Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thurston and Talbot: Mitigating Michael Moore

Michael Moore’s rousing March 5th speech to the Wisconsin masses has made Thurston and Talbot very nervous. How will they stop the Madison Marauder?

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The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

I decided to break from tradition and to publish something a little less serious. I put together this little video using a program called xtranormal. It is satire on what many left bloggers write and think about conservatives. Huffington Post … Continue reading

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Saudis Shrug Off Day of Rage: Three Strategies to Suppress a Revolt Before It Starts

While the world was understandably distracted by Japan’s terrible earthquake and the tsunami in its wake, I have been monitoring one local Saudi woman’s blog to get a sense of how the March 11th Day of Rage progressed in Saudi … Continue reading

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Smart Money Sells U.S. Treasuries

One of the world’s largest and most respected bond funds announced Wednesday it had reduced its exposure to U.S. government securities to zero in light of rising yields, which are inversely related to a bond’s value. Given the right’s refusal … Continue reading

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No Representation With Misrepresentation

In recent years both the right and the left have engaged in petty “gotcha” politics in which political operatives deliberately misrepresent themselves and goad their political opponents into making damaging statements that help these operatives score petty political victories. While … Continue reading

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Decision Points: Good Read, Bad Style

Source: ©2011 Reflections of a Rational Republican Decision Points is President George W. Bush’s personal account of the most consequential decisions that impacted his controversial presidency. Whether one likes President Bush or detests him, this book is a must read … Continue reading

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Debunking Peak Phosphorus

U.S. Rock Phosphate Production vs. Price, Source: Adapted from USGS data The media’s fascination with the prospect of peak oil has spread to another commodity — phosphorus. In Julian Cribb’s 2010 book, The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and … Continue reading

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Felling Pharaohs (Part VI): The Beatings Continue Because Morale Has Not Improved

A little over a month ago in the midst of Egyptian unrest, I warned that U.S. policy-makers should “be very afraid” of these developments because of their impact on crude oil prices. Now that Libya is in flames, its oil … Continue reading

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The Next Real Estate Bubble? Food Price Inflation Strikes in the Midwest

Today, The New York Times published an article on a potential real estate bubble in the Midwest.  This seems to be yet another effect that high oil prices are having on the economy. As I have frequently argued in previous posts, persistenty high … Continue reading

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North Korea: Linking Fuel to Famine

I recently came across a book called Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture by Dale Allen Pfeiffer. In his book, Pfeiffer uses the North Korean famine in the mid-nineties as a cautionary tale about what … Continue reading

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