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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Friday, January 07, 2011

The United States Stuck in 2011 Catch 22 / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs I began to think about what might happen in 2011, the classic Joseph Heller novel Catch 22 kept entering my mind. Am I sane for thinking such a thing, or am I so insane that asking this question proves that I'm too rational to even think such a thing?  In the novel, the "Catch 22" is that "anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn't really crazy". Hence, pilots who request a fitness evaluation are sane, and therefore must fly in combat. At the same time, if an evaluation is not requested by the pilot, he will never receive one (i.e. they can never be found "insane"), meaning he must also fly in combat. Therefore, Catch-22 ensures that no pilot can ever be grounded for being insane - even if he were. The absurdity is captured in this passage:

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Politics

Thursday, January 06, 2011

On the Brink of Catastrophic Economic Collapse / Politics / US Politics

By: Mac_Slavo

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe’ve been told a lot of things since the global economic crisis first became apparent in 2007. In March of that year Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said, “the impact on the broader economy and financial markets of the problems in the sub-prime markets seems likely to be contained.” Clearly, Mr. Bernanke’s assessment was incorrect and the sub-prime real estate issues were only part of a broader, systemic issue.

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Politics

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Public Education Is Going Down / Politics / Social Issues

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI am working with a young man who turned 18 in December. You know what he got for his birthday? A B.A. degree from an accredited college. His parents paid for tuition: under $15,000. The college awarded him his degree for work performed. He did the whole thing at home.

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Politics

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Putin Prepares For War / Politics / Russia

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVladimir Putin is the most popular leader in the world today. His personal approval ratings are in the stratosphere, usually well-above 80 percent. He is admired for his quiet, confident manner and for having restored Russia to its former greatness following the chaotic breakup of the Soviet Union. The Russian people love Putin. Parents name their children after him, vodka and caviar producers use his name to boost sales, and his face appears on the tee-shirts of students and young people. It's unthinkable that he would step down after his term as prime minister is over a year from today. The Russian people want him to stay on and run for a third term as president, and that's probably what he'll do.

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Politics

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Republican's Play Chicken with the U.S. Debt Ceiling / Politics / US Debt

By: Mike_Shedlock

President Obama is very concerned that Republicans might "Play Chicken" with the debt ceiling. The president is so concerned his aids are sending out dire warnings about dollar defaults and "catastrophic impacts" to the economy.

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Politics

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The Hands of Freedom Slight Return / Politics / US Politics

By: Barry_M_Ferguson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis article is an expansion of an article that I wrote years ago for my newsletter, Barry’s Bulls. I thought it to be an appropriate reprise as we end the year and reflect upon our circumstances. At the end of the day, we humans should value one blessing above all else - freedom. Freedom to think. Freedom to write. Freedom to communicate. Freedom to move about. Freedom to choose. Freedom to worship. Freedom to direct our own lives. What grants us this freedom?

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Politics

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

U.S. Propaganda Ministers Pumping Out Jobs Recovery Propaganda / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe storyline being sold to the American public by the White House and the corporate mainstream media is that the economy is growing, jobs are being created, corporations are generating record profits, consumers are spending and all will be well in 2011. The 2% payroll tax cut, stolen from future generations to be spent in 2011, will jumpstart a sound economic recovery. Joseph Goebbels would be proud.

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Politics

Friday, December 31, 2010

Khodorkovsky's trip to the slammer, Justice Has Prevailed / Politics / Russia

By: Mike_Whitney

Vladimir Putin summed it up best when he said, "A thief should sit in jail." Right on. It doesn't matter if he is the richest man in the country or not. If he's done the crime, he's got to do the time. It's that simple.

On Wednesday, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of Yukos Oil was sentenced to 14 years in prison for embezzling and money laundering. Heads of state, human rights organisations, business leaders, and the entire western media have all protested on Khodorkovsky's behalf, but to no avail. Khodorkovsky will stay in prison where he belongs. Justice has prevailed.

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Politics

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Britain's Swine Flu Epidemic Feeds on Coalition Government Spending Cuts / Politics / NHS

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The long dreaded swine flu epidemic is starting to sweep across Britain resulting in NHS critical care hospital beds filling up and some 40 deaths to date of which 36 are as a consequence of H1N1 Swine Flu. The coalition government had cut Labours Swine flu prevention advertising campaign as well as other measures that were directly aimed at preventing a swine flu epidemic.

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Politics

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Truth is We’re Freakin’ Finished / Politics / US Politics

By: Mac_Slavo

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile Bob from Drinking With Bob may be a little bit emotionally driven he does a pretty good job of getting his point across. In the following video Bob rants about the failing public services sector in New York and points out what many of us already know:

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Politics

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Federal Reserve: Stupid Bank Robbers or Robber “Hood” Barons: A Psychohistory Analysis / Politics / Central Banks

By: Katherine_Smith

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Federal Reserve (or “Fed”) is a “hot topic” on the Internet. However, it is my belief that I am the only one, who writes: “The Federal Reserve isn’t evil because they print our money and make us (the U.S. Taxpayers) pay interest on it. They are evil because, until October 2008, the Fed gave us a no-limit credit card that we used to buy houses, cars, RVs, TVs and DVDs—the “stuff” which, according to the GEO4, a massive United Nations Report, put the planet at the unknown points of no return.” [1]

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Politics

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We Can’t Let China Sway Our Energy Decisions / Politics / China

By: Barry_Elias

First U.S. Treasury bonds, now dysprosium.

China owns nearly $1 trillion of U.S. debt (approximately 7 percent of the nearly $14 trillion total). China also retains roughly $2.5 trillion in foreign-currency reserves, nearly all in U.S. dollars. They lend money to us so we can purchase their exports, which are more competitively priced than ours.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

U.S. State Budget Crisis: Deadbeat States Need to Stop Spending, Start Mending / Politics / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKerri Shannon writes: State governments are broke, and things are going to get worse before they get better - a whole lot worse.

Look at California. It's facing a $19 billion budget deficit next year and had to raise tuition in the state university system by 32% to try and collect revenue.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

1984 - 2011: Dissent Is What Rescues Democracy / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

"Dissent is what rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors."
--Lewis H. Lapham

The year 2011 will bring Americans a larger and more intrusive police state, more unemployment and home foreclosures, no economic recovery, more disregard by the US government of US law, international law, the Constitution, and truth, more suspicion and distrust from allies, more hostility from the rest of the world, and new heights of media sycophancy.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

North Korean Dear Leader Calls for Holy War / Politics / South Korea

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChristmas or no Christmas, the Korean Peninsula is boiling once again, with threats flying thicker than the winter snow along North Korea’s icy Yalu River.

Last week, North Korea threatened a nuclear "holy war" against South Korea. The North Korean "Dear Leader," Kim Jong-il, has repeatedly vowed to "liberate" South Korea, which he calls an American colony.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Death Tax and Barney Frank / Politics / Taxes

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStephen Cox writes: Yesterday I watched one of my favorite movies, The Bishop’s Wife (1947). It’s the story of . . . well, never mind; I don’t want to reveal the plot. Anyway, at the end of the movie, the bishop (David Niven) gives a brief Christmas sermon, in which he says that the best presents are "loving kindness, warm hearts, and the stretched out hand of tolerance – all the shining gifts that make peace on earth."

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Politics

Monday, December 27, 2010

Social Security is Not 'Insurance' / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Perhaps the biggest media story of 2010 was the influence of Tea Party voters on the congressional landscape. The new congress comes to Capitol Hill with a mandate to end profligate spending and restore fiscal sanity, we are told. But when the House and Senate convene in January, the newly elected members will face tremendous pressure to maintain spending levels for entitlement programs. Even the most modest proposals to trim Social Security or Medicare spending will be met with howls of indignation and threats of voter revolt. Legislators who propose any kind of means testing or increased retirement ages can expect angry visits from senior citizen lobbyists ready to fund a candidate back home who supports the status quo.

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Politics

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mainstream Press Journalism of Appeasement, Corruption, Smoke and Mirrors / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: David_DeGraw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHere’s a brief summation of my recent reporting: If we continue to let our politicians and wealthy members of society live in comfort, free from the consequences of their actions, we are complicit in our own demise.

Our country is so overrun with corruption, we cannot remain passive and expect things to get any better.

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Politics

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Spectre is Still Haunting Europe... / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBut this time it's not necessarily Communism, or any other label used by humans to conveniently understand their complex forms of socioeconomic organization. It's the spectre of an unrelenting reality, emerging from the depths of history, with no plans to follow but its own. What exactly, then, is reality and why does it have its own plans? These are not easy questions to answer, but many brilliant minds have had much to write and say on the topic. It may be safe to say with near certainty that, if nothing else, reality is constantly evolving and always lingering in the furthest boundaries of our comprehension.

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Politics

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Why is the West Sacrificing Lives in Afghanistan to Protect Chinese Investments? / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Global_Research

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael Skinner writes: Many of the Canadian military, police, and civilian personnel who risk their lives in Afghanistan truly believe they are fighting a just war of good against evil. But America's and Britain's claims that the unsanctioned unilateral invasion of Afghanistan, which began the Global War on Terror, was justified by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 are as credible as claims the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian terrorist justified Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia to begin WWI.

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