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Politics

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Black Friday Shopper-on-Shopper Violence, Best Indicator U.S. Economy is Alive and Well / Politics / Social Issues

By: PhilStockWorld

I’m very relieved to hear of the various incidents of violence brought on by the "doorbusters" and other Black Friday-related narco-shopping come-ons.  This mad rush to buy garbage is the single best indication we have that America’s consumers (and the economy that belongs to their appetites) are alive and well.

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Politics

Saturday, November 26, 2011

NATO Kills 28 Pakistani Troops, Pakistan Army Prepares for Border War / Politics / Pakistan

By: Submissions

PTI Submits: At least 28 Pakistani soldiers were killed today when NATO helicopters and combat jets fired on two border posts in the country's northwest, prompting army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to direct his troops to prepare for ''an effective response'' even as authorities cut off all supplies for US forces in Afghanistan.

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Politics

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Europe is Falling Apart, ECB to the Rescue? / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Bill_Bonner

Markets closed today. And not much from us either. We’ve got family chores to attend to.

As expected, Europe is falling apart. Yields are rising. France’s debt no longer looks safe. And Germany can’t sell its bonds.

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Politics

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Hallmark of the Fed is Duplicity, or, What’s Risky is Safe / Politics / US Debt

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTom Foolery at Its Finest:  The Truman Show Redux : The purpose of this paper is to highlight how hegemonic American economic doctrine has infected global economics in creating a surreal plutocratic corporatocracy, or in other words, what’s black is white, what’s up is down, what’s safe is risky, you get the idea!

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Politics

Friday, November 25, 2011

End Of The Road For Kyoto / Politics / Climate Change

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Kyoto Treaty is threatened by an ever rising groundswell of outright rejection. Limits on CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions may lapse before end-2012. This will above signal the end to the easy money for emission permit traders, brokers and investment bankers playing a small but profitable market in a huge range of complex "carbon related and derived products". Estimated at around $142 billion a year, the market designed to cap CO2 and other GHG emissions, linked to burning fossil fuels, producing cement, deforestation, urbanization and other land use changing activities is still defended by some, as able to "mitigate global warming".

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Politics

Friday, November 25, 2011

Could Climate Change Be The Next Catastrophic Tail-Risk-Penny To Drop? / Politics / Climate Change

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the Durban Climate Change conference wheezes into obscurity with memories of a bunch of what the neo-cons call “balding ex-hippies” on one side; and a stack full of conveniently newly-leaked e-mails on the other…and America conspicuously absent, I am reminded of previous catastrophes.

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Politics

Friday, November 25, 2011

Low Carbon Sustainable Means a Post Industrial Future / Politics / Global Economy

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe chances of the long-term future being truly postindustrial is high: as Albert Einstein said on the subject of war, industrial civilization makes it certain the third world war will be nuclear - but the fourth world war will be fought with sticks and stones. By a lot less people.

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Politics

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Australia deprives tobacco giants of their brands / Politics / Austrailia

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAustralia is introducing a single design model for cigarette packs of all the brands sold in the country. The respective law has been adopted by the country's parliament, and after approval by the Governor-General it may come into force. Tobacco corporations have already sent their representatives to courts, and a number of countries are observing the attempt to null the cigarette brands.

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Politics

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Goldman Sachs Trojan Horse Digs into Euro-zone / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Pravda

The German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) chaired by Angela Merkel urged to introduce changed in the Lisbon Treaty and other European agreements stipulating an opportunity for European countries to pull out from the eurozone. The countries would preserve their EU membership in such a move.

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Politics

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Roads To War And Economic Collapse / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe day before the Thanksgiving holiday brought three extraordinary news items. One was the report on the Republican presidential campaign debate. One was the Russian President’s statement about his country’s response to Washington’s missile bases surrounding his country. And one was the failure of a German government bond auction.

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Politics

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Be Thankful If You Were Not Born in the United States / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBeing born in America at anytime between 1623 and 1970 would have been quite a stroke of luck. You would have lived in one of the freest, most productive, and because of that, most prosperous regions on Earth. Luckily, America got its heavy socialism out of the way right from the get-go.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

U.S. and European Fiscal Ticking Time Bombs, Whose Fuse is Shorter? / Politics / Government Spending

By: Peter_Schiff

With fiscal time bombs ticking in both Europe and the United States, the pertinent question for now seems to be which will explode first. For much of the past few months it looked as if Europe was set to blow. But Angela Merkel's refusal to support a Federal Reserve style bailout of European sovereigns and her recent statement the she had no Hank Paulson style fiscal bazooka in her handbag, has lowered the heat. In contrast, the utter failure of the Congressional Super Committee in the United States to come up with any shred of success in addressing America's fiscal problems has sparked a renewed realization that America's fuse is dangerously short.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We Are All Keynesians Now - Except Me / Politics / US Debt

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you want federal debt reduction, you are going to get it Super-Committee "failure" or not. The recent debt-ceiling legislation calls for $1.0 trillion less-than-otherwise federal spending over the next 10 years. The "trigger" calls for $1.2 trillion less-than-otherwise federal spending over the next 10 years. And, with the return to the Clinton-era personal tax rates for all household income groups on January 1, 2013, revenues will increase by $3.5 trillion more-than-otherwise over the next 10 years. So, that is $5.7 trillion of less federal debt issuance than otherwise over the next 10 years. Now, that's what I would call a grand bargain. And don't forget, unless Congress acts before yearend 2011, an extra $168 billion of federal debt that otherwise would have been issued won't be because of an expiring FICA tax "holiday" (just in time for the holidays?) and the expiration of extended unemployment insurance benefits. The U.S. as the next Greece? I beg your pardon. Try Canada, eh?

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Politics

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Horrible Bosses, Pitchforks & Torches / Politics / Social Issues

By: D_Sherman_Okst

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you haven’t seen the movie “Horrible Bosses” I’d recommend that you do. Please see it. Go enjoy yourself. As bad as things are getting it is incredible to realize that we can still laugh.

And trust me, you’ll laugh hard at this movie.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Super-Committee is Dead, Long Live the Debt! / Politics / US Debt

By: PhilStockWorld

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn case you are voting in the next election – here are 12 people to get rid of.  Much as I may blame one party over another for this failure, they all deserve what’s coming to them for A) Pretending they were going to accomplish something and B) For not now getting up and making very strong statements denouncing the corruption in politics that make it impossible for Congress to do the Nation’s business anymore.  

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