China takes the lead in supercomputing while America sleeps

Summary: The Apollo program demonstrated America's superpower status in the 1960's. Today's contests are more diffuse, such as the race to build the most and largest supercomputers. China has moved into the lead in this, another milestone in its quest to again become the Middle Kingdom. Helping in their quest is America's unwillingness to invest … Continue reading China takes the lead in supercomputing while America sleeps

The key things to know about the great American bubble machine

Summary: It's increasingly obvious that the US economy has become locked into a low-growth, bubble-driven, boom-bust mode. This post provides a brief description, an antidote to the news media's superficial coverage of this important dynamic. If readers are interested, future posts will provide a deeper analysis.  {1st of 2 posts today.} Contents Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere. … Continue reading The key things to know about the great American bubble machine

We see a stock market bubble but prefer to close our eyes.

Summary:  Bubbles in the information age differ from those of simpler times. Now we have real-time data showing our folly. Here's a brief review, another in our series of posts about this mad cycle. Listen while you read and you'll hear the stock market roaring to the moon.  {1st of 2 posts today.} “You can’t … Continue reading We see a stock market bubble but prefer to close our eyes.

The secret to Conservatives’ success, and why they deserve to win

Summary: Cantor's defeat to a Tea Party challenger marks Americans move one notch further to the Right. Rather than whine about it, we should consider how and why the Right has won for several decades. They've patiently planned and planted; now they reap. “People, ideas and hardware, in that order!” --- the late John R. … Continue reading The secret to Conservatives’ success, and why they deserve to win

Watch corporations strip-mine their future (and ours)

Summary: Al Qaeda (Bin Laden's organization, if it still exists in meaningful form) is a threat to America. A greater threat are our CEO's, some of whom who have discovered discovered a formula to vast personal wealth: leverage the company up (borrow), use those funds to buy back stock (boosting earnings per share), cut capital … Continue reading Watch corporations strip-mine their future (and ours)