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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mencken Was Right, American's Should be Skeptical of all Institutions / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant." - H.L. Mencken

H.L. Mencken was a renowned newspaper columnist for the Baltimore Sun from 1906 until 1948. His biting sarcasm seems to fit perfectly in today’s world. His acerbic satirical writings on government, democracy, politicians and the ignorant masses are as true today as they were then. I believe the reason his words hit home is because he was writing during the last Unraveling and Crisis periods in America. The similarities cannot be denied. There are no journalists of his stature working in the mainstream media today. His acerbic wit is nowhere to be found among the lightweight shills that parrot their corporate masters’ propaganda on a daily basis and unquestioningly report the fabrications spewed by our government. Mencken’s skepticism of all institutions is an unknown quality in the vapid world of present day journalism.    

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Politics

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Common Misconceptions & Making a Living in a Foreign Country / Politics / Social Issues

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt's one of the top questions we get.  If I expatriate, how can I make a living in a foreign country?  After all, not all of us have sizable amounts of savings that we can nestle upon.  In fact, most in the western world don't after they've had most of it siphoned off by the state.  And even those who think they do, and have a bank account flush full of green pieces of paper or who receive large government pension cheques backed by those same Federal Reserve Notes will soon find out that their "wealth" was illusionary.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Growing India - China Rivalry / Politics / China

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the world moves into the second decade of the 21st century, a new power rivalry is taking shape between India and China, Asia's two behemoths in terms of territory, population and richness of civilization. India's recent successful launch of a long-range missile able to hit Beijing and Shanghai with nuclear weapons is the latest sign of this development.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Matter of Time for a U.S. VAT Tax / Politics / Taxes

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe insatiable thrust for federal spending continues. The will to correct our fiscal black hole is absent. Even the Tea Party Republicans lack the strength of determination and votes to reverse the ship of state. No matter which party wins the next elections, the deficits facing the budget are huge. Until a total reformation of the way the central government functions, no solution is possible to balance the books. There is no way to escape this stark reality. Expect more gimmicks, additional devaluation of the currency and the inevitable imposition of new forms of taxes.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Secret System that Blew Another Hole in the Euro / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: This may sound arcane and boring, but I promise you it's not.

What I've learned will blow yet another hole in the already shaky euro.

It begins with Bernd Schunemann, a law professor at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. He has sued the German Bundesbank over its participation in the Eurozone "Target-2" settlements system.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bernanke's Race Against Time to Delay Economic Catastrophe / Politics / Central Banks

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBen Bernanke's position as Chairman of the Board of Governors will end on January 31, 2014. He is now in a race against time.

(1) Will the American economy fall back into recession before then, thereby negating the tripling of the monetary base under his chairmanship? Will he get out before mass inflation rears its ugly head? (2) Will he be able to pass on the Old Maid of price inflation, the way that Alan Greenspan passed on the Old Maid of the Great Recession to him?

He suffers from a major liability: he is an academic. In the history of the Federal Reserve, only three men who have held the position of Chairman of the Board of Governors have had a PhD in economics.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Cost of Taxes to Freedom and Society / Politics / Taxes

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe always-outspoken Doug Casey addresses a broader view of taxation and its costs to both individuals and society in general in this interview with Louis James.

L: Doug, the Taxman cometh, at least for most US citizens who file their annual tax papers on April 15. We get a lot of letters from readers who know about your international lifestyle and wonder about the tax advantages they assume it confers. Is this something you care to talk about?

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Politics

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bernanke’s Plan for the Middle Class Fattening Wall Street, Starving Main Street / Politics / US Politics

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDo you want to understand what the Fed is doing, but don’t have time to wade through volumes of tedious economics writing?

Well, now the pros at dshort.com have made all that possible. They’ve reduced 4 years of monetary policy into one chart that illustrates exactly what the Fed is up-to and who benefits from the policy. Here’s the link.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Global Warming Gurus Beat The Retreat / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOnce upon a time, about 2009, it was practically impossible to say you do not believe in so-called "anthropogenic" global warming, or any kind of global warming - and try getting a job in anything that smacks of carbon finance or renewable energy, let alone the upstream of energy policy.

At the time and due to a small band of supposed guru geniuses given instant access to all government-friendly media, backed by showmen allies like Al Gore, there was Only One Possible Theory. The nearest comparison is Trofim Lysenko's delirious genetic theories which Stalin liked and approved - and used as one more prop in his quest for permanent and total power. From 1964 however, Lysenko was dumped by the new Krushchev power elite, and his ridiculous theory went down the drain. Exactly the same is happening to global warming hysteria, today.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Russia's Strategy, Remaking the Union / Politics / Russia

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 reversed a process that had been under way since the Russian Empire's emergence in the 17th century. It was ultimately to incorporate four general elements: Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Siberia. The St. Petersburg-Moscow axis was its core, and Russia, Belorussia and Ukraine were its center of gravity. The borders were always dynamic, mostly expanding but periodically contracting as the international situation warranted. At its farthest extent, from 1945 to 1989, it reached central Germany, dominating the lands it seized in World War II. The Russian Empire was never at peace. As with many empires, there were always parts of it putting up (sometimes violent) resistance and parts that bordering powers coveted -- as well as parts of other nations that Russia coveted.

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Politics

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ron Paul on CISPA is the New SOPA / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Earlier this year, strong public opposition led by several prominent websites forced Congressional leaders to cancel votes on two bills known in Washington as "SOPA" and "PIPA." Both of these bills threatened search engines and websites with possible shutdowns if the Justice Department deemed them insufficiently cooperative with our phony "war on terror," or if they were merely accused of copyright infringement. Fortunately the American public flooded Capitol Hill with phone calls and Congressional leaders dropped both bills.

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Politics

Monday, April 23, 2012

America's Epic Jobs Failure / Politics / Employment

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.” – Edmund Burke

No wonder one third of Americans are obese. The crap we are shoveling into our bodies is on par with the misinformation, propaganda and lies that are being programmed into our minds by government bureaucrats, corrupt politicians, corporate media gurus, and central banker puppets. Chief Clinton propaganda mouthpiece, James Carville, famously remarked during the 1992 presidential campaign that, “It’s the economy, stupid”. Clinton was able to successfully convince the American voters that George Bush’s handling of the economy caused the 1991 recession. In retrospect, it was revealed the economy had been recovering for months prior to the election. No one could ever accuse the American people of being perceptive, realistic or critical thinking when it comes to economics, math, history or distinguishing between truth or lies. Our government controlled public school system has successfully dumbed down the populace to a level where they enjoy their slavery and prefer conscious ignorance to critical thought.

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Politics

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dutch Government on Verge of Collapse After Economic Austerity Torpedoed / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Shedlock

... Caretaker Government and New Elections Coming Up

The Netherlands has been one of the staunchest proponents of forced austerity on Greece. However, now that Brussels has demanded the Netherlands hit its fiscal targets, Dutch politicians can't get the task done and the government is poised to collapse. New elections are coming up.

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Politics

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sun Solar Maximum Ramps Up Earth Cataclysms / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: T_Anthony_Michael

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHow is the SUN triggering many earth changes?

More than any other major co-factor, the unprecedented, meteoric and relentless changes taking place throughout Planet Earth are the direct result of exceedingly powerful influences emanating from the presiding star of our solar system. The sun, and especially its recent and extraordinary activity, is at the very heart of every major geophysical and meteorological event taking place around the globe today.

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Politics

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Did Bernanke Prevent Another Great Depression? / Politics / US Economy

By: Frank_Shostak

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a lecture given at George Washington University on March 27, 2012, the chairman of the Fed said that the US central bank's aggressive response to the 2007–2009 financial crisis and recession helped prevent a worldwide catastrophe. Various economic indicators were showing ominous signs at the time. After closing at 3.1 percent in September 2007, the yearly rate of growth of industrial production fell to minus 14.8 percent by June 2009. The yearly rate of growth of housing starts fell from 20.5 percent in January 2005 to minus 54.8 percent in January 2009.

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Politics

Sunday, April 22, 2012

More Americans Are Sneaking Out of the Subprime State / Politics / US Debt

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMemories take time. Like history. Or wine. Or cement.

At first, they are loose, fluid…and watery. Then, over time, they dry up…and develop more body…more shape…more substance.

Our recollections from our trip to Argentina are still congealing…setting up like a stone wall. We’ll show it to you in the days ahead.

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Politics

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Government Bonds and Debt Bondage / Politics / Global Debt Crisis 2012

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe phrase "his word is his bond" is not heard as much these days as it was in my youth, back when Eisenhower was President. The phrase relied on a concept of "bond" that meant reliability. This reliability was based on predictability.

The other use of the word refers to bondage. The person who is in bonds is tied up. That also relates to the ides of a bond. A person is restricted by whatever it was that he promised to do. He is therefore predictable. The essence of "bond" is predictability.

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Politics

Saturday, April 21, 2012

U.S. Economic Recovery Debate, Still on the Fence? / Politics / Economic Recovery

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLost among never-ending talk in the mainstream media about the ‘modest recovery’ being experienced in America have been some rather poignant headlines that are telling a completely different story. I’ve used up many weeks to outline the flaws regarding how our economic growth is measured and suggest more responsible alternatives. I don’t expect Washington to change, however. Those suggestions are for ‘We the People’ as we navigate our own individual situations and seek to do the things necessary in order that we are better prepared to deal with the undeniable consequences of gross mismanagement by our government.

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Politics

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fiat Currency, Nixon, Gold and Crude Oil / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Richard_Mills

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn July 1944, delegates from 44 nations met at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire - the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference - and agreed to "peg" their currencies to the U.S. dollar, the only currency strong enough to meet the rising demands for international currency transactions.

Member nations were required to establish a parity of their national currencies in terms of the US dollar, the "peg", and to maintain exchange rates within plus or minus one percent of parity, the "band."

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Politics

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The JOBS Act: Washington Takes One Step Back Toward Capitalism / Politics / US Politics

By: Ron_Holland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI know my editorial credibility and reader confidence will suddenly collapse when this goes to print but I have some good news out of Washington and Congress. Yes, I know what you are getting ready to do but don't hit the delete button just yet!

The JOBS Act is actually good news for start-up and private company investors that will provide more liquidity, create an IPO boom and may be the beginning of a trend by Washington away from more regulatory and bureaucratic solutions holding down a nation and economy that simply can't compete with the rest of the world.

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