World Economy and Austerity: Davos. Be Prepared For Another Crash?

There is plenty of doom and gloom at Davos and it could be we are due for another cyclical piece of devastation. Harvard professor Kenneth Rogoff said the fear in the markets stems from a dawning realisation that the Chinese authorities are not magicians after all, and that this time the Fed may stand back…

What Should One Little Old Lady's Funeral Cost?

People die.  Every single day.  Western tradition dictates that the dead be buried.  It's a cultural thing that has been practiced by various civilizations for thousands of years.  Other cultures have had or have developed their own, different ways of dealing with the dead – and I pass no judgement on those traditions.  What a…

Tough Decisions

As we continue to plod our way through this recession our political leaders, Republicans mostly but far too many democrats as well, say that this is the time to make some “tough decisions.”  People who make “tough decisions” portray themselves as the only adults in the room, far removed from the starry-eyed idealist who must…