August 17, 2018

Multiple stab wounds

By Paul McGowan From PS Audio I recently enjoyed the latest version of Murder on the Orient Express. I’m certain everyone’s seen at least one version of this Agatha Christie classic but if you haven’t, it’s alright because I won’t tell you who done it. The antagonist in the film is named Mr. Ratchett but […]

What happened to the billions China pledged the Philippines? Not what you think

BY ALVIN CAMBA From South China Morning Post Forget claims about duplicitous Beijing and the South China Sea. The delays in Chinese investment into the country are entirely predictable – and not evidence of something more sinister Here’s a quiz. How often in these past weeks have you read about the duplicitous Chinese tricking other […]

What’s something worth?

By Paul McGowan From PS Audio My iPhone X retails for $1,000 at the Apple store. That’s a lot. It’s one of the most expensive mobile phones on the market and it could be argued it’s at the top of the expense heap. And yet, if that were a high-end DAC [Digital to Analogue Convertor] power […]

Clear fog

By Paul McGowan From PS Audio In yesterday’s post I recounted a story of Telarc engineers in the recording studio control room comparing the output of an analog and digital tape recorder to the live feed from their mixer. To their ears the digital recorder was more faithful to the original signal. Which makes perfect sense […]

The Honorable Ronald V. Dellums – Some Reflections on the “Conscience of the Congress”

From Dr. Ron Daniels From IBW I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the Honorable Ronald V. Dellums from the Eighth Congressional District in California. I used to fondly introduce him in that manner because he was such a towering figure whom I admired immensely. Indeed, I considered him a confidante, comrade […]

OPINION: The Art Of The Deal as taught in Havana, Cuba

By Jolly Green The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so the saying goes. Picture taken July 13 2018 at the Saint Cristobel Palace Hotel, Havana, Cuba. [San Cristobel Palada, Havana] Two very fat doctorate owners Dr Ralph E Gonsalves and Dr Uday Narain Nayak, with their women, enjoying dinner, very-very expensive […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: EU and OECD have Caribbean on the ropes again

By Ronald Sanders From Caribbean360 WASHINGTON, United States, Thursday August 2, 2018 – The financial services sector of Caribbean jurisdictions, and other parts of the developing world, have been under continuous assault by the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) since the mid-1990s. This assault will peak again in […]

US: Ninth Circuit decision for IRS affects shifting of income to tax havens

By Peter J Reilly From Forbes The Ninth Circuit is generating a lot of excitement this week.  Probably most exciting is its ruling that open carry is a constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment.  But this is a tax blog, so I get to write about Altera Corporation & Subsidiaries v IRS.  It is […]

OPINION: If the US-China trade war escalates, how will the Chinese economy respond? Here are the numbers

By Lawrence J. Lau From South China Post Lawrence J. Lau says China can weather the effects of a trade war with the US, even if imports of the products the US is targeting with its tariffs halt completely. The result would mean only a marginal drop in annual economic growth, and China is unlikely […]

Why Trump has such a soft spot for Russia

By Andrew Sullivan From New York Mag It is possible, is it not, that Donald Trump simply believes what he says. I realize, of course, that this is technically impossible from moment to moment. But bear with me. The slackened jaws, widened eyes, and general shock that greeted his chuffed endorsement of the Kremlin over […]