Category: China

Dissatisfaction guaranteed or your money *not* back: Part 1, 156% over in real terms

29 August, 2016 (09:00) | budgeting, China, Dictators, Infrastructure, Olympics, Public finance, public works | No comments

 By: David A.  Smith   Though the Rio games are in the past and rapidly fading from the public consciousness –   Those memories aren’t fading fast enough   – their financial memory will linger on, as the cash-strapped and spiraling-backward nation of Brazil will spend many years paying for them, and with Boston having […]

Month in Review: May, 2016: Part 2, Breaking the blogger’s fourth wall

21 July, 2016 (08:30) | Argentina, cadaster, China, Eurozone, Greece, Hedge funds, kayfabe, Land, Panama Papers, Personal, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Statistics, wrestling | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1] In yesterday’s Part 1 of a content-additive review of my May posts, I introduced the concept of kayfabe to politics.  More precisely, I outed kayfabe as an essential ingredient of global politics these days, where communications cycles are so fast that truth isn’t even the […]

Month in Review: May, 2016: Part 1, The world of kayfabe

20 July, 2016 (09:00) | Argentina, cadaster, China, Eurozone, Greece, Hedge funds, kayfabe, Land, Panama Papers, Personal, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Statistics, wrestling | No comments

By: David A. Smith   Over the last few years, I have become consumed with the post-meta concept of kayfabe, the twenty-first century’s dominant mode of entertainment, as defined (in true kayfabe fashion) by Wikipedia’s entry on the subject, itself a kayfabe exercise in self-reference:   Never break the kayfabe   In professional wrestling, kayfabe […]

Always look on the bright side … or else (dee doo): Part 3, Afloat when they should sink

27 May, 2016 (09:39) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Economics, Exchange rates, Global news, Government, Housing, Speculation, Statistics |

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   As established in Parts 1 and 2 of this post comparing an unlikely pairing, Argentina and China, using as source material the Wall Street Journal (May 3, 2016) and Significance, December, 2012; Albiceleste font), we’ve seen that Argentina’s charismatic […]

Always look on the bright side … or else (dee doo): Part 2, anything but journalism these days

26 May, 2016 (10:00) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Economics, Exchange rates, Global news, Government, Housing, Speculation, Statistics |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   If life seems jolly rotten There’s something you’ve forgotten And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing. Yesterday’s post conjoined the odd couple of Xi Jinping, president of China, and Graciela Bavacqua, at the time Argentina’s chief statistician, around the subject of […]