The answer to a great many questions of today

This post will seem to fall right out of nowhere for you, mainly because you haven't been privy to my thoughts in recent years -- how could you be, after all? It may also strike you as highly inconsiderate and you may even become angry with me. Let it be so. You will inevitably calm [...]

Let's recap where we are economically

A video compilation of various Peter Schiff TV appearances (2002-2009) is available on YouTube. The quality isn't that great, but the message is pure gold. He's been saying since 2002 that the US economy would collapse, and he gave solid reasons why it would collapse every time. His messages got more pointed with each appearance, [...]

Our economy: a very distinctive photoplay

I found this photo of a truck advertising the Rialto Theatre on Shorpy. What perked my interest was the juxtaposition of the truck in front of the US Treasury Building. Although the photo was taken in 1925, it's somehow applicable to our times. Doesn't it seem strangely non-coincidental that a photoplay/movie truck would find itself [...]

Premium gasoline dips below $3 per gallon

As I filled up my MINI a couple of days ago, I glanced at the pump and noticed the price of the premium gasoline: $2.77 per gallon. I couldn't believe it. I left the pump running and ran toward the street sign to take a photo. I just didn't think I'd ever see premium gas [...]

A few words on the economic crisis at hand

I've just got to say what I'm about to say, because it's gnawing at me from inside, and I need to have it out. I'm not going to pretend I'm some economic guru, and I'll use plain words. My thinking on economics is simple. I understand tangible products. If an economy makes stuff I can [...]

Good vs. bad globalization

As I traveled around Europe, I saw globalization in action, and made the following observations. Being able to drive through various countries without needing to go through customs checks at the borders was wonderful. Unencumbered travel is a great experience. The preservation of local or national cultures is of the utmost importance as people from [...]

The C&O Canal

I suppose I should call this "Trip to the C&O Canal - Part Three", since it's the third time I write about the C&O Canal (Chesapeake and Ohio Canal) on my site. Here is Part 1 and Part 2. But it's certainly not our third trip, because we've been there numerous times, during various times [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-19

Cool Mods - Make your own indestructable USB thumb drive http://tinyurl.com/37p2qg # Armenia: The Epic Land http://tinyurl.com/2qyxxz # Melodyne studio pitch correction now able to break chords down for editing http://tinyurl.com/2qmd6a # Electrolux Inspiro intelligent oven - “auto-focus for chefs” http://tinyurl.com/33dbsl # Wally announces new 'floating island' gigayacht: the WallyIsland http://tinyurl.com/yw4afh # Hollywood Hopefuls: 1925 [...]