Category Archives: Around the world…

March 02

ARGENTINA’S GDP GETS BOTOX

Argentina’s nubile president Cristina Kirchner says she ‘was born wearing makeup’ however, vanity is hardly Ms. Kirchner’s only sin.  The veracity of her finance minister’s reported GDP growth rate is questioned by everyone including the all important IMF.  In fact, IMF head Christine Lagarde (an alluring woman for her age as well) has given Ms. […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz January 28

STICK TO THE EURO, NOT THE GYRO

The Troika is a reference to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission (EC).  The troika is the economic powerhouse in charge of the bailout funds for southern European nations.  They are not a well liked group by citizens in these desperate countries because they control the purse strings […]

alicia moritz dante ruffalo January 28

IOU MRS. MERKEL

The Eurobond is a form of mutualized debt subsidized by member states of the European Union.  A comparison to the United States is when China buys our ‘debt’ they are actually buying bonds that are secured by the collective economic output of the 50 states.  Similarly, a Eurobond is a debt instrument like U.S. bonds, […]

May 17

DILUSIONS OF A DONETSK REFERENDUM

According to Western media, on May 11th, the people of Donetsk ‘overwhelmingly’ voted in favor of a referendum for independence granting Mr. Putin yet another score in his exhaustive and successful information war.  The palimpsest of cold war propaganda, revitalized through control of Russian media, had once again afforded the voracious Russian president another jewel […]

April 07

DON’T ASK DONETSK- PUTIN PROPAGANDA CONTINUES

Today U.S. media report ‘pro-Russia’ demonstrators take over government buildings in the Ukraine city of Donetsk.  Why American journalists believe what Russia state TV tells them is baffling.  It is nothing but a further extension of Mr. Putin’s fanciful propaganda campaign. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there is strong evidence FSB operatives (the […]

April 06

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT HIGHEST PAID POLITICIAN IN WORLD

Today, the Nigerian finance minister announced total GDP for 2013 increased to $318 billion USD ($510B PPP) making Nigeria Africa’s biggest economy, even larger than the modernized South Africa. Nigeria is roughly twice the size of California and has a population of 174 million.  For a comparison, the entire U.S. has a population of slightly […]

alicia moritz dante ruffalo March 21

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iPlane missing… but not for long

dante ruffalo alicia moritz March 16

GAY NEO-NAZIS TAKE OVER UKRAINE!

Watching the BBC’s recent piece ‘exposing’ the neo-Nazi stronghold on the Ukraine government was slightly reminiscent of seeing Mel Brooks musical ‘The Producers’ in which a closeted gay Adolf Hitler dances across the stage wearing a sequin swastika while singing Springtime for Hitler. Both are fictional pieces, one is entertainment, the other proffered as investigative […]

dante ruffalo alicia moritz March 14

BRITISH LIES, PUTIN FLIES

After a vitriolic and public twitter war between BBC Chief Political Correspondent Norman Smith and myself, which revealed both Mr. Smith’s passion in pursuit of his beliefs as much as it did his immaturity for a man of his age and credential, I took it upon myself to read the entire Ukraine Constitution. Here is […]

Dante Ruffalo alicia Moritz March 11

Nope, no sanctions here…

Angela Merkel’s opposition to sanctions against Russia is because Germany imports one third of its oil and gas from Russia and Russia ranks 11th in total consumption of German exports making the countries economically intertwined.

Dante ruffalo Ukraine Alicia Moritz March 08

CHESS PRO PUTIN PUTS THE WEST IN CHECK

Chess is a game of strategy and tactic.  A good player knows winning requires a long-term goal of noticing opponent’s weakness, watching for opportunity, lulling them into a false sense of security, then cutting them off from all means of escape. If this stratagem sounds reminiscent  of the cold war era, it should.  In fact, […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz February 28

THAI PROTESTERS ARE NOT THE POOR

There is not a moment in recent memory that Thailand’s political mechanism wasn’t embroiled in controversy involving corruption, but the protesters who have blocked the streets of Bangkok are not the poor and disheveled. In fact, the Thai protesters represent a tiny minority in Thailand of wealthy loyalists to the monarchy.  To explain it more […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz February 28

FASCINATING LOOK AT THE NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS

The Nobel Prize is always awarded for a body of work which is transformative and of great significance, but this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to one of the numerous theoretical physicists responsible for the discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle, is perhaps the greatest breakthrough in physics since Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The […]

Alicia Moritz Dante Ruffalo February 28

SOBERING LOOK AT ITALIAN ECONOMICS

Italy is not alone among southern European countries with economic strife.  In fact, they are relatively well off compared to neighboring Greece, Spain and Portugal.  But that isn’t saying much. Italy’s GDP growth for 2013 was -1.8 percent.  Unemployment remains above 12.7 percent and the 10-year-government bond rate is 3.59 percent. Although these numbers are […]

Hugo Chavez Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz February 28

Chavez is Gone but his economics are not

Venezuelans are protesting in violent opposition to president Nicolas Maduro who incorrectly thought carrying his predecessor’s economic policies forward would bring him the same charisma as Hugo Chavez. These policies began when Chavez nationalized most businesses 13 years ago reducing production leading to Venezuela being ranked as having the lowest property rights in the world. […]

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