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Who knew?

February 26, 2011
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http://politicalcalculations.blogspot.com/2011/02/anti-us-fervor-in-hollywood.html

February 25, 2011
Anti-US Fervor in Hollywood

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Where opur oil comes from…

February 25, 2011
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http://macromon.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/u-s-dependent-on-middle-east-oil-think-again/

U.S. Dependent on Middle East Oil? Think Again.

Posted on February 24, 2011 by macromon


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Peak everything….

February 24, 2011
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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/decades-top-performer-is-a-hard-assets-bull-2011-02-24

Peter Brimelow

Feb. 24, 2011, 2:29 a.m. EST

An ‘era of Peak Everything’

Commentary: Decade’s top performer is a hard-assets bull

“The most consistent theme in OI over the past decade was that all of the editors believed that ‘real’ assets — precious metals, energy, hard and soft commodities — are getting more and more scarce.

“In other words, the low-hanging fruit of this world is gone. If you understand that, you’re halfway there.

“In my view, we live in an era of Peak Everything. Whether it’s oil, gold, copper, coal, food, water, you-name-it… we’ve got nearly seven billion people on this world all chasing for the same goods. This world is picked-over, and there’s not enough to go around.”


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Where does the money go???

February 21, 2011
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http://www.aolnews.com/team/john-merline/

Opinion: What Does Government Do?

Feb 19, 2011 – 5:00 AM

John Merline

Opinion Editor

Pop quiz. What’s the biggest single job the federal government undertakes?

National defense? Nope.

Homeland security? Wrong.

Transportation? Not even close.

Law enforcement? No way.

Education? Getting colder.

Foreign aid? Are you kidding?

Nope, the biggest single thing the federal government does these days is … cut checks.

Lots and lots and lots and lots of checks that go to individual citizens — $2.3 trillion worth last year alone.


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Interesting…

February 20, 2011
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http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/historic-flood-red-ink_550425.html

A Historic Flood of Red Ink

Obama’s mind-boggling budget

Feb 28, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 23 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON


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Our debt problem….

February 19, 2011
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http://keithhennessey.com/2011/02/16/long-term-problem-begins-now/

The long term budget problem begins now

on February 16, 2011


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Part of the college bubble…

February 19, 2011
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http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2011/02/college-textbook-bubble.html

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Unsustainable College Textbook Bubble


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Most important measure of China’s progress

February 18, 2011
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http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/02/17/china-is-richer-but-most-chinese-are-still-poor/

China is richer, but most Chinese are still poor

Posted by Nin-Hai Tseng, writer-reporter
February 17, 2011 11:26 am


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We are a leader in rail, (not the high speed type…)

February 14, 2011
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A Desire Named Streetcar

February 14, 2011 2:51 P.M.
By Steven F. Hayward

Interestingly, there is one U.S.–Europe comparison that they never make: The U.S. hugely outpaces Europe in one key area of rail transport, but it’s freight rather than people. This report from the European Commission (table 5.1, page 68) tells the story. Measured in ton-kilometers (i.e., one ton shipped one kilometer), the U.S. ships more than six times the amount of freight as the European Union. Freight rail in the U.S. accounts for 43 percent of total ton-kilometers shipped by all transportation sources, versus only 16.7 percent in the E.U., where they ship much more by truck, due in part to the shorter distances goods have to travel.


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Green investment destroys jobs??

February 14, 2011
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http://stossel.blogs.foxbusiness.com/

February 10, 2011 02:22 PM UTC by John Stossel

‘Green’ Spontaneous Order

Read more: http://stossel.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2011/02/10/green-spontaneous-order/#ixzz1DtH3qQKg

By some estimates:

investing in solar power destroys seven jobs, wind eight jobs, biomass eight jobs, coal six jobs, and natural gas eight jobs, each compared to the 10 jobs generally created per million dollars of investment.

What a waste. Government has no place in the energy business. If we stop subsidizing all forms of energy, then a spontaneous order will emerge that will allow the best form of energy to out-compete the rest. If green energy truly works, people will invest in it, and jobs will be created. That is the free market at work. We don’t need the central planners to pick winners. In the end, that just makes us all losers.

Read more: http://stossel.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2011/02/10/green-spontaneous-order/#ixzz1DtGxa86v


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