Category Archives: Poverty and Development

The Fiscal Cliff as a graphic


This is a great nonpartisan primer on the Fiscal Cliff. Of course my solution remains as it has been and is guaranteed to solve most of the USA’s financial problems – cuts to entitlements via means testing and a 5% … Continue reading

Posted in Defense spending, Democrats, National Debt and Budget Deficit, Politics, Poverty and Development, Republicans | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Cochabamba Water Wars, James Bond’s Quantum of Solace, and SKYFALL


I’m watching the first two Daniel Craig Bond movies to refresh my memory before watching the new Bond film  “Skyfall” and naturally one’s mind turns to the Cochabamba Water Wars because Bond’s “Quantum of Solace”, the second film, is loosely … Continue reading

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Grameen Foundation and Grameen Bank – doing global good 24/7


The Grameen Bank and Grameen Foundation have been two of my favorite “do good” projects for some time.   Today I had a chance to talk about their amazing work with Alex Counts, the President of the Foundation he started … Continue reading

Posted in Bangladesh, Grameen, india, Poverty and Development, travel | 1 Comment

Got Optimal?


It seems to me that one of the most underrated notions in the world is that of the “optimal” arrangement.    You hear a lot of folks talking about things like  “exploitation”, “growth”, “fairness”, “maximizing profits”, etc, etc, but it … Continue reading

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USA Debt Rating Downgrade to AA+ is from our failure to cut defense and entitlements


S&P’s decision to downgrade the US debt rating from AAA to AA+ is very unwelcome news but it should not surprise anybody, especially in Washington where neither party has been willing to tackle the deficit or the debt in a … Continue reading

Posted in bailout, china, Debt and Deficit, Democrats, Founders Party, Globalization, india, investments, military, Politics, Poverty and Development, Republicans, US History | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Collective Bargaining Rights, Wisconsin, and the end of Western Civilization as we know it….


A Facebook friend’s debate has me writing too much over there in private that should be written here in the bright light of the blogging sunshine where everybody can check in and …. YELL about it! The question over there … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Poverty and Development, research | 22 Comments

Google’s 10 to the 10th project winners – spawning innovative solutions.


Google’s  Project 10 to the 10th gathered 150,000 ideas and filtered them to five great ideas listed below.  Each will receive huge funding from Google: Idea: Make educational content available online for free The Khan Academy is a non-profit educational … Continue reading

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Global vs Personal Priorities – DON’T keep mixing them up people!


Major breakthrough today in my confusion about why everybody gets so angry at me for suggesting the obvious – that we are pretty selfish, and than many of the concerns that today masquerade as “selfless” are in fact … selfish … Continue reading

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Cuba and the Human Development Index


Cuba’s economic failures are now in the spotlight as they finally realize they need to change their socialist nightmare economy into something more … sustainable.    But Cuba’s problems are too often cited without a recognition of the success they … Continue reading

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Feeling Good vs Doing Good


It seems these days I’m often pissing off friends and family for suggesting something that, frankly, is pretty obvious.     Most of what passes as “doing good” these days are activities that make the feel-gooders feel good about themselves, … Continue reading

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