The Great Ebola Outbreak of 2012 That No One’s Heard Of

Here is a perfect example of how correlation doesn’t equal causation: Cocoa prices surge on output fears over Ebola outbreak LONDON – Cocoa soared to 3.5-year highs this week on fears the Ebola outbreak could reach Ghana and Ivory Cost, the two biggest producers of…

Illusory Superiority and IQ

According to Derb’s own homepage, the prolific writer, autodidact, polymath, programmer and mathematician ‘only’ has an IQ of 135, which came as surprise to me. I’m sure if you asked others to guess Derb’s IQ they would shoot off numbers like 150 or 160, as…

The New Gilded Age; The Post-2008 Economy, Part 4

The news cycle over the past two weeks can be likened to watching paint dry or glaciers melt. 2013 was the year of congress, the sequester, debt ceiling and shutdowns; 2014 is dominated by sports (Donald Stirling, Ray Rice..stuff like that), police and race conflicts,…

We Need More Money in Politics and Less Voting

From Vox.com The class war in American politics is over. The rich won. Money has always been inseparable from politics. This blog argues the admixture of money with politics is a feature, not a bug, and a contributing factor for the enduring resiliency of our…

Ali Baba Stock Going Higher

Time for another prediction, which is that Ali Baba stock (BABA) is going to $130 within a year or so. In 2012 and 2013, I predicted correctly that Facebook stock would surge and Apple would flatline. Facebook indeed rallied 150% and Apple fell from $600…

The Futile Pursuit of Equality

A dense article by Steve about the pursuit of truth, philosophy, ‘equality’ of man, conservatism, and god. At the end he writes: Today, the extremism of our culture‚Äôs demands for attestations of faith in equality and transparency is a mask for the movement back toward…

America Is Still Exceptional

Charles Murray, unwavering defender of inconvenient truths in the face of political correctness and beloved by millions of millennials and smart people all over America, has become an institution unto himself. His most recent book, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead, has become ‘required reading’…

Will Technology Make All Jobs Obsolete?

From Jim Goad of Taki Magazine: Workers of the World, Goodbye The Luddite fallacy has a good track record of being a fallacy. You get rid of one type of job and another pops up. As the labor market becomes more polarized, there will probably…

America Splitting in Two

The American economy is splitting in two. Opportunity is plentiful for the wealthy and well-educated, but it is drying up for the bottom half. What can Washington do? The good news is not much. ‘The poor are being left behind because they deserve it’, says…