Category: Speculation

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 […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 7, A special reservation for the vipers

5 May, 2016 (09:31) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   By: David A. Smith   In yesterday’s penultimate installment of this post, using articles from both Reuters (18 October 2015) and the New York Times (26 May 2013; sepia font),, we’ve seen that Greece cannot […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 6, No one dares to say ‘simple’

4 May, 2016 (10:00) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.]   By: David A. Smith   With five parts done in this punctilious examination of Greece’s anything-but-punctilious land registry and entitlement system, based on articles from both Reuters (18 October 2015) and the New York Times (26 May […]

Dissecting the cadaster: Part 5, Make their livings through constant haggling

3 May, 2016 (16:32) | cadaster, Eminent domain, Escheat, Eurozone, Eviction, Greece, Homeownership, Housing, Infrastructure, Land, Law, Ownership, Regulation, Speculation, Title, Urbanization, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By: David A. Smith   Four parts into this meticulous exploration of the challenges of establishing land ownership in Greece, using articles from both Reuters (18 October 2015) and the New York Times (26 May 2013; sepia font), we […]