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Monthly Archives: May 2009

PopCap: Massive Stimulus = Massive Fraud

(A Populist Capitalist Blog) As the federal government prepares to flood the American economy with its multi-trillion dollar stimulus package, there are two things I know for sure: 1. Our grandchildren will resent us as they continue to pay interest on the debt we are saddling them with. 2. There will be billions and billions […]

The Rashomon Effect

“Rashomon” is a classic 1950s black and white Japanese film by Akira Kurosawa. The movie depicts the (possible? probable?) rape of a woman and (apparent) murder of her Samurai husband as told through the eyes and memories of four witnesses/participants. Everyone swears they tell the truth but each produces radically divergent stories. By the end […]

$10.7 Million

$10.7 million is what Mayor Gavin Newsom calculates the city of San Francisco spends annually to clean up discarded cigarette butts from “gutters, drainpipes and sidewalks.” Not being one to take litter lightly, Mayor Newsom has proposed a 33 cents per pack clean-up fee for cigarettes sold in his city. While the filters of cigarette […]

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