Category: Speculation

There’s big money in charity: Part 2, Few would thrive

26 March, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Charities, Competition, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] It was finally decided that since I was a budding historian it would be nice if I made a historic record of the first shipment of Food for Peace from the time that it left Baltimore with appropriate fanfare to when it entered the bellies of […]

There’s big money in charity: Part 1, Not corporate chieftains?

25 March, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Charities, Competition, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith [I wrote a report about how] some Madison Avenue sharpies ripped off the Office of Economic Opportunity. That one I entitled, “Poverty is Where the Money’s At.” – Ross Thomas, If You Can’t Be Good (1973) Profit is normally the premium one pays for competence, but are all profits equal?  Malcolm […]

Month in review, February 2015: Part 2, From Yes to No to Maybe

24 March, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Golf, Greece, Grexit, Month in review, Paul Rudolph, Rent control, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Theory | No comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] Though committees, as we saw yesterday, have grave difficulty approving and acting upon anything, the same groups can swiftly reach a consensus to oppose anything, or even better, endorsing its regulatory variation, Pay me not to oppose you, as Everett casino developer no doubt expected, as […]

Month in review, February 2015: Part 1, Global to personal

23 March, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Golf, Greece, Grexit, Month in review, Paul Rudolph, Rent control, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Theory | No comments

By: David A. Smith Among housing’s many fascinations for me is that it connects the most global issues (like money and currency) with the most local ones (such as where to buy a condo or co-op), and in February these two were linked more than usual.  Global forces can land anywhere In February, the ornery […]

Creditor of deadbeats = deadbeat debtor: Part 2, Your creditors can’t handle the truth

6 March, 2015 (10:02) | Economics, Eurozone, Finance, Global news, Government, Greece, Grexit, Recapitalization, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Taxation, Theory | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1 reporting on the continuing psychodrama that is Greek insolvency established that Greece’s inability to pay its sovereign debt stems, at least in large part, from its inability to collect taxes Greek laws say its citizens owe. Nor does the Eurozone’s glib formulation – […]