Can We Let Go of this Gold Standard Nonsense Already?

This being one of my first posts on Amateur Economists I initially thought I would do an introduction. But then I happened on The Huffington Post article National Review Blogger Terrified Of New Five-Dollar Bill and it got my goat enough to change topics. They quote Mark Krikorian in his blog post at the . . . → Read More: Can We Let Go of this Gold Standard Nonsense Already?

Agricultural Markets Ripe for Speculative Picking

Most people probably don’t realize (I didn’t) that the U.S. has a strategic grain reserve. Well had. It’s almost entirely depleted. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) operates the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) which, according to the USDA site, performs the following functions:

“The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is a Government-owned and operated . . . → Read More: Agricultural Markets Ripe for Speculative Picking

How You Can Benefit from Companies that Pollute

There’s only so much many companies can do to reduce pollution. A steel smelter can scrub all it wants, and it’s still going to produce pollution. There’s no way around it. Pollution is an inevitable byproduct for many industries.

In order to look better on paper, companies offset their pollution by supporting carbon reduction . . . → Read More: How You Can Benefit from Companies that Pollute

Gas Prices: Print Media’s #1 Enemy

At over $4 a gallon, gas is definitely putting the pinch on consumers. Wired writes, “No Mocha For Me, Thanks. I’ve Gotta Buy Gas.” We aren’t sweating the little things; we’re simply cutting them out.

The media is self-centered. It loves to write about itself without regard for whether its audience is interested or . . . → Read More: Gas Prices: Print Media’s #1 Enemy