March 30

TEA PARTY DOLTS CHAFE MS. LAGARDE

The IMF plays a key role in global economic stability.  To summarize what it does, the IMF maintains the ability of small countries (exporters in the context of globalization) to continue selling cheap goods (such as Nike shoes) to rich countries like the U.S. for prices less than what it would cost to manufacture the […]

March 29

PUTIN BRAINWASHES AMERICA

When the West won the Cold War, they incorrectly assumed the strategy employed by our former Soviet adversaries was so fundamentally flawed their collapse was both foreseeable and inevitable.  This may have in part been true, but that is not to say the USSR was a failure at everything.  Our short-term memory of what Russia […]

March 26

FOOD STAMPS ARE FOR LAZY PEOPLE

Recent cuts in food stamps were a contentious issue based in erroneous perceptions about none other than race.  The Senate’s former third-ranking Republican, Rick Santorum, is a vociferous advocate of teaching ‘intelligent design’ in public schools, opposes abortion even in the case of rape (saying the victim should ‘make the best out of a bad […]

March 25

WHY SCALIA DIDN’T GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL? HOBBY LOBBY V. SEBELIUS

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius. Very much as expected, the questions from the Justices were divided down party lines with the holding in Citizens United being in large part, the premise for Hobby Lobby’s claim to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the right of a ‘person’ to […]

Dante Ruffalo, Alicia moritz March 24

HOW ABOUT TRYING SANCTIONS THAT WORK?

The EU, as a whole, imports about one third of its oil and gas from Russia making it difficult for the monetary union to back sanctions against Mr. Putin.  Further, former Eastern European countries are significantly more reliant on Russia as their fuel source with Lithuania importing over 90% of its fuel needs from the […]

alicia moritz dante ruffalo rocky March 23

PROF. DOODLES EXPLAINS BASIC ECONOMICS

The abstruse argot of economists like Mr. Bernanke and Ms. Yellen can quickly deter the interest of a lay audience.  However, all the sophisticated and difficult to comprehend language always comes back to one simple principle- the laws of supply and demand. Supply and demand is an economic model of price determination that theoretically results […]

alicia moritz DANTE RUFFALO March 22

“THE MOLDOVA PLEASE.”

For an unknown reason, everyone outside the media, including both Republican and Democratic Congressmen, foreign policy analysts and Ian Bremmer (an expert on states in transition)  have known literally for months that Mr. Putin has the grand aspiration of reuniting the USSR under the auspices of a trade agreement known as the Eurasian Union. The […]

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dante Ruffalo alicia moritz March 19

WHAT ALAN GREENSPAN AND LIBOR HAVE IN COMMON

My all time favorite quote from former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan is ‘I underestimated the extent to which market participants would behave irrationally.’ Said to Congress by the 88-year-old in a grave tone one would think it to be an honest admission. That however, is hardly the case.  Let me explain what a ‘market participant’ […]

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 […]

Alicia Moritz Dante Ruffalo March 14

CRIMINY CRIMEA!

Mr. Putin wants nothing more than to be recorded by history as the man who reassembled the USSR and brought home to mother Russia the lost rapscallion of Perestroika and Mikhail Gorbechav.  Sunday’s vote in Crimea is his next and greatest step because, if successful, annexation of Crimea by Russia creates a very dangerous precedent […]

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, […]

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