Posts filed under “War/Defense”

Piketty: New Thoughts on Capital in the 21st Century

French economist Thomas Piketty caused a sensation in early 2014 with his book on a simple, brutal formula explaining economic inequality: r > g (meaning that return on capital is generally higher than economic growth). Here, he talks through the massive data set that led him to conclude: Economic inequality is not new, but it is getting worse, with radical possible impacts.

 

Source: TED
 

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Category: Video, War/Defense

U.S. Military Leaders Support Iran Deal

Scores of high-level American military leaders support the Iran deal.  For example, the following 35 military officials – from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps – signed a letter urging support for the deal: General James “Hoss” Cartwright, U.S. Marine Corps General Joseph P. Hoar, U.S. Marine Corps General Merrill “Tony” McPeak, U.S. Air Force…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

MIB: Leslie Gelb on Europe’s Decline and Policy Errors

  This week we have a special foreign affairs edition of the Masters in Business radio podcast, speaking with Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. Gelb also worked for the Defense Department and the New York Times. The conversation ranged far and wide, and looked at (among other things) the decline of Europe…Read More

Category: Podcast, War/Defense

Fascinating interactive by the Economist seeing how various policy issues might play out in the future if Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. Presidency. Tagline: “She wont he election by leaning right on national Security and Left on the Economy; now comes the fallout . . . ”   Click to take a look through the hypothetical situations. Source: The…Read More

Category: Digital Media, Politics, War/Defense

CIA Reactions to Finding No WMD in Iraq

    The National Security Archive has posted several newly available documents, one of them an account by Charles Duelfer of the search he led in Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, with a staff of 1,700 and the resources of the U.S. military. Duelfer was appointed by CIA Director George Tenet to lead a massive…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, Think Tank, War/Defense

Wrong On Iran

For the United States to sit and talk and come to an agreement with a nation it has been antagonizing and demonizing since the dictator it installed in 1953 was overthrown in 1979 is historic and, I hope, precedent setting. Let’s seal this deal! Four months ago the Washington Post published an op-ed headlined ‘War With Iran Is Probably…Read More

Category: Politics, Think Tank, War/Defense

US-Iran Treaty Can Send Oil to $40

While the world is distracted by the unending Greek saga (will it or won’t it leave the euro?) and the epic Chinese stock-market meltdown(and manipulation), something really important is going on. Three words sum it up: Iran and oil. Negotiators have reached a deal with Iran to constrain its nuclear arms program. Despite the pessimism and outright fear-mongering, an agreement has been reached. Don’t…Read More

Category: Energy, Politics, War/Defense

The Jewish Broker Who Saved America

You know Hancock and Washington and Franklin and Jefferson. You might even know Greene and Knox, Henry and Hale. But it is very unlikely that you know the name Haym Solomon. This is unfortunate, because he’s the guy who arranged financing to keep the Continental Army alive during its darkest days, finding the money to…Read More

Category: Investing, War/Defense

Global Deaths in Conflicts Since the Year 1400

click for ginormous graphic Source: Our World in Data

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, War/Defense

Nuclear Explosions Since 1945

Source: Radical Cartography h/t Know More

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Politics, Science, War/Defense