Monthly Archives: December 2014

On This New Year’s, Remember: Forecasts are Almost Always Wrong

The economist-philosopher F.A. Hayek warned about “the limits of knowledge” and the “fatal conceit” exhibited by so many “experts.” The communists and socialists claimed that they could allocate resources and income better than markets. These false claims ultimately destroyed the … Continue reading

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Re-Starting Civilisation After the “S” Hits the “F”

The modern world is built upon human psychology. The ability of humans to solve problems, or to work around them. The willingness of humans to endure difficulties and hard times, hoping for something better to come along. The modern world … Continue reading

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You Can Buy Women and Girls as Slaves for as Little as $25

Women and children are taken from Russia mostly for prostitution. Their number is estimated at 30,000- 60,000 a year [16]. According to the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, over the past two decades, over 500,000 women … Continue reading

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This Christmas, Give a Thought to the Millions of Russian Orphans and Street Children

These institutions are not habitable; children are malnourished and in some cases starving and emaciated. They lie in their own feces and urine and in clothes that are old, torn, and not fitted to their bodies. Orphans lie still and … Continue reading

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Deeper Undercurrents of Slowing Global Demand

The global economy never really recovered from the financial crash of 2007 – 2009. Artificial “stimulus” was applied to the economies of several nations, including the US and China. But the ground was not made fertile for a true “grass … Continue reading

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By His Own Shackles Bound

Putting all your honey in one jar is something no wise bear would ever do. By the same token, wise bears don’t shit where they eat. Perhaps this bear is not so wise after all. As the bear grows hungry … Continue reading

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Oil Prices: Everything You Think You Know Just Ain’t So

In July 2008, my Journal colleague Neil King asked a wide range of energy journalists, economists and other experts to anonymously predict what the price of oil would be at the end of the year. The nearly two dozen responses … Continue reading

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On Leaving Well Enough Alone . . .

Once upon a time, citizens of Ukraine were tolerant of the corrupt economic “co-dependency” between Ukraine and Russia. But something happened to rile the normally placid citizens of Ukraine. I’ll give you a hint: Ukraine did not invade Russia. One … Continue reading

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Nothing is True, and Everything is Possible

Peter Pomerantsev is an ethnic Russian who was born in Kiev, under the USSR. He grew up in England. When he moved to Moscow as an adult, he fell in love with Moscow’s wild and intense euphoria where “anything goes.” … Continue reading

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Murder Out There

Out of Wikipedia’s list of 50 world cities with the highest murder rates, the US provides 4: Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Rank Municipality Country Homicides (2013) Population (2013) Homicides per 100,000 24 Detroit  United States 332 706,585 … Continue reading

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Nature of Russia’s Brain Drain is Changing

As Russia edges closer toward a political, economic, and territorial collapse, the number of professionals, businessmen, and creative artists leaving Russia is likely to angle upwards yet again. … the profile of the typical emigrant has changed. When the Soviet … Continue reading

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Upside to Low Oil Prices

We know that there is a downside to low oil prices. But there is also an upside. The typical American motorist, who spent $3,000 in 2013 at the pumps, might be $800 a year better off—equivalent to a 2% pay … Continue reading

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Dropping Oil Prices: What Could Go Wrong?

First of all, don’t listen to the doomers. It is not the end of the world. Here are a few things that are likely to happen in the short term in North American oil plays: As oil prices drop, producers … Continue reading

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Canada and Australia Each Have Larger Economies Than Russia

It is not that Canada and Australia have grown so awfully much. Rather, Russia’s economy has shrunk from a rough parity with Italy, to a rough parity with Spain — a loss of the greater part of $1 trillion of … Continue reading

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A Dog and its Bone

Image Source: Moscow Times In Aesop’s fable, a dog carrying a bone encounters its own reflection in a body of water. Thinking its reflection to be another dog, it attempts to seize the reflection’s bone. But when the dog opens … Continue reading

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Strategic Forecasting

What is Strategic Forecasting? Strategic Forecasting is a tool used by organisations to develop and support strategies for the future. More Strategic forecasting on a national and international level is performed by independent organisations such as Stratfor, and by governments … Continue reading

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What Comes After the Collapse of Putin’s Russia?

According to respected blogger Brian Wang, Russia is close to collapse… Putin’s Russia, that is. More Brian points to a Wall Street Journal article which weighs Russia’s problems with debt and over-dependency on commodities, against Russia’s assets (in the light … Continue reading

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If A White Person is Killed by a Black Person in the City, Does It Make Any Sound?

When a violent young black male was shot dead by a white police officer, the sounds of protest and outrage were heard around the world. When violent young black males beat a young white man to death with hammers, will … Continue reading

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Russians Live and Speak Freely! (In Latvia)

Back in Russia, one can no longer speak his mind as freely as was the case several years ago. Government policies are shutting down freer avenues of expression. If one is not willing to follow the Kremlin talking points, one … Continue reading

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