Merkel is Forming a Coalition with the Wrong Party

The last time I looked at the miasma of German coalition talks the big takeaway was the mood turning against the Social Democrats (SPD). Today the latest polling confirms that the more Merkel tries to form a coalition with Martin Schultz and the SPD the more support the coalition loses. There have been two polls … Continue reading Merkel is Forming a Coalition with the Wrong Party

Russia-Gate Ends with a Bang, Not a Whimper

With all the column inches spilled over Robert Mueller’s thirteen indictments issued on Friday very few of them have touched on the real revelation. It’s not the obvious case of prosecutorial over-reach.  It isn’t the further subversion of the grand jury process by Federal Prosecutors unmoored from personal bias. It isn’t the admission that no … Continue reading Russia-Gate Ends with a Bang, Not a Whimper

Iran and India: Belt and Road by Another Name

Don’t tell the Iran hawks in D.C., isolating Iran won’t work.  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi this week and the two signed a multitude of agreements. The most important of which is India’s leasing of part of the Iranian port of Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman.  This deal … Continue reading Iran and India: Belt and Road by Another Name

Russia’s New Cryptocurrency Law — Translated

This isn't a big long analysis post.  Russia's Duma approved the new cryptocurrency law on January 25th.  It was published by the Ministry of Finance.  You can read it in Russian here.  I put the whole document through Bing Translator this morning for y'all to read. Federal law On digital financial assets Chapter 1. General … Continue reading Russia’s New Cryptocurrency Law — Translated

The Alt-Right, Collectivism and Why Everyone’s Asking the Wrong Questions

"Doin' Good ain't got no end," -- Capt. Red Legs Terrell ("The Outlaw Josey Wales") I had the (dis)pleasure of watching my friend Halsey English go fifteen rounds with alt-right hero Mike Enoch recently.  And it confirmed for me what I always thought about this movement. They aren’t heroes, saying the taboo things that need to … Continue reading The Alt-Right, Collectivism and Why Everyone’s Asking the Wrong Questions

Russia’s Slow Walk to Financial Independence

I've been critical of the Bank of Russia's slow-rolling their interest rate cuts for more than a year now.  This ultra-conservative approach has worked to also slow the growth of the domestic Russian credit cycle, keeping borrowing costs well above the demand for Russian debt. Last Friday the bank lowered its benchmark lending rate 25 … Continue reading Russia’s Slow Walk to Financial Independence

February Issue of Gold Goats ‘n Guns Newsletter Released

"Now is the winter of our discontent," Shakespeare wrote a generation before Maunder Minimum gripped the planet in a vicious cold cycle that produced famine and political changes which shaped the world for centuries. The sunspot cycles are lining up for a similar generation of cold weather.  The effects of this inform this month's Gold Goats … Continue reading February Issue of Gold Goats ‘n Guns Newsletter Released

Merkel and Schultz Will Love Germany to Death with Grand Coalition

"While our loving Watchmaker loves us all to death." -- Rush "BU2B" Politicians are cockroaches who walk upright. If there was ever an example of political leadership selling out their constituents for their own agendas it is the coalition negotiations happening in Germany right now. Both Angela Merkel and SPD Leader Martin Schultz have to retain … Continue reading Merkel and Schultz Will Love Germany to Death with Grand Coalition