By acting too much like an eager beaver, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has become a prey to Donald Trump and his team of distressed financial specialists. Trump grew up in Queens, New York and went on to become a real estate developer in New York City and New Jersey. Having gone in and out […]

Only a Constitutional Amendment Away Investors have another earnings heavy week with continued monitoring of President Trump’s Executive orders. On the economic front, we have University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment. Earnings: Earnings have now seen over 270 companies of the S&P 500 companies report 4th quarter earnings. 67% have beaten earnings expectations with 48% beating […]

human-trafficking-bust

Four days ago, 474 individuals were arrested in a CA human trafficking operation run by a small army of over 30 local, state, and federal agencies and task forces. Almost five dozen victims, both children and adults, were rescued. Child and family services agencies stand accused of pimping kids as sex slaves. Shocking? Extremely. Even […]

“[Trump is a] blunt instrument for us,” Bannon told me. “I really don’t know whether he really gets it or not.” -From Vanity Fair (August, 2016), courtesy of Truthstream Media Who is Steve Bannon? He is a frustrated, angry White male who studies Sun Tzu’s Art Of War in order to plot a comeback. Or […]

war-on-cash

Here’s a letter you can personalize, modify, and email to your senators and congressional representatives. It identifies the nefarious global war on cash, and strongly urges them to fight against it. While it often feels futile to send messages like this to politicians who are overwhelmingly bought and paid for by corporations and special interest […]

This is the first addendum to the topic of US-China trade skirmishes.  It illustrates the difficulties encountered by China in having to deal with an American administration that carries heavy doses of conflicts of interest.  This email deals with one of them – coal. Why Did Trump Talk About Reviving America’s Coal Mines? If I […]

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muslim-ban

With protests against Trump actions seemingly only exploding with greater force since his election, there is a critical question that is seldom being asked. Even for one who acknowledges that there is plenty to be protesting against, you have to wonder: Where were the protests in December of 2015 when Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations […]

Donald Playing God After only 7 days into the Trump administration, the time it took God to create heaven and earth,  it had already become clear that skirmishes between the US and China will be inevitable. I use the word “skirmish” here, but everybody knows that it can potentially be a euphemism if the discords […]

Knowing that British Intelligence knows “things” that the British Government would like Donald Trump to know they knew, Theresa May hurriedly went to Washington to “hold his hands” immediately after his inauguration. Physically as well as figuratively, certain matters of state must be conducted P-to-P (person to person). When it comes to transmitting highly sensitive […]

Time for a #NYexit Investors have a busy week ahead with the Fed statement, a ton of earnings and continued monitoring of President Trump’s Executive orders. On the economic front, we have Manufacturing PMI, the Unemployment Rate, Non-Farm Payrolls and Average Hourly Earnings. Fed Meeting: On Wednesday (2/1), the Fed will release their first statement […]

At the malls and in tourist towns in China, it is very obvious that there are lots of little children all over, especially yearlings and two-year-olds, and lots of pregnant ladies carrying more to arrive. It looks like there is indeed a baby boom, judging by our part of China. The country’s two-child policy may […]

Over the 3-week spring holiday period, China reportedly will be handling over 3 billion passenger-journeys, 2.5 billion by its rail systems! All passengers must be ID-matched to their tickets. This can only be accomplished through its massive systems engineering and management approach. Technology is used to realize processes and projects to unprecedented scale and stability. […]

Attached is a draft summary of my working paper on A Roadmap For US-China Relations. Matters On Hold At the moment, given the instability in US domestic politics, I believe that China is unlikely to rush into any major initiative with the new American administration. It will spend some time observing. There will be contacts […]

Xi And I Philosophically and analytically, Xi and I have astonishingly congruent sensibilities. For us to simultaneously make the analogy from Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities is coincidental, but not surprising. It reinforces the notion that the world is indeed at a critical crossroad, resonating the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution and the social […]

Xi Jingping delivered his keynote speech at Davos today. He began with a paraphrase from the start of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale Of Two Cities: “This is the best of times. This is also the worst of times …” thus he began his keynote address to the annual assembly of the World Economic Forum. […]

Michael Pillsbury, Donald Trump’s supposed go-to man on China, was in Beijing this past weekend. He made a speech in a seminar attended by members of Chinese think-tanks. Referring to his principal’s idea of “making America great again”, Pillsbury said: “If America were to be great again, the road must lead to Beijing.” The Chinese […]

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Liberty Blitzkrieg

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. - Albert Camus

TECHstinkTION

How modern technology is leading to the TECHstinkTION of humanity...

aceloewgold

"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." - Voltaire

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Liberty Blitzkrieg

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. - Albert Camus