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Made in China 2025 — Not to Worry!

The Chinese way of running their economic system is quite brilliant. I tip my hat to them. To avoid a trade war, China must cease its economic war against America. Quotes from Steven Bannon, Trump confidante By the time the shots heard around the world were fired in Concord and Lexington in April 1775, improving the level of American technology through the...
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Can Trump Make A Deal With The New Asian Hegemon?

There is a military option: to destroy North Korea’s nuclear program and North Korea itself…If there is going to be a war to stop him (Kim Jong-un), it will be over there. If thousands die, they are going to die there, they're not going to die here. Senator Lindsey Graham on the American Today Show If become a very big...
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Big Tech — No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

The markets are at an analytical crossroad. Central banks around the world have all signaled that their bouts of monetary largess will be coming to an end. Assuming the central banks really carry this out, for many this is a bear signal for the global stock markets. Those investors, who believe the rallies of recent years are the result...
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From Uber to Amazon

Since issuing the last Dismal Optimist on May 12, tech stocks roared upward. That is until the afternoon of Friday June 9 when tech stocks in the absence of any specific negative news had what can be called a mini-crash. Interestingly, all the major tech stocks hit their daily lows at exactly 2:50-2:51 pm. All the computer driven algos...
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Technology Keeps Accelerating — Get on Board

Software is eating the world. Marc Andreesen, noted venture capitalist, said in 2011 AI is eating software Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, said in 2017 The main theme of this blog is that technology is accelerating at an accelerating rate and humanity is entering a new epoch in its evolution. This insight is drawn on the work of Ray Kurzweil and other so-called...

How About That Hamburger for Kim Jong-Un?

Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population?  Air Force General  Curtis Emerson Lemay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, as told to Office of Air Force History in 1984. Our country is used to paying respect to elders—like China and Japan, we live by Confucian culture. Kim...
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There’s No Stopping Globalization

The tide of globalization is going out. Peter Thiel, German-born co-founder of PayPal and advisor to President Trump The speed of light does not merely transform the world. It becomes the world. Globalization is the speed of light. Paul Virilio, French intellectual The evolutionary process of technology seeks to improve capabilities in an exponential fashion. Innovators seek to improve things by multiples....

The US and China are Joined at the (C)Hip — in Taiwan

Question: “If Taiwan were attacked by China, do we (the US) have an obligation to defend the Taiwanese?” President George W Bush: “Yes we do… and the Chinese must understand that. The United States would do whatever it took to help Taiwan defend Presidential CNN Interview, April 25, 2001 “From the position of Chinese people’s nationalism, 1.3 billion people on...
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Will trump allow the US to continue as the world’s innovation economy?

“TRUMP’S CHIEF STRATEGIST STEVE BANNON SUGGESTS HAVING TOO MANY ASIAN TECH CEOs UNDERMINES ‘CIVIC SOCIETY’” The Verge headline based on a Trump/Bannon 2015 interview as reported by the Washington Post Xenophobia definition.  Intense or irrational fear of people from other countries. The United States is indisputably the innovation capital of the world.  Innovation is happening in everywhere in the US – Silicon...
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Trump’s Poisoned Chalice

Investors are drooling with anticipation that the coming Trump regime through lowering taxes, removing regulatory barriers and stimulating economic growth will continue to boost the stock market. As a bonus, there is the prospect of repatriation to their corporate owners of trillions of corporate dollars that are “trapped” abroad by American taxes. According to one recent forecast, US corporations...
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