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Frustrated by the lack of depth in most media; we aim to discover the dimension of ideas beyond the left/ right, red/blue, and liberal/conservative thinking. We write about economics, politics, power, history, religion and culture. We are enthralled with most things American but skeptical of ethnocentric biases and group think. Clarity and discovery is often found with humor.

Intrade Unemployment

US Unemployment Rate in Dec 2009 to be greater than 10.00% Betting on Intrade is that there is an 85.9% chance of unemployment hitting 10% in December of ’09. Since we are already at 9.5% that seems like a pretty…

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The Tyranny of Moral Supremacy

From C.S. Lewis: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may…

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Honduras Twitters

I have been posting about the Honduras situation and how they have exercised their law and constitution and removed Mel Zayela for trying to hold an illegal referendum and defying the courts in order to acquire unlimited powers. Yet Zayela…

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The Dangers of Articfial Currency Valuations

Blogger Doug Ott in ‘Yes and Not Yes’ notes in the annual report of Alleghany Insurance, their thought of the cause of the financial mess. an excerpt Over the following decade and a half, this currency policy contributed to stagnant…

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Did Krugman Recommend a Housing Bubble in 2001?

I have been a critic of Paul Krugman after reading his book, “The Conscious of a Liberal”. he just seems to belive that there is no government program that can ever get too big and no problem a government program…

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Obama Notes the Cost of Energy Efficiency

James Taranto notes in the Wall Street Journal In his speech on “energy” yesterday, President Obama chose an especially odd example: “In the late 1970s, the state of California enacted tougher energy-efficiency policies. Over the next three decades, those policies…

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Contempt for the Rule of Law

I had not paid much attention to the reported ‘coup’ in Honduras, until I heard Neal Boortz summarize the situation, apparently based on the Wall Street Journal article by Mary Anastasia O’Grady, “Honduras Defends Its Democracy”. Read the whole article…

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Turning Tragedy into Catastrophe

A tragedy is what happens to somebody else. A catastrophe is what happens to everybody including us. We have a health care problem that needs some new rules. For an individual family with serious illness bankrupted by medical bills it…

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A Bad Bet

There is much debate about global warming. Apparently enough skepticism is emerging to change the term to “climate change”, or better yet, “man made climate change.” That way the real problem, “man” can be held accountable no matter which way…

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The True Believer

“For men to plunge headlong into an undertaking of vast change, they must be intensely disconnected yet not destitute, and they must have the feeling that by the possession of some potent doctrine, infallible leader or some new technique they…

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Intellectual Blindness

I just finished reading “the Conscience of a Liberal” by Paul Krugman. I am trying to remember what drew me to the book, but it was likely a curiosity of how a true confessed liberal, Nobel Prize winning at that,…

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Men of the Gun

The Memorial to Che Guevara in Santa Clara about a four hour drive from Havana features a huge 50 foot tall statue of the famed guerilla leader in his fatigues holding an M-1 carbine in his left hand below his…

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