia commemorated the perished defenders of the Supreme Council. In the capital alone, the ceremonies were attended by nearly a thousand people. Was there an alternative to the armed confrontation between the supporters of Boris Yeltsin and the defenders of the legitimately elected Parliament? Was it possible to avoid the tragic outcome? Ruslan Khasbulatov, the chairman of the Supreme Council, discussed it in an interview with Pravda.ru.

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Politics

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Hungary Toxic Sludge Catastrophe Reminiscent of BP Gulf Oil Spill Disaster / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Dr_Tom_Termotto

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHere’s the top headline on Yahoo! News on Thursday, October 7, 2010 regarding the Toxic Sludge Disaster in Hungary:

Scientists say heavy metal in sludge not dangerous (AP)

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Politics

Saturday, October 09, 2010

China Furious at The Nobel Peace Prize Award / Politics / China

By: Static_Chaos

Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "two decades of non-violent struggle for human rights". China is totally livid and called the award "an obscenity" as reported by Reuters.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

The Biggest Fraud in the History of the Capital Markets / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Ezra Klein: What’s happening here? Why are we suddenly faced with a crisis that wasn’t apparent two weeks ago?

Janet Tavakoli: This is the biggest fraud in the history of the capital markets. And it’s not something that happened last week. It happened when these loans were originated, in some cases years ago. Loans have representations and warranties that have to be met.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

Op-ed Warriors Defend the TARP Tax Payer Bank Bailout / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Christopher_Westley

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleConfession time: I still read newspapers the old-fashioned way, meaning the way my father and grandfather did, on paper, frequently at the kitchen table, and to the smell of a hot, Honduran coffee.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

America’s Third World Economy / Politics / Social Issues

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

For a number of years I reported on the monthly nonfarm payroll jobs data. The data did not support the praises economists were singing to the “New Economy.” The “New Economy” consisted, allegedly, of financial services, innovation, and high-tech services.

This economy was taking the place of the old “dirty fingernail” economy of industry and manufacturing. Education would retrain the workforce, and we would move on to a higher level of prosperity.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

IMF Calls for Huge New Round of Bank Bailouts / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe IMF is calling for a huge new round of bank bailouts.

As the Telegraph noted yesterday:

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

Financial Crisis Continues to take its toll on the Obama Administration / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRegardless of his actions, the financial crisis continues to take its toll on the Obama administration.

WASHINGTON DC: (Al Jazeera)  With the midterm election less than a month away and the economic crisis unabated, the Obama Administration may be at a crossroads.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

Are U.S. States the Next Federal Bailout? / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Jim_Farrish

In an interview with Meredith Whitney of Meredith Whitney Advisory Group on Bloomberg last week, she stated, some states are a ticking time bomb. She published a detailed report rating the finances of the 15 largest U.S. states. California has one of the largest deficits that exists relative to their budget gap by size, but it has a real estate problem as well with a large amount of foreclosures. Florida has a bigger issue relative to foreclosures and real estate. The drain on tax receipts in Florida due to the foreclosure issue could cripple the states budget similar to California’s in the coming year. The bottom line of the report is the U.S. government may face a bailout for states within the next 12 months. This is not good news for taxpayers.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

Spain's Social Democracy Under Economic Pressure / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Pravda

The general strike on September 29 against the labor reform decided by the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is the opening of a probably hectic social season. The government has promised to submit a new bill to Congress before the end of the year intended to increase from 65 to 67 the legal age of retirement and extend the period of computation for determining the amount of the pension, from the previous 15 years of work into the last 20 ...

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

Russia Fears China's Growing Economic Power / Politics / China Economy

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChina takes the first place in the world in terms of economic growth. However, analysts say this trend is caused by injections of cheap financing to stimulate the economy of this country. Collapse of the "China bubble" brings a threat of the collapse of commodity prices. This is an extremely adverse impact, particularly for Russia.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

SEC Failure to Regulate Mortgage Backed Securities Resulted in Ponzi Scheme Fraud / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe problems associated with a clogged foreclosure system continue to mount. Foreclosures in 23 states have been halted by major banks after allegations surfaced of various illegal practices.

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Politics

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Tourism Resorts and Crude Oil Exploration in the Caspian Sea / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Global_Intel_Report

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSITUATION: One indirect consequence of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the impact it may have on the financing of the many tourism projects that have sprouted along the Caspian Sea. Bordered clockwise from the North by Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Russia, the Caspian Sea is one of the largest bodies of water and an object of strategic ambitions. Though the global financial crisis put may grandiose Caspian Sea tourism projects on hold, some of them are coming back to life, but investors should be alert to tourism trends, corruption, and unanswered questions about demand and potential profit.

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Politics

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Was TARP Good for the Taxpayers? / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Robert_Murphy

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn Sunday the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) officially expired, though its "legacy programs" could continue for years. Lately there has been a growing campaign to tout the success of TARP, Henry Paulson's extremely controversial plan to use (originally) $700 billion of taxpayer money to save the financial system. Despite this chorus of praise, the TARP bailout was a terrible idea that will cost taxpayers both directly and indirectly through its perverse incentives.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Central Bankers are Paid to Lie - Buy Corn / Politics / Central Banks

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI assure this committee that, if I am confirmed, I will be strictly independent of all political influences and will be guided solely by the Federal Reserve's mandate from Congress and by the public interest." -Prospective Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, confirmation hearing, 2005

"The last duty of a central banker is to tell the public the truth." -Federal Reserve Board Vice Chairman Alan Blinder, Nightly Business Report, 1994

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Politics

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Liquefied Natural Gas Cartel Idea: On the Road to Another OPEC? / Politics / Natural Gas

By: Global_Intel_Report

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs oil sees its image tarnished from the disastrous oil spills that took place off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Dalian, China, and as the most promising oil fields remain off limit to the Western oil majors, gas is gaining in popularity.

Gas is present in large quantities and in many countries of less questionable reputation such as in the United States and is also less harmful to the environment than oil. Though gas is not intended to replace oil, some gas-rich countries such as Russia and Iran are strongly advocating for a gas cartel to regulate the industry, which can explain the reluctance of Russia to adopt sanctions towards Iran at the United Nations as both countries heavily rely on the income generated by their natural resources.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Goldman Sachs Sued by German Bank Over Davis Square VI, an AIG CDO Bailed Out by Taxpayers / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg, a German state-owned bank, is suing Goldman Sachs over a $37 million loss on its investment in its share (a tranche) of a CDO called Davis Square VI. TCW, the manager for all of Goldman Sach's Davis Square deals, is also being sued:

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