May 272013
 May 27, 2013  Posted by at 3:15 pm Finance Comments Off on Japan : It's Not A Bet If You Can't Win
Japan : It's Not A Bet If You Can't Win

Detroit Publishing Co. Revels of Japan teahouse 1904 "Dreamland Park, Air Ship Building, Coney Island" The reactions to the $314 billion, 7.3% plunge in the Nikkei last week were, let's say, for the best part amusing. The army of experts and analysts stood at the ready to name the external factors that made it happen (by the way, that army seems to have grown a hundredfold or so over the past 5 years, or is that just me? So where's

May 232013
 May 23, 2013  Posted by at 7:11 pm Finance Comments Off on Is The EU A Tide That Lifts All Boats?
Is The EU A Tide That Lifts All Boats?

Last weekend, a group of influential British business people published a letter in the Independent which attempts to "make the economic case" for having the UK stay in the EU. The letter of course is a reaction to unrest within PM David Cameron's Conservatives (over half of Tory backbenchers demand a referendum on the topic), as well as the rise of Nigel Farage's UK Independence Party, which in recent polls is almost as big as the Tories (which trails Labor

May 192013
 May 19, 2013  Posted by at 10:59 am Energy Comments Off on Widely Visible Symbols Of Human Folly
Widely Visible Symbols Of Human Folly

  Jack Delano Union Station January 1943 The waiting room of Union Station in Chicago Why do we do it? Sure, we discount the future, and consensus is that's genetic, but it's not just our own future we discount. In fact it's not even the one we discount most: that would be our children's future. We don't just take what we need, we take all we can, and leave them with the consequences. After us the deluge. Even though love

May 122013
 May 12, 2013  Posted by at 3:05 pm Finance Comments Off on If The Rest Are Only Half As Bad As Ireland …
If The Rest Are Only Half As Bad As Ireland ...

Ireland was one of the first European countries to get hit by the financial crisis. It decided to bail out its banks at the direct cost of the taxpayer. In 2012, those banks were still overleveraged (and still are today) to the same level as for instance Cyprus, with assets over 800% of GDP. Probably only Iceland has been worse (UK?!). According to IMF/EC, 2012 Irish national debt was 117% of GDP; not a pretty number either. This all as

May 062013
 May 6, 2013  Posted by at 6:55 pm Finance Comments Off on The Untouchables of the 21st Century
The Untouchables of the 21st Century

Dalit or Untouchable Woman of Bombay according to Indian Caste System – 1942 – Wikimedia Commons Throughout history and throughout the world, there have been classes of untouchables. Best known perhaps (other than Elliott Ness and Wall Street bankers) are the caste that goes by the name in South Asia, a.k.a. the Dalits, but there are/were also for instance the Cagots in France, the Burakumin in Japan, and the Roma and Jewish populations in medieval Europe though the Middle East.