Category Archives: blather & bleating

The Jig is Up … Fed tapering is an illusion

“Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” – Harpo Marx Last summer, I wrote a research brief on the US QE, titled Bernanke cannot take his foot off the gas pedal.  You can read it here.  … Continue reading

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Rock on, Pussy Riot …

This Sundance award-winning documentary tells the story of how Russian feminist punk rockers Pussy Riot captured the world’s attention through their protests and political statements.  Ultimately, however, it was their prosecution and incarceration that brought focus to their agenda, and … Continue reading

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A Worse Case Scenario

Blogger Bruce Krasting published a sobering article on the Greek situation, suggesting that Greeks are leaving the country in the face of economic dispair.  He uses the term “diaspora“, meaning “a dispersion of a people from their original homeland”.  An extreme … Continue reading

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The Actual Debt Ceiling

Here is an amusing illustration by Victor Juhasz from GQ online. On the GQ site, you can click through the slideshow to see who all the characters are.

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Feeding the Monster

Here is an interesting chart from the IMF: It says that the US debt per capita is poised to exceed the GDP (gross domestic product) imminently.  GDP is an economic measure for the total dollar amount of goods and services … Continue reading

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The US Debt Ceiling Debate is a Red Herring

One thing that is missing in most articles and analysis regarding the debt ceiling, is that there is a body of experts that believe Obama has the constitutional authority to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally if an agreement cannot be … Continue reading

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Canada – GET OUT AND VOTE

Plato said that “the price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men”.  Unfortunately, this continues to be true today. Here is a little piece on the merits of democracy, such as it … Continue reading

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At the Fringe of Democracy, the Wingnuts are Loose

I have looked all over for a quote but cannot find it, so I will paraphrase it: The power of democracy isn’t the ability to grant power, but in the ability to take it away. When you look at what is … Continue reading

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The Show Must Go On

In an unusual bit of drama from Ottawa, the Heritage Minister instructed the Library and Archives Canada to show the documentary film Iranium after “threats of violence” caused a screening of the film Tuesday to be cancelled. Earlier, the showing … Continue reading

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The Yin and Yang of the Currency War

Interesting article on Reuters about the currency war.  Countries have all decided that in order to jump start their economies, they need to adopt “beggar thy neighbor” competitive currency devaluation strategies.  But as everyone is doing the same thing, the … Continue reading

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