Archive for the 'Geopolitics' Category

The Prime Minister, The President and The Bomb

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Today is a strange day in the history of American Democracy.  A foreign leader is going to address Congress a little less than an hour from the time I am writing this to try to head off the Diplomatic efforts of the President of the country formerly known as the United States of America. Backing […]

How to Really Stop Putin in His Tracks

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Russia is amassing troops along its border with Ukraine.  The fear is that Putin, not satisfied with the Crimea, will also move to annex the more russified areas of Eastern Ukraine.  The West can take measures financially and through trade and other sanctions that will hurt Russia, and it should do so, but I doubt […]

Obama and Kerry Paint US Into a Box

Friday, March 14th, 2014

I thought everything would be OK with Kerry as Secretary of State because I thought there would not be any serious issues before he and Obozo left office. Oops. Vlad the Impaler put the kaibosh on that one. It is like a bad joke watching Kerry spew his clownish nonsense. But I am left wondering, […]

China Tightens Economic Screws. Is it a war front?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

The talking heads on the business shows are agog at the collapse of Copper prices this week as Chinese export data fell hard.  It should be no secret that China’s leaders are trying to deftly deflate a credit bubble there before it brings their whole economy down – and with it potentially the Communist Party.  […]

Bin Laden and Trust in Government, Hmmm and Libya?

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Apparently they have buried Bin Laden at sea in accordance with the muslim religious requirement that the body be buried within 24 hours. How convenient. So how do we know he is dead? Trust us. The problem is that most people have very little faith in government at all. And that faith is dropping. I […]

Should We Still Trade With China? Should the Eagle Abandon the Dragon?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

With China’s Premier in town, it seems a good time to review where the United States stands vis-a-vis China in the realm of trade.  China is still nominally a Communist state.  It is an authoritarian state.  It imprisons its citizens on the basis of their thoughts without affording them due process of law or access […]

National Security Imperative: Do Not Full Stop at Stop Signs

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

I am in the habit of rolling through most stop signs at 4 way stops. I used to come to pretty much a full stop. But then I thought about the following.   The U.S. imported 1.2 Million barrels of oil per day from Saudi Arabia in 2009. At $70 per barrel (that may be […]

The Great Swing Left

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

UPDATE:  4 June 2009 – Freedom House and some other organizations have released a report, Undermining Democracy: 21st Century Authoritarians (pdf) that captures the ideas expressed here so I guess it is now official. ———————————————————————————— I have been meaning to write about this for about 5 years, but the installment of the Obama administration with […]

To Lower the Price of Oil, Raise Fed Funds Rate

Friday, June 6th, 2008

It is amazing how much nonsense is thrown around by people on CNBC.  Dennis pleading with the president of NYMEX to raise margin requirements so speculators cannot take such big positions.  Congresspeople talking about curbing speculators (see below).  Can we really so stupid as to blame the messenger rather than attacking the causes? It is […]

National Do Nothing Day: June 11th, 2008

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

As a form of national protest at the high and rising cost of energy and food, everyone in the nation should stay home on Wednesday, June 11th.  This might help get the attention of the idiots in Washington and the ear of fellow citizens who – for whatever strange reason – are not thinking much […]

Thought stub: euro as a Reservable Currency

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

One reason central bankers, oil sheiks and chinese politburo officials should like the euro is that there is no single political will behind it to obscure or threaten its value. Whereas the US is s single country, if things go bad, they go bad. The euro block, as a collection of separate countries are at […]

Islamic Cartoon Fascismo – Source of the Problem

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

In the interest of fighting bad speech with more speech, rather than violence, I would like to write one huge run-on sentence to post links to blogs that are correctly pointing out that it was the ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF DENMARK that actually took the step of conducting a road show throughout the middle east which […]

Of Strongmen and Weak Government

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

A coworker just returned from an extended visit to her family in Caracas, Venezuela. She confirms some of what you read in the press, like the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal. As a result of el Presidente seeking to identify voters with fingerprints, and hence being able to threaten those who vote against […]