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The Economic Monsters: Inflation and Interest Rates

by Daniel Brouse Economist In 2006 and 2007, we forecast the impending “great recession”. Our investment advice was to sell all your real estate. If you could not sell it, leverage it to the hilt (so you had your cash out before failure.) Turned out to be an accurate forecast. In 2017 and 2018, we […]

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Climate Science Special Report: Human Induced

The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), Volume I has determined that climate change is being unduly accelerated by human activities. The report is an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States. It represents the first of two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by the […]

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Climate Change And Credit

by Daniel Brouse Part of a series of articles on Climate Change And Flood Insurance Homeowners living in flood plain have learned the hard way that climate change has effected their ability to get a mortgage. As the sea level rises and extreme weather events intensify, homeowners have found their insurance rates increasing or their […]

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The Danger in Email, Sytlesheets, Scripts and Session Replay

Membrane Domain Security Center https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2017/09/28/i-never-signed-up-for-this-privacy-implications-of-email-tracking/ What happens when you open an email and allow it to display embedded images and pixels? You may expect the sender to learn that you’ve read the email, and which device you used to read it. But in a new paper we find that privacy risks of email tracking extend far […]

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Bounty of the Sea: More Plastic Than Fish?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum, in a report called The New Plastics Economy  (which looks at the amount of plastic that ends up in the sea) claims there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. “If we continue dumping plastic in the sea at the present rate, […]

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Flood Insurance and Rising Sea Levels

by Daniel Brouse Q: Who pays for flood insurance? A: The United States government, FEMA, covers losses for people that pay flood insurance premiums. Q: Does your homeowners insurance policy cover you in the event of flooding? A: No. Flood insurance coverage is very limited. For instance, basements and belonging in a basement are not […]

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Protectionism: The Costs and Benefits of Trade Wars

by Daniel Brouse Protectionism is the theory or practice of shielding a country’s domestic industries from foreign competition by restricting imports. There are no known benefits to protectionism. The costs of protectionism include being financially destructive, negatively impacting health and wellness, as well as, causing death. (also see: Trade War! What Is It Good For?) […]

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The Demise Of The USA: Will China Takeover?

By Daniel Brouse UNITED STATES — President Trump has done more to damage the environment in his first days of office than any President in history. He has pledged to withdraw from the Paris treaty. The Paris Treaty was the most extensive agreement to address climate change and the first time China and India joined-in. […]

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FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt)

By Daniel Brouse For Widgette / Private Business Has America turned into a giant Tupperware Party? The field of consumer behavior is a social science that studies the psychology of consumerism. There are five basic psychological tactics to marketing: * emotional and psychological appeals * optimize credibility by highlighting your flaws * re-position your competition […]

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Carbon Offsetting and Reduction

The United Nations has initiated the first “worldwide” pollution tax. The International Civil Aviation Organization’s global carbon offsetting system is aimed at slowing the growth of emissions from commercial flights. Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) The role of a global MBM scheme is to complement a broader basket of measures to […]

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      by Daniel Brouse Economist In 2006 and 2007, we forecast the impending “great recession”. Our investment advice was to sell all your real estate. If you could not sell it, leverage it to the hilt (so you had your cash out before failure.) Turned out to be an accurate forecast. In 2017 and 2018, we […]
    • Climate Science Special Report: Human Induced
      The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), Volume I has determined that climate change is being unduly accelerated by human activities. The report is an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States. It represents the first of two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by the […]
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