Posts filed under “Politics”

NASA’s Defunct Project Survives on Mississippi Pork

From Bloomberg Visual Data:

NASA will complete a $350 million tower to test rocket engines for a program that was canceled in 2010. The A-3 test stand will be finished early this year at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Its funding survived thanks to Senator Roger Wicker, a Republican from that state who supported the test stand’s completion even though NASA doesn’t need it.

Source: Bloomberg Visual Data

Category: Digital Media, Politics, Science, Think Tank

Surveillence of Citizens Is ALWAYS Aimed at Crushing Dissent

500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent It’s Never to Protect Us From Bad Guys No matter which government conducts mass surveillance, they also do it to crush dissent, and then give a false rationale for why they’re doing it. For example, the U.S. Supreme Court noted in…Read More

Category: Legal, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Think Tank

Who Owns Congress?

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Category: Digital Media, Politics

Nelson Mandela & South African Inequality

Discuss . . .   Source: Economist  

Category: Digital Media, Politics

The View From Europe

I spent the early part of this week presenting at several conferences in Belgium, in and around Brussels. I was the not-so-randomly selected person to give the American take on the state of the global economy and capital markets. Or, at least, an American take. I never want to misrepresent my own biased and conflicted…Read More

Category: Economy, Investing, Politics, Travel

Economist: How American politics has pulled apart

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Category: Politics, Video

What Are the Risks for Pacific Coast Residents from Fukushima Radiation?

“[The Odds of] Longer Term Chronic Effects, Cancer Or Genetic Effects … Cannot Be Said To Be Zero” It is very difficult to obtain accurate information on the dangers from Fukushima radiation to residents of the West Coast of North America and Hawaii. On the one hand, there is fear-mongering and “we’re all going to…Read More

Category: Energy, Politics, Think Tank

D.C. Is Dragging Down the Economy

click for larger chart Source: Econtrarian   The past two days have seen two positive surprises in economic data. Yesterday, the gross domestic product came in at 2.8 percent growth, significantly better than consensus expectations of 2 percent. This morning, payrolls jumped by 204,000 workers, against median estimates of 163,000. Now imagine how much better…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Politics

Source of Government Shutdown Has Faltering Economy

Blowback to Economically Weak GOP Districts? click for interactive map Source: Washington Post     Source: At the source of the shutdown, the economy falters — and anger at Barack Obama runs high Jim Tankersley Washington Post, October 28 2013–and-anger-at-obama-runs-high/2013/10/28/67d51c90-3fe2-11e3-a751-f032898f2dbc_story.html

Category: Digital Media, Economy, Politics

Rand Paul & Janet Yellen

Rand Paul & Janet Yellen David R. Kotok Cumberland Advisors, October 25, 2013       There are reports that Senator Rand Paul intends to put a “hold” on Janet Yellen’s nomination for Federal Reserve Chair. Senator Paul is involved in an absolute act of lunacy. He wants to put Janet Yellen’s nomination on hold…Read More

Category: Federal Reserve, Politics, Think Tank