Author Archives: John Thomas

China is Gaining Momentum in Europe with Belt and Road Initiative

What a difference a month can make. The so called Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims to strengthen infrastructure, trade, and investment links between China and some 65 other countries that account collectively for over 30 percent of global GDP, 62 percent of population, and 75 percent of known energy reserves. Italy became the first G7 country to sign on ...

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The Big Business of Men’s Business Suits

This fad has come and gone before, as companies use whatever means possible to attract the best employees. One of the most popular perks is casual dress, especially for men. Wearing jeans and a golf shirt to work at Goldman Sachs is not a new concept. In the go-go days of the internet revolution, where the best and brightest were ...

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Italy being duped by China into signing Belt and Road Initiative

Italy will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations with China next year, and is cozying up to Chairman XI and his Belt and Road Initiative. It appears that Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Premier Giuseppe Conte are attempting to renew the idyllic relations between Mussolini’s Italy and Chiang Kai-shek’s China, circa 1930-1937. As one can imagine, the typical reactions are ...

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South African Power Outages Compromising Economic Activity

Apparently the sea levels are not rising around Cape Town, South Africa, as the nation again gains attention for the deleterious results of the lack of electrical power. No, I didn’t say Venezuela, where either the lights came back on, or it no longer is newsworthy, at least to the American left. The South African state-run utility, Eskom, provides approximately ...

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Putin follows Xi’s Lead to Suppress Free Speech

It’s not even a wink-wink, non-nod, when President Vladimir V. Putin decides to Stalinize Russia by passing outright legislation that would prohibit speaking out against the government or any of its officials. This is the difference in all-out communism, as Chairman Xi is doing in China with his not-so-subtle version of Maoism, and the socialism (communism light) that some want ...

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Huge Major League Baseball Contracts are Losing Proposition

If you follow sports even remotely, you have heard of baseball player Bryce Harper and the enormous contract he recently signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. In fact, it was the largest in the history of team sports. The financial tidbits are astounding, so I have to throw out one. Harper will make $44,000 every time he goes to bat. Yes, ...

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Gratuitous use of the military for profit is hypocrisy

The classic herd mentality of Madison Avenue and its follow-the-leader approach to advertising has hit a new low with its gratuitous use of service men and women. One hopes the bottom has been hit with a television ad that depicted a wounded serviceman, with a prosthetic leg from the knee down, at an animal rescue shelter with his girlfriend picking ...

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Left Usurps Modern Monetary Theory for Socialist Agenda

Everyone from politicians and economists to ill-informed college students are discussing the merits of what is referred to as Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). While the theory is nothing new, it has been adopted by those that are very new, the socialists among us. I don’t know about you, but I immediately get hot flashes when I see the likes of ...

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Senior Citizens more exposed to fraud than ever

Those that prey on the seniors in our society are using technology to allow them to access just about every faction of one’s life. This takes a special kind of hubris to commit fraud to those of the greatest generation and others. Now the U.S. government is getting into the act. Attorney General William Barr announced on Thursday that the ...

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