All posts by Stephen Mackey

What Should the Bank of Japan Do About Their Incredibly Odd Yet Somewhat Stable Economy



The Bank of Japan has kept interest rates at -.1% and continues to buy trillions of dollars in government assets. What the heck is going on there? Well I’ll tell you, but be warned, this episode will have you saying to yourself, nowhere but Japan.


Congress is Solving the Opioid Crisis? What’s in the “Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018”



Congress is about to pass a 357 page act in response to the Opioid Epidemic. There’s a lot in there, but here are the 10 major programs and changes that this act implements.


The UN Protecting Idlib, Syria



Assad is taking back Syria from the rebels and the last major city is Idlib Syria. The sharks are circling the province, and in a short period of time the UN is trying to come together to ensure that no chemical weapons will be used in the final siege.


Puerto Rico’s Incredibly Memeable Economic Plan for Recovery



You read that right, in the wake of Hurricane Maria and their debt crisis Puerto Rico has come up with an incredibly memeable solution to their problems involving marijuana, Nicholas Cage, and Cryptocurrency. Here’s how it works.


Can the President Sue the “Lying” Media for Libel? Looking at New York Times Company v. Sullivan



In 1960, the New York Times ran an ad trying to raise money for the release of Martin Luther King Jr. The ad contained a few false statements, leading the city’s commissioner to sue for libel. Here’s what happened.


The Top 5 Sticking Points in US China Tariff Negotiations



That’s right, we’re doing our first top five list. The United States and China are trying to talk themselves down from the trade war. Here are the problems that they’re encountering.

  1. Technology Transfer
  2. Industrial Overcapacity
  3. SOE Reform
  4. Industrial Policies
  5. Cloud Computing

Erik Prince’s Private Army Afghanistan Plan



Erik Prince, ex-Blackwater CEO, has a plan to save America a lot of money in Afghanistan, help fight the Taliban, and make a little for himself on the side. While the military brass aren’t fans of his proposals, he is being heard out by the civilian leadership.