Nostalgia: Urban Americanas Forgotten Past

By Albert Goldson

What do you think about when you reminisce about a time and place? Family-owned and independent diners, restaurants, cafes, taverns, bars, local cinema, pizzeria, candy store, and the extinct Army/Navy store? And do you reminisce even about those bygone playgrounds whose industrial designed monkey-bars and obstacle structures which are now verboten due to safety concerns and worthy only for US Nav

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The Lurking Chinese Dragon

By Albert Goldson

The unfolding events in Ukraine are of intense interest to the Chinese leadership who face similar challenges in their part of the world with respect to perceived Western encroachment and a large Chinese Diaspora near China. Western economic and military offerings of EU and NATO membership to Ukraine are perceived as a serious encroachment into the Russian sphere of influence and buffer zone. This

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The Hidden Trust Fund Market

By Albert Goldson

The media incessantly portrays trust fund kids as the offspring of billionaires and multi-millionaires who race around in Maseratis, dine at Michelin rated eateries, and party at exclusive clubs worldwide thanks to daddy’s platinum or black credit card generally leading the good life “without an apparent day job and no visible means of support.”. Although that may be true, that d

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The Luxury Market Bubble

By Albert Goldson

There are endless and sometimes justifiable discussions about many bubbles percolating these days at the cusp of bursting, notably stock market, student loans, real-estate market (again), commodities, currencies, etc. The word ‘luxury’ has morphed into a label that’s applied and slapped on to everything from private jets to dog food enabling firms from family-run to large corpora

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Middle East Blitzkrieg - Tools of the Trade

By Albert Goldson

The stunning swiftness of capturing large swaths of territory, oil refineries and major cities in Iraq by ISIS by a small, yet determined and battle-hardened force vs. a large American-trained government army with all the firepower and technological advantages is simply another déjà vu in the annals of military history.  Most recently this happened in Vietnam when American force

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Ebola - The Next Black Swan

By Albert Goldson

There are many articles espousing the creepy parallels between 1914 and 2014 the start of WW I focusing on political strains and military (mis)adventures in Europe. Just under the radar is another nasty event similar to one that occurred just after WW I called the Spanish flu that killed more people than the combined total of WW I deaths. It’s not the poorly secured small pox samples. Rather

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Motor City Drought

By Albert Goldson

The worldwide and nationwide trend in urban development is increased urban density. Additionally in the US, more and more well-off and wealthy (aka Caucasian) residents have moved from the suburbs into the cities which have become gentrified displacing poor and even middle class residents.One can strongly draw conclusions that these policies to shut-off utilities are meant more to harm than he

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Treacherous Tango in the South China Seas

By Albert Goldson

The China-S Korea alliance is one of convenience with a mutual history of being under a brutal, long-term Japanese occupation. Nonetheless S Korea is savvy and is playing both sides of the China-Japan squabble while maintaining a strong military & economic alliance with the US.  The US, China and Japan represent the largest economies in the world so doing business with all simply makes bu

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Public Relations for Dictatorships

By Albert Goldson

ISIS and Russia’s ability to conduct these surprisingly cost effective operations is due in large part to fortuitous timing. The US is war weary and has already evacuated their troops after expending billions with limited results and tangible political change. The US can now only manage supportive air strikes for their allies in the Middle East. The EU membership is politically fragmented on

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How to Stay Motivationally Right Side up in an Upside Down World

By Doug Dvorak

How to Stay Motivationally Right Side Up in an Upside Down World It becomes very easy to blame the world for everything bad in your life from failure to ill health. Everything around you is screaming negative thoughts and everything about your life seems to be bringing you down. Or is it? For most of us, half of our life is about doing and the other half is about dreaming. The key to

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