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 On the Flimsy Nature of Money

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 Regulating Speculation; or, Economics is a Soft Science at Best

It frightens and confuses me that the field of economics, a discipline that we as a nation put such thorough and abiding stock into to make large, sweeping decisions that affect everyone, like how to allocate health care among Americans or whether to undertake air strikes in a foreign country, is so uncertain a field that it is subject to politicization. Indeed, the very economist at whose feet one sits, whether it be Adam Smith or John Maynard Keynes, is nearly synonymous in the U.S. with which political party one is affiliated. See more »

 Podcast Goodness: Oil Speculation

Greetings podcast family, it's Chuck here with a little podcast goodness recap -- a chance for you to share your stories with the world! Yesterday's show was about oil speculation and to be honest it kind of made my head hurt a little bit. It's not a secret that finance and Chuck don't mix. Oil speculation is pretty interesting though, and some people feel like it may have a bearing on the high prices that we're all seeing at the pump here in the United States. See more »

 The Kardashev Scale: Why Human Smugness in any Form is Embarrassing

I was reading an article about what Earth will look like in 5,000 years by Mr. Robert Lamb, arguably the best writer to inhabit a cubicle here at HowStuffWorks.com, and, as is the way things go recently, I noticed that the new information I found within the article coincided with other information I'd learned recently. I would recommend taking the time to read Lamb's article; it's only one page, but it packs a lot of info. See more »