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Critical Thinking Will Become A Thing Of The Past

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Economic Prism

Too Smart to Think

These days everything must be smart.  There are smart cities, smart grids, smart policies, smart TVs, smart cars, smartphones, smart watches, smart shoes, and smart glasses.  There’s even something called smart underwear.

Before long everything around us will be so smart we’ll no longer have to do one critically important thing.  We’ll no longer have to think; smart algorithms will think for us.  What’s more, the possibilities for not thinking are seemingly limitless.

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Cash Cows

Cash CowsAuthor- Dave Webb

The food we eat . . . and what it means.

I must confess to being between a rock and a very hard place when it comes to food.

You see I am a Type II diabetic and have been for many years.

My numbers can go all over the spectrum. That means stabbing myself with a test needle within an hour of eating to see just exactly how the food I just ate have effected my glucose numbers.

That bowl of cereal can be worth 100 points.

That milk is worth about 20 points per glass.

I splurged last night with chili cheese fries and a very small chocolate ice cream. Shouldn’t have done it. I also ate a TV Dinner later. The result is when I got around to testing my numbers were over 500.

I immediately to an insulin shot in my tummy.

I use club soda instead of milk in cases like this and immediately took a 500 mg Metformin to aid in bringing that number down.

It can go the other direction. If I mow the lawn it can drop 200 points in an hour. If I walked a mile, the (Read More....)

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Putin’s Revenge?

vladimir-putinby MN Gordon Economic Prism

Buying low and selling high is an investment strategy that guarantees success.  But few are capable of doing it.  Most people have an uncanny ability to buy high and sell low.

They’d rather buy Facebook at 80 times earnings than DOW Chemical Company at 13 times earnings.  The simple fact is, where financial markets are concerned, most people couldn’t recognize a good deal if it hit them square in the face.  If something’s selling for 80 percent off its peak price they won’t even consider it.

Of course, you can’t go by price alone.  A certain stock may be beaten down because its business is failing.  What appears to be a bargain price may not be such a good deal after all if shares eventually fall to zero.

Warren Buffett, the world’s most successful investor, noted that “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”  He also clarified “…that a business or stock is [not] (Read More....)

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Pray for Rain

Rain Droughtby MN Gordon Economic Prism

Here in the Golden State everything’s brown. The hillsides are dry and the scrubland vegetation’s a giant tinderbox. Sierra snowpack is only 12 percent of normal…the lowest it’s ever been since California began keeping records in 1960.

The wildfires don’t ordinarily arrive until fall. Not until summer and the dry Santa Ana winds have blown through. Yet this year’s far from ordinary. The fires came in January.

The San Gabriel Mountains went up in a blaze several weeks ago. We marveled from the 21st floor of a Figueroa Street skyscraper as a thick layer of black smoke drifted across the Los Angeles basin and down to the Long Beach harbor. An incandescent sunset over San Pedro Bay guided us as we traversed our way home in the evening.

“This could potentially be the driest water year in 500 years,” said University of California Paleoclimatologist B. Lynn Ingram. Obviously, we (Read More....)

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Accident Preparedness in an Age of Roadway Dangers

car-accidentEven with the economy still in a steady recovery, there are factors that exist that still have a serious effect on Americans’ economic prosperity. These factors can range from unemployment to rising insurance costs, but one area that many people don’t consider is the cost of automobile accidents. While many people won’t experience an accident during any given year, the fact remains that most individuals will eventually be involved in a collision. This makes it essential for anyone who hopes to be financially stable to understand the dangers they face on the roads and how to respond to them.

Accident Statistics

The statistics related to auto accidents in America can be described in one word: disheartening. Insurance industry research has found that the average American driver will end up filing an auto accident claim once every 17.9 years. These accidents stem from a variety of reasons. The number one cause of auto accidents in America is distracted driving, but speeding and drunk driving come in as a close second and third, respectively.

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The Global Warming Agenda

Global Warming LiesGuest Post J. Vanne

In the end, all corruption will come about as a consequence of the natural sciences.”

– Søren Kierkegaard

As Blaise Pascal once noted, once science is divorced from ethics, scientists will use their skills to pursue power, not truth. The issue of global warming is, as I will demonstrate below, a direct case study of this exact issue. But what, exactly, is behind the frantic, daily global warming warnings, trumpeted daily by everyone from the president to the easily influenced mainstream media reporter?

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Privacy Doesn’t Exist Any More

CellphoneGuest Post- Phil Mancini

Be careful what you say, and be careful what you do because the U.S. Government is watching. Is it insecurity or paranoia? Probably both. Now that we are being watched, and listened to – supposedly for our protection – does anyone feel safer? Most Americans never felt threatened until we found out about the National Security Administration surveillance efforts, which is funny because many of us now feel less safe. And it’s our government, not terrorists, that are responsible for this threat.

Invasion of privacy goes back a long way in American history. In colonial times, the British government began imposing on privacy rights in the mid 1700s with the Writs of (Read More....)

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