April 6, 2013 — Unlike tomatoes, which do well in plenty of sunlight, there are some aspects of economics that do better in the dark. Dark in in ‘things the little people don’t know’ because – if they did – there would be pitchforks at the ready and villagers at the gate. This morning, a short summary of several areas where the whole field of economics is getting right up to the ragged edge: Everything from the Nth customer problem to the crashing of the labor participation rate, to a 260 gB data dump that outs the names, places, and amounts of keep trusts (of high net worth individuals) and corporations who are rather expert at tax dodging. This is especially troublesome because we’re just nine days from the ‘little people’s’ tax deadline. So have the blood pressure meds at the ready, and turn up this Youtube tune to set the mood…it’s where economics is.
April 3, 2013 — One of the greater mysteries of the “prepper” movement is “Why?” After all, on the surface things are not terribly bad, despite my sometimes acidic remarks about markets. As the car and truck report showed Tuesday, things aren’t all that bad. Unfortunately, in many ways they are – and will likely continue so for the foreseeable future. So this morning’s focus report will be on developments on (and about) the Korean peninsula. Before we get into developments and the personal contingency planning, however, a review of other headlines and plenty of coffee is in order.
March 30, 2013 — Several readers have asked me for a review of Bitcoin and any thoughts/feelings I have on them since there are already reported to be millionaires in the making in the land of digital currency. Can peer-to-peer finance work out better than top-down finance? Or is it just another bubble? A discussion follows an explanation of how it works and how you can get some Bitcoins for yourself. Before we go there, however, there are the dreary morning headlines, not to mention trying to make money the old fashioned way, in the meantime.
March 27, 2013 — In last weekend’s report, we had a short course in DC system design and we developed a number of ideas including some of the basics. This week, we’ll press forward in emergency power planning with a focus on the wiring and installing solar panels part. First, though, a cup or three of coffee and some headlines to get us rolling. Especially what may be turning into a war between factions in global banking….
March 23, 2013 — As couple of reader emails in the past few weeks have prompted me to write a short guide on using solar (and wind) power. But unlike in past issues of Peoplenomics, like issue #362 (*Robust Home Power, Aug. 10, 2008) which begins with the esoteric planning using a ‘load sheet’ /needs analysis and then designs a house-sized solar power system, this week’s summary is a simple cheatsheet for emergency situationa. So, that’s our task this morning: Build a pocket reference so the fellow who has a child in a wheelchair will be able to cobble up a suitable solar charging option in an emergency. Or, if you have aunt Millie on an oxygen concentrator, you can maybe keep her huffing until the power comes back on (if it does…). More importantly, even if you’re not interested in having a two-page cheatsheet for use in a disaster setting, you’ll be able to follow along as we condense knowledge, summarizing and get it ready to laminate and put with our prepper stash. Ah, but before we get into the prepping part, some steely-eyed review of overnight news and our charts await. So hoist that cup, slug that coffee, and let’s ‘git er’ done…
March 20, 2013 — Two important concepts to learn from this morning’s Peoplenomics report. First and foremost we will talk about timing one’s exit from the bond market. This is a short lesson in “Getting while the getting’s good.” A causative subset of global economic collapse, the bond market is now fraught with risk. In this regard, we’ll discuss how more and more parents are finding student loan collectors hot on their [parent] tails for cosigning on either Johnny or Suzi Sucker’s six-figure student loan bill. Gosh, doesn’t this sound like cheerful and uplifting reading? This kind of stuff that just makes you want to jump up and celebrate the day, doesn’t it? No? Well, how about as a warm up, then, we go sample global death, doom, destruction – starting with Cyprus – the latest country falling victim to a bankster gang-bang…the gang being the EU.