Category: Sovereign bankruptcy

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 […]

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 |

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 |

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 […]

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 […]