Stratfor: France’s State of Fear and Its Swing to the Right

Summary: The shift to the right is happening across the West. Here Stratfor looks at France, whose leaders have learned from America's elites to exploit their people's fears after a crisis to push through security laws and shift the political spectrum to the right. They compare its current political turmoil with France's troubled relations with … Continue reading Stratfor: France’s State of Fear and Its Swing to the Right

The Government Has A Clip Full Of Ammo To Fight The Next Recession

Summary: It's time to prepare for a possible recession in 2016. The manufacturing slump continues to deepen. A toxic combo: high inventories in November and weak retail sales in December. In February this expansion will tie for the 3rd longest expansion. {2nd of 2 posts today.} The Atlanta Fed's GDPnow model just lowered its est … Continue reading The Government Has A Clip Full Of Ammo To Fight The Next Recession

How accurate are climate scientists’ findings? Look at ocean warming.

Summary:  This might be one of the more important of our 3500 posts. It looks at an often asked question about climate science -- how accurate are its findings, a key factor when we make decisions about trillions of dollars (and affecting billions of people). The example examined is ocean heat content, a vital metric … Continue reading How accurate are climate scientists’ findings? Look at ocean warming.

Measuring the 21st Century: are our eyes on the economy corrupt & incompetent?

Summary: The government's statistics provide the eyes by which we see the US economy. This NBER article explains how they're working to keep the numbers accurate as the world changes, and reminds us why we shouldn't listen to the those on the Right who question their skill and integrity. The bad news: we lost a … Continue reading Measuring the 21st Century: are our eyes on the economy corrupt & incompetent?

NOAA’s winter update: about the weird warmth and this El Niño

Summary: While journalists too often turn reporting about the weather into clickbait and climate porn the IPCC and major climate agencies produce clear and accurate articles. Why we choose to be poorly informed despite access to the information superhighway is a mystery for future historians to solve. For those that prefer the red pill, here … Continue reading NOAA’s winter update: about the weird warmth and this El Niño