Beyond Bitcoin: Transition to the Star Trek Economy?

As Russia puts troops on alert this morning, we have our “Phasors locked on stun” this morning as we consider how the Star Trek economy worked.  There are some very interesting possibilities, especially when we see the arrival (and momentary decline) of the new cryptocurrencies.   Did “the Federation” have its economic root in something like ancient Bitcoins?  Hmmm… First, we’ll beam up some headlines, do the Sevastopol dance, then blast-off for the Forbidden Sector of Finance…

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Ukraine’s Economic Future

We take a closer look at what’s ahead for Ukraine this morning, given that there has been an agreement, followed by protesters taking Kiev overnight.  It’s a timely matter following on the heels of our Wednesday report on commonalities of civil wars, the potential for it in former Soviet buffer states, as well as here in the USA.  We’ll also point out how the EU is stealing the foundations of democracy.  But first coffee and a few headlines, plus a check of port traffic (in order to pierce the veil of mumbo-jumbo surrounding the state of the economy) and a very telling chart that argues this economic cycle peaked in early 2000 and continues tracking to expectations…

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Economic Causes of Civil Wars

Curiously, Issue 650 comes the week I turn 65 – a sobering time of life when one looks both back and ahead and realized time is limited.  As a result, the importance of using time wisely (nearing the finish line) comes more into focus and with it, concern for the future of the country and our children who are, as my late grandmother pointed out,  really our legacy and immortality.   So we look this week at what civil wars are, how they start, and the degree to which economics figures in.  And then we look at the hardest question of all:  Could it happen, here, again?  Ukraine?  The numbers matter.   After coffee, headlines, and charts, of course.  We can’t  be marching off into a battle against cloudy thinking unarmed, so we’ll prep with 20 ounces of  Mrs. Olson’s finest, backed up with reinforcements  – a tablespoon of beans from Kona…

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Investing in Yourself: The $500 Idea Department

When was the last time you invested $500 bucks in yourself? There are half a dozen really good “truths” out there that can help you live a much richer life that the modern education system does a horrible job of sharing.  Little things like “You can learn anything you set your mind to...” and “There’s a method to learning that can be applied to anything…” a template that’s really one-size fits all.  But that’s not economic or immediately useful.  So today we’re going to focus on one aspect of another truth:  Investing In yourself.  The way you do that is with what I call a “$200 Idea Fund.”   I’ll show you how I use it, and how it has sometimes paid off out of all proportion…after we skim some of the week’s headlines and have coffee…

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