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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Friday, December 06, 2013

The Kress Cycle and the Fate of the Middle Class, And China's Gold Appetite / Politics / Cycles Analysis

By: Clif_Droke

Just how much pain has the middle class suffered in the last four years? The data is quite conclusive: the pain has been harsh.

According to government statistics, wages for the middle class have shrunk appreciably in the past decade. The Census Bureau points out that the typical middle class household made $51,017 this year, roughly the same as the typical household made a quarter of a century ago. Adjusted for inflation, that's a decline in living standards too big to ignore.

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Politics

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Taxes Don’t Matter… Until They Do / Politics / Taxes

By: Don_Miller

Since the latter part of 2008, the yield on cash has been so low that sheltering it from taxes didn't seem to matter. But if—as we expect—high rates of price inflation are waiting in the not-too-distant future, then sheltering interest income will be very important.

There may be lag time, but interest rates generally track the rate of inflation. So if inflation returns to a 1970s-like 14%, a one-year CD might yield near 15%. Don't get too excited. The real, after-inflation return would still be in the 1% neighborhood, but you would be taxed on the full 15%. So much for your windfall! No one wants to pay taxes on a real yield of 14%, let alone 14% in phantom income. In this high-inflation world, enjoying the safety and readiness of a cash reserve would be painfully expensive.  Unless, of course, you could shelter your interest income from taxes.

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Politics

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Future of OPEC / Politics / Crude Oil

By: STRATFOR

The prospect of revitalized oil production in Iraq and Iran may add to tensions between those two countries and Saudi Arabia over export quotas. On Dec. 4, representatives of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet in Vienna to discuss a number of topics. OPEC is facing two challenges. First, OPEC's historically biggest consumer -- the United States -- is rapidly increasing its own domestic production. At the same time, OPEC must deal with plans to expand oil production envisioned both by Iraq and Iran, which could lead to lower prices than the cartel desires. Ultimately, however, emerging markets in Asia will set global demand, and their energy thirst will determine the scale of the problem OPEC faces.

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Politics

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Nigerian Man Rescued From Sunken Boat At Bottom of Atlantic Ocean for 2 days - Video / Politics / Social Issues

By: Videos

This remarkable video shows when Nigerian Harrison Odjegba Okene was surprisingly found to be alive by divers tasked with recovering dead bodies from a tugboat that had sunk 2-3 days earlier.

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Politics

Thursday, December 05, 2013

America in Worse Fiscal Shape than Detroit - Video / Politics / US Debt

By: Videos

Boston University Economics Professor, Laurence Kotlikoff, says, “The country is in worse fiscal shape by many miles than Detroit. So, the country is essentially bankrupt.” Dr. Kotlikoff estimates the long term debt and liabilities of America are more than $200 trillion! He is spearheading a bill in Congress called The Inform Act. It is an attempt to wake up the nation to our dire financial situation so something can be done to fix this enormous problem. Dr. Kotlikoff explains, “The bill has been endorsed by over 1,000 economists, including 15 Nobel Prize winners in economics . . .

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Politics

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Central Banks and Pentagon Wars - Control Via Interlocking Complicity / Politics / US Politics

By: DeviantInvestor

The reality is relatively simple even though the appearance is complicated and confusing. What are we talking about?

  • Wars that are hugely profitable for a few individuals and businesses
  • Unauditable Pentagon accounting
  • Government debt that will never be repaid
  • Levitation of S&P and bond markets
  • Gold price suppression
  • So much more
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Politics

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Detroit Bankruptcy: Banksters and Unions Conspiracy Against the Working Class / Politics / US Debt

By: Global_Research

Joseph Kishore writes: Last week, the Michigan branch of the main US union for state and local government employees filed a joint motion in federal bankruptcy court to push for the sell-off of artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). In precise legal language, the document exposes the unions as full participants in the bankers’ conspiracy against the rights of the working class.

The motion (available here) was drafted by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 25, an AFL-CIO affiliate, in collaboration with Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, a major bond insurance firm. The FGIC and AFSCME Council 25 were joined in the motion by a number of other banks and financial institutions.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The Tribal Mentality Indoctrinateing Individuals into the Tribe's Beliefs / Politics / Social Issues

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Adil Elias writes: "The tribal mentality effectively indoctrinates an individual into the tribe's beliefs, ensuring that all believe the same, the structure of reality, what is and what is not possible for the members of the group is thus agreed upon and maintained by the group." — Carolyn Myss

To fully understand how societies operate, one must go back to where everything started, to the very beginning, from the days when people left the caves and started to come together to form small tribes.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Why the U.S. Fed's 100th Birthday Could Be Its Last / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Money_Morning

Peter Krauth writes: On December 23rd, the Federal Reserve will turn 100 years old.

We can look back on its few successes... but its many failures far outweigh any positives it may have achieved.

What's at stake now is the Fed's future. And it looks bleak.

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Politics

Monday, December 02, 2013

Record Number of Homeless U.S. Students in 2013 / Politics / Social Issues

By: Global_Research

Isabelle Belanger writes: A record 1.1 million students attending public schools in the United States are homeless in 2013. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of homeless students has increased by 10 percent in 2013, from 1,065,794 in 2012, to 1,168,354. Forty-three states have reported increases from last year, with 10 states reporting increases of 20 percent or more. The number of homeless children has grown 24 percent over the past three years.

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Politics

Monday, December 02, 2013

What Now for Janet Yellen? / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Matt_Machaj

"It deserves emphasis that a 6-1/2 percent unemployment rate and inflation one to two years ahead that is 1/2 percentage point above the Committee's 2 percent objective are thresholds for possible action, not triggers that will necessarily prompt an immediate increase in the FOMC's target rate."

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Politics

Monday, December 02, 2013

Ron Paul - You Cannot Negotiate With Iran? / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

You cannot negotiate with Iran. That is what they told us for years. The Iranian leadership is too fanatical, they are not rational actors, they are "not like us." One US official even recently said that deception is part of the Iranian DNA. But just over a week ago negotiations between the five permanent UN Security Council Members plus Germany and the Iranians produced an historic agreement that may be first step toward a new era in US relations with the Middle East.

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Politics

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Iran Nuclear Deal is Not a Breakthrough But Prelude to War / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

Tony Cartalucci writes: “…any military operation against Iran will likely be very unpopular around the world and require the proper international context—both to ensure the logistical support the operation would require and to minimize the blowback from it.

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Politics

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Will Work for Food, Please Help! Hunger in America / Politics / Social Issues

By: Stephen_Lendman

It’s hard giving thanks when you’re hungry. It’s harder living in the world’s richest country. It’s harder still knowing government officials don’t care. It’s hardest of all wondering how you’ll get by.

More below on growing hunger and deprivation. It’s increasing in America at a time trillions of dollars go for warmaking, corporate handouts, and other benefits for rich elites.

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Politics

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Profiteering from the Pentagon's Vast Wasteful Operations / Politics / US Military

By: Global_Research

Patrick Martin writes: According to reports by two major news organizations, the main payroll and accounting office of the Pentagon doles out tens of billions of dollars to contractors without any rigorous auditing or other financial controls, fueling a system of waste and profiteering.

Under conditions where politicians of both the Democratic and Republican parties claim there is “no money” to maintain even the inadequate level of social services currently provided by the federal government, the US military squanders vast sums in support of the global operations of American imperialism.

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