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“I’m Mad as Hell…”
December 10th, 2014
Topics: Economy, Geopolitics, Society, General

Society has reached three important tipping points on different, but possibly related, issues. We will never be the same.

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Climate Change, Part III: What We Will Do About It
February 17th, 2014
Topics: Business, Economy, Environment, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

Humanity will – reluctantly – finally decide that it has no choice but to act on climate change. When that happens, what will we do? Here's an exploration of the issues.

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GMOs vs True Believers: Greed versus Ignorance
September 17th, 2013
Topics: Business, Economics, Geopolitics, Society, General

There’s more noise than information in the "debate" over genetically-modified organisms. Here’s a discussion of the truths and myths surrounding the subject.

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13 Trends for 2013
December 26th, 2012
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, Environment, Society, Technology, Geopolitics, General

Here are some of the key trends that are going to shape the year ahead.

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A Futurist’s View of Risk & Risk Management
November 8th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Geopolitics, General

I was recently asked to write about how my views on risk and risk management differ from conventional management views. This is the result.

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Is American Still the Greatest Country in the World?
October 12th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

Is America still the greatest? And, if so, can it remain the greatest?

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Stalking the Specter
June 25, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Geopolitics, General

In my last blog, 'A Specter Is Haunting Europe', I described the running crisis that threatens Europe's financial markets and economy with potentially severe knock-on effects for the global markets and global economy. I got a very swift reaction from a number of readers: You say this global crisis is a matter of when not if; so what should we do to protect ourselves?

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A Spectre Is Haunting Europe
June 15th, 2012
Topics: Business, Economy, Geopolitics, Society, General

There's a spectre haunting Europe, threatening to rip the heart out of its financial markets and economy. And if Europe goes, the global markets and global economy won't be far behind.

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‘The Boomers Have Colonized Our Future, and Aren't Leaving…’
April 25th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

I don’t often give my blog over to guests, but this essay gave me pause. I commissioned Chris Ritchie to research certain aspects of social developments, and what you’re about to read was part of his report.

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12 Trends for 2012
December 27th, 2011
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Geopolitics, General, Society, Technology

Although there are more than 12 things going on in the world, I believe these are the most significant trends for the year ahead.

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It Can’t Happen Here: What Happens After Occupy Wall Street
November 21st, 2011
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

The Occupy movement is most significant not for what the protestors say, but rather that the movement is happening at all. It demonstrates significant unrest, and the greatest dissatisfaction with the capitalist system that we've witnessed since the fall of the Soviet Union. But where is it headed? That's a much more worrisome question.

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What’s Wrong with Our Schools?
October 3rd, 2011
Topics: Education, Business, Society, Technology, General, Geopolitics

Our school systems are not good enough for the 21st century. Comparing schools with libraries reveals part of the reason why.

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It’s Not Just Stocks that Are at Risk
August 10th, 2011
Topics: Business, Economy, Geopolitics, General

What are the risks in the stock market right now? And are those the risks we should really be worried about?

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Danger Is Rising Rapidly in Debt Ceiling Issue
July 19th, 2011
Topics: Business, Economy, Geopolitics, Society, General

Are we in the countdown to a US government default? It certainly looks that way.

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Why the World Really May End on August 2nd, 2011
July 5th, 2011
Topics: Business, Economy, Geopolitics, Society, General

Using the U.S. government's debt ceiling as a negotiating ploy is indefensible, and may lead to a financial and economic disaster comparable to the 1930s.

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More on Inflation, Deflation, & Double-Dips
June 9th, 2011
Topics: Business, Economy, Geopolitics, General

Are we headed for inflation or deflation? Recession or recovery? How about all of the above!

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An Old Nemesis Returns
April 4th, 2011
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, General, Technology, Geopolitics

Inflation is back, and we won't be happy about it, especially as it's not going to go away any time soon.

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Revolting Civil Servants
February 25, 2011
Topics: Economy, Geopolitics, Business, Education, Society, Demographics

What follows is an excerpt from a chapter of the book I'm currently writing. This section is quite topical right now because of what's happening in Wisconsin and elsewhere, so rather than wait for the book to appear, I'm publishing this excerpt. The book should be out in the late Spring or early Summer of 2011.

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Inflation and Deflation at the same time? Economic straws in the wind
October 25, 2010
Topics: Business, Economy, geopolitics, Society, General

Indicators for both inflation and deflation indicate that the probability of both is rising. Since, in theory, this can't happen, it raises interesting questions. Here's what this might mean.

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The Destruction of America
March 29th, 2010
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Geopolitics, Society, General

Unless America and Americans force a drastic change in the country’s direction, the American dream is dead, and America’s place as the leader of the world is over.

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Outlook 2020: The Environment
December 14th, 2009
Topics: Business, Economy, Environment, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

The next 10 years will effectively settle the climate change debate, but not much else. What's more, we may be making policy in precisely the wrong way. Here's why.

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WILD CARD WARNING: Is America too Big to Fail?
June 6th, 2009
Topics: Business, Economy, Geopolitics, General

The unfortunate possibility now exists that America will fail, financially, precipitating a renewed financial crisis, and plunging the global economy into an even worse recession.

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What Happens Next? The Problems and Opportunities Ahead
December 30th, 2008
Topics: Business, Economy, Geopolitics, General

What follows is a summary of a presentation I gave to a Canadian manufacturing group concerned about the financial and economic effects of the current crisis. I found it particularly interesting that I had just spoken to this same group eight months earlier, and the presentation was hastily arranged and held just seven days before Christmas, 2008.

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The Next Crash?
January 8th, 2008
Topics: Economy, Geopolitics, General

The credit crisis in the United States is by no means over, nor will the consequences be limited to America and Americans. And it could get really, really scary.

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Signs and Portents for 2007
January 2007
Topics: General, Technology, Geopolitics, Economy

What's ahead for 2007?

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Thank God, America IS a Democracy Still
November 2006
Topics: Geopolitics, Society, General

My fears about systematic vote fraud in the 2006 mid-term elections appear to have been groundless.

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Is America Still a Democracy?
October 2006
Topics: Geopolitics, Society, General

The up-coming U.S. mid-term elections may be a crucial test of whether America is a democracy, or whether elections are rigged.

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Signs & Portents for 2006
January 2006
Topics: General, Geopolitics, Technology, Business, Demographics, Economy

What's ahead for 2006?

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Katrina's Aftershocks
September 2005
Topics: Society, Geopolitics, Environment, General

The immediate effects of hurricane Katrina - death and destruction - are obvious. The long-term consequences and downstream effects may be more important.

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Signs and Portents for 2005
January 2005
Topics: Biosciences, Economy, Geopolitics, General, Technology

The outlook for 2005 in a range of areas.

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Ontario about to hit a brick wall in health care
February 2004
Topics: Biosciences, General, Geopolitics, Society

The coming battle between health care practitioners and the government of Ontario is an important indicator of the problems that all developed country governments are going to have with their health care systems.

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Signs & Portents for 2004
December 2003
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, Geopolitics, General, Technology

The outlook for 2004 is generally very good. However, there are some really nasty land mines ahead of us that could produce disaster.

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A New Great Depression?
November 2003
Topics: Economy, Geopolitics, General

America's wrong-headed stance over steel tarrifs is just the kind of sticky, foolish issue that could trigger a global trade war - and precipitate a new Great Depression.

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Why the U.S. Is On Trial Instead of Hussein
October 2002
Topics: Geopolitics, General

It seems odd that the global community is criticizing the United States instead of a known mass-murderer - until you look at the context. What's really going on here?

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The China Problem
March 2000
Topics: Geopolitics

China has the largest population in the world, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and a national government that is stable (no matter what you think of their policies). They are almost always the first country mentioned in any discussion of who might compete with the U.S. for world economic and military dominance in the next century.

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Governments in e-world
January 2000
Topics: Geopolitics

The biggest issue facing governments is that they risk becoming irrelevant or ignored if they can’t increase the speed with which they respond to changes in the real world. That might or might not dismay many of the civil servants and elected officials who comprise governments. Those who are conscientious, and who chose their careers precisely because they wanted to make a difference will be dismayed by such a prospect.

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