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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

U.S. Jobs Report Conspiracy Theories / Politics / Employment

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: Can we talk about unemployment in the U.S.? And can we talk about conspiracy theories?

I thought you'd say "yes." I can almost hear you saying, "Hell yeah, bring it on!"

So, let's have at it.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bernanke Riding Into The Sunset Or A Brick Wall? / Politics / Government Spending

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA month ago, I presented the case for why Fed Chairman Bernanke would have strong motivation to launch another round of quantitative easing (QE) before the election. In short, it would save him his job. Now, I didn't predict with certainty that he would do so - only the few men at the FOMC knew that for sure - but it seemed likely. Shortly thereafter, Bernanke not only announced more stimulus, but promised to keep it flowing to the tune of an additional $40 billion a month until conditions improve. As I had written, this is essentially the election platform of the Obama-Bernanke ticket: we will keep the party going indefinitely.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Government Dependency Will End in Economic Chaos / Politics / Government Spending

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

The media insists on characterizing statements about dependency on government handouts as controversial, but in truth such statements are absolutely correct. It's not that nearly half of Americans are dependent on government; it's actually more than half. If one includes not just people on food stamps and welfare, but also seniors on Medicare, Social Security and people employed by the government directly, the number is more like 165 million out of 308 million, which is 53%.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

U.S. Emerging Doctrine of Controlled Engagement / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver the past weekend, rumors began to emerge that the Syrian opposition would allow elements of the al Assad regime to remain in Syria and participate in the new government. Rumors have become Syria's prime export, and as such they should not be taken too seriously. Nevertheless, what is happening in Syria is significant for a new foreign doctrine emerging in the United States -- a doctrine in which the United States does not take primary responsibility for events, but which allows regional crises to play out until a new regional balance is reached. Whether a good or bad policy -- and that is partly what the U.S. presidential race is about -- it is real, and it flows from lessons learned.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

They Cook the Books, You Can't Trust Official Statistics / Politics / Economic Statistics

By: Lewrockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJack D. Douglas writes: All official, statist statistics are only about the subjects and categories, and use only operational definitions and procedures to construct those statistics, which are determined ultimately by the politicians who control the state. All official statistics are, thus, inherently biased by the powerful individuals who run the states, so official stats. vary wildly among nation-states and other political groups. In America, for example, there are massive official stats. on the deaths the state categorizes as due to drug uses defined by the state as "illegal," almost entirely those of poorer people.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Barack Obama's Power Elite Roots / Politics / US Politics

By: Lewrockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAnthony Wile writes: We track power elite dominant social themes large and small. As part of this effort, we've uncovered what we believe to be patterns of "directed history" leading toward ever-bigger government at both national and international levels.

Elites love government because they control society via mercantilism, the use of public power to enhance private advantages.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Euro-zone Bailout, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article

Fitch has given the ESM, which reportedly became "operational" today, even though the Eurozone members will take years to full its coffers from today's €200 billion to the desired €500-600 billion, an AAA rating. The European (hey, what happened to Emergency?) Stability Mechanism needs this rating in order to sell bonds. Since eurobonds are not deemed acceptable by too many parties involved, the new pride of Europe will start selling ... right, eurobonds, just under another name.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

George Osbourne Targets Britain's Benefits Culture Baby Making Factories / Politics / UK Politics

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGeorge Osbourne's speech at the tory conference laid down the reasons for an additional £10 billion cut in benefits spending that are needed to get to the heart of Britians benefit culture crisis that over the last Labour government's regime has resulted in a state where those out of work can receive more in benefits than those in work earn that has contributed towards Britians accelerating trend towards bankruptcy.

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Politics

Monday, October 08, 2012

The Great American Empire - Decline, Decay, Denial, Delusion & Despair / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe majority of Americans seem OK with just waddling through life, accepting the lies and misinformation blasted from the boob tube and their various iGadgets by their owners, gorging themselves to death on Twinkies and Cheetos, paying 15% interest on their $10,000 rolling credit card balance, and growing ever more dependent on the welfare/warfare state to provide and protect them from accepting personal responsibility for their lives. A minority of critical thinking people have chosen to question everything they see and hear being spewed at us by the propagandist mainstream media, the corporate fascist government, and the powerful banking cabal that has an iron grip upon our throats as they choke the life out of the global economy in their never ending desire for more riches and more power.

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Politics

Monday, October 08, 2012

Rational Egoism, Irrational Greed And Ayn Rand's Creed / Politics / Propaganda

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOil in New York is breaching long-term technical support at $89.83 a barrel, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. On the weekly chart, that’s the 50 percent Fibonacci retracement of the drop to $32.40 in December 2008 from an intraday record high of $147.27 in July that year. Losses tend to accelerate below chart-support levels from that retracement.

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Politics

Monday, October 08, 2012

Income inequality: Cause of our predicament or a convenient scapegoat? / Politics / Social Issues

By: Colin_Twiggs

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA reader reminded me of this 2011 Vanity Fair article, where Joseph Stiglitz argues that growing income inequality will harm future US economic growth.

“What matters, [some people] argue, is not how the pie is divided but the size of the pie. That argument is fundamentally wrong……..

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Politics

Monday, October 08, 2012

Manipulating the U.S. Unemployment Rate, About That "Expected" Drop In Participation Rate / Politics / Unemployment

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article

Calculated Risk had an interesting but misleading post A decline in the participation rate was expected due to the aging population.

This decline in the participation rate has been expected for years. Here are three projections (two from before the recession started). The key to these projections is that the decline in the participation rates was expected:

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Politics

Sunday, October 07, 2012

The Innocence of Christians - Just the Facts Without Any Bad Acting / Politics / Religion

By: Videos

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEveryone is aware of the recent amateur 15minute production by the name of "Innocence of Muslims" whose primary goal was to incite violence by outraging the followers of Islam through its offensive depictions.

Instead the following documentary that whilst focusing primarily on Christianity but could equally apply to any religion, and done without attempting to incite violence through offensive depictions but rather focuses on the facts.

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Politics

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Financial Warfare: Destabilizing Iran’s Monetary System / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleESFAHAN – Dramatic fluctuations of the Iranian rial triggered small protests among merchants in Tehran’s grand bazaar on October 3rd, 2012. In an attempt by authorities to prevent further devaluation, Iran’s central bank recently issued new limits on the amount of USD available for purchase at a subsidized rate, leading many to panic as the rial fell 40% against the dollar since the start of October. Although the demonstrations were economic in nature, many took advantage of the moment to voice their grievances against the political system, with many crediting President Ahmadinejad with overseeing fiscal mismanagement that has exacerbated Washington’s unceasing barrage of economic sanctions. Ahmadinejad’s political opponents also blame his administration for economic mismanagement, sentiment that is appearing more frequently among Iranian society.

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Politics

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Another Phony US Employment Report: Spiralling Number of Involuntary Partime Workers / Politics / Unemployment

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

The employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 114,000 new jobs in September and a drop in the rate of unemployment from 8.1% to 7.8%. As 114,000 new jobs are not sufficient to stay even with population growth, the drop in the unemployment rate is the result of not counting discouraged workers who are defined away as “not in the labor force.”

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