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The Self-Destructive Trajectory of Overly Successful Empires
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:14:55 +0000
A recent comment by my friend and colleague Davefairtex on the Roman Empire’s self-destructive civil wars that precipitated the Western Empire’s decline and fall made me rethink what I’ve learned about the Roman Empire in the past few years of … Continue reading
A Stock Market Crash Scenario
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:13:53 +0000
We have all been trained by a decade of central bank saves to expect any stock market swoon will soon be reversed by central bank sweet talk and/or rate cuts. As a result of such ever-present central bank willingness to intervene … Continue reading
The terrorists among us 2 Private Intel turned on people they pretend to protect
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:13:26 +0000
Sometimes you have to just sit back and ask WTF just happened? When I started researching the ins and outs of what passes for the Intel community everybody is so quick to quote these days, I did just that. Two … Continue reading
It’s the Emoluments, Stupid. Impeach for Iran.
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:01:41 +0000
The constitutional ban on receiving gifts or benefits while in office from the U.S. government or state governments (domestic “emoluments” – Article II, Section 1) is absolute, not waivable by Congress, and not subject to proving any particular corrupting influence. … Continue reading
Instantly Find Any Email In Outlook … No Matter How Cluttered Your Inbox
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 21:53:49 +0000
Around 600 million people use Outlook email each day. If you’re like me, you have years of emails in your Outlook account, and it is so cluttered that it takes forever to find emails the old-fashioned way. Fortunately, there’s an … Continue reading
Talk Nation Radio: Stephen Roblin on What Moves People Against War
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 19:32:48 +0000
Stephen Roblin is a scholar of U.S. public opinion towards U.S. war and conflict. He is committed to using his research to support activists, NGOs and policymakers working to mitigate and prevent the human costs of war. His research examines … Continue reading
Confronting Censorship in Ireland
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:14:09 +0000
According to exit polls from late May, an impressive 82% of Irish voters say Ireland should remain a neutral country in all aspects. But Ireland is not remaining a neutral country in all aspects, and there’s no indication of whether … Continue reading
Google Tricks: How to Supercharge Your Searches and Become an Instant Power User
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 21:29:12 +0000
We all use Google (or DuckDuckGo) countless times a month to search for information, shopping deals, movie times, dirt on someone, etc. But chances are you’re using – without knowing it – a crude Neanderthal version of Google search … … Continue reading
What Would It Take to Spark a Rural/Small-Town Revival?
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 17:50:17 +0000
The decline of rural regions and small towns is a global phenomenon, and the causes are many but boil down to two primary dynamics: 1. Cities and megalopolises (aggregations of cities, suburbs and exurbs) attract capital, infrastructure, markets and talent, … Continue reading
Anyone who’d rather not be shot should read this book
Sun, 09 Jun 2019 18:12:54 +0000
Thom Hartmann has long written and spoken on the topic of guns in the United States, along with many other topics. Of those topics he’s dealt with that I know anything about, I have not always agreed with him on … Continue reading