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Double Helix: the Dragon and the Bear

The double helix of the Dragon and the Bear or here.  From Vineyard of the Saker.  More to come on this topic. – $9 trillion US$ carry-trade blew up oil – Institutionalized TBTF. Ellen Brown-5 Big Banks will Survive Next … Continue reading

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The declining price of oil is a catalyst for calamity

Its obvious that the price of oil, high or low, has serious implications for financial markets and sovereign budgets.  Cheap accessible energy has been the fundamental driver of economic development.  It is also the major cause of conflict, a key … Continue reading

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Orwell was only wrong about the date …

… a cartoon essay by Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune: Everyone thinks 1984 is a work of fiction.  Little do most realize that Orwell was from the future, sent back to warn us.  1984 is, in fact, an accurate account of … Continue reading

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krazy kyakers

Ottawa has the good fortune of being near lots of water, mostly in the form of two rivers, the Ottawa and the Rideau.  The Rideau drains into the Ottawa.  Historically, the Rideau Canal was built to accommodate trade between Ottawa … Continue reading

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The Age of Thirst

note: this post was originally published in May 2013.  It has been updated as new information is available.  I decided to republish it and move it to the top of my blog, as it is such a “hot” topic.  Latest … Continue reading

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Sound engineer humor

One of my favorite sites is gearslutz.com, where people, mostly sound engineer types, talk about … gear.  Most of the time, the conversations are about experiences with specific pieces of recording equipment or techniques.  Some can be offbeat and really … Continue reading

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The house always wins, but how much?

“I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol, and wild women.  The other half I wasted.” – WC Fields Here is a visualization prepared by data scientist Seth Kadish.  The chart presents the house odds in gambling in Las Vegas … Continue reading

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Sun Traces Huge Figure-8 Patterns in Sky

Here is an intriguing time-lapsed photo of the sun’s position in the sky over Wroclaw, Poland, taken three-times a day throughout one year: Maciej Zapiór, a solar physicist at the University of the Balearic Islands in Palma, Majorca, and colleague … Continue reading

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Bitcoin ebbs and flows

Wanna see where the bitcoin horde is going?  Fiatleak has a real-time tracker of bitcoin transaction flows.  Not exactly an anonymous currency. (update: this tracker seems to be inoperative.  Perhaps it has the bitcoin curse, and is offline for good.  … Continue reading

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Known and Unknown

These definitions seem to be attributed to Donald Rumsfeld, former US Secretary of Defense.  The attribution is usually derogatory, e.g. “Rumspeak”.  But I think its great … Known knowns – things we know we know Known unknowns – things we … Continue reading

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