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Politics

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How Many Grad Students Do We Need? / Politics / Social Issues

By: Daniel_Coleman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe recent fad of text-to-speech videos has placed its crosshairs on the unfortunate case of many young Americans who — facing a much higher unemployment rate than the nation as a whole — have turned to graduate school in record numbers. They typically do so to improve their job prospects, fulfill their intellectual fantasies, or simply escape the harsh reality of a depressed economy for another few years. It is clear that this trend cannot end happily for a large number of these students.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hunger in America / Politics / Social Issues

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePatrick Martin writes: Some 15 percent of US households, 17.4 million families or about 50 million people, were too poor to buy adequate food last year, according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). More than a third of these households, with as many as one million children, were missing meals on a regular basis, the study found.

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Politics

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Mobile Cell Phone Radiation The Health Hazards / Politics / Social Issues

By: Joel_S_Hirschhorn

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is now inconceivable that our world could function without the 5 billion cell phones used globally. The new book by Devra Davis “Disconnect” deserves your attention. Indeed, if you use a cell phone a lot it should be mandatory reading.

It also seems inconceivable that the trillion dollar cell phone industry and governments worldwide could have pushed this technology without ever having solid research results proving the safety of cell phones. If true that would be deadly frightening. But that is exactly the reality.

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Politics

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Economic Law Dooms The Police State / Politics / Social Issues

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI am perceived by many readers as a pessimist. I am not a pessimist. I am an optimist beyond your wildest imagination. I am an eschatological postmillennialist. There are not many of us. I am also a believer in the free market social order – not just in its superiority in theory, but in its inevitable triumph in history. I believe that Leonard E. Read's book title is correct: Then Truth Will Out.

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Politics

Friday, October 29, 2010

French Economy Crippled as Millions Strike and March Against Pension Cuts / Politics / Social Issues

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKumaran Ira and Alex Lantier writes: Millions of workers and students took to the streets across France Thursday to protest final approval by the National Assembly of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension “reform” bill. The French economy was still crippled by gasoline shortages due to ongoing refinery and port strikes.

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Politics

Friday, October 29, 2010

Inflation, Food Crisis, Climate Change, The Rising Cost of Survival / Politics / Social Issues

By: Richard_Mills

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSocio-economic turmoil - lawlessness, poverty, lack of adequate medical facilities and attention, low to no employment, low wages, disease, no clean drinking water or water for irrigation and shortages of food or unaffordable food can all cause socio-economic pressure to build in many countries that were once stable environments for investment.

In 2007 and 2008 roughly 40 food riots occurred - two of the more publicized examples were when people took to the streets after rising corn prices made tortillas very expensive in Mexico and skyrocketing food prices in Haiti led to the overthrow of that country's Prime Minister.

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Politics

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Shifting Financial Sands of Wealth Distribution / Politics / Social Issues

By: Barry_Elias

1913, the Federal Reserve Bank was created and the 16th amendment to the constitution was passed. This amendment provided Congress with the legal authority to tax.

At that time, the share of income earned by the top 1 percent, 0.1 percent, and 0.01 percent were 18.5 percent, 10 percent, and 4.4 percent, respectively. In 1980, these figures were dramatically reduced to 9 percent, 1 percent, and 0.5 percent, but by 2007 they increased significantly to 23.5 percent, 8.5 percent, and 3.0 percent (at or above 1913 levels).

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Politics

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Strangelets, Black Holes and the GOD Particle / Politics / Social Issues

By: Dr_Tom_Termotto

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator that straddles the border of France and Switzerland, is quite busy lately playing with the most basic ingredients of the universe. Much of humanity is completely oblivious to what is taking place there, even though the elemental forces of creation are being manipulated as never before.   Perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at some of the more profound questions surrounding this type of scientific research.  For the uninitiated, a more thorough description of the LHC with many informative links has been provided below.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Facebook, A Movie That Gets It Right / Politics / Social Issues

By: Jeffrey_A_Tucker

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWho are the capitalist folk heroes of our time? The Social Network is a film that celebrates one of the greats, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. It might seem at first like an impossibly boring story that resists movie making: how Facebook came to be founded and grew, meeting trials along the way and becoming the giant that it is today.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Economic Crisis and The Protest Movement: French Lessons for U.S. Workers / Politics / Social Issues

By: Shamus_Cooke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe world watches as France once again erupts in protests, demonstrations, and strikes. So much is at stake. If France's corporate-dominated government is able to increase the retirement age, other governments will be empowered to follow through with their plans to do the same. 

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Politics

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Haves, The Have Nots and the Dreamless Dead / Politics / Social Issues

By: Trader_Mark

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA very nice piece via Reuters (quite lengthy - good for weekend reading to cheer you up) touching on themes we've been very early on.  In fact I am starting to see a lot of things in terms of income inequality, wealth concentration, loss of job security, fear of children living worse than their parents, failure of of creating "the American dream" for the masses, and such starting to pop up.

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Politics

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Waves of Strikes Across Europe, the Decay of Democracy / Politics / Social Issues

By: Barry_Grey

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe growing struggles of the working class in Europe and internationally against mass unemployment and government austerity policies are exposing the reality behind the façade of bourgeois democracy. In every country, the government, whether conservative or nominally “left,” is cutting jobs and wages and slashing social programs in complete disregard for the overwhelming opposition of the population.

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Politics

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Vive la France Vive la Résistance, French Fight Back Against Oligarchy of Racketeers / Politics / Social Issues

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThank God for France. While American liberals tremble at the idea of sending an angry e mail to congress for fear that their name will appear on the State Department's list of terrorists, French workers are on the front lines choking on tear gas and fending off billyclubs in hand-to-hand combat with Sarkozy's Gendarmerie. That's because the French haven't forgotten their class roots. When the government gets too big for its britches, people pour out onto to the streets and Paris becomes a warzone replete with overturned Mercedes Benzs, smashed storefront windows, and stacks of smoldering tires issuing pillars of black smoke. This is what democracy looks like when it hasn't been emasculated by decades of propaganda and consumerism. Here's a blurp from the trenches:

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Politics

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Speculators getting rich at your expense / Politics / Social Issues

By: Akhil_Khanna

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSpeculators are individuals or organizations who place bets on outcomes of certain events likely to take place within a defined time period and earn huge profits on their occurrence. A simple speculation transaction would be to place bets on the results of a sports match. Team A and Team B are playing a football match. 10 people place a bet of $10,000 each that Team A will win and 20 people place a bet of $10,000 each on Team B winning the match. So we have bets of $1,00,000/- on Team A winning and $ 2,00,000/- on Team B winning. If Team A wins, the 10 people who won the bet would get $20,000/- each ($2,00,000 / 10) and the people who bet on Team B would loose all their money. Similarly if Team B wins, the 20 people who won the bet would get $5,000/- ($1,00,000 / 20) each and those who bet on Team A winning will loose all their money.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Atomised Americans / Politics / Social Issues

By: Christopher_Quigley

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“This shift from customary conformity to decision making by some other power, in its final stages, results in the dualism of almost totalitarian imperialism and an amorphous mass culture of atomised individuals.

The fundamental all pervasive cause of World instability today is the destruction of communities by the commercialization of all human relationships and the resulting neurosis and psychosis.

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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

Sunday, October 03, 2010

The Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor in "Classless" America / Politics / Social Issues

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJack A. Smith writes: The so-called growing rich-poor gap in "classless" America is a euphemism for the existence of an accelerated class struggle against American workers and the poor by a relatively small minority that possesses or has access to great wealth and power.

The Census Bureau reported Sept. 24 that the income differential between rich and poor Americans was greater in 2009 than any time since such records were kept.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

U.S. Social Inequality Income Gap Hits Record High / Politics / Social Issues

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Walsh writes: Figures released Tuesday by the US Census Bureau reveal sharply worsening conditions for tens of millions of Americans under the impact of the economic crisis and the accumulation of vast wealth by a relative handful.

Some of the figures, for particular states and regions, are simply staggering. Michigan residents experienced a 6.2 percent decrease in median income in the course of one year, from 2008 to 2009, while Illinois has suffered a 24 percent increase in poverty in the past decade. More than 36 percent of Detroit’s population officially lives in poverty.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Western Civilization Lies Dying / Politics / Social Issues

By: John_Kozy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Western commercial system exists to extract more from consumers than it supplies in products and services. Its goal is profit and has never been to improve the human condition but to exploit it. When governments institutionalize this system, they place their nations on suicidal paths, because as Jefferson recognized, "Merchants have no country." It is not terrorism that threatens the security of the Western World, it is the Western World's commercial system.

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Politics

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fahrenheit 451, Those Who Don’t Build Must Burn / Politics / Social Issues

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Out of the nursery into the college and back to the nursery; there's your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries of more. School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored. Life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies about after work. Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts?”   – Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451

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