Monthly Archives: December 2008

An American Tragedy: Detroit Meets Reality

By David L. Brown What lies in the future for the American automobile industry? I am a realist now, not a pessimist, so let’s look at the situation from a realistic point of view. I note that sales of American … Continue reading

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An Inspiring Tale for the Holiday Season

By David L. Brown It’s not often that I am compelled to wax poetic, but in this holiday season, this one of 2008 in particular, I felt the urge to revisit that old favorite “The Night Before Christmas,” or “A … Continue reading

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The Thin Gruel of Anti-Climate Change Logic

By David L. Brown The anti-climate change morons are hitting hard on the idea that the average global temperature hasn’t gone through the roof. They manage to ignore melting sea ice in the Arctic, thawing tundra, and many other signs … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal Not Involving Irish Children*

By David L. Brown I see from the news that on Tuesday the Federal Reserve is expected to lower interest rates to near zero. Here’s an excerpt from the Reuters story tonight: WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2008 (Reuters) — The U.S. … Continue reading

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More Panic Among Oil Producers

By David L. Brown Russia has suggested it will join OPEC to cut petroleum exports and thus raise the price of oil. According to a story on Bloomberg.com this morning: “We have to defend ourselves,” [Russian President Dmitry] Medvedev said … Continue reading

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Breath of Fresh Air at Energy Department

By David L. Brown Here’s some really good news. The incoming Obama administration has picked the Nobel Prize winning director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as the new Energy Secretary. I must say it is refreshing to see a … Continue reading

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Riding the Petroleum See-Saw

By David L. Brown This is a followup to my recent essay “An Embarrassment of Oxymorons,” in which I made the point that going forward petroleum would either be priced higher, or would not be available at all. I explained … Continue reading

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When Things Go Horribly, Terribly Wrong

As nay-sayers continue to deny that global warming is real, scientists now say that not only is it real, it’s probably too late to do anything about it. Here’s a rather lengthy excerpt from an article appearing today on the … Continue reading

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Detroit’s Fantastic Freestyle Failure Event

By David L. Brown A few days ago I wrote an essay about the mess in Detroit. This cartoon says it pretty well in visual terms. Yeah, they’ve got a plan. Now. It’s a sad situation, but it underlines the … Continue reading

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An Embarrassment of Oxymorons

By David L. Brown “Sustainable growth.” That’s been the mantra of economists and politicians throughout my lifetime and before. We have been instructed that any economy that is not growing is a sick economy. A society that is static is … Continue reading

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