Author Archives: John Thomas

The Big Push to break up Big Tech

You could almost feel it coming in the air tonight. Or wait, that is a Phil Collins song stuck in my head. However, there is a pervasive feeling that the tech giants like Amazon and Google are now too powerful, but they’re also really good for consumers. This so-called paradox between what’s good for consumers and what’s good for the ...

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Why Should We Educate the International Students?

In the latest tit for tat going on between Trump and Beijing, education is being thrown in the mix. The influx of Chinese students to our upper-tier universities has caused the administration to take a closer look at why we allow some 360,000 Chinese students on to our campuses. The parable of giving a man a fish, and he will ...

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Why the U.S. Dollar is the Global Currency of World Trade

Those that despise the U.S. around the world wish nothing more than the demise of our natural monopoly on the numeraire, and its place as trade reserve extraordinaire. Dollar denominated global transactions account for roughly 60 percent of reserves, with the euro falling a distant second at 20 percent of reserves, dwindling down to a few rubbles and yuan from ...

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Are Rare Earth Elements at Core of Trade War with China?

Something that is termed rare in relation to earth seems by its very definition to be of import. According to the Rare Earth Technology Alliance, there are 17 elements that are considered to be rare earth elements—15 elements in the lanthanide series and two additional elements that share similar chemical properties. This is right about when I started nodding off ...

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The Never Ending Conundrum of Healthcare in America

I love my health plan. Come to think of it, I don’t think I have ever had a plan to complain about. Perhaps I have been lucky that the companies that I have worked for provided more than adequate healthcare for my family and me. When I was blind-sided by cancer, the birth of our second child, and maternity leave, ...

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Social and Economic Background is now part of the new college SAT

“Knowledge is good.” The famous quote on the statue of Emil Faber, founder of the fictitious Faber College in the film, Animal House. While the Greek system is not under the microscope at the moment, admission to colleges and universities is front and center. The latest college admissions scam by the elite and Hollywood left have again opened the door ...

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China’s Brutal Communist Party Chief Chen Quanguo – No Chance of Isis Attacks in the Xinjiang Region

Chen Quanguo, Communist Party chief for the past 2½ years, is to Chairman Xi. His hardline crackdown on ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the industrial region of Xinjiang has created a propagandist police state the size of which had never been seen in China

It’s all about control, but control doesn’t happen without economic dominance. Just look around the globe. U.S. is number one. China is number two, in terms of economic size. Control of the populous is something that the Chinese are quite efficient at, and it all leads down the Silk Road. Economic mercantilism is alive and well in China, particularly in ...

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Tariffs will not affect 59% of Small Businesses

The stock market is tumbling and investors fear for their assets. Large firms are calculating the potential deleterious results of a tariff war on their bottom line. However, a recent Bank of America (BOA) survey showed that 59% of small business owners will not feel any effects from a tariff war. According to Bank of America’s Spring 2019 Small Business Owner ...

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