Category: Ecosystem

Time to thank the vultures? Part 2, Any investigator anywhere in the world

9 May, 2016 (10:00) | Argentina, Capital markets, Ecosystem, Global markets, Hedge funds, Law, Panama Papers, Sovereign bankruptcy |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   As we glimpsed in yesterday’s Part 1, using the unwitting diptych of two Economist stories from the same April 16, 2016 issue, the first a sidelight on the Panama Papers, the second Economist (April 16, 2016; buff blue font), the best systems of governance […]

Time to thank the vultures? Part 1, A crack in the wall of secrecy

6 May, 2016 (10:00) | Argentina, Capital markets, Ecosystem, Global markets, Hedge funds, Law, Panama Papers, Sovereign bankruptcy |

 By: David A. Smith   Are you glad the Panama Papers came to light?    With numerous governments already announcing probes into the Panama papers and others preparing to do so, Mossack Fonseca, the law firm from which the hoard of documents about offshore companies was leaked, will be receiving lots of inquiries in the […]

Strung up on the scaffold: Part 8, The same gloomy thing for forty years

15 April, 2016 (09:30) | Apartments, Cities, Columbia, Construction, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Liability, New York City, Precautionary principle, Regulation, scaffolding, struldbrug buildings, tort law, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. – Gilda […]

Strung up on the scaffold: Part 7, Great for criminals as a place to hide

14 April, 2016 (10:21) | Apartments, Cities, Columbia, Construction, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Liability, New York City, Precautionary principle, Regulation, scaffolding, struldbrug buildings, tort law, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   People feel that the EU is heading in a direction that they never signed up to. They resent the interference in our national life by what they see as unnecessary rules […]

Strung up on the scaffold: Part 6, Liable for any gravity-related accident

13 April, 2016 (10:00) | Apartments, Cities, Columbia, Construction, Ecosystem, Homelessness, Housing, Liability, New York City, Precautionary principle, Regulation, scaffolding, struldbrug buildings, tort law, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   Dr. Robert Sobel, Associate Professor of History at Hofstra, says that the British created a civil-service job in 1903 calling for a man to stand on the Cliffs of Dover with a spyglass.  […]