Archive for October, 2003

GDP: Is the Recovery Coming?

Friday, October 31, 2003 8:47 Comments Off

It seems everyone is going gaga over the latest GDP figures. I’m not. I’m still seeing the same household debt-to-income ratios, an all-time high of bankruptcies, the same housing bubbles, the same paper asset bubbles, the same unemployment rates, and the same growth in the money supply. It seems that few are willing to say [...]

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Debt, Debt, Debt….But Darn, the GDP is Up!

Friday, October 31, 2003 8:00 Comments Off

The National Post: In honour of Halloween then, and the most ghoulish time of the year for stock markets, herewith is a house of horrors rundown. Credit card debt, mortgage debt, bulging lines of credit, state debt, a staggering federal deficit. The main worries for those who don’t quite believe everything is coming up roses [...]

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Anti-Austrianism: Get ‘Em While They’re Young

Friday, October 31, 2003 7:59 Comments Off

Some German teenagers have started a new form of currency called the chiemgauer, named after the region where they live. Just like their teachers – the government – these kids have gone and printed fiat money, not tied to anything, with no real value. The author never once mentions what underlying value there is (or [...]

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Equal-Opportunity Narcissism

Friday, October 31, 2003 7:50 Comments Off

Somehow, the entire world is supposed to be “in love with” this creepy freak. Pink nail polish, wearing his wife’s undies…..yep, all the men I know are dying to be just like him. Uh huh.

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The Power of 1

Friday, October 31, 2003 7:41 Comments Off

A lot of people don’t see marriage as the cure-all for life. That number is increasing. Perhaps that is because single folk observe the state of current marriages among their friends, co-workers, and family. Meet the new singledom.

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Size Matters

Thursday, October 30, 2003 17:21 Comments Off

The size of one’s brussel sprouts matters, of course. The great thing about the Midwest in October-November is brussel sprout pickin’ time – straight off the farm. These babies are worth waiting all year for. This time of year I’ll turn green after the consumption of these on a daily basis. To show how gargantuan [...]

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Detroit’s Devil’s Night but Were Afraid to Ask

Thursday, October 30, 2003 9:42 Comments Off

Tonight is none other than Devil’s Night here in Detroit. The night before Halloween. Being Detroit born-and-raised, people ask me about Devil’s Night all the time. They are fascinated that such a thing exists. Do people really burn down the city for fun, they ask me. Why do they do that, they want to know. [...]

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Viennese Songs from the Mises Circle

Wednesday, October 29, 2003 9:58 Comments Off

Via Jeff Tucker: The Grenadier of the Marginal Utility School An economist moved to GermanyA learned position to pursueThis should have been a certainty,For in Wien he’d learned a thing or two. But the good man learned the tragic tale:Marginal Utility was deceased.Its followers lamented the school’s corruption,Their dozen just wouldn’t increase. At this our [...]

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My Washington Times Bit

Wednesday, October 29, 2003 8:51 Comments Off

Odd. The Washington Times keeps picking up these “sound bites” from my columns. This one is from my column America: Voyeurism and Exhibitionism?

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Jim Bovard

Wednesday, October 29, 2003 4:19 Comments Off

Jim Bovard will be on C-SPAN’s Booknotes this Sunday, November 2nd at 8 p.m., for an hour-long interview with Brian Lamb about his new book, Terrorism & Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice, and Peace to Rid the World of Evil. The interview includes discussion of the foreign policy background of Bush’s wars and threats of war.

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