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Japan: setting sun

Japan refuses to die, soon to become a 21st century star

Summary: Japan continues to prosper, defying the doomsters’ forecasts. Is this a delay of their end times, or the taxing down the runway before lift-off? Japan is in some ways further into the future than the rest of the world. We should watch and learn from them.   Since Japan’s long crash began in 1989, …

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Doomsters warned of End Times from overpopulation. Now *fewer* people are disastrous.

Summary: Population change remains a favorite topic for doomsters, providing clicks for the news media and thrills for news consumers. For 5 decades we have heard about the standing room only days coming soon for Earth. That’s become a tired story, so they’ve devised a new one…   The rapid rise in population has not …

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ECRI looks at our Great Monetary Experiment: It’s Too Big to Fail

Summary: The Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI), who correctly predicted the slow recovery, explains the slow growth in which the US and Japanese economies are mired, and the fantastic monetary experiment waged by central banks to prevent them slumping into recessions. Appreciate the wonders of our time. The recovery since 2008 has been difficult for …

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Stratfor: Japan’s leaders are paralyzed as their economy fades

Summary: Japan was the first nation to enter a period of secular stagnation, deflationary tendencies, and fertility collapse. Now Europe and America are following (in our own ways). Decades of extreme monetary and fiscal stimulus have stabilized the economy, but at the cost of falling incomes for many of its people. Since we are on …

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Stratfor: it’s the breakout year for cybercrime! How do we fight it?

Summary: 2016 is the breakout year for cybercrime. Ransomware went global, the third major theft using the global banking SWIFT system, and a multi-million attack on Japan’s ATM’s network. Here Stratfor looks at the mechanics of crime-fighting against cyberthevies. To Catch a Cyber Thief Stratfor, 3 June 2016 Forecast South Africa’s Standard Bank, so far …

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