The “R” Word Is Rearing Its Ugly Head

It’s here, or at least nearly here. “It,” in this case, is another recession. We can debate the causes – an escalating trade war between the US and China, too much dodgy debt, the end of the longest bull market in history, or perhaps all three.

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Banks Will Soon Be Obsolete

Last week, social networking giant Facebook announced that it plans to create what it calls an “alternative financial system” based on a cryptocurrency called the Libra.

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How to Lose $21 Trillion

I sleep better at night knowing that ever-vigilant defense contractors and the politicians they’ve bought and paid for are making certain that America won’t be overrun by Communists, Islamic terrorists, or anyone else.

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How to End the $400 Billion “Tax Gap”

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently trotted out its latest estimates of the “tax gap,” the supposed difference between taxes collected and taxes due.

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Uncle Sam’s Latest Plan to Spy on Air Travelers

When you arrive at the airport to board a flight, do you have any legitimate “expectation of privacy?” Uncle Sam and the Orwellian Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) would like you to think you don’t.

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Your Bank Might Lock You Out of Your Own Account

In the last few years, banks have been falling over themselves to get rid of “undesirable” customers. Basically, if your bank isn’t making enough profit servicing your account, it will close it.

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Ayn Rand Could Have Predicted This…

A few weeks ago, I read that Britain’s richest man – Sir Jim Ratcliffe – was relocating to Monaco. Moving to Monaco, which imposes no personal income tax, will save Ratcliffe up to £4 billion in British taxes.

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Is Cash Winning the War on Cash?

Let’s face it, many forces are pushing for the abolition of – or at least serious restrictions on – cash.

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Is There a “Porn Tax” in Your Future?

The pornography (porn) industry is worth almost $100 billion. Laws that banned porn were struck down more than 50 years ago, so in all 50 states, you can download adult content all you want.

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This Could Be a Cure to Online Censorship

The war on free speech is heating up. Since I last wrote about this topic in February, mainstream social media portals have been falling over themselves to remove controversial – mainly but not exclusively right-wing – content.

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More Signs a Global Recession is Headed Our Way

At the end of the trading day on August 22, 2018, the US stock market reached a historic milestone as the longest bull market in history, with a duration of nearly 10 years.

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The End of Civil Forfeiture—NOT

On February 20, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Eighth Amendment prohibition against “excessive fines and fees” applies to the states in civil forfeiture cases and other civil, non-criminal proceedings.

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Drop Gangs: The New Face of the Dark Web

On May 29, 2015, a 31-year-old man stood before a federal judge in New York after being convicted of narcotics distribution, money laundering, computer hacking, and conspiracy.

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Are We Nearing Peak Gold?

It was July 2008, and I waited in line in the blistering Phoenix summer heat to fill up my Honda Accord at the gas station. For the first time ever, it cost more than $60 to fill up my 15-gallon tank.

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Warning: Your Identity Will Be Stolen

The state of online security is so dismal that it’s not a matter of if your identity will be stolen. The only uncertainty is when it will happen – and how often.

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Fake News: You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet

On February 14, 2018, a young man walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and opened fire on students and faculty with a semi-automatic rifle. By the time he finished, 17 students were dead.

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