24 Nov 2014

Why are so many Americans so crazy?

Over half of surveyed Republicans said they believe that the president is a socialist Muslim who wants to take away gun rights and turn over U.S. sovereignty to the U.N. What’s deeper, though, is the vitriol of those beliefs, with a substantial number of Republicans believing that Obama resents America’s

10 Nov 2014

Ask not for whom the Wall falls…

The natives are restless: Sometimes simple and bold ideas help us see more clearly a complex reality that requires nuanced approaches. I have an “impossibility theorem” for the global economy that is like that. It says that democracy, national sovereignty and global economic integration are mutually incompatible: we can combine

01 Nov 2014

Artificial Intelligence: our “next big idea” for destroying humanity

“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful,” said Musk. “I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national

26 Oct 2014

Why “shareholder value” and humanity are on a collision course

Here is why I think humanity will end with a bang followed by a whimper or a whimper followed by a bang. Take your pick. DS (H)ardcore conservatives: (…) have come to understand that as soon as they admit that climate change is real, they will lose the central ideological

12 Oct 2014

ISIS: Obama’s Vietnam?

Better than anything else I have come across, the two quotes below sum up, in just a few words, the enormous clusterfuck into which the USA is entering in its mission to “degrade and destroy” the ISIS. I wouldn’t want my country to help the defendants of Kobani because Kobani

29 Sep 2014

America has taken the Islamic State’s bait

It may be hard to believe, but in the end Obama may end up looking even dumber than George W. Bush, the fool who opened this whole Pandora’s box in the first place. The Islamic State, more than war, is engaged in political theater, whose primary audience is not the

23 Sep 2014

Caliphate vs Caliphate… Obama’s wild goose chase

“Globalization is the caliphate of the financial markets” Andrés Rábago – El País Andrés Rábago’s quote is rather perfect.  Here is Wikipedia’s definition of the Muslim Caliphate: Conceptually, a caliphate represents a sovereign state of the entire Muslim faithful, (the Ummah), ruled by a caliph under Islamic law (sharia). Globalization

13 Sep 2014

Why I’m blogging so little these days

Regular readers of my blog posts may wonder why I am posting so infrequently these days. There are several reasons, but the most important one, is that I am rethinking what I want to write about… I am trying to find an underlying pattern in all of this and write

05 Sep 2014

Nobody knows you when you’re down and out

First it was the 2007 financial crisis. Then it became the 2008 financial crisis. Next it was the downturn of 2008-2009. Finally, in mid-2009, it was dubbed the “Great Recession.” And, with the business cycle’s shift onto an upward trajectory in late 2009, the world breathed a collective a sigh

29 Aug 2014

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men etc….

Mr. McCain’s death provides new insight for the authorities as they try to learn more about ISIS and identify the Americans who have joined a group (…) And it is a sign that ISIS, at least in this case, is willing to use Americans on the battlefield in the Middle