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Learning From The TV (Imagine That!)

Shows offering lessons in resilience
Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 9:28 PM

Amidst the vast sea of cable-network detritus, every so often there's a show or two that I find worthwhile -- either for entertainment or for learning something.

Recently, there are two shows I'm currently enjoying that deliver on both counts. And very surprisingly, they're "reality TV" -- a genre I usually associate as the worst of the worst when it comes to low-quality programming. But I'm finding I'm learning some useful lessons from these two series, and I thought I'd take a moment to share my observations for those who might want to tune in and see for themselves. » Read more

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Warning: Ukraine Is At A Flashpoint

The stability between Russia & the West is failing
Sunday, May 4, 2014, 1:16 AM

Regrettably I am very close to issuing an official Alert over the situation in Ukraine.  The situation has continued to both escalate and deteriorate and more than 50 people died on Friday, May 2 in violence in Odessa and other eastern cities in Ukraine.  Relations between Russia and the US are finding new lows while China and Russia grow closer. 

For those living in Europe who are exposed to the possible fallout that would result from the loss of supplies of Russian energy, the time to begin your preparations is right now. » Read more

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The State of the Deep State

The monster in America’s closet
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:43 AM

We’ve been hearing a lot about the so-called Deep State lately. What to make of this shadowy monster? Some observers link it to the paranoid fantasy called the New World Order, a staple of political talk radio (and a hobgoblin I don’t believe in). 

I like to say that I’m allergic to conspiracy theories because human beings are generally too inept to carry out schemes at the grand scale, as well as being poor secret-keepers. Insider knowledge is almost always swapped around, even in secretive organizations, often recklessly so, because doling it out confers status, tactical advantage, and sometimes money for the doler-outer. But the Deep State isn’t a secret. It operates in plain sight. » Read more

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What If Nations Were Less Dependent on One Another?

The Case for Autarky
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 4:13 PM

Autarky is more than a ten-dollar word for self-sufficiency, as it implies a number of questions that “self-sufficiency” alone might not.

The ability to survive without trade or aid from other nations, for example, is not the same as the ability to reap enormous profits or grow one’s economy without trade with other nations. In other words, 'self-sufficiency' in terms of survival does not necessarily imply prosperity, but it does imply freedom of action without dependency on foreign approval, capital, resources, and expertise. » Read more

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Daily Digest 3/13 - U.K. Faces Growing Vulnerability, German Bank Doubles Reserves

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:18 AM
  • Spain unveils $4.6-billion plan to get young back to work
  • Portugal in worst recession in 37 years
  • Duty hike on gold expected to reduce imports: Minister
  • France's Francois Hollande admits to miss deficit target
  • Students Rally Against Proposed Tuition Hike
  • Military tuition assistance another casualty of the sequester
  • Abe’s Weak Yen Policy Erodes Japanese Tourist Spending in Korea
  • Local Lawmakers Lead Fight To Ban Traffic Cameras in Ohio
  • German Central Bank Doubles Reserves
  • U.K. Faces Growing Vulnerability
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Four More Years

Predicting a global recession in 2013
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 11:51 AM

Obama has been re-elected. Given the hyperbole and highly emotional rhetoric of the election, it is hard to imagine that the U.S. is anything but slightly more divided than before, with the gaps and divisions widening more and more as time goes on.

The real tragedy in this story is that virtually none of the really big and important issues were even touched in this election cycle. One party pointed to how much they managed to increase military spending while the other promised to exceed even that. One side said they'd promote even faster drilling and extraction of our dwindling energy reserves and the other promised they could do it even faster. Both said they wanted more growth and more jobs and more, more, more. » Read more