Category: Global news

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 | No comments

 [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 | No comments

[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 […]

Always look on the bright side … or else (dee doo): Part 1, Gloomy views and positive energy

25 May, 2016 (09:30) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Economics, Exchange rates, Global news, Government, Housing, Speculation, Statistics | No comments

 By: David A. Smith   Some things in life are bad They can really make you mad Other things just make you swear and curse. Some things in life are really bad   Some decades ago, back when hand-held calculators were the rage of high-tech, a team of psychologists interested in people’s deference to presumed […]

Month in Review, March, 2016: Part 2, Two tales of two countries

24 May, 2016 (10:04) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Democracy, Global news, Government, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, in complex systems like cities, government, and housing, success looks easy only after the fact, and invites tinkering with the finely balanced elements of that success.   See?  Nothing to it!   Indeed, many there are who believe […]

Month in Review, March, 2016: Part 1, Two tales of two cities

23 May, 2016 (08:38) | Argentina, Capital markets, China, Democracy, Global news, Government, Rent control, Rental, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Before human beings had nations, cities were the dominant political unit, and it was through cities that momentous change came to the world – so we say Athens and think philosophy, Rome and empire, Florence and the Renaissance.    Inventing a Renaissance within the city’s walls   Because cities are defined […]