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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Kaspersky Russian Kidnapping Lessons / Politics / Russia

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleScott Stewart writes: On April 24, officers from the anti-kidnapping unit of Moscow’s Criminal Investigation Department and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) rescued 20-year-old Ivan Kaspersky from a dacha in Sergiev Posad, a small town about 40 miles northeast of Moscow. Kaspersky, the son of Russian computer software services billionaire Eugene Kaspersky (founder of Kaspersky Lab), was kidnapped on April 19 as he was walking to work from his Moscow apartment. A fourth-year computer student at Moscow State University, Kaspersky was working as an intern at a software company located near Moscow’s Strogino metro station.

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Politics

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Are the Poor Breeding Like Rabbits? / Politics / Social Issues

By: Vi_Ransel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEven as the overall population of the world continues to increase, the increase in the number of poor people outstrips that growth. How is this possible? Are the poor simply breeding like rabbits, increasing their numbers geometrically in a suicidal, lemming-like production line of poverty-stricken people? Or are they getting some outside aid in their catastrophic endeavor?

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Politics

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ron Paul Rips into Bernanke's Ridiculous Fed Press Conference / Politics / Central Banks

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

"Chairman Bernanke's press conference today was unprecedented, and it demonstrates that Federal Reserve officials are very concerned about growing public criticism of Fed policies. Although Mr. Bernanke predictably provided no substantive information, the American people want real answers about Fed bailouts, lending to foreign banks, and most of all inflation. Mr. Bernanke continues to ignore his culpability for the inflation all Americans suffer due to the Fed's relentless monetary expansion. Rising prices are the direct result of Fed devaluation of our dollar. Yet rather than addressing the Fed's loose dollar policy, Mr. Bernanke continues to assure us that inflation is not a problem.

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Politics

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Balancing the U.S. Budget, Radical Plan to Cut Military Spending / Politics / Government Spending

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMy long held belief is the US cannot afford to be the world's policeman. Moreover, I question whether it is wise to pursue such a policy even if we could pay for it. Regardless, it is beyond absurd to leave cuts in defense spending off the table when the budget deficit is $1.5 trillion.

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Politics

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Demographics, Energy and The End Game: Exponential Functions / Politics / Demographics

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf the Middle East conflicts continue to escalate could oil touch $150-$200 per barrel in the months ahead? What are the consequences of this development for both the East and the West? Let us not forget that the Middle East turmoil was primarily triggered by high food prices, inflation and youth unemployment. As the turmoil in the Middle East escalates, continuously bumping the price of energy upwards, this is having a further knock-on effect on the price of other natural resources as well as food.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

America is the Prison Capital of the World / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStephen Cox writes: After years of deficit financing, my state, California, is currently hurtling toward bankruptcy, the revenue from its savage personal income tax having been consumed, and over-consumed, by government employees' salaries and benefits. Yet in the midst of the budget turmoil, Governor Jerry Brown has just negotiated yet another Rolls Royce contract with one of the biggest beneficiaries of state government, the prison guards' union.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Why Did The Fed Lend Billions To Foreign Banks? And 15 Other Questions for Bernanke / Politics / Central Banks

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Federal Reserve System is on the defensive. This has not happened before in my lifetime.

On Wednesday, April 27, Ben Bernanke will hold a press conference. This has never happened before. Journalists will be allowed to ask questions. It will be held at 2:15 in the afternoon, Eastern Daylight Time. The Bankrate site has set up a reminder program so that you won't miss it. It will be broadcast on their site.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Royal Wedding, America's Fascination With Royalty / Politics / US Politics

By: Walter_Brasch

In case you're in a funk because you think the reason you didn't receive an invitation to the royal wedding is because the Brits are still ticked off about that silly little skirmish back in 1776, the American media have a solution for you.

The media had been pumping out news, features, and gossip about the wedding for more than three months. Almost every radio, TV, and cable network, except for maybe the Cartoon Channel, will be covering the wedding on Friday. All. Day. Long.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fed Chairman Warns of “RECOVERY ENDING EVENT” *Video* / Politics / Central Banks

By: Mac_Slavo

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile state sponsored media pundits and government spokespeople make every effort to dispel doubts about the economic recovery, we need look no further than the two highest level officials who preside over the monetary and financial workings of the United States.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

U.S. National Debt, For A Few Dollars More / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhere life had no value, death, sometimes, had its price. That is why the bounty killers appeared. - For a Few Dollars More

"Tell me, isn't a sheriff supposed to be courageous, loyal and, above all, honest?" - Man with No Name - For a Few Dollars More
Whenever I get an idea for an article I plan to keep it short and sweet. But it never seems to work out that way. Once I start typing, the articles tend to grow exponentially.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sociapitalism: How the Government Became the Next Bubble / Politics / Government Spending

By: Jason_Kaspar

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the last thirteen years, a new financial order replaced capitalism in America. With cat-like tread, this transformation has caught most Americans unaware, let alone some of country’s best financial minds (many of them fascist anyway).

This new order constitutes the socializing of risk, a concept I have termed: Sociapitalism. 

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Politics

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Uncle Sam Borrows, China Invests / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEric Margolis writes: Once, while driving in rural Virginia, I saw a billboard that proclaimed, "Jesus Saves." Some wag had scrawled across the bottom, "But Moses invests."

Today, change that to "the US borrows while China lends."

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Politics

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Has Wall Street Won? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTwo years ago as financial reform was put on the U.S. Congressional agenda, a skeptical Senator, Dick Durbin of Illinois, spoke of the power of the banks over the country’s legislative process.

“They run the place,” he said matter of factly.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Big QE2 Shakedown / Politics / Quantitative Easing

By: Frank_Holmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe New York Times is bit late to the party but, better late than never, right?

Times economics writer Binyamin Applebaum has just discovered that the Fed's bond buying program--aka QE2--has lit a firecracker under stocks but done zilch for the real economy. Applebaum--who apparently never trolls the econo-blogs to expand his understanding of what's going on in the world of finance-- is "shocked" that Bernanke's $600 billion "credit easing" strategy has turned out to be an utter boondoggle that's had no measurable impact on output, unemployment or growth. Who could've known? But let's let Applebaum speak for himself:

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Politics

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

American Hellholes, the U.S. Economy is Dieing, there are simply No Jobs / Politics / US Politics

By: Chris_Kitze

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEconomic Collapse writes: The U.S. economy is dying and we are heading for the next Great Depression. The talking heads in the mainstream media love to spin the economic numbers around and around and they love to make it sound like the economy is improving, but the truth is that it doesn't take a genius to see what is happening to the U.S. economic system. All over the nation many of our greatest cities are being slowly but surely transformed into post-apocalyptic wastelands. All over the mid-Atlantic, all along the Gulf coast, all throughout the "rust belt" and all over the entire state of California cities that once had incredibly vibrant economies are being turned into rotting, post-industrial hellholes.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

IMF Says Next U.S. President Will Be The Last / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJohn Rolls Submits: The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed.

Brett Arends, MarketWatch For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of China.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

U.S. Takes One Giant Step Closer to 3rd World Chaos / Politics / US Politics

By: Janet_Tavakoli

The U.S. Corruption to Production Ratio rapidly increased in recent years with a huge transfer of wealth to those with the most resources from those with the least.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hedge Funds Speculators and Their Poverty Premium / Politics / Financial Markets 2011

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe short sale protection racket known as hedge funds is a speculators’ dream come true.

According to Investopedia, What Does Hedge Fund Mean? is defined as, "An aggressively managed portfolio of investments that uses advanced investment strategies such as leveraged, long, short and derivative positions in both domestic and international markets with the goal of generating high returns (either in an absolute sense or over a specified market benchmark). Hedge funds use dozens of different strategies, so it isn't accurate to say that hedge funds just "hedge risk". In fact, because hedge fund managers make speculative investments, these funds can carry more risk than the overall market".

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Politics

Monday, April 25, 2011

U.S. Troops Died in Vain in Iraq / Politics / US Politics

By: Laurence_Vance

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSince the beginning of the war in Iraq, I have unequivocally maintained several things about the deaths of U.S. troops. Every one of the 4,450 U.S. soldiers who has died so far in Iraq has died unnecessarily, senselessly, for a lie, and in vain.

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Politics

Monday, April 25, 2011

“Pirates of the Caribbean” or the Pattern of a Parasite / Politics / Financial Markets 2011

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleForrest Lane writes: Has anybody ever wondered why yet another mediocre Hollywood production “Pirates of the Caribbean” made such a tremendous box-office? Its sequels contain some visual gimmicks at least, which might seem entertaining to eight year old kids or people who zealously maintain their consciousness at the same level. But the first movie was not only senseless, but utterly tedious as well. Taking into account that hitherto the latest big budget endeavour on this subject - Renny Harlin’s “Cutthroat Island” - was undertaken as early as in 1995, became a commercial disaster and ruined Carolco Pictures, this success (the movie has made more than $300 million domestically and about the same amount worldwide) strikes as a bit enigmatic.

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