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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Boston Massacre Theories / Politics / Social Issues

By: Michael_T_Bucci

Hours after the tragic massacre at the Boston Marathon on April 15, web writers and bloggers filled the internet with "theories", and professional new organizations did likewise.

Alex Spillius of UK's The Telegraph summarized these theories the morning after: "The first is that domestic right-wing extremists were responsible. The second is that Islamists, either foreign or American, and linked to al-Qaeda spiritually or practically, were to blame. A third possibility is killers with no ideological agenda whatsoever." However, Mr. Spillius, sitting 4,800 km from Back Bay Boston, strikingly missed theory Number Four: the bombing was a "false flag attack" by the US Government. Clearly, he didn't have full insight into the American Right, especially the faction called "Truthers" who generally believe the U.S. government commits acts of terrorism against itself to justify public support for state repression, i.e., beginning with a "cover-up" of 9/11.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Government Wants Your Money or Your Life / Politics / Taxes

By: LewRockwell

April 15th is a horrible day, because it sums up all the wealth destruction called taxation that we are subjected to all year long.

As Murray Rothbard pointed out, taxation is the worst method of looting us. Inflation is destructive, of course, and it might make a loaf of bread cost $10. But at least you get a loaf of bread. With taxation, you get nothing—except theft and other violations of our civil liberties.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cyprus Too Small To Fail / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Steve_H_Hanke

The political elites in Brussels can once again breathe a sigh of relief. Cyprus did not implode and take the euro with it. In many ways, the latest drama in Cyprus followed a familiar pattern: the so-called troika of European leadership (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) flew to a country on Europe’s periphery to rescue its failing banks, that country’s leadership balked, and then eventually caved to Brussels’s demands.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

China and North Korea: A Tangled Partnership / Politics / North Korea

By: STRATFOR

China appears to be growing frustrated with North Korea's behavior, perhaps to the point of changing its long-standing support for Pyongyang. As North Korea's largest economic sponsor, Beijing has provided the North Korean regime with crucial aid for years and offered it diplomatic protection against the United States and other powers. To outsiders, China's alliance with North Korea seems like a Cold War relic with little reason for persisting into the 21st century. However, Beijing's continued support for Pyongyang is not rooted in shared ideology or past cooperation nearly as much as in China's own security calculations.

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Politics

Monday, April 15, 2013

Making Sense of U.S. Money / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Stephen_Merrill

What possibly has happened to the finest invention in the long history of nation-states?

With the Greatest Depression grinding along the deepest of cliffs, with America’s Afghan wartime ally Harmid Karzai accusing US forces of homicide bombings to spread terror in his country and with our President no better able to stage-manage the federal sequester than he has accomplished with the general economy, the present state of affairs seems dire for the US monolith, a quite Soviesque look actually.

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Politics

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ron Paul - Why Can't We All Travel To Cuba? / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Earlier this month, entertainers Jay-Z and Beyoncé were given a license by the US government to travel to Cuba. Because it is not otherwise legal for Americans to travel to Cuba, this trip was only permitted as a "cultural exchange" by the US Treasury Department. Many suspect that the permission was granted at least partly due to the fame, wealth, and political connections of the couple.

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Politics

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Europe's Thatcher Clones Reap What She Sowed / Politics / European Union

By: Andrew_McKillop

LAYER CAKE OF ILLUSION
The European press and media has given massive attention to the death of Thatcher, her funeral arrangements and who pays for them, the outbreak of a lot less than respect for her memory in Britain, and the supposed "like her or loathe her" game-change that Thatcher's brand of liberal economic policies produced in Britan and Europe. This past week, you could often tell the political slant of a newspaper from its treatment of the issue, and even the choice of Thatcher's picture that editors made for their front page. UK paper ommitted to exalting Thatcher, like the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail carried pictures of Thatcher against a dark backdrop with what looked like a halo around her head.

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Politics

Sunday, April 14, 2013

What if QE3 Money Actually had to be Printed? / Politics / Quantitative Easing

By: Submissions

Richard Moyer writes: As we speak, the US Federal Reserve, led by Ben Bernanke and his Raiders, is printing a not-too-shabby $85 billion a month.

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Politics

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Great U.S. Postal Fraud / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

"One of the things the government can’t do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt.” – Lee Iaccoca

You may have heard that the U.S. Post Office lost $16 BILLION last year. You may also have heard that Congress snuck a requirement into a bill that had nothing to do with the Post Office, mandating that they must deliver on Saturdays, even though eliminating Saturday delivery would save the Post Office $2 BILLION per year. Congress evidently can’t read a financial statement or interpret a chart. I’m sure the trends detailed on this chart will reverse themselves shortly.

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Politics

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Quantifornication and the American Spring / Politics / US Politics

By: Richard_Mills

Ironic isn't it? A record number of people on food stamps yet new highs for stock indices. Below is an interesting question posed by Michael Snyder. The answer is very important to your future.

"If the economy is getting better, then why does poverty in America continue to grow so rapidly? Yes, the stock market has been hitting all-time highs recently, but also the number of Americans living in poverty has now reached a level not seen since the 1960s. Yes, corporate profits are at levels never seen before, but so is the number of Americans on food stamps. Yes, housing prices have started to rebound a little bit (especially in wealthy areas), but there are also more than a million public school students in America that are homeless...should we measure our economic progress by the false stock market bubble that has been inflated by Ben Bernanke's reckless money printing, or should we measure our economic progress by how the poor and the middle class are doing?" - Michael Snyder, infowars.com

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Politics

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Fleecing of Bank Depositors Has Only Just Begun / Politics / Credit Crisis 2013

By: Andy_Sutton

The story broke from nowhere and caught many off guard. To others it was the manifestation of previously unspoken fears. It was, and is, by far the biggest story of 2013, the decade, and quite possibly the millennium. It was the crossing of another Rubicon. For years and decades, the financial piranhas had wandered around the edges, nibbling a little here and a little there. Inflation, bailouts, and other monetary mischief had already eroded the value of most currencies. But never before had they actually made the boldest of moves – to steal what were always considered to be the most liquid and secure of funds – bank deposits. In a weekend, the liquid became the illiquid and the secure became the repossessed. Hey, let’s not split hairs here, the money was stolen. The media dutifully came up with another new buzzword – the ‘bail-in’. Talk about putting a positive spin on outright theft.

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Politics

Friday, April 12, 2013

North Korean Nuclear Threat Always Imminent / Politics / Propaganda

By: Andrew_McKillop

NUCLEAR ROULETTE
North Korea’s young president-for-life may be creating a crisis atmosphere, in a strategy to force the US and other Security Council "declared nuclear" nations to recognize his nation as a nuclear weapons power. Alternate reasons for the belligerant North Korean stance are not in short supply - and notably include internal or domestic political issues, ironically due to slowly growing, but nevertheless real economic improvement in this totally isolated country.

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Politics

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Ugly Truth About Bank Bail-ins, Magic Wands and Con Men / Politics / Credit Crisis 2013

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Last week, I was emailed a link to Barry Ritholtz's "The Big Picture" site.

That's where David R. Kotok, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Cumberland Advisors, posted a piece on the "bail-in" of Cypriot banks, versus the bailout fixes that we're used to seeing.

As it was an email, a lot of people were copied on it. And a lot of them hit "Reply All," and forwarded their reactions and comments.

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Politics

Friday, April 12, 2013

Why Paul Krugman is Wrong About Margaret Thatcher / Politics / Economic Theory

By: Money_Morning

As the top Keynesian gadfly, Paul Krugman's recent attack on Margaret Thatcher wasn't very surprising.

In a blog post on the very day she passed, he questioned whether or not Margaret Thatcher had actually made any difference to the performance of the British economy.

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Politics

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Why Government Control over Financial Markets has to Grow! / Politics / Government Intervention

By: Julian_DW_Phillips

Growth of control by banks and government

Quietly, but thoroughly, governments and the banking system have taken an ever increasing role in every aspect of the economy and individual's lives. Where in the distant past cash was the only means of exchange, cash is now controlled by the banking system and cash transactions reduced to a miniscule role in all our lives. Even in Cyprus after the 'confiscation' of deposits, cash is rationed and transactions within the banking system are allowed up to €200,000 before a 'bank committee' has to approve them. The banking system is answerable only to government. Government is grateful to the banking system because government has a means of visible monitoring and controlling its citizen's financial affairs. Through the banking system, government is able to control our financial lives as never before. Cyprus demonstrates how that control will be increased even in crises caused by themselves.

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