Can we really believe Government data? I have long been a sceptic when it comes to the release of the U.S. employment report on the first Friday of the month.
Global trade dynamics are changing much faster than expected; protectionism leading to retaliatory measures is increasingly becoming part of WTO member’s strategic actions. The Trump administration has been pressing the tariff button resulting in massive anguish and displeasure at a global level. The US has been striving hard to correct existing trade imbalance with multiple trade blocs or nations including China, India, and the European Union. The changing global order forces many nations to reassess their trade policies, revisit trade agreements, re-negotiate terms & conditions, and prepare fresh strategies to tackle emerging challenges.
The world is at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which promises a new wave of technologies that will change how things are done today. As with the first three revolutions, the element of the Fourth Industrial Revolution at its core will be energy.
Is the second downturn coming? I read a lot of reports about the coming crisis in the Eurozone. That it is going to be so many times bigger than Greece and last so many times longer and it is apparently going to start in Italy.
Earlier this month Google announced it would not be renewing its contract with the U.S. Department of Defense for Project Maven. Caving after thousands of employees signed a petition against the project and after initially standing by it, in doing so Google gave in to putting immediate self-interest above their call to serve the country.
It’s been a long time since a common rite of passage among our nation’s men was to put on a uniform and defend your nation, community, and family. Yet at a time of increasing hyperpolarization in our country, as well as the deteriorating state of our nation’s youth in mind, body, and soul, national military service may be an idea worth considering once again.
This past month the long-hyped “Avengers: Infinity War” hit theaters across the world, grossing over $1.85 billion and earning its place amongst the top-selling films of all times. The nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), directed by the Russo brothers and distributed by Disney, it was sold to the public as the culmination of the prior Marvel films’ story arcs.