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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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Politics

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Financial Crisis and an Interimly Limited Nationalism / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Submissions

Mark Blair writes:          Again, readers, I’m writing about a Big Picture Issue; but again, there is immediate sub-issue relevance. Again, I beg your pardon for my ignorance of your field.

There’s an old Arab proverb that goes: ‘My brother and me against my cousin; my cousin and me against the stranger.’ The proverb provides sharp insight into human relations, particularly what anthropologists call ‘reciprocity,’ which concerns the relation between kinship, trust (contracts, if you will), and the apportionment of resource.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Syria, Iran and the Balance of Power in the Middle East / Politics / Middle East

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleU.S. troops are in the process of completing their withdrawal from Iraq by the end-of-2011 deadline. We are now moving toward a reckoning with the consequences. The reckoning concerns the potential for a massive shift in the balance of power in the region, with Iran moving from a fairly marginal power to potentially a dominant power. As the process unfolds, the United States and Israel are making countermoves. We have discussed all of this extensively. Questions remain whether these countermoves will stabilize the region and whether or how far Iran will go in its response.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Why America Hates Congress / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: Everybody knows that screwing up a critical assignment at work will almost surely get you fired.

That is, unless you work as a member of the U.S. Congress.

After more than two months of bickering, the six Republicans and six Democrats on the "super committee" tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion debt reduction savings over the next decade have thrown in the towel.

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Politics

Monday, November 21, 2011

Russia Ups Ante with Caspian Neighbors by Moving Offshore / Politics / Russia

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn 16 November in Astrakhan Lukoil president, Vagit Alekperov told journalists that his company will spend over $16 billion over the next decade to develop the country's Caspian offshore Korchagin and Filanovskii oil and natural gas fields in the Caspian, at the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Astrakhan Region.

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Politics

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ron Paul on the Congressional Super Committee on Federal Budget Spending Cuts / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

This week marks the deadline for the so-called congressional Super Committee to meet its goal of cutting a laughably small amount of federal spending over the next decade. In fact the Committee merely needs to cut about $120 billion annually from the federal budget over the next 10 years to meet its modest goals, but even this paltry amount has produced hand-wringing and hysteria on Capitol Hill. This is only cutting proposed increases. It has nothing to do with actually cutting anything. This shows how unserious politicians are about our very serious debt problems.

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