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  • China Wants to Control the Cloud
    China Wants to Control the Cloud
    Commentary The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is no fan of cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin. Not surprisingly, the elites in Beijing aren’t keen on NFTs either. It makes sense. Both are highly speculative assets. However, when it comes to blockchain, the underlying technology powering Bitcoin and NFTs, the CCP appears to be ...
  • Kazakhstan Is a Prize Coveted by China
    Kazakhstan Is a Prize Coveted by China
    Commentary The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan opened the door for increased Chinese pressure on Kazakhstan. Communist China continues to make news in its outreach and attempts to corrupt various countries around the world. The purpose of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI, also known as "One Belt, One Road") is ...
  • Almost Every Community College District in California Is in the Red
    Almost Every Community College District in California Is in the Red
    Commentary Publicly traded companies are required to provide their audited financial statements no later than four months after the close of the fiscal year. If only municipalities would abide by the same or similar deadlines. I make this lament because I’ve just recently received the final audited financial statements for ...
  • Come Hell or Highwater? Central Bankers and Inflation
    Come Hell or Highwater? Central Bankers and Inflation
    Commentary  Many are currently baffled on the path of the economy and markets, and for a good reason. Stock markets are nearing a bear market, while the U.S economy seems to be doing ok. Retail sales came in as expected, rising by 0.9 percent (MoM) and the U.S. industrial output ...
  • After the Fall: What If China Becomes a Democracy?
    After the Fall: What If China Becomes a Democracy?
    Commentary While the Chinese regime is not in danger of falling, but at a time when the rule of Xi Jinping is under strain, it is a useful thought experiment to consider a post-communist China and what opportunities this would present for the United States and its allies. China as ...
  • Opinion: The Knowns and Unknowns of the Kamloops Burials
    The Knowns and Unknowns of the Kamloops Burials
    Commentary The announcement by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc indigenous band of Kamloops, B.C. on May 27, 2021, about finding remains of 215 children on the grounds of an Indian Residential School instantly became headline news worldwide, even though the band’s press release said that “At this time we have more questions than ...
  • Cinema Film Review: ‘Return to the Philippines, the Leon Cooper Story’
    Cinema Film Review: ‘Return to the Philippines, the Leon Cooper Story’
    1 h 5m | Documentary | 2015   You don’t see a lot of narrative films that cover the many lesser-known battles in the Pacific Theater during World War II. But fortunately, there are some great documentaries out there, such as 2015’s “Return to the Philippines, the Leon Cooper Story,” ...
  • Germophobes to the Left and Right
    Germophobes to the Left and Right
    Commentary With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic hopefully waning, it will be time for many to take a step back and assess the collateral damage. And there is, and is going to be, a lot of it. With two years of overreaction to and media obsession with the myriad of ways that COVID-19 can ...
  • The Conservative Populist Coalition Has Grown in Pennsylvania. What That Means Going Forward Is Important
    The Conservative Populist Coalition Has Grown in Pennsylvania. What That Means Going Forward Is Important
    Commentary FANNETTSBURG, Pennsylvania—The first time I accidentally stumbled onto the cracked Back Road street sign in this Franklin County unincorporated town years ago, while covering the 2012 presidential race between then-President Barack Obama and Sen. Mitt Romney, I knew I had to turn onto it even though I had no ...
  • Democrats’ Latest Phony Inflation Scapegoat: Credit Cards
    Democrats’ Latest Phony Inflation Scapegoat: Credit Cards
    Commentary In this administration, it’s always someone else’s fault. Inflation is now the No. 1 concern of voters, so the White House first blamed COVID. Then Donald Trump’s tax cuts. Then Vladimir Putin. Then meatpackers and the poultry industry, Big Oil, and pharmaceutical companies. Now, Democrats have identified a new ...
  • China Starting Next Global Crisis by Gobbling Up Sri Lanka
    China Starting Next Global Crisis by Gobbling Up Sri Lanka
    Originally published by Gatestone Institute Commentary On May 12, India confirmed that it would provide a desperate Sri Lankan government 65,000 metric tons of urea, pursuant to an existing $1 billion credit line. The sale, which overrides New Delhi’s ban on the exports of the commodity, relieves severe pressure on the government of Sri ...
  • Powell’s Crash Landing
    Powell’s Crash Landing
    Commentary  Wall Street, we have a margin problem. Shares of Target (TGT) fell by 25 percent on Wednesday, May 18 as their margins shrank by the same amount. TGT margins collapsed due to higher input costs, overstocking, and overstaffing. So much for the mantra that stocks are a great hedge against ...
  • Theft of Intellectual Property
    Theft of Intellectual Property
    Commentary One thing is sure: Washington has failed utterly in protecting American intellectual property (IP) from Chinese stealing. That failure has spanned decades under both Republicans and Democrats. Another thing may not be sure, but it is highly likely: Under President Joe Biden, this sad pattern will remain in place. ...
  • The WHO Treaty Is Tied to a Global Digital Passport and ID System
    The WHO Treaty Is Tied to a Global Digital Passport and ID System
    Commentary The WHO recently announced plans for an international pandemic treaty tied to a digital passport and digital ID system. Meeting in December 2021 in a special session for only the second time since the WHO’s founding in 1948, the Health Assembly of the WHO adopted a single decision titled, “The World ...
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