Category Archives: Current Affairs

Alicia Moritz Dante Ruffalo March 02

A LITTLE INFLATION HELPS A LOT

Inflation hawks are critics of the Federal Reserve and include politicians such as Ron Paul (who understands so little about economics he actually believes you shouldn’t use numbers in estimating things like GDP growth, i.e. Austrian School of Economics, which was debunked as nonsense). Mr. Paul writes alarming newsletters every week warning about soaring inflation. […]

March 02

KOCH BROTHERS AND KEYSTONE XL

As a former research scientist, I want to make clear, there are no respected members of the scientific community that deny anthropogenic causes of climate change.  Not a single one.  Millions of scientists around the world interpret the objective scientific climate data the same.  Their conclusion- man is the cause of global warming and only […]

dante ruffalo alicia moritz January 29

QUICK FACT SHEET ON KEYSTONE XL

The argument, say proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline, is that it will decrease energy dependence (foreign oil), create jobs (to build pipeline) and not risk environmental hazard. 1. Energy dependence: The answer is no.  TransCanada, the company that will construct the pipeline, estimates an increase in the price of oil of $3 per barrel […]

January 28

DEATH PENALTY- WHAT WOULD JUDGE POSNER DO?

Former Harvard Law School professor and Federal Circuit Judge Richard Posner has written volumes on cost-benefit analysis.  Judge Posner has applied this calculus to everything from public funding for Aids education to trademark law. Taking the conservative Federal Judge’s philosophy and applying it to capital punishment, there is an obvious imbalance in the equation immutable […]

BRIEF SYRIA UPDATE

The OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) reports that almost all of Syria’s chemical weapons have been delivered to the U.S. ship Cape May to be destroyed.  As of today, 31.8% of Category 1 and 2 chemical weapons have been neutralized at sea by the U.S. ship. One would think this to be […]

GOOGLE EYES THE FUTURE

Google has a track record of identifying promising innovation across a wide spectrum of internet related technologies.  Hopefully, this week’s announcement will be another. Google has selected Alcon, the eye-care unit of Novartis, as its partner in developing ‘Google Lens,’ a smart contact lens created to help monitor blood glucose levels in diabetics through measurements […]

EBOLA ON THE RISE

The World Health Organization says the number of documented Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has risen by 14 percent this week bringing the death toll since the outbreak only three months ago to more than 600.

MR. PUTIN’S NEW FRIENDS

It was quite a spectacle when the camera panned the stadium at the World Cup final only to see none other than Germany’s energy conscious Chancellor, Mrs. Merkel seated next to Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff followed by the FIFA president seated to the left of Vladimir Putin. Germany, with its private oil pipeline from Russia […]

THAI PROTEST UPDATE

Thailand’s new military junta, which was heralded by Western media to abolish the atrocities of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her exiled brother (who levied heavy taxes on the rich to provide free health care, education and micro-credit lending to the poor), has now been granted permission to travel abroad. As a reminder, the media […]

PROGRESSIVE CHURCH

Anathema to the Catholic church is gender equality along with an antiquated anti-gay stance.  The new Pope seems to be on a mission to change this denominational perspective on the roles played in our society by those oppressed or formerly oppressed but the pace at which change of this nature takes place at an institutional […]

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 […]

May 17

TORTURE CONTINUES AT GUANTANAMO

No President has lived up to all campaign promises, but Mr. Obama trumpeted that he would close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba) and his failure to do so will leave a lasting mark on his record as leader of the free world. The prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been held for 12 years […]

May 09

MONEY LAUNDERING 101

What do drug cartels, terrorists and the ultra-rich have in common?  Their savvy understanding of ‘transfer-pricing.’ Transfer-pricing is the new word for money laundering.  The Treasury department says trade-based money laundering is the new frontier in international money laundering.  What is surprising, is how easy it is.  Here is how it is done. To get […]

May 02

MRS. MERKEL’S SECRET CRUSH ON PUTIN

Germany’s Chancellor is in Washington today to discuss among other things the NSA wiretap on her cel phone. The privacy concern is to distract the viewer from her real reason for crossing the Atlantic. German business lobby is pushing Mrs. Merkel to abstain from the U.S. Imposed sanctions against Russia. Why would the leader of […]

May 02

WHY DOES CHINA WANT ROCKS?

Off the coast of Taiwan (a country whose sovereignty is not officially recognized) there are a group of uninhabited islands consisting of nothing more than rock jutting up in the South China Sea. Until 1968, nobody cared about the barren Senkaku islands but then something changed. It was discovered the abandoned isle sits atop a […]

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