Aug 092018
The Forrest Gump of All Future Democrat Losses

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail René Magritte The evening gown 1954   Julian Assange has received an letter from the US Senate asking him to testify in front of them. What to make of that is not entirely clear. Far as I know, Assange offered such testimony multiple times, under the ‘right standards’. The Senate ostensibly wants this to take place behind closed doors, and it’s hard to see how that would fit Assange’s standards. But who knows? What struck me was that the

Aug 072018
 August 7, 2018  Posted by at 1:01 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,  
Assange, Infowars and the Constitution

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Vasily Polenov Christ among the teachers (doctors) 1896   This morning I woke up, looked around me, and saw a world sinking into a quagmire of voluntary censorship, a world willing to let someone far away choose what it can and cannot see of itself, and about itself. A world that no longer appears to recognize, or care, that this goes directly against its founding principles of liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of the press. I can think of

Aug 012018

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Salvador Dali Swans reflecting elephants 1937   I am often confused by events that happen and by things that people say. But then I think them over and they mostly become less confusing, even if often slivers of confusion remain. This was again the case yesterday morning. Donald Trump went after the Koch brothers, the one biggest symbol of everything that’s wrong with American politics, and I expected the anti-Trump echo-chamber to finally agree on something with him. But

Jul 242018
 July 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:25 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,  
Julian Assange and the Dying of the Light

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Jacques-Louis David Erasistratus Discovering the Cause of Antiochus’ Disease 1774   One thing that’s not receiving enough attention in the respective Assange and Russia coverage is to what extent both protagonists are needed in each other’s narratives to keep each of these alive. Without explicitly linking Assange to Russia, allegations against him lose a lot, if not most, of their credibility. Likewise, if Assange is not put straight in the middle of the Russia story, it too loses much.

Jul 122018
The Rise and Fall of Trade - Redux

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Russell Lee Gas station, Edcouch, Texas 1939 Ilargi: Someone linked to this almost 8 year old article from Nicole (July 19 2010), on Twitter. And yes, it’s even more relevant now than it was when she wrote it. So here’s a re-run:   … the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 in the US, which drastically raised tariffs on imports, lead to retaliation by trading partners, and the resulting trade war dropped global trade by 66% between 1929 and 1934.

May 182017
 May 18, 2017  Posted by at 7:00 pm Finance, Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,  
The Automatic Earth Primer Guide 2017

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Pablo Picasso Bull plates I-XI 1945   Nicole Foss has completed a huge tour de force with her update of the Automatic Earth Primer Guide. The first update since 2013 is now more like a Primer Library, with close to 160 articles and videos published over the past -almost- 10 years, and Nicole’s words to guide you through it. Here’s Nicole:     The Automatic Earth (TAE) has existed for almost ten years now. That is nearly ten years

Feb 042013
 February 4, 2013  Posted by at 4:42 pm Primers Comments Off on The World According to The Automatic Earth – A 2013 Primer Guide
The World According to The Automatic Earth - A 2013 Primer Guide

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Dorothea Lange River Food June 1936 Memphis, Tennessee. Original caption: "Coon dawgling." The Automatic Earth (TAE) is now five years old (as of January 22). That's five years of wide-ranging discussion on a huge range of issues, in the process of developing the biggest possible big picture of our present predicament. We are reaching limits to growth in so many ways at the same time, but it isn't enough to understand which are the limiting factors, but also what

Jan 242012
 January 24, 2012  Posted by at 4:33 pm Primers 
How to Build a Lifeboat

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail National Photo Co. Mack Sennett Girl 1919. Actress Marvel Rea, one of film producer Mack Sennett’s well-rounded “bathing girls” Stoneleigh: Yesterday we talked about why we are facing deflation and today I wanted to review and explain the suggestions we have made previously for dealing with a deflationary scenario. In short, this is the list we have run periodically since we started TAE (with one addition at the end): 1) Hold no debt (for most people this means renting)

Jan 242012
 January 24, 2012  Posted by at 4:26 pm Primers Comments Off on 40 ways to lose your future
40 ways to lose your future

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Samuel H. Gottscho When yesterday had a future November 28, 1933 Looking down South Street, New York City Stoneleigh: People have been asking how we see the future unfold. In case you wonder what we stand for, much of our view of what’s to come can be found in the primers on the right-hand side bar. Here is an additional brief summary (in no particular order and not meant to be exhaustive) of the ground we have consistently covered

Dec 222011
 December 22, 2011  Posted by at 7:27 pm Primers Comments Off on A Glimpse Into the Self-Destructive Psychology of Sharks
A Glimpse Into the Self-Destructive Psychology of Sharks

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemailUnknown Bass August 17, 1900 A world’s record 384-pound black sea bass caught by Franklin Schenck of Brooklyn with rod and reel off Catalina Island, California “You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart. The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning but how he handles his losses. If you win for thirty days in a row, that makes no difference if on the thirty-first you have a bad night,