Here's a little tip from the Republican Party for all you little people out there: make your own world. Don't rely on others to get the job done for you. Only you can control your destiny. It's on your shoulders. That's the American way. For example, if you are having a problem adhering to basic … Continue reading More than one way to skin a very crooked cat
You have to wonder whether the guy who recently wrote this: Why shouldn’t the president surround himself with successful people? Wealthy folks have no need to steal or engage in corruption. Their business success demonstrates that they know how to achieve goals and convince skeptics that good deals can be made to the benefit of … Continue reading The best stupidity money can buy
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2015 average life expectancy in the United States dropped, from 78.9 years to 78.8 years, the first time that's happened since 1993. We know that the drop in 1993 had a few particular causes (AIDS and high homicide and accidental death rates, for example), and while … Continue reading Cause of death: late-stage capitalism
If you're the kind of person who pays attention to oil prices, then first of all I share your pain and alienation, but second of all, you may have noticed that it's been doing a lot of rising and falling lately around a midpoint of about $48-$49/barrel. We seem to be in the middle of … Continue reading Worst roller coaster ever
My latest piece for LobeLog takes a look at the global oil market and events in Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia.
I have to cop to a failure here: on Tuesday, when I tried to very superficially summarize the Panama Papers leak, I noted that the two biggest stories coming out of the document dump so far were the revelations about Vladimir Putin's potentially massive illicit financial network and the resignation of Iceland's prime minister. But … Continue reading Corrections, 10 Downing Street Edition
People who lived through the 1980s will understand the title: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-NshzYK9y0 The big story for the past couple of days has been the massive leak of the so-called "Panama Papers," a trove of records exposing sketchy financial dealings by people who have more money and political stroke than you or me. You can find any … Continue reading Model citizen, zero discipline