Category Archives: Government

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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VPN: Virtual Private Network and Internet Privacy

by Daniel Brouse and Sidd Mukherjee Your Internet service provider (ISP) knows where you live, your address and billing info. They also know: all the IPs and domain names you visit and when all the content of your unencrypted traffic in and out, as well as, the timing The federal government now allows your ISP […]

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Russia Hacked 500 Million Yahoo Accounts

The Membrane Domain: Cybersecurity by the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs A grand jury in the Northern District of California has indicted four defendants, including two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), for computer hacking, economic espionage and other criminal offenses in connection with a conspiracy, beginning in January 2014, to […]

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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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Radical Christian Terrorists and the Zombie Apocalypse

EARTH — Imagine a group of radical Christians taking over the government and trying to bring on the Rapture (aka The Apocalypse) and the Second Coming. You no longer need to imagine. A conspiracy of Evangelical Christians are trying to facilitate The End Of Times. They want to fulfill biblical prophecies including: The Revival of […]

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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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Trade War! What Is It Good For?

By Daniel Brouse International Economics 101 What do you think of when you hear the term “trade war”? The costs and benefits to society are very similar to traditional warfare. 1) Financial Cost. A war is expensive. In a trade war, huge tariffs are placed on the purchase of imports. A tariff is a sales […]

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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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    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • New York City Sues Oil Companies Over Climate Change
      The most likely force to cause a change in climate change is money. New York City is filing a law suit against five major oil companies (BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell), claiming they have contributed to global warming. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will seek billions of dollars in […]
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