Monthly Archives: July 2016

Economic Realities in China

Most casual observers of world affairs tend to judge China’s wealth by the flashy skyline photos of new construction. But such images give a false impression of the true state of economic affairs in China. According to a World Bank … Continue reading

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To Make Russia Better One Must First See it As it Really Is

41% of Russians say they do not have enough money to buy food and clothing, only 50% of water is potable and large parts of the food chain are tainted — and there is no accountability to be found anywhere. … Continue reading

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Why Many People Seem so Angry and Miserable

Unhappy Habits of Many People Seeing Themselves as Victims: Unhappy persons see their lives as out of their own control. Being helpless victims absolves them from all responsibility for their lives. Chronic Pessimism: A pessimistic outlook usually becomes self-fulfilling. It … Continue reading

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Making Strong Russian Bones

It is not always clear why the children growing up in particular countries seem to be especially at risk of chronic ailments and developmental disorders. But one likely explanation is an immersion in a toxic milieu that encompasses water, soil, … Continue reading

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Bypassing the Overlords: Building a New World Without Asking Permission

A Neocameral Future from The Anti-Puritan Axel McKibben has begun work on a series of articles describing how a brighter, braver, and more honest sort of thinker and actor might set about creating a better world — without arguing with … Continue reading

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Mexico and Russia in Virtual Dead Heat in IMF GDP Rankings

Russia and Mexico: Not Usually Considered as Geopolitical Equals Rank Country/Economy GDP Nominal (billions of $) 2016 share 2017 2018 1 United States 18,558.130 25.081 19,285 20,145 2 China 11,383.030 15.384 12,263 13,338 3 Japan 4,412.600 5.963 4,514 4,562 4 … Continue reading

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Can These Worms Save the Human Race from Extinction?

We Have Not Confronted a Virus that Constitutes an Existential Threat to the Species — Yet But eventually, we are likely to meet an emerging virus that comes close. The Zika virus, for example, is certainly not an existential threat … Continue reading

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Oil Price Outlook: July 2016

Where Things Stand According to the EIA, crude oil prices actually peaked in March of 2012 with Brent Light Sweet Crude (Brent) topping out at more than $125 per barrel and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) reaching nearly $110. They have … Continue reading

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Erdogan Officially Joins the “Strong Man” Club

If the world’s talking heads were in an uproar over Brexit, what can they be thinking about the ongoing purges in Turkey? Turkey is the pivot between Europe and lands east. Turkey stands astride the divide between Islam and Christianity, … Continue reading

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How Putin and Xi Are Assuming the Role of Dictators

Putin Tightens Grip on Power Russia’s people are suffering, at the same time that Putin strengthens his personal grip on Russia’s wealth and power, including tightened personal control of “Interior Ministry troops, SWAT, and riot police forces, as well as … Continue reading

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A New Wave of HIV Emerges From an Unexpected Quarter

While Sub-Saharan Africa still has the highest number of people living with HIV – more than 24 million – it is Eastern Europe and central Asia that registered the greatest increase in the number of new cases. __ http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/russia-lack-hiv-prevention-fuels-rise-new-infections-1571155 A … Continue reading

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Built to Fail: Is This System Destined to Take Over the Earth?

Nearly every month brings news of an infrastructure failure, dramatic or mundane. In August a new $300 million eight-lane suspension bridge in Harbin collapsed, sending four trucks tumbling and leaving three dead. __ Bloomberg This lack of quality materials and … Continue reading

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Climate Apocalypse Cult-Ideology Drives Green Energy Disaster

Without the Climate Apocalypse Cult, Why Would Anyone Buy Into Unreliable Intermittent Energy? The people and government of South Australia are discovering to their horror and regret what happens when bureaucrats buy too deeply into the intermittent, unreliable green energy … Continue reading

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China’s Massive Economic Bubble Receives a Gigantic Bolus of Hot Gas

China Reports No Drop in GDP Growth So Far in 2016 China’s government has chosen to continue pumping credit into an already near-bursting financial bubble of mismanagement. This amounts to “kicking the can” down to road in order to present … Continue reading

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Ideology and the Dangerous Child

A child is born with innate reflexes, instincts, predispositions, aptitudes, and limitations. When confronted with the outside world, the child begins to assimilate experiences of the world into his internal milieu — and he is permanently changed, every single day. … Continue reading

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Hague International Court: No Justification for China’s Land Grab

China Out On a Limb China has a limited amount of time in which to assert its dominance over Asia. It must begin with East Asia, since that is its pathway to the blue Pacific and a larger projection of … Continue reading

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Happiness Deconstructed

What is Happiness? First, a few things that happiness IS NOT: bitter hostility, helpless loneliness, a despairing dearth of choices, a lack of personal confidence based upon genuine personal incompetence, the absence of any meaningful purpose. The Happiness of Pleasure … Continue reading

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China’s Mojo Was Always Dependent Upon Foreign Investment and Tech Transfer

China is now in a very difficult position. Economists at Nomura say the yuan is 6pc overvalued, the result of an relentless rise when it was still coupled to the dollar, and due to the internal effects of rising labour … Continue reading

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The Color of Crime in America

The black man who murdered five police officers in Dallas — a member of the New Black Panther Party — told police he “wanted to kill white people.” Meanwhile, other shootings involving black men stating they wanted to kill white … Continue reading

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The Age of Petroleum Has Just Begun

At Most, Humans Have Only Used 2% of Earth’s Petroleum Petroleum is formed from that portion of the organic matter deposited in sediments in a chemically reducing environment – no free oxygen. That condition requires a deep water depositional environment … Continue reading

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China Has the Best Human Organs at Good Prices, No Wait Time

This is a $12 Billion a Year Industry in China Over the past 17 years, China’s human organ transplant industry has grown rapidly, earning itself an international reputation for reasonable cost, short waiting times before organs become available, and generally … Continue reading

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Russia Running Out of Time

In a few short years, Russia will degrade from having a very small and expensive skilled labor pool to not having one at all, forcing the Russians to choose which bits of their system to not maintain. __ Zeihan on … Continue reading

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Emerging North American Independence

“When the United States pulls back this time, it’s going to tear down the global order with it,” he said. “The only question in my mind is, will it fall apart next year, or will it take a decade?” Source … Continue reading

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US Exceptionalism is Real, But Not What Most People Think

The United States is a country like no other. It began as a tiny, indebted, isolated country. But over the 100 years from 1789 — when the US Constitution was first ratified — to 1889 when the US became the … Continue reading

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Asian Giants on Different Points of Demographic Spectrum

Demography is Destiny The above series of population pyramids depicts the ongoing evolution of Japan’s population spectrum, from 1950 to 2055. But it also roughly depicts the relative demographic status of India, China, and Japan respectively. More: Japan faces a … Continue reading

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