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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict / Politics / Iraq War

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn 2003 Donald Rumsfeld estimated a war with Iraq would cost $60 billion. Five years later, the cost of Iraq war operations is over 10 times that figure. So what's behind the ballooning dollar signs? Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilme's exhaustedly researched book, "The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict," breaks down the price tag, from current debts to the unseen costs we'll pay for years to come. In 2003 Donald Rumsfeld estimated a war with Iraq would cost $60 billion.

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Politics

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Big Government Socialist Beast and The Plague of Self-Delusion / Politics / US Politics

By: Tim_Case

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"It has been proved, by indisputable evidence, that power is not the grand principle of union among the parts of a very extensive empire; and that when this principle is pushed beyond the degree necessary for rendering justice between man and man, it debases the character of individuals, and renders them less secure in their persons and property…" ~ James Winthrop, Antifederalist No. 11

I doubt there are many who have thought about the transitive verb, secure, used by James Winthrop in the quote above. Noah Webster’s, 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, says secure is to make certain; to put beyond hazard, then addresses secure in this context: "Liberty and fixed laws secure to every citizen due protection of person and property…"

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Politics

Saturday, November 28, 2009

When the Revolution Comes, Wear Your Dog Tags / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWednesday morning the 25th at 9:45 a.m. meant a visit to Dr. Nick, the ophthalmologist. The office was peopled predominantly by seniors who looked near 80. Two in conversation admitted to being 78 and 79. I felt young. Still, that’s your future and not too far off. Make the most of your remaining time, I thought.

A sign was placed prominently on the desk in front of the receptionist:

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Politics

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fiat Currency Money Printing Leading to Decentralization and Operational Secession / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article

"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle." ~ George Orwell

We are seeing the beginning of a social revolution. This revolution will spread to politics. It is happening under our noses.

A revolution involves five crucial elements: (1) a new view of sovereignty; (2) a new view of authority; (3) a new view of law; (4) a new view of sanctions; (5) a new view of the future. Any revolution that does not involve all five is more of a coup than a revolution: a substitution of new rulers for old, not a change in the system.

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Politics

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Are Ukraine Black Death Cases Result of IMF Loans? / Politics / Global Pandemic

By: F_William_Engdahl

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Ukraine Government has declared a state of emergency and medical examiners describe results of autopsies on dead patients in chilling terms that recall the Black Death descriptions from the Fourteenth Century in Venice. While everyone is calling it “Swine Flu” and the WHO using it to spread their panic and untested vaccines, there is strong evidence that the deaths—almost all from pulmonary conditions—are from a rising incidence of Tuberculosis (TB). Now a Cambridge University study shows that there is a close correlation between rise in TB and the severe austerity measures that go with IMF loans. Are the Ukraine ‘Black Death’ cases the result of Ukraine’s IMF loans? 

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Politics

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Gold, Freedom, and the Fed / Politics / Central Banks

By: LewRockwell

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJacob G. Hornberger writes: The following is a non-verbatim transcript of a speech I delivered on November 23, 2009, at the End the Fed rally in Philadelphia.

With the possible exception of the Internal Revenue Service, the federal agency that is the greatest threat to the financial well-being and freedom of the American people is the Federal Reserve. This is the agency that has the power to wipe you out. It can destroy all your savings and the value of your income. Worst of all, it can do all this secretly and surreptitiously.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Deepening Economic Crisis, Financing War at the Expense of Job Creation / Politics / Afghanistan

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAmerica is in the most severe unemployment crisis since - and perhaps including - the Great Depression.

And yet Obama, like Bush, has done virtually nothing to create more jobs. Instead, they both gave trillions to the biggest banks (who are not loaning it out to the little guy) and for waging wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

American Casino, An Edgy, Fast-paced Documentary on the Financial Meltdown / Politics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAndrew and Leslie Cockburn have produced the best movie of the year. American Casino tells the story of the financial crisis, which started with the meltdown in subprime lending and ended up triggering the deepest slump since the Great Depression.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Will Christmas Shopping Save the Economic Recovery as Black Friday Nears? / Politics / Economic Recovery

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFunny how, back in 1929, we had black Thursday and then Black Friday as the market crashed, plunging the country into a depression. Now we have every retailer in every mall in America on their knees praying for a prosperous black Friday this week.

Here’s the scenario as Thanksgiving rolls around.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Federal Reserve's Silver Lining / Politics / Central Banks

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve, is under intense scrutiny for its unprecedented actions following the 2008 financial crisis.  Amidst the carnage of the financial crisis and real estate crash, Congress has taken a fresh look at the actions of the Federal Reserve on the economy. 

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Politics

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Banking Sector Bailouts the Biggest Tax Payer Rip-off of All Time / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Martin_D_Weiss

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the scenario I’m about to paint for you, the dialog is fictional, but all the facts and figures are real.

The time: 1 AM, November 23, 2011, exactly two years from now.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Former Soviet States Battleground For Global Domination / Politics / New World Order

By: Rick_Rozoff

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA Europe united under the EU and especially NATO is to be strong enough to contain, isolate and increasingly confront Russia as the central component of U.S. plans for control of Eurasia and the world, but cannot be allowed to conduct an independent foreign policy, particularly in regard to Russia and the Middle East. European NATO allies are to assist Washington in preventing the emergence of "the most dangerous scenario...a grand coalition of China, Russia, and perhaps Iran" such as has been adumbrated since in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Iran Sanctions and Strategy / Politics / US Politics

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Iranian government has rejected, at least for the moment, a proposal from the P-5+1 to ship the majority of its low-enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment. The group is now considering the next step in the roadmap that it laid out last April. The next step was a new round of sanctions, this time meant to be crippling. The only crippling sanction available is to cut off the supply of gasoline, since Iran imports 35 percent of its refined gasoline products. That would theoretically cripple the Iranian economy and compel the Iranians to comply with U.S. demands over the nuclear issue.

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Politics

Monday, November 23, 2009

Audit the Fed Attached as an Amendment / Politics / Central Banks

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

I was pleased last week when we won a vote in the Financial Services Committee to include language from the Audit the Fed bill HR1207 in the upcoming financial regulatory reform bill. As it stands now, if HR 3996 passes, because of this action, the Federal Reserve's entire balance sheet will be opened up to a GAO audit. We will at last have a chance to find out what happened to the trillions of dollars the Fed has been giving out.

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Politics

Monday, November 23, 2009

From Zombie Banks to Corporations to All of America / Politics / US Debt

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.  The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.  So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them."  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6

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Politics

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Global Warming Religious Crusade / Politics / Climate Change

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI received a lot of emails in response to Beware The Ice Age Cometh: Hackers Prove Global Warming Is A Scam

Many were from religious zealots of global warming theory, and as you might surmise they were not printable.

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Politics

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Healthcare Under Capitalism / Politics / Healthcare Sector

By: Colin_Leys

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLeo Panitch and Colin Leys have just brought out the 2010 annual volume of the Socialist Register, Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism, published by Merlin Press in London, Monthly Review Press in the U.S. and Fernwood Books in Canada. The book provides a path-breaking assessment of health under capitalism, providing a systematic account of the antagonistic relationship between capitalism and human bodies, of how modern healthcare has been deeply penetrated by neoliberal capitalism, and the ways in which healthcare workers, activists and socialists are struggling and pursuing alternative paths of solidarity in human health.

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Politics

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Global Warming Scam Exposed, Climagate / Politics / Climate Change

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJames Delingpole writes: If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka Hadley CRU) and released 61 megabites of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)

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Politics

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Evidence that Global Warming Is a Scam / Politics / Climate Change

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article

It's now official. Much of the hype about global warming is nothing but a complete scam.

Thanks to hackers (or an insider) who broke into The University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) and downloaded 156 megaybytes of data including extremely damaging emails, we now know that data supporting the global warming thesis was completely fabricated.

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Politics

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Pending Financial, Economic, Political and Social Collapse Of The United States / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTimothy V. Gatto writes: The truth that most people realize but can’t openly talk about is that America has seen better days and that the system of capitalism has long outlived its usefulness. The last part of that sentence, that capitalism has outlived its usefulness, is thoroughly the fault of the capitalists themselves.

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