Monthly Archives: January 2009

On the Difference Between Lawyers and Catfish

By David L. Brown Oops, today we learn that the stimulus bill that just passed the House of Representatives won’t allow stimulus money to be spent on imported steel. That’s like slamming the door on world trade, which is going … Continue reading

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Congress Critters Wallow in Pork Barrel Trough

By David L. Brown It can be argued that this country got in the trouble it’s in at least in large part through irresponsible government spending, private lending to unqualified borrowers and of course lots of Wall Street greed. So … Continue reading

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Food Supplies Losing Race to Famine

By David L. Brown How thin is the line that divides world food supplies from famine? This thin: If China were to import another five percent of its total grain needs, it would completely eliminate all grain available in the … Continue reading

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Free Trade and Globalization: Utopian Dream

By David L. Brown Advocates of expanded free trade through elimination of tariffs and other economic barriers claim that more open trade would benefit people in developing nations. The failure of the ongoing Doha round of trade negotiations among exporting … Continue reading

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100-Year Drought Strikes Argentina

By David L. Brown The world is facing a famine crisis and few if any news reports acknowledge the looming threat. Now we learn that Argentina, which has been one of the world’s few remaining food exporters, is stricken with … Continue reading

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It’s Official—Antarctica Is Warming Too

By David L. Brown As climate change deniers continue to publicize bizarre and unproven statements suggesting that the world is cooling and that global warming is a “hoax,” real scientists continue to discover evidence to the contrary. Most recently, in … Continue reading

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Misleading Questions About Climate Change

By David L. Brown The climate change deniers are in full bay these days. It seems I can’t read a blog or even a news article without seeing the phrase “global warming hoax.” Somehow this phrase has “gone viral,” as … Continue reading

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Mexican Border War Heating Up

By David L. Brown One of the major problems facing the United States today is the fact that our First World nation is bordered by a Third World state, Mexico. The problem is magnified by the fact that Mexico is … Continue reading

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A Realist Looks at the Year Ahead

By David L. Brown Good morning everyone. If you woke up this morning (as I presume you did since you are reading this) you were probably surprised to learn that we have entered a New Year, Anno Domini 2009. I … Continue reading

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