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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Monday, March 26, 2012

Will Helicopter Bernanke Become 'Hurricane Ben'? / Politics / Quantitative Easing

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis report will deal with quantitative easing (QE). To prepare you for this report, I ask you to watch a short video. It is under 3 minutes. This video is the best thing I have seen on quantitative easing. I wish Bernanke would be this forthright, but I suppose this will never happen.

I will assume from this point on that you have seen the video. If you deal with colleagues who have been confused about what QE really means, forward it to them.

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Politics

Monday, March 26, 2012

NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS: The Very Real Possibility of A Global Nuclear Catastrophe / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Government Spends Trillions On Unlikely Threats … But Won’t Spend a Billion Dollars to Prevent the Very Real Possibility of Global Nuclear Catastrophe

We’re Spending Money Combating the Wrong Dangers

Studies show that people are worry about the wrong things.

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Politics

Sunday, March 25, 2012

U.S. Government War on Cash / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Joseph_T_Salerno

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUnder cover of its multiplicity of fabricated wars on drugs, terror, tax evasion, and organized crime, the US government has long been waging a hidden war on cash. One symptom of the war is that the largest denomination of US currency is the $100 note, whose ever-eroding purchasing power is far below the purchasing power of the €500 note. US currency used to be issued in denominations running up to $10,000 (including also $500; $1,000; $5,000 notes). There was even a $100,000 note issued for transactions among Federal Reserve banks.

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Politics

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saudi Arabia: House of Saud, Falling House of Cards / Politics / Middle East

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSaudi rulers are struggling to contain a new wave of public protests that has erupted across the Arabian kingdom as security forces open fire on unarmed civilians.

The big question: is the House of Saud finally beginning to collapse like the fragile house of cards that this creaking, ruling monarchy represents?

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Politics

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Big Banks Continue to "Suck at the Government" With Never-Ending Stealth Bailouts / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOpen-Ended Bailouts Are Continuing

We’ve previously documented the fact that bailouts of the big banks are continued in stealth mode up to the present day.

True, the banks claim they’ve repaid the Tarp bailout funds … but nearly half of the banks “repaid” such bailout funds by borrowing from other government bailout funds (and the rest could only repay money by fudging their accounting and using stealth bailouts which are are a little harder to detect).

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Politics

Sunday, March 25, 2012

MF Global Financial Collapse is Obama's Hurricane Katrina / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBill Black is interviewed on the Capital Accounts Show on RT.

I would be glad to show a video of Bill Black discussing important financial matters such as this on a mainstream US video program but there don't seem to be any.

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Politics

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Becoming the Bank / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article

Both the mainstream and alternative media spend a good amount of time reporting on the excesses of Wall Street, which range from extremely disproportionate levels of compensation to blatantly criminal practices. Whether we are talking about Goldman Sachs defrauding and front-running clients or former New Jersey governor and MF Global CEO Jon Corzine illegally transferring client funds to JP Morgan, there is a certain air of "so whatness" to the entire discussion. How extensive are these occurrences and why should we care?

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Politics

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Missing Presumed Dangerous - The World's Missing Nuclear Materials / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAbout 50 heads of state will attend the Nuclear Security Summit on Monday and Tuesday 26 and 27 March in Seoul, South Korea, drawing US president Barack Obama and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev as well as leaders from potential transit countries such as Moldova, Lebanon and some African states that smugglers may use to move illicit nuclear materials. Iran and North Korea, which are in violation of United Nations resolutions demanding a halt to their nuclear work, are among countries excluded from the summit because the conference organizers’ are seeking consensus.

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Politics

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Breaking News: MF Global’s Corzine Ordered Funds Moved to JPMorgan / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Bloomberg

Bloomberg TV reports on the news that Jon Corzine, MF Global Holding Ltd.'s chief executive officer, allegedly gave "direct instructions" to transfer $200 million from a customer fund account to meet an overdraft in one of the brokerage's JPMorgan Chase & Co. accounts in London, according to an e-mail sent by a firm executive.

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Politics

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Natural Gas Act: Another Washington Boondoggle / Politics / Natural Gas

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJames Baldwin writes: With gasoline fast approaching $4 a gallon and heading toward $5 this summer, it's no surprise that politicians are panicking.

In Washington D.C., everything is an emergency. Legislation is always the antidote.

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Politics

Friday, March 23, 2012

To Where Our Oppositonal Culture Takes Us / Politics / US Politics

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"On approaching the other it has lost its own self, since it finds itself as another being; secondly, it has thereby sublated that other, for this primitive consciousness does not regard the other as essentially real but sees its own self in the other." –Hegel

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Politics

Thursday, March 22, 2012

WALL STREET CONFIDENCE TRICK: How "Interest Rate Swaps" Are Bankrupting Local Governments / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFar from reducing risk, derivatives increase risk, often with catastrophic results.     Derivatives expert Satyajit Das, Extreme Money (2011)

The “toxic culture of greed” on Wall Street was highlighted again last week, when Greg Smith went public with his resignation from Goldman Sachs in a scathing oped published in the New York Times.  In other recent eyebrow-raisers, LIBOR rates—the benchmark interest rates involved in interest rate swaps—were shown to be manipulated by the banks that would have to pay up; and the objectivity of the ISDA (International Swaps and Derivatives Association) was called into question, when a 50% haircut for creditors was not declared a “default” requiring counterparties to pay on credit default swaps on Greek sovereign debt. 

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Politics

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Government Lobster Trap: 'Why Congress Invented Tax-Deferred IRA Accounts' / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI hope you're tucked in. Get used to the feeling of being tucked in. Don't you feel safer now? Settle down. I'll tell you a story.

Once upon a time, there were two United States Senators. One was a Democrat. The other was a Republican.

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Politics

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Apple Stock and U.S. Income Inequality / Politics / US Politics

By: EconMatters

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleApple stock price rallied to $602.50 on March 21 partly due to the the company's decision to spread some of its huge pile of cash ($97.6 billion in cash equivalent with no outstanding debt at the end of 2011) in the form of dividend and a share buyback program.

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Politics

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Crazy World Of Smart Grids And Carbon Capture / Politics / Electricity

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile the oil-intensive but deindustrialized countries of the West show mounting signs of stress at the prospect of more and further oil price rises, and China moves ever onward on its oil-intensive industrial path racking up huge trade surpluses while paying for all the oil it wants, the twin sideshow of  smart grids and carbon capture still has some headroom, in some countries. The main problem, however, is that CCS is almost certainly impossible, and smart grids will be fantastically expensive.

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