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March 02

SECOND AMENDMENT FOR DUMMIES

Every legal scholar knows that from 1776 until 1986, our Supreme Court did not once question the meaning of the Second Amendment.  Nor, for that matter, had any federal court. THE SECOND AMENDMENT DOES NOT SAY CITIZENS HAVE ‘A RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS!’  THAT IS A CLAIM MADE BY THE NRA.  The Second Amendment reads […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz January 28

How QE Works and Why Europe is now using it

Although Mr. Bernanke is now retired from Chair of the Fed, Janet Yellen, his successor, has vowed to follow through on his monetary policies.  In fact, she was chosen to head the bank specifically for this reason. Quantitative Easing (QE) has been politicized in a manner which has distorted what it actually is.   Phrases […]

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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, […]

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When viewed with due comprehensiveness, very few issues within the political realm fail to offer a definitively correct answer. -Dante 12/7/14

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 […]

The Politics of Red Lines: Putin’s takeover of Crimea scares U.S. leaders because it challenges America’s global dominance

Originally posted on Ahaa:
http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2009/top10_military_planes_alt/b2_spirit.jpg The current Ukraine crisis is serious and threatening, so much so that some commentators even compare it to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.Columnist Thanassis Cambanis summarizes the core issue succinctly in The Boston Globe: “[President Vladimir V.] Putin’s annexation of the Crimea is a break in the order that…

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 […]

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