The Jury is Out

It looks as if the expectation expressed here last week, that the phenomenal financial meltdown of 2008 would run its course before the end of October, is actually occurring. However, any hope that the massacre would quietly peter out was in vain; on the contrary, the final accord was in line with the overall theme, in that it saw another […]

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What can I do?

It may be asking a lot from a panic-stricken public watching its financial wealth evaporate, but it remains essential to distinguish between the two major crises underway. The more prominent and much further advanced of the two is the financial one, the speed and intensity of which has become so great that many analysts, belonging to different schools and using […]

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Back to Basics

This column will be printed on Thursday night, but the exigencies of the calendar demand that it be written on Tuesday. Any attempt to be current is therefore pointless, because during the period between writing and publication, virtually anything might happen. However, this provides a useful opportunity to focus on more basic and hence longer-lasting ideas. Thus, although it is […]

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Awesome

Among the battery of inane phrases that are in common (over)use among young people generally, American young people particularly, and totally vacuous and infantile creatures in American sitcoms most of all, the word ‘awesome’ stands out. In sharp contradistinction to ‘unbelievable’, which has no meaning at all in most of the (ab)uses to which it is put – e.g. ‘your […]

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