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That's Capital

Exploring the human drivers behind money and economics

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Cuban Agriculture - What Obama's Trip Might Mean

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 11:29:10 PDT

Below is an interesting article on Cuban agriculture by Miguel Altieri, professor of "agroecology" at UC, Berkeley. It's republished from The Conversation, a smart publishing platform that's a bit like The Daily Beast for academics. Anyway, having visited Cuba in January (sticking to Santiago, on the far eastern side of the island), the trip reminded me of how robust a food supply we have in the United States. Cuba's government didn't just limit the presence of food markets, it seems to be wrestling with how to maintain a regular food supply. Concretely, there was a definite lack of easily accessible...

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Looking Long At The Short

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:44:38 PST

I finally saw the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' brilliant book, The Big Short. The book was infuriating but also energizing. For a series of reasons, the film felt exhausting. That's not to say it's a bad movie. But it left me longing for a richer exploration of the underlying issues that link money and crowd-think, a blurry whir for which most of us lack the tools (or patience) to process. Whether I'm looking at the debates between Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton, or the pathetic dog fights called the Republican Presidential campaigns, they seem to all offer salves that...

Two extremes – how the rich and poor spend Chinese New Year

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:42:32 PST

A few articles by Israelis today captured my sense of a nation that is dangerously lost, caught in a defensive stupor. Below is David Grossman's response to the flotilla violence. A Puppet on a String - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News. No explanation can justify or whitewash the crime that was committed here, and no excuse can explain away the stupid actions of the government and the army. Israel did not send it soldiers to kill civilians in cold blood; indeed, this is the last thing it wanted. And yet, a small Turkish organization, fanatical in its religious views...

More fuel for local markets

Mon, 24 May 2010 06:38:05 PDT

See this article from last week's NYTimes. From a company called PaperG. Furthers the ability of local businesses to use the web effectively for advertising. A powerful piece in the eco-system that is growing to make local economies an engine for something much larger.

Most Lucid critique of financial markets yet

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 07:38:57 PST

And with some solid-sounding solutions. John C. Bogle: Restoring Faith in Financial Markets -