Author Archives: alfin2101

Czech Republic Spreads its Legs, China Can’t Get It Up

China badly wants to take the Czech Republic, and the Czech Republic wants to be taken. So what’s the problem? Czech President Milos Zeman has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping eight times — an unusual amount of face time … Continue reading

Posted in China, Europe | Tagged | Leave a comment

Show Me the Money!

Note: Estimates below are from 2015. For purists, who believe “money” refers only to physical “narrow money” (bank notes, coins, and money deposited in savings or checking accounts), the total is somewhere around $36.8 trillion. If you’re looking at “broad … Continue reading

Posted in Economics | Tagged | 1 Comment

Murder is Multicultural: Diversity of Crime

The table below ranks homicide rates by nation, helping to reveal the diversity of murder. The map above displays murder rates of nations graphically by color strata, with a red circle that reveals homicide rates for the most populous city … Continue reading

Posted in Blacks and crime, Crime | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

US State of Maine Faces Demographic Squeeze

Why Maine Will Have “an Easier Catastrophe” of It Demographic catastrophes should always be viewed in relative terms: “Compared to what?” When compared to utter extinction, a demographic squeeze involving more old people to take care of and fewer young … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics | Tagged | 2 Comments

More Than All the Money In the World

The Danger is Real Asteroids represent both threat and promise. A large enough asteroid could destroy human civilisation. But it could also represent unimaginable wealth in base metals, diamonds, platinum, and gold. Much rests upon whether humans can prepare themselves … Continue reading

Posted in Asteroids, Space Future | Tagged | 7 Comments

Staggering Like a Sick Pig

Suffering a 5 to 1 Disadvantage The most important ongoing news story in the world remains the trade war between the US and the Communist Party of China government. The future of the free and developed world depends upon its … Continue reading

Posted in China | Tagged | 4 Comments

6 Years to Get a 4 Year Degree in Leisure Studies

College Is a Joke A Brigham Young University economist was wondering why 6-year graduation rates at 4-year universities had been rising recently. He discovered in a roundabout way that colleges have been “dumbing down” their departments and their degrees. If … Continue reading

Posted in careers, Education, University | Tagged | 2 Comments

Loss of American Market a Heavy Blow to China

Loss of the American export market would be a heavy blow to China, as would the continued reduction of the value of its currency. Chinese manufacturing, much of which migrated to it from Japan via South Korea, is already moving … Continue reading

Posted in China | Tagged | 2 Comments

Two Nations With Divergent Economic Paths

Why China is Falling and Dragging Germany Along We have long been told that this is the Chinese century. It is supposed to be China’s turn to lead the world according to talking heads and journalists. Yet if one looks … Continue reading

Posted in China, coal | Tagged | 2 Comments

Revolts of 2019: Another 1989?

Back in the revolutionary year of 1989, Chinese students demonstrated for freedom in Tiananmen Square, the Berlin Wall fell to the blows of sledge-hammers wielded by ordinary people, and across Eastern Europe millions of thralls of the Warsaw Pact asserted … Continue reading

Posted in China, Russia, Venezuela | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

El Paso Shooter Wanted to Kill Tens of Millions

Twenty-one year old accused mass murderer Patrick Crusius wanted to eliminate tens of millions of US residents so that Universal Basic Income could work more efficiently. He seems to have left a manifesto explaining his thoughts behind his actions: “In … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Crime and Punishment, Environment, Ideology | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Five Year-Olds Just Don’t Get No Respect

But Perhaps They Should In 1968, George Land conducted a research study to test the creativity of 1,600 children ranging in ages from three-to-five years old who were enrolled in a Head Start program. This was the same creativity test … Continue reading

Posted in Cognition, Creativity | Tagged | 1 Comment

When Elon Musk Screwed the Pooch

We are on record saying that Elon Musk has one good company — SpaceX. His other signature company, Tesla, has been bleeding large sums of money for several years now, with no end in sight. Elon is in the process … Continue reading

Posted in Climate, Energy, Transportation | Tagged , | 5 Comments

China’s Lost Decade

… China’s economy is the slowest it has been in decades. It had to slow, just the way Japan’s economy doubled every ten years from the ashes of World War II to become the second largest in the world, and … Continue reading

Posted in China | Tagged | 4 Comments

Why “Everyone” Wants to Leave China

A year ago, only a few manufacturers in China were thinking about leaving. Now the strategic picture has changed. In December, I had one company getting ready to source elsewhere,” he says. “Then I went back in May. They are … Continue reading

Posted in China | Tagged | Leave a comment

There Was Something Special About Europe

About 250 years ago, advanced human societies took a dramatic turn for the better. In terms of life expectancy at birth, GDP per capita, kilocalories per person per day, technological adeptness, and personal political freedoms, the human condition in most … Continue reading

Posted in Europe | Tagged | 4 Comments

Dirty Little Secret Revealed by US SAT Scores

Some Groups are Over-Represented in Higher Education Identity politics is making a mockery out of higher education. Many are admitted to elite colleges who cannot be taught, and others who should be admitted are being discriminated against because of their … Continue reading

Posted in Education, University | Tagged | 2 Comments

Oil Doomers Frustrated at US Shale Revolution

According to the oil doomers, the world’s oil was supposed to be used up by now. The scarce remaining dregs of oil would be beyond the reach of ordinary people, and only the ultra-wealthy would be able to drive the … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Oil Prices Fiscal Breakeven, Shale Oil & Gas Revolution | Tagged | 8 Comments

More Big Companies Plan to Escape Jaws of China

Big corporations moved production to China for the cheap labour costs. But China stole their technology and began cranking out low cost counterfeit products. Chinese courts sided with local patent infringers every time. So now that production costs are rising … Continue reading

Posted in China | Tagged | 1 Comment

HIV Spread by Heterosexual Contact Shockingly High

Heterosexual contact is less risky per sex act than male homosexual contact, but in some places heterosexual sex is the most common means of HIV transmission. This has been true in some African countries — where prevalence of HIV can … Continue reading

Posted in Prostitution, Russia | Tagged | 8 Comments

The Chinese Influx Into Asian Russia

China increases its control over Siberian resources under Putin’s nose. The Russian people are unhappy about what is happening. “For Siberians, there are two things that are like a red rag to a bull,” Svetlana Pavlova, chief editor of the … Continue reading

Posted in China, Putin, Russia | 3 Comments

Putin Won’t Leave So Russia’s Best Have To

100,000 of Russia’s Best Leave the Country Yearly There are too few skilled and independent-minded Russian people to begin with. If the economic and political climate under Putin remains dismal, more good people will leave — and Russia’s future will … Continue reading

Posted in China, Russia, Russian Decline, Siberia | Tagged | 2 Comments

Make the World Go Away

Intelligent readers can see the contradiction in the graph above: In order to achieve the “global decarbonisation” called for by the world green movement, the world as we know it must cease to exist… and an alternate universe must come … Continue reading

Posted in Electrical Power Grid, Energy, Nuclear Fusion, Nuclear Power, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 6 Comments

3D Printed Space Rockets ++

Engineers are getting better at printing complex metal objects using 3D printing. Building rocket engines for space launch has to be one of the more complex applications of the technology. SpaceX launched its first 3D-printed part, the body of a … Continue reading

Posted in 3D Printing, Space Future | Tagged

The Wasteland

Breathing the air in China is an exercise in suffocation. Drinking the water is slow poison. Eating the food is a recipe for degenerative conditions of body and mind. Soaking in the mindset of slavery kills the soul. Chinese people … Continue reading

Posted in China | Tagged | 4 Comments